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Archived Home Pages - July 2006

"PECO defends tree-trimming program in wake of storms" by John Rossomando in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on complaints that PECO has not trimmed trees along power lines often enough over the years. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The cat needing a home (see yesterday's entry below) has been placed in a new home.
Flood Damage Assistance for Charlestown Businesses & Residents (from Linda Csete) -
I just received an email from Karl Mehn, Deputy Directory for Chester County Emergency Management, informing us that all residents and businesses in the county that have been affected by the rain and flooding event beginning June 23, 2006 could be eligible for Individual Assistance (IA). Chester County received a presidential declaration of disaster emergency for individual assistance that covers homeowners, renters and businesses for losses that occurred between June 23, 2006 and July 10, 2006. The application/registration can be accomplished by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for speech and hearing impaired applicants. The lines are open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice. The Deadline is: September 2, 2006.
Cat (still) needs home (from Ginny Fender) -
We need to find a home for a "little stray cat" that has been living under the Deerfield Construction Trailer. Deerfield is a new construction site at the interesection of Yellow Springs and Hollow Drive. The cat is a young female and currently is at vet and has been fully checked out. Free of rabbies;and feline leukemia. It's been vacinnated against distemper, rabbies and leukemia. The vet will not keep the cat. This cat was someone's pet who showed up on our door. She's friendly and comfortable in a crate in a moving car. Sweet little animal that needs a home. Obviously can survive outside, good "barnyard cat". I understand from the crew it's a great little mouser. Please contact Ginny Fender if you would like to adopt or know of someone. The alternative is grim!!!
"Power restored to all who lost it in storms" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the "last of the approximately 420,000 customers who lost power in last Tuesday's violent storms finally got electricity back at midnight yesterday". Much work remains to be done. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chester County prepares for bird flu" by Allison Nichols in today's The Mercury reports on plans being developed by our county for treatment and vaccination of the county's entire population in the event of an avian flue emergency. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
I know Yellow Springs Road was re-opened between Valley Hill and Wells Roads yesterday, and also Valley Hill Road between Bodine Road and Rt. 401 is open.
Tonight's Planning Commission meeting is a work session on the Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) Ordinance. The preliminary agenda is here.
Power Outages - Those who had informed me they were still without power Saturday morning have since reported their power has been restored. However, having fallen trees removed from utility lines does not mean they are also removed from the road. Yellow Springs Road is still closed this morning, just "above" Wells Road, even though the wire damage caused by the same trees has been repaired.
Dry Ice - Several residents have informed me of additional sources of dry ice much closer to home. Ice Butler, on Malin Road (adjacent to the "Clemens" shopping center on Rt. 30) has dry ice as does the Genuardis in Kimberton. Keep these in mind for the next outage.
"Grief for a lost father is lifelong" by Susan Weidener in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Charlestown resident Ron Opher's founding of the nonprofit Daddy's Spirit Moves Me Forward, a support group for children whose fathers have died. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Residents Still Without Power - Since yesterday's postings I have learned that there are still quite a few without power and with the unfortunate outlook that PECO says they will be back on-line by Sunday night! The Epsteins on Charlestown Road and the Winicovs on Valley Hill Road are both in that situation. There are still closed roads and trees down on utility lines all over the Township (I posted two photos [below] on Thursday).
"16,500 still in the dark" by John Rossomando in today's Daily Local News reports on the remaining power outages in Chester County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Peco: Power should be back today" by Marc Schogol in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on PECOs indications as to when the last power outages are restored. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Dry Ice Suppliers - Jan Bird at the township office sent me a list of dry ice retailers. While the information is not likely to help anyone at this stage of recovery from Tuesday's storm, it might be worth printing and having handy in the event of another lengthy power outage. Unfortunately, none of the suppliers are convenient to us. Click here to see the list, which is also permanently linked from our "Index to Gov't Info" page.
Janet Lockhart (From Wendy McLean) - Janet Lockhart, 96, passed away recently. The Lockharts used to live in the McLean's residence on Yellow Springs Road. There is a memorial service today at the White Horse Village Auditorium at 11 am. Donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy.
Not only is Schuylkill Township considering an open space funding move (see yesterday's entry), but another article by Karin Williams in Friday's The Phoenix, "Open Space Issues Discussed", describes similar discussions in East Pikeland Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
I have no idea how many in Charlestown are still without power. We live just below Brightside Farm on Yellow Springs Road, and our power was restored last night, about 8:30 pm. I hope everyone has power by now, or will have it before the day is out.
Emergency Generators - My wife and I purchased an electric generator in 1995 and had an electrician provide wiring so we could easily hook it up to our home's electric system. Our installation is very simple to use for hooking up the generator, and very flexible as to what electrical appliances we run. We feel the it has paid for itself many times over since then. In 1999, I posted a story of what we did, with diagrams, etc. The information is still available here.
"Lawmaker: No police force, no funds" by Stephanie Whalen in today's Delaware County Times reports on efforts to have municipalities that depend on the State Police for law enforcement to shoulder more of the cost. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. (Thanks to Wendy McLean for pointing this article out to me.)
"Open Space Issues Discussed" by Karin Williams in today's The Phoenix reports on a second effort by some residents of Schuylkill Township to have their taxes raised to provide funds for the preservation of open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
DRY ICE & WATER (from Fred Alston) - As of this morning, there is a limited quantity of dry ice (and water) available at the Township Office (at the Devault Post Office on Whitehorse Road). Please only take what you really need, and leave some for your neighbors.
Yellow Springs RdScenes from the Storm Here are two scenes (photos taken Wed evening) repeated all over our Township after Tuesday night's storm. The tree is across Yellow Springs Road between Wells and Valley Hill Roads, and is still there as of Thursday morning.
The other photo shows the huge root structure of a tall poplar that fell away from Yellow Springs Road just above the Wells Road intersection. Two of my granddaughters, 10 yrs old, provide a sense of scale. This stretch of Yellow Springs Road, ourselves included, is still without power (except for those with generators).
The Official Minutes of the June 19, 2006 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
The Official Minutes of the May 9, June 13 and June 27, 2006 meetings of the Planning Commission have been posted. (I have had the first two sets of minutes for quite some time and forgot to post them.)
"Variety of events planned for buying local campaign" by Karin Williams in today's The Phoenix reports on the Phoenixville Farmers' Market co-created by Charlestown resident Liz Andersen. The market at Bridge Street and Taylor Alley will kick off the Buy Fresh, Buy Local campaign on Saturday with a fun-for-the-family festival. A lot of activities are planned. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Campaign not just for farmers, but for local businesses as well", also by Karin Williams in today's The Phoenix is a companion article also discusses CSAs and the Andersen's Charlestown Cooperative Farm. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Upcoming Citizens' Forum (from Regina Fried) -
Join the Charlestown Citizens Forum at the Movies! View Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" followed by a community discussion moderated by Eric Nelson of the Charlestown Citizens Forum.
   Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, PA
   Wednesday, July 12, 7:30 pm
   Tickets: $7 adults, $6 Seniors and Students
Join your fellow citizens and neighbors for this highly acclaimed documentary on global warming and a stimulating discussion afterwards. More details on our website at:
"Development, flooding linked" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on the effect of development on the amount of flooding in Chester County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 10 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the July 11 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
Citizens' Forum - Eric Nelson of Berwyn wrote a letter published in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer that praises the Charlestown Citizens' Forum as "a group that has successfully held discussions on complex issues". The letter is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Bald eagles are going strong in Pa." by Michael Cowden in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the return of the bald eagle in Pennsylvania. (Last November we had reports of a bald eagle near Creek Road in Schuylkill Township.) The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
1st Annual Marsh Creek Raptor Run (from Tom Pascocello) -
Greetings from Great Valley Nature Center. Thank you for listing us and mentioning our camps. I hope all the residents of our township use our facility! I was wondering if you can mention our... "1st Annual Marsh Creek Raptor Run".. It's a 5 mile and 10 mile trail race, Sunday, July 30, 2006 - 9:00am, at Marsh Creek State Park, Downingtown. Folks can obtain more info on our website or at
Lost Dog (from Linda Csete) -
We have a report of a lost dog along Howell Road. Abbey is a 15 year old black labrador retriever who sports a lot of grey in her coat and is wearing an invisible fence collar but no i.d. tag. Abbey has been missing since this morning, July 5th. If you find her, please call the Township Office at 610-240-0326.
"Group aims at bringing awareness of open-space meadows in Schuylkill" by Karin Williams in today's The Phoenix reports on efforts to develop a long term plan for use of the 24-acre tract of land located behind the Phoenixville Area YMCA, just off Route 29. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Penn State Great Valley hosts open house
Penn State Great Valley will host an open house on Thursday, Aug. 10, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the graduate school's Malvern campus. Participants can learn about graduate programs and continuing professional education programs and sample innovative courses through brief faculty presentations. For information go to, or call 610-648-3200.
Although it is not on the paper's web site, Libby Pyle's obituary is published in today's print edition of The Phoenix.
"Charlestown's $1.4 million preserves a quiet oasis" by Susan Weidener in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on our Township's support of the Horse-Shoe Trail resulting from its open space preserving purchase of an easement to Reinbow Farm, which stretches from Green Lane to Yellow Springs Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. For more on the Horse-Shoe Trail in Charlestown see our own page here.
Libby Pyle Service (from Irene Ewald) - Services for Libby Pyle are scheduled for Wednesday July 5, 2006 at St Peters Lutheran Church. The church is the upper of the two churches at the top of the hill on Pikeland Road, known as Clover Mill Road in that section. The family will be receiving visitors from 10 to 11 o'clock in the morning followed by funeral services from 11 to noon. (Note: Pikeland Rd. intersects with Charlestown, Hollow, Church, Wells and Merlin Roads in Charlestown Township. Proceed west on Pikeland Road across Merlin Road and on up the hill, passing Street Rd. on your left. Pass the first church on your right. St. Peters Lutheran is the second church on your right.)

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