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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Phoenix Community Calendar June 26 |Jun 23, 2016

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Misericordia University honors 24 graduates for service and study abroad at 90th Commencement ceremonies |Jun 9, 2016

Misericordia University gave special recognition during the 90th annual Commencement ceremonies to 24 graduates who did service or studied abroad during their time at the institution. The students received special stoles as part of their Commencement regalia in colors that represent the country they visited, including England, Guyana, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica and Peru.

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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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.

LGBTea Dances hosts first Chester County Pride Fest since 2005 |Jun 9, 2016

The first Chester County Pride Weekend since 2005 kicked off on Saturday, June 4, from 12 to 5 p.m. at Reeves Park in Phoenixville with a Pride Festival. From all across the region, hundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community members and allies joined in a celebration of diversity and progress.

Cornerstone Clubhouse artwork on display until June 20 |Jun 9, 2016

The Cornerstone Clubhouse art work is currently on display until June 20 at State Senator Andy Dinniman’s office at Church and Market Streets in West Chester. The Cornerstone Clubhouse is located in Phoenixville and also serves West Chester and surrounding areas providing individuals with mental illness to live, learn and work within their community with dignity and freedom from stigma.

Spring-Ford hosts free summer community concert |Jun 9, 2016

The Spring-Ford Educational Foundation will sponsor an annual free summer concert featuring the 28th Infantry Division Band on Wednesday, June 29, at 7 p.m. The concert will be held in the Spring-Ford Area High School auditorium, located at 350 South Lewis Road, in Royersford.

Another bear sighting reported in West Whiteland |Jun 8, 2016

WEST WHITELAND >>A black bear has been spotted in a second Chester County community in as many days.

Local players competing in non-league games, tournaments |Jun 8, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville is not fielding a team in the Chester County Senior American Legion baseball league this summer.

Phoenixville shuts out Muhlenberg, 9-0 |Jun 8, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville blanked Muhlenberg, 9-0, in Prep Legion Baseball action for 13-year-olds players June 7 at deSanno Field.

Fifteenth league season kicks off on June 14 |Jun 8, 2016

Staff Report CHARLESTOWN >> The University of Valley Forge Men’s Basketball Summer League will begin its 15th season on Tuesday, June 14. As it does every year, this season will feature some of the most intense competition in the area.

|Jun 8, 2016

Prep Legion Roster Noah August, Nathan Billhime, Jason Bilotti, Travis Brown, Joe Castaldi, Anthony Deoria, Brendan Flick, Paul Grycewicz, Matt LeCates, DAllas Maloney, Tommy Rutkowski, Jake Schaffer, Cameron Schiele, A.

VIDEO: Black bear spotted in Phoenixville on camera |Jun 7, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> A bear spotted wandering around the quiet streets of Phoenixville Monday morning has left some neighbors on edge.