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Philadelphia Folk Festival still singing at 53

By David W. Wannop For 21st Century Media |

Be in the know for 2014 Philadelphia Folk Festival

From Aug. 15-17, the 53rd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival will feature dozens of performers on seven stages. ...

By Brian Bingaman |


  • Opinion

    From the Item editor: Taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    We’ve seen it just about everywhere. On the various social media sites and on television when it comes to celebrities. We’ve seen the positive reactions and of course the negative reactions. Some may even be sick of hearing about it even if they do believe that helping out the cause is a good thing. I’m talking about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has taken off recently.

    Shea Singley

  • Opinion

    Small Beginnings: Feeling grateful for our beautiful country

    We are a little behind the vacation curve as we are just gearing up for our getaway. Most folks have already gone to the beach or done a theme park or two and they have the suitcases all nicely stashed away and the hotel soap is already melted down the drain. Not us. We are just getting packed and adding the finishing touches to our itinerary.

    By Lisa Schappell Columnist |

  • General news

    Hamburg’s From the Early Files

    25 Years Ago Sept. 6, 1989 >> Tracy McGonigal, 1984 graduate of Hamburg Area High School, is a recent graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. At graduation she was honored with the Rocha Communication Award. She is currently, working in Delaware County for CVS Pharmacy.


  • Events

    Hamburg area calendar of events

    Shoemakersville Fire Company Line Dancing: Come out to the Banquet Hall on the second Friday of each month. There will be a DJ playing the best country music and a Cash Bar will also be available. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Must be 21 to enter.


  • Religion

    Hamburg area church calendar



  • School boards

    Hamburg school board approves 4 year technology lease, Upper Bern Elm. put up for auction Sept. 24

    Hamburg Area plans to have a grand opening for its new elementary school in Shoemakersville on Oct. 23, Superintendent Steven Keifer told school directors on Aug. 25.

    By Arch Kurtz For 21st Century Media |

  • Letters

    Letter from AARP: ‘Maintain good health as you age’

    Preventative care is the most important thing someone can do to maintain good health as they age. As an AARP volunteer and member, I have had the privilege of being educated on how my insurance can help me prevent illness and avoid being sick.


  • General news

    New school year kicks off at St. Francis Academy

    Students at St. Francis Academy in Bally began the new school year on Tuesday, Aug. 26. As a part of the first day, Students, kindergarten through eighth grade, were greeted by the school’s principal, Deacon Thomas Murphy.

    By Berks-Mont staff |

  • General news

    PennDOT, police focused on reducing impaired driving crashes through Labor Day

    As part of the national enforcement initiative, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” PennDOT, state police and municipal police are focusing their efforts on reducing alcohol-and drug-related crashes through Labor Day.

    From PennDot |

  • Education

    Boyertown’s Technology Student Association attends the national conference

    For the first time in twenty years, the Boyertown Area Senior High School Technology Student Association was able to attend the national conference located in Washington, D.C. from June 27 to July 2.

    From the Boyertown Technology Student Association |

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