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Emergency responders train Boyertown area youth during Emergency Response Explorer Weekend |Jul 30, 2014

These days it’s never too soon to start thinking about the future—and when that future could potentially save lives, than it seems all is for the better.

WTIM: Music Around Town: July 30 edition |Jul 29, 2014

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Pedal Paddle offers taste of outdoor activities |Jul 29, 2014

POTTSTOWN — First-timers and experienced outdoorsmen alike took advantage of a unique event offered by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area last week.

Pottsgrove Manor to host summer textile workshops for kids |Jul 29, 2014

On Sundays in August, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., historic Pottsgrove Manor will offer a series of workshops, focusing on a different colonial textile art each week. Kids 8 to 12 years old can learn historical crafts and take home their creations in these fun sessions.

1 pulled from burning truck after four-car crash near Kutztown |Jul 29, 2014

RICHMOND TWP. — A Mohnton man was pulled from his burning pickup truck by a passing motorist after a four-car crash on Route 222 around 1:30 p.m. Monday, police said.

Boyertown Wellness Council votes for a change in name but not purpose |Jul 29, 2014

Often considered an initiative of the Boyertown School District, the independent Boyertown Area Community Wellness Council voted at its quarterly meeting in April, to change its name to Wellness Council of Boyertown (WCB).

Artists to create mural at Collegeville’s Power House |Jul 29, 2014

Their six original murals include the ones they’ve created for the Minerva D. Braemer Medical Arts Building at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, Norriton Fire Engine Company 61 and Meadowood Senior Living community.

Small Beginnings: Some lies your addiction wants you to believe |Jul 28, 2014

Some of the people I care about most in this world struggle with addiction. They are sweet and kindhearted. They are loveable and funny. They have hopes and dreams just like you and me, but for some reason, their lives are compromised by an addiction that seems to take hold of them and cause them to behave in ways very unlike their true selves.

Welcome to my World: Keys, lost and found |Jul 28, 2014

When I was growing up on the farm, we hardly ever locked our front door, except at bedtime. Other times, Mom attached a long string to the kitchen door key. If we’d leave for the day, the key was slung into the crook of the tree, in front of the house.

Craig Thatcher Band to present free concert at Musikfest’s Main Stage |Jul 28, 2014

BETHLEHEM ­— Just when it seemed dark — as in the first dark night ever at Musikfest’s main stage — local blues icons The Craig Thatcher Band and Musikfest partner Coordinated Health have come together to shine the spotlight on the elements that make Musikfest one of the most unique music events in the nation.

Hamburg area obituaries |Jul 28, 2014

Dennis C. Weaver Dennis C. Weaver, 65, of Mohrsville died July 26 in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Barbara A. (Noecker) Weaver.

Perry Township invites public to monument dedication ceremony Aug. 7 |Jul 28, 2014

Perry Township recently created a monument from the cement work that was at the entrance of the old Perry Elementary School. Residents of the Hamburg Area School District are invited to attend a dedication ceremony of the new monument.

Searching for gnomes, visiting local shops and stopping at the park |Jul 28, 2014

It all started about a week ago, when my son’s music teacher mentioned a doughnut place near her house where they make the treats fresh to order for a mere 90 cents. When she mentioned that a great bookstore is located right next door, well, the die was cast and our next Fun Friday was planned for Kutztown.

Letter to the Editor: Commenting at EPA hearing on power plants |Jul 28, 2014

Dear Editor: This week, the Environmental Protection Agency is holding hearings in Pittsburgh and three other cities across the United States to hear public comments on a proposed rule to curb emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Berks County Mustang Car Club’s 5th car show at Evergreen Club, Fleetwood benefits Salvation Army of Reading |Jul 28, 2014

The Berks County Mustang Car Club’s fifth annual car show at the Evergreen Club in Fleetwood on Sunday benefited the Salvation Army of Reading.

Hamburg area calendar of events |Jul 28, 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.

Hamburg area State Police reports |Jul 28, 2014

Woman taken into custody for throwing object at vehicle

Brecknock joins Union Township Intergovernmental Agreement |Jul 28, 2014

The Union Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved on July 21 to add Brecknock Township to the Intergovernmental Agreement it has with Robeson Township and the Borough of Birdsboro. Participation in the Cooperation Agreement allows the municipalities to share municipal equipment and to jointly bid and contract public works projects.

Survival fire staring program teaches kids how to start a fire in a survival situation |Jul 28, 2014

The Schuylkill Valley Community Library hosted an evening of survival fire starting for kids presented by the Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation on Wednesday, July 23.

Haag family named 2014 Outstanding Farm Family |Jul 28, 2014

“Community minded, family oriented and always willing to lend a helping hand, hardworking, these attributes describe the Michael Haag family and are the reasons the Ontelaunee Grange supports the Haag’s as this year’s Outstanding Farm Family,” said Karen Mohn as she spoke about this year’s Berks County Outstanding Farm Family at the Reading Fair Awards Banquet on July 23.

Eastern State Penitentiary to host ‘Family Weekend: Pets in Prison’ |Jul 28, 2014

Eastern State Penitentiary will host “Family Weekend: Pets in Prison” on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10 and again on September 27 and 28. The event, designed for kids and adults of all ages, will feature interactive and educational activities all weekend long.

Tri County Record Calendar of Community Events July 29 |Jul 28, 2014

Ongoing Events Shepherd’s Kitchen at Honey Brook Presbyterian Church FREE meal Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 4331 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook. 610-273-2848 or email pastor@honeybrookpres.

Archery deer hunt applications available at Nolde Forest center |Jul 28, 2014

Submitted Applications for a permit only archery deer hunt Sept. 22 to Nov. 28 and Dec. 26 to Jan. 23 at the Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center are available at the Center Office Aug. 4 to 15.

Award: Kutztown Allstate named premier agency for 2014 |Jul 28, 2014

As a business leader and involved citizen in the Kutztown area, Allstate exclusive agency owner Missy Fisher, of the Melissa Fisher Agency, has been designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2014.

Kutztown Area Patriot Calendar of Events for July 31 |Jul 28, 2014

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

Community helps build new Perry Elementary Center playground |Jul 28, 2014

“Over the coming years, we can all look with pride upon the playground and say ‘Yeah, I helped with that.’ Give yourself a pat on the back – we could not have done it without you,” said Perry PTO Playground Committee members.

Attendees take a ‘Step Back in Time’ at Berks Heritage Center |Jul 28, 2014

Several hundred people explored early American life at Berks County’s annual “Step Back in Time” Day on Sunday, July 27 at the county’s heritage center property in Bern Township. Sunny skies and heat accompanied attendees as they strolled the grounds – with humidity that made many attendees all the more appreciative of those wearing the layered and hot authentic 19th century costumes for the sake of history.

Blue Devils ready to rehearse in Hamburg |Jul 28, 2014

The Blue Devils, a drum and bugle corps part of Drum Corps International, will be bringing their talent to Hamburg as they rehearse at Hamburg Area High School stadium starting July 30.

Hamburg area church calendar |Jul 27, 2014

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 99 Church Street, Hamburg, would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to join us at our 9:30 a.m. summer services on Sundays. Come and join us.

Ribbon cutting celebrates grand opening of Frecon Farms bakery |Jul 27, 2014

Boyertown—Friends, family and community members gathered inside Frecon Farms on Friday for the ribbon cutting and official grand opening of the farm’s new bakery.

Driver charged with being on drugs in crash that killed Berks CEO |Jul 27, 2014

A 56-year-old Berks County man allegedly was speeding and driving his pickup truck under the influence of a combination of prescription drugs when he struck and killed an area business executive during her morning jog on a rural road, according to state police.

First Berks Sustainbilty Festival blends nature with lifestyle |Jul 26, 2014

As a way to promote the importance of an eco-friendly lifestyle, the paved parking lot at the VF Outlets was transformed into a festival dedicated to sustainability on Saturday, July 19 with approximately 1,000 people in attendance.

Light, Light, Light! Kutztown Library Teen Group Sparks A Reaction |Jul 25, 2014

Spark A Reaction Teen Group celebrates science and sparks their imagination during imagination laboratories at Kutztown Community Library on Monday nights.

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

25 Years Ago August 2, 1989 Jonathon Grimes and Christopher McGonigal of the Hamburg FFA Chapter recently attended the 1989 Washington Conference Program.

Enter the Kutztown Fair Potpie Cookoff |Jul 25, 2014

(Kutztown, PA)- Following the traditions of the region, Kutztown Fair is hosting the first POTPIE COOKOFF. On Thursday August 16. Individuals, Groups & Organizations, and Professional Cooking personnel are encouraged to enter.

Keystone Diesel Truck Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway this weekend |Jul 25, 2014

Maple Grove will present the Keystone Diesel Truck Nationals presented by Mack Trucks and Denver Truck Painting on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27. The family-friendly diesel truck fest — the largest of its kind on the East Coast — will include a truck show (sponsored by Hunter Peterbilt), diesel truck drag racing, Jet Funny Cars, a wheelstanding exhibition car, live music and a model truck exhibit.

Butterflies fly into Kutztown Library |Jul 25, 2014

The Butterfly Guy brought his butterfly friends to Kutztown, much to the joy of local youth.

Celebrating Celtic with Dollops of Irish Cheer at the Berks Celtic Oyster Fest |Jul 25, 2014

“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste… I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”

$200K grant bolsters plan for Boyertown-to-Pottstown rail service: the Colebrookdale Railroad |Jul 24, 2014

BOYERTOWN — Progress on the revitalization of the Colebrookdale Railroad these days means more than pulling refurbished passenger cars along the picturesque 9-mile track on the shores of Manatawny Creek.

Proposed Kutztown Silk Mill District redevelopment project sparks concerns |Jul 24, 2014

The proposed Kutztown downtown redevelopment project in the Silk Mill District has sparked concerns.

Fifty cadets graduate from Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy |Jul 23, 2014

Fifty police cadets of Classes 1303 and 1401graduated from Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy on July 16 during a ceremony held at the College’s Science Center Theater, 340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell—a fitting number as the College celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Oley’s Peach and Ice Cream Festival slated for Saturday, Aug. 9 |Jul 23, 2014

The Oley Valley is getting ready to eat some peaches.

New York City children arrive in Hamburg for a summer in Berks County |Jul 22, 2014

Cars filled the parking lot of Wendy’s in Tilden Twp. on July 16 with parents and children anxiously awaiting the arrival of their host child for the upcoming week or two weeks. Fourteen children from New York City between the ages of 6 and 18 packed their bags for a summer trip to Berks County as part of the Fresh Air Fund program.

Boyertown’s recent fire company merger seeks to offset decline of volunteers |Jul 22, 2014

Improved firefighting services, greater operational efficiencies and savings in tax dollars are among the benefits that residents are expected to realize through the recent merger of the three Boyertown area fire companies.

Area lawmakers announce Route 263 named in honor of Officer Bradley M. Fox’s ultimate commitment |Jul 22, 2014

Reps. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks), Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) and Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) as well as Sens. Daylin Leach (R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery), Stewart Greenleaf (R-Bucks/Montgomery), Bob Mensch (R-Berks/Bucks/Montgomery) and John Rafferty (R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery) announced that a portion of Pennsylvania Route 263 in Bucks County will be renamed as the Officer Bradley M.

WTIM: Music all around town: July 23 edition |Jul 22, 2014

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Mack trucks and classic diner fare on menu for family fun |Jul 22, 2014

In our quest to keep boredom at bay this summer, my family has found lots of low-cost or free activities in the Hamburg area. This week, however, I had the chance to do a special outing with just my middle-school son, and he was set on venturing a little farther to tour the Mack Truck Museum in Allentown.

Tri County Record Calendar of Events July 22 |Jul 22, 2014

Ongoing Events Rockin’ VBS – Make Music with the Go Fish Guys: Vacation Bible School will be located at the Community Evangelical Free Church in Elverson, PA for children ages 4 through those who have completed 6th grade.

Etchberger Foundation and OTF screen ‘MURPH THE PROTECTOR’ at Hamburg Strand |Jul 22, 2014

Our Town Foundation and the CMSgt Richard L. Etchberger Foundation teamed up on Sunday, July 20, for a private screening of “MURPH THE PROTECTOR” at the Hamburg Strand Theater that benefited both foundations.

Bluegrass and gospel come to Centerport with Days of Old |Jul 22, 2014

Old-timey bluegrass and gospel songs take center stage when local band Days Of Old resins up the bow. And it’s not just the toe-tapping tunes that delight; the ages of the band members offer hope for the future of good, old-fashioned music.