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Archived Home Pages - June 1999

06/28/99
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Willistown Township's upcoming supervisor vote on raising taxes to preserve open space. "Tax hike would help preserve open space" by Susan Weidener is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/25/99
Ruth Buckwalter, former Township Secretary and part of the long lineage of the Buckwalter family in Charlestown, passed away Tuesday the 22nd. Ruth was honored at the 1998 Patrons Dinner of the Charlestown Historical Society. From the 1998 Patrons Dinner program, I have posted the tribute to the Buckwalter family and the tribute to Ruth by her daughter Ruth Bolinger. I have also posted the obituary from the Daily Local News. All are permanently available from the Past Neighbors of Note section of our Neighbors of Note page, or by clicking here.
Reminder: The Township office will be closed next week. Please call the following individuals directly for questions during this week:
     Roads - Jim Thompson 644-9586
     Zoning, Building Inspection & Engineering - Surender Kohli 644-5591
     Fire Marshal - Fred Alston 656-9315
06/24/99
Today's Daily Local News reports on Chester County's receiving the second highest marks in a nationwide open space preservation report. "County lauded for farmland protection" by Kyle Ashinhurst is available on-line from the paper's web site for today only by clicking here.
Preliminary traffic and environment studies relating to planned widening of Route 202 between Route 30 and Swedesford Road are covered in an article in this week's Suburban Advertiser. "Some unhappy with completed Route 202 studies" by Bryan G. Robinson is available on-line from the paper's web site until next Thursday by clicking here.
06/21/99
Today's Daily Local News reports on radon levels in Chester County in "Local radon levels high; air more vital" by Martin Indars, available on-line for today only by clicking here. The same paper reports on the rejection of Kennett Township's planning commission of a proposal to build a "village" in order to gain control of where development occurs in their township. "Rejection of village raises issue of sprawl" by Chris Barbar is available on-line from the paper's web site for today only by clicking here.
In "Panel to review proposed I-95 link" by Kristin E. Holmes, today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on issues and actions associated with the long discussed proposed interchange between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95 in the Bristol area. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/17/99
This week's Suburban Advertiser reports on the GVHS graduation ceremony. "Great Valley graduates complete their journey" by Bryan G. Robinson includes quotes from several students from Charlestown. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site for the coming week. Click here.
06/15/99
At their June 2 board meeting, the Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors moved to join the Charlestown Township law suit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission regarding the proposed Rt. 29 Slip Ramp.
Today's The Phoenix has two Charlestown related reports. "Group wants Community Farm in C'town" by Bronwyn Reice reports on the possible uses of the portion of Brightside Farm that the School District would like to sell. A Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) program similar to that in Kimberton is discussed, as well as an equestrian center and as a possible location of the Township's offices. The article is available on-line for today only by clicking here.
"Patch", a patched up turtle, is missing from (and by) the Great Valley Nature Center. The article on Patch, "Wanted: Lost turtle from GV Nature Center" by Bronwyn Reice, is available on-line for today only by clicking here.
Note: Until recently, articles in The Phoenix have only been available on-line for the date of the issue, except in those cases where they have not updated their web site for several days. I have noticed that recently some articles are still available several days after they are posted to the web site. For the time being, I will continue with the "for today only" warning when I post a link to that paper's web site, but hopefully they will be keeing their postings available for a long time, as does the Philadelphia Inquirer.
06/14/99
Today's The Phoenix reports on the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Great Valley Nature Center that took place Saturday evening. The article, "Great Valley Nature Center marks 25 years of education" by Lou Costello is available on-line from the paper's web site for today only by clicking here.
In "Housing study reveals duality" by Nancy Peterson, today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a study done by the 2020 Trust, a nonprofit organization for community leadership and the environment. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Another Philadelphia Inquirer article focuses on the problems faced by the residential community at the northeast corner of Route 401 and Swedesford Road as commuters race through their community in order to bypass a backed up intersection during rush hours. Their problem is already replicated to various degrees in Charlestown Township, and our situation will worsen significantly if we get additional traffic heading to the proposed Rt. 29 slip ramp. The article, "Neighbors want commuters to stay out" by Susan Weidener is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/11/99
Drought and watershed issues are featured in two area newspapers today. The current drought conditions are covered in "Drought warning issued in most of Pa." by Walter F. Naedele in today's Philadelphia Inquirer (click here) and in "Chester County placed under drought warning" by Kyle Ashinhurst in the Daily Local News (click here, good today only). Finally, "Chesco water-management plan gets boost" by Nancy Petersen in the Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the state's award of a $100,000 grant to help develop a plan for all Chester County watersheds (click here).
06/10/99
Today's The Phoenix reports on the Charlestown Board of Supervisors' approval of the creation of a master site plan of Charlestown Park by the township planning firm, Thomas J. Commita and Associates. The article, "Charlestown Park one step closer to improvements" by Bronwyn Reice is available on-line for today only by clicking here.
The paper also has an article on Charlestown resident Wendy Leland's efforts to collect clothes and toys for Kosovo refugees at Fort Dix, NJ. (See 06/02 below.) The article, "C'town mom heads toy, clothing drive for refugees" by Bronwyn Reice is available on-line for today only by clicking here.
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on county water conservation issues in "Counties keep watch on water use" by Susan Weidener, Oshrat Carmiel and Evan Halper. The article is available on line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The following announcements have been received from Linda Csete, Township Secretary -
  1. The Board of Supervisors meeting for July 5th was rescheduled for July 12th since the 5th is the official Independence Day holiday. The meeting will take place at usual location, the Elementary school at 7:30 P.M.
     
  2. The Township office will be closed for vacation June 28 - July 5th. Please call the following individuals directly for questions during this week:
         Roads - Jim Thompson 644-9586
         Zoning, Building Inspection & Engineering - Surender Kohli 644-5591
         Fire Marshal - Fred Alston 656-9315
In addition, the Official Minutes of the April and May meetings of the Board of Supervisors as well as the May meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
06/09/99
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on EPA Administrator Carol Browner's remarks on urban sprawl at a recent land-use conference. The article, "EPA official gives push to Clinton's plan to help fight sprawl" by Jere Downs is available on line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/08/99
The agenda, time and place for this evening's meeting of the Citizens Opposed to the Slip Ramp has been posted.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal report for May has been posted. Click here.
Ellen Behrle reminds us of the upcoming 25th Anniversary Party for the Great Valley Nature Center -
Last chance to attend the Great Valley Nature Center's 25th Anniversary Party this Saturday at the Valley Forge Hilton Hotel, King of Prussia. Cocktail hour, open bar, dinner, awards presentation, senator Gerlach will be our guest speaker, Bird of Prey demonstration, dancing to live music compliments of the Silvertones.
The cost is $50.00 per person. Bring friends. All are welcome. Email EBehrle@aol.com or phone 610-983-0567 during the day for tickets.
06/05/99
Today's Daily Local News reports on Thornbury's rejection earlier this week of a Toll Brothers development plan. The article, "Thornbury's 'no' vote draws area's attention", is available on line from the paper's web site for today only by clicking here. The Philadelphia Inquirer article on this matter is linked below.
06/04/99
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer has a feature article titled "Victories fleeting in open-spacewarfare Toll rebuff sends a message on development, but towns have little power to stop it." by Diane Mastrull reporting on the lack of tools for municipalities and townships to fight development. The article is available on line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
06/03/99
The preliminary agenda for next Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted. The preliminary agenda for next Tuesday's meeting of the Planning Commission has also been posted.
Ellen Behrle's report on last Thursday's special presentation sponsored by the Planning Commission has been posted on our Neighborhood News page.
Today's The Phoenix reports on the Regional Development Forum sponsored by the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce. "Local economy thrives on land use, roads, says Chamber forum" by Steven Feinberg is available on-line for today only by clicking here.
I have had several queries as to the dates for the 1999 Rough & Tumble Engineer's Historical Assn. Threshermen's Reunion. (See our Photo Albums page for pictorial essays on the 1997 and 1998 Reunions.) Here's the R&T schedule of events for the remaining of this year -
  • July 24, 1999 - 2 Cylinder Club Show and Pull
  • Aug 18-21,1999 - 51st Annual Threshermen's Reunion
              1999 Feature Exhibit - Rumely and Related Equipment
              1999 Gas Engine Feature - Witte Engines
  • Oct 8-9, 1999 - "Time of Harvest"
I highly recommend everyone with an interest in farming in the first half of this century (or in old steam and gasoline tractors, hit-and-miss engines, etc.) attend at least one Threshermen's Reunion, and be sure to take the kids.
06/02/99
Toy Drive for Kosovo Refugees - This came in last night from Wendy Leland -
As you may or may not know, I am in the Maryland Army National Guard. My unit is going to be at Ft. Dix from 11 - 18 June for a part of our Annual Training. I am spearheading a Toy Drive from my unit (the 29th Light Infantry Division) to the refugees who have come to Ft. Dix to escape Kosovo, and it dawned on me that perhaps our community would like to contribute what ever spare toys/clothing/whatever to the refugees.
If anyone would care to contribute to the Toy Drive, please drop off any boxed toys / clothing / whatever to my house at:
 
   7 Great Woods Lane
   in the Whitehorse development
   No Later Than 11 June
 
and I will deliver all goods to the Ft. Dix coordinator of the refugees. I will notify the coordinator that these items are from our community with every best wish for a speedy solution to the conflict and peace in their country.
Wendy Leland   lelandwd@aol.com   983-9032
The comprehensive monthly statistics for this web site for May 1999 are now available. "Site Statistics" is now a permanent link under About this Site in the left menu column. The from/to dates covered by the statistics are listed at the top of each statistics page.
The Site Map, also linked under About this Site, has been updated. This is a lengthy page and takes longer to load into your browser, but lists almost every page on this site.
06/01/99 - Memorial Day
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Kim Coon, Governor Ridge's man assigned the task of finding ways to combat urban sprawl. The article by Diane Mastrull, "Ridge's man on land use drawing a line", is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.

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