Spirit Grass At Steel City Coffee House, Phoenixville

Steel City Coffee House  
204 Bridge St Phoenixville, PA

Thursday September 17th  7:00 -9:00 pm   tickets $12.00 advance or $15.00 at door

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Eric and Lynn Miller (mando, guitar) Clint Goss (flutes) Ron Kravitz (percussion)

Flute Haven Mini 2015 Saturday June 13



Flute Haven Mini offers a day of Native Flute workshops, a flute circle, classes, and performances, and (most enjoyably) music-making and jamming.

At Flute Haven you can:

  • ClintGoss_Fujara1_lgraise your level of flute playing,
  • learn to play with  percussion, guitar, and piano,
  • dive into performing,
  • expand your flute playing into new genres,

Flute Haven is for people of all levels of musical experience – including beginners and experienced players. The amount of time you have played Native flutes is not important – only your desire to explore and expand your musicality.


Optional Friday night wine & cheese jam & reception 6:30pm – 8:30pm


Flutehaven Staff

Clint Goss, Eric and Lynn Miller, Ron Kravitz, Frank Henninger, Ron Volkman, Vera Shanov

9:30-12:30  Workshops * 12:30-1:30  Lunch * 2-5pm  Flute Circle

6:30-8:30 Outdoor Concert Stage Performance and Flute Facilitation



Summer “Soul-stice”

  Expressive Arts workshop

Sue Mistretta and Lynn Miller
Saturday June 20th 10am – 5pm   

Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, providing us with the most Light of any day. It also happens to be the day when the shortest shadow is found. Using this as a metaphor for our personal and spiritual growth journey, we will create a day of celebration and purification. Using expressive arts, we will explore our soul longings through painting, sound and movement. We will make this Soul-stice an opportunity to let go of the “old story” we each carry in our lives…even if just for a moment. Only when we let go, are we open to possibilities that exist in our lives. We will shed light on the most meaningful parts of our lives and give these parts of us a voice.

Cost for the workshop is $100 and includes lunch and all workshop materials.

Early bird special – $90 if you sign up before June 6th!


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Music for People’s,  Adventures in Improvisation

Join Our Musical Community

Find your authentic sound, explore your music

Lynn Miller, Ron Kravitz, Mary Knysh and Jim Oshinsky will guide you through singing, drumming, and instrument playing with MFP improvisational structures.
All styles, instruments and levels of experience welcomed.


Immaculata University, Malvern, PA

 June 26-28, 2015

Special tuition rate for first timers ($199 full weekend, $99 Saturday only)

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Phoenixville Borough Council Targets Crime On Bridge Street

PHOENIXVILLE, PA – After a recent increase in crime along Bridge Street, borough officials, residents and business owners say they’ve had enough and are searching for solutions.

During Tuesday night’s borough council meeting, Councilman Michael Kuznar added his voice to the growing number of people concerned about the borough’s safety. A recent armed robbery at the Save More Discount Center on Bridge Street and bricks thrown at two businesses were examples he used that something needs to be done.

“Since Jan. 1, Bridge Street has had over 900 calls to dispatch,” Kuznar said. “That’s a lot for just one street.”

Residents complained about “shady activity” at the Children’s Plaza at Bridge and Banks streets, too.

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Special Project: Is Pottstown More Dangerous Than Other Towns?

Editor’s note:  A continuation of Evan Brandt’s series about crime in Pottstown.  Well worth the read.  The blogging community has been trying to get this problem addressed for a while now and it’s great that the mainstream media and Montco officials are getting on the bandwagon to clean up Pottstown.  We feel Pottstown has great potential but it can’t be realized until crime is brought under control.  When criminals learn that Pottstown isn’t open for business anymore, redevelopment can really take hold.

How many times have you heard it in the past year?

“Pottstown is turning into another Reading.”

It’s the kind of comparison not meant to reflect well on the Berks County seat, labeled in 2011 as the nation’s poorest city.

But comparisons are a way to put things in context.

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Schuylkill River Trail Extensions Will Connect Pottstown, Phoenixville

POTTSTOWN — It’s a simple truth, one that Kurt Zwikl repeats often: the longer a trail, the more people it attracts.

So perhaps that’s why as executive director of the Schuylkill River Heritage Association, he is so excited about the nearly $10 million of work being planned for his trail along the Schuylkill River.

Listed among hundreds of projects approved for funding in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, two relatively little items in Chester County are big news in terms of the Schuylkill River Trail.

Though small, they form crucial connections between two completed portions of the trail — from Mont Clare to Phoenixville and from Parker Ford to Pottstown.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140801/schuylkill-river-trail-extensions-will-connect-pottstown-phoenixville

SpiritArts Workshop To Be Offered in Phoenixville

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Come explore the practices in my new book!
SpiritArts Workshop

Develop your Spiritual practice through creativity. Drumming, singing and art making will be explored through a body-centered approach to develop Mindfulness, being present, letting go and having fun! Discover sources for self-discovery, artistry and well-being whether you are a beginner or are experienced in expressing yourself through the arts.  

Have fun in the
Healing Arts Studio
Church alley, Phoenixville, PA

Saturday, May 31  10-5pm   $65.

www.SpiritArts.us    call to register 610-999-5945

Join Lynn for a talk/and SpiritArts experiential sampler on
Wednesday May 14th @ 7pm
at the Phoenix Village Arts Center, 207 Bridge St. Phoenixville, PA

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Heroin Addict Admits To Chester County Bank Robbery

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WEST CHESTER, PA – A 23-year-old man addicted to heroin told a Common Pleas Court judge he wants to make a change in his life when the time comes for him to walk out of prison.

Instead of robbing banks to fund his addiction, as Michael Brown pleaded guilty to before Judge Anne Marie Wheatcraft on Tuesday, he would rather find a job that allows him to speak to people dealing with the same problem.

Brown, a high school dropout who had been addicted to heroin for three years, told the judge he would appreciate the chance to tell others just starting on the road to drug addiction about how he had made the same mistake, only to see his life ruined by having to feed his habit, court observers said.

Wheatcraft appeared impressed with Brown’s determination, and in a recommendation to the state Department of Corrections, suggested that he be allowed to serve his prison sentence at SCI Chester, which has an advanced drug rehabilitation program for inmates.

Read more: http://www.dailylocal.com/general-news/20140318/heroin-addict-admits-to-bank-robbery

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Jury Finds Phoenixville Hospital Nurses Negligent, Awards Family $32.8M

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WEST CHESTER, PA — A Chester County Court jury awarded $32.8 million to a young North Coventry girl who was born with brain damage at Phoenixville Hospital, finding negligence on the part of two nurses who were attending her pregnant mother.

The verdict came late Friday after the panel of eight men and four women deliberated more than nine hours in the case of Lily Ciechoski, who suffers from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. The jury found that the nurses had improperly failed to alert the girl’s mother’s doctor about a drastic change in the baby’s heart rate for 13 minutes during labor.

That failure and other delays in the delivery caused the baby to suffer the brain damage she now struggles with, said her attorney Jason Archinaco of the Pittsburgh law firm of Archinaco Bracken.

“I compare it to an airplane going into a nose dive for 13 minutes and no one telling the pilot,” Archinaco said in an interview Wednesday.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140122/jury-finds-phoenixville-hospital-nurses-negligent-awards-family-328m

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Phoenixville Council Appoints New Member To Fill Vacated Seat

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PHOENIXVILLE — In a split vote at Tuesday night’s meeting, borough council appointed a current planning commission member to fill the East Ward seat Mike Speck vacated by his election to mayor in November.

Shai Perednik, who also serves on the borough’s historic architecture review board, joined council in a 4-3 vote divided along party lines Tuesday night.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to get involved in the borough,” Perednik said, adding he’d like to see his family grow up alongside the borough.

One of three candidates interviewed, Perednik received approval votes from Council President Jim Kovaleski, Council Vice President Dana Dugan, Jenn Mayo and Jeremy Dalton.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140116/phoenixville-council-appoints-new-member-to-fill-vacated-seat

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Phoenixville Man Accused Of Following Woman For 21 Miles

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WEST GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, PA ­— A 25-year-old Phoenixville man is facing stalking and related charges after he allegedly made numerous unwanted sexual advances toward a woman before following her car for more than 21 miles.

During the early morning hours of Jan. 3, a young woman was driving when she noticed another vehicle following closely behind her own vehicle, according to the West Goshen Police Department. When the victim stopped at a Wawa store, the driver of the other vehicle approached her both inside and outside of the store and repeatedly asked for the victim’s telephone number.

Police said the driver of the vehicle, a silver Honda Civic with Pennsylvania tags, was later identified as Scott Andrew Rosenberg.

Investigators said that when the victim refused to give Rosenberg her phone number, he continued to harass her and suggested various sexual encounters he said he would like to have with the victim.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140117/phoenixville-man-accused-of-following-woman-for-21-miles

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New Faces, Appointment Could Shake Up Phoenixville Council Dynamic

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PHOENIXVILLE — Moving into 2014, borough council’s dynamics could change with new faces from November’s election, familiar faces taking on new roles, and the appointment of a new council member due by early February.

Four current council members will carry over to 2014. East Ward representative Mike Speck won his bid for mayor and will resign from council Jan. 3. Richard Kirkner, Dave Gautreau and Karl Bucus all decided against running for re-election.

2013’s council had a 5-3 Democrat majority with Democrats Kirkner and Speck serving as president and vice president, respectively.

Of the four returning council members, three — Jenn Mayo, Jim Kovaleski, and Dana Dugan — are registered Democrats and one — Christopher Bauers — is a registered Republican.

Read more:   http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20131229/new-faces-appointment-could-shake-up-phoenixville-council-dynamic

UPDATED: Weather Service Issues Storm Warning, 6 Inches Possible

POTTSTOWN — Weather forecasters are calling for more snow today, with a possible accumulation of 6 to 8 inches across the region.

According to the National Weather Service, “there will be enough cold air in place for a widespread snowfall to occur, and there is the potential for significant accumulations” as a low pressure system moves across the Northeast today into Sunday. As the system moves away, temperatures, which have been dipping into the teens at night for the Philadelphia region, could rise, causing the snow to turn into sleet and freezing rain, the weather service warned.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties and the Philadelphia region from 7 this morning through 5 a.m. Sunday as a result. In addition to the heavy accumulation, the weather service warned a quarter inch of ice could accumulate at the end of the storm Sunday morning. The weather service warned travel conditions could be hazardous as bridges and overpasses could become slippery. “Bridges and overpasses tend to ice up first,” it said.

The heaviest snowfall times will be between 3 p.m. and midnight when snow will fall an inch an hour with visibility only one half mile, the weather service said. Temperatures will only be in the 20s and possibly into the teens in the Poconos. Gusty winds are also possible, the weather service said.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20131213/updated-weather-service-issues-storm-warning-6-inches-possible

Phoenixville Rejects Hiring Additional Police Officer

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PHOENIXVILLE, PA — Borough council voted 5-2 Tuesday to turn down a request to budget for a 29th officer for the Phoenixville Police Department.

Supporting the addition of a police officer were East Ward council members David Gautreau and council Vice President Michael Speck, who was recently elected mayor. Negative votes came from all other council members at the meeting. Middle Ward council member Jennifer Mayo was absent.

Borough Manager E. Jean Krack said he and Finance Manager Stephen Nease could, if necessary, find room in the budget to add another officer without raising taxes. The proposed budget does include the addition of two persons to the streets department, one to sanitation and one to public works.

“We have looked at our projections, and we believe that, if it was council’s pleasure, that we could work on the revenue side to get some additional dollars,” Krack said.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/government-and-politics/20131113/phoenixville-rejects-hiring-additional-police-officer

Phoenixville Hospital Furloughs Come On Heels Of $4B Acquisition Deal

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  Thanks for going there, Evan!  I was complaining about this very thing today.  They have billions to spend on buying more hospitals but then turn around and cut jobs.  Makes no sense to me!  You would think the time to buy would be if you were flush with cash.  Now they will own two hospitals in Lancaster once this deal goes through as well.

PHOENIXVILLE — One day after Pottstown Memorial Medical Center furloughed 30 employees for 90 days, The Mercury has confirmed that similar furloughs occurred at Phoenixville Hospital.

Phoenixville Hospital spokesperson Lori Cunningham confirmed Thursday that the full-time equivalent of 24 employees in “clinical, non-clinical support and administrative departments” have been furloughed.

News of the staff reduction occurs at the same time that the company that owns both hospitals, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Inc., is planning a $3.9 billion purchase of Florida-based Health Management Associates Inc., which also operates hospitals around the country.

Cunningham said the furloughs at Phoenixville, which she described as “not scheduling a small number of employees in various departments,” have “no definitive time line.  As always, staffing is dependent upon patient volume and clinical needs.”

Read more:   http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130731/NEWS01/130739803/phoenixville-hospital-furloughs-come-on-heels-of-4b-acquisition-deal#full_story

Phoenixville Residents Voice Opposition To Housing Plan

PHOENIXVILLE — The council meeting room at Borough Hall was filled to the brim while residents strained to listen from the building’s lobby as council heard public comments against a planned development at Friendship Field Tuesday night.

“I think you can pretty much sense the temperament of the community in this council room,” Council President Rich Kirkner told a lawyer representing the development group, Michael B. Murray Jr.

After almost a dozen people got up to voice their opposition to the project set for the corner of Franklin and Fillmore streets, council unanimously voted to strike the project from its agenda amid cheers and applause from those in the audience.

The proposed plan, by Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic, which focuses on providing affordable housing, called for four-story-tall apartment buildings called Parkview Heights.

Read more:  http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130710/NEWS01/130719984/phoenixville-residents-voice-opposition-to-housing-plan#full_story

Phoenixville Prepares For Big Bike Race Crowds

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PHOENIXVILLE — On the heels of West Chester’s successful Iron Hill Twilight Criterium, Phoenixville is ready for huge crowds for its own race, the Chesco Grand Prix Phoenixville Criterium.

“Last year there were hundreds of people,” said Borough Councilwoman Jen Mayo, who is set to volunteer in support of the race again.  “This year, we’re expecting much more.”

In its second year, the race will bring bikers from across the region and country, according to borough council meetings on the planning.

Mayo said planning for the event has gone on for almost a year, starting shortly after the inaugural race was held.

Read more:  http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130709/NEWS01/130709442/phoenixville-prepares-for-big-bike-race-crowds#full_story

Four Area High Schools Make Newsweek’s Top 2,000

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Four local schools made Newsweek’s list of the top 2,000 public high schools in the country.

Newsweek’s list ranked schools based on different measures  such as average college-entrance test scores, AP scores and available classes, as well as graduation rates.  Such criteria that would indicate college readiness of outgoing students.

Topping the quartet of area schools that made it was Phoenixville Area High School, which came in at 839.

“In all honesty, it’s an honor for Phoenixville to be recognized as one of the top high schools in the nation,” said Phoenixville Principal Craig Parkinson.

Read more:  http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130508/NEWS01/130509318/four-area-high-schools-make-newsweek-s-top-2-000#full_story

Pottstown, Phoenixville Split By Court-Approved Re-Districting Plan

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County

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

Both Pottstown and Phoenixville will be split into two different legislative districts under the legislative re-districting approved Wednesday by the state Supreme Court.

The new districts will take effect in the 2014 election cycle and shift legislative lines for the state House and Senate seats throughout Southeast Pennsylvania and may change who is representing you in Harrisburg.

In Pottstown, the plan unanimously approved by the court, puts the first, second and part of the seventh wards of Pottstown into the 26th District, currently represented by longtime Chester County Republican Tim Hennessey.

The third, fourth, fifth, sixth and other half of the seventh wards will continue to be represented by the 146th District, a seat currently held by freshman Democrat Mark Painter according to the plan.

Read m0re:  http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130508/NEWS01/130509321/pottstown-phoenixville-split-by-court-approved-redistricting-plan#full_story

Baseball: Piazza Coming To Collegeville In Support Of Autobiography ‘Long Shot’

English: baseball legend Mike Piazza

English: baseball legend Mike Piazza (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

COLLEGEVILLE — The book is appropriately named.

This week, when “Long Shot” is officially released, a lot of the questions baseball fans have had about Mike Piazza and, of course, all the questions the media has asked Mike Piazza as well as the controversial stories they’ve written about the former Major League star, will be addressed in it.

And the Phoenixville High School graduate — a 62nd round draft choice of the Los Angeles Dodgers who became the greatest hitting catcher in the game before retiring just over five years ago — will be putting his signature on the autobiography during a book signing 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Towne Book Center and Café just off Route 29.

It will be Piazza’s only appearance in Pennsylvania during the publisher’s media tour.

Read more:  http://www.timesherald.com/article/20130210/SPORTS03/130219996/baseball-piazza-coming-to-collegeville-in-support-of-autobiography-long-shot-#full_story