ABC to XYZ in Foods: Chicken and Cranberry |Mar 2, 2015

Chickens >> What do you know about them other than going to the market to buy what you need? The chicken family — hens, roosters and their eggs — originally ran wild. They were domesticated way back when from Asian descent.

Exelon nuke plant seeks more Schuylkill River water during heat waves |Mar 2, 2015

LIMERICK >> The Delaware River Basin Commission is considering a request by Exelon for permission to increase the amount of water the Limerick nuclear plant can withdraw from the Schuylkill River on hot summer days.

Townhome project approved for former greenhouse site in Upper Providence |Mar 2, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The supervisors recently approved tentative plans slated to transform an inactive commercial greenhouse property into a Gambone housing development.

Pets of the Week |Mar 2, 2015

Dougie (dog) Dougie is a sweet beagle, about 25 pounds, whose favorite things are belly rubs, sleeping and snacks. Dougie has an adorable tail that wags enthusiastically in response to any attention from women.

Upper Providence rejects 52-home project on Black Rock Road |Mar 2, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The township supervisors have denied the Freeland/Black Rock Associates preliminary subdivision plan due to technical deficiencies.

Dinniman tells seniors he backs property tax elimination |Mar 2, 2015

OXFORD >> State Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19th, of West Whiteland was largely “preaching to the choir” at the Oxford Senior Center on Thursday when he described his efforts to eliminate property taxes.

PHOTO: Four alumni honored at TCHS Hall of Fame induction ceremony |Feb 27, 2015

David Hoffman (Electronics Class of 1973), Kristen Hunsinger (Animal Science Class of 2007), Nancy Custer-Strauss (Advanced Office Practice Class of 1974) and Jeff Lawrence (Automotive Technology Class of 1991) were inducted into the 15th Annual Alumni Hall of Fame at the Chester County Technical College High School last Thursday Night, Feb.

Pack 119 Cub Scouts battle for the lead at annual Pinewood Derby |Feb 27, 2015

Phoenixville Cub Scout Pack 119 held its annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday, Feb. 21, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Scouts watched intently as the wooden racers they spent weeks crafting with their parents, raced down the track, with finishes often separated by mere seconds.

Phoenixville Area Middle School students prepare to present ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’ |Feb 27, 2015

Phoenixville Area Middle School students are getting into their roles in preparation for their production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” March 5-7 at 7 p.m.

Walkway to Valley Forge: Construction proceeds in frigid temperatures |Feb 27, 2015

Workers braved the cold as they continued work on the Sullivan’s Bridge project near Valley Forge National Historical Park Thursday.

UVF alum among Time magazine Person of the Year honorees for Ebola epidemic work |Feb 27, 2015

CHARLESTOWN >> A former University of Valley Forge student was recently named as one of Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” honorees for her work in Africa with Ebola victims.

Chesco Housing Authority aims to find homes for 100 vets in 100 days |Feb 27, 2015

The Chester County Housing Authority has launched a new campaign for finding at least 100 veterans suitable homes in the next 100 days.

‘The Art of Science’ exhibit opens at Franklin Commons |Feb 27, 2015

The Art Gallery at Franklin Commons will hold a unique exhibition themed “The Art of Science,” beginning with an opening reception on Saturday, March 7, from 1 to 4 p.m., which will run until April 10.

EDITORIAL: Pa. Legislature sitting on $161M of taxpayer money |Feb 27, 2015

You have to give Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Legislature points for chutzpah.

Think About It: Addicted to Snow |Feb 27, 2015

“The very fact of snow is such an amazement.”

Bridgeport man accused of attempted child sex assault; nabbed in Internet sting |Feb 27, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A 37-year-old Bridgeport man has been charged with attempted child sexual assault after he was nabbed by detectives conducting an undercover sting operation targeting alleged Internet predators.

Spring-Ford students, Philly artist ‘Bring the Outside in’ at ninth grade cafeteria |Feb 27, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Local ninth grade students are leaving a lasting impression on their school walls, and it is not getting them in trouble.

Parties endorse candidates for Chester County primaries |Feb 26, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> The two major political parties in Chester County endorsed slates of candidates to run for countywide offices in the May primary, but they may find that at least one open seat will see a primary fight.

Calendar of Events |Feb 26, 2015

Ongoing Facetime Theatre’s Summer Experience: Register now for Facetime Theatre’s Summer Experience for students entering first through fourth grades, running June 15-19 & June 22-26.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Bacon and bread, the “B” staples of life |Feb 26, 2015

Bacon >> once considered a breakfast meat, has gone big time. This pork product can be smoked, grilled, baked and fried, and the list goes on. It is up to the cook preparing it. Healthier than pork bacon, turkey, tofu and other meats can be processed to a similar product.

Spring-Ford Area School Board approves $10K donation to SNAP post-prom party |Feb 26, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Parents of Spring-Ford Area High School students can rest easy knowing their son or daughter will be safe after prom this year.

2 Pottstown-area women admit roles in bad check scheme at Limerick bank |Feb 26, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Pottstown woman and a Douglass (Mont.) woman, two of four women accused of being involved in a bad check scheme at a Limerick bank, face probation for participating in the scheme.

Chesco Pops presents ‘Requiem’ Sunday in Phoenixville |Feb 26, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> The Chester County Pops Orchestra will take the stage Sunday to perform one of the most beloved pieces of choral music written in the past 30 years.

St. John’s to present Susquehanna University Choir concert in Phoenixville |Feb 26, 2015

Beloved composers Bach and Mendelssohn will be complimented by music of composers that are actively writing today when the Susquehanna University Choir comes to Phoenixville March 8.

PHOTOS: PVMS East students perform high-flying stunts in ‘Mary Poppins’ |Feb 26, 2015

PERKIOMEN >> Perk Valley Middle School East’s high-flying production of the musical “Mary Poppins” is set to open Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The students practiced performing with the flying equipment provided by theater stunt equipment company Flying by Foy this week during dress rehearsals.

Valve leak shuts down Limerick nuclear plant |Feb 26, 2015

LIMERICK >> One of the two reactors at Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station shut down abruptly before 10 p.m. Monday night due to a problem with a steam valve, officials said.

Kimberton pot grower gets county prison sentence |Feb 26, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> In hindsight, Marc Ferrara would probably agree that he should have just tipped the fellow who helped him out.

Royersford man arrested in National Penn Bank robbery |Feb 26, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Police have announced the name of the man who was arrested Tuesday in the robbery of a Royersford bank.

Six firefighters hurt battling $1M Charlestown blaze |Feb 26, 2015

CHARLESTOWN >> Six firefighters were injured Sunday night while battling a 2-alarm house fire in the first block of Highland Hills Road.

Phoenixville Kiwanis seek applicants for Youth Service Award |Feb 26, 2015

The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville is seeking applicants for their Youth Service Award. This award, which has a value of $1,000, is presented annually to an organization which has furthered the educational, financial or physical advancement of youth under the age of 18 within the Phoenixville area.

Pets of the Week |Feb 25, 2015

Bertie and Whimsey (cats) We are Bertie and Whimsey and are looking for a kind, loving family to help us. Our dear owner recently traveled to the U.K. for a visit home when she took ill and is now unable to return to the U.

Community Reinvestment Act can boost energy efficiency, funding for low-income schools |Feb 25, 2015

One in five Americans spends his or her days in our nation’s 140,000 K-12 schools. Those schools spend close to $8 billion a year on energy costs, the second-largest line item in a school budget after personnel costs.

State House aims at decriminalizing out-of-state liquor purchases |Feb 24, 2015

HARRISBURG >> As the state House this week once again takes up the battle over liquor privatization, several Delco lawmakers are pushing for a more immediate cure.

State House poised to vote on liquor privatization legislation |Feb 24, 2015

HARRISBURG >> Delaware County political leaders remain divided on GOP-backed liquor privatization legislation as the legislation kick-starts its way back to the House this week.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane launches website to dispute claims against her |Feb 23, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> The very public battle between state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a special prosecutor from Montgomery County and a Montgomery County judge has been taken to a website the attorney general hopes will help the public fact-check the claims against her.

Montgomery County commissioners pass resolution seeking 911 funding reform |Feb 23, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County commissioners passed a resolution Thursday showing solidarity with other counties seeking reform for the state’s 911 funding system.

Group of Good Samaritans save man from heart attack in East Pikeland |Feb 23, 2015

EAST PIKELAND >> “I should be dead. I really should be. If it hadn’t been for some remarkable circumstances...”

Phoenixville residents question New Early Learning Center and Elementary School plans |Feb 23, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Residents got an in-depth look at the New Early Learning Center and Elementary School Thursday night.

Spring City man admits to drug-fueled Limerick crash that injured other driver |Feb 23, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Spring City man has admitted he was driving under the influence of drugs at the time he was involved in a two-vehicle crash in Limerick that seriously injured the other driver.

Ex-Collegeville insurance agent charged with fleecing elderly clients |Feb 23, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> A former Collegeville insurance agent has been arrested by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and accused of fleecing elderly clients of more than $200,000 through “a criminal scheme known as churning.

Phillies fans scoop up tickets on first day of individual game sales |Feb 20, 2015

Despite dire prospects for the upcoming Phillies season and sub-zero wind chills, Tom O’Neill never considered passing on his winter pilgrimage to Citizens Bank Park for the first day of individual game ticket sales.

Education Foundation adds ‘Wine Pull,’ exciting new auction items to annual gala |Feb 20, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> It’s that time of year again when you can have a nice dinner, bid on some fancy prizes and support Phoenixville schools, all at the same time.

Wolf’s so-called ‘moratorium’ on death penalty holds no water in Pa. courts |Feb 20, 2015

Governor Wolf did not impose a “moratorium” on Pennsylvania’s death penalty.

Pa. government should do less so we can do more |Feb 20, 2015

Prosperity or ruin? In theory, it’s a simple choice with an obvious answer. But in practice, complicating factors make the decision anything but easy.

New state law requires more criminal, child abuse clearances for school volunteers |Feb 20, 2015

New state regulations requiring volunteers in both public and private schools to get criminal and child abuse background clearances could lead to a drop off in volunteers, mostly due to the cost.

Calendar of Events |Feb 19, 2015

Ongoing Facetime Theatre’s Summer Experience: Register now for Facetime Theatre’s Summer Experience for students entering first through fourth grades, running June 15-19 & June 22-26.

Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds Nancy Becker recognized for veterans ID program |Feb 19, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds Nancy Becker has been recognized yet again for her work helping veterans in Montgomery County.

Montgomery County judge says appointing special prosecutor in attorney general case was legal |Feb 19, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge William Carpenter filed an opinion with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Wednesday saying that he was within his rights to appoint a special prosecutor in the investigation of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane and evidence collected against her should not be suppressed.

Abington man sentenced to federal prison for gambling organization |Feb 19, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The Montgomery County man who ran a nationwide sports gambling organization and hid the cash in his backyard in Abington was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison on Tuesday, according to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office.

PHOTOS: Ash Wednesday starts the Lenten season |Feb 19, 2015

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season for Christians. In Phoenixville, Rev. Koshy Matthews and Rev. Dennis Coleman of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church distributed ashes at the corner of Bridge and Main streets at noon on Wednesday.