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"Senate panel approves $2M for SVM" by Karin Williams in today's The Phoenix reports on committee-level approval of federal funding for further study of a proposed 62-mile rail line which would link Reading with Philadelphia, with local stops in Pottstown and Phoenixville. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Could lights be coming to Great Valley High?" by Anne Pickering in this week's Suburban Advertiser reports on the latest E. Whiteland Board of Supervisors' discussion of proposed 90 foot stadium lighting at the Great Valley High School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the August 1st meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Charlestown Township Meeting Calendar for August 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.
Memories of Carol Nesspor (from Harriet Swanson) -
As one of the original "playschool" kids, I was saddened to hear about the death of Carol Nesspor. We had gone to school together, although she was several years older than I, and her presence in Charlestown, and at the Playschool, was something that we all took for granted, for so many years. Three of our children are products of that great institution, and Miss Carol was such a meaningful part of that experience. She never seemed to grow old, and kept that cheerful disposition, from generation to generation. I last had a wonderful visit with her at our family reunion, at the Bell and Clapper. We had such fun talking about the years past. She will be missed, I know.
Reminder - The second quarter Charlestown Earned Income Tax payment is due July 31.
Planning Commission Cancellations (from Linda Csete) -
The Planning Commission is cancelling both its August meetings due to very little coming in for review and due to numerous vacations among the members. The next meeting of the P.C. will be Sept. 13th.
Reminder - Charlestown Citizens Forum meets tonight. Click here for details.
Citizens Forum on the Air (from Sarah Peck) -
Bob Roggio, the Steering Committee Chair of the Charlestown Citizens Forum is going to be interviewed tomorrow evening on the Robert Henson Radio Show on WCOJ 1420, which is a CBS affiliate. People may want to listen since it will be about the group and its mission as well as the Homeland Security topic.
The Official Minutes of the July 11, 2005 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Pa. Homeland Security chief to speak at citizens forum" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the upcoming Charlestown Citizens Forum at which Jonathan Duecker, Pennsylvania's director of homeland security, will be the guest speaker. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Light sparring session at Charlestown supers meeting" by Bill Rettew, Jr. reports on discussions of the Sycamore Lane development proposal at last night's Board of Supervisor meeting. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"To preserve open space, preserve tax deductions" by Molly Morrison in the Commentary section of yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer expresses concerns regarding proposed state legislation that would reduce or eliminate tax benefits of donating or otherwise preserving open space by private land owners. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Eagles' Crest Vineyard fulfillment of a dream" by Gretchen Metz in Sunday's Daily Local News reports on former long time Charlestown resident Laura Soto's Chester Springs vineyard as well as The Abby Sanctuary. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Lost Dog (from Holly Bernhard)
Batman has been found.
Small, Male, Black and white terrier. Name is Batman. Has a collar but no tags. Missing since Sunday evening at 6:00 pm. Last seen on Green Lane, Charlestown Township.
"Schuylkill residents address deer problem" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in Saturday's The Phoenix reports on efforts in Schuylkill Township to control the deere population. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Pennsylvania Homeland Security Director To Address Charlestown Citizens (from Sarah Peck) -
The non partisan group Charlestown Citizens Forum will be hosting a presentation by Jonathan Duecker, Director of Homeland Security for the State of Pennsylvania on Monday July 25th 7:30 pm at the Charlestown Elementary School courtyard. Mr. Duecker will address candidly the progress made in homeland security since 911, both in Pennsylvania and nationally, and the existing vulnerabilities that exist. With the recent terrorist bombings in London, citizens will be able to ask questions freely to understand the lessons that can be learned and the steps that can be taken here to prevent a similar occurrence. This is a unique opportunity,don't miss it! Feel free to invite neighbors and friends - and they don't have to live in Charlestown to attend. RSVP to www.charlestowncitizensforum.org or call 610-935-5779.
Charlestown Citizens Forum is a non-partisan group of Charlestown citizens committed to bringing residents together across political party lines to learn about important national issues. Previous forums have addressed the Iraq War and the Economy.
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 18 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the June 14, 2005 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Pet Bird Spotted (from John Stephano, Charlestown Hunt) -
I wanted to contact you because I saw this what appeared to be a lost bird in my development and know you can get this out to a lot of people in the township. I saw what looked like a beautiful gray pigeon with a blue green neck. It didn't look like it was in any pain, but when it flapped it's feathers it didn't fly. The reason I thought it might be a pet of some sort was because it had a green band on its left claw and a yellow one on its right claw. I am at Charleston Hunt on Lewisville Court.
Cathy Sbarbaro sent a similar report -
We've had a beautiful pigeon walking around the townhomes of Charlestown Hunt, and have been trying to discover if someone is missing a pet, or even if it could be the GV Nature Center. He's been here for a few days. He doesn't seem hurt or sick in any way, and has bands on both feet (one blue and one green). He also isn't afraid of people, which makes me think he has a home.
"Planners approve indoor horse arena" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on Tuesday night's approval by the Planning Commission of a conditional use for the construction of a large indoor horse arena at the corner of Yellow Springs and Merlin Roads. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Pa. ready to seed green initiatives with $625 million" by John Sullivan in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the approval of "Growing Greener II" funding of a variety of open space, environmental and conservation initiatives. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the June 6, 2005 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Bear cub visits local couple" by Karin Williams in today's The Phoenix reports on the appearance of a young bear in Chester Springs on Saturday night. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Vote delayed on proposal" by Bill Rettew, Jr. reports on discussions of Marwan Wehbe's conditional use application at last night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The French and Pickering Creek Conservation Trust
Desperately Needs Items for our Annual Auction (from Kim Walsh)
We are desperately in need of auction items. If anyone has anything they would like to donate to the Trust's annual auction it would be greatly appreciated. Items that are needed are antiquities, tickets to area sporting or theater events, children's toys, area businesses that have denotable items or services,vacation home or Bed and Breakfast stays, restaurant gift certificates, gift baskets, etc. We are also accepting advertisements that will be featured in our program. We would certainly appreciate your contributions! We also accept checks payable to "F&PCCT" and credit cards if you do not have an item for the auction and would still like to contribute. Donations are tax detectable.
The auction this past fall was a lot of fun and very successful. The auctions is set for Friday, November 11th, however we only have a short time left to collect auction items so that they can be placed in the program.
Proceeds from the auction are used throughout the year to further the Trust's mission of preserving open spaces and historic places in our area. You will help us in continuing to make a difference - for today and for future generations.
For further information on the trust, becoming a member, attending the auction or other events, volunteering, etc., you can call the trust office at 610-469-0150 Fax 610-469-6459. The trust's web site is available here.
If you have items you would like to donate to the auction you can e-mail Kim Walsh @ email@example.com . If you would like to make a contribution to the trust you can also mail us a check at the following address:
French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, 3340 Coventryville Rd., Pottstown, PA 19465
Thanks so much!!
"Library signs audiobook deal" by Micha Frazier in today's Daily Local News reports on the Chester County Library's new downloadable audio books offering, which is currently free. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Farm-fresh flavors favored" by Dan Z. Johnson in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the several area sources of fresh vegetables including Charlestown Cooperative Farm and a photo taken at the farm. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Valley Creek's tireless guardians Trout Unlimited members work with Pa. officials on safeguards. Development pressures never let up." by Susan Weidener in today's The Phoenix reports on efforts by Charlestown resident Pete Goodman and Trout Unlimited to save local creeks from the harmful effects of rapid growth and development. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Missing Cat Found!(from Wendy McLean)-
Spunky Burhans is safe and well. He was found close to home and all is well.
"Schuylkill considers tax-increase referendum" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on consideration of a tax to fund open space acquisition and historic preservation in neighboring Schuylkill Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Supervisors skeptical over resident's helipad" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on efforts by a Whitehorse Road (Schuylkill Twp) resident to construct a helipad for his personal use. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Next Citizens Forum Announced (from Sarah Peck)-
Charlestown Citizens Forum presents "Homeland Security...What lies ahead?" Guest speaker is Jonathan Duecker, Pennsylvania's Director of Homeland Security. Monday July 25th 7:30 pm at the Charlestown Elementary School Courtyard. $10 Voluntary contribution appreciated. Rsvp: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-935-5779. This is a unique opportunity to get informed, meet neighbors and here a national expert speak on a vital topic. For more information on this event, click here.
Charlestown Oaks Yard Sale (from Vini Inaganti)
25 plus family huge community yard sale this Saturday, July 9th Starting 8 am at Charlestown Oaks community. Charlestown Oaks are the town homes at Yellow Springs rd just off of Phoenixville Pike. Directions: From the intersection of 401 and Phoenixville Pike, go north on Phoenixville Pike, make a left onto Yellow Springs rd, then make the first left into the community. From the intersection of 29 and Phoenixville Pike, go south on Phoenixville Pike, make a right onto Yellow Springs rd, then make the first left into the community.
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 11 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 12 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
In "Textbook case of inequality", an editorial in Thursday's Philadelphia Inquirer, Charlestown resident Michael Churchill proposes an alternative to the recently rejected Act 72, aimed at addressing school funding inequalities and tax relief. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
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