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Community Garden Expansion Proceeds - After two weeks of wet weather, the soil was finally dry enough yesterday for Newell Burdick to disk the area for the garden extension that he plowed March 15th. We have four photos posted in our growing photo album for this year's garden. Fence construction will begin very soon. There are still 5 plots available in the new section.
Viewing Inquirer Articles - The Philadelphia Inquirer now requires a one-time registration in order to view complete articles on-line. There is no charge for registering and your information will not end up on third party "mailing lists". There are opportunities to sign up for "special deals", but you don't have to.
"Housing boom giving boost to push for revival" by Reid Kanaley in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on growth in housing units within the borough of Phoenixville. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Barnes tug-of-war shifts to rural estate" by Reid Kanaley in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on local efforts to prevent Ker-Feal, the Barns Foundation farm in West Pikeland Township, from being sold for development. Ker-Feal is a stone's throw from the Charlestown Township border on Bodine Road and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
A previous and related article, "Fund-raiser aims to stop sale of Barnes property" appeared in the Philadelphia Business Journal March 22, 2004 and is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Election Notes -
- Polling Place Moved Back to School - Residents of Charlestown Township will vote in the April 27 primary election at Charlestown Elementary School.
- Monday March 29 is the last day to register to vote in the April 27, 2004 primary election. If you're not already registered to vote, click here for information on how to register.
Charlestown Historical Society Spring Meeting (from Mike Rogers)
We are excited about the Wednesday April 7 meeting because several people are going to speak about "Miss Betty" and their remembrances of her. If you have some personal story to share, please do at this informal meeting. We will try to be efficient and have a short business meeting from 7:30 to 8:00 with our memorials lasting about an hour. Refreshments will be served, of course, and we should finish by 9:30 or 9:45 P.M. Please come and feel free to bring guests. The meeting is held at the Charlestown Playschool.
"Flower Show Awards" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer lists the major award winners for this year's Philadelphia Flower Show, and as ususal Charlestown residents were among the winners. Michael Bowell's firm Create a Scene won the Marketplace Awards of the Philadelphia Flower Show for Horticulture (large). Lee Raden won the Doretta Klaber Award for "Saxifraga jenkensiae", and two ribbons from the North American Rock Garden Society Delaware Valley Chapter. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
While we're noting winners, Charlestown resident and high school senior Brittany Moore competed in Harrisburg on March 6th in Pennsylvania's American Legion Oratorical Contest finals and won a $5000. scholarship to the school of her choice by placing 2nd in the state. She did a great job!
"Great Valley puts more healthy foods on campus" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on the Great Valley School District's actions to provide healthier food products for students. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Work has begun on the stabilization of the Woolen Mill. A short (14 photo) slide show depicts some of today's activity at the Mill. The photos are linked from a new page in our "The Early Days / Charlestown Village" section, which you can get to here. As work progresses on the Mill, we will be adding more views of the work.
"Area high school students speak out against PSSAs" by Betsy Gilliland in today's Daily Local News reports on the upcoming exams for the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment. The article includes comments from Great Valley students and a group of students known as Students for Legislative Accountability who raveled to Harrisburg yesterday to lobby state legislators about the need to de-emphasize the importance of standardized tests. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Supervisors delay TDR action" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on discussion and tabling of Transfers of Development Rights (TDRs) at last Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Playschool asks for OK to use land" by Kate Saunders in today's The Phoenix reports on Charlestown Playschool's request to the East Pikeland Board of Supervisors for permission to use public land near where the Pickering Creek crosses Route 113 for the Playschool Camp. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the March 1, 2004 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Reminder - The Middle School performances of Sleepy Hollow will be this Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the General Wayne Elementary School. Click here for details.
Community Garden Plowed - The ground for the twelve plot extension to the Community Garden at Brightside Farm was plowed late yesterday. A few photos of the "ground breaking" are linked from our Garden page or directly by clicking here.
Six Garden Plots Available - 18 of the 24 fenced garden plots have been spoken for. If you would like a plot for 2004, contact me soon. Information on the plots is available on our Garden page.
New Charlestown Village Section - Those who have followed this web site for a long time know that I have regretted the fact that the site has become so focused on current events and has few recent postings on the history and beauty of our Township. This has been no one's fault but my own, and I have had offers from the Historical Society to provide photos and information for posting. It's just been a matter of finding the time. (Sample photo at right of entrance to the Pickering Post Office and Store)
I find recent planning for the stabilization and ultimate restoration of the Woolen Mill (mill race and mill c. 1969 at left) in the Village very exciting, and it has motivated me to "make the time" to get a new section under our The Early Days section started (see link in left menu column), focusing on the structures in what is termed "Charlestown Village". Over the last week or so I have put together a start on this new section, using only my own collected materials. It includes early maps of the village, photos of the Mill, Store and Post Office, and other structures, but is far from complete. Please take a look at it when you have the opportunity, and I'll keep you posted as new photos and historical data are added. While this new section is permanently linked under our The Early Days section, you may go straight to it by clicking here. Note that in each sub-section, the series of map/photo pages are linked sequentially by a link at the bottom of each page.
"Schools rethink student trip bans" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on Great Valley and other area school districts' restrictions regarding long distant travel for groups of school students, restrictions that were tightened after 9/11. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Fertilizing a lawn near you" by Gretchen Metz in today's Daily Local News reports on available products for fertilizing and weed prevention for lawns using only organic products. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Brightside Farm Community Garden - We are up to 16 gardeners for the 2004 Community Garden at Brightside Farm, with a capacity of 24 total plots. See our Community Garden page for the plot diagram reflecting the soon-to-be enlarged garden, as well as the current list of 2004 gardeners. If you are interested in a plot this year, please get your request in by March 15.
"Spring break revised for 2004-05 school year" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on the effects of snow days and state exams on school calendars, including the Great Valley School District. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Colonial comfort" by Dennis J. Wright in today's The Phoenix reports on the reopening of the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, now sporting new, larger and much more comfortable seats. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. If you have never seen a movie at the Colonial, I urge you to go some time. It is being restored to circa 1950, offers first run movies, and is inexpensive. Many older Charlestown Township residents saw movies there as children. Check the theater's web site at http://www.thecolonialtheatre.com.
"Embezzlement trial set" by Carl Hessler, Jr. in Thursday's The Phoenix reports on a Charlestown resident who has been charged with embezzlement. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the February 10, 2004 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 15 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"Charlestown hears about fiscal impact from developments" by Kate Saunders in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's meeting of the Planning Commission at which the major topic of discussion was the impact of housing development on the needs and costs of township services. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Great Valley opposes tax proposal" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on GVSD officials' opposition to state property tax reforms. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
I must say that I relate to the story "Residents don't want road fixed" by Jill Nawrocki in today's Daily Local News that describes a situation in West Marlborough Township where some residents do not want the road in front of their homes repaired or improved as it simply invites more and faster traffic. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Charlestown Elementary in the News - Today's Philadelphia Inquirer has a full page photo essay on the back page of the special section "2004 REport Card of the Schools" that describes the monthly exchange visits between Jennifer Motzer's first grade class at Charlestown Elementary School with a first grade class at Samuel B. Huey Elementary School in West Philadelphia. The print page includes 5 color photos. The paper's web site includes those plus 2 additional photos. (You must click the "more photos..." link under the photo on the Inquirer's web site to page through the 7 photos published there.) The article and photos are available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Report Card on Great Valley Schools - The "2004 Report Card of the Schools" section in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here and entering "Great Valley" in the Search field. Various statistics and performance measures are provided at the district and individual school levels. (If you are really interested in comparing schools or looking at multiple school districts, the print edition is better organized than the web site.)
Middle School Musical (from Kelley Kelly)
The Great Valley Middle School presents...
March 18, 19, & 20th
Performances will be held at the General Wayne Elementary School.
Showtimes as follows:
Tickets can be purchased for $7.00 from March 8-12 at the Middle School during lunch periods.
- Thursday, March 18, 2004...7:30pm
- Friday, March 19, 2004.....7:30pm
- Saturday, March 20, 2004...matinee 2:00pm (free to senior citizens) or evening performance at 7:30pm
Additionally, you can purchase tickets by calling Earline Eck at 610-644-5418 or email: email@example.com
Please come out and support our fine young actors! If you have any questions please call Kelley Kelly 610-935-3197.
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 9 meeting of the Planning Commission has been updated.
Public Notice - A Public Notice from Township Administrator Linda Csete announces a proposed zoning ordinance amendment to be considered for adoption at the April 5 public meeting of the Board of Supervisors. A PDF version of the complete notice summarizing the amendment is available via the link below.
Fred Alston's Roadmaster report for February has been posted, click here
- AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. _______, ZONING, OF CHARLESTOWN TOWNSHIP, CHESTER COUNTY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, BY AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP BY RECLASSIFYING CERTAIN PROPERTY FROM THE PRD-1 PLANNED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT 1 ZONING DISTRICT TO THE FR FARM RESIDENTIAL ZONING DISTRICT AND INCLUDING A REPEALER CLAUSE, A SEVERANCE CLAUSE, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE; UNDER AND BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY OF THE PENNSYLVANIA MUNICIPALITIES PLANNING CODE, THE ACT OF JULY 31, 1968, P.L. 608, AS AMENDED, 53 P.S. SECTION 10101 ET SEQ. Click here for a PDF version of the complete notice.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal report for February has been posted, click here.
The Official Minutes of the February 23, 2004 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Charlestown resident and high school senior Brittany Moore won Pennsylvania's American Legion Oratorical Contest for the Eastern Division on February 27 and will be competing for the state title on March 6. I have posted information from her parents on our Neighbors of Note page. Brittany's parents comment on the many ways the Oratorical Contest benefits young people.
"VFCC plans expansion with condos" by Kate Saunders in today's The Phoenix reports on the discussions of the construction student condominiums on the campus of the Valley Forge Christian College. Several other topics from the meeting are covered as well. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"District leaders rally for changes" by Connie Langland and Kellie Patrick in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on yesterday's meeting of more than 100 school superintendents to discuss problems with the federal education law No Child Left Behind. Problems stem from the increased portion of student time that is spent on testing. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
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