Politics

Brewery planned at Brinton Lodge, formerly Covatta’s restaurant |Jan 30, 2015

If you brew it, they will come.

Berks County Community Foundation receives 2015 James K. Boyer Quality of Life Award |Jan 30, 2015

On Wednesday evening, during this year’s Boyertown Progress Dinner, Boyertown Mayor Marianne Deery presented the 2015 James K. Boyer Quality of Life Award to President of the Berks County Community Foundation, Kevin Murphy.

Scouts team up with seniors to build Pinewood Derby cars |Jan 30, 2015

For the past four years, residents of The Heritage of Green Hills, Shillington, have been assisting boys of Exeter Township Cub Scout Pack 358 craft their cars for the annual Pinewood Derby competition.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: A retro recipe revisited, baking Pineapple Upside-Down Cake |Jan 30, 2015

Sometimes I feel psychic. I’ve discovered that on more than one occasion the subject of my recent “Slice of Life” installment becomes a national food headline. What do I think will be tomorrow’s next “it” thing? Pineapple Upside-Down Cake.

Electrify Your Strings Rock Orchestra experience comes to Exeter Township School District |Jan 30, 2015

International recording artist and Emmy award winning composer Mark Wood, an original member of the multiplatinum selling TransSiberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin, is bringing his groundbreaking music education program Electrify Your Strings to Exeter Township Sr.

Reading-based artist brings ‘sparkle’ to the Animal Rescue League |Jan 30, 2015

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, a shelter that transforms the lives of animals, has recently received a transformation of its own.

Hamburg Middle School student wins third place in poster contest |Jan 29, 2015

Jacob Mohn, 12, a student at Hamburg Middle School, won third place in the Lions Club District 14-P (Berks and Chester Counties) 2014 International Peace Poster contest. Jacob is the son of Central Berks Lions Club Past President Mark Mohn and Central Berks Lions Club Secretary Heather Mohn of Tilden Township.

Boyertown superintendent recognizes Develin for ‘hard work and dedication’ |Jan 29, 2015

In a week that shines the brightest spotlight on athletic achievements, Boyertown Area School District Superintendent Richard Faidley instead focused on the academics and persistence of James Develin.

The Impact of Severin Fayerman: A man who lived the American dream |Jan 29, 2015

The recent passing of Mr. Severin Fayerman on Monday, January 12, 2015, has been felt all over Berks County.

PennDOT unveils proposed roundabout for Route 222 & Long Lane intersection in Maxatawny |Jan 29, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has proposed a roundabout to replace the current Route 222 and Long Lane intersection in Maxatawny Township, with construction starting in spring 2017.

Bomb threat at Montgomery County Courthouse under investigation |Jan 29, 2015

An investigation is underway to find out who called in two bomb threats on Thursday morning that led to the evacuation of the county’s courthouse.

Rep. Marcy Toepel invites District 147 residents to attend open house |Jan 29, 2015

Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) is hosting an open house at her district office, located at 1885 Swamp Pike, Suite 107, in Gilbertsville, on Thursday, Feb. 5, from noon to 6 p.m. The office is located in the Hanover Court Shopping Center.

Police ID man found inside burning car in Amity |Jan 28, 2015

The body found inside a burning car in Amity Sunday, Jan. 25 morning was identified Monday, Jan. 26 by Berks County officials.

Two Berks County engineering firms join forces |Jan 28, 2015

On Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 two engineering and consulting firms – McCarthy Engineering Associates, Inc. in Wyomissing and N.E. Fisher & Associates in Boyertown – joined forces. Owners – Neal Fisher and Jim McCarthy – believe that the merging of these two firms under one umbrella will create employee growth, technological advancements, improved business planning and development, and new opportunities for both companies and their employees.

RACC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter receives national recognition |Jan 28, 2015

Reading Area Community College’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society will receive a $500 award as part of its selection as a 2014 Honors Case Study Challenge award winner by the national Phi Theta Kappa office.

Berks County worried about budget-busting costs of Obamacare |Jan 28, 2015

While the word ‘forecast’ is bringing a fair amount of ire to the area right now, the concept has made Robert Patrizio’s job as Berks County chief financial officer a lot easier.

Twin Valley High School February Interns of the Month Alicia Lynch, Kelli Witowski, Ashley McCoach |Jan 27, 2015

Alicia Lynch, Ashley McCoach, and Kelli Witowski, all seniors at Twin Valley High School, have been named February’s Interns of the Month. The three girls have been recognized as a group, because they have been interning together this year at Twin Valley Elementary Center with music teacher, Mrs.

‘Dynamic’ storm brings Monday snow day, doesn’t amount to much in tri-county area |Jan 27, 2015

Monday was a day of frantic activity as governments, school districts and agencies preparing for the snow while the forecast remained constantly in flux.

Pennsylvania Senators Leach And Folmer reintroduce medical cannabis legislation |Jan 27, 2015

State Senators Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and Mike Folmer (R-Dauphin/Lebanon/York) announced the reintroduction of their medical cannabis legislation on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Pennsylvania Sen. Schwank urges lawmakers to finally adopt medical cannabis bill |Jan 27, 2015

To better help desperate moms and dads who are seeking relief for children who suffer from countless seizures and to help many other Pennsylvanians who need relief from chronic illnesses, Sen. Judy Schwank today urged fellow lawmakers to finally adopt a bill that would legalize medical cannabis.

Twin Valley Rotary Club honors Twin Valley High School seniors Rachel Wilkoski and Nicole Bender |Jan 27, 2015

On Jan. 21 the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors, Rachel Wilkoski and Nicole Bender as their Students of the Month.

Heatherwood Retirement Community resident celebrates 100th birthday‘She is an inspiration’ |Jan 27, 2015

Heatherwood Retirement Community resident turns 100

Big Shot: Artwork of Heritage resident David Lumb exhibited |Jan 27, 2015

The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, has opened an exhibit of the artwork of resident, David Lumb.

Body found Sunday inside burning car in Amity |Jan 27, 2015

AMITY >> One person was found dead in Amity Sunday morning, Jan. 25, after two burning cars were extinguished on the 800 block of Antietam Drive, according to police.

Department of Environmental Protection Public hearing and meeting to discuss cleanup of Berks County Battery Casing Site |Jan 27, 2015

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public meeting and hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 10, to outline its plan to clean up lead-contaminated battery casings and soil at residential properties on Noll Lane in Ruscombmanor Township, Berks County.

Jan. 28, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hosts open house plans display for 222 and Long Lane improvements |Jan 27, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will host an open house plans display Wednesday, Jan. 28, for proposed intersection improvements at the intersection of US 222 and Long Lane in Maxatawny Township, Berks County.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files Jan. 28 edition |Jan 26, 2015

25 Years Ago Jan. 31, 1990 >> After 38 years in the Christian ministry, the Rev. Morris Houck Jr., senior pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hamburg, retired January 31, from the active ministry.

Hamburg Area High School students participate in PMEA District 10 Chorus |Jan 26, 2015

Two Hamburg Area High School students were selected to participate in Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 10 Chorus which performed Friday, Jan. 23 (moved a day earlier due to snow) at Muhlenberg High School.

Berks County 4-H Horse Club members recognized for participation and achievements |Jan 26, 2015

The Berks County 4-H Horse Members held their horse banquet recently and were recognized for their participation and achievements in the horse program for 2014.

Call for Submissions: Writers’ Club 28th Annual Fiction and Poetry Contest |Jan 26, 2015

The Writers’ Club at Montgomery County Community College is accepting submissions for its 28th Annual Fiction and Poetry Contest now through 2 p.m. on March 12. Mailed entries must be postmarked by March 5.

Shartlesville area farmer elected president of Berks Southeast Cattlemen’s Association |Jan 26, 2015

Berks County cattle feeder Bill Palmer was elected president of the Berks Southeast Cattlemen’s Association at the reorganizational meeting last month. Palmer farms with his family in the Shartlesville area.

5 Kutztown University Presidential candidates to visit campus: participate in open forums and meetings with students, faculty, unions, community |Jan 26, 2015

Five candidates for Kutztown University President will be visiting campus for open forums, meetings and tours.

Montgomery County residents plan to host guests during pope’s visit |Jan 26, 2015

Brace yourselves, the pope is coming.

Kindergarten registration held for 2015-16 year Feb. 18, 19 in Exeter schools |Jan 26, 2015

Exeter Township School District parents who have children turning age five before Sept. 1, 2015 are eligible to register them for 2015-16 kindergarten. All the necessary information and forms to register can be obtained by going to the Headlines section of the district website www.

Berks County girl wins Safety Poster contest at local, state levels |Jan 23, 2015

Eleven-year-old Zoe Sweet, sixth grader in the Daniel Boone School District, is making Oley Fair History by being the first in her age group to win 1st place in Best of Show at the state level in the Safety Poster contest.

Sly Fox Brewing Company’s newest release hits the trail in April to benefit the Schuylkill River Trail |Jan 23, 2015

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is pleased to announce its collaboration with Sly Fox Brewing Company, Pottstown, Pa., on the release of a new canned beer that benefits and celebrates the Schuylkill River Trail.

Presentations shed light on Chromebooks, curriculum, testing and student safety in Exeter schools |Jan 23, 2015

The Exeter Township School District Board of School Directors was presented with progress reports from Exeter School facility during their Tuesday, Jan. 20 meeting.

Union Township approves ‘fresh and local’ brew pub for Brinton Lodge |Jan 23, 2015

A craft beer brewery will be coming to one local haunted house.

Bev Conklin and Friends bring Americana sound to The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown |Jan 23, 2015

Bev Conklin and Friends will be returning with their Americana sound to The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.

27-year-old man charged for allegedly assaulting a sleeping 14-year-old girl in Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County home |Jan 22, 2015

A 27-year-old man has been charged in relation to a burglary and indecent assault of a 14-year-old girl in Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County that occurred this summer.

Data shows more people leaving Berks County than moving in |Jan 22, 2015

More people are moving out of Berks County than are moving in, according to data the county’s Planning Commission has gathered.

New Year, real you: Try a plant-based diet |Jan 21, 2015

Outside, traffic whizzed by on Lancaster Avenue in Devon. Inside the Raw Can Roll Cafe, a blender whirred.

Honey Brook mother and daughter host bone marrow donor registration drive |Jan 21, 2015

Honey Brook mother and daughter Carol Rathgeber and Caitlin Mooney are teaming up with Delete Blood Cancer to hold a bone marrow donor registration drive on Jan. 30 from 5-8 p.m. at St. Peter UCC in Knauertown.

Honey Brook Legion Riders donate $1,000 worth of clothing to Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center |Jan 21, 2015

A sold-out crowd of 125 Legion Riders and guests enjoyed a night of music recently while helping veterans.

Berks County Conservation District, Maiden Creek Tributary Stream Restoration Project awarded grants |Jan 21, 2015

The Department of Environmental Protection will invest more than $23.2 million in 109 watershed protection projects to improve watersheds, reduce stormwater runoff and acid mine drainage (AMD), and support educational programs, among other environmental efforts.

Berks Encore’s Share the Love/Stuff the Cooler event delivers thousands of pounds of food Berks County’s seniors |Jan 21, 2015

Berks Encore reports that its “Share the Love – Stuff the Cooler” campaign resulted in thousands of pounds of non-perishable food and toiletry items for Meals on Wheels recipients and increased awareness of senior hunger in Berks County.

Exeter school board considers $71 million budget proposal |Jan 21, 2015

The Exeter School Board of Directors discussed the preliminary budget for the 2015-16 school year during their Tuesday, Jan. 20 regular meeting.

Tax Talk: Dependency Exemption for Children of Divorced Parents |Jan 21, 2015

The income tax results of this topic are often overlooked during the divorce process, especially considering the personal and emotional toll incurred at the time. But, it is also could be a time for tax planning.

Tax assistance from AARP Foundation Tax-Aid |Jan 21, 2015

Tax assistance from AARP Foundation will provide Tax-Aid at the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library.

4th annual Food for Families Fundraiser expands, benefits Twin Valley Food Pantry |Jan 21, 2015

Excitement has been building as the 4th Annual Food for Families Fundraiser expands this year, benefiting the Twin Valley Food Pantry.