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, 04 Mar 2015 20:04:08 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Gov. Tom Wolf inviting conversation: Who's up to task?]]> We've heard a lot of state budget addresses over the years, stretching back to Gov. Dick Thornburgh. They've been fairly predictable, as have been the default responses of the opposite party (one party's "investments" are another's "taxes" or "giveaways").

It's political theater and everyone has his/her role and script, which have grown increasingly rigid.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:01:16 -0500 2015-03-04T14:01:16-05:00 2015-03-04T14:01:16-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: You Know You are Old If...]]> One of hardest things to understand is what it means to be old. I am beginning to realize what Bernard Baruch meant when he said, "To me, old age is always ten years older than I am."

When I attended the one-room Isabella Elementary School outside Lebanon, Pa., anyone who was going to Cornwall High School seemed much older than me.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:08:56 -0500 2015-03-04T13:08:56-05:00 2015-03-04T13:08:56-05:00
<![CDATA[Suspect sought in downtown convenience store robbery]]> > Police are still looking for the man who robbed the Save More Discount Store on the 200 block of Bridge Street last week.The gunman held up the store around 6:15 a.m. on Feb. 19, making off with an undisclosed amount of money in the cash register drawer, according to police."I turn around and make my cigarette order, and suddenly the guy put a gun to my neck and asked for the money," store owner Navindra Kumar Patel said.]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:50:02 -0500 2015-03-03T10:50:02-05:00 2015-03-03T10:50:02-05:00 <![CDATA[Pets of the Week]]> Dougie (dog)

Dougie is a sweet beagle, about 25 pounds, whose favorite things are belly rubs, sleeping and snacks. Dougie has an adorable tail that wags enthusiastically in response to any attention from women. Dougie was one of 60,000 beagles bred annually for research, and he has come a long way in overcoming the trauma that he suffered.

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:25:50 -0500 2015-03-02T13:25:50-05:00 2015-03-02T13:25:50-05:00
<![CDATA[Dinniman tells seniors he backs property tax elimination]]> OXFORD >> State Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19th, of West Whiteland was largely "preaching to the choir" at the Oxford Senior Center on Thursday when he described his efforts to eliminate property taxes.

During a luncheon visit to honor members who had reached their 90th birthday, Dinniman said there are 26 Pennsylvania state senators who have signed on to end property taxes.

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 02:00:00 -0500 2015-03-02T02:00:00-05:00 2015-03-02T13:08:51-05:00
<![CDATA[Upper Providence rejects 52-home project on Black Rock Road]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The township supervisors have denied the Freeland/Black Rock Associates preliminary subdivision plan due to technical deficiencies.

Unresolved negotiation issues included emergency vehicle turning radius configuration, amenity choices, on-street parking, and neighbor design approval for a required berm beside a property line row of trees.

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:02:41 -0500 2015-03-02T13:02:41-05:00 2015-03-02T13:02:41-05:00
<![CDATA[Exelon nuke plant seeks more Schuylkill River water during heat waves]]> LIMERICK >> The Delaware River Basin Commission is considering a request by Exelon for permission to increase the amount of water the Limerick nuclear plant can withdraw from the Schuylkill River on hot summer days.

<![CDATA[Townhome project approved for former greenhouse site in Upper Providence]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The supervisors recently approved tentative plans slated to transform an inactive commercial greenhouse property into a Gambone housing development.

A 49-unit townhome community will be constructed on the 13.31-acre Ezell parcel at the southeast corner of Hollow and Egypt roads.

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:40:02 -0500 2015-03-02T12:40:02-05:00 2015-03-02T12:40:02-05:00
<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Chicken and Cranberry]]> Chickens >> What do you know about them other than going to the market to buy what you need? The chicken family -- hens, roosters and their eggs -- originally ran wild. They were domesticated way back when from Asian descent.

The roosters were originally the forerunner of the chicken family and were trained to fight.

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:16:44 -0500 2015-03-02T12:16:44-05:00 2015-03-02T12:16:44-05:00
<![CDATA[Spring-Ford students, Philly artist 'Bring the Outside in' at ninth grade cafeteria]]> ROYERSFORD >> Local ninth grade students are leaving a lasting impression on their school walls, and it is not getting them in trouble.

The students in the Spring-Ford Area School District's Ninth Grade Center are creating a series of fused mosaics for the school's cafeteria. The mural is going to include a series of colorful glass tiles inspired by student photography and drawings.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:36:58 -0500 2015-02-27T17:36:58-05:00 2015-03-02T14:52:11-05:00
<![CDATA[Bridgeport man accused of attempted child sex assault; nabbed in Internet sting]]> NORRISTOWN >> A 37-year-old Bridgeport man has been charged with attempted child sexual assault after he was nabbed by detectives conducting an undercover sting operation targeting alleged Internet predators.

Edward Paul Lippincott, of the 100 block of West Front Street, was arrested Thursday by Montgomery County authorities in the 600 block of Commerce Drive in Upper Providence where he allegedly believed he was going to meet a 14-year-old boy for sex, according to the arrest affidavit.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:35:21 -0500 2015-02-27T18:35:21-05:00 2015-02-27T18:35:21-05:00
<![CDATA[Chesco Housing Authority aims to find homes for 100 vets in 100 days]]> The Chester County Housing Authority has launched a new campaign for finding at least 100 veterans suitable homes in the next 100 days.

The Authority announced on Monday that it would partner with a diverse group of community agencies, as well as departments at the county and federal level, to work toward ending homelessness in the county.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:46:34 -0500 2015-02-27T17:46:34-05:00 2015-02-27T17:46:34-05:00
<![CDATA[Walkway to Valley Forge: Construction proceeds in frigid temperatures]]> Workers braved the cold as they continued work on the Sullivan's Bridge project near Valley Forge National Historical Park Thursday.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:43:31 -0500 2015-02-27T17:43:31-05:00 2015-02-27T17:43:31-05:00
<![CDATA[UVF alum among Time magazine Person of the Year honorees for Ebola epidemic work]]> CHARLESTOWN >> A former University of Valley Forge student was recently named as one of Time magazine's "Person of the Year" honorees for her work in Africa with Ebola victims.

Katie Meyler was featured in Time's Dec. 22 issue highlighting Ebola fighters in Liberia.

]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:39:56 -0500 2015-02-27T17:39:56-05:00 2015-02-27T17:39:56-05:00 <![CDATA[Phoenixville Area Middle School students prepare to present 'Beauty and the Beast Jr.']]> Phoenixville Area Middle School students are getting into their roles in preparation for their production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast Jr." March 5-7 at 7 p.m.

Cast members were on hand and in costume for the middle school's Beauty and the Beast Jr. breakfast where community members could meet and talk with them.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:38:42 -0500 2015-02-27T17:38:42-05:00 2015-02-27T17:38:42-05:00