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Saucony Creek Regional Authority sewer module exemption struck down |Dec 17, 2014

After a successful appeal by the Kutztown Borough Council, the Environmental Hearing Board struck down the sewer module exemption awarded to Maxatawny Township by the Department of Environmental Protection, according to esquire to the council, Keith Mooney.

Three families purchase toys for Haylee’s Christmas Tree Project |Dec 17, 2014

Three families from the Living Waters Fellowship congregation purchased toys for Haylee’s Christmas Tree Project.

Sixth annual Christmas celebration gets Birdsboro in holiday spirit |Dec 17, 2014

Crowds huddled closely to keep warm Dec. 13 at the sixth annual Christmas in Birdsboro celebration held in Main Bird Park. The event included horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, food and craft vendors, and the biggest crowd pleaser of all — fireworks.

Jay Leno brings his comedy to Berks County |Dec 17, 2014

Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist Jay Leno will be at the Santander Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Feb.

Boone board honors life-saving student |Dec 16, 2014

The Daniel Boone School Board honored high school senior Trevor Biggerstaff, who saved a man’s life on Aug. 29 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. during the Monday, Dec. 15 meeting. A letter from Ronald and Linda Burchett, of Glasgow, Ky, praised Biggerstaff for “stepping up” to perform the Heimlich Maneuver and save Ron’s life.

Diverse skills offered by Amity Township Police Department |Dec 16, 2014

Various Amity Township Police officers have been in the news for apprehending suspected arsonists, burglars, and drug dealers, as well as helping the public during emergency situations.

Horses, guests celebrate Holiday Open House at Ryerss Farm |Dec 16, 2014

As told by Horses Henry, Caputo and Mark

American Legion Post 537 Morgantown placed wreaths placed at graves of veterans at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery |Dec 16, 2014

On Dec. 13, American Legion Post 537 Morgantown made their annual trip from Morgantown to Indiantown Gap National Cemetery to lay wreaths for Wreaths Across America. We rented two buses to take the Boy Scouts and the Legion Members.

D.A.: Pennsburg ex-Marine on loose after Montco killing rampage |Dec 16, 2014

A Pennsburg man who authorities say went on a killing spree early Monday morning, slaying his ex-wife and five of her family members in three Montgomery County communities, remained at large as of press time Tuesday after SWAT teams surrounded two residences where he was thought to be holed up and a police manhunt intensified as the day progressed.

Poverty levels in Kutztown Borough a concern for Kutztown School District Superintendent |Dec 16, 2014

Kutztown School District’s Superintendent expressed concerns about the poverty levels in Kutztown Borough during the Kutztown School Board meeting on Dec. 12.

Christmas story comes to life at Live Nativity at Garden Spot Village, New Holland |Dec 16, 2014

With Christmas around the corner, the retirement community at the Garden Spot Village in New Holland embraced the festive spirit on Dec. 9 and 10.

Twin Valley Rotary Club scholarships available for Honey Brook, Morgantown and Elverson students |Dec 16, 2014

The Rotary Club of Twin Valley, in conjunction with the Gundaker Foundation of Rotary District 7450, announces availability of Undergraduate and Graduate Grant Awards for students from the communities of Honey Brook, Morgantown and Elverson, for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Tri County Record Community Calendar of Events & Notices |Dec 16, 2014

Ongoing & Upcoming Events Shepherd’s Kitchen at Honey Brook Presbyterian Church FREE meal: Dec. 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 4331 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook. 610-273-2848 or email pastor@honeybrookpres.

Kutztown home owner on Louella Drive spreads holiday cheer through lights, decorations |Dec 16, 2014

Holiday lights and decorations have drawn attention to a Kutztown home for the past couple of years.

Tel Hai art Classes: Make a Resolution to Try Something New |Dec 16, 2014

Watercolor painting classes will resume on the Tel Hai campus in January. Would you like to give it a try? Aspiring artists of all skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Local artist and instructor, Loretta Gable Englerth, will begin a six-week session of instruction on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 9:00am.

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Shady Hollow raises $1,000 for assisted riding program |Dec 16, 2014

Horse lovers showed their support for Shady Hollow Assisted Riding at the annual Hooves and Hot Cocoa event Saturday, Dec. 13.

Boy Scout Troop 555 and Cub Scout Pack 595 remember Pearl Harbor in Birdsboro |Dec 16, 2014

Local Scout Troops remembered those who lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor attacks and honored veterans with a flag raising ceremony Sunday, Dec. 7.

Bradley Stone, suspected killer of 6, found dead |Dec 16, 2014

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> The manhunt for suspected mass murderer Bradley Stone has ended with his apparent suicide.

DA: Six dead, search continues for gunman in connected Montgomery County shootings |Dec 15, 2014

Pennsburg >> Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman has identified the man who allegedly went on a shooting spree this morning as Bradley William Stone and announced that the death toll has risen to six.

‘Trains, trees and gingerbread’ chug along at Reading Railroad Heritage Museum in Hamburg |Dec 15, 2014

Back again at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum, in Hamburg, is the “Trains, trees and gingerbread” exhibit. The large model railroad is chugging along to some new scenery in the exhibit area just in time for the holidays.

Santa stops in Shoemakersville for workshop |Dec 15, 2014

Santa took a break from his busy schedule at the North Pole to pay a visit to Shoemakersville for Perry PTO’s Santa’s Workshop earlier this month at Perry Elementary Center. The event, attended by hundreds of school children and their families, offered low-cost crafts and games like Comet’s Reindeer Cookies, as well as delicious food and lot of raffle and door prizes.

Economic Development Summit focuses on three major Hamburg area projects |Dec 15, 2014

Hamburg area residents gathered at the Hamburg Area High School on Wednesday evening, Dec. 10, for an Economic Development Summit for Hamburg hosted by Our Town Foundation.

Penn State students can Hamburg for THON |Dec 15, 2014

When people think of the holidays, a few things come to mind such as traditions, family, presents and helping others. That last one was seen in a big way during the weekend of Dec. 6 and 7 in Downtown Hamburg.

Hamburg area church calendar |Dec 15, 2014

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 |Dec 15, 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.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Dec 15, 2014

25 Years Ago Dec. 20, 1989 >> George A. Francis, 77, of 1510 Pottsville Pike, Shoemakersville, died December 16, in Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Mable (Lengel) Francis. He had worked as a printer for the Hamburg Item for 45years, retiring in 1974.

Volunteer reading tutors needed for Ready.Set.READ! program in Hamburg |Dec 15, 2014

Help make a difference in a child’s life! Volunteers are needed to tutor second grade students who are struggling with reading at Perry and Tilden Elementary Schools. No previous teaching experience is required.

Hamburg Rotary hears about Rotary Friendship Exchange |Dec 15, 2014

Cindy Hornaman who is the Rotary Friendship Exchange chair person spoke to the club about hosting a group of Rotarians from Whales. President Titus Miller welcomes her.

Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce Members compete for Ugliest Holiday Sweater or Hat titles |Dec 15, 2014

Ugly holiday sweaters, hats and ties were pulled out of the back of closets and dusted off for the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Luncheon Dec. 12.

Fair weather helps Pottstown house tour delight hundreds |Dec 15, 2014

POTTSTOWN >> This year there was no rain, there was no epic snow storm — just crowds.

National Penn donates $25,000 to Opportunity House; Contribution to support group’s ‘Ready to Read’ program |Dec 13, 2014

On Dec. 4, National Penn Bancshares, Inc. announced a $25,000 contribution to Opportunity House. The donation is part of more than $1,000,000 contributed this year to eligible organizations across its marketplace by National Penn through its participation in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

Reel Experiences with Rob Humanick: Laughter and tears mingle in bittersweet ‘The Skeleton Twins’ |Dec 12, 2014

More than likely than not, the cast of “The Skeleton Twins” will be looked over in the new year when Oscar nominations are announced.

Exeter Township emergency services remain in distress |Dec 12, 2014

After a two and a half hour discussion between Exeter Ambulance Association and the Exeter Township Volunteer Fire Department, supervisors will ultimately decide how to revitalize 911 services for the township.

Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center Christmas on the Farm featured PA Dutch traditions, food & Belsnickel |Dec 12, 2014

The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University was bustling with holiday activity for Christmas on the Farm Dec. 6.

FOOTBALL: Eight PAC-10 athletes honored at Tall Cedars |Dec 11, 2014

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‘I love you infinity pie squared!’: A mother’s gut-wrenching tale to save her only son from heroin addiction—and how she lost the fight (Part II) |Dec 11, 2014

For Diane Shepler and her family, daughter Courtney and husband Todd Klinger, the joy of at last having her son Tyler return home was short-lived.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Community Realty strengthens Pennsylvania presence |Dec 11, 2014

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate today announced the addition of Community Realty to its franchise network. At the helm of the newly formed brokerage are co-owners John Colarusso, Phoenixville entrepreneur, and leading Phoenixville real estate sales professional, Jennifer Daywalt.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice Of Life: Serving up chocolate...very hot |Dec 11, 2014

You simply can’t go wrong with chocolate and since Americans consume 2.8 BILLION pounds of it per year, it’s safe to say I’m not the only one who agrees with that sentiment. The irony of my extolling the virtues of chocolate is the fact that I was allergic to it as a child.

Tri County Record Community Calendar of Events & Notices |Dec 11, 2014

Ongoing & Upcoming Events Shepherd’s Kitchen at Honey Brook Presbyterian Church FREE meal: Dec. 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 4331 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook. 610-273-2848 or email pastor@honeybrookpres.

Conestoga Christian Repeat Champions |Dec 11, 2014

Conestoga Christian School hosted its 17th annual Cougar Classic basketball tournament on December 5-6. The Cougars hosted Berks Christian, Salem Christian, and the Christian School of York. For the second straight year the Cougars won their Tip-Off Classic.

BWIC to present Voices For Change Awards at 2014 Celebration of Peace |Dec 11, 2014

On Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, Berks Women in Crisis (BWIC) will hold the ninth annual Celebration of Peace, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Yashek Social Hall of the Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom, Wyomissing.

Kutztown Community Partnership’s Christmas in Kutztown spreads holiday spirit, despite rain |Dec 11, 2014

Kutztown Community Partnership’s Christmas in Kutztown helped families get into the holiday spirit, despite the cold and rain on Saturday.

Friends of the Kutztown Community Library’s Holiday House Tour offered look at 7 Kutztown historical homes |Dec 11, 2014

The 2014 Kutztown Holiday House Tour offered attendees a glimpse into the architectural past of Kutztown on Dec. 7.

State’s largest transit system merger to save $4.7 million |Dec 11, 2014

Officials from PennDOT, Berks County, Lancaster County, the Berks Area Regional Transit Authority (BARTA) and the Red Rose Transit Authority (RRTA) held a media event today to celebrate the state’s largest transit consolidation that will save the counties $4.

Caernarvon Township Supervisors discuss proposed budget, blighted property ordinance |Dec 10, 2014

The Caernarvon Township Supervisors met Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. to pass the proposed 2015 budget and tax resolution and to address township issues, which included a proposed “blighted property” ordinance, the appointment of a deputy tax collector and unpaid permit fees.

Christmas at Joanna: historic Joanna Furnace lit up for the holidays |Dec 10, 2014

There was much to do at Joanna Furnace this weekend to celebrate Christmas.

Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher brings hopeful message to Berks campus |Dec 10, 2014

A teacher’s job often extends beyond education to inspire, encourage and prepare students for the future; sometimes even to save their lives.

Douglassville Girl Scout Troop 11158 earns Bronze Award |Dec 10, 2014

After a year of working on all the requirements needed, Girl Scout Junior Troop 11158 of Douglassville, Pa., earned their Girl Scout Bronze Award. This award requires the girls to learn about their community and choose a service project that will give them experience in serving people.

Gilbertsville resident volunteers, raises puppies for Canine Companions for Independence |Dec 10, 2014

Raising a puppy is a tough job. From the normal tasks of teaching it to not chew the furniture and not eat anything it’s not supposed to, to teaching basic commands. But in the end, “sit”,“stay”, and “roll over” are usually sufficient enough.