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"Yes, Virginia, there is a pumpkin under that snow!" While many in our neighborhood are still out of power and are busy cleaning up broken trees and fixing their leaky roofs, we are thankful to have been fortunate enough to have escaped our "Snow-tober" surprise unscathed. I have to admit, it was fun being snow bound on a Saturday evening albeit October. Hopefully, we will be able to wait through the next holiday (Thanksgiving) without another snowfall- I'll take a white Christmas, though!
Looks like the Grand Opening of the brand new Carmike Cinema 12 theatre multi-plex in Upland Shopping Center can't be too far away! They just put up the new signs this morning: There are also signs that they are hiring for all positions. This theater represents such positive growth for the community, not to mention the entertainment factor it brings to this area. From one movie buff to another- I am extremely excited about the arrival of this new Multi-Plex to the West Pottsgrove community. You can be sure that I will be posting photos from the Grand Opening! (0 comments)
Attention Trick or Treaters: Don't forget your Snow Boots when heading out this weekend... - 10/29/11 06:56 AM
As I prepare my caramel apples, carve my pumpkin and make ready for the trick or treaters this weekend- evidently I must also make sure I know where my snow shovel and salt is located as well! Yesterday, I was at the store and the cashier asked me if I was ready for the snow. I chuckled and said, "Give it some time!" She then told me that she was serious and looked at me in astonishment as if I was completely "out of the loop". So I logged on to the Weather Channel on my phone and low and behold..... A (10 comments)
Great news for Bicyclists on the Schuyllkill River Trail... - 10/27/11 03:46 PM
Helping to complete one of the many “priority gaps” on the Schuylkill River Trail in Chester County, officials unveiled a 5.6-mile section in Spring City Tuesday that will eventually connect the multi-use trail system with the rest of the region.Before a crowd of nearly 40 people, Chester County representatives hailed the opening of Spring City’s portion of the Schuylkill River Trail as an accomplishment because it will spur economic growth for the borough and begin to finish work on the approximately 130-mile system.John P. Mikowychok, director of Chester County Parks and Recreation, told those in attendance that the completion of Spring (1 comments)
WBZH 1370 AM (formerly WPAZ) just changed the station call letters to build something new for the Tri-County area (Montgomery, Chester & Berks in PA). The station's mission is to develop entertaining programming that will keep its audience in touch with what occurs in their communities and to promote the positive aspects of each. One goal of the station is to become a broadcast platform for those voices who work tirelessly to (1 comments)
This lovely three bedroom 1 1/2 bath townhome is ready for you to move in! The neutral decor includes brand new wall to wall carpeting throughout. Enjoy your morning coffee on the rear deck or take a swim in the association pool, just a short walk from your home. This home is all ready for you to move in... Seller will consider lease purchase.
*PREMIERING TODAY on our own local radio station: WPAZ1370* THE COMMUNITY SPEAKS is a new daily show which brings you interviews and features informing you about what's happening in the listening area. Familiar voices, eye-opening topics, and great music -- it's THE COMMUNITY SPEAKS!! Today's show features interviews with Reed Lindley (Pottstown school district superintendent), Alicia Taschner (host of Heaven Talks on WPAZ Tuesdays at 8:30pm), and Adrianne Blank (Main Street Manager at Building A Better Boyertown). Tune in online every day between 9am and 1pm!!
Cat Angel Network is holding their annual action on Sunday, October 23rd from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The silent auction runs from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM and the live auction will begin at 3:00 PM. The event will be held at the West Chester Senior Center at 530 East Union Street in West Chester. Admission is $20.00 per person, which includes both hot and cold hors d'oeuvres. Auction items include gift baskets, gift cerficates, jewelry, wine, pet services, etc. For further information on this event, please contact: Henry Grabb at 484-947-3684
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Preserving the Life of your Jack O Lantern... - 10/21/11 08:20 AM
Halloween Pumpkin Carving was always a tradition around our house. Spending hours carefully carving those faces. Each person meticulously personalizing their pumpkin. Then we would proudly display our crowning achievement on the porch and what would you find a couple days later? A shriveling rotting mess. This year I came across this suggestion for preserving your hard work for a little longer...
Here are the simple steps: Remove dirt: Wipe the exterior surfaces of the pumpkin clean using a damp cloth. Make a bleach solution of1 tablespoon of bleach (typical brand name "Clorox) per quart of water and put it in a spray bottle. (6 comments)
Theater Productions...Art Gallerys... in Pottstown? Why YES, there are! - 10/21/11 08:00 AM
A new show opened at the Gallery on High on Saturday, October 15. The Fall Member Show features work by the Gallery’s local Working Artist Members. Visitors will be treated to a gorgeous array of art in mediums from traditional oil and photography to mixed media using clay, fiber, sand and wood. The Fall Member Show will run until November 12. The show can be seen during the Gallery’s regular hours: Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 10am-3pm. The Gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.
The Gallery on High, along with The Tri County (0 comments)
Pottstown Classics Car Club and PepBoys Pumpkin Run Car Cruise...That's a mouthfull! - 10/20/11 02:47 PM
PepBoys Pumpkin Run Car CruiseIn cooperation with Pottstown Classics Car Club When: October 22, 2011 from 1-5pm (Lot opens at 12:30pm) Where: Wilcox Farms 1134 Reading Avenue, Boyertown, PA.$10 Registration Fee includes: Pumpkin, Hayride,Commemorative Dash Plaque & Car Photo in Seasonal Setting Don't Have A Show Car? Come anyway! Free admission to look at these trophy cars and join the fun with us. Three Trophies will be awarded during this show. Family fun includes: *Car Show & Ten-Mile Cruise,*Hay Ride *Bon fire * Music & Door Prizes A car cruise from the event through Boyertown to Pottstown is scheduled at 5 (1 comments)
I'll just bet that you've had some visions of apple dumplings and apple cider dancing in your head these days. In this area it is apple time and they are abundant all around, in every possible way- baked, boiled, carmelized, I could go on and on..... A trip to a local apple farm is pretty common for many families living in the Berks and Montgomery County areas. Here is another fun event to round out your Apple theme: Pottsgrove Manor is holding interactive demonstrations on how the colonial settlers made hard cider, apple butter and other apple recipes. It’s taking place this (1 comments)
Amenities for the new 45,300 square ft 12-plex will include stadium style, high-back plush seating throughout the entire complex. This theatre will feature wall-to-wall screens, with projection powered by DLP DIGITAL technology, which produces 35 trillion colors delivering the sharpest and most pristine picture (0 comments)
Downtown Pottstown is offering worldwide flair for your dining experience these days...
Recently added to the upscale Mexican eatery Juan Carlos is Bistro 137, a coffee house and restaurant that specializes in a broad range of Mediterranean fare. The restaurant is owned by Ilknur Basol, a native of southern Turkey who comes from a family focused on food. Her brother lives in Switzerland and is a professional cake and chocolate baker there and, she said in an email, she hopes to soon bring him (and his delicious cakes) here to Pottstown. "Cooking is a gene that runs in my (2 comments)
Beautiful Mural beautifies Pottstown's Washington/Chestnut St. Park... - 10/17/11 07:58 PM
Over the past two months, a forest scene has come alive in Pottstown's Washington/Chestnut street park in the form of a mural. Jeff Margraf, an accomplished local artist living in Phoenixville, was commissioned to design and create the mural for all to enjoy. The artwork depicts the change of seasons set in a natural wooded scene, with flora and fauna scattered throughout. Several young budding artists had an opportunity to assist Margraf during the recent National Night Out Celebration held on August 2 at this same park. Children of all ages helped fill in tree trunks and the grassy field, bringing (0 comments)
We are so lucky here in the Pottstown area to have access to theatrical performances second to none right in our very own backyard. I have been fortunate enough to have attended several performances at the Tri Pac Performing Arts Center since their launch in 2001. There are shows that are going to appeal to just about everyone. I particularly enjoy the family productions. My grandson couldn't stop talking about the Frog Prince after his first visit to the Tri Pac in January. This is a MUST for families that are looking for something new and different to do (0 comments)
FUN THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS IN AND AROUND THE POTTSTOWN AND SURROUNDING AREAS... The Gallery on High - Gallery School of Pottstown, 254 E High St, Pottstown, will host Bees, Butterflies, Beaches and Bridges through Aug. 13. The event is free and open to the public. The Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tues. - Fri. and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat. • (2 comments)
This says it all. Begin with yourself and work outward from there... (0 comments)
Boo on the Avenue in West Reading PA... - 10/16/11 09:49 PM
"BOO ON THE AVENUE" IN WEST READING PA DATE & TIME: October 1-31, 2011, during regular business hours.LOCATION: Along Penn Avenue, West Reading, 19611PHONE: 610-685-8854DETAILS: Shop, dine and enjoy a Spooktacular season along our Artsy Avenue! Samplings of events include: Costumes in the Corridor, Charlie Adams Ghost Tour and the Reading Reads Literary Events and so much more! (0 comments)
Shop, visit with friends --enjoy the cute furry ALPACAS and much more fun for the whole family! Be sure to pick up your game pieces from every participating merchant! The rules for the event will be posted at the Pumpkin Painting Stations throughout the 100-300 block. This event and other happenenings in and around Pottstown from time to time are sponsored by the PDIDA. (0 comments)
Have Some Fun at Weaver's Orchards this Saturday AND Enter the Photo Contest... - 10/14/11 08:56 AM
Bring the kids out to Weavers Orchard for Family Fun Days on Saturdays in October and while you're there, take some pictures and enter Weaver's On The Farm Photo Contest... Physical address: 40 Fruit Lane Morgantown, PA 19543GPS option: 685 Weaver Rd. Morgantown, PA 19543(Please note that some GPS units will not recognize Fruit Lane) 2011 Weaver's Orchard On-Farm Photo Contest Details Photo Contest Prizes:1st Prize - $50 Weaver’s Orchard Gift Card2nd Prize - $25 Weaver’s Orchard Gift Card3rd Prize - $10 Weaver’s Orchard Gift CardVideo Contest Prize: $ 50 Weaver’s Orchard Gift CardAt least 5 entries must be (2 comments)
The Levengood family have been making wine at Manatawny Creek Winery for over 13 years and having a great time doing it! All of their wines are made here at the winery and they grow about half of the grapes needed to produce about 12,000 gallons (5000 cases) of wine every year. All the grapes purchased are grown in Pennsylvania with the majority grown right here in Berks (2 comments)
Bike Pottstown, a FREE bike share program is putting Pottstown on the map. Stop into Tri County Bicycles, and enjoy a FREE ride on one of our yellow beach cruisers and see what it’s all about. Ride the Schuylkill River Trail, visit the historic Pottsgrove Manor, the home of John Potts a pioneer of the iron and steel industry, and dine at one of the restaurants in Pottstown’s commercial district.
POTTSTOWN West Campus - Credit enrollment continues to grow at Montgomery County Community College as increasing numbers of students seek affordable and flexible pathways to attain education and training. As of Oct. 10, 2011, MCCC’s fall headcount is 14,428 students – 54 more students than last year and the highest fall enrollment in the college’s history. The increase builds on MCCC’s significant enrollment growth of close to 49 percent over the last decade. One reason for this sustained growth is an increase in the number of new students who are enrolling at (1 comments)
Purchasing your first home can sometimes rattle your nerves. Many first time home buyers don't know what to expect or what comes next. You fill out your mortgage paperwork and jump through all the hoops that the mortgage company requests and then silence. All of a sudden- nothing. I make a point of touching base with my clients at least two or three times a week- EVEN when there is nothing to tell them. I call or email and say, " (5 comments)
Come and enjoy a day full of art, music, food and information at the fifth annual Schuylkill River Festival on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverfront Park and College Drive, Pottstown.The free admission festival features an assortment of family activities for all ages, including games, crafts, petting zoo, wildlife exhibits and a moon bounce.Artwork and crafts of local artists and artisans will also be on display and for sale at Riverfront Park. Check out the cultural and environmental exhibits and the local civic organizations' tables of information about their services and the (2 comments)
What do I need a Permit for in Amity Township? - 10/04/11 06:12 PM
This is always a question that pops up at one time or another for homeowners. While you could always check on the townships website for specific questions, here is what you DON'T need a permit for in Amity Township:
Roof replacement on a residential structure Siding replacement Retaining walls not over 4' high Non-bearing walls in a dwelling Residential swings and playgrounds Pools where water depth is less than 24" deep Gutters and downspouts Appliance replacement Security systems Propane or liquified petroleum appliances and associated piping Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops and similar finishing work Resurfacing or sealing driveway (0 comments)
Fall is a great time for a hike! Visit Monocacy hill recreation Area for their annual Fall Open house on sunday, October 16th from 9AM to 4PM. The event will include several hikes and activities as well as free drinks and snacks. For more information on this event and other hikes that will be offered this Fall visit: Monocacy Hill Recreation
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