Anonymous donor to support YWCA Literacy Programs with your help!

A campaign to boost the literacy programming at the Pottstown YWCA began this past week and runs through December 11th. Here’s how it works:

The Mercury and several of their  Town Square bloggers, including Positively Pottstown, are talking about literacy – reading and writing. We’re including this link for our readers to click on. It takes you to a page that looks like the one shown at the bottom of this post. When you type in your valid email address, an anonymous donor will give $1 to the Pottstown YWCA literacy programs. It couldn’t be easier! (And please tell them that Positively Pottstown sent you. :-))

In case it hasn’t been obvious by now, I’m a big fan of reading and writing. I’ve been actively writing short stories, novels, memoir, essays, and poetry since about 1996, and I have been an active reader all my life. I still keep my Nancy Drew collection close at hand.

As a teen I went through, yes, a Harlequin Romance phase – boxes and boxes of them during the summer months when there was a used book store in the North End Shopping Center. You could turn a box in for credit and cart home the next batch. Then there was all that college reading, although that’s all a bit fuzzy now…

As a full-fledged adult, though, I’ve been through a Willa Cather phase, a Jack Kerouac phase, a Dawn Powell phase, and an extended journey through American road trip stories. There are tons of them – fiction and nonfiction. Quite recently, I went on a Flannery O’Connor jag and moseyed through The Complete Stories, a National Book Award winner. If I had to recommend just one story for you to read, it would have to be “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” It is taut and chilling.

What I love best about getting to know an author’s work is that it always seems to lead me to find out more about their own lives. Understanding where they grew up, what their family life was like, and what made them tick as a human being leads to all sorts of fascinating connections and a better understanding of their writing. For instance, Flannery O’Connor’s Catholicism  greatly influenced her work, but she also had some major mother-issues! The mother characters in her stories are usually really irritating and often wind up dead. O’Connor suffered from lupus and lived at home with her mother until her premature death in 1964 at the age of 39.

Well, I could go on and on… the thing is, if you, too, have been touched by some great books, please give others in the Pottstown area the chance to experience the same thrill of seeing a story unfold on the page and in their imaginations. Click here, plug in your email and let that anonymous donor give $1 on your behalf to the Pottstown YWCA’s literacy programs. You will be helping to  write a great big happy ending for this campaign!


Pottsown’s Hanover Square opens new model home this weekend!

Stop by Hanover Square this Saturday, November 17th for a ribbon-cutting

and to see their new model home from 11 am-6 pm.

Hanover Square is at the corner of S. Hanover Street and South Street.

This is a GREAT housing option for those who want a well-priced, new home in Pottstown – within walking distance of the community college, Steel River Playhouse, ArtFusion 19464, and lots of great restaurants!

And mark your calendar now for the next Positively!Pottstown Happy Hour at Hanover Square’s Model Home on THURSDAY, December 13 from 5-7 pm.

Let’s continue to welcome Cornell Homes to the neighborhood!

Pottstown Area Artists’ Guild meeting this Tuesday

The November meeting of the Pottstown Area Artists’ Guild will be held Tuesday, November 20th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. It will take place in the Boyer Gallery of The Hill School’s Center for the Arts located at Beech and Sheridan Streets in Pottstown. (See directions here.)

After a short business meeting, artist Loretta Gable Englerth  will be demonstrating her techniques in watercolor and other mediums. Loretta is a self-taught artist, born and raised in Chester County.

The meeting is free and open to the public.  You do not have to be an artist to attend. Those simply having an interest in art are welcome. The PAAG was founded in 1960. Its mission is, “to promote, inspire and support the artistic spirit within the community.” If you have any questions, need more information, or need directions, please call Barbara Tschantre, president of the Pottstown Area Artists Guild, at 610-764-7586.


Seniors Just Want to Have Fun!

Zany, high energy antics this Saturday and Sunday only

Steel River Playhouse

245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464


“Let’s Start the New Year Right,” according to the members of Steel River Playhouse’s 55+ theater troupe which performs its semi-annual Senior Follies this weekend.  The troupe forecasts 2013 through popular songs, zany and campy antics, and as much laughter as they can generate. 

Basic Information

“Let’s Start the New Year Right” will be performed this Saturday, November 17 at 7PM, and this Sunday, November 18 at 3PM in the Newberry Loft at Steel River Playhouse, 245 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464.  Tickets range from $8-$12.  More information and tickets are available on-line at or by calling 610.970.1199. Tickets are also usually available at the door.

Semi-Annual Public Performances
The Senior Follies troupe performs publicly twice yearly as part of Steel River Playhouse’s education program.  This performance is directed by two veteran performers and directors at Steel River Playhouse, Deborah Stimson-Snow, Artistic Director, and Steve Reazor, Education Director.

“This is part of our education program, so everyone who wants to gets to participate in some way.  We have costumes and music, and, frankly, it’s as much fun putting it on as it is watching it in the audience,” Marta Kiesling, Executive Director, said.  “But the seniors take this opportunity seriously, even if fun and laughs are the objective.  Their energy and enthusiasm is infectious.”

Great for Groups

Laughter truly is contagious.  For performers and audience alike.  Come and share, and bring lots of friends!



Family Services Needs Volunteers for Income Tax Program

This comes from Family Services of Montgomery County

POTTSTOWN, PA, November 12, 2012 — The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a free tax assistance preparation service provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) through Family Services, is seeking volunteers.

Through the VITA program, trained volunteers assist low-to-middle income individuals and families in the preparation and electronic filing of simple income tax forms.

“There are many ways you can help at VITA tax preparation sites,” said Kathy Cael, Family Services’ VITA site coordinator. “Volunteers can complete and file tax forms, greet clients, organize paperwork, and assist with other administrative tasks.”

Volunteer tax preparers will receive free instruction and training to become Certified IRS Tax Preparers. Volunteer greeters will welcome clients and assist the VITA site coordinator with administrative tasks. Greeters should be friendly and customer service-oriented.

No experience is necessary. All VITA volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, computer literate, and able to commit to one four-hour volunteer shift per week for the 13-week tax season. Early afternoon, evening and weekend volunteer shifts are available at two of Family Services’ VITA preparation sites (Pottstown and Eagleville).

For more information on volunteering with VITA, please contact Kathy Cael at 610-326-1610 ext. 222 or

Since 1900, Family Services has been caring for children, seniors and families in Montgomery County who face everyday emotional difficulties or physical hardships. The agency’s innovative social service programs make a positive difference in the lives of 16,000 Montgomery County residents each year. For more information, call Family Services’ Pottstown Office at 610-326-1610 or visit

Elvis Tribute Show at Elks Lodge #814 to benefit Mercury’s Operation Holiday

Elvis In Concert Tribute & Dance! Jeff Krick returns to the Pottstown Elks Lodge #814 for this special event.
Tickets only $ 20.00 each. Doors opening at 6:30pm and show time 7:00 – 11:00pm.
For tickets and information contact Tom Coyle at 610-306-9361 or the  Elks at 610-326-3258.
Many saw Jeff as the headlining performer at this year’s 4th of July celebration in Memorial Park.  Hope to see you there for this great cause and fun night!
The Pottstown Elks Lodge #814 is located at 61 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA.
100% of the net proceeds will be donated to The Pottstown Mercury’s “Operation Holiday,” which provides food and gift cards to the less fortunate.


Belle Rouge Salon hosting wine & cheese education evening

Belle Rouge Salon is hosting a night of wine and cheese education. It will be held at their salon at 257 E.High Street this Friday, November 16th from 7-9 pm. There is plenty of parking in the Borough lot across the street, on the corner of High and Charlotte, across from The Farmers’ Market.

Tickets are $25 per person with partial proceeds being donated to the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities. For more info contact Tracy Williams @ 610 326-5400 or


This comes to us via John Armato at the School District…

Pottstown High School Student Government is hosting a blood drive on November 16th. It will be held in the high school band room and will begin at 7:30 AM. 

The requirements for someone to donate blood are:

  • must be 17 years of age
  • must be at least 110 pounds
  • must not have received a tattoo or body piercing within the last year.

You must register in advance by Nov. 13th! To donate contact Mr. Mark  Agnew at with  name and time you would like to donate on Nov. 16th. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Blood transfusions save more than 4 million lives each year. Student Government President Megan O’Donnell reminds all “it is estimated that blood is needed every two seconds, and that 1 out of 7 people entering the hospital will need blood. Since blood cannot be manufactured or harvested, it can only come from people like YOU – the volunteer blood donor! Thank you in advance!”


VOTE! Then eat at Juan Carlos!

… have a margarita and be glad, at least, that the attack ads will stop for a while…

All Montgomery County polling locations are open from 7 am – 8 pm today, Tuesday, November 6th. Use this link to find your polling location, if you’re unsure.

So, when you’re done doing your civic duty, why not head to Pottstown’s premier restaurant for Mexican and Latin-influenced cuisine, Juan Carlos? Juan Carlos is located at 235 East High Street, Pottstown PA.    Phone :484/624-4931 Fax:484/624-4932 They are a BYOB/Cash only restaurant.

Here are their specials for the week.

Tuesday 11/6

Entree-Mexican style stuffed cabbage with lemon sauce. Served with Spanish rice and frijoles. $12.00

Soup- Sopa de Carne y arroz. Ground sirloin and rice formed to a ball and simmered in a delicate creamy beef broth. $3.00 cup $5.00 bowl

 Wednesday 11/7

Soup -South-Western vegetable soup. My abuelita’s favorite for a cold day. $3.00 cup $5.00 bowl

Entree-Spanish style stuffed peppers and tomatoes (vegetarian) with Ranchero sauce. Served with Spanish rice and frijoles. $11.00

Thursday  11/8

Soup-Sopa de papa. South American style creamy potatoe soup. $3.00 cup $5.00 bowl

Entree-Gallina con limon y papa. 1/2 baked hen with herbs and potatoes. Topped with our delicate lemon sauce. Served with Spanish rice and frijoles. $12.99

 Friday 11/9

Soup – Sopa de pescado. Our delicate fish soup. (flounder) $5.00 cup $ 7.00 bowl

Entree-Cancun style crabcakes (2). Our specialty; served with spanish rice, frijoles, and chipotle tartar sauce. $17.00

Saturday 11/10

Soup -Caldo de camaron. Our shrimp bisque topped with one jumbo grilled shrimp. $5.00 cup $7.00 bowl (2) shrimp.

Entree-Veracruz style stuffed flounder. Delicate flounder stuffed with our lightly spiced lump crabmeat mixture. Served with Spanish rice and frijoles. $18.00

 We would love to know if you are celebrating a special moment.

Hope to see you soon…. and as always, complimentary margaritas Tues, Weds, and Thurs.


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