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12/05/12
Learn About One of Charlestown's Most Famous Artists
3_Soulen_coversThe Charlestown Historical Society's second fall meeting is 7:30 pm Thursday (tomorrow) night, December 6 at the Charlestown Elementary School's cafeteria. The speaker will be Mr. Joseph O'Conner, great-grandson of Henry Soulen (1911-1960). Henry Soulen created approximately 2,000 paintings which appeared as covers and illustrations in "The Saturday Evening Post", "The Ladies Home Journal", "Delineator", "Country Gentleman", "National Geographic" and other magazines and early twentieth century books and novels. Henry Soulen's former studio stands at the corner of Church and Charlestown Roads in the heart of the village. Holiday gifts of CHS's beautiful 2013 calendar "Scenes of Charlestown", CHS's book "Historical Sketches of Charlestown" and DVDs of Charlestown will be available at the meeting. There will also be a short business meeting and refreshments will be served. Please park in the school lot near the bus garage and enter the school at Door #5. Follow signs to the cafeteria for the meeting.
 
11/14/12
CHS MEETING RESCHEDULED -
The Charlestown Historical Society's second fall meeting has been rescheduled to 7:30 pm Thursday night, December 6 at the Charlestown Elementary School's cafeteria. The speaker will be Mr. Joseph O'Conner, great-grandson of Henry Soulen (1911-1960). Henry Soulen created approximately 2,000 paintings which appeared as covers and illustrations in "The Saturday Evening Post", "The Ladies Home Journal", "Delineator", "Country Gentleman", "National Geographic" and other magazines and early twentieth century books and novels. Henry Soulen's former studio stands at the corner of Church and Charlestown Roads in the heart of the village. Holiday gifts of CHS's beautiful 2013 calendar "Scenes of Charlestown", CHS's book "Historical Sketches of Charlestown" and DVDs of Charlestown will be available at the meeting. There will also be a short business meeting and refreshments will be served. Please park in the school lot near the bus garage and enter the school at Door #5. Follow signs to the cafeteria for the meeting.
 
Free Piano Available (from the Charlestown Historical Society) -
The piano is made by N. Stetson Co., is in good shape but needs tuning. Three pedals, size is 58" wide, 24" deep, 41" high. It is free for the taking. If interested call John Pittock of CHS to see, 610-827-1486. Should be moved by Dec. 15.
11/11/12
G_Popp_lost_dogsLOST DOGS (from George Popp) -
Buster and Trooper are back home.
Two lost, very friendly dogs. Missing from Sycamore Lane in Chester Springs.
Buster - approximately 40 lbs, golden retriever mix
Trooper - approximately 80 lbs, white lab mix wearing choker collar with tags.
Both dogs are micro-chipped.
(Phone number removed).
Thank you. George Popp
 
11/07/12
CHS MEETING CANCELLED -
The second fall meeting of the Charlestown Historical Society scheduled for tonight has been cancelled due to the expected storm.
 
Election Results -
Results of the election from voters at Charlestown Elementary School are available from the county's web site by clicking here.
 
11/05/12
Sample Ballot -
The sample ballot for voting tomorrow at Charlestown Elementary School is available from the county's web site by clicking here. PLEASE VOTE!
 
CHS at the Elections -
The Charlestown Historical Society will have a table at the elections and will be introducing and selling the new 2013 Scenes of Charlestown Calendar. Please stop by and look at the views of many parts of our township, each with a description of the scene, and each located on a map at the back of the calendar. CHS will also be selling its 316 page illustrated book Historical Sketches of Charlestown Township. If you have not already seen this informative and interesting resource on your neighborhood, please review one of the sample copies available at the CHS table. Finally, fall election day is also the usual time to renew your CHS membership, which can also be done at the CHS table.
 
CHS 2nd Fall Meeting -
The Charlestown Historical Society's second fall meeting will be held Wednesday night, November 7 at the Charlestown Elementary School's cafeteria. The speaker will be Mr. Joseph O'Conner, great-grandson of Henry Soulen (1911-1960). Henry Soulen created approximately 2,000 paintings which appeared as covers and illustrations in "The Saturday Evening Post", "The Ladies Home Journal", "Delineator", "Country Gentleman", "National Geographic" and other magazines and early twentieth century books and novels. Henry Soulen's former studio stands at the corner of Church and Charlestown Roads in the heart of the village. There will also be a short business meeting and refreshments will be served. Please park in the school lot near the bus garage and enter the school at Door #5. Follow signs to the cafeteria for the meeting.
 
2013 "Scenes of Charlestown" Calendar Available Tomorrow -
2013_Calendar_Cover_b_ordformThe Charlestown Historical Society has published its 6th annual "Scenes of Charlestown" calendar. The 2013 calendar brings you beautiful photographs of Charlestown scenes. Every month includes interesting informative text about the month's image. A full page map at the back of the calendar locates each month's image in our township. The 2013 Calendar includes January 2014 so you can note appointments before the end of the year. It also includes the Great Valley School Districts holidays and other days with no classes through June 2013. Information about the Charlestown Historical Society and a directory of Township Offices and Officials are also included.
 
The 2013 Calendar will be available for perusal and purchase at the CHS table at Tuesday's election. Starting Wednesday it will be available at the Township Office, above the Devault Post Office (open from 9-3). The cost if picked up in person (at the election, the township office or CHS meeting) is $12. A mail-order form is available here that can be used to have a calendar mailed to you for $14. Wherever you get them, buy several. This calendar is a great Christmas gift.
 
10/04/12
Cornstalks Needed for Charlestown Elementary (from Maryann Loose)
I was seeking help in locating a local farm/farmer to donate cornstalks to our Halloween Trail at Charlestown Elementary School. Each year parents donate time, talent and resources to decorate a educationally based trail behind the school for the children to walk along with their teachers and classmates. The theme this year is the "Land of Halloween" and I am decorating a section of the trail entitled "The Amazing Maze of Maize!" I'd like to construct a simple maze of cornstalks in order for the children to follow and learn some interesting and fun facts about corn. Thank you for any assistance in getting the word out to a locally based farm or farmer who could help me out with this project! (Contact Maryann at getloose87@hotmail.com.)
CHS MEETING WEDNESDAY -
The Charlestown Historical Society will hold the first fall meeting this Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30 at Charlestown Elementary School. The speaker for the evening will be Mrs. Mildred Pyle Welsh who will speak on the historical background of township-owned Brightside Farm and the Wisner-Rapp House, home of the Charlestown Historial Society. There will also be a short business meeting and refreshments will be served. Please park in the school lot near the bus garage and enter the school at Door #5. Follow signs to the cafeteria for the meeting.
 
09/20/12
Update on Trail Walks (from Sue Staas, Trails Committee)
FALL ADVENTURE ON THE TRAILS IN CHARLESTOWN
Trail Walks:
  • Brightside Farm, 4PM Sunday, 9/22
  • Pickering Trail, 9AM, Saturday 10/13: A birder will join us.
    Bring your binoculars and your bird books to both walks!
Trail Work Day: Pickering Trail, Saturday, 10/6 at 9AM. Come pull out invasive mile a minute vine! Wear gloves; and bring hand clippers. The vine, however, is not prickley.
 
09/13/12
Spot, the Great Dane is back home (from Kathy Wilson)
Thanks to the efforts of many people in the neighborhoods, Spot was caught today in West Pikeland Township. An ingenious homeowner somehow rigged the side door of the garage to close when Spot went to the food bowl in the garage. The plan worked and he/she managed to confine Spot so we could come after work and retrieve him. He went to the emergency vet to get checked out and he is in good shape except for having lost 6 pounds and a few minor things. No major injuries for which we are very thankful. We appreciate the many prayers said for Spot's safe return and we know that without the help of so many "strangers", Spot might well still be out there. People were so generous and kind to us as we set up on their properties just waiting and looking. Many thanks from Peaceful Paws rescue.
Kathy Wilson
Upcoming Trail Walks (from Sue Staas, Trails Committee)
Fall Trail Walks: (Each walk will be led by a member of the Trails Committee, accompanied by a local naturalist.) Check the official Charlestown Twp. Website for updates. For a map and descriptions of the trails in Charlestown Township click here.
  1. McDevitt Trail: Park & meet at the Longwood School at the corner of Bodine & Valley Hill Rd. at 9AM on Saturday, September 15.
     
  2. Brightside Farm Trail Walk: Meet at the Community Gardens 4PM on Sunday, September 23 .
     
  3. Pickering Trail: Park and meet at the Mill on Charlestown Road at 9Am on Saturday, October 13.
Community Gardens Video
Having been involved with the creation of the original community garden at Brightside Farm, I am embarrassed to admit that I just discovered a wonderful video by Robert Duke of the expansion of the gardens from 24 to about 50 plots that took place earlier this year. Click here to see the video, which is posted on the official township website. If you are interested in "renting" a plot next year, send an email to garden@charlestown.org stating your interest along with your contact information.
 
09/08/12
Update on Lost Dog (from Kathy Wilson)
Spot has been sighted every day this week. He hung around the farms at Charlestown Farm the first three days and the last two mornings he has visited a home on Pine Rd. This is the part of Pine Rd. that backs up to the Charlestown Road farms and Pickering Rd. We have left food out for him at that Pine Rd. home in the hopes that he will get comfortable eating there and keep coming back. The sightings have all been either 7-8:30 AM or around dusk. He must be resting during the heat of the day, but several days of hiking through fields and woods have not flushed him out.
 
He is no longer dragging the leash behind him, but his red collar is still attached. If you manage to get near him, please sit down and let him come to you while you call me. If you have a building that has an opening (barn, garage), you can try to gently, slowly and softly steer him into there to confine him until I can get there, that would be super. We just don't want to spook him anymore than he already is. Someone got close to him the other day and then gunshots went off from the gun club and he ran. So, he is still very afraid.
 
PS: I drive a school bus between 6-9 AM and 1:30-4:30 so you can leave a msg. as to time and location and I will come as soon as I get off the bus. I cannot answer the phone while I am driving the bus. Thanks everyone for your help.
Kathy 610-505-6610
09/04/12
Lost Dog (from Kathy Wilson)
Brand new rescued Great Dane jumped my fence this morning. He is all black with a white spot on his chest. Named Spot, but not respond to it very well. Is a very fearful dog, so it is unlikely you will catch him or that he will come to you. He is dragging a leash and maybe it will get caught on something. Approach carefully as he is very scared. Foster home is at 31 Glenview if you can steer him in this direction. Back gate and door are open so he may go in. I have to head back to work shortly, but will leave the door open. Please call Sheila at 484-686-1959 Thanks. He ran off around 11 AM and was last seen heading away from Charlestown Farm toward Pickering Rd.
08/09/12
CHS Patrons' Dinner Party (Save the Date!)
The annual Charlestown Historical Society Patrons' Dinner Party will be held September 15, 2012 at the home of Bob Berry. Oskar Stonorov, noted architect, designed the house. Betty Stonorov, founder of Charlestown Playhouse, and Oskar made this residence their home. The party begins at 5:30 pm and the ticket price is $50 per person. This event raises funds for support of the many projects CHS undertakes to preserve and promote the history of our beautiful township.
 
This annual event gives the entire Charlestown community an opportunity to meet and socialize with their fellow residents. Long-time and new residents of Charlestown are welcome. You do not have to be a member of CHS to attend. If you would like to attend and are not a member of CHS, please email Debbie Kuhn here as soon as possible and give her your name, address and phone number. Debbie will mail you a formal invitation and response card. The RSVP must be received by CHS by September 10, 2012.
 
07/10/12
Frank A. Young, Jr.
Frank Young, 93, passed away Sunday morning, July 8, 2012. Mr. Young was very involved with the Charlestown United Methodist Church, the Charlestown Elementary School Board, and he helped organize and was the first president of the Charlestown Historical Society. Life Celebration services will be held on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 11 a.m. with a visitation from 10 to 11a.m. at Mauger Givnish Funeral Home, 24 Monument Ave., Malvern, PA 19355. Frank Young's obituary is available on-line from the Daily Local News by clicking here.
 
05/27/12
CHS To Meet at Chester Valley Grange -
The Charlestown Historical Society will hold its second spring meeting at a new venue. The meeting will be Wednesday, June 6 at 7:30 PM at the Chester Valley Grange. The Grange is just down the hill from the usual meeting place at Charlestown Elementary School (see map below). The Grange has a long history in Charlestown and the surrounding area. For a long time it was a social center when farming was a major activity in Charlestown Township. The program will be about the history of the Chester Valley Grange.
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Rapp House Spring Work-Party - The annual spring work-party to give CHS's historic property a "spring cleaning" will be Saturday, June 9, 2012. Lunch will be provided. Come and enjoy part of your day with other CHS members and enjoy volunteering at a truly fascinating, historic property. If you have any questions, contact society president John Pittock by clicking here.
 
04/26/12
Election Results - I voted on my way out of town Tuesday morning and could not post these yesterday. If you want our precinct's results on all of the races voted on by Charlestown Township residents, click here.
 
April 30, 2012 Meeting on Township Recreational Facilities
(from Bob Jones and Sue Staas)
Charlestown Township Residents:
Come Join Us!
Parks & Recreation Meeting
Monday, April 30th
 
The Charlestown Township Parks & Rec Board is continuing to work with its consultants to revise the strategic plan for developing and maintaining recreational facilities in our Township. The final meeting is on Monday, April 30 at the Middle School, Room 154 at 7:30 p.m. We are working to prioritize the recreational needs expressed through the recent questionnaire, and to develop a strategic plan to accomplish them. If you have questions, please ask! Our names and contact information are below.
 
Thank You!
We'll look forward to seeing you!
 
Parks: Bob Jones: robertfjonesjr@gmail.com (610-304-1158)
Trails: Sue Staas: suestaas@verizon.net (610-716-5682
04/16/12
CHS MEETING WEDNESDAY -
The Charlestown Historical Society will hold the first spring meeting this Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 at Charlestown Elementary School. The speaker for the evening will be Mr. Jack Ertell of the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area (HSPA). He will speak on "The Underground Railroad in the Phoenixville Area". Jack is a long-time member of HSPA, a past president, and now chairman of the HSPA Board of Directors as well a the HSPA Archives Committee.
 
There will also be a short business meeting and refreshments will be served. Please park in the school lot near the bus garage and enter the school at Door #5. Follow signs to the cafeteria for the meeting.
 
Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan - The third of three work sessions for updating the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan will take place on April 30th at 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School Choral Room #154.
 
03/20/12
HAVE YOU LOST A DOG?
THIS DOG IS BACK WITH ITS OWNERS.
A dog found its way onto our property earlier today (Yellow Springs between Valley Hill and Wells Rds). Anyone looking for one can call the Chester County SPCA (610) 692 6113, we have reported a description there, (we will take care of him at least for a few days). The dog has a collar but no identification. Thanks, Bill and Nicole
01/28/12
TWO LOST DOGS -
NOT ANY MORE. BOTH ARE BACK HOME.
Our dogs are missing. They got out of their collars.
  1. Trooper- 75lbs, 7 yr old neutered male
    Resembles white shepherd
  2. Buster- 40lbs, 1 yr old neutered male,
    Resembles a beagle. Coloring is golden brown with white belly
Both friendly. Missing from Sycamore Lane, Chester Springs
 
12/19/11
CHS GATHERING AT THE RAPP HOUSE - There will be an informal gathering at the Wisner-Rapp House on Yellow Springs Road tomorrow, Tuesday, from 10 to 11 am. All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served. The purpose of the brief get-together is to celebrate the Historical Society's production this fall of the Historical Sketches of Charlestown Township and the 2012 Scenes of Charlestown calendar.
 
11/08/11
ELECTION DAY - PLEASE VOTE!
 
While at Charlestown Elementary School to vote today, be sure to check out the Historical Society's new book on the history of our township and to also check out the 2012 Charlestown Calendar featuring great photos of scenes in our township with accompanying background information on each scene. Both are great to own and also make great Christmas gifts. Both are also on sale at the Township office.
 
Trails of Charlestown - I have posted links to information about the five hiking trails in Charlestown, several of which can also be enjoyed on horseback, and one of which passes through our township. The information includes maps as well as a printed guide to the trails. Click here.
 
11/06/11
CHS at the Elections - The Charlestown Historical Society will have its usual table at this Tuesday's General Elections at the Elementary School. What is unusual is that in addition to the first availability of the new 2012 Charlestown Calendar, CHS will also have a plentiful supply of its new book, Historical Sketches of Charlestown Township, a 316 page illustrated and indexed hardbound history of Charlestown including two DVDs of oral and video history of our Township. Stop by and check out these new publications. The book and calendar make excellent Christmas gifts for Charlestown residents!
 
CHS 2nd Fall Meeting - The Charlestown Historical Society will hold its second fall meeting at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, November 9th at the Charlestown Elementary School cafeteria. Nancy K. Loane, who has written a most interesting book titled "Following the Drum, Women at the Valley Forge Encampment" is the guest speaker. A former ranger at the Valley Forge Historical Park, Mrs. Loane has done extensive research on the role of women during the Army encampment at Valley Forge. Mrs. Loane also contributed to CHS's video history segment on the Charlestown Revolutionary War Cemetery, which is included on the DVDs in CHS's new book "Historical Sketches of Charlestown Township". Please park between the school and the bus garage and enter through door #5.
 
Sample Ballot - The sample ballot for Charlestown Township is available from the county election office by clicking here.
 
10/19/11
Debate/Meet the School Board Candidates (from Patty Reed) -
The Great Valley High School and Middle School Parent Teacher Organizations are hosting a debate where our community will have an opportunity to pose questions to our school board candidates.
When:  Monday, October 24th
Where: Great Valley High School Cafeteria
Time: 7:00 9:30 PM
Complete details including the list of candidates, structure of the debate, and email contact for questions are available here.
Motorcyclist killed in Charlestown crash - A fatal motorcycle/truck accident on Phoenixville Pike occurred yesterday. An article on the accident is available in today's Pottstown Mercury by clicking here.
 
10/14/11
Public Education Panel Presentation (from Barbara DeWilde) -
SAVE THE DATE
FRIDAY OCTOBER 21, 2011
7:00pm - 9:00pm
League of Women Voters of Chester County EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Welcomes you to attend a
PUBLIC EDUCATION PANEL PRESENTATION
East Goshen Township Building
1580 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380
(near the intersection of Paoli Pike and Boot Road)
 
GUEST SPEAKERS
  • Ron Cowell - Director of Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC)
  • Larry Feinberg - Director of Keystone State Education Coalition
  • Joseph O'Brien - Director of Chester County Intermediate Unit
  • Sharon Kletzien - LWV Education Specialist
  • Carolyn Comitta - Mayor of West Chester
  • (and two surprise guests)
• HEAR ABOUT LEGISLATION • LEARN ABOUT THE REAL ECONOMIC IMPACTS • HELP TAKE ACTION TO ADVOCATE FOR YOUR STUDENTS • SPEAK UP TO KEEP POLITICS OUT OF PUBLIC EDUCATION
Email or call for more information sc51446@aol.com or 610-692-2139.
 
GVNC Annual Dinner and Silent Auction (from Tom Pascocello) -
The Great Valley Nature Center will hold its Annual Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 from 6 pm to 10 pm.
Open Bar, Buffet, Door Prizes, Silent & Live Auction
Come to the beautifully decorated Nature Center for a lovely evening filled with delicious food, great music, and wonderful auction items...just in time for the holidays...All are welcome! Please email: gvnature@gmail.com for invitation or call 610-935-9777. For more information from the Nature Center's web site, click here.
 
New Issue of Landscapes 2 Newsletter - The latest issue of the county's Landscapes2 newsletter is available here. Covering a wide variety of local sustainability and intelligent growth issues along with links to many preservation-related resources, the newsletter is a great asset to our county's residents and decision makers.
 
10/01/11
Book Party at CHS First Fall Meeting - BookThe first fall meeting of the Charlestown Historical Society will be Wednesday, October 5th starting at 7:30 at the Charlestown Elementary School. The meeting will be a "Book Party" celebrating CHS's publication of our long-awaited book of "Historical Sketches of Charlestown Township". The 316 page illustrated book includes two DVDs of oral and video history of the Township and we will be showing segments of the DVDs during the evening. In addition, several of the authors of the 38 "Additional Sketches" in the book will be present to discuss their topics. Jacob Merriwether, who laid out the book and created a 356 page pdf file for the printer, will discuss some of the many decisions made when dealing with the Harman Rees manuscript, and some of the issues associated with including images as well as indexing a book of this size. Books will be available for examination and purchase at the Book Party and a projection system will be showing a portion of the 5 hours of oral histories. (Have you ever wondered what goes on down inside the Devault Quarry? It is explained and shown in fascinating detail in one of the segments on the DVD.) Please park your car in the lot between the school and the bus garage and enter through Door #5. Follow the signs to the meeting, normally in the cafeteria, but possibly in the gym for this event. For more information about the book, click here.
 
09/28/11
Little White Dog Found (from Kim Knaff) -
(This dog is back home.)Workers from Thomas Keyes just arrived @ our house with a little white dog that was found on Valley Hill Rd. near Smith Lane. They have already called the Spca but I was hoping to find the owner before they arrive.
09/21/11
Eleanor Morris - Eleanor May Morris, best known to many Charlestown residents for her tireless efforts for land conservation and historic preservation, passed away September 11, 2011. Eleanor and her husband Sam lived in Charlestown Township many years ago. Eleanor and Sam founded the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust which has been instrumental in helping Charlestown Township preserve both its land and historic sites. Eleanor Morris' obituary from the Daily Local News is available here.
 
09/14/11
"Sketches of Charlestown" NOW AVAILABLE
The Charlestown Historical Society's new book, "Historial Sketches of Charlestown Township" is now available. Click here for complete information and links to the Table of Contents, Preface, Biography of Harman Rees, the comprehensive Index and the mail-order form.   To summarize, the book
  • is hardcover with 316 pages (8.5x11), 88 containing color images.
  • contains 170 pages of the transcribed, illustrated Harman Rees "Historical Sketches of Charlestown Township".
  • contains 38 "Additional Sketches", most illustrated, written by Society members and others, covering a wide variety of topics and totalling 137 pages.
  • includes TWO DVD Videos professionally created and with many professionally filmed segments with on-site interviews with several long-time residents discussing their memories of life growing up in Charlestown. The DVDs also have on-site discussions of places like the old ice dam on Rt. 29, the woolen mill, the village, the Devault Quarry and also include some amateur video of other historically significant aspects of Charlestown.
  • includes a large (19.5 page, two column) Index for those interested in tracing family names and local places and activities.
  • is priced at $47 if picked up in person and $52 using our mail-order form
  • Click here for more information.
09/12/11
GVNC Fall Bulb Sale (from Tom Pascocello, Executive Director)
Dear Friends,
Planting Bulbs this fall? Why not buy them through Great Valley Nature Center! This fundraiser is a wonderful opportunity to support the Nature Center's mission to provide Environmental Education to the Delaware Valley. Great Valley Nature Center receives 50% of every order placed. Your online orders are shipped conveniently to your home. Check out our bulb-ordering page by clicking here. Please support us in this fundraiser and order today. The deadline to order is November 1st.
08/12/11
Burglary on Aldham Rd. - I received this message yesterday from a resident on Aldham Road. -
Sometime during the day last week, my house was broken into. Cash Jewelry were the targets. Just a note of caution for the area. Also lost a gold ring ingraved "Street Eliminator Champion, 2001" 1880 silver Dollar, and my privacy!!!!!
Found Cat -
(The cat is back home.)There is a very friendly brown, gray and black cat wandering around near the Deerfield development -- Yellow Springs and Hollow Rd area. From its gentle behavior it appears to be a house cat. Wondering if anyone is missing their very nice pet? Thanks,
Jim Walsh
08/02/11
We have updated the information on the Charlestown Historical Society's new book, which is now at the printers and will be available on September 10th at the Society's Annual Dinner. Click here for complete information and links to the Table of Contents, Preface, Biography of Harman Rees and the comprehensive Index.   To summarize, the book
  • is hardcover with 316 pages (8.5x11), 88 containing color images.
  • contains 170 pages of the transcribed, illustrated Harman Rees "Historical Sketches of Charlestown Township".
  • contains 38 Additional Sketches, most illustrated, written by Society members and others, covering a wide variety of topics and totalling 137 pages.
  • includes a DVD Video with on-site interviews with long-time residents discussing their childhood in Charlestown and describing historical and interesting sites in our Township.
  • includes a large (19.5 page, two column) Index for those interested in tracing family names and local places and activities.
07/24/11
At the September 10, 2011 Annual Dinner of the Charlestown Historical Society, CHS will for the first time offer for sale a new book published by the society. This hardcover book is the first History of Charlestown published by the Charlestown Historical Society.
 
Historical Sketches of Charlestown Township was written in 1943 by long-time township resident Harman D. Rees. Born in 1873 in Mont Clare, Mr. Rees, a farmer and businessman, held various administrative and governing positions in Charlestown for 52 years. Harman Rees wrote a remarkable manuscript titled "Historical Sketches of Charlestown Township". His work is remarkable in both the depth and breadth with which he reports on the early days of our township. (The draft Table of Contents can be viewed via a link below.) His hand-written manuscript, totaling approximately 200 legal size pages, generally written edge to edge, is illustrated with many sketches and detailed maps by Rees himself, and also highlighted with images and articles from newspapers, books and magazines available to him.
 
MUCH MORE! This book includes more than just the Rees manuscript. It also includes
  • An Epilogue containing over 30 illustrated articles about long-time Charlestown families, organizations, structures and institutions, each written by a current resident or historian of Charlestown Township.

  • A DVD Video is included with the book with on-site interviews with several long-time residents discussing their memories of life growing up in Charlestown. The video also has on-site discussions of places like the old ice dam on Rt. 29 and even includes some family videos of times-past in Charlestown.

  • A Comprehensive Index - The entire book is comprehensively indexed to provide researchers with easy access to people and places appearing in both Mr. Rees's manuscript and the Epilogue articles. The current draft Index, reflecting only Mr. Rees's manuscript, totals 15 two-column pages and can be viewed via a link below. The final Index will also span the Epilogue.
WOULD YOU LIKE A PREVIEW?
To give you a better sense of the scope of our township's history covered by this project, links are provided below to view drafts of -
More information on this magnificent book is available here.
 
05/09/11
Lost australian shepherd with no tail (from Kathy Wilson) -
A Female, black & white, Australian shepherd with no tail, named Izzy. She is very shy and will run if approached - please don't chase her if spotted! Just call 610-745-7821 or 610-410-0319!!
05/06/11
Farmers' Market to Open (from Liz Andersen) -
On Saturday, May 7, from 9am to 1pm, the Phoenixville Farmers' Market will open for its tenth season with a Festival of the Honey Bees. There will be lots of special events for children and adults, including talks about bees and beekeeping, special children's crafts using beeswax, and a puppet show at 11am. This will be a great family friendly event where you can get great local food and learn about our friend the honey bee. This year, two farms from our own Charlestown are selling at the market: Charlestown Farm which raises and sells vegetables, and Canter Hill Farm which raises local lamb. For more information, visit http://www.phoenixvillefarmersmarket.org.
Charlestown Historical Society Meeting - The second CHS meeting of spring 2001 will be next Wednesday, May 11 at 7:30 pm at the Charlestown Elementary School. (Please park at the school bus end of the building. Refreshments will be served.) This meeting will focus on the preparation of the Harman Rees manuscript for publication in September of this year. In addition to the original manuscript, which will include many additional images of various Charlestown scenes, we plan to include an epilogue containing short articles on topics relation to Township history. Many topics are being considered, and work is already underway on some of them. We suggest anyone interested to come and suggest topics and/or volunteer to work on the epilogue.
05/04/11
Sample Ballots - Democratic and Republican Sample Ballots for the May 17 primary election are posted on the county's web site.
05/02/11
Brightside Farm Community Garden News - Our page for the community garden at Brightside Farm is available via the "Garden" icon link near the top of the Home page or by clicking here. The page has been updated with the plot assignments for 2011. There are a few folks on the waiting list. If you are interested in a plot for next year, get on the waiting list early by emailing Marguerite Buck at garden@charlestown.org. While there is no guarantee you will get a plot next year, there is always some turnover between seasons.
A Post Race Party at "The Office Bar and Grille" (at the intersection of Rt. 29 (Morehall Rd) and Warner Lane) - Following this Saturday's Jeremy's Jedi 5K Run/Walk, from 5 to 10 pm, "The Office" will donate 20% of food proceeds to the Jeremy P. Wilson Foundation. Also, the links in our April 28 entry below have been updated.
04/28/11
Jeremy's Jedi 5K Run/Walk set for May 7 -
The Jeremy P. Wilson Foundation is sponsoring the first Jeremy's Jedi 5K Run/Walk starting at the Great Valley Middle School on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Jeremy's Jedi Run is the first flagship event for the foundation, which was started by the Wilson family to honor the memory of Jeremy, their bright, cheerful young son and brother who passed away after a brave fight against a rare form of childhood cancer in October 2008 at the age of 11.
The race promises to support a great cause and offers a scenic run through back roads and neighborhoods of East Whiteland Township. The course will challenge competitive runners and offers a family-friendly atmosphere for walkers and runners of all levels. Younger runners and families can enjoy the one-mile fun.
Click here for the Jeremy P. Wilson Foundation website with more on the 5K Run (including on-line registration), Jeremy's story, the foundation as well as a link to donate to the foundation.
04/22/11
Plant Sale/Yard Sale Fundraiser (from Bonnie O'Hara) -
Fundraiser for Great Valley Venture Crew 67, a coed youth organization under Boy Scouts, that promotes community service, leadership and adventure. Come to our multi-family Yard Sale April 30th from 8am-1pm at the Chester Valley Grange on Phoenixville Pike right near the Turnpike overpass. We are also conducting a Plant Sale. The plants are of the highest quality at a very reasonable price. We have an extensive list of annuals and perennials. (download the pdf order form here). Orders need to be in by April 23rd and plant pickup is Saturday April 30th from 8am -1pm at the Chester Valley Grange. We will have some additional plants for purchase on the day of the sale. Please contact Bonnie O'Hara if you have questions.
Community Garden at Brightside Farm - The 24 plot community garden at township owned Brightside Farm may be full for 2011, but then again, it may not. If you are interested in having (or sharing) a 20'x19' garden plot protected from the deer and most other critters, with water available at your plot and with plenty of sun in a beautiful setting, please contact Marguerite Buck at garden@charlestown.org to get on the waiting list. For on-line information on the garden, including photos, go to our Community Garden page. Click the "Garden" icon on our Home Page or click here.
Earth Day Photos Posted - The official Charlestown Township web site has photos posted photos from last weekend's Earth Day Cleanup. Click here to see the photos. If you are not already on the email list for update notices for the official township web site (and you should be if you're reading this), click here to sign up.
The Charlestown Historical Society is still seeking images for future Charlestown Calendars. New and old paintings, old photos, and current photographs reflecting scenes of Charlestown are sought. Click here for more information.
04/14/11
REMINDER: 6TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY EVENT (from Linda Csete) -
Just a reminder to those who signed up for Earth Day (and a few who signed in the past) that we'll be starting from the Township office with coffee, juice, bagels, donuts, etc. at 9 AM this Saturday morning before starting our earth day activities. In the case of rain, I'll let you know if we're postponing to April 30th by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15th. If it's just drizzling, we'll still go ahead on the 16th. Hope to see you here, Linda
Addendum: Please Note: Since there probably won't be time to post a notice on the website if our Earth Day event this Saturday has to be postponed due to rain, I'll email this group by 3 pm tomorrow afternoon as to whether we're going forward or postponing to April 30th.
Upcoming Charlestown Historical Society Events -
Last Wednesday's CHS meeting on farming in Charlestown was almost standing room only.
  • The next CHS meeting will be Wednesday May 11 and the program will be announced shortly.
  • Rapp House Spring Work-Party - The annual spring work-party to give the historic property a "spring cleaning" will be Saturday, May 14, 2011 (rain date May 21). Lunch will be provided. Come and enjoy a day of seeing other CHS members and enjoy volunteering at a truly fascinating, historic property. If you have any questions, contact society president John Pittock by clicking here.
"Route 29 slip ramp hailed as boon for Chester County" by Gretchen Metz in the March 25, 2011 The Mercury reported on the official groundbreaking for the new PA Turnpike interchange at Rt. 29 in Devault. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
04/05/11
Official Township Web Site now offers email notices of updates to the site.
I highly recommend that all visitors to www.charlestown.org take advantage of the opportunity to receive an email from our township administrator whenever an update has been posted to the official township web site. The official site has almost all of Charlestown official business posted on it including meeting agendas and minutes, ordinances, financial statements, permitting information including forms, pdf copies of township newsletters, official maps and just about everything else associated with the running of our township's government and associated services for our citizens.
To sign up to receive update notices from the township, click here. (If you have not done it already, you can also sign up for update notices regarding updates to this citizens web site by clicking here.)
04/04/11
Special Event at CHS Meeting - Wednesday evening, April 6, the Charlestown Historical Society will feature comments and discussion from families of some of Charlestown best known farms. Specifically, representatives of the following farms and former farms will be present -
  • Fisher Farm (opposite the Charlestown Playhouse, including present CSA Farm)
  • Pyle Farm (township owned Brightside Farm and part of Deerfield)
  • Coryell Farm (part of Deerfield and area along Green Lane Road)
  • Markley Farm (on both sides of Union Hill Road, between the RR Bridge and Tinkerhill Lane)
  • Reinbow's End (horse farm between Green Lane Road and Yellow Springs Road)
  • Charlestown Farm (CSA Cooperative Farm on Charlestown Road)
This is an opportunity to learn first hand from those who lived on some of the major farms in Charlestown Township during their active years. You'll have an opportunity to ask questions. A brief history of the community garden at Brightside Farm will also be presented. The meeting starts at 7:30 pm at the Charlestown Elementary School. Please park at the school bus end of the building. Refreshments will be served.
03/18/11
Charlestown Historical Society to discuss Farming in Charlestown - The first CHS spring meeting of 2011 will begin at 7:30 Wednesday April 6 at Charlestown Elementary School. Several residents, including some currently farming in our township will discuss farming in Charlestown. A short business meeting and refreshments are also part of the evening. Please park in the lot by the school buses and enter through that end of the school building.
6TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY EVENT (from Linda Csete) -
Charlestown Township Seeks Resident Volunteers for Spring Roadside Clean-up April 16, 2011, 9 am - Noon. (Rain Date April 30th )
The Board of Supervisors seeks volunteers to help organize and undertake a clean-up of selected township roads and properties on April 16th. The Township will provide trash bags, gloves and safety vests for volunteers. Youth Groups are encouraged and welcome. We will assign safer off-road areas for these groups and for families with younger children.
The Township Office is used as headquarters. Personnel will be on hand at the office and on the road throughout the event to handle calls, questions, problems, etc.
Volunteers meet at the township office to get their assignments, and to pick up vests, bags, gloves and water. The Township provides continental breakfast fare, coffee, juice & milk for those who stop in before or after their clean up.
To Register or to obtain more information, contact: Linda Csete, Township Manager email: admin1@charlestown.pa.us phone: (610) 240-0326 between 9 am - 3 pm.
Phillies Ticket Raffle for Earth Day Volunteers (from Linda Csete) -
Public Works Superintendent Fred Alston has kindly donated two tickets to the Phillies v. San Francisco Giants game on July 27th at 7:05 p.m. as a raffle prize for our Earth Day participants. We'll draw a name out of a recyclable grocery bag the morning of April 16th when participants meet here at the township office for the continental breakfast. If you have signed up but you or your group doesn't plan to come to the office, email me so I can add your name(s) to the bag. For scout leaders: Please send me a list of the names of your girl/boy scouts by April 15th and I'll add them to the bag for you.
And for those who haven't signed up yet - now's the time!
Spring Roadside Clean-up Photos - The official township site has photos from the 2009 and 2010 Spring Roadside Clean-up Photos here and here.
Tax Questions - The official township site has answers to many questions about local taxes. An updated Tax FAQ is available here. Tax Information for 2011 is available here.
Township Code of Ordinances - Charlestown Township's Code of Ordinances Document is published by an outside service. The links for the document and it's search function are available from the official townhip site by clicking here.
02/21/11
Seeking Images for Future Charlestown Calendars
Since 2008, Charlestown Historical Society has been publishing calendars featuring paintings and old photographs depicting scenes of our township, each accompanied by historical background and other information pertaining to the scene and the artist. These calendars feature a map of our township on the back with the location indicated for each month's primary image. Primarily intended as an outreach program by the society, these calendars have been a big success and are saved by many residents as keepsakes.
The society's inventory of appropriate paintings and old photographs is dwindling, and the organization is now soliciting suitable images for publication in future calendars. Artists, photographers and contributors do not have to be residents of Charlestown Township. Only the subject matter must be Charlestown related. Three types of images are sought -
  1. Paintings - New and old paintings of scenes of Charlestown Twp.

  2. Old Photographs - Images of scenes or activities from times past in Charlestown Twp.

  3. Current Photographs - This is a new category that we hope will provide fresh images of Charlestown Twp. in recent years.
If you think you may have qualifying images to offer CHS for future calendars, please read the detailed description and instructions by clicking here.
Spring into Fitness 5K (from Debbie Kuhn) -
I regret that I am late posting this, so the discounted entry fee offer is not longer in effect.
Activate Phoenixville Area is hosting a fantastic community event to kick off the spring season (will it ever get here?) - the Spring Into Fitness 5K / 1 Mile Fun Run! will be held Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the Valley Forge Christian College.
This fun filled family event will include:
  • Cash prizes & medals for top finishers
  • Free T-shirts & great snacks, and post race stretching for all participants
  • Free yoga vouchers & two free personal training sessions for all
  • Face painting, a visit from the Chick-fil-A cow, and 'finisher' medals for all children who participate in the 1 mile fun walk.
More information and an on-line registration form are available here and here.
Barbara Grant -
Charlestown resident Barbara Grant has been included in a recently released book titled "100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley" by Catherine Quillman, art critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Barbara also has a website that features my prints (landscapes of Charlestown) and her figurative work. See http://www.barbaragrant-artist.com.
Earth Day in Charlestown (from Linda Csete) -
6TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY EVENT - Charlestown Township Seeks Resident Volunteers for Spring Roadside Clean-up April 16, 2011, 9 am - Noon.
(Rain Date is April 30th)
Details are available in a one page flyer here.
01/24/10
Lost Puppy- please help
(Buster/Scrappy is back home!)Lost: 8 month old puppy (beagle mix?). Light brown with white belly. Approximately 40lbs. Very friendly. Answers to Buster or Scrappy. Last seen Sunday the 23rd on Lisle Road at 3:30pm. Please take him in out of this weather. Thank you so very much!
Reminder: Coat Drive - Kelly Chevrolet's 9th Annual Gently Used Coat Drive is in its last week. Click here for details.
01/21/11
Missing Dog (from Rachel) -
(Sadie is back home!) Our Boxer Sadie ran away home near coldstream and charleston roads on the evening of 1/20/11. She has fawn coloring and is wearing a black collar. Please call if you find her.
Thank you
Rachel
12/16/10
Email Changes - I am in the process of changing the hosting service for charlestown.org email. This may cause a near-term delay in email sent to and from "@charlestown.org" addresses.
12/09/10
The Preliminary Agenda for the December 14 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted to the official Township web site.
"Chester County schools to assess how to improve student security" by Eric S. Smith in Monday's Daily Local News reports on county audits to determine student safety levels and how schools can improve security. In the Great Valley system, Charlestown Elementary and the high school will participate in the audit. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Bridges Open - Most of those who care already know that the new Bodine Road bridge over the PA Turnpike has opened. If you travel Hares Hill Road through Kimberton to get to Rt. 23 or Rt. 724, the bridge over French Creek will reopen this coming Friday.
12/05/10
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR SUBSCRIBERS - If you subscribe to our email update notification list, please be aware that I am having to send these notices in a different manner after Dec. 31, 2010. I have signed up with an email notification service from which future notifications will be sent. The emails will continue to be plain text, will not contain advertising and will only look slightly different from what you have been receiving.
The email notice announcing this change as well as the Limerick Siren Test notice below will be sent to you two ways as a test. I will send the update notice for today in the usual way (straight from my desktop) and in the new way using a service provided by iContact.com .
If you do not receive the second notice (which will probably arrive up to an hour later than the first notice sent directly from me), please let me know.
"Limerick plant to test sirens twice Monday" by Lauren McCormack in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on Exelon Nuclear's announcement that the Limerick facility will be testing a new alarm system tomorrow, in addition to the regular 2:00 pm test. The second test will be at 2:30 pm. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
12/02/10
"County projects 3.9% tax increase" by Michael P. Rellahan in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on a proposed real estate tax increase to help close a projected revenue gap in 2011. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the December 6 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to the official Township web site.
Township Newsletter Available On-Line - The Fall 2010 Charlestown Township Newsletter is available for viewing and as a pdf file on-line at the official Township web site. This issue is only available on-line and includes a lead-off article on the new McDevitt Walking Trail (many of you have seen signs for this trail near the Valley Hill - Bodine Roads intersection.) Many other articles and announcements are included in the newsletter.
9th Annual Gently Used Coat Drive - Each year I have had a request from Kelley Kelly to announce the annual Kelly Chevrolet Coat Drive. Collected coats are distributed to local shelters and needy people in the Phoenixville area. If you're not familiar with the area, you can get to Kelly Chevrolet by taking Charlestown Road north to its end at Nutt Road (Rt 23). Turn left on Nutt Road. The dealership will be on your left in a few blocks. This year Kelley Kelly contacted me with the following announcement -
We are holding the 9th Annual Gently Used Coat drive for Kelly Chevrolet! Last year we collected over 500 coats which were distributed to The First Presbyterian Church in Phoenixville. The Church sorts the coats and then distributes them to local shelters (as well as their own shelter) in Phoenixville.
We will accept the coats at Kelly Chevrolet, 600 Nutt Road, Route 23, Phoenixville. The coat drive will continue through January 31, 2011. If you have any questions, please call Kelley Kelly at 610-933-7707.
Kids Party Site - A new children's party facility in the Exton Mall has opened. "Patches Imagination Playzone" has been added to our "Kids Stuff" page under "Party Places". Use the link in the green button panel above or click here.
12/01/10
Landscapes2 Update - Chester County's award winning open space preservation program has recently published its latest report, available in pdf format here. The document identifies many studies in our area. Of special interest is "The Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Southeastern Pennsylvania", recently published by the GreenSpace Alliance and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and available in summary form here and the complete study here.
Swiss Pines - I have been receiving complaints for quite some time about Swiss Pines. All of the complaints have had to do with being unable to reach anyone at the gardens in order to help plan a visit. I have removed the contact information for the Swiss Pines entry on our Neighborhood Organizations page. If anyone knows the status of Swiss Pines, please let me know. If the gardens are still open, then I need a valid email address and/or phone number to post before I feel comfortable re-establishing the link to the gardens.
Charlestown Township Calendars Available - For the fourth year, the Charlestown Historical Society has created a calendar that is loaded with history, photographs from the early days of our Township, and paintings of beautiful scenes of Charlestown. Complete with a map showing where the subjects are located, this beautiful calendar makes a great Christmas gift for both residents and former residents alike. (Click here for a full page pdf flyer on our 2011 calendar.) If picked up in person, the calendars are $12. If they are mailed to you, the cost is $14 each. Calendars may be picked up in person at the Township Office (above the Devault PO). (They are also available at the Charlestown Elementary School.) For mail order, click here for a form that you can print and mail in with your payment.
11/15/10
Lost Cat (from Nancy Moffitt) -
Our beautiful silver tabby female cat is missing from our Valley Hill Road home. Please call us at 610-827-9682 if you see her. She is an indoor cat who must have slipped outside without us realizing. Many thanks.
11/05/10
Calendars Are Selling - The Charlestown Historical Society sold over 130 of the 2011 "Scenes of Charlestown" calendars at the election on Tuesday. These calendars offer much more than just pretty images of our township, but include interesting historical tidbits and other information about each month's subject. CHS is already being asked if there are still calendars available from previous years. The calendars are available at the Township Office above the Devault P.O., and via mail order using the order form available here. Additional information is available from our 10/31 entry below and a pdf flyer available here.
6th Annual Christmas Toy Drive (from Denny Parisan) - County Corvette, on Westtown Road in West Chester, is promoting their annual toy drive for the Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia. The very popular event is held Saturday, Dec. 4th from 10 am to 1 pm and features all sorts of entertainment for young and old. For complete information, visit http://www.countycorvette.com/toydrive09.htm. which includes photos from past events.
Neighbors of Note Update - Hayden Mathias, 12, a former Charlestown Elementary School student and student of the Woodlynde School in Wayne, PA has been named to USA Hockey Atlantic District's Philadelphia Flyers-Quebec Pee Wee Ice Hockey Team. Click the "Neighbors of Note" link in the green button panel to learn more about Hayden's achievements and upcoming tournament entry.
10/31/10
Sample Ballot
The sample ballot for Tuesday's General Election is available (pdf file) from the county's web site by clicking here.
2011 Charlestown Calendar Now Available
2011 CalendarThe Charlestown Historical Society is now selling its 2011 historical calendar "Scenes of Our Township Over the Years".
This is not just a calendar of pretty pictures of our township. This is the fourth in a series of history lessons about our township, both visually and via descriptive text for each month. Each month's image is a painting or old photograph of a scene in Charlestown. Each is accompanied by information about the scene. The location of each scene is identified on a full page map of our township on the back of the calendar.
Of special interest for 2011 is the photos and paintings and corresponding information regarding the Charlestown Cornet Band (late 1800s, shown here), the Charlestown Union Association (started 1849 to track down horse thieves), the Aldham Store and Post Office, and the Rees Paper Mill.
This calendar makes a great Christmas gift for current and past residents of Charlestown Township. The calendars will be available at Tuesday's election, and at the Township Office for $12.00 each or they can be mailed to you for $14.00 each using the order form in the upcoming Township Newsletter or by clicking here. Additional information is available in a flyer available here.
 
Historical Society Activities -
  • Calendar - The Charlestown Historical Society will be selling the new 2011 Charlestown Calendar at Tuesday's General Election (see above). This is also an opportunity to join or renew memberships.
  • Meeting - The CHS Second Fall Meeting is Wednesday Nov. 3rd at Charlestown Elementary School starting at 7:30. Following a brief business meeting, the group will focus on the ongoing project of writing a history of our township and publishing the Harman Rees manuscript. Please park in the lot between the school and the bus garage area and enter through door #5. Refreshments will be served.
  • Winterizing the Rapp House - CHS's annual fall work party to prepare the Wisner Rapp House for winter will be Saturday, Nov. 6. Lunch will be provided for volunteers, and the rain date is Nov. 13.
10/05/10
Bicycle Found (from Linda Csete, Fred Alston) -
A womens 10-speed bicycle near Aldham Road and Route 29, in fair condition with some rust. Call the Township Office to identify at 610-240-0326. If it is not claimed soon and you are interested in obtaining it, please call the office and inform them of your interest.
Charlestown Historical Society Gathering October 6
Have you ever wondered if George Washington marched through your backyard? Or, who lived in the beautiful stone house on Yellow Springs Road?
Come to the CHS gathering on October 6th at 7:30 in the Charlestown Elementary School Cafeteria. Pat Thomas will be explaining how to do research to learn the answers to these questions. All are welcome. Please park in the lot between the school and the bus garage and use entrance door #5. Call Barbara De Wilde 610-827-7530 with your questions.
2011 CHS Calendar Available Election Day - At the polls on Tuesday November 2nd, please stop by the Charlestown Historical Society's table and renew your membership and see what's going on with CHS. The new 2011 calendar with images and historical notes of our township past and present will be available for your purchase.
09/21/10
Missing Dog
Ziggy has returned. Ziggy is a 15 year old Jack Russell, white with brownish face and graying hair. He has tags with our phone number and was wearing a black walking harness.
Last seen yesterday morning, Monday Septmeber 20th at our property on the corner of Newcomen Road and Route 401. He is in need of medication but is very freindly to people, not so with other dogs.
08/05
A Hearing Notice for the August 9th meeting of the Zoning Hearing Board has been posted on the official Township web site. Click here to view the notice.
PC Meeting Cancelled - The meeting for August 10th has been cancelled. The next meeting of the Planning Commission will be held on September 14, 2010, 7:30 p.m. at the Great Valley Middle School, Room 154. (from the official Township web site.)
Slip Ramp Coming - The E-ZPass interchange (slip ramp) for the PA Turnpike at Rt. 29 has received final approval. Two articles describe the state of the project which is expected to be finished in the fall of 2012. The articles also announce plans for widening both Rt. 202 in Tredyffrin Township and the PA Turnpike between Valley Forge and the new slip ramp. The Philadelphia Inquirer article is available from the newspaper's web site by clicking here. The Daily Local News is available here.
Video Editor Sought - The Charlestown Historical Society is looking for a volunteer with experience in digital video editing. The society has recently purchased a video camera which produces great HD video output. The camera is used for interviews with township residents, especially seniors with memories of earlier days in our township. The camera will also be used for video recording of society activities. Anyone interested in helping editing the "film" from these activities from time to time should contact John Pittock at 610-827-1486 or Barbara DeWilde at 610-827-7530. Please leave a message if either is not available when you call.
07/29/10
The Preliminary Agenda for the August 2 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to the official Township web site.
07/27/10
Verizon Supply Lines Revisited (from Paul Stevens) -
Never underestimate the power of the medium. As a result of your publishing my story about the tree that was threatening to destroy all the communication lines that run along Bodine Road, and Verizon's complete lack of interest with respect to its own supply lines, everything changed.
The day my article appeared on the Charlestown Website, we got a call and a visit from a Verizon foreman. By the next day (Saturday), a second supervisor appeared. And by noon the tree that had been endangering the lines was properly cut away by Asplundt.
To all those who understood what I was doing (especially Tom Baldwin and Jonathan Mozi) my thanks for providing a catalyst. To those who didn't get it, well, at least you know the supply lines are safe.
Paul Stevens
Bodine Road Bridge Progress -
The following is from yesterday's Daily Local News -
Overnight traffic restrictions to affect Pa. Turnpike drivers
UPPER MERION -- The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) between the Downingtown and Valley Forge interchange to be prepared for nighttime bi-directional single-lane closures scheduled to be in effect through Friday, July 30 between milepost 312-319 in Charlestown.
The right-lane will be closed overnight Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. - 5 a.m. eastbound and 8 p.m. - 6 a.m. westbound the following morning and Friday night eastbound from 9 p.m. - 8 a.m. and westbound 9 p.m. - 7 a.m. Saturday morning.
The general contractor, Nyleve Construction, will be installing overhang brackets and under deck shielding on the new bridge that carries Bodine Road across the turnpike at milepost 315.8 between the Downingtown and Valley Forge exits.
Motorists should stay alert for slow moving or stopped traffic when approaching the work zone. The contractor's schedule is dependent on the weather and subject to change.
07/22/10
Verizon Supply Lines (from Paul Stevens) -
The effects of the rain and wind storm that attacked us on Thursday, June 24 are not yet over. We lost several very old beautiful trees - some planted in the early 1900s by William F. Bodine, whose house and property, Pigeon Run Farm, we have owned for the past 26 years. One of those trees grew along Bodine Road. And when it came down and punched a massive hole in one of our barns, it also fell across and got hung up on Verizon's communication and FIOs lines that run along the road.
I called our tree service company to clean up and remove the various trees. However, when they got to this one, they said they couldn't finish cutting and removing it because, if they did, it would roll over and wipe out all of Verizon's supply lines along the road. This, in turn, would cause a complete failure of all communications to a lot of our neighbors and I don't know how many others.
So, trying to be a good citizen, I called Verizon. I have spent almost three weeks and countless hours working to get Verizon to understand that, if we finish cutting and clearing this tree, all their lines will be destroyed and it will require emergency services and who knows how much money to repair the damages. My calls were met with complete indifference. I was told they don't do trees; that the problem was turned over to "a local construction company" who takes care of their poles, and that a foreman would come out to see the problem. He never showed up.
We are left with no recourse but to have the tree cut up and removed. And so, fellow citizens, if you suddenly find yourselves without telephone, FIOs, high speed internet and all other communication services, you will know why. And if you decide to bombard Verizon with complaints, I wish you good luck. Plan to spend twenty to forty-five minutes on hold because, as their recording says, they will be experiencing extremely high call volume.
Paul Stevens
07/21/10
The Official Minutes of the June 22, 2010 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted to the official Township web site.
07/19/10
"Charlestown Cooperative named producer of the week" in Saturday's The Phoenix reports on The Charlestown Cooperative Farm (on Charlestown Rd. approaching Phoenixville). The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Vale-Rio Diner for sale on eBay - I only post this because there may be others out there like myself who have dined at the Vale-Rio Diner in Phoenixville since it began business in 1948. Two recent articles describe the diner and sale -
  • "Phoenixville's Vale-Rio Diner up for sale on eBay" by Bonnie L. Cook in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
  • "Vale-Rio for sale on eBay" in today's The Mercury is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/14/10
The Official Minutes of the July 21, 2010 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted to the official Township web site.
A Hearing Notice for the June 28 meeting of the Zoning Hearing Board at the Great Valley Middle School, 255 N. Phoenixville Pike, Room 155 has been posted to the official Township web site.
07/05/10
Burglary on Yellow Springs Road - Sometime between Thursday evening July 1 and Sunday evening July 4, a residence on Yellow Springs Road between Valley Hill and Merlin Roads was broken into and items stolen. The residence had an alarm system, but only on the first floor, and the break-in was through a second floor window which was left closed when the burglars left the home.
07/04/10
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 6 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to the Official Township web site.
06/29/10
The Official Minutes of the June 7, 2010 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted to the official Township web site.
The Official Minutes of the June 8, 2010 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted to the official Township web site.
Addition to Kids Stuff page - Last Friday my granddaughter completed a one-week "Rock Music Camp" in neighboring W. Pikeland Twp. She had a great time and can't wait to go back next year (or possibly for a second time this year). I have added information about the camp under "Misc. Activities" on our Kids Stuff page. A link is provided to the camp web site.
Road Work Scheduled - Route 29, Charlestown - Railroad crossing repair, closed and detoured between Charlestown and Whitehorse roads, 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 p.m. Sunday. Detour posted. (July 10 and 11). (Source- Daily Local News)
Landscapes 2 Update - The Chester County Landscapes 2 program has published it's latest report covering a wide variety of conservation and environmental protection projects. Click here for the report.
06/25/10
Car Break-in and Theft (from Michael Richter) -
On the night of June 24th, both of my cars were broken into, and personal belongings were stollen. I thought this was something the community should be aware of in the case that this becomes a regular occurance. The thief took place on Ravenhill Road. Michael Richter
Hearing Notice for Aug. 2, 2010 - A hearing notice for a conditional use at a Charlestown Rd. residence has been posted to the official Township web site.
Photos of June 13th 'Bark for Life' event have been posted to the official Township web site. Click here.
"Charlestown considers changing agricultural rules" by Anne Pickering in the June 11 Daily Local News reports on the June meeting of the Planning Commission at which changes to regulations regarding the number of animals permitted on farms and the protection of streams were discussed. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Futures on hold for teenage burglars" by Michael P. Rellahan in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the sentencing of two young men for a burglary last year on Tudor Drive in Charlestown. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Great Valley OKs budget, 1.5 percent tax increase" by Anne Pickering in the June 9 Daily Local News reports on the new budget approved by the Great Valley School Board. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/06/10
Livestock Per Gross Acre and Riparian Buffer Zones - If you own (or might someday own) any animals that might be classified as "livestock", note that the agenda for the June 8 meeting of the Planning Commission includes a "Discussion of Possible Amendment to Zoning Ordinance Section 1614 on Livestock Per Gross Acre and Riparian Buffer Zones". Specifically (from the agenda),
The purpose is to discuss these issues, not make any recommendation, and that discussion will include the impact on animal owners if required to create a buffer zone adjacent to riparian areas like streams, springs, wetlands, etc., and the cost of creating such a buffer zone including loss of pasture. The impact of animal waste in the water supply will also be addressed. The meeting will include farmers who have used riparian buffers who are willing to describe the experience. It is envisioned everyone will have an opportunity to express their views at this meeting or subsequent meetings, and to ask questions.
The Preliminary Agenda for the June 7 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to the official Township web site.
Hearing Notices for the June 7 and June 15th meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been posted to the official Township web site.
Historical Society Meeting - The Charlestown Historical Society will meet Wednesday June 9 at 7:30 at the Elementary School. There will be a brief business meeting, and then in keeping with the Society's goal of writing a history of Charlestown, local artist Ann Kline will give a short talk on researching genealogy and the resources available for that task. The evening will include discussion of the history project and related topics. Light refreshments will be served. Please park in the east lot between the school and the school bus parking area and enter through the doors at that end of the school.
Piece of Paradise Farm has been added to our list of local horseback riding facilities for children. See our Kids' Stuff Page here.
 

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