Pottstown man admits to illegal drug activity in borough |Mar 21, 2018

NORRISTOWN >> A Pottstown man will be under court supervision for six years after he admitted to illegal drug activity in the borough.

QUICK COOK: Pita goes fresh and elegant |Mar 21, 2018

I recently had this salmon sandwich at a San Francisco restaurant and I have to say, it’s a dish worth copying. I raced to the market, then to the kitchen to develop my own twist on it.

School Closings: Philadelphia suburbs begin to announce delays, closings for Thursday |Mar 21, 2018

School closings for Thursday, March 22. Schools are listed by county.

Police: Business window damaged with BB gun |Mar 21, 2018

Criminal mischief HONEY BROOK >> State Police are investigating an incident that occurred between March 14 and March 15 at a business on the 4600 block of Horseshoe Pike. Police say unknown persons damaged the window of the business with a BB gun.

U.S. Department Of Labor sues East Penn Manufacturing, investigation found overtime violations |Mar 21, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against a Berks County battery manufacturer after an investigation found overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

‘Rosie the Riveter’ statue arrives in Berks |Mar 21, 2018

The “Rosie the Riveter” Spirit of ‘45 statue recently arrived at the Berks Military History Museum in Mohnton. The statute will be on display at the museum in the middle of a newly installed garden that will feature unique roses once the weather gets warmer.

Legislation addresses Opioid Epidemic, aims to reduce addiction risks |Mar 21, 2018

Patients who require opioid prescriptions would have less risk of addiction under legislation introduced by Senator Ryan P. Aument (R-36) on March 19.

Eighty-one students inducted into Honor Society at MCCC |Mar 21, 2018

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) recently celebrated the induction of 81 students into the Alpha Kappa Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year colleges during a special ceremony held at its Central Campus in Blue Bell.

Senate approves lieutenant governor reform legislation for better leadership and collaboration |Mar 21, 2018

The Senate approved bipartisan legislation with a vote of 50-0 to reform the way the lieutenant governor is elected in Pennsylvania.

Senate Appropriations Committee approves legislation on prison closings |Mar 21, 2018

The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved bipartisan legislation on March 19 reforming possible state prison closures in Pennsylvania.

Hamburg Art of the Brew features Yuengling’s Golden Pilsner, introduces Hamburg’s own 1787 Brewing Company |Mar 21, 2018

The phenomenon of craft beer has taken the adult beverage industry by storm. In many ways more like an art form than mere food science, the craft beer movement has showered consumers with a diverse menu of beers appealing to all tastes and preferences.

Schwank votes in favor of bills protecting victims of domestic violence |Mar 21, 2018

State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) voted in favor of a package of bipartisan bills pertaining to domestic violence. The bills are aimed to empower victims of domestic violence by helping them leave their abusers and controlling their abusers’ access to firearms.

Father, son give presentation on trip to Hurricane Irma recovering Key West |Mar 21, 2018

St. Luke Lutheran Church, Gilbertsville, was pleased to present member Bob Ballantyne, retired Boyertown Sr. High Teacher, and his son, Dr. Scott Ballantyne in their program entitled, “Conch-ering Irma” on March 17.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center honors blood drive sponsors |Mar 21, 2018

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has recognized 24 area organizations for their commitment to the health and welfare of our community through blood drive sponsorship.

A Look Back in History: Surviving Frontier Log Homes in Kutztown |Mar 21, 2018

The many salmon brick Victorian homes in the villages around Maxatawny Township give one the impression that our township is a later, pre-Civil War settlement, but lurking around each corner, one may still find log houses or log cabins that have survived from early American times.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Beatles tribute show to spotlight ‘Sgt. Pepper’ at Academy of Music in Philadelphia |Mar 20, 2018

Join Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band this weekend.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band delivers finger-lickin’ good Country Blues; comes to World Café Live |Mar 20, 2018

Reverend Peyton is a larger than life figure who delivers boot stompin’ backwoods country blues music on just about any stringed instrument, and that includes customizing shotguns and axes into playable instruments, while keeping them functional.

Fleetwood native helps organize benefit concert for boy, 6, with spina bifida |Mar 20, 2018

The National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association Chapter at Misericordia University is holding its fourth annual NSSLHA Benefit Concert on April 8 at 3 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.

League of Women Voters hosts Hot Topics Luncheon ‘Criminal Justice Reform in Pennsylvania’ |Mar 20, 2018

The League of Women Voters of Berks County is hosting a Hot Topics Luncheon on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 12:00 noon – 2:30 p.m. at the Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road, Wyomissing.

Berks History Center awarded the PA Museums 2018 Special Achievement Award |Mar 20, 2018

The Berks History Center is pleased to announce that PA Museums, Pennsylvania’s statewide trade association serving museum professionals and institutions, has awarded the Berks History Center (BHC) an Institutional Achievement Award for the BHC’s Collections Management Project.

Berks Parrot Head Club Cabin Fever event benefits CONCERN foster care programs |Mar 20, 2018

On Saturday evening, Jan. 20, the Berks County Parrot Head Club hosted their annual “Cabin Fever” event at the DoubleTree Hotel in Reading to benefit CONCERN’s Greater Berks foster care programs and raising $11,580 in the process.

SAXTON: Richard Petty selling part of legendary personal collection |Mar 19, 2018

NASCAR legend Richard Petty said that after “accumulating stuff” for 80 years, it’s time to sell some of his most famous cars, trophies and other items.

‘House Hunters’ episode shows Jared & Liz Trout’s return to home area |Mar 19, 2018

Liz Trout says it has been fun decorating the new home she and her husband, Jared, moved into last October.

American Keg in Pottstown feeling the squeeze from new steel tariffs |Mar 19, 2018

Pottstown >> American Keg CEO Paul Czachor is looking for a level playing field when it comes to the imported steel and aluminum tariffs executive order signed by President Donald Trump March 8.

Letter: New laws won’t stop criminals from obtaining guns nor make law enforcement better at stopping them |Mar 19, 2018

For transparency, I am an NRA life member, hunter, father and grandfather. In response to Mr. Tatum’s March 13th article, I feel he has missed the mark. The NRA is made up of like-minded people who are gun owners for various reasons.

$12.3 million project improves Route 61 in Berks |Mar 19, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced work began March 19 on a project to improve PA 61 in Leesport and Shoemakersville boroughs and Ontelaunee and Perry townships in Berks County.

Berks County man draws prison for drug crimes in Pottstown, Lower Providence |Mar 19, 2018

NORRISTOWN >> A Berks County man who previously spent time behind bars for a drug dealing habit has been sent back to prison for similar crimes in Pottstown and Lower Providence.

Reading Symphony presents an evening of all-Gershwin works |Mar 19, 2018

The Reading Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of all-Gershwin works, entitled Glorious Gershwin, on Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center. Acclaimed British pianist Simon Mulligan joins the orchestra, led by Maestro Andrew Constantine, for Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue, and bass-baritone and leading interpreter of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Kevin Deas, is featured in selections from the beloved American opera.

Genesius Kids present ‘The Music Man Kids’ |Mar 19, 2018

Performing at Genesius Theatre, 153 North 10th Street, Reading, The Genesius Production of Music Man Kids is part of a series offered by Music Theatre International to take their big shows and tailor them down for children to perform.

Pottstown School Board speaks out against YMCA closure |Mar 18, 2018

POTTSTOWN >> The Pottstown School Board Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution which “adamantly opposes” the closure of the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA on North Adams Street.

Daniel Boone Music Boosters hosting The Mattress Fundraiser April 7 |Mar 18, 2018

If you’re in the market for a new bed or bedding accessories and want to support local students, be sure to stop by Daniel Boone Middle School Gym on Saturday, April 7. You will find adjustable bed frames, luxury pillows, box springs and a vast array of mattresses, including latex and memory foam, along with a team of experts on hand to answer any questions.

Construction to begin on New Holland Road Bridge in Cumru Township |Mar 18, 2018

Construction for the New Holland Road bridge, spanning Angelica Creek in Cumru Township, Berks County, is scheduled to begin as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

Oley Valley residents may apply for open school board seat |Mar 17, 2018

The Oley Valley School District is seeking residents interested in applying for an anticipated two-year vacant position on the school board.

Police warn against drinking and driving on St. Patrick’s Day |Mar 16, 2018

Police are reminding area residents to be smart about driving this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

ON STAGE: Upper Darby Performing Arts Center presents ‘Artrageous’ |Mar 16, 2018

“Artrageous,” a one-of-a-kind interactive art and music experience, will be staged at Upper Darby Performing Art Center on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. A team of artists paints at electric speed and creates giant works of art accompanied by live music, powerful vocals and creative choreography.

Updated: 2 crashes involving stolen min-van lead to fatality |Mar 16, 2018

State Police responded to two crashes in Upper Bern and Upper Tulpehocken townships, both involving a stolen mini-van early morning on March 16. The second crash led to a fatality.

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS: K.Flay kicks off the week’s best bets |Mar 16, 2018

Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday we take a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.

Pottstown library to host ‘Bridges out of Poverty’ program March 20 |Mar 16, 2018

POTTSTOWN >> The Pottstown Regional Public Library will host Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities on Tuesday, March 20, at 6 p.m.

Brandywine suspends 21 students for Walkout; safety concerns cited |Mar 16, 2018

Brandywine Heights Area School District suspended 21 high school students for walking out of the school building on March 14.

Hamburg students create 1920s Speakeasy, portray historical figures |Mar 16, 2018

Giving the password provided entry into a 1920s Speakeasy created by AP U.S. History students at Hamburg High School on March 15.

Welcome to My World: The Day of Palms |Mar 15, 2018

We all know palm branches were cut from trees and strewn on the streets the first Palm Sunday when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a colt. Before that time, the early Israelites used “palm fronds, leafy branches and poplars” (Leviticus 23:40 NIV) to adorn the booths at an autumn festival.

Reflections: Baseball season – when we can park the real world in right field |Mar 15, 2018

Another major league baseball season soon will be upon us as the players knock off winter’s rust in spring training. For those of us who follow the game, it’s time to be eternal adolescents once again.

A Look Back in History: Planting Onions and Peas on Saint Patrick’s Day |Mar 15, 2018

Among the wise and prudent, self-sufficient PA Dutch people, their Americana folk calendar has always called for the planting of onions and peas on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day. Since Colonial times, gardeners were urged to hedge themselves against a shorter sporadic growing season in North America, a folk practice learned by early Americans who had suffered devastating, long, winter storms.

Letter: Brace yourselves for KutzPatty Day on March 24 |Mar 15, 2018

Dear Editor, Some timely advice for new neighbors in our community.

Charges filed against teen driver for double fatal crash in Upper Tulpe |Mar 15, 2018

Charges have been filed against a teenage driver who caused the Upper Tulpehocken Township crash that killed two other teens on Dec. 26, 2017.

Brandywine Library hosts Wine and Stein April 14 |Mar 15, 2018

Brandywine Community Library will be holding its annual community fundraiser, at 6 p.m. on April 14 at the Henry Auditorium located on The Lutheran Home at Topton campus.

Kiss A Pig candidate hosts Adult Easter Egg Festival at Setter Ridge Vineyards, Kutztown |Mar 15, 2018

Kiss A Pig Candidate, Heather Moyer, for Olivet Boys & Girls Club will be hosting her first fundraising event an Adult Easter Egg Truck & Food Truck Festival on March 24 at Setter Ridge Vineyards, Kutztown.

Hamburg Jazz Jam offers young musicians real-life performance experience on Strand’s stage |Mar 15, 2018

Hamburg Area High School hosted Jazz Jam on Feb. 28 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hamburg Strand.

Lions show their appreciation |Mar 15, 2018

Frystown Lions Club President Dennis Zerbe presented Gregg Smith, manager of Esther’s Restaurant in Fredericksburg, with a certificate of sincere appreciation and personal thanks for allowing the club to “sell” its nuts at Esther’s in the club’s only yearly fundraiser and also for the staff’s warm hospitality.

Hawk Mountain updates Silhouette Trail with new raptors |Mar 15, 2018

The international award-winning, ADA accessible Silhouette Trail, which meanders through Hawk Mountain’s ridge-top forest between the Trail Head and South Lookout, has undergone another display transformation.