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March 16, 1998

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Archived Home Pages - August 1998

Both the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily Local have articles on the decision by the Great Valley teachers not to call an immediate strike. You may read the Inquirer article, "Great Valley teachers call off strike" by Adrienne Lu from the paper's web site by clicking here. You may read the Daily Local article titled "Great Valley teachers won't call strike yet" by Gina Cappello from that paper's web site (for today only) by clicking here.
The Charlestown United Methodist Church, which previously held its Fall-Winter-Spring Sunday worship services at 11:00 am, will switch to 10:30 am this year, starting Sunday, September 13.
We were "down" most of this morning, but are now up and running with all of the server software replaced with the latest versions. Among other things, we will now be able to integrate databases with this and other web sites.
Three area newspapers have reports on the faltering Great Valley School District negotiations with approximately 240 teachers. One of the articles indicates the teachers have already given notice they will strike this Monday, the day before school is scheduled to begin. The Inquirer article will be available on line indefinitely.
The Daily Local article will be available on line today only.
The Suburban Advertiser article will be available on line through next Wednesday.
Announcement: Our web server (and this site) will be unavailable for several hours Friday morning, August 28th while we install software upgrades.
We have recently done a statistical analysis of activity on this web site from June 25th thru Aug 24th. While most of this will be of little interest to our visitors, the page that lists the number of visitors by country is enlightening, and the page that lists the search strings visitors have used in various search engines (Yahoo, AltaVista, etc.) to get to our site is also interesting. The stats are available by clicking here. I intend to build a permanent link to this information and update the stats monthly. Please let me know what you think of it.
We have posted the Preliminary Agenda for next Monday's joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission.
We have also received the following two announcements from Linda Csete, Township Secretary -

The Charlestown Township office will be closed this Friday, August 28th. Instead, there will be office hours this Thursday, August 27th, from 9 AM to 2 PM.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Charlestown Township Zoning Hearing Board will meet on Thursday, September 17, 1998, at 7:00 P M, at the Nature Center of Great Valley, located at Route 29 and Hollow Road, Devault, Pennsylvania, to hear an Appeal filed by Whitehorse Associates, Inc. and J. Leon and Carol C. Altemose, hereinafter collectively designated "Appellants," wherein Appellants Appeal the issuance of an Enforcement Notice issued on or about July 17, 1998, by Surrender S. Kohli, P.E., Charlestown Township's Zoning Officer, wherein Appellants are directed to cease and desist construction of dwelling units within a barn, contrary to §401 of the Zoning Ordinance of Charlestown Township of 1979, as amended. The property which is the subject of Appellants' Zoning Appeal is situated in a FR District and is located at 4326 Whitehorse Road, Charlestown Township, and has been designated Tax Map Parcel No. 35-5-1.1. Whitehorse Associates, Inc., is the legal owner of the subject property.


A July 26th Philadelphia Inquirer article by Susan Weidener on a related Altemose matter titled "Developer increases pressure on Charlestown Twp." was cited on this page on that date. It is still available from the paper's website by clicking here. There was also an article titled "Altemose finds an ally on the planning commission" by Julie Glanville in the July 7 issue of The Phoenix, but that paper only posts its articles on the web for a single day, so it is currently available only from the print version of the paper.
We now have 53 "subscribers" on our email notification list, including two of the supervisors. If you would like to receive email notifications of updates to this site, click here.
The petition for putting the question of 3 vs 5 supervisors on this November's ballot has gone unchallenged, and the Green reports that the question will, in fact, be on the ballot for that election. I will set up a special email account to which residents, including the various Charlestown organizations and officials, may send their thoughts on the issue, and I will publish submitted comments in a special section of this web site. Look for it soon. In the meantime, if you're not already aware of it, we have a section on the subject on our Neighborhood Issues page.
Yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer has an article by Lubna Khan on the historical.???ects of the Phoenix Bridge Works and the attention it is receiving from both the National Park Service and a local organization whose goal is restore the foundry and create a visitor center. The article, titled "Revitalizing a bridge to Phoenixville's past", may be read from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The stretch of Yellow Springs Road up Sidley Hill from Phoenixville Pike (past the Charlestown Oaks site) is now curbed, paved and open. (Having ridden or driven that stretch since 1944, it's really hard to take.)
An article by Darlene Herbert in today's Daily Local titled "Great Valley teacher strike is still possible" reports on the latest status of the school district's negotiations with the teachers. With school to start in a week, these negotiations are getting more critical. You can read the article from the paper's web site Sat and Sun by clicking here.
The Great Valley Nature Center has received a permanently injured bald eagle to be a permanent resident of the center's Bird of Prey Center. An article in today's Daily Local by John Crawford titled "Nature center gets injured bald eagle" reports the story. Because he needs to be trained, the newly obtained bald eagle won't become a part of the center's programs for several months. The first lesson he'll learn is to sit on a person's arm. You may read the article from the paper's web site (today only) by clicking here.
An article on the Great Valley School District teacher negotiations has been published by the Suburban Advertiser, available today through next Wednesday. Written by Stephanie L. Baum and titled "Still no contract for Great Valley School District teachers", the article may be read from the paper's web site (for the next week) by clicking here.
David Berg was our 5,000th visitor at 9:39 this morning!
(I'm sorry that we do not have a prize.) He is the 5,000th visitor to our home page since our birth June 2nd of last year. You can view the counter at any time. It's at the bottom of this page.
Lubna Khan has another and more comprehensive article on the Great Valley School District's negotiations with the teachers union. This article, on the front page of the Chester County section of the Philadelphia Inquirer, focuses on the major issue of the number of additional work days and how those days would be used. The article, titled "Great Valley still has a great divide", can be read from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Two articles in today's Philadelphia Inquirer address two subjects of interest to some of our residents. Lubna Khan reports on the possibility of a strike by Great Valley teachers in an article titled "Parents urge action on Great Valley pact". With talks not scheduled to resume until Aug 26th, 5 days before the first classes, over 16 issues remain to be resolved. You may read the article from the paper's web site by clicking here.
East Fallowfield residents will vote in November on whether or not to increase the size of their board of supervisors. The issues in that township are similar to those that led the Charlestown Green organization to obtain petitions for a similar referendum here. You can read the article by Michael Rothfeld, titled "Town to vote on size of board" by clicking here. I have also posted this article in our Neighborhood Issues section on "Five vs Three Supervisors".
Only three members of the Planning Commission made it to last Tuesday's meeting. Being that there was no quorum, the meeting consisted of discussion of the plans submitted by William Wilson and John Panizza (Somerset), (the first two items on the agenda) without any official action by the committee. The School District representative was not present, so there was no discussion of the School District's proposed use of the Pyle property purchased earlier this year.
This is the week of the Rough and Tumble 50th Annual Threshermen's Reunion in Kinzer, PA, on Route 30, less than an hour from Charlestown. The event runs through this Saturday. If you know nothing about Rough and Tumble, check out our report on last year's event by clicking here. We highly recommend it to anyone who would like to see a glimpse of the past of farming in the United States. It's a living museum in that almost all of the mechanized equipment is fully functional and running much of the day.
Yesterday I received a memo from supervisor Irene Ewald regarding "Items for discussion on the Planning Commission agenda for August 11, 1998". With her permission, I have posted the memo in our Neighborhood News section.
We have posted the Preliminary Agenda for the August 11 meeting of the Planning Commission as well as the Official Minutes of the July meeting of the Board of Supervsors.
Julie T. Glanville reports in today's The Phoenix on the responses of supervisors and residents to the turnpike slip ramp environmental studies to begin within the next several weeks. The article, titled "Ewald: Exit ramp `threatens' township", is available from the paper's web site for today only by clicking here.
We have posted a timely report on last evening's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. As always, many thanks to Kevin Kuhn and Ellen Behrle for providing reports on Supervisor and Planning Commission meetings.
If the possibility of a PA Turnpike "slip ramp" in Charlestown concerns you, you might be interested in today's Philadelphia Inquirer article titled "Turnpike ramp plan may ease traffic, not residents' minds" by Meredith Fischer. The article reports on a different "slip ramp", this one in Valley Forge, that is meant to relieve congestion by routing E-ZPass holders through a special exit which would be next to backyards. You can read the article from the paper's web site by clicking here.
We have posted the Preliminary Agenda for Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

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