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 Mon, 04 May 2015 19:46:40 -0400 60 <![CDATA[PHOTOS: With murals complete, Bluebird Distilling is almost ready to open]]> Bluebird Distilling owner Jared Akins is hoping for a summer opening for the distillery on the corner of Starr and Bridge streets. Now that the murals on the walls are complete, it's well on its way.

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<![CDATA[CBS 3 meteorologist Kate Bilo discusses journey from Phoenixville to the Philly forecast]]> PHILADELPHIA >> Phoenixville native Kate Bilo likes to say she came into weather forecasting through the back door.

Bilo's name should be familiar to anyone who's caught an afternoon weather forecast on Philadelphia's CBS 3 Eyewitness News or KYW News Radio. She is a meteorologist for the station, delivering the noon, 5 and 6 p.

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<![CDATA[Pets of the Week]]> Scooter (dog)

Scooter is a handsome 1- to 2-year-old male mastiff/pit mix. He is a sweet boy who loves attention and likes running in the snow. Scooter needs some leash training but would make an excellent walking partner.

Please contact Spay and Save at 610-279-9714 or spayandsavedogs@comcast.

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 20:38:45 -0400 2015-04-29T20:38:45-04:00 2015-04-29T20:38:45-04:00
<![CDATA[From the Editor's Desk: Farewell Phoenixville, or rather, see you around]]> It's with mixed emotions that I write this final column and put one more issue of The Phoenix Reporter & Item to bed.

After a very memorable two years with Digital First Media, I have accepted a position with a publishing company in Philadelphia. Beginning this week, The Phoenix is transitioning into the hands of other editors within this company.

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 20:18:47 -0400 2015-04-29T20:18:47-04:00 2015-04-29T20:18:47-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The Copy Machine Study]]> As we were growing up, I think all of us heard the words "just because." To our questions of why we should eat our vegetables or take a nap or study math, the answer all too often was simply "just because." Without a clear rationale, it is hard to muster up the motivation to do the right thing.

However, when there is a clear "because," everything changes.

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 20:18:38 -0400 2015-04-29T20:18:38-04:00 2015-04-29T20:18:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Valley Forge Road bridge closing creates traffic nightmare scenario]]> We all knew it was coming.

The past few months, especially, were filled with confused looks, furrowed brows and general disdain at the mere mention of Valley Forge Bridge closing on Route 23 in Schuylkill Township. Deemed structurally deficient for some time, the replacement of the unsafe bridge was inevitable, and so was the major traffic upheaval for 20,000 commuters who rely on driving over the bridge daily.

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 20:18:33 -0400 2015-04-29T20:18:33-04:00 2015-04-29T20:18:33-04:00
<![CDATA[Waddle down to Collegeville for the third annual Rubber Ducky Regatta]]> COLLEGEVILLE >> On your mark! Get set! Float!

Come the afternoon of May 9, a flotilla of about 2,000 yellow, pink and blue rubber ducks will jostle their way down several hundred feet of the Perkiomen Creek.

Their voyage will be the highlight of the third annual Rubber Ducky Regatta, a fundraising event for the Collegeville Economic Development Corp.

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:31:43 -0400 2015-04-29T17:31:43-04:00 2015-04-29T17:31:43-04:00
<![CDATA[Perk Valley sophomore plans Haiti mission with Royersford church]]> ROYERSFORD >> Building dreams for others, is what a Perkiomen Valley sophomore is going to do this summer.

Victoria Vernon is traveling to Haiti with her church youth group to build two homes for people in need. She is hosting a Disney Frozen fundraising event to help offset her travel costs.

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:19:48 -0400 2015-04-29T17:19:48-04:00 2015-04-29T17:19:48-04:00
<![CDATA[Madison Denson crowned Phoenixville's 2015 Dogwood Queen]]> As April comes to a close and May begins, Phoenixville gets Dogwood Fever. Last Saturday, April 25, Madison Denson was named the 2015 Dogwood Queen during the Dogwood Pageant at Barkley Elementary. She will carry on the duties of the Dogwood Queen through the festival and beyond throughout the year.

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<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Instant Coffee and Imitation Foods]]> Instant Coffee >> was introduced in the United States during the Civil War. What was called a "coffee block" was made of processed coffee and hot water that were combined together for drinking on the battlefield. It would take another 50 years for a patent to be approved for instant coffee as we know it today.

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

Skippack Spring Fest: Skippack Spring Fest, sponsored by Henning's Market, is back again Saturday, May 9 - Sunday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). This year's Spring Fest will bring delicious food, an array of vendors and fun for the whole family. Woodcarvings, purses, home décor, arts, crafts, food and unique shops are just a handful of the fun and exciting reasons to come to Skippack Spring Fest.

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<![CDATA[Citadel partners with RSVP of Montgomery County]]> On April 10, Citadel presented RSVP with a check in the amount of $7,500 to support the nonprofit's volunteer programs, benefiting the community's most vulnerable populations living within Montgomery and Delaware Counties.

"We are very grateful for Citadel's donation and we look forward to working closely with them as a corporate partner and sponsor," reports Michele Moll, RSVP's Executive Director.

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<![CDATA[Two Lower Providence roads to remain closed for clean-up after deadly truck crash]]> LOWER PROVIDENCE >> One person is dead after a tractor-trailer and a tanker truck collided in the 700 block of South Park Avenue Monday morning.

Lower Providence police, firefighters and emergency services were dispatched to the scene shortly before 6 a.m. and the Montgomery County Hazardous Materials Response Team was called in due to leakage of a white powder from drums inside the trailer container.

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<![CDATA[Montgomery County officials outline oil train disaster preparedness]]> ROYERSFORD >> In a briefing April 17 to address crude oil train derailment response, the Montgomery County commissioners assured those listening that the county was prepared for the worst, while noting that little could be done on their part to prevent it.

"With all these trains carrying millions of gallons of crude, it's Murphy's Law that there's going to be some mishaps," Commissioner Bruce L.

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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Chesterbrook Academy Pre-schoolers release ladybugs for Earth Day]]> Pre-school students from Collegeville's Chesterbrook Academy gathered and released 3,000 ladybugs to celebrate Earth Day.

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