Politics

State Theatre of Boyertown seeks community’s help |Aug 29, 2016

The State Theatre Preservation Society of Boyertown is asking for the community’s help. The non-profit organization wants to raise $132,000 to breathe new life into the region’s most culturally, historically significant structures: The State Theatre.

Dreibelbis Farm welcomes visitors to 1800s festival in Virginville |Aug 29, 2016

Old-fashioned hymns drifted through the air on Saturday as visitors walked a meadow path to a Virginville farm. This was the site of the PA German Farm Festival, which underscored the region’s agricultural history and raised funds for the Dreibelbis Farm Historical Society.

Wolfgang, seniors start first day at Hamburg High School |Aug 29, 2016

Hamburg School District students started the 2016-17 school year on Aug. 25.

Hamburg 8th grade twirler wins Preteen Miss Majorette of North Atlantic title |Aug 29, 2016

Anyone who knows Emelia Adam, an eighth grade student at Hamburg, is well aware of the importance of her baton. She is either twirling, ready to twirl or just finished. She is often seen in various gyms in the area or simply practicing in the street.

Pottsgrove accepts Feola’s resignation, names Shirk as interim superintendent |Aug 29, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> The school board made official Tuesday night what most have known since last week — the resignation of Superintendent Shellie A.

First ever Pottstown Community Field Day encourages healthy living |Aug 29, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Pottstown celebrated its first Community Field Day Saturday and the turnout was impressive.

Pottstown man arrested after police find 57 bags of suspected heroin in home |Aug 29, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Police arrested a Pottstown man after they allegedly found him in possession of heroin.

Area seniors recognized as Montgomery County ‘trailblazers’ |Aug 29, 2016

SCHWENKSVILLE >> A few area seniors are receiving some recognition for walking some of Montgomery County’s best trails.

Pottstown schools OKs 3-year teacher contract |Aug 29, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Just in time for the start of school, the school board voted 7-1 Monday night to approve a three-year contract with the teachers union that will cost taxpayers more than $1.3 million by the end of the third year.

Birdsboro manager Aaron Durso is adjusting to his new companion — a seizure response dog |Aug 28, 2016

Birdsboro >> “I am excited and overwhelmed.”

$12,000,000 in renovations nearly complete at Kutztown High School |Aug 28, 2016

Students will be greeted by a few changes and upgrades at Kutztown High School on the first day of school, Aug. 29.

Tractors, cars displayed at 8th Annual Pig Roast and Car Show in Lenhartsville |Aug 28, 2016

More than 800 people are expected at the 8th annual Pig Roast and Car Show at Salem EC Church on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Kutztown Strong Pool Party celebrates the end of summer |Aug 27, 2016

Kutztown Strong worked at easing the transition back into school mode for Kutztown high and middle school students with a Farewell to Summer Pool Party at the Kutztown Pool Aug. 24.

Pennsylvania preserves 5,000th farm |Aug 27, 2016

With the addition of 26 new farms, Pennsylvania’s farmland preservation reached a new milestone today, surpassing the 5,000-farm mark.

State Police conducts DUI check point in Berks |Aug 27, 2016

State Police Reading reported that the Reading Station will be conducting a stationary Driving Under the Influence check point in Berks County at an undisclosed location within the next two weeks. This enforcement effort is aimed at detecting and removing drug and alcohol impaired motorists from the roadway within this Commonwealth.

Master Gardeners of Berks host plant sale with a difference |Aug 27, 2016

Penn State Master Gardeners of Berks County will hold their annual fall plant sale on Friday, Sept. 9, from noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale is held at the Berks County Agricultural Center, County Welfare Road, Bern Township, near the fairgrounds.

Penn State Extension: What to do if you find spotted lanternfly |Aug 27, 2016

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that was first found in Pennsylvania in 2014. This insect is a potential threat to several important crops including grapes, peaches and timber trees.

Kutztown Chocolate Crawl offers chocolate surprises and prizes |Aug 27, 2016

Merchants on Main Street Kutztown will host a Chocolate Crawl on Sept. 22, from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Chocolate surprises will await crawlers at each merchant and prizes will be awarded by lottery drawing at end of the quest.

Gruber Wagon Works and Hiester Canal Center participate in Museum Day Live! |Aug 27, 2016

The Gruber Wagon Works and the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center will open their doors free of charge along with more than 1,400 other participating venues for the 8th annual Museum Day Live! on Sept. 24.

Hamburg couple questions sidewalk requirements |Aug 26, 2016

Hamburg Borough Council amended Part 8 of the Property Transfer Use and Occupancy Certificate ordinance on Aug. 22 which establishes rules and regulations upon the transfer of a property in the Borough of Hamburg.

Camp Cadet Troop L shows youth ‘human aspects’ of law enforcement |Aug 26, 2016

Douglassville >> For more than 30 years Pennsylvania State Police of Troop L, Reading, has been hosting Camp Cadet for the local youth.

Pancakes help homeless veterans |Aug 25, 2016

Sept. 10, Applebee’s® Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast will be held to support homeless veterans. The fundraising event is sponsored by Knights Of Columbus Chester County Assembly. There is a charge.

20th anniversary Cruise Night benefits Garden Spot Fire Rescue |Aug 25, 2016

The 20th anniversary Blue Ball Cruise Night benefits Garden Spot Fire Rescue.

Champion Hogs and Lambs shown at the fair |Aug 25, 2016

Both Ben Williamson from State College, PA who judged the hogs and Sam Long from Airville who judged the steers and lambs agreed that the quality of animals shown at this year’s fair could compete in many fairs throughout the country and be very competitive.

Film shot in Morgantown area now in theaters |Aug 25, 2016

Adolescence is a difficult time for most everyone, and sometimes kids who have lost their moorings will seek out direction from the unlikeliest sources. Local filmmaker Chad L. Scheifele’s explores this reality in his fascinating debut thriller shot here in the tri-county area, Natural Selection.

El-Mor Chevrolet Inc. forges season-long partnership to aid Twin Valley Soccer Club |Aug 25, 2016

In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, El-Mor Chevrolet Inc. is supporting Twin Valley Soccer Club through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program. This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the 2016 youth soccer season.

Renovations to Hamburg Middle School nearly complete |Aug 25, 2016

Hamburg Middle School students started their first day of school on Aug. 25 arriving to find the school building’s renovations nearly complete.

Fleetwood Area School District Report: The importance of regular school attendance |Aug 25, 2016

Consistent school attendance is important to the success of students. This is true regardless of the age or grade of the student.

New Hanover taps Zebrowski as new township supervisor |Aug 25, 2016

NEW HANOVER >> The revolving door that is local government in the township these days took another turn Monday night when planning commission member Kurt Zebrowski was named as New Hanover’s newest supervisor.

District hires new band director |Aug 25, 2016

Matthew E. Wolfe was unanimously approved on Aug. 8 to lead the Daniel Boone High School bands, effective Aug. 9.

New children’s book debut and author book signing at Antler Ridge Winery, Mertztown |Aug 25, 2016

The Debut of Just Plump Penelope Goes to Kindergarten, a newly published children’s book by local author Mary Ann Hayes, will take place on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Antler Ridge Winery, 951 State Street, Mertztown.

Local school supply lists now available online TeacherLists.com |Aug 24, 2016

Parents from local schools have a new tool in their back-to-school bag of tricks this year, as all of their schools supply lists are now posted on TeacherLists.

Boyertown Alumni Marching Unit announces Sept. 11 tribute concert |Aug 24, 2016

This year marks the 15 years since the September 11 attacks.

Boyertown School Board member chides administration in public |Aug 24, 2016

BOYERTOWN >> During the comment portion of the school board’s Aug. 16 meeting, board member Clay Breece expressed frustration that administrators failed to comply with a board request made months ago.

Marian and Friends performs at Kutztown Summer Reading finale |Aug 23, 2016

Kutztown native Marian Gehman of Marian and Friends entertained children during the Kutztown Community Library Summer Reading Program finale on Aug. 18.

Girl Scouts of Eastern PA win National S’mores Day Competition |Aug 23, 2016

On Wednesday, Aug. 10, a team of ten scouts from Girl Scouts of Eastern PA (GSEP) participated in the second annual National S’mores Day competition hosted by the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay.

145th annual Kutztown Fair features family fun, games, rides, food, exhibits and animals |Aug 23, 2016

The 145th annual Kutztown Fair offered family fun, food, games, rides, agriculture display, competition and education, held at the Kutztown Fairgrounds from Aug. 15 to 20.

One reported dead in Oley Township |Aug 23, 2016

State police are currently investigating a homicide situation in Oley Township. One man is reported dead and his father has been taken to the hospital.

Pa Prep Live 2016 High School Football Preview now live |Aug 22, 2016

At Pa Prep Live, we embarked on a mission to gather quality content on all 93 teams in District 1 and the Catholic League.

Educators learn the ABCs of school wellness at Pottstown institute |Aug 22, 2016

Right before students are due to return for the fall session, tri-county area educators learned how to incorporate play into the school day during a wellness seminar at the Pottstown Middle School.

On election chess board, Southeastern Pennsylvania counties are crucial |Aug 22, 2016

Whether you know it or not, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are fighting over you — that is, if you are a voter living in the suburbs around Philadelphia.

Interim Pottstown NAACP officers elected, initiative announced |Aug 22, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> The interim election for the reorganization of the Pottstown chapter of the NAACP has put Jonathan Corson in the president’s position until November.

Pottstown hosts first Community Veterans Day in Memorial Park |Aug 22, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> “As long as they don’t play taps, I’m all right. If they play taps, that’s it.”

Pottstown police: South Roland Street is now one way |Aug 22, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> The Pottstown Police Department announced Tuesday that South Roland Street has become a one-way road.

Man hospitalized after being shot multiple times outside bar in Stowe |Aug 22, 2016

STOWE >> One man is in the hospital after he was shot multiple times early Sunday morning.

Birdsboro Council swears-in new officer |Aug 22, 2016

BIRDSBORO >> Borough Council members approved a motion to hire a seventh police officer for the Birdsboro Police Department.

PHOTOS: Boyertown’s Dog Days of August hit downtown |Aug 22, 2016

The community was invited to come out into the streets of downtown Boyertown on Saturday, Aug. 20, as a part of Building a Better Boyertown’s Dog Days of August. Activities included live music, doggie pools, free nail clipping, food vendors, and doggie pretzels.

Topton speed skater Gavin Geiger brings home medals, trophy from USA Roller Sports nationals |Aug 22, 2016

Gavin Geiger displays his medals and trophy he won during the USA Roller Sports national indoor speed skating competition held this summer in Lincoln, Nebraska. He placed third in the 300 meter and 400 meter races and fourth in the 200 meter race in the primary boys age group (6 and 7 year olds).

Rainy Valley Blues Fest at Kuztown Park |Aug 22, 2016

The sounds of the Blues filled Kutztown Park on Sunday, Aug. 21. Blues bands continued to play even while heavy rainfall poured down from the heavens. Many Blues fans came prepared with umbrellas. Peter and Natalie Saul came to the Blues Festival prepared for the rain with a canopy tent.

Youth cyclists explore fitness connection between area trails and waterways |Aug 22, 2016

The Greater Philadelphia region is full of not only trails but also extensive waterways where people can enjoy a variety of recreational activities from bicycling to kayaking. Many times, the water and trails go hand-in-hand making it easy to bike to a location then jump into a boat for some paddling fun.