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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
<![CDATA[Perkiomen Valley reaches tentative contract deal with teachers]]>

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

"The Perkiomen Valley School Board is pleased to announce that it has reached a tentative agreement with the Perkiomen Valley Education Association (PVEA)," states a press release issued by the board.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:38:40 -0400 2014-08-20T09:38:40-04:00 2014-08-20T09:38:42-04:00
<![CDATA[PMMC, Phoenixville Hospital patients caught in medical cyberattack]]>

Some Pottstown Memorial Medical Center and Phoenixville Hospital patients are among the estimated 4.5 million caught in a cyberattack announced by Community Health Systems Inc., the parent company of the hospitals.

The two area hospitals would not say Tuesday how many local patients have been affected by the data breach.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:29:14 -0400 2014-08-20T09:29:14-04:00 2014-08-20T09:29:19-04:00
<![CDATA[Tennis coaching legend Leo Scoda steps down after 51 years at Phoenixville]]>

PHOENIXVILLE - Leo Scoda has decided the time is right to step aside now.

The man who built Phoenixville Area High School boys tennis into a dynasty in the old Ches-Mont League and continued on in the Pioneer Athletic Conference has submitted his retirement letter after 51 years at the helm of the Phantoms.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:56:57 -0400 2014-08-19T14:56:57-04:00 2014-08-19T14:57:00-04:00
<![CDATA[Security fence for Phoenixville Police mulled]]>

PHOENIXVILLE - Addressing security concerns of borough police, council voted last week to put together a request for proposal for a fence around the back of the Phoenixville police station and district court office.

Chief Bill Mossman said the back area of the police station is too open and provides safety issues for officers, prisoners being escorted from the court and members of the public.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:41:26 -0400 2014-08-19T14:41:26-04:00 2014-08-19T14:41:28-04:00
<![CDATA[(Updated) Raise would bump Phoenixville superintendent's annual salary to $230K]]>

PHOENIXVILLE - With his contract set to expire next summer, the Phoenixville Area School Board announced that it has begun negotiating a new contract with Superintendent Alan Fegley.

The proposed contract for Fegley would take effect July 1, 2015, and extend until June 30, 2020, according to information <![CDATA[Phoenixville paving project delayed]]>

PHOENIXVILLE - Since bids received were unsatisfactory to borough administration, road paving which was hoped to be completed before the 2014-15 school year began will have to be pushed back.

In last Tuesday's borough council meeting, both the bids Phoenixville received for its road paving project were unanimously rejected.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:21:08 -0400 2014-08-18T16:21:08-04:00 2014-08-18T16:21:09-04:00
<![CDATA[Kelly Chevrolet to sponsor Phoenixville Area Soccer Club season]]> In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, Kelly Chevrolet, Inc. is supporting Phoenixville Area Soccer Club through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program. This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the 2014 youth soccer season.

Chevrolet Youth Soccer is a grassroots initiative that establishes a positive relationship between local dealers and the communities they serve.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:11:29 -0400 2014-08-18T16:11:29-04:00 2014-08-18T16:11:31-04:00
<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: From noodles to nuts, cooking in 'N']]> NOODLES (PASTA) - Can refer to moist or dried strips of a flour and water/egg combination. Noodles come in every shape and size you can think of, such as thin, square, coiled, long and short.

Chinese, Arab and Italian cooks all claimed to be the first to create the noodle. Food historians believe that the noodle was discovered in several parts of the world around the same time.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:44:38 -0400 2014-08-18T13:44:38-04:00 2014-08-18T13:44:45-04:00
<![CDATA[Royersford Fire Department invests in multi-purpose truck]]> When it comes to saving borough taxpayers money, Royersford Fire Department is thinking outside the box.

This year, the department placed in service a 2011 KME multi-capable rescue truck purchased in January.

"We kept the residents in mind when we bought it," said Gary Wezel, Royersford FD chief.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:14:18 -0400 2014-08-18T12:14:18-04:00 2014-08-18T12:14:20-04:00
<![CDATA[Montco projects $1.5M deficit by 2015]]>

NORRISTOWN - The delayed sale of the Parkhouse Geriatric Facility and a winter of heavy snowfall are to blame for a projected deficit of about $1.5 million by year's end, according to Montgomery County officials.

The county is projected to end 2014 with about $381 million in revenues and more than $382 million in expenditures, according to a report released by the county commissioners on Aug.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:54:26 -0400 2014-08-18T10:54:26-04:00 2014-08-18T10:54:29-04:00