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Archived Home Pages - April 2004

04/30/04
Jacobs General StoreAldham Post Office - Then and Now - In 1997, Tim and Andrea Griffiths purchased the house built in 1855 by John Rees on the west side of State Road (Rt. 29) just north of the Union Hill Road intersection. This structure has a very interesting history, having alternated with the general store in Charlestown Village several times as the site of the Pickering Post Office. Tim Griffiths has created a marvelous "Then and Now" web page with the history of their home and eight matched photos showing their property in the 1890 - 1930 era and how it appears today from the same view points. I have provided a link to their page from our own Then and Now page in our Early Days section, which includes other photographic comparisons of portions of Charlestown Township. I want to thank the Griffiths for sharing this with all of us.
Our fourth township student to list background information and summer job interests has been posted to our 2004 Seeking Summer Employment page. The page includes instructions for submitting entries on the page.
04/29/04
Charlestown Elementary Spring Fair (from Carol O'Neill)
Come on out this Saturday and celebrate the arrival of spring at the Charlestown Elementary School Spring Fair. The fair is this Saturday, May 1st from 11AM to 3PM on the school grounds. We're hoping for a sunny day, but if Mother Nature doesn't cooperate, we'll simply move the fun indoors.
Here are some highlights:
  • The Midway will feature great food, a variety of games and prizes, face painting and much more. And new this year - Obstacle Olympics - a 35-foot long,inflatable obstacle course!
  • Inside, browse through a large selection of gently used books, videos, games and puzzles at bargain prices.
  • And don't forget to check out the beautiful selection of annuals and perennials for sale in the courtyard.
See you at the fair!
Charlestown Elementary Spring Fair Committee
The Preliminary Agenda for the May 3 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Charlestown Historical Society Meeting - The second of three spring meetings of CHS will be Wednesday, May 5, with a business meeting starting at 7:30 PM and the featured speaker starting about 8:00 PM. Dr. Martin Becker, professor of Anthropology at West Chester University, will speak on Indians of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Please attend and bring a friend.
Our third township student to list background information and summer job interests has been posted to our 2004 Seeking Summer Employment page. The page includes instructions for submitting entries on the page.
"Environmentalist Morris steps down from board" by Jason Kotowski in today's The Phoenix reports on environmentalist Eleanor Morris's plans to continue working to protect open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/28/04 (11:45 PM)
Election Results - I have posted a copy of the primary election results for Charlestown Township here.
04/27/04
Our second township student to list her background information and summer job interests has been posted to our 2004 Seeking Summer Employment page. The page includes instructions for submitting entries on the page.
04/26/04
Seeking Summer Employment - Our first township student to list her background information and summer job interests has been posted to our 2004 Seeking Summer Employment page. The page includes instructions for submitting entries on the page.
Garden Plots - We have added our 21st gardener to the Brightside Farm Community Garden. We have three remaining plots available. If you are interested in a fenced, sunny garden plot with water supply check out our Garden page here.
Duckling Found (from Andrea Griffiths) -
A duckling was found by our house - basically the corner of 29 & Union hill. We were playing by the stream & there was a duckling on the bank. Someone either dumped him or he swam from somewhere upstream. I thought it came from the Nature Center, but it wasn't theirs & they won't take it. It's a duckling that may have been an Easter present. We aren't equipped to handle a duckling, so if anyone has ducks & could take it in or if anyone lost it, could they contact us. (A home was found for the duck 04/27/04.)
04/23/04
Students Seeking Summer Employment - I have had a request to again post information for Charlestown residents who are high school or college students seeking summer employment. The page, Seeking Summer Employment, contains the information on how to have your advertisement posted. At this moment it contains no ads, but will soon.
Reminder - The Charlestown Playhouse Spring Sale starts today.
"GV taxes could rise 10 percent" by Pamela Batzel in this week's Suburban Advertiser reports on discussions by the Great Valley School Board of the 2004-2005 budget. While it appears the article was written about April 13, it was published yesterday. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/21/04
Charlestown resident and best-selling mystery novelist Lisa Scottoline was the guest of honor at Monday's "Lunch with Lisa", a fund raising event for the Fund for Chester County Libraries. Approximately 300 guests packed the Desmond Great Valley's conference dining room to meet and hear Lisa. From reports I have heard, she is an outstanding and very entertaining speaker. "Local novelist speaks out for libraries" by David Bernard in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the event. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. You can learn more about Lisa and her novels at her own web site at http://www.scottoline.com
The Official Minutes of the April 5, 2004 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Land planner supports senior housing" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on testimony at Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors regarding Leon Altemose's proposed construction of a 500 resident continuing care facility at Whitehorse and Ashenfelter Roads. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Great Valley slows down Sugartown plans" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on the Great Valley School Board's rejection, at least for now, of continued planning for an additional elementary school by expanding the now-vacant Sugartown Elementary School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Protecting open space" by Laura Catalano in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the findings of a regional open space priorities report prepared for the Federation of Northern Chester County Communities. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/19/04 10:15 PM
Community Garden Fence Construction Completed.  Between April 7 and the 19th, with a week of rain thrown in for good measure, the fencing of the 12 plot extension to last year's garden was completed by Jacob Merriwether and Newell Burdick, at least well enough for gardeners to begin working their plots. For good measure, Newell Burdick disced the new area one last time before the plots were layed out. Six photos of the fencing and discing are linked from our 2004 Garden Photos page.
04/17/04
Found Dog (from Kathy Meyer) - Maggie is back.
04/15/04
The Preliminary Agenda for the April 19 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the May 9, 2004 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Planning board proposes services" by Kate Saunders in today's The Phoenix reports on Tuesday's Planning Commission meeting at which planning for township services was discussed as well as proposed townhouses on Charlestown Road at Rt. 29. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Committee recommends 4th school" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on the recommendation by the Great Valley School District's facilities committee that a fourth elementary school be opened at the site of the old Sugertown Elementary School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Great Valley Nature Center to hold fund raising dinner" by Kate Saunders in today's The Phoenix reports on plans for the April 17 fund raiser dinner and dance at Radnor Hunt. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Hospital to consider sale offer" by Jason McKee in today's The Mercury reports on the possible sale of Phoenixville Hospital by the UofP Health System, which purchased the hospital in 1996. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"County is still growing" by R. Jonathan Tuleya in Tuesday's Daily Local News reports on what many of us already suspect, Chester County is the fastest growing county in the state. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/09/04
Community GardenCommunity Garden - Weather and our schedules finally meshed long enough for us to get the 8 wood posts and 20 steel posts in the ground for the extension to the Community Garden at Brightside Farm. We still have gates to mount and the chain-link fence to put up, but at least we're making progress. We still have five plots available within the fenced area. Contact us soon at brightside@charlestown.org if you would like one of the plots. See our Community Garden page for details.
Fred Alston's Roadmaster report for March has been posted, click here.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal report for March has been posted, click here.
04/07/04
The Official Minutes of the March 15, 2004 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Reminder - The Charlestown Historical Society holds its first spring meeting tonight at 7:30 at the Charlestown Playhouse.
"Church seeking setback variance " by Bill Rettew, Jr. in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on a variance request to the Board of Supervisors by the Apolistic Christian Church at 3281 Phoenixville Pike in order to expand the church. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/06/04
Slip Ramp in the News - "Slip ramp will make residents forfeit land" in Monday's The Phoenix reports on Charlestown Township residents who will be forced to give up land for construction of the PA Turnpike Rt. 29 Slip Ramp. The article indicates "Construction should begin in mid-to-late 2006". The article was only available in the paper's print edition and was not posted on the paper's web site. However, today's The Mercury has the same article on their website under the title "Homeowners must move to make way for slip ramp" and that is available on-line from that paper's web site by clicking here. Our somewhat dated Slip Ramp Opposition Center is still on-line here with background information and diagrams.
"Rendell faces a tough sell on farm preservation" by Michael Rubinkam in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on funding issues with Governor Rendell's "Growing Greener" initiative to preserve open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/03/04
"Woolen mill being restored" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on the stabilization work underway at the woolen mill in Charlestown Village. The print edition includes two photos that are not on the paper's web site. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/02/04
Charlestown Playhouse Spring Sale - The schedule, location, rules and regulations for the Charlestown Playhouse Spring Sale have been posted. They are available here and are also linked from our Charlestown Organizations page and our Charlestown Playhouse page.
IMPORTANT: If you are planning to sell items at this year's sale, it is very important that you carefully read the rules and regulations for this sale, as they have changed in significant ways from previous sales.
"GV supports proposed fees" by Pamela Batzel in this week's Suburban Advertiser reports on the decision by the Great Valley School Board to encourage passage of state legislation that would allow school districts to collect a fee on new construction. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Phila. suburbs get $1.3 million for land preservation" by Nancy Petersen, Benjamin Y. Lowe and Dwayne Campbell in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the award of state grants for open space preservation and environment protection. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"State officials award open space grants" by David Bernard in today's Daily Local News reports on the same grant awards. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/01/04
Office Closing Early (from Linda Csete) -
The Township Office will close at noon on Friday, April 2nd to begin the installation of carpeting expected to be completed over the weekend.
The Preliminary Agenda for the April 5 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
 

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