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Archived Home Pages - August 1999

The Fall 1999 fees and schedule for the Phoenixville Area Soccer Club have been updated.
"Trust hopes land buy draws voters' support" by Chris Barber in today's Daily Local News reports on East Marlborough's township land trust purchase of an 80 acre farm in order to preserve the open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site for today only by clicking here.
For those of you wondering why there have been so few postings of links to newspaper articles in the past several weeks, it is primarily because the web server for the Daily Local News and The Phoenix has either not been updated or is generating errors when accessed. Apparently the parent company of these papers, The Journal Register, does not care enough about their web sites to fix them.
The invitations to this year's Charlestown Historical Society Patrons Dinner have been mailed to members of the Society. These dinners are a great deal of fun and informative and are an opportunity to see one of the historic homes of Charlestown and meet other residents who share the Society's goal of preserving our historic resources. I have posted the invitation and suggest that if you are not a member of CHS that you consider joining now and attending this year's dinner, which is at Mine Run Farm on Saturday, September 18th. Check out the following links - If you would like to join and receive an invitation, send $25 (family) or $10 (individual) to
     The Charlestown Historical Society, Inc.
     PO Box 344
     Devault, PA 19432-0344
and ask to receive an invitation. If you have questions regarding membership or this year's dinner you may call Debbie Kuhn, this year's Patrons Dinner chairperson, at 610) 935-9337.
Charlestown resident and well known author Lisa Scottoline is writing one of the chapters in the Philadelphia Inquirer's summer fiction "Murder at the Republican Convention". See our Neighbors of Note page for more.
The Parks & Recreation Board will meet on Tuesday, August 31, 1999 at 7:30 P.M. at the Clubhouse located in Charlestown Park to review the draft Charlestown Park Master Plan. The Township Supervisors and Planning Commissioners have been invited to attend. All Parks & Rec meetings are open to the public.
If you are unsure of the schedule of the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission meetings, check our Meeting Calendar page via the link on the panel of buttons above. While I have let the Special Event Calendar slip badly, I keep the Meeting Calendar pretty much up to date.
Township Secretary Linda Csete pointed me to the Department of Environmental Protection's web site for dealing with the drought emergency. It's a useful site with answers to your questions and suggestions as to how to conserve water and deal with the emergency. Check it out by clicking here.
Two articles in today's papers are relevant to those of us interested in the history of our area. "In Kimberton, time and tide slow a little" by John Corr in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on this wonderful little village just a few miles northwest of Charlestown Township. All four buildings on the corners of its main intersection date back to the 1700's, and all are in remarkable condition and retain much of their original character. The article is available on-line by clicking here. As an aside, there is a Walking Tour of Kimberton this evening, sponsored by the Chester County Historical Society.
The Mercury's Evan Brandt reports on the status of several projects in the Phoenixville area that are associated with the Schuylkill River Heritage Corridor, a large scale undertaking to preserve and promote the history of the Schuylkill River from Philadelphia to Pottsville. The article, "Schuylkill corridor gets grant to boost 'heritage tourism'", is available on-line for a few days only from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Closer to home, today's Suburban Advertiser reports on the status of various construction projects of the Great Valley School District in "Schools under construction in GVSD" by Kelly Trant. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site for the coming week by clicking here.
Driving Brian Reynolds' FrickThat's your intrepid reporter on the right in this photo of me driving Brian Reynolds' 1913 Frick steam traction engine at the Rough and Tumble 51st Thresherman's Reunion which opened yesterday in Kinzer and runs through Saturday. I'll have a full report on this year's reunion soon. For more information on this year's event and prior years' photos click here.
The Phoenixville Area Soccer Club, started in 1961 and located at Charlestown Park, has provided me with information for a web site for the club. There is a wealth of information about the club and its programs for boys and girls from ages 4 to 16. Only the Photos page remains incomplete. The club's pages are linked from our Neighborhood Organizations page, and you can get there directly by clicking here. If your children are interested in soccer, then you should definitely check it out. If you are interested in participating, they have a wide variety of needs for volunteers.
"Superfund site fire forces an evacuation" by Brooks Barnes in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a fire last night at a Superfund site across Phoenixville Pike from the Great Valley Senior High School. Just outside Charlestown's borders, the fire caused the evacuation of about 300 residents from the area.The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
This week's Suburban Advertiser reports on the issues between the Great Valley School District and the Charlestown Board of Supervisors regarding conditions to be placed on the sale of a 25 acre portion of the former Pyle Farm now owned by the School District. "GVSD has concerns about conditions" by Bronwyn Reice is available on-line from the paper's web site for the coming week by clicking here.
Loretta Watson from Charlestown Green has written a report on the August 2nd meeting of the Board of Supervisors. I have posted it to our Neighborhood News page and am grateful for the contribution.
Charlestown artist Barbara Grant has sent in an announcement of current and upcoming exhibits of her work. The announcement is posted on our Neighbors of Note page.
The Brightside Farm "Vista Night" at 7:00 PM August 18 at the Rapp House announced in the original Charlestown Farm Committee newsletter has been cancelled for the time being. In related news, Mark Connolly reports that Charlestown Green and the Charlestown Civic Association have joined in support of the efforts of the Charlestown Farm Committee.
"C'town sups angry at proposed slip ramp committee" by Bronwyn Reice in today's The Phoenix reports on Charlestown supervisors' dissatisfaction with the mechanism for determining membership on the Commission's Slip Ramp Advisory Committee (see our meeting report posted yesterday). Reice's article also includes the response by a representative of the Turnpike Commission to the Board's expressed dissatisfaction, which included the statement that the Commission may "...have to move ahead with these proceedings without Charlestown". The article is available from the paper's web site for today only by clicking here.
The official minutes of the July 12 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted. Note that since the Planning Commission is not meeting in August, the official minutes of the July Planning Commission meeting will not be available until after the Commission's September meeting (September 14th).
I attended last evening's lengthy meeting of the Board of Supervisors and have written a report which is posted on our Neighborhood News page.
At the Board meeting, a new "Charlestown Farm Committee" handed out a comprehensive newsletter spelling out several options being considered for use of the portion of the original Pyle farm to be sold by its current owner, the Great Valley School District. I have reproduced the text from that newsletter, which is available by clicking here.
The comprehensive site statistics for July have been posted. See the link near the bottom of the left menu column.
In part due to my shameless promotion of the Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association's annual Thresherman's Reunion, I have had several requests for more information on the event. I'm glad some folks are planning to attend this year's Reunion. I have set up a new section on Rough and Tumble. It is linked from our Neighborhood Organizations page and is also available directly by clicking here.

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