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By Katie Kelly
for The Limerick Post

LIMERICK PA – Historical societies have become valuable venues to learn about an area’s history, and the Spring-Ford Area Historical Society – a non-profit organization that provides local historical information to the public – is a similarly trusted resource, its members say.

An antique cash register that once was used in the Hotel Freed is on display at the Spring-Ford Area Historical Society in Royersford

An Oct. 28, 1958, open house gathered future society members together at what was then the Royersford PA train station. Several area residents brought collections of items and pieces from around the area to display. Its first officers were subsequently elected Nov.  13 of the same year; Lee Warner was installed as the president. Meetings were held monthly in a community room at Phoenix Savings and Loan.

It wasn’t until May 1988 that a grand opening of the society’s museum was held at the train station.  It subsequently moved, once in 1995 and again in May 2000, to its current location at 526 Main St., Royersford.

Editor’s Note: The Post thanks Spring-Ford High School student Katie Kelly for this bit of Limerick (PA) Township history. Katie aspires to be a writer and journalist; her mother, Beth, is a well-known photographer and marketing expert. Together they are producing historical notes for The Post, which are published on Wednesdays.

Photo by Beth Studt

By Katie Kelly
for The Limerick Post

ROYERSFORD PA – Education in the Royersford and Spring City areas has changed greatly over the years.

In the 1800s all education was private. In Spring City, the first public school was located in the Lyceum Building on Main and Hall Streets. In 1849 the school was moved to the Union Meeting House. It would be moved again to another building until the Church Street School was created in 1872. It was enlarged 20 years later so it could fit all 12 grades. A new high school on New Street opened in 1929 and the Church Street School closed.

The Royersford Public Library building was once a grade school.

In 1830 in Royersford, a new grade school on at Fourth and Washington Street was built. Today it is the Royersford Public Library.

It wasn’t until the fall of 1931 until the new Royersford High School for juniors and seniors was put in place. Currently, it is used to educate the eighth graders of the Spring-Ford School District.

Editor’s Note: The Post thanks Spring-Ford High School student Katie Kelly for this bit of Limerick (PA) Township history. Katie aspires to be a writer and journalist; her mother, Beth, is a well-known photographer and marketing expert. Together they are producing historical notes for The Post, which are published on Wednesdays.

Photo by Beth Studt

A garage door was the subject of this discussion at the home show during March in Sanatoga.

POTTSTOWN PA – The annual home show of the Building Industries Exchange of Pottstown (PA) and Vicinity Inc. is expected to be bigger, grander, showier, and generally more attractive to merchants and consumers alike when it returns during February 2011, the organization said in a press release distributed Monday (Nov. 15, 2010).

It won’t, however, make that splash in Lower Pottsgrove Township, where the show has been held in recent years.

Instead, the BIE is moving its long-time event – re-christened as the Tri County Home and Garden Show – to Kimberton PA, outside Phoenixville. The show is scheduled for Feb. 11-13 (2011; Friday through Sunday) at the Kimberton Fire Company‘s exhibition hall, Covered Bridge Room, open pavilion, and fairgrounds on Firehouse Lane.

The BIE show has a long history as a much-anticipated break in the doldrums of winter. For many years it was held in Sanatoga’s Sunnybrook Ballroom; then moved to different venues on Pottstown’s west side when Sunnybrook closed; and then moved back to Sanatoga after the Sunnybrook Foundation renovated and re-opened the ballroom. Its 57th annual show closed there March 7 (2010) after a three-day run.

Although plans to move the show 13 miles southwest, and into another county (Chester), likely were not made lightly, the organization indicated its was a business decision. “The BIE is excited that the location provides the ability to enhance the type of businesses that will be showcased,” Director of Operations Eileen Gilbert said in the announcement. “The Covered Bridge Room will provide crafters and non-contractor-based businesses a place to showcase.”

In addition, she said, “while the exhibition hall will continue to provide contractors the opportunity to feature their products and services, we will also be having a variety of local food vendors, such as Dallas Fries and Palladino’s Smokin’ BBQ.”

All the trappings that have made the BIE show a comfortable and comforting experience for visitors in the past will remain, Gilbert assured. “The hometown event provides an informational, no pressure, all-under-one roof experience,” she noted.

As usual, it will feature contractors handling everything from home additions, to kitchen and bathroom remodeling, to heating and air conditioning, and landscaping. Also expected as exhibitors are service industries, including insurance, financial institutions and real estate brokerages; and a variety of retail businesses. The show’s theme changes annually, and is accompanied by appropriate entertainment and displays.

Upon its set-up in Kimberton the show will run Feb. 11 (Friday) from 2-9 p.m.; Feb. 12 (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Feb. 13 (Sunday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The BIE, with offices at 801 N. Charlotte St., Pottstown, is a non-profit trade association serving the construction industry since 1952. In addition to its home show sponsorship, it possibly is best-known as a trusted local contractor referral organization.

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CREAMERY PA – Teens between the ages of 11 and 14 who are interested in earning money as babysitters can prepare for that profession by taking a course to be offered early next year by Montgomery County (PA) Cooperative Extension.

The 4-H babysitting course will be held Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. from Jan. 6 through Feb. 3, 2011 at the county 4-H Center, 1015 Bridge Rd., Creamery PA. The course covers sitter responsibilities, child development, feeding, diapering, infant care, age-appropriate toys, and what to do during an emergency. A course fee of $25 will be charged. Class size is limited, and advance registration is required.

For more information or to register, call Linda at 610-489-4315.

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ROYERSFORD PA – An introduction for Team Beachbody programs and products, designed to increase weight loss and personal fitness, will be held Nov. 14 (2010; Sunday) from 2-4 p.m. by local independent Beachbody Coach Cindy Mauger at 498 S. Fourth Ave., Royersford PA.

The company’s exercise routines and nutritional supplements will be described and sampled, and questions about the program and its benefits answered. For more information, call Mauger at 610-504-4608.

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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.

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PHOENIXVILLE PA – “Exercise Your Brain,” a presentation by the Visiting Nurse Association of Pottstown and Vicinity that intends to demonstrate why seniors must stay mentally sharp as they age, will be held Oct. 27 (2010; Wednesday) at 8:30 a.m. in the Spring Mill senior living facility, 3000 Balfour Cir., Phoenixville PA.

Seating is limited; advance reservations are required by Thursday (Oct. 21). For more information or to register, call 610-933-7675.

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