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Bill Cosby wants state court to review judge’s decision |Feb 12, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Entertainer Bill Cosby wants a state court to review the decision of a Montgomery County judge who rejected Cosby’s claim that he had a promise from a former district attorney that he would never be prosecuted for the alleged 2004 sexual assault of a woman at his Cheltenham home.

Phoenixville group wants oldest Ferris wheel to spin in the borough |Feb 12, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> A movement is growing to see the world’s oldest Ferris wheel spin in the place where it was first fashioned.

Live feed of Harrisburg’s famous peregrine falcons |Feb 12, 2016

HARRISBURG >> Love is in the air in Harrisburg as the city’s famous pair of peregrine falcons have returned to their nest on the 15th floor ledge of the Rachel Carson State Office Building just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Phoenixville man heads to trial on murder charges |Feb 12, 2016

LIMERICK >> A Phoenixville man will stand trial on charges he murdered his girlfriend by injecting her with cocaine.

D.A., newspaper, at odds over documents in Kane probe |Feb 12, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Lawyers for a Philadelphia newspaper have asked a judge to quash the request of Montgomery County prosecutors who are seeking original documents leaked to the newspaper allegedly at the direction of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G.

Ursinus sickness count reaches 192 |Feb 12, 2016

COLLEGEVILLE >> The total number of Ursinus College students sickened by the illness that swept across campus reached 192 as of Friday Feb. 12.

THE TABLE - Punxsutawney, PA: 2016 prediction is an early spring! |Feb 11, 2016

Several Tuesdays ago was “Ground Hogs Day” and in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, it is cause for a big time celebration. The local library houses “Punxsutawney Phil”, the superstar forecaster of an early spring or six more weeks of winter.

Perkiomen Valley Art Center presents ‘Facets of Running an Art Gallery’ |Feb 11, 2016

The Perkiomen Valley Art Center will hold its monthly membership meeting and educational program on the arts on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Encore Experiences (formerly Harleysville Senior Center), 312 Alumni Drive, Harleysville.

Phoenix Community Calendar Feb. 14 |Feb 11, 2016

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

Pennsylvania details protection from abuse figures |Feb 11, 2016

Chester County has far fewer temporary protection from abuse orders granted by its Common Pleas Court judges than counties whose populations fall behind it, according to statistics released Friday by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Feb 11, 2016

Cody (dog) Cody is a one and a half year old Border Collie/Black Lab mix. He is still very puppy-like with lots of energy to go on jogs and play ball. Cody is house trained and crate trained and good with other dogs.

Bette Banjack, local food writer, to appear at Gateway Pharmacy |Feb 11, 2016

Bette Banjack, author, food writer, media host and chief bottle washer, will be at Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixville on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Kiwanis Club sponsors youth talent show fundraiser |Feb 11, 2016

Are you a student who has a special talent? Do you like to sing or dance? Do you love to perform comedy routines? Do you play an instrument? Do you have any other special talent? If so, the Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville invites you to participate in our talent show, Phoenixville Kids Got Talent! This talent show is open to all students in grades four through 12 who reside in the Phoenixville Area School District attendance area.

Ursinus College says number of sick students is at 185 |Feb 11, 2016

COLLEGEVILLE >> The number of students who reported symptoms of a stomach infection at Ursinus has been corrected to 185 since it was first spotted Tuesday, according to officials.

Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Loving our collections |Feb 11, 2016

Love is one of the most common reasons why we collect objects or hand down objects. Objects come with emotions. Most people will not part with a particular item or group of items if they were handed down or amassed by a loved one, family member or friend.

Holy Cross students get innovative at Science Fair |Feb 11, 2016

In January, the gymnasium of Holy Cross Regional Catholic School, Collegeville, was filled with boards illustrating months of scientific research, experimentation and implementation of the scientific method.

Phoenixville Community Education Foundation announces annual fundraiser |Feb 11, 2016

The Phoenixville Community Education Foundation (PCEF), a charitable corporation dedicated to improving public education in the Phoenixville area, invites the community to attend its 2016 Phantom Fundraiser.

Think About It: Leadership and Warren Bennis |Feb 11, 2016

“Great things are accomplished by talented people who believe they can accomplish them.” - Warren Bennis

Facetime Theatre to hold ‘A Night with the Stars’ fundraiser in new theatre space |Feb 11, 2016

Local nonprofit Facetime Theatre is kicking off a new season in its new performance and education space in the Franklin Commons with a fun and elegant fundraiser entitled “A Night with the Stars.

King of Prussia appearance by Def Leppard drummer coincides with concert tour schedule |Feb 11, 2016

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen famously lost his left arm after a car accident on New Year’s Eve 1984.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan has tax hikes to plug budget deficit |Feb 10, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Gov. Tom Wolf’s fiscal 2016 budget proposal aggressively proposes tax increases to address structural budget shortfalls caused by the failure of Wolf and the Legislature to reach an agreement on the fiscal 2015 budget.

Number of sick students at Ursinus College now up to 100 |Feb 10, 2016

COLLEGEVILLE >> Ursinus College is taking some precautions after at least 100 students fell ill in recent days with a stomach sickness.

January Health Question of the Month winners |Feb 10, 2016

Each month, students are asked a variety of health questions by grade level, during the morning announcements. Two winners from each grade are drawn from the correct answers.

Holy Cross brings lessons to life at 7th Grade Wax Museum |Feb 10, 2016

Holy Cross Regional School brought together history, culture and public speaking at their recent 7th Grade Wax Museum event. Each student chose a historical or cultural person to study, writing a biographical report to be spoken in first person, and in costume, at the event.

Elementary students celebrate Dental Health Month |Feb 10, 2016

In celebration of Dental Health Month, Schwenksville Elementary nurse, Mrs. Beth Hallowell, showed students a brief video, and then they answer questions regarding healthy snack choices and caring for their teeth.

Third graders participate in Partner Day |Feb 10, 2016

Third graders in Mrs. Elizabeth Banaszynski’s class at Schwenksville Elementary recently celebrated positive classroom behavior with Partner Day, participating in partner building activities and enjoying a partner snack.

Holy Cross students host 2016 ‘Soup-er Bowl’ |Feb 10, 2016

To “kick off” Catholic Schools Week 2016, Holy Cross Regional Catholic School held a “Soup-er Bowl,” brining in canned goods to be donated to local food banks. Children were also permitted to wear clothing reflecting their favorite teams.

Tredyffrin-Easttown Middle School students advance to state academic competition |Feb 10, 2016

EAST WHITELAND >> Students from Tredyffrin/Easttown Middle School placed first during the local portion of the MathCounts competition Saturday.

Great Valley Middle School student named 2016 Chester County Spelling Bee champion |Feb 10, 2016

DOWNINGTOWN >> Great Valley Middle School student Aakash Narayan was crowned on Monday as the county champion for the second consecutive year.

Budget impasse could cost Phoenixville taxpayers $3M |Feb 9, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Taxpayers could be left to foot a $3 million bill in the Phoenixville Area School District thanks to Harrisburg’s failure to pass a budget.

Suzy-Jo Donuts in Bridgeport is ready for an early Fastnacht Day |Feb 9, 2016

BRIDGEPORT >> It’s that time of year when all of us are Pennsylvania Dutch for a day, regardless of our heritage, and even if we can’t say “fastnacht.”

Lower Pottsgrove Police confirm car in river belongs to missing man |Feb 9, 2016

NORTH COVENTRY >> A vehicle belonging to a missing Lower Pottsgrove man was recovered with a body inside from the Schuylkill River early Tuesday afternoon.

Philadelphia region under Winter Storm Warning starting at midnight |Feb 8, 2016

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm warning for the Philadelphia region starting at midnight Tuesday until 6 a.

Authorities warning of yet another tax-related scam |Feb 8, 2016

HARRISBURG >> Hot on the heels of renewed warnings from law enforcement authorities about the prevalent “Taxman” scam comes an alert from Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane about a new tax-related email “phishing” scam from perpetrators claiming to be with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Spring-Ford official: Study shows weight room, music room too small |Feb 8, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> The music wing and weight room at Spring-Ford Area High School are too small for student needs and female student athletes do not get as much time to use the weight room as their male counterparts, one official said recently, citing a new study.

Underdog Phoenixville High School physics team takes 3rd in tourney finals |Feb 8, 2016

Phoenixville >> Standing toe-to-toe with some of the most prestigious schools in the world, the underdog Phoenixville Area High School physics team was a dominant force at a recent tournament.

College Corner: Andrews sets Gettysburg record in long jump |Feb 7, 2016

When Travis Andrews kicks off an indoor track season, he knows how to do it right.

Think About It: The sound of caring |Feb 7, 2016

“Kindness can transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. You’ll never know how much your caring matters.” — Amy Leigh Mercree

Rogers family, owners of Grandview Speedway, injured in car crash in Daytona Beach |Feb 5, 2016

Bruce and Teresa Rogers, operators of Grandview Speedway, continue their recovery from injuries sustained in a vehicular accident last week in Daytona Beach, Fla.

2 new prosecutors installed in Montgomery County DA’s Office |Feb 5, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> During a brief ceremony attended by colleagues, friends and family, two new law enforcement officials took their oaths of office on Friday to join the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane has August trial date for alleged perjury charge |Feb 5, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s trial on perjury-related charges will get under way with jury selection on Aug. 8, a judge ruled on Friday.

Royersford woman to appear in Super Bowl commercial |Feb 4, 2016

Royersford >> If you keep your eyes glued to the commercials during the Super Bowl this Sunday, you’re likely to see Tanya Young’s smiling face starring in a special one for the NFL.

PCHF currently accepting Greater Phoenixville Healthcare Scholarship applications |Feb 4, 2016

Applications for the Greater Phoenixville Healthcare Scholarship are currently being accepted by The Phoenixville Community Health Foundation. Since 1995, this program has awarded more than 100 scholarships to high school graduates who are pursuing careers within the healthcare professions within the greater Phoenixville region.

Phoenix Community Calendar Feb. 7 |Feb 4, 2016

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

Adoptable pets of the week |Feb 4, 2016

Ruthy (dog) Ruthy is a small and sweet Chihuahua mix, weighing about eight pounds. Ruthy warms up quickly to people and will become your best friend but would do best in a one person home as she becomes very attached to her owner and also needs to be the only four-legged friend in the home.

Devon Prep students inducted into National Junior Honor Society |Feb 4, 2016

Fourteen Devon Prep Middle School students were recently inducted into the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) during an evening ceremony in Calasanctius Hall. Among the new inductees are two eighth graders and 12 seventh graders.

PAHS Marching Band to host 2nd annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser |Feb 4, 2016

The Phoenixville High School Marching Band is hosting their second annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser on Sunday, March 13. Last year, they raised more than $3,000 with this unique, one-day fundraising program, and this year their goal is to beat that number.

Phoenixville grad competes for the crown at Miss Philadelphia 2016 |Feb 4, 2016

Winning the crown and the prized title “Miss Philadelphia 2016” is a challenge that Carrie Hytha, 2013 Phoenixville High School Graduate, is fully prepared to take on. On Feb. 27, 18 talented and intelligent young ladies will be judged by participating in private interviews and a dazzling on-stage competition at the Mandell Theater on Drexel University’s Philadelphia campus.

First Niagara provides $20,000 to local program addressing poverty |Feb 4, 2016

On Jan. 28, First Niagara provided a $20,000 grant to Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities to support their Understanding Poverty to Plan and Persevere (UP3). Through interfaith cooperation, the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities addresses the basic needs of persons within the greater Pottstown community, while assisting with their spiritual and social needs.