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, 28 Jun 2015 06:41:49 -0400 60 <![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in foods: O' my goodness! -- Olives, okra, orzo and oregano]]> Olives

Ninety percent of the fruit of the estimated 85 million olive trees in the world are pressed into olive oil with the remaining 10 percent marketed as table olives. The edible olive was established 5,000 to 6,000 years ago. But, they can date back to 3,000 B.C. in Crete.

There are many varieties of olives.

Sun, 28 Jun 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150626090302 2015-06-28T02:00:00-04:00 2015-06-26T09:03:02-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: On taking a detour]]> "Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours we didn't mean to take." -- Angela N. Blount

It was one of those days when we were driving home on I-81. For most of the day we would be driving through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Our starting point was in Knoxville, Tennessee and we had been driving several hours when we decided to find a place where we could stop for lunch.

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<![CDATA[Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week]]> Nina (dog)

Nina is a 2-year-old bassett hound/bull terrier mix. She likes going for walks and visits to the dog park. Nina needs to be in a home with dogs larger than her and a cat free home. For more information on this sweet faced girl, please visit our website at or call us at 610-279-9714 or email spayandsavedogs@comcast.

Sun, 28 Jun 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150625141353 2015-06-28T02:00:00-04:00 2015-06-25T14:13:53-04:00
<![CDATA[GLOBETROTTING GRADUATE: Why I keep going back to Paris]]> Paris is not my favorite place to visit, yet I find myself consistently revisiting the city. Outside of London, it is the foreign city I know best.

Since 2006 I have visited Paris three times, and by summer's end it will be five. Recently, as I planned my way from Bordeaux back to London by train, with a stop in Paris, I wondered what it was that kept bringing me back.

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:05:45 -0400 20150627171601 2015-06-27T12:05:45-04:00 2015-06-27T17:16:01-04:00
<![CDATA[Perspective on Parenting: 10 years a mom]]> Years ago, as a communications professional in the corporate world, I remember when my colleagues were honored for a decade or more of service. In a world where attention spans are gradually diminishing, doing anything constructive for 10 years can be considered quite an accomplishment. It illustrates responsibility, commitment and consistency.

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:11:13 -0400 20150627121113 2015-06-27T12:11:13-04:00 2015-06-27T12:11:13-04:00
<![CDATA['Legendary' exhibit at The African American Museum in Philadelphia explores house ballroom culture]]> Photographer Gerard H. Gaskin creates art, but also shines a light on people who need to be seen.

In the exhibit "Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene," his pictures tell the stories of those who participate in "the culture of house balls of the African-American and Latino gay, transgender, and queer community," organizers say.

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 11:58:23 -0400 20150627115823 2015-06-27T11:58:23-04:00 2015-06-27T11:58:23-04:00
<![CDATA[Accused Lower Pottsgrove arsonist has her trial date]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Lower Pottsgrove woman accused of torching and destroying the home of her neighbor, a Limerick detective, has her trial date.

Accused arsonist Donna Marie Krupp's trial will get under way Oct. 13 in Montgomery County Court, Judge Gary S. Silow ruled Friday after holding a pretrial conference.

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:03:24 -0400 20150626120324 2015-06-26T12:03:24-04:00 2015-06-26T12:03:24-04:00
<![CDATA[DCNR reveals statewide recreation plan at Pottstown Volleyball Rumble (photos, video)]]> POTTSTOWN >> About 15 people riding yellow Bike Pottstown bicycles pedaled their way onto the lush green fields of Memorial Park Thursday to center court of the 24th annual Pottstown Volleyball Rumble.

The bicyclists' arrival was the prelude to the announcement at center court unveiling a statewide five-year outdoor recreation plan by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

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<![CDATA[Brew Hub: Craft brewing in the Philly region]]> The Craft Beer industry has soared to new heights globally, and the Philadelphia area has been a flagship of homebrewed growth and innovation.

Digital First Media highlighted local breweries and the brewing process in a new special section called Brew Hub.

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<![CDATA[Phoenixville wants new nest for Firebird Festival]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Considered by many to be the most popular borough event of the year, the annual Phoenixville Firebird Festival may need to find a new nest this year.

After last year's festival left Friendship Field in shambles, borough officials say the annual celebration should be reworked or move somewhere else.

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:18:06 -0400 20150625091806 2015-06-25T09:18:06-04:00 2015-06-25T09:18:06-04:00
<![CDATA[In memory of dad, try bread and butter pickles]]> Here in the United States it took over 60 years before Father's Day was recognized by a special proclamation from President Richard Nixon, to be observed the third Sunday in June - this year the third Sunday falls on the 21st. The importance of this day is to honor and showcase the need of a father, as well as a mother, in a child's life.

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:04:37 -0400 20150623090437 2015-06-23T09:04:37-04:00 2015-06-23T09:04:37-04:00
<![CDATA[Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week]]> Scooter (dog)

Scooter is a 2-year-old pit/box mix. He is a very sweet energetic boy who thinks he is a lap dog. Scooter is good with all size dogs and can't wait to join his forever home.

Please visit our website at to see all the dogs we have available for adoption or call 610-279-9714 or email spayandsavedogs@comcast.

Sun, 21 Jun 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150618152835 2015-06-21T02:00:00-04:00 2015-06-18T15:28:35-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: A day on the mountain]]> "You never climb the same mountain twice, not even in memory. Memory rebuilds the mountain, changes the weather, retells the jokes, remakes all the moves." -- Lito Tejada-flores

There are some places in the world that Evie and I love visiting more than once. ne of those is the Skyline Drive of Virginia.

Sun, 21 Jun 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150616154952 2015-06-21T02:00:00-04:00 2015-06-16T15:49:52-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville Kiwanis announce children's plaza summer programs]]> Phoenixville: The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville is once again sponsoring programs for children throughout the summer from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Saturday at the Kiwanis Children's Plaza in the open air space between 217 and 219 Bridge St. All shows are free and everyone is welcome. In the event of rain the performances will be held at the Phoenixville Art Center, 207 Bridge St.

Sun, 21 Jun 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150616154912 2015-06-21T02:00:00-04:00 2015-06-16T15:49:12-04:00
<![CDATA[Preliminary public transportation details for Pope's visit to Philadelphia released]]> PHILADELPHIA >> Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City and agency officials announced preliminary information about public transportation options during the World Meeting of Families convening, Sept. 22 to 25, 2015, and the weekend of the Papal Visit, Sept. 26 to 27, 2015.

"At this point, we are about three months away from hosting the largest event in this City's history," said Mayor Nutter.

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