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 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:38:15 -0500 60 <![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.

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<![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.

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<![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.

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 02:00:00 -0500 20151120120543 2015-11-21T02:00:00-05:00 2015-11-20T12:05:43-05:00
<![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.

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<![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.

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:19:29 -0500 20151120111929 2015-11-20T11:19:29-05:00 2015-11-20T11:19:29-05:00
<![CDATA[Proposed Montgomery County budget includes 9.8 percent tax increase]]> Norristown >> Montgomery County is posting a proposed budget for 2016 with an increase of about 9.8 percent for county taxpayers.

For a house assessed at the county average of $168,901, the increase would amount to $51.86 per year. The Montgomery County tax bill for a house assessed at that amount would increase from $532.

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:16:40 -0500 20151120111640 2015-11-20T11:16:40-05:00 2015-11-20T11:16:40-05:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville police apprehend fleeing suspect]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> The man who led police on a lengthy foot-pursuit through the south side of Phoenixville Wednesday has been apprehended.

Officers arrested Brandon Lee Campbell, 23, Thursday at noon with assistance from Schuylkill Township and East Pikeland Township police departments.

Campbell was wanted after police responded to 378 Bridge Street at 11:49 a.

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<![CDATA[Montco sheriff adds new weapon to emergency response arsenal]]> NORRISTOWN >> With the goal of minimizing risks for officers and citizens in the event of potentially dangerous situations, such as an active shooter scenario, law enforcement officials at the Montgomery County Courthouse recently unveiled a new weapon for their arsenal.

It's called a Corner Shot weapon system and county sheriff's deputies showcased its capabilities during a demonstration at the courthouse.

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:09:59 -0500 20151120110959 2015-11-20T11:09:59-05:00 2015-11-20T11:09:59-05:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville Area School Board member resigns, replacement sought]]> Phoenixville >> Just two weeks after the Nov. 3 election, the search is on to fill another newly vacant seat on the Phoenixville Area School Board.

Citing work conflicts as her reason for leaving, school board member Jan Potts resigned from her seat Nov. 12, forcing the district to find her replacement before the Dec.

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<![CDATA[Chesco chief to step down]]> WEST CHESTER >> When James Vito was promoted to the rank of sergeant in the Chester County Detectives Office, a reporter asked him whether that step would lead naturally to another, higher position in another police department -- the way a rising-star assistant football coach is often targeted to become a head coach sometime down the line.

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<![CDATA[Limerick man gets prison time for threatening police, elementary school]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Limerick Township man who made a bomb threat to an elementary school and threatened police officers received a state sentence for his actions in Montgomery County Court Wednesday.

Daniel William Ellis, 42, of the unit block of Faust Lane, pleaded guilty to one felony and one misdemeanor count of terroristic threats in front of Judge Steven T.

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