Boyertown student shares experience as volunteer firefighter |Feb 17, 2017

Around 5 p.m. on a weeknight, high school junior David Reitnauer got one of his most first memorable calls.

Homes, vehicles burglarized while victims slept |Feb 17, 2017

Several overnight burglaries were reported in Ruscombmanor Township on Feb. 6. Victims were asleep while someone entered their homes and vehicles to take money.

Ford Explorer rolls after collision with truck on I-78 |Feb 17, 2017

A Ford Explorer failed to yield to traffic while entering Interstate 78 in Tilden Township and struck a tractor trailer truck. The impact sent the Ford Explorer rolling over the guard rail and down an embankment early on Feb.

Tilden creates Adopt A Road to clean up litter |Feb 17, 2017

Residents of Tilden Township and surrounding areas are offering their services in keeping the roadsides litter free.

Public hearing scheduled to permanently close Birdsboro Elementary Center |Feb 17, 2017

AMITY >> The Daniel Boone Area School Board is taking the next step to permanently close the Birdsboro Elementary Center in 2018.

Montgomery County child poverty, health, education discussed at roundtable |Feb 17, 2017

WHITPAIN >> It wasn’t until 2015 that the percentage of Montgomery County children living in poverty dropped back down to below the 2008 pre-recession level, Public Citizens for Children & Youth reported in its October 2016 “Left Out: The Status of Children in Montgomery County.

Kempton Fair Committee seeks sponsors, vendors, volunteers for 2017 Fair |Feb 17, 2017

The Kempton Fair – the one you remember from years ago, starting in 1957 – is alive and well and living in beautiful Kempton, Berks County. The Kempton Fair Committee seeks sponsors, vendors and volunteers for the 2017 Kempton Fair.

Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce hosts 1st Working Lunch |Feb 16, 2017

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce introduced the new Working Lunch series, holding the first program on wellness at Keystone Villa at Fleetwood on Feb. 15.

Hamburg School Board reviews elementary after-school program |Feb 16, 2017

Hamburg Area school directors are looking at an after-school program for the district’s elementary school students.

Girl Scouts have fun at father-daughter dance |Feb 16, 2017

The 28th annual Valentine Dance, sponsored by the Boyertown Service Unit of Girl Scouts of Eastern PA was held on Friday, Feb. 10 at New Hanover Methodist Church in Montgomery County. Girl Scouts and their father/significant male mentors danced, made bookmarks for local retirement communities and contributed canned goods for the Boyertown Salvation Army.

‘How to Be a Cat’ book-signing at Studio B opening reception |Feb 16, 2017

Tired of the stress and complications of modern life? Does watching your cat sleeping in sunbeams look like heaven to you?

Solidarity March shows Kutztown University is no place for hate |Feb 16, 2017

Chanting “No hate, no fear. Everyone is welcome here,” the coalition Kutztown Resist marched on Kutztown University’s campus Feb. 16 in response to a national hate group posting propaganda on campus.

Berks County woman arrested for prostitution on Valentine’s Day |Feb 16, 2017

cumru twp. >> Police have arrested a 44-year-old Berks County woman on charges that she agreed to perform sexual acts in exchange for money.

Studio B hosts ‘Muse,’ exhibit and book release combining literary and visual art |Feb 16, 2017

“Muse,” the Studio B’s fourth annual show and book release combining literary and visual art opens Feb. 17, with a reception from 5 to 8:p.m. at Studio B, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown, The exhibit runs until March 12.

Dent cosponsors bill to make colorectal cancer screenings more accessible, affordable |Feb 15, 2017

Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) on Feb. 14 joined his fellow colleagues, Representatives Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D, NJ-10) and Leonard Lance (R, NJ-7), in introducing legislation to eliminate an unintended, hidden cost for Medicare beneficiaries who undergo colorectal cancer screenings.

Nykolai A. Blichar selected to serve as student trustee on KU Council of Trustees |Feb 15, 2017

Kutztown University senior Nykolai A. Blichar has been selected to serve as a student trustee on the Kutztown University Council of Trustees. Appointed by the Council of Trustees, and confirmed by Governor Tom Wolf, Blichar will represent the nearly 8,500 students enrolled at the university.

Salem EC, Lenhartsville, hosts 18th Annual Yard Sale |Feb 15, 2017

Bargain-priced goods and home-baked treats will be available at Salem EC Church on Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4, during the church’s annual yard sale. The event will be held rain or shine in the church’s indoor gymnasium.

FriendFest Feb. 25 benefits Optimist programs, helps Friend end poverty |Feb 15, 2017

FriendFest 2017 is approaching rapidly. Feb. 25 is the date for the 9th Annual FriendFest Beer and Wine tasting event to be held in Beltzner Hall on the Kutztown Fairgrounds. Featuring beer and wine tasting, live music, delicious food and various vendors, all proceeds going to help the Optimist Club of Kutztown’s children’s programs in local communities, as well as assisting Friend, Inc.

Chestnut Knoll celebrates participants of FOX Rehabilitation Optimal Living Program |Feb 15, 2017

Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is committed to the overall quality of life for residents and has seen spectacular results and improvement in residents’ function, thanks to FOX Rehabilitation.

Code Blue issued for Montgomery County through Friday |Feb 15, 2017

Norristown >> The Montgomery County Commissioners, on the advice of the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, have declared a Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency for Montgomery County based on a review of forecasts from the National Weather Service.

Virginville Ice Harvest spotlights 150-old processes |Feb 15, 2017

Sunny skies and moderate temperatures kept ice, but not visitors, away at the fourth annual Ice Harvest at a historic Berks County farm site this Saturday, Feb. 11.

SEVEN IN SEVEN: Gozu thunders into city; Pop Evil, Japandroids and others have local dates |Feb 15, 2017

Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday we take a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.

Boyertown Area School District to sponsor drug abuse program for parents |Feb 14, 2017

Local organizations have come together to tackle tough questions facing parents.

Chestnut Knoll community yard sale benefits Relay for Life |Feb 14, 2017

Help support Relay for Life! Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is pleased to invite the public to the Annual Boyertown Community Indoor Yard Sale, with proceeds benefiting Relay for Life.

Kutztown family hosts Gala, helps future women in politics |Feb 14, 2017

Guests filled Kutztown Fire Company’s Banquet Hall to dance the night away on Feb. 11 to benefit Democratic women in politics.

Hundreds attend special ‘Night to Shine’ prom at Morningstar |Feb 13, 2017

For the second year in a row, Morningstar Fellowship of Bechtelsville has joined hundreds of churches worldwide in hosting Night to Shine, a prom night for teens and adults with special needs.

Pottstown church commemorates NAACP anniversary, Black History Month |Feb 13, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Sunday marked the anniversary of the founding of the NAACP and one area church recognized the decades worth of work the organization has done in the service of civil rights.

Brandywine kindergarten student wins fire truck ride to school |Feb 13, 2017

Brandywine Heights Elementary kindergarten student Jayden Snoke won a morning drop-off at school by the Oley Valley Fire Company and rode to school on a fire truck on Jan. 26. Snoke had tickets for a drawing that took place during the Oley Valley Chili Cook-Off.

Downed branches over wires closes Commons Road, Maxatawny |Feb 13, 2017

High winds Sunday night and Monday morning caused a number of trees and branches to fall across the area. This large branch fell against wires and blocked Commons Road between Noble Street and Baldy Road in Maxatawny Township.

Douglass (Mont.) gives preliminary OK to 240-home project on Zern tract |Feb 13, 2017

DOUGLASS (Mont.) >> Township supervisors unanimously granted preliminary land development approval, and several waivers, to a long-consider project that will site 240 townhomes on 285 acres in Gilbertsville.

Kutztown, Fleetwood Rotary Clubs honor January Students of the Month |Feb 13, 2017

Ayla Blatt of Kutztown Area High School, Nathanael Fay of Brandywine Heights High School, and Nate Guldin of Ole Valley High School, were honored by Kutztown and Fleetwood Rotary Clubs as students of the month in ceremonies at the Kutztown Grange, Feb.

Bridge repairs may nix Pottstown paving plans |Feb 13, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Two recent bridge inspections may mean bad news for paving borough streets this summer.

Pottstown wins national essay contest, gets 30 sit-stand classroom desks |Feb 13, 2017

To sit or to stand, is not only the question but also the option that Pottstown High School students will now have in class.

Pottstown mulls Pollock Park upgrade |Feb 13, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Residents got a chance to have their say Monday night about how Pollock Park can be improved and upgraded.

Northeastern Berks EMS begins services Feb. 19 |Feb 13, 2017

The newly formed non-profit organization Northeastern Berks EMS in Kutztown will begin offering emergency medical services starting Feb. 19.

Fire crews respond to fire at Turkey Hill, Blandon |Feb 13, 2017

Fire crews responded to a reported fire in the bathroom at the Turkey Hill in Blandon on Feb. 13.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Slice of Carnival/Mardi Gras with New Orleans Suspects and Bonerama at Ardmore Music Hall |Feb 13, 2017

Yeah, Fat Tuesday isn’t till Feb. 28, but Mardi Gras time in New Orleans has officially been underway since approximately Feb. 10.

Shartlesville Couple arrested for methamphetamine trafficking |Feb 13, 2017

Kirsten Lynn Dickerscheid, 27, and Zachary Scott Himmelberger, 24, both of 35 N. 4th Street, Shartlesville, were arrested for methamphetamine trafficking.

Multi-vehicle accident in Exeter closes Perkiomen Avenue for 2 hours |Feb 12, 2017

EXETER >> A multi-vehicle accident shut down parts of Perkiomen Avenue for two hours Friday as police investigated the scene.

Hundreds of Chester County residents take the plunge in icy waters |Feb 12, 2017

POCOPSON >> Not many people would shed their clothes, put on a swimming suit and plunge into 39-degree water in the middle of winter.

House fire in Exeter temporarily shuts down Route 422 |Feb 12, 2017

EXETER >> A house fire that broke out Saturday afternoon shut down Route 422 for close to an hour.

A LIFE WELL LIVED: Retail legend Albert Boscov is remembered |Feb 12, 2017

Exeter >> The announcement came late Friday evening: Albert Boscov, Pennsylvania’s iconic retailer — leader of the department store chain that bears his family name — had passed away at 87.

Donations doubled for Steel River fundraiser through Valentine’s Day |Feb 11, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> The folks at Steel River Playhouse would like you to show them some love for Valentine’s Day.

Hamburg High School Interns gain head start on finding career path |Feb 11, 2017

Ten Hamburg Area High School students are getting a head start on finding their career paths through the internship program.

John Seitzinger Jr. recognized for 60 years of service to Lions Club |Feb 11, 2017

“For character, devotion in leadership in District 14-P of Lions International and humanitarian service,” were the words on the plaque that Lions 14-P District Governor Gustave Meyer III presented to John J.

Berks Encore’s Strausstown center offers limited van service for center activities |Feb 11, 2017

Berks Encore’s Strausstown center now offers limited transportation service to and from the center for center activities and special events. With support from the Berks County Area Agency on Aging and the Freedom Auto Group, the Strausstown center is now in possession of an eight-seat Toyota Siena van.

Vehicle slid on icy roadway, rolled on Ontelaunee Drive |Feb 11, 2017

Emergency crews respond to a vehicle that slid on icy roadway and rolled early on Feb. 10. Accident was on Ontelaunee Drive between Ashley Way and Kindts Corner Road in Ontelaunee Twp.

Retail icon Albert Boscov dies at 87 after battle with cancer |Feb 11, 2017

Reading >> Albert Boscov, the legendary Pennsylvania retailer who ran the largest family-owned department store chain in the country for more than 65 years, died Friday at age 87.

Transportation officials seeking input on outreach efforts |Feb 11, 2017

In one way or another, our transportation system affects our lives on a daily basis. We travel back and forth to work, school, shopping, medical appointments or recreation activities. The goods that we consume are shipped between factories, warehouses and stores.

Rehrersburg Lions Club grows again |Feb 11, 2017

Candles of differing colors told the story of Lions and its major components of International, District, and Club as Lions Zone Chairman Bob Argot inducted two new members into the Rehrersburg Lions Club.