Wright-designed synagogue

has historic-landmark status

Beth Sholom Synagogue in Elkins Park has been designated a national historic landmark by the secretary of the Interior.

The National Park Service will present the synagogue with a certificate at 10 a.m. next Sunday during an official ceremony and reception.

Beth Sholom is the only synagogue Frank Lloyd Wright designed. Wright was commissioned to build the synagogue in 1953. The building combines American design influences with Jewish values.

The synagogue is at 8231 Old York Rd., Elkins Park. Guides will be available to answer questions. Call 215-887-1342 for more information.

Montco will hold day camp

for various ages, interests

Montgomery Township has announced the launching of Kid's University, a full-day summer program for children.

The eight-week program is open to children 5 to 13 and allows for flexibility with the length and cost of the camps. Activities will include arts and crafts, sports, swimming and day trips.

The camp will run from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. June 18 to Aug. 10 at Montgomery Elementary School, 120 Penn St., Montgomery.

The cost for the entire eight-week program is $895, and the full-day weekly cost is $150. Special half-day rates also are available.

For more information, call 215-393-6900.

Lower Providence receives $200,000 in various grants

Almost $200,000 in county and state grants has been awarded for park improvements and reforestation in Lower Providence Township.

Hoy Park received $135,000 from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Money will go to improving the existing boat ramp, and paving the parking area.

The Montgomery County Conservation District's "Tree Vitalize Watershed" program received funding for various reforestation projects in Redtail Park and Evansburg Crossing.

Grant money also has been earmarked for the replacement of the township's storm-damaged marquee. The new LED, computer-controlled sign can be quickly updated, and will provide real-time emergency information.

Pottstown postcard drive

will get mail to U.S. troops

Pottstown-area residents can support the troops through the borough's postcard drive.

Over the last three years, the effort has sent more than 10,000 cards to members of the armed services stationed abroad.

Community members can bring their own messages or fill out a specially designed postcard featuring the borough logo and photo of Pottstown. Cards are available in the main lobby of Borough Hall.

From Pottstown, the letters are delivered to Harrisburg by State Rep. Tom Quigley and then on to various air bases, and shipped overseas. No postage is necessary.

Borough Hall is at 100 E. High St., Pottstown. For more information, call 610-970-6523.

- Matt Sandy