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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.

April 9, 2021

Pennsylvania to launch new unemployment compensation system in June
The state Department of Labor & Industry said Thursday that its new unemployment compensation system will launch June 8. The new systems expected to make it faster and simpler for Pennsylvanians to file claims. (WGAL-TV)

Pennypacker Mills opens new ‘Greetings from Schwenksville’ exhibit
Pennypacker Mills’ newest exhibit, titled “Greetings from Schwenksville,” shows the borough and its surrounding area at the turn-of-the-20th century when it was considered a resort town. The exhibit runs through January 2022. (Montgomery Media)

April 8, 2021

Storm water and Wetland Issues Raised in Limerick
Two development projects made a repeat appearance Tuesday before Limerick supervisors: a proposed senior assisted living facility on Lewis Road, and a proposed commercial and residential development on Evergreen Road. (Digital Notebook)

Finding Shelter hosts free clinic for Montgomery County pets
Norristown-based Finding Shelter Animal Rescue will host a free, drive-up pet vaccination and services clinic for Montgomery County residents on two Sundays, April 11 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Elmwood Park Zoo. (Montgomery Media)

Pennsylvania sees record number of gun background checks
Pennsylvania’s Instant Check System, used to determine a person’s eligibility to buy a firearm, set a record for activity in the first three months of 2021, according to Pennsylvania State Police. It was the third straight quarter of record-breaking volume. (WPXI-TV)

New legislation seeks to move Pennsylvania to Daylight Saving Time permanently
The Pennsylvania House passed legislation Monday that, if approved, would make Daylight Saving Time permanent, based on claims that it could save energy, reduce traffic crashes and crime, and improve health. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

April 6, 2021

Discover The Art of an Edgewood Cemetery Clean-Up
Friends of the previously abandoned Edgewood Historic Cemetery, 989 E. High Street, Pottstown, have been busy planning a community clean-up – with a unique and beautiful twist – for Saturday, April 10. (Digital Notebook)

April 5, 2021

Lawsuit targeting Pa.’s education funding system headed for trial
A 2014 lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s inequitable system of funding schools – filed by the Education Law Center. parents and superintendents – is tentatively scheduled for trial in September. (WFMZ-TV)

Pa. cannabis legalization remains unlikely as neighboring states go for it
One by one, Pennsylvania’s neighbors are moving to legalize recreational cannabis for adults. For that to happen here, it needs backing from Republican House and Senate lawmakers. It’s not likely soon. (Spotlight PA)

April 4, 2021

Sexual assault reporting examined in Montgomery County amid coronavirus pandemic
As the Victim Services of Montgomery County kicks off a series of programs recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has prompted organizers to take their events online. (Montgomery Media)

April 2, 2021

New Hanover Balks at $800K Girl Scout Camp Request
Township supervisors were a bit startled Thursday night to be asked by a non-profit, dedicated to preserving open space, to pony up $800,000 to help preserve the 455-acre Camp Laughing Waters. (Digital Notebook)

Pottstown’s annual Good Friday prayer walk goes virtual this year
Now in its 27th year, a year like no other, an annual Good Friday processional through the borough will also be like no other. The prayer walk, recorded on video, is posted on participating church websites. (The Mercury)

Comfort dogs in court? Philadelphia groups call for Pa. Supreme Court to allow them
A coalition of nonprofit interest groups wants the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to allow witnesses to have comfort dogs in the courtroom while testifying. (KYW NewsRadio)

April 1, 2021

Montgomery County man sentenced to state prison for killing girlfriend’s father in Berks County
A Douglass (Montgomery) Township man was sentenced Tuesday in Berks County Court to 30 to 60 years in state prison for killing his girlfriend’s father in 2017.

Proposed PECO rate increase would cost customers nearly $10 more each month
PECO is seeking to raise electric rates to help cover $3 billion worth of infrastructure improvements that the utility says are needed to strengthen the energy grid. (Philly Voice)

March 30, 2021

Montgomery County man dies in motorcycle accident near Berks County line
A Gilbertsville-area man was killed in a motorcycle crash over the weekend in Montgomery County near the Berks County line, officials said Monday. (Berks-Mont News)

Biggest local health systems not interested in buying Tower Health
Tower Health, a six-hospital system in West Reading, Pa., is looking for a partner to buy the entire system, but the biggest health systems in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are not interested due to its financial woes. (Becker’s Hospital Review)

Killer Of Elderly Phoenixville Man Still At Large: Police
No arrest has been made in the Dec. 29 shooting death of a 73-year-old man in his Phoenixville home, as homicide investigation continues. (Patch)

March 29, 2021

Real Estate Broker Supports Local Eateries, Fun for Diners
Zuber Realty wants you to patronize any or all of 14 participating restaurants, take a “selfie” holding the restaurants’ menus, and upload the photos. You could win up to $100. (BCTV.org)

March 27, 2021

Judge reduces bail for suspect in apartment inferno
The woman accused of setting a fire that destroyed an apartment complex in North Coventry was back in court Thursday. The judge agreed to a defense request to reduce her bail to $900,000 cash. (WFMZ-TV)

Start of trout season in southeastern Pa. delayed a week
Saturday would have been opening day for trout fishing season in southeastern Pennsylvania, but COVID-19 safety concerns have once again put the brakes on this year’s schedule. (KYW NewsRadio)

March 25, 2021

Study Recommends Upgrades to High Street
Changes recommended by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission for High Street, from the Berks County line to the border between Lower Pottsgrove and Limerick, were reviewed Wednesday night by the Pottstown Metropolitan Regional Planning Committee. (Digital Notebook)

Outdoor Easter sunrise service planned in eastern Berks
Laurel Mountain Ministries will sponsor an Easter Sunday outdoor service dubbed “SonRise Over Laurel Mountain” at its Chapel Lane campus in Douglass Township. It’s open to the public (WFMZ-TV)

March 24, 2021

Spring-Ford Schools Music Department Eyes Orlando For 2022
In hope the pandemic will be in past by this time next year, Spring-Ford School District OK’d a band competition trip to Orlando. (Patch)

Montgomery County reaches $310K settlement in suit brought by former public defenders
Montgomery County has reached a $310,000 settlement in a lawsuit brought by two former members of its county public defender’s office, who claimed they were wrongfully fired “in retaliation” for filing an amicus brief in a case regarding the fairness of cash bail. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Pa. plugs into 15-year solar contract to power state facilities
The commonwealth of Pennsylvania has signed a 15-year deal to buy solar power to cover about 50% of electricity needs at state facilities starting in 2023. (KYW NewsRadio)

March 23, 2021

Developers unveil plan for Limerick land across from Costco
A third plan to develop the property on Lightcap and Evergreen roads across from the Costco and Chick-fil-A was presented to the township supervisors last week. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Spring-Ford Eyes 3% Tax Hike to Close $4.5M Deficit
The majority of the Spring-Ford School Board said Monday night they would support a 3 percent tax hike to help close a projected $4.5 million budget deficit. (Digital Notebook)

Phoenixville open-air permit set-up returning April 16
The borough council has approved the popular open-air permit setups to return in 2021. The set-ups will begin on Friday, April 16, and will run every weekend until Nov. 29. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

March 20, 2021

Upper Perkiomen School District Cancels Classes Friday After Staff Members Call Out Sick Due To Vaccine Reactions
All five schools in the Upper Perkiomen School District closed Friday after dozens of staff members called out sick. The superintendent says so many staff members called out because of reactions to recent COVID vaccinations.

House near Douglassville extensively damaged by flames
Berks and Montgomery county fire companies were dispatched Friday at about 9:30 a.m. to a house fire along Route 724 near Red Corner Road, between Birdsboro and Douglassville. (Reading Eagle)

March 19, 2021

Wawa seeks 5,000 new employees in spring hiring push
Wawa is rolling out its annual spring hiring campaign with a call for 5,000 new employees across more than 650 locations in the Mid-Atlantic region and more than 210 stores in Florida. (Philly Voice)

Virtual Backyard Gardening, Museum Tour At Phoenixville Library
Backyard gardening, a tour of Philadelphia’s National Marian Anderson Museum, and the memoir of a wildlife ecologist are on deck next week at Phoenixville Public Library. (Patch)

March 17, 2021

Fire rips through Prima Motel in Phoenixville; Red Cross assisting 11 families
Firefighting crews from throughout the area responded to a two-alarm fire at the Prima Motel Tuesday morning. The building was destroyed, but there were no injuries reported by first responders. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Pottstown Food Giveaway Sponsored By Anne Frances Foundation
The Anne Frances Outreach Foundation is holding a food giveaway March 27 at noon in Pottstown’s Chestnut Street Park, and anyone in need of food is invited to show up. (Patch)

Pa. elected officials calling for feds to support transition to cleaner cars
State and local elected officials are calling on the federal government to speed the transition to cleaner vehicles with stronger clean car standards and technology and infrastructure investments. (WHYY)

March 16, 2021

Pa. gun show producer agrees to halt sales of ‘ghost gun’ kits
Pennsylvania’s largest gun show producer has agreed to stop selling kits to make so-called ghost guns. This comes after state officials showed that kits purchased at one of its shows in Berks County put fully operational guns in the hands of felons in Philadelphia within hours. (KYW NewsRadio)

Five things to know about the minimum wage debate in Pennsylvania
Arguments against a state minimum wage hike largely remain unchanged, as demonstrated by a sometimes contentious state House Commerce Committee hearing convened Thursday in Harrisburg. (Spotlight PA)

March 15, 2021

Perkiomen School names former college coach Kruger director of lacrosse operations
Mike Kruger has been named Director of Lacrosse Operations for Perkiomen School for the 2021-2022 school year. He will oversee both the boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams with plans to grow the program. (PhillyLacrosse.com)

March 14, 2021

Pa. short-changed Pottstown schools $67M in the past six years
Students and taxpayers in the borough have been shortchanged by more than $67 million of state school funding in the past six years since a “fair funding formula” was enacted, a researcher alleges. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

‘Friend’ who sold fatal drugs to woman, 19, off to state prison
Both were graduates of Perkiomen Valley High School. Both lived in northern Chester County. Both worked in the restaurant industry. But of the two, one is dead; the other, alive and headed to prison. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

March 13, 2021

Pennsylvania To Pay $475K To Family In Bulldozer Death Of Berks County Man
The estate of a Berks County man killed in July 2018 when he was allegedly run over by a bulldozer in a pursuit involving state police is expected to receive nearly half a million dollars in a tentative settlement. (CBS3-TV)

Gov. Wolf seeks overhaul of Pennsylvania’s highway funding
Amid a deepening stalemate over financing highways and public transit, Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday proposed phasing out Pennsylvania’s gasoline tax and appointed a commission to recommend alternative ways to pay for the state’s needs. (WHYY)

March 12, 2021

Pottstown forums outline unfairness of Pa. education funding
The public school system in Pottstown has been called “the poster child” for how poor, high-minority districts are shortchanged by Pennsylvania’s education funding. Myra Forrest, a retired Pottstown schools administrator turned activist, is among those seeking change. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

March 11, 2021

New bike lanes may narrow West High Street to two lanes in Pottstown
The planned repaving of West High Street may result in fewer travel lanes there, as Montgomery County officials have asked the borough if it wants to consider extending its bike lane network. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Limerick clarifies discussions about future of game lands
Intersecting discussions about a plan for development in Linfield, and another for open space, has led to misunderstandings about the future of the two game land preserves in town. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

March 9, 2021

Civil rights suit against Pottstown re-opened and appeal given green-light from federal judge
A federal judge has decreed that a Philadelphia man’s civil rights-based lawsuit against municipal entities in Pottstown be re-opened and he be permitted to appeal, after finding he demonstrated a credible reason for delay subsequent to his appeal attempt initially being denied. (Penn Record)

13 years later, killing of Gary Redner remains unsolved
It’s been 13 years since Redner’s Warehouse Markets executive vice president Gary Redner was found fatally beaten outside his home. His death in 2008 left a lot of unanswered questions. (WFMZ-TV)

March 8, 2021

Tax Bill Would Help Libraries Raise More Money
As a means to enhance libraries’ abilities to generate local revenue and reduce their reliance on fickle government funding, state Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-146th Dist, has reintroduced legislation that would exclude sales tax for library book sales. (Digital Notebook)

Officials say ‘ghost gun’ busts highlight growing problem
Four men are under arrest and facing multiple charges in cases connected to selling “ghost guns,” a problem law enforcement said is increasing. Now officials are working to close a loophole that allowed those guns to make their way to the streets. (KYW NewsRadio)

Experts say Microsoft business accounts might still be vulnerable following cyberattack
Experts said a global cyberattack Tuesday that breached thousands of Microsoft business accounts was sophisticated and should be taken seriously. It affected e-mail services for about 60,000 businesses. (KYW NewsRadio)

March 6, 2021

Limerick sets hearing set for 112-bed senior project off Lewis Road
A proposal to build a 112-bed assisted living facility off North Lewis Road will get a hearing before the township supervisors on March 16. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

March 5, 2021

Spring City man charged in sexual assault of teen girl
Chester County authorities have filed charges against a Spring City man whom they allege sexually assaulted a teenager multiple times at his apartment, while keeping her under video surveillance. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Tower Health, reeling from losses, receives a three-notch credit downgrade from Fitch
Tower Health on Monday received a massive credit downgrade from Fitch Ratings, which cited average monthly losses of $14 million. The new rating is B+, deeper in junk-bond territory. It warned further downgrades are possible if Tower is unable to fix its problems. (Inquirer)

March 4, 2021

What the Cluck? Feathers Ruffled During Talk of Chickens Roosting in Pottstown Backyards
A proposal to change the borough’s animal ordinances to allow (and regulate) people having backyard chickens had some officials crying fowl. (Digital Notebook)

Profane outburst in courtroom by Spring City man leads to criminal charges
The courtroom outburst that a defendant facing domestic violence charges unleashed against the judge sitting in his case — saying that he would be “coming” for the jurist — has now led to criminal charges being filed against him for the alleged threats. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

March 3, 2021

Pottsgrove, Pottstown, 73 Montco Board Members Back Gov. Tom Wolf’s Charter School Reforms
A letter in support of charter school reforms written by Pottstown School Board member Laura Johnson has garnered the signature of 73 school board members from across Montgomery County. (Digital Notebook)

Crews fight fire at chocolate company facility in Upper Hanover Twp.
Fire-fighting crews Tuesday afternoon battled a fire at the Blommer Chocolate Company facility on the 1100 block of Blommer Drive in Upper Hanover, according to Montgomery County dispatchers. (WFMZ-TV)

March 2, 2021

Tower Health hit with another bond downgrade
Tower Health has been hit with another bond downgrade as its losses continue. On Monday, Fitch Ratings Inc. downgraded the West Reading-based health system to B+, a highly speculative junk bond. (Reading Eagle)

DA: Montgomery County, Pa. police officer justified in shooting, killing man with sword
County prosecutors say their investigation has concluded that a police officer was justified last month in shooting and killing a man armed with a sword on a Pennsburg PA street. (6ABC-TV)

New Hanover rejects quarry site plan
The New Hanover Board Of Supervisors has unanimously voted to reject the final site plan approval for the first phase of the controversial Gibraltar Rock Quarry off Route 73. (Reporter)

March 1, 2021

Man accidentally shoots himself in Victoria’s Secret store in King of Prussia Mall
Investigators in Montgomery County are searching for a man who they say accidentally shot himself in the leg Saturday around 6:30 p.m. inside the Victoria’s Secret store on the lower level of the mall. (6ABC-TV)

John James Audubon Museum reopens March 4
The museum at the John James Audubon Center will re-open March 4. The beautiful 18,000 square-foot space first opened it’s doors in June of 2019, but has been closed for the last few months because of the pandemic. (PHL17-TV)

Ursinus Vigil to Mark National Day of Mourning
As part of a nation-wide Day of Mourning, disability rights advocates at Ursinus College are holding an online vigil on Monday, March 1, to honor the lives of disabled people who died at the hands of family members and caretakers. (Ursinus College)

Feb. 28, 2021

Public Meeting on Linfield Master Plan is on March 3
The next public meeting for the group crafting a master plan for the Linfield Village area of Limerick Township will be conducted online Wednesday (March 3) at 7 p.m., according to a legal notice published Saturday. (Digital Notebook)

Feb. 27, 2021

Wolf sets his sights on Pa. charter school reform
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is once again pushing for charter school funding reforms, claiming Pennsylvania’s charter school law one of the worst in the country. In 2021, Pennsylvania taxpayers are expected to spend around $3 billion on charter schools. (KYW NewsRadio)

Feb. 26, 2021

PennDOT working to repair bumper crop of potholes worsened by winter storms
PennDOT crews are shifting gears from battling winter storms to filling hundreds of potholes that have popped up across the region. (KYW NewsRadio)

SEPTA to use COVID relief funds to move ahead with King of Prussia rail line
Despite continued financial losses, the SEPTA board approved a plan to use $40 million of the federal coronavirus relief money to free up funds to go toward the King of Prussia Rail Project. (WHYY)

Feb. 25, 2021

Boyertown board calls for charter school funding reform
At Tuesday night’s online meeting, the school board unanimously approved a resolution calling for charter school funding reform, which will be delivered to legislators who represent the Boyertown Area School District, which includes parts of Berks and Montgomery counties. (WFMZ-TV)

Counties will again be unable to process mail ballots early during Pa.’s primary election
While a municipal primary typically sees low turnout, election officials said they can’t predict how many voters will take advantage of the state’s no-excuse mail voting law. (Spotlight PA)

Phoenixville Women’s Outreach Director Retirement
Phoenixville Women’s Outreach recently announced the retirement of its executive director, Cheryl Messere. She will be succeeded by Andrea Blue, effective March 1.

Feb. 24, 2021

Fatal drug overdose leads to arrest of Boyertown couple
The investigation of a fatal drug overdose in eastern Berks County has resulted in criminal charges being filed against a Boyertown couple. Detectives with the district attorney’s office announced Tuesday their arrest of Jesus Cruz, 20, and his 28-year-old girlfriend, Keyaira Nunez-Trego. (WFMZ-TV)

Pottstown man says snow plow is to blame for shattered windshield
Kevin Stover says at the moment he traveled under the 422 East overpass, along South Hanover Street, a plow truckpushed snow and ice over the guardrail, sending it below and shattering his windshield. (6ABC-TV)

Voters may never again get to choose Pa.’s lieutenant governor candidates
A proposed constitutional amendment would allow a gubernatorial candidate to choose their running mate after the spring primary, much like the presidential race. (Spotlight PA)

Bipartisan support grows for law that would limit patient to nurse ratio in Pa.
Burnout among nurses and hospital understaffing are being addressed in new bills before the Pennsylvania legislature. While this isn’t a new issue, there is new legislation to deal with it. (KYW NewsRadio)

Feb. 22, 2021

More Snow to Hit Pa. Suburbs, Lehigh Valley Monday
Accumulating snow is likely across western Montgomery, Berks and Lehigh counties. The storm will be fast-moving but potent with a snowfall rate of one inch per hour possible for a few hours. (NBC-10)

Penn State’s dance marathon, THON, raises more than $10 million despite pandemic
“It was better than anybody could have expected it to be,” said Katie Solomon, a fifth-year senior from Harleysville serving as executive director of THON. (Inquirer)

Pennsylvania State Police will escape legislative scrutiny in 2021 budget process
The Pennsylvania State Police, will not be subject to annual budget hearings, shielding the department from lawmakers who have used the forum in the past to question officials and hold them accountable. (Spotlight PA)

Feb. 21, 2021

Woman in wheelchair rescued during fire in Perkiomen Township
A woman in a wheelchair was rushed to the hospital Saturday after she became trapped as a home went up in flames on the 500 block of King Road in Perkiomen Township. The fire call came in around 2:30 p.m. (6ABC-TV)

Streaking Pottsgrove handles Pottstown for 5th straight win
After a 1-6 start to the year, the Falcons extended their winning streak to five games with an 88-40 win over rival Pottstown in Saturday’s Pioneer Athletic Conference Frontier Division game. (PA Prep Live)

Al’s Heart Warming Center crucial for Pottstown homeless in cold snap
Al’s Heart Warming Center, an overnight shelter for homeless men and women located in the former St. Aloysius Parish School on North Hanover Street, has been at capacity almost since it opened Dec. 17. (Daily Local News)

Feb. 20, 2021

Radnor police charge Collegeville man in thefts from area church collection bins
A Collegeville resident is facing charges after he allegedly stole from church collection bins in Wayne PA. Radnor police on Tuesday arrested Lorenzo Muniz, 35, and charged him with theft and related offenses. (Delaware County Daily Times)

Boyertown set for District 1 Class 3A Wrestling South Section Tournament
Boyertown wrestlers will compete Saturday in the District 1 Class 3A Wrestling South Section Tournament at Sun Valley High School in Aston PA. (Reading Eagle)

Police: Man uses ruse to rob Turkey Hill in Hereford
A man who said he needed change for an air machine was actually full of hot air himself. His request ended up being a ruse for a robbery, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. (WFMZ-TV)

Feb. 19, 2021

No Tax Hike Seen for Next Pottstown Schools Budget
As school budget season gets underway, the Pottstown School Board was informed Thursday night that despite a deficit, a tax hike is unlikely for the 2021-2022 school year. (Digital Notebook)

The $1 billion plan to close the gap between growing and shrinking Pa. school districts
Gov. Tom Wolf’s idea relies on a hefty tax increase on high earners, which will be a nearly impossible sell to the legislature and many in the public. (Spotlight PA)

Pottstown Man Sentenced To More Than 10 Years For Producing Child Pornography
Omar Santiago-Muniz, 30, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, was sentenced Wednesday by a U.S. District Court judge to 127 months’ imprisonment for production of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced. (Shore News Network)

Feb. 17, 2021

Oak Street in Pottstown to become one way
Traffic on one of the borough’s narrower streets is about to get a little easier to navigate. During the Feb. 8 meeting, borough council voted unanimously to set into motion the procedure to make Oak Street a one-way street. (Mercury)

Temple seeking 908 families in southeastern PA to study UV water treatment in private wells
Temple University is looking for southeastern Pennsylvania families, including those in Montgomery County, with private drinking water wells for a four-year study to determine if ultraviolet light treatments in wells reduce illnesses in young children. (Bucks County Courier Times)

PECO to Close Valley Forge Road Until November for Utility Improvement
PECO Energy is planning a weekday lane closure, and full closure on a portion of Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) beginning Wednesday (Feb. 17) in the Phoenixville area for a gas main installation.

Feb. 16, 2021

$400K in Grants Sought for Bridge Replacement
Pottstown is looking to two grants to pay the cost of replacing the Memorial Park pedestrian bridge over Manatawny Creek. The borough hopes a $200,000 grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will get the ball rolling. (Digital Notebook)

Delay in census data could put transparency in Pa.’s redistricting process at risk
Lawmakers will likely get half as much time to draw the state’s new legislative and congressional maps, worrying advocates who have long fought for a more open process. (Spotlight PA)

Feb. 15, 2021

Two men sent to prison for fatal drug overdose in Phoenixville
Two men who sold drugs to a Phoenixville man who later died of an overdose of fentanyl-laced heroin and other substances have been sentenced to state prison for their crimes, although they received substantially different terms behind bars. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Feb. 13, 2021

Announcing the new Greater Philadelphia Pedestrian Portal
Drivers have plenty of mapping choices – Google Map, Waze, MapQuest, Apple Maps, Mapline – to get where they’re going. Now walkers do too, with local sidewalk mapping from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. (DVRPC)

Feb. 12, 2021

Explosion, 2-alarm fire destroy garage, vehicles in Douglass (Berks)
Firefighters from several companies in Berks and Montgomery counties teamed up Thursday afternoon to battle a two-alarm fire in a garage on Route 562 in Douglass Township (Eagle)

Man to Spend 17½ to 44 Years in Prison for Phoenixville Drug Overdose Death
Jamane Raynor of Philadelphia has been sentenced to 17½ to 44 years in state prison for drug delivery resulting in death after selling heroin laced with fentanyl to a 40-year-old victim. (MyChesCo)

Feb. 11, 2021

15th Annual Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run goes virtual
If you’re the type of runner who enjoys tackling a run on your own terms while helping a great cause, then the 15th annual Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run is a perfect event. (Reporter)

Feb. 10, 2021

Sword-wielding man shot, killed by police in Pennsburg
Authorities are investigating after a man, allegedly armed with a sword, was shot and killed by a police officer Tuesday around 7:30 p.m. near East 8th Street and Long Alley in Pennsburg. (6ABC-TV)

Pottstown Senior Wins $25K National Scholarship
Kishan Patel, a Pottstown High School senior, has won a $25,000 scholarship from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. (Digital Notebook)

Pa. state university system considers merging 6 state schools into 2
The state university system in Pennsylvania is considering merging six of the 14 state-owned schools into two. The Pennsylvania System of Secondary Higher Education is looking at plans that could save money for the state and for students. (KYW NewsRadio)

Feb. 9, 2021

Two Montgomery County men held for trial for alleged roles in overdose death
Two Montgomery County men have been held for trial for their alleged roles in the overdose death of another man, whose body was dropped off at a Pottstown hospital during an attempted cover-up of the incident. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Trump impeachment trial makes Montco ‘center of the universe’ as Dean battles Castor
When former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial begins in the Senate today, two of the people in the middle of the action will have a common connection: Montgomery County. (WHYY)

Montgomery County extends ‘Code Blue’ warning to Feb. 10
Montgomery County Commissioners have extended the “Code Blue” Cold Weather Emergency for Montgomery County based on a review of forecasts from the National Weather Service. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Feb. 8, 2021

The Landing of Collegeville gets fit to support Community Music School in Trappe
Throughout February, The Landing of Collegeville will be “Doing Good and Having Fun” by raising money for women and children in need as well as for the Community Music School in Trappe. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Univest Bank makes its debut in York County
Univest Financial has opened a new regional location in York County to serve both business and consumer customers, expanding its reach in the midstate. (PennLive)

Feb. 6, 2021

Pottstown Superintendent Rodriguez sees opportunity for education equity in Wolf budget
Pottstown Schools Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez does not want to lose the momentum of the moment. Rodriguez, who is also the president of the Pennsylvania League of Urban Schools, said he was elated when Gov. Tom Wolf announced his educational budget priorities in a speech Wednesday. (Mercury)

Police investigate shooting in Pottstown
Police are investigating a late-night shooting Thursday in Pottstown, in the 200 block of Beech Street, near St. Aloysius Parish. (WFMZ-TV)

Pottstown Calls Off Polar Bear Plunge, Again
Pottstown Borough Manager Justin Keller told council Wednesday night that the Polar Bear Plunge, whereby otherwise sane people leap into the ice waters of the Schuylkill River, has been cancelled. Again. (Digital Notebook)

Feb. 4, 2021

New Sign Will Commemorate Pottstown Firebirds
You might drive right through the middle of downtown Pottstown and never know it was once home to a successful professional football team. It looks like that’s about to change. (Digital Notebook)

Feb. 3, 2021

Pottstown Schools Use Black History Month to Kick Off ‘Cultural Competency’ Initiative
The district is using Black History month to kick off an initiative to make the district’s lessons more inclusive of its multi-ethnic population. It’s a mindset one school official calls “cultural competency.” (Digital Notebook)

Car Slid Off Limerick Center Road Into House As Storm Began
The snow was just beginning on Sunday afternoon when a vehicle slid off a slippery road and into a house on Limerick Center Road at 3:15 p.m. Limerick Fire Department reported no injuries. (Patch)

Governor seeks big increase in school funding, tax increase
Gov. Tom Wolf will propose a sweeping new plan to dramatically boost funding for public schools, to be supported by an increase in Pennsylvania’s personal income tax rate that also expands exemptions for lower-wage earners, administration officials said Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Feb. 2, 2021

Bruce Castor no stranger to national spotlight
Former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr., hired Sunday to be part of former President Donald Trump’s defense team during his upcoming Senate impeachment trial, is no stranger to the national spotlight. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Snow delays Pennsylvania governor’s budget address a day
Gov. Tom Wolf will move his annual budget address to Wednesday, amid a snowstorm that was prompting restrictions on highways across Pennsylvania and the cancelation of legislative hearings and sessions, his office said. (Associated Press)

Jan. 30, 2021

State Lawmakers Begin Once-a-Decade Redistricting Fight
Redistricting debates will heat up in many states, including Pennsylvania, as Democrats try to stop Republicans – who control most statehouses – from drawing district lines that would solidify their political power for another decade. (Stateline)

Jan. 29, 2021

Torchia tapped as new Boyertown Schools superintendent
The Boyertown Area School Board did not have to look very far to find a new superintendent to lead the district. On Tuesday night, the board unanimously voted to appoint Assistant Superintendent Marybeth Torchia to the top post. (Mercury)

Spring City man’s courtroom outburst may lead to criminal charges
A Spring City man awaiting trial in Chester County Common Pleas Court on domestic violence counts is reportedly facing possible charges of threatening the judge overseeing his case during a profanity-laced tirade in the courtroom. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Woman charged in overdose death of man near Birdsboro
A Reading woman has been charged in the drug overdose death of a man near Birdsboro. Sarah Ellen Hess, 24, is facing arraignment on several criminal charges that were filed Wednesday, including drug delivery resulting in death. (WFMZ-TV)

Jan. 28, 2021

Woman’s nearly $1.5M estate to benefit Boyertown area
Marlene Driscoll, who lived in Boyertown for 65 years, left a bequest of $1,428,360 to the Berks County Community Foundation to establish a fund in her name, the foundation announced Wednesday. (WFMZ-TV)

Cracking down on human trafficking; Montgomery County among leading counties filing charges
There were 123 human trafficking-related offenses filed in Montgomery County Court between 2015 and 2019, representing about 16% of the statewide total, according to data compiled by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Jan. 27, 2021

Could a new test finally tell us if kids are suffering dangerous levels of stress?
Researchers are developing a new tool to measure whether children are experiencing the physiological effects of toxic stress, a development that could have far-reaching implications for pediatricians and families. (Center for Health Journalism)

Pennsylvania Senate approves proposed constitutional amendment to limit governor’s emergency powers
The Pennsylvania Senate has approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the length of future emergency disaster declarations. The vote on Tuesday was 28-20. (WGAL-TV)

Jan. 26, 2021

New Pottstown park rules restrict tobacco, balloons and large groups
Some rule changes are planned for borough parks in the new year, including restrictions on tobacco and vaping use, balloons and large group gatherings. (Mercury)

Petition calls for Upper Perkiomen resignation resign after retweet about Levine
A Change.org petition with nearly 2,500 signatures is asking for a member of the Upper Perkiomen School Board to resign over a social post about Dr. Rachel Levine. (FOX29-TV)

Chimney fire damages Colebrookdale Township house
Fire and smoke damaged a Colebrookdale Township home early Monday. Crews were called to 75 Popodickon Drive shortly after midnight for a chimney fire. (Reading Eagle)

Jan. 25, 2021

PAID updates area stakeholders on Pottstown economic development
“The future is really bright for Pottstown” in terms of its economic development, according to Peggy Lee-Clark, executive director of the Pottstown Area Industrial Development Inc. (Reporter)

Biden’s Clean-Air, Climate Actions Seen as Benefit for PA
President Joe Biden’s flurry of executive orders promise to reverse dozens of actions by the Trump administration that weakened protections for clean air in Pennsylvania and stopped efforts to mitigate climate change. (Public News Service)

Jan. 23, 2021

Pottstown Re-Affirms Choice to Stay Virtual for Now
There was never much doubt, but there was a smidgen of dissent Thursday when the Pottstown School Board re-affirmed its earlier indication that education will remain for the most part virtual for the remainder of the third quarter. (Digital Notebook)

Turkey group looking for wild turkeys to trap in Pennsylvania
The National Wild Turkey Federation is looking for Pennsylvania properties with flocks of male turkeys that can be net-trapped this winter. The organization needs to trap, leg-band and release male turkeys now through March as part of a study of harvest rates during the spring. (PennLive)

Jan. 22, 2021

Court: Pottstown School District granted proper dismissal from case brought by mother of disabled student
A federal appellate court in Philadelphia last week ruled that the Pottstown School District and district officials were properly dismissed from an action brought by a parent who claimed her disabled child was denied a proper education. (Pennsylvania Record)

Police investigating shots fired at Montgomery County Democratic Committee office
Norristown Police Department, the FBI and Montgomery County Detectives are jointly investigating a report of gunshots fired Wednesday into the Montgomery County Democratic Committee office. (Montgomery Media)

Jan. 21, 2021

Teen shooter from Lower Pottsgrove will serve time in state prison
A Lower Pottsgrove teenager who shot and wounded a classmate during what was supposed to be a fistfight was sentenced Wednesday to state prison after a judge found that there was no reason to keep him from that punishment. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Montgomery County judge on panel to address access to justice for those with autism
A Montgomery County judge will participate in a regional forum to address access to justice for Pennsylvanians with autism. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

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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