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07/24/07 (5 pm)
Dog is Back Home - The owners of the lost dog (see below) have been identified and the dog is back home. As Roslyn Epstein says, "thanks to all who helped".
Is Your Dog Missing? (from Roslyn Epstein) -
Our found dog was really home sick last night. He is a wonderful chocolate and white spaniel looking (smaller dog) that somehow made it over to our home through the woods. Please post our message as we feel so sorry for the family that has lost him. Thanks so much...Roslyn Epstein.
CHS Patrons Dinner Announced (from Ellen Behrle) -
The Charlestown Historical Society is pleased to announce that this year's Patrons Dinner, with it's "Riviera" theme, will be held at 120 Ashenfelter Road at the home of Dee Solitario. This property is located across from the Altemose property and its two most recent, former owners were Brian Forcine and before that was Betty Jeitles. The property is beautiful and will lend itself as the setting for a wonderful evening.
Mark the date: Saturday, Sept. 15 with a rain date of Saturday, Sept. 22. Enjoy a wonderful evening with neighbors and friends. The evening will include a hot and cold buffet, wine, beer and soft drink bar, raffle items and our usual basket of cheer. And for those really wishing to "Visit the Riviera" may buy special CHS money and partake in a little Black Jack, Texas Holdem and Roulette. Play for fabulous prizes.
Have a wonderful night while supporting a very worthwhile, local, non-profit organization, our own Charlestown Historical Society. Tickets: $60.00 per person. Let us know if you would like tickets at email@example.com. Hope to see many of you there.
"Dinniman presents checks at Coleman farm in Charlestown" by G. E. Lawrence in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's presentation of state checks for purchase of conservation easements in Charlestown Township, including Alix Coleman's farm on Green Lane. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Cleanup fund abandoned, but Keystone fund is saved in budget’s final hours" by Evan Brandt in Tuesday's The Mercury reports state funding that preserves open space, parks and libraries was not reduced in order to fund a pollution clean-up program. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"A threat to Pa.'s open-space fund" by Barbara L. Johnston in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the pending cut in the state's Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund by nearly 50%. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Lawmakers hear outcry over raid on Keystone Fund" in the Daily Local News also comments on efforts to prevent the cuts in the Keystone Fund. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"'The model for other counties in the state'" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on a government leadership award presented to Chester County from the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, a statewide trade group representing about 80 land trusts. The award is for the county's conservation efforts for over 20 years. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Board Mtg Cancelled (from Linda Csete) -
The Board of Supervisors meeting for July 16, 2007 has been cancelled. The next business meeting will be held on August 6, 2007 at 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School, Room 154, 255 N. Phoenixville Pike, Malvern.
If you are a patron of the Phoenixville Public Library you might be interested in "Library cuts growth plan" by G. E. Lawrence in today's The Phoenix. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chesco will urge against raiding fund for space" by
Joe Rossomando in today's The Phoenix and Daily Local News reports on county commissioners' efforts to oppose legislation that would cut a source of state funding for preservations of open space, creation of parks and related issues. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Partnership to be announced" by Gretchen Metz in today's Daily Local News reports on a new partnership between the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and the Chester County Economic Development Council, designed to strengthen the economic success of farms in southeastern Pennsylvania. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the June 12, 2007 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Ross tries to save funds for open space" by Evan Brandt in today's The Phoenix reports on efforts to "amend a bill passed in the Senate that originally would have stripped $40 million a year out of a fund that helped preserve open space, rehabilitate parks and fund capital improvements to libraries." The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the tonight's meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the June 18, 2007 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Lightening 'the footprint of development' for land" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on Growing Greener Conservation by Design which yields more open space in developments where homes are clustered. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 2nd meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Lost Your Cat? Want a Cat? (from Sue Staas) -
Gorgeous kitty is looking for her owners - or for a new owner! Brindle - brown Kitty, with very distinctive red collar with a (useless) bell. She is hungry (yes I fed her) and lonely, and loveable, and lovely. And no, I don't want her! But I hope that someone does!! email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PC Meeting Cancelled (from Linda Csete) -
The Planning Commission meeting for this evening has been cancelled. The next meeting is scheduled for July 10, 2007 at 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School.
"Pa. Turnpike Commission eager to build slip ramp" by Anne Pickering in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the status of the preparations for construction of a slip ramp exit/entrance for the PA Turnpike in Devault. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Sprawl hitting new heights" by Diane Mastrull in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on relatively much taller buildings to be constructed in the area, including Paoli and Phoenixville. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"County awards preservation grants" by Jennifer Miller in today's Daily Local News reports on open space preservation grants from Chester County, some of which go for the acquisition of Desfor Farm (Merlin Road) by the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Crusher caused fire at Devault" by Andrew Cannarsa in today's The Phoenix reports on Wednesday night's fire at the Devault Crushed Stone Company. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the June 4, 2007 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Seeking Summer Employment - Lauren McKinley has added her advertisement seeking summer employment. See her entry on our "Students Seeking Summer Employment" page. Click here.
"Superintendent's contract questioned" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on questions raised at Monday nights Great Valley School Board meeting regarding the status of Superintendent Rita Jones' contract. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"W. Pikeland puts open space tax referendum on ballot" by John Rossomando in today's The Phoenix reports on neighboring West Pikeland Township's proposed referendum for a vote to create a 0.25 percent earned income tax for open space preservation in that Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the June 18 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"New preserve offers beauty, tranquillity" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on ChesLen Preserve, "a marriage of 500 acres of county land near Embreeville and 568 acres that H.F. 'Gerry' Lenfest donated to the trust along with a $5 million endowment." The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the May 22, 2007 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
06/12/07 (6:00 PM)
Dog Found (from Lisa Scottoline, Wells Rd.) -
A really nice male lab wandered to my house today if anyone is missing him. He has a green collar but no ID and his eletric collar was way too tight. Please call 610 999-5359.
"Government must lead the way in open-space funds", an editorial in today's Daily Local News comments on local government's funding of open space preservation initiatives. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the June 12 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"High school rankings have made little mark here - Just Conestoga, Unionville and Great Valley are on a national list based on who takes college-prep tests" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the Newsweek Magazine's ranking of high schools, in which Great Valley is ranked in the top 5 percent of public schools in the country. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. The Newsweek list of the schools (Great Valley is ranked 1,205 out of the top 1,300 in the country) is here.
The Official Minutes of the May 22, 2007 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Tired of rising school taxes? Traffic jams? Stormwater flooding?
(from Aliena Gerhard, Director of Open Space)
Now is your chance to speak out and be heard! Pennsylvania Land Use Coalition is hosting a forum with our state legislators to discuss land use and financial issues that are affecting Southeastern PA on Tuesday, June 12th in Harrisburg from 9am-12noon at the Harrisburg Hilton. RSVP to Henry Rowan at email@example.com. Want more information? Visit: http://www.paluc.org or download a PDF on the forum here. Can't go but would like to ask a question? I will be attending so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward your question to the participating legislators.
Traditional Neighborhood Development Ordinance (from Linda Csete) - The Traditional Neighborhood Development ordinance has been scheduled for June 18, 2007 and July 2, 2007 before the Board of Supervisors, at 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School, Rm 154. The draft ordinance and the accompanying map have been posted as pdf documents. Click Ordinance (360kb) and Map (204kb) to download. Exhibits A and C (1-page documents) and Exhibit B (includes examples of design standards and is quite lengthy) are not posted on-line but may be reviewed at the Township Office. The ordinance and map are also linked form our Index to Gov't Info page (left menu column) under "Ordinances".
Aliena Gerhard, Director of Open Space
Historical Society Meeting (from John Pittock) -
The Charlestown Historical Society will have their second spring meeting at Charlestown Elementary School at 7:30 pm on Wednesday June 6. We do have a change of speaker since Paul Eisenhauer of the Wharton Esherick Museum (on Diamond Rock Hill) will not be able to come; instead, Mr. Esherick's daughter and son-in-law will come to speak about Mr. Esherick and the Museum. Parking is in the lot between the school and bus garage; enter the school at door #5. Light refreshments will be served. Please come for an informative meeting!!
10th Birthday of this Site - Saturday June 2nd was the 10th anniversary of the availability of this site on the web. There were a couple of months gestation period prior to June 2, 1997 while this site was developed - my first web site. The steady traffic to the site, the relatively large email subscribers list, the many favorable comments I have received over the years, and the participation of the Township in providing announcements, agendas and minutes have all kept yours truly motivated to maintain the site on-line and make regular updates. It really seems to have been a win-win situation for myself, our residents and the Township.
The site now numbers over 1,650 pages, each indexed for searching. (The site has grown cumbersome and the search feature is more valuable now than when first implemented in 1997 and upgraded in 2000). From 1997 until October 2000, the site was hosted from a Macintosh server in my home using a 56 kb frame-relay connection to the Internet. In November 2000, the site and others I had developed were moved to a PLH Worldgroup in West Chester so that Linda and I could go away for a few days without worrying about power outages or other interruptions to the computers that hosted the web sites and email accounts. PLH also provided a much faster connection than I could afford at home.
The site is still maintained from my home computer. I confess to being a Macintosh "bigot" since 1985, and this site was developed and is maintained from Macs and for the first three years was hosted on a Macintosh as well. The site has always been very "plain", with few bells and whistles. This was important in the early days when most people accessed it from relatively slow computers over slow dial-up Internet connections. We had a little dust-up with some members of the Board of Supervisors after this site became available. There was concern that being named "charlestown.org" that the Township might incur liability because of the content of the site. This was quickly explained to the satisfaction of the Board. (See the 08/24/97 entry here.) I still receive several emails a week that are intended to have gone to the Township office, where I forward them. Early on I also had a bit of a problem with a reporter for the Phoenix who thought I was doing the paper a disservice by providing links to her Charlestown related articles in that paper. That was also resolved quickly, and of course today most newspapers have very comprehensive (though often unprofitable) web sites with most or all articles available on-line.
Some of the early goals behind this site never materialized, and other features now incorporated were not anticipated ten years ago. Below is the very first home page entry. (Note the "PS", a sign of the technology in common use then.)
06/02/97 (First Day)
Actually, everything is new at this point. We're still very wet behind the ears, and you are one of our first visitors, a "charter member", so to speak. Please look over all of the working links and you'll learn more about what we're all about.
This site is the result of efforts by two long-time residents of Charlestown Township who hope that some residents of the township will enjoy our web publishing efforts. We assume that some visitors will find this site entertaining, some will appreciate it as a source of useful information, some may reference it to others living far away as a view of our neighborhood, and others will quickly conclude that we are crazy to think anyone will be interested.
At this point, the menu to the left contains a good many inoperative links. However, we do have some features in place, and expect to add more every week for quite some time. Over the long run, we hope to keep township residents coming back (an ongoing challenge for web publishers) by frequently running new Charlestown related "contests", photo essays, and perhaps some useful literary efforts provided by some of our talented and knowledgable residents.
Please check out this "Premier Issue", and if you are so inclined, use the Contacting us link to give us your feedback.
Jacob and Linda Merriwether
PS: If your computer supports more than 256 colors, we highly recommend that you set your monitor to display "Thousands" (16 bit) or "Millions" (24 bit) of colors. There is a very significant improvement in the quality of our photographs when displayed at more than 256 colors.
The Preliminary Agenda for the June 4 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Home Site Overview
Site development, maintenance and funding by Township resident Jacob D. Merriwether.
Hosting by PLH Worldgroup Communications, Inc.