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Archived Home Pages - December 2003
Happy New Year to all of our visitors, and please drive safely if you are on the roads tonight.
"Nature center offers fun camp" by Kate Saunders in today's The Phoenix reports on winter programs at the Great Valley Nature Center. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Community remembers playhouse founder" by Kate Saunders in Monday's The Phoenix remembers Elizabeth ("Miss Betty") Stonorov, who passed away December 8th. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Students team up to improve society" by Barbara Worthington in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the participation of about 20 Great Valley High School students in a business leadership course conducted in conjunction with Penn State Great Valley. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Cutting down on pollutants" by Panela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on Great Valley School District's efforts to convert some buses to a fuel mixture comprising 20 percent processed soybean oil. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Ginny Durkin has commented on the proposed billboards along the PA Turnpike on Sidley Hill (visible at the minimum from Blackberry Lane and Yellow Springs Road) and on recent articles on the proposed billboards in the Daily Local News. Unfortunately, the Dec. 26 article Ginny refers to is no longer linked from the paper's web site and I was too busy yesterday to check the papers as I usually do, so we have no link to the article.) Ginny's comments and plea for community opposition is posted in our Traffic Forum.
SANTA IS ON HIS WAY!!! It has been confirmed that Santa has left the North Pole and is headed our way, expected to arrive after midnight. For those concerned that Blitzen was missing, he was found rolling in the alfalfa, but is now pulling the sleigh.
My wife Linda and I would like to wish everyone who visits our site
After yesterday's email notice went out, I updated the January 5 BOS agenda by adding the agenda for the reorganization meeting which starts at 7:30 PM. Both agendas are on the same page.
12/23/03 (Updated 2:30 PM)
The Preliminary Agendas for the January 5 Reorganization Meeting and Regular Meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted. This Regular Meeting will start immediately after the annual Reorganization Meeting, which starts at 7:30 PM. Note that there will be a brief presentation by J. Loew & Associates on the Tyler-Griffith tract during the Regular Meeting.
"Charlestown questions billboards" by Kate Saunders in today's Daily Local News reports on discussions stemming from Monday nights Board hearing on the issue of four proposed billboards along the PA Turnpike near Phoenixville Pike and Yellow Springs Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. Note that we previously posted a sketch of the proposed locations of the billboards and access road, which is available here.
Miss Betty Stonorov Obituary - A somewhat abridged obituary for Miss Betty is available from the Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here.
"Controversial 2-issue bill sails through state Assembly" by Amy Worden in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a controversial bill before the legislature that protects farmers from certain types of legal action by adjacent land owners. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Budget Approved with Lower Rate - I have posted the Township Budget for 2004 adopted at Monday's Board meeting. The 2004 Budget has a tax rate of 0.75 Mils vs last year's 1.00 Mil. The budget is available as a regular web page or as a PDF file. Note that the budget can always be accessed from our General Info and our Regular Minutes pages.
The Official Minutes of the December 1, 2003 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
"Charlestown supervisors continue billboard hearing" by Kate Saunders in today's The Phoenix reports on several topics from last nights meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. Note that we previously posted a sketch of the locations of the billboards and access road, which is available here.
"State narrows list of exam standards " by Pamela Batzel in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the response by the state Department of Education to concerns of school systems, including Great Valley, over the effect mandated increased testing is having on school curriculums. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Parents question testing" by Pamela Batzel in today's Daily Local News reports on concerns among parents, teachers and administrators in the Great Valley School District about the effect a state mandated increase in testing of elementary school children is having on the curriculum. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Farm preserves 350 acres" by John Gentzel in today's Daily Local News reports on the preservation of a landmark farm in North Coventry Township in a situation where the township did not have to contribute to the costs of easements. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the December 15 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted. This lengthy agenda includes continued hearings on the conditional use applications for an access road to billboards along the PA Turnpike and for an Assisted Living Facility on the Altemose property on Whitehorse Road.
12/11/03 (2:00 PM)
I hope to be able to post the entire, marvelous obituary for "Miss Betty" Stonorov, but in the event I can't, her obituary is printed in both today's The Phoenix and the Daily Local News. It is not available on either paper's web site so you must purchase one of these papers to read it.
Memorial Service for Miss Betty - A memorial service will be held on January 17, 2004 at Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr College, at 1 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Charlestown Playhouse, P. O. Box 852, Frazer, PA 19355.
The Official Minutes of the November 11, 2003 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"Planners review lighting ordinance" by Kate Saunders in today's The Phoenix reports on last night's meeting of the Planning Commission at which there was considerable discussion of a proposed township lighting ordinance as well as discussion of the proposed Sycamore Lane subdivision. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Preserving farmland a priority" by Betsy Gilliland in today's Daily Local News reports on the county commissioners' final approval of the purchase of development rights for 377 acres of farmland in northern Chester County. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
12/09/03 (1:00 PM)
I have received word that "Miss Betty" Stonorov passed away peacefully in her sleep Monday morning. Details on arrangements will be posted as soon as they are provided by the family.
"Chesco deal would boost preserved farmland" by Benjamin Y. Lowe in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the pending addition of 380 acres of northern Chester County farmland to the list of preserved land that will never be available for development. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Fred Atkins Auction - Richard "Fred" Atkins, who passed away several months ago, was a long time resident of Charlestown Township, living much of the time on the Fisher farm on Charlestown Road. An auction of a portion of Fred Atkins' personal items will be included in the December 13 Dan Alleva Auction, held at the Chester Valley Grange Hall on Phoenixville Pike, just south of the Turnpike overpass. Note that this auction includes other items in addition to Fred Atkins' possessions. Some of Fred's items included in the auction are jewelry, a collection of American eagle memorabilia including Franklin Mint statues, Bradford plates, etc., ship models, alabaster statuettes, and other relatively small items. Fred's paintings and furniture are not included in the auction. A preview hour to look over items in the auction starts at 8:00 AM, Saturday, and the auction begins at 9 AM.
Fred Atkins '63 Buick Riviera - Fred's beautifully maintained 1963 Buick Riviera, silver with red interior, is also for sale, but will not be part of the auction. Anyone interested in purchasing the Riviera should contact auctioneer Dan Alleva at 610-647-2564.
Fred Alston's Roadmaster report for November has been posted, click here
Fred Alston's Fire Marshal report for November has been posted, click here.
The Official Minutes of the November 17, 2003 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Route 29 Widening Project -
The following is a PennDOT press release issued December 4. This press release is also available on it's own page here.
PENNDOT TO START $2.6 MILLION ROUTE 29 PROJECT12/03/03
PA 29 TO BE WIDENED AND IMPROVED IN EAST WHITELAND TOWNSHIP, CHESTER COUNTY
12/04/2003-KING OF PRUSSIA
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) today announced that roadwork will start Monday (December 8) on the $2.6 million project to widen and improve State Route 29 in East Whiteland Township, Chester County.
Under the $2,637,355 project, PENNDOT will widen Route 29 from two lanes to four between Great Valley Parkway and General Warren Boulevard to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion. This project, which covers about 4,000 feet, will extend Route 29's existing four-lane pattern that stretches from U.S. Route 30 to Flat Road.
The project also includes drainage improvements, paving, modifying traffic signal at Route 29's intersections with Great Valley Parkway and General Warren Boulevard; and adding a signal at Route 29 and Flat Road. Construction is scheduled to finish in July 2004.
Handel's Messiah at VHCC (from Paul Hogan) -
Tomorrow night at 8 the Valley Forge CC will put on a production of Handel's Messiah. I saw it several years ago and I thought it a first class production. It was snowed out last year. There's cookies and juice and a social half-hour before. I think it well worth the effort. The reason it is so early this year is due to their fear of being snowed out again. It's in the VFCC Chapel. Paul Hogan.
"Supervisors, residents debate billboard issues" by Kate Saunders in yesterday's The Phoenix reports on Monday night's Board of Supervisors hearing on the application to build an access road across steep slopes in order to maintain four new billboards proposed for the PA Turnpike on Sidley Hill. (Click here for our own map showing the proposed placement of the access road and billboards.) The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Tax in Chesco to rise 4.3%" by Reid Kanaley in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the recently approved real estate tax increase for Chester County residents. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"County schools to get $5,000 for arts" by Dan Hardy in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the beginning of a program whereby each high school in Chester County will receive $5,000 per year for cultural arts programs. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Montco adds 258 acres to farm preservation program " by Carl Hessler, Jr. in last Sunday's The Mercury reports on Montgomery County's use of state, county and local funds to purchase easements on five farms in order to preserve them as open space. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
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