Aftershock Dance Studio marks 10th year with cruise ship performance |Aug 25, 2015

According to Aftershock Dance Studio owner Randilynn Hoch-Wienczeck, the 10th year in business is a special year — but not just for her business. It’s also a special year for her older students, their parents, and the instructors who helped the young dancers learn their craft.

Summertime living — Downtown Boyertown hosts Dog Days |Aug 17, 2015

Dog Days of August kicked off in Boyertown on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. just off of East Philadelphia Avenue on N. Chestnut Street in front of Zimmer’s Pets in downtown Boyertown.

Fun Friday: making birthday memories in Lancaster County at Shady Maple, Green Dragon and Old Woodshed |Aug 14, 2015

What makes a Fun Friday more fun? When it coincides with a birthday! This was true for our family last week, when our oldest son turned 13 on a Friday. We decided the teen years were a great opportunity to explore celebrating birthdays with activities, not gifts.

Health & Fitness: New Test to Screen for Lung Cancer |Aug 14, 2015

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. Additionally, it is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths (more than 85 percent). Until recently, however, there has been no widely accepted test to screen for this particular cancer.

Early Files |Aug 14, 2015

25 Years Ago Aug. 22, 1990 Tracey Bair, Leesport, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Bair, was crowned to reign over Leesport’s sesquicentennial celebration at a banquet held Saturday evening at the Leesport Market Banquet Hall.

Cross-country bicyclists from Friendship Circle International rode through Northern Berks |Aug 14, 2015

On a sunny summer day, 11 riders were nearing their goal as they cycled through northern Berks County. These young men, who were riding to benefit Friendship Circle International, started out on June 28 from San Diego, Calif.

Wedding Notice: Daigle and Stump wed |Aug 14, 2015

Elizabeth A. Daigle from Bel Air, Md., and LTJG Nathan P. Stump from Mohrsville were married on Dec. 6, 2014.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Lemon Pound Cake |Aug 14, 2015

I wouldn’t take offense if you didn’t want to bake this recipe. In fact, I don’t want to bake it lately on account of the ridiculous price of eggs. Each year, I read about a scare of some baking commodity, with chocolate and pecans being the most recent items that were deemed scarce to justify the price increases.

Detoxing with Hatha Yoga at Berks County Heritage Center |Aug 14, 2015

A traditional practice in cultures of the East met with the history of the Pennsylvania Germans of the West as Doug Hayward’s Hatha yoga class spread out on the lawn against a backdrop of the Gruber Wagon Works and other treasures of the Berks County Heritage Center this summer.

Kayak paddle raises $1,800 for Schuylkill Canal Association |Aug 10, 2015

About 70 people participated in the Schuylkill Canal Association Fundraiser Paddle Wednesday evening, Aug. 5, which brought in $1,800.

Lizzie Seidel, 11, Hamburg, named Junior Best Of Show in District 4-H Fashion Review |Aug 10, 2015

A Hamburg Middle School student sewed up the competition at the annual District 4-H Fashion Review this summer.

Remembering a Boyertown pioneer — Mary Jane ‘MJ’ (Schneider) Lentz |Aug 5, 2015

In 1957, a woman moved into the Boyertown area and took it by storm. The community — the people of the community, past and present — were important to her.

Lewis and Jane Woodland, Keystone Villa residents, share the story behind their 70 years of happy marriage |Aug 5, 2015

Lewis and Jane Woodland recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on July 26th. The Woodlands, who now reside at the Keystone Villa at Fleetwood, told their love story during a recent interview.

Lunchtime coloring break for adults continues at Mifflin Community Library |Aug 4, 2015

Mifflin Community Library will continue to offer, “Color Me Hungry,” a lunchtime coloring break for adults, again on Friday, Aug. 14, beginning at 11 a.m.

Enjoy tomatoes fresh from the farm |Aug 3, 2015

“I’m going to buy some tomatoes,” a woman told her 6-year-old daughter as they walked through the Downingtown Farmers Market toward Two Gander Farm’s stand.

Birdsboro Boy Scout Troop 595 sees 60th anniversary |Aug 3, 2015

Boy Scout Troop 595 celebrated its 60th Anniversary at Rustic Picnic Area on Saturday, July 25.

Conestoga Christian School student excels in national competition |Jul 30, 2015

Conestoga Christian School graduating senior Michael Boerman and teacher Larry Everhart attended Technology Student Association (TSA) Nationals in Dallas, TX at the end of June.

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.