RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: website: all stories The Phoenix Reporter and Item Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:14:24 -0400 60 <![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: An apple a day keeps the doctor away]]> Editor's note: Bette Banjack, a longtime food columnist for The Phoenix, has decided to return. Readers may remember her column "Neighborhood Kitchens," which ran from 2003 to 2006, or her weekly local television program, "Downtown Kitchen." This is the first edition of her new weekly column, "ABC to XYZ in Foods," through which she will explore foods one letter at a time.

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<![CDATA[Valley Forge Christian College welcomes students back to campus]]> On Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) welcomed new students for the 2014 academic year.

Students were welcomed at the Phoenixville campus by the VFCC admissions team, resident assistants and student leaders including START (Striving Toward Real Togetherness) and SGA (Student Government Association).

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<![CDATA[Limerick nuke plant now closer to re-licensing]]>

LIMERICK - Two major decisions by the federal government last week have moved the nuclear power plant here closer to extending its operating license for another 20 years.

On Aug. 26, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced the issuing of a final rule governing the on-site storage of spent nuclear fuel.

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<![CDATA[Roll-over crash in Limerick sends 2 to hospital]]>

LIMERICK - Two people had to be pulled from a Toyota Sienna that struck a tree and rolled onto its side in a Monday afternoon crash.

Emergency crews were dispatched around 5:25 p.m. to Swamp Pike near the intersection with Fruitville Road for a one-vehicle crash.

Limerick Police at the scene said the minivan was headed in a westerly direction when the crash occurred.

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<![CDATA[Sources: Fatal Collegeville shooting not a homicide]]>

COLLEGEVILLE - Police are not seeking a suspect in a fatal shooting that occurred Saturday evening at an office building on Second Avenue, making it likely it was a suicide.

Although borough police Sunday confirmed the shooting occurred at 7:35 p.m., they provided few details.

Police did confirm that at least one ambulance was called to the scene, but there was no need to take anyone to a hospital.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:06:41 -0400 2014-09-02T11:06:41-04:00 2014-09-02T11:06:44-04:00
<![CDATA[Police deem Collegeville fire 'suspicious']]>

COLLEGEVILLE - Lower Providence Fire Department personnel responded to reports of a fire on the 1000 block of Hildebidle Drive in Collegeville on Saturday night shortly after 7:30 p.m.

A statement released by the Lower Providence Police Department indicated the cause of the fire "seemed suspicious" and an investigation by the Lower Providence Township Police Department, the Lower Providence Fire Marshal, the Montgomery County Detective Bureau and the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Threats to ex-girlfriend land Trappe man behind bars]]>

NORRISTOWN - A Trappe man has been sentenced to state prison for terrorizing and stalking his ex-girlfriend in Hatfield.

Alexander Louis Koger Jr., 32, of the first block of Elio Circle, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to one to five years in a state correctional facility after he pleaded guilty to charges of terroristic threats, stalking and driving under suspension in connection with a May 7, 2013, incident at Cowpath and Lenhart roads in Hatfield.

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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Colonial Gardens holds annual Butterfly Festival]]> East Pikeland - Colonial Gardens held its Butterfly Festival last Saturday, Aug. 23, where dozens of monarch butterflies were released to begin their migration south for the winter.

The event included food vendors, educational talks on the butterflies, a chance for children to see monarchs up close and, of course, the butterfly release at noon.

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<![CDATA[All 4 Paws celebrates 5 years of saving animals]]> All 4 Paws Rescue Inc., an animal rescue based in Chester Springs, just celebrated their landmark five-year anniversary. Since opening, the rescue has saved more than 3,600 animal's lives.

All 4 Paws offers rescue, rehabilitation and sanctuary to many area animals in need. Kristen Geddes, the founder and executive director, initally began the rescue after working as a volunteer at local animal shelters.

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<![CDATA[Spring-Ford student wins academic and leadership honors at pageant]]> A ninth grade Spring-Ford student was recently crowned at a state-wide competition in Harrisburg as State Ambassador at the National American Miss pageant.

Ashraya Ananthanarayanan, 13, was also the proud recipient of the prestigious Academic Excellence Award at NAM.

"I got an invitation to apply for the NAM Pageant, which I did, after which I was selected in the process which involved a telephonic interview, a review of my application credentials, along with review of my academic achievement efforts to become a state finalist," Ananthanarayanan said.

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<![CDATA[Salon Fiber raises money for cancer research at back-to-school haircut event]]> Phoenixville's Salon Fiber, located on Main Street, held Cuts for a Cure on Sunday, Aug. 24.

Stylists gave complimentary back-to-school haircuts and trims to all children at the event and solicited donations for the Get Well Gabby Foundation, a local organization that helps fund pediatric brain cancer research.

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<![CDATA[Phoenixville prepares for fifth annual Blues Fest]]> Phoenixville is getting ready to groove to the blues in Reeves Park on Sept. 6 with their fifth annual Blues Festival. The all day jam, which features a wide variety of blues bands and musicians, begins at 12 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m.

Jim DiGuiseppe, organizer of the festival, said this year organizers are doing a "best of" theme by bringing back some of the best acts from the previous four festivals.

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<![CDATA[Breakfast fly-in/drive-in set Sept. 7 at Heritage Field in Limerick]]> LIMERICK - The 60th annual breakfast fly-in/drive-in hosted by the Pottstown Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association will feature more than fluffy eggs and pancakes.

There will also be antique, modern, experimental and war planes on display; a car show; the opportunity to take an airplane ride; and a raffle for an iPad Mini.

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<![CDATA[Cops: Thief steals soda, cheese from Phoenixville home]]>

PHOENIXVILLE - Borough police are investigating a reported theft on the north side of town in which the suspect's haul was six cans of Pepsi and a block of cheese.

Just after 11 a.m. Tuesday, a woman found a man in her open garage on the 5000 block of Swan Drive, according to Phoenixville Police.

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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Kayaking event raises nearly $2,000 for SCA]]> MONT CLARE - A five-mile paddle fundraiser for the Schuylkill Canal Association brought in close to $2,000 Wednesday evening.

The paddle took participants from the boat launch at Lock 60 down the Schuylkill River and back by way of the canal.

Among the largest donations received at the event was $500 from state Rep.

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