Area lawmakers announce Route 263 named in honor of Officer Bradley M. Fox’s ultimate commitment |Jul 22, 2014

Reps. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks), Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) and Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) as well as Sens. Daylin Leach (R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery), Stewart Greenleaf (R-Bucks/Montgomery), Bob Mensch (R-Berks/Bucks/Montgomery) and John Rafferty (R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery) announced that a portion of Pennsylvania Route 263 in Bucks County will be renamed as the Officer Bradley M.

WTIM: Music all around town: July 23 edition |Jul 22, 2014

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

New York City children arrive in Hamburg for a summer in Berks County |Jul 22, 2014

Cars filled the parking lot of Wendy’s in Tilden Twp. on July 16 with parents and children anxiously awaiting the arrival of their host child for the upcoming week or two weeks. Fourteen children from New York City between the ages of 6 and 18 packed their bags for a summer trip to Berks County as part of the Fresh Air Fund program.

Kutztown School Board approves new Band room floor; removes reconfiguration from agenda |Jul 22, 2014

Addressing student safety and poor floor tile condition, Kutztown School Board approved a new High School Band Room floor and also removed from future agendas elementary and middle school reconfiguration talks.

Police: 2014 heroin seizures way up from last year’s totals |Jul 22, 2014

HARRISBURG — State police seized more than $23 million worth of heroin, marijuana and other illegal drugs during the second quarter of 2014 and have already surpassed the total amount of heroin taken off Pennsylvania streets in 2013, authorities announced.

Albright College receives National Science Foundation Grant to fund STEM scholarships |Jul 22, 2014

Albright College has been awarded more than $627,000 from the National Science Foundation to fund scholarships for students pursuing STEM majors who are interested in how these fields apply to the environment.

Fight for Sight 5K Starts at the Daniel Boone Homestead Sept. 6 |Jul 22, 2014

The Amity Township Lions Club presents the “mane” event of running season....The Fight for Sight Run will be held during Community Days weekend on Saturday, Sept. 6 The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and the Lion Cub Fun Run will begin at 9:10 a.

Penn Street Market welcomes Alvernia student farm food as vendor |Jul 22, 2014

Alvernia University students are getting a hands-on education on what it takes to grow and market vegetables at the Penn Street Market this year. The university’s farm is called Bog Turtle Creek Farm and is located near Mohnton.

Power outage affects 15,000 in tri-county area |Jul 22, 2014

UNION TWP — Approximately 15,000 Met-Ed customers across the tri-county area lost power late Sunday morning.

While Governor Mifflin awaits pre-k grant, families begin enrolling in new pre-k program |Jul 22, 2014

With the passage of the Pennsylvania State Budget, which included an additional $10 million for pre-K education, the Governor Mifflin School District is continuing to move forward with a district-wide preschool program.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Jul 22, 2014

25 Years Ago July 26, 1989 Mr. and Mrs. C. Benton Wert, 545 West State Street, Hamburg, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a party given by their children at the Shartlesville Grange Hall.

Hamburg Area High School class of 1953 celebrates 61st reunion |Jul 22, 2014

Hamburg High School class of 1953 held its 61st reunion on June 18 at Blue Mountain Restaurant in Shartlesville.

Mack trucks and classic diner fare on menu for family fun |Jul 22, 2014

In our quest to keep boredom at bay this summer, my family has found lots of low-cost or free activities in the Hamburg area. This week, however, I had the chance to do a special outing with just my middle-school son, and he was set on venturing a little farther to tour the Mack Truck Museum in Allentown.

Etchberger Foundation and OTF screen ‘MURPH THE PROTECTOR’ at Hamburg Strand |Jul 22, 2014

Our Town Foundation and the CMSgt Richard L. Etchberger Foundation teamed up on Sunday, July 20, for a private screening of “MURPH THE PROTECTOR” at the Hamburg Strand Theater that benefited both foundations.

Bluegrass and gospel come to Centerport with Days of Old |Jul 22, 2014

Old-timey bluegrass and gospel songs take center stage when local band Days Of Old resins up the bow. And it’s not just the toe-tapping tunes that delight; the ages of the band members offer hope for the future of good, old-fashioned music.

Hamburg Rotary: Students share Camp Neidig experience |Jul 22, 2014

Christine Roth was the program chairperson and the students from Hamburg High School who attended Camp Neidig presented the program. Kylie James, and Shelby Levan in the picture and missing from the picture were Sierna Werley and Ron Lavigne.

Cat Angel Network Pet of the Week: Two Maine Coon sisters |Jul 21, 2014

Twinkle and Little Moon are gorgeous Maine Coon sisters who are 1.5 years old. They are the sweetest, gentlest girls imaginable and love people! They are small kitties, weighing less than 8 lbs. apiece, and they are fond of rubbing their little heads against your hand, always seeking ways to show their affection.

Montgomery County Community College offers workshop to help adults transition into college |Jul 21, 2014

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) will continue to offer its popular Career Transition Workshop for adults who may be thinking about returning to college.

Frecon Farms celebrates new bakery during Peach Jubilee |Jul 21, 2014

Frecon Farms, best known as a family-owned local producer of numerous fruits, home-made ciders and wines, has expanded their reputation even further to include baked goods. Some of the many sweet treats they offer are pies, cookies, bread, rolls, tarts, cake, donuts, and even quiche.

Brew & Que kicks off Kutztown’s 200th birthday count down |Jul 21, 2014

Kutztown celebrates its 200th birthday in 2015 and the count down kicks off with this year’s Brew & Que on Aug. 2.

Final fate of Zettlemoyer’s Bridge in Greenwich Township still undecided |Jul 21, 2014

Nearly two years since Pennsylvania Department Of Transportation declared Zettlemoyer’s Bridge deficient after its yearly inspection, the bridge, which connects Long Road and about a dozen property owners to Route 143, has yet to receive any work, but that could change in the near future.

Snakes, lizards & alligator spotted at Kutztown Park! Jesse the Reptile Guy visits Kutztown Library scientists during summer reading program |Jul 21, 2014

About 200 kids and 76 adults piled into Kutztown Park’s bandshell for Kutztown Community Library’s annual program about reptiles with Jesse Rothacker.

Virginville historic farm offers tour of ‘good, bad & ugly of wetland plant life’ |Jul 21, 2014

The Dreibelbis Historic Farm’s July 20 Wetlands Species Walk in Virginville provided an education on identifying unique plant species with emphasis on wetland indicator species and invasive species, or as Dr.

Summer fun at the park during Fleetwood Community Carnival |Jul 21, 2014

Fleetwood residents enjoyed some summer fun during the Fleetwood Community Carnival July 15-19 at Fleetwood Park.

Morgantown American Legion celebrates Community Day |Jul 21, 2014

What’s summer without a yummy clambake, some hip outdoor music and cold drinks?

Hamburg area calendar of events |Jul 21, 2014

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.

Christmas In July Vendor/Craft Show to be held at Gilbertsville Fire Company this Saturday |Jul 21, 2014

There are only 150 days until Christmas.

Bureau of Forestry announces funding for rural firefighters |Jul 21, 2014

Harrisburg - More than $590,000 in grants will be awarded to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced today.

Hamburg area church calendar |Jul 21, 2014

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 99 Church Street, Hamburg, would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to join us at our 9:30 a.m.summer services on Sundays. Come and join us.

Hamburg area obituaries |Jul 21, 2014

Robert Lauser Robert “Bob” Lauser, 73, of Leesport, passed away early Saturday morning, July 19, 2014 at the Reading Hospital.

Small Beginnings: A dream is a wish your heart makes? I surely hope not! |Jul 21, 2014

I am baffled by my own dreams. I know some folks claim to never dream or at least never remember their dreams but that is not me. I am a fairly frequent dreamer although as I have aged, I am either dreaming less often or remembering the details less clearly.

Welcome to my World: The cold facts about ice cream |Jul 21, 2014

Reprint, First Rights in 2006 to Cappers

Perry Elementary playground community build is this Saturday |Jul 21, 2014

The Perry Elementary PTO community playground build is just days away.

Letter to the Editor: Also a concerned resident of Perry Township |Jul 21, 2014

Dear Editor; I read the Letter to the Editor in [the July 9 issue of the] Hamburg Item, and I’m also a concerned resident of Perry Township.

Hamburg VFW Commander honored for achieving ‘All American Status’ |Jul 21, 2014

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States announced that the following Pennsylvania VFW Post Commanders are being honored for achieving “All American Status” as a Post Commander.

Amity police join Berks FOP |Jul 18, 2014

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution stating that the Amity Township Police Department is now represented by Berks Lodge #71 Fraternal Order of Police on July 16.

Hamburg Area School District directors vote in favor of hiring new social services coordinator |Jul 18, 2014

Hamburg Area school directors voted, 8-0, to name Pamela Witman to the newly created position of social services coordinator for the district on July 14, .

Borough of Boyertown, Colebrookdale Township and Boyertown School District reach agreement regarding high school project |Jul 17, 2014

The first of two agreements between local municipalities and the Boyertown Area School District regarding the high school renovation and additions project has been approved.

Pa. State Police issue over 85 aggressive driving citations on Rt. 422 |Jul 17, 2014

Exeter Township Police were joined by the Pennsylvania State Police and over 330 municipal agencies to conduct targeted aggressive-driving enforcement Wednesday, July 16 during the busy morning commute on Route 422.

23rd Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival Aug. 24 |Jul 17, 2014

The 23rd Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival will be held at the UKRAINIAN AMERICAN SPORT CENTER, Lower State and County Line Roads, Horsham, Sunday Aug. 24.

Three Boyertown Area School District administrators see change in status; motion to reinstate ad-hoc committee fails |Jul 17, 2014

Several Boyertown Area School District administrators will see a change of status in the 2014-2015 school year. All of these changes will take effect Aug. 1.

New Hanover Township hosts Got Talent event |Jul 16, 2014

To celebrate the township’s park and talented individuals, New Hanover is hosting a Got Talent event for the very first time.

Interpretive Sundays at the Daniel Boone Homestead throughout August |Jul 16, 2014

Join volunteers in period dress for a relaxing summer afternoon featuring an eighteenth century trade, craft, activity, or demonstration noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2014.

Register for Homestead Golf Open before Sept. 6 |Jul 16, 2014

The Friends of the Daniel Boone Homestead are hosting their third annual golf tournament fundraiser. Shotgun start at noon with four person scramble. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Cash prizes to teams that finish 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places (tie breakers to be determined by hardest hole).

Swift Technique and Historic State Theatre of Boyertown to present benefit concert for 6-year-old with CF |Jul 16, 2014

Lucas Paxson of Gilbertsville is very much a normal 6-year-old. His mother, Annette, describes him as a ‘sports fanatic’. He plays soccer and tee-ball, does karate, bikes, rollerblades and skateboards.

Reading Symphony Orchestra hires Jon P. Mosbo as Executive Director |Jul 16, 2014

The Reading Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the hiring of Jon P. Mosbo as the new Executive Director of the Reading Symphony Orchestra. As Executive Director, Mosbo will be responsible for the overall management and operation of the Reading Symphony Orchestra.

Ken Gehret & Friends perform Celtic music at Penn Street Market July 18 |Jul 16, 2014

“You can’t get it any fresher,” said Rako Zech, a Penn Street Farmers Market vendor to a customer last Friday. “I picked it this morning from my farm’s fields and you’re able to buy it the same day.

Habitat for Humanity re-images its ReStore to further Berks’ redevelopment |Jul 16, 2014

Habitat for Humanity of Berks County, founded in 1988, is among the major housing leaders in Berks County for neighborhood revitalization, providing affordable housing and homeownership opportunities for its client families.

Hopewell’s ‘Establishment Day-Fueling the Furnace’ to celebrate the park’s 76th birthday |Jul 16, 2014

The National Park Service (NPS) invites the public to join the Horse-Shoe Trail Conservancy in celebrating Hopewell Furnace’s 76th Birthday with a dedication of the Hopewell Big Woods Horse-Shoe National Recreation Trail.

Officials to dedicate ‘Chief Warrant Officer-2 Jarett M. Yoder Highway’ July 18 |Jul 16, 2014

Sen. Judy Schwank, members of the Pennsylvania National Guard, local emergency responders, family, and other public officials will hold a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m., Friday, July 18, to officially name a stretch of Route 662 in Ruscombmanor Township, Berks County, as the “Chief Warrant Officer-2 Jarett M.