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Hamburg Borough Police reports |Sep 15, 2014

Man cited for Harassment: The Hamburg Borough Police report that Robert Lee Ruppert, 57, from Hamburg, was cited for Harassment. This stems from an incident that occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at approx.

Application period open for volunteer fire, EMS grants |Sep 15, 2014

Local volunteer fire departments and emergency medical services organizations can apply now for grants through the Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, according to Senator David G.

PennDOT, State Police participate in National Child Passenger Safety Week |Sep 15, 2014

State Police and PennDOT are encouraging motorists to participate in free child passenger safety seat checkups throughout Pennsylvania as the agencies mark National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept.

Mascaro wins contract valued at $1.1 million to serve Hamburg |Sep 15, 2014

Local solid waste and recycling company, J.P. Mascaro & Sons has been awarded a new three year contract to serve Hamburg Borough, Berks County. The contract started Sept. 2 and covers removal of waste and recyclables for all residents at a cost of $1.

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

25 Years Ago Sept. 20, 1989 >> At the regular monthly meeting of the Union Fire Company, Hamburg, the new equipment committee was given approval to proceed with the purchase of a fire apparatus.

Area communities receive thousands in recycling grants |Sep 15, 2014

Thousands of dollars in grant money was recently awarded to area municipalities for use in developing and implementing recycling programs in their communities. The Recycling Performance Grants are given out yearly by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and are based on the total tons of materials recycled by each community that applies.

Kauffman’s 18th annual Antique & Custom Car Show draws large Labor Day crowd |Sep 15, 2014

The Labor Day heat and humidity did little to “wilt” the turnout for Kauffman’s 18th annual Antique & Custom Car Show as more than 450 entries participated and countless spectators viewed the popular event.

Strausstown community does not let rain stop Fall Festival. |Sep 15, 2014

The gloomy skies and often times steady, heavy rain may have washed out quite a few events on Saturday, Sept. 13, but not the third annual Strausstown Community Fall Festival at Strausstown Lions Club Park.

Reel experiences with Robert Humanick: Hear him roar: ‘Godzilla’ ‘14 raises the bar on Hollywood monsters |Sep 15, 2014

The heck with beating around the bush: “Godzilla” was the best mainstream American release of the summer, with little serious competition. Those who complained that it didn’t have enough monster action weren’t by and large simply exhibiting impatience with the rare “popcorn” movie that actually cares about more than just giant things crashing into each other – they were clearly also not familiar with the dozens of Godzilla movies made in the last 60 years, many of which focus more on the humans than the monsters and some which barely include the big fella at all.

Golden Age Air Museum hosts Barnstormers Day and open house |Sep 15, 2014

Old engines could be heard as airplanes from the golden age of aviation soared through the beautiful Berks County sky on Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Golden Age Air Museum in Bethel for the Barnstormer Day as well as open house.

Boyertown Community Library celebrates 25 years; launches new logo |Sep 14, 2014

In a continuing effort to better brand, Library Director Lindsey Riegner joined with members of Building a Better Boyertown and the Tri County Chamber of Commerce to unveil the Boyertown Community Library’s new logo during a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Stephanie Grace to hold benefit concert, kicking off ‘Life’s Okay’ visits; food bank donations to be accepted |Sep 14, 2014

A vibrant force on the scene, Stephanie Grace is ready to stake her claim in country music. This 17-year-old is making her dreams come true with determination and vision.

Exeter man found passed out in car with two children arrested for homemade bombs |Sep 12, 2014

A DUI arrest turned explosive Thursday when an officer investigating a man passed out behind the wheel in the Sheetz parking lot noticed homemade bombs in the car.

John Middleton Company’s employees donate $220,000 to Greater Philadelphia nonprofits |Sep 12, 2014

John Middleton Company’s (Middleton’s) employees have donated $220,000 in grants to 16 nonprofits based in the greater Philadelphia area through the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF).

Maxatawny Supervisors Vice Chair Mel Fishburn resigns |Sep 12, 2014

Maxatawny Township Board of Supervisors Vice-chairman Mel Fishburn resigned.

Families flock to Daniel Boone Optimist Club’s 42nd Community Days in Douglassville |Sep 12, 2014

Community talent, live entertainment, joyrides and home-made flavors, showcasing local fervor and entrepreneurship, injected exuberance and buoyancy into the relaxed Sunday afternoon Sept. 7 that stretched out under a sky washed a brilliant blue after thunder showers the night before at the 42nd Community Days in Douglassville.

WTIM: Music Around Town: Sept. 17 edition |Sep 12, 2014

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

A race for owners and their furry friends |Sep 11, 2014

At the sound of a siren, a rush of paws and sneaker wearing runners stampeded down Armorcast Road, Birdsboro, with hopes of crossing the finish line first.

Montco Intermediate Unit picks BCIU leader as new executive director |Sep 10, 2014

NORRISTOWN — The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit has selected John George, executive director of the Berks County Intermediate Unit, to serve as executive director.

State Police investigating copper theft from Kempton Community Center |Sep 10, 2014

Pennsylvania State Police Hamburg barracks are investigating a theft of copper wire that occurred between Aug. 10 and Sept. 9 at the Kempton Community Center, 83 Community Drive, Albany Twp.

2nd Annual Krista Staudt Memorial Scholarship Jam |Sep 10, 2014

The 2nd Annual Krista Staudt Memorial Scholarship Jam was held Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Reading Leiderkranz. Proceeds from the day benefit the scholarship fund awarded to Berks County students who have overcome a medical challenge and are continuing their education.

Food is a major highlight of the annual Hay Creek Festival |Sep 10, 2014

From Civil War weaponry to kid’s friendship bracelets, the Hay Creek Festival has it all.

WTIM: Music Around Town: Sept. 10 edition |Sep 9, 2014

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Beauty and horror co-exist in violent modern western ‘The Rover’ |Sep 9, 2014

“The Rover” is so bleak an experience that many viewers will understandably be forced to turn away. An opening title card informs us that the events depicted begin 10 years after a global economic collapse, and the Australian setting brings to mind the similarly desolate landscapes of the “Mad Max” films.

A dessert to savor summer |Sep 9, 2014

Fall needs to stop encroaching on Summer. Lately I’ve been thinking of Dylan Thomas’ poem, “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” and, specifically, it’s celebrated line, “Rage against the dying of the light.

Antiques Complex of Fleetwood closing, owners retiring after 30 years in business: new antique co-op to open |Sep 9, 2014

Antiques Complex of Fleetwood, Route 222, is closing its doors, offering closing sales to clear out their inventory.

$50,800 in Roedel Healthcare scholarships awarded to 30 students |Sep 9, 2014

Berks County Community Foundation recently distributed scholarships to students from The Community General Hospital Foundation June A. Roedel Healthcare Scholarship Fund.

Greenwich Township Municipal News: Interstate Collision Center takes next step to relocation; Shared driveway sketch meets resistance |Sep 9, 2014

A shared driveway sketch met resistance Monday night, and Interstate Collision Center takes the next step towards relocation.

Volunteers key to Colebrookdale Railroad project |Sep 9, 2014

You might think that after a week working for a Montgomery County maintenance crew, the last thing Ken Shellenberger would want to do is be pouring cement and bending metal on the rails during his weekend hours.

Program on ‘Doing Your Best Work’ to be presented |Sep 9, 2014

The Perkiomen Valley Art Center will hold its monthly membership meeting and educational program on the arts on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7:30pm at Encore Experiences (formally Harleysville Senior Center) 312 Alumni Drive, Harleysville.

Garden Spot Village accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge |Sep 9, 2014

New Holland >> On a hot August day, Scott Miller chilled with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Garden Spot Village hosts National Take-Back Initiative IX: Public invited to dispose of unwanted medications on Sept. 27 |Sep 9, 2014

New Holland >> Once again, Garden Spot Village and the New Holland Police Department are partnering to provide a collection site in New Holland for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Warwick County Park hosts Community Day |Sep 9, 2014

On Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Warwick County Park will be hosting Community Day in partnership with South Coventry, Warwick and East Nantmeal Townships.

Friends of Hopewell Furnace to Present Program on Oldest African American Cemetery in Berks County |Sep 9, 2014

On Sunday, Sept. 14, the Friends of Hopewell Furnace will present a special program at the Mount Frisby African Methodist Episcopal Church and Cemetery—the oldest African American Cemetery in Berks County and the man who donated the land for it, Isaac Cole.

Smiles for Sue Fundraiser to help Boyertown business owner |Sep 9, 2014

This weekend there will be an evening of music by the local band, Heaven’s Thunder, to show community support for Sue Kochu, co-owner of Sweet Beginnings Restaurant and Catering, with her battle with cancer.

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy and Lehigh County Conservation District to host two tree plantings |Sep 8, 2014

The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy and Lehigh County Conservation District are partnering to host two tree plantings on Tuesday, Sept. 16 and Wednesday, Sept. 17.

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

25 Years Ago Sept. 13, 1989 >> At the recommendation of the borough solicitor the Council decided to discontinue efforts to appeal PennDot’s decision to close the Maple Drive access to Tilden Twp.

Brandywine Library hosts 25th Birthday Bash: Children enjoy cake, games and Chump the Clown |Sep 8, 2014

Topton >> The Brandywine Community Library celebrated its 25th anniversary on Saturday morning with a birthday bash for children.

11th annual Taste of Hamburg-er Festival a success for OTF and Hamburg |Sep 8, 2014

While a large number of people leave their home for a few days for the Labor Day holiday weekend, between 30,000 and 35,000 planned to spend at least that Saturday right here in Hamburg. The 11th annual Taste of Hamburg-er Festival filled Downtown Hamburg on Aug.

Hamburg Borough Police reports |Sep 8, 2014

Man charged with Possess With Intent to Use Drug Paraphernalia: The Hamburg Borough Police report that Timothy Edward Landon, 26, from Hamburg, was charged with Possess With Intent to Use Drug Paraphernalia.

Salem EC Church ready for annual Pig Roast and Car Show |Sep 8, 2014

Salem EC Church, 2150 Old Route 22, Lenhartsville, is gearing up for its 6th Annual Pig Roast and Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 20. People from across the region are expected at this popular event, which draws those who love cars, good food and a fun, family-friendly Saturday.

H.A.D.I.T and Hamburg community ready to ‘Take Back Our Park’ |Sep 8, 2014

This Saturday, Sept. 13, concerned citizens of Hamburg and the surrounding area are planning to “Take Back Our Park” from the problems of drug use and the effects on our community.

Military personnel recognized on Hawk Hill |Sep 8, 2014

The Hamburg area community took a moment to recognize and thank active and retired armed forces personnel at halftime during the Sept. 5 football game against Annville Cleona for the fourth Armed Forces Recognition Night.

Taste of Hamburg-er Festival sizzles in 11th year |Sep 8, 2014

Hamburg locals and new and returning tourists gathered downtown on Saturday, Aug. 30, to enjoy the 11th Annual Taste of Hamburg-er Festival.

Taste of Hamburg-er Festival winners |Sep 8, 2014

Professional Burger Eating Competition

Cruise for a Cure braves storm: 175 cars from street rods to antiques drew large crowd to benefit car show |Sep 8, 2014

New Jerusalem >> Larry Dey Auto Service’s seventh annual Cruise for a Cure drove in ahead of a severe thunderstorm watch Saturday, Sept. 6.

Chile Pepper Food Festival is hot; Thousands gather in Bowers for everything peppers: food, music, hot sauce and salsa contest |Sep 8, 2014

Bowers >> Connoisseurs of spicy packed William Delong Park to test their taste buds this past weekend at the 19th Annual Bower’s Chile Pepper Food Festival.

‘Butch’ Boyer honored with pavilion dedication |Sep 7, 2014

Harold S. “Butch” Boyer was one man who gave his all to the community and on Saturday, Sept. 6, they gave something back to him. The Butch Boyer Pavilion, located adjacent to the Daniel Boone Middle School, was officially dedicated at the start of this year’s Daniel Boone Community Days as a way to honor the dedicated resident of the area.

Fall festival continues, highlights local artists |Sep 7, 2014

The 30th Annual Fall Festival of the Arts opened Friday, Sept. 5 with an Art Exhibit and a Poetry Out Loud presentation at Trinity Lutheran Church on Washington Street, Reading. Many local artists and crafters had their works on display in several rooms at the church.

Kutztown School Board advances plans for high school renovation: Phase 1 and 2 consolidated into one large project |Sep 5, 2014

Kutztown High School is one step closer to undergoing major renovations after a Kutztown School Board workshop meeting on Sept. 2.