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    • Cow escapes nativity scene, takes stroll down I-95 December 14, 2017
      PHILADELPHIA >> A cow believed to have escaped from a nativity scene found its way onto Interstate 95 in Philadelphia before being corralled by police.The cow, nicknamed "Stormy," was seen walking along the highway just after 2 a.m. Thursday.WPVI-TV reports that the cow escaped from a nativity scene at Old First Reformed United Church of […]
    • Regional Morning Briefing: Tragedy in Montgomery County as 2 young boys die in house fire December 14, 2017
      Good Morning. Here are some of the top stories from around the region.WEATHERWe woke up to a nice coating of snow (more than a coating in some places), but at least the wind has gone away. Expect a chilly day, but not as cold as Wednesday. You will be seeing a high of about 38 […]
    • Overnight snow causes some school delays December 14, 2017
      About an inch of snow fell around the area today. Several schools have called for 2-hour delays this morning.MONTGOMERY COUNTYBoyertown School DistrictCentennial School DistrictLower Moreland School DistrictMethaction School DistrictOwen J. Roberts School DistrictPennridge School DistrictPerkiomen Valley School District
    • Ample tax cuts for business, wealthy in new GOP tax accord December 14, 2017
      WASHINGTON >> Generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans would be delivered in a sweeping overhaul of the tax laws, under a new agreement crafted by Republicans in Congress.Middle- and low-income families would receive smaller tax cuts, though President Donald Trump and Republican leaders have billed the package as a huge benefit for […]
    • Community News in Brief December 14, 2017
      East Coventry: Members of East Vincent Township's Cub Scout Pack 4 will gather at noon on Saturday to place wreaths at the final resting place in the Revolutionary War Cemetery, Ellis Woods Road, for some of George Washington's soldiers who succumbed to injuries and maladies on their trek to Valley Forge during the bitterly cold […]
    • Thursday's Bulletin Board December 14, 2017
      Alcoholics Anonymous: Meeting at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 301 Cherry St., Pottstown, 12:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Shepherd of the Hills Church, 527 Hoffmansville Road, Bechtelsville, 12:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.; St. Aloysius Parish Center, Beech and Hanover streets, Pottstown, 7 p.m.
    • Thursday's Sound Off December 14, 2017
      The light at Adams and High streets is very poorly timed. If you come from the area of Beech Street you cannot make a turn onto High Street if you're the fourth car; the light blinks off after three. You're lucky if you can make it through. It's sad.This nation's national parks were created by […]
    • Chester County budget passes, salary hikes possible December 14, 2017
      WEST CHESTER >> The Chester County commissioners on Wednesday approved a plan that may see more money going into the pockets of its non-union employees.Acting as the county Salary Board, the three commissioners voted to increase the range of salaries by 2 percent beginning next year. Also voting in favor of the increase was Carole […]
    • CHRIS FREIND: Why boycotting Trump at civil rights museum was the wrong call December 14, 2017
      Child sees Santa Claus. Child is afraid of Santa.Child refuses to speak with Santa.Parents reason with child, explaining that if he doesn't talk, Kris Kringle won't know what he wants and, therefore, won't be able to work his magic.Not surprisingly, the child sees the light, ensuring that all will be well on Christmas day.
    • ESTHER CEPEDA: Using The Force of the galaxy to spread love of ballet here on Earth December 14, 2017
      On Friday, I will be subjected to several hours of inscrutable "pew-pew"-ing when I flock, reluctantly, with my husband, my son and a substantial portion of America to the new "Star Wars" movie, "The Last Jedi."Enduring another installment of a movie franchise that seems to have no end in sight (especially now that it has […]

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    • FOOD: Give these 3 holly, jolly holiday desserts December 13, 2017
      This season, deck the halls with boughs of holly and stack the dessert table with showstoppers like Black Forest cake, white chocolate mousse trifle and vanilla cheesecake with thyme-cherry compote."We have a magic wand. It takes all of the calories out. You don't have to worry about it," joked pastry chef Vanessa Casper of Longwood […]
    • WINE: A witty way with wine December 12, 2017
      A year of good wine? Yes, please. Especially when it comes in page-a-day calendar form from the pen of Karen MacNeil ("The Wine Bible").These page-a-day calendars have tackled nearly every topic, from cats to shoes. Now Workman Publishing has tackled "A Year of Good Wine" and enlisted the help of MacNeil, the Napa Valley-based wine […]
    • THE YANKEE CHEF: A joyous occasion deserves a sweet, decadent treat December 12, 2017
      Reminding you of pecan pie, this recipe is far and above better flavored, joyous to the occasion and did I mention it has chocolate in it as well? One look at the crispy, toasted and decadent topping that literally crackles as you cut it, and it will soon become a favorite this Christmas.There really isn't […]
    • CONCERT PREVIEW: Reggae meets hip-hop meets jam -- 'Broken Crowns' Tour with Matisyahu, Common Kings, and Orphan at the TLA December 12, 2017
      In the middle of Hanukkah comes a show with alternative rock musician Matisyahu.This year the singer and beatboxer, and his band, released the sixth Matisyahu studio album, "Undercurrent," as well as a collaborative single with current opening act, Common Kings.In a phone call following a soundcheck in Minneapolis, he said the reggae-tinged pop track "Broken […]
    • Creating S-Town: Brian Reed to discuss his blockbuster podcast at the Merriam Theater December 11, 2017
      When the "S-Town" podcast premiered on a Tuesday morning in March, millions of people downloaded it thinking they were signing up for a true-crime story - a murder mystery not unlike the 2014 phenomenon "Serial." After all, that's how the show was being advertised.What people ended up listening to, however, was a poignant character study, […]
    • Lower Providence Police seek suspect in road rage incident December 8, 2017
      LOWER PROVIDENCE >> Police are looking for a suspect after a woman reported she was assaulted inside her car.Officers responded to Town Center Drive at 4:35 p.m. Monday for a reported disturbance, according to a Facebook post from Lower Providence Police.Upon arrival, officers spoke with a Phoenixville woman who reported that she was the victim […]
    • WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Holiday lights, music and much more December 7, 2017
      Arty partyWayne Art Center: The preview party for "Craftforms 2017" and "Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Glass" is held 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 8. Enjoy contemporary crafts, food, wine, cocktails, live music, an auction and a raffle. Get ticket information at (610) 688-3553. The center is at 413 Maplewood Ave.
    • LOCAL DESTINATION: Where sky meets water. Get to know Welkinweir in Chester County December 7, 2017
      Tucked in a little valley in northwestern Chester County, there's a place called Welkinweir - "where sky meets water." Welkinweir is the former home of Everett and Grace Rodebaugh, who in 1935 purchased the property - which includes a large, stone estate house - as a weekend retreat and summer home.
    • HOLIDAY TREATS: Locals share the art of clear toy candy December 7, 2017
      Wearing a long skirt and apron, Suzanne Wainwright-Evans worked tirelessly in the kitchen of Perkiomen Township's historic Pennypacker Mills. During last year's Victorian Christmas, curious visitors filled the room, watching her make an old-fashioned favorite: clear toy candy. "It is kind of a slowly dying art.
    • MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS: Wolf Alice, The Score, Elephant Stone among upcoming best concert bets December 6, 2017
      Welcome to "Seven in Seven," where each Friday we take a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there'll always be something to check out in the coming days. Here are seven of the best for the […]