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Albert Boscov remembered during memorial service in Reading |Feb 27, 2017

READING >> Giant illustrated props of Albert Boscov dressed as a superhero taking flight were displayed on stage inside Santander Arena Sunday. Those who knew the late retail giant said he truly was one in real life.

Building a Better Boyertown names Emily Jones Volunteer of the Year |Feb 27, 2017

When Emily’s friends convinced her to help at the Oktoberfest four years ago, she was hesitant to come. Little did she know that that one experience would catapult her into a life of volunteering and service.

Free program provides Pottstown area families with personal trainer and more |Feb 24, 2017

Families in the Pottstown area can get fit together with a free program that helps parents bond with their children over healthy choices.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Getting the most out of the Flower Show |Feb 23, 2017

With its stunning garden exhibits, floral displays, miniatures, individual plant entries, and so much more, the Philadelphia Flower Show is always a delight to the senses — plenty to engage the eye and the nose.

Store owners take part in National Random Acts of Kindness Day, donate goods to Exeter Police |Feb 23, 2017

Local residents and store owners Ben and Ellen Nonnemacher recently took part in National Random Acts of Kindness Day on Friday, Feb. 17, by donating goods to Exeter Township Police Department.

Glenside business creates prop for Melissa McCarthy’s SNL sketch |Feb 22, 2017

GLENSIDE >> Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, ranting at and physically going after reporters with a podium, is putting a Glenside company that built the attack podium on the map.

FOOD: Fun fare for Fat Tuesday |Feb 22, 2017

Rio celebrates Carnival. New Orleans enjoys Mardi Gras. Venice masquerades. This Fat Tuesday, feel that festive vibe and splurge on some classic carnival food. It’s not just for summer.

Photos: St. Francis Academy students take part in jump-a-thon |Feb 21, 2017

Students in K through eight at St. Francis Academy in Bally raised $1,962 for the American Heart Association with their annual jump-a-thon during gym class.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A quick, tasty recipe for ‘best gravy you’ll ever have’ |Feb 21, 2017

What a great way to make something that is good for you AND a phenomenal way to introduce vegetables into your children’s diet without them even knowing. I have done away with the classic roux thickener here, without any loss of flavor.

Weaver’s Orchard announces photo contest winners |Feb 21, 2017

Weaver’s Orchard Farm Market has announced four winners of their seventh annual photo contest, a challenge that invited customers to submit photos of their experiences on the farm throughout the harvest season.

NUTRITION: Trust your gut instincts. Whole grains are good for you |Feb 21, 2017

The human digestive tract is home to tens of trillions of microorganisms, collectively referred to as the gut microbiota.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Bright spots in the winter |Feb 21, 2017

If you look broadly at the winter landscape, it’s easy to see it all just in browns and grays interspersed with the occasional dark green of non-deciduous trees. But look a little closer and you’ll find that there are shrubs that are full of color, providing an artistic contrast to winter’s otherwise monochromatic palette.

Boyertown student shares experience as volunteer firefighter |Feb 17, 2017

Around 5 p.m. on a weeknight, high school junior David Reitnauer got one of his most first memorable calls.

Girl Scouts have fun at father-daughter dance |Feb 16, 2017

The 28th annual Valentine Dance, sponsored by the Boyertown Service Unit of Girl Scouts of Eastern PA was held on Friday, Feb. 10 at New Hanover Methodist Church in Montgomery County. Girl Scouts and their father/significant male mentors danced, made bookmarks for local retirement communities and contributed canned goods for the Boyertown Salvation Army.

Three women celebrate 100th birthdays at Honey Brook retirement community |Feb 15, 2017

Three women at Heatherwood Retirement Community in Honey Brook celebrated their 100th birthdays.

Winter’s bounty: Fantastic fruits to enjoy now |Feb 15, 2017

Orange, kiwi, clementine. Lemon, pear, grapefruit. Area chefs put a sunny spin on their favorite seasonal fruits, preparing them in ways guaranteed to ease those winter doldrums.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Versatile chutney makes good use of leftover dried fruit |Feb 14, 2017

Yes, I had some dried fruit left over (and as a gift) from Christmas. Usually I do something in the cake or pie department but I thought I would mix it up a bit and prepare a recipe that had some bite to it .

Hundreds attend special ‘Night to Shine’ prom at Morningstar |Feb 13, 2017

For the second year in a row, Morningstar Fellowship of Bechtelsville has joined hundreds of churches worldwide in hosting Night to Shine, a prom night for teens and adults with special needs.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Adding chickens to the garden |Feb 9, 2017

When it comes to the growing trend of raising backyard chickens, all the workshops and information I’ve come across have focused on the basics: coops and runs, breeds, feeds, brooding, and egg production.

THE YANKEE CHEF: This hearty side dish is packed with flavor |Feb 8, 2017

If you don’t have a mandolin for this recipe, it is easily prepared simply by slicing the potatoes and apple with a sharp knife as thinly as possible. If desired, cut potatoes in half and lay the flat side on a work surface to cut.

Wine + hot chocolate: Surprise your Valentine with this trendy treat |Feb 8, 2017

“We’re going to let some of that alcohol burn off,” said Patrick Byrne, after adding French merlot to a mixture of hot milk, dark chocolate, brown sugar, spices and more.

What’s trending in 2017? Sustainable eating, meal bowls and tumeric seasoning |Feb 6, 2017

One month into the New Year, people may be looking for ways to spice up their healthy eating resolutions. A way to do this is to try some of the healthy food options expected to be trending in 2017.

Photos: St. Francis Academy learns about DNA |Feb 6, 2017

Students in seventh and eighth grade at St. Francis Academy, Bally, learned about DNA in an experiment taught by Dr. Patterson and Ms. Miller. The students learned about DNA and how it replicates, and how base pairs need to match up.

Pilots give aviation workshop for teenage girls |Feb 3, 2017

James Rouiller of Fly-Elite Flight School at Pottstown Municipal Airport on Glasgow Street in Pottstown, participated in an Introduction to Aviation workshop for 25 teenage girls on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Heritage Field in Limerick.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Bear, a 3-year-old Maine Coon |Feb 3, 2017

Hi! My name is Bear, and I’m a fuzzy, cuddly teddy bear! My rescuers recognized the traits of a Maine Coon Cat in me — long hair, big fluffy tail, and hair tufts in my ears and between my toes.

Couple on North Reading Avenue selling their historic 19th century house |Feb 2, 2017

Dave and Judy Larson have lived in their victorian townhouse on the corner of North Reading Avenue and Fifth Street for almost 28 years. However, soon they will be putting the house on the market for the first time in over a century.

FROM THE GROUND UP: A few minutes can help the birds |Feb 2, 2017

Do you have fifteen minutes? No, this isn’t a GEICO ad! It’s an invitation to join in the 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Launched in 1998 as a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, the GBBC was the first online “citizen-science” project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

SNACK BOARDS: Offering something for every Super Bowl fan |Jan 31, 2017

Wearing a Steelers cap, Joe Martinelli carried a tray of Super Bowl food fit for a quarterback. Even though his team didn’t win, fans are sure to cheer his “snack board” suggestions for the big game.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Warm up with this Italian-style split pea soup |Jan 31, 2017

If pancetta is too expensive, by all means try other cured hams, or even boiled ham. I have used a new product from my deli called Italian Hot Ham, and the heat is absolutely perfect. And if you are wondering if there is a difference between Canadian split peas and green split peas .

FROM THE GROUND UP: Time to think about the next veggie garden season |Jan 26, 2017

In just a few months, vegetable seed display racks will be going up in garden centers, hardware stores, and supermarkets. So many inviting varieties vying for your attention! Or maybe you’ve already gotten a mailbox-full of seed catalogues from Burpee, Parks, Johnny’s, and other seed purveyors.

Food just might get you high at High Street |Jan 26, 2017

We first met Ellen Yin while having dinner at Fork shortly after she opened it in a pretty much deserted stretch of Market Street in Philly’s Old City 20 years ago. Ellen, who worked in small restaurants while growing up in Rumson, New Jersey, in the late 1970s, wrote a business plan for a restaurant while she was a student at the University of Pennsylvania, where she would later earn an MBA.

FOOD: Dig into breakfast, lunch or dinner bowls |Jan 25, 2017

“Ooh. What’s that?” a woman in workout gear asked, admiring a colorful combination of banana, blueberries, granola and coconut atop a spoonable smoothie.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Jezebel Sauce complements these appetizer croquettes |Jan 24, 2017

Jezebel Sauce is a Southern condiment usually reserved for the holidays as a sauce for baked ham or even warm, melted Brie cheese. Consider it a perfect accompaniment to these delicious croquettes. And before I hear all about what croquettes really are (deep fried), this is almost the same thing, but without any added fat as a binder or any that may be absorbed from cooking.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Overlooked but valuable antiques |Jan 22, 2017

Ever wonder what valuable antiques are hiding in your house? There are many antiques, works of art, and collectibles that have significant value which many people want you to just toss out with the trash or put out on your front lawn at a low market priced yard sale.

THE YANKEE CHEF: This cake spreads some sweetness |Jan 18, 2017

One taste of that deliciously creamy spread — Nutella — and I was hooked. It wasn’t long before I made one of the best coffee cake-like desserts using this hazelnut spread. This recipe is a sugar cookie dough with an additional egg.

Have a tea party: January is National Hot Tea Month |Jan 18, 2017

Debbie Heth smiled and chatted as she poured Earl Grey à la crème from a green teapot in a cozy room decorated with royal photos.

NUTRITION: Turmeric should take root in our diets |Jan 17, 2017

Every year a new superfood emerges as the next must-have ingredient for good health. Such nutritional powerhouses as kale, quinoa and acai build in popularity until it seems like these once exotic ingredients become household names, found in many mainstream restaurant menus.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Gluten-free cake is a ‘chocolaty delight’ |Jan 11, 2017

This is a ‘Yanked’ recipe because I have cut the amount of fat and sugar as well as creating a gluten-free cake that is exceptional, moist and delicious. Honestly, you will not be able to taste or feel the lack of gluten in this chocolaty delight.

THE BREWHOLDER: Karamoor Estate teams up with Goose Island for farmhouse style beer |Jan 11, 2017

Collaboration brews — when 2 or more breweries work together to brew a single beer — have become more and more common over the past decade. What is less common is when a winery and a brewery come together to create a beer; but that is exactly what happened recently when Chicago-based Goose Island Beer Co.

Creativity, celebrity tips and more at the Philly Home Show |Jan 11, 2017

What’s your home improvement resolution this year?

Through My Kitchen Window Banana muffins for breakfast, for dessert |Jan 7, 2017

The best moment for me in the kitchen is to get that inspired feeling. Most days, this feeling escapes me, but a day off left a window of opportunity wide open.

Pottstown-area native, KU alum Kyle Klaus on Showtime’s ‘Homeland’ |Jan 6, 2017

Pottstown-area native and Kutztown University alumni Kyle Klaus heads to the TAC Team for the Season 6 premiere of the award-winning Showtime thriller “Homeland,” airing on Sunday, Jan.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A cake that speaks of childhood memories |Jan 4, 2017

Anyone remember the children’s show “Doodle Bops”? My children loved it! So this cake is now a standard in my home not only in title but because the flavor is reminiscent of a snickerdoodle cookie as well — which every child loves.

Sacred Oak of Oley Valley inspires local artist |Jan 3, 2017

The Sacred Oak of the Historic Oley Valley, a non-native Chinkapin Oak, is more than 500 years old. It is located below Oley Valley Middle School along Friedensberg Road. The area opens to the public twice a year.

FOOD EVENT: PBS cooking show — America’s Test Kitchen— brings special event to WHYY Philly |Jan 3, 2017

Making last-minute substitutions in the kitchen can be a high stakes gamble.

Through My Kitchen Window: Baking with children, challenging but fun |Dec 29, 2016

When I think about this column entitled Through My Kitchen Window, I envision people looking through my kitchen window while I bake. I wonder what they would see.

THAT’S A WRAP: Wonton wrappers make easy New Year’s apps |Dec 28, 2016

When Christy Denney thinks of wonton wrappers, one word comes to mind: possibilities.

Colebrookedale Elementary second-grade students share holiday traditions (Ms Mitchell’s class) |Dec 28, 2016

Each year, The Boyertown Area Times asks students about their favorite holiday traditions. These students are in Kimberly Mitchell’s second grade class at Colebrookdale Elementary.

Colebrookedale Elementary second-grade students share holiday traditions (Ms Cronin’s class) |Dec 28, 2016

Brice Bierbach: Opening presents is so fun. I am so excited for Christmas! The presents I want the most are Monster Jam Trucks. I really hope I get some!

NUTRITION: Resolve for a healthy workplace makeover in 2017 |Dec 27, 2016

Now that 2017 is nearly here, many have started thinking about New Year’s resolutions. While we’re often well-intentioned during this time of self-reflection and goal-setting, very few of those who make resolutions will actually reach their goal in the new year.