Lifestyle

Communities can get schooled in fitness by using district facilities |Sep 23, 2016

School grounds are no longer just for students and staff but are often open to the community for fitness opportunities.

Ride for the river to Reading and end at Sly Fox Can Jam Festival |Sep 22, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> People can come along for the ride along the Schuylkill River Trail to Reading then end at a festival filled with food, beer and music.

Township and church come together for community fun in Upper Frederick |Sep 22, 2016

Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church and Upper Frederick Township will both have community days on Saturday right across the street from one another.

Tickets for Norristown Garden Club’s Holiday House Tour go on sale Oct. 1 |Sep 22, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The leaves on the trees haven’t even turned to red and orange yet, but some folks are bypassing fall altogether and heading straight for the mistletoe and holly.

The Table: Moscow, Russia |Sep 18, 2016

Moscow is the crown jewel of Eastern European cities, has a long and involved history in the country of Russia. Located on the Moska River which translates to “a river at a wetland” or a marsh.

THE TABLE: Boston, Massachusetts |Sep 14, 2016

It was in Boston that the American Revolution erupted with the Boston Tea Party. The British retaliated for this event with the colonists feistily fighting back.

Phys. Ed. for parents: Moms and dads can involve kids to find time for fitness |Sep 9, 2016

Schools are back in session and that can mean pretty hectic schedules for parents with all the drop-offs, pick-ups and extracurricular activities. It’s no wonder that some moms and dads have a difficult time finding an opportunity to excise.

Amore for Amatrice: Chefs aid earthquake relief |Sep 6, 2016

Earthquake-ravaged Amatrice and its namesake pasta, bucatini all’Amatriciana, hold a special place in Gianluca Demontis’ heart. So he and fellow chefs are cooking up donations, hoping you dine in to help out.

YANKEE CHEF: Pasta dish with a touch of the Sunshine State |Sep 6, 2016

Such a simple and surprisingly different pasta dish that reminds you of Florida. The crisp flavor of orange juice cuts into the chicken broth perfectly. If you use fat free chicken broth, you have dramatically altered the fat content of this dish, which only enhances the allure of this great summertime dish.

Jump for fitness with ropes and games |Sep 2, 2016

Jumping rope isn’t just a childhood game for recess but a fun fitness activity that can be enjoyed by adults as well.

FROM THE GROUND UP: ‘Meeting’ a traveling tomato |Sep 1, 2016

“Eccentric” is not a word I ever expected to see in a description of a tomato. But then, I hadn’t expected to come across a tomato like “Reisetomate.” Its German name translates to “travel tomato.

Havertown baker returns to Food Network for ‘Cake Wars’ appearance |Aug 31, 2016

Havertown>> Havertown resident Dan Langan is going to war on the Food Network.

COOKBOOK: Lucy Buffett’s ‘LuLu’s Kitchen’ — carefree cooking approach |Aug 31, 2016

Here on the West Coast, Jimmy Buffett’s laid-back anthems are famous. There is no one who doesn’t know “Margaritaville.” But on the Gulf Coast, it’s his sister, chef and restaurateur Lucy Buffett, who draws crowds for her margaritas — all seven versions of them.

COCKTAILS: Make the perfect ‘Ti Punch |Aug 30, 2016

Thad Vogler is an imposing figure in every sense of the word, respected among the upper bartender echelons, as well as among chefs — his Bar Agricole in San Francisco’s SoMa district has chalked up multiple James Beard award nominations.

YANKEE CHEF: Sweet treat with European flair |Aug 30, 2016

Yes, I agree! The directions look long and tedious but trust me on this. My recipe gives you the same great taste as the Sicilian original, but far FAR less ingredients and the prep time is halved. If desired, replace the orange juice with Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur.

FOOD: Area chefs cook up corn six ways |Aug 30, 2016

This Labor Day weekend, give “a salute to the kernel.” That’s what chef Art Roman calls the class he teaches all about corn. So take a page from his cookbook, think beyond the cob and celebrate some new recipes like sautéed corn, onion and zucchini with fresh mint.

Access Sports Experiences offers opportunities for at-risk, special needs youth |Aug 29, 2016

During the 1930s, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt saw his New Deal as an attempt “to construct a more inclusive society ... a country in which no one is left out.” Decades later, inclusion-related issues are still making headlines, and reformers are still doing their best to address them.

Prepare healthful, nutritious back-to-school lunches |Aug 26, 2016

It’s that time of year again. Fading are the days of summer vacation fun and on the horizon are parent-teacher conferences, homework and packed school lunches.

GRAPHIC: Celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service |Aug 25, 2016

The Organic Act, establishing the National Park Service, was signed into law 100 years ago today.

THE TABLE: Savannah, Georgia |Aug 25, 2016

Savannah, Ga., is considered the most historical area in the United States. It is the oldest city in Georgia and is the county seat of Chatham.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Aug. 28 |Aug 25, 2016

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

YANKEE CHEF: Make room for this sweet, spicy recipe |Aug 23, 2016

What would summer be without the stickiness that is barbecue and the smell of sausages literally floating overhead? Try this sweet, yet spicy, recipe that pairs well with anything you can lug to the picnic table .

FOOD: Five takes on late-summer pies |Aug 23, 2016

Piles of peaches, tons of tomatoes, buckets of blackberries — savor the flavors of summer … in a pie.

Educators learn the ABCs of school wellness at Pottstown institute |Aug 22, 2016

Right before students are due to return for the fall session, tri-county area educators learned how to incorporate play into the school day during a wellness seminar at the Pottstown Middle School.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Aug. 21 |Aug 19, 2016

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

Youth cyclists explore fitness connection between area trails and waterways |Aug 18, 2016

The Greater Philadelphia region is full of not only trails but also extensive waterways where people can enjoy a variety of recreational activities from bicycling to kayaking. Many times, the water and trails go hand-in-hand making it easy to bike to a location then jump into a boat for some paddling fun.

THE TABLE: Saratoga Springs, N.Y., lays claim being birthplace of the club sandwich |Aug 18, 2016

Saratoga Springs has been a popular destination for over 200 years due to the area’s natural mineral springs. The Saratoga Fault allows the water trapped beneath the surface to rise. The springs can be found throughout the town.

YANKEE CHEF: Potato salad combines veggies, crabmeat |Aug 17, 2016

I remember so well one of my parents’ first restaurants in Maine. It was the Canaan Country Kitchen. It was there that I first learned his recipe for cole slaw dressing that I have never had since.

East Pikeland Township Historic Walking Tour |Aug 14, 2016

The Middle Pickering National Register Historic District along Pickering Creek is featured as the annual historic walking tour site in East Pikeland Township on August 18. The Middle Pickering District is home to buildings and people who define the transformation of early industry in Chester County to the towering urban achievements of mid-20th century Philadelphia.

Get a water workout this summer with aquatic classes |Aug 12, 2016

Take fitness from land to water this summer for some exercise fun and to burn hundreds of calories.

Skippack woman’s weight loss inspiring others |Aug 12, 2016

Rebecca Grafton found out she was on the cover of People magazine when a friend texted the good news.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Aug. 14 |Aug 11, 2016

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

THE TABLE: Czechoslovakia |Aug 11, 2016

The state of Czechoslovakia, located in central Europe, declared independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918. The long reigning Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed around the beginning of World War I.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Great new plants for next year’s garden |Aug 11, 2016

The first time I ate okra, I didn’t like it. I didn’t like it the second time, either, so I put it out of my mind. In fact, I don’t think I’ve even spoken or typed the word “okra” more than once or twice in my life.

Upper Pottsgrove, Upper Frederick win $7,500 in regional parks contest |Aug 11, 2016

Two townships came out on top for this year’s regional tri-county parks contest and won $7,500 each to go toward improvements.

Today’s the day to enjoy some s’mores |Aug 10, 2016

Bet you can almost taste it — creamy chocolate, gooey marshmallow and crispy graham cracker. The quintessential combination leaves young and old wanting s’more.

Hearse and Professional Vehicle Show returns to Laurel Hill Cemetery |Aug 5, 2016

Organizers promise visitors there won’t be any tear-inducing obsequies or gloomy dirges at Aug. 13’s Eighth Annual Hearse and Professional Vehicle Show in Philadelphia’s historic Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Area restaurants serve local and fresh on a plate |Aug 5, 2016

Fresh produce is all around, now that we are in the midst of summer. Pennsylvania is full of farms that provide area restaurants with locally sourced ingredients.

THE TABLE: Falls at Niagara |Aug 4, 2016

At the southern edge of the North Gorge stands – or should I say flows - Niagara Falls, made up of three waterfalls on the international border between Ontario, Canada and the state of New York.

Phoenix Community Calendar Aug. 7 |Aug 3, 2016

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

TOP TAPAS: Enjoy Spanish small plates at home |Aug 3, 2016

While visiting Spain, Jenny Young, then an English college student, fell in love — with the cuisine, the culture and the country itself.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Aug 3, 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: Spicy, sweet apple rings are delicious any time |Aug 3, 2016

I remember these spiced apple rings as a child, with my parents using 1 slice placed on top of a little lettuce as garnish for entrees at their restaurants. They are spicy, sweet and so delicious. These apple rings are great as a side for any barbecue, picnic or even as a colorful addition to your holiday table.

Youth sports can keep kids healthy in more than just the physical aspect |Jul 29, 2016

Whether it’s physical, mental, or even academic; youth sports organizations provide a variety of healthy benefits to children in a fun and engaging way.

Chocoholics rejoice! It’s National Milk Chocolate Day (VIDEO) |Jul 27, 2016

Gail Warner circled today on her calendar as a day to celebrate. And if you love chocolate, you should too.

Phoenix Community Calendar July 31 |Jul 27, 2016

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

YANKEE CHEF: Put a Hawaiian spin on BBQ chicken |Jul 27, 2016

Literally meaning “turn turn,” Huli Huli Chicken is a mainstay in Hawaii. It is a great way of barbecuing chicken without burning it because you are turning it every few minutes. Think it will come out tough? Think again! Tender and moist, even without the skin, this recipe is a must have in the summer months.

THE TABLE: Australia - the smallest continent |Jul 27, 2016

The Commonwealth of Australia is comprised of the Mainland, the island of Tasmania and several other small islands, for a total of 2,969,907 square miles surrounded by the Pacific Ocean.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jul 27, 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.

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.