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Perkiomen Valley Art Center presents ‘Facets of Running an Art Gallery’ |Feb 11, 2016

The Perkiomen Valley Art Center will hold its monthly membership meeting and educational program on the arts on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Encore Experiences (formerly Harleysville Senior Center), 312 Alumni Drive, Harleysville.

Pennsylvania details protection from abuse figures |Feb 11, 2016

Chester County has far fewer temporary protection from abuse orders granted by its Common Pleas Court judges than counties whose populations fall behind it, according to statistics released Friday by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

Bette Banjack, local food writer, to appear at Gateway Pharmacy |Feb 11, 2016

Bette Banjack, author, food writer, media host and chief bottle washer, will be at Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixville on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Kiwanis Club sponsors youth talent show fundraiser |Feb 11, 2016

Are you a student who has a special talent? Do you like to sing or dance? Do you love to perform comedy routines? Do you play an instrument? Do you have any other special talent? If so, the Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville invites you to participate in our talent show, Phoenixville Kids Got Talent! This talent show is open to all students in grades four through 12 who reside in the Phoenixville Area School District attendance area.

King of Prussia appearance by Def Leppard drummer coincides with concert tour schedule |Feb 11, 2016

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen famously lost his left arm after a car accident on New Year’s Eve 1984.

Ursinus College says number of sick students is at 185 |Feb 11, 2016

COLLEGEVILLE >> The number of students who reported symptoms of a stomach infection at Ursinus has been corrected to 185 since it was first spotted Tuesday, according to officials.

Holy Cross students get innovative at Science Fair |Feb 11, 2016

In January, the gymnasium of Holy Cross Regional Catholic School, Collegeville, was filled with boards illustrating months of scientific research, experimentation and implementation of the scientific method.

Phoenixville Community Education Foundation announces annual fundraiser |Feb 11, 2016

The Phoenixville Community Education Foundation (PCEF), a charitable corporation dedicated to improving public education in the Phoenixville area, invites the community to attend its 2016 Phantom Fundraiser.

Facetime Theatre to hold ‘A Night with the Stars’ fundraiser in new theatre space |Feb 11, 2016

Local nonprofit Facetime Theatre is kicking off a new season in its new performance and education space in the Franklin Commons with a fun and elegant fundraiser entitled “A Night with the Stars.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan has tax hikes to plug budget deficit |Feb 10, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Gov. Tom Wolf’s fiscal 2016 budget proposal aggressively proposes tax increases to address structural budget shortfalls caused by the failure of Wolf and the Legislature to reach an agreement on the fiscal 2015 budget.

Number of sick students at Ursinus College now up to 100 |Feb 10, 2016

COLLEGEVILLE >> Ursinus College is taking some precautions after at least 100 students fell ill in recent days with a stomach sickness.

January Health Question of the Month winners |Feb 10, 2016

Each month, students are asked a variety of health questions by grade level, during the morning announcements. Two winners from each grade are drawn from the correct answers.

Holy Cross brings lessons to life at 7th Grade Wax Museum |Feb 10, 2016

Holy Cross Regional School brought together history, culture and public speaking at their recent 7th Grade Wax Museum event. Each student chose a historical or cultural person to study, writing a biographical report to be spoken in first person, and in costume, at the event.

Elementary students celebrate Dental Health Month |Feb 10, 2016

In celebration of Dental Health Month, Schwenksville Elementary nurse, Mrs. Beth Hallowell, showed students a brief video, and then they answer questions regarding healthy snack choices and caring for their teeth.

Third graders participate in Partner Day |Feb 10, 2016

Third graders in Mrs. Elizabeth Banaszynski’s class at Schwenksville Elementary recently celebrated positive classroom behavior with Partner Day, participating in partner building activities and enjoying a partner snack.

Holy Cross students host 2016 ‘Soup-er Bowl’ |Feb 10, 2016

To “kick off” Catholic Schools Week 2016, Holy Cross Regional Catholic School held a “Soup-er Bowl,” brining in canned goods to be donated to local food banks. Children were also permitted to wear clothing reflecting their favorite teams.

Tredyffrin-Easttown Middle School students advance to state academic competition |Feb 10, 2016

EAST WHITELAND >> Students from Tredyffrin/Easttown Middle School placed first during the local portion of the MathCounts competition Saturday.

Great Valley Middle School student named 2016 Chester County Spelling Bee champion |Feb 10, 2016

DOWNINGTOWN >> Great Valley Middle School student Aakash Narayan was crowned on Monday as the county champion for the second consecutive year.

Budget impasse could cost Phoenixville taxpayers $3M |Feb 9, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Taxpayers could be left to foot a $3 million bill in the Phoenixville Area School District thanks to Harrisburg’s failure to pass a budget.

Suzy-Jo Donuts in Bridgeport is ready for an early Fastnacht Day |Feb 9, 2016

BRIDGEPORT >> It’s that time of year when all of us are Pennsylvania Dutch for a day, regardless of our heritage, and even if we can’t say “fastnacht.”

Lower Pottsgrove Police confirm car in river belongs to missing man |Feb 9, 2016

NORTH COVENTRY >> A vehicle belonging to a missing Lower Pottsgrove man was recovered with a body inside from the Schuylkill River early Tuesday afternoon.

Philadelphia region under Winter Storm Warning starting at midnight |Feb 8, 2016

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm warning for the Philadelphia region starting at midnight Tuesday until 6 a.

Authorities warning of yet another tax-related scam |Feb 8, 2016

HARRISBURG >> Hot on the heels of renewed warnings from law enforcement authorities about the prevalent “Taxman” scam comes an alert from Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane about a new tax-related email “phishing” scam from perpetrators claiming to be with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Spring-Ford official: Study shows weight room, music room too small |Feb 8, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> The music wing and weight room at Spring-Ford Area High School are too small for student needs and female student athletes do not get as much time to use the weight room as their male counterparts, one official said recently, citing a new study.

Underdog Phoenixville High School physics team takes 3rd in tourney finals |Feb 8, 2016

Phoenixville >> Standing toe-to-toe with some of the most prestigious schools in the world, the underdog Phoenixville Area High School physics team was a dominant force at a recent tournament.

2 new prosecutors installed in Montgomery County DA’s Office |Feb 5, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> During a brief ceremony attended by colleagues, friends and family, two new law enforcement officials took their oaths of office on Friday to join the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane has August trial date for alleged perjury charge |Feb 5, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s trial on perjury-related charges will get under way with jury selection on Aug. 8, a judge ruled on Friday.

Royersford woman to appear in Super Bowl commercial |Feb 4, 2016

Royersford >> If you keep your eyes glued to the commercials during the Super Bowl this Sunday, you’re likely to see Tanya Young’s smiling face starring in a special one for the NFL.

PCHF currently accepting Greater Phoenixville Healthcare Scholarship applications |Feb 4, 2016

Applications for the Greater Phoenixville Healthcare Scholarship are currently being accepted by The Phoenixville Community Health Foundation. Since 1995, this program has awarded more than 100 scholarships to high school graduates who are pursuing careers within the healthcare professions within the greater Phoenixville region.

Phoenix Community Calendar Feb. 7 |Feb 4, 2016

Event Submissions: Send to ldillon@berksmontnews.com a week prior to publication. Note “Phoenix Calendar” in the subject.

Devon Prep students inducted into National Junior Honor Society |Feb 4, 2016

Fourteen Devon Prep Middle School students were recently inducted into the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) during an evening ceremony in Calasanctius Hall. Among the new inductees are two eighth graders and 12 seventh graders.

PAHS Marching Band to host 2nd annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser |Feb 4, 2016

The Phoenixville High School Marching Band is hosting their second annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser on Sunday, March 13. Last year, they raised more than $3,000 with this unique, one-day fundraising program, and this year their goal is to beat that number.

Phoenixville grad competes for the crown at Miss Philadelphia 2016 |Feb 4, 2016

Winning the crown and the prized title “Miss Philadelphia 2016” is a challenge that Carrie Hytha, 2013 Phoenixville High School Graduate, is fully prepared to take on. On Feb. 27, 18 talented and intelligent young ladies will be judged by participating in private interviews and a dazzling on-stage competition at the Mandell Theater on Drexel University’s Philadelphia campus.

First Niagara provides $20,000 to local program addressing poverty |Feb 4, 2016

On Jan. 28, First Niagara provided a $20,000 grant to Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities to support their Understanding Poverty to Plan and Persevere (UP3). Through interfaith cooperation, the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities addresses the basic needs of persons within the greater Pottstown community, while assisting with their spiritual and social needs.

Bill Cosby loses bid to dismiss sex assault charges |Feb 4, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Entertainer Bill Cosby showed no reaction as a judge rejected his claim that he had a promise from a former district attorney that he would never be prosecuted for the alleged 2004 sexual assault of a woman at his Cheltenham mansion.

Judge rejects Cosby request to disqualify D.A. Kevin Steele from case |Feb 4, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County Court Judge Steven T. O’Neill ruled Wednesday that District Attorney Kevin Steele will not be disqualified from the Bill Cosby prosecution, and a preliminary hearing date has been set for March 8.

Montgomery County Chief Public Defender joins effort to teach yoga in prisons |Feb 4, 2016

Dean Beer, Chief Public Defender of Montgomery County, has joined the board of Transformation Yoga Project, which teaches yoga to prisoners as a treatment option for those with a history of violence, emotional disorders or addiction.

Schwenksville Elementary students, parents explore Hour of Code |Feb 4, 2016

Schwenksville Elementary students and parents were recently invited to explore Hour of Code activities in the school’s computer lab. Mr. Walt Silver, Technology Integration Teacher, coordinated the evening event for students and parents to have a hands-on opportunity to explore technologies used by our school, such as Lego WeDo Robotics, Makey Makeys, Ozobot Robots, Green Screen app and coding activities in the computer lab.

Montgomery County judge denies Bill Cosby’s request to dismiss sex assault charges |Feb 3, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A Montgomery County judge has denied a request made by Bill Cosby’s lawyers to dismiss sexual assault charges.

Fifth graders create STEM fun with catapults |Feb 3, 2016

Fifth graders at Schwenksville Elementary recently worked on a fun STEM activity. Using wooden craft sticks, rubber bands and the creative ingenuity of trial and error, the students created catapults to see which could hoist a marshmallow the farthest.

Elementary musicians put on winter concert |Feb 3, 2016

Schwenksville Elementary School recently held their winter concert, which highlighted the musical talents of the students. This year’s concert was proudly presented by Mrs. Dawn Krown (Band Director), Mr.

Chester County judge’s order in ‘teen-lifer’ cases disputed |Feb 3, 2016

west chester >> A Common Please Court judge has issued orders in three of the “teen lifer” cases in Chester County that appear on their face to give the men an avenue towards winning their freedom from state prison.

Bill Cosby hearing at Montgomery County Courthouse is the biggest show in town |Feb 3, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The three rings of the circus at the Montgomery County Courthouse Tuesday were Bill Cosby, Bruce L. Castor Jr. and the news media.

Ex Montgomery County DA Castor: ‘Mr. Cosby was not getting prosecuted, ever’ |Feb 3, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Appearing confident in his 2005 decision to not prosecute entertainer Bill Cosby for alleged sexual assault, former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. testified Tuesday there were evidentiary problems with the case.

Limerick Police Chief Albany appointed ‘chief emeritus’ |Feb 3, 2016

Limerick >> Big changes are coming to the Limerick Township Police Department this year, including a year-long changing of the guard.

Spring-Ford committee to review transportation policy |Feb 3, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> After nearly a year’s worth of public complaints claiming the district transportation policy needs an overhaul, school officials say they are willing to take a hard look at ways to make changes.

Taste for craft spirits rising across Philadelphia region |Feb 3, 2016

A sweet fragrance permeates the room as you walk into the Manatawny Still Works, as the art of distilling craft spirits is underway right before your eyes. Four rows of large, aging wooden barrels rest stacked on top of each other toward the back of the room, behind a wooden bar and small seating area.

LIVE: Bill Cosby in the Montgomery County Courthouse |Feb 2, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Digital First Media’s Kaitlyn Foti (@kaitlynfoti) and Carl Hessler (@MontcoCourtNews) are in the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown as pretrial motions begin in the Bill Cosby sex abuse trial.

PHOTOS: Bill Cosby arrives at Montgomery County Courthouse for hearing |Feb 2, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Bill Cosby has arrived at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown for his pre-trial hearing on sexual abuse charges.

Fire destroys garage in East Pikeland |Feb 2, 2016

EAST PIKELAND >> A garage attached to a home in the unit block of Miller Road was destroyed Tuesday morning by fire.