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Behind the scenes of ‘The Music Man’ performed by Hamburg Drama Hawks |Mar 24, 2017

Hamburg Area Drama Hawks performed “The Music Man” on March 17, 18, and 19.

Pennsylvania American Water awards grants to Berks County fire departments |Mar 24, 2017

Pennsylvania American Water announced today that seven emergency service organizations across Berks County received grants through the company’s annual Firefighting Support Grant Program. The company launched the program in 2009 to help local fire departments and emergency services in purchasing safety gear, lifesaving equipment, training materials and essential firefighting apparatus.

Hamburg area students speak passionately about causes at Rotary Speech Contest |Mar 24, 2017

Explaining how the welfare of senior citizens benefit all in the community, Jose Galaraza was declared winner of a 4-Way Speech Contest on Thursday, March 23. The local-level event was held at Hamburg Area High School and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hamburg.

PASSHE Op-Ed: State System strategic review key to Kutztown University’s future |Mar 24, 2017

As a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is part of the strategic review being undertaken by the State System—a top-to-bottom examination of the operations of all 14 System universities and the Office of the Chancellor.

Fleetwood girl, 11, mingles with celebs at New York premiere of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ |Mar 24, 2017

Rodeo Marie Hanson, 11, of Fleetwood, spent her most recent birthday in a unique way. Rodeo was a guest at the Special Screening and New York Premiere of Walt Disney’s “Beauty And The Beast.

Driver killed in head-on crash in Exeter Township |Mar 24, 2017

EXETER >> A vehicle crash Friday afternoon has left one man dead, according to authorities.

Shillington Lions Club donates chairs for heart failure patients in new Community Paramedicine Program |Mar 24, 2017

Reading Health System has embarked on a community partnership that is improving the health of congestive heart failure patients who are discharged from Reading Health’s inpatient unit and need in-home support.

Fleetwood FBLA community service project makes positive impact on residents at Keystone Villa |Mar 24, 2017

Fleetwood High School’s chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is conducting its own community service project, run by FBLA members Alicia Stitzel, Chris Logar, and Maija Kotsch.

Hawk Mountain, Kempton, hosts author of ‘Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird’ |Mar 24, 2017

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will host author Katie Fallon on Saturday, April 8 at 2 p.m. as she presents a look into her newest book, ‘Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird.”

MedExpert tells Senate state could lower medical costs with new technology |Mar 24, 2017

An experienced health care management firm told members of the Senate Majority Policy Committee on March 21 that the state could see an 8 to 15 percent reduction in all medical costs through the use of new technology and evidence-based medicine.

Church volunteers prepare and serve meal for Hope Rescue Mission |Mar 24, 2017

On Thursday, March 16, a group of women were busy in the kitchen at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church preparing shepherd’s pie — one hundred servings worth — for the men at Hope Rescue Mission.

Fleetwood sends 18 students to Berks Jr. High County Band |Mar 24, 2017

Fleetwood Middle and High School are proud to send 18 students to the Berks Jr. High County Band festival, held on April 1 at Kutztown High School.

Car rolls on 501 Bethel Township, driver ejected and killed |Mar 24, 2017

A Womelsdorf man was killed after his vehicle rolled numerous times on Route 501 in Bethel Township at 1:15 a.m. on March 24.

Fire crews put out truck fire on 78 |Mar 24, 2017

Fire crews from Kutztown, Virginville and Kempton Fire Companies put out a tractor trailer fire on Interstate 78 eastbound in Greenwich Township at noon on March 23. There were no injuries. The driver had pulled over after seeing smoke under the hood.

Bowers pianist, 18, performs in All-Eastern Honors Band |Mar 24, 2017

More than 800 of the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern region of the United States have been selected to perform in the 2017 NAfME All‑Eastern Honors Ensembles.

Salem EC, Lenhartsville, hosts annual Sportsmen’s Banquet April 29 |Mar 24, 2017

Trappers and archers and fishermen, oh my! All will find fun at the 5th Annual Sportsmen’s Banquet at Salem EC Church, Lenhartsville, on Saturday, April 29. The evening will feature trapper Brian Mohn, who will share furs and stories gathered from adventures starting in Berks County and spreading to Canada.

High winds cause electrical fire at radio transmission site in Bethel Township |Mar 23, 2017

State Police Reading investigated an accidental fire that occurred at a radio transmission site, Ministries of Yahew Inc., 90 Stauffer Road, Bethel Township, at 1:04 p.m. on March 22.

Vehicle strikes support pole of former Balthaser building, Hamburg |Mar 23, 2017

On Wednesday March 22, a vehicle struck a support pole of the building overhang at Third and State streets in Hamburg. The property was previously owned by the late Sally Balthaser.

Topton high speed police chase ends with flipped Jeep |Mar 23, 2017

A Macungie man lead State Police on a high speed chase through Topton that ended in his vehicle flipping over onto its side on March 22 at 11:45 a.m.

2 vehicles collide on Route 61 |Mar 23, 2017

On Thursday March, 23, two vehicles collided at the intersection of Route 61 and Snyder Road in Ontelaunee Township.

Students win big at Kutztown |Mar 23, 2017

Kutztown Superintendent George F. Fiore recognized student achievements during the March 22 school board meeting, including Odyssey of the Mind teams, Berks County Spelling Bee third place winner, and National History Day winners.

Driving too fast for traffic leads to 4-vehicle crash in Penn Township |Mar 23, 2017

State Police Reading report that Pamela Pluguez, 22, Pottstown, was stopped in traffic traveling east on Bernville Road when Ian Kennedy, 34, Shillington, was traveling behind her vehicle too fast to stop in time.

PUC issues emergency order at Berks Wastewater Treatment Plant |Mar 23, 2017

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has issued an Emergency Order directing North Heidelberg Sewer Co. (NHSC) and Metropolitan Edison Co. (Met-Ed) to maintain full and proper operations at North Heidelberg Township’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Soup’s on! Celebrate spring with five fresh recipes |Mar 22, 2017

After a warm February and snowy March, it’s officially spring ­­‑ a time when chefs eagerly await tendrils, shoots and other tempting ingredients for seasonal soups.

Boyertown School District will defend transgender policy against lawsuit |Mar 22, 2017

BOYERTOWN >> In response to a lawsuit challenging the Boyertown Area School District’s transgender policy, the superintendent said the district “contests the claims and will appropriately respond and defend its actions that we believe were consistent and compliant with the law.

Boyertown Junior High West Dance Marathon raises $30,000 to fight cancer |Mar 22, 2017

On Friday, March 17, Boyertown Junior High West held their 13th annual Dance Marathon. The West Dance Marathon committee set a goal of $20,000 for the event — the students raised just over $30,000.

Boyertown student sues school district over same-sex locker room |Mar 21, 2017

BOYERTOWN >> A high school student and his parents have sued the Boyertown Area School District claiming the district’s transgender policy violated his right to privacy.

PHOTOS: Boyertown Wellness Fair promotes healthy living |Mar 21, 2017

The Wellness Council of Boyertown had their 12th Annual Wellness Fair on Saturday. The event included more than 50 vendors and hundreds of people in attendance. Through the day, there were several healthy breakout sessions on topics such as nutritious snacks and how gratefulness is good for health.

Kutztown Middle School wins 4th overall at Regional Science Olympiad |Mar 21, 2017

The Kutztown Middle School Science Olympiad team who placed 4th overall at the Centraleastern Regional Science Olympiad competition held at Kutztown University on March 17. There were 23 individual events with Kutztown Middle School receiving a combined 14 medal count.

Talisman Players present ‘George Washington Slept Here’ |Mar 21, 2017

Talisman Players present “George Washington Slept Here” on March 30 and 31 and April 1 at 7 p.m. and April 2 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Auditorium, 357 W. Main St., Kutztown.

Did George Washington stay at inn in Kutztown? |Mar 21, 2017

Did George Washington stay at an inn in Kutztown?

Road naming ceremony honors East Penn founder DeLight Breidegam Jr. |Mar 21, 2017

East Penn Manufacturing Co., Lyon Station, held a ceremony on March 17 to announce the designation of a portion of State Route 1010, which passes by the Lyons Station manufacturing facility, as the DeLight Breidegam Jr.

Missing Mertztown man, 84, found dead near his car on Rockland Township private lane |Mar 20, 2017

A missing Mertztown man was found deceased near his car, which was parked on a private lane in Rockland Township, on Sunday.

Several join Oley American Legion Post to make lunch for Hope Rescue Mission |Mar 20, 2017

Several members of the community recently spent a Saturday morning making dozens of lunches for Hope Rescue Mission of Reading.

KU mascot Avalanche seeks to win PASSHE mascot competition once again |Mar 20, 2017

March Madness has begun, and Mascot Madness is back too, with 13 hungry competitors looking to unseat “Avalanche,” the two-time champion who is looking to “three-peat.”

Homicide/suicide in Shoey |Mar 20, 2017

State Police responded to homicide and suicide in Shoemakersville Borough on March 20.

Injured hiker rescued on snow-covered Appalachian Trail March 15 |Mar 20, 2017

A hiker injured while starting a campfire was rescued on the Appalachian Trail near Hawk Mountain Road in Albany Township on March 15. First responders hiked through more than 18 inches of snow to reach the hiker and apply a tourniquet to control bleeding in his partially severed left hand.

Gilbertsville man charged in fatal Route 100 hit-and-run |Mar 20, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Authorities have arrested a man who allegedly left the scene of a fatal accident on Route 100 earlier this month.

More than 150 dance night away at Masquerade Daddy/Daughter Dance |Mar 20, 2017

Tri Valley YMCA in Fleetwood hosted its annual Daddy/Daughter Dance on March 3. More than 150 fathers and daughters attended the Masquerade-themed dance. Michele Ernst of Michele Ernst Photography, 484-955-7031, was the event photographer.

Kutztown High mourns death of senior Kaci Kunkel |Mar 20, 2017

Kutztown High School students and staff mourn the death of senior Kaci Kunkel, 18, of Kempton, who was killed in a one-vehicle accident in Lynn Township early Saturday morning, March 18.

Montgomery County moves forward on $281M campus project |Mar 20, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> An estimated $281 million county campus redevelopment project over a decade in the making is moving forward.

Pottstown council pushes forward with bike lanes |Mar 20, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> The borough is pressing ahead with plans for its Safe Routes to Schools walking and bike routes despite the objections of some North Roland Street neighbors who say the bike routes will lower their property values.

Hamburg Grange Pot Pie Dinner benefits local woman battling cancer |Mar 20, 2017

Hamburg Grange is hosting an All-You-Can-Eat Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Dinner on Saturday, March 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hamburg Area High School.

Marijuana found in teen’s vehicle during Fleetwood traffic stop |Mar 20, 2017

Four Fleetwood teens were taken into police custody after marijuana and related paraphernalia were discovered in their vehicle during a traffic stop on March 18.

Optimist Club of Kutztown hosts 27th annual Fools Run on April Fools Day |Mar 20, 2017

The Optimist Club of Kutztown will be holding the 27th running of the Kutztown Fools Run on April Fools Day, April 1.

Facing $1.5M gap, Pottstown shoots for no tax hike for 3rd time |Mar 20, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> If Pottstown School District Business Manager Linda Adams succeeds in the direction she was given at a recent school board meeting, she will deliver the third consecutive budget that does not raise taxes.

Oley contractor sponsors 5th annual free roof give away for Berks homeowner in need |Mar 20, 2017

Oley contractor Mast Roofing & Construction, Inc. is sponsoring the 5th annual No Roof Left Behind free roof give away for one Berks County homeowner in need. Nominations for a free roof recipient will be accepted until May 7.

Public meetings hosted to address Spotted Lanternfly |Mar 18, 2017

Penn State Extension hosts public meetings to help the community learn more about the invasive insect Spotted Lanternfly.

FILM TALK: Allentown-born Amanda Seyfried talks finding love on set, expecting her first child |Mar 17, 2017

Allentown native Amanda Seyfried came away from “The Last Word” with more than a starring role in a crowd-pleasing comedy. She also found a fiancé.

Amity approves turkey farm plans |Mar 17, 2017

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors unanimously granted conditional approval on March 15 to the land development plans for a turkey farm business at 6359 Boyertown Pike, Douglassville.