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 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:28:46 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Falling through the cracks in Obamacare]]> Mark Ferkler is a Delaware County resident in his mid-thirties. He's healthy, gainfully employed and now, thanks to Obamacare, is newly uninsured. Yes, you read that right - uninsured.

Despite the president's promise to lower insurance costs, as Mark found out, the Affordable Care Act often isn't affordable at all.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:52:47 -0400 2014-08-22T12:52:47-04:00 2014-08-22T12:52:49-04:00
<![CDATA[Labor Day golf in Limerick to benefit Royersford charity]]> Designing 4 Hope, a charitable organization based in Royersford, will benefit from golf played all day at Limerick Golf Club on Labor Day. All golfers will enjoy 18 holes of golf for just $20.14, including discounts on food and beer.

Designing 4 Hope is a charity dedicated to helping critically ill children and their families by giving them dream bedroom makeovers.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:28:28 -0400 2014-08-22T12:28:28-04:00 2014-08-22T12:28:31-04:00
<![CDATA[5-mile paddle to raise funds for Schuylkill Canal Association]]> MONT CLARE - Take it Outdoors Adventures is sponsoring a five-mile loop paddle along the Schuylkill Canal and Schuylkill River to benefit the Schuylkill Canal Association on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m.

All are invited to come out to Lock 60 on the Schuylkill Canal in Mont Clare and join in the paddle, which is appropriate for all experience levels.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:28:11 -0400 2014-08-22T12:28:11-04:00 2014-08-22T12:28:13-04:00
<![CDATA[Detwiler Family celebrates 118 years of history at reunion]]> Detwiler Family members met together at Camp Innabah in Pughtown, Pa., to celebrate their 118th family reunion on a beautiful summer day on Aug. 16.

"Family Homesteads" was the theme for the day. An artist's sketch of a family homestead, and a large milk can with the Rapp Family Homestead photo painted on it, was brought for display by Mary Ann Springer.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:28:02 -0400 2014-08-22T12:28:02-04:00 2014-08-22T12:28:06-04:00
<![CDATA[Royersford man turns 100 with grand celebration]]> Royersford resident Jack Fries, a regular at the Spring-Ford Diner, celebrated his 100th birthday in grand fashion Friday morning.

Fries was driven to the diner from his apartment in the Royersford fire truck used in the film, "The Blob." At the diner, he was greeted by dozens of friends and well-wishers who sang him "Happy Birthday" and presented with a cake and $100 bill with his face on it.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:27:47 -0400 2014-08-22T12:27:47-04:00 2014-08-22T12:28:00-04:00 ERROR: Object template PhotoGalleryThumbnailsForRSS is missing!
<![CDATA[Chesco library system launches new mobile app]]> The Chester County Library System, with financial support from the Chester County Library Trust, has launched a new mobile app for its libraries that will provide quick and easy access to library accounts and many of its services for residents.

The app is free and can be downloaded to mobile devices.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:12:37 -0400 2014-08-22T10:12:37-04:00 2014-08-22T10:12:39-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville artist won't let vandals stop him]]>

PHOENIXVILLE - Local artist Henrik Stubbe Teglbjaerg may be best known as the organizer of the annual Firebird Festival, but his art extends to many different places.

Among his works are a wooden sculpture honoring Native American culture at Marsh Creek State Park and an arch made of reclaimed driftwood that stood at the entrance to the Schuylkill River Trail behind Phoenixville's borough hall.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:25:27 -0400 2014-08-21T17:25:27-04:00 2014-08-21T17:25:33-04:00
<![CDATA[Citizen scientists wanted for Summer of Bugs event at Valley Forge park]]> VALLEY FORGE - Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University are partnering in the Summer of Bugs, a summerlong inventory of the park's terrestrial invertebrates, better known as land bugs.

Together, the park and the Academy invite those interested in learning about and contributing to the research to act as "citizen scientists" by observing and participating in a 24-hour BugBlitz on August 23-24.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:56:31 -0400 2014-08-21T16:56:31-04:00 2014-08-21T16:56:33-04:00
<![CDATA[Spring-Ford School Board discusses eliminating per capita taxes]]>

LIMERICK - Spring-Ford Area School Board discussed the per capita tax at a workshop meeting Monday night before a surprise motion to eliminate it was voted down.

Board Vice President Tom DiBello made the motion to eliminate the tax on the argument that it uses too much of the district staff's time to collect and process.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:53:32 -0400 2014-08-21T16:53:32-04:00 2014-08-21T16:53:34-04:00
<![CDATA[Montco to spray for adult mosquitoes in Collegeville, Upper Providence]]> The Montgomery County Health Department will spray for mosquitoes in Upper Providence and Collegeville Thursday, Aug. 28, weather permitting, from approximately 8 to 11 p.m. The date for spraying in case of inclement weather is Thursday, Sept. 4.

"The spraying will be done where sampling by the Health Department and PADEP has shown mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus," according to a press release from the county.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:41:00 -0400 2014-08-21T16:41:00-04:00 2014-08-21T16:41:03-04:00
<![CDATA[Man attempts to escape Royersford Police during drug arrest]]>

ROYERSFORD - Police arrested a man who allegedly struggled and attempted to run from police after an officer tried to arrest him for having marijuana.

Officer Caleb Smith of the Royersford Police was patrolling Victory Park on the 200 block of Second Avenue Aug. 6 when he saw a man later identified as Michael Hobbs, 23, walking on the path in the park near the pavilion.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:24:15 -0400 2014-08-20T18:24:15-04:00 2014-08-20T18:24:19-04:00
<![CDATA[PAPA basketball crowns champions]]>

PHOENIXVILLE - Three age group team champions were crowned in Phoenixville Area Positive Alternatives (PAPA)/Board of Recreation (PBRD) basketball action for boys and girls on Aug. 17 at Reservoir Park.

In the 10 & Under Division, Bethel Baptist Church defeated Phoenixville Police Association, 29-21.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:46:38 -0400 2014-08-20T15:46:38-04:00 2014-08-20T15:46:47-04:00
<![CDATA[Auto Racing roundup: Shock over Tony Stewart]]> By Ken Johnson

For 21st Century Media

Tony Stewart

The racing world was shocked last weekend at the death and cause of death of Kevin Ward Jr. As a racing fan of 60-plus years, I could not form an opinion as to what and how it happened. Reason being, I have never driven an 800 horsepower Sprint Car.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:15:30 -0400 2014-08-20T12:15:30-04:00 2014-08-20T13:51:31-04:00
<![CDATA[Local sports notices for Aug. 24]]> FOOTBALL

The Henry J. Bernat Stadium Fund has been established.

Donations may be sent to Kevin Pyle, 59 Hopewell Rd., Elverson, Pa. 19520. More information: See


The inaugural A3 Hoops and Philly Coaches vs. Cancer free throw shooting competition, assisted by the Spring-Ford girls basketball team, for shooters of all ages and skill levels at 1 p.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:19:56 -0400 2014-08-20T11:19:56-04:00 2014-08-20T11:19:57-04:00
<![CDATA[Local players part of Northeast Irish Rugby Club 10's]]>

PHILADELPHIA - The Northeast Irish Rugby Club hosted its inaugural 10-year-olds' tournament on Aug. 9. Men's and women's clubs from across the region played in an all-day tournament in a round-robin style.

Local players included Alana Sullivan, Limerick; Shannon McLaughlin, Royersford; Devon Tucker, Limerick; Jessica Nedwecky, Royersford; Stephanie Pilman, Collegeville; and Natalie Hinostroza, Limerick.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:08:18 -0400 2014-08-20T11:08:18-04:00 2014-08-20T11:08:19-04:00