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AT THE TABLE WITH: Beth Burckley |Feb 22, 2018

Beth Burckley hails from the Cherry Hill/Collingswood, N.J., area. It was there that she met Brian Howell, an Alabama native. The couple moved to Phoenixville after Beth spent a year commuting to the area for work.

EAT & DRINK: You won’t want to miss these tasty events |Feb 22, 2018

From foodie fundraisers to a vintner’s dinner, mark your calendar. You won’t want to miss these events.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Japanese red maple trees still holding on to their leaves |Feb 22, 2018

My friend Jane Antley lives in the borough of West Chester. She emailed me last month with a question about leaf drop. “I’ve been meaning to write to you for several weeks about something that has me perplexed this year: the Japanese red maples.

PLCB accepting bids for expired liquor licenses |Feb 21, 2018

Harrisburg >> The fifth round of bidding is underway for expired restaurant liquor licenses in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Tuesday issued an invitation to bid in the latest auction for the expired licenses.

HOME COOK: Make the ultimate Korean bibimbap at home |Feb 21, 2018

Every country has a distinctive comfort food. For Korea, it’s bibimbap, the rice bowl topped with grilled beef, a veritable veggie rainbow and a fried egg, drizzled with spicy gochujang and mixed with a spoon.

Local chefs compete with cookie-inspired dishes to benefit Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania |Feb 21, 2018

Thin Mint S’mores, anyone? How about a Lemonade Icebox Pie or Toffee Takeover cocktail?

MODERN CIDERING: Try your hand at making cider — or — enjoy some of the locally-made refreshment |Feb 21, 2018

“Do you want to see the cidery?” asked Brian Dressler of Dressler Estate, leading the way to a converted garage in Downingtown.

Citadel announces title sponsorship of new Country Music Festival in Chester County |Feb 21, 2018

Exton-based Citadel today announced its title sponsorship of a new, three-day country music festival coming to Chester County’s Brandywine Valley Aug. 24-26.

Phoenixville woman charged with stabbing husband |Feb 20, 2018

PHOENIXVILLE >> A Phoenixville woman has been charged with assault after she allegedly stabbed her husband in their home.

Grammy-winner drops by Montgomery County Community College Center for Music Technology. MORE: Nearing completion, a recording, mixing and mastering suite will be open to the public |Feb 20, 2018

Montgomery County Community College’s Lively Arts Series recently hosted five-time Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and band leader Terence Blanchard.

THEATER: A brilliant and complex musical: ‘Next to Normal’ on stage at Media Theatre |Feb 20, 2018

Diana has been dealing with her issues for many years. She lives with her very supportive husband Dan and her brilliant teenage daughter Natalie. She seeks treatment to remedy her issues but at times, they are too large to handle.

BEER SCENE: Local craft, regional legacy, German brewers in the spotlight at area events |Feb 19, 2018

Feb. 24 is a red-letter day for local craft beer drinkers.

Howard Jones brings his solo show to the Sellersville Theatre |Feb 19, 2018

A musical presence in England’s flourishing synth-pop movement of the mid ‘80s, Howard Jones rose to international prominence with a string of hit singles that included, “New Song,” “What Is Love,” “Pearl in the Shell,” “Like to Get to Know You Well,” “No One Is to Blame,” “Things Can Only Get Better,” “Life in One Day” and “Everlasting Love.

RESTAURANTS: Original artwork prominent in the ambience at King of Prussia’s Founding Farmers |Feb 19, 2018

Founding Farmers co-owner Dan Simons explained why 47,000 family farmers have invested in restaurants in the Washington D.C. area and King of Prussia. It’s about changing up the way profits are distributed in the supply chain.

Spring-Ford eyes policy change ignoring complaints made on social media |Feb 19, 2018

ROYERSFORD >> Tuesday evening, the Spring-Ford Area School Board will begin to consider a policy change by which it will specifically disregard anonymous complaints or those made on social media or websites not operated by the district.

Rep. Kampf backs independent panel law to draw redistricting maps |Feb 19, 2018

State Rep. Warren Kampf, R-157th Dist., announced Monday he is signing on with the effort to take redistricting out of the hands of the courts, the governor and the General Assembly and put it into the hands of an independent citizens commission.

Spay and Save: This grey tabby loves to cuddle |Feb 18, 2018

Krissy is a female, spayed, 1 to 2 years, grey tabby found starving in Roxborough. She is loving and vocal, loves people and is good with both cats and dogs. Please give her a forever home where she will never be on the streets again.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Coming up next is a Mummers Mardi Gras Parade, music, art and more |Feb 16, 2018

Bring it home Greater Philadelphia Expo Center: The Philly Home + Garden Show runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 17 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 18 at 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Prog rocker Neal Morse brings first solo tour to Sellersville Theater |Feb 15, 2018

Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer Neal Morse will perform a rare solo show at Sellersville Theater on Feb. 22. The intimate show is in support of Morse’s latest solo album, “Life & Times” (Metal Blade, 2018), which will be released on Feb.

AT THE TABLE WITH: John Sakos |Feb 15, 2018

John Sakos lights up the room when he enters. He overflows with a joy for life and food.

Summer 2018 driving season may be most expensive since 2014 |Feb 15, 2018

PHILADELPHIA >> Like the stock market in recent weeks, gasoline prices across the region have been up and down over the last several months. And while prices may have dipped a bit in the last few days, AAA is forecasting a rise in prices — just in time for the summer driving season.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Phoebe Bridgers returns to Philly in support of her latest release; performs at World Café Live |Feb 15, 2018

Emerging from the studio with her debut album, “Stranger in The Alps” (2017), indie folk pop artist Phoebe Bridgers, 23, is poised to have a breakthrough year.

Learn all about crocodilians at the Academy of Natural Sciences |Feb 14, 2018

Crocodilian reptiles have thrived for millions of years thanks to brute strength, keen senses and murderous instincts.

THEATER REVIEW: ‘Mr. Burns’ takes audience thru post-electric world at Villanova Theatre |Feb 14, 2018

It’s nearly impossible to say anything new about “The Simpsons” after the quarter-century Matt Groening’s ubiquitous animated satire has resided at the heart of our popular culture.

FOOD: Two trendy kitchen gadgets to try now |Feb 14, 2018

It’s Valentine’s Day. And while kitchen gadgets don’t rate high on the list of romantic presents, here are two you’re bound to love — an air fryer and an electric multicooker like an Instant Pot.

Arts Montco wants to spread the word about all that’s happening |Feb 13, 2018

You can now better plan what you do for fun with a site featuring online calendars loaded with events from more than 200 Montgomery County arts and cultural organizations and attractions: www.artsmontco.

Delco dance companies represent different cultures with upcoming festival at Neumann University |Feb 13, 2018

As the Media-based International Ballet Classique poetically puts it, “dance is the beating heart of a culture.”

$94M preliminary budget would raise Phoenixville school taxes by 4% |Feb 13, 2018

PHOENIXVILLE >> The school board has unanimously approved a preliminary $94 million budget for the 2018-19 school year that would raise property taxes by 4 percent.

CONCERT PREVIEW: 1960s vocal group The Association revives their gold-selling sound |Feb 13, 2018

They stood out, not only for their warm harmonies, but for being a six-piece rock ‘n’ roll band.

Philly Fringe one-acts get encore presentation in Lansdale |Feb 12, 2018

Lansdale’s Stove and Tap restaurant uses their multi-level space in a new way as Juniper Productions presents Philly Fringe “Cocktail Plays.”

Gov. Tom Wolf OKs medical marijuana dispensary in Phoenixville |Feb 12, 2018

HARRISBURG >> Gov. Tom Wolf Friday announced the Pennsylvania Department of Health approved medical marijuana dispensaries in Chester and Lancaster counties to begin operations, bringing the statewide total to eight.

Chester County veterans invited to free breakfast |Feb 12, 2018

Coatesville >> All Chester County veterans and veteran organizations are invited to attend the annual free breakfast hosted by Chester County Recorder of Deeds Rick Loughery and the Chester County Department of Veterans Affairs.

Spay and Save: Cats who need a forever home |Feb 11, 2018

Sasha is a sweet soul, loves to be petted and probably should be the only kitty of the house. She loves to play. Give her a sunny window sill to nap in and she is good to go. She was found homeless and hungry in King of Prussia and was lucky to find a wonderful foster home.

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS: Let next week’s best bets help you keep celebrating the Eagles, Valentine’s Day |Feb 9, 2018

Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday we take a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.

Montgomery County DA: Bill Cosby’s claims of prosecutorial misconduct are ‘false’ |Feb 9, 2018

NORRISTOWN >> Prosecutors, in court papers, argued the accusations of prosecutorial misconduct leveled by Bill Cosby’s defense team are “misrepresentations and false claims” and urged a judge to deny a defense request that sex assault charges be dismissed against the actor.

‘Magical & Real’ exhibit at Michener Art Museum recognizes different branch of the Wyeth family tree |Feb 9, 2018

During this 30th anniversary year of the James A. Michener Art Museum, the Doylestown cultural institution presents a major exhibition on the marriage and careers of Henriette Wyeth (daughter of N.C.

Professor picked as new Phoenixville School Board member |Feb 9, 2018

PHOENIXVILLE >> Seven people applied to replace Mike Ellis on the Phoenixville Area School Board, but after two withdrew, the board chose one from among five remaining applicants.

Perkiomen Valley School Board to fill vacant seat Monday night |Feb 9, 2018

PERKIOMEN >> Another Perkiomen Valley School Board member has resigned and the board will select a replacement at its meeting Monday night.

Transportation issues topic of Feb. 15 meting in Phoenixville |Feb 9, 2018

Phoenixville >> The Chester County Planning Commission is inviting residents in the Phoenixville region to attend a meeting to learn about and comment on a draft plan that will address transportation issues and opportunities.

Montgomery County sheriff rounds up alleged child support scofflaws |Feb 9, 2018

NORRISTOWN >> Eight men who collectively owed more than $61,000 in child support arrearages for nine children were awakened by Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies early Friday for a trip to see a judge.

EAT & DRINK: Valentine treats – from chocolates to cupcakes with brews and special dinners too |Feb 9, 2018

My foodie valentine… Local chocolates are always a hit. So are wine tastings and romantic dinners. But for something different, try a cheese box from award-winning Yellow Springs Farm in Chester Springs.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Judy Serdy Gelinas |Feb 8, 2018

Judy Serdy Gelinas grew up on a farm in close-knit Hungarian family. She was the youngest of four Serdy children — three boys then Judy who must have been the family princess.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Joe Satriani celebrates new album, brings G3 tour to Merriam Theater |Feb 8, 2018

Three of the world’s most renowned rock guitarists – Joe Satriani, Phil Collen (of Def Leppard) and John Petrucci (formerly of Dream Theater) – will share the stage at Merriam Theater on Feb.

FOOD: Surprise your valentine with homemade truffles |Feb 8, 2018

They come in flavors like champagne, red velvet, strawberry cheesecake and crème brûlée. They’re small in size, big in flavor, and they scream, “Valentine’s Day!”

Author Dave Eggers to discuss new book with its subject, Mokhtar Alkhanshali, at Philly’s Free Library |Feb 7, 2018

A few years ago, Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a native of San Francisco, found himself riding in a flatbed truck through the deserts of war-torn Yemen, with a loaded Colt 45 at his side and a suitcase full of precious coffee beans.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Celebrating David Bowie preserves legacy via Bowie’s band members and show at Keswick Theatre |Feb 7, 2018

Keyboardist Mike Garson makes the unique claim that he performed with David Bowie at his first American concert and his last American concert.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Peter Rabbit’ has a crude streak, but it’s largely cute, clever and fun |Feb 7, 2018

There’s a shot in the new “Peter Rabbit” in which a frog who is fishing on a lily pad — with a tiny fishing pole, mind you — freaks out when a heavy rain starts to fall and dives into the water.

Phoenixville’s Stable 12 accomplishes goal of getting beer to Eagles players |Feb 7, 2018

PHOENIXVILLE >> The Philadelphia Eagles will be enjoying some of Phoenixville’s local brews this week as they celebrate their Super Bowl victory.

S.E. Pennsylvania stands in for New England in ‘Dollar Baby’ adaptation of Stephen King story |Feb 6, 2018

Since the late 1970s, horror master Stephen King has encouraged aspiring filmmakers with something he calls Dollar Babies.

Phoenixville’s Stable 12 Brewing has some brews for the Eagles |Feb 6, 2018

PHOENIXVILLE >> What could accompany an underdog victory better than a cold, refreshing beer?