Fast Three: Library’s Open (Hooray!), Ludwig Road to Close (Ohhh-kay); and Countdown’s Closing In

Pottstown Library is open again (just make an appointment)

For those in the greater Pottstown area who couldn’t wait to visit the library, your wait is over. The Pottstown Regional Public Library, 500 E. High St., re-opened its doors Tuesday (Sept. 8, 2020) but – here’s the catch – by appointment only. Call the library at 610-970-6551, and you can be scheduled for up to 30 minutes of library browsing time (at top) and computer use, according to an e-mail from library Youth Services Coordinator Lisa Kraljevich.

Remember to wear a mask if you’re age 2 or older, but once inside go for the full library experience. Send a fax. Print documents. Make copies. Check out library materials to take home. Get a passport, even (but, please, be careful when traveling near or far). Get a library card, too, if you don’t yet have one, by using a convenient form on the library website. “September is Get the Card Month!,” Kraljevich reminded us.

Hesitant to go anywhere enclosed? The library understands. That’s why it’s continuing its popular curbside pick-up service. Place your order for materials on the library website. Then, once they’re bagged and made ready the library staff, you’ll be notified and can pick them up at the curb in its rear lot by either walking or driving up on specific days or times.

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Portion of Ludwig Road in New Hanover closes beginning Monday

Collegeville Scheduled Utility Installation Restricts Traffic

A portion of Ludwig Road between Middle Creek Road and the bridge over Schlegel Run will close beginning Monday (Sept. 14), according to the New Hanover Township Police Department. Drivers and area residents can expect to be inconvenienced for about six months, it lamented. At the end, however, the payoff is a new bridge to replace the old one.

Montgomery County commissioners, back in April, signed a contract with H&K Group Inc. to do the replacement work for what is officially known as County Bridge No. 207 at a cost of $633,399.12.

Naturally, traffic patterns in the area will change for the duration. Drivers will be best served by planning in advance for a way around the closure and construction zone.

Counting down to the last day of counting

Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh called The Post with an important message about the 2020 Census. Well, to be honest, Arkoosh herself did NOT call. Instead an automated dialer did, and delivered her pre-recorded message. She thanked us if we already completed out 2020 Census form. We had, and silently accepted her appreciation. And if we hadn’t finished it, she added, “it’s not too late!”

From a numbers standpoint, an accurate Census could be worth up to more than $72 million in federal funding for county programs, according to its estimates. That healthy chunk of change would motivate almost anyone, especially Arkoosh, to call and ensure everyone completed and submitted their Census information.

The federal government has, as of last month, decreed that Census data collection will end by Sept. 30. In short, Arkoosh said, there’s no time to waste. “Go with your smartphone or computer to and find out how to respond in any language, either online or by phone; by responding to paper mailings you received; or by opening the door when a Census taker visits your home.”

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