EAT & DRINK: Give yourself the gift of an evening out this holiday season! |Dec 15, 2017

Take a break ... area restaurants are dishing out plenty of things to enjoy.

Fleetwood Hometown Holiday Celebration creates Hallmark night |Dec 15, 2017

The annual Fleetwood Recreation Board tree lighting in Fleetwood Park on Dec. 10 proved to be a spectacular night of Holiday festivities for event goers.

Nutcracker ballerinas twirl among swirl of real snowflake |Dec 15, 2017

Kutztown Dance Center “snow scene” ballerinas took a break from the weekend dress rehearsal for the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker” and ventured outside to twirl among the swirl of real snowflakes on Dec.

History columnist Richard L.T. Orth releases book ‘Folk Religion of PA Dutch’ |Dec 15, 2017

Kutztown native Richard L.T. Orth released a new book “Folk Religion of the Pennsylvania Dutch: Witchcraft, Faith Healing and Related Practices.”

Welcome to my World: Just for fun |Dec 15, 2017

I do a lot of research for most of my articles and sometimes “just for fun” I like to write something on the light side. I picked a few that seemed unusual and decided to see what they were all about.

Crews put out Leesport Garage Fire, cause of fire unknown |Dec 15, 2017

Emergency crews responded to a garage fire on Main Street in Leesport on Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m. There were no injuries reported. Cause of the fire is not yet determined.

Tulpe 7th graders enter Lions Club Peace Poster competition |Dec 15, 2017

The decision time at the Frystown Lions Club Peace Poster judging event was difficult. There were so many good entries from the Tulpehocken Junior High School visually defining this year’s Lions International Lions Peace Poster competition with the theme The Future of Peace.

State Sen. Mensch to seek reelection in 2018 |Dec 15, 2017

Saying he’s kept his promises to constituents but there’s still work to do, state Sen. Bob Mensch is asking voters to send him back to Harrisburg for another four years.

Single mom struggles to provide boots for kids this winter |Dec 15, 2017

As the snow began falling this week, Robin’s three children squealed with excitement and yearned to go outside to play, but the single mother had to disappoint them because she could not afford boots for the children to wear this year.

Lane closures scheduled for Route 422 in Pottstown |Dec 14, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Parts of eastbound Route 422 will be closed and detoured beginning Monday.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Apples for the season |Dec 14, 2017

When I saw them in the store, I knew I just had to have them. I don’t know if they would have turned any other heads or whether I’m alone in my obsession. But there they were, heaped up in a basket: Stayman winesap apples.

Sixth-grader from Birdsboro excelling at Milton Hershey School |Dec 14, 2017

Originally from Birdsboro, Gavin Gatone moved to Hershey when he was in kindergarten after his mother made the decision to enroll him and his two older siblings at Milton Hershey School —a cost-free, private, coeducational school for children from families of lower income in pre-k through 12th grade.

Boyertown Alumni Marching Unit donates $2K to Boyertown Multi-Service |Dec 14, 2017

The officers and captains of the Boyertown Alumni Marching Unit presented a check for $2,000.00 to Karen Youse, Director of the Boyertown Area Multi-Service.

Foundation for Boyertown Education funds digital microscope for Middle School West |Dec 14, 2017

Students at Boyertown Middle School West are now experiencing science in a new way — through a digital microscope.

Santa Sighting at Kutztown Library |Dec 14, 2017

Santa and the Kutztown Optimist Club visited with children at Kutztown Community Library on Dec. 9 while snow painted the town a winter wonderland.

Fire crews battled trailer fire, no injuries |Dec 14, 2017

There was a home trailer that burned on Dec. 11 at 20 Wolfe Court in Richmond Township. Fleetwood Fire Company assisted Walnuttown Fire Company. No injuries were reported.

Colebrookdale Railroad pitches station for Memorial Park |Dec 14, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> By this time next year, riders on the Colebrookdale Railroad’s Santa Polar Bear Express could be making a stop at a brand new station in Memorial Park.

Alvernia students perform in Sounds of the Season Concert |Dec 14, 2017

Directed by Kurt Schneiderhan (band) and Jennifer Michalik (chorus), Alvernia University students performed a full slate of musical offerings for the Sounds of the Season concert on Dec. 9.

GUEST COLUMN: Facts, Not Hyperbole, Should Drive Tax Reform Debate |Dec 14, 2017

Have you heard claims that the Congressional tax reform bill will cause thousands of deaths and usher in a Nazi government? Needless to say, in the debate over fixing our broken tax, hyperbole has too often supplanted rational civil discourse.

Pottstown mural celebrating Hispanic culture unveiled |Dec 13, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> A mural promoting the vitality of Hispanic and Native American heritage was dedicated amid snow flurries on Saturday.

Hickory House Nursing Home resident wins regional Christmas card contest |Dec 13, 2017

Beverly Johnson, a 77-year-old resident at Hickory House Nursing Home in Honey Brook, is proud that her artwork is being sent around the country on the front of hundreds of Christmas cards.

Dogs pull Christmas trees on sleds |Dec 13, 2017

Newfoundland dogs pulled Christmas trees on sleds from the fields of Plow Farms in Plowville on Dec. 9.

Twin Valley Student Council “Season of Giving” is underway |Dec 13, 2017

Every year, Twin Valley High School’s Student Council has our “Season of Giving” during the months of November - January. At the start of November, TVHS Student Council members sell paper pilgrims for a dollar, and each pilgrim sold equates to $20 worth of food for the Greater Berks County Food Bank.

Kutztown author writes picture book in PA Dutch to carry on language |Dec 13, 2017

Kutztown area author Mary Laub recently released a picture book, Uff der Bauerei, (On the Farm) written in PA German, aka PA Dutch.

Schwank initiative to rename Route 176 Morgantown in honor of veterans passes Senate |Dec 13, 2017

A road-naming bill to rename Route 176 in Berks County in honor of veterans was approved by the Pennsylvania Senate. Berks County’s inclusion in the bill was the result of the efforts of State Sen.

FOOD: Give these 3 holly, jolly holiday desserts |Dec 13, 2017

This season, deck the halls with boughs of holly and stack the dessert table with showstoppers like Black Forest cake, white chocolate mousse trifle and vanilla cheesecake with thyme-cherry compote.

Pottstown man jailed for possessing drugs, assaulting police |Dec 12, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A Pottstown man faces some time behind bars for his assaultive behavior with police during a drug investigation.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Reggae meets hip-hop meets jam — ‘Broken Crowns’ Tour with Matisyahu, Common Kings, and Orphan at the TLA |Dec 12, 2017

In the middle of Hanukkah comes a show with alternative rock musician Matisyahu.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A joyous occasion deserves a sweet, decadent treat |Dec 12, 2017

Reminding you of pecan pie, this recipe is far and above better flavored, joyous to the occasion and did I mention it has chocolate in it as well? One look at the crispy, toasted and decadent topping that literally crackles as you cut it, and it will soon become a favorite this Christmas.

SUV strikes truck head on, flips over |Dec 12, 2017

An SUV crossed into oncoming traffic, striking a tractor trailer truck head on and then flipping over on Route 222 in Richmond Township at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 11.

Northeast Berks Chamber hosts Economic Forecast Breakfast at Kutztown University |Dec 12, 2017

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast on Jan. 19, at 7:30 a.m. at Kutztown University’s MacFarland Student Union, Room 218. Open to the public, the breakfast is sponsored by Fleetwood Bank.

Santa sighting at Hamburg Four Twelve coffee shop |Dec 12, 2017

Snow falling outside added to the festive atmosphere at Four Twelve coffee shop in Hamburg as Santa visited with children on Dec. 9.

Brandywine Community Library showcases art by 15 at Teen Art Show |Dec 12, 2017

Brandywine Community Library’s Third Art Show showcased the artwork of 15 teens with more than 30 submissions.

Fleetwood Area High School November Students of the Month |Dec 12, 2017

Christopher Weinhold Chris is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Weinhold of Fleetwood. Chris aspires to enter acting after school. Chris has been involved in the Special Olympics while attending Fleetwood Area High School.

Sica and Hobert named Kutztown Rotary Students of the Month |Dec 12, 2017

Kutztown Rotarians got a special treat during their Student of the Month meeting Dec. 6. Both recipients of this month’s Student of the Month honors were talented musicians and each treated the group to a song at the Kutztown Tavern.

Library Holiday House Tour takes patrons back 300 years |Dec 12, 2017

The Friends of the Kutztown Community Library invited the community to attend their 2017 Holiday House Tour: Pathways through History on Dec. 3.

Boyertown K–12 School Counseling Coordinator recognized by COCA |Dec 12, 2017

The Boyertown Area School District is pleased to announce that K–12 School Counseling Coordinator, Marilee Cassidy, has been awarded the 2017 Roger S. Hertz Education Award by the Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA).

WINE: A witty way with wine |Dec 12, 2017

A year of good wine? Yes, please. Especially when it comes in page-a-day calendar form from the pen of Karen MacNeil (“The Wine Bible”).

Limerick man faces prison for sexual assaults of teenage girls |Dec 12, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A 51-year-old Limerick man faces at least a decade in prison after he admitted he sexually assaulted two teenage Pottstown girls.

Foundation for Pottstown Education launches first-ever fund-drive campaign |Dec 12, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> For the first time in the 33-year history of the Foundation for Pottstown Education, an Annual Support Campaign is being formalized.

Pottsgrove Middle School scores robotics win |Dec 12, 2017

UPPER POTTSGROVE >> The PGMS Computer / Robotics’ Technology - Lego Team won First Place on Dec. 2, at the school’s first-ever Lego Robotic Competition, for their innovative project.

Boyertown Area High School’s choir performs at esteemed conference |Dec 12, 2017

The Boyertown Area School District is proud to recognize the achievements of Boyertown Area High School’s Select Choir for performing at the American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania (ACDA PA) fall choral conference.

Kutztown University faculty union, students rally for higher education |Dec 11, 2017

APSCUF-Kutztown faculty union hosted a rally in front of Kutztown University’s Schaeffer Auditorium on Dec. 7 to speak up for higher education and against new or increased taxation of universities and students.

Lyons salon hosts Gatsby-themed benefit gala |Dec 11, 2017

The staff at La Amorah hosted a Gatsby-themed Gala to benefit Support Homeless Veterans, Inc. on Dec. 2 to celebrate their first anniversary.

Mayor Sandy Green presented KU President’s Medal |Dec 11, 2017

Kutztown University President Kenneth S. Hawkinson presented the KU President’s Medal to outgoing Kutztown Borough Mayor Sandy Green at a ceremony held in the President’s Residence on Dec.

Creating S-Town: Brian Reed to discuss his blockbuster podcast at the Merriam Theater |Dec 11, 2017

When the “S-Town” podcast premiered on a Tuesday morning in March, millions of people downloaded it thinking they were signing up for a true-crime story — a murder mystery not unlike the 2014 phenomenon “Serial.

St. Francis Academy tree lighting honors 90-year-old alumni |Dec 11, 2017

St. Francis Academy in Bally held their annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 8. In honor of their 275th anniversary, they invited their oldest alumni to partake.

Life’s Choices offers free ultrasound services to Kutztown, Hamburg clients |Dec 11, 2017

Free ultrasounds are now offered to clients of Life’s Choices of Kutztown and Hamburg.

Hamburg man charged in death of motorcycle passenger |Dec 11, 2017

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Dec. 11 that a Hamburg man was charged in the death of a motorcycle passenger.

First Snow of Season paints Kutztown a winter wonderland on Dec. 9 |Dec 11, 2017

About four inches or so of snow painted the Kutztown area landscaped in white on Dec. 9.