Kernsville Dam Recreation Area volunteer assaulted by Hamburg man, 26 |Sep 4, 2015

A volunteer was assaulted at Kernsville Dam Recreation Area in Tilden Township on Sept. 2.

Fleetwood Girl Scout Troop 1956 learns cupcake decorating |Sep 4, 2015

Fleetwood Girl Scout Troop 1956 learned to decorate cupcakes. The girls used homemade cupcakes and icing to create their masterpieces. They decided how much icing and candies they wanted and independently, they became cupcake creators.

Fleetwood High School signs No Place for Hate pledge; staff, community leaders and students commit to promoting harmony, equality and respect |Sep 4, 2015

Fleetwood High School launched a No Place for Hate Program on the first day of school, Aug. 31.

Hamburg Police investigate disorderly conduct on Chestnut Street |Sep 4, 2015

The Hamburg Police reported a disorderly conduct that occurred in the 100 block of Chestnut Street on Aug. 28 at approximately 9:16 a.m.

Beekeepers “Movie Night” shows ‘Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture’ Sept. 17 at Kutztown University |Sep 4, 2015

Beekeepers “Movie Night” will be held Sept. 17 at Kutztown University.

Kutztown University students bring attention to homelessness this Labor Day |Sep 4, 2015

This Labor Day weekend Kutztown University student writers, photographers, videographers and graphic/web designers will all be visiting the Opportunity House, a residential and transitional housing shelter in Reading, to participate in an immersive journalism event, the first of its kind in the area.

District Governor and Assistant Governor visit Hamburg Rotary |Sep 4, 2015

On Sept. 3, Rotary President Kim welcomed District Governor Douglas Cook and Assistant Governor Bob Hobaugh to the Hamburg Rotary.

State Police investigate fire at A&L Farms; no causes have yet been identified or eliminated |Sep 4, 2015

The State Police at Reading are investigating a fire that occurred on Aug. 30 at A&L Farms, located on Mountain Road in Hamburg. Police received the report of the incident at approximately 9:20 p.

FEMA awarded $68,572 in grants to Lyons Fire Company for operations and safety |Sep 4, 2015

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded $68,572 in grants to the Lyons Fire Company No.

Berks author publishes children’s book on diabetes awareness |Sep 4, 2015

The Gift, a children’s book focused on diabetes awareness and written by Berks County author Joseph J. Swope, will be published Sept. 17 by Black Rose Writing.

COCA to distribute overdose antidote to Berks community |Sep 4, 2015

The Council on Chemical Abuse, in conjunction with the Berks county District Attorney’s Office, announced on Sept. 1 details surrounding their heroin overdose prevention initiative. The initiative will allow any Berks County resident seeking Naloxone (Heroin/Opioid) antidote to simply contact COCA and request the drug.

Kutztown fifth grader wins PA Dutch Essay Contest |Sep 4, 2015

The Pennsylvania Dutch Essay contest was held this summer at the Kutztown Folk Festival.

A Look Back in History: Kutztown’s famous birch beer far outranked commercial drinks of the 20th century |Sep 4, 2015

When I became a folklorist, writing for Dr. Alfred Shoemaker’s Pennsylvania Folklife magazine, I naturally relied on my native background, my Bieber ancestors farmed in the Oley Hills of Rockland Township.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding speaks at Berks County Farmers Breakfast |Sep 4, 2015

Sen. David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) hosted Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding in Berks County Sept. 3.

Hamburg Twirlers: Adam sisters place in top 10 at national competition, win gold at Jr. Olympics |Sep 4, 2015

As the twirling season concludes two twirlers end their season with many awards. During the week of July 21 both Emelia Adam, seventh grade student in the Hamburg Area School District and her younger sister, Kadryn Adam, a first grade student, traveled to South Bend Indiana to compete in America Youth on Parade Baton National Competition.

What’s your impact? Reflections of Pennsylvania Dairy Princess |Sep 4, 2015

As I reflect on my reign as the 2014-2015 Pennsylvania Dairy Princess, I realize we all have a story to tell and share. How we tell that story depends on many factors. Opportunities to share our story can be quite obvious or strategically disguised.

Wedding Announcement: Timothy A. Schearer, of Kutztown, recently married |Sep 4, 2015

Timothy A. Schearer and Marianne Bjonnes were recently married in Hamilton, New Jersey.

HAP official presents Community Champions Award to Penn State Health St. Joseph for its prenatal care program |Sep 4, 2015

On Aug. 27, Daneen Schroder, the vice president for business development and member services at The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), presented Penn State Health St. Joseph with the 2015 HAP Community Champions Achievement Award for its Centering Pregnancy program, which improves the care given to pregnant moms to ensure better deliveries and healthier newborns.

Hibbett Sports hosted a grand opening for its new store in Kutztown |Sep 4, 2015

National athletic retailer Hibbett Sports, Inc. opened its newest store in Kutztown. The new store opened at 45 Constitution Blvd. in Village Square on Friday, Aug. 28 and will employ approximately eight full and part-time team members.

New traffic patterns at Amity Elementary Center |Sep 4, 2015

Morning and afternoon school buses and parent cars at Amity Elementary Center (AEC) will each have new traffic patterns beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 8, the first student day in the Daniel Boone School District.

Man walking dog discovers Fleetwood garage fire; Police believe fire started on outside of building, considered suspicious |Sep 4, 2015

A Fleetwood man walking his dog early on Aug. 31 discovered a fire at a garage on Franklin Street.

PennDOT, Police focus on reduction of drugged, alcohol-related crashes through Labor Day |Sep 3, 2015

As part of a focus on reducing drug- and alcohol-related crashes, PennDOT, state police and municipal police will take part in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement initiative through Labor Day.

Veterans Mental Health Council gearing up to connect with veterans |Sep 2, 2015

The Veterans Mental Health Council, a group of Veterans who are mental health care consumers, and leadership of the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center announced plans to reach out to and assist veterans in accessing VA mental health care services.

Six-year-old boy passes away after being pinned between two horse-drawn carts |Sep 2, 2015

A six-year-old boy has passed away after an accident involving two horse-drawn hay carts in Honey Brook Township.

Strausstown Lions Club hosts 44th annual Antique Auto Show and Flea Market Sept. 13 |Sep 2, 2015

The 44th annual Antique Auto Show and Flea Market hosted by the Strausstown Lions Club will be held on Sept. 13 in the Strausstown Lions Club Community Park along Route 183, half mile south of Interstate 78 exit 19.

PA State Police investigating two assault incidents |Sep 2, 2015

The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an assault that occurred in East Nantmeal Township on Aug. 27 at 8:38 a.m.

Hearts United with Haiti hosts dinner at Shady Maple; founder from Narvon seeks volunteers |Sep 2, 2015

Hearts United with Haiti hosts its inaugural Fund Raising Dinner at Shady Maple Banquet Hall Oct. 16 at 6 p.m.

Chester County’s Platform to Employment training program begins; individuals selected to participate in program to attend business lunch, discussion and orientation |Sep 2, 2015

The Chester County Commissioners and the Chester County Workforce Development Board will hold a business lunch, discussion and orientation on Tuesday, Sept. 1 to officially kick off Platform to Employment (P2E), the nationally recognized program that addresses the specific needs of long-term unemployed people in Chester County.

Chester County Historical Society receives $400,000 implementation grant; National Endowment for the Humanities’ grant will help with upcoming exhibition |Sep 2, 2015

The Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) is pleased to receive an implementation grant of $400,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the upcoming exhibition Chester County: A Place in History.

Community church builds with “living” bricks |Sep 2, 2015

Community Evangelical Free Church, 52 South Brick Lane, Elverson, broke ground Aug. 31 for construction of a new building. With almost everyone present holding shovels to participate in ceremonially breaking ground for construction, Pastor Steve Estes reminded them that the construction is not just so the church can have a bigger building.

2 Kutztown Girl Scouts make blankets for Good Shepherd residents, earn Silver Award |Sep 2, 2015

Two Kutztown students spent their summer working on their Girl Scout Silver Award. Morgan Kunkel and Erin Randall, ninth grade students at Kutztown Area High School, spent the last few months making fleece knot blankets for the residents of Good Shepherd Home in Allentown.

Garden Spot Village unveils life-size tree sculpture in Village Square |Sep 2, 2015

On Aug. 27, To the sound of “ooh’s” and “aah’s” and vigorous applause, Garden Spot Village unveiled a sculpture of a nearly life-sized red maple tree in its recently remodeled Village Square atrium.

Family grateful for benefit events after Heather Delp’s death |Sep 1, 2015

Family of the six Delp children, who lost their mother to a vehicle accident on Aug. 14, thanks the community for their generosity and support.

Photos: St. Francis Academy students welcomed back to school |Sep 1, 2015

St. Francis Academy in Bally started school on August 31.

Author Henry Youndt, of East Earl, to hold book signing event |Sep 1, 2015

On Sept. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m., local author Henry Youndt, a resident of East Earl, will be available to sign copies of his book, Pyramids of Thrush Creek, at Connections on High, 238 East High Street, in Pottstown.

Two Immaculate Heart of Mary novices, of Oley and York, profess first vows |Sep 1, 2015

With great joy, two novices, Sister Christina Marie Roberts and Sister Kathryn Teresa Clemmer, professed first vows as members of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Immaculata, PA on August 10, 2015.

Photos: Boyertown, Oley students head back to class for 2015-16 year |Sep 1, 2015

Quigley Chevrolet forges season-long partnership to aid Boyertown Soccer Club |Sep 1, 2015

In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, Quigley Chevrolet is supporting Boyertown Soccer Club through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program. This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the 2015 youth soccer season.

Kutztown University to host 150th Anniversary races; public welcome to register for 5K Cross Country Run and 150-Yard Cub Dash |Aug 31, 2015

Kutztown University will host the Sesquicentennial 5K Cross Country Run and 150-yard Cub Dash on Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. in honor of its 150th year anniversary.

Pets of the Week: Adoptables from the Montco SPCA |Aug 31, 2015

Greetings! Many of you probably know my famous cousin, Chewbacca, from Star Wars. Long hair seems to run in our family, but there’s no need to worry because there’s no such thing as a bad hair day.

Brandwyine Heights welcomes new Intermediate and Middle School Principal Robert Farina |Aug 31, 2015

Brandywine Heights School District welcomed Robert Farina as new Intermediate and Middle School principal to replace Principal Dr. Johnson who retired after 18 years in the district.

KU’s Robert Ryan participates in unprecedented international psychology project |Aug 31, 2015

Associate Professor Dr. Robert Ryan, along with 269 co-authors from around the world, published their findings in Science Magazine following their investigation into the reproducibility of psychological science.

20-year-old female robbed at gunpoint in Lyons |Aug 31, 2015

The Pennsylvania State Police of Reading responded to a robbery at gunpoint that occurred on Aug. 28 in the Lyons Borough.

Mertztown man threatens woman with gun in domestic incident |Aug 31, 2015

On Aug. 26 at 3:41 a.m., State Police from the Reading station were called to a domestic disturbance on Sally Ann Furnace Road in Rockland Township.

Battle of the Bands battle substance abuse: Brandywine Task Force and Kutztown Strong combine efforts for event |Aug 31, 2015

“Where’s BOB? Who’s BOB?” signs were posted around the community.

First Day of School |Aug 31, 2015

Brandywine Heights School District staff shared photos of their first day of school on Aug. 25.

Congressman Ryan Costello tours Frecon Farms orchard, touts the CIDER Act |Aug 31, 2015

The growing appeal of alcoholic cider in recent years has apple growers like Frecon Farms branching out to new customers.

Up close view of bald eagle, golden eagle at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton |Aug 31, 2015

Nature and photography enthusiasts and families had the opportunity to see a bald eagle and a golden eagle up close at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton on Aug. 29.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Mimi, a gentle love bug looking for a family |Aug 31, 2015

Hello, my name is Mimi, and I am a super-sweet tortoiseshell kitty who was born in 2012. I was living outside in a mobile home park in Honey Brook when I came up to a nice lady who reached out her hand to pet me.

Statewide conservation group honors Sen. Schwank with “Legislator Leadership Award” |Aug 31, 2015

State Senator Judy Schwank, who has worked to protect Berks County farmland, enhance open spaces throughout Pennsylvania and safeguard natural resources, has been named a “legislative leader” by the organization that advocates for the commonwealth’s 66 conservation districts.