Politics

Life is peachy at St. Paul’s UCC |Aug 22, 2014

St. Paul’s UCC, Amityville, raised as much as $10,000 to help fund missions and to support the church’s Family Life Mission Center at their annual Peach Festival on Aug. 16. The festival included fun for the whole family and peaches, peaches, peaches.

Governor Mifflin board addresses grievances of a divorced dad and gives the nod to several projects, appointments |Aug 22, 2014

A range of initiatives and activities for 2014-2015, covering the curriculum and extra-curricular, received the nod from the Governor Mifflin School District Board members at the Aug. 18 board meeting even as one parent drew attention to a particularly vexatious administrative loophole.

Union wants a turn lane for River Bridge Road |Aug 22, 2014

The Union Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved on Aug. 19 for Board Chairman Donald E. Basile to meet with Penn DOT officials on Sept. 10 or 11 regarding the installation of a left turn lane from Route 724 eastbound onto northbound River Bridge Road.

Amity to study road improvement costs |Aug 22, 2014

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved to accept the Roadway Sufficiency Analysis report prepared by Bogia Engineering, Inc., Wyomissing, during the Aug. 21 meeting. Supervisor Richard L.

Burglary and car thefts reported in Alsace and Pike Townships |Aug 22, 2014

THEFT In the commission of a burglary, an unknown person gained entry into a Pike Township residence through an unlocked front door between Aug. 16 and Aug. 21. A hunting cross-bow and acoustic guitar were removed from the residence.

Last day to register for Amity Idol approaches |Aug 22, 2014

The singing stakes are higher this year for the 2nd Annual Amity Idol at Daniel Boone’s Community Days with bigger cash prizes and more participation from the audience.

Reverse Transfer first of its kind; Innovative college agreement provides new option for students at Kutztown University and Montgomery County Community College |Aug 22, 2014

Kutztown >> Montgomery County Community College and Kutztown University made a bit of history on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Birdsboro and Douglassville community nurse is a free resource for all |Aug 21, 2014

“I’m here for them,” nurse Sue Shobe wants to relay to the residents of the Birdsboro and Douglassville areas.

ALS fundraiser getting a cool reception |Aug 21, 2014

So have you been challenged yet?

Montgomery County Community College President returns to White House for college opportunity working session |Aug 21, 2014

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) President Dr. Karen A. Stout returns to the White House Aug. 12 to continue the national dialog on college readiness that began on Jan. 16, 2014 during a summit convened by U.

Boyertown’s downtown welcomes dogs for Dog Days of August |Aug 20, 2014

Saturday, Aug. 16, marked Building a Better Boyertown’s 6th Dog Days of August. The event gave community members and their canines the opportunity to meet and greet each other while visiting downtown.

National Penn Ranked 28th Largest Ag Lender in the U.S. |Aug 19, 2014

National Penn Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: NPBC) announced on Aug. 6 it has been ranked the 28th largest agricultural business lender in total dollar volume, according to the most recent data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Retired U.S. Marshal supervisor appointed as Chief Deputy of the Berks County Sheriff’s Office |Aug 19, 2014

Sheriff Eric J. Weaknecht has appointed Bryant M. Semenza, a retired US Marshal supervisor, as Chief Deputy of the Berks County Sheriff’s Office effective August 13, 2014.

Fizz, Boom, Read summer readingButterflies take over finaleButterfly Guy introduces his winged companions to young readers at Village Library |Aug 19, 2014

Moths, butterflies, silkworms, caterpillars — dumb bugs all, that is, until you hear Rick Mikula describe them.

The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign announces ‘100,000 Pennsylvania Heroes’ drive on 14th anniversary |Aug 19, 2014

The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers, following the 14th anniversary of John R. Elliott’s death, announced the launch of its ‘100,000 Pennsylvania Heroes’ drive.

Exeter Library Summer Reading Program Sizzles with Ms. Frizzle |Aug 18, 2014

All aboard the Magic School Bus! Exeter Community Library kicked off the last week of the 2014 Summer Reading Program with a visit from the Magic School Bus. Ms. Frizzle was joined by about 500 children who toured the bus and enjoyed science experiments, crafts, prizes, and, of course, books on Aug.

Boone board discusses fundraising |Aug 18, 2014

At its first meeting for 2014-15 the Daniel Boone School Board was already discussing money, but the focus was something other than the annual budget. Instead, the focus on Aug. 11 was on the number of fundraisers organized by the school district to support school programs and for other charities.

Zettlemoyer’s Bridge replacement talks move forward in Greenwich Township |Aug 18, 2014

Zettlemoyer’s Bridge moved closer to being replaced with an entirely new structure.

Tricounty Area Chamber sees change in leadership |Aug 18, 2014

The TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce’s (TCACC) voluntary leadership changed at the beginning of the Chamber’s 2014-2015 fiscal year on July 1.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Under-rated superhero sequel swings onto home video |Aug 18, 2014

Like any number of recent big-budget movies – particularly those of the superhero/sequel variety – “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” bites off more than it can properly chew, with too many underdeveloped antagonists and frequently on-the-nose dialogue that makes the mistake of speaking directly to the themes at play.

Matt Roloff, of TLC’s ‘Little People, Big World,’ visits Penn State Berks |Aug 18, 2014

The father figure in TLC’s “Little People, Big World” has taught us that what your parents pass on to you lives generation to generation.

Montgomery County Special Olympics honors partnership with MCCC |Aug 18, 2014

Special Olympics Pennsylvania, Montgomery County (SOPMC) athletes presented Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) with a banner on Aug. 7 to celebrate more than 20 years of partnership.

Hamburg area obituaries |Aug 18, 2014

Jeffrey A. Seidel Jeffrey A. Seidel, 58, of Bern Twp., lost his four-year battle with ALS on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in his residence.

Exploding Geoscience: Kutztown Summer Reading Finale introduces readers to Molly the Mosasaur |Aug 18, 2014

Young readers watched Exploding Geoscience with paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka for Kutztown Community Library’s summer reading finale last week.

Dairy Recipe: Think outside the lunchbox |Aug 18, 2014

Adding dairy to the diet of school-aged children will help them fuel up to learn. Dairy foods are a great source of calcium, which can help to build strong bones. Serving low-fat choices will help protect children’s bones and hearts.

‘Fairs are all about our families,’ including acrobatic act at Kutztown Fair |Aug 18, 2014

“Fairs are all about our families and our animals and agriculture and sharing, that’s what the fair is all about,” said Lolly Lesher, Publicity Volunteer for Kutztown Fair.

Kutztown Relay for Life paints Kutztown Fair purple for Cancer Awareness Night |Aug 18, 2014

Relay for Life painted Kutztown Fair purple on Thursday, Aug. 14, for Cancer Awareness Night.

St. John’s Day Care in Kutztown clowns around at Penny Circus |Aug 18, 2014

This year St. John’s Day Care had fun clowning around at our annual Penny Circus.

Hunting & Fishing sports show hosted in Kempton |Aug 18, 2014

The Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza runs Aug. 23 and 24 at the Kempton Fairgrounds.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Aug 17, 2014

25 Years Ago August 23, 1989 Tammy Balthaser, vice president of the Pennsylvania FFA Association was one of over 100 state FFA officers who recently met with President George Bush. President Bush welcomed the state officers and adult FFA leaders to Washington D.

Go fish for reel, relaxing summer fun |Aug 17, 2014

Summer is rushing by, and our family realized this week we had yet to enjoy a favorite family activity together: fishing. Fishing is something most children enjoy from the time they are old enough to hold a rod (and parents are comfortable having them near sharp hooks).

Montco Sheriff’s Department K-9s get their badges |Aug 16, 2014

NORRISTOWN — Three dogs that work for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department barked and wagged their tails Monday, Aug. 11, in anticipation of finally getting the badges that show they are official members of the department.

Birdsboro and Exeter bridges open to traffic |Aug 15, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today two new PA 345 bridges, one over the Schuylkill River and one over Norfolk Southern Rail Road, in Birdsboro Borough and Exeter Township, Berks County are open.

Q-and-A with Brian Rohn, new principal of New Hanover Upper Frederick Elementary School |Aug 15, 2014

Brian Rohn, formerly the assistant principal of Boyertown’s Junior High West, is now serving as the principal of New Hanover Upper Frederick Elementary School. A Q-and-A with Rohn follows.

Q-and-A with Kelly Mason, new assistant principal at Boyertown Area Senior High School |Aug 15, 2014

Kelly Mason, the former principal at New Hanover Upper Frederick Elementary School, will be serving as the new assistant principal of the Boyertown Area Senior High School for the 2014-2015 school year.

Bechtelsville biker hit by fire truck in ‘critical’ condition |Aug 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — A motorcyclist was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital to be treated for “major injuries” after being struck on Old Route 100 just north of Bechtelsville by a fire truck returning from a garage fire early Friday morning.

The township is tanking Exeter’s water supply |Aug 14, 2014

To keep up with general maintenance for the drinking water supply for Exeter Township, Pennsylvania American Water recently repainted the two water structures.

Hamburg Borough Police reports |Aug 14, 2014

Man cited for failing to have dog licensed

Boyertown Area Responsible Canine Owners (BARCO) working with Borough of Boyertown for dog park |Aug 14, 2014

The focus of the Aug. 4 Boyertown Council Meetings was on the upcoming Boyertown Area Responsible Canine Owners dog park project. Vicki Hughes of BARCO discussed the updates from the previous meeting in regards to the concerns of the wet-lands disturbance, max capacity limitations, and membership benefits.

Albright students demonstrate sustainability on campus |Aug 14, 2014

As part of their college internship, four Albright College students are combining efforts to perfect their green thumb by growing fresh food directly on campus.

Reading man charged with possession of child pornography |Aug 14, 2014

On Aug. 14, 2014 at approximately 9:30 a.m., detectives from the District Attorney’s Child Abuse Unit, a Lower Heidelberg Detective (cross-designated as a Berks County Detective) and members of the Berks County Sheriff’s Warrant Squad arrested Sean M.

Fashionable Farmers at Penn Street Market; Robert Hassler Performs Aug. 15 |Aug 14, 2014

Gayatri Wellness brings fashionable farming and good food to the Penn Street Market every Friday from June through October between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. New to the outdoor farmers market located in the 800 block of Penn Street in Reading, Gayatri Wellness is a newly-founded community organization in Berks County.

Hay Creek Festival will be held Sept. 5 - 7 |Aug 14, 2014

Hay Creek Festival Schedule Demonstrations/ Interpretations are on-going all day but the listed times assure you that a full demonstration will be starting.

Temporary closure of I-78 in Bethel to occur Friday night into Saturday morning |Aug 14, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today, Aug. 14, a portion of Interstate 78 in Berks County will be closed and detoured this weekend. The closure is necessary to allow workers to remove part of the Airport Road Bridge over I-78 in Bethel Township, Berks County.

Living History Day kicks off 100th Birthday Celebration of Zerbe Sister’s Mansion in Narvon |Aug 13, 2014

Woodland Heights Retirement Community and the Zerbe Sisters Nursing Home at 2499 Zerbe Rd., Narvon celebrated the 100th Birthday of the founding of the Zerbe Sisters Nursing care to the community at the original Mansion site with a theme of ‘Living History Day.

Announcing the winners of the Oley Peach and Ice Cream Festival dessert contest |Aug 13, 2014

Oley’s Peach and Ice Cream Festival just wouldn’t be the same without the annual peach dessert contest. This year there were 23 entries in the Adult Category and eight entries in the Youth Category.

Berks man dies as brush fire gets out of control |Aug 12, 2014

ROBESON TWP. — A Birdsboro man died of natural causes as he fought to regain control of a brush fire in the township Sunday around 1 p.m.

Morgantown Community Church dedicates new sanctuary |Aug 12, 2014

Morgantown Community Church dedicated its new sanctuary Aug. 3.

Stargazers to unite at Hopewell Furnace for Starfest Aug. 16 |Aug 12, 2014

The Chesmont Astronomical Society invites the public to enjoy a night of learning and stargazing at the third annual Starfest at Hopewell Furnace on Aug. 16. The event is free and all are welcome to bring telescopes and binoculars or use ones that will be available.

Kutztown Borough Planning Commission remains at standstill on overlay district proposal; puts Silk Mill proposal at standstill |Aug 12, 2014

The Planning Commission’s latest meeting boiled down to a single, predominant question: do you want an overlay district?