TriCounty Community Network – My Annual Healthy Lifestyles Expo

Sponsored by State Rep. Tom Quigley, The Pottstown Mercury,

TriCounty Community Network and The Sunnybrook Ballroom

 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sunnybrook Ballroom in Pottstown

 

At my annual Healthy Lifestyles Expo, members of the community will be able to explore services, participate in activities and gather information useful to living a healthy lifestyle.

This will be a special expo with the recently renovated Sunnybrook Ballroom. Three meeting rooms are currently being added that will allow us to accommodate more workshops.

Vendor Register Here

Annual Healthy Lifestyles Expo Coming To Sunnybrook

May 8, 2015 – 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Road, Pottstown

For more details, click here:  http://tcnetwork.org/healthy-lifestyles-expo/

Harmony and Unity in Pottstown…

We here at Roy’s Rants wholeheartedly support the Fecera’s project as the needed catalyst for revitalization in Pottstown Borough. One large project that is successfully completed will demonstrate to other developers and investors that the climate has changed. A large, empty building does nothing except breed blight and crime. A restored, well lighted and full building will transform a neighborhood. Council needs to approve this project for the betterment of Pottstown. Failure to do so will contribute to the downward spiral of this once great community.

Pottstown Halloween Parade Receives Two $1,000 Donations In As Many Days

POTTSTOWN, PA — In this town, the axiom is simple, ask and you will receive.

Just two days after announcing another $4,000 is needed to put on the Pottstown Halloween Parade, $2,600 in donations and pledges have been received.

The parade — co-sponsored by the Pottstown Rotary Club, AMBUCS and the Pottstown Parks and Recreation Department — requires about $4,700 to stage each year, primarily to pay the costs of police protection.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140917/pottstown-halloween-parade-receives-two-1000-donations-in-as-many-days

Pottstown Resident Miffed By Lack Of ‘Mercury’ Front Page Coverage For Pottstown High School Football Team’s Win

Pottstown Borough Hall

Pottstown Borough Hall

Editor’s Note:  We saw this on Facebook and feel it needs to be shared with the wider community.  We understand and share this parent’s concern about the promotion of Pottstown and the Pottstown School District.  In our humble opinion, Pottstown and Pottstown School District news should always take priority in the local paper.  Far more disturbing is the son’s comment that “nobody cares about Pottstown”.  How sad is this and what does it say about the prevailing attitude of Pottstonians if this despair has crept all the way down the ladder to school age children?  At times this appears to be the prevailing attitude of the leadership, both paid and elected.  This issue needs some serious discussion by the “powers that be” and this cycle of “nobody cares” needs to end.  How will Pottstown ever recover with a defeatist attitude! Apparently, this attitude has been picked up on by “the rest of the world” and might be why articles like the recent one in the Philadelphia Inquirer get published.

I found myself very annoyed this morning.  I went and bought my local HOMETOWN newspaper which is operated and ran in Pottstown.  I looked on the front page and to my surprise and anger there is nothing about the Pottstown High School football team winning yesterday, but yet we put the Perk Valley vs. Methacton score on the front page.  Now please don’t think that I am putting down the other schools, but to not have the school that resides where your paper is published on the front page was to be quite frank, appalling.  My son, who happens to play for the Trojans, told me “what is the big deal Dad, no one cares about Pottstown”.  News Alert: I care and there are people out there that do care.  I’m sure there are people that agree with him but I am not one of them.  I am a former grad who still supports his local team.  How do we expect to move forward in this school district when our students have the mentality of no one cares about us, no big deal?  Our town needs help and I just think that a putting some good news about the LOCAL KIDS would go a long way in changing people ‘s attitude.   Rob Bertoti

Tragedy And Danger Discovered In Pottstown’s Mining Heritage

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County

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

Jefferson M. Rightnour left his wife and six children at their home in Fruitville, a small collection of houses in Limerick Township, Montgomery County, on Sept. 1, 1880, and walked to his job in what is now Pottstown.

The 6-mile trek must have been a hardship, but it was nothing compared to what was waiting for him. Rightnour was the boss of a copper mine; he worked underground with a pick, shovel, and wheelbarrow, busting through sandstone to get to copper ore.

The mine was located on a 40-acre farm owned by James Gilbert in what was then Pottsgrove Township. An 1877 atlas of Montgomery County shows that Gilbert’s farmhouse was probably what is now the business office for Highland Memorial Park at 701 Farmington Ave. The precise location of the mine isn’t known, but it was probably somewhere along the slope of the hill in that area.

Copper had been mined there in the mid-1850s, but the endeavor was unprofitable and was soon abandoned. In July of 1874, a group of investors from Phoenixville took a crack it. The Daily Pottstown Ledger reported that excavators reopening the shaft found, at a depth of 18 feet, a wheelbarrow and box of potatoes — reportedly still “in good condition” — relics entombed in the 1850s workings.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/lifestyle/20140504/tragedy-and-danger-discovered-in-pottstowns-mining-heritage

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Journal Register Co., Parent Company Of The Mercury, Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Digital First Media, which operates MediaNews Group, Journal Register Co. and Digital First Ventures, on Wednesday announced that JRC filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York and will seek to implement a prompt sale.

“We expect the auction and sale process to take about 90 days, and we are pleased to announce the company has a signed stalking horse bid for Journal Register Company from 21st CMH Acquisition Co., an affiliate of funds managed by Alden Global Capital LLC,” said John Paton, CEO of Digital First Media.

The filing enables JRC to continue normal business operations during the sale process.

Read more: http://business-news.thestreet.com/the-mercury/story/journal-register-co-parent-company-the-mercury-files-ch-11/1

Pottstown Good Friday Prayer Procession Collects Food

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County

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

POTTSTOWN, PA — In less than six weeks’ time, the greater Pottstown area has generated 14,711 food items and 669 containers of laundry detergent to benefit local families in need, filling The Mercury’s Community Media Lab many times over.

On Friday, 230 food items and 18 laundry items were added to the total.

Blogger Merrill of   Ivy Lane Designs   , dropped off 90 jars of peanut butter to The Mercury office Friday morning, and blogger Heather Graham of   There’s Drool in the Salsa!!   , was making her way to area drop-off points throughout the day to collect donated pet food and laundry detergent items, the total count of which was not available Friday afternoon.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20120407/NEWS01/120409556/-1/news/prayer-procession-collects-food-fill-the-media-lab-effort-just-shy-of-20-000-goal&pager=full_story

The Continued Arrogance Of Tom Hylton

We were “treated” to yet another paid Mercury infomercial by Mr. Hylton today.  In the immortal words of Dr. Smith from Lost In Space “The pain. The pain.”

It must be so rewarding to sit atop Mt. Olympus (aka Chestnut Street) and look down your nose at us mere mortals (see smug smirk). 

If someone has a difference of opinion with Mr. Hylton, he writes an infomercial to publicly trivialize their perspective because HE (see god-like being) was a Mercury reporter and has lived in Pottstown longer.  Sorry Tom, everyone’s reality does not always match yours, thankfully.

Calling someone a “noisemaker” who is trying to improve the quality of life in Pottstown is rude.  This person does more than make noise!  She puts her money where her mouth is.

So get out of your treehouse, come down here with the rest of us and stop acting like some superior being.  You put your pants on one leg at a time like everyone else in this town. 

Get over yourself!

More Disturbing News In Today’s Mercury

I read about another incident of road rage this morning.  What the hell is wrong with people?  If you are going to ride someone’s bumper, you run the risk of your car getting hit with anything the car in front of you kicks up.  Then you follow someone into a Wawa parking lot and threaten them with a baseball bat?  To make matters worse you say you have a gun! 

Fortunately, the perp was drunk and had impaired reflexes.  The victim was not hit. Getting whacked in the head with an aluminum baseball bat would leave a nasty mark!  Thankfully, the gun threat was made up.  When the State Police pulled this piece of work over, he got a DUI along with assault and whatever else they can throw at him.  GOOD!

Another upstanding citizen from Exton tried to murder a Phoenixville resident.  19 years old and you’re trying to whack people?  Are the Soprano’s casting again or what????? 

Yesterday, a story appeared about a 29 year-old pervert driving around Pottstown, buck-neeked in his Dad’s car, whilst kneading his noodle in front of little girls.  I think you are a.  Old enough to know better.   b.  Pretty creepy using your Dad’s car to commit a sex crime..  c. In need of some serious counseling.

What is this world coming to?  Makes my head hurt!

What Exactly Is The Mercury’s Agenda These Days??

It is not just me noticing this stuff!  Please check out the latest article from SavePottstown! regarding the Mercury:

http://savepottstown.com/2010/07/the-mercury-promotes-hatred-and-violence/

Please click on these posts of mine regarding the same issue from April:

https://roysrants.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/sound-off-2/

https://roysrants.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/sound-off/

Sound Off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am seriously questioning the journalistic integrity of the Pottstown Mercury. 

In today’s Sound Off, some highly evolved reader made the statement “To the person who wants to know why people don’t return their shopping carts is because nobody in Pottstown pays for groceries anyway.”

What the hell kind of comment is that and why are these comments given credence by printing them???????  This is just one example of what I am talking about.  Many are far worse!  If you are going to make ridiculous, uneducated generalizations like this, have the guts to sign your name! 

Shame on you Mercury for perpetuating a culture of racism and classism.  You are encouraging hatemongerimg by printing this tripe!

I have no link to The Mercury on my Blog Roll.  Ever wonder why?  Now you know!

Poor Old Tom Hylton

Today’s Pottstown Mercury features a paid “pity-party” ad from Mr. Tom Hylton where he wails and moans about SavePottstown.com and a few residents who disagree with him.  This is neaty tied up with a big old bow as cyber-bullying and hatemongering.  How convenient.  When people disagree with us we label them as hatemongers.

Oh please.  Would you like a tissue?  Should we call a whambulance?

Maybe, just maybe, if you would learn to play nice with the other kids things would go so much easier for you.  Public perception based on present and previous performance is very poor.  Tactics used are questionable and raise eyebrows.

Nobody likes a know-it-all.  People don’t like to be side-stepped with secret meetings.  People like to be included and made to feel part of the process.  People need to feel valued.  Why is this so difficult to understand?  You aren’t Charles in charge of our lives.  That was a television character played by Scott Baio.  It’s not funny and cute in real life.  It’s insulting and annoying.

You made your bed, now you must lie in it.  Stop blaming others for the predicament you find yourself in Tom.  You have no one to blame but yourself.

 

Showdown At The OK Corral – Pottstown Mercury vs. Pottstown Herald

Interesting article regarding our online newspaper the Pottstown Herald versus local print publication The Mercury.  Sparked by our recent announcement to hold a Pottstown mayoral debate and a recent SEO battle, this blogger gives his take on the news media slug-fest here in Pottstown.

http://sanatoga.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/mercury-competitor-schedules-mayoral-debate/