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Archived Home Pages - October 1998

If you have not yet examined the Three vs Five Supervisor issue, we have many views on the subject scattered about our web site. Here is a "road map" to the various position papers and comments on the issue.
  1. Start with Our Neighborhood Issues page, which has links to most of the relevant pages.
  2. Add the Republican Committee's newsletter of September 20.
  3. Mix in the other comments found on our bulletin board.
Most important, come out and vote on Tuesday.
10/30/98 (afternoon)
The Charlestown Civic Association is mailing a flier devoted to the issue of three vs five supervisors. The flier is available from the Association's page or by clicking here.
10/30/98 (morning)
Charlestown Green, Inc., which collected the requisite signatures and successfully filed a petition for an increase from three to five supervisors in our township, has conducted a survey of other townships in the county who have already made the change from three to five supervisors. Both the tabulated survey results and the comments made by two of the responding supervisors are very interesting. For many who have already decided which way they are going to vote, the survey results and comments may "muddy the waters".
The survey results are the feature article in the just published October issue of the Charlestown Green's Newsletter, which is in the mail to all residents. I will be publishing the entire Newsletter on this web site, and have already posted the sections pertaining to the survey. I hope to have the entire Newsletter posted by the end of the weekend, with the exception of the Development Map, which requires considerable work but which will become an ongoing feature of this web site. Click here to go to the Newsletter.
Today's issue of the weekly Suburban Advertiser has an article by Stephanie L. Baum on projects in the Great Valley schools that will lead to experiments aboard future space shuttle missions. The article is available for the next week from the paper's web site by clicking here.
10/28/98 (evening)
Charlestown Green's upcoming newsletter will be in the mail very soon. I will be posting it here as soon as I can convert it for the web. It contains some interesting thoughts on the Three vs Five Supervisor issue based on a survey The Green sent to other townships that have switched from three to five supervisors.
Former Township supervisor John Martin has added his thoughts titled "Say NO to Five Supervisors" to our Three vs Five Supervisors Bulletin Board page. If you would like to voice your feelings on the issue, please make an entry on our Bulletin Board.
On that same subject, today's Philadelphia Inquirer has an article titled "Referendum effects not always foreseen" by Christina Asquith reporting on the lack of candidates for additional supervisor seats in other townships that have passed a referendum similar to that coming up in Charlestown. I have posted a link to the article on our Neighborhood Issues page, and you can also read it from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Charlestown resident and Great Valley High School student Erik Churchill is co-captain of the school's Cross Country team. We asked the team's coach, Paul Gring, how Erik has been doing this year, and posted his response on our Neighbors of Note page.
I have posted the announcement for the upcoming (Nov 4th) meeting of the Charlestown Historical Society. Jane Davidson, the creator of the county's Office of Historic Preservation and a woman with thirty years of dedication to county local history, will be the speaker. See the complete announcement (linked from our Special Events calendar) by clicking here.
I have also posted the Charlestown Civic Association's "Thank You" to all who attended the Silver Anniversary party on September 20th. The flier, which was also mailed via the Post Office, is available from the Association's page or by clicking here.
Sue Staas and Charlie Philips, the Charlestown Republican Committee, have published another newsletter, which we have posted here. We have also set up a "home page" for the committee which will always available from our Neighborhood Organizations page. Current and past newsletters and other postings of the committee are available from the committee's page.
We have posted the preliminary agenda for the November 2 meeting of the Board of Supervisors. Along with a full agenda, the Chester County Planning Commission will be presenting its Ordinance Compliance Review at this meeting.
Pyle Auction 10/22/9810/22/98
The registered Guernseys of the Pyle Family are being sold at auction today at Brightside Farm.

Those of us who live in the area will miss seeing these cows and heifers in pastures on both sides of Yellow Springs Road.
The Great Valley Nature Center's legendary fall fund-raiser, a combination silent auction, live auction and festive community party, is scheduled for Saturday, November 14th from 5 to 9 p.m.  Ten percent of the profits from the auction will go to the Charlestown Historical Society. We have received a partial list of some of the items to be auctioned, including -
   Original "Cinderella" storyboard sketches
   Antique Walnut Dining Room Table
   Kestrel Nestbox
   "Princess" Beanie Baby
We have more on this event linked to our Special Events Calendar. Stay tuned as we will be adding to this list of auction items.
This week's Suburban Advertiser has a report by Stephanie L. Baum titled "Schools raise awareness through Red Ribbon Week" about a national program designed to spark discussion about the dangers of underage drinking and drug use by raising awareness through a little red ribbon. The article, which details Red Ribbon Week's activities at General Wayne Middle School, is available on line from the paper's web site for one week by clicking here.
(PM)  The Charlestown Township Municipal Office is Moving!
I just received word from Linda Csete that the Township's office is moving from the Great Valley Nature Center to the Second Floor of the "Devault Building", which is located above the Default Post Office. The move will take place the week of October 26th, and they expect to be open for business by Friday, October 30th.
The new address, telephone and fax numbers after October 27th will be:
   Charlestown Township
   P.O. Box 507
   4030 Whitehorse Road
   Devault, PA 19432
   Phone: (610) 240-0326
   Fax:  (610 240-0328
(AM)  I have foolishly been "sitting on" a newsletter and questionnaire from the Township's Republican Committee (Sue Staas and Charlie Philips) for two weeks, waiting to find the time to format it for the web the same as it is on paper, and to have it appear within the web site's banner, etc. The light bulb finally came on that it will never get done that way, and I have now simply converted it to a plainer document (single column) with slightly different formatting and posted it without the web site's banner and menus, but do provide links back to the web site.
The newsletter and questionnaire are being distributed in printed form by volunteers, so you may have already received yours. If not, click here to see the "web version". I made the questionnaire a separate web page so you can print it separately from your browser. Note that you cannot fill out the questionnaire from within your browser.
When time permits, I will set up a separate area for the Republican Committee and provide permanent links to this and subsequent newsletters.
Ninety registered Guernsey cows and heifers at the Pyle family's Brightside Farm on Yellow Springs Road will be sold at the farm at a Complete Dispersal Auction on Thursday, October 22nd starting at 11:00 am. The auction is advertised in the October 17 issue of Lancaster Farming and is listed on the paper's auction web page.
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer has an article titled "Some who have had enough haven't had enough supervisors" by Michael Rothfeld discussing the referendums for an increase from 3 to 5 supervisors in Charlestown, Kennett and East Fallowfield townships at the upcoming Nov 3 elections.
I have posted the Official Minutes of the September 22 meeting of the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission's meeting for October 27 has been canceled.
Sue Staas brought an article in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer to our attention. The report is on the continuing dispute in South Coventry over the commercial extraction of drinking water from the land in that township. The article by Nancy Peterson is titled "Bubble Trouble" and we have a link to it under the Ground Water topic on our Neighborhood Issues page. The printed copy has a series of diagrams explaining how the removal of water through a borehole can affect the water table for miles around. Unfortunately, these diagrams are not included in the web site version of the article.
The Great Valley School District's Board approved the new teacher's contract last night. The Philadelphia Inquirer has a report on the ratification by Lubna Khan, available by clicking here, and the Daily Local has a report by Darlene Hebert available (for today only) by clicking here.
The meeting of the Charlestown Township Board of Supervisors scheduled for October 19, 1998 has been canceled. The next meeting of the Board will be held on November 2, 1998 at the Charlestown Elementary School at 7:30 PM.
Led by co-captain Erik Churchill of Charlestown Township, the Great Valley Patriots Boys' Cross-Country team finished third in last Saturday's statewide Steel City Invitational track meet in Coatesville.
Stephanie L. Baum reports in this week's Suburban Advertiser on Monday night's vote in which the Great Valley Education Association approved the new contract with the school district. You may read the article from the paper's web site by clicking here.
I have posted the Preliminary Agenda for next Tuesday's Planning Commission meeting and the Official Minutes of the September 21 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
Kevin Kuhn has provided a report on last night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. Frederick Alston, Township Fire Marshal, who submitted his report on September activities to the Board of Supervisors at last night's meeting has provided us with a copy. You may read the Fire Marshal's report by clicking here. Mr. Alston urges "Now that cooler weather has arrived, be sure to check your chimneys for blockage or buildup of creosote and soot that may cause a fire.  If you are in doubt, have your chimney professionally cleaned."
We have posted the upcoming October 17 Bird of Prey Golf Tournament to our Special Events Calendar. The event is sponsored by the Great Valley Nature Center, and we have details of the event, which includes golf, dinner and a live bird of prey program in the details section of the calendar (or click here). Wendy McLean has sent the following appeal to encourage our support of this event and its cause.

Please sign up and help support the region's ONLY Bird of Prey Center, located right here in Charlestown! This fantastic educational resource is becoming our most popular feature. If you haven't visited our birds, (including our Bald Eagle) please make plans to come soon. Meanwhile, your support of this major fundraising event is greatly appreciated.

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