Politics

While teacher waits for a heart transplant, community rallies to help |Jul 25, 2015

Early last December – in her early 40s and happily employed as a history teacher at Valley Forge Military Academy – Linda Jara began doctoring for a sinus infection before “being blindsided” by a heart failure diagnosis two weeks later.

Ceramics passion brings clean water to developing nations |Jul 25, 2015

A Glenmoore potter has found a way to combine his love of ceramics with his passion to help people in third-world countries.

Perspective on Parenting: Protecting children from grief |Jul 25, 2015

When my first child was born, I experienced a tidal wave of emotions. As I embraced my infant overjoyed, I whispered in her tiny ear her that I’d always protect her. I even briefly visualized those moments in her future where she may need me the most: her first fall from her bike; her first time being confronted by mean kids at school; and her first break up.

Boyertown School Board sets priorities for district’s future |Jul 24, 2015

Boyertown >> After much discussion, the Boyertown Area School Board unanimously approved a document outlining priorities for the district’s Comprehensive Plan.

WTIM: Music Around Town |Jul 24, 2015

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

Union Township to ensure safety at sports fields |Jul 24, 2015

Municipalities cannot protect against sports injuries, but the Union Township Board of Supervisors said July 20 that it will review liability issues related to improvements at its three sports fields.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Pineapple Peach Pops |Jul 23, 2015

We all have things we hate. For two of my children, the squeaking of Styrofoam sends them into a tizzy and, coincidentally, both my husband and I detest those wooden spoons that accompany Italian ices.

This Saturday - 2015 Eastwood Summer Classic kicks off in Pottstown |Jul 23, 2015

Take a step back in time with the 2015 Eastwood Summer Classic, where special interest vehicles will capture the attention of both young and old alike.

Oley Valley Feed’s 2015 Purina Check-R-Board Days announced |Jul 23, 2015

Oley Valley Feed is announcing their 2015 Purina Check-R-Board Days, a customer appreciation event.

Battles at Boone: A Revolutionary War Encampment event to be held |Jul 23, 2015

The Friends of the Daniel Boone Homestead are excited to offer another living history encampment featuring between 100-150 participants. Visitors will be immersed in eighteenth century military and home life and will witness firsthand the colonial hardships both on the battlefield and off.

August ‘Healthy Me’ Walk in the Park with the Boyertown community announced |Jul 23, 2015

Get some fresh air and have a healthy season! Join St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care, the Boyertown Lions Club, the Rotary Club, and the Kiwanis Club for an Intergenerational Walk in the Park on Saturday, August 1 at 10 a.

Break-in at Elverson Borough Hall; Office equipment destroyed, computers taken |Jul 22, 2015

Elverson Borough Hall had a break-in to the building recently. Office equipment was destroyed and computers taken. State Police from Chester County conducted an initial investigation of the incident.

New Holland man found unconscious due to possible overdose, police recover drug paraphernalia in residence |Jul 22, 2015

On July 19 at 11:17 p.m., New Holland police responded to the home of Andersan Beamer, 24, at the 500 Block of Main Street after he was found unconscious due to a possible overdose.

Honey Brook Bocce Planning Committee hosts July bocce tournament |Jul 22, 2015

Honey Brook’s July 18 evening bocce tournament had a flair of patriotism as the top three teams won medals in gold, silver and bronze sporting the red, white and blue of our country’s colors.

Cadets2 pageantry open to the public; group rehearsing at Daniel Boone High School |Jul 21, 2015

Birdsboro residents who may have already heard the drum line — or the trumpet line — performing in June, will have several opportunities this summer to hear and watch the esteemed Cadets2 Drum Corps rehearse at the Daniel Boone High School.

Monocacy Bridge closed for 3 months |Jul 21, 2015

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors reminded residents on July 15 that the Monocacy Bridge will be closed for repairs, from July 21 to approximately Oct. 21.

Olympic Day with Para Olympian: More than 300 campers from across Berks met Para-Olympian Tyler Carter and competed in field events |Jul 21, 2015

More than 300 children competed in Olympic Day field events and had the opportunity to meet Para-Olympian Tyler Carter on July 16.

Omen weighs in at healthy 317 pounds at Ryerss Farm in Warwick Township |Jul 21, 2015

Roly Poly Omen had a thyroid condition when he came to Ryerss Farm For Aged Equines in Warwick Township is now healthy and trimmed down.

FUn Friday: Petting zoo and ice cream make a perfect mother-daughter summer outing |Jul 21, 2015

Parenting experts tell us it is important to spend one-on-one time with our children, especially when you have more than one child. But parents also know that times like that do not just happen. They require available time and intentional planning.

Rita’s Water Ice of Boyertown holds 10th Annual Head Shaving, raises nearly $5,000 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand |Jul 20, 2015

Rita’s Water Ice of Boyertown held their 10th annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand Head Shaving on Saturday, June 20 — raising nearly $5,000 from the head shaving proceeds alone.

Steam Locomotive will pull Kutztown Bicentennial Trains |Jul 20, 2015

For a little more of a nostalgia buzz, The Allentown and Auburn Railroad will be pulling its tourist trains during the Kutztown Bicentennial next week with a steam locomotive, Mike Bast, President of the railroad announced.

New Kutztown Playground: New equipment installed at Kutztown Park |Jul 20, 2015

Construction at the Kutztown Park drew children’s and parents’ attention last week as work on the newly installed playground equipment nears completion. Children shouted and talked excitedly in anticipation, eager for the playground to be open for play.

Kunkel family from Kempton named Outstanding Farm Family by Reading Fair and Berks County Grange |Jul 20, 2015

The road was a dirt and gravel lane overgrown on the sides and its surface rutted by heavy rains. Just when it seemed like the road could go no further, a house emerged from the dense vegetation. It was nestled in between fields of corn and just beyond that were large barns where Ethan Kunkel and one of his employees were looking under the hood of a farm tractor.

Animal Hero Stories entertain at Hamburg Strand Theatre; Library program features heroes such as dolphins who protected swimmers from shark attacks |Jul 19, 2015

On Tuesday, July 14, residents of Hamburg and surrounding areas gathered at the Strand Theatre, 6 South Seventh Street, for a special library program entitled World Famous Hero Animals.

First Responder Car Show in Shoemakersville raises funds for local fire companies |Jul 19, 2015

The First Responder Car Show at Cousins’ Pub in Shoemakersville raised funds for local fire companies on July 11.

Record crowds find fun at Shoemakersville Carnival |Jul 19, 2015

The Shoemakersville Lions Club paid tribute to the 250th Anniversary of their hometown at the annual Lions Club Carnival on July 10 and 11.

Meet a State Trooper: Schuylkill Valley Community Library hosts Every Hero Has a Story program with Trooper Boehm |Jul 19, 2015

Schuylkill Valley Community Library hosted Meet a State Trooper on July 15.

NEW BEGINNINGS: First trip to Europe brings back memories of past travels |Jul 18, 2015

Much of life seems to be made up of a series of mundane occurrences that happen day after day — alarm sounds, press snooze, get up, brush teeth, dress, and on and on it goes.

The Globetrotting Graduate: Why solo traveling can be inspirational |Jul 18, 2015

There are a lot of articles on the Internet about the “solo female traveler” but each one misses an important point. Whether female or male, being a solo traveler encourages personal growth and independence.

Local music legend, Arlen Saylor, dies at 86 |Jul 18, 2015

Arlen R. Saylor, 86, long-time band director for Pottstown and Boyertown school districts, died Friday at Park House Providence Point, Royersford.

‘Ready. Set. Read!’ at the Birdsboro Community Memorial Center |Jul 18, 2015

United Way representatives were on hand to observe the Birdsboro Community Memorial Center (BCMC) “Ready. Set. Read!” program on Wednesday, July 15.

Hamburg Area School District School meals prices rise |Jul 17, 2015

On July 13, Hamburg Area School Directors voted, 6-0, to increase school meal prices for the 2015-16 school year.

Hamburg Rotary awards scholarship to Brooke Buckley |Jul 17, 2015

President Kim Bagenstose greets Brooke Buckley who was awarded the Rotary Scholarship this year. Brooke is attending Duquesne University majoring in Pharmacy in the fall.

Union Township crash leaves one dead |Jul 17, 2015

UNION TWP. >> An accident early Thursday evening has left one man dead after a truck reportedly crashed into a tree.

PennDOT announces nighttime construction in Berks County |Jul 17, 2015

PennDOT announced Thursday that nighttime construction on Route 422 will be taking place Sunday and Monday.

Berks County Commissioners approve tax abatement for businesses |Jul 17, 2015

READING >> Berks County Commissioners passed a motion Thursday that would rubber stamp LERTA tax abatements throughout the county.

Berks coroner at crash site in Union Township |Jul 17, 2015

UNION TWP. (BERKS) >> A possible fatal accident occurred Thursday along Shed Road, near Route 724 in Union Township.

First Kutztown Kruizz kicks off bicentennial celebration festivities July 25 |Jul 17, 2015

Plans have been completed for the first Kutztown Kruizz, to take place on Main Street, Kutztown July 25, announced Kelly Neyhart, event chair.

WTIM: Music Around Town |Jul 17, 2015

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

Rajah Shrine Complex: 16th Annual Auto Show & Flea Market |Jul 17, 2015

The Rajah Shrine’s Antique and Classic Car Club held their annual car show on July 12 at the Rajah Shrine Complex near Lake Ontelaunee and enjoyed a beautiful summer day with a nice turnout of cars and trucks to fill their show lot.

Agreement bridges hurdle to Armorcast site development |Jul 16, 2015

Reading, Birdsboro and Berks County authorities gathered Tuesday, July 16, to mark the borough overcoming a major hurdle on the track to securing the development of an EmberClear power plant at the former Armorcast site.

Coming soon: PA Prep Live — our new high school sports website |Jul 16, 2015

We are pleased to announce that our new high school sports website PA Prep Live will be launching Tuesday, July 21, replacing our current sports website of GameTimePA.

Coming soon: PA Prep Live — our new high school sports website |Jul 16, 2015

We are pleased to announce that our new high school sports website PA Prep Live will be launching Tuesday, July 21, replacing our current sports website of GameTimePA.

Total loss ruled in ranch home fire |Jul 15, 2015

A fire at 362 Colebrookdale Road in Douglass Township, Berks County, has been ruled a total loss for the structure.

Douglass (Mont.) official seeks dismissal of theft charges |Jul 15, 2015

Embattled Douglass (Mont.) Supervisor Frederick W. Ziegler claims prosecutors do not have sufficient evidence to take him to trial on charges he allegedly stole equipment and materials from the township and misused a township fuel card for his personal benefit.

Annual Blobfest draws thousands to Phoenixville |Jul 15, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Thousands of people swarmed to Phoenixville Friday night and Saturday to attend Blobfest, the annual celebration honoring the 1958 film “The Blob,” which starred a young Steve McQueen and was filmed locally.

Caernarvon Township Berks Supervisors review policy for clearances and background checks, address compliance issues |Jul 15, 2015

Caernarvon Township Board of Supervisors addressed issues of noncompliance with a policy set in place regarding clearances and background checks for local and event volunteers.

Thrivent Asset Management wins 2015 Lipper Fund Award |Jul 15, 2015

Thrivent Asset Management has been honored with the Lipper Fund Award for Best Mixed-Assets Small Fund Family.

Health & Fitness: An Aspirin a Day Does What? |Jul 15, 2015

It is likely that many people reading this article take a baby aspirin daily. Have you ever stopped and asked why? This is actually a much more complicated answer than a simple yes or no. While there is great clinical evidence that supports the use of aspirin in preventing a heart attack or stroke in someone who has already experienced one, the use of aspirin in someone who is healthy is unclear.

Morgantown ReMix Dance students share dance floor with professionals at Master Classes |Jul 15, 2015

For five days this summer, top professionals in the dance world came to Morgantown and gave their time and talent to local dancers, sharing their the love and joy of dance.