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NORRISTOWN — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on life in Montgomery County, local leaders approved roughly $1.4 million in contracts related to ongoing mitigation measures during a board of commissioners meeting.

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The American Red Cross typically has a tough time keeping the blood supply strong during the winter months when inclement weather and seasonal illnesses can impact donors. This year the pandemic adds in another challenge in keeping the blood supply strong. The Red Cross is urging healthy individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets this month.

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PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Township Police Detective Division is seeking assistance in attempting to identify the male shown in this photo. The male shown used stolen credit cards to purchase gift cards and other merchandise. The credit cards were taken from a vehicle in Plymouth Township. If you can assist with identifying the male or recognize the vehicle, please contact Detective Joseph LaPenta III #154 at jlapenta@plymouthtownship.org or (610) 279-1901.

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Route 422 motorists will encounter a lane closure in both directions for various 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.

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LOWER PROVIDENCE — A Lower Providence man must answer to charges in Montgomery County Court that he collected more than 7,300 images of child pornography on a computer tablet.

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CONSHOHOCKEN — Acknowledging that they may face some criticism for their decision, the Montgomery County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and the Borough of Conshohocken have decided to postpone the 2021 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade that was scheduled for March 13.

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LOWER SALFORD — Route 113 (Harleysville Pike) motorists will encounter a lane closure and periodic lane shift between Route 63 (Main Street) and Gruber Road in Lower Salford, beginning Monday, Feb. 1, for construction activities under a local sidewalk improvement project, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced.

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The Upper Merion Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Committee presented its 2021 Humanitarian Award to Barbara Williamson, a longtime resident of the township’s Rebel Hill Neighborhood and its 2021 Community Service award to Detective Robert Smull of Upper Merion Police Department at a January 20 ceremony at Upper Merion Township Building.

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NORRISTOWN — The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s changes to COVID-19 vaccine distribution guidelines announced earlier this week dramatically expanded the group of residents eligible to receive vaccines in Montgomery County but the availability of vaccine is still limited, officials said.

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POTTSTOWN — A national nursing organization has recognized Pottstown Hospital — Tower Health for its work in eliminating hazardous smoke generated during surgical procedures. The hospital was notified Jan. 6 that it has earned the Gold Level Go Clear Award from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

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Much has been said about effective leadership during the days surrounding Jan. 20’s presidential inauguration. Locally, newly-elected student officers at Central Montco Technical High School and classmates from their sending schools view it this way:

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NORRISTOWN — While the number of people being vaccinated against COVID-19 continues to increase in Montgomery County, officials reported 685 new cases of the virus and a dozen new deaths over the two-day period ending Friday.

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NORRISTOWN — Montgomery County officials say they’re not aware of any threats of civil unrest locally in the wake of the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week and “chatter” about demonstrations at state and local government offices in the coming days.

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NORRISTOWN — As Montgomery County officials make plans to ramp up a COVID-19 vaccination program, they reported on Wednesday that 270 people tested positive for the virus, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 37,918 since March 7, when the first two cases of the virus were identified in the county.