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Family Fun Fridays: Visit a Farmer’s Market for Culinary Adventures |Jun 28, 2015

As summer weather settles in, home gardeners can get impatient, waiting for tender young plants to grow and produce juicy tomatoes, sweet corn and other garden delights. Our whole family was sharing this impatience, so we decided to spend a fun Friday outing visiting a local farmer’s market.

Perspective on Parenting: 10 years a mom |Jun 27, 2015

Years ago, as a communications professional in the corporate world, I remember when my colleagues were honored for a decade or more of service. In a world where attention spans are gradually diminishing, doing anything constructive for 10 years can be considered quite an accomplishment.

Schuylkill Valley students recognized for participation in Berks County Special Olympics Track and Field Meet |Jun 27, 2015

The highlight of the June 22 Schuylkill Valley School Board meeting was the recognition of the large group of students who participated in the Berks County Special Olympics Track and Field Meet.

5 home gardens toured at Fourth Annual Hamburg Garden Stroll |Jun 27, 2015

“Anyone in Hamburg who has a small area of sunshine can grow fruit and vegetables,” were the inspiring words offered to future gardeners by Paul Wikerd, a retired minister and resident of Hamburg since 1987.

Welcome to my World: Red rose ceremonies |Jun 27, 2015

First page was in the Easton Express in 1986

A Look Back in History: Rural Folklife of the early 1900s as seen by Photographers: H. Winslow Fegley & Amandus Moyer (Part I) |Jun 27, 2015

At the turn of the century into the 1900’s, when most of the nation was fascinated with the unbelievable results of automation and the beginning of a mobile America, there were a few who saw the opportunity to record that way of life that was soon to be antediluvian.

From Arthur’s Policy Desk: Race, Racism and Christian Forgiveness |Jun 27, 2015

June was an eventful month. It raised some interesting questions.

‘Legendary’ exhibit at The African American Museum in Philadelphia explores house ballroom culture |Jun 27, 2015

Photographer Gerard H. Gaskin creates art, but also shines a light on people who need to be seen.

GLOBETROTTING GRADUATE: Why I keep going back to Paris |Jun 27, 2015

Paris is not my favorite place to visit, yet I find myself consistently revisiting the city. Outside of London, it is the foreign city I know best.

Avian Influenza not yet in PA, but Sen. Schwank says state ready to act |Jun 26, 2015

Because the latest avian influenza outbreak has wiped out 50 million birds across the country and appears to be headed this way, Sen. Judy Schwank is working with state agriculture officials as they develop response and recovery plans should the disease strike in Pennsylvania.

Studio B resurrects ART Attack for Summer 2015 |Jun 26, 2015

Studio B, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown, is resurrecting ART Attack, a show of artwork in all media, opening June 26 and running through Aug. 29.

DCNR reveals statewide recreation plan at Pottstown Volleyball Rumble (photos, video) |Jun 26, 2015

POTTSTOWN >> About 15 people riding yellow Bike Pottstown bicycles pedaled their way onto the lush green fields of Memorial Park Thursday to center court of the 24th annual Pottstown Volleyball Rumble.

Woman’s Club of Strausstown disbands during 60th year |Jun 26, 2015

The Woman’s Club of Strausstown had its final meeting, which also happened to be during its 60th year, with a farewell luncheon in May that was attended by members, past and present, as well as quite a few husbands.

From the Item Editor: A Farewell to the readers |Jun 26, 2015

This past March marked two years that I have been the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. It’s hard to believe how much has changed between that first day and now. Prior to starting, I had very little knowledge of the Hamburg area.

Railroad Museum ‘Rails Go Bragh’ event celebrates Irish heritage |Jun 26, 2015

On Saturday, June 13, the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum hosted “Rails Go Bragh” to celebrate the contribution of Irish workers to the Reading Railroad. Volunteers, sporting festive green top hats, greeted visitors to the event at the museum on Third Street in Hamburg.

Readers are the real super heroes this summer at Hamburg Public Library |Jun 26, 2015

Summer programming is in full swing at the Hamburg Public Library on North Third Street, but it is not too late for readers to join in on the fun. Children who participate can earn prizes, attend special programs and — not coincidentally — read lots of books.

Boone eliminates 7 teachers, terminates 29 cafeteria workers |Jun 26, 2015

The Daniel Boone School Board unanimously approved June 22 the termination of 29 cafeteria employees “due to the outsourcing of their positions” to Nutrition Group, Inc., Irwin, Westmoreland County, for cafeteria fund savings of $150,000 and new cafeteria fund revenue of $150,000.

For what it’s worth: My personal food challenge |Jun 26, 2015

I’ve had the house to myself for about a week, and I have another week to go. When there’s only one person—it’s easy to downsize a bit. And I decided to downsize in regards to hastily purchasing food.

New Hanover man fined for trying to sell roadkill online |Jun 26, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> He may have found the dead deer on the road, but a New Hanover man’s plan to sell its head on eBay was dead in the water.

Relay team Friends for Life holds 4th annual 5K |Jun 25, 2015

On Saturday, June 6, the Friends for Life held their 4th annual 5K run event. This year’s event was attended by over 140 participants and included individuals from the Fun on the Run team from the YMCA and also children participating in a fun run.

Boyertown haunted & historical walks slated through June to October |Jun 25, 2015

Haunted & historical walks around Boyertown will be held on June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26, Oct. 10 and Oct. 17.

Antietam Valley Farmers’ & Artists’ Market to celebrate grand opening |Jun 25, 2015

The Antietam Valley Farmers’ & Artists’ Market at historic Carsonia Park will hold its grand opening on Saturday, June 27 at 8 a.m., rain or shine. Over 25 vendors will be offering fresh meats and produce, baked goods, plants and cut flowers, and a wide variety of homemade products in our beautiful shady park.

Brew Hub: Craft brewing in the Philly region |Jun 25, 2015

The Craft Beer industry has soared to new heights globally, and the Philadelphia area has been a flagship of homebrewed growth and innovation.

Boyertown man jailed for sex with teen girl |Jun 25, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A 20-year-old Boyertown man faces several years of court supervision after he admitted to having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in Lower Providence after meeting her on the social networking site Facebook.

Date slated for 11th annual Berks Celtic Oyster Fest |Jun 24, 2015

On Saturday, July 18, the Berks County Irish American Fraternal Association is holding the 11th Annual Berks Celtic Oyster Fest at Willow Glen Park in Sinking Spring. The festival is a celebration of Celtic heritage including music, food, beer, whiskey, arts and crafts, vendors, games, sports, and fun.

Amity to request ambulance RFPs |Jun 24, 2015

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors said June 17 that it will follow the necessary protocol to locate and contract with an ambulance service.

Berks Encore awarded $2,000 ‘March for Meals’ Grant from Meals on Wheels America |Jun 24, 2015

Berks Encore is proud to announce it has received a $2,000 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in the 13th Annual March for Meals campaign. This year’s grants were made possible through the generosity of Subaru of America, Inc.

Douglassville woman found guilty of animal cruelty |Jun 24, 2015

DOUGLASSVILLE >> A Douglassville woman was ordered to pay $900 in fines after being found guilty of six counts of animal cruelty. Four horses were found dead on her property in March.

PERSON TO PERSON – IMPACT: Singin’ In The Rain! Part #1 |Jun 24, 2015

This article is the beginning of a mini-series entitled Singin’ In The Rain! As the introduction, I would like to discuss the topic of GOALS. I consider myself an average person (no matter what others might say), so if you are like me, you may see a definite need for goals but they may also leave a bitter taste in your mouth.

National Penn donates building for new Boyertown police station |Jun 24, 2015

The Boyertown Police Department has a spacious new headquarters thanks to the generosity of a local bank.

Take cherries, raspberries and blueberries from farm to table at Weaver’s Orchard, Morgantown |Jun 24, 2015

Late June and early July are farm-to-table heaven in Pennsylvania as local orchards are filled with a wealth of fruit perfect for canning, eating fresh or savoring in homemade meals. At Weaver’s Orchard in southern Berks County, ripening times for cherries, raspberries and blueberries overlap from June 27 to July 8, making these two weeks around Independence Day an especially appealing time to pick early summer fruit.

Servant Stage Co. presents 1950s Musical Review At Garden Spot Village |Jun 24, 2015

Garden Spot Village invites the public to enjoy the music of the nifty ‘50s when Servant Stage Company presents its premier performance of the popular off-Broadway revue, Forever Plaid on Thursday and Friday, July 16 and 17, beginning at 7 p.

Hats off to The Whole Child Learning Center Graduating Class of 2015 |Jun 24, 2015

It seems like yesterday that many of the children in our Pre-Kindergarten graduating class started at The Whole Child Learning Center as infants, and now we’re preparing to send them off to school and their next step in life’s journey.

More than 70 artists and crafters showcased at 35th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival |Jun 24, 2015

The 35th annual Arts and Crafts Festival was held on June 27, from 9:00-2:00, at the Community Memorial Park on East Jackson Street in New Holland, PA.

Chester County Crime Victims’ Center is beneficiary of Eagle Scout Project |Jun 24, 2015

Angels come in all shapes and sizes. For The Crime Victim’s Center of Chester County, Inc., they were members of St. Agnes Church’s Boy Scout Troop 153 lead by Eagle Scout candidate Adam Kazimierczyk, 17, who chose resurfacing the agency’s rutted staff parking lot as his Eagle Scout Project.

Morgantown Keystone Iron Warriors host annual Bike and Car Show |Jun 24, 2015

Joanna Furnace in Robeson Township hosted Keystone Iron Warriors for their Bike and Car Show on Saturday, June 20, along with a Flag Retirement by American Legion, Post 537, Morgantown.

State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) honors Twin Valley School District’s athletic teams |Jun 24, 2015

Friday night of the Morgantown Carnival, June 12, State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) honored Twin Valley School District’s athletic teams that earned appearances in District, State or Tournament play.

Thousands expected for annual Pottstown Rumble volleyball tournament |Jun 24, 2015

Pottstown >> Volleyball fans from around the country will converge on Pottstown later this month for what’s shaping up to be one of the biggest tournaments the area has ever seen.

Mouns Jones Plantation Day set for Saturday at Morlatton Village |Jun 24, 2015

DOUGLASSVILLE >> The Mouns Jones Plantation Day at Morlatton Village will be held Saturday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine). The Early Riverside Settlement Event, sponsored by the Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County, offers a look into the past.

Focus on the Family: Daughter’s peers focused on unrealistic beauty standards |Jun 24, 2015

Q: My daughter is entering the tween years, and I’m concerned about her self-image. The other girls in her peer group are so focused on being thin and wearing the right clothes. But my mom always told me, “Pretty is as pretty does.

Fitness: Better Self Image Starts Right Here! |Jun 24, 2015

What I have learned since opening my little boutique nearly 5 years ago...

Mona Lisa’s secrets revealed at the Reading Public Museum |Jun 24, 2015

READING >> In this exploration of the world’s most famous painting, “The Secrets of Mona Lisa” are revealed at the Reading Public Museum now through Monday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day).

Boone Library launches action-packed summer reading program |Jun 24, 2015

Children donning their favorite superhero regalia filled the Boone Area Library June 9 for the library’s annual Summer Reading Program kickoff party.

Boone budget affects HS classes, students’ futures |Jun 24, 2015

Daniel Boone School Board members said June 8 they didn’t know where the task of furloughing teachers would lead them, or the effect it would have on next year’s juniors and seniors.

Colebrookdale Railroad to run special July 4th fireworks express |Jun 24, 2015

With the return of Fourth of July fireworks to Pottstown’s Memorial Park comes a unique way to view them, from the historic Colebrookdale Railroad.

Pottstown Health & Wellness Foundation awards more than $1.5 million in grant funds |Jun 23, 2015

The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation has awarded $1,547,345 in grant requests during the spring grant round of fiscal year 2014-2015 to 40 non-profit organizations, schools, and municipalities.

Pottstown’s Levi S. Wolf renamed to list of “Super Lawyers” In Pennsylvania |Jun 23, 2015

Levi S. Wolf of Wolf, Baldwin & Associates, P.C. in Pottstown, PA has been renamed to the list of top workers’ compensation attorneys in Pennsylvania for 2015 as published by Super Lawyers magazine.

Results are in from Boyertown Idol |Jun 23, 2015

East Philadelphia Avenue steamed in the sticky on and off sunshine and humidity, only mid- June can deliver, heralding the BMBA’s 2015 50th Sidewalk Expo. Early clouds and light breeze gave way to partial sun and building wind gusts as hearty shoppers braved the heat to grab a great deal or a quick bite to eat.

“Summer of Ska” Pints for Pups event series benefit pets and pet owners in need |Jun 23, 2015

Humane Pennsylvania will present “Summer of Ska” in a series of three Pints for Pups events spanning Lancaster, Berks, and Montgomery counties this summer.

‘Mobile Madness’ comes to Boyertown — with vintage, Boyertown-built trucks |Jun 23, 2015

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles held its first-ever food truck fair on Saturday, June 20 — “The Truck Stops Here—Mobile Madness.”