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, 22 Dec 2014 16:21:37 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Spring City native uses passion for scuba and outdoors to help students]]> BUCKTOWN >> How does a school district deal with truancy and behavior issues when the students simply have no interest in traditional education? Challenge them!

That is what Owen J. Roberts intervention behavior and reading specialist Brett Galambos has been doing for the past 10 years. It is through his other passion, scuba diving, that he came up with the idea to combine traditional counseling methods with outdoor challenges and problem-solving activities to motivate and challenge the students.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:22:03 -0500 2014-12-22T12:22:03-05:00 2014-12-22T12:22:18-05:00
<![CDATA[Military News]]> Christopher Kasker, a 1992 Phoenixville Area High School graduate, was promoted to lieutenant colonel by the Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh during a ceremony at the Pentagon on Nov. 3.

Kasker enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1993 with duty at the Phoenixville Armory. While attending West Chester University, Kasker enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Program and entered active duty upon graduation in 1997.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:01:22 -0500 2014-12-18T01:01:22-05:00 2014-12-18T01:01:25-05:00
<![CDATA[Brothers receive 'A Hero's Welcome']]> ROYERSFORD >> U.S. Army Spc4 Ryan Klick and Sgt. Bradley Klick were given "A Hero's Welcome" in Royersford Saturday afternoon. The brothers returned home after serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Members of the Warriors Watch Riders, along with many friends and family were in attendance.

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<![CDATA[O'Grady's to host fundraiser for Phoenixville firefighter battling brain cancer]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Dale Sims and his wife, Barbara, met by accident.

This was 37 years ago. The two knew each other from high school but on this fateful day they both showed up at a vehicle accident: he as an emergency medical technician (EMT) with West End Fire Co. No. 3 ambulance of Phoenixville; she as a junior firefighter with Valley Forge Fire Co.

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:22:54 -0500 2014-12-11T20:22:54-05:00 2014-12-11T20:22:57-05:00
<![CDATA[Spring City Karate celebrates 40 years]]> SPRING CITY >> The Spring City Karate School is celebrating 40 years of teaching students the art of Karate, and looking forward to many more.

Owner Wayne Benfield opened the school in the summer of 1974, at the age of 20, and had three years' experience with the art.

"Now 40 years later I'm still teaching the same 10 to 12 classes a week," said Benfield.

Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:20:47 -0500 2014-12-05T00:20:47-05:00 2014-12-05T00:20:49-05:00
<![CDATA[PACS volunteers help feed needy families during holiday season]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Volunteers have kept busy since the weeks before Thanksgiving to stock up Phoenixville Area Community Services' (PACS) food pantry in preparation for the busy holiday season.

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<![CDATA[Blessed Theresa of Calcutta students hold Thanksgiving Feast]]> LIMERICK >> Preschoolers at Blessed Theresa of Calcutta School's child care program in Limerick Township sing during their Thanksgiving Feast at the school. One hundred twenty-five children from several classrooms performed songs and then had a luncheon complete with turkey and all the trimmings with their parents and grandparents.

Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:50:05 -0500 2014-12-01T11:50:05-05:00 2014-12-01T11:50:07-05:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville Kiwanis decorate Reeves Park for Christmas]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Twelve members of the Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville gathered in Reeves Park on Sunday, Nov. 23, to decorate both gazebos in the park for the holidays.

The volunteers erected a Christmas tree in each gazebo which is trimmed with garland, white lights and red bows. In addition, each gazebo is decorated with strings of greens wrapped in white lights and trimmed with bows.

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:01:26 -0500 2014-11-25T18:01:26-05:00 2014-11-25T18:01:29-05:00
<![CDATA[Ursinus professor named Pa. Professor of the Year]]> COLLEGEVILLE >> Richard L. Wallace, an Ursinus College Environmental Studies professor whose blend of academic and applied learning teaches students to be lifelong problem solvers, has been named the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education recognized Wallace, of Collegeville, for his interdisciplinary and integrative teaching which fosters critical thinking, his community contributions and his scholarship on marine mammals.

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:19:47 -0500 2014-11-25T17:19:47-05:00 2014-11-25T17:19:52-05:00
<![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.

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:49:01 -0500 2014-11-18T16:49:01-05:00 2014-11-18T16:49:03-05:00
<![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.

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.

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 18:01:16 -0500 2014-11-07T18:01:16-05:00 2014-11-07T18:01:25-05:00
<![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.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:35:17 -0400 2014-10-29T17:35:17-04:00 2014-10-29T17:35:19-04:00
<![CDATA[Schwenksville High School Class of '64 honors teachers at 50th anniversary reunion]]> On Saturday, Sept. 27, the Schwenksville High School Class of 1964 honored Mr. Richard J. Carfagno of Harleysville and Mr. George E. Romasco of Collegeville at a dinner social held in observance of the 50th anniversary reunion of the class.

Mr. Carfagno taught math and Mr. Romasco taught English, first at Schwenksville High School and later at Perkiomen Valley High School when the school districts merged.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:30:40 -0400 2014-10-29T17:30:40-04:00 2014-10-29T17:30:43-04:00
<![CDATA[PAHS Class of 1951 celebrates 63rd reunion]]> Phoenixville High School's Class of 1951 celebrated their 63rd year class reunion Sept. 26 at the Phoenixville Country Club. There were 32 classmates and 13 guests in attendeance.

Members of the reunion committee include June Spieth Henzie, Pat Yenchick Hagarman, Dolores Emery Lauer and Helen Emery Raser.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:30:29 -0400 2014-10-29T17:30:29-04:00 2014-10-29T17:30:33-04:00