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Spring-Ford board debates ending student class ranking

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Carole Christman Koch: President’s Inauguration firsts, traditions, and more: Part 2

Part 2 Franklin Pierce, in 1853, accepted his presidency, but was still in mourning. Just a few months prior to the ceremony, the Pierces lost their 3rd and last child in a railroad accident, that both witnessed. He refrained from swearing his...

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    A look back at history The PA Dutch ‘Grossa Schrank’ that brought one million dollars continued

    Part 2 Quite often when a home was being built for a young PA Dutch farming couple, cabinet makers like Jacob and John Bieber were also busy designing and making the household furniture that would make their abode a functional and loving home. Parents sometimes assisted the newlyweds in building (or buying) furniture which represented the love and respect of their ethnic clan. Thus, master cabinetmakers in Colonial times prided themselves in creating unusual works of art that...

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    PERSON TO PERSON — IMPACT: Elephants on parade

    Did you ever hear of a mother having a 200 pound baby? If you read the title of this column, you would not say: “preposterous”; rather, you would reply: “of course, an elephant.” I don’t know how I became so enamored with elephants. Could it have been the 2,000 word senior theme I wrote in high school, at which time I selected Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus (Ringling Brothers)? Imagine 2,000 words! Many times just two of my columns amount...

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    Reflections: Waiting for a cancer cure is like waiting for Godot

    We have been waiting for a cure for cancer for what seems an eternity.

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    spay & save Do you have a place for Emily?

    Emily is a spayed brown tabby with white about 15 months old. She is a sweet girl who loves people and other pets. She likes her toys and to be petted. She is shy at first and will come to you on her own terms. She is starting to trust people again, but does not like yet to be picked up. This girl has a great personally, this is despite someone being so cruel and heartless as to cut off the tip of both her ears. Emily has been treated and the vet has given her a clean bill of health. Do you...

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    Downtown Kitchen’s Food Challenge collects hundreds of items

    Downtown Kitchen’s Food Challenge volunteers divided the 350-400+ items collected on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Barto’s Pool & Spa store in Phoenixville. Socks and gloves were also collected. The bounty of the challenge will be shared by PACS Phoenixville, the Patricia Society Norristown and the Pottstown Cluster. Pictured are Eleanor Gherst, Bette Banjack (creator of the Challange), David Edelman, Carol Berger, Harold Gaugler and Sue Sharp. Not pictured: Joe Ferraro, Paul...

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    Police collect coats for those in need

    The Schuylkill Township Police Association is holding a coat drive. The donated coats will be provided to those in need in the local area. As police officers, we often see the need for people struggling to provide warm clothing for themselves and their families first hand. This is one small way that we can reach out and be of some help to those in a time of need. To donate to the drive, please stop by the lobby of the Township Building located at 111 Valley Park Road, Phoenixville.

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    Music of joy and hope for organ and trumpet Jan. 22

    St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church presents trumpeter, Kenneth Laudermilch and organist, Margaret Marsch in concert, Sunday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. The one-hour concert features special arrangements of hymns and concert works through the centuries.

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    Spay & Save: Love dachshunds? Molly is ready for a new home

    Molly is a 6-year-old Dachshund whose owner didn’t care for her very well and she is just learning to know what love is. Molly lives with other dogs but prefers smaller dogs and she is house and crate trained. Sometimes Molly needs to be coaxed to go outside but once there loves exploring the yard. Molly has never been around children so we will only place her in an adult home. For more information on all the dogs and cats that Spay and Save has for adoption, please visit our...

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    Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Jan. 24

    Event Submissions: Send to cthornburg@berksmontnews.com a week prior to publication. Note “Phoenix Calendar” in the subject.

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    Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Overlooked but valuable antiques

    Ever wonder what valuable antiques are hiding in your house? There are many antiques, works of art, and collectibles that have significant value which many people want you to just toss out with the trash or put out on your front lawn at a low market priced yard sale.

    By Lori Verderame|

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