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Morgantown Vietnam veteran honored as hero with Purple Heart |Apr 20, 2017

When Marine Staff Sgt. James Beningo Jr. returned in 1969 from Vietnam, he was scorned, ignored and even spit on. There was no hero’s welcome for Veterans returning from an unpopular war.

Dance for a cause at Zumbathon in North Coventry for woman with cancer |Apr 19, 2017

NORTH COVENTRY >> The community is invited to dance for fitness while raising money for a worthy cause with a Zumba fundraiser on Saturday.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Beware of this pretty invasive |Apr 19, 2017

Around Easter time, there are always a lot of ads advising parents against giving their children adorable chicks and bunnies as gifts unless they are prepared to bear the responsibility of caring for the animals.

CHEAP EATS: $10 dinners to try tonight |Apr 19, 2017

Tightening your belt after Tax Day? Stretch your budget with healthy $10 dinners your family will love like black bean chili.

THE YANKEE CHEF: What’s on your plate? Grilled cheese and gravy |Apr 18, 2017

Ah ... yeah! Lightly breaded cheese that has been grilled until the outside is crisp and the inside is melting. Serve with Southern Tomato Gravy and this is a dish that is screaming decadence. Tomato Gravy is also, and classically, served on top of biscuits in the South, so try it either way.

Photos: Bally Lions Club hosts Egg Hunt |Apr 17, 2017

Held Saturday April 15 at the park in Bally, 1000 plastic eggs filled with trinkets and gifts dotted the grassy area behind the pool. Kids not only ran to collect eggs, but also received a small bag of assorted candy.

Sir Topham Hatt visits Reading Public Museum |Apr 13, 2017

The Reading Public Museum hosted over 200 young fans of Thomas the Tank Engine for a meet and greet with Sir Topham Hatt, the famous conductor that appears in many episodes of the television series Thomas & Friends.

Chocolate ‘eggstravaganza’: Home cooks share DIY secrets |Apr 11, 2017

“Looking good!” manager Terri Stoltz told an assembly line of candymaking volunteers — eight retirees wearing colonial mob caps in a nod to their surroundings.

Cheesy dish perfect use for leftover mashed potatoes |Apr 11, 2017

Golden, cheesy and, with that hint of ham, simply a great addition to your dinner table. The flavor of loaded potatoes, the texture of classic Duchess spuds and the look of slab pie. Did I mention easy as well? Using leftover mashed potato is also perfect in this preparation.

PHOTOS: Hobart’s Ram Run promotes Hill School’s neighborhood revitalization initiative |Apr 10, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> About 60 people began their Sunday morning with a running start when they participated in the first Hobart’s Ram 5K at The Hill School.

Author of ‘The Easter Bunny Brothers’ visits St. Francis Academy |Apr 10, 2017

Blandon author Dori Hoch visited St. Francis Academy of Bally on April 6. She read her book “The Easter Bunny Brothers” to students in pre-k through second grades.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Herb Sale to feature Coriandrum |Apr 7, 2017

Coriandrum sativum is an herb that leads a double life. In its leafy form, it’s known as cilantro or Chinese parsley. In its seed form, it’s known as coriander. It can be confusing! It’s the same plant, yet its different names reflect two different plant parts and two distinct flavors and uses in various cuisines world-wide.

Run through The Hill School campus at 5K race on Sunday |Apr 7, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Runners of all ages are invited to race through The Hill School campus during the Hobart’s Ram 5K and 1-mile fun run on Sunday morning.

FOOD: These breakfast sandwiches range from healthy to ‘wowing’ |Apr 5, 2017

When the Earl of Sandwich first enjoyed his namesake creation, he probably never dreamed of one called a “Cinnamuncher.” But you can as area chefs share three wake-up-worthy sandwich recipes to start your day.

NUTRITION: Spring break doesn’t mean reverting to bad snack habits |Apr 4, 2017

Are we there yet? Spring break season is here and whether you are traveling by plane, train or automobile, you will want something good to eat.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Make these for your next get-together |Apr 4, 2017

A delicious version of the classic Italian caprese appetizer, but using another favorite of Italy ... prosciutto. 

‘Girls Night’ held to benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation |Apr 3, 2017

Hallie Paules and Lauren Bush recently organized an event to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation — a group which is committed to fighting childhood cancer.

FROM THE GROUND UP: The buzz on urban beekeeping |Mar 31, 2017

The biodiversity of cities makes them surprisingly good places to raise bees. This was the premise behind Dr. Noah Wilson-Rich’s presentation on Urban Beekeeping at the Philadelphia Flower Show earlier this month.

MOMS Club East of Douglassville observes 15th anniversary |Mar 31, 2017

Six weeks after Megan Ahles and her family moved into Amity Township, Megan and her daughter Reese were involved in a head-on automobile accident. The incident, which left Ahles wheelchair-bound for five months, triggered a series of events that eventually led her to join a local club with activities almost expressly tailored to her needs.

Culture club: Philly region’s cheese makers ‘connecting landscape and foodscape’ |Mar 28, 2017

Amethyst grew protective, shielding her kids as visitors approached. She’d given birth about 25 minutes earlier to a boy and a girl, who may go by “Amaryllis.”

THE YANKE CHEF: This snack might become a new favorite |Mar 28, 2017

What I adore about this recipe is the low amount of refined table sugar and the fact that any berry or orchard fruit would be perfectly acceptable in this recipe. The crispy nut base is accentuated with fresh fruit, making it a great after school snack or addition to breakfast.

Skippack artist’s mural brightens children’s lives at Montgomery County Court Care |Mar 24, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A colorful, playful and inspirational mural with the theme “Keep Looking Up,” created by a Skippack artist, now greets children at Montgomery County Court Care, a licensed drop-in care center for families who have court business to attend.

Church volunteers prepare and serve meal for Hope Rescue Mission |Mar 24, 2017

On Thursday, March 16, a group of women were busy in the kitchen at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church preparing shepherd’s pie — one hundred servings worth — for the men at Hope Rescue Mission.

Soup’s on! Celebrate spring with five fresh recipes |Mar 22, 2017

After a warm February and snowy March, it’s officially spring ­­‑ a time when chefs eagerly await tendrils, shoots and other tempting ingredients for seasonal soups.

FROM THE GROUND UP: More than plants at the Philadelphia Flower Show |Mar 22, 2017

Each year I go to the Philadelphia Flower Show with hope in my heart. This is not because I am pining for green, growing things and fragrant flowers. It’s because I hope that behind all the grandeur and amazement that is the Flower Show, I will find something that informs and inspires me.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A peach pudding to welcome Spring |Mar 22, 2017

I think this “pudding” is out of this world. It reminds me of a chocolate pudding cake.....moist and decadent. To me, it is a mixture of the New England Cobbler and a Buckle. This classic is usually prepared using a sugar syrup that is poured over the top, but I find the natural sweetness of peaches and oranges is far superior, sorry Tennessee purists.

PHOTOS: Boyertown Wellness Fair promotes healthy living |Mar 21, 2017

The Wellness Council of Boyertown had their 12th Annual Wellness Fair on Saturday. The event included more than 50 vendors and hundreds of people in attendance. Through the day, there were several healthy breakout sessions on topics such as nutritious snacks and how gratefulness is good for health.

Hamburg twirler wins four medals at Twirl Mania Gold Invitational |Mar 17, 2017

Hamburg 8th grader Emelia Adam recently competed at Twirl Mania hosted in the ESPN Center in Disney World, Florida, brining home four medals.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Does beer belong in the garden? |Mar 17, 2017

I didn’t even know that such a thing as “leftover beer” existed or that it might be considered a dilemma. So I was surprised at a recent family gathering when the talk turned to the topic of excess brew and what to do with it.

Eat green and healthy on St. Patrick’s Day |Mar 17, 2017

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, the holiday that celebrates Irish culture — and all things green. March also happens to be National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “put your best fork forward.

Boyertown wellness event on Saturday will be a fair to remember |Mar 15, 2017

BOYERTOWN >> People looking to get out of the house after some late winter snow days should attend the 12th Annual Boyertown Wellness Fair this weekend.

Colebrookdale Railroad, Firefly Café in Boyertown partner for vegan train excursion |Mar 15, 2017

BOYERTOWN >> The community is invited to come aboard a unique train experience that includes a nutritious vegan meal during a scenic ride on the Colebrookdale Railroad.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Get dinner done in a snap with quick ‘risotto’ |Mar 15, 2017

Serve up some Cheesy No-Rice Risotto ... which just so happens to be gluten free I might add.

FOOD: Enjoy the sweet luck o’ the Irish |Mar 15, 2017

At Bridge Street Chocolates in Phoenixville, a leprechaun and a shamrock garland decorate the store, tempting candy lovers to indulge in a sweet St. Patrick’s Day treat: the Irish potato.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Gold Medal Plants list offers blueprint for beginning gardeners |Mar 10, 2017

With hundreds of thousands of plant species in the world, choosing the right ones for your home garden can be a daunting and perhaps even overwhelming task.

How you can coax spring bulbs to bloom early |Mar 10, 2017

The scents and sights of spring-flowering bulbs don’t have to completely go away just because it’s winter.

Master rosarian to offer tips for growing roses, |Mar 10, 2017

Flower Show visitors will take time to stop and smell the roses — or at least learn the best ways to grow, purchase and appreciate the aromatic flowers — when renowned rosarian Patricia Bilson returns to the Gardener’s Studio at the Philadelphia Flower Show March 15 at 11 a.

Was ‘tulipmania’ almost Holland’s economic ruin? |Mar 10, 2017

“Holland” is the theme of the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show, but did you know that hundreds of years ago that country was in a state of unrest over its celebrated tulips?

Philadelphia Flower Show to present new attractions, extraordinary experiences |Mar 10, 2017

PHILADELPHIA >> This year’s Philadelphia Flower Show will have visitors taking a step across the ocean with the theme “Holland: Flowering the World” that is sure to offer activities and adventures for attendees of all ages.

Daniel Boone students celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday |Mar 10, 2017

The halls of Amity Elementary Center were filled with some slightly taller students on March 6 as members of the Daniel Boone High School Future Business Leaders of America visited. Seven students visited classrooms bringing engaging stories and amusing activities as a continued celebration of Dr.

Philadelphia Flower Show visitors to be greeted with 30,000 flowers, floating canopy |Mar 10, 2017

PHILADELPHIA >> Thirty thousand flowers — with an additional 6,000 blooms suspended in a giant floral canopy — will welcome guests to the 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Holland: Flowering the World,” from March 11 to 19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Plan your visit to the 2017 Philadelphia Flower show with this Survival Guide |Mar 10, 2017

The 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show promises to be a grand spectacle. But it’s the little things, such as knowing how to get there and how to navigate the show, that can help make your day amid the beautiful blooms that much easier and delightful.

Shopping is in season at the Philadelphia Flower Show |Mar 10, 2017

Philadelphia >> Philadelphia Flower Show visitors come for the gorgeous floral displays and the taste of spring it offers. But along the way, they may be tempted to do a little shopping, and the Flower Show folks are prepared with items large and small to fit any budget.

Philadelphia Flower Show Gardener’s Studio to feature gardening experts, authors on 85 topics |Mar 10, 2017

The Gardener’s Studio is the place where serious gardeners gather hourly at the Philadelphia Flower Show to find ways of making their green thumbs a little bit greener.

Philadelphia Flower Show to feature Ecodome showcasing Netherlands’ horticultural innovations |Mar 10, 2017

One of the centerpieces at this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show looks like it’s from the future — and, in a way, it is.

400 take part in Governor Mifflin Food Show |Mar 9, 2017

“We’re trying to get them in, around the room, and they’re here to vote,” said Governor Mifflin School District Food Service Director Jenelle Himmelreich. “They’re here to vote on foods for next school year.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Add this one-skillet turkey dinner to your weekday repertoire |Mar 7, 2017

A lighter version of the classic Normandy dish, this recipe can be geared toward children’s palate’s by leaving out the alcohol. I also don’t muddle the taste with mushrooms because, let’s face it, most kids will turn their nose up this fungus.

DUTCH TREAT: Flower Show menus take root |Mar 7, 2017

Ever enjoyed a saucijzenbroodje? Now’s your chance. Try the Dutch sausage roll at this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show, celebrating Holland.

Family fasnacht recipe brings generations together |Mar 2, 2017

Exeter >> Fasnacht Day. For many, it’s a day of tradition … history … family … deliciousness.

Birthday party held for Boyertown centenarian |Mar 2, 2017

“I hope everyone here can obtain the same age as I have,” said Charles Weller as he prepared to blow out his birthday candles. He has just turned 100 years old.