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Schaeffer’s MotorSports holds Can-Am Open House |Apr 14, 2015

Do you enjoy Off-Road riding? Have you seen a Spyder? Schaeffer’s MotorSports, a subsidiary to Schaeffer’s Sales & Service, Inc of Orwigsburg, will be holding a Can-Am Open House this Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.

Shoemakersville residents view proposed Shoemakersville Bridge Replacement project plans |Apr 14, 2015

The recent Shoemakersville Borough Council meeting, on Tuesday April 7, began with a public plans display of the Shoemakersville Bridge Replacement project which is expected to begin during the construction season of 2017.

Salem-Berne UMC has gone ga-ga |Apr 14, 2015

Thanks to 15-year-old Tyler Geschwindt and his vision, Salem-Berne Church in Tilden Townhip now has its very own ga-ga pit. Tyler was first introduced to the game at church camp and has loved it ever since.

Students organize first Mini-THON at Hamburg this Saturday |Apr 14, 2015

This Saturday, April 18, Hamburg Area High School will hold its first Mini-THON, modeled after Penn State University’s original Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files April 15 edition |Apr 14, 2015

25 Years Ago April 18, 1990 >> Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brackman, formerly of West Hamburg, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary at a dinner given by their children at Wegman’s Reeser Restaurant.

National Paper Clover Campaign continues support of Berks County 4-H youth |Apr 14, 2015

National 4-H Council has announced the launch of the spring 2015 4-H Paper Clover Campaign in partnership with Tractor Supply Company (TSC). This event marks the sixth year of collaboration between the organizations on the national in-store fundraiser, benefiting state and local 4-H programming in each of the communities where a TSC or Del’s Farm and Feed Supply store is located.

‘Bee Man’ visits Perry Elementary Center for ‘Dancin’ with Honeybees’ program |Apr 14, 2015

Perry Elementary Center students were visited by the “Bee Man” Cliff Wright-Sunflower for the “Dancin’ with Honeybees” program on Monday, March 30 at the school. Two assemblies were held during which the students learned about honeybees, pollination, honey and more.

Pottstown Dance Theatre celebrates more than 50 years with ‘A Time to Dance’ |Apr 14, 2015

The Pottstown Dance Theatre Repertory Ensemble, as part of the 50-Year Celebration of Dance in the Tri-County Area, performs “A Time to Dance” at The Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center (Ursinus College) on May 2 at 7:30 p.

Colebrookdale Railroad to receive new ‘special recognition’ award at Boyertown’s Citizen of Year Awards Gala |Apr 13, 2015

This year’s 62nd Annual Citizen of the Year Gala features a new award in the category of “special recognition.” The recipient of this award may be an individual, civic group, non-profit organization or a combination of all three.

Miss Kutztown Bicentennial will be crowned this summer; Pageant Committee seeks contestants |Apr 13, 2015

Last month, the ringing of the bells signified the beginning of the Bicentennial Celebration of the Borough of Kutztown. In 1965, the Sesqui-Centennial committee crowned Karen Kaiser to be Miss Sesqui-Centennial.

Kutztown Community Partnership awarded National Accreditation for its Main Street Program |Apr 13, 2015

The Pennsylvania Downtown Center has awarded the Kutztown Community Partnership recognition as a Nationally Accredited Main Street Program, Nancy Brooks, KCP Main Street Manager announced.

Super Bowl Champion and Boyertown Alumnus James Develin returns to Boyertown |Apr 13, 2015

Fans young and old gathered at the Boyertown Area High School Thursday night, April 9, to get a glimpse of a known athlete whose roots began in the same place as theirs.

Sandra Lee Wood voted 2015 Pennsylvania Art Educator of the Year |Apr 13, 2015

The National Art Education Association has named Sandra Lee Wood, of Gilbertsville, to receive the 2015 Pennsylvania Art Educator of the Year Award. This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, honors an outstanding member from each state or province association whose service and contribution to art education merits recognition and acclaim.

Spring Fling Dance helps battle cancer: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fleetwood, hosts dance fundraiser to benefit Kutztown Relay for Life |Apr 13, 2015

The annual Spring Fling Dance at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fleetwood, Saturday, April 12, offered a night of fun, dancing and a few tears.

More than 50 volunteer to clean up Kutztown: Kutztown Community Partnership hosts Safe, Clean and Green community clean up event |Apr 13, 2015

More than 50 people, many of whom were Kutztown University students, helped to clean up Kutztown on Sunday during Kutztown Community Partnership’s Safe, Clean and Green community-wide clean-up event in Kutztown on Sunday afternoon.

Twin Valley Rotary Club hosts 20th Tri-County Art Show |Apr 11, 2015

The Caernarvon Township Community Center in Morgantown transformed into an art gallery as artists, patrons and members of the Twin Valley Rotary Club gathered for a preview of the 20th annual Tri-County Art Show and Sale on Friday, April 10.

Colorful mural on business facade brightens Bernville Main Street |Apr 10, 2015

Tulpehocken and Wilson high school students brought color and cheer to downtown Bernville through creation of a mural on Main Street, culminating on April 4 with a community event.

Kutztown Rotary Club announces winners of 4-Way Contest |Apr 10, 2015

Kutztown Rotary Club named Ayla Blatt, a tenth grader from Kutztown Area High School, winner of its annual 4-way speech contest at the Kutztown Tavern March 26. Others honored were 10th grader Tom Velik, of KAHS as runner up and Krista Kunkle, an eleventh grader from KAHS as third place.

Ribbons of Respect pinned up throughout Berks to support police |Apr 10, 2015

Since March 20, blue ribbons have been decorating Berks County, colorfully supporting police officers.

Fire destroys Amity home that once housed church |Apr 10, 2015

A two-alarm fire that destroyed a home on the 300 block of Monocacy Creek Road kept fire crews busy Wednesday, April 8, as they worked to fight the blaze in dreary conditions.

Creekside Stable hosts American Competitive Trail Horse Association event |Apr 9, 2015

Mohnton, PA - Creekside Stable, 5180 Diehl Road, Mohnton, will be announcing their grand opening as well as hosting an American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) event the weekend of May 9 and 10.

Photos: Oley Valley Middle School students to compete in Spelling Bee |Apr 9, 2015

Oley Valley sixth graders will soon compete for first, second and third place in the annual Boyertown Area Times Spelling Bee to be held at the middle school on Tuesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. If you’re unable to attend the event, check back with The Boyertown Area Times to see who won.

Aging Parent Fair provides resources to adult children |Apr 9, 2015

A team of diverse professionals serving the aging population in Berks County and dedicated to assisting their adult children, has come together to provide the Aging Parent Fair. The Fair provides attendees with financial resources, care alternatives, assistive services and connections to the people and programs who can serve them and their loved ones.

Old Fireman’s Carnival brought back; New Morgantown Carnival aims to rejuvenate community spirit with 5-day extravaganza in June |Apr 8, 2015

Morgantown’s Pauly Whiteman, a third-generation “Morgantowner,” spent his boyhood summers anticipating weekends, when he’d get to meander through the town’s Fireman’s Carnival.

Brush fires in New Hanover, Robeson show dangers of burning foliage |Apr 8, 2015

<URL destination="http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20150406/firefighters-battle-brush-fire-in-new-hanover">The fire began around 2 p.m. at a property along the 2300 block of Colflesh Road, near routes 663 and 73.

Elverson Borough Council reviews proposed Sunoco pipeline for propane, butane and ethane; could affect 91 landowners |Apr 8, 2015

Elverson Borough Council reviewed on April 7 a proposed Sunoco pipeline, which would carry propane, butane and ethane through the borough.

Governor Mifflin Mini-THON Donations top $40,000 |Apr 8, 2015

The spring snow may have provided a slight snag in scheduling, but it did not put a damper on donations to Governor Mifflin’s seventh annual Mini-THON. The event, which had to be moved from March 20 to March 21 due to weather, surpassed its $25,000 goal raising $40,188.

Students participate in intergenerational education program at Meadows Apartments |Apr 8, 2015

Misericordia University students majoring in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program participated in a weekly intergenerational program at the Hi-Meadows Apartments during the spring semester.

Howell appointed as fire police by Amity Township Supervisors |Apr 8, 2015

Samuel Howell, a volunteer for the Amity Fire Department since 2013, was sworn in as a fire policeman by the Amity Township Board of Supervisors on April 1.

Pennsylvania traffic deaths hit new record low in 2014; New crash information tool released to public |Apr 8, 2015

Traffic deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 reached an all-time low, continuing a favorable trend as safety advocates work towards the nationwide goal of zero fatalities, acting PennDOT Secretary Leslie S.

Boyertown, Kutztown and Hamburg named Nationally Accredited Programs |Apr 8, 2015

Pennsylvania Downtown Center is honored to recognize that 40 Pennsylvania downtowns have been named “Nationally Accredited Programs” by the National Main Street Center. Receiving National Accreditation Main Street Program status is seen as a prominent recognition.

Kutztown School Board moves to sell former Albany Elementary School building |Apr 8, 2015

Kutztown School Board approved a motion to initiative the process of selling the former Albany Elementary School building at public auction during their workshop meeting on April 7.

Webelos II Scouts receive Arrow Of Light Awards |Apr 8, 2015

Pack 180 Webelos II Scouts received their Arrow of Light awards at the pack Blue and Gold Banquet on March 28 and crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 104 on April 1.

Boyertown native Amber Foose participates in Leadership Academy |Apr 7, 2015

Amber Foose, a senior Business Administration major in the School of Business at Ithaca College and member of the field hockey team, is learning valuable leadership skills in Ithaca College’s Leadership Academy, the nation’s premier Division III sports leadership development program.

Oley’s Jacob Kanavins is participating in Wig and Buckle Theater Company’s Production of ‘Tartuffe’ |Apr 7, 2015

Jacob Kanavins of Oley will perform in the production of the comedy “Tartuffe,” by Lebanon Valley College’s Wig and Buckle Theater Company. The play is set to debut April 18, at 8 p.

Kutztown University hosts Insights into Women as Innovators |Apr 7, 2015

The Entrepreneurship Club at Kutztown University hosted a March 27 luncheon on Insights on Women as Innovators.

Folk Fotos holds second annual egg hunt |Apr 7, 2015

By all appearances, the Second Annual Folk Fotos’ Easter Egg Hunt in Leesport on Saturday, April 4, was all about family. But despite many of the volunteers being family members of Folk Fotos’ owner, Laurie Folk, the volunteers confirmed that the event is just another display of what Folk does for the community.

Kutztown Community Library Bicentennial Parade Float designed at KU Designathon |Apr 6, 2015

The Kutztown Community Library has a float for the Kutztown Bicentennial Parade thanks to the design efforts of Kutztown University student Chelsea Gassert.

Boyertown grad Kevin Ostromecki announces music project; looks to change the world |Apr 6, 2015

Boyertown graduate Kevin Ostromecki, founder of Altix Clothing LLC — a company which focuses on the message of hope and “worldwide excellence,” has announced he’ll be sending that same message in a new way: through sound.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files April 8 edition |Apr 6, 2015

25 Years Ago April 11, 1990 >> The days are numbered until Arlan Fink and his brother Norman will retire and the S.A. Fink & Sons Grocery Store will close. The Fink brothers have been managing the corner grocery since 1948.

Hamburg Public Library hosts Family Story Hour, sponsored by Tompkins VIST Bank-Hamburg |Apr 6, 2015

To celebrate National Literacy Month in March, the Hamburg Branch of Tompkins VIST Bank and its representatives sponsored an evening Family Story Hour at the Hamburg Public Library on Tuesday, March 17.

Perry Elementary Center PTO Coloring Contest Winners |Apr 6, 2015

Winners of the Perry PTO Coloring Contest:

Hamburg Area High School March Student of the Month |Apr 6, 2015

Congratulations to Hamburg Area High School’s March Senior Student of the Month, Damian Ulrich. He is the son of Jennifer Ulrich, of Shoemakersville, and Clifford Ulrich, of Hamburg.

Kutztown Optimists host annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kutztown Park |Apr 6, 2015

The Kutztown Optimist Club hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kutztown Park on April 4.

Children participate in Hawk Mountain Sanctuary’s Raptor Egg Hunt |Apr 6, 2015

Fifty egg hunters stepped up to the challenge on Saturday, April 4, for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary’s Raptor Egg Hunt.

Kutztown community group forms to urge schools to highlight experiences, not assessments, in education |Apr 6, 2015

Kutztown Area School District’s state standardized tests for grades 3-8, the PSSAs, are scheduled to begin on Monday, April 13. A community organization has formed to share concerns about the negative impact standardized testing has on our educational system.

Historians to present history of Sleepy Hollow Ranch |Apr 6, 2015

The April meeting of the Goschenhoppen Historians will feature a presentation titled “The Day the Music Died” by Larry Roeder, local historian and editor of the Town and Country Newspaper, on the history of Sleepy Hollow Ranch, a local “hot spot” that opened in 1940 and remained a major Country Western destination for almost a quarter of a century.

Fleetwood Library celebrates 25th anniversary; Community invited to April 17 birthday celebration |Apr 6, 2015

Fleetwood Area Public Library commemorates its 25th anniversary with a birthday party for the community. The GWFC Woman’s Club of Fleetwood voted to start a library in 1989. Incorporated as the Fleetwood Area Public Library in 1990, it became eligible for state and county funding.

Brandywine Heights Elementary students smash pies in teachers’ faces for reading 10,000 books |Apr 6, 2015

The chatter, laughter, and cheering of approximately 500 students at the Brandywine Heights Elementary School rose as classmates got up and smashed a whipped cream pie in a teacher’s face.

Make Music Upper Perk seeks musicians, prepares for painting fundraiser |Apr 6, 2015

On June 21, musicians and music lovers will gather in the Upper Perkiomen Valley to participate in the third annual Make Music Upper Perk.