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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.

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.

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.

PHOTOS: Area children meet Montgomery the bald eagle at Upper Schuylkill Valley Park |Jul 18, 2014

Children came to meet Montgomery the bald eagle at the Upper Schuylkill Valley Park & Wildlife Center July 11. While they were there, they learned about the diet and habitat of bald eagles and participated in arts and crafts.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Icy cold treats help keep the summer cool |Jul 17, 2014

ICED TEA – Can trace its conception back to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. As a gimmick, a tea plantation owner was going to hand out sample cups of hot tea. But, that summer was so hot, fair goers did not want to consume a hot drink.

Ursinus professor studying volunteer firefighters’ hearts |Jul 14, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — Sometimes, the most deadly part of a fire isn’t the smoke or flames but the stress placed on a firefighter’s body as they move in, out, up and down a burning building.

Devon Prep baseball rallies around ailing facilities director |Jul 8, 2014

It may have been Friday the 13th, but bad luck was not a problem for Devon Prep’s Varsity Baseball team as they defeated Elk County Catholic at Penn State University for the PIAA Class A State Championship.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Hamburgers and hot dogs |Jul 7, 2014

HOT DOGS – Are also known as frankfurters, franks, weenies, wieners, dogs and red hots. These tasty cooked sausages are favorites around the world.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Fruitcake’s fall from grace |Jun 30, 2014

FISH – has been around as long as there have been oceans, rivers and lakes.

Historic Pennypacker Mills to host Victorian Tea |Jun 30, 2014

During Victorian times, a proper tea included a gathering of dear friends with refreshments and chatter. Today, guests at Pennypacker Mills’ Victorian Tea can have that same experience with great entertainment, too.

Phoenixville area students study oceanography at Science in the Summer |Jun 30, 2014

Last week, the Phoenixville Public Library hosted the annual GSK Science in the Summer series at the Phoenixville Area Middle School.

PHOTOS: Wet, wild time at annual Canal Day |Jun 30, 2014

The Schuylkill Canal Association held its Canal Day celebration at Lock 60 in Mont Clare on Sunday, June 29. The 32nd annual event raises money for upkeep of the park, canal lock and locktenders’ house.

PHOTOS: Great Race makes pit stop in Valley Forge |Jun 25, 2014

UPPER MERION — Over 100 classic and antique vehicles are currently taking part in the 2014 Great Race from Maine to Florida. It is the race’s 31st year.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Garlic, Greens and Ginger |Jun 23, 2014

GARLIC – The first time I encountered the strange smell of garlic, I was about 4 years old. We took an overnight train trip to the western part of Pennsylvania to visit the area where my father came from.

Great Race to stop in King of Prussia |Jun 23, 2014

UPPER MERION — With a finish line 2,100 miles and nine days away, the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race only has time for a handful of primo pit stops along the route.

Phoenixville cub pack honors scouts and leaders at Blue & Gold banquet |Jun 21, 2014

Barkley Elementary Pack 119 Cub Scouts held their annual Blue and Gold Banquet Sunday evening at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Members of the community gathered to celebrate the achievements of the dens and the pack as a whole throughout the 2013-14 school year.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Excellent eggs and eggplant Parmesan |Jun 17, 2014

EGGS – The mystery of which came first, the chicken or the egg, remains unsolved. The egg is actually three different types of food: there is the white, the yolk and the whole egg. Eggs are graded accordingly by the size of the yolk and the thickness of the white part.

Consumer Alert: Bottle Safety Issue with Indigenous Selections Prosecco Brut 2013 |Jun 17, 2014

Harrisburg – Following several reports of full wine bottles spontaneously exploding in Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is asking consumers to carefully dispose of Indigenous Selections Prosecco Brut 2013 (code 33283), 750 ml.

Phoenixville resident to perform with professional orchestra |Jun 13, 2014

A Phoenixville resident is about to fulfill a lifelong dream. Devin Doherty spends his days as an investment specialist, but next Saturday, he will be spending a night playing his trumpet with world-class musicians.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Dips, Dates and Doughnuts |Jun 9, 2014

DOUGHNUTS/DONUTS – Dutch Pilgrims brought the “olykoek”

Phoenixville-born D-Day vet honored in Ohio historical calendar |Jun 6, 2014

This weekend marks the 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of Normandy, and there is perhaps no better way to remember D-Day than to remember those who fought in the battle.

Phoenixville PAL celebrates 15th year helping youth |Jun 6, 2014

When Jimmy Deoria Jr. helped start Phoenixville’s Police Athletic League (PAL) with his father in June of 1999, he could hardly have imagined how it would take off in the community.

Schuylkill River Sojourn launches once again |Jun 5, 2014

POTTSTOWN — A record number of paddlers are setting out for the 16th annual Schuylkill River Sojourn this year.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: C, part 2 - coffee and corn |Jun 5, 2014

Two foods known and used throughout the world are coffee and corn. Going back centuries up until today, they have been a mainstay in our daily diets.

Local Academy of Notre Dame student receives Spirit of Community Award |Jun 4, 2014

Quinn Norris, an eighth grader from Phoenixville at the Academy of Notre Dame, was a Distinguished Finalist in this year’s Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Brooke Elementary dedicates ‘Buddy Bench’ in student’s memory |Jun 2, 2014

Brooke Elementary School in Royersford held a ceremony Friday for a special little girl who attended the school.

Paddle on the Perkiomen Creek |Jun 2, 2014

SKIPPACK — The Perkiomen Creek Sojourn will be held from 9 a.m to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 (rain Date, Saturday, June 14.) Paddle seven miles of the Perkiomen Creek with the Conservancy Team. Launch from Red Fox Park/take out at Hoy Park on the Skippack Creek.

Chef offers farm-to-table cooking class in Phoenixville |May 27, 2014

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Chocoholics, cabbage fanatics and carrot-tops |May 27, 2014

Because there are so many foods that start with the letter “C”, we will take two weeks to cover only several of them. The popular “C” is chocolate followed by cabbage, corn, coffee, cheese, cinnamon and the list continues.