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Think about it: The Five Hour Rule of Benjamin Franklin |Sep 18, 2016

“Growth isn’t for everybody. Some people want to stay the same forever.” — Anonymous

Hamburg Homecoming King & Queen Crowned |Sep 17, 2016

Hamburg High School crowned Laura Bear and Maxwell Kline Homecoming Queen and King during Homecoming on Friday night, Sept. 16. Homecoming Court also included Wesley Krick, Paige Anderson, Jacob Barr, Madelynn Witkus, Hunter Epting, Darian Schlenker, Logan Werley and Andrea Fink.

Filled with ‘kisses’ |Sep 16, 2016

Dedicated bocce ball lovers braved heat and humidity at the Sept. 10 tournament on the Honey Brook Borough courts, and the quality of play was as scorching as the sun. A “kiss” in bocce is when a player throws the large ball at the smaller ball, called the pallina, and the two balls touch or “kiss.

Kutztown University hosts 150th birthday party |Sep 16, 2016

Kutztown University hosted a 150th birthday party at Alumni Plaza on Sept. 15, with a 1866 United States replica flag flying in front of Schaeffer Auditorium.

Patriot Community Calendar Sept. 15 |Sep 15, 2016

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Kutztown Strong elects permanent board |Sep 15, 2016

Kutztown Strong has elected a permanent board of directors, Vice President Kelley Neyhart announced.

Hamburg Item Community Calendar Sept. 14 |Sep 14, 2016

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

WTIM: Music Around Town Sept. 14 edition |Sep 14, 2016

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

More than 100 participate in Memory Walk |Sep 14, 2016

Keystone Villa at Douglassville celebrated the annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Fun Day and Memory Walk on Saturday.

New exhibit focuses on Ben Austrian |Sep 14, 2016

READING >> The Reading Public Museum is presenting a focus exhibition in The Museum’s Auditorium dedicated to the Berks County artist, Ben Austrian (1870 –1921).

HealthSouth Reading Rehabilitation Hospital to host Strokes for Stroke Art Therapy |Sep 14, 2016

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and HealthSouth Reading Rehabilitation Hospital invite stroke survivors, their caregivers and therapists to take part in the Strokes for Stroke art therapy painting class on Saturday, Sept.

Navajo textiles on view in museum’s North American Indian gallery |Sep 14, 2016

READING >> An exhibition of traditional, hand-made wool blankets from the Navajo nation, is currently on display at the Reading Public Museum.

Northampton Community College offers talk about the ‘feisty’ founder of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary |Sep 14, 2016

Learn about Rosalie Edge, the feisty New York socialite and suffragist who filed suit against the National Association of Audubon Societies to get them to do more to protect birds and wildlife. She later founded Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the world’s first refuge for birds of prey.

Reading driver flees police at 90 mph on Route 61 |Sep 14, 2016

A Reading driver lead police on a high speed chase at speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour on Route 61 that ended with the car flipping onto its roof at the Route 222 ramp.

Shoemakersville parade remembers 15th anniversary of September 11th attacks |Sep 14, 2016

Shoemakersville Fire Company hosted a memorial on Sept. 10 in honor of the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

Morgantown Hearts United with Haiti raises funds for Haiti mission work |Sep 14, 2016

Morgantown Hearts United with Haiti will hold its 2nd Annual Harvest Banquet fundraiser on Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. at The Barn at Flying Hills, Route 10 at 10 Village Center Dr., Reading.

Passing vote moves possible faculty strike forward at 14 PASSHE universities |Sep 14, 2016

A passing vote moved the 14 Pennsylvania state universities, including Kutztown University, one step closer toward a possible faculty strike.

Fleetwood 662 and 222 round about pre-construction begins |Sep 14, 2016

Fleetwood Police Department posted on their Facebook page that the pre-construction phase of the round about project on Route 662 and Route 222 in Fleetwood has begun.

Mohrsville Man assaulted, stabbed during home burglary |Sep 14, 2016

During a Morhsville home invasion and burglary on Sept. 13, one victim was assaulted with hammers and blunt objects, as well as stabbed multiple times.

Garden attracts visitors to Hamburg home during Taste of Hamburg-er Festival |Sep 14, 2016

A brightly yellow painted home with green trim and an eclectic garden attracted the attention of people in town for the Taste of Hamburg-er Festival on Sept. 3.

Schwank opposes Kutztown Quarry expansion |Sep 13, 2016

Sen. Judy Schwank opposes the proposed Kutztown Quarry expansion on Hinterleiter Road. She was among 17 people who testified at a Department of Environmental Protection District Mining public hearing on Aug.

Photos: 40th anniversary celebration of the Hay Creek Festival |Sep 13, 2016

The 40th anniversary celebration of the Hay Creek Festival was held over the weekend, Sept. 9-11, at Joanna Furnace Iron Works. The event offered visitors a chance to experience the 18th and 19th centuries.

Celebrating KU’s 150th Anniversary |Sep 13, 2016

Kutztown University kicked off its celebration of the University’s 150th anniversary with a parade on Sept. 10.

Parade celebrates Kutztown University’s 150th anniversary |Sep 13, 2016

Kutztown University kicked off its celebrations for its 150th anniversary on Saturday with a parade from campus down Main Street.

Incoming Superintendent gets to know Kutztown |Sep 13, 2016

Dr. George Fiore has spent his first month with Kutztown School District getting to know teachers and administration, touring schools and meeting students and parents.

Schwank visits Kutztown Elementary |Sep 13, 2016

Sen. Judy Schwank visited Kutztown Elementary School on Sept. 12.

Update: Motorcyclist dies after bike collides with minivan on Route 61, Tilden |Sep 12, 2016

A minivan and a motorcycle impacted sometime after the driver of the minivan made a U-turn over a concrete median on Route 61 in Tilden Township. The motorcycle driver died as a result of the crash that occurred on Sept.

Amity hears plans for Dollar General off Route 422 |Sep 12, 2016

AMITY >> A vacant lot off Route 422 may be occupied by a Dollar General store next spring.

Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce announces finalists for 2016 Shining Star Awards |Sep 12, 2016

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists for the 2016 Shining Star Awards, to held Sept. 29 at Berkleigh Golf Club, Kutztown.

Questions raised about Lower Pottsgrove records |Sep 12, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> Taxpayer Dave Fisher is once again raising questions about the actions of township officials.

Pottstown man, woman arrested for armed robbery, shooting |Sep 12, 2016

WEST POTTSGROVE >> Police have charged two people who allegedly conspired to rob a man at gunpoint last week outside a township bar.

West Pottsgrove man dies in Berks County motorcycle crash |Sep 12, 2016

Douglass (Berks) >> A West Pottsgrove man was killed after his motorcycle crashed into the woods Friday night, according to a media report.

Pottstown High School scheduling software going awry |Sep 12, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> A freshman’s first day of high school is stressful enough, but for about 50 of the 280 who stepped through the doors of Pottstown High School last week, there was an extra stress — no schedule.

Former Pottsgrove super hired as assistant director at Delco Intermediate Unit |Sep 12, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> It doesn’t look like former Pottsgrove School District Superintendent Shellie Feola will be collecting unemployment any time soon.

Pottstown churches honor first-responders at outdoor 9/11 ceremony |Sep 12, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Under sunny skies and blustery conditions, nearly 150 people gathered in prayer to honor the men and women in uniform Sunday.

6th annual Pottstown Pet Fair coming to Memorial Park |Sep 12, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Pottstown pets will be out and about once again as the annual pet fair returns to Memorial Park.

Pottstown School Board Vice President Andrew Kefer resigns |Sep 12, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Pottstown School Board Vice President Andrew Kefer announced at a series of committee meetings Thursday that he is resigning from the school board.

Church work closes King Street for four to six weeks during the day |Sep 12, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> If you haven’t driven down King Street this week, you might want to think twice before doing so.

Early vandalism of Trump signs a signal of divisive campaign |Sep 12, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> So far, Jeff Richardson has spent $255 to show his support for Donald Trump, but he might not be done yet.

70th Oley Valley Community Fair marks 70-year partnership with fire company |Sep 12, 2016

The 70th Annual Oley Valley Community Fair kicks off Thursday, Sept. 15.

70 cited for defiant trespass at The Rock in Tilden Township |Sep 12, 2016

Tilden Township Police Chief William J. McEllroy III reports that 70 people have been cited for defiant trespass at The Rock in Tilden Township.

Montgomery County Community College honors late student-veteran |Sep 12, 2016

WHITPAIN >> On a beautiful Monday in September, under cloudless blue skies eerily reminiscent of one of the darkest days in American history, Christie Worthington’s voice faltered briefly under the weight of her emotions, but she quickly summoned the strength to carry on.

Treasures Among Us (Part 1 of 2) |Sep 11, 2016

There are too many times we take people for granted. Each one of us has a story to tell that can provide wisdom and inspire someone else. The story may be one of love, challenges, spiritual in nature or accomplishments in one’s life.

Joseph P. Walsh installed as new Montgomery County judge |Sep 9, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> With heartwarming remembrances of his late father and expressions of gratitude to friends and colleagues who helped him on the road to his dream of becoming a jurist, newly installed Judge Joseph P.

20th annual Kauffman’s Antique and Custom Cruise-In hosted one last time in Bethel |Sep 9, 2016

Mother Nature smiled on the two decades of efforts put forth by Trinity UCC in Rehrersburg and blessed them with a beautiful day for their 20th annual, and final, Kauffman’s Antique and Custom Cruise-In on Labor Day.

$278,832 in grants awarded, 8 projects improve Schuylkill River water quality |Sep 9, 2016

A total of $278,832 in Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Grants were awarded to eight projects that will improve water quality in the Schuylkill River, a source of drinking water for more than 1.5 million people.

Schuylkill Action Networks hosts tour of water restoration projects |Sep 9, 2016

Schuylkill Action Network hosted a free restoration project tour Sept. 7 with visits to three watershed project sites.

Celebrity Dairy Showmanship Contest sees 4th year at Oley Fair |Sep 9, 2016

For the fourth year in a row, local celebrities will compete to see who has the best dairy cow. The Oley Valley Community Fair association is hosting its annual Celebrity Dairy Showmanship Contest on Friday, Sept.

Photos: Zion Spies ‘Cruise For Kids’ |Sep 9, 2016

The Zion Spies Evangelical Lutheran Church held their 4th Annual “Cruise 4 Kids” Car Show & Apple Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Rediscover the Night Sky During Community Nights at MCCC’s Observatory |Sep 9, 2016

Bring your family, friends and clubs to explore and take a closer look at the night sky during Montgomery County Community College’s free community nights in its Observatory and Observation Deck.