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Archived Home Pages - October 2006

The Hagner's labs are back home, safe and sound. (see entry below).
10/28/06  (9:45 pm)
Lost Dogs (from Beezy Schug) -
Susan and Bill Hagner, 514 Clothier Springs Road, Malvern are missing their 2 chocolate labs. One is the mother and the other is a 6-8 month. You may contact them at 610-933-1929 or you may call Beezy Schug at 610-933-0655.
The Official Minutes of the September 26, October 5 and October 10, 2006 meetings of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Charlestown Citizens Forum Event (From Regina Fried) -
The Charlestown Citizens Forum will be holding a forum on Global Warming: Why We Can't Wait, on November 2, 2006 at 7:30 PM at the Tredyffrin Township Municipal Building Auditorium, 1100 Duportail Road, Berwyn. The speakers are John Hanger - President and CEO, Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture); and Robert McKinstry - Professor and Maurice Goddard Chair of Forestry at Penn State School of Forestry Resources, with moderator Joy Bergey - Global Warming Outreach Coordinator, PennFuture, and Project Director, Pennsylvania Interfaith Climate Change Campaign. If you plan to attend, please rsvp to More information in the form of a pdf flyer is available from the organization's web site by clicking here.
Reminder - The Charlestown Township earned income tax for the third quarter is due October 31st.
Reminder - The Board of Supervisors will hold a public meeting and budget work session on Monday Oct. 30, 2006 at 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School, Room 154, 255 N. Phoenixville Pike, Malvern, Pennsylvania.
Girl Scouting - I have added the Girl Scouts of Freedom Valley to our Kids Page list of area activities for Charlestown's children.
The dobermans are back home (re: 10/22 entry below).
"VFCC kicking off 30th anniversary" by Dennis J. Wright in today's The Phoenix reports on this week's festivities celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Valley Forge Christian College. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"None of county's 5 hospitals features a trauma center" by Gretchen Metz in today's Daily Local News reports on concerns that Chester County has no Trauma Center in any of its hospitals. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"ERs drain cash but bring in patients" by Gretchen Metz in today's Daily Local News is a second article on medical facilities available in Chester County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Parent pushes for Great Valley school dress code" by Anne Pickering in last Friday's Daily Local News reports on a parent's efforts to have the Great Valley School District survey parents for interest in instituting a dress code in the school district. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Open space argument: Residents raise money issues at East Pikeland forum" by Colleen McCullough in Thursday's The Phoenix reports on discussions in East Pikeland regarding the possible enactment of an earned income tax to help fund open space initiatives. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Two Dobermans Found (from Kelley Kelly) -
We have two very large doberman pinchers outside our house. The dogs could not be located with the tag they are wearing (2001 New Brunswick Mobile Clinic). They are trying to locate the owners - not much hope. I am calling animal control. One of the dogs looks like a recent mom. We live at 109 Charlestown Hunt Drive. Thanks! Kelley
The Preliminary Agenda for the October 24 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
Board of Supervisors Meeting (from Linda Csete) -
The Board of Supervisors will hold a public meeting and budget work session on Monday Oct. 30, 2006 at 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School, Room 154, 255 N. Phoenixville Pike, Malvern, Pennsylvania.
Mill Worker HomeCharlestown Day A Big Success - Many people came out on a beautiful fall afternoon to enjoy Charlestown Day, including a wonderful tour of our historic Village. While it was unfortunate that the winds were too strong and gusty for the tethered balloon ride at Brightside Farm, visitors still enjoyed the guided trail hikes, the Rocky Run Farm alpaca exhibit, and the archery exhibit. The township's Open Space Commission, Historical Society and Horseshoe Trail Committee had information for visitors as well.
Woolen MillThe Village tour had several surprises, as three of the homeowners greeted the visitors in various ways, including one first-floor inside tour. Jane Dorchester from the Chester County Historical Society provided guided tours for two large groups of visitors, while others enjoyed the tour using just the twelve-page Tour Guide. The tour of the Methodist Church and the many enlarged early Charlestown photos exhibited there was a big hit, and the tour ended at the old woolen mill, without which the Village would not exist in the first place. Thanks go to the many people who planned and staffed Charlestown Day so our residents could learn more about their township's origins and see why so many here value open space that is such a big part of our historic heritage.
Village Tour Photos - A brief gallery of photos from the village tour is available here. Just click on the thumbnails to see the photos.
Give Us A Grade - Those who worked on Charlestown Day would appreciate your comments, both good and bad, regarding the day, including the village tour and the activities at Brightside Farm. Similar tours as well as other activities to celebrate our township's commercial and farming past will undoubtedly be held in the future, and your comments now will help guide those who plan future events. Click here to enter your comments, and I'll see to it that they go to those who planned and executed this year's event.
"Charlestown celebrating community, open space" by Colleen McCullough in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on today's Charlestown Day events. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
IMPORTANT NOTICE from Linda Csete -
The Board of Supervisors will not be able to form a quorum for the Monday, October 16th meeting at 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School. This means that, unfortunately, the hearings, including the hearing to consider the Ordinance for the Horseshoe Trail, and the Curative Amendments for Robal Associates, Altemose, and Allan Myers will not go forward on October 16th but will be rescheduled. The rescheduled dates will be posted when it becomes available. The Horseshoe Trail ordinance hearing will be held November 20, 2006.
The original preliminary agenda for Monday's meeting is posted here, with the above announcement.
Looking for Volunteers for Election Officials (from Bob Jones, Judge of Elections) -
I wanted to remind everyone of the General Election coming on November 7th. I hope everyone will be able to participate for this event. This will be a busy Election Day. Democrats and Republicans will be battling in our precinct for control over The United States House and Senate. US Senator Rick Santorum has a very intense race with Former Attorney General Bob Casey. Democrat Lois Murphy is seeking Jim Gerlach's seat for the US Congress. This seat is being watched outside of Pennsylvania because of its vulnerability. Governor Ed Rendel (Local Favorite) is expected to bring out a lot of voters in his race with Lynn Swan.
In addition to the Candidates, the precinct will be using optical scanning ballots this year with for the first time, an Optical scanning Ballot Box. I believe there are legal challenges to this form of voting which are ongoing and it could change again before Election Day.
The County Voters Services are offering classes to all who are interested. Please let us know of your availability. Email me at Needless to say we are going to need a lot of help at the polls this year. Thanks Everyone, Bob Jones, Judge of Elections
"We need to expand and improve" by Colleen McCullough in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on Monday night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors, which included discussion of improvements to Charlestown Park. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the September 18, 2006 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Charlestown Day Horseshoe Trail Hike (from Deb Reis) -
Have you heard of the local Horseshoe Trail and always wondered where it went? Do you like to hike but not alone? Would you like to see your township from a new perspective? Please join us on Charlestown Day, October 15th, 2006 anytime between 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Brightside Farm on Hollow and Yellow Springs Rd. Among other exciting activities that day, we will be guiding people on short hikes on the Horseshoe Trail in either direction from Brightside Farm.
The Horseshoe Trail was first plotted in 1947 along routes used in the 1700s to connect furnaces and forges with the charcoal forests between them. It was developed for horseback riders and hikers, hence for "horses" and "shoes" and runs for about 140 miles from Valley Forge Park to the Appalachian Trail on Stony Mountain (NE of Harrisburg). There are guidebooks and maps available for the trail. We are lucky to have 11 miles of it in Charlestown Township.
Our hikes on Charlestown Day will be only 2 to 2.5 miles of easy walking (but wear closed, comfortable shoes or sneakers). There will also be people available to answer your questions about the trail in general. For more information about all of the activities on Charlestown Day and to register for the event, please click here.
TreeVitalize LogoBecome a Tree Tender! (from Aliena Gerhard) -
Did you know trees can increase property values? Become a Treetender and learn all about the trees in your community! Charlestown Township is proud to host Chester County in this Autumn’s TreeVitalize program: Participants in these three free hands on workshops will learn about trees, their proper placement, care and value to our neighborhoods. Representatives from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Penn State Cooperative Extension, to name a few, will lead us.  TreeVitalize will be held at the Great Valley Middle School on Wednesdays from 6-9pm on October 18, 25, and November 1st. Pizza and soda will be provided. Please register by filling out the attached form or call Aliena Gerhard, Director of Open Space for Charlestown Township at 610-240-0326 or 610-636-7292. Click here for a brochure with registration form in pdf format (72 kb).
"Verizon makes cable deals with Schuylkill and East Pikeland" by Colleen McCullough in Sunday's The Phoenix reports on approval by two neighboring townships for Verizon to enter into competition with Comcast for cable tv services. Charlestown is in negotiations with Verizon for a similar agreement. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Great Valley SAT scores show a drop" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on this year's SAT scores at area High Schools. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Historical Society's Patrons Dinner (from Ellen Behrle) -
Another event you won't want to miss: October 21, 2006 Charlestown Historical Society Patrons Dinner Fundraiser to be held at the Great Valley Nature Center, 5:30PM to 9:30PM. Tickets are $60.00 per person which includes Beer, Wine, Soft drinks, a full dinner Buffet by Gourmet Buffets by Anthony Aquilante and $25.00 in game money.
This year's event, A Little Las Vegas, gives the attendees the opportunity to play Texas Holdem Poker, Black Jack and Roulette for fabulous prizes. First prize is a high definition TV, valued at $500.00 or a gift card in that amount if the winner wishes to "purchase up", an exotic orchid basket, luggage, local art work and more. Every $100.00 you donate to the Society buys you $1,000.00 in game money.
You won't want to miss this event!!! For further info or for tickets phone Ellen Behrle at 610-935-2802 or email at Hope to see you all there.
Voter Registration Deadline - Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in the November 7 general election. For information on how to register, click here.
Charlestown Day Photo Exhibit - Preparations for Charlestown Day on October 15 continue, and one of the features of the Village Tour is coming into focus (pun intended). There will be over 30 considerably enlarged photographs on exhibit in the Charlestown United Methodist Church as the first stop on the tour. These photos, some dating to the late 1800s, have been enlarged to 16"x20" or 17"x22" mounted prints and provide a fascinating glimpse of the Village in an earlier time (though of course it was already over 100 years old by 1840). Included in the images are photos of buildings and roadways as they used to be and from perspectives not seen as you drive through the village today. There are several circa 1940 color photos of George Baughman and his family harvesting hay with horses from fields that are now mostly wooded. One exhibit shows enlarged newspaper articles, including one from 1817 which is basically a "Wanted Ad" for a murderer who lived in the Village. Since they could not publish a photo of the fugitive at that time, the article includes a very detailed and amusing description of the perpetrator. Also included are three highly magnified maps of the village dated 1874, 1883 and 1933, some showing the mill pond and mill race and of course, the original route of Charlestown Road past the Baughman Mill. You must be registered to participate in the tour. If you haven't sent in your reservation form and fee for Charlestown Day, click here for the flyer and registration form. We hope to see you there.
Planning Commission Work Session (from Linda Csete) -
The Planning Commission will meet for a public work session at the Township Office, 4030 Whitehorse Road, Devault, PA, on Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 7:30 P.M. to discuss the proposed Traditional Neighborhood Development ordinance for the Devault Area.
Voting Information - I have updated our Voting in Charlestown Township page with new links to voter registration information as well as absentee ballot information.
Reminder - The Charlestown Historical Society will hold its first fall meeting tonight at 7:30 PM at the Charlestown Elementary School cafeteria. The speaker will be Elaine Hutchinson of Phoenixville, who will speak on volunteering at Valley Forge National Park. She is a retired Phoenixville Area teacher. Light refreshments will be served at the meeting.
The Preliminary Agenda for the October 9 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Preliminary Agenda for the October 10 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
Another Peafowl Story - Mike and Fran Rogers, who live on Green Lane, have been seeing a peahen in their area on a fairly regular basis. Fran has already checked with Michael Bowell who reports that Phillip and Phyllis have not been wondering since their last "outing" in April and May of this year. If you have any idea where this peahen came from or have an interest in providing her a home, please get in touch with me.
"Pa. allows deer bait for hunts in region" by Don Sapatkin in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the legalization of the use of bait for controlled deer hunts in five SE PA counties, including Chester County. East Goshen has gone so far as plan for a controlled hunt on township-owned open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
For more information on suburban deer problems and solutions, check out the Inquirer's special deer-control web page here.
Charlestown Fall Sale - The Charlestown Playhouse Fall Sale will be from Friday October 20 through Wednesday the 25th and it will be held at the Kimberton Fire Company. The complete set of take-in and special sale dates and other information is available from the Charlestown PlayHouse Sale page at
"New church proposed in Charlestown" by Colleen McCullough in Thursday's The Phoenix reports on the application by the Ascension Antiochian Orthodox Church before the Planning Commission for the construction of a new church on Phoenixville Pike. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Forum hosts discussion on energy policy" by Anne Pickering in Saturday's The Phoenix reports on last Tuesday's meeting of the Charlestown Citizens Forum at which our country's reliance on fossil fuels was discussed. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Voting machines cause concerns" by Brian Fanelli in today's Daily Local News reports on expressed concerns in East Bradford Township regarding the trend towards use of electronic voting systems for which there is an inadequate paper trail of the voter's intent. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.

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