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Valley Forge celebrates papal visit with Family Day |Jul 6, 2015

VALLEY FORGE >> Pope Francis is coming to Montgomery County, and the news has been heralded in with fanfare and plans for a Valley Forge Family Day during his stay.

70-year-old guilty in DUI crash |Jul 6, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> A 70-year-old West Goshen man faces the possibility of serving a state prison sentence after having been convicted last week of a drunk driving crash that severely injured a bicyclist.

Congressmen get tour of train safety system test facility |Jul 6, 2015

MALVERN >> Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6th Dist., last week joined members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation for a briefing and tour of SEPTA’s Positive Train Control (PTC) test facility in Malvern.

New law deals with campus violence |Jul 6, 2015

Students attending college or university in Chester County for the first time this fall, or who are returning there for another semester, will have new protections against campus sexual assault or domestic violence.

Chester Springs family works to save 270-year-old oak tree |Jul 6, 2015

Chester Springs resident Jim Helm has spent the last several weeks trying to save a historical estimated 270-year-old oak tree on his property from being destroyed by utility companies. The tree, which stands on the border of his property, extends into power lines which run along the road, making it vulnerable for unwarranted trimming and cutting by Verizon and PECO.

Hazardous waste drop-off event set for Saturday in Royersford |Jul 6, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Montgomery county residents with a garage full of hazardous waste have a chance Saturday for a bit of summer cleaning.

Grandmother gets probation for pot peanut brittle |Jul 6, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> Possession of peanut brittle and pralines normally is not the kind of activity that gets you hauled before a judge, facing criminal charges. But for a 61-year-old transplanted grandmother from Oregon, the ingredient she apparently added to those confections earned her not only a visit to Common Pleas Court, but a two-year commitment to court supervision and a felony record.

The ‘blob’ is back in Phoenixville |Jul 5, 2015

Phoenixville’s annual Blobfest is getting ready to ooze into town from July 10 through 12 to celebrate the 1958 cult classic film “The Blob.” The popular weekend festival will begin Friday night at the Colonial Theatre and continues all day Saturday along Bridge Street for the street fair.

Preliminary public transportation details for Pope’s visit to Philadelphia released |Jul 2, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City and agency officials announced preliminary information about public transportation options during the World Meeting of Families convening, Sept. 22 to 25, 2015, and the weekend of the Papal Visit, Sept.

Canal Day tradition held at Lock 60 |Jul 1, 2015

Mont Clare >> The 32-year-old Canal Day tradition was held again last weekend at Schuylkill Canal Park, featuring fun for all ages.

Phoenixville Area School District calls for fewer standardized tests |Jun 30, 2015

Phoenixville >> Officials in the Phoenixville Area School District recently sent a message to lawmakers in Harrisburg — ease up on testing.

Phoenixville physics team headed to Thailand thanks to alumni, community |Jun 30, 2015

Phoenixville >> It wasn’t enough that the students on the Phoenixville Area High School physics team had to prepare for almost a year for an upcoming competition in Asia. They also had to raise tens of thousands of dollars on their own to get there.

Route 23 bridge to reopen by November at the latest |Jun 30, 2015

Phoenixville >> The Route 23 bridge will reopen late November, if not sooner, thanks to a new deal reached Tuesday.

Arcola Road bridge closure in Lower Providence tests motorists’ patience |Jun 30, 2015

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> As construction continues on the still-closed Arcola Road bridge, motorists’ patience has been put to the test.

County residents receiving easement notices |Jun 29, 2015

It’s old news that Sunoco Pipeline L.P. is working on its Mariner East project, using an already existing pipeline running across the state as part of Phase I.

SPCA leader says tough times behind, looking ahead with pride |Jun 29, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> Not too long ago the Chester County SPCA was battling the bad publicity of chaos in its management, infighting among employees and even volunteers being escorted from the premises by local police.

GLOBETROTTING GRADUATE: Why I keep going back to Paris |Jun 27, 2015

Paris is not my favorite place to visit, yet I find myself consistently revisiting the city. Outside of London, it is the foreign city I know best.

Perspective on Parenting: 10 years a mom |Jun 27, 2015

Years ago, as a communications professional in the corporate world, I remember when my colleagues were honored for a decade or more of service. In a world where attention spans are gradually diminishing, doing anything constructive for 10 years can be considered quite an accomplishment.

‘Legendary’ exhibit at The African American Museum in Philadelphia explores house ballroom culture |Jun 27, 2015

Photographer Gerard H. Gaskin creates art, but also shines a light on people who need to be seen.

Accused Lower Pottsgrove arsonist has her trial date |Jun 26, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Lower Pottsgrove woman accused of torching and destroying the home of her neighbor, a Limerick detective, has her trial date.

DCNR reveals statewide recreation plan at Pottstown Volleyball Rumble (photos, video) |Jun 26, 2015

POTTSTOWN >> About 15 people riding yellow Bike Pottstown bicycles pedaled their way onto the lush green fields of Memorial Park Thursday to center court of the 24th annual Pottstown Volleyball Rumble.

Brew Hub: Craft brewing in the Philly region |Jun 25, 2015

The Craft Beer industry has soared to new heights globally, and the Philadelphia area has been a flagship of homebrewed growth and innovation.

Phoenixville wants new nest for Firebird Festival |Jun 25, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Considered by many to be the most popular borough event of the year, the annual Phoenixville Firebird Festival may need to find a new nest this year.

Sen. Andy Dinniman wants Route 23 Bridge closure horror stories |Jun 16, 2015

Phoenixville >> One area lawmaker want drivers suffering by the Route 23 bridge closure to share their horror stories with him.

DEP trying to control gnat population in Chester County |Jun 16, 2015

Canoeists along the Brandywine Creek may have seen a man pouring a brown liquid into the creek in the last few days. He is not illegally dumping chemicals. He is Ben Russell, a water pollution biologist for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection working to control the black fly population in Chester County.

Preliminary public transportation details for Pope’s visit to Philadelphia released |Jun 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City and agency officials announced preliminary information about public transportation options during the World Meeting of Families convening, Sept. 22 to 25, 2015, and the weekend of the Papal Visit, Sept.

Prison release rarely an option for dying state inmates |Jun 14, 2015

Leon Jesse James was supposed to die in prison.

PHOTOS: 562 students graduate from Spring-Ford Area High School |Jun 12, 2015

Members of Spring-Ford Area High School’s graduating class listen to speakers Thursday evening during an outdoor ceremony at Coach McNelly Stadium in Royersford. A total of 562 students graduated as part of the Spring-Ford High Area High School’s 60th commencement exercise.

Senate committee votes to delay Keystone Exams |Jun 11, 2015

The Senate Education Committee Tuesday unanimously approved legislation to delay the graduation requirement associated with the Keystone Exams for two years.

Officials: Route 23 bridge could open by September |Jun 10, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville area officials say they’re working hard to get the Route 23 bridge open by September.

Bills on the move in Pennsylvania to end municipal pensions |Jun 10, 2015

A month after Republican lawmakers advanced a plan to end the traditional pension for new state workers, they’ve set their sights on doing the same for future municipal employees in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Basic Education Funding Commission delays recommendation for funding formula |Jun 10, 2015

NORRISTOWN>> The Basic Education Funding Commission announced Wednesday that it will not be making a recommendation to the Pennsylvania legislature for a fair funding formula for public schools by the June 10 deadline.

Good food and nice weather bring people out for rib cook-off on Phoenixville |Jun 9, 2015

Phoenixville >> Several hundred people turned out Saturday for the second annual Pork Rib Cook-Off hosted by Pepperoncini Sotto in Phoenixville.

249 graduate from Phoenixville Area High School |Jun 6, 2015

The Phoenixville Area High School Class of 2015 — some 249 strong — graduated Friday at Washington Field in Phoenixville. It was the 58th commencement ceremony in the school’s history.

Seven men owing child support arrested in overnight Montgomery County raid |Jun 3, 2015

COURTHOUSE >> Seven men owing a combined $71,000 in child support were arrested Wednesday morning for failing to appear before a judge.

Fed up Mont Clare residents hold town meeting |Jun 1, 2015

Upper Providence Twp. >> It was bad enough when the Route 23 bridge closure gridlocked traffic. But new construction in the area, and one business’ practices have compounded the problem, making it a bridge too far for some residents in Mont Clare.

More than 400 attend Perkiomen Valley High School’s post prom event |May 31, 2015

Perkiomen Valley High School’s halls were transformed into Hollywood for its annual Post Prom event May 16, with this year’s theme being “Movie Magic.”

Phoenixville Area Teens Against Tobacco Clubs head to Harrisburg |May 31, 2015

On May 5, teens from the Teens Against Tobacco (TATU) Clubs at the Phoenixville Area Middle and High Schools traveled to the state capital to participate in the American Lung Association’s Advocacy Day.

Unknown soldiers of Revolutionary War honored at Ellis Woods cemetery |May 29, 2015

East Coventry >> Tucked away in a tiny grove just off Ellis Woods Road lies a row of round military-style grave markers sticking up from the ground. In front sits a large, granite boulder with a weathered copper plaque attached.

Trappe Memorial Day Parade remembers fallen heroes |May 29, 2015

On Monday, hundreds of community members joined their friends and family to watch the annual Trappe Memorial Day Parade. A group of veterans led the procession, which began at Augustus Lutheran Church and ended at Water Works Park.

Phoenixville assistant superintendent to step down |May 29, 2015

Phoenixville >> A key member of the Phoenixville Area School District’s administration will be leaving at the end of the school year.

Spring-Ford approves $145M budget, 2 percent tax hike |May 29, 2015

Royersford >> Spring-Ford Area School Board member Tom DiBello said Tuesday’s approval of a proposed final budget was just to follow state rules — the real work was still to come.

Death of Royersford woman struck by train in Devon ruled suicide |May 28, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> The Chester County coroner has ruled the death Wednesday night of a woman a suicide, it was announced Thursday.

Spring City American Legion post holds annual services in Black Rock Cemetery |May 25, 2015

Spring City American Legion Post 602 held its annual Memorial Day services in Black Rock Cemetery Monday, May 25.

Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville holds annual Patriotic Celebration |May 25, 2015

The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville held its annual Patriotic Celebration in Reeves Park Friday, May 22.

Phoenixville community recognizes Memorial Day with services in Reeves Park |May 25, 2015

Phoenixville American Legion Post 482 and Phoenixville VFW Post 1564 recognized Memorial Day with services in Reeves Park.

5K Run/Walk benefits Spring-Ford Area High School Senior Impact Awards |May 24, 2015

More than 350 Spring-Ford students, staff and families participated in the second annual 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run April 24. The 5K Run/Walk benefited the Spring-Ford Area High School Senior Impact Awards.

Perkiomen Valley School District hosts PV Olympics event for students with special needs |May 24, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> Students with special needs from across the Perkiomen Valley School District had the chance to compete with each other in the district’s third annual PV Olympics event, held on May 5 in Thomas J.

Holy Cross Regional Catholic School students tour battlefield at Gettysburg |May 24, 2015

The seventh-grade students of Holy Cross Regional Catholic School visited Gettysburg on Wednesday, May 6.

Wolf chief of staff says governor ‘more than flexible’ on sales tax expansion plan |May 23, 2015

Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff, Katie McGinty, said the governor is willing to compromise over his proposal to subject nursing homes, child care, flags, and many other goods and services to the state sales and use tax.