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Seniors stitch holiday stockings for deployed soldiers |Dec 8, 2016

While many of us have been getting ready for the holiday season, for the past month seniors at the TriCounty Active Adult Center (formerly the Pottstown Area Seniors’ Center) have been busy stitching nearly 1,000 holiday stockings to be sent to deployed service members through Operation Christmas.

Frozen! Chefs’ freezers ... revealed |Dec 6, 2016

This holiday season, save yourself some hassle and put your freezer to work. Need inspiration? Area chefs share a glimpse inside their iceboxes.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A cheesecake pie full of holiday flavors |Dec 6, 2016

Yes, I have taken a shortcut here with the use of prepared whipped topping. Does anyone object to spending less time in the kitchen and more time with family during Christmas? I agree!

Sweet swap: Host an old-fashioned cookie exchange |Nov 29, 2016

Sitting at a table in the Downingtown Area Senior Center, Frances Delcontie and friends smiled as they shared sweet memories of Christmas cookie exchanges, beginning around 1956.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Crispy or fluffy, gingersnaps are sure to please |Nov 29, 2016

There are two different types of people. Those who love crispy, delicate gingersnaps, and those who love pillow soft, fluffy gingersnaps. Here are directions for both! If you want darker cookies, use light or dark brown sugar in place of granulated in cookie dough.

NUTRITION: Limit kids’ screen time to increase physical activity |Nov 29, 2016

Across the nation families are being encouraged to pursue a more active lifestyle.

Holiday House Tour features historic Mount Penn home |Nov 28, 2016

The Woman’s Club of Exeter Township is getting ready to host its 19th Annual Holiday House Tour.

FOOD: New ways to remake Thanksgiving leftovers |Nov 22, 2016

Too much turkey? Mountains of mashed potatoes? Copious cranberry sauce? Area chefs share their favorite recipes for enjoying the best of what’s left.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Scottish apps with a Yankee twist |Nov 22, 2016

Served in Scottish Shortbread “cups,” these appetizers are sticky, salty-sweet and delicious, especially during the holidays. Shortbread has been around for many centuries, thought to have originated in Scotland as a specifically designed biscuit using yeast.

Food: Let the good pies roll |Nov 21, 2016

You can call it Thanksgiving, but around here we know it as National Pie Day. And that means one thing: The pressure to produce the flakiest, butteriest crust and swoon-worthy filling is on. Gulp.

Veterans Day at Amity Elementary Center |Nov 17, 2016

AMITY >> On Friday, Nov. 11, Amity Elementary Center held a Veterans Day program attended by 72 veterans.

Hamburg High honors October Students of the Month |Nov 17, 2016

Congratulations to the October Students of the Month at Hamburg Area High School: freshman Julie Harbonic, sophomore Kaitlyn Carl, senior Jacob Metcalfe.

Salem EC, Wyndcliffe House residents share Thanksgiving meal |Nov 17, 2016

Residents of Wyndcliffe House Apartments in Hamburg enjoyed an early Thanksgiving meal on Saturday, Nov. 12. Members of Salem EC Church, Lenhartsville, loaded up roasters full of turkey, stuffing and gravy and bowls of cranberry sauce to share in a communal meal.

Strausstown Legacy Lions honored |Nov 17, 2016

At meeting number 3,147 of the Strausstown Lions Club, the club greeted Lions District 14-P District Governor Gus Meyer III. He lauded the club for its many good works and Lions for their years of service.

Douglassville choir invited to 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade festivities |Nov 17, 2016

Thanksgiving Day will a memorable one for several students from Immaculate Conception Academy.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A sweet treat that speaks of New England |Nov 16, 2016

A tremendously fall-flavored, New England treat that many have thought was a dessert of the past. But with a few delicious additions and substitutions, along with the best tasting caramel sauce you will ever have, this classic is transformed into a superb recipe whose stature among desserts should be elevated.

Easy as ... slab pie! |Nov 16, 2016

Feeling overwhelmed this Thanksgiving? Simplify your dessert strategy with a slab pie. Baked in a rectangular pan, this fine finish can feed a crowd with less fuss.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Chrysanthemums: flower of the month |Nov 10, 2016

In autumn, it’s the bright-colored trees that get top billing. No surprise there; it’s virtually impossible to not keep looking up at one brilliant tree or vista after another. And when the sun hits at just the right angle .

Daniel Boone High School students present ‘The Spirit of Life’ |Nov 10, 2016

Daniel Boone High School students recently took part in a heavy-hearted performance of “The Spirit Of Life.”

On the Record with Carol: Every day is Veterans Day for Ivan |Nov 10, 2016

Every day is Veterans Day for Ivan Stoltzfus of Honey Brook, who left Oct. 15 on his cross-country tractor ride Across America for Wounded Heroes 2016. His goal is to raise $1 million for veterans, especially those diagnosed with PTSD.

Crock stars!: Three slow-cooker recipes to try now |Nov 9, 2016

As the leaves change, do you crave comfort food like stew and chili, but feel too swamped to stand at the stove? Then these slow-cooker recipes are for you.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Surprise your diners with a holiday teaser |Nov 8, 2016

Want a first course that encompasses all the flavors that will be adorning you holiday table this year? From ham to poultry, this teaser is hearty and a great compliment to the classic Cordon Bleu as well as what you are preparing for family and friends.

Celebrating Veterans Day with 102-Year-Old WWII Veteran |Nov 8, 2016

Reading >> Veterans Day is a day to honor military veterans and all they have done for our country. It’s a time to show respect for heroes who served in the United States Armed Forces and fought for our freedom.

Poetry reading held at Walnut Woods |Nov 7, 2016

Jennifer Hetrick of Boyertown has launched a three-year poetry project focusing on manufacturing history in Berks County.

Berks Encore and Reading Public Library announce Annual Senior Poetry Contest |Nov 4, 2016

Are you looking for a creative outlet? Do you see beauty in words? Then harness your creativity through poetry! Each year, Berks Encore hosts its Senior Poetry Contest and invites local seniors (anyone over the age of 50) to submit their poems for a chance to win a prize.

Boyertown High alum transitions to life as artist with new record deal |Oct 28, 2016

Having coffee is usually taken as a casual activity, but for Josh Hish, an invitation for coffee from the Silverado Records CEO meant everything was going to change.

Photos: Daniel Boone Optimist Club holds Halloween Parade |Oct 27, 2016

The Daniel Boone Optimist Club of Douglassville held its annual Halloween Parade on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The Daniel Boone High School Marching Band, local fire companies and other organizations participated as a part of this event.

Bewitched!: ‘Fangtastic,’ healthy Halloween meals |Oct 26, 2016

What’s scarier than a zombie, ghost or vampire? A hungry kid who wants to devour every piece of Halloween candy. So before the little goblins hit the streets, fill their bellies with a hauntingly healthy dinner they’ll love.

Election stress — it’s a real thing now |Oct 24, 2016

With this presidential race, one thing’s clear: There’s nothing united about the states we’re in.

Colonial Cooking Workshop at Pottsgrove Manor set for Nov. 5-6 |Oct 22, 2016

Learn about colonial hospitality at historic Pottsgrove Manor on Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, during “At Table with Mrs. Potts: A Georgian Dining Experience.” Historic foodways expert Niel V.

ASK THE FITNESS TRAINER: Get in shape with calisthenics, brisk walking |Oct 20, 2016

Q: Is it possible to get in shape using traditional calisthenics-type exercises?

Chefs share tips to reduce food waste |Oct 19, 2016

Want to spend less on groceries and help the environment? Area chefs are sending out an SOS, asking home cooks to “save our scraps.”

THE YANKEE CHEF: Make time for this sweet treat |Oct 19, 2016

Just like the classic cocktail flavor, these muffins are easy, delicious and will give you a natural high after one bite.

Talking trash ... fish: Area chefs champion former cast-offs |Oct 11, 2016

Dogfish, drum, sea robin — embrace the idea that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and sample some so-called “trash fish.”

THE YANKEE CHEF: Warm up with a rustic lentil stew |Oct 11, 2016

If you have never pureed cooked carrots as a thickening and flavor agent to a stew, you are in for a treat. With the addition of some slight sweetness in the way of dried fruit, this hearty stew is a great entree by itself .

NUTRITION: Dealing with stress, and the appetite that comes with it |Oct 11, 2016

With the relaxation of summer days now a hazy memory and school and work schedules in full swing, you might notice your stress levels are up.

MAP: Halloween events, attractions across the Philadelphia region |Oct 10, 2016

Halloween is just around the corner, and there are plenty of spooky — and some not-so-scary — events across the Philadelphia region to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve.

Burns Logistics Solutions renovates Shoemakersville train station for transportation business |Oct 9, 2016

The sound of a train whistle brings a nostalgic feeling to many in Berks County, but Shoemakersville residents have a site that continually recognizes their ties to the railroad industry.

Red Corner Benefit returns to help 11-year-old with cancer |Oct 7, 2016

DOUGLASSVILLE >> The 8th Annual Red Corner Benefit is set to take place next week to benefit a local 11-year-old battling cancer.

Douglassville military wife surprises husband with a day of holidays |Oct 7, 2016

A year’s worth of holidays, birthdays, and other significant days were celebrated in a military home in the Douglassville area on Sept. 17.

Bally Lions Club donates tricycle to Gilbertsville boy |Oct 6, 2016

The Bally Lions Club recently presented 16-year-old Thomas Heid, son of Richard and Susan Heid of Gilbertsville, with a “set of wheels” in the form of a tricycle.

Outdoor ovens are hot — it’s time to make some backyard pizza |Oct 6, 2016

Neighbors often see smoke rising from behind Steve and Carol Kirton’s Chester Springs home. But don’t worry. It signals good times with family and friends enjoying their backyard pizza oven.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Make this salad for a tasty serving of Brussels sprouts |Oct 5, 2016

Here’s a great way to introduce children to Brussels sprouts. All you need to do is boil the Brussels sprouts in plenty of water until soft, but not mushy. Immediately drain and set aside. See Note 1.

FROM THE GROUND UP: What is it about pumpkins? |Oct 5, 2016

As I was eyeing a heap of pumpkins at a garden center the other day, a thought came to me that pumpkins are the puppies of the plant world. Think about it: there’s something about pumpkins that makes us happy when we look at them; and if we get up close to these squash it’s hard to not want to take one home with us.

Most Blessed Sacrament Church holds Blessing of the Animals |Oct 3, 2016

Argall plans Nov. 17 Hamburg ceremony to honor Vietnam era veterans |Oct 3, 2016

Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) will honor veterans who served during the Vietnam era at a special ceremony on Nov. 17 in Hamburg.

Birdsboro Garden Club Founder creates fairy village |Oct 2, 2016

BIRDSBORO >> Lynn Bialek has built a garden for fairies in her backyard. It’s something she looks forward to seeing every morning and especially at night when the lights within the little houses shine bright — welcoming fairies to visit.

‘More-with-Less’: Iconic cookbook celebrates 40th anniversary |Sep 28, 2016

Cara Longacre Hurst remembers testing many, many recipes. She was just a kid when her mom wrote the “More-with-Less” cookbook, celebrating “simple, joyful eating.”

YANKEE CHEF: A sweet treat to enjoy on a fall evening |Sep 28, 2016

Here is a dense, creamy and luscious pie that is my version of a baked Indian pudding, but much tastier. As you can see, it has some milk foam, but don’t be alarmed. I will show you how to make 1 minute foam just like the celebrity chefs make on television, but without special equipment.

A+ school lunches: Healthy ideas for happy kids |Sep 19, 2016

Backpack? Check. Notebooks? Check. Pencils? Check. Now what’s for lunch? Start the school year off right with healthy, kid-approved recipes as easy as A-B-C.