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This curation of articles published during 2021 is intended to give readers of The Post a broader picture of local news that its staff could not or did not cover. Click on any headline to read a story at its source.

Jan. 20, 2021

PCOM Names Carol L. Henwood, DO as 2021 Snyder Medal Recipient
Dr. Carol Henwood, whose family medical practice is located in Royersford, has been named the recipient of the 2021 O.J. Snyder Memorial Medal. It recognizes leadership and service to the osteopathic profession and to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. (PCOM)

Gilbertsville resident debuts in women’s gymnastics meet
The University of Denver women’s gymnastics team earned a 196.600 in Saturday’s meet to defeat opponent Iowa State, recording the second-highest opening score in Denver history. Freshman Jessica Hutchinson of Gilbertsville made her college debut in the competition. (University of Denver)

Pennsylvania gambling revenue fell by more than 20% in 2020
Beset by state-ordered closures during the pandemic, casinos and other gambling operators in Pennsylvania reported a drop in 2020 revenues of more than one-fifth the previous year, even as their take from online gambling and sports betting skyrocketed. (Associated Press)

Jan. 19, 2021

Pottstown’s Online King Celebration Offers Hope
Because safety must prevail in times of communicable illness, this year’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. was taken online, livestreamed by the Pottstown chapter of the NAACP through Facebook.

Montgomery County residents march for justice, equality, change on MLK Day
Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., young people and other supporters marched for justice and equality and expressed their hopes for change during a peaceful day of service in Norristown. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

Berks County couple charged in break-ins at Bally self-storage facility
Police have charged a couple with breaking into numerous units at a Bally storage-rental facility in late summer and offering the items for sale on an internet marketplace. (Mercury)

Jan. 18, 2021

Pottstown NAACP’s Martin Luther King service Monday to focus on hope
Hope in the time of pandemic is the theme of the Martin Luther King Day service on Monday, Jan. 18, sponsored by the Pottstown NAACP’s Religious Affairs Committee. The virtual event will be streamed on Facebook at 7:30 p.m. (Mercury)

Spring-Ford School District may eliminate hybrid classes
The Spring-Ford Area School District will meet Tuesday for the sole purpose of discussing whether to move forward with plans to return more students to in-person learning. The online meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Community remembers deadly Rhoads Opera House fire
The Boyertown Historical Society, as it does annually, on Sunday hosted a tribute to those lost in the Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown. It was one of the deadliest theater fires in American history that affected nearly every family in town. (WFMZ-TV)

Amid heavy police and military presence, few protesters show up in Harrisburg
Police and Pennsylvania Army National Guard soldiers made their presence known Sunday at the state Capitol, even as protesters did not. The law enforcement presence followed an FBI warning that armed groups planned to gather at state capitals ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration. (WHYY)

Jan. 16, 2021

Sex offender arrested in sting after Berks County detective posed as 15-year-old
A registered sex offender was arrested at his Boyertown-area residence following an investigation that early last year with an internet dragnet targeting child sex predators, Berks County detectives said Thursday. (Reading Eagle)

Changes to Pennsylvania’s “Move Over Law” take effect April 27
The law’s new additions will require approaching drivers who are unable to merge into a further lane, to reduce their speed by 20 miles-per-hour less than the posted speed limit. (ABC27-TV)

Jan. 15, 2021

Pottstown May Delay Return to In-Person Classes
A hybrid return to classes in the Pottstown School District may be delayed beyond January. A formal vote on the decision is likely to come at the next board meeting scheduled for Jan. 21. (Digital Notebook)

Montgomery County officials keeping abreast of security information
Montgomery County officials say they’re not aware of any threats of civil unrest locally in the wake of the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week and “chatter” about demonstrations at state and local government offices in the coming days. (Reporter)

Montco Community College, local activists are ‘reimagining community service’
Montgomery County Community College and the Movement for Black and Brown Lives of Montgomery County are kicking off a year-long partnership with an MLK Day virtual town hall. (WHYY)

Deer hunter tracking app launched by Pennsylvania man
The TrophyTracks app allows deer hunters to keep track of all their observations, field notes, photos, harvests and weather information for the locations where they hunt. (PennLive)

Redistricting will be the definitive political fight of 2021 in Pennsylvania
The state is set to lose a congressional seat. The representation of millions of people is on the line. And after a bruising 2020 marred by politicized court battles and misinformation, Republicans will have to do what seems impossible — get along with Democrats. (WITF)

Jan. 14, 2021

Michigan locomotive sold to Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust
A locomotive engine that spent six decades in a Jackson MI park will depart for Pennsylvania. The Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust paid $50,000 for the decommissioned train in a sale approved Tuesday by the Jackson City Council. (FOX47-TV)

Rep. Dean named 1 of 9 House impeachment managers
U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, an attorney whose Congressional district includes a portion of western Montgomery County, has been named by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as one of nine impeachment managers. (WFMZ-TV)

‘No White Guilt’ Signs Causing Big Uproar In Harleysville
Signs with just three words on them – “No White Guilt” – apparently designed to promote racial division, are causing a big uproar in the Harleysville area. (CBS3-TV)

Woman seriously injured after crash involving scooter, car in Pottstown
A woman was flown to a trauma center after her scooter was hit by a car Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. on Moser Road near South Street in Pottstown. (WFMZ-TV)

Jan. 12, 2021

Pottstown council fills boards, approves Hill School dormitory land plan
Pottstown Borough Council, meeting Monday night, granted preliminary/final approval of The Hill School dormitory land development plan, subject to satisfying a number of conditions within 90 days. (WFMZ-TV)

Spring-Ford Says Goodbye to Dr. David Goodin
The Spring-Ford School community said goodbye Monday to departing superintendent David Goodin, as the first meeting of the year marked his last. He has accepted a job as the superintendent of schools in Sampson County NC. (Digital Notebook)

Boyertown Studio B announces “New Day, New World” Reception
Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown announces the Jan. 22 opening from 5:00-8:00 p.m. of a juried fine art exhibit in all media titled “New Day, New World.” The reception is free and open to the public. All safety protocols will be respected. (BCTV)

Online town hall Tuesday looks to build COVID vaccine trust
A panel of local health experts and community leaders will host a virtual town hall Tuesday evening (tonight) from Pottstown aimed at building trust in the coming COVID-19 vaccines. (Montgomery Media)

When will it be your turn to get the coronavirus vaccine? Here’s a guide
With the holidays over, officials say, vaccination efforts are expected to ramp up. So we’re all wondering: When will it be my turn? Here’s an interactive guide to determine an answer. (WHYY Radio)

PA, NJ to start distributing extra $300 unemployment benefit this week
Starting this week, Pennsylvania and New Jersey will start to distribute an extra weekly $300 in federal funds to residents receiving unemployment assistance, but they’re still waiting for guidelines on how to continue to run the pandemic assistance program. (KYW NewsRadio)

Jan. 11, 2021

Linfield Master Plan restarted in face of massive Publicker proposal
Faced with the prospect of a developer who wants to put as many as 1,200 housing units on the 200-acre site along the Schuylkill River, township supervisors have restarted the Linfield Master Plan process. (Phoenix, Item and Reporter)

Project hopes to memorialize Firebirds in Pottstown
Fifty years ago, the Pottstown Firebirds became one of the country’s top minor-league football teams by winning a second straight Atlantic Coast Football League championship. Sentiment is growing to have the Firebirds recognized for all time. (Mercury)

Montgomery County OKs $15 minimum wage for county employees
Montgomery County employees will soon receive some additional financial relief after officials formalized a $15-per-hour minimum wage as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact daily life. (Montgomery Media)

Students Apply Entrepreneurial Thinking to Pandemic Problem-Solving
Challenges wrought by the pandemic were the focus of the UC-Imagine Fest, a 15-hour event during in which Ursinus College students work together to find creative solutions for existing problems. (Ursinus College)

Frustrated by the Pa. legislature? How obscure rules kill reforms and fuel partisan gridlock
How does an idea that has majority support never get a vote? In Pennsylvania, the answer lies in ordinary operating procedures that lawmakers in the House and Senate vote to approve at the beginning of each two-year session. (Spotlight PA)

Jan. 9, 2021

Montgomery County declares ‘Code Blue’ weather emergency through weekend
Montgomery County officials have declared a “Code Blue” Cold Weather Emergency starting Friday and continuing through to Sunday morning and say that below-freezing temperatures expected this weekend pose a threat of serious harm or death to individuals without shelter. (WHYY Radio)

Arnold’s Family Fun Center and American Treasure Tour Museum Reopen Friday
Arnold’s Family Fun Center in Oaks, PA officially reopens to the public on Friday, January 8th at 3 p.m. It was closed for several weeks due to COVID-19 restrictions in Pennsylvania. (PHL17-TV)

Montgomery County Board of Commissioners meeting gets heated over pro-Trump riot at US Capitol
The chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and its lone Republican member verbally clashed Thursday, including “racist” labeling, over the rampage in the U.S. Capitol and sharp comments against President Trump. (FOX29-TV)

Jan. 8, 2021

Split court tosses Pennsylvania victims’ rights amendment
A victims’ rights constitutional amendment that Pennsylvania voters apparently passed by a wide margin was thrown out Thursday by a divided state court that ruled it bundled too many changes together. (Associated Press)

Pennsylvania state lawmakers told to stay home Thursday
Pennsylvania state lawmakers, who only days ago began a new session, were told to stay home on Thursday. Capitol employees received a memo from leadership late Wednesday, telling them to work from home. (WGAL-TV)

Mensch, Fitzpatrick, join condemnations of Capitol violence
Western Montgomery County state Sen. Bob Mensch was among public officials who on Wednesday joined the chorus of condemnation for those who took over the Capitol building. (Lansdale Reporter)

Municipalities jump to Western Berks Ambulance Association
The Berks County municipalities of Birdsboro borough and Amity Township elected as of Wednesday to change their emergency medical services provider to Western Berks Ambulance Association. (Reading Eagle)

Jan. 7, 2021

Top Pa. lawmakers who rejected election results denounce U.S. Capitol mob
State lawmakers in Pennsylvania denounced violence in Washington on Wednesday after a mob of Trump supporters breached the U.S. Capitol to impede the official count of Electoral College votes. (Spotlight PA)

Fire at Bally house ruled accidental
A family is homeless after a fire damaged their home Tuesday night in Bally. Fire crews from Berks and Montgomery counties were dispatched to the fire on North Fourth Street at 8:05 p.m. Eastern Berks Fire Department Chief Michael Mute was the first to arrive on the scene. (Reading Eagle)

Ticket deadline Jan. 12 for 19th Annual Taste of Phoenixville
Organizers of the 19th Annual Taste of Phoenixville event won’t let COVID-19 stop them. Good Samaritan Services, a Phoenixville organization that serves the community’s homeless and at-risk individuals is pivoting to take-out for the event. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

One-stop help available for those facing homelessness
Based in Spring City, Open Hearth Inc. helps individuals find a path toward affordable housing opportunities, while providing access to a means of transportation and teaching financial enhancement skills, noted Katelyn Malis, director of programming. (Times-Herald)

Jan. 6, 2021

Limerick Eyes Leasing, Not Owning, Vehicles
Lease or own? A question asked by many looking for a new vehicle is now being asked by the Limerick Board of Supervisors, where the matter was brought up for discussion Monday. (Digital Notebook)

Montgomery County illegally double-bills defendants for court costs, ACLU alleges in lawsuit
The ACLU alleges that, in about 1,500 cases each year, Montgomery County assessed various costs and fees for each individual charge, rather than once per case as the law allows. (Inquirer)

Jan. 5, 2021

Wednesday deadline to register for public hearing on Royersford sewer system sale
Borough sewer system customers have an opportunity to comment on its proposed sale during a remote public hearing Thursday before the state Public Utilities Commission, but they must register by Wednesday. (Mercury)

Montco commissioner letter to Sen. Toomey about presidential election results
Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale isn’t happy with Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey’s unwillingness to block Congressional acceptance of Joe Biden’s winning presidential bid. (WFMZ-TV)

Jan. 4, 2021

Some old newspaper boxes in Montco now hold marijuana pardon applications
In Montgomery County, old newspaper sales boxes are being repurposed by the county chapter of NORML to distribute applications for pardons of marijuana convictions. (WHYY Radio)

Local legislators weigh in on changing Pa. Supreme Court elections
Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment that would remake the Democratic-majority state Supreme Court are organizing against the plan. They claim it would carve out a new majority of jurists to allegedly gain political control of judicial decisions. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Jan. 3, 2021

Report documents poor virus response in veterans home
A law firm’s state-commissioned investigation into a troubled veterans home in Spring City identified problems and mistakes it said helped coronavirus sweep through the facility like wildfire. (WFMZ-TV)

Pennsylvania Turnpike toll increases go into effect Sunday
Toll increases go into effect on the Pennsylvania Turnpike this weekend, along with a hefty surcharge on drivers who don’t use EZ-Pass, officials are reminding motorists. (Associated Press)

Jan. 2, 2021

Police ID Phoenixville man shot dead inside home
Authorities in Chester County are investigating the Tuesday shooting death of a 73-year-old man inside his Dayton Street, Phoenixville, home. The victim is identified as Ira Solomon. (6ABC-TV)

Gilbertsville teen campaigns to help find a cure for blood cancers
A high school student from Gilbertsville has been nominated as a candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Students of the Year campaign. (Berks-Mont News)

Pa. agriculture expert predicts strong meat supply, stable prices in 2021
Regional supplies of meat are expected to be robust, and prices stable, going into the new year. “There will be great supplies, and consumers will not need to worry about any shortages in this part of the food system,” an Agriculture Department representative predicted. (KYW NewsRadio)

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