Fast Three: Adventure Away (and Stay Home), Guardsman Hits the Spot, and a New Team at Isett

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Adventure awaits! in a Pottstown Children’s Discovery Center activity kit

In an effort to keep kids busy and curious during summer months, the Pottstown Children’s Discovery Center has been distributing what it calls “activity kits” intended to get them thinking, according to Karen Hudson, one of the center’s three organizers. Now it’s created a new kit that, in part, covers STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics, art, and music from around the world … and includes a bonus game.

The kit costs only $5 per family, and it’s scheduled for distribution Sept. 12 (2020; Saturday) from 10 a.m. to noon as a curbside pickup at 248 Walnut St. Register to receive a kit at the center’s special event page, here. “The plan,” Hudson explained, is “for these kits it to provide children with hands-on learning and fun, even while we can’t be together in person.”

So far, Hudson added in a Monday (Aug. 24, 2020) e-mail, earlier center activity kits “have been reaching hundreds of children.” Hint: hurry to get yours. The registration deadline is Sept. 5, or sooner if the kit sells out. By the way, the Pottstown law firm of Wolf, Baldwin & Associates P.C. made its production possible.

Graphic from the Pottstown Children’s Discovery Center

Pottstown guardsman again recognized for his skills

Pottstown guardsman recognized for his skills

Say “congratulations!,” again, to Pottstown’s own Luke Heim, who was named among the Pennsylvania National Guard’s top 20 outstanding marksmen for 2020. He and 19 other skilled shooters were presented with the embroidered Governor’s Twenty tab (above) and a certificate at the end of the Aug. 15-16 competition. Both identify them as the best of the best in accuracy with a weapon.

The Post last year also reported on Heim’s skills when he was a winner in the same competition during July 2019 at Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville PA. The state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs issued its best wishes for this year’s win in a Monday e-mail.

“Through this fierce competition, participants have the opportunity to test marksmanship skills and weapon systems in a battle-focused environment,” the department explained. “The Army and Air Force both recognize the state award, and it is reflected on the service members’ official personnel record,” it added.

Photo by Brandon Nelson for DVIDS, in the public domain and used under guidance

The Isett Associates’ engineering team grows by five

Engineering firm Barry Isett & Associates Inc., which operates an office in Phoenixville, reports adding five new employees to its survey, codes, and administration departments, its project management and construction services group, and its geotechnical, construction inspections and materials testing group.

They are Joshua Ambruch, a geographic information systems technician; Jared Gasiewski, as a codes department operations manager; Trisha Burkhardt, a document courier and scanner; Nick Bauer, as a group project manager; and Jennifer Potter, a senior project manager.

Top photo via Pikist