In these days of anxiety and uncertainty, there’s no better way to relax than spending a few hours in the garden. The CDC has recommended taking breaks from the news cycle, and time outdoors provides a welcome refuge from the constant inundation of coronavirus prediction, analysis, and commentary. What’s more, you can join in the annual Boyertown…

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As our communities seek to slow the spread of coronavirus, we’re all adapting to a new way of life that risks greater isolation, higher anxiety, and more uncertainty about the future. Finding ways to cope with our new way of life is vital in the days ahead.  And with the stay-at-home order from the Commonwealth of…

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BY: JOHN ROBERTSONFEBRUARY 21, 2020 While temperatures may have dropped back to the teens this week, spring is fast approaching, and it’s finally time to start vegetable and flower seeds for your garden. Check out these tips from Penn State Extension to get your seeds sprouting efficiently. And while your seeds are getting going, think about what…

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and the YWCA Tri-County Area has resources to empower young women in the Pottstown area. Nationwide, youth age 12 to 19 experience the greatest rates of dating violence. Girls who face violence in their relationships are at greater risk for suffering long term consequences, including drug use, eating disorders,…

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BY: JOHN ROBERTSONJANUARY 30, 2020 It’s time to celebrate everyone’s favorite burrowing rodent. Whether you say groundhog, grundsau, or woodchuck, there are plenty of celebrations this weekend in the area for you to enjoy. On Saturday, the Boyertown Historical Society’s Grundsau Lodsch will welcome children in the community to learn about groundhogs, make crafts, play games, and learn…

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Pennsylvania has one of the highest rates of radon contamination in the United States, with 40% of homes above the EPA’s safe limit.  And within Pennsylvania, communities in the Pottstown area has rates that are even higher. Some homes are located above natural radioactive deposits, and, in fact, it was through a surprising set of coincidences involving…

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Jan. 6 is National Bean Day, and there’s a lot to celebrate about the humble bean. Beans are packed with nutrition, can be prepared to suit everyone’s tastes, and are more environmentally sustainable than other sources of protein.

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There’s good news for dogs and their companions—according to recent research, dogs increase their owners’ lifespans.  A study conducted among dog owners in Europe showed a 21% reduction in the risk of death from heart disease over a 12-year period, and researchers are continually finding new health benefits of dog ownership. It’s commonly agreed upon that…

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I got home last night and had a few surprisingly uncharacteristic minutes of nothing to do. My wife was picking up the kids from school and my parents, with whom we are temporarily residing as we purchase a new home, had dinner prepared. And so I stood uncomfortably in the living room before collapsing on…

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The leaves are falling furiously in Pottstown. This year, instead of kicking them to the curb, think about composting them for use in next year’s garden. There are many benefits to composting your leaves, from saving money on gardening supplies to reducing the impact on the municipal waste system. You can begin composting leaves with minimal…

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