Positively Pottstown is back!
The Positively Pottstown blog is back! From 2010 to 2013 the blog actively promoted the people, events, businesses and organizations doing positive things in the Borough. Then, when I got a full-time job teaching at The Hill School, I could no longer keep up and Positively Pottstown quietly stepped out of the conversation. I have since moved to Maine, where I continue to teach and write, but I have always hoped that Positively Pottstown would come back to life in some way or other. There are lots of wonderful things going on in Pottstown every day, so I was ecstatic to hear from Tracy Purdy a few months ago about her interest in taking over the blog.
Tracy brings a wealth of knowledge about community development and urban planning to Positively Pottstown, along with years of experience working in nonprofit organizations with youth and adults, including in Pottstown, where she is active with Mosaic Community Land Trust, Pottstown Housing Coalition, the Pottstown/Boyertown Home Garden Contest, and Pottstown FARM. I’m so excited that all that Pottstown has to offer will be amplified by her voice. Please join me in a virtual cheer to Tracy for undertaking this volunteer role for the benefit of Pottstown!
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The Return of the Positively Pottstown Happy Hour!
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY IS ON THE WAY!
The Positively Pottstown Happy Hour will return to downtown Pottstown this Saturday, Nov. 29th from 4-7 PM!
PDIDA and Advantage Insurance are teaming up with Positively Pottstown to host a free happy hour from 4-7 PM at 105 E. High Street!
$5 suggested donation to PDIDA to support Pottstown’s Hometown Holidays!
Check out the PDIDA website for more information about Small Biz Day, the Scavenger Hunt, and other Pottstown Holiday events.
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Bethel AME scholarship fundraiser features Legendary Locals of Pottstown
This Saturday, September 13th from 1-4 pm, Bethel AME Church will host a luncheon and book signing event on the site of their proposed new church at the corner of Lincoln and Grant Street in Pottstown.
Each year the church gives $500 scholarships to the high school graduates in the congregation who are pursuing higher education. They hold an annual fundraiser, among other fundraising activities throughout the year, in which they promote a book. This year they selected Legendary Locals of Pottstown, and I am so appreciative of their support and the big community gathering they have planned.
Admission to the luncheon is $10. Books will be available for purchase.
Several legendary locals will be on hand such as Donna Hennessey, George Wausnock, Dan Brunish, and more! Co-author and photographer Ed Berger and I will be there, too! Hope to see you there.
Fall art classes for adults at ArtFusion!
ArtFusion, Pottstown’s art school and gallery at 254 E. High Street in the heart of downtown Pottstown, is offering several fall classes for adults.
Check them out here.
You can choose from drawing, oil painting, water colors, and art journaling.
There are daytime and evening options, so there’s no excuse to get your creative vibe on, let your inner artist out, or maybe start something that could be a special holiday gift to a special someone.
The mission of ArtFusion 19464 is to enrich the lives of the residents in the greater Pottstown area through the visual arts, regardless of ethnicity and economic situations. Our goal is to spark creativity, build self-confidence and develop community bonds through education, mentoring and community service. Artfusion is online at www.artfusion19464.org.
Openings Still Available for SCORE In-Depth Workshops
SCORE is a nationwide nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed. SCORE provides free and confidential counseling to entrepreneurs on policies, procedures, and problems in the realm of small business. The great news? Pottstown has its own SCORE office of seasoned, successful business leaders who volunteer their time to help others succeed, too.
People starting out in business frequently have the same questions: Who is my largest competitor? How can I drive customers to my website? What is the difference between an LLC and a Sole Proprietorship?
In an effort to provide entrepreneurs with cutting-edge information, Pottstown SCORE is offering three separate In-Depth workshops for the fall.
The first workshop, “Using Reference USA” is presented in collaboration with the Pottstown Regional Public Library. The workshop, which will be held at 7 pm on September 17 at the library on 500 East High Street, will instruct participants how to use a database to research information pertaining to customers and competitors.
A second workshop, “Social and Mobile Equation” will give participants up-to-date secrets of successful marketing using social media and mobile technology. This workshop will be presented at 7 pm on October 8 at the SCORE office on the basement level of the New York Plaza building in Pottstown.
In the third workshop, “Sole Proprietor, Partnership, Corporation,” participants will learn to avoid legal pitfalls in starting a business. A lawyer and a CPA will be available to answer questions about the legal and tax considerations for different business structures. This workshop will be presented at 7 pm on October 30 at the SCORE office in the New York Plaza building, 244 High Street, Pottstown.
There is a nominal fee for each workshop, and a discount of 50% is offered for a second person registering at the same time. Class size is limited, but there are still openings available. Applicants may sign up online at www.pottstownscore.org or phone the SCORE office at 610-327-2673 for more information.
Doe Club Hosts All-You-Can-Eat Chicken & Waffle Dinner Sept. 24th
Open to The Public!
All You Can Eat Chicken and Waffle Dinner
Doe Club of the Pottstown Elks Lodge #814
61 E. High Street
Pottstown, Pa 19464
Wednesday September 24, 2014, 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Children 6-12 years- $4.00
Children 5 years and under- free
The Chicken and Waffle dinner includes coleslaw, applesauce, desserts, coffee and tea. Take-out orders available.
Proceeds benefit the Doe Club Nursing Scholarships which are awarded annually to local students.
Please come out and enjoy dinner while supporting higher education for local students!
Vote NOW for Pottstown native & gospel-singing star Candace Benson
NOTE: Links in previous post may not have worked. These links should be good!
Online voting for Pottstown gospel-singing sensation Candace Benson will end tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 30 at noon. Go here to vote as many times as you can to give our hometown girl a chance to become the next Sunday Best winner!
Candace is one of two finalists. The winner will be announced on BET network this Sunday night, Aug. 31, at 8 pm. You can also call in up to 15 more votes during the show, but there is no limit to the number of online votes you can register.
So get on over to this web page – no registration required! – to click away for this amazing talent with a heaven-sent voice!
Mercury Mile takes off from Smith Plaza at noon!
The Mercury Mile is a fun, social way to get your daily exercise! See story here and below.
Walk around Pottstown’s business district for the Mercury Mile
This week’s Mercury Mile is returning to the business district of Pottstown.
Join community members in a quick afternoon mile walk noon Thursday.
Participants are to meet at the Smith Family Plaza located at 100 E. High Street in front of the Pottstown Borough Hall.
Walking with friends is a great way to spend a pleasant afternoon. Invite your coworkers, family and pets to join the Mercury Mile.
The mile is a lunchtime walk to promote walking as a free way to exercise.
The mile’s location changes every week so walkers can explore the multiple local routes and trails.
To find each week’s location, visit the Fit for Life websitewww.pottsmerc.com/Fitforlife and like the Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/Mercfit4life. Walkers can also be added to the Mercury Mile email list by contacting Michilea Patterson at email@example.com. Send your name from the email you would like to use and the mile’s location will be sent to you each week.
Anytime there is inclement weather, the Mercury Mile will meet at the Pottstown YMCA indoor track. The Pottstown YMCA is located at 724 N. Adams St. Membership isn’t required to use the track at this time.
The Mercury is engaged in a year-long effort, Fit for Life, designed to promote healthy living. In addition to articles in the newspaper and on our website, Fit for Life features a blog with recipes, health tips, resources, tips on getting fit without breaking the bank, maps and other tools all available free online. Visit the website atwww.pottsmerc.com/Fitforlife, like us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/MercFit4Life and follow our efforts on Twitter@MercFit4Life.
Patterson is the Fit for Life reporter and is funded in part by the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation. You can follow Michilea Patterson on Twitter @MichileaP.