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Grandparents Day Celebration featured classic-car display, food, bake sale, root beer floats and entertainment by Good Intentions |Sep 16, 2014

The Lutheran Home at Topton recently held a Grandparents Day Celebration that included a classic-car display, food, a bake sale, root beer floats, and entertainment by Good Intentions. The goal of the celebration was to recognize the role grandparents play in so many lives.

Boyertown community raises flag, remembers Sept. 11 |Sep 15, 2014

On Thursday, Sept. 11, Walnut Woods of Boyertown held a flag raising ceremony to reflect on the events and those lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Area officials and emergency responders reflected alongside residents of Walnut Woods.

Kutztown University professor publishes innovative novel |Sep 15, 2014

Kutztown University Professor Dr. Keith Massie published “Amber in the Moment,” an avant-garde novel which adapts illustrations from Kurt Vonnegut’s “Breakfast of Champions.

Kutztown University professor studies ancient footprints: Romanian cave offers glimpse into early life in Europe |Sep 15, 2014

Kutztown University professor Dr. David Webb has been analyzing ancient footprints from the Ciur-Izbuc Cave in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania.

Hamburg graduate featured speaker at Mercersburg Academy’s Opening Convocation |Sep 15, 2014

Matthew Caretti, who is entering his 13th year on the faculty at Mercersburg Academy, was the featured speaker at the school’s 2014–2015 Opening Convocation Sept. 7. Caretti grew up in Shoemakersville and graduated from Hamburg Area High School.

Earnshaws of Morgantown: Couple sees one street Morgantown expand to a multi-street village |Sep 15, 2014

Betty M. Ranck was born in Honey Brook April 13, 1926 to Fred W. Rank, Sr. (1888-1965) and Mary C. Richard (1892 - 1984).

ColumnHaving lunch with Walt Funk |Sep 9, 2014

The last four and a half years I have been treasurer for Honey Brook Meals on Wheels. I have had contact with many of the Meals on Wheels’ clients and much more contact with them in the last two years since I have also been a substitute coordinator and substitute driver delivering meals.

Celebrate Harvest Time at Hopewell Furnace Sept. 13 |Sep 9, 2014

The National Park Service invites the public to “Harvest Time” --a historic harvest day at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site on Saturday, Sept. 13, according to Hopewell Furnace NHS Superintendent Edie Shean-Hammond.

Boyertown, Exeter grads Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt team up with Sylvester Stallone for ‘Expendables 3’ |Sep 9, 2014

Back in 2000, Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt met during a screenwriting class in Philadelphia. The two have been writing together ever since—all the way to Hollywood.

Antiques Complex of Fleetwood closing, owners retiring after 30 years in business: new antique co-op to open |Sep 9, 2014

Antiques Complex of Fleetwood, Route 222, is closing its doors, offering closing sales to clear out their inventory.

A home cook’s guide to oil options |Sep 9, 2014

My husband and I are having a slight disagreement. He says peanut, I say olive.

Chile Pepper Food Festival is hot; Thousands gather in Bowers for everything peppers: food, music, hot sauce and salsa contest |Sep 8, 2014

Bowers >> Connoisseurs of spicy packed William Delong Park to test their taste buds this past weekend at the 19th Annual Bower’s Chile Pepper Food Festival.

106 year old not slowing down: Keystone Villa at Fleetwood resident reflects on long life |Sep 8, 2014

Miriam P. Stoyer, aka “Mim,” who turns 106 years old on Sept. 14, made it clear during a recent interview that she “is not calling it quits” anytime soon.

Pure Wild Tea a family affair: Bernville woman makes dream a reality with tea business |Sep 8, 2014

Summer may be drawing to a close, but one of the sweet tastes of the season will be available all year thanks to a Bernville family and their Pure Wild Tea.

Brandywine Library hosts 25th Birthday Bash: Children enjoy cake, games and Chump the Clown |Sep 8, 2014

Topton >> The Brandywine Community Library celebrated its 25th anniversary on Saturday morning with a birthday bash for children.

Fitness by Ina surprises its oldest member Emmett Fenstermaker, 93, Kuztown, with surprise party, cake, singing |Sep 5, 2014

Kutztown >> Members of Fitness by Ina in Kutztown celebrated the birthday of their oldest member, 93-year-old Emmett Fenstermaker Sept. 2.

Zion Spies holds 2nd Annual Car Show Event and Apple Harvest Festival |Sep 4, 2014

The Zion Spies Evangelical Lutheran Church held their 2nd Annual Car Show Event and Apple Harvest Festival on Saturday, August 30. Despite competition from Boyertown’s Duryea Days and heavily overcast skies the event attracted about fifty entries and was spared from even a single drop of rain.

Gilbertsville woman to participate in Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center |Sep 3, 2014

One local woman has been making some life changes, and now her and her husband are hoping to change the lives of others by supporting the fight against cancer. They will be riding in the Ride to Conquer Cancer which benefits Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center.

2014 Hay Creek Festival features living history demos, children’s activities, homemade food |Sep 3, 2014

Morgantown >> Preparations are underway for the 2014 Hay Creek Festival, the region’s premier historic and family event. This year’s theme is an extraordinary historic family adventure again taking visitors back through the 160 year life span of the iron making community.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Frederick Living staff and residents accept |Sep 2, 2014

Staff and residents of Frederick Mennonite Community in Frederick, Pa. participated in at ALS Ice Bucket Challenge the morning of Friday, Aug. 29.

MCCC student Candace Benson of Pottstown is runner-up in BET’s Sunday Best Competition |Sep 1, 2014

Montgomery County Community College student Candace Benson of Pottstown is the runner-up on BET’s Sunday Best gospel-based music competition with Geoffrey Golden of Cleveland, Ohio, taking the top spot.

Diakon Adoption & Foster Care staff member Melanie Rehrig receives Permanency Teamwork Recognition Award |Sep 1, 2014

Topton >> Melanie Rehrig, who supervises the Family Finding and Older Child Matching Imitative efforts at the Topton office of Diakon Adoption & Foster Care, was one of three adoption professionals who recently received the Permanency Teamwork Recognition Award during the annual conference of the Statewide Adoption & Permanency Network.

How old do you think the earth is? |Sep 1, 2014

Honey Brook Twp. >> Tel Hai’s Life Enrichment Committee will offer a two-session discussion of this fascinating and long-debated subject.

Through My Kitchen Window: Avoid the school lunch slump |Sep 1, 2014

Are you packing multiple lunches, or need a fast lunch for your preschooler or homeschooler? Here are a few quick and easy lunch ideas to keep you out of the school lunch slump.

Hamburg native Vanessa Long reaches for her dreams in New York City |Sep 1, 2014

In just three short months, Hamburg native Vanessa Long has worked on one off-Broadway show and one off-off-Broadway show as well as currently preparing for her next show which premieres Nov. 7 in New York City.

Topton couple celebrates 65th anniversary |Sep 1, 2014

Robert and Carol Schillinger, residents of The Lutheran Home at Topton, recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a small family celebration at the senior living community. The couple were married Aug.

Harold “Freck” Miller reflects on his experience in his seventh decade of scouting |Sep 1, 2014

In 1939, FDR was president, a loaf of bread was eight cents and televisions were the newest technology available. Also that year, Hamburg native Harold “Freck” Miller became the first in his family to join the scouts.

What’s Cooking with Linda: Blueberry Coffee Cake |Sep 1, 2014

ANY FLAVOR Coffee Cake! This coffee cake recipe was enjoyed at a recent recipe group as a Blueberry Coffee cake. It was moist and perfect! Feel free to substitute another fresh fruit in place of the blue berries.

Morgantown flying clubs tour Lancaster Airport Tower |Sep 1, 2014

Members of the Tri-County Flyers and the Morgantown Aero Club, and other local Morgantown Airport pilots and family members recently attended a tour of the Lancaster Airport control tower.

Honey Brook Historical Society undertakes preservation of The Honey Brook Herald |Sep 1, 2014

More than 2,000 copies of the Honey Brook Herald have found a new home with the Honey Brook Historical Society.

Kutztown Community Partnership takes the Ice Bucket Challenge: Mayor Green, Mamma’s Pizza, Kutztown Library help raise awareness, funds for ALS |Aug 27, 2014

Kutztown Community Partnership took the Ice Bucket Challenge, eagerly and willingly.

Dreibelbis Farm hosts PA German Farm Festival |Aug 27, 2014

Virginville >> Time comes to a standstill where history chooses to leave its footprints.

Bat rehabilitator talks to Longswamp Boy Scout Pack 575 |Aug 26, 2014

The boy scouts of Longswamp Pack 575, Den 2, from Mertztown, received an education in bats on a recent Friday night.

German pen friend visits Kutztown |Aug 26, 2014

Fleetwood alumna Heidi Schroeder has a German pen friend she has been writing to since the 6th grade, about 17 years.

Master Kim’s Black Belt Academy students earn black belts |Aug 25, 2014

It was a time that they were waiting for. Each person was thrilled and anxious at the same time. “What day? What time?” you may ask? It was the week end that they were testing for their Black Belts at Master Kim’s Black Belt Academy in Bechtelsville.

Behind-the-scenes tour: Twin Valleys Garden Club tours production greenhouses at Longwood Gardens |Aug 23, 2014

Members and guests of Twin Valleys Garden Club got a behind-the-scenes tour of the production greenhouses at Longwood Gardens on June 25.

Boyertown Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA holds annual Award Ceremony |Aug 21, 2014

The Boyertown Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA holds an annual Award Ceremony to recognize the girls who have earned the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. This year’s event was held on July 27, 2014 at St.

Run4Sam gives back to community in runner’s memory |Aug 20, 2014

Runners, walkers and supporters spent a rainy morning at Gring’s Mill Park on Sunday morning, Aug. 17, for the seventh annual Run4Sam. The 4 mile or 10K race and 2 mile walk followed by kids fun run is in memory and honor of Samuel Brooklyn Reed, a Schuylkill Valley High School graduate and cross country runner who was killed by a hit and run drunk driver while attending the University of Pittsburgh on September 1, 2007.

Cars line up for Boyertown Lady Bears car wash |Aug 19, 2014

The Borough of Boyertown was bustling on Saturday. With events scheduled in the area throughout the day bringing a steady traffic flow through town, it seemed the perfect day for one local sports team to wash some cars in order to raise funds for the upcoming season.

No room for error |Aug 19, 2014

After climbing 14,410 feet to the summit of Mount Rainier, Scott Wallace knew exactly how he wanted to live the moment.

Shirley Moyer of Oley Township inducted into Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors Secretary Hall of Fame |Aug 18, 2014

In 1979, Shirley Moyer was working at a bank when one of her regular customers asked a question that would change the course of her career. The customer was the treasurer of the municipal authority in Oley Township, Berks County, and the question was whether Moyer would consider a new job.

Kutztown 9-year-old girl donates hair to Children With Hair Loss |Aug 18, 2014

Maisy Kellum of Kutztown recently donated 9 inches of her hair to Children With Hair Loss.

Oley native celebrates 102nd birthday alongside Senator Bob Mensch, PA Representative David Maloney and Boyertown Mayor Marianne Deery |Aug 15, 2014

Willard Fisher, an Oley Township native, recently celebrated his 102 birthday alongside friends, family and local officials.

Save summer’s bounty by canning it |Aug 15, 2014

Anyone who’s met Beth Miller recognizes her can-do spirit. The canning guru preserves a staggering amount of summer’s bounty, including jams, jellies, peaches, pickles, potatoes and her favorite, zucchini-pineapple.

Chestnut Knoll Earns Top Honor for 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Looks Ahead to 2014 |Aug 14, 2014

Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care continues to help the Alzheimer’s Association one step at a time—literally.

Calendar of Events for The Southern Berks News Aug. 20 edition |Aug 14, 2014

Saturday, Aug. 23 CHICKEN BARBECUE

Berks County Commissioners honor Iron Horse Helpers on 10th and Final Anniversary |Aug 13, 2014

A farewell party was held by the local Iron Horse Helpers at the Womelsdorf VFW Pavilion in Womelsdorf on July 26.

Pottstown teacher authors children’s book |Aug 12, 2014

What do you do if you have a young child who constantly wakes up in the night worried about noises that they hear? Well, if you are Pottstown High School teacher Marilyn Bainbridge, you use your writing skills and become the author of a child’s literature book entitled “What Was That Sound?”

Honey Brook resident enjoys visits from Pet Therapy Dog Jax |Aug 12, 2014

From AseraCare Hospice AseraCare Hospice volunteer Nicole Palmer, Sergeant, Lancaster State Police Barracks, hospice brings joy to others by sharing her two Therapy Dog International (TDI) dogs, Jax and Duke.

Scholarship News |Aug 12, 2014

Ronald McDonald House Charities /Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources scholarship recipient Tiffany Pershall, a senior at Twin Valley High School in Chester County, accepted a certificate of achievement from McDonald’s Owner/Operator Jonathan Chong at an awards celebration held on June 16 at the Hyatt at The Bellevue in Philadelphia.