Pottstown Relay For Life Kicks Off 16th Year Saturday

POTTSTOWN — The annual Relay for Life, a 24 hour walk to help raise money for cancer research, is right around the corner and this year will be packed full of activities that will help honor those who have fought back against cancer.

The huge event will start a 10 a.m. Saturday with the opening ceremonies and end on Sunday at 10 a.m.  The day-long event will be heralded in with Celtic pipes and drums along with the Springford Vocal Ensemble.

This year, 129 teams will cheer on the survivors in attendance as they take the first lap around the Pottsgrove High School track to kick off one of the highest grossing relays in the nation.

In its 16th year, the Pottstown relay has been ranked the fifth largest relay out of the 5,100 worldwide, according to Susan Schafer, a representative with the Pottstown Relay for Life.  As of Monday night, 1,966 participants have raised $352,590.62 and that number will rise because the last day to stop raising money is Aug. 31.

Read more:  http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130530/NEWS01/130539985/pottstown-relay-for-life-kicks-off-16th-year-saturday#full_story

Pottstown Residents Want Fireworks For Fourth Of July Celebration

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POTTSTOWN — Historic re-enactments, a mini balloon festival, cook-offs, a beer tent, local musicians and, of course, fireworks.

Lots and lots of fireworks.
Memorial Day has arrived and thus, the unofficial arrival of the summer season.

Thoughts turn to barbecues, swimming pools and, of course, the Fourth of July.

Last month, we asked people for their thoughts on ways to improve, enhance and better fund Pottstown’s signature summer event and we thought the first unofficial day of summer would be a good day to let everyone know what suggestions we received.

Chief among them was a desire for the return of the fireworks.

Regional Recreation Coordinator Pitched To Pottstown Council

Editor’s note:  We are all for regional planning and cooperation.  This approach will help unite the Greater Pottstown area and that would be a good thing!

POTTSTOWN — Borough council may vote Monday on endorsing a proposal that could, at very little cost, provide support and technical services to regional recreation efforts and perhaps draw more financial support for large events like the Fourth of July and Volleyball Rumble.

The proposal has been discussed for several months by the Pottstown Metropolitan Area Regional Planning Committee and would be jointly funded by the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation and a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The idea is to use the funding to hire what the state calls “a circuit rider” and what David Kraybill, executive director of the foundation, calls a “regional recreation coordinator” to help organize, provide technical and marketing support and write grants for the eight municipalities which comprise the regional planning area.

To benefit, each municipality would have to sign on and pay what the foundation’s Anna Brendle-Kennedy called “an escalating” fee which begins with several hundred dollars and ends, after five years at $5,000, so long as all municipalities participate.

$1,000 German Club Donation Starts Pottstown Halloween Parade Fund Drive Off Right

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  The cheers for the German Club!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The first day of fund-raising to pay $2,660 in borough costs for the Oct. 24 Halloween parade netted a whopping $1,125, just short of the halfway mark, on the very first day.

Way to go Pottstown.  The biggest contribution came from Pottstown’s German Club, which donated $1,000 to the cause.

Read entire article: http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20121011/NEWS01/121019814/-1-000-german-club-donation-starts-pottstown-halloween-parade-fund-drive-off-right

Harrisburg’s Cultural Enrichment Fund (CEF) Exceeds Fundraising Goal

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The Cultural Enrichment Fund (CEF) gives money to many worthy Central Pennsylvania arts and cultural groups.  This year the CEF saw an increase in fundraising donations to the tune of $15,000.  The group exceeded its $500,000 goal.  This was the first time in several years that the CEF was able to exceed their fundraising goal.

The top recipients are:

Harrisburg Symphony – $77,008

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet – $45,903

Whitaker Center- $29,252

Open Stage of Harrisburg- $19,647

Theatre of Harrisburg – $19,609

Susquehanna Art Museum- $18,760

Thirteen groups will receive funding this year.

Cinco de Mayo Networking Event

Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm

Atria Woodbridge Place, 1191 Rapps Dam Rd., Kimberton

Join TCN for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and networking at a fundraising event

Sponsored by Atria Woodbridge Place and ManorCare Health Services.

Music provided by High Street Music Company.

$25 for TCN Members*

$35 for Non-Members

*$20 for TCN Members who pay by April 29th.

Payment must be received by April 29th for discount.

For more information or to purchase tickets call 610-705-3301, Ext. 2. 

Partnering to improve health, social and environmental conditions.

TriCounty Community Network

260 High Street, Pottstown, PA  19464
www.TCNetwork.org

The Sun Sets On Pottstown’s Century Club

I read, with great sadness, a letter to the Editor from Nancy Dolan the other day.  Nancy is a past president of the Pottstown Century Club.  After 113 years, the club has called it quits.

There are several reasons this is sad: 

  1. The club lasted 113 years!
  2. In this day and age there aren’t enough interested people to sustain a service organization.
  3. At the present time, the need is great for an organization like this. 

Reading the list of accomplishments and the number of organizations the Century Club has contributed to, in and around Pottstown, was impressive to say the least.  These ladies raised a lot of money during the club’s tenure and that money was used for worthy causes.  Money was raised for everything from books to trees, war bonds, property, furniture, musical instruments, scholarships and a host of charities as long as your arm!

The group’s final act of benevolence was to give all their remaining money to the Pottstown Public Library.  This sum was $8,000.00!  I am sure the library can use this money due to the funding cutbacks that libraries are experiencing in this economy.

Sadly, now Pottstown has one less advocate for all things good.

We commend the Century Club for their many years of selfless service to our community!

Code Blue And Positively Pottstown Fundraiser A Great Success

Amy Francis reports that the Code Blue & Positively Pottstown Fundraiser turned out very well.   The fundraiser, whose genesis came about from a post by Sue Repko of Positively Pottstown, was a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Pottstown 4th of July Committee.  As Amy put it, this was very last-minute but through the efforts of everyone involved, they turned over $600.00 to the 4th of July Committee and the two winners each received $300.00!  In 13 hours, $1200.00 was raised!

Hats off to Code Blue & Positively Pottstown for doing their part to help fund the 4th of July celebration here in Pottstown!  Everyone can make a difference!

Pottstown 4th Of July Information

Hello readers!  Please click on the link below.  Our friends from Code Blue have some great information about the 4th of July festivities here in Pottstown for your consideration.  Please take a moment to read and digest their idea to help cover the expenses for our grand Pottstown party.

http://codebluepulse.blogspot.com/2010/06/potluck-pottstown-4th-of-july.html