Newest portion of Big Woods Trail completed |Sep 30, 2016

Elverson >> Officials had a warm welcome ready for the newest portion of the Big Woods Trail Friday.

Time is the most precious commodity of all |Sep 30, 2016

I’m sure I’m not the only one among us who has noticed that times flies.

Out & About: Trail Time |Sep 30, 2016

Bikes loaded, check. Helmets and air pump loaded, check. Water and snacks packed, check. Backup water and backup snacks packed, check, check. It’s 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and Theresa and I are off to bike another trail.

column: What hangs in the balance this election? |Sep 30, 2016

Whether you’re liberal, conservative, libertarian or a Green party member, on the eve of selecting the next American president there are some things to consider. Your vote is more than a just tally for a candidate; it’s a referendum on the future of our country.

ARTHUR GARRISON: Is Donald Trump the next Barry Goldwater? |Sep 30, 2016

In America, elections have consequences because they are seldom without significant political debate. This is all the more true at the presidential level. While all such elections have been significant, some have been pivotal.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Fun for all — including an Oktoberfest featuring a Hasselhoff-Off competition |Sep 30, 2016

Bounty of good times Mennonite Heritage Center: The 43rd annual Apple Butter Frolic on Oct. 1 begins with a pancake and apple sausage breakfast 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Frolic runs 9:30 a.

Saxton: Kenseth hoping to be in the zone at Dover |Sep 30, 2016

It had been a while since I had been to a Phillies’ game. Recently I headed down to Citizens Bank Park. It is always a challenge to head down that way with I-95 in a constant state of construction/repair.

Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce honors Shining Stars |Sep 30, 2016

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce recognized its Shining Stars during the third annual awards event Sept. 29 at Berkleigh Golf Club in Kutztown.

Exeter Community Library welcomes new children’s librarian assistant |Sep 30, 2016

EXETER >> Laura Carson has been a friend of the Exeter Community Library for over a decade. In 2004 she began assisting Children’s Librarian Laura C. Kauffman during our Summer Reading Program, then held at the Jacksonwald Elementary School.

Daniel Boone High School science team launches Coral Reef research project |Sep 30, 2016

With the installation of a live captive coral reef system — it’s safe to say the Environmental Science Program is growing at Boone.

Travis Wetzel Trio will liven up the Reinholds Fire Company Oct. 1 |Sep 29, 2016

Farm Country Shindig opens its 2016-2017 season on Saturday, Oct. 1 featuring “The Travis Wetzel Trio” at the Reinholds Fire Company Banquet Hall.

Emma Ketterer named a Budding Artist by Dancing Tree Creations |Sep 29, 2016

Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery and Studio is proud to name Emma Ketterer as their next Budding Artist. An opening reception, with light refreshments and the opportunity to meet other local artists, will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016, from 5pm to 7pm.

Berks County Art show to celebrate 35 years in business |Sep 29, 2016

Greshville Antiques and Fine Art, Route 562 near Boyertown, will present the Annual Berks County Art Show Oct. 2 through 9, held in honor of the milestone anniversary of 35 years in business.

Keim Music Fest coming up Oct. 1 |Sep 29, 2016

There’s a fun-filled day of music, food, and history at the second annual Keim Music Fest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Jacob Keim Farmstead in Oley. This event is a one-day music event held outdoors to raise awareness and restoration funds for the Keim Farmstead, a property owned by the Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County.

Experience Adele, A Live Tribute Show to benefit theater |Sep 29, 2016

Our Town Foundation hosts award winning singer, Andrea Taylor, in her iconic performance of “Experience Adele”, a phenomenal live tribute of the popular singer Adele, at the Hamburg Strand Theater, 6 South 4th St.

Calendar of events Boyertown |Sep 29, 2016

Sept. 30 Friday Night Fun Show : Good Fellowship Riding Club at Monocacy Creek Road, Birdsboro will hold a fun show Friday Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. For more information, go to goodfellowship#Hotmail.

Church news for Boyertown area |Sep 29, 2016

Shepherd of the Hills Church, Bechtelsville

Rock Music Menu: Robert Plant joins Lampedusa tour, Philly date |Sep 29, 2016

Robert Plant has confirmed that he will join Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller and more for select dates on the Lampedusa tour, including a show at the Merriam Theater Oct. 19.

Hamburg Strand hosts Rocky Horror Picture Show event |Sep 29, 2016

Hamburg Strand Theater hosts a Rocky Horror Picture Show movie event, honoring the 1975 cult film’s 40th anniversary.

Hamburg history painted in town mural |Sep 29, 2016

Large painted scenes of Hamburg’s history are quickly coming to life on a wall adjacent to the Hamburg State Street Square.

Virginville Grange member selected for competitive National Grange Fellowship |Sep 28, 2016

The National Grange has announced its 2016 class of Communication Fellows, which includes a Shoemakersville woman.

‘More-with-Less’: Iconic cookbook celebrates 40th anniversary |Sep 28, 2016

Cara Longacre Hurst remembers testing many, many recipes. She was just a kid when her mom wrote the “More-with-Less” cookbook, celebrating “simple, joyful eating.”

‘Long Island Medium’ coming to Liacouras Center in Philadelphia |Sep 28, 2016

“Don’t be discouraged because I’m at such a large venue. I’m not on stage the whole time,” Theresa Caputo said in a phone interview about her upcoming “Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience” tour date at Temple University’s Liacouras Center.

Dollar General variances approved in Amity |Sep 28, 2016

AMITY >> The Board of Supervisors announced Sept. 21 that the Zoning Board has approved two of three variances needed for a Dollar General to open along Route 422.

YANKEE CHEF: A sweet treat to enjoy on a fall evening |Sep 28, 2016

Here is a dense, creamy and luscious pie that is my version of a baked Indian pudding, but much tastier. As you can see, it has some milk foam, but don’t be alarmed. I will show you how to make 1 minute foam just like the celebrity chefs make on television, but without special equipment.

Twin Valley High School October Intern of Month: Kelly Loughery |Sep 28, 2016

Twin Valley High School’s Intern of the Month for October is Kelly Loughery, who is interning with the school’s Raider Runway program.

Garden of Giving event raises funds for Oliva family of Honey Brook |Sep 28, 2016

The beautiful Honey Brook Golf Club was the venue for a Garden of Giving cancer fundraiser on Sept. 10 to help with medical bills for the Oliva family of Honey Brook. The family’s dentist, Dr.

Twin Valleys Garden Club competes, shares tips at Flower Show |Sep 28, 2016

Floral artistry! Horticulture know-how! Tradition of teaching! Twin Valleys Garden Club brought these qualities together again this year at their recent In-House Flower Show “The World of Beatrix Potter.

Cars, bikes cruise into Shartlesville |Sep 28, 2016

A little of cooperation and planning between the organizers of the Appalachian RV Resort’s 6th Annual Car & Bike Show in Shartlesville and Salem-Berne UMC’s 12th Annual Country Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show in Hamburg, held earlier in the day, went a long way on Sept.

The Stanford Marshmellow Experiment |Sep 28, 2016

“Every choice we make is an investment in a future we cannot see.” — Alicia Britt Chole

Welcome to my World: The Tradition of Hope Chests |Sep 28, 2016

When growing up in the ’50s, as a teen on a farm, I knew about hope chests. My understanding was that unmarried girls collected items, such as handmade embroidered linens, tablecloths, bureau scarves, and placed them in their “hope chest” in hopes of a future marriage.

A Look Back in History: The Americanism ‘Pennsylvania Dutch’ still preferred today |Sep 28, 2016

Since Colonial times our ancestors were referred to as the Americanism, “PA Dutch,” a term widely used to describe these immigrants by suburban Philadelphians, who followed the local Quaker-American colloquialism, as people today.

Letter: Kutztown University prof writes to students about possible strike |Sep 27, 2016

As has already been widely reported in local media, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (the union representing public higher education faculty) has announced a possible strike to begin on Wednesday, Oct.

Boyertown Area Multi-Service calls for new or gently used children’s Halloween costumes |Sep 27, 2016

Boyertown Area Multi-Service is currently collecting new and gently used children’s Halloween costumes (that aren’t scary!). The costumes that are collected will be distributed to the children of our client families – those most in need within the community.

Police seek suspect, truck that struck Corvette |Sep 27, 2016

Fleetwood Borough Police Chief Steven Stinsky reports that an orange 2006 Corvette convertible was parked and unattended in the parking lot of Klinger’s at 24 East Main St., Fleetwood.

Chevy Cobalt found disabled in field |Sep 27, 2016

Fleetwood Borough Police Chief Steven Stinsky reports that a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt was found disabled and unattended, with the airbags deployed, in a field at Richmond Road and Hefner Lane in Richmond Township at 8 p.

Dangerous Synthetic Drug Control Act passes House with bipartisan vote |Sep 27, 2016

The House of Representatives passed the bipartisan “Dangerous Synthetic Drug Control Act of 2015” (H.R. 3537) on Sept. 26 sponsored by Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) and Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) through a vote of 258 – 101.

Committee passes bill to prohibit use of drones over certain facilities in PA |Sep 27, 2016

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a measure that would penalize unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators for flying their aircraft over certain facilities in Pennsylvania, according to a bill sponsored by Senator David G.

Schwank introduces legislation shielding farms from realty transfer tax |Sep 27, 2016

State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) introduced legislation to reinstate a decades old program that exempts agricultural conservation easements from Pennsylvania’s Realty Transfer Tax.

State Police: Fleetwood teen rolls Jeep Cherokee |Sep 27, 2016

State Police Hamburg reported that a 16-year-old Fleetwood teen was driving south on Garman Road in Greenwich Township at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 when a deer ran out in front of his 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee, causing him to lose control.

Fleetwood Junior Troop tours BCTV |Sep 27, 2016

On Sept. 15, Fleetwood Girl Scout Junior Troop visited the BCTV Studios and appeared on Girl Scouts of Eastern PA’s monthly program, hosted by Carla Hickey. The girls introduced themselves and shared which school they attended and town they lived in.

Fleetwood Junior Troop tours Sweet Frog, learns about business |Sep 27, 2016

Fleetwood Girl Scout Junior Troop 1793 started their Girl Scout year off with a trip to Sweet Frog! The girls worked on requirements to earn their Business Owner badge. They were given a tour of the facility and learned about owning and operating a business.

Eastern Berks Fire celebrates additions with Lights and Siren parade |Sep 27, 2016

It was a 5-mile-long party. Eastern Berks Fire Department, Station 97, held a Lights and Siren parade to celebrate its latest additions — a new engine, utility truck and ambulance.

Kutztown Queen & King crowned; Metrick honored |Sep 27, 2016

Tori (Victoria) VanDuren and Beckham Sibiski were crowned Kutztown Homecoming Queen and King on Friday night.

Short film shot in Kutztown, Fleetwood premieres Saturday at Kutztown University |Sep 27, 2016

Fleetwood resident Kellen A. Cunningham directed the short film “This Time Tomorrow,” which was shot entirely in Kutztown and Fleetwood.

Kutztown roller rink slated for demo |Sep 27, 2016

Kutztown Borough Council approved Sept. 20 the demolition of the roller rink in Kutztown Park.

Kutztown flower shop owner Shawn Brown earns international floral design certification |Sep 27, 2016

Jackie & Daughter Flower Shop owner Shawn Brown CFD, Kutztown, recently participated in the American Institute of Floral Designers professional floral design evaluation in California. Brown is now an internationally certified floral designer.

Seat-belt check leads to arrest outside Pottstown school |Sep 26, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> A commotion with police in front of Barth Elementary School Wednesday afternoon was caused when a driver attempted to evade a seat-belt check and was found to have an outstanding warrant, officials said.

Pottstown stormwater fee looming to cover coming costs |Sep 26, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> You can blame that new $94 annual fee you may soon be paying on the rain.

New restricted traffic pattern planned in front of Pottstown Middle School |Sep 26, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> There are few places more intimidating to the uninitiated driver than the pick-up and drop-off zones around a local school.