West Chester’s Kathy Finegan honored by Operation Smile for volunteer work |Oct 3, 2015

Every time Kathy Finegan travels to a third-world country, she leaves behind smiles.

More rain, flooding forecast along soggy East Coast |Oct 3, 2015

Even with Hurricane Joaquin no longer as big of a threat, the weekend promises little relief for the most waterlogged parts of the East Coast.The National Weather Service says the risk of flooding will continue through Monday morning, especially in parts of North and South Carolina that already have gotten up to 11 inches of rain this week.

Perspective on Parenting: How the Pope’s message helps parents |Oct 3, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely feeling the Francis Effect. Pope Francis’s recent visit to the U.S. had me spilling tears of joy, glued to the TV watching his every move and the crowd’s reaction to his presence.

Welcome to my World: Mom’s (6) Favorite Daughters |Oct 2, 2015

I’m the youngest of 10 children. I have four older brothers, Lester, Paul, Carl and David, and five older sisters, Anita, Jannetta, Mary Alice, Dorothy and Gladys. It’s the older sisters I’ve had a problem with in life.

Letter to the Editor: Longing for the ‘good old days’ |Oct 2, 2015

Dear Kutztown Patriot: For the past 8 years, I have helped out building the sets for the Kutztown High School Musicals.

Update: Second Annual Autism Fall Festival at Fellowship Farm moved to Oct. 17 |Oct 2, 2015

UPDATE: Due to weather forecasts, this event has been changed from Oct. 3 to Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Christ, the Pope and what Christianity says about those in prisons |Oct 2, 2015

In the Book of Isaiah 42 and 61, two things are said of prison. It is written that it is the will of God “to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house.

Boyertown residents vocal on partial road closure for Colebrookdale Railroad |Oct 2, 2015

BOYERTOWN >> While neighbors oppose a proposal to close part of Third Street for use by the Colebrookdale Railroad, borough merchants say they welcome the move as a way to boost tourism and business.

October brings ‘Meowlloween’ adoption promotion for Halloween-themed felines |Oct 2, 2015

Faced with an unusual abundance of both black and orange-coated cats, Humane Pennsylvania (HPA) has decided that an adoption promotion is the order of the day or, in this case, month. In recognition of the upcoming Halloween holiday, one that’s a favorite of children and adults alike, HPA has reduced the adoption fee for more than 50 orange or black cats currently available for adoption in both Berks and Lancaster County facilities.

CASA of Berks County welcomes Ashley Frank as newly hired Executive Director |Oct 2, 2015

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Berks County is excited to announce the hiring of Ms. Ashley Frank as Executive Director. CASA’s mission is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused and neglected child can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive.

Sly Fox Brewing Company Donates Over $4,000 to the Schuylkill River Trail |Oct 2, 2015

Sly Fox Brewing Company presented a check for $4,018 to the Schuylkill River Heritage Area recently to benefit the Schuylkill River Trail.

CASA invites you to make a lifelong difference |Oct 2, 2015

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Berks County invites you to attend their upcoming informational sessions to learn how CASA makes a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children and how you can volunteer to lift up a voice of a child.

WTIM: Out and About at The Peanut |Oct 2, 2015

Sometimes you find a vocation and sometimes, a vocation finds you. For those lucky few, enjoying what they do is very evident to the people around them. I was lucky to find some folks that like what they do and do their best to share their passion with everyone.

WTIM: Music Around Town |Oct 2, 2015

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Transportation planners seek early public input in plan development |Oct 2, 2015

The Reading Area Transportation Study announced Sept. 30 that throughout the month of October it will be accepting recommendations from the public for transportation projects to be considered for inclusion in its four-year and 25-year plans scheduled to be adopted next year.

NBCC member invited to speak at Florida convention |Oct 2, 2015

Photographic Research Organization (PRO) invited Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce Member Pamela S. Gockley to speak at their 2015 Convention, Sept. 26 to 29, at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Rotary Club of Hamburg honors Mary Alice Heffner for sharing her music talent for 8 years |Oct 2, 2015

Mary Alice Heffner was the pianist every Thursday morning for the Hamburg Rotary. Jeanette Heckman presented her with a gift and a plaque for her dedication to the club.

Cabela’s to host Ladies’ Day Out event Oct. 10; celebration of female outdoor enthusiasts to run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., entire families welcome |Oct 2, 2015

Cabela’s announced Oct. 1 plans to celebrate the company’s biannual Ladies’ Day Out event, Saturday, Oct. 10. A celebration of the growing number of women enjoying the outdoors, the event will feature giveaways, guest appearances, sales, seminars, workshops and more.

School House Rock! musician Bob Dorough, 91, performs at Kutztown High School, helps Kutztown junior with Grammy Band audition |Oct 2, 2015

Bob Dorough, beloved artist known for writing songs for Schoolhouse Rock!, performed at Kutztown Area High School on Sept. 29.

Reading Library presents ‘Haunted Berks County’; program to feature noted local author Charles J. Adams III |Oct 2, 2015

The Reading Public Library will host a presentation of “Haunted Berks County” by Charles J. Adams III, noted Berks County author and lecturer, at the Library’s Foundation Building, 113 South 4th Street, on Saturday, Oct.

Birdsboro Rotary Club announces Halloween Parade |Oct 2, 2015

On Thursday, Oct. 22, the Birdsboro Rotary Club will be hosting its Annual Halloween Parade. The rain date is Thursday, Oct. 29.

St. John’s Evangelical Church to hold 225th Anniversary celebration |Oct 2, 2015

A day of celebration is planned for St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Sunday, Oct. 11 for its 225th Anniversary. The first church was built of logs and on February 1790, was consecrated as a church of God under the title The United Evangelical Lutheran and Evangelical Reformed St.

Hamburg Police: Fraud incident investigated by local police |Oct 2, 2015

The Hamburg Police reported an investigation of a fraud incident on Sept. 25 at approximately 3:15 p.m. This stems from an incident that occurred between Sept. 11 and Sept. 25, when Tina Dale, 47, of Pottstown used the victim’s identity information to obtain a library card at the Hamburg Library.

Bethel home fire believed accidental; Fire still under investigation |Oct 1, 2015

Fire at a Bethel home on Sept. 29 is under investigation.

Montgomery County DA announces additional charges against Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane |Oct 1, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> The recent search of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s Harrisburg office turned up what Montgomery County prosecutors likely consider the smoking gun of their investigation into Kane’s alleged lies to an investigative grand jury.

4 tractor trailer trucks collide on I-78 in Upper Bern, 3 trucks engulfed in flames on Sept. 29 |Oct 1, 2015

Three tractor trailer trucks were engulfed in flames as the result of a four commercial vehicle crash on Interstate 78 in Upper Bern Township Sept. 29.

Draggin’ Wagons Car Club Show in Honey brook |Oct 1, 2015

By Lisa Mitchell For Berks-Mont News

Employees recognized for years of dedication 20 Chestnut Knoll Personal Care, Memory Care, and At Home employees were honored |Sep 30, 2015

When employees are recognized for their achievements, hard work, and dedication, it has an impact on employee satisfaction and commitment. Chestnut Knoll recognizes the work that each of their employees put into their job, and they regularly reward those who have longevity in the company, or go above and beyond their roles.

History Mystery Tour with Chestnut Knoll At Home announced |Sep 30, 2015

Are you a history buff? Chestnut Knoll has the perfect adventure for you! Chestnut Knoll At Home, Gilbertsville, invites the public to take a Local History Mystery Tour of Boyertown! This exciting event will be held Wednesday, October 7 from 10 a.

October events in the Boyertown area |Sep 30, 2015

Friday, Oct. 2 Oldies Dance and more: The public is invited to a dance held at Keystone Fire Company, 240 N. Walnut Street in Boyertown, from 7 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door.

Book Beat - Impact: The Runaway Pastor’s Wife by Diane Moody |Sep 30, 2015

I always thought my wife was a peaceful person, but in the last few years, ever since she got her Kindle, she addresses Amazon Gatling gun-like as she downloads dozens of books. I never would have selected The Runaway Pastor’s Wife to read without her urging.

New Holland Police: Man arrested after attempted burglary |Sep 30, 2015

On Sept. 21 at approximately 7:45 p.m., New Holland Police responded to a burglary in progress at the 500 block of East Jackson Street in the New Holland Borough.

Chester County merits Distinguished Budget Presentation award |Sep 30, 2015

Chester County has earned the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the fiscal year beginning 2015. Chester County is one of only three counties in Pennsylvania to receive the award and the only county in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region.

French Creek Boutique teams up with Bee Inspired Boutique; two businesses to bring new fashions and accessories to northern Chester County |Sep 30, 2015

French Creek Boutique owner, Melynda Wagner, announced that she will be teaming up with Jodie Levenson of Bee Inspired Designs, Malvern, to offer new autumn, winter and holiday fashions and accessories at her store in Elverson, just in time for cooler temperatures and the holiday gift giving and buying season.

Laurel Dance Company to host ‘Stars of Hollywood’ Masquerade Fundraiser |Sep 30, 2015

On Saturday, Oct. 17, The Laurel Dance Company will hold a “Stars of Hollywood” Masquerade Fundraiser. The event will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, New Holland from 6:30 to 9:30 p.

Honey Brook Borough gets Fall rolling with bocce tournament |Sep 30, 2015

On Saturday, Sept. 26, the colors of the season were the red and green bocce balls rolling on the courts of the Honey Brook Borough. Seven hours of competition saw highly competitive games. About 30 people gathered in the park for a day of fun, laughter, fellowship and bocce.

Think Pink: The story of a nurse who had a dream |Sep 30, 2015

Joy Mattson is a registered nurse at Hickory House Nursing Home in Honey Brook. Joy knew that one of her residents, Mary Troop, a retired nurse, was diagnosed with breast cancer and was undergoing both radiation and chemotherapy.

Local nonprofit micro-farm to offer free public workshops |Sep 30, 2015

Satoyama Homestead, a nonprofit micro-farm, edible landscape and outdoor classroom in Warwick Township, is excited to announce our 2015-16 Satoyama Presents! Events free monthly workshop series.

October 2015: Intern of the Month |Sep 30, 2015

Melissa Destefano, a senior at Twin Valley High School, has been named October’s Intern of the Month. Destefano started to work for French Creek Boutique in March leading up to her current internship.

Conestoga Christian School to hold Chicken BBQ and Country Auction |Sep 30, 2015

On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17, Conestoga Christian School will hold the 42nd annual benefit Chicken Barbecue and Country Auction.

Kindred Spirits Too Quilt Guild hosts quilt show, raises funds for Boone Area Library |Sep 29, 2015

Members of Kindred Spirits Too Quilt Guild hosted their first quilt show at Boone Area Library Sept. 20 and donated proceeds from the show to the Boone Area Library. The show also included raffles, refreshments, handmade items for sale and a contest for best quilt.

Exeter Ambulance Association extends ‘olive branch’ to Exeter Township |Sep 29, 2015

It wasn’t until nearly one week after the news broke about a lawsuit, that the Exeter Ambulance Association (EAA) was served lawsuit papers from Exeter Township, said EAA President Kathy Cortellessa last Wednesday.

Boyertown Jaycees announce 63rd Annual Halloween Parade |Sep 29, 2015

The Boyertown Jaycees 63rd Annual Halloween Parade is planned for Saturday, Oct. 24, beginning at 7 p.m.

A Look Back in History: Pope Francis, the People’s Pope |Sep 29, 2015

This past Fall’s pilgrimage of the Roman Catholic Pope Francis to honor Christians in America has renewed our Colonial American heritage everywhere. Take, for instance, the Holy Church of the Blessed Sacrament established in Bally, Berks County where thousands of people were devout members.

Pottstown SCORE announces October seminars |Sep 29, 2015

Pottstown SCORE is offering two learning opportunities in October. All workshops are free and are held at the SCORE office at 244 High Street in Pottstown (free parking, entrance at the rear of the building).

Frecon Farms celebrates fall with annual ‘Pick Your Own’ invitation |Sep 29, 2015

Frecon Farms has kicked off their annual “Pick your own fruit” — community members now have the chance to explore 30 acres of land and their own apples, pears, pumpkins, and other fruits that are grown in the orchard.

Holy Cross School installs rock climbing wall |Sep 29, 2015

The Holy Cross School community proudly introduced a new addition to its campus. A rock climbing wall was recently installed in the school gymnasium and was unveiled to the students and parents during the first week of the 2015-16 school year.

Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library announces Bookmobile schedule |Sep 29, 2015

The Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library has announced the October 2015 schedule for their Bookmobile, which brings the library’s collection out into the community.

Meet Cornflake, a gentle and loving kitty who needs a home |Sep 29, 2015

She’s grrrrreat! No, not Tony the Tiger... it’s Cornflake the Cat! Cornflake and her beautiful kittens were found in Pottstown by a kind cat lover. After being taken inside, Cornflake proved herself to be a doting mother.

Adoptables from the Montco SPCA |Sep 29, 2015

May we have the honor of introducing Pudgy and Boomer? These two handsome 11-year-old Pugs are in search of a home together. They have lived and grown up with each other and would be devastate if they were separated! They are both good with children and appear to get along well with other animals.