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 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:11:08 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Think About It: Addicted to Snow]]> "The very fact of snow is such an amazement."

-- Roger Ebert

There are very few people I know who are neutral about snow. There are those who love it and they can never get enough of it. Others, when they see their first winter snowflakes, they begin counting the days until spring.

Some months ago, Isaac's family moved to Pennsylvania from Florida so his parents could begin working at the University of Valley Forge.

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<![CDATA[EDITORIAL: Pa. Legislature sitting on $161M of taxpayer money]]> You have to give Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature points for chutzpah.

GOP leaders constantly lecture state agencies, municipalities and school districts on the need for cost cutting.

Tighten the belt.

Hold the line on tax increases.

Cut pension costs.

Do more with less.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:29:02 -0500 2015-02-27T11:29:02-05:00 2015-02-27T11:29:02-05:00
<![CDATA['The Art of Science' exhibit opens at Franklin Commons]]> The Art Gallery at Franklin Commons will hold a unique exhibition themed "The Art of Science," beginning with an opening reception on Saturday, March 7, from 1 to 4 p.m., which will run until April 10. The gallery will display scientific-related works ranging from sculptural FM radios to detailed paintings of skin cells and more.

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<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Bacon and bread, the "B" staples of life]]> Bacon >> once considered a breakfast meat, has gone big time. This pork product can be smoked, grilled, baked and fried, and the list goes on. It is up to the cook preparing it. Healthier than pork bacon, turkey, tofu and other meats can be processed to a similar product.

On the market today, you can find bacon and bacon-flavored items, such as: bacon infused into vodka, bacon-wrapped hot dogs and shrimp, ice cream, doughnuts, salt, baked goods, mints, soda, chocolate-covered and the ever popular BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich)… The list goes on and on.

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<![CDATA[Calendar of Events]]> Ongoing

Facetime Theatre's Summer Experience: Register now for Facetime Theatre's Summer Experience for students entering first through fourth grades, running June 15-19 & June 22-26. Summer Experience consists of two weeks of half-day camp from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Franklin Commons in Phoenixville.

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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: PVMS East students perform high-flying stunts in 'Mary Poppins']]> PERKIOMEN >> Perk Valley Middle School East's high-flying production of the musical "Mary Poppins" is set to open Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The students practiced performing with the flying equipment provided by theater stunt equipment company Flying by Foy this week during dress rehearsals. The school is the first middle school to attempt the highly technical production, which was released in November.

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<![CDATA[Chesco Pops presents 'Requiem' Sunday in Phoenixville]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> The Chester County Pops Orchestra will take the stage Sunday to perform one of the most beloved pieces of choral music written in the past 30 years.

The orchestra will present "Requiem," the beloved work of John Rutter, March 1, at 3 p.m. at Phoenixville Area Middle School, 386 City Line Ave.

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<![CDATA[St. John's to present Susquehanna University Choir concert in Phoenixville]]> Beloved composers Bach and Mendelssohn will be complimented by music of composers that are actively writing today when the Susquehanna University Choir comes to Phoenixville March 8.

St. John's Lutheran Church, 355 St. John's Circle, Phoenixville, will host the choir in concert on Sunday, March 8, at 7 p.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:52:17 -0500 2015-02-26T14:52:17-05:00 2015-02-26T14:52:17-05:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville Kiwanis seek applicants for Youth Service Award]]> The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville is seeking applicants for their Youth Service Award. This award, which has a value of $1,000, is presented annually to an organization which has furthered the educational, financial or physical advancement of youth under the age of 18 within the Phoenixville area. The award will be presented at the Annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner to be held on Wednesday, March 18.

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<![CDATA[Parties endorse candidates for Chester County primaries]]> WEST CHESTER >> The two major political parties in Chester County endorsed slates of candidates to run for countywide offices in the May primary, but they may find that at least one open seat will see a primary fight.

Magisterial District Judge Daniel Maisano of Kennett Square said Friday that he intends to cross-file nominating petitions for the position of Common Pleas Court judge on both the Democratic and Republican ballots, saying the he had both the professional qualifications and proven electoral success to win the seat in November.

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<![CDATA[Six firefighters hurt battling $1M Charlestown blaze]]> CHARLESTOWN >> Six firefighters were injured Sunday night while battling a 2-alarm house fire in the first block of Highland Hills Road.

Three of the injured firefighters were transported by ambulance to nearby hospitals, according to Kimberton Fire Company Deputy Chief Chuck Fields. One of the firefighters remained in the hospital Monday while awaiting surgery to repair multiple fractures in his lower leg and ankle, Fields said.

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<![CDATA[2 Pottstown-area women admit roles in bad check scheme at Limerick bank]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Pottstown woman and a Douglass (Mont.) woman, two of four women accused of being involved in a bad check scheme at a Limerick bank, face probation for participating in the scheme.

Amanda Flaherty, 29, of the 2500 block of Willow Brook Lane, Pottstown, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to four years' probation after she pleaded guilty to charges of theft by deception, bad checks and conspiracy to commit receiving stolen property in connection with incidents that occurred in April 2014 at the TD Bank branch on South Township Line Road in Limerick.

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<![CDATA[Spring-Ford Area School Board approves $10K donation to SNAP post-prom party]]> ROYERSFORD >> Parents of Spring-Ford Area High School students can rest easy knowing their son or daughter will be safe after prom this year.

The school-sponsored after-party will be held once again thanks to some needed help from the school board.

The Spring-Ford Area School Board unanimously approved a one-time $10,000 donation to the Students Need an Alternate Party, or SNAP, committee during Monday night's meeting.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:45:00 -0500 2015-02-26T10:45:00-05:00 2015-02-26T10:45:00-05:00
<![CDATA[Valve leak shuts down Limerick nuclear plant]]> LIMERICK >> One of the two reactors at Exelon Nuclear's Limerick Generating Station shut down abruptly before 10 p.m. Monday night due to a problem with a steam valve, officials said.

Called a "hot shut-down," the reactor for Unit 1 was "automatically shut down at about 9:40 p.m.," according to statement released by Exelon Tuesday morning.

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<![CDATA[Royersford man arrested in National Penn Bank robbery]]> ROYERSFORD >> Police have announced the name of the man who was arrested Tuesday in the robbery of a Royersford bank.

Anthony Lorino, 59, of Royersford was arrested after police responded to a report of a robbery in progress at National Penn Bank on Main Street, police said.

At around 10 a.

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