Lifestyle

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.

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.

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.

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

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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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Phoenix Community Calendar Aug. 7 |Aug 3, 2016

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Phoenix Community Calendar July 31 |Jul 27, 2016

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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.

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.

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.

Phoenix Community Calendar July 24 |Jul 20, 2016

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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.