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Archived Home Pages - December 1998

Linda Csete, Township Secretary, has notified me that there will not be an agenda for the website for next Monday's meeting. The meeting notice for the 7:30 P.M. January 4, 1999 meeting is
The Board of Supervisors will hold their annual reorganization meeting followed by the first business meeting for January.
We've started a new feature called "Did You Know?" through which we will occasionally post interesting facts about the early days in Charlestown and the surrounding community. I have created a "References" page where the sources of these tidbits will be listed by author. Our first installment follows. (If you are interested in the history of Charlestown, be sure to check out The early days link in the left menu column and consider joining the Charlestown Historical Society.)
Did You Know?   In 1862, Charlestown had 5 public (common) schools staffed by 4 male and 3 female instructors teaching 131 boys and 107 girls. The ratio of teachers to schools was deemed too high and subject to correction. [Ref: Dept of Common Schools, p.197]

Merry Christmas
12/24/98  (11:33pm)  
Many thanks to Irene Ewald for relaying the Santa reports to us tonight. We hope you enjoyed them. Merry Christmas!
(9:36pm)  THIS JUST IN...
Children in Malvern are reported to be too excited about the arrival of Santa to go to sleep. (From our son, referring to our grandaughter, Ella.)
(9:00pm)  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 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.
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.
(2:45pm)    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?
If you have additional Santa news or sightings, please contact us.
(07:30am)  Today's Philadelphia Inquirer has an article by Susan Weidener titled "Charlestown residents oppose turnpike ramp" reporting on the letter sent by the supervisors to Governor Ridge unanimously opposing the PA Turnpike slip ramp. Several residents expressed concern that the supervisors were not doing enough to combat the proposed ramp. You may read the article from the paper's web site by clicking here.

Check Neighborhood News for Kevin Kuhn's report on Monday evening's meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
Today's Daily Local has a feature article by Jennifer Lawson on Charlestown Township resident Pat Hawn. Titled "Dogs come to the rescue", the article reports on Pat and her two search and rescue dogs who have been involved in some well known missing person cases in the Delaware Valley. The article is available on-line for today only by clicking here.
Please email me your reports of "Santa sightings" on Christmas Eve. I'll do my best to post them here as they are received.
The Preliminary Agenda for next Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
Saturday's Philadelphia Inquirer had an article titled "Proposed ramp draws opposition" by Susan Weidener reporting on the discussion of the ramp at last Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors and quoting a number of residents and elected officials on the matter. You may read the article from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Today's The Mercury has an article by Donna M. Heron titled "Chesco planners hear views on transportation woes", reporting on last night's public meeting of the Chester County Planning Commission. The article is available on-line for the next few days by clicking here. Quoting from the article -
Significant changes are occurring in Chester County, Whitmore said. Between 1980 and 1996 Chester County had a 30 percent increase in population compared to the state which only saw a two percent increase. There have also been a 24.2 percent increase in licensed drivers and a 66 percent increase in the number of vehicles registrations issued. "Overwhelming travel demand is leading to congestion and safety problems," Whitmore said. "Between 1990 and 1997, 20,000 residential building permits were issued in the county."
The Chester County Planning Commission is still conducting its survey on congestion and transportation, which you can fill out on-line from the Commission's web page by clicking here.
Today's Daily Local has an article by John Crawford titled "Roadside tree cutting draws fire" reporting on concerns over the cutting of large, mature trees along Pikeland Road by PennDOT. The article deals with a particular operation just across the Township border by Merlin Road. Many of us have difficulty seeing why these trees, which have survived here for hundreds of years and grown to huge proportions, must be taken down now. Apparently there is nothing that can be done to prevent the cutting, which is done without warning. You may read the article from the paper's web site (today only) by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the November meeting of the Board of Supervisors and the December 4 Newsletter of the Charlestown Republican Committee have been posted.
I have posted Kevin Kuhn's report (see Neighborhood News) on Monday's lengthy meeting of the Board of Supervisors. This is the first report in which I provide links to the appropriate subdivision map for those cases where you wish to know the location of a subdivision mentioned in the report.
I have also posted Fred Alston's Fire Marshal's report for November.
In the process of adding the Wilson subdivision on Mine Road to our subdivision maps, I realized that the subdivision numbering scheme I was using was not the best for maps that are being updated frequently. Therefore, in addition to adding the Wilson subdivision (currently"31-C" on the northern zone map), I have renumbered all subdivisions as a single series of numbers, currently 1 - 33. The next new subdivision will be numbered 34, etc. I retain the letter code and color code to distinguish which status group each subdivision is in. The letter code and color code will change as a subdivision "moves up" through the stages of approval and construction, but the identifying number will remain the same. For example, the Wilson subdivision, if all is approved, will remain #31, even as it becomes "31-B" and eventually "31-A". In this way, if someone looks at today's meeting reports and official minutes a year or so from now, the number referenced will still be the same, even if the status has changed.
The two messages below were received today. They remind me that when I was growing up in Charlestown (I moved here in 1944), it was common to see pheasants everywhere, and now there seem to be none due to foxes, disease, or whatever. Two years ago we had a pair of wild turkeys nesting near our drive for the summer, but we have not seen them since. I never saw a wild turkey in these parts while growing up here, so I assume they are being "nurtured" by some source other than nature. Anyway, this is a touching report from Ann Kline about a wild turkey I never had the good fortune to meet, and another sad commentary on the growing hazards of the increased traffic this area's growth is fostering.
"Gertrude" is dead--her beautiful plumage scattered over two blocks of narrow, "off-the-beaten-track" Hollow Road in Charlestown. She survived hunters for two Thanksgivings, much to our relief. However, mid-morning on sunny, balmy Dec. 3rd she met with a more formidable foe. A mindless driver smashed into her, going too fast on a country lane not intended for those speeds. The solitary wild turkey hen who had fascinated and delighted our neighborhood by living among us in harmony and with trust for more than a year is now a member of "the great drift." We sorely will miss her funny face and her interesting antics.
The Audubon Society and other "birders" had told us it was most unusual for a wild turkey to live in harmony in an alien society as the species more predictably travels in flocks and cleverly eludes all human contact. The experts loved our anecdotes about her peaceable interaction with our cats, dogs and other creatures of the woods, about her midday naps on our porches, her forages into our garages looking for who knows what, her dirt baths in our flower gardens and awkward sprucing-up in our birdbaths. She never lacked for food sources as she successfully pecked for the berries, fruits and nuts found in abundance in beautiful Chester County. She was approachable, tolerating our presence at 10 feet as we worked in our yards. At dusk, we knew where to look for her impressive silhouette roosting high on a favorite tree limb over Valley Creek.
So, hail and farewell feathered friend who asked nothing of us and gave much in return. Such a treat comes rarely, if ever. For too short a time our neighborhood was blessed.
The message (above) about our unfortunate neighborhood pet--the turkey who trusted too much--is sent with the thought that a turnpike slip and the increased traffic it will bring to bucolic Charlestown is unthinkable for many of us residents. I plan to send copies of my sentiments to the local newspapers, and thought you might like a copy in light of the December 7th township meeting concerning the subject.
Best regards,
Ann Kline
I have posted the rather full Preliminary Agenda for next Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
I have posted the Preliminary Agenda for the December 8 regular meeting of the Planning Commission. As always, it is available from a link on the Official Minutes page as well. I should have the agenda for next Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors soon.

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