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Drowning at the Rock: 26-year-old man drowns in Schuylkill River |Jul 24, 2016

There was another drowning at Peace Rock today, July 24, reported Hamburg photographer Neven Dries after returning from the scene.

World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. return to Hamburg Aug. 3 |Jul 23, 2016

World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. are returning to Hamburg Area High School for rehearsals for their upcoming shows in Allentown and Buffalo, New York.

DUI arrest in Richmond Twp. leads to discovery of stolen bank cards |Jul 23, 2016

A driving under the influence arrest on July 17 led to the discovery of stolen bank cards, some of which were taken from a vehicle while the owners were camping on the Appalachian Trail.

Reach Out 9 puts paint brushes to work at Hamburg Park |Jul 23, 2016

Journey Café and Zion’s Church in Hamburg members put their paint brushes to work this summer during Reach Out 9. The group painted the bathrooms and the large pavilion at Etchberger Memorial Park in Hamburg.

Swimmers & jumpers flock to Peace Rock in Hamburg, leave trash |Jul 23, 2016

A YouTube video, “Wild Things — Peace Rock / Cliff Jumping & Dam Sliding,” shot in Hamburg by Nick Savino two weeks ago has more than 20,000 views and counting.

Democratic National Convention brings boon to hotels in region |Jul 22, 2016

Thousands of visitors will begin arriving in the region this weekend for the Democratic National Convention being held July 25-28 in Philadelphia. An estimated 6,000 delegates and alternates will participate in convention week activities, and thousands more are expected to join the festivities.

Movie Review: ‘Ghostbusters’ |Jul 22, 2016

Ghosts. There are skeptics and believers. And those who don’t want to know. The scientific research of ghostly phenomena has become a trade mark in today’s modern world as people want to know more about life after death or prove beyond a shadow of doubt its existence.

Reading Public Library to stage outdoor dance performance |Jul 22, 2016

An original dance production, “Odyssey: Storytelling through Dance,” will be held on The Steps at Reading’s Main Library on Saturday, July 30 at 1 p.m. More than 50 presenters, including dancers, spoken artists and martial artists will tell the story of a man who travels through different worlds in search of his dream, a woman he once saw while walking through our city.

WTIM: Music Around Town |Jul 22, 2016

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Local student graduates from Cabrini |Jul 22, 2016

Aron Russell Shutter, of Hamburg, recently graduated with distinction from Cabrini College, now Cabrini University (effective July 1), with a Master of Education in Education.

State Police: Shoemakersville man arrested for DUI |Jul 22, 2016

On July 20 at 2:40 a.m., State Police from the Hamburg station were called to the Wal-Mart parking lot, 1800 Tilden Ridge Drive, in Tilden Township, for an unresponsive male behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Aveo.

Antietam Community Theater to perform ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ |Jul 22, 2016

The Antietam Community Theater will be presenting “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” a story set in biblical times about Joseph and his family on their journey to Egypt, on Friday, Aug.

PA State Police to host Citizens’ Police Academy at Reading station |Jul 22, 2016

The Pennsylvania State Police will be hosting a Citizens’ Police Academy (CPA) at the Pennsylvania State Police Reading station. The program will expand citizens’ knowledge and understanding of the law and will explore police procedure from the perspective of the Pennsylvania State Police.

A Look Back in History: When wheat was king in the Oley Valley |Jul 22, 2016

In 1983, when the Historic National Trust decided to register the important local examples of the nation’s early American architecture, a committee was formed by local citizens and architectural experts.

Welcome to my World: Cake walks, now and then |Jul 22, 2016

Several years ago, my sister, Gladys, and I attended our home church, Maxatawny Union, for their annual June Strawberry and Ice Cream Festival. One of the events that day was the cake walk, with both adults and youngsters joining in on the fun.

Berks Parks & Rec Kids’ Series presents ‘Peter Pan’ Aug. 7 |Jul 22, 2016

There’s great fun in store for children and families with a delightful 45 minute version of the classic tale, “Peter Pan,” taking place Sunday, Aug. 7, 4 p.m. at Gring’s Mill Recreation Area in the pavilion.

Senators urge reinforcement of Inspector General’s office to prevent welfare fraud, save tax dollars |Jul 22, 2016

Two senators are looking at ways to curb welfare fraud by increasing staff responsible for investigating claims regarding misuse of public benefits.

Hawk Mountain earns coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator |Jul 22, 2016

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary recently earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity monitor. This is the second consecutive year that the organization holds the highest possible rating.

Dent proud of staff member named to Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans Services |Jul 22, 2016

Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) proudly announced that Chrystal Foster, his Veterans Outreach Coordinator, has been named to serve on a subcommittee to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veteran Services.

Fleetwood Bank announces new Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer |Jul 22, 2016

Fleetwood Bank is pleased to announce that Bonnie Milke has joined the team as Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer.

Local non-profits collaborate to help homeless single mother |Jul 22, 2016

Bridge of Hope Berks County is serving a homeless single mother and her children in their Full Service Program. But, this service would not be possible without the collaboration with West Lawn United Methodist Church, Mary’s Shelter and QuadW Missional Internship Program.

Berks Conservation District suppresses gypsy moths with spraying program |Jul 22, 2016

Berks County Conservation District seeks the community’s assistance in suppressing the gypsy moth in Berks County.

District Governor installs Frystown Lions Club officers |Jul 22, 2016

The Frystown Lions Club welcomed District Governor Gus Meyer at the club’s recent meeting held at the Argot club members’ home on Frystown Road.

Hamburg Rotary Club awards two scholarships |Jul 22, 2016

The Hamburg Rotary Club recently awarded Rotary scholarships to two young women, both pursuing careers in teaching. Those awarded scholarships were Melanie Haas and Alyssa Muller. Martha Bertolet was the program chairperson.

Local student earns academic honors at Cabrini |Jul 22, 2016

Samuel Sheridan, of Kempton, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2016 semester at Cabrini College, now Cabrini University, in Radnor.

Royalty reigns at Shartlesville Lions Club |Jul 22, 2016

Berks County Dairy Princesses spoke, sang, told jokes and tap-danced their way into the hearts of the Shartlesville Lions Club members as they presented the message of the importance of milk in everyone’s life.

Item Community Calendar July 27 |Jul 22, 2016

Submit to Calendar: E-mail event listings to ldillon@berksmontnews.com. Note Item Calendar in e-mail subject.

NHUMC to host annual ‘If You Build It, They Will Run’ 5K Run/Walk Aug. 13 |Jul 22, 2016

New Hanover United Methodist Church, Gilbertsville, will be hosting its annual “If You Build It, They Will Run” 5K Run/Walk and One-Mile Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, Aug. 13. Registration starts at 7:15 a.

Neighborhood Bible Time comes to Boyertown |Jul 22, 2016

It’s Bible Time in our town! Colebrookdale Chapel, located at 2108 Farmington Avenue in Boyertown, is presenting Neighborhood Bible Time, a unique two-week program for all youth in the Boyertown area, directed by visiting Youth Evangelists.

Veteran Benefit to be explained at Chestnut Knoll seminar |Jul 22, 2016

Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care invites all veterans and their spouses to a free educational Veterans Benefits Seminar on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at either 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. Tom Rutter, a Veterans Affairs (VA) accredited claims agent, will explain an eldercare benefit offered by VA that can reduce the cost of senior care for veterans and spouses.

Coco & the Grandfathers of Funk to perform at Ridgewood Winery |Jul 21, 2016

Performing as part of Ridgewood Winery’s Backyard Tent Concert Series on July 30, from 5 to 8 p.m., will be Coco & the Grandfathers of Funk.

Amity Township swears in new officer |Jul 21, 2016

New Amity Township Police Officer Patrick Hedgepeth was sworn into service at the Board of Supervisor’s July 6 meeting.

Roland Zimmerman Family to perform at Welsh Mountain Home |Jul 20, 2016

The Roland Zimmerman Family will be performing bluegrass/country style gospel music in the chapel on Sunday, July 31 at 2 p.m. at the Welsh Mountain Home. The concert is open to the public. The Welsh Mountain Home is located along Route 897 at 567 Springville Road, in New Holland.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church announces new Rector |Jul 20, 2016

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Glenmoore has a new Rector. The Vestry and the Search Committee are happy to announce, after a 15 month long process, that the search for the next Rector of St.

Chester County 4-H Fair returns Aug. 8-13 |Jul 20, 2016

Driving along Route 322 in Honey Brook, one can’t miss the hustle and bustle surrounding the 4-H Romano Center during 4-H Fair week!

Bluegrass Gospel Concepts to perform Music in the Grove |Jul 20, 2016

Bluegrass Gospel Concepts will present a program on Sunday, July 31 at 6 p.m. in the St. John Center Lutheran Church grove. We invite you to come and make them welcome.

Humane PA announces Pints for Pups 2016, a rockabilly beer bash under the big top |Jul 20, 2016

Pints for Pups is the original dog and family friendly beer fest event and features delicious food, loads of beer for the tasting and live music! But that’s not even the best part; all proceeds from this beer tasting event go directly to veterinary, sheltering and adoption programs for animals in Berks and Lancaster Counties.

Honey Brook Bocce heats up July evening |Jul 20, 2016

The humidity was high and so were the high fives in another exciting summer bocce tournament at the Honey Brook Borough courts on July 16.

Big Spring Farm Days slated for Aug. 5 & 6 |Jul 20, 2016

The public is invited to a free demonstration of early farm life at the Big Spring Farm Days sponsored by the Swiss Pioneer Preservation Association. The event will be held Aug. 5 and 6 at 735 Spruce Road, in New Holland.

Photos: Phillie Phanatic visits fans in Gilbertsville |Jul 20, 2016

Somewhat of an annual event at The Goddard School of Gilbertsville — Phillies’ mascot Phillie Phanatic visited fans on Tuesday, July 19.

Tri County Community Calendar July 26 |Jul 20, 2016

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

Pottstown Police hold K9 demo in Memorial Park |Jul 19, 2016

POTTSTOWN>> Pottstown residents got a first-hand look at K-9 police work during a special demonstration.

Second annual Pottstown Half Marathon returns |Jul 19, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> More than 400 people gathered bright and early Saturday morning at the starting line of the second annual Pottstown Half Marathon.

Hobart’s Run hosts pop-up cafe in Pottstown |Jul 19, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Take a stroll down High Street and you may notice some unfamiliar music and seating outside The Hill School.

Yoga for Kids at Kutztown Community Library |Jul 19, 2016

Youth librarian Taylor Kutz led children through Yoga for Kids during the July 14 Summer Reading Program at the Kutztown Community Library. The children stretched and balanced doing yoga movements. There was balancing a bean bag on their feet and then on their heads.

Great Eastern Balloon Camp held at Kutztown University campus |Jul 19, 2016

Kutztown University’s campus was brightened up by the Great Eastern Balloon Camp, held July 10 to 14. Twenty teenagers attended the proceedings and learned much of the technical information necessary to prepare them for balloon pilot lessons later on.

Motorcyclist killed in crash in Honey Brook Township |Jul 18, 2016

HONEY BROOK TOWNSHIP >> Pennsylvania State Police at the Embreeville barracks are investigating a fatal crash that left a motorcyclist dead July 17.

Maxatawny proposed ordinance prevents KPD from patrolling, making arrests in township |Jul 18, 2016

The Maxatawny Township supervisors discussed during their July 13 meeting a proposed ordinance that would prevent Kutztown Borough police from patrolling and making arrests in Maxatawny Township.

KU campus brightened by Great Eastern Balloon Camp |Jul 18, 2016

Kutztown University’s campus was brightened up last week by the Great Eastern Balloon Camp, held Sunday through Thursday. Twenty teenagers attended the proceedings and learned much of the technical information necessary to prepare them for balloon pilot lessons later on.

Patriot Community Calendar July 21 |Jul 18, 2016

Send events to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com by Friday noon week prior to publication.