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SANATOGA  PA – Recent jottings from a reporter’s notebook:

Betcha This Timing Was Planned

Today (May 25, 2009) is Memorial Day, and if you haven’t yet thanked a veteran for his or her service to our country, please don’t miss the chance. Certainly, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hasn’t.

In today’s edition of The (Pottstown PA) Mercury newspaper, there appears a legal advertisement placed by the department to officially announce its intent to build a four-story, 140,00-square-foot, 120-bed addition to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Veterans Service Center in Pennhurst, East Vincent (PA) Township, eight miles south of Sanatoga. Public comment on the VA’s plans is being accepted through June 9 (2009; Tuesday).

Musicians perform on stage at Chaplin's in Spring City.

Musicians perform on stage at Chaplin's in Spring City.

A Rollickin’ Recital

Congratulations and public applause were the order of the day last Sunday (May 17, 2009) in Spring City PA, where more than 20 students of the Pottstown PA-based High Street Music Company performed in a recital concert at Chaplin’s Music Cafe on North Main Street. The jazz and rock numbers were hot and wailing, and although they were clearly rooting for everyone on stage, audience members genuinely loved every minute.

Ofc. Diesinger on patrol Sunday at the Sunnybrook carnival.

Ofc. Diesinger on patrol Sunday during the Sunnybrook Ballroom carnival.

Bike Rodeo Broke Record

The bicycle rodeo conducted last Saturday (May 16, 2009) by the Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township police department at Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School on Buchert Road set a new attendance record, Officer Rob Diesinger reported.

Diesinger, who was charged by Chief Michael Shade with supervising the event, said 67 bike riders – more than twice the attendance of 2008 – participated in some or all of the six-hour seminar that included free bicycle safety inspections, bicycle-riding exams, and helmet checks.

Just as importantly, the kids had a blast.

Thanks, Bro

On a Memorial Day-related final note, this message for U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cdr. Marc Zlomek, who arrived for duty last month in Iraq: you are the managing editor’s personal hero. To him, and troops everywhere, be safe, be well, and God’s speed.

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