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Community advocates for Schuylkill Valley wrestling coach |Apr 28, 2017

Coaching staff, teachers and parents advocated for wrestling coach Duane Maurer before the Schuylkill Valley School Board April 24.

Fleetwood Girl Scouts Junior Horseback Riding Badge |Apr 28, 2017

Fleetwood Junior Troop 1793 went to Shady Holllow Assisted Riding Stables in Birdsboro to earn their Junior Horseback Riding Badge. The girls learned about how to take proper care of a horse which included learning about what they eat, how much and when.

Jury will not learn about Bill Cosby civil settlement |Apr 28, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A jury will not learn about entertainer Bill Cosby’s October 2006 civil settlement with Andrea Constand, the woman who accused him of the sexual assault for which he will stand trial in June, a judge has ruled.

Berks Encore grant will support Meals on Wheels |Apr 28, 2017

Berks Encore is proud to announce it has received a $16,896.28 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in Subaru of America’s ninth annual Share the Love Event.

Art murals pop up on State Street windows |Apr 28, 2017

Art murals are popping up on windows of State Street businesses in Hamburg on April 28.

Schuylkill Valley upgrades stadium: synthetic turf, track and more |Apr 28, 2017

Schuylkill Valley School District plans to renovate its stadium. The School Board awarded a construction contract to A-Turf for synthetic turf, at their school board meeting April 24.

Boyertown Area Choral Association announces broadway-themed concerts |Apr 27, 2017

Songs of Broadway is the theme of the Boyertown Area Choral Association’s 27th annual Spring concert. Two free performances will be offered the first weekend in May.

Grant sends Hamburg High teacher to Germany to integrate STEM into German class |Apr 27, 2017

Hamburg Area High School German teacher, Brynell Stevens, has received a grant from the German government that will send her to Germany for three weeks this coming summer. The grant includes flights, room and board for participation in a STEM program for German teachers.

M&T Bank robbery arrest in Honey Brook Borough |Apr 27, 2017

On April 24, 2017 the Honey Brook Borough Police Department and Chester County Detectives arrested Megan Courtney Collins, age 31, from the 2500 block of Conestoga Avenue, Honey Brook, in connection with a bank robbery on Feb.

Hamburg Area High School April Students of the Month |Apr 27, 2017

Congratulations to the Hamburg Area High School Students of the Month for April. Freshman Emma Riegel is the daughter of Brian and Stephanie Riegel of Hamburg. Sophomore Isaiah Blatt is the son of Eric and Tina Blatt of Shoemakersville.

New chief sworn in May 8 for Northern Berks Regional Police |Apr 27, 2017

Northern Berks Regional Police Department will swear in Det. Sgt. Brian Horner, Officer in Charge, as the new chief of police during a ceremony at 11 a.m. on May 8 at the Ontelaunee Township Municipal Building.

Driver fell asleep, Jeep veered into path of Deka truck |Apr 27, 2017

A 2007 Jeep Commander and a Deka tractor trailer truck collided on Park Road and E. Wessner Road in Maidencreek Township at 12:21 p.m. on April 25. Blandon and Temple fire companies extricated Austin Heister, Shillington, from the Jeep.

Bartram Breeze Trail Races held at Kerny Dam Rec Area |Apr 27, 2017

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Hawk Mountain hosts lecture presented by Pete Dunne, author of Birds of Prey |Apr 27, 2017

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will host author Pete Dunne on Saturday, May 13 at 2 p.m. as he presents a look into his new book, Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, and Vultures. His lecture will be immediately followed by an exclusive book signing.

BASD Special Education Liaison presented with Annie Sullivan Award |Apr 27, 2017

The Boyertown Area School District has announced that Barbara VanBuskirk, special education liaison and 20-year employee with the District, was presented with the 2017 Annie Sullivan Award during a ceremony at the Berks County Intermediate Unit.

Piano donation brings more than music to Hamburg Area High School |Apr 27, 2017

In early January of this year Mr. Metz, who is a substitute teacher, donated his family’s piano to Hamburg Area High School, adding it to a small collection of practice pianos that reside in the music hallway.

Professional musician Rick Hirsch teaches Hamburg jazz band to play off the page |Apr 27, 2017

Professional musician and composer Rick Hirsch conducted master classes with Hamburg musicians on Thursday, April 27, teaching them to play off the page.

Hamburg wins 1st Place at Wilkes University Engineering Olympics |Apr 27, 2017

The Hamburg Area High School Engineering Olympics Team won 1st Place overall in the Wilkes University Engineering Olympics competition earlier this month.

Celtic Martins perform April 29 at The Strand Theater |Apr 26, 2017

The Celtic Martins, sponsored by Our Town Foundation, will perform at the Hamburg Strand Theater on Saturday, April 29, The Celtic Martins will give a live performance beginning at 1 p.m. with doors opening at 12:30 p.

‘The Right Price’ game show comes to The State |Apr 26, 2017

The State Theatre Preservation Society is proud to sponsor The Right Price Game Show on Saturday, May 6, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 7, at 3 p.m. at the historic State Theatre in Boyertown.

Photos: Groups help ‘Beautify Birdsboro’ |Apr 26, 2017

More than a dozen local groups contributed to service projects in an effort to “beautify” different parts of Birdsboro as a part of “Beautify Birdsboro” on Saturday, April 22.

Boyertown State Theatre prepares for ‘Steel Magnolias’ production |Apr 26, 2017

The State Theatre Players of Boyertown will be bringing audiences to a hair salon in northern Louisiana during their upcoming production of “Steel Magnolias” at the end of April.

‘YMCA Healthy Kids Day’ teams up with Berks County’s ‘Go Fly a Kite Day’ |Apr 25, 2017

Every April, the Y celebrates Healthy Kids Day, our national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids. April is also National Kite Month, when the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department hosts “Go Fly a Kite! Day.

St. Columbkill’s and Most Blessed Sacrament youth groups challenged |Apr 25, 2017

At St. Columbkill’s Church in Boyertown, students in grades 7 through 12 were immersed in the Holy Triduum during a four-day event which started Wednesday of Holy Week and ended with the Great Easter Vigil on Saturday.

Studio B to take part in Fourth Fridays Art Walk |Apr 25, 2017

Studio B, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown, is pleased to add fourth Friday evenings of each month to its schedule in support of the Boyertown’s Merchants Committee initiative entitled “Fourth Friday Art Walks.

Center at Spring Street to host Health and Wellness Fair |Apr 25, 2017

The Center at Spring Street, a program of Boyertown Area Multi-Service, 200 West Spring Street in Boyertown, will offer a Health and Wellness Fair, Tuesday, May 9, from 10- 12 p.m.

National Pretzel Day is April 26: Get a free pretzel from Philly Pretzel Factory |Apr 25, 2017

On Wednesday, April 26, pretzel fans can rejoice as their local Philly Pretzel Factory joins in the brand’s decade-long celebration of National Pretzel Day and gives away one free pretzel for every customer who walks through the door.

POT BOOM: 3,000 attend medical marijuana expo in Pennsylvania |Apr 25, 2017

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories on medical cannabis and how its legalization will impact Pennsylvanians.

Pine Forge Elementary information presented to school board |Apr 25, 2017

Taking into account staff eliminations and operational costs – the closure of Pine Forge Elementary would potentially save the district $1.4 million annually.

Boyertown Area Alumni Marching Unit to hold Spring Concert this weekend |Apr 25, 2017

The Boyertown Area Alumni Marching Unit (BAMU) will be presenting their Spring Concert on Saturday, April 29, at 7 p.m. at the Boyertown Junior High West, Donald J. Kuszyk Auditorium. The theme for this year’s concert is “Around the World in 80 Minutes or So” and will feature a variety of tunes.

Kutztown comes together for Block Party |Apr 25, 2017

Kutztown University Pop Ensemble performed “Come Together” by The Beatles on a crowded Main Street with an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 people during the Kutztown Community Block Party on April 23.

Koinonia Speakers Toastmasters announces Open House |Apr 25, 2017

On May 2, Koinonia Speakers Toastmasters, a local chapter of Toastmasters International, will host its semi-annual open house at the New Hanover United Methodist Church, (room 205), 2211 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville, PA.

20th annual John Deere antique tractor show and farming demonstration |Apr 25, 2017

The Ron Boyer farm in Hereford recently hosted the 20th annual John Deere antique tractor show and farming demonstration, complete with plowing demonstration and tractor pull.

Gov. Wolf extols Hill School partnership with Pottstown |Apr 24, 2017

Unlike in days long gone, The Hill School and Pottstown borough need each other to face the future, Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday night.

Upper Pottsgrove adopts animal control ordinance |Apr 24, 2017

UPPER POTTSGROVE >> Residents convicted of allowing their animals to create a dangerous situation or a nuisance will be subject to penalties of up to $1,000 and/or 30 days in jail under the ordinance unanimously adopted by the township commissioners Monday night.

Kutztown dedicates renovated gym to Coach John Silan |Apr 24, 2017

The Kutztown Area School District proudly welcomed the public to see the area’s newest gem- the newly renovated high school and gymnasium. The ceremony hosted administration, current students, parents, residents and more than 100 Kutztown Cougar alumni on Saturday, April 22.

Morlatton Village Spring Festival slated May 13 |Apr 24, 2017

DOUGLASSVILLE >> The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County is excited to announce a new spring event at Morlatton Village.

Authority OKs spending $920,000 on new plant security systems |Apr 24, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> The Borough Authority voted unanimously Tuesday night to spend close to $1 million on new security measures for the water treatment and sewer treatment plants.

Brandywine Community Library Wine & Chocolate! |Apr 24, 2017

Brandywine Community Library hosted its annual Wine & Chocolate & More fundraising event in the Henry Auditorium on the campus of The Lutheran Home at Topton on April 8. All proceeds benefit the library.

CHEAP EATS: $10 dinners to try tonight |Apr 24, 2017

Tightening your belt after Tax Day? Stretch your budget with healthy $10 dinners your family will love like black bean chili.

Young artists inspired by Keith Haring |Apr 24, 2017

Author Kay Haring will visit Kutztown Area School District May 4 to 6, during which time she will be conducting three assemblies in two days to read her new book “Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing,” written by her and illustrated by Robert Neubecker.

Comcast Cares lends a helping hand to Pottstown YMCA for Earth Day |Apr 24, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> If you stopped by the Pottstown YMCA on Saturday, you probably noticed you were surrounded by a sea of green.

Clean Up clears 53 bags of trash off Hamburg streets on Earth Day |Apr 24, 2017

Orange was the new black for Keep Hamburg Beautiful, an annual event organized by the Our Town Foundation of Hamburg on Saturday, April 22.

Schuylkill Valley: Classroom technology is teaching tool of future |Apr 24, 2017

Schuylkill Valley School District hosted its annual Technology Showcase on April 19, which included a student and teacher panel discussion and tours to see technology used in classrooms at the elementary, middle and high schools.

2 Exeter Township residents arrested for drug trafficking in Berks, Lancaster counties |Apr 24, 2017

READING >> Berks County Detectives have arrested two Exeter Township residents who were allegedly involved in a drug-trafficking operation in the township.

Pottstown barks back at cancer at the annual Bark for Life |Apr 24, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Cloudy skies and the possibility of a few showers weren’t enough to stop some from barking back at cancer.

Former Shoey Diner, now Dee Dee’s Diner, is dream come true for Shoey couple |Apr 24, 2017

For Shoemakersville residents Amanda Kohler and Michael Boyer, taking over ownership of the newly renovated Shoey Diner in Shoemakersville is a dream come true. They hope the family restaurant, now named Dee Dee’s Diner, serves the community well.

Kutztown Art Soiree attracts local artists at all level |Apr 21, 2017

Building on the success of the former art crawl, Kutztown Community Partnership will expand the event into the Kutztown Art Soiree May 4, 5 and 6. Merchants along Kutztown’s Main Street business district will offer area artists the opportunity to display their works in their stores.

Senate committee approves Argall bill to protect consumers |Apr 21, 2017

The Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee approved a proposal written by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) that would protect consumers utilizing household goods movers.

Lighthouse Academy wins 1st place overall academic achievement at Mid-Atlantic Convention |Apr 21, 2017

Twenty students and four sponsors from Lighthouse Christian Academy in Lyons attended the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Student Convention on April 3 to 7.