Recreation


POTTSTOWN PA – The Phoenixville High School girls’ junior varsity basketball team played and won against Pottsgrove last week (Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010) in the gym at Pottsgrove High School, Kauffman Road, Pottstown PA

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Leann Pettit.

PHOENIXVILLE PA – If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to ride in one of those hot air balloons often seen drifting above Limerick (PA) Township early on a calm morning, Leann Petit wants you to wonder no more.

Petit is the editor of The (Phoenixville PA) Phoenix newspaper, and an accomplished cook and traveler too. She and friends took off last week (Nov. 18, 2010) with the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team, a company that conducts flights from locations in Montgomery, Chester and Berks (PA) counties. They glided across and above Limerick, enjoying the sunrise and passing by the Exelon Nuclear cooling towers.

Photo from BetterThanATravelGuide.com

POTTSTOWN PA – Only the first 45 seconds of this more than 12-minute flight video has relevance to Limerick (PA) Township and Pottstown PA area residents, but think of it as a starting point to your own personal game of “WazzThat?”

A traveler from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, flying to San Francisco CA, shot a video through his cabin window earlier this fall as the jet on which he was a passenger followed the Schuylkill River for awhile and flew over Limerick, Pottstown, Birdsboro, Reading, Palmyra, and Harrisburg PA, and beyond. The piece was posted last Tuesday (Nov. 16, 2010) on YouTube.

Planes stacked up on a take-off runway at JFK Airport in New York.

To play the game watch the video, stopping it every few seconds. Find a landmark that probably is familiar from ground level but might not seem so in an aerial view, and answer the question, “what’s that?”

Send The Post an e-mail and tell us what you found.

Photo from Panoramio.com

A footbridge in the sanctuary.

PHOENIXVILLE PA – Explore the meadows and wetlands of Black Rock Sanctuary, 1059 Black Rock Rd., Phoenixville PA, as an experienced guide points out the first signs of several birds’ fall migration during a program scheduled for Nov. 20 (2010; Saturday) from 8-10 a.m. at the sanctuary off PA Route 113 between the Schuylkill River and Winding River Boulevard.

The sanctuary represents a unique site along the birds’ Atlantic Flyway, according to Chester County Parks spokeswoman Vicki L. Rhine. During the walk visitors may see migrating warblers, vireos, orioles, and tanagers. Instructor Vincent Smith, a naturalist in Valley Forge and Audubon, will lead the group and discuss inhabitants of the wetland and meadow areas.

The program is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Registration forms can be downloaded from the county parks website, here, or can be completed by calling the park at 610-469-1916.

Photo from Black Rock Sanctuary

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LIMERICK PA – Mark it down, and they will come.

Boy, did they.

Tens of thousands of shoppers swarmed across the Philadelphia Premium Outlets, 18 W. Lightcap Rd., Limerick PA, during the weekend (Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9 and 10, 2010) to pick up bargains and to check out what was new at the center’s 150 stores, which collectively staged their annual Columbus Day Sale. The sale bean Friday (Oct. 8) and continues through closing tonight (Monday, Oct. 11).

Many retailers offered at least 50 percent off their in-store prices, and several provided bonuses of up to 80 percent off. Shoppers responded in droves, packing the outlets’ parking lots on successive days and, on occasion, creating traffic back-ups on West Lightcap and Evergreen roads.

Most guests to the center inevitably drove past the earth-moving operations that will form the foundation for the Gateway At Sanatoga shopping center, now under construction at the intersection of West Lightcap and Evergreen, just west of the outlets’ location. The construction equipment was not active and silent throughout the weekend.

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LIMERICK PA – Mother Nature, like many residents of Limerick (PA) Township, must love a good car show.

Bright sun, blue skies and moderate temperatures greeted the first Limerick Fire Company fund-raising car show held Sunday afternoon (Oct. 10, 2010) in the parking lots surrounding the Texas Roadhouse Restaurant at 70 Buckwalter Rd., Royersford. Dozens of vehicle owners entered their cars and trucks to compete for the company’s trophies, awarded to top antique, top classic, top newer, Best of Show, and Peoples’ Choice selections.

A nominal entry fee made sure there was plenty of all makes and models to see, while free admission to the public and the couldn’t-ask-for-better weather ensured a good turn-out. The fire company also offered musical performances, food, and a variety of door prizes to show participants. The money collected benefited the company’s purchases of new apparatus.

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HOOTIN’ AND HOLLERIN’ AT REEVES PARK – So long as there’s no rain, and sometimes even when there is, a playground can create the biggest smiles on kids of all ages. Saturday’s (Oct. 2, 2010) weather at Reeves Park in Phoenixville PA was perfect for outdoor play, with bright sun, a moderate breeze and cooler temperatures. So youngsters, their parents and grandparents all took to, or sat nearby, the playground equipment, enjoying a day together.

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