Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville to hold annual Patriotic Celebration May 22 |May 17, 2015

Phoenixville >> The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville invites the community to attend its 23rd annual Patriotic Celebration on Friday, May 22, in Reeves Park beginning at 9:30 a.m.

ABC TO XYZ IN FOODS: Discovering the difference between jambalaya and gumbo |May 17, 2015

Jambalaya and Gumbo are often mistaken for each other. Both originated in the Cajun and Creole school of cooking. Jambalaya is sort of a cousin to paella as it made with many of the same ingredients.

Pets of the Week |May 17, 2015

Blaise and Bonnie (cats) Blaise and Bonnie are dear little things who came in together and have been together for 8 years. Very friendly young seniors. Bonnie is a nice, pretty girl, a short-haired calico (black/tan/orange.

University of Valley Forge graduates first class since name change |May 14, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> The University of Valley Forge held its 76th annual Baccalaureate and Commencement services for the graduating class of 2015 last Friday

ABC TO XYZ IN FOODS: Mother’s Day recalls kitchen memories |May 10, 2015

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone; even if you are not a mother, everyone has one. It is a day set aside to honor one’s mother or mother figure. When I was a kid, it did “take a village.

Pets of the Week |May 10, 2015

Crook (cat) “Crook” is a DSH black with a patch of white on his chest. He is approximately one year old (At of the end of Jan. 2015). He is very playful and loving. He almost died at birth.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Instant Coffee and Imitation Foods |Apr 29, 2015

Instant Coffee >> was introduced in the United States during the Civil War. What was called a “coffee block” was made of processed coffee and hot water that were combined together for drinking on the battlefield.

Pets of the Week |Apr 29, 2015

Scooter (dog) Scooter is a handsome 1- to 2-year-old male mastiff/pit mix. He is a sweet boy who loves attention and likes running in the snow. Scooter needs some leash training but would make an excellent walking partner.

CBS 3 meteorologist Kate Bilo discusses journey from Phoenixville to the Philly forecast |Apr 29, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Phoenixville native Kate Bilo likes to say she came into weather forecasting through the back door.

Pets of the Week |Apr 23, 2015

Percy (cat) Percy is a neutered male domestic short hair who is white with orange spots and approximately 8 to 9 months old. Percy loves other kitties and would love a safe indoor/outdoor home with playmates.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Herbs and spices or hot and spicy? |Apr 23, 2015

Herbs >> one of the drawbacks about them is that they are costly to buy at the store or market.

Celebrating National Volunteer Week |Apr 17, 2015

Michael Smith of Royersford celebrated National Volunteer Week last week with a hug from some of the employees he works with at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Mike has 4,560 hours of volunteer service so far at PMMC doing deliveries, administrative tasks and other support work beyond his normal duties for the staff in the Respiratory Department.

The Clinic in Phoenixville seeks new medical director |Apr 16, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> After 13 years as medical director and cofounder of The Clinic and about 30 years of service to the Phoenixville community, Dr. Lorna Stuart is stepping down from her post.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Get gardening to celebrate spring |Apr 16, 2015

Gardening >> Spring has sprung. So can summer be too far away? Summer brings to mind gardening.

Pets of the Week |Apr 16, 2015

Punky (cat) This domestic short hair true calico (orange/black/white) is approximately 4 to 5 months old, spayed, playful and likes her feet on the ground. Punky is affectionate on her own terms.

Barking Back at Cancer |Apr 16, 2015

Phoenixville resident Jill Nance Kelly and her dog Riley were the grand marshalls for Pottstown’s 2015 Bark for Life in Memorial Park last weekend. The ninth annual event raised a total of $30,479.

Phoenixville boy named muscular dystrophy ambassador for Bucks County Harley dealer |Apr 10, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> A 10-year-old boy is helping a Bucks County motorcycle dealership in its efforts to raise funds for the fight against muscular dystrophy.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Passover Seder and more spring traditions |Apr 9, 2015

When I was a kid, there was a small building set back off Main Street in Phoenixville, between Walnut and Hall streets near the Rialto movie theatre. It was surrounded with mystery as religious services were held on Friday night and Saturday morning and not on Sundays as my family and friends observed.

Pets of the Week |Apr 7, 2015

Benji (dog) Benji is a 6-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix who is extremely calm and pretty lazy. He loves to go for walks, but his is just as happy lying beside you under a blanket. Benji attaches himself easily to people and would do better in an all-female home.

Pets of the Week |Apr 1, 2015

Butchy (cat) This red tabby, domestic long hair Maine Coon mix is waiting for his forever home! “Butchy” is 1 year old, neutered and fully vaccinated. He is positive for the FIV virus.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: The Rebirth of Spring, Easter, Passover & more |Mar 31, 2015

The Pagan celebration of “The Rite of Spring,” the Christians and their “Easter and the Resurrection” and the Jewish community’s “Passover and Flight Out of Egypt” all have one thing in common other than occurring sometime in March and April.

Spring City woman stays positive despite needing rare transplant |Mar 29, 2015

SPRING CITY >> When Karlene Novotny goes out to see her 10-year-old daughter in a school play, she doesn’t just grab the camera. She carries her pump and bags of fluid nutrients.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Flageolets, Fig Salad and the true origin of ‘French’ fries |Mar 26, 2015

Flageolet >> To hear or say flageolet makes me happy. Actually it is a small, immature kidney bean.

Phoenixville native hopes his ‘Hunger Games’ speaking part inspires local youth |Mar 25, 2015

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.

Pets of the Week |Mar 24, 2015

Max (dog) Max is a super friendly and playful 1- to 2-year-old dachshund mix. He loves playing with his toys, going for walks and exploring the yard. He is good with children and other dogs. Please contact Spay and Save at 610-279-9714 or spayandsavedogs@comcast.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Bam! Emeril Lagasse, Espresso, Easter Bread and more! |Mar 17, 2015

Emeril Lagasse >> is a celebrity chef known in part for introducing the phrases “kick it up a notch” and “bam” to the food world. He may be from Massachusetts, but seems to consider New Orleans and the Louisiana area home.

Pets of the Week |Mar 16, 2015

Dante (cat) Dante is a sweet, affectionate boy. He is so gentle! He is 3 years old, neutered, vaccinated and likes other cats and dogs. He would be excellent with children. Dante would absolutely love a safe indoor/outdoor home where he could do his job of rodent patrol and still have a home with humans to care for him.

Trainers lift up more than weights with mentorship program |Mar 12, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> On the outside, Maxout Strength Studio looks like any other fitness facility, but students who walk through the doors become stronger — both physically and mentally.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: From dairy products to dill weed |Mar 11, 2015

DAIRY PRODUCTS >> all start with milk from mammals, with the exception of mother’s milk for breastfeeding babies and young children.

Pets of the Week |Mar 11, 2015

Scooter (dog) Scooter is a handsome 1- to 2-year-old male mastiff/pit mix. He is a sweet boy who loves attention and likes running in the snow. Scooter needs some leash training but would make an excellent walking partner.

Collegeville vet honored by DOD for support of returning Army Reservist |Mar 3, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, announced that Collegeville Army veteran Earl “Buddy” Grater was honored with a ‘Patriot Award’ for supporting an Army Reservist that he hired to work with him at Thermoseal Industries, LLC.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Former Great Valley principal travels world to make new teachers |Feb 19, 2015

Former Great Valley Middle School principal Stephen Swymer recently returned from a trip to Uganda where he was training teachers with the Global Training Network group. Since retiring in 2008, Swymer has taken 25 trips to remote and impoverished areas around the world in an effort to train teachers in schools and orphanages.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Amish sweets and avocado treats |Feb 18, 2015

The Amish population in the U.S. numbers around 290,090 living in 30 states. The three states that have the largest Amish communities are Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania.

Pets of the Week |Feb 18, 2015

Barkley (dog) Barkley is a 5-year-old male Plott Hound Mix. Barkley is about 40 pounds and would make a great walking or jogging partner. He is house trained and crate trained. Barkley would do best in an adult-only home and would prefer to be the only dog.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Food and everyday tips, shortcuts & more |Feb 12, 2015

We will start over for the second time going through the alphabet of foods that was so well received the first time through. So watch for the “A” next week. I hope you try ideas from today’s column!

Pets of the Week |Feb 9, 2015

Angel (cat) Angel is a black and white spayed female domestic short hair rescued from the streets of Norristown. She is approximately 4 to 5 years old. She is good with other pets once she gets to know them.

Collegeville family raises assistance dogs for people with disabilities |Feb 5, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> A Collegeville family has found a way to do something they enjoy while helping others.

Phoenixville staple Emmett Gruici turns 90 |Feb 5, 2015

Phoenixville community figure and historian Emmett Gruici celebrated his 90th with friends and Family at St. John’s Lutheran Church Friday night. Mr. Gruici was honored with Special Presentations on his special day.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Mardis Gras, a celebration with a rich history |Feb 5, 2015

Many times we only think we know about something or some event, such as Mardi Gras. Most of us envision parades, getting drunk and parties, all ending at midnight of Ash Wednesday.

Pets of the Week |Feb 4, 2015

Benji (dog) Benji is a 6-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who is extremely calm and pretty lazy. He loves to go for walks, but he is just as happy lying beside you under a blanket. Benji attaches himself easily to people and would do better in an all-female home.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Preparing for Punxsutawney Phil’s Prognostication |Feb 2, 2015

On Monday, Feb. 2, in western Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil is getting ready to make his yearly appearance.

Limerick couple uses snowmen to announce pregnancy on Facebook |Jan 30, 2015

LIMERICK >>Nikki and Jason Arnold began their romance on Facebook, so perhaps it’s only natural that they should announce a pending addition to their family there as well.

Former Phoenixville PAL boxer gives back through college grant-writing class |Jan 30, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Owen Logue, a senior at Immaculata University, is giving back to the Phoenixville Police Athletic League (PAL), a non-profit organization that he was first involved with as a teenager.

Pets of the Week |Jan 29, 2015

Elsa (cat) Elsa is an all-black domestic short hair who is a sweet and active fur-ball! She is approximately 6 months old, spayed, and loves other pets and children.

Philadelphia Auto Show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center |Jan 29, 2015

EAST NORRITON >> Is your “next” a torqued-up, tire-melting icon of speed and style, a granola-crunching power train, or a hard-working, two-ton pickup truck?