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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!

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.

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.

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.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Jasmine |Mar 17, 2015

Jasmine is a lovely medium-haired gray female who is 9 years old. Her owner couldn’t keep her cats, so Jasmine, her 10-year-old brother Oliver and her 6-year-old brother Onyx had to find new homes.

Montgomery County S.P.C.A. Pets of the Week |Mar 16, 2015

Pumpkin is a neutered 11-year-old domestic short hair cat. He is a friendly and playful guy looking to live out the rest of his life with an individual or family that will be devoted to him. Pumpkin is very playful and active with other cats and has never lived with dogs.

When Irish eyes are smiling: Enjoy the tastes of Ireland |Mar 11, 2015

Looking for a new way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Try some recipes from restaurateur, chef and food writer Clodagh McKenna, who just released her latest cookbook in the United States, “Clodagh’s Irish Kitchen.

Through My Kitchen WindowCooking with Anna |Mar 9, 2015

This will be my first cooking column. Davina Weinhold wrote the Through My Kitchen Window column for Tri County Record of Berks-Mont Newspapers for the past five years and has passed the column to me.

Indian Fort Inn holds first Bridal Expo |Mar 9, 2015

Despite the snow falling in Hamburg, the atmosphere in the Indian Fort Inn was welcoming for their Bridal Expo on Sunday, March 1, which included a free buffet for brides. Sandra Bixler, the event coordinator from the Inn, stated that the expo was created to bring together local businesses.

Celebrating the Emerald Isle with ‘The Songs of Ireland’ Concert |Mar 4, 2015

A week after presenting classic French farce, the Historic State Theatre of Boyertown continues a stage tour of Europe with the “Songs of Ireland” concert on March 7.

New Hanover Moms Club recognizes Rare Disease Day, seeks to raise awareness |Mar 4, 2015

Moms and children of New Hanover Township came together on Feb. 28 as part of the ‘Day-by-day, Hand-in-hand’ campaign organized as part of Rare Disease Day.

Boyertown team to compete in Preston & Steve’s Cardboard Classic this Friday |Mar 3, 2015

While some are steering away from the cold, some are choosing to steer into it head-on.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Oliver |Mar 3, 2015

Are you one of those people who loves big, cuddly, orange-and-white boy cats? Then Oliver is your guy! He is pure sweetness and adores the company of his favorite people. He’s the best buddy ever for couch potato sessions!

Sanatoga Fire chief reflects on past, outlines plans for future |Mar 2, 2015

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> A lot of firefighters first pull on their bunker gear when they’re still in their teens. Not David Saylor Sr., who was initiated into the brotherhood of firefighters at the age of 41.

Montgomery County S.P.C.A. Pets of the Week |Mar 2, 2015

Tina is a beautiful spayed senior lab/pointer mix, two great breeds in one wonderful dog. Tina is a fun girl that loves playing with her toys and resting in the bath tub. She enjoys all human company, never lived with dogs and does not favor cats.

Blandon author Dori Hoch releases ‘The Easter Bunny Brothers’ |Mar 2, 2015

Submitted Dori Hoch, Blandon, recently released her newest book filled with colorful illustrations and the competitive antics of, “The Easter Bunny Brothers.”

Visitors hit snow-covered trails for geocache challenge |Mar 2, 2015

Visitors to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, a raptor sanctuary located at 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, were invited to bundle up and hit snow-covered trails to complete a geocache challenge on Saturday, Feb.

Morgantown Village Library welcomes new director Natasha Donaldson |Feb 27, 2015

Village Library in Morgantown welcomes new director Natasha Donaldson, who started on Feb. 9.

Murder mystery event ‘Murderoulsy Uncorked!’ slated at Moonlight Winery |Feb 26, 2015

A classic whodunit at Moonlight Winery has been sponsored by Moonlight Winery, Fecho Productions and Genesius Theatre.

Daniel Boone grad Navy Petty Officer David Hurley serves as Yeoman |Feb 25, 2015

In addition to his civilian professions as hospital security and a health fitness specialist, Petty Officer 2nd Class David Hurley has committed to serving our nation as a Yeoman in the U.S. Navy Reserve assigned to Navy Operational Support Center Lehigh Valley.

Twin Valley High School senior Amy Carvalho named March Intern of the Month |Feb 25, 2015

Amy Carvalho, a senior at Twin Valley High School, was named March’s Intern of the Month. She currently interns at Twin Valley Elementary Center and Robeson Lutheran Preschool.

Twin Valley Rotary honors Twin Valley students Alyssa Lahoda and Aaron Wildonger as February Students of the Month |Feb 25, 2015

On February 18 the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School juniors, Alyssa Lahoda and Aaron Wildonger, as their Students of the Month. The presentation was made at their weekly meeting.

DJ Jon Gosselin mixing music at Bally Hotel |Feb 23, 2015

The former star of TLC’s hit show “Jon and Kate Plus 8” has moved on from television, but is still in the limelight while changing careers to become a disc jockey.

Elverson girl, 13, wins 2nd in Cricket League art competition |Feb 19, 2015

Eva Dillon, 13, of Elverson, won second prize in the October 2014 Cricket League art competition.

Through My Kitchen Window: Your Questions & Recipes |Feb 18, 2015

It’s time! This is the week I answer your food and cooking questions, and share your favorite recipes.

Museum opens Fegely’s Reading Diner for first annual Fastnacht Day |Feb 18, 2015

In celebration of Fat Tuesday on Feb. 17, the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles opened the Fegely’s Reading Diner for their first annual Fastnacht Day.

Pottstown Roller Derby’s fresh meat program back on the track for 2015 |Feb 16, 2015

They are at it again. The Pottstown Roller Derby League has kicked off their Fresh Meat program for 2015; the first of two sessions is underway.

Hamburg Lions Club holds successful Valentine Dance |Feb 16, 2015

The Hamburg Lions Club Valentine Dance at the Hamburg Field House on Saturday night, Feb. 7 was a success with 500 people attending to hear the Fabulous Grease Band. There was lots of dancing to 50s, 60s and 70s songs.

Valentines hit the Berks County Wine trail for special weekend |Feb 16, 2015

Valentines of all kinds hit the Berks County Wine Trail on a snowy Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 14 and 15, for the annual “Chocolate & Wine Pairing Event Weekend” at eight wineries in the county.

Snowshoeing offers sweet outing for Valentine’s Day |Feb 16, 2015

A dozen people braved freezing temperatures to strap on snowshoes and hit the trails by the Kernsville Dam this past Saturday. They took part in “Snowshoeing with Your Sweetie,” a free and new program organized by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department on Valentine’s Day, Feb.

Boyertown Service Unit holds 26th annual Valentine Dance |Feb 11, 2015

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, one local group have wasted no time to celebrate their loved ones.

Ice fishers brave low temps at Marsh Creek Lake to reel in good catch |Feb 10, 2015

upper uwchlan >> It is 20 degrees outside with a nice brisk wind. Most people would rather stay inside where it is warm, but for a select group of people, they would rather be sitting out on a frozen lake; they are ice fishers.

Safe Transition Council appoints Susan Fitzgerald from Hickory House in Honey Brook |Feb 10, 2015

Susan Fitzgerald, a physical therapist with Hickory House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Honey Brook, has been appointed a member of the Safe Transition Council for Life Care Centers of America.

Scot Guldin from Kutztown honored by Thrivent Financial for outstanding performance |Feb 10, 2015

Scot R Guldin, ChFC, FIC, Kutztown, a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial, has qualified for the Pinnacle Council conference by providing outstanding financial guidance, solutions and service to members of the organization in 2014.

A call for gently used prom and other formal dresses; Boyertown Junior Women’s Club to hold ‘Once Upon a Prom’ dress drive |Feb 9, 2015

The Boyertown Junior Women’s Club has announced that they will hold the local dress drive “Once Upon a Prom” for a second year.