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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.

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.

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’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 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.

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 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.

Fleetwood Kindergarteners meet ‘Number One Sam’ author; encouraged to create their own books |Apr 17, 2015

Fleetwood School District’s 165 kindergarten students met the author and illustrator of “Number One Sam” at Willow Creek Elementary on April 16.

Richmond Elementary Principal kisses pig for reading challenge |Apr 17, 2015

Richmond Elementary Principal Michelle Jackson kissed a pig on Friday, April 17.

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

Boyertown rescue crews report to rollover crash |Apr 17, 2015

On Saturday, April 11, at 9:55 p.m. Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a rollover crash with injuries and possible entrapment in Douglass Township, Berks, on Farmington Avenue at the industrial complex between Englesville Hill Road and Farmington Avenue to assist State Police.

PennDOT to resurface PA 10 and PA 724 in Berks County |Apr 17, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 5 announced today PA 10 and PA 724 in Berks County will be resurfaced beginning April 27.

High school exchange student shadows Senator Argall in Capitol |Apr 17, 2015

A Wilson Area High School exchange student from Norway, Sander Nygaard, spent Tuesday April 14 shadowing Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) at the state Capitol.

Hamburg area directors reject new contract for teachers |Apr 16, 2015

The size of the audience who attended the meeting of Hamburg Area School directors on April 13 caused a change in the meeting location to the high school auditorium.

Tri-county support group formed for families dealing with drug addiction |Apr 16, 2015

Carly Umstead’s war against heroin has been a hard eight-year fight that started when she was just 12 years old.

Two taken into custody for armed robbery in Hamburg |Apr 16, 2015

The Hamburg Borough Police Department is investigation an armed robbery that occurred on Monday, April 13, at approximately 11:40 p.m.

Albright College to host author of ‘Inside the Hotel Rwanda’ |Apr 16, 2015

Kerry Zukus, co-author of Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story…and Why It Matters Today, will speak at Albright College on Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m., about the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the accuracy of the 2004 film “Hotel Rwanda.

Colebrookdale’s ‘Mudball’ rail ride means wildflowers for mom |Apr 16, 2015

Kids love mud, and moms love flowers.

Boyertown Schools get $3,000 in tax issue settlement |Apr 16, 2015

The Boyertown Area School District will get $3,000 as the result of an agreement with Gravel Pike 50, LLC.

United Way Of Boyertown Area adds ‘Happy 2 Be Home’ as 17th member |Apr 16, 2015

The United Way of Boyertown Area Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of “Happy 2 be Home” as their 17th member agency plus a special distribution of $2,000 to further their 2015 efforts in the Boyertown area.

From gloom to bloom: Community readies for Beautify Birdsboro Day |Apr 16, 2015

The 2nd Annual Beautify Birdsboro Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 25.

SUV crashes into farm tractor in Amity |Apr 16, 2015

Alcohol may have been the cause of a collision between an SUV and a tractor Monday night, April 13, in Amity Township.

Boone board president blasts rumor mill |Apr 16, 2015

In an attempt to move forward with the Daniel Boone School Board’s continuing budget and curriculum agendas, board President Richard Martino read at Monday night’s meeting a prepared statement to dispel the “erroneous comments made either at the podium or on social media.

Berks County appeals to state legislators for 911 funding |Apr 16, 2015

The Berks County commissioners moved their meeting off-site for the first time Thursday, April 9, to draw the attention of state legislators to an issue that they have been emphasizing for several years — a better way to fund the 911 system.

Daniel Boone superintendent leaves for special ed position in Boyertown |Apr 16, 2015

Daniel Boone Area School District Superintendent Marybeth Torchia has found a new home at the Boyertown Area School District.

Exeter Township School District to host STEM Open House |Apr 16, 2015

The Exeter Township School District will host a STEM open house and activity night for students (grades kdg-8) and their families to explore different technologies and STEM concepts that are integrated into the current curriculum.

Sen. Schwank: 5 New Farms Added to PA’s Farmland Preservation Program |Apr 16, 2015

Berks County’s reputation as a leader in farmland preservation grew by another 406 acres on April 16 when the Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board added five farms to the historic program.

Historic St. Marks Episcopal Church’s new Rev. Marcia C. Wilkinson presides over her first Easter in Honey Brook |Apr 15, 2015

West Nantmeal Township is home to a beautiful, quaint church and cemetery perched on a high hill overlooking western Chester County. Founded by the Welch in 1835, St. Marks Episcopal Church and cemetery at 1040 Chestnut Tree Road, Honey Brook, has lived on there from generation to generation.

Chester County County Commissioners award funding to Chester County Historical Society as part of Women’s History Month recognition |Apr 15, 2015

Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell, Kathi Cozzone and Michelle Kichline presented a check for $72,000 to the Chester County Historical Society at this week’s Sunshine Meeting.

Tel Hai hosts 9th Annual ‘Day in the Country’ Open House May 9 |Apr 15, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community invites the public to the 9th Annual ‘Day in the Country’ Open House on Saturday, May 9, 2015, with free activities and programming scheduled from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Tel Hai donates 425 pounds of food to Twin Valley Food Pantry |Apr 15, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community collected 425 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable food during March to support the Twin Valley Food Pantry in Morgantown. Celebrating National Nutrition Month, Tel Hai collected food items contributed by residents, staff and greater community members over a four-week period.

Berks County News: Empire Group celebrates 60 year anniversary: 1955-2015 |Apr 15, 2015

Empire Wrecking Co., of Reading, was founded by Harry “Whitey” O’Neill Jr. in 1955 to provide demolition services to Berks County and surrounding areas.

Rare $20 bill dated 1929 from The First National Bank of Honey Brook auctioned at Library Art Auction April 25 |Apr 15, 2015

Aare $20 bill dated 1929 from The First National Bank of Honey Brook will be auctioned at Honey Brook Community Library’s Art Auction fundraising event, held 6 p.m. on April 25 at Heatherwood Retirement Community, 3180 Horseshoe Pike (Route 322), Honey Brook.

Chester County government’s bond issue nets $5.4 million in savings |Apr 15, 2015

Favorable market conditions combined with the reaffirmation of three Triple-A bond ratings resulted in refinancing savings of more than $5.4 million for Chester County government on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

Morgantown Carnival Committee finalizes amusements; fireworks |Apr 15, 2015

Morgantown’s Carnival “Committee of Ten,” led by Pauly Whiteman, whom also serves as a Caernarvon Township (Berks) Supervisor, is firing on all cylinders—err—“candles.

Tel Hai summer youth volunteer applications available |Apr 15, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community invites community youth— between the ages of 12 and 16— who are looking for meaningful summer volunteer opportunities to consider the Tel Hai.

Caernarvon Township, Berks Supervisors estimate $133,000 needed to repair three roads |Apr 15, 2015

The Caernarvon Township, Berks, Board of Supervisors’ Engineer William Witman opened bids for road materials and presented the board with plans for upcoming road repairs at an estimated cost of $133,000 for three roads at an April 14 meeting.

Tel Hai hosts Life Enrichment Lecture ‘Fragile Freedoms’ |Apr 15, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community invites the public to a life enrichment lecture entitled “Fragile Freedoms” featuring The Hopewell Furnace National Historic Sites’ Christine Emmert on Friday, May 1 at 7 p.