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Archived Home Pages - September 1998

09/29/98
I have posted the Preliminary Agenda for the next meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Monday October 5th.
09/25/98
Ellen Behrle's report on this week's Planning Commission meeting has been posted on our Neighborhood News page.
Earlier today, we posted a comprehensive report from Kevin Kuhn on last Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The report contains links to two previous related postings.
The minutes for the September 8 meeting of the Planning Commission were approved at last Tuesday's meeting, and they have been posted on our Official Minutes page.
09/24/98
I have posted the Official Minutes of the two August meetings of the Board of Supervisors.
This week's Suburban Advertiser publishes an article by Stephanie L. Baum titled "Board and teachers have tentative pact" reporting on the tentative agreement reached early Tuesday morning by the Great Valley School District and the teachers. The article is available on-line through next Wednesday by clicking here.
09/23/98
Early Tuesday morning, the Great Valley school board and the teachers' union finally reached a tentative settlement. You may read Lubna Khan's report "Tentative pact averts teachers' strike in Great Valley" in the Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here, and Gina Cappello's report "Great Valley, teachers have tentative pact" in the Daily Local by clicking here.
Frederick Alston, Township Fire Marshal, submitted his report on August activities to the Board of Supervisors at Monday's meeting. Fred has generously provided us with a copy of his report as well as a photo for posting on this web site. You may read the report by clicking here.
09/22/98
Wages and working hours remain unresolved after last night's meeting of the Great Valley School Board and the teachers. Lubna Khan's article "Talks resume at Great Valley" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on that meeting and may be read on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
09/20/98
We have received a viewpoint opposing a change from three to five supervisors from the Charlestown Civic Association. This view is posted on the introduction page of our new Bulletin Board side-by-side with the original view of Charlestown Green, who began the drive for a referendum to increase to five supervisors. Please read these viewpoints as well as those of other visitors to this web site, and we encourage you to post your own thoughts on this issue.
Reminder - The Charlestown Civic Association is having a party at the home of Vincent Kling from 2 to 5 this afternoon. Click here for details.
09/16/98
The Preliminary Agenda for next Tuesday's meeting of the Planning Commission has been updated.
09/15/98
Those present at last night's Great Valley School Board work session heard a number of comments from students as well as parents concerned with the damage being done by the current impass with the teachers. Lubna Khan covers the meeting in a report in today's Philadelphia Inquirer titled "Great Valley students speak out", available from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Gina Cappello also reports on the meeting in the Daily Local article titled "Great Valley parents voice support for teachers", available from the paper's web site for today only by clicking here.
I have posted the Preliminary Agenda for next Monday's (September 21) meeting of the Board of Supervisors. Township Secretary Linda Csete has also provided a copy of a letter to the supervisors from the Pennsylvania State Police, the purpose of which is to inform residents of a new statute providing for fines for excessive false alarms. The letter is posted in its entirety, and is available from our General Info page.
09/13/98
The Chester County section of this weekend's Philadelphia Inquirer has an article by Victoria Donohoe titled "Four lively shows at Chester Springs" that highlights the work of Charlestown artist Barbara Grant, whom we featured on our Neighbors of Note page a few days ago. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Last evening's Charlestown Historical Society Patrons Dinner was a rousing success. We'll have reports and some photos of the event in a few days.
09/11/98
I have posted the Preliminary Agenda for the September 22nd meeting of the Planning Commission. As always, agendas may be accessed from our Official Minutes page.
This week's Suburban Advertiser has two articles by Stephanie L. Baum relating to the Great Valley School District. "Teachers walk out of talks", available by clicking here, reports on Tuesday's meeting at which the teachers walked away from the table. "Changing boundaries enters its first phase", available by clicking here, reports on the new Middle School and the changing population and their effects on student populations in the elementary schools.
If you are planning to attend Sunday's worship service at the Charlestown United Methodist Church, remember that the service begins at the new hour of 10:30 AM.
09/10/98
I have posted the Official Minutes of both the July and August meetings of the Planning Commission. As always, they may be accessed from our Official Minutes page.
09/09/98
Lubna Khan reports in today's Philadelphia Inquirer that negotiations between the Great Valley school board and teachers are not going very well. Some participants have called last night's meeting a "step backward". The article, "Great Valley contract negotiations have reached a difficult phase, both sides agree", is available from the paper's web site by clicking here.
To some degree, East Fallowfield's debate over three vs five supervisors mirrors our own. Michael Egan reports on the issue in that township in "Leavitt hopes residents will vote down extra supervisors" in today's Daily Local. You may read the article on-line for today only by clicking here. If you have an opinion on this topic as it relates to Charlestown, please express it on our new bulletin board devoted to the issue.
09/08/98
Both the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily Local have reports on the resumption of meetings tonight between the Great Valley School District and the teachers. Click here for Lubna Khan's article in the Inquirer, and here for Gina Cappello's article (on-line today only) in the Daily Local.
09/07/98
Charlestown artist Barbara Grant has received two awards associated with the upcoming 101st Annual Juried Members' Exhibition at Historic Yellow Springs, sponsored by The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Get the details from our Neighbors of Note page.
The reinvigorated Charlestown Civic Association is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a big party at Vincent Kling's historic home on Sunday, September 20. The party features entertainment, refreshments, tours, Charlestown officials and State Representative Carole Rubely. Click here for the details.
09/05/98 We have posted a new photo album on the Rough and Tumble Threshermens Reunion, this one covering this year's 50th Annual event. There are 24 "thumbnail" images spread over four "gallery" pages. Clicking on these small images will display a larger image of the same photo. As I said last year (click here for last year's description and photos), if you are at all interested in "the old days" you should not miss this event, which is held every August on Route 30 in Kinzer, about 35-45 minutes from Charlestown.
09/03/98
There are just two days left to sign up for the Charlestown Historical Society's 19th Annual Patrons Dinner which is September 12 in the Buckwalter Barn and includes a tour of the original Buckwalter house. We have a descripton of this year's event linked from our Special Events Calendar, If you have never attended one of these dinners, you might want to check out our coverage of last year's event. We have also added details of the first fall meeting of the Charlestown Historical Society (October 7) as well as the Great Valley Nature Center's upcoming Gala and Auction (November 14). These are also linked from our Special Events Calendar.
Several articles of possible interest to Charlestown residents appear in today's area newspapers. John Crawford reports in the Daily Local on the proposed Turnpike slip ramp in Tredyffrin Township, noting similarities to the issues of the proposed slip ramp in Charlestown Township. This article, "Tredyffrin residents concerned about turnpike slip ramp plan", is available on-line for today only by clicking here.
Stephanie L. Baum reports on the non-strike in the Great Valley School District in this week's Suburban Advertiser in an article titled "Strike called off, kids go back to school", available for the coming week by clicking here. The Advertiser also has a brief article on the Great Valley Marching Band titled "Great Valley High School's marching band begins practice", which is available for the coming week by clicking here.
09/02/98
The front page of the Chester County section of today's Philadelphia Inquirer features a large color photo of first graders at Charlestown Elementary School. The photo is not available from the paper's web site.
I have posted the Preliminary Agenda for next Tuesday's meeting of the Planning Commission.
09/01/98
Kevin Kuhn has provided a report on last night's joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission, the primary purpose of which was to discuss the Deerfield Development, which is on property bordered roughly by the Turnpike, Valley Hill Road and Yellow Springs Road. The report is provided on our Neighborhood News page.
Reports continue to appear in area newspapers regarding the labor dispute and averted strike in the Great Valley School District. For an article by Adrienne Lu in today's Philadelphia Inquirer click here. The Mercury (Pottstown) has an article by Margaret Fitzcharles on both the Great Valley and Phoenixville School Districts' issues. The article will be available on-line for about a week by clicking here.

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