Phoenixville Local

Montgomery County D.A. pleads for higher prosecutor salaries |Dec 8, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County District Attorney made a very public plea to get his prosecutors more money at the county’s budget hearing Dec. 1. And it looks like he’s going to get turned down.

‘Mary Poppins’ brings her magic to Genesius in Reading |Dec 6, 2016

Just in time for the Jolly ‘O’liday’s, Genesius Theatre presents the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical – Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins” Dec.

Montco elections board authorizes review of voting systems, procedures |Dec 6, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> After a chaotic month surrounding the general election, the Montgomery County Board of Elections announced that it will review its systems and practices.

Proposed 11 percent Montgomery County tax hike sparks public debate |Dec 2, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The room was packed at a Montgomery County budget hearing Thursday as members of the public alternated between criticizing a proposed 11 percent tax increase and praising the community college that a portion of that money will fund.

‘A Wonderful Life, The Musical’ hits the main stage at Steel River Playhouse |Nov 30, 2016

Pottstown >> “A Wonderful Life,” the music version of the classic story, opens Friday, Dec. 2, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 18, with a total of 12 performances to choose from, including four matinees.

JEFF EDELSTEIN: The 15 people you’ll meet at Thanksgiving this year discussing Donald Trump |Nov 23, 2016

There may be five people you meet in heaven, but there will be 15 people you meet at Thanksgiving Hell 2016.

Hopewell Furnace – There’s an app for that |Nov 21, 2016

After nearly a year and a half of development, smart phone and tablet users can now download a new application for Hopewell Furnace NHS.

6 arrested for patronizing prostitues in King of Prussia sting |Nov 16, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Six men from Chester and Montgomery counties have been arrested for patronizing prostitutes in King of Prussia.

After 270 years An Indian Valley Deacon returns to Goschenhoppen |Nov 11, 2016

At the November meeting of the Goschenhoppen Historians, local historian and retired Mennonite Pastor Bob Gerhart will portray his ancestor’s return to the area after 270 years. The original Indian Valley Reformed Church was dedicated in 1746.

Spay & Save Calico cat will be a loving companion |Nov 11, 2016

“Laura’” is a domestic short hair, beautiful true calico (white/orange/black) female spayed, 2 years, taken from the dangerous streets of Darby. She had four beautiful kittens and it is now her turn to find a home without other kitties.

Holiday Magic Comes to Pennypacker Mills in Schwenksville |Nov 7, 2016

Schwenksville >> The season’s inspiration awaits those who enter the Pennypacker mansion this holiday season. Holiday Tours begin Tuesday, Nov. 22 and go through Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017.

WTIM: Music Around Town Nov. 9 edition |Nov 7, 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.

A Look Back in History: Helping the community with PA Dutch cuisine |Nov 7, 2016

With a number of the senior citizen cooks who have backed our local fire company kitchens retiring from civic organizations, we can only hope they have past their recipes down to their daughters and other kin.

“A PA Dutch Christmas Carol on The Trolley” returns to West Reading |Nov 7, 2016

Back by popular demand the “Pennsylvania Dutch A Christmas Carol Trolley” rolls into West Reading again. The traveling Christmas classic aboard the old fashioned Rhoads Christmas Trolley, opens on Friday Nov.

Person to Person: Precious In His Sight — Bill Montgomery |Nov 3, 2016

In September I wrote two articles about the life of Bill Montgomery entitled “Treasurers Among Us”. In October, Barb and I attended Bill’s memorial service. After sweet memories and songs presented by members of Bill’s family and friends, an extraordinary talk was given by one of his friends.

OPINION: Texting drivers and slow drivers should be punished as harshly as drunk drivers |Nov 3, 2016

We all encounter those foolish folks who combine driving and texting with the multitasking skills of a dairy cow. Their distracted driving is shakier than the lead singer in a rumba band.

Local author releases new children’s book |Nov 3, 2016

Dori Hoch, of Blandon, recently released her latest book, “A Bunny Brothers’ Christmas.” Hoch’s book is filled with colorful illustrations of Bobby and Benjamin Bunnies antics of writing letters to Santa with each one hoping for a toy train just like their friend’s, Tom Turkey.

Think about it: Stephen R. Covey and his Seven Habits |Nov 3, 2016

“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” ­— Stephen R. Covey

POLL: How did you commute during this SEPTA strike? |Nov 1, 2016

While roughly 4,700 Philadelphia transit workers went on strike Tuesday, many living in the suburbs faced delays as locals scrambled to find alternative commuter options.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Event Submissions: Send to cthornburg@berksmontnews.com a week prior to publication. Note “Phoenix Calendar” in the subject.

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.