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Shed fire on Wednesday spread to adjacent Birdsboro homes |Mar 27, 2015

Firefighters responded to a fully-involved fire in a large shed at 119 Furnace St. in Birdsboro Wednesday afternoon, March 25.

Kutztown Jazz Festival: Kutztown Middle School hosted five guest bands |Mar 27, 2015

Kutztown Middle School hosted its instrumental Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. There were five guest bands. Both the Elementary and Middle School Kutztown Jazz Bands performed.

Lower Macungie Township Historical Society honors Kutztown’s Dr. Don Yoder and Bob Ensminger as scholars of the barn |Mar 27, 2015

The Lower Macungie Township Historical Society honored Dr. Don Yoder, co-founder and director of the Pennsylvania Folklife Society and the Kutztown Folk Festival, and Bob Ensminger, emeritus professor of geography at Kutztown University, during the Lower Macungie Barn Expo 2015.

Daniel Boone ceases use of ‘conceptual’ classes |Mar 26, 2015

The Daniel Boone School Board unanimously approved on March 23 procedural and curriculum changes for its high school students that includes eliminating “conceptual” classes in 2015-16.

Chestnut Knoll earns top honor for 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, prepares for 2015 |Mar 26, 2015

For the second year in a row, Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care earned a trophy for being the Top Earning Memory Walk Team at the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Chestnut Knoll participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Kutztown University on Saturday, October 11, 2014 and raised $18,772.

Community Care Coalition of Chester County: information for seniors on Medicare |Mar 25, 2015

30 Day Hospital Readmissions Rates, calculated as the percentage of Medicare recipients who are discharged from a hospital stay and then return to the hospital within 30 days, have been a major focus of both The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and area health providers for a number of years.

Brandywine Community Library honors Sandra Cullin for 25 years of service, dedicates Adult Fiction Room in her honor |Mar 25, 2015

At a meeting of the Board Of Trustees of the Brandywine Community Library in February, special recognition was given to one of its members, Sandra Cullin. Sandy has served the library since its inception twenty five years ago.

Conestoga Christian School Founders Dinner featured speaker Dr. Ben Carson, pediatric neurosurgeon, story-teller, author and Fox News contributor |Mar 25, 2015

On Friday, March 20, Conestoga Christian School held their first annual Founders Dinner at the Shady Maple Banquet Facility. The featured speaker was Dr. Ben Carson, renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, inspiring story-teller, best-selling author, and Fox News contributor.

Berks Women in Crisis WALK FOR NO MORE: Together We Can End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault |Mar 25, 2015

On Saturday, April 18, Berks Women in Crisis will hold its first annual Walk For No More: Together We Can End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at First Energy Stadium in Reading.

Garden Spot Village Drug Take-Back Service: Public may dispose of unwanted medications on campus April 18 |Mar 25, 2015

Although the national Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative has ended, Garden Spot Village and the New Holland Police Department are teaming up to build on the successful program’s momentum by offering their own drug take-back event on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.

Berks Jazz Jam comes to Hamburg Area High School |Mar 24, 2015

Hamburg Area High School musicians and area residents were treated to a special performance on Wednesday, March 11, when Mike Eben brought his Berks Jazz Jam program to the school.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files March 25 edition |Mar 24, 2015

25 Years Ago March 28, 1990 >> Mel Edwards of Hamburg, a junior sociology major at Rider College, is competing in his third season on the Rider varsity baseball team. A 1987 graduate of Hamburg Area High School, Edwards is the starting short stop for the third consecutive season at Rider.

Cody Knight named Hamburg Area High School Student of the Month |Mar 24, 2015

Congratulations to Hamburg Area High School’s February student of the month, senior Cody Knight. He is the son of Joel and Kimberly Knight, of Hamburg.

Former international exchange student returns to Hamburg area for sixth visit |Mar 24, 2015

The Delewski’s EF Japanese daughter,Yuzuki Shishido, from 2003, was recently back in the area for her sixth visit “back home.” Pictured is Yuzuki with her “best American friends” (left to right - Tara Lindsay, Felicia Binder, Jessica Massey, Yuzuki and Nicole Ruppert).

BCTC Students Win Over $140,000 in Scholarships and Prizes at 2015 Greater Philadelphia Automotive Technology Competition |Mar 24, 2015

On Friday, Feb. 27, the 22nd Annual Greater Philadelphia Automotive Technology Competition took place at the Automotive Training Center in Warminster, PA. The Berks Career & Technology Center was honored to have 4 students compete in this prestigious event.

Police arrest suspect for January robbery of VIST Bank, Ruscombmanor Township |Mar 24, 2015

On March 23, 2015, the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop L Reading Station, arrested Jason Lee Serrano.

State Police respond to bomb threat at Berks County Jail System on Monday |Mar 24, 2015

Pennsylvania State Police-Reading reported that a threatening phone call was received at the Berks County Jail System in the 1200 block of County Welfare Rd. in Bern Township on Monday, March 23 at approximately 1 p.

Berks Encore-Strausstown center welcomes Fire Chief for Meals on Wheels Celebrity Day |Mar 24, 2015

Berks Encore and local celebrities celebrated March for Meals through Berks County through their 10th Annual Meals on Wheels Celebrity Volunteer for a Day event on Wednesday, March 18. The March for Meals program is intended to bring attention to Meals on Wheels, as well as to raise awareness about the topic of senior hunger.

Hamburg area church calendar March 25 edition |Mar 23, 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 March 25 edition |Mar 23, 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.

Bus driver establishes Go Fund Me page to get new van for Alaina of Boyertown |Mar 23, 2015

Pink is her favorite color. She loves owls and Bambi. She is passionate about the Boyertown Marching Band. She loves going to church and blesses everyone throughout the day. But right now she needs a blessing in the form of a wheelchair accessible van.

Sanatoga man wins new truck in national sweepstakes |Mar 23, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US recently concluded its 2014 National Sweepstakes, announcing Michael Christman of Sanatoga as the winner of a $45,000 credit to be used towards any Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, FIAT or Alfa Romeo vehicle.

Kutztown Environmental Advisory Commission hosts post-winter Sacony Creek cleanup |Mar 23, 2015

“You feel like you’re in a rose garden,” said Becky Weller while picking up a piece of trash near the Sacony Creek on Sunday, March 22.

Schuylkill Valley board committee members discuss budgets, requests and hear about technology use in classrooms |Mar 23, 2015

Committee meetings for the Schuylkill Valley School Board were held on Monday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m., in the Leroy K. Seip Memorial Meeting Room.

Mother, son sentenced for Berks County burglary spree |Mar 23, 2015

A former Bally resident was sentenced to six to 23 months in prison after pleading guilty to committing a burglary with her son.

Kutztown area community, campus meets and greets new Kutztown University President |Mar 23, 2015

Kutztown University introduced its 12th President, Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, to the campus and Kutztown area community during a meet and greet event on March 17.

Eagles legend Chuck Bednarik has died at 89 |Mar 21, 2015

Chuck Bednarik, considered the greatest Eagles player ever, died this morning.

New SEPTA budget spares riders a fare hike |Mar 21, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> A budget proposal for SEPTA’s upcoming fiscal year projects an increase in spending by the regional transit authority, but no fare hike on any of its bus, train or trolley routes.

Berks County Police Departments to conduct Aggressive-Driving enforcement |Mar 20, 2015

Berks County Police Departments announced, on Friday, March 20, Aggressive-Driving enforcement activities as part of a statewide wave from March 23 to May 3.

PennDOT, safety partners mark National Work Zone Awareness Week, urge safety as construction season begins |Mar 20, 2015

With National Work Zone Awareness Week occurring March 23-27, Acting PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards joined representatives from the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC), the American Traffic Safety Services Organization (ATSSA), and various traffic-control companies for an event in Harrisburg calling on motorists to drive safely in work zones and be mindful of the people behind the cones on Friday, March 20.

Two Kutztown University students create and self-publish ‘Brain Bug Magazine’ for kids; second issue released March 11 |Mar 20, 2015

Kutztown University students Olivia Knowles and Jesse Warner, the co-creators of “Brain Bug Magazine,” are preparing to push their brain child forward after the release of the publication’s second issue on March 11.

Union Township considers towing cars that obstruct snow plowing |Mar 20, 2015

The Union Township Board of Supervisors said March 16 that it is considering a new township ordinance of towing vehicles that obstruct snow plowing in subdivisions and on other township roads.

Schwank named to panel for equal justice, fairness |Mar 20, 2015

Underscoring her leadership and reputation as someone who fights for families, women and the less fortunate, Sen. Judy Schwank has been appointed to serve on a commission that’s charged with making sure fairness and equal justice are applied in Pennsylvania’s court system.

Kutztown University offers first doctoral program; Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education approves Doctor of Social Work Program |Mar 20, 2015

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors today approved Kutztown University’s request for its first doctoral program. KU will offer a Doctor of Social Work degree in collaboration with Millersville University.

Fleetwood Blues Fest moves to Kutztown |Mar 20, 2015

The Fleetwood Blues Festival is coming to Kutztown.

99% of Amity Township mailboxes now illegal |Mar 20, 2015

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted on March 18 a resolution regarding the placement of mailboxes and newspaper boxes in the township rights-of-ways.

New Holland Police: Ephrata National Bank robbed; Father charged with DUI, endangering his children; 2 men cited for running over 3 road signs |Mar 19, 2015

Ephrata National Bank robbed in Earl Township

Robeson Township: Green Hills Estates sewer module plan moves forward to DEP |Mar 19, 2015

The Robeson Township Board of Supervisors passed a motion March 17 to approve the Green Hills Estates sewer module plan which will be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection.

Two Kutztown Police officers presented Life Saving Award; their actions in December helped save a 21-year-old’s life |Mar 18, 2015

Two Kutztown Borough Police officers were presented the Life Saving Award for their actions this past December that helped save a 21-year-old’s life.

Oley Valley seniors present ‘The Music Mobile’ |Mar 18, 2015

The talents of Oley Valley seniors were showcased recently when students presented a combined talent and fashion show to benefit “BASH,” the school’s drug—and alcohol—free party for 2015 graduates.

Mark Twain visits The Heritage of Green Hills, Shillington |Mar 18, 2015

The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, recently hosted a presentation by Mark Twain, as portrayed by Reading-based actor, television and radio performer and producer, Roger Mallon.

Kutztown Easter on the Farm features egg hunts & musical performances |Mar 18, 2015

Experience history at Easter on the Farm on March 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University.

Woman’s Club of Strausstown: Antiques Roadshow, Strausstown style |Mar 18, 2015

The Woman’s Club of Strausstown took a look at antiques at their March meeting. Guest presenter for the evening was Mr. Sylvan Witmer of Womelsdorf.

Hamburg Area Middle School students take “You Be the Chemist” Challenge |Mar 18, 2015

More than 80 middle school students from across Berks County participated in the “You Be the Chemist” Challenge on Saturday, March 7. The event, part of a nationwide contest, was held at Penn State-Berks with 13 schools participating.

Boone tables full-day kindergarten vote until next year |Mar 18, 2015

Despite emotional pleas from Daniel Boone School District residents about the merits of full day kindergarten, the board did not vote on March 9 to restore the full-day program.

Retirement community could be Amity’s gateway |Mar 18, 2015

A proposed retirement community on Amity Park Road in Amity Township could bring new, supporting commercial businesses to that area and ultimately benefit the entire township.

Twin Valley Garden Club wins 2nd at PHS Philadelphia Flower Show |Mar 18, 2015

Twin Valleys Garden Club recently competed at the international 2015 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Philadelphia Flower Show.

Energy plant for Birdsboro Armorcast site means new jobs |Mar 18, 2015

Birdsboro >> An agreement of sale is the first step to converting the empty Armorcast property into a natural gas plant.

2015 Berks County Dairy Princess sought |Mar 18, 2015

Berks County is searching for the next Berks County Dairy Princess to promote the Dairy Industry for 2015-16.

Art under the Town Clock slated in Boyertown this weekend |Mar 17, 2015

An evening of Art under the Town Clock will be hosted by the Save Our Boyertown Town Clock Foundation this weekend. Local artists will have their work for preview and for sale to benefit the effort to restore the iconic town clock and tower at Church of the Good Shepherd, Boyertown.