Graffiti plagues Morgantown businesses, Police say arrest is imminent |Feb 27, 2015

Graffiti has been scrawled on Morgantown businesses for the past couple of months. Caernarvon Township Police intend to make an arrest shortly.

Morgantown Village Library welcomes new director Natasha Donaldson |Feb 27, 2015

Village Library in Morgantown welcomes new director Natasha Donaldson, who started on Feb. 9.

Boyertown Area School Board discusses budget-cutting |Feb 27, 2015

In its first meeting after passing a preliminary budget, the Boyertown Area School Board discussed ways to reduce the potential 6-percent tax increase included in the 2015-16 budget.

2015 Kutztown Fools Run honors local runner Sally Miksiewicz |Feb 27, 2015

The 25th annual Kutztown Fools Run honors the memory of local runner Sally Miksiewicz and features the return of the costume contest for the event’s Silver Anniversary.

Berks County Commissioners seek $500,000 gain through investments |Feb 27, 2015

Looking over the county code can be dry but educational, according to Berks County Commissioner Mark Scott.

A Look Back in History: Georgian Keystones not just for mansions |Feb 27, 2015

During the Industrial Revolution when steam powered threshing machines replaced horse powered tread-mills, farmers with large tracts of land built huge Pennsylvania bank barns with double and triple threshing floors, realizing that these structures provided them with the most efficiency.

Letter to the Editor: Thank you, volunteers, for your shoveling help |Feb 27, 2015

This winter we have had more snow and ice than in an average year. As senior citizens living on West Main Street of Kutztown, my husband and I appreciate the opportunity to have younger volunteers from Operation Snowflake help us to clear the sidewalk in front of our home and yard.

State System universities offer programs, services to military |Feb 27, 2015

Twenty-two thousand. That’s the number of pushups California University of Pennsylvania students did over the last approximately four weeks to raise awareness about the rising tide of military suicides.

Celebrate Women’s History Month at Hopewell Furnace |Feb 27, 2015

March is Women’s History Month and what better way to celebrate than to visit Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, a place where equal pay for equal work was the practice in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Hamburg Area Middle School second quarter honor roll |Feb 27, 2015

Sixth Grade Distinguished Honor Roll

Berks native Corey Brossman to speak at Salem’s 3rd Annual Sportsmen’s Banquet |Feb 27, 2015

The public is invited to the 3rd Annual Sportsmen’s Banquet at Salem EC Church, Lenhartsville, on Saturday, March 7. The evening will feature outdoorsman and television host Corey Brossman, who will speak at 7 p.

Kutztown Student Council hosts mini-THON Feb. 27 to 28, approaching $20,000 raised for childhood cancer |Feb 27, 2015

Kutztown Area High School Student Council hosts its mini-THON to raise funds for childhood cancer tonight, Feb. 27, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Millions of gallons of crude oil pass through Pottstown area each week |Feb 26, 2015

Crude oil transport trains, which travel through and often pause in Pottstown, have been gathering attention of late. The derailment that led to sky-high flames in West Virginia Feb. 16 has shone a national spotlight on an issue that hits close to home.

Exeter School Board discusses Bond Sale and Transportation Center Site costs; graduation requirements revised |Feb 26, 2015

During their Feb. 17 meeting, the Exeter Township School District Board of School Directors was presented with results of the competitive bond sale, which took place Jan. 13, by Jamie Schlesinger of Public Financial Management and an update from Justin Istenes on the Transportation Center Project.

Boyertown Area Senior High students to dance all night to fight childhood cancer |Feb 26, 2015

Boyertown >> Twelve hours, hundreds of students and thousands of dollars. This is what Boyertown Area Senior High students are offering Friday night and Saturday morning to the families of children battling cancer.

Berks County kidnapping suspect apprehended in Wyoming |Feb 26, 2015

Pennsylvania State Police Hamburg report that kidnapping suspect Marshall Glenn McGinty, 43, was taken into custody without incident on Feb. 25 by Casper, Wyoming Police Department. He was found parked in the victim’s Honda Fit at the East Side Wal Mart in Casper Wyoming.

For what it’s worth: York County’s Live Eagle Camera has my attention |Feb 26, 2015

I’m not sure why it’s so interesting to me—but it is. Since I discovered it, I cannot seem to stop watching York County’s live feed of an eagle nest.

Murder mystery event ‘Murderoulsy Uncorked!’ slated at Moonlight Winery |Feb 26, 2015

A classic whodunit at Moonlight Winery has been sponsored by Moonlight Winery, Fecho Productions and Genesius Theatre.

Grange pot pie dinner to benefit ‘Save Our Strand’ campaign on Feb. 28 |Feb 26, 2015

As is often seen in the Hamburg area, helping and supporting one another is a big part of small town and small communities. Since the beginning, the Hamburg Grange February pot pie dinners have helped to support different groups and causes in the community.

Montco Dems endorse three lawyers for Common Pleas Court judge |Feb 26, 2015

With the Pennsylvania Department of State ruling this week that November’s election will include only three open seats for the Montgomery County bench, not the four that had been anticipated, county Democrats have now endorsed their judicial slate.

The Historian: Fraktur, the folk art of the Pa. Germans |Feb 25, 2015

During the 100 years between 1720 and 1820, well over 100,000 German-speaking immigrants entered Pennsylvania, most of them through the port of Philadelphia. In just the five years between 1749 and 1754 nearly 37,000 Germans came through that port and spread throughout Pennsylvania and beyond.

Daniel Boone grad Navy Petty Officer David Hurley serves as Yeoman |Feb 25, 2015

In addition to his civilian professions as hospital security and a health fitness specialist, Petty Officer 2nd Class David Hurley has committed to serving our nation as a Yeoman in the U.S. Navy Reserve assigned to Navy Operational Support Center Lehigh Valley.

Humane Veterinary Hospital being built adjacent to Humane Society of Berks County |Feb 25, 2015

Humane Pennsylvania, a network of animal welfare facilities in Pennsylvania, is excited to announce the recent acquisition of a new building located at 1729 N. 11th Street, Reading.

Twin Valley Elementary Center 2015 Spring Carnival features performances by Twin Valley cheerleaders and ReMix Dance & Fitness |Feb 25, 2015

Twin Valley Elementary Center will hold its annual 2015 Spring Carnival on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Oley Valley ends its season with district loss to York Catholic |Feb 25, 2015

The Oley Valley High School girls basketball team completed the season on Feb. 20 with a second round District 3 loss to York Catholic, 58-28, The Lady Lynx advanced to the second round with a victory over Tulpehocken in the first round.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Boyertown senior Kyle Dennin was a leader in every way for the Bears |Feb 25, 2015

Boyertown High senior Kyle Dennin has been playing basketball since he was eight years old, in second grade at the Boyertown Y.M.C.A. He also spent a lot of time playing in the driveway with his father, Ned, and his brothers, Craig, Mark and Scott.

Twin Valley High School senior Amy Carvalho named March Intern of the Month |Feb 25, 2015

Amy Carvalho, a senior at Twin Valley High School, was named March’s Intern of the Month. She currently interns at Twin Valley Elementary Center and Robeson Lutheran Preschool.

Twin Valley Rotary honors Twin Valley students Alyssa Lahoda and Aaron Wildonger as February Students of the Month |Feb 25, 2015

On February 18 the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School juniors, Alyssa Lahoda and Aaron Wildonger, as their Students of the Month. The presentation was made at their weekly meeting.

Robeson Township Supervisors amend septic system ordinance, working to increase effectiveness of On Lot Disposal System ordinance |Feb 25, 2015

The Robeson Township Board of Supervisors reviewed and approved the most recent draft of the township’s On Lot Disposal System (OLDS) ordinance for advertisement at a Feb. 17 meeting.

New Holland: Garden Spot Village hosts Hooley School Of Irish Dance March 21 at 7 p.m. |Feb 25, 2015

Enjoy the sounds of “the auld sod” when Hooley School of Irish Dance brings a rousing performance to Garden Spot Village on Saturday, March 21, as part of the community’s popular Saturday Evening Concert Series.

Geologist speaks at Joanna Furnace about early iron mining |Feb 25, 2015

In the early 1800s southeastern Pennsylvania was one of the leading iron production areas in the nation.

Guest Column: Teachers are Born, Not Made |Feb 25, 2015

Before I came to realize that my future resided in the classroom, I took two education classes in my senior year of college. I’d already completed most mandated courses and taken more than the required units of English.

Amber Alert: New Castle police say father took 3-year-old after assaulting her mother |Feb 24, 2015

The New Castle County Police Department are searching for a child that is missing from her home.

Muhlenberg Ambulance Association assist Exeter in 911 transitions; services to begin March 23 |Feb 24, 2015

Beginning March 23, the Muhlenberg Ambulance Association will assist Exeter Township in their 911 switch by providing 24-hour advanced life support seven days a week.

Police searching for suspect from Pottstown drug raid |Feb 24, 2015

pottstown >> Police have released a photo of the man they are seeking in relation to the drug raid that took place on Friday Feb. 20 on North Charlotte Street.

Congressman Ryan Costello visits Daniel Boone High School science team |Feb 24, 2015

UNION TWP. >> Congressman Ryan Costello doesn’t seem to mind getting his hands dirty.

Daniel Boone Area School Board discusses restoring full-day kindergarten, closing a school |Feb 24, 2015

UNION >> A proposal by Superintendent Marybeth Torchia to restore full day kindergarten to the Daniel Boone Area School District in 2015-16 was discussed Monday, coupled with the possibility of closing a school building due to declining enrollment.

Oley Valley High School to host Talent And Fashion Show |Feb 24, 2015

Members of Oley Valley’s senior class will be hosting a combination music and talent revue to benefit Project Graduation, the school’s safe, post-graduation party for this year’s OVHS graduates.

Lady Bears keep their season alive |Feb 24, 2015

The Boyertown high girls basketball team was looking to get rid of the sour taste from their mouth after a loss to Spring-Ford in the second round of the District 1-AAAA playoffs. After Mother Nature had her say with snow on Saturday, the Lady Bears finally got their chance to qualify for the state tournament.

Reality TV: York County Eagles gain celebrity status |Feb 24, 2015

Central Pennsylvania’s newest reality show is unfolding 100 feet up a tree overlooking Lake Marburg.

Kutztown University Council of Trustees recommends 2 Presidential Candidates |Feb 23, 2015

Kutztown University’s Council of Trustees recommended two presidential candidates to move forward to the Office of the Chancellor of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education on Monday, February 16.

Pa German Cultural Heritage Center hosts Kutztown author Mara Rockliff and her new book ‘Gingerbread for Liberty’ |Feb 23, 2015

A Kutztown author honors a German baker from the Revolution.

DJ Jon Gosselin mixing music at Bally Hotel |Feb 23, 2015

The former star of TLC’s hit show “Jon and Kate Plus 8” has moved on from television, but is still in the limelight while changing careers to become a disc jockey.

Strausstown scouts lead service for Scout Sunday |Feb 22, 2015

Cub Scout’s and Boy Scout’s of unit 144 in Strausstown provided a Scout run service for Scout Sunday Feb. 8 at Zion Blue Mountain UCC. This is the first Scout Service with Zion’s new Pastor, Pastor Josh Knappenberger.

Welcome to my World: My sports enthusiast |Feb 22, 2015

My husband Harry and I were married in our 40s. He’s what I call a sports enthusiast. We are now married 33 years. Before we married I knew he was a sports nut. On our dates he either wore his Penn State Nittany Lions shirt, or a favorite baseball shirt with “Phillies” blazoned on it in red.

From the Item Editor: The book and the movie |Feb 22, 2015

There was a point in time, when I was excited to see that a favorite book of mine was being made into a movie. I remember heading to the movie theater right after getting off the school bus to see “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” on opening day and missing school to see “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” for its first showing at the local movie theater.

WTIM: Music around town Feb. 25 edition |Feb 22, 2015

By Tim Dietterick Circulation Manager, Berks-Mont Newspapers

Applications being accepted for 2015 Home Makeover |Feb 22, 2015

The national award-winning HBA Restoring Hope Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2015 Home Remodeling Project that will brighten the home and spirits of one worthy Berks County family.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files Feb. 25 edition |Feb 22, 2015

25 Years Ago Feb. 28, 1990 >> Aaron Williamson ended his career at Hamburg High with a total of 2,012 points, third best in the history of Berks County.

Hamburg area calendar of events Feb. 25 edition |Feb 22, 2015

Recurring Centerport Lions Club: Jamming Sessions will be held every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Music starts at 5:30 p.m. All musicians welcome.