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Archived Home Pages - June 1998

Today's The Phoenix has a report by Julie Glanville on the approval of the Agricultural Security District by Charlestsown. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site for this weekend only by clicking here. We previously posted a list of the properties that fall under this program.
I have posted Kevin Kuhn's timely report on last evening's meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
The weekend The Phoenix has an article by Julie T. Glanville on a dispute between Charlestown and Tredyffrin Townships over the proposed turnpike ramp near the Route 29 underpass. For the weekend only, you may read the article by clicking here.
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer has a report from the Associated Press titled "A battle is lost in the fight to save Paoli Battlefield from developers" describing the likely failure of local efforts to preserve the Paoli Battlefield and prevent it becoming a development. The article may be read from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Today's The Phoenix has a report by Julie T. Glanville titled "Altemose files suit in federal court over Charlestown zoning" covering the developer's filing of a suit against Charlestown Township for alleged discriminatory zoning ordinances. You may read the article on-line (today only) from the paper's web site by clicking here. The filing was also covered in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer (see link below).
I have posted the list of properties for the proposed Agricultural Security Area. I do not have the time available to also post the township map showing these properties, but may be able to do so in the future. The list may be accessed from our General Info page.
Susan Weidener reports in today's Philadelphia Inquirer that Leon Altemose has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming that Charlestown Township's zoning laws are exclusionary and discriminatory. You can read the article titled "Lawsuit claims Charlestown zoning laws discriminatory" at the paper's web site by clicking here.
I have posted the official minutes of the two May meetings of the Planning Commission.
We have had a very busy week and are a bit behind in postings. I have posted Ellen Behrle's report on last week's meeting of the Planning Commission. It is on our Neighborhood News page. The June 23, 1998 meeting of the Planning Commission has been cancelled.
Today's The Phoenix has an article titled "Officials review local transportation proposals" in which Daniel Griffin reports on the fourth annual Phoenixville Area Chamber of Regional Development Forum, held yesterday in Phoenixville.
"Transportation issues were the primary focus of the forum, specifically projects currently proposed for the area, including the Schuylkill Valley Metro light rail line, reconstruction of Route 202 in Upper Merion and a closed traffic signal system in Phoenixville and the surrounding areas." You may read the article from the paper's web site (for today only) by clicking here.
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer has an article on General Wayne's designation as a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for 1997-98. This is the third such award for General Wayne. The article, titled "School receives national award", is by Lubna Khan and can be read at the paper's web site by clicking here.
John Coor's "The Scene" column in today's Philadelphia Inquirer highlights Charlestown Green's efforts to have the question of Five vs Three supervisors on next November's ballot.
"Moving Mountains", a full page article by Hilary Jay in this weekend's Inquirer Magazine, is a wonderful report on Lee Raden, a Charlestown resident. Lee has effectively replicated an alpine meadow at his home, using plants that are more suitable to our climate. We and the Township have cited Lee Raden for the awards he has won at the Philadelphia Flower Show for his rock garden exhibits, and one can see from the photos in this weekend's article, that his property in Charlestown is itself a beautiful exhibit. The article and small photo are available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
We have added a link on or Neighborhood Organizations page to the excellent new web site of the Bacton Hill Bible Church.
We have posted the agenda for Monday's meeting of the Agricultural Security Area Advisory Committee which will be conducing a review of the proposal to form an Agricultural Security Area in Charlestown. We have also posted the agenda for Tuesday's regular meeting of the Planning Commission, where one of the items is a review by the Commission of the proposed Agricultural Security District. As always, current agendas are linked from our Official Minutes page.
This morning's Philadelphia Inquirer has an article titled "Growth strains fire company" by Susan Weidener about the East Whiteland Fire Company, and its problems expanding capacity to deal with a growing community. East Whiteland covers over half of Charlestown Township as we show on our fire company map. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
New Feature: I have added a "Site Map" feature under "About this site" in the left menu column. This links to a single page that lists the page title of every web page in this site. Each listed page is a link to that page. The "map" is organized by directories. It represents an alternative way to "browse" the various topics covered in this site. This feature suffers from the fact that I have not been very good at specifying relevant titles for many pages, so I need to go back and update titles (this will make Search feature results more relevant as well). The Site Map page takes a while to appear on some browsers as about 300 links must be displayed.
I have posted the official minutes of the two May meetings of the Board of Supervisors. They are quite lengthy, so be patient as they load into your web browser.
This morning's Philadelphia Inquirer has an article by Susan Weidener titled "Group urges adding to board", reporting on Charlestown Green's efforts to have a question on the November ballot as to whether or not the Board of Supervisors should be increased to five members. This article has been added to the links on this issue in our Neighborhood Issues page and can also be read from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Another Philadelphia Inquirer article by Paul Nussbaum titled "Sprawl harming Penna." states that "Urban flight is wasting Pennsylvania's land, shredding the state's social fabric, and harming its environment, according to a new report from a commission appointed by Gov. Ridge to evaluate the state's environmental future." This article has also been added to our Neighborhood Issues page and can be read by clicking here.
June 2, 1998
One Year Old Today!

No one knew we existed back then, but one year ago today we "threw the switch", and the Charlestown Township web site became available to anyone who had an internet connection and knew its web address, i.e., a few of our friends and family members. Our first posting is still on line (all home page postings back to the beginning are available from the "Continued in Archives" link at the bottom of our home page). There weren't many pages back then, but a lot has happened in the past 365 days.

Thanks for visitingI have yet to see another "community web site" that matches this one for its scope, timeliness, frequency of updates, and its rapid acceptance by the community's residents. In the past twelve months we have been visited over 3,500 times, and we have grown to over 300 web pages. For that, we have many people to thank. Specifically,

  • Thanks to all who have visited this site and have come back again and again, and especially to the 46 residents who have subscribed to our email notification list.
  • Thanks to all who have offered their time and services to provide us with material for posting, be it reports of important meetings or photographs and other materials reflecting on the wonderful history of Charlestown.
  • Special thanks go to Kevin Kuhn and Ellen Behrle who have written so many timely reports on Board meetings and Planning Commission meetings and emailed them to me for posting. These reports "explain" a great many of the 3,500+ visits to the web site over the past year.
  • Special thanks also go to Linda Csete, Township Secretary, who, with the authorization of the Board of Supervisors, provides me with announcements, meeting agendas and the official minutes of Board and Planning Commission meetings for posting on the site.
  • Special thanks to the Charlestown Historical Society for generously providing materials for the Early Days segment of this site. My personal goal is to build the historical content of this site to reflect as much of the fascinating history of Charlestown as I can, and CHS continues to offer material faster than I can find time to prepare for posting.
  • Thanks to all who have offered photos and other materials for which I have not yet found time to collect and post. I'll get to it.
  • Thanks to all who have sent complementary and encouraging email about the site.
  • Finally, a special thanks to those of you who have helped "get the word out" that this site exists. It's my job to make the site appealing enough for people to want to come back, but I need and appreciate the help of others who have told friends about the site and encouraged them to have that first look.

We Have Given Ourselves A Birthday Present!
When we started this effort a year ago, we did not know what to expect and were fully prepared to drop the entire project due to lack of interest by Charlestown residents. Instead, we have been overwhelmed by the positive reception this site has received and feel it is time that Charlestown's web site had its own web name. Effective today, the Charlestown Township web site has been "moved" to a new domain.

Starting tomorrow, June 3rd, if you point your browser to the old address, "", you will be shown an announcement that we have moved to "", and asked to delete your old bookmark to the old address and set up a new one to our new address. I know that this is a bit of a pain to do, but you only need to do it once, and the Charlestown web site deserves its own name.
That's it for the hoopla over our first birthday. We hope that the site exhibits as much growth in its second year as it did in its first (it's mostly a matter of available time).
Thanks again!
Jacob Merriwether

We now resume our regularly scheduled broadcast...


06/02/98  (continued)
I have posted Kevin Kuhn's report on last night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. It is found on the Neighborhood News page. Note that the second June meeting of the Board will be June 22nd, not the 15th.

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