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Kutztown, Fleetwood, Brandywine Heights, Oley Valley and Hamburg middle and high school students recognized for excelling in technology education and business courses or FBLA |Apr 17, 2015

By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@berksmontnews.com

Jared Lawler of Twin Valley among 20 youth awarded Good Citizenship Award |Apr 15, 2015

Two Chester County students were recently named recipients of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer’s Union League Good Citizenship Award.

Twin Valley Rotary honors Twin Valley students |Apr 15, 2015

On April 15 the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors Kelli Witkowski, Alicia Lynch and Ashley McCoach as their students of the month.

Twin Valleys Garden Club connects with local 18th century gardening roots |Apr 15, 2015

At its recent member seed exchange, Twin Valleys Garden Club learned how American plants and trees forever changed the English landscape gardens of the 1700s.

Kutztown University Boxer Trot: 300 students, staff will race around campus in undergarments or costumes on Thursday, April 16 to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network |Apr 15, 2015

More than 300 students, staff and faculty are expected at the 5th annual Kutztown University Boxer Trot, sponsored by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, on Thursday, April 16, outside of the McFarland Student Union Building.

Patrick Suglia finds place in holistic healing |Apr 14, 2015

Patrick Suglia, currently of Hamburg, grew up in the Millmont area of Reading and attended what is now Berks Catholic High School. His parents struggled with the fact that Suglia had serious social difficulties including forming and retaining friendships, but always excelled in academics.

Children’s book author Greg Pizzoli visits Willow Creek Elementary, brings to life his story ‘Number One Sam’ |Apr 14, 2015

Greg Pizzoli, children’s book author of Number One Sam, will bring his story to life for kindergarten students at Willow Creek Elementary School on Thursday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m.

Chestnut Knoll dedicates ‘Garage’ in Memory of Former Resident |Apr 13, 2015

Chestnut Knoll strives to keep their residents, happy, healthy and active throughout their senior years. Throughout their 15 years of existence, Chestnut Knoll has seen seniors from all walks of life, and each one has a certain passion or hobby that keeps them active and loving life.

Montgomery County S.P.C.A. Pets of the Week |Apr 13, 2015

Kenzi is a young Staffordshire mix in search of a quiet home with a patient owner. She can be very shy and timid, but is very sweet once she knows you. The sky is the limit if you’re willing to put in the time with Kenzi! Release number A253295

Cat Angel Network: Meet Aniston |Apr 13, 2015

If you have ever wanted a Siamese or Snowshoe cat, we think we have the one for you! The beautiful blue-eyed Aniston is as affectionate and charming as she is gorgeous. She will definitely add class to your household and is bound to be the topic of conversation when your friends meet her.

More than 50 volunteer to clean up Kutztown: Kutztown Community Partnership hosts Safe, Clean and Green community clean up event |Apr 13, 2015

More than 50 people, many of whom were Kutztown University students, helped to clean up Kutztown on Sunday during Kutztown Community Partnership’s Safe, Clean and Green community-wide clean-up event in Kutztown on Sunday afternoon.

Kutztown University illustration professor Kevin McCloskey releases children’s book “We Dig Worms!” |Apr 13, 2015

Kevin McCloskey, an illustration professor at Kutztown University, released his new children’s book, “We Dig Worms!” which debuted April 14.

Meet Dude, a black lab ready for a forever home |Apr 10, 2015

Hey ya’ll. I came into the ARL as a stray. Nobody knew if I had a name so my foster mommy kept calling me by “Hey Dude” or “Come here Dude.” I kinda liked it and started to respond to the name Dude so here I am.

Meet Boyertown’s 2015 Student of the Year, Abby Jaeger |Apr 9, 2015

For years, Abby Jaeger has been giving back to her community, throwing herself into the numerous groups for which she is involved.

1,000 quilts sewn by Heritage of Green Hills residents, delivered to needy throughout Berks County in 2014 |Apr 9, 2015

The Quilting Club at The Heritage of Greens Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, sewed at least 1,000 quilts for the second consecutive year in 2014. The club, comprising six to 10 female residents of The Heritage who meet weekly, then donated the quilts to a variety of local organizations.

Berks County woman’s hike to remember her dog leads to rescue operation |Apr 8, 2015

UNION TWP. >> Shannon Erdman Gansner of Morgantown was already having a difficult day Monday, March 30, before it took an unexpected twist — one that involved firefighters and a search party.

Montgomery County S.P.C.A. Pets of the Week |Apr 7, 2015

Jax is a neutered pug/Jack Russell terrier mix. He is a 5-year-old very shy boy. Jax would fit well in a quiet home with a patient owner. Once he comes out of his shell and is comfortable, he is a funny little guy with a great personality.

Boyertown grad Kevin Ostromecki announces music project; looks to change the world |Apr 6, 2015

Boyertown graduate Kevin Ostromecki, founder of Altix Clothing LLC — a company which focuses on the message of hope and “worldwide excellence,” has announced he’ll be sending that same message in a new way: through sound.

Zion Blue Mountain UCC members hold first Cross Walk |Apr 6, 2015

Travelers along Route 183 near Strausstown on Good Friday, April 3 may have caught a glimpse of a young man dressed in a white robe carrying a large wooden cross on his shoulder and followed by a group of 50 people crossing the highway around 11 a.

Fleetwood March Seniors of the Month |Apr 6, 2015

The Fleetwood Area High School would like to announce their senior students of the month for March.

Meet Marley and Ziggy |Apr 6, 2015

Marley is a super-friendly, relaxed guy who is just 1-and-a-half years old. He was left behind with his companion cat Ziggy when his owners moved. Some compassionate neighbors opened their door and the cats, apparently not used to being outside, walked right in!

Through My Kitchen Window: Katelyn’s pumpkin spice cake |Apr 2, 2015

My latest adventure in the kitchen took me to my cousin’s home. My daughter, Anna, 3, and I spent the day with my cousin and her youngest, Katelyn, who will be celebrating her sixth birthday this month.

Meet Tim Dierolf, Boyertown’s First Responder of the Year |Apr 2, 2015

Tim Dierolf has been fighting fires for a long time. Thirty-six years to be exact. So, when his fellow firefighters were choosing this year’s Boyertown Responder of the Year, Dierolf was an obvious choice.

Children take part in second annual Eggstravaganza at Schuylkill Valley Community Library |Mar 30, 2015

Schuylkill Valley Community Library held their second annual “Eggstravaganza” on Saturday, March 28. The event began at 10:30 a.m. with projects for the early birds, including coloring, word searches, and foam chicks to decorate.

Montgomery County S.P.C.A. Pets of the Week |Mar 30, 2015

This is Roxy. She is a beagle and labrador retriever mix. This adorable girl is approximately 9 years old but still enjoys long walks and being active. Roxy is a wonderful mix of both breeds. Stop in and meet her and many other shelter friends at the Perkiomenville S.

Fleetwood couple celebrates 50th Anniversary |Mar 30, 2015

Darlene and Martin Younker, Fleetwood, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 27.

My View: I completed the Fools Run 5k! |Mar 30, 2015

I was a runner in my youth, participating in track and cross country. Knee injuries put my running career to a halt in college but I still fondly remember that feeling of flying while out running. So when Don Sechler of the Kutztown Optimist Club asked if I’d be running in the Kutztown Fools Run this year, I couldn’t decline.

Morning snow forgotten with the springtime spirit of Berks County Parks’ Annual Eggstravaganza |Mar 30, 2015

Morning snow flurries and cool winds did not delay the Easter Bunny’s arrival to the annual Eggstravaganza at the Berks County Heritage Center. March 28 may have yielded a wintry weather feel outdoors, but it did not keep away families eager to celebrate spring with the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Lucky and Pebbles |Mar 30, 2015

Lucky and her daughter, Pebbles, are a gorgeous pair of glamour girls, both long-haired calicos. They are young adults, with Lucky being only 3 years old and Pebbles only 1 1/2.

Annual banquet celebrates beauty and bounty of outdoors at Salem EC Church |Mar 29, 2015

The third Annaul Sportsmen’s Banquet at Salem EC Church, Lenhartsville, included something for everyone. Organizers of the banquet were pleased with the event, with approximately 125 in attendance.

Sweet treat busyness |Mar 29, 2015

Becky Degler is just one of many members and friends of Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Church, of Bernville, helping create the traditional sweet Easter treats that the church is known for making annually.

Through My Kitchen Window: Baking Anna’s Pumpkin Spice Cake |Mar 26, 2015

My daughter Anna, 3, really wanted to make something with pumpkin after she found a can of pumpkin puree in the cabinet.

Couple at Keystone Villa celebrates millennium birthdays |Mar 26, 2015

John Brower is planning his 104th birthday party on March 31. He said he has been lucky in life and lucky in love to not only have had a great first marriage, but also a wonderful second marriage.

Daughter of Daniel Boone grad to be featured on PBS special about cancer |Mar 26, 2015

The daughter of a 1999 Daniel Boone graduate will be featured on a PBS special airing next week.

Meet Lori Carnes, Boyertown’s 2015 Citizen of the Year |Mar 26, 2015

“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.”

Daniel Boone Optimist Club’s 13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt draws a crowd; 7,000 eggs hunted |Mar 25, 2015

The Daniel Boone Optimist Club held their 13th annual Easter egg hunt on Sunday, March 22, at Amity Community Park.

Heritage of Green Hills in Shillington: Transition consultant shares tips on how to downsize home |Mar 25, 2015

The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, recently sponsored a seminar, “Downsizing is Simpler than You Think.”

Wohlsen Construction apprentice Mark Rineer wins Gold Medal for Carpentry at National Craft Championship |Mar 25, 2015

Mark Rineer of Wohlsen Construction, Lancaster, received the Gold Medal for Carpentry at the National Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Craft Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Focus on the Family: Social media starting to take over couple’s time together |Mar 24, 2015

Q: How can I guard against the danger of online social networking taking up too much of my time and negatively impacting my marriage? When my wife and I first started using sites like Facebook, we thought they were a great way to keep in touch with family and friends.

Twin Valley High School Senior Claudia Panik named April Intern of the Month |Mar 24, 2015

Claudia Panik, a senior at Twin Valley High School, has been named April’s Intern of the Month. Panik has interned both in her junior and senior years at Twin Valley Elementary Center and has had exposure in Kindergarten, 1st and 4th grade classrooms.

Chestnut Knoll residents find success with Fox Rehabilitation Optimal Living Program |Mar 24, 2015

Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is committed to the overall quality of life for its residents. Chestnut Knoll partnered with Fox Rehabilitation for the Fox Optimal Living (FOL) program, designed for each resident to receive unlimited therapy and wellness services, in addition to the pre-existing Strength, Balance and Mobility (SMB) program.

Reading Derby Girls kick off season, show support for Berks Animal Rescue League |Mar 23, 2015

On Sunday, March 15, the Reading Derby Girls (RDG) began their 2015 season with a bout against NOVA Roller Derby (NOVA) of Northern Virginia.

Montgomery County S.P.C.A. Pets of the Week |Mar 23, 2015

This is Rosco, a very intelligent 2-year-old neutered lab/pointer mix. Rosco is a handsome boy that has tons of energy. This is a dog that would fit great is a home that can offer lots of quality time to him.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Pleasant |Mar 23, 2015

Hi, I’m Pleasant! Well, my name is Pleasant, and I’m also a very pleasant guy. So my name kind of sums me up!

Ribbon Cutting celebrates new The Peppermint Stick Candy Store in Boyertown |Mar 20, 2015

On Friday, March 13,a ribbon cutting celebration was held in honor of the grand opening of The Peppermint Stick Candy Store in downtown Boyertown.

Berks Youth Chorus auditions open to youth |Mar 20, 2015

Berks Youth Chorus remains committed to providing life-changing music opportunities to youth from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and seeks singers to become members of an organization dedicated to the advancement of youth through excellence in music.

Chester County holds Sheep & Wool Day: A day of shearing, spinning, playing & learning |Mar 19, 2015

The sheep are losing their winter wool, and you’re invited to the shearing!

Wood family of Lenhartsville welcomes baby boy Samson Tobias |Mar 19, 2015

Samson Tobias Wood was born on February 21, 2015 at 12:21 a.m. at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He weighed 9 pounds and was 21 inches long.

Through My Kitchen Window: Moist, dense chocolate cake with coffee chocolate frosting |Mar 19, 2015

I am a big fan of chocolate cake. I’ve tried numerous recipes but never found one that’s as moist and dense as we’d like. During my search for the perfect dense, moist cake, I tried adding applesauce or adding more liquid but nothing achieved my desired cake, particularly for a chocolate cake which is easy to overbake and can become dry and crumbly.

USS Cole returns to Home Port; Reading native earns pins, seeks to make second class and continue Navy career |Mar 18, 2015

The guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) returns to Naval Station Norfolk Mar. 13, 2015 following a seven-month deployment in the U.S. Fleet Forces and 6th Fleet Areas of Operations.