SEVEN IN SEVEN: Old 97’s, Tower of Power, among the week’s best concert bets |Apr 28, 2017

Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday we take a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.

School exec on leave after confronting protesters |Apr 28, 2017

DOWNINGTOWN >> A Downingtown high school assistant principal has been placed on leave after an alleged confrontation last Friday with two teenage anti-abortion protesters that was partially videotaped.

Former Phoenixville Mayor, longtime coach Leo Scoda honored |Apr 28, 2017

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Leo Scoda, a man from the coal regions of Pittston who made Phoenixville his second home and became a legend in these parts as a teacher, tennis coach and politician, was feted during Health Care Access’ fifth annual Roast & Toast Thursday night at the RiverCrest Golf Club.

Pottsgrove questions 9% hike in its Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center budget share |Apr 28, 2017

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> Expanded programs and personnel costs account for most of a 9 percent increase for Pottsgrove Schools in next year’s budget for the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center the director said Tuesday.

Jury will not learn about Bill Cosby civil settlement |Apr 28, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A jury will not learn about entertainer Bill Cosby’s October 2006 civil settlement with Andrea Constand, the woman who accused him of the sexual assault for which he will stand trial in June, a judge has ruled.

Meehan, Costello slam latest GOP plan to replace Obamacare |Apr 28, 2017

The latest Republican attempt to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act won’t have the support of Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-7th Dist., or Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6th Dist.

MOCK CRASH: OJR students learn consequences of drinking and driving |Apr 28, 2017

SOUTH COVENTRY >> “One decision can impact the rest of your life.”

PHOTOS: Dogwood Pageant crowns 2017 queen |Apr 27, 2017

Gabrielle Schmale was crowned queen at the 2017 Dogwood Pageant in Phoenixville.

Lane restrictions planned for Route 23, 724 on Friday |Apr 27, 2017

PennDOT has announced that lane restrictions are scheduled for Friday on routes 23 and 724.

Comitta against ‘bag bill’ |Apr 27, 2017

A plastic shopping bag bill introduced in Harrisburg has members of a set of environmentally-focused legislators hopping mad at its “overreaching” aims.

Gas prices: Who says Mondays are all bad? |Apr 27, 2017

BOSTON >> Gasoline prices are the most expensive they’ve been in more than 19 months and will continue to increase with summer driving season approaching. GasBuddy, which is a tool available on the

Ambler man convicted of double-murder, sentenced to life |Apr 27, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A 20-year-old Ambler man stood stone-faced as a jury determined he acted with a “specific intent to kill” when he fatally shot his mother and her boyfriend as they lay defenseless, sleeping in bed.

Lower Providence man jailed for sexual contact with mentally disabled man |Apr 27, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A Lower Providence man who had sexual contact with another man who suffered from a mental disability that rendered him incapable of consent, will spend up to a decade behind bars, a judge determined Wednesday.

No fish story: Girl, 12, snags 15-pound Muskie in Marsh Creek |Apr 27, 2017

UPPER UWCHLAN >> When Emma McBride tossed her small, ultra light fishing pole with an 8-pound test line into Marsh Creek Sunday, she was hoping to catch a few small fish.

FOOD: Celebrating asparagus — a sure sign of spring |Apr 26, 2017

On a warm, sunny afternoon earlier this month, Bob Lange surveyed a three-quarter acre field and said, “Yeah, they’re coming.” Then he bent down, cut a spear and enjoyed his first asparagus of the season.

JAZZ: Twenty jazz sets of different styles, all within walking distance, at CC Jazz Fest |Apr 26, 2017

“People often ask me if jazz is dead, meanwhile the past Center City Jazz Festivals have sold out in advance. Good music is alive and well in Philly. We benefit from having a great number of talented musicians in the area, and many attendees return yearly to see them,” said Center City Jazz Festival founder and artistic director Ernest Stuart.

DANCE: Philly NextMove season finale features Aspen Santa Fe Ballet |Apr 26, 2017

The Aspen Sante Fe Ballet is making just their second appearance in Philadelphia in their 21-year history.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Gardening and community — plant sales, contests, and more |Apr 26, 2017

Gardening creates so many opportunities to build community — from the simple act of sharing a spring bouquet or own-grown produce, to hobnobbing with growers at local plant sales or taking part in a community garden contest.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Festivities mark the 82nd NFL Draft; Civil War Re-enactment; festivals, art, music and more |Apr 26, 2017

Ode to olive oil College of Physicians: Discover the tastes, travels and science behind olive oil with “The Sense-sational World of Olive Oil” 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 2. Events include olive oil tasting; a small plate reception; wine, beer and specialty olive oil cocktails; science demonstrations led by Monell Scientists; presentations on “What is Oleocanthal and Why Should I Care?,” “Virgin Territory?” and “Press On!” and a raffle.

Swing dancing makes yet another comeback with classes in Lansdale, West Chester, Pottstown, Reading and more |Apr 26, 2017

No need to be a wallflower, daddy-o!

Spring-Ford superintendent announces bullying oversight group |Apr 26, 2017

ROYERSFORD >> As officials in Spring-Ford continue to grapple with how best to respond to one student’s suicide two weeks ago — an alleged victim of cyber bullying — the district’s top administrator says he’s putting a plan in place to confront a growing criticism of his office.

Escape to the world of Piff the Magic Dragon at Punch Line Philly |Apr 26, 2017

Grumpy magicians are rare since they’re not very employable. “It’s true because I was once that sort of magician,” Piff the Magic Dragon aka John van der Put said while calling from London.

The Kolbe Fund names new executive director |Apr 26, 2017

The new executive director of an Exton nonprofit that provides lodgings to families who must travel so their sick children can be treated knows firsthand the plight of those families.

Lili Añel returns to Steel City, celebrates release of ‘Another Place, Another Time’ |Apr 26, 2017

Lili Añel is an award-winning jazz/pop singer, songwriter and guitarist from Philadelphia. She returns to Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville to celebrate the release of “Another Place, Another Time” (WalI-I, 2017), her seventh release since 1994.

Chester County Fund for Women and Girls encourages men to speak up for women |Apr 26, 2017

DOWNINGTOWN >> Women are asking men to be a voice for them.

RESTAURANTS: Mistral KOP now serving its signature cuisine at the mall |Apr 26, 2017

The depth of King of Prussia’s dining scene continues to grow.

Victoria Wyeth to speak on Andrew Wyeth’s life and works |Apr 26, 2017

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Victoria Wyeth, the only grandchild of renowned Chadds Ford artist Andrew Wyeth, is lecturing on her late grandfather’s life and works at Upland Country Day School on May 19 in honor of Andrew Wyeth’s 100th birthday this summer.

Norristown insurance company robber headed to prison |Apr 26, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The second of two robbers who locked two women in a bathroom and held up an insurance company, is headed to prison, a court ruled recently.

Group asks Phoenixville School Board to reconsider town hall fee waiver |Apr 26, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Three members of the group behind a controversial town hall meeting in February at Phoenixville Area High School stood before the school board Thursday night holding a shoebox full of checks from its members.

Fleetwood Community Theatre takes on Chekhov with a Pennsylvania twist |Apr 26, 2017

Fleetwood Community Theatre is presenting the Tony Award winning comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang. This six character play, directed by Tara Sands, has all the great comedy elements and will take the stage in Fleetwood at 5 West Arch Street for one weekend only starting May 4.

LOCAL MUSIC: Ursinus College hosts inaugural JazzFest Music and Dance Festival |Apr 25, 2017

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. — Ursinus College students and guest performers are ready to paint the town — and all that jazz — during the college’s inaugural JazzFest Music and Dance Festival April 28 and 29 on the Ursinus College campus.

EAT & DRINK: Love bacon? Chaddsford Winery hosts Baconfest (there will be wine, too); new restaurant opening in Glenolden and more |Apr 25, 2017

Spring not only signals a rebirth in garden, but also on the restaurant scene. Here’s a quick look at tasty events, restaurant openings and more in the region:

World Cup champion McLain Ward will defend his Devon Horse Show and Country Fair title |Apr 25, 2017

DEVON >> McLain Ward, fresh off a smashing victory in the World Cup Finals in Omaha, Nebraska, will be at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, May 25 – June 4, to defend his Devon Leading Open Jumper Rider title.

SAVED FROM DESTRUCTION: Penn Museum displaying Syrian, Iraqi artifacts representing thousands of years |Apr 25, 2017

“Imagine losing your identity, history and homeland,” reads the introductory wall in the new “Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq” at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Fireworks & Fountains returning to Longwood Gardens |Apr 25, 2017

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Fireworks & Fountains illuminate the night sky once again at Longwood Gardens, with six awe-inspiring shows. After a two-year revitalization, the Main Fountain Garden returns with new dynamic fountain features including jets that propel water as high as 175 feet, new lighting features that can create an infinite number of color combinations, and a more immersive garden experience.

Tredyffrin/Easttown School District officials shocked by aide’s alleged ‘deplorable act’ |Apr 25, 2017

TREDYFFRIN >> After another Conestoga school aide was arrested last week for having an inappropriate relationship with a student, school district officials said that they were shocked and dismayed over the “deplorable act.

National Pretzel Day is April 26: Get a free pretzel from Philly Pretzel Factory |Apr 25, 2017

On Wednesday, April 26, pretzel fans can rejoice as their local Philly Pretzel Factory joins in the brand’s decade-long celebration of National Pretzel Day and gives away one free pretzel for every customer who walks through the door.

Budget proposal would charge towns for using state police |Apr 25, 2017

Nearly half of Pennsylvania’s 2,561 municipalities receive what state Rep. Mike Sturla refers to as “free police coverage” from the state police in lieu of using their own police forces.

Pottstown is highest in Montgomery County for naloxone use by police |Apr 25, 2017

In a recent data report, Pottstown was listed No. 1 in Montgomery County for number of overdose victims treated with the life-saving drug naloxone by law enforcement.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Steam this feel good dinner entree |Apr 25, 2017

Yup, it is that time of year that we begin to notice last year’s summer attire (heck, even some of our winter clothes) are just a tad snug. Here is a great recipe that will make you feel just a little better about what you are eating.

Phoenixville School Board sets $7M limit on high school projects |Apr 25, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> The Phoenixville Area School District is moving forward on a plan to beef up security at the high school and address rising enrollment projections, officials said Thursday.

CHEAP EATS: $10 dinners to try tonight |Apr 24, 2017

Tightening your belt after Tax Day? Stretch your budget with healthy $10 dinners your family will love like black bean chili.

The Table: Atlantis Lost |Apr 24, 2017

In referring to Atlantis I don’t mean the Disney film or the resort in the Bahamas. The mythical island that sank into an ocean around 9,600 BC is the Atlantis in this article. For close to 2,400 years western philosophers are divided to if it actually existed or was it just a metaphor of Plato.

POT BOOM: 3,000 attend medical marijuana expo in Pennsylvania |Apr 24, 2017

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories on medical cannabis and how its legalization will impact Pennsylvanians.

Conservancy close to saving land in Chadds Ford area |Apr 24, 2017

CHADDS FORD >> While the battle over a proposed housing development at the Crebilly Farm property in Westtown proceeds, an area land conservation organization has announced that its plan to save another nearby piece of open space is nearing completion.

North Coventry Police seek suspect in bank robbery |Apr 24, 2017

NORTH COVENTRY >> Police are searching for a suspect after responding to a bank robbery on Route 100 Friday evening.

And the winner is ... WCU contest encourages entrepreneurs |Apr 24, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> In the end, dental hygiene won the night.

Blessing of the Bikes |Apr 24, 2017

KENNETT >> It was a little touch-and-go this past week as members of the Honor Bound motorcycle club looked forward to the annual Blessing of the Bikes in the Power Place parking lot.

Playcrafters presents Wendy Wasserstein’s ‘The Sisters Rosensweig’ |Apr 22, 2017

Coming to Playcrafters’ stage this April is a tender story steeped in Jewish culture and humor. The play centers around three Jewish (and very successful) sisters on the eve of a long awaited reunion—and a birthday.

SAXTON: NASCAR keeps searching for right All-Star race formula |Apr 21, 2017

As the engines fired, the lightbulbs buzzed – it was a first for the annual non-points extravaganza. Never before had an all-star race been run under the lights. Dubbed “One Hot Night,” the 1992 race signaled a new era, one that became tradition for the fan-favorite event.