RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: website: all stories The Phoenix Reporter and Item Sun, 05 Jul 2015 05:02:29 -0400 60 <![CDATA[The 'blob' is back in Phoenixville]]> Phoenixville's annual Blobfest is getting ready to ooze into town from July 10 through 12 to celebrate the 1958 cult classic film "The Blob." The popular weekend festival will begin Friday night at the Colonial Theatre and continues all day Saturday along Bridge Street for the street fair.

Filmed locally in the borough of Phoenixville as well as Chester Springs, "The Blob" starred future screen icon Steve McQueen as he tries to save a town from an ever-growing monster threatening to devour all of humanity.

Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150702100238 2015-07-05T02:00:00-04:00 2015-07-02T10:02:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Scholars: Area students are making the grade]]> The Greater Phoenixville Healthcare Scholarship Program has awarded seven scholarships to local high school graduates pursuing health-related careers. These scholarships are funded by the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, the Phoenixville Hospital Thrift Shop, Phoenixville Hospital Medical Staff, and the Phoenixville Hospital.

Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150702094521 2015-07-05T02:00:00-04:00 2015-07-02T09:45:21-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: How one tweet changed a life]]> "We are masters of unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out." -- Winston Churchill

Whenever I say that computers amaze me, Evie reminds me how that remark reveals my age. Nevertheless, computers do amaze me.

But even more than computers, the internet really, really, really amazes me.

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<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Potato chips -- plain or fancy -- are a popular snack]]> POTATO CHIPS >> are one of the most popular food snacks around the world - if not number one. One story goes like this . . . in 1853 the chef at Moon's Lake House in Saratoga Springs New York preparing potatoes for a disgruntle customer came upon frying thin slices of potatoes until crispy. The diner was Cornelius Vanderbilt who started to tell all his wealthy and not so wealthy friends about them.

Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150701082938 2015-07-05T02:00:00-04:00 2015-07-01T08:29:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week]]> Anna "the miracle cat"

Sweet, loving, domestic short hair, grey/silver tabby with cream, only about 1 year old. Found by Spay and Save volunteers after being attacked by a dog on West Philly streets and not receiving treatment for a week. She had a huge incision which required 42 stitches but somehow, some way, managed to survive.

Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150701082631 2015-07-05T02:00:00-04:00 2015-07-01T08:26:31-04:00
<![CDATA[Preliminary public transportation details for Pope's visit to Philadelphia released]]> PHILADELPHIA >> Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City and agency officials announced preliminary information about public transportation options during the World Meeting of Families convening, Sept. 22 to 25, 2015, and the weekend of the Papal Visit, Sept. 26 to 27, 2015.

"At this point, we are about three months away from hosting the largest event in this City's history," said Mayor Nutter.

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:12:15 -0400 20150702101215 2015-07-02T10:12:15-04:00 2015-07-02T10:12:15-04:00 SCRIBD
<![CDATA[Canal Day tradition held at Lock 60]]> Mont Clare >> The 32-year-old Canal Day tradition was held again last weekend at Schuylkill Canal Park, featuring fun for all ages.

A Civil War Camp and Sly Fox beer garden were among the new features this year. There was plenty for kids to enjoy, and the ever-popular Joust after the lock opening for adults.

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:10:56 -0400 20150701201056 2015-07-01T20:10:56-04:00 2015-07-01T20:10:56-04:00
<![CDATA[GIRLS TRACK: Serratore seals marvelous Methacton career with PIAA medal, earns Mercury All-Area Athlete of the Year honors]]> FAIRVIEW VILLAGE >> As her final high school track and field season was winding down, Nicolette Serratore couldn't keep her mind off the one thing still missing from her résumé.

The Methacton multi-event standout had never medaled at the PIAA Track and Field Championships.

In her last chance, Serratore was determined to fill that void.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:15:33 -0400 20150630131533 2015-06-30T13:15:33-04:00 2015-06-30T13:15:33-04:00
<![CDATA[Route 23 bridge to reopen by November at the latest]]> Phoenixville >> The Route 23 bridge will reopen late November, if not sooner, thanks to a new deal reached Tuesday.

PennDOT announced that contractor J.D. Eckman Inc. agreed to finish work on the Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) bridge no later than Nov. 26. The new contract offers a daily incentive of $3,000 a day for every day the contractor finishes before that date.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:12:33 -0400 20150630131233 2015-06-30T13:12:33-04:00 2015-06-30T13:12:33-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville physics team headed to Thailand thanks to alumni, community]]> Phoenixville >> It wasn't enough that the students on the Phoenixville Area High School physics team had to prepare for almost a year for an upcoming competition in Asia. They also had to raise tens of thousands of dollars on their own to get there.

Luckily for the them, the school's alumni were among the many community organizations that had their backs.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:11:35 -0400 20150630131135 2015-06-30T13:11:35-04:00 2015-06-30T13:11:35-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville Area School District calls for fewer standardized tests]]> Phoenixville >> Officials in the Phoenixville Area School District recently sent a message to lawmakers in Harrisburg -- ease up on testing.

In a resolution approved during Thursday night's meeting, the school board called on legislators to minimize the amount of mandated standardized testing and the use of standardized testing for teacher and school evaluations.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:10:12 -0400 20150630131012 2015-06-30T13:10:12-04:00 2015-06-30T13:10:12-04:00
<![CDATA[Arcola Road bridge closure in Lower Providence tests motorists' patience]]> LOWER PROVIDENCE >> As construction continues on the still-closed Arcola Road bridge, motorists' patience has been put to the test.

The bridge will have been out for two years this August, and officials say drivers will have to wait another year before the headache ends. Yet that task is easier said than done, it seems.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:09:01 -0400 20150630130901 2015-06-30T13:09:01-04:00 2015-06-30T13:09:01-04:00
<![CDATA[County residents receiving easement notices]]> It's old news that Sunoco Pipeline L.P. is working on its Mariner East project, using an already existing pipeline running across the state as part of Phase I.

Now, after Sunoco, West Goshen Township and the Concerned Citizens of West Goshen Township have signed the settlement agreement papers, the pipeline is starting to move full-swing in the area.

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:44:15 -0400 20150629094415 2015-06-29T09:44:15-04:00 2015-06-29T09:44:15-04:00
<![CDATA[SPCA leader says tough times behind, looking ahead with pride]]> WEST CHESTER >> Not too long ago the Chester County SPCA was battling the bad publicity of chaos in its management, infighting among employees and even volunteers being escorted from the premises by local police.

Soon after, even State Sen. Andy Dinniman got involved. An animal lover himself, Dinniman explained at the time that he felt the need to immerse himself into what had become not a safe haven for animals but a three-ring circus.

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<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in foods: O' my goodness! -- Olives, okra, orzo and oregano]]> Olives

Ninety percent of the fruit of the estimated 85 million olive trees in the world are pressed into olive oil with the remaining 10 percent marketed as table olives. The edible olive was established 5,000 to 6,000 years ago. But, they can date back to 3,000 B.C. in Crete.

There are many varieties of olives.

Sun, 28 Jun 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150626090302 2015-06-28T02:00:00-04:00 2015-06-26T09:03:02-04:00