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Archived Home Pages - April 2006

MajolicaEtruscan Majolica Featured at CHS Mtg - The Charlestown Historical Society will hold its second spring meeting Wednesday at 8:00 PM at Charlestown Elementary School. Mr. Dave Frees from the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area will speak on Etruscan Majolica pottery that was produced in Phoenixville in the late 1800's until the facility burned in 1890, with limited production thereafter until 1903. The pottery is very collectable, quite valuable, and you are invited to bring pieces of Majolica that you may own. Mr. Frees will bring examples, and the CHS will bring some of its considerable collection as well. The meeting is in the school cafeteria. Please park in the lot between the school and the school bus garage and enter through door #5.
Art Gallery Event - Charlestown township resident Barbara Grant will be featured at Barnstone Gallery May 5 thru June 30. Her colorful and richly painted landscapes capture the essence and atmosphere of rural Chester County. Meet the Artist Reception Friday, May 5, 6 - 9pm. All are welcome. The gallery is at 388W Pothouse Road, Phoenixville. It is just east of the intersection of Charlestown and Pothouse Rds.
"Groundwater levels below normal, despite recent storms" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on the current drought conditions in our area. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the May 1 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted. Note that the main item on the agenda is the continuation of the Official Map hearing.
Earth Day Clean Up Saturday (from Sue Staas, Linda Csete) -
Reminder: Charlestown's Roadside Trash Pickup Day is This Saturday, April 29! Some of our good citizens are already picking up roadside trash. Jim Quay picked up 3 bags of trash near Charlestown Park. And John Pickering, Hollow Road, has set a challenge! He collected 10 bags of trash from the Route 29 Curve overlooking Hollow Road. Come to the Devault Post Office/Township Office Saturday, April 29 at 9AM. Coffee, trash bags, vests will be provided. Come on out and beat John's record!
Nature Center Summer Programs - The Great Valley Nature Center, on Route 29 at Hollow Road, offers a variety of educational and exciting nature camp programs this summer. Programs are offered for several age groups from preschoolers to 15 year olds. Go to the Center's web site (here) and then click the "Summer Camp" link for details.
Envirofest Family Fun Festival (from Linda Csete) -
Charlestown Township is one of many sponsors of Green Valleys Association's "ENVIROFEST" at beautiful Welkinwir in East Nantmeal Township on Saturday, May 6th from 8 AM - 2 PM, rain or shine. Activities include: hikes and nature themed walks, healthy living expo, wildflower and native plant sale, farm animals, birds of prey, and lots of activities for kids including storytelling and open pond fishing. Directions to Welkinweir: Traveling North on Route 100 above the PA Turnpike Exit 312 for Downingtown/Pottstown, Follow Route 100 past Route 401 at Ludwig's Corner, and continue 3.7 miles to Prizer Road. Turn left on Prizer Road. Welkinweir is 1 mile on the left. Click here for details from the Green Valleys web site.
Earth Day Clean Up Postponed (from Linda Csete) -
The Charlestown Township Earth Day Clean up scheduled for tomorrow (April 22) is being postponed due to the anticipated rain, until Saturday, April 29th, 9 AM - noon, meeting from the Township Office.
The Official Minutes of the April 3 and April 7, 2006 meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
2006 Camp Directory - The All Around Philly Camp Directory for 2006 has been published and is available on-line via Montgomery Newspapers. Click here to begin the directory, and go to page 4 of the directory for a list of the camps covered by the guide.
Peacock and Peahen (from Paul Stevens) -
Can you provide a home for them?
The peacock who materialized on our property last Monday has made himself at home. Now we've learned that another Charlestown resident, Linda Novack, has been adopted by a peahen. We think maybe someone who was raising them moved away and just abandoned them. Our problem is that, for different reasons, neither Linda nor we can keep our new-found pets.
We are searching for someone who would like an absolutely beautiful peacock and, also, a mating peahen. If anyone at all is interested, please have them contact either of us: or .
These birds are too beautiful to be without a home. Thanks.
"Concern growing over lack of rain" by Ann Pickering and Adam Cirucci in yesterday's Daily Local News report on the implications and concerns regarding the drought we have experienced since January. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/15/06 (6:45 PM)
Are you missing a Peahen? (from Gail Perrone) -
(Yes, Gail has contacted Paul Stevens who has a peacock hanging around his home, and nobody has claimed it.)
Peahen hanging out at a residence on Dobs Lane the past two days. If anyone is missing one, would they please contact Gail at so we can facilitate a reunion."
The Preliminary Agenda for the April 17 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted. Note that the Allan A. Myers Curative Amendment (for a landfill) will not be discussed but will be continued to a later meeting.
Earth Day Update (from Linda Csete) -
A reminder that our Earth Day Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd meeting at 9 AM at the township office. We're hoping for nice weather, but in case of rain, I'll post a notice on the website by 6:30 AM and leave a message on the township phone (610) 240-0326. The Rain date is April 29th. We appreciate all those who have volunteered to pitch in next week - thanks again! If you have any questions, please let me know.
Linda Csete
Penn State Great Valley hosts open house - Penn State Great Valley offers a host of courses this summer and fall to meet the needs of working professionals. On Tuesday, April 25, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., prospective students are invited to attend an open house and learn about graduate programs in education, engineering, information science, training design and development, leadership, and management, as well as professional education programs in technology, project management, and more; talk with career and financial aid representatives; and meet and network with alumni and colleagues. Participants can also enjoy raffles, giveaways and light refreshments. Click here for complete information including a schedule.
Easter Gift (from The Revd. Simon and Lucy Barnes) -
What a great surprise to wake up this morning and discover that one of the two Strawberry Hollow Farm signs that have been taken over the past year had been carefully returned. Although slightly damaged it is none the less proudly hanging once again on Buckwalter Road. Thank you to whoever had the decency to return it, despite the theft and vandalism we appreciate your thoughtfulness. An appropriate act on this Easter Weekend!
"Chester Valley Trail would link Chesco parks, open spaces" by Gina Zotti in this week's Suburban Advertiser reports on the recommendations and likely implementation of a county position to help implement a county trail system. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Official Map Ordinance (from Linda Csete) -
NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Board of Supervisors of Charlestown Township will hold a public hearing on May 1, 2006 at 7:30 PM, as part of the Board's regularly scheduled public meeting, at the Great Valley Middle School, 255 N. Phoenixville Pike, Malvern PA, 19355, Room 154 to inform the public, obtain public comment and consider passage of the following Ordinance re-adopting and amending the Official Map of Charlestown Township. At the conclusion of the public hearing, the Board of Supervisors will consider enactment and possibly enact the proposed Ordinance at its regular public meeting to be held at the same date, time and location as the public hearing noticed herein above.
The full text of the amendment is available as a web page and a pdf file, both of which are also linked from our Offiical Map Ordinance page.
The Official Minutes of the March 14, 2006 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Best-selling author stops by Bridge Street Bookshop today" by Dennis J. Wright in today's The Phoenix reports on Charlestown resident and best selling author Lisa Scottoline's appearance tonight at the Bridge Street Bookshop to sign copies of here latest book. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Are you missing a Peacock? (from Paul Stevens, -
Yesterday, at about 6 PM, we looked out the kitchen window down into our meadow and saw, for the first time in 22 years, a full-grown peacock going walkabout. He is a beautiful creature; full-grown and, to our amateur eyes, in excellent physical condition. So much so that we feel he must belong to someone and has escaped his usual habitat. We are wondering if a resident of the township raises peacocks, or, at least, one peacock, who has gone missing. If this is the case, please do whatever you can to spread the word, in hopes that his rightful owner can contact us and reclaim his or her prize pet. If not, then we'll set about feeding him and doing whatever else he needs, because he would be a beautiful addition to our property.
"Yellow Springs receives $100,000 for renovations" in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the grant received by Historic Yellow Springs to help in the renovations to the Washington Buildling. There are plans to include a restaurant in the renovated building. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"One injured in Charlestown crash" by Dennis J. Wright in today's The Phoenix reports on yesterday's two-vehicle crash on Charlestown Road near Swiss Pines. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Are you registered to vote? - April 17 is the last day to register to vote in time for the May 16 primary election. Click here to find out how to register.
The Preliminary Agenda for the April 11 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
Garden Plot Available - We currently have one plot (19'x20') available for a new gardener in the Community Garden at Brightside Farm. The garden is fenced and water is available at each plot. There is a fee of $25 for the year, with the right to renew in subsequent years. For more information, please go to our Garden page (see the square "Garden" link above) and read over the information there. If you would like the plot, please contact me asap, as the first request received will be assigned the plot.
The Official Minutes of the March 27, 2006 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Reminder - The Charlestown Historical Society will be holding its first spring meeting tonight starting at 8 pm at the Elementary School cafeteria. The speaker for this meeting will be Ryan Conroy, a resident of Phoenixville and board member of the Historical Society of Phoenixville. He will speak on the history of photography of the 1840-1940 era and identification of old photographs. Those attending are invited to bring old photos, etc. for display & identification. (I will be bringing a few large blow ups of turn of the century Charlestown villaged and other scenes.)
Charlestown Playhouse Spring Sale - Complete information regarding the Charlestown Spring Sale has been posted on the Play House web site at Limited space this year means some additional limitations on what can be sold. If you plan to sell items at the sale, please read the information carefully. Note that the "Take-in" days are April 25 and 26 and the sale itself runs from Aprl 28 through May 3rd. This year the sale is at the Kimberton Fire Company.
Barnstone Gallery Events (from Lynn Detwiler) -
April 7th, we're featuring a juried Student Art Show from Delaware Valley Friends in Paoli. May 5th, area landscapes from Charlestown Township artist Barbara Grant will be featured. Our gallery is at 388W Pothouse Road, Phoenixville. It is just east of the intersection of Charlestown and Pothouse Rds.
Spring Sale Info Coming - I will have information on the Charlestown Playhouse Spring Sale posted soon.

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