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VIDEOS, PHOTOS: The world remembers David Bowie |Jan 11, 2016

Rock & Roll icon David Bowie died at 69, just days after releasing his latest album. The world reacted with tributes and videos. Here is a selection, including the performance at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby in 1974.

Patriot Community Calendar Jan. 14 |Jan 11, 2016

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Kutztown Rotary Club announces January students of the month |Jan 11, 2016

The Kutztown Rotary Club honored Phillip Donner, of Kutztown Area High School, and Erica Winegardner, of Brandywine Heights High School, as students of the month in ceremonies held at the Kutztown Tavern on Jan.

Senior citizens honored at 51st annual banquet |Jan 11, 2016

The 51st annual Senior Citizen Banquet was held on Nov. 28 at the Fleetwood Grange Hall. The banquet is held each year and is to honor to senior citizens for their lifetime contributions they have made to our community.

Non-profit formed to rebuild Historic State Theatre of Boyertown |Jan 11, 2016

A group of Boyertown residents with a common interest in re-opening the State Theatre has banded together to form The State Theatre Preservation Society, a non-profit organization whose goal is to purchase, preserve and reopen the historic building.

2 teens charged as adults for assaulting Fleetwood man at Youth Detention Center in New Morgan Township |Jan 11, 2016

Abraxas employee Steven Davis, 26, of Fleetwood, was assaulted by two male teens while working at the Abraxas Academy Youth Detention Center in New Morgan Township Jan. 9.

Giant rainbow brings splash of summer and warmth during winter |Jan 11, 2016

A Fleetwood local snapped a photo of a giant rainbow that graced winter skies on Jan. 10, on a particularly warm day following a bit of rain. The rainbow added a welcome splash of color during the bleak months of winter.

Grange Benefit Bonanza raises $25,000 |Jan 11, 2016

Widely known for their countless acts of community service to benefit grange members and non-members alike, Virginville Grange recently sponsored multiple fundraisers for Michelle B. Lengel. Last October, during her senior year at Pine Grove Area High School, Michelle was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Postal Service celebrates 100th PA Farm Show with pictorial postmark offered at show |Jan 11, 2016

HARRISBURG >> The united States Postal Service is offering a special postmark to commemorate the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show, being held this week in Harrisburg.

Postal Service celebrates 100th PA Farm Show with pictorial postmark offered at show |Jan 11, 2016

HARRISBURG >> The united States Postal Service is offering a special postmark to commemorate the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show, being held this week in Harrisburg.

Berks juvenile prison guard assaulted in escape attempt |Jan 11, 2016

NEW MORGAN TWP. >> A juvenile prison guard is in the hospital, and two teen inmates face attempted murder charges, after a foiled escape attempt.

David Bowie’s renaissance came right here |Jan 11, 2016

Bowie recorded his “soul” record, ‘Young Americans,’ in the late-summer of 1974 at Sigma Sound Studios, having already done six consecutive nights at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby that July.

Fleetwood Brownie Troop donates first night bags to KidsPeace |Jan 9, 2016

Fleetwood Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1793 planned a sleepover to finish their Brownie Quest Journey and a community service project for KidsPeace.

Todd D. Eisenberg takes oath to become Montgomery County judge |Jan 8, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> With his little boy “Benjy” jovially walking by his side, and stealing the show during a heartwarming moment, newly installed Judge Todd D. Eisenberg took his place on the Montgomery County bench for the first time.

Art & Craft Gallery of Hamburg to highlight student artwork |Jan 8, 2016

The beginning of every new year brings change to the Art & Craft Gallery of Hamburg. As the Gallery removes its holiday decorations, it prepares to offer its showcase windows to the art students of the Hamburg Area High School.

Bill Cosby gets a new court date in Montgomery County |Jan 8, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his Montgomery County home more than a decade ago, entertainer Bill Cosby has a new court date.

Bill Cosby gets a new court date in Montgomery County |Jan 8, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his Montgomery County home more than a decade ago, entertainer Bill Cosby has a new court date.

Hamburg Rotary donates $1,000 to Salvation Army |Jan 8, 2016

Hamburg Rotary sponsors a golf tournament each August from which the proceeds are used to support our community.

Anniversary Announcement: Michael and Judith McGonigal celebrate 50 years of marriage |Jan 8, 2016

Michael McGonigal and Judith A. (Berk) McGonigal are proud to announce that they celebrated 50 years of marriage. The couple was married Sept. 25 of 1965 at the Holy Guardian Angels R.C. Church in Reading by Rev.

Goodwill urges residents to donate old computers for recycling |Jan 8, 2016

As people look to recycle computers and other electronics, Goodwill Keystone Area Donation Centers accept computers and related accessories as well as VCRs, DVD players and stereos; however, Goodwill does not accept televisions.

New app could turn outdoor enthusiasts into citizen-scientists |Jan 8, 2016

If you enjoy wildlife, fishing, nature walks, paddle sports and other streamside activities, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences now is giving you a chance to parlay those interests into becoming a citizen-scientist by observing and recording environmental and ecosystem changes.

Northeast Berks Chamber hosts Economic Forecast Program Jan. 15 |Jan 8, 2016

The Annual Meeting of the Members of the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce will be held on Friday, Jan. 15 at Berkleigh Golf Club, 14623 Kutztown Road, Kutztown. Doors open at 7:30 a.m., and the meeting will commence at 7:45 a.

Reading Public Library to present ‘Engage for Health’ program |Jan 8, 2016

The Reading Public Library will present a program entitled “Engage for Health” from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Library Foundation Building, 113 S. 4th Street.

MCCC Writers’ Club seeks submissions for 29th Annual Fiction and Poetry Contest |Jan 8, 2016

The Writers’ Club at Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) is accepting submissions for its 29th Annual Fiction and Poetry Contest now through 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 10. The contest has categories for poetry and fiction for MCCC students, as well as for alumni, faculty, staff and community residents.

From Arthur’s Policy Desk: Police use of force, race and the Constitution; the Fourth Amendment is part of the problem |Jan 8, 2016

On Nov. 22, 2014, two Cleveland police officers were called to investigate a “man with a gun” in the park. The caller told the dispatch that there was a juvenile in the park flashing a toy gun.

Cabela’s announces series of informative firearm safety seminars |Jan 8, 2016

Cabela’s of Hamburg has announced plans to host a series of informative seminars to promote and educate customers on firearm safety and responsibility in conjunction with the NRA/Second Amendment Weekend.

Hamburg Item Community Calendar Jan. 13 |Jan 8, 2016

Submit to Calendar: Email event listings to ldillon@berksmontnews.com. Note Item Calendar in email subject.

MCCC Dental Hygiene Clinic seeks patients for spring semester |Jan 8, 2016

The Dental Hygiene Clinic at Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) Central Campus in Blue Bell is actively recruiting patients with periodontal, or gum, disease for the spring semester.

Chestnut Knoll At Home, Gilbertsville, to hold AARP Safe Driver Course |Jan 8, 2016

Community members will soon get the opportunity to refresh their driving skills thanks to Chestnut Knoll At Home, Gilbertsville, and AARP. Chestnut Knoll At Home will hold an AARP Safe Driver Refresher Course on Tuesday, Jan.

Chestnut Knoll to hold Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting |Jan 8, 2016

Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is pleased to invite the public to a free Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to learn more about caring for your loved ones with dementia.

Rep. Toepel to host blood drive Feb. 5 in Gilbertsville |Jan 8, 2016

Representative Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) is inviting 147th District residents to join her on Friday, Feb. 5, anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a Miller-Keystone Blood Drive at her district office, 1885 Swamp Pike Road, Suite 107, Gilbertsville.

Martha Bertolet appointed Hamburg Borough Council president |Jan 8, 2016

Hamburg Borough Council held its reorganization meeting on Jan. 4. Martha Bertolet was appointed Council president and Jeanette Heckman was appointed vice president.

Fox Berkshire to offer Sensory Friendly Movies; program begins with Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip |Jan 8, 2016

Fox Theatres announced right before the New Year that it will offer a schedule of Sensory Friendly Movies at Fox Berkshire for individuals with autism and others to enjoy new releases in a safe and accepting environment.

WTIM: Music Around Town |Jan 8, 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.

RPM and Stoudt’s Brewing team up for Golfin’ in the Galleries |Jan 8, 2016

Reading Public Museum and Stoudt’s Brewing Company are teaming up for the Third Annual “Golfin’ in the Galleries.” Join coworkers, clients or friends for a fun night out of golfing, beer tasting and also to view pieces of the Museum’s collection rarely on display.

Hamburg native Rich Etchberger named Utah’s Carnegie Professor of the Year |Jan 8, 2016

Hamburg native and son of Hamburg war hero, Rich Etchberger, has been named Utah’s 2015 Carnegie Professor of the Year.

Dairy of Distinction applications due April 15 |Jan 8, 2016

Pennsylvania dairy producers are invited to apply for the Dairy of Distinction award from the Pennsylvania Dairy of Distinction Program. Applications must be submitted by April 15.

Hamburg senior, sophomore place 3rd in hydrogeology at Berks Science Olympiad |Jan 8, 2016

Hamburg senior Elizabeth Brown and sophomore Grace Kutz placed 3rd in the Hydrogeology event at the Berks County Science Olympiad competition Jan. 7 at Kutztown University.

Throwback Thursday |Jan 7, 2016

Does this look familiar? We’re taking you back in history on Throwback Thursday. Can you identify this photo? Post comments on Facebook at www.facebook.com/northeastberksnews/.

New year brings charges to Chester County Detectives Office |Jan 7, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> The new year brought a new leadership team and a new child abuse investigator to the Chester County Detectives Office, the investigative arm of the county District Attorney’s Office.

Snyder voted president, Mace as vice president of Kutztown Borough Council |Jan 7, 2016

Kutztown Borough Council held its reorganization meeting on Jan. 4.

Local ski resorts prepare for long-awaited opening |Jan 7, 2016

Winter’s sudden return has made some people — area ski resort operators — very happy. And starting today — skiers will be able to share in that emotion.

New emergency radio system in Chester County off to successful start |Jan 7, 2016

West Chester >> The all new, high-quality $42.1 million Chester County emergency radio system had a successful switch over and roll out this week, an official from the county’s Department of Emergency Services (DES) reported on Thursday.

Montgomery County estimated to gain $9.3M from DNC convention |Jan 7, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Tourism officials in Montgomery County estimate a nearly $9.3 million impact for the county from the Democratic National Convention being held in Philadelphia in July.

Montgomery County successful in bid to end veteran homelessness |Jan 7, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County officials have effectively declared veteran homelessness within the county a thing of the past.

4th Street Café, Morgantown, closes; final weekends Jan. 8 and 16 |Jan 6, 2016

When we opened the 4th Street Café, our dream was to create a place where customers and artists alike, could come and feel relaxed and welcomed, while enjoying a good, healthy meal, using local and organic ingredients, whenever possible, or sit and have a great cup of locally roasted Twin Valley coffee.

Early morning fire damages Phoenixville home |Jan 6, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> An early morning fire in Phoenxville left one home severely damaged Wednesday.

Shake Your Soul Fitness class in Elverson benefits Chester County Women’s Services |Jan 6, 2016

A Shake Your Soul Fitness class will be offered on Thursday evenings at Hopewell Christian Fellowship from 7-8 p.m., beginning on January 21st. It is the first in a six week series being offered on a donation basis, with proceeds benefiting Chester County Women’s Services.

Woman robbed outside BB&T Bank in Fleetwood |Jan 6, 2016

A woman was robbed outside the BB&T Bank at 46 West Main Street in Fleetwood early on Jan. 6.

Bake sales outside Elverson Walmart benefit veterans |Jan 6, 2016

We Agape You, Inc. hosts bake sales every weekend in January outside of the Elverson Walmart to benefit housing and employment for veterans.