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Archived Home Pages - May 2003

05/30/03
The Preliminary Agenda for the June 2 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
There is one plot left in the new Community Garden at Brightside Farm, and the first to ask for it gets it. Click here for more info.
05/29/03  (9:30 AM)
Picnic Cancelled- Barbara De Wilde has announced that the community picnic scheduled for this Sunday at the Rapp House has been cancelled due to the anticipated wet weather.
 
Open for business.... Mother Nature slowed us down a bit with rainy weather, but the new Charlestown Community Garden, located at Brightside Farm and built by volunteers with the Township purchasing materials, is open for business. We have three 19'x20' plots left, each of which can be divided among two families, if desired. The 12 plots are surrounded by deer fence, and water is provided as well.
 
Additional unfenced tilled space is available for pumpkins, squash, and other viny plants that deer don't seem to bother. A composting manure pile is "cooking". There will be benches upon which to rest and look at the beautiful surrounding farmland. There are still some details to be completed, but two of the plots are already planted. If you are interested in a plot, please contact me asap. Cost to you will be $20 per family to help defray materials costs. For more information, list of gardeners, and a layout of the garden area click here.
05/27/03
"Class grouping causes concern" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports further discussions of the planned skill-level classes as part of a new educational program initiative in the Great Valley elementary schools. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/23/03
"Parents at odds over school district plan" by Pamela Batzel in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on recently announced plans for the elementary school programs in the Great Valley School District. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/21/03
Election Results - Charles Philips and Peter Bunten won the two Republican nominations for this fall's general election for Township Supervisor. Paul Hogan ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination. The results of the Republican contest were -
Candidate Votes Pct.
CHARLES A. PHILIPS
IRENE W. EWALD
PETER D. BUNTEN
WRITE-IN
WRITE-IN
329
169
281
5
2
41.86
21.50
35.75
0.64
0.25
 
"Ewald loses bid to return to board" by Tony Roberts in today's The Phoenix reports on the above election results. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
In the County Commissioner primaries, Carol Aichele and Donald Mancini will be the Republican candidates in the fall, and Andy Dinniman and Michele Vaughn will be the Democratic candidates.
The Official Minutes of the April 21, 2003 and May 5, 2003 meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The Community Picnic at the Rapp House, originally scheduled for May 18, has been postponed to June 1st due to last weekend's weather.
05/17/03
"3 fight for 2 GOP spots in Charlestown" in today's The Phoenix reports on Tuesday's primary ballot for supervisor positions in Charlestown. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/16/03
Newell Burdick plowing BSF GardenYesterday afternoon farmer Newell Burdick plowed the soon-to-be community garden at Brightside Farm. Less than half of the area plowed will be enclosed by deer fence, and the other portion will be available for planting pumpkins and other "spreading" plants that the deer are less inclined to bother.
Pulling out plasticAlix Coleman (chairman of the Brightside Farm Committee) and Linda Merriwether pull out old black plastic ground cover left over from the times when the Pyle family used the garden.
In addition to helping with Brightside Farm, Alix Coleman is a professional photographer (specializing in horse photography) and artist. The annual Equestrian Issue (May) of "County Lines" has one of Alix's photos on the cover and a photo essay of her photos at the Devon Horse Show is featured in the issue as well.
"Community-supported farms aid small farmers, save land" by Leslie Pappas in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on CSAs in the Philadelphia region. The article includes comments from Bill Anderson who owns and operates the Charlestown Cooperative Farm on Charlestown Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Charlestown Co-op farmer wins grant" in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on a $3,200 grant received by Kathryn Anderson at the Charlestown Cooperative Farm for her "think globally, eat locally" program. The article is NOT available on-line, and can only be seen in the print edition.
"Land access is at issue" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on candidates for County Commissioner's feelings on requiring public trail access on land preserved via agriculture-preservation programs. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Crowded field for commissioner" by Nancy Petersen, also in today's Philadelphia Inquirer, reports on the County Commissioner Andy Dinniman's four challengers for the Democrat nomination in Tuesday's election. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Open space an issue" by David Bernard in today's Daily Local News reports on last night's discussion of County Commissioner candidates' views on open space issues. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"E. Whiteland supervisors adopt plan" by David Bernard in today's Daily Local News reports on neighboring East Whiteland Township's recently updated park, recreation and open space plan for the residents of that township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Another dance class studio in Phoenixville has been added to our Kids Recreation page.
05/15/03
The Preliminary Agenda for the May 19 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the April 22, 2003 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
REMINDER - Next Tuesday is ELECTION DAY. The County has not posted sample ballots on their web site, so I have no link to display our ballot. Remember, the election is at the Bacton Hill Bible Church. Directions are available from our Voting in Charlestown page.
"Charlestown planners: Proposal has improved" by Gazalla Gaya in today's The Phoenix reports on Tuesday's meeting of the Planning Commission. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"GOP has a battle in Chesco" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the choices Republican voters will have next Tuesday when voting for party nominees for County Commissioner. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/14/03
The Planning Commission has cancelled its meeting for May 27th and will meet next on June 10th, 7:30 P.M., Great Valley Middle School.
An 8th "advertisement" for summer employment has been posted on our Seeking Summer Employment page. If you know employers, families or individuals who are looking for summer employees, please direct them to our new page.
Library Reopens - "Exton library slowly getting back to business" by Betsy Gilliland in today's Daily Local News reports on the reopening of the Chester County Library in Exton, where emergency roof repairs have kept the building closed to the public since April 25. Things are not completely back to normal, yet. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"District officials say proposed law will cost money" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on Great Valley School Board discussions of a new bill that would prevent school districts from approving tax increases when their rainy day fund exceeds a limit set by the lawmakers. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chester County candidates forum is set for tonight" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a free public forum this evening in Coatesville to ask the candidates for county commissioner their views on the issue of smart growth. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/13/03
A 7th "advertisement" for summer employment has been posted on our Seeking Summer Employment page. If you know employers, families or individuals who are looking for summer employees, please direct them to our new page.
05/12/03
"Rural regions focus on space" by Edward Hayes in today's Daily Local News reports on the importance of open space issues in several Chester County townships as the primary election nears. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/08/03
"Great Valley budget includes 9.3 percent tax hike" by Pamela Batzel in this week's Suburban Advertiser reports on budget discussions at the Great Valley School Board's Monday meeting. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Mike Rogers was elected president of the Charlestown Historical Society at last night's meeting of the organization. Will Palmen was re-elected Vice President, Russ Hanscom was re-elected Treasurer, and Jean Helker was re-elected Secretary. All serve two year terms.
05/07/03
"Supervisors receive auditors report" by Gazalla Gaya in today's The Phoenix reports on Monday night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal report for April has been posted.
Fred Alston's Roadmaster report for April has been posted.
05/06/03
The Preliminary Agenda for the May 13 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
A sixth "advertisement" for summer employment has been posted on our new Seeking Summer Employment page. If you know employers, families or individuals who are looking for summer employees, please direct them to our new page.
05/05/03
In an effort to gain exposure for the summer employment advertisements for our township students, I have sent requests to other web sites to provide a temporary link to our Summer Employment page. So far, I have sent requests to the following organizations -
   Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry
   Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce
   Great Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce
   Exton Region Chamber of Commerce
   Chester County's official web site
   Phoeniville Boro
   West Pikeland Township
   Malvern Boro
   East Whiteland Township
   Birchrunville
   Tredyffrin Township
   Schuylkill Township
   Chester County Connect
   (East Pikeland's web site is down.)
I am not expecting many of the above organizations to promote our students' ads, but hopefully some will. If you know of any really appropriate local area web sites to which I should also submit this request, please contact me. Thanks. JM
"Earth, gardening center opens" by Susan Weidener in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer also reports on Saturday's dedication of the Samuel W. Morris Building for Gardening and Earth Studies at the Kimberton Waldorf School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/04/03
"A 'most fitting tribute' to Sam Morris" by Margaret Fitzcharles in today's The Mercury reports on yesterday's dedication of the Samuel W. Morris Building for Gardening and Earth Studies at the Kimberton Waldorf School. Sam Morris was called the "father of open space preservation" in Pennsylvania. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The list of waste haulers authorized by Charlestown Township for 2003 has been updated. The list is permanently linked from our General Info page, or you can review it by clicking here.
05/02/03
The Preliminary Agenda for the May 5 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
A fifth "advertisement" for summer employment has been posted on our new Seeking Summer Employment page. If you know employers, families or individuals who are looking for summer employees, please direct them to our new page.
05/01/03
Charlestown Elementary School Spring Fair - Reminder - The annual Spring Fair to benefit the students of Charlestown Elementary School is being held this Saturday, May 3, rain or shine. Please don't let the added travel time to attend this year's event keep you from attending and having a great time while supporting our township's elementary school. Click here for a description of the many events and for directions to the former Sugartown Elementary School.
"School districts grapple with budgets" by Dan Hardy in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Chester County school district budgets, including Great Valley's. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Foundry receives $1M" by Tony Roberts in today's The Phoenix reports on the Phoenixville Area Economic Development Corp. (PAEDCO) receipt of $1 million from the state to be used for continued restoration of the Foundry building at the old steel works in Phoenixville. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Township debates open space, taxes" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on discussions taking place in Pennsbury Township regarding raising tax monies for the preservation of open space in the township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
 

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