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, 22 Oct 2014 05:52:21 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Fun and haunted legacies continue to grow at Pennhurst]]> Spring City >> Fans of the macabre seeking a frightful adventure need search no further than Spring City -- Pennhurst Asylum has opened its gates for its 5th annual Halloween season.

Open to all ages and featuring a multitude of gore-filled fun activities, the attractions run through Nov. 2.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:56:48 -0400 2014-10-20T09:56:48-04:00 2014-10-20T09:56:48-04:00
<![CDATA[Upper Schuylkill Valley Park hosts monarch butterfly release]]> Upper Schuylkill Valley Park hosted its annual monarch butterfly release Sept. 13. The event includes educational programs and allows visitors a chance to interact with the monarchs. Once released, the butterflies migrate south for the winter.

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:38:21 -0400 2014-09-25T19:38:21-04:00 2014-09-25T19:38:26-04:00
<![CDATA[Royersford cancer survivor rides to help others conquer the illness]]> A Royersford resident fought a tough battle against cancer, and won. She is now going to give back to the doctors who helped to save her life.

Deborah Pannebaker will be participating in the 2014 Ride to Conquer Cancer this October. The proceeds will benefit Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:24:16 -0400 2014-09-19T16:24:16-04:00 2014-09-19T16:24:18-04:00
<![CDATA[New Name, Same Mission: University of Valley Forge celebrates name change]]> As of Tuesday, Valley Forge Christian College has officially changed its name to the University of Valley Forge (UVF). The Pennsylvania Department of Education (DOE) approved the name change on Aug. 27, but state processes appointed the formal recognition date as Sept. 16.

President Don Meyer, Ph.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:24:10 -0400 2014-09-19T16:24:10-04:00 2014-09-19T16:24:13-04:00
<![CDATA[Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy holds open house for Children's Discovery Room]]>

PERKIOMEN TWP. - A 3-foot-tall caterpillar was found counting yellow, mellow fishbugs at the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy's Children's Discovery Room Open House Monday.

Dressed in costumes of mice, caterpillars and other furry creatures, children ages 3 to 6 experienced the full gamut of educational experiences offered by the conservancy's environmental education department.

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<![CDATA[Upper Providence program gives an assist to volunteer firefighters]]> Upper Providence - Flames and smoke leaped from the engine compartment of a 2008 grey Chevrolet Silverado parked on the parking lot of an apartment complex on Meadowview Lane in Upper Providence Township shortly after noon on a recent Friday.

Six minutes after the alarm was sounded, a fire engine - which had been stationed at the Upper Providence Township administration building on Black Rock Road - arrived on scene.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:15:41 -0400 2014-09-08T15:15:41-04:00 2014-09-08T15:15:45-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville native named Best Overall New Cadet at West Point]]> U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced today that Cadet Shawna Moore, of Phoenixville, has been named the Best Overall New Cadet Class of 2018 by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Sen. Toomey nominated Shawna to the U.S. Military Academy in January.

"Congratulations to Shawna Moore on being named the Best Overall New Cadet Class of 2018," said Sen.

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:09:31 -0400 2014-09-04T11:09:31-04:00 2014-09-04T11:09:34-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville Federal CEO honored for life of service to the borough]]> Phoenixville - Richard Kunsch doesn't have to leave Phoenixville to work, play or enjoy the lifestyle he cherishes the most.

Born and raised in the borough, Kunsch is a dedicated booster of the community and everything it has to offer. But Kunsch has given as much as he received. In 76 years as a resident, Kunsch - today the chief executive officer of Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust - has donated both time and money to a variety of area charities and civic organizations.

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 11:32:19 -0400 2014-09-03T11:32:19-04:00 2014-09-03T11:32:22-04:00
<![CDATA[Valley Forge Christian College welcomes students back to campus]]> On Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) welcomed new students for the 2014 academic year.

Students were welcomed at the Phoenixville campus by the VFCC admissions team, resident assistants and student leaders including START (Striving Toward Real Togetherness) and SGA (Student Government Association).

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:57:09 -0400 2014-09-02T11:57:09-04:00 2014-09-02T11:57:25-04:00 MEDIACENTER
<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Colonial Gardens holds annual Butterfly Festival]]> East Pikeland - Colonial Gardens held its Butterfly Festival last Saturday, Aug. 23, where dozens of monarch butterflies were released to begin their migration south for the winter.

The event included food vendors, educational talks on the butterflies, a chance for children to see monarchs up close and, of course, the butterfly release at noon.

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<![CDATA[All 4 Paws celebrates 5 years of saving animals]]> All 4 Paws Rescue Inc., an animal rescue based in Chester Springs, just celebrated their landmark five-year anniversary. Since opening, the rescue has saved more than 3,600 animal's lives.

All 4 Paws offers rescue, rehabilitation and sanctuary to many area animals in need. Kristen Geddes, the founder and executive director, initally began the rescue after working as a volunteer at local animal shelters.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:53:34 -0400 2014-09-02T10:53:34-04:00 2014-09-02T10:53:40-04:00
<![CDATA[Spring-Ford student wins academic and leadership honors at pageant]]> A ninth grade Spring-Ford student was recently crowned at a state-wide competition in Harrisburg as State Ambassador at the National American Miss pageant.

Ashraya Ananthanarayanan, 13, was also the proud recipient of the prestigious Academic Excellence Award at NAM.

"I got an invitation to apply for the NAM Pageant, which I did, after which I was selected in the process which involved a telephonic interview, a review of my application credentials, along with review of my academic achievement efforts to become a state finalist," Ananthanarayanan said.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:53:29 -0400 2014-09-02T10:53:29-04:00 2014-09-02T10:53:32-04:00
<![CDATA[Salon Fiber raises money for cancer research at back-to-school haircut event]]> Phoenixville's Salon Fiber, located on Main Street, held Cuts for a Cure on Sunday, Aug. 24.

Stylists gave complimentary back-to-school haircuts and trims to all children at the event and solicited donations for the Get Well Gabby Foundation, a local organization that helps fund pediatric brain cancer research.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:53:14 -0400 2014-09-02T10:53:14-04:00 2014-09-02T10:53:26-04:00
<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Kayaking event raises nearly $2,000 for SCA]]> MONT CLARE - A five-mile paddle fundraiser for the Schuylkill Canal Association brought in close to $2,000 Wednesday evening.

The paddle took participants from the boat launch at Lock 60 down the Schuylkill River and back by way of the canal.

Among the largest donations received at the event was $500 from state Rep.

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