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NORRISTOWN — With the so-called “pandemic primary” behind them, Montgomery County officials are preparing for November’s presidential election by addressing the expected large turnout, a likely surge in mail-in ballots and equipment upgrades to help the counting process.

Westbound Route 422 will be reduced to a single lane for roadway patching and other construction activities under a project to rehabilitate pavement and repair seven structures along a five-mile section of Route 422 between the Royersford/Trappe and Sanatoga interchanges in Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove townships, PennDOT announced.

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CONSHOHOCKEN -- Benjamin Franklin was clearly one of his era’s greatest visionaries. But when Franklin and fellow Junto Club members created this country’s first lending library in July 1731, even he would have had trouble imagining the changes COVID-19 has triggered at today’s libraries.

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NORRISTOWN — A Norristown man awaiting trial for his alleged role in the 2018 overdose death of an Upper Merion man and charges he left the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Norristown that killed a Hatfield motorcyclist has lost his bid for a reduction in bail and release from jail pending trial.

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NORRISTOWN — Pointing out there have been COVID-19 outbreaks associated with bars and restaurants in several states, Montgomery County officials warned they will “strictly enforce” guidance for restaurants that are reopening and will shut down establishments that do not comply with the guidance.

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The 22nd annual Schuylkill River Sojourn is going to be an event not like any of the previous 21 sojourns. The community is invited to experience the revolutionary river through two evening video live streams on Aug. 9 and Aug. 16. The event also includes a tentative in-person guided paddling experience being offered on three separate days: Aug. 7, 8 or 9.

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NORRISTOWN — About two dozen Montgomery County residents, during a small rally and at a public meeting on Thursday, continued to call for the resignation of Commissioner Joseph C. Gale, denouncing comments he made about the Black Lives Matter Movement.

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AKRON, Ohio — Erin Donovan, 16, of Eagleville, is one of four young volunteers of the Soap Box Derby program nationally who will receive the President’s Youth Volunteer Service Award that recognizes volunteers under the age of 21 who have made a positive impact on the Soap Box Derby through their leadership on the local, regional or national level.

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NORRISTOWN — Montgomery County officials reported 231 individuals tested positive for the coronavirus and four more people died from the virus during the seven-day period ending Wednesday.

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NORRISTOWN — A Bucks County woman admitted to driving drunk at the time of a disturbance on the driveway of a Horsham residence during which police alleged she struck a woman with her vehicle.

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NORRISTOWN — A Norristown man is on his way to jail on charges he endangered others, including his pregnant girlfriend and her children, during a drug-fueled domestic-related disturbance in the home they shared.

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NORRISTOWN — An Ambler man who previously spent time behind bars for stalking an ex-girlfriend in 2010 was sent back to prison for electronically stalking another former paramour, including sending a bomb threat to the Bridgeport apartment complex where she lived.

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NORRISTOWN — Montgomery County officials will continue to encourage county employees to work remotely, limit in-person contact with the public and stagger the openings of satellite county offices, including in Pottstown, Willow Grove and Lansdale, as the county adjusts to the green phase of the governor’s color-coded reopening plan.

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WHITEMARSH — Because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, St. Thomas’ Church’s 2020 summer carillon concerts won’t feature any international musicians. But there’s plenty of local talent on tap for the Whitemarsh congregation’s annual Tuesday night series, beginning July 7 with Tiffany Lin and continuing July 14 with James Brinson, July 21 with Tom and Paige Gurin and July 28 with St. Thomas’ resident carillonneur Lisa Lonie.

Westbound Route 422 will be reduced to a single lane between Lewis Road and Evergreen Road for roadway patching under a project to rehabilitate pavement and repair seven structures along a five-mile section of Route 422 between the Royersford/Trappe and Sanatoga interchanges in Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove townships, Montgomery County.

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NORRISTOWN — As public health experts nationwide stress the importance of wearing face coverings to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Montgomery County officials have launched the “Mask Up, Montco” campaign.

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NORRISTOWN — New walk-up coronavirus testing sites will open in Lansdale, Willow Grove, Ardmore and Green Lane next week, joining sites in Pottstown and Norristown, as Montgomery County officials continue to urge residents to get tested.

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NORRISTOWN — A Schwenksville man must answer to charges in Montgomery County Court that he allegedly possessed child pornography on his home computer equipment.

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ABINGTON — A Philadelphia man must answer to charges in Montgomery County Court that he allegedly used the social media app Instagram to groom and attempt to lure a juvenile to meet him for sex in Abington Township.

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LOWER PROVIDENCE — As businesses reopened on Friday, it was a good time for folks to keep in mind the small independent shops that have been struggling during the pandemic, noted Colleen Kriebel, owner of Kriebel’s Custom Bakery.

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Worldwide protests that have spread like wildfire across the world in the wake video footage of the death of George Floyd while in police custody have focused attention on the issues of bias and institutional racism.

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KING OF PRUSSIA — A town hall meeting at the Upper Merion Township Police Department was just the start of work needed to ease tensions between law enforcement and area residents.

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ELKINS PARK — Several months after authorizing the advertisement of requests for proposals, the Cheltenham School Board is still researching options surrounding the outsourcing of a number of second shift custodians and before- and after-care workers.