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Archived Home Pages - November 2002

11/28/02  Happy Thanksgiving!
Yesterday I received a wonderful Thanksgiving letter and photo from Lt. Colonel Wendy Leland in Afghanistan. For other letters and photos from Wendy, click here.
"Officials discuss purchasing a conservation easement" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on Charlestown Township's discussion with East Pikeland's Board regarding possible East Pikeland participation in the purchase of a conservation easement on the Solda farm at Merlin and Pikeland Roads. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Truck flips on Charlestown Road" by Dennis J. Wright in today's The Phoenix reports on a single vehicle accident on Charlestown Road, just north of the intersection with Pikeland Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Flower show canceled" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports that the Chester County Flower Show that supports the Family Service programs has been permanently canceled. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/27/02
Charlestown Green's report on the November 18, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
The Preliminary Agenda for the December 2nd meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Township office will be closed Friday, November 29, 2002.
11/24/02
"Builders' amendment would complicate land preservation" by Diane Mastrull in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on an amendment before the state House of Representatives that would require a township to have ground a builder wants to develop "... already designated for recreational use in an adopted municipal open-space plan. For another, the tract would have to show up as a recreation area on the official township map." The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Fred Alston, our new township Roadmaster, is now listed on our Elected and Appointed Officials page with his telephone numbers.
11/22/02
Weather permitting, Charlestown Road (approaching Rt. 29 and Phoenixville Pike), should be open by mid-December. (From Twp. Administrator Linda Csete)
Road List Updated - The Township Administrator maintains a table of information on all roads in Charlestown Township. I have just updated our web site version so that it reflects our roads as of November 15, 2002. Streets are listed alphabetically. For each street, the range of house numbers, the road number, servicing post office, jurisdiction providing maintenance, development (if any) and nearest intersection are listed. Streets that span post office or maintenance boundaries are listed separately by house number range. The information is available as a small (46 kb) PDF file or as a much larger (747 kb) web page. A permanent link to the road list is posted on our General Info page.
11/21/02
New Roadmaster - Fred Alston, currently Charlestown's Fire Marshal, Civil Defense Director and Emergency Services Coordinator, has been appointed to replace Dorando Faggioli, who recently resigned as our Roadmaster. While Fred Alston's appointment won't be official until the next meeting of the Board of Supervisors on December 2nd, he is acting in the capacity of Roadmaster at this time.
Planning Commission Meeting Canceled - The Planning Commission meeting for Tuesday, November 26th has been canceled.
"Groups criticize water plan" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on the many environmental groups who oppose the proposed new water resources legislation that was the focus of Tuesday night's Water Forum. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Is Your Water Up For Grabs? - More comments on State Senate Bill 1600 and comments on House Bill 2989 are available here, and an additional sample letter asking the recipient to vote NO on both bills is posted here.
11/20/02
"Groups address water issues" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's well attended Water Forum sponsored by the West Pikeland Land Trust. Concerns regarding polluted water runoff that returns to our drinking water and concerns regarding weakening local authority over how to control and plan water use were major issues discussed. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Is Your Water Up For Grabs? - Much of the concern voiced at last night's Water Forum was with regard to Senate Bill 1600, to be voted on in the few remaining days of the lame duck state congress. A brief on the bill prepared by Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future is available on our site by clicking here. If you would like to send an urgent email to state officials in a position to either defer passage or defeat Senate Bill 1600, an email list is available here.
"G. Valley contract released" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on GVSD Superintendent Rita Jones' new five-year employment contract, details of which have now been released to the public. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Happy Birthday Catherine Jenkins - We wish to honor Catherine Jenkins, one of Charlestown's oldest residents, on her 96th Birthday! Among many contributions to our township, Catherine was an early and active member of the Charlestown Historical Society and part of the Tuesday morning Rapp House work crew, a volunteer for Charlestown Watch and Treasurer of the Civic Association. If you would like to send her best wishes on her 96th birthday, Catherine is convalescing at St Marthas Nursing Home & Convent, 470 Manor Avenue, Downingtown, PA 19335.
11/19/02
The Official Minutes of the November 4, 2002 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Supervisors, Toll Bros. thrash out conditions" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's Board of Supervisors' discussion regarding the terms and conditions required for final approval of the Charlestown Meadows 190 unit subdivision at Route 401 and Newcomen Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Water levels rise as rain soaks area" by Sharon Stahl in today's The Mercury reports on the effects of last weekend's soaking rains on drought conditions in the area. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/18/02
Homeowner's Associations Help Needed (from Linda Csete, Twp. Admin)
The Township office would like to request updates from all Homeowner's Associations in Charlestown to keep you better informed of matters of interest to your neighborhood. I would appreciate an e-mail to admin1@charlestown.pa.us from any and all Associations providing the name of the Association, officers name(s), position, phone # and e-mail address. Thank you, Linda Csete
"Forum to focus on water issues" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on tomorrow night's forum "Water as a Vital Resource: Why it is Important to You?" sponsored by the West Pikeland Trust. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. Detailed information on the forum is also available on our site by clicking here.
"Great Valley performs well in state testing" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on the 2002 PSSA test scores for the Great Valley School District. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/15/02
Charlestown Elementary School Fund Raiser - from Kelley Kelly
Please sign up at eScrip.com so that every purchase will benefit our elementary school. It couldn't be more convenient. The eScrip.com funding program allow supporters to sign up their grocery loyalty, debit and credit cards so that, with each purchase, the participating eScrip.com merchant can make a contribution based on that purchase. eScrip.com merchants provide goods and services that include groceries, clothing, gasoline, and home furnishings by a wide variety of merchants. The group ID number for Charlestown Elementary is 6486234.
(JM Note: When you go to eScrip.com, you can see an explanation of how the program works (about eScrip) and also view the current list of participating merchants in our area. I downloaded a list as of Nov 1, 2002 and it is available as a 64kb PDF file by clicking here. I have also set up this information as a permanent page which is available here.)
While we're talking about my alma mater, I see that the school's web site has been enhanced considerably since I last checked it. The site includes the latest newsletter, lunch menus, PTO news and other information including photos of recent events at the school. The site can be viewed here.
HARB Position Opening (from Rosemary Philips)
The Charlestown Township Historical Commission/Historical Architectural Review Board has a position open for a licensed real estate broker on their Board for an appointment beginning in January. Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 4:00 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School. Interested parties are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Rosemary Philips, Chairman of the Historical Commission at (610) 933-4154 or the Township office at (610) 240-0326.
German to English Translation Needed - Paul Hogan is looking for someone to translate a book written in German. The book is the account of the German POW prison at Camp Breckenridge, KY during the WW II. Background, details and contact information are listed on our Surplus and Needs page.
11/14/02
The Preliminary Agenda for next Monday's Board meeting was updated several times after its initial posting yesterday.
"Office park plan not definite" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on discussion and preliminary plan review at Tuesday's Planning Commission Meeting of a possible "Devault Village" in the area of the recently approved Spring Oaks office park on White Horse Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Bomb threat at GVHS" in the latest Suburban Advertiser reports on last Friday's bomb threat at the Great Valley Senior High School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Drought's final effects, rains' benefits will develop slowly" by Gina Zotti in today's Daily Local News reports on the current low ground water levels in spite of the recent rains and rising stream levels. The drought emergency remains in effect in Chester County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/13/02
The Preliminary Agenda for the November 18 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Reminder - Family Center Art Show The third annual Family Center Art Show to help fund programs to prevent child abuse is this coming weekend. Several Charlestown and other area artists will be selling their art to benefit the Center's programs. Complete details are available here, and an article by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix with interviews of Charlestown's Neila Kun, Debbie Kuhn and Geraldine Berg is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Free Fill Dirt - The Pomantis on Hollow Road are again offering Fill Dirt, free for the taking. They may even be able to arrange delivery. Details are provided on our Surplus and Needs page, which is now a permanent link in our left menu column.
11/11/02
Charlestown Green's reports on the October 21, 2002 and November 4, 2002 meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
Several newspaper articles related to open space and regional planning have been published in the past few days -
  • "Open space a hot investment" by Deane Mastrull and Cynthia Burton in last Thursday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on voter willingness to pay for land preservation in spite of the poor economic conditions. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
  • "Landscapes awards grant to purchase easements" by Kristin Smith in Friday's The Phoenix reports on Charlestown Township's receipt of a $40,000 Landscapes matching grant to purchase easements along the Horseshoe Trail. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
  • "Regional planners looking to 'scope' for early preview" by Tony Roberts in Saturday's The Phoenix reports on planned activities of the Phoenixville Area Regional Planning Group, of which Charlestown is a member. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Canal association begins restoration of Lock 60" by Kristin Smith in last Friday's The Phoenix reports on ground breaking for the restoration of Lock 60 by the Schuylkill Canal Association. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/06/02
Election Results: In Charlestown and the state, Ed Rendell and John Gerlach won their respective contests. Election results for just Charlestown for all races on the Charlestown ballot as well as the Chester County totals for the Governor and Representative races are available here. Charlestown had a 47.5% voter turnout.
The Official Minutes of the October 21 and October 29, 2002 meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
11/04/02
Election Day: This is your chance to count. Click here for information on Voting in Charlestown, where the election will be held at the Bacton Hill Bible Church.
"Township Tables Toll Bros. revised plan" by Kristin Smith in today's The Phoenix reports on the decision by the Board of Supervisors last night to table the discussion of the revised final plan for Toll Bros' Charlestown Meadows 191 unit development along Route 401. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The ban on burning leaves and waste paper has been lifted, but the Drought Emergency restrictions remain. Note that while you may burn leaves and waste paper, you must notify the fire department first. I hope to have more details on what you can, cannot and must do in order to burn leaves and waste paper from our Fire Marshal soon.
11/04/02
Reminder: Polls are open tomorrow, Election Day, from 7 AM to 8 PM at the Bacton Hill Bible Church on Route 401, just west of Valley Hill Road.
"15,000 acres of land saved in Chesco" by Jonathan Jones in today's The Mercury reports on the milestone reached in Chester County whereby 15,000 acres of open space has been protected through agricultural easements. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"$2.5M will help township fund farm preservation" by Margaret Fitzcharles in today's The Mercury reports on East Vincent Township's approval of a $2.5 million bond issue for funding open space and farm preservation. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Regional planners look to improve Route 724" by Margaret Fitzcharles in today's The Mercury reports on efforts by four townships (including neighboring East Pikeland) to improve traffic flow through the "Route 724 corridor". This main artery is one that feeds a great deal of Great Valley Corporate Center bound traffic through Charlestown via Charlestown Road and Route 29. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/03/02
News from Wendy Leland - I just received a terrific email from Wendy Leland in Afghanistan. It's posted on Wendy's Page and includes the good news that she expects to be back in the states by the end of the year.
GVNC in the news - "City-born director of nature center is in his element" by Susan Weidener in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Tom Pascocello, director of the Great Valley Nature Center on Rt. 29 at Hollow Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here and the Nature Center's new web site is here.
Neighborhood Actor - (from Paul Hogan) -
My nephew, Jonathan Hogan will star - well at least have a major role in Law and Order this Sunday at 9:00PM (I forget which channel). Coincidently with this TV production he will open at the Signature Theater on 42nd Street in "Book of Days." If you know what's good for you you'll tune in.
11/02/02
Joanna Reed Memorial Service - A memorial service will be held for Joanna Reed today (Saturday) at Saints Philip and James Catholic Church, Exton, at 1 p.m.
Monday's Board of Supervisors' meeting Preliminary Agenda has been updated.
Recording Secretary, Part Time - Charlestown Township is still in need of a new Recording Secretary. If you are interested in the position or know of someone who might be, please reply to Linda Csete's announcement below.
Recording Secretary, Part Time - Charlestown Township is looking for a detail oriented individual with excellent listening and writing skills to prepare accurate minutes for the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission. Supervisors meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 7:30 P.M., and Planning Commission meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 7:30 P.M. Average meeting length is 3 hours. Drafting of minutes would be done at home, although some daytime contact with the office is needed. Must have strong MS word experience. Please send resume or letter of interest to: Linda M. Csete, Township Administrator, Charlestown Township, P.O. Box 507, Devault, PA 19432 or e-mail same to admin1@charlestown.pa.us.
Wild Turkeys - From Bill Rhoad (The Bell & Clapper)
Just a quick note to share some of the fun things that can be found on our roads in Charlestown Twp. As I proceeded down Pickering Dam Road this morning on my way to work there was perched on the ladder rack of Jim Mackeys pickup truck an enormous wild turkey. Where else but Charlestown!
11/01/02
The Great Valley Nature Center has finally developed its own web site, and it is a beauty. The site lists their many educational and just plain fun programs for children and adults. It's a permanent link in our Charlestown Organizations and Area Children Activities pages, and you can check it out here.
"Township wants developers to prove they can provide adequate water" by Laura Catalano in today's The Mercury reports on efforts in Upper Pottsgrove, Montgomery County, to enact a new law requiring developers to prove they have adequate water to support their plans. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
 

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