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 Mon, 13 Jul 2015 19:27:46 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Phoenixville Public Library show teaches super-power of science]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Some local students learned the super-power science during an interactive show.

The Phoenixville Public Library sponsored a performance of Sciencetellers Thursday morning, the first in its Thrilling Thursdays of the Summer series at the Colonial Theatre.

Through interactive storytelling, the Sciencetellers children's show is designed to teach science in a fun and unique way.

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<![CDATA[A legacy of love: Harbacs Family celebrates 100 years]]> STOWE >> As the rest of the nation recently celebrated the nation's birthday, members of the Harbacs family gathered to honor a century-old tradition of love.

His name was George Harbacs and hers was Mary Zueno. On Sunday, July 4, 1915, the two teenagers were married at the Sacred Heart Parish in Phoenixville.

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<![CDATA[Annual Blobfest draws thousands to Phoenixville]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Thousands of people swarmed to Phoenixville Friday night and Saturday to attend Blobfest, the annual celebration honoring the 1958 film "The Blob," which starred a young Steve McQueen and was filmed locally.

The popular all-­weekend event featured special guests, live music, unique vendors and much more.

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<![CDATA[Expanded amenities aim at enhancing Elmwood Park Zoo experience]]> NORRISTOWN >> Sure, you'll still come mainly for the world-class animals, but neither the cuddly red pandas nor the engaging giraffes will mind if you find the Jus' Java coffee creations and the expanded variety of zoo grub compelling attractions in their own right.

"It's always all about the animals, but it's also about giving our guests a more enjoyable time while they're here and extending the experience when they come in the gate," explained Al Zone, executive director of Elmwood Park Zoo.

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<![CDATA[ABC To XYZ In Foods: Quite a feast -- Quaker Oats and quince]]> Quaker Oats

One of the most recognized food logos belongs to the Quaker Oats Company. The logo is that of a Quaker Man's head and is not an actual person. The visual of this logo showed the company's honesty, integrity, purity and strength. Over the years this logo has physically slimmed down to reflect changing times.

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<![CDATA[Readers' Views: Borough council should give Firebird Festival another chance]]> Last year, after vandals torched the namesake icon of the Phoenixville Firebird Festival the night before its scheduled burning, the playing surface at Friendship Field was trampled--but the spirit of a community soared.

And as I took my place among the dozens of volunteers who seemingly converged out of nowhere in the rain and muck to build a new structure within hours, I could not help but think that this is what we neighbors of Friendship Field fought for 10 years ago when a developer's plan for townhouses threatened to take from us a much-needed recreational area in our town.

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<![CDATA[Think About It: Learning to throw a boomerang]]> "If you want your boomerang to come back, first you've got to throw it." --Steven Hall

Evie and I were browsing through a gift shop on the Skyline Drive in Virginia when I noticed a Channel Crafted Boomerang "hand crafted of the finest grade birch." I immediately imagined being with Noah, our 12-year-old grandson, who was coming in a few weeks from Minnesota to visit us in Pennsylvania.

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<![CDATA[Water World Park in Phoenixville up for auction this month]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> What once served as a wet and wild solution to beat the summer time heat is now being put on the auction block later this month.

Water World Park, the former water park open for decades in Phoenixville, will be up for bid July 29 at 11 a. m. on site at 655 Schuylkill Road (Route 724), Phoenixville.

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<![CDATA[Mosquito spraying set for Phoenixville, Schuylkill Township]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> In an effort to combat West Nile virus, county officials will spray for mosquitoes in the borough and Schuylkill Township Thursday night.

Weather permitting, the Chester County Health Department will conduct a mosquito control treatment July 9 between 8:45 p.m. and midnight, according to the release.

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<![CDATA[Grandmother gets probation for pot peanut brittle]]> WEST CHESTER >> Possession of peanut brittle and pralines normally is not the kind of activity that gets you hauled before a judge, facing criminal charges. But for a 61-year-old transplanted grandmother from Oregon, the ingredient she apparently added to those confections earned her not only a visit to Common Pleas Court, but a two-year commitment to court supervision and a felony record.

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<![CDATA[Hazardous waste drop-off event set for Saturday in Royersford]]> ROYERSFORD >> Montgomery county residents with a garage full of hazardous waste have a chance Saturday for a bit of summer cleaning.

The county is hosting a hazardous waste drop-off event July 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Spring-Ford Ninth Grade Center in Royersford.

The school, located at 400 South Lewis Road, will be the collection point for toxic and flammable materials such as gasoline, oil, kerosene, turpentine, paint thinner, oil paint, stains, varnish, pool chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, antifreeze, caustic cleaners and solvents, mercury, thermometers, flares, fire extinguishers, lead acid batteries, rechargeable batteries, fluorescent tube light bulbs, CFL bulbs, mini propane canisters, and electric oil filled heaters.

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<![CDATA[Chester Springs family works to save 270-year-old oak tree]]> Chester Springs resident Jim Helm has spent the last several weeks trying to save a historical estimated 270-year-old oak tree on his property from being destroyed by utility companies. The tree, which stands on the border of his property, extends into power lines which run along the road, making it vulnerable for unwarranted trimming and cutting by Verizon and PECO.

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<![CDATA[Valley Forge celebrates papal visit with Family Day]]> VALLEY FORGE >> Pope Francis is coming to Montgomery County, and the news has been heralded in with fanfare and plans for a Valley Forge Family Day during his stay.

"With the world's spotlight on our region and Pope Francis expected to stay in Montgomery County, Pa., during his visit, this is a great time for our region to shine," said Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro in a press release.

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<![CDATA[70-year-old guilty in DUI crash]]> WEST CHESTER >> A 70-year-old West Goshen man faces the possibility of serving a state prison sentence after having been convicted last week of a drunk driving crash that severely injured a bicyclist.

Common Pleas Judge Patrick Carmody on Wednesday, at the end of a non-jury trial that spanned two days in May and July, found Richard Robinson guilty of aggravated assault while driving under the influence of alcohol for the 2014 crash on Hannum Avenue at the western end of West Chester.

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<![CDATA[New law deals with campus violence]]> Students attending college or university in Chester County for the first time this fall, or who are returning there for another semester, will have new protections against campus sexual assault or domestic violence.

Last week, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act went into effect.

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