Hodnett and Laubach win Thunder on the Hill |Aug 1, 2014

The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series continued its’ 25th anniversary season on July 29 with the popular 410 Sprints and the Race of Champions Modifieds in a spectacular double-header.

Kutztown Dolphins swim to Arctic Division championship |Aug 1, 2014

The Kutztown Dolphins swim team defeated the teams from Topton and Robesonia to finish the regular season undefeated in the Arctic Division of the Berks County Swimming Association. This is the Dolphins’ first winning season since 2007.

Hamburg Borough Police reports |Aug 1, 2014

Vehicle and pedestrian accident on South 4th Street

State Police search for Berks County Prison inmate who did not return from work release |Aug 1, 2014

Pennsylvania State Police are searching for Randy Allen Robertson, 24, of Reading, who escaped from Berks County Prison in Bern Twp. after he failed to return to the prison from work release at the required time on July 31 at 6:30 p.

Latin no longer a language elective at Hamburg, Tilden principal moved to middle school |Aug 1, 2014

Hamburg Area school directors acknowledged at their meeting on July 28 that the language elective Latin is history in regards to the district’s curriculum for the 2014-15 school year.

Butterfly expert to hold book signing and presentation at The Corner Shoppe |Aug 1, 2014

Ron Richael, local author of the book “Attracting Butterflies” will hold a book signing and two presentations on Friday, Aug. 8.

Hamburg VFW Post 216 presents grant checks to two organizations |Aug 1, 2014

Pictured are VFW Post 216 Commander Dennis Carter presenting grant checks of $1,000 each to Kyle Lord of Keystone Soldiers Military Family pantry and Paul Spurgin executive director of Keystone Wounded Warriors.

Exeter library asks township to help power up |Aug 1, 2014

The Exeter Community Library is once again looking to the township to provide the funds to keep the library up to date. “The computers are failing,” Shawn Filby, trustee of the library, said in a plea to the township supervisors at their July 28 meeting.

Cat Angel Network’s Pet of the Week: Angus and Twist, male best friends |Aug 1, 2014

Angus, a black and white male, and Twist, a brown tabby and white male, are best friends in their foster home. Both are under one year old. They are a bonded pair who must be adopted together.

Sunflowers bloom at Please Wash Me carwash in Elverson |Aug 1, 2014

Sunflowers are blooming at a carwash in Elverson.

Reading Fair brings back the queen |Jul 31, 2014

Fair-goers will see one longtime tradition resurrected for the celebration of the 160th year of the fair with The Reading Fair Queen Contest.

Caregivers find support |Jul 31, 2014

The Kutztown Community Library hosts a caregiver support group sponsored by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Their meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of every month.

St. Luke’s health care providers and administrators battle mud, water and fire in Spartan Race |Jul 31, 2014

As health care providers, you work together with your team, apply your skills, put your best foot forward and approach each day ready to take on whatever situation comes your way. When a team of St.

Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods take to the Reading Fair stage |Jul 31, 2014

Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods will take the stage at the Reading Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 7 and 9 p.m. The band, who started playing the Reading Fair in 2009, describe themselves as a ‘50s and ‘60s Rock-n-Roll Party Band.

Boyertown Grizzlies qualify for state Jr. Legion baseball tournament |Jul 31, 2014

With a 5-0 victory over Hamburg at Radnor High School on July 30, the Boyertown Grizzlies Jr. Legion baseball team won the Wayne Regional Tournament and qualified for the double-elimination state tournament.

Boyertown Area Fire and Rescue accepts Community Giving Grant check from Walmart of Bechtelsville |Jul 31, 2014

Members of the Boyertown Area Fire and Rescue accepted a check for a Community Giving Grant from the Walmart in Bechtelsville on Friday, July 25.

Exeter Township Police announce increased motorcycle enforcement |Jul 31, 2014

Noting 38 percent of all FATAL crashes in Exeter Township involve a Motorcycle being driven aggressively; Township Police have been awarded funding to crack down on aggressively driven motorcycles. The grant which was provided by PennDOT through the North Central Highway Safety Network will provide funding for Township Police to concentrate efforts to ensure riders and their motorcycles meet the requirements of Pennsylvania’s laws.

Seniors Give Children Gift of Reading through book credit exchange program |Jul 31, 2014

For the second consecutive year, the Lauer’s Park Elementary School in Reading, Pa., has used a bookstore credit given them by The Heritage of Green Hills, an active, 55+ independent living community in Shillington, Pa.

‘Healthy Me’ Walk in the Park with the Boyertown Community slated this Saturday |Jul 31, 2014

Get some fresh air and have a healthy season! Join St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care, the Boyertown Lions Club, the Rotary Club, and the Kiwanis Club for an Intergenerational Walk in the Park on Saturday, Aug.

Caitlin Smith participates in Summer Scholars Program at Saint Joseph’s University |Jul 31, 2014

While most college students have traded rigorous academic work for relaxing on the beach, Saratoga, Pa. resident Caitlin Smith will give up summer vacation to remain on campus at Saint Joseph’s University as a member of the Summer Scholars Program.

Wilkes University student Kayla Hiryak of Gilbertsville receives First Place for ‘Phage Hunting’ research poster at Science Education Alliance Conference |Jul 31, 2014

Wilkes University student Kayla Hiryak of Gilbertsville, Pa., received first place for a research poster that she presented at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science Education Alliance Conference.

A Look Back in History by Richard L.T. Orth: Fraktur among the Pennsylvania Dutch |Jul 31, 2014

As devout a Christian people as the Quakers were, they did not express their religious belief as dynamic as the Pennsylvania Dutch/Germans, whose American Folk Art naturally spilled over from the Bible into all their furniture and household belongings.

Twin Valley Alumni Spotlight Moffett & Torres own Cafe 110, Morgantown |Jul 31, 2014

In an effort to recognize and support Twin Valley alumni, the Twin Valley Community Education Foundation has created an “Alumni Spotlight” section which is featured in TVCEF’s monthly newsletters. The “Alumni Spotlight” highlights a different Twin Valley alum every month who is doing great things in their professional or personal life.

Science fable fuels curious minds at Morgantown Village Library |Jul 31, 2014

Once upon a time, a “talking, thinking, fly-eating” frog and a “whining, petulant, beautiful-from-the-inside-out” princess told a tale of science and reasoning.

Daniel Boone Jr. Legion Orioles take second in state regional tournament |Jul 31, 2014

The Daniel Boone Jr. Legion Orioles made it all the way to the championship game of the state regional tournament in Pottstown. With a 7-2 loss to Nether Providence (a team the Orioles lost to earlier in the tournament), Boone was eliminated from the tournament, winning three games and losing two.

Philadelphia Folksong Society and Historic State Theatre of Boyertown to present The Karmic Repair Company with special guests this Friday |Jul 31, 2014

In cooperation with the Philadelphia Folksong Society, The Karmic Repair Company with special guests Bovine Social Club and Gregg Cagno will appear Friday, Aug. 1, at The State Theatre of Boyertown,

Albright College welcomes alumna as AmeriCorps volunteer |Jul 31, 2014

Albright College alumna Jasmine Clarke has returned to her alma mater to serve as an AmeriCorps volunteer to help expand the College’s educational partnership with neighboring 13th and Union Elementary School and to engage in community outreach through the Albright Early Learning Center.

20 years later: The tornado that tore through Limerick |Jul 31, 2014

LIMERICK — Twenty years have passed since a devastating tornado swept through Limerick, killing three people and injuring 25.

Newly opened Divots Bar and Grill to host deck party Aug. 1 |Jul 31, 2014

Regardless of the 30-minute rule, you can now take a swim between your meal and dessert at a newly opened restaurant located in the Flying Hills Village Center.

Twin Valley swimmers break records |Jul 30, 2014

The Twin Valley girls U14 swim relay broke the Brandywine Swim League Medley relay record on July 19 and they broke the Freestyle relay record on July 26, both records were from 1994. The girls also broke the Twin Valley swim team relay record in both the Freestyle relay(1998) by 8 seconds and the Medley relay (2007) by 17 seconds.

Honey Brook Concerts in the Park features Spirit Wing Aug. 10 |Jul 30, 2014

Honey Brook Borough’s next Concerts in The Park Summer Concert Series features Spirit Wing on Sunday, Aug. 10, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Music in the Grove features Travis Wetzel Trio Aug. 9 |Jul 30, 2014

An evening of Bluegrass music by The Travis Wetzel Trio will be held at St. John Center Lutheran Church on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m.

Music in the Grove features old time country & gospel Aug. 10 |Jul 30, 2014

St. John Center Lutheran Church again welcomes this year “Just Friends” and “Potter’s Clay” to Music in the Grove on Sunday evening, August 10 at 6 p.m.

Emergency responders train Boyertown area youth during Emergency Response Explorer Weekend |Jul 30, 2014

These days it’s never too soon to start thinking about the future—and when that future could potentially save lives, than it seems all is for the better.

Movie Nights on the Lawn offers evening of fun in Elverson |Jul 30, 2014

Most nights when the orange sun sets behind the western horizon, the giggles and laughter of children playing on the jungle gym in Livingood Park dissipate, but for two Fridays in July the night was just beginning because “Movie Nights on the Lawn” was about to start.

G-STEM Program introduces teens to the world of environmental science |Jul 30, 2014

For participating Pottstown Middle School students, Montgomery County Community College’s G-STEM— Green Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—program was the first opportunity they ever had to explore the Schuylkill River, hold crayfish or see schools of minnows swim by their legs.

The Historian by Robert Wood: Old Inns and Taverns of New Hanover, part 1 |Jul 30, 2014

The old inns and taverns of Montgomery County share typical features that make them recognizable. Situated at a crossroads and built of stone, brick or logs, they were usually two stories high, squareish, and had attic windows in the gable ends and frequently attic dormers; along the front one will find a long porch sheltering two doors, one leading into the bar-room and the other leading into the inn parlor and family living quarters.

WTIM: Music Around Town: July 30 edition |Jul 29, 2014

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

Pedal Paddle offers taste of outdoor activities |Jul 29, 2014

POTTSTOWN — First-timers and experienced outdoorsmen alike took advantage of a unique event offered by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area last week.

Pottsgrove Manor to host summer textile workshops for kids |Jul 29, 2014

On Sundays in August, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., historic Pottsgrove Manor will offer a series of workshops, focusing on a different colonial textile art each week. Kids 8 to 12 years old can learn historical crafts and take home their creations in these fun sessions.

Artists to create mural at Collegeville’s Power House |Jul 29, 2014

Their six original murals include the ones they’ve created for the Minerva D. Braemer Medical Arts Building at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, Norriton Fire Engine Company 61 and Meadowood Senior Living community.

Pickin’ in Pa by Ellen Geisel Time is relative! |Jul 29, 2014

Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Cuckoo. Cuckoo. Bong. Bong. Do you have old clocks in your house? Do you carry an old pocket watch or have an old wristwatch? If you do, then I’m sure you recognize the above sounds.

1 pulled from burning truck after four-car crash near Kutztown |Jul 29, 2014

RICHMOND TWP. — A Mohnton man was pulled from his burning pickup truck by a passing motorist after a four-car crash on Route 222 around 1:30 p.m. Monday, police said.

Area swimmers compete in Junior Olympics |Jul 29, 2014

Recently, 10 swimmers from the Boyertown swim team qualified and competed in the Junior Olympics at the Glouster County Institute of Technology.

Boyertown Bear Paws eliminated from state regional tournament |Jul 29, 2014

The Boyertown Bear-Paws completed a successful season last week when they were eliminated from the state regional tournament. The Bear-Paws were 3-2 in the tournament and finished the season with an overall record of 30-6.

Boyertown Wellness Council votes for a change in name but not purpose |Jul 29, 2014

Often considered an initiative of the Boyertown School District, the independent Boyertown Area Community Wellness Council voted at its quarterly meeting in April, to change its name to Wellness Council of Boyertown (WCB).

Survival fire staring program teaches kids how to start a fire in a survival situation |Jul 28, 2014

The Schuylkill Valley Community Library hosted an evening of survival fire starting for kids presented by the Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation on Wednesday, July 23.

Phillie Phanatic visits The Goddard School of Gilbertsville |Jul 28, 2014

Thursday, July 24, seemed like an ordinary day at The Goddard School in Gilbertsville until a certain visitor entered the building.

Eastern State Penitentiary to host ‘Family Weekend: Pets in Prison’ |Jul 28, 2014

Eastern State Penitentiary will host “Family Weekend: Pets in Prison” on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10 and again on September 27 and 28. The event, designed for kids and adults of all ages, will feature interactive and educational activities all weekend long.

Little Mates Graduates |Jul 28, 2014

Little Mates CDC, 3025 North Street, Morgantown, presents the Little Mates Pre-K 2 Graduating Class of 2014.