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AT THE TABLE WITH: Nancy McGuigan |Oct 12, 2017

Nancy McGuigan’s smile lights up the world, as do her genuine grace and insight.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Russell Mitman |Oct 10, 2017

His full title is the Rev. Dr. J. Russell Mitman — but to his parishioners he is just “Pastor.” He came to Parkside United Church of Christ in Phoenixville, PA in 2011 to fill in until a new minister was found for the church.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Richard Devaney |Oct 10, 2017

If you don’t recognize the name, he is also known as “Gump”; he is a popular icon in Phoenixville.

Lettiere to become 10th president at Immaculata University |Oct 4, 2017

Malvern >> On Friday, Oct. 27, the first lay president of Immaculata University, Barbara Lettiere will become the 10th president to lead Immaculata University. She is a 1972 Immaculata graduate.

Montco officials dedicate new Schwenksville mural |Oct 3, 2017

SCHWENKSVILLE >> Montgomery County Commissioners’ Chairwoman Val Arkoosh and Commissioner Joe Gale attended a dedication ceremony with state and borough officials for Schwenksville borough’s new “Welcome Mural.

Independence Blue Cross members to be ‘out of network’ at 5 area hospitals |Oct 2, 2017

Philadelphia >> Just days after the completion of the sale of five area hospitals to Reading Health System, comes word that the five hospitals are no longer considered “in network” for Independence Blue Cross.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Sept. 24 |Sep 21, 2017

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AT THE TABLE WITH: Chris and Xerlin Deery |Sep 21, 2017

Chris Deery is an original “Phoenixville Guy.” He and his brother Andrew grew up in the town. He joined the Navy to see the world and ironically got stationed in landlocked Oklahoma. He settled in the area, married and divorced — rearing his three boys in Oklahoma.

Medical marijuana dispensary Keystone Shops CMO optimistic about future of cannabis treatments |Sep 19, 2017

ARDMORE >> Prescribing medical marijuana for pain relief rather than opioids may be a way to help fight the opioid addiction crisis.

ON STAGE: Norristown’s Centre Theater hosts 1880 Theatricals’ production of ‘‘night Mother’ |Sep 19, 2017

It won the Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama in 1983, but in the more than 30 years since it debuted, “‘night Mother” has not seen a ton of performances across the United States. That is because the subject of Marsha Norman’s powerful script is a very difficult one to process.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Paul Gurcules |Sep 14, 2017

Paul Gurcules was born and grew up in the outskirts of Phoenixville in nearby Cromby — an area north-northwest of town. He has left the area and has returned several times. His most recent return — and seemingly permanent one — was around 1999.

DaVinci’s Pub holding golf outing to benefit area firefighters |Sep 8, 2017

COLLEGEVILLE >> The fire that threatened to destroy the 167-year-old home of DaVinci’s Pub in Collegeville was extinguished, but what impressed operations director David Finch most was the professionalism demonstrated by volunteer firefighters who responded to the near-catastrophe.

At The Table With ... Carol Berger |Sep 7, 2017

When I walked in to Pthe ACS (Phoenixville Area Community Service) facility on Church Street at Gay Street in Phoenixville, it was like entering a grocery store. The mission statement of PACS is that it “strive[s] to end poverty in our community by connecting people in need with resources for food security, financial stability and better health” PACS, a 501(c)(3) organization, is always in need of volunteers, so if you have some free time, contact them.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Sept. 10 |Sep 7, 2017

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Police: Woman forced into car in Audubon, sexually assaulted |Sep 4, 2017

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> A woman out for a walk in Audubon Sunday night was forced into a car, driven to a remote location and sexually assaulted, police reported.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Sept. 3 |Aug 31, 2017

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At The Table With ... Cheryl Robinson Thornburg |Aug 31, 2017

For the past two years, The Table has shared with you countries, cities, towns and areas along with recipes from those areas.

THE TABLE: Returning home again to Phoenixville, Norristown |Aug 24, 2017

After two years of featuring places and events throughout the world, we are coming home.

Upper Salford man admits role in vehicle break-ins |Aug 24, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> An Upper Salford man who told authorities “he needed money to pay his rent” has admitted to taking part with several others in a rash of vehicle break-ins in central Montgomery County.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Aug. 27 |Aug 24, 2017

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THE TABLE: Sardinia — island off the Italian mainland |Aug 17, 2017

Located south of the French island of Corsica, the Italian island of Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Cagliari is the capital and the largest city on the island. The island is divided into four provinces.

Doubleclicks’ ‘Love Problems’ is a leap forward |Aug 17, 2017

Happiness has not spoiled the Doubleclicks. Singing sisters Angela Webber and Aubrey Turner, who return to Steel City Coffee House in Phoenixville Aug. 26, have both married since their previous appearance there last year.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Aug. 20 |Aug 17, 2017

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LOCAL MUSIC: Royersford rock band Rofo Audio involves local businesses in their music videos |Aug 16, 2017

Power trio Rofo Audio are like unofficial ambassadors for the Spring-Ford Chamber of Commerce.

Breweries of the Philadelphia suburbs |Aug 15, 2017

Everybody loves a good beer, and the Philadelphia suburbs is home to many breweries that could be the creator of your next favorite. The list below features a range of breweries across the suburbs.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Aug. 13 |Aug 10, 2017

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THE TABLE: Explore cuisine from Cancun in the Gulf of Mexico |Aug 10, 2017

The Gulf of Mexico is an ocean basin surrounded by the North American continent. This includes Mexico, Cuba and the United States. The United States bordering it are Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas.

THE TABLE: Maryland — Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay |Aug 3, 2017

Annapolis is the capital of Maryland as well as the seat of Anne Arundel County. Named after the wife of Lord Baltimore, the city is ideally located about 50 miles south of Baltimore and 50 miles east of Washington, D.

Local radio station at heart of Peter Rose lawsuit |Aug 2, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> A little Chester County radio station has found its way into a big national sports story involving a Philadelphia icon — the disgraced baseball player and manager Peter Edward Rose.

THE TABLE: Staying home — no bathing suits at the dinner table |Jul 27, 2017

Today, for something different, we are going to stay home. For almost two years now, we have been checking out countries, cities and areas throughout the world. The new thing is a “daycation” — instead of one big trip, we go on day trips of nearby places or visit friends and relatives.

THE TABLE: Guam ... American citizens by birth |Jul 25, 2017

Guam was one of four territories under United States jurisdiction before World War II. Just after the attack on Pearl Harbor, it was captured by Japan. The island was occupied for about 30 months before it was liberated in July 1944 by American forces.

THE TABLE: Jim Thorpe to the North, Lancaster County West |Jul 16, 2017

Jim Thorpe, because of its picturesque and mountainous location is called the “Switzerland of America” as well as the “Gateway to the Poconos.” Originally named “Mauch Chunk” -- meaning “Bear Place” or “Sleeping Bear,” it was the area inhabited by the native people of the Munsee-Lenape-Delaware nation.

Welcome to my world: Listening to the silence |Jul 12, 2017

I happened to come across a title for this story through a leaflet that came in the mail. In my case, I’ve learned to listen to inward silence through the practice of meditation. Yet, looking back on my life, I realized silence also spoke to me, in a seemingly different way, especially in nature.

A Look Back in History: Farm women turned out plenty of fresh bread and pies in outdoor bake ovens |Jul 12, 2017

The quaint bake oven as it is found in the Pennsylvania Dutch region was an outstanding invention for its time, far superior to any found elsewhere in America. As European families transferred their white man’s culture to the virgin forests of Pennsylvania introducing their frontier farmsteads to the area, there was no other invention, expect perhaps the large frontier fireplaces, that intrigued the native Indians more than these outdoor bake-ovens.

Bam Margera posts Instagrams of local water rescue, deer stuck in pond |Jul 6, 2017

EAST BRADFORD >> Shortly after 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening West Chester Fire Companies were called for the report of a person and a deer stuck in the mud of a pond on the 800 block of Frank Road in East Bradford.

Bill Cosby jury deadlocked but will continue deliberations |Jun 15, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Despite telling a judge they were deadlocked earlier in the day Thursday, the Montgomery County jurors weighing the fate of entertainer Bill Cosby at his sex assault trial indicated they will return Friday to continue deliberations.

PHOTO GALLERY: Perkiomen Valley bids farewell to seniors |Jun 12, 2017

Perkiomen Valley High School sent off its Class of 2017 during commencement ceremonies June 9.

Vigil set Sunday for missing Chester County woman Anna Maciejewska |Jun 10, 2017

CHESTERBROOK >> A vigil is being held Sunday for the Malver- area woman who has been missing for two months.

First Phoenixville Art Street Festival celebrates local art scene |Jun 5, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> The first Phoenixville Art Street Festival was held on Sunday, June 4, to celebrate the flourishing arts and culture scene in downtown Phoenixville.

Two Bridgeport businesses team up for National Donut Day |Jun 2, 2017

BRIDGEPORT >> What happens when a baker and a brewer combine their talents for a special occasion?

‘The Little Mermaid’ comes to Steel River Playhouse May 26-June 11 |May 26, 2017

Disney magic comes to life with the Broadway hit “The Little Mermaid” at Steel River Playhouse May 26 – June 11.

VIDEO: Southeastern Veteran Center in Spring City hosts Memorial Day parade |May 25, 2017

SPRING CITY >> Memorial Day may be less than a week away, but residents at the Southeastern Veteran Center, who won’t be able to make it to the various celebrations across our area, kicked off the holiday a little early Sunday afternoon.

Spring-Ford $12.1M high school expansion proposal moves forward |May 25, 2017

ROYERSFORD >> The Spring-Ford Area School Board just signaled its serious intention to move forward with major construction at the high school Monday night.

St. Mary School honors fallen soldiers at 11th Annual Memorial Remembrance |May 25, 2017

LOWER FREDERICK >> Veterans and St. Mary School students joined together this week to pay tribute to fallen American soldiers just before the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Staff Picks: Best factory tours near Philadelphia |May 23, 2017

It’s no seceret that Pennsylvania is home to some of the most famous brand names in the country but some may be surprised to learn our area is also home to some of the best tours of the factories where those products are made.

Pennsylvania State Police have not ruled out any possibility in disappearance of Chester County woman |May 18, 2017

WEST BRADFORD >> Pennsylvania State Police are continuing their search for Anna Bronislawa Maciejewska of Charlestown Township and are not ruling out any possibilities regarding her disappearance last month.

Police, family seek public’s help to find missing Upper Merion man |May 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The family and friends of a missing Upper Merion man are joining police in asking for the public’s help to find him.

SAXTON: World of Outlaws to invade Jersey |May 16, 2017

Claiming to be the Greatest Show on Dirt, the World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car Series is set to invade New Egypt Speedway on Tuesday night May 23rd for the 5th Annual Jersey Outlaw Classic. This will be the only Garden State appearance by the World of Outlaws in 2017.

Four vie for district justice seat in Limerick |May 11, 2017

LIMERICK >> Four candidates will compete in the May 16 primary for an open district justice seat serving the Limerick area.

REFLECTIONS: Commercial television is precisely that |May 3, 2017

I have a hunch I’m not alone in saying that commercial interruptions on broadcast and cable television networks are more painful than dangling from your thumbs over a quicksand pit.