Oley Valley Memorial Day Parade & Memorial Ceremony announced |May 24, 2017

Oley American Legion Post 878 invites you to the Oley Valley Memorial Day Parade & Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, May 28, at 6 p.m The parade includes the Oley High School Marching Band, Oley Legion Post 878 honor guard, emergency vehicles and crews, patriotic floats and representatives from other civic groups.

NEW TO STREAMING/VOD: ‘Get Out’ remains the year’s biggest must-see film |May 24, 2017

A mind-bendingly original and terrifying horror thriller, Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” follows an African-American photographer named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) who reluctantly agrees to meet the parents (Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener) of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams).

Twin Valley Fire Department’s first BBQ competition smoking hot |May 24, 2017

Twin Valley Fire Department’s first professional barbecue competition, Twin Valley Fire & Smoke, attracted hundreds to Morgantown to support the fire department.

Snap Fitness of Douglassville introduces MYZONE heart rate monitors |May 24, 2017

Snap Fitness of Douglassville is adding new ways for guests to achieve their personal fitness goals with the introduction of MYZONE heart rate monitoring technology.

FROM THE GROUND UP: The upside of tent caterpillars |May 24, 2017

Right now, they’re everywhere — those white, webby, Halloween-y things in the crotches of tree branches. Inside the webs are hundreds of wriggly, leaf-chomping Eastern Tent Caterpillars.

Library announces Summer Reading and Garden Tour Countdown event |May 24, 2017

Combining the theme of the 2017 Summer Reading Program with a green thumb in anticipation of their Annual Garden Tour, the Friends Group of Mifflin Community Library is planning an event to engage families and beautify Lancaster Avenue in Shillington.

REFLECTIONS: Why doesn’t gender equity apply to barbecuing? |May 23, 2017

I always have found it amusing that men, many of whom would only cook in the kitchen if they were handcuffed to the stove, are the king of the grill.

Fleetwood Area School District: Spotlighting the many student achievements of 2016-17 |May 23, 2017

Each year I enjoy sharing the many accomplishments of our students. These accomplishments range from excellence in academics and vocational skills to excellence in fine arts and athletics.

Hamburg Arts Fest features kid art, chain saw carving demo, art vendors, car show |May 23, 2017

Grey skies clouded the atmosphere at this year’s Hamburg Arts and Crafts Festival and Rolling Art Exhibition on Saturday, May 20, but the day still provided art, food and entertainment for locals.

GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team debuts at Mid Atlantic Air Museum’s World War II Weekend |May 23, 2017

For the first time in the team’s 30-year history, the world famous GEICO Skytypers air show team will perform at the 27th Annual Mid Atlantic Air Museum’s World War II Weekend, June 2-4 at Reading Regional Airport.

Staff Picks: Best factory tours near Philadelphia |May 23, 2017

It’s no seceret that Pennsylvania is home to some of the most famous brand names in the country but some may be surprised to learn our area is also home to some of the best tours of the factories where those products are made.

Tilden Township Police use social media to spread word about No Trespassing at Rock |May 23, 2017

Tilden Township Police continue to cite people for criminal trespass at The Rock and the Kernsville Dam Recreational Area in Tilden Township.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Baywatch’ a beached whale of a comedy that doesn’t know what it wants to be |May 23, 2017

In retrospect, it was silly to think “Baywatch” might just be a beach beauty.

FOOD: Tasty spring salad recipes to try tonight |May 23, 2017

Faced with six types of lettuce on display, a woman wondered aloud which to buy.

Taylor Pool crowned Berks County Dairy Princess; Malaina Rhoads crowned Li’l Miss Dairy Princess |May 23, 2017

The 2017-2018 Berks County Dairy Princess is excited to go on a “Milk Adventure” promoting the Berks County Dairy Industry. Taylor Pool was crowned as the 2017-18 Berks County Dairy Princess on May 12 at the Mohrsville Church of the Brethren.

OUTDOORS: David Rogers’ ‘Big Bugs’ at Tyler Arboretum this summer |May 23, 2017

There will be “Big Bugs” on exhibit June 3-Aug. 29 at Media’s Tyler Arboretum.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Get the grill ready for dessert |May 23, 2017

Time to fire up the grill for this sweet treat. Melba classically uses peaches but nectarines are almost the same fruit. The difference between the two? Fuzzy skin! Many authorities will have you believe that the nectarine is slightly firmer and sweeter, but this is untrue.

Kutztown native competes in Mrs. Pennsylvania Pageant |May 23, 2017

Kutztown native Caitlin Puccio will be competing in the Mrs. Pennsylvania Pageant on June 10 in Philadelphia.

Good Shepherd Kutztown celebrates move with public wellness event May 31 |May 23, 2017

Good Shepherd Physical Therapy – Kutztown is celebrating its move to a new, larger location by holding a wellness event for the public on Wednesday, May 31 from 3 to 7 p.m. The new site is located at Weis Plaza, 15260 Kutztown Road, Suite 170 in Kutztown and is one of more than 60 facilities in nine Pennsylvania counties operated by Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.

Topton Borough Top Dog street Fair & Car Rally |May 23, 2017

Hosted by Topton Centennial Committee, the 2017 Topton Top Dog Street Fair and Classic and Antique Car Rally and Cruise rolled through Topton Borough on May 20, featuring free Barrel Train Rides, musical entertainment through out the day, DJs, live band SIXTY 30, Car Rally along Broad Alley at the ball field and Car Cruise down Home Avenue, a variety of food, Top Hot Dog Eater Competition and dunk tank.

The King’s Academy launches variable tuition program |May 23, 2017

The King’s Academy launches Variable Tuition, a tuition assistance program aimed at making an outstanding, Christian education available to as many families as possible.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary publishes new children’s book |May 23, 2017

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary staff and interns have published a new children’s book, entitled Percy the Victorious Vulture, which is based on the true and inspirational story of a flightless black vulture in Kempton, PA.

Boyertown Memorial Day plans announced |May 22, 2017

The annual Boyertown Memorial Day Parade will be held Monday, May 29, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Kutztown School Board approves new Chromebooks for 8th graders |May 22, 2017

The Kutztown School Board approved the purchase of new Chromebook laptops for Kutztown Area Middle School 8th graders during their May 15 meeting.

Hearing impairment doesn’t deter Hamburg junior Smith |May 22, 2017

They said he’d never walk. Never do much of anything, really.

Schwank Town Hall: regionalizing police, Wolf proposes charging for state police coverage |May 22, 2017

Senator Judy Schwank hosted a Town Hall meeting at Brandywine Heights Middle School on May 17 to discuss regionalizing police departments and Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal to charge municipalities for contracting with State Police.

Krummel, Pfeil, Lilick, Myers and Cassel score feature wins at Grandview |May 22, 2017

BECHTELSVILLE >> Saturday night racing action finally returned to Grandview Speedway after two weeks off courtesy of Mother Nature with four different winners and one repeat winner in the respective classes in the T.

Peace. Love. Kutztown unifies community through coloring |May 22, 2017

Peace. Love. Kutztown spread love and unified the community through the simple act of coloring. More than 200 Kutztown Area School District students participated in the coloring contest that ended on Friday, May 5.

Baahubali fans, check out Fathom’s new ‘Best of Bollywood Event Series’ |May 22, 2017

Fast on the heels off the insanely successful “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion,” which has grossed $20 million so far, the folks at Fathom Events are going big on Bollywood with their new “Bollywood Classic Event Series.

Wilson downs Twin Valley in county championship |May 22, 2017

READING >> The Wilson Bulldogs won four baseball games last season and finished dead last in Section 1 of the BCIAA.

Movies return to State Theatre of Boyertown this Friday |May 22, 2017

With the installation of a new digital projector — The State Theatre is ready to show movies.

Brandywine Heights bests Exeter in 8 to claim Berks League title |May 22, 2017

LYONS >> Exeter came into Thursday night’s BCIAA championship softball game at Lyons Field unbeaten in 20 games.

Railroad excursion to offer view of Pottstown Memorial Day parade featuring Budweiser Clydesdales |May 22, 2017

As part of its annual Salute to the Troops, the Colebrookdale Railroad, will be supporting the Pottstown Memorial Day events. A special reduced fare train to see the famous Budweiser Clydesdales has been scheduled for Memorial Day, May 29.

5-vehicle crash, truck fire closes 78 overnight May 19 |May 22, 2017

A five-vehicle accident, involving two tractor trailer trucks that caught fire, closed eastbound Interstate 78 in Greenwich Township on Friday, May 19. One of the eastbound lanes opened Saturday morning around 9:30 a.

Berks youth compete at Miss PA, Miss PA Outstanding Teen |May 19, 2017

Berks County will be well represented at the Miss Pennsylvania, and also the Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen, in Pittsburgh, in June 2017.

MOVIES: Danny McBride gets serious in ‘Alien: Covenant’ |May 19, 2017

For Danny McBride, being asked to join the cast of “Alien: Covenant” was a long-cherished nightmare come true.

MOVIES: ‘Alien: Covenant’ part of stream of violent films bursting out of screens |May 19, 2017

The new “Alien: Covenant” boasts stellar production design, Michael Fassbender’s subtly masterful dual performance and thoughtful musings about the creation of life.

Albright College Receives Bronze Award for Supporting United Way of Berks County |May 19, 2017

Albright College has once again received the Bronze Award from the United Way of Berks County for its support and contributions to the organization’s 2016 campaign.

Animal Rescue League of Berks County slates grassroots event to protect animals |May 19, 2017

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County will be hosting a Grassroots Event to show animal advocates ways to help protect animals in the state of Pennsylvania and provide tools to become an effective citizen lobbyist.

Boyd, Nevius will face off for Berks judge seat |May 19, 2017

Two attorneys will battle it out in November for an open seat on the Berks County Court of Common Pleas.

American Legion of Exeter Township announces Memorial Day plans |May 19, 2017

EXETER >> The American Legion of Exeter Township will host its annual Memorial Day services on Monday, May 29, with the parade beginning at 9 a.m. a the Exeter High School. It will conclude with a service at Forest Hills Memorial Park.

NEW ON DVD: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter off to save the world in ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ |May 19, 2017

Clad in leather and toting all kinds of heavy artillery, Alice (Milla Jovovich) and Claire (Ali Larter ) are such a lethal pair of zombie-killers that you can’t help but wish that “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” (2017, Sony, R, $30) was a movie worthy of all that bad-assery.

Leesport man killed after truck overturns, spilling 4,000 gallons of milk |May 19, 2017

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> A Leesport man is dead after a tractor-trailer overturned in the 500 block of South Park Avenue of Lower Providence early Thursday morning, May 18.

Boyd, Nevius will face off for Berks judge seat |May 19, 2017

Two attorneys will battle it out in November for an open seat on the Berks County Court of Common Pleas.

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS: Chastity Brown at World Cafe, Dreamcar at TLA kick off the concert week |May 18, 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.

EAT & DRINK: Get ready for a Mac & Cheese Cookoff and other appetizing events in Montco, Chesco and more |May 18, 2017

From restaurant openings to foodie fundraisers to patriotic parties, grab your calendar and make plans now. You don’t want to miss a thing!

Guitarist Ana Popovic brings multi-genre show to Sellersville Theater |May 18, 2017

Guitarist/vocalist Ana Popovic will bring her band to Sellersville Theater in support of her latest album “Trilogy” (Artist Exclusive, 2016), her most ambitious recording to date. The three-disc package features three distinct styles of music — funk/soul, jazz and rock/blues.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Time to smell the ... flowers |May 18, 2017

This is such a delightful time of year, with plants bursting into flower and leaf, making the landscape come alive again. But would spring be quite as wonderful if it didn’t smell so good? How many of us plant flowers for their fragrance as much as for their visual appeal? I’m thinking hyacinths, magnolias, lilies, lilacs, irises, roses, lily-of-the-valley, heliotrope, viburnum, honey locust, honeysuckle, jasmine.

Macy Gray makes long awaited return to Philly; performs at Ardmore Music Hall |May 17, 2017

There is no mistaking the unique raspy vocal of Jazz, R&B and pop songstress Macy Gray. Influenced by Billie Holiday, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Rihanna, Gray’s ability to consistently deliver an unforgettable performance merged with her flamboyant costuming makes for a treat to the ear and an eye catching visual experience.

Last Don Standing: The Secret Life of Mob Boss Ralph Natale |May 17, 2017

Open the “Last Don Standing” and you’re transported to the mafia underworld in Philadelphia through the eyes of former mob boss Ralph Natale.