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Archived Home Pages - January 2004
01/28/04 (noon update)
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 2 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Search Engine Enhancements - I have enhanced the site's Search feature (linked near top of left menu column on most pages). With over 1,200 pages in this site, you may now limit your search to the following portions of the site:
When your search results are displayed, you may also change the sort order to reverse chronological by clicking Sort by: Date. If you have additional search criteria that you feel would be helpful or if you have problems with the new features please let me know.
- Entire site (this is the default)
- BOS Minutes since Jan 1996
- PC Minutes since Jan 1996
- BOS&PC Minutes since Jan 1996
- Archives of Home Pages and Neighbors of Note Pages since June 1997
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 10 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 11 special joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission has been posted.
"Chesco asked to expand funding for open space" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on county commissioners discussions regarding funding for open space programs in the coming years. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Space shortage affects Great Valley" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on steps being taken to expand the recently built K. D. Markley Elementary School. The article also includes discussion of adding a fourth elementary school to the district. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Deal would preserve two-thirds of farm" by Dave Turner in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a complex deal whereby two thirds of a 263 acre farm in Bucks County is to be preserved as agricultural open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Board Meeting Cancelled (from Linda Csete) -
The Charlestown Township Board of Supervisors meeting scheduled for tonight, January 26, 2004 has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The next meeting will be held on February 2, 2004 at 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School.
"Filling the Great Valley School Board void" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on efforts to fill a vacant position on the GVSD school board with a resident from East Whiteland Township. One of the three applicants for the position is John Griffith, Jr. from Charlestown. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Regional Trails Planning Session (from Bob Jones)
You are invited! - Tuesday February 17, 2004 at 7:30 PM
at the Great Valley Middle School Choral Room. Room 154
Please come to a regional Trails Planning Session hosted by Charlestown Township Open Space Commission and sponsored by Chester County Planning Commission and the Horse-Shoe Trail Association.
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer has three articles on "Century Farms" in our area, with the focus on Springdale Farm near Chadds Ford, the oldest of 1,900 such farms registered with the PA Dept of Agriculture. Our own Brightside Farm would have qualified as a Century Farm had the Pyles chosen to register it before its sale in 1997. The articles are available from the following links -
Purpose of this meeting is to share knowledge and to build a network to enable us to build a viable trail system in Chester County and beyond.
Lead speakers will be Jake Michaels, Chester County Planning Commission (Linking Landscapes) and Mike Pavelek, Horse-Shoe Trial Association. Ample time will be provided for questions and information sharing.
As more and more land is developed in our county, preserving a trail system is ever more critical. Please come and share!
A history of Brightside Farm, including the lineage of ownership since 1754, is available from our own Brightside Farm section by clicking here.
"Great Valley makes teacher contract goals public" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on early comments on the upcoming teacher contract negotiations in the Great Valley School District. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Spring 2003 and the Winter 2003 newsletters of the Open Space Commission have been posted to the Commission's section of our web site.
The Preliminary Agenda for the January 26 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Special Joint Meeting (from Linda Csete)
A Joint Worksession of the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 11, 2004 at 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School to discuss plans for the Devault Area along with other planning issues. This meeting is open to the public, and you are welcome to attend.
Library Program Calendar - The Chester County Main Library in Exton has implemented an on-line library calendar listing upcoming events at the library. In addition to a wide variety of children's programs (the youngest being "Lapsit Storytime" for toddlers), the library offers educational workshops on a variety topics from computer classes, internet classes, literacy, to book discussion groups. In addition, one-time lectures are frequently scheduled, an example being tomorrow evening's "Exploration of the R.M.S. Titanic", a first person account by David Concannon who has made two expeditions and three dives to the Titanic wreck. I will try to monitor the on-line calendar for events of particular relevance to Charlestown residents, but in the meantime you might want to bookmark the calendar and check it frequently for programs of interest to you or your children. The calendar is linked here as well as from our Neighborhood Links and Kid's Recreation pages.
The Chester County Library also has a great resource for parents in their Youth Services Website, which includes not only Library activities for young people but links to other sites of value to parents and their children.
01/18/04 (updated 2:00 PM)
Miss Betty Remembered - My wife and I and my sister, who was a 4H-member, camper and later a camp counselor under Miss Betty Stonorov in the 40's and 50's, were fortunate to attend yesterday's memorial gathering at Bryn Mawr College's Goodhart Theater. The large theater was almost full of folks of all ages, some who traveled great distances to attend. It is truly amazing how many people Miss Betty personally blessed through her ways of instilling self-esteem and confidence in young children and through her friendships with so many children and adults, reaching far beyond the borders of Charlestown Township. The program for the memorial service allowed us to hear from Miss Betty's contemporaries, children, grandchildren and friends who served to widen our appreciation of Miss Betty's many gifts to those who were lucky enough to know her. I have posted the complete obituary printed in the program from yesterday's memorial gathering here, and it is also linked from the "Past Neighbors of Note" section on our Neighbors of Note page.
"Officials reduce taxes" by Kate Saunders in today's The Phoenix quotes supervisor chairman Kevin Kuhn and township administrator Linda Csete regarding the reduction in property taxes and the implementation of an earned income tax in Charlestown Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
If you were affected by the various closings and delays on Route 202 yesterday, you might be interested in "Route 202 crash kills 1" by Gina Zotti in today's Daily Local News. The article describes the many incidents over a long stretch of the highway. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"New effort to revive light-rail" by Jere Downs in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on renewed interest in the plan to build a light-rail commuter system connecting Phoenixville and Philadelphia. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Planners review ordinances for township's future" by Kate Saunders in today's The Phoenix reports on Tuesday night's meeting of the Planning Commission. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the December 9, 2003 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Ruptured gas line forces evacuation at Chesco school" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the brief evacuation of the Great Valley High School yesterday due to a ruputured gas line. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The collection dates for the county's Hazardous Household Waste Disposal Program for 2004 have been established. Click here for the dates and locations for disposing of a wide variety of hazardous waste, along with the details of what materials are accepted.
"Land preservation in region is done poorly, study says" by Diane Mastrull in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the result of a study done by the GreenSpace Alliance, a Philadelphia-based coalition of more than 100 land-preservation organizations. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the January 13 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
Fred Alston's Roadmaster report for December has been posted, click here
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal report for December has been posted, click here.
"Supervisor Kuhn appointed chairman" by Kate Saunders in today's The Phoenix reports on last Monday's reorganization meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Kevin Kuhn was elected chairman of the Board of Supervisors and Mike Rogers was elected vice-chairman at Monday night's reorganization meeting. Charlie Philips is a new member of the Board, replacing Irene Ewald. Note that with the exception of the Board of Supervisors, our page listing all Charlestown Township elected and appointed officials still reflects the 2003 positions. This page will be updated to reflect new 2004 appointments when they become available.
The Official Minutes of the December 15, 2003 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
A special meeting of the Board of Supervisors will be held Wednesday, February 11, 2004 to discuss the McDevitt property, the Devault Area, and the Robal Associates sketch proposal. (See the Dec. 15 Board minutes for details.)
"Zoning plans get OK" by David Bernard in today's Daily Local News reports on the PA Supreme Court's ruling upholding the right of municipalities to enter into joint zoning agreements aimed at directing development towards more densely populated areas and away from rural areas. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Pa. court upholds zoning accord" by Diane Mastrull and Leslie A. Pappas in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the same court ruling. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
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