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Montgomery County News in Brief

Pottstown airport receives

grant for improvements

Gov. Rendell recently announced the investment of $10.7 million in federal and state grants for improvements at 15 airports in 13 Pennsylvania counties, including one in Pottstown.

The grants are paid in part from the Federal Aviation Administration's state block grant program. The state's share comes from the aviation development program.

Pottstown Municipal Airport will receive $570,000 in federal funds, $15,000 in state funds and $15,000 in local funds for lighting and electrical improvements.

In his budget proposal earlier this year, Rendell urged legislators to double the state transportation assistance program to $10 million to pay for additional airport work. For more about Rendell's initiatives, visit



Registration under way

for 'Hatboro Idol' event

The search for the "Hatboro Idol" and the best area band will conclude at this year's Hatboro Summer Fun Festival, which is May 26-31 at Miller Meadow, York and Horsham Roads, Hatboro.

Open to all ages, the "Hatboro Idol" competition is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. May 29. The winner and runner-up, selected by audience applause, will receive $100 and $50, respectively.

Contestants may register in advance by e-mailing their names, addresses, phone numbers and ages to


. Contestants also may register the night of the competition at the Main Stage area.

"Junior" and "Senior" musicians are invited to compete in a "Battle of the Bands" contest from 2 to 11 p.m. May 31 at the festival. Junior musicians must be younger than 18; seniors, 18 and older.

Interested bands should contact the Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce office to get a registration form and waiver, and a performance time. A $500 prize will be awarded to the top band in each category.

For more information, contact the Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce at 215-956-9540.

Golf tournament to benefit

Alzheimer's foundation

More than 200 golfers are expected to play in the annual William J. McKeown Jr. Cadillac Golf Invitational for Alzheimer's Care tomorrow at Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley.

Joe McKeown and his brothers established the event after the death of their father, William, from Alzheimer's. During the last 16 years, the McKeown Foundation - established to raise funds for Alzheimer's care, research and education - has raised more than $1.6 million.

Tournament proceeds support local families and individuals affected by Alzheimer's. Last year's earnings helped Christ's Home in Warrington and Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Event tickets are $325 per person. Individual and corporate sponsorship packages also are available. Participants will receive gift packs that include golf accessories.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., with tee-off at 11. Lunch and beverages will be served all day. Silent and live auctions will be held after the golf. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will begin at 4:15 p.m., followed by dinner and an open bar at 5:30. Philmont Country Club is at 301 Tomlinson Rd.

For more information or to participate, visit


or call Joe McKeown at 215-669-7999.

- Gene D'Alessandro