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Archived Home Pages - July 1999

07/30/99
The following came in last night from resident Dave Hewlings -
Our neighbor's home was broken into last night before 8:00 p.m. Shortly thereafter, two white males banged loudly on another neighbor's front door and asked to use the phone because their car "had broken down at the top of the road." One was a young teenager with fair complexion and light, curly hair. The other was dark with a goatee, tattoos, and an earring. They were last seen walking up Mary Hill Road.
Another neighbor reports that someone tried their front door at approximately 7:30 p.m. last night. The state trooper indicates that their mode of operation is to bang on doors to determine if anyone is home.
Trooper Hegarty recorded the incident; the incident number is J3824935. Please ask our township neighbors to keep their eyes open and to report any suspicious behavior to the state police [610-827-7461].
Thanks for your help.
Dave Hewlings
If you are new to the area and have not seen the Kimberton Fair, you might want to check out "At the farm fair, groomed for success" by F. Brinley Bruton in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. I showed an Angus cow in this fair when I was a boy, and the farm animals are still there for you to see and to be judged. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Two drought related articles are in today's papers, including reports of dry wells in western Montgomery County. "Wells dry up countywide" by Carl Hessler, Jr. in The Mercury is available on-line for a few days only from the paper's web site by clicking here. "County declares ban on burning" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is available by clicking here.
07/29/99
The ban on burning has been reinstated by the Fire Marshal. Here is the official notice -
NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENTS OF
CHARLESTOWN TOWNSHIP:
DUE TO THE SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY ALL OUTDOOR BURNING IS PROHIBITED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
BY ORDER OF THE FIRE MARSHAL.
July 28, 1999
The preliminary agenda for next Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Part of the Sprint Conditional Use Approval required that they provide landscaping funds for neighboring properties that had a need for some screening from the new Sprint Tower. A notice from the Planning Commission to affected residents has been posted on this web site at the request of the John Sauser, President of the Board of Supervisors. The notice describes the process for applying for ameliorating landscaping. Click here to read the notice.
Two drought related articles appear in today's Daily Local News. "Perrier taking out less water" by Gretchen Metz reports on the voluntary reduction of the quantity of spring water being bottled by Perrier in South Coventry Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site for today only by clicking here. "Drought brings increasing anxiety" by Chris Barber reports on the effects of the drought on area agriculture. The article is available on-line for today only by clicking here.
"Forum addresses problems of sprawl" by Bryan G. Robinson in today's Suburban Advertiser reports on last week's Ridge administration sponsored forum on land preservation. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site for the coming week by clicking here. An article in last Thursday's Philadelphia Inquirer on this same forum is available by clicking here.
07/27/99
Two articles in local newspapers report on the Delaware River Basin Commission's amendment of its Ground Water Protected Area Regulations for Southeastern Pennsylvania. The amendment places specific numerical ground water withdrawal limits on designated watersheds, include Pickering Creek. The amendment is unrelated to the current drought. The Daily Local News article by Gretchen Metz, "New limits set over watersheds" is available for today only from the paper's web site by clicking here. The The Mercury article, "DRBC adds more water withdrawal limits" by Tony Phyrillas, is available on-line from the paper's web site for a few days by clicking here.
07/26/99
Today's Daily Local News has two articles attempting to clarify the specifics of the current water-use restrictions. "Drought restrictions raise confusion on use of water" by Chis Barber is available on-line from the paper's web site for today only by clicking here. "Nonessential Water Use Ban", a list of restrictions and exceptions, is available on-line for today only by clicking here.
07/25/99
Today's Daily Local News has two articles by Missy Keehn reporting on Upper Uwchlan Township´s coming transformations in the face of development and heavy traffic on Route 100. "Saving historic buildings in Eagle from bulldozers" is avaiable on-line for today only by clicking here, and "Changing face of Route 100 differs in eyes of beholders" is available for today only by clicking here.
07/22/99
Today's The Phoenix reports on the proposed office complex on the corner of Phoenixville Pike and Yellow Springs Road. "Developer set to propose office complex in C'town" by Bronwyn Reice is available on-line for today only from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Land forum draws passion" by Diane Mastrull in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the governor's county level land-use forum that was held for Chester County last night. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
There are two articles today reporting on the area drought condition and its origins. "Area deals with the drought" by Chris Barber in the Daily Local News is available on-line for today only by clicking here, and "This time, it's not all El Nino's fault." by Rich Henson for the Philadelphia Inquirer is available on-line by clicking here.
07/21/99
A Philadelphia Inquirer article and a Daily Local News article report on the drought emergency declared yesterday by the governor and the effects of the drought on our area. The second article listed below is the Daily News report and is available for today only.
  • "Without drenching rain soon, drought could rival '64 record" by Walter F. Naedele is available by clicking here.
  • "Drought emergency declared in county" by Bill Lowe is available today only by clicking here.
07/19/99
A very depressing (to me) bit of news in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is contained in "A Charlestown office complex is proposed" by Susan Weidener, reporting on a proposed office complex on Sidley Hill, across Yellow Springs Road from the partially completed Charlestown Oaks. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"A West Vincent leader tackles development issues head-on" by F. Brinley Bruton reports on efforts in West Vincent to control growth and minimize its effect on congestion. This article is also available from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/18/99
"Long road to $20 million land-preservation deal" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the lengthy and difficult process by which 312 choice acres in East Goshen is to be preserved as a park and golf course, deed restricted forever from residential or commercial development. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/15/99
The official minutes for the June meetings of the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission have been posted. Check the Meeting Calendar for cancellations and dates of upcoming meetings.
I received the following email from new resident Donna Sutherland.
My 7-year-old son and I just moved to the area in Dec. His birthday is coming up in Sept and I am looking for a good place to have a party for him. He's not really into sports, but loves video games and Pokemon. Any suggestions?
I hope any Charlestown residents who have a particularly good or bad experience with local children's party programs/facilities would email kidparties@charlestown.org with your suggestions and comments. I will forward these to Donna as well as keep them handy for similar requests in the future.
07/14/99
Wendy McClean, a real estate lawyer, land use professional, chairman of the board of the Great Valley Nature Center, and neighbor of the Pyle Farm property on Yellow Springs Road, has written an explanation of the easements and conditions imposed by the Board of Supervisors on the subdivision plans requested by the Great Valley School District. Wendy's comments are included here in full -
In my opinion as a land use professional, the conservation easement will not diminish the value of the land for resale. The area to be eased cannot be used for buildings, driveways or any other improvements. It is already "netted out" of the gross lot acreage. I have been involved in many subdivisions that include conservation easements and have found that their only impact, if any, is to enhance the value of the property.
Likewise, I believe that the farmhouse and stone barn have historic value. The School District, as the educators of our community, should recognize the educational value of maintaining both historic structures and wildlife habitat. A new house would not be permitted on the site of the existing farmhouse because of the steep slopes. The presence of the stone barn and house add character to the property. A facade easement, which does not affect the ability of the owner to make interior renovations, will not limit the development potential of the property.
My requests to the Supervisors were not motivated by a desire to thwart the School District's plan. I respect their right to sell the property and to use the portion that they plan to keep. But the two requests that I proposed preserve their ability to maximize the value of their investment while giving the community the benefit of the preservation of two very small but valuable resources - a wildlife habitat and a historic structure.
I regularly recommend that my builder clients accept the type of conditions that I proposed for this property. I do not believe that the School District should be offended by a request that no one would hesitate to make of a commercial developer. In fact, I would make exactly the same requests if the School District decides to sell the entire property instead of accepting the conditions attached to the Supervisors' approval.
I hope that the School District will overcome their frustration and accept these conditions.
Several articles in today's newspapers are of particular interest -
Bronwyn Reice reports in "Revolutionary War doc to get tombstone restoration" in today's The Phoenix on the planned restoration of the tombstone of Dr. Samuel Kennedy, the Revolutionary War doctor who ran a hospital at his home in Chester Springs and is buried in our Revolutionary War Cemetery on Charlestown Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site for today only by clicking here.
Members of my family living in northern New Jersey and now my wife are dealing with the effects of Lyme Disease. An article in today's The Phoenix reports on the increasing occurrences of this disease. "Lyme disease cases on rise in Chesco" by Amanda Alway is available on-line for today only from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports in "Little known museum closing" by Brook Barnes that the Newcomen Museum on the history of steam is closing. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/13/99
I attended last night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors and have posted a report in our Neighborhood News section. Today's The Phoenix also has a report on a portion of the meeting. "GV school district gets C'town sups' ok to sell property" by Bronwyn Reice is available on-line from the paper's web site for today only by clicking here.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal report for June has been posted.
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Thronbury Township's recent efforts to halt the destruction of historic structures in that township. "Township turns its view toward preservation" by Angela Galloway is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/11/99
"Drought emergency looms as groundwater levels dip" by Michelle Karas in The Mercury reports on the increasingly severe groundwater shortage. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site for the next few days only by clicking here.
07/09/99
The preliminary agenda for next Monday's regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
07/08/99
The preliminary agenda for next Tuesday's regular meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Three articles in local papers of interest to Charlestown residents are -
  • "With high use, hot weather, water levels hit emergency lows" by Sandy Bauers in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. Click here to read the article on the paper's web site.
     
  • "Legislating against sprawl" by Martin Indars in today's Daily Local News. Click here to read the article on the paper's web site (available today only).
     
  • The Daily Local News has provided a comprehensive "Environmental Directory" listing telephone numbers for questions concerning the environment, pollution prevention and toxics. The list covers the EPA, DEP, County and other offices and is available on-line for today only from the paper's web site by clicking here.
07/01/99
This week's Suburban Advertiser reports on a committee report recommending class size goals for the Great Valley School District. "Committee recommends 18 students per class" by Bryan G. Robinson is available on-line from the paper's web site for the coming week by clicking here.

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