Montgomery County judge moves AG hearing to larger courtroom, bans electronic devices |Apr 20, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Montgomery County judge has ordered that the hearing to determine if Attorney General Kathleen Kane violated a court order by firing an attorney in her office who testified before a grand jury will proceed in a larger courtroom and without electronics.

Wolf’s homecare order a money grab, puts personal care choice at risk |Apr 17, 2015

For the past 25 years, Don Lambrecht and David Smith have teamed up to allow Dave, a homebound quadriplegic, to lead a productive and fulfilling life — and they’ve formed a close friendship in the process.

Think About It: Just Did It |Apr 17, 2015

Robert H. Schuller was a force. When he died recently at 88 years of age, I felt as though I had lost a friend. Although I never shook his hand, his influence in my life was profound.

Equal work deserves equal pay |Apr 17, 2015

When Doris and Don Fisher opened their small retail store in 1969, they each put up $21,000 in savings and, without even discussing it, paid each other the same salary. That’s how equal partnerships work.

Officials working to move forward with transportation improvements |Apr 17, 2015

State Sen. Andy Dinniman and Phoenixville Mayor Michael Speck recently brought together PennDOT and local officials for a meeting on upcoming transportation improvement projects in Phoenixville.

Celebrating National Volunteer Week |Apr 17, 2015

Michael Smith of Royersford celebrated National Volunteer Week last week with a hug from some of the employees he works with at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Mike has 4,560 hours of volunteer service so far at PMMC doing deliveries, administrative tasks and other support work beyond his normal duties for the staff in the Respiratory Department.

Providence Chamber Orchestra performing at St. John’s in Phoenixville |Apr 17, 2015

The 35-member Providence Chamber Orchestra will appear in concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 355 St. John’s Circle, Phoenixville, on Sunday, at 4 p.m.

6 PAHS juniors to vie for 2015 Dogwood Queen crown |Apr 17, 2015

Springtime is here and the 2015 Dogwood Festival is only a month away.

Parkhouse in Upper Providence wants to open more assisted-living rooms in geriatric facility |Apr 17, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The Parkhouse geriatric facility has given residents from its independent-living section, Montgomery Meadows, at least until July to find new homes so it can create more nursing care and assisted-living rooms in its facility.

New Sly Fox brew SRT Ale will benefit the Schuylkill River Trail |Apr 17, 2015

POTTSTOWN >> Sly Fox Brewing is gearing up for the launch of its newest product — SRT Ale — a product which both celebrates and benefits the Schuylkill River Trail.

Phoenixville resident seeks help to prevent Valley Forge Bridge detour cutters |Apr 17, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> What’s been promised as a months-long closure of Valley Forge Bridge is already beginning to cause traffic concerns among residents in the borough.

Officials say mass transit is central to Montgomery County development plan |Apr 17, 2015

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Annual Prayer Breakfast honors community service figures |Apr 17, 2015

The Phoenixville Area Social Concerns Committee held its annual Community Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, April 11. The 2015 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award was presented to Pastor Buddy Goodwin and his wife Belinda by committee member Donald Coppedge, of the Grimes African Methodist Episcopal Church.

University of Valley Forge to host spring concert April 25 |Apr 17, 2015

The University of Valley Forge will host its annual spring concert on Saturday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Flower Chapel on the Phoenixville campus.

Chester County web page aids volunteerism |Apr 17, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> Volunteer Appreciation Week may be ending soon, but the opportunities for residents to donate their time and skills to various government and non-profit agencies in Chester County will continue on throughout the year.

Limerick nuclear plant outage starts with a hiccup |Apr 16, 2015

LIMERICK >> As Exelon Nuclear prepared to shut down the Unit 2 reactor at the Limerick Generating Station Monday, it had a small mishap that resulted in an unplanned “scram” federal officials confirmed Tuesday.

The Clinic in Phoenixville seeks new medical director |Apr 16, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> After 13 years as medical director and cofounder of The Clinic and about 30 years of service to the Phoenixville community, Dr. Lorna Stuart is stepping down from her post.

Phoenixville woman faces state prison for DUI |Apr 16, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> A Phoenixville woman with two drunk driving convictions in her past pleaded guilty Monday to her 5th overall driving under the influence offense, setting the stage for a sentencing hearing at which she could receive a possible minimum sentence of three years in state prison.

Perkiomen Valley employees continue to protest outsourcing plan |Apr 16, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> A week after emotions ran high inside the auditorium at Perkiomen Valley High School, employees facing the possible outsourcing of their jobs were back before the school board to plead their case Monday night.

Soil work in Oaks should be done by end of May |Apr 16, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> A major soil relocation project in Oaks should be finished by the end of May.

Rep. Vereb hosts shredding event, collection for outdated medicines |Apr 16, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> State Rep. Mike Vereb, R-150th Dist., will host a shredder event Saturday at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98 to help protect constituents against the threat of identity theft.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Get gardening to celebrate spring |Apr 16, 2015

Gardening >> Spring has sprung. So can summer be too far away? Summer brings to mind gardening.

Pets of the Week |Apr 16, 2015

Punky (cat) This domestic short hair true calico (orange/black/white) is approximately 4 to 5 months old, spayed, playful and likes her feet on the ground. Punky is affectionate on her own terms.

Group looks to rename Phoenixville bridge after MLK |Apr 16, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Community leaders are asking for the support in renaming the Main Street Bridge after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Barking Back at Cancer |Apr 16, 2015

Phoenixville resident Jill Nance Kelly and her dog Riley were the grand marshalls for Pottstown’s 2015 Bark for Life in Memorial Park last weekend. The ninth annual event raised a total of $30,479.

Teen Safe Driving Competition teaches safety behind the wheel |Apr 16, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> With up to $2,000 on the line, 26 high school students from across a five-county area tested their skills behind the wheel Wednesday.

Independent-living residents at Parkhouse to be evicted in July |Apr 16, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Residents of Montgomery Meadows, the independent-living facility at the Parkhouse geriatric center, will be evicted in July.

Upper Providence OKs 30 new homes near Trappe |Apr 16, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The supervisors unanimously approved the Hess preliminary subdivision plan for a planned two-phase housing development near Trappe.

Transportation the focus of TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast |Apr 16, 2015

SPRING CITY >> Things are starting to look up for commuters along the Route 422 corridor. That was part of the message shared during Thursday’s TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast.

Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor sworn in as special assistant district attorney in Centre County |Apr 16, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. has been sworn in as special assistant district attorney in Centre County.

Historic World Meeting of Families outlined at Royerford session |Apr 16, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Sacred Heart Church in Royersford hosted an informal meeting for those who want to learn more about the World Meeting of Families this September in Philadelphia.

‘No guns’ Montco judge tells Upper Darby man who lied on gun purchase forms |Apr 16, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> “No guns,” a Montgomery County judge made it perfectly clear to an Upper Darby man who admitted to lying about his criminal background when he tried to purchase a handgun at an Upper Providence gun show.

Grant at Ursinus to boost low-income, high-performing science students |Apr 16, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> Ursinus College announced Monday it is offering a financial boost for low-income, high-performing science students thanks to a new grant.

Calendar of Events |Apr 16, 2015

Ongoing Skippack Spring Fest: Skippack Spring Fest, sponsored by Henning’s Market, is back again Saturday, May 9 – Sunday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). This year’s Spring Fest will bring delicious food, an array of vendors and fun for the whole family.

Ursinus student hospitalized with self-inflicted wounds |Apr 16, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> An Ursinus University student was transported to the hospital Wednesday night after an apparent self-inflicted stabbing.

Phoenixville School Board prepares for property agreement |Apr 14, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Negotiations for the four properties at the Route 29 and Pothouse Road intersection continue for the Phoenixville School District, as it prepares for the incoming Early Learning Center and Elementary School.

Panel of three Montgomery County judges to determine if Pa. AG Kathleen Kane violated court order |Apr 13, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A panel of three Montgomery County judges will hold a hearing later this month to determine if embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane violated a signed court order by firing a chief deputy prosecutor in her office Wednesday.

Report: Pennsylvania one of many states where prison population has declined |Apr 13, 2015

Pennsylvania is one of 34 states that have seen a decline in their prison population in recent years, due mainly to changes in drug, parole and other policies, according to statistics released this week by The Sentencing Project, a Washington, D.

Wolf’s budget draws fire, support |Apr 13, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> Members of Chester County’s delegation to the state House of Representatives, along with county elected officials, gathered Friday to decry Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget, even as their party’s leadership in Harrisburg readied a fiscal plan that features many of the same aspects of the Democrat’s budget.

Phoenixville boy named muscular dystrophy ambassador for Bucks County Harley dealer |Apr 10, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> A 10-year-old boy is helping a Bucks County motorcycle dealership in its efforts to raise funds for the fight against muscular dystrophy.

Pughtown Agway renovates, expands showroom, keeps its focus local |Apr 10, 2015

PUGHTOWN >> Pughtown Agway is celebrating some recent upgrades with hopes of expanding their business. A favorite stop for locals, the long-running animal feed store and garden center has been a staple in the community for decades.

Extensive upgrades finally coming to Limerick Fire Co. |Apr 10, 2015

LIMERICK >> An extensive building renovation program, budgeted at $2.5 million, is expected to be undertaken by Limerick Fire Co. sometime before the end of 2015.

Spring-Ford Education Foundation prepares for 2nd 5K fundraiser |Apr 10, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> The Spring-Ford Area School District is hosting a fun event that will also raise money for a great cause.

Valley Forge Road Bridge construction, closure to begin April 20 |Apr 10, 2015

SCHUYLKILL TWP. >> PennDOT officials announced recently that construction on the Valley Forge Road Bridge over Pickering Creek is set to begin later this month. The structurally-deficient bridge will be closed and detoured between Moorehall Drive and McAvoy Lane starting April 20.

Comic Con! convention in Oaks draws sci-fi and fantasy fans |Apr 10, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> An estimated 10,000 to 12,000 fanboys and fangirls got their geek on at The Great Philadelphia Comic Con! convention at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks last weekend.

Guest Column: Say thanks to your township supervisors |Apr 10, 2015

You may read about them in the newspaper or see them along local roads, plowing snow in the winter or patching potholes in the spring.

Wal-Mart’s small wage increase not enough for employees, taxpayers |Apr 10, 2015

You don’t need a Wal-Mart front-door greeter to find the flaw in the company’s recently announced boost in worker wages: it’s not enough. Not enough to pull its lowest-paid workers out of poverty, and therefore not enough to get American taxpayers off the hook for subsidizing the giant retailer’s low-wage payroll.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Passover Seder and more spring traditions |Apr 9, 2015

When I was a kid, there was a small building set back off Main Street in Phoenixville, between Walnut and Hall streets near the Rialto movie theatre. It was surrounded with mystery as religious services were held on Friday night and Saturday morning and not on Sundays as my family and friends observed.

Chester Springs couple gets prison time for tax refund scam |Apr 9, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> A Chester County couple has been sentenced to substantial prison time for their role in tax fraud and identity theft scheme that involved the stolen identities of patients at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Chester Community Hospital.

Limerick supervisors OK upgrade for emergency radios |Apr 9, 2015

LIMERICK >> Technical difficulties have prevented township first responders from communicating with one another. Now township officials have purchased equipment they say will prevent the problem from happening again.