Lifestyle

Pets: Adoptables from the Montgomery County SPCA |May 22, 2015

Ty enjoys long cat naps in tight quarters, feline and canine companionship, and above all, love. He can be rather timid and shy, but once he feels comfortable, you better look out. Ty will reserve your lap for hours at a time just appreciating the company and back scratches.

New Hanover Historical Society slates May program |May 22, 2015

New Hanover >>The May meeting of the New Hanover Historical Society will feature an illustrated talk by Jim McClelland about how cannon were made in Pennsylvania for the American Revolution. The meeting will be held at 7 p.

Reiffton students collect donations to support Child Life Services Program at CHOP |May 22, 2015

Local students are ‘changing the world with kindness.’

Summer’s coming: Party-ready recipes |May 20, 2015

Backyard barbecues, parades, parties, potlucks – summer’s almost here!

Visitors explore camping, wildlife at Kernsville Dam |May 19, 2015

Key organizations and businesses worked together to present “Let’s Go Camping with Cabela’s” a free event held Saturday, May 9, at the Kernsville Dam Recreation Area in Hamburg.

Taylor Ray Renninger achieves Eagle Scout |May 18, 2015

Brandywine Heights High School 2014 graduate Taylor Ray Renninger, Macungie, will be recognized at the 2015 Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner on May 21.

‘On the Homefront’ held at Hopewell Furnace |May 18, 2015

Elverson >> Hopewell Furnace supported the Union Army through the production of pig iron for weapons and other articles of war. During the conflict the furnace’s residents supported the troops by supplying more domestic materials for the war effort while continuing their daily lives.

Students and seniors gather for Center at Spring Street’s ‘Senior Senior’ Prom |May 13, 2015

On Friday, May 8, the Center at Spring Street hosted a ‘Senior Senior’ Prom including the center’s senior citizens and Boyertown High School National Honor Society students. “Music Across the Ages” themed decorations and food were provided by the students.

Joe Stagnitti appointed to head Morphy Auctions’ new Antique & Vintage Fishing Tackle, Baits & Ephemera department |May 13, 2015

The fish will soon be biting at Morphy Auctions’ Pennsylvania gallery, with the announcement that the company has launched an Antique & Vintage Fishing Tackle, Baits & Ephemera department.

Native trees and flowers featured at Hawk Mountain event |May 12, 2015

Outdoor enthusiasts spent a pleasant afternoon exploring the grounds of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary during the “Learn Your Trees” walk led by Dr. Chris Sacchi on Saturday, April 27. The walking tour, which covered the walking paths around the sanctuary and a short hike to the Southern Outlook, included an emphasis on identifying native plants by examining leaves, bark and other characteristics.

Hamburg mom a role model for her own children as well as others |May 11, 2015

As a school counselor and mother, Marybeth Mell has had ample opportunities to be a role model for not only her own children, but hundreds of other children in her position as a school counselor at the Hamburg Area Middle School during the last 11 years.

Kutztown Rotary Fundraiser Wine and Beer Festival returns in new location |May 11, 2015

Wine and Brews in the Park! The Kutztown Rotary Club announces the 6th annual Taste of Kutztown Fundraiser; Saturday, June 6 from 12-5 p.m.

Goddard School. Gilbertsville, holds art show, auction to benefit Relay For Life |May 7, 2015

On Tuesday, April 28, The Goddard School held an art show for its students—but this was not just any ordinary art show. With an under-the-sea theme composed of starfish, turtles and fish, there was an auction open to the parents for murals created by the children.

Business: Music and fine Mexican cuisine paired in Pottstown; Classical guitarist Russell Ferrara returns to Juan Carlos Friday nights |May 5, 2015

In the fall of 2008 Ron Garza, chef-proprietor of Juan Carlos Fine Mexican Cuisine on High Street in Pottstown, was scouting locations to realize his dream of opening a fine dining restaurant.

Exeter May Days announced; Bake sale on track to reach $12,000 by 6th year for Animal Rescue League |May 4, 2015

It’s that time of year again — Exeter PArks and Recreation along with the Exeter School District has announced “May Days.” This year’s festival will be held on Friday, May 15 from 3 p.

Goat race crowns newest champion in Pottstown |May 4, 2015

Pottstown >> After accidently crowning the wrong winner in last year’s event, the organizers behind this year’s Sly Fox Bock Fest Goat Race were taking no chances.

Hamburg mother helps son reach his dreams |May 4, 2015

Eileen Leiby, a graduate of the Kutztown Area School District, and currently a resident of Hamburg, is a well-known staff member at the Hamburg Area Middle School, having been an aide in the library since 2001.

Hamburg mom a role model for her own children as well as others |May 4, 2015

As a school counselor and mother, Marybeth Mell has had ample opportunities to be a role model for not only her own children, but hundreds of other children in her position as a school counselor at the Hamburg Area Middle School during the last 11 years.

Mother’s Day: Bridging the generations by bridging the miles |May 4, 2015

In times past, families stayed put. Young mothers lived near their parents, and ties between mothers and daughters, grandmothers and grandchildren, were easy to maintain. But the modern family finds generations stretched across states, countries, even the world.

Nick Hunsicker is Mr. Boone 2015 |May 2, 2015

Ear-piercing screams and stomping feet once again characterized the Daniel Boone School District’s 8th Annual Mr. Boone Pageant, which crowned — with a “coon skin cap” — Nick Hunsicker as Mr.

Success of Candy’s Home Made Ice Cream in part to ‘what goes around comes around’ |Apr 30, 2015

What started out as a way to use an empty building has turned into a stopping place for people from multiple counties as they travel through Shoemakersville. When David and Candy Krumanocher ended the auto supply business that was originally known as DJ Auto Supply, they knew they either had to come up with another function for the building or they would have to sell.

Go Fly A Kite! Day embraced by Berks County generations |Apr 29, 2015

Kite amateurs, families, professionals, and hobbyists brought color to the fields – and to the skies, but only with the occasional good breeze – at Bern Township’s Youth Recreation Facility on Sunday’s “Go Fly a Kite! Day” in celebration of National Kite Month.

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.

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.

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.

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.