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Cat Angel Network: Meet Dale |Apr 27, 2015

My name is Dale, and everyone says I’m a very charming and handsome fellow. I recently lost my loving home due to the death of my special person so now I’m looking for a new home and family.

Montgomery County S.P.C.A. Pets of the Week |Apr 27, 2015

Strudel is a sweet and loving 8-month-old Staffordshire mix. She is very eager to please and willing to learn. She is rather calm for a puppy and has a great deal of potential. The sky is truly the limit with Strudel.

Elmcroft Senior Living celebrates Earth day with life talks and butterfly tree planting |Apr 24, 2015

Elmcroft Senior Living Community wanted to celebrate Earth Day with their moto “Here’s to Life.”

Longswamp woman looks back on recent charity work in El Salvador |Apr 23, 2015

Tillie Sodano is 79 years old, mother of eight children, grandmother to 21 and great grandmother to seven. She returned from a week of volunteering/working with the poor in the poverty-stricken Central American country of El Salvador from January 10 to January 17, 2015.

Fleetwood High Students of the Month |Apr 23, 2015

The Fleetwood Area High School would like to announce their senior students of the month for April.

Lancaster Tourism: Honey Brook couple brings Barbados discount card concept to PA Dutch Country |Apr 22, 2015

Question? What does the beautiful island of Barbados have in common with the farmlands of Lancaster County? Answer: A vibrant tourism industry that annually welcomes millions of guests to their small parts of the world.

Kutztown author Lisa Schnell releases ‘High Tide for Horsehoe Crabs’, hopes to encourage children to go out and explore |Apr 21, 2015

Kutztown author Lisa Schnell released her new book “High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs” on April 14.

Colon cancer survivor creates “Tour de Tush” bicycle race that takes cyclists through Kutztown and Lenhartsville |Apr 21, 2015

Gale Fritsche, a self-proclaimed “avid runner and cyclist,” loves to compete, having raced in the Boston Marathon and local races for years. He leads a healthy lifestyle, and his family has no history of cancer, but when he turned 50, his health turned with him.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Tiki |Apr 21, 2015

Hi, my name is Tiki! I am a dramatically colored short-haired tortoiseshell, with beautiful swirls of orange and black. These are set off with my white bib and delicate white feet. Everyone tells me how pretty I am so I don’t think it counts as boasting if I tell you that.

Montgomery County S.P.C.A. Pets of the Week |Apr 21, 2015

Newman has proven to be a smart boy who is very willing to please. He is obedience trained and a proud loose-leash walker/runner. He prefers walks or runs over toys, but is also content being a couch potato from time to time.

Colebrookdale Railroad celebrates Earth Day with Mudball Express |Apr 20, 2015

The Colebrookdale Railroad celebrated Earth Day on Saturday, April 18, with a Mudball Express excursion. During the hour long trip, passengers were encouraged to throw wild flower seed mudballs from the side of the train’s open car.

Jake’s Flea Market open for 35th Season |Apr 20, 2015

The beginning of spring can mean a lot of things like planting flowers, warm weather, enjoying the outdoors. For many locals, spring means the reopening of Jake’s Flea Market.

Pottstown Roller Derby holds home opener; Skaters sign autographs for Girl Scouts |Apr 19, 2015

North Coventry Junior Girl Scout Troop #41475 attended the Pottstown Roller Derby Rockstars’ (PRDR) home opener on Saturday, April 11.

Kutztown, Fleetwood, Brandywine Heights, Oley Valley and Hamburg middle and high school students recognized for excelling in technology education and business courses or FBLA |Apr 17, 2015

By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@berksmontnews.com

Jared Lawler of Twin Valley among 20 youth awarded Good Citizenship Award |Apr 15, 2015

Two Chester County students were recently named recipients of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer’s Union League Good Citizenship Award.

Twin Valley Rotary honors Twin Valley students |Apr 15, 2015

On April 15 the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors Kelli Witkowski, Alicia Lynch and Ashley McCoach as their students of the month.

Twin Valleys Garden Club connects with local 18th century gardening roots |Apr 15, 2015

At its recent member seed exchange, Twin Valleys Garden Club learned how American plants and trees forever changed the English landscape gardens of the 1700s.

Kutztown University Boxer Trot: 300 students, staff will race around campus in undergarments or costumes on Thursday, April 16 to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network |Apr 15, 2015

More than 300 students, staff and faculty are expected at the 5th annual Kutztown University Boxer Trot, sponsored by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, on Thursday, April 16, outside of the McFarland Student Union Building.

Patrick Suglia finds place in holistic healing |Apr 14, 2015

Patrick Suglia, currently of Hamburg, grew up in the Millmont area of Reading and attended what is now Berks Catholic High School. His parents struggled with the fact that Suglia had serious social difficulties including forming and retaining friendships, but always excelled in academics.

Children’s book author Greg Pizzoli visits Willow Creek Elementary, brings to life his story ‘Number One Sam’ |Apr 14, 2015

Greg Pizzoli, children’s book author of Number One Sam, will bring his story to life for kindergarten students at Willow Creek Elementary School on Thursday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m.

Montgomery County S.P.C.A. Pets of the Week |Apr 13, 2015

Kenzi is a young Staffordshire mix in search of a quiet home with a patient owner. She can be very shy and timid, but is very sweet once she knows you. The sky is the limit if you’re willing to put in the time with Kenzi! Release number A253295

Cat Angel Network: Meet Aniston |Apr 13, 2015

If you have ever wanted a Siamese or Snowshoe cat, we think we have the one for you! The beautiful blue-eyed Aniston is as affectionate and charming as she is gorgeous. She will definitely add class to your household and is bound to be the topic of conversation when your friends meet her.

More than 50 volunteer to clean up Kutztown: Kutztown Community Partnership hosts Safe, Clean and Green community clean up event |Apr 13, 2015

More than 50 people, many of whom were Kutztown University students, helped to clean up Kutztown on Sunday during Kutztown Community Partnership’s Safe, Clean and Green community-wide clean-up event in Kutztown on Sunday afternoon.

Kutztown University illustration professor Kevin McCloskey releases children’s book “We Dig Worms!” |Apr 13, 2015

Kevin McCloskey, an illustration professor at Kutztown University, released his new children’s book, “We Dig Worms!” which debuted April 14.

Chestnut Knoll dedicates ‘Garage’ in Memory of Former Resident |Apr 13, 2015

Chestnut Knoll strives to keep their residents, happy, healthy and active throughout their senior years. Throughout their 15 years of existence, Chestnut Knoll has seen seniors from all walks of life, and each one has a certain passion or hobby that keeps them active and loving life.

Meet Dude, a black lab ready for a forever home |Apr 10, 2015

Hey ya’ll. I came into the ARL as a stray. Nobody knew if I had a name so my foster mommy kept calling me by “Hey Dude” or “Come here Dude.” I kinda liked it and started to respond to the name Dude so here I am.

1,000 quilts sewn by Heritage of Green Hills residents, delivered to needy throughout Berks County in 2014 |Apr 9, 2015

The Quilting Club at The Heritage of Greens Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, sewed at least 1,000 quilts for the second consecutive year in 2014. The club, comprising six to 10 female residents of The Heritage who meet weekly, then donated the quilts to a variety of local organizations.

Meet Boyertown’s 2015 Student of the Year, Abby Jaeger |Apr 9, 2015

For years, Abby Jaeger has been giving back to her community, throwing herself into the numerous groups for which she is involved.

Berks County woman’s hike to remember her dog leads to rescue operation |Apr 8, 2015

UNION TWP. >> Shannon Erdman Gansner of Morgantown was already having a difficult day Monday, March 30, before it took an unexpected twist — one that involved firefighters and a search party.

Montgomery County S.P.C.A. Pets of the Week |Apr 7, 2015

Jax is a neutered pug/Jack Russell terrier mix. He is a 5-year-old very shy boy. Jax would fit well in a quiet home with a patient owner. Once he comes out of his shell and is comfortable, he is a funny little guy with a great personality.

Boyertown grad Kevin Ostromecki announces music project; looks to change the world |Apr 6, 2015

Boyertown graduate Kevin Ostromecki, founder of Altix Clothing LLC — a company which focuses on the message of hope and “worldwide excellence,” has announced he’ll be sending that same message in a new way: through sound.

Zion Blue Mountain UCC members hold first Cross Walk |Apr 6, 2015

Travelers along Route 183 near Strausstown on Good Friday, April 3 may have caught a glimpse of a young man dressed in a white robe carrying a large wooden cross on his shoulder and followed by a group of 50 people crossing the highway around 11 a.

Fleetwood March Seniors of the Month |Apr 6, 2015

The Fleetwood Area High School would like to announce their senior students of the month for March.

Meet Marley and Ziggy |Apr 6, 2015

Marley is a super-friendly, relaxed guy who is just 1-and-a-half years old. He was left behind with his companion cat Ziggy when his owners moved. Some compassionate neighbors opened their door and the cats, apparently not used to being outside, walked right in!

Through My Kitchen Window: Katelyn’s pumpkin spice cake |Apr 2, 2015

My latest adventure in the kitchen took me to my cousin’s home. My daughter, Anna, 3, and I spent the day with my cousin and her youngest, Katelyn, who will be celebrating her sixth birthday this month.

Meet Tim Dierolf, Boyertown’s First Responder of the Year |Apr 2, 2015

Tim Dierolf has been fighting fires for a long time. Thirty-six years to be exact. So, when his fellow firefighters were choosing this year’s Boyertown Responder of the Year, Dierolf was an obvious choice.

Children take part in second annual Eggstravaganza at Schuylkill Valley Community Library |Mar 30, 2015

Schuylkill Valley Community Library held their second annual “Eggstravaganza” on Saturday, March 28. The event began at 10:30 a.m. with projects for the early birds, including coloring, word searches, and foam chicks to decorate.

Montgomery County S.P.C.A. Pets of the Week |Mar 30, 2015

This is Roxy. She is a beagle and labrador retriever mix. This adorable girl is approximately 9 years old but still enjoys long walks and being active. Roxy is a wonderful mix of both breeds. Stop in and meet her and many other shelter friends at the Perkiomenville S.

Fleetwood couple celebrates 50th Anniversary |Mar 30, 2015

Darlene and Martin Younker, Fleetwood, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 27.

My View: I completed the Fools Run 5k! |Mar 30, 2015

I was a runner in my youth, participating in track and cross country. Knee injuries put my running career to a halt in college but I still fondly remember that feeling of flying while out running. So when Don Sechler of the Kutztown Optimist Club asked if I’d be running in the Kutztown Fools Run this year, I couldn’t decline.

Morning snow forgotten with the springtime spirit of Berks County Parks’ Annual Eggstravaganza |Mar 30, 2015

Morning snow flurries and cool winds did not delay the Easter Bunny’s arrival to the annual Eggstravaganza at the Berks County Heritage Center. March 28 may have yielded a wintry weather feel outdoors, but it did not keep away families eager to celebrate spring with the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Lucky and Pebbles |Mar 30, 2015

Lucky and her daughter, Pebbles, are a gorgeous pair of glamour girls, both long-haired calicos. They are young adults, with Lucky being only 3 years old and Pebbles only 1 1/2.

Annual banquet celebrates beauty and bounty of outdoors at Salem EC Church |Mar 29, 2015

The third Annaul Sportsmen’s Banquet at Salem EC Church, Lenhartsville, included something for everyone. Organizers of the banquet were pleased with the event, with approximately 125 in attendance.

Sweet treat busyness |Mar 29, 2015

Becky Degler is just one of many members and friends of Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Church, of Bernville, helping create the traditional sweet Easter treats that the church is known for making annually.

Through My Kitchen Window: Baking Anna’s Pumpkin Spice Cake |Mar 26, 2015

My daughter Anna, 3, really wanted to make something with pumpkin after she found a can of pumpkin puree in the cabinet.

Couple at Keystone Villa celebrates millennium birthdays |Mar 26, 2015

John Brower is planning his 104th birthday party on March 31. He said he has been lucky in life and lucky in love to not only have had a great first marriage, but also a wonderful second marriage.

Daughter of Daniel Boone grad to be featured on PBS special about cancer |Mar 26, 2015

The daughter of a 1999 Daniel Boone graduate will be featured on a PBS special airing next week.

Meet Lori Carnes, Boyertown’s 2015 Citizen of the Year |Mar 26, 2015

“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.”

Daniel Boone Optimist Club’s 13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt draws a crowd; 7,000 eggs hunted |Mar 25, 2015

The Daniel Boone Optimist Club held their 13th annual Easter egg hunt on Sunday, March 22, at Amity Community Park.

Heritage of Green Hills in Shillington: Transition consultant shares tips on how to downsize home |Mar 25, 2015

The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, recently sponsored a seminar, “Downsizing is Simpler than You Think.”