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Celebrating Greater Governor Mifflin League’s 40th annual Community Days |Jul 7, 2015

The Greater Governor Mifflin League’s 40th annual Community Days was held in Shillington from June 28 to July 4.

Meet the Editor: New editor at The Hamburg Area Item |Jul 6, 2015

Meet your new Hamburg Item editor, Lisa Mitchell.

Star Spangled Express arrives in Pottstown for celebration |Jul 5, 2015

By 21st Century Media staff Friday night, July 3, began the weekend-long celebration of the 4th of July holiday and Pottstown’s Bicentennial.

Dorothy Padfield, daughter of Zern’s Farmer’s Market founder, celebrates her 100th birthday |Jun 30, 2015

Friends and family gathered at Manatawny Manor, 30 Old Schuylkill Rd., Pottstown, on June 19 to celebrate Mrs. Dorothy Padfield’s 100th birthday.

Schuylkill River Trail leads in national contest for ‘best urban trail’ |Jun 29, 2015

CONSHOHOCKEN >> In a Reader’s Choice contest between 20 trail systems nationwide the Schuylkill River Trail is currently leading the contest for the top choice among USA Today readers.

Relaying through the rain — Boyertown holds 8th Annual Relay For Life, seeks to meet goal by Aug. 31 |Jun 29, 2015

While enduring rainy weather — Relay For Life participants would not let their spirits be damped. Boyertown’s eighth annual Relay for Life kicked off at the Boyertown Community Park on Saturday, June 27.

Family Fun Fridays: Visit a Farmer’s Market for Culinary Adventures |Jun 28, 2015

As summer weather settles in, home gardeners can get impatient, waiting for tender young plants to grow and produce juicy tomatoes, sweet corn and other garden delights. Our whole family was sharing this impatience, so we decided to spend a fun Friday outing visiting a local farmer’s market.

GLOBETROTTING GRADUATE: Why I keep going back to Paris |Jun 27, 2015

Paris is not my favorite place to visit, yet I find myself consistently revisiting the city. Outside of London, it is the foreign city I know best.

Perspective on Parenting: 10 years a mom |Jun 27, 2015

Years ago, as a communications professional in the corporate world, I remember when my colleagues were honored for a decade or more of service. In a world where attention spans are gradually diminishing, doing anything constructive for 10 years can be considered quite an accomplishment.

5 home gardens toured at Fourth Annual Hamburg Garden Stroll |Jun 27, 2015

“Anyone in Hamburg who has a small area of sunshine can grow fruit and vegetables,” were the inspiring words offered to future gardeners by Paul Wikerd, a retired minister and resident of Hamburg since 1987.

Brew Hub: Craft brewing in the Philly region |Jun 25, 2015

The Craft Beer industry has soared to new heights globally, and the Philadelphia area has been a flagship of homebrewed growth and innovation.

Focus on the Family: Daughter’s peers focused on unrealistic beauty standards |Jun 24, 2015

Q: My daughter is entering the tween years, and I’m concerned about her self-image. The other girls in her peer group are so focused on being thin and wearing the right clothes. But my mom always told me, “Pretty is as pretty does.

Fitness: Better Self Image Starts Right Here! |Jun 24, 2015

What I have learned since opening my little boutique nearly 5 years ago...

Pottstown Health & Wellness Foundation awards more than $1.5 million in grant funds |Jun 23, 2015

The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation has awarded $1,547,345 in grant requests during the spring grant round of fiscal year 2014-2015 to 40 non-profit organizations, schools, and municipalities.

Pottstown’s Levi S. Wolf renamed to list of “Super Lawyers” In Pennsylvania |Jun 23, 2015

Levi S. Wolf of Wolf, Baldwin & Associates, P.C. in Pottstown, PA has been renamed to the list of top workers’ compensation attorneys in Pennsylvania for 2015 as published by Super Lawyers magazine.

“Summer of Ska” Pints for Pups event series benefit pets and pet owners in need |Jun 23, 2015

Humane Pennsylvania will present “Summer of Ska” in a series of three Pints for Pups events spanning Lancaster, Berks, and Montgomery counties this summer.

Mary visits St. Paul’s Vacation Bible School in Fleetwood |Jun 22, 2015

St. Paul’s U.C.C. in Fleetwood hosted its Vacation Bible School last week. Fleetwood resident Linda D. Bullock, Ms. Senior Pennsylvania America 2012, portrayed Mary during VBS. Mary writes about her experience at St.

Cruze in for a Cure: Fighting back in honor of Morgan |Jun 15, 2015

On Saturday, June 6, at the Morningstar Fellowship grounds in Bechtelsville, the “Miracles From Him” team, part of the Relay for Life of Boyertown, held their fourth annual Cruze In for a Cure event.

Robert and Joanna Werley celebrate 60 years of marriage |Jun 15, 2015

Robert C. and Joanna L. Werley, of Shoemakersville, will be celebrating 60 years of marriage on July 8. The couple was married in Elkton, Maryland, on July 8, 1955.

With the help of 3-D printers, Westtown School students develop prosthetic hands for children |Jun 13, 2015

Engineering students at Westtown School have developed robotic hands for two area children. As part of the school’s Hand Project, and in conjunction with Nemours/ Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, the high school students worked for months in Westtown’s Science Institute, customizing each hand so it would fit each child accordingly.

Perspective on Parenting: Stuff to do with kids this summer |Jun 13, 2015

School’s out, so it’s time to start thinking about how we’re going to pass the time and make some fabulous summertime memories for our families. While I know I’m definitely going to catch a few movies with my kids; I saw ET and the Goonies as a child of the 80s, I also want to make sure they experience the world around them.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Carmyn, a contented kitty who is always purring |Jun 12, 2015

Hi! My name is Carmyn, and I am a front-declawed, buff colored kitty who is looking for someone to love.

Adoptables from the Montco SPCA |Jun 12, 2015

Sandy, a 13-year-old chihuahua, and Sweetie Pie, a 15-year-old Yorkshire terrier, are both looking for a place to call home. Sandy and Sweetie Pie have spent many long years together and we hope to place them together as well.

Barbara’s Beauties of Southern Berks gather for tea |Jun 12, 2015

Barbara’s Beauties chapter of the Red Hat Society recently held a Tea Party on the patio of one of the members.

New Hamburg graduate discusses music and the future |Jun 11, 2015

When asked to describe the musical gifts of Hamburg Area High School 2015 graduate, Cody Knight, his music director, Dr. Christy Ryan, said, “he knows his ability level, but what people don’t know about him is how hard he works… People assume it comes easily.

Hamburg Area High School graduates ready for greatness |Jun 8, 2015

On Friday, June 5, 154 young adults and soon to be graduates entered the packed gymnasium at Hamburg Area High School in rows of two dressed in red and white. The class of 2015 was ready to graduate and celebrate the past 12 years of being shaped into young men and women ready to take on the world.

Tulpehocken High School graduates ready to make an impact |Jun 8, 2015

Tulpehocken’s 87 graduates celebrated their years together by focusing on the years to come. Friday, June 5 ceremoniously embraced the themes of facing adversity, making an impact, and sharing talents as a foundation to wish the graduates well on their way.

Schuylkill Valley High School graduates thank those who made it possible |Jun 8, 2015

True to the lyrics in the Schuykill Valley Alma Mater, written by James Rieser, Class of 1959, that say “Gratitude we owe to you…,” the theme of thankfulness was prevalent throughout the 2015 Commencement exercises.

Fourth annual Garden Tour set in Hamburg |Jun 8, 2015

The Hamburg Community Wildlife Habitat Committee is holding its fourth annual Garden Tour on Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gardens presented each year are all certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a wildlife habitat garden.

Cat Angel Network: Meet June Bug just overflowing with affection |Jun 5, 2015

June Bug is a beautiful long-haired kitty! She has a gorgeous plumed tail, and she loves to have you pet her super-soft fur. If you have a brush in your hand, she looks forward to a grooming session that will make her look her best!

Adoptables from the Montco SPCA |Jun 5, 2015

Bad hair day? Flower understands! This young Abyssinian Guinea Pig knows all too well about messy hair. Aside from being an absolute cutie, Flower has an equally attractive personality. Release number A254832.

Celebrating macaroni and cheese |Jun 4, 2015

Imagine a roomful of golfers chanting: “Mac and cheese! Mac and cheese! Mac and cheese!”

Sand volleyball tournament added to Elverson Day at the Park |Jun 3, 2015

Elverson Day at the Park is scheduled for Saturday, June 27 at the Livingood Park beginning at 3 pm and ending with fireworks at dark. It is a fabulous gathering of local folks – families, friends and neighbors enjoying an evening of music and fun.

St. Francis Academy celebrates two decades of Dairy Day |Jun 3, 2015

On May 29 Dairy Day at St. Francis Academy celebrated two decades of making oversized ice cream confections that thrilled, chilled and filled delighted students and everyone young at heart.

Kutz becomes 100th Eagle Scout in Troop 184’s 100th Year |Jun 1, 2015

Friends, families and fellow scouts gathered for an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Brandon Kutz, son of Craig and Tina Kutz, of Hamburg, on May 17. The occasion included a review of Kutz’s qualifications to achieve the rank, the reading of poems by guests, and comments and letters from local and national leaders.

Cat Angel Network: Meet two sisters who would like to stay together |May 29, 2015

Faith and Sapphire are sisters born in August, 2012. Their rescuer found them in the woods when they were kittens, and she gave them all the TLC they needed to make them well and strong.

Pets: Adoptables from the Montco S.P.C.A |May 29, 2015

Please meet Jaxon, a handsome and loving bachelor hoping to stumble across the love of his life. Jaxon enjoys showing off his athleticism, going on walks, and spending time with his humans. He is just shy of a year and a half, but very mature for his age; he will gladly demonstrate sit, down, paw, stay, come, and grabs his toy on command if you ask.

Volunteers serve meal at Hope Rescue Mission |May 28, 2015

A group of fifteen people, members of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Boyertown, travelled out to Reading to serve a meal at Hope Rescue Mission on Sunday, May 3.

Chestnut Knoll residents show off green thumbs and passion for gardening |May 28, 2015

The gardens at Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care are flourishing once again, thanks to the hard work and dedication of residents at Chestnut Knoll and members of the Pottstown Garden Club.

The Center at Spring Street has a new bus |May 28, 2015

The Center at Spring Street, located at 200 West Spring Street in Boyertown, is a gathering place for active older adults 55 years of age and over who are wanting to stay active and connected with other seniors in the community.

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.