Pottstown Parks Director Eileen Schlegel Remembered

Eileen Schlegel, the Pottstown Parks and Recreation Director since 2008, passed away suddenly last Saturday. Those wishing to pay respects and honor her life may do so at a viewing from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at Warker-Troutman Funeral Home at  726 E. High St. The funeral will be at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m.

According to Evan Brandt’s Mercury article, Eileen grew up on Queen Street and graduated from St. Pius X High School. She started working for the Parks Department in the early 1990s. I will always remember Eileen for being the go-to person for so many community activities and events. She oversaw a department that was responsible for all of the Borough’s parks, the spray park, Trilogy BMX park, Riverfront Park,  the Bark Park, and year-round recreational programming for all ages. She and her staff could be counted on to provide the chairs, sound equipment, power, games, hot dogs and hot chocolate at parades, 4th of July festivities, the Polar Bear Plunge, the Funky Santa 5K, the Volleyball Rumble and so much more.  Eileen Schlegel had a hand in all this, in the life of the community, and in the seasonal rituals that become traditions and make a town a home. She will be remembered for many years to come

Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to Helping Hands Inc., 415 Hoffmansville Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505. For more than 30 years Helping Hands has been serving individuals with developmental delays and mental and physical challenges.

Racine: New BYOB restaurant open in Pottstown

This comes from PAID of Pottstown…

 

New BYOB in Downtown Pottstown

Racine, a contemporary American restaurant that takes its inspiration from local farms and producers, opened for dinner Tuesday, October 29 at 232 King Street.

Chef/Owner Greg Vassos uses local, organic, ethical and natural ingredients whenever and as much as possible, presenting them in a whimsical way. Known for his contemporary French and American creations, he has remarkable skill executing delightful farm-to-fork dishes inspired by many cuisines and dictated only by his passion for fresh ingredients.

Greg is an accomplished chef. In the span of nearly two decades, he worked in kitchens on four continents alongside some of the world’s most respected chefs including Sergi Arola of Arola, Bruno Menard of the Dining Room, and Eric Ripert of Lebernardin. Greg was Chef de Cuisine at The Brasserie by Dean Max in the Cayman Islands where he was inspired by the art of French cuisine and began to implement various modern and unconventional techniques. It was during his time at The Brasserie that Greg was invited to cook alongside a team of chefs at the James Beard House in New York City. His second invitation to The Beard House came during his time as Chef of five-diamond restaurant L’Escalier at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. This time he was invited as Featured Chef.

Racine is open 5pm – 10pm Tuesday through Saturday. Call 610-326-7400 for directions or reservations.  Visit www.restaurantracine.com to learn more about Racine.

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