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 Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:36:28 -0500 60 <![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Food and everyday tips, shortcuts & more]]> We will start over for the second time going through the alphabet of foods that was so well received the first time through. So watch for the "A" next week. I hope you try ideas from today's column!


• When using dried herbs and spices, crush with rolling pin or fist between wax paper to release oils for flavor.

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<![CDATA[Think About It: Thoughts on Leadership, Part I]]> "A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them."

-- M. D. Arnold

Every now and then I like to bring up the subject of leadership in this column. Before I begin, I want you to know that I am a fellow leadership-discoverer. I am definitely not an expert, but rather a simple farm boy who has picked up some things along the way.

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:12:27 -0500 2015-02-12T15:12:27-05:00 2015-02-12T15:12:27-05:00
<![CDATA[The real 'dark money' in Pennsylvania politics]]> January marked the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United v. FEC decision, which lifted many restrictions on corporate spending in politics. President Obama highlighted the anniversary with a statement "It is not often that nations learn from the past, even rarer that they draw the correct conclusions from it."

- Henry Kissinger

Former Sens. Walter Mondale (D-MN) and Gary Hart (D-CO) hope they can buck that trend. During this past week the two former Senators have taken a lead in speaking out on an issue that has reached front burner status for many organizations and individuals.

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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[Black Rock VFC beef and beverage to raise funds for Sims family]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Dale Sims had a lot of friends.

One of them was Joseph LoCasale, a fellow firefighter at Black Rock Volunteer Fire Co. who met Sims 15 years ago. Almost immediately, the two "clicked" because, said LoCasale, "we both strongly believed in firefighter training."

In 2012, Sims was diagnosed with brain cancer.

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<![CDATA[Black Rock VFC purchases rescue engine for growing number of accident calls]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> In 15 years, Upper Providence Township has grown substantially. So, too, have demands on members of the Black Rock Volunteer Fire Company.

The township, once distinguished by fields, farmland and other open spaces, is now bustling with homes, commercial establishments, entertainment complexes and a heavily traveled Route 422.

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<![CDATA[Phoenixville council waives $126K permit fee for Colonial Theatre expansion]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Does waiving a large fee to help a beloved community organization set a problematic precedent for Phoenxiville Borough Council?

That was the topic of discussion at Tuesday night's council meeting.

In a 7-1 decision, council approved a request to waive a construction permit fee for the Colonial Theatre's upcoming expansion project.

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<![CDATA[Police arrest Collegeville man for drug sales in Upper Providence]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> A Collegeville man has been charged after the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office and Upper Providence Police conducted a lengthy investigation into an alleged cocaine trafficking operation.

Jose Garcia, 39, of Collegeville, was arrested Monday after police said they discovered cocaine and paraphernalia in the basement of his residence, according to court documents.

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<![CDATA[Trappe man convicted of armed robbery at Limerick Kohl's]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Trappe man showed no emotion as a Montgomery County jury convicted him of the armed robbery of a jewelry counter clerk at the Kohl's store in Limerick.

David Phillip Piergrossi, 52, of the first block of Elio Circle, was convicted Wednesday of charges of robbery, terroristic threats, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, simple assault and possessing an instrument of crime in connection with the 8:35 a.

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<![CDATA[Cupid's Cranium 5K Run, 1-Mile Walk to be held in Royersford on Valentines Day]]> ROYERSFORD >> Nine local Chick-fil-A restaurants have partnered with At Least Kids Foundation to sponsor Cupid's Cranium 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk on Saturday, Feb. 14.

The run will begin 10 a.m. at Pope John Paul II High School. The race will benefit The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Brain Tumor Research Program.

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:33:29 -0500 2015-02-12T00:33:29-05:00 2015-02-12T00:33:29-05:00
<![CDATA[Lawmakers press for amendments to Right-to-Know Law]]> In what seems to be another bipartisan push to amend legislation, a second round of proposed amendments are coming for the state's Right-to-Know Law.

State Sens. Dominic Pileggi, R-9, of Chester, and John Blake, D-22, of Archbald, announced two bills set to tweak and strengthen the current Right-to-Know Law, which was enacted in 2008.

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<![CDATA[State police corporal faces charges in shooting death of State Trooper David Kedra]]> NORRISTOWN >> The district attorney's office Tuesday announced charges against a state trooper accused of
accidently shooting and killing another state trooper during a firearms training exercise at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus in September 2014.

]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 11:16:08 -0500 2015-02-11T11:16:08-05:00 2015-02-11T11:16:08-05:00 <![CDATA[Valley Forge Military College professor recalls service with 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle]]> LOWER PROVIDENCE >> The late Chris Kyle is lauded as the deadliest SEAL sniper in military history.

Many of his colleagues supposedly even nicknamed him The Legend.

But former Marine Sgt. Earl J. Catagnus Jr., who was embedded in the combat zones of Fellujah, Iraq, with Kyle -- whose career is now celebrated in the film based on his 2012 memoir, "American Sniper" -- recalled Kyle as simply one of many warriors.

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<![CDATA[Marriott Residence Inn a step closer to opening 111-suite facility in Upper Providence]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> A national chain is one step closer to opening a proposed 111-suite Marriott Residence Inn off Route 422.

Township supervisors have granted preliminary subdivision and updated master plans for a third type of lodging within a multi-use township corporate center.

Delaware-based SSN Hotels' target audience includes repeat guests who would stay in rooms equipped with private kitchens between 5 and 7 days per visit.

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