POTTSTOWN PA – If you’re among the more than 8 percent of greater Pottstown area residents now without a job, here are opportunities to get back into the hunt.

Montgomery County Community College will hold career fairs this spring at both its West Campus in Pottstown PA and its Central Campus in Blue Bell PA. The fairs are free, open to the public and will feature up to 20 area businesses and organizations looking to recruit for part-time, full-time, temporary and seasonal employment, as well as for internships.

Career fairs at the Pottstown campus are scheduled over three consecutive months, on Feb. 2, March 2 and April 6, all from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the main lobby of South Hall, 101 College Drive, Pottstown.

At the Blue Bell campus, similar fairs will be held Feb. 2, Feb. 3, March 1 and March 7, also from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the atrium of the Advanced Technology Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. In addition, the college’s annual Spring Employment and Internship Expo, featuring up to 50 employers, will be held April 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in its Physical Education Center at Blue Bell.

Businesses and organizations that wish to participate in the career fairs should call Cindy Murphy in the college’s Office of Career Services, 610-718-1802, or e-mail her.

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Ashley Pompei, assistant marketing manager for the malls.

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – Separate shuttle buses for employees and customers at the King of Prussia PA Mall will make their final runs around the vast shopping complex this Sunday (Dec. 26, 2010), the day after Christmas. Until then, though, the shuttles are reducing aggravation endured by package-burdened buyers, and saving a little of the planet, too.

The Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association (GVFTMA), which operates offices in Pottstown, partnered with mall management to operate the complimentary shuttles. Now running in their third consecutive year, they circulate the connected centers on a regular schedule to continuously help shoppers get from store to store without returning to their cars. They also move workers from employee parking lots to their destinations.

It’s convenient for all, and helps to reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions, according to GVFTMA.

Airman 1st Class Timothy Schwarz.

CHESTER SPRINGS PA – U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Timothy P. Schwarz, stationed at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, offers holiday greetings to his mother, Theresa Schwarz of Chester Springs PA,in this video produced by the Joint Hometown News Service and released for distribution this month (December 2010).

Editor’s Note: For a second consecutive year, The Post is proud to have been selected by the San Antonio TX-based JHNS to carry video holiday greetings from U.S. Armed Forces troops to their family members who live within 25 miles of Pottstown PA. None of the greetings made available this year were from servicemen or women with ties to Lower Pottsgrove or Limerick (PA) townships, or the Borough of Pottstown. We know, however, that residents of our coverage areas join families across the nation in thanking our troops for their service, and wishing them and their families the happiest of holidays.

ROYERSFORD PA – Children at the Spring-Ford School District‘s Royersford Elementary School, 450 Spring St., Royresford PA, participated in a Halloween costume parade Oct. 29 (2010) outside the school building. It was filmed live by Bryan Walbridge and streamed to the video sharing website YouTube.

One individual's view from the local road.

LIMERICK PA – Familiar surroundings can look decidedly different, or at the very least can been interpreted in new ways, when seen through different eyes. That may be the lesson to be learned in a Saturday (Oct. 23, 2010) video of Limerick, Royersford and Schwenksville PA neighborhoods, set to music written by Bruce Springsteen.

The video, titled “My Hometown without a large corporation playing Big Brother,” was posted during the weekend and is accompanied by the Springsteen-penned “My Hometown,” although the music is performed by an unidentified musician and singer.

It consists primarily of rural and commercial scenes shot from a moving vehicle, with a particular focus on Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station.

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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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ROYERSFORD PA – Chef Julia Zion has this thing for fresh produce and Renninger’s Farm in Royersford PA.

Zion is one of three cooking bloggers – located in Pottstown PA, Olympia WA, and somewhere in the wilds of Nebraska, respectively – who create videos for a YouTube channel called Foodaholics101.

Her episodes tend to follow themes. So far she’s worked on a series called “Quick And Simple Recipes” and another, “Sunday Dinners.” Among her first productions for Foodaholics101 were “Local Produce” featuring ingredients purchased at Renninger’s.

In that series’ first episode, farm owner Jay Renninger makes an appearance and talks about the benefits of locally grown food.

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