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Phillie Phanatic visits kids at The Goddard School, Gilbertsville |Jul 27, 2015

Phille Phanatic, the official mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball team, visited The Goddard School in Gilbertsville on Tuesday, July 21.

Residents of The Heritage of Green Hills help support New Journey Community Outreach, Inc., in Reading |Jul 27, 2015

Residents and staff of The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, recently delivered food and clothing donated by their community to New Journey Community Outreach, Inc.

Perspective on Parenting: Protecting children from grief |Jul 25, 2015

When my first child was born, I experienced a tidal wave of emotions. As I embraced my infant overjoyed, I whispered in her tiny ear her that I’d always protect her. I even briefly visualized those moments in her future where she may need me the most: her first fall from her bike; her first time being confronted by mean kids at school; and her first break up.

Boyertown community celebrates van purchased with donated funds |Jul 23, 2015

Friends and family of Alaina Derecola of Boyertown gathered on the sidewalk in front of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church to celebrate her new van. The van was purchased with money donated by friends, family and strangers.

Practice your English — Dispelling this cuisine’s bad rep |Jul 22, 2015

Ever heard of bangers and mash, bubble and squeak or a bacon butty? Better practice your English.

Omen weighs in at healthy 317 pounds at Ryerss Farm in Warwick Township |Jul 21, 2015

Roly Poly Omen had a thyroid condition when he came to Ryerss Farm For Aged Equines in Warwick Township is now healthy and trimmed down.

FUn Friday: Petting zoo and ice cream make a perfect mother-daughter summer outing |Jul 21, 2015

Parenting experts tell us it is important to spend one-on-one time with our children, especially when you have more than one child. But parents also know that times like that do not just happen. They require available time and intentional planning.

NEW BEGINNINGS: First trip to Europe brings back memories of past travels |Jul 18, 2015

Much of life seems to be made up of a series of mundane occurrences that happen day after day — alarm sounds, press snooze, get up, brush teeth, dress, and on and on it goes.

The Globetrotting Graduate: Why solo traveling can be inspirational |Jul 18, 2015

There are a lot of articles on the Internet about the “solo female traveler” but each one misses an important point. Whether female or male, being a solo traveler encourages personal growth and independence.

Annual Blobfest draws thousands to Phoenixville |Jul 15, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Thousands of people swarmed to Phoenixville Friday night and Saturday to attend Blobfest, the annual celebration honoring the 1958 film “The Blob,” which starred a young Steve McQueen and was filmed locally.

100 and still an independent senior at The Lutheran Home at Topton |Jul 13, 2015

Oval glasses and silvery-white hair framed Mae Gerhart’s face as she led the way to her living room using a walker. Gerhart lives in an apartment at the Lutheran Home at Topton and still maintains independent living at the age of 100.

Clambake to be held; orders needed by July 26 |Jul 13, 2015

Clambake to be held at Huff’s Church Park, Hereford Township on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Karen A. Stout |Jul 13, 2015

As Dr. Karen Stout officially took the helm as President and CEO of Achieving the Dream, Inc. on July 1, Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) celebrates her legacy as the institution’s fourth president.

Family Fun Friday: Local Berks County history makes for fun family outing |Jul 11, 2015

People may be skeptical, but exploring local historical sites can be a lot of fun. My children were among those skeptics when we headed out one Friday to visit the Berks County Heritage Center in Wyomissing, Penn.

Vive la France! Enjoy French food on Bastille Day |Jul 10, 2015

While The Chieftains played softly in the background, chef Martin Gagné moved about the kitchen of his nearly 300-year-old home in Coventryville, preparing a traditional French country supper.

Amputees learn swimming safety at The Heritage of Green Hills |Jul 10, 2015

A swimming safety class is being held for members of Amputees on the Move at The Heritage of Green Hills in Shillington.

Adults invited to lunchtime coloring break at Mifflin Community Library |Jul 10, 2015

Coloring isn’t just for kids. Mifflin Community Library has announced a new program, “Color Me Hungry,” a lunchtime coloring break for adults, to be held on Friday, July 17, at noon.

Through My Kitchen Window: Christmas Cookies in July |Jul 9, 2015

I took a little time off from baking. After baking so many cookies and cakes, my pants were no longer fitting so great. While I lead an active life, I don’t burn nearly enough calories to eat so much sugar so often but I miss those sweat cakes and cookies!

We the people… love chili! |Jul 8, 2015

Planning a party this summer? It doesn’t have to be chilly to enjoy chili.

Celebrating Greater Governor Mifflin League’s 40th annual Community Days |Jul 7, 2015

The Greater Governor Mifflin League’s 40th annual Community Days was held in Shillington from June 28 to July 4.

Meet the Editor: New editor at The Hamburg Area Item |Jul 6, 2015

Meet your new Hamburg Item editor, Lisa Mitchell.

Star Spangled Express arrives in Pottstown for celebration |Jul 5, 2015

By 21st Century Media staff Friday night, July 3, began the weekend-long celebration of the 4th of July holiday and Pottstown’s Bicentennial.

Dorothy Padfield, daughter of Zern’s Farmer’s Market founder, celebrates her 100th birthday |Jun 30, 2015

Friends and family gathered at Manatawny Manor, 30 Old Schuylkill Rd., Pottstown, on June 19 to celebrate Mrs. Dorothy Padfield’s 100th birthday.

Schuylkill River Trail leads in national contest for ‘best urban trail’ |Jun 29, 2015

CONSHOHOCKEN >> In a Reader’s Choice contest between 20 trail systems nationwide the Schuylkill River Trail is currently leading the contest for the top choice among USA Today readers.

Relaying through the rain — Boyertown holds 8th Annual Relay For Life, seeks to meet goal by Aug. 31 |Jun 29, 2015

While enduring rainy weather — Relay For Life participants would not let their spirits be damped. Boyertown’s eighth annual Relay for Life kicked off at the Boyertown Community Park on Saturday, June 27.

Family Fun Fridays: Visit a Farmer’s Market for Culinary Adventures |Jun 28, 2015

As summer weather settles in, home gardeners can get impatient, waiting for tender young plants to grow and produce juicy tomatoes, sweet corn and other garden delights. Our whole family was sharing this impatience, so we decided to spend a fun Friday outing visiting a local farmer’s market.

GLOBETROTTING GRADUATE: Why I keep going back to Paris |Jun 27, 2015

Paris is not my favorite place to visit, yet I find myself consistently revisiting the city. Outside of London, it is the foreign city I know best.

Perspective on Parenting: 10 years a mom |Jun 27, 2015

Years ago, as a communications professional in the corporate world, I remember when my colleagues were honored for a decade or more of service. In a world where attention spans are gradually diminishing, doing anything constructive for 10 years can be considered quite an accomplishment.

5 home gardens toured at Fourth Annual Hamburg Garden Stroll |Jun 27, 2015

“Anyone in Hamburg who has a small area of sunshine can grow fruit and vegetables,” were the inspiring words offered to future gardeners by Paul Wikerd, a retired minister and resident of Hamburg since 1987.

Brew Hub: Craft brewing in the Philly region |Jun 25, 2015

The Craft Beer industry has soared to new heights globally, and the Philadelphia area has been a flagship of homebrewed growth and innovation.

Focus on the Family: Daughter’s peers focused on unrealistic beauty standards |Jun 24, 2015

Q: My daughter is entering the tween years, and I’m concerned about her self-image. The other girls in her peer group are so focused on being thin and wearing the right clothes. But my mom always told me, “Pretty is as pretty does.

Fitness: Better Self Image Starts Right Here! |Jun 24, 2015

What I have learned since opening my little boutique nearly 5 years ago...

Pottstown Health & Wellness Foundation awards more than $1.5 million in grant funds |Jun 23, 2015

The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation has awarded $1,547,345 in grant requests during the spring grant round of fiscal year 2014-2015 to 40 non-profit organizations, schools, and municipalities.

Pottstown’s Levi S. Wolf renamed to list of “Super Lawyers” In Pennsylvania |Jun 23, 2015

Levi S. Wolf of Wolf, Baldwin & Associates, P.C. in Pottstown, PA has been renamed to the list of top workers’ compensation attorneys in Pennsylvania for 2015 as published by Super Lawyers magazine.

“Summer of Ska” Pints for Pups event series benefit pets and pet owners in need |Jun 23, 2015

Humane Pennsylvania will present “Summer of Ska” in a series of three Pints for Pups events spanning Lancaster, Berks, and Montgomery counties this summer.

Mary visits St. Paul’s Vacation Bible School in Fleetwood |Jun 22, 2015

St. Paul’s U.C.C. in Fleetwood hosted its Vacation Bible School last week. Fleetwood resident Linda D. Bullock, Ms. Senior Pennsylvania America 2012, portrayed Mary during VBS. Mary writes about her experience at St.

Cruze in for a Cure: Fighting back in honor of Morgan |Jun 15, 2015

On Saturday, June 6, at the Morningstar Fellowship grounds in Bechtelsville, the “Miracles From Him” team, part of the Relay for Life of Boyertown, held their fourth annual Cruze In for a Cure event.

Robert and Joanna Werley celebrate 60 years of marriage |Jun 15, 2015

Robert C. and Joanna L. Werley, of Shoemakersville, will be celebrating 60 years of marriage on July 8. The couple was married in Elkton, Maryland, on July 8, 1955.

With the help of 3-D printers, Westtown School students develop prosthetic hands for children |Jun 13, 2015

Engineering students at Westtown School have developed robotic hands for two area children. As part of the school’s Hand Project, and in conjunction with Nemours/ Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, the high school students worked for months in Westtown’s Science Institute, customizing each hand so it would fit each child accordingly.

Perspective on Parenting: Stuff to do with kids this summer |Jun 13, 2015

School’s out, so it’s time to start thinking about how we’re going to pass the time and make some fabulous summertime memories for our families. While I know I’m definitely going to catch a few movies with my kids; I saw ET and the Goonies as a child of the 80s, I also want to make sure they experience the world around them.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Carmyn, a contented kitty who is always purring |Jun 12, 2015

Hi! My name is Carmyn, and I am a front-declawed, buff colored kitty who is looking for someone to love.

Adoptables from the Montco SPCA |Jun 12, 2015

Sandy, a 13-year-old chihuahua, and Sweetie Pie, a 15-year-old Yorkshire terrier, are both looking for a place to call home. Sandy and Sweetie Pie have spent many long years together and we hope to place them together as well.

Barbara’s Beauties of Southern Berks gather for tea |Jun 12, 2015

Barbara’s Beauties chapter of the Red Hat Society recently held a Tea Party on the patio of one of the members.

New Hamburg graduate discusses music and the future |Jun 11, 2015

When asked to describe the musical gifts of Hamburg Area High School 2015 graduate, Cody Knight, his music director, Dr. Christy Ryan, said, “he knows his ability level, but what people don’t know about him is how hard he works… People assume it comes easily.

Hamburg Area High School graduates ready for greatness |Jun 8, 2015

On Friday, June 5, 154 young adults and soon to be graduates entered the packed gymnasium at Hamburg Area High School in rows of two dressed in red and white. The class of 2015 was ready to graduate and celebrate the past 12 years of being shaped into young men and women ready to take on the world.

Tulpehocken High School graduates ready to make an impact |Jun 8, 2015

Tulpehocken’s 87 graduates celebrated their years together by focusing on the years to come. Friday, June 5 ceremoniously embraced the themes of facing adversity, making an impact, and sharing talents as a foundation to wish the graduates well on their way.

Schuylkill Valley High School graduates thank those who made it possible |Jun 8, 2015

True to the lyrics in the Schuykill Valley Alma Mater, written by James Rieser, Class of 1959, that say “Gratitude we owe to you…,” the theme of thankfulness was prevalent throughout the 2015 Commencement exercises.

Fourth annual Garden Tour set in Hamburg |Jun 8, 2015

The Hamburg Community Wildlife Habitat Committee is holding its fourth annual Garden Tour on Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gardens presented each year are all certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a wildlife habitat garden.

Cat Angel Network: Meet June Bug just overflowing with affection |Jun 5, 2015

June Bug is a beautiful long-haired kitty! She has a gorgeous plumed tail, and she loves to have you pet her super-soft fur. If you have a brush in your hand, she looks forward to a grooming session that will make her look her best!

Adoptables from the Montco SPCA |Jun 5, 2015

Bad hair day? Flower understands! This young Abyssinian Guinea Pig knows all too well about messy hair. Aside from being an absolute cutie, Flower has an equally attractive personality. Release number A254832.