Politics

House Transportation Committee approves joint bill on work zone speed cameras |Oct 18, 2017

The House Transportation Committee amended and unanimously approved a joint legislative proposal introduced by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) which seeks to protect construction workers and improve driver safety in active work zones.

State System, APSCUF reach tentative agreement on new contract |Oct 18, 2017

With more than eight months remaining on the current collective bargaining agreement between Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF), the parties have tentatively agreed to a new contract that would run through June 30, 2019.

Canine Partners for Life visits Shartlesville Lions |Oct 18, 2017

At his request she picked up the car keys on the floor, a hard task for someone like her. But, she was bound to him with their years together and even though she was retired, she did it for him.

Michael Chaffier achieves Eagle Scout honor |Oct 18, 2017

Michael Chaffier, with ties to Hamburg area, was recently awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor Ceremony at the New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hellertown.

Hamburg Marching Band performs at Phantoms game |Oct 18, 2017

Hamburg Area High School Marching Band had a busy weekend, Oct. 13 and 14.

Hamburg firefighters demonstrate accident scene for Tilden Elementary students |Oct 18, 2017

Firefighters from Union Fire Company of Hamburg recently showed children at Tilden Elementary Center equipment and what they would do in the event of a car accident as part of October’s Fire Prevention Week.

Mohnton landscape firm Waterfall Gardens raises funds for Breast Cancer Support Services |Oct 18, 2017

Marianne Adam, Comfort Bag Project Coordinator for the Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County, and Angela Wambaugh, Office Manager for Waterfall Gardens, a landscape firm in Mohnton, announced a month long promotion which will also raise funds for Breast Cancer Support Services.

Village Library hosts Ivan Stoltzfus book signing on Veterans Day |Oct 18, 2017

Village Library in Morgantown hosts a book signing event on Veterans Day by Honey Brook author and auctioneer C. Ivan Stoltzfus whose book is about his journey across America from sea to shining sea.

Americans 4 Heroes, Morgantown, sponsors showing of PTSD awareness film |Oct 18, 2017

Americans 4 Heroes of Morgantown is sponsoring the screening of the post-traumatic stress disorder awareness film “Thank You for Your Service” on Nov. 8.

Village Library Fall Book Sale had them lining up at the door |Oct 18, 2017

People lined up at the door for Village Library’s annual Fall Book Sale in Morgantown Oct. 12 to 14.

Kutztown School Board votes to replace aged boiler at KES |Oct 18, 2017

Kutztown Area School Board discussed and decided on the best course of action to take regarding one of the two boilers that are running in Kutztown Elementary School during the Oct. 16 school board meeting.

Governor Mifflin hosts traveling Holocaust exhibit for students and public |Oct 18, 2017

Dozens of World War II era artifacts are currently on display in the Governor Mifflin High School Library as part of a traveling exhibit. “The Legacy Exhibit” is on loan through the Jewish Federation of Allentown and curators Marylou Lordi and Shari Sparks.

Pottstown NAACP to host viewing of ‘Marshall’ at AMC Theater |Oct 18, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> A special viewing of the movie Marshall is scheduled to make an appearance in Pottstown theaters this weekend, and the community has Pottstown’s NAACP to thank.

King Frost Parade is homecoming for Hamburg |Oct 17, 2017

The King Frost Parade is hosted by the Hamburg Jaycees. The parade co-chairs describe the annual Hamburg tradition as a homecoming for the community.

Amity police investigate missing gun from shooting range |Oct 17, 2017

Gun missing AMITY >> On October 12 at approximately 2:42 p.m., Amity Township Police received a report of a lost gun. It was reported that the individual went to the French Creek outdoor shooting range on Oct.

Pennsylvania charges 63 with Welfare fraud |Oct 17, 2017

HARRISBURG >> The Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General has filed welfare fraud charges against 63 individuals, claiming they owe the state $252,435 in restitution.

Residents, politicians rally in Harrisburg for pipeline safety |Oct 17, 2017

HARRISBURG >> More than 150 residents rallied and pushed for Gov. Tom Wolf to improve pipeline safety Tuesday at the state Capitol building.

Hopewell Furnace volunteer gifted with quilt |Oct 16, 2017

ELVERSON >> A handmade quilt was presented to Pottstown resident Ellen Boyer at the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site Visitor Center on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Dog fountain installed, dedicated at Boyertown Community Park |Oct 16, 2017

The new dog fountain installed in August at the Boyertown Community Park was dedicated on Saturday, Oct. 14, during the fall festival celebration.

Photos: Boyertown holds 14th annual Unity Walk |Oct 16, 2017

The 14th Annual Boyertown Area Unity Walk took place during the Turning Leaf Fall Festival at Boyertown Community Park on Saturday, Oct. 14. The walk begins at the park and loops through town for about a one-mile round trip.

PASSHE interim chancellor meets with Kutztown University students, faculty |Oct 16, 2017

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s new interim chancellor visited Kutztown University on Oct. 11, during her tour of the 14 PASSHE schools.

Election website, candidate questionnaires mark Mercury election coverage |Oct 15, 2017

The irony of “off-year” elections — when neither governorships nor presidencies are in the hands of the voters — is that they are the elections most likely to have a direct impact on our lives.

Boyertown Area Senior High School to host open house to show off renovations |Oct 15, 2017

Boyertown Area Senior High School has announced an open house to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated facility as the construction process has reached completion.

Brandywine Homecoming Royalty |Oct 14, 2017

Samuel Tiongson and Hannah Fenstermacher were crowned the 2017 Homecoming King and Queen. Homecoming Court included Makenzie Barrell, Alex Flicker, Derick Wartzenluft, Alayna Biltcliff, Ethan Rothermel, Hannah Moser, Hannah Fenstermacher, Samuel Tiongson, Hanna Gralinski and McGuire Galing.

Kutztown, Hamburg battle it out in Field Hockey Cancer Awareness Game |Oct 14, 2017

The Field Hockey Cancer Awareness Game, Kutztown vs. Hamburg, Sept. 30 raised awareness about cancer and celebrated cancer survivor Kutztown senior Niki Nolte and Kempton father Ethan Kunkel who is battling cancer.

La Amorah Salon, Topton, celebrates first anniversary with Gatsby-themed Gala |Oct 14, 2017

The staff at La Amorah Salon in Topton are proud to host its First Anniversary Gala to benefit Support Homeless Veterans, Inc. on Saturday, Dec. 2. Tickets for the Gala are on sale through Nov. 18.

Kutztown University Women’s Center Director’s Office dedicated to Ann Gundry |Oct 14, 2017

Kutztown University hosted a dedication ceremony honoring former KU Women’s Center director Ann T. Gundry ’81 on Oct. 11.

Connor Kurtz resigns from Daniel Boone School Board |Oct 14, 2017

The youngest elected official in the U.S. when he first won in November 2011 announced on Oct. 9 his immediate resignation from the Daniel Boone Area School Board.

GoFundMe set up to cover funeral expenses of Exeter murder victim |Oct 14, 2017

EXETER >> As a community mourns the loss of 23-year-old woman, members have come together to help pay for her funeral expenses.

Friends of Exeter Community Library seek new home |Oct 14, 2017

The Friends of the Exeter Community Library, a volunteer nonprofit association, has received an eviction notice from the township for the basement space of the Dunn Community Center. The group is now looking for a new place to call home.

Eastern Berks Fire Department visits St. Francis Academy |Oct 14, 2017

Fire Prevention Week was held from Oct. 8 through Oct. 14, drawing attention to safety and preparedness in emergency situations. Eastern Berks Fire Department personnel visited St. Francis Academy in Bally to teach students in grades kindergarten through third about fire prevention and what to do in case of a fire.

Woman sentenced for role in West Pottsgrove armed robbery |Oct 13, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A Lower Pottsgrove woman who admitted to conspiring with a Pottstown man to rob another man at gunpoint outside a West Pottsgrove bar will be under court supervision for about five years.

Crews upgrade Exeter water storage tank, one of 10 projects in 2017 |Oct 13, 2017

Wyomissing >> Pennsylvania American Water has begun work on a rehabilitation and repainting project of one of its water storage tanks located in Exeter. The work will provide the 250,000-gallon-tank with a protective barrier and prevent rusting that could have an impact on water quality.

Hamburg Arts Gallery October artist Eric Saylor’s spooky art part of seasonal fun |Oct 13, 2017

During the entire month of October, the Art & Craft Gallery of Hamburg will feature the artwork of Eric Saylor, member of the Hamburg Area Arts Alliance. Eric appropriately chose October to showcase his fantastical art of bold, spooky characters.

Farm Historical Society hosts Paranormal Research Demonstration in Virginville |Oct 13, 2017

The Dreibelbis Farm Historical Society will host a program by the Kutztown Area Scientific Paranormal Evidence Research group at the Historic Dreibelbis Farm in Virginville on Sunday, Oct. 29.

Chippy Chipmunk author hosts book signing at Hamburg Art Gallery |Oct 13, 2017

The Art & Craft Gallery of Hamburg, 335 State St., will host a book signing for author Kathy Miller, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 28.

Teens invited to enter video contest to combat opioid epidemic |Oct 13, 2017

Collegeville >> State Sen. John Rafferty, R-44th Dist., recently announced that his office will be participating in a Senate contest aimed at teen drug and alcohol prevention and awareness. The initiative, known as the “Talk to Your Senator” Video Contest, encourages middle and high school age teens to make a video aimed at “peer prevention.

King Street in Pottstown to close for railroad repairs |Oct 13, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> PennDOT has announced that part of King Street will be closed for railroad repairs.

Berks County defendant in heroin case: ‘I’m not a monster’ |Oct 13, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> A Berks County man who was found guilty of having supplied his then-girlfriend with heroin that she injected into her daughter, and who also used heroin with the teenager’s boyfriend, drew a prison sentence and a rebuke from the judge who oversaw his case.

Police: Murder victim was Exeter woman, 23 |Oct 12, 2017

LOWER HEIDELBERG >> Berks County Detectives are investigating after the death of a young Exeter Township woman has been ruled a homicide.

Hamburg School Board reviews 2018-19 budget, vows to live within means |Oct 12, 2017

It may be early in the school year, but the Hamburg Area School Board started discussing the 2018-19 budget at its meeting on Oct. 9.

Kempton Girl Scout troop takes trip of lifetime to England, Paris |Oct 12, 2017

Dust is just settling from a seven-day whirlwind tour of London and Paris, and 11 members of Kempton Girl Scout Troop 1359 reflect upon what they call the trip of a lifetime.

Part of Route 562 named for Carl A. Spaatz, Boyertown native son and father of the Civil Air Patrol |Oct 12, 2017

On Sept 25, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation sponsored by Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) to name a portion of Route 562 in Berks County as the General Carl A. Spaatz Memorial Highway.

Shillington senior community raises $4,000 for residents in need |Oct 12, 2017

The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy life plan community in Shillington, held its 4th annual Casino Night at the community last Saturday, Oct. 7.

Man admits role in fatal Route 422 drag race crash near Berks County border |Oct 12, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Appearing to wipe tears from his eyes at times, one of two men accused of causing a crash with multiple fatalities during a high-speed street race on Route 422 in West Pottsgrove admitted to his role in the crime.

St. Joseph expands surgical technology capabilities |Oct 12, 2017

Penn State Health is expanding the availability of its advanced surgical expertise to the Berks region this month, an effort bolstered by the generosity of a Berks County couple.

Hamburg Class of 1967 celebrates 50th with 60s-themed reunion |Oct 12, 2017

The Hamburg Area High School Class of 1967 celebrated its 50th Reunion on Saturday, Oct. 7, after 2½ years of planning.

Honey Brook auctioneer Stoltzfus teams up with stars of DIY channel’s Texas Flip and Move |Oct 11, 2017

Heralded as The Man, The Myth, The Legend, by Texas based USVET.fund, C. Ivan Stoltzfus, Honey Brook, was a featured guest at a veterans fundraiser auction with America’s auctioneer Myers Jackson and DIY Network channel’s Texas Flip and Move stars the Snow sisters.

Route 422 closure scheduled for tonight postponed |Oct 11, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> PennDOT announced that the Route 422 closure scheduled for Wednesday night has been postponed.

St. John’s, Kutztown, participates in God’s Work, Our Hands |Oct 11, 2017

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kutztown participated in the ELCA initiative “God’s Work, Our Hands” which encourages Lutheran church members to get involved in giving back to the community.