Politics

Three Berks County farms help PA to become first in U.S. to preserve 500,000 Acres, Schwank says |Oct 20, 2014

Pennsylvania became the first state in the country today to preserve 500,000 acres of valuable farmland and three Berks County farms helped accomplish the milestone, Sen. Judy Schwank said today.

Fleetwood Crop Walk helps feed families |Oct 20, 2014

Sponsored by local churches, the 5th Annual Community Crop Walk, Sunday, Oct. 12, held at the Fleetwood Area High School will benefit the local food banks.

Colebrookdale Railroad unofficially opens with first public ride |Oct 20, 2014

Stepping through a rock-strewn railyard in Boyertown, families lined up to board the historic train that made its unofficial debut on the Colebrookdale line Saturday, Oct. 18.

Domer Leibensperger passes the King Frost crown to George Mitten |Oct 20, 2014

The 51st consecutive King Frost Parade begins a new era this year. At last year’s 50th King Frost Parade, M. Domer Leibensperger took the Jaycees’ float for the 32nd and final time as King Frost.

2014 King Frost Parade lineup |Oct 20, 2014

Parade starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 in Downtown Hamburg.

Hamburg area candidate information for upcoming elections |Oct 20, 2014

List compiled by Laura Dillon GOVERNOR

Kline approved as acting council president at Shoemakersville Borough Council meeting |Oct 20, 2014

Shoemakersville Borough Council approved new contracts for trash hauling and recycling with Republic Services, Leesport, pending solicitor approval on Oct. 7.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Oct 20, 2014

25 Years Ago Oct. 25, 1989 >> Joel Katz, son of Barbara Katz, was recently promoted to Distinguished Cadet. Joel is a seventh grade student attending the Carson Long Military Institute in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania.

Iron Chef heats up Hamburg for fourth year on Nov. 2 |Oct 20, 2014

As it has for the past three years in Hamburg, the first Sunday of November will heat up with the fourth annual Iron Chef Hamburg. An afternoon of food and healthy competition begins at 1 p.m. on Nov.

RACC set to host celebration of Hispanic business and community leaders |Oct 20, 2014

Reading Area Community College will host a Celebration of Hispanic Entrepreneurs and Leaders in the Reading Community on 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the Gust Zogas Student Union Building. The College’s Multicultural Awareness Initiative and Multicultural/International Club are sponsoring the event.

Pottstown businessman’s “Cruiser Caddie” invention makes loading motorcycles easy |Oct 20, 2014

If you have ever ridden a motorcycle, you know how heavy they can be, and trying to load something of this weight onto the back of a pickup truck is dangerous at times.

Interlace Communications holds open house and ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 30 |Oct 20, 2014

After 20 years of doing business as a home based business, Interlace Communications is moving to a corporate setting at the Berks North Professional Building in Shoemakersville.

Fourth annual Car & Motorcycle Show held at Cabela’s |Oct 20, 2014

The fourth annual Cabela’s Car & Motorcycle Show in honor of Skylar Kauffman was held this past Sunday, Oct. 19. The event, held under beautiful autumn skies, attracted about 200 entries despite temperatures in the low fifties and wind chills making it feel more like the forties.

Sarah Hanlon named Hamburg Student of the Month for September |Oct 20, 2014

Congratulations to Hamburg Area High School senior, Sarah Hanlon, who has been chosen as the student of the month for September. She is the daughter of Patrick and Susan Hanlon of Hamburg.

Sam Moseman earns Eagle Scout rank, installs flag pole in Tilden Twp. for project |Oct 20, 2014

Samuel Moseman, son of Craig and Terrie Moseman, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Police investigate burglary at Fleetwood home |Oct 18, 2014

State Police investigate burglary at Fleetwood residence

Something’s Looming shows documentary film ‘Woven Lives’ Sunday, Oct. 26 |Oct 17, 2014

The some things looming Fiber Arts Gallery and Studio, 526 Washington St., Reading, will screen the documentary film, Woven Lives, as part of its current show--Transforming Traditions—that features the unique weavings of the de Los Angeles family of the village of Teotitlian del Valle in the state of Oaxaca.

Spicing up the fall with Hay Creek Apple Festival |Oct 17, 2014

The weekend of Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12, the historical Joanna Furnace was home to the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association’s Apple Festival.

$41 million needed to fix Boone schools |Oct 17, 2014

The results of the recent Daniel Boone School District Capital Reserve Study indicate that $41 million is needed the next 20 years to keep all district buildings operational.

Pottstown Zoning Board OKs continued operation of iCreate Cafe |Oct 17, 2014

A popular vegetarian cafe and computer training center on King Street will be allowed to continue operating as it already does thanks to a unanimous ruling by the zoning hearing board Wednesday night.

Scouting troop helps transform Thun Trail into spooky haunted hayride |Oct 17, 2014

You would not have wanted to be lost in the woods when Exeter Township’s Park and Recreation Department transformed the Thun Trail into one spooky, scary place.

Amity votes Nov. 5 on Truck to Transfer Station |Oct 17, 2014

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors will vote Nov. 5 on Environmental Enterprises, Inc., application to establish a 10-day environmental waste truck to transfer station in Amity Township. The final testimony was heard on Oct.

Phillie Phanatic asks Northeast Chamber of Commerce members to become Phanatics |Oct 17, 2014

The high energy of the Phillie Phanatic bounded into Berkleigh County Club in Kutztown for a lunch with the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce Oct. 17.

Pot grow house discovered in Amity |Oct 16, 2014

A township has been charged after police discovered a marijuana growing operation in his home.

Dairy Queen latest target of data theft |Oct 16, 2014

It has happened again – another corporate data breach. This time it’s Dairy Queen. The popular ice cream chain announced Thursday that it is the latest target of customer data theft.

Gilbertsville Boy Scout Troop 36 celebrates 80 years; Troop to hold food drive at Boyertown Halloween Parade |Oct 16, 2014

Gilbertsville Boy Scout Troop 36 are celebrating 80 years of service to the community this year. The troop will continue its efforts at the Boyertown Parade this Saturday, collecting canned goods.

Berks County revises 911 screening of Ebola virus |Oct 16, 2014

The Commissioners of the County of Berks have directed, through the Berks County Department of Emergency Services 9-1-1 Communications Center, that the County begin screening requests for emergency medical service response (EMS) for Ebola Virus Disease related risks.

The Lutheran Home at Topton Fabulous Fall Fling celebrates ‘wholeness in all areas of life’ |Oct 15, 2014

TOPTON >> Local emergency services were among a variety of organizations that took place in the recent Fabulous Fall Fling at The Lutheran Home at Topton. Sponsored by the Diakon senior living community and the Lutheran congregations of the East Berks Mission District, the free event celebrated “wholeness in all areas of life” and included music, snacks, yoga, children’s crafts and activities, games, hiking and labyrinth-walking.

Hay Creek Association Apple Festival celebrates fall and apples |Oct 15, 2014

Morgantown >> The Hay Creek Apple Festival celebrated the season of fall and, of course, apples this past weekend at Joanna Furnace off of route 10.

On the Record with Carol: Morgantown’s American Legion Riders are at it again! |Oct 15, 2014

Members of the American Legion Riders from Post 537 did it again. Previously on July 27, 2014 their bikes were out in full force with the Morgantown group close to 40 members strong led by Legion Rider’s President George Svencer carrying a check for $5,000 to the old Jonas Hotel at 1130 Scenic Drive in Jonas, Pa.

Boyertown Unity Walk goes on despite offical cancellation |Oct 14, 2014

While the official word was that the walk was cancelled—the walk still went on.

A Look Back in History: Our Kutztown Community Library |Oct 14, 2014

Perhaps the longest overdue article I should have written for the last couple of years involves our Kutztown Community Library, located on Bieber Alley.

Conestoga Mennonite Church hosts Swiss Alphorn Concert Nov. 15 |Oct 14, 2014

A Swiss Alphorn Concert featuring Swiss singers, yodeling, alphorns, accordian, flute, trumpet, and keyboard, will share a religious concert on Saturday evening, Nov. 15, at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St.

J.P. Mascaro & Sons supports educational initiatives with $10 million commitment over five years |Oct 14, 2014

Solid waste company, J. P. Mascaro & Sons continues its support of school and community educational initiatives, making a $10 million commitment to such initiatives over the next five years.

A night of good food and great talent by Daniel Boone High School’s ‘The Sound of Music’ cast |Oct 14, 2014

The hills of Daniel Boone School District are alive with “The Sound of Music.” Daniel Boone High School’s production of “The Sound of Music” will be hitting the high school’s stage Nov.

Military Dad surprises preschooler: Erik Sperber, Maxatawny, returned home after five months deployed in S. Korea |Oct 13, 2014

A Maxatawny Township preschooler received a big surprise at her school, a visit from her father who has been away on deployment.

Hamburg’s First Ultimate Frisbee tournament benefits Keystone Warriors Foundation |Oct 13, 2014

It may have been cooler and a bit rainy on Saturday, Oct. 11, but that did not stop Hamburg’s First Ultimate Frisbee Tournament from taking place at the Hamburg Park. In fact, many commented that it was the perfect weather as they were dressed in long sleeve shirts and sweatshirts with shorts and for some cleats and others sneakers.

Hamburg Strand hosts ‘A Mother’s Voice: One to Remember,’ mother and panel speak about addiction and awareness |Oct 13, 2014

The Hamburg Strand hosted “A Mother’s Voice: One to Remember,” a presentation aimed to raise awareness about addiction on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Reading Regional Airport goes back to 1939 for anniversary celebration |Oct 13, 2014

Reading Regional Airport took a step back in time to 1939 as it celebrated its 75th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 11 with an open house and reception.

Reading residents use Xbox to carry cocaine |Oct 13, 2014

Felix Josue Rodriguez-Pabon, 22, Reading, Nelson Audelin Martinez, 26, Reading, Wilson Michael Herrera, 20, Reading, and Yefries Guillen Herrera, 22, Reading, were charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance, possession a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy.

Sen. Argall, Rep. Knowles visit Hamburg Strand, congratulate OTF on development grants |Oct 13, 2014

Senator David G. Argall and Representative Jerry P. Knowles paid a visit to the Hamburg Strand to congratulate the Our Town Foundation and Hamburg Borough representatives for two grants received to assist with the revitalization and development of the community on Friday, Oct.

Topton’s 59th Halloween Parade draws crowd of 12,000 |Oct 13, 2014

About 12,000 people crowded the streets to see Topton’s 59th Annual Halloween Parade Saturday evening featuring 91 floats of groups and bands.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Oct 13, 2014

25 Years Ago Oct. 18, 1989 >> A Seventh-Day Adventist relief truck left Hamburg last Wednesday bound for Summerville, S.C.

Local seniors compete in Berks County’s Outstanding Young Woman 2015 |Oct 13, 2014

Nineteen high school senior girls competed in the 2015 Berks County’s Outstanding Young Woman Scholarship Program on Saturday Oct. 4 at Kutztown Area High School.

Hamburg Volunteer Forest Fire Crew Inc. receives grant to bolster fire prevention efforts |Oct 13, 2014

The Hamburg Volunteer Forest Fire Crew Inc. has received a $2,500 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.

Donation helps fund Fleetwood Area Public Library’s goal to expand |Oct 10, 2014

The Fleetwood Area Public Library received an unsolicited donation to be used for capital improvement with the goal of offering greater accessibility and expanding space for the library’s programs.

Fleetwood FBLA students of the Month |Oct 10, 2014

Blane Scanlan Blane is the son of Sean and Jennifer Scanlan. Blane’s future plans include attend a college/university to study in the field of Mechanical Engineering. Blane has been involved in the following clubs at Fleetwood Area High School: Science Olympiad, Student Council and Student Office.

Draggin Wagons Car Club Show rolls into Honey Brook |Oct 10, 2014

The 5th annual Draggin Wagons Car Club Fall Car, Truck & Bike Show in Honey Brook Sept. 28.

State System Board of Governors approves 2015-16 appropriation request that could prevent tuition increase for state universities |Oct 10, 2014

Harrisburg >> The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education approved a request for an additional $49.9 million from the state next year, seeking the full amount of funding needed to offset a projected budget shortfall.

Alpha/Omega theater director charged for second incident involving minor |Oct 9, 2014

The man accused last month of inappropriate relations with a minor in his community theater group faces similar charges for a 2012 incident.