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Archived Home Pages - October 2003
"Emerson faces Smith for auditor" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on the two candidates for Township Auditor in next Tuesday's election, one of whom is a Great Valley High School senior. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"County taxes on the rise?" by Betsy Gilliland in today's Daily Local News reports on preliminary indications that the 2004 county budget will include an increase in millage. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Dinniman touts record on topic to gain support" by Nancy Petersen in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer is the second in a series of articles addressing the candidates for Chester County commissioner. This article focuses on the Democratic candidates. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Route 202 project comes to an end" by Jere Downs in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the official completion of the five year project to widen Rt. 202 and create new ramps north of the Devon exit. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Public Notice - An additional public notice has been received from Twp. Administrator LInda Csete to be considered for adoption on November 3, 2003. This notice concerns the implementation of an earned income tax. The public notice is available as a PDF (Acrobat) file by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the November 3 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the October 14, 2003 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Residents work with planners" by Bill Rettew in today's The Phoenix reports on a planning workshop in which 30 Charlestown residents participated, with the focus on the possible ways to develop the Devault area of the Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Commissioner candidates from GOP target open space" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the Republican candidates for Chester County commissioner. A follow-up article tomorrow will report on the Democratic candidates. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chesco judges seek retention on Nov. 4" by Betsy Gilliland in Sunday's The Mercury reviews the backgrounds of the three judges of the Court of Common Pleas who are running for retention. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Commissioners' candidates support county capital projects" by Betsy Gilliland in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the positions of the candidates for County Commissioner regarding several major capital projects and some other issues. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Lily Bulbs Sale (from Liz Andersen)
The Mid-Atlantic Lily Society will hold a sale of special lily bulbs on Sunday, October 26 at the Charlestown Cooperative Farm barn, located at 2565 Charlestown Road. The sale for Lily Society members starts at noon (CSA Members welcome then also) and runs until 4:00 pm. Come early for best selection. The following types of lilies will be offered:
Asiatics - Bright colors, bloom in June. Not fragrant, but very showy. Colors available, white, yellow, red, pink, peach.
Trumpets - Late June to early July blooming. Mixed colors available (white, yellow, pink). Tall. Extremely fragrant, especially at night as they are pollinated by moths. (limited quantity).
Orientals - Bloom late in July and maybe into August. Mixed colors (white, pink, red or combinations) and a few individual varieties, white and two different pinks. Probably the most fragrant of all.
Orienpets - (Hybrids between Orientals and trumpets) - Bloom with the Orientals, late July, maybe into August. Tall, vigorous, magnificent blooms which become more numerous every year. Fragrant (Very limited quantities - yellow, melon with pink reverse. (We are also hoping for a donation of crimson with white tips).
Species. Lilium leucanthum (originally from China)- Beautiful white trumpets with dark reverse. Fragrant. Late June-Early July blooming. Fragrant.
The Preliminary Agenda for the October 28 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
Concert Tonight at Great Valley HS (from Debbie Kuhn)
I've spent two days with Danielle Howle and her band and this should be a delightful performance Friday night at 8:00. She is a songwriter that doesn t stay in one genre and does very well in all that I have heard. She has been performing rock, country, blues and jazz and has some very nice children s songs. She is performing at Charlestown Elementary School Friday afternoon and discount coupons for kids ($3 off?) should come home with them. You don t need to bring kids to this but they will want to come and they will enjoy Danielle as much as adults will. Tickets can be bought at the door and are $16 reserved seating, $12 general admission, $8 students and seniors.
The upcoming election on November 4 will be held at the Bacton Hill Bible Church. See our Charlestown Voter Information page for directions.
CHS Patrons' Dinner Photos Posted - A brief write-up and 8 photos by John Pittock of the Charlestown Historical Society's 2003 Patrons' Dinner have been posted here. Photos of CHS events are permanently linked from the bottom of the CHS home page.
CHS 2nd Fall Meeting Planned - (from Mike Rogers, CHS President)
On Wednesday, November 5th, the Charlestown Historical Society is having our second fall meeting and we urge you to come and bring friends and neighbors. The meeting will start at 8:00 PM and we expect to wrap up about 9:30, at which time we will have refreshments and an opportunity to personally converse with our speaker, Dr. Elizabeth Hamilton, Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Hamilton will address us on The Legend of King Arthur: Are there Facts Behind It?
Of all the rulers that England has known, the most famous is undoubtedly King Arthur. Much has been written about him, his Queen Guinevere and his Knights of the Round Table. His story has spanned generations, from vague appearances in contemporary documents to the sagas of the High Middle Ages, to the modern era of Camelot and Disney's The Sword and the Stone. But was there really a King Arthur? And if there was, who was he, when did he live, and was his life anything like the legends? Dr. Hamilton will answer these questions through a discussion of what is known, what has been written, and how the two have produced the modern image of this most famous of English kings. Please support CHS and come to this meeting and bring friends.
SCA Floodplains 101 Program (from Betsy Daley, Pres. Schuylkill Canal Assoc)
The Schuylkill Canal Association, Friends of the Mingo Creek and Mont Clare Fire Company would like to invite you to a very informative program concerning floodplain management and sound land use planning, open space preservation, and public safety issues during flooding events.
Floodplains 101, a free program, will be held on Wednesday, October 29th, 7 to 9 PM at the Mont Clare Fire Company, 216 Bridge St., Mont Clare. Parking is available at Produce Junction. A copy of the flyer giving the details is below.
Please respond to email@example.com or call SCA at 610-917-0021 for directions if needed and to reserve a seat for this very informative and interesting program. Refreshments will be served. (More information on this program is available on our site by clicking here.)
The Official Minutes of the October 9, 2003 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Fred Alston's Roadmaster reports for August and September have been posted. A list of some of the damage and road closings associated with Hurricane Isabel is included in the September report. I have begun grouping multiple roadmaster reports on a single web page, click here for both reports.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal reports for August and September have been posted. I have begun grouping multiple fire marshal reports on a single web page, click here for both reports.
The Preliminary Agenda for the October 27 budget workshop meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"The heart of the matter" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on 26 Great Valley High School biology students gathering in a classroom where they watched a three-hour, quadruple bypass surgery live. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
10/20/03 (5 PM)
The presentation by a representative from the Quarry at tonight's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been cancelled.
Found Cat (from Betsy and Joe Fay)
A sweet stray house cat has been residing on our doorstep on Ashenfelter Road for the past 2 weeks. She is tiger striped black/gray/brown; her front paws have been declawed. She has no collar or tags. We are hoping to find her owner before the weather gets much colder. (If you know whose cat this might be, contact me and I'll put you in touch with the Fays. J.M.)
The Preliminary Agenda for the October 20 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Public Notices - Township Administrator Linda Csete has sent four public notices regarding four ordinance amendments, all to be considered for adoption at the November 3, 2003 meeting of the Board of Supervisors. I have converted the public notices into PDF (Acrobat) files which are available from the following links -
- An amendment to the subdivision and land development ordinance.
- An amendment to the zoning ordinance regarding flood hazard districts
- An amendment to the zoning ordinance regarding planned residential districts (PRDs)
- An amendment to the zoning ordinance to replace the "FR" Farm District definition with new definitions.
"Pa. landscape is going fast, conservation report says" by Don Sapatkin in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a recent three-state study that warns that "dramatic changes in Pennsylvania's landscape in less than a generation could permanently rob people of their outdoor heritage." The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Lost and Found - After Saturday's CHS Patrons' Dinner at the Burgoons, Loretta Watson found a bracelet in the tent, under the Charlestown Historical Society sign. The bracelet can be claimed by contacting Loretta at 610-935-7818.
Rapp House Cleanup Party (from Mike Rogers)
This Saturday, October 18th, is the date of the Charlestown Historical Society's fall work party to winterize the Rapp House. According to past volunteers, it is more "party" than "work", especially if there are a number of us to share the tasks of winterizing the house. So try to spend some time at the Rapp House from 9 AM to noon this Saturday.
"Candidates weigh in on water issues" by Betsy Gilliland in today's Daily Local News reports on the views of candidates for County Commissioner regarding Watersheds, the county's water resources plan. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the September 8 and September 15, 2003 meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Chesco water resources plan earns recognition" by Betsy Gilliland in Sunday's The Mercury reports on awards given the water resources programs that are part of Chester County's Landscapes comprehensive plan. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Yard and Bake Sale - Charlestown United Methodist Church, on Church Road in the village, will be holding a Yard and Bake Sale tomorrow, October 11th, rain or shine. The hours are from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. If you wish to donate something to the yard sale (proceeds go to the church), items may be dropped off this evening.
Reminder - The first October meeting of the Board of Supervisors will be tonight. The Preliminary Agenda has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the October 14 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
Charlestown Playhouse Fall Sale - Complete information on the upcoming Fall Sale to benefit the Charlestown Playhouse has been posted here, including take-in days, sale days, directions with map, and rules.
"Voter Registration Deadline Is Monday" in today's Philadelphia Inquirer provides information on voter registration in Chester County, with Monday the last day to register in time to vote in the November 4 election. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Additional information on voter registration is available from our own site by clicking here. With the Elementary School reopened, I am not sure where Charlestown residents will be voting in November, but will post the location as soon as I learn of it.
"Supervisors say no to Landscapes" by Bill Rettew in today's The Phoenix reports on Schuylkill Township's decision to be the only holdout among Chester County Municipalities regarding participation in the County's Landscapes program. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Residents question candidates on land plan, taxes" by Betsy Gilliland in today's The Mercury reports on Wednesday night's forum in West Goshen at which the four candidates for county commissioner discussed their plans with the public. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Remember, the first October Board meeting has been rescheduled from Monday 10/06 to Thursday 10/09. The Preliminary Agenda for the Thursday October 9 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"Police squash man's attempt at stealing pumpkins from market" by Gina Zotti in today's The Mercury reports on the arrest of former Charlestown resident Thomas Pyle, who still sells vegetables in the township and at the new Farmers Market in Phoenixville, for the theft of pumpkins from a West Vincent Township Farm Market. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Goodbye mystery meat, hello nutritional meals" by Julia Ricciuti in this week's Suburban Advertiser reports on the changes to the lunch programs in area schools, with considerable coverage of the Great Valley middle and high schools. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Quarry Representative to attend Board Mtg (from Linda Csete)
Several weeks ago, the Board of Supervisors contacted Independence Construction Materials to request an update on quarry activities, and to address questions. A Quarry representative has agreed to meet with the Board at their October 20, 2003 meeting, at 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School, Room 154, 255 N. Phoenixville Pike.
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