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Archived Home Pages - April 2005

04/30/05
"Census: Less acreage being farmed in county" by Ann Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on the recently published 5 year census results (2002 vs 1997) showing a 14% reduction in Chester County acreage being farmed, increasing farm values, and surprisingly first in the state in total value of crops. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Montco commissioners support Growing Greener question" by Margaret Gibbons in today's The Mercury reports on Montgomery County commissioners backing for the $625 million Growing Greener Bond Question to be voted on at the upcoming primary election. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/29/05
Charlestown ForumThe first Charlestown Citizens Forum was held April 21st, and was the subject of a Philadelphia Inquirer article in yesterday's edition. "In search of spin-free dialogue" by Nancy Petersen reports on how the Charlestown Citizens Forum came into being, and describes the very well attended discussion last week. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Peck.)
Charlestown Citizens Forum Web Site - The excellent new web site established by the founders of the Citizens Forum is up and running. You can read about the first forum held April 21, as well as learn more about the purpose of the organization, its forums, past and future, see photos of past forums, and enter your own comments on the issues. The site is www.charlestowncitizensforum.org and it is permanently linked from our Organizations page under "About Charlestown", in our left menu column. The next forum discussing "The Economy... What Lies Ahead?" will be Thursday, May 26, with the location to be announced.
Schuylkill Springtime Stunners House and Garden Tour -
Have you ever marveled at the beautiful homes, gardens and historic barns in Schuylkill Township (which was formed from part of Charlestown in 1826)? Thanks to the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation, ten of the most magnificent ones will be open for your viewing pleasure -- compliments of the owners on June 5th. Click here for details and registration form.
"Bids for new GV school higher than expected" by Micha Frazier in this week's Suburban Advertiser reports on the bids for renovation of the old Sugartown Elementary School, which is currently not in use. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Students develop business plans for non-profit companies" by Micha Frazier reports on six GVHS juniors who "teamed up with Penn State Great Valley master of business administration students to develop the plans" for non-profits in a start-up situation. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Plan outlined to ease local farmers' tax burden" by Jill Nawrocki in this week's Suburban Advertiser reports on discussions of tax relief for farming at the Keep Farming First conference at the Penn State Campus, Great Valley. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/28/05
The Preliminary Agenda for the May 2nd meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
May Calendar Posted - Township Administrator Linda Csete will be providing me with the Charlestown Township Calendar near the end of each month for the following month. I will be posting these calendars as I receive them, replacing the previous month's calendar. They will be in "pdf" file format. The "Meeting Calendar" button in the green button panel at the top of each page will always download the calendar currently posted (about 75kb). The May 2005 calendar has just been posted.
04/26/05
CHS Work Party (from John Pittock) - The Charlestown Historical Society will be holding its annual spring cleanup work party at the Rapp House on Yellow Springs Road (between Hollow and Valley Hill Roads) Saturday May 14, starting at 10:00 AM. About a half dozen volunteers are needed. If you can participate, please bring rakes and/or pruners. This is a fun activity as well as a chance to see the inside of the Rapp House. If you are interest in participating, please contact John Pittock at 610-827-1486.
Birthday Party Ideas - I have added a link to the children's birthday party ideas section of our Kids' Recreation page (see link under "Kids Stuff" in the green menu bar above). The new link is for Noah's Ark Animal Workshops, a service that comes to your child's party and provides for each child to make his or her own stuffed animal. Note: I welcome suggestions for additions from satisfied Charlestown parents to the children's page for recreation, sports and party services in our area.
04/25/05
Lost Dog (from Deanna Mann) -
On Sat. 4-23-05 we lost our dog. A female brindle boxer with white markings running in Chester County. If seen or found please call 484-571-4291. Her name is Roxy and she is 2 years old.
"Senior is learning horse sense" by Wendy Walker in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Great Valley High School Senior and Charlestown resident Ashley Kehoe, who is doing an internship at a horse farm in Newlin Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/24/05
Deer Problems and Control - The Philadelphia Inquirer has been running a series of articles by Don Sapatkin on the deer problems in southeastern PA and NJ. We posted a link to one of the articles back on April 10. Here is a list of links to the articles in the series.
  • "Fate of deer entwined with role of humans", April 9, 2005. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
  • "Analysis shows deer population at huntable levels", April 20, 2005. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
  • "In suburbs, rising number of deer nibble at limits of human tolerance", April 23, 2005. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
  • "Science a sticking point in debate", April 23, 2005. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Legislators aim to save farmland" by Lisa Schaeffer in today's Daily Local News reports on the proposed federal statue "Family Farm Preservation Act", or H.R. 658, which "If signed by President Bush, the law would provide farmers an exclusion on capital gains taxes if they sell their development rights to a qualified nonprofit organization for conservancy purposes." The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"A $23 million Earth Day celebration" by Evan Brandt in today's The Mercury reports on regional projects that will share nearly $1 million to preserve local parks, greenways, trails, open space and waterways, including several projects associated with the Schuylkill River watershed and the French and Pickering Creeks. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/22/05
Zoning MapZoning Map Posted - The Zoning Map for Charlestown Township has been posted as both a fairly large web page and as a larger, more detailed downloadable PDF file. The Zoning Map selection page is linked from our Index to Gov't Info page or by clicking here.
"School taxes in Great Valley will rise by $300" by Micha Frazier in today's Suburban Advertiser reports on the proposed Great Valley School District budget for 2005-2006. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/21/05  (4 PM)
I just posted the Hazardous Waste Disposal schedule and locations for 2005. Note that the first of the four "events" is this Saturday, April 23, and that it is one of two dates where they will recycle old computers.
04/20/05
"Little decided about parcel on Sycamore Lane" by Jason F. Smith in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on Monday night's Board of Supervisor Meeting discussions regarding the proposed Lillmars Conditional Use for a development on Sycamore Lane. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Can it be? Too much sunshine" by Anthony R. Wood in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the remarkable switch from flood conditions to near drought conditions in the Delaware Valley. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/18/05
Charlestown Citizens Forum (from Ellen Behrle) -
Room is still available at the CHARLESTOWN CITIZENS FORUM interactive discussion on "Iraq...What Lies Ahead?" to be held Thursday, April 21st 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the home of Bob and Jeannie Roggio. Two Iraq experts will be presenting. All Charlestown residents are invited. Please RSVP to info@charlestowncitizensforum.org or 610-935-5678. A $10 voluntary contribution at the door is appreciated. CCF is a non partisan group of Charlestown citizens committed to bringing residents together to learn about important national issues. This is the first of a series of forum discussions planned.
"Park Service names Chesco mill a landmark" by Lisa Schaeffer in today's The Mercury reports on the recent selection of the Mill at Anselma as one of 24 new National Historic Landmarks. The Mill, located on Rt. 401 just west of the intersection of Rt. 401 and Rt. 113, was built in 1747 and has had a beautiful restoration completed last year. The Mill's website is http://www.anselmamill.org/ . The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/17/05
"Legislation aims to redefine 'farming'" by Jill Nawrocki in today's Daily Local News reports on recently introduced PA legislation to redefine "farming" in a manner which would help efforts to preserve farms that might otherwise be developed. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/15/05
The Preliminary Agenda for the April 18 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Reminder - Charlestown Township's Earned Income Tax final return for 2004 is due today.
04/14/05
The Official Minutes of the February 8, 2005 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Great Valley weighs earned income tax" by Micha Frazier in today's Daily Local News reports on the possibility that the Great Valley School District will institute an earned income tax accompanied by a reduction in the school property tax. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Horse Shoe Trail issue discussed" by Jason F. Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on discussions of the Horse Shoe Trail at Tuesday night's meeting of the Planning Commission. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Voters to decide on environment spending plan" by Amy Worden in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the placement of a $625 million bond issue on the May 17 primary election ballot to fund expansion of the state's Growing Greener program. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Growing Greener II to appear on ballot" by Jill Nawrocki in today's Daily Local News also reports on the proposed bond issue. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/13/05
Huge Neighborhood Yard Sale (from Ann Melso) -
20+ Families Participating
Whitehorse Neighborhood (at Whitehorse and Rees roads)
Saturday April 16th at 8am - no early birds, please
Rain date Sunday April 17th
It's all here: household items, toys, tools, furniture, etc.
Come stroll the neighborhood and find your treasures!
Directions: From Malvern - Route 29 North to Whitehorse Rd. Make right onto Whitehorse and travel about 1 mile. 2 entrancessee signs on right at Rees Rd. and another just past Rees
From Phoenixville - Route 29 South to Whitehorse Rd. Make left onto Whitehorse and travel about 1 mile. 2 entrances-- See signs on right at Rees Rd. and another just past Rees.
Paoli 250 Parade and Family Day Celebration - Paoli is celebrating its 250th Anniversary this year, and one of the celebratory events is a Parade and Family Day on Saturday, April 30th. The Parade kicks off at 10:00 AM at Berger King in Paoli and proceeds east to the Paoli Shopping Center. The Picnic is at Historic Waynesborough immediately following the parade. For details, go to http://www.paoli250.org/paradeandfamilyday.html .
04/12/05
Earned Income Tax Return (from Linda Csete) -
For those who have not received the Central Tax Bureau ("Centax") Earned Income Tax Return Form due April 15th, both the final form and quarterly form can be downloaded from: http://www.centaxgroup.com . (Click the "Centax Forms" link in the left menu column on the Centax home page. The forms are listed under "Individuals". JM)
04/10/05
First Citizens Forum Scheduled (from Sarah Peck) -
CHARLESTOWN CITIZENS FORUM invites all Charlestown residents to an interactive discussion on "Iraq...What Lies Ahead?" to be held Thursday, April 21st 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the home of Bob and Jeannie Roggio. Two Iraq experts will be presenting. Please RSVP to info@charlestowncitizensforum.org or 610-935-5678. A $10 voluntary contribution at the door is appreciated. CCF is a non partisan group of Charlestown citizens committed to bringing residents together to learn about important national issues. This is the first of a series of forum discussions planned.
"Saving land may be less rewarding"s by Diane Mastrull in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on possible changes in the federal tax code allowing write-offs of land gifted to trusts and municipalities for conservation. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Fate of deer entwined with role of humans" by Don Sapatkin in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on problems with the deer populations, especially in the northeast. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/09/05
The Official Minutes of the March 7, 2005 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
04/08/05
"Historical homes main meeting topic" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on Wednesday nights meeting of the Charlestown Historical Society. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/07/05
The Preliminary Agenda for the April 12 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
Historical Society Seeks Nominations - The Charlestown Historical Society is soliciting nominations for the offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer for two-year terms starting in the Fall of this year. If you are not familiar with the Society, CHS conducts business meetings four times a year, generally with a speaker in addition to the business meeting, and it sponsors the Annual Patrons Dinner in the fall (a major fund raiser), as well as other events. The Society maintains two historic properties in Charlestown Township and is actively organizing and archiving documents and artifacts from the Township's fascinating history. Subcommittees from the membership manage the various events and properties. If you would like to nominate anyone for any of these positions, or if you would like to be an officer of the Society, please contact Donna Casciola, chairperson of the nominating committee, as soon as possible. Call Donna at 610-933-0304 or email her at d.casciola@att.net .
One Garden Plot Left - There is now one plot available for this year at the Community Garden at Brightside Farm. See our Garden page for information on the garden, which has 20'x19' plots, is completely fenced from deer and most other animals, and has water available. If you would like a plot for the year for $25, please contact me no later than Sunday, April 10. If the plot is not assigned by Sunday night, the plot will be taken by one of our existing gardeners.
04/05/05
Plum TomatoesGarden Photos Posted - A "photo album" has been posted of vegetables and flowers grown in last year's Community Garden at Brightside Farm. The photo album is linked from our Community Garden page as well as by clicking here. A few plots are still available for the 2005 season.
Connecting With Your Land - The West Pikeland Land Trust is sponsoring a workshop on natural strategies for managing your land to be held Saturday, April 16 at the Montgomery School on Rt. 113 in Chester Springs. Participants can attend sessions on any four of the six topics offered. Space is limited and registration should be in by this Friday, April 8. Details are available from the WPLT's web site by clicking here, or click here to download a comprehensive brochure on the workshop (PDF file 68kb).
04/04/05  (11:00 AM)
Charlestown Spring Sale - Complete details for the upcoming Charlestown Spring Sale have been posted here. Directions and a map to this year's sale are included. If you are planning to sell items at this sale, read the entire page, as there are several changes from last year.
04/04/05
Historical Society Meets Wednesday - The Charlestown Historical Society will hold an important business meeting Wed. April 6 at 8 PM. The meeting will be held at the Charlestown Elementary School, NOT the Playhouse. A number of important topics will be discussed including the Rapp and Markley properties, needed repairs, and election of officers. All members are urged to attend this meeting!
Community Garden Plots Available - We still have several 20'x19' plots available in the fenced Community Garden at Brightside Farm. If you have not been able to garden because of deer, this is your opportunity to grow veges and flowers in a beautiful setting. Water is provided. The fee is $25 for the year. If you are interested, check out our Community Garden page for details and contact me if you would like a plot.
Charlestown Spring Sale - The Spring Sale held by the Charlestown Playhouse is coming soon. The Advance Sale is April 9, and "Take-In" days are Monday and Tuesday April 11 and 12. I will have complete updated information including a map and directions to the site posted soon.
04/01/05
Garden Plots Available - It appears that one or more garden plots will be available in 2005 at the Community Garden at the Township's Brightside Farm. A fee of $25 will be charged for each plot. If you would like a plot for 2005, contact me immediately. Any plots that become available will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Information on the plots is available on our Garden page.
 
 

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