Politics

Exeter Township School District is in search of bus drivers |Oct 28, 2014

The Exeter Township School District is in search of bus drivers to transport students to and from the schools, according to district transportation supervisor, Rick Wegman.

Bethel woman taken into custody for child abuse, 14-month-old victim in critical condition |Oct 28, 2014

A Bethel woman was taken into custody by Pennsylvania State Police on the criminal charges of Criminal Attempt/Murder of the 1st degree, Aggravated Assault (three counts), Simple Assault and Endangering the Welfare of Children for an incident that occurred on Oct.

Halloween safety message for kids and teens from police |Oct 28, 2014

“Fall is now upon us, I hope you and your family have adjusted well to the new school year. It is the time of year where the leaves are changing, the cool breeze is blowing, and pumpkin coffee is flowing.

Boone Area Library is in need volunteers |Oct 28, 2014

The Boone Area Library is in need volunteers for their annual Breakfast with Santa event. Looking for volunteers for morning shifts, our gift-wrapping table at the Community Center during the Craft Show, and the Christmas movies and snacks during the evening (6 - 7:30 p.

Blazer Foundation seeks Daniel Boone Alumni for Alumni Committee |Oct 28, 2014

The Blazer Foundation, the 501(c)3 organization that partners with the Daniel Boone School District to support and enhance the educational experiences for the students of the Daniel Boone School District, is seeking Daniel Boone Alumni to engage in an Alumni Committee.

Berks Youth Chorus first concert of season slated for Nov. 2 |Oct 28, 2014

The Berks Youth Chorus will host their first concert in the 2014-2015 Season, Why We Sing, 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, at Atonement Lutheran Church, in Wyomissing, Pa.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center sponsors Social Media Photo Campaign to celebrate Veterans Day |Oct 28, 2014

In recognition of Veterans Day Nov. 11, Miller-Keystone Blood Center is sponsoring a Social Media Photo Contest (#MKBCMyVeteran ) from Nov. 3-Nov. 13.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Experimental film box set offers multifaceted look at film history |Oct 28, 2014

In almost any year, the recently released compilation of the works of Bill Morrison, 1996-2013, courtesy Icarus Films, would be the cinephile’s most essential home viewing purchase. Adventurous filmgoers will find virtually endless riches here – due to both the quantity of material included (roughly eight hours’ worth, making the $50 retail price look downright generous), but the ineffable depths, artistic and culture, that this particular work affords.

Celebrating Daniel’s 280th birthday at The Homestead |Oct 28, 2014

In celebration of Daniel’s 280th birthday, we invite you to the Daniel Boone Homestead for an afternoon of birthday festivities including a presentation by Henry Miller, colonial toys and games, and birthday cake.

Oasis for Kutztown kids: Safe hangout place for middle schoolers; students write for Cougar Chronicle |Oct 28, 2014

Editor’s Note: story is continuation from last week’s “Kutztown Strong, committed to making a difference” article.

The Southern Berks News: Trick-or-Treating nights |Oct 28, 2014

Thursday, Oct. 30 Exeter Township: 5:30-9 p.m.

‘Aging Parent Fair’ provides essential resources to adult children |Oct 28, 2014

A team of diverse professionals serving the aging population in Berks County and dedicated to assisting their adult children, has come together to provide the “Aging Parent Fair.” The “Fair” provides attendees with financial resources, care alternatives, assistive services and connections to the people and programs who can serve them and their loved ones.

Caernarvon Township Aging Parent Fair provides resources to adult children |Oct 28, 2014

A team of diverse professionals serving the aging population in Berks County and dedicated to assisting their adult children, has come together to provide the Aging Parent Fair.

Pickfest, ‘A Celebration of Americana,’ fills rail yard |Oct 27, 2014

Pickfest took center stage at its new location at the Boyertown Rail Yard on Saturday, Oct. 25. This year’s event, coined “A Celebration of Americana” by organizers, had plenty of live music, barbecue, beer, wine and cider for attendees.

Garden Spot Village hosts 1st Pack-A-Palooza for Operation Christmas Child |Oct 27, 2014

New Holland’s Garden Spot Village residents and volunteers gathered in the Village Chapel Oct. 21 for a packing party of 100 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Twin Valley High School: NOPE presents student assembly on dangers of substance abuse |Oct 27, 2014

Did you know that between 2009 and 2013, there were 58 drug overdose deaths in Berks County? Or that one in five teens has abused prescription drugs?

Morgantown American Legion donates flag to Village Library |Oct 27, 2014

On Oct. 17, Roger Jacobs Commander of the American Legion Post 537 was contacted by Roseann Thomas of Morgantown that the Village Library was in need of an American flag. It had torn off during the rain storm the night before.

Friends of Honey Brook Library installed Sharing Library Box at Community Center |Oct 27, 2014

Friends of Honey Brook Library have installed a Sharing Library Box at Indian Run Park in their Community Center. The Box is filled with donated books for children, teenagers and adults. Residents of the Park will be encouraged to take a book, share a book, return a book or keep a book.

New King Frost leads 51st consecutive parade in Hamburg |Oct 27, 2014

For the first time in 32 years it was not Domer Leibensperger as King Frost leading the historic and well-loved King Frost Parade on Saturday, Oct. 25. In its 51st consecutive year, under the Hamburg Jaycees, the parade has entered into a new era and thus a new King Frost, George Mitten.

Police seek info on May 30 Rockland Township home burglary |Oct 27, 2014

PA State Police seek information in burglary case

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Oct 27, 2014

25 Years Ago Nov. 1, 1989 >> The six-division King Frost Parade, sponsored by the Hamburg Jaycees, consisted of about 130 units including 15 musical groups, colorful floats, drill groups, beauty queens such as the Berks County and Hamburg Junior Misses, quite a few masqueraders and Jaycee celebrities from around the state.

Kutztown Hot Dog Eating Contest benefits Animal Rescue League of Berks County |Oct 27, 2014

Potts’ U and Kutztown University’s Greek Life partner together to host a hot dog eating competition to raise funds for the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Inc.

Friend Inc. receives $500 for food pantry from Santander Kutztown Branch |Oct 27, 2014

Friend Inc. Community Services received a $500 donation from the Santander branch in Kutztown, as part of the bank’s “Ideas for Good” giving campaign.

Kutztown Girl Scouts, Kutztown University students trick-or-treat for food, donate to Friend Inc. |Oct 27, 2014

Kutztown Girl Scouts collaborated with Kutztown University’s International Student Organization trick-or-treating on Sunday for non-perishable items to donate to Friend, Inc.

Veterans Day: Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home holding ‘Sweaters for Soldiers’ drive |Oct 27, 2014

In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home would like to commemorate local Veterans to thank them and the nation’s Veterans for service given and sacrifices made to protect the freedoms of this great country.

Our Town Foundation host auction and gala to raise funds for Hamburg Strand Theater |Oct 27, 2014

Fast talking, hands quickly shooting up into the air, friendly competition and of course plenty of food and drinks is the atmosphere in which many members of the Hamburg community spent Sunday, Oct.

Chamber members hear about economic impact of travel, tourism in the region |Oct 25, 2014

Limerick >> The economic impact of travel and tourism in the tri-county region was the topic of discussion at Thursday’s TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce annual economic development luncheon.

Mind Your Body: It’s time to boost your immune system |Oct 24, 2014

I thought there were only four seasons, but it’s the time of year when a fifth one appears, “cold and flu season.” As the temperature drops, the heat comes on, and we spend more hours indoors, we can benefit from some simple, natural steps to support our immunity.

Police: Murder-suicide was cause of death for men found in car |Oct 24, 2014

Washington TWP. >> The causes of death for two men whose bodies were found last Friday inside a parked car were murder and suicide, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Fleetwood Community Theatre’s ‘Boeing Boeing’ takes comedy to new heights |Oct 23, 2014

Fleetwood Community Theatre’s current production, “Boeing Boeing,” takes jet-setting to a whole new level.

Pottstown Roller Derby Rockstars hold double-header Action hits the track at the 422 Sports Complex |Oct 23, 2014

By Berks-Mont News staff On Saturday, Oct. 18, Pottstown Roller Derby Rockstars (PRDR) held a double header at The 422 Sportplex.

Kutztown Borough Rooftop Ban Ordinance approved for drafting |Oct 22, 2014

A Rooftop Ban Ordinance was approved to enter into the drafting phase at the Kutztown Borough Council meeting Oct. 21, and a new finance director was appointed to fill the full-time gap that has been vacant since mid-July.

$188,000 State grant helps Hawk Mountain Sanctuary create disability-friendly trail |Oct 22, 2014

Albany Township >> Senator David G. Argall (R-29) announced a $188,000 grant for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary through the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation program.

Elverson Halloween Parade Winners |Oct 22, 2014

Held on Oct. 16, the Elverson Halloween Parade had been postponed from Oct. 15 due to rain.

Reading Symphony presents program highlighting Beethoven’s life |Oct 22, 2014

The Reading Symphony Orchestra continues the 102nd Season at the Santander Performing Arts Center 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. The RSO will present Beethoven: REVEALED! This program features a dramatic interpretation of the life of the great composer interspersed with chamber works and a complete performance of Beethoven’s 7th symphony.

Mayor, Council say $150,000 state grant for Kutztown Park improves safety, offers more options |Oct 22, 2014

Kutztown Park received a $150,000 state grant to renovate its outdated playground equipment.

Kutztown School Board ensures safety near Greenwich Elementary |Oct 21, 2014

In a jam-packed Kutztown Area School District School Board meeting, safety reigned supreme as a topic of conversation, dominating two important topics of discussion.

Kutztown Playground, French Creek State Park each awarded $150,000 state grants |Oct 21, 2014

Kutztown >> New playground equipment, stepping stones and plaza space will be the new features of Kutztown’s only playground thanks to the award today, Oct. 21, of a $150,000 state grant, Sen.

$730k in state grants to back local swimming pool, parks, Schwank says |Oct 21, 2014

Two parks in Berks County and a swimming pool in Fleetwood have been awarded nearly $730,000 in state grants, state Sen. Judy Schwank said today.

Live at The Historic State Theatre Of Boyertown award-winning improv comedy group ‘Better Than Bacon’ |Oct 21, 2014

The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown is proud to present a night of great laughter and audience-driven entertainment, featuring award-winning improvisational comedy troupe Better Than Bacon on Saturday, Oct.

Felicia Fisher’s a Slice Of Life: The social experiment’s Apple Cake |Oct 21, 2014

I spend a good part of each morning daydreaming. Rolling pie crust is a monotonous task and as the simultaneous whir of my industrial strength mixer and window fan make listening to music difficult, I find myself working in relative silence and wondering about the most ridiculous things.

Rummage Sale and Flea Market set for November at Congregation Hesed Shel Emet, Pottstown |Oct 21, 2014

The Jewish Women’s League of Congregation Hesed Shel Emet announces its annual Rummage Sale, Flea Market and Bake Sale to be held on Sunday, Nov. 2 & Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.

Multiple vehicle accident closes Route 422 in Exeter |Oct 21, 2014

Route 422 was closed in both directions Friday, OCT. 17 after a tractor trailer was overturned in an accident between Route 345 and Lorain Road.

Exeter sends home meningitis warnings about two schools |Oct 21, 2014

One student is at Exeter Senior High School and another at Exeter Junior High School, according to the letter.

Albright College to Host Berks County Regional College Fair on Oct. 27 |Oct 21, 2014

Albright College will host Berks County Regional College Fair 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at Albright College’s Bollman Center, 13th and Richmond streets, Reading. Event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC).

Berks County Humane Society encourages you to adopt a black cat |Oct 21, 2014

Nothing is scarier than a myth you just can’t seem to dispel. Humane Pennsylvania hopes to put an end to at least one this month. The black cat has long been regarded as an icon of superstition, and historically, many shelters refuse to adopt out black cats during the month of October, claiming that these felines are more likely to meet an unfortunately end due to the ghoulish nature of Halloween.

Berks County’s Best Kept Secret tour runs Nov. 7 to Nov. 22 |Oct 21, 2014

We all know that shopping locally helps support our local economy and communities.

‘Fragile Freedoms’ to be celebrated at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site |Oct 21, 2014

On Saturday, Nov. 1, the National Park Service invites the public to a performance of FRAGILE FREEDOMS, a play written and acted by international playwright Christine Emmert at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.

Reading Symphony Orchestra League to host Fourteenth Annual Fashion Show |Oct 21, 2014

On Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. the Reading Symphony Orchestra League (RSOL) will present the Fourteenth Annual Symphony of Style -- Fashion Show and Luncheon for the benefit of the Reading Symphony Orchestra in the ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel.

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ stars share stage Nov. 9 |Oct 21, 2014

Nick Lazzarini, season one winner of the Fox reality show “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2005, discovered at the early age of five that all he wanted to do was dance.