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?

Eagle Scout project brings renovations to SFAHS museum |Jan 22, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> The Spring-Ford Area Historical Society has Aidan DePietropaolo to thank for getting some much needed renovations at the society’s museum recently.

Pets of the Week |Jan 21, 2015

Boo (dog) Boo is an 8-year-old Cocker Spaniel/Poodle mix born on Halloween. Boo is very sweet and loves attention and to play with his toys. Boo plays a little with other dogs but prefers to be with his family.

Phoenixville teen spearheads large donation of laptops |Jan 19, 2015

For the past four years, I have been volunteering for TeamChildren, an organization working tirelessly to bridge the achievement gap. This means that we are committed to getting computers into the homes and schools of children who cannot afford new ones.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Chinese New Year 2015, Year of the Goat |Jan 19, 2015

The Chinese will be celebrating their New Year in a few weeks — on Feb. 19, to be exact.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Winter Lights |Jan 15, 2015

Most of us seem to complain a great deal about winter — how cold and how dark it is during that time — but this is far from the truth, as many cultures celebrate during the months that make up our winter season.

Pets of the Week |Jan 14, 2015

Fred and Barney Fred and Barney are extremely sweet, all black domestic short hair kittens with great purrsonalities. They are about 9 weeks old and love to play with each other and their humans.

One-eyed, four-toothed, bent-eared cat wins the heart of the Web and a home in Spring City |Jan 8, 2015

SPRING CITY >> Move over “Grumpy Cat,” the Internet has a new feline superstar and this one has just one eye, four teeth, a bent ear and a chronic disease.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: The 2014 holidays - soon just a memory |Jan 7, 2015

Soon 2014 Holidays will be just a memory. It seems memories are what keep us together. Some memories are good and some not so good. But, it seems that the bad memories melt away and the good ones are what keep us going.

Pets of the Week |Jan 7, 2015

Gretel Gretel is a 2-year-old Chihuahua who weighs only 5 pounds. She’s a little cuddle bug who loves to be in your lap all the time or under the covers where it’s nice and warm.

Keep pets safe in dangerous winter weather |Jan 7, 2015

The Humane Society Phoenixville wants to ensure that every animal is safe and healthy during the cold winter months.

Pets of the Week |Dec 30, 2014

Julie (dog) Julie is a very sweet 3-year-old beagle. She loves exploring outside, going wherever her nose takes her, and she is good with children and other dogs. Julie is a great cuddler, house- and crate-trained and up-to-date on her shots.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: The Art of Christmas Visiting |Dec 29, 2014

How many of you remember the art of Christmas visiting? It usually started Christmas night and continued through New Year’s Day.

Pets of the Week |Dec 24, 2014

Ben (cat) Ben is a DSH male neutered adult, solid grey and white, between 3 and 5 years, who loves people and kids. He has had all of his shots, worming and flea treatment. His nails have been clipped and ears cleaned.

Chester County Clerk makes donation to domestic abuse center |Dec 23, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> The Chester County Clerk of Courts took time on Friday to try to make a difference in the lives of domestic abuse victims, a day after the sentencing in the fatal shooting of a woman by her boyfriend, who had a history of violence towards her.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Kwanzaa — First Fruit, and a Happy New Year |Dec 22, 2014

Kwanzaa is not considered a religious holiday. The word Kwanzaa means “first fruit,” and it’s a celebration of the bounty of the earth.

Spring City native uses passion for scuba and outdoors to help students |Dec 22, 2014

BUCKTOWN >> How does a school district deal with truancy and behavior issues when the students simply have no interest in traditional education? Challenge them!

Pets of the Week |Dec 18, 2014

Julie (dog) Julie is a very sweet 3-year-old beagle. She loves exploring outside, going wherever her nose takes her, and she is good with children and other dogs. Julie is a great cuddler, house- and crate-trained and up-to-date on her shots.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: All Aboard the Christmas Train |Dec 18, 2014

It is during this time of the year that I recall Christmas train trips with my Krestzmama (Godmother), when Rose Beregi and I went to Philadelphia. We would walk to the train station as soon as school let out.

Military News |Dec 18, 2014

Christopher Kasker, a 1992 Phoenixville Area High School graduate, was promoted to lieutenant colonel by the Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh during a ceremony at the Pentagon on Nov. 3.

Brothers receive ‘A Hero’s Welcome’ |Dec 18, 2014

ROYERSFORD >> U.S. Army Spc4 Ryan Klick and Sgt. Bradley Klick were given “A Hero’s Welcome” in Royersford Saturday afternoon. The brothers returned home after serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

O’Grady’s to host fundraiser for Phoenixville firefighter battling brain cancer |Dec 11, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> Dale Sims and his wife, Barbara, met by accident.

Pets of the Week |Dec 11, 2014

Julie (dog) Julie is a very sweet 3-year-old beagle. She loves exploring outside, going wherever her nose takes her, and she is good with children and other dogs. Julie is a great cuddler, house- and crate-trained and up-to-date on her shots.