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Valley Forge celebrates papal visit with Family Day |Jul 6, 2015

VALLEY FORGE >> Pope Francis is coming to Montgomery County, and the news has been heralded in with fanfare and plans for a Valley Forge Family Day during his stay.

70-year-old guilty in DUI crash |Jul 6, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> A 70-year-old West Goshen man faces the possibility of serving a state prison sentence after having been convicted last week of a drunk driving crash that severely injured a bicyclist.

Congressmen get tour of train safety system test facility |Jul 6, 2015

MALVERN >> Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6th Dist., last week joined members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation for a briefing and tour of SEPTA’s Positive Train Control (PTC) test facility in Malvern.

New law deals with campus violence |Jul 6, 2015

Students attending college or university in Chester County for the first time this fall, or who are returning there for another semester, will have new protections against campus sexual assault or domestic violence.

Chester Springs family works to save 270-year-old oak tree |Jul 6, 2015

Chester Springs resident Jim Helm has spent the last several weeks trying to save a historical estimated 270-year-old oak tree on his property from being destroyed by utility companies. The tree, which stands on the border of his property, extends into power lines which run along the road, making it vulnerable for unwarranted trimming and cutting by Verizon and PECO.

Hazardous waste drop-off event set for Saturday in Royersford |Jul 6, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Montgomery county residents with a garage full of hazardous waste have a chance Saturday for a bit of summer cleaning.

Grandmother gets probation for pot peanut brittle |Jul 6, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> Possession of peanut brittle and pralines normally is not the kind of activity that gets you hauled before a judge, facing criminal charges. But for a 61-year-old transplanted grandmother from Oregon, the ingredient she apparently added to those confections earned her not only a visit to Common Pleas Court, but a two-year commitment to court supervision and a felony record.

The ‘blob’ is back in Phoenixville |Jul 5, 2015

Phoenixville’s annual Blobfest is getting ready to ooze into town from July 10 through 12 to celebrate the 1958 cult classic film “The Blob.” The popular weekend festival will begin Friday night at the Colonial Theatre and continues all day Saturday along Bridge Street for the street fair.

Scholars: Area students are making the grade |Jul 5, 2015

The Greater Phoenixville Healthcare Scholarship Program has awarded seven scholarships to local high school graduates pursuing health-related careers. These scholarships are funded by the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, the Phoenixville Hospital Thrift Shop, Phoenixville Hospital Medical Staff, and the Phoenixville Hospital.

Think About It: How one tweet changed a life |Jul 5, 2015

“We are masters of unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.” — Winston Churchill

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Potato chips — plain or fancy — are a popular snack |Jul 5, 2015

POTATO CHIPS >> are one of the most popular food snacks around the world – if not number one. One story goes like this . . . in 1853 the chef at Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Springs New York preparing potatoes for a disgruntle customer came upon frying thin slices of potatoes until crispy.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jul 5, 2015

Anna “the miracle cat” Sweet, loving, domestic short hair, grey/silver tabby with cream, only about 1 year old. Found by Spay and Save volunteers after being attacked by a dog on West Philly streets and not receiving treatment for a week.

Preliminary public transportation details for Pope’s visit to Philadelphia released |Jul 2, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City and agency officials announced preliminary information about public transportation options during the World Meeting of Families convening, Sept. 22 to 25, 2015, and the weekend of the Papal Visit, Sept.

Canal Day tradition held at Lock 60 |Jul 1, 2015

Mont Clare >> The 32-year-old Canal Day tradition was held again last weekend at Schuylkill Canal Park, featuring fun for all ages.

Phoenixville Area School District calls for fewer standardized tests |Jun 30, 2015

Phoenixville >> Officials in the Phoenixville Area School District recently sent a message to lawmakers in Harrisburg — ease up on testing.

Phoenixville physics team headed to Thailand thanks to alumni, community |Jun 30, 2015

Phoenixville >> It wasn’t enough that the students on the Phoenixville Area High School physics team had to prepare for almost a year for an upcoming competition in Asia. They also had to raise tens of thousands of dollars on their own to get there.

Route 23 bridge to reopen by November at the latest |Jun 30, 2015

Phoenixville >> The Route 23 bridge will reopen late November, if not sooner, thanks to a new deal reached Tuesday.

GIRLS TRACK: Serratore seals marvelous Methacton career with PIAA medal, earns Mercury All-Area Athlete of the Year honors |Jun 30, 2015

FAIRVIEW VILLAGE >> As her final high school track and field season was winding down, Nicolette Serratore couldn’t keep her mind off the one thing still missing from her résumé.

Arcola Road bridge closure in Lower Providence tests motorists’ patience |Jun 30, 2015

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> As construction continues on the still-closed Arcola Road bridge, motorists’ patience has been put to the test.

County residents receiving easement notices |Jun 29, 2015

It’s old news that Sunoco Pipeline L.P. is working on its Mariner East project, using an already existing pipeline running across the state as part of Phase I.

SPCA leader says tough times behind, looking ahead with pride |Jun 29, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> Not too long ago the Chester County SPCA was battling the bad publicity of chaos in its management, infighting among employees and even volunteers being escorted from the premises by local police.

ABC to XYZ in foods: O’ my goodness! — Olives, okra, orzo and oregano |Jun 28, 2015

Olives Ninety percent of the fruit of the estimated 85 million olive trees in the world are pressed into olive oil with the remaining 10 percent marketed as table olives. The edible olive was established 5,000 to 6,000 years ago.

Think About It: On taking a detour |Jun 28, 2015

“Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours we didn’t mean to take.” — Angela N. Blount

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jun 28, 2015

Nina (dog) Nina is a 2-year-old bassett hound/bull terrier mix. She likes going for walks and visits to the dog park. Nina needs to be in a home with dogs larger than her and a cat free home. For more information on this sweet faced girl, please visit our website at www.

GLOBETROTTING GRADUATE: Why I keep going back to Paris |Jun 27, 2015

Paris is not my favorite place to visit, yet I find myself consistently revisiting the city. Outside of London, it is the foreign city I know best.

Perspective on Parenting: 10 years a mom |Jun 27, 2015

Years ago, as a communications professional in the corporate world, I remember when my colleagues were honored for a decade or more of service. In a world where attention spans are gradually diminishing, doing anything constructive for 10 years can be considered quite an accomplishment.

‘Legendary’ exhibit at The African American Museum in Philadelphia explores house ballroom culture |Jun 27, 2015

Photographer Gerard H. Gaskin creates art, but also shines a light on people who need to be seen.

Accused Lower Pottsgrove arsonist has her trial date |Jun 26, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Lower Pottsgrove woman accused of torching and destroying the home of her neighbor, a Limerick detective, has her trial date.

DCNR reveals statewide recreation plan at Pottstown Volleyball Rumble (photos, video) |Jun 26, 2015

POTTSTOWN >> About 15 people riding yellow Bike Pottstown bicycles pedaled their way onto the lush green fields of Memorial Park Thursday to center court of the 24th annual Pottstown Volleyball Rumble.

Brew Hub: Craft brewing in the Philly region |Jun 25, 2015

The Craft Beer industry has soared to new heights globally, and the Philadelphia area has been a flagship of homebrewed growth and innovation.

Phoenixville wants new nest for Firebird Festival |Jun 25, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Considered by many to be the most popular borough event of the year, the annual Phoenixville Firebird Festival may need to find a new nest this year.

In memory of dad, try bread and butter pickles |Jun 23, 2015

Here in the United States it took over 60 years before Father’s Day was recognized by a special proclamation from President Richard Nixon, to be observed the third Sunday in June – this year the third Sunday falls on the 21st.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jun 21, 2015

Scooter (dog) Scooter is a 2-year-old pit/box mix. He is a very sweet energetic boy who thinks he is a lap dog. Scooter is good with all size dogs and can’t wait to join his forever home.

Think About It: A day on the mountain |Jun 21, 2015

“You never climb the same mountain twice, not even in memory. Memory rebuilds the mountain, changes the weather, retells the jokes, remakes all the moves.” — Lito Tejada-flores

Phoenixville Kiwanis announce children’s plaza summer programs |Jun 21, 2015

Phoenixville: The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville is once again sponsoring programs for children throughout the summer from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Saturday at the Kiwanis Children’s Plaza in the open air space between 217 and 219 Bridge St.

Sen. Andy Dinniman wants Route 23 Bridge closure horror stories |Jun 16, 2015

Phoenixville >> One area lawmaker want drivers suffering by the Route 23 bridge closure to share their horror stories with him.

DEP trying to control gnat population in Chester County |Jun 16, 2015

Canoeists along the Brandywine Creek may have seen a man pouring a brown liquid into the creek in the last few days. He is not illegally dumping chemicals. He is Ben Russell, a water pollution biologist for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection working to control the black fly population in Chester County.

Preliminary public transportation details for Pope’s visit to Philadelphia released |Jun 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City and agency officials announced preliminary information about public transportation options during the World Meeting of Families convening, Sept. 22 to 25, 2015, and the weekend of the Papal Visit, Sept.

Union sizing up Honduran Palacios |Jun 15, 2015

CHESTER >> One of the first transfer rumblings of the summer hit the Philadelphia Union Monday with the revelation that Honduran midfielder Wilson Palacios is training with the club.

N is for Neufchatel, naan and nectarine |Jun 14, 2015

Neufchatel cheese and cream cheese are often mistaken for one another. In looks and taste they are very much alike. The difference may lie on where you live or where you buy these soft creamy white cheeses.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jun 14, 2015

Nina (dog) Nina is a 2-year-old bassett hound/bull terrier mix. She likes going for walks and visits to the dog bark. Nina needs to be in a home with dogs larger than her and a cat free home. For more information on this sweet faced girl, please visit our website at www.

Think About It: Reflections on a great writer |Jun 14, 2015

“Surprisingly, often a difficult problem in a sentence can be solved by simply getting rid of it.” — William Zinsser

Prison release rarely an option for dying state inmates |Jun 14, 2015

Leon Jesse James was supposed to die in prison.

Giles goes into orbit, Phils fall again |Jun 13, 2015

PITTSBURGH >> The Phillies got a quality start from the new guy, a yeoman’s effort from a beleaguered bullpen, and a lot of stranded base runners from a punchless lineup in their 1-0, 13-inning loss to the Pirates at PNC Park Friday night.

With the help of 3-D printers, Westtown School students develop prosthetic hands for children |Jun 13, 2015

Engineering students at Westtown School have developed robotic hands for two area children. As part of the school’s Hand Project, and in conjunction with Nemours/ Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, the high school students worked for months in Westtown’s Science Institute, customizing each hand so it would fit each child accordingly.

Perspective on Parenting: Stuff to do with kids this summer |Jun 13, 2015

School’s out, so it’s time to start thinking about how we’re going to pass the time and make some fabulous summertime memories for our families. While I know I’m definitely going to catch a few movies with my kids; I saw ET and the Goonies as a child of the 80s, I also want to make sure they experience the world around them.

Sixers’ Embiid suffers apparent setback in recovery |Jun 13, 2015

Nearly one year after the Sixers took him with the third overall pick in the draft, Joel Embiid seems no closer to playing.

PHOTOS: 562 students graduate from Spring-Ford Area High School |Jun 12, 2015

Members of Spring-Ford Area High School’s graduating class listen to speakers Thursday evening during an outdoor ceremony at Coach McNelly Stadium in Royersford. A total of 562 students graduated as part of the Spring-Ford High Area High School’s 60th commencement exercise.

Phillies Notebook: Sandberg wants to see more of Rupp |Jun 12, 2015

PITTSBURGH >> The Phillies played an afternoon game Wednesday in Cincinnati before making a puddle-hop to Pittsburgh before sunset, then had a full day off Thursday before getting back to business Friday night at PNC Park for the start of a weekend series against the Pirates.

Senate committee votes to delay Keystone Exams |Jun 11, 2015

The Senate Education Committee Tuesday unanimously approved legislation to delay the graduation requirement associated with the Keystone Exams for two years.