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Berks County Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt seeks third term |Mar 3, 2015

Reading >> Berks County Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt did not require any pomp and circumstance when he quietly stepped into election season. Seeking his third term, the Democrat simply stated that he would like to continue working on the projects he has in the pipeline.

Guns permitted in Union Township public rec area |Mar 3, 2015

UNION TWP. >> The township supervisors recently approved an ordinance amendment that allows visitors to carry firearms into the Union Township Recreation Area off Route 724.

Boyertown man pleads guilty to sex assault of girl, 14, he met on Facebook |Mar 3, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Berks County man pleaded guilty on Monday to having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

Free Dining with Diabetes program comes to Boyertown this week |Mar 3, 2015

Boyertown>> A free informational diabetes program that includes cooking demonstrations will be offered to local residents starting Thursday.

Berks County Crime Unit investigated prostitution at Jane’s Spa Oriental Massage, Blandon |Mar 3, 2015

The Berks County District Attorney’s Crime Unit initiated an investigation into the operation of “Jane’s Spa Oriental Massage”, located at 8468 Allentown Pike, Suite #5, Blandon

Subcommittees propose budget changes to Kutztown School Board |Mar 3, 2015

Two subcommittees, the Technology and the Curriculum and Instruction groups, appeared before the Kutztown School Board on Monday night to present their proposed budgets for the 2015-16 school year.

Hopewell Furnace presents The Legacy of William Penn March 8 |Mar 3, 2015

What does William Penn have to do with Berks, Chester and Montgomery Counties? Plenty! On Sunday, March 8, historian and preservationist Barbara Cohen will discuss the Legacy of William Penn. The free program will begin at 2 p.

Wockets, silly rhymes and Dr. Seuss: Fleetwood High School FBLA and Andrew Maier Elementary “Read Across America” with Dr. Seuss |Mar 3, 2015

Elementary students created their own wockets, wrote their own silly rhymes and got crafty, Dr. Seuss style.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Mar 2, 2015

25 Years Ago March 7, 1990 >> The first in a series of special events to commemorate the founding of the town of Shoemakersville 225 years ago will be a community church service to be held at St.

Hamburg rotarians hear about District 4 Way Test Speech Contest |Mar 2, 2015

Rotarian Christine Roth welcomes Joe Wynands to speak about the District 4 Way Test Speech Contest to be held at Hamburg Area High School on March 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Group Instruction Room.

Schuylkill Valley Elementary School principals pied in the face as reward for students |Mar 2, 2015

Last year, Schuylkill Valley Elementary School students placed second in the 2014 Literacy Council of Berks County Read-A-Thon. This year the students were given the challenge to reach number one.

Daniel Boone students teach parents about tough environmental issues |Mar 2, 2015

Imagine owning a small farm and being able to power your whole operation using the waste your farm generates. Well, students at Daniel Boone High School are researching ways for farmers to do that.

#GirlPOP2015 to draw over 3,000 local girls for all-female convention; Explore real-life experiences shared by girls |Mar 2, 2015

An anticipated crowd of more than 3,000 girls and adults will attend #GirlPOP2015, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania all-girls meetup at the Pennsylvania Convention Center May 16.

Hamburg area calendar of events March 4 edition |Mar 2, 2015

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 church calendar March 4 edition |Mar 2, 2015

St. Mary Roman Catholic Church Located at 94 Walnut Road in Tilden Township. Visit our website at www.rc.net/allentown/stmaryhamb. Daily schedule: Eucharistic devotions on Monday at 7 p.m.; Masses on Tuesday at 7 p.

Jozwiak meets with U.S. Marshals who helped to capture Frein |Mar 2, 2015

Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks) last week in Harrisburg met Director of the U.S. Marshals Service Stacia Hylton and U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Martin J. Pane during their visit to the state Capitol.

Bernville Area Community Library receives deed from 1763 |Mar 2, 2015

A 1763 deed describing the early history of a tract of land in Bernville was presented to the Bernville Area Community Library on Feb. 23 by William F. Richardson, of Reading.

Hamburg area school directors approve purchase of online prekindergarten tool |Mar 2, 2015

Hamburg area school directors approved the purchase of an online prekindergarten and parent engagement tool for the 2015-16 school year at a cost of $4,000 on Feb. 23.

Fleetwood Area School District Report presents Spring Musicals |Mar 2, 2015

The Fleetwood Area School District is proud to present three musicals for your enjoyment this month.

Local authors to read passages of their work, speak with public at Studio B |Mar 2, 2015

Studio B, 39A E. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, welcomes the community to enjoy an event featuring local published writers on Sunday, March 8, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Kutztown rings in Bicentennial; Bells ring 200 times to celebrate Ktown’s 200th birthday |Mar 2, 2015

The “Ringing of the Bells” brought Kutztonians out in the snow to celebrate the 200th birthday of Kutztown.

Viral video wins first, helps Kutztown University student’s family |Mar 1, 2015

A Kutztown University freshman Jessii Fossburg needed a viral video to get 500,000 views to win a contest to help her mother.

Kutztown High School MiniTHON raises $21,258.75 for pediatric cancer, exceeds Four Diamonds goal of $8,000 |Mar 1, 2015

Kutztown Area High School held its first ever miniTHON from 7 p.m. this past Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

Kutztown FriendFest, good time for good cause: Beer and Wine Festival helps end poverty in Northeastern Berks County |Mar 1, 2015

“Get out of this winter’s icy chill and join us for the 7th Annual FriendFest Beer and Wine Festival,” invited Friend Inc. Community Services in Kutztown.

Graffiti plagues Morgantown businesses, Police say arrest is imminent |Feb 27, 2015

Graffiti has been scrawled on Morgantown businesses for the past couple of months. Caernarvon Township Police intend to make an arrest shortly.

Boyertown Area School Board discusses budget-cutting |Feb 27, 2015

In its first meeting after passing a preliminary budget, the Boyertown Area School Board discussed ways to reduce the potential 6-percent tax increase included in the 2015-16 budget.

Berks County Commissioners seek $500,000 gain through investments |Feb 27, 2015

Looking over the county code can be dry but educational, according to Berks County Commissioner Mark Scott.

State System universities offer programs, services to military |Feb 27, 2015

Twenty-two thousand. That’s the number of pushups California University of Pennsylvania students did over the last approximately four weeks to raise awareness about the rising tide of military suicides.

Celebrate Women’s History Month at Hopewell Furnace |Feb 27, 2015

March is Women’s History Month and what better way to celebrate than to visit Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, a place where equal pay for equal work was the practice in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Hamburg Area Middle School second quarter honor roll |Feb 27, 2015

Sixth Grade Distinguished Honor Roll

Berks native Corey Brossman to speak at Salem’s 3rd Annual Sportsmen’s Banquet |Feb 27, 2015

The public is invited to the 3rd Annual Sportsmen’s Banquet at Salem EC Church, Lenhartsville, on Saturday, March 7. The evening will feature outdoorsman and television host Corey Brossman, who will speak at 7 p.

Kutztown Student Council hosts mini-THON Feb. 27 to 28, approaching $20,000 raised for childhood cancer |Feb 27, 2015

Kutztown Area High School Student Council hosts its mini-THON to raise funds for childhood cancer tonight, Feb. 27, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Millions of gallons of crude oil pass through Pottstown area each week |Feb 26, 2015

Crude oil transport trains, which travel through and often pause in Pottstown, have been gathering attention of late. The derailment that led to sky-high flames in West Virginia Feb. 16 has shone a national spotlight on an issue that hits close to home.

Exeter School Board discusses Bond Sale and Transportation Center Site costs; graduation requirements revised |Feb 26, 2015

During their Feb. 17 meeting, the Exeter Township School District Board of School Directors was presented with results of the competitive bond sale, which took place Jan. 13, by Jamie Schlesinger of Public Financial Management and an update from Justin Istenes on the Transportation Center Project.

Boyertown Area Senior High students to dance all night to fight childhood cancer |Feb 26, 2015

Boyertown >> Twelve hours, hundreds of students and thousands of dollars. This is what Boyertown Area Senior High students are offering Friday night and Saturday morning to the families of children battling cancer.

Berks County kidnapping suspect apprehended in Wyoming |Feb 26, 2015

Pennsylvania State Police Hamburg report that kidnapping suspect Marshall Glenn McGinty, 43, was taken into custody without incident on Feb. 25 by Casper, Wyoming Police Department. He was found parked in the victim’s Honda Fit at the East Side Wal Mart in Casper Wyoming.

Grange pot pie dinner to benefit ‘Save Our Strand’ campaign on Feb. 28 |Feb 26, 2015

As is often seen in the Hamburg area, helping and supporting one another is a big part of small town and small communities. Since the beginning, the Hamburg Grange February pot pie dinners have helped to support different groups and causes in the community.

Montco Dems endorse three lawyers for Common Pleas Court judge |Feb 26, 2015

With the Pennsylvania Department of State ruling this week that November’s election will include only three open seats for the Montgomery County bench, not the four that had been anticipated, county Democrats have now endorsed their judicial slate.

Humane Veterinary Hospital being built adjacent to Humane Society of Berks County |Feb 25, 2015

Humane Pennsylvania, a network of animal welfare facilities in Pennsylvania, is excited to announce the recent acquisition of a new building located at 1729 N. 11th Street, Reading.

Twin Valley Elementary Center 2015 Spring Carnival features performances by Twin Valley cheerleaders and ReMix Dance & Fitness |Feb 25, 2015

Twin Valley Elementary Center will hold its annual 2015 Spring Carnival on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Robeson Township Supervisors amend septic system ordinance, working to increase effectiveness of On Lot Disposal System ordinance |Feb 25, 2015

The Robeson Township Board of Supervisors reviewed and approved the most recent draft of the township’s On Lot Disposal System (OLDS) ordinance for advertisement at a Feb. 17 meeting.

New Holland: Garden Spot Village hosts Hooley School Of Irish Dance March 21 at 7 p.m. |Feb 25, 2015

Enjoy the sounds of “the auld sod” when Hooley School of Irish Dance brings a rousing performance to Garden Spot Village on Saturday, March 21, as part of the community’s popular Saturday Evening Concert Series.

Geologist speaks at Joanna Furnace about early iron mining |Feb 25, 2015

In the early 1800s southeastern Pennsylvania was one of the leading iron production areas in the nation.

Amber Alert: New Castle police say father took 3-year-old after assaulting her mother |Feb 24, 2015

The New Castle County Police Department are searching for a child that is missing from her home.

Muhlenberg Ambulance Association assist Exeter in 911 transitions; services to begin March 23 |Feb 24, 2015

Beginning March 23, the Muhlenberg Ambulance Association will assist Exeter Township in their 911 switch by providing 24-hour advanced life support seven days a week.

Police searching for suspect from Pottstown drug raid |Feb 24, 2015

pottstown >> Police have released a photo of the man they are seeking in relation to the drug raid that took place on Friday Feb. 20 on North Charlotte Street.

Congressman Ryan Costello visits Daniel Boone High School science team |Feb 24, 2015

UNION TWP. >> Congressman Ryan Costello doesn’t seem to mind getting his hands dirty.

Daniel Boone Area School Board discusses restoring full-day kindergarten, closing a school |Feb 24, 2015

UNION >> A proposal by Superintendent Marybeth Torchia to restore full day kindergarten to the Daniel Boone Area School District in 2015-16 was discussed Monday, coupled with the possibility of closing a school building due to declining enrollment.

Oley Valley High School to host Talent And Fashion Show |Feb 24, 2015

Members of Oley Valley’s senior class will be hosting a combination music and talent revue to benefit Project Graduation, the school’s safe, post-graduation party for this year’s OVHS graduates.

Reality TV: York County Eagles gain celebrity status |Feb 24, 2015

Central Pennsylvania’s newest reality show is unfolding 100 feet up a tree overlooking Lake Marburg.