Art Gallery of Hamburg exhibits high school artwork for January |Jan 16, 2017

Hamburg High School student artwork fills the windows of the Art Gallery of Hamburg for the month of January. An artists reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the gallery at 335 State St.

Josh Shapiro looks back at time as Montgomery County commissioner |Jan 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Josh Shapiro, discussing the diversity of Montgomery County, couldn’t stay put in his seat.

Assessment settlements cost Pottsgrove School District $200K in tax revenue |Jan 16, 2017

The Pottsgrove School District will have to pay out more than $200,000 in refunds for three year’s worth of taxes on three properties as the result of settlements approved by the school board Tuesday night.

Relay for Life invited to Pottsgrove board meeting to address concerns |Jan 16, 2017

Although back in August the Pottsgrove School Board approved the use of its football stadium by the Pottstown Relay for Life, some concerns were raised about how the beneficiary of the Relay — the American Cancer Society — uses the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised there.

Democrats endorse Ken Lawrence for Montgomery County board of commissioners |Jan 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Ken Lawrence, Temple University’s vice president for alumni relations and a resident of Plymouth Meeting, has been nominated by Montgomery County Democrats to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Board of Commissioners.

Kutztown 8th grader wins 2nd in kennel club story telling contest |Jan 16, 2017

Kutztown Middle School 8th grader Zoe Weidman won second place in the Lehigh Valley Kennel Club’s first annual Story Telling Contest.

CMERT dissolves to form Montgomery County SWAT |Jan 16, 2017

The Chesmont Emergency Response Team was officially dissolved last week to make way for a new regional police tactical team.

Dent re-elected as co-chair of House’s Tuesday Group |Jan 16, 2017

Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) Has been chosen by members of the Tuesday Group Caucus to continue serving as one of the organization’s co-chairs.

Kutztown Community Library Board increase Youth Librarian hours to better serve community |Jan 16, 2017

The Kutztown Community Library Board of Directors voted in December to make the Youth Librarian position from part time to full time to better serve the youth of the community, effective Jan. 15.

Pottstown churches remember legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. |Jan 16, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> The Rev. James Allen can still remember the first time he ever met the Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. He was still in the seminary in Atlanta, Ga. at the time and was so poor he needed to stretch the $0.

Pottsgrove pursues earlier outreach to pre-Kindergarten families |Jan 16, 2017

WEST POTTSGROVE >> In an effort to close an “achievement gap” experienced by students in the district’s low-income households, educators want to reach out and get familiar with those households before they’re even in school.

Pottstown moves forward with land bank |Jan 16, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Although borough council wasted no time in voting Monday night to move ahead with creating a land bank to try to reduce the number of blighted properties in town, it will be awhile before it’s up and running.

Winning Scenes of 29th District calendar unveiled |Jan 14, 2017

Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) unveiled the winners of his 2017 “Scenes of the 29th Senatorial District” calendar contest, which features photos from throughout Berks and Schuylkill counties.

Overheated stove pipe causes Tilden Township home fire |Jan 13, 2017

A clay stove pipe overheated, catching a Tilden Township home on fire on Jan. 10.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joslyn Koval graduates |Jan 13, 2017

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joslyn Koval graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary names new president |Jan 13, 2017

Following an extensive national search, Geri E. Unger has been named the new president of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, a position she assumed on Jan. 3.

Pennsylvania Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will be open on MLK Day, other holidays |Jan 13, 2017

HARRISBURG >> The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has announced that hundreds of Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will be open Monday, Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – as well as on Presidents Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July this year.

Kutztown Community Library hosts Laura Ingalls Wilder 150th birthday party |Jan 13, 2017

Kutztown Community Library will celebrate the 150th birthday of author Laura Ingalls Wilder with a program and refreshments on Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.

Bereavement Support Group in Berks helps those facing sudden loss of spouse |Jan 13, 2017

People suffer many types of loss throughout their lives. With loss, comes grief.

Multiple uses presented for Birdsboro Elementary Center when it closes |Jan 13, 2017

AMITY >> Public feelings were mixed at the Jan. 9 Daniel Boone Area School Board meeting about the multiple future uses presented for the Birdsboro Elementary Center.

American Red Cross of Reading to participate in MLK Day of Service |Jan 12, 2017

As part of the nationwide Day of Service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the American Red Cross and other organizations will be teaming up to improve community safety through the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.

Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources applauds plans to close Hamburg State Center |Jan 12, 2017

Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR) applauds the plan announced by Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Dallas yesterday to close the Hamburg State Center.

Life insurance 101: What you need to know |Jan 12, 2017

Life insurance; everyone says it’s important but it can be a difficult topic to talk about and even more difficult to understand. However, it is a critical topic to grasp because of its importance when building a financial strategy.

SEVEN IN SEVEN: Pat Metheny, Jill Scott, a Winter Jawn, Kings of Leon and more |Jan 12, 2017

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.

Glad Tidings mission team delivers education, a way out of poverty to Haiti |Jan 11, 2017

Changed. That’s how Louise Keim and her niece, Sage Bausher, feel after a mission trip to Haiti in November. The pair say they will never look in their stocked fridges or filled closets without picturing how life is just a short plane ride away.

Gilbertsville Elementary School introduces Green Screen technology to students |Jan 11, 2017

Green Screen Technology Transports Students to New Worlds of Learning

THE YANKEE CHEF: Gluten-free cake is a ‘chocolaty delight’ |Jan 11, 2017

This is a ‘Yanked’ recipe because I have cut the amount of fat and sugar as well as creating a gluten-free cake that is exceptional, moist and delicious. Honestly, you will not be able to taste or feel the lack of gluten in this chocolaty delight.

THE BREWHOLDER: Karamoor Estate teams up with Goose Island for farmhouse style beer |Jan 11, 2017

Collaboration brews — when 2 or more breweries work together to brew a single beer — have become more and more common over the past decade. What is less common is when a winery and a brewery come together to create a beer; but that is exactly what happened recently when Chicago-based Goose Island Beer Co.

Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo returns to Oaks this weekend |Jan 11, 2017

Oaks >> Animal lovers looking for a winter event for the whole family have found just what they’re looking for in the Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo, which returns to the area Jan. 13, 14 and 15.

Department of Human Services closing Hamburg State Center |Jan 11, 2017

Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Ted Dallas announced on Jan. 11 that DHS plans to close the Hamburg State Center in Hamburg for people with intellectual disabilities in Berks County.

Animal Rescue League of Berks County invites public to open house |Jan 11, 2017

CUMRU TOWNSHIP >> The Animal Rescue League of Berks County will be having and Open House at the shelter at 58 Kennel Road, on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Guests are invited to bring their pets for an open, green-screen background, pet photo booth, compliments of Partymasterz (photo booth pictures are available for a $5 donation).

Hamburg State Center to close |Jan 11, 2017

HARRISBURG >> The Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Ted Dallas has announced that DHS plans to close the Hamburg State Center for people with intellectual disabilities in Berks County.

WATCH: PennDOT launches video to assist Pennsylvanians in navigating roundabouts |Jan 11, 2017

HARRISBURG >> The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has launched a video to assist Pennsylvanians in navigating roundabouts. The video instructs viewers how to use both single and multi-lane roundabouts whether in a vehicle, on a bicycle or on foot.

Spring Street Center members ring in the New Year |Jan 11, 2017

Members of The Center at Spring Street, Boyertown, really know how to welcome the New Year! On December 29th, members “cut a rug” to polkas and oldies played by “Bob Kreitz and Friends”.

Reflections: January settles over us like a shroud and smothers us |Jan 11, 2017

January, at least to me, is the worst month of the year. Indeed, it’s the ultimate meh month.

Chestnut Knoll invites public to monthly Alzheimer’s support group meeting |Jan 11, 2017

Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is pleased to invite the public to a free Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting on Thursday, January 19 from 6:30–8 p.m. to learn more about caring for your senior loved ones with dementia.

Creativity, celebrity tips and more at the Philly Home Show |Jan 11, 2017

What’s your home improvement resolution this year?

Pen Pals meet under unusual circumstances |Jan 11, 2017

I got to know 96-year-old Mary Jane (Peters) Anderson when I lived in Fleetwood, in the early 1970s. We both attended St. Paul’s UCC Church. It was Mary Jane who took me “under her wing” by getting me involved in church activities.

Amity police promotes Officer Coe to corporal |Jan 10, 2017

The Amity Police Department officially promoted Officer John Coe to corporal on Jan. 3.

Patriot Church News Jan. 12 |Jan 10, 2017

St. Paul’s UCC, 5 W. Arch St., Fleetwood

MAS Imports, Richmond Twp., sustains fire damage |Jan 10, 2017

Fire crews responded to a two-alarm fire at M.A.S. Imports on Route 222 in Richmond Township on Jan. 8.

Hamburg Item Community Calendar 1-11 |Jan 10, 2017

Submit to Calendar: E-mail event listings to Note Item Calendar in e-mail subject.

Church news for Boyertown area 1-12 |Jan 10, 2017

Shepherd of the Hills Church 527 Hoffmansville Road, Bechtelsville.

Movie Review: ‘PASSENGERS’ by Tamera Lawrence |Jan 10, 2017

We as human beings need companionship. We need to matter. That is life.

Berks County Wine Trail may help battle the winter chill Jan. 14-15 |Jan 10, 2017

Now that winter is here and the holidays are over, it’s time to find ways to fight of the winter blues. If you’re looking for an easy and fun way to put winter’s icy temps behind you, stop by the wineries of the Berks County Wine Trail on Saturday, Jan.

PA Supreme Court issues new public access policy for appellate and trial court case records |Jan 10, 2017

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted a new public access policy that, for the first time, establishes uniform standards for all appellate and trial courts in responding to requests from the public for case records.

Patriot Community Calendar Jan. 12 |Jan 10, 2017

Send events to by Friday noon a week prior to publication.

Agri-CULTURE, art show opens Jan. 20 at Studio |Jan 10, 2017

Studio B opens its 9th annual Agri-CULTURE show featuring art inspired by agriculture.

Church news for Boyertown area 1-12 |Jan 10, 2017

Homemade Apple Dumplings: Huff’s Church Youth Group, Hereford Township. To order call Deb Bortz at 610-679-4834 by Jan. 14. Pick up is Jan. 21 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Head-on crash on Route 662 injures drivers, 2 children |Jan 10, 2017

A head-on collision on Route 662 in Richmond Township hospitalized both drivers and injured two children on Jan. 5.