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, 23 Apr 2015 01:40:19 -0400 60 <![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Herbs and spices or hot and spicy?]]> Herbs >> one of the drawbacks about them is that they are costly to buy at the store or market.

The big advantage is you can grow them most anywhere, indoors, outdoors, in-ground, in containers, window sills. Herbs enhance the flavor of foods as well as being used in medicines and perfumes. At times they are used in spiritual healings and rituals.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:01:43 -0400 2015-04-23T00:01:43-04:00 2015-04-23T00:01:43-04:00
<![CDATA[Pets of the Week]]> Percy (cat)

Percy is a neutered male domestic short hair who is white with orange spots and approximately 8 to 9 months old. Percy loves other kitties and would love a safe indoor/outdoor home with playmates. He is a good boy and never bites or scratches. He is up-to-date with FVRCP and rabies shots.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:01:00 -0400 2015-04-23T00:01:00-04:00 2015-04-23T00:00:55-04:00
<![CDATA[RSVP of Montgomery County volunteers recognized with awards]]> RSVP of Montgomery County celebrated their extraordinary volunteers and the contributions they make to our communities daily with a recognition event on April 15 held at Meadowood in Worcester.

Nineteen RSVP volunteers who have served more than 4,000 hours in our communities were recognized with the prestigious President's Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Service Award, thanking them for their significant commitment to volunteering in our region.

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:05:21 -0400 2015-04-21T13:05:21-04:00 2015-04-21T13:05:21-04:00
<![CDATA[Montgomery County judge moves AG hearing to larger courtroom, bans electronic devices]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Montgomery County judge has ordered that the hearing to determine if Attorney General Kathleen Kane violated a court order by firing an attorney in her office who testified before a grand jury will proceed in a larger courtroom and without electronics.

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:30:14 -0400 2015-04-20T10:30:14-04:00 2015-04-20T10:30:14-04:00
<![CDATA[Parkhouse in Upper Providence wants to open more assisted-living rooms in geriatric facility]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The Parkhouse geriatric facility has given residents from its independent-living section, Montgomery Meadows, at least until July to find new homes so it can create more nursing care and assisted-living rooms in its facility.

Melanie McGarry, the nursing home administrator at Parkhouse, said July was given as a loose date only for notification purposes.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:42:20 -0400 2015-04-17T17:42:20-04:00 2015-04-17T17:42:20-04:00
<![CDATA[Chester County web page aids volunteerism]]> WEST CHESTER >> Volunteer Appreciation Week may be ending soon, but the opportunities for residents to donate their time and skills to various government and non-profit agencies in Chester County will continue on throughout the year.

As such, the county on Wednesday launched a new page on its website to give those who wish to volunteer some information about how and where they can best match their talents or inclinations with unpaid work in the county.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:15:30 -0400 2015-04-17T14:15:30-04:00 2015-04-17T14:15:30-04:00
<![CDATA[Officials say mass transit is central to Montgomery County development plan]]> By Carl Rotenberg @CarlWriter on Twitter

WHITEMARSH >> No one likes traffic or the taxes to pay for transportation solutions but everyone likes the positive effects of major infrastructure improvements.

More than 40 Montgomery County and Whitemarsh residents heard about some of those Montgomery County transportation solutions Thursday night from a gallery of local transportation planners and politicians.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:14:51 -0400 2015-04-17T14:14:51-04:00 2015-04-17T14:14:51-04:00 TOUT
<![CDATA[Phoenixville resident seeks help to prevent Valley Forge Bridge detour cutters]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> What's been promised as a months-long closure of Valley Forge Bridge is already beginning to cause traffic concerns among residents in the borough.

PennDOT officials announced recently that construction on the bridge, which crosses Pickering Creek, is set to begin April 20.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:13:43 -0400 2015-04-17T14:13:43-04:00 2015-04-17T14:13:43-04:00
<![CDATA[New Sly Fox brew SRT Ale will benefit the Schuylkill River Trail]]> POTTSTOWN >> Sly Fox Brewing is gearing up for the launch of its newest product -- SRT Ale -- a product which both celebrates and benefits the Schuylkill River Trail.

The unprecedented multi-day launch -- The SRT Spree -- will include trail cleanups in collaboration with the Schuylkill River Heritage Area and regional sampling along the Schuylkill River Trail prior to the official launch of SRT Ale on Earth Day, April 22.

]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:09:03 -0400 2015-04-17T14:09:03-04:00 2015-04-17T14:09:03-04:00 ERROR: Object template PhotoGalleryThumbnailsForRSS is missing! <![CDATA[Annual Prayer Breakfast honors community service figures]]> The Phoenixville Area Social Concerns Committee held its annual Community Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, April 11. The 2015 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award was presented to Pastor Buddy Goodwin and his wife Belinda by committee member Donald Coppedge, of the Grimes African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:04:00 -0400 2015-04-17T14:04:00-04:00 2015-04-17T14:04:00-04:00
<![CDATA[University of Valley Forge to host spring concert April 25]]> The University of Valley Forge will host its annual spring concert on Saturday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Flower Chapel on the Phoenixville campus.

The first half of the program will include selections by the Wind Ensemble and the University Choir. The University Choir will perform excerpts from German composer and conductor, Felix Mendelssohn's "Psalm 42," which first premiered in 1838.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:35:59 -0400 2015-04-17T12:35:59-04:00 2015-04-17T12:35:59-04:00
<![CDATA[Providence Chamber Orchestra performing at St. John's in Phoenixville]]> The 35-member Providence Chamber Orchestra will appear in concert at St. John's Lutheran Church, 355 St. John's Circle, Phoenixville, on Sunday, at 4 p.m.

Featured artists are Joseph Klapper, string bass soloist, and Sam Getchell, guest conductor. F. Thomas Snyder III, director of music at St.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:28:35 -0400 2015-04-17T12:28:35-04:00 2015-04-17T12:28:35-04:00
<![CDATA[Celebrating National Volunteer Week]]> Michael Smith of Royersford celebrated National Volunteer Week last week with a hug from some of the employees he works with at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Mike has 4,560 hours of volunteer service so far at PMMC doing deliveries, administrative tasks and other support work beyond his normal duties for the staff in the Respiratory Department.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:17:22 -0400 2015-04-17T12:17:22-04:00 2015-04-17T12:17:22-04:00
<![CDATA[Officials working to move forward with transportation improvements]]> State Sen. Andy Dinniman and Phoenixville Mayor Michael Speck recently brought together PennDOT and local officials for a meeting on upcoming transportation improvement projects in Phoenixville.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:17:17 -0400 2015-04-17T12:17:17-04:00 2015-04-17T12:17:17-04:00
<![CDATA[Wolf's homecare order a money grab, puts personal care choice at risk]]> For the past 25 years, Don Lambrecht and David Smith have teamed up to allow Dave, a homebound quadriplegic, to lead a productive and fulfilling life -- and they've formed a close friendship in the process. But earlier this year, a little-known