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POTTSTOWN - It's a simple truth, one that Kurt Zwikl repeats often: the longer a trail, the more people it attracts.

So perhaps that's why as executive director of the Schuylkill River Heritage Association, he is so excited about the nearly $10 million of work being planned for his trail along TOUT ERROR: Object template PhotoGalleryThumbnailsForRSS is missing! <![CDATA[$508 million worth of approved transportation projects in area]]>

The list of projects approved by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission recently is long, represents hundreds of millions of dollars and is stretched over more than the next 10 years.

Below is a list with brief summaries of the locally significant projects.

Please note that "work beginning" dates may mean design and permitting work and not actual construction.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:21:52 -0400 2014-08-01T17:21:52-04:00 2014-08-01T17:21:56-04:00
<![CDATA[Historical Society to present the History of Knitting]]> TRAPPE - Visitors will have the chance to spend a Sunday afternoon learning about the history of knitting at the Dewees Museum on Aug. 10.

Manni McNeil, a young mother with a background in radio broadcasting and social media, is one of the Historical Society of Trappe, Collegeville, Perkiomen Valley, Inc.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:54:31 -0400 2014-08-01T16:54:31-04:00 2014-08-01T16:54:34-04:00
<![CDATA[Triskeles' Food for Thought program holds visitors day]]> Every year during the Food For Thought program, the staff and participants at Triskeles thank their generous sponsors and others by hosting them for a Visitor's Day.

This year, Visitor's Day was a resounding success. A very diverse range of people showed up. There were representatives from the Philadelphia Waldorf School, Kimberton Whole Foods and Chester County WIB, as well as independent friends of Triskeles.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:09:56 -0400 2014-08-01T13:09:56-04:00 2014-08-01T13:10:00-04:00
<![CDATA[Kiwanis Club announces duck race results]]> The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville is pleased to announce the results of the Duck Race which was held recently in conjunction with the Blob Fest.

1. $1,000 John Donaldson #40039

2. $500 Dee Aquilante #1433

3. $400 Dr.Rodger Rothenberger #1413

4. $300 Harvey Bomberger #3616

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:09:01 -0400 2014-08-01T13:09:01-04:00 2014-08-01T13:09:07-04:00
<![CDATA[Local girls selected as state finalists in NAM competition]]> Two local girls have been selected as state finalists in the National American Miss competition and will represent their communities in Harrisburg next weekend.

Fallon Martin, 9, of Phoenixville, and Neah Davis, 11, of Collegeville, will compete in the Junior Pre-Teen and Pre-Teen divisions, respectively, at the Hilton Harrisburg on Aug.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:08:06 -0400 2014-08-01T13:08:06-04:00 2014-08-01T13:08:11-04:00
<![CDATA[Audubon nursery school adopts giraffes at Elmwood Park Zoo]]> St. Andrew's Nursery School of Audubon recently celebrated their adoption of two giraffes at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown. Parents, students and alumni attended the event on July 12 to help welcome the giraffes, named Louis and Tamu, to the zoo for the summer.

This is the second year St.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:23:04 -0400 2014-08-01T11:23:04-04:00 2014-08-01T11:23:16-04:00
<![CDATA[Investing in Pre-K will help reduce crime]]> To the editor:

The passage of the 2014-15 state budget included an important funding increase for future crime prevention - a $10 million increase for PA Pre-K Counts.

What does Pre-K have to do with crime prevention?

Considering that approximately 70 percent of our nation's state prison population failed to receive a high school diploma, education is a pivotal factor between incarceration and productive citizenship.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:48:56 -0400 2014-07-31T23:48:56-04:00 2014-07-31T23:49:00-04:00
<![CDATA[Burglars caught making brownies in Perkiomen Twp. home]]> PERKIOMEN TWP. - Two 17-year-old male juveniles were apprehended within a residence they had broken into after they stopped to bake brownies, police said.

The two began baking the brownies, which contained a controlled substance, when they were caught in the home in the 100 block of Lincoln Road around 10 p.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:33:17 -0400 2014-07-31T22:33:17-04:00 2014-07-31T22:33:20-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville man kicks woman out of truck]]>

PHOENIXVILLE - A Phoenixville man who allegedly kicked a woman out of his pickup truck outside the Pickering Creek Inn on July 18 faces DUI and assault charges.

Mark Turner, 49, of the 200 block of Hall Street, was in a maroon Ford F-150 with the victim in the parking lot of the Pickering Creek Inn on July 18 at 1:40 a.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:32:42 -0400 2014-07-31T22:32:42-04:00 2014-07-31T22:32:46-04:00
<![CDATA[2 charged with breaking into vehicles in Mont Clare]]>

UPPER PROVIDENCE - A township resident is credited with helping police locate two alleged car thieves.

James Moonan, who lives in the 200 block of Jacobs Street in the Mont Clare section, sighted two men entering cars on the street near his residence around 12:11 a.m. July 24, according to court documents.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:17:34 -0400 2014-07-31T22:17:34-04:00 2014-07-31T22:17:38-04:00
<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Soldier welcomed home in Limerick]]> US Army PFC Jake Spear received a grand homecoming after his deployment overseas recently. Warriors Watch Riders, Hogs and Heroes Foundation and A Hero's Welcome led the way as they escorted him from the Philadelphia Airport to his home in Limerick. Lazer Limo provided a free ride home for Spear.

For more photos and photo galleries, visit <![CDATA[Facetime Theatre presents 'Tarzan the Stage Musical']]> Facetime Theatre's Summer Stage II program will be the first in the area to present "Tarzan the Stage Musical" on Aug. 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. in the beautiful Lenfest Theatre in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center at Ursinus College. Tarzan the Stage Musical is based on Disney's epic animated film and Edgar Rice Burrough's story, "Tarzan of the Apes.

]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:01:19 -0400 2014-07-31T15:01:19-04:00 2014-07-31T15:01:26-04:00 <![CDATA[Trappe Ambulance purchases twin van-style ambulances]]> Trappe Fire Co. No. 1 and Ambulance is pleased to announce the arrival of twins.

The organization welcomed a pair of 2013 Marque Squad 2 Type-II van-style twin ambulances in March for its Phoenixville Division, located at Phoenix Hose Co., 170 Church St., Phoenixville.

"A big factor for us to purchase van-style ambulances [rather than box-style ambulances] was the big cost savings," stated Renee Sullivan, community outreach coordinator for Trappe Ambulance.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:32:50 -0400 2014-07-31T14:32:50-04:00 2014-07-31T14:32:54-04:00
<![CDATA[NRC mum about security problem at Limerick nuclear plant]]>

LIMERICK - The federal government has identified a security problem at Exelon's Limerick Generating Station but because it's a security matter, officials can't say what it is.

According to a Nuclear Regulatory Commission letter issued Tuesday to Exelon, the problem or problems were