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Copper plates stolen from AT&T tower |Feb 6, 2016

Copper plates were stolen from an AT&T communication tower at 329 Church Road, Maxatawny Township.

2 charged with drug related offenses after DUI traffic stop on Route 222 in Fleetwood |Feb 6, 2016

A suspected DUI traffic stop at 1:45 a.m. on Feb. 6 led police to discover that the driver and passenger had outstanding warrants. Various controlled substances were also found in the vehicle.

Mifflin Library to celebrate National Take Your Child to the Library Day, Feb. 6 |Feb 5, 2016

On Saturday, February 6, Mifflin Community Library welcomes families for fun activities from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on National Take Your Child to the Library Day.

KU panel discussion to focus on police use of force |Feb 5, 2016

The Kutztown University Criminal Justice Department will host a panel discussion “Police Use of Force: An American Crisis” on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. The panel will consist of Mark Talbot, chief, Norristown Police Department; Dennis J.

CASA of Berks County announces upcoming info sessions |Feb 5, 2016

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable and underrepresented children living in foster care? Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Berks County invites you to attend their upcoming informational sessions to learn how CASA makes a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children of Berks County.

Historical Society to present program on the Speaker’s House |Feb 5, 2016

What is the Speaker’s House? Why is it being restored? How is it being restored? Why is this house important?

Correction: 2 car crash sends one to hospital |Feb 5, 2016

State Police reported a two car collision on Fleetwood Lyons Road in Richmond Township sent one driver to the hospital on Jan. 14.

2 new prosecutors installed in Montgomery County DA’s Office |Feb 5, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> During a brief ceremony attended by colleagues, friends and family, two new law enforcement officials took their oaths of office on Friday to join the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane has August trial date for alleged perjury charge |Feb 5, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s trial on perjury-related charges will get under way with jury selection on Aug. 8, a judge ruled on Friday.

Senator Schwank announces re-election bid |Feb 5, 2016

State Senator Judy Schwank announced on Feb. 2 that she will seek re-election to her second full term in the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing the Berks County-based 11th Senatorial District.

First-of-its-kind renewable natural gas option launches locally |Feb 5, 2016

On Jan. 26, The Energy Co-op announced the launch of a new Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) product, which provides consumers in Eastern Pennsylvania with a first-of-its-kind, renewable alternative to pipeline natural gas derived from fracking.

Berks County man sentenced for crash that killed North Coventry resident |Feb 5, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> During an emotional hearing, a Berks County man learned he faces up to seven years in prison after admitting to driving recklessly and under the influence of a prescription painkiller at the time of a fiery, two-vehicle crash along Route 100 that killed a North Coventry motorcyclist.

Hamburg students create water purification system for Governor’s PA STEM Competition |Feb 5, 2016

Hamburg Area High School sent five students to compete in the regional STEM Competition at the Berks County Intermediate Unit in Reading on Feb. 1.

Tigers, Tigers! with StoryRider Miss Barb at Hamburg Public Library |Feb 5, 2016

Parents and children make tiger masks during Tigers, Tigers! StoryRiders Preschool Storytime with Miss Barb at Hamburg Public Library on Feb. 5. The next StoryRiders Preschool Storytime will be Feb.

Hamburg Borough continues snow removal after Winter Storm Jonas |Feb 5, 2016

Hamburg Borough continued to clear the snow and open the storm drains, even in the pouring rain on Feb. 3.

Hamburg Item Community Calendar Feb. 10 |Feb 5, 2016

Submit to Calendar: E-mail event listings to ldillon@berksmontnews.com. Note Item Calendar in e-mail subject.

Tompkins VIST Bank, Children’s Home launch motorcycle fundraiser |Feb 5, 2016

Scott Gruber, CEO of Tompkins VIST Bank, and Dr. Vincent LaSorsa, CEO of The Children’s Home of Reading, visited the bank’s Wyomissing branch recently to help launch the tour of a motorcycle called “Penny,” which was rebuilt by residents of the Children’s Home.

Berks County Parks & Recreation new volunteer meeting set in March |Feb 5, 2016

The Berks County Parks and Recreation Department will welcome new volunteers on Thursday, March 3 at 9 a.m. at the Berks County Heritage Center, 1102 Red Bridge Road, Bern Township, for the first in a series of informational training sessions.

Police investigate Tilden Township fire; several propane tanks exploded |Feb 5, 2016

State Police Reading are investigating a Jan. 29 fire at 41 Elm Ave., The Village at Pleasant Hills in Tilden Township.

Broken Bit 4-H Horse Club schedules first meeting of 2016 |Feb 4, 2016

The Broken Bit 4-H Horse Club will hold its re-organizational meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Friendly Horsemen Clubhouse, 260 Kline Road, Stevens, starting at 6:30 p.m. Youth need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Generous benefactor to buy Historic State Theatre of Boyertown for community |Feb 4, 2016

“My Grandparents, Edith (Mimi) and Frank Diehl, moved to the Boyertown area in 1941. In 1975, my Mom, (Dolly) moved back to the same farm house, and now two of my sisters, Bonnie Wren and Debby Meehan have also moved back to the area.

TEG Auction Gallery in Morgantown hosts auction benefiting Twin Valley students |Feb 4, 2016

TEG Auction Gallery in Morgantown will be hosting TVMS Parent Involvement Council Winter Benefit Auction Night, a live auction at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 to benefit Twin Valley Middle School students.

Commissioners say state of the county is strong |Feb 4, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> “The state of the county is strong,” was how Josh Shapiro, Chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, summed up an address made by all three commissioners Thursday.

Ten Hamburg art students draw, deliver portraits of Ethiopian children for Memory Project |Feb 4, 2016

Ten Hamburg art students created hand drawn portraits for children in Ethiopia for The Memory Project. They will be sending the portraits via mail in early February for delivery to the children to keep.

Blue Mountain Academy wins at Governor’s STEM Competition |Feb 4, 2016

Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg scored the highest at the regional chapter of the Governor’s PA STEM Competition on Feb. 1, hosted by the Berks County Intermediate Unit in Reading.

Author and Illustrator Brian Biggs to visit Exeter Library |Feb 3, 2016

The Exeter Community Library will be hosting Author and Illustrator Brian Biggs on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Please join us for a presentation, question and answer session and book signing.

Owl Prowl Hike and Hands-On Discovery Program announced by Berks Parks and Rec. |Feb 3, 2016

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for star crossed lovers. Join us at the Angora Fruit Farm on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 pm to discover the feathered friends who make February their time to find love.

Montgomery County judge denies Bill Cosby’s request to dismiss sex assault charges |Feb 3, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A Montgomery County judge has denied a request made by Bill Cosby’s lawyers to dismiss sexual assault charges.

Big Shot sponsored by Petersheim Bros. Inc.: Weaver’s Orchard announces photo contest winners |Feb 3, 2016

Weaver’s Orchard Farm Market has announced the four winners of their sixth annual photo contest, a challenge that invited customers to submit photos of their experiences on the farm throughout the harvest season.

Choosing a preschool for your child |Feb 3, 2016

Preschool is often a child’s first real experience with peer socialization, a fun, yet possibly overwhelming time. Research shows that smaller class sizes with a lower teacher/child ratio are better for young children.

Wayne Klein attends United Motorcoach Association Expo |Feb 3, 2016

Klein Transportation, also known as Klein’s Bus Service, Inc., is one of the few bus companies in the region that has been family owned and operated for more than 55 years. As a leader in the Motorcoach industry, it is with utmost importance that Klein personnel remain on the cutting edge of regulatory news and legislation as it pertains to the future of the industry.

Historian Thomas Walsh to present program on the Lincolns in Chester and Berks Counties |Feb 3, 2016

On Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m., Historian Thomas Walsh will present the program “Iron Country and the Lincolns in Chester and Berks Counties.” Hosted by the Friends of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, a lively narrative will contribute to an interesting and informative program that includes a question and answer period.

American Legion Post 537 receives Legacy Scholarship Awards |Feb 3, 2016

American Legion Post 537 Morgantown recently received two “American Legion Legacy Scholarship Awards.”

Tri County Record Community Calendar Feb. 9 |Feb 3, 2016

Event Submissions: send to ldillon@berksmontnews.com week prior to publication. Note Tri County Record calendar in e-mail subject.

Philadelphia Auto Show welcomes debut of eKEY |Feb 3, 2016

EAST NORRITON >> A cutting edge tool designed to jump-start the love affair between buyer and vehicle has hit the auto show circuit.

Letter to the Editor: A BIG ‘thank you’ |Feb 3, 2016

Dear Editor: I appreciate this venue to thank Goin’ Postal and particularly Christine Malcom.

$490K in new community conservation grants awarded to Berks County |Feb 3, 2016

Work to improve trails and parks in Berks County received new state investments of about $490,000 on Jan. 28, state Sen. Judy Schwank and Rep. Mark Rozzi have announced.

Taste for craft spirits rising across Philadelphia region |Feb 3, 2016

A sweet fragrance permeates the room as you walk into the Manatawny Still Works, as the art of distilling craft spirits is underway right before your eyes. Four rows of large, aging wooden barrels rest stacked on top of each other toward the back of the room, behind a wooden bar and small seating area.

Phillie Phanatic surprises Twin Valley Elementary students at Great Kindness Challenge |Feb 3, 2016

The Phillie Phanatic surprised 475 students and staff at Twin Valley Elementary Center to celebrate the end of TVEC’s participation in the Great Kindness Challenge on Jan. 29.

Hamburg pays tribute to teacher Guy Ketch Jr. |Feb 3, 2016

The Hamburg education community pays tribute to the late Guy R. Ketch, Jr., a former Hamburg teacher for 39 years.

Fastnacht Day at Fegely’s Reading Diner |Feb 2, 2016

Fastnachts will be going fast next Tuesday. For the second year in a row — The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles will celebrate Fastnacht Day in the Reading Diner.

Pottstown Roller Derby makes a call for skaters, announces tryouts |Feb 2, 2016

The Pottstown Roller Derby is not only looking for new skaters — it needs them.

A call for Boyertown Citizen of the Year nominations |Feb 2, 2016

The 62nd Annual Boyertown Area Citizen of the Year Awards Gala is scheduled for Saturday, April 9. Event organizers are now seeking nominations for the 2016 prestigious awards.

Boyertown: The first robins of ... the blizzard? |Feb 2, 2016

Robins, the theoretical harbingers of spring, have been in Boyertown all winter, including during the blizzard.

Sinking Spring man arrested for allegedly stalking Fleetwood woman |Feb 2, 2016

A Sinking Spring man has been arrested for allegedly stalking a Fleetwood woman.

Kutztown Superintendent Kathy Metrick plans to retire in October |Feb 2, 2016

Kutztown School District Superintendent Kathy Metrick will retire after four years at the district.

Fleetwood Area School District Report: Considering options for post-secondary education |Feb 1, 2016

The Fleetwood Area School District Guidance Department is working, along with guidance departments across the state, to revise its career education program in light of the changing career opportunities in our country.

Patriot Community Calendar Feb. 4 |Feb 1, 2016

Send events to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com by Friday noon week prior to publication.

On Tap |Feb 1, 2016

Send your event listings to ldillon@berksmontnews.com to have them listed in On Tap! Deadline for submissions is Friday week before publication. Please mark email subject as Connection On Tap.

Local Kiddie Academy recruits ‘Honest Abe’ and other historical role models to inspire children |Feb 1, 2016

As President’s Day approaches, early education child care provider Kiddie Academy® locations in the Pottstown area are challenging children to imagine themselves as the nation’s next trailblazer, explorer or creative genius with inspiration from Abraham Lincoln, a role model for honesty and integrity.