COMMUNITY CONNECTION

Kutztown 8th grader Joanna Herrlin knitted to support after-school program Oasis |May 19, 2018

Kutztown eighth grader Joanna Herrlin came up with an idea over this past summer to use her knitting skills to benefit her community.

Kutztown Middle School Career Day offers exploration of many career paths |May 19, 2018

Kutztown Middle School welcomed about 45 professionals, from firefighters to sheep farmers, into the classrooms for Career Day on May 18.

Conestoga Church hosts program on Lazarus Project fighting opioid crisis |May 18, 2018

People gathered at the Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main Street in Morgantown, May 14, at 7 p.m. to learn about the Lazarus Project, a Lancaster County project fighting the national crisis of overdose deaths from opioids.

Chester County artist, Doug Mott, opens his home |May 18, 2018

The minute you walk in the door, you’re looking out a window. In other words, as soon as you’re in, you’re out again. Sort of.

Twin Valley Middle School celebrates ‘Schools To Watch’ designation |May 18, 2018

On May 11, 2018, Twin Valley Middle School celebrated its 2018 Don Eichborn Schools “Schools to Watch®” designation with a school wide pep rally, followed by a reception with artistic and musical performances, and recognition given to its students, staff and leadership by Board President Gary McEwen, Superintendent Robert Pleis, Senator Judith Schwank and Senator John Rafferty Jr.

New exhibit at Clay on Main: ‘Working Surface’ |May 18, 2018

Clay on Main will showcase works by local artists in a new exhibit, “Working Surface: Indulging in Appearances,” open now through June 17 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Railfest in Hamburg features demonstrations and exhibits |May 18, 2018

The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum invites everyone to “Railfest 2018: Hauling Black Diamonds on the Reading Railroad” on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, June 10, from noon to 5 p.

Hamburg School Board opposes proposed budget |May 17, 2018

It’s back to the drawing board for the Hamburg Area School District and its budget for the 2018-19 school year.

Frystown Lions Club sponsors Spotted Lanternfly informational program |May 17, 2018

In a continuing effort to make a difference in the community the Frystown Lions Club recently sponsored an information night on the Spotted Lanternfly.

Kutztown Prom |May 17, 2018

Rock painting at the library |May 17, 2018

The Brandywine Community Library held a rock painting party on their patio on May 12.

Hamburg Borough Police honor memory of police killed in line of duty 90 years ago |May 17, 2018

The Hamburg Police Department remembers and recognizes that 90 years ago, Chief Wilson Lewars and an assisting officer confronted armed individuals that were in the commission of a forcible felony.

Michael Sexton of Longswamp Troop 575 earns Eagle Scout rank |May 17, 2018

Brandywine Heights High School sophomore Michael R. Sexton, 15, of Longswamp Troop 575, recently received his Eagle Scout rank. For his Eagle Project, Sexton fundraised, organized, and constructed a GaGa Ball Pit for the Topton Borough Park Renovation Project.

Fleetwood Junior Troop earns Business Owner Badge |May 17, 2018

Fleetwood Junior Troop 1956 visited Dianna, owner of Rita’s Blandon and Sinking Spring locations. The troop was working on earning their Business Owner badge. The Girl Scouts received a tour of the shop, learned how their ice is made and were given a nice cool treat while they talked business.

Virtual reality brings learning to life for Schuylkill Valley students |May 17, 2018

A dinosaur jumped off the iPhone screen in 3-D, much to the amazement of dinosaur fan Logan Henne, a first grader at Schulykill Valley Elementary.

Fulfilling a dog’s bucket list: Rescue dog diagnosed with terminal cancer eats out at 1787 Brewing Co. |May 17, 2018

Steve MacBeth of 1787 Brewing Company served an unusual dinner guest during the pub’s Friends and Family Night on May 11.

Circle M Ranch Speedway comes back to life annually for Eddie Mates Memorial Racers’ Reunion |May 15, 2018

The Circle M Ranch Speedway ran weekly stock car races from 1955 through the 1958 season. The Auburn racetrack closed down nearly 60 years ago but once a year it comes back to life for the annual “Eddie Mates Memorial” Racers’ Reunion.

Local Morgantown resident wins national recognition |May 15, 2018

Lisa Thomas, from the Kinder Care Learning Center in Exton and a Morgantown resident, has received the 2018 Terri Lynne Lokoff Children’s TYLENOL® Children’s ZYRTEC® National Child Care Teacher Award.

Twin Valley School District receives grant for hands-on STEM Program |May 15, 2018

Students and teachers at the Twin Valley School District will soon have access to a curricular program that will give students an advantage in their education and future careers. The opportunity is made possible through a partnership between Bemis Company and Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a nonprofit organization that provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science.

2018 Tri-County Art Show student winners |May 15, 2018

The 23rd annual Tri-County Art Show presented by the Twin Valley Rotary Club was held at the Classic Auto Mall in Morgantown on April 13 to 15. The show presented the work of 25 area artists and 20 Twin Valley High School students.

Honey Brook Community Partnership awards grants to civic organizations |May 15, 2018

The Honey Brook Community Partnership held its 10th Annual Social Gathering and 1st Community Grants Program on April 26 at the Long Way Home Grill and Pub. The Partnership’s 2018 Community Grants were presented to various non-profit organizations serving the Honey Brook Community, which includes the Borough, Township and surrounding area.

Tri County Community Calendar May 22 |May 15, 2018

Submit events about 10 days in advance of publication date to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com. Note Tri County Record Calendar.

The Porkroll Project kicks off summer concert series in Honey Brook Borough |May 15, 2018

The FREE Concert in the Park series will kick off on Sunday, June 3 at 5:30 pm, when The Porkroll Project takes the stage, performing for the second time in Honey Brook Borough Park. The Porkroll Project hails from the greater Philadelphia area and are a hard rocking blues band who play a high energy blend of fresh covers and originals.

PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: No Longer With Us, But Still Teaching |May 15, 2018

Kids must listen to their parents! That’s the only way learning will take place…NOT! Occasionally over the years when I have written a column, I have mentioned our oldest son, Greg, who died of an undisclosed heart ailment at the age of 23.

Cedar Grove hosts Blessing of the Cycles Sunday Benefit Ride |May 15, 2018

Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church will have a Blessing of the Cycles service on Sunday, June 10. Worship will begin at 10 a.m. We will provide a lunch at 11:30 a.m. Kick Stands are up at 12:30 p.m.

Mr. Twin Valley pageant raises nearly $3K for Hope Rescue Mission |May 15, 2018

Twin Valley High School’s Student Council hosted the annual Mr. Twin Valley pageant to raise money for the Hope Rescue Mission.

PA German Heritage Days celebrate Kutztown’s roots |May 14, 2018

Kutztown School District hosted two PA German Heritage Days, one at Greenwich Elementary on May 4 and another at Kutztown Elementary on May 11. The all-day events included PA German historical presentations, art, activities, demonstrations and games.

District Attorney rules trooper-involved shooting justified |May 12, 2018

On March 28, on the parking lot of the Walmart located along Mill Creek Road in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County, Trooper Brian Bird of the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, Bethlehem, Fogelsville Station, discharged his service weapon nine times and mortally wounded Aaron Ibrahem, age 26, of Mertztown, Berks County, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘Bones and BioArcheology’ to be subject of Hopewell Furnace program |May 11, 2018

On Sunday, May 20, the Friends of Hopewell Furnace will host Rutgers Archeologist Kimberlee Sue Moran’s presentation “Bones and BioArchaeology in Philadelphia – an Arch Street Project Update.

Applying for veterans benefits should never come with a fee |May 11, 2018

Veterans and their dependents should never pay for help to apply for veterans’ benefits, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). That’s because federal and state law makes provisions for accredited veterans service organizations to provide free advice and assistance to veterans as they apply for veterans’ benefits.

Spotted lanternfly informational videos available |May 11, 2018

In conjunction with Penn State Extension, Sen. Judy Schwank has released six instructional videos relating to the identification and control of the spotted lanternfly.

Berks County Early Bird Fiddle Festival set for June! |May 11, 2018

Plans for the 36th annual Berks Country Early Bird Fiddle Festival are finalized and this year we are excited to again be part of the 2018 Berks Country Fest: An Americana Music Jamboree!

Girls on the Run hosts 5K at Penn State Berks May 19 |May 11, 2018

Community runners and walkers are invited to join the Girls on the Run Spring 2018 5K on Saturday, May 19, at the Penn State Berks campus located at 1800 Broadcasting Road.

The Macungie Band, a 160-year-old community band performs at Kutztown Park |May 10, 2018

This Saturday evening, May 19, from 7 to 9 p.m., The Macungie Band will perform on stage at the Kutztown Park bandshell in the Borough of Kutztown 2018 Concert Series. This is the band’s first Kutztown performance.

Kutztown Community Choir takes a musical journey across our land |May 10, 2018

The Kutztown Community Choir will present its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 20, at 7 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 357 W. Main St., Kutztown.

Rodeo’s Drive-Thru Hollywood News: Kid Reviewer goes behind-scenes at Bon Jovi Concert |May 10, 2018

My first concert ever was Elton John a few years ago and I was lucky enough to sit close to the stage. I noticed the video cameras filming the show and photographers rushing to the stage to take pictures.

Brandywine Heights students raise funds for pediatric cancer at 12-hour Mini-Thon |May 10, 2018

The problem of pediatric cancer is a destroyer of dreams, lives, and families. This disease has sparked an uprising to its threat. Started at Penn State College, Four Diamonds has taken off as a full-fledged assault against this disease by creating Mini-Thon.

Kutztown School Jazz Bands perform at Kutztown Park May 23 |May 10, 2018

The Kutztown High School and Middle School Jazz Bands will perform concerts in the Kutztown Park Bandshell on May 23 as part of the “2018 Borough of Kutztown Concert Series in the Park”.

Young Jedis enjoy ‘Star Wars’ games and fun at First Reformed Church |May 10, 2018

First Reformed UCC in Hamburg hosted May the Fourth Be With You family night on May 4.

Ribbon cutting celebration at MJ’s Legacy |May 10, 2018

A ribbon cutting celebration was held on May 3 for MJ’s Legacy in downtown Boyertown. MJ’s Legacy is a friendly, local shop featuring over 22 vendors specializing in handmade crafts, antiques, collectibles, and home decor.

Times & SBN Community Calendar May 17 |May 10, 2018

Submit events about 10 days in advance of desired publication date to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com.

Retired history teacher gives history program on Great Philadelphia Wagon Road May 17 |May 10, 2018

The Great Philadelphia Wagon Road will be the subject of an illustrated program presented by Ed Johnson, retired history teacher and President of the Goschenhoppen Historians, at the Historians’ May 17 meeting.

Girl’s Night raises funds for cystic fibrosis |May 10, 2018

Friends Lily Leighton and Ally Dede organized an event called “Girl’s Night” at Visions Dance Studio, 116 Pear Street, Boyertown. The event was hosted on May 4 in order to raise money for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

‘Me and My Gal’ roller skating party at Pheasantland |May 10, 2018

Girl Scouts had a fun afternoon out on Sunday, May 6, at Pheasantland. The Boyertown Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania held a Me and My Gal roller skating party. There were 76 people who attended the event.

Boyertown Church News May 17 |May 10, 2018

Trinity Church 250 Sweinhart Road, Boyertown

Boyertown native and mine hunter serves with U.S. Navy half a world away |May 10, 2018

A Boyertown native and 2014 Daniel Boone High School graduate is serving in Japan in the U.S. Navy aboard one of the forward-deployed mine countermeasures ship, USS Pioneer. Petty Officer 2nd Class Harlan Swavely is a quartermaster aboard the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship, operating out of Sasebo, Japan.

Wallace & Wolitarsky Dental of Elverson celebrate 25 years in practice |May 9, 2018

Wallace & Wolitarsky Dental Associates, 4101 West Main Street, is celebrating its 25th year of practice in the rural town of Elverson.

7 more artists added to Chester County Country Music Festival |May 9, 2018

ludwig’s corner >> Seven country music artists have been added to the Citadel Country Spirit USA final lineup on the main stage. The three-day country music festival will be held at Ludwig’s Corner, a 33-acre site at 1325 Pottstown Pike in Glenmoore, Aug.

Wagner-Good Post of VFW and Behler-Hein American Legion host Hamburg Memorial Day Parade |May 8, 2018

The Wagner-Good Post of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars and the Behler-Hein American Legion Post will once again host a Memorial Day Parade and ceremony in the Borough of Hamburg.

Pioneer Grange hosts Community Night |May 8, 2018

The Pioneer Grange in Topton held its annual Community Night Program on April 19. This is a night to honor grange members and get the community involved.