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Hamburg’s Our Town Foundation hosts Party on the Square |Jul 28, 2016

Hamburg’s Our Town Foundation dedicated the State Street Square at Party on the Square with music, pie eating contest, magic, food and a Dunk Tank on July 23.

State Theatre of Boyertown readies to reopen |Jul 27, 2016

The State Theatre is getting ready to reopen to the public for the first time since its closure in March 2015. Major renovation work is happening right now to prepare for an October opening.

Tri County Community Calendar Aug. 2 |Jul 27, 2016

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

Ask Esther: How can we improve our home to get the best and quickest sale? |Jul 27, 2016

Dear Esther: We are thinking of selling in a year or two. We want to do all we can to improve our home so it sells for the most money and quickly. What advice can you give to guide us in this?

Just Friends and Potter’s Clay to perform Music in the Grove |Jul 27, 2016

St. John Center Lutheran Church again welcomes Just Friends and Potter’s Clay to Music in the Grove on Sunday evening, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. Just Friends is a local group that plays old time country and gospel music.

Local Sanders supporters sad campaign is over, ‘but it’s kind of been coming’ |Jul 27, 2016

PHILADELPHIA >> The morning after Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders officially lost the Democratic presidential nomination to Hillary Clinton, Pennsylvania Democrats were eager to recognize the former candidate for his work in championing progressive ideals, but were just as eager to unite behind Clinton for president.

Experts: Technology and youth dominating the voting realm |Jul 27, 2016

PHILADELPHIA >> A panel of U.S. representatives addressed how technology plays in their governing and why it’s important to be civically engaged from emailing to voting at a forum sponsored by SAP.

Applicants for Montco jobs won’t be asked about felony convictions |Jul 27, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County has “banned the box.”

Local students earn degrees, honors from Cabrini |Jul 27, 2016

The following local students were awarded degrees from Cabrini College, now Cabrini University, at its 56th Commencement on Sunday, May 22. Cabrini officially became a University on July 1, making the Class of 2016 the last graduates of the College.

PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: If only we could be kids again! |Jul 27, 2016

No, forget it. I will not accept the Nobel Peace Prize. However, I will let you in on a BIG secret. I have figured out why there is such hatred and violence in our world today. We adults grew up! In other words, we just didn’t stay like innocent kids.

Chester County ranked in top 10 most innovative digital counties in nation |Jul 27, 2016

Chester County took its place among the digital elite this week, when it was presented with a Digital Counties Survey award that recognizes the most innovative digital counties in the nation. Chester County ranks 10th among America’s 3,000-plus counties.

West Nantmeal Historical Commission to erect memorial plaque |Jul 27, 2016

The West Nantmeal Historical Commission would like to erect an historical marker near the site, in West Nantmeal where a B-24 bomber crashed during WWII.

CVC’s Carol Intintoli receives PCCD Victim Services Award |Jul 27, 2016

Amidst accolades such as “a gifted ally for young people in the community,” “a dedicated victim advocate and educator,” “a constant pillar of support for the agency” and “a treasured mentor and friend,” a stunned Carol Intintoli received the 2016 Governor’s Victim Service Pathways’ Individual Prevention/Education and Outreach Award from the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).

Satoyama Homestead offers tips for raising backyard chickens |Jul 27, 2016

Whether you are looking for fresh eggs or meat (or both), chickens are an excellent way to begin producing your own food on your own terms. Like other livestock, chickens need appropriate shelter, nutrition, clean water and care.

State Police: Honey Brook burglary under investigation |Jul 27, 2016

On July 3 at approximately 10:15 a.m., State Police responded to Rock Road in Honey Brook Township for the report of an attempted burglary.

Chester County Recorder of Deeds launches Operation Fraud Guard |Jul 27, 2016

Chester County Recorder of Deeds Rick Loughery is introducing a new service to his office called Operation Fraud Guard. Operation Fraud Guard initiates an enhanced review of real estate transactions to protect the elderly and disabled persons from property fraud.

Big Shot sponsored by Petersheim Bros. Inc.: Local Garden Club members serve as judges for PHS Gardening Contest |Jul 27, 2016

Twin Valleys Garden Club recently served as judges for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Gardening and Greening Contest, in which backyard and community gardeners in Philadelphia and surrounding counties competed for coveted blue ribbons.

Children move to music at Kutztown Library |Jul 26, 2016

Children moved to music at Kutztown Community Library’s July 21 Summer Reading Program.

True hometown spirit alive at Fleetwood Community Carnival |Jul 26, 2016

The Fleetwood Community Carnival offered fun for all ages Tuesday to Saturday, July 19 to 23, at the Fleetwood Community Park. The carnival included rides, food, Midway and entertainment.

Lightning strikes rainbow in Berks County |Jul 26, 2016

The July 25 storms brought dark clouds, lightning and heavy rainfall. As the storm passed, lightning struck through a rainbow over Hamburg Community Library.

Union Township to approve SALDO changes |Jul 26, 2016

The Union Township Board of Supervisors approved on July 18 to proceed with updating its SALDO (subdivision and land development) ordinance.

NomFest in Kutztown helps poor, homeless |Jul 26, 2016

NomFest 2016: Charity Food and Arts Festival at Kutztown Park on July 24 helped the poor and homeless.

Boyertown, Pottstown gardeners take home cash prizes at contest awards ceremony |Jul 26, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Money ... money ... money and plants ... plants ... plants were a big part of this year’s Home Garden Contest award ceremony since winners took home as much as $200.

Grow, exercise and enjoy with Mosaic community garden events |Jul 26, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> The Mosaic Community Land Trust is showing that gardens are for growing and enjoying with Sunset Fridays this month.

Wilkerson invited Pottstown to town-wide talk |Jul 26, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> A high school senior when he was elected last year, Pottstown School Board member Emanuel Wilkerson brings a uniquely youthful perspective to that august body.

Sanatoga Green wins zoning variances from Lower Pottsgrove |Jul 26, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> The project looking to put more than 500 housing units, office space and a 100-room hotel on more than 50 acres near the Limerick outlets took another step forward Tuesday night.

Pottstown’s outdoor market now has produce fresh off the farm |Jul 26, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Get fresh with it at the local outdoor farmers market which now has a variety of fruits and vegetables available along with weekly entertainment.

Community urged to take part in Pottstown childhood trauma initiative |Jul 26, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> “Do you know anyone who has been divorced? I bet most of us could say yes. That is a person or a family that has been impacted by trauma.”

West Pottsgrove pool closes amid heat wave |Jul 26, 2016

WEST POTTSGROVE >> Just as the latest summer heat wave has sent temperatures into the triple digits, it was announced suddenly that the West Pottsgrove Community Pool will be closed for the rest of the summer due to financial problems.

Stop the Drugs, Stop the Violence event brings community groups together |Jul 26, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> The 95-degree heat wasn’t enough to keep some of Pottstown’s best community crusaders from spreading their message.

Free summer lunch program returns for Pottstown students |Jul 26, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Pottstown students will always have a place to go for free lunch this summer, thanks to the return of the borough’s food service program.

The Fabulous Grease Band to perform concert at Kutztown Park |Jul 25, 2016

This Saturday evening, July 30, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Borough of Kutztown’s “2016 Concert Series in the Park” continues with the performance of The Fabulous Greaseband. The oldies band is a seven-member group singing and playing the best of the rock and roll oldies spanning the period of 1950 through the 1990s.

Kutztown’s ‘Dinner on Main’ becomes annual event Aug. 5 |Jul 25, 2016

Kutztown again invites its community members and its neighbors to celebrate summer at what has become its annual “Dinner on Main” on Aug. 5.

Letter to the Editor: Kutztown Quarry Public Hearing to be held Aug. 10 |Jul 25, 2016

Dear Editor: As a follow-up to your June 16 article about the proposed expansion of the Kutztown Quarry on Hinterleiter Road, I want to inform your readers that the DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) District Mining has scheduled a Public Hearing for Wednesday, Aug.

Trojan Pride takes on Spartan Challenge |Jul 25, 2016

Proud Trojans Tony Betts, Kenny Butler, Jaime Parris, George Betts and Michael Tucker showed their “We Are Pottstown” pride to take on the Spartan Challenge, a series of obstacle races.

Trojans exclaim pride while supporting PAL field day events |Jul 25, 2016

There is so much “We Are Pottstown” pride that it took two Trojan men to represent “Proud to be from Pottstown.” Thanks to our Trojan men for supporting the Pottstown Police Athletic League (PAL) field day events.

Community partners come together for summer celebration |Jul 25, 2016

With not a cloud in the sky and music playing, families celebrated the carefree days of summer at the Boyertown YMCA’s Summer Luau.

Students overcome fear through breaking boards at Ellixson’s Tae Kwon Do Academy |Jul 25, 2016

In Martial Arts and in life, it is empowering when an individual can overcome their fears. At Ellixson’s Tae Kwon Do Academy, we use board breaking as a way for students to overcome fear and develop the ‘yes I can’ attitude.

Dancing Tree Creations announces arrival of third set of collectable coasters |Jul 25, 2016

A third set of Bear Fever coasters featuring four different Bear Fever bears that are installed at private residences is now available at Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery and Studio, 220 South Reading Avenue, Boyertown, and Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown.

St. Luke celebrates with fun on final evening of VBS |Jul 25, 2016

St. Luke Lutheran Church celebrated the final evening of their Vacation Bible School, July 15, with more fun activities for the kids.

MCCC’s Municipal Police Academy holds graduation ceremony |Jul 25, 2016

Thirty-two cadets are now ready to join area police forces following their graduation from Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy on July 20 during a ceremony held at the College’s Science Center Theater in Blue Bell.

Living History Sundays come to Pottsgrove Manor |Jul 25, 2016

On Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 1 to 4 p.m., Pottsgrove Manor’s living history volunteers, dressed in colonial period clothing, will be living life the 18th century way.

Chestnut Knoll holds Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast |Jul 25, 2016

Chestnut Knoll recently said “thank you” to all their volunteers with a special recognition breakfast. Chestnut Knoll Personal Care held a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast for its longtime volunteers on Tuesday, July 19 at 9:30 a.

Church community help program expands into third year |Jul 25, 2016

BIRDSBORO >> For the third year — Mission Trip Birdsboro continues to grow in helping local homeowners in need. For 2016 the program received 25 residential applications for assistance in addition to community projects such as public park improvements.

‘Young Lungs at Play’ program generates discussion at Birdsboro Council |Jul 25, 2016

BIRDSBORO >> During the Birdsboro Borough Council meeting on Monday, July 18, Tieman Detweiler of the Council on Chemical Abuse explained Young Lungs at Play — a grant-funded program by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

State Police: Topton woman, age 86, victim of theft by scam |Jul 25, 2016

On June 28 at approximately 12:23 p.m., State Police Trooper Jonathan Chipego was dispatched to Juliet Avenue in the Topton Borough for a reported theft.

Southern Berks first responders recognized |Jul 25, 2016

Digital First Media staff AMITY >> Sunday, July 17, was First Responder Appreciation Day in Amity Township at St. Paul’s UCC. This is one of many events recently hosted by Thunder Outreach Ministries to honor local first responders.

Kutztown Borough Police Reports >> July 1 to July 14 |Jul 25, 2016

July 6 After completing their investigation, Police arrested Kerry Holder, 30, of Kutztown, for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance, Driving Under Suspension, Traffic Control Signals, Safe Speed, Careless Driving and Certificate of Inspection Required following an incident that occurred at the intersection of E.

Building a Better Boyertown eyes next 5 years |Jul 25, 2016

With the year 2016 more than half over, Building a Better Boyertown (BBB) is looking towards the future.

Breanna & Alexa Forrest Osoyo spread South of the Border Trojan pride |Jul 25, 2016

Breanna and Alexa Forrest Osoyo, granddaughters of former Executive Director of the Foundation for Pottstown Education, traveled from their home in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico to spread Pottstown Pride in Ocean City, New Jersey.