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EVENT: Pottstown Brew Fest welcomes 50+ craft brewers, wineries, cider makers, and food trucks |Oct 19, 2017

Pottstown — The award-winning Pottstown Brew Fest returns to Pottstown in a new location — the Norco Fire Company on Oct. 28 for a celebration of craft beer, wine, cider, food and music.

FROM THE GROUND UP: What’s wrong with this picture? |Oct 19, 2017

My friend Pam Smyth made a poignant post to Facebook last week. Along with a photo of some of the beautiful Coatesville fields and woodlands near her home, she wrote,

MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS: Yumi Zouma, Soulfly and Death From Above among next week’s best concert bets |Oct 19, 2017

For Digital First Media 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.

KCP hosts Safe, Clean & Green volunteer open house Sunday, Oct. 22 |Oct 19, 2017

Kutztown Community Partnership’s Safe Clean and Green program will hold it’s first annual Safe, Clean & Green volunteer open house on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the back yard at the KCP office’s 306 West Main Street.

PennDOT announces winter preparations, unveils online travel tool |Oct 19, 2017

EAST NORRITON >> We may not be ready to admit that the falling leaves and colorful mums will soon yield to snow and ice, but PennDOT is more than ready for the impending, if dreaded, winter.

Pottstown Halloween parade kicks off at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24 |Oct 19, 2017

About 350 children dressed in their finest costumes will march down High Street in the annual Pottstown Community Halloween Parade on Tuesday, Oct. 24, beginning at 7 p.m. at High and Bailey streets.

FOOD: These loaded potatoes pack a healthy punch |Oct 18, 2017

Piled high with toppings, stuffed potatoes qualify as classic comfort food. But with a few easy changes, chefs transform them into nutritional powerhouses. And so can you.

Elysian Camerata makes a second home in Ambler |Oct 18, 2017

True music lovers will brave any obstacle to hear a favorite piece — except, perhaps, the Schuylkill River.

New family-friendly ‘The Glow’ drawing crowds to Fairmount Park |Oct 18, 2017

The concert season at the Mann Center is done; so what’s all that light coming from West Fairmount Park in Philadelphia?

House Transportation Committee approves joint bill on work zone speed cameras |Oct 18, 2017

The House Transportation Committee amended and unanimously approved a joint legislative proposal introduced by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) which seeks to protect construction workers and improve driver safety in active work zones.

State System, APSCUF reach tentative agreement on new contract |Oct 18, 2017

With more than eight months remaining on the current collective bargaining agreement between Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF), the parties have tentatively agreed to a new contract that would run through June 30, 2019.

Canine Partners for Life visits Shartlesville Lions |Oct 18, 2017

At his request she picked up the car keys on the floor, a hard task for someone like her. But, she was bound to him with their years together and even though she was retired, she did it for him.

Michael Chaffier achieves Eagle Scout honor |Oct 18, 2017

Michael Chaffier, with ties to Hamburg area, was recently awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor Ceremony at the New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hellertown.

Hamburg Marching Band performs at Phantoms game |Oct 18, 2017

Hamburg Area High School Marching Band had a busy weekend, Oct. 13 and 14.

Hamburg firefighters demonstrate accident scene for Tilden Elementary students |Oct 18, 2017

Firefighters from Union Fire Company of Hamburg recently showed children at Tilden Elementary Center equipment and what they would do in the event of a car accident as part of October’s Fire Prevention Week.

Mohnton landscape firm Waterfall Gardens raises funds for Breast Cancer Support Services |Oct 18, 2017

Marianne Adam, Comfort Bag Project Coordinator for the Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County, and Angela Wambaugh, Office Manager for Waterfall Gardens, a landscape firm in Mohnton, announced a month long promotion which will also raise funds for Breast Cancer Support Services.

Village Library hosts Ivan Stoltzfus book signing on Veterans Day |Oct 18, 2017

Village Library in Morgantown hosts a book signing event on Veterans Day by Honey Brook author and auctioneer C. Ivan Stoltzfus whose book is about his journey across America from sea to shining sea.

Americans 4 Heroes, Morgantown, sponsors showing of PTSD awareness film |Oct 18, 2017

Americans 4 Heroes of Morgantown is sponsoring the screening of the post-traumatic stress disorder awareness film “Thank You for Your Service” on Nov. 8.

Village Library Fall Book Sale had them lining up at the door |Oct 18, 2017

People lined up at the door for Village Library’s annual Fall Book Sale in Morgantown Oct. 12 to 14.

Kutztown School Board votes to replace aged boiler at KES |Oct 18, 2017

Kutztown Area School Board discussed and decided on the best course of action to take regarding one of the two boilers that are running in Kutztown Elementary School during the Oct. 16 school board meeting.

Governor Mifflin hosts traveling Holocaust exhibit for students and public |Oct 18, 2017

Dozens of World War II era artifacts are currently on display in the Governor Mifflin High School Library as part of a traveling exhibit. “The Legacy Exhibit” is on loan through the Jewish Federation of Allentown and curators Marylou Lordi and Shari Sparks.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Only the Brave’ a mostly winning tribute to Granite Mountain Hotshots |Oct 18, 2017

Josh Brolin’s character in “Only the Brave,” Eric Marsh, has a recurring dream about a charging bear made of fire.

Pottstown NAACP to host viewing of ‘Marshall’ at AMC Theater |Oct 18, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> A special viewing of the movie Marshall is scheduled to make an appearance in Pottstown theaters this weekend, and the community has Pottstown’s NAACP to thank.

Get your Greek on at annual Berks County food festival |Oct 18, 2017

READING >> Take a trip to the Greek isles without leaving Berks County at the 47th Annual Greek Food Bazaar at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church.

MUSIC SCENE: Benefit show turns into ‘Music for Everyone’ in Phoenixville |Oct 17, 2017

Orion Communities believes every person deserves shelter, food, clothing, transportation and access to health care.

‘Final Journey’ for Johnny Clegg. Career retrospective of upbeat Afropop comes to Keswick Theatre in Glenside |Oct 17, 2017

“Just bring your dancing shoes,” said world music superstar Johnny Clegg from a hotel room in Quebec.

King Frost Parade is homecoming for Hamburg |Oct 17, 2017

The King Frost Parade is hosted by the Hamburg Jaycees. The parade co-chairs describe the annual Hamburg tradition as a homecoming for the community.

Amity police investigate missing gun from shooting range |Oct 17, 2017

Gun missing AMITY >> On October 12 at approximately 2:42 p.m., Amity Township Police received a report of a lost gun. It was reported that the individual went to the French Creek outdoor shooting range on Oct.

Pennsylvania charges 63 with Welfare fraud |Oct 17, 2017

HARRISBURG >> The Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General has filed welfare fraud charges against 63 individuals, claiming they owe the state $252,435 in restitution.

Residents, politicians rally in Harrisburg for pipeline safety |Oct 17, 2017

HARRISBURG >> More than 150 residents rallied and pushed for Gov. Tom Wolf to improve pipeline safety Tuesday at the state Capitol building.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Cooler temperatures demand a ragout |Oct 17, 2017

Peppery Sausage Ragout INGREDIENTS

Beach Fossils sonically expand. Band to incorporate new sounds into live set at Philly concert |Oct 17, 2017

The breezy jangle of Beach Fossils is back.

Hopewell Furnace volunteer gifted with quilt |Oct 16, 2017

ELVERSON >> A handmade quilt was presented to Pottstown resident Ellen Boyer at the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site Visitor Center on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Dog fountain installed, dedicated at Boyertown Community Park |Oct 16, 2017

The new dog fountain installed in August at the Boyertown Community Park was dedicated on Saturday, Oct. 14, during the fall festival celebration.

Photos: Boyertown holds 14th annual Unity Walk |Oct 16, 2017

The 14th Annual Boyertown Area Unity Walk took place during the Turning Leaf Fall Festival at Boyertown Community Park on Saturday, Oct. 14. The walk begins at the park and loops through town for about a one-mile round trip.

PASSHE interim chancellor meets with Kutztown University students, faculty |Oct 16, 2017

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s new interim chancellor visited Kutztown University on Oct. 11, during her tour of the 14 PASSHE schools.

CONCERT PREVIEW: J. Geils Band’s ‘Magic Dick,’ guitarist Shun Ng playing mix of R&B, rock, jazz. Duo plays at the Sellersville |Oct 16, 2017

They were born about 45 years apart, yet blues harp master Richard “Magic Dick” Salwitz and singer/guitarist Shun Ng (pronounced shoon-ing) seem to be musical soul mates.

DINING REVIEW: Spring House Tavern still satisfies after 298 years |Oct 16, 2017

According to Bean’s History of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (where would I be without the Internet?), in October of 1804, Alexander Wilson, a distinguished ornithologist, and two companions on a journey from Philadelphia to Niagara Falls stayed overnight at the Spring House Hotel and Tavern in Lower Gwynedd Township, Eastern Montgomery County.

Election website, candidate questionnaires mark Mercury election coverage |Oct 15, 2017

The irony of “off-year” elections — when neither governorships nor presidencies are in the hands of the voters — is that they are the elections most likely to have a direct impact on our lives.

Boyertown Area Senior High School to host open house to show off renovations |Oct 15, 2017

Boyertown Area Senior High School has announced an open house to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated facility as the construction process has reached completion.

Kressley dominates Mods at the Madhouse at Grandview |Oct 15, 2017

BECHTELSVILLE >> It was a spooky Halloween night, but there weren’t any tricks for Brett Kressley, as the 25-year-old scored his first NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series victory at the ‘Mods at the Madhouse Traffic Jam’ on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.

Outdoors: A crowded week for October hunters |Oct 15, 2017

This marks an eventful week in the great out-of-doors for Pennsylvania’s fraternity of hunters as our increasingly crowded outdoors calendar swings into mid-October. Let’s take a look at the veritable cornucopia of outdoors options that kicked in Saturday, Oct.

Brandywine Homecoming Royalty |Oct 14, 2017

Samuel Tiongson and Hannah Fenstermacher were crowned the 2017 Homecoming King and Queen. Homecoming Court included Makenzie Barrell, Alex Flicker, Derick Wartzenluft, Alayna Biltcliff, Ethan Rothermel, Hannah Moser, Hannah Fenstermacher, Samuel Tiongson, Hanna Gralinski and McGuire Galing.

Kutztown, Hamburg battle it out in Field Hockey Cancer Awareness Game |Oct 14, 2017

The Field Hockey Cancer Awareness Game, Kutztown vs. Hamburg, Sept. 30 raised awareness about cancer and celebrated cancer survivor Kutztown senior Niki Nolte and Kempton father Ethan Kunkel who is battling cancer.

La Amorah Salon, Topton, celebrates first anniversary with Gatsby-themed Gala |Oct 14, 2017

The staff at La Amorah Salon in Topton are proud to host its First Anniversary Gala to benefit Support Homeless Veterans, Inc. on Saturday, Dec. 2. Tickets for the Gala are on sale through Nov. 18.

Kutztown University Women’s Center Director’s Office dedicated to Ann Gundry |Oct 14, 2017

Kutztown University hosted a dedication ceremony honoring former KU Women’s Center director Ann T. Gundry ’81 on Oct. 11.

Connor Kurtz resigns from Daniel Boone School Board |Oct 14, 2017

The youngest elected official in the U.S. when he first won in November 2011 announced on Oct. 9 his immediate resignation from the Daniel Boone Area School Board.

GoFundMe set up to cover funeral expenses of Exeter murder victim |Oct 14, 2017

EXETER >> As a community mourns the loss of 23-year-old woman, members have come together to help pay for her funeral expenses.

Friends of Exeter Community Library seek new home |Oct 14, 2017

The Friends of the Exeter Community Library, a volunteer nonprofit association, has received an eviction notice from the township for the basement space of the Dunn Community Center. The group is now looking for a new place to call home.

Eastern Berks Fire Department visits St. Francis Academy |Oct 14, 2017

Fire Prevention Week was held from Oct. 8 through Oct. 14, drawing attention to safety and preparedness in emergency situations. Eastern Berks Fire Department personnel visited St. Francis Academy in Bally to teach students in grades kindergarten through third about fire prevention and what to do in case of a fire.