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Pottstown mural celebrating Hispanic culture unveiled |Dec 13, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> A mural promoting the vitality of Hispanic and Native American heritage was dedicated amid snow flurries on Saturday.

Hickory House Nursing Home resident wins regional Christmas card contest |Dec 13, 2017

Beverly Johnson, a 77-year-old resident at Hickory House Nursing Home in Honey Brook, is proud that her artwork is being sent around the country on the front of hundreds of Christmas cards.

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Newfoundland dogs pulled Christmas trees on sleds from the fields of Plow Farms in Plowville on Dec. 9.

Twin Valley Student Council “Season of Giving” is underway |Dec 13, 2017

Every year, Twin Valley High School’s Student Council has our “Season of Giving” during the months of November - January. At the start of November, TVHS Student Council members sell paper pilgrims for a dollar, and each pilgrim sold equates to $20 worth of food for the Greater Berks County Food Bank.

Pottstown man jailed for possessing drugs, assaulting police |Dec 12, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A Pottstown man faces some time behind bars for his assaultive behavior with police during a drug investigation.

SUV strikes truck head on, flips over |Dec 12, 2017

An SUV crossed into oncoming traffic, striking a tractor trailer truck head on and then flipping over on Route 222 in Richmond Township at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 11.

Northeast Berks Chamber hosts Economic Forecast Breakfast at Kutztown University |Dec 12, 2017

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast on Jan. 19, at 7:30 a.m. at Kutztown University’s MacFarland Student Union, Room 218. Open to the public, the breakfast is sponsored by Fleetwood Bank.

Santa sighting at Hamburg Four Twelve coffee shop |Dec 12, 2017

Snow falling outside added to the festive atmosphere at Four Twelve coffee shop in Hamburg as Santa visited with children on Dec. 9.

Brandywine Community Library showcases art by 15 at Teen Art Show |Dec 12, 2017

Brandywine Community Library’s Third Art Show showcased the artwork of 15 teens with more than 30 submissions.

Fleetwood Area High School November Students of the Month |Dec 12, 2017

Christopher Weinhold Chris is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Weinhold of Fleetwood. Chris aspires to enter acting after school. Chris has been involved in the Special Olympics while attending Fleetwood Area High School.

Sica and Hobert named Kutztown Rotary Students of the Month |Dec 12, 2017

Kutztown Rotarians got a special treat during their Student of the Month meeting Dec. 6. Both recipients of this month’s Student of the Month honors were talented musicians and each treated the group to a song at the Kutztown Tavern.

Library Holiday House Tour takes patrons back 300 years |Dec 12, 2017

The Friends of the Kutztown Community Library invited the community to attend their 2017 Holiday House Tour: Pathways through History on Dec. 3.

Boyertown K–12 School Counseling Coordinator recognized by COCA |Dec 12, 2017

The Boyertown Area School District is pleased to announce that K–12 School Counseling Coordinator, Marilee Cassidy, has been awarded the 2017 Roger S. Hertz Education Award by the Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA).

Limerick man faces prison for sexual assaults of teenage girls |Dec 12, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A 51-year-old Limerick man faces at least a decade in prison after he admitted he sexually assaulted two teenage Pottstown girls.

Foundation for Pottstown Education launches first-ever fund-drive campaign |Dec 12, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> For the first time in the 33-year history of the Foundation for Pottstown Education, an Annual Support Campaign is being formalized.

Pottsgrove Middle School scores robotics win |Dec 12, 2017

UPPER POTTSGROVE >> The PGMS Computer / Robotics’ Technology - Lego Team won First Place on Dec. 2, at the school’s first-ever Lego Robotic Competition, for their innovative project.

Boyertown Area High School’s choir performs at esteemed conference |Dec 12, 2017

The Boyertown Area School District is proud to recognize the achievements of Boyertown Area High School’s Select Choir for performing at the American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania (ACDA PA) fall choral conference.

Kutztown University faculty union, students rally for higher education |Dec 11, 2017

APSCUF-Kutztown faculty union hosted a rally in front of Kutztown University’s Schaeffer Auditorium on Dec. 7 to speak up for higher education and against new or increased taxation of universities and students.

Lyons salon hosts Gatsby-themed benefit gala |Dec 11, 2017

The staff at La Amorah hosted a Gatsby-themed Gala to benefit Support Homeless Veterans, Inc. on Dec. 2 to celebrate their first anniversary.

Mayor Sandy Green presented KU President’s Medal |Dec 11, 2017

Kutztown University President Kenneth S. Hawkinson presented the KU President’s Medal to outgoing Kutztown Borough Mayor Sandy Green at a ceremony held in the President’s Residence on Dec.

St. Francis Academy tree lighting honors 90-year-old alumni |Dec 11, 2017

St. Francis Academy in Bally held their annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 8. In honor of their 275th anniversary, they invited their oldest alumni to partake.

Life’s Choices offers free ultrasound services to Kutztown, Hamburg clients |Dec 11, 2017

Free ultrasounds are now offered to clients of Life’s Choices of Kutztown and Hamburg.

Hamburg man charged in death of motorcycle passenger |Dec 11, 2017

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Dec. 11 that a Hamburg man was charged in the death of a motorcycle passenger.

First Snow of Season paints Kutztown a winter wonderland on Dec. 9 |Dec 11, 2017

About four inches or so of snow painted the Kutztown area landscaped in white on Dec. 9.

Survey guides Classic Movie Program at The State Theatre of Boyertown |Dec 9, 2017

In a move which may stir up a bit of nostalgia, the State Theatre has launched a Classic Movie Program, bringing older films back onto the big screen.

Book signing with Boyertown author, historian Margaret Harner |Dec 9, 2017

Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is hosting a book signing with local author Margaret Harner on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 120 W. Fifth St., Boyertown.

Daniel Boone School Board to re-evaluate closing Birdsboro Elementary |Dec 9, 2017

The Daniel Boone Area School Board voted 5-3 on Dec. 4 to re-analyze the pros and cons of closing the Birdsboro Elementary Center as a district school in June.

Tilden residents pack Supervisors meeting, oppose warehouse |Dec 8, 2017

A crowd of Tilden Township residents voiced their opposition and concerns regarding a zoning change request and proposed warehouse near Cabela’s during the morning workshop meeting Dec. 8.

Polar Plunge raises funds for Berks County’s Restoring Hope Foundation |Dec 8, 2017

Warm sunrays encouraged swimmers to splash into the icy waters of Blue Marsh Lake on Dec. 2. A group of 25, ranging in age from 9 to 70, ran into the man-made lake in Bern Township as part of the Polar Plunge, an annual fundraiser for the HBA Restoring Hope Foundation (RHF).

Berks Ballet Theatre presenting ‘The Nutcracker’ with Reading Pops Orchestra |Dec 8, 2017

Berks Ballet Theatre will present “The Nutcracker” with the Reading Pops Orchestra on Saturday, Dec. 16, and Sunday, Dec. 17. The ballet company is bringing back two traditions this year — live music and special guest dancers.

Hamburg School Board welcomes new member, 4 begin new terms |Dec 7, 2017

Hamburg Area school directors welcomed a new member and four current school directors began new terms during the reorganization meeting on Dec. 4.

New Pottsgrove Middle School roof will cost $2.5 million |Dec 7, 2017

UPPER POTTSGROVE >> The newly re-organized Pottsgrove School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to spend no more than $2.5 million to replace the 20-year-old roof and make other repairs to Pottsgrove Middle School.

Re-Creation, with Hamburg grad, performs holiday show at Journey Café |Dec 7, 2017

The sounds of Christmas will fill the air on Wednesday, December 20, when Re-Creation brings their holiday show, “Believe,” to Hamburg. There is no charge to attend the 7 p.m. show, which will be held at the Journey Café, 320 Pine Street.

Chillin’ on Main, Boyertown, gets visit from Santa and friends |Dec 6, 2017

The Borough of Boyertown saw its annual holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 2. Building A Better Boyertown held its annual Chillin’ on Main event featuring the arrival of Santa via the Colebrookdale Railroad.

Chestnut Knoll announces holiday concert featuring Pottsgrove Community Band |Dec 6, 2017

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Get in the holiday spirit with Chestnut Knoll during the annual holiday concert featuring the Pottstown Community Band on Monday, Dec.

Boyertown high school TSA announces 4th annual spaghetti dinner |Dec 6, 2017

The Technology Student Association at Boyertown High School has been growing over the past few years. With such a large group, paying for events including the regional, state, and national conference can be on the challenging side.

Souper Holiday Luncheon helps feed hungry KU students |Dec 6, 2017

Kutztown Thriving and Kutztown Community Partnership hosted the Souper Holiday Luncheon at The Main Street Inn, during KCP’s Christmas in Kutztown on Dec. 2. All proceeds will be donated to the Kutztown University Student Food Pantry.

Tilden Township residents oppose warehouse near Cabela’s |Dec 6, 2017

A crowd of about 180 to 200 area residents voiced their opposition to proposed zoning changes and a warehouse construction project near Cabela’s in Tilden Township.

Christmas tradition continues with performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at Kutztown High |Dec 6, 2017

The tale of Clara and the Nutcracker will unfold on the Kutztown High School stage as 60 dancers from across Berks perform the classic Christmas ballet “The Nutcracker” Dec. 16 and 17.

Pottstown gears up for Hometown Holiday Celebration |Dec 5, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Pottstown is getting in the holiday spirit this weekend as the borough gears up for the Hometown Holiday Celebration.

New law gives Pa. families access to private cemeteries |Dec 5, 2017

A bill introduced by state Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks/Lancaster) and signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf will ensure the families of a 3-year-old boy, a war hero and others buried in a local cemetery will have access to their loved ones’ gravesites.

Santa kicks off Hamburg Strand’s holiday plans |Dec 4, 2017

A visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and a showing of the “Polar Express” during the Polar Express PJ Party kicked off holiday plans at The Hamburg Strand Theatre on Dec. 2.

Christmas in Kutztown: Music, craft vendors, Santa get Kutztown into holiday spirit |Dec 4, 2017

Kutztown Community Partnership sponsored Christmas in Kutztown on Dec. 2, closing Min Street from noon to 5 p.m. for performances by locals, such as the Kutztown Community Choir, craft vendors, photos with Santa, the Mayor’s Movie showing “Elf” at The Strand and a tree lighting.

Four Twelve, Hamburg, celebrates 1st anniversary with Birthday Bash |Dec 4, 2017

To celebrate a full year of operation in the Hamburg community, the staff of Four Twelve will host a Birthday Bash on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fleetwood Girl Scouts Junior Troop 1793 tour Northern Berks EMS |Dec 4, 2017

Fleetwood Girl Scout Junior Troop 1793 visited the Northern Berks EMS- Blandon location. They met with Don Schmale who reviewed first aid with the troop, as well as gave the Girl Scouts a tour of the facility and the ambulance.

Kutztown Grange hosts seminar for Berks farmers, ag producers |Dec 4, 2017

Dec. 14, the Pennsylvania State Council of Farm Organizations, along with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, will be holding a community service seminar hosted by the Kutztown Grange.

Northeast Berks Chamber recognizes students from 5 districts |Dec 4, 2017

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce recognized students at its November Chamber Breakfast held at Keystone Villa at Fleetwood. Students from five schools were recognized: Chris Erb from Oley Valley School District, Hanna Lambert from Brandywine Heights Area School District, Brooke Gorman from Fleetwood Area School District, Rachel Rabenold from Kutztown Area School District, and Carter Middlecamp from Hamburg Area School District.

Sen. Argall honors first responders for rescuing Tilden man from fire |Dec 4, 2017

State Sen. David G. Argall (R-Berks/Schuylkill) recognized the courageous efforts of first responders at the Tilden Township Municipal Building on Nov. 29.

Amity Heritage Society selling ‘Historical Treasures of the Past’ calendars |Dec 3, 2017

“Historical Treasures of the Past” calendars are now available for purchase through the Amity Heritage Society.

BCTC student art shows striking message of equality |Dec 3, 2017

Four Berks Career and Technology Center students were chosen by a jury of professional graphic designers to display their work at Cabrini College’s Art + Effect poster exhibition in November.