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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!”

Rams crown 2014 homecoming queen during shutout victory |Oct 29, 2014

Ram Royalty: Spring-Ford Area Senior High School’s 2013 Homecoming Queen Helena Mullen crowned Michaela Parr the 2014 queen during the Rams’ 54-0 rout of PJP last Saturday, Oct. 18. The event marked the school’s 60-year homecoming football anniversary.

PAHS Class of 1951 celebrates 63rd reunion |Oct 29, 2014

Phoenixville High School’s Class of 1951 celebrated their 63rd year class reunion Sept. 26 at the Phoenixville Country Club. There were 32 classmates and 13 guests in attendeance.

Schwenksville High School Class of ’64 honors teachers at 50th anniversary reunion |Oct 29, 2014

On Saturday, Sept. 27, the Schwenksville High School Class of 1964 honored Mr. Richard J. Carfagno of Harleysville and Mr. George E. Romasco of Collegeville at a dinner social held in observance of the 50th anniversary reunion of the class.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Drink to your health, from water to wine |Oct 29, 2014

WATER >> Keeps our world alive. It covers approximately 70 to 75 percent of the Earth’s surface in various states, such as liquid, solid and vapor.

Quiz: Which local craft beer should you be drinking? |Oct 22, 2014

Fun and haunted legacies continue to grow at Pennhurst |Oct 20, 2014

Spring City >> Fans of the macabre seeking a frightful adventure need search no further than Spring City — Pennhurst Asylum has opened its gates for its 5th annual Halloween season.

The many uses of vinegar and vanilla |Oct 20, 2014

Vinegar >> comes to us from the French meaning “sour wine.”

Wedding Announcement: Giebler and Peterson to marry in Ann Arbor |Oct 6, 2014

Brian Louis Giebler and Jordan David Peterson are to be married Saturday, Oct. 18, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Oodles of udon noodles |Oct 6, 2014

UNSWEETENED CHOCOLATE — Is also called bitter, baking or cooking chocolate.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Tomatoes - the most popular home garden crop |Oct 3, 2014

TOMATOES – Are the most popular crop grown in home gardens.

Polish Club event supports Alex’s Lemonade Stand |Oct 3, 2014

The Polish American Citizens Club of Phoenixville held a fundraising benefit Sept. 20 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. The event included music, food and beverages, face painting, basket raffles and arts and crafts.

Ukrainian Day Festival brings folk culture to Phoenixville |Oct 3, 2014

Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church held a Ukrainian Day Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27, on the church grounds at Fairview and St. Mary’s streets in Phoenixville.

Upper Schuylkill Valley Park hosts monarch butterfly release |Sep 25, 2014

Upper Schuylkill Valley Park hosted its annual monarch butterfly release Sept. 13. The event includes educational programs and allows visitors a chance to interact with the monarchs. Once released, the butterflies migrate south for the winter.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Sugar and Spice and everything Salt? |Sep 25, 2014

SUGAR – was originally considered a luxury. Eventually it became cheap, common and widely used.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Rice - the main staple in cooking around the world |Sep 19, 2014

RICE – Is the main staple in cooking around the world.

Royersford cancer survivor rides to help others conquer the illness |Sep 19, 2014

A Royersford resident fought a tough battle against cancer, and won. She is now going to give back to the doctors who helped to save her life.