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Archived Home Pages - June 2005

06/30/05
The Charlestown Township Meeting Calendar for July has been posted. Click the "Meeting Calendar" link in the green button panel at the top of most pages to view the pdf version of the calendar.
06/29/05
Housing Help Needed  (from Debbie Kuhn)
First United Methodist Church of Phoenixville is trying to help a single mother with a newborn child find a one-bedroom apartment in the Phoenixville area. She is able to afford $500 - $700 per month for rent and would prefer a non-smoking environment. (An apartment has been found. 08/01/05)
06/26/05
2005 CHS Charlestown Picnic
Charlestown Picnic a Big Success - Yesterday's Charlestown Picnic hosted by the Charlestown Historical Society at Brightside Farm and the Wisner-Rapp House was well attended, and surprisingly comfortable due to a nice breeze and filtered late afternoon sunlight. We have a Photo Album with 11 photos of the event posted here (and linked from the CHS "home" page). Many thanks go to all of the people who worked so hard to promote and set up this event (and clean up afterwords).
Important: If you attended the picnic, and have not done so already, be sure to check yourself for deer ticks.
06/23/05  (noon)
Elwood Fisher - We just saw in the print edition of The Phoenix that Elwood Fisher passed away last Saturday. Elwood was born in Phoenixville 89 years ago and has been a long-time Charlestown farmer and active in many organizations. A funeral service will be held at 11 am this Saturday at the Charlestown United Methodist Church. Friends may call Saturday morning from 9:30 to 11:00 at the church.
06/23/05
Community Picnic and Art Show Update - Additional information for this Saturday's Community Picnic and Art Show at Brightside Farm has been posted to our Picnic page. Notable changes are an updated Diagram showing locations of the Art Show, Grills and toilet facilities, updated list of games including a custom made Charlestown Township BINGO game, and the recommendation that you bring binoculars and a bird book if you would like to walk the trails and/or participate in the "Treasure Hunt" during the walk to the Rapp House.
Please RSVP - If you have not done so already, the Picnic Committee would still appreciate your emailing brightside@charlestown.org to RSVP your plans to attend, indicating the number in your party. We had over 100 picnickers last year and expect more this year.
"Land Trust plan would conserve 1,522-acre farm", an editorial in Monday's Daily Local News, describes efforts in West Pikeland, West Vincent and East Pikeland to control the development of Bryn Coed Farms so as to preserve most of it. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Thanks to Sue Staas for bringing this to my attention.
"Keeping bulldozers away" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is a second article on the possible conservation of Bryn Coed Farms. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/22/05
Community Picnic this Saturday - The 2005 Community Picnic and Art Show at Brightside Farm is fast approaching. To help the event organizers better plan for the picnic, if you plan to attend, please email brightside@charlestown.org with a count (or estimate) of the number in your party. Details of both the picnic (including Pony Rides) and Art Show are available here.
Charlestown Artist at Picnic - Several Charlestown Township artists will be showing and selling their paintings at Saturday's Picnic. If you are a Charlestown Artist and would like to show your work at the Picnic, please submit the registration information requested on our Picnic Page. (No commission will be charged if you sell a painting.)
"Mother, daughter protest textbook" by Micha Frazier in today's Daily Local News reports on an evolution/creationism issue regarding a 9th grade biology textbook used by the Great Valley School District. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Verizon Flos Internet Question - I am currently using Comcast's high-speed internet service in my home. Verizon is pushing its fiber-optic "Flos" technology, which is supposed to be a lot faster than Comcast, especially with Verizon's "Package 2" 15mbps service. If anyone has made the switch from Comcast to Verizon Flos, Package 2, I would appreciate your contacting me and telling me what you think of Verizon Flos.
06/20/05
Reminder - There is no Board of Supervisors meeting tonight. The next meeting will be July 11th.
I have added Claire Liss as the fourth Township resident student seeing a summer employment opportunity. See our Seeking Summer Employment page for details and instructions as to how to be listed on the page.
06/16/05
The Official Minutes of the May 10, 2005 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Where We Live - I regret that I was away yesterday and did not have the opportunity to note the Philadelphia Inquirer's June 15 special report "Where We Live", which features several articles on the history of the western Main Line, with several references to Charlestown Township. The print edition has several photographs that are not included in the on-line edition.
  • "What's behind the way we live is under our feet" by Sandy Bauers reports on the geological history of the Great Valley and speaks of a time when the ocean was lapping up at "the beachfront - Charlestown Township" and notes that "A reason Charlestown is rural today is that settlers' wagons couldn't climb its steep southern ridge." The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
     
  • "Open space is plentiful, varied" by Nancy Petersen reports on open space in the Upper Main Line with references to Charlestown Township's 503 acres under protection with the French and Pickering Creeks Trust. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
     
  • "A countryside just built for 2" by Reid Kanaley reports on bicycling in the Upper Main Line and speaks of the paved portions of the Horseshoe Trail passing through our Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
     
  • "Good deals, hidden gems" by Nancy Petersen reports on the area shopping discoveries of Charlestown resident Beth Newman. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
     
  • There are several other well researched articles in this special section of yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer that may be of interest to Charlestown residents, even though they do not specifically reference our township. You might still be able to pick up the yesterday's print edition today.
06/14/05
Summer Employment Sought - I have just added Ariel Hudes to our Students Seeking Summer Employment page. Remember, if you are a high school or college student from Charlestown Township and you are looking for a summer job, check the above linked page for instructions on submitting information for your ad on the page.
Charlestown Picnic Expanded - The Charlestown Picnic to be held June 25 has been expanded to include an Art Show by Charlestown artists and a presentation by the Great Valley Nature Center. Please RSVP if you are coming and please email registration information if you are exhibiting art. Detailed information on the events and how to RSVP/Register is available here.
06/13/05
Rabies Warning (from Wendy McClean, Yellow Springs Rd.) - "We just learned that a bat that we found yesterday at our house was definitely rabid. Everyone should make sure that their pets are up to date on shots, etc."
Summer Employment Sought - I have just added Laura Smith to our Students Seeking Summer Employment page. Remember, if you are a high school or college student from Charlestown Township and you are looking for a summer job, check the above linked page for instructions on submitting information for your ad on the page. Also, if you are an employer or home-owner with summer employment opportunities, check our page for a student who might fill your need.
"Rendell cashing out on Act 72?" by Evan Brandt in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the state-wide lack of participation in Act 72, a controversial tax relief package rejected by 4/5 of the state's school districts. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"French Creek Trail planners buying up land to link park, school" by John Rossomando in today's The Mercury reports on efforts to create a 10 mile hiking trail route along the French Creek ending in neighboring East Pikeland Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/10/05
The Official Minutes of the May 2, 2005 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"43rd class graduates from Great Valley" by Alexis Grilli in today's Suburban Advertiser reports on this year's graduation ceremony of the senior class of Great Valley High School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Lights out on proposal" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on East Whiteland supervisors rejection of a plan by the Great Valley High School to erect 110 foot high lights at the school's stadium. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/08/05
The Preliminary Agenda for the June 14 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
Two articles in today's The Phoenix report on matters discussed at Monday night's Board of Supervisors' meeting -
  • "Couple seeking permit to build indoor training facility for horses" by Bill Rettew, Jr. reports on the discussion of an application by the Desfors to construct a large barn with indoor riding rink at the intersection of Yellow Springs and Merlin Roads. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
  • "Bradco Supply urges supers to grant conditional use" by Bill Rettew, Jr. reports on discussions regarding the application by Bradco to create a distribution center on its property at 25 Spring Mill Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/04/05
Memorial Service for Carol Neskie (from Greg Nesspor) -
Carol Neskie, who passed away April 25, 2005, was a long time resident of Charlestown first at what is now my property Hartman Run Hollow on 29, then at 2246 Pikeland Road. She taught at Charlestown Playschool for 55 Years and remained active with the Clothing Sale and other Playschool activities after her retirement.
I am having a Memorial Remembrance and Life Celebration for her on Saturday June 25, 2005 at 11 AM at the Main Line Unitarian Church, 816 South Valley Forge Rd in Devon Pa. There will be refreshments and a lite buffet fare afterward also at the church. 12 noon until 1:30.
All of her friends and acquaintances are welcome and urged to attend. Anyone with questions can call me (Greg Nesspor) at 484-288-0384
06/02/05
The Preliminary Agenda for the June 6 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Students Seeking Summer Employment - I am very late this year getting our page set up for Charlestown Township students seeking summer employment. The page is available here and has the first student to sign up listed there. This page is for Charlestown residents who are high school or college students seeking summer employment. You may post "advertisements" for your services. All I ask is that ONLY Charlestown residents submit ads. At a minimum, students should provide the following information to webmaster@charlestown.org -
Full Name
Street Address (only the street name will be posted)
Current school enrollment. (i.e. "freshman at xxx college")
When available to start.
What kind of work is sought.
Contact information: Either e-mail address, phone number or postal address.
Any other information about themselves,
such as qualifications for the type of employment sought.
"Crash hospitalizes driver" by Bill Rettew, Jr. reports on a traffic accident yesterday at the intersection of Rt. 29 and Hollow Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
 
 

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