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The Preliminary Agenda for the November 1 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"Great Valley teachers' contract approved" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on the approvals by both the school board and the teachers' union of a new teachers' contract. Terms of the contract are reported in the article. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Supervisors conduct budget work session" by Kelly Devine in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on Monday night's budget meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Save Our Open Space - The West Pikeland Land Trust is sponsoring a fYou are invited to attend "Planning Smart Growth To Preserve The Chester County Countryside" at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, November 10, 2004 at the Lincoln Building, Historic Yellow Springs, in Chester Springs. Speakers will be Peter Hausmann, Chairman of Natural Land Trusts, and Tom Hylton, Pulitzer Prize winning author and community planner. They will lead a discussion of successful strategies to preserve the rural character of Chester County. This event is FREE! Learn how you can make a difference in preserving your community's quality of life.
ree event to promote actions to preserve our open space. The following is from the flyer describing the event.
"Telling a Tall Tale" by Kelly Devine in today's The Phoenix reports on the Great Valley Nature Center's 11th annual "Enchanted Halloween Story Trail" at the Center's property on Rt. 29 at Hollow Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"One recipe for small-farm survival" by Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic, in last Friday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Charlestown Cooperative Farm, which keeps a 40 acre portion formerly part of the Fisher Farm on Yellow Springs Road as an agriculture use of open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Charlestown Cooperative Farm's Bill Andersen is also quoted in "Feeding a movement, Slow Food rises quickly" by Craig LaBan in last Thursday's Philadelphia Inquirer. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
10/22/04 (2:45 PM)
Charlestown Playhouse Fall Sale - The schedule, location, rules and regulations for the Charlestown Playhouse Fall Sale have been posted. They are available here and are also linked from our Charlestown Organizations page and our Charlestown Playhouse page.
The Charlestown Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is sponsoring a Holiday Get-Together at the school on December 4, from 10 AM to 2 PM. The event will feature Merchant and Handicraft Tables, a Santa Raffle, Santa's Shop, Games, Brunch and Children's Shopping. If you are interested in a table and chairs (fee = $25) to display and sell your speciality, click here for a printable application form and instructions. Table space is very limited, so while the event is over a month away, reservations should be made soon.
The Preliminary Agenda for the October 25 Budget Worksession meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the October 4, 2004 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
GV Community Art Series - The Great Valley Community Art Series, sponsored by the Great Valley Community Education Foundation, is sponsoring Andes Manta at the High School this Friday night, October 22nd. Andes Manta is traditional Ecuadorian folk music at its most vibrant and powerful. The group uses more than 35 traditional instruments. The performance is at 8:00 at Great Valley High School. For ticket prices and information call 610-889-2125, ext. 2129 or go to http://www.gvcef.org
"Charlestown Village hearing moves on to next stage" by Kelly Devine in today's The Phoenix reports on the testimony at last night's Board of Supervisors meeting regarding the proposed Charlestown Village Continuing Care Community on the Altemose property on Whitehorse Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Great Concert Tonight (from Debbie Kuhn) -
There is a concert tonight at the Great Valley High School auditorium that should of interest to a lot of people. Mike Asquino is opening for Kenny Rankin at 8:00. Mike Asquino wrote and co-wrote songs under different names and some of them are "Rocky Mountain High" and "Country Roads" for John Denver and "Taxi" for Harry Chapin. Kenny Rankin is the more famous of the two and is another singer-songwriter, pop and jazz vocalist.
Click here for information on the final two concerts in the Great Valley Community Art Fall Series on October 22nd and December 3rd.
Tonight at GVHS at 8:00. Tickets $16 reserved/ $12 general admission/ $8 students & seniors at the door or reserve at http://www.gcvef.org .
Teacher Contract - Two articles in today's local newspapers report on the tentative agreement for a new 5 year teacher contract for the Great Valley School District.
- "GVSD, union make deal" by Pamela Batzel in today's The Phoenix (as well as the Daily Local News) is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
- "Great Valley teachers get 5-year pact" by Dan Hardy in today's Philadelphia Inquirer is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Tentative Teacher Contract Agreement - (from GVSD website)
October 13th, 2004 - Following 4.5 hours of negotiations, the Great Valley School Board Negotiations Team and the Great Valley School District Education Association reached a tentative agreement on a 5-year contract. (for more info, click here)
The Preliminary Agenda for the October 18 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the September 14, 2004 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Great Valley School District prepares for strike" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News (and The Phoenix) reports on the state of teacher contract negotiations just prior to last night's meeting between the two sides. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. (I assume another article reporting on last night's negotiations will be published tomorrow.)
The Preliminary Agenda for the October 12 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
Absentee Ballots - Information about obtaining an absentee ballot for the upcoming general election is linked from our Elections page.
If you are old enough to remember when movie theaters only had one screen, or even have memories of movie theaters being used for live performances, then you should experience a first run movie at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, built in 1903 and beautifully restored to its 1950's era. A good article on the theater and its future plans is in today's The Phoenix, "Colonial Theatre announces more plans for future". The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Great Valley teacher contract talks progress" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on the status of teacher contract negotiations in the Great Valley School District. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Governor's veto of farming bill stands, state court decrees" by Mark Scolforo in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the Commonwealth Court ruling that upholds the Governor's veto of a farming bill that would prohibit local farming ordinances that are more stringent than state law. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the September 20, 2004 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Woolen Mill Presentation - The Charlestown Historical Society will hold its first fall meeting at the library of the Charlestown Elementary School tonight, starting at 8:00 PM. (Note the change of meeting location!) You do not have to be a member to attend, though your membership would be most welcome. Dale Frens, Charlestown's historical architect consultant, and Paul Hogan, township Supervisor and overseer of the mill restoration project, will speak about the mill and the restoration project. We have some information regarding the woolen mill and the beginning of it's restoration in our Early Days section, starting here.
Yesterday's posting on Monday night's presentation to three Charlestown Eagle Scouts has been updated.
"Chesco instructor wins Pa. Teacher of the Year" by Dan Hardy in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on General Wayne Elementary School teacher Nikki Calvatico being named Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Last night Eagle Scouts David Reis, Matthew J. Neri and Andrew Thomas Hall, all Charlestown residents, received Good Citzenship Awards from the Board of Supervisors recognizing their achievements. The scouts led their Eagle Scout projects in Charlestown, including the design and construction of an observation deck overlooking the wetlands and other scenic natural areas at Charlestown Park, and birdhouses and construction of bridges for the Great Valley Nature Center. Board member Charlie Philips, himself an Eagle Scout, made the presentation. (Photo by Fred Alston)
Fred Alston's Roadmaster report for September has been posted, click here.
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal report for September has been posted, click here.
"Charlestown kicks off initial budget work session discussing several issues" by Kelly Devine in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Open-space grant program expanded to cover entire county" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on renewed interest by some townships in local taxes to raise funds for preservation of open space and the opportunities for County matching funds. Charlestown adopted such a tax last year. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for tonight's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"Singing in the rain?" by Betsy Gilliland in Saturday's Daily Local News reports on 2004's soggy summer and where it stands in the weather history in our region. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
We have been away for about 10 days, so this posting includes some "catch-up" items.
Family Fun Day and Harvest Festival at the Phoenixville Farmers' Market
(from Liz Andersen)
Come to the Phoenixville Farmers' Market this Saturday, October 2nd from 9am to 1pm for a day of family activities including pumpkin painting, scarecrow making and pony rides. Enjoy cooking demonstrations by local chefs who will demonstrate easy ways to prepare healthy food using fresh, nutritious ingredients. The Phoenixville Farmers' Market is a non-profit venture to connect local farmers and shoppers , preserve our agricultural heritage, and build community. (More information on this event is available from an article in today's The Phoenix by clicking here.)
Perspectives on the Environment (from Ernie Holling)
Monday, October 4th at 7:30 PM - The Chester Springs Library
Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee Website (from Kevin Kuhn)
John Hoekstra, Director Watersheds, Green Valleys
Jeanne Barrett-Ortiz, Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Pennsylvania 's 2,572 local governments now have a tool in the form of an Environmental Advisory Council to protect and preserve our environment under provisions of PA Act 177 and 178.
What is the role of this board for the Supervisors, the Planning Commission, Land Trust, and the Parks & Recreation Board in our Townships?
Come understand the issues, the advantages, the impact of EACs and your role.
Send us a quick e-mail at info@ChesterSpringsLibrary.Org to let us know you plan on attending.
The Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee, of which Charlestown is a member, has created a website to help provide information to residents of the participating townships. The site is available here, and a permanent link has been provided in our Neighborhood Links page.
"Medivac pilot gets taste of Hollywood" by Tracy Behringer in today's Daily Local News reports on Charlestown Township Township resident Ron Smith's role as a helicopter pilot in the movie "Ladder 49", which opens in theaters today. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Town hopes First Fridays bear fruit" by Reid Kanaley in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Phoenixville's monthly "First Fridays" events which are designed to draw families to the town for shopping and site seeing. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the September 13, 2004 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
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