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Archived Home Pages - December 2000

12/30/00
The final two installments of Michael Quay's History of Phoenixville are available from The Phoenix web site.
  • "Humble Beginnings/Promising Future: Steel declines during two wars" is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.

  • "Humble Beginnings/Promising Future: The end of steel signals a change" is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
12/29/00
The Preliminary Agendas for the Tuesday, January 2nd Reorganization Meeting and Regular Meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
A resident has asked if anyone can recommend a snow plowing service. If you have someone you can recommend, please email me at webmaster@charlestown.org or use our form by clicking here.
"Humble Beginnings/Promising Future: Industrial revolution comes to borough" by Michael Quay in yesterday's The Phoenix is the fourth of six articles on the history of Phoenixville being published by the paper. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. I assume the fifth installment is in today's paper which is not yet posted on-line (nor delivered to my home).
12/27/00
"Land trust buys land for open space" by Sharon Hinchberger in today's Daily Local News reports on the purchase of open space by Kennett Township using funds from the county's Landscape program as well as a state grant. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Humble Beginnings/Promising Future: Steel forges the way for Civil War victory" by Michael Quay in today's The Phoenix is the third of six articles on the history of Phoenixville being published by the paper. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
12/26/00
We have become very dissatisfied with our trash hauler (York Waste Disposal) who, instead of mailing us a notice of change of holiday pickup schedule (as they have done in the past), relied on a notice in local newspapers to get the word out. Together with a number of missed pickups, and extra holiday trash building up, we are ready to switch haulers. If any of you can either recommend a waste hauler or could warn me regarding poor service, I would appreciate it. Please email me at webmaster@charlestown.org or use our form by clicking here.
"Townships take back Pa. roads" by Sharon Hinchberger in today's Daily Local News reports on a number of townships that are taking over maintenance and safety controls of state roads in their area. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Michael Quay has started a six-part series on the history of Phoenixville in The Phoenix. "Beginning with a village called Manavon" is the first in the series and is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Forging a community through a revolution" is the second in the series which is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
12/24/00  (9:10pm)  SANTA'S HERE...
Oh what a noisy bunch of reindeer. They found the carrots left for them at the Township office by Mrs Csete. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
SANTA AT CHIMNEY(7:30pm)  SANTA'S ALMOST HERE...
SANTA IS COMING TO CHARLESTOWN. SANTA IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE JUST AFTER THE LAST CHILD IS FOUND TO BE SLEEPING. Be sure to get to sleep right away so Santa doesn't have to go somewhere else first.
HERE HE COMES!(7:00pm)  SANTA'S GETTING CLOSER...
REPORTS FROM LAKE WOBEGON from Farmer Swen announce that reindeer were heard on the barn roof. Do you know what sound reindeer make? Tell us what you hear.
(6:30pm)  FIRST SIGHTING...
SANTA HAS JUST BEEN SPOTTED OVER ALASKA. Eskimo spotters tell us Santa is on the way.
Ho Ho Ho!(5:25pm)  3rd ELF REPORT from the North Pole
SANTA has just climbed aboard the magic sleigh. It was a tight squeeze to get in because there were so many toys. Snoopy Elf gave Santa the elf report on each boy and girl. The elf report tells Santa who was good and what things need improvement. There were a lot of children reported to have messy rooms. They are advised to get their rooms cleaned up quick. Most children did do their assigned chores, particularly picking up socks and putting away their breakfast dish. Were you good? This is your last chance to report.
(4:30pm)    2nd ELF REPORT from the North Pole....
The reindeer spent the last few weeks playing too much because the weather was too warm for December. Cold weather came yesterday and they could fly again. Did you know reindeer cannot fly as well in warm weather?
(12:00 noon)  We have received our first ELF REPORT from the North Pole...
Elves report that Santa's sleigh is loaded with toys and ready to go. The reindeer are busy leaping to practice take off and landings. Children are advised to put out a little reindeer food and carrots. Carrots with a touch of sugar are particularly liked by Dancer and Prancer. Some of the other reindeer like the green stuff on the top of the carrots which all the reindeer need to be able to see so well at night. Who can name all Santa's reindeer?
12/21/00
Two articles in today's newspapers report on elements of the Great Valley School District.
  • "School cafeterias take lunchtime into accounts" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on the use of pre-paid student ID card accounts that allow students to purchase cafeteria food and library services without having to carry cash. The system will be installed in elementary schools as well. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.

  • "Nothing like a sturdy - and yummy - foundation" by Susan Weidener in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on gingerbread houses created by the gourmet food class at the Great Valley Senior High School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the November 20 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
12/20/00
The Official Minutes of the December 4 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted. I will post the Nov. 20 minutes soon.
12/19/00
"No tax hike in C'town" by Michael Quay in today's The Phoenix reports on the budget passed at last night's Board of Supervisors meeting as well as the award of the construction contract for the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Valley Hill Road and Route 401. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
12/18/00
The Official Minutes of the November 14 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
12/15/00
The Preliminary Agenda for Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been updated.
12/14/00
The Preliminary Agenda for Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
12/12/00
The Preliminary Agenda for tonight's meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted. Note that this meeting is at the Great Valley Middle School.
12/07/00
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal report for the month of November has been posted.
"Township officials concerned over traffic" by Pateen Corcoran in today's Daily Local News reports on concerns by residents in East Whiteland regarding the excessive traffic and speed on Sidley Road. Sidley Road intersects with Phoenixville Pike and Yellow Springs Road about a hundred yards from the Charlestown Twp. border. In the morning, traffic backs up almost to the Turnpike bridge on the Yellow Springs side of this intersection. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chester County approves 2.95 percent tax hike" by David Bernard in today's The Phoenix reports on the county tax increase approved Tuesday night by the County Commissioners. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
12/06/00
Yellow Springs ShoulderA PennDOT crew rounds and smooths the steep shoulder today on Yellow Springs Road in front of Brightside Farm, which was just purchased by the Township to preserve open space. This hilly stretch of Yellow Springs Road is heavily drifted in snow during major winter storms, and the lower and more gently sloped shoulder should reduce the depth of drifting.
"Land trust sells development rights for Edgar Farm" by Sharon Hinchberger in today's Daily Local News reports on an example of a land trust and the Chester County Agricultural Preservation Board working together to preserve open space in East Marlborough. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
12/05/00
Several articles in local newspapers are of interest -
  • "Charlestown finalizes 55-acre land deal" by Michael Quay in today's The Phoenix reports on the completion of the purchase of Pyle family's Brightside Farm from the Great Valley School District as well as the near term plans for the property. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
     
  • "Parents: Keep hunters away from schools" by Karin Williams in today's The Phoenix reports on the discussion at last night's meeting of the Board of Supervisors regarding the dangers posed by hunters in our area, and in particular near Charlestown Elementary School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
     
  • "At Great Valley, 'home ec' goes high-tech" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on the use of computerized design software in fashion design classes at the Great Valley High School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
     
  • "Small farms urged to go chemical-free, sell directly to consumers" by Walter Naedele in the December 1, 2000 Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the importance of organic farmers selling directly to consumers as a way to preserve small farms. (Thanks to Mark Connolly for bringing this article to our attention.) The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
I noted yesterday that the "govt@charlestown.org" email address on our Contact Township Supervisors page no longer "works". This happened when I moved the hosting of this site from servers in my home-office to a third party hosting service in West Chester. It turns out that I cannot set up such an account on the hosting service we are now using. As a somewhat less elegant alternative, I have replaced the govt@charlestown.org address and link with another link that will automatically insert the explicit list of supervisor email addresses (plus the Township Secretary's address) into your new email's "TO:" field. I assume that this will work no matter what email client program you are using, but there may be exceptions. See the "ALL OF THE ABOVE" link on our Contact Township Supervisors page.
12/04/00
Loretta Watson's report on the November 20 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to our Neighborhood News page.
Charlestown resident and area attorney Liz Howard was recently selected the "Attorney of the Month" by the Chester County Bar Association. We have highlighted Liz on our Neighbors of Note page where you will also find a link to a newspaper article describing her achievements and the award. Thanks to Kevin Kuhn for bringing this to my attention.
"Yellow Springs neighbors ask for local control" by Pateen Corcoran in today's Daily Local News reports on the traffic concerns of Tredyffrin Township residents living on Yellow Springs Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The email link "govt@charlestown.org" is busted at the moment, and I hope to get it fixed today. Thanks to Mark Connolly for bringing this to my attention.
 
 

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