Lifestyle

GRAPHIC: Celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service |Aug 25, 2016

The Organic Act, establishing the National Park Service, was signed into law 100 years ago today.

FOOD: Five takes on late-summer pies |Aug 23, 2016

Piles of peaches, tons of tomatoes, buckets of blackberries — savor the flavors of summer … in a pie.

Girl Scouts of Eastern PA win National S’mores Day Competition |Aug 23, 2016

On Wednesday, Aug. 10, a team of ten scouts from Girl Scouts of Eastern PA (GSEP) participated in the second annual National S’mores Day competition hosted by the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay.

YANKEE CHEF: Make room for this sweet, spicy recipe |Aug 23, 2016

What would summer be without the stickiness that is barbecue and the smell of sausages literally floating overhead? Try this sweet, yet spicy, recipe that pairs well with anything you can lug to the picnic table .

Summer veggies star in summer casseroles |Aug 22, 2016

Swimming in summer squash? Tomatoes looking terrific? Turn them into something hot, bubbly and oh-so-comforting — a casserole.

Community Connection calendar: Week of Aug. 13 |Aug 15, 2016

Send your event listings to ldillon@berksmontnews.com to have them listed in On Tap! Deadline for submissions is Friday week before publication. Please mark e-mail subject as Connection On Tap.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Toby, a fastidious gentleman seeking a home |Aug 15, 2016

Toby is a handsome and fastidious 13-year-old gentleman who sadly came to Cat Angel Network when his 90-year-old owner had to go into a nursing home. Toby would do best in a quiet home as the companion to someone who likes to read and watch television.

Get a water workout this summer with aquatic classes |Aug 12, 2016

Take fitness from land to water this summer for some exercise fun and to burn hundreds of calories.

TOP TAPAS: Enjoy Spanish small plates at home |Aug 9, 2016

While visiting Spain, Jenny Young, then an English college student, fell in love — with the cuisine, the culture and the country itself.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Timmy, a laidback kitty looking for a new home |Aug 8, 2016

Adorable Timmy is a front-declawed gray tabby and white kitty. He lost his home on Aug. 5 because his owner was no longer able to care for him due to her health issues. He has been raised with another cat and a dog and got along with both of them, especially the other cat.

Area restaurants serve local and fresh on a plate |Aug 5, 2016

Fresh produce is all around, now that we are in the midst of summer. Pennsylvania is full of farms that provide area restaurants with locally sourced ingredients.

Tri County Community Calendar Aug. 9 |Aug 3, 2016

Event Submissions: send to ldillon@berksmontnews.com week prior to publication. Note Tri County Record calendar in e-mail subject.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Elsa, an affectionate calico looking for a home |Aug 1, 2016

Elsa, a beautiful petite calico kitty, is about two years old. She was rescued from a hard life outdoors and is now really enjoying the good life inside. She enjoys not having to find shelter and loves being served her meals!

Adoptables from the Montco SPCA |Aug 1, 2016

Adorable six year old Bailey is looking for a new throne to call his own. This poor dude has already had two homes that we are aware of and is hoping his next home is forever. Bailey was surrendered by his previous owner because he felt that after three years, Bailey needed more space.

On Tap |Aug 1, 2016

Send your event listings to ldillon@berksmontnews.com to have them listed in On Tap! Deadline for submissions is Friday week before publication. Please mark e-mail subject as Connection On Tap.

Youth sports can keep kids healthy in more than just the physical aspect |Aug 1, 2016

Whether it’s physical, mental, or even academic; youth sports organizations provide a variety of healthy benefits to children in a fun and engaging way.

Annual Elverson dance of the sunflowers open to the community |Jul 28, 2016

Rick Frey, owner of Please Wash Me Carwash, 1 Yingst Dr., Elverson, announced that his sunflower crop is blooming and ready for free picking to the community.

Tri County Community Calendar Aug. 2 |Jul 27, 2016

Event Submissions: send to ldillon@berksmontnews.com week prior to publication. Note Tri County Record calendar in e-mail subject.

Chocoholics rejoice! |Jul 26, 2016

Gail Warner circled tomorrow on her calendar as a day to celebrate. And if you love chocolate, you should too.

Cat Angel Network: Meet LuLu, a gentle and affectionate kitty looking for a home |Jul 25, 2016

LuLu is a beautiful female red patched tabby born in 2013, and here is her story:

On Tap |Jul 25, 2016

Send your event listings to ldillon@berksmontnews.com to have them listed in On Tap! Deadline for submissions is Friday week before publication. Please mark e-mail subject as Connection On Tap.

Tri County Community Calendar July 26 |Jul 20, 2016

Event Submissions: send to ldillon@berksmontnews.com week prior to publication. Note Tri County Record calendar in e-mail subject.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Fern & Edith, a playful pair in need of a forever family |Jul 18, 2016

Fern, a very pretty tortie, and her sister, Edith, a beautiful brown tabby, were born in July 2015. They were living outside as kittens with their mom when a nice woman found them in her yard in Elverson and took them inside so they would all be safe.

Adoptables from the Montco SPCA |Jul 18, 2016

We would like to introduce everyone to the very adorable sister pair, Cupcake and Snowflake. These dazzling Cocker Spaniel and Spitz mix sisters are hoping there is a home big enough for both of them.

Ice Cream, art and history featured at Clay on Main event |Jul 18, 2016

A chance to beat the heat and enjoy ice cream, art demonstrations, and learn about the history of Clay on Main’s building were some of the highlights of the studio’s third annual Ice Cream Social and Open House, July 18.

Item Community Calendar July 20 |Jul 15, 2016

Submit to Calendar: E-mail event listings to ldillon@berksmontnews.com. Note Item Calendar in e-mail subject.

VIDEO: Experts share tips for DIY sushi success |Jul 13, 2016

Craving crunchy shrimp or California rolls? Have a taste for spicy tuna? Make your own with help from sushi experts like Tai Ha.

Gilbertsville Cub Scout wins Pinewood Derby World Championship |Jul 12, 2016

Cub Scout JJ Habres not only won the Pinewood Derby World Championship on Saturday, June 25, in New York City – he also broke the record.

VIDEO: The best simple grilled cheese |Jul 11, 2016

Do you like or love grilled cheese but don’t care for the fancy recipes all over the internet? Check out this recipe that differs from the original just a little bit with different kinds of cheese.

Pets of the Week: Adoptables from the Montco SPCA |Jul 11, 2016

Say hello to A265357. This purebred Scotty meandered away from his home and no one bothered to come looking for him. The joke is on them though, because this handsome fellow is moving on to bigger and better things!

Cat Angel Network: Meet Fonzie and Felix, a pair of sweet brothers looking for a family |Jul 11, 2016

My name is Fonzie, and I am a handsome guy with short hair. My brother Felix is a gorgeous guy with long hair. We are both black and white kitties and were born on June 14, 2011.

Sanatoga retirement community helps seniors age gracefully and healthy |Jul 11, 2016

SANATOGA >> A local retirement community wants to help older adults in the area age healthy by keeping active mentally and physically.

Tri County Community Calendar July 12 |Jul 6, 2016

Event Submissions: send to ldillon@berksmontnews.com week prior to publication. Note Tri County Record calendar in e-mail subject.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Mina, a beautiful girl who needs a forever family |Jul 4, 2016

Mina is a beautiful all gray female kitty who resembles the Russian Blue breed. She was born in May 2012, and here is her story:

On Tap |Jul 4, 2016

Send your event listings to ldillon@berksmontnews.com to have them listed in On Tap! Deadline for submissions is Friday week before publication. Please mark e-mail subject as Connection On Tap.

Patriot Community Calendar July 7 |Jul 4, 2016

Send events to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com by Friday noon week prior to publication.

Want to find out where the fireworks will be over the next couple of days? Check out the interactive map |Jul 3, 2016

In the mood to see some fireworks before the July 4th holiday is gone? Here is where you can find them.

FROM THE GROUND UP: A prickly business |Jun 30, 2016

It’s possible that one reason why I love the natural world is that while it doesn’t always look organized, it always makes sense. What baffles me sometimes, though, is seeing how people choose to use plants in unnatural ways, for instance a giant blue spruce blocking the front entrance to a house or a forsythia hedge trimmed into ugly stubs.

NEW ON THE GRILL |Jun 30, 2016

Chef George Bieber enjoys fond memories of family cookouts featuring hamburgers and hot dogs. But “when we got fancy, it was sausages,” he recalled.

Tri County Community Calendar July 5 |Jun 29, 2016

Event Submissions: send to ldillon@berksmontnews.com week prior to publication. Note Tri County Record calendar in e-mail subject.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Minx, a gentle kitty looking for a home |Jun 27, 2016

Hi, my name is Minx! I am a dramatically colored long-haired tortoiseshell kitty. Everyone tells me how pretty I am so I don’t think it counts as boasting if I tell you that.

Adoptables from the Montco SPCA |Jun 27, 2016

Hillary is a two year old Staffordshire mix looking for a home without small animals. She was turned in as a stray back in March and has spent the past three months looking for a new home. Release A262702.

On Tap |Jun 27, 2016

Send your event listings to ldillon@berksmontnews.com to have them listed in On Tap! Deadline for submissions is Friday week before publication. Please mark e-mail subject as Connection On Tap.

Patriot Community Calendar June 30 |Jun 27, 2016

Send events to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com by Friday noon week prior to publication.

Teens perform Duck for President at libraries in Berks this summer |Jun 24, 2016

Dressed in animal costumes, The Yocum Institute for Arts Education Teen Ensemble presented Duck for President at The Hamburg Strand on June 22. They are touring libraries in the Berks County area this summer.

Hamburg Item Calendar June 29 |Jun 24, 2016

Submit to Calendar: E-mail event listings to ldillon@berksmontnews.com. Note Item Calendar in e-mail subject.

Tri County Community Calendar June 28 |Jun 22, 2016

Event Submissions: send to ldillon@berksmontnews.com week prior to publication. Note Tri County Record calendar in e-mail subject.

Girl Scouts paint mural at New Hanover Recreation Center |Jun 21, 2016

Members of Troop 1380 spent several hours last week working on a garden-themed mural at the New Hanover Recreation Center.

PHOTOS: Walkers explore historical Pottstown structures |Jun 21, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Community members strolled up and down East High Street Thursday for the Historical Pottstown Walking Tour. There were 11 stops on the tour with a narrator at each to explain the significance and evolution of historical structures.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Kelley, a charming girl looking for a family |Jun 20, 2016

Meet our charming Kelley girl! This pretty lady was found in an abandoned house and left to a very uncertain fate. She is an exceptionally attractive gray and white two-year-old sweetie who will make a wonderful addition to the lucky family who takes her home.