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Retired U.S. Marshal supervisor appointed as Chief Deputy of the Berks County Sheriff’s Office |Aug 19, 2014

Sheriff Eric J. Weaknecht has appointed Bryant M. Semenza, a retired US Marshal supervisor, as Chief Deputy of the Berks County Sheriff’s Office effective August 13, 2014.

National Penn Ranked 28th Largest Ag Lender in the U.S. |Aug 19, 2014

National Penn Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: NPBC) announced on Aug. 6 it has been ranked the 28th largest agricultural business lender in total dollar volume, according to the most recent data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Fizz, Boom, Read summer readingButterflies take over finaleButterfly Guy introduces his winged companions to young readers at Village Library |Aug 19, 2014

Moths, butterflies, silkworms, caterpillars — dumb bugs all, that is, until you hear Rick Mikula describe them.

Exeter Library Summer Reading Program Sizzles with Ms. Frizzle |Aug 18, 2014

All aboard the Magic School Bus! Exeter Community Library kicked off the last week of the 2014 Summer Reading Program with a visit from the Magic School Bus. Ms. Frizzle was joined by about 500 children who toured the bus and enjoyed science experiments, crafts, prizes, and, of course, books on Aug.

Boone board discusses fundraising |Aug 18, 2014

At its first meeting for 2014-15 the Daniel Boone School Board was already discussing money, but the focus was something other than the annual budget. Instead, the focus on Aug. 11 was on the number of fundraisers organized by the school district to support school programs and for other charities.

Hunting & Fishing sports show hosted in Kempton |Aug 18, 2014

The Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza runs Aug. 23 and 24 at the Kempton Fairgrounds.

Zettlemoyer’s Bridge replacement talks move forward in Greenwich Township |Aug 18, 2014

Zettlemoyer’s Bridge moved closer to being replaced with an entirely new structure.

Tricounty Area Chamber sees change in leadership |Aug 18, 2014

The TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce’s (TCACC) voluntary leadership changed at the beginning of the Chamber’s 2014-2015 fiscal year on July 1.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Under-rated superhero sequel swings onto home video |Aug 18, 2014

Like any number of recent big-budget movies – particularly those of the superhero/sequel variety – “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” bites off more than it can properly chew, with too many underdeveloped antagonists and frequently on-the-nose dialogue that makes the mistake of speaking directly to the themes at play.

Hamburg area calendar of events |Aug 18, 2014

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.

Dairy Recipe: Think outside the lunchbox |Aug 18, 2014

Adding dairy to the diet of school-aged children will help them fuel up to learn. Dairy foods are a great source of calcium, which can help to build strong bones. Serving low-fat choices will help protect children’s bones and hearts.

Exploding Geoscience: Kutztown Summer Reading Finale introduces readers to Molly the Mosasaur |Aug 18, 2014

Young readers watched Exploding Geoscience with paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka for Kutztown Community Library’s summer reading finale last week.

Matt Roloff, of TLC’s ‘Little People, Big World,’ visits Penn State Berks |Aug 18, 2014

The father figure in TLC’s “Little People, Big World” has taught us that what your parents pass on to you lives generation to generation.

Montgomery County Special Olympics honors partnership with MCCC |Aug 18, 2014

Special Olympics Pennsylvania, Montgomery County (SOPMC) athletes presented Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) with a banner on Aug. 7 to celebrate more than 20 years of partnership.

Hamburg area obituaries |Aug 18, 2014

Jeffrey A. Seidel Jeffrey A. Seidel, 58, of Bern Twp., lost his four-year battle with ALS on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in his residence.

‘Fairs are all about our families,’ including acrobatic act at Kutztown Fair |Aug 18, 2014

“Fairs are all about our families and our animals and agriculture and sharing, that’s what the fair is all about,” said Lolly Lesher, Publicity Volunteer for Kutztown Fair.

Kutztown Relay for Life paints Kutztown Fair purple for Cancer Awareness Night |Aug 18, 2014

Relay for Life painted Kutztown Fair purple on Thursday, Aug. 14, for Cancer Awareness Night.

St. John’s Day Care in Kutztown clowns around at Penny Circus |Aug 18, 2014

This year St. John’s Day Care had fun clowning around at our annual Penny Circus.

Go fish for reel, relaxing summer fun |Aug 17, 2014

Summer is rushing by, and our family realized this week we had yet to enjoy a favorite family activity together: fishing. Fishing is something most children enjoy from the time they are old enough to hold a rod (and parents are comfortable having them near sharp hooks).

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Aug 17, 2014

25 Years Ago August 23, 1989 Tammy Balthaser, vice president of the Pennsylvania FFA Association was one of over 100 state FFA officers who recently met with President George Bush. President Bush welcomed the state officers and adult FFA leaders to Washington D.

Hamburg area church calendar |Aug 17, 2014

Salem E.C. Church 2150 Old 22, Lenhartsville

Montco Sheriff’s Department K-9s get their badges |Aug 16, 2014

NORRISTOWN — Three dogs that work for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department barked and wagged their tails Monday, Aug. 11, in anticipation of finally getting the badges that show they are official members of the department.

Birdsboro and Exeter bridges open to traffic |Aug 15, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today two new PA 345 bridges, one over the Schuylkill River and one over Norfolk Southern Rail Road, in Birdsboro Borough and Exeter Township, Berks County are open.

Q-and-A with Brian Rohn, new principal of New Hanover Upper Frederick Elementary School |Aug 15, 2014

Brian Rohn, formerly the assistant principal of Boyertown’s Junior High West, is now serving as the principal of New Hanover Upper Frederick Elementary School. A Q-and-A with Rohn follows.

Q-and-A with Kelly Mason, new assistant principal at Boyertown Area Senior High School |Aug 15, 2014

Kelly Mason, the former principal at New Hanover Upper Frederick Elementary School, will be serving as the new assistant principal of the Boyertown Area Senior High School for the 2014-2015 school year.

Bechtelsville biker hit by fire truck in ‘critical’ condition |Aug 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — A motorcyclist was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital to be treated for “major injuries” after being struck on Old Route 100 just north of Bechtelsville by a fire truck returning from a garage fire early Friday morning.

Sandtrap Grille, Limerick, announces Quizzo nights |Aug 15, 2014

The Sandtrap Grille at Limerick Golf Club has announced that it is hosting Quizzo nights every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm. Quizzo is a popular live trivia game which is conducted by a deejay from Froggy Entertainment.

Hay Creek Festival will be held Sept. 5 - 7 |Aug 14, 2014

Hay Creek Festival Schedule Demonstrations/ Interpretations are on-going all day but the listed times assure you that a full demonstration will be starting.

Christ Episcopal Church & Triinity Lutheran Church present the 30th Annual Fall Festival Of The Arts |Aug 14, 2014

The 2014 Fall Festival of the Arts presents a gift to Reading and the greater Berks Community.

Fashionable Farmers at Penn Street Market; Robert Hassler Performs Aug. 15 |Aug 14, 2014

Gayatri Wellness brings fashionable farming and good food to the Penn Street Market every Friday from June through October between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. New to the outdoor farmers market located in the 800 block of Penn Street in Reading, Gayatri Wellness is a newly-founded community organization in Berks County.

Reading man charged with possession of child pornography |Aug 14, 2014

On Aug. 14, 2014 at approximately 9:30 a.m., detectives from the District Attorney’s Child Abuse Unit, a Lower Heidelberg Detective (cross-designated as a Berks County Detective) and members of the Berks County Sheriff’s Warrant Squad arrested Sean M.

Temporary closure of I-78 in Bethel to occur Friday night into Saturday morning |Aug 14, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today, Aug. 14, a portion of Interstate 78 in Berks County will be closed and detoured this weekend. The closure is necessary to allow workers to remove part of the Airport Road Bridge over I-78 in Bethel Township, Berks County.

Albright students demonstrate sustainability on campus |Aug 14, 2014

As part of their college internship, four Albright College students are combining efforts to perfect their green thumb by growing fresh food directly on campus.

Boyertown Area Responsible Canine Owners (BARCO) working with Borough of Boyertown for dog park |Aug 14, 2014

The focus of the Aug. 4 Boyertown Council Meetings was on the upcoming Boyertown Area Responsible Canine Owners dog park project. Vicki Hughes of BARCO discussed the updates from the previous meeting in regards to the concerns of the wet-lands disturbance, max capacity limitations, and membership benefits.

The township is tanking Exeter’s water supply |Aug 14, 2014

To keep up with general maintenance for the drinking water supply for Exeter Township, Pennsylvania American Water recently repainted the two water structures.

Hamburg Borough Police reports |Aug 14, 2014

Man cited for failing to have dog licensed

Announcing the winners of the Oley Peach and Ice Cream Festival dessert contest |Aug 13, 2014

Oley’s Peach and Ice Cream Festival just wouldn’t be the same without the annual peach dessert contest. This year there were 23 entries in the Adult Category and eight entries in the Youth Category.

Living History Day kicks off 100th Birthday Celebration of Zerbe Sister’s Mansion in Narvon |Aug 13, 2014

Woodland Heights Retirement Community and the Zerbe Sisters Nursing Home at 2499 Zerbe Rd., Narvon celebrated the 100th Birthday of the founding of the Zerbe Sisters Nursing care to the community at the original Mansion site with a theme of ‘Living History Day.

Berks man dies as brush fire gets out of control |Aug 12, 2014

ROBESON TWP. — A Birdsboro man died of natural causes as he fought to regain control of a brush fire in the township Sunday around 1 p.m.

Morgantown Community Church dedicates new sanctuary |Aug 12, 2014

Morgantown Community Church dedicated its new sanctuary Aug. 3.

Traffic restricted to one lane on I-78 in Bethel starting Aug. 13 for removal of portion of bridge, completely closed some time Aug. 16 |Aug 12, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today, Aug. 12, a portion of the Airport Road Bridge over Interstate 78 in Bethel Township, Berks County, will be removed. Beams on the bridge were struck this past weekend by a truck hauling a large piece of construction equipment, causing irreparable damage to the structure.

Pottstown teacher authors children’s book |Aug 12, 2014

What do you do if you have a young child who constantly wakes up in the night worried about noises that they hear? Well, if you are Pottstown High School teacher Marilyn Bainbridge, you use your writing skills and become the author of a child’s literature book entitled “What Was That Sound?”

Stargazers to unite at Hopewell Furnace for Starfest Aug. 16 |Aug 12, 2014

The Chesmont Astronomical Society invites the public to enjoy a night of learning and stargazing at the third annual Starfest at Hopewell Furnace on Aug. 16. The event is free and all are welcome to bring telescopes and binoculars or use ones that will be available.

Kutztown Borough Planning Commission remains at standstill on overlay district proposal; puts Silk Mill proposal at standstill |Aug 12, 2014

The Planning Commission’s latest meeting boiled down to a single, predominant question: do you want an overlay district?

Fundraising efforts moving full steam ahead for Colebrookedale Railroad |Aug 11, 2014

On Thursday, Aug. 7, Colebrookdale Railroad enthusiasts filled Rita’s parking lot to enjoy cold treats on a hot summer afternoon with a portion of the events profits going to the railroad. Bringing a historic line such as the Secret Valley back to life after decades of neglect will take thousands, even millions.

Celebrate 75 years of scouting with Troop 184 |Aug 11, 2014

Past and current scouts, their family and friends are invited to a celebration of Troop 184’s 75th Anniversary this Saturday, Aug. 16. Current scoutmaster, Dennis Miller, estimates more than 1,000 boys have come through the troop since it chartered at St.

Hopewell/French Creek camping program excites local Latino children |Aug 11, 2014

Rachel Rush has been an admirer of the outdoors her whole life.

Fleetwood Area School District Report: A few changes for 2014 |Aug 11, 2014

Preparations are being completed for the start of the 2014-15 school year. I would like to highlight a few new things that students and parents may notice with the start of school.

Kutztown Elementary welcomes new principal |Aug 11, 2014

Kutztown School District welcomes a new principal, hires a new technology director and prepares for a new school year.

Perry Township residents preserve history with monument |Aug 11, 2014

Perry residents gathered at the Perry Township building on Aug. 7 for the dedication ceremony of the newly placed monument that once stood atop one of the entrances at the old Perry Elementary School.