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Three Chick-fil-A locations donate $2,500 to Food Bank’s Weekender Backpack Program |Aug 30, 2015

After a daylong fundraiser this summer, three Chick-fil-A locations in Berks County have donated $2,500 to the Greater Berks Food Bank’s Weekender Backpack Program.

‘At-risk’ kindergarten presented at Boone |Aug 30, 2015

Seven months after the Daniel Boone community heard the possibility of restoring full-day kindergarten to the curriculum, two kindergarten teachers presented on Aug. 24 a new model for an “at-risk” kindergarten program.

Hamburg Hole in One |Aug 30, 2015

Sam Garland, Hamburg resident, 80, received a Hole in One plaque made by Rich Weigle from Kutztown. The plaque was on his breakfast table at 3rd Street Café on Aug. 25. The hole in one was on Aug.

Kutztown Girl Scout earns Gold: Samantha Tanner, 16, scrapbooked articles advocating deaf and hard of hearing |Aug 30, 2015

Samantha Tanner, age 16 of Kutztown, from Troop 1359 completed her Gold Award project in July, 2015. Her project consisted of organizing and scrapbooking newspaper articles and archiving Senator’s letters addressing the advocacy of the deaf and hard of hearing in Berks County dating back since 1967.

Raggedy Ann celebrates 100th birthday: Great-niece of originator, from Mohrsville, sells dolls at Leesport Auction Toy Show |Aug 30, 2015

Iconic American toy Raggedy Ann celebrates her 100th birthday this week, and a local relative of the doll’s creator wants to make it a memorable celebration.

Morgantown Area Business Association members enjoy food, fellowship during picnic at Joanna Furnace |Aug 28, 2015

Morgantown Area Business Association hosted its annual picnic at Joanna Furnace in Morgantown on Aug. 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Berks Heritage Council celebrates 25th anniversary |Aug 28, 2015

The Berks Heritage Council is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Organized in the summer of 1990 as a consortium for combining marketing efforts and for the exchange of information and ideas, the Council was originally called the Berks County Museum Council.

Recycling Services, Inc. temporarily closed for renovations |Aug 28, 2015

The recycling center is getting a makeover.

New PennDOT website shows customers active, planned projects; site features construction, Act 89 and future improvements |Aug 28, 2015

Pennsylvanians looking for information on construction projects, improvements underway because of Act 89, the state’s transportation funding plan, as well as projects scheduled through 2026 have a new resource: www.

Daniel Boone re-hires 2.5 elementary teachers |Aug 28, 2015

The Daniel Boone School Board approved 5-3 on Aug. 24 to hire 2.5 elementary teachers to lower class sizes.

54-Acre Arnold Farm now protected, Sen. Schwank announces |Aug 28, 2015

A 54-acre tract in Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, is now under the commonwealth’s farmland preservation shield, state Senator Judy Schwank said on Aug. 13.

Montgomery County Historical Society slates Intermediate Genealogy Workshop |Aug 28, 2015

The Historical Society of Montgomery County is offering an “Intermediate Genealogy Workshop” presented by Rose Brown, Genealogist and former Society librarian. The four-week workshop, which will include research tips beyond the basic genealogy research, will run four consecutive Tuesdays, Sept.

Registration now open for 2015 Berks County Heart and Stroke Walk |Aug 28, 2015

The American Heart Association invites workplaces, community groups, friends and family from across Berks County to lace up their sneakers and register now for the 2015 Berks County Heart and Stroke Walk to be held Sunday, Oct.

Fleetwood School Board approves district goals for the 2015-16 school year |Aug 28, 2015

At their meeting on Aug. 18, the Board of School Directors approved the district’s goals for this school year. The goals reflect the fact that a successful school district is one that continually works to improve the curriculum and instruction, and partner with families to meet students’ needs.

Rick Hallman Day offers day of golf and music |Aug 27, 2015

The LCB Band hosts Rick Hallman Day Sept. 13 at Honeybrook Golf Course with a 9 hole golf tournament starting at 8 a.m. followed by music starting at 2 p.m. until dusk. All of the proceeds will go to Rick Hallman of the LCB Band.

Annual Apple Sales hosted at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site |Aug 27, 2015

Beginning Saturday, Aug. 29, and continuing while the crop lasts, the apple orchard at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site will be available for picking apples, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day the park is open.

Honey Brook Legion Riders honors veterans at Festival for the Veterans |Aug 27, 2015

Honey Brook American Legion Riders Post 422 hosted the inaugural Festival for the Veterans for David’s Drive 831 Aug. 22 at St. Benedict’s Picnic Park in Mohnton.

Hamburg School Board hires school psychologist Jolee Keifer, of Hamburg, member of Hamburg Area Education Foundation and OTF |Aug 27, 2015

Hamburg Area School Directors agreed on Aug. 24 to hire Jolee Keifer as a school psychologist at a salary of $85,500 effective upon her release from the Schuylkill Valley School District.

Natural Lands Trust adds 54 acres to French Creek Park |Aug 26, 2015

UNION TWP. >> The Hopewell Big Woods just got 54 acres bigger.

Union Township to proceed with Geigertown sewer project |Aug 26, 2015

The Union Township Board of Supervisors said Aug. 17 that connecting 115 properties to the proposed Geigertown sewer line will be a financial burden of $110 to $125 per month, an expense that will be borne by all residents.

Gear up for Harmony Day with the First Annual Honey Brook Harmony Day Bike Ride |Aug 26, 2015

Pump up those tires, strap on your helmet and join your neighbors for the First Annual Honey Brook Harmony Day Bike Ride on Saturday, Sept. 19. Leaving from Umble Park on the edge of Honey Brook, the 30 mile ride will follow back roads through Honey Brook and West Nantmeal Townships with a half-way rest stop with snacks at Just Mom’s on Route 82.

Hibernia County Park invites community to Murder Mystery at Hibernia Mansion |Aug 26, 2015

The Friends of Hibernia County Park invite you to an evening of “Peace, Love & Homicide” on Sept. 25 and 26 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Hibernia Mansion.

Honey Brook “shares the warmth” with a coat and food drive for “Make A Difference Day” |Aug 26, 2015

Make a Difference Day is a USA TODAY initiative celebrating the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors. It is a national day of volunteerism celebrated annually, for the past 20 years, on the fourth Saturday of October.

Boyertown’s Duryea Day is celebrating 50 years |Aug 26, 2015

It wouldn’t be Labor Day weekend in Boyertown without Duryea Day.

Chester County audit department receives commendation |Aug 26, 2015

The Chester County Internal Audit Department, under the leadership of County Controller Norman MacQueen, has received a commendation from the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) for its operations undertaken from January 2012 to December 2014.

Chester County Commissioners seek review of telephone service providers’ 9-1-1 billing |Aug 26, 2015

The Chester County Board of Commissioners introduced a resolution at this week’s Commissioners’ Sunshine Meeting, that authorizes the law firm of Dilworth Paxson LLP, and the telecommunications auditing firm, Phone Recovery Services LLC to undertake a legal review and forensic audit, to determine if telephone companies providing service in Chester County have failed to bill, collect and remit the proper 9-1-1 charges that help fund Chester County’s 9-1-1 operations.

Senator Bob Mensch honored as 2015 Afterschool Champion; PSAYDN recognizes 14 individuals for innovation and excellence in out-of-school time programs for kids |Aug 25, 2015

Olivet Boys & Girls Club and the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) honored Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) as an Afterschool Champion for outstand­ing work in developing, supporting and promoting meaningful high-quality afterschool/out-of-school time programs to benefit children, youth and families across Pennsylvania on Aug.

Recycling Services, Inc. temporarily closed for renovations |Aug 25, 2015

The recycling center is getting a makeover.

Warwick County Park hosts Community Day to “explore your own backyard” |Aug 25, 2015

On Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Warwick County Park will be hosting Community Day in partnership with South Coventry, Warwick and East Nantmeal Townships.

Kutztown School District Program educates community about effects of concussions |Aug 25, 2015

Kutztown School District hosts “Concussion 2015: The Fragile Brain” on Sept. 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Kutztown Middle School Commons.

Kutztown Library celebrates Community Heroes during Summer Reading Finale |Aug 25, 2015

Kutztown Community Library celebrated Community Heroes during the “Every Hero has a Story” Summer Reading Program finale on Aug. 13.

Board OKs safety updates to Boyertown high school project |Aug 25, 2015

The Boyertown Area School Board voted Tuesday night, Aug. 18, to approve change orders for the high school construction project that are aimed to improve traffic and pedestrian safety on the campus.

Explore the night sky this fall during community nights in MCCC Observatory |Aug 25, 2015

Members of the community are invited to explore the night sky this fall during three open community nights in Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) state-of-the-art Observatory and Observation Deck.

Pets of the Week: Adoptables from the Montco SPCA |Aug 25, 2015

Allow us to introduce little Tequila, a 12-year-old Chihuahua. Tequila was surrendered because her owner was going through a divorce and couldn’t keep her. This little girl was never spayed and developed mammary masses; these masses were removed and sent for biopsy and sadly are cancerous.

PA State Rep. David Maloney to host annual Sportsmen’s Expo this Saturday |Aug 25, 2015

One of the most enjoyed events I host each year is the Sportsmen’s Expo at the Oley Valley Community Fairgrounds at 27 Jefferson St. in Oley.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Yahoo, a sweet boy with lots of charm |Aug 25, 2015

Yahoo is a very mild-mannered, docile boy with a GREAT personality! Just look at him and he starts to purr, and his paws start to knead. He even does “patty paws” while he’s standing which makes him look like a high-stepping horse.

Twin Valley implements new student information system; Wireless infrastructure updated in all buildings |Aug 24, 2015

The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 31 for Twin Valley School District students.

Eastern Lancaster County School District welcomes 20 new teachers, offers new STEM classes, science forensics class, one-to-one computer program, and bus tracking system |Aug 24, 2015

The first day of school is Aug. 25 for Eastern Lancaster County School District.

Penn State Master Gardeners of Berks County to hold annual plant sale with a difference |Aug 24, 2015

Penn State Master Gardeners of Berks County will hold their annual fall plant sale on Friday, Sept. 11 from 12 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale is held at the Berks County Agricultural Center, County Welfare Road, Bern Township, near the Reading Fairgrounds.

BB&T to acquire National Penn Bancshares for $1.8B |Aug 24, 2015

North Carolina-based BB&T Corp. and National Penn Bancshares Inc. has announced an agreement under which BB&T will acquire National Penn in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $1.

Albright College named one of the best schools in the Northeast |Aug 24, 2015

For the 12th year in a row, Albright College has been named one of the best schools in the Northeast by The Princeton Review.

A welcome back from Boyertown School Board President Stephen Elsier |Aug 24, 2015

Welcome back students! It is that time of year for families, teachers, support staff, and administrators to get ready for the new school year.

Car wash, bake sale, Twitter campaign help Delp children after death of their mother Heather Delp |Aug 24, 2015

After the death of their mother, the Kutztown area community has united to help the Delp children in Greenwich Township.

Salem EC hosts 7th Annual Pig Roast and Car Show in Lenhartsville |Aug 23, 2015

Classic cars and hot rods, motorcycles and antique tractors, delicious home-style foods, free kids’ activities and an auction are all on the menu for the 7th annual Pig Roast and Car Show on Saturday, Sept.

More than 300 attend historic Farm Festival at 240-year old Dreibelbis homestead in Virginville |Aug 23, 2015

Eric Dreibelbis, a volunteer at the 2015 Historic Dreibelbis Farm Festival and a ninth generation member of the Dreibelbis family, called the preservation of the property “a massive philanthropic act” on the part of the Dreibelbis Farm Historical Society, a registered non-profit organization.

Shartlesville parade, festivities pay tribute to 250th anniversary |Aug 23, 2015

The Shartlesville 250th Anniversary Celebration Aug. 22 opened with a crowd in Friedens Church singing “America” accompanied by the church’s historic Dieffenbach organ.

Fun Friday: On warm days, head to the neighborhood pool |Aug 23, 2015

By the time this story goes to press, summer vacation will be officially over and children in our area will be back at school, sorting out desk supplies and counting down the time until recess. But it’s not too late to have some summer-style fun with your family in the next few weeks.

Hamburg Boy Scout earns Eagle Scout rank |Aug 21, 2015

John J. Schultz III, 16, son of John and Rose Schultz, Hamburg, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Berks Encore Centers host Open House Events |Aug 21, 2015

Berks Encore invites you to join us on Wednesday, Sept. 2 as we celebrate National Senior Centers Month to promote community awareness and recruit new participants and members. Special events will be held throughout the day, with each center providing an array of programs and activities for visitors to watch and partake in.

Rotary club president recognizes excellence |Aug 21, 2015

President Kim, of the Hamburg Rotary Club, welcomed Hannah Stertzel, who received the Elva Bear Scholarship, Abbie Smith, who attended Camp Neidig and Larry Wingard, who presented the program about the Rotary Leadership Institute.