Obama and Putin: Awkward moments, few breakthroughs |Sep 29, 2015

NEW YORK >> U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first formal meeting in more than two years started with an awkward handshake and ended without a breakthrough on Syria, a crisis that has strained their already tense relationship.

Holy Cross School installs rock climbing wall |Sep 29, 2015

The Holy Cross School community proudly introduced a new addition to its campus. A rock climbing wall was recently installed in the school gymnasium and was unveiled to the students and parents during the first week of the 2015-16 school year.

Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library announces Bookmobile schedule |Sep 29, 2015

The Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library has announced the October 2015 schedule for their Bookmobile, which brings the library’s collection out into the community.

Exeter Ambulance Association extends ‘olive branch’ to Exeter Township |Sep 29, 2015

It wasn’t until nearly one week after the news broke about a lawsuit, that the Exeter Ambulance Association (EAA) was served lawsuit papers from Exeter Township, said EAA President Kathy Cortellessa last Wednesday.

Boyertown Jaycees announce 63rd Annual Halloween Parade |Sep 29, 2015

The Boyertown Jaycees 63rd Annual Halloween Parade is planned for Saturday, Oct. 24, beginning at 7 p.m.

Meet Cornflake, a gentle and loving kitty who needs a home |Sep 29, 2015

She’s grrrrreat! No, not Tony the Tiger... it’s Cornflake the Cat! Cornflake and her beautiful kittens were found in Pottstown by a kind cat lover. After being taken inside, Cornflake proved herself to be a doting mother.

Adoptables from the Montco SPCA |Sep 29, 2015

May we have the honor of introducing Pudgy and Boomer? These two handsome 11-year-old Pugs are in search of a home together. They have lived and grown up with each other and would be devastate if they were separated! They are both good with children and appear to get along well with other animals.

Julia’s Grace to host 3rd Annual Ninja Race |Sep 29, 2015

Oct. 11 is the date of the 3rd Annual Ninja 5K/1M Race to benefit Julia’s Grace Foundation. The event will start at 9 a.m. at the Limerick Community Park located at Swamp Pike & Ziegler Road, Limerick.

Pottstown SCORE announces October seminars |Sep 29, 2015

Pottstown SCORE is offering two learning opportunities in October. All workshops are free and are held at the SCORE office at 244 High Street in Pottstown (free parking, entrance at the rear of the building).

Frecon Farms celebrates fall with annual ‘Pick Your Own’ invitation |Sep 29, 2015

Frecon Farms has kicked off their annual “Pick your own fruit” — community members now have the chance to explore 30 acres of land and their own apples, pears, pumpkins, and other fruits that are grown in the orchard.

‘A lifetime experience that we will never forget’ |Sep 29, 2015

Karen Smith and her daughter, Jennifer, of Gilbertsville traveled to Philadelphia to join in the celebration of the Festival of Families on Saturday, September 26. The Smith’s joined 20 other pilgrims on a bus tour that dismissed from Most Blessed Sacrament, Bally.

State Police release name of driver killed in Lyons Road crash |Sep 28, 2015

State Police have released the name of the driver who was killed in a one-vehicle crash on Lyons Road on Sept. 19.

Kutztown Ambulance selected to high-security position ahead of Papal visit |Sep 28, 2015

On Sept. 26, Pope Francis provided his first mass to the continent since his election to pope in 2013. In coalition with many other ambulance agencies throughout Pennsylvania, Kutztown Area Transport Service, Inc.

Fleetwood Police collect scattered mail from roadway |Sep 28, 2015

On Sept. 23 at approximately 7:57 p.m., the Fleetwood Police Department was dispatched to the intersection of Kutztown Road (SR 222) and Moselem Springs Road (SR 662) for mail in the roadway. Upon arrival, numerous pieces of mail were observed to be scattered on the roadway.

Request to close portion of Third Street in Boyertown to be discussed at Sept. 30 meeting |Sep 28, 2015

There has been a proposal presented to Borough Council by the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust to permanently close the section of Third Street between Chestnut Street and Pear Street. This would be to allow the trains to be maintained in a convenient and safe manner.

Malvern Federal Savings Bank to hold job fairs in response to recent disruptions in local banking market |Sep 28, 2015

Malvern Federal Savings Bank, whose parent company is Malvern Bancorp, Inc., (Nasdaq: MLVF), will hold two job fairs in response to disruptions in the local banking market including staff reductions at other banks due to recent acquisition activity.

911 Call Night teaches Fleetwood Brownie Troop about safety and First Aid |Sep 28, 2015

Fleetwood Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1956 had a special visitor from the Berks County 911 Call Center. Miss Jodi came to their meeting to teach the girls about what she does and to teach the girls a few things about safety and First Aid.

They wouldn’t miss seeing Pope Francis because ‘He is a rock star’ |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The visit by Pope Francis to Philadelphia is bringing people near and far together for at least the weekend.

Pope Francis meets with sexual abuse victims, promises change |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Pope Francis met on Sunday morning at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary with three women and two men who had been victims of sexual abuse — at least some in the group were abused by clergy members.

Walk across Ben Franklin Bridge becomes draw for New Jersey residents |Sep 27, 2015

CAMDEN >> Making the pilgrimage to see the pope in Philadelphia meant many things to many people, and for those in New Jersey, a pilgrimage was undertaken in the literal sense.

Battleship New Jersey becomes temporary home to Pope Francis pilgrims |Sep 27, 2015

CAMDEN >> For the O’Neal family of Raleigh, N.C., the trip to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia was “an adventure beyond belief.”

Pope Francis cutout huge hit with traveler making trip to Philly |Sep 27, 2015

UPPER DARBY >> Pilgrims lined up in the 69th Street Transportation Center on Sunday not to board the Market-Frankford train but to have their photo taken with a cardboard cutout of Pope Francis.

Immigrants hope Pope Francis’ words can change thoughts |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Thousands of pilgrims flooded Independence Hall to hear Pope Francis speak about immigration Saturday.

Pope Francis to prisoners at Curran-Fromhold: Stay open to ‘new possibilities’ |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Pope Francis delivered a message to inmates at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia on Sunday morning.

Vice President Joe Biden among group to bid Pope Francis adieu |Sep 27, 2015

It was announced Sunday morning that Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will lead the American delegation attending the departure ceremony for Pope Francis when he departs to Rome, Italy, after the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families.

Travelers describe experience seeing Pope Francis |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The faithful traveled from as far as Argentina and as near as Lansdowne on Sunday to celebrate Mass with a pope who many feel brings a message of humility, redemption and hope.

Volunteers share experiences helping faithful during Pope Francis’ visit |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The spirit on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway was infectious.

Column: For this Catholic, seeing Pope Francis was surreal |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Standing in the middle of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, a few football fields away from the head of the Catholic Church, well, let’s just say it felt surreal.

Being handicapped made seeing Pope Francis a little tricky |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> For the all the walking and standing crowds had to endure to catch a view of Pope Francis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia for the papal Mass on Sunday, organizers had to scramble to accommodate those with disabilities.

Pope Francis final message to Philly: ‘Love is in little things’ |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Before an audience of hundreds of thousands of people, Pope Francis completed his visit to Philadelphia, and the final leg of his tour of the United States, by celebrating Mass Sunday afternoon.

Pa. Sen. Casey takes pontiff’s message to heart |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-PA, called Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia an honor and privilege.

On the ground: Pope Francis arrives in Philadelphia |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> As Shepherd One quietly glided into Atlantic Aviation at Philadelphia International Airport, Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia officially began.

Faithful pack Cathedral Basilica for Mass with Pope Francis |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The largest cathedral in Pennsylvania was certainly the right setting for Pope Francis on Saturday morning.

Crowds gather to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis in front of the Basilica |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> There was plenty of brotherly love shown to Pope Francis upon his arrival to Philadelphia on Saturday morning.

Papal pilgrims arrive slowly but steadily at 69th Street Transportation Center |Sep 26, 2015

UPPER DARBY >> The 69th Street Transportation Center, one of the main transit sites for access to see the pope in Philadelphia, had a scant but steady stream of people before noon on Saturday.

Pope Francis extols virtues of immigrants, talks religious freedom, globalization |Sep 26, 2015

They brought out all the pomp and circumstance at Independence Hall on Saturday afternoon.

Getting out early in hopes of seeing Pope Francis |Sep 26, 2015

The crush to get an early start on Septa’s regional rail wasn’t nearly as bad as expected the morning when Pope Francis was coming to town.

New Jersey to Philly commute better than expected Saturday morning |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Travelers from New Jersey had a surprisingly easy time Saturday morning commuting into Philadelphia for the Pope Francis visit.

SEPTA passengers make their way by train, foot to Saturday’s papal events |Sep 26, 2015

UPPER DARBY >> The 7:30 a.m. train out of the Primos SEPTA station in Upper Darby Saturday was quiet.

Chester County boy gets special, moving visit from Pope Francis |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Chuck Keating prepared for weeks for Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia, but what happened when the pontiff got here he could have never anticipated.

Bishop Shanahan marching band excited to greet Pope Francis at airport |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Among those ready to greet Pope Francis at the Philadelphia airport was the Bishop Shanahan High School marching band.

$55,808 donated to the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholarship Foundation |Sep 26, 2015

National Penn Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: NPBC) announced today a $55,808 contribution to the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholarship Foundation. The donation is part of more than $1,000,000 contributed this year to eligible organizations across its marketplace by National Penn through its participation in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

Pope Francis paints final stroke on commemorative mural that honors WMOF |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> On a cool fall evening in the heart of center city Philadelphia, after a night of celebrating family with moving musical acts, compelling stories shared by families around the world and scripture readings, Pope Francis, joined children and artists on the Festival of Families stage, and signed his name to a mural created to honor his historic visit to the City of Brotherly Love during the Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Saturday night.

Boyertown/Oley Bark For Life set for Oct. 4 at Oley Fairgrounds |Sep 26, 2015

Bark For Life will be filling up the Oley Fairgrounds on Sunday, Oct. 4. Registration begins at 10 a.m.

56th Annual Cavalcade of Bands set for this Saturday in Boyertown |Sep 25, 2015

The community is invited to the 56th Annual Cavalcade of Bands on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Boyertown Area Senior High School’s Memorial Stadium.

Daniel Boone school board considers building and enrollment studies |Sep 25, 2015

The Daniel Boone School Board was split Sept. 14 on whether to proceed with more studies of the district’s facilities and enrollment, in order to determine future years’ budgets.

Daniel Boone Homestead announces Heritage Day |Sep 25, 2015

Each year the Homestead celebrates the arrival of fall with an exciting living history event! This year’s event features horse-drawn wagon rides and a variety of eighteenth century demonstrations, trades, and hands-on activities.

Staff at St. Francis Academy readies for Papal Visit |Sep 25, 2015

Most Blessed Sacrament church in Bally is sending a bus to the World Meeting of Families on Saturday. “It will be a unique experience,” predicts Msgr. Edward Coyle, pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament Church.

Amity Township: New parking fines approved; EAA to shut down transport system |Sep 25, 2015

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved on Sept 16 to advertise for adoption an amendment to its parking ordinance, which would include a daily $40 fine for illegally parked trucks, campers, boats, dumpsters, and storage containers on township streets.

Tom Roth visits Hamburg Rotary |Sep 25, 2015

On Sept. 23, Tom Roth visited the Hamburg Rotary to offer a presentation on how to use the Hamburg Rotary website. Roth also offered tips and information about Club Runner.