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 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:04:50 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Spinal Column: It's not in your head, barometric pressure really does make you feel pain!]]> I love this beautiful area we live in. It truly flourishes this time of year. A bounty of color surrounds us on the ground and in the trees. I am sure we are all aware of the key ingredient of Mother Nature's beauty... Rain.

Rain carries a double-edged sword with her. On one side, she brings the water that nurtures and feeds the landscape bringing all the resting bulbs, pods and seeds to their radiant fruition.

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<![CDATA[Think About It: Where are the other nine?]]> "When you stop counting your blessings, it is like holding yourself and being surprised that everything is black."- Ann Voskamp

Last week I introduced you to Ann Voskamp. In her words, "My name is plain and simple Ann, without even the fanciful 'e.' I'm a farmer's wife with a happy mess of 6 kids, a crazy camera and a bunch of books that landed on the N.

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<![CDATA[Spring-Ford joins mission to introduce students to computer science]]> Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. Spring-Ford Area School District will join in on the largest learning event in history, The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 6 to 12). The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries.

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<![CDATA[Phoenix Community Calendar Nov. 29]]> Event Submissions: Send to a week prior to publication. Note "Phoenix Calendar" in the subject.

Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue,, 610-933-3013 x132

Phoenix Fiction Writers: Adult writers of fiction are invited to attend twice monthly meetings of the Phoenix Fiction Writers at the library.

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<![CDATA[Candlelight Holiday House Tour returns to Phoenixville for 15th holiday season]]> The popular Phoenixville Candlelight Holiday House Tour will be held Saturday, Dec. 5 from 3 to 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at Foresta's Market, Ellie's Choice and The Design Grove in Phoenixville.

Tour patrons may pick up their program booklets after 2:30 p.

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<![CDATA[Spring-Ford student work submitted for International Saul Bell Design Contest]]> Spring-Ford Area High School Advanced Jewelry student, David Hunter, hopes to receive international recognition for his jewelry design with the International Saul Bell Design Emerging Jewelry Artist award. Hunter credits a scene deep in the mountains of Pennsylvania as his inspiration for the piece.

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<![CDATA[Welkinweir Estate opens doors for Holiday Open House]]> The historic Welkinweir Estate is opening its doors to the public for a festive Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The estate house will be decorated in holiday splendor for all to enjoy! Celebrate the season with joyful music from the estate's newly restored pipe organ; glimpse the public garden and wintry views of forests and ponds from inside the warm estate; and learn about the history of the estate, which spans three centuries.

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:38:23 -0500 20151124123823 2015-11-24T12:38:23-05:00 2015-11-24T12:38:23-05:00
<![CDATA[Montgomery County officials prepare to protect homeless during Code Blue weather]]> NORRISTOWN >> As Montgomery County residents were bundling up, perhaps for the first time this season, to head into a brisk Monday, county officials were preparing to take steps protecting the vulnerable during extreme cold weather.

County commissioners and representatives from county and social service agencies gathered Monday to discuss procedures for declaring a Code Blue, and the measures that will be taken during such declarations.

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:46:57 -0500 20151123174657 2015-11-23T17:46:57-05:00 2015-11-23T17:46:57-05:00
<![CDATA[Dear Santa, young Phoenix readers share all they want for Christmas]]> We're asking our littlest readers to share their hand-written (or drawn) letters to Santa and send them to us for delivery to the North Pole! The Phoenix newspaper will quickly deliver your letter to the big man himself who will respond with a letter for your child.

Parents, simply snap a picture of your child's letter to Santa and email the picture to our special North Pole email address, <![CDATA[St. Mary's students in Schwenksville celebrate Thanksgiving a little early]]> Preschoolers at St. Mary's School enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal with their families.

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<![CDATA[Delaware Valley sees booming apple harvest this season]]> WORCESTER >> Sweet Honeycrisp.

Juicy Gala.

Tart Braeburn.

No matter which variety is the apple of your eye, chances are you've been munching on plenty of the apple's health-boosting polyphenols and cholesterol-lowering pectin thanks to Pennsylvania's robust crop this year.

"We're certainly ahead of where we were last year with apples," noted Penn Extension specialist Rob Crassweller.

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<![CDATA[History check]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> In an attempt to determine if bodies originally buried at an old cemetery behind the present historical society were re-interred, university students and their professor spent the afternoon of Nov. 13 examining the old cemetery.

Roughly a dozen students from Kutztown University and their instructor, Professor Laura Sherrod, used a magnetometer and ground penetrating radar to search for anomalies in the soil - anomalies that could potentially be bodies, gravestones and coffins left behind when the cemetery's contents were supposedly re-interred at Morris Cemetery around 1925.

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<![CDATA[Car strikes Trappe ambulance responding to call]]> By Digital First Media Staff

TRAPPE >> A vehicle accident the afternoon of Nov. 13 sent one woman to the hospital.

The crash occurred as a woman, who has not been identified, was driving a black sedan near first Avenue and Ridge Pike, Trappe Fire Company officials said Friday. The sedan struck a Trappe Medical unit that was responding to an emergency in Collegeville.

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<![CDATA[$5M shortfall in Spring-Ford Area School District budget blamed state stalemate]]> Royersford >> Harrisburg's inability to pass a budget has made it nearly impossible for officials in the Spring-Ford Area School District to present a 2016-17 proposed budget.

During Monday night's meeting, James D. Fink, the district's new business manager, who's only been on the job for three months, stood with Superintendent David Goodin to present the preliminary proposed budget, which as it stands now has a 4.

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:21:17 -0500 20151120112117 2015-11-20T11:21:17-05:00 2015-11-20T11:21:17-05:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville Area School Board approves new support staff contract]]> Phoenixville >> Contract negotiations between support staff and the Phoenixville Area School District successfully came to an end Nov. 12.

The school board voted 7-0 to ratify the collective bargaining agreement with the Phoenixville Area Education Support Personnel Association and the Phoenixville Area Education Support Professionals/Pennsylvania State Education Association/National Education Association.

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