Politics

Exeter library announces ‘One Book, One Community’ events |Feb 22, 2017

-Evening Readers Book Club Wednesday, March 1st at 7 p.m.

Photos: St. Francis Academy students take part in jump-a-thon |Feb 21, 2017

Students in K through eight at St. Francis Academy in Bally raised $1,962 for the American Heart Association with their annual jump-a-thon during gym class.

Woman visiting husband’s grave dies after cemetery crash in Pottstown |Feb 21, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> A Berks County woman died of natural causes Saturday, just hours after an asthma attack caused her to crash an SUV into a tree at a cemetery, trapping her inside for hours before help arrived.

Boyertown teachers get creamed at this year’s Mini-THON Pep Rally |Feb 21, 2017

This year’s Mini-THON fundraiser kicked off with its usual pep rally on Friday, Feb. 10.

Daniel Boone School Board approves preliminary budget |Feb 21, 2017

Following a three-week public review period, the Daniel Boone School Board approved 8-1 its 2017-18 preliminary budget of $56,336,312.

Amity Elementary Center announces Spelling Bee winners |Feb 21, 2017

Amity Elementary Center recently held its annual Spelling Bee. Fifth-grader Luke Armstrong was named the champion again this year. The winning word was “conducive.” Armstrong also took first place last year.

Amity postpones turkey farm final approval |Feb 21, 2017

AMITY >> Township supervisors decided on Feb. 15 that Barry Shirey must finalize all pending land development issues before they will approve the final land development plans for his turkey farm business off Route 562.

Boyertown area students earn scholarships to Alvernia University |Feb 20, 2017

Hard work in high school has paid off for college-bound seniors. The following local students have earned Merit Scholarships to attend Alvernia University this fall.

Drivers, passengers injured in 222, 662 crash |Feb 20, 2017

Fleetwood Borough Police responded to a two-vehicle crash with injuries at Route 222 and Route 662 in Richmond Township on Feb. 18.

Photos of kids outdoors with pets can win prizes |Feb 20, 2017

This past weekend was a welcome break from the cold with warm temperatures and sunny skies. These conditions are perfect for getting the kids outside to shake off the cobwebs of winter. It’s not only kids who get cabin fever, our four-legged pet friends could probably use from fresh air as well, so enter YOUR CHILD in the FREE Fit Kids Contest and his or her photo could be in the newspaper.

EAGLE SIGHTING: The Hill School spots bald eagles nesting on the property |Feb 20, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Faculty at The Hill School recently discovered some feathered friends residing on the property.

Fleetwood Parked vehicles struck by raw eggs |Feb 20, 2017

Fleetwood Borough Police report that several parked vehicles were struck by raw eggs along North Maple Street sometime between 7 p.m. on Feb. 19 and 7 a.m. on Feb. 20. Unknown actor(s) traveled from the area of West Race Street northbound to the area of N.

Boyertown borough council amends parking ordinance |Feb 20, 2017

At their Feb. 6 meeting, Boyertown borough council approved a motion to amend the parking ordinance in relation to residential parking permits. Several streets have been added to the list.

KCP honors Kutztown Strong, volunteers of year Unger and Brown |Feb 20, 2017

Reno Unger and Sarah Brown were cited as Kutztown Community Partnership’s volunteers of the year and Kutztown Strong was recognized as organization of the year at KCP’s annual meeting in Trinity Lutheran Church, Kutztown, on Feb.

New Pottsgrove School district hazing policy carries harsh penalties |Feb 20, 2017

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> The new hazing policy adopted by the Pottsgrove School Board has some serious consequences for violators.

Dropped cell phone leads to crash on Pricetown Road |Feb 20, 2017

A vehicle struck a pole, went down an embankment and rolled after the teen driver became distracted while looking for a dropped cell phone.

Hill School to spin off Hobart’s Run into $5 million revitalization effort |Feb 20, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> A neighborhood revitalization project that began with small steps and big dreams last year is poised to take a $5 million step forward.

West Pottsgrove won’t open its pool for summer |Feb 20, 2017

WEST POTTSGROVE >> The township pool, which has struggled to stay open and solvent in the past two years will not open for the summer 2017 season, the township commissioners announced this week.

Fleetwood High School art department hosts annual Art Event Feb. 25 |Feb 20, 2017

The Fleetwood Area High School art department will be hosting the annual Art Event on Feb. 25, from noon to 4 p.m.

Pottstown’s ‘Trojan Men’ aid national tour to fight cancer with TV appearance |Feb 20, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> In a not-so-unique “twist,” Pottstown High School’s Trojan Man mascot is gaining a reputation as a real childhood cancer fighter.

Medical pot farm proposed for West Pottsgrove |Feb 20, 2017

WEST POTTSGROVE >> A proposal to construct a 100,000-square-foot indoor medical marijuana growing facility on the site of the former Stanley G. Flagg Brass plant in Stowe will not be opposed by the township commissioners.

New Pottstown PAL director meets police leadership |Feb 20, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> As part of her welcome to town, the new head of the Pottstown Area Police Athletic League met with representatives from the police and county sheriff’s department to discuss the program’s future.

Letter to the editor: Guatemala, Jan 7-14 |Feb 20, 2017

I have said for years that it is a shame that everyone could not have been exposed to the farming community. I think that adds something special to our character. Similarly, others have suggested that serving in our military would add to their character.

Mystery donor may help Pottstown cover shortfall in stadium lights fund |Feb 20, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> An anonymous donor who gave $10,000 to the campaign to raise money to replace the lights at Pottstown High School’s Grigg Memorial Field has now offered to loan the effort up to $86,000 to ensure the lights get erected this summer in time for the fall football season.

Boyertown student shares experience as volunteer firefighter |Feb 17, 2017

Around 5 p.m. on a weeknight, high school junior David Reitnauer got one of his most first memorable calls.

Homes, vehicles burglarized while victims slept |Feb 17, 2017

Several overnight burglaries were reported in Ruscombmanor Township on Feb. 6. Victims were asleep while someone entered their homes and vehicles to take money.

Ford Explorer rolls after collision with truck on I-78 |Feb 17, 2017

A Ford Explorer failed to yield to traffic while entering Interstate 78 in Tilden Township and struck a tractor trailer truck. The impact sent the Ford Explorer rolling over the guard rail and down an embankment early on Feb.

Tilden creates Adopt A Road to clean up litter |Feb 17, 2017

Residents of Tilden Township and surrounding areas are offering their services in keeping the roadsides litter free.

Public hearing scheduled to permanently close Birdsboro Elementary Center |Feb 17, 2017

AMITY >> The Daniel Boone Area School Board is taking the next step to permanently close the Birdsboro Elementary Center in 2018.

Montgomery County child poverty, health, education discussed at roundtable |Feb 17, 2017

WHITPAIN >> It wasn’t until 2015 that the percentage of Montgomery County children living in poverty dropped back down to below the 2008 pre-recession level, Public Citizens for Children & Youth reported in its October 2016 “Left Out: The Status of Children in Montgomery County.

Kempton Fair Committee seeks sponsors, vendors, volunteers for 2017 Fair |Feb 17, 2017

The Kempton Fair – the one you remember from years ago, starting in 1957 – is alive and well and living in beautiful Kempton, Berks County. The Kempton Fair Committee seeks sponsors, vendors and volunteers for the 2017 Kempton Fair.

Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce hosts 1st Working Lunch |Feb 16, 2017

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce introduced the new Working Lunch series, holding the first program on wellness at Keystone Villa at Fleetwood on Feb. 15.

Hamburg School Board reviews elementary after-school program |Feb 16, 2017

Hamburg Area school directors are looking at an after-school program for the district’s elementary school students.

Girl Scouts have fun at father-daughter dance |Feb 16, 2017

The 28th annual Valentine Dance, sponsored by the Boyertown Service Unit of Girl Scouts of Eastern PA was held on Friday, Feb. 10 at New Hanover Methodist Church in Montgomery County. Girl Scouts and their father/significant male mentors danced, made bookmarks for local retirement communities and contributed canned goods for the Boyertown Salvation Army.

‘How to Be a Cat’ book-signing at Studio B opening reception |Feb 16, 2017

Tired of the stress and complications of modern life? Does watching your cat sleeping in sunbeams look like heaven to you?

Solidarity March shows Kutztown University is no place for hate |Feb 16, 2017

Chanting “No hate, no fear. Everyone is welcome here,” the coalition Kutztown Resist marched on Kutztown University’s campus Feb. 16 in response to a national hate group posting propaganda on campus.

Berks County woman arrested for prostitution on Valentine’s Day |Feb 16, 2017

cumru twp. >> Police have arrested a 44-year-old Berks County woman on charges that she agreed to perform sexual acts in exchange for money.

Studio B hosts ‘Muse,’ exhibit and book release combining literary and visual art |Feb 16, 2017

“Muse,” the Studio B’s fourth annual show and book release combining literary and visual art opens Feb. 17, with a reception from 5 to 8:p.m. at Studio B, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown, The exhibit runs until March 12.

Dent cosponsors bill to make colorectal cancer screenings more accessible, affordable |Feb 15, 2017

Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) on Feb. 14 joined his fellow colleagues, Representatives Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D, NJ-10) and Leonard Lance (R, NJ-7), in introducing legislation to eliminate an unintended, hidden cost for Medicare beneficiaries who undergo colorectal cancer screenings.

Nykolai A. Blichar selected to serve as student trustee on KU Council of Trustees |Feb 15, 2017

Kutztown University senior Nykolai A. Blichar has been selected to serve as a student trustee on the Kutztown University Council of Trustees. Appointed by the Council of Trustees, and confirmed by Governor Tom Wolf, Blichar will represent the nearly 8,500 students enrolled at the university.

Salem EC, Lenhartsville, hosts 18th Annual Yard Sale |Feb 15, 2017

Bargain-priced goods and home-baked treats will be available at Salem EC Church on Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4, during the church’s annual yard sale. The event will be held rain or shine in the church’s indoor gymnasium.

FriendFest Feb. 25 benefits Optimist programs, helps Friend end poverty |Feb 15, 2017

FriendFest 2017 is approaching rapidly. Feb. 25 is the date for the 9th Annual FriendFest Beer and Wine tasting event to be held in Beltzner Hall on the Kutztown Fairgrounds. Featuring beer and wine tasting, live music, delicious food and various vendors, all proceeds going to help the Optimist Club of Kutztown’s children’s programs in local communities, as well as assisting Friend, Inc.

Chestnut Knoll celebrates participants of FOX Rehabilitation Optimal Living Program |Feb 15, 2017

Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is committed to the overall quality of life for residents and has seen spectacular results and improvement in residents’ function, thanks to FOX Rehabilitation.

Code Blue issued for Montgomery County through Friday |Feb 15, 2017

Norristown >> The Montgomery County Commissioners, on the advice of the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, have declared a Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency for Montgomery County based on a review of forecasts from the National Weather Service.

Virginville Ice Harvest spotlights 150-old processes |Feb 15, 2017

Sunny skies and moderate temperatures kept ice, but not visitors, away at the fourth annual Ice Harvest at a historic Berks County farm site this Saturday, Feb. 11.

SEVEN IN SEVEN: Gozu thunders into city; Pop Evil, Japandroids and others have local dates |Feb 15, 2017

Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday we take a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.

Boyertown Area School District to sponsor drug abuse program for parents |Feb 14, 2017

Local organizations have come together to tackle tough questions facing parents.

Chestnut Knoll community yard sale benefits Relay for Life |Feb 14, 2017

Help support Relay for Life! Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is pleased to invite the public to the Annual Boyertown Community Indoor Yard Sale, with proceeds benefiting Relay for Life.

Kutztown family hosts Gala, helps future women in politics |Feb 14, 2017

Guests filled Kutztown Fire Company’s Banquet Hall to dance the night away on Feb. 11 to benefit Democratic women in politics.

Hundreds attend special ‘Night to Shine’ prom at Morningstar |Feb 13, 2017

For the second year in a row, Morningstar Fellowship of Bechtelsville has joined hundreds of churches worldwide in hosting Night to Shine, a prom night for teens and adults with special needs.