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New Ursinus scholarship to cap tuition at $30K |Aug 23, 2016

COLLEGEVILLE >> A new scholarship announced by Ursinus College offers next year’s freshman class a greater opportunity to cap the cost of tuition at $30,000 a year.

FOOD: Five takes on late-summer pies |Aug 23, 2016

Piles of peaches, tons of tomatoes, buckets of blackberries — savor the flavors of summer … in a pie.

YANKEE CHEF: Make room for this sweet, spicy recipe |Aug 23, 2016

What would summer be without the stickiness that is barbecue and the smell of sausages literally floating overhead? Try this sweet, yet spicy, recipe that pairs well with anything you can lug to the picnic table .

Man receives free implants from King of Prussia dental implant center |Aug 23, 2016

UPPER MERION >> Dr. Robert Mogyoros and his staff at By Design Dental Implant Center have been putting smiles on lots of folks’ faces at their King of Prussia office for four years now.

Democratic gun-control advocates throw support to Toomey |Aug 23, 2016

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. won the backing from a gun violence prevention organization — vocal proponents for changes in gun laws and policies that keep deadly weapons from the hands of dangerous people.

Fatal car crash in Tredyffrin leaves one dead |Aug 23, 2016

TREDYFFRIN >> A two-car crash left one person dead early Sunday morning on Route 202 northbound, according to police.

Montgomery County NAACP branches call for collaboration with police |Aug 23, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> In the face of what many see as a growing division between minorities and law enforcement, representatives of the NAACP and police departments in Montgomery County stood side by side Monday morning on the steps of the courthouse.

Pottstown schools OKs 3-year teacher contract |Aug 23, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Just in time for the start of school, the school board voted 7-1 Monday night to approve a three-year contract with the teachers union that will cost taxpayers more than $1.3 million by the end of the third year.

Educators learn the ABCs of school wellness at Pottstown institute |Aug 22, 2016

Right before students are due to return for the fall session, tri-county area educators learned how to incorporate play into the school day during a wellness seminar at the Pottstown Middle School.

$30k awarded to Chesco municipalities for green initiatives |Aug 22, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> PECO Green Region, one of PECO’s grant programs, announced they gave a total of $30,000 in grant money to three Chester County municipalities in an effort to support environmental programs Thursday.

Collegeville Police, Chester County Detectives investigate rape |Aug 22, 2016

COLLEGEVILLE >> Collegeville Police and Chester County Detectives are currently investigating a six-month-old rape that was reported to them in June.

On election chess board, Southeastern Pennsylvania counties are crucial |Aug 22, 2016

Whether you know it or not, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are fighting over you — that is, if you are a voter living in the suburbs around Philadelphia.

Phoenixville school board approves new elementary school campus names |Aug 22, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> School officials in the Phoenixville Area School District have selected the names for the incoming Early Learning Center and elementary school and the roadway leading up to the campus.

GCGC Greek Yogurt of Phoenixville donates a cup for every cup sold |Aug 22, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Adding to the unique flavor of Phoenixville’s downtown business district is GCGC Greek Yogurt, a new stop for a tasty treat. Featuring a wide array of both sweet and savory organic options, GCGC focuses on healthy dishes while simultaneously supporting local non-profit organizations.

Blessed Teresa Calcutta Parish to host eighth annual community festival |Aug 22, 2016

LIMERICK >> Blessed Teresa Calcutta Parish will host its eighth annual community festival Aug. 24-27 from 6-11 p.m. at its Swamp Pike and Neiffer Road campus. The festival features amusement rides, live music, games, pony rides, balloon art, bingo, bake table, cash and prize raffles, a beer and wine garden and a business expo.

Pa Prep Live 2016 High School Football Preview now live |Aug 22, 2016

At Pa Prep Live, we embarked on a mission to gather quality content on all 93 teams in District 1 and the Catholic League.

Saxton: Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods returning to Maple Grove on Aug. 27 |Aug 21, 2016

They’re back by popular demand. The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods (NEOPMA) return to Maple Grove Raceway on Saturday, August 27, for the annual Rumble at the Grove sponsored by Penske Truck Leasing and CJ Tire and Automotive Services.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Aug. 21 |Aug 19, 2016

Event Submissions: Send to ldillon@berksmontnews.com a week prior to publication. Note “Phoenix Calendar” in the subject.

Limerick explores sale of sewage facilities to fund $22M in capital projects |Aug 19, 2016

LIMERICK >> In an effort to keep taxes where they are but pay for more than $22 million in capital projects, officials are exploring the sale of the township’s sewage treatment facilities.

Supermarkets, stores get green light for Pa. wine sales |Aug 19, 2016

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has approved 84 wine expanded permits, including three each in Delaware and Chester counties and six in Montgomery County.

King of Prussia Mall expansion unveiled |Aug 19, 2016

UPPER MERION>>Each mall took years to build its unique identity, but with the tying of a long red ribbon, The Plaza and The Court officially became the King of Prussia Mall on Thursday.

Laurel House gives up legal fight for rectory, seek new central Montgomery County location |Aug 19, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Laurel House officials have given up their legal fight to move to an East Norriton Township church rectory and are now actively searching for a new Montgomery County location for the women’s abuse shelter.

Montgomery County outlines plan in event of local Zika outbreak |Aug 19, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County officials have outlined a plan in the event of a Zika outbreak locally.

Philadelphia man accused of operating human trafficking organization throughout southeastern Pennsylvania |Aug 19, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A Philadelphia man was arrested by Montgomery County authorities on allegations that he was operating a far-reaching human trafficking ring throughout Montgomery and surrounding counties.

Sullivan’s Bridge opens in Valley Forge National Historical Park |Aug 19, 2016

WEST NORRITON >> The ribbon cutting for the pedestrian Sullivan’s Bridge over the Schuylkill River in Valley Forge National Historical Park Friday marked the first trail connection between the Schuylkill River Trail and the Chester Valley Trail.

THINK ABOUT IT: Some humorous thoughts about writing |Aug 18, 2016

“There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

THE TABLE: Saratoga Springs, N.Y., lays claim being birthplace of the club sandwich |Aug 18, 2016

Saratoga Springs has been a popular destination for over 200 years due to the area’s natural mineral springs. The Saratoga Fault allows the water trapped beneath the surface to rise. The springs can be found throughout the town.

Pottstown YWCA meets with Pa. Rep. Costello for first Advocacy Day |Aug 18, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Wednesday marked the first-ever U.S. Advocacy Day for YWCA organizations across the country and women from the Pottstown YWCA were doing their share in bolstering the effort to aid community families.

New Pennsylvania AG Castor was prosecutor who didn’t charge Cosby |Aug 18, 2016

HARRISBURG >> The former county prosecutor taking over for Pennsylvania’s convicted attorney general is a central figure in the Bill Cosby case, having chosen a decade ago not to charge the entertainer with sex assault and then saying the decision was binding when called to the witness stand this year by Cosby’s lawyers.

Royal Farms continues push into the region |Aug 18, 2016

NORRISTOWN>> Convenience store giant Royal Farms launched its first store in Baltimore five years before the first Wawa ever opened its doors in Pennsylvania.

Pottstown to host Veterans Community Day in Memorial Park Saturday |Aug 18, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> The Pottstown Parks and Recreation Department will host a Community Day in Memorial Park on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Group pushes PECO to produce solar energy |Aug 18, 2016

UPPER DARBY >> On a sultry summer afternoon in Upper Darby last week, activists dedicated to the clean renewable energy gathered at a local PECO substation to demand the utility take greater strides in providing solar energy for customers.

Supermarkets, stores in Chester County get green light for Pa. wine sales |Aug 18, 2016

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has approved 84 wine expanded permits, including three each in Chester and Delaware counties and six in Montgomery County.

Youth cyclists explore fitness connection between area trails and waterways |Aug 18, 2016

The Greater Philadelphia region is full of not only trails but also extensive waterways where people can enjoy a variety of recreational activities from bicycling to kayaking. Many times, the water and trails go hand-in-hand making it easy to bike to a location then jump into a boat for some paddling fun.

Phoenixville to host first-ever vegan festival |Aug 18, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> A new festival coming to town aims to promote the vegan lifestyle and all the benefits that go along with it.

Spring-Ford Area High School ranked among best nationally |Aug 17, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> Spring-Ford Area School District officials had plenty to brag about this week after a national publication ranked the high school among the best in the country.

Now life, not death, in Coatesville chain saw murder |Aug 17, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> From death to life in less than a quarter-hour.

Chester County woman develops back brace for sleep |Aug 17, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> Samantha Simmons’s life changed during a track meet while she was attending Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Defendant’s father challenges Chester County D.A. over Conestoga High School hazing case |Aug 17, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> Dorian Ross, the father of one of the defendants in the Conestoga High School hazing case, said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan has not yet brought the case to court, is intentionally dragging the process out, and attempting to save face after making the case a national incident without sufficient evidence to prosecute.

Iron Hill Twilight Race Series set for Saturday in West Chester |Aug 17, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> The big Iron Hill Twilight Race Series is coming to West Chester Saturday evening.

Upper Pottsgrove police charge Pottstown man with burglary, drug offenses |Aug 17, 2016

UPPER POTTSGROVE >> Township police are continuing an investigation into a burglary in the Coddington View development Monday night in which one suspect was apprehended.

YANKEE CHEF: Potato salad combines veggies, crabmeat |Aug 17, 2016

I remember so well one of my parents’ first restaurants in Maine. It was the Canaan Country Kitchen. It was there that I first learned his recipe for cole slaw dressing that I have never had since.

Castor: Witness against Kane could face prosecution |Aug 17, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The immunity of a key witness against Kathleen Kane could be under scrutiny, according to her successor, Acting Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce L. Castor Jr.

Montgomery County judge urges state court to ‘quash’ Cosby appeal |Aug 16, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A Montgomery County judge has urged a state court to quash entertainer Bill Cosby’s appeal of the judge’s refusal to dismiss the sex assault charges lodged against Cosby in connection with an alleged encounter he had with a woman at his Cheltenham home.

AG Kathleen Kane faces October sentencing for perjury |Aug 16, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> One day after a jury labeled her a convicted felon, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Granahan Kane learned her fate will be sealed come October.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane resigns |Aug 16, 2016

HARRISBURG >> Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane Tuesday announced that she will resign her position as Attorney General effective at the close of business Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Banking secretary warns of Zika scams |Aug 16, 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities warns consumers to investigate companies that offer investment opportunities based on claims of products or services related to the Zika virus.

State trooper from Avondale barracks arrested on drug charges |Aug 16, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> Pennsylvania State Police announced one of their own troopers had been arrested on drug related charges Monday following an investigation involving a private informant.

Guilty plea in West Chester stabbing case |Aug 16, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> The borough man who authorities said nearly stabbed another man to death after an innocent encounter on the streets of downtown now faces a possible state prison sentence after pleading guilty to felony assault charges.

Chester County seeks help from businesses for elections |Aug 15, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> Chester County is seeking the help of businesses to improve its voting operations, and it has nothing to do with the national dustup surrounding allegations by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that he would only lose Pennsylvania if cheating was involved.