Features/People

PHOTOS: Area children meet Montgomery the bald eagle at Upper Schuylkill Valley Park |Jul 18, 2014

Children came to meet Montgomery the bald eagle at the Upper Schuylkill Valley Park & Wildlife Center July 11. While they were there, they learned about the diet and habitat of bald eagles and participated in arts and crafts.

Ursinus professor studying volunteer firefighters’ hearts |Jul 14, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — Sometimes, the most deadly part of a fire isn’t the smoke or flames but the stress placed on a firefighter’s body as they move in, out, up and down a burning building.

Devon Prep baseball rallies around ailing facilities director |Jul 8, 2014

It may have been Friday the 13th, but bad luck was not a problem for Devon Prep’s Varsity Baseball team as they defeated Elk County Catholic at Penn State University for the PIAA Class A State Championship.

Phoenixville area students study oceanography at Science in the Summer |Jun 30, 2014

Last week, the Phoenixville Public Library hosted the annual GSK Science in the Summer series at the Phoenixville Area Middle School.

PHOTOS: Great Race makes pit stop in Valley Forge |Jun 25, 2014

UPPER MERION — Over 100 classic and antique vehicles are currently taking part in the 2014 Great Race from Maine to Florida. It is the race’s 31st year.

Great Race to stop in King of Prussia |Jun 23, 2014

UPPER MERION — With a finish line 2,100 miles and nine days away, the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race only has time for a handful of primo pit stops along the route.

Phoenixville cub pack honors scouts and leaders at Blue & Gold banquet |Jun 21, 2014

Barkley Elementary Pack 119 Cub Scouts held their annual Blue and Gold Banquet Sunday evening at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Members of the community gathered to celebrate the achievements of the dens and the pack as a whole throughout the 2013-14 school year.

Phoenixville resident to perform with professional orchestra |Jun 13, 2014

A Phoenixville resident is about to fulfill a lifelong dream. Devin Doherty spends his days as an investment specialist, but next Saturday, he will be spending a night playing his trumpet with world-class musicians.

Phoenixville-born D-Day vet honored in Ohio historical calendar |Jun 6, 2014

This weekend marks the 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of Normandy, and there is perhaps no better way to remember D-Day than to remember those who fought in the battle.

Phoenixville PAL celebrates 15th year helping youth |Jun 6, 2014

When Jimmy Deoria Jr. helped start Phoenixville’s Police Athletic League (PAL) with his father in June of 1999, he could hardly have imagined how it would take off in the community.

Local Academy of Notre Dame student receives Spirit of Community Award |Jun 4, 2014

Quinn Norris, an eighth grader from Phoenixville at the Academy of Notre Dame, was a Distinguished Finalist in this year’s Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Brooke Elementary dedicates ‘Buddy Bench’ in student’s memory |Jun 2, 2014

Brooke Elementary School in Royersford held a ceremony Friday for a special little girl who attended the school.

Mayor Speck presents Tree City USA flag to Pack 119 |May 23, 2014

Pack 119 (out of Barkley Elementary School) is continuing to build lasting relationships and strengthen community ties with people and organizations in the Phoenixville Area.

Hundreds of students enjoy ‘Fun in the Sun’ at PV Post Prom |May 21, 2014

Perkiomen Valley High School was transformed into the-closest-thing-to-a-beach on May 17 for the annual Post Prom event, with this year’s theme being “Fun in the Sun.” Hallways were transformed into ocean, picnic, boardwalk and camping scenes to evoke the many fun activities that take place in the summer.

Parry, Negandhi inducted into Phoenixville’s Wall of Fame |May 21, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE - Fred Richmond Parry and Kevin Negandhi were inducted into the Phoenixville Area High School Wall of Fame during ceremonies in the school lobby May 12.

Resident celebrates 100th birthday at Phoenixville Area Senior Center |May 19, 2014

Sadie Weney celebrated her 100th birthday at the Phoenixville Area Senior Center on May 5. Phoenixville Mayor Michael Specht came by to honor her on the special occasion. Weney has been coming to the center since 1985.

Resident celebrates 100th birthday at Phoenixville Area Senior Center |May 19, 2014

Sadie Weney celebrated her 100th birthday at the Phoenixville Area Senior Center on May 5. Phoenixville Mayor Michael Specht came by to honor her on the special occasion. Weney has been coming to the center since 1985.

Warm up to 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show |May 19, 2014

It was a kaleidoscope of creativity inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show. Open until March 9, this year’s theme is “ARTiculture” and explores the effects art has had on gardening and vice versa.

Phoenixville resident honored for work with PCA |May 19, 2014

Phoenixville resident Michelle Kline was honored for her work as a forensic interview specialist with the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance (PCA) at the PCA’s 14th Annual Bear Affair on Thursday, May 1.

Phoenixville resident honored for work with PCA |May 19, 2014

Phoenixville resident Michelle Kline was honored for her work as a forensic interview specialist with the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance (PCA) at the PCA’s 14th Annual Bear Affair on Thursday, May 1.

PHOTOS: Phoenixville students enjoy Prom 2014, FOCUS |May 14, 2014

Phoenixville Area High School held its Prom 2014 on April 26 at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern. The Prom was followed by the district’s annual FOCUS (For Our Children’s Uncompromised Safety Post Prom Parent Organization) event at the high school, where students could participate in games and other fun activities in a safe environment.

Spring-Ford superintendent loses bet, spends day in trophy case |May 5, 2014

Spring-Ford Superintendent Dr. David Goodin didn’t make it across the finish line of the Spring-Ford Educational Foundation 5K Run/Walk and Kid Fun Run April 11 in time to win his bet with Assistant Superintendent Dr.

Chesterbrook Academy Preschool students release ladybugs on Earth Day |Apr 28, 2014

On April 22, Chesterbrook Academy Preschool students in Royersford got a little buggy in celebration of Earth Day.

Cub Pack 119 tastes the ‘fruits’ of their labors |Apr 21, 2014

Cub Scout Pack 119, Barkley Elementary, is leading a strong charge forward and building lasting relationships with local community groups in order to help those that are in need.

Happy Birthday Elizabeth Marton Banjack |Apr 21, 2014

Elizabeth Marton Banjack’s 95th birthday was April 10. She has lived her entire life in Phoenixville. She was the first child born to Mary and Janos Marton and she had four siblings — three sisters and one brother.

Phillies pitcher helps Phoenixville Devon Prep freshman ace religion project |Apr 21, 2014

When Devon Prep freshman and baseball enthusiast Joe Orsatti of Phoenixville was asked if he’d like to spend a long weekend in Clearwater, Fla. to see the Phillies in Spring Training, he couldn’t refuse.

Roller Derby gains popularity among local women |Apr 13, 2014

Ten women wearing skates, kneepads, elbow pads, mouth guards and helmets are lined up, and when the whistle blows the game will start with a lot of pushing, shoving and hitting while the women simultaneously skate around the track.

West End ambulance shifts focus to community involvement |Apr 8, 2014

A new era has begun for members of West End Fire Co. 3 ambulance of Phoenixville.

Meet Phoenixville’s 2014 Dogwood Pageant contestants |Apr 7, 2014

Phoenixville’s 2014 Dogwood Pageant will be held next Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at Samuel K. Barkley Elementary School.

Local pair honored at living organ donor recognition event |Apr 7, 2014

Each year, Gift of Life Donor Program honors the region’s living donors in an effort to highlight the critical need for more organ and tissue donors. In 2014, Gifts of Life’s Acts of Love Living Donor Recognition Ceremony was held on Sunday, March 2, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in King of Prussia.

Schuylkill Sojourn and Pedal/Paddle registration now open |Apr 7, 2014

Whether you have a hankering to paddle your way down the Schuylkill River, or ride along its shores — or both — registration for two increasingly popular activities with the river as their backdrop are now ongoing.

Local college student to manage Limerick-based paint business this summer |Mar 31, 2014

A local college student is going to manage his own business for an internship program, and a way to supplement his college tuition costs.

Former Japanese exchange student, now a teacher, brings class to Perkiomen Valley |Mar 24, 2014

PERKIOMEN — Twenty-two years ago, Yukiko Tsukihara was a young student from Kamakura Jogakuin Junior-Senior High School in Japan trying out her English on American students at Perkiomen Valley High School.

PHOTOS: Residents enjoy free Rita’s Water Ice on first day of spring |Mar 24, 2014

Many area residents ventured out Thursday to enjoy the milder weather, despite the strong wind gusts, and to get their free Rita’s Water Ice, a tradition marking the first day of spring each year. Long lines formed at several area locations, including Phoenixville, Collegeville and Royersford.

Phoenixville Meals on Wheels volunteers get extra help |Mar 24, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — On their Meals on Wheels rounds this week, the Trainies had a little company in their Toyota Sienna minivan.

Shonda Rhimes pilot show filming comes to Ursinus College |Mar 18, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — Small screen magic was in the works at Ursinus College this weekend.

Phoenixville Villa names Carla Hornung Employee of the Year |Mar 17, 2014

Golden Living Community - Phoenixville Villa is recognizing Carla Hornung as its 2014 Employee of the Year. During her 14 years at The Villa, Carla has had a positive impact on the lives of our residents every day.

Schuylkill Township firefighter recalls his passion as 2nd year as chief gets underway |Mar 6, 2014

Jason Cole knows what to do when life gives him lemons.

Warm up to 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show |Mar 4, 2014

It was a kaleidoscope of creativity inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show. Open until March 9, this year's theme is “ARTiculture” and explores the effects art has had on gardening and vice versa.

Phoenixville resident recognized for work with Kidney Foundation |Feb 26, 2014

For Fran Lynam, recognition as a volunteer for the National Kidney Foundation presents an opportunity to raise awareness about a major health issue and the importance of organ donation.

Valley Forge celebrates Washington’s Birthday |Feb 21, 2014

Valley Forge National Historical Park celebrated General George Washington’s birthday Monday with the former president and his wife Martha as special guests of honor. Washington cut his birthday cake to share with visitors, who could meet the Washingtons, participate in music and crafts, try on 18th century clothing and join the Continental Army.

Phoenixville community comes together to help residents through winter weather |Feb 13, 2014

In the aftermath of last week’s storm, Phoenixville residents didn’t have to look far for help.

Retired Mont Clare PennDOT official receives lifetime achievement award |Feb 11, 2014

Once a sleepy rural area, the village of Mont Clare these days is alive with activity. But to get to and from the busy offices, stores and homes that make up the community, you need a well designed network of streets and highways.

PVHS students participate in second MLK Day of Service |Feb 3, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE – To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., over 100 Perkiomen Valley High School students fanned out across the area and volunteered their time on Monday, Jan. 20, to support local farms, firehouses, the local library, the elderly and children in need.

Phoenixville Chili Taste Off raises money fro Alzheimers |Jan 27, 2014

About 80 people came out to taste 11 different types of chili last Sunday at Joe’s All American Pub & Restaurant in Phoenixville.

Kimberton Fair chocolate baking winner takes first at Pa. Farm Show |Jan 22, 2014

A 13-year-old Great Valley Middle School student took first prize during the PA Preferred Chocolate Baking Contests for Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Cookies/Brownies/Bars at the 98th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg on Jan.

Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove receive gifts to complete site |Jan 20, 2014

The Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove recently received two gifts to help complete their work.

Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust celebrates giving |Jan 20, 2014

The Board of Directors of Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust is pleased to continue its annual tradition of giving back to the community. On Wednesday evening, January 15th, many local non-profit and community organizations attended the Bank’s Celebration of Giving Reception, held at the Columbia Station in Phoenixville.

On the Right Track … with the Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club |Jan 7, 2014

A hiss of steam, then a loud whistle blast, shatters the calm as the locomotive prepares to depart from the station. A set of orders from the dispatcher is given to the engineer and the last of the passengers quickly get aboard.

Malvern resident honored on 100th birthday |Jan 7, 2014

State Rep. Duane Milne (R-Chester) helped celebrate the 100th birthday of Elizabeth Thompson at Chester Valley Rehabilitation and Nursing center in Malvern.