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 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:21:50 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Think About It: Our Love of Animals]]> When you grow up on a farm, you have an inborn love for animals. Whether it was the cows and chickens, hogs and geese, horse and pony, sheep, cat or dog, from the start of the day to the end of the day we were around those animals. To this day I still love the smell of the barn.

But it is one thing to have animals as part of your livelihood and another thing to have them as pets.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:59:17 -0400 2015-03-26T16:59:17-04:00 2015-03-26T16:59:17-04:00
<![CDATA[Wolf negotiates billions with unions who gave him millions]]> Gov. Tom Wolf's first executive order banned gifts for executive branch employees in order to eliminate conflicts of interest between those in power and anyone "seeking to obtain business from or has financial relations with the commonwealth.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:59:10 -0400 2015-03-26T16:59:10-04:00 2015-03-26T16:59:10-04:00
<![CDATA[Wolf's budget could save Pennsylvania]]> Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal presents a clear vision for the future of our state and dares us to be great in the spirit of President John Kennedy who said that "a rising tide lifts all boats."

There will be some who will try to derail this budget by picking away at the pieces of the plan to protect their own "special interests.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:17:37 -0400 2015-03-26T16:17:37-04:00 2015-03-26T16:17:37-04:00
<![CDATA[Calendar of Events]]> Ongoing

Summer Afield Program: Calling all fourth to sixth graders! Do you like to investigate your world? Explore streams? Make observations and discoveries? Work on experiments? Make new friends? Have Fun? Then you'll want to join Summer Afield and make this a summer to remember! Summer Afield is a week-long, half-day program for students who have finished fourth through sixth grade.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:47:32 -0400 2015-03-26T15:47:32-04:00 2015-03-26T15:47:32-04:00
<![CDATA[PennDOT announces 422 lane closure at Oaks Interchange next week]]> The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced that one lane will be closed westbound on Route 422 at the Oaks Interchange in Upper Providence from Monday, March 30, through Thursday, April 2, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for bridge deck sealing.

This operation is part of PennDOT's $2.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:41:40 -0400 2015-03-26T14:41:40-04:00 2015-03-26T14:41:40-04:00
<![CDATA[Molly Maguire's donates golf benefit earnings to The Colonial]]> Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant and Pub presented a check for $3,070 to The Colonial Theatre Thursday morning. The money was raised during their 2014 Golf Tournament. The 2015 Molly Maguire's Golf Tournament will benefit The Good Samaritan Shelter. The event is on Tuesday, June 2. For more information, visit Molly's website at www.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:59:15 -0400 2015-03-26T13:59:15-04:00 2015-03-26T13:59:15-04:00
<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Flageolets, Fig Salad and the true origin of 'French' fries]]> Flageolet >> To hear or say flageolet makes me happy. Actually it is a small, immature kidney bean.

This bean was cultivated in France somewhere in the 1800s. They come in white, blue, yellow, red and green varieties and can be found fresh, dried and canned. The pod of the flageolet is 3 inches long and inedible.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:58:46 -0400 2015-03-26T11:58:46-04:00 2015-03-26T11:58:46-04:00
<![CDATA[Schuylkill River Heritage Area picks new director]]> POTTSTOWN >> A former state official with experience running a national heritage corridor has been named executive director of the Schuylkill River National Heritage Area, which has its headquarters in Pottstown's Riverfront Park.

Silas A. Chamberlin of Allentown has served as a regional advisor for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources since last March.

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:28:36 -0400 2015-03-25T17:28:36-04:00 2015-03-26T09:25:07-04:00
<![CDATA[Spring-Ford board member balks at special ed hire]]> ROYERSFORD >> The decision to hire a new special education teacher in the Spring-Ford Area School District did not come without its share of controversy.

In a 7-1 vote Monday, the school board approved the hiring of Mary K. Burkholder as a part-time special education teacher at the 5-6 Grade Center Tuesday.

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:42:22 -0400 2015-03-25T17:42:22-04:00 2015-03-25T17:42:22-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville man faces charges after police find cocaine in home]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Police arrested a Phoenixville man after a search warrant led them to a stash of packaged crack cocaine.

Muhammad Abdil Griffin Jr., 19, is facing drug charges after police served a search warrant at his home on March 21 and found him in possession of drugs that had been packaged for sale, according to court documents.

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:33:06 -0400 2015-03-25T17:33:06-04:00 2015-03-25T17:33:06-04:00
<![CDATA[Spring-Ford artists bring home awards from two shows]]> ROYERSFORD >> Three talented Spring-Ford Area High School art students recently placed in top spots in two local art shows.

Montgomery County Community College hosted its 37th annual Montgomery County High School Art Exhibition and Competition, where Montgomery County high school art students showcased their artwork from March 2 through 27 at the Fine Arts Center Art Gallery at the Central Campus in Blue Bell.

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:15:31 -0400 2015-03-25T17:15:31-04:00 2015-03-25T17:15:31-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville native hopes his 'Hunger Games' speaking part inspires local youth]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville native Charles Kronmuller, a pilot by trade, recently found his way into the blockbuster franchise "The Hunger Games," playing a pilot on the big screen.

Kronmuller answered a casting call in September 2013 for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," which was shooting near Atlanta, Ga.

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:10:52 -0400 2015-03-25T17:10:52-04:00 2015-03-25T17:10:52-04:00
<![CDATA[Collegeville native begins service aboard advanced amphibious Naval warship]]> A 2010 Hill School graduate and Collegeville native is serving aboard the USS New Orleans (LPD 18), one of the Navy's newest and most advanced amphibious ships, designed to deliver Marines and their equipment to and from war zones.

Ensign Tony An is a repair division officer aboard the San Diego-based San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship.

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:40:11 -0400 2015-03-25T14:40:11-04:00 2015-03-25T14:40:11-04:00
<![CDATA[Collegeville police seek help identifying knife-wielding Wawa robber]]> COLLEGEVILLE >> The Collegeville Police Department is investigating a robbery at the Wawa located on E. Main Street, which occurred Sunday, March 22 at 3:35 p.m.

The subject entered the store and stood in line until he was waited on by the cashier. The subject then took a knife from his pocket and demanded money from the cashier.

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:03:04 -0400 2015-03-25T11:03:04-04:00 2015-03-25T11:03:04-04:00
<![CDATA[Board lobbies Harrisburg for fair funding formula]]> ROYERSFORD >> Local school officials are urging lawmakers in Harrisburg to find a way to fund public education more fairly.

In a 7-1 decision Monday, the Spring-Ford Area School Board approved a resolution urging the Pennsylvania Legislature to establish a new funding formula for basic education.

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:02:05 -0400 2015-03-25T10:02:05-04:00 2015-03-25T10:02:05-04:00