Take exercise classes outdoors for health benefits |Jun 24, 2016

It’s not uncommon to run, bike or walk outside in the summer. But the sunny season and long days are also a great opportunity to bring traditionally indoor fitness classes out into the open. Exercise classes like Zumba, yoga and circuit training can easily be moved from the sometimes claustrophobic four walls of a building to the outside natural environment.

Phoenixville Public Library hosts Science in the Summer program June 27-30 |Jun 24, 2016

The Phoenixville Public Library will host its annual Science in the Summer program from June 27 through June 30, with the 2016 topic being Genetics.

Youth & Philanthropy Program students award funds to local charities and organizations |Jun 24, 2016

The end of the school year means that Phoenixville area communities will now be fluttering with children excited to enjoy their summer vacations, but not before several students from area school districts first helped to award a total of $35,000 to many local organizations and also give of their time, by participating in the 2015-2016 Youth and Philanthropy program, funded by the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation.

LIVE BLOG: Chester County Hot Air Balloon begins today |Jun 24, 2016

For many in Chester County and the tri-state area, June means hot air but not so much in terms of temperature nor misleading messages.

Area artists paint donkeys to be displayed in Philadelphia for Democratic National Convention |Jun 24, 2016

PHILADELPHIA >> A colorful herd of 57 painted donkeys in a Philadelphia warehouse awaits its debut. The fiberglass donkeys, each painted by an artist, will be scattered around the city in time form the Democratic National Convention in July.

THE TABLE: Santa Catalina Island - Like a jewel rising out of the ocean |Jun 23, 2016

Like a jewel rising out of the ocean is Santa Catalina Island. This 74.98 square mile rocky island is one of California’s Channel Islands, located 22 miles off the mainland. This island stands alone, never ever connected by land to California, but it is considered to be a part of Los Angeles County.

Phoenix Community Calendar June 26 |Jun 23, 2016

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Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jun 23, 2016

Bridget (dog) Bridget is a young Basenji/Chihuahua mix, weighing about 10 pounds. She was found as a stray and is now ready to find her forever home. Bridget is an active and smart girl who would love to cuddle up with you after a nice walk in the park.

LCH to open dental center in southern Chester County |Jun 23, 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) granted Kennett Square’s La Comunidad Hispana (LCH) a $350,000 award to open a new dental center to serve southern Chester County.

Think About It: How to play workplace poker |Jun 23, 2016

“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, they are not.” - Unknown (though some say Manfred Eigen or Albert Einstein)

Seiberlich preps for big stage at U.S. Olympic Trials |Jun 23, 2016

SCHUYLKILL >> As a young girl just beginning all the details involved in sports, Emma Seiberlich watched on television with optimum interest as star United States swimmers competed against the best the rest of the world had to offer at the Olympic Games.

Search continues for escaped prisoner who threatened ex in Norristown |Jun 23, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> As the manhunt continues for a prisoner who escaped from a Northampton County jail and allegedly threatened to come to Norristown to kill his ex girlfriend, authorities provided additional information about how he escaped and the ongoing investigation.

Rumble set to celebrate 25th anniversary |Jun 23, 2016

North Coventry church car show is gear head heaven |Jun 23, 2016

NORTH COVENTRY >> It was gear head heaven at a North Coventry Township church recently, during an annual car show.

Canal Day in Mont Clare set to unlock plenty of fun |Jun 23, 2016

MONT CLARE >> The 34th annual Canal Day is coming back to town. Each year Lock 60 and the Schuylkill Canal Park see approximately 25,000 visitors who come to fish, paddle, hike, picnic, jog and more.

Pa. Supreme Court refuses to hear Bill Cosby’s appeal of pretrial decisions |Jun 21, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from comedian Bill Cosby on a pretrial hearing that determined there was no agreement with former District Attorney Bruce L.

Limerick man gets decades in prison for indecent assault |Jun 21, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A Limerick man already facing two decades in federal prison has added a lengthy state sentence to his punishment for hiding cameras that filmed minors showering and using the bathroom.

Upper Providence rejects developers’ offer of ‘open space’ |Jun 21, 2016

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The board of supervisors has unanimously rejected acceptance of open space within a development because the land contains structures and other improvements added by adjacent neighbors.

Phoenixville board OKs $37K in bonuses; superintendent gets 6 percent bonus |Jun 21, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> A Right to Know request filed by The Mercury has revealed the Phoenixville Area School Board approved more than $37,000 in bonuses for district administrators, including a 6-percent bonus for Superintendent Alan Fegley.

Phoenixville redistricting plans move forward as parents cry foul |Jun 20, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Pickering Glen parents continued to voice their concerns about the school district’s plan to redistrict it’s elementary schools Thursday saying they were getting the short end of the stick.

Buckwalter, Hershey win at Williams Grove |Jun 19, 2016

WILLIAMS GROVE >> The Royersford Rocket Steve Buckwalter won a thrilling and hotly-contested sprint car event at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night, holding off the furious challenges of Brian Montieth, Danny Dietrich and Greg Hodnett to pick up the victory.

Buckwalter sweeps Sprints; Pauch Sr., Bednar share SpeedSTR wins in Ronnie Tobias Memorial |Jun 19, 2016

Kutztown >> “Us old guys need shorter races like these; we can handle these short ones,” smiled Billy Pauch Sr. after winning the first of six main events run at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.

PHOTOS: Renaissance Academy in Phoenixville graduates Class of 2016 |Jun 17, 2016

The Renaissance Academy graduated its first class from the new school. Wednesday, June 15.

Phoenixville names 30th police officer |Jun 17, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> The borough council has chosen the candidate who will become the borough’s newest police officer next month.

Riverworks in Phoenixville starts leasing activity |Jun 16, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> The latest sign of the borough’s rebirth is preparing to open as the developer of Riverworks last week began to accept leases for units in their luxury apartment complex.

Think About It: I wasn’t born yesterday |Jun 16, 2016

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” - John Keating

Recreation Department notes details for summer program |Jun 16, 2016

Staff Report 2016 Summer Tennis Clinics & “Orange Crush” Tournament

UPDATED: Phoenixville citizens rally to bring back mural; 3,000 sign petition |Jun 16, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> A community movement to bring back the Phoenixville mural — a symbol of the borough’s renaissance — is growing by the day.

THE TABLE: The Kingdom of Morocco |Jun 15, 2016

The full name of this country that lies in the north regions of North Africa is the Kingdom of Morocco. Actually, it is al-Mamlakah al – Maghribiyyah, which translates to King of the West.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jun 15, 2016

Hazel (dog) Hazel is a beautiful eight year old Tibetan Spaniel Mix whose owner became ill and can no longer care for her. Hazel loves to cuddle and be petted and is used to a quieter household.

BHHS Fox & Roach, REALTORS® honors Collegeville sales associate |Jun 15, 2016

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Fox & Roach, REALTORS® recently honored Bruce Lyster, a Collegeville Office Sales Associate, with a Sales Performance Award for his excellent sales performance for 2015, placing him in the top 20 percent of agents in the national BHHS network.

RE/MAX Achievers, Inc. sponsor magic show for Children’s Miracle Network |Jun 15, 2016

RE/MAX Achievers, Inc. is committed to its goal: “support our community where we live and work.” On May 13, RE/MAX Achievers celebrated their 24th annual visit to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Phoenix Community Calendar June 19 |Jun 15, 2016

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Phoenixville Kiwanis announce Children’s Plaza summer programs |Jun 15, 2016

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

Phoenixville School Board eyes $500K hallway flooring for new school |Jun 15, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Taxpayers in the Phoenixville Area School District may face a $500,000 bill for flooring in the hallways at the new Early Learning Center, even though a much cheaper alternative is available.

Candlelight vigil held in Phoenixville for Orlando shooting victims |Jun 14, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Just a day after the deadly shooting spree in Orlando, Fla., community members came together to honor the victims and pray for peace.

Anti-hazing legislation to go into effect in July in Pennsylvania |Jun 14, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> Legislation approved in the state Legislature expanding the definition of anti-hazing laws to include grades 7-12 is expected to go into effect next month, amending the law so it would apply to more schools than just colleges.

Phoenixville board eyes short list of new school names |Jun 14, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> School officials in Phoenixville have released the short list of potential names for the incoming Early Learning Center, elementary school and the roadway leading up to the building.

Schuylkill Elementary School parents object to Phoenixville redistricting plan |Jun 13, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> As construction continues on the incoming Early Learning Center and Elementary School, outraged parents in Schuylkill Township have called on the Phoenixville Area School Board to rethink

Get set to vote in parks contest, win prizes for you and the park |Jun 13, 2016

Residents that visit parks across the tri-county area can help their favorite park win thousands of dollars and also win prizes themselves.

Spend summer in rays of sunshine for good health (photos) |Jun 10, 2016

The official first day of summer is June 20, which means it’s time to take it outdoors for swimming, bicycling, running and more.

PHOTOS: Phoenixville Area High School graduates Class of 2016 |Jun 10, 2016

Check out all of our photos from Phoenixville Area High School’s 2016 graduation ceremony.

Victim of fatal shooting at Norristown McDonald’s identified |Jun 9, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The victim of a fatal shooting in the parking lot of the McDonald’s on West Main Street on Tuesday night has been identified by police as Marquis Johnson, 24, of Coatesville, Chester County.

Limerick nuclear generator returns to full power |Jun 9, 2016

LIMERICK >> Operators at Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station returned Unit 2 to full power Sunday, ending a brief maintenance outage that began Wednesday, June 1.

Upper Providence 5K benefits families of police officers who have died |Jun 9, 2016

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The second annual Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) 5K and Fun Walk held Wednesday night at the Lower Perkiomen Valley Park attracted more than 118 runners and walkers.

Phoenix Community Calendar June 12 |Jun 9, 2016

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Think About It: Facing an impossible challenge |Jun 9, 2016

“Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” - Orison Swett Marden

Common running injuries treated in physical therapy |Jun 9, 2016

As the weather starts to heat up more people are lacing up their sneakers, grabbing their iPods, and hitting the road. Running and power walking outside are very popular forms of exercise and while they both have excellent health benefits, physical problems can still arise.

Devon Horse Show chairman denies public drunkenness citation; police confirm it |Jun 9, 2016

TREDYFFRIN >> Several days after Wayne Grafton reportedly received a citation for public drunkenness outside a gate of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair grounds, he told media outlets the reports were false.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jun 9, 2016

Annie (cat) Hello, my name is Annie and I am what they call a “CH Baby” (Cerebral Hypoplasia). I am very unsteady on my feet and most of the time, I fall over, but I am very content in my little cage and almost get to my litter box.