Phoenixville Local

Phoenixville prepares for fifth annual Blues Fest |Sep 2, 2014

Phoenixville is getting ready to groove to the blues in Reeves Park on Sept. 6 with their fifth annual Blues Festival. The all day jam, which features a wide variety of blues bands and musicians, begins at 12 p.

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.

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.

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.

Police deem Collegeville fire ‘suspicious’ |Sep 2, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — Lower Providence Fire Department personnel responded to reports of a fire on the 1000 block of Hildebidle Drive in Collegeville on Saturday night shortly after 7:30 p.m.

Threats to ex-girlfriend land Trappe man behind bars |Sep 2, 2014

NORRISTOWN — A Trappe man has been sentenced to state prison for terrorizing and stalking his ex-girlfriend in Hatfield.

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.

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.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: An apple a day keeps the doctor away |Sep 2, 2014

Editor’s note: Bette Banjack, a longtime food columnist for The Phoenix, has decided to return. Readers may remember her column “Neighborhood Kitchens,” which ran from 2003 to 2006, or her weekly local television program, “Downtown Kitchen.

Limerick nuke plant now closer to re-licensing |Sep 2, 2014

LIMERICK — Two major decisions by the federal government last week have moved the nuclear power plant here closer to extending its operating license for another 20 years.

Sources: Fatal Collegeville shooting not a homicide |Sep 2, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — Police are not seeking a suspect in a fatal shooting that occurred Saturday evening at an office building on Second Avenue, making it likely it was a suicide.

Roll-over crash in Limerick sends 2 to hospital |Sep 2, 2014

LIMERICK — Two people had to be pulled from a Toyota Sienna that struck a tree and rolled onto its side in a Monday afternoon crash.

Exelon to meet with NRC over security finding at Limerick nuke plant |Aug 29, 2014

LIMERICK — Exelon Nuclear will meet with Nuclear Regulatory Commission personnel next month, presumably to contest the NRC’s identification of a potential security problem at the plant.

Collegeville woman spurs effort to crowdsource help for those in need |Aug 29, 2014

Almost two weeks ago, a little girl with Alopecia posted on the “People Helping People” Facebook page that she was hoping to sell some handmade bracelets.

Variety show in Phoenixville to help Filipino families still affected by 2013 typhoon |Aug 29, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — The Kapitbayan Filipino-American Association will host a concert focused on raising money for its cultural foundation as well as the rebuilding effort from last year’s devastating Typhoon Yolanda.

Mental patient briefly escapes Phoenixville Hospital during transport |Aug 29, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — While officials were trying to transport a mental health patient into an ambulance at Phoenixville Hospital, he escaped and ran up Route 29, disrupting Phoenixville High School’s girls’ soccer practice.

Spring City woman charged in knife assault of boyfriend |Aug 29, 2014

SPRING CITY — An altercation between a man and his girlfriend allegedly left knife wounds on his hands around midnight Tuesday.

Charter renewal process begins for Phoenixville’s Renaissance Academy |Aug 29, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Per state law, the Phoenixville Area School Board will review Renaissance Academy’s charter soon and decided whether to renew it for another five years.

Learn how to create a rain garden at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park |Aug 29, 2014

OAKS — Learn how to create a rain garden, and filter water, at a special presentation planned for Sept. 27 in Lower Perkiomen Valley Park.

Lehigh man admits to distributing synthetic drugs to Montco stores |Aug 29, 2014

NORRISTOWN — An Allentown man has admitted to running a business involved in the illegal distribution of synthetic drugs and drug paraphernalia, primarily to gas stations and convenience stores in Montgomery and Lehigh counties.

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.

Cops: Thief steals soda, cheese from Phoenixville home |Aug 29, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Borough police are investigating a reported theft on the north side of town in which the suspect’s haul was six cans of Pepsi and a block of cheese.

Breakfast fly-in/drive-in set Sept. 7 at Heritage Field in Limerick |Aug 29, 2014

LIMERICK — The 60th annual breakfast fly-in/drive-in hosted by the Pottstown Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association will feature more than fluffy eggs and pancakes.

Spring-Ford, teachers to go to fact-finding over contract |Aug 28, 2014

LIMERICK — With the latest round of contract negotiations again ending in a stalemate, a state fact-finder will be brought in to try to help determine a contract for Spring-Ford Area School District teachers.

Car enthusiasts flock to Al Laskey Memorial Auto Show in Perkiomen |Aug 28, 2014

PERKIOMEN TWP. — Whether rolling through for a quick glimpse of highly tuned hot rods, or setting up a tent and hanging out all day, spectators and enthusiasts alike enjoyed blue skies and red Chevys at

Phoenixville superintendent gets new contract, raise |Aug 28, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Alan Fegley will continue as Phoenixville Area School District’s superintendent until at least 2020.

East Pikeland man charged in marijuana growing operation |Aug 28, 2014

EAST PIKELAND — More than 50 live marijuana plants were seized last week during a raid at a townhome on Stirling Court in the Kimberton Knoll development, according to township police.

Spring City police raid alleged drug house; 3 arrested |Aug 28, 2014

SPRING CITY — After resident complaints prompted a two-month investigation, borough police and other agencies raided a suspected drug house early Monday afternoon.

New changes likely for Phoenixville community budget committee |Aug 28, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Further changes are likely coming for Phoenixville Area School District’s Community Budget Advisory Committee.

Woman hospitalized after bite from pet forest cobra |Aug 28, 2014

SKIPPACK — A woman bitten by her family’s cobra was rushed to Pottstown Memorial Medical Center Sunday morning.

Think About It: The sneeze that caused an uproar |Aug 28, 2014

“Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes; thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of demons.”

Phoenixville markets offers cooking instruction as well as fresh produce |Aug 28, 2014

Shoppers at the Phoenixville Farmers Market can buy fresh and then learn how to prepare those locally grown foods in a free cooking class.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Onions and Cooking Oils |Aug 28, 2014

ONIONS – Have a strong and pungent odor, which becomes sweet when cooked. Cooking the onion gives it a crisp texture.

Collegeville man launches write-in campaign for Pa. governor |Aug 28, 2014

NORRISTOWN — A new contender has thrown his hat into the ring with Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf in the 2014 race for governor of Pennsylvania. Dave Naples, a Montgomery County resident, has begun a write-in campaign that relies solely on social media and word of mouth and, in open contradiction to his competitors, no campaign contributions.

Pa. officials show off forensic vehicle in battle against child predators |Aug 27, 2014

UPPER PROVIDENCE — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane showed off a new forensic vehicle in Upper Providence on Wednesday following a roundtable discussion with local law enforcement on how to best stay on top of and capture child predators in the commonwealth.

Detwiler Family celebrates 118 years of history at reunion |Aug 22, 2014

Detwiler Family members met together at Camp Innabah in Pughtown, Pa., to celebrate their 118th family reunion on a beautiful summer day on Aug. 16.

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.

5-mile paddle to raise funds for Schuylkill Canal Association |Aug 22, 2014

MONT CLARE – Take it Outdoors Adventures is sponsoring a five-mile loop paddle along the Schuylkill Canal and Schuylkill River to benefit the Schuylkill Canal Association on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.

Labor Day golf in Limerick to benefit Royersford charity |Aug 22, 2014

Designing 4 Hope, a charitable organization based in Royersford, will benefit from golf played all day at Limerick Golf Club on Labor Day. All golfers will enjoy 18 holes of golf for just $20.14, including discounts on food and beer.

Phoenixville moves ahead with school project on golf course |Aug 22, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Further steps are being taken toward constructing the new school complex on the grounds of the Meadow Brook Golf Club.

Phoenixville pet store robber caught quickly |Aug 22, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — A man who robbed a pet store on Nutt Road in Phoenixville Tuesday afternoon was almost immediately apprehended by police searching the area.

Limerick man gets jail time for threatening to burn down house |Aug 22, 2014

NORRISTOWN — A Limerick man who threw his wife and daughter out of the house before threatening to burn it down in November pleaded guilty Tuesday and was given jail time at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.

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.

Chesco library system launches new mobile app |Aug 22, 2014

The Chester County Library System, with financial support from the Chester County Library Trust, has launched a new mobile app for its libraries that will provide quick and easy access to library accounts and many of its services for residents.

Montco to spray for adult mosquitoes in Collegeville, Upper Providence |Aug 21, 2014

The Montgomery County Health Department will spray for mosquitoes in Upper Providence and Collegeville Thursday, Aug. 28, weather permitting, from approximately 8 to 11 p.m. The date for spraying in case of inclement weather is Thursday, Sept.

Spring-Ford School Board discusses eliminating per capita taxes |Aug 21, 2014

LIMERICK — Spring-Ford Area School Board discussed the per capita tax at a workshop meeting Monday night before a surprise motion to eliminate it was voted down.

Citizen scientists wanted for Summer of Bugs event at Valley Forge park |Aug 21, 2014

VALLEY FORGE — Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University are partnering in the Summer of Bugs, a summerlong inventory of the park’s terrestrial invertebrates, better known as land bugs.

Phoenixville artist won’t let vandals stop him |Aug 21, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Local artist Henrik Stubbe Teglbjaerg may be best known as the organizer of the annual Firebird Festival, but his art extends to many different places.

Man attempts to escape Royersford Police during drug arrest |Aug 20, 2014

ROYERSFORD — Police arrested a man who allegedly struggled and attempted to run from police after an officer tried to arrest him for having marijuana.

Perkiomen Valley reaches tentative contract deal with teachers |Aug 20, 2014

PERKIOMEN — The Perkiomen Valley School District and the union representing district teachers have reached a tentative contract agreement, the school board announced Tuesday afternoon.