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Archived Home Pages - May 2005

05/29/05  (1:00 PM)
The Griffiths' dog Nittany is back home.
05/29/05
Missing Dog (received Sat from Andrea Griffiths) - This morning our dog disappeared & we've asked all the close neighbors if they've seen her. Her name is Nittany, she's a mutt - part lab & wiener dog, she stands about knee high, short hair, mostly black with some white one her chest & paws & is about 12 years old. She didn't have a collar on, only a choke chain. She was last seen at our house (around intersection of State Rd (Rt 29 ) & Union Hill. If found please contact the Griffiths 610-415-0925.
Community Picnic Announced - The Charlestown Community Picnic will be held Saturday June 25, 2005 at Brightside Farm and the Wisner-Rapp House on Yellow Springs Road. Organized by the Charlestown Historical Society, all residents are welcome. Click here for details and directions as well as RSVP information.
Community Picnic Planning Mtg (From Barbara De Wilde)-
There will be a Charlestown Picnic planning meeting at the Wisner Rapp House on Wednesday evening, June 1, 2004 at 7:30 - 8:30pm. All Charlestown Township residents are welcome to attend. This gives people an opportunity to meet their fellow township residents.
05/27/05
Woolen Mill Grant Awarded - Yesterday's The Phoenix (print edition only) reported that the county's Special Tourism Marketing Initiative Program has awarded $75,000 to Charlestown Township to help fund efforts to restore the Woolen Mill in the village.
05/26/05
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, from 12 - 5 PM on Sunday June 5th. We have updated the information on this event, and have added a pdf version of the ticket ordering form. Click here for details and registration form and link to the pdf ordering form.
"Pedestrian hit on Nutt Road" by Dennis J. Wright in today's The Phoenix reports on an accident in Phoenixville involving Charlestown resident Francis Puleo. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/25/05
Historical Society Planning Banquet (from Ellen Behrle)
The Charlestown Historical Society is a nonprofit organization charged with preserving items of historical significance relating to the township. They also manage and keep up historical properties which have been donated to them such as the Stinson Markley property on Union Hill Rd. and the Rapp House at Yellow Springs and Hollow Road.
The society holds one fundraiser annually after Labor Day in the early part of September. A lovely dinner and auction party is hostedat different locations throughout the township. Many of the propertieswe have used have historical significance and most have had barns large enough to seat 125-150 people for dinner although a barn is not necessary. We can rent event tents. The owners of the property almost never open their homes to the public but allow the Patrons Dinner Committee to put on a grand event on the grounds.
We are looking for people willing to continue this tradition of allowing us to show off their properties at no expense to them which allows the Historical Society to raise the capital needed to complete their mission. This is a fabulous way to meet many of our Charlestown neighbors, both old and new.
Please contact Ellen Behrle at EBehrle@aol.com for further information or if you wish to become a member of the Historical Society or would like to be a part of the Patrons Dinner Committee.
Two articles in local papers explain the reasoning behind the Great Valley School Board's decisions not to collect earned income taxes from residents (possible under Act 511 since 1965) and not to participate in the program under Act 72 which would lessen property taxes and increase earned income taxes. The articles are -
  • "School board holds the line on tax collection" by Benjamin Y. Lowe in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
  • "Great Valley won't collect tax" by Micha Frazier in today's Daily Local News. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/24/05
Space is still available at the non partisan Charlestown Citizens Forum
presentation on the economy with nationally known Dr. Mark Zandi. Ask questions in an informal setting while meeting your neighbors. Learn things like where gas prices and interest rates are headed, the future of social security, the stock market and the housing market, and what public policy decisions will affect these. May 26th 7:30 pm rsvp: info@charlestowncitizensforum.org. More information is available at http://www.charlestowncitizensforum.org.
"More boards nix Act 72" by Micha Fazier in today's The Phoenix reports on the unanimous vote by the Great Valley School Board to reject the state tax reform option represented by Act 72. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
At the District 1 Track and Field Championships last Saturday, Charlestown resident and GVHS senior Jonathan Hughes qualified in the mile for the State Championships next weekend in Shipensburg. (from Paul Gring)
 
Kristen and HelenAlso last Saturday, at the PA Alpaca Owners & Breeders Show in York, PA, Charlestown's Rocky Run Alpacas farm took home many ribbons as did our son's Nyala Farm Alpacas from Vestal, NY (named after our old family farm on Merlin Road). Shown at the right are Charlestown's Kristen Bunten (left) and my granddaughter Helen Merriwether with their ribbons in the younger kids showmanship class.
 
Danielle & Kenny & AmandaAt the left, (left to right) we have Danielle Bunten, Kenny Merriwether and Amanda Bunten, all of whom took ribbons in the older children's showmanship class. Both families took several ribbons in the children's performance classes as well. It's great to see young people participating in the raising and training of these animals. Alpacas from both farms also took blue ribbons in the classes in which the animals themselves were judged.
05/21/05
"Regional survey backs managed growth, development limits" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on the recently published survey results from the study done by the Phoenixville Area Regional Planning Commission. The Commission includes representatives from Phoenixville, Charlestown Township and several other regional townships. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/18/05
Election Results - Charlestown had a 10.1% turnout for yesterday's primary election, with the Growing Greener Bond Question approved by 82% of the Township's voters. Township results are available from the County's web site by clicking here. Cumulative Chester County results are available here.
"Voters OK open-space spending" by Peter Jackson in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the passage of the Growing Greener II bond issue on yesterday's primary ballot. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Enviro bond passes" in today's The Phoenix reports on the Chester and Montgomery Counties' votes for the Growing Greener II bond issue. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/17/05  ELECTION DAY
Polls at Charlestown Elementary School are open until 8 PM. While this is a primary election with few choices, it is an opportunity to vote on a ballot question asking voters to give their approval to the state to borrow $625 million for the Growing Greener II initiative. The program is aimed at maintaining and protecting the environment, open space and farmland preservation, watershed protection, abandoned mine reclamation, acid mine drainage remediation and other environmental efforts.
05/15/05
"Charlestown incumbents unopposed" by Bill Rettew, Jr. reports on the Republican primary supervisor race in Charlestown in which Kevin Kuhn and Michael Rodgers are running unopposed. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Seeing green, bond-issue backers seek big win" by Amy Worden in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the Growing Greener bond issue to be voted on in Tuesday's primary election. Anyone may vote on the bond issue, regardless of party affiliation or independence. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Decision time for Growing Greener II" by Don Brensinger in today's The Mercury also reports on the bond issue to be voted on Tuesday. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/13/05
Reminders - Tomorrow is the date for the Rapp House work party and also is the second of four 2005 Hazardous Waste Disposal Days.
2nd Charlestown Citizens Forum Scheduled -
CHARLESTOWN CITIZENS FORUM PRESENTS "THE ECONOMY... WHAT LIES AHEAD?" Dr. Mark Zandi of ECONOMY.COM will be the guest presenter at the upcoming community discussion hosted by the non partisan Charlestown Citizens Forum to be held Thursday May 26th 7:30pm at the home of Bob and Jeannie Roggio. Details at http://www.charlestowncitizensforum.org. RSVP to info@charlestowncitizensforum.org or call 610-935-5779. $10 voluntary contribution at the door is appreciated.
Open Space Ballot Question - While primary election ballots are normally party-specific, there is a Growing Greener bond issue question on the May 17 ballot that can be voted by independents as well as voters with any party registration. The polls will be open at Charlestown Elementary School from 7 AM to 8 PM next Tuesday. The text of the Official Ballot Question is:
"Do you favor authoring the Commonwealth to borrow up to $625,000,000 for the maintenance and protection of the environment, open space and farmland preservation, watershed protection, abandoned mine reclamation, acid mine drainage remediation and other environmental initiatives?"
"GV budget drops by .27 mills" by Micha Frazer in this week's Suburban Advertiser reports on a slight reduction of the proposed increase in the Great Valley School District's proposed budget to be voted on by the Board on May 16. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Better than a Days Inn?" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on discussions at Tuesday's Planning Commission meeting regarding the application for construction of a "pet hotel" at the intersection of Phoenixville Pike and Spring Mill Boulevard. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
" Great Valley sixth graders participate in Earth Day" in this week's Suburban Advertiser reports on a comprehensive program of short sessions on environmental issues for 6th graders at Great Valley Middle School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
I have reduced the font size of our web page version of the 2005 Township Budget. This should resolve problems some visitors to this site have had with viewing this page. Thanks to Michael McLaughlin for pointing this out and suggesting the fix.
05/12/05
The Official Minutes of the April 12, 2005 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Great Valley debates 110-foot-high lights" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on E. Whiteland supervisors and the GVSD's board discussions of proposed lighting for the districts football stadium. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/11/05
I have added the Abby Sanctuary to our list of kids activity and party places on our Kids Stuff page. Thanks to Nancy Baldwin for bringing this facility to my attention. It sounds like a great place for animal lovers of any age to visit, with many ways for volunteers to help out as well.
05/06/05
"Growing Greener hopes for voters" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on appeals to independents and those voters registered to minority political parties to come out and vote for the Growing Greener bond issue in the May 17 primary election. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Townships pursue using taxes to preserve open space" by Marcella Peyre-Ferry in today's Daily Local News is another article on efforts within Chester County to fund preservation of open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Tredyffrin township plan OK'd" by Anthony Roberts in today's Daily Local News reports on neighboring Tredyffrin Township's efforts to develop a township-wide trail system and to further invest in parks and open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Our Directory of Elected and Appointed Officials has been updated and a separate pdf file is also available showing terms, expiration dates and chairpersons.
05/05/05
The Preliminary Agenda for the May 10 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the two April meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Regional survey backs managed growth, development limits" by Bill Rettew, Jr. describes the results of the recently published survey commissioned by the Phoenixville Area Regional Planning Commission, a partnership that includes Charlestown Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Commissioners urge voters to support Growing Greener II" by Gina Zotti in today's Daily Local News reports on the Chester County Commissioners support of an open space bond issue to be on the upcoming May 17 primary election ballot. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Aichele discusses open space progress" by John Rossomando in today's Daily Local News reports on the county's expenditures and efforts to permanently preserve farmland and open space in northern Chester County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/04/05
Reminder - The Charlestown Historical Society's 2nd spring meeting will be held tonight at 8:00 PM at the Charlestown Elementary School.
"GVSB accepts renovation bid" by Micha Frazier in today's Daily Local News reports on the decision by the Great Valley School Board to borrow funds and accept a higher than expected bid to proceed with the renovation of Sugartown Elementary School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
05/03/05
"Auditor: 'Very fiscally sound with very stable growth'" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on the auditor's report presented at last night's Board of Supervisors meeting by auditor Emory Todd. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Open-space bonds backed by Chesco commissioners" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Chester County Commissioners are urging voters to approve the bond issue to be on the May 17 primary election ballot, in which funds are to be used for open space and farmland preservation, watershed protection and other environmental initiatives. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Future looking bright for GVHS" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports reports on a decision by the E. Whiteland Planning Commission to recommend an ordinance change that would allow 110 foot high lighting at the Great Valley High School stadium. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Power of Internet Searching - I am accustomed to receiving email questions or comments from other parts of the world for one of my other web sites (http://www.roughandtumble.org) that deals with antique farm equipment. I receive very few "out of county" emails regarding this web site, mostly from relatives of residents. I received an email this morning regarding a Charlestown home page posting I did in July 2002 in which I sought the identification of a white bird that I had photographed walking around in our driveway. The email message was "the white bird is ' paloma ' from 'el caribe' im living in Puerto Rico", and it came from an Israeli portal service email account. I am continually amazed by the power of Google and other internet search engines. I assume the unidentified sender of the email had searched on "white bird" or a similar phrase and one of the many pages to be found was buried in www.charlestown.org's home page archives.
05/02/05
Historical Society Meeting - This is a reminder that the Charlestown Historical Society will be holding their 2nd Spring Meeting at 8 PM this coming Wednesday, May 4, at the Charlestown Elementary School. A proposed slate of officers for the next 2 years will be considered along with other business. The speaker for this meeting has been changed. The speaker is Ruth van Tassel, a Township resident who will speak on needlework. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Rapp House Work Party - The start time for the May 14 CHS work party at the Rapp House has been moved to 10 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.
 
 

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