Molly Maguire’s of Phoenixville donates to Good Samaritan Shelter |Jul 26, 2015

Phoenixville >> Molly Maguire’s Irish Restaurant and Pub Wednesday donated $6,300 to the Good Samaritan Shelter.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jul 26, 2015

Scooter (dog) Scooter is a very sweet boy who was found wandering the streets of Norristown. He is a pit bull/boxer mix, about 20 months old and is neutered. With his sweet demeanor we know he had to be someone’s family pet and this big boys thinks he is a lap dog.

There are plenty of fish, and shrimp, in the sea |Jul 26, 2015

The SEAS and waters of the world are major contributors to our food supply. Seventy-one percent of the earth is covered with water, while 96.5 percent of the water is ocean. So we are looking at a vast abundance of products.

Think About It: Road rage on a bicycle |Jul 26, 2015

“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair of the human race.” — H. G. Wells

While teacher waits for a heart transplant, community rallies to help |Jul 25, 2015

Early last December – in her early 40s and happily employed as a history teacher at Valley Forge Military Academy – Linda Jara began doctoring for a sinus infection before “being blindsided” by a heart failure diagnosis two weeks later.

Ceramics passion brings clean water to developing nations |Jul 25, 2015

A Glenmoore potter has found a way to combine his love of ceramics with his passion to help people in third-world countries.

Perspective on Parenting: Protecting children from grief |Jul 25, 2015

When my first child was born, I experienced a tidal wave of emotions. As I embraced my infant overjoyed, I whispered in her tiny ear her that I’d always protect her. I even briefly visualized those moments in her future where she may need me the most: her first fall from her bike; her first time being confronted by mean kids at school; and her first break up.

Woman admits to bad check scheme at Limerick bank |Jul 23, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Telling a former East Greenville woman her drug addiction is “tearing” her up, a judge urged her to remain in intensive treatment while serving her sentence for being involved in a bad check scheme at a Limerick bank.

Penn Diner in Phoenixville is making regulars of its patrons |Jul 23, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> The diner is making a sunny-side-up comeback in Phoenixville.

THE BLOB IS BACK |Jul 23, 2015

Groups of people run with hands in the air out of the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville for the annual Blobfest July 10. For more coverage of Blobfest, see Page A3.

PennDOT to repave Egypt Road, replace ramps |Jul 23, 2015

Get ready for more construction and slowdowns.

Fun at the Kimberton Fair |Jul 23, 2015

phoenixville >> The Kimberton Fair opened this week and runs through Saturday at the fair grounds. Those going can enjoy food, rides, livestock competitions, and other competitive events.

Stable 12 settles in Phoenixville, celebrating its grand opening |Jul 21, 2015

Phoenixville >> Three longtime friends from Skippack are living the dream of turning a hobby into a business. Stable 12 Brewing Co. celebrated its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday morning.

People have been relishing the flavor for centuries |Jul 19, 2015

Relish is a condiment that is a combination of cooked and chopped vegetables and/or fruits blended together with other seasonings. Relish enhances the flavor of other foods. Today’s column highlights a product with many differences and many cultures.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jul 19, 2015

Max (dog) Max is a super friendly and playful 1 to 2-year-old dachshund/terrier mix. He loves playing with his toys, going for walks and exploring the yard. Max is good with children and other dogs.

Think About It: Trying to please everybody |Jul 19, 2015

“It would be nice if everyone liked you but it’s not necessary.” — Dr. Richard Dobbins

NEW BEGINNINGS: First trip to Europe brings back memories of past travels |Jul 18, 2015

Much of life seems to be made up of a series of mundane occurrences that happen day after day — alarm sounds, press snooze, get up, brush teeth, dress, and on and on it goes.

The Globetrotting Graduate: Why solo traveling can be inspirational |Jul 18, 2015

There are a lot of articles on the Internet about the “solo female traveler” but each one misses an important point. Whether female or male, being a solo traveler encourages personal growth and independence.

Phoenixville resident among 5 charged in prostitution sting at Radnor Hotel |Jul 17, 2015

Five people were arrested this week in connection with an undercover sting involving Radnor and Pennsylvania State police at the Radnor Hotel.

Phoenixville residents seek donations for fire victims |Jul 17, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Residents in Phoenixville have begun working together to help one family get back on its feet in the wake of tragedy.

Coming soon: PA Prep Live — our new high school sports website |Jul 16, 2015

We are pleased to announce that our new high school sports website PA Prep Live will be launching Tuesday, July 21, replacing our current sports website of GameTimePA.

Phoenixville Firebird Festival talks tabled |Jul 16, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> From all accounts, borough officials want the Phoenixville Firebird Festival to happen this year. They just can’t seem to agree on the details.

Thunderstorm blamed for two-alarm fire in Phoenixville |Jul 15, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Tuesday’s early morning thunderstorm was responsible for a two-alarm fire in the borough.

Route 23 bridge progress continues in Phoenixville |Jul 15, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Progress continues on the Route 23 bridge construction project, as new additions have been added recently.

Phoenixville driver gets jail time despite former good deeds |Jul 14, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> A Common Pleas judge denied the request of a Phoenixville man permission to enter a diversionary sentencing program for repeat drunk drivers, saying the circumstances of the man’s case did not warrant leniency — despite the defendant’s otherwise good deeds in the community.

A legacy of love: Harbacs Family celebrates 100 years |Jul 13, 2015

STOWE >> As the rest of the nation recently celebrated the nation’s birthday, members of the Harbacs family gathered to honor a century-old tradition of love.

Phoenixville Public Library show teaches super-power of science |Jul 13, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Some local students learned the super-power science during an interactive show.

Annual Blobfest draws thousands to Phoenixville |Jul 13, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Thousands of people swarmed to Phoenixville Friday night and Saturday to attend Blobfest, the annual celebration honoring the 1958 film “The Blob,” which starred a young Steve McQueen and was filmed locally.

Expanded amenities aim at enhancing Elmwood Park Zoo experience |Jul 12, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Sure, you’ll still come mainly for the world-class animals, but neither the cuddly red pandas nor the engaging giraffes will mind if you find the Jus’ Java coffee creations and the expanded variety of zoo grub compelling attractions in their own right.

ABC To XYZ In Foods: Quite a feast — Quaker Oats and quince |Jul 12, 2015

Quaker Oats One of the most recognized food logos belongs to the Quaker Oats Company. The logo is that of a Quaker Man’s head and is not an actual person. The visual of this logo showed the company’s honesty, integrity, purity and strength.

Readers’ Views: Borough council should give Firebird Festival another chance |Jul 12, 2015

Last year, after vandals torched the namesake icon of the Phoenixville Firebird Festival the night before its scheduled burning, the playing surface at Friendship Field was trampled—but the spirit of a community soared.

Think About It: Learning to throw a boomerang |Jul 12, 2015

“If you want your boomerang to come back, first you’ve got to throw it.” —Steven Hall

Water World Park in Phoenixville up for auction this month |Jul 9, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> What once served as a wet and wild solution to beat the summer time heat is now being put on the auction block later this month.

Mosquito spraying set for Phoenixville, Schuylkill Township |Jul 8, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> In an effort to combat West Nile virus, county officials will spray for mosquitoes in the borough and Schuylkill Township Thursday night.

Valley Forge celebrates papal visit with Family Day |Jul 6, 2015

VALLEY FORGE >> Pope Francis is coming to Montgomery County, and the news has been heralded in with fanfare and plans for a Valley Forge Family Day during his stay.

70-year-old guilty in DUI crash |Jul 6, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> A 70-year-old West Goshen man faces the possibility of serving a state prison sentence after having been convicted last week of a drunk driving crash that severely injured a bicyclist.

Congressmen get tour of train safety system test facility |Jul 6, 2015

MALVERN >> Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6th Dist., last week joined members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation for a briefing and tour of SEPTA’s Positive Train Control (PTC) test facility in Malvern.

New law deals with campus violence |Jul 6, 2015

Students attending college or university in Chester County for the first time this fall, or who are returning there for another semester, will have new protections against campus sexual assault or domestic violence.

Chester Springs family works to save 270-year-old oak tree |Jul 6, 2015

Chester Springs resident Jim Helm has spent the last several weeks trying to save a historical estimated 270-year-old oak tree on his property from being destroyed by utility companies. The tree, which stands on the border of his property, extends into power lines which run along the road, making it vulnerable for unwarranted trimming and cutting by Verizon and PECO.

Hazardous waste drop-off event set for Saturday in Royersford |Jul 6, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Montgomery county residents with a garage full of hazardous waste have a chance Saturday for a bit of summer cleaning.

Grandmother gets probation for pot peanut brittle |Jul 6, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> Possession of peanut brittle and pralines normally is not the kind of activity that gets you hauled before a judge, facing criminal charges. But for a 61-year-old transplanted grandmother from Oregon, the ingredient she apparently added to those confections earned her not only a visit to Common Pleas Court, but a two-year commitment to court supervision and a felony record.

Scholars: Area students are making the grade |Jul 5, 2015

The Greater Phoenixville Healthcare Scholarship Program has awarded seven scholarships to local high school graduates pursuing health-related careers. These scholarships are funded by the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, the Phoenixville Hospital Thrift Shop, Phoenixville Hospital Medical Staff, and the Phoenixville Hospital.

Think About It: How one tweet changed a life |Jul 5, 2015

“We are masters of unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.” — Winston Churchill

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Potato chips — plain or fancy — are a popular snack |Jul 5, 2015

POTATO CHIPS >> are one of the most popular food snacks around the world – if not number one. One story goes like this . . . in 1853 the chef at Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Springs New York preparing potatoes for a disgruntle customer came upon frying thin slices of potatoes until crispy.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jul 5, 2015

Anna “the miracle cat” Sweet, loving, domestic short hair, grey/silver tabby with cream, only about 1 year old. Found by Spay and Save volunteers after being attacked by a dog on West Philly streets and not receiving treatment for a week.

The ‘blob’ is back in Phoenixville |Jul 5, 2015

Phoenixville’s annual Blobfest is getting ready to ooze into town from July 10 through 12 to celebrate the 1958 cult classic film “The Blob.” The popular weekend festival will begin Friday night at the Colonial Theatre and continues all day Saturday along Bridge Street for the street fair.

Preliminary public transportation details for Pope’s visit to Philadelphia released |Jul 2, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City and agency officials announced preliminary information about public transportation options during the World Meeting of Families convening, Sept. 22 to 25, 2015, and the weekend of the Papal Visit, Sept.

Canal Day tradition held at Lock 60 |Jul 1, 2015

Mont Clare >> The 32-year-old Canal Day tradition was held again last weekend at Schuylkill Canal Park, featuring fun for all ages.

Phoenixville Area School District calls for fewer standardized tests |Jun 30, 2015

Phoenixville >> Officials in the Phoenixville Area School District recently sent a message to lawmakers in Harrisburg — ease up on testing.

Phoenixville physics team headed to Thailand thanks to alumni, community |Jun 30, 2015

Phoenixville >> It wasn’t enough that the students on the Phoenixville Area High School physics team had to prepare for almost a year for an upcoming competition in Asia. They also had to raise tens of thousands of dollars on their own to get there.