Phillie Phanatic asks Northeast Chamber of Commerce members to become Phanatics |Oct 17, 2014

The high energy of the Phillie Phanatic bounded into Berkleigh County Club in Kutztown for a lunch with the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce Oct. 17.

Spicing up the fall with Hay Creek Apple Festival |Oct 17, 2014

The weekend of Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12, the historical Joanna Furnace was home to the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association’s Apple Festival.

Pottstown Zoning Board OKs continued operation of iCreate Cafe |Oct 17, 2014

A popular vegetarian cafe and computer training center on King Street will be allowed to continue operating as it already does thanks to a unanimous ruling by the zoning hearing board Wednesday night.

Moms Club of New Hanover Township holds open house at Wilcox Farms |Oct 16, 2014

Throughout the area, local moms are supporting local moms.

Fire Prevention: Eastern Berks Fire Company visits St. Francis Academy, Bally |Oct 15, 2014

Eastern Berks Fire Company visited St. Francis Academy on Friday, Oct. 10. as part of Fire Prevention Week. First graders learned about the different trucks and got a chance to climb in the rescue truck as fireman Jesse Cook explained the different tools first responders use.

Boyertown’s Turning Leaf Fall Festival sees Sunday sunshine |Oct 15, 2014

For this year’s Turning Leaf Fall Festival it was a year of firsts.

‘A Day in the Life Of...’ shares Lenhartsville author’s hysterical life misadventures |Oct 15, 2014

Lenhartsville author Dodie Sable announces the nationwide release of her new book, “A Day in the Life of ... ,” where she tells her funny and interesting adventures with her various pets.

Daisy Troop 1956 host fall sale, recruit scouts |Oct 15, 2014

Fleetwood Girl Scout Daisy Troop 1956 was recently at a community gathering and set up a table for the Fall Product Sale for Girl Scouts of Eastern PA. The girls also tried to recruit new girls to join the wonderful world of Girl Scouting in their local communities! The Fall Product Sale allows the girls to earn income to start their Girl Scout year.

Alexandra Diamond of Elverson earns Venturing Silver |Oct 15, 2014

Alexandra Diamond, Elverson, of Venturing Crew 23 in Chester County Council has earned the Venturing Silver Award.

Big Shot: Vicki Eastridge, lead housekeeper at Hickory House, recognized by Life Care Centers of America’s Northeast Division |Oct 15, 2014

Vicki Eastridge, lead housekeeper at Hickory House Nursing Home in Honey Brook, received Life Care Centers of America’s Northeast Division Whatever It Takes And Then Some Award on Sept. 24 for her dedication to customer service.

Morgantown American Legion Post 537 honors boy, 11, for work with veterans |Oct 15, 2014

The Morgantown American Legion Post 537 hosted honored an 11-year-old boy, who received a U.S. Congressional Citation for his work with veterans.

St. Joseph Regional Health Network entry screening helps determine if infection control precautions are warranted due to suspected Ebola |Oct 14, 2014

St. Joseph Regional Health Network, Reading, has extensive Centers for Disease Control-compliant Infection Control precautions in place normally, and those precautions are equally applicable to any patient who, on the slim chance, presents with Ebola virus symptoms at a St.

Alexandra Diamond of Elverson earns Venturing Silver |Oct 14, 2014

Alexandra Diamond, Elverson, of Venturing Crew 23 in Chester County Council has earned the Venturing Silver Award.

Conestoga Christian School: New members inducted into the National Honor Society |Oct 14, 2014

Ten new members joined the Conestoga Christian School chapter of the National Honor Society on Sept. 23.

PHOTOS: NCPD’s Fallen Heroes Auto Show a hit despite date change |Oct 14, 2014

The North Coventry Police Department took a chance with an October date for their third annual Fallen Heroes Auto Show and despite having to opt for a rain date, everything came together in the end.

Kutztown teen Emma Ketterer, 12, creates Art of Insomnia, finds silver lining in diagnosis of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome |Oct 14, 2014

Kutztown >> Out of insomnia comes art.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: No-Nonsense Bran Muffins |Oct 14, 2014

Consuming grass has never appealed to me. When the juice bar craze arrived in New York City I often started my workday with a combination of beet and carrot but I always cringed at the thought of trying wheatgrass.

Military Dad surprises preschooler: Erik Sperber, Maxatawny, returned home after five months deployed in S. Korea |Oct 13, 2014

A Maxatawny Township preschooler received a big surprise at her school, a visit from her father who has been away on deployment.

Hamburg Forest Fire Crew member honored in Delaware for selfless efforts and contributions |Oct 13, 2014

In recognition of “Wildland Firefighter Day” in Delaware, Jack A. Markell, Governor of the State of Delaware, Matthew Denn, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee, Senators and Representatives honored the Delaware Forest Service Initial Attack Crews.

Grace Carpenter celebrates 100th birthday |Oct 13, 2014

Grace Carpenter celebrated her 100th birthday a little early last week with a party on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Pictured are Grace and her daughter as well as her cake for the festivities.

Hamburg residents embrace fall at State Street Pumpkin Patch |Oct 13, 2014

Nestled between Dietrich’s Men’s Shop and Hop Po on State Street in Hamburg, was the second State Street Pumpkin Patch on Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11. Sponsored by Dietrich’s Men’s Shop and Willow Tree Primitives and Antiques Country Store, the patch helped residents prepare for the fall season with plenty of decorations and Hawks’ clothing and blankets to keep warm as temperatures begin to drop.

Bernville doctor warns community on decorative contact lenses |Oct 13, 2014

Stores that sell contact lenses without a prescription is illegal. Those who purchase decorative contact lenses as an accessory for a Halloween costume can put their eyes at risk, warns Dr. Brendon J.

Downtown windows painted in Pottstown to raise donations for parade |Oct 13, 2014

By Berks-Mont News staff The MOMS Club of Pottsgrove/Pottstown, a national group of stay at home Moms, under the umbrella group POST - Pottstown Organizations Serving Together, organized Halloween Window Painting to help raise money for the Pottstown Halloween Parade.

Miller family of Boyertown awarded in the Fresh Air Fund’s annual photo contest |Oct 11, 2014

Boyertown residents, the Miller family, celebrated the pure joys of summer with The Fresh Air Fund and were among the winners of The Fresh Air Fund’s 2014 Photo Contest! All winners were selected from the hundreds of pictures sent in by volunteer host families across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada, reflecting the memorable experiences they shared with their New York City visitors this past summer.

Brandywine Heights Key Club wants Halloween Parade “changed,” collects for UNICEF |Oct 10, 2014

The Brandywine Heights High School Key Club is once again asking the community to bring spare change to the Topton Halloween Parade Oct. 11.

David Updike shares stories of father’s past |Oct 10, 2014

Through a journey of personal photographs and insight, David Updike, son of Pulitzer Prize winning author and Shillington native John Updike, spoke about his father’s childhood Oct. 2.

Draggin Wagons Car Club Show rolls into Honey Brook |Oct 10, 2014

The 5th annual Draggin Wagons Car Club Fall Car, Truck & Bike Show in Honey Brook Sept. 28.

Elmcroft resident takes a drive to her past |Oct 10, 2014

Some of the most memorable moments of Luella Unger’s life have revolved around transportation. It has been wheels that keep her going year to year, from traveling the country with her husband, Lester, to driving students to school and home.

Class of 1948 gathers for 66th reunion at Orioles |Oct 8, 2014

The graduating class of 1948 Boyertown High School held their 66th reunion on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Boyertown Orioles at 4th and Washington Street.

Country Thrifty open in Elverson; Two best friends take on new venture |Oct 7, 2014

A five-year vacancy in Elverson’s Darby Square Plaza has been filled by Country Thrifty, the first-time business venture of two best friends, Tamra Mock and Wanda Spatz.

Ozgood’s in Kutztown hosts concert & buffet benefit for Fleetwood mother |Oct 7, 2014

Ozgood’s Grill & Bar in Kutztown hosts a Buffet Benefit & Concert to support a Fleetwood wife and mother of two and recent grandmother in her fight against cancer.

The Heritage of Green Hills Golf Tournament raises more than $8,000 for benefit fund |Oct 7, 2014

The Heritage of Green Hills in Shillington held its second annual golf outing to raise money for the Heritage Benefit Fund this summer at Flying Hills Golf Club. The event raised more than $8,000 for the fund, which is used to assist residents who may need financial assistance for a variety of reasons such as emergency medical expenses not covered by insurance or expenses related to a family emergency.

Shillington recycling seniors host Recycled Fashion Show |Oct 7, 2014

When the residents of The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, decided to learn more about recycling, they went all out.

Barking for life at the Oley fairgrounds |Oct 7, 2014

Community members and their canines traveled to the Oley Valley on Sunday, Oct. 5, for the Boyertown/Oley Bark For Life.

Hamburg Area High School class of 1956 celebrates 58th anniversary |Oct 6, 2014

The Hamburg High School class of 1956 held their 58th anniversary reunion at Blue Mountain restaurant in Shartlesville on Sept. 18.

Fiber Artist and Kutztown student Kim Tanzos to be Artist in Residence at Clay on Main |Oct 6, 2014

Clay on Main is pleased to present fiber artist Kimberly Tanzos as a this year’s selected Artist in Residence from Sunday, Oct. 19 to Wednesday, Oct. 22. Tanzos is a graduate of Kutztown University, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Art Education with a minor in Crafts.

Twin Valley Elementary Center donates via ALS Ice Bucket Challenge |Oct 1, 2014

Twin Valley Elementary Center recently held a fundraiser at The Mill in Morgantown.

Second Annual Barctoberfest Brings Dogs and Dog Owners Together at Community Park |Sep 30, 2014

On Saturday, Sept. 27, BARCO hosted the second annual Barcoberfest in Boyertown Community Park where hundreds (of dogs and people) gathered to celebrate everything about dogs!

Boyertown native Naelee Rae continues to inspire with musical gift |Sep 30, 2014

In 2012, Naelee Rae, a musician and Boyertown native, was a 15-year-old pursuing her life-long goal of inspiring people with her passion for music. Two years later, Naelee is still at it, plugging away at music festivals, recording in Nashville and sharing her passion with a growing audience.

A Slice of Life: The Great Corn Pie |Sep 30, 2014

I stumbled up a great quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby the other day. I always loved the novel (and the recent film adaptation), in part because I grew up on Long Island where the story takes place.

Intern of the Month: Lauren Gendall interns at Honey Brook Pharmacy and Twin Valley Elementary Center |Sep 30, 2014

Lauren Gendall, a senior at Twin Valley High School, has been named October’s Intern of the Month. Most high school students hope to experience one internship in their high school career, but Gendall has exceeded that regularity.

Boyertown mayor takes on ALS Challenge with Walnut Woods’ staff, residents |Sep 30, 2014

With the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge pouring across communities as summertime concludes, one local group decided to take on the challenge while inviting others to do so if they wished.

Montgomery County Community College students participate in Legislator Shadowing Pilot Program |Sep 29, 2014

As part of a new pilot program, four Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) female students recently spent a day with women members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in Harrisburg to explore careers in public service.

Santo D. Marabella’s new play ‘Getting Complete!’ tackles tough issue, the bully |Sep 27, 2014

Getting COMPLETE! is the new work from playwright Santo D. Marabella.

Kyle Quinn Memorial 5k Run |Sep 27, 2014

From Eric F. Johnson Six Kutztown area residents ran in the 7th annual Kyle Quinn Memorial 5k Run recently. This 5k raises funds for a scholarship in Kyle Quinn’s name after he was murdered in Kutztown in 2007.

What’s Cooking with Linda: Rosemary Potatoes offer subtle flavor |Sep 27, 2014

What I liked most about these potatoes is that they offer a subtle flavor, not overwhelming, yet enough to make it feel like a special side dish. If you don’t have dried Rosemary in your spice cabinet, you should definitely stock some for these roasted potatoes.

Oley’s 3rd Annual Dr. Jeffrey F. Zackon Memorial 5K Run |Sep 26, 2014

There is only about a month remaining to register for the 3rd Annual Dr. Jeffrey F. Zackon Memorial 5K Run and Walk on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Studio B announces Thursday Series: Life in the Old Days: Stories of the Past with Bob Wood |Sep 26, 2014

Join artist, historian, and author Bob Wood in conversations about local life in the early days. Folks are welcome at Studio B every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. to enjoy video presentations and shared conversations on selected topics.

Virginville Hotel’s Art of the Harvest unites food, wine and art |Sep 26, 2014

After four years of wine, beer and food pairings, Wendy and Rich Hess, Virginville Hotel, decided this fall was the perfect time to warm up with a harvest of artists Sept. 20.

David Updike will share photos, narrative and excerpts at upcoming conference |Sep 26, 2014

David Updike, son of John Updike, will share his family’s story, works and photographs at Alvernia University’s Third Biennial John Updike Society Conference 2 p.m. Oct. 2.