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This curated collection of articles is intended to give our readers a broader picture of local news that The Post cannot or did not cover. Click on any headline to read a story at its source.

June 5, 2020

Boscov’s to reopen five Southeastern Pennsylvania stores on Saturday
Boscov’s plans to reopen five of its Southeastern PA locations, including Pottstown, this Saturday with reduced shopping hours, special hours for elderly customers, and health and safety requirements. (Philly Voice)

June 4, 2020

Council Joins Chorus Wednesday, Calling on Gale to Resign
Pottstown Council offered a full-throated condemnation of Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale’s comments about protests and violence that followed the death of George Floyd, and joined the call for his resignation. (Digital Notebook)

Montgomery County commissioner facing calls to resign after statement on protests in Philadelphia
US Rep. Madeleine Dean is calling for Montgomery County Commissioner Joseph Gale’s resignation after he called the Black Lives Matter movement is a radical left-wing hate group. (WFMZ-TV)

Gun rights rally outside Pa. Capitol postponed over safety concerns
A gun rights rally scheduled to take place in Harrisburg on Monday has been indefinitely postponed after a credible threat was made, one of the organizers said. (PA Post)

June 1, 2020

Region’s power grid operator ready to meet summer demand
When temperatures rise, residents and business owners want to be sure their air conditioners will work when needed. The operator of the country’s largest electric grid says it has enough power to meet anticipated peak summer demand (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item).

Edgewood Cemetery Fundraiser Will Really Grab Ya
A new Hobart’s Run neighborhood improvement initiative is designed to be a win-win to affect ongoing revitalization efforts: trash on the streets, and maintenance of the Historic Edgewood Cemetery.

May 29, 2020

Only One Intersection Fix Comes Out of Traffic Study
Nearly a year after a study of 18 troubled intersections in the greater Pottstown area was completed, the number of intersections likely to be upgraded is one. (Digital Notebook)

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet: Fiscal 1Q Earnings Snapshot
The company that owns Ollie’s Bargain Outlet on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $33.5 million, better than Wall Street expectations. (Associated Press)

May 26, 2020

PHS Early College Grads Have 3.48 Average GPA
Fifteen Pottstown High School seniors were recognized at the May 21 school board meeting for successfully completing the Dual Enrollment, Early College Program. (Digital Notebook)

Pennsburg Council cancels meeting on proposed resolution to potentially reopen businesses
Officials in the borough of Pennsburg appear to be backing away from a proposal to defy Governor Tom Wolf’s shutdown orders. A Tuesday meeting to consider the plan has been canceled. (WFMZ-TV)

Senior Spotlight: Schiffman brings resilient presence to Perkiomen Valley
Zach Schiffman’s resilience to become a key ingredient in Perkiomen Valley boys’ lacrosse, as he worked back from an injury and will continue in the sport even after losing his senior season to the pandemic. (PA Prep Live)

May 25, 2020

Moyer named Pennsylvania’s top principal for 2020
Rupert Elementary School Principal Matthew Moyer has been named Pennsylvania’s Distinguished Principal for 2020 by the Pennsylvania Principal’s Association.

More people going to visit state parks amid pandemic
While stores, entertainment centers, and recreation activities were canceled during the coronavirus pandemic, attendance at state parks increased.
https://www.wfmz.com/news/area/southeastern-pa/more-people-going-to-visit

May 22, 2020

$65.7M Pottstown School Budget Won’t Raise Taxes
The Pottstown School Board backed away from the idea of a tax hike in the midst of a public health and economic crisis, voting unanimously for a 2020-’21 preliminary budget that does not raise taxes. (Digital Notebook)

Turnpike Memorial Day traffic expected to plunge, but dangers remain
Although the state Turnpike Commission projects Memorial Day holiday weekend traffic will be about half of last year’s totals, officials warn there is no safety in lower numbers. (Reading Eagle)

Senior Spotlight: Spring-Ford’s Della Guardia ends shortened career as one of Rams’ best
This year senior Ashley Della Guardia will leave Spring-Ford as one of the best to ever play first base for Spring-Ford softball head coach Tim Hughes during the past 24 years. (PA Prep Live)

May 20, 2020

Add Latex Gloves to the List of Things Being Flushed
Pottstown Borough Authority was prepared to spend up to $1 million to install a new screening system at its plant, to keep unwanted items like latex gloves out of treatment equipment. It came just in time. (Digital Notebook)

May 19, 2020

Montco sent out thousands of Pa. absentee ballots with flawed instructions
The mail ballots Montgomery County sent to thousands of voters came with clear instructions for how to fill them out. But those instructions were wrong. (The Inquirer)

Senior Spotlight: Spring-Ford standout student, athlete Terrizzi readies for RPI
Blake Terrizzi will take his academic acumen to a higher level following graduation from Spring-Ford. He has committed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to study engineering and continue his athletic pursuits. (PA Prep Live)

Stowe man surrenders in sex assault of Berks teen
A Stowe resident is now in custody on charges filed against him in connection with the sexual assault of a Berks County teenager. He surrendered Monday morning to detectives. (WFMZ-TV)

Argument led to shooting in Pottstown, police say
Investigators believe the man injured in a Friday night shooting in Pottstown was involved in an argument with another man at the time. Authorities did not release further information. (WFMZ-TV)

May 18, 2020

Deadline to register to vote in June 2 primary is imminent
Monday (today, May 18, 2020) is the deadline to register to vote in the June 2 primary. The deadline was extended by two weeks last October when Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law legislation making the change. (PA Post)

Senior Spotlight: Boyertown’s Elwell contributes to success on and off the track and field
Emma Elwell will be in position to pursue more big things when her time at Boyertown is finished. She is headed to Millersville University in the fall with the unique status of being a three-sport athlete. (PA Prep Live)

Keep An Eye Out Thursday for Comet ‘F8 Swan’
The comet known as F8 Swan is making its way across the northern sky during mid-May, according to local astronomer Peter Detterline. It should be bright enough to see with binoculars. (Night Sky Notebook)

May 16, 2020

Sly Fox Brewing’s annual goat races to become virtual event
Sly Fox Brewing Co.’s annual Bock Fest and Goat Races traditionally takes place in May at the Pottstown tasting room. The event will still go on Sunday at 2 p.m., but the fun will be live-streamed on Facebook. (Philly Voice)

July 4th Fest Moved to Labor Day, Parade Canceled
Pottstown GoFourth! organizers are rescheduling the fourth annual family fun and fireworks festival to Labor Day Weekend. This year’s July 4th Parade sponsored by the Pottstown Rotary Club has been cancelled. (Digital Notebook)

Senior Spotlight: Smythe made short stint at Pottsgrove count
After competing against Pottsgrove for three years, it didn’t take senior Messiah Smythe long to become a big part of the Falcons’ athletic program and school community. (PA Prep Live)

Man shot in Pottstown, police say
A man is hospitalized after being shot near the intersection of Boone Court and West King Street in Pottstown, Friday shortly after 8 p.m., police said. (WFMZ-TV)

May 15, 2020

State troopers shot, killed runaway emu that was loose on Route 422
A runaway emu that somehow made its way to Route 422 between the Royersford and Sanatoga exits Wednesday afternoon was shot and killed, Pennsylvania State Police troopers say. (KYW Newsradio)

May 14, 2020

An emu on Route 422 causes temporary traffic backups
There were a lot of double takes along Route 422 near the Royersford exit Wednesday around 2 p.m. when an escaped emu was seen running on the median, causing backups in both directions. (KYW Newsradio)

May 12, 2020

Tax Collector’s Death Means Post Must be Filled
The passing of Roy Reifsnyder last week has left a hole not only in the hearts of many Pottstownians, but also in the role of tax collector. (Digital Notebook)

Taxpayers foot bill to supply legislators, army of aides
A review of invoices and more than 6,000 pages of spending line items by the state’s legislative branch last year found lawmakers often use latitude to decide what to buy and from whom. (Associated Press)

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