By Donna Rovins
A group of Pottstown area residents — including students from the Hill School, Pottstown High School and Pottstown Middle School — gathered in front of Beverly’s Pastry Shop on High Street Wednesday afternoon to show their love for local businesses. The impromptu flash mob officially lasted two-minutes, with participants holding signs in support of local businesses and making a heart sign with their hands. The group began gathering at 4 p.m., with the actual event lasting from 4:15 to 4:17 p.m. The purpose of the event was to bring attention to the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Shop TriCounty” initiative that was launched in the fall, according to Katie Scanlan, High Meadows Chair of Sustainability at The Hill School and adviser to the Pottstown CARES group. “The kids have fun and it focuses attention on Shop TriCounty and area businesses,” said Cathy Skitko, director of communications at The Hill School.