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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.

Hamburg Rotary: Students share Camp Neidig experience |Jul 22, 2014

Christine Roth was the program chairperson and the students from Hamburg High School who attended Camp Neidig presented the program. Kylie James, and Shelby Levan in the picture and missing from the picture were Sierna Werley and Ron Lavigne.

River House PA ready to help veterans and their families |Jul 22, 2014

Port Clinton Park was filled with veterans, family members, supporters, music, food, activities and more on Saturday, July 19, for the River House PA fundraiser.

Family and friends honor athlete at Run For Taylor |Jul 22, 2014

Runners and walkers were out at the Hamburg Area High School football stadium early Sunday morning, July 20, for the sixth annual Run for Taylor in memory of Taylor Nicole Seitzinger.

Hamburg residents visit revolutionary times |Jul 22, 2014

Michael Jesberger presented a Revolutionary War program, “Citizen to Soldier,” including a live muzzle-loading demonstration, for a crowd of about 50 who gathered around him at the Hamburg Park off Island Street.

Power outage affects 15,000 in tri-county area |Jul 22, 2014

UNION TWP — Approximately 15,000 Met-Ed customers across the tri-county area lost power late Sunday morning.

While Governor Mifflin awaits pre-k grant, families begin enrolling in new pre-k program |Jul 22, 2014

With the passage of the Pennsylvania State Budget, which included an additional $10 million for pre-K education, the Governor Mifflin School District is continuing to move forward with a district-wide preschool program.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Jul 22, 2014

25 Years Ago July 26, 1989 Mr. and Mrs. C. Benton Wert, 545 West State Street, Hamburg, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a party given by their children at the Shartlesville Grange Hall.

Kutztown School Board approves new Band room floor; removes reconfiguration from agenda |Jul 22, 2014

Addressing student safety and poor floor tile condition, Kutztown School Board approved a new High School Band Room floor and also removed from future agendas elementary and middle school reconfiguration talks.

Police: 2014 heroin seizures way up from last year’s totals |Jul 22, 2014

HARRISBURG — State police seized more than $23 million worth of heroin, marijuana and other illegal drugs during the second quarter of 2014 and have already surpassed the total amount of heroin taken off Pennsylvania streets in 2013, authorities announced.

Albright College receives National Science Foundation Grant to fund STEM scholarships |Jul 22, 2014

Albright College has been awarded more than $627,000 from the National Science Foundation to fund scholarships for students pursuing STEM majors who are interested in how these fields apply to the environment.

Fight for Sight 5K Starts at the Daniel Boone Homestead Sept. 6 |Jul 22, 2014

The Amity Township Lions Club presents the “mane” event of running season....The Fight for Sight Run will be held during Community Days weekend on Saturday, Sept. 6 The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and the Lion Cub Fun Run will begin at 9:10 a.

Penn Street Market welcomes Alvernia student farm food as vendor |Jul 22, 2014

Alvernia University students are getting a hands-on education on what it takes to grow and market vegetables at the Penn Street Market this year. The university’s farm is called Bog Turtle Creek Farm and is located near Mohnton.

Hamburg Area High School class of 1953 celebrates 61st reunion |Jul 22, 2014

Hamburg High School class of 1953 held its 61st reunion on June 18 at Blue Mountain Restaurant in Shartlesville.

Cat Angel Network Pet of the Week: Two Maine Coon sisters |Jul 21, 2014

Twinkle and Little Moon are gorgeous Maine Coon sisters who are 1.5 years old. They are the sweetest, gentlest girls imaginable and love people! They are small kitties, weighing less than 8 lbs. apiece, and they are fond of rubbing their little heads against your hand, always seeking ways to show their affection.

Montgomery County Community College offers workshop to help adults transition into college |Jul 21, 2014

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) will continue to offer its popular Career Transition Workshop for adults who may be thinking about returning to college.

Frecon Farms celebrates new bakery during Peach Jubilee |Jul 21, 2014

Frecon Farms, best known as a family-owned local producer of numerous fruits, home-made ciders and wines, has expanded their reputation even further to include baked goods. Some of the many sweet treats they offer are pies, cookies, bread, rolls, tarts, cake, donuts, and even quiche.

Brew & Que kicks off Kutztown’s 200th birthday count down |Jul 21, 2014

Kutztown celebrates its 200th birthday in 2015 and the count down kicks off with this year’s Brew & Que on Aug. 2.

Final fate of Zettlemoyer’s Bridge in Greenwich Township still undecided |Jul 21, 2014

Nearly two years since Pennsylvania Department Of Transportation declared Zettlemoyer’s Bridge deficient after its yearly inspection, the bridge, which connects Long Road and about a dozen property owners to Route 143, has yet to receive any work, but that could change in the near future.

Virginville historic farm offers tour of ‘good, bad & ugly of wetland plant life’ |Jul 21, 2014

The Dreibelbis Historic Farm’s July 20 Wetlands Species Walk in Virginville provided an education on identifying unique plant species with emphasis on wetland indicator species and invasive species, or as Dr.

Summer fun at the park during Fleetwood Community Carnival |Jul 21, 2014

Fleetwood residents enjoyed some summer fun during the Fleetwood Community Carnival July 15-19 at Fleetwood Park.

Morgantown American Legion celebrates Community Day |Jul 21, 2014

What’s summer without a yummy clambake, some hip outdoor music and cold drinks?

Hamburg area calendar of events |Jul 21, 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.

Christmas In July Vendor/Craft Show to be held at Gilbertsville Fire Company this Saturday |Jul 21, 2014

There are only 150 days until Christmas.

Bureau of Forestry announces funding for rural firefighters |Jul 21, 2014

Harrisburg - More than $590,000 in grants will be awarded to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced today.

Hamburg area church calendar |Jul 21, 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.

Hamburg area obituaries |Jul 21, 2014

Robert Lauser Robert “Bob” Lauser, 73, of Leesport, passed away early Saturday morning, July 19, 2014 at the Reading Hospital.

Small Beginnings: A dream is a wish your heart makes? I surely hope not! |Jul 21, 2014

I am baffled by my own dreams. I know some folks claim to never dream or at least never remember their dreams but that is not me. I am a fairly frequent dreamer although as I have aged, I am either dreaming less often or remembering the details less clearly.

Welcome to my World: The cold facts about ice cream |Jul 21, 2014

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