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 Sun, 04 Oct 2015 11:09:36 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Perspective on Parenting: How the Pope's message helps parents]]> I don't know about you, but I'm definitely feeling the Francis Effect. Pope Francis's recent visit to the U.S. had me spilling tears of joy, glued to the TV watching his every move and the crowd's reaction to his presence. I did my best to quiet everyone within ear shot so that I could make out the words the Pontiff was saying during his speech to Congress and masses in both New York and Philadelphia.

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 11:25:23 -0400 20151003112523 2015-10-03T11:25:23-04:00 2015-10-03T11:25:23-04:00
<![CDATA[West Chester's Kathy Finegan honored by Operation Smile for volunteer work]]> Every time Kathy Finegan travels to a third-world country, she leaves behind smiles.

The smiles belong to children, teenagers and even adults who had been ostracized for facial deformities, who had trouble eating and speaking, or who didn't have the appropriate medical care to make a difference in their lives.

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 11:25:13 -0400 20151003112513 2015-10-03T11:25:13-04:00 2015-10-03T11:25:13-04:00
<![CDATA[More rain, flooding forecast along soggy East Coast]]> Even with Hurricane Joaquin no longer as big of a threat, the weekend promises little relief for the most waterlogged parts of the East Coast.The National Weather Service says the risk of flooding will continue through Monday morning, especially in parts of North and South Carolina that already have gotten up to 11 inches of rain this week.

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 07:53:18 -0400 20151003075318 2015-10-03T07:53:18-04:00 2015-10-03T07:53:18-04:00
<![CDATA[Montgomery County DA announces additional charges against Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane]]> NORRISTOWN >> The recent search of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's Harrisburg office turned up what Montgomery County prosecutors likely consider the smoking gun of their investigation into Kane's alleged lies to an investigative grand jury.

Among the items seized was an alleged 'secrecy oath' signed by Kane on her second day in office, promising her secrecy for statewide investigating grand juries one through 32, according to court documents filed Thursday which charged Kane with additional counts of perjury, false swearing and obstructing justice.

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 10:22:37 -0400 20151001102237 2015-10-01T10:22:37-04:00 2015-10-01T10:22:37-04:00
<![CDATA[Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Vintage Halloween Decorations]]> There are many types of Halloween decorations that are collectible and crafty. For the purists among us, you can decorate a pumpkin using everything from acrylic paint to glitter glue, featuring themes ranging from the scary Frankenstein monster to Casper the Friendly Ghost.

While carving Jack-o'-lanterns requires some skill and expertise, you can use your favorite Halloween antiques and collectibles to make some fun and seasonal home decorations.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:26:03 -0400 20150930222603 2015-09-30T22:26:03-04:00 2015-09-30T22:26:03-04:00
<![CDATA[Penn State THON 'canners' take to the local streets]]> THON, which started in 1977, is a fundraising group run solely by Penn State student volunteers. Their goal is to raise funds, bring awareness and provide emotional and financial support to families affected by pediatric cancer. THON also provides millions of dollars to fund future research. Since its start in 1977, THON has raised more than $117 million to directly benefit Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Milton Children's Hospital, which covers costs of procedures and treatment that insurance companies neglect, as well as providing counselors, therapists and social workers to assist with families' needs.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:09:38 -0400 20150930220938 2015-09-30T22:09:38-04:00 2015-09-30T22:09:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville Restaurant Week kicks off Oct. 4]]> Phoenixville Restaurant Week is kicking off, offering perfect pairings and so many options, slated to run through Oct. 8.

This part of the Phoenixville Food Festival encourages you to get out to your favorite Phoenixville spots to try specialty menus. Participating restaurants are offering you the opportunity to visit your staple favorites or try new locations during this Restaurant Week.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:53:18 -0400 20150930215318 2015-09-30T21:53:18-04:00 2015-09-30T21:53:18-04:00
<![CDATA[Spring-Ford student selected to participate in Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Ceremony]]> Ben D'Arcangelo, a Spring-Ford Area School District sophomore, recently attended the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) in Washington D.C. Ben, who set a lofty goal of attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, has taken a full slate of honors courses for the past two years and participates in football, wrestling and tennis for Spring-Ford.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:26:50 -0400 20150930212650 2015-09-30T21:26:50-04:00 2015-09-30T21:26:50-04:00
<![CDATA[Schwenksville Elementary fourth-graders become historians for a week]]> Fourth grade students in Mr. Josh Brecht's and Miss Susan Horenci's classes became historians for a week. They interviewed their parents about the history of their names and their families' stories behind the names. The class then paired up and created a Google Slides project through the Google Classroom portal.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:19:41 -0400 20150930211941 2015-09-30T21:19:41-04:00 2015-09-30T21:19:41-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The passing of a missionary giant]]> "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

Ever since June 15, 2015, I have had a hard time trying to write this column. Several times I tried. On a recent flight into Philadelphia, I was sitting in the middle seat (not my preference) of Row 21 and again I tried.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:12:24 -0400 20150930211224 2015-09-30T21:12:24-04:00 2015-09-30T21:12:24-04:00
<![CDATA[Royersford man pleads guilty to stealing from register at Target]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Royersford man was sentenced to county prison after he pleaded guilty to taking money from the register at his place of work, the Target store in Royersford.

Michael Shalkowski, 20, pleaded to felony theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced to three months and 12 days already served to 23 months in prison and also assigned two years of consecutive probation and ordered to pay $2,200 in restitution to Target, according to court documents.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:30:32 -0400 20150930163032 2015-09-30T16:30:32-04:00 2015-09-30T16:30:32-04:00
<![CDATA[Schwenksville Elementary school takes on '100 toothpicks' challenge]]> Schwenksville Elementary second grade students recently worked on the "100 toothpicks engineering challenge" in art class with Mrs. Jill Seitz. The object was to create the tallest possible tower using only 100 toothpicks and two cups of mini marshmallows. The students thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and worked creatively in groups to construct their towers.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:59:44 -0400 20150930155944 2015-09-30T15:59:44-04:00 2015-09-30T15:59:44-04:00
<![CDATA[Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week]]> Max (dog)

Max is a very fun loving, free spirited dachshund/terrier mix who is one-and-a-half. He usually loves everyone and plays nicely with most dogs. Max loves children. He loves his toys, going for walks and running in his foster mom's fenced in back yard.

For more information about Max, and all the dogs and cats we have available for adoption, please fill out an online application or call and leave a message at 610-279-9714 (press 2).

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:49:09 -0400 20150930154909 2015-09-30T15:49:09-04:00 2015-09-30T15:49:09-04:00
<![CDATA[THE TABLE: San Francisco, where you can leave your heart]]> The song "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" is definitely so true; if you ever visited this northern California city, a little bit of you is still there. This city is known for so many things such as cable cars, the former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, Chinatown, Haight-Ashbury, Fisherman's Wharf, Painted Ladies, Nob Hill or driving down the Crooked Lane.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:47:59 -0400 20150930154759 2015-09-30T15:47:59-04:00 2015-09-30T15:47:59-04:00
<![CDATA[Ukrainian Catholic church celebrates 3rd Annual Ukrainian Day Festival]]> On Saturday, Sept. 19, St. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, located at 301 Fairview Street in Phoenixville, celebrated their 3rd Annual Ukrainian Day Festival. It was a warm, sunny day, and people gathered for a day filled with activities and entertainment. The Barvinok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble from South Bound Brook, New Jersey danced to the delight of the crowd.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 14:56:38 -0400 20150930145638 2015-09-30T14:56:38-04:00 2015-09-30T14:56:38-04:00