PROGRESS: Thai L'Elephant offers Thailand food with French flair

One of the many menu items Thai L'Elephant offers is golden calamari.

"Lookin' back now, well it makes me laugh

We were growin' our hair, we were cuttin' class

Knew it all already there was nothin' to learn

We were strikin' matches just to watch 'em burn"

"Young"

~ Kenny Chesney ~

Saints and sinners, here's wishing each and every one of you a very Happy Easter! May your ham have awesome pineapple rings, your eggs be royally painted, and loads of chocolate to get you through the rest of the month. So, without a further adieu, here comes the big P.I.T.A. Cottontail, cruising down the bunny trail, with a holiday basketful of Write-Offs, just for you:

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Write-Off: When I was in my teens, every once in a while I'd let any adult within earshot know that "I'm younger than you and will rule the world someday." Well, now that I've hit the adult wall, I saw for myself the other day that there is an awesome group of individuals that are primed to rule the world someday. This past Tuesday was the Second Annual Community Service Day, and it was truly my pleasure to spend the day with quite a few students from the Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC). These folks got up early Tuesday morning, put on both their work clothes and good attitudes, and went out and shook the dust bunnies out of Phoenixville. They endured the early briskness of the air, and once their day was done, they were rewarded with a huge barbecue and water ice. Along with the students and faculty, the day was a success due to the herculean efforts of event organizer Chris Swenda, student director Carlo Strazzullo, Dr. Don Meyer and Charles "Chick" Coles, Jr. I'd like to thank the following students for speaking with me and making me feel like an honorary VFCC student for the day: Kimberly Bennett, 18, of Williamsport; Christina Sawtele, 19, of New York; Elanea Oehlert, 19, of Boyertown; Russell Colvin, 19, of Shrewsbury; Eufemio Pagan, 21, of New Jersey; Eddie Dixon, 18, of Olsceola Mills, Pa.; "Big" Ken Lawton, 19, of Ephrata, Pa.; Dominic LaMont, 23, of New York; Jon Whiteway, 22, of New York; Jeremy Ferguson, 21, of Manheim; Carrie Baker, 25, of Sterling, Va.; and Ryan Boyle, 22, of Pittsburgh. Please remember me when you're ruling the world.

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Write-Off: The welcome wagon has pulled up in front of The Phoenix office, and lo and behold, both Danielle D'Elia and Jessica Sycz decided to join our newsroom. Danielle has taken the reins as our new managing editor, while Jessica is manning the copy editor chair. Both ladies come to us from West Chester University, which makes them both Golden Rams, or as I say, "Golden Grahams." This means I have two new people to give me grief, oops, guidance now. Anyway, it's a nice change of pace to actually write about somebody entering our newsroom, instead of exiting it. Here's hoping they have a long and illustrious career at The Phoenix, or at least have fun trying.

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Write-Off: Speaking of Danielle, she gets a second mention here as she celebrates her birthday this month. Venture to say, sharing April birthdays are two good friends of mine whom the night life wouldn't be the same. My friends Brian Fry and Doreen Perlsweig have birthdays one week apart, and we've celebrated Doreen's last weekend, and tonight's going to be Brian's turn. Since Brian is totally into magic, no doubt he'll be making quite a few beverages disappear. We'll be tripping the light fantastic down at Maddie's in Malvern, and they wouldn't have it any other way. Best wishes and good cheer to everyone born this fourth month.

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Write-Off: One deer, one fox, and one raccoon. Those are three of God's creatures who are still breathing clean air knowing that my "Blue" has good brakes. Granted, things do come in threes, and my brakes avoided hitting all three of them within miles of each other two nights ago. That means they're still out and about, so be careful out there, saints and sinners. You never know when one of them'll jump out at you.

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Write-Off: "It's now or never." That happens to be the automobile car commercial theme that is haunting our newsroom for the time being. It used to be "Anyway you want it, that's the way you need it, anyway you want it." Sorry car dealers, unless you folks come up with a really cool song to subliminally drill into my head, I'm not going to buy your vehicles. Not going to do it.

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Write-Off: Thursday nights all right for shopping! You know it, and starting April 15, come on down to the business district and do it. Take a few moments before "Survivor" and "Friends" to come on and check out some of the new and familiar stores and restaurants that Phoenixville has to offer. Meet the merchants and allow them to serve you with the goods and products.

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Write-Off: By the way, the lyrics for Write Hard this week go out to my sister and brother-in-law, who are both huge Kenny Chesney fans. They are also the proud parents of my loving nieces, who've been playing basketball all day, and staying up late all week during their spring break. Did you notice that Chesney rarely puts a "g" at the end of his "ing" words? That's country for you.

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Until then, some final words of wisdom to "write-off" to - little chicks and bunny rabbits appear to be cute and popular during the Easter holiday. It's also tempting to purchase one of these furry animals for youngsters as an Easter present. However, a surprise gift such as that lasts for plenty of Easters, not just the current one. Unless you're really in the market for a little chick or bunny rabbit, enjoy the marshmallow and chocolate ones and leave the real ones be.

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Dennis J. Wright can be reached at dwright@phoenixvillenews.com.

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