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

Sept. 27, 2020

Ex-Montgomery County law enforcers educate first responders about substance use disorder
A former Montgomery County narcotics detective and a prosecutor, who spent years together fighting the opioid epidemic are training first responders in substance use disorder and the tools to fight it. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Sept. 26, 2020

243 Manufacturing Jobs Coming To Limerick
Medical device manufacturer Globus Medical is expanding into Montgomery County, adding 243 jobs as it moves into vacant space in Limerick Township. (Patch)

Montco DA: Officials uncover gun trafficking organization in southeastern Pa.
Officials in Montgomery County say 14 people involved in an alleged gun trafficking organization in southeastern Pennsylvania have been charged. (WFMZ-TV)

Sept. 24, 2020

Man Used Pickup Truck to Assault Officers, Police Say
State police on patrol Wednesday in Upper Hanover said they arrested a Schwenksville man, not identified by name, whom they allege intentionally rammed a trooper’s vehicle and injured him. (Saucon Source)

Community Health & Dental Care Celebrates Expansion to Barto
Community Health & Dental Care will observe the grand opening Saturday (Sept. 26, 2020) of its fourth health center location, at 1315 Route 100 North in Barto PA. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon. (Community Health and Dental)

4 Philadelphia-area counties rank among nation’s healthiest communities, according to U.S. News
Montgomery County ranked 140th on a U.S. News and World Report 2020 list of the the healthiest communities in the United States, as analyzed on several health-based factors. (Philadelphia Business Journal).

Sept. 22, 2020

1950’s Memories of Sanatoga Speedway
Bill Brunner, president emeritus of the Spring-Ford Area Historical Society, remembers virus-free summers of decades ago, spent amid the excitement and roar of the fabled Sanatoga Speedway. (Spring-Ford Area Historical Society Blog)

Trial starts in Phoenixville Dunkin’ Donut shooting death
It’s been almost three years since a Phoenixville Area High School student was fatally shot during a marijuana deal gone bad outside a Dunkin’ Donuts in the borough. On Monday, two of the men involved in the homicide went on trial for the murder. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Sept. 21, 2020

As pandemic rolls on, library funding is endangered
State aid to public libraries is currently funded for only 5 months. It could be a challenge to get added money for libraries in Pottstown and elsewhere this year, their leaders report. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Montco DA files response to Cosby’s appeal of sex assault conviction
According to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, Bill Cosby’s attorneys are grasping for straws and ignoring evidence of the case in their latest appeal of Cosby’s sexual assault conviction. (KYW NewsRadio)

Open House Highlights Upgrades at Ellis Woods Park
An open house to celebrate the opening of a user-friendlier Ellis Woods Park, 855 Ellis Woods Rd., East Coventry, will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 from 12 to 5 p.m. (Digital Notebook)

Sept. 18, 2020

Parents Call for Sports’ Return to Pottstown Schools
Although it appeared nowhere on last night’s agenda, people interested in reinstating athletics in Pottstown Schools managed to make it the top subject of discussion during the school board meeting. (Digital Notebook)

8 candidates make their case for single open Phoenixville School Board seat
Eight candidates for an open seat on the Phoenixville Area School Board were publicly interviewed online Wednesday night by the eight remaining board members. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Upper Providence man admits role in meth trafficking ring
An Upper Providence man identified in court papers as one of the “main targets” during an investigation of a drug trafficking organization in the Pottstown region has admitted to his role in the operation and awaits his fate from a judge. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Sept. 17, 2020

Fire heavily damages Amity Township building
About 75 firefighters battled the blaze at the site, which houses a fabrication shop and some offices. (The Mercury)

King of Prussia Mall, Lehigh Valley Mall to close on Thanksgiving
Several local malls owned by Simon Properties, including the Lehigh Valley Mall and the King of Prussia Mall, will be closed this Thanksgiving. (WFMZ-TV)

Sept. 16, 2020

Valley Forge Park sees big uptick in crowds since reopening
Valley Forge National Historic Park is seeing near-record public use since reopening a few months ago after a period of shutdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. (KYW NewsRadio)

Berks coroner seeks Pottstown man’s next of kin
The Berks County coroner’s office is seeking public help in locating relatives of John Ford, 71, of Pottstown, who died of natural causes Sept. 4 at Reading Hospital. (WFMZ-TV)

Phoenixville School Board interviewing for open seat
The Phoenixville Area School Board will meet tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 16, to conduct interviews to fill a vacancy created with the recent resignation of board member Lori Broker. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Sept. 15, 2020

North Coventry police event raises money for fire department
North Coventry Township police department annually host a Fallen Heroes car show. This year’s event proceeds are going to the NorCo Fire Company, which has fallen on hard financial times. (WFMZ-TV)

Upper Providence man to face trial on child porn charges
An Upper Providence man must answer to charges in Montgomery County Court that he allegedly possessed child pornography on his home computer, including images of an infant being sexually assaulted. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Legal advocates line up on both sides of Bill Cosby’s appeal
Legal advocates are lining up on both sides of actor Bill Cosby’s appeal as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court prepares to review his 2018 sex assault conviction. (Associated Press)

Sept. 14, 2020

Upper Providence poised to form human relations commission
Upper Providence Township supervisors will vote Sept. 21 on an ordinance that will create Upper Providence’s first-ever Human Relations Commission. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

Sept. 13, 2020

Wolf says he plans to veto bill adding more district control over school sports
Legislation aimed at giving districts more say in school sports is now on the governor’s desk, but he plans to veto it. (KYW NewsRadio)

Hill School basketball star Dorsey delivers powerful message for racial equality
Gabe Dorsey delivered a powerful and moving speech Sept. 4 to the Hill community on life as a Black American, his experience with racial profiling, and feelings of fear and judgement the Black community faces. (PA Prep Live)

New SEPTA plan considers post-pandemic future
SEPTA has just released a COVID-19 recovery plan the transit agency hopes will generate public confidence and an eventual return of riders. (KYW NewsRadio)

Sept. 11, 2020

Doggie Treat Food Truck Launches In Royersford Sept. 12
Jill Schadler of Royersford thinks food trucks should be for dogs, too. Expect to see her huge blue dog treat truck around town. Called “Off The Leash,” it debuts in Royersford neighborhoods Saturday. (Patch)

Reading vs. Pottstown in community clean-up competition
The competition is heating up as people in Reading and Pottstown get ready to battle it out on Saturday to see which community can pick up the most trash. (WFMZ-TV)

$650K Grant Will Aid Phoenixville Sewer Upgrade
Phoenixville will receive a $650,000 Pennsylvania H20 Grant for its high-tech wastewater treatment plant upgrade, state Sen. Andrew Dinniman announced. (Digital Notebook)

Sept. 10, 2020

Storm Damage Becomes Something to Laugh About
Pottstown borough council unanimously granted permission for the Pottstown Parks and Recreation Department to hold a fund-raising BYOB comedy night Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Park. (Digital Notebook)

Authorities: Woman lies about needing cancer treatment in Australia
Federal authorities say a woman formerly from Harleysville received more than $11,000 in donations after saying, falsely, that she had brain cancer and needed to go to Australia to get treated. (WFMZ-TV)

East Greenville Mayor to Resign
East Greenville Mayor Keith Gerhart announced his intent to resign earlier this week. He told the public he was moving to a municipality in eastern Berks County. (Town and Country)

Sept. 8, 2020

At Ursinus College, all students are tested for the coronavirus every week
The testing is one measure that Ursinus, which for years has thrived on close faculty-student interaction and classroom community building, has taken to allow for as normal a semester as possible. (The Inquirer)

Perkiomen Valley turf project nears completion
Perkiomen Valley School District is undertaking projects to install turf surfaces on two playing field at the high school campus. The football field at Thomas J. Keenan Stadium is well under way and looking to be ready for fall events. (PA Prep Live)

Wawa launches ‘Free Shortis for A Year’ contest to counter coin shortage
Pennsylvania’s beloved convenience store chain launched a new initiative to combat its shortage of coins resulting from the pandemic. Wawa’s new “Free Shortis for A Year” sweepstakes runs to Oct. 1., as a way to increase available coins at stores. (Philly Voice)

Sept. 6, 2020

Man rescued from vehicle after crashing into tree
Emergency crews in Lower Pottsgrove Township rescued a man Friday night who was trapped in a car after the vehicle slammed into a tree in the 100 block of North Keim Street. (WFMZ-TV)

Sept. 5, 2020

New Hanover Mulls Multi-Million-Dollar Building Options
New Hanover Township supervisors are mulling four options for the township building and police station. Currently, township administration and police share the same 6,150 square-foot building. (Digital Notebook)

Regional trails expecting heavy crowds as the summer winds down
Labor Day weekend means a lot of people will be heading outdoors to enjoy the last unofficial days of summer. Trail use is expected to be up, and trail managers want to set out some guidelines. (KYW NewsRadio)

Study: Commuter rail/trackless tram combo best way to fight Route 422 congestion
The best way to alleviate traffic congestion on Route 422 is a combination of commuter rail and a system of “trackless trams” to act as a feeder system to the rail stations, a recently released study concluded. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Sept. 4, 2020

Spring-Ford computers on back order as online learning begins
The Spring-Ford Area School District has ordered an additional 1,500 Chromebooks to meet the remote learning needs of 2,000 families, but its supplier indicates they won’t arrive until January or February at the earliest. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Spring City Gets Big Grant For ‘Game Changing’ Parking Downtown
Chester County designated $550K to help Spring City create a downtown parking lot with amenities for those with disabilities. (Patch)

Pioneer Athletic Conference sports ‘full steam ahead’ as plan takes shape
The Pioneer Athletic Conference’s plan to play continues to take shape for the fall. League leadership met Tuesday to further establish the outlook of the fall sports season delayed and affected by the pandemic. (PA Prep Live)

After Pandemic Sideline and Zoom Practices, Boyertown Boys Hockey Wins Championship
Practicing via Zoom during the coronavirus shutdown, the Boyertown Ice Hockey Club was able to stay sharp and win a championship once play resumed. Now, they have a message for the Philadelphia Flyers. (NBC10-TV)

118-year-old bronze bell removed after discovery of leak in church tower
The 118-year-old bronze bell was removed by crane Thursday morning from the tower of St Mark’s Lutheran Church on Main Street in Pennsburg. (WFMZ-TV)

Son-in-law accused of stealing from family business
A 36-year-old man, facing hundreds of felony counts, is accused of stealing nearly $500,000 from Firely Pediatric and Home Care Services in Harleysville. The business is owned by his in-laws. (WFMZ-TV)

Pa. inspector general reviewing legality of some state police traffic stops, searches
The state’s Inspector General is conducting a review of whether Pennsylvania State Police troopers are following the law when initiating traffic stops and then searching vehicles, following a request from Gov. Tom Wolf.

Sept. 3, 2020

Denied by district, Spring-Ford seniors holding tailgate in Limerick park
Denied the opportunity to hold a traditional “senior tailgate” at Spring-Ford High on the Sept. 8 first day of school, seniors are taking their party to Limerick Community Park. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Spring-Ford furloughs 42 workers as schools will be closed for online learning
The Spring-Ford Area School Board followed in the footsteps of other area school districts and voted 5-4 Monday to furlough 42 workers, most of whom are in district food services. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Pottstown man charged after car, trailer hit speed limit sign
A Pottstown man was charged with drunken driving after a witness reported his car struck a speed limit sign Tuesday evening near the Dry Brooks Boat Launch of Blue Marsh Lake in Bern Township. (Reading Eagle)

200-300 Phoenixville Families Need Internet For Online School
Not every family in Phoenixville Area School District has had an internet connection because of the cost, but the community is coming together to get all students connected. (Patch)

Sept. 2, 2020

Pottstown Principal Recognized For Service To His Community
Matthew Moyer, principal of the Pottstown School District’s Rupert Elementary School, has been named the Pennsylvania National Distinguished Principal. (Patch)

Perkiomen man sentenced on drug and DUI charges
A former Perkiomen man will be under court supervision for one year after he admitted to possessing and to driving under the influence of controlled substances in connection with two incidents in the township and Pottstown. (Times Herald)

Pine Forge ends summer with Ches-Mont Senior Babe Ruth title
Gavin Troutman picked an excellent time to go “yard” for Pine Forge in the Ches-Mont Senior Babe Ruth League playoff championship. His solo home run gave the Indians their margin of victory, 13-12, over Kennett. (The Mercury)

Sept. 1, 2020

Upper Pottsgrove Zoners Deny Senior Housing Bid
The Upper Pottsgrove Zoning Board has denied an attempt by the developer seeking to build 143 age-restricted homes on 49 acres off Kummerer Road to allow more such homes on a different parcel. (Digital Notebook)

Schwenksville Native Sets Appalachian Trail Speed Record
Liz Anjos, raised in Schwenksville and now a resident of Portland OR, set a new “fastest known time” for women running the trail in the northbound direction, and the second-fastest-ever time for a woman overall. (Patch)

Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale settles lawsuit over social media censorship
Constituents who sued Montgomery County Commissioner Joseph C. Gale for blocking their access to his social media sites agreed to a court settlement in which Gale must restore their access and stop blocking their comments. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Police release name of driver who fled Amity Township accident
Orin Toomer, 24, of Stowe was the driver of a vehicle who fled the scene of an accident Saturday morning in Amity Township and was later injured in his attempt to escape, township police said. (Reading Eagle)

A month later, many Ashwood Apartments fire victims still without homes
One month to the day after the Ashwood Apartments in North Coventry were destroyed by a massive fire, many of the 100 people made homeless by the blaze have not yet found new permanent housing. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Cyclist Hospitalized In Schwenksville Hit And Run, Suspect Sought
A 61-year-old man, a long-time Schwenksville resident, was seriously injured after being struck by a driver who then fled the scene, state troopers reported. (Patch)

Aug. 31, 2020

Stowe man hospitalized after jumping in front of two vehicles
A 24-year-old man from Stowe, who was not identified by police, is in the hospital after he fled an accident Saturday morning and jumped in front of two vehicles in Amity Township. (Reading Eagle)

Phoenixville Hospital recognized for Healthy Baby program
The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania recognized Phoenixville Hospital with an achievement award for its Healthy Baby Program: Improving Access and Care for Underserved Pregnant Women. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Aug. 30, 2020

Pottstown Faces Clean-up Challenge from Reading
Hobart’s Run has been challenged to engage all of Pottstown in a “clean-up competition,” with the gauntlet thrown down by Reading, Pa.’s grassroots South of Penn Task Force. (Digital Notebook)

Aug. 29, 2020

Survey: Colebrookdale Railroad #2 for scenic train rides
The non-profit Colebrookdale Railroad, which runs passenger trains on a Civil War-era line from Boyertown to Pottstown, provides the second-best scenic ride in North America, a USA Today survey claims. (WFMZ-TV)

Green Lane woman admits to $688K theft from Hatfield employer
A Green Lane woman admitted to stealing nearly $700,000 from a Hatfield company where she worked as a bookkeeper and has placed her fate in the hands of a judge. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Aug. 28, 2020

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet: Fiscal 2Q Earnings Snapshot
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings Inc., which operates a store in Pottstown, on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $99.4 million. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations.

Volunteers in Pottstown mark 100 years since women got the right to vote
People in Pottstown on Wednesday were celebrating the Constitution and marking 100 years since women were granted the right to vote. (WFMZ-TV)

Fire causes heavy smoke damage in Pottstown home
A fire that broke out Wednesday at a home on Evans Street in Pottstown caused heavy smoke damage. (WFMZ-TV)

Aug. 27, 2020

West End Fire Company treasurer accused of stealing $43,000
An Upper Providence woman is accused of embezzling more than $43,000 from the West End Fire Company in West Pottsgrove while serving as its volunteer treasurer. She allegedly used the money for personal expenses. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Accused Pottstown wife killer won’t face death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder
A 69-year-old Pottstown man will not face the death penalty if he is convicted of allegations he intentionally killed his wife by strangling her with an electrical cord. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Foot Golf in Schwenksville a new activity for families
Rolling Turf Golf Course in Schwenksville has added Foot Golf, a new activity to help families keep busy and enjoy the outdoors during the pandemic. (FOX29-TV)

Dick’s Sporting Goods Fiscal 2Q Earnings Snapshot
Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc., which operates stores in Pottstown and Collegeville, on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $276.8 million. It surpassed Wall Street expectations. (Associated Press)

Aug. 25, 2020

North Coventry Eyes Townhomes Plan on Route 100
Artisan Development, the same developer who has proposed age-restricted housing in East Vincent and Upper Pottsgrove townships, has made a proposal for a townhouse project in North Coventry. (Digital Notebook)

Pottstown man jailed for domestic violence
A Pottstown man was sent to jail after he was involved in two domestic-related incidents, one at his residence and another at a borough motel, during which he assaulted and choked a woman. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Aug. 24, 2020

Celebrate 100 Years of 19th Amendment at Wednesday Photo in Smith Family Plaza
One hundred years after final approval of the 19th Amendment the public is invited Wednesday to Smith Family Plaza in the 100 block of High Street, for a “drop-in photo shoot” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. (Digital Notebook)

Aug. 23, 2020

Pottstown protest joins national effort to ‘Save the Post Office’
The fight for full funding of the U.S. Postal Service took to High Street Saturday in front of the Pottstown Post Office. A group of about 20 protesters carried signs supporting one of America’s oldest federal institutions. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

Aug. 21, 2020

GoFundMe Sites Nearing $35K After Teen’s Tragic Death
Two GoFundMe pages are reaching their combined goals of $35,000 to help the family of Spring-Ford grad Louis Carbajal with expenses related to a car crash the morning of Aug. 10 in North Coventry Township. (Patch)

Governor Declares Ashwood Apartment Fire A Disaster
The July 31 fire that destroyed the Ashwood Apartments and left 45 households displaced has been designated a disaster, making its victims eligible for low-interest federal loans. (Patch)

Wawa Officially Pilots Extensive Dinner Menu With Pasta, Burgers and More
Wawa has rolled out an official widespread test run of an extensive dinner menu after months of development, the latest move to grow market share against national fast-food giants. (NBC10-TV)

Aug. 20, 2020

Carbajal leaves a memorable legacy despite a life cut short
Louie Carbajal impacted countless lives around the Spring-Ford and adjoining communities in the course of his life … a life tragically and sadly cut short Monday, even as it was moving into another phase.

Your smartphone soon may be able to tell if you’re drunk
Researchers from Stanford University and the University of Pittsburgh say smartphones soon may be able to warn people when they’ve had too much to drink at the bar. (Philly Voice)

Aug. 19, 2020

Hospital Developers Ask for Height Limit to be Lifted
A hearing involving a proposed hospital at the corner of Route 100 and Grosser Road drew a crowd and questions Tuesday. The hearing was unusual in that it was held outside in order to accommodate the crowd. (Digital Notebook)

Aug. 18, 2020

Pottstown, Western Center get state grants to help with reopening costs
The Pottstown School District and Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center are the recipients of state grants aimed at helping them resume operations during the coronavirus epidemic. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

Pottstown man sentenced on burglary charge
A Pottstown man will be under court supervision for several years after he admitted to being involved in a burglary at a borough residence, apparently while on the hunt for copper wiring and pipes. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Aug. 17, 2020

Cruise Night Turns Into Classic Car Cruise In Boyertown
Classic cars rumbled Sunday through the streets of Boyertown in a newly created event: Bumpers, Brakes, and Bears. To keep the community safe during the pandemic, drivers were encouraged to travel in a loop around the borough. (Berks Weekly)

Aug. 15, 2020

Pa. private, charter schools worry bus cuts will strand students
Pennsylvania school districts that plan to start the year off virtually are facing a potentially thorny issue: What to do about bus transportation for students of private and charter schools. (FOX29-TV)

Vigil honors in Harleysville 5-year-old Eliza Talal, who died in flood
On Friday at Fischer Park in Harleysville, Disney tunes were played to honor 5-year-old Eliza Talal, whose tragic death happened as Tropical Storm Isaias flooded the area. (6ABC-TV)

Aug. 14, 2020

Creek Road To Be Closed In Douglass (Berks) For Isaias Cleanup
Police in Douglass Township have announced that Creek Road will close next week due to clean up work stemming from Hurricane Isaias. (Berks Weekly)

Aug. 13, 2020

Communities supporting well-known wrestlers, others involved in serious car crash
The Owen J. Roberts and Spring-Ford communities are rallying support around four recent high-school graduates, including two notables in wrestling, seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident Monday. (PA Prep Live)

Christian schools in Berks, Montgomery counties merge
After five years of partnering on things like performing arts and professional development, West-Mont Christian Academy in Pottstown and Berks Christian School will create a Christian school district. (WFMZ-TV)

Penn State Will Require Students Returning To Campus To Sign COVID-19 Liability Form
Penn State will require students to sign a liability agreement and assume all risks of COVID-19 prior to returning to campus for the fall semester. (CBS3-TV)

AMC announces new reopening plan after facing mask policy backlash
After pushing back its reopening due to its mask policy, AMC Theaters said it will open doors to more than 100 theaters Aug. 20 and plans to have about two-thirds of theaters open no later than Sept. 3. (6ABC-TV)

Woman dies days after crash in Pennsburg
An East Greenville woman has died from head injuries sustained in a crash last week in Pennsburg, the Lehigh County coroner’s office said. (WFMZ-TV)

Aug. 11, 2020

North Coventry Recognizes Ashwood Fire Heroes
Monday was a time for recognizing heroes of the July 30 fire at Ashwood Apartments. North Coventry Township supervisors provided the platform for recognition by the public, and families of the rescued. (Digital Notebook)

Aug. 10, 2020

DEP issues ‘Code Orange’ for Montco, Bucks
The PA Department of Environmental Protection issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action alert on “unhealthy pollution levels” for Monday in Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Bucks, and Philadelphia counties. (WFMZ-TV)

Aug. 9, 2020

Roofing company installs new roof for area veteran and first responder
A Lower Pottsgrove veteran and first responder won a new roof for his home from a Malvern roofing company as part of a giveaway for veterans. He says it couldn’t have come at a better time. (The Mercury)

Hobart’s Run Expands West to Washington Street
The Hobart’s Run neighborhood improvement initiative will expand its western boundary to formally increase and enhance direct engagement with and support of area residents, businesses, and nonprofits. (Digital Notebook)

Pottstown’s opt out of fall sports leaves Trojans deflated
“The kids are devastated,” Pottstown High football head coach Jeff Delaney said. For Brandy Scherer, the cancellation of fall sports was a second blow to her coaching career this calendar year. (PA Prep Live)

Aug. 7, 2020

Pottstown council to consider canceling future car shows
Amid claims too many people attend events downtown without following pandemic protocols, borough council will be asked to vote Monday on rescinding permits for downtown car shows. (The Mercury)

Weather Experts Predict Up To 25 Storms As Hurricane Season Starts
Federal weather officials say the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is off to a record start. So they have revised the hurricane forecast. (CBS3-TV)

CubeSmart: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
CubeSmart, which operates self-storage facilities in Phoenixville and King of Prussia, said it had funds from operations of $79.9 million, or 41 cents per share. The results beat Wall Street estimates. (Associated Press)

Aug. 6, 2020: Enduring Tropical Storm Isaias

Police help farmer rescue sheep in West Pottsgrove
West Pottsgrove Township police officers helped a farmer make a different kind of water rescue Tuesday, as they joined him to save his sheep when the Manatawny Creek spilled over its banks. (WFMZ-TV)

Montco Declares Disaster Emergency; 1 Person Remains Missing
Emergency responders performed 134 water rescues in Montgomery County, saving residents from flooded homes and stranded vehicles. (Patch)

Isaias delivers at least 5 tornadoes to region, including MontCo
At least five tornadoes spawned by Tropical Storm Isaias moved through the Philadelphia region on Tuesday, including one on Heebner Road in Worcester Township. (KYW NewsRadio)

Aug. 5, 2020: Enduring Tropical Storm Isaias

Rough day and night in Pottstown as rising water overtakes roadways and Memorial Park
Memorial Park in Pottstown was looking more like a lake late Tuesday. All four ball fields were underwater and most bleachers submerged. Porta Potties could be seen floating in the high water. (FOX29-TV)

Perkiomen Creek in Graterford reached record flooding levels
Tropical Storm Isaias caused historical flooding in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania on Tuesday. The Perkiomen Creek in Graterford reached 19.14 feet, breaking the 1935 old record-high crest of 18.3′. (6ABC-TV)

Bridge Closed Between Chesco and Montco
The Phoenixville Office of Emergency Management at noon Tuesday reported a bridge was closed temporarily between Mont Clare and Phoenixville, in order to allow water to recede. (Patch)

Aug. 4, 2020

Berks ‘Santa Claus’ donates $8K to fire-displaced family
He found a single mother of three children who had just lost everything in Thursday’s North Coventry apartment fire. His non-profit organization has already raised more than $8,000 for them, and is still accepting donations. (WFMZ-TV)

Weis: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
Weis Markets Inc., which operates stores in Gilbertsville and Pennsburg, on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $41.5 million. (Associated Press)

Tax collections in Pa. rebound on pent-up shopper demand
Without additional federal aid, however, the state will probably have to make serious budget cuts or significantly increase borrowing to make ends meet. (PA Post)

Aug. 3, 2020

Coach talks about helping to save Boyertown teen who went into cardiac arrest
“That’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like that. It was completely surreal. It just felt like I was outside my body when I was working on him. All I was thinking was don’t let this kid die. (Reading Eagle)

Tropical Storm Watch issued as Hurricane Isaias approaches
As Hurricane Isaias approaches our region, the National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for most areas in southeast Pennsylvania, beginning Monday night through Tuesday. (FOX29-TV)

Aug. 1, 2020

North Coventry Township Community Creates ‘Pop-Up Walmart’ Of Donations
The community immediately came together after the massive apartment fire in North Coventry left about 100 people homeless. Volunteers stopped accepting donations Friday afternoon. There’s no more space. (CBS3-TV)

Survivor and local officials discuss Ashwood Apartments fire
“The first responders on the scene were heroic,” North Coventry Township Manager Erica Batdorf said. “They got right in quickly, they responded to the call to action.” (WFMZ-TV)

Customers Bancorp Gains in 2Q Earnings Snapshot
Customers Bancorp Inc., which operates branches in Kimberton and Phoenixville, on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $19.1 million. (Associated Press)

July 29, 2020

Boyertown School Board OKs Hybrid Return by 7-2
Boyertown’s school board, with a 7-2 vote Tuesday night, approved the “scaffolding” plan for a part-time return to school that had originally been proposed by the administration. (Digital Notebook)

Body of missing boater found in lake at French Creek
Crews searching for a missing boater at French Creek State Park have recovered the man’s body from Hopewell Lake, according to the Berks County coroner’s office. (WFMZ-TV)

Boscov’s to keep its stores closed this Thanksgiving
Boscov’s is taking one tradition off the table this Thanksgiving. The Berks County-based retailer announced Tuesday that it will keep all of its stores closed on Thanksgiving Day. (WFMZ-TV)

July 28, 2020

Search continues for missing boater at French Creek State Park
Crews spent Sunday night and most of Monday searching for a 26-year-old man who went missing when four people on a boat ended up in the Hopewell Lake at French Creek State Park. (WFMZ-TV)

July 27, 2020

Boyertown backs off full reopening, final vote is July 28
The Boyertown school board backed off its stated preference for a full, in-person return to school. Changing reopening plans at this date would be impossible and less safe, its superintendent noted. (The Mercury)

Hospital nurses, community dismayed by Tower decision to close maternity ward
“We are just so devastated,” one nurse said. “We serve an at-risk community. We provide prenatal care. We embrace girls who are addicted to opioids. We take care of their babies.” (Reading Eagle)

Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville offers new, private ‘screening room’ experience
The popular Bridge Street movie house has opened up a 60-seat venue called the Berry Theatre in its basement for private parties of up to a dozen people to watch a film. (KYW NewsRadio)

July 25, 2020

Accused Pottstown killer wants cellphone video suppressed from trial
A Pottstown man accused of the April 2019 slaying of another borough man maintains a cellphone video depicting him is unduly prejudicial, and prosecutors should be prevented from presenting it to a jury. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

July 24, 2020

Knoll Inc. 2Q Earnings Snapshot Shows Loss
Knoll Inc., the East Greenville furniture maker, on Thursday reported a second-quarter loss of $9.6 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. (Associated Press)

State grants help businesses, schools move to cleaner fuel vehicles
UPS in Montgomery County has won $300,000 to help upgrade its diesel tractors to those fueled by compressed natural gas. CNG vehicles last longer, provide better air quality, and pollute less. (PA Post)

July 22, 2020

Perkiomen man accused of fatally beating girlfriend won’t face death penalty
A Perkiomen man will not face the death penalty if he’s convicted of charges he intentionally killed his girlfriend during an argument and then used his cellphone to record her injured and lifeless body. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Upper Perk Board Approves Band Health Plan, Talks About Reopening Process for Schools
The Upper Perkiomen School Board said “yes” to a return to classroom study at its July 13 meeting, although it was acknowledged more planning must take place as the 2020-21 school year approaches. (Saucon Source)

Turnpike: Toll hike, 45% non-EZ pass surcharge coming
Pennsylvania Turnpike officials announced another toll increase — 6% beginning next year — as well as a 45% surcharge for non-EZ-Pass users whose tolls are billed by mail based on their license plates. (Associated Press)

Limerick Supervisor Calls Others Racist re: Joe Gale
Given how last month’s Limerick meeting devolved into a shouting match over masks and Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale, the possibility of more news Tuesday was not to be taken lightly. (Digital Notebook)

July 21, 2020

Plane Makes Emergency Landing On U.S. Route 422 West
A plane made an emergency landing on 422 West near Daniel Boone Road in Exeter Township late Monday night, causing the abrupt closure of the highway. No injuries were reported. (Berks Weekly)

Pennsylvania’s top prosecutor is reviewing allegations of racism by police
A former New Hanover Township police officer described the department’s work environment as racist and toxic. (The Inquirer)

Hot weather strains power grid; company that runs it says its ready
It’s been a tricky year to forecast energy usage because of the pandemic, but the company that runs the power grid for the Mid-Atlantic region said peak demand during high temperatures is what it planned for. (KYW NewsRadio)

July 20, 2020

Extreme heat across the region provides dangers for elderly, as well as pets
An excessive heat warning is in effect through Monday evening, and the dangerous heat and humidity present a serious health risk for the elderly and your pets. (KYW NewsRadio)

July 19, 2020

DiningOutIsInAgain
DINING OUT IS IN AGAIN – Many outside tables were filled Saturday morning (July 18, 2020) beneath the covered walkway fronting Grace’s Cafe at Trappe Center, 130 W. Main St., Trappe. Grace’s serves breakfast and lunch. State regulations intended to protect against the spread of coronavirus has caused many restaurant owners to find new ways to accommodate patrons in other than enclosed settings.

West Pottsgrove police officers distribute free frozen treats
The next heat wave may not have hit yet, but West Pottsgrove Township police helped people cool off Thursday night, handing out free water ice in several neighborhoods. (WFMZ-TV)

July 15, 2020

OJR School Board Picks DeFoor to Replace Minor
It took two days and hours of interviews, but the Owen J. Roberts School Board settled Tuesday on a former member as a replacement for former board president Karel Minor, who resigned last month. (Digital Notebook)

Phoenixville mayor: Passenger rail plans chug along, even if slowed by COVID-19
Phoenixville’s mayor said grassroots efforts to restore passenger rail service to the community are still on track despite the COVID-19 pandemic. (KYW NewsRadio)

With bipartisan and union support, law creates statewide police misconduct database
The measure, signed Tuesday, requires police departments in Pennsylvania to submit records of why an officer left their employ, and to consult the database before hiring any applicants. (The Inquirer)

July 14, 2020

Motorcyclist injured in Montgomery County wreck
Authorities are investigating a car-motorcycle accident that occurred Sunday at about 7 p.m. near East High and Beech streets in Pottstown. They cyclist was seriously injured. (WFMZ-TV video)

Protest in Pennsylvania after cop uses knee to restrain man
Activists against police brutality expressed outrage and demanded accountability Monday after video emerged of an officer placing his knee on a man’s head and neck area outside an Allentown hospital. (Associated Press)

July 12, 2020

The Last Reporter in Town Had One Big Question for His Rich Boss
His newspaper has withered under a hedge fund. His industry was in turmoil even before a pandemic. But the Pottstown Mercury’s Evan Brandt won’t stop chronicling his town. (The New York Times)

Phoenixville’s historic Colonial Theatre reopens, with new COVID-19 guidelines
The historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville staged a “soft opening” under Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 safety guidelines. It’s hoping word will spread about the return of a theater experience. (KYW NewsRadio)

Wawa asks customers to use card or exact change amid nationwide coin shortage
A nationwide coin shortage has Wawa asking customers to pay with exact change, if they’re using cash. They’re also encouraging customers to pay with credit, debit, or the Wawa mobile app. (WFMZ-TV)

Montco officials say change is coming soon to county’s bail system
Montgomery County officials are rolling out a plan they say has been years in the making, which they say is designed to ensure anyone arrested and charged with a crime is treated fairly. (KYW NewsRadio)

July 10, 2020

Council Looks to $700K Grant For New Street Lights
Pottstown borough council is expected to vote Monday to approve applying for a grant to replace 1,821 mercury vapor and high-pressure sodium street lights that have lit borough streets since the 1960s. (Digital Notebook)

July 9, 2020

Fireworks Excesses Pushing Council to Seek Change
If you’re one of those people who has been setting off fireworks in Pottstown for a month, at all hours of the day and night, borough council is not too happy with you. (Digital Notebook)

Wegmans Announces Permanent Closure Of All 12 ‘Pub’ Restaurants
Wegmans has announced it’s closing all 12 of its “Pub” restaurants for good. There are several locations in our area, including in King of Prussia, as well as other parts of Pennsylvania, NY and VA. (CBS3-TV)

Coronavirus-impacted Bed, Bath & Beyond to close over 200 stores
Bed, Bath & Beyond will close more than 200 stores over the next two years as part of a restructuring effort due to the coronavirus pandemic. (FOX29-TV)

July 8, 2020

New roof for US Army veteran in Lower Pottsgrove
A Lower Pottsgrove veteran who spent most of his life giving back to his country and community received a nice surprise on Tuesday: a new roof over his head. (6ABC-TV)

Loss of Waltz Fireworks Masks Big Money for FD
The pandemic-driven decision to skip this year’s fireworks display by Waltz’s Golf Farm denied the Limerick Fire Department of an annual source of revenue. Lisa Waltz found a solution to that problem. (Digital Notebook)

North Coventry police K-9 named in honor of fallen trooper
A special K-9 is helping keep Chester County safe. Kedra is named in honor of trooper David Kedra, who was killed in a training accident at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus back in 2014. (WFMZ-TV)

July 4, 2020

Serious injuries in a blink: Hand surgeon warns against trend toward fireworks at home
If you feel tempted to light your own fireworks, a local hand surgeon urges you to think twice and think about the dangers. (WPVI-TV)

July 3, 2020

American Cornhole Championships To Be Held In Oaks
There are $55,000 in cash payouts for the American Cornhole League Championships, Friday through Sunday, July 3-5. No spectators are allowed, but the tournament will be broadcast live on ESPN. (Patch)

Upper Perkiomen Considers Three Scenarios for Opening School
“We’re not going to hit everyone’s comfort zone,” its superintendent said during a June 25 school board workshop meeting held on Zoom. We’ll navigate these waters together. We need the entire community to participate.” (Town and Country)

Wolf signs bill to reform professional licensing rules
Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday relaxed more requirements for professional licenses, signing a law that prevents the state from denying a professional license to someone because of a felony on their record. (Associated Press)

Promising year for PA budget ends with a $3.2 billion thud
Pennsylvania closed its fiscal year Tuesday with a $3.2 billion shortfall, with revenues falling 9% below official estimates. The state continues to grapple with the economic damage caused by the pandemic. (PA Post)

July 1, 2020

Pottstown Community Arts Hosts Protest Art Show
Pottstown Community Arts helped create four temporary art displays throughout Pottstown, featuring Peace and Equality-themed protest signs carried during the peaceful June 8 protest down High Street.

Montco commissioner accused of violating the First Amendment by blocking opposing users on social media
A federal lawsuit accuses Montgomery County commissioner Joe Gale of violating the First Amendment by blocking people from his social media accounts and deleting their comments. (KYW Newsradio)

June 30, 2020

Health, dental care practice to open location near Bally
Community Health and Dental Care, with three locations in Pottstown, said it’s preparing to open its first location in Berks County, on Route 100 in Washington Township. (WFMZ-TV)

Douglassville man killed in single-vehicle accident
A Douglassville man was killed early Saturday when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed about 2:30 a.m. on Centre Road in Union Township. (Reading Eagle)

June 29, 2020

#MakeItMontco designed to stimulate travel, tourism in Montgomery County
With recent surveys showing people want to stay closer to home for summer vacations, a Montgomery County tourism group is rolling out the welcome mat. (KYW Newsradio)

Pennsylvania’s nightmare 2020 voting scenario — and how to prevent it
The experience of this month’s Pennsylvania primary election, coupled with Trump’s increasingly frequent false claims about mail voting, point to a troubling possibility in November. (The Inquirer)

June 27, 2020

Amid national call for police reform, Montgomery County township ends probe into racism
A member of Congress is among those now calling for an outside probe into accusations of racial intimidation and bullying against New Hanover Township Police Chief Kevin McKeon. The case has been referred to the state attorney general’s office. (The Inquirer)

June 26, 2020

Online school plus summer break can mean months of learning loss for students
Summer slide is the tendency for kids to lose some of their academic gains over the summer. And it’s expected to be worse this year because of remote learning. (KYW Newsradio)

Valley Forge Casino Resort to reopen Friday
Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia is set to resume operations on Friday with numerous health and safety protocols in place. Both guests and employees will undergo temperature checks on arrival. (Philly Voice)

Pottstown man held for trial for allegedly killing wife by strangulation
A Pottstown man was ordered to stand trial for allegedly using an electrical cord to strangle and kill his wife as she sat in a recliner in the living room of their borough residence after an argument. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

June 25, 2020

Bill Cosby appeal will test scope of #MeToo prosecutions
In a decision that could test the legal framework of #MeToo cases, Pennsylvania’s highest court will review the decision to let five other accusers testify at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial in 2018. (Associated Press)

June 24, 2020

$125M Boyertown School Budget Raises Taxes 3.2%
The Boyertown School Board voted 7-2 Tuesday night to adopt a $124.9 million school budget that raises taxes by 3.2 percent, the maximum allowed by the state’s Act 1 index. The millage will be raised to 28.2 mills as a result of the vote. (Digital Notebook)

June 23, 2020

No Racism found in Probe of North Hanover Police
A $30,000, 11-month investigation into allegations of racist behavior and language by the chief and sergeant of the New Hanover Police Department reportedly found no evidence to confirm any of the claims. (Digital Notebook)

June 22, 2020

Science education standards could get rewrite
A group of educators from across Pennsylvania aims to overhaul some of the country’s oldest standards for science education, while avoiding a protracted political dispute over climate change and evolution. (Associated Press)

Top Pa. GOP lawmaker fast-tracking gambling expansion that benefits campaign donor
As state lawmakers prepare to leave Harrisburg for a summer of campaigning leading up to the November elections, a rush is on to expand next frontier of expanded gambling known as video-gaming terminals. (PA Post)

June 19, 2020

Rallies for and against Joe Gale converge at Montgomery County courthouse
Clergy members and demonstrators for racial justice marched to the Montgomery County Courthouse to call for the resignation of county Commissioner Joseph C. Gale. A block away, pro-life activists showed their support for him. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

Welcome the Summer Solstice Saturday
The first day of summer officially begins Saturday (June 20) around noon. It will be the longest day of the year, at 15 hours and 3 minutes. (Night Sky Notebook)

June 18, 2020

Montgomery County offices will close Friday to observe Juneteenth
Montgomery County offices and facilities will be closed to the public on Friday, June 19, to observe Juneteenth, a day honoring the end of slavery in the United States. (WFMZ-TV)

June 17, 2020

Limerick Supervisors Meeting Becomes Shout-Fest
Limerick Township’s municipal building on West Ridge Pike (Photo by The Post Publications)

Limerick Supervisors Meeting Becomes Shout-Fest
There was a whole of shouting going on during Tuesday night’s Limerick Supervisor’s meeting. Chairman Thomas Neafcy crossed swords with fellow supervisor Patrick Morroney and several audience members on a variety of subjects. (Digital Notebook)

Joe Gale Compares Himself To Trump, Denounces Impeachment Inquiry
His comments Tuesday came as hundreds gathered at Montgomery County Courthouse to organize support for a PA Senate resolution to impeach Gale. (Patch)

West Pottsgrove man draws prison for using dating app to harass Upper Merion couple
A West Pottsgrove man is on his way to prison after he posed as a young female in online dating apps and sent dozens of men to the residence of an unsuspecting couple he never met. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

June 13, 2020

Pottstown Police: Shooting of two brothers in Bright Hope likely related
Police believe a shooting in the Bright Hope community just after midnight Friday may be related to a previous shooting there on May 15. (The Mercury)

Phoenixville Seeking $3M Grant For Passenger Train Station Land
Phoenixville has applied for a $3 million grant to purchase land to develop a train station and parking area as part of the proposal to return SEPTA passenger rail service to the area. (Patch)

Pennsburg man admits embezzling $2.7 million from Lancaster employer
A Pennsburg man admitted to embezzling nearly $3 million from his former employer in Lancaster during a scheme that federal prosecutors said abused “his trusted position.” (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

June 12, 2020

PA Lawmakers Attempt To Impeach Commissioner Joe Gale
A state lawmaker announced plans Wednesday to attempt to impeach Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale, after he refused to resign for his remarks about recent protests and racial injustice. (Patch)

Colebrookdale Railroad receives national award for innovation
The achievement award from the National Association of Counties recognizes the county’s efforts to prevent the loss of the freight line. (The Mercury)

Owen J. Roberts school board president resigns over Facebook post
Karel Minor, the president of the Owen J. Roberts School Board, has announced his immediate resignation on Facebook in the wake of reaction to a racially charged joke he made there. (Reading Eagle)

EPA helping convert Mercury building into ’boutique hotel’
The federal government is going to help cover the cost of converting the former Mercury newspaper building into a “boutique hotel. (The Mercury)

Projected first-year enrollment down at Pennsylvania’s 14 state universities
A total of 17,277 students paid deposits to attend the universities, compared to 17,583 last year, a decline of 1.7 percent. Some other universities in the region have reported declines, too. (The Inquirer)

June 10, 2020

Gilbertsville-area man injured in downtown Boyertown accident
The accident happened about 6:15 a.m. Tuesday on East Philadelphia Avenue, or Route 73, part of the borough’s central business district. (Reading Eagle)

Pottstown man sent to prison for raping teenage girl
A Pottstown man faces up to two decades in prison for raping and strangling a teenage girl during a violent assault at a borough residence. The girl was 15 and the accused was 27 at the time. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

June 9, 2020

Pottstown Council Supports Elks Club Liquor License
Pottstown Borough Council on Monday endorsed the transfer of a club liquor license to the Montgomery Elks Club No. 1271 at 605 Walnut St. Now the application moves to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. (Digital Notebook)

Legislators commandeer House to demand action on policing
Black Democrats in the Pennsylvania House preempted Monday’s business to call for changes to policing, displaying a Black Lives Matter banner and commandeering the podium for about 90 minutes. (Associated Press)

June 8, 2020

Thousands March in Pottstown for Racial Justice
Pottstown hosted yet another peaceful rally for racial justice Sunday, expanding exponentially on the number of people who showed up to call for equal treatment under the law for all Americans. (Digital Notebook)

Protesters converge on Montco official Joe Gale’s home for calling BLM a ‘hate’ group
More than 100 protesters gathered in the road in front of Montgomery County Commissioner Joseph Gale’s home in Plymouth Meeting. He was believed to be at the Jersey Shore. They vowed to return. (The Inquirer)

Police executives, officer union leaders support ‘red flag’ reforms
Leaders of police departments and officers’ unions in Pennsylvania said they support legislative changes designed to make it harder for law enforcers with past disciplinary problems to get new jobs in the field. (PA Post)

All SEPTA riders now required to wear face coverings
Starting Monday, all SEPTA riders across the entire transit system will be required to wear face masks in order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (Philly Voice)

Citadel Country Spirit USA postponed to 2021
Chester County’s own country music festival will not return to the Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Grounds this year, with officials citing health concerns due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

June 7, 2020

Phoenixville man jailed for stealing from charity for victims of fatal Schwenksville fire
A Phoenixville man was sent to jail for what a judge called “cunning” acts, keeping money raised for a charity assisting a Montgomery County deputy sheriff whose children died in a December 2017 fire in Schwenksville, and fleecing a local nonprofit group. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

CVS Health continues expansion of local COVID-19 testing locations
The CVS Pharmacy on West Schuylkill Road in Pottstown is among 36 in southeastern PA and southern NJ that on Friday began offering self-swab coronavirus testing. (Philly Voice)

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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