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Hawk Mountain Migration Kick-Off Fest off to flying start |Aug 18, 2017

Equipped with binoculars and cameras, people gathered at the lookouts at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton for the sanctuary’s inaugural Migration Kick-Off Festival “Off to a Flying Start” on Aug.

One win, two point titles for Buckwalter in Action Track USA finale |Aug 18, 2017

Kutztown >> Great weather, fantastic crowd, and a terrific night of racing brought down the curtain for the three weekly divisions at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on Wednesday night.

NOW STREAMING: ‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ combines Netflix’s heroes into a punchy new series |Aug 18, 2017

Don’t overthink this. “Marvel’s The Defenders” brings the paths of four New York City-based comic-book superheroes together so they can fight a common enemy. The eight-part Netflix series wastes no time getting into the action, but is somewhat slow picking up steam.

NEW TO STREAMING AND VOD: ‘The Wall’ is a white-knuckle war movie |Aug 18, 2017

In “The Wall,” director Doug Liman and scripter Dwain Worrell brilliantly reduce the Iraq War to a few skirmishes between a pair of American soldiers (Aaron Taylor- Johnson, John Cena) and an unseen sniper who has them pinned behind a crumbling wall.

New Schuylkill Valley superintendent believes in being a servant leader |Aug 18, 2017

Schuylkill Valley School District welcomed as new superintendent, Dr. Cindy Mierzejewski. From May 30 to June 30, Mierzejewski worked with former superintendent Dr. Warren Mata, who retired. Her first day was July 1.

THE HISTORIAN: Pigs played a large role in Pennsylvania German life |Aug 18, 2017

A note in the publication American Farmer, 1819, reports that an exhibition at a fair showed a “pig with a wooden leg on the off side [left front] before which appears to walk with little lameness or inconvenience.

Scout project brings new LED sign to Boyertown Salvation Army |Aug 18, 2017

The Boyertown Salvation Army now has a new LED sign thanks to local Boy Scout Chad Gamler. The sign was placed at the Reading Avenue location in July and is now being used to announce upcoming events.

Culvers celebrate 60th anniversary |Aug 17, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Culver of Upper Bern Twp. celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married on July 5, 1957 in the Tyrone Church of the Brethren by the late Rev. Wilmer Kensinger.

BEST BETS: Next week’s concert highlights bring Jonny Lang, Miknna and others to our region |Aug 17, 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.

Doubleclicks’ ‘Love Problems’ is a leap forward |Aug 17, 2017

Happiness has not spoiled the Doubleclicks. Singing sisters Angela Webber and Aubrey Turner, who return to Steel City Coffee House in Phoenixville Aug. 26, have both married since their previous appearance there last year.

Hamburg School Board hires 2 LPNs to fill school nurse vacancy |Aug 17, 2017

On Aug. 14, the Hamburg Area School Board voted 6-0 to hire two Licensed Practical Nurses at a rate of $20 per hour to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of one of the district’s certified school nurses.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Vacation, tides, and the rhythms of life |Aug 17, 2017

I just got back from our annual family vacation on the coast of Maine. There is something about the quantity and the quality of all the blue and green — the ocean and the forests — that keeps calling us back.

Schwank to hold Child Care Seminar on Aug. 22 |Aug 17, 2017

Sen. Judy Schwank will hold a Child Care Seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Exeter Community Library on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

Meitzler, Brennan announce engagement |Aug 17, 2017

Jennifer Lynn Meitzler and Michael Timothy Brennan, both of Bethesada, Md., announce their engagement.

Kutztown Strong enacts strong relationship between school district, university, community |Aug 17, 2017

Kutztown Strong is a local non-profit organization operating in the Kutztown area to combat youth substance abuse behaviors for the health and well-being of their community. Having developed strong relationships with both the Kutztown Area School District and Kutztown University, they continue their work to address the most prevalent substance abuse issues in their community.

‘Wall-E’ inspires robot creations at Hamburg Strand Theater |Aug 17, 2017

The Hamburg Strand Theater hosted Art and a Movie events this summer for children, “The Wizard of Oz” on July 17 and Pixar’s “Wall-E” on Aug. 14.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: From PAW Patrol to food trucks to community festivals and more — lots to enjoy |Aug 16, 2017

Take off American Helicopter Museum and Education Center: Celebrate World Helicopter Day noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 20 at 1220 American Blvd., West Chester. Every day thousands of people rely on helicopters for rescue, disaster relief, transport, firefighting, medical transfers, power line maintenance, tourism, agriculture and many other roles.

Staff Picks: Best sushi restaurants in the Philly suburbs for crazy rolls |Aug 16, 2017

If you’re looking for the freshest sushi with top-notch, crazy rolls, there’s no need to travel to the city when the Philadelphia suburbs have an incredible line-up of sushi restaurants ready to satiate your raw craving.

Boyertown twirling coach draws jail for improper contact with teen girl |Aug 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A former Berks County man who authorities said helped coach the Boyertown Legionette Twirlers faces time behind bars for having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage girl he coached.

REFLECTIONS: Concussions make giving up football a no-brainer |Aug 16, 2017

This fall there are kids all over Berks County playing youth and high school football. Their parents should ask themselves, “Should they be?”

Sound Off with Carol: Community talks about medical marijuana Part 2 |Aug 16, 2017

In the Aug. 1 Tri County Record, we printed “On the Record with Carol: Medical Marijuana, What’s the Real Buzz http://www.berksmontnews.com/general-news/20170727/on-the-record-with-carol-medical-marijuana-whats-the-real-buzz

Welcome To My World: Happiness is washing the car, together |Aug 16, 2017

Reprint (First Use to Highway News 2011)

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wind River’ a chilling, compelling drama in harsh setting |Aug 16, 2017

One can argue that in the tales penned by Taylor Sheridan, the setting is a character, one almost as important as the protagonist.

MOVIE REVIEW: Action-comedy ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ largely wastes Jackson-Reynolds pairing |Aug 16, 2017

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is evidence that it takes more than an appealing pair of leading men to make the dynamite go boom.

Third Annual Honey Brook Music Fest benefits food pantry |Aug 16, 2017

The Honey Brook Food Pantry is hosting an evening of music on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at the Honeybrook Golf Club and Greenside Grill, 1422 Cambridge Road, Honey Brook, in beautiful Chester County.

Selwyn Birchwood, Jarekus Singleton bring high-powered blues to Sellersville Theater |Aug 16, 2017

Selwyn Birchwood and Jarekus Singleton, two of the hottest young blues artists today, will be sharing the night at Sellersville Theater. They will each perform with their own bands.

Ivan Stoltzfus of Honey Brook returns home from second cross-country tractor ride |Aug 16, 2017

Ivan Stoltzfus of Honey Brook returned home from his second drive across the country on his 1948 John Deere Model A Tractor benefiting Across America for Wounded Heroes.

A Look Back in History: Hidden Architectural Treasures found at Pricetown |Aug 16, 2017

Conrad Price, the person for which the small community of Pricetown bears its name, was among the original 12 Brethren pioneer families who settled here about 1754 and were an outgrowth of the Brethren Plain sect who settled in the Oley Valley.

Building a Better Boyertown announces Dog Days of August |Aug 16, 2017

Building a Better Boyertown is hosting the annual Dog Days of August event this coming weekend, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on N. Chestnut Street. This is going to be an exciting event for all pet owners and their companions in walkable Boyertown.

Six Flags sets world record fon National Roller Coaster Day |Aug 16, 2017

Six Flags Great Adventure celebrated National Roller Coaster Day by setting a new record, and it involves pajamas.

FOOD: Zounds, me hearties! It’s National Rum Day |Aug 16, 2017

Forget “yo-ho-ho.” When the women behind Full Spirited Flavours need rum, they don’t buy a bottle. They import 55-gallon drums.

LOCAL MUSIC: Royersford rock band Rofo Audio involves local businesses in their music videos |Aug 16, 2017

Power trio Rofo Audio are like unofficial ambassadors for the Spring-Ford Chamber of Commerce.

New class of honorees for Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame examples of powerhouse vocals, soulful vibes |Aug 16, 2017

Spanning the 1930s to the present, this year’s honorees for the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame include a notable number of women.

EAT & DRINK: Phoenixville’s TASTE, Sand Castle Winery host Vegan Winemakers Dinner |Aug 16, 2017

TASTE, the new vegan restaurant from Sand Castle Winery, will host a winemakers dinner at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug 31. Executive Chef Theo Charitos will pair a six course vegan menu with select wines from Sand Castle Winery.

‘Vigil for Charlottesville’ planned in Pottstown |Aug 15, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, organizations in Pottstown are banding together to hold a “Vigil for Charlottesville” on Thursday.

Breweries of the Philadelphia suburbs |Aug 15, 2017

Everybody loves a good beer, and the Philadelphia suburbs is home to many breweries that could be the creator of your next favorite. The list below features a range of breweries across the suburbs.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Step out of the box with this berries and cake treat |Aug 15, 2017

Want something a little out of the ordinary? This “communal” summertime dessert is perfect as is or have some real vanilla bean ice cream for your friends and family to scoop right on top of this fantastic dessert.

COMMUNITY: Local 4-H members place in horse championship show |Aug 15, 2017

The 4th annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Junior Horse Championship Show was held at the Centre County Grange Fairgrounds in Centre Hall. More than 150 4-H members from across Pennsylvania exhibited horses in performance and in hand classes, totaling over 500 entries for the weekend.

PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL: Graham Nash enjoying being a solo artist |Aug 15, 2017

A member of either The Hollies; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; or Crosby & Nash for most of his musical career, Graham Nash is finally getting some alone time.

Steel River presents ‘Legally Blonde Jr.’ |Aug 15, 2017

“Legally Blonde Jr.” is coming to Steel River Playhouse Aug. 25 – 27. This hit show follows the adventures of a sorority girl named Elle Woods — a Gemini with a double Capricorn moon — who tries to win her ex-boyfriend back by earning a Harvard law degree.

TASTE-OFF: Trader Joe’s best — and worst — chocolate cookies |Aug 15, 2017

Cookies are a magical food — especially when they’re studded with chocolate chips or chunks. They’re an instant pick-me-up and all-around great snack. You can make them at home, of course, but another option is to leave the measuring and mixing to Trader Joe’s.

Shoey Boy Scout Troop hosts 19th annual Auto Show |Aug 15, 2017

By Carl Hess For Digital First Media

TRENDING: Safely celebrating the upcoming Great American Eclipse |Aug 15, 2017

It’s not going to be your average Monday.

More than 150 vie for trophies awarded in 27 classes |Aug 15, 2017

Mother Nature has really played havoc with automotive enthusiasts this year as numerous events have been rained-out, rescheduled or held in less than desirable conditions with dismal turn-outs. That was definitely NOT the case for the 19th Annual Auto Show promoted by Shoemakersville Boy Scout Troop #163 at the Perry Twp.

Bill Cosby seeks more time to find new lawyer for sex assault trial |Aug 15, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Entertainer Bill Cosby has asked a judge for more time to find a new lawyer for his sex assault trial as another member of his legal team requests to withdraw from the case, according to court papers.

CD REVIEW: With ‘potent’ new CD out, sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer play World Cafe Live |Aug 15, 2017

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer Not Dark Yet

Closing Reception and Awards Ceremony for ‘It’s Raining Cats and Dogs’ exhibition |Aug 14, 2017

BOYERTOWN >> Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, is pleased to announce the closing award reception of “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” curated by Pamela Hodges.

Funky Frets expanding in new space |Aug 14, 2017

BOYERTOWN >> It’s been five years since Funky Frets came to town, and now they’re ready to expand in a new space just ahead of their annual ukulele festival.

Albright College’s Freedman Gallery presents two exhibitions |Aug 14, 2017

Albright College will kick-off the fall 2017 semester by presenting the following two exhibitions running concurrently in the Freedman Gallery. Both are free and open to the public.

Playcrafters, Skippack, presents ‘Snake in the Grass’ |Aug 14, 2017

A dark mystery. A father’s death. Siblings. Borrowing a bit from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in its dark-themed ghostly portrayal of two estranged sisters with a bent on their family inheritance, “Snake in the Grass,” a two-act play written by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn, debuted in Scarborough in 2002 and is part of his Things That Go Bump series.