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The Charlestown Historical Society owns this painting of the old Bachman Mill and the Village painted in 1969 by renowned Kimberton artist John Pierce. At that time, Charlestown Road still ran between the Mill and the Bachman house. CHS exhibits this painting whenever they have an open house or other occasion to show it to the public. I did a poor job of photographing the painting in that I did not have the camera square with the canvas, so the image is not rectangular. When I have the opportunity to retake the photo, I will correct this. You can see a larger image of the painting by clicking here.
I received the following email from a visitor to this web site who has moved from our area:
I recently moved from Chester County to Chicago. Your website was a wonderful reminder to me of the beauty and charm of that very special part of the world. Bravo!
It's very rewarding to hear praise of this sort for Charlestown and to know that this web site is touching people so far away.
Congratulations to the teachers and staff at General Wayne Middle School. They have won the "Blue Ribbon Award" for the third time. This prestigious award by the U.S. Secretary of Education was granted to 166 public and private secondary schools across the country who "demonstrate strong leadership, high quality teaching, a challenging, up-to-date curriculum, evidence that the school helps all students achieve high standards and community involvement." Complete details are available in an article in today's Suburban Advertiser by Stephanie L. Baum titled "Gen. Wayne Middle School wins Blue Ribbon Award", available for one week from the paper's web site by clicking here.
I have posted the preliminary agenda for next Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
Today's The Phoenix has an article by Julie Glanville titled "Charlestown Officials push to preserve farmland", explaining that Township supervisors are taking a step toward farmland preservation by beginning the process of approving an agricultural security district in the township. If you do not have a copy of the paper, you can read the article (today only) from the paper's web site by clicking here.
This web site received the following email from Sue Staas and Charlie Philips this morning.
This is a heartfelt thank you to those who voted for us yesterday! - and a
message to all Charlestown's citizens:
Unofficial results from the county's election web site show Susanna Staas and Charles Philips winning the Republican Committee positions over incumbents Elizabeth Howard and James Mackey. We have the unofficial counts on our Neighborhood News page.
We have promised to facilitate dialogue, mutual respect and an open political
process among Charlestown's citizens, and we pledge to do our best to do just
that! Stay tuned and be a little patient while we develop a good
communication system that will serve us all, and put together our own website!
In the meantime please call us (we are in the Phoenixville phone directory) or
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the past few days, articles on Ground Water and Three vs Five Supervisors have been added to our Neighborhood Issues page.
The Great Valley School Board passed the $37.8 million budget last night. A brief article in the Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the vote, and is available from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer has an article by Lubna Khan concerning tonight's vote by the Great Valley School Board on whether the budget should be raised by 5 percent to pay for new schools. The article, "Great Valley board to vote on spending hike", is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
We have posted the Official Minutes of the two April meetings of the Planning Commission. The second April meeting was the presentation by the Turnpike Commission and subsequent discussion regarding the proposed Turnpike slip ramp exit.
Reminder: There is no meeting of the Board of Supervisors on Monday, May 18th. Tuesday is Election Day.
We have posted three reports by Ellen Behrle covering the two May meetings of the Board of Supervisors as well as the May 5th special meeting of the Planning Commission. These reports are available on our Neighborhood News page.
Ninety acres of open space disappear in Chester County every day, according to statistics offered by the Chester County Planning Commission. This is reported in today's The Phoenix which has an article by Julie T. Glanville titled "Charlestown officials vote to join planning `partnership'". You can read the article from the paper's web site for today only by clicking here.
By a vote of 2 to 1, the Charlestown Township Board of Supervisors has signed on to the county 's Landscapes program. "Charlestown votes to join county's plan for growth", an article in today's Philadelphia Inquirer by Susan Weidener, reports on the decision and can be read from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Pennsylvania State Police is assigning almost half of an academy graduating class to barracks in Chester County. A report by Nancy Peterson and Diane Mastrull on this effort to shore up under staffed barracks in our county is in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. It's titled "Troopers are added in Chesco" and is available from the paper's web site by clicking here.
I have posted the Official Minutes of the two April meetings of the Board of Supervisors. As with all official minutes and all other pages of this web site, these minutes are automatically searched for your specified text when you use our Search feature.
The Official Minutes page that lists all meeting dates has been taking too long to load, so I have split 1996 off onto a separate page. You will find a link at the bottom of the Official Minutes page to take you to "Minutes for Prior Years".
The second monthly meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been moved up to next Monday, May 11th. The preliminary agenda is now available. The preliminary agenda for the May 12th meeting of the Planning Commission has also been posted.
On Saturday, May 9, from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon, the Green Valleys Association is sponsoring a stream cleanup along portions of the French and Pickering Creeks. They have asked the Park and Recreation Board of Charlestown Township to coordinate the cleanup effort for the portion of the Pickering Creek that lies within the Township open space. The Park and Recreation Board is looking for volunteers to assist in this project. If you have any interest in volunteering, please contact Liz Anderson at 933-0486.
After much discussion and debate, East Whiteland Township recently signed on to the "Landscapes" program. "E. Whiteland joins county growth plan", an article in today's Philadelphia Inquirer by Susan Weidener, describes the fears and issues that were debated before the supervisors approved their participation. The article is available from the paper's web site, and you can read it by clicking
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer has an article by Lubna Khan titled "Great Valley to study redistricting at elementary schools" which details the district's need to redraw the zones for K.D. Markley, Charlestown and Sugartown Elementary Schools by the 2001-02 school year. The article is available from the paper's web site, and you may read it by clicking here.
Today's The Phoenix and Daily Local News have a report by Daniel Griffin on yesterday's accident on Route 29 near the Nature Center involving a car and a cement truck. The articles are available on-line for today only, and you may read them by clicking here for The Phoenix article and here for the Daily Local article, which includes a photograph. The Mercury's report on a cement truck that overturned on Whitehorse Road April 30th is still available from the paper's web site and can be read by clicking here.
Today's The Phoenix has a report by Julie T. Glanville titled "`Suspicious man' at school causes parents' to demand police action". The article is based on discussions of such a man at last night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The article can be read on-line for today only by clicking here.
Reminders: The preliminary agenda for tonight's meeting of the Board of Supervisors is available from a link on the Official Minutes page, or 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". In addition, I will be demonstrating the Charlestown Township web site at this meeting, using a projection system. The agenda is available by clicking here.
We have completed our most ambitious posting to The early days section of this web site. It is the web equivalent of the 1905 booklet "Pictures from Memory's Wall" written by Richard MacNamee, then a fifty year old educator and long time resident of Charlestown. The booklet is a marvelous poem in which MacNamee reminisces about the Charlestown he knew, and includes thirteen photographs of our Township at the turn of the century. Allow a few minutes to enjoy this glimpse of our past. We are grateful to the Charlestown Historical Society for authorizing this reproduction of "Pictures from Memory's Wall".
Today's The Mercury has a report on the cement truck that overturned on Whitehorse Road yesterday morning. The article is available from the paper's web site for about one week by clicking here.
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