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Former Texas A&M kicker Bertolet inducted into Exeter Hall of Fame |Feb 7, 2016

Exeter >> His right foot has taken him to some extraordinary places.

Copper plates stolen from AT&T tower |Feb 6, 2016

Copper plates were stolen from an AT&T communication tower at 329 Church Road, Maxatawny Township.

2 charged with drug related offenses after DUI traffic stop on Route 222 in Fleetwood |Feb 6, 2016

A suspected DUI traffic stop at 1:45 a.m. on Feb. 6 led police to discover that the driver and passenger had outstanding warrants. Various controlled substances were also found in the vehicle.

Mifflin Library to celebrate National Take Your Child to the Library Day, Feb. 6 |Feb 5, 2016

On Saturday, February 6, Mifflin Community Library welcomes families for fun activities from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on National Take Your Child to the Library Day.

Volunteers to present Valentine’s Day program at Hopewell Furnace |Feb 5, 2016

On Sunday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., National Park Service volunteers will be in the conference center at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site to talk about how Valentine’s Day was celebrated in the 1800s.

WTIM: Music Around Town |Feb 5, 2016

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

KU Planetarium to host immersive theater show on black holes |Feb 5, 2016

Kutztown University’s Planetarium will be hosting a presentation on black holes, the mysterious and powerful anomalies of our universe, on Wednesday, Feb. 17 and Wednesday, April 6. The show will begin at 7 p.

KU panel discussion to focus on police use of force |Feb 5, 2016

The Kutztown University Criminal Justice Department will host a panel discussion “Police Use of Force: An American Crisis” on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. The panel will consist of Mark Talbot, chief, Norristown Police Department; Dennis J.

CASA of Berks County announces upcoming info sessions |Feb 5, 2016

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable and underrepresented children living in foster care? 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 of Berks County.

Genesius’ ‘American Idiot’ delivers a powerful portrait of the post 9/11 generation Green Day’s music reflects the ‘time of their lives’ |Feb 5, 2016

Green Day’s “American Idiot” electrified the Genesius stage Friday night before a young and enthusiastic audience familiar with much of the music.

Historical Society to present program on the Speaker’s House |Feb 5, 2016

What is the Speaker’s House? Why is it being restored? How is it being restored? Why is this house important?

Correction: 2 car crash sends one to hospital |Feb 5, 2016

State Police reported a two car collision on Fleetwood Lyons Road in Richmond Township sent one driver to the hospital on Jan. 14.

Welcome to my World: Celebrating Valentine’s Day |Feb 5, 2016

Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, is a day when people send expressions of affection through cards or gifts to loved ones. Although the custom of this day is to send love messages, the day originated in early Christianity.

2 new prosecutors installed in Montgomery County DA’s Office |Feb 5, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> During a brief ceremony attended by colleagues, friends and family, two new law enforcement officials took their oaths of office on Friday to join the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane has August trial date for alleged perjury charge |Feb 5, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s trial on perjury-related charges will get under way with jury selection on Aug. 8, a judge ruled on Friday.

Senator Schwank announces re-election bid |Feb 5, 2016

State Senator Judy Schwank announced on Feb. 2 that she will seek re-election to her second full term in the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing the Berks County-based 11th Senatorial District.

First-of-its-kind renewable natural gas option launches locally |Feb 5, 2016

On Jan. 26, The Energy Co-op announced the launch of a new Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) product, which provides consumers in Eastern Pennsylvania with a first-of-its-kind, renewable alternative to pipeline natural gas derived from fracking.

‘Chocolate & Wine Lovers Weekend’ returns for Valentine’s Day |Feb 5, 2016

Looking for a sweet escape with your Valentine? Jump in the car and enjoy a day trip of winter landscapes filled with tastes of nearly a dozen wine and chocolate-loving stops along the way. It is the annual “Chocolate & Wine Lovers Weekend” with the Berks County Wine trail, Saturday, Feb.

Berks County man sentenced for crash that killed North Coventry resident |Feb 5, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> During an emotional hearing, a Berks County man learned he faces up to seven years in prison after admitting to driving recklessly and under the influence of a prescription painkiller at the time of a fiery, two-vehicle crash along Route 100 that killed a North Coventry motorcyclist.

Hamburg students create water purification system for Governor’s PA STEM Competition |Feb 5, 2016

Hamburg Area High School sent five students to compete in the regional STEM Competition at the Berks County Intermediate Unit in Reading on Feb. 1.

Rogers family, owners of Grandview Speedway, injured in car crash in Daytona Beach |Feb 5, 2016

Bruce and Teresa Rogers, operators of Grandview Speedway, continue their recovery from injuries sustained in a vehicular accident last week in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Tigers, Tigers! with StoryRider Miss Barb at Hamburg Public Library |Feb 5, 2016

Parents and children make tiger masks during Tigers, Tigers! StoryRiders Preschool Storytime with Miss Barb at Hamburg Public Library on Feb. 5. The next StoryRiders Preschool Storytime will be Feb.

Making the case for raising the minimum wage |Feb 5, 2016

As we approach tax time again, we all would feel much better about this process if we thought everyone would be paying their fair share. Not happening.

Hamburg Borough continues snow removal after Winter Storm Jonas |Feb 5, 2016

Hamburg Borough continued to clear the snow and open the storm drains, even in the pouring rain on Feb. 3.

Hamburg Item Community Calendar Feb. 10 |Feb 5, 2016

Submit to Calendar: E-mail event listings to ldillon@berksmontnews.com. Note Item Calendar in e-mail subject.

A Look Back in History - Operation: Community Cleanup |Feb 5, 2016

Being out and about in the community and frequenting local businesses almost on a daily basis, I have made some observations during the recent blizzard that many of the businesses I patronize, as well as other citizens of Kutztown, have taken a substantial business hit over the week or so span of storm and cleanup.

Movie Review: ‘The Finest Hours’ |Feb 5, 2016

Coastal storms. They wreak havoc on shorelines, structures and lives. History reveals the devastation and loss during these storms. But out of destruction, tales emerge of courage and bravery. Thankfully, the magic of movies makes it possible for us to take a glimpse into the past.

Tompkins VIST Bank, Children’s Home launch motorcycle fundraiser |Feb 5, 2016

Scott Gruber, CEO of Tompkins VIST Bank, and Dr. Vincent LaSorsa, CEO of The Children’s Home of Reading, visited the bank’s Wyomissing branch recently to help launch the tour of a motorcycle called “Penny,” which was rebuilt by residents of the Children’s Home.

Berks County Parks & Recreation new volunteer meeting set in March |Feb 5, 2016

The Berks County Parks and Recreation Department will welcome new volunteers on Thursday, March 3 at 9 a.m. at the Berks County Heritage Center, 1102 Red Bridge Road, Bern Township, for the first in a series of informational training sessions.

Police investigate Tilden Township fire; several propane tanks exploded |Feb 5, 2016

State Police Reading are investigating a Jan. 29 fire at 41 Elm Ave., The Village at Pleasant Hills in Tilden Township.

Broken Bit 4-H Horse Club schedules first meeting of 2016 |Feb 4, 2016

The Broken Bit 4-H Horse Club will hold its re-organizational meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Friendly Horsemen Clubhouse, 260 Kline Road, Stevens, starting at 6:30 p.m. Youth need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Generous benefactor to buy Historic State Theatre of Boyertown for community |Feb 4, 2016

“My Grandparents, Edith (Mimi) and Frank Diehl, moved to the Boyertown area in 1941. In 1975, my Mom, (Dolly) moved back to the same farm house, and now two of my sisters, Bonnie Wren and Debby Meehan have also moved back to the area.

TEG Auction Gallery in Morgantown hosts auction benefiting Twin Valley students |Feb 4, 2016

TEG Auction Gallery in Morgantown will be hosting TVMS Parent Involvement Council Winter Benefit Auction Night, a live auction at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 to benefit Twin Valley Middle School students.

Commissioners say state of the county is strong |Feb 4, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> “The state of the county is strong,” was how Josh Shapiro, Chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, summed up an address made by all three commissioners Thursday.

Ten Hamburg art students draw, deliver portraits of Ethiopian children for Memory Project |Feb 4, 2016

Ten Hamburg art students created hand drawn portraits for children in Ethiopia for The Memory Project. They will be sending the portraits via mail in early February for delivery to the children to keep.

Blue Mountain Academy wins at Governor’s STEM Competition |Feb 4, 2016

Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg scored the highest at the regional chapter of the Governor’s PA STEM Competition on Feb. 1, hosted by the Berks County Intermediate Unit in Reading.

Author and Illustrator Brian Biggs to visit Exeter Library |Feb 3, 2016

The Exeter Community Library will be hosting Author and Illustrator Brian Biggs on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Please join us for a presentation, question and answer session and book signing.

Owl Prowl Hike and Hands-On Discovery Program announced by Berks Parks and Rec. |Feb 3, 2016

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for star crossed lovers. Join us at the Angora Fruit Farm on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 pm to discover the feathered friends who make February their time to find love.

Hamburg School Board hires new football coach Chuck Kutz |Feb 3, 2016

A familiar face to Berks County and Anthracite Region football fans will be taking over as head football coach at Hamburg Area School District.

Montgomery County judge denies Bill Cosby’s request to dismiss sex assault charges |Feb 3, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A Montgomery County judge has denied a request made by Bill Cosby’s lawyers to dismiss sexual assault charges.

Big Shot sponsored by Petersheim Bros. Inc.: Weaver’s Orchard announces photo contest winners |Feb 3, 2016

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

PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: ... And this is my solemn vow |Feb 3, 2016

Dear Readers: If you read last week’s column entitled “The Right One? Part I,” it stands to reason you would expect to see Part II this week. However, something has been brought to my attention within the last 24 hours of this writing that I feel I must discuss with you.

Choosing a preschool for your child |Feb 3, 2016

Preschool is often a child’s first real experience with peer socialization, a fun, yet possibly overwhelming time. Research shows that smaller class sizes with a lower teacher/child ratio are better for young children.

Letter to the Editor: Response to article ‘Board weighs 2 percent tax hike for 2016-17’ |Feb 3, 2016

Dear Editor: Being a tax payer of the Daniel Boone School District and having been going to the Daniel Boone School Board meetings for 38 years, I feel this is a terrible tax hike to throw at the tax payers.

Wayne Klein attends United Motorcoach Association Expo |Feb 3, 2016

Klein Transportation, also known as Klein’s Bus Service, Inc., is one of the few bus companies in the region that has been family owned and operated for more than 55 years. As a leader in the Motorcoach industry, it is with utmost importance that Klein personnel remain on the cutting edge of regulatory news and legislation as it pertains to the future of the industry.

Historian Thomas Walsh to present program on the Lincolns in Chester and Berks Counties |Feb 3, 2016

On Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m., Historian Thomas Walsh will present the program “Iron Country and the Lincolns in Chester and Berks Counties.” Hosted by the Friends of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, a lively narrative will contribute to an interesting and informative program that includes a question and answer period.

American Legion Post 537 receives Legacy Scholarship Awards |Feb 3, 2016

American Legion Post 537 Morgantown recently received two “American Legion Legacy Scholarship Awards.”

Tri County Record Community Calendar Feb. 9 |Feb 3, 2016

Event Submissions: send to ldillon@berksmontnews.com week prior to publication. Note Tri County Record calendar in e-mail subject.

Real Estate Column: The year of thinking and doing |Feb 3, 2016

As we begin 2016, interest rates are still pretty low and it is a great time to consider purchasing for the first time, selling and purchasing a larger home for your growing family or downsizing. I wanted to share a few points for you to consider when choosing a Real Estate Professional.

Philadelphia Auto Show welcomes debut of eKEY |Feb 3, 2016

EAST NORRITON >> A cutting edge tool designed to jump-start the love affair between buyer and vehicle has hit the auto show circuit.