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Archived Home Pages - November 2005

Used Coat Drive (from Kelley Kelly) -
Please donate Used, Clean Coats to Kelly Chevrolet for our Annual Used Coat Drive. The coats will be distributed to local Phoenixville shelters. Last year with the assistance of our friends and neighbors we collected over 250 coats! We will accept coats through February, 2006. Kelly Chevrolet is located at 600 Nutt Road, Route 23, Phoenixville. If you have any questions please call Kelley Kelly, 610-933-7707.
Lost Cat (from Diane Taylor via Linda Csete) -
Diane Taylor's cat was lost 1-1/2 years ago on June 3, 2004 in the vicinity of Green Lane Road. The owner is hoping someone has been feeding her cat or perhaps took him in. The cat is a black neutered male, about 3 years old, with yellow eyes. Call Diane Taylor if you have any info. 610-827-7519.
Official Map Ordinance Amendment - In my ignorance, I failed to realize that the proposed amendment to the Official Map Ordinance is just that, an amendment, and does not include the material in the original 2003 ordinance (or a 2004 amendment) that is unaffected by the proposed amendment. This has resulted in several new and revised postings. All the updated pages are linked from the "Official Map" button near the top of this Home page, under the gray panel. They include -
  • References to the proposed changes to the ordinance refer to the "Amendment", not just the "Ordinance".
  • I have posted the original 2003 Official Map Ordinance text in both web page and PDF formats. (Corresponding versions of the latest proposed amendment were already posted.)
  • I have created a page explaining how the ordinance amendment process works, and why.
  • I have posted a comment from Wendy McLean which is directed at my comment posted Nov. 26.
  • I have posted a reply (also under "Comments") from Lisa Scottoline to Kevin Kuhn's November 22 reply to her open letter to the Board of Supervisors of November 20.
"Let's make the right choice on voting changes", an editorial in today's Daily Local News, comments on the timing of the requirement that the county choose a new voting system. At this time, the state has only approved one electronic system. The editorial is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Official Map Ordinance Amendment - The letters and comments associated with the proposed official map ordinance amendment have become numerous and lengthy enough that I have set up a "Header" page which is a list of links to all information associated with the ordinance, including a link to the appropriate section of the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Code. For the time being, an "Official Map" icon has replaced the "Traffic Forum" icon on the Home page. This button icon will take you directly to the new header page.
In addition to the new "Header" page, recent postings include a letter and page of frequently asked questions (FAQ) sent November 10, 2005 by the Board of Supervisors to owners of affected properties, as well as additional comments on the ordinance and Lisa Scottoline's letter. As one who wishes the sale of development rights had been an option in the late 1980s, I have included my own comment in that section.
Joanna Reed - "My Backyard | Goodbye to 8 years of sharing", the final column by Denise Cowie in Friday's Philadelphia Inquirer starts off with Cowie's memories of Joanna Reed, who passed away in 2002. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
11/24/05 - Happy Thanksgiving!
We'll resume regular postings tomorrow.
The Official Minutes of the November 7, 2005 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Proposed Official Map Ordinance Amendment - I have posted a reply from Kevin Kuhn, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, to Lisa Scottoline regarding her November 20 open letter regarding the Proposed Official Map Ordinance Amendment. All of the letters, including another comment and reply, are posted here.
Cub Scout Pack 67 Seeking Former Scouts (from Cynthia Harrison) -
2005-2006 marks the FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY of Charlestown Elementary's Cub Scout Pack 67. For fifty years, Pack 67 has been sponsored by the Charlestown Elementary PTO. To celebrate this milestone, Pack 67 is looking for former members. If you or someone you know was a Cub Scout at Charlestown, we'd love to hear from you. We are exploring ways to commemorate our anniversary at our Blue and Gold celebration in February 2006 and want to include you.
Former Pack 67 Cub Scouts are encouraged to contact Cynthia Harrison, Cubmaster at 610-827-9552 or
"Chesco hikes real estate tax" by Gina Zotti in today's The Phoenix reports on the 2006 County budget adopted by the County Commissioners, which will increase real estate taxes 3.96%. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Budget raises tax about $27" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer also reports on the county budget for 2006. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Planning Commission Meeting (from Linda Csete) - There is no meeting of the Planning Commission this evening. Second meetings of the month are only scheduled if they are "needed".
"Charlestown supers back variances for subdivision" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The article discusses the proposed five lot sub division at Charlestown and Pikeland Roads, the scheduling of a hearing regarding the Official Map Ordinance Amendment in January, and the application for constructing billboards along the PA Turnpike. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Lisa Scottoline's open letter to the Board of Supervisors posted yesterday has generated a comment which I have listed after Lisa's letter on this page.
I have received another report of a bald eagle sighting, this one in the French Creek area, as well as concern that they will leave the area if they feel too disturbed.
Proposed Map Ordinance Amendment - Open Letter to the Board of Supervisors - Lisa Scottoline, owner of a beautiful farm on Wells Road, has written an open letter to the Board of Supervisors and asked me to post it here. Lisa expresses concern regarding the methods by which the Board is attempting to deal with its goal of minimizing development of the remaining farms and larger parcels in portions of the Township. Lisa's letter is available here.
"Residents: New voting system needs paper trail" by Gina Zotti in today's Daily Local News reports on Friday's public hearing held by the county's Voting System Task Force. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Bald Eagle Sighting (from Fran Leitheat) -
I want to share with the community my experience this morning while traveling on Creek Rd, from Whitehorse Rd towards Route 29, I notice a beautiful, mature, Bald Eagle perched on a tree in the creek bed. I stopped to take a longer look and sure enough a second eagle was perched in another tree. Both, began to take flight once they noticed me, but circled and landed back on the dead tree in the creek. It was an awesome experience to see two bald eagles in the wild, in our community!
As someone who enjoys watching the migratory birds that come to our community, this was a wonderful gift. I can tell you, it wasn't until now that I could really appreciate just how beautiful these birds are. Not just one, but a pair of Bald Eagles in the wild. Their white heads, distinctive golden beaks, huge body and yellow talons. Again, it was awesome! I hope they stay in the area for a while so other neighbors can enjoy the same experience as I did today.
Several additions have been made to the Preliminary Agenda for the November 21 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
The Preliminary Agenda for the November 21 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Voting System Meeting (from Sue Staas) (A press release for this meeting is also available here) -
The Chester County Board of Elections is in the process of choosing a new, electronic voting system for the entire county. Electronic systems come in many forms. Voter Services says they have not chosen a specific system, but has suggested that the new system WILL NOT have a paper backup! This is not acceptable and the Chester County Democratic Committee has approved a resolution to support a voting system containing a verified paper backup. The moment has come to make your voices heard and let our elected government know what we the people want.
The Voting Systems Task Force is holding a meeting to get voter feedback. Please plan to attend, and please plan to make your voice heard!
WHEN: Friday, November 18th (TOMORROW), at 7:00pm WHERE: Government Services Center (601 Westtown Road), Room 171
In order to be able to speak at the meeting, you MUST call ahead to reserve a spot. CALL 610-344-6100 to make sure that your voice gets heard by the Task Force. If they don't know the wishes of the true voters of Chester County, then they will make decisions without them.
Rules for Outdoor Burning - Burning of leaves and other materials at single family homes in Charlestown Township is very restricted. Fire Marshal Fred Alston and Township Administrator Linda Csete have provided a list of "do's and don'ts" for anyone contemplating outdoor burning of anything. The new page is available here and is also listed on our Index to Gov't Info page.
Preliminary 2006 Budget Posted - The Draft Budget for next year has been posted here. In addition, the Draft Budget will be open for inspection at the Township office at the Devault Building, 4030 Whitehorse Road, Devault, Pa. from November 16, 2005 to December 5, 2005. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. The final budget will be considered for adoption at a public meeting on December 5, 2005, 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School, 255 N. Phoenixville Pike, Malvern, PA.
CUMC Celebrating 175th Anniversary - Charlestown United Methodist Church, on Church Road in the village, is celebrating its 175th Anniversary. On Sunday, November 20 at 3:00 PM the church will hold a musical treat featuring the many talents of its members and friends presenting a variety of songs and hymns for your listening pleasure. Following the concert, the United Methodist Women will offer a variety of soups and sandwiches, perfect for a Sunday afternoon. The entire community is invited to this special event, so don't miss out on the fun. Both the concert and the refreshments are free, but a goodwill offering will be accepted.
"State funding causing sprawl?" by Ann Pickering in Sunday's Daily Local News reports on a side effect of the manner in which state funding for job development is allocated. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"A change of perception" by Sarah E. Moran in yesterday's Daily Local News reports Pogey's Restaurant & Tavern at the corner of Rt. 29 and Charlestown Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Remembering Priscilla Crowell (from Nick and Alice Crowell) -
We are having a celebration of her life on Saturday November 26th at St. Peter's in the Great Valley Episcopal Church, at One PM. She had many friends in Charlestown and all are invited. If anyone has a picture of Priscilla they would like to share, please call Alice at 610-933-1904. I will make a copy and return the original to you.
Lost CatLost Cat (from Fran Leithead) - My lost cat Pepper has been missing since last Friday, when she went outside and didn't return. Pepper is a brown tabby, is very friendly and would go with anyone. Pepper is about 8 years old, an indoor cat, but she does have all her claws. I didn't have any tags on her, even though she is current with her shots. If anyone has seen her around 225 Buckwalter Rd, near Charlestown Rd, please call me at 610-933-5395.
"Open space activists not losing hope despite votes" by Anne Pickering in today's The Phoenix reports on the rejections of open space referendums in Schuylkill and Wallace Townships. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Township Office Closed (from Linda Csete) -
The Township Office will be closed on Friday, November 11, 2005 in observance of Veterans' Day.
Election Comment (from Michael Churchill) -
Charlestown stood out in the election results this week. While Chester County voted to retain Justices Newman and Nigro by wide margins (76 percent and 69 percent respectively) the vote in Charlestown on Nigro was 54 percent no and 46 percent yes, and Justice Newman's yes vote was held to 54 percent.
Those of you who travel on Pikeland Road probably recognize this guy, but we first saw him while driving to Charlestown Elementary to vote on Tuesday. Well done!
Cat FoundIs This Your Cat? (from Bob & Lee Ann Bone) -
We've had a stray cat hanging around our home on Charlestown Road for a couple of weeks. It's black with four white boots, and a white chest, nose, and whiskers. Hopefully someone knows where it belongs. If so, give us a call. Bob and Lee Ann Bone at 610 933-5089.
Election Results - We had a 14% voter turnout at the polls in Charlestown (481 out of 3,439) vs a 22.6% turnout in the county as a whole. The unofficial results of the votes of just those 481 Charlestown voters are available from the County's web site by clicking here. County totals for all races and precincts are available here.
The Official Minutes of the October 11, 2003 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
The Official Minutes of the October 17, 2005 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Landfill Hearing - I want to remind everyone that that while the Allan A. Myers curative amendment to allow the quarry property on Route 29 to be used as a landfill is on tonight's Planning Commission preliminary agenda, it remains to be seen if the hearing will actually take place. It is not unusual for an applicant not to appear, or to appear and ask for a continuance to a later date.
"Charlestown Township Amendment to official map to get further look" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors, a good portion of which was devoted to a lively discussion of the proposed ordinance that would require owners of large (over 10 acre) parcels to give the Township a period of time to counter offers from developers before the land owners could sell their land to a developer. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Historical Society (from John Pittock) - The Charlestown Historical Society will hold it's second fall meeting tomorrow night at the Elementary School, and will hold a second clean-up party at the Wisner (Rapp) House on Yellow Springs Road this coming Saturday morning. You may also join or renew your membership at the polls today.
Election Day - Polls open tomorrow at 7:00 AM at Charlestown Elementary School and close at 8:00 PM. Come out and exercise your right to vote, and take the opportunity to become a member or renew your membership in the Charlestown Historical Society.
Landfill Hearing - The hearing for the Allan A. Myers curative amendment to allow the quarry property on Route 29 to be used as a landfill is now scheduled for this Tuesday's regular meeting of the Planning Commission. The full agenda is available here.
"Charlestown UMC celebrates 175 years" by Tara Munkatchy in last Friday's print edition of the Daily Local News is an extensive article on the United Methodist Church that began in the Charlestown Village 175 years ago and continues to mark its anniversary year with a celebration to be held at the Church at 3 pm, Sunday November 20. Unfortunately, the newspaper article is not available on-line, and for copyright reasons I cannot reproduce it here.
Phoenixville Foundry Building Tour (from Liz Andersen) -
The Phoenixville Farmers' Market is pleased to announce that Barbara Cohen will give a brief history of the Foundry followed by a tour inside the building tomorrow, Saturday November 5th at 11am. Barbara and PAEDCO have spearheaded the restoration of the Foundry and they have generously hosted the Market. The Foundry is located at 2 Main Street, behind the Colonial Theatre.
More Info: My wife and I have been supporters of both PAEDCO (Phoenixville Area Economic Development Corporation) and the Colonial Theatre and have been inside the Foundry building before its recent renovation. Constructed in 1882 and almost 14,000 sq ft in size, the building was a central component of the old Phoenix Iron Works. It is a fascinating structure which still contains some of the huge wood forms used for casting and forging components of large scale machinery. Among other inhabitants, the Schuylkill River Valley Visitors Center will be located at the Foundry Building.
Election Information - The Philadelphia Inquirer has posted voting information for all races in the Delaware Valley area. However, the information is not organized by precinct ballot, so it will take some "hunting" to find what will be on our ballot in Charlestown. The only Township-specific race is the uncontested race for two Township Supervisor positions, with Kevin Kuhn and Mike Rodgers seeking re-election. To view all the races, go to .
The Preliminary Agenda for the November 7 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"Saving open space?" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on the upcoming referendum in Schuylkill Township to finance the preservation of open space in the township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chesco proposes 3.96% tax increase" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the proposed tax increase for Chester County's 2006 budget. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
More Vandalism - Unfortunately, the stolen farm sign reported here on Saturday was followed by a similar incident yesterday. I received the following from Simon and Lucy Barnes, also on Buckwalter Road.
Following the theft of the sign for Kaffufle Farm from Buckwalter Rd on Friday, our Farm sign for Strawberry Hollow Farm (three lots down Buckwalter from Kaffufle Farm) was stolen this afternoon, Monday. The thieves had to prize open significant hangers to wrench this new sign off its post, they did so in broad daylight as the sign was taken sometime in the early afternoon. We had this sign commissioned in July as a replica of the original that was attacked with a hammer again by needless vandalism. It is so disheartening to see such attempts to keep our rural homes and farms in good order constantly undermined by such senseless acts. It would be a wonderful act of kindness if these two signs could be returned to their rightful owners.
The Preliminary Agenda for the November 8 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
"Budget for 2006 prompts question" by Nancy Petersen in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on discussions of the Chester County 2006 budget. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Library offers Wi-Fi access; just bring your own laptop" by Bill Rettew, Jr. in today's The Phoenix reports on the availability of wireless Internet access in the Phoenixville Public Library. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.

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