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Kutztown Community Partnership takes the Ice Bucket Challenge: Mayor Green, Mamma’s Pizza, Kutztown Library help raise awareness, funds for ALS |Aug 27, 2014

Kutztown Community Partnership took the Ice Bucket Challenge, eagerly and willingly.

Dreibelbis Farm hosts PA German Farm Festival |Aug 27, 2014

Virginville >> Time comes to a standstill where history chooses to leave its footprints.

Bat rehabilitator talks to Longswamp Boy Scout Pack 575 |Aug 26, 2014

The boy scouts of Longswamp Pack 575, Den 2, from Mertztown, received an education in bats on a recent Friday night.

German pen friend visits Kutztown |Aug 26, 2014

Fleetwood alumna Heidi Schroeder has a German pen friend she has been writing to since the 6th grade, about 17 years.

Master Kim’s Black Belt Academy students earn black belts |Aug 25, 2014

It was a time that they were waiting for. Each person was thrilled and anxious at the same time. “What day? What time?” you may ask? It was the week end that they were testing for their Black Belts at Master Kim’s Black Belt Academy in Bechtelsville.

Behind-the-scenes tour: Twin Valleys Garden Club tours production greenhouses at Longwood Gardens |Aug 23, 2014

Members and guests of Twin Valleys Garden Club got a behind-the-scenes tour of the production greenhouses at Longwood Gardens on June 25.

Boyertown Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA holds annual Award Ceremony |Aug 21, 2014

The Boyertown Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA holds an annual Award Ceremony to recognize the girls who have earned the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. This year’s event was held on July 27, 2014 at St.

Run4Sam gives back to community in runner’s memory |Aug 20, 2014

Runners, walkers and supporters spent a rainy morning at Gring’s Mill Park on Sunday morning, Aug. 17, for the seventh annual Run4Sam. The 4 mile or 10K race and 2 mile walk followed by kids fun run is in memory and honor of Samuel Brooklyn Reed, a Schuylkill Valley High School graduate and cross country runner who was killed by a hit and run drunk driver while attending the University of Pittsburgh on September 1, 2007.

Cars line up for Boyertown Lady Bears car wash |Aug 19, 2014

The Borough of Boyertown was bustling on Saturday. With events scheduled in the area throughout the day bringing a steady traffic flow through town, it seemed the perfect day for one local sports team to wash some cars in order to raise funds for the upcoming season.

No room for error |Aug 19, 2014

After climbing 14,410 feet to the summit of Mount Rainier, Scott Wallace knew exactly how he wanted to live the moment.

Shirley Moyer of Oley Township inducted into Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors Secretary Hall of Fame |Aug 18, 2014

In 1979, Shirley Moyer was working at a bank when one of her regular customers asked a question that would change the course of her career. The customer was the treasurer of the municipal authority in Oley Township, Berks County, and the question was whether Moyer would consider a new job.

Kutztown 9-year-old girl donates hair to Children With Hair Loss |Aug 18, 2014

Maisy Kellum of Kutztown recently donated 9 inches of her hair to Children With Hair Loss.

Oley native celebrates 102nd birthday alongside Senator Bob Mensch, PA Representative David Maloney and Boyertown Mayor Marianne Deery |Aug 15, 2014

Willard Fisher, an Oley Township native, recently celebrated his 102 birthday alongside friends, family and local officials.

Save summer’s bounty by canning it |Aug 15, 2014

Anyone who’s met Beth Miller recognizes her can-do spirit. The canning guru preserves a staggering amount of summer’s bounty, including jams, jellies, peaches, pickles, potatoes and her favorite, zucchini-pineapple.

Calendar of Events for The Southern Berks News Aug. 20 edition |Aug 14, 2014

Saturday, Aug. 23 CHICKEN BARBECUE

Chestnut Knoll Earns Top Honor for 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Looks Ahead to 2014 |Aug 14, 2014

Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care continues to help the Alzheimer’s Association one step at a time—literally.

Berks County Commissioners honor Iron Horse Helpers on 10th and Final Anniversary |Aug 13, 2014

A farewell party was held by the local Iron Horse Helpers at the Womelsdorf VFW Pavilion in Womelsdorf on July 26.

Honey Brook resident enjoys visits from Pet Therapy Dog Jax |Aug 12, 2014

From AseraCare Hospice AseraCare Hospice volunteer Nicole Palmer, Sergeant, Lancaster State Police Barracks, hospice brings joy to others by sharing her two Therapy Dog International (TDI) dogs, Jax and Duke.

Scholarship News |Aug 12, 2014

Ronald McDonald House Charities /Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources scholarship recipient Tiffany Pershall, a senior at Twin Valley High School in Chester County, accepted a certificate of achievement from McDonald’s Owner/Operator Jonathan Chong at an awards celebration held on June 16 at the Hyatt at The Bellevue in Philadelphia.

Big Shot: American Legion Commander of Post 537 Morgantown Awarded Commander of the Year |Aug 12, 2014

On July 18th in Harrisburg, Roger Jacobs of Morgantown was awarded “Commander of the Year 2014”.

Pottstown teacher authors children’s book |Aug 12, 2014

What do you do if you have a young child who constantly wakes up in the night worried about noises that they hear? Well, if you are Pottstown High School teacher Marilyn Bainbridge, you use your writing skills and become the author of a child’s literature book entitled “What Was That Sound?”

Hamburg twirler celebrates successful season |Aug 10, 2014

Emelia Adam, a soon-to-be sixth grader in the Hamburg Area School District and daughter of Jeff and Tamra Adam, is jumping for joy after a busy spring and summer of twirling! She has traveled to several competitions throughout this twirling season including Pennsylvania States, Miss Majorette of Pennsylvania and Miss Majorette of North Atlantic Region.

Grandchildren’s Day at The Center At Spring Street takes ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ theme |Aug 8, 2014

The Center at Spring Street invited their members to bring their grandchildren and great grandchildren of all ages to spend the day at the Center on Monday, Aug. 4.

Kutztown meditation sangha provides peace, tranquility, connection |Aug 8, 2014

A Kutztown mother of four sons achieves her dream to start a meditation sangha and brings meditators peace, tranquility and connection with others.

The Historian by Robert Wood: Old Inns and Taverns of Swamp, New Hanover, Part 2 |Aug 7, 2014

When William Penn stepped ashore in Philadelphia in 1682 the first thing he saw was a tavern, The Blue Anchor.

Fleetwood Girl Scout Fun: Senior Troop teaches Daisy Troop crafts, games |Aug 5, 2014

Fleetwood Girl Scout Senior Troop 11064 attended a Daisy troop meeting to teach the younger girls some crafts and games. The older girls brought in a real rabbit for Daisy Troop 1956 to pet and learn about.

Induction into Hall of Fame |Aug 5, 2014

A Fogelsville resident has been inducted into the Signator Investors, Inc. ‘Hall of Fame.’

Summers in the country bring two families together |Aug 5, 2014

Nearly 20 years ago Jocelyn, of Brooklyn, NY, traveled with other New York City children to spend a week in Pennsylvania. Elizabeth “Betty” Atkinson and her husband Richard opened their home up to the young 5-year-old girl and a bond was created that would last for two decades with no sign of going away.

Calling all peach dessert bakers: Oley Peach and Ice Cream Festival to host dessert contest |Aug 4, 2014

Peach desserts will once again be on the agenda for the annual Oley Fire Company Peach & Ice Cream Festival which is being held on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Oley Fire Company fairgrounds.

Second Wind Dream piano instructor honored with gift at Elmcroft Senior Living |Aug 2, 2014

One teacher is being awarded for bridging together residents of Elmcroft Senior Living and musical ability.

Cat Angel Network’s Pet of the Week: Angus and Twist, male best friends |Aug 1, 2014

Angus, a black and white male, and Twist, a brown tabby and white male, are best friends in their foster home. Both are under one year old. They are a bonded pair who must be adopted together.

Twin Valley Alumni Spotlight Moffett & Torres own Cafe 110, Morgantown |Jul 31, 2014

In an effort to recognize and support Twin Valley alumni, the Twin Valley Community Education Foundation has created an “Alumni Spotlight” section which is featured in TVCEF’s monthly newsletters. The “Alumni Spotlight” highlights a different Twin Valley alum every month who is doing great things in their professional or personal life.

G-STEM Program introduces teens to the world of environmental science |Jul 30, 2014

For participating Pottstown Middle School students, Montgomery County Community College’s G-STEM— Green Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—program was the first opportunity they ever had to explore the Schuylkill River, hold crayfish or see schools of minnows swim by their legs.

Pottsgrove Manor to host summer textile workshops for kids |Jul 29, 2014

On Sundays in August, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., historic Pottsgrove Manor will offer a series of workshops, focusing on a different colonial textile art each week. Kids 8 to 12 years old can learn historical crafts and take home their creations in these fun sessions.

Craig Thatcher Band to present free concert at Musikfest’s Main Stage |Jul 28, 2014

BETHLEHEM ­— Just when it seemed dark — as in the first dark night ever at Musikfest’s main stage — local blues icons The Craig Thatcher Band and Musikfest partner Coordinated Health have come together to shine the spotlight on the elements that make Musikfest one of the most unique music events in the nation.

Author presentation ‘Boys of the Civil War’ at Hopewell |Jul 28, 2014

Aug. 10 Narvon author Joel Moore will give a presentation titled “Boys of the Civil War” and sign copies of his books, set in the Civil War, in the conference room at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site at 2 p.

Little Mates Graduates |Jul 28, 2014

Little Mates CDC, 3025 North Street, Morgantown, presents the Little Mates Pre-K 2 Graduating Class of 2014.

Phillie Phanatic visits The Goddard School of Gilbertsville |Jul 28, 2014

Thursday, July 24, seemed like an ordinary day at The Goddard School in Gilbertsville until a certain visitor entered the building.

Birdsboro Community Center gets everyone together to Zumba |Jul 25, 2014

Children and seniors joined together in rhythmic dance with a special Zumba day at the Birdsboro Community Center Wednesday, July 16.

Celebrating Celtic with Dollops of Irish Cheer at the Berks Celtic Oyster Fest |Jul 25, 2014

“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste… I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”

New Rotary Club officers installed |Jul 23, 2014

The Boyertown Rotary recently installed the 2014-2015 officers.

The Westy goes to the dogs during ‘Dog Days of Summer’ |Jul 22, 2014

Those on their way to lunch at The Westy Bar & Grill in Hamburg on Saturday, July 19, had the chance to spend some time with puppies before and after eating at the restaurant. The CatWorks Inc.

Tribute for Rep. Hennessey held at Tel Hai, Honey Brook Township |Jul 22, 2014

Honey Brook Twp.—On Monday, July 21 State Rep. Tim Hennessey of the 26th Legislative District was honored for his long service and advocacy of issues important to older Pennsylvanians.

Chestnut Knoll At Home to hold Resource, Education and Support Series for caregivers |Jul 21, 2014

Are you caring for a senior loved one? Let’s talk about it! Chestnut Knoll At Home, Gilbertsville, is pleased to invite the public to a Caregiver Resource Group, on Wednesday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m., at the Home Care Office, located at 1041 E.

Tel Hai senior staff member honored |Jul 21, 2014

Honey Brook Twp.—On June 18 the state-wide association of not-for-profit senior services providers, LeadingAge PA, presented their 2014 Professional Advancement Award to Sue Verdegem, Tel Hai’s Senior Executive Vice President of Finance & Administration.

Kutztown Troop 101 Boy Scouts Earn 50-mile Award |Jul 21, 2014

Seasoned members of Boy Scout Troop 101 of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kutztown, recently spent 5 days and 4 nights on the Appalachian Trail to earn the 50-mile award.

Reinert Family Reunion |Jul 21, 2014

Boyertown Girl Scouts go galactic at Twilight Camp |Jul 21, 2014

“Galaxy Quest” was the theme for this year’s Twilight Camp, sponsored by the Boyertown Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA. The camp was held at Calvary UCC on Route 100 in Barto.

Swift Technique and Historic State Theatre of Boyertown to present benefit concert for 6-year-old with CF |Jul 16, 2014

Lucas Paxson of Gilbertsville is very much a normal 6-year-old. His mother, Annette, describes him as a ‘sports fanatic’. He plays soccer and tee-ball, does karate, bikes, rollerblades and skateboards.

A Slice of Life: The Lore of the Cherries… |Jul 14, 2014

While the debate rages on whether or not six year old George Washington actually cut down his father’s cherry tree with an ax, what’s indisputable is that American’s are fascinated with cherries. Not only do we celebrate the arrival of the cherry tree blossoms each year with a national festival, Americans consume over a pound of cherries per person, per year.