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Kutztown University students run through campus in Boxer Trot; KU fraternity raises $1,250 for charity |Apr 17, 2015

Running through campus in their boxers, about 15 racers helped raise funds for children.

Fleetwood Kindergarteners meet ‘Number One Sam’ author; encouraged to create their own books |Apr 17, 2015

Fleetwood School District’s 165 kindergarten students met the author and illustrator of “Number One Sam” at Willow Creek Elementary on April 16.

Richmond Elementary Principal kisses pig for reading challenge |Apr 17, 2015

Richmond Elementary Principal Michelle Jackson kissed a pig on Friday, April 17.

Kutztown, Fleetwood, Brandywine Heights, Oley Valley and Hamburg middle and high school students recognized for excelling in technology education and business courses or FBLA |Apr 17, 2015

By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@berksmontnews.com

Boyertown rescue crews report to rollover crash |Apr 17, 2015

On Saturday, April 11, at 9:55 p.m. Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a rollover crash with injuries and possible entrapment in Douglass Township, Berks, on Farmington Avenue at the industrial complex between Englesville Hill Road and Farmington Avenue to assist State Police.

PennDOT to resurface PA 10 and PA 724 in Berks County |Apr 17, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 5 announced today PA 10 and PA 724 in Berks County will be resurfaced beginning April 27.

High school exchange student shadows Senator Argall in Capitol |Apr 17, 2015

A Wilson Area High School exchange student from Norway, Sander Nygaard, spent Tuesday April 14 shadowing Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) at the state Capitol.

Tri-county support group formed for families dealing with drug addiction |Apr 16, 2015

Carly Umstead’s war against heroin has been a hard eight-year fight that started when she was just 12 years old.

Two taken into custody for armed robbery in Hamburg |Apr 16, 2015

The Hamburg Borough Police Department is investigation an armed robbery that occurred on Monday, April 13, at approximately 11:40 p.m.

Colebrookdale’s ‘Mudball’ rail ride means wildflowers for mom |Apr 16, 2015

Kids love mud, and moms love flowers.

Boyertown Schools get $3,000 in tax issue settlement |Apr 16, 2015

The Boyertown Area School District will get $3,000 as the result of an agreement with Gravel Pike 50, LLC.

United Way Of Boyertown Area adds ‘Happy 2 Be Home’ as 17th member |Apr 16, 2015

The United Way of Boyertown Area Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of “Happy 2 be Home” as their 17th member agency plus a special distribution of $2,000 to further their 2015 efforts in the Boyertown area.

SUV crashes into farm tractor in Amity |Apr 16, 2015

Alcohol may have been the cause of a collision between an SUV and a tractor Monday night, April 13, in Amity Township.

Boone board president blasts rumor mill |Apr 16, 2015

In an attempt to move forward with the Daniel Boone School Board’s continuing budget and curriculum agendas, board President Richard Martino read at Monday night’s meeting a prepared statement to dispel the “erroneous comments made either at the podium or on social media.

Berks County appeals to state legislators for 911 funding |Apr 16, 2015

The Berks County commissioners moved their meeting off-site for the first time Thursday, April 9, to draw the attention of state legislators to an issue that they have been emphasizing for several years — a better way to fund the 911 system.

Daniel Boone superintendent leaves for special ed position in Boyertown |Apr 16, 2015

Daniel Boone Area School District Superintendent Marybeth Torchia has found a new home at the Boyertown Area School District.

Exeter Township School District to host STEM Open House |Apr 16, 2015

The Exeter Township School District will host a STEM open house and activity night for students (grades kdg-8) and their families to explore different technologies and STEM concepts that are integrated into the current curriculum.

Historic St. Marks Episcopal Church’s new Rev. Marcia C. Wilkinson presides over her first Easter in Honey Brook |Apr 15, 2015

West Nantmeal Township is home to a beautiful, quaint church and cemetery perched on a high hill overlooking western Chester County. Founded by the Welch in 1835, St. Marks Episcopal Church and cemetery at 1040 Chestnut Tree Road, Honey Brook, has lived on there from generation to generation.

Chester County County Commissioners award funding to Chester County Historical Society as part of Women’s History Month recognition |Apr 15, 2015

Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell, Kathi Cozzone and Michelle Kichline presented a check for $72,000 to the Chester County Historical Society at this week’s Sunshine Meeting.

Tel Hai hosts 9th Annual ‘Day in the Country’ Open House May 9 |Apr 15, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community invites the public to the 9th Annual ‘Day in the Country’ Open House on Saturday, May 9, 2015, with free activities and programming scheduled from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Tel Hai donates 425 pounds of food to Twin Valley Food Pantry |Apr 15, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community collected 425 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable food during March to support the Twin Valley Food Pantry in Morgantown. Celebrating National Nutrition Month, Tel Hai collected food items contributed by residents, staff and greater community members over a four-week period.

Berks County News: Empire Group celebrates 60 year anniversary: 1955-2015 |Apr 15, 2015

Empire Wrecking Co., of Reading, was founded by Harry “Whitey” O’Neill Jr. in 1955 to provide demolition services to Berks County and surrounding areas.

Rare $20 bill dated 1929 from The First National Bank of Honey Brook auctioned at Library Art Auction April 25 |Apr 15, 2015

Aare $20 bill dated 1929 from The First National Bank of Honey Brook will be auctioned at Honey Brook Community Library’s Art Auction fundraising event, held 6 p.m. on April 25 at Heatherwood Retirement Community, 3180 Horseshoe Pike (Route 322), Honey Brook.

Chester County government’s bond issue nets $5.4 million in savings |Apr 15, 2015

Favorable market conditions combined with the reaffirmation of three Triple-A bond ratings resulted in refinancing savings of more than $5.4 million for Chester County government on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

Morgantown Carnival Committee finalizes amusements; fireworks |Apr 15, 2015

Morgantown’s Carnival “Committee of Ten,” led by Pauly Whiteman, whom also serves as a Caernarvon Township (Berks) Supervisor, is firing on all cylinders—err—“candles.

Tel Hai summer youth volunteer applications available |Apr 15, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community invites community youth— between the ages of 12 and 16— who are looking for meaningful summer volunteer opportunities to consider the Tel Hai.

Caernarvon Township, Berks Supervisors estimate $133,000 needed to repair three roads |Apr 15, 2015

The Caernarvon Township, Berks, Board of Supervisors’ Engineer William Witman opened bids for road materials and presented the board with plans for upcoming road repairs at an estimated cost of $133,000 for three roads at an April 14 meeting.

Tel Hai hosts Life Enrichment Lecture ‘Fragile Freedoms’ |Apr 15, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community invites the public to a life enrichment lecture entitled “Fragile Freedoms” featuring The Hopewell Furnace National Historic Sites’ Christine Emmert on Friday, May 1 at 7 p.

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.

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.

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.

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.