New today in The Sanatoga Post:
- Police Contract Adds A Bit More Cost To 2014 Budget
Lower Pottsgrove’s 2014 annual budget of $5.6 million was approved Thursday in a 3-2 vote. It contains no new property taxes for general operations, but includes an additional $6,000 to cover an unanticipated rise in police salaries.
- Money Brings New Walking Trail To Riverfront Park
Part of the money won by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area in a new grant, announced Thursday, will help build an additional mile-long trail in Pottstown’s Riverfront Park.
- Proof Boyertown Has That (Almost) Real Holiday Spirit
Don’t let your eyes deceive you in the center of Boyertown, even if you do believe in Santa Claus.
- Shop Downtown Pottstown, And Have Holiday Fun Too
It’s the last holiday shopping weekend (Friday-Sunday, Dec. 20-22) before Christmas. Here’s an updated list of what’s going on in the borough of Pottstown to make both you and your wallet happy.
- Montgomery County’s Latest Emergency Dispatches
Did you just hear a siren? It could be the police, emergency medical service personnel, or fire companies being dispatched by Montgomery County’s Department of Public Safety. See its incident list here in real time.
- Ahead On The Calendar
Local events by the day, week or month. Got one to add? E-mail The Post.
- Tomorrow’s AccuWeather Forecast, And National Weather News
A look at what the next day could be like, provided by AccuWeather.
- Resident Urges Township Raise Senior Center Funds
The Pottstown Regional Public Library will benefit from a funding increase under the Lower Pottsgrove 2014 annual budget, which is scheduled for commissioners’ approval tonight (Thursday, Dec. 19). And how about the senior citizens’ center?, Tom Troutman asks.
- Upper Section Of Sanatoga Park Closed For The Season
The lower section of Lower Pottsgrove’s Sanatoga Park remains open year-’round, but gates to the upper section have been closed and locked with the arrival of snow.
- Vandals Smash Vehicle Windows At Township East End
Police are investigating a series of incidents in which someone smashed car and truck windows in Lower Pottsgrove’s Woodgate housing community.
- Power Failure? For Township, It’s No Longer A Problem
After years of debate, and then several more months of bids, sizing and installation, a long-awaited emergency electrical generator is now online outside the Lower Pottsgrove municipal building on Buchert Road.
- Law Might Put PA Legislature On The Chopping Block
For the second consecutive year, a member of the Pennsylvania House has proposed cutting the size of his own governing body by 25 percent, and saving millions of dollars annually in the process. The big question: will anyone else be willing to sacrifice their own jobs?
- What’s Missing From Your Day’s Most Important Meal?
On today’s Food Page: Get more out of breakfast, the most important meal of the day, by including protein; Create cocktails with an ingredient usually reserved for early morning, not late evening, hours; and appease the crowd with Mini Steak Skewers with Smoked Paprika Aioli.
- One-Car Accident At Sanatoga Freezes Route 422 Traffic
Three people were injured when a car flipped on its roof Monday night on U.S. Route 422 West at South Pleasant View Road. All were hospitalized in Reading. Westbound traffic between Royersford and Sanatoga was blocked for almost two hours.
- 422 Bridge Work At Trooper Road Closes Right Lanes
Delays are possible through Wednesday (Dec. 18) between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you expect to be traveling the highway then, give yourself extra time.
- Township ‘Nuisance Taxes’ Won’t Change During 2014
To be decided during Thursday’s (Dec. 19) wrap-up meeting of the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners is the fate of township taxes on local residency (per capita), real estate transfers (sales), local services, and the Big One, earned income. All are unchanged from 2013 and expected to be approved.
- Industrial Highway Electric Unit Passes Township Muster
Lower Pottsgrove Commissioner Bruce Foltz, an electrician himself, had worried about the status of an electrical unit serving an Industrial Highway business. It seems to be functioning without problems, officials reported.
- Federal, State Wrangling Affects Some CHIP Insureds
Health agencies in Pennsylvania and Washington are still arguing over specifics of how the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program will work under the Affordable Care Act. About 50,000 children could be affected.
- ‘Come Rob Us!’ Township Police Oblige In Mock Exercise
Bank robbers didn’t hit the Tri-County Federal Credit Union last month, but the mock drill scenario set up by Lower Pottsgrove police made it seem real enough. It employees, and police officers too, benefited from the training exercise.
- Collegeville Church Gift Benefits Township Police Force
An unexpected and unsolicited $250 donation from the Valley Forge Baptist Temple in Collegeville has helped Lower Pottsgrove police buy new crime-fighting equipment, Chief Michael Foltz said.
- Sunday’s Ice Covered Sanatoga With A Gleaming Coat
Ice that encased local tree limbs and bushes sparkled in Sunday’s sun and warming temperatures. That was only an interlude, AccuWeather reports.
- Santa, Y-Dog, Kids Share Breakfast At Coventry Mall
More than 90 participants enjoyed the Saturday morning meal, played with the pooch, and gave their wish lists to the guest of honor.
- Pottstown Women’s Golf Donation Assists Cancer Victims
More than $15,000 in proceeds from a Pottstown women’s charity golf tournament has benefited “Stretch The Ride,” a local non-profit that helps cancer victims and their families.
- Pottsgrove Cancels Schools’ Activities Ahead Of Storm
Was something scheduled during the weekend at Pottsgrove schools that you wanted to attend? Fugeddaboudit! The school district canceled all activities on its campuses through Sunday.
- County, Township Talk Of Deal To Fix Rupert Road Bridge
Montgomery County currently owns, but doesn’t want, the Rupert Road bridge over Hartenstine Creek. It may partner with Lower Pottsgrove to help pay for bridge repairs if the township agrees to take ownership. Commissioners think the trade-off is worthwhile.
- Developers Looking At St. Pius Property On Keim Street
Lower Pottsgrove municipal officials during the past eight months have received several inquiries about the former St. Pius X High School property on North Keim Street. The most recent involves the prospect of apartment residences for seniors.
- Commissioners Name Diener To Zoning Hearing Board
Keith Diener of Randy Run Drive, a former Lower Pottsgrove constable and a veteran real estate sales licensee, has been appointed by township commissioners to fill the Zoning Hearing Board vacancy left by Kenneth Picardi’s resignation.
- Free Flu Shots Available Next Week In Pottstown
The Montgomery County Health Department will offer free influenza immunizations today (Wednesday, Dec. 18) at the Pottstown Health Center on King Street.
- Property Taxes Unchanged; Fire Tax, Sewer Rates Rising
Real estate tax rates in Lower Pottsgrove Township would remain unchanged next year under a $5.62 million 2014 tentative budget, but fire taxes and the quarterly sewer rate will go up. The proposed budget is available now for public review. An approval vote is schedule for Thursday (Dec. 19).
- Township Organizes Food Drive For Pottstown Cluster
Lower Pottsgrove Township has organized a food drive to benefit the pantry at the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities, and is collecting public donations through Friday (Dec. 20).
- Philly Photographer Words, Images Connect At Ursinus
A new exhibit by award winning photographer and artist Brian H. Peterson will display a smorgasbord of pictures and prose that explores his spiritual life during a January exhibit at Ursinus College.
- Community Shows Its Love For Ailing Teacher Kelly
A just-launched fund-raising campaign to benefit a beloved Pottsgrove High School English teacher has already collected $9,000 from local contributors, and much more is expected.
- Target Dresses As Santa For A Pottsgrove Gift Delivery
The charitable arm of Target stores has offered a grant to help defray costs of a Pottsgrove High School student field trip planned for next May, according to an e-mail distributed Tuesday.
- Executive Session Leads Pottsgrove Personnel Actions
Among business matters it handled last Tuesday, the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors conducted an executive session to discuss personnel issues. It also approved a variety of other employee changes.
- Slogging And Blogging In Tuesday’s Sanatoga Snow
Sanatoga Post Managing Editor Joe Zlomek blogged live Tuesday with comments, reports, and images from the storm. Your neighbors sent in photos, too.
- From Pennsburg, New Music From Christian Metal Band
The group calls itself Razorigami. It said it fuses metal and hard rock to gospel.
- Celebration: 5 Leadership Lessons From Nelson Mandela
As South Africans prepared Wednesday (Dec. 11) to pay respects to Nelson Mandela, whose body now lies in state in the seat of their government, those in positions of local authority might benefit from five brief leadership lessons offered by his life.
- Pottsgrove Schools Close And, This Time, Notices Work
Pottsgrove schools closed today in anticipation of coming snow, and its telephone and electronic alerts went out to parents as expected. That couldn’t be said Monday when, due to no fault of the district, its phone messaging system froze with the weather.
- Pottsgrove’s Mr. Perseverance Wins Science Class Funds
For four consecutive years, Pottsgrove school board member David Faulkner has doggedly convinced his employer and fellow workers to invest in district science education programs. A big payoff from his efforts was announced last Tuesday.
- Asbestos Testing, Removal Planned For Pottsgrove High
The Pottsgrove Board of School Directors during its meeting last Tuesday authorized a contract with a Luzerne County company for asbestos-related work at the 58-year-old Kauffman Road building.
Joe Zlomek, Managing Editor
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