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Hamburg Post Office recognizes one of its own |May 26, 2015

The Hamburg Post Office recently took some time to recognize one of their own for his 35 years of service. Stanley R. Henne Jr., was honored during a brief presentation with the flag that had been flying at the post office.

Hamburg Art Alliance hosts Arts Fest in Downtown Hamburg |May 26, 2015

Locals braved an iffy forecast and were awarded with a beautiful, sunny day at the 2015 Hamburg Arts and Crafts Fest held in downtown Hamburg on Saturday, May 16. Attendance to the fest was free, as was parking.

Little Sprouts Daycare LLC expands with Bernville location |May 26, 2015

Jessica Schaeffer always dreamed of opening her own daycare center after having her own in-home daycare. In April of 2014, she opened Little Sprouts Daycare LLC in an old doctor’s office on Main Street in Strausstown (this center will remain open until May of next year).

Comcast awards $200,000 in scholarships to 191 Pennsylvania high school seniors |May 26, 2015

The Comcast Foundation recently announced the 2015 recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program awards.

Hamburg Game Association holds 58th Children’s Fishing Rodeo |May 26, 2015

Area children enjoyed the sport of fishing at the Hamburg Game Association’s Children’s Fishing Rodeo, a long-time annual event held this year on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17. Over both days, 283 youngsters — accompanied by parents and grandparents — caught 537 trout, pulled from the association’s beautiful pond.

Fleetwood pays tribute to veterans |May 26, 2015

Cub Scouts from Pack 183 and Boy Scouts from Troop 183 on May 21 assisted members of the Fleetwood Legion in placing flags on the graves of veterans at Berks Memorial Gardens and later participated in the Fleetwood Memorial Day Parade.

Kutztown High School Class of 2017 hosts first Running of the Cougars 5K Race and Fun Walk |May 26, 2015

On Saturday, May 16, the Kutztown Area High School Class of 2017 hosted the first annual “Running of the Cougars” 5K Race and Fun Walk.

A Tribute to Veterans |May 26, 2015

The American Legion Post 480, Kutztown, Memorial Day Parade, started at 8:30 a.m. on May 25, traveling Main Street to Fairview Cemetery for a tribute to veterans buried there; then to Hope Cemetery for a tribute and Memorial Day address.

Boyertown Memorial Day parade draws crowd to Fairview Cemetery |May 25, 2015

Boyertown’s annual Memorial Day parade was held Monday, May 25. The parade began at Boyertown High School at the Monroe Street entrance and travelled west on Philadelphia Ave. into Fairveiw Cemetery.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files May 27 edition |May 24, 2015

25 Years Ago May 30, 1990 >> Virginia Weidman, outgoing president of the Woman’s Club of Hamburg, passed the gavel to the newly-elected president, Hilda Achenbach.

2 Boyertown students to be disciplined over racist remarks at track meet |May 23, 2015

BOYERTOWN >> Two students at Boyertown Junior High West will receive the maximum punishment allowed as the result of the school district’s investigation of racial comments being made during a track meet with Pottstown Middle School.

Reading grad serves aboard USS North Carolina |May 23, 2015

A 1994 Reading High School graduate and Reading native is part of a select crew, protecting and defending America aboard the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered attack submarine USS North Carolina.

Wolf chief of staff says governor ‘more than flexible’ on sales tax expansion plan |May 23, 2015

Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff, Katie McGinty, said the governor is willing to compromise over his proposal to subject nursing homes, child care, flags, and many other goods and services to the state sales and use tax.

Rededication of Carl A. Spaatz Pavilion to be held at Boyertown Fun Days |May 23, 2015

On Saturday, May 30, the Boyertown Alumni Band will be playing at the Boyertown Community Park at 7 p.m. The concert is an annual event during Fun Days, but this year, it will feature something special.

Amity chief calls string of robberies an ‘anomaly’ |May 22, 2015

Amity >> Three armed robberies in Amity in as many weeks are an “anomaly,” said Police Chief Kent Shuebrook, who added the crimes are not necessarily connected.

Father and son rescued from banks of Schuylkill in Douglass (Berks) Township |May 22, 2015

A father and son who went kayaking in the Schuylkill River Sunday night, May 17, were rescued by firemen after grappling with a strong current.

Incumbents survive crowded Boyertown School Board race |May 22, 2015

All of the incumbent Boyertown Area School Board incumbents will head onto the general election this fall. Only one challenger is moving forward.

Daniel Boone cafeteria workers in limbo |May 22, 2015

Despite an April 30 bid deadline three weeks ago, the Daniel Boone School District is still without a new cafeteria contract as well as a new food services manager.

Teams ‘cruise for a cure’ at Relay for Life of Central Berks |May 22, 2015

Lynne Ruffner, the Event Head for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Central Berks, held at the Schuylkill Valley School District stadium, opened the event on Friday, May 15 on an emotional note by thanking “team captains and participants for creating a world with more birthdays.

Brandywine Heights hosts drug abuse panel discussion June 9 |May 22, 2015

On June 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Brandywine Heights Area School District Middle School, there will be a panel discussion to discuss the topic of drug abuse. There will be panelists representing counseling and support services, medical personnel and law enforcement.

Kutztown School Board passes resolution to allow auction and sale of Albany Elementary property |May 22, 2015

Kutztown School Board passed a resolution to allow the auction and sale of the Albany Elementary School property in Kempton.

Northeast Berks Chamber honors students for overcoming challenges |May 22, 2015

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce honored local students at a recent breakfast meeting.

Morgantown Area Business Association Expo exhibits businesses, police, fire & EMT vehicles, Cessna airplane |May 21, 2015

Morgantown Area Business Association held its annual spring Expo at the Morgantown Crossings Mall on Saturday, May 16.

Morgantown Book lovers of all ages come out for Village Library’s Book Sale |May 21, 2015

The Village Library at 207 N. Walnut Street in Morgantown was teeming Saturday May 16 as a beautiful spring day brought out a steady stream of book lovers browsing and picking out their favorites and popping them into big thirsty brown shopping bags at the semi-annual bag sale from 9 a.

“Every Hero Has A Story” Summer Reading Schedule At The Village Library In Morgantown |May 21, 2015

Mon., June 8: @ 6:30pm: Summer Kick Off with “Two of a Kind”

Children sell items at Book Sale to help Village Library, Morgantown |May 21, 2015

From Thursday, May 14, through Saturday, May 16, the doors of the Village Library of Morgantown were open to all shoppers as they held their Bi-Annual Used Book Sale, offering thousands of gently used items.

East Earl ‘Ride for Kenny’ motorcycle ride benefit ride for Kenny Patterson |May 21, 2015

Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church will have a Blessing of the Motorcycles service on Sunday, June 14, 2015. Worship will begin at 10:00 a.m. We will provide a lunch at 11:30 a.m. Kick Stands are up at 12:30 p.

Twin Valley Coffee, Buckman’s discounts support Elverson couple’s missionary work |May 21, 2015

Love coffee? Enjoy the outdoors? If so, you can enjoy both while supporting an area couple’s upcoming missionary work in Italy. Elverson residents Bob and Sue Kummer will soon be on their way to Italy to provide outreach services on behalf of Crossworld, an organization that works to establish churches while supporting communities.

Honey Brook Community Library Paperback Book Sale Saturday, May 30 |May 21, 2015

Friends of the Honey Brook Community Library are holding their annual paperback book sale on the parking lot of the library on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Fill a bag full of your choice of books for a donation of $5.

Bank robber holds tellers, customers at gunpoint in Oley |May 21, 2015

Oley >> National Penn bank tellers and several customers at the Main Street branch in Oley were held at gunpoint Wednesday as a man robbed the bank.

Boyertown launches investigation into claims of racist student remarks |May 21, 2015

The Boyertown Area School District is investigating claims that racial comments were made by its students at a recent track meet against Pottstown students.

Twin Valley Middle School Girls Track And Field Team Undefeated |May 21, 2015

Submitted by Amy Wittorff The 2015 Twin Valley Middle School girls Track and Field team went undefeated 7-0 and also won the Oley Al Knabb Relays, The Wilson girls only County Championship and the overall Governor Mifflin County meet.

2 Twin Valley athletes sign letters of intent to play at university |May 21, 2015

Twin Valley School District is pleased to announce that two Twin Valley High School Seniors have signed a letter of intent to play sports for a university in the Fall of 2015.

Tel Hai President Joe Swartz honored by Cairn University |May 21, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community President & CEO, Joseph J. Swartz, was awarded the Alumni Recognition Award by the Cairn University Alumni Association on Thursday, April 16.

‘Tel Hai Goes Pop!’ concert features vocalists Kristine Fraelich & Jeffery Coon |May 21, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community invites the public to a ‘Tel Hai Concert Series’ performance by vocalists Kristine Fraelich and Jeffery Coon in ‘Tel Hai Goes Pop!’ on Saturday, June 27 at 7:30 p.

Tel Hai hosts Annual Public Bargain Book Sale June 4 & 5 |May 21, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community welcomes the public to participate in their annual bargain book sale scheduled for Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the community’s auditorium/chapel located on Tel Hai’s campus at 1200 Tel Hai Circle in Honey Brook.

Tel Hai celebrates volunteers at Appreciation Banquet |May 21, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community celebrated their valued and honored volunteers at their annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet held Tuesday, April 14 at Shady Maple Banquet Facility in East Earl. During the calendar year, more than 39,000 hours of service were amassed by 375 volunteers, including Tel Hai residents and local community members.

Tel Hai Concert features Keystone Brass Quintet on June 16 |May 21, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community invites the public to a ‘Tel Hai Concert Series’ performance by the Keystone Brass Quintet on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:30 PM in the community’s chapel located off Beaver Dam Road in Honey Brook Township.

Mohrsville farmer directs funds to Northern Berks 4-H Dairy Club |May 20, 2015

Northern Berks 4-H Dairy Club has received a $2,500 donation from local farmer Charles Zimmerman and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the organization subsidize the Berks County 4-H Dairy Field Day in 2015.

Argall, Knowles recognize Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad’s “Regional Railroad of the Year” achievement |May 20, 2015

Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Representative Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) congratulated the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad for recently being named 2015’s Regional Railroad of the Year according to Railway Age, a railroad magazine publication.

Kutztown Middle Schoolers explore careers; More than 40 professionals participate in Career Day |May 20, 2015

Kutztown Middle School students explored different career options during Career Day on May 20.

Update: Elderly woman killed in Honey Brook house fire |May 20, 2015

HONEY BROOK >> A woman was killed when flames roared through her Chester County home Tuesday morning, officials said.

Upper Bern Twp. resident, Purple Heart veteran recognized in Pa. Senate |May 20, 2015

The Senate of Pennsylvania recognized the achievements of two-time Purple Heart recipient and Upper Bern Township resident Dennis Essig during session on May 11.

Fightin’ Phils visit Schuylkill Valley Elementary School |May 19, 2015

Students at Schuylkill Valley Elementary School were rewarded with another special assembly, the last being when they pied their principal and assistant principal in the face, for being the number one school in Berks County in raising funds to fight adult illiteracy in a campaign run by the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks.

Colebrookdale Railroad honors service men and women throughout Memorial Day weekend |May 19, 2015

Thank you and your family and friends for your service to our Country. Now? Relax and enjoy a scenic ride through the bucolic landscape of yesteryear. The Colebrookdale Railroad deeply thanks all of our vets for their service to this nation.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church project workers make quilts to distribute to people around the world |May 19, 2015

Throughout the school year a group of project workers at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 99 Church St., Hamburg are busy making quilts. These quilts were blessed during worship on Sunday, May 10 at 10:15 a.

2015 Berks County Dairy Princess and Li’l Miss crowned |May 19, 2015

The new 2015 Berks County Dairy Princess and Li’l Miss Dairy Princess were crowned during the 2015 Berks County Dairy Princess Coronation Banquet on Saturday, May 9 at Mohrsville Church of the Brethren.

Community invited to ‘March Forth for Literacy’ celebration May 30 |May 19, 2015

The Heidelberg Association of UCC churches has decided to “March Forth for Literacy” as they join with UCC churches nationwide to encourage literacy with their Children’s Book Drive.

Hamburg Area Historical Society takes a walk down memory lane with Pagoda program |May 19, 2015

Another quality program was sponsored on Thursday, May 7, by the Hamburg Area Historical Society, with their invitation to Corrie Crupi, Chairman of the Board of Pagoda-Skyline, Inc., to come to the Hamburg Area High School to talk about the history of the Pagoda and Skyline Drive area.

Update: Woman killed in Honey Brook house fire |May 19, 2015

HONEY BROOK >> A woman was killed when flames roared through her Chester County home Tuesday morning, officials said.