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 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:00:03 -0400 60 <![CDATA[(No heading)]]> I have a few questions after attending the Phoenixville Borough Council committee meetings on Tuesday, July 28. First, I have to ask, whose idea was it to do away with regular committee meetings? This new format is terrible. It is uninviting for public participation and has totally removed the citizen committee members, which is a shame.

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<![CDATA[Think About It: An unforgettable Amish dinner]]> "The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table." -- Unknown

Since my family is Pennsylvania Dutch with the names of Meyer, Gibble, Crouse and Longenecker, I have always felt a kind of kinship with the Amish. When Evie and I drive the back roads of Lancaster County and see them working in the fields with horse-drawn equipment or driving along the roads in their buggies, or even when we stop at one of their local fruit and vegetable stands, I just sort of feel a certain connection with them.

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150730115142 2015-08-02T02:00:00-04:00 2015-07-30T11:51:42-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Road rage on a bicycle]]> "Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair of the human race." -- H. G. Wells

Several of my UVF friends are avid cyclists. Nearly every weekend, weather permitting, Dr. Dan Mortensen, (Executive VP and VP of Development), Dr. Kevin Beery (VP of Academic Affairs) and Jonathan Capeci (VP of Finance) and sometimes a few more colleagues/friends pack up their bicycles and find their way to the popular Schuylkill River Trail (SRT).

Sun, 26 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150723112905 2015-07-26T02:00:00-04:00 2015-07-23T11:29:05-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Trying to please everybody]]> "It would be nice if everyone liked you but it's not necessary." -- Dr. Richard Dobbins

The story is told of a man and his grandson traveling down the road, walking and leading a donkey. They met a man who said, "How foolish for you to be walking. One of you should be riding the donkey." So the man put his grandson on the animal.

Sun, 19 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150716134623 2015-07-19T02:00:00-04:00 2015-07-16T13:46:23-04:00
<![CDATA[Readers' Views: Borough council should give Firebird Festival another chance]]> Last year, after vandals torched the namesake icon of the Phoenixville Firebird Festival the night before its scheduled burning, the playing surface at Friendship Field was trampled--but the spirit of a community soared.

And as I took my place among the dozens of volunteers who seemingly converged out of nowhere in the rain and muck to build a new structure within hours, I could not help but think that this is what we neighbors of Friendship Field fought for 10 years ago when a developer's plan for townhouses threatened to take from us a much-needed recreational area in our town.

Sun, 12 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150709110015 2015-07-12T02:00:00-04:00 2015-07-09T11:00:15-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Learning to throw a boomerang]]> "If you want your boomerang to come back, first you've got to throw it." --Steven Hall

Evie and I were browsing through a gift shop on the Skyline Drive in Virginia when I noticed a Channel Crafted Boomerang "hand crafted of the finest grade birch." I immediately imagined being with Noah, our 12-year-old grandson, who was coming in a few weeks from Minnesota to visit us in Pennsylvania.

Sun, 12 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150709102349 2015-07-12T02:00:00-04:00 2015-07-09T10:23:49-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: How one tweet changed a life]]> "We are masters of unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out." -- Winston Churchill

Whenever I say that computers amaze me, Evie reminds me how that remark reveals my age. Nevertheless, computers do amaze me.

But even more than computers, the internet really, really, really amazes me.

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