Politics

Calling all bakers: Enter your recipe for the Berks-Mont Cookie Contest |Nov 19, 2014

You’re invited to enter the Berks-Mont Cookie Contest! Bake your favorite, most delicious holiday cookie recipe and bring us a sample.

Calling all bakers: Enter your recipe for the Kutztown Area Patriot and Hamburg Area Item Cookie Contest |Nov 19, 2014

You’re invited to enter the Berks-Mont Cookie Contest! Bake your favorite, most delicious holiday cookie recipe and bring us a sample.

Additional Berks County Townships, Communities Quarantined Because of Spotted Lanternfly |Nov 19, 2014

More Berks County townships and communities are quarantined in the fight to stop the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive insect new to the United States that was found in the area earlier this fall.

Truck driver charged in fatal Route 222 Maidencreek Township, Berks County crash; Police Chief: ‘He told us he dozed off at the wheel’ |Nov 19, 2014

Two were declared deceased at the scene of an early morning crash on Route 222 in Maidencreek Township, and nine were sent to the hospital for injuries.

Local Boy Scout landscapes memorial in honor of veterans |Nov 19, 2014

Amity Township’s Korean and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, located at the Amity Township Municipal Building, 2004 Weavertown Road, has recently been “redecorated” by a local Boy Scout for his Eagle Scout Service Project.

Amity to change traffic impact fee amount |Nov 18, 2014

The Amity Township Planning Commission and the township-appointed Act 209 Committee approved on Nov. 12 to lower its two traffic impact fees from more than $2,000 each to $899.52 and $705.12.

Kutztown School District awarded for Kutztown Strong efforts; Board assesses impact of state standardized testing |Nov 18, 2014

Kutztown School District Superintendent Katherine Metrick presented a trophy the district received for their efforts in the Kutztown Strong efforts.

400 attend Boyertown Rotary’s 14th Annual Veterans Salute |Nov 18, 2014

From the Presentations of Colors to the Retiring of Colors by the NJROTC, an audience of 400 projected an energy, enthusiasm and appreciation for the 100 student musicians from Boyertown Junior High School, East and West, at the 14th Annual Veterans Salute.

Senate Bill 1077: Local railroad lieutenant’s two-year initiative capped off by governor’s signature, ceremony at Capitol |Nov 18, 2014

In January of 2012, Reading and Northern Railroad Lieutenant Matthew Johnson, Kutztown, approached Senator David G. Argall (R-29) asking for the senator’s help on strengthening the state’s scrap material theft prevention law.

State Police: Driver flips vehicle; Motorcycle crash on Baldy Hill Road |Nov 18, 2014

Driver flips vehicle on Pricetown Road

Kutztown Senior Citizen’s Dinner hosted Dec. 7 |Nov 18, 2014

The Optimist Club of Kutztown, in cooperation with the Kutztown Grange, will host the Annual Senior Citizen’s Dinner on Sunday, Dec. 7 at Kutztown Grange Hall at 5 p.m., with doors opening at 4 p.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Nov 17, 2014

25 Years Ago Nov. 22, 1989 >> According to Hamburg Borough police there have been 140 traffic accidents in the borough during the period from last January to October 31. A bulletin issued by the Department states that since Maple Drive was closed this past summer there has been an increase in car and truck traffic in town, and 60 % of the accidents are caused by failure to observe the posted speed limits.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Presenting the “it” item of the season, cranberries |Nov 17, 2014

Considering how good they are, it’s quite shameful that their popularity is seasonal. I am not referring to anything involving the words “pumpkin” or “spice” but to cranberries, the tart red berries that are a featured item during the upcoming holiday season yet seem to be forgotten the remainder of the year.

Keystone Military Families Pantry moves to Shoemakersville |Nov 17, 2014

On a quiet side street in Shoemakersville, veterans and military families have found an oasis. The Keystone Military Families Pantry, which opened its new home on Noble Street just two months ago, provides food, household items, clothing and furniture – for free – for those who have given so much.

Community tours new Perry Elementary Center during grand opening |Nov 17, 2014

Students, faculty and staff have been moved into Perry Elementary Center dedicated to Esther H. Ludwig since the day after Labor Day. On Thursday, Nov. 13, it was the community’s turn to enter the new elementary school in the Hamburg Area School District during the grand opening ceremony and open house.

Hamburg Area High School serves 137 at annual Veterans Breakfast |Nov 17, 2014

The cafeteria at Hamburg Area High School was full with 137 veterans and spouses for the fifth annual Veterans Breakfast hosted by the Hamburg Area High School and the Military History Club on Tuesday, Nov.

Police Reports: New Holland man arrested for terroristic threats, endangering others after pointing gun at neighbors |Nov 15, 2014

Local man arrested for terroristic threats, released on unsecured bail

Christmas at Joanna: a three night 19th century Christmas experience |Nov 15, 2014

For three evenings in December, Historic Joanna Furnace glows with the warmth of a 19th century Christmas season.

Present day milkman Doorstep Dairy delivers local dairy products to Robeson Elementary |Nov 15, 2014

Robeson Elementary Center and Doorstep Dairy are happy to announce their continued collaboration through the fall and winter months, and are waiving the $35.00 sign-up fee for those who sign up by Nov.

Mentalist Jesse Dameron to offer ‘mystery, comedy and inspiration’ at Historic State Theatre of Boyertown |Nov 15, 2014

On Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m., the Historic State Theatre of Boyertown will host an “Evening of Entertainment” to include three mind-bending acts of illusion and mentalism, as well as live music.

Prescription drug drop-off box set up in Borough of Boyertown |Nov 14, 2014

Boyertown Borough Hall is the newest location for the county’s prescription drug drop off box. The Berks County Pharmaceutical Drop Box Initiative Program, is the second in the state. The drop box allows people to drop off unused pharmaceutical and over the counter drugs anonymously.

Shoemakersville property owners upset with future reactivation of railroad lines |Nov 14, 2014

Shoemakersville Borough Council’s meeting on Nov. 11 turned into a sometimes heated discussion between residents and representatives from the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad Company.

Maxatawny Township new supervisor sworn in: Judith Daub replaces Mel Fishburn |Nov 14, 2014

With her right hand raised, Judith Daub repeated the words of the oath of office in front of a sizable audience at the Maxatawny Township Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Nov. 12.

Exeter Ambulance Association looks to township for aid |Nov 13, 2014

Emergency services in Exeter Township are in need of help.

2015 calendars showcasing Amity’s past now available |Nov 13, 2014

The 2015 Amity Heritage Society Calendar features many pictures which were printed off glass negatives from over 100 years ago.

Veterans Day: Robeson Elementary honors veterans |Nov 13, 2014

Robeson Elementary honored community veterans by welcoming them to the school for food and entertainment on Veterans Day Nov. 11.

Event raises money in honor of Pottsgrove teacher to fund research for a cure |Nov 13, 2014

Nestled in the heart of Oley sits Union Jack’s Inn on the Manatawny. What is usually a gathering place where friends meet for good food, craft beers and live music suddenly became overrun Saturday, Oct.

Oley Township announces date of the second budget meeting; Daytime burglaries in Berks County reported |Nov 12, 2014

The Oley Township Supervisors have announced the scheduling of the second budget meeting for Sat., Nov. 15 at 8 a.m. at the township building. The meeting is open to the public.

Barry Epting awarded Patriot Award; Brandywine students thank veterans through performances, essays |Nov 12, 2014

Brandywine Heights Area School District sponsored its 15th annual Veterans Day Program and Luncheon at the middle school Nov. 11, and awarded the Patriot Award to a veteran.

Blandon man, 48, arrested on charges of child porn possession, dissemination |Nov 12, 2014

Douglas George Werley, 48, of West Walnut Tree Drive, Blandon, was arrested Nov. 12 on charges of Possession of Child Pornography, Dissemination of Photos/Films of Child Pornography.

Veterans Day event Grace for Vets thanks veterans with free car washes by Kutztown students |Nov 12, 2014

On Veterans Day, Kutztown Car Wash and Kutztown High School National Honor Society students gave back with a Grace For Vets free car wash to veterans and service personnel from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Best treatment? Prevention says Dr. Fabian at Kutztown’s Brain Drain program, educating on effects of concussions & drugs on brain |Nov 12, 2014

In an effort to educate the community, Kutztown Strong and Kutztown School District hosted Brain Drain, an informational program about the effects of concussions and drug abuse on the brain.

Boyertown twirling team takes home three awards during Halloween parade season |Nov 12, 2014

Impact Twirlers, a baton twirling organization based out of Boyertown, had a very busy fall competition season that lead to three awards in October alone.

Drug investigation in Strausstown and Shartlesville leads to two taken into custody |Nov 12, 2014

Two people from Strausstown and Shartlesville were taken into custody and are facing the following charges: Possession with the Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Delivery of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Criminal Conspiracy.

American Red Cross issues steps to help prevent home fires |Nov 12, 2014

A fire in the home is the biggest disaster threat to American families, more of a risk than floods, hurricanes or tornadoes. The American Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes and nearly all of these are home fires.

Kutztown Holiday House Tour features 7 homes spanning three centuries |Nov 11, 2014

The Kutztown Holiday House Tour kicks off Kutztown’s bicentennial celebration Dec. 7, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Hopewell Furnace commemorates vets with memorial |Nov 11, 2014

The Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site led a Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony to honor local members of the Armed Forces and to remember the soldiers who are a part of the site’s history at the Bethesda Church on Nov.

TreeVitalize Grant awarded to Borough of Boyertown, volunteers plant 21 news trees |Nov 11, 2014

On Saturday, Nov. 8, volunteers from the BBB Tree Committee, Boyertown Area Senior High School, and Boy Scout Troop 503 and others helped to plant nearly two dozen new trees in the Borough of Boyertown.

Oley Supervisors warn residents about dangers of invasive spotted lanternfly |Nov 11, 2014

The Oley Township supervisors have put residents on alert about the invasion of a Southeast Asian species of moth known to ravage fruit and timber crops.

Exeter’s Academic Hall of Fame inducts Dairy Queen owner Hamid Chaudhry |Nov 11, 2014

“Hamid does more work for the Exeter School District in one week than most of us do in a lifetime,” Exeter Community Education Foundation President Kenneth P. Levan said of Hamid Chaudhry, owner of the Kenhorst and Exeter Dairy Queen.

Tilden Township joins Pharmaceutical Drop Box Program |Nov 10, 2014

The Tilden Township Police Department was provided a medication drop box by the Berks County District Attorney’s office as part of the Pharmaceutical Drop Box Program.

Boyertown YMCA and The Medicine Shoppe help to keep the community healthy; Walk-in flu shot clinic open today |Nov 10, 2014

The Boyertown YMCA is hosting an open clinic for flu shots today, Monday, Nov. 10. This clinic will be held at 301 W. Spring Street in Boyertown and is designed to provide local members of the community, 18 and over, with a safe, convenient location to receive this years’ flu shot by staff from the Medicine Shoppe.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Nov 10, 2014

25 Years Ago Nov. 15, 1989 >> The Hamburg Public Library has served the borough for 85 years. In 1903 County School Superintendent E.M. Rapp wrote to Andrew Carnegie, the wealthy steel magnate and philanthropist, and told him that a library was needed in the Hamburg area.

Hamburg VFW Post 216 donates to local organizations |Nov 10, 2014

The Wagner-Good VFW Post 216 continued its distribution of aid to Veterans Groups this past week with sizable donations to organizations as follows: Berks County Salvation Army, Keystone Soldiers Food Bank and Veterans Making A Difference.

Tilden Township to utilize Cod RED emergency notification system |Nov 10, 2014

Tilden Township has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its Code RED high-speed notification solution. The Code RED system provides township officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire township.

Kutztown Relay for Life kick off focuses on youth involvement |Nov 10, 2014

About 35 people gathered at Kutztown High School Nov. 4 for the 2015 Relay For Life Kutztown Kick-off.

Artist Michael Albert inspires Hamburg students during visit |Nov 10, 2014

“They’re Grrreat!” That is just one of the comments Hamburg Area School District students could have used to describe the work of “cerealist” Michael Albert who spent three days with the students last week.

Great outdoors and art collide at Cabela’s for annual art show |Nov 10, 2014

Outdoors enthusiasts were treated to a special show on Nov. 8 and 9 as they traveled around Cabela’s in Tilden Twp. and discovered more than just deer displayed in the “Deer Country” exhibit.

Going purple for National Epilepsy Awareness Month |Nov 10, 2014

At just two and a half years old, Hamburg resident Lorraine Ramirez-Muller’s oldest daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy. Since the diagnosis, Ramirez-Muller has been researching and learning about the chronic disorder and is helping other families who are affected by the life altering condition as well as spreading awareness.

A thank you to the Hamburg Halloween helpers |Nov 10, 2014

A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR MAKING THE STREETS SAFER FOR ALL THE TRICK OR TREATERS! The volunteer groups that were involved included the Fire Police, Grange, Jaycees, Leos, Lions, Moose, Rotary, and Southgate Neighborhood.