West Chester’s Kathy Finegan honored by Operation Smile for volunteer work |Oct 3, 2015

Every time Kathy Finegan travels to a third-world country, she leaves behind smiles.

With the help of 3-D printers, Westtown School students develop prosthetic hands for children |Jun 13, 2015

Engineering students at Westtown School have developed robotic hands for two area children. As part of the school’s Hand Project, and in conjunction with Nemours/ Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, the high school students worked for months in Westtown’s Science Institute, customizing each hand so it would fit each child accordingly.

CBS 3 meteorologist Kate Bilo discusses journey from Phoenixville to the Philly forecast |Apr 29, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Phoenixville native Kate Bilo likes to say she came into weather forecasting through the back door.

Celebrating National Volunteer Week |Apr 17, 2015

Michael Smith of Royersford celebrated National Volunteer Week last week with a hug from some of the employees he works with at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Mike has 4,560 hours of volunteer service so far at PMMC doing deliveries, administrative tasks and other support work beyond his normal duties for the staff in the Respiratory Department.

Barking Back at Cancer |Apr 16, 2015

Phoenixville resident Jill Nance Kelly and her dog Riley were the grand marshalls for Pottstown’s 2015 Bark for Life in Memorial Park last weekend. The ninth annual event raised a total of $30,479.

Phoenixville boy named muscular dystrophy ambassador for Bucks County Harley dealer |Apr 10, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> A 10-year-old boy is helping a Bucks County motorcycle dealership in its efforts to raise funds for the fight against muscular dystrophy.

Spring City woman stays positive despite needing rare transplant |Mar 29, 2015

SPRING CITY >> When Karlene Novotny goes out to see her 10-year-old daughter in a school play, she doesn’t just grab the camera. She carries her pump and bags of fluid nutrients.

Phoenixville native hopes his ‘Hunger Games’ speaking part inspires local youth |Mar 25, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville native Charles Kronmuller, a pilot by trade, recently found his way into the blockbuster franchise “The Hunger Games,” playing a pilot on the big screen.

Trainers lift up more than weights with mentorship program |Mar 12, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> On the outside, Maxout Strength Studio looks like any other fitness facility, but students who walk through the doors become stronger — both physically and mentally.

Collegeville vet honored by DOD for support of returning Army Reservist |Mar 3, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, announced that Collegeville Army veteran Earl “Buddy” Grater was honored with a ‘Patriot Award’ for supporting an Army Reservist that he hired to work with him at Thermoseal Industries, LLC.

UVF alum among Time magazine Person of the Year honorees for Ebola epidemic work |Feb 27, 2015

CHARLESTOWN >> A former University of Valley Forge student was recently named as one of Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” honorees for her work in Africa with Ebola victims.

Former Great Valley principal travels world to make new teachers |Feb 19, 2015

Former Great Valley Middle School principal Stephen Swymer recently returned from a trip to Uganda where he was training teachers with the Global Training Network group. Since retiring in 2008, Swymer has taken 25 trips to remote and impoverished areas around the world in an effort to train teachers in schools and orphanages.

Collegeville family raises assistance dogs for people with disabilities |Feb 5, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> A Collegeville family has found a way to do something they enjoy while helping others.

Phoenixville staple Emmett Gruici turns 90 |Feb 5, 2015

Phoenixville community figure and historian Emmett Gruici celebrated his 90th with friends and Family at St. John’s Lutheran Church Friday night. Mr. Gruici was honored with Special Presentations on his special day.

Limerick couple uses snowmen to announce pregnancy on Facebook |Jan 30, 2015

LIMERICK >>Nikki and Jason Arnold began their romance on Facebook, so perhaps it’s only natural that they should announce a pending addition to their family there as well.

Former Phoenixville PAL boxer gives back through college grant-writing class |Jan 30, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Owen Logue, a senior at Immaculata University, is giving back to the Phoenixville Police Athletic League (PAL), a non-profit organization that he was first involved with as a teenager.

Eagle Scout project brings renovations to SFAHS museum |Jan 22, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> The Spring-Ford Area Historical Society has Aidan DePietropaolo to thank for getting some much needed renovations at the society’s museum recently.

Phoenixville teen spearheads large donation of laptops |Jan 19, 2015

For the past four years, I have been volunteering for TeamChildren, an organization working tirelessly to bridge the achievement gap. This means that we are committed to getting computers into the homes and schools of children who cannot afford new ones.

One-eyed, four-toothed, bent-eared cat wins the heart of the Web and a home in Spring City |Jan 8, 2015

SPRING CITY >> Move over “Grumpy Cat,” the Internet has a new feline superstar and this one has just one eye, four teeth, a bent ear and a chronic disease.

Chester County Clerk makes donation to domestic abuse center |Dec 23, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> The Chester County Clerk of Courts took time on Friday to try to make a difference in the lives of domestic abuse victims, a day after the sentencing in the fatal shooting of a woman by her boyfriend, who had a history of violence towards her.

Spring City native uses passion for scuba and outdoors to help students |Dec 22, 2014

BUCKTOWN >> How does a school district deal with truancy and behavior issues when the students simply have no interest in traditional education? Challenge them!

Military News |Dec 18, 2014

Christopher Kasker, a 1992 Phoenixville Area High School graduate, was promoted to lieutenant colonel by the Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh during a ceremony at the Pentagon on Nov. 3.

Brothers receive ‘A Hero’s Welcome’ |Dec 18, 2014

ROYERSFORD >> U.S. Army Spc4 Ryan Klick and Sgt. Bradley Klick were given “A Hero’s Welcome” in Royersford Saturday afternoon. The brothers returned home after serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

O’Grady’s to host fundraiser for Phoenixville firefighter battling brain cancer |Dec 11, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> Dale Sims and his wife, Barbara, met by accident.

Spring City Karate celebrates 40 years |Dec 5, 2014

SPRING CITY >> The Spring City Karate School is celebrating 40 years of teaching students the art of Karate, and looking forward to many more.

PACS volunteers help feed needy families during holiday season |Dec 4, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> Volunteers have kept busy since the weeks before Thanksgiving to stock up Phoenixville Area Community Services’ (PACS) food pantry in preparation for the busy holiday season.

Blessed Theresa of Calcutta students hold Thanksgiving Feast |Dec 1, 2014

LIMERICK >> Preschoolers at Blessed Theresa of Calcutta School’s child care program in Limerick Township sing during their Thanksgiving Feast at the school. One hundred twenty-five children from several classrooms performed songs and then had a luncheon complete with turkey and all the trimmings with their parents and grandparents.

Ursinus professor named Pa. Professor of the Year |Nov 25, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE >> Richard L. Wallace, an Ursinus College Environmental Studies professor whose blend of academic and applied learning teaches students to be lifelong problem solvers, has been named the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year.

Phoenixville Kiwanis decorate Reeves Park for Christmas |Nov 25, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> Twelve members of the Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville gathered in Reeves Park on Sunday, Nov. 23, to decorate both gazebos in the park for the holidays.

Trappe Ambulance EMT Renee Sullivan reflects on move from corporate career |Nov 18, 2014

Renee Sullivan had just turned her shopping cart into the dairy aisle when she heard a commotion just ahead. Several customers were hovering over an elderly woman, who was lying prostrate on a wooden skid.

PAHS Class of 1957 holds 57th reunion luncheon |Nov 10, 2014

The PAHS class of 1957 held their 57th reunion luncheon at Spring Ford Country Club on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Class member Dick Lusch was the emcee for the event with 38 class members and 15 guests attending.

A day in the life: Graterford prison superintendent offers rare view inside prison, personal life |Nov 7, 2014

SKIPPACK >> Skippack Township hosts quaint shops, a community pool, a branch of the bucolic Perkiomen Trail and also about 4,000 convicted criminals.

Rams crown 2014 homecoming queen during shutout victory |Oct 29, 2014

Ram Royalty: Spring-Ford Area Senior High School’s 2013 Homecoming Queen Helena Mullen crowned Michaela Parr the 2014 queen during the Rams’ 54-0 rout of PJP last Saturday, Oct. 18. The event marked the school’s 60-year homecoming football anniversary.

PAHS Class of 1951 celebrates 63rd reunion |Oct 29, 2014

Phoenixville High School’s Class of 1951 celebrated their 63rd year class reunion Sept. 26 at the Phoenixville Country Club. There were 32 classmates and 13 guests in attendeance.

Schwenksville High School Class of ’64 honors teachers at 50th anniversary reunion |Oct 29, 2014

On Saturday, Sept. 27, the Schwenksville High School Class of 1964 honored Mr. Richard J. Carfagno of Harleysville and Mr. George E. Romasco of Collegeville at a dinner social held in observance of the 50th anniversary reunion of the class.

Fun and haunted legacies continue to grow at Pennhurst |Oct 20, 2014

Spring City >> Fans of the macabre seeking a frightful adventure need search no further than Spring City — Pennhurst Asylum has opened its gates for its 5th annual Halloween season.

Upper Schuylkill Valley Park hosts monarch butterfly release |Sep 25, 2014

Upper Schuylkill Valley Park hosted its annual monarch butterfly release Sept. 13. The event includes educational programs and allows visitors a chance to interact with the monarchs. Once released, the butterflies migrate south for the winter.

Royersford cancer survivor rides to help others conquer the illness |Sep 19, 2014

A Royersford resident fought a tough battle against cancer, and won. She is now going to give back to the doctors who helped to save her life.

New Name, Same Mission: University of Valley Forge celebrates name change |Sep 19, 2014

As of Tuesday, Valley Forge Christian College has officially changed its name to the University of Valley Forge (UVF). The Pennsylvania Department of Education (DOE) approved the name change on Aug.

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy holds open house for Children’s Discovery Room |Sep 16, 2014

PERKIOMEN TWP. — A 3-foot-tall caterpillar was found counting yellow, mellow fishbugs at the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy’s Children’s Discovery Room Open House Monday.

Upper Providence program gives an assist to volunteer firefighters |Sep 8, 2014

Upper Providence — Flames and smoke leaped from the engine compartment of a 2008 grey Chevrolet Silverado parked on the parking lot of an apartment complex on Meadowview Lane in Upper Providence Township shortly after noon on a recent Friday.

Phoenixville native named Best Overall New Cadet at West Point |Sep 4, 2014

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced today that Cadet Shawna Moore, of Phoenixville, has been named the Best Overall New Cadet Class of 2018 by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Sen.

Phoenixville Federal CEO honored for life of service to the borough |Sep 3, 2014

Phoenixville — Richard Kunsch doesn’t have to leave Phoenixville to work, play or enjoy the lifestyle he cherishes the most.

Spring-Ford student wins academic and leadership honors at pageant |Sep 2, 2014

A ninth grade Spring-Ford student was recently crowned at a state-wide competition in Harrisburg as State Ambassador at the National American Miss pageant.

Salon Fiber raises money for cancer research at back-to-school haircut event |Sep 2, 2014

Phoenixville’s Salon Fiber, located on Main Street, held Cuts for a Cure on Sunday, Aug. 24.

PHOTOS: Colonial Gardens holds annual Butterfly Festival |Sep 2, 2014

East Pikeland — Colonial Gardens held its Butterfly Festival last Saturday, Aug. 23, where dozens of monarch butterflies were released to begin their migration south for the winter.

All 4 Paws celebrates 5 years of saving animals |Sep 2, 2014

All 4 Paws Rescue Inc., an animal rescue based in Chester Springs, just celebrated their landmark five-year anniversary. Since opening, the rescue has saved more than 3,600 animal’s lives.

Valley Forge Christian College welcomes students back to campus |Sep 2, 2014

On Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) welcomed new students for the 2014 academic year.

PHOTOS: Kayaking event raises nearly $2,000 for SCA |Aug 29, 2014

MONT CLARE — A five-mile paddle fundraiser for the Schuylkill Canal Association brought in close to $2,000 Wednesday evening.

Royersford man turns 100 with grand celebration |Aug 22, 2014

Royersford resident Jack Fries, a regular at the Spring-Ford Diner, celebrated his 100th birthday in grand fashion Friday morning.