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State Theatre of Boyertown seeks community’s help |Aug 29, 2016

The State Theatre Preservation Society of Boyertown is asking for the community’s help. The non-profit organization wants to raise $132,000 to breathe new life into the region’s most culturally, historically significant structures: The State Theatre.

Dreibelbis Farm welcomes visitors to 1800s festival in Virginville |Aug 29, 2016

Old-fashioned hymns drifted through the air on Saturday as visitors walked a meadow path to a Virginville farm. This was the site of the PA German Farm Festival, which underscored the region’s agricultural history and raised funds for the Dreibelbis Farm Historical Society.

Wolfgang, seniors start first day at Hamburg High School |Aug 29, 2016

Hamburg School District students started the 2016-17 school year on Aug. 25.

Hamburg 8th grade twirler wins Preteen Miss Majorette of North Atlantic title |Aug 29, 2016

Anyone who knows Emelia Adam, an eighth grade student at Hamburg, is well aware of the importance of her baton. She is either twirling, ready to twirl or just finished. She is often seen in various gyms in the area or simply practicing in the street.

Pottsgrove accepts Feola’s resignation, names Shirk as interim superintendent |Aug 29, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> The school board made official Tuesday night what most have known since last week — the resignation of Superintendent Shellie A.

First ever Pottstown Community Field Day encourages healthy living |Aug 29, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Pottstown celebrated its first Community Field Day Saturday and the turnout was impressive.

Pottstown man arrested after police find 57 bags of suspected heroin in home |Aug 29, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Police arrested a Pottstown man after they allegedly found him in possession of heroin.

Ground breaking for Topton Lutheran Home’s Old Main project to reflect historic act |Aug 29, 2016

At 6 a.m. June 29, 1897, according to published histories, the first superintendent of the Topton Orphans Home began construction of the iconic Old Main building at the children’s home by digging out, “ in the shape of a cross … several wheelbarrowsful of ground.

VIDEO: Pottstown school spirit spreading wider into town |Aug 29, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> There’s a growing temperament in town, a kind of school spirit on steroids, that all grew out of a T-shirt and onto a full-sized Trojan Man mascot who seems to be everywhere at once.

Area seniors recognized as Montgomery County ‘trailblazers’ |Aug 29, 2016

SCHWENKSVILLE >> A few area seniors are receiving some recognition for walking some of Montgomery County’s best trails.

Pottstown schools OKs 3-year teacher contract |Aug 29, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Just in time for the start of school, the school board voted 7-1 Monday night to approve a three-year contract with the teachers union that will cost taxpayers more than $1.3 million by the end of the third year.

First-ever addiction recovery, awareness walk scheduled for Sept. in Boyertown |Aug 29, 2016

BOYERTOWN >> As heroin addiction continues to grow across Pennsylvania, a Boyertown group is working from the ground up to fix it.

U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts looks back on 44 years in office |Aug 29, 2016

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> For Congressman Joe Pitts, his political career began simply with some cardboard posters and a couple of two-by-fours. That’s how he recalled his first successful campaign to fill the about-to-be-vacated 158th seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1972.

Brandywine Heights Senior Bobby Joe Utley dies at lake incident prior to first day of school |Aug 29, 2016

The first day of school Aug. 23 was one of sadness for some at Brandywine Heights School District.

Brandywine Heights student participates in Wind Ensemble Institute at Susquehanna University |Aug 29, 2016

Harry Mayrhofer, of Fleetwood, was among a select group of high school students who recently participated in Susquehanna University’s week-long Wind Ensemble Institute.

Possible strike could close PASSHE universities |Aug 29, 2016

Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties union members welcomed Kutztown University students back to campus during Move-In Day Aug. 27, handing out a letter to students and parents about a possible faculty strike.

Birdsboro manager Aaron Durso is adjusting to his new companion — a seizure response dog |Aug 28, 2016

Birdsboro >> “I am excited and overwhelmed.”

Patriot Community Calendar Sept. 1 |Aug 28, 2016

Send events to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com by Friday noon week prior to publication.

$12,000,000 in renovations nearly complete at Kutztown High School |Aug 28, 2016

Students will be greeted by a few changes and upgrades at Kutztown High School on the first day of school, Aug. 29.

Tractors, cars displayed at 8th Annual Pig Roast and Car Show in Lenhartsville |Aug 28, 2016

More than 800 people are expected at the 8th annual Pig Roast and Car Show at Salem EC Church on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Kutztown Strong Pool Party celebrates the end of summer |Aug 27, 2016

Kutztown Strong worked at easing the transition back into school mode for Kutztown high and middle school students with a Farewell to Summer Pool Party at the Kutztown Pool Aug. 24.

Pennsylvania preserves 5,000th farm |Aug 27, 2016

With the addition of 26 new farms, Pennsylvania’s farmland preservation reached a new milestone today, surpassing the 5,000-farm mark.

State Police conducts DUI check point in Berks |Aug 27, 2016

State Police Reading reported that the Reading Station will be conducting a stationary Driving Under the Influence check point in Berks County at an undisclosed location within the next two weeks. This enforcement effort is aimed at detecting and removing drug and alcohol impaired motorists from the roadway within this Commonwealth.

Master Gardeners of Berks host plant sale with a difference |Aug 27, 2016

Penn State Master Gardeners of Berks County will hold their annual fall plant sale on Friday, Sept. 9, from noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale is held at the Berks County Agricultural Center, County Welfare Road, Bern Township, near the fairgrounds.

Penn State Extension: What to do if you find spotted lanternfly |Aug 27, 2016

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that was first found in Pennsylvania in 2014. This insect is a potential threat to several important crops including grapes, peaches and timber trees.

Kutztown Chocolate Crawl offers chocolate surprises and prizes |Aug 27, 2016

Merchants on Main Street Kutztown will host a Chocolate Crawl on Sept. 22, from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Chocolate surprises will await crawlers at each merchant and prizes will be awarded by lottery drawing at end of the quest.

Gruber Wagon Works and Hiester Canal Center participate in Museum Day Live! |Aug 27, 2016

The Gruber Wagon Works and the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center will open their doors free of charge along with more than 1,400 other participating venues for the 8th annual Museum Day Live! on Sept. 24.

Saxton: Grandview, Big Diamond gearing up for big finishes |Aug 27, 2016

At Grandview Speedway this Saturday, the battle for the championships in all three divisions of NASCAR sanctioned stock car racing comes to an end. The WNPV-1440AM Radio sponsored night of racing will feature the T.

Pauch, Strada, Hoch win point titles at Action Track USA |Aug 27, 2016

Kutztown >> A long period of heavy afternoon rain forced cancellation of the 2016 season finale at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on Sunday, August 21.

Pauch Wins SpeedSTR Main; Hocker Scores Big in 600 Sprint National at Action Track USA |Aug 27, 2016

Kutztown >> One thing is for certain, Billy Pauch, the veteran racer from Frenchtown, N.J., knows how to spark a reaction from the crowd.

Hamburg couple injured; Car struck tractor trailer crossing into Peters Bro.’s Trucking |Aug 26, 2016

A Hamburg couple were injured when their car struck a tractor trailer crossing Penn Street (Old Route 22) in Lenhartsville on Aug. 22 at 11:16 a.m.

Hamburg Item Community Calendar Aug. 31 |Aug 26, 2016

Submit to Calendar: E-mail event listings to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com. Note Item Calendar in e-mail subject.

Hamburg couple questions sidewalk requirements |Aug 26, 2016

Hamburg Borough Council amended Part 8 of the Property Transfer Use and Occupancy Certificate ordinance on Aug. 22 which establishes rules and regulations upon the transfer of a property in the Borough of Hamburg.

Camp Cadet Troop L shows youth ‘human aspects’ of law enforcement |Aug 26, 2016

Douglassville >> For more than 30 years Pennsylvania State Police of Troop L, Reading, has been hosting Camp Cadet for the local youth.

Pancakes help homeless veterans |Aug 25, 2016

Sept. 10, Applebee’s® Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast will be held to support homeless veterans. The fundraising event is sponsored by Knights Of Columbus Chester County Assembly. There is a charge.

20th anniversary Cruise Night benefits Garden Spot Fire Rescue |Aug 25, 2016

The 20th anniversary Blue Ball Cruise Night benefits Garden Spot Fire Rescue.

Champion Hogs and Lambs shown at the fair |Aug 25, 2016

Both Ben Williamson from State College, PA who judged the hogs and Sam Long from Airville who judged the steers and lambs agreed that the quality of animals shown at this year’s fair could compete in many fairs throughout the country and be very competitive.

GRAPHIC: Celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service |Aug 25, 2016

The Organic Act, establishing the National Park Service, was signed into law 100 years ago today.

Film shot in Morgantown area now in theaters |Aug 25, 2016

Adolescence is a difficult time for most everyone, and sometimes kids who have lost their moorings will seek out direction from the unlikeliest sources. Local filmmaker Chad L. Scheifele’s explores this reality in his fascinating debut thriller shot here in the tri-county area, Natural Selection.

El-Mor Chevrolet Inc. forges season-long partnership to aid Twin Valley Soccer Club |Aug 25, 2016

In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, El-Mor Chevrolet Inc. is supporting Twin Valley Soccer Club through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program. This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the 2016 youth soccer season.

Tri County Community Calendar Aug. 30 |Aug 25, 2016

Event Submissions: send to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com week prior to publication. Note Tri County Record calendar in email subject.

A Look Back in History: Henry “Hank” Kauffman educated a nation with his numerous books on the PA Dutch |Aug 25, 2016

Over the years I have met a few authorities and folk characters on the PA Dutch Culture, but the first book I was given by my folklore mentor, Richard Shaner that laid the foundation for me was by Professor Henry J.

Welcome to my World: Celebrating days of Fun and Laughter |Aug 25, 2016

We’re all familiar with our usual days of celebration, such as Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, and more. Yet, there are days of celebrating every day of the month, according to Chase’s Calendar of Events, and other sources.

PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: Beetle Bailey’s Mail Bag #4 - Help Wanted! |Aug 25, 2016

Dear Reader: In March, 2015 I started a series entitled Meet Private Beetle Bailey’s Protégé. Beetle helped me so much as I stumbled through my Army experience that once the series concluded, I hired Beetle as my assistant to filter the letters I receive and forward those that require a reply to me.

Renovations to Hamburg Middle School nearly complete |Aug 25, 2016

Hamburg Middle School students started their first day of school on Aug. 25 arriving to find the school building’s renovations nearly complete.

Fleetwood Area School District Report: The importance of regular school attendance |Aug 25, 2016

Consistent school attendance is important to the success of students. This is true regardless of the age or grade of the student.

New Hanover taps Zebrowski as new township supervisor |Aug 25, 2016

NEW HANOVER >> The revolving door that is local government in the township these days took another turn Monday night when planning commission member Kurt Zebrowski was named as New Hanover’s newest supervisor.

District hires new band director |Aug 25, 2016

Matthew E. Wolfe was unanimously approved on Aug. 8 to lead the Daniel Boone High School bands, effective Aug. 9.

New children’s book debut and author book signing at Antler Ridge Winery, Mertztown |Aug 25, 2016

The Debut of Just Plump Penelope Goes to Kindergarten, a newly published children’s book by local author Mary Ann Hayes, will take place on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Antler Ridge Winery, 951 State Street, Mertztown.

Local school supply lists now available online TeacherLists.com |Aug 24, 2016

Parents from local schools have a new tool in their back-to-school bag of tricks this year, as all of their schools supply lists are now posted on TeacherLists.