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Archived Home Pages - July thru September 2008

09/27/08
"Pa. Senate OKs pipeline resolution by Dinniman" by Anne Pickering in today's The Phoenix reports on a measure approved by the state senate that would increase protection of residents affected by natural gas pipeline projects. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. A previous article regarding pipeline construction that may affect Charlestown residents is available here.
09/25/08
Missing Cat (from Lisa Scottoline) -
(Mimi is back home! 1:45 pm) If anybody sees our small, black-and-white "tuxedo" cat in the vicinity of Wells Road, please give me a call on my cell, (number removed). Her name is Mimi and we have been missing her since last night. Thank you so much.
"Tredyffrin now eligible for certain federal grants" by Dan Kristie in Monday's Daily Local News reports on our neighboring township's becoming designated a "Preserve America Community" through which the township can apply for a group of federal grants to help with programs that will promote history-based tourism and education. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
09/18/08
"Pipeline push worries Chester County farmers" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on possible new or expanded pipelines passing through Chester County. Contrary to what I said when posting this earlier today, the pipeline may come through parts of Charlestown Township. Specifically, the article states "The pipeline would come in from Lancaster County at Honey Brook Township, and pass through West Nantmeal, Wallace, East Nantmeal, West Vincent, West Pikeland, and Charlestown Townships." The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
09/17/08
Announcing -

"Scenes of Charlestown"
2009 Calendar

2009 CalendarThe Charlestown Historical Society's  2009 Calendar brings you many of the finest paintings exhibited at our "Scenes of Charlestown" Art Show held in June, 2008. Small images of the paintings by three elementary school students who exhibited at the Art Show are included.
Information about each month's paintings is provided including the location and identifying the artist and historical significance, if any. Many of the artists live or lived in our township, and biographies of several of the artists are printed at the back of the calendar.
13 Months - The 2009 Calendar includes January 2010, so you can note 2010 appointments before the end of the year.
Information about the Charlestown Historical Society and a directory of Township Offices and Officials are also included.
Improvements over last year's calendar include clearer text and the inclusion of the Great Valley School District's weekdays with no classes.
The 2009 Calendar may be purchased for $12.00 at the CHS table at this November's General Election at the Elementary School. It will also be available at the November 5, 2008 fall meeting of the Historical Society. If you prefer, the calendar can be mailed to you. The price including mailing is $14.00.
If you would like to order one to be mailed to you, please do so before December 1st using the order form available here in pdf format (150 kb).
 

"GVSD buys 50 acres for $6.6M" by Joe Langdon in today's The Phoenix reports on the Great Valley School District Board's vote to purchase a 50 acre site on Bacton Hill Road for $6.6 million for potential future use. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Open-space plans continue despite slumping economy" is a comment published in today's Daily Local News regarding the Chester County's report on open space preservation. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
09/16/08
Township Info Updates - The following documents (pages) have been updated with the latest information (from Linda Csete) -
Yard Sale - The Charlestown United Methodist Church, on Church Road in the village, will be holding a yard sale Saturday, October 11, 2008 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, rain or shine. Items have been solicited from the church membership and all proceeds benefit the church. Items include furniture, household items, books and media, baked goods, sports equipment (no exercise equipment), holiday decorations (Christmas, Halloween, Easter), and small working appliances.
"Web's newest resource" by Nick Danna in the weekend The Phoenix reports on PhoenixvilleFirst.com, a new web site established by "The Phoenix" that is designed to spotlight the local arts, entertainment and dining scene in Phoenixville. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
New Links - Our Neighborhood Links page has been updated with the new PhoenixvilleFirst.com link (see above) as well as links to the web sites for Charlestown Farm Center and Broadwater Farm, both closely linked to the Charlestown Cooperative Farm.
"2007 open-space update follows real estate trend" by Anne Pickering in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on the Chester County Planning Commission's annual report and issues associated with achieving their open space goal. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"County's challenges discussed" by Gretchen Metez in the September 12 Daily Local News reports on the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's 5th Annual County Breakfast Series at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in the Great Valley Corporate Center. The series highlights significant development projects that are changing where people live and work. The article focuses on transportation issues in Chester County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
09/12/08
I am behind in my postings so this is a "catch-up" day.
The Official Minutes of the July 8, 2008 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Stolen Property (from yesterday's Daily Local News) -
Charlestown
State police are investigating after pieces of chrome crown metal were stolen from Archer Exteriors on Deerfield Drive.
Police said the metal was taken sometime between Aug. 29 and Sept. 2.
Authorities ask anyone with information regarding the incident to contact state police at Embreeville at 484-340-3241.
"Great Valley officials delay TIF vote" by Danielle Lynch in the Sept. 6 Daily Local News reports on the postponement of a vote on the developer of Uptown Worthington's request for tax relief. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Land preservation doesn't extend underground" by Margaret Gibbons in last Monday's Daily Local News reports on Montgomery County's consideration of natural gas drilling rights on preserved farmland. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
09/05/08
Hazard Trees / Tree Planting & Establishment Workshops
(from Aliena Gerhard) -
October 21-22, 2008
Philadelphia area: 1015 Bridge Rd, Collegeville, PA 19426
The Penn State School of Forest Resources is one of seven regional organizations cooperating with Arbor Day Foundation to bring two full-day tree care workshops to Pennsylvania this October. A complete agenda and registration is available at: http://arborday.org/treeplanting. Early registration runs through October 14, 2008. Please call 888-448-7337 if you have any questions or to register by phone. If you register, please record your priority code as 7028.
09/04/08
The Preliminary Agenda for the September 9 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the August 4, 2008 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
09/02/08
Reminder -The Board of Supervisors meets tonight at 7:30. Preliminary agenda is here.
Notes on State Police Mtg - A resident's notes of last Wednesday's meeting with the state police have been posted on the Great Valley Forum here. Official Minutes of the meeting will probably be approved at the Board meeting tonight and posted within the next few days.
Reminder - 2008 CHS Patrons Party Sept. 13
Come join your neighbors and friends (heck, bring ALL your family, neighbors & friends!) in celebrating a festive evening at the historic Charlestown Woolen Mill on September 13. The Charlestown Historical Society's annual fund raiser is always an enjoyable time for all who attend. Click here for details and a link to an invitation if you did not already receive one.
GVSD Presents and Evening with Joe Ehrmann -
The Great Valley School district with the support of The Foundation at Great Valley presents an evening with Joe Ehrmann "Living Life from Inside Out" on September 24, 2008 at 6:30 pm at the High School. Joe Ehrmann will deliver his unique heartfelt message for the community at 6:30 p.m. at Great Valley High School. This life changing event will inspire introspection and action. Parents, teachers, coaches/ officials, college students, and all those with a passion for working directly with young people in the local community are encouraged to attend! Space is limited, so reserve your seats today at http://www.gvsd.org or by calling 610-889-2125, ext. 150. For complete details, download the flyer in pdf format here.
"Chainsaw sculptor turns tree into art" by Bonnie L. Cook in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Charlestown resident Marty Long, an ice sculpture turned wood carver, and his incredible sculptures (including the bulldog outside Charlestown Elementary School). The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
08/27/08
REMINDER -
State Police Representatives to Attend Special Meeting Tonight
(See 08/26 entry below for details.)
The Preliminary Agenda for the Tuesday September 2nd meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
08/26/08
REMINDER -
State Police Representatives to Attend Special Meeting Tomorrow
In response to residents' concerns about a number of burglaries that took place in the Township over the summer, representatives of the Pennsylvania State Police will attend a special meeting of the Board of Supervisors tomorrow August 27th to provide an update on the investigations and offer safety recommendations to homeowners, followed by a question and answer session. The meeting will be held at the Great Valley Middle School, Room 154, at 7:30 P.M.
"2 turf fields nearly done" by Danielle Lynch in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the new artificial turf field in front of the Great Valley Middle School and the almost completed installation of a turf field and track resurfacing in the High School's Valley Stadium. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Schuylkill River Trail nearer to completion" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on progress in the creation of the 130 mile long Schuylkill River Trail linking five counties from Pottsville to Philadelphia. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
08/18/08
Invitation Image

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH - 5:30 PM
Come join your neighbors and friends (heck, bring ALL your family, neighbors & friends!) in celebrating a festive evening at the historic Charlestown Woolen Mill. The Charlestown Historical Society's annual fund raiser is always an enjoyable time for all who attend. Tickle your taste buds with the sumptuous, hardy hors d'oeurves created by Phoenixville's Julie's Kitchen, imbibe with the open bar selections of beer, wine & soft drinks and later relax with some heavenly desserts. Donation $40 a person. (Click here for the invitation.)
Tour the Mill and learn about the impact it had upon your community's past while viewing the historic photo display on the lower level. And help CHS keep the historical treasures of Charlestown alive for generations to come through purchasing raffle tickets. In addition to our ever popular Basket of Cheer, tickets will be on sale for a new & unique Bag Raffle, featuring lots of fabulous prizes! The fun will continue as our own, "home grown", Tom Fillippo and Susie Reed Novoa, host a trivia session about the bygone days of C-Town.
If you are not a member of CHS (or misplaced your invitation) and would like to attend click here. If you would like to donate any items for the raffle or have any questions, please contact Debbie Kuhn at 610-935-9337 or Liz LaGreca at 610-933-7133.
Stray Cat (from Karina Schless) -
Over the weekend, I noticed a beautiful young (probably less than a year old) cat (tabby with white chest) just strolling along Whitehorse Rd (near where Mine Rd intersects) in late afternoon (both Sat & Sun) - obviously has no fear of cars & no road sense...I stopped at some houses across the street in development to try & find owners, but no luck so far - he/she will definitely be hit by a car if not already. Whoever sees this cat, please find its owners before it's too late...
Matt Carpenter-Dennis - A brief bio on recent activities of Matt Carpenter-Dennis has been posted to our Neighbors of Note page.
08/12/08
Road Work Schedule (from Linda Csete) -
The Township's road contractor, Melchiorre Construction Co., will be performing road base repairs and resurfacing on the following roads:
  • Rees Road - 3 days' work to begin on or about August 18.
  • Pickering Road and Pickering Spur - 2 days' work to begin on or about August 20.
  • Yellow Springs Road off Phoenixville Pike from Hollow Road to the Turnpike Bridge - 2-3 days' work to begin on or about August 25th.
08/08/08
"Open-space activists, government must be alert to new threats" in today Daily Local News reports on threats to open space by issues other than development, including construction of new pipelines and high-voltage electric transmission lines currently planned in Pennsylvania. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Tomato lovers seeing green" by Virginia A. Smith in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a poor tomato crop in our area due to spring and summer weather conditions. (Note: It's not entirely the weather. A number of plots in this year's Brightside Farm Community Garden have had beautiful and bountiful red tomatoes this year, while other gardeners are still waiting for their tomtoes to turn red. JM) The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
BounceU - We have another addition to our list of facilities for children's activities on our "Kids Stuff" page. BounceU in Exton provides for birthday and other parties featuring giant inflatable structures. Click here (or use the "Kids Stuff" button in in the green button panel above) and look under our "Misc Activities" section.
08/07/08
"Springton Manor becomes fourth county park in 1988" by Phyllis Rowan in Sunday's Daily Local News is an excellent description of all of the things to do at Springton Manor Farm in Glenmoore. Springton Manor is a great place to spend a day for kids young and old, and I have added it to our Kids Stuff page, accessed from the green button panel above or directly by clicking here. The Springton Manor website is here. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
08/06/08
The Official Minutes of the July 7, 2008 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
State Police Representatives to Attend Special Meeting August 27th (from Linda Csete) -
In response to residents concerns about a number of burglaries that took place in the Township over the summer, representatives of the Pennsylvania State Police will attend a special meeting of the Board of Supervisors on August 27th to provide an update on the investigations and offer safety recommendations to homeowners, followed by a question and answer session. The meeting will be held at the Great Valley Middle School, Room 154, at 7:30 P.M.
"Township OKs $60K for road repaving" by Marielle Messing in today's The Phoenix reports on the approval by the Board of Supervisors to repaving the short stretch of Yellow Springs Road from Hollow Road to the Turnpike bridge. (I don't know why the article refers to the "Mill Road Bridge".) The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Children Parties Places - "Starting Forever" has been added to the list of places to hold children's birthday parties on our Kids Stuff page.
08/04/08
New Discussion Forum - (This is a big deal!) I have often thought I should set up a discussion forum for Charlestown residents in which visitors could exchange thoughts on topics of local interest. Running a discussion forum requires monitoring to make sure inappropriate and unsuitable material does not get posted, not to mention other hassles. This web site and other activities have kept me plenty busy and I have never set up more than a very simple forum on specific topics.
I am delighted to say there is now a Great Valley Forum started by Charlestown resident Frank Rundatz and others that is open to residents living in the Great Valley School District. The forum already has sub-forums on specific topics (school district, roads and traffic, buy/sell items) as well as geographic areas such as Charlestown Township. As Frank Rundatz said when he informed me of this new forum, "Its sole purpose is to allow residents to actively discuss any topics of local interest with their neighbors including getting contractor recommendations, buying/selling items and discussing local topics." The new forum is available at http://www.gvforum.org. On charlestown.org, I have replaced the "Bulletin Board" button in the green button panel at the top of most pages with a "Great Valley Forum" button. (See above under the "Neighbors of Note" button.) I hope we all take advantage of this new facility available to us and want to thank Frank Rundatz for his initiative and effort in getting the forum under way.
07/31/08
The Preliminary Agenda for the August 4 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
August PC Meeting Cancelled (from Linda Csete) - The August 12 meeting of the Planning Commission has been cancelled. The next meeting will be September 9th.
07/30/08
"Phishing scam hits area banks" by Gretchen Metz in today's Daily Local News reports on fraudulent emails and phone calls to customers and non-customers (including yours truly) on Monday and Tuesday by phishing scammers seeking personal information in the name of First National Bank of Chester County. I would not normally post something like this but since I received such calls myself on a new cell phone, I suspect others may have as well. Just like phishing email, which you should simply delete, you should just hang up on these calls and definitely do not give the caller any personal information. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/29/08
Another Burglary Report (from Kevin & Linda Miskewicz) -
My husband and I are also unfortunate to be included in the recent ring of burglaries. We live on Dobs Lane and ours occurred Thursday at 11:30 am - our son was home sleeping at the time (teenager...). They took a laptop, Sony Playstation and games and jewelry. They also left no signs of forced entry that made us question whether we had left a door unlocked, but we were fairly certain that we had.
My question to anyone that was also burglarized, had you recently moved in? We moved to Dobs Lane a few weeks ago. We were naive and didn't immediately have the locks changed. Just thought I would put that out there to see if there were any similarities where we could inform the authorities.
Kevin & Linda
Police seek info on Dickson Drive burglaries - A report on State Police activity in today's Daily Local News includes the burglaries reported here on July 27 (see entry below). Investigators ask anyone with information regarding any of the incidents to contact state police at Embreeville at 484-340-3241. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/28/08
Parks Recreation Ordinance - Recently passed Ordinance 2008-148 has been posted and is linked from our Index to Gov't Information page. This ordinance sets forth the rules and regulations for active recreation parks and passive public parks and open space within Charlestown Township and the penalties for violation of the park rules. Included and emphasized in this regulation are the rules for bringing pets onto Township land. The ordinance is available here.
"PCHF Academy seeks applicants" by Dennis J. Wright in today's The Phoenix reports on the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation's Community Health Leadership Academy beginning September 9 and running from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for ten weeks. The Academy "provides a vehicle to identify, train and empower greater Phoenixville area citizens for leadership roles that promote our community's health and advance the quality of life." The Foundation has adopted the same geographical area as the Phoenixville Hospital, which include Charlestown and several other surrounding townships. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. The PCHF web site is available here.
07/27/08
Burglaries at Hollow Run Farms (from Molly and Schaun Giebel) -
We regret to inform you that multiple families within our development reported burglaries late afternoon yesterday. The development is called Hollow Run Farm on Dickson Dr, right off Rt 29 near the quarry. At least 3 houses have reported missing jewelry, laptop computer and other valuable items. In our case, there was no sign of forced entries. We always lock up our house and it was very unsettling that whoever committed the crime didn't leave much of a trace at our house that indicated it was invaded or searched through.
In recent months, there was (a) theft reported from unlocked cars in our neighborhood that we know of. So please heighten your alert and security. Make sure you lock up your houses and cars. This is NO longer a SAFE community we once knew!!!
Warm Regards, Molly and Shaun Giebel
Dickson Dr, Charlestown residents
07/26/08
Linda Richardson's dog Dylan is back home (see 07/24 entry below).
07/24/08  (9:15 PM)
Lost Dog - Linda Richardson's border collie "Dylan" has been missing since Wednesday night's storm. Dylan has a florescent collar with identification, and he also has a micro-chip in him for identification. (Dylan has returned home.)
07/22/08
"Toll Bros. sells final house" by Lisa Broadt in today's Daily Local News reports on the sale of the last unit in the Charlestown Meadows development on Rt. 401 and Newcomen Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/16/08
Save September 13th (from John Pittock)
The Charlestown Historical Society wants to let the Charlestown community know that they are planning to hold their annual fund-raising dinner at the newly restored Woolen Mill in Charlestown Village on Saturday, September 13. The event will begin at 5:30 and will feature catered foods, wine, beer, soft drinks, music. These before and after photos should wet your appetite to attend this event.
 
This will be a wonderful opportunity for Township residents and guests to both support the Society, visit with neighbors and friends, and see the beautiful and very interesting inside of the mill. More details are available on the CHS page here.
"Great Valley taps 2 officials" in today's The Phoenix reports on the Great Valley School Board's appointments of a new principal for General Wayne Elementary and the Great Valley High School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chesco 4-H plans Sweetest Day Camp" in today's The Phoenix reports on a camp offered by the Chester Count Extension Office in which children will be learning various candy making techniques. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/15/08
"First of 3 defendants sentenced in Chesco auto thefts" by Kathleen Brady Shea in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the sentencing of Bradlee Aaron Quay of Phoenixville for 21 incidents of theft in the Phoenixville area, including in Charlestown Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Burglar nets 3-8 years in prison" in today's The Phoenix also reports on the sentencing for Bradlee Quay. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"6 bridges in Chester County to be rebuilt or repaired" in Sunday's Daily Local News identifies two bridges just outside of Charlestown Township that are scheduled to be rebuilt or repaired - the White Horse Road Bridge in Schuylkill and the Clover Mill Road Bridge in West Pikeland. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/11/08
The Official Minutes of the June 2, 2008 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The Official Minutes of the June 10, 2008 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
07/10/08
"Developer holds meeting to discuss tax relief" by Danielle Lynch in today's Daily Local News reports on the town hall meeting held Tuesday to discuss tax relief (including by the Great Valley School District) for the Uptown Worthington project. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"County makes top 20 list" in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on Chester County ranking 10th among 20 counties nationwide in a recently released list of "America's Best Places to Raise a Family" compiled by Forbes.com. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Bob Roggio opens campaign HQ" by Dan Kristie in today's The Phoenix reports on Charlestown resident Bob Roggio opening his Malvern campaign headquarters for his run for the 6th District congressional seat. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Meet the Republican Candidates (from Jerry Moore) - The Charlestown Republican Committee is holding a "meet-and -greet" to meet Duane Milne, running for re-election as representative to the 167th Legislative District and Steve Kantrowitz, who is running for the 19th Senatorial District, both of which include Charlestown. The event is this Sunday, July 13th at the Moore's residence. Details are available on the Charlestown Republican Committee's page.
04/07/08  (12:30 pm)
Bodine Road Closure (from Fred Alston) -
Bodine Road will be closed tomorrow 7/8 for a tree removal between 9 am and 3 pm or earlier. Local traffic will be maintained to the fullest extent possible and emergency traffic will not be interrupted.
07/07/08
"State seeks to reduce road noise" by Gretchen Metz in Sunday's Daily Local News reports on hearings in Tredyffrin Township regarding how many sound barriers will be erected by the PA Turnpike Commission when the toll road is widened to 6 lanes through that township. (The same issue has already been raised by Charlestown residents who anticipate the widening to eventually be extended through our area to Downingtown.) The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Region's 5-year wet streak hits a dry patch" by Anthony R. Wood in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the recent dry spell and its effects on lawns, gardeners and farmers. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Hearings on tap on complex" in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on public meetings to be held by the developer of the Uptown Worthington project (at the old Worthington rolling mills along Rt. 202 by Rt. 29). The developer is seeking support from among others the Great Valley School District in the form of financial help. All residents in the GVSD should have received a postcard announcing the meetings on July 8 and August 5 at the Penn State Great Valley Auditorium. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/01/08
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 7 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 8 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"DVRPC votes to delay widening for Route 202" by Dan Kristie in The Phoenix reports on the postponement of the widening of Route 202 to 6 lanes. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
 
 

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