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Archived Home Pages - October thru December 2009

12/31/09
The Preliminary Agendas for the January 4 reorganization and regular meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been posted to the official Township web site.
12/21/09
Missing A Dog? (from Bob Bone) -
This dog is now back home. JM
This morning we found a beautiful white dog roaming around our home. It had many tags, but all phone numbers, etc. are leading to dead ends. If you know of anyone missing what appears to be a white Husky (our guess), please give us a call.

12/20/09
Missing A Dog? (8:20 pm from Tom Fillippo) -
This last week many have noticed a light brown dog wondering around the area of the Devault Post Office. The dog has a collar however he is not approachable. If anyone knows of the owner please contact me at Devault Foods. Sure would like to find his owner.

12/18/09
Articles in two local papers report on Chester County Commissioners passing a 2010 budget that requires no tax increase. "Chesco commissioners OK 2010 budget with no tax hike" by Kathleen Brady Shea in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. "County spending plan holds line on taxes" by Michael P. Rellahan in today's Daily Local News is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"GVSD projects revenue shortfall in 2010-11" by Anne Pickering in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on a likely property tax increase due to a projected revenue shortfall in next year's budget. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
12/13/09
"Officials update Route 202 project" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on the status of the widening of Rt. 202 to six lanes the rest of the way to Rt. 30, and also includes some updated information on the possible construciton of the Rt. 29 Turnpike interchange and the widening of the Turnpike from King of Prussia to the new Rt. 29 interchange. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the November 2, 2009 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted to the official Township web site.
The Official Minutes of the November 30, 2009 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted to the official Township web site.
The Approved 2010 Township Budget has been posted to the official Township web site. Click here for the pdf file.
12/08/09
Hunting Laws - Having received several emails from residents who have encountered hunters on their property, I have confirmed that there is no Township ordinance that prohibits hunting without the landowners' permission. According to Linda Csete, we cannot have such an ordinance that would supercede the state's own game laws. An exception is that hunting is not permitted on public property, such as the Township owned open space. I assume the only recourse for home owners is to post their property with "No Hunting" signs. I know from experience that most hunters respect these signs, but there are always a few who ignore them.
Note that even if your land is posted, it appears (see State Game Commission's Laws & Regulations) that if a hunter wounds an animal on property where hunting is permitted (perhaps your neighbor's property), the hunter is obligated to retrieve the animal, even if the animal makes it onto your posted property. Specifically -
Sec. 2305. Retrieval and disposition of killed or wounded game or wildlife.
(a) General rule. - It is unlawful for any person who kills or wounds any game or wildlife while engaged in any activities permitted by this title to refuse or neglect to make a reasonable effort to retrieve, retain or lawfully dispose of such game or wildlife.
(b) Penalty. - A violation of this section is a summary offense of the fourth degree.
"Car flips over on Rt. 29" in yesterday's The Mercury reports on a December 2nd accident on Rt. 29 at the bend just south of the Hollow Road intersection. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
12/06/09
Illegal Hunting (from Paul Stevens) -
Just to add to Wendy's distress, we caught two hunters on our property Thursday morning. Our land is posted and we don't allow any hunting of any type: rifle, shotgun or bow. It is especially dangerous now, because we placed our land into a conservation easement, there are public trails going through the property, and people could be shot by accident. We have also discovered that several of our posted notices have been torn down - probably by hunters.
We had a hard time making the poachers leave, as they demanded proof that this is our property. I don't know how to do that, especially when looking into the barrel of a gun. Unfortunately, the only police we can call are the state police, and evicting poaching hunters is not their highest priority. When we called the Fish and Game Commission, they gave us a hard time. They demanded to know how our land was posted, where the signs were placed, etc. They made it seem as if we were responsible for not giving the hunters adequate notice. Clearly, they are not on our side of the law. I wish our township had an official who could help enforce hunting regulations. Paul Stevens
Gift Cards for Children (from Aliena Gerhard) -
Every year, presents are assembled for the kids under the care of Montgomery County Children and Youth. These are kids in foster homes who have no parents because the parents are unfit or whose parents are in jail. This year, Children and Youth are asking for gift cards so that the caregivers can choose appropriate gifts. Any amount is great from $5 to $25: ToysRUs; BabiesRUs; Gap; A music store are just some examples of ideas. Please Send gift card donations to:
     Montgomery County Office of Children & Youth
     P.O. Box 311
     1430 DeKalb Street
     Norristown, PA 19404 0311
Phone (610) 278 5800
-THANK YOU !!!!!!
Warmly, Aliena J. Gerhard, Director of Open Space
12/05/09
Poachers (from Wendy McClain) -
(Note: Wendy lives on Yellow Springs Rd. between Valley Hill and Wells Roads.)
I would like all of our neighbors to know that the people who were apparently present at our house on Wednesday were NOT here with our permission. They appear to have used our yard to retrieve a deer from someone else's land. They got stuck in the mud, turfed the lawn, left trash and otherwise made a mess. The evidence suggests that they paused to take a photo of the deer, and then left the empty box from the disposable camera.
We do not permit shotgun hunting on our property. There are no shotgun hunters who have permission to hunt here, park here or walk through here. I heard shots close by this morning, and I suspect that they were hunting where they are not welcome.
If anyone saw the truck that was here on Wednesday, I would appreciate any details you could provide. (wwmclean@comcast.net)
12/03/09
Alice Young - Alice E. Young, formerly a Charlestown resident with her husband Frank Young, passed away Tuesday, December 1st. Services and interment will be held Monday. The obituary in today's Daily Local News, with detailed information about arrangements, is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
12/02/09
The Preliminary Agenda for the December 7 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to the official Township web site.
"Tax hike looming in county budget" by Michael P. Rellahan in today's Daily Local News reports on Chester County 2010 budget issues. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"High ratings pay off for Chesco" by Michael P. Rellahan in today's The Mercury reports on benefits to Chester County of its recently received AAA rating from S&P and Fitch. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/27/09
"Hackers' spoof no laughing matter for Charlestown woman" by Anne Pickering in yesteday's Daily Local News reports on the use by computer hackers of Charlestown resident Marcia Solda's name in an attempt to scam people in Marcia's email address list to send money on her behalf to scammers in Malaysia. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Police Report from yesterday's Daily Local News - "Someone reportedly threw a pumpkin at a Styrofoam sign at the rear entrance to the Charlestown Meadows community sometime between 11 p.m. Nov. 17 and 10 a.m. Nov. 18, state police said. Investigators ask anyone with information about this incident to contact state police at the Embreeville barracks by calling 484-340-3241."
11/25/09
Happy Thanksgiving!
The updated Preliminary Agenda for the November 30 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted to the official Township web site.
Public Notices - Two public notices describe two topics for pubilc hearings at the December 7, 2009 meeting of the Board of Supervisors. One is an amendment to the agricultural use regulations concerning the number of animals permitted on a lot. The other concerns a conditional use application for a property at 1 Devault Lane, Devault. Both notices are available on the official Township web site.
11/24/09
Scenes of Charlestown Calendar Now Available
The Charlestown Historical Society is now selling its 2010 historical calendar "Scenes of Charlestown - As seen through artists' eyes over many years".
This is not just a calendar of pretty pictures of our township. This is the third in a series of history lessons about our township, both visually and via descriptive text for each month. Each month's picture is of a painting of a scene in Charlestown. Each is accompanied by information about the scene and the artist. The location of each scene is identified on a full page map of our township on the back of the calendar.
This calendar make a great Christmas gift for current and past residents of Charlestown Township. The calendars are available at the Township Office for $12.00 each or they can be mailed to you for $14.00 each using the order form in the most recent Township Newsletter or by clicking here.
"All county swine flu vaccines reserved" in today's Daily Local News reports that "all doses of the swine flu vaccine alloted for distribution to at-risk patients in Chester County have been reserved". The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/20/09
I have added Go2Malvern.com to our Neighborhood Links page (in left menu column). This new site already has a pretty comprehensive list of school, entertainment and sports activities scheduled in the coming months as well as a Malvern business directory and other useful resources.
"Farm family staves off sprawl in Bucks" by Art Carey in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on one family's uphill fight to preserve open space in the midst of rapid development in Bucks County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/19/09
"Great Valley schools chief inks 5-year deal" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on the five year contract for Alan Lonoconus, the recently hired superintendent of the Great Valley School District. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/18/09
The Preliminary Agenda for the November 30 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted to the official Township web site.
The Fall 2009 Newsletter is now available from the official Township web site in PDF form, with all photos and graphics in color.
"H1N1 clinic to be held in Chester County Nov. 23 to 25" in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on how "Tier 1" residents can receive an H1N1 flu shot, via appointment. Details are in the article. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/17/09
The Official Minutes of the October 27, 2009 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted to the official Township web site.
11/13/09
A link to the new official Township web site has been added near the top of the left menu column as well as under "Worth Remembering" at the top of this page.
The October 30 draft of the 2010 Budget is available in PDF form from the official Township web site.
Official Minutes - The official minutes of meetings of the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission are posted on the official Township web site beginning with the January 2009 meetings. For the forseeable future, official minutes from January 1996 through September 2009 will remain on this site, and will remain searchable. The directory page for official minutes on this site has been renamed "Archived Official Minutes".
11/12/09
ANNOUNCING THE NEW
CHARLESTOWN TOWNSHIP
OFFICIAL WEB SITE

Charlestown Township finally has an "official" web site which is extremely well done and comprehensive in its scope. The link is http://www.charlestown.pa.us, and you should bookmark it now. The new site has much more information on our township and our local government than does charlestown.org, and it is much better organized. charlestown.pa.us is where you should turn for all official business of the Township.
Please be patient with the new site, which has some pages not yet completed and probably some bugs as well. This is to be expected of any site when it goes live.
What's Happening to This Site? - charlestown.org is not going away. The new official site will allow me to focus on features that were originally the sole purpose of this site when it was established 12 years ago, namely the history and beauty of Charlestown. I will continue to provide "news" items found in local newspapers, post announcements and provide other features as I have been doing.
Official business pages will gradually be removed from this site. For the time being, I will keep some links to government business, but instead of taking you to a page on charlestown.org, the links will take you to the appropriate page on the new site. For example, click the "Offical Minutes" button in the green button panel at the top of this page and you'll go directly to the corresponding directory page on the new site. It will take me some time to complete this transition.
Subscriber Info - At the moment, the Township is not set up to offer a mailing list announcing updates to the new site. When that service is available for the new site, I will provide a simple means for subscribers to charlestown.org to also sign up for notifications regarding updates to the new Township site. In the meantime, I will check the new site's home page at the same time I am checking the daily newspapers and will include information on updates to the new site in my email to subscribers to this site.

"With eye on sprawl, county officials adopt land-use policy" by Anne Pickering in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the adoption of Landscapes2, Chester County's updated comprehensive land use policy plan. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/10/09
CHS Meeting Wednesday - The Charlestown Historical Society will hold its second fall meeting Nov. 11 at 7:30 pm at Charlestown Elementary School. This meeting will feature a presentation by Mike Bertram on the history of the Valley Forge area. There will also be discussion of the society's written history project. The new 2010 "Scenes of Charlestown" Calendar will be available for purchase as well. Light refreshments will be served. Please park at the school bus parking end of the building and enter through the main door at that end of the school.
11/09/09
"Commissioners hosting hearing on Landscapes2" by Anne Pickering in last Friday's Daily Local News reports on tonight's 8:00 PM public meeting on county's comprehensive plan at Penn State Great Valley. The public will be able to comment on the updated plan, which has been under development for nearly three years. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Exton Park Concept Plan (from Bob Jones) -
I thought your readers might be interested in seeing the master concept plan for the 713 acres of land the county bought from Willard Rouse in 1994. The Chester valley trail which has begun construction will run from Exton all the way into King of Prussia through the Worthington Center which will also hook up to the Schuylkill Valley Trail. The Charlestown Planning Commission and the Parks and Recreation Department have requested a pedestrian and equestrian crossing on the new bridge which will be built over the turnpike when they widen it to six lanes. This will help link all of Charlestown eventually to both the Exton Park and the Chester Valley Trail. A comprehensive view of the plan is available here.
5th Annual Christmas Toy Drive (from Denny Parisan) - County Corvette, on Westtown Road in West Chester, is promoting their annual toy drive for the Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia. The very popular event is helkd Saturday, Dec. 5th from 10 am to 1 pm and features all sorts of entertainment for young and old. For complete information, visit http://www.countycorvette.com/toydrive09.htm.
11/08/09  (9 pm)
Missing Cat (from Bonnie O'Hara) -
Lost: orange and white, 11 year old, neutered male cat. Last seen on Marian Rd on Friday November 6th. Please contact Bonnie O'Hara at 610-935-1901 or by email bonnie.ohara@verizon.net if you have seen our beloved "Fitzpatrick".
11/06/09
The Preliminary Agenda for the November 10 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"GVSD winners reflect on new opportunity" by Anne Pickering in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the five newly elected members of the Great Valley School Board. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
8th Annual Gently Used Coat Drive - Each year I have had a request from Kelly Kelly to announce the annual Kelly Chrevolet Coat Drive. Collected coats are distributed to local shelters and needy people in the Phoenixville area. If you're not familiar with the area, you can get to Kelly Chrevolet by taking Charlestown Road north to its end at Nutt Road (Rt 23). Turn left on Nutt Road. The dealership will be on your left in a few blocks. This year Katie Kelly contacted me with the following announcement -
My name is Katie Kelly. I am conducting the 8th Annual Gently Used Coat drive for Kelly Chevrolet!
Last year we collected over 500 coats which were distributed to The First Presbyterian Church in Phoenixville. The Church sorts the coats and then distributes them to local shelters (as well as their own shelter) in Phoenixville.
We will accept the coats at Kelly Chevrolet, 600 Nutt Road, Route 23, Phoenixville. The coat drive will continue through January 31, 2010.
Thank you in advance for your time and attention to this very worthy cause!
11/04/09
Election Results - 21% of Charlestown Township registered voters turned out to vote yesterday, one percentage point less than the turnout at the county level. David Barrtt and Bruce Chambers won the two Region 1 School Director positions. Results for the entire county are available here. Results for Charlestown Township only are available here.
11/03/09   ELECTION DAY - PLEASE VOTE
Theft Report - From the Police Report in today's Daily Local News -
An Echo weed whacker and an Echo leaf blower were reported stolen from the 2000 block of Pikeland Road between Oct. 6 and 13, state police said. Investigators ask anyone with information about this incident to contact state police at the Embreeville Barracks by calling 484-340-3241.
11/02/09
"9 candidates vie for 5 Great Valley school board seats" by Anne Pickering in Saturay's Daily Local News reports on the candidates running for school board positions in tomorrow's election. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Landscapes2 Schedule for Adoption - The Chester County Board of Commissioners has announced a November 9th public hearing with the intent to adopt Landscapes2, the update to Chester County's growth and preservation plan. The updated plan will guide municipalities, developers, preservationists, and others in setting priorities for where and how the County will grow over the next 20 years. Adoption of the updated plan provides a framework for guiding future development to the most appropriate growth areas and targeting specific rural resource areas for permanent preservation. This hearing is open to the public. Click here for more information.
2010 Charlestown Calendar On Sale Tomorrow - Did you know that in the 1930s, especially during the depression years, there was a picnic and swimming area known as Bauchman's Beach upstream of the bridge and mill in the Village? The 2010 Calendar's painting for August is of Bauchman's Beach during a large picnic. The picture is accompanied by a marvelous first person account of the activities that took place at these picnics. The painting is also accompanied by a map showing its location and the access lane from Charlestown Road. Purchase your 2010 Calendar for $12 at the Charlestown Historical Society's table at Tuesday's election at Charlestown Elementary School. The calendars are also available at the Township Office beginning Wednesday, November 4th. If you would like one mailed to you ($14 each), click here for an ordering form. Net proceeds benefit the Charlestown Historical Society.
10/28/09
2010 Calendar Available at Elections -
2010 CalendarThe Charlestown Historical Society's  2010 Calendar brings you many of the finest paintings of Charlestown scenes exhibited at our "Scenes of Charlestown" Art Show held in June, 2008 and this year's "Celebrating Charlestown Artists" Art Show held in May, 2009.
Information about each month's paintings is provided including the location and identifying the artist and historical significance, if any. Along with the magnificent paintings of Charlestown scenes, the descriptive material with each painting makes this a wonderful keepsake for Charlestown and neighboring residents.
An improvement over last year's calendar is a full page map of Charlestown Township on the back cover indicating the location of each month's subject or the location and direction faced by the artist creating the painting.
13 Months - The 2010 Calendar includes January 2011, so you can note 2011 appointments before the end of the year.
Information about the Charlestown Historical Society and a directory of Township Offices and Officials are also included. In addition, holidays and other days with no classes for students in the Great Valley School District are indicated through May, 2010.
The 2010 Calendar may be purchased in person for $12.00 at the Charlestown Township Office (starting Nov. 4) above the Devault Post Office at 4030 Whitehorse Road, at the CHS table at this November's Primary Election at the Elementary School, and at the November 11, 2009 fall meeting of the Historical Society.
If you prefer, the calendar can be mailed to you. The price including mailing is $14.00.   Click here for Mail Order Form

10/23/09
Sample Ballot - The sample ballot for Charlestown Township voters in next Tuesday's General Election is available on-line from the Chester County Voter Services web site. Click here.
Notes on Voting in the General Election (from Bob Jones) -
Don't forget to vote. General Election is Tuesday November 3rd at the Charlestown Elementary School. All registered voters, regardless of party affiliation or being an independent, are encouraged to vote in this election. School will not be in session so everyone will be able to park in the large upper parking lot at the school. Anyone who is handicapped or needs assistance please park in the lower lot and come in the first door to your left when you come in the school. Anyone who needs further information please email me at slvfx@yahoo.com.
Voting in Pennsylvania (from Bob Jones) -
Please pass the following to family members and friends. Pennsylvania has a closed primary system which means that each party elects its own candidates in the spring primary and those candidates are on the ballot in November. If you are a Republican you are given a Republican ballot to select your Republican candidate. Same thing for the Democrats, you are given a Democratic ballot to select your Democratic candidate. If you are an Independent or Non Partisan you will not be able to vote in the spring primary unless an Independent is running and only for offices where there are candidates. (Note: All voters, regardless of party affiliation, if any, may vote in the fall General Elections.) It is very troubling for me to turn away someone who wants to exercise their right to vote. Unfortunately in Pennsylvania those are the rules. For primary elections, select a party that closely aligns with your beliefs or has the candidates with whom you want to support in the primary. I am attaching the link for forms at the county.If you want to register to vote, change your registration or change your address click on the voter registration form. After filling the forms out send them in to voter registration. Any changes that are done now will not take effect until the primary in the spring. October 5th was the last day to register for the General Election. For access to the registration form and election information click here.
10/22/09
The Official Minutes of the September 8, 2009 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
10/21/09
The Preliminary Agenda for the October 27 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the September 14 and September 22, 2009 meetings of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Great Valley hires new schools chief" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on the selection of the new Great Valley School District superintendent. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
New Photo Book - "Chester County Charm - The Vintage Appeal of Southeastern Pennsylvania" by Charlestown resident Kristine Lamley is a wonderful new book of photos of Chester County, including several from Charlestown Township. You can check out the book on-line here.
10/10/09
Forum to meet GV School Board Candidates
(From Sharon Edwards, Middle School PTO President) -
Tuesday, October 13th
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
GV Middle School Dining Room

Please join us and meet the GV School Board Candidates from across the regions. Each candidate will have an opportunity to talk about their goals for the District and answer questions from you. Refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Parent Organization of Great Valley Schools. Hope you can all make it for this important event. This invitation is extended to all Great Valley School District Residents. Hope to see everyone there.
10/09/09
The Preliminary Agenda for the October 13 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
10/05/09
Charlestown Historical Society Fall Meetings (from John Pittock) -
  • Wednesday, October 14: Our first fall meeting will be held on this date, 7:30 PM at Charlestown Elementary School. This meeting will be a combination of CHS business matters and an update/discussion of the 2010 Calendar (especially marketing and distribution), and consideration of a project of writing a Township history. Please plan to attend and bring any ideas you might have for doing a possible book on our local history. Please park in the lot between the school and the bus garage and enter at door #5. Follow signs to the cafeteria. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Wednesday, November 11 (note corrected date): Our second fall meeting will be November 11th. There will be an update on the 2010 Calendar project and the written Township history. Our speaker will be discussing several aspects of the history of Valley Forge.
Rapp House Winter Prep (from John Pittock) -
The Charlestown Historical Society will hold its annual fall work party at the Rapp House on Yellow Springs Road on Saturday, November 7th (rain date Saturday, Nov. 14th). Volunteers will be getting the historic house ready for winter: installing the inside storm windows, cleaning, minor repairs, raking leaves, etc. Please plan to come and if possible bring a rake and cleaning items. Starting at 10 AM until mid-afternoon. The Society will provide lunch for volunteers.
10/01/09
The Preliminary Agenda for the October 5 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
New Gay Street Bridge to Open - For those whose commute takes them through Phoenixville, be aware that The Phoenix reports PennDOT expects to open the new Gay Street Bridge in Phoenixville on October 16th, earlier than originally planned.
"Construction begins on Chester Valley Trail" by Michael P. Rellahan in today's Daily Local News reports on the status of the construction of the Chester Valley Trail which will ultimately extend from Exton to the Tredyffrin Township border with Montgomery County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
 

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