Bank robber holds tellers, customers at gunpoint in Oley |May 21, 2015

Oley >> National Penn bank tellers and several customers at the Main Street branch in Oley were held at gunpoint Wednesday as a man robbed the bank.

Boyertown launches investigation into claims of racist student remarks |May 21, 2015

The Boyertown Area School District is investigating claims that racial comments were made by its students at a recent track meet against Pottstown students.

Twin Valley Middle School Girls Track And Field Team Undefeated |May 21, 2015

Submitted by Amy Wittorff The 2015 Twin Valley Middle School girls Track and Field team went undefeated 7-0 and also won the Oley Al Knabb Relays, The Wilson girls only County Championship and the overall Governor Mifflin County meet.

2 Twin Valley athletes sign letters of intent to play at university |May 21, 2015

Twin Valley School District is pleased to announce that two Twin Valley High School Seniors have signed a letter of intent to play sports for a university in the Fall of 2015.

Daniel Boone Homestead announces History Day Camp |May 21, 2015

History Day Camp is a week-long, colonial adventure where kids will experience and learn what Daniel did while growing up here. Each day will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Space is limited to 15 children.

Full day of events scheduled for Memorial Day in Mohnton |May 21, 2015

A full day of events will highlight the Memorial Day celebration in Mohnton this year, beginning with the 55th Annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade, which begins at 9 am at the Mohnton VFW Post on Wyomissing Avenue, will feature many walking groups, as well as the World Champion Reading Buccaneers and the Gov.

Tel Hai President Joe Swartz honored by Cairn University |May 21, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community President & CEO, Joseph J. Swartz, was awarded the Alumni Recognition Award by the Cairn University Alumni Association on Thursday, April 16.

‘Tel Hai Goes Pop!’ concert features vocalists Kristine Fraelich & Jeffery Coon |May 21, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community invites the public to a ‘Tel Hai Concert Series’ performance by vocalists Kristine Fraelich and Jeffery Coon in ‘Tel Hai Goes Pop!’ on Saturday, June 27 at 7:30 p.

Tel Hai hosts Annual Public Bargain Book Sale June 4 & 5 |May 21, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community welcomes the public to participate in their annual bargain book sale scheduled for Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the community’s auditorium/chapel located on Tel Hai’s campus at 1200 Tel Hai Circle in Honey Brook.

Tel Hai celebrates volunteers at Appreciation Banquet |May 21, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community celebrated their valued and honored volunteers at their annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet held Tuesday, April 14 at Shady Maple Banquet Facility in East Earl. During the calendar year, more than 39,000 hours of service were amassed by 375 volunteers, including Tel Hai residents and local community members.

Tel Hai Concert features Keystone Brass Quintet on June 16 |May 21, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community invites the public to a ‘Tel Hai Concert Series’ performance by the Keystone Brass Quintet on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:30 PM in the community’s chapel located off Beaver Dam Road in Honey Brook Township.

Whole Health and Wellness Weekly Group kicks off |May 21, 2015

Berks Encore of Reading will host a weekly seminar series tackling a variety of whole health issues related to aging.

Boyertown YMCA to host Senior Fitness Day |May 21, 2015

The Boyertown YMCA, 301 W. Spring Street, will host Senior Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Morgantown Area Business Association Expo exhibits businesses, police, fire & EMT vehicles, Cessna airplane |May 21, 2015

Morgantown Area Business Association held its annual spring Expo at the Morgantown Crossings Mall on Saturday, May 16.

Morgantown Book lovers of all ages come out for Village Library’s Book Sale |May 21, 2015

The Village Library at 207 N. Walnut Street in Morgantown was teeming Saturday May 16 as a beautiful spring day brought out a steady stream of book lovers browsing and picking out their favorites and popping them into big thirsty brown shopping bags at the semi-annual bag sale from 9 a.

“Every Hero Has A Story” Summer Reading Schedule At The Village Library In Morgantown |May 21, 2015

Mon., June 8: @ 6:30pm: Summer Kick Off with “Two of a Kind”

Children sell items at Book Sale to help Village Library, Morgantown |May 21, 2015

From Thursday, May 14, through Saturday, May 16, the doors of the Village Library of Morgantown were open to all shoppers as they held their Bi-Annual Used Book Sale, offering thousands of gently used items.

East Earl ‘Ride for Kenny’ motorcycle ride benefit ride for Kenny Patterson |May 21, 2015

Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church will have a Blessing of the Motorcycles service on Sunday, June 14, 2015. Worship will begin at 10:00 a.m. We will provide a lunch at 11:30 a.m. Kick Stands are up at 12:30 p.

Twin Valley Coffee, Buckman’s discounts support Elverson couple’s missionary work |May 21, 2015

Love coffee? Enjoy the outdoors? If so, you can enjoy both while supporting an area couple’s upcoming missionary work in Italy. Elverson residents Bob and Sue Kummer will soon be on their way to Italy to provide outreach services on behalf of Crossworld, an organization that works to establish churches while supporting communities.

Honey Brook Community Library Paperback Book Sale Saturday, May 30 |May 21, 2015

Friends of the Honey Brook Community Library are holding their annual paperback book sale on the parking lot of the library on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Fill a bag full of your choice of books for a donation of $5.

Shartlesville Lions Club presents Pennsylvania Lions Fellowship in honor of late Lion |May 20, 2015

The Shartlesville Lions Club presented a Pennsylvania Lions Fellowship to Betty Riegel in honor of her late husband Lion Vincent Riegel. He was a Lion for 54 years, from October 1959 through February 14.

Upper Bern Twp. resident, Purple Heart veteran recognized in Pa. Senate |May 20, 2015

The Senate of Pennsylvania recognized the achievements of two-time Purple Heart recipient and Upper Bern Township resident Dennis Essig during session on May 11.

Mohrsville farmer directs funds to Northern Berks 4-H Dairy Club |May 20, 2015

Northern Berks 4-H Dairy Club has received a $2,500 donation from local farmer Charles Zimmerman and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the organization subsidize the Berks County 4-H Dairy Field Day in 2015.

Argall, Knowles recognize Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad’s “Regional Railroad of the Year” achievement |May 20, 2015

Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Representative Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) congratulated the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad for recently being named 2015’s Regional Railroad of the Year according to Railway Age, a railroad magazine publication.

Kutztown Middle Schoolers explore careers; More than 40 professionals participate in Career Day |May 20, 2015

Kutztown Middle School students explored different career options during Career Day on May 20.

Update: Elderly woman killed in Honey Brook house fire |May 20, 2015

HONEY BROOK >> A woman was killed when flames roared through her Chester County home Tuesday morning, officials said.

Fightin’ Phils visit Schuylkill Valley Elementary School |May 19, 2015

Students at Schuylkill Valley Elementary School were rewarded with another special assembly, the last being when they pied their principal and assistant principal in the face, for being the number one school in Berks County in raising funds to fight adult illiteracy in a campaign run by the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks.

Colebrookdale Railroad honors service men and women throughout Memorial Day weekend |May 19, 2015

Thank you and your family and friends for your service to our Country. Now? Relax and enjoy a scenic ride through the bucolic landscape of yesteryear. The Colebrookdale Railroad deeply thanks all of our vets for their service to this nation.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church project workers make quilts to distribute to people around the world |May 19, 2015

Throughout the school year a group of project workers at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 99 Church St., Hamburg are busy making quilts. These quilts were blessed during worship on Sunday, May 10 at 10:15 a.

2015 Berks County Dairy Princess and Li’l Miss crowned |May 19, 2015

The new 2015 Berks County Dairy Princess and Li’l Miss Dairy Princess were crowned during the 2015 Berks County Dairy Princess Coronation Banquet on Saturday, May 9 at Mohrsville Church of the Brethren.

Community invited to ‘March Forth for Literacy’ celebration May 30 |May 19, 2015

The Heidelberg Association of UCC churches has decided to “March Forth for Literacy” as they join with UCC churches nationwide to encourage literacy with their Children’s Book Drive.

Hamburg Area Historical Society takes a walk down memory lane with Pagoda program |May 19, 2015

Another quality program was sponsored on Thursday, May 7, by the Hamburg Area Historical Society, with their invitation to Corrie Crupi, Chairman of the Board of Pagoda-Skyline, Inc., to come to the Hamburg Area High School to talk about the history of the Pagoda and Skyline Drive area.

Update: Woman killed in Honey Brook house fire |May 19, 2015

HONEY BROOK >> A woman was killed when flames roared through her Chester County home Tuesday morning, officials said.

Police partnering to urge increased seat belt use |May 19, 2015

PennDOT, state and local police are partnering for nationwide “Click It or Ticket” seat-belt enforcement now through June 7.

Fleetwood Rotary Club and Fleetwood Area Public Library co-sponsor Men’s Clothing Drive |May 18, 2015

Fleetwood Area Public Library and Fleetwood Rotary Club are once again co-sponsoring a Men’s Clothing Drive to benefit City Thrift Shop in Reading.

|May 18, 2015

Coastal Carolina University Jessica Youngkin of New Holland raduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Education in Early Childhood Education.

Kutztown University introduces five new minors for fall 2015 |May 18, 2015

Kutztown University is introducing five new minors which will be open to students for the fall 2015 semester, including astronomy; digital communication and new media; entrepreneurship; Spanish for modern business; and supply chain management and logistics.

|May 18, 2015

Temple University Lauren Snyder of Kutztown graduated magna cum laude from the Temple University Fox School of Business on May 8, 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with dual majors of Marketing and Management Information Systems.

Business: Friendlydutchman liquidator opens retail store in Kutztown |May 18, 2015

In the building formerly occupied by Young Ones, home-based eBay store friendlydutchman opened a 2,500 square foot, physical store at 59 Constitution Blvd., Kutztown.

Fleetwood Girl Scouts in Space: Two Daisy Troops explore Reading Planetarium, attend The Enchanted Reef show |May 18, 2015

Two Fleetwood Girl Scout Troops explored the Reading Planetarium.

Hay Creek Festival makes a call for vendors |May 18, 2015

The Hay Creek Festival, held at historic Joanna Furnace near Morgantown, is in need of craft and antique vendors for this year’s event that will be held on Sept. 11 to 13.

Chestnut Knoll to hold Kauffman’s Chicken BBQ Relay for Life Fundraiser |May 18, 2015

Grab some dinner for your family and help a good cause! Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is holding their annual Kauffman’s Chicken BBQ Relay for Life fundraiser at the community.

Gov’s Proposal to Improve Workforce Skills Now Before Committee as Schwank Bill |May 18, 2015

One of Pennsylvania’s champions for education has converted Gov. Tom Wolf’s idea for career and technical instruction into a proposal that is now before a Senate committee for consideration.

The Lutheran Home at Topton helps older drives ‘fit” their cars |May 18, 2015

Helping older drivers to find the appropriate adjustments in their cars to make them safer was the topic of a recent “Smart Seniors” event at The Lutheran Home at Topton.

Daniel Boone School Board recognizes and thanks local law enforcement |May 18, 2015

At a time of social unrest in the United States, the Daniel Boone School Board unanimously agreed on Jan. 26 a resolution that would honor and recognize three local police forces on May 11, during National Police Recognition Week.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files May 20 edition |May 18, 2015

25 Years Ago May 23, 1990 >> Marcia Sonon, a freshman at Purdue University, was recently inducted into membership in the Phi Eta Signa National Honor Society. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Sonon, Lenhartsville RD1, she is a computer technology major at the university.

Montco offenders performed 32,000 hours free labor in 2014 |May 18, 2015

Many of Montgomery County’s non-violent criminals are forced to work off their sentences, not only behind bars, but by completing community service projects.

Hamburg Area High School April Student of the Month |May 18, 2015

Congratulations to senior Nicole Eberhardt, Hamburg Area High School’s April Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Stephen and Michelle Eberhardt, of Hamburg.

Hamburg area calendar of events May 20 edition |May 18, 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.

Hamburg area church calendar May 20 edition |May 18, 2015

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