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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.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Community Realty strengthens Pennsylvania presence |Dec 11, 2014

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate today announced the addition of Community Realty to its franchise network. At the helm of the newly formed brokerage are co-owners John Colarusso, Phoenixville entrepreneur, and leading Phoenixville real estate sales professional, Jennifer Daywalt.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Christmas Trees and Snow Storms |Dec 10, 2014

We always kept our Christmas tree up and decorated until after the New Year. Usually the day after everything was put away it snowed, much to my mother’s dismay. She liked to have snow for holidays, and usually it didn’t snow until January.

Shoppers enjoy Black Friday sales at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick |Dec 9, 2014

LIMERICK >> Christmas carols could be heard on speakers, decorations were everywhere and deals could be found around every corner as shoppers braved the cold air and bustled through the outdoor corridors of the Philadelphia Premium Outlets on Thanksgiving night.

Petsmart Collegeville hosts Holiday Adoption Marathon |Dec 9, 2014

Three local rescues are participating in a Holiday Adoption Marathon in December at Petsmart Collegeville, 300 Waterloop Lane, Collegeville, PA 19426 (Providence Town Center shopping complex). Stray Cat Blues, Inc.

Parkerford Baptist Church welcomes new senior pastor |Dec 9, 2014

On Monday, Dec. 1, Parkerford Baptist Church welcomed their new senior pastor, Rev. Robert E. Davalt II. After several years without a senior Pastor, the congregates of Parkerford Baptist Church unanimously voted to have a senior pastor with a vision and hope for the future.

Spring City Karate celebrates 40 years |Dec 5, 2014

SPRING CITY >> The Spring City Karate School is celebrating 40 years of teaching students the art of Karate, and looking forward to many more.

Pets of the Week |Dec 4, 2014

Cora (cat) Cora is a lovely dilute torti, much like an impressionist painting. She is approximately 1 to 2 years old, spayed, and would be SO grateful for a forever home to call her own.

PACS volunteers help feed needy families during holiday season |Dec 4, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> Volunteers have kept busy since the weeks before Thanksgiving to stock up Phoenixville Area Community Services’ (PACS) food pantry in preparation for the busy holiday season.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: It’s finally December! |Dec 3, 2014

Well it is finally December! Christmas is just around the corner, Chanukah begins sundown Dec. 16 and Kwanzaa begins the day after Christmas, lasting seven days.

Blessed Theresa of Calcutta students hold Thanksgiving Feast |Dec 1, 2014

LIMERICK >> Preschoolers at Blessed Theresa of Calcutta School’s child care program in Limerick Township sing during their Thanksgiving Feast at the school. One hundred twenty-five children from several classrooms performed songs and then had a luncheon complete with turkey and all the trimmings with their parents and grandparents.

Pets of the Week |Dec 1, 2014

Bonnie and Clyde (Cats) Spayed/Neutered: Yes

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Celebrating Jewish Values & Dedication |Nov 25, 2014

Chanukah is just a few weeks off. This is the time that the Jewish community celebrates the Victory of Values and Dedication.

Ursinus professor named Pa. Professor of the Year |Nov 25, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE >> Richard L. Wallace, an Ursinus College Environmental Studies professor whose blend of academic and applied learning teaches students to be lifelong problem solvers, has been named the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year.

Phoenixville Kiwanis decorate Reeves Park for Christmas |Nov 25, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> Twelve members of the Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville gathered in Reeves Park on Sunday, Nov. 23, to decorate both gazebos in the park for the holidays.

Trappe Ambulance EMT Renee Sullivan reflects on move from corporate career |Nov 18, 2014

Renee Sullivan had just turned her shopping cart into the dairy aisle when she heard a commotion just ahead. Several customers were hovering over an elderly woman, who was lying prostrate on a wooden skid.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: The Christmas Tires |Nov 18, 2014

Well, here we are once again — it’s that time of year. The tale of the Christmas Tires first appeared in The Phoenix in December of 1997. Because so many of you mention how much you liked it, I repeat it every few years.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Countdown to the holidays, 1-2-3! |Nov 11, 2014

The countdown for the December holidays has started. Some of us wait until after Thanksgiving to start and others have their shopping done by Thanksgiving. At one time I would start Christmas preparations in August.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Thanksgiving — Truly an all-American holiday |Nov 11, 2014

I am not afraid to bet that some of you are all ready for Thanksgiving dinner, and then that there are some of you who have not even thought of it yet.

Jenkintown physical therapist brings pain relief technique to new Phoenixville location |Nov 10, 2014

A local physical therapist is taking care of that pain in your neck — literally.

Annual Holiday House Tour to feature 5 homes, 1 church this year |Nov 10, 2014

The 2014 Holiday House Tour sponsored by the Women’s Civic Club of Schwenksville will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Five exciting homes and a community church are included on the tour this year.

PAHS Class of 1957 holds 57th reunion luncheon |Nov 10, 2014

The PAHS class of 1957 held their 57th reunion luncheon at Spring Ford Country Club on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Class member Dick Lusch was the emcee for the event with 38 class members and 15 guests attending.

A day in the life: Graterford prison superintendent offers rare view inside prison, personal life |Nov 7, 2014

SKIPPACK >> Skippack Township hosts quaint shops, a community pool, a branch of the bucolic Perkiomen Trail and also about 4,000 convicted criminals.

Local Haunts: Decades of spooky events surround Phoenixville Library |Nov 3, 2014

Halloween might be over, but rumors of local hauntings swirl around the Autumn tree-lined streets of downtown Phoenixville. Ghostly sightings, echoing voices and unexplained happenings have been reported for decades at many public places in the community, hinting of eras gone by.

Local Haunts: Paranormal investigators find otherworldly evidence at nearby Yellow Springs |Nov 3, 2014

Halloween season might be over, but rumors of local hauntings continue to swirl around the Autumn tree-lined streets of downtown Phoenixville. Ghostly sightings, echoing voices and unexplained happenings have been reported for decades at many public places in the community, hinting of eras gone by.

Local Haunts: Strange reports tie in to The Pickering Creek Inn’s rich history |Nov 3, 2014

Halloween season might be over, but rumors of local hauntings continue to swirl around the Autumn tree-lined streets of downtown Phoenixville. Ghostly sightings, echoing voices and unexplained happenings have been reported for decades at many public places in the community, hinting of eras gone by.

PHOTOS: Fall Festivities celebrated throughout October |Nov 3, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> Fall is in the air in the Phoenixville area, and area residents have been celebrating with seasonal festivals and events.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Yams - The sweet potato’s non-related doppelganger |Oct 30, 2014

Well here we are at the end of ABC to XYZ in Foods. The good news is in January 2015 we are going to start all over at the beginning of the alphabet with new foods and information!

First Moe’s Southwest Grill in the area opens in Oaks |Oct 29, 2014

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> “Welcome to Moe’s!”