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While teacher waits for a heart transplant, community rallies to help |Jul 25, 2015

Early last December – in her early 40s and happily employed as a history teacher at Valley Forge Military Academy – Linda Jara began doctoring for a sinus infection before “being blindsided” by a heart failure diagnosis two weeks later.

Ceramics passion brings clean water to developing nations |Jul 25, 2015

A Glenmoore potter has found a way to combine his love of ceramics with his passion to help people in third-world countries.

Perspective on Parenting: Protecting children from grief |Jul 25, 2015

When my first child was born, I experienced a tidal wave of emotions. As I embraced my infant overjoyed, I whispered in her tiny ear her that I’d always protect her. I even briefly visualized those moments in her future where she may need me the most: her first fall from her bike; her first time being confronted by mean kids at school; and her first break up.

Woman admits to bad check scheme at Limerick bank |Jul 23, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Telling a former East Greenville woman her drug addiction is “tearing” her up, a judge urged her to remain in intensive treatment while serving her sentence for being involved in a bad check scheme at a Limerick bank.

THE BLOB IS BACK |Jul 23, 2015

Groups of people run with hands in the air out of the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville for the annual Blobfest July 10. For more coverage of Blobfest, see Page A3.

PennDOT to repave Egypt Road, replace ramps |Jul 23, 2015

Get ready for more construction and slowdowns.

NEW BEGINNINGS: First trip to Europe brings back memories of past travels |Jul 18, 2015

Much of life seems to be made up of a series of mundane occurrences that happen day after day — alarm sounds, press snooze, get up, brush teeth, dress, and on and on it goes.

The Globetrotting Graduate: Why solo traveling can be inspirational |Jul 18, 2015

There are a lot of articles on the Internet about the “solo female traveler” but each one misses an important point. Whether female or male, being a solo traveler encourages personal growth and independence.

Phoenixville resident among 5 charged in prostitution sting at Radnor Hotel |Jul 17, 2015

Five people were arrested this week in connection with an undercover sting involving Radnor and Pennsylvania State police at the Radnor Hotel.

Phoenixville residents seek donations for fire victims |Jul 17, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Residents in Phoenixville have begun working together to help one family get back on its feet in the wake of tragedy.

Coming soon: PA Prep Live — our new high school sports website |Jul 16, 2015

We are pleased to announce that our new high school sports website PA Prep Live will be launching Tuesday, July 21, replacing our current sports website of GameTimePA.

Phoenixville Firebird Festival talks tabled |Jul 16, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> From all accounts, borough officials want the Phoenixville Firebird Festival to happen this year. They just can’t seem to agree on the details.

Thunderstorm blamed for two-alarm fire in Phoenixville |Jul 15, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Tuesday’s early morning thunderstorm was responsible for a two-alarm fire in the borough.

Route 23 bridge progress continues in Phoenixville |Jul 15, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Progress continues on the Route 23 bridge construction project, as new additions have been added recently.

Phoenixville driver gets jail time despite former good deeds |Jul 14, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> A Common Pleas judge denied the request of a Phoenixville man permission to enter a diversionary sentencing program for repeat drunk drivers, saying the circumstances of the man’s case did not warrant leniency — despite the defendant’s otherwise good deeds in the community.

A legacy of love: Harbacs Family celebrates 100 years |Jul 13, 2015

STOWE >> As the rest of the nation recently celebrated the nation’s birthday, members of the Harbacs family gathered to honor a century-old tradition of love.

Phoenixville Public Library show teaches super-power of science |Jul 13, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Some local students learned the super-power science during an interactive show.

Annual Blobfest draws thousands to Phoenixville |Jul 13, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Thousands of people swarmed to Phoenixville Friday night and Saturday to attend Blobfest, the annual celebration honoring the 1958 film “The Blob,” which starred a young Steve McQueen and was filmed locally.

Expanded amenities aim at enhancing Elmwood Park Zoo experience |Jul 12, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Sure, you’ll still come mainly for the world-class animals, but neither the cuddly red pandas nor the engaging giraffes will mind if you find the Jus’ Java coffee creations and the expanded variety of zoo grub compelling attractions in their own right.

Water World Park in Phoenixville up for auction this month |Jul 9, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> What once served as a wet and wild solution to beat the summer time heat is now being put on the auction block later this month.

Mosquito spraying set for Phoenixville, Schuylkill Township |Jul 8, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> In an effort to combat West Nile virus, county officials will spray for mosquitoes in the borough and Schuylkill Township Thursday night.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.