Phoenixville Local

Preliminary budget for Chester County includes slight tax increase |Oct 26, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> Chester County property owners would see their county taxes increase slightly if a preliminary budget unveiled at Wednesday’s commissioners meeting is adopted later this year.

WATCH: Legoland Discovery Center breaks ground at Plymouth Meeting Mall; 50,000 Lego bricks dumped |Oct 25, 2016

PLYMOUTH >> Children wearing Lego helmets could barely contain themselves Tuesday as a construction vehicle dumped more than 50,000 Lego bricks outside the Plymouth Meeting Mall, marking the ground breaking of the first ever Legoland in Pennsylvania.

Fleetwood Community Theatre presents ‘Love, Sex and the IR$’ through Oct. 30 |Oct 22, 2016

Love and laughter take the stage when Fleetwood Community Theatre presents “Love, Sex and The IR$,” by Billy VanZandt and Jane Milmore, Oct. 20 through Oct. 30.

LIVE: Teachers, students, organizations react Thursday to APSCUF strike |Oct 20, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> For the first time ever, professors across Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) went on strike Wednesday at 5 a.m., following 15 months of failed negotiations between their union and the state system.

ELECTION 2016: Hendricks, Toepel vie for 147th District seat |Oct 20, 2016

This year’s election for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 147th District is between Democrat Rachel Hendricks and incumbent Republican Marcy Toepel, who has held the seat since 2010.

Petra Fall festival offers family fun Oct. 28 |Oct 20, 2016

Families looking for a Halloween alternative — and lots of fun — are invited to the 2016 Petra Fall Fest at Petra Church, New Holland, on Friday, Oct. 28, from 5 to 9 p.m. All are welcome, and everything but the optional purchase of food from food trucks is free!

A Look Back in History: Interesting Folk Days rooted in Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers (pun intended) |Oct 18, 2016

Pennsylvania Dutch rural folklore was important in providing Rhineland peasants with knowledge of becoming successful American farmers. Although most PA Deitsch folklore revolved around their religion, it is dubious that Grundsau Day (Groundhog Day) was purely an American idea.

WTIM: Music Around Town Oct. 19 edition |Oct 18, 2016

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Learn the history of Halloween traditions at ‘A Hopewell Halloween’ |Oct 18, 2016

An evening of Halloween traditions and historical folklore will be hosted by Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Historic games, crafts, and folktales from the different cultural groups that worked at Hopewell Furnace will be featured.

Welcome to my World: Grave Epitaphs |Oct 18, 2016

Every summer that I can remember as a kid, Mom insisted Pop drive to visit the gravesites of both the Christman’s, in Lehigh County, and the Kohler’s, in Berks County. Mom also took us on walks to the family cemetery of the Siegfried’s, from Siegfriedsdale, located near our farm.

MAP: Halloween events, attractions across the Philadelphia region |Oct 10, 2016

Halloween is just around the corner, and there are plenty of spooky — and some not-so-scary — events across the Philadelphia region to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve.

Nationally touring art quilt exhibit comes to Pottstown |Oct 5, 2016

Montgomery County Community College, the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, Valley Forge National Historical Park and Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site will present a traveling juried art quilt exhibit, “Piecing Together a Changing Planet,” which illustrates how pollution and climate change have affected national parks.

REVIEW: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at Steel River in Pottstown |Oct 3, 2016

“Peter and the Starcatcher” is quite unlike anything I have ever seen -- it’s a multilayered comedy with a gifted ensemble cast and lots of one-liners that have double, sometimes triple, meanings.

Phoenixville Food Truck Festival serves up a good time |Oct 2, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville knows how to do a festival right.

Travis Wetzel Trio will liven up the Reinholds Fire Company Oct. 1 |Sep 29, 2016

Farm Country Shindig opens its 2016-2017 season on Saturday, Oct. 1 featuring “The Travis Wetzel Trio” at the Reinholds Fire Company Banquet Hall.

Keim Music Fest coming up Oct. 1 |Sep 29, 2016

There’s a fun-filled day of music, food, and history at the second annual Keim Music Fest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Jacob Keim Farmstead in Oley. This event is a one-day music event held outdoors to raise awareness and restoration funds for the Keim Farmstead, a property owned by the Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County.

Emma Ketterer named a Budding Artist by Dancing Tree Creations |Sep 29, 2016

Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery and Studio is proud to name Emma Ketterer as their next Budding Artist. An opening reception, with light refreshments and the opportunity to meet other local artists, will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016, from 5pm to 7pm.

Experience Adele, A Live Tribute Show to benefit theater |Sep 29, 2016

Our Town Foundation hosts award winning singer, Andrea Taylor, in her iconic performance of “Experience Adele”, a phenomenal live tribute of the popular singer Adele, at the Hamburg Strand Theater, 6 South 4th St.

A Look Back in History: The Americanism ‘Pennsylvania Dutch’ still preferred today |Sep 28, 2016

Since Colonial times our ancestors were referred to as the Americanism, “PA Dutch,” a term widely used to describe these immigrants by suburban Philadelphians, who followed the local Quaker-American colloquialism, as people today.

Five in Lower Providence charged with robbery, lying to police |Sep 28, 2016

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> The tables have turned on a group of five people who claimed they were accosted by gun-toting intruder at a trailer park in Trooper late last month.

New banners to honor fallen soldiers unveiled at Montgomery County Courthouse |Sep 28, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The vibrant colors of the new banners surrounding Montgomery County Courthouse represented a renewed pledge to honor 17 Montgomery County residents who gave their lives in military service.

Time is the most precious commodity of all |Sep 23, 2016

I’m sure I’m not the only one among us who has noticed that times flies.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Sept. 18 |Sep 18, 2016

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Montgomery County commissioners pass $5 vehicle registration fee |Sep 16, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> After more than an hour of debate, the Montgomery County commissioners passed a $5 fee added on to vehicle registrations for county residents Thursday.

Course teaches the ins and outs of becoming a farmers market vendor |Sep 16, 2016

WHITPAIN>>If you’ve ever seriously considered selling your homemade product at a farmers market but didn’t know how to go about it, the Farmers Market Business Incubator’s “first-of-its-kind” course at area venues was custom-made for you.

THE TABLE: Boston, Massachusetts |Sep 14, 2016

It was in Boston that the American Revolution erupted with the Boston Tea Party. The British retaliated for this event with the colonists feistily fighting back.

Reflections on the Olympics: The Statue |Sep 14, 2016

“Even if you are not religious, how can you look at Christ the Redeemer and not be impressed.” — Anonymous

Montgomery County Community College honors late student-veteran |Sep 12, 2016

WHITPAIN >> On a beautiful Monday in September, under cloudless blue skies eerily reminiscent of one of the darkest days in American history, Christie Worthington’s voice faltered briefly under the weight of her emotions, but she quickly summoned the strength to carry on.

The table: Jackson Hole, Wyoming |Sep 11, 2016

The name Jackson Hole was given to this area because it is like descending in to a hole as you navigate down the steep mountains as you enter. It is the valley floor that lies between the Teton Mountain Range (which rises more than 7,000 feet) and the Snake River.

Joseph P. Walsh installed as new Montgomery County judge |Sep 9, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> With heartwarming remembrances of his late father and expressions of gratitude to friends and colleagues who helped him on the road to his dream of becoming a jurist, newly installed Judge Joseph P.

Phoenixville man convicted on drug, gun charges |Sep 8, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A Phoenixville man was convicted Wednesday on drug and firearms charges that resulted from being stopped by police in West Norriton.

Limerick officials recognize fire company’s 95th anniversary |Sep 8, 2016

LIMERICK >> Volunteers with the Limerick Fire Company have had reason to celebrate this month, as the company recognizes a milestone anniversary this year.

Upper Providence OKs shopping center plans |Sep 1, 2016

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved familiar plans for a shopping center development with no public objections at a recent meeting.

Driver escapes vehicle destroyed in Linfield crash |Sep 1, 2016

LINFIELD >> A driver involved in a serious crash Thursday morning managed to escape from the vehicle.

Morning Briefing: Wednesday’s briefing on the Philly suburbs |Aug 31, 2016

Good morning. Here are today’s most important stories happening in the Philly suburbs.

Accident on Route 422 at Collegeville injures three |Aug 25, 2016

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> A serious crash left a vehicle mangled and three people injured Tuesday night.

Spring-Ford community addresses bus stop law breakers |Aug 25, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> Next week students in the Spring-Ford Area School District, like millions of others across the country, will say goodbye to summer vacation as they step onto the bus to start the first day of school.

Area seniors recognized as Montgomery County ‘trailblazers’ |Aug 25, 2016

SCHWENKSVILLE >> A few area seniors are receiving some recognition for walking some of Montgomery County’s best trails.

THE TABLE: Savannah, Georgia |Aug 25, 2016

Savannah, Ga., is considered the most historical area in the United States. It is the oldest city in Georgia and is the county seat of Chatham.

THINK ABOUT IT: Reflections on the Olympics: The competition |Aug 25, 2016

“The hard days are the best because that’s where champions are made.”

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Aug. 28 |Aug 25, 2016

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GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence speaks at Tech Tube in King of Prussia |Aug 24, 2016

UPPER MERION >> Nearly 250 Donald Trump supporters attended a campaign speech by Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence at custom fabricated parts manufacturer Tech Tube Inc in King of Prussia Tuesday afternoon.

Local school supply lists now available online |Aug 24, 2016

Parents from local schools have a new tool in their back-to-school bag of tricks this year, as all of their schools supply lists are now posted on TeacherLists.

On election chess board, Southeastern Pennsylvania counties are crucial |Aug 22, 2016

Whether you know it or not, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are fighting over you — that is, if you are a voter living in the suburbs around Philadelphia.

Blessed Teresa Calcutta Parish to host eighth annual community festival |Aug 22, 2016

LIMERICK >> Blessed Teresa Calcutta Parish will host its eighth annual community festival Aug. 24-27 from 6-11 p.m. at its Swamp Pike and Neiffer Road campus. The festival features amusement rides, live music, games, pony rides, balloon art, bingo, bake table, cash and prize raffles, a beer and wine garden and a business expo.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Aug. 21 |Aug 19, 2016

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Limerick explores sale of sewage facilities to fund $22M in capital projects |Aug 19, 2016

LIMERICK >> In an effort to keep taxes where they are but pay for more than $22 million in capital projects, officials are exploring the sale of the township’s sewage treatment facilities.

THE TABLE: Saratoga Springs, N.Y., lays claim being birthplace of the club sandwich |Aug 18, 2016

Saratoga Springs has been a popular destination for over 200 years due to the area’s natural mineral springs. The Saratoga Fault allows the water trapped beneath the surface to rise. The springs can be found throughout the town.

THINK ABOUT IT: Some humorous thoughts about writing |Aug 18, 2016

“There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane won’t testify; jury gets case Monday |Aug 12, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s fate is about to be placed in the hands of a jury after testimony wrapped up at her trial on perjury and obstruction charges.