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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.

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.

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: 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.

Mayor Speck presents Tree City USA flag to Pack 119 |May 23, 2014

Pack 119 (out of Barkley Elementary School) is continuing to build lasting relationships and strengthen community ties with people and organizations in the Phoenixville Area.

Hundreds of students enjoy ‘Fun in the Sun’ at PV Post Prom |May 21, 2014

Perkiomen Valley High School was transformed into the-closest-thing-to-a-beach on May 17 for the annual Post Prom event, with this year’s theme being “Fun in the Sun.” Hallways were transformed into ocean, picnic, boardwalk and camping scenes to evoke the many fun activities that take place in the summer.

Parry, Negandhi inducted into Phoenixville’s Wall of Fame |May 21, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE - Fred Richmond Parry and Kevin Negandhi were inducted into the Phoenixville Area High School Wall of Fame during ceremonies in the school lobby May 12.

Resident celebrates 100th birthday at Phoenixville Area Senior Center |May 19, 2014

Sadie Weney celebrated her 100th birthday at the Phoenixville Area Senior Center on May 5. Phoenixville Mayor Michael Specht came by to honor her on the special occasion. Weney has been coming to the center since 1985.

Resident celebrates 100th birthday at Phoenixville Area Senior Center |May 19, 2014

Sadie Weney celebrated her 100th birthday at the Phoenixville Area Senior Center on May 5. Phoenixville Mayor Michael Specht came by to honor her on the special occasion. Weney has been coming to the center since 1985.

Warm up to 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show |May 19, 2014

It was a kaleidoscope of creativity inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show. Open until March 9, this year’s theme is “ARTiculture” and explores the effects art has had on gardening and vice versa.

Phoenixville resident honored for work with PCA |May 19, 2014

Phoenixville resident Michelle Kline was honored for her work as a forensic interview specialist with the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance (PCA) at the PCA’s 14th Annual Bear Affair on Thursday, May 1.

Phoenixville resident honored for work with PCA |May 19, 2014

Phoenixville resident Michelle Kline was honored for her work as a forensic interview specialist with the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance (PCA) at the PCA’s 14th Annual Bear Affair on Thursday, May 1.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Going bananas over bananas |May 19, 2014

BANANAS – There are songs and jokes about the banana, but the best thing about the strange fruit is that it tastes so good. Hard to protect while shipping, they are picked green. As natural ripening takes time, many shipments are strayed with ethylene gas, which gives this fruit time to turn the starch to sugar process.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: An apple a day keeps the doctor away |May 16, 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: An apple a day keeps the doctor away |May 16, 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.

Master Gardener plant sale to offer variety of annuals and perennials |May 14, 2014

Master Gardener Volunteers will have many common and not-so-common annual and perennial plants for sale on May 17.

PHOTOS: Food Truck Festival kicks off Phoenixville’s Restaurant Week |May 14, 2014

Phoenixville’s Restaurant Week kicked off with the Food Truck Festival Saturday. Bridge Street was closed to traffic for the duration of the event, which featured 14 trucks offering everything from cupcakes and donuts to barbecue, surf and turf, and even Korean fusion.

PHOTOS: Phoenixville students enjoy Prom 2014, FOCUS |May 14, 2014

Phoenixville Area High School held its Prom 2014 on April 26 at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern. The Prom was followed by the district’s annual FOCUS (For Our Children’s Uncompromised Safety Post Prom Parent Organization) event at the high school, where students could participate in games and other fun activities in a safe environment.

Spring-Ford superintendent loses bet, spends day in trophy case |May 5, 2014

Spring-Ford Superintendent Dr. David Goodin didn’t make it across the finish line of the Spring-Ford Educational Foundation 5K Run/Walk and Kid Fun Run April 11 in time to win his bet with Assistant Superintendent Dr.

PHOTOS: Food Truck Festival kicks off Phoenixville’s Restaurant Week |May 5, 2014

Phoenixville’s Restaurant Week kicked off with the Food Truck Festival Saturday. Bridge Street was closed to traffic for the duration of the event, which featured 14 trucks offering everything from cupcakes and donuts to barbecue, surf and turf, and even Korean fusion.

Phoenixville’s Cooking Spotlight hosts pre-Mother’s Day cooking class |Apr 28, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Cooking Spotlight in Phoenixville will be hosting a Mother’s Day cooking class on May 7 at 6:30 p.m. Certified Natural Chef Sara Glassman will teach students how to prepare a special plant-based menu as a healthy treat for Mother’s Day.

Chesterbrook Academy Preschool students release ladybugs on Earth Day |Apr 28, 2014

On April 22, Chesterbrook Academy Preschool students in Royersford got a little buggy in celebration of Earth Day.

Health officials warn of rabid cat found in Collegeville |Apr 25, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — Montgomery County officials are warning the public that a rabid cat was found on East Fifth Avenue in the borough.

Cub Pack 119 tastes the ‘fruits’ of their labors |Apr 21, 2014

Cub Scout Pack 119, Barkley Elementary, is leading a strong charge forward and building lasting relationships with local community groups in order to help those that are in need.

Happy Birthday Elizabeth Marton Banjack |Apr 21, 2014

Elizabeth Marton Banjack’s 95th birthday was April 10. She has lived her entire life in Phoenixville. She was the first child born to Mary and Janos Marton and she had four siblings — three sisters and one brother.

Phillies pitcher helps Phoenixville Devon Prep freshman ace religion project |Apr 21, 2014

When Devon Prep freshman and baseball enthusiast Joe Orsatti of Phoenixville was asked if he’d like to spend a long weekend in Clearwater, Fla. to see the Phillies in Spring Training, he couldn’t refuse.

Roller Derby gains popularity among local women |Apr 13, 2014

Ten women wearing skates, kneepads, elbow pads, mouth guards and helmets are lined up, and when the whistle blows the game will start with a lot of pushing, shoving and hitting while the women simultaneously skate around the track.