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.”

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.

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 .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

The Table: Moscow, Russia |Sep 18, 2016

Moscow is the crown jewel of Eastern European cities, has a long and involved history in the country of Russia. Located on the Moska River which translates to “a river at a wetland” or a marsh.

Morgantown Hearts United with Haiti raises funds for Haiti mission work |Sep 14, 2016

Morgantown Hearts United with Haiti will hold its 2nd Annual Harvest Banquet fundraiser on Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. at The Barn at Flying Hills, Route 10 at 10 Village Center Dr., Reading.

Talisman Players, Kutztown, present ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ |Sep 14, 2016

Talisman Players, Kutztown, present “Fiddler on the Roof” at Schaeffer Auditorium of Kutztown University from Sept. 23 to 25.

Photos: 40th anniversary celebration of the Hay Creek Festival |Sep 13, 2016

The 40th anniversary celebration of the Hay Creek Festival was held over the weekend, Sept. 9-11, at Joanna Furnace Iron Works. The event offered visitors a chance to experience the 18th and 19th centuries.

Phys. Ed. for parents: Moms and dads can involve kids to find time for fitness |Sep 9, 2016

Schools are back in session and that can mean pretty hectic schedules for parents with all the drop-offs, pick-ups and extracurricular activities. It’s no wonder that some moms and dads have a difficult time finding an opportunity to excise.

Amore for Amatrice: Chefs aid earthquake relief |Sep 6, 2016

Earthquake-ravaged Amatrice and its namesake pasta, bucatini all’Amatriciana, hold a special place in Gianluca Demontis’ heart. So he and fellow chefs are cooking up donations, hoping you dine in to help out.

YANKEE CHEF: Pasta dish with a touch of the Sunshine State |Sep 6, 2016

Such a simple and surprisingly different pasta dish that reminds you of Florida. The crisp flavor of orange juice cuts into the chicken broth perfectly. If you use fat free chicken broth, you have dramatically altered the fat content of this dish, which only enhances the allure of this great summertime dish.

Jump for fitness with ropes and games |Sep 2, 2016

Jumping rope isn’t just a childhood game for recess but a fun fitness activity that can be enjoyed by adults as well.

FROM THE GROUND UP: ‘Meeting’ a traveling tomato |Sep 1, 2016

“Eccentric” is not a word I ever expected to see in a description of a tomato. But then, I hadn’t expected to come across a tomato like “Reisetomate.” Its German name translates to “travel tomato.

Prepare healthful, nutritious back-to-school lunches |Aug 30, 2016

It’s that time of year again. Fading are the days of summer vacation fun and on the horizon are parent-teacher conferences, homework and packed school lunches.

GRAPHIC: Celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service |Aug 25, 2016

The Organic Act, establishing the National Park Service, was signed into law 100 years ago today.

FOOD: Five takes on late-summer pies |Aug 23, 2016

Piles of peaches, tons of tomatoes, buckets of blackberries — savor the flavors of summer … in a pie.

Girl Scouts of Eastern PA win National S’mores Day Competition |Aug 23, 2016

On Wednesday, Aug. 10, a team of ten scouts from Girl Scouts of Eastern PA (GSEP) participated in the second annual National S’mores Day competition hosted by the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay.

YANKEE CHEF: Make room for this sweet, spicy recipe |Aug 23, 2016

What would summer be without the stickiness that is barbecue and the smell of sausages literally floating overhead? Try this sweet, yet spicy, recipe that pairs well with anything you can lug to the picnic table .

Summer veggies star in summer casseroles |Aug 22, 2016

Swimming in summer squash? Tomatoes looking terrific? Turn them into something hot, bubbly and oh-so-comforting — a casserole.

Community Connection calendar: Week of Aug. 13 |Aug 15, 2016

Send your event listings to to have them listed in On Tap! Deadline for submissions is Friday week before publication. Please mark e-mail subject as Connection On Tap.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Toby, a fastidious gentleman seeking a home |Aug 15, 2016

Toby is a handsome and fastidious 13-year-old gentleman who sadly came to Cat Angel Network when his 90-year-old owner had to go into a nursing home. Toby would do best in a quiet home as the companion to someone who likes to read and watch television.

Get a water workout this summer with aquatic classes |Aug 12, 2016

Take fitness from land to water this summer for some exercise fun and to burn hundreds of calories.

TOP TAPAS: Enjoy Spanish small plates at home |Aug 9, 2016

While visiting Spain, Jenny Young, then an English college student, fell in love — with the cuisine, the culture and the country itself.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Timmy, a laidback kitty looking for a new home |Aug 8, 2016

Adorable Timmy is a front-declawed gray tabby and white kitty. He lost his home on Aug. 5 because his owner was no longer able to care for him due to her health issues. He has been raised with another cat and a dog and got along with both of them, especially the other cat.

Area restaurants serve local and fresh on a plate |Aug 5, 2016

Fresh produce is all around, now that we are in the midst of summer. Pennsylvania is full of farms that provide area restaurants with locally sourced ingredients.

Tri County Community Calendar Aug. 9 |Aug 3, 2016

Event Submissions: send to week prior to publication. Note Tri County Record calendar in e-mail subject.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Elsa, an affectionate calico looking for a home |Aug 1, 2016

Elsa, a beautiful petite calico kitty, is about two years old. She was rescued from a hard life outdoors and is now really enjoying the good life inside. She enjoys not having to find shelter and loves being served her meals!

Adoptables from the Montco SPCA |Aug 1, 2016

Adorable six year old Bailey is looking for a new throne to call his own. This poor dude has already had two homes that we are aware of and is hoping his next home is forever. Bailey was surrendered by his previous owner because he felt that after three years, Bailey needed more space.

On Tap |Aug 1, 2016

Send your event listings to to have them listed in On Tap! Deadline for submissions is Friday week before publication. Please mark e-mail subject as Connection On Tap.

Youth sports can keep kids healthy in more than just the physical aspect |Aug 1, 2016

Whether it’s physical, mental, or even academic; youth sports organizations provide a variety of healthy benefits to children in a fun and engaging way.

Annual Elverson dance of the sunflowers open to the community |Jul 28, 2016

Rick Frey, owner of Please Wash Me Carwash, 1 Yingst Dr., Elverson, announced that his sunflower crop is blooming and ready for free picking to the community.

Tri County Community Calendar Aug. 2 |Jul 27, 2016

Event Submissions: send to week prior to publication. Note Tri County Record calendar in e-mail subject.

Chocoholics rejoice! |Jul 26, 2016

Gail Warner circled tomorrow on her calendar as a day to celebrate. And if you love chocolate, you should too.

Cat Angel Network: Meet LuLu, a gentle and affectionate kitty looking for a home |Jul 25, 2016

LuLu is a beautiful female red patched tabby born in 2013, and here is her story: