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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.

Phoenixville TEDx focuses on ‘Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll’ |Aug 22, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — TEDx Phoenixville wants to throw the idea of the boring conference with droning speakers out the window.

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.

PHOTOS: Ronald McDonald entertains at Phoenixville Public Library |Aug 15, 2014

Ronald McDonald stopped by the Phoenixville Public Library on Wednesday afternoon to read to the children and entertain them with tricks.

Thunder Outreach sponsors benefit concert for Limerick burn victim |Aug 15, 2014

ROYERSFORD – Thunder Outreach is hosting a benefit concert for Kyra Tramontana, the 19-year-old victim of a work accident that left second- and third-degree burns over 35 percent of her body.

PHOTOS: Montgomery County 4-H Fair |Aug 13, 2014

The annual Montgomery County 4-H Fair was held Aug. 7-9 at the county 4-H Center in Creamery. The fair gives 4-H members the opportunity to show of this year’s projects to their family and the public.

Reeves Park Summer Camp comes to close with talent show, spelling bee |Aug 8, 2014

The Phoenixville Recreation Department and Phoenixville Communities That Care provided an outdoor summer camp at Reeves Park during the last week of July for Phoenixville Area School District students between the ages of 7 and 12.

Kimberton native named US consul general of Mexico City |Aug 6, 2014

The work done by diplomats in the U.S. consulates abroad to make travel safe and easy for Americans often goes unnoticed, but for one Kimberton native, it’s his life’s work.

Forrest Gump facsimile offers words of wisdom to Skippack shoppers |Aug 5, 2014

SKIPPACK — You wouldn’t believe it if I told you, but Forrest Gump was in Skippack Friday night. Gump, played by impersonator and Souderton native Paul Dengler, fit together with the visitors to the

Audubon nursery school adopts giraffes at Elmwood Park Zoo |Aug 1, 2014

St. Andrew’s Nursery School of Audubon recently celebrated their adoption of two giraffes at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown. Parents, students and alumni attended the event on July 12 to help welcome the giraffes, named Louis and Tamu, to the zoo for the summer.

Local girls selected as state finalists in NAM competition |Aug 1, 2014

Two local girls have been selected as state finalists in the National American Miss competition and will represent their communities in Harrisburg next weekend.

PHOTOS: Soldier welcomed home in Limerick |Jul 31, 2014

US Army PFC Jake Spear received a grand homecoming after his deployment overseas recently. Warriors Watch Riders, Hogs and Heroes Foundation and A Hero’s Welcome led the way as they escorted him from the Philadelphia Airport to his home in Limerick.

PHOTOS: Area children meet Montgomery the bald eagle at Upper Schuylkill Valley Park |Jul 18, 2014

Children came to meet Montgomery the bald eagle at the Upper Schuylkill Valley Park & Wildlife Center July 11. While they were there, they learned about the diet and habitat of bald eagles and participated in arts and crafts.

Ursinus professor studying volunteer firefighters’ hearts |Jul 14, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — Sometimes, the most deadly part of a fire isn’t the smoke or flames but the stress placed on a firefighter’s body as they move in, out, up and down a burning building.

Devon Prep baseball rallies around ailing facilities director |Jul 8, 2014

It may have been Friday the 13th, but bad luck was not a problem for Devon Prep’s Varsity Baseball team as they defeated Elk County Catholic at Penn State University for the PIAA Class A State Championship.

Phoenixville area students study oceanography at Science in the Summer |Jun 30, 2014

Last week, the Phoenixville Public Library hosted the annual GSK Science in the Summer series at the Phoenixville Area Middle School.

PHOTOS: Great Race makes pit stop in Valley Forge |Jun 25, 2014

UPPER MERION — Over 100 classic and antique vehicles are currently taking part in the 2014 Great Race from Maine to Florida. It is the race’s 31st year.

Great Race to stop in King of Prussia |Jun 23, 2014

UPPER MERION — With a finish line 2,100 miles and nine days away, the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race only has time for a handful of primo pit stops along the route.

Phoenixville cub pack honors scouts and leaders at Blue & Gold banquet |Jun 21, 2014

Barkley Elementary Pack 119 Cub Scouts held their annual Blue and Gold Banquet Sunday evening at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Members of the community gathered to celebrate the achievements of the dens and the pack as a whole throughout the 2013-14 school year.

Phoenixville resident to perform with professional orchestra |Jun 13, 2014

A Phoenixville resident is about to fulfill a lifelong dream. Devin Doherty spends his days as an investment specialist, but next Saturday, he will be spending a night playing his trumpet with world-class musicians.

Phoenixville-born D-Day vet honored in Ohio historical calendar |Jun 6, 2014

This weekend marks the 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of Normandy, and there is perhaps no better way to remember D-Day than to remember those who fought in the battle.

Phoenixville PAL celebrates 15th year helping youth |Jun 6, 2014

When Jimmy Deoria Jr. helped start Phoenixville’s Police Athletic League (PAL) with his father in June of 1999, he could hardly have imagined how it would take off in the community.

Local Academy of Notre Dame student receives Spirit of Community Award |Jun 4, 2014

Quinn Norris, an eighth grader from Phoenixville at the Academy of Notre Dame, was a Distinguished Finalist in this year’s Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Brooke Elementary dedicates ‘Buddy Bench’ in student’s memory |Jun 2, 2014

Brooke Elementary School in Royersford held a ceremony Friday for a special little girl who attended the school.

Mayor Speck presents Tree City USA flag to Pack 119 |May 23, 2014

Pack 119 (out of Barkley Elementary School) is continuing to build lasting relationships and strengthen community ties with people and organizations in the Phoenixville Area.

Hundreds of students enjoy ‘Fun in the Sun’ at PV Post Prom |May 21, 2014

Perkiomen Valley High School was transformed into the-closest-thing-to-a-beach on May 17 for the annual Post Prom event, with this year’s theme being “Fun in the Sun.” Hallways were transformed into ocean, picnic, boardwalk and camping scenes to evoke the many fun activities that take place in the summer.

Parry, Negandhi inducted into Phoenixville’s Wall of Fame |May 21, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE - Fred Richmond Parry and Kevin Negandhi were inducted into the Phoenixville Area High School Wall of Fame during ceremonies in the school lobby May 12.

Resident celebrates 100th birthday at Phoenixville Area Senior Center |May 19, 2014

Sadie Weney celebrated her 100th birthday at the Phoenixville Area Senior Center on May 5. Phoenixville Mayor Michael Specht came by to honor her on the special occasion. Weney has been coming to the center since 1985.

Resident celebrates 100th birthday at Phoenixville Area Senior Center |May 19, 2014

Sadie Weney celebrated her 100th birthday at the Phoenixville Area Senior Center on May 5. Phoenixville Mayor Michael Specht came by to honor her on the special occasion. Weney has been coming to the center since 1985.

Warm up to 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show |May 19, 2014

It was a kaleidoscope of creativity inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show. Open until March 9, this year’s theme is “ARTiculture” and explores the effects art has had on gardening and vice versa.

Phoenixville resident honored for work with PCA |May 19, 2014

Phoenixville resident Michelle Kline was honored for her work as a forensic interview specialist with the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance (PCA) at the PCA’s 14th Annual Bear Affair on Thursday, May 1.

Phoenixville resident honored for work with PCA |May 19, 2014

Phoenixville resident Michelle Kline was honored for her work as a forensic interview specialist with the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance (PCA) at the PCA’s 14th Annual Bear Affair on Thursday, May 1.

PHOTOS: Phoenixville students enjoy Prom 2014, FOCUS |May 14, 2014

Phoenixville Area High School held its Prom 2014 on April 26 at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern. The Prom was followed by the district’s annual FOCUS (For Our Children’s Uncompromised Safety Post Prom Parent Organization) event at the high school, where students could participate in games and other fun activities in a safe environment.

Spring-Ford superintendent loses bet, spends day in trophy case |May 5, 2014

Spring-Ford Superintendent Dr. David Goodin didn’t make it across the finish line of the Spring-Ford Educational Foundation 5K Run/Walk and Kid Fun Run April 11 in time to win his bet with Assistant Superintendent Dr.

Chesterbrook Academy Preschool students release ladybugs on Earth Day |Apr 28, 2014

On April 22, Chesterbrook Academy Preschool students in Royersford got a little buggy in celebration of Earth Day.

Cub Pack 119 tastes the ‘fruits’ of their labors |Apr 21, 2014

Cub Scout Pack 119, Barkley Elementary, is leading a strong charge forward and building lasting relationships with local community groups in order to help those that are in need.

Happy Birthday Elizabeth Marton Banjack |Apr 21, 2014

Elizabeth Marton Banjack’s 95th birthday was April 10. She has lived her entire life in Phoenixville. She was the first child born to Mary and Janos Marton and she had four siblings — three sisters and one brother.

Phillies pitcher helps Phoenixville Devon Prep freshman ace religion project |Apr 21, 2014

When Devon Prep freshman and baseball enthusiast Joe Orsatti of Phoenixville was asked if he’d like to spend a long weekend in Clearwater, Fla. to see the Phillies in Spring Training, he couldn’t refuse.