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Montgomery County News in Brief

Center Square fire squad

gets a $5,400 grant

The Center Square Fire Department received a $5,400 grant from CBIZ Insurance Services of Philadelphia in partnership with Fireman's Fund Insurance Co.

A portion of the grant will go toward purchasing a software alarm system, which will enable emergency personnel to get emergency dispatches via text messaging, alpha-numeric pagers or e-mail accounts.

The fire department also plans to purchase separate adult and child CPR mannequins. In addition to the grant, the department also will receive two global positioning systems.

The grant money came after Blue Bell-based Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center alerted CBIZ of the fire department's need.

Montgomery Mall seeking

applicants for Teen Board

The Montgomery Mall is searching for young adults interested in fashion, dance, theater, retail, public relations and community service to serve on its Teen Board.

Candidates must be between the ages of 13 and 18, well rounded and outgoing, and able to commit four to six hours per month to the board. Those selected will help produce and model in the mall's fashion shows, attend seminars on topics relating to fashion and retail industry, and help organize and run mall special events and fund-raisers.

The 25 to 30 teens chosen will learn basic modeling techniques, makeup and fashion coordination, and skills to work better with the public.

To apply, visit



Book on Perkiomen Valley

on sale at Pennsburg library

Rich in history and images, copies of

The Upper Perkiomen Valley

are available at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center.

Written by local author Jerry A. Chiccarine and Schwenkfelder executive director David W. Luz, the book includes previously unseen images chronicling local culture as it existed in years past. Most of the images came from two private collections and the Schwenkfelder's archives.

The book is part of Arcadia Publishing's "Images of America" series, which celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country.

The 128-page book costs $19.99. The Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center is at 105 Seminary St., Pennsburg. Visit


or call 215-679-3103 for more information.

Schuylkill group receives

$140,000 projects grant

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area has received $140,000 in project grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The grants will be used to fund eight projects along the river corridor in conjunction with other communities and organizations.

Part of a $39.4 million state disbursement, the grants will help fund 406 recreation and conservation projects across Pennsylvania.

Specific Schuylkill projects include a River of Revolutions Interpretive Center at the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, $25,000; Mill Grove-American Revolution Center Corridor at the John James Audubon Center, $20,000; and Jenkins Arboretum brochures, $2,500.

For more information, visit



- Matt Sandy