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‘Stitch to Learn, Learn to Stitch’ at Pennypacker Mills |Feb 26, 2017

Pennypacker Mills announces “Stitch to Learn, Learn to Stitch,” an exhibition of embroidery opening Wednesday, March 1 and continuing through Jan. 31, 2018. With more than 50 selected objects, this exhibit explores the interrelationship between fine embroidery and the education of young girls.

spay & save: Sylvia wants a home of her own |Feb 26, 2017

Sylvia is a petite domestic shorthair, white/black splotches, female spayed cat about 1 year old. She was saved from a hoarding situation of more than 70 cats. Please give her a home where she will be loved and cared for and never have to be rescued again.

Cat angel network |Feb 26, 2017

Hi! My name is Lei-Lei, and I am a beautiful young red-patched tabby who is looking for a new family to love.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Feb. 26 |Feb 26, 2017

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Adoptable pets from Montco SPCA |Feb 26, 2017

Snoop Doggie Dog is here looking for a new home! Snoop was surrendered due to no fault of his own. He is housebroken and previous owner says he is great with kids. We would suggest him in a home where he is the only pet and with older children as he has a lot of playful energy.

THE TABLE: ‘Wonderful COPENHAGEN’ Denmark |Feb 26, 2017

It was a long-long time before Danny Kaye introduced to the world the song “Wonderful Copenhagen” in 1952 and the city’s beginnings as a Viking fishing village established in the 10th century.

On Tap |Feb 26, 2017

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VIDEO: Jaguar cubs at Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown learn to play |Feb 24, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The jaguar cubs at Elmwood Park Zoo are one month old today, and the zoo is celebrating by introducing them to toys.

Ursinus College science center project underway, Berks firm awarded construction contract |Feb 24, 2017

COLLEGEVILLE >> Construction is moving forward on the new Innovation and Discovery Center at Ursinus College.

NATHAN BENEFIELD: Reinventing Pennsylvania government |Feb 24, 2017

Imagine if Stephen King had written “Green Eggs and Ham.” What if Dr. Seuss had penned “The Shining?”

Phoenixville man’s laptop battery explodes, causing fire damage |Feb 24, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> A Phoenixville man is thankful to still have his home after he says the battery inside his laptop exploded, causing a fire to erupt in his kitchen.

Oscars 2017 may be one for the record books |Feb 24, 2017

Even before the awards are handed out, the 89th Academy Awards is stacking up as one for the record books.

CHRIS FREIND: We need common sense in immigration debate |Feb 24, 2017

The immigration debate was back in the headlines. Par for the course, both parties’ spewed lip-service on the need for reform, while simultaneously killing any meaningful legislation. Comprehensive immigration reform hasn’t gone anywhere in decades, making it clear that neither party’s ruling class wanted it.

NEW TO VOD AND STREAMING: ‘Bleed for This’ is a brutal boxing biopic worth seeing |Feb 24, 2017

Downingtown native Miles Teller commits body and soul to “Bleed For This,” a biopic about boxer Vinny Pazienza, one of the strongest-willed belters in the history of the sport.

EDITORIAL: A tribute and thank you to Albert Boscov |Feb 24, 2017

We admire. We respect. We love. We thank you.

PHOTOS: Residents makes most of unseasonably warm February |Feb 24, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> The temperatures might be abnormal for February but you won’t hear anyone around here complaining.

TV PREMIERE: ‘The Obama Years: The Power of Words’ premieres on Smithsonian Channel |Feb 24, 2017

PHILADELPHIA >> If any single image best represents the new hour-long documentary “The Obama Years,” it would be the close-up shot of a speech Barack Obama would make to a joint session of Congress in 2009.

NEW ON DVD: ‘Manchester by the Sea’ is a heartrending instant classic |Feb 24, 2017

For his first film since “Margaret,” Kenneth Lonergan writes and directs “Manchester By The Sea” (2016, Lionsgate, R, $20), the engrossing saga of a Boston janitor named Lee (Casey Affleck) who returns to his hometown following the death of his brother (Kyle Chandler) to help care for his teenage nephew (Lucas Hedges).

Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville joins nationwide screening of ‘1984’ |Feb 23, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Art house movie theaters across the country, and right here in the borough, will hold a screening of the film “1984” in an effort to initiate a community conversation during the current politically charged environment.

Methacton School Board votes to close Audubon Elementary School |Feb 23, 2017

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> The Methacton School Board voted 6-3 Tuesday to close Audubon Elementary School, effective July 1, during a meeting at Arcola Intermediate School attended by several hundred concerned residents and school staff.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Getting the most out of the Flower Show |Feb 23, 2017

With its stunning garden exhibits, floral displays, miniatures, individual plant entries, and so much more, the Philadelphia Flower Show is always a delight to the senses — plenty to engage the eye and the nose.

Limerick site eyed by potential medical marijuana manufacturer |Feb 23, 2017

LIMERICK >> One of the first legalized medical marijuana manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania could set up shop in the township, so long as state and local officials give the green light.

Lane restrictions scheduled in Montgomery County for utility construction |Feb 23, 2017

UPPER MERION >> The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced that lane restrictions are scheduled on Plank Road, Meyers Road, Route 73 (Skippack Pike) and Route 29 (Gravel Pike) in Perkiomen and Skippack townships for utility construction.

Comcast narrows service window to 30 minutes |Feb 23, 2017

In one of the many memorable “Seinfeld” TV show episodes, high-strung next door neighbor Kramer gets into an epic feud with the “cable guy” over the issue of being home for service.

Limerick detective helps apprehend suspect in Detroit triple homicide |Feb 23, 2017

LIMERICK >> There’s a lot to be said for intuition, especially when it comes to police work.

Realities of Montgomery County opioid epidemic discussed during intensive panel |Feb 23, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> At a town hall discussion Tuesday night local organizers punched up the volume on the grim reports we’ve been hearing for more than a year on the national opioid epidemic.

Woman testifies in WCU frat rape trial |Feb 23, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> She was so excited that her “on-again, off-again” boyfriend had invited her to a “Date Night” party at the West Chester University fraternity that he was pledging for that she called her mother and told her, then went shopping with her for a new black dress to wear that night.

Calling event a ‘political stunt,’ Costello won’t attend town hall in Phoenixville |Feb 23, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> U.S. Congressman Ryan Costello, R-6th Dist., said he won’t attend a town hall meeting at Phoenixville Area High School this weekend — an event that has become controversial.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Celebrate Mardi Gras and much more |Feb 22, 2017

Good times roll XFinity Live: Wear your purple, yellow and green and enjoy live performances by Drop Dead Sexy during Mardi Gras 2017, starting at 9 p.m. Feb. 25. The fun features beads, contests, a $500 cash balloon drop, stilt walkers, hula hoopers and more.

FOOD: Fun fare for Fat Tuesday |Feb 22, 2017

Rio celebrates Carnival. New Orleans enjoys Mardi Gras. Venice masquerades. This Fat Tuesday, feel that festive vibe and splurge on some classic carnival food. It’s not just for summer.

Beer at Wawa: Is Pa. brewing a new booze strategy? |Feb 22, 2017

CONCORD >> Even as Wawa opened a newly renovated store near the border of Pennsylvania and Delaware last week, the road to allow six-packs sold in the store was years-long as parts of the liquor law begin to change.

Glenside business creates prop for Melissa McCarthy’s SNL sketch |Feb 22, 2017

GLENSIDE >> Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, ranting at and physically going after reporters with a podium, is putting a Glenside company that built the attack podium on the map.

Meehan votes against seeking Trump tax returns |Feb 22, 2017

WASHINGTON >> U.S. Rep Pat Meehan, R-7th Dist., was among 20 Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee who rebuffed an attempt by Democrats to get a look at President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

Phoenixville council OKs festivals despite opposition |Feb 22, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> It appears two big community events will still be held despite some opposition from a few downtown business owners and residents.

Wild and Scenic Film Fest slated for Feb. 23-24 |Feb 22, 2017

The 10th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival, hosted by Trail Creek Outfitters, is set for Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23 & 24 at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Bright spots in the winter |Feb 21, 2017

If you look broadly at the winter landscape, it’s easy to see it all just in browns and grays interspersed with the occasional dark green of non-deciduous trees. But look a little closer and you’ll find that there are shrubs that are full of color, providing an artistic contrast to winter’s otherwise monochromatic palette.

Oasis of orchids: Horticultural display at Longwood highlights varieties of orchids |Feb 21, 2017

The party is called “Orchid Extravaganza” and you can come see it through March 31.

Assisted living units OK’d at former Collegeville Inn in Lower Providence |Feb 21, 2017

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> The Lower Providence Township Board of Supervisors has granted conditional use approval for an assisted living facility at the former Collegeville Inn site on Ridge Pike.

Chesco coroner lists 2016 overdose deaths |Feb 21, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> The list looks endless, although it runs only for three spreadsheet pages.

County detective catches thieves, even on his day off |Feb 21, 2017

EAST WHITELAND >> Chester County Detective Lt. Michael McGinnis was on his day off shopping at Home Depot in East Whiteland when store employees ran past, chasing a number of men who had taken power tools without paying.

Pottstown’s ‘Trojan Men’ aid national tour to fight cancer with TV appearance |Feb 21, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> In a not-so-unique “twist,” Pottstown High School’s Trojan Man mascot is gaining a reputation as a real childhood cancer fighter.

NUTRITION: Trust your gut instincts. Whole grains are good for you |Feb 21, 2017

The human digestive tract is home to tens of trillions of microorganisms, collectively referred to as the gut microbiota.

Monnette Sudler’s Annual Philadelphia Guitar Summit concert returns to MCCC |Feb 21, 2017

This is the 8th year of the Philadelphia Guitar Summit at Montgomery County Community College. Philadelphia’s first lady of guitar, Monnette Sudler, continues to present an interesting and diverse group of artists for this annual event.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A quick, tasty recipe for ‘best gravy you’ll ever have’ |Feb 21, 2017

What a great way to make something that is good for you AND a phenomenal way to introduce vegetables into your children’s diet without them even knowing. I have done away with the classic roux thickener here, without any loss of flavor.

Phoenixville School Board delays waiving fee for town hall at school |Feb 21, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Conflicting information over whether a proposed town hall meeting at Phoenixville Area High School would be political in nature forced officials to hold off on granting a request to waive the fee associated with using the space.

Valley Forge National Historical Park celebrates George Washington’s birthday |Feb 21, 2017

UPPER MERION >> Valley Forge National Historical Park celebrated George Washington’s birthday Monday at the Park Theater. Martha Washington, portrayed by Carol Spacht, presented General Washington, portrayed by John Lopes, with a special cake created by the Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College.

Trial begins for man accused of raping coed in West Chester University frat house |Feb 21, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in Common Pleas Court for the trial of a Gettysburg man who is accused of raping a West Chester University student during a party at a fraternity house last spring.

‘WRAP’ initiative aims to help women offenders |Feb 21, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> The woman sitting across from Jennifer Lopez was on a one-way road heading toward state prison.

A new ‘Kingdom’ from Frontier Ruckus. Band to play at Johnny Brenda’s |Feb 21, 2017

Matthew Milia thinks it’s “a miracle” that his Detroit-based band, Frontier Ruckus, has been around for nearly 15 years and [just released] its fifth album.

THEATER: ‘Paw Patrol Live!’ coming to Merriam Theater |Feb 20, 2017

Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest are going to look a lot different than they do on TV.