Pictorial book depicts history of Pennhurst State School and Hospital |Aug 2, 2015

The Pennhurst Memorial and Preservation Alliance is proud to announce the release of a pictorial history of Pennhurst State School and Hospital. It is part of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Aug 2, 2015

Scooter (dog) Scooter is a 2-year-old pit/boxer mix. He is a very sweet energetic boy who thinks he is a lap dog. Scooter is good with all size dogs and can’t wait to join his forever home.

A savory slice to make foodies flock |Aug 2, 2015

SHEPHERD’S PIE >> started out being called Cottage Pie. It was considered a poor man’s dish made from scraps of meat, lots of potatoes and a sprinkling of vegetables. It originated in the United Kingdom and Ireland; today, the dish is popular worldwide.

Kayak fundraiser for Schuylkill Canal at Lock 60 features history and fun |Jul 29, 2015

MONT CLARE >> The community’s invited to travel along the Schuylkill River for a good cause and possibly get front row seats of a man paddling while wearing a dress.

Updated Schuylkill River Trail maps available |Jul 29, 2015

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area will hand out newly updated Schuylkill River Trail maps at no cost from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jul 26, 2015

Scooter (dog) Scooter is a very sweet boy who was found wandering the streets of Norristown. He is a pit bull/boxer mix, about 20 months old and is neutered. With his sweet demeanor we know he had to be someone’s family pet and this big boys thinks he is a lap dog.

There are plenty of fish, and shrimp, in the sea |Jul 26, 2015

The SEAS and waters of the world are major contributors to our food supply. Seventy-one percent of the earth is covered with water, while 96.5 percent of the water is ocean. So we are looking at a vast abundance of products.

Perspective on Parenting: Protecting children from grief |Jul 25, 2015

When my first child was born, I experienced a tidal wave of emotions. As I embraced my infant overjoyed, I whispered in her tiny ear her that I’d always protect her. I even briefly visualized those moments in her future where she may need me the most: her first fall from her bike; her first time being confronted by mean kids at school; and her first break up.

Fun at the Kimberton Fair |Jul 23, 2015

phoenixville >> The Kimberton Fair opened this week and runs through Saturday at the fair grounds. Those going can enjoy food, rides, livestock competitions, and other competitive events.

People have been relishing the flavor for centuries |Jul 19, 2015

Relish is a condiment that is a combination of cooked and chopped vegetables and/or fruits blended together with other seasonings. Relish enhances the flavor of other foods. Today’s column highlights a product with many differences and many cultures.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jul 19, 2015

Max (dog) Max is a super friendly and playful 1 to 2-year-old dachshund/terrier mix. He loves playing with his toys, going for walks and exploring the yard. Max is good with children and other dogs.

NEW BEGINNINGS: First trip to Europe brings back memories of past travels |Jul 18, 2015

Much of life seems to be made up of a series of mundane occurrences that happen day after day — alarm sounds, press snooze, get up, brush teeth, dress, and on and on it goes.

The Globetrotting Graduate: Why solo traveling can be inspirational |Jul 18, 2015

There are a lot of articles on the Internet about the “solo female traveler” but each one misses an important point. Whether female or male, being a solo traveler encourages personal growth and independence.

ABC To XYZ In Foods: Quite a feast — Quaker Oats and quince |Jul 12, 2015

Quaker Oats One of the most recognized food logos belongs to the Quaker Oats Company. The logo is that of a Quaker Man’s head and is not an actual person. The visual of this logo showed the company’s honesty, integrity, purity and strength.

Scholars: Area students are making the grade |Jul 5, 2015

The Greater Phoenixville Healthcare Scholarship Program has awarded seven scholarships to local high school graduates pursuing health-related careers. These scholarships are funded by the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, the Phoenixville Hospital Thrift Shop, Phoenixville Hospital Medical Staff, and the Phoenixville Hospital.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Potato chips — plain or fancy — are a popular snack |Jul 5, 2015

POTATO CHIPS >> are one of the most popular food snacks around the world – if not number one. One story goes like this . . . in 1853 the chef at Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Springs New York preparing potatoes for a disgruntle customer came upon frying thin slices of potatoes until crispy.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jul 5, 2015

Anna “the miracle cat” Sweet, loving, domestic short hair, grey/silver tabby with cream, only about 1 year old. Found by Spay and Save volunteers after being attacked by a dog on West Philly streets and not receiving treatment for a week.

ABC to XYZ in foods: O’ my goodness! — Olives, okra, orzo and oregano |Jun 28, 2015

Olives Ninety percent of the fruit of the estimated 85 million olive trees in the world are pressed into olive oil with the remaining 10 percent marketed as table olives. The edible olive was established 5,000 to 6,000 years ago.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jun 28, 2015

Nina (dog) Nina is a 2-year-old bassett hound/bull terrier mix. She likes going for walks and visits to the dog park. Nina needs to be in a home with dogs larger than her and a cat free home. For more information on this sweet faced girl, please visit our website at www.

GLOBETROTTING GRADUATE: Why I keep going back to Paris |Jun 27, 2015

Paris is not my favorite place to visit, yet I find myself consistently revisiting the city. Outside of London, it is the foreign city I know best.

Perspective on Parenting: 10 years a mom |Jun 27, 2015

Years ago, as a communications professional in the corporate world, I remember when my colleagues were honored for a decade or more of service. In a world where attention spans are gradually diminishing, doing anything constructive for 10 years can be considered quite an accomplishment.

Brew Hub: Craft brewing in the Philly region |Jun 25, 2015

The Craft Beer industry has soared to new heights globally, and the Philadelphia area has been a flagship of homebrewed growth and innovation.

In memory of dad, try bread and butter pickles |Jun 23, 2015

Here in the United States it took over 60 years before Father’s Day was recognized by a special proclamation from President Richard Nixon, to be observed the third Sunday in June – this year the third Sunday falls on the 21st.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jun 21, 2015

Scooter (dog) Scooter is a 2-year-old pit/box mix. He is a very sweet energetic boy who thinks he is a lap dog. Scooter is good with all size dogs and can’t wait to join his forever home.

Phoenixville Kiwanis announce children’s plaza summer programs |Jun 21, 2015

Phoenixville: The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville is once again sponsoring programs for children throughout the summer from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Saturday at the Kiwanis Children’s Plaza in the open air space between 217 and 219 Bridge St.

N is for Neufchatel, naan and nectarine |Jun 14, 2015

Neufchatel cheese and cream cheese are often mistaken for one another. In looks and taste they are very much alike. The difference may lie on where you live or where you buy these soft creamy white cheeses.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jun 14, 2015

Nina (dog) Nina is a 2-year-old bassett hound/bull terrier mix. She likes going for walks and visits to the dog bark. Nina needs to be in a home with dogs larger than her and a cat free home. For more information on this sweet faced girl, please visit our website at www.

With the help of 3-D printers, Westtown School students develop prosthetic hands for children |Jun 13, 2015

Engineering students at Westtown School have developed robotic hands for two area children. As part of the school’s Hand Project, and in conjunction with Nemours/ Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, the high school students worked for months in Westtown’s Science Institute, customizing each hand so it would fit each child accordingly.

Perspective on Parenting: Stuff to do with kids this summer |Jun 13, 2015

School’s out, so it’s time to start thinking about how we’re going to pass the time and make some fabulous summertime memories for our families. While I know I’m definitely going to catch a few movies with my kids; I saw ET and the Goonies as a child of the 80s, I also want to make sure they experience the world around them.

PHOTOS: 562 students graduate from Spring-Ford Area High School |Jun 12, 2015

Members of Spring-Ford Area High School’s graduating class listen to speakers Thursday evening during an outdoor ceremony at Coach McNelly Stadium in Royersford. A total of 562 students graduated as part of the Spring-Ford High Area High School’s 60th commencement exercise.

Macaroni and cheese — the ultimate comfort food |Jun 7, 2015

MACARONI and CHEESE, MEATLOAF AND MASHED POTATOES >> are part of what we call “comfort foods.” Somewhere around 1966 the security of childhood foods surfaced when under emotional stress as adults.

Spay and Save: Adoptable Pets of the Week |Jun 7, 2015

Max (dog) Max is a super friendly and playful 1 to 2-year-old dachshund/terrier mix. He loves playing with his toys, going for walks and exploring the yard. Max is good with children and other dogs.

Celebrating macaroni and cheese |May 31, 2015

Imagine a roomful of golfers chanting: “Mac and cheese! Mac and cheese! Mac and cheese!”

Spay and Save: Adoptable Pet of the Week |May 31, 2015

Lennon (cat) Lennon is a 12-week-old domestic short hair male grey tabby who loves people and other pets. He was dropped on the porch of one of our volunteer’s homes in Chester County. He is neutered and is up-to-date on rabies shot, Frontline for flea and tick protection and Drontal for parasite protection.

ABC TO XYZ IN FOODS: Leeks woven into Welsh history, a variety of dishes |May 31, 2015

Leeks along with onions and garlic are all from the allium family. A difference is that onions and garlic form a tight bulb, whereas leeks form into stalks. The allium family is considered to be a cool weather crop, mostly harvested throughout the winter.

George Clooney says the future is bright in ‘Tomorrowland’ |May 24, 2015

A master of self-deprecation, George Clooney enjoys describing his initial shock at being offered the starring role in “Tomorrowland.”

Summer’s coming: Party-ready recipes |May 24, 2015

Backyard barbecues, parades, parties, potlucks – summer’s almost here!

Adoptable Pets of the Week |May 24, 2015

Cooper (dog) Cooper is a very handsome 18-month-old German Shorthair Pointer/German Shepherd Mix. He is good with other dogs but needs to live in a cat-free home. Cooper is energetic and would love an active family.

All hail kale — an old-time vegetable that’s making a comeback |May 24, 2015

“Kale-Kale the Kale is here” — that is not right. What is right is to say kale is here to stay. . . known to be grown around the world for centuries. At one time it was the most common green vegetable in Europe.

Children can swim for free in June at local YMCAs for Splash Week |May 22, 2015

Area YMCAs are offering free swim lessons to children for Splash Week June 1 through June 5.

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.