At The Ta­ble With Bon­nie O’Toole Au­gust

The Phoenix - - COMMUNITY - Bette Ban­jack The Ta­ble

After her par­ents di­vorced, Bon­nie O’Toole and her sis­ter, Pat, went to live with their grand­par­ents, the Jan­ciks. These two small chil­dren moved to White­horse Road and en­joyed the love that only grand­par­ents can give.

When Bon­nie was 4 years old, her mom re­mar­ried, and the two girls moved to Val­ley Dell Boule­vard. Bill Gorm­ley be­came their fa­ther. The fam­ily grew with the ad­di­tion of four more Gorm­ley chil­dren. This gave Bon­nie an­other sis­ter and three brothers. All the kids grew up in a warm and lov­ing fam­ily.

In the sec­ond grade at East Pike­land School, she met Carol Rees, and they be­came fast friends. It all started when Carol came up to Bon­nie an ask her if she wanted to play. They still re­main close friends and are in­volved in each other’s lives.

In 1961, she and Frank “Butchie” Au­gust were mar­ried and set­tled on High Street in Phoenixville. They lived on the “north­side” for 46 years. About 12 years ago, they moved to Main Street to an apart­ment be­tween Fourth and Fifth av­enues.

The apart­ment is lo­cated in a vin­tage house owned by Tammy Klotzbach. Bon­nie loves to col­lect an­tiques and dec­o­rates with many items through­out her home.

Butchie started out work­ing for the Penn­syl­va­nia High­way Depart­ment. He then joined the Phoenixville Po­lice Depart­ment, re­main­ing on the force for 20 years.

To­day, he moves a lit­tle slower as he has de­vel­oped Parkin­son’s. He is han­dling this dis­or­der of the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem that af­fects move­ment and may in­clude tremors as best he can. Parkin­son’s can­not be cured but can be con­trolled with med­i­ca­tion, as well as life­style changes, such as diet. A per­son with Parkin­son’s does not have a lesser life ex­pectancy then if he did not have it.

Bon­nie and Butchie have no chil­dren. Bon­nie has be­come ev­ery­one’s fa­vorite aunt. She has a bounty of love which she shares abun­dantly.

Be­gin­ning in the back 1980s, she served her first term on Phoenixville Bor­ough Coun­cil. She served three ad­di­tional terms, leav­ing coun­cil in 1995. In the mid-1980s, Bon­nie was the first women to be­come coun­cil pres­i­dent. Ac­tu­ally, ac­cord­ing to her knowl­edge ,she holds the record of be­ing the only woman who was pres­i­dent of coun­cil.

Dur­ing that time, she ran for mayor. She lost to Chuck Ash. For many years, she was ac­tive as a com­mit­tee per­son for the Demo­cratic party.

For 28 years, she has worked for COAD. The last eight years, Bon­nie has worked as an ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant part time for Health Ad­vo­cate. She loves her job and thinks it helps keep her go­ing.

Bon­nie loves to cook and bake and loves to share her good­ies with oth­ers.

Easy Peasey Cook­ies

2 cups raisins

2 cups chopped wal­nuts

2 cups shred­ded co­conut

1 can sweet­ened con­densed milk

Mix all the in­gre­di­ents to­gether, mak­ing sure ev­ery­thing is com­bined evenly. Drop by the tea­spoon­ful onto parch­ment­lined bak­ing sheets. Pre­heat oven to 350 de­grees. Bake for 20 to 25 min­utes. Keep a watch­ful eye on them as you don’t want them to burn. Cool on wire racks. Bite into these de­li­cious cook­ies.

En­joy! Let Bette hear from you: ban­[email protected]­i­ Search YouTube for “Look Who’s Cook­ing with Bette Ban­jack,” as well phoenixvil­ (search bar: Ban­jack) for this col­umn. Find Bette on Face­book by search­ing “Bette Ban­jack’s Down­town Kitchen.” Her book, “2 Cups of Yes­ter­day,” is avail­able at Gate­way Phar­macy or by con­tact­ing her.

Bon­nie O’Toole Au­gust

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