Politics

Hamburg’s From the Early Files May 20 edition |May 18, 2015

25 Years Ago May 23, 1990 >> Marcia Sonon, a freshman at Purdue University, was recently inducted into membership in the Phi Eta Signa National Honor Society. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Sonon, Lenhartsville RD1, she is a computer technology major at the university.

Montco offenders performed 32,000 hours free labor in 2014 |May 18, 2015

Many of Montgomery County’s non-violent criminals are forced to work off their sentences, not only behind bars, but by completing community service projects.

Hamburg Area High School April Student of the Month |May 18, 2015

Congratulations to senior Nicole Eberhardt, Hamburg Area High School’s April Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Stephen and Michelle Eberhardt, of Hamburg.

8 teacher furloughs, 3 retirements included in Daniel Boone School District budget |May 18, 2015

AMITY >> The Daniel Boone Area School District’s preliminary 2015-16 budget includes the furlough of eight teachers and the retirement of three others.

|May 18, 2015

Coastal Carolina University Jessica Youngkin of New Holland raduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Education in Early Childhood Education.

Kutztown University introduces five new minors for fall 2015 |May 18, 2015

Kutztown University is introducing five new minors which will be open to students for the fall 2015 semester, including astronomy; digital communication and new media; entrepreneurship; Spanish for modern business; and supply chain management and logistics.

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Temple University Lauren Snyder of Kutztown graduated magna cum laude from the Temple University Fox School of Business on May 8, 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with dual majors of Marketing and Management Information Systems.

Business: Friendlydutchman liquidator opens retail store in Kutztown |May 18, 2015

In the building formerly occupied by Young Ones, home-based eBay store friendlydutchman opened a 2,500 square foot, physical store at 59 Constitution Blvd., Kutztown.

Topton Community Street Fair features Hotdog Eating Contest, Classic Car Rally & Cruise, Bikes & Trikes Parade, Red Carpet Pet Event |May 18, 2015

The Topton Centennial Committee hosted the Inaugural TopDog Festival, held in conjunction with the Topton Community Street Fair, on Saturday, May 16, celebrating the founding of Topton in 1876.

Fleetwood Girl Scouts in Space: Two Daisy Troops explore Reading Planetarium, attend The Enchanted Reef show |May 18, 2015

Two Fleetwood Girl Scout Troops explored the Reading Planetarium.

Hay Creek Festival makes a call for vendors |May 18, 2015

The Hay Creek Festival, held at historic Joanna Furnace near Morgantown, is in need of craft and antique vendors for this year’s event that will be held on Sept. 11 to 13.

Gov’s Proposal to Improve Workforce Skills Now Before Committee as Schwank Bill |May 18, 2015

One of Pennsylvania’s champions for education has converted Gov. Tom Wolf’s idea for career and technical instruction into a proposal that is now before a Senate committee for consideration.

The Lutheran Home at Topton helps older drives ‘fit” their cars |May 18, 2015

Helping older drivers to find the appropriate adjustments in their cars to make them safer was the topic of a recent “Smart Seniors” event at The Lutheran Home at Topton.

Daniel Boone School Board recognizes and thanks local law enforcement |May 18, 2015

At a time of social unrest in the United States, the Daniel Boone School Board unanimously agreed on Jan. 26 a resolution that would honor and recognize three local police forces on May 11, during National Police Recognition Week.

Fleetwood Rotary Club and Fleetwood Area Public Library co-sponsor Men’s Clothing Drive |May 18, 2015

Fleetwood Area Public Library and Fleetwood Rotary Club are once again co-sponsoring a Men’s Clothing Drive to benefit City Thrift Shop in Reading.

After 3,500 games, Phillies security guard calls it a career |May 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> After 45 years of working security detail for the Philadelphia Phillies, Tony Valerio, 87, of Ridley Township, decided to finally retire.

Daniel Boone middle school students advance to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals |May 15, 2015

Daniel Boone Odyssey of the Mind Middle School team comprised of David Eurillo, Zoe Thompson, Emma Brown, Rachel Woomer, and Taylor Eisenhuth, and coached by parents Steph Woomer and Fran Thompson advanced to the World Odyssey of the Mind while competing at the PA Odyssey of the Mind competition in Berwick on Saturday, April 11.

Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce welcomes new executive director Lori Donofrio-Galley |May 15, 2015

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce welcomed its new Executive Director Lori Donofrio-Galley during its Town Hall member breakfast meeting on May 15, held at East Penn Manufacturing, Lyons.

Boyertown Junior High East competes at the 2015 Pennsylvania TSA State Conference |May 15, 2015

Students from the Boyertown Junior High East recently competed the 2015 Pennsylvania TSA State Conference at Seven Springs.

Boyertown students receive awards at Alvernia Honors Convocation |May 15, 2015

Top Alvernia University students received awards for their hard work at the annual Honors Convocation on Sunday, April 26.

Brandywine Heights student overdoses while in class, two others charged with possession; Superintendent says it will take a community to combat this issue |May 15, 2015

A Brandywine Heights High School student overdosed while at school and was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital for treatment at 7:53 a.m. on May 12.

Garden Spot Village and Zole´ invites public to Paint Party |May 14, 2015

On the heels of their recent successful event, Garden Spot Village and Zolé announce new dates for paint parties at Garden Spot Village in New Holland.

Morgantown Carnival entertainment features many local performers June 9 to 13 |May 14, 2015

Morgantown’s own “Throwback to the Future” Summer Carnival has finalized its five-day entertainment calendar, and there is only one word to describe it: “Morga-pa-looza.”

Gordon Denlinger joins Garden Spot Village Board Of Directors |May 14, 2015

Garden Spot Village has named Gordon Denlinger to its board of directors.

Boone teacher contract major player in election |May 14, 2015

Five incumbent Daniel Boone School Board members said May 9 that it is only their reelections on Tuesday, May 19 that will allow for a negotiated new teacher’s contract, which would eliminate the annual four to six percent salary increases.

Man arrested for Douglassville grow-house operation |May 14, 2015

On Wednesday May 13, at approximately 7:46 p.m., the Berks County emergency dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call relative to a working structure fire with occupants at on Lehman Street in Douglassville.

8 candidates on the ballot for 5 Boyertown School Board seats |May 13, 2015

For the Boyertown Area School Board, there are eight candidates running for five available seats. Since all candidates have cross-filed in both the Democratic and Republican prrimaries, it is possible that every candidate could move on to the November election.

Caernarvon Township family object to tree removal, says rain runoff issue bigger than a tree |May 13, 2015

The Dovin family presented their concerns about the removal of their tree to address rain runoff to the Caernarvon Township Board of Supervisors at the May 12 meeting.

Honey Brook Borough hosts free Summer Concerts in the Parks series |May 13, 2015

The Honey Brook Borough Park and Recreation Committee has planned fun-filled family activities for the 2015 season. Musical concerts and bocce tournaments are on the calendar to bring the community together for summer fun and relaxation.

Honey brook Township: Children help with ribbon-cutting ceremony for new Born Learning Trail |May 13, 2015

The Honey Brook Township Park & Recreation Committee hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony, with help from local children, celebrating the new Born Learning Trail and Little Free Library at the James A.

No school tax increase proposed; Kutztown School Board approves proposed final budget with zero-percent tax increase |May 13, 2015

Kutztown School Board adopted a 2015-16 Proposed Final Budget with a zero-percent tax increase during the Budget and Finance Committee on May 11.

Kutztown and Fleetwood students competed at Science Olympiad States |May 13, 2015

2015 Pennsylvania Science Olympiad State Finals held April 25 at Juniata College. This year marked the 24th year Juniata College has hosted the state finals.

Honey Brook author collaborates with Kutztown University student on redemption novel series |May 13, 2015

Honey Brook resident Jaffrey Clark, and Philip Gemmell, a sophomore Communication Design major at Kutztown University, are two different kinds of artists.

Conestoga students competed at Science Olympiad States |May 13, 2015

2015 Pennsylvania Science Olympiad State Finals held April 25 at Juniata College. This year marked the 24th year Juniata College has hosted the state finals.

Conestoga grads perform Teen Brain: The Musical |May 13, 2015

Conestoga graduates Brittany Lambert and Caroline Davis will perform in their eighth show at Tredyffrin Public Library, more than any other actors since the theater program began at the library four years ago.

Breast cancer survivor and Zumba instructor host Zumbathon charity fundraiser in Honey Brook |May 13, 2015

The streets of Honey Brook echoed with Latin rhythms May 1 as local Zumba Instructors came together at the Honey Brook Fire Company for a Zumbathon Charity Event.

Amity police seek armed-robbery suspects |May 12, 2015

AMITY >> Police are looking for two men who were involved in an armed robbery at a home on the 600 block of westbound Route 422.

Pottstown Fourth of July to have fireworks |May 12, 2015

Pottstown will let its colors burst once more on the Fourth of July.

Oley Valley Community Education Foundation seeks award nominations |May 12, 2015

The Oley Valley Community Education Foundation (OVCEF) is seeking nominations for the annual Oley Valley Distinguished Alumni Award and for the Distinguished Service to the Oley Valley School District Award.

Perry Elementary Center students celebrate extra-ordinary effort on PSSAs |May 12, 2015

Perry students celebrated their extra-ordinary effort on the PSSAs at a recent Student of the Month assembly. Screw congratulated all the third, fourth and fifth grade students and staff for their perseverance in giving their very best effort.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files May 13 edition |May 11, 2015

25 Years Ago May 9, 1990 >> The borough of Shoemakersville was alive with celebration Saturday afternoon as residents and visitors turned out to see the parade heralding the town’s 225th anniversary.

Centershot wraps first session, takes aim at future |May 11, 2015

Tuesday nights at Salem EC Church, Lenhartsville, the church’s gymnasium is filled with flying arrows thudding into targets, accompanied by cheers and calls of encouragement. This is the scene at Centershot, the church’s new archery program, which just concluded its first session.

Shartlesville Community Library hosts annual book sale May 23 |May 11, 2015

A combination yard sale and book sale will be held in the Shartlesville Community Park on North 4th Street in Shartlesville that benefits the Shartlesville Community Library. In addition to the unexpected items found at yard sales, the Book Sale will be a source of homemade treats, including soup and barbeques, for anyone attending.

Hamburg freshman places third in 4-Way Test Speech Contest |May 11, 2015

Grace Kutz, daughter of Glenn and Alicia Kutz of Hamburg, and a freshman at Hamburg Area High School, placed third in the 4-Way Test Speech Contest for Rotary District 7430 held in Gettysburg Saturday, April 25.

Hamburg Area Middle School sixth graders raise more than $2,000 to fight cancer |May 11, 2015

“FIGHT BACK!” could be heard echoing around the Hamburg Area High School football stadium on Friday afternoon, May 8, as Hamburg Area Middle School sixth grade students participated in the annual Relay Field Day program.

Shoemakersville Fire Company’s Lights and Sirens Parade a hit with the community |May 11, 2015

According to Shoemakersville Fire Company Lieutenant, Dave Rubright, “well over a hundred” vehicles arrived to parade the streets of Shoemakersville on May 2 in the Shoemakersville Fire Company No.

Registration open for Schuylkill River Sojourn, Pedal and Paddles |May 11, 2015

POTTSTOWN >> As the weather warms and the Schuylkill begins to sparkle, its time to start thinking about paddling its currents and pedaling along its shores.

Schuylkill Valley Community Library hosts American Girl Mother Daughter Tea |May 11, 2015

Mothers, daughters and quite a few dolls once again gathered at Schuylkill Valley Community Library for an early Mother’s Day Celebration on May 2 for the third annual American Girl Mother Daughter Tea.

PennDOT crews out in force to address pothole concerns |May 11, 2015

Following a colder-than-average winter and weeks of dramatic temperature swings, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation acting Secretary Leslie S. Richards today advised Pennsylvanians that PennDOT crews are aggressively tackling the growing number or potholes appearing on state-owned roadways.

KASD Education Foundation announces 2015 Distinguished Alumni |May 11, 2015

The Kutztown Area School District Education Foundation is honored to announce the 2015 Kutztown Area High School Distinguished Alumni recipients. Sally (Breidegam) Miksiewicz, Class of 1980, posthumous recipient, and Stephen Slick, Class of 1976, will be honored at a Distinguished Alumni Reception on June 3.