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Pennsylvania Senators Leach And Folmer reintroduce medical cannabis legislation |Jan 27, 2015

State Senators Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and Mike Folmer (R-Dauphin/Lebanon/York) announced the reintroduction of their medical cannabis legislation on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Pennsylvania Sen. Schwank urges lawmakers to finally adopt medical cannabis bill |Jan 27, 2015

To better help desperate moms and dads who are seeking relief for children who suffer from countless seizures and to help many other Pennsylvanians who need relief from chronic illnesses, Sen. Judy Schwank today urged fellow lawmakers to finally adopt a bill that would legalize medical cannabis.

Twin Valley Rotary Club honors Twin Valley High School seniors Rachel Wilkoski and Nicole Bender |Jan 27, 2015

On Jan. 21 the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors, Rachel Wilkoski and Nicole Bender as their Students of the Month.

Heatherwood Retirement Community resident celebrates 100th birthday‘She is an inspiration’ |Jan 27, 2015

Heatherwood Retirement Community resident turns 100

Big Shot: Artwork of Heritage resident David Lumb exhibited |Jan 27, 2015

The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, has opened an exhibit of the artwork of resident, David Lumb.

Body found Sunday inside burning car in Amity |Jan 27, 2015

AMITY >> One person was found dead in Amity Sunday morning, Jan. 25, after two burning cars were extinguished on the 800 block of Antietam Drive, according to police.

Department of Environmental Protection Public hearing and meeting to discuss cleanup of Berks County Battery Casing Site |Jan 27, 2015

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public meeting and hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 10, to outline its plan to clean up lead-contaminated battery casings and soil at residential properties on Noll Lane in Ruscombmanor Township, Berks County.

Jan. 28, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hosts open house plans display for 222 and Long Lane improvements |Jan 27, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will host an open house plans display Wednesday, Jan. 28, for proposed intersection improvements at the intersection of US 222 and Long Lane in Maxatawny Township, Berks County.

Twin Valley High School February Interns of the Month Alicia Lynch, Kelli Witowski, Ashley McCoach |Jan 27, 2015

Alicia Lynch, Ashley McCoach, and Kelli Witowski, all seniors at Twin Valley High School, have been named February’s Interns of the Month. The three girls have been recognized as a group, because they have been interning together this year at Twin Valley Elementary Center with music teacher, Mrs.

‘Dynamic’ storm brings Monday snow day, doesn’t amount to much in tri-county area |Jan 27, 2015

Monday was a day of frantic activity as governments, school districts and agencies preparing for the snow while the forecast remained constantly in flux.

Perry Elementary Center fifth graders work on bridge projects |Jan 26, 2015

Perry Elementary Center fifth graders in Mr. Rollman’s class have been working on science and engineering through completion of their bridge projects. These are some photos of the research and building of their bridges.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files Jan. 28 edition |Jan 26, 2015

25 Years Ago Jan. 31, 1990 >> After 38 years in the Christian ministry, the Rev. Morris Houck Jr., senior pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hamburg, retired January 31, from the active ministry.

Hamburg area church calendar Jan. 28 edition |Jan 26, 2015

St. Mary Roman Catholic Church Located at 94 Walnut Road in Tilden Township. Visit our website at www.rc.net/allentown/stmaryhamb. Daily schedule: Eucharistic devotions on Monday at 7 p.m.; Masses on Tuesday at 7 p.

Hamburg area calendar of events Jan. 28 edition |Jan 26, 2015

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.

Tilden PTO holds Chinese Auction and All-You-Can-Eat Dinner to benefit programs |Jan 26, 2015

Students eagerly pulled their parents along on the stage of the Tilden Elementary Center auditorium from one basket to the next, pulling apart tickets and placing them in containers of their favorites on Friday, Jan.

Hamburg Area High School students participate in PMEA District 10 Chorus |Jan 26, 2015

Two Hamburg Area High School students were selected to participate in Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 10 Chorus which performed Friday, Jan. 23 (moved a day earlier due to snow) at Muhlenberg High School.

Berks County 4-H Horse Club members recognized for participation and achievements |Jan 26, 2015

The Berks County 4-H Horse Members held their horse banquet recently and were recognized for their participation and achievements in the horse program for 2014.

Call for Submissions: Writers’ Club 28th Annual Fiction and Poetry Contest |Jan 26, 2015

The Writers’ Club at Montgomery County Community College is accepting submissions for its 28th Annual Fiction and Poetry Contest now through 2 p.m. on March 12. Mailed entries must be postmarked by March 5.

Shartlesville area farmer elected president of Berks Southeast Cattlemen’s Association |Jan 26, 2015

Berks County cattle feeder Bill Palmer was elected president of the Berks Southeast Cattlemen’s Association at the reorganizational meeting last month. Palmer farms with his family in the Shartlesville area.

5 Kutztown University Presidential candidates to visit campus: participate in open forums and meetings with students, faculty, unions, community |Jan 26, 2015

Five candidates for Kutztown University President will be visiting campus for open forums, meetings and tours.

Montgomery County residents plan to host guests during pope’s visit |Jan 26, 2015

Brace yourselves, the pope is coming.

Learn New Cooking and Baking Skills in 2015 with Culinary Enthusiast Classes at |Jan 26, 2015

From baking to cheese making and even planning a dinner party, the Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) of Montgomery County Community College, 1440 Forty Food Road, Lansdale, is offering a wide array of classes this spring for anyone interested in learning new culinary skills or taking their cooking experience to the next level.

Kindergarten registration held for 2015-16 year Feb. 18, 19 in Exeter schools |Jan 26, 2015

Exeter Township School District parents who have children turning age five before Sept. 1, 2015 are eligible to register them for 2015-16 kindergarten. All the necessary information and forms to register can be obtained by going to the Headlines section of the district website www.

Berks County girl wins Safety Poster contest at local, state levels |Jan 23, 2015

Eleven-year-old Zoe Sweet, sixth grader in the Daniel Boone School District, is making Oley Fair History by being the first in her age group to win 1st place in Best of Show at the state level in the Safety Poster contest.

Sly Fox Brewing Company’s newest release hits the trail in April to benefit the Schuylkill River Trail |Jan 23, 2015

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is pleased to announce its collaboration with Sly Fox Brewing Company, Pottstown, Pa., on the release of a new canned beer that benefits and celebrates the Schuylkill River Trail.

Presentations shed light on Chromebooks, curriculum, testing and student safety in Exeter schools |Jan 23, 2015

The Exeter Township School District Board of School Directors was presented with progress reports from Exeter School facility during their Tuesday, Jan. 20 meeting.

Union Township approves ‘fresh and local’ brew pub for Brinton Lodge |Jan 23, 2015

A craft beer brewery will be coming to one local haunted house.

Bev Conklin and Friends bring Americana sound to The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown |Jan 23, 2015

Bev Conklin and Friends will be returning with their Americana sound to The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.

27-year-old man charged for allegedly assaulting a sleeping 14-year-old girl in Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County home |Jan 22, 2015

A 27-year-old man has been charged in relation to a burglary and indecent assault of a 14-year-old girl in Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County that occurred this summer.

Berks County Wine Trail ‘Chocolate & Wine Pairing Event Weekend’ set for Feb. 14 & 15 |Jan 22, 2015

You and your Valentine will enjoy the sweetest weekend together when visiting the eight wineries of the Berks County Wine Trail on Saturday Feb. 14 and Sunday Feb. 15 (Noon to 5 p.m. both days) for the wine trail’s annual event: “Chocolate & Wine Pairing Event Weekend.

Data shows more people leaving Berks County than moving in |Jan 22, 2015

More people are moving out of Berks County than are moving in, according to data the county’s Planning Commission has gathered.

New Year, real you: Try a plant-based diet |Jan 21, 2015

Outside, traffic whizzed by on Lancaster Avenue in Devon. Inside the Raw Can Roll Cafe, a blender whirred.

Honey Brook mother and daughter host bone marrow donor registration drive |Jan 21, 2015

Honey Brook mother and daughter Carol Rathgeber and Caitlin Mooney are teaming up with Delete Blood Cancer to hold a bone marrow donor registration drive on Jan. 30 from 5-8 p.m. at St. Peter UCC in Knauertown.

Honey Brook Legion Riders donate $1,000 worth of clothing to Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center |Jan 21, 2015

A sold-out crowd of 125 Legion Riders and guests enjoyed a night of music recently while helping veterans.

Berks County Conservation District, Maiden Creek Tributary Stream Restoration Project awarded grants |Jan 21, 2015

The Department of Environmental Protection will invest more than $23.2 million in 109 watershed protection projects to improve watersheds, reduce stormwater runoff and acid mine drainage (AMD), and support educational programs, among other environmental efforts.

Berks Encore’s Share the Love/Stuff the Cooler event delivers thousands of pounds of food Berks County’s seniors |Jan 21, 2015

Berks Encore reports that its “Share the Love – Stuff the Cooler” campaign resulted in thousands of pounds of non-perishable food and toiletry items for Meals on Wheels recipients and increased awareness of senior hunger in Berks County.

Exeter school board considers $71 million budget proposal |Jan 21, 2015

The Exeter School Board of Directors discussed the preliminary budget for the 2015-16 school year during their Tuesday, Jan. 20 regular meeting.

Tax Talk: Dependency Exemption for Children of Divorced Parents |Jan 21, 2015

The income tax results of this topic are often overlooked during the divorce process, especially considering the personal and emotional toll incurred at the time. But, it is also could be a time for tax planning.

Tax assistance from AARP Foundation Tax-Aid |Jan 21, 2015

Tax assistance from AARP Foundation will provide Tax-Aid at the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library.

4th annual Food for Families Fundraiser expands, benefits Twin Valley Food Pantry |Jan 21, 2015

Excitement has been building as the 4th Annual Food for Families Fundraiser expands this year, benefiting the Twin Valley Food Pantry.

Big Shot: Terre Hill Troop participates in Conestoga River Klondike event |Jan 20, 2015

On the weekend of Jan. 9 and 10, Terre Hill BSA Troop 172 participated in the Conestoga River Klondike event at Camp Mack scout camp.

Penn State Extension hosts webinar for candidates running for local government |Jan 20, 2015

For all those people who have ever thought about serving on their school board, borough council or township board – here’s your chance to learn how to do it.

Sandy-type storm coming again and New Jersey is not prepared, warns author |Jan 20, 2015

Forget the notion that a storm like Hurricane Sandy comes along every 100 years: Start thinking a “storm of the century” will hit every 10 years.

Brothers charged in Upper Merion with swiping sewer grates from five counties |Jan 20, 2015

UPPER MERION >> A pair of brothers suspected of stealing 13 iron storm sewer grates from five area counties over the past month are now behind bars at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.

Volunteer firefighter describes chaos of Blue Route crash |Jan 20, 2015

Joe Bardroff was heading home from work in the King of Prussia area Sunday morning when icy roadways turned deadly right in front of him.

Boyertown Area service celebrates the dream of Dr. King |Jan 20, 2015

Gilbertsville >> One of the best-known parables in the New Testament is that of the Good Samaritan, who stopped to help an injured man despite their obvious differences. The parable proved appropriate as a background for Martin Luther King Jr.

Kutztown School Board approves proposed preliminary budget: Proposal includes use of tax index and retirement exception option but ultimate goal is no tax increase |Jan 20, 2015

Kutztown School Board approved a proposed preliminary 2015-16 budget that will give them the option to use the tax index and the retirement exception option for their eventual final budget.

Letter to the Editor: Honey Brook Borough Police chief thanks toy drive donors |Jan 20, 2015

Again I would like to THANK all of the donors to the Police Department’s toy drive this year.

New Hanover Historical Society to host national speaker |Jan 20, 2015

The January program of the New Hanover Township Historical Society features author and national speaker Ann Atkins, who will present an illustrated talk on Eleanor Roosevelt’s life.

Progress continuedHoney Brook Township looks back at 2014, ahead at 2015 |Jan 20, 2015

Q&A with Honey Brook Township for Progress section, continued from last issue.