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

That effort isn't just carried out through the theme for the Sept. 27 event - "Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll" - but also through its format.

Speakers at TEDx Phoenixville are held to 18 minutes or less of speaking time, and organizers often push them to shorten their talks.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:25:43 -0400 2014-08-22T20:25:43-04:00 2014-08-22T20:25:45-04:00
<![CDATA[Limerick man gets jail time for threatening to burn down house]]>

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.

Daniel Ellis, 41, of the first block of Faust Lane, pleaded guilty to one count of terroristic threats and one count of recklessly endangering another person in front of Judge Steven O'Neill.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:22:32 -0400 2014-08-22T20:22:32-04:00 2014-08-22T20:22:35-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville pet store robber caught quickly]]>

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

Around 4:30 p.m., Pet Supplies Plus, on the 700 block of Nutt Road, was robbed by a man later identified as James Mitchell Marder, 43, of Phoenixville, according to Phoenixville Police Chief Bill Mossman.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:59:22 -0400 2014-08-22T19:59:22-04:00 2014-08-22T19:59:24-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville moves ahead with school project on golf course]]>

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

The Phoenixville Area School Board approved a contract with Schrader Group Architects for the planned early learning center/elementary school combined building.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:57:52 -0400 2014-08-22T19:57:52-04:00 2014-08-22T19:57:55-04:00
<![CDATA[Falling through the cracks in Obamacare]]> Mark Ferkler is a Delaware County resident in his mid-thirties. He's healthy, gainfully employed and now, thanks to Obamacare, is newly uninsured. Yes, you read that right - uninsured.

Despite the president's promise to lower insurance costs, as Mark found out, the Affordable Care Act often isn't affordable at all.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:52:47 -0400 2014-08-22T12:52:47-04:00 2014-08-22T12:52:49-04:00
<![CDATA[Labor Day golf in Limerick to benefit Royersford charity]]> 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.

Designing 4 Hope is a charity dedicated to helping critically ill children and their families by giving them dream bedroom makeovers.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:28:28 -0400 2014-08-22T12:28:28-04:00 2014-08-22T12:28:31-04:00
<![CDATA[5-mile paddle to raise funds for Schuylkill Canal Association]]> 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.m.

All are invited to come out to Lock 60 on the Schuylkill Canal in Mont Clare and join in the paddle, which is appropriate for all experience levels.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:28:11 -0400 2014-08-22T12:28:11-04:00 2014-08-22T12:28:13-04:00
<![CDATA[Detwiler Family celebrates 118 years of history at reunion]]> 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.

"Family Homesteads" was the theme for the day. An artist's sketch of a family homestead, and a large milk can with the Rapp Family Homestead photo painted on it, was brought for display by Mary Ann Springer.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:28:02 -0400 2014-08-22T12:28:02-04:00 2014-08-22T12:28:06-04:00
<![CDATA[Royersford man turns 100 with grand celebration]]> Royersford resident Jack Fries, a regular at the Spring-Ford Diner, celebrated his 100th birthday in grand fashion Friday morning.

Fries was driven to the diner from his apartment in the Royersford fire truck used in the film, "The Blob." At the diner, he was greeted by dozens of friends and well-wishers who sang him "Happy Birthday" and presented with a cake and $100 bill with his face on it.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:27:47 -0400 2014-08-22T12:27:47-04:00 2014-08-22T12:28:00-04:00 ERROR: Object template PhotoGalleryThumbnailsForRSS is missing!
<![CDATA[Chesco library system launches new mobile app]]> 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.

The app is free and can be downloaded to mobile devices.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:12:37 -0400 2014-08-22T10:12:37-04:00 2014-08-22T10:12:39-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville artist won't let vandals stop him]]>

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.

Among his works are a wooden sculpture honoring Native American culture at Marsh Creek State Park and an arch made of reclaimed driftwood that stood at the entrance to the Schuylkill River Trail behind Phoenixville's borough hall.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:25:27 -0400 2014-08-21T17:25:27-04:00 2014-08-21T17:25:33-04:00
<![CDATA[Citizen scientists wanted for Summer of Bugs event at Valley Forge park]]> 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.

Together, the park and the Academy invite those interested in learning about and contributing to the research to act as "citizen scientists" by observing and participating in a 24-hour BugBlitz on August 23-24.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:56:31 -0400 2014-08-21T16:56:31-04:00 2014-08-21T16:56:33-04:00
<![CDATA[Spring-Ford School Board discusses eliminating per capita taxes]]>

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.

Board Vice President Tom DiBello made the motion to eliminate the tax on the argument that it uses too much of the district staff's time to collect and process.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:53:32 -0400 2014-08-21T16:53:32-04:00 2014-08-21T16:53:34-04:00
<![CDATA[Montco to spray for adult mosquitoes in Collegeville, Upper Providence]]> 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. 4.

"The spraying will be done where sampling by the Health Department and PADEP has shown mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus," according to a press release from the county.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:41:00 -0400 2014-08-21T16:41:00-04:00 2014-08-21T16:41:03-04:00
<![CDATA[Man attempts to escape Royersford Police during drug arrest]]>

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

Officer Caleb Smith of the Royersford Police was patrolling Victory Park on the 200 block of Second Avenue Aug. 6 when he saw a man later identified as Michael Hobbs, 23, walking on the path in the park near the pavilion.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:24:15 -0400 2014-08-20T18:24:15-04:00 2014-08-20T18:24:19-04:00