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Pollster is keynote speaker at 2017 Shining Star Awards |Aug 23, 2017

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce hosts the 2017 Shining Star Awards on Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Berkleigh Golf Club, 14623 Kutztown Road, Kutztown. The keynote speaker is G. Terry Madonna.

Photos: Building a Better Boyertown hosts Dog Days of August |Aug 23, 2017

Building a Better Boyertown hosted its annual Dog Dogs of August event on Saturday, Aug. 19. The entire community and their furry friends were invited to the downtown event; local businesses took part in the event as well.

Rehrersburg Lions host annual carnival |Aug 23, 2017

A tradition at least 40 years old continued on two Saturday evenings at the Rehrersburg Lions Club den and grounds, the club’s annual carnival. It began with a deluge of rain before the first Saturday evening’s start, but once that rain was past, friends and neighbors came out to enjoy the food, activities, and music, though the crowd was not large.

Samantha Evangelista, Topton, wins USA National Miss Pennsylvania 2018 title |Aug 23, 2017

Samantha Evangelista, from Topton, recently won the coveted state title of USA National Miss Pennsylvania 2018.

KU Voting Ambassador Rachel Cohen Hamilton receives Hidden Hero Award |Aug 23, 2017

In August, The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Vote Everywhere Ambassadors from across the country met at the Stony Point Center in New York for the National Civic Leadership Training Summit.

Tel Hai speaker Soren West talks about hiking the Appalachian Trail at 75 |Aug 23, 2017

Tel Hai Retirement Community’s Life Enrichment Committee invites the public to attend an educational lecture titled “The Story of Sojourner: Hiking the Appalachian Trail at 75” on Friday, Sept.

Gilbertsville man arrested for delinquent child support in early-morning raid |Aug 23, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Four men, who collectively owe over $23,000 in child support for five children, were arrested during an overnight deadbeat parent raid, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department announced Wednesday.

Hamburg Strand Stomp Percussion Class provides teens with creative performance outlet |Aug 23, 2017

Wednesday evenings will rock with unusual rhythms this fall at the Strand Theatre in Hamburg, Pa. The historic theater on South Fourth Street will host the Stomp Hamburg Percussion Workshop, a new series geared for teens and sponsored by the Hamburg Area Art Alliance (HAAA).

Boyertown High School graduate facing drug charges |Aug 23, 2017

BOYERTOWN >> Police have charged a recent Boyertown Area High School graduate after he allegedly sold drugs to other students.

Barto man arrested in Route 422 road rage incident |Aug 22, 2017

NORTH COVENTRY >> Police have charged a man after he allegedly displayed a handgun to a victim on Route 422 Sunday.

For what it’s worth: On a mission to view the solar eclipse — without glasses |Aug 22, 2017

I knew the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, would be memorable. Up until Monday morning, I wasn’t exactly what my plans were and how I would view it.

A Walk with Dragonflies in Kerny Dam Rec Area |Aug 22, 2017

On Aug. 12, a Dragonfly and Damselfly walk was held by the Mengel Natural History Society and Baird Ornithological Club. About 24 people were present at this years walk. It was a bit cool and overcast but we found at least 13 different species.

300 come out for Kutztown Library Solar Eclipse Party |Aug 22, 2017

An estimated 300 people or more came out for Kutztown Community Library’s Solar Eclipse Party on Aug. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the library parking lot.

Fleetwood Back to School Fair: Games, crafts, meet and greet with new superintendent |Aug 22, 2017

Fleetwood Area Public Library hosted a Back to School Fair on Saturday, Aug. 19 with games, crafts, Bouncy House, community organization presentations, and a meet & greet with new Fleetwood Superintendent Greg Miller.

Fire engulfs Giorgio Foods plant on Dryville Road |Aug 22, 2017

Fire crews responded to at structure fire at Giorgio Foods Inc. plant in Richmond Township on Aug. 20.

Principals compete in Kutztown Fair Celebrity Swine Contest |Aug 20, 2017

Three local principals jumped at a unique opportunity by participating in the 2nd annual Celebrity Swine Showmanship Contest on Aug. 14 at the Kutztown Fair held at the Kutztown Fairgrounds.

Berks Military History Museum opens doors to the public |Aug 20, 2017

MOHNTON >> The Berks Military History Museum held its grand opening on Saturday, Aug. 12.

Boyertown Area School District launches mobile app |Aug 20, 2017

Boyertown Area School District has gone mobile.

Daniel Boone School District transportation letters in the mail |Aug 20, 2017

Daniel Boone Area School District Superintendent James P. Harris said letters detailing students’ bus stops, school bus numbers, and arrival and departure times were mailed to parents on Aug.

Crowds come out for 146th annual Kutztown Fair |Aug 20, 2017

The 146th annual Kutztown Fair offered family fun with rides, food, contests, racing and entertainment at the Kutztown Fairgrounds Aug. 14 to 19.

Hawk Mountain Migration Kick-Off Fest off to flying start |Aug 18, 2017

Equipped with binoculars and cameras, people gathered at the lookouts at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton for the sanctuary’s inaugural Migration Kick-Off Festival “Off to a Flying Start” on Aug.

New Schuylkill Valley superintendent believes in being a servant leader |Aug 18, 2017

Schuylkill Valley School District welcomed as new superintendent, Dr. Cindy Mierzejewski. From May 30 to June 30, Mierzejewski worked with former superintendent Dr. Warren Mata, who retired. Her first day was July 1.

Scout project brings new LED sign to Boyertown Salvation Army |Aug 18, 2017

The Boyertown Salvation Army now has a new LED sign thanks to local Boy Scout Chad Gamler. The sign was placed at the Reading Avenue location in July and is now being used to announce upcoming events.

Culvers celebrate 60th anniversary |Aug 17, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Culver of Upper Bern Twp. celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married on July 5, 1957 in the Tyrone Church of the Brethren by the late Rev. Wilmer Kensinger.

Hamburg School Board hires 2 LPNs to fill school nurse vacancy |Aug 17, 2017

On Aug. 14, the Hamburg Area School Board voted 6-0 to hire two Licensed Practical Nurses at a rate of $20 per hour to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of one of the district’s certified school nurses.

Schwank to hold Child Care Seminar on Aug. 22 |Aug 17, 2017

Sen. Judy Schwank will hold a Child Care Seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Exeter Community Library on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

Meitzler, Brennan announce engagement |Aug 17, 2017

Jennifer Lynn Meitzler and Michael Timothy Brennan, both of Bethesada, Md., announce their engagement.

Kutztown Strong enacts strong relationship between school district, university, community |Aug 17, 2017

Kutztown Strong is a local non-profit organization operating in the Kutztown area to combat youth substance abuse behaviors for the health and well-being of their community. Having developed strong relationships with both the Kutztown Area School District and Kutztown University, they continue their work to address the most prevalent substance abuse issues in their community.

‘Wall-E’ inspires robot creations at Hamburg Strand Theater |Aug 17, 2017

The Hamburg Strand Theater hosted Art and a Movie events this summer for children, “The Wizard of Oz” on July 17 and Pixar’s “Wall-E” on Aug. 14.

Boyertown twirling coach draws jail for improper contact with teen girl |Aug 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A former Berks County man who authorities said helped coach the Boyertown Legionette Twirlers faces time behind bars for having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage girl he coached.

REFLECTIONS: Concussions make giving up football a no-brainer |Aug 16, 2017

This fall there are kids all over Berks County playing youth and high school football. Their parents should ask themselves, “Should they be?”

Welcome To My World: Happiness is washing the car, together |Aug 16, 2017

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Ivan Stoltzfus of Honey Brook returns home from second cross-country tractor ride |Aug 16, 2017

Ivan Stoltzfus of Honey Brook returned home from his second drive across the country on his 1948 John Deere Model A Tractor benefiting Across America for Wounded Heroes.

A Look Back in History: Hidden Architectural Treasures found at Pricetown |Aug 16, 2017

Conrad Price, the person for which the small community of Pricetown bears its name, was among the original 12 Brethren pioneer families who settled here about 1754 and were an outgrowth of the Brethren Plain sect who settled in the Oley Valley.

Building a Better Boyertown announces Dog Days of August |Aug 16, 2017

Building a Better Boyertown is hosting the annual Dog Days of August event this coming weekend, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on N. Chestnut Street. This is going to be an exciting event for all pet owners and their companions in walkable Boyertown.

LOCAL MUSIC: Royersford rock band Rofo Audio involves local businesses in their music videos |Aug 16, 2017

Power trio Rofo Audio are like unofficial ambassadors for the Spring-Ford Chamber of Commerce.

‘Vigil for Charlottesville’ planned in Pottstown |Aug 15, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, organizations in Pottstown are banding together to hold a “Vigil for Charlottesville” on Thursday.

Breweries of the Philadelphia suburbs |Aug 15, 2017

Everybody loves a good beer, and the Philadelphia suburbs is home to many breweries that could be the creator of your next favorite. The list below features a range of breweries across the suburbs.

Shoey Boy Scout Troop hosts 19th annual Auto Show |Aug 15, 2017

By Carl Hess For Digital First Media

More than 150 vie for trophies awarded in 27 classes |Aug 15, 2017

Mother Nature has really played havoc with automotive enthusiasts this year as numerous events have been rained-out, rescheduled or held in less than desirable conditions with dismal turn-outs. That was definitely NOT the case for the 19th Annual Auto Show promoted by Shoemakersville Boy Scout Troop #163 at the Perry Twp.

Bill Cosby seeks more time to find new lawyer for sex assault trial |Aug 15, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Entertainer Bill Cosby has asked a judge for more time to find a new lawyer for his sex assault trial as another member of his legal team requests to withdraw from the case, according to court papers.

Funky Frets expanding in new space |Aug 14, 2017

BOYERTOWN >> It’s been five years since Funky Frets came to town, and now they’re ready to expand in a new space just ahead of their annual ukulele festival.

Boyertown Community Library to host solar eclipse celebration |Aug 14, 2017

On Monday, Aug. 21, the community is invited to the Boyertown Community Library to celebrate the solar eclipse.

Reading Public Library to host rooftop solar eclipse party |Aug 13, 2017

Reading Public Library will join NASA and other organizations in celebrating the “Celestial Event of the Century” — the Aug. 21, solar eclipse. The library will host a solar eclipse party on Monday, Aug.

Berks County Animal Rescue League hosting free adoption weekend |Aug 13, 2017

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County will be having a free adoption weekend on Saturday, August 19, and Sunday, August 20. Meat and Sea Me at Florens and Buzz…Men’s Grooming Salon will sponsor all adoption fees for dogs and cats.

Tulpe adds STEM content to Jr. High Ag Experience course |Aug 13, 2017

Tulpehocken Area School District’s first day of school is Monday, August 28.

Construction postponed on Leesport Avenue Bridge Project, now starts week of Aug. 21 |Aug 13, 2017

Construction for the Leesport Avenue (Route 1004) bridge, which spans Willow Creek in Ontelaunee Township, Berks County has been postponed. It was previously scheduled to begin during the week of August 14.

Schuylkill Valley New superintendent eager to welcome students on first day of school |Aug 13, 2017

Schuylkill Valley School District’s new Superintendent Dr. Cindy Mierzejewski is eager to welcome students on the first day of school on Aug. 28.

Hamburg Area Middle schoolers welcomed by two new faces |Aug 13, 2017

Hamburg Area School District prepares for a new school year with a few changes.

Exciting new additions,opportunities greet Brandywine students first back to school |Aug 12, 2017

We are excited to start a new school year at the Brandywine Heights Area School District. There will be exciting new additions and opportunities that will greet our students when they start back to school on Tuesday, August 22nd.