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VIDEO: Southeastern Veteran Center in Spring City hosts Memorial Day parade |May 25, 2017

SPRING CITY >> Memorial Day may be less than a week away, but residents at the Southeastern Veteran Center, who won’t be able to make it to the various celebrations across our area, kicked off the holiday a little early Sunday afternoon.

Spring-Ford $12.1M high school expansion proposal moves forward |May 25, 2017

ROYERSFORD >> The Spring-Ford Area School Board just signaled its serious intention to move forward with major construction at the high school Monday night.

Spring-Ford teacher contract talks set to begin in June |May 25, 2017

ROYERSFORD >> Just as they did the week before, hundreds of Spring-Ford teachers union members filled the high school cafeteria for the school board meeting Monday night demanding contract negotiations begin.

St. Mary School honors fallen soldiers at 11th Annual Memorial Remembrance |May 25, 2017

LOWER FREDERICK >> Veterans and St. Mary School students joined together this week to pay tribute to fallen American soldiers just before the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Teachers union wants new contract; No tax hike proposed in $157M Spring-Ford budget |May 25, 2017

ROYERSFORD >> About 225 members of the Spring-Ford Education Association filled the cafeteria at the high school recently to show members of the school board they’re waiting to begin talks on a new contract.

Staff Picks: Best factory tours near Philadelphia |May 23, 2017

It’s no seceret that Pennsylvania is home to some of the most famous brand names in the country but some may be surprised to learn our area is also home to some of the best tours of the factories where those products are made.

Phoenixville’s Good Samaritan Shelter receives furniture donation from Bassett Furniture |May 22, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> The new Bassett Furniture Store in King of Prussia has made a substantial donation to good Samaritan Shelter by donating $10,000 worth of furniture. The donation is part of Bassett’s Make(over) a Difference initiative that creates fresh living spaces for organizations that serve the communities in which Bassett operates.

PHOTO GALLERY: Annual Dogwood Festival’s tradition of caring returns to Phoenixville |May 18, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville celebrates its 64th annual Dogwood Festival this week as thousands of community members enjoy the popular fair held in Reeves Park. Amusement rides, games and food vendors set up around the park, offering family fun for all to enjoy.

Pennsylvania State Police have not ruled out any possibility in disappearance of Chester County woman |May 18, 2017

WEST BRADFORD >> Pennsylvania State Police are continuing their search for Anna Bronislawa Maciejewska of Charlestown Township and are not ruling out any possibilities regarding her disappearance last month.

Burst pipe closes driver’s license photo center in Pottstown |May 17, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> A burst pipe in Commonwealth Auto Tags has forced the temporary closure of the Photo License Center located in the rear of the High Street business, PennDOT has announced.

All 8 Phoenixville School Board candidates advance after primary election |May 17, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Each of the eight candidates running for the four open seats on the Phoenixville Area School Board will advance to the general election in November, following the results of Tuesday night’s primary election.

Pet Valu ‘Come Clean for Cancer’ benefit at all Montgomery County locations May 20 and 21 |May 17, 2017

WHITPAIN >> It’s bath time for Buster and Bella.

OJR school board race will remain crowded in November |May 17, 2017

With 99 percent of votes posted as of midnight Tuesday, only one candidate — Lonny Fish — was eliminated in the crowded race for four open seats on the Owen J. Roberts School Board.

Spring-Ford adds new faces to school board after primary election |May 17, 2017

ROYERSFORD >> The Spring-Ford Area School Board primary election results were filled with surprises Tuesday night.

All 7 remain on the ballot in Perk Valley School Board race |May 17, 2017

All seven of the candidates who ran in Tuesday’s primary for four open seats on the Perkiomen Valley School Board will appear on the general election ballot in November as well.

Phoenixville Democratic mayoral primary ends in a landslide for Urscheler |May 17, 2017

PHOENIXIVLLE >> The race to select the Phoenixville Democratic mayoral nominee ended in a landslide victory Tuesday night as candidate Peter Urscheler defeated challenger Letitia M. Jones.

Latest backups leave Route 202 commuters fuming |May 17, 2017

The open road may seem like a distant memory to commuters along Route 202, who after decades of work-induced slowdowns briefly enjoyed a break from the backups.

Photos: Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board debuts new mascot at travel rally |May 16, 2017

WHITEMARSH >> The Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board (VFTCB) held a travel rally Monday at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown.

5K benefitting police charity returns to Lower Perkiomen Valley Park Trail |May 16, 2017

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The 2017 Streamlight 5K for Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) will return to the Lower Perkiomen Valley Park Trail, 101 New Mill Road in Oaks, Wednesday, June 7 at 6:30 p.

Police, family seek public’s help to find missing Upper Merion man |May 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The family and friends of a missing Upper Merion man are joining police in asking for the public’s help to find him.

Walkers rally at Montgomery County Court House to support ‘new energy future’ |May 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Walkers trekking across Montgomery County as part of the Power Local Green Jobs campaign rallied at the Montgomery County Court House Monday morning before setting off on their mission.

Newest deputy sheriff happy to return home |May 16, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> During brief remarks prior to the swearing-in of Chester County’s newest deputy sheriff, Capt. Jason Suydam explained that the high competition for the position enables the office to select employees that not only meet the job qualifications but also represent a good fit.

Phoenixville to receive $31,400 state grant for traffic signal improvements |May 15, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville will receive $31,420 in state grant funding for traffic signal improvements through PennDOT’s Green Light Go Program, state Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19th Dist.

Law banning leaving dogs in hot cars passes Pa. Senate committee |May 15, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Andy Dinniman to prohibit leaving a dog or a cat in a hot vehicle was unanimously approved last week by a Senate committee.

Phoenixville School Board eyes $90M budget, 1.89%t tax hike |May 15, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Despite some school officials saying they thought there was still some work to do, it appears property owners in the Phoenixville Area School District should get ready for another tax hike.

UPDATE: Tour bus carrying students from West Mount Airy school crashes on I-95 in Maryland |May 15, 2017

A tour bus owned by a company out of Phoenixville has overturned in a crash on I-95 in Maryland that has resulted in more than two dozen injuries, police said.

Area police officers recognized for completing crisis intervention course |May 15, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> Several area police officers were recognized recently after completing a training class in crisis intervention.

Local teens win in Safe Driving Competition |May 15, 2017

EXTON >> Southeastern Pa. Teen Safe Driving Competition was held recently at West Whiteland Police Department. The winner of the contest was Kaleigh Krakower of Downingtown West High School, who also won a $2,000 scholarship.

Phoenixville’s Colonial Theatre opens new wing, 2 new theaters |May 12, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> The excitement is building as the Colonial Theatre gets ready to unveil its new wing to the public on Friday. The new wing adds two theaters and a new lobby area.

Friendship Ambulance observes fifth anniversary in Spring City |May 11, 2017

SPRING CITY >> Six years ago, a stroke victim in Spring City Borough would have waited as long as six minutes before the nearest ambulance arrived to provide emergency medical assistance--- a short time period, but one long enough to spell the difference between life and death.

Smile Exchange in Hilltown strives to create transparency, trust with patients |May 11, 2017

HILLTOWN >> Outside the newest Smile Exchange location at Hilltown Crossings shopping center is a table with brochures and a sign clearly listing every insurance provider accepted.

Phoenixville Hospital Healthy Woman event brings wit to life’s ups and downs |May 11, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> More than 400 people turned out for Phoenixville Hospital’s Healthy Woman 10th anniversary event May 1 at RiverCrest Golf Club. The event kicked-off with a two-hour health and wellness expo, followed by a dinner.

Countywide trail challenge returns in Montco |May 11, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A countywide effort aimed at getting residents to visit the numerous outdoor trails has launched for the second year in a row after last year’s successful debut.

VIDEO: Chester County man faces prison for 5 bank robberies |May 11, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A Chester County man who prosecutors described as a brazen serial bank robber faces nearly three decades in prison for robbing five banks in Montgomery, Westmoreland and Lancaster counties.

QVC show host Kerstin Lindquist pens book on infertility |May 11, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> From first glance, it’s obvious from the chalk tic-tac-toe board etched into the driveway that kids live at this home.

Four vie for district justice seat in Limerick |May 11, 2017

LIMERICK >> Four candidates will compete in the May 16 primary for an open district justice seat serving the Limerick area.

2 students from Chester County are among the 18 defendants charged in Penn State hazing death |May 11, 2017

Eighteen members of the now-shuttered Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Penn State University face charges in connection with the Feb. 4 death of sophomore Timothy Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey.

Bike Line sells stores to Wisconsin bike maker |May 11, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> After 34 years, the owners of Bike Line are riding away from the bicycle business.

St. Mary students join in annual May Procession in Schwenksville |May 11, 2017

Schwenksville >> Students at St. Mary’s Parish took part in the annual May Procession. Students participated in the event that celebrated the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s apparition to shepherd children.

Mother in sex assault case charged with perjury |May 10, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> A Coatesville woman who accused a family friend of sexually assaulting her autistic 4-year-old daughter and then lied at the man’s trial about the extent of the relationship she had with him has been charged with perjury.

Main Line tradition: Hurdling horses, with tailgating, in the countryside with Radnor Hunt Races |May 10, 2017

It’s tent parties and six steeplechase jump races for open space with the 87th Radnor Hunt Races in Malvern on May 20.

Bridgeport police seek public’s help to find missing teen |May 10, 2017

BRIDGEPORT >> An 18-year-old Bridgeport resident has been missing since April 21, police have confirmed.

County residents save $835,000 in prescription drug costs |May 10, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> Chester County residents who have taken advantage of the County’s prescription discount program have collectively saved nearly $835,000 in prescription drug costs since the start of the initiative.

Powelson nominated to serve on FERC board |May 10, 2017

HARRISBURG >> After months of rumors, a Kennett Square area resident who now sits on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission appears to be on his way to serving on a national board.

Lower Providence burglar gets jail time for stealing thousands in jewelry, a camera |May 10, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A Norristown man is headed to jail after stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry and a camera in two Lower Providence Township burglaries, a court ruled recently.

County officials to tackle opioid issue at meeting |May 10, 2017

WEST WHITELAND >> County officials involved in the battle against the opioid crisis will appear at a session of the School of Government Wednesday, to answer the questions, “How was the opioid crisis created? How does it affect Chester County? What are we doing to about it now? What is going to happen in the future?”

Former Phoenixville musician Zachary Zortman is terminally ill, but not calling it quits |May 10, 2017

LANCASTER >> “First a slip in your words, that takes a wrong turn to you singing in an operating room/ Put everything into life and then it takes you by surprise.” — “Meant to Live” by Zachary William.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of May 7 |May 9, 2017

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FOP Memorial starts Law Enforcement Appreciation Week |May 9, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> In advance of national Law Enforcement Appreciation Week, the Chester County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #11 will be holding its annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service on Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.

Hazardous waste recycling event set at OJR Middle School |May 9, 2017

NORTH COVENTRY >> Chester County municipalities are hosting a household hazardous waste collection for Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia residents on Saturday, May 20, at the Owen J.