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Ursinus professor named Pa. Professor of the Year |Nov 25, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE >> Richard L. Wallace, an Ursinus College Environmental Studies professor whose blend of academic and applied learning teaches students to be lifelong problem solvers, has been named the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year.

Phoenixville Kiwanis decorate Reeves Park for Christmas |Nov 25, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> Twelve members of the Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville gathered in Reeves Park on Sunday, Nov. 23, to decorate both gazebos in the park for the holidays.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Celebrating Jewish Values & Dedication |Nov 25, 2014

Chanukah is just a few weeks off. This is the time that the Jewish community celebrates the Victory of Values and Dedication.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: The Christmas Tires |Nov 18, 2014

Well, here we are once again — it’s that time of year. The tale of the Christmas Tires first appeared in The Phoenix in December of 1997. Because so many of you mention how much you liked it, I repeat it every few years.

Trappe Ambulance EMT Renee Sullivan reflects on move from corporate career |Nov 18, 2014

Renee Sullivan had just turned her shopping cart into the dairy aisle when she heard a commotion just ahead. Several customers were hovering over an elderly woman, who was lying prostrate on a wooden skid.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Countdown to the holidays, 1-2-3! |Nov 11, 2014

The countdown for the December holidays has started. Some of us wait until after Thanksgiving to start and others have their shopping done by Thanksgiving. At one time I would start Christmas preparations in August.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Thanksgiving — Truly an all-American holiday |Nov 11, 2014

I am not afraid to bet that some of you are all ready for Thanksgiving dinner, and then that there are some of you who have not even thought of it yet.

Jenkintown physical therapist brings pain relief technique to new Phoenixville location |Nov 10, 2014

A local physical therapist is taking care of that pain in your neck — literally.

Annual Holiday House Tour to feature 5 homes, 1 church this year |Nov 10, 2014

The 2014 Holiday House Tour sponsored by the Women’s Civic Club of Schwenksville will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Five exciting homes and a community church are included on the tour this year.

PAHS Class of 1957 holds 57th reunion luncheon |Nov 10, 2014

The PAHS class of 1957 held their 57th reunion luncheon at Spring Ford Country Club on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Class member Dick Lusch was the emcee for the event with 38 class members and 15 guests attending.

A day in the life: Graterford prison superintendent offers rare view inside prison, personal life |Nov 7, 2014

SKIPPACK >> Skippack Township hosts quaint shops, a community pool, a branch of the bucolic Perkiomen Trail and also about 4,000 convicted criminals.

PHOTOS: Fall Festivities celebrated throughout October |Nov 3, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> Fall is in the air in the Phoenixville area, and area residents have been celebrating with seasonal festivals and events.

Local Haunts: Decades of spooky events surround Phoenixville Library |Nov 3, 2014

Halloween might be over, but rumors of local hauntings swirl around the Autumn tree-lined streets of downtown Phoenixville. Ghostly sightings, echoing voices and unexplained happenings have been reported for decades at many public places in the community, hinting of eras gone by.

Local Haunts: Paranormal investigators find otherworldly evidence at nearby Yellow Springs |Nov 3, 2014

Halloween season might be over, but rumors of local hauntings continue to swirl around the Autumn tree-lined streets of downtown Phoenixville. Ghostly sightings, echoing voices and unexplained happenings have been reported for decades at many public places in the community, hinting of eras gone by.

Local Haunts: Strange reports tie in to The Pickering Creek Inn’s rich history |Nov 3, 2014

Halloween season might be over, but rumors of local hauntings continue to swirl around the Autumn tree-lined streets of downtown Phoenixville. Ghostly sightings, echoing voices and unexplained happenings have been reported for decades at many public places in the community, hinting of eras gone by.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Yams - The sweet potato’s non-related doppelganger |Oct 30, 2014

Well here we are at the end of ABC to XYZ in Foods. The good news is in January 2015 we are going to start all over at the beginning of the alphabet with new foods and information!

First Moe’s Southwest Grill in the area opens in Oaks |Oct 29, 2014

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> “Welcome to Moe’s!”

Rams crown 2014 homecoming queen during shutout victory |Oct 29, 2014

Ram Royalty: Spring-Ford Area Senior High School’s 2013 Homecoming Queen Helena Mullen crowned Michaela Parr the 2014 queen during the Rams’ 54-0 rout of PJP last Saturday, Oct. 18. The event marked the school’s 60-year homecoming football anniversary.

PAHS Class of 1951 celebrates 63rd reunion |Oct 29, 2014

Phoenixville High School’s Class of 1951 celebrated their 63rd year class reunion Sept. 26 at the Phoenixville Country Club. There were 32 classmates and 13 guests in attendeance.

Schwenksville High School Class of ’64 honors teachers at 50th anniversary reunion |Oct 29, 2014

On Saturday, Sept. 27, the Schwenksville High School Class of 1964 honored Mr. Richard J. Carfagno of Harleysville and Mr. George E. Romasco of Collegeville at a dinner social held in observance of the 50th anniversary reunion of the class.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Drink to your health, from water to wine |Oct 29, 2014

WATER >> Keeps our world alive. It covers approximately 70 to 75 percent of the Earth’s surface in various states, such as liquid, solid and vapor.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.