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State grant opp for businesses working to stop pollution, improve energy efficiency, Schwank Says |Jul 31, 2015

Businesses working to save electricity or protect the environment can now apply for a state grant for pollution prevention and energy conservation projects, Sen. Judy Schwank said today.

ADA Walk celebrates 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act |Jul 31, 2015

ADA Walk – July 24th Shouts of “Hey, hey, hey! ADA!” could be heard on the streets of Reading the morning of July 24, as people from across Berks County living with disabilities, their friends and coworkers, and supportive community members traveled to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Boyertown Planetarium Director and ACEAP Ambassador to Chile Peter Detterline named as StarFest keynote speaker |Jul 31, 2015

On Saturday, Aug. 8, the Chesmont Astronomical Society will host their annual outreach event about astronomy, StarFest 2015. This free event will take place at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Park where you’ll have the chance to experience the night sky like you’ve never before.

Kwik Shoppe donates to fire company |Jul 31, 2015

On Saturday, July 25, The Kwik Shoppe held a 50’s party, donating part of the proceeds to the local fire company. With $1 specials all day, a DJ, balloons for the kids and a 50/50 drawing, the event offered fun for the community while supporting a cause.

Lions Club president commends dedicated food pantry volunteer |Jul 31, 2015

Frystown Lions Club president Dennis Zerbe expressed his appreciation to Connie Bashore for her presentation on the history of, and current work with the Bethel-Tulpehocken Food Pantry, which is run out of Salem Lutheran Church in Bethel.

State Police: Driver strikes tree, overturns vehicle in I-78 collision |Jul 31, 2015

On July 23 at 3:30 p.m., State Police Trooper William Spayd responded to a two-vehicle crash on I-78 west.

Hamburg High School program change: Juniors, seniors can earn credit for professional field experience |Jul 31, 2015

Hamburg Area School Board approved changes to the high school program of studies for the 2015-16 school year on July 27.

Exeter School Board: Presentation heard on LERTA program; recommendation made on length of shorts |Jul 31, 2015

Exeter High school student Hunter Ahrens recently led the monthly meeting of the Exeter School Board meeting with an informative presentation relating to the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) program.

Honey Brook Music Fest raises $5,000 for Food Pantry |Jul 30, 2015

Honey Brook Music Fest rocked the greens, raising $5,000 for the Honey Brook Food Pantry.

Morgantown Village Library celebrates 50th anniversary, honors two surviving founders |Jul 30, 2015

The Village Library has decided to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the Village Library and honor the two surviving founding members, Mary Bamberger and Sylvia Firth.

Hyuett’s Auctioneering, helping families during life’s transitions |Jul 30, 2015

Huyett’s Auctioneering LLC., Morgantown, provides on or off site auctions on real estate and personal property with the goal of helping families at a time of transition in their lives.

Conestoga Christian School garden produces for community |Jul 30, 2015

Conestoga Christian School started its first garden this spring to benefit the Twin Valley Food Pantry.

Honey Brook siblings support non-profit cause, Bridge of Hope, with lemonade stand fundraiser |Jul 30, 2015

Two Honey Brook siblings, Kaleigh and Mason Horst, encouraged members of the community to make a difference on July 23 with a lemonade stand fundraiser to help Bridge of Hope Lancaster and Chester Counties, a non-profit that works with single moms who are homeless.

Chester County introduces county-wide multi-modal transportation guide; Handbook provides direction for municipality officials, planners, engineers and developers on integrated transportation, traffic and land development plans |Jul 30, 2015

The Chester County Commissioners and Chester County Planning Commission (CCPC) unveiled this week the county’s new comprehensive guide on the implementation of multi-modal transportation facilities.

Twin Valley Garden Club interpret “Flowers in Your Hair” theme with garlands |Jul 30, 2015

Members of the Twin Valley Garden Club (TVGC) modeled fresh flower garlands at a recent club meeting. Their unique creations interpret the theme “Flowers in Your Hair” for this whimsical 1960s look.

Program in Berks attempts to debunk drug addiction myths |Jul 30, 2015

READING >> Drug addiction does not end with the individual with the disease, but creates a ripple effect through the family and loved ones of the addict.

Oley’s 2015 Peach & Ice Cream Festival slated for Aug. 8 |Jul 29, 2015

Sponsored by the Oley Fire Company, Oley Fire Company Fairgrounds will once again be filling up with peach-lovers across the region for the annual Peach and Ice Cream Festival.

Living History Sundays at Pottsgrove Manor |Jul 29, 2015

Come spend a casual summer Sunday afternoon at historic Pottsgrove Manor and enjoy the 18th century surroundings as volunteers demonstrate colonial trades and pastimes.

Nurse arrested for stealing drugs from Pocopson nursing home |Jul 29, 2015

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced the arrest of defendant Carolyn Howett. The defendant was a nurse at the Pocopson Home, a nursing home located in Chester County.

Boyertown Multi-Service is now holding Back-to-School Supply Drive |Jul 29, 2015

It’s Back-to-School time again and Boyertown Area Multi-Service, Inc. is collecting a variety of school supplies for children of all ages for local families who come to Multi-Service for assistance.

Schuylkill Valley School District Board reviews PSSA rating changes that could mean more basic or below students |Jul 29, 2015

Schuylkill Valley School Board Superintendent Dr. Warren Mata announced that rating categories were changed by the state on PSSA scores after students completed testing in the April and May time frame.

Amity Fire Company receives $130,000 grant |Jul 27, 2015

U.S. Congressman Patrick Meehan, R-7 Dist., announced the award of a $129,926 grant to the Amity Fire Company from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

7th Annual Schuylkill Valley Girls Softball Association Diamond Cruise Car Show |Jul 27, 2015

The second Saturday in July was an extremely popular date on the car show circuit as there was almost too many events to choose from. Fortunately, Mother Nature provided an exceptional day. There was a very good turnout for all of the events scheduled for that day.

Fleetwood Carnival |Jul 27, 2015

The community flocked to Fleetwood Park July 21 to 25 for the Fleetwood Community Carnival which included rides, food, Midway and entertainment.

Volunteers take part in Mission Trip Birdsboro |Jul 27, 2015

Earlier this month, volunteer workers could be spotted in bright yellow shirts as took part in Mission Trip Birdsboro 2015. These volunteers — broken into teams scattered throughout the community — provided help and repairs to 19 different work sites.

Berks County prepares for gypsy moth invasion |Jul 27, 2015

Like their namesakes, gypsy moths have taken to journeying across the country, starting in Massachusetts and spreading as far west as Wisconsin and as far south as Virginia’s border with North Carolina.

Kutztown Patriot Community Calendar July 30 |Jul 27, 2015

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

Robert C. Wagner promoted to Lieutenant |Jul 27, 2015

Acting State Police Commissioner Marcus L. Brown has promoted Robert C. Wagner, a native of Beaver Falls, Beaver County, to lieutenant and assigned him to Troop L, Reading as the Patrol Section Commander.

Samuel Kulp earns Eagle Scout rank |Jul 27, 2015

Samuel C. Kulp has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Samuel is the son of Thomas and Deborah Kulp of Kutztown. Sam is a scout in Troop 101 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kutztown.

Fleetwood Girl Scout Daisy Troop 1956 moves upward and onward; girls “bridge” into Brownies |Jul 27, 2015

Fleetwood Girl Scout Daisy Troop 1956 graduated from being a Daisy Girl Scout Troop (kindergarten and first graders) and “bridged” into Brownie Girl Scouts (second and third graders).

Hibbett Sports store opening in Kutztown |Jul 27, 2015

Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ/GS: HIBB), an Alabama-based athletic retail company, is pleased to announce that its newest Hibbett Sports store will be opening in the Kutztown, PA market, employing approximately eight full and part-time team members.

Longswamp’s Jacob B. Moyer receives scouting’s highest honor, recognized at special Eagle Scout ceremony |Jul 27, 2015

Jacob B. Moyer, 18, of Boy Scout Troop 575 (Hawk Mountain Council) in Longswamp was honored at a special Eagle Scout ceremony on Sunday, July 19. To earn scouting’s highest award, Jacob had to earn at least 21 merit badges, serve as a leader in his troop and complete a major community service project.

Three new degree programs approved for Kutztown University |Jul 27, 2015

The Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education approved three new degree programs to be offered at Kutztown University. The State System approved a new Bachelor of Fine Arts in applied digital arts degree, a Master of Arts in arts administration degree and a Master of Education in music education.

Kutztown Patriot Church News |Jul 27, 2015

Salem E.C. Church, 2150 Old 22, Lenhartsville

Dreibelbis Farm Historical Society to host annual Farm Festival |Jul 27, 2015

On Saturday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Dreibelbis Farm Historical Society will host its annual Farm Festival at the Historic Dreibelbis Farm in Virginville.

Kutztown Brake the Cycle of Poverty: Benefit ride raises funds for families in need in Kutztown, Fleetwood & Brandywine areas |Jul 27, 2015

In our efforts to continue to serve those in need, Friend, Inc. Community Services will be hosting the 6th annual Brake the Cycle of Poverty bike ride.

State Police; BMX bikes stolen from Topton resident’s garage, incident under investigation |Jul 27, 2015

State Police at the Reading station are investigating a burglary that occurred in Topton on July 21 at 12:01 a.m.

St. John’s Day Care sails into summer fun |Jul 27, 2015

As summer is underway, the children here at St. John’s Day Care jumped right into our fun-filled program.

Hopewell’s ‘Fueling The Furnace’ salutes conservation |Jul 27, 2015

The National Park Service invites the public to celebrate the conservation of our nation’s natural and cultural heritage at its traditional “Fueling The Furnace” event on Saturday, Aug.

A Look Back in History: Architectural fashion in randomly laid fieldstone |Jul 27, 2015

America’s early hinterland houses built of native stone are more than well constructed abodes. They reveal the desire of the frontier inhabitants to be part of the architectural fashion of the day.

Kutztown Kruizz kicks off Bicentennial Celebration with more than 260 cars, concert and movie |Jul 27, 2015

Kutztown kicked off its week-long Bicentennial celebration under a bright sun and blue skies with more than 260 cars featured in its Kutztown Kruizz Saturday, July 25.

Local student participates in summer music program |Jul 26, 2015

Thomas Kissinger of Hamburg was among a select group of high school students who recently participated in Susquehanna University’s week-long Wind Ensemble Institute.

Military News |Jul 26, 2015

Air Force Airman 1st Class Gyver G. Rightmyer graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Blues, Brews, and BBQs! New event held in conjunction with Leesport Farmers Market’s Mid-Summer Craft Fair |Jul 26, 2015

More than a thousand vehicles had already flooded the parking lot of the Leesport Farmers Market on the morning of their new event Blues, Brews, and BBQs, held in conjunction with the Market’s well-known Mid-Summer Craft Fair.

Hamburg Item Church News |Jul 26, 2015

Hamburg Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 22 Willow Road

Robert C. Wagner promoted to Lieutenant |Jul 26, 2015

Acting State Police Commissioner Marcus L. Brown has promoted Robert C. Wagner, a native of Beaver Falls, Beaver County, to lieutenant and assigned him to Troop L, Reading as the Patrol Section Commander.

Six local students attend Camp Neidig leadership camp |Jul 26, 2015

Erik Fleischel, Emily Kavka, Morgan Delong, Hannah Schreffler, Rhett Robinson and Nate Parent attended Camp Neidig in June. They shared their experience at camp. Camp Neidig is a leadership camp. The students were very excited and felt they learned so much from the experience.

Item Community Calendar of Events July 29 |Jul 26, 2015

Submit to Calendar: email event listings to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com. Note Item Calendar in email subject.

Military News |Jul 26, 2015

Air Force Airman Brandon T. Adams graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Summer continues to sizzle with August concerts |Jul 26, 2015

Although the summer can begin to wind down as August approaches, activity at the park never seems to take a break. With several entertaining performances scheduled for the coming month, folks can continue to enjoy what the parks have to offer.