Register by Sept. 5th for Cycles & Cemeteries Ride

Schuylkill River Trail Bike Tour Series
Cycles  & Cemeteries Ride
Register by September 5 for Early Bird Price!

Ride on the Schuylkill River Trail from Norristown to East Falls and tour on foot two historic cemeteries, visiting burial sites of Civil War notables including Gettysburg Generals Hancock and Meade. Ride options include 14 or 28-mile rides. 


When: Saturday September 21, 2013; Check-in 8-9 a.m.


Where: Ride begins at Montgomery Cemetery, 1 Hartranft Ave., West Norriton (just outside of Norristown, PA) and follows the Schuylkill River Trail to Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia’s East Falls neighborhood.

Cost: $35 early bird price; after 9/5 cost is $40.

Optional return bike/passenger shuttle $10.

Optional  lunch and Laurel Hill Cemetery tours for non-riding guests of participants $15.

Amenities: Price includes well-marked route, catered lunch, guided cemetery tours and free t-shirt (t-shirt not available if registering after 9/5).

Visit our website for more details
Questions? Call the Schuylkill River Heritage Area at 484-945-0200; or email
Ride Details

Two options make this a great event for all cyclists!
* 14-mile one-way ride from Montgomery Cemetery in West Norriton (just outside Norristown) to Laurel Hill Cemetery in East Falls with return bike and passenger shuttle. Shuttle is $10 extra per person.
* 28-mile round-trip ride from Montgomery Cemetery  to Laurel Hill Cemetery and back.
* Both rides include lunch and guided tours on foot of two historic cemeteries where Civil War notables are buried.


Register early! Ride limited to 250 riders.

Due to the width of the trail, no bicycle trailers will be permitted on this ride. Helmets are strongly recommended. No day of event registrations accepted. Registration closes 9/20 at noon.

Rotary trip to Phillies this Thursday – tix still available!

Join The Pottstown Rotary Club for an evening of fun with the Rotary Strike Out Hunger Night at the Philadelphia Phillies, Thursday, August 22nd 4:00 pm. Meet at Klein Transportation in Douglassville. One price includes ticket, transportation, hoagies with all the trimmings, beer, wine, soda. Bring canned goods if you can. Contact Len Giesler at or 610-323-2201. Only a few tickets left!






Or 610-323-2201

Remembering Don Seeley, longtime Mercury sports editor

For more than three decades, Don Seeley covered area sports in The Mercury, notably football and wrestling. He was the recipient of numerous awards and touched the lives of thousands of young athletes whose stories and accomplishments he chronicled. He himself beat the odds and was a survivor of Stage 4 throat cancer. Don passed away yesterday morning, at the age of 62, while golfing at Lederach Golf Club in Harleysville. Condolences and prayers go out to his family, friends, and all those who mourn his passing. May he rest in peace.

The Mercury’s coverage can be found here.

A Mercury article with tributes and remembrances can be found here.

Annual Soap Box Derby tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. on Wilson Street

This info was posted at The Mercury yesterday. Click here to see the article and cool photos.

“Young racers are getting ready to roll at the annual Soap Box Derby this Saturday. Sponsored by the Pottstown AMBUCS, the event is one of the most popular family events in the area. Crowds gather to watch the young drivers race down the Wilson Street hill.

The Pottstown Soap Box Derby was first run in 1994 and is run on the third Saturday in June every year on Wilson Street between State Street and Farmington Avenue.

Opening ceremonies are at 8:30 a.m. and the first race starts at 9 a.m. Final heats are at 4 p.m.”

Pottstown YMCA holds YOGA IN THE YARD

Pottstown YMCA at  724 N. Adams Street will hold “Yoga in the Yard” on Tuesday, June 11, from 6-7 pm.

Their staff will guide you in an experience of yoga that connects mind, body & spirit, leaving you feeling peaceful, relaxed and wonderful. Come enjoy the fresh air, positive energy and get a complete mind/body workout.  Wear comfortable clothes and bring water and your mat.

This event is open to the community. Cost is $10 to non-YMCA facility members.  For more information contact Lynn at 610.323.7300 ext. 10 or go to



St. Al’s to hold community carnival June 25th-29th

This just in from St. Al’s… The carnival is open to the public, and advanced purchases of ALL DAY passes are discounted 25%. The passes are good for any one day during the event.

Join us for the return of the Saint Aloysius Feast Day Community Carnival!

Our carnival features fun rides and games for all ages, including the “Kiddie Korner,” complete with games, face painting and prizes.

There will also be homemade foods; pierogies, halupkies, meatballs, pulled pork, sausage with peppers and onions along with chicken fingers, burgers, hot dogs, crab fries, snow cones, cotton candy and waffles & ice cream! Adults can relax in the Beer Garden while listening to live music. Bring your family and fill your belly with carnival delights, take a whirl on our rides, play to win some prizes, and join the community in 5 nights of summer fun at the greatest carnival in the area!

Saint Aloysius Feast Day Community Carnival runs June 25th through the 29th, 6pm to 10 pm (3pm-10pm on Saturday) on the grounds of the former Saint Pius X High School, 844 N. Keim Street, Pottstown.

For questions, discounted ride bracelets, sponsorship inquiries or more, contact Saint Aloysius Parish Office at 610-326-5877, or See you at the Carnival!

Schuylkill River Sojourn celebrates 15 years

This comes to us from Laura Catalano at the Schuylkill River Heritage Area…



From June 1-7 over 200 paddlers will take a Civil War Odyssey down the Schuylkill River

In June, the Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn will celebrate 15 years of celebrating the river.  As always, it will bring a flotilla of colorful kayaks and canoes from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia from June 1-7, stopping along the way in river towns and parks. The event will be highlighted by programming at every stop on the region’s role in the Civil War.

For 15 years, the sojourn has been organized by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, in Pottstown, in order to draw attention to the river as a beautiful natural, historic and recreational resource. Over that time period, more than 3,000 registrants from 20 states and Canada have participated.

This year, over 200 paddlers will take all or part of the weeklong, 112-mile guided canoe/kayak tour. A record number, 59, will make the full trip, launching their kayaks from Schuylkill Haven on June 1, traveling through five-counties (Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia), and bidding goodbye to the river at Philadelphia’s Boat House Row on June 7.

Each day, a maximum of 100 boats will be on the water—a sight that is welcomed by people who cheer the sojourners on at bridges and roadsides along the way. The paddlers will visit a number of communities in the region when they stop for lunch and camp out in riverside parks.

 “Over the years, the Schuylkill River Sojourn has gained a reputation for being one of the best sojourns in the state,” said Schuylkill River Heritage Area Executive Director Kurt Zwikl. “It has made a significant impact on this region, encouraging recreational boating on the river, and spawning the development of the Schuylkill River Water Trail.”

 A water trail is a waterway that is prepared for recreational boating with boat launches, maps and guides. The Schuylkill River Water Trail has been recognized by the American Canoe Association as a “Recommended Water Trail.”

One reason the Schuylkill River Sojourn is highly regarded is that it has a strong educational emphasis. Each year, programs focusing on the river’s history, culture or environment are incorporated into the lunch and evening stops. The public is invited to attend all programs at evening campsites at no charge.

This year’s program theme is A Civil War Odyssey, in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The first evening, spent at a Port Clinton campsite, sojourners will hear about a regiment of coal miners who tunneled under the enemy. The following night, they’ll watch a one-woman play about Hopewell Furnace during the Civil War era. They’ll learn about the First Defenders at the Gibraltar campsite, see a living history program on Civil War buglers in Pottstown, discover the region’s role in the Underground Railroad in Mont Clare, and meet Gen. George Meade in Conshohocken. (See attached for a list of public programs).

Highlighting the lunch programming is a presentation by Gettysburg National Historic Park Superintendent Bob Kirby on the park’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg. That will take place at 12 p.m. on Monday June 3, in Reading Riverfront Park, in Reading.

While the Schuylkill River Sojourn is clearly a recreational endeavor, its primary purpose is to draw attention to the river as this region’s most critical natural resource and a source of drinking water for over 1.5 million people. Studies show that when people paddle a river, they are more likely to be concerned about the health of that river, and to take measures to protect it.

The Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area, managed by the non-profit Schuylkill River Greenway Association, uses conservation, education, recreation, historic and cultural preservation and tourism as tools for community revitalization and economic development.

Register today for River Sojourn to avoid late fee!

15th Annual
Schuylkill River Sojourn
Friday May 10th is the last day to register to avoid the late fee! 

2013 Sojourn Theme: A Civil War Odyssey 

 June 1-7, 2013  

 Register online now


Download a mail-in registration form  


  • Register by May 10 to avoid a late fee.  Registrations received after May 10 will be automatically charged a $10 late fee. No registrations can be accepted after May 25.
  • There are plenty of spaces available for Tuesday June 4 through Friday June 7. Learn more about these days. Registration is full for the first three days and full-trip.
  • Click here for more information, pricing, itinerary, or photos.

The Schuylkill River Sojourn is a 7-day, 112-mile guided paddle from Schuylkill Haven to Boathouse Row in Philadelphia that is organized annually by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.  Participants can register for one day or the entire week.

Photos: 2012 Sojourn Courtesy Jeremy Quant

Schuylkill River Sojourn FULL-TRIP registration now online!

15th Annual 

Schuylkill River Sojourn
Last week of exclusive
full-trip registration.
General registration opens April 15 

The 2013 Sojourn Theme is  

The Schuylkill During the Civil War  

June 1-7, 2013     

  • New this year!! During the first two weeks in April we are accepting registrations from full-trip registrants only.  This is being done to ensure that people who wish do the full trip don’t miss out on the first two days, which fill up very quickly. Registration for all other participants will open April 15!
  • For the first time this year we are offering online registration. You can register online by visiting After you register online, you will still need to download several waivers and medical forms that must be filled out and mailed in with original signatures. Links to these forms will be available on your registration confirmation form. They can also be found on our website at
  • If you do not wish to register online, you can download a registration form here and mail or fax it to us.
  • For more information, a general itinerary for each day, or to view photos of past sojourns click here or call the Schuylkill River Heritage Area at 484-945-0200.
  •  Our 2013 Sojourn outfitter is Doug Chapman, owner of Take it Outdoors Adventure Group. Our guides will once again be Alan and Betsy Quant from Canoe Susquehanna.

The Schuylkill River Sojourn is a 7-day, 112-mile guided paddle from Schuylkill Haven to Boathouse Row in Philadelphia that is organized annually by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.  Participants can register for one day or the entire week.


Photos: 2012 Sojourn Courtesy Jeremy Quant

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