Master Gardeners hold winter gardening series in February |Jan 26, 2015

Penn State Master Gardeners are offering a Winter Gardening Series of how-to topics for area gardeners on four Thursday evenings in February, at the Berks County Agricultural Center in Bern Township.

Celebrating ‘Hat Day’ |Jan 26, 2015

Students at St. Francis Academy, Bally, recently celebrated ‘Hat Day.’

Guest Column: Eating My Way Down Main Street |Jan 23, 2015

At the top of Main Street in Kutztown sits a quaint coffee shop. Uptown Espresso Bar: A second library for Kutztown University students and a common pit stop for the town regulars in need of their daily dose of coffee.

Sly Fox Brewing Company’s newest release hits the trail in April to benefit the Schuylkill River Trail |Jan 23, 2015

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is pleased to announce its collaboration with Sly Fox Brewing Company, Pottstown, Pa., on the release of a new canned beer that benefits and celebrates the Schuylkill River Trail.

Wedding Announcement: Felter and Loch married in September |Jan 23, 2015

Sarah Felter and Matthew Thomas Loch were married on September 13, 2014 at Mellon Park in Pittsburgh.

Engagement Notice: Hoffert and Paterno to wed in March |Jan 23, 2015

Tracy Hoffert and Dr. Stephen Paterno, both of Coppell, Texas, announce their engagement.

New Year, real you: Try a plant-based diet |Jan 21, 2015

Outside, traffic whizzed by on Lancaster Avenue in Devon. Inside the Raw Can Roll Cafe, a blender whirred.

Tri County RecordChristmas 2014 Coloring Contest Winners |Jan 21, 2015

The following youth won the Tri County Record Christmas 2014 Coloring Contest:

A lover’s feast filled with chocolate treats: Valentine’s Breakfast Buffet at Historic Joanna Furnace will be held Feb. 14 |Jan 21, 2015

You and your Valentine (and don’t forget the rest of the family) can enjoy a unique Valentine’s Day experience. Indulge in a chocolate enhanced buffet menu and become acquainted with the site and the people of Historic Joanna Furnace.

Honey Brook mother and daughter host bone marrow donor registration drive |Jan 21, 2015

Honey Brook mother and daughter Carol Rathgeber and Caitlin Mooney are teaming up with Delete Blood Cancer to hold a bone marrow donor registration drive on Jan. 30 from 5-8 p.m. at St. Peter UCC in Knauertown.

First Fire and Ice Festival brings warmth to Reading with local flare |Jan 18, 2015

As the Russian author Anton Chekhov said, “People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” And there were hundreds of happy people in downtown Reading this past weekend for the First Annual Fire and Ice Festival.

Fleetwood Lions Club and Grange honor senior citizens for lifetime contributions to community |Jan 16, 2015

The 49th annual Senior Citizens Banquet was held on November 29, 2014 at the Fleetwood Grange Hall. The banquet is held each year and is to honor the senior citizens for their lifetime contributions they have made to our community.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Thinking outside the (brownie) box |Jan 16, 2015

I cannot tell a (baking-related) lie. I use boxed, store-bought brownie mix. To me, the ultimate brownie not only has an over-the-top, amazing, “Oh my gosh I need a glass of milk right now to wash this down” chocolate flavor but is of the fudge and not the cake variety.

‘Huggy Bear’ added to Boyertown’s Bear Fever Project to bring greater understanding of emotional and mental health issues |Jan 16, 2015

Students from Boyertown Junior High West’s Healthy Kids Club: Kids Who Care Club, welcomed “Huggy Bear,” to their campus on Thursday, Jan. 15, by giving him just what he wants for himself and what he thinks everyone needs: lots of hugs.

Skin Cancer Foundation shares tips for reversing sun damage |Jan 15, 2015

Summers spent pool side and sunny vacations during winter can do more than provide relaxation. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays leaves behind lasting damage on the skin - including wrinkles, leathery or sagging skin and brown spots.

Dairy Industry: White Gold Milk ‘puts milk back into milk;’ New brand is U.S. produced and sold locally |Jan 14, 2015

White Gold milk, sold at Shady Maple and Stoltzfus Market in Honey Brook, touts “high standards” and “superior taste” and challenges consumers to “taste the difference.

Pa. Farm Show butter sculpture highlights Fill a Glass with Hope campaign |Jan 12, 2015

Nearly every morning since he was a little boy, Joe Arthur has poured 2 percent milk onto his breakfast cereal. He slurps down the last drops with satisfaction. As the executive director for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Arthur admits that he takes this simple pleasure for granted.

Tasty Ways to End Your New Year’s Resolutions at the Pa. Farm Show |Jan 12, 2015

The Pennsylvania Farm Show food court is the place where New Year’s resolutions go to die. The food court is filled with fried goodies that for decades have drawn thousands of people to brave the lines.

Oley Valley’s top stories of 2014 |Jan 9, 2015

January Berks County Preservation Trust celebrates 50th: The year 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Berks County Historic Preservation Trust.

Girl Scout Gold Award: Fleetwood senior delivers surgical caps, hats and crayon bags to duPont Hospital |Jan 9, 2015

Jacqueline Carroll, a high school senior at Fleetwood High School, has delivered her Girl Scout Gold Award Project to duPont Hospital in Delaware.

Oley’s Christmas in the Valley draws crowd, celebrates 19 years |Jan 9, 2015

Community members in the Oley Valley gathered together on Saturday, Dec. 20, filling the streets of Oley for the 19th annual Christmas in the Valley.

Kreider family shares two fifth generation photos |Jan 9, 2015

The Kreider family takes a current fifth generation photo with Jace Kreider, 4 months old, and shares last fifth generation photo featuring Jace’s father, Jason Kreider, from 1983.

Humane Society of Berks County’s Winter Weather Pet Safety Advisory |Jan 7, 2015

The Humane Society of Berks County wants to ensure that every animal is safe and healthy during the cold winter months. “Every year we hear stories about pets becoming endangered because of the cold.

Through My Kitchen Window: The Flavor of Umami |Jan 7, 2015

Yesterday, my son informed me that his scrambled eggs weren’t “saltypepperytasty” enough. I think the food word he was looking for was savory.

What’s Cooking with Linda: Grab a soup mug of Shrimp, Potato & Corn Chowder, sit by the fire |Jan 7, 2015

It’s time to put a movie on, light the fire place and grab a soup mug of this awesome Shrimp, Potato & Corn Chowder. Lenore Lasowecky, Fleetwood, shares this recipe for a hearty flavorful soup.

St. Joseph Regional Health Network sets Alzheimer’s talks for Exeter Township |Jan 7, 2015

St. Joseph Regional Health Network at Shelbourne Square in Exeter Township will host community talks on wellness and Alzheimer’s Disease in the coming months, beginning with “New Year’s Resolutions! Healthy Eating and Weight Management” on January 13 at 1 p.

Twin Valley Rotary honors Twin Valley students |Jan 6, 2015

On Dec. 17, the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School Senior, Amanda Kelly, and Junior, Brandon Kane, as their Students of the Month.

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg designated as Ebola Treatment Centers in Pennsylvania |Jan 6, 2015

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Michael Wolf announced that Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg have been designated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as official Ebola treatment centers in Pennsylvania.

Rich’s Automotive Sales & Service earns Top Shop Award |Jan 6, 2015

Rich’s Automotive Sales and Service, on Route 12/Clarion Street in Reading, announce that our automobile service technicians, for the last four out of five years, have earned the Top Shop Award from AAA.

Milk plays prominent role at 2015 Pennsylvania Farm Show |Jan 5, 2015

Milk will play a prominent role at the 99th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show thanks to Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program and several partners working together to promote the Commonwealth’s number one agricultural industry - dairy.

Hamburg Area High School December Student of the Month |Jan 5, 2015

Congratulations to the December Student of the Month at Hamburg Area High School, Neal Kerschner. He is the son of Glenn and Diane Kerschner of Hamburg.

Colebrookdale Elementary School: Mrs. Mitchell’s second grade class shares holiday traditions |Jan 5, 2015

Cheyanne Shingle: My favorite holiday traditions start with spending time with my family! My favorite thing we do on Christmas morning is open our presents. As soon as we wake up we come running down the stairs.

Kutztown University Professors presented with annual faculty awards |Jan 5, 2015

Kutztown University honored Professor Cheryl Hochberg, Dr. Todd Underwood and Dr. Adrienne Oakley.

Girl Scout goes technical with hide and seek |Jan 2, 2015

Have you ever wondered about the undiscovered treasures that surround you?

Boyertown woman wishing for Christmas mirale, hopes to help others |Jan 2, 2015

Where there is an action, there is a reaction—and sometimes that reaction can make all the difference.

Artist, director and founder of New Arts Program, Kutztown, James Carroll awarded third Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant |Jan 2, 2015

James F. L. Carroll, artist, director and founder of the New Arts Program, Inc. in Kutztown, has been awarded a third Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant for 2015-2016.

Photos: St. Francis Academy of Bally holds annual Christmas Show |Dec 30, 2014

Students in all grades recently participated in St. Francis Academy’s annual Christmas Show.

Gilbertsville Elementary: Holiday greetings from Mrs. Doll’s second grade class |Dec 30, 2014

Mason Motsavage: A special Christmas tradition I enjoy every year is I always bake Christmas cookies with my Mom and Brother. I decorate the cookies with red, green, and white sprinkles. My favorite part is eating them! I always eat the big ones first.

Schuylkill Valley Elementary School: Miss Wisniewski’s class answers ‘What is your favorite holiday movie, television show or song?’ |Dec 26, 2014

Matthew K.: My favorite holiday song is “Here Comes Santa Claus.” The song reminds me of my Mom and Dad.

Schuylkill Valley Elementary School: Mrs. Rudy’s class answers ‘What is your favorite holiday movie, television show or song?’ |Dec 26, 2014

Andrew F.: My favorite holiday is Christmas, and my favorite song is “Jingle Bells.” My favorite movie is “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

Penn-Bernville Elementary School: Mrs. Fernandez’s class answers ‘What do you look forward to during the holidays?’ |Dec 26, 2014

Katelyn H.: During the holidays, I look forward to seeing my family because I want to play with them and see my family that lives far away. This is what I do over the holidays.

Penn-Bernville Elementary School: Mrs. Fisher’s class answers ‘What do you look forward to during the holidays?’ |Dec 26, 2014

Taggart: I look forward to being with family and friends during the holidays.

Penn-Bernville Elementary School: Miss Balsbaugh’s class answers ‘What do you look forward to during the holidays?’ |Dec 26, 2014

Samarys C.: This is why I like Christmas. I am looking forward to seeing Santa, presents, and my Christmas tree. I hope I get what I want. I am really looking forward to spending time with my family and snow falls from the sky.

Schuylkill Valley Elementary School: Miss Rothenberger’s class answers ‘What is your favorite holiday movie, television show or song?’ |Dec 26, 2014

Brody K.: My favorite holiday song is “Rudolph” because I like his red nose!

Santa stops for breakfast at Schuylkill Valley Community Library |Dec 22, 2014

Santa Claus has been quite busy this month making multiple stops throughout the area including hardware stores, train stations, motorcycle shops, workshops at various locations, farmers markets and more.

Christmas tradition continues for Boyertown Girl Scout Troops |Dec 22, 2014

It is a tradition for the Girl Scouts of Brownie Troop 1759 and Junior Troop 1854 to visit Walnut Woods each year to sing Christmas carols.

Schuylkill Valley Elementary School: Ms. Emerson’s class answers ‘What is your favorite holiday movie, television show or song?’ |Dec 22, 2014

Bret E.: My favorite holiday movie is “The Polar Express” because the train slides across the ice and the ice starts to crack and it is really exciting.

Schuylkill Valley Elementary School: Mrs. Gwiazdowski’s class answers ‘What is your favorite holiday movie, television show or song?’ |Dec 22, 2014

Richard L.: My favorite holiday show is “Frosty the Snowman.” I love snowmen!

Schuylkill Valley Elementary School: Ms. Reimert’s class answers ‘What is your favorite holiday movie, television show or song?’ |Dec 22, 2014

Isaiah R.: My favorite holiday show is “Frosty the Snowman.” I like the part when Frosty melts and Santa bring him back to life.

Tilden Elementary Center: Mr. Schaeffer’s class answers ‘What is your favorite holiday activity?’ |Dec 22, 2014

Cameron K.: My favorite tradition is opening Christmas presents on Christmas morning.