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Leaky roof threatens Roadside America’s 80-year-old exhibit in Shartlesville |Dec 3, 2016

While model trains wind their way through miniature villages spanning 200 years in time over roughly 6,000 square feet of space, Roadside America staff battle the threats of a leaking roof in an attempt to protect an 80-year-old miniature village exhibit in Shartlesville.

ON TAP |Dec 2, 2016

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Hamburg counselor Jonathan Petrole resigns, allegedly among 17 apprehended during prostitution sting in Luzerne County |Dec 2, 2016

Hamburg Area High School guidance counselor Jonathan Petrole, 27, of Tresckow, allegedly is among 17 alleged johns and prostitutes facing prostitution related charges as a result of a Prostitution Sting Operation conducted on Nov.

Proposed 11 percent Montgomery County tax hike sparks public debate |Dec 2, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The room was packed at a Montgomery County budget hearing Thursday as members of the public alternated between criticizing a proposed 11 percent tax increase and praising the community college that a portion of that money will fund.

Adoptable pets from Montco SPCA |Dec 2, 2016

Allow us to introduce to you the very handsome and extremely muscular Bubba. This gorgeous blue brindle Staffordshire came into us a stray and is looking for a new place to call home. Bubba is a big boy with very little training or manners so he will need someone patient and willing to work on obedience training.

Wanted person captured in Hamburg after police chase |Dec 2, 2016

A wanted person was captured in Hamburg Borough after a police chase on Dec. 2.

CAT ANGEL NETWORK |Dec 2, 2016

Hi, I’m Pleasant! Well, my name is Pleasant, and I’m also a very pleasant guy. So my name kind of sums me up!

Tulpehocken 7th grader Jade Adams wins Frystown Lions Peace Poster Contest |Dec 2, 2016

In early autumn it was the extra mental chore of more than 100 Tulpehocken Junior High students to represent the concept of “A Celebration of Peace” visually as they participated in the Lions International 2016 Peace Poster Contest under the guidance of Mike Mulholland, 7th grade World History teacher, sponsored by the Frystown Lions Club.

Put a little jingle in your holiday spirit with these local events |Dec 2, 2016

Need a little boost to your holiday spirit? Put on your Santa hat and head out to one or all of these events. And don’t miss out of any of the other seasonal favorites found in this

Super Duper Seafood fire ruled accidental |Dec 1, 2016

State Police Reading ruled a fire at Super Duper Seafood in Maidencreek Township as accidental.

Community invited to Kutztown University Holiday Concert on Dec. 11 |Dec 1, 2016

For a second year, Kutztown University hosts its annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium, featuring a blend of holiday music from ensembles including the KU Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Choir, Orchestra, Trombone Choir and Clarinet Ensemble.

Route 183, Penn Twp., crash sends 7 to hospital |Dec 1, 2016

A driver failed to yield to oncoming traffic, leading to the collision of two vehicles on Route 183 in Penn Township, sending seven people to the hospital on Nov. 25.

Calendar of events Boyertown Dec. 1 |Dec 1, 2016

Dec. 1 The Boyertown Lions Club: will hold their monthly board dinner meeting Thursday at the Gilbertsville Fire Company, 1454 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville at 6:30 p.m. All members are welcome.

Church news for Boyertown area |Dec 1, 2016

Shepherd of the Hills Church 527 Hoffmansville Road, Bechtelsville.

Tractor trailer jackknifes on I-78 |Dec 1, 2016

A tractor trailer jackknifed on Interstate 78 in Greenwich Township, causing the driver to lose control.

Route 183 Penn Twp. fatal crash: driver was passing truck on a curve |Dec 1, 2016

The driver of a 2007 Audi Q7 was killed after a crash on Route 183 in Penn Township early on Dec. 1. The driver had been attempting to pass a truck while negotiating a left curve, swerved abruptly to avoid oncoming traffic and lost control of the vehicle.

New dean named for KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences |Dec 1, 2016

Kutztown University has named Dr. David Beougher, Lower Heidelberg Township, Berks County, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences effective immediately.

With attacks on the rise, Sens. Casey, Scott introduce Bipartisan Anti-Semitism Awareness Act |Nov 30, 2016

U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced the bipartisan Anti-Semitism Awareness Act in an effort to combat increasing incidents of anti-Semitism on college campuses nationwide.

SALT Performing Arts sets the holiday mood with ‘Christmas Spectacular’ |Nov 30, 2016

Celebrate the holiday season with the entire family at SALT Performing Arts as they present “Christmas Spectacular 2016.” The show opens Dec. 2 and runs through Dec. 11.

Berks Animal Rescue League to host Holiday Open House |Nov 30, 2016

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County will host a Holiday Open House at the Animal Rescue League on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Calendar of Events for Nov. 30 |Nov 30, 2016

Nov. 30 Symphony discussion: Rusty Banks, composer and guitar instructor at Millersville University, will discuss the next concert of the Reading Symphony orchestra which features world-renowned guitarist Jason Vieaux.

A Look Back in History: The Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas Putz and implementation of trains |Nov 30, 2016

Almost every American whose family roots predate the American Revolution has fond memories of yuletide folkways, sharing with their family, the warmth and joy experienced living in a real life “Christmas Putz” we call the American homeland.

Berks County District Attorney’s Forensic Services Crime Lab awarded international accreditation |Nov 30, 2016

The Berks County District Attorney’s Forensic Services Crime Laboratory has met the standards for international accreditation in the field of forensic inspection from the American National Standards Institute – American Society for Quality National Accreditation Board (ANSI-ASQ).

Boyertown Area Multi-Service announces 10th Annual Festival of Trees |Nov 30, 2016

Boyertown Area Multi-Service will be hosting the 10th Annual Festival of Trees Open House on Friday, Dec. 2.

Berks Parks and Rec hosts Holiday Lights Evening Photography Program |Nov 30, 2016

It’s Holiday Lights time again at Grings Mill! We have a special event for photographers this year. If you love to capture the beauty of holiday light displays, but have always found it to be a difficult challenge, then join professional photographer, Valerie Hoffman, as she leads us on a photo tour of the grounds.

Studio B celebrates 8th anniversary with ‘Shine’ Exhibit |Nov 30, 2016

Studio B is excited to celebrate its 8th anniversary with an opening of its ninth annual December exhibit entitled “Shine” on Friday, Dec. 2, from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. during Boyertown’s 14th annual holiday open house tour.

Lenhartsville 4-H Clovers bake 102 pies |Nov 30, 2016

Pies, pies and more pies filled a church kitchen in the days leading to Thanksgiving. Baked fresh and placed in crisp, white boxes, the 102 desserts were prepared by members of the 4-H Clovers, Lenhartsville, during their first annual pie sale.

WTIM: Music Around Town Nov. 30 edition |Nov 30, 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.

Laura Dietrich named 2016 PA Outstanding 4-H Horse Member |Nov 30, 2016

Leesport >> Laura Dietrich was announced as the 2016 Pennsylvania Outstanding 4-H Horse Member at the 2016 State 4-H Horse Show Recognition Ceremony Oct. 29 at the Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg.

Garden Spot Village Holiday Train Room Open House returns |Nov 30, 2016

New Holland >> The 2016 Christmas season will mark the 12th year the Model Railroad Club at Garden Spot Village has opened its model train room to the public for their Holiday Train Room Open House.

Berks Encore joins Meals on Wheels America and Subaru in Sharing the Love this Holiday Season |Nov 30, 2016

Reading >> Berks Encore is proud to announce that it will be participating in the annual Subaru Share the Love Event as a member of Meals on Wheels America — one of four national Share the Love charitable partners for the ninth year running.

Through My Kitchen Window: Frosting matters, Peanut butter frosting versus chocolate |Nov 29, 2016

I have been living on a chocolate cake high for some time now. Everyone raves over this dense, chocolate cake that I have made at every birthday, special occasion and just because we want something sweet to eat.

Hopewell Furnace presents Iron Plantation Christmas Dec. 3 |Nov 29, 2016

Celebrate an “Iron Plantation Christmas” and stroll through 100 years of American Christmas’, at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site on Saturday, Dec. 3. This free event will take place on Saturday, Dec.

Amity Township proposes first tax hike in 10 years |Nov 29, 2016

Amity >> The Amity Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a .5 millage increase for 2017 — the township’s first tax increase in 10 years.

TriCounty Community Calendar Nov. 29 |Nov 29, 2016

Nov. 30 Symphony duscussion: Rusty Banks, composer and guitar instructor at Millersville University, will discuss the next concert of the Reading Symphony orchestra which features world-renowned guitarist Jason Vieaux.

Daniel Boone School District considers bus route changes |Nov 29, 2016

Amity >> In an effort to eliminate 45-minute school bus rides, the Daniel Boone Area School Board may purchase a new school bus routing software called Transfinder.

Boyertown Holiday Open House Tour features six homes |Nov 29, 2016

Boyertown’s Holiday Open House Tour is set for Friday, Dec. 2, from 3 to 9 p.m.

Twin Valleys Garden Club Twin Valleys Garden Club continues 89-year community service tradition |Nov 29, 2016

Twin Valleys Garden Club lives its long tradition of service to the community through a wide variety of community projects. Around 20 gardeners in this northern Chester County club meet monthly for educational programs, hands-on workshops, and outreach activity planning.

Auge named new executive director at Hickory House Nursing Home |Nov 29, 2016

HONEY BROOK >> Hickory House Nursing Home, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in Honey Brook, is welcoming a new executive director, Jason Auge.

Bally to host first annual Christmas Parade and tree ceremony |Nov 29, 2016

The Borough of Bally will see its first annual Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Holiday Lights at Gring’s Mill program details announced |Nov 29, 2016

Work has begun on the annual Holiday Lights at Gring’s Mill program, and there will be a lot to see and experience in Berks County’s favorite park this December. “Holiday Lights at Gring’s Mill” is open Wednesdays through Sundays in December, starting Friday, Dec.

Dahlia Moyer inducted into National Honor Society |Nov 29, 2016

Dahlia Moyer, 17, a senior from Morgantown, was among the 20 high school students from Commonwealth Charter Academy, a statewide public cyber charter school, who were inducted into the National Honor Society Nov.

$10,000 Mascaro donation kicks off Colebrookdale Railroad campaign |Nov 29, 2016

BOYERTOWN >> The Francesco A. Mascaro Charitable Trust recently presented the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust with a charitable contribution of $10,000 to support the non-profit’s work to revitalize local economies through the restoration of the Civil War-era Colebrookdale Railroad.

Holiday House Tour features historic Mount Penn home |Nov 28, 2016

The Woman’s Club of Exeter Township is getting ready to host its 19th Annual Holiday House Tour.

Kutztown Borough Council proposes no tax increase for 2017 |Nov 28, 2016

Kutztown Borough Council approved the proposed 2017 budget with no tax increase. Water and sewer rates are proposed to increase 5 percent.

Shoemakersville Area Lions Club install Christmas Lights |Nov 27, 2016

The Shoemakersville Area Lions Club installed Christmas lights throughout Shoemakersville on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Fleetwood Girl scout installs Little Free Library boxes for Gold Award project |Nov 26, 2016

For more than one year, Amanda Oross, a Senior Girl Scout from Troop 11064 in Fleetwood, has been working toward achieving the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award. This award is earned by only 5 – 6 percent of eligible girl scouts and is comparable to the Eagle Scout Award.

Twin Valley High School artists donate art to help children of Kenya |Nov 26, 2016

Living Love Ministries in Morgantown held its annual Friends of Living Love Ministries Banquet at Shady Maple Banquet Center on Nov. 18 to celebrate six years of operating its Children’s Home in Ol Kalou, Kenya.

Two Frystown Lions honored |Nov 26, 2016

Lions District 14-P Governor Gus Meyer III visited the small Fystown Lions Club tucked into western part of Berks County recently. While on his official visit he recognized two long-time Lions as Legacy Lions.

Fleetwood Girl Scout Junior Troop 1793: Rosie the Riveter at Riverview Nursery |Nov 26, 2016

Fleetwood Girl Scout Junior Troop 1793 sang at Riverview Nursery on Sunday, Nov. 20. The theme for the event was Rosie the Riveter. The troop of girls sang Christmas Carols and their favorite Girl Scout songs, too.