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November 8, 2015 | By Trevor Newcomb, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was supposed to be a barn-burner. The game that decided the Pioneer Athletic Conference title wasn't as high scoring as many predicted, but host Spring-Ford's 28-14 victory over defending champion Perkiomen Valley didn't lack for excitement. "There's been a lot of talk all week, obviously, so there was a lot of hype going into this game," Spring-Ford running back Matt Gibson said. "It just feels amazing winning this game. " Spring-Ford's ground attack, led by Matt Gibson and Selwyn Simpson, dominated.
SPORTS
October 25, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shawnee's Michael Welsh has been playing football against Cherokee's Evan Powell since third grade. So it was fitting Friday that Welsh put up playground numbers in what was likely be the final meeting between the two quarterbacks. Welsh threw five touchdown passes - one to himself - and racked up 352 yards as Shawnee turned away visiting Cherokee, 35-14, in a West Jersey American rivalry game. Welsh's second touchdown pass deflected into his own hands before he took it nine yards to the endzone to give Shawnee the lead for good, 14-7.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2015 | By Sally McCabe, For The Inquirer
Prep your soil for next spring.  Many spring crops can go in the ground as soon as soil can be worked. Adding a good layer of compost and shredded leaves and turning the soil now means all you do in the spring is plant seeds - as early as the first week of March. Clean up the compost bin(s). Pull everything out and sort into four categories: finished or almost-finished compost (you can't recognize 90 percent of the contents); sticks, stems, and big hunks of stuff; and everything in between.
NEWS
October 19, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will return in the spring of 2016 - delayed a year and noticeably smaller, but decidedly international in flavor. PIFA is slated to run 15 days, April 8-23, and will feature more than 60 events, including five world premieres, across all forms of artmaking - theater, dance, music, the visual arts, and a host of related genres. Officials at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, organizer of the festival, said that groups from Australia, Mexico, Europe, and elsewhere in the United States will join with some of the region's most prominent organizations to lend the festival its quirky flavor.
FOOD
September 25, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Making good blue cheese isn't easy. After a first batch of beginner's luck, Amos Miller at Misty Creek Dairy in Leola, Pa., spent nearly two years flailing at subsequent blues that "even the pigs wouldn't eat. " Thankfully, with the help of a consultant and some pristine raw milk from Eli Esh's Millwood Springs Organic in Willow Street, he is now making a blue under Millwood's name that has become one of the best examples in Pennsylvania....
SPORTS
September 24, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Ryan Howard's future with the Phillies has long been a popular topic. The aging slugger is now one of only two holdovers from the 2008 World Series championship team. His decline in production and albatross of a contract have rendered him untradeable. So how does incoming team president Andy MacPhail view Howard's future? MacPhail, set to officially succeed Pat Gillick after the season, said Tuesday that he anticipates Howard will be in Clearwater, Fla., with the Phillies come spring training.
SPORTS
September 20, 2015 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
It had to be Jack Spingler. Neshaminy's senior outside linebacker recovered a fumble in the first half, blocked an extra point in the third quarter, and intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter that led to Neshaminy's go-ahead touchdown with 3 minutes, 32 seconds left Friday night. So when Council Rock South scored with 24 seconds left to cut the lead to two, it was only natural Spingler spoiled an option run on the two-point conversion to preserve the lead and a 27-25 road win for Neshaminy.
SPORTS
September 19, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
When Missy Moore is setting up to take a free kick for the Spring-Ford girls' soccer team, there is one of her teammates that she is most likely looking to find: Laura Suero. It's been that way for a few years now, as Suero has gotten quite the reputation for being great in the air. A foul is called, and Moore places the ball down on the field. She looks up for No. 22, figures out the run she'll make, and she serves the ball onto her head. Boom, boom, boom. It's that simple.
NEWS
September 18, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
NEW YORK - Next spring's women's wear will fall into one of three camps: sporty, feminine, or feminine/sporty. That's according to the more than 200 American designers presenting collections at New York Fashion Week, which wraps up Thursday. The spring 2016 collections are an extension of this fall, so the transition into warm-weather looks will be sweet. We're finally comfortable with a simplified silhouette and color palette, so designers are letting us hang out in this grown-up minimalist space for a little while longer.
NEWS
September 17, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tampa, Fla.-based data-center developer vXchnge has opened a 70,000-square-foot facility in a former pharmaceutical plant near Center City. The data center at GlaxoSmithKline's former manufacturing building at 1500 Spring Garden St. is vXchnge's 15th such facility nationwide, the company said in a statement Tuesday. Data firm Sungard Availability Services, headquartered in Wayne with locations throughout North America, India and Europe, also maintains a facility in the building.
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