Economic Development Summit focuses on three major Hamburg area projects |Dec 15, 2014

Hamburg area residents gathered at the Hamburg Area High School on Wednesday evening, Dec. 10, for an Economic Development Summit for Hamburg hosted by Our Town Foundation.

Penn State students can Hamburg for THON |Dec 15, 2014

When people think of the holidays, a few things come to mind such as traditions, family, presents and helping others. That last one was seen in a big way during the weekend of Dec. 6 and 7 in Downtown Hamburg.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Dec 15, 2014

25 Years Ago Dec. 20, 1989 >> George A. Francis, 77, of 1510 Pottsville Pike, Shoemakersville, died December 16, in Reading Hospital. He was the husband of Mable (Lengel) Francis. He had worked as a printer for the Hamburg Item for 45years, retiring in 1974.

‘Trains, trees and gingerbread’ chug along at Reading Railroad Heritage Museum in Hamburg |Dec 15, 2014

Back again at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum, in Hamburg, is the “Trains, trees and gingerbread” exhibit. The large model railroad is chugging along to some new scenery in the exhibit area just in time for the holidays.

DA: Six dead, search continues for gunman in connected Montgomery County shootings |Dec 15, 2014

Pennsburg >> Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman has identified the man who allegedly went on a shooting spree this morning as Bradley William Stone and announced that the death toll has risen to six.

National Penn donates $25,000 to Opportunity House; Contribution to support group’s ‘Ready to Read’ program |Dec 13, 2014

On Dec. 4, National Penn Bancshares, Inc. announced a $25,000 contribution to Opportunity House. The donation is part of more than $1,000,000 contributed this year to eligible organizations across its marketplace by National Penn through its participation in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

Reel Experiences with Rob Humanick: Laughter and tears mingle in bittersweet ‘The Skeleton Twins’ |Dec 12, 2014

More than likely than not, the cast of “The Skeleton Twins” will be looked over in the new year when Oscar nominations are announced.

Exeter Township emergency services remain in distress |Dec 12, 2014

After a two and a half hour discussion between Exeter Ambulance Association and the Exeter Township Volunteer Fire Department, supervisors will ultimately decide how to revitalize 911 services for the township.

Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center Christmas on the Farm featured PA Dutch traditions, food & Belsnickel |Dec 12, 2014

The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University was bustling with holiday activity for Christmas on the Farm Dec. 6.

FOOTBALL: Eight PAC-10 athletes honored at Tall Cedars |Dec 11, 2014

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‘I love you infinity pie squared!’: A mother’s gut-wrenching tale to save her only son from heroin addiction—and how she lost the fight (Part II) |Dec 11, 2014

For Diane Shepler and her family, daughter Courtney and husband Todd Klinger, the joy of at last having her son Tyler return home was short-lived.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Community Realty strengthens Pennsylvania presence |Dec 11, 2014

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate today announced the addition of Community Realty to its franchise network. At the helm of the newly formed brokerage are co-owners John Colarusso, Phoenixville entrepreneur, and leading Phoenixville real estate sales professional, Jennifer Daywalt.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice Of Life: Serving up chocolate...very hot |Dec 11, 2014

You simply can’t go wrong with chocolate and since Americans consume 2.8 BILLION pounds of it per year, it’s safe to say I’m not the only one who agrees with that sentiment. The irony of my extolling the virtues of chocolate is the fact that I was allergic to it as a child.

Conestoga Christian Repeat Champions |Dec 11, 2014

Conestoga Christian School hosted its 17th annual Cougar Classic basketball tournament on December 5-6. The Cougars hosted Berks Christian, Salem Christian, and the Christian School of York. For the second straight year the Cougars won their Tip-Off Classic.

BWIC to present Voices For Change Awards at 2014 Celebration of Peace |Dec 11, 2014

On Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, Berks Women in Crisis (BWIC) will hold the ninth annual Celebration of Peace, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Yashek Social Hall of the Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom, Wyomissing.

Kutztown Community Partnership’s Christmas in Kutztown spreads holiday spirit, despite rain |Dec 11, 2014

Kutztown Community Partnership’s Christmas in Kutztown helped families get into the holiday spirit, despite the cold and rain on Saturday.

Friends of the Kutztown Community Library’s Holiday House Tour offered look at 7 Kutztown historical homes |Dec 11, 2014

The 2014 Kutztown Holiday House Tour offered attendees a glimpse into the architectural past of Kutztown on Dec. 7.

State’s largest transit system merger to save $4.7 million |Dec 11, 2014

Officials from PennDOT, Berks County, Lancaster County, the Berks Area Regional Transit Authority (BARTA) and the Red Rose Transit Authority (RRTA) held a media event today to celebrate the state’s largest transit consolidation that will save the counties $4.

Caernarvon Township Supervisors discuss proposed budget, blighted property ordinance |Dec 10, 2014

The Caernarvon Township Supervisors met Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. to pass the proposed 2015 budget and tax resolution and to address township issues, which included a proposed “blighted property” ordinance, the appointment of a deputy tax collector and unpaid permit fees.

Christmas at Joanna: historic Joanna Furnace lit up for the holidays |Dec 10, 2014

There was much to do at Joanna Furnace this weekend to celebrate Christmas.

Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher brings hopeful message to Berks campus |Dec 10, 2014

A teacher’s job often extends beyond education to inspire, encourage and prepare students for the future; sometimes even to save their lives.

Douglassville Girl Scout Troop 11158 earns Bronze Award |Dec 10, 2014

After a year of working on all the requirements needed, Girl Scout Junior Troop 11158 of Douglassville, Pa., earned their Girl Scout Bronze Award. This award requires the girls to learn about their community and choose a service project that will give them experience in serving people.

Gilbertsville resident volunteers, raises puppies for Canine Companions for Independence |Dec 10, 2014

Raising a puppy is a tough job. From the normal tasks of teaching it to not chew the furniture and not eat anything it’s not supposed to, to teaching basic commands. But in the end, “sit”,“stay”, and “roll over” are usually sufficient enough.

Santa Claus arrives in Morgantown on Twin Valley Fire Truck |Dec 10, 2014

“He’s coming, he’s coming!” shouted the children waiting inside the Caernarvon Township’s Social Hall on Main Street in Morgantown this past Saturday, Dec. 6.

Students craft gingerbread houses with their families at Brecknock Elementary School |Dec 9, 2014

Containers overflowing with sugar coated gum drops, marshmallows, peppermints, chocolate chunks and gummy worms greeted a steady flow of students and their families at Brecknock Elementary School for their annual gingerbread house making event.

State Police: MAC machine found in Rockland Township wooded area |Dec 9, 2014

Pennsylvania State Police Reading responded to 51 Orchard Rd., Rockland Twp., Berks County on Dec. 6 at 9:30 a.m. A father and son were hunting in the area and came upon the stand alone MAC machine in a wooded area.

A shadow flies across Kutztown’s Clock Tower as Peter Pan Ballet takes audiences to Neverland at Kutztown Middle School |Dec 8, 2014

A shadow flew around Kutztown’s Clock Tower this past weekend.

Rain does not stop Friedens Church’s Winter Carnival |Dec 8, 2014

It may have been a rainy day that led to quite a few canceled events in the area, but the weather did not stop Friedens Church of Shartlesville’s eighth annual Winter Carnival on Saturday, Dec.

Tree sale at Shoemakersville Fire Company benefits firefighters |Dec 8, 2014

If you are still in need of a Christmas tree this holiday season, one place to look is at the Shoemakersville Fire Company.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Dec 8, 2014

25 Years Ago Dec. 13, 1989 >> Richard Beckley Jr., Diane Beckley and their families held a surprise 40th wedding anniversary party for their parents, Richard and Melinda Beckley Sr., recently at the Leesport Fire Company.

Hamburg athletes collecting canned goods for local pantry Dec. 9 to Dec. 11 |Dec 8, 2014

Hamburg Area’s Leadership In Student Athletes will be conducting a canned good drive at the following HAHS home contests:

Santa comes to town on the Hawk Mountain Line in Kempton |Dec 8, 2014

Rainy weather did not keep holiday-seeking visitors away from the Wanamaker, Kempton and Southern Railroad’s Santa Claus Special this past weekend Dec. 6 and 7. The popular event featured Santa and Mrs.

The King’s Academy students turn classroom into coral reef |Dec 8, 2014

“How many of you like water?” Mrs. Julie Yoder asked the group of kindergartners and other visitors outside her classroom. “We’re going into the ocean.”

Cookie Bonanza returns to Friedens in Bernville this Saturday, Dec. 13 |Dec 8, 2014

The annual Cookie Bonanza at Friedens Lutheran Church in Bernville, happening from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec.13, will include traditional cookies such as rolled sand tarts, hickory nut cookies, spritz cookies, chocolate chip, soft sugar cut outs, and Russian tea cakes as well as other taste-bud pleasing cookies.

Hamburg Area Historical Society explores German Christmas traditions |Dec 8, 2014

Cookies, German traditions and a holiday sing along were all part of the Hamburg Area Historical Society’s annual Holiday meeting at the high school on Thursday, Dec. 4.

Police Reports: Update: $25,000 worth of deer reported stolen have been found, five still missing |Dec 8, 2014

Missing deer found after reported stolen

Firefighters honored for saving a life |Dec 7, 2014

Four firefighters were honored on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Pottstown Borough Council Session.

Refinance nets $566,000 savings for Daniel Boone district |Dec 5, 2014

The Daniel Boone School Board unanimously approved in a special voting meeting on Dec. 2 to ratify the resolution for a partial refinancing of its $40 million General Obligation Note, Series of 2008, with RBC Capital Markets.

Misericordia University Teacher Education Department honors area educators with Excellence in Teaching Awards |Dec 5, 2014

The Misericordia University Teacher Education Department recently honored educators from Pittston Area, Greater Nanticoke Area and Dallas school districts, Hildebrandt Learning Centers, Holy Redeemer High School and Misericordia University for their excellence in education at a reception that was held to celebrate American Education Week.

Amity Township approves new police contract |Dec 5, 2014

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a new five-year contract with the Amity Township Police Department on Dec. 3.

Firebird Fest returns to Phoenixville for its 11th burn |Dec 5, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> Excitement is building as Phoenixville prepares to host its 11th annual Firebird Festival on Saturday, Dec. 6. A crowd of thousands is expected to attend this year’s event, which will be held in Friendship Field on Phoenixville’s north side.

“Share the Love” event delivers meals to Berks County seniors; Berks Encore partners with Steve Moyer Subaru |Dec 5, 2014

Berks Encore is proud to its partnership with Steve Moyer Subaru this holiday season to help fight senior isolation and hunger.

The Lutheran Home at Topton continues holiday sharing program |Dec 5, 2014

For more than three decades, The Lutheran Home at Topton has been sponsoring a program that allows nursing and personal care residents at the senior living community to give loved ones Christmas gifts at no cost to the resident.

State Police: Vehicle crashes, burglaries reported |Dec 5, 2014

Stolen vehicle found in parking lot

Parenting for Prevention: Caron Foundation raises awareness at Fleetwood Parent Education Program |Dec 5, 2014

Fleetwood’s Tiger Assistance Program (TAP) and the Caron Foundation invited parents to join them in the middle school library for Parenting for Prevention, an educational program to provide information on prevention of drug and alcohol use in teens, on Dec.

Keeping score: Local school scores show ups and downs |Dec 4, 2014

More than half the schools in the Pottstown tri-county area saw their state profile scores decline over the past year, according to sister paper The Mercury’s analysis of results recently released by the state.

Santa arrives for Exeter’s Festival of Lights celebration |Dec 4, 2014

Excited children peered through the windows of the Reading Country Club Dec. 1 to get their first peek at Santa as he arrived aboard one of Exeter’s fire trucks. Santa’s arrival marked the beginning of the holiday season in Exeter, which held its annual Festival of Lights celebration for the fourth year in a row at the country club.

Birdsboro’s annual Christmas to be held Saturday, Dec. 13 |Dec 4, 2014

If the brisk weather isn’t enough to get you in the holiday season, Christmas in Birdsboro is just around the corner.

Conestoga Mennonite Church Food Pantry serves more than 400 people |Dec 4, 2014

More than workers prepared food to eat served to more than 400 people at the “Food Pantry” held at Conestoga Mennonite Church before Thanksgiving.

Albright College presents ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’ |Dec 3, 2014

Albright College’s Center for the Arts, in collaboration with the Brickhouse Theater Co., of Wernersville, Pa., will present a stage version of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Dec.