Lifestyle

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.

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.

Phoenix Community Calendar July 3 |Jun 29, 2016

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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.

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.

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.

Phoenix Community Calendar June 26 |Jun 23, 2016

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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.

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.

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.

Phoenix Community Calendar June 19 |Jun 15, 2016

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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.

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.

Phoenix Community Calendar June 12 |Jun 9, 2016

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Celebrate Memorial Day with fried chicken |May 25, 2016

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

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.

|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.

YANKEE CHEF: Fire-roasted bell peppers key to tasty sauce |May 18, 2016

If you have never had fire-roasted bell peppers, you are in for a treat, not just for the superb taste, but how easy it is to do. Follow the instructions at the end of this recipe for an addition to the sauce that is remarkably great tasting.

Phoenix Community Calendar May 22 |May 18, 2016

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Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |May 18, 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.

THE TABLE: Halifax & Chester, Nova Scotia - Canada |May 18, 2016

Halifax, Nova Scotia is the capital Nova Scotia, which is the second smallest province in Canada. Halifax is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean - it is considered a global city and has a major impact on Canada’s east coast.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |May 12, 2016

Arie (dog) Arie is a very sweet three year old Chihuahua/Min Pin little girl weighing seven pounds. Arie is shy but warms up to one person at a time and likes to cuddle on their lap. Arie is in a foster home with other dogs but would be more comfortable with dogs closer to her own size.

THE TABLE: Portland(s) - Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe |May 12, 2016

Depending on what statistics you check out, there are 13 to 17 cities and towns named Portland in the United States. The two most known are Portland, Maine and Portland, Oregon. These two states are separated by 3,186.

Phoenix Community Calendar May 15 |May 12, 2016

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Infographic: Mother’s Day and The Icon of Mom |May 7, 2016

Sunday marks the nation’s 102nd observance of Mother’s Day, which has been ocially celebrated on the second Sunday of the month since 1914. Its creator was Anna Jarvis, who would later speak against the commercialization of the celebration of mom.

Phoenix Community Calendar May 8 |May 5, 2016

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Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |May 5, 2016

Phoebe (dog) Phoebe is a three year old Shih Tzu/Poodle mix who is a very fun, playful girl and loves to be with people. She enjoys going for walks, playing with other dogs and, of course, cuddling.

THE TABLE: Downtown Kitchen 1996-2016 |May 5, 2016

I am not sure where it all began, but it started to come together in the late 1990s. Known locally for wins in culinary competitions, I was often encouraged to share my recipes and experiences.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Apr 28, 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.

Phoenix Community Calendar May 1 |Apr 28, 2016

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THE TABLE: Ireland, revisited |Apr 28, 2016

Ireland is an island located in the North Atlantic and is about the size of Maine. It is separated from Great Britain to the east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea and St. George’s Channel.

National Pretzel Day is April 26; watch how Philly Pretzel Factory makes their pretzels |Apr 25, 2016

National Pretzel Day is just around the corner — Tuesday, April 26 to be exact — and we got a behind the scenes look at how the Philly Pretzel Factory makes their soft pretzels to celebrate the event.

THE TABLE - Tennessee: ‘The Volunteer State’ |Apr 20, 2016

The state of Tennessee is dominated to the east by the Appalachian Mountains with the Mississippi River as the western border. Initially, it was a part of North Carolina and the Southwest Territory.

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

Bridget (dog) Bridget is a young 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 April 24 |Apr 20, 2016

Event Submissions: Send to ldillon@berksmontnews.com a week prior to publication. Note “Phoenix Calendar” in the subject.

Adoptable pets of the week |Apr 15, 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.