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The Lutheran Home at Topton Fabulous Fall Fling celebrates ‘wholeness in all areas of life’ |Oct 15, 2014

TOPTON >> Local emergency services were among a variety of organizations that took place in the recent Fabulous Fall Fling at The Lutheran Home at Topton. Sponsored by the Diakon senior living community and the Lutheran congregations of the East Berks Mission District, the free event celebrated “wholeness in all areas of life” and included music, snacks, yoga, children’s crafts and activities, games, hiking and labyrinth-walking.

Hay Creek Association Apple Festival celebrates fall and apples |Oct 15, 2014

Morgantown >> The Hay Creek Apple Festival celebrated the season of fall and, of course, apples this past weekend at Joanna Furnace off of route 10.

On the Record with Carol: Morgantown’s American Legion Riders are at it again! |Oct 15, 2014

Members of the American Legion Riders from Post 537 did it again. Previously on July 27, 2014 their bikes were out in full force with the Morgantown group close to 40 members strong led by Legion Rider’s President George Svencer carrying a check for $5,000 to the old Jonas Hotel at 1130 Scenic Drive in Jonas, Pa.

A Look Back in History: Our Kutztown Community Library |Oct 14, 2014

Perhaps the longest overdue article I should have written for the last couple of years involves our Kutztown Community Library, located on Bieber Alley.

Conestoga Mennonite Church hosts Swiss Alphorn Concert Nov. 15 |Oct 14, 2014

A Swiss Alphorn Concert featuring Swiss singers, yodeling, alphorns, accordian, flute, trumpet, and keyboard, will share a religious concert on Saturday evening, Nov. 15, at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St.

J.P. Mascaro & Sons supports educational initiatives with $10 million commitment over five years |Oct 14, 2014

Solid waste company, J. P. Mascaro & Sons continues its support of school and community educational initiatives, making a $10 million commitment to such initiatives over the next five years.

A night of good food and great talent by Daniel Boone High School’s ‘The Sound of Music’ cast |Oct 14, 2014

The hills of Daniel Boone School District are alive with “The Sound of Music.” Daniel Boone High School’s production of “The Sound of Music” will be hitting the high school’s stage Nov.

Boyertown Unity Walk goes on despite offical cancellation |Oct 14, 2014

While the official word was that the walk was cancelled—the walk still went on.

Sen. Argall, Rep. Knowles visit Hamburg Strand, congratulate OTF on development grants |Oct 13, 2014

Senator David G. Argall and Representative Jerry P. Knowles paid a visit to the Hamburg Strand to congratulate the Our Town Foundation and Hamburg Borough representatives for two grants received to assist with the revitalization and development of the community on Friday, Oct.

Topton’s 59th Halloween Parade draws crowd of 12,000 |Oct 13, 2014

About 12,000 people crowded the streets to see Topton’s 59th Annual Halloween Parade Saturday evening featuring 91 floats of groups and bands.

Military Dad surprises preschooler: Erik Sperber, Maxatawny, returned home after five months deployed in S. Korea |Oct 13, 2014

A Maxatawny Township preschooler received a big surprise at her school, a visit from her father who has been away on deployment.

Reading Regional Airport goes back to 1939 for anniversary celebration |Oct 13, 2014

Reading Regional Airport took a step back in time to 1939 as it celebrated its 75th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 11 with an open house and reception.

Reading residents use Xbox to carry cocaine |Oct 13, 2014

Felix Josue Rodriguez-Pabon, 22, Reading, Nelson Audelin Martinez, 26, Reading, Wilson Michael Herrera, 20, Reading, and Yefries Guillen Herrera, 22, Reading, were charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance, possession a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy.

Hamburg’s First Ultimate Frisbee tournament benefits Keystone Warriors Foundation |Oct 13, 2014

It may have been cooler and a bit rainy on Saturday, Oct. 11, but that did not stop Hamburg’s First Ultimate Frisbee Tournament from taking place at the Hamburg Park. In fact, many commented that it was the perfect weather as they were dressed in long sleeve shirts and sweatshirts with shorts and for some cleats and others sneakers.

Hamburg Strand hosts ‘A Mother’s Voice: One to Remember,’ mother and panel speak about addiction and awareness |Oct 13, 2014

The Hamburg Strand hosted “A Mother’s Voice: One to Remember,” a presentation aimed to raise awareness about addiction on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Oct 13, 2014

25 Years Ago Oct. 18, 1989 >> A Seventh-Day Adventist relief truck left Hamburg last Wednesday bound for Summerville, S.C.

Local seniors compete in Berks County’s Outstanding Young Woman 2015 |Oct 13, 2014

Nineteen high school senior girls competed in the 2015 Berks County’s Outstanding Young Woman Scholarship Program on Saturday Oct. 4 at Kutztown Area High School.

Hamburg Volunteer Forest Fire Crew Inc. receives grant to bolster fire prevention efforts |Oct 13, 2014

The Hamburg Volunteer Forest Fire Crew Inc. has received a $2,500 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.

Donation helps fund Fleetwood Area Public Library’s goal to expand |Oct 10, 2014

The Fleetwood Area Public Library received an unsolicited donation to be used for capital improvement with the goal of offering greater accessibility and expanding space for the library’s programs.

Fleetwood FBLA students of the Month |Oct 10, 2014

Blane Scanlan Blane is the son of Sean and Jennifer Scanlan. Blane’s future plans include attend a college/university to study in the field of Mechanical Engineering. Blane has been involved in the following clubs at Fleetwood Area High School: Science Olympiad, Student Council and Student Office.

Draggin Wagons Car Club Show rolls into Honey Brook |Oct 10, 2014

The 5th annual Draggin Wagons Car Club Fall Car, Truck & Bike Show in Honey Brook Sept. 28.

State System Board of Governors approves 2015-16 appropriation request that could prevent tuition increase for state universities |Oct 10, 2014

Harrisburg >> The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education approved a request for an additional $49.9 million from the state next year, seeking the full amount of funding needed to offset a projected budget shortfall.

Alpha/Omega theater director charged for second incident involving minor |Oct 9, 2014

The man accused last month of inappropriate relations with a minor in his community theater group faces similar charges for a 2012 incident.

St. Joseph Regional Health Network sets dates for public, first responder flu shots |Oct 9, 2014

St. Joseph Regional Health Network will offer free flu shots for the public on Tues., Oct. 28 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the main lobby of the Bern Township campus for those who are 18 years of age and over.

Ryerss Farm celebrates 24th Annual Blessing of the Animals |Oct 9, 2014

As told by horses: Henry and his best friend Caputo

DEP to hold public meeting and hearing to discuss cleanup of Berks County battery casing site |Oct 8, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public meeting and hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 21, to outline its plan to clean up lead-contaminated battery casings and soil at a residential property on Franklin Road in Hamburg Borough, Berks County.

Free public event: Boyertown art students present premiere of Art21 Season 7 at The Historic State Theatre Of Boyertown |Oct 8, 2014

The State Theatre and the Boyertown Senior High Art Department proudly announce the advanced screening of ART21’s seventh season of “Art in the Twenty-first Century” on Oct. 11, featuring a discussion with local sculptor Val Bertoia.

‘Martial Artists Against Bullying’: Done with bullying, Boyertown academy tackles issue |Oct 8, 2014

On Friday Oct. 3, as part of a ‘Martial Artists Against Bullying Campaign,’ about 40 students and friends from Ellixson’s Tae Kwon Do Academy gathered for a very worthwhile social discussion: bullying.

Kutztown High School lockers being renovated to be wider and more spacious |Oct 7, 2014

Kutztown School Board unanimously approved to create 532 new, 12-inch wide lockers and make the project an alternative bid to the overall high school renovation plans.

Kutztown School Board concerned about timeliness of concussion awareness, should start before season |Oct 7, 2014

Kutztown School Board members expressed concerns about the lack of timeliness in which concussion materials were distributed to student-athletes and their parents.

Conestoga Christian School Chicken BBQ and Country Auction hosted Oct. 17 & 18 |Oct 7, 2014

Conestoga Christian School will hold the 41st annual benefit Chicken Barbecue and Country Auction on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18.

Improving campus safety focus of PASSHE audit, says Auditor General |Oct 7, 2014

HARRISBURG >> Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Oct. 7 that his department’s ongoing performance audit of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education will include a comprehensive review of how the agency is complying with state and federal laws related to campus safety and sexual violence prevention.

Ozgood’s in Kutztown hosts concert & buffet benefit for Fleetwood mother |Oct 7, 2014

Ozgood’s Grill & Bar in Kutztown hosts a Buffet Benefit & Concert to support a Fleetwood wife and mother of two and recent grandmother in her fight against cancer.

Boyertown area community groups celebrate one million in grants |Oct 7, 2014

Members of sixty-five Boyertown Area Community Groups gathered at the Boyertown Museum of Historical Vehicles for a thanks and recognition breakfast on Oct. 1. Since 1997 a million dollars in grants has been received by the many area service groups.

Goddard School of Gilbertsville chosen for Toy Test; Kids have a blast at playtime with 22 new toys |Oct 7, 2014

The Goddard School in Gilbertsville has been chosen to participate in the seventh Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test, beginning Oct. 6.

Shillington recycling seniors host Recycled Fashion Show |Oct 7, 2014

When the residents of The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, decided to learn more about recycling, they went all out.

Fleetwood Homecoming spirit high as royalty crowned; Tigers fall to Muhlenberg |Oct 6, 2014

Fleetwood school spirit and excitement ran high during Homecoming said senior band member Katie Long.

Hahn Motors reunion brings glory days to Hamburg |Oct 6, 2014

Hahn fire truck enthusiasts and retired employees relived the glory days of a Hamburg institution at a recent gathering at the Field House.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Oct 6, 2014

25 Years Ago Oct. 11, 1989 >> At a Borough meeting on Wednesday night to address the fiscal problems plaguing the Borough of Hamburg, the borough council discussed the implementation of drastic spending cuts for the rest of this calendar year.

Three inducted at Tulpehocken Hall of Fame Recognition Dinner |Oct 6, 2014

Tulpehocken Area School District inducted three new members to its Hall of Fame during the Hall of Fame Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Junior/Senior High School.

Hollenbach Construction, Inc. recognized with two awards at ABC, Eastern Pa Chapter Achievement Dinner |Oct 6, 2014

Associated Builders and Contractors recognized Hollenbach Construction, Inc. with two awards at its recent Achievement Dinner. Hollenbach Construction received an award for its long standing membership and support of ABC for the past 40 years.

Hundreds of parishioners, friends and fellow priests gather for farewell to Fr. Robert Quinn |Oct 6, 2014

It was a funeral fit for a leader, complete with an honor guard, dignitaries, swelling musical refrains and a grateful congregation. The funeral of Fr. Robert Quinn, pastor of St. Columbkill’s Church in Colebrookdale Township, on Friday, Sept.

St. Mary Church’s Harvest Fest brings community together |Oct 6, 2014

Crisp fall weather greeted the crowds at the 10th Annual Harvest Fest at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Tilden Township, this past weekend. The event, which drew hundreds of parishioners and area residents, included delicious foods and activities for all ages.

WK&S Railroad rides under the harvest moon at annual event |Oct 6, 2014

A shrill whistle sounded as the Harvest Moon Special chugged through the Kempton countryside on Saturday, Oct. 4. Riders filled a row of coach cars, with others braving the chilly fall air in an open car to better enjoy the 45-minute, moonlit ride.

Volunteerism program ‘Hands for Habitat’ key to Habitat for Humanity’s success |Oct 6, 2014

Habitat for Humanity, among the major housing leaders in Berks County for neighborhood revitalization, is launching a new program called “Hands for Habitat”, an awareness campaign designed to reach out to volunteers in the Berks Community.

Boone Area Library seeks new Amity trustees |Oct 6, 2014

The very busy Boone Area Library, 129 N. Mill St., Birdsboro, is seeking three to four people to fill seats on its Board of Trustees.

Retracing the history of the Boyertown Area Unity Walk as event approaches for 11th year |Oct 6, 2014

Hate comes in many shapes and sizes, taking various names along the way—and one community has made it clear that it is ‘no place for hate.’

Seven former Panthers inducted at second Pride of Schuylkill Valley |Oct 6, 2014

The Schuylkill Valley School District inducted seven alumni into their Hall of Fame at the second annual Pride of Schuylkill Valley Award Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Salem-Berne United Methodist Church’s 10th Annual Country Car Show |Oct 6, 2014

The calendar might have read “Autumn” but it felt more like summer at the Salem-Berne UMC 10th Annual Country Car Show when the event was held on Saturday, Sept. 27. This year’s show attracted over 70 cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Reading Regional Airport celebrates 75 years with open house and reception Oct. 11 |Oct 6, 2014

Reading Regional Airport, 2501 Bernville Road, Reading, will hold an open house on Saturday, Oct. 11, to celebrate 75 years of air service. The event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will focus on the 1930s and ‘40s through period airplanes, vehicles and other displays.