WE WISH YOU THE BEST OF THE SEASON – And to do that, The Post turns to the cover of a postcard (above), dated Dec. 22, 1916, and mailed at the time “from Eva” in Philadelphia PA to “Lizzie” on North Fairhill Street in the city’s Olney section. The cost to send it? One cent.

All four Post Publications will take today (Friday, Dec. 24, 2010) through Sunday (Dec. 26) off to enjoy the Christmas holiday, and will next publish on Monday (Dec. 27). As always, thanks for reading The Post. Managing Editor Joe Zlomek sincerely wishes you and yours a bright and blessed season, filled with joy, wonder, and peace.

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.

LIMERICK PA – Kids can dine with the most popular guy of the season, and help those less fortunate than themselves too, during a Breakfast With Santa event scheduled for Saturday (Dec. 4, 2010) from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the food court of the Philadelphia Premium Outlets, West Lightcap Road, Limerick PA.

Breakfast awaits at the outlets.

The meal and Santa-accompanied fun is being combined with a collection of Toys For Tots, the holiday gifts-for-children program conducted by the United States Marines. Donations of new unwrapped toys, books, and games will be accepted at the site, to be delivered by Marines during the holiday season to community children in need.

After he’s had his fill, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Santa can be found strolling the outlet center and greeting visitors there. Other Santa strolls, according to Keri A. Branch, Philadelphia Premium’s assistant general manager, are scheduled for Dec. 12 (Sunday) and Dec. 18 (Saturday), both from noon to 4 p.m.

The outlets will be echoing with music as well, Branch said. Like Santa, Victorian-dressed holiday carolers will roam the center to provide song, music and entertainment this Sunday (Dec. 5), next Saturday (Dec. 11), and Dec. 19 (Sunday), all from noon to 3 p.m.

For more information, call 610-495-9000.

WORCESTER PA – Lighted candles will cast their glow across the Peter Wentz Farmstead on Saturday (Dec. 4, 2010) from 2-8 p.m., during an annual holiday tour of the Montgomery County historic site, 2100 Shearer Rd., Worcester PA, that’s open to the public.

Lanterns light the way on a tour of the Peter Wentz Farmstead.

Visitors can experience a traditional Pennsylvania German seasonal celebration, including music, craft demonstrations, and a visit from Belsnickel (Pennsylvania German for St. Nicholas in furs). A $2 donation of per person is suggested.

Children of all ages can meet Belsnickel from 3-6 p.m. to find out if they made the “good list” or not. At dusk, candles will light the way through the restored site, and throughout the house 18th century tunes will be heard as played on various instruments by local musician, Mark Carroll.

Volunteers portraying Gen. George Washington and some of his troops will offer stories of their “recent” travels throughout the area and their busy preparations for winter encampments. Craftspeople will demonstrate skills, and in the summer kitchen 18th century seasonal food and drink will be prepared on the hearth.

For more information, call the farmstead at 610-584-5104.

Photo from the Peter Wentz Farmstead

Christmas tree still up? Recycle it here.

Christmas tree still up? Recycle it here.

LIMERICK PA – The smell of pine, discarded though it may be, hangs heavy in the air these days at Limerick Community Park, Swamp Pike and Ziegler Road.

An orange, fenced-off portion of a parking lot near the Manderach Memorial Playground is where the township is accepting Christmas trees for recycling from its residents only through next Saturday (Jan. 31, 2009). The trees will be chipped for use as mulch in township park areas, Limerick’s website reports.

Residents are reminded they should not bag trees, and must remove all lights, wire, or metal hooks. Those materials could damage the tree chipper or, worse, injure a worker nearby.

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