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Archived Home Pages - August 2003

08/27/03
"Theatre group takes neighborhood to 'Oz'" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on yesterday's performance of "The Wizard of Oz" by 16 year old Alli Nurthen's Charlestown Hunt children's theater group, held at Paul Hogan's barn. A second performance will be held at 7:00 PM tonight. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
08/26/03
A Public Notice regarding the scheduling of discussion of an ordinance amending the Charlestown Zoning Ordinance has been posted here.
Children's Theater - (from Paul Hogan)
The Charlestown Hunt Children's Theater under the direction of 16-year-old Alli Nurthen will again perform in our barn at 10:30 AM Tuesday and 7:00 PM on Wednesday this week. All are welcome. The cast consists of over 25 children from 3 years and up. Entrance is on Sycamore Lane and exit is out to Buckwalter Road. Please don't enter from Buckwalter Road as that will screw up the traffic and we surely don't want that. It might help if you brought your own folding chair.
"Ramps linking Schuylkill, Route 202 set to open" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on scheduled openings of various new ramps connecting the Schuylkill Expressway and the PA Turnpike with Rts. 202 and 422. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Fighting Bucks sprawl with the power of wealth" by Matthew P. Blanchard in last Friday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a man's personal effort to save a Mennonite village from development by purchasing surrounding land as a buffer zone. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
08/21/03
"Philadelphia chefs visit local co-op" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on an upcoming visit to the Charlestown Cooperative Farm on Charlestown Road by chefs from several noted Philadelphia restaurants. The event is funded by a Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education Grant (SARE) and is open to co-op members, who will watch the chefs prepare dishes from locally grown produce. Additional information on the farm is also included. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
08/20/03
The Official Minutes of the August 4, 2003 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Great Valley principal: Flexibility will be key" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on the coming start of the school year in which students will have to deal with on-going construction and fewer parking spaces. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Open-space program could cost each Montco resident $10.40 a year" by Margaret Gibbons in today's The Mercury reports on the proposed Montgomery County $150 million 10 year open space program. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Borough appealing judge's decision" by Benjamin Y. Lowe in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Honey Brook's efforts to condemn a farm and make it a park to prevent a developer from building 35 apartments on the six acres of land. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
08/19/03
"Consultant discusses water issues with supervisors" in today's The Phoenix by Bill Rettew, Jr. reports on the presentation to the Board of Supervisors at last night's meeting. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
08/18/03
Reminder: Tonight's meeting of the Board of Supervisors includes a presentation on sustainable development with respect to water resources.
The Official Minutes of the July 8, 2003 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal and Roadmaster reports for July have been posted.
"Township resists Landscapes" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on Schuylkill Township being the only one of 73 Chester County townships/municipalities not to join the county's Landscapes program aimed at preserving open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"East Goshen gets growing greener grant" by Julia Ricciuti in the current Suburban Advertiser reports on East Goshen's receipt of $168,423 under the state's Growing Greener program for use in improving the Chester Creek water quality. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"McMansions" by David Bernard in yesterday's Daily Local News takes a look at the "McMansion" phenomenon of developments made up of large homes on closely packed small lots. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
08/17/03
The Preliminary Agenda for the August 18 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted. A special presentation on Water Resources will take place early in the meeting.
08/12/03
"Among suburbs, Chesco stands tall" by Thomas Ginsberg in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the sources of growth in Chester County, much of which came from net migration into the county from Montgomery, Delaware, Philadelphia and Bucks counties. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Rainfall ties 105-year-old record" by Betsy Gilliland in today's Daily Local News reports on the record rainfall in Chester County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Rain hurts businesses" by Gretchen Metz in today's Daily Local News reports of the record rainfall on agricultural and recreational businesses in Chester County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
08/11/03
BSF Comm. Garden BarbecueGood company and wonderful food highlighted last night's small barbecue at Brightside Farm sponsored by the BSF Farm Committee for this year's Community Gardeners. Mother Nature cooperated beautifully with a wonderful evening and it was made clear that good gardeners make good cooks.
"Marathon man going again" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on Carl Ewald's participation in the upcoming Alaska Marathon where he is running to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. A letter to this web site from Carl as well as ways to support the Arthritis Foundation by sponsoring Carl in the marathon is available here.
"More rain this week would be a record-setter" by Darn Hardy in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the wet summer we're having and some records being set in the Philadelphia region. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
08/08/03
Rough and TumblerAs some of you know, I am an antique tractor enthusiast and also created and maintain the web site for Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association (R&T) in Kinzers, PA. R&T's 55th annual "Threshermen's Reunion" starts Wednesday August 13 and runs through Saturday, August 16. If you have never seen huge steam traction engines from the turn of the century and all sorts of antique tractors, engines and equipment operating, then you owe it to yourself to go to this event. A photo album with 349 great photos from last year's reunion is available here. The R&T web site has directions to the museum grounds as well as schedules and other information useful to visitors (as well as over 2,000 photos of past events). The visitors information section begins here. I hope to see you there.
08/07/03
The Charlestown Historical Society's Annual Patrons' Dinner will be Saturday, September 20 and is hosted this year by Drs. Carroll and Jane Burgoon on Yellow Springs Road. Details are available from the CHS page, click here.
"Down on the farms" by Walter F. Naedele and Suzette Parmley in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the effects of the wet weather on hay and other crops for local farmers. (The frequent rains have delayed harvesting hay at Brightside Farm this year, making the late, first cut of poorer quality and probably also reducing the number of cuts this year as well.) The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Toll Bros. builds on business" in today's Daily Local News reports on the 20% increase in revenue for Toll Brothers Inc.'s latest quarter and a huge backlog of homes to be built. Toll Bros will be soon developing Charlestown Meadows along Rt. 401 between Valley Hill and Newcomen Roads. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
If any of you are following the plight of the Saha family in Valley Township, there are two articles this morning reporting on the family's efforts to get referendums on the Coatesville ballot that would likely save their farm, if approved. Coatesville city council is attempting to take over the Saha farm, which is not in Coatesville, for a city-operated golf course. The articles are -
  • "Residents may get say in saving family farm" by Benjamin Y. Lowe in today's Philadelphia Inquirer which is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
  • "Voters to decide Saha case?" by Bajeerah Lowe in today's Daily Local News is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
08/06/03
There have been several articles in local papers on open space related issues -
  • "Supervisors postpone open space referendum" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on last Thursday night's special meeting of the Board of Supervisors at which further discussion of a ballot referendum on open space was tabled. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
  • "Oxford delays vote on open space" by Marcella Peyre-Ferry in today's Daily Local News reports on Oxford Township's decision table it's earned income tax ballot question due to lack of time to hold the necessary public hearings prior to the August 8 deadline for submitting ballot questions. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
  • "Moratoriums on building have worked already." by Robert Freeman and Bernie O'Neill in the "Commentary" section of yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer is a commentary expressing views in favor of using moratoriums on development. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
  • "What Pa. really needs is proper land planning" by George Kiriakidi, president of the Home Builders Association of Bucks/Montgomery Counties, is a companion commentary expressing views opposing the use of moratoriums on new construction. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Neighbors disagree on expansion proposal" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on the McCarthy conditional use hearing at Monday night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Motorists will 'fly' from Schuylkill to Route 202" by Keith Phucas in today's The Mercury reports on soon to open ramps that will ease the I-76, Rt. 422 and Rt. 202 interchange in King of Prussia. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Schools vote to sell CAT Pickering" by Pamela Batzel in today's The Phoenix reports on the decision to sell the Center for Arts and Technology in Phoenixville to the Chester County School Authority. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Finally, "Dented, but undaunted" by Sandy Bauers in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on mailbox vandalism, a problem all too familiar to Charlestown Township residents and one that has a variety of creative solutions. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
If anyone would like plans for a steel deck-plate mailbox that I designed and had built (along with a few other Charlestown residents), send me your address and I'll mail the plans to you. Any local welding shop can construct it for you.
08/05/03
The Preliminary Agenda for the August 12 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the July 21 and July 31, 2003 meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Supervisor Irene Ewald's son Carl is both a runner and a person concerned with "giving back" to the community. This year he is again participating as a member of the Arthritis Foundation Joints in Motion Training Team and will be running in the upcoming Alaska Marathon. I asked Carl to give me additional information as well as provide a means for interested residents to contribute towards his goal of raising $2,500 for the Arthritis Foundation. His letter and a link to his web page are posted here.
"Pa. counties among best at saving land" by Leslie A. Pappas in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the ranking of Pennsylvania counties in the recent Farmland Preservation Report. Chester County ranked third highest. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
08/04/03
"Master plan's integrity at stake in E. Vincent" by Elaine Milito in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on concerns in East Vincent Township regarding a challenge to their comprehensive plan's zoning by a developer seeking to build 73 homes on land designated for a maximum of 18 houses. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chesco leads state in housing growth" by David Bernard in today's The Mercury reports on a recent study that shows Chester County the fastest growing county in PA in terms of number of new homes and the second fastest on a percentage basis. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
08/03/03
"Berks, Chester counties' preservation programs nationally ranked" by Carl Hessler, Jr. in today's The Mercury reports on the top 10 national rankings of Chester, Montgomery, Berks and Lancaster counties with regards to acres of farm land preserved for open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
08/01/03
Special Presentation on Water Resources (from Linda Csete) -
There will be a special presentation at the August 18, 2003 Board of Supervisors meeting by John Hoekstra of the Green Valleys Association, in conjunction with the Clean Water Action group, on sustainable development with respect to water resources. The presentation will take place at 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School, Room 154.
Two articles in today's newspapers report on the approval of lights for the Great Valley High School football field -
  • "Judge rules for Great Valley lights" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
  • "Great Valley gets approval for night lights" by Kathleen Brady Shea in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
 

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