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Schools schedule early dismissal due to snow |Feb 9, 2016

Due to upcoming snowstorm, the following school districts are dismissing students early:

On Tap |Feb 9, 2016

Send your event listings to ldillon@berksmontnews.com to have them listed in On Tap! Deadline for submissions is Friday week before publication. Please mark email subject as Connection On Tap.

Pottstown start-up partnering with local YMCA to bring convenient healthy food to community |Feb 9, 2016

Tamans is pleased to announce their launch in Pottstown in collaboration with Pottstown YMCA. Tamans is a 21st century online and mobile marketplace where anyone can purchase delicious, healthy, local and fresh foods straight from the area’s farmers.

PAHWF awards more than $1.4 million in grant dollars |Feb 9, 2016

The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation seeks grant proposals that are consistent with our identified mission of improving health outcomes in the Pottstown region. Within our mission, we have established priorities for which our grants are required to serve.

Pottstown SCORE announces free and low-cost workshops |Feb 9, 2016

The following free and low-cost workshops for small business owners and non-profit organizations are being offered to the community by SCORE Pottstown. Registration for these programs is requested. To register, please visit https://pottstown.

PAHWF East Auxiliary volunteers raise $20,000 to promote health & wellness |Feb 9, 2016

Two local nonprofit organizations will benefit from fundraising efforts of the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation East Auxiliary. The Auxiliary operates the “Just For You” gift shop that is located in the lobby of the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center (PMMC).

BREAKING: Lower Pottsgrove Police confirm car in river belongs to missing man |Feb 9, 2016

NORTH COVENTRY >> A vehicle belonging to a missing Lower Pottsgrove man was recovered with a body inside from the Schuylkill River early Tuesday afternoon.

Farmers tour agricultural technology, robotic milking in Kutztown at Pa. Young Farmers Association Winter Conference |Feb 9, 2016

The Kutztown Young Farmers hosted the Pennsylvania Young Farmers Association Winter Conference Feb. 2 to 4, featuring a tour of Corner View Farm in Kutztown, which uses a robotic milking system.

Letter to the Editor: A ‘thank you’ to those who cleared the roads |Feb 8, 2016

Dear Editor: I would like to commend the Maxatawny Township road crew for an excellent job on getting the snow removed from our roads in speedy time and perfection.

Kutztown Area Middle School 2nd Quarter Honor Roll |Feb 8, 2016

High Honors Grade 8 Berk, Grayce Lillian

Steve George announces candidacy for District 187 |Feb 8, 2016

Steve George recently announced his candidacy for the Democratic candidate for State Representative in District 187.

Boyertown Secrets and Collectables opens for business with ceremonial ribbon cutting |Feb 8, 2016

On Friday, Feb. 5, a ribbon cutting celebration was held in honor of the grand opening of Boyertown Secrets and Collectables in downtown Boyertown. Hosted by Building A Better Boyertown and the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce, the ribbon cutting event is part of the organization’s strategy in supporting local business.

Patriot Community Calendar Feb. 11 |Feb 8, 2016

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

Fleetwood Area High School 2nd Quarter Honor Roll |Feb 8, 2016

9th Grade High Honors: Taylor Althouse, Haylee Carr, Shelby Claytor, Brooke Daczewitz, Josiah Dempsey, Megan Dunkle, Matthew Dybowski, Rebekah Earnest, Bryanna Ferreira, Sydney Geist, Brooke Gorman, Lydia Heffner, Abigail Hinkle, Alexa Hromiak, Justin Kramer, Nicholas Miller, Isabella Ouellette, Kylee Paules, Faith Readinger, Juliana Sanchez, Alexandria Savino, Sadie Shuman, Averyana Szczepkowski, Aydan Tregear, Nathan Wessner

Douglass (Mont.) eyes June bridge replacement |Feb 8, 2016

DOUGLASS (Mont.) >> Plans for the replacement of the County Line Road bridge over Swamp Creek call for work to begin in June.

In celebration of Leap Year — American Cancer Society launches ‘One More Day’ campaign |Feb 8, 2016

With 2016 a leap year, the American Cancer Society (ACS) hopes individuals will put that extra day to good use.

Boyertown musical cast prepares for ‘Mary Poppins’ performance |Feb 8, 2016

With just under two months left before the opening the night, the cast of “Mary Poppins” is hard at work. Working around concerts, various sports practices and other music commitments, the students have been working diligently to memorize lines and learn the challenging choreography.

Brookeside Montessori hosts fun activities for students |Feb 8, 2016

Brookeside Montessori School, located in Bechtelsville, recently hosted two fun activities for their students.

Kutztown, Fleetwood libraries host Block Parties with wooden blocks for toddlers and preschoolers |Feb 8, 2016

Kutztown and Fleetwood libraries will host Block Parties during which time toddlers and preschools learn while playing with wooden blocks.

Talisman Players present Arsenic and Old Lace starring Karise Mace and Christine Storch |Feb 8, 2016

The Talisman Players of Kutztown present Arsenic and Old Lace starring Karise Mace and Christine Storch as The Brewster Sisters at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kutztown Feb. 12, 13 and 14.

A letter from the Boyertown Borough Council |Feb 8, 2016

We would like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation during the snowstorm and the cleanup efforts that followed. Most people were patient and understanding about the numerous inconveniences and hardships that come along with a storm like this.

Philadelphia region under Winter Storm Warning starting at midnight |Feb 8, 2016

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm warning for the Philadelphia region starting at midnight Tuesday until 6 a.

Copper plates stolen from AT&T tower |Feb 6, 2016

Copper plates were stolen from an AT&T communication tower at 329 Church Road, Maxatawny Township.

2 charged with drug related offenses after DUI traffic stop on Route 222 in Fleetwood |Feb 6, 2016

A suspected DUI traffic stop at 1:45 a.m. on Feb. 6 led police to discover that the driver and passenger had outstanding warrants. Various controlled substances were also found in the vehicle.

Mifflin Library to celebrate National Take Your Child to the Library Day, Feb. 6 |Feb 5, 2016

On Saturday, February 6, Mifflin Community Library welcomes families for fun activities from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on National Take Your Child to the Library Day.

KU panel discussion to focus on police use of force |Feb 5, 2016

The Kutztown University Criminal Justice Department will host a panel discussion “Police Use of Force: An American Crisis” on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. The panel will consist of Mark Talbot, chief, Norristown Police Department; Dennis J.

CASA of Berks County announces upcoming info sessions |Feb 5, 2016

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable and underrepresented children living in foster care? Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Berks County invites you to attend their upcoming informational sessions to learn how CASA makes a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children of Berks County.

Historical Society to present program on the Speaker’s House |Feb 5, 2016

What is the Speaker’s House? Why is it being restored? How is it being restored? Why is this house important?

Correction: 2 car crash sends one to hospital |Feb 5, 2016

State Police reported a two car collision on Fleetwood Lyons Road in Richmond Township sent one driver to the hospital on Jan. 14.

2 new prosecutors installed in Montgomery County DA’s Office |Feb 5, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> During a brief ceremony attended by colleagues, friends and family, two new law enforcement officials took their oaths of office on Friday to join the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane has August trial date for alleged perjury charge |Feb 5, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s trial on perjury-related charges will get under way with jury selection on Aug. 8, a judge ruled on Friday.

Senator Schwank announces re-election bid |Feb 5, 2016

State Senator Judy Schwank announced on Feb. 2 that she will seek re-election to her second full term in the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing the Berks County-based 11th Senatorial District.

First-of-its-kind renewable natural gas option launches locally |Feb 5, 2016

On Jan. 26, The Energy Co-op announced the launch of a new Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) product, which provides consumers in Eastern Pennsylvania with a first-of-its-kind, renewable alternative to pipeline natural gas derived from fracking.

Berks County man sentenced for crash that killed North Coventry resident |Feb 5, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> During an emotional hearing, a Berks County man learned he faces up to seven years in prison after admitting to driving recklessly and under the influence of a prescription painkiller at the time of a fiery, two-vehicle crash along Route 100 that killed a North Coventry motorcyclist.

Hamburg students create water purification system for Governor’s PA STEM Competition |Feb 5, 2016

Hamburg Area High School sent five students to compete in the regional STEM Competition at the Berks County Intermediate Unit in Reading on Feb. 1.

Tigers, Tigers! with StoryRider Miss Barb at Hamburg Public Library |Feb 5, 2016

Parents and children make tiger masks during Tigers, Tigers! StoryRiders Preschool Storytime with Miss Barb at Hamburg Public Library on Feb. 5. The next StoryRiders Preschool Storytime will be Feb.

Hamburg Borough continues snow removal after Winter Storm Jonas |Feb 5, 2016

Hamburg Borough continued to clear the snow and open the storm drains, even in the pouring rain on Feb. 3.

Hamburg Item Community Calendar Feb. 10 |Feb 5, 2016

Submit to Calendar: E-mail event listings to ldillon@berksmontnews.com. Note Item Calendar in e-mail subject.

Tompkins VIST Bank, Children’s Home launch motorcycle fundraiser |Feb 5, 2016

Scott Gruber, CEO of Tompkins VIST Bank, and Dr. Vincent LaSorsa, CEO of The Children’s Home of Reading, visited the bank’s Wyomissing branch recently to help launch the tour of a motorcycle called “Penny,” which was rebuilt by residents of the Children’s Home.

Berks County Parks & Recreation new volunteer meeting set in March |Feb 5, 2016

The Berks County Parks and Recreation Department will welcome new volunteers on Thursday, March 3 at 9 a.m. at the Berks County Heritage Center, 1102 Red Bridge Road, Bern Township, for the first in a series of informational training sessions.

Police investigate Tilden Township fire; several propane tanks exploded |Feb 5, 2016

State Police Reading are investigating a Jan. 29 fire at 41 Elm Ave., The Village at Pleasant Hills in Tilden Township.

Broken Bit 4-H Horse Club schedules first meeting of 2016 |Feb 4, 2016

The Broken Bit 4-H Horse Club will hold its re-organizational meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Friendly Horsemen Clubhouse, 260 Kline Road, Stevens, starting at 6:30 p.m. Youth need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Generous benefactor to buy Historic State Theatre of Boyertown for community |Feb 4, 2016

“My Grandparents, Edith (Mimi) and Frank Diehl, moved to the Boyertown area in 1941. In 1975, my Mom, (Dolly) moved back to the same farm house, and now two of my sisters, Bonnie Wren and Debby Meehan have also moved back to the area.

TEG Auction Gallery in Morgantown hosts auction benefiting Twin Valley students |Feb 4, 2016

TEG Auction Gallery in Morgantown will be hosting TVMS Parent Involvement Council Winter Benefit Auction Night, a live auction at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 to benefit Twin Valley Middle School students.

Commissioners say state of the county is strong |Feb 4, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> “The state of the county is strong,” was how Josh Shapiro, Chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, summed up an address made by all three commissioners Thursday.

Ten Hamburg art students draw, deliver portraits of Ethiopian children for Memory Project |Feb 4, 2016

Ten Hamburg art students created hand drawn portraits for children in Ethiopia for The Memory Project. They will be sending the portraits via mail in early February for delivery to the children to keep.

Blue Mountain Academy wins at Governor’s STEM Competition |Feb 4, 2016

Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg scored the highest at the regional chapter of the Governor’s PA STEM Competition on Feb. 1, hosted by the Berks County Intermediate Unit in Reading.

Author and Illustrator Brian Biggs to visit Exeter Library |Feb 3, 2016

The Exeter Community Library will be hosting Author and Illustrator Brian Biggs on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Please join us for a presentation, question and answer session and book signing.

Owl Prowl Hike and Hands-On Discovery Program announced by Berks Parks and Rec. |Feb 3, 2016

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for star crossed lovers. Join us at the Angora Fruit Farm on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 pm to discover the feathered friends who make February their time to find love.

Montgomery County judge denies Bill Cosby’s request to dismiss sex assault charges |Feb 3, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A Montgomery County judge has denied a request made by Bill Cosby’s lawyers to dismiss sexual assault charges.