Politics

Patriot Item Community Calendar |May 26, 2018

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Hamburg fatal mock crash teaches teens dangers of distracted driving |May 25, 2018

A fatal mock crash scene played out in front of Hamburg High School on May 24.

DEP sets public hearing on Rolling Hills Landfill expansion |May 25, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will host a public hearing to obtain comments regarding the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority’s Major Permit Modification Application to increase the capacity of the Rolling Hills Landfill, located in Earl Township.

Communities to host Memorial Day parades, services |May 24, 2018

In celebration of Memorial Day, several area organizations will be holding celebrations to honor who died in active military service. The following is a list of area events that are currently planned to commemorate the day:

Federal court upholds Boyertown School District bathroom policy |May 24, 2018

Advocacy groups who filed a lawsuit challenging the Boyertown Area School District’s policy on the use of bathrooms by transgender students are considering an appeal of a court ruling.

Philadelphia man sent to prison for role in Montco, Berks, Bucks marijuana ring |May 23, 2018

NORRISTOWN >> While supporters of “a high-ranking member” of a cross-country marijuana trafficking ring downplayed his conduct as victimless and non-violent, a judge saw it differently.

Hamburg School Board approves proposed final budget with no tax increase |May 23, 2018

On May 21, Hamburg Area School Directors voted, 8-0, to approve the proposed final budget of $41.82 million with no tax increase for the 2018-2019 school year.

State System of Higher Education names next chancellor, Daniel Greenstein, formerly of the Gates Foundation |May 23, 2018

The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education selected Daniel Greenstein, former Gates Foundation director, as the State System’s fifth chancellor.

Frog Holler performs indie-rock at Kutztown Park June 2 |May 23, 2018

Frog Holler returns by popular demand to perform at the Kutztown Park Bandshell from 7 to 9 p.m. on June 2.

Hawk Mountain Arts Tour features wide variety of art |May 23, 2018

The 13th annual Hawk Mountain Arts Tour, held June 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a free self-guided driving tour held every year on the first Saturday in June. The self-guided driving tour winds about a 25-mile radius all within scenic Albany Township, this year with a satellite location at Hamburg Park.

Caltagirone: PUC order directing consumer utility credits is welcome |May 23, 2018

House Consumer Affairs Committee Democratic Chairman Tom Caltagirone said today that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s order directing utility suppliers to pass along industry tax reductions to their customers is welcome news for families and seniors across the state.

Berks Parks & Recreation hosts Festivals, concerts and more |May 23, 2018

Early Bird Fiddle Festival Join musicians and music fans from all over Berks County for this year’s Early Bird Fiddle Festival 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 9. This FREE event will highlight bluegrass, Celtic, and folk music on stage and in the field at the Berks County Heritage Center.

Senate approves legislation addressing standardized tests, technical education |May 23, 2018

The Senate approved two measures this week sponsored by Senator Ryan Aument (R-36) that would study the effectiveness of standardized testing in schools and improve certification requirements for vocational teachers.

8 students awarded Fools’ Run scholarships to attend Kutztown University |May 23, 2018

Eight students promising and deserving students from high schools in northeast Berks County received scholarships from the Kutztown Area Optimist Club to attend Kutztown University in the fall. The scholarships are generated through proceeds from the Kutztown Fools’ Run.

Fleetwood May Students of the Month |May 23, 2018

Daniel Jablonski Daniel is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jablonski of Blandon. Daniel will be attending Penn State University to acquire a degree in electrical engineering and start a career in the engineering field.

Single-lane roundabout opens at 222 & 662, Richmond Township |May 23, 2018

A new single-lane roundabout opened overnight May 21 at the intersection of US 222/Kutztown Road and PA 662/Moselem Springs Road in Richmond Township.

Bailey Wood Products, Kempton, marks 90 years in business |May 22, 2018

During May of this year, Bailey Wood Products marked its 90th year in business. In continuous operation since 1928, this family owned business has prospered in good times and weathered adversity during bad times by hard work, bending with the times and growing to become the modern specialty lumber business it is today.

Emergency crews raise American flag for NJ Trooper killed in I-78 crash |May 22, 2018

Emergency personnel raised the American flag from fire trucks at the I-78 overpass in Greenwich Township on May 22 as police escorted the hearse of the late Brian McNally, 30, a New Jersey State Trooper and a Marine, as the procession passed the scene of the May 20 fatal accident on I-78.

Samantha Haag crowned 2018-19 Berks County Dairy Princess |May 22, 2018

The 2018-2019 Berks County Dairy Princess is excited to promote the Berks County Dairy Industry. Samantha Haag was crowned as the 2018-19 Berks County Dairy Princess on May 5 at the Mohrsville Church of the Brethren.

Grange supports Hamburg alum battling blood cancer |May 22, 2018

On May 12, the Hamburg Grange #2103 presented a $2,800 check to Bonnie Henry of Shoemakersville.

Amity Police seek information on business burglaries |May 22, 2018

AMITY >> Police are seeking information on a string of commercial burglaries that occurred on May 21.

Police charge teen in Berks arson that damaged post office |May 22, 2018

HEREFORD >> Police say they have charged a juvenile with arson after a fire broke out late last year at a Hereford Post Office.

Andrea Funk speaks at First Chamber Dinner; Chamber Member of Year awarded to John Scott |May 21, 2018

Andrea Funk, former CEO of Cambridge-Lee Industries, spoke on “What Makes a Company Successful?” during the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce’s First Chamber Dinner held at Kutztown University on May 17.

Pottstown non-profits team up to offer free night of baseball |May 20, 2018

POTTSTOWN >> Local residents, plus anyone who wants to show pride in Pottstown, are invited to a free night of baseball, local tributes and fireworks at the Reading Fightin Phils FirstEnergy Stadium on Friday night, June 15.

Kutztown 8th grader Joanna Herrlin knitted to support after-school program Oasis |May 19, 2018

Kutztown eighth grader Joanna Herrlin came up with an idea over this past summer to use her knitting skills to benefit her community.

Kutztown Middle School Career Day offers exploration of many career paths |May 19, 2018

Kutztown Middle School welcomed about 45 professionals, from firefighters to sheep farmers, into the classrooms for Career Day on May 18.

Hamburg School Board opposes proposed budget |May 17, 2018

It’s back to the drawing board for the Hamburg Area School District and its budget for the 2018-19 school year.

Frystown Lions Club sponsors Spotted Lanternfly informational program |May 17, 2018

In a continuing effort to make a difference in the community the Frystown Lions Club recently sponsored an information night on the Spotted Lanternfly.

Kutztown Prom |May 17, 2018

Rock painting at the library |May 17, 2018

The Brandywine Community Library held a rock painting party on their patio on May 12.

Hamburg Borough Police honor memory of police killed in line of duty 90 years ago |May 17, 2018

The Hamburg Police Department remembers and recognizes that 90 years ago, Chief Wilson Lewars and an assisting officer confronted armed individuals that were in the commission of a forcible felony.

Michael Sexton of Longswamp Troop 575 earns Eagle Scout rank |May 17, 2018

Brandywine Heights High School sophomore Michael R. Sexton, 15, of Longswamp Troop 575, recently received his Eagle Scout rank. For his Eagle Project, Sexton fundraised, organized, and constructed a GaGa Ball Pit for the Topton Borough Park Renovation Project.

Fleetwood Junior Troop earns Business Owner Badge |May 17, 2018

Fleetwood Junior Troop 1956 visited Dianna, owner of Rita’s Blandon and Sinking Spring locations. The troop was working on earning their Business Owner badge. The Girl Scouts received a tour of the shop, learned how their ice is made and were given a nice cool treat while they talked business.

Virtual reality brings learning to life for Schuylkill Valley students |May 17, 2018

A dinosaur jumped off the iPhone screen in 3-D, much to the amazement of dinosaur fan Logan Henne, a first grader at Schulykill Valley Elementary.

Fulfilling a dog’s bucket list: Rescue dog diagnosed with terminal cancer eats out at 1787 Brewing Co. |May 17, 2018

Steve MacBeth of 1787 Brewing Company served an unusual dinner guest during the pub’s Friends and Family Night on May 11.

Schuylkill River Sojourn to celebrate 20 years |May 17, 2018

When the first Schuylkill River Sojourn launched in 1999, most participants had canoes, and paddling on the river was a novelty to many.

Circle M Ranch Speedway comes back to life annually for Eddie Mates Memorial Racers’ Reunion |May 15, 2018

The Circle M Ranch Speedway ran weekly stock car races from 1955 through the 1958 season. The Auburn racetrack closed down nearly 60 years ago but once a year it comes back to life for the annual “Eddie Mates Memorial” Racers’ Reunion.

PA German Heritage Days celebrate Kutztown’s roots |May 14, 2018

Kutztown School District hosted two PA German Heritage Days, one at Greenwich Elementary on May 4 and another at Kutztown Elementary on May 11. The all-day events included PA German historical presentations, art, activities, demonstrations and games.

District Attorney rules trooper-involved shooting justified |May 12, 2018

On March 28, on the parking lot of the Walmart located along Mill Creek Road in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County, Trooper Brian Bird of the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, Bethlehem, Fogelsville Station, discharged his service weapon nine times and mortally wounded Aaron Ibrahem, age 26, of Mertztown, Berks County, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

GoFourth! Festival to have larger Royal Court to help raise money |May 12, 2018

The second annual Pottstown GoFourth! Festival will be held on July 4, and to reach its money goal, the festival’s committee has created a new event.

‘Bones and BioArcheology’ to be subject of Hopewell Furnace program |May 11, 2018

On Sunday, May 20, the Friends of Hopewell Furnace will host Rutgers Archeologist Kimberlee Sue Moran’s presentation “Bones and BioArchaeology in Philadelphia – an Arch Street Project Update.

Applying for veterans benefits should never come with a fee |May 11, 2018

Veterans and their dependents should never pay for help to apply for veterans’ benefits, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). That’s because federal and state law makes provisions for accredited veterans service organizations to provide free advice and assistance to veterans as they apply for veterans’ benefits.

Spotted lanternfly informational videos available |May 11, 2018

In conjunction with Penn State Extension, Sen. Judy Schwank has released six instructional videos relating to the identification and control of the spotted lanternfly.

Berks County Early Bird Fiddle Festival set for June! |May 11, 2018

Plans for the 36th annual Berks Country Early Bird Fiddle Festival are finalized and this year we are excited to again be part of the 2018 Berks Country Fest: An Americana Music Jamboree!

Girls on the Run hosts 5K at Penn State Berks May 19 |May 11, 2018

Community runners and walkers are invited to join the Girls on the Run Spring 2018 5K on Saturday, May 19, at the Penn State Berks campus located at 1800 Broadcasting Road.

Few details provided on search for new Boyertown superintendent |May 10, 2018

COLEBROOKDALE >> Despite the sudden withdrawal of the board’s chosen finalist candidate to be the new superintendent last month, the Boyertown Area School Board is bent on having a new district leader in place by the start of the new school year.

The Macungie Band, a 160-year-old community band performs at Kutztown Park |May 10, 2018

This Saturday evening, May 19, from 7 to 9 p.m., The Macungie Band will perform on stage at the Kutztown Park bandshell in the Borough of Kutztown 2018 Concert Series. This is the band’s first Kutztown performance.

Kutztown Community Choir takes a musical journey across our land |May 10, 2018

The Kutztown Community Choir will present its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 20, at 7 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 357 W. Main St., Kutztown.

Rodeo’s Drive-Thru Hollywood News: Kid Reviewer goes behind-scenes at Bon Jovi Concert |May 10, 2018

My first concert ever was Elton John a few years ago and I was lucky enough to sit close to the stage. I noticed the video cameras filming the show and photographers rushing to the stage to take pictures.

Brandywine Heights students raise funds for pediatric cancer at 12-hour Mini-Thon |May 10, 2018

The problem of pediatric cancer is a destroyer of dreams, lives, and families. This disease has sparked an uprising to its threat. Started at Penn State College, Four Diamonds has taken off as a full-fledged assault against this disease by creating Mini-Thon.