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Archived Home Pages - June 2001

06/29/01
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 2 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Township has a Position Available for an Assistant Township Secretary. Click here for the job description and resume submittal information.
Your neighborhood webmaster has been mowing the portion of Township-owned Brightside Farm west of the driveway. The area that runs along Yellow Springs Road has been under cultivation (soy beans were harvested last year) and mowing its weeds this late is more like "mining" than mowing, with many hidden rocks.

Mowing Brightside FarmYesterday morning I mowed the pen west of the milk barn where the cows used to gather before entering the barn to be milked. As you can see from these two photos, I was literally "in over my head".
 
Mowing Brightside FarmWhile these weeds are huge, there is grass and clover to be seen underneath, unlike the previously cultivated areas nearer Yellow Springs Road. Hopefully attentive mowing will yield more grass next year, and fewer weeds. You may click on these images to see a larger image (about 60kb each) Use your browser's "Back" button to return here.

06/27/01 (1:30 PM)
This announcement was received from the Township Administrator -
The traffic light at Route 401 and Valley Hill has now been fully operational for 24 hours. We ask for your patience in the process of finding the correct timing for the light. A backup will continue to occur on Route 401 because of the volume of traffic, but we anticipate an improvement in this backup with appropriate timing. Again, we ask for your patience during the newness of our attempt to lessen the accidents that occur at this dangerous intersection.
Thursday night meeting of the Open Space Commission - This announcement was received from Andrew Motel, Chairman of the Open Space Commission -
The meeting will occur Thursday, 6/28 at 7:30pm in Room 154 of the Great Valley Middle School. Our guest speaker will be Jake MIchael of the Chester County Planning Commission. He will address open space issues and a new initiative from the County to aggressively preserve open space. The Commission will also attempt to reach consensus on a definition of open space and a focus for our preservation efforts.
06/27/01
The Preliminary Agenda for tonight's rescheduled meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"East Whiteland residents upset over cut-through traffic" by Pateen Corcoran in today's Daily Local News reports on traffic related concerns of residents along Sidley Road in East Whiteland. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
I have received several new complaints regarding poor service from York Waste Disposal, with requests for recommendations of alternative waste haulers. Our page listing waste haulers licensed in Charlestown is available here. If you have had good experience with a waste hauler, feel free to send me your recommendation and I'll pass it on to those in need.
06/26/01
Charlestown Green's report on the June 26 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page. This meeting included a hearing on the proposed assisted living facility on Whitehorse Road.
06/23/01
"Pa. court rules against moratorium" by Pateen Corcoran in today's Daily Local News reports on the recent Supreme Court ruling declaring a building moratorium in York County illegal. This decision will likely affect East Whiteland Township which has a building moratorium in effect at this time. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Charlestown Elementary students celebrate 10th anniversary of the Ronald McDonald House" appeared in the "School" section of yesterday's The Phoenix. Unfortunately, it was not posted to the paper's web site.
06/21/01
"Former local columnist's work can be found online" by Michael Quay in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on the posting online of the articles written by local columnist Jack Norris. Mr. Norris wrote articles for the Daily Republican and The Phoenix, and many had to do with the history and culture of our area. A book published in 1997 featured many of Mr. Norris' articles and these articles are now available online. The article announcing the availability of these articles is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. The treasure chest of online articles themselves are available by clicking here.
"Blame government for sprawl" by David R. Contosta in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on how "Tax laws and decentralized planning created demands developers have met." The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the May 21, 2001 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
06/20/01
The Official Minutes of the June 4, 2001 Regular Meeting and the June 11, 2001 Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
06/19/01
"Altemose hearing continued" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's Altemose conditional use hearing regarding the proposed assisted living center on Whitehorse Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"County, state officials meet over farmland" by Jonathan Jones in today's Daily Local News reports on a meeting between County Commissioners and state lawmakers regarding new sources for farm land preservation programs. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/16/01
The Official Minutes of the May 22 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
06/15/01
The Preliminary Agenda for the June 18 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"Charlestown students meet their pen pals" in yesterday's Suburban Advertiser reports on the Charlestown Kids Care Program whereby fifth graders at Charlestown Elementary School enjoy pen pal relationships with senior citizens at Adult Care of Chester County, and meet their pen pals at an end of year event at the Center. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Future looks bright for Charlestown farm" by Keisha Young in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on Monday's special meeting to begin the development of a vision for Township owned Brightside Farm. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/12/01
"Residents are trying to solve traffic problems" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix reports on Schuylkill Township's decisions regarding Buckwalter Road's usage by trucks as well as its speed limit. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
I attended last night's special meeting of the Board of Supervisors to begin the "visioning" process for the Township owned 75 acre Brightside (Pyle) Farm. I have posted a brief report on that meeting on our Neighborhood News page. I will soon update the Brightside Farm section of this site to reflect the fact that the Township now owns the full 75 acres on the north side of Yellow Springs Road.
06/11/01  (2:45 PM)
The Preliminary Agenda for tonight's special meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and Parks & Recreation Commission has been posted.
6/11/01
Reminder: A joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and Parks & Recreation Commission is scheduled for tonight, June 11, 2001 at 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School to conduct a visioning process for the 55 acre Pyle Farm on Yellow Springs Road.
Congratulations: Charlestown resident and Planning Commission member Wendy Leland was promoted to Commander of her Maryland Army National Guard unit on Saturday. See our Neighbors of Note page for details.
06/08/01
The Preliminary Agenda for next Tuesday's meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Message on bathroom wall evacuates GVHS" in the current Suburban Advertiser reports on a message found in the Great Valley High School that threatened violence last Monday. (Remember that the Board of Supervisor meeting last Monday was moved at the last minute to Charlestown Elementary because the Middle and High Schools were closed for the evening.) The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/07/01
Your Opinion is Wanted - The newly formed Open Space Commission met for the first time Tuesday evening. The Commission's objectives and a request for residents to submit their visions of open space in Charlestown Township have been posted to a new section devoted to the Commission. Click HERE to see the statement of objectives and for the link to submit your own ideas as to open space objectives in Charlestown. The deadline for your submittals is this Sunday, June 10.
A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm is one of the uses frequently mentioned for the Township owned Brightside Farm on Yellow Springs Road. Parks and Recreation chairman Mark Conolly sent this photo of John Foster of CSA farm Pickering Valley Beef baling hay. John, who lives on Pickering Road, Phoenixville, runs this CSA operation.
I missed Charlestown's bear sighting in yesterday's Daily Local News and thank Mike Mitchell for bringing it to my attention. "Black bear seen in Chester County" by Tarel Tannous reports "The last reported sighting was in the area of Pikeland and Hollow roads in Charlestown around 7 a.m. Tuesday, according to reports." The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/05/01
"Charlestown supervisors deny Rapps Run offer" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Tonight's 1st meeting of the new Open Space Commission will include an address by John Johnson, a fellow Chester County resident with a wealth of experience on our issues. The meeting is tonight at 7:30pm in the Choral Room (follow the signs) of the Great Valley Middle School.
Website Statistics for May have been posted. They are linked from the bottom of the left menu column or by clicking here. In May we had visitors from 14 foreign countries, and we had 849 visitors who got here via the internet's search engines. Not shown on the site statistics is the fact that we had 178 "internal" searches using the built-in charlestown.org Search feature available in the left menu column.
06/04/01 (4:20 PM)
IMPORTANT NOTICE - I just received notice that due to the closing of the Middle School tonight, tonight's Board of Supervisors Meeting will be held at the Charlestown Elementary School.
06/01/01
Charlestown Green's report on the May 21 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page. Remember, only the Green's reports have coverage of the hearings conducted during these meetings since the Official Minutes omit reporting testimony that is recorded by a court recorder. I again want to express a big THANK YOU to Charlestown Green from all of us for attending the supervisor meetings and writing their reports.
"Hearings planned for Charlestown bimonthly meeting" by Keisha Young in today's The Phoenix reviews the upcoming meeting agendas and reports on the proposed dedication of Rapps Run Drive. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.

Birthday - Tomorrow will be the fourth "birthday" of this web site which has grown to 721 pages and had over 53,000 home page visits since it first went on-line in 1997. Our very first home page entry is still available at the bottom of this page.
 

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