COMMUNITY CONNECTION

J-Walkers volunteer team of Boyertown host Benefit for Bryce March 3 |Feb 23, 2018

When the J-Walkers volunteer team of the Boyertown area becomes focused and mission-oriented, some miraculous things develop.

Centre Township residents terrorized by explosions |Feb 23, 2018

Nearly 60 people packed the Centre Township Board of Supervisors meeting on Feb. 19 to be heard on two hot button issues, Schuylkill Hill Road and being terrorized by explosions.

Berks County Public Libraries hosts 16th annual Awards Celebration |Feb 23, 2018

Berks County Public Libraries hosted the 16th Annual Awards Celebration at their headquarters in Leesport on Feb. 21.

Kutztown integrates STEAM into everyday classroom |Feb 23, 2018

The Kutztown Area School District unveiled a new STEAM initiative on Feb. 16 at the Kutztown Middle School.

Robeson Lutheran Preschoolers participate in Presidents Day lesson |Feb 22, 2018

The Pre-Kindergarteners of Robeson Lutheran Preschool in Mohnton had a special visitor on Feb. 15 to help them learn about Presidents Day and how the government works. Rep. Mark Gillen, of the 128th District, joined the children for a story and discussion of how a law is made.

Literary and visual art come together in Studio B’s “Let’s Rant” opening |Feb 22, 2018

Studio B, 39A East Philadelphia Ave. in Boyertown, is pleased to announce the opening of “Let’s Rant,” the studio’s fifth annual show and book release combining literary and visual art.

Amity Township Crime Watch hosts Annual Community Shredding Event |Feb 22, 2018

Amity Township Crime Watch, Inc. wants to provide an easy, safe way for residents and small businesses in our area to get rid of their documents they no longer need. Our goal is to help stop identify theft.

Kutztown Optimists host 10th annual FriendFest benefit |Feb 22, 2018

In the middle of a winter storm, beer and wine enthusiasts gathered for the 10th annual FriendFest in Kutztown on Feb. 17 to contribute toward the Optimist Club’s youth programs and help Friend Inc.

Kutztown Rotary Club Farmers Night celebrates agriculture |Feb 22, 2018

Kutztown Rotary Club hosted its 82nd annual Farmers Night Dinner at Kutztown Grange Feb. 21.

Welsh Mountain Concert hosted March 7 in New Holland |Feb 21, 2018

The Welsh Mountain Home is hosting a bluegrass/country style gospel music concert, featuring the Roland Zimmerman Family, on Wednesday, March 7, at 6 p.m. in the chapel. This chapel is also used by the Mountain Spring Mennonite Church.

Twin Valley Elementary Center announces Annual Used Book Sale |Feb 21, 2018

The Twin Valley Elementary Center (TVEC) needs your donations to help make the Annual Used Book Sale sale a success. If you have books or other items to sell, please keep an eye out for bins at local businesses throughout the month of March We will happily accept your gently used books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, and audio books.

$15,000 in scholarships to be awarded to Chester County-area students |Feb 21, 2018

Benchmark Federal Credit Union has opened a call for entries to Chester County-area students as well as existing membership to compete for five college scholarships totaling $15,000.

Thrivent named one of the world’s most ethical companies |Feb 21, 2018

Thrivent, a not-for-profit membership organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously, announced today it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Tel Hai sponsors annual food drive to support local families |Feb 21, 2018

Tel Hai Retirement Community invites the community to participate in the Annual Tel Hai Food Drive from March 1 to 30, benefiting the Twin Valley Food Pantry in Morgantown and the Honey Brook Food Pantry in Honey Brook.

Conestoga Christian School student receives two congressional nominations |Feb 21, 2018

At age 8 Carissa Earnest decided that she wanted to go to the naval academy. Her parents thought it might be just a passing phase, but Carissa has been determined to follow that dream ever since. It wasn’t long before she decided that she wanted to learn to fly.

Troop 48 leader accomplishments celebrated in its 100th year |Feb 21, 2018

While local Boy Scout Troop 48 celebrated their 100th Year Anniversary, many accomplishments were also celebrated for their members.

Tri County Record Community Calendar Feb. 27 |Feb 21, 2018

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

Iconic barn torn down to make way for future development in Ontelaunee Township |Feb 21, 2018

In Ontelaunee Township, across from the Leesport Diner, this iconic barn at the intersection of Routes 61 and 73 was torn down on Feb. 20 to make way for future development of the 22 acre tract along Route 61 owned by the Greater Berks Development Fund.

Kutztown FFA hosts 75th Anniversary Bash Feb. 24 |Feb 21, 2018

Kutztown FFA celebrates 75 years of agriculture education and FFA leadership training by hosting a 75th Anniversary Bash for all former FFA members at the Virginville Grange on Feb. 24.

Art exhibits on display now at Reading Public Museum |Feb 19, 2018

Keith Haring: Symbolic Gestures is on display now through April 15, 2018 at the Reading Public Museum.

Talisman Players presents ‘Pinnochio’ at Boyertown State Theatre March 3 |Feb 19, 2018

It was a news article in the Boyertown Times on Feb. 8, written by Lisa Mitchell of the Kutztown Patriot, that the Talisman Players were performing the children’s production of “Pinnochio” in Kutztown that led State Theatre president, Charles Haddad to ask himself, “Why Not In Boyertown at the State Theatre”?

Talisman Players, Kutztown, perform sold out shows of ‘Pinnochio’ |Feb 17, 2018

The Talisman Players presented its first children’s production, “Pinnochio,” to sold out shows in Kutztown.

New businesses promise optimistic change in Hamburg’s future |Feb 16, 2018

Along main thoroughfares in Hamburg, historic buildings are undergoing renovations, small businesses are growing and new ventures are opening on Fourth and State streets.

Salem Church Yard Sale includes bargains and food |Feb 16, 2018

Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, will mark the 19th year for a spring tradition at Salem Church EC, Lenhartsville: their spring yard sale.

Historic Dreibelbis Farm hosts new activity, wintertime nature walk |Feb 16, 2018

On Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m., the Historic Dreibelbis Farm in Virginville is hosting a new activity, a “wintertime nature walk” with a trek into the farm’s fields and nature trail.

St. Joseph’s free program will help public ‘flag’ potential health issues |Feb 16, 2018

Members of the public can get a free check on their body mass index, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol at Penn State Health St. Joseph with the start of a monthly program designed to uncover early warning signs of possibly larger health issues.

Greater Berks Food Bank receives $21,000 donation from local Dunkin’ Donuts |Feb 16, 2018

On Feb. 9, local Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees donated $21,000 to the Greater Berks Food Bank to help fight hunger throughout greater Philadelphia. The donation is a combined effort from Dunkin’ Donuts’ ‘Roast Hunger’ program and the Dunkin’ Donuts Joy in Childhood Foundation and will directly support the food bank’s mission to feed the hungry by acquiring and distributing food to people in need.

Sheetz holiday charity program sets record in 2017 |Feb 16, 2018

Altoona >> It was a record setting year for the Sheetz for the Kidz holiday program.

Rep. Hennessey to seek re-election in Pennsylvania’s 26th House District |Feb 16, 2018

State Rep. Tim Hennessey, a 25-year veteran of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, has announced that he will seek another term representing the 26th legislative district.

Report finds Boyertown High School stadium ‘unsafe’ |Feb 15, 2018

BOYERTOWN >> The Boyertown Area School Board has agreed to spend another $16,000 to find out just how bad the damage is at the high school’s Memorial Stadium and just how much it may cost to fix it.

Hamburg Area High School students, staff roll up sleeves, donate blood |Feb 15, 2018

Hamburg Area High School students and staff rolled up their sleeves once again to donate blood to the Miller-Keystone Blood Center during the Leo Club’s Blood Drive on Feb. 9.

Hamburg High School builds relationships with businesses |Feb 15, 2018

One of the main goals of a high school is to prepare students for the future where they can make meaningful contributions in their chosen field while earning financial security.

Bringing Up a Bookworm visits February Hamburg Lions Club meeting |Feb 15, 2018

The Hamburg Lions Club had their monthly meeting on Friday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.M in the Hamburg Borough Hall building.

Hamburg middle schoolers win ribbons at regional technology competition |Feb 15, 2018

Several middle school students from Hamburg Area Middle School recently had the opportunity to compete at a regional Technology Student Association (TSA) event at Stroudsburg High School. TSA is a national organization of students engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Panther Robotics Team wins 1st at regions, heads to states in March |Feb 15, 2018

The Schuylkill Valley High School Panther Robotics Team won 1st place at the West Shore VEX Robotics In the Zone Qualifier in Shiremanstown on Feb. 3.

Hamburg Community Group delivers 700 fastnachts to Hope Rescue Mission |Feb 15, 2018

For the last five years, the Hamburg Community Group of Fleetwood Bible Church has been traveling to the Hope Rescue Mission in Reading to make hundreds of fastnachts for the men. This year, the number reached more than 700.

Fleetwood Borough Police Officer Dale Ulshafer promoted to Sergeant |Feb 15, 2018

Fleetwood Borough Police Officer Dale Ulshafer was promoted to Sergeant at the Fleetwood Borough Council meeting on Feb. 12.

Douglassville man charged with sexually abusing girl, 13 |Feb 15, 2018

AMITY >> A 36-year-old township man is facing multiple sexual abuse charges connected to his alleged abuse of a 13-year-old girl.

Weaver’s Orchard announces photo contest winners |Feb 14, 2018

Weaver’s Orchard Farm Market has announced four winners of their eighth annual photo contest, a challenge that invited customers to submit photos of their experiences on the farm throughout the harvest season.

Hopewell Furnace names new interpretive and visitor service manager |Feb 14, 2018

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site Manager David Blackburn is pleased to announce an addition to its staff, Interpretive and Visitor Service Manager Neil Koch. Neil will lead the staff that provides visitor services, education, programs, and special events for our visitors and community.

The Feinberg Brothers featured at Reinholds |Feb 14, 2018

An evening of Bluegrass Music will be held at the Reinholds Fire Company Banquet Hall along Route 897 in Reinholds on Saturday, March 3, beginning at 6 pm. Featured will be The Feinberg Brothers along with Chester Johnson and The Foggy Mountain Grass.

Twin Valley Health Occupations students support House Bill 1097, CPR instruction in school |Feb 14, 2018

It’s time to break out the red, as February is American Heart Month. American Heart Month is celebrated every February since 1964 in order to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease.

Thieves steal catalytic converters; Kutztown Police urge residents to check their vehicles |Feb 14, 2018

Kutztown Borough Police report several cases of stolen catalytic converters, which are part of a car’s exhaust emissions system.

Ivan Stoltzfus, known for driving his tractor across country, partners with Operation Second Chance |Feb 14, 2018

Retired Honey Brook farmer and auctioneer Ivan Stoltzfus, known for driving his tractor Johnabilt Across America for Wounded Heroes, is expanding his mission to help veterans.

Driver killed after crash with dump truck in Berks County |Feb 14, 2018

District twp. >> One person is dead after a car collided with a dump truck Wednesday morning in Berks County.

Baking up a PA German tradition: Fastnachts |Feb 12, 2018

Fassnachts, or fastnachts, depending on your spelling preference, is a PA German tradition baked up at churches and stores across Berks County leading up to Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday (Feb. 13) — the day before Lent begins.

Optimist Club scholarships available to Daniel Boone seniors |Feb 9, 2018

The Optimist Club of Daniel Boone, Douglassville, is seeking applicants for two $2,000 scholarships available to high school seniors residing within the Daniel Boone School District.

PA German center in Kutztown helps catalog, preserve Lehigh County hex signs |Feb 9, 2018

The Pennsylvania Music Preservation Society announced a collaboration with the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University in a joint, multi-year initiative to preserve, promote and catalog all of Lehigh County’s hex signs.

Teen’s Ford F150 flips on icy road, lands on roof in creek |Feb 9, 2018

Teen’s truck rolls over into creek

Clay on Main presents Hakun and Benovsky: Strange and Wondrous Things |Feb 9, 2018

Bob Hakun’s found-object industrial assemblages will be exhibited in dialogue with the wearable fabric collages of Stefan Benovsky in the exhibit opening on Sunday, February 18 from 4 to 6 p.