West Vincent police receive DA’s commendation for a home invasion investigation; victim was Korean War veteran |Dec 7, 2016

WEST VINCENT >> Police received a district attorney’s commendation on Monday for the investigation, arrest and conviction following a home invasion robbery last summer — in which the victim was a Korean War veteran.

Phoenixville board elects Pattinson president, Butera vice president |Dec 7, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> There’s been a shake up of leadership on the Phoenixville Area School Board.

Spring-Ford choir is a semifinalist in holiday radio contest |Dec 7, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> The Spring-Ford Area High School Vocal Ensemble was selected as a semi-finalist in the Christmas Choir Competition presented by the 101.1 More FM radio station. Listen to and vote for Spring-Ford on Wednesday, Dec.

The Weight Band is coming to the Colonial Theatre Dec. 9 |Dec 7, 2016

The Weight Band is bring the sound of The Band to Phoenixville at 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Colonial Theatre.

Visit Pottsgrove Manor by Candlelight Dec. 11 |Dec 7, 2016

Revel in the spirit of the season at historic Pottsgrove Manor with the annual “Pottsgrove Manor by Candlelight” open-house on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 2 to 8 p.m., and enjoy the beauty of the manor lit by candlelight and bedecked with greenery.

Spring-Ford School Board elects Ciresi president, DiBello vice president |Dec 7, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> The two highest ranking members of the Spring-Ford Area School Board switched roles Monday night.

Phoenixville scientist set to appear on ‘Jeopardy!’ |Dec 7, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Here’s the clue: This Phoenixville resident could be crowned the newest “Jeopardy!” champion. Answer: Who is Bridget McNulty?

Spring-Ford students perform random acts of kindness across town |Dec 7, 2016

Students from the Spring-Ford Area School District helped spread holiday cheer Sunday morning as they performed random acts of kindness throughout the community.

WTIM: Music Around Town 12-7 edition |Dec 7, 2016

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Colonial Candlelight Holiday Reception showcases the Beidler House |Dec 7, 2016

Come celebrate the holiday season with music, dance, and good food at the Beidler House on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 1-6 p.m. (Snow date: Dec. 17). Experience the essence of a colonial-era German Christmas at this 18th century house in Gibraltar at our Colonial Candlelight Holiday Reception.

Pottstown School Board member bringing help to protestors of N. Dakota pipeline |Dec 6, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Although supporters of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s protest of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline celebrated a victory over the weekend, Ron Williams knows the fight is not yet over.

Pottstown kids receive toys, coats from Feel the Warmth |Dec 6, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> This holiday season, Pottstown is feeling the warmth with a little help from a Philadelphia-area non-profit group.

Frozen! Chefs’ freezers ... revealed |Dec 6, 2016

This holiday season, save yourself some hassle and put your freezer to work. Need inspiration? Area chefs share a glimpse inside their iceboxes.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A cheesecake pie full of holiday flavors |Dec 6, 2016

Yes, I have taken a shortcut here with the use of prepared whipped topping. Does anyone object to spending less time in the kitchen and more time with family during Christmas? I agree!

‘Mary Poppins’ brings her magic to Genesius in Reading |Dec 6, 2016

Just in time for the Jolly ‘O’liday’s, Genesius Theatre presents the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical – Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins” Dec.

Lower Providence adopts 2017 budget with no tax increase |Dec 6, 2016

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> At the Dec. 1 public meeting, the Board of Supervisors adopted the township’s 2017 budget. They are pleased to announce that the budget is adopted without a real estate tax millage increase.

West Chester architect helps restore Valley Forge chapel |Dec 6, 2016

UPPER MERION >> A West Chester architectural firm is helping to preserve a high profile piece of American history in the region.

38th annual Brian’s Run set to raise funds for charity once again |Dec 6, 2016

Since its inception in 1978, Brian’s Run has weaved itself into the fabric of West Chester as one of the longest-standing community events in the area.

Montco elections board authorizes review of voting systems, procedures |Dec 6, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> After a chaotic month surrounding the general election, the Montgomery County Board of Elections announced that it will review its systems and practices.

WCU Foundation gives back to the Fightin’ 51st |Dec 5, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> West Chester University Foundation Executive Director Richard T. Przywara presented a $3,000 donation to Thomas E. Barton, president of the First West Chester Fire Company, located at 70 S.

Montgomery County judge: Jury can hear Bill Cosby’s deposition testimony |Dec 5, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Bill Cosby’s civil deposition testimony that he obtained Quaaludes in the past to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex can be heard by a jury that will weigh the actor’s fate on criminal charges he sexually assaulted a woman in 2004, a judge has ruled.

QVC at 30: Online as well as on air these days |Dec 5, 2016

WEST GOSHEN >> More than 2,000 area residents can be thankful that Joe Segel has somewhat of a short attention span as a business owner.

Committee seeks ways to recruit, retain volunteer firefighters in Chester County |Dec 5, 2016

SOUTH COATESVILLE >> Attempting to address the decline of volunteerism in the firefighting and EMS community, a special committee is working on ways to increase recruitment and retention of volunteers.

Norristown residents treated to free Christmas trees |Dec 5, 2016

For Digital First Media NORRISTOWN >> Over one hundred families got a Christmas must-have crossed off their lists on Saturday afternoon.

Saxton: Boyertown business sweetens pot for indoor racing series |Dec 5, 2016

With the start of the Indoor Auto Racing Season just a week away at Trenton’s Sun National Bank Center, the pressure just got turned up on all Three Quarter (TQ) Midget racers entered.

Thousands gather in Phoenixville to see Firebird set ablaze |Dec 3, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> A crowd of more than 15,000 people gathered in Friendship Field Saturday night to watch Phoenixville’s Firebird rise from the ashes in a stellar blaze of glory.

Val DiGiorgio declares candidacy for Pennsylvania GOP chairman |Dec 2, 2016

Chester County Republican Party Chairman Val DiGiorgio is looking to lead the Republican Party to continued success across Pennsylvania. DiGiorgio recently announced his candidacy for state Republican chairman.

Proposed 11 percent Montgomery County tax hike sparks public debate |Dec 2, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The room was packed at a Montgomery County budget hearing Thursday as members of the public alternated between criticizing a proposed 11 percent tax increase and praising the community college that a portion of that money will fund.

Partners pursue goal of reviving old Caln Roller Rink |Dec 2, 2016

CALN >> Two business partners are breathing new life into a venerable Chester County institution that had fallen on hard times.

Weis Markets in East Norriton and Conshohocken begin selling wine |Dec 2, 2016

Weis Markets has announced it has begun selling wine in its East Norriton, Conshohocken and Doylestown in-store cafes where beer is currently sold.

Chester County commissioners OK 2017 budget with tax hike |Dec 2, 2016

WEST CHESTER>> The Chester County commissioners on Thursday voted unanimously to adopt a 2017 budget that will see county property taxes increase slightly for the first time in five years.

Felony Lane Gang member admits to 6 counts |Dec 1, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A member of the Felony Lane Gang admitted to a number of crimes Monday in Montgomery County Court.

Several injured in Upper Pottsgrove school bus crash |Dec 1, 2016

UPPER POTTSGROVE >> Several people were injured Wednesday afternoon following a head-on collision between a blue sedan and a Pottsgrove School District school bus, police said.

Portraits of four new judges unveiled at Montgomery County Courthouse |Dec 1, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> While county judges eventually leave behind the courtrooms of the Montgomery County Courthouse, they also leave behind the portraits that hang throughout the building.

Montgomery County judge dismisses recount petitions |Dec 1, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A Montgomery County Court judge has dismissed the petitions of voters in 78 precincts asking to recount votes or forensically analyze voting machines.

Phoenixville holiday parade, Firebird Festival expected to draw thousands |Dec 1, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Downtown Phoenixville is set to host two major events that are sure to bring in thousands of spectators from across the region.

Neighborly tip leads to burglary arrest in Upper Uwchlan |Dec 1, 2016

UPPER UWCHLAN >> A Philadelphia man was taken into custody by township police leaving a house he had allegedly broken into and taken various items, after a suspicious neighbor contacted authorities about his presence at the property.

Annual survey: Shoppers warm up to combination of online and in-store shopping |Dec 1, 2016

UPPER MERION >> Do you prefer to hit the bricks or clang the clicks for your Christmas gift shopping?

Phoenixville district, neighbors reach settlement over well water dispute |Dec 1, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> The Phoenixville Area School District has agreed to pay $2,800 to settle a dispute concerning the construction of the Phoenixville Area Early Learning Center and Manavon Elementary School and a neighbor’s well water.

Chester County Intermediate Unit hosts second annual ‘Dining in the Dark’ |Nov 30, 2016

caln >> To put themselves in the shoes of their family member, several families gathered to have a meal without being able to see it.

‘A Wonderful Life, The Musical’ hits the main stage at Steel River Playhouse |Nov 30, 2016

Pottstown >> “A Wonderful Life,” the music version of the classic story, opens Friday, Dec. 2, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 18, with a total of 12 performances to choose from, including four matinees.

A Look Back in History: From Native Clay to Beautiful Roof tile Adorning our Most Primitive Homes |Nov 30, 2016

In the Colonial years, when handmade brick was scarce, the availability of native clay also afforded Valley pioneers to build attractive brick chimneys with courses of brick corbelling. The result: the entire Oley Township being honored as a National Historic District by the United States Department of the Interior, for its heritage.

Rep. Ryan Costello meets with Pottsgrove High School students |Nov 30, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6th Dist., visited Pottsgrove High School recently to meet with students, teachers, and administrators as part of the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Principal for a Day program and in recognition of National Principals Month.

person to person — impact: Common, yes, but a treasure still |Nov 30, 2016

It’s amazing how by happenstance you can be taught a lesson! Barb was walking on the sidewalk from our driveway to our front porch. She thought she saw a leaf on the sidewalk and was about to crunch it as she walked, when she focused more closely on the object.

SALT Performing Arts sets the holiday mood with ‘Christmas Spectacular’ |Nov 30, 2016

Celebrate the holiday season with the entire family at SALT Performing Arts as they present “Christmas Spectacular 2016.” The show opens Dec. 2 and runs through Dec. 11.

Reilly appointed Malvern Prep’s next head of school |Nov 30, 2016

The Malvern Preparatory School Board of Trustees announced Tuesday the appointment of the Rev. Donald F. Reilly, O.S.A., D.Min. as the next Malvern Prep head of school, effective July 1, 2017.

Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association releases new rules about officer-involved shootings |Nov 30, 2016

Hoping to give guidance on a controversial issue, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association released recommendations Tuesday for local police departments and district attorneys to handle a shooting incident involving a police officer.

Spring-Ford board to vote on next step toward $10M expansion |Nov 30, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> The Spring-Ford Area School Board will vote on whether to approve the next step toward a possible $10 million expansion of the high school following the Dec. 5 reorganization meeting.

WTIM: Music Around Town Nov. 30 edition |Nov 30, 2016

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Lasko sold to investment firms, family CEO to retire |Nov 30, 2016

WEST GOSHEN >> A longtime West Chester-area family business has been sold for an undisclosed price.