Kutztown University Commencement a special day for stroke victim |Dec 19, 2014

This time last year, things were going well for Jennifer Sommers of Stroudsburg, Pa. As a special education pre-K - 8 and elementary education pre-K - 4 major at Kutztown University, she saw the light at the end of the tunnel and looked forward to graduating in the spring alongside her twin brother, Tim Sommers.

Oley farmer wins Sunoco’s Free Fuel 5000 Contest Grand Prize of $5,000 in fuel |Dec 19, 2014

Sunoco marks the first decade of its popular Free Fuel 5000 contest by giving out $5,000 Grand Prizes to 10 lucky customers from across the country.

Leader honored for 50 years of Scouting |Dec 19, 2014

John Mehltretter was not expecting a room full of Boy Scout leaders and members, family and friends yelling “Surprise!” when he walked into the weekly Troop 101 meeting at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kutztown on Tuesday.

Mind Your Body: A Perfect Time for Turning Inward |Dec 19, 2014

Winter has arrived and the nights have grown longer. Along with increased darkness, there is more quietude. As we look around us, we see bare branches. Many plants have gone dormant, there are fewer birds about, and numerous animals hibernate or go into “light hibernation.

Announcing the winners of the 8th Annual Festival of the Trees in Boyertown |Dec 18, 2014

From Boyertown Multi-Service The 8th Annual Festival of the Trees Event took place on Friday, Dec. 6, at Boyertown Multi-Service.

Pottstown MOMS Club holds Gift-A-Way Event |Dec 18, 2014

Most folks can use a little extra help from time to time—and what better time than the holiday season.

Owen J. teacher uses passion for scuba and outdoors to help students |Dec 17, 2014

BUCKTOWN >> How does a school district deal with truancy and behavior issues when the students simply have no interest in traditional education? Challenge them!

Big Shot: Elverson teen gets her first buck |Dec 16, 2014

Grace Brown, age 14, of Elverson, hunted her very first buck - a large 8 point! Grace’s dad, Andrew, and good friend, Craig Shenk were with Grace on this exciting day! Way to go Grace!! We’re all proud of you!

Penn State Master Gardeners of Lancaster County presents Master Gardeners Awards |Dec 16, 2014

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Lancaster County held their annual banquet and awards program on Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Farm and Home Center.

Brownies Brighten the Day for Seniors |Dec 16, 2014

Brownie Troop 1905 of Honey Brook paid a visit to residents of the Meadows Health Care Center on Saturday, December 7. Troop leader, Jennie Pratt, led the girls on a day long community service project at Tel Hai.

Perry Elementary: Mrs. Gatley’s class answers ‘What is your favorite holiday tradition?’ |Dec 15, 2014

Dalton L.: My favorite holiday tradition is being together with my family. I like to open presents with my family.

Perry Elementary: Ms. Hay’s class answers ‘What is your favorite holiday tradition?’ |Dec 15, 2014

Summer B.: I like giving presents. I like making Christmas cards with my mom. I like helping my mom make lasagna.

Perry Elementary: Mr. Bryan’s class answers ‘What is your favorite holiday tradition?’ |Dec 15, 2014

Noah N.: My favorite thing about Christmas is spending time with my family and hanging ornaments on the Christmas tree.

Bethel Elementary: Mrs. Schweigert’s class answers ‘What is your favorite holiday food?’ |Dec 15, 2014

Jair B.: My favorite holiday food is chocolate I get in my stocking and bread!

Bethel Elementary: Mrs. Kiebach’s class answers ‘What is your favorite holiday food?’ |Dec 15, 2014

Grace: My favorite holiday food is potatoes.

Bethel Elementary: Mrs. Schneck’s class answers ‘What is your favorite holiday food?’ |Dec 15, 2014

Briana: My favorite holiday food is turkey.

Pottstown Halloween Window Decorating awards distributed |Dec 12, 2014

On Wednesday, Dec. 3, awards for the Downtown Pottstown Halloween Window Decorating were issued at Pottstown’s Committee of the Whole Meeting.

Through My Kitchen Window: Making cheese is ‘cool’ |Dec 11, 2014

“What you doing, Mommy?” “Making cheese.”

Gilbertsville resident volunteers, raises puppies for Canine Companions for Independence |Dec 10, 2014

Raising a puppy is a tough job. From the normal tasks of teaching it to not chew the furniture and not eat anything it’s not supposed to, to teaching basic commands. But in the end, “sit”,“stay”, and “roll over” are usually sufficient enough.

Twin Valleys Garden Club decorates Coatesville Veterans Affairs building for holidays |Dec 10, 2014

Members of the Twin Valleys Garden Club recently decorated the lobbies of one of the Coatesville Veterans Affairs medical center buildings as part of the club’s annual community outreach. This has been a long-standing club effort and an important part of the club year.

Through My Kitchen Window: |Dec 10, 2014

It’s on cold days like this that I yearn for soup. Somehow, even my layers of wool sweaters don’t warm me like a good bowl of stew that has simmered in the crockpot all day. A good soup recipe is passed down through the generations, savored by those in every walk of life.

Congratulations to the Item and Patriot Pumpkin Hunt winner |Dec 8, 2014

Congratulations to our Pumpkin Hunt winner, Holly Keller of Hamburg. Holly correct found 20 Pumpkin Hunt logos in the section. Be sure to keep an eye out for our next hunt contest.

Hamburg Area High School November Student of the Month |Dec 8, 2014

Congratulations to senior Kristen Wade, the November Student of the Month at Hamburg Area High School. She is the daughter of Diana Davenport of Hamburg and Michael Wade of Port Carbon.

Building a Better Boyertown’s 11th Annual Chillin’ on Main |Dec 8, 2014

The first Saturday in Decemeber this year—Saturday, Dec. 6—marked the 11th annual Chillin’ on Main event and offically kicked off the holiday season in Boyertown. While the weather wasn’t ideal, the dark and rainy skies didn’t dampen the holiday spirit.

Micro Sprint drivers and fans race to help Mertztown boy Bradley Heater, 3, fighting Lymphoblastic Leukemia |Dec 6, 2014

Micro Sprint drivers and fans race to help a Mertztown three-year old fighting Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Boyertown Area Multi-Service hosts 8th Annual Festival of Trees |Dec 5, 2014

On Dec. 5, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Boyertown Area Multi-Service will be hosting The 8th Annual Festival of Trees. This event is a way for the community to come together to help local families celebrate Christmas, as well as to help them survive the cold winter months.

Chestnut Knoll residents give thanks for the Pottstown Garden Club |Dec 5, 2014

Residents at Chestnut Knoll are thankful for the Pottstown Garden Club! Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care has a few residents who are active in the Garden Club, which is a combined effort with the Pottstown Garden Club.

Kutztown University sophomore Katy Douillette serves community as firefighter, volunteers for Campbelltown and Kutztown fire companies |Dec 5, 2014

Kutztown University sophomore Katy Douillette is a thrill-seeker—she loves the excitement of a call from the fire station in the middle of the night; the rush of speeding to the scene; the majesty of a wave of water falling over flames that lick the sky far above her head.

Chamber honors juniors for business leadership and excellence |Dec 5, 2014

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce recently recognizes students from Kutztown, Fleetwood, Hamburg, Oley, and Brandywine during their breakfast meeting.

Pitching coach teaches more than softball |Dec 4, 2014

Many Twin Valley softball pitchers know Dan DeMarco for his life lessons, not just as a coach.

Ride along with Elverson farmer: Bill Beam talks about new high oleic soybean |Dec 4, 2014

Earlier this harvest season, I had the opportunity to ride along with Elverson farmer Bill Beam.

Morgantown/Elverson Lions Club grocery shopping spree winner donates food to Twin Valley Food Bank |Dec 4, 2014

Lions Carl Gundrum and Paul Dymond and Walmart store manager Rnita are shown with the supply of food items donated to the Twin Valley Food Bank.

Big Shot: Junior Troop earns Get Moving Journey Badge |Dec 4, 2014

Pictured here is Junior Troop 1441 (4th graders at HBEC) working on their Get Moving Journey Badge. Homeowners Barney and Nancy Leonard along with their architect Matthew Moger provide the troop with a tour of their Sustainable Home.

On the Record with Carol: Reading Royals honor Morgantown area veteran |Dec 1, 2014

Nov. 22, the Reading Royals hosted Veteran’s Appreciation Game Day at the Santander Arena, Reading.

Brandywine Task Force, Kutztown Strong host country line dancing night for students |Dec 1, 2014

The Brandywine Heights Community Task Force and Kutztown Strong came together on Nov. 30 to offer high school students a free night of fun and country line dancing at C.J. Hummel’s.

Kutztown graduate takes Ultimate Frisbee to Armed Forces |Dec 1, 2014

Kutztown High School graduate Sam Esser, a professional Ultimate Frisbee player with the Philadelphia Phoenix, recently returned from a trip overseas to teach the game to our Armed Forces’ men and women stationed in the South Pacific.

Fleetwood Girl Scout Daisy Troop crafts turkeys, just for fun! |Dec 1, 2014

Fleetwood Daisy Girl Scout Troop 1956 made Turkey crafts at their meeting held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fleetwood. These first grade girls just finished collecting and learning about other children that are not as blessed as they are.

Publishing techie switches to emergency medical services career |Nov 26, 2014

Here’s how Richard Becker spent his vacation in Disneyworld.

Fleetwood Girl Scouts plant fall mums at Willow Creek Elementary |Nov 26, 2014

Fleetwood Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1793 planted mums at Willow Creek Elementary School in Fleetwood.

What’s Cooking with LindaWhen it’s cold outside, eat soup! |Nov 26, 2014

As soon as the cold settled in, it’s SOUP TIME! Lenore Lasowecky, Fleetwood, shares this recipe for Mexican Meatball Soup that is hearty, warm and flavorful.

Aging Parent Fair helps answer questions; Held Dec. 4 at Kutztown Grange |Nov 26, 2014

Professionals serving the aging population in Berks County will host the Aging Parent Fair, providing attendees with financial resources, care alternatives, assistive services and connections to the people and programs who can serve them and their loved ones, according to Wendy Kerschner of Comfort Keepers.

Twin Valley High School December Intern of the Month Sarah Mundell |Nov 25, 2014

Sarah Mundell, a senior at Twin Valley High School, has been named December’s Intern of the Month.

Twin Valley Rotary Club honors Twin Valley senior Ashley Hoffma, and junior Jared Lawler |Nov 25, 2014

Twin Valley School District officials are pleased to announce that on November 19 the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School senior Ashley Hoffman, and junior Jared Lawler as their Students of the Month.

Tilden Elementary Center fourth graders in Mrs. Fuhrmann’s class answer what they are thankful for |Nov 24, 2014

What are Tilden Elementary Center fourth graders in Mrs. Fuhrmann’s class thankful for this year? Here are their responses.

Penn Bernville Elementary third graders in Mr. Luckenbill’s class answer what they are thankful for |Nov 24, 2014

What are Penn Bernville Elementary third graders in Mr. Luckenbill’s class thankful for this year? Here are their responses.

Shartlesville Lions Club holds annual free Thanksgiving dinner |Nov 24, 2014

It’s a Shartlesville Lions Club tradition to prepare a free Thanksgiving dinner for the seniors citizens of the township each year. This year the Lions served a traditional holiday meal, complete with choice of chocolate or vanilla cake to approximately 115 Seniors.

‘Adventures in the Land of Art’: Kutztown Middle Schoolers, KU art students offer art experience with senior citizens |Nov 24, 2014

Kutztown Middle School and Kutztown University art students collaborated for “Adventures in the Land of Art,” offering an art experience with community senior citizens.

Engagement notice: Steinbrecher and DelRossi to wed |Nov 22, 2014

Heather Steinbrecher, Elverson, and Terry DelRossi, Honey Brook, announce their engagement.

Big Shot: Bill McClarin |Nov 22, 2014

With Thanksgiving only days away, many people pause to contemplate why they are thankful. They may show their thanks during church, in an assignment written for school or in the form of a prayer at the Thanksgiving dinner table.

John’s Supply hosts Honey Brook holiday food drive Dec. 6 |Nov 22, 2014

For the fourth year, John’s Supply and Rental owners, John and Dorothy Seldomridge, and their family are hosting a holiday food drive at the Honey Brook Food Pantry, located at Door 8 of the Good Food Distribution Center, on Dec.