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Berks County: DEP awards grants for environmental education and stewardship |Apr 24, 2015

The Department of Environmental Protection awarded $304,137 in environmental education grants to 110 schools, universities, non-profit organizations, and conservation districts across Pennsylvania.

Festival of Arts Show features fantasy trash fashion |Apr 24, 2015

Is it trash or is it fashion? Artists at the Festival of the Arts Fashion Show say it is fashion.

Kutztown students perform in Junior High County Music Festival |Apr 24, 2015

The following students from Kutztown School District grades seven, eight, and nine, participated in the Music Educators of Berks County Music Festival held Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Boyertown West Junior High.

Sens. Schwank, Rafferty announce pivotal $5.3M state investment for Geigertown |Apr 24, 2015

Residents of a southeastern Berks County community will enjoy better drinking water following the completion of a sanitary sewer project that today was awarded a $5.3 million investment from the commonwealth.

Kutztown, Boyertown, Exeter and Hamburg youth learn jazz at Kutztown’s Vocal Get JazzEd Workshop |Apr 24, 2015

Kutztown School District hosted their first Vocal Get JazzEd Workshop April 18 at the middle school.

Exeter High School mourns the death of a senior |Apr 24, 2015

Exeter >> In the wake of the death of senior student Jamie Lynn Kotas, Exeter High School will be providing counseling services to students starting Monday, April 20.

Schuylkill River Heritage Area, Slyfox Brewing Company partner for trail cleanup |Apr 24, 2015

Union Twp. >> You could hardly tell from the thick cloud of dust that filled the air, but the Schuylkill River Trail received a much-needed cleanup Sunday, April 19.

Elmcroft Senior Living celebrates Earth day with life talks and butterfly tree planting |Apr 24, 2015

Elmcroft Senior Living Community wanted to celebrate Earth Day with their moto “Here’s to Life.”

Blue Marsh Insurance donates to Honey Brook Food Pantry |Apr 23, 2015

Local independent insurance agency, Blue Marsh Insurance in partnership with one of its carriers, Grange Insurance, has donated $566 to the Honey Brook Food Pantry.

Girl Scouts plant garden at Honey Brook Library |Apr 23, 2015

Great things are happening at our Honey Brook Community Library!

Rogation Sunday service in Virginville gives thanks, blesses seeds, earth, water, tractors |Apr 23, 2015

Zion Moselem Lutheran Church of 340 Moselem Church Rd. near Virginville, which was established from a William Penn family land grant and is home to the oldest existing and recently restored 1770 Tannenburg Organ, held it’s Rogation Sunday service recently.

Albany Township Historical Society wants to make Albany Elementary building sale into commemorative event |Apr 23, 2015

Albany Township Historical Society wants to say goodbye to the former Albany Elementary School building before it is sold.

Upcoming events for Boyertown Area |Apr 22, 2015

Thursday, April 23 Hubble Birthday Party: Community members are invited to a very special birthday party. The Hubble Space Telescope turns 25 this year and to celebrate the Boyertown Planetarium will have a special program highlighting its accomplishments.

Berks County man arrested after police find 600,000 child porn files |Apr 22, 2015

An Earl Township man was arrested last week after a search warrant yielded more than 600,000 child pornography computer files.

Twin Valley Tri-M Music Honor Society collects MP3 players for Community Service Project |Apr 22, 2015

WANTED: All Players! Do you remember those MP3 players that you used all the time before you got your new phone? Well we want them! The Tri-M Music Honor Society at Twin Valley High School is collecting as many of these MP3 Players as they can to be used as part of the Music and Memory Project.

Twin Valley School Board honors outstanding academic and athletic achievements |Apr 22, 2015

Twin Valley School Board honored outstanding academic and athletic achievements of high school students during its meeting April 20.

Elverson martial arts, self-defense and health and wellness instructor writes, publishes book ‘Martial Thought Matters’ |Apr 22, 2015

Anthony Lorenzo, a Chester County native and Elverson resident and the owner of Villari’s Self Defense Center in Elverson, has self-published the 157-page book, “Martial Thought Matters,” a guide to thinking about personal protection, self defense and the martial arts.

Robeson Township Board of Supervisors authorize OLDS ordinance draft |Apr 22, 2015

The Robeson Township Board of Supervisors reviewed and approved another draft of the On Lot Disposal System (OLDS) ordinance at a Tuesday meeting, April 21, and Allen Madeira, the township’s Sewage Enforcement Officer (SEO) proposed a fee schedule that will go into effect along with the ordinance.

Part 5 Vietnam 1970 - 1971: Meet Private Beetle Bailey’s Protégé |Apr 22, 2015

Shortly after taking up residence in base camp, I established a routine of going to a Vietnamese barber on a weekly basis. Each customer received the works: haircut, shave, shoulder massage and the unexpected neck crack, accomplished by the barber grabbing each side of your head firmly and giving it a quick 90 degree sharp turn.

Gilbertville’s Philly Pretzel Factory readies to celebrate National Pretzel Day |Apr 21, 2015

Every person that comes in gets a free pretzel from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 26 – National Pretzel Day.

A Safe Place After School: More than 100 middle schoolers enroll in free Brandywine Heights afterschool program |Apr 21, 2015

Through a United Way grant, Brandywine Community Task Force and YMCA hold a free afterschool program for Brandywine Heights Middle Schoolers four days a week.

Fleetwood Library celebrates 25 years with community party |Apr 21, 2015

Fleetwood Area Public Library celebrated its 25th anniversary with local patrons at the Fleetwood Community Center on Friday, April 17 from 5 to 7 p.m.

East Nantmeal Township EAC hosts Sustainability Series event on Local Food Systems April 28 |Apr 21, 2015

East Nantmeal Township Environmental Advisory Council hosts its April Sustainability Series event Local Food Systems, 7 p.m. April 28, at the East Nantmeal Township Building, 3383 Conestoga Road in Glenmoore.

DEP study reveals Lyme Disease risk in all 67 counties of Pennsylvania |Apr 21, 2015

For the first time, blacklegged (deer) ticks have now been observed in all 67 counties of Pennsylvania, according to researchers at The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The range expansion took place in just decades, as similar studies conducted in the mid-1960s found no specimens.

Hopewell Furnace hosts Civil War event On The Homefront |Apr 21, 2015

On May 2 and 3 Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site will celebrate the end of the Civil War and mourn the death of President Abraham Lincoln. Over 60 reenactors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, and Delaware will participate.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Hopewell Furnace |Apr 21, 2015

The National Park Service invites the public to celebrate Mother’s Day at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.

Twin Valley junior Brianna Bonaduce wins 2015 Congressional Art Competition’s Best in Show Award for her “Self Portrait |Apr 21, 2015

Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) congratulated Twin Valley High School junior Brianna Bonaduce on April 20 on winning “Best in Show” in the 2015 Congressional Art Contest in Pennsylvania’s 7th District.

Petra Church, New Holland, breaks ground for its new Student Life Center |Apr 21, 2015

The Student Life Center at Petra Church, New Holland, is one step closer to reality.

Frecon’s Cidery announces ‘Wassailing’; Orchard Festival to celebrate cider and the new growing season |Apr 21, 2015

Pennsylvania local hard cider producer, Frecon’s Cidery, is teaming up with event promoter, Starfish Junction Productions, to continue the English tradition of ‘wassailing’ in an American way.

On Tap |Apr 21, 2015

Send your event listings to content manager Matt D’Ippolito at mdippolito@21st-centurymedia.com to have them listed in On Tap! Deadline for submissions is noon Tuesday.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files April 22 edition |Apr 20, 2015

25 Years Ago April 25, 1990 >> The Hamburg Public Library trustees recently placed a plaque in the library to recognize persons and organizations for outstanding contributions to the library.

Hamburg Area Historical Society members model and hear about hats from ‘The Hat Lady’ |Apr 20, 2015

The Hamburg Area Historical Society took a trip down memory lane at their monthly meeting on Thursday, April 9. The group met either wearing a hat or receiving a hat at the door to wear during the event.

Frystown Lions Club welcome Lions District 14P District Governor-elect |Apr 20, 2015

Frystown Lions Club welcomed Lions District 14P District Governor-elect Ken Snyder, left, who spoke about his and his wife’s trip to Leader Dog training site in Rochester Hills, MI as well as Canine Partners for Life in Cochranville.

Hamburg student wins regional Rotary Speech Contest |Apr 20, 2015

Grace Kutz, a freshman at Hamburg Area High School, won the 4-Way Test Speech Contest sponsored by the North Region of Rotary District 7430, on April 11 at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville.

A Walk Thru The Bible Old Testament Seminar comes to Hamburg |Apr 20, 2015

A Walk Thru The Bible Old Testament Seminar is coming to Hamburg and you don’t want to miss it! Their fun, interactive LIVE Events are the flagship of this life changing international ministry.

Perry Elementary Center students’ cemetery field trip combines math and science |Apr 20, 2015

The third grade students at Perry Elementary took a walking field trip to the local cemetery to do rubbings of tombstones and to determine age.

Schuylkill Valley Community Library annual book sale draws crowd |Apr 20, 2015

The parking lot was filled to capacity on Friday, April 10, at 10 a.m., for the opening of the book sale at the Schuylkill Valley Community Library.

Colebrookdale Railroad celebrates Earth Day with Mudball Express |Apr 20, 2015

The Colebrookdale Railroad celebrated Earth Day on Saturday, April 18, with a Mudball Express excursion. During the hour long trip, passengers were encouraged to throw wild flower seed mudballs from the side of the train’s open car.

Ktown CommUnity Block Party |Apr 20, 2015

Kutztown Community Partnership hosted its biggest event, the Annual Kutztown CommUnity Block Party, on April 18, from 1 to 6 p.m. The Block Party is a way for small businesses, local residents, and Kutztown University students and faculty to come together for a day.

New Jerusalem Church Celebrates 175 Years: Celebrations began Sunday with special worship service |Apr 20, 2015

The very first cornerstone for the New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church was set in place, April 20, 1840, on half of an acre of land donated by Andrew Schiffert. I

Boyertown Borough announces Earth Day festivities |Apr 20, 2015

Earth Day in the Boyertown Community Park will be celebrated on April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event promises to be better than ever with many programs and activities.

Boyertown’s 61st Citzen of the Year takes new venue, introduces new award |Apr 20, 2015

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles was the place to be Saturday night as the who’s who of Boyertown gathered to celebrate this year’s Citizen of the Year and the Outstanding Citizens of the Year.

Boyertown EMS launches Operation Safe-Walk |Apr 20, 2015

With so many children having to walk to and from school, it is necessary that our community does its very best to keep our youth safe. To make sure this happens, Boyertown EMS has teamed up with Kutztown Area Transport Service and many other ambulance agencies throughout the Berks County area to form Operation Safe-Walk.

Hamburg Rotary Club hears about the Animal Rescue League of Berks County |Apr 19, 2015

Beth Ireland from the Animal Rescue League of Berks County presented a very informative program. The League has Foster programs, Book Buddies and many other services that many of us were not aware of.

Hamburg area calendar of events April 22 edition |Apr 19, 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 April 22 edition |Apr 19, 2015

Salem Belleman’s Church On Sunday, April 19, Salem Belleman’s Church, 3540 Belleman’s Church Road, Mohrsville, celebrated the Third Sunday of Easter at the regular Worship times of 7:45 and 10:15 a.

Colebrookdale Railroad to receive new ‘special recognition’ award at Boyertown’s Citizen of Year Awards Gala |Apr 19, 2015

This year’s 61st Annual Citizen of the Year Gala features a new award in the category of “special recognition.” The recipient of this award may be an individual, civic group, non-profit organization or a combination of all three.

Pottstown Roller Derby holds home opener; Skaters sign autographs for Girl Scouts |Apr 19, 2015

North Coventry Junior Girl Scout Troop #41475 attended the Pottstown Roller Derby Rockstars’ (PRDR) home opener on Saturday, April 11.

Kutztown, Fleetwood, Brandywine Heights, Oley Valley and Hamburg middle and high school students recognized for excelling in technology education and business courses or FBLA |Apr 17, 2015

By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@berksmontnews.com

Kutztown University students run through campus in Boxer Trot; KU fraternity raises $1,250 for charity |Apr 17, 2015

Running through campus in their boxers, about 15 racers helped raise funds for children.