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.

Fritz T. Sprandel, author of Adventure on a Dare, speaks at Hamburg Rotary |Aug 31, 2015

On Aug. 27, Fritz T. Sprandel, the author of Adventure on a Dare, spoke at the Hamburg Rotary. He previously shared his book with the Rotary a few years ago, and there will probably be a movie made from the book.

Brandywine alum graduates basic training |Aug 31, 2015

Air Force Guard Airman 1st Class Dennis J. Parks graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

‘At-risk’ kindergarten presented at Boone |Aug 30, 2015

Seven months after the Daniel Boone community heard the possibility of restoring full-day kindergarten to the curriculum, two kindergarten teachers presented on Aug. 24 a new model for an “at-risk” kindergarten program.

Hamburg Hole in One |Aug 30, 2015

Sam Garland, Hamburg resident, 80, received a Hole in One plaque made by Rich Weigle from Kutztown. The plaque was on his breakfast table at 3rd Street Café on Aug. 25. The hole in one was on Aug.

Kutztown Girl Scout earns Gold: Samantha Tanner, 16, scrapbooked articles advocating deaf and hard of hearing |Aug 30, 2015

Samantha Tanner, age 16 of Kutztown, from Troop 1359 completed her Gold Award project in July, 2015. Her project consisted of organizing and scrapbooking newspaper articles and archiving Senator’s letters addressing the advocacy of the deaf and hard of hearing in Berks County dating back since 1967.

Three Chick-fil-A locations donate $2,500 to Food Bank’s Weekender Backpack Program |Aug 30, 2015

After a daylong fundraiser this summer, three Chick-fil-A locations in Berks County have donated $2,500 to the Greater Berks Food Bank’s Weekender Backpack Program.

Raggedy Ann celebrates 100th birthday: Great-niece of originator, from Mohrsville, sells dolls at Leesport Auction Toy Show |Aug 30, 2015

Iconic American toy Raggedy Ann celebrates her 100th birthday this week, and a local relative of the doll’s creator wants to make it a memorable celebration.

Morgantown Area Business Association members enjoy food, fellowship during picnic at Joanna Furnace |Aug 28, 2015

Morgantown Area Business Association hosted its annual picnic at Joanna Furnace in Morgantown on Aug. 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Recycling Services, Inc. temporarily closed for renovations |Aug 28, 2015

The recycling center is getting a makeover.

New PennDOT website shows customers active, planned projects; site features construction, Act 89 and future improvements |Aug 28, 2015

Pennsylvanians looking for information on construction projects, improvements underway because of Act 89, the state’s transportation funding plan, as well as projects scheduled through 2026 have a new resource: www.

Daniel Boone re-hires 2.5 elementary teachers |Aug 28, 2015

The Daniel Boone School Board approved 5-3 on Aug. 24 to hire 2.5 elementary teachers to lower class sizes.

Montgomery County Historical Society slates Intermediate Genealogy Workshop |Aug 28, 2015

The Historical Society of Montgomery County is offering an “Intermediate Genealogy Workshop” presented by Rose Brown, Genealogist and former Society librarian. The four-week workshop, which will include research tips beyond the basic genealogy research, will run four consecutive Tuesdays, Sept.

Registration now open for 2015 Berks County Heart and Stroke Walk |Aug 28, 2015

The American Heart Association invites workplaces, community groups, friends and family from across Berks County to lace up their sneakers and register now for the 2015 Berks County Heart and Stroke Walk to be held Sunday, Oct.

Fleetwood School Board approves district goals for the 2015-16 school year |Aug 28, 2015

At their meeting on Aug. 18, the Board of School Directors approved the district’s goals for this school year. The goals reflect the fact that a successful school district is one that continually works to improve the curriculum and instruction, and partner with families to meet students’ needs.

54-Acre Arnold Farm now protected, Sen. Schwank announces |Aug 28, 2015

A 54-acre tract in Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, is now under the commonwealth’s farmland preservation shield, state Senator Judy Schwank said on Aug. 13.

Berks Heritage Council celebrates 25th anniversary |Aug 28, 2015

The Berks Heritage Council is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Organized in the summer of 1990 as a consortium for combining marketing efforts and for the exchange of information and ideas, the Council was originally called the Berks County Museum Council.

Rick Hallman Day offers day of golf and music |Aug 27, 2015

The LCB Band hosts Rick Hallman Day Sept. 13 at Honeybrook Golf Course with a 9 hole golf tournament starting at 8 a.m. followed by music starting at 2 p.m. until dusk. All of the proceeds will go to Rick Hallman of the LCB Band.

Annual Apple Sales hosted at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site |Aug 27, 2015

Beginning Saturday, Aug. 29, and continuing while the crop lasts, the apple orchard at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site will be available for picking apples, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day the park is open.

Honey Brook Legion Riders honors veterans at Festival for the Veterans |Aug 27, 2015

Honey Brook American Legion Riders Post 422 hosted the inaugural Festival for the Veterans for David’s Drive 831 Aug. 22 at St. Benedict’s Picnic Park in Mohnton.

Hamburg School Board hires school psychologist Jolee Keifer, of Hamburg, member of Hamburg Area Education Foundation and OTF |Aug 27, 2015

Hamburg Area School Directors agreed on Aug. 24 to hire Jolee Keifer as a school psychologist at a salary of $85,500 effective upon her release from the Schuylkill Valley School District.

Natural Lands Trust adds 54 acres to French Creek Park |Aug 26, 2015

UNION TWP. >> The Hopewell Big Woods just got 54 acres bigger.