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Archived Home Pages - September 1999

09/30/99
We had our 20,000th visit to this Home Page yesterday!
The Charlestown Historical Society is holding a clean-up day at the Markley House on Union Hill Road this Saturday. See the following notice from the society's president, John Martin -
The Charlestown Historical Society will have a "work party" Saturday October 2 at the Markley house on Union Hill Road beginning about 8:30 am. We will focus on outside clean-up and pruning excess vegetation. Come with pruning equipment, rakes, gloves and outside clean-up tools. We will have a dumpster and chipper. Members and non-members are invited to contribute whatever time they have available.
Thanks, John Martin
"Bill aims to solve transportation woes" by Rena Singer in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on proposed legislation to help finance transportation improvements. The article also reviews the status of other transportation and land-use initiatives before the PA legislature. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
09/29/99
A large black bear that has been sighted in the Valley Forge Park area was also seen Monday evening by a Charlestown resident who lives on Yellow Springs Road. "Black bear is sighted at Valley Forge" by F. Brinley Bruton in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the incident. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Officials: County not clear of drought yet" by Christian Bottorff in today's Daily Local News explains why the Drought Emergency has not yet been lifted in Chester County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
09/27/99
The following announcement was received from Township Secretary Linda Csete:

Notice - the Chester County Board of Commissioners is Sponsoring a
 
Hazardous Household Waste Collection
October 9, 1999
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

 
at the
 
Government Services Center in West Goshen Twp.
Westtown Road exit off Route 202
 
Pack unwanted hazardous household waste safely in original containers for transport, including:
  • Automotive products (except those indicated below)
  • Home Maintenance products
  • Lawn and pest control products
 
Unacceptable Materials:
  • Latex Paint (air dry or absorb Latex Paint and dispose of with your regular trash)
  • Automotive (recycle motor oil, car batteries, tires & anti-freeze at your local service station)
  • Explosives
  • Ammunition
  • Appliances
  • Radioactive Waste
  • Tires
  • Infectious Waste
  • Unidentified Waste

09/23/99
The preliminary agenda for next Tuesday's regular meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The following announcement was received from Township Secretary Linda Csete -
Notice to Township Property Owners Sustaining Flood Damage from Hurricane Floyd
Charlestown Township is required to report all property damage occurring within the Township to Chester County Emergency Services. If you have sustained property damage due to the Hurricane, please contact either the Township Emergency Operations Coordinator, Fred Alston, at (610) 827-7310 or the Township Secretary, Linda Csete at the Township Office at (610) 240-0326.
Important: If your driveway is washed out, or you know of any residences in this condition, which would prevent emergency vehicles from reaching them, please report them to either Fred Alston or Linda Csete immediately.
A The Phoenix article by Bronwyn Reice reports on the flood damage at the Great Valley Nature Center (see 09/20/99 below). "Nature center damaged by flood, animals OK" is available on-line from the paper's web site for today only by clicking here.
09/22/99
"GV votes to sell Pyle Farm, puts C'town plan in jeopardy" by Bronwyn Reice in today's The Phoenix reports on the unanimous decision by the Great Valley School Board to sell the entire 55 acres of the district's portion of Brightside Farm. The report on last night's meeting of the School Board is available on-line for today only from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Martin Indars reports on the status of the drought restrictions in Chester County in "Experts evaluating rainfall to assess impact on drought" in today's Daily Local News. The article is available on-line for today only by clicking here.
09/21/99
According to "'Consensus' vote in favor of C'town-owned farm, but GV district may throw wrench into plan" by Bronwyn Reice in today's The Phoenix, the Township supervisors voted 2 to 1 at last night's meeting in favor of the Township purchasing all 55 acres of Brightside Farm, now being sold by the Great Valley School District. A special meeting on the subject is now scheduled for October 18 to obtain public feedback on the matter. The article is available on-line for today only by clicking here.
The official minutes of the July meeting of the Planning Commission and the August meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
09/20/99
Wendy McClean reports (below) that Hurricane Floyd did significant damage that affects the ability of the Great Valley Nature Center to continue its normal schedule of activities. The Center is in need of all sorts of help.
The Great Valley Nature Center suffered significant damage from Hurricane Floyd. The parking lot lost a lot of stone and there are deep gullies in places making it difficult for cars and busses to get in and out. It needs to be completely regraded and the stone replaced. All four bridges crossing the stream were damaged, possibly beyond repair, and many of the boardwalks in the wetlands were moved around. There are some trees down as well. The upper driveway has some small washouts and the stone has washed down onto the grass.
The parking lot and bridge damage are the worst and will be costly to repair. We are going to apply for FEM relief, but cannot wait for the bureaucracy to grind its wheels before starting the repairs. We had to cancel the 25 Anniversary festival that was scheduled for Saturday the 18th because there was no way to get things back in good enough shape. Unless the bridges and parking lot are repaired soon, the Halloween Trail event may be in trouble.
Happily, the animals are all OK.
We could use all sorts of help (financial, materials or labor) getting things back together.
Wendy McLean
If you can help, please contact the Center, located at Rt. 29 & Hollow Rd.
    Great Valley Nature Center
    PO Box 82
    Devault, PA 19432
    (610) 935 9777
09/17/99
I hope you folks survived Floyd without too much damage and inconvenience. We certainly were relieved that it wasn't worse.
Township Fire Marshal Fred Alston reports that the ban on burning has been lifted. The Drought Emergency is still in effect. It will be interesting to see just how much effect Floyd had on raising ground water levels in our area.
09/16/99
The Great Valley School District has formally notified the Township that they are withdrawing their application to sub-divide the 55 acre portion of Brightside Farm on Yellow Springs Road. The School District indicates they will be selling the entire 55 acres.
09/14/99
The two items on the preliminary agenda for last night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors that pertained to the former Pyle property were removed from the final agenda used at the meeting. I have unsupported information that the School District may have withdrawn their application for a subdivision of the Brightside Farm property. When I learn what really happened I'll post it here.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal report for August has been posted.
Today's The Mercury reports on possible federal designation of the Schuylkill River as a "Heritage Corridor", a status which would provide an additional source of funding for the ongoing efforts to preserve and promote the history of life along the Schuylkill River. The article, "Schuylkill designated a national heritage area" by Carl Hessler, Jr. is available on-line for a few days from the paper's web site by clicking here.
09/09/99
Charlestown artist Barbara Grant is the subject in "Painting of suburbia, with an edge" by Catherine Quillman in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. We have featured Barbara on our Neighbors of Note page for some time. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Traffic woes bring municipalities together" by Bronwyn Reice in today's The Phoenix reports on efforts by the borough of Phoenxville and East Pikeland and Schuylkill townships to form a discussion group to help deal with area traffic issues. The article mentions the possibility of Charlestown being asked to join the group. The article is available on-line for today only from the paper's web site by clicking here.
09/08/99  (afternoon)
The Preliminary Agendas have been posted for next Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors and next Tuesday's meeting of the Planning Commission. As always, these agendas are linked from our Official Minutes page.
09/02/99
The web site statistics for August have been posted. Click on the link at the bottom of the left column menu or here.
09/01/99
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on dry wells in Chester County this year in "As drought goes on, wells go dry", written by Nancy Petersen. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.

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