Phoenixville Local

RSVP of Montgomery County’s Help on Call program makes aging easier |Jan 23, 2015

Getting old isn’t for sissies! Aging can be extremely difficult. Health becomes a major factor in living a good life well after retirement, as does financial stability.

Rafferty bill to extend ignition interlock devices clears Senate panel |Jan 23, 2015

HARRISBURG >> The Senate Transportation Committee has approved legislation intended to reduce drunk driving offenses by making ignition interlock requirements mandatory for certain first-time offenders with high blood alcohol levels, while at the same time reducing suspension requirements in certain lesser cases.

Upper Providence OKs zoning changes for Valley Forge Baptist Temple properties |Jan 23, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> By a 2-0 vote, the township supervisors on Tuesday adopted an ordinance to reclassify the zoning of three adjacent parcels.

Valley Forge Casino’s slot revenue is up over last year |Jan 23, 2015

UPPER MERION >> Valley Forge Casino Resort’s slot machines saw a bigger upsurge last year than any other casino that isn’t near an ocean, beach or boardwalk.

PHOTOS: Bethel Baptist holds annual MLK tribute |Jan 22, 2015

The Dream Lives On: Phoenixville’s Bethel Baptist Church held its annual service remembering Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, with guest speaker Minister Janis Ruise of Memorial Church of God in Christ and performances from The Inspirational Choir.

TeamChildren volunteers get to work on MLK Day |Jan 22, 2015

Audubon-based non-profit TeamChildren, whose mission is to close the digital divide, hosted volunteers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday to help prepare computers for families that need them. The organization refurbishes old computers to give to families who need one but cannot afford it.

Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board invites visitors to ‘Make it Montco’ |Jan 22, 2015

UPPER MERION >> There’s a lot more to do in Montgomery County in late winter than ride out the frigid days waiting for the first daffodils to sprout up and for Heart to hit the newly revived Valley Forge Casino Resort Music Fair in May.

Two Republicans announce bids for Montgomery County commissioner |Jan 22, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Two Republicans have announced their intent to seek the county Republican Committee’s endorsement for county commissioner.

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.

Calendar of Events |Jan 22, 2015

Ongoing Annual Prom Dress Boutique: Spring-Ford Students Need an Alternate Party (SNAP) invites the Spring-Ford community to shop their annual Prom Dress Boutique at Spring-Ford Area High School.

Early-morning crash in Upper Providence leaves one dead |Jan 22, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> A one-vehicle crash on South Lewis Road early Thursday morning left one person dead after the vehicle struck a tree, police said.

Skippack man jailed for arson at unoccupied residence |Jan 21, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Skippack man is headed to jail after he admitted to setting fire to an unoccupied property in the township, causing more than $125,000 in damage.

Taste of Phoenixville sells out for biggest year yet |Jan 21, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Great food, live music and community cheer was in full swing Thursday night at Good Samaritan Shelter’s 13th annual “A Taste of Phoenixville.”

Norristown school board to vote on switch to PAC10 |Jan 21, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> In an effort to keep the public abreast of the Norristown Area School District’s potential move to the Pioneer Athletic Conference (PAC) from the Suburban One League (SOL), representatives from the PAC attended Tuesday night’s work session for a question and answer with the school board.

Congressman Ryan Costello reacts to State of the Union address |Jan 21, 2015

WASHINGTON >> Freshman Congressman Ryan Costello, R-6th of Chester County, sat through his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, agreeing in part with what President Barack Obama’s policies presented.

Pets of the Week |Jan 21, 2015

Boo (dog) Boo is an 8-year-old Cocker Spaniel/Poodle mix born on Halloween. Boo is very sweet and loves attention and to play with his toys. Boo plays a little with other dogs but prefers to be with his family.

Afternoon storm on Wednesday looks to make a messy commute |Jan 21, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> For those of you who don’t know – or don’t care – Alberta is a western province of Canada. And a “clipper” is a quick moving winter storm.

Two RE/MAX Achievers win Hall of Fame awards |Jan 21, 2015

RE/MAX Achievers real estate of Collegeville & Pottstown and Broker/Owner John E. Ohler congratulates John Chernesky and Peg Chism in earning the RE/MAX Career Hall of Fame award.

Work resumes on Arcola Road Bridge in Lower Providence |Jan 20, 2015

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> Work on the Arcola Road Bridge will resume this week after a brief delay from finding lead-based paint on the bottom of the bridge in December.

Family-friendly musical duo Two of a Kind to celebrate 25 years at Colonial |Jan 20, 2015

Two of a Kind, the award-winning husband-wife duo, presents concerts for families and children of all ages, including songs, puppets, movement and stories — all with an emphasis on interaction and participation.

Think About It: Where I’m From, Part II |Jan 20, 2015

“Life can be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

Big Event contest winner announced |Jan 20, 2015

POTTSTOWN >> This year’s Big Event contest sponsored by The Mercury and the Phoenix Reporter & Item has made this year’s winner very happy. Phyllis Luft of Bechtelsville, a long-time subscriber of The Mercury, won a gift card valued at $500.

UPDATED: Molly Maguire’s closes Lansdale location |Jan 20, 2015

LANSDALE >> Six months after its owners filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Molly Maguire’s Irish Pub and Restaurant has closed its Lansdale location.

Former Perkiomen man accused of pedestrian death loses bid to dismiss additional gun charge |Jan 20, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A former Perkiomen man awaiting trial on vehicular homicide charges in the death of a 16-year-old Lower Pottsgrove boy lost his bid to dismiss additional charges that he also illegally possessed a rifle.

Environmentalists challenging re-licensing of Limerick nuclear plant |Jan 19, 2015

LIMERICK >> Although the federal government renewed the operating license for Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station last October, the process is not quite over.

In Ian’s Boots gives back to community in memory of Scout killed sledding |Jan 19, 2015

LINFIELD >> Volunteers were busy Saturday working with “In Ian’s Shoes” at its warehouse, the “Linfield Shoebox” on Railroad Street. The volunteers were giving back as part of a community effort to clean, prep and inventory shoes and boots for the non-profit program started for the late Ian Miller, a North Coventry Boy Scout who was killed in a sledding accident.

Phoenixville VFW presents check to Forge Theatre |Jan 19, 2015

The Phoenixville VFW Post No. 1564 recently presented a check for $1,000 to the Forge Theatre to help the organization purchase a new piano it desperately needed. The theater found a piano for just $6,000 at the University of Valley Forge’s annual piano sale in November and raised the rest of the cost of the piano through the theater’s memorial fund.

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.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Chinese New Year 2015, Year of the Goat |Jan 19, 2015

The Chinese will be celebrating their New Year in a few weeks — on Feb. 19, to be exact.

Ex-Lower Providence man convicted of child sex assault |Jan 19, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A former Lower Providence man potentially faces jail time after he was convicted of charges he sexually assaulted a teenage girl at locations in the township.

Montco Controller Stewart Greenleaf will not seek re-election |Jan 19, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> With three years under his belt and one year left, Montgomery County Controller Stewart Greenleaf Jr. will stop acting as the county’s fiscal watchdog at the end of 2015.

Holy Cross Regional Catholic School holds annual science fair |Jan 19, 2015

The gymnasium of Holy Cross Regional Catholic School was filled with row upon row of innovative science on Jan. 8.

UVF’s first full semester as university begins |Jan 19, 2015

The University of Valley Forge began its spring semester on Jan. 11 by welcoming new and returning students to the snow dusted campus.

BNG donates Christmas party proceeds to Disabled American Veterans |Jan 19, 2015

The Business Network Group has donated $1,000 to Disabled American Veterans chapter 25. The money was the proceeds from the Christmas party the organization recently held at The Italian Bakery in Collegeville.

Praise for Lesie Richards at her last Montgomery County commissioners meeting |Jan 16, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Twice a month, for the past three years, Leslie Richards has taken her seat behind the long wooden table representing a third of Montgomery County commissioners.

Man accused of robbing undercover officer in Upper Merion pleads guilty |Jan 16, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> One of two men accused of robbing an undercover officer posing as a prostitute for an Upper Merion sting operation in June pleaded guilty Wednesday and was sentenced to county prison.

PHOTOS: Route 422 improvements continue in Lower Providence |Jan 16, 2015

A road crew braves the cold as improvements on Route 422 at the Trooper Interchange continue in Lower Providence Tuesday. Work on the project, which includes two additional ramps, retaining sound walls, widening and realignment of Trooper Road and the rehabilitation of the Trooper Road bridge, began in October and is expected to be finished in the fall.

Federal charges filed for string of bank robberies last year |Jan 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Two people were indicted on federal charges this week in connection to a string of bank robberies late last year in Chester and Montgomery counties, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

Photos: Valley Forge promotes Montgomery County tourism |Jan 16, 2015

Kate Hammond, superintendent of Valley Forge National Historical Park, takes a jog with a group of runners Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, to promote the upcoming annual Revolution Run at the Park. The Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board held an event at Valley Forge National Historical Park Thursday to announce winter tourism initiatives across the county, and a ribbon cutting took place at the newly unveiled VFT&CB’s information booth inside the visitors center, along with a sponsor check presentation from PECO for $2,000.

Montgomery County extends lease for Limerick district court |Jan 16, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County commissioners voted Thursday to extend the lease at a district court office in Limerick that needs thousands of dollars in renovations; however, the county will not pay the costs of those renovations.

Berks woman leads police on chase through Limerick in stolen vehicle |Jan 15, 2015

LIMERICK >> A Berks County woman has been charged after allegedly leading police on a chase throughout Limerick.

Man arrested after attempting to kidnap woman in Collegeville |Jan 15, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> A Norristown man has been arrested after allegedly trying to pull her into a vehicle and take her to New Jersey.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Winter Lights |Jan 15, 2015

Most of us seem to complain a great deal about winter — how cold and how dark it is during that time — but this is far from the truth, as many cultures celebrate during the months that make up our winter season.

Calendar of Events |Jan 15, 2015

Ongoing Annual Prom Dress Boutique: Spring-Ford Students Need an Alternate Party (SNAP) invites the Spring-Ford community to shop their annual Prom Dress Boutique at Spring-Ford Area High School.

Executive director at Royersford’s Open Door stepping down |Jan 15, 2015

Gretchen Pendleton, chairperson of the board of directors of the Open Door in Royersford, has announced that, as of Dec. 31, Laurie Faust, the executive director, has decided to step down from her post after 10 years of dedicated service.

Man charged in burglary of Upper Providence apartment |Jan 15, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> A man is facing charges after police investigated a burglary of an Upper Providence home.

Kiwanis Club to hold 8th annual auction and dinner |Jan 15, 2015

The Phoenixville Kiwanis Club is sponsoring their eighth annual Live/Silent Auction and Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, March 14, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The event will be held at the Covered Bridge Room at Kimberton Fire Company.

Spring-Ford SNAP opens annual prom dress boutique |Jan 15, 2015

Spring-Ford Students Need an Alternate Party (SNAP) invites the Spring-Ford community to shop their annual Prom Dress Boutique at Spring-Ford Area High School.

Wolf taps Montco Commissioner Leslie Richards as Pa.’s first female transportation chief |Jan 15, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards left her post effective Friday to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Transportation under Gov.-elect Tom Wolf.

Chester County Choral Society announces annual vocal performance contest |Jan 14, 2015

For the past 20 years, the CCCS has hosted an excellence in vocal performance competition, open to any high school senior who resides, attends high school or studies music in Chester County. All winners are encouraged to perform the audition piece of their choice at the Choral Society’s Spring Concert on May 3 at 4 p.