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Santo D. Marabella’s new play ‘Getting Complete!’ tackles tough issue, the bully |Sep 27, 2014

Getting COMPLETE! is the new work from playwright Santo D. Marabella.

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Artistic bus trip benefits Kutztown Community Library |Sep 27, 2014

Join the Friends of the Kutztown Community Library on Thursday Oct. 2 for an extraordinary bus tour of the artistic genius of Bucks County.

Northeast Berks Chamber honors Shining Stars, celebrates 25th anniversary |Sep 26, 2014

Kutztown >> The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 25th anniversary with the first ever Shining Star Awards Banquet Sept. 25.

Boyertown class of 1944 holds 70th reunion |Sep 26, 2014

Members of the Boyertown Senior High School Class of 1944 recently gathered to celebrate their 70th class reunion. The event took place on Friday, Sept. 19 at Kings Buffet in Pottstown.

Fifteen Boyertown students awarded $29,700 in scholarships |Sep 26, 2014

The Berks County Community Foundation recently distributed $29,700 in scholarships to 15 Boyertown Area Senior High School graduates.

Studio B announces Thursday Series: Life in the Old Days: Stories of the Past with Bob Wood |Sep 26, 2014

Join artist, historian, and author Bob Wood in conversations about local life in the early days. Folks are welcome at Studio B every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. to enjoy video presentations and shared conversations on selected topics.

Hazardous waste firm tells Amity officials it poses no harm |Sep 26, 2014

Representatives of the hazardous waste management firm Environmental Enterprises Inc. have assured officials that its new location in the Township would not be a hazard to residents.Environmental Enterprises has a conditional use hearing scheduled 7 p.

Adorable Adoptables: Bubba |Sep 26, 2014

#6527 My name is Bubba, and I am a 2-year-old domestic short hair. I am black and white with an adorable face! I came in as a stray so not much else is known about me. I am searching for my new forever home, stop in and meet me today!

Candlelight ceremony honors POW/MIA |Sep 26, 2014

The VFW and Ladies Auxiliary of Post 11 Birdsboro, Pa. help their third annual candlelight ceremony on Sept. 19, 2014 to remember all POWs and MIAs. Sergeant Major, USMC Rocco DeCamillo of Exeter, Pa.

Emergency Responders take tour of Martin Stone Quarry in Colebrookdale |Sep 26, 2014

On Monday, Sept. 15, Emergency Responders from Eastern Berks Fire, Boyertown Area Fire and Rescue, and Gilbertsville Fire and Rescue, as well as EMS personnel from Boyertown, Bally and Gilbertsville, were given a guided tour of the Martin Stone Quarry operation in Colebrookdale Township.

A sweet taste of Birdsboro’s history |Sep 26, 2014

For two Lancaster residents, investing in a way to pass the time could not have evolved into anything sweeter.

David Updike will share photos, narrative and excerpts at upcoming conference |Sep 26, 2014

David Updike, son of John Updike, will share his family’s story, works and photographs at Alvernia University’s Third Biennial John Updike Society Conference 2 p.m. Oct. 2.

Announcing the winners from the 2014 Oley Fair |Sep 26, 2014

The 68th annual Oley Fair was held Sept. 18 to 20 at the Oley Fairgrounds. The list of winners follows; winners are arranged by category.

Virginville Hotel’s Art of the Harvest unites food, wine and art |Sep 26, 2014

After four years of wine, beer and food pairings, Wendy and Rich Hess, Virginville Hotel, decided this fall was the perfect time to warm up with a harvest of artists Sept. 20.

4 arrested in 2 theft schemes at Amity retirement home |Sep 25, 2014

Township Police announced the arrest of four different women in relation to three different theft incidents at the Keystone Villa Independent Living retirement community last month.

Traffic Advisory: Streets to close for Albright College Homecoming Parade Friday, Sept. 26 |Sep 25, 2014

The annual homecoming parade at Albright College will cause several streets in northeast Reading to be closed Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Alpha/Omega Players director charged with corruption of minors |Sep 25, 2014

A local theater director is facing charges involving inappropriate behavior with a minor.

Harmony Day fosters atmosphere of togetherness: Moment of silence held for Honey Brook firefighters |Sep 24, 2014

Honey Brook residents, businesses and organizations united for a day of celebration at the 2014 Harmony Day, Sept. 20.

District Township marijuana grow house fugitive Cho Van Le surrenders to police |Sep 24, 2014

Marijuana grow house suspect Cho Van Le, 61, District Township, surrendered to police this morning, Sept. 24, at about 11 a.m. at the Berks County District Attorney’s Office.

2 Honey Brook firefighters killed in fatal vehicle collision & fire |Sep 24, 2014

Two Honey Brook firefighters and one passenger were killed in a Sept. 19 fatal crash in Salisbury Township, Lancaster County.

Robeson Township Board wants to meet with DEP before voting on proposed Wastewater treatment plant for Green Hills Estates and Green Hill Lakes |Sep 24, 2014

The Robeson Township Board of Supervisors discussed a proposed sewage treatment plant Sept. 16, but the board wants to meet with the Department of Environmental Protection before voting.

Mind Your Body: Quieting your mind leads to increased awareness |Sep 24, 2014

My primary teacher of yoga therapy used to say, “You can’t heal what you can’t feel.” This certainly offers a hint that awareness is an important key to our well-being.

APPRISE volunteer provides update on Medicare at Tel Hai |Sep 23, 2014

Honey Brook Twp. >> Open enrollment is around the corner.

Fall Apple Festival scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4 |Sep 23, 2014

Any way you slice it, visitors can expect to have bushels of fun at the Fall Apple Festival at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Douglassville. Celebrate fall’s favorite fruit and the many delicious ways to enjoy it – from apple pancakes to apple tarts to apple dumplings, and more! The annual Fall Apple Festival will be held 9 a.

Fine Craft is a Window to the World: Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen returns to Rittenhouse Square |Sep 23, 2014

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen brings American-made fine craft to the autumn environs of Rittenhouse Square for a second year. During the 3-day event, patrons can peruse and buy original, hand-crafted works of contemporary furniture, functional and decorative pottery, designer clothing, fine jewelry, blown glass, and more.

‘Be a Hero’ Day: Superhero & Super Princess event Oct. 5 |Sep 23, 2014

Happily Ever After Play and Party Palace (www.HappilyEA.com) at 10 Tranquility Lane in Green Hills (Reading), is hosting a Superhero and Super Princess event on Oct 5th from noon - 4 p.m. as a charity benefit for the Olivet Boys and Girls Club of Reading.

Boyertown’s eighth annual Oktoberfest brings cheers |Sep 23, 2014

The Boyertown Alumni Band played the Pennsylvania Polka as Burgermeister Marianne Deery and former Burgermeister Frank Deery arrived in a horse-drawn carriage to this year’s eighth annual Oktoberfest.

Kutztown Elementary students harvest, donate food from their school garden to Friend Inc. |Sep 23, 2014

A group of Kutztown Elementary fifth graders harvested food from their school garden, donating to Friend Inc.’s food pantry.

Free ice cream cake for blood donors Sept. 25 |Sep 23, 2014

State Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks) is inviting Berks County residents to join him on Thursday, Sept. 25, anytime between 2-7 p.m. for the Miller-Keystone Blood Drive at the Dairy Queen near Shillington, where those attendees who donate blood will receive a free ice cream cake.

The Heritage participates in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge |Sep 23, 2014

The staff of The Heritage of Green Hills, an active 55+ living community in Shillington, participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Monday, Aug. 25. Staff participating in the challenge included Cheryl Anderson, community life services director; Kate Fisher, dining room manager; Mark Olszewski, food and beverage director; Rebecca Parish, housekeeper; Elizabeth Proffitt, sales and marketing director; and Douglas Walther, executive director.

Fall Craft Fair benefits the Berks Food Bank: Grace Lutheran Church in Shillington welcomes 25 local artisans and crafters |Sep 23, 2014

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 30 Liberty Street, Shillington, will host one of the season’s first craft fairs on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tri County Record Community Calendar of Events & Notices |Sep 23, 2014

Ongoing & Upcoming Events Shepherd’s Kitchen at Honey Brook Presbyterian Church FREE meal: Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 4331 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook. 610-273-2848 or email pastor@honeybrookpres.

Next step for dance studio is new location |Sep 23, 2014

For Next Step Dance Studio, a move to Birdsboro has provided a larger studio with additional dance rooms, ample parking spots for dancers and their families and a better location.

Night of entertainment at the Historic State Theatre to benefit Colebrookdale Railroad effort |Sep 23, 2014

There will be an opportunity to participate in fundraising for the Colebrookdale Railroad on Sept. 26, when the railroad will join forces with the Historic State Theater of Boyertown for

Schwank ‘encouraged’ by new report’s next steps on heroin, opioid epidemic |Sep 23, 2014

Urged by state Sen. Judy Schwank to examine the growing problem of heroin and prescription drug abuse, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania canvassed the state and issued its report Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Union schedules public meeting |Sep 22, 2014

The Union Township Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Sept. 15 to hold a public meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 23, regarding a left turn lane at River Bridge Road and Route 724.

Students at Daniel Boone catch the service bug and join Key Club |Sep 22, 2014

Students flocked to one room right as the school bell dismissed all of Daniel Boone High School’s students on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Wednesday was the first Key Club meeting of the school year and the turnout was fantastic.

Hamburg Rotary hears from co-owner of Uncle Paul’s Stuffed Pretzels at meeting |Sep 22, 2014

Katie Meyer, right, was the speaker at the weekly meeting of the Hamburg Rotary Club. She and her husband Michael own Uncle Paul’s Stuffed Pretzels and won the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Taste of Hamburg-er Festival.

Hamburg area church calendar |Sep 22, 2014

Zion’s Lutheran Church 354 Zion Church Road, Shoemakersville. Saturday, Sept. 27 from 12-5 p.m. Cancer benefit for Terri (Gough) Yeager. There will be soup, baked goods and a Chinese Auction.

Oley holds 68th annual community fair |Sep 22, 2014

The Oley Fair was a must-see stop last weekend, with countless items to see and events to check out.

Rediscover the night sky during Community Nights at MCCC’s Observatory |Sep 22, 2014

Bring your family, friends and clubs to explore and take a closer look at the night sky during Montgomery County Community College’s free community nights in its state-of-the-art Observatory and Observation Deck.

More than $650,000 worth of marijuana found in grow house in District Township |Sep 22, 2014

District Twp. >> More than $650,000 worth of marijuana was seized from a District Township home after police learned of a drug-growing operation there following a traffic stop.

Schuylkill Valley Community Library’s ‘Race to Read’ has a successful third year despite weather |Sep 22, 2014

Reading and running came together at Schuylkill Valley Community Library, in Leesport, for the third annual Race to Read on Saturday, Sept. 13. Rain may have threatened the race and fun run, but the weather held off for both events.

Indian Fort Inn honors first responders, raises funds for Derrick Redcay |Sep 22, 2014

Indian Fort Inn, in Tilden Twp., honored first responders and raised funds for the Redcay Strong fund during their First Responders Day on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Hamburg area calendar of events |Sep 22, 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.

Hamburg teachers serve up ice cream to raise funds for American Cancer Society |Sep 22, 2014

A long line winded through and outside of Candy’s Homemade Icecream shop in Shoemakersville on Friday night, Sept. 19. Students, their families and the community waited for some familiar faces to serve up their favorite frozen treats as teachers from Hamburg Area Middle School, Perry Elementary Center and Tilden Elementary Center took their turns behind the counter, all to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Recital to help raise funds to repair and maintain Dieffenbach organs in Berks |Sep 22, 2014

A benefit organ recital will be held on Friday, Sept. 26 at Altalaha Lutheran Church, Rehrersburg, to raise funds to repair and maintain Dieffenbach organs located in Berks County churches. Playing Altalaha’s historic organ that dates back to 1817 will be Adam Dieffenbach, a descendent of the original builder.

Salem EC Church hosts sixth annual Pig Roast and Car Show |Sep 22, 2014

People from all over, local and not so local, made their way to Salem EC Church in Lenhartsville on Saturday, Sept. 20, for the sixth annual Pig Roast and Car Show.

Families showcased at 31st annual Lyons Fiddle Festival |Sep 22, 2014

The Lyons Fiddle Festival each year features a theme. This year showcased the family band.