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Master Kim’s Black Belt Academy to host free Self-Defense Seminar |Aug 4, 2015

Master Kurt G. Miller, owner of Master Kim’s Black Belt Academy in Bechtelsville, will be presenting a free self-defense seminar on Friday, Aug. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Boyertown Area Multi-Service makes call for basket builders |Aug 4, 2015

The Boyertown Area Multi-Service Fifth Annual Basket Raffle is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 28, in Binder Hall at the Gilbertsville Fire Company. Doors open at 5 p.m. The Basket Raffle starts at 7:30 p.

Dinner on Main is a smashing success; Residents and visitors pack streets to enjoy fare from local favorites |Aug 4, 2015

On Friday, July 31, the 200 block of West Main Street became an outdoor café for Dinner on Main, part of Kutztown’s bicentennial celebration.

Kutztown Historical Society hosts first walking tour as part of bicentennial; Monthly tours to begin in Spring 2016 |Aug 4, 2015

One of the bicentennial celebration events was a walking history tour of Kutztown, held on Monday, July 27.

Schuylkill River Trail voted ‘best urban trail’ in national contest |Aug 4, 2015

pottstown >> The Schuylkill River Trail has won a Reader’s Choice online contest between 20 trail systems nationwide at USAToday.

A.D. Moyer launches new mobile-friendly website |Aug 4, 2015

A.D. Moyer Lumber – voted as the Tri-County area’s #1 Window Dealer for 13 consecutive years, #1 Home Improvement Store six consecutive years, and #1 Contractor Supply Dealer three consecutive years – recently launched an all-new .

Reading Area Community College to award scholarships for dual enrollment courses |Aug 4, 2015

Reading Area Community College (RACC) will offer a limited number of dual enrollment course scholarships for high school students to take classes during the fall semester.

Kutztown Day concludes Bicentennial celebration: Craig Koller, bicentennial chair, honored with key to the town |Aug 4, 2015

The annual celebration of Kutztown Day in the park Aug. 2 concluded Kutztown’s Bicentennial celebration with awards and fun.

Humane Society of Berks County to hold Pints for Pups - Summer of Ska |Aug 4, 2015

For the first time in 10 years, the Humane Society of Berks County is venturing to Pottstown.

Lunchtime coloring break for adults continues at Mifflin Community Library |Aug 4, 2015

Mifflin Community Library will continue to offer, “Color Me Hungry,” a lunchtime coloring break for adults, again on Friday, Aug. 14, beginning at 11 a.m.

Boyertown student named recipient of the Karol Canfield Memorial Award at Agora Cyber Charter School |Aug 3, 2015

For one Boyertown student cyber education helped defy the odds that were stacked against her as a young child. Before Kindergarten, Mariah Steffey was told that her learning disabilities would keep her from learning with others her age.

Key Leaders help Kutztown Strong: About 90 community members from students to educators to local farmers promote drug-free lifestyles |Aug 3, 2015

A diverse group of community Key Leaders gathered for the Kutztown Strong Meet and Greet on July 28 at the Kutztown Area Middle School.

Brain Bug at the Planetarium: Magazine hosts Issue Release Event, encourages attendees to view sun through solar telescope |Aug 3, 2015

Brain Bug Magazine held its Issue #4 Release Event July 25 at Grim Planetarium, Kutztown University.

Beating the heat at the bicentennial; Community enjoys treats and tunes at ice cream social |Aug 3, 2015

The summer weather was perfect for Kutztown Bicentennial’s Ice Cream Social held on Wednesday evening July 29. Sponsored by Air Products and Chemicals and organized by the Kutztown Woman’s Club, the event was held on the lawns at the Kutztown Area Historical Society.

Kutztown Bicentennial Parade: Crowds line Main Street to celebrate Kutztown’s 200th birthday |Aug 3, 2015

The Kutztown community and people from across Berks County crowded along Main Street on Saturday, Aug. 1, for the Kutztown Bicentennial Parade. Many Kutztown groups and organizations entered floats or performed in the parade, becoming a part of Kutztown’s history.

Colebrookdale Railroad announces ‘Vintage Baseball in the Park’ |Aug 2, 2015

The Colebrookdale Railroad is getting ready to host a vintage baseball game at Memorial Park — the community is invited to come out and ride through the Secret Valley Line with the players.

Kwik Shoppe donates to fire company |Jul 31, 2015

On Saturday, July 25, The Kwik Shoppe held a 50’s party, donating part of the proceeds to the local fire company. With $1 specials all day, a DJ, balloons for the kids and a 50/50 drawing, the event offered fun for the community while supporting a cause.

Lions Club president commends dedicated food pantry volunteer |Jul 31, 2015

Frystown Lions Club president Dennis Zerbe expressed his appreciation to Connie Bashore for her presentation on the history of, and current work with the Bethel-Tulpehocken Food Pantry, which is run out of Salem Lutheran Church in Bethel.

State Police: Driver strikes tree, overturns vehicle in I-78 collision |Jul 31, 2015

On July 23 at 3:30 p.m., State Police Trooper William Spayd responded to a two-vehicle crash on I-78 west.

Hamburg High School program change: Juniors, seniors can earn credit for professional field experience |Jul 31, 2015

Hamburg Area School Board approved changes to the high school program of studies for the 2015-16 school year on July 27.

Exeter School Board: Presentation heard on LERTA program; recommendation made on length of shorts |Jul 31, 2015

Exeter High school student Hunter Ahrens recently led the monthly meeting of the Exeter School Board meeting with an informative presentation relating to the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) program.

ADA Walk celebrates 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act |Jul 31, 2015

ADA Walk – July 24th Shouts of “Hey, hey, hey! ADA!” could be heard on the streets of Reading the morning of July 24, as people from across Berks County living with disabilities, their friends and coworkers, and supportive community members traveled to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

State grant opp for businesses working to stop pollution, improve energy efficiency, Schwank Says |Jul 31, 2015

Businesses working to save electricity or protect the environment can now apply for a state grant for pollution prevention and energy conservation projects, Sen. Judy Schwank said today.

Boyertown Planetarium Director and ACEAP Ambassador to Chile Peter Detterline named as StarFest keynote speaker |Jul 31, 2015

On Saturday, Aug. 8, the Chesmont Astronomical Society will host their annual outreach event about astronomy, StarFest 2015. This free event will take place at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Park where you’ll have the chance to experience the night sky like you’ve never before.

Honey Brook Music Fest raises $5,000 for Food Pantry |Jul 30, 2015

Honey Brook Music Fest rocked the greens, raising $5,000 for the Honey Brook Food Pantry.

Morgantown Village Library celebrates 50th anniversary, honors two surviving founders |Jul 30, 2015

The Village Library has decided to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the Village Library and honor the two surviving founding members, Mary Bamberger and Sylvia Firth.

Hyuett’s Auctioneering, helping families during life’s transitions |Jul 30, 2015

Huyett’s Auctioneering LLC., Morgantown, provides on or off site auctions on real estate and personal property with the goal of helping families at a time of transition in their lives.

Conestoga Christian School garden produces for community |Jul 30, 2015

Conestoga Christian School started its first garden this spring to benefit the Twin Valley Food Pantry.

Honey Brook siblings support non-profit cause, Bridge of Hope, with lemonade stand fundraiser |Jul 30, 2015

Two Honey Brook siblings, Kaleigh and Mason Horst, encouraged members of the community to make a difference on July 23 with a lemonade stand fundraiser to help Bridge of Hope Lancaster and Chester Counties, a non-profit that works with single moms who are homeless.

Chester County introduces county-wide multi-modal transportation guide; Handbook provides direction for municipality officials, planners, engineers and developers on integrated transportation, traffic and land development plans |Jul 30, 2015

The Chester County Commissioners and Chester County Planning Commission (CCPC) unveiled this week the county’s new comprehensive guide on the implementation of multi-modal transportation facilities.

Twin Valley Garden Club interpret “Flowers in Your Hair” theme with garlands |Jul 30, 2015

Members of the Twin Valley Garden Club (TVGC) modeled fresh flower garlands at a recent club meeting. Their unique creations interpret the theme “Flowers in Your Hair” for this whimsical 1960s look.

Program in Berks attempts to debunk drug addiction myths |Jul 30, 2015

READING >> Drug addiction does not end with the individual with the disease, but creates a ripple effect through the family and loved ones of the addict.

Nurse arrested for stealing drugs from Pocopson nursing home |Jul 29, 2015

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced the arrest of defendant Carolyn Howett. The defendant was a nurse at the Pocopson Home, a nursing home located in Chester County.

Boyertown Multi-Service is now holding Back-to-School Supply Drive |Jul 29, 2015

It’s Back-to-School time again and Boyertown Area Multi-Service, Inc. is collecting a variety of school supplies for children of all ages for local families who come to Multi-Service for assistance.

Schuylkill Valley School District Board reviews PSSA rating changes that could mean more basic or below students |Jul 29, 2015

Schuylkill Valley School Board Superintendent Dr. Warren Mata announced that rating categories were changed by the state on PSSA scores after students completed testing in the April and May time frame.

Amity Fire Company receives $130,000 grant |Jul 27, 2015

U.S. Congressman Patrick Meehan, R-7 Dist., announced the award of a $129,926 grant to the Amity Fire Company from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

7th Annual Schuylkill Valley Girls Softball Association Diamond Cruise Car Show |Jul 27, 2015

The second Saturday in July was an extremely popular date on the car show circuit as there was almost too many events to choose from. Fortunately, Mother Nature provided an exceptional day. There was a very good turnout for all of the events scheduled for that day.

Fleetwood Carnival |Jul 27, 2015

The community flocked to Fleetwood Park July 21 to 25 for the Fleetwood Community Carnival which included rides, food, Midway and entertainment.

Volunteers take part in Mission Trip Birdsboro |Jul 27, 2015

Earlier this month, volunteer workers could be spotted in bright yellow shirts as took part in Mission Trip Birdsboro 2015. These volunteers — broken into teams scattered throughout the community — provided help and repairs to 19 different work sites.

Berks County prepares for gypsy moth invasion |Jul 27, 2015

Like their namesakes, gypsy moths have taken to journeying across the country, starting in Massachusetts and spreading as far west as Wisconsin and as far south as Virginia’s border with North Carolina.

Kutztown Patriot Community Calendar July 30 |Jul 27, 2015

Send events to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com by Friday noon week prior to publication.

Robert C. Wagner promoted to Lieutenant |Jul 27, 2015

Acting State Police Commissioner Marcus L. Brown has promoted Robert C. Wagner, a native of Beaver Falls, Beaver County, to lieutenant and assigned him to Troop L, Reading as the Patrol Section Commander.

Samuel Kulp earns Eagle Scout rank |Jul 27, 2015

Samuel C. Kulp has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Samuel is the son of Thomas and Deborah Kulp of Kutztown. Sam is a scout in Troop 101 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kutztown.

Fleetwood Girl Scout Daisy Troop 1956 moves upward and onward; girls “bridge” into Brownies |Jul 27, 2015

Fleetwood Girl Scout Daisy Troop 1956 graduated from being a Daisy Girl Scout Troop (kindergarten and first graders) and “bridged” into Brownie Girl Scouts (second and third graders).

Hibbett Sports store opening in Kutztown |Jul 27, 2015

Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ/GS: HIBB), an Alabama-based athletic retail company, is pleased to announce that its newest Hibbett Sports store will be opening in the Kutztown, PA market, employing approximately eight full and part-time team members.

Longswamp’s Jacob B. Moyer receives scouting’s highest honor, recognized at special Eagle Scout ceremony |Jul 27, 2015

Jacob B. Moyer, 18, of Boy Scout Troop 575 (Hawk Mountain Council) in Longswamp was honored at a special Eagle Scout ceremony on Sunday, July 19. To earn scouting’s highest award, Jacob had to earn at least 21 merit badges, serve as a leader in his troop and complete a major community service project.

Three new degree programs approved for Kutztown University |Jul 27, 2015

The Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education approved three new degree programs to be offered at Kutztown University. The State System approved a new Bachelor of Fine Arts in applied digital arts degree, a Master of Arts in arts administration degree and a Master of Education in music education.

Kutztown Patriot Church News |Jul 27, 2015

Salem E.C. Church, 2150 Old 22, Lenhartsville

Dreibelbis Farm Historical Society to host annual Farm Festival |Jul 27, 2015

On Saturday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Dreibelbis Farm Historical Society will host its annual Farm Festival at the Historic Dreibelbis Farm in Virginville.

Kutztown Brake the Cycle of Poverty: Benefit ride raises funds for families in need in Kutztown, Fleetwood & Brandywine areas |Jul 27, 2015

In our efforts to continue to serve those in need, Friend, Inc. Community Services will be hosting the 6th annual Brake the Cycle of Poverty bike ride.