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Archived Home Pages - May 2007
Blacksmith Days At Rough And Tumble - As some of you know, I am a member of Rough and Tumble and do that organization's web site. Rough and Tumble is less than an hour's drive out Route 30 from Charlestown, and is a "living museum" of antique farm machinery, including giant steam traction engines, antique farm tractors and many other types of farming apparatus from the late 19th century through the mid 20th century. In two weeks, R&T will host Blacksmith Days, Friday and Saturday June 8 and 9. Blacksmiths will gather at Rough and Tumble where heating iron and hammering out artwork and horseshoes will take center stage. The main event of the two days is a competition by six blacksmiths who are each forging a different item from a predetermined materials list. Raffle tickets will determine the winning blacksmith as well as which visitors take home raffle items. 20+ farriers will be competing under a tent in the annual forging contest of the Pennsylvania Professional Farriers Association, making different types of horse shoes. Other demonstrations of the art of blacksmithing as well as children's activities make this an event for the entire family, and it's all free! For more details (including directions), go to the event's page on Rough and Tumble's web site by clicking here.
"Mill Lane bridge to be closed" by Anne Pickering in Sunday's Daily Local News reports on next Tuesday's closing of the Mill Lane bridge (E. Whiteland Twp) over Rt. 202 for about seven months. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"New life ahead for Phoenixville Foundry" by Helen I. Hwang in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the plans for renovations and uses of the historic building in Phoenixville. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the May 7, 2007 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The Official Minutes of the May 8, 2007 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Preserve in Chesco authorized" by Diane Mastrull in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on state approval of a bill authorizing Chester County to sell 500 acres to be combined with 568 acres donated by philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest for a public park. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Kids Fest Announced - State Representative (Dist. 167) Duane Milne is sponsoring a "Kids Fest" Saturday, June 9 from 11 am to 2 pm at the School at Church Farm, 1001 East Lincoln Highway, Exton. (Take Phoenixville Pike south to Route 30. Turn right on Route 30. The Church Farm school is a short distance past the Route 202 overpass.) The event is free, and entertainment and light refreshments will be provided, including over 40 vendors from the district and other parts of the Commonwealth. Included are -
For more information, see http://www.duanemilne.com.
- The Philadelphia Zoo Show at 11:30 AM
- Franklin Institute Show at 12:45
- Pennsylvania State Police Helicopter
- West Whiteland Police K-9 Unit
- East and West Whiteland Fire Departments
- Chester County Art Association - free art lessons
- Appearances by SpongeBob (Noon - 2 PM) and Phlex (Noon - 1 PM)
Seeking Summer Employment - Laura McLaughlin has added her advertisement seeking summer employment. Click here.
Charlestown Hunt Garage Sale (from Pat Wagner) - Charlestown Hunt will be holding a community garage sale on Saturday June 9, 2007 from 8am to 1pm, rain or shine.
Board Meeting Rescheduled (from Linda Csete) - Because the Supervisors need only a brief 2nd meeting this month, they opted to schedule it for 7 Pm on Tuesday, May 22nd, for the 1/2 hour before the Planning Commission meeting.
The Preliminary Agenda for the May 22 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the May 22 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the March 19, 2007 meeting of the Board of Supervisors were inadvertently not posted and have now been posted.
Seeking Summer Employment - Katy Gorman has added her advertisement seeking summer employment. Click here.
"County, state overwhelmingly reject Act 1" by John Rossomando in today's The Phoenix reports on the rejection of the school funding tax-shifting referendum. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Election Results - Overall voter turnout in Charlestown Township was 17.72%. Complete unofficial results for all races on Charlestown ballots are available from the County's web site by clicking here. Overall County-Wide results are available here.
Seeking Summer Employment - Cara Nicholson kicks off our "advertisements" from students seeking summer employment. I have a second ad in the queue, awaiting a little more information. If you are a student looking for summer work, please be sure to provide the information requested for your ad.
Need Summer Help? - If your business or you personally need a worker for the summer please check our Seeking Summer Employment page for advertisements from Charlestown Township residents who are high school or college students. Click here for the current list of ads and use the contact information provided to get in touch with the student.
"Districts' voters shun tax-trade proposals" by Dan Hardy in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on preliminary results of the school district referendums in the PA suburbs. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Addition to Kids Stuff - Fast Flicks, a developmental league for girls in grades 1 through 8 focusing on basic field hockey skills has been added to our Kids Stuff page of sports and other activities for children. Last year Fast Flicks had girls from over 50 area schools in the league, including many from Charlestown. Registration begins next week. Click here for details.
Students Seeking Summer Employment - Our page set up for Charlestown Township students seeking summer employment has returned for summer 2007. The page is available here. This page is for Charlestown residents who are high school or college students seeking summer employment. You may post "advertisements" for your services. All I ask is that ONLY Charlestown residents submit ads. Those interested in employing students will contact the student directly using the contact information provided in the student's posting. A sample posting is currently on the page. At a minimum, students should provide the following information using the form available here. -
I will announce additions of students to the page as they are posted, both on the Home page and via our email update service.
Street Address (only the street name will be posted)
Current school enrollment. (i.e. "freshman at xxx college")
When available to start.
What kind of work is sought.
Contact information: Either e-mail address, phone number or postal address.
Any other information about themselves,
such as qualifications for the type of employment sought.
Reminder - The Charlestown Citizens Forum will host a discussion Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 PM at the Great Valley Middle School, where experts will speak on Health Care Reform - Practical? Possible? Pipe Dream?. Speakers are: Rebekah Gee, MD, MPH, a Robert Woods Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania who has worked on the health care reform plan in Massachusetts and is also a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist; Andrew Wigglesworth, President of the Health Care Improvement Foundation which focuses on a broad range of community health improvement and patient safety/quality assurance initiatives. He is also President and CEO of Philadelphia International Medicine LLC, a joint venture of eight of the region's top hospitals, and formerly ran the Delaware Valley Health Care Council for 12 years; Moderator Josh Goldstein, the health and science reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, who regularly covers hospital care, clinical care, and quality of care issues. Much more information is available on-line at the organization's web site at http://www.charlestowncitizensforum.org/health_care_reform.htm.
Primary Ballot Clarification - You may have noticed in the Republican primary election ballot I posted last week that there is a write-in position for Township Supervisor, though no actual candidates. This is because Hugh Willig, who is running for re-election as supervisor, is running on the Democrat primary ballot (unopposed) and has no opposition on the Republic ballot. Republicans can write Hugh's name on the Republican ballot if they wish, in which case they should also be sure to punch a hole for that write-in position.
Seminar on Conservation Easements and Other
Preservation Tools in Financial Planning (from Aliena Gerhard) -
Hello and Happy Spring! Many of you have received post cards from me telling you about the 50% - 15 year tax break for donating conservation easements. Well, Steven Small, who wrote the tax code on receiving tax benefits for donating conservation easements, is coming to our area for a seminar on May 22, 2007. I have attended his seminars - not only are they informative, but also he makes tax issues interesting and engaging! Anyone who wants to take advantage of the fantastic tax break - which is set to expire at the end of this year, should attend! The deadline to register has been extended. For more information including place, time, cost and registration form, click here.
"Farmers' market opens for sixth summer season" by Dennis J. Wright in today's The Phoenix reports on last Saturday's opening day for the sixth season of the Phoenixville Farmers' Market. Charlestown Cooperative Farm is among the sponsors and participants in the market which also features a variety of children's activities. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the April 2, 2007 and April 16, 2007 meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The Official Minutes of the April 24, 2007 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Willig seeks Charlestown re-election; unopposed" by Colleen McCullough in today's The Phoenix reports on the candidacy for re-election of Hugh Willig as Township Supervisor. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Phoenixville Farmers' Market (from Liz Andersen) -
The Phoenixville Farmers' Market will open for the 2007 on Saturday, May 12th, from 9am to 1pm, with a special Mothers' Day, featuring plants and selected crafts made by local artists in addition to its selection of local produce, baked goods, jellies, meats, eggs, and cheese. Markels Lorini of Diving Cat Studio will bring her amazing flame-worked glass beads and handcrafted jewelry; Wendy Walton and Cara Graver will bring one-of-a-kind functional pottery; and Patricia Tolton will bring scenic and mosaic clay tiles. Located in the municipal parking lot behind Family Dollar in downtown Phoenixville, the market includes weekly live music and children's activities to make it a family friendly way to buy healthful local food and spend a morning meeting neighbors. You can read more about the Phoenixville Farmers' Market in an article in today's Phoenix by clicking here.
Sample Primary Ballots Posted - I have posted specimen democrat and republican primary election ballots for Charlestown Township. Each is a small PDF file and can be downloaded here. The ballots for all Chester County precincts are available from the Chester County website by clicking here. (Thanks to Irene Ewald for informing me of the availability of these sample ballots.)
Charlestown Citizens Forum (from Regina Fried) - The next forum will be Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 PM at the Great Valley Middle School, where experts will speak on Health Care Reform - Practical? Possible? Pipe Dream?. Speakers are: Rebekah Gee, MD, MPH, a Robert Woods Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania who has worked on the health care reform plan in Massachusetts and is also a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist; Andrew Wigglesworth, President of the Health Care Improvement Foundation which focuses on a broad range of community health improvement and patient safety/quality assurance initiatives. He is also President and CEO of Philadelphia International Medicine LLC, a joint venture of eight of the region's top hospitals, and formerly ran the Delaware Valley Health Care Council for 12 years; Moderator Josh Goldstein, the health and science reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, who regularly covers hospital care, clinical care, and quality of care issues. Much more information is available on-line at the organization's web site at http://www.charlestowncitizensforum.org/health_care_reform.htm.
The Preliminary Agenda for the May 7 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Great Valley Basketball League and Play-a-Round Golf have been added to the "Miscellaneous Sports" section of our Kids Stuff page.
The Official Minutes of the March 27, 2007 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Permit Changes (from Linda Csete) - The Township's "Guide to Permits for Construction Projects and Changes in Use" has been updated. The revised document is linked from it's same spot on our Index to Gov't Info page or can be viewed directly by clicking here.
Stormwater Control Info (from Linda Csete) - An additional link for information on watersheds and stormwater management has been added to our Charlestown Township Stormwater Management page, which is permanently linked from our Index to Gov't Info page in the left menu column. The link is to a new web site created by the Chester-Ridley-Crum Watersheds Associations.
"Great Valley eyes synthetic turf" by Anne Pickering in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the school district's consideration of converting some of its athletic fields to synthetic turf. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Door opens, two deer walk in" in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on some deer that may be even bolder than the ones we have here in Charlestown. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
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