Saxton: All-Star race creates confusion, not excitement |May 29, 2016

After watching the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race twice, I am still not sure I understand what happened and judging from all the social media activity I am not alone.

Massage therapist at a West Goshen spa faces prison sentence |May 27, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> Victims of a massage therapist who sexually assaulted women during sessions at a West Goshen spa spoke at the man’s sentencing hearing Thursday, telling the judge in the case not only how it felt to have been violated during their sessions but also of the anger they feel toward the spa itself.

Stretch it out at the office with these chair poses |May 27, 2016

There are numerous amounts of research that show sitting in one position for long periods of time can lead to health concerns. Possible issues include obesity, increased blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels and more.

Phoenixville fire engine goes pink to support cancer awareness |May 27, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Earlier this month, Phoenixville Fire Department found a unique way to show its enormous support of the fight against cancer.

Phoenixville board OKs $87.3M budget, 1 percent tax hike |May 27, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Financial uncertainty in Harrisburg has forced school officials in Phoenixville to cover their bases this coming school year. Having just come off the nine-month-long state budget impasse, district officials say they have no idea how much revenue the state will send during the 2016-17 school year, forcing them to make conservative predictions and increase taxes.

48 residents of Philadelphia region become US citizens at naturalization ceremony |May 26, 2016

UPPER MERION >> America, the land of opportunity, became a reality Thursday for 48 candidates who became American citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the Valley Forge National Historical Park theater.

Steel City in Phoenixville quietly closes its doors |May 26, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> They say where there’s smoke, there’s fire. That appears to be true when news leaked of one area business’ decision to close its doors.

YANKEE CHEF: Sweet treat is ripe for fresh strawberries |May 25, 2016

Tapioca is quite confusing. It is marketed in several forms, with each company portraying their product in different manners. To put all this in a nutshell, minute, quick cooking and instant are all the same.

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Think About It - Thoughts on retirement: Part II |May 25, 2016

Last week I shared some preliminary thoughts on my retirement as the president of the University of Valley Forge on June 30, 2016. And since the UVF Board of Trustees surprised and blessed Evie and me with a one year sabbatical when I will serve as President Emeritus with no responsibilities from June 2016 to June 2017, this season of our lives will soon be coming to a close.

THE TABLE: The Northwest Angle, Minnesota |May 25, 2016

The area of the Northwest Angle is considered to be a part of the state of Minnesota. But, it lies within Canada’s boundaries. Northwest Angle is simply known as the Angle. It is the only place in the U.

Celebrate Memorial Day with fried chicken |May 25, 2016

There’s something about the smell of fresh, crispy, tender, juicy fried chicken.

Member of Kimberton Fire Company accused of stealing $37K |May 25, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> A lifetime member of Kimberton Fire Company has been arrested for allegedly stealing $37,000.

BHHS Fox & Roach, REALTORS® president named one of ‘5 Women Changing the Face of Real Estate’ |May 25, 2016

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Fox & Roach, REALTORS® President Joan Docktor was named, by Guard Llama, as one of “5 Women Changing the Face of Real Estate.” Guard Llama profiled five women who success reputation and unique approach to their work have made them examples for everyone, especially women working in the industry.

Bill Cosby ordered to trial in Montgomery County for alleged sexual assault |May 24, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Actor Bill Cosby showed no emotion as testimony revealed the sometimes sordid details regarding a woman’s allegations that the entertainment icon sexually assaulted her after giving her blue pills and wine more than a decade ago.

Phoenixville assistant superintendent signs 3 year, $155,000 contract |May 24, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> The Phoenixville Area School District announced its new assistant superintendent during last Thursday’s school board meeting. LeRoy Whitehead, a principal in the West Chester Area School District, has been tapped for the position.

Eight Phoenixville first responders honored for service |May 24, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Eight first responders in Phoenixville are being honored this week for their efforts in helping to save the life of a resident having a heart attack.

Phoenixville resident opens Edward Jones financial office in King of Prussia |May 24, 2016

UPPER MERION >> At some point during his Wall Street career, Salvatore Alfano decided to ditch the daily grind of “merger Mondays” and “fallen angels” for the gratifying world of social work.

Attorneys react to Bill Cosby preliminary hearing decision |May 24, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> As the charges against Bill Cosby move forward to trial, one of the women who has accused him of sexual assault will get her day in court.

Letter to the Editor: Legislation needed to keep fighting human trafficking |May 24, 2016

Legislation needed to keep fighting human trafficking

Ignition locks law lauded by families of DUI victims in Pennsylvania |May 23, 2016

HARRISBURG >> Advocates are pleased that a “strong” bill will be sent to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature to extend Pennsylvania’s ignition locks to drivers convicted of their first DUI.

Phoenixville Dogwood Parade delights crowd |May 23, 2016

Phoenixville >> Hundreds came out to enjoy the Dogwood Parade on Saturday, marking the end of the weeklong Dogwood Festival. The popular annual event celebrated its 63rd year as community members lined the streets to enjoy dozens of local groups that participated in the parade.

Photos: Montgomery County Community College 2016 commencement |May 23, 2016

WHITPAIN >> Montgomery County Community College held its 49th commencement Thursday at the main campus in Blue Bell.

Fitness has no age when it comes to staying healthy as you get older |May 20, 2016

Age is nothing but a number when it comes to fitness and health. There are plenty of ways for people to stay active as they get older.

Sample different oils, from walnut to butternut squash |May 19, 2016

Amy Cullen stood smiling behind a display table set with samples and trays of tasting cups.

Phoenixville school officials make another push for $3M construction grant |May 19, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> With the state’s nine-month-long budget impasse behind them, school officials in Phoenixville say they’re not done fighting for a grant that could potentially save taxpayers up to $3 million.

Steel River’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is a noteworthy production |May 19, 2016

With its moving story and memorable music, “Fiddler on the Roof” has been captivating audiences for decades and Steel River Playhouse’s current production continues that tradition.

Spring-Ford teacher wins $63,000 in prizes on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ |May 19, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> When we last spoke to Melanie Bowen about her experience as a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune,” she was sworn to secrecy about the outcome.

Royersford water pipes to be replaced |May 19, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> Pennsylvania American Water announced Monday the start of construction in the borough to install new water main to improve service reliability, prevent water outages and enhance fire protection.

Limerick board approves surplus budget |May 19, 2016

LIMERICK >> Limerick Township is in the black for the foreseeable future, but don’t expect it to stay that way for too long.

Spring-Ford board eyes $150M budget, 2 percent tax hike |May 18, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> Blaming the effects of Harrisburg’s nine-month-long budget impasse and a number of related financial challenges in the future, Spring-Ford Area School District officials are calling for a property tax increase.

BREWS: Mark your calendars for Ambler Yards Beer Garden, Philly Beer Week and more |May 18, 2016

May 19: Ambler Yards Beer Garden, Ambler, PA

Artist Susan Melrath one stop on Chester County Studio Tour |May 18, 2016

Oxford native Susan Melrath used to live in Seattle, where folks found her open-to-interpretation paintings accessible.

YANKEE CHEF: Fire-roasted bell peppers key to tasty sauce |May 18, 2016

If you have never had fire-roasted bell peppers, you are in for a treat, not just for the superb taste, but how easy it is to do. Follow the instructions at the end of this recipe for an addition to the sauce that is remarkably great tasting.

Five Devon Prep students named National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists; two students awarded scholarships |May 18, 2016

Five Devon Prep Seniors, 10 percent of the class, were recognized as Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Program and two were awarded scholarships. Grant McKnight of Wayne, Holden Barnes of West Chester, Shyamal Patel of Norristown, Alexandru Damian of Norristown and Brian Damerau of West Chester were named National Merit Finalists.

Phoenixville’s Siobhan Bedford pursuing creative passion |May 18, 2016

You know you’re almost there when you see the funeral homes and St. Ann Catholic Church in Phoenixville.

Think About It - Thoughts on retirement: Part I |May 18, 2016

Perhaps you have heard the news that I am retiring as President of the University of Valley Forge on June 30, 2016. For some time Evie and I have been pondering the possibilities of retirement, knowing that sooner rather than later this time would come.

Phoenix Community Calendar May 22 |May 18, 2016

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Area middle school students receive athletic awards |May 18, 2016

Nearly 75 percent of all Middle School students participate in one or more sports at Devon Prep. The Athletic Department recently honored those students at the annual Middle School Sports Banquet held in the school’s athletic facility.

Pennsylvania American Water kicks off pipeline upgrade for Royersford system |May 18, 2016

Pennsylvania American Water announced on May 16 the start of construction in Royersford Borough to install new water main to improve service reliability, prevent water outages and enhance fire protection.

BHHS Fox & Roach, REALTORS® honors Collegeville Sales Associates |May 18, 2016

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Fox & Roach, REALTORS® recently honored Sales Associates from the Collegeville Office with a Leading Edge Society Award for their excellent sales performance for 2015, placing them in the top seven percent of agents in the national BHHS network.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |May 18, 2016

Charlie (dog) Charlie is a four year old Jack Russell terrier who has not had an easy life. He was hit by a car at 18 months and lost the sight in his right eye and now needs a new home because his owner passed away.

THE TABLE: Halifax & Chester, Nova Scotia - Canada |May 18, 2016

Halifax, Nova Scotia is the capital Nova Scotia, which is the second smallest province in Canada. Halifax is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean - it is considered a global city and has a major impact on Canada’s east coast.

Court rules against Limerick nuclear plant relicensing challenge |May 17, 2016

LIMERICK >> A federal appeals court has ruled against the national environmental group that sought to intervene in the relicensing of the Exelon Nuclear Limerick Generating Station by arguing more measures need to be taken to deal with possible accidents.

All Around Philly Suburbs: Your local morning briefing |May 17, 2016

Welcome to the first All Around Philly Suburbs morning news briefing. Below is all of this morning’s most important stories. See something we missed? Email digital manager Andy Stettler at astettler@21st-centurymedia.

New unit at Phoenixville Hospital will ease ER stay for seniors |May 17, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville Hospital is getting ready to open a new emergency room/observation wing geared for a very specific audience — senior citizens.

Phoenixville Area School Board OKs 3-year teacher contract |May 16, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> For the first time in six years, teachers in the Phoenixville Area School District will head into summer vacation knowing they are under contract once school starts up again next fall.

Limerick barbecue celebrates first responders at Heritage Field |May 16, 2016

LIMERICK >> Grilled burgers and hot dogs were the perfect way to say thank you to the men and women who save lives for a living.

Pa. approves $662,000 to improve area traffic problems |May 16, 2016

PennDOT will distribute more than $17 million in state funding to help projects aimed at alleviating traffic across the Commonwealth, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday.

Phoenixville neighbors argue with church over fencing |May 13, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> For nearly 60 years, Joseph J. Natale and his neighbor, Virginia Vinson, enjoyed an amicable relationship living next to the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church on Dayton Street.