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Airplanes, Daniel Boone JROTC Cadets and WWII Vets roll again |May 26, 2016

On June 3, Daniel Boone Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Cadets will have the distinguished privilege of meeting a number of former US Service Veterans from local nursing homes. These Cadets will form the first Wheel Chair Brigade which will enable several WWII and Korean War Veterans to attend the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s 26th Annual World War II Weekend Air Show.

48 residents of Philadelphia region become US citizens at naturalization ceremony |May 26, 2016

UPPER MERION >> America, the land of opportunity, became a reality Thursday for 48 candidates who became American citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the Valley Forge National Historical Park theater.

Hamburg School District proposes .25 mill .25 mill tax increase for 8th year |May 26, 2016

Hamburg Area school directors on May 23 approved the 2016-17 proposed final budget of $40,432,255 which includes a .25 mill increase.

Albany Elementary playground finds new life in Kempton |May 26, 2016

Former Albany Elementary’s playground equipment has been given a new life at Kempton Community Center.

Hamburg students thank Hamburg hero, veteran William Becker |May 26, 2016

Hamburg students honored World War II veteran William Becker of Shoemakersville for his service for Memorial Day.

Birdsboro council eyes marketing plan for borough |May 26, 2016

Birdsboro >> Peter Uhniat, a council member, shared a presentation discussing his market plan idea for Birdsboro borough at a recent council meeting.

Boyertown Junior High West art club donates to Berks ARL |May 26, 2016

A group of Boyertown students is putting their artistic abilities to good use, making small impacts throughout the community.

Parkesburg author releases another installment in children’s book series |May 25, 2016

May marks the nationwide release of TJ the Squirrel Goes to the Beach, an enjoyable and delightful new children’s book by author Ellen D. Witmer.

Honey Brook Bocce springs into action |May 25, 2016

With the theme “Keep On Rolling,” Saturday, May 14 brought a wonderful window of good weather over the Honey Brook Borough courts as three dozen people competed in the annual spring Bocce Ball Tournament.

|May 25, 2016

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

PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: ‘Something the Lord Made’ |May 25, 2016

Two months ago my wife, Barb, and I were invited to lunch at the home of friends with several other people. One fellow, an excellent conversationalist, discussed some of the articles I have written with me.

TVSD announces Middle School & Robeson Elementary administration changes |May 25, 2016

The Twin Valley School District is pleased to announce the following changes in administration at Twin Valley Middle School and Robeson Elementary Center, effective the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year:

Petra Church to host First Responders Appreciation Sunday June 5 |May 25, 2016

Petra Church, New Holland, will be recognizing local first responders on Sunday, June 5, as a way to convey their thanks for first responders’ courage, commitment and extraordinary service.

Ask Esther - Buying and selling: When to begin looking for a new home |May 25, 2016

Dear Esther: We need a larger home and have just begun thinking through selling and purchasing. Should we begin looking for what we may want to buy before we sell ours?

First Niagara presents $5,000 to Cradles to Crayons |May 25, 2016

On May 13, First Niagara presented Cradles to Crayons with a $5,000 grant to support their Ready for School program. Ready for School focuses on the school preparedness of young children by fully equipping them with clothing for school together with backpacks filled with school supplies.

Montco commissioners weigh in on transgender bathroom issues |May 24, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County commissioners weighed in Thursday, May 19, on the ongoing debate over the use of public restrooms by transgender individuals.

Nom Prophets in Kutztown serves food with a side of dignity |May 24, 2016

Formerly homeless Kutztown resident Julia Zion recently founded Nom Prophets, a Kutztown based non-profit organization that provides meals, job training and self confidence to the homeless and poor.

Attorneys react to Bill Cosby preliminary hearing decision |May 24, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> As the charges against Bill Cosby move forward to trial, one of the women who has accused him of sexual assault will get her day in court.

Twin Valley 4th graders spend educational field trip at French Creek State Park |May 24, 2016

Twin Valley School District elementary fourth graders enjoyed an educational field trip at French Creek State Park on May 20.

Fed inspectors find sick, dead animals at Berks County pet dealer ranch |May 24, 2016

Federal inspectors found sick and dead animals, inadequate sanitation, untrained employees performing euthanasia and other deficiencies at a Berks County small-animal dealer that supplied major pet retailers like Petco and PetSmart.

Pottstown, July 4th group spar over parade fees |May 24, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Organizers of the annual Independence Day parade and festivities have announced this year’s events “are in jeopardy” because the borough “abruptly changed the practice of payment for costs” to require payment up front.

Sanatoga project proposed to include homes, hotel, offices |May 24, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> Six zoning variances are being sought by the Warminster-based developers who want to convert 51 acres of land near the Philadelphia Premium Outlets into a housing, office and hotel complex.

Birdsboro borough manager shares his story of living with seizures |May 24, 2016

Birdsboro >> Imagine going about your normal activities – working, caring for your children or walking down the street – when you suddenly drop to the ground with a seizure.

MEND Soul Holistic Arts opens in Kutztown |May 24, 2016

Tamu Ngina, LMT, RMT of Kutztown hosted a Grand Opening event for MEND Soul Holistic Arts at 253 W. Main St. in Kutztown on May 15.

Patriot Community Calendar May 26 |May 23, 2016

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

6th Annual Marc McKently Memorial 5K Run set for June 1 |May 23, 2016

The friends of Marc McKently are getting ready to present the 6th Annual Marc McKently Memorial 5K Run in Pleasantville near Oley. The race will be held Wednesday, June 1, at 7 p.m. at Union Jack’s Inn located at 546 Manatawny Road.

Kutztown Community Library hosts Book Sale |May 23, 2016

On Friday, April 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 from 9:30 to 2 p.m., the Kutztown Community Library hosted a successful Book Sale event. The book sale included a Fill-a-Bag Sale on Saturday.

Voter surge in Upper Pottsgrove fuels call to move polling place |May 23, 2016

UPPER POTTSGROVE >> Officials are looking to change the township’s sole polling place as the result of the high turnout seen in last month’s presidential primary election.

Pack 511 Boy Scout honored with Parvuli Dei award |May 23, 2016

Russell Cunningham, Barto, and a member of Boy Scout Pack 511 of Bechtelsville, recently received the Parvuli Dei award at Most Blessed Sacrament Church. The award, which means “Children of God,” is presented to Scouts who complete workbook and do acts that focus on faith, family and community.

Kutztown grad inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, receives award |May 23, 2016

Muhlenberg College honored its Phi Beta Kappa recipients in an induction ceremony on Sunday, May 1. The ceremony was held in Seegers Union at 12 p.m.

Adoptables from the Montco SPCA |May 23, 2016

Zuzu, also known as Ellie, is a young Staffordshire mix looking for a home with a PATIENT owner. Zuzu is very sweet with people, but when in a home environment, she can become protective over her family.

PHOTOS: Hill School has running fever with community events |May 23, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> The Hill School was full of running children Friday as families came out to two free community events.

Upper Pottsgrove cracking down on barking dogs |May 23, 2016

UPPER POTTSGROVE >> It might be time for some dog owners in the township to invest in muzzles.

Fleetwood Area High School: May Students of the Month |May 23, 2016

The Fleetwood Area High School Students of the Month for May are Cory Mullin and Nicole Spanier.

Tim Long, 36 year insurance professional, to retire |May 23, 2016

After 36 years in the insurance business, Tim Long, associated with Nationwide Insurance, is retiring. The Long agency, currently located in the Topton Professional Building, State Street, Mertztown, was founded in 1952 by Tim’s father, Arlan W.

Healthy Lifestyles Expo fills Sunnybrook Ballroom |May 23, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> The Sunnybrook Ballroom was filled with people Thursday as area residents did yoga in a chair, received free health screenings and visited vendor tables for the 2016 Healthy Lifestyles Expo.

MCCC celebrates student success at 2016 Commencement ceremony |May 23, 2016

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) celebrated the success of 1,555 graduates during its 2016 Commencement ceremony on May 19 in Blue Bell.

Richard A. Zuber Realty introduces new agent Melissa Newkirk |May 23, 2016

Real estate agent Melissa Newkirk has found her “career home” in recently joining the Morgantown branch of Richard A. Zuber Realty. Newkirk is eager to assist her clients in matching their unique needs with a home that meets those needs and in locating a mortgage lender that offers programs that fit their circumstances.

It’s music to their ears: New Community Theatre celebrating amazing response to September production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ |May 23, 2016

It was not long ago that The Talisman Players, originally a community theatre in New York City, presented themselves to our community for the first time. Invited to take up residence at Trinity Lutheran Church on Main Street, the “players” began with a liturgical play for Christmas in 2014 and followed with a melodrama, “Dora the Beautiful Dishwasher” in February 2015.

Topton Pioneer Grange hosts Community Night |May 23, 2016

The Pioneer Grange in Topton held its annual Community Night Program in April. This is a night to honor grange members and get the community involved.

Watkins Architect and Lyons Fire Company celebrate a nearly 7-year building project |May 23, 2016

Watkins Architect and Lyons Fire Company celebrated the grand re-opening of the new kitchen and dining rooms for the Lyons Fire Company Social Club with a ribbon cutting last month.

Kutztown Grange honors members, enjoys entertainment at Community Night |May 23, 2016

Kutztown Grange hosted their annual Community Night, open to the public, in April. State Grange president Elizabeth Downey, along with other State and County Grange officers were in attendance.

Zoning board member chosen as new Lower Pottsgrove commissioner |May 23, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> A member of the zoning hearing board is the latest person to be appointed to the board of township commissioners.

Juliette Gordon Low visits Girl Scout Troops’ Mother/Daughter Tea |May 23, 2016

Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927) was the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, with the help of Sir Robert Baden-Powell. Juliette joined the Girl Guide movement when she formed a group of Girl Guides in Scotland in 1911.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Bailey, an affectionate tabby looking for a home |May 23, 2016

Do you enjoy being loved and having someone adore you? If so, Bailey just may be your soul mate. He is a handsome orange tabby, front declawed, who is only two years old. He has a wonderful personality and can be described as gentle, quiet, soft and affectionate.

Photos: Montgomery County Community College 2016 commencement |May 23, 2016

WHITPAIN >> Montgomery County Community College held its 49th commencement Thursday at the main campus in Blue Bell.

Charles B. Yerger American Legion announces Memorial Day Parade |May 23, 2016

The annual Boyertown Memorial Day Parade, hosted by the Charles B. Yerger American Legion Post No. 471, will start forming at 9 a.m. Monday, May 30.

BASD music education program receives national recognition |May 23, 2016

The Boyertown Area School District has once again been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Boyertown Area School District joins 476 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2016.

Top Dog Fest tops at Topton Street Fair |May 23, 2016

Hot dog eating contest, Top Cake Baker, and Classic Car Cruise drew people out into the rain to Topton on Saturday.

Trash truck crashes in to ditch in Berks County |May 23, 2016

Workers from Berks-Mont Towing and Recovery lift a partially loaded trash truck from a ditch along County Line Road at Hoffmansville Road in Washington Township Monday morning. Two employees from Diamond Disposal in Bechtelsville where uninjured.