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Trashcan Sinatras’ ‘One Night, Two Albums’ tour comes to Sellersville Theater |May 25, 2018

The Scottish band Trashcan Sinatras are taking a rare look back with a “One Night, Two Albums” tour of the U.S. and Canada. It brings them to Sellersville Theater May 27.

Hamburg fatal mock crash teaches teens dangers of distracted driving |May 25, 2018

A fatal mock crash scene played out in front of Hamburg High School on May 24.

DEP sets public hearing on Rolling Hills Landfill expansion |May 25, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will host a public hearing to obtain comments regarding the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority’s Major Permit Modification Application to increase the capacity of the Rolling Hills Landfill, located in Earl Township.

Communities to host Memorial Day parades, services |May 24, 2018

In celebration of Memorial Day, several area organizations will be holding celebrations to honor who died in active military service. The following is a list of area events that are currently planned to commemorate the day:

Federal court upholds Boyertown School District bathroom policy |May 24, 2018

Advocacy groups who filed a lawsuit challenging the Boyertown Area School District’s policy on the use of bathrooms by transgender students are considering an appeal of a court ruling.

Exeter High School senior Elizabeth Good awarded PA American Water’s Stream of Learning Scholarship |May 24, 2018

Pennsylvania American Water announced 12 students across Pennsylvania have been selected to receive Stream of Learning Scholarships, including Exeter Township Senior High School senior Elizabeth Good, who plans to attend Lafayette College to study biology.

Exeter May Days Awards recognize students; festival rescheduled to July 20-21 |May 24, 2018

The community committee for Exeter May Days announced on May 17 that due to the current weather patterns, most events will be moved to a weekend in July.

QUICK COOK: Mini croque monsieurs make grilled cheese even better |May 23, 2018

In France, croque monsieurs are served in cafes and bars as a snack. Every food seems to taste better in its French derivation and these grilled ham and cheese sandwiches are no exception. The difference is a rich bechamel, a white sauce made from a roux base (a cooked butter-and-flour paste) and flavored with nutmeg.

EAT & DRINK: Kick off summer with local new eats, plenty of refreshments |May 23, 2018

Beer and strawberries and fundraisers, oh my! But first, here’s what’s new on the restaurant scene.

Philadelphia man sent to prison for role in Montco, Berks, Bucks marijuana ring |May 23, 2018

NORRISTOWN >> While supporters of “a high-ranking member” of a cross-country marijuana trafficking ring downplayed his conduct as victimless and non-violent, a judge saw it differently.

Hamburg School Board approves proposed final budget with no tax increase |May 23, 2018

On May 21, Hamburg Area School Directors voted, 8-0, to approve the proposed final budget of $41.82 million with no tax increase for the 2018-2019 school year.

State System of Higher Education names next chancellor, Daniel Greenstein, formerly of the Gates Foundation |May 23, 2018

The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education selected Daniel Greenstein, former Gates Foundation director, as the State System’s fifth chancellor.

Frog Holler performs indie-rock at Kutztown Park June 2 |May 23, 2018

Frog Holler returns by popular demand to perform at the Kutztown Park Bandshell from 7 to 9 p.m. on June 2.

Hawk Mountain Arts Tour features wide variety of art |May 23, 2018

The 13th annual Hawk Mountain Arts Tour, held June 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a free self-guided driving tour held every year on the first Saturday in June. The self-guided driving tour winds about a 25-mile radius all within scenic Albany Township, this year with a satellite location at Hamburg Park.

Caltagirone: PUC order directing consumer utility credits is welcome |May 23, 2018

House Consumer Affairs Committee Democratic Chairman Tom Caltagirone said today that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s order directing utility suppliers to pass along industry tax reductions to their customers is welcome news for families and seniors across the state.

Berks Parks & Recreation hosts Festivals, concerts and more |May 23, 2018

Early Bird Fiddle Festival Join musicians and music fans from all over Berks County for this year’s Early Bird Fiddle Festival 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 9. This FREE event will highlight bluegrass, Celtic, and folk music on stage and in the field at the Berks County Heritage Center.

Senate approves legislation addressing standardized tests, technical education |May 23, 2018

The Senate approved two measures this week sponsored by Senator Ryan Aument (R-36) that would study the effectiveness of standardized testing in schools and improve certification requirements for vocational teachers.

Clay on Main announces ‘Around the Ancient World’ Summer Camp |May 23, 2018

This summer, kids between the ages 6 to 12 can spend five days learning, playing and creating in Clay on Main’s ceramics studio. The camp runs from July 30 to August 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

8 students awarded Fools’ Run scholarships to attend Kutztown University |May 23, 2018

Eight students promising and deserving students from high schools in northeast Berks County received scholarships from the Kutztown Area Optimist Club to attend Kutztown University in the fall. The scholarships are generated through proceeds from the Kutztown Fools’ Run.

Fleetwood May Students of the Month |May 23, 2018

Daniel Jablonski Daniel is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jablonski of Blandon. Daniel will be attending Penn State University to acquire a degree in electrical engineering and start a career in the engineering field.

Single-lane roundabout opens at 222 & 662, Richmond Township |May 23, 2018

A new single-lane roundabout opened overnight May 21 at the intersection of US 222/Kutztown Road and PA 662/Moselem Springs Road in Richmond Township.

Potluck salads: New recipes in time for Memorial Day |May 23, 2018

With the unofficial start of summer just days away, wondering what to bring to that next potluck, picnic or pool party? These tasty salads will have friends and family asking for seconds … and the recipes.

Downingtown Fine Arts Festival highlights holiday weekend |May 23, 2018

For the fourth straight year, local and regional artists will meet in Downingtown to showcase their work. The Downingtown Fine Arts Festival will be held May 26 and 27 in the borough.

Youth invited to Shoey Children’s Fair and Parade June 2 |May 23, 2018

“Let’s Make a Splash” is the theme of the 67th annual Shoemakersville’s Children’s Fair and Parade. The theme was chosen to honor the 50th anniversary of the community’s swimming pool.

Bailey Wood Products, Kempton, marks 90 years in business |May 22, 2018

During May of this year, Bailey Wood Products marked its 90th year in business. In continuous operation since 1928, this family owned business has prospered in good times and weathered adversity during bad times by hard work, bending with the times and growing to become the modern specialty lumber business it is today.

Emergency crews raise American flag for NJ Trooper killed in I-78 crash |May 22, 2018

Emergency personnel raised the American flag from fire trucks at the I-78 overpass in Greenwich Township on May 22 as police escorted the hearse of the late Brian McNally, 30, a New Jersey State Trooper and a Marine, as the procession passed the scene of the May 20 fatal accident on I-78.

Veterans, spouses invited to free seminar on long-term care benefits |May 22, 2018

Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care invites all veterans and their spouses to attend a free seminar to learn about long term care benefits available to veterans who served on active duty on Thursday, June 7.

Bally Vacation Bible School promotes conflict resolution |May 22, 2018

Vacation Bible School at Bally Mennonite Church will be held July 9 to July 13 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for children Ages 4 through Grade 5.

Boyertown Auto Body Works employees reunite at Museum of Historic Vehicles |May 22, 2018

More than 120 former employees of the Boyertown Auto Body Works attended a Reunion at the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles on May 19.

A Look Back in History America’s early hinterland houses were built of native stone |May 22, 2018

America’s early hinterland houses built of native stone were more than well-constructed abodes as they reveal the desire of the frontier inhabitants to be part of the architectural fashion of the day.

Welcome to My World: From Marriage by Capture, by Contract, to Mutual Love |May 22, 2018

Reprint (2017 Screamin Mamas) Marriage for the bride has certainly evolved over the centuries from “marriage by force or capture,” during ancient tribal days. It wasn’t unusual for a tribe, when in the process of conquering and pillaging a rival tribe, a groom, with the help of his “best man” to assist him, literally kidnapped the woman he desired for marriage.

Samantha Haag crowned 2018-19 Berks County Dairy Princess |May 22, 2018

The 2018-2019 Berks County Dairy Princess is excited to promote the Berks County Dairy Industry. Samantha Haag was crowned as the 2018-19 Berks County Dairy Princess on May 5 at the Mohrsville Church of the Brethren.

Grange supports Hamburg alum battling blood cancer |May 22, 2018

On May 12, the Hamburg Grange #2103 presented a $2,800 check to Bonnie Henry of Shoemakersville.

Donations still needed for GoFourth! Festival fireworks |May 22, 2018

The second annual GoFourth! Festival is hoping to bring in new entertainment and family-friendly fun to mix up this year’s July 4 celebration, but money is still needed.

Amity Police seek information on business burglaries |May 22, 2018

AMITY >> Police are seeking information on a string of commercial burglaries that occurred on May 21.

Police charge teen in Berks arson that damaged post office |May 22, 2018

HEREFORD >> Police say they have charged a juvenile with arson after a fire broke out late last year at a Hereford Post Office.

Andrea Funk speaks at First Chamber Dinner; Chamber Member of Year awarded to John Scott |May 21, 2018

Andrea Funk, former CEO of Cambridge-Lee Industries, spoke on “What Makes a Company Successful?” during the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce’s First Chamber Dinner held at Kutztown University on May 17.

Pottstown non-profits team up to offer free night of baseball |May 20, 2018

POTTSTOWN >> Local residents, plus anyone who wants to show pride in Pottstown, are invited to a free night of baseball, local tributes and fireworks at the Reading Fightin Phils FirstEnergy Stadium on Friday night, June 15.

Kutztown 8th grader Joanna Herrlin knitted to support after-school program Oasis |May 19, 2018

Kutztown eighth grader Joanna Herrlin came up with an idea over this past summer to use her knitting skills to benefit her community.

Kutztown Middle School Career Day offers exploration of many career paths |May 19, 2018

Kutztown Middle School welcomed about 45 professionals, from firefighters to sheep farmers, into the classrooms for Career Day on May 18.

DINING: Bank & Bourbon a tasty culinary investment |May 18, 2018

Maybe it was just a dream, but I think I read somewhere that NASA has discovered a new planet covered in bourbon. But even if you can’t go there any time soon, you can do the next best thing; you can go to Bank & Bourbon, the upscale restaurant in the Loews Hotel in the old PSFS building at 12th and Market streets in center city Philadelphia.

Conestoga Church hosts program on Lazarus Project fighting opioid crisis |May 18, 2018

People gathered at the Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main Street in Morgantown, May 14, at 7 p.m. to learn about the Lazarus Project, a Lancaster County project fighting the national crisis of overdose deaths from opioids.

Chester County artist, Doug Mott, opens his home |May 18, 2018

The minute you walk in the door, you’re looking out a window. In other words, as soon as you’re in, you’re out again. Sort of.

Twin Valley Middle School celebrates ‘Schools To Watch’ designation |May 18, 2018

On May 11, 2018, Twin Valley Middle School celebrated its 2018 Don Eichborn Schools “Schools to Watch®” designation with a school wide pep rally, followed by a reception with artistic and musical performances, and recognition given to its students, staff and leadership by Board President Gary McEwen, Superintendent Robert Pleis, Senator Judith Schwank and Senator John Rafferty Jr.

New exhibit at Clay on Main: ‘Working Surface’ |May 18, 2018

Clay on Main will showcase works by local artists in a new exhibit, “Working Surface: Indulging in Appearances,” open now through June 17 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Railfest in Hamburg features demonstrations and exhibits |May 18, 2018

The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum invites everyone to “Railfest 2018: Hauling Black Diamonds on the Reading Railroad” on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, June 10, from noon to 5 p.

An 1868 Historic Ironmaster’s Wedding at Joanna Furnace — and you can be a guest! |May 18, 2018

The Hay Creek Historians are honored to announce their most exciting historical reenactment event for 2018!

TreeTop Quest Philly offers a higher adventure in Fairmout Park |May 18, 2018

If you have ever watched an old movie and wondered what it might be like to be Tarzan, then Treetop Quest Philly is the place to visit.

Updated space at Penn Museum covers 10,000 years of history |May 17, 2018

The way you look at ancient history and world cultures is about to change.

A Look Back in History: Tribute to the late folklorist & potter, Lester P. Breininger |May 17, 2018

A veteran collector of PA Dutch redware, I was among many Berks County customers who admired the earthenware folk artistry kept alive by Lester Breininger and his apprentices in rural Robesonia. In revisiting my Lester file, I came across an old newspaper clipping of Ron Devlin’s article from the Reading Eagle where he wrote about the amazing Americana collection the late Breininger and subsequent auction and talking of Lester’s legacy.