Lifestyle

Get moving with Pokemon Go by taking more steps |Jul 22, 2016

“Are you playing Pokemon Go?” Visit popular attractions in the area and that’s a question people walking with an intense focus on their phone might hear often. The popular game app is getting people, well, going.

THE TABLE: Idaho & its capital, Boise |Jul 21, 2016

It seems the state of Idaho was named after a steamship named Idaho, which navigated on the Columbia River. Originally this name was suggested by lobbyist George M. Willing, derived from the Shoshone language, which was never authenticated as he later claimed he made it up.

Phoenix Community Calendar July 24 |Jul 20, 2016

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Summer produce shines in chilled soup |Jul 20, 2016

Think soup’s too hot for summer? Chill out with some cold ones, featuring the season’s freshest fruits and veggies.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jul 20, 2016

Hazel (dog) Hazel is a beautiful 10 year old Tibetan Spaniel Mix whose owner became ill and can no longer care for her. Hazel loves to cuddle and be petted and is used to a quieter household.

YANKEE CHEF: Cool your meal with this avocado mousse |Jul 19, 2016

A delightfully mousse-type appetizer that is refreshing and a great way to start an even better meal during the hot season.

Laugh it up for good health |Jul 15, 2016

Research and a worldwide laughter club phenomenon are showing that humor and frequent “ha-has” is exactly what the doctor ordered for a healthier, happier life.

THE TABLE: Chile, South America |Jul 14, 2016

The country of Chile that is located on the Pacific Ocean’s western coast of South America is often pronounced as Chilly (like the weather), but to be correct, it is pronounced “Chil-ay.

Phoenix Community Calendar July 17 |Jul 13, 2016

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VIDEO: Experts share tips for DIY sushi success |Jul 13, 2016

Craving crunchy shrimp or California rolls? Have a taste for spicy tuna? Make your own with help from sushi experts like Tai Ha.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jul 13, 2016

Buddy (dog) Buddy is an older boy but is young at heart. His elderly owner just passed away but Buddy has adjusted well in his foster home with three other dogs. He loves being petted and all the attention he is receiving from his foster mom.

YANKEE CHEF: Healthy and satisfying broiled cod dish |Jul 12, 2016

My kind of salad! I chose cod because it has the lowest fat content of any fish and cooks rapidly. Tilapia is also a great white fish for this recipe. But what I truly love about this dish is the beautiful presentation as well as a “feel good about yourself” result.

VIDEO: The best simple grilled cheese |Jul 11, 2016

Do you like or love grilled cheese but don’t care for the fancy recipes all over the internet? Check out this recipe that differs from the original just a little bit with different kinds of cheese.

THE TABLE: Texas - The Lone Star State |Jul 6, 2016

The lone star on the Texas state flag signifies Texas was once an independent republic, as well as the state’s struggle with Mexico. The lone star first appeared on a flag fashioned in 1836.

Phoenix Community Calendar July 10 |Jul 6, 2016

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Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jul 6, 2016

Charlie (dog) Charlie is a four year old Jack Russell terrier who has not had an easy life. He was hit by a car at 18 months and lost the sight in his right eye and now needs a new home because his owner passed away.

‘Dishing up New Jersey’: cookbook features recipes from across the state |Jul 5, 2016

Buttered roll. That’s the first recipe in “Dishing Up New Jersey,” a new cookbook celebrating the Garden State or as the publisher puts it — “a love letter to New Jersey’s best bites.

YANKEE CHEF: This sweet treat might become your favorite nibbler |Jul 5, 2016

These treats are delicious, quick, easy and just downright the perfect nibbler. By replacing over half the fat in the bowl of these cookies with apple jelly, you are adding an extra touch of flavor.

Want to find out where the fireworks will be over the next couple of days? Check out the interactive map |Jul 3, 2016

In the mood to see some fireworks before the July 4th holiday is gone? Here is where you can find them.

Keep nutrition in mind while traveling for the 4th of July |Jul 1, 2016

Holiday travel has its perks, like getting away for a while and seeing family — but nobody enjoys holiday weight gain.

Downingtown resident among the new ‘faces’ at Mount Rushmore |Jun 30, 2016

The traditional summer college internship evokes images of a confined business office littered with a smattering of suits, neckties and dress shoes.

FROM THE GROUND UP: A prickly business |Jun 30, 2016

It’s possible that one reason why I love the natural world is that while it doesn’t always look organized, it always makes sense. What baffles me sometimes, though, is seeing how people choose to use plants in unnatural ways, for instance a giant blue spruce blocking the front entrance to a house or a forsythia hedge trimmed into ugly stubs.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jun 29, 2016

Charlie (dog) Charlie has had a rough time in his short life. He was hit by a car when he was 18 months old and had injuries to his right eye, and now cannot see out of it. He was placed in a loving home but his human mom passed away, so Charlie is very sad.

Phoenix Community Calendar July 3 |Jun 29, 2016

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THE TABLE: Independence, Missouri - July 4th celebration |Jun 29, 2016

Independence, Missouri is one of the 28 places in the United States with a patriotic name. These names range from Liberty to Eagle to Independence, Freedom, American, Patriot, Unity and Prosperity. Only one of the towns is in Pennsylvania – New Freedom - more about New Freedom later.

Take exercise classes outdoors for health benefits |Jun 24, 2016

It’s not uncommon to run, bike or walk outside in the summer. But the sunny season and long days are also a great opportunity to bring traditionally indoor fitness classes out into the open. Exercise classes like Zumba, yoga and circuit training can easily be moved from the sometimes claustrophobic four walls of a building to the outside natural environment.

Phoenix Community Calendar June 26 |Jun 23, 2016

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THE TABLE: Santa Catalina Island - Like a jewel rising out of the ocean |Jun 23, 2016

Like a jewel rising out of the ocean is Santa Catalina Island. This 74.98 square mile rocky island is one of California’s Channel Islands, located 22 miles off the mainland. This island stands alone, never ever connected by land to California, but it is considered to be a part of Los Angeles County.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jun 23, 2016

Bridget (dog) Bridget is a young Basenji/Chihuahua mix, weighing about 10 pounds. She was found as a stray and is now ready to find her forever home. Bridget is an active and smart girl who would love to cuddle up with you after a nice walk in the park.

Phoenix Community Calendar June 19 |Jun 15, 2016

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Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jun 15, 2016

Hazel (dog) Hazel is a beautiful eight year old Tibetan Spaniel Mix whose owner became ill and can no longer care for her. Hazel loves to cuddle and be petted and is used to a quieter household.

THE TABLE: The Kingdom of Morocco |Jun 15, 2016

The full name of this country that lies in the north regions of North Africa is the Kingdom of Morocco. Actually, it is al-Mamlakah al – Maghribiyyah, which translates to King of the West.

PHOTOS: Phoenixville Area High School graduates Class of 2016 |Jun 10, 2016

Check out all of our photos from Phoenixville Area High School’s 2016 graduation ceremony.

Spend summer in rays of sunshine for good health (photos) |Jun 10, 2016

The official first day of summer is June 20, which means it’s time to take it outdoors for swimming, bicycling, running and more.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jun 9, 2016

Annie (cat) Hello, my name is Annie and I am what they call a “CH Baby” (Cerebral Hypoplasia). I am very unsteady on my feet and most of the time, I fall over, but I am very content in my little cage and almost get to my litter box.

THE TABLE: Washington, D.C. - The United States capital |Jun 9, 2016

I keep a list of cities and areas I plan on featuring in THE TABLE. On the list was Washington, D.C. On Memorial Day Sunday, while watching the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS, the list came to mind, and that Washington had not been addressed.

Phoenix Community Calendar June 12 |Jun 9, 2016

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VIDEO, PHOTOS: Shake it up with vibration exercise machines |Jun 3, 2016

Vibration exercise machines are creating a buzz and it’s not just from the sound the platform makes when it’s on.

Phoenix Community Calendar June 5 |Jun 2, 2016

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Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jun 2, 2016

Cody (dog) Cody is a one and a half year old Border Collie/Black Lab mix. He is still very puppy like with lots of energy to go on jogs and play ball. Cody is house trained and crate trained and good with other dogs.

THE TABLE - Tibet: The Himalayas, the Dalai Lama & Yak Stew |Jun 2, 2016

Tibet is located on the Tibetan Plateau in Asia. This area lies between China and India. It is the homeland of the Tibetan people, along with other ethnic groups.

Dinner, delivered: Meal kits can save time and food waste |Jun 1, 2016

“We shortcut customers to the stove by taking care of the tough and stressful parts — the meal planning, grocery shopping and ingredient prepping — and delivering it straight to their home,” explained Rebecca Lewis, HelloFresh’s registered dietitian.

YANKEE CHEF: An egg salad for kids to try |Jun 1, 2016

Although I omitted the nuts (for those who simply cannot tolerate them), this is a tremendously flavorful egg salad that will quickly remind you of that classic Waldorf salad. If you are having issues with your children trying egg salad for the first time, this just may be a way to open that stubborn door for you.

Stretch it out at the office with these chair poses |May 27, 2016

There are numerous amounts of research that show sitting in one position for long periods of time can lead to health concerns. Possible issues include obesity, increased blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels and more.

YANKEE CHEF: Sweet treat is ripe for fresh strawberries |May 25, 2016

Tapioca is quite confusing. It is marketed in several forms, with each company portraying their product in different manners. To put all this in a nutshell, minute, quick cooking and instant are all the same.

Celebrate Memorial Day with fried chicken |May 25, 2016

There’s something about the smell of fresh, crispy, tender, juicy fried chicken.

|May 25, 2016

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THE TABLE: The Northwest Angle, Minnesota |May 25, 2016

The area of the Northwest Angle is considered to be a part of the state of Minnesota. But, it lies within Canada’s boundaries. Northwest Angle is simply known as the Angle. It is the only place in the U.

Fitness has no age when it comes to staying healthy as you get older |May 20, 2016

Age is nothing but a number when it comes to fitness and health. There are plenty of ways for people to stay active as they get older.

Sample different oils, from walnut to butternut squash |May 19, 2016

Amy Cullen stood smiling behind a display table set with samples and trays of tasting cups.