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Established June 2, 1997
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March 16, 1998

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Hayden Mathias (11/05/10)
Hayden Mathias, 12, a former Charlestown Elementary School student and student of the Woodlynde School in Wayne, PA has been named to USA Hockey Atlantic District's Philadelphia Flyers-Quebec Pee Wee Ice Hockey Team. Players selected from among the region's Tier 1 hockey clubs will compete internationally in The Quebec International Pee Wee Tournament, the largest youth hockey tournament in the world. Here, players from 16 countries compete over a period of 11 days, before crowds of over 200,000 fans each year. Past participants include NHL greats like Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Eric Lindros. The Quebec International Tournament will be held from Feb. 10-20,2011 at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada. Mathias plays ice hockey for the Philadelphia JR Flyers Tier 1 Hockey Club. In January, he was one of three Chester County players named to the Bell Capital Cup All-Star Team in Ottawa, Ontario.
Matthew Carpenter-Dennis (08/18/08)
Matthew Carpenter-Dennis, resident of Charlestown, graduate of GVHS class of 2002, graduate of Columbia University 2006, was awarded a fellowship to work in Tunis, Tunisia for the summer. Matt worked at the African Development Bank from May to August. At the end of August Matt will continue his studies at Harvard Law School - class of 2010. (submitted by Julie Carpenter-Dennis)
Charlestown Boys in Nike Indoor T&F Nationals (03/13/07)
Liz LaGreca sent me information and two photos celebrating the success of the Great Valley High School's Boys Winter Track and Field Team. In addition to Liz's son EJ, we thing two other team members, Aaron Parker and Mike Borzillo, are also Charlestown residents. (If not, they still deserve recognition). Click here to view the page and photos.
2004 Philadelphia Flower Show Winners
Michael Bowell's firm Create a Scene won the Marketplace Awards of the Philadelphia Flower Show for Horticulture (large). Lee Raden won the Doretta Klaber Award for "Saxifraga jenkensiae", and two ribbons from the North American Rock Garden Society Delaware Valley Chapter.
Brittany Moore  (03/21/04)  (from her father)
Charlestown resident and high school senior Brittany Moore competed in Harrisburg on March 6th in Pennsylvania's American Legion Oratorical Contest finals and won a $5000. scholarship to the school of her choice by placing 2nd in the state. She did a great job!
Brittany Moore  (02/28/04)  (from her father)
Last night (Friday, 02/27/04), Brittany Moore, a high school senior from Charlestown, won Pennsylvania's American Legion Oratorical Contest for the Eastern Division. Brittany will now go on to compete in Harrisburg on Saturday March 6th, against the remaining two competitors representing the central and western regions of Pennsylvania. Scholarships of 8000, 6000 and 4000 dollars will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Brittany placed 3rd at this level last year and won $4,000 in scholarships.
The competition involves giving an 8 to 10 minute speech on the U.S. Constitution, as well as giving a 3 to 5 minute speech on one of four assigned topics. These four topics concern a specific aspect of the Constitution (e.g. last night's topic was Amendment 14). No notes, charts, or other materials of any kind, including a podium or microphone, are allowed. The contest is open to all 9th through 12th graders. Brittany's parents highly recommend this contest as it has truly helped Brittany in her speaking abilities. The awards are also quite nice! Most of all, Brittany met many of our heroes from the American Legion and has come to appreciate our country and our Constitution very much. Anyone interested in obtaining more information on this contest should feel free to contact Jerry Moore at
Diana McClean  (02/03/04)
Great Valley High School student Diana McClean, of Yellow Springs Road, Charlestown Township created the winning Great Valley School District 2003 Christmas Card cover design. Caroline Kocher of Malvern wrote the winning verse for the card. Diana's beautiful card design and Caroline's verse are available here.
Wendy Leland  (12/20/02)
Lt. Colonel Wendy Leland is back home from the holidays after her tour of duty in Afghanistan. Wendy was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for her service in the War on Terror, Operation Enduring Freedom. After the holidays, she will be serving at the FORCECOM Headquarters in Atlanta through April. We can't thank Wendy, Doug and their children enough for the sacrifice they have made to help fight terrorism. Our postings of Wendy's emails and photos from Afghanistan will remain a permanent feature of our web site.
Jennifer Haskell  (12/19/02)
Charlestown resident and Great Valley senior Jennifer Haskell scored a perfect 1600 on this fall's SAT exams.
Wendy Leland in Afghanistan
Check out our special section on Charlestown resident Wendy Leland's deployment to Afghanistan.
Wendy Leland (06/03/02)
Wendy Leland on her way to Afghanistan - "Area woman to depart for duty in Afghanistan" by Kevin Plunkett in the June 3, 2002 Daily Local News reports on Planning Commission member, Girl Scout Troop leader, lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard, communications specialist and Charlestown resident Wendy Leland's upcoming deployment to Afghanistan as part of a joint task force with the 18th Airborn Corps.
Jen Williams, Carolyn Auwaerter, Katy Andersen and Ben Franczuszki  (06/03/02)
Charlestown Residents are State Medal Winners! - Charlestown's Jen Williams, Carolyn Auwaerter and Katy Andersen were joined by Malvern's Danielle Eaton to win the 4x800 Relay in 9:16.73 to take the State Championship at the PIAA Track and Field Championship at Shippensberg, PA on May 26, 2002. Charlestown resident Ben Franczuszki placed 6th in the 800 meter run in 1:55.83. Both times set new Great Valley High School records.
Lisa Scottoline, Author  (05/27/00)
Charlestown's Lisa Scottoline's ninth thriller, "Courting Trouble", is summed up as a "gavel-to-gavel romp" in the "Picks & Pans" section of the June 3, 2002 issue of People Magazine. The review includes a photo of Ms. Scottoline with her two dogs. As with all of Ms. Scottoline's books, other reviews and the first chapter of "Courting Trouble" are available from her web site at
Linda Thiel Hewlings, Artist
Charlestown artist Linda Thiel Hewlings was honored with a "Best in Show" award at the Chester County Art Association's recent Landscapes show. Linda has recently been working to capture our beautiful and unique township in pastel. You can see her Charlestown landscapes and other work at the 29th Annual Yellow Springs Art Show, April 27 through May 12. More information about the show is available at Two examples of Linda's art are shown here.
Tony Pomanti, Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to Charlestown resident and Devon Prep senior Tony Pomanti who was named Boys Athlete of the Week in the April 3, 2002 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer. (The award is not posted in the internet edition of the paper.) An outstanding pitcher for Devon Prep, Tony's coach Frank Casey is quoted saying "He was close to being dominating. His fastball and change-up were working. Coming early in the season, I thought he threw extremely well. He doesn't let the count affect him. He keeps his composure and stays focused."
Becca Kuhn, Young Artist
Proud parent and Charlestown artist Debbie Kuhn sent me the following comment regarding her daughter Becca - "Becca has a piece in the abstract/Non-Representational show at the Chester County Art Association. It's a juried show, so she had to compete against adults. The piece is made up of clay, beads and wire on a wood frame and generated interest at the opening Friday night. She also had two bowls accepted in two other juried shows at CCAA last year. It's an interesting show, and Charlestown resident Al Durkas also has a piece in it! The show runs through February 2, 2002."
Wendy Leland, Commander of Guard Unit
Charlestown resident and Planning Commission member Wendy Leland became Commander of her Maryland Army National Guard unit on Saturday. Wendy assumed command of the 29th Joint Task Force Augmentation Team which is based out of Pikesville, Maryland. This National Guard unit augments the XVIII Airborne Corps at Ft. Bragg, NC in the event the corps is deployed and designated as a Joint Task Force commanding naval, air and ground components. Wendy's unit is a plus-up for the XVIII Corps. At present, her rank is Lietentant Colonel. However, the Commander's slot is a Colonel's position. She is honored to be given this command. A ceremony was held at the Pikesville Military Reservation on Saturday morning to change the command from the former commander, COL Richard E. Young, Jr. to LTC Wendy G. Leland.
Liz Howard, Local Attorney
Pickering Dam Rd. resident Liz Howard was honored by the Chester County Bar Association as "Attorney of the Month" for her unique outlook on community service and her proactive volunteer activities. "Local attorney honored for community service" by Michael Quay in the December 1, 2000 The Phoenix reports on Liz's accomplishments and the Bar Association's award. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Ginny Miles, All Star Lacrosse Player  (11/07/00)
Ginny Miles is a '98 graduate of Great Valley High School. She was a three year member of The National Honor Society, and is currently a Junior at Cornell University. She was a two time High School All-American Lacrosse Attacker, and now stars on Cornell's team where she was the first Women Athlete in Cornell History to make All-Ivy - First team, as a freshmen. Click here for more.
Barbara Grant Exhibits Her Art (08/28/00)
Charlestown artist Barbara Grant reports on two upcoming exhibits close to home. The first is the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Annual Juried show. The show runs September 17 thru October 15th at Historic Yellow Springs, on Art School Road in Chester Springs. Barbara is exhibiting 3 paintings in this show, one of which won the Karlin prize. The show has been juried by Derek A. Gillman a professor at the Pennysylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
The second show is at the Salon Des Amis Gallery on Yellow Springs Road off of Rt. 29 just past the Cedar Hollow Inn. This show is to benefit the V.O.C.A.L. The Namcha Home, Greyhound Rescue, Francisvale Animal Shelter. The reception/fundraiser will be Sun. Sept. 10 2-6pm raindate: Sun Sept. 17th. This show is loaded with talented artists doing a wide variety of artwork.
Barbara also has many large paintings on continuous display at the Cedar Hollow Inn, Yellow Springs Road.
Lisa Scottoline, Author  (04/02/00)
Charlestown's Lisa Scottoline's latest mystery, "Moment of Truth", received a rave review by Julia MacDonnell in the Books section of the April 2, 2000 Philadelphia Inquirer. The review, on page K3, is not posted on the paper's web site.
Lisa Scottoline, Author  (08/23/99)
One of the contributors to the Philadelphia Inquirer's 1999 Summer Fiction "Murder at the Republican Convention" is Charlestown resident and well known author Lisa Scottoline. Quoting from the paper's biographies of the six authors (available here) -
"People magazine calls Lisa Scottoline 'the female John Grisham.' Her latest legal thriller, Mistaken Identity, like her previous novels, is set in Philadelphia. Earlier titles include Rough Justice, Legal Tender, Running From the Law, Final Appeal and Everywhere That Mary Went. She lives outside Philadelphia with her family."
Barbara Grant Exhibits Her Art (08/11/99)
Charlestown artist Barbara Grant reports that Salon Des Amis Gallery, 2321 Yellow Springs Rd. Malvern will be holding the Amazing Animal Show August 22- Sept. 30th. The reception will be Sunday, August 22, 2-6pm (raindate Sun. August 29th). This should be a fun event, with paintings and sculpture, live animals, lots of food and live music. For more information call 610 647-6010. Barbara will be exhibiting in the show along with 29 other fine artists. She also has several paintings on view at the new Cedar Hollow Inn on Yellow Springs Rd.
Erik Churchill Runner of the Year (11/25/98)
Eric ChurchillCharlestown's Erik Churchill is praised and quoted in two articles by Ira Josephs in the 11/25/98 Philadelphia Inquirer, which named Great Valley student Erik and his teammate Mark Stallings "Chester County Runners of the Year". The boy's coach, Paul Gring, was named "Chester County Coach of the Year". According to the article on Erik and Mark, "Duo led Great Valley to wins", Erik is also a guard on the school's basketball team, a member of the National Honor Society, and the founder of Great Valley's Outdoor Club. Congratulations Erik! The two articles are given top billing on the paper's Chester County Sports page, available by clicking here, and separately here and here. (Photo courtesy of Coach Gring.)

GV Cross Country wins District 1 Championship (11/02/98)
Lead by Charlestown's Erik Churchill, co-captain, the Great Valley Cross Country team finished 4th overall out of 50 teams last Friday at Lehigh University, qualified for states as a team and won the AAA division District 1 championship. Erik placed 5th out of 344 runners. This was an outstanding finish and only a few runners from GV have ever achieved the top 5 and one was his current teammate, Mark Stallings, who finished 2nd. - from coach Paul Gring

Erik Churchill Excels at GV Cross Country (10/28/98)
We asked Great Valley High School Cross Country coach Paul Gring to fill us in on the achievements of Charlestown's Erik Churchill, a co-captain of the team. Paul replied: "The highlights thus far in Erik's season are: 4th at the PAC-10 championship. His finish earned him ALL PAC-10 honors for the 3rd year in a row. He earned awards in every invitational. He was 3rd at the Abington Invit., which we won. He was 2nd at the Briarwood Invit., which we won and he was 7th out of 360 runners at the Steel City Invit., where we placed 3rd out of 51 teams."

Barbara Grant at Historic Yellow Springs
Charlestown artist Barbara Grant has received two awards associated with the upcoming 101st Annual Juried Members' Exhibition at Historic Yellow Springs, sponsored by The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Barbara, who is exhibiting at the show, has received the May Audobon Post Award as well as the Valerie Smith Award. The show, presenting a wide variety of work from traditional to contemporary, runs from September 11 to October 11 in the Lincoln Building, 1685 Art School Road in Chester Springs. In addition to her honors at the show, Barbara has been distinguished by the fact that the Pennsylvania State Museum has added a painting of hers to the museum's permanent collection.

Michael Bowell at the 1998 Philadelphia Flower Show
Michael Bowell's Flora Design Gallery's exhibit at the 1998 Philadelphia Flower Show, created with the assistance of the Central Ohio unit of the Herb Society of America, won Best of Show in the Display, Non-Profit division, and also won the Emile H. Geshick Memorial Award (which he also won last year. See below.)

Neila Kun - Artist
Neila Kun of Whitehorse Road was awarded Best of Show at a juried art show held by Group Artist Equity on September 12, 1997 for a construction piece titled "Bits and Pieces". The show was held at the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill, PA. The museum features regional artists within a 50 mile radius.

Dr. Carol Armstrong
Charlestown resident Dr. Carol Armstrong recently secured a $1,750,000 grant for cancer research from the National Cancer Institute. The grant will provide for a five year study of the effects of radiation therapy on brain functions in adults.
Michael Bowell at the 1997 Orchid Congress
Michael Bowell of Bodine Road will participate in the 42nd Eastern Orchid Congress and S.E.P.O.S. 50th Anniversary on October 24 to October 26, l997 at the King of Prussia Holiday Inn. The Congress features over l00 Orchid Exhibits & Displays and orchid sales with international vendors.

Barbara Grant - Artist
Barbara Grant, a long time resident of Charlestown Township, has a solo show titled "Recent Paintings" opening in Old City, Phila. on Sept. 5th ("First Friday") at the F.A.N. Gallery. The show will run thru the 28th. Barbara paints what she calls "contemporary realism"; combining children, dogs, cats, landscape and commercial icons into a composite that the viewer is free to interpret. Learn more about Barbara and see some of her paintings by clicking here.
The upcoming show is at
  F.A.N. Gallery
  311 Cherry St.
  Phila., Pa. 19106
  (215) 496 - 9024
The following Spring 1997 items are courtesy of Charlestown Green, Inc.
1997 Philadelphia Flower Show
Local residents found the Philadelphia Flower Show rewarding this year. Michael Bowell of Bodine Road was awarded the Emile Geshick Memorial Award fora distinctive exhibit featuring orchids. Lee Raden of Alpine Way took a blue ribbon for "Best Daffodil of the Day". Lee also received an award he says he has waited 30 years for; "Best of the Day". This award comprised of the best of the blue ribbons awarded in a specific day. Nancy Long of Church Road did a fine job preparing and providing lunch every day, a job held by Joanna Reed of Bodine Road for the pasts 30 years.
Twin Valley's Garden Club placed second and won an honorable mention in the outside-in category for their room size exhibit of Grenada, Spain. Local members Jean Helker of Yellow Springs Road and Mary Holman of Wells Road participated in the exhibit.
1997 Chester County Flower Show
The Second Annual Chester County Flower Show brought Michael Bowell the Best Achievement Award for Exploration into Garden Fantasy. Local artist, Deborah Kuhn of Whitehorse Road donated an original watercolor for the Opening Gala's silent auction.
Chester County Art Association
Al Derkas of Sycamore Lane won an Honorable Mention at the Chester County Art Association Members' Juried Show for a "moral work" titled Angry American.
Victoria Magazine
Joanna Reed has recently been honored with the "A Star In Our Crown" Award presented by Victoria Magazine. Normally presented to one individual annually, the magazine will present ten this year in honor of their tenth anniversary. Joanna, an avid gardener, is receiving the award for her extraordinary ability. Along with this honor goes a check for $1,000 donated to the charity of her choice. The money will go to the Morris Arboretum, University of Pennsylvania, located in Chestnut Hill, where a fund had been created in her name to pay for the workings of the herb garden there.

Past Neighbors of Note
Arnold Bartschi  (1903-1996)
Arnold Bartschi developed the 19 acre Swiss Pines Japanese Gardens and played a key role in the creation of the Nature Center and in the preservation of the Village.
George Baughman  (1922-1999)
George Baughman lived in Charlestown until 1980 and was a memorable part of the Baughman family that ran the general store in the village.
Alfred Bendiner  (1899 - 1964)
Alfred Bendiner, who lived in Charlestown (mostly on weekends) from 1948 to 1964 is best known for his writings and drawings, and around here, as the colorful owner of "&" farm on Whitehorse Road.
Ruth Buckwalter (1928 - 1999)
Ruth Buckwalter, a member of one of Charlestown's oldest families, served two separate "terms" as our Township Secretary.
Bob Duncan (87) (from Fred Alston)
Bob Duncan (87), a very long time resident of the Township on Howells Road, died March 3, 2007. Bob had been very active in the Townwatch Program as well as the Emergency Operation Center (EOC).
Caroline "Miss Carol" (Nesspor) Neskie (1927 - 2005)
A Charlestown resident since 1936 and known to all at Charlestown Playhouse Pre-School as "Miss Carol", Carol Neskie taught the "old 4s" for 55 years and served as acting director.
Henry J. Soulen (1888 - 1965)
Henry Soulen was a noted American illustrator who lived in the village of Charlestown Township.
Elizabeth Foster ("Miss Betty") Stonorov (1906 - 2003)
Known as "Miss Betty" to generations of young children and their families, Betty Stonorov created the Charlestown Playhouse and her Summer Camp in the 1930's, both focused on the importance of love and respect for children as means to enhancing self-esteem and self-confidence at a most important stage in childhood development. I have posted the full obituary from the program for the Memorial Gathering at Bryn Mawr College on January, 17, 2004. I hope to expand this section as a tribute to Miss Betty in the near future. More information is also posted on the Playhouse link above.
Alfred G. Zantzinger (1937-2007) Alfred Geist "Gei" Zantzinger, 70, a long time resident of Charlestown Township, was an ethnomusicologist and independent filmmaker who worked to preserve endangered cultures.

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