COLLEGE CORNER: Perk Valley grad Armstrong closing strong at UConn |Oct 23, 2016

Emily Armstrong has had a standout career as a goalkeeper with the University of Connecticut women’s soccer team but this season, she’s really stepped up her game.

Spay & save: Ernie needs a loving home |Oct 23, 2016

My name is Ernie, and some bad people severely hurt my tail. The nice people at Spay and Save rescued me and arranged for surgery to have my tail removed since it was so badly damaged. According to the doctor I am ready for a new home.

Jill Biden, Anne Holton stump for Clinton in Phoenixville |Oct 23, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Two Democratic Party luminaries — Jill Biden and Anne Holton, wife of vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine — campaigned for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the borough Sunday focusing on education and the economy.

Colonial Cooking Workshop at Pottsgrove Manor set for Nov. 5-6 |Oct 22, 2016

Learn about colonial hospitality at historic Pottsgrove Manor on Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, during “At Table with Mrs. Potts: A Georgian Dining Experience.” Historic foodways expert Niel V.

Fleetwood Community Theatre presents ‘Love, Sex and the IR$’ through Oct. 30 |Oct 22, 2016

Love and laughter take the stage when Fleetwood Community Theatre presents “Love, Sex and The IR$,” by Billy VanZandt and Jane Milmore, Oct. 20 through Oct. 30.

Couple draws jail in straw purchase for Pottstown shooter |Oct 21, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Concerned about straw purchases that allow guns to get into the hands of “bad people,” a judge sent a couple to jail for their roles in the illegal transfer of a handgun to a North Coventry man who was involved in several Pottstown shootings.

Weeks after rollout, Montgomery County public safety radios found to be defective |Oct 21, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Weeks after the first radios were distributed in Montgomery County’s $36.6 million public safety radio upgrade project, officials began to realize there was a problem.

Royersford man charged with 17 burglaries in Chester, Montgomery counties |Oct 21, 2016

Police filed charges against a Royersford man Wednesday after they found he was tied to multiple burglaries in Chester and Montgomery counties.

APSCUF strike: Strike continues, WCU subcontracts athletic trainers |Oct 21, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> As the strike continues, the majority of classes on West Chester University’s campus, along with the other 13 universities in the state system have largely stopped, but the university’s homecoming celebration will continue.

A true e-meow-gency: First-responders rescue a cat in West Vincent |Oct 21, 2016

WEST VINCENT >> There’s no place like home.

Playcrafters present ‘The Hollow’ by Agatha Christie |Oct 21, 2016

A classic English country home outside of London in the 40s is the setting of Playcrafters’ next stage play, “The Hollow,” first written as a novel in 1946 by the brilliant and famed queen of mystery, Agatha Christie.

110,000 students affected as union for Pennsylvania state system universities goes on first-ever strike |Oct 20, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> For the first time ever, professors across Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) went on strike Wednesday at 5 a.m., following 15 months of failed negotiations between their union and the state system.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department arrests 9 on domestic violence warrants, delinquent child support |Oct 20, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Nine alleged domestic violence offenders and deadbeat parents were arrested overnight Tuesday into Wednesday as part of a roundup by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.

Book signing in memory of Robert Lukens to take place at Chester County Historical Society |Oct 20, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> In an effort to help preserve the memory of her husband and to raise awareness for the disease that killed him, Rebecca Lukens will host a book signing Nov. 5 at the Chester County Historical Society for her deceased husband and former historical society president, Robert Lukens.

TriCounty Area Chamber unveils ‘Shop TriCounty’ discount card program |Oct 20, 2016

Lower Pottsgrove >> Responding to area business owners’ needs to encourage customers to shop locally, the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce outlined a new program Wednesday at its annual Economic Development Luncheon.

Pa. pulling academic scores from website for further review |Oct 20, 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced Wednesday it is pulling the academic data from its school performance profile report card website for further review.

ELECTION 2016: Hendricks, Toepel vie for 147th District seat |Oct 20, 2016

This year’s election for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 147th District is between Democrat Rachel Hendricks and incumbent Republican Marcy Toepel, who has held the seat since 2010.

LIVE: Teachers, students, organizations react Thursday to APSCUF strike |Oct 20, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> For the first time ever, professors across Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) went on strike Wednesday at 5 a.m., following 15 months of failed negotiations between their union and the state system.

the table: ROUTE 30 in Pennsylvania |Oct 20, 2016

Route 30 in Pennsylvania takes a southern route across the state. The road spans from the borders of New Jersey to Ohio. PA Route 30 parallels and at times is part of the transcontinental Lincoln Highway which runs from coast to coast.

Petra Fall festival offers family fun Oct. 28 |Oct 20, 2016

Families looking for a Halloween alternative — and lots of fun — are invited to the 2016 Petra Fall Fest at Petra Church, New Holland, on Friday, Oct. 28, from 5 to 9 p.m. All are welcome, and everything but the optional purchase of food from food trucks is free!

Person to Person — Impact: Many tricks ... Few treats |Oct 20, 2016

I have a reoccurring nightmare! The year was 1954 and my parents, my siblings and I were about to arrive in the small borough where we kids would see our new home for the first time. As we turned off the commercial highway in the spring, we were greeted by nice houses lining avenues and places, many of which were named after colleges.

Forge Theatre presents ‘The Addams Family’ — a musical |Oct 20, 2016

From the imagination of Charles Addams, to the pages of The New Yorker, to television screens, to the big screen, to the Broadway stage, The Addams Family has captured our hearts and secured a place in Americana right alongside Lil’ Abner and Peanuts.

Foundation donates $1 million to area organizations |Oct 20, 2016

As of Sept. 15, the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation has awarded a select group of grantees a combined amount of $1,059,500. Since 1998 when PCHF was first started, they have granted more than $31,600,000 back to the greater Phoenixville region.

A Look Back in History: The Warmth and Charm in Georgian Architecture |Oct 20, 2016

In a very attractive Georgian mansion, the stone mason will not just simply lay up the stone helter-skelter, but select large stones for the corners known as quoins. The 1808 Spang, 1805 Hunter, and 1815 Reiff mansions of the Oley Valley have fine quoins in their corners that make the structures imposing, as many others.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Oct. 23 |Oct 20, 2016

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Think about it: It’s Just at the Barn |Oct 19, 2016

“If at first you don’t succeed, do it the way your mother told you to.” — Anonymous

Flying Colors fall art show set for Oct, 28-30 |Oct 19, 2016

Flying Colors Fine Artists will hold its annual art show Oct. 28, 29 and 30 at the Montgomery School, Route 113, in Chester Springs. An artists’ reception with live music and refreshments will be held on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.

Bill Clinton stumps for Hillary at Montgomery County Community College |Oct 19, 2016

WHITPAIN >> Hundreds of supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton packed Parkhouse Hall at Montgomery County Community College Tuesday afternoon to hear former president Bill Clinton’s pitch to voters on why his wife, the former Secretary of State and senator from New York, should be the nation’s next president.

Chefs share tips to reduce food waste |Oct 19, 2016

Want to spend less on groceries and help the environment? Area chefs are sending out an SOS, asking home cooks to “save our scraps.”

With Election Day approaching, registration numbers show Chester County Dems gaining ground, but GOP still tops |Oct 19, 2016

WEST GOSHEN >> Kara Rahn has heard the stories about the presidential election of 2008 in Chester County.

Malvern artist to host exhibit |Oct 19, 2016

MALVERN >> Artist Randall Graham is hosting an opening reception at his “Gallery 222” studio for his art exhibit.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Make time for this sweet treat |Oct 19, 2016

Just like the classic cocktail flavor, these muffins are easy, delicious and will give you a natural high after one bite.

UPDATE: Faculty union goes on first-ever strike, 111,000 students affected |Oct 19, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> For the first time ever, professors across Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) went on strike Wednesday at 5 a.m., following 15 months of failed negotiations between their union and the state system.

Driving Away The Cold Program brings coats to area children |Oct 19, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Area car dealerships are helping kids get a jump on the cold weather this year and they came prepared with just over 45,000 coats.

More sleep for Philly area students? Facts to know about later school start times |Oct 19, 2016

Several schools in the region have been discussing later start times. This has spurred a lot of discussion about the sleep schedules and logistics about a later start times for middle and high school students.

New $3.5M Limerick firehouse to break ground |Oct 19, 2016

LIMERICK >> Big things are coming down the pike for the Limerick Fire Company as construction on its new headquarters gets underway in just a few short weeks.

Montgomery County DA fights Cosby’s latest attempt to dismiss sex assault charges |Oct 18, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The discovery of new evidence properly led to a renewed investigation of entertainer Bill Cosby in 2015 and his claims he was prejudiced by a decade-old delay in bringing sexual assault charges against him have no merit, prosecutors contend.

‘Fallen from grace,’ Kathleen Kane seeks probation for perjury |Oct 18, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Saying Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane already has “fallen from grace,” suffered the loss of her career and carries the “stigma of a convicted felon,” her lawyer has asked a judge not to add to the punishment by incarcerating her for perjury and abuse of power convictions.

Welcome to my World: Grave Epitaphs |Oct 18, 2016

Every summer that I can remember as a kid, Mom insisted Pop drive to visit the gravesites of both the Christman’s, in Lehigh County, and the Kohler’s, in Berks County. Mom also took us on walks to the family cemetery of the Siegfried’s, from Siegfriedsdale, located near our farm.

Chester County Futures marks 20 years of changing lives |Oct 18, 2016

An organization dedicated to trying to level the playing field for low-income Chester County students is marking 20 years in existence with a nod to the businesses that have helped turn around more than 1,000 young lives.

Runner who collapsed after running Kennett Square Mushroom Cap Half Marathon is recovering |Oct 18, 2016

KENNETT SQUARE >> At 60 years old, Shawn Stevens was nearing the finish line of the Kennett Square Mushroom Cap Half Marathon on Saturday, and he was about to do it in under two hours. The 13.

Gymnasts turn dog walking on its ear to benefit regional charities |Oct 18, 2016

Chester County teens from GymOlympic Sports Academy Gymnastics Team in Exton kicked off the third annual National Dog Show Charity Walk at Wilson Park in Tredyffrin Sunday by walking on their hands while walking their dogs, the leashes attached to the gymnasts’ ankles.

Prosecutors to seek state prison time for Kathleen Kane |Oct 18, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Saying former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has shown no remorse and that her conduct was particularly egregious, prosecutors revealed they favor state prison time against her for perjury and abuse of power convictions.

A Look Back in History: Interesting Folk Days rooted in Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers (pun intended) |Oct 18, 2016

Pennsylvania Dutch rural folklore was important in providing Rhineland peasants with knowledge of becoming successful American farmers. Although most PA Deitsch folklore revolved around their religion, it is dubious that Grundsau Day (Groundhog Day) was purely an American idea.

WTIM: Music Around Town Oct. 19 edition |Oct 18, 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.

Learn the history of Halloween traditions at ‘A Hopewell Halloween’ |Oct 18, 2016

An evening of Halloween traditions and historical folklore will be hosted by Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Historic games, crafts, and folktales from the different cultural groups that worked at Hopewell Furnace will be featured.

the table: WESTERVILLE In The Middle of Ohio |Oct 18, 2016

Westerville is a suburb of Columbus Ohio located in the center of the state and is a truly a quintessential small town. Historical events and occurrences, as well as the people of the town make for a charming place to live and visit.

The Table: BARCELONA, Spain— On the Iberian Peninsula |Oct 18, 2016

Barcelona is one of the provinces of Catalonia in the Kingdom of Spain. It is the capital and largest city in Spain. Located on the Mediterranean Sea on the northeastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, between the Besos and Llobregat Rivers.

Ursinus College to break ground on science center |Oct 18, 2016

COLLEGEVILLE >> Ursinus College will embark on a new era for science education and undergraduate student research with a $29 million Innovation and Discovery Center.

Upper Merion man’s campaign button collection is a walk through history |Oct 17, 2016

UPPER MERION >> The name Alton B. Parker is probably unknown to most of the voters who will cast their ballots for president Nov. 8, but in 1904, he was as famous as either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.