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Archived Home Pages - October 2002

10/31/02
Brazen Car Theft in Charlestown
(From Township Supervisor Chairman Hugh Willig) -
At approximately 1:00am last night (early Thursday morning) one car was stolen and a second ransacked while parked in the driveway of 638 Church Rd. This house sits well above Church Rd and is not at all visible from the road which implies that somehow, sometime this home was being watched from places other than the road. This brazen activity took place within a very short period of time while 2 dogs were barking in the house. By the time the residents woke up and realized what was happening the car was disappearing down the driveway. State Police were notified and responded quickly.
It is possible that people are in the area scouting for places vulnerable to theft. Residents should take the unfortunate precautions of locking cars even while in the driveway, as well as securing their homes at night and when vacant.
The Preliminary Agenda for the November 4 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the November 12 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Renowned local gardener remembered" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News remembers Charlestown's Joanna Reed who passed away October 21. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. (We have our own Remembering Joanna Reed page and anyone is welcome to contribute to it.)
"Franklin to vote on open space" by Kate Sharon in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on an upcoming vote in Franklin Township for a tax increase to support preservation of farm land in that township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
10/29/02
Cat Found (from Wells Rd resident Dave Greer)
A male cat wandered onto our property on Wells Road just off Yellow Springs Road on Sunday October 27. He is a handsome fellow with dark tiger stripes, a very dark tail, white paws and a white spot on his chest. He is extremely friendly and appears to be well cared for. He isn't wearing a collar.
While he is a wonderful cat and welcome to stay, I think someone may miss him. My wife or I can be reached at 610-827-2227.
Reminder: This is the last day to register for an absentee ballot for the November 5 election.
10/28/02
"Scores on PSSA reflect frustration" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on the relatively high percentage of Great Valley students who failed to reach proficiency on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments exams. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Planners examine growth" by Marcella Peyre-Ferry in today's Daily Local News reports on the Coatesville and Oxford Chester County Countryside Exchange programs in the county. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Another entry for our new Remembering Joanna Reed page has been posted. If you wish to share your stories and remembrances of Joanna with other Charlestown residents, email them to me at webmaster@charlestown.org or by clicking here. Please include your full name.
10/26/02
The first entry for our new Remembering Joanna Reed page has been posted. If you wish to share your stories and remembrances of Joanna with other Charlestown residents, email them to me at webmaster@charlestown.org or by clicking here. Please include your full name.
"County budget unveiled" by Jonathan Jones in today's Daily Local News reports on the proposed 2003 County Budget which reflects a 3% increase in millage. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Great Valley focuses on safety" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on fire and emergency safety drills in the Great Valley School System. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
10/24/02
In addition to the obituary for Joanna Reed linked to in yesterday's posting, be aware there is an obituary in today's The Phoenix that is only available in the paper's print edition. It is not available on the paper's web site.
Remembrances of Joanna Reed - I would welcome comments and remembrances of Joanna Reed and will post any that I receive on a special "Remembering Joanna Reed" page. If you wish to share your feelings and remembrances with other Charlestown residents, email them to me at webmaster@charlestown.org or by clicking here. Please include your full name.
"Planners plot for future" by Tony Roberts in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's report of the preliminary findings of the Phoenixville Countryside Exchange group at the Ridge Fire Company. I attended along with quite a few Charlestown residents and many residents and officials from participating townships and was very impressed by the group and the insights they have in our community after just a week of "research". The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. The final written report will be available on-line sometime in November and I'll post a link at that time.
The Official Minutes of the October 8, 2002 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
 
JDM's JD-B and rakeHaying at Brightside - Area Farmer Newell Burdick as well as several "neighbors of Brightside Farm", myself included, have been working to maintain the farm's buildings and fields. I have been using my favorite toy, a nicely restored 1950 John Deere Model "B", to rake fields for Newell to bale, using Newell's rotary rake. I must confess that this particular activity is 100% play for me, not work.
 
Newell Burdick BalingFor Newell Burdick, however, (shown here baling yesterday) this is 100% work and 18 hour work days in order to obtain winter food for his cattle in spite of a summer of equipment failures and devastating drought. Well after dark last night I saw the lights of Newell's pickup truck in the field as he single handedly loaded the bales to haul to his barn.
 
10/23/02  (12:15 PM)
Dog Found (from Twp. Admin. Linda Csete)
Found: Small grey wire-haired older dog in the Route 401 vicinity with no collar or I.D. The lady who found the dog is keeping it at her home for the time being but left a report with the S.P.C.A. Please call her at (610) 719-1531 and be sure to leave a message if you don't reach her directly.
10/23/02
Joanna Reed, 85, one of Charlestown's best known and respected residents, died Monday, October 21, 2002 of congestive heart failure. Joanna was an extraordinary person and I highly recommend you read her obituary in today's Philadelphia Inquirer which is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Attorney presents alternative land planning tool" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on attorney and township resident Wendy McLean's presentation to last night's Planning Commission meeting of an alternative to the use of the proposed official township map. The Commission chose to table discussion of the map until a report on the matter has been received from the township solicitor. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Planners meet with students" by Tony Roberts in today's The Phoenix reports on yesterday's activities of the group of international planners who are participating in the Countryside Exchange program. The Phoenixville Area Countryside Exchange team will present their findings in a report to the region tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Ridge Fire Hall on Route 23 in East Coventry. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
10/22/02
The Official Minutes of the October 7, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Business park gets approval" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on the Board of Supervisors' approval last night of the final subdivision plan for the proposed Spring Oaks business park on Whitehorse Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Residents share visions during forum" by Tony Roberts in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's Countryside Exchange Forum at Historic Yellow Springs. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Countryside Exchange's international team of planners who have been assessing our area will offer their "report to the region" Wednesday night October 23rd from 7:30 to 9:00 at the Ridge Fire Hall in East Pikeland.
10/21/02
The Phoenixville Countryside Exchange is hosting a Forum on Sustaining Farming tonight October 21, 2002 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at Historic Yellow Springs Cultural Center, 1645 Art School Rd. in Chester Springs. The event is hosted by the West Pikeland Township Supervisors. Tonight's event and agenda are posted on PCE's site as -
An interactive public dialogue with invited speakers to create a Vision Statement for the Future of our Countryside with the following introductory speakers:
  • Traditional Farming
  • Horse Community
  • Sustainable Farming
  • Community Supported Agriculture
  • Government Policy Initiatives
  • Residents
Come to Historic Yellow Springs Cultural Center 1645 Art School Rd. in Chester Springs. Hosted by the West Pikeland Township Supervisors.
Charlestown Green's report on the October 7, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
10/18/02
Joanna Reed Featured - "The trowel gives way to her crewel" in the Philadelphia Inquirer's "My Backyard" column by Denise Cowie highlights long-time Bodine Road resident and well known horticulturist Joanna Reed's new venture into "gardening with wool". The print edition includes a photo. The article (without the photo) is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Countryside Exchange group tours townships" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on the Countryside Exchange Program's international land-planning group that is touring with representatives of area townships prior to making recommendations for regional land planning. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Reminder - Tomorrow is Patriots Day at the Great Valley Middle and High School Campus.
10/16/02
Recording Secretary, Part Time - Part time township recording secretary Leah Champion and her family will be moving from our area, leaving an employment opportunity with the Township. Township Administrator Linda Csete asked that we post the following notice -
Recording Secretary, Part Time - Charlestown Township seeks detail oriented individual with excellent listening and writing skills to record accurate minutes at 3-6 evening meetings per month, usually held on Mondays and Tuesdays. Drafting of minutes may be performed at home during the day provided you have internet access. Must have strong MS word experience. Familiarity with Municipal proceedings a plus. Interviews to start November 1st with position to start December 1st. Please send resume and hourly rate requirements to: Linda M. Csete, Township Administrator, Charlestown Township, P.O. Box 507, Devault, PA 19432 or e-mail same to admin1@charlestown.pa.us.
Toll Bros. Final Plan Received (from Linda Csete) -
The Township received Toll Brothers' Final Plan for Charlestown Meadows on October 15, 2002. The Plans are available for review at the Township Office between 9:00 AM and 3:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. The matter has tentatively been scheduled before the Board of Supervisors for a decision on Monday, November 4, 2002, 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School, Room 154.
Fire Marshal Fred Alston's report for September has been posted.
"Local schools cancel field trips" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on cancellations of school trips to the Washington, DC area due to the sniper attacks. Great Valley School District is one of the school systems questioning whether to permit planned trips to take place. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
10/14/02
"Storm can't wash away the drought" by Patrick Kerkstra in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the continuing shortage of water in spite of the recent rains. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
10/13/02
"Farmers: It's not an easy life" by Evan Brandt in today's Daily Local News reports on a Green Valleys Association lecture and discussion of the current state of farming in our area, made especially difficult by years of drought and pressure from developers. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
10/12/02
The Official Minutes of the September 24, 2002 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Planners coming from abroad" by Tony Roberts in today's The Phoenix reports on the upcoming 10-day planning session by the Phoenixville Area Regional Planning Group, of which Charlestown Township is a member. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
10/11/02
Photos from Wendy Leland - More photos have been received from Wendy Leland. They are linked from Wendy's page.
Patrons' Dinner Photos Posted - Fourteen photos by John Pittock of this year's Charlestown Historical Society Patrons' Dinner have been posted. You may look at thumbnail images or page straight through larger images. Click here.
"Open space tax hike to be on ballot" by Tarek Tannous in today's Daily Local News reports on a referendum in East Brandywine Township to increase taxes with the revenues to be used to protect open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Rough and Tumble in Kinzers, PA is holding its last event of the year, "Fall Harvest Days", Friday and Saturday October 11-12. For the schedule of activities for each day click here. For directions to the R&T grounds, click here. For photos from last year's events, click here.
10/10/02
Board Meeting Date Changes (from Twp. Admin. Linda Csete)
The Board will hold a public budget work session for the 2003 Budget on Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School, Room 154, 255 N. Phoenixville Pike, Malvern, PA. Most Board meetings are scheduled for Mondays: Please note this is a Tuesday.
The meeting scheduled for Monday, October 28, 2002 to continue the proceedings for the Altemose Conditional Use hearing has been canceled. A new date will be announced when available.
Milo Winter Memorial Service - A memorial service for Charlestown artist Milo K. Winter, who passed away August 29, 2002 in Providence, RI will be held Saturday, October 12, 2002 at St. Peters Church in the Great Valley at 10:00 AM.
More Voting Information - I have expanded our new Voting in Charlestown Township page with absentee ballot information as well as a link to the sample ballot for Charlestown for the upcoming general election. Note that absentee ballot applications must be received by the Chester County elections office by Tuesday, October 29.
"GV eighth grader is one of 40 finalists in science challenge" in the latest issue of Suburban Advertiser reports on Great Valley Middle School eighth grade student Nupur Shridhar who has been selected as one of 40 finalists in the Discovery Channel's 2002 Young Scientist Challenge. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"A symbol of remembrance" with photos by Charlestown's Paul Hogan appeared in the print edition only of yesterday's The Phoenix. The article reports on the September 15 ceremonies at the Revolutionary War Cemetery (opposite the Charlestown Playhouse on Charlestown Road) which commemorated the 225th anniversary of the Yellow Springs Army Hospital and the role of Dr. Samuel Kennedy.
10/09/02
"Township continues to discuss official map" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports last night's Planning Commission meeting during which the proposed official map was further discussed. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
10/08/02
"Supervisors working to slow down drivers" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on last nights' discussion by the Board of Supervisors on the possible use of speed bumps to slow down speeders on Union Hill and Rees Roads. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.

The Official Minutes of the September 16, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Charlestown Playhouse Fall Sale - I don't have all the details yet, but Lori Policastro informs me that the Fall Sale will be -
   SNEAK PREVIEW: Saturday, October 19, 2002
   Take In Days: October 21 & 22, 2002
   Opening Day: October 25th, 2002
The sale will be at the same place it was last year, in the shopping center at the intersection of Routes 30 and 401.
Patriots' Day (from Frank Vassallo)
The Great Valley School District will be hosting Patriots' Day Saturday, October 19, 2002, beginning at 8:00 AM at the High School and Middle School campus on Phoenixville Pike. Festivities include a Boot (car trunk) Sale ($10/parking space) from 8 AM to Noon, a Public Market ($25/space) from 8 AM to 1:30 PM, PTO Promenade from 8 AM to 1:30 PM including a Used Book Table, Bake Sale, Photo Button Table and Flea Market (including the popular Kids Stuff Flea Market). These and other activities take place prior to the Homecoming Game at 2:00 PM. A complete description of all activities and a Registration Form for those who wish to sell items in the Boot Sale or Public Market are available as a PDF file by clicking here.
10/07/02
Where to Vote - I have set up a Voting in Charlestown page (permanently linked from our General Info page) which includes both voter registration information as well as directions and map to the November 5, 2002 General Election temporary polling place at the Bacton Hill Bible Church on Route 401.
The Preliminary Agenda for the October 8 meeting of the Planning Commission has been updated by the removal of two Plan Review items.
10/06/02
Jacob Weisner (Rapp) HouseParticipants in Chester County Day enjoyed beautiful weather and the Charlestown Historical Society's "Rapp House" was manicured and spotless for the guests who toured the Jacob Wisner home built in 1835 on Yellow Springs Road. Volunteers from CHS explained the history of the home and the artifacts on display there while other volunteers provided refreshments.

Rapp ParkingParking was provided on Brightside Farm and some visitors were seen "tailgating" for lunch there. Approximately 370 guests toured the home, which is fewer than in prior Chester County Days when the County was providing bus transportation to many of the homes on the tour.
Several years ago I posted a photo of the magnificent John Peirce painting of the Bachman Mill and home in Charlestown Village. It was a poor photo and I took the opportunity yesterday to take a much better image. Click here to see this beautiful painting and see if you can identify changes to the scene since it was painted in 1969.
10/04/02
Wendy Leland in Afghanistan - Yesterday I received another wonderful email from Charlestown resident Lt. Colonel Wendy Leland who is stationed at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. It is posted on "Wendy's page" and includes 10 photos that I've set up so you can "page" through them. Enjoy!
Voter Registration Applications Due - If you are not yet registered to vote, be aware that your registration must be postmarked no later than next Monday, October 7 if you wish to vote in the November 5 General Election. Voter registration applications are available at all county affiliated libraries, some post offices, the court house and some state liquor stores or by clicking here. Alternatively, you can call Voter Services at 610-344-6410 to request a form be mailed to you (too late for the upcoming election). You may also register in person at Voter Services, 601 Westtown Road, Suite 150, West Chester. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
"County will help planners get funds" by Jonathan Jones in today's Daily Local News reports on a grant to be received by the Chester County Emergency Services Department to help local municipalities update their local emergency management plans. Charlestown is one of the townships listed as having out of date plans. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.

10/03/02
The Preliminary Agenda for the October 7 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the October 8 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted. The agenda includes 8 different Plan Reviews.
10/01/02
Reminder: Pam Powell of the Chester County Historical Society will speak at the Charlestown Historical Society's meeting tomorrow night (Oct 2nd) at the Charlestown Playhouse. Pam's topic will be "Preserving Your Photographic Heritage", a basic overview of caring for historic photographs - principles of preservation, proper handling techniques and storage. The meeting starts at 8 PM.
Charlestown Green's report on the September 16, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
"Challenge becomes opportunity" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on Carl Ewald's fund raising efforts on behalf of the Arthritis Foundation's "Joints in Motion" program. Carl, the son of Township Supervisor Irene Ewald, is involved in a program that trains volunteers to run a marathon in exchange for raising funds for the Arthritis Foundation. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
 

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