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 Sun, 04 Oct 2015 19:44:43 -0400 60 <![CDATA[More rain, flooding forecast along soggy East Coast]]> Even with Hurricane Joaquin no longer as big of a threat, the weekend promises little relief for the most waterlogged parts of the East Coast.The National Weather Service says the risk of flooding will continue through Monday morning, especially in parts of North and South Carolina that already have gotten up to 11 inches of rain this week.

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<![CDATA[Montgomery County DA announces additional charges against Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane]]> NORRISTOWN >> The recent search of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's Harrisburg office turned up what Montgomery County prosecutors likely consider the smoking gun of their investigation into Kane's alleged lies to an investigative grand jury.

Among the items seized was an alleged 'secrecy oath' signed by Kane on her second day in office, promising her secrecy for statewide investigating grand juries one through 32, according to court documents filed Thursday which charged Kane with additional counts of perjury, false swearing and obstructing justice.

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<![CDATA[Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Vintage Halloween Decorations]]> There are many types of Halloween decorations that are collectible and crafty. For the purists among us, you can decorate a pumpkin using everything from acrylic paint to glitter glue, featuring themes ranging from the scary Frankenstein monster to Casper the Friendly Ghost.

While carving Jack-o'-lanterns requires some skill and expertise, you can use your favorite Halloween antiques and collectibles to make some fun and seasonal home decorations.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:26:03 -0400 20150930222603 2015-09-30T22:26:03-04:00 2015-09-30T22:26:03-04:00
<![CDATA[Penn State THON 'canners' take to the local streets]]> THON, which started in 1977, is a fundraising group run solely by Penn State student volunteers. Their goal is to raise funds, bring awareness and provide emotional and financial support to families affected by pediatric cancer. THON also provides millions of dollars to fund future research. Since its start in 1977, THON has raised more than $117 million to directly benefit Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Milton Children's Hospital, which covers costs of procedures and treatment that insurance companies neglect, as well as providing counselors, therapists and social workers to assist with families' needs.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:09:38 -0400 20150930220938 2015-09-30T22:09:38-04:00 2015-09-30T22:09:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville Restaurant Week kicks off Oct. 4]]> Phoenixville Restaurant Week is kicking off, offering perfect pairings and so many options, slated to run through Oct. 8.

This part of the Phoenixville Food Festival encourages you to get out to your favorite Phoenixville spots to try specialty menus. Participating restaurants are offering you the opportunity to visit your staple favorites or try new locations during this Restaurant Week.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:53:18 -0400 20150930215318 2015-09-30T21:53:18-04:00 2015-09-30T21:53:18-04:00
<![CDATA[Spring-Ford student selected to participate in Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Ceremony]]> Ben D'Arcangelo, a Spring-Ford Area School District sophomore, recently attended the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) in Washington D.C. Ben, who set a lofty goal of attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, has taken a full slate of honors courses for the past two years and participates in football, wrestling and tennis for Spring-Ford.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:26:50 -0400 20150930212650 2015-09-30T21:26:50-04:00 2015-09-30T21:26:50-04:00
<![CDATA[Schwenksville Elementary fourth-graders become historians for a week]]> Fourth grade students in Mr. Josh Brecht's and Miss Susan Horenci's classes became historians for a week. They interviewed their parents about the history of their names and their families' stories behind the names. The class then paired up and created a Google Slides project through the Google Classroom portal.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:19:41 -0400 20150930211941 2015-09-30T21:19:41-04:00 2015-09-30T21:19:41-04:00
<![CDATA[Royersford man pleads guilty to stealing from register at Target]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Royersford man was sentenced to county prison after he pleaded guilty to taking money from the register at his place of work, the Target store in Royersford.

Michael Shalkowski, 20, pleaded to felony theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced to three months and 12 days already served to 23 months in prison and also assigned two years of consecutive probation and ordered to pay $2,200 in restitution to Target, according to court documents.

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<![CDATA[Schwenksville Elementary school takes on '100 toothpicks' challenge]]> Schwenksville Elementary second grade students recently worked on the "100 toothpicks engineering challenge" in art class with Mrs. Jill Seitz. The object was to create the tallest possible tower using only 100 toothpicks and two cups of mini marshmallows. The students thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and worked creatively in groups to construct their towers.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:59:44 -0400 20150930155944 2015-09-30T15:59:44-04:00 2015-09-30T15:59:44-04:00
<![CDATA[Ukrainian Catholic church celebrates 3rd Annual Ukrainian Day Festival]]> On Saturday, Sept. 19, St. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, located at 301 Fairview Street in Phoenixville, celebrated their 3rd Annual Ukrainian Day Festival. It was a warm, sunny day, and people gathered for a day filled with activities and entertainment. The Barvinok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble from South Bound Brook, New Jersey danced to the delight of the crowd.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 14:56:38 -0400 20150930145638 2015-09-30T14:56:38-04:00 2015-09-30T14:56:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenix Community Calendar Oct. 4]]> Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue,, 610-933-3013 x132

Adult Yoga Classes: Take place on selected Thursdays. Class time is 5 to 6 p.m. Led by Beth Ireton, a Certified YogaNurse and Wellness Specialist. Classes are for all practitioner levels and focus on breath, movement and rest.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 14:56:06 -0400 20150930145606 2015-09-30T14:56:06-04:00 2015-09-30T14:56:06-04:00
<![CDATA[Obama and Putin: Awkward moments, few breakthroughs]]> NEW YORK >> U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin's first formal meeting in more than two years started with an awkward handshake and ended without a breakthrough on Syria, a crisis that has strained their already tense relationship.

On the biggest issue that divides them in Syria -- the status of embattled leader Bashar Assad -- Obama and Putin left their discussions Monday exactly where they started.

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 06:04:15 -0400 20150929060415 2015-09-29T06:04:15-04:00 2015-09-29T06:04:15-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville Hospital executive ends a long and active career]]> Phoenixville >> Phoenixville Hospital's Chief Nursing Officer, Sally Strzelecki was recently honored for her 47 years of service in the community with a special retirement celebration.

Strzelecki, a Phoenixville native, graduated from Phoenixville Area High School and went on to receive a certificate from St.

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 17:10:02 -0400 20150928171002 2015-09-28T17:10:02-04:00 2015-09-28T17:10:02-04:00
<![CDATA[Being handicapped made seeing Pope Francis a little tricky]]> PHILADELPHIA >> For the all the walking and standing crowds had to endure to catch a view of Pope Francis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia for the papal Mass on Sunday, organizers had to scramble to accommodate those with disabilities.

Those who made their way to one of 10 platforms designed to adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act were pleased with the outcome.

Sun, 27 Sep 2015 21:21:24 -0400 20150927212124 2015-09-27T21:21:24-04:00 2015-09-27T21:21:24-04:00
<![CDATA[Column: For this Catholic, seeing Pope Francis was surreal]]> PHILADELPHIA >> Standing in the middle of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, a few football fields away from the head of the Catholic Church, well, let's just say it felt surreal.

Instead of a few pews separating me from the celebrant of the Mass, a few thousand people stood between us.

Sun, 27 Sep 2015 20:51:05 -0400 20150927205105 2015-09-27T20:51:05-04:00 2015-09-27T20:51:05-04:00