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Bloody calling card lands Boyertown man in prison for New Hanover burglaries |Aug 27, 2014

A Boyertown man who left a bloody calling card that linked him to burglaries at a New Hanover residence is headed to state prison.

Brandywine first day opens with fun: Kindergarteners decorate gingerbreadmen, 1st graders color self-portraits, 2nd graders play games |Aug 26, 2014

Topton >> Summer vacation is over, and it’s back to school for the students of Brandywine Heights Elementary School.

New face for Brandywine: Elementary school welcomes new Principal Karen Long |Aug 26, 2014

Topton >> For Brandywine Heights Elementary School, the start of school brings the first full year of administration for Principal Karen Long after taking the position in November of 2013.

Kutztown Elementary students welcomed by new Principal Deborah Barnes |Aug 26, 2014

Kutztown >> New Principal Deborah L. Barnes welcomed students Kutztown Elementary students to their first day of school Aug. 25.

Turkeys visit backyard patio in Fleetwood |Aug 26, 2014

Trudy Smith, a resident of Fleetwood, shares photos of her visiting turkey family.

Hopewell Love INC stitches together the community one craft at a time |Aug 26, 2014

Volunteers with Hopewell Love In the Name of Christ have been crafting for the community by creating holiday treasures in a positive light for the past three years.

Brandywine Community Library celebrates 25 years: Children’s Birthday Bash features clown, gifts, face painting; Dinner Dance offers speaker, music, food |Aug 26, 2014

Brandywine Community Library is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with two special events. On Saturday, September 6, from 10 am – 12 noon, the library will hold a free birthday bash for children.

Township rehashes allowing alcohol at park |Aug 26, 2014

Residents of Exeter Township may have another shot to drink alcohol in the park.

Willow Creek Elementary: Walk, bike to first day |Aug 26, 2014

Fleetwood >> Students and parents walked and biked to their first day of school at Willow Creek Elementary on Aug. 25.

Studio B camp brings artists and students together for ‘Happ,’ #68 Bear Fever bear |Aug 26, 2014

Resilience, appreciation of diversity and developing tools to challenge bullying was the theme for Studio B’s “Happy to Be Me 3.0” summer art camp.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Aug 25, 2014

25 Years Ago August 30, 1989 >> Michael Schrack, former resident of RD1, Hamburg, recently completed his own fine arts print, entitled “Quiet Descent.”

Shartlesville grange and Hamburg Moose serve up food at the Reading Fair |Aug 25, 2014

The Hamburg Moose and the Shartlesville Grange worked together at the Reading Fair due to “common goals,” said Grange Overseer (vice president), Donnna Kunkle, left, that of “raising funds for community needs.

Northern Berks Community Garden in Perry Twp. assists food pantries in Berks County |Aug 25, 2014

At Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Perry Township, a new ministry is growing. This past spring the church converted a 75’ x 100’ patch of its property into the Northern Berks Community Garden (NBCG).

Hamburg recognizes Armed Forces at Sept. 5 football game |Aug 25, 2014

During halftime on Sept. 5, military personnel will take the field at Hamburg Area High School for the fourth annual Armed Forces Recognition Night.

Colebrookdale rail project overcomes underground obstacle |Aug 25, 2014

The ambitious effort to establish a historic excursion railroad between Boyertown and Pottstown overcame an underground obstacle Tuesday night with a unanimous vote of the Pottstown Borough Authority.

Master Kim’s Black Belt Academy students earn black belts |Aug 25, 2014

It was a time that they were waiting for. Each person was thrilled and anxious at the same time. “What day? What time?” you may ask? It was the week end that they were testing for their Black Belts at Master Kim’s Black Belt Academy in Bechtelsville.

MCCC, KU Officials Sign First ‘Reverse Transfer’ Agreement Between Community College and State System Institutions in Commonwealth |Aug 25, 2014

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) and Kutztown University (KU) signed a “reverse transfer” agreement on Aug. 20—the first agreement of its kind between a community college and a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (State System) university.

Running and burgers returns to Hamburg-er Festival for third year |Aug 25, 2014

Back for its third year at the Taste of Hamburg-er Festival is the Dine & Dash Trail Race from Blue Mountain Wildlife Incorporated. The race combines two favorites in the area: running and a good burger or in this case two burgers.

Troop 184 marks 75th year with memories, laughter and a few tears |Aug 25, 2014

Past and current members of Boy Scout Troop 184, Hamburg, gathered with leaders, family members and friends to observe the troop’s 75th anniversary on Aug. 16. The day-long event included tours of the group’s cabin and woodlands, called Scoutland, off Port Clinton Avenue and a banquet in the evening held at Salem EC Church, Lenhartsville.

Hamburg area calendar of events |Aug 25, 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.

Construction will nearly double side of St. Joseph Cancer Center |Aug 25, 2014

St. Joseph Regional Health Network the week of Aug. 8 began construction that will nearly double the size of the clinical care area where chemotherapy and other infusion therapies are provided on the Bern Township campuses’ Cancer Center.

Horizons Child Care bids farewell to summer, raises funds |Aug 25, 2014

With most of the children in the area returning to school this week, Horizons Child Care and Learning Services Co. helped let summer go with a bang on Aug. 23 at Bern Grove in Leesport. Despite the rain, the staff from the center and founding members of the nonprofit We Agape You Inc.

Head to the river for hiking and biking fun |Aug 25, 2014

Summer is all but over, and school is looming around the corner (at least for Hamburg’s middle and high schoolers). That means dreaded back-to-school shopping has hit families’ pocketbooks, and many budgets are stretched to the limit.

Hamburg Rotary: South Mountain YMCA Camps program |Aug 25, 2014

George Mitten was the program chairperson at the August 21, 2014 meeting at Hamburg Rotary. Nathan Brant the CEO of The South Mountain YMCA Camps presented the program

Hamburg Library ends summer reading program with grand prize winner |Aug 25, 2014

Aubrey Thompson, of Windsor Castle, won the Amazon Kindle Fire that we gave away for the grand prize here at the Hamburg Library. There were also 29 other winners of gift cards to Barnes & Noble, the Yocum Institute, the Miller Center, Weavers Orchard, Book Bonanza, Pizza Hut, Summer Reading backpacks and t-shirts.

Shoemakersville Lions Club: Harry Sproesser installed as president |Aug 25, 2014

Harry Sproesser installed as President of Shoemakersville Area Lion’s Club. Shoemakersville Area Lion’s Club Members present for Installation (left to right): Director Mickie Sproesser; Director Kenneth Schlegel; Secretary Gary Rothermel; Assistant Lion Tamer David Geschwindt; Second Vice President Brian Maroney; Installing Officer and First Vice President James Seifert; Incoming President Harry Sproesser; Tail Twister Roger Heckman; Third Vice President Cleta Borkey; Membership Chairman Steven Leibensperger; Treasurer Irwin Levan; and Outgoing President Rich Kieffer.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center announces high school video contest: Winning video will receive $500 scholarship award |Aug 25, 2014

Miller-Keystone Blood Center is encouraging high school students in our community to use their imagination to create a short video promoting the need for younger generations to become regular blood donors, and the importance of donating with Miller-Keystone Blood Center – the exclusive blood supplier to our regional hospitals.

Monarchs flit through Berks on way to Mexico |Aug 25, 2014

With their vibrant orange color and striking black accents, Monarchs are one of the most recognizable of butterflies. In Berks County, reports of the familiar insect begin in August and continue through September as the Monarchs begin their annual pilgrimage to Mexico.

Slice of Life: Mixing Up A Pie That’s Key For Summer |Aug 24, 2014

Retailers’ use of interesting descriptions to depict ordinary things has always intrigued me. For instance, the color green is simply not called “green” it’s often called “hunter” or “kiwi” or “moss.

Boone Area Library stays cools with ALS Ice Bucket Challenge |Aug 23, 2014

A library’s responsibility is to flood the community with information and to encourage the local residents to absorb as much knowledge as possible. In the spirit of spreading the word, representatives from The Boone Area Library accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge 3 p.

Day for Honey Bees: Kutztown bee keepers demonstrate honey extraction at Wildlands Conservancy |Aug 23, 2014

Kutztown bee keepers, part of Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association, celebrated National Honey Bee Day.

Revolutionary Camp Life to be Explored at Tel hai |Aug 23, 2014

Honey Brook Twp. >> Tel Hai’s Life Enrichment Committee is pleased to begin their program year with a fascinating presentation exploring the lives of soldiers and camp followers during the 1700s.

49th Annual Duryea Day Antique & Classic Car & Truck Show and Flea Market comes to Boyertown Community Park Aug. 30 |Aug 22, 2014

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles is pleased to hold the 49th Annual Duryea Day Antique & Classic Car & Truck Show and Flea Market on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Boyertown Community Park from 9 a.

Life is peachy at St. Paul’s UCC |Aug 22, 2014

St. Paul’s UCC, Amityville, raised as much as $10,000 to help fund missions and to support the church’s Family Life Mission Center at their annual Peach Festival on Aug. 16. The festival included fun for the whole family and peaches, peaches, peaches.

Governor Mifflin board addresses grievances of a divorced dad and gives the nod to several projects, appointments |Aug 22, 2014

A range of initiatives and activities for 2014-2015, covering the curriculum and extra-curricular, received the nod from the Governor Mifflin School District Board members at the Aug. 18 board meeting even as one parent drew attention to a particularly vexatious administrative loophole.

Union wants a turn lane for River Bridge Road |Aug 22, 2014

The Union Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved on Aug. 19 for Board Chairman Donald E. Basile to meet with Penn DOT officials on Sept. 10 or 11 regarding the installation of a left turn lane from Route 724 eastbound onto northbound River Bridge Road.

Amity to study road improvement costs |Aug 22, 2014

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved to accept the Roadway Sufficiency Analysis report prepared by Bogia Engineering, Inc., Wyomissing, during the Aug. 21 meeting. Supervisor Richard L.

Burglary and car thefts reported in Alsace and Pike Townships |Aug 22, 2014

THEFT In the commission of a burglary, an unknown person gained entry into a Pike Township residence through an unlocked front door between Aug. 16 and Aug. 21. A hunting cross-bow and acoustic guitar were removed from the residence.

Reverse Transfer first of its kind; Innovative college agreement provides new option for students at Kutztown University and Montgomery County Community College |Aug 22, 2014

Kutztown >> Montgomery County Community College and Kutztown University made a bit of history on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Last day to register for Amity Idol approaches |Aug 22, 2014

The singing stakes are higher this year for the 2nd Annual Amity Idol at Daniel Boone’s Community Days with bigger cash prizes and more participation from the audience.

Montgomery County Community College President returns to White House for college opportunity working session |Aug 21, 2014

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) President Dr. Karen A. Stout returns to the White House Aug. 12 to continue the national dialog on college readiness that began on Jan. 16, 2014 during a summit convened by U.

Birdsboro and Douglassville community nurse is a free resource for all |Aug 21, 2014

“I’m here for them,” nurse Sue Shobe wants to relay to the residents of the Birdsboro and Douglassville areas.

ALS fundraiser getting a cool reception |Aug 21, 2014

So have you been challenged yet?

Boyertown’s downtown welcomes dogs for Dog Days of August |Aug 20, 2014

Saturday, Aug. 16, marked Building a Better Boyertown’s 6th Dog Days of August. The event gave community members and their canines the opportunity to meet and greet each other while visiting downtown.

Hamburg administrators introduce STEM initiatives, directors vote on new Tilden principal |Aug 19, 2014

Hamburg Area administrators introduced school directors to the district’s STEM initiatives for the 2014-15 school year on Aug. 11, .

The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign announces ‘100,000 Pennsylvania Heroes’ drive on 14th anniversary |Aug 19, 2014

The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers, following the 14th anniversary of John R. Elliott’s death, announced the launch of its ‘100,000 Pennsylvania Heroes’ drive.

National Penn Ranked 28th Largest Ag Lender in the U.S. |Aug 19, 2014

National Penn Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: NPBC) announced on Aug. 6 it has been ranked the 28th largest agricultural business lender in total dollar volume, according to the most recent data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Retired U.S. Marshal supervisor appointed as Chief Deputy of the Berks County Sheriff’s Office |Aug 19, 2014

Sheriff Eric J. Weaknecht has appointed Bryant M. Semenza, a retired US Marshal supervisor, as Chief Deputy of the Berks County Sheriff’s Office effective August 13, 2014.

Butterfly Guy introduces his winged companions to young readers at Village Library |Aug 19, 2014

Moths, butterflies, silkworms, caterpillars — dumb bugs all, that is, until you hear Rick Mikula describe them.

Montgomery County Special Olympics honors partnership with MCCC |Aug 18, 2014

Special Olympics Pennsylvania, Montgomery County (SOPMC) athletes presented Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) with a banner on Aug. 7 to celebrate more than 20 years of partnership.