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Archived Home Pages - April 1998

I have posted the Preliminary Agenda for next Monday's first May meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
Kevin Kuhn has provided a report on Tuesday's special meeting of the Planning Commission to hear turnpike officials explain their proposals for a "slip ramp" exit/entrance to the PA Turnpike near the Route 29 overpass.
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer has an article by Diane Mastrull covering the second annual Chester County 2020 Conference held this week. Titled "County told of work to do in guiding growth", the article deals with economic as well as environmental factors associated with our County's rapid growth. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Today's The Phoenix has an article by Julie T. Glanville titled "Turnpike officials present exit ramp proposals" describing last night's special meeting called by the Planning Commission. The article is available on-line for today only from the paper's web site. You can read it by clicking here.
The Charlestown Historical Society's meeting on Wednesday, May 6th features a Pennsylvania Humanities Council speaker whose presentation is titled "Blurring the Lines Between Cities and Suburbs". We have posted the Charlestown Historical Society press release on this presentation which is linked from the society's page, the Special Events calendar, and here.
Today's issue of the weekly Suburban Advertiser has two articles by Stephanie L. Baum stemming from Monday's meeting of the Great Valley School Board. The first is "Great Valley rejects plan for rehab students at high school" and the second is "Great Valley to change name of Gen. Wayne Middle School". If you do not have access to this week's paper, the two articles are available on the paper's web site through next Wednesday. You can read the articles by clicking here.
If you are interested in open space issues, I highly recommend an article from the April 4 issue of Lancaster Farming that I posted with the kind permission of that weekly newspaper. The article by Vernon Achenbach Jr. covers a recent speech by the president of the American Farmland Trust at a three day convention devoted to issues of open space preservation. The article is linked from our Neighborhood Issues page, and you can also get to it directly by clicking here.
A New Hope resident wants to foster the return of a bit of local history in a mule-drawn canal barge ride proposed for the Schuylkill Canal in Mont Clare. An article by Margaret Fitzcharles in The Mercury describes the proposal and the issues surrounding it. A meeting (sponsored by the Schuylkill Canal Association) for the public to hear about the proposal and discuss possible traffic and parking issues is to be held April 28th. If you do not have access to The Mercury, you may read the article from the paper's web site (for today only) by clicking here.
We have posted Kevin Kuhn's report on last evening's meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
An article by Kyle Ashinhurst in today's Daily Local titled "Landscapes now required for getting open space aid" discusses the terms under which Chester County municipalities can apply for and receive a portion of the $2 million available this year for open space preservation grants. The terms include the requirement that the municipality have signed on to the "Landscapes" program. During the past decade, more than 10,000 acres in the county have been shielded from development through these grants. Charlestown Township is one of the few municipalities that have not signed on to the Landscapes program. As indicated in the March 10 minutes of the Planning Commission, the Landscapes program is to be discussed at the April 14 meeting of the Commission. The newspaper article is available on-line at the paper's web site for today only. If you do not have the printed edition, you may read the article by clicking here (today only).
The Planning Commission is holding a second meeting in April, and the (posted) preliminary agenda has a single item, which is a presentation by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission of their proposal to construct a "slip ramp" interchange in the Route 29 and Phoenixville Pike area of Charlestown Township. The meeting will begin at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 28th at Charlestown Elementary School.
The Chester County Health Department and several area veterinarians are hosting low-cost Rabies Immunization Clinics on Saturday May 2nd. We have posted the County's Press Release and list of local participating veterinarians.
The Chester County Health Department has also released a Press Release titled "Spring... Time to test the water!" in which the Department recommends that private water supplies be tested once a year. We have posted the Press Release, which describes the possible problems from contamination and how to go about testing your own water supply.
Many Township residents may not know that there is a Schuylkill Canal Association that is actively preserving and restoring the canal and lock in the area just across the bridge in Phoenixville. If you have not explored the path along the canal to the lock area just north of the bridge, we encourage you to do so. The Association opens the locktender's house to the public the third Sunday of each month, though June's open house will be on the annual Canal Day, which is June 28. They often have a related program during each monthly open house. The Association is in the early stages of establishing a fund raising program to fund the complete reconstruction of one of the locks. Membership in the Association can be obtained by contacting The Schuylkill Canal Association, PO Box 3, Mont Clare, PA 19435. They publish a newsletter and Canal Day is a major event in the area.
I have posted the Official Minutes of the March 10 meeting of the Planning Commission. Today's issue of the Suburban Advertiser has an article by Stephanie L. Baum on the newly approved budget for the Great Valley School District. You may read the article on-line through next Wednesday at the paper's web site by clicking here.
I just discovered that the school district has posted five video clips of "Freedom Bound", a show presented early this month by Charlestown School. The clips are about 45 seconds long and are very large (about 4 megabytes each), so be prepared to wait a while for them to download. Click here to see the description and list of clips.
An article titled "Toxic waste cleanup scheduled at former VF military hospital" by Julie T. Glanville is published today in The Phoenix. The property to be cleaned includes a portion owned by Charlestown Township. For today only, the article can be read from the paper's web site by clicking here.
We have posted the Preliminary Agenda for the April 20 regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors, as well as the Official Minutes of the two March meetings of the Board of Supervisors. As always, posted preliminary agendas for future meetings of the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission are accessed via links from the Official Minutes page.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's front page article by Rena Singer titled "Counties, conservancies vying for land" has been added to the Open Space section of our Neighborhood Issues page.
I have again updated (and corrected) the list of officals and their phone numbers on the Charlestown Government page. The Preliminary Agenda for the April 14 meeting of the Planning Commission has also been posted.
I have posted Ellen Behrle's report on Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
We have posted some new links to the Neighborhood Links page. The real surprise is the site for the PA Turnpike, especially the history section.

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