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State Sen. Judy Schwank hosting Opioid Addiction Awareness Event |Feb 23, 2017

State Sen. Judy Schwank is hosting an opioid addiction awareness event from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 16 at the Governor Mifflin Intermediate School in Shillington.

Birdsboro Power Land Development Plan will move forward |Feb 23, 2017

The Birdsboro Power Land Development Plan will move forward following approval by all council members.

Boyertown Area School District participates in Pennsylvania TSA Region 9 Conference |Feb 23, 2017

On Feb. 4, 131 Boyertown Area School District students travelled to Stroudsburg High School to compete in the Pennsylvania Technology Student Association (TSA) Region 9 Conference. Students from Boyertown Area Senior High School, Junior High East, and Junior High West joined 200 high school and junior high school students for a thrilling day of competition.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Getting the most out of the Flower Show |Feb 23, 2017

With its stunning garden exhibits, floral displays, miniatures, individual plant entries, and so much more, the Philadelphia Flower Show is always a delight to the senses — plenty to engage the eye and the nose.

Store owners take part in National Random Acts of Kindness Day, donate goods to Exeter Police |Feb 23, 2017

Local residents and store owners Ben and Ellen Nonnemacher recently took part in National Random Acts of Kindness Day on Friday, Feb. 17, by donating goods to Exeter Township Police Department.

Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles announces temporary closure for renovations |Feb 23, 2017

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles announced it will be temporarily closed while its main gallery undergoes major renovations. Its entire collection has been moved out so a new cement floor can move in.

Hamburg Area High School students, teachers explore virtual reality classroom |Feb 23, 2017

Hamburg students, teachers and administrators entered virtual reality, using 3D computer technology on Feb. 21.

Exeter library announces ‘One Book, One Community’ events |Feb 22, 2017

-Evening Readers Book Club Wednesday, March 1st at 7 p.m.

700 Brandywine students celebrate World Read Aloud Day |Feb 22, 2017

All 700 students in the Brandywine Heights Elementary and Intermediate schools read to a partner, celebrating World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 16.

Glenside business creates prop for Melissa McCarthy’s SNL sketch |Feb 22, 2017

GLENSIDE >> Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, ranting at and physically going after reporters with a podium, is putting a Glenside company that built the attack podium on the map.

Twelve former troopers honored |Feb 22, 2017

During the recent Feb. 21 Troopers Lodge Dinner and Legislative Reception at the Roman Delight Restaurant near Orwigsburg, 12 retired members of Trooper Melley Lodge were honored for their combined service of more than 280 years with the Pennsylvania State Police.

Fans of ‘Little House’ books celebrate author’s 150th birthday |Feb 22, 2017

Kutztown Community Library celebrated author Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday with a birthday cake and hosted the program “Beyond Little House” on Feb. 18.

Tachyonmetry to perform at Boyertown’s historic State Theatre |Feb 22, 2017

Tachyonmetry, an alternative folk group from Bucks County will perform at the State Theatre at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25.

FOOD: Fun fare for Fat Tuesday |Feb 22, 2017

Rio celebrates Carnival. New Orleans enjoys Mardi Gras. Venice masquerades. This Fat Tuesday, feel that festive vibe and splurge on some classic carnival food. It’s not just for summer.

Tachyonmetry to perform at Boyertown’s historic State Theatre |Feb 22, 2017

Tachyonmetry, an alternative folk group from Bucks County, will perform at the State Theatre Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m.

Photos: St. Francis Academy students take part in jump-a-thon |Feb 21, 2017

Students in K through eight at St. Francis Academy in Bally raised $1,962 for the American Heart Association with their annual jump-a-thon during gym class.

Genesius Theatre’s younger set brings back the 60s with ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ |Feb 21, 2017

The up-and coming talent from Berks County will bring the upbeat “Bye Bye Birdie Young Performers Edition” to Genesius Theatre Feb. 24 to March 5. Talented kids and teens ages 5 to 17 years old from a cross section of Berks, Lehigh Valley and Lancaster County schools present this special adaptation of the four-time Tony Award-winning, including Best Musical of 1961, Broadway Musical.

Music Around Town: Feb. 22 edition |Feb 21, 2017

22 Feb – Kevin & Donney at Klingers at the Airport, Reading (8 p.m. start)

Oasis of orchids: Horticultural display at Longwood highlights varieties of orchids |Feb 21, 2017

The party is called “Orchid Extravaganza” and you can come see it through March 31.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A quick, tasty recipe for ‘best gravy you’ll ever have’ |Feb 21, 2017

What a great way to make something that is good for you AND a phenomenal way to introduce vegetables into your children’s diet without them even knowing. I have done away with the classic roux thickener here, without any loss of flavor.

From Arthur’s Policy Desk: Trump’s Order and the Ninth Got it Wrong |Feb 21, 2017

Columnist On February 9th the political drama of President Trump’s executive order took an old turn when his opponents translated a political fight into a constitutional question and thus dragged the courts into the ring of battle.

Woman visiting husband’s grave dies after cemetery crash in Pottstown |Feb 21, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> A Berks County woman died of natural causes Saturday, just hours after an asthma attack caused her to crash an SUV into a tree at a cemetery, trapping her inside for hours before help arrived.

Look back in history: King George III of England was actually a German! |Feb 21, 2017

A few years back when the PA German Society and the offices of the American Folklife Institute hosted a modern Germanic television film crew to televise our current PA Dutch territory for an European Broadcasting Company, we were glad to meet local PA Dutchmen, some of which were Palantine Germans, who came from New Jersey and were celebrating their 300th anniversary of arriving in America.

A new ‘Kingdom’ from Frontier Ruckus. Band to play at Johnny Brenda’s |Feb 21, 2017

Matthew Milia thinks it’s “a miracle” that his Detroit-based band, Frontier Ruckus, has been around for nearly 15 years and [just released] its fifth album.

NUTRITION: Trust your gut instincts. Whole grains are good for you |Feb 21, 2017

The human digestive tract is home to tens of trillions of microorganisms, collectively referred to as the gut microbiota.

Boyertown teachers get creamed at this year’s Mini-THON Pep Rally |Feb 21, 2017

This year’s Mini-THON fundraiser kicked off with its usual pep rally on Friday, Feb. 10.

Monnette Sudler’s Annual Philadelphia Guitar Summit concert returns to MCCC |Feb 21, 2017

This is the 8th year of the Philadelphia Guitar Summit at Montgomery County Community College. Philadelphia’s first lady of guitar, Monnette Sudler, continues to present an interesting and diverse group of artists for this annual event.

Daniel Boone School Board approves preliminary budget |Feb 21, 2017

Following a three-week public review period, the Daniel Boone School Board approved 8-1 its 2017-18 preliminary budget of $56,336,312.

Amity Elementary Center announces Spelling Bee winners |Feb 21, 2017

Amity Elementary Center recently held its annual Spelling Bee. Fifth-grader Luke Armstrong was named the champion again this year. The winning word was “conducive.” Armstrong also took first place last year.

Reflections: Albert Boscov had a heart of gold and the golden touch of King Midas |Feb 21, 2017

The injection of energy and the infusion of personality that personified Albert Boscov were as remarkable as his marvelous accomplishments that will remain vivid in the folds of time.

Amity postpones turkey farm final approval |Feb 21, 2017

AMITY >> Township supervisors decided on Feb. 15 that Barry Shirey must finalize all pending land development issues before they will approve the final land development plans for his turkey farm business off Route 562.

Bruce Hornsby tours with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, stops at AMC |Feb 21, 2017

Country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs and renowned pianist and songwriter Bruce Hornsby are back touring with Skaggs’ band, Kentucky Thunder on new material and bluegrass classics. The Grammy award winning pair share a love of mountain music, delivering a show full of high-lonesome sound, full throttle blusegrass picking, and improvisational piano.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Bright spots in the winter |Feb 21, 2017

If you look broadly at the winter landscape, it’s easy to see it all just in browns and grays interspersed with the occasional dark green of non-deciduous trees. But look a little closer and you’ll find that there are shrubs that are full of color, providing an artistic contrast to winter’s otherwise monochromatic palette.

Boyertown area students earn scholarships to Alvernia University |Feb 20, 2017

Hard work in high school has paid off for college-bound seniors. The following local students have earned Merit Scholarships to attend Alvernia University this fall.

Drivers, passengers injured in 222, 662 crash |Feb 20, 2017

Fleetwood Borough Police responded to a two-vehicle crash with injuries at Route 222 and Route 662 in Richmond Township on Feb. 18.

Photos of kids outdoors with pets can win prizes |Feb 20, 2017

This past weekend was a welcome break from the cold with warm temperatures and sunny skies. These conditions are perfect for getting the kids outside to shake off the cobwebs of winter. It’s not only kids who get cabin fever, our four-legged pet friends could probably use from fresh air as well, so enter YOUR CHILD in the FREE Fit Kids Contest and his or her photo could be in the newspaper.

EAGLE SIGHTING: The Hill School spots bald eagles nesting on the property |Feb 20, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Faculty at The Hill School recently discovered some feathered friends residing on the property.

THEATER: ‘Paw Patrol Live!’ coming to Merriam Theater |Feb 20, 2017

Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest are going to look a lot different than they do on TV.

Fleetwood Parked vehicles struck by raw eggs |Feb 20, 2017

Fleetwood Borough Police report that several parked vehicles were struck by raw eggs along North Maple Street sometime between 7 p.m. on Feb. 19 and 7 a.m. on Feb. 20. Unknown actor(s) traveled from the area of West Race Street northbound to the area of N.

EDITORIAL: A tribute and thank you to Albert Boscov |Feb 20, 2017

We admire. We respect. We love. We thank you.

Boyertown borough council amends parking ordinance |Feb 20, 2017

At their Feb. 6 meeting, Boyertown borough council approved a motion to amend the parking ordinance in relation to residential parking permits. Several streets have been added to the list.

KCP honors Kutztown Strong, volunteers of year Unger and Brown |Feb 20, 2017

Reno Unger and Sarah Brown were cited as Kutztown Community Partnership’s volunteers of the year and Kutztown Strong was recognized as organization of the year at KCP’s annual meeting in Trinity Lutheran Church, Kutztown, on Feb.

New Pottsgrove School district hazing policy carries harsh penalties |Feb 20, 2017

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> The new hazing policy adopted by the Pottsgrove School Board has some serious consequences for violators.

Dropped cell phone leads to crash on Pricetown Road |Feb 20, 2017

A vehicle struck a pole, went down an embankment and rolled after the teen driver became distracted while looking for a dropped cell phone.

Hill School to spin off Hobart’s Run into $5 million revitalization effort |Feb 20, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> A neighborhood revitalization project that began with small steps and big dreams last year is poised to take a $5 million step forward.

West Pottsgrove won’t open its pool for summer |Feb 20, 2017

WEST POTTSGROVE >> The township pool, which has struggled to stay open and solvent in the past two years will not open for the summer 2017 season, the township commissioners announced this week.

Fleetwood High School art department hosts annual Art Event Feb. 25 |Feb 20, 2017

The Fleetwood Area High School art department will be hosting the annual Art Event on Feb. 25, from noon to 4 p.m.

Pottstown’s ‘Trojan Men’ aid national tour to fight cancer with TV appearance |Feb 20, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> In a not-so-unique “twist,” Pottstown High School’s Trojan Man mascot is gaining a reputation as a real childhood cancer fighter.

Medical pot farm proposed for West Pottsgrove |Feb 20, 2017

WEST POTTSGROVE >> A proposal to construct a 100,000-square-foot indoor medical marijuana growing facility on the site of the former Stanley G. Flagg Brass plant in Stowe will not be opposed by the township commissioners.

New Pottstown PAL director meets police leadership |Feb 20, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> As part of her welcome to town, the new head of the Pottstown Area Police Athletic League met with representatives from the police and county sheriff’s department to discuss the program’s future.