Ice Fishing on Lake Ontelaunee |Jan 4, 2018

A few braved the cold to ice fish on Lake Ontelaunee on Jan. 3. The ice was about 6 inches thick.

Philadelphia region school delays and closings announced for Jan. 5 |Jan 4, 2018

Some school districts in the Philadelphia region have announced delays and closings for Friday, Jan. 5. The following list (in alphabetical order by county) will be updated as delays are announced.

Boyertown man draws prison for Upper Pottsgrove burglary |Jan 3, 2018

NORRISTOWN >> A Boyertown man is on his way to state prison after a jury convicted him of burglary and drug-related charges for a break-in at an Upper Pottsgrove Township residence during which he surprised the owner who was at home.

Farm Show honors veterans; Across America for Wounded Heroes founder speaks |Jan 3, 2018

The 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show will honor veterans on Jan. 11.

DEP suspends construction permits for Mariner East 2 pipeline; Berks Gas Truth says its due to drilling mud spills |Jan 3, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection suspended construction permits associated with the Mariner East 2 pipeline until Sunoco Pipeline, L.P. meets the requirements outlined in the order.

Berks County Restoring Hope Foundation accepting applications for 2018 Home Remodel Project |Jan 3, 2018

The national award-winning HBA Restoring Hope Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 Home Remodeling Project that will brighten the home and spirits of one worthy Berks County family.

Berks County students named to Kutztown University Dean’s List |Jan 3, 2018

More than 1,725 students have been named to the Fall 2017 Dean’s List at Kutztown University. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade point average of 3.

Penn State Extension hosts class on controlling invasive insect Spotted Lanternfly |Jan 3, 2018

The Spotted Lanternfly is an extremely invasive insect that affects gardens and landscape plants as well as important Pennsylvania commodities. This past fall, the quarantine for Spotted Lanternfly expanded to include 13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Douglassville to host Volunteer Fair |Jan 2, 2018

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Route 662 in Douglassville will present a Volunteer Fair on Monday, Jan. 15, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, appoints new president |Jan 2, 2018

Following an extensive national search, the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary board of directors recently selected Sean Grace as the president of the member-supported raptor conservation organization. Grace will assume duties at Hawk Mountain in January 2018.

Amity swears in part-time police officer |Jan 2, 2018

The Amity Police Department swore into service a new part time police officer at the Dec. 20 township supervisors’ meeting.

Get outdoors this winter with Berks County Parks & Recreation |Jan 2, 2018

Winter has shorter days; but we offer several ways for you to make the most of these days with some fantastic outdoor recreation programs. Our 2018 programming begins on New Year’s Day with a First Day Hike at Antietam Lake Park with your pet! Then through the month we offer opportunities to learn about snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, which are great ways to enjoy the snow.

Turkey Hill enhances security measures to improve safety for customers, employees |Jan 2, 2018

As part of its ongoing commitment to providing an enjoyable shopping experience for customers and a safe work environment for associates, Turkey Hill Minit Markets has taken proactive steps to enhance security at their stores throughout Pennsylvania.

Vehicle struck sign and tree on Route 222 Fleetwood, driver taken to hospital |Jan 2, 2018

A vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a business sign and tree on Route 222 South in Fleetwood on Dec. 29. The driver was extricated from his vehicle and transported to the hospital.

Amity Township approves 2018 budget with tax increase |Jan 1, 2018

AMITY >> All township residents will begin in 2018 to help the township pay down the $800,000 debt on Amity Community Park off Weavertown Road.

YEAR IN REVIEW: Twists and turns complicate Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipeline construction |Jan 1, 2018

WEST GOSHEN >> Amid strong opposition from grass roots citizen groups and individuals, work on the Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipeline is still under construction.

Sen. Dinniman: 6 Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipeline questions that need answers |Jan 1, 2018

As we enter a new year, serious concerns about the safety of the Sunoco’s Mariner East pipelines are not going away. In fact, they’re only growing and so are our voices. Important questions about these pipelines — pipelines carrying highly volatile natural gas liquids such as butane and propane – will be front-and-center in 2018.

New lineup coming in Chester County Court for 2018 |Jan 1, 2018

WEST CHESTER >> The retirement of two Chester County Common Pleas Court judges have necessitated a shuffling of assignments among the other judges in the county Justice Center, and brought about plans for nominations for Harrisburg to fill the vacancies.

Daniel Boone School Board appoints new assistant varsity baseball coach |Jan 1, 2018

The Daniel Boone School Board unanimously approved on Dec. 18 to appoint John Reina as assistant varsity baseball coach at the High School, for the 2017-18 school year, at $3,597 per year.

Sommelier selections: Expert advice for New Year’s Eve |Dec 29, 2017

The countdown’s on. Bid farewell to 2017 and celebrate the New Year in style with reds, whites and bubblies for every budget, starting with pétillant naturel, a natural sparkler dubbed pét-nat for short.

Pottstown Polar Bear Swim postponed due to extreme cold |Dec 29, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Days before the 10th Annual Polar Bear Swim, Pottstown has opted to postpone the event for safety purposes.

Gilbertsville business displays painted sleigh to spread holiday cheer |Dec 28, 2017

GILBERTSVILLE >> What’s Christmas without jingle bells and sleighs?

YEAR END: Retail icon Albert Boscov passes away |Dec 28, 2017

Exeter >> The announcement came on a Friday evening early in 2017: The region lost iconic retailer and philanthropist Albert Boscov on Feb. 10. Boscov had led the department store chain that bears his family name.

YEAR END: Reading Health System buys five area hospitals |Dec 28, 2017

West Reading >> There was a change in the health care landscape across the region in 2017. Reading Health System, which owns Reading Hospital, purchased five area hospitals, changing its name at the same time to Tower Health System.

Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club announces Annual Model Railroad Open House |Dec 28, 2017

The Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club’s Model Railroad Open House is “fun for kids of all ages.” The trains will be running 1- 5 p.m. on the following weekends: Jan. 6-7, Jan.

Police identify Berks homicide victim, arrest suspect |Dec 28, 2017

COLEBROOKDALE >> Police have identified a victim and made an arrest in a homicide that happened early Thursday morning.

Morgantown Area Business Association appoints 2018 officers |Dec 28, 2017

The Morgantown Area Business Association appointed its 2018 officers during a recent breakfast meeting.

Kid reviewer gives ‘The Last Jedi’ 4 popcorn boxes |Dec 28, 2017

“Star Wars” has been around for about 40 years now and is still very popular today. Fans from all over the world have gone to the theater to follow the sci-fi saga. After seeing “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” I may just have found out why the series has so many loyal followers and what keeps them watching.

Mrs. Mitchell’s 2nd grade class shares holiday traditions |Dec 27, 2017

Christmas Tree by Elijah Cartwright: Decorating the Christmas tree with my mom, brothers, and sisters is my favorite holiday tradition! My mom always puts up the Christmas tree. Then, we decorate the Christmas tree.

Chestnut Knoll announces Paint Party |Dec 27, 2017

Chestnut Knoll is hosting a paint party! Shake off the winter blues and enjoy an afternoon with friends while helping a great cause on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m.

Angel constructed in Barto on lawn of local artist |Dec 27, 2017

They say there are unseen angels among us, but not anymore. There’s an angel in Barto standing on the lawn of artist Julie Longacre.

Kutztown University to host Berks County Science Olympiad |Dec 27, 2017

Kutztown University will host the Berks County Science Olympiad on Thursday, Jan. 11. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the McFarland Student Union (MSU). A meeting, including all the participants, will be held in the MSU multipurpose room at 8:20 a.

17,012 raptors counted at Hawk Mountain Autumn 2017 Hawk Watch, 6 percent below 10-year average |Dec 27, 2017

In autumn 2017, Hawk Mountain tallied 17,012 raptors in over 1,000 hours of effort. The overall total was 6% below the 10-year average.

Leesport photographer’s train photo featured in 2018 railroad calendar |Dec 27, 2017

David J. Reimer Sr. of Leesport is holding a copy of the 2018 Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad Calendar featuring one of his photos.

Centershot program focuses on sport of archery, not on hunting |Dec 27, 2017

Tuesday nights are archery nights in the gymnasium at Salem Church, 2150 Old Route 22, Lenhartsville. That’s the night the church holds Centershot classes.

2 Tulpe teens killed after vehicle strikes tree, splits in half |Dec 27, 2017

Two Tulpehocken Jr. Sr. High teens were killed as the result of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Upper Tulpehocken Township on Dec. 26.

Hamburg Council fires Police Chief by 5-1 vote |Dec 27, 2017

Hamburg Borough Council voted to fire Hamburg Police Chief Pedro Rivera during their Council meeting on Dec. 26.

Watching the demolition of a landmark in Hamburg |Dec 26, 2017

A Hamburg landmark was torn down in December. The Wrights Knitting Mill building stood at the corner of Second and Pine streets for more than 100 years.

Deck The Brook 2017 Contest Winners |Dec 26, 2017

The Honey Brook Community Partnership would like to thank all the participants of the Deck The Brook Contest and announce this year’s winners.

KU professor Kevin McCloskey releases ‘Snails are just my speed!’ |Dec 22, 2017

Kutztown University professor Kevin McCloskey has completed his fourth children’s book for Toon Books. His “Snails are Just my Speed!” has been awarded the distinction, “A Junior Library Guild Selection” for Spring, 2018.

St. John’s children visit tree farm |Dec 22, 2017

Children from St. John’s Day Care in Kutztown visited Lenhart’s Tree Farm and chose the perfect Christmas tree to bring back to the center and decorate for the holiday. There was caroling at the Kutztown Manor, baking cookies, preparing for Santa, and celebrating the reason for the season together with families, friends, staff, church members, and members of the community.

Meals on Wheels makes local delivery to family of fallen Officer Brad Fox |Dec 22, 2017

GILBERTSVILLE >> Meals on Wheels made a few special stops this year, including to the family home of fallen police officer Brad Fox.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Sweet cannoli for your holiday table |Dec 22, 2017

These intensely flavored cannoli are just as satisfying on any cold weather night when you can smell the house filling up with aroma of baking, but are especially pleasing when family and friends are around for the holidays.

Amity police donates to Safe Berks |Dec 21, 2017

Francine M. Scoborio, communications coordinator for Safe Berks, Reading (formerly Berks Women in Crisis), accepted a $360 donation from Amity Township Police Chief Andrew J. Kensey on Dec. 6.

FOOD: Area innkeepers share recipes for holiday breakfasts |Dec 21, 2017

“This is the finishing touch,” said Rick Carro of Fairville Inn in Chadds Ford as he sprinkled pecorino Romano over a vegetable frittata. “I’m going to make a second one of these later on for tomorrow morning because we have 29 guests.

Mrs. Cronin’s 2nd grade class shares holiday traditions |Dec 21, 2017

Lydia Brown: My favorite Christmas tradition is going to Glix green house. First, my family and I look at wreathes. Second, we look at poinsettias. Then, we get apple cider. Next, we see a piano that is a water fall.

Photos: Santa arrives in Bally via horse-drawn carriage |Dec 21, 2017

Santa recently arrived in Bally via a horse-drawn carriage driven by Joe Trotter.

Wrights Knitting Mill torn down, represents golden age of manufacturing in Hamburg |Dec 21, 2017

A Hamburg landmark was torn down Dec. 12. The Wrights Knitting Mill building stood at the corner of Second and Pine streets for more than 100 years.

Pictures with Santa: $1,262 raised for MDA at Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson event |Dec 21, 2017

As of Saturday, Dec. 16 there was less than one week until the official start of winter but late Friday an overnight fresh-fallen snow greeted Santa Claus and one of his elves as they made their appearance at Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson in Orwigsburg for this year’s edition of Pictures with Santa.

Fleetwood Junior Troop surprised with Christmas-themed sleepover |Dec 21, 2017

Fleetwood Girl Scout Junior Troop 1793 were surely surprised when their Leader and Assistant Leader did a parent approved sleepover.