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Archived Home Pages - July thru September 2009
"Great Valley falls below scholastic benchmarks" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on the first time the Great Valley High School has not achieved yearly progress as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Law. The PSSA test that held the school back was the math performance of the eleventh-grade special-education students. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Steve Friedman - Charlestown resident Steve Friedman ("Mr.Movie") passed away Sunday September 20 at the age of 62. Steve's obituary is available from the Philadelphia Inquirer web site by clicking here.
Revised Planning Commission Schedule (from Linda Csete) -
The Planning Commission will hold meetings on the following dates through the end of the year:
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 (tonight)
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009
Monday, Nov. 30, 2009
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009
All meetings are held at 7:30 p.m., at the Great Valley Middle School, Room 154, 255 North Phoenixville Pike, Malvern, PA.
The Official Minutes of the July 14, 2009 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
We Are Here To Help (from Cathy Sbarbaro) -
A program for those in need of services and help getting through the economic downturn will be offered from 2pm to 6 pm October 22, 2009 in Phoenixville. Complete information is available here. As Cathy says, "Even though Charlestown's residents may not be in as bad shape as others ... we all know of someone."
"Area communities get recycling grants" by Dennis J. Wright in the September 16 The Mercury reports that Charlestown Township will receive a $66,595 Recycling Performance Grant. The grant is based on recycled ton statistics from 2007. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agendas for the September 15 and September 22 meetings of the Planning Commission have been posted.
The Official Minutes of the August 3, 2009 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Great Valley Nature Center Bird of Prey Classic
Join the Great Valley Nature Center for a fun afternoon of golf and raise money for a terrific cause at the same time. All proceeds from the tournament will allow GVNC to care for their live eagles, owls, and other injured bird of prey residents. These amazing animals are an essential part of our Nature Center and would not survive without the support of our community.
Date: September 30. 2009
Enchanted Halloween Story Trail at Great Valley Nature Center
Location: Kimberton Golf Course
Time: 1:00 pm
Cost: $80 ppFee includes green fees, cart, soda, beer, hot buffet dinner, prizes and pictures with some of our birds of prey.
Please pre-register asap: Phone: 610-935-9777
All levels of skill are invited and individuals are welcome.
Take a magical Halloween journey through the Great Valley Nature Centers 16th Annual Halloween Story Trail. The Whole family will enjoy this, one of the Center's most popular events. Meet storybook characters for friendly, not frightening environmental themes. This year you will meet many characters including Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Good Wolf, Tinkerbell, Wall-E, Professor Snape, Diego and even Super Mario!
Date: Saturday, October 31 (rain date, Sunday November 1)
Location: Great Valley Nature Center
Time: Reservations are made on the hour from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Cost: Members - $5 per person, Non-members - $6 per person
Please pre-register asap: Phone: 610-935-9777
Reminder: The Board of Supervisors hold the regular September meeting this evening. Agenda here.
"Runoff carving unwanted channel through farm" by Anne Pickering in today's The Mercury reports on township resident Marcia Solda's frustrated efforts to get PennDOT to correct a water runoff problem from Merlin Road into her pasture. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Intruder Reported - Daily Local News reports today in the "Police news" section that "An unknown intruder reportedly entered a home on Smith Lane about 8 a.m. Aug. 31 and removed a dresser drawer from a dresser in a bedroom in the residence. The home was unoccupied at the time and nothing of value was in the drawer, police said."
The Preliminary Agenda for the Tuesday September 8 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Great Valley Nature Center Golf Classic (from Tom Pascocello) -
September 30, 2009 1:00 pm
Kimberton Golf Course
Scramble Format. Beginners and individuals welcome.
Cost: $80 pp
Fee includes greens fees, cart, soda, beer, hot buffet dinner, prizes. Fun, relaxing outing. Treat a friend or client. Please pre-register soon.
William L. Freeland - William L. Freeland, whose "abstract sculptures ... are an homage not only to old-time farm machinery and antique processes, but to the abiding values and traditions of country life", passed away near his home in Ireland on July 25th. Mr. Freeland at one time lived on Valley Hill Road at the intersection with Bodine Road in a home converted from an old quarry's utility building. Mr. Freeland's obituary (with photo) is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Landscapes2 Draft Available for Comment - The draft update to Chester County's policy plan, Landscapes has been distributed for public review and comment. The comment period ends September 4, 2009 after which a "final draft" will be prepared. Click here for more information as well as links to an on-line version of the draft.
"Firms Team Up For New Pipeline Project" by Danielle Lynch in today's Daily Local News reports on Dominion and Williams natural gas companies collaboration on a new pipeline project which willl not have an effect on Chester County. The new project would replace the original Dominion project which would have impacted several northern Chester County townships, including Charlestown. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Cat Found (From Susan Credden) -
A small female tiger cat has been wandering the Hollow Run development (Dickson Drive). She is orange and brown with a white belly and paws. She has unique "thumbs" on her front paws. This cat is very friendly, hungry and appears to have once worn a collar. Please call Sue at 484-924-9724 if you have any information about its owner.
Planning Commission Meeting Cancelled (from Linda Csete) -
The Planning Commission will not be meeting on August 11th due to numerous schedule conflicts. The Planning Commission will be meeting twice in September:
The Official Minutes of the July 6, 2009 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Please note the Board of Supervisors will be meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8th, a day later than usual due to the Labor Day holiday.
"Firearms stolen from Charlestown home" in today's Daily Local News reports on a burglary occurring between July 27 and Saturday on Tudor Court. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
One Car Crash on Coldstream Road - Today's The Mercury reports on a crash last Sunday on Colcstream Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the August 3 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"Phoenixville Historical Society salutes Valley Forge General Hospital in new exhibit" by Jessa Bartley-Matthews in today's on-line The Phoenix reports on the current exhibit at the Phoenixville Area Historical Society that features the history of the Valley Forge Genera Hospital, built in 1942 on land now occupied by the Valley Forge Christian College and Charlestown Park. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/28/09 (2:00 PM)
Bikes Missing from Greenlane Rd. (from Michele Elisii) -
Yesterday afternoon, Monday 7/27, sometime after 3:30, 2 bicycles were taken from a front lawn at 1211 Greenlane Rd in Malvern. One was a boys Mongoose bike, black and red and the other was a woman's pink bike (foot brakes and no gears). They were on the front lawn near the mailbox. It was trash pickup day and perhaps someone had mistakenly thought that the bikes were in the trash. We will give a $50 reward to anyone who returns them.
Thanks so much, Michele Elisii 610-827-1547
Two articles in today's papers cover recent developments in the replacement of pipelines in northern Chester County -
- "Chesco group makes headway in pipeline project" by Tom Infield in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a homeowners' group's efforts to lessen the impact of the planned changes to the Transco Pipeline where it crosses teh Brandywine Creek. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
- "Concerns about Chesco pipeline operations linger" by Gretchen Metz in today's The Mercury reports on concerns about the widening of pipeline right-of-ways associated with the replacement of existing pipe with larger capacity pipe. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Great Valley picks new school board member" by Danielle Lynch in today's Daily Local News reports on the appointment of Ken Stewart of East Whiteland to the vacant seat on the Great Valley School District Board. Stewart will serve Charlestown and part of East Whiteland Townships. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the June 9, 2008 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Pasture Walk Tomorrow (from Liz Andersen) -
July 16, 6pm to 8pm -
The following is from http://southeastprojectgrass.org/ announcement of the pasture walk.
Broadwater Farm will host a pasture walk sponsored by Southeast Project Grass, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Penn State Cooperative Extension. The tour will start at Bill and Liz Andersen's house at 2432 Charlestown Road. We will tour the pastures to see the solar powered water and the rotational grazing systems.
About the Farm: Bill and Liz Andersen began their grazing operation in 2007 with a small herd of cattle and sheep. They have installed perimeter fencing and pipelines in the pasture for their grazing system. Since then they have acquired a small herd of Angus cattle and Dorset sheep and began raising pastured poultry.
- Participating in NRCS EQIP program to install watering system and animal walkways.
- Installed well with solar pump and storage tank to provide water for the grazing system.
- Water lines installed to provide water in each grazing paddock.
- Own and operate Charlestown Farm CSA.
"Fire marshals say July 7 house fire was an arson" by Jennifer Miller in today's Daily Local News reports that the July 7 house fire at Charlestown Oaks has been ruled an arson. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 14 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the May 4, 2009 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The Official Minutes of the June 1, 2009 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Landscapes2 - Landscapes2 is an award winning program of the Chester County Planning Commission aimed at bringing growth and preservation together for Chester County. The program's July Newsletter is available from the organization's website by clicking here.
"2 injured in Charlestown townhouse fire" in today's Daily Local News reports on yesterday afternoon's townhouse fire in Charlestown Oaks. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Great Valley opposes Keystone Exams plan" by Danielle Lynch in today's Daily Local News reports on the Great Valley School Board's opposition to the proposed statewide competency exams. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 6 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Upcoming Trail Race (from Jolie Chylack, GVNC) -
Great Valley Nature Center's
Finding fresh local food in our area - The Chester County Agricultural Development Council's Local Food Guide, in partnership with Buy Fresh Buy Local will help you find sources of fresh, local food in our area. The guide also features farmers, farms and restaurants that are helping to promote a sustainable food system. Click here for complete information including links to pdf files of brochures.
4th Annual Marsh Creek Raptor Run
5 and 10 Mile Trail Races
Sunday, Juyly 26, 2009 at 9:00 a.m.
Marsh Creek State Park, Downingtown, PA
Online Registration is Available at http://www.active.com until July 22nd.
Calling all Charlestown Township runners....this is your chance to show off your strong legs, enjoy one of the Northeast's best trail races ever and help support the Bird of Prey Center at GVNC. For more information call Prezel City Sports (610) 779.2668 or Great Valley Nature Center (610) 935.9777. You can find the trail FAQ on http://www.marshcreekrun.org .
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