Quiz: Which local craft beer should you be drinking? |Oct 22, 2014

Fun and haunted legacies continue to grow at Pennhurst |Oct 20, 2014

Spring City >> Fans of the macabre seeking a frightful adventure need search no further than Spring City — Pennhurst Asylum has opened its gates for its 5th annual Halloween season.

The many uses of vinegar and vanilla |Oct 20, 2014

Vinegar >> comes to us from the French meaning “sour wine.”

Wedding Announcement: Giebler and Peterson to marry in Ann Arbor |Oct 6, 2014

Brian Louis Giebler and Jordan David Peterson are to be married Saturday, Oct. 18, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Oodles of udon noodles |Oct 6, 2014

UNSWEETENED CHOCOLATE — Is also called bitter, baking or cooking chocolate.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Tomatoes - the most popular home garden crop |Oct 3, 2014

TOMATOES – Are the most popular crop grown in home gardens.

Polish Club event supports Alex’s Lemonade Stand |Oct 3, 2014

The Polish American Citizens Club of Phoenixville held a fundraising benefit Sept. 20 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. The event included music, food and beverages, face painting, basket raffles and arts and crafts.

Ukrainian Day Festival brings folk culture to Phoenixville |Oct 3, 2014

Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church held a Ukrainian Day Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27, on the church grounds at Fairview and St. Mary’s streets in Phoenixville.

Upper Schuylkill Valley Park hosts monarch butterfly release |Sep 25, 2014

Upper Schuylkill Valley Park hosted its annual monarch butterfly release Sept. 13. The event includes educational programs and allows visitors a chance to interact with the monarchs. Once released, the butterflies migrate south for the winter.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Sugar and Spice and everything Salt? |Sep 25, 2014

SUGAR – was originally considered a luxury. Eventually it became cheap, common and widely used.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Rice - the main staple in cooking around the world |Sep 19, 2014

RICE – Is the main staple in cooking around the world.

Royersford cancer survivor rides to help others conquer the illness |Sep 19, 2014

A Royersford resident fought a tough battle against cancer, and won. She is now going to give back to the doctors who helped to save her life.

New Name, Same Mission: University of Valley Forge celebrates name change |Sep 19, 2014

As of Tuesday, Valley Forge Christian College has officially changed its name to the University of Valley Forge (UVF). The Pennsylvania Department of Education (DOE) approved the name change on Aug.

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy holds open house for Children’s Discovery Room |Sep 16, 2014

PERKIOMEN TWP. — A 3-foot-tall caterpillar was found counting yellow, mellow fishbugs at the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy’s Children’s Discovery Room Open House Monday.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Cooking and baking made easy with quinoa and quick breads |Sep 8, 2014

QUICK BREADS – Are just like their name suggests. Quick breads use baking powder and/or a combination of baking soda as a leavening agent, which requires no time for the batter to rise, whereas yeast bread takes a long time to rise and needs to rest between the risings.

Upper Providence program gives an assist to volunteer firefighters |Sep 8, 2014

Upper Providence — Flames and smoke leaped from the engine compartment of a 2008 grey Chevrolet Silverado parked on the parking lot of an apartment complex on Meadowview Lane in Upper Providence Township shortly after noon on a recent Friday.

Phoenixville native named Best Overall New Cadet at West Point |Sep 4, 2014

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced today that Cadet Shawna Moore, of Phoenixville, has been named the Best Overall New Cadet Class of 2018 by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Sen.

Phoenixville Federal CEO honored for life of service to the borough |Sep 3, 2014

Phoenixville — Richard Kunsch doesn’t have to leave Phoenixville to work, play or enjoy the lifestyle he cherishes the most.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Peanut butter, pumpkins and what to store in your pantry |Sep 2, 2014

The PANTRY — is an area set aside to house food provisions and related food items. It can be an entire (small) room, a closet, cabinets or shelves.

Spring-Ford student wins academic and leadership honors at pageant |Sep 2, 2014

A ninth grade Spring-Ford student was recently crowned at a state-wide competition in Harrisburg as State Ambassador at the National American Miss pageant.

Salon Fiber raises money for cancer research at back-to-school haircut event |Sep 2, 2014

Phoenixville’s Salon Fiber, located on Main Street, held Cuts for a Cure on Sunday, Aug. 24.

PHOTOS: Colonial Gardens holds annual Butterfly Festival |Sep 2, 2014

East Pikeland — Colonial Gardens held its Butterfly Festival last Saturday, Aug. 23, where dozens of monarch butterflies were released to begin their migration south for the winter.

All 4 Paws celebrates 5 years of saving animals |Sep 2, 2014

All 4 Paws Rescue Inc., an animal rescue based in Chester Springs, just celebrated their landmark five-year anniversary. Since opening, the rescue has saved more than 3,600 animal’s lives.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: An apple a day keeps the doctor away |Sep 2, 2014

Editor’s note: Bette Banjack, a longtime food columnist for The Phoenix, has decided to return. Readers may remember her column “Neighborhood Kitchens,” which ran from 2003 to 2006, or her weekly local television program, “Downtown Kitchen.

Valley Forge Christian College welcomes students back to campus |Sep 2, 2014

On Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) welcomed new students for the 2014 academic year.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: An apple a day keeps the doctor away |Sep 2, 2014

Editor’s note: Bette Banjack, a longtime food columnist for The Phoenix, has decided to return. Readers may remember her column “Neighborhood Kitchens,” which ran from 2003 to 2006, or her weekly local television program, “Downtown Kitchen.

Learn how to create a rain garden at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park |Aug 29, 2014

OAKS — Learn how to create a rain garden, and filter water, at a special presentation planned for Sept. 27 in Lower Perkiomen Valley Park.

PHOTOS: Kayaking event raises nearly $2,000 for SCA |Aug 29, 2014

MONT CLARE — A five-mile paddle fundraiser for the Schuylkill Canal Association brought in close to $2,000 Wednesday evening.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Onions and Cooking Oils |Aug 28, 2014

ONIONS – Have a strong and pungent odor, which becomes sweet when cooked. Cooking the onion gives it a crisp texture.

Detwiler Family celebrates 118 years of history at reunion |Aug 22, 2014

Detwiler Family members met together at Camp Innabah in Pughtown, Pa., to celebrate their 118th family reunion on a beautiful summer day on Aug. 16.

Royersford man turns 100 with grand celebration |Aug 22, 2014

Royersford resident Jack Fries, a regular at the Spring-Ford Diner, celebrated his 100th birthday in grand fashion Friday morning.

Phoenixville TEDx focuses on ‘Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll’ |Aug 22, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — TEDx Phoenixville wants to throw the idea of the boring conference with droning speakers out the window.

Citizen scientists wanted for Summer of Bugs event at Valley Forge park |Aug 21, 2014

VALLEY FORGE — Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University are partnering in the Summer of Bugs, a summerlong inventory of the park’s terrestrial invertebrates, better known as land bugs.

Fifty-third Philadelphia Folk Festival winds down |Aug 18, 2014

UPPER SALFORD — Philadelphia Folk Festival security volunteer Vic Martinson eloquently summed it up.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: From noodles to nuts, cooking in ‘N’ |Aug 18, 2014

NOODLES (PASTA) – Can refer to moist or dried strips of a flour and water/egg combination. Noodles come in every shape and size you can think of, such as thin, square, coiled, long and short.

PHOTOS: Ronald McDonald entertains at Phoenixville Public Library |Aug 15, 2014

Ronald McDonald stopped by the Phoenixville Public Library on Wednesday afternoon to read to the children and entertain them with tricks.

Thunder Outreach sponsors benefit concert for Limerick burn victim |Aug 15, 2014

ROYERSFORD – Thunder Outreach is hosting a benefit concert for Kyra Tramontana, the 19-year-old victim of a work accident that left second- and third-degree burns over 35 percent of her body.

PHOTOS: Montgomery County 4-H Fair |Aug 13, 2014

The annual Montgomery County 4-H Fair was held Aug. 7-9 at the county 4-H Center in Creamery. The fair gives 4-H members the opportunity to show of this year’s projects to their family and the public.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Milk - the ‘perfect food’ |Aug 11, 2014

MILK – Once considered the “perfect food,” it is extremely high in fat according to today’s standards. When the fat is removed, it is a highly nutritious food.

Reeves Park Summer Camp comes to close with talent show, spelling bee |Aug 8, 2014

The Phoenixville Recreation Department and Phoenixville Communities That Care provided an outdoor summer camp at Reeves Park during the last week of July for Phoenixville Area School District students between the ages of 7 and 12.

Kimberton native named US consul general of Mexico City |Aug 6, 2014

The work done by diplomats in the U.S. consulates abroad to make travel safe and easy for Americans often goes unnoticed, but for one Kimberton native, it’s his life’s work.

Shark Week: Live returns to Adventure Aquarium |Aug 6, 2014

Shark Week: LIVE is back, bigger than a great hammerhead, and better than ever at Adventure Aquarium! This year’s annual Shark Week festivities will have even more bite as Adventure Aquarium celebrates everyone’s favorite mysterious sea creatures from August 9 - 17.

Forrest Gump facsimile offers words of wisdom to Skippack shoppers |Aug 5, 2014

SKIPPACK — You wouldn’t believe it if I told you, but Forrest Gump was in Skippack Friday night. Gump, played by impersonator and Souderton native Paul Dengler, fit together with the visitors to the

Humane society of Phoenixville hosting two events |Aug 5, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Saturday will feature a full slate of events hosted by the Humane Society of Phoenixville.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Lettuce - America’s diet food of choice |Aug 5, 2014

LETTUCE - When I was a kid, the only kind of lettuce available seemed to be iceberg lettuce.

Audubon nursery school adopts giraffes at Elmwood Park Zoo |Aug 1, 2014

St. Andrew’s Nursery School of Audubon recently celebrated their adoption of two giraffes at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown. Parents, students and alumni attended the event on July 12 to help welcome the giraffes, named Louis and Tamu, to the zoo for the summer.

Local girls selected as state finalists in NAM competition |Aug 1, 2014

Two local girls have been selected as state finalists in the National American Miss competition and will represent their communities in Harrisburg next weekend.

PHOTOS: Soldier welcomed home in Limerick |Jul 31, 2014

US Army PFC Jake Spear received a grand homecoming after his deployment overseas recently. Warriors Watch Riders, Hogs and Heroes Foundation and A Hero’s Welcome led the way as they escorted him from the Philadelphia Airport to his home in Limerick.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Ketchup - a classic American condiment |Jul 28, 2014

KETCHUP – Is also spelled catsup or catchup, depending on the manufacturer of your preferred brand.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Jams, Jellies and Jell-O |Jul 21, 2014

JELL-O – Is one of the most familiar food names around. Prior to the early 1900s, preparation of gelatin was a somewhat time-consuming and difficult task.