Caution, Montgomery County taxpayers! There is a package of "county campus" improvements, aka “justice center” that comes with spiraling costs. The commissioners are scheduled to vote on these costs this Thursday, Dec. 12 at 10 am in One Montgomery Plaza, 8th Floor, Norristown.

Abington residents will find, by going to www.AbingtonCitizens.com that on Nov 12th a budget will have passed with them having almost no knowledge of the plethora of bad things in it. This year alone there is a 9.9 % tax hike. But that is only one third of what they plan to hike your taxes. …

As Marie Yovanovitch completed her testimony in the impeachment hearings of Donald Trump and walked out of the chambers to the applause of the spectators, it reminded me of the court scene in To Kill a Mockingbird when Gregory Peck, as Atticus Finch, finishes his defense of Tom Robinson and …

With the 2019 holiday shopping season vigorously kicking off, it’s worth realizing that the terms “Black Friday” and “doorbusters,” today associated with monstrously-discounted sales the Friday after Thanksgiving attracting hordes of frenzied shoppers, have ties to Philadelphia retailers and…

Miss Sudlow was the first – she taught kindergarten. She was lovely, a blonde, I was smitten. I could see my future as a teacher. Then came the others. Mrs. Johannes (had her twice), Mrs. Roatche, Miss Applegate, Miss Waughtel, Miss McAfee, Mrs. Harding (our roving music teacher), Miss Tagga…

Throughout the winter months, my staff and I will be collecting winter coats for homeless veterans who are serviced by the Veterans Multi-Service Center in Philadelphia. In addition to winter coats, our veterans also need gloves, hats, scarves, thermal underwear, backpacks, and toiletries. I…

When Pennsylvania’s founder and proprietor, William Penn, visited about 1700 the Gwynedd Meeting House that had just been established by fellow Quakers on what today is DeKalb Pike, north of Montgomery County’s Norristown, Native Americans of the Leni Lenape tribe’s Unami clan were also know…

Lower Gwynedd has seen many changes in the past fifty years, a change in its scenic and pleasing country setting to less esthetically pleasing developments. Developments throughout the township appear to be going up in record numbers with lack of regard to curb appeal and how they will integ…

Since we began in 1980, the Interfaith Coalition on Energy (ICE) has helped hundreds of religious congregations control their energy use and cost. In 1996, The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) deregulated PECO Energy and other Pennsylvania utilities. This allowed third parties to…

Hallowe’en approaches and kids (of all ages) will soon holler “Trick or Treat” but what does that mean? Is there a threat implied that if you don’t get a treat you’ll play a trick on someone? And, yes, it once did mean just that and everyone played along. You went door-to-door and got your c…

Dr. Morton Langsfeld III, “Mickey” to those of us who were lucky enough to be his friends, passed away in late summer. It was a shock, one that will take a long time to get over. Mickey was one of those guys you just always expected to be around. We graduated from Cheltenham High School toge…

Lowman Henry (Times-Chronicle, 9/22 makes it sound as if energy companies began operating more efficiently and cleanly out of the goodness of their hearts, and that environmentalists should be overjoyed that Marcellus Shale gas drillers are no longer losing 15% of their product to leakage.

Although Lowman Henry’s characterization that use of natural gas has reduced America’s carbon dioxide emissions is appropriate (Ambler Gazette 22Sept2019), characterizing energy firms as doing "right by the environment” is quite a stretch. It is true that natural gas generates less carbon di…

There it was. In Deed Book 164. In 1873, it disclosed, Edwin Lacey purchased 38 acres from Isaac Perry. The land was part of a tract owned by the Hart family since the early 1700s, according to Deed Book 16, and now it was the area where the Borough of Ivyland would be established.

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Janet Elaine Gross of Sellersville, will be celebrating 65 years of service to the Daughters of the American Revolution this September. She and her mother were two of the thirty organizing members of the Towamencin Chapter of the DAR, which is located in Lansdale and meets at the Indian Vall…

Nine hundred and forty five days and we have lost our country. Our rights, our children’s futures, our electoral system, our allies, our credibility, our honor, our health, our social safety nets, our position of trust as a world partner seeking peace, our clean air, water and food, our nati…

In August 1619, a month or so shy of 157 years before Thomas Jefferson finished the Declaration of Independence, the first enslaved Africans were purchased by English colonists whose descendants would establish the United States. The 20 or more men and women were brought to Point Comfort, ne…

When reading the lead article of the June 9th Gazette, "A rally for reproductive rights," I quickly realized that the main message is not reproduction but the opposite: abortion rights or taking of the life of the unborn child. The cheer for women's rights at the expense of future women (and…

The volunteers of PLANT AMBLER, the group that plants many of the flowers that grace the borough’s business district, thank the following who have provided financial support thus far this year.

On Friday, May 31, some 76 high school seniors from Lankenau High School, the school district’s environmental science magnet school on Spring Lane in Upper Roxborough, will march down the aisle at the Keswick Theater in Glenside to graduate and receive their diplomas.