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Twin Valley Fire Department’s first BBQ competition smoking hot |May 24, 2017

Twin Valley Fire Department’s first professional barbecue competition, Twin Valley Fire & Smoke, attracted hundreds to Morgantown to support the fire department.

Lindsay Adam inducted into Hamburg Fine Arts Hall of Fame |May 24, 2017

The Hamburg Area School District is proud to announce Lindsay Adam as the 2017 inductee into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame. Members of the Hall of Fame are recognized for distinguished service to community art programs as well as contributions to the fine arts programs throughout the district.

FROM THE GROUND UP: The upside of tent caterpillars |May 24, 2017

Right now, they’re everywhere — those white, webby, Halloween-y things in the crotches of tree branches. Inside the webs are hundreds of wriggly, leaf-chomping Eastern Tent Caterpillars.

FOOD: Tasty spring salad recipes to try tonight |May 23, 2017

Faced with six types of lettuce on display, a woman wondered aloud which to buy.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Get the grill ready for dessert |May 23, 2017

Time to fire up the grill for this sweet treat. Melba classically uses peaches but nectarines are almost the same fruit. The difference between the two? Fuzzy skin! Many authorities will have you believe that the nectarine is slightly firmer and sweeter, but this is untrue.

Kutztown native competes in Mrs. Pennsylvania Pageant |May 23, 2017

Kutztown native Caitlin Puccio will be competing in the Mrs. Pennsylvania Pageant on June 10 in Philadelphia.

FOOD: Three ways to enjoy rhubarb |May 17, 2017

There’s no mistaking those showy (and poisonous) leaves, crimson stalks and tart taste. All hail rhubarb season!

NUTRITION: Foster children’s healthy eating habits with structure |May 17, 2017

Emotional eating — the habit of eating to cope with stress, boredom or negative feelings rather than to satisfy true hunger — is a behavior that can often lead to overeating and weight gain.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Whisk this easy-as-pie barbecue sauce |May 16, 2017

Sometimes it is easier to just go to the store and purchase barbecue sauce. But when you come across a recipe that is killer, then it is worth the extra effort. Jack’s Barbecue Sauce is just such a recipe.

Kutztown Junior battling cancer crowned Prom Princess |May 16, 2017

Kutztown junior Nikolette Nolte, who is battling cancer, was crowned Prom Princess at the 2017 Kutztown Area High School Prom held at Bear Creek Resort on May 12. Also crowned that night were Kutztown seniors Ashley Bleiler and Joshua Mengel as Prom Queen and King and junior Mason Brett as Prom Prince.

Taste of Kutztown Wine, Beer and Food Festival coming June 10 |May 15, 2017

The Taste of Kutztown Wine, Beer And Food Festival is set for its 8th annual celebration at Kutztown Park on June 10.

UPSIDE DOWN: Real men do salsa |May 12, 2017

Salsa isn’t one of those dances you do with a bunch of tipsy girlfriends while a group of comatose guys look on. And it’s not one of those dances where girls do all the wiggling and men lend a helping hand.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Beautiful spring whites |May 10, 2017

Several weeks ago (From the Ground Up, April 20), I wrote about the Bradford Callery Pear; how this once-heralded and widely-planted cultivar has become a serious nuisance tree. Believed to be sterile, it has been cross-breeding with other pear trees and is now out of control.

Mother’s Day desserts: Sweet treats to show mom you care |May 9, 2017

Of course, mom loves flowers, phone calls, handmade cards and heartfelt hugs, but this Mother’s Day, why not whip up something as sweet as she is?

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Settling Estates filled with Antiques |May 9, 2017

Grandma passed away leaving behind a house filled with art, antiques and collectibles. You and your family members have varied feelings about her heirlooms. Some of your relatives want to divvy up everything.

Girls on the Run of Berks County 5K set for May 20 |May 9, 2017

Girls on the Run of Berks County will host its annual Spring 5K event at Penn State-Berks University on Saturday, May 20, at 9:30 a.m. It’s open to all runners and walkers.

THE YANKEE CHEF: These patties are loaded with flavor |May 9, 2017

Sure, “Que” season is here and most likely everyone is thinking beef burgers, steaks, ribs and anything else a man (yes, I will put the odd-ball ideas squarely on our own shoulders) can dream up.

Use your noodle! |May 3, 2017

Want to eat more veggies? Noodle around with spiralized sweet potato, squash, beets, carrots and more. Better yet, pair them with spring flavors for a tasty lunch, dinner or side dish.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Gardening and community — plant sales, contests, and more |Apr 26, 2017

Gardening creates so many opportunities to build community — from the simple act of sharing a spring bouquet or own-grown produce, to hobnobbing with growers at local plant sales or taking part in a community garden contest.

FOOD: Celebrating asparagus — a sure sign of spring |Apr 26, 2017

On a warm, sunny afternoon earlier this month, Bob Lange surveyed a three-quarter acre field and said, “Yeah, they’re coming.” Then he bent down, cut a spear and enjoyed his first asparagus of the season.

National Pretzel Day is April 26: Get a free pretzel from Philly Pretzel Factory |Apr 25, 2017

On Wednesday, April 26, pretzel fans can rejoice as their local Philly Pretzel Factory joins in the brand’s decade-long celebration of National Pretzel Day and gives away one free pretzel for every customer who walks through the door.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Steam this feel good dinner entree |Apr 25, 2017

Yup, it is that time of year that we begin to notice last year’s summer attire (heck, even some of our winter clothes) are just a tad snug. Here is a great recipe that will make you feel just a little better about what you are eating.

CHEAP EATS: $10 dinners to try tonight |Apr 24, 2017

Tightening your belt after Tax Day? Stretch your budget with healthy $10 dinners your family will love like black bean chili.

Morgantown Vietnam veteran honored as hero with Purple Heart |Apr 20, 2017

When Marine Staff Sgt. James Beningo Jr. returned in 1969 from Vietnam, he was scorned, ignored and even spit on. There was no hero’s welcome for Veterans returning from an unpopular war.

Dance for a cause at Zumbathon in North Coventry for woman with cancer |Apr 19, 2017

NORTH COVENTRY >> The community is invited to dance for fitness while raising money for a worthy cause with a Zumba fundraiser on Saturday.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Beware of this pretty invasive |Apr 19, 2017

Around Easter time, there are always a lot of ads advising parents against giving their children adorable chicks and bunnies as gifts unless they are prepared to bear the responsibility of caring for the animals.

CHEAP EATS: $10 dinners to try tonight |Apr 19, 2017

Tightening your belt after Tax Day? Stretch your budget with healthy $10 dinners your family will love like black bean chili.

THE YANKEE CHEF: What’s on your plate? Grilled cheese and gravy |Apr 18, 2017

Ah ... yeah! Lightly breaded cheese that has been grilled until the outside is crisp and the inside is melting. Serve with Southern Tomato Gravy and this is a dish that is screaming decadence. Tomato Gravy is also, and classically, served on top of biscuits in the South, so try it either way.

Photos: Bally Lions Club hosts Egg Hunt |Apr 17, 2017

Held Saturday April 15 at the park in Bally, 1000 plastic eggs filled with trinkets and gifts dotted the grassy area behind the pool. Kids not only ran to collect eggs, but also received a small bag of assorted candy.

Sir Topham Hatt visits Reading Public Museum |Apr 13, 2017

The Reading Public Museum hosted over 200 young fans of Thomas the Tank Engine for a meet and greet with Sir Topham Hatt, the famous conductor that appears in many episodes of the television series Thomas & Friends.

Chocolate ‘eggstravaganza’: Home cooks share DIY secrets |Apr 11, 2017

“Looking good!” manager Terri Stoltz told an assembly line of candymaking volunteers — eight retirees wearing colonial mob caps in a nod to their surroundings.

Cheesy dish perfect use for leftover mashed potatoes |Apr 11, 2017

Golden, cheesy and, with that hint of ham, simply a great addition to your dinner table. The flavor of loaded potatoes, the texture of classic Duchess spuds and the look of slab pie. Did I mention easy as well? Using leftover mashed potato is also perfect in this preparation.

PHOTOS: Hobart’s Ram Run promotes Hill School’s neighborhood revitalization initiative |Apr 10, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> About 60 people began their Sunday morning with a running start when they participated in the first Hobart’s Ram 5K at The Hill School.

Author of ‘The Easter Bunny Brothers’ visits St. Francis Academy |Apr 10, 2017

Blandon author Dori Hoch visited St. Francis Academy of Bally on April 6. She read her book “The Easter Bunny Brothers” to students in pre-k through second grades.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Herb Sale to feature Coriandrum |Apr 7, 2017

Coriandrum sativum is an herb that leads a double life. In its leafy form, it’s known as cilantro or Chinese parsley. In its seed form, it’s known as coriander. It can be confusing! It’s the same plant, yet its different names reflect two different plant parts and two distinct flavors and uses in various cuisines world-wide.

Run through The Hill School campus at 5K race on Sunday |Apr 7, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Runners of all ages are invited to race through The Hill School campus during the Hobart’s Ram 5K and 1-mile fun run on Sunday morning.

FOOD: These breakfast sandwiches range from healthy to ‘wowing’ |Apr 5, 2017

When the Earl of Sandwich first enjoyed his namesake creation, he probably never dreamed of one called a “Cinnamuncher.” But you can as area chefs share three wake-up-worthy sandwich recipes to start your day.

NUTRITION: Spring break doesn’t mean reverting to bad snack habits |Apr 4, 2017

Are we there yet? Spring break season is here and whether you are traveling by plane, train or automobile, you will want something good to eat.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Make these for your next get-together |Apr 4, 2017

A delicious version of the classic Italian caprese appetizer, but using another favorite of Italy ... prosciutto. 

‘Girls Night’ held to benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation |Apr 3, 2017

Hallie Paules and Lauren Bush recently organized an event to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation — a group which is committed to fighting childhood cancer.

FROM THE GROUND UP: The buzz on urban beekeeping |Mar 31, 2017

The biodiversity of cities makes them surprisingly good places to raise bees. This was the premise behind Dr. Noah Wilson-Rich’s presentation on Urban Beekeeping at the Philadelphia Flower Show earlier this month.

MOMS Club East of Douglassville observes 15th anniversary |Mar 31, 2017

Six weeks after Megan Ahles and her family moved into Amity Township, Megan and her daughter Reese were involved in a head-on automobile accident. The incident, which left Ahles wheelchair-bound for five months, triggered a series of events that eventually led her to join a local club with activities almost expressly tailored to her needs.

Culture club: Philly region’s cheese makers ‘connecting landscape and foodscape’ |Mar 28, 2017

Amethyst grew protective, shielding her kids as visitors approached. She’d given birth about 25 minutes earlier to a boy and a girl, who may go by “Amaryllis.”

THE YANKE CHEF: This snack might become a new favorite |Mar 28, 2017

What I adore about this recipe is the low amount of refined table sugar and the fact that any berry or orchard fruit would be perfectly acceptable in this recipe. The crispy nut base is accentuated with fresh fruit, making it a great after school snack or addition to breakfast.

Skippack artist’s mural brightens children’s lives at Montgomery County Court Care |Mar 24, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A colorful, playful and inspirational mural with the theme “Keep Looking Up,” created by a Skippack artist, now greets children at Montgomery County Court Care, a licensed drop-in care center for families who have court business to attend.

Church volunteers prepare and serve meal for Hope Rescue Mission |Mar 24, 2017

On Thursday, March 16, a group of women were busy in the kitchen at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church preparing shepherd’s pie — one hundred servings worth — for the men at Hope Rescue Mission.

Soup’s on! Celebrate spring with five fresh recipes |Mar 22, 2017

After a warm February and snowy March, it’s officially spring ­­‑ a time when chefs eagerly await tendrils, shoots and other tempting ingredients for seasonal soups.

FROM THE GROUND UP: More than plants at the Philadelphia Flower Show |Mar 22, 2017

Each year I go to the Philadelphia Flower Show with hope in my heart. This is not because I am pining for green, growing things and fragrant flowers. It’s because I hope that behind all the grandeur and amazement that is the Flower Show, I will find something that informs and inspires me.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A peach pudding to welcome Spring |Mar 22, 2017

I think this “pudding” is out of this world. It reminds me of a chocolate pudding cake.....moist and decadent. To me, it is a mixture of the New England Cobbler and a Buckle. This classic is usually prepared using a sugar syrup that is poured over the top, but I find the natural sweetness of peaches and oranges is far superior, sorry Tennessee purists.

PHOTOS: Boyertown Wellness Fair promotes healthy living |Mar 21, 2017

The Wellness Council of Boyertown had their 12th Annual Wellness Fair on Saturday. The event included more than 50 vendors and hundreds of people in attendance. Through the day, there were several healthy breakout sessions on topics such as nutritious snacks and how gratefulness is good for health.