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Amity police promotes Officer Coe to corporal |Jan 10, 2017

The Amity Police Department officially promoted Officer John Coe to corporal on Jan. 3.

Patriot Church News Jan. 12 |Jan 10, 2017

St. Paul’s UCC, 5 W. Arch St., Fleetwood

MAS Imports, Richmond Twp., sustains fire damage |Jan 10, 2017

Fire crews responded to a two-alarm fire at M.A.S. Imports on Route 222 in Richmond Township on Jan. 8.

Hamburg Item Community Calendar 1-11 |Jan 10, 2017

Submit to Calendar: E-mail event listings to cthornburg@berksmontnews.com. Note Item Calendar in e-mail subject.

Church news for Boyertown area 1-12 |Jan 10, 2017

Shepherd of the Hills Church 527 Hoffmansville Road, Bechtelsville.

Movie Review: ‘PASSENGERS’ by Tamera Lawrence |Jan 10, 2017

We as human beings need companionship. We need to matter. That is life.

Berks County Wine Trail may help battle the winter chill Jan. 14-15 |Jan 10, 2017

Now that winter is here and the holidays are over, it’s time to find ways to fight of the winter blues. If you’re looking for an easy and fun way to put winter’s icy temps behind you, stop by the wineries of the Berks County Wine Trail on Saturday, Jan.

PA Supreme Court issues new public access policy for appellate and trial court case records |Jan 10, 2017

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted a new public access policy that, for the first time, establishes uniform standards for all appellate and trial courts in responding to requests from the public for case records.

Patriot Community Calendar Jan. 12 |Jan 10, 2017

Send events to cthornburg@berksmontnews.com by Friday noon a week prior to publication.

Agri-CULTURE, art show opens Jan. 20 at Studio |Jan 10, 2017

Studio B opens its 9th annual Agri-CULTURE show featuring art inspired by agriculture.

Church news for Boyertown area 1-12 |Jan 10, 2017

Homemade Apple Dumplings: Huff’s Church Youth Group, Hereford Township. To order call Deb Bortz at 610-679-4834 by Jan. 14. Pick up is Jan. 21 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Head-on crash on Route 662 injures drivers, 2 children |Jan 10, 2017

A head-on collision on Route 662 in Richmond Township hospitalized both drivers and injured two children on Jan. 5.

Church news for the Hamburg area |Jan 10, 2017

The Bridge Church 3561 Old 22, Hamburg

Half-Ton Butter Sculpture showcases Culture of Stewardship at 101st PA Farm Show |Jan 10, 2017

A sculpture paying tribute to the history of environmental stewardship by dairy farmers, and crafted from more than 1,000 pounds of butter, was unveiled Jan. 5 at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

WTIM: Music Around Town Jan. 11 edition |Jan 10, 2017

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

Pottstown eyeing land banks for battling blight |Jan 9, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Land banking, a method of getting control of blighted properties and putting them into the hands of those who can revive them and put them back onto the tax rolls, is being looked at once again by borough council.

Citing drinking water pollution worries, New Hanover residents oppose quarry expansion |Jan 9, 2017

NEW HANOVER >> For months, the testimony at the zoning hearing on the proposed expansion of the Gibraltar Rock quarry has featured lawyers questioning geologists and engineers.

Pottsgrove student offers personal insight into mental illness, urges students to get help |Jan 9, 2017

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> You wouldn’t hide the fact that you have diabetes from your doctor, so why would you hide a mental health condition?

Donations needed for Food for Families Fundraiser |Jan 9, 2017

Organizers for the 6th annual Food for Families Fundraiser, which benefits the Twin Valley Food Pantry, seek donations for event prizes from local businesses.

Pottstown’s Pat’s Beverages sells $1M winning lottery ticket |Jan 9, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> If you’ve purchased a lottery ticket within the last few days, you might want to check it again, as one area business just sold a $1 million-winning ticket.

Boyertown group invites community to Martin Luther King Day service |Jan 9, 2017

On Monday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. the Boyertown Area community gathers to pursue the “dream” of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The service takes place at New Hanover United Methodist Church, 2211 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville.

BCTC cosmetology students to hold Cut-A-Thon at Oley campus |Jan 9, 2017

The Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) will be hosting its annual Cut-A-Thon on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Oley campus. Guests will be able to enjoy cuts, styling, manicures and pedicures with proceeds going to fund breast cancer research.

Pottstown CARES hosts concert Jan. 14 to benefit the homeless |Jan 9, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Student Pottstown CARES leaders from The Hill School, Pottstown School District and Montgomery County Community College have organized a concert to benefit the homeless.

YWCA education efforts aided by grants worth $50,000 |Jan 9, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> The YWCA Tri-County Area’s efforts to better educate area residents from early education to adults will begin 2017 boosted by three grants worth a total of $50,000.

St. Aloysius pastor wins national Catholic education award |Jan 9, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> The pastor of St. Aloysius Parish and School has been selected from among 150,000 others across the country to receive a national award for his support of Catholic education.

Pottstown Police start year with a promotion and two lifesaving awards |Jan 9, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Members of the Pottstown Police Department began 2017 with a promotion and two awards for reviving a man who had stopped breathing and had no pulse.

Update: Fleetwood wins first, Exeter wins 2nd at Berks County Science Olympiad |Jan 8, 2017

Fleetwood won first place with Exeter winning second at the Berks County Science Olympiad on Jan. 5.

Argall sworn-in to serve new term in state Senate |Jan 6, 2017

Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) was sworn-in for his third term to the Senate of Pennsylvania to represent the 29th Senatorial District Jan. 3 during a ceremony at the state Capitol.

New Berks County Master Watershed Steward Program trains volunteers to become citizen scientists |Jan 6, 2017

An information night for the new Penn State Extension-Berks County Master Watershed Steward Program will be held on Jan. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Bern Township Agricultural Center auditorium, 1327 County Welfare Rd.

MCCC to provide free dental sealants for children on Sealant Saturday |Jan 6, 2017

On “Sealant Saturday,” Montgomery County Community College dental hygiene students and members of the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienist’s Association (PDHA) will provide free sealants as part of PDHA’s “Sealant Saturday” statewide outreach program.

Chestnut Knoll At Home, Gilbertsville, to hold AARP Safe Driver Course |Jan 6, 2017

Do you need to refresh your driving skills? Chestnut Knoll At Home and AARP are here to help! Chestnut Knoll At Home, Gilbertsville, will hold an AARP Safe Driver Refresher Course on Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 9:30 a.

Historical Society to hold local history presentation at Chestnut Knoll |Jan 6, 2017

Are you a history buff? Chestnut Knoll has the perfect adventure for you! Chestnut Knoll At Home, Gilbertsville, invites the public to a history presentation by The Boyertown Historical Society, on Thursday, January 19 at 5:30 p.

Hamburg Area High School December Students of the Month |Jan 6, 2017

Congratulations to the December Students of the Month at Hamburg Area High School. Freshman Lydia Bertschy is the daughter of Matthew Bertschy of Hamburg. Sophomore Sydney Buchfeller is the daughter of Eric Buchfeller of Lenhartsville and Tara Hudak of Shoemakersville.

4 apply to fill Ziegler seat on Douglass (Mont.) Supervisors Board |Jan 6, 2017

DOUGLASS (Mont.) >> So far, four township residents, including a former supervisor, have applied to fill the seat left vacant on the Board of Supervisors by Fred Ziegler’s resignation last month.

Daniel Boone FBLA club attends regional competition |Jan 6, 2017

The Daniel Boone High School had 13 of its chapter members attend the Berks County Regional Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competition at Albright on December 20. The students represented the district well as six students ran for the three regional office positions with two students elected to regional offices; Luis Barrales is now the Regional President and the Regional Secretary is Demi Kishbaugh.

Reppert’s Candy sees management change |Jan 6, 2017

Reppert’s Candy is under new management. Keith Schell, oldest son of long time proprietors Larry and Jean Schell, has rejoined the business and taken over the day-to-day management from his younger brother.

Mark Flammer, Hamburg, bowls to victory in Keystone Classic |Jan 6, 2017

Mark Flammer of Hamburg was victorious at the 9th annual Keystone Classic which rolled at the Keystone Social Club in Hamburg in December.

Church news for Boyertown area 1-5 |Jan 5, 2017

Shepherd of the Hills Church 527 Hoffmansville Road, Bechtelsville.

Patriot Church News Jan. 5 |Jan 5, 2017

Hope Lutheran Church 550 Fleetwood Road, Bowers

Calendar of Events for Jan. 4 |Jan 5, 2017

Now through Jan. 14 VFW PROJECT WARM: for homeless Vets and homeless friends, needs lightly used winter coats, clothes, and toiletries for men, women, and children. Drop off Mon-Fri between 2-6 p.

State Police raid pawn shops in Berks, Montco seeking stolen items |Jan 5, 2017

Pennsylvania State police spent Wednesday at two different pawn shops in Berks and Montgomery counties searching for stolen items.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Douglassville, announces volunteer fair |Jan 5, 2017

Is your resolution to make a difference in the new year? Looking for local ways to donate your time to improve the lives of others?

Montgomery County DA: Bill Cosby wants ‘delay and distraction’ |Jan 5, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> To prevent Bill Cosby from delaying his sexual assault trial and launching “tiresome, meritless tirades on everyone” at additional hearings on his claims that pretrial publicity prevents him from selecting a fair jury, Montgomery County prosecutors will agree to select a jury from another county.

LVHN lists most popular baby names for 2016 |Jan 4, 2017

Each year at this time, national outlets publish lists of most popular baby names of the year. According to a list published by Baby Center (babycenter.com), the top girls’ names in 2016 were (in order of popularity) Sophia, Emma and Olivia, while the top boys’ names were Jackson, Aidan and Lucas.

Near head-on collision on Route 61, Tilden Twp., sends 2 to hospital |Jan 4, 2017

A near head-on collision sent both drivers to the hospital with serious or critical injuries on Jan. 2.

Find winter fun at Winter Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, Jan. 7 |Jan 4, 2017

Winter Get Outdoors Day will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 7 at Blue Marsh Lake, Conference Center.

Daniel Boone schools make donation to military families |Jan 4, 2017

Daniel Boone Elementary Schools made another large annual donation to the families of Berks County veterans. DBSD families generously donated their spare change during Red Ribbon Week with the total donation reaching $2,357.

Patriot Community Calendar Jan. 5 |Jan 4, 2017

Send events to cthornburg@berksmontnews.com by Friday noon a week prior to publication.

Friends of Hopewell Furnace explore the Schuylkill Highlands |Jan 4, 2017

What and Where is the Schuylkill Highlands? On Sunday, Jan. 8, Carol DeWolf, Director of the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative will present an overview of this 929,057-acre landscape, the significant investment in its preservation and the opportunities the landscape offers for the future.

PA Farm Show to highlight Veterans’ Connections to Agriculture |Jan 4, 2017

Secretary Russell Redding recently announced that the Department of Agriculture is partnering with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to plan activities for Veterans, Military and their Families Day on Thursday, Jan.