May 28 ceremony set

to honor Civil War generals

Cvil War Generals Winfield S. Hancock, John F. Hartranft, Samuel K. Zook, Adam J. Slemmer and Matthew McClennan will be honored at 11 a.m. May 28 during a Memorial Day ceremony at Montgomery Cemetery, 1 Hartranft Ave., Norristown.

The program will include laying wreaths and flowers on veterans' graves. Guests may bring cut flowers for that purpose.

Representatives of the Historical Society of Montgomery County, the W.S. Hancock Society, and local Civil War reenactors will speak.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call the historical society at 610-272-0297.

Forgotten history is subject of book about Norristown

The fascinating and often forgotten history of Norristown and the surrounding area has been compiled in The History of the Freedom Valley-Norristown. The 160-page book features photographs, aerial maps and text.

Historical anecdotes include George Washington marching 10,000 troops through Norristown during the Revolutionary War, and Norristown's namesake, Isaac Norris, placing the words on the Liberty Bell.

America Responds With Love Inc. supplied 1,000 copies of the book to schools, community centers and libraries. The nonprofit organization provides emergency housing and other services to people in need.

The book retails for $20 and is available at Armadillo Trading Co., 1798 Markley St., Norristown, and Pudge's II Restaurant, 2117 W. Main St., Jeffersonville.

For more information, visit

Democrats fete Maitin

with achievement award

Meadowbrook resident Jeanette Maitin recently received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Abington-Rockledge Democratic Committee.

Maitin's long career was spent working in education and administration for special-needs children in the Abington, Hatboro and Lower Moreland school districts.

Though almost 80, Maitin still volunteers. She is vice president of the Association for Adults with Developmental Disabilities, and a member of the Abington Township school board.

The award was presented to Maitin by friends, former Congressman Joseph Hoeffel, and Montgomery County Commissioner Ruth Damsker.

Watershed group obtains Briar Hill Preserve section

More than one-third of the 100-acre Briar Hill Preserve in Whitpain Township has been acquired by the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.

The 38 acres of preserved land are along Lewis Lane between Morris Road and Skippack Pike. The remaining acreage at Briar Hill has been preserved through conservation easements, restricting their development.

The property is among the least developed in Whitpain, the Watershed Association said. The land is adjacent to more than 200 acres of already preserved land.

The Watershed Association plans to build a walking trail along Prophecy Creek, which will be open to the public and accessible through Prophecy Creek Park on Skippack Pike.

New Schuylkill brochure promotes tourism

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area has unveiled a new full-color brochure with striking photos from across the area and an illustrative map of the Heritage Area.

The brochure aims to promote tourism and encourage residents and visitors to take advantage of the rich heritage of the Schuylkill region.

Available in visitors' centers, tourism bureaus and recreational, historic and educational sites throughout the five-county area, the brochure highlights attractions and the history of the area.

For more information, visit or call 484-945-0200.