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Pottstown home ownership incentive launched for school district employees, Mercury 4-28-17

By Evan Brandt

A $10,000 forgivable loan program designed to induce teachers and school district employees to buy homes in the borough has been implemented by the Foundation for Pottstown Education.

The idea was first proposed by school board member Thomas Hylton in July 2015 and Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez acknowledged the launching of the program “has been a long time coming.”

The responsibility for the program was shifted to the non-profit foundation after a legal review found problems with using tax money to benefit a specific class of citizen.

Joe Rusiewicz, executive director of the foundation, made the announcement at the April 24 school board meeting.  

Dispose of Unwanted Drugs During Take-Back April 29, 2017

Ten western Montgomery County police departments are participating in Saturday's drug take-back program, during which area residents can safely dispose of unwanted or expired medicines. There are plenty of local drop-off spots.

The post Dispose Of Unwanted Drugs During Take-Back appeared first on The Post.  

PHS Wrestler Named a Top Recruit

Congratulations to Isaiah Mayes on being named to the Pa Power Wrestling News Service as a Top 300 College Recruit. Isaiah will be attending Ithaca College to study Architecture. He has been named to the All Conference and Mercury All Area Teams in both football and wrestling. In addition to his athletic honors he is also an Honor Roll student. His hard work has paid off and has set the foundation for future success. Isaiah Mayes, another reason to say Proud to be from Pottstown.  

Rodriguez chosen as new Pottstown schools superintendent, Mercury 4-25-17

By Evan Brandt

Stephen Rodriguez isn’t acting as superintendent any more.

Monday night the Pottstown School Board ended a 16-month search for a new superintendent by unanimously hiring the person who has been doing the job temporarily for the last year.

To be fair, when former superintendent Jeff Sparagana retired in June, Rodriguez was serving as human relations director and agreed to serve as “acting superintendent” but said he did not want the job of superintendent.

But evidently, after the school board went through its first round of candidates and could not find anyone that it could agree to hire, Rodriguez had a change of heart and threw his hat in the ring.  

IMPORTANT 2016-17 Calendar Information

Graduation is June 8, 2017.

The last student day is June 12, 2017 with an early dismissal:
PMS = 10:15 am
PHS = 10:30 am
Elementary = 10:55 am
Modified Pre-K:
8:40-9:40 am
9:55-10:55 am  

Pottstown Celebrates Young Children/Healthy Kids Day

Contact: Valerie Jackson, Pottstown School District


The eleventh annual Pottstown Celebrates Young Children & Healthy Kids Day event will be held on April 29, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Pottstown High School, 750 North Washington Street. This free event designed for families with young children is sponsored by PEAK, Pottstown’s school readiness initiative, and Pottstown YMCA. There will be fun family activities and resources from more than 70 community organizations along with music from D.J. Steve, a petting farm, mascots, balloon artist Wacky Patty, an obstacle course and fitness activities, a fire truck, a blood mobile, a moon bounce plus a few more surprises are planned.

This year PEAK is again partnering with Pottstown Memorial Medical Center as the main sponsor for the Month of the Young Child events. According to PEAK Coordinator, Mary Rieck, “We are very thankful for the partnership with Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Pottstown Celebrates Young Children/Healthy Kids Day is a great way to raise awareness for early education and services of the hospital, as well as an enjoyable afternoon for the whole family. We look forward to finding new ways to work with the hospital to help Pottstown’s children enter kindergarten ready to learn and achieve.”

Prior to the main event, pancakes with Trojan Man, the Pottstown School District mascot, can be enjoyed from 9:00 – 11:00 am for $8 for adults and $5 for children 2-10 with proceeds benefitting FCCLA and Trojan Nation, organizations for students focusing on Early Childhood Education and Culinary.

For more information about the April 29th event, contact Valerie Jackson at or 610-256-6370.

PEAK (Pottstown Early Action for Kindergarten Readiness) is a partnership between Pottstown School District and community early learning programs and agencies seeking to prepare children and families for success in school. To learn more about PEAK, visit, e-mail Ms. Rieck at or call 610-970-6655. You can also follow PEAK on Twitter @PEAKPartners and on Facebook.

Help Bring Home a Fallen Trojan

We are asking for any help you can give in helping bring home a Fallen Trojan. A photograph of a Pottstown soldier who was killed in the Pacific during World War II is being sought by a foundation trying to identify remains.

Carl M. Shaffer was born on Feb. 21, 1921 in Pottstown to Herbert Donnell Shaffer and Katherine K. Shaffer, according to the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation, which is seeking a photograph of him as part of its Tarawa Unknowns project. Thanks to Mr. Evan Brandt's Mercury Digital Notebook Blog for helping us in the search for a photo that will help identify one of our Fallen Trojans and bring him home to rest. Click here for the full story: Photo Sought for Tarawa MIA Carl M. Shaffer We can never repay the men and women of our military for their service to our country, but we must never stop thanking them. If you have any information or pictures, please contact John Armato at 610-323-6274. Please share this with your friends.  

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