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Archived Home Pages - February 2007
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 5 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"Hazardous Materials Storage and/or Use Report" form posted -
Linda Csete has provided the Hazardous Materials Storage and/or Use Report form for posting along with the previously posted forms under the Township Fire Control and Hazardous Materials Ordinance. Links to the ordinance and forms are available here and are permanently linked from our Index to Gov't Info page (Under "About Charlestown" in the left menu column of all pages).
"Construction begins along Route 23 corridor" in today's The Phoenix reports on planned road closures and detours in Valley Forge park that will last through the summer months. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Still in love with the land of her youth" by Art Carey in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Wallace Township's Bitten Krentel, an active advocate of open space and preserving the beauty of Chester County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Township Looks To Develop Open-space Committee" by John Rossomando in today's Daily Local News reports on efforts by Upper Uwchlan's Board of Supervisors to form an open space committee to assist in raising grant money to further preservation of open space in that township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Agricultural summit held at Penn State GV" by Anne Pickering in this week's edition of the Suburban Advertiser reports on the Keep Farming First forum held recently at the Penn State Great Valley campus. This is not the same article recently published in the Daily Local. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Newsletter Posted - The Charlestown Township Newsletter, recently mailed to all residents, has been posted on this site as a 638kb PDF file which is available here and is permanently linked from our Index to Gov't Info page.
"Bus line designed to ease 202 backups" by Bill Raftery in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on several aspects of the upcoming widening of Route 202 to 6 lanes through Great Valley. Several major intersections (including Rt. 401 and Phoenixville Pike) are scheduled for upgrades before the work on 202 itself starts. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 27 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the February 5, 2007 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
02/20/07 (11:30 AM)
BOS Agenda Change (from Linda Csete) -
Two of the applicants on tonight's Board of Supervisors agenda have requested continuances, so their hearings won't move forward this evening. They are the Altemose Curative Amendment application and the Robal Associates Curative Amendment application.
"Great Valley Hires New Staff Members" by Ann Pickering in Sunday's Daily Local News reports on Great Valley School District's reaction to a study that indicated a shortage of supervisory support personnel. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Urban Farmers Growing" by Ann Pickering in Monday's Daily Local News reports on last Thursday's Keep Farming First forum at Penn State Great Valley. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/16/07 (1 pm)
New Real Estate and Per Capita Procedures (from Linda Csete)
Township Administrator Linda Csete reports that "Centax has changed some of the procedure for the format of the real estate and per capita tax bills and it's creating a lot of questions for residents and other property owners." Linda provided an information sheet with frequently asked questions and answers in this regard. The information sheet is available here.
"Penn State Great Valley Holds Agricultural Forum" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on yesterday's Keep Farming First forum at the Penn State Great Valley campus. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Correction: The date of the next Board of Supervisor's meeting is Tuesday February 20.
The Preliminary Agenda for the Tuesday February 20 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted. (Monday is the Presidents' Day holiday.)
Delaware Valley Arts Consortium (from Debbie Kuhn) -
(Note: Information, including date, time, and directions for each of the four shows Debbie notes below is available at the DVARTS web site.)
I thought you might have an interest in the last four shows of the DVARTS season. Squonk (Feb. 16) is usually strange and different so it will be interesting to see what they do with Chester County. Buckets and Tap Shoes (Feb. 23) tap dancing is fascinating but it gets loud when they invite all the kids to come up and drum on buckets with them. It's a kid friendly show but not a kid's show. Dervish (Mar. 16) is a wonderful Irish group just in time for St. Patrick's day and get ready for Cinco de Mayo (May 4) with Los Folkloristas.
"Deer experts plan forum on Tuesday" by Don Sapatkin Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a "deer management" panel discussion and Q&A session planned for tonight in West Chester. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Of sprawl, liquor sales and tax relief", an opinion from Sandy Moser in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer comments on sprawl, services and open space issues. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Celebrating all things farm" by Nancy Mohr in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the upcoming "Keep Farming First" summit this Thursday at Penn State Great Valley. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Keep Farming First - Sponsored by Chester County 2020, Chester County Economic Development Council, Penn State Cooperative Extension - Chester County, Chester County Agricultural Development Council, the annual Keep Farming First Conference will be held Wednesday, February 15, 2007 at the Safeguard Scientifics Building, Penn State-Great Valley, on Swedesford Road near Route 29. If you're interested in farmland and farmers' preservation, you won't want to miss the fifth annual Keep Farming First. This year, Keep Farming First will celebrate its fifth anniversary. The tradition is that each year is even better than the one before, so there is a high standard to meet. The format has changed slightly for the keynote speaker, Jolene Brown, will both open and close the ?07 summit. Those who have heard her speak give high praise for both the content of her presentations and the ability to keep her audiences laughing while they learn. She uniquely understands the hearts, families and business of agriculture. Keep Farming First offers a unique opportunity for farmers to learn from experts in their specialty areas and to participate in breakout sessions featuring peer panels and input from economically viable operations. Cheryl Cook and Rob Davidson from PDA are among the '07 presenters as is Mike Brubaker: all familiar, dependable names in Pennsylvania agriculture. Keep Farming First consistently represents opportunities to access top quality resources and take away proven models for home farm and commercial application. Buy Fresh, Buy Local will have its place on the program as will food security. The agenda, including descriptions of nine morning and nine afternoon breakout sessions, plus main speakers is available as a pdf file here. The $35 Registration fee covers the full day of sessions and informational materials, as well as breakfast, lunch and the reception featuring local produce and baked goods - and, of course, the ever popular KFF baseball caps. The registration form with further information is available as a pdf file here.
"Full-day Kindergarten Unlikely?" by John Rossomando in today's Daily Local News reports on the possibility of kindergarten becoming a full day rather than half day grade. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the January 22, 2007 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The (available) minutes for the Open Space Commission for meetings in 2006 have been posted as well as for the January 18, 2007 meeting. These minutes are linked from our Open Space Commission home page (see icon above).
Bacon Brothers Concert - BRINGING HOME THE BACONS For Culture and Conservation! A Concert brought to you by the Association for the Colonial Theatre and The French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust will be presented March 29, 2007 at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville. A two page flier on this event is available as a 252 kb PDF file here.
"Love Letters from Valley Forge" is a program being presented tonight by Historic Yellow Springs and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Speaker Nancy Loane will explore the daily life of soldiers at Valley Forge by looking closely at their correspondence. Listeners will discover their thoughts on living in the huts, spare time activities and possible outcomes of the American Revolutionary War. Light refreshment to follow. The program begins tonight at 7:00 PM. For more information, click here.
PECO WIND (from Frank Rundatz) -
Thanks for the heads up on Envirofest. Along those lines, I thought I'd pass along information on a program that PECO is running to let homeowners opt to have a portion of their electricity generated by wind power. Anyone interested can get full information at http://www.pecowind.com. I signed up about 3 months ago to purchase 300 wind-generated KwH per month for a total of $7.50 per month added to my bill. I thought I'd pass along if you weren't familiar with it and if you thought anyone might be interested.
Envirofest: Sustainable Living In Action - The Green Valleys Association will be sponsoring the 2007 Envirofest on May 5th. This family-fun event offers advice, information and programs on how we can minimize our individual impacts on the environment every day by creating less pollution and reducing our energy consumption. The festival is held at the Association's 197-acre educational center, Welkinweir, located in northern Chester County on 1368 Prizer Road off route 100, south of Rt 23. The event is free to the public. Full details are available in the brochure by clicking here.
"Man accused of assaulting woman in Charlestown" by Dennis J. Wright in today's The Phoenix reports on an incident on Charwyn Lane Sunday afternoon. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Free Firewood at Charlestown Park (from Linda Csete) -
The Township has been performing some limb clean up at Charlestown Park and has about 10 cords of fireplace-length willow tree wood free to anyone who'd like to pick it up. Please note that willow is not a higher quality hard wood, and it will need to be split. The wood is located in a big pile on the blacktop road that cuts through the Park near the Soccer Clubhouse.
"Young visionaries shape cities" in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Great Valley Middle School students participation in the National Engineers Week's Future City Competition. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Reminder - The Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors are holding a joint public work session meeting tonight to discuss the Traditional Neighborhood Development Ordinance. (See 01/29 entry below for details.)
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 5 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
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