RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: http://www.phoenixvillenews.com The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: http://www.phoenixvillenews.com website: all stories http://www.phoenixvillenews.com The Phoenix Reporter and Item Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:30:56 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Trappe Ambulance EMT Renee Sullivan reflects on move from corporate career]]> Renee Sullivan had just turned her shopping cart into the dairy aisle when she heard a commotion just ahead. Several customers were hovering over an elderly woman, who was lying prostrate on a wooden skid. Sullivan recognized immediately the signs of a seizure.

In high school, Sullivan had a friend who was susceptible to seizures.

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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:49:01 -0500 2014-11-18T16:49:01-05:00 2014-11-18T16:49:03-05:00
<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: The Christmas Tires]]> Well, here we are once again -- it's that time of year. The tale of the Christmas Tires first appeared in The Phoenix in December of 1997. Because so many of you mention how much you liked it, I repeat it every few years.

The Christmas Tires

My friend, Mary Jane, has learned to laugh about one Christmas in the late '60s when she cried her heart out.

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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:10:31 -0500 2014-11-18T13:10:31-05:00 2014-11-18T13:10:36-05:00
<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Thanksgiving -- Truly an all-American holiday]]> I am not afraid to bet that some of you are all ready for Thanksgiving dinner, and then that there are some of you who have not even thought of it yet.

The Thanksgiving holiday is truly an All-American holiday, celebrated only in the United States and by citizens living outside the country. I am told that it is difficult to find turkeys in some parts of the world.

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Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:09:10 -0500 2014-11-11T16:09:10-05:00 2014-11-11T16:09:19-05:00
<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Countdown to the holidays, 1-2-3!]]> The countdown for the December holidays has started. Some of us wait until after Thanksgiving to start and others have their shopping done by Thanksgiving. At one time I would start Christmas preparations in August. That was when I made most of my gifts. If you wanted to make and give someone a crewel pillow or a velvet blazer, you could not wait until December.

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Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:56:57 -0500 2014-11-11T14:56:57-05:00 2014-11-11T14:57:15-05:00
<![CDATA[Jenkintown physical therapist brings pain relief technique to new Phoenixville location]]> A local physical therapist is taking care of that pain in your neck -- literally.

In today's population, eight out of every ten people experience back and neck pain at some point in their life, and 60 percent of neck and back pain is recurring in most people. Instead of endless trips to a chiropractor and constant heating pad use, neck and back pain sufferers are now benefiting from the McKenzie Method.

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Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:49:50 -0500 2014-11-10T14:49:50-05:00 2014-11-10T14:49:52-05:00
<![CDATA[Annual Holiday House Tour to feature 5 homes, 1 church this year]]> The 2014 Holiday House Tour sponsored by the Women's Civic Club of Schwenksville will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Five exciting homes and a community church are included on the tour this year.

The tour begins on the banks of the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek. This beautiful home, designed in the southern tradition, features large airy porches and a center staircase with a balcony overlooking the foyer.

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Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:32:01 -0500 2014-11-10T14:32:01-05:00 2014-11-10T14:32:03-05:00
<![CDATA[PAHS Class of 1957 holds 57th reunion luncheon]]> The PAHS class of 1957 held their 57th reunion luncheon at Spring Ford Country Club on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Class member Dick Lusch was the emcee for the event with 38 class members and 15 guests attending. Correspondence from class members Irene Lebaris Diamond (Class President), Leon Wilk, Margie Bishop Sosnowy, Larry Miller, Dolores Scaringi Butler, Bob Kulp, Joan Fiore Redmon, Sandy Barlow Kunkle and Barbara Gabel Chiusano, who were unable to attend, was read at the affair.

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Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:31:31 -0500 2014-11-10T12:31:31-05:00 2014-11-10T12:31:34-05:00
<![CDATA[A day in the life: Graterford prison superintendent offers rare view inside prison, personal life]]> SKIPPACK >> Skippack Township hosts quaint shops, a community pool, a branch of the bucolic Perkiomen Trail and also about 4,000 convicted criminals.

At night, the lights of Graterford prison illuminate the sky like a huge sports stadium. But instead, a 34-foot wall, constructed by former inmates of Eastern State Penitentiary in the 1920s, encloses the state's largest maximum security population of prisoners.

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Fri, 07 Nov 2014 18:01:16 -0500 2014-11-07T18:01:16-05:00 2014-11-07T18:01:25-05:00
<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Fall Festivities celebrated throughout October]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Fall is in the air in the Phoenixville area, and area residents have been celebrating with seasonal festivals and events.

During the final First Friday of the year Oct. 3, area emergency services kicked off Fire Prevention Week a day early with informational booths, and crafts and giveaways for kids at the parking lot on the corner of Bridge and Main streets.

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Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19:56:32 -0500 2014-11-03T19:56:32-05:00 2014-11-03T19:56:39-05:00 MEDIACENTER
<![CDATA[Local Haunts: Paranormal investigators find otherworldly evidence at nearby Yellow Springs]]> Halloween season might be over, but rumors of local hauntings continue to swirl around the Autumn tree-lined streets of downtown Phoenixville. Ghostly sightings, echoing voices and unexplained happenings have been reported for decades at many public places in the community, hinting of eras gone by.

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Mon, 03 Nov 2014 12:34:54 -0500 2014-11-03T12:34:54-05:00 2014-11-03T12:34:54-05:00
<![CDATA[Local Haunts: Strange reports tie in to The Pickering Creek Inn's rich history]]> Halloween season might be over, but rumors of local hauntings continue to swirl around the Autumn tree-lined streets of downtown Phoenixville. Ghostly sightings, echoing voices and unexplained happenings have been reported for decades at many public places in the community, hinting of eras gone by.

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Mon, 03 Nov 2014 12:05:49 -0500 2014-11-03T12:05:49-05:00 2014-11-03T12:05:50-05:00
<![CDATA[Local Haunts: Decades of spooky events surround Phoenixville Library]]> Halloween might be over, but rumors of local hauntings swirl around the Autumn tree-lined streets of downtown Phoenixville. Ghostly sightings, echoing voices and unexplained happenings have been reported for decades at many public places in the community, hinting of eras gone by.

The Phoenixville Public Library is one such place that has been notoriously haunted for as long as anyone can remember.

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Mon, 03 Nov 2014 12:05:38 -0500 2014-11-03T12:05:38-05:00 2014-11-03T12:05:41-05:00
<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Yams - The sweet potato's non-related doppelganger]]> Well here we are at the end of ABC to XYZ in Foods. The good news is in January 2015 we are going to start all over at the beginning of the alphabet with new foods and information!

Wait, what is going to happen next week? More good news: through the next eight weeks, I will be sharing with you stories, food and customs of the Holiday Season.

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:21:52 -0400 2014-10-30T01:21:52-04:00 2014-10-30T01:22:06-04:00
<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Drink to your health, from water to wine]]> WATER >> Keeps our world alive. It covers approximately 70 to 75 percent of the Earth's surface in various states, such as liquid, solid and vapor.

It is referred to as the "universal solvent" because it is able to dissolve and dilute many substances. Greek philosophers considered water to be one of the four classic elements along with fire, earth and air.

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:36:12 -0400 2014-10-29T17:36:12-04:00 2014-10-29T17:36:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Rams crown 2014 homecoming queen during shutout victory]]> Ram Royalty: Spring-Ford Area Senior High School's 2013 Homecoming Queen Helena Mullen crowned Michaela Parr the 2014 queen during the Rams' 54-0 rout of PJP last Saturday, Oct. 18. The event marked the school's 60-year homecoming football anniversary. For more on the game, see Sports.

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:35:17 -0400 2014-10-29T17:35:17-04:00 2014-10-29T17:35:19-04:00