What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Holy Family School launches new website to connect with alumni across the world

PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. – Holy Family School , a Catholic regional elementary school in Phoenixville , Pa. , announces the launch of a new alumni and friends website, www.hfsalumni.org.

The official launch is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Family School , Third and Buttonwood Streets, Phoenixville. The school's future alumni, the eighth grade graduating class of 2009, will register as a group to kick-off the opening of the site to the public.

"With the launch of the Holy Family Alumni & Friends website, we hope to offer a virtual community where our alumni, alumni parents, and supporters can come together," says Kelly Dychdala, director of alumni and development. "Holy Family School commits to support their students not only while in the classroom, but as they grow to become contributing members of our global world. We hope that through this site, we can also offer opportunities for alumni to mentor and contribute their gifts of time, talent, and treasure back to help sustain Holy Family School for generations to come."

With a growing base of graduates, Holy Family wanted to cultivate stronger bonds with and among alumni that would lay the foundation for the creation of an active alumni association. To this end, Holy Family deployed the services of Alumni Channel, a web provider of online alumni communities for schools and other non-profit organizations, for online community building. The school now has a single point of entry that allows alumni to self-maintain their profile information which can then be used for communication from the school.

"Schools face a real challenge in keeping connected with alumni who, after graduation, scatter throughout the world," said Chris Gehringer, president of Alumni Channel. "Holy Family is taking a leadership position in how it uses technology to give its alumni - regardless of whether they live in the area or the Far East - an easy way to stay involved."

Any person who attended the following Phoenixville area grade schools is eligible to register as an alumnus or friend at the site: St. Ann , St. Mary of the Assumption, Holy Trinity, or Sacred Heart. These schools merged in the late 1980s to form one school: Holy Family School.

To visit the Holy Family School alumni website, go to HFSalumni.org. Registration at the site is open to alumni and friends, as well as former and current teachers and parents.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Dogwood Festival Being Held May 11-16

The 2009 Dogwood Festival is being held from May 11th-16th. Daily events highlighted below:

May 11


May 12
May 13
  • Wristband Night #2
  • 6:30 - 7:00 pm: Eric the Magician
  • 7:00 - 7:30 pm: Dogwood Prince and Princess contest
  • 8:00 - 10:00 pm: Audubon Symphony Orchestra

May 14
May 15
May 16
  • Dogwood Parade and Festival – Parade participants begin lining up at 11am, parade starts at 1pm, complete by 3pm; Dogwood Festival continues until 10pm
  • Time(s) TBD: Klyph Black, Joe D'Amico


For more information, visit the Phoenixville Jaycees website.

'Bark for Life' Dog Walk Being Held on Saturday

On Saturday, May 2nd, the American Cancer Society is hosting a charity dog walk named 'Bark for Life'. The walk begins at the Reeves Park band shell with registration starting at 8am and the walk beginning at 9am.

For more information, visit the American Cancer Society's website for the event.

Monday, April 27, 2009

RIP Skip Lawrence


Skip Lawrence passed away over the weekend, our condolences to his family and friends.

The Phoenix has an article which will surely serve as the place for people to share their memories.

Skip's son Chris also has an article in today's paper remembering the life of his father.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Local Business Spotlight: Pinch Hitter Communications

Laura Lathan and her business, Pinch Hitter Communications, is our most recent Local Business Spotlight. Says Laura:

I am the sole propietor of Pinch Hitter Communications. I call myself a marketeer, but that more aptly describes the positions listed on my resume. Now I help clients make sense of the options available harness them to connect with clients/customers/prospects - from planning to implementation, we swing for the fences. Even if the fences are 20 ft. away. Nothing wrong with starting small and meaningful.

My signature swing is writing. For the Web, for print, correspondance etc. I can take on your long-ignored writing assignments or suggest changes to your existing content. And working together with Roberta Perry of Ten Sixteen, we build PR campaigns from local coverage to national publications.

I have 10+ years experience in marketing communications with niche technology and professional services firms. Over the last 2 years, I've added small, B2C clients to the dugout, getting the word out and building relationships.

To learn more, visit http://www.lauralathan.com/ and read my post about marketing in a down economy. Now is the time to get traction.

To contact me:
Laura Lathan
lauralathan@gmail.com
610-570-6510

Monday, April 20, 2009

Phoenixville Area High School’s 2nd Annual Artists and Artisans Art Fair & Sale to be held April 25th

Phoenixville Area High School’s 2nd Annual Artists and Artisans Art Fair & Sale will be held of Saturday, April 25 from 9:30–3:00. The fair will be held at the Phoenixville Area High School Cafeteria and admission is $1 with kids 12 and under getting in for free.

Artists and Artisans are invited to set up a booth to display and sell their work, booths are $20.

Please contact Shawn Turley at turleyd@pasd.com or 484.927.5139 Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for more information or to purchase space.

Phoenixville Democratic Committee Announces Candidates for '09 Election

The Phoenixville Democratic Committee has announced its candidates for the 2009 election. See the list here.

The Phoenix also had an article regarding the candidates in this weekend's paper.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Historic Yellow Springs Hosting its 36th Annual Yellow Springs Art Show and Sale from April 25th to May 10th


Open Gate by J. Scott Wolf
Historic Yellow Springs will be hosting its 36th Annual Yellow Springs Art Show and Sale from April 25th to May 10th. The show features over 170 juried artists exhibiting in the area's finest show and sale of paintings, drawings, graphics and sculpture.

Special Exhibition: Images of Yellow Springs
A gallery exhibit in the Lincoln Building featuring original scenes of Historic Yellow Springs. See a special selection of new paintings of our enchanting village and purchase one for your home.

NEW! Friday Happy Hour
Fridays, May 1 and 8 from 5pm to 8pm
Bring your friends, colleagues or significant other to this free wine and cheese reception to enjoy the show and friendly conversation.

Art Quest for Kids
Follow the clues, find the art, get a prize!
This game encourages observation and interest in art.

The event will take place at 1685 Art School Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425, and will be open from 11am-5pm daily and until 8pm on Fridays. This is a FREE event.

For more information, see the art shows website at http://www.yellowsprings.org/artshow.html. I have attached an image of Open Gate by J. Scott Wolf, our 2009 Art Show Poster Artist.

Phoenixville Area School District Announces Wall of Fame Inductees

The Phoenixville Area School District announced this week that two unique individuals will be inducted into the Phoenixville Area School District Wall of Fame.

The public is invited to attend the induction ceremony on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 in the front lobby of Phoenixville Area High School starting at 7:00 PM.

The first inductee will be Thomas R. Ramsey Jr. Mr. Ramsey was born and raised in Phoenixville, and graduated in 1970 from Phoenixville Area High School.

After high school Mr. Ramsey attended West Chester State College and worked 20 years for the United States Postal Service.

In 1995, Mr. Ramsey began his current occupation as a video professional with Pottstown Community Television. Since then he has gone on to establish television programming in the Phoenixville community, most notably "Poking Around Phoenixville," "For the Health of It," and the "History of the Phoenixville Steel Company."

In 2002 Mr. Ramsey was instrumental in helping to establish and develop Phantom Television, which is broadcast from the high school throughout the year.

Mr. Ramsey has received several awards for his service to the Phoenixville community. These awards include the Chamber of Commerce Award, Champion of the Community Award, and the Lauretta Woodson Award.

Mr. Ramsey also serves on the Schuylkill River Heritage Center as a board member and the Donald J. L. Coppedge Scholarship Committee.

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The district’s second inductee is also a long time resident of Phoenixville. Leo J. Scoda was born in Pittston Pennsylvania, and graduated from Pittston High School in 1959. Mr. Scoda then attended Penn State University, graduating in 1963 with a teaching degree in science.

For the next 35 years, Mr. Scoda taught biology at Phoenixville Area High School, and continues to serve as the boys’ tennis team head coach. It was during this time the boys’ tennis team won 11 Chest-Mont tennis championships, 22 consecutive PAC 10 tennis championships, and the establishment of a winning streak of 196-0 in PAC 10 play.

In 2001, Mr. Scoda was named National High School Tennis Coach of the Year, and was inducted into the Middle States Tennis Association Hall of Fame.

In 1998, Mr. Scoda was elected to his first term as mayor of Phoenixville, and continues in that position today.

Besides his teaching, coaching, and political accomplishments, Mr. Scoda is a man who believes in developing student-athletes into men and reinforcing the importance of giving back to one’s community.

The Phoenixville Area School District encourages all friends, family, and former students to please join us in honoring Mr. Ramsey and Mr. Scoda for their unselfish service to the greater Phoenixville community and its residents.

Immediately following the induction ceremony, a reception honoring the inductees will be held in the high school cafeteria.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Borough Council Approves the Closing of a Portion of Second Avenue for the Expansion of the Phoenixville Public Library

On Tuesday night, Borough Council voted 5-2 in favor of closing a portion of 2nd Avenue in order to provide room for the expansion of the public library.

From today's Phoenix:

By a 5-2 vote, Borough Council Tuesday evening approved the closing of a portion of Second Avenue for the expansion of the Phoenixville Public Library.

But the approval came with conditions.

The vacation of the right-of-way from Main Street to Park Alley and sale of the underlying Borough property to the Phoenixville Area Board of School Directors, the Library's owner, for $1 was made contingent on the expansion project itself receiving all final clearances.

Only if the project succeeds in "meeting of all land development, zoning conditions, and approval of the plan as necessary by the Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, and Borough Council" — and only after the School District agrees to accept the land — will the avenue's closing become final.


Read the full article at phoenixvillenews.com.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New Poetry Book Group to Meet at Wolfgang Books

In the spirit of National Poetry Month, readers are invited to join the first meeting of the new Poetry Book group to discuss Billy Collins’ collection The Trouble with Poetry on Thursday, April 16th at 7 PM. The group will continue to meet the third Thursday of the month and is free, open to the public, and welcoming of all levels of poetry readers, from the novice to the expert as well as the "just curious".

Wolfgang Books is located on the second floor at 237 Bridge Street in Phoenixville and on the web at http://www.wolfgangbooks.com/.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sly Fox 8th Annual Bock Festival and Goat Race To Be Held on May 3rd

From the Sly Fox Brewery mailing list:

Our annual Bock Festival & Goat Race will be held in Phoenixville on Sunday, May 3, rain or shine, at Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery in Pikeland Village Square just as it has been since 2002 (two were held previously at a since closed brewpub, making this the 10th in the series). The gates open at 11am and the races begin at 2pm.

The day-long event draws fans from states as far away as North Carolina (over 2,000 attendees last year) to enjoy German food and music and what may be the most extensive lineup of bock beers poured at any brewpub in the nation on a single day: Slacker Bock, Helles Bock, Instigator Doppelbock, two Eisbocks (Slacker and Instigator this year) and, of course, Maibock.

Maibock is what the race is all about. The winning goat will be honored by having the 2009 Maibock named after ?the goat owner gets a $75 gift card good at both Sly Fox locations?and the newly-named beer will be tapped for the first time at the end of the final heat. Last year?s winner, Jasper, won out over the largest field ever, 42 goats, beating perennial contender Entrekin in a two-goat run-off after the pair finished in a dead heat in the four-goat championship race.


With regards to parking:
There will be extremely limited parking onsite for the Bock Fest and most of that will be taken up by those who have goats registered for the competition. Township policemen will be stationed at the Pikeland Village Square entrance to limit access.

As was the case in 2008, parking will be available in the adjacent STS Tire & Auto Center lot until it fills up, but that will happen early based on previous experience.

The primary parking area will be at the Kimberton Fairgrounds roughly a mile and half south on Rt. 113. There will be a free shuttle to and from Pikeland Village Square throughout the day until 6pm.

Please be aware that cars parked in the shopping centers across the road from Pikeland Village Square will be subject to towing by the township and police will be on hand to enforce parking regulations. Please help us be fair to our neighbors and spare yourselves any problems by not attempting to use those lots.


For more info, visit the Sly Fox website.

3rd Annual Celtic Street Fair to be held May 9th

The 3rd Annual Phoenixville Celtic Street Fair is being held on Saturday, May 9th from 10am-6pm. The fair will once again be held on the 200 block of Bridge Street and will feature live music, vendors and food.

For more information, visit East of the the Hebrides Entertainment or USA Kilts.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Easter Bunny Coming to PJ Ryan's

From yesterday's Phoenix:

This Easter Sunday, the Ryan's are making special arraignments for their Sunday Brunch to bring a new family tradition to town.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during brunch this Easter Sunday, families can meet the Easter Bunny and have their pictures taken for free.
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It's always a good idea to call ahead to let the P. J. Ryan's staff know you're coming. To make reservations for the upcoming Easter Bunny picture and brunch event this Easter Sunday, call 610-933-5600. Adults eat for only $11.95, kids for $5.95.


PJ Ryan's is located at 231-233 Bridge St. Their website is pjryanspub.com

Valley Forge Convention Center to become home to new casino

Thursday's Inquirer reports that the Valley Forge Convention Center has been awarded "the first of two resort permits to be issued by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, which intends to issue 14 of them. The resort license limits the casino to 500 slot machines."

From the article:

This casino will be open to guests of the convention center's two hotels and to customers who spend at least $10 at any of the other amenities at the complex, which will include restaurants and a new spa.

Those conditions, different from any of the other casinos Pennsylvania has licensed to date, should provide some crowd control, local officials said.


Thanks to reader Victor for the link!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Phoenixville Democratic Committee Hosting Wine and Cheese Fundraiser

On Friday April 24th, the Phoenixville Democratic Committee will be holding a Wine and Cheese and Silent Auction Fundraiser at the Green Room on Main Street from 7:00-9:30pm. Wine is being provided by the Chaddsford Winery and the cheese is being provided by the Terrapin Café on Main Street. Tickets are $25. All the details can be found here

The Green Room is located at 6 S. Main St. Tickets are available and can be purchased at the event. For More Information, please contact Larry Tillotson at LTillotson@PhoenixvilleDems.org.

Introduction to Backpacking and Wilderness Survival at Phoenixville Public Library

Learn about backcountry camping and basic survival skills from the “Survivor Man” of Nottingham County Park at Phoenixville Public Library on Thursday, May 7 at 7:00 PM. Doug Riexinger of the park’s maintenance staff will present an interactive demonstration of everything you need to know to get started in the purest form of camping. From a week-long summer trip to a winter weekend, attendees will learn what to take, how to pack, and what to eat.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 610-933-3013, Ext.32 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue in Phoenixville, PA.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Hope For The Warriors Fundraiser at Iron Hill

Received this email regarding a fund raiser being held at Iron Hill for a great cause:

Join us as we raise money for Hope for the Warriors!!!

Wednesday May 6th from 5 pm - 10 pm at Iron Hill Brewery, 130 Bridge St. Phoenixville, PA 19460

20 % of your tab (not including alcohol) will go to Hope for the Warriors! You must present a "take 20 " coupon to your server for the organization to get credit.

Coupons will be emailed out the last week of April!

For coupons contact Kristen Caperila at kris10cap@msn.com

The mission of Hope for the Warriors is to enhance the quality of life for US Service Members and their families nationwide who have been adversely affected by injuries or death in the line of duty. Hope for the Warriors actively seeks to ensure that the sacrifices of wounded and fallen warriors and their families are never forgotten nor their needs unmet, particularly with regard to the short and long-term care of the severely injured. Visit www.hopeforthewarriors.org to learn more!

Friday, April 03, 2009

5th Annual William B. Harrington Memorial Scholarship Fund Beef & Beer

The 5th Annual William B. Harrington Memorial Scholarship Fund Beef & Beer will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2009 from 2-8pm. The event will be held at the Valley Forge Firehouse-Picnic Grove rain or shine.


Tickets only $20.00 each
Must be 21 to attend (we card at door)

Band-Bad Habit DJ-Ultra Productions

Homemade Food, Beer & Soda, Door Prize, Raffles, Jello-Shots, Desserts, 50/50 Money Wheel, Cooler of Cheer Raffle


Our Mission Statement
The relatives and friends of Bill Harrington have formed a non-profit organization to honor his life and the spirit of generosity for which he was known. This scholarship fund is dedicated to providing financial assistance to students attending CAT-Pickering School who wish to further their education. Our goal is to foster Bill’s legacy of friendship, loyalty and commitment by lending a helping hand to those in need.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Phoenixville Jaycees Celebrating Earth Day with Downtown Cleanup

The Phoenixville Jaycees will be honoring Earth Day—in advance—with a Downtown Cleanup on Sunday, April 5th beginning at noon, rain or shine.

“The goal of the Jaycees is to have a positive impact on our community,” said Jaycees
President Shane Dilworth. “The downtown is a jewel and is used by everyone.”

Jaycees members will meet at Headquarters (8 Gay Street) at noon to disperse teams
throughout the downtown. The cleanup will focus on the 100–300 blocks of Bridge
Street, the unit blocks of Gay and Main Streets, the 200 block of Church Street, as well as the Prospect Street and Bridge Street parking lots.

The event is not limited to Jaycees members; “we have sought out and received
positive responses from the business owners, the Kiwanis, Whitehorse Rugby, and the
borough,” said event organizer David Boelker. “We also encourage residents to pitch in and join us that day, even if for thirty minutes,” said Boelker.

The Jaycees request that volunteers bring a pair of work gloves that day. The Jaycees
would like to thank those that have volunteered their time or donated items to this
event: Hipster Home, Steel City Coffee House, Franco Ristorante, and Phoenixville Borough.

The Phoenixville Jaycees have been creating a better community since 1952 and are
constantly striving to make Phoenixville a better place to live through the hard work and dedication of its members. The Jaycees meet on the 2nd Thursday of every month at their Headquarters, 8 Gay Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460. For more information about the organization, please visit www.phoenixvillejaycees.org.

Handcrafted Cookie Company Holding Grand Opening on Friday

Reader Elliot wrote in to let me know that The Handcrafted Cookie Company is having its official grand opening and ribbon cutting this Friday for First Friday.

Handcrafted has been open for a couple of months now and everything I have heard has been extremely positive. Thanks to Elliot for the tip and best of luck to the owners!