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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.

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.

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 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.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Sep 22, 2014

25 Years Ago Sept. 27, 1989 >> Anne Mitchell, 18, who was selected as Berks Dairy Princess last May, was named Pennsylvania State Dairy Princess during a pageant held over the weekend at the Harrisburg Marriot.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hawks for peace: Hamburg seventh graders celebrate Peace Day |Sep 21, 2014

Seventh graders at Hamburg Area Middle School spent Friday, Sept. 19, working on teamwork, learning about peaceful resolutions and how they can help make the world a better place as they celebrated Peace Day a few days early.

RACC and KU officials announce reverse transfer agreement |Sep 21, 2014

Reading Area Community College (RACC) and Kutztown University (KU) announced, on Sept. 15, a reverse transfer agreement that will permit eligible students, who transfer from RACC to KU before earning an associate degree from RACC, the opportunity to transfer KU credits back to RACC to apply towards completion of the RACC associate degree concurrent with their enrollment at KU.

I-105 radio personality Casey Allyn to sign copies of new cookbook at Oley Fair |Sep 19, 2014

I-105 radio personality Casey Allyn, will be signing copies of her newest cookbook at this year’s Oley Community Fair on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Gov. Corbett serves ice cream treats in Kenhorst |Sep 19, 2014

The cool September air crackled with anticipated outside of the Kenhorst Dairy Queen on Tuesday night Sept. 16, where Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett hosted a meet and greet as part of his 2014 campaign for reelection against Tom Wolf, the state’s Democratic candidate.

Exeter snuffs out e-ciggs on campus |Sep 19, 2014

The Exeter campus has put a stop to alternative ways of smoking.

Exeter board allows parental option for Chromebook insurance |Sep 19, 2014

The Exeter Township School Board voted against the purchase of approximately over 1,000 Chromebooks at a price ranging between $375,000 and $405,000 during their Tuesday, Sept. 16 meeting. The requested purchase would result in providing Chromebooks for students in grades 10 through 12.

Jessica Davis engaged to Derek Ink |Sep 19, 2014

Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Davis of Mohnton, are pleased to announcement the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Davis to Mr. Derek Ink of Narvon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ink of Narvon.

Hay Creek Apple Festival . . . Fun, Food and a Bit of History |Sep 19, 2014

Morgantown >> What brings your family together? Food and fun are most certainly high on the list. This makes the annual Hay Creek Apple Festival at Historic Joanna Furnace the premier attraction to enjoy apple foods and to have out-of-the-ordinary fun.

2nd Annual Bark For Life of Boyertown area to be held Event will take place at Oley Valley Fairgrounds once again |Sep 19, 2014

The second annual Bark For Life of Boyertown Area will take place Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Oley Valley Fairgrounds.

Morgantown Hard to the Core Mud Run fundraises for cancer patients |Sep 18, 2014

Moregantown >> The rain was not an issue for runners this past weekend. In fact, it made for a more exciting experience.

Boyertown Historical Society sells calendars, holds paranormal investigations |Sep 18, 2014

The Boyertown Historical Society will begin rolling out their end of the year calendar of events beginning this weekend Sept. 19 and 20 with a paranormal investigation and several Haunted Boyertown ghost tours.

Kutztown University & Reading Area Community College sign reverse transfer agreement |Sep 17, 2014

Kutztown University and Reading Area Community College announced Sept. 15 a reverse transfer agreement that will permit eligible students, who transfer from RACC to KU before earning an associate degree from RACC, the opportunity to transfer KU credits back to RACC to apply towards completion of the RACC associate degree concurrent with their enrollment at KU.

Kutztown Overlay Districts fail to pass; Silk Mill District shelved |Sep 17, 2014

Kutztown >> The motion for Overlay Districts failed to pass Tuesday night, shelving the Silk Mill District land development proposal.

Blazer Foundation receives $2,000 donation for high school TV studio |Sep 16, 2014

The Blazer Foundation’s Executive Director, Stephanie Conlon, recently accepted a $2,000 Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) donation from Kim Hippert-Eversgerd, Commercial Relationship Manager of Susquehanna Bank, to benefit the Daniel Boone School Districts ongoing EITC approved programs.

Traveling Art Show puts Kutztown student art on display: Dancing giraffe, majestic elk, Trashin Fashion art pieces showcased in the community |Sep 16, 2014

Kutztown >> From a dancing giraffe to a “Trashin Fashion” dress made of recycled coffee products, students’ works of art were on full display at the Kutztown School Board meeting Sept.

Albright students to hold candlelight vigil for Matt Rein; funeral services set for later this week |Sep 16, 2014

Albright College students will hold a silent candlelight vigil Wednesday night in remembrance of classmate Matt Rein, who died as a result of injuries sustained in a fire last weekend.

Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County to host three part event |Sep 16, 2014

On Saturday, Sept. 27, the Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County will host a three part event. First and foremost, the day will celebrate 50 years of caring for their important collection of early buildings.

Veteran Benefit to be explained at Chestnut Knoll At Home |Sep 16, 2014

Chestnut Knoll At Home, Gilbertsville, invites all veterans and their spouses to a free educational Veterans Benefits Seminar on Thursday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Chestnut Knoll At Home, Gilbertsville, located at 1041 E.

Albright College community remains in mourning after losing student in fire |Sep 16, 2014

The Albright College community remains in mourning after the weekend fire that caused the death of one student and the hospitalization of two others.

With loose change, school raises thousands for soldiers |Sep 16, 2014

On Thursday, Sept. 4, representatives of Amity Elementary Center donated a collection from students and their families to the Keystone Soldiers, a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to supporting those who have served for the country.

Boone reads bus audio policy |Sep 16, 2014

The Daniel Boone School Board read on Sept. 8 the first draft of a policy to install and operate audio recordings on the district’s school buses.

Environmental Enterprises to pose no hazard |Sep 16, 2014

Representatives of the hazardous waste management company Environmental Enterprises, Inc. said Sept. 10 that its new location in Amity Township would not be a hazard to residents.

Winners announced in BMX, boards and scooters competition |Sep 16, 2014

The autumn gloom failed to put a damper on the 8th Annual eXeter Games, which were initially postponed from Saturday, Sept. 13 due to weather and held instead Sunday, Sept. 14 at Pineland Park. The contestants, some of whom had been on their boards practicing well before the event’s afternoon start, demonstrated no shortage of enthusiasm for their craft, whether their interest included scootering, biking or skateboarding.

Reading Symphony doubles up on opening night guest artists |Sep 16, 2014

On Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. the Reading Symphony Orchestra kicks off the 102nd Season at the Santander Performing Arts Center. The RSO will be featuring two world renowned soloists, Timothy Lees, violin and Ilya Finkelshteyn, cello.

Up to Speed with David Barr: Keselowski starts Chase strong |Sep 16, 2014

Hello readers, Brad Keselowski dominated last week at Richmond to prove that he would be someone to watch in the Chase. In case anyone still doubted Keselowski as a serious title contender, Keselowski silenced his critics on Sunday.

Art of the Harvest dinner combines food, wine and paintings: Virginville Hotel chef pairs food with Bernville wine; Kempton artists Jonathan Bond demos his art |Sep 16, 2014

Virginville >> The Art of the Harvest Dinner combines the art of food, wine and paintings at Virginville Hotel Sept. 20.

Twin Valley plans first Sports Hall of Fame Night |Sep 16, 2014

ELVERSON >> The Twin Valley High School Sports Hall of Fame Night will be held on Friday, Sept. 19, during the home football game against Wyomissing.

Oley Fair returns for 68th Year; Lego contest, pumpkin weigh-off among new events |Sep 16, 2014

The 68th Annual Oley Valley Community Fair is right around the corner, and a team of administrators has worked diligently alongside volunteers to offer events, contests and entertainment for this popular event.

Eagle Scout project fills in the cracks |Sep 16, 2014

Richard Wike, a junior at Exeter Senior High School and member of Troop 333, put some work towards his Eagle Scout project recently with the American Legion Post 626 Birdsboro.

Strausstown community does not let rain stop Fall Festival. |Sep 15, 2014

The gloomy skies and often times steady, heavy rain may have washed out quite a few events on Saturday, Sept. 13, but not the third annual Strausstown Community Fall Festival at Strausstown Lions Club Park.

Strausstown women go back in time at meeting |Sep 15, 2014

At their first meeting of the club year, the members of the Woman’s Club of Strausstown took a virtual tour through their town, past and present.

Reel experiences with Robert Humanick: Hear him roar: ‘Godzilla’ ‘14 raises the bar on Hollywood monsters |Sep 15, 2014

The heck with beating around the bush: “Godzilla” was the best mainstream American release of the summer, with little serious competition. Those who complained that it didn’t have enough monster action weren’t by and large simply exhibiting impatience with the rare “popcorn” movie that actually cares about more than just giant things crashing into each other – they were clearly also not familiar with the dozens of Godzilla movies made in the last 60 years, many of which focus more on the humans than the monsters and some which barely include the big fella at all.

Golden Age Air Museum hosts Barnstormers Day and open house |Sep 15, 2014

Old engines could be heard as airplanes from the golden age of aviation soared through the beautiful Berks County sky on Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Golden Age Air Museum in Bethel for the Barnstormer Day as well as open house.

Virginville Grangers are all aboard at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum |Sep 15, 2014

There was something for every Virginville Grange member of any age to enjoy at this delightful event. Virginville Grange meets on the first and third Wednesday night of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginville Grange Hall, Route 143, Virginville.