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Montco preserves 90-acre New Hanover farm |Jun 22, 2017

NEW HANOVER >> Montgomery County has added another farm to its growing list of permanently preserved farm properties.

NEW ON DVD: ‘A Cure For Wellness’ is the work of a true visionary |Jun 22, 2017

“A Cure For Wellness” (2017, Fox, R, $30), the latest from Gore Verbinski (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), is old-fashioned in all the right ways.

Imelda May kicks off next week’s concert picks |Jun 22, 2017

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.

NEW TO STREAMING AND VOD: Far from a classic, space-thriller ‘Life’ has its moments |Jun 22, 2017

A sci-fi thriller in the “Alien” tradition, the formulaic “Life” is far from a classic but it’s a decent time-waster especially for genre fans who can’t get enough of slimy, homicidal space creatures.

Nine-week Philadelphia Zoo attraction mixes education and frosty fun in the middle of summer |Jun 22, 2017

Just you wait till the next heat wave.

Clay on Main offers summer programs |Jun 22, 2017

Clay on Main is offering classes for kids as well as adults this summer.

Town clock repair work underway in Boyertown |Jun 22, 2017

It is the highest point in Boyertown and has been a silent sentinel for almost five years. But soon the clock and bell at Good Shepherd UCC Church will work again.

Officials probe if spectator recorded portion of Bill Cosby trial |Jun 22, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County officials are investigating reports that a member of the public who attended the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial allegedly audiotaped a portion of the trial and took photographs from inside a satellite courtroom that broadcast the proceedings.

Superintendent Faidley leaving Boyertown for Wilson School District |Jun 22, 2017

Boyertown Area School District Superintendent Richard Faidley may soon be leading another Berks County school district.

THE YANKEE CHEF: This summertime treat is a peach |Jun 21, 2017

Give this sweet, crispy, hot and loaded-with-flavor treat a try. I waiver on mentioning ice cream topping for this delicious, summertime treat because. ... well, I don’t know why actually. So have at it and mound some real vanilla ice cream right on top of this dessert.

Pottstown man jailed for hit-and-run involving jogger |Jun 21, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A judge sent a Pottstown man to jail after a jury convicted him of striking a jogger and leaving the scene of the collision on a rural Upper Frederick roadway.

The 60s Boys in concert at Kutztown Park June 24 |Jun 21, 2017

As part of the 2017 Borough of Kutztown Concert Series in the Park, The 60s Boys will take the stage on Saturday night, June 24 from 7 to 9:15 p.m. to entertain the crowd.

Judge releases identities of jurors at Bill Cosby trial |Jun 21, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County judge who presided over the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial released the identities of the jurors who deadlocked in their deliberations, but jurors will be limited in what they can speak about publicly.

A LOOK BACK IN HISTORY: The Kutztown Folk Festival is right around the corner, literally |Jun 21, 2017

Our Kutztown Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival has long portrayed regional folkways that were always called “Deitsch” (Dutch), not German. A vernacular transferred here by ethnic sub-cultures living in the 18th Century Rhine Valley, though their actual ethnic lineage was German, Swiss, or French, regardless of the Rhenish tongue they spoke; but collectively and accurately known as the Pennsylvania Dutch and proudly! Us, these, native PA Dutch are a very religious lot and extremely principled people.

Repperts start youth tennis association in Kutztown |Jun 21, 2017

Kutztown couple Dale and Louann Reppert started the Eastern Berks Kutztown Tennis Association recently to teach local youth tennis.

Fleetwood Bank awards scholarship to Hamburg High grad Zachary Moser |Jun 21, 2017

Fleetwood Bank is pleased to announce that Zachary W. Moser, a 2017 Hamburg Area High School graduate, has been awarded the 2017 Fleetwood Bank Scholarship of $8,000. Fleetwood Bank is committed to provide scholarships in the local communities to help families offset the cost of post-secondary education, as well as demonstrate its commitment to the communities we serve.

The Adam Ezra Group headlines at the Sellersville Theater |Jun 21, 2017

Drawing from the tradition of American folk music, The Adam Ezra Group embraces their artistry, nurturing a community of fans through heartfelt words and music. Exemplifying this mission, the bands latest album release “Hurricane Wind” is a hands-on, groundbreaking collaborative effort with their fans.

The Purple Xperience out to channel essence of Prince at Keswick Theatre |Jun 21, 2017

Minneapolis guitarist and pianist Marshall Charloff talked about being a Prince tribute artist in 2011, when Prince was still alive.

Hamburg Area School Board approves tax increase by .25 mills |Jun 21, 2017

On June 19, Hamburg Area School Directors voted, 6-1, to approve a $42,004,489 spending plan for the 2017-18 school year.

Ashley Seitzinger honored as Shartlesville Lion of the Year |Jun 21, 2017

Once the listing of duties and accomplishments were starting to be shared, it did not take Shartlesville Lions Club members long to figure out that which had been kept secret from all members but for the four-member Selection Committee.

Don’t forget da’ dip: New ways to upgrade your apps |Jun 21, 2017

The heat is on – time for backyard barbecues, picnics in the park and beachfront bashes. So, grab some crackers, chips or veggies and dip into summer!

Rehrersburg Lions Club installs officers |Jun 21, 2017

In an outdoor meeting in the club’s pavilion, the Rehrersburg Lions Club‘s officers for the 2017-2018 program year were installed. Serving as installing Lion was PDG Bob Argot, currently zone chair for three area clubs.

3-vehicle crash on Route 183 Penn Township sends drivers to hospital |Jun 21, 2017

State Police Reading report that at 4:32 p.m. on June 16, a three-vehicle crash occurred on Route 183 (Bernville Road) at the intersection with North Beyfrle Hill Road in Penn Township.

Morgantown Carnival draws crowds to Friendship Park |Jun 21, 2017

There was magic in the air June 13 to 17 in Caernarvon Friendship Park as kids and grown ups alike strolled the ‘little town’s midway’ for the Morgantown Carnival.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Arts fest in Manayunk, beer tasting in Lansdale, Irish fest in Havertown, ‘Lord of the Rings’ and much more on tap |Jun 21, 2017

Festival time Manayunk Arts Festival: The 28th annual Manayunk Arts Festival runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 24 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 25 on Main Street from Shurs Lane to Green Lane and Cotton Street from Main to Cresson streets.

2 Berks County firms chosen for region’s medical marijuana licenses |Jun 20, 2017

HARRISBURG >> Two Berks County applicants were granted state permits to begin growing medical marijuana in Southeast Pennsylvania, it was announced Tuesday afternoon.

Rep. Marcy Toepel hosting Blood Drive in Gilbertsville on June 29 |Jun 20, 2017

Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) is inviting 147th District residents to a Miller-Keystone Blood Drive on Thursday, June 29, anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at her district office, 1885 Swamp Pike Road, Suite 107, Gilbertsville.

CONCERT: The End of America makes Steel City Coffee House debut |Jun 20, 2017

Critically acclaimed Indie folk rockers The End of America is one of the latest bands to emerge from the burgeoning creative renaissance that is putting the thriving Philly music scene back on the map.

Judge weighs media requests to identify jurors at Bill Cosby trial |Jun 20, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County judge who presided over the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial took under advisement a request by media outlets to release the identities of the jurors who deadlocked in their deliberations.

Albright College announces Spring 2017 Boyertown area graduates |Jun 20, 2017

The following local residents graduated from Albright College on May 21, 2017:

Pastor David Lewis of New Hanover to retire after 30 years of service |Jun 20, 2017

NEW HANOVER >> Pastor David Lewis of New Hanover United Methodist Church will be retiring at the end of June; his last sermon will be on Sunday, June 25.

Kutztown University Spring 2017 Dean’s List for Boyertown area |Jun 20, 2017

More than 1,660 students have been named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List at Kutztown University. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade point average of 3.

Kutztown University announces Spring 2017 Dean’s List for Southern Berks |Jun 20, 2017

More than 1,660 students have been named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List at Kutztown University. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade point average of 3.

Albright College Spring 2017 Southern Berks graduates |Jun 20, 2017

The following local residents graduated from Albright College on May 21, 2017:

Alvernia University announces 2017 graduates for Southern Berks |Jun 20, 2017

The Alvernia University Class of 2017 earned associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees this May. Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement ceremonies were held May 13.

Yocum Institute presents ‘The Clumsy Dragon’ at Kutztown Library |Jun 20, 2017

The Yocum Institute for Arts Education presented the play “The Clumsy Dragon” at Kutztown Community Library as part of the Summer Reading Program Build a Better World on Friday, June 16.

Mifflin Community Library Second Annual Garden Tour this Saturday |Jun 20, 2017

The Friends of Mifflin Community Library Second Annual Garden Tour is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, from 10-3 p.m. The tour will be held rain or shine.

Kutztown University announces degrees of Boyertown area students |Jun 20, 2017

Kutztown University has conferred degrees on more than 1,200 students during the winter and spring semesters. Kutztown University announces degree conferment twice a year, once in the winter and once in the summer.

‘The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord’ now at Lantern Theater |Jun 19, 2017

So you’ve worked closely with America’s most famous atheist for two decades and decide to write a play. What would you choose to dramatize?

Mother-daughter pair to be honored at Boyertown Relay For Life |Jun 19, 2017

The Boyertown Relay For Life has announced its Honorary Survivors Barbara Frantz and Jennifer Swavely, and their Honorary Caregivers Barbara Frantz and Jennifer Swavely. You read that right — these two women have even more in common, they are mother and daughter.

Dodge Challenger strikes pole head on in Maxatawny |Jun 19, 2017

State Police Reading arrived on scene at the intersection of Noble Street and Mertz Road in Maxatawny for a one vehicle crash at 1:44 p.m. on June 16. A green 2015 Dodge Challenger had struck a utility pole head on.

Kutztown Community Partnership honored as one of the Best Main Street Programs in Pa. |Jun 19, 2017

Kutztown Community Partnership was named among the 10 best Main Street programs in the state by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center in Harrisburg in a news release June 6.

Shartlesville and Strausstown bridges over I-78 being replaced |Jun 19, 2017

Two bridges over Interstate 78 in Berks County will be replaced.

Kempton Fair brings back all the great stuff fair-goers love |Jun 19, 2017

The 2017 Kempton Fair June 15 to 17 at the Kempton Community Center featured three days of viewing beautifully formed and cared-for livestock; graphic, horticultural, and culinary artistic expression; regionally famous musical talent; kids having non-computer-based fun with rides, games, and theater; fire-spewing truck and tractor power pulls and truck drag races; startlingly impressive fireworks; grown men trying to look like Willie Nelson; beautifully restored farm and garden implements; impressive new farming equipment; and, of course, amazing food to eat!

Late Boyertown graduate’s films to be shown at The State |Jun 19, 2017

By Google searching the name Alex J. Ankrom, the first result to pop up will be his IMDb page featuring a biography and listing of films. Two of those films will be shown at The State Theatre this Saturday.

Northeast Berks Chamber calls for Shining Star Award nominations |Jun 19, 2017

Now in its fourth year, the Shining Star Awards, hosted by the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce, Kutztown, will be held on Sept. 28, at the Berkleigh Golf Club, 14623 Kutztown Road.

Storm blows down wires on Bowers Road in Maxatawny June 19 |Jun 19, 2017

A storm blew through Kutztown between 3 and 3:30 p.m. on June 19. Heavy winds blew wires down along Bowers Road in Maxatawny Township.

Boyertown School Board OKs $112.7M budget with tax increase |Jun 19, 2017

During their June 15 meeting, Boyertown school board approved the $112.7 million final budget for 2017-18 with a tax increase of 3.1 percent. The increase raises the millage rate by .75 for Berks and Montgomery, bringing each county’s rate to 24.

Schwank receives Friend of Penn State Legislative Award |Jun 19, 2017

Pennsylvania state Sen. Judy Schwank, D-11th District, received the 12th annual Friend of Penn State Legislative Award for the significant role she has played in the continued improvement of Penn State.

12th Annual Fleetwood Rotary Club hosts Show of Wheels |Jun 19, 2017

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