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Conestoga Christian to present ‘You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown’ May 19-21 |May 4, 2016

On May 19-21, Conestoga Christian School will be presenting “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” written by Clark Gesner.

Financial Column - Fixed annuities: A solid choice for retirement income |May 4, 2016

For years, Americans have looked to the stock market to help meet their long-term retirement needs. Unfortunately for those near or in retirement, market gyrations can wreak short-term havoc with even the best designed pension funds, 401(K) plans and individual retirement accounts.

Tri County Community Calendar May 10 |May 4, 2016

Event Submissions: send to ldillon@berksmontnews.com week prior to publication. Note Tri County Record calendar in e-mail subject.

First Niagara donates $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Chester County |May 4, 2016

First Niagara recently presented a $50,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity of Chester County. This is the fifth payment of a $600,000 six year commitment under Pennsylvania’s Neighborhood Partnership Tax Credit Program (NPP).

Joanna Furnace to offer more themes of interest at 3rd Saturday event |May 4, 2016

The Third Saturday Morning at Joanna Furnace for the month of May will feature more themes of interest for the entire family. This month the range of engaging activities ranges from the Iron Master’s Breakfast Buffet, to tours of the Historic Complex, to interpretations of iron production, to garbed interpreters and tour guides bringing the 225 year old iron making community to life, to the exciting Hay Creek Flea Market and the annual May Plant Sale.

Honey Brook Library’s 1st Annual Beef & Brew a huge success |May 4, 2016

More than 140 people attended the Honey Brook Community Library’s first Beef & Brew event on Friday, April 22, at Honey Brook Lions Club. Locals enjoyed a meal of “all you can eat” hot beef sandwiches, coleslaw, pasta salad, Herr’s snacks, home baked desserts and draft beer.

GSK Science in the Summer™ offers free local Genetics classes |May 4, 2016

Registration is now open for Chester County students entering second through sixth grade who want to attend GSK Science in the Summer™, a free enrichment program celebrating 30 years of bring fun, hands-on science learning to more than 150,000 elementary students.

Area residents will fight to end cancer at annual Relay for Life |May 4, 2016

On Saturday, May 14, more than 200 Elverson, Morgantown and Honey Brook area residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Twin Valley to help save more lives from cancer.

Boyertown student question featured in First Lady’s discussion panel |May 4, 2016

Boyertown Senior High School students recently took part in a unique opportunity

Fecho Productions invites you to “Bobbi & Bobbee’s Big Fat Gay Wedding” on May 6 |May 3, 2016

READING >> Fecho Productions, in association with the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Reading, presents a hysterical and raucous new interactive event, “Bobbi & Bobbee’s Big Fat Gay Wedding” on Friday, May 6.

1st Street Players bring an area ‘first’ to Birdsboro — ‘Murder Ballad’ |May 3, 2016

BIRDSBORO >> The 1st Street Players present the area premiere of the hit new musical “Murder Ballad” for two weekends only.

Fleetwood Brownies explore ‘sensing stations’ with Junior Girl Scouts |May 2, 2016

Fleetwood Girl Scout Junior Troop 1811 recently took a trip across town to visit Brownie Girl Scout Troop 1956 and help them earn their Brownie Senses badge.

Fleetwood’s Brownie Troop 1956 earns Household Elf badge at Angelica Park |May 2, 2016

Fleetwood Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1956 recently took a trip to the Education and Watershed at Berks Nature, at Angelica Park.

Local financial professional recognized for top performance by Signator Investors, Inc. |May 2, 2016

Andrew Maron, Partner of Client 1st Financial, LLC of Fogelsville, a member of Signator Investors, Inc., powered by John Hancock Financial Network, has qualified for the ACE ’16 conference by finishing as a top finalist under the company’s “Best of Class” category.

Patriot Community Calendar May 5 |May 2, 2016

Send events to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com by Friday noon week prior to publication.

KCP to take over management of Kutztown Pool |May 2, 2016

The Kutztown Community Partnership will take over management of the snack stand at the Kutztown Community Swimming Pool as of opening day, May 28, announced Nancy Brooks, KCP Main Street Manager.

Kutztown Fair receives $5,000 grant from Land O Lakes |May 2, 2016

The Kutztown Fair Association has accepted the generosity of national milk cooperative, Land O Lakes, for its assistance in upgrading the Fair’s computer registration and record keeping for the more than 4,000 entries at the 2016 Kutztown Fair.

Rep. Mackenzie announces fire and EMS grant awards |May 2, 2016

Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh) announced on April 29 that volunteer fire and emergency medical services (EMS) companies in the 134th District will share more than $110,000 in state grants.

Finals Week Food Pantry feeds hungry Kutztown University students |May 2, 2016

A call for donations went out to the Kutztown University campus to donate food to the Finals Week Food Pantry.

Kutztown High School SADD lobbies Senator Argall about teen driving laws |May 2, 2016

Kutztown High School Students Against Destructive Decisions lobbied Sen. David Argall about teen driving and distracted driving laws during a recent visit to Harrisburg.

Kutztown man, 54, found with suspected child porn |May 2, 2016

A Kutztown man was one of four men found with suspected child pornography after investigations by Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane’s Child Predator Section.

A prom to remember |May 2, 2016

Daughters of American Revolution honor two PSD students |May 2, 2016

Taylor Smith and Sabrina Butler, of Pottstown School District, were recently honored by the Mahanatawny Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Taylor, an eighth grade student, received the honor for her award wining essay on “The Stamp Act.

Mayors, execs face off in baker challenge; Benefit Auction raises $38,182 for Friend |May 2, 2016

The 27th annual Benefit Auction’s new Executive Baker Challenge alone raised $15,000 for Friend Inc. Community Services in Kutztown.

Playcrafters to present Rent |May 2, 2016

Attention: MTV generation. Playcrafters’ debut performance this season is the award-winning rock musical (Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony for Best Musical) that set Broadway on fire 20 years ago.

Rain dampens 1st Kutztown Art Crawl |May 2, 2016

Kutztown Community Partnership’s first annual Kutztown Art Crawl was dampened by the rain on Thursday, April 28.

Blue Hazel wins gold at Sly Fox Bock Fest and Goat Race in Pottstown |May 2, 2016

Pottstown >> It appears the luck of a lucky penny can rub off. After last year’s Sly Fox Brewery Bock Fest and Goat Race saw Penny, the Nubian goat from Blythe Township, Schuylkill County, take home the gold, many were wondering if she could defend her title again this year.

Montgomery County prosecutors call AG Kane’s claim of vindictive prosecution ‘frivolous’ |May 2, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County prosecutors maintain embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane’s claim that she is the victim of “selective and vindictive prosecution” is frivolous and not a basis on which to dismiss the alleged perjury charges she’s facing.

Motorcyclist dies from crash injuries in Upper Pottsgrove |May 2, 2016

UPPER POTTSGROVE >> The motorcyclist involved in a Tuesday crash on Farmington Avenue near Route 100 has died from his injuries, authorities said Wednesday.

Pottstown School Board opposes Cluster expansion |May 2, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities had no more luck garnering support for its expansion on North Franklin Street from the school board Monday night than it did from borough council two weeks ago.

Pottstown School Board struggles with salary demands |May 2, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Questions of salary seem to be on the front burner for the Pottstown School Board.

Zero tax hike budget in sight for Pottsgrove after state funding boost |May 2, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> Charged with exploring ways to craft a 2016-17 budget that doesn’t raise taxes, it’s looking like the Pottsgrove Schools Administration will be getting a lot of help from the state.

Familiar names apply for Pottsgrove School Board vacancy |May 2, 2016

Two former school board members, one former commissioner candidate and one Upper Pottsgrove resident have applied to fill the vacancy on the Pottsgrove School Board created by the

Pottstown Firkin Fest attracts craft beer enthusiasts |May 2, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Beer lovers were left thirsty for more Saturday after craft breweries brought their best firkins to Memorial Park.

First Trust Bank approves mortgage for Bethel Community Church in Pottstown on first anniversary |May 2, 2016

Pottstown >> Bethel Community Church received the perfect first anniversary present on Sunday.

KHS Dance Team claims title of TIA Atlantic Coast Champions |May 2, 2016

The Kutztown Dance team competes in chapter 2 of the N.J.A.T.I.A. (National Judges Association Tournament Indoor Association). The TIA includes Indoor Guard, Percussion, Dance and Twirling groups from mid-Atlantic region (from upstate New York to West Virginia).

NBCC announces spring programs to include new Roundtable Series |May 2, 2016

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce has announced spring programs, one of which is a new Roundtable Series facilitated by Robin Costenbader-Jacobson, RC-J Consulting Associates, LLC, to begin on May 26 at the Chamber Office, 110 W.

Public invited to view Mercury Transit at Boyertown Planetarium |May 2, 2016

During the day on Monday, May 9, observers will notice the small black disk of the planet Mercury crossing the Sun. This event, called a transit, hasn’t happened since 2006 and provides us with a unique view of a special astronomical event.

Pottstown outdoor farmers market opens with Cinco De Mayo celebration |May 2, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> The outdoor farmers market will open its season with a fiesta for Cinco De Mayo on Thursday.

Twin Valley Elementary Center fourth-graders raise, release trout |Apr 29, 2016

Fourth-grade students from Twin Valley Elementary Center (TVEC) in Elverson released their brook trout fingerlings into Hay Creek across from the old White Bear Restaurant along Hay Creek Road in Birdsboro.

Actress portrays Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor under FDR, during one-woman show at Heritage of Green Hills |Apr 29, 2016

Residents of The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy life plan community outside of Reading, were recently entertained by actress Peggy Orner, who portrayed Frances Perkins, the Secretary of Labor under Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Kutztown visitors teach Quidditch to Boyertown locals |Apr 29, 2016

On Saturday, April 2, the Boyertown Community Library hosted a highly-anticipated event with the Kutztown University Quidditch team.

Amity Elementary fourth graders get political with presidential campaign posters |Apr 29, 2016

Fourth graders in Tom Sweet’s computer class at Amity Elementary Center recently created their own campaign posters using Microsoft Publisher. The students were given three options: they could choose themselves, pick a current candidate or do none of the above.

Local organizations come together to offer ‘Aging Parent Fair’ |Apr 29, 2016

In the midst of a busy career, another aspect of life often unexpectedly enters lives: caring for aging parents. Unlike college, where parents are aware of the timing needed to make advanced plans, aging issues tend to be crisis driven and become a priority without warning.

Old-fashioned ‘sewing circle’ open to public May 14 |Apr 29, 2016

On Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., an old-fashioned sewing circle will be held at the Berks County Heritage Center. This is a free event.

Daniel Boone High School launches JROTC program |Apr 29, 2016

Daniel Boone students now have to opportunity to join the Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps — a military regulated high school program.

Meet some interesting people at Genesius Theatre’s ‘Bus Stop’ |Apr 29, 2016

Sometimes it’s refreshing to see a good old-fashioned play without the glitz and gimmickry and coarse language so prevalent today. Instead, interesting characters and a relatable storyline make theater that’s enjoyable for everyone.

PennDOT announces first use of Flashing Yellow Arrow signals |Apr 29, 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced it will be activating a new type of left turn signal that has been proven to improve left turn safety at intersections.

Hamburg Police: Fight investigated on 200 block of N. 5th Street |Apr 29, 2016

On April 22, Hamburg Police reported a fight at approximately 11:15 p.m. in the 200 block of N. 5th Street.

Historical Society Of Montgomery County to offer genealogy workshop |Apr 29, 2016

Looking to get started on researching your family tree? Then, you don’t want to miss the spring “Introduction to Genealogy” workshop presented by Genealogist Rose Brown at the Historical Society of Montgomery County.