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05/18/10
ELECTION DAY - PLEASE VOTE!
AWOL Turkey (from Michael Bowell) -
I have an AWOL turkey...She is a White Turkey and very Friendly...her name is Shirley and she was last seen in the Rosewood neighborhood on Sunday afternoon...
If anyone spots here, can they please call me ....610.827.1268 or my cell 484.238.7412 or email mwb@createascene.com She is a very nice and smart bird and can be coaxed by canned corn or raisins. The dogs have been staying put with the invisible fence, but that doesn't work with the turkeys!
....Thanks,. Michael
05/17/10
Sample Ballots - The Chester County web site has sample ballots for our township. The Democratic ballot is available here, and Republican ballot is available here. If printed at full size, each requires legal paper.
Election Day Parking, etc. (from Bob Jones) -
Charlestown Elementary School will again be open during the Election this year to make up for a snow day. Access through the school will be limited to the one hallway from both entrance doors to the gym for the safety of the children. All other areas of the school understandably will be off limits.
Please email me at slvfx@yahoo.com if you have any special access due to handicaps. Our side door with the handicap sign as usual will be accessible to anyone who needs it.
Please respect any traffic cones that may be in place to allow room for the many buses that will be entering and exiting both parking lots during the day.
Looking forward to seeing all the Charlestown Voters on Tuesday May 18 Don't forget to vote.
Bob Jones
Pipeline Meeting (from Jim Wendelgass) -
There will be a meeting at the West Whiteland Township Building on Thursday May 20th at 6:30 PM on gas and hazardous materials pipelines. The guest speaker is at attorney who represents parties before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is responsible for approving applications for new or expanded pipelines. Please reserve a space by calling 610-458-1601.
Charlestown's Spring Newsletter Available - The Spring 2010 Charlestown Township Newsletter has been published. This 8 page issue is being distributed on-line only and is available from the official Township web site by clicking here. I believe printed copies are available in limited number from the township office.
Bark for Life - The second annual Great Valley Bark for Life is being held at Charlestown Township Park on Sunday, June 13th from 1 to 4 pm. This is a wonderful and fun way to help raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Click here for a pdf brochure with all details.
Ray Ott - The obituary for Ray Ott, who passed away May 4th at his home, is available on-line by clicking here. With the exception of five years in the military, Ray spent his entire life in Charlestown and served our township in many ways. Ray was 93.
"Prison for drugging baby to death" by Michael P. Rellahan in the May 11 Daily Local News reports on the guilty plea and sentencing of Charlestown resident Ian Kohn for the March 2009 death of his 23 month old son. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/06/10
"Phoenixville Farmers Market opens in new location" by Michelle Karas in today's The Mercury reports on the opening of the Phoenixville Farmers Market's 8th season at a new location. Charlestown Farm, the CSA on Charlestown Road towards Phoenixville, has been a major supporter of the market and sells produce there. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Lyme disease on the rise in Chester County" by Michael P. Rellahan in today's Daily Local News reports on the increase in lyme disease reports vs last year. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Reminder - Charlestown residents who are High School or College Students are encouraged to make use of our "Seeking Summer Employment" page. Click here for how to submit your information for this page.
04/29/10
The Preliminary Agenda for the May 3rd meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to the official Township web site.
White Horse Road Bridge Replacement (from Linda Csete) - The White Horse Road Bridge located in Schuylkill Township will be demolished and replaced by the PA Department of Transportation (PaDOT) as part of their statewide bridge replacement campaign beginning the week of MAY 17, 2010. Per PaDOT, the bridge replacement is to be completed no later than June 2011. Should weather or environmental concerns not be an issue during the replacement of the bridge, the project could be completed sooner than expected. An announcement with official detour routes is available here.
"Pipeline forum canceled" in today's Daily Local News reports that the forum on natural gas pipelines and the community originally scheduled for tonight at the West Pikeland Township Building has been canceled. The forum, "Pipelines and People, Putting Them Together," had originally been put together by the Green Valleys Association in conjunction with West Vincent and West Pikeland townships.
"Local turnpike widening project to resume" by Anne Pickering in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the PA Turnpike Commission's intent to resume the plan to widen a section of the turnpike from Valley Forge to Downingtown (a significant portion of which passes through Charlestown Township). The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/27/10
Planning Commission Mtg. Cancelled - The Planning Commission meeting for this evening Tuesday, April 27th at the Great Valley Middle School has been cancelled. The next meeting will be held on May 11th, same time, same place.
"State association lauds 2 Great Valley departments" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on awards received by the Great Valley School District's food service and buildings and grounds departments. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/22/10
Bodine Rd. Turnpike Bridge Demolition (Video) (from Fred Alston) - Our township public works officer, Fred Alston, has provided a link to his video on YouTube of the April 11 demolition of the Bodine Road bridge overe the PA Turnpike. The bridge was basically "blown up" late at night and as Fred shows, was removed and the road cleared by the 12th. The explosion occurs 1 min 45 sec into the video and after the dust clears, there are sections from periods after the explosion showing large back-hoes removing the debris. Fred ends the video with a daylight shot showing traffic passing through the area the next day. Thanks Fred. Click here to see Fred's video. Click here to see a second YouTube video shot by someone else from a different angle.
Pipeline Meeting (from Jim Wendelgass, W. Vincent Twp) -
The third in a series of public meetings on the pipelines which carry natural gas or hazardous liquids through Chester County will be held at 6:30 PM on Thursday, April 29th at the West Pikeland Township Building. This session will be on pipeline planning and expansion. The public is invited to this informative session. To RSVP, please call West Pikeland Township at 610-827-7660.
04/21/10
First Student Seeking Summer Employment - Charlestown resident Cara Nicholson has submitted her information regarding summer employment. Click here to read Cara's entry on our summer employment page. If you are a student and a Charlestown resident and would like to post an entry, please read the instructions here.
"Great Valley board OKs preliminary $76.5 million budget" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on approval of the school district's preliminary 2010-11 school year budget. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Earth Day Photos - Several photos from last Saturday's Earth Day Cleanup have been posted to the official Township web site. Click here.
"Phoenixville parking will no longer be free" by Dennis J. Wright in yesterday's The Mercury reports on the new parking plan for downtown Phoenixville to go in effect May 3. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Bert Bell Conference Great Valley Football League and Cheerleading Team for Fall 2010 (from Ellen Neri) -
Charlestown Township youth are invited to register for the newly formed Bert Bell Conference Great Valley Football League and Cheerleading Team for Fall 2010. All Great Valley School district students between the ages of 5 through 14 are eligible to register from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday May 15 at Great Valley Basketball League Center at 19 N. Bacton Hill Road, Malvern. Teams include Flag, tackle and cheerleading.
For details (pdf file), click here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (ellen@neripr.com) or Keith Walsh (kewalsh33@aol.com).
04/15/10
The Official Minutes of the March 23, 2010 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted to the official Township web site.
"GVSD board presents preliminary budget" by Anne Pickering in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on preliminary budget for the 2010-2011 school year. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
House Fire - A house fire on Horseshoe Trail in Charlestown that occurred at 3:24 a.m. March 29 was ruled accidental. Damages were estimated at $300,000 and there were no injuries, officials said. (Source)
Students Seeking Summer Employment - I have had queries as to whether I am planning to offer the "Students Seeking Summer Employment" page again this year. I have set up the page which currently has no entries. Charlestown resident students (high school and college level) wishing to use the free posting should go to the page and read the information under "How to list your ad on this page". Please provide the info indicated in the instructions on the page.
04/13/10
Rabid Raccoon in Area (from Michael Bowell) -
(Michael lives just below the turnpike bridge on Bodine Road.)
There was a very large raccoon here yesterday (Sunday) afternoon that was chased by my dogs up my driveway...judging by the time of day and the way it was moving, I suspect that it may be rabid.....Please let folks know as we do not want children or pets approaching it...Thnx, Michael
"Grade schools consider cutting foreign language classes" in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on considerations given in many school districts, including Great Valley, of discontinuing foreign language classes in their elementary schools. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/09/10
Easy Hazardous Waste Disposal Tomorrow - Five times a year, at five different locations in the county, Chester County provides an opportunity to dispose of many materials that cannot be tossed into your curbside pickup service. Tomorrow, Saturday April 10, is the first such event this year and the closest, at CAT Pickering, 1580 Charlestown Road in Phoenixville, from 9 am to 3 pm. Click here for complete details as to what can and cannot be disposed of at this event, as well as the schedule of the four other opportunities in 2010.
Hearing Notices - Hearing notices for April 12 and June 7 have been posted/updated on the official Township web site. Click here.
Directory Updated - The Township's official directory of elected and appointed officials has been updated on the official Township web site. Click here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the April 13 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted to the official Township web site.
04/06/10
"Ultralight pilot rescued after getting stuck in tree" by Dan Kristie in last Friday's Daily Local News, including several color photos, reports on Charlestown resident Lance Altemose crashing his ultralight plane in Valley Forge National Park. Mr. Altemose was not seriously injured. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"After paraplane crash, locals say flying was a neighborhood hobby" by Dan Kristie in last Sunday's Daily Local News is a follow-up article on the Altemose paraplane crash cited above. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Charlestown Road Lane Restrictions -
Route 29, Charlestown and Schuylkill townships: Lane restrictions today through April 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for rumble strip installation. The restrictions will affect the stretch of road between Aldham and Pothouse roads. (Source)
Township Maps Postings - The official Township web site has been updated with the posting of zoning and other maps in the site's Maps section.
Reminder - Tomorrow night's meeting of the Charlestown Historical Society will focus on methods, scope and issues associated with the Society's goal of writing a comprehensive history of Charlestown Township. See the 04/01 entry below for details.
04/01/10
Earth Day Reminder (from Linda Csete) -
Just a reminder that if you plan to sign up for Earth Day on April 17th, (rain date April 24th) and haven't done so yet I'd appreciate hearing from you soon so I can gauge how much food/beverages to order. If you already signed up - please disregard. We start out from the township office at 9 a.m. after continental breakfast fare, to pick up supplies, get your assignments if you need one, etc. See flyer here.
Official Postings - The official Township web site has been updated with the posting of ordinances and the 2009 Auditor's Report and Financial Statement.
CHS Meeting next Wednesday - The Charlestown Historical Society will hold its first spring meeting April 7 beginning at 7:30 PM at the Charlestown Elementary School (park in the lower lot by the school busses and enter the building from that end). The meeting will feature a talk by Professor John Lukacs, a prominent historian currently residing in Schuylkill Twp. Professor Lukacs will discuss various aspects of writing our township history, a project CHS has recently undertaken. In addition, Charlestown resident Kathy Wentz will discuss her activities in publishing Charlestown Township history.
 

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