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- 08/04/14--21:00: _In the Zone
- 08/05/14--21:00: _A Night on the Town
- 08/06/14--21:00: _Artful Beef and Beer
- 08/07/14--21:00: _Fancy Footwork At t...
- 08/08/14--21:00: _A Steely Council Me...
- 08/09/14--21:00: _A Visit With a Quie...
- 08/10/14--21:00: _How Does Your Garde...
- 08/11/14--21:00: _Nothing 'Mini" Abou...
- 08/12/14--21:00: _A Late Night for Bo...
- 08/13/14--21:00: _Summer Break's Over...
- 08/14/14--21:00: _What Was That Sound...
- 08/17/14--06:48: _Castor has High Pra...
- 08/17/14--21:00: _Under Construction
- 08/18/14--21:00: _Douglass and Upper ...
- 08/19/14--21:00: _Of Pipes, Rails, Me...
- 08/20/14--21:00: _The Wheels of Fortune
- 08/21/14--21:00: _Delays, Donations a...
- 08/01/14--21:00: An Every Day Hero at The Hill
- 08/02/14--21:00: Putting Your Best Foot Forward
- 08/03/14--21:23: Dancing Your Way Through School
- 08/04/14--21:00: In the Zone
- 08/05/14--21:00: A Night on the Town
- 08/06/14--21:00: Artful Beef and Beer
- 08/07/14--21:00: Fancy Footwork At the Library
- 08/08/14--21:00: A Steely Council Meeting
- 08/09/14--21:00: A Visit With a Quieter Time
- 08/10/14--21:00: How Does Your Garden Grow?
- 08/11/14--21:00: Nothing 'Mini" About Mini Mart Hearing
- 08/12/14--21:00: A Late Night for Borough Council
- 08/13/14--21:00: Summer Break's Over Pottsgrove
- 08/14/14--21:00: What Was That Sound? 'Author! Author!'
- 08/17/14--06:48: Castor has High Praise for Pottstown's Carousel
- 08/17/14--21:00: Under Construction
- 08/18/14--21:00: Douglass and Upper Pottsgrove in One Night
- 08/19/14--21:00: Of Pipes, Rails, Meters and Stations
- 08/20/14--21:00: The Wheels of Fortune
- 08/21/14--21:00: Delays, Donations and Unfortunate Vacancies
As part of this honor, Mary received a $5,000 grant to be awarded to a charity of her choice.
In addition to her weekly Monday visits, Mary also fills in for other volunteers, happily taking on additional shifts as her schedule permits.
A very humble Mary noted that she does not want attention for herself for this award, but rather wants others to know about the work done by the Sodexo Foundation.
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All at the YMCA at 724 N. Adams St.
The sessions will be held on several dates throughout August (as seen on the poster) from 2 to 3 p.m.
For more information, call the YMCA at 610-323-7300.
|Photos by Sandi Yanisko.|
Montgomery County Community College is now accepting registration for its Associate in Arts degree program in Dance to be offered at its West Campus in Pottstown starting Fall 2014.
This 63-credit program provides both a liberal arts background and dance courses comparable to classes offered during the first two years at a four-year institution.
“The program is unique in that it offers courses for dancers of all levels, from beginners to experienced dancers,” said Dr. Melinda Copel, Coordinator of Dance, indicating that novices can take fundamentals-level dance courses while simultaneously taking degree courses.
Dance classes are open to all students, regardless of their majors, and will meet core education requirements for Exercise and Health Sciences and Aesthetic Sensibility and the Arts.
The Associate in Arts degree program in dance allows students to transfer into a baccalaureate program in dance at many colleges and universities.
“There are a number of career possibilities in dance including performer, choreographer, teacher, dance or movement therapist, dance historian and writer, dance critic, arts administrator, and dance notator,” Dr. Copel said.
“Many dancers combine performance with careers in dance education or choreography,” she said.
Beyond courses, students have performance opportunities with the College’s Dance Performance Ensemble, which is open to all students. Both the Dance Ensemble and the Dance Repertory class perform at the end of each semester.
For more information or to register, contact Dr. Melinda Copel at email@example.com or 215-641-6346.
Poorly focused photo by Evan Brandt
A small portion of the audience at Monday night's zoning hearing.
The hearing was on a zoning change, that was ultimately adopted, but about which quite a few residents and property owners had reservations.
Although the issue dominated most of the meeting's Tweets, which can be read below, an article about that also appears in today's Mercury.
Later in the evening, another newsworthy event came about when Commissioners Chairman Bruce Foltz announced that after polling the other board members, he had contacted the developers proposing a Family Dollar story in Sanatoga, "thanks, but no thanks."
Look for that Tweet near the bottom of the Storify reproduced here.
We'll be following up on that as well.
In the meantime, don't forget to click on the blue "Read Next Page" bar to make sure you see it all.
Photo by Evan Brandt
Sometimes, when you want to take back the streets (and sidewalks) of your community, you have to put your message in just the right place....
Tuesday night was National Night Out and I had a little help covering things in Pottstown from Michilea Patterson, our Fit for Life reporter and my co-Tweeter for the evening.
As always, remember to click the blue "Read More" bar to make sure you get it all.
This Saturday night, help support your local non-profit community art center!
Victory Beer, food from Ice House Steaks & Pizza and Montesano Bros Bucktown Market & Cafe, homemade desserts, raffles, and a silent auction!
|Photos by Evan Brandt (video too!)|
Not so Wednesday morning on the main floor of the Pottstown Regional Public Library.
In addition to being packed with kids, the main floor was also pulsing to the beat of the dance music of Ill Style and PEACE.
They are an educational dance troupe which travels the country and breaks down (sorry, couldn't resist) the moves and history of "Lockin'" and "Poppin," dance styles associated with break dancing.
And among the things the students learned is that it should be called "breaking" not "break dancing." It was so named because people danced in the "breaks" or scratching sounds made on LP records.
PEACE, which stands for People Everywhere Are Created Equal, taught the children who invented particular styles and where Michael Jackson got so many of his moves.
The students, and even some of the parents and camp counselors, all got a chance to participate, as you will see at the end of the video I've posted here:
Children's Librarian Leslie Stillings arranged the performance as part of the summer series of events for kids and said she keeps inviting them back because the children really respond to the group.
I'm sorry the photos are not better, but iPhones do not specialize in action shots -- at least not iPhones wielded by yours truly.
Nevertheless, I sent a few out via Twitter and you can see them posted below in this Storify.
|New Pottstown Police officers Matthew Maciejewski, left, and Brett Cortis get sworn in at Wednesday night's borough council meeting.|
So for those of you who don't know, I occasionally have a life that does not include municipal meetings.
On Wednesday night, with great reluctance, I gave up my chance to attend the Pottstown Borough Council work session, and instead made a pilgrimage to Bethlehem to Musikfest where I saw one of my favorite bands -- Steely Dan -- perform live.
As my darling bride aptly observed, "really, this is the soundtrack of our youth."
So on a beautiful summer evening, with a warm breeze playing and a Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy in my hand, I forgot about Pottstown municipal affairs for a few hours and surprised myself with how many lyrics I remembered from those songs.
Luckily for you readers who are addicted to the goings on of Pottstown municipal government, Mercury Ace Frank Otto stood ready to stand in.
And so he did, pelting out Tweets with a dizzying frequency and them organizing them into this handy Storify for me to purloin shamelessly and present here as if I did it myself.
So, without further ado, I present to you, Frank Otto's Twitter coverage.
Photo by Evan Brandt
A few lucky riders had the opportunity to close out this year's Goschenhoppen Folk Festival with a wagon ride.
So I won't lie, I'm a history geek.
And few things get me more jazzed each year than the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival, which features samples of life in both the 18th and 19th centuries.
For the last four years, my son has been volunteering as an apprentice, along with his best friend, although each prefers a different century.
Benjamin Franklin said "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us
to be happy." A statement with which I agree wholeheartedly.
However, I would add an addendum:
"Also, vanilla ice cream and fresh peaches."
I take pictures and Tweet them out, hoping to generate interest for the event, but also because I like
My wife and I often visit, but not every year. It is, after all, the same set of exhibits each year.
I do, however, make sure to do one thing every year.
I get a bowl of Longacre vanilla ice cream with fresh peaches on top. I look forward to it every year and it remains proof positive to me that we can create heaven here on earth.
Anyway, this is the stuff I shot during drop-off and pick-up each year.
And here is the Tout video embedded, so you don't have to click the link in the Storify below.
|This year's Garden Contest winters are Anna Johnson, Vanessa Wyatt, Ryan Procsal, Athena Singer and Robbin Pineda|
Honorable Mention -- Vanessa Wyatt, who won $50.
The entries were judged by the Pottstown Garden Club.
Mosaic partnered with the Pottstown Garden club to develop, advertise and judge the contest. Flyers were distributed to all the homes in the area while the Mercury helped promote the contest in an article about both the garden contest.
The cart will sell fresh produce from our gardens, donated vegetables from members of the Pottstown Garden Club and local farmers. There will also be a resource table with loads of free information to
learn more about gardening, health and nutrition!
Produce sales will happen each Saturday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and will continue each week until they run out of vegetables to sell.
The Mosaic Land Trust was also among the sponsors of the showing of “Frozen” last Saturday.
"The balloon artist was there and make dozens of great balloon animals for the kids.
"Parents and kids alike shared in the experience and had a great time.
"Look forward to another great movie presentation next year," garden manager Laura Washington reported in an e-mail.
In addition to showing movies, the community gardens also host borough youngsters from summer camps at the Olivett Boys and Girls Club at the Ricketts Center and maintains a garden plot for students at Pottstown Middle School, who learn how to grow their own food, and the importance of healthy food.
|Remember this Place? Last night, borough council held is second conditional use hearing on a proposal to put a mini-mart grocery story in the first floor of this building.|
So here's the thing.
Last night was a long night, made so by the three-hour duration of the second, yes SECOND, conditional use hearing for a proposal to establish the Torres Mini-Mart in the first floor of this building at King and Washington Streets.
There were lawyers, there was testimony, there were petitions, questions, commentary. You name it.
All the things that make democracy great.
But just because I was subjected to this dear reader, does not mean you have to live through it the same way I did.
So after about 48 seconds of deliberation, I decided to post the Tweets from the hearing today, separately from those from the regular meeting.
Those will appear in tomorrow's post.
"But what about tomorrow night's Pottsgrove School Board meeting Tweet-master? When will that appear?"
I hear you gentle reader.
All I can say is good things come to those who wait.
Without further ado, here are the Tweets from the conditional use hearing made necessary after David and Katy Jackson challenged council's first approval in April, claiming it was inadequate.
Rather than fight it out in court, both sides agreed to come back to borough council for what is essentially a "do-over."
The results of that agreement appear below.
How very bold of you.
So for those of you who didn't see yesterday's post, a quick recap.
Monday night's conditional use hearing for the proposed Torres Mini-Mart at King and Washington went on so long, that the all-seeing overlords at the Digital Notebook information complex decided it was just too much information for one sitting.
They decided some of you might just like to know what happened at council, without having to plow through all the Torres testimony.
And so here you are, all sparkly clean, the Tweets from the regular council meeting.
Enjoy them in all their grandeur.
Photo by John Armato
Pottstown High School teacher and published author Marilyn Bainbridge with her book, and a handful of interested listeners.
Blogger's Note:The following was provided by John Armato, the unsleeping community relations director for the Pottstown School District.
What do you do if you have a young child who constantly wakes up in the night worried about noises that they hear?
Bainbridge, who has three children of her own, was inspired to write the book to help one of her children who was a particularly light sleeper and would constantly wake up worried about noises in the night.
“I enjoy writing to express myself and entertain others. I saw this as an opportunity to help other parents address the problem of noises in the night,” said Bainbridge.
The 24-page illustrated book follows the adventure of one curious child who is awakened during the night and sets out to find out what was that sound.
Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor, right,
gets information from volunteer Jim Arms.
I visited the Carousel at Pottstown and I have to admit, I thought it was going to be a little bit silly, but it was as far from that as possible.
I was completely stunned by the carousel.
It is very close to the western campus of the community college, and also close to Pottsgrove Manor and the new miniature golf course they have there and also close to the Colebrookdale Railway, which is being established to take people to Boyertown.
Pottstown Borough Council President Steve Toroney,
and Borough Manager Mark Flanders explain
of the Carousel at Pottstown
to Commissioner Castor.
I was incredibly impressed by the carousel, which is the second oldest carousel in the country.
And the thing I found fascinating is the center pole the carousel revolves around is a re-purposed mast from a sailing ship from the Philadelphia Shipyard.
The carousel was built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1902 and a local artist from Boyertown has repainted all the murals with great scenes of Montgomery County and, as part of the fundraising, painted in pictures of people’s children n period clothing and irs really quirte expertly done.
They are very very close to bring able to open up.
And this is part of a revitalization effort with all of these things right within walking distance, the community college, the carousel, which will have arcades and concessions, and Pottsgrove manor and the gold course and the railroad.
These people are thinking out there and they’re thinking in such a way by asking themselves how is
|Commissioner Castor meets some of the project's volunteers.|
So they’re looking for money and putting the finishing touches on the building and trying get things up and running.
Obviously, I’m not in a position to make such promises, but I promised to bring back the information they gave me and to give it to (Deputy COO Lee Soltysiak).
I flat-out said we are not in the business of giving money away, and we always look very carefully at that sort of thing and the first thing out of their mouths was that ‘we already have a donor willing to match dollar for dollar whatever money we can get in.
So they are really focusing on the need to drive tourism to a central location, to those resources to make it easy for families to do a lot of things in a small geographic area and they recognize that government is not the solution to every problem.
And I think that the people in Pottstown have their act together and this is a project I’m delighted I now know about.
And I hope in the future the county will be in a position where we can give it careful consideration and support it if we consider it worthy.
Mercury Photo by John Strickler
The construction project at Pottsgrove High School will prevent normal parking and pick-up and drop-off procedures during the school year, Principal William Ziegler has announced.
Photo from Pottsgrove School Disrtict Web Site
It is not possible to drive around Pottsgrove High School
during the construction project.
This is the entrance where parents are being asked to
drop-off and pick-up their students.
Buses will be dropping off and picking up at the North Entrance of School along the 100 and Science corridor.
So the life of the lowly municipal government reporter is nothing if not complicated.
Monday night, I attended the Douglass (Mont.) Supervisors meeting only to find them behaving like perfectly reasonable people.
What fun is that?
So on my way home, I stopped in at Upper Pottsgrove's Commissioner's meeting and caught the VERY tail end of that meeting, but got some interesting tips.
Some of them appear below, others, I will keep close to the vest....
Photo by Evan Brandt
A slide from Nathaniel Gust's presentation to the
Pottstown Borough Authority.
But in Pottstown, anything can happen.
So who was at last night's Pottstown Borough Authority Meeting but Nathaniel Guest, the unsleeping champion of the Colebrokdale Railroad.
He was there with a problem.
To make the whole project work, the railroad needs to establish ts historic train station in Memorial Park in a location visible from High Street.
The problem is the best site is right on top of a sewer line that runs through Memorial Park.
He came to the Borough Authority with a request.
Read the Tweets below to find out what happened, as well as a $3 million project to help water meters get read remotely and $6 million in pending water and sewer projects in the borough.
|This Honda Fit, or $15,000 cash, is the grand prize.|
There is only about a week remaining to get your tickets for the 18th annual Pottstown Area Seniors’ Center car raffle.
“This is a great way for the community to support the senior center,” said Brian Parkes, executive director. “And of course, one lucky person will walk away with a brand new car or $15,000 cash!”
Proceeds from the raffle will be used to support programs for seniors in the greater Pottstown area.
“Nearly 1,500 seniors every year stop by the senior center, and many come on a daily basis,” said Parkes. “Many of our participants would be sitting home alone. Instead, they come to the senior center to see their friends, socialize, exercise, play games, and receive the help they need to remain living independently.”
Car raffle tickets are $10 each, or four for $30. Tickets may be purchased at the senior center at 288 Moser Road, Pottstown (the former Pottstown Health Club), from 8am to 4pm on weekdays, or at the Pottstown Walmart on most weekends. The car is provided by Piazza Honda.
The Pottstown Area Seniors’ Center serves adults age 50 and better with programs and services including information and referral assistance, a daily free lunch, exercise programs, social activities, and much more. The Mission of the Pottstown Area Seniors’ Center is to enhance the well-being of its members by providing services and activities that promote an independent and healthy life style. The Pottstown Area Seniors’ Center has more than 3,400 members, and anyone living in the tri-county area (Berks, Chester and Montgomery Counties) who is 50+ years of age is welcome to join the senior center. Learn more at www.greaterpasc.com.
They included board's frustration at the last-minute decision not to open Rupert Elementary School for the first day of school and instead send students and teachers to the former Edgewood School they attended last year for the start of school.
There was also discussion of replacing School Board Vice President Dennis Wausnock, who died Tuesday, and the suggestion that the board should go out of its way to recruit a member of the "minority community."
And there was the news that not only has Gerry Lenfest, who founded Suburban Cable and now owns the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, donated $10,000 to the effort to build new lights at Grigg Memorial Field, but also that an unnamed donor has offered to match the fundraising effort, and all Pottstown now has to raise is $150,000.
And then there was the "brain break," which is something teachers now do in Pottstown Schools to give students a chance to recharge and get some physical activity, but which Superintendent Jeff Sparagana also felt the board should do from time to time.
You can read all below as it was Tweeted live by yours truly, despite a temperamental Twitter app.
As always, don't forget to click the blue "Read Next Page" bars to ensure full exposure to every pithy Tweet.