Politics

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sandy-type storm coming again and New Jersey is not prepared, warns author |Jan 20, 2015

Forget the notion that a storm like Hurricane Sandy comes along every 100 years: Start thinking a “storm of the century” will hit every 10 years.

Brothers charged in Upper Merion with swiping sewer grates from five counties |Jan 20, 2015

UPPER MERION >> A pair of brothers suspected of stealing 13 iron storm sewer grates from five area counties over the past month are now behind bars at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.

Volunteer firefighter describes chaos of Blue Route crash |Jan 20, 2015

Joe Bardroff was heading home from work in the King of Prussia area Sunday morning when icy roadways turned deadly right in front of him.

Boyertown Area service celebrates the dream of Dr. King |Jan 20, 2015

Gilbertsville >> One of the best-known parables in the New Testament is that of the Good Samaritan, who stopped to help an injured man despite their obvious differences. The parable proved appropriate as a background for Martin Luther King Jr.

Big Shot: Terre Hill Troop participates in Conestoga River Klondike event |Jan 20, 2015

On the weekend of Jan. 9 and 10, Terre Hill BSA Troop 172 participated in the Conestoga River Klondike event at Camp Mack scout camp.

Letter to the Editor: Honey Brook Borough Police chief thanks toy drive donors |Jan 20, 2015

Again I would like to THANK all of the donors to the Police Department’s toy drive this year.

Progress continuedHoney Brook Township looks back at 2014, ahead at 2015 |Jan 20, 2015

Q&A with Honey Brook Township for Progress section, continued from last issue.

Penn State Extension hosts webinar for candidates running for local government |Jan 20, 2015

For all those people who have ever thought about serving on their school board, borough council or township board – here’s your chance to learn how to do it.

New Hanover Historical Society to host national speaker |Jan 20, 2015

The January program of the New Hanover Township Historical Society features author and national speaker Ann Atkins, who will present an illustrated talk on Eleanor Roosevelt’s life.

Kutztown School Board approves proposed preliminary budget: Proposal includes use of tax index and retirement exception option but ultimate goal is no tax increase |Jan 20, 2015

Kutztown School Board approved a proposed preliminary 2015-16 budget that will give them the option to use the tax index and the retirement exception option for their eventual final budget.

Elverson and Honey Brook ambulance merge |Jan 20, 2015

Responding to the need for greater operational economy, two area ambulance squads — Elverson Emergency Medical Service and Honey Brook Fire Co. Ambulance — have merged into one organization.

2015 Philly Auto Show: Boyertown Museum set to feature 1940 Bantam Convertible |Jan 20, 2015

Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles will once again be represented in the region’s biggest auto show.

Day of Caring: Fleetwood Middle schoolers honor Martin Luther King Jr.: Students and staff ‘give back to community that gives so much’ |Jan 20, 2015

Fleetwood Middle School students and staff held a ‘Day of Caring’ to honor the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and give back to the community.

Families ‘let it go’ at SVCL during Frozen Family Event |Jan 19, 2015

“Do you want to build a snowman?” Even though this January has far less snow than last year, this question was not uncommon at Schuylkill Valley Community Library on Saturday, Jan. 17, for its Frozen Family Event.

Hamburg Middle School students wins third place in poster contest |Jan 19, 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.

Centershot Ministries coming to Salem EC Church |Jan 19, 2015

Salem EC Church members held a special pork and sauerkraut dinner benefit for the new Centershot Ministries at Salem. The new program will incorporate teaching archery using Biblical principles.

Kutztown University freshman needs video to go viral to help critically ill mother; Lenovo will award $50,000 grand prize if contestant gets 500,000 views by Jan. 31 |Jan 19, 2015

A Kutztown University student needs a video to go viral to help her critically ill mother.

Boyertown Area Historical Society honors 1908 Opera House fire victims |Jan 19, 2015

Descendants of the 1908 Rhoads Opera House Fire victims gathered with members of the Boyertown Area Historical Society at Fairview Cemetery on Sunday, Jan. 18, to remember and commemorate the tragic event.

Kutztown Optimist Club honors 2 Kutztown Middle School students for renaming school magazine Cougar Chronicle |Jan 19, 2015

The Kutztown Optimist Club recently honored two Kutztown Middle Schoolers for renaming the school newsmagazine Cougar Chronicle.

2015 Economic Outlook: ‘Consumer confidence is back;’ Northeast Berks Chamber welcomes Ardy Wurtzel, research associate at Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia |Jan 19, 2015

The economic forecast for 2015 looks positive with a return of consumer confidence, job growth and an improved unemployment rate, as well as controlled inflation.

First Fire and Ice Festival brings warmth to Reading with local flare |Jan 18, 2015

As the Russian author Anton Chekhov said, “People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” And there were hundreds of happy people in downtown Reading this past weekend for the First Annual Fire and Ice Festival.

Bluegrass Jam wows judges at 2015 PA Farm Show’s Got Talent |Jan 16, 2015

A group of Berks and Lancaster County teenage musicians picked up the grand prize at the 2015 Pennsylvania Farm Show Talent Competition on Sunday, Jan. 11 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

School boards recognized for service in January |Jan 16, 2015

January is School Director Recognition Month and as area boards get together for their first meetings of the new year, many are starting the year off right with kudos and thanks.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Thinking outside the (brownie) box |Jan 16, 2015

I cannot tell a (baking-related) lie. I use boxed, store-bought brownie mix. To me, the ultimate brownie not only has an over-the-top, amazing, “Oh my gosh I need a glass of milk right now to wash this down” chocolate flavor but is of the fudge and not the cake variety.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files Jan. 21 edition |Jan 16, 2015

25 Years Ago Jan. 24, 1990 >> The speaker at last week’s Rotary Club meeting was Hamburg Mayor John Swanger who shared interesting facts and figures about the borough as well as the plans that are being made to deal with the challenges that the 1990’s will bring.

Hamburg LEO Club hosts blood drive Feb. 5 |Jan 16, 2015

One of the most important points to any successful surgery is the usage of blood transfusions. Blood, though seemingly common, almost in excess, is sometimes very hard to come by. With a lack of donors in recent times, it has been stressful for all those involved.

KICK-The INXS Experience comes to Boyertown stage |Jan 16, 2015

KICK- The INXS Experience, the nation’s only tribute to the internationally acclaimed rock band- INXS, will be appearing at the Historic State Theatre of Boyertown at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.

Donors are needed to donate whole blood and platelets |Jan 15, 2015

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has issued an appeal for donors of all blood types and platelets.

US Law Shield sues City of Harrisburg over its illegal gun laws |Jan 15, 2015

Less than four blocks from the Harrisburg City government center, at the state capital, our legislature passed a bill that the Governor signed into law that unequivocally made local gun and ammo laws illegal.

World Rhythms: Artist in Residence brings bucket drumming to students |Jan 15, 2015

Artist in Residence Program: A Bucket Drumming Ensemble Program for sixth grade Reiffton students, running from Jan. 6 through Feb. 26, 2015, under the guidance of musician Leon Jordan, Sr.. This program will culminate with a school assembly at 1:45 p.

Daniel Boone School Board to honor local police |Jan 15, 2015

Daniel Boone School Board President Richard Martino introduced a resolution that will honor and recognize three local police forces at the Jan. 12 Committee of the Whole Meeting.

Birdsboro EMT saves woman’s life while off duty |Jan 15, 2015

For Birdsboro-Union Fire Department EMT Erik Cleveland, the call of duty doesn’t end when he hangs his hat for the day.

Leslie Richards tapped as Tom Wolf’s transportation secretary |Jan 15, 2015

Montgomery County commissioners’ Vice Chairwoman Leslie Richards will leave her post effective Friday, Jan. 16 to serve as the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation under Gov.

Northeastern Berks EMS presents start-up plan; roller skating rink proposed for western portion of Route 222 at Grim and Church Road, Maxatawny Township |Jan 15, 2015

The Maxatawny Township Board of Supervisors received a lot to think about following an in-depth presentation by Northeastern Berks Emergency Medical Service President Douglas Demchyk at their Jan. 14 meeting.

Carriage racing at the Pennsylvania Farm Show is a lesson in sport education |Jan 14, 2015

Ethan Maye stood behind his father and shouted commands as they swung around the barrels in the large arena at the Pennsylvania Farm Show during Tuesday’s carriage racing event.

Visit the Pa. Farm Show on a budget |Jan 14, 2015

Admission to the Pennsylvania Farm Show is free. Some of the activities, though, require parting with a little bit of money.

Pottsgrove Manor to host 18the Century ‘pinball’ pincushion workshop |Jan 14, 2015

Historic Pottsgrove Manor will offer a two-part sewing workshop on making “An Eighteenth Century Pinball” on Saturday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

Elverson and Honey Brook ambulance merge |Jan 14, 2015

Responding to the need for greater operational economy, two area ambulance squads — Elverson Emergency Medical Service and Honey Brook Fire Co. Ambulance — have merged into one organization.

Dairy Industry: White Gold Milk ‘puts milk back into milk;’ New brand is U.S. produced and sold locally |Jan 14, 2015

White Gold milk, sold at Shady Maple and Stoltzfus Market in Honey Brook, touts “high standards” and “superior taste” and challenges consumers to “taste the difference.