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Kutztown native competes in Mrs. Pennsylvania Pageant |May 23, 2017

Kutztown native Caitlin Puccio will be competing in the Mrs. Pennsylvania Pageant on June 10 in Philadelphia.

Kutztown Junior battling cancer crowned Prom Princess |May 16, 2017

Kutztown junior Nikolette Nolte, who is battling cancer, was crowned Prom Princess at the 2017 Kutztown Area High School Prom held at Bear Creek Resort on May 12. Also crowned that night were Kutztown seniors Ashley Bleiler and Joshua Mengel as Prom Queen and King and junior Mason Brett as Prom Prince.

Morgantown Vietnam veteran honored as hero with Purple Heart |Apr 20, 2017

When Marine Staff Sgt. James Beningo Jr. returned in 1969 from Vietnam, he was scorned, ignored and even spit on. There was no hero’s welcome for Veterans returning from an unpopular war.

Photos: Bally Lions Club hosts Egg Hunt |Apr 17, 2017

Held Saturday April 15 at the park in Bally, 1000 plastic eggs filled with trinkets and gifts dotted the grassy area behind the pool. Kids not only ran to collect eggs, but also received a small bag of assorted candy.

Sir Topham Hatt visits Reading Public Museum |Apr 13, 2017

The Reading Public Museum hosted over 200 young fans of Thomas the Tank Engine for a meet and greet with Sir Topham Hatt, the famous conductor that appears in many episodes of the television series Thomas & Friends.

Author of ‘The Easter Bunny Brothers’ visits St. Francis Academy |Apr 10, 2017

Blandon author Dori Hoch visited St. Francis Academy of Bally on April 6. She read her book “The Easter Bunny Brothers” to students in pre-k through second grades.

‘Girls Night’ held to benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation |Apr 3, 2017

Hallie Paules and Lauren Bush recently organized an event to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation — a group which is committed to fighting childhood cancer.

MOMS Club East of Douglassville observes 15th anniversary |Mar 31, 2017

Six weeks after Megan Ahles and her family moved into Amity Township, Megan and her daughter Reese were involved in a head-on automobile accident. The incident, which left Ahles wheelchair-bound for five months, triggered a series of events that eventually led her to join a local club with activities almost expressly tailored to her needs.

Skippack artist’s mural brightens children’s lives at Montgomery County Court Care |Mar 24, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A colorful, playful and inspirational mural with the theme “Keep Looking Up,” created by a Skippack artist, now greets children at Montgomery County Court Care, a licensed drop-in care center for families who have court business to attend.

Church volunteers prepare and serve meal for Hope Rescue Mission |Mar 24, 2017

On Thursday, March 16, a group of women were busy in the kitchen at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church preparing shepherd’s pie — one hundred servings worth — for the men at Hope Rescue Mission.

Hamburg twirler wins four medals at Twirl Mania Gold Invitational |Mar 17, 2017

Hamburg 8th grader Emelia Adam recently competed at Twirl Mania hosted in the ESPN Center in Disney World, Florida, brining home four medals.

Daniel Boone students celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday |Mar 10, 2017

The halls of Amity Elementary Center were filled with some slightly taller students on March 6 as members of the Daniel Boone High School Future Business Leaders of America visited. Seven students visited classrooms bringing engaging stories and amusing activities as a continued celebration of Dr.

400 take part in Governor Mifflin Food Show |Mar 9, 2017

“We’re trying to get them in, around the room, and they’re here to vote,” said Governor Mifflin School District Food Service Director Jenelle Himmelreich. “They’re here to vote on foods for next school year.

Family fasnacht recipe brings generations together |Mar 2, 2017

Exeter >> Fasnacht Day. For many, it’s a day of tradition … history … family … deliciousness.

Birthday party held for Boyertown centenarian |Mar 2, 2017

“I hope everyone here can obtain the same age as I have,” said Charles Weller as he prepared to blow out his birthday candles. He has just turned 100 years old.

Albert Boscov remembered during memorial service in Reading |Feb 27, 2017

READING >> Giant illustrated props of Albert Boscov dressed as a superhero taking flight were displayed on stage inside Santander Arena Sunday. Those who knew the late retail giant said he truly was one in real life.

Building a Better Boyertown names Emily Jones Volunteer of the Year |Feb 27, 2017

When Emily’s friends convinced her to help at the Oktoberfest four years ago, she was hesitant to come. Little did she know that that one experience would catapult her into a life of volunteering and service.

Store owners take part in National Random Acts of Kindness Day, donate goods to Exeter Police |Feb 23, 2017

Local residents and store owners Ben and Ellen Nonnemacher recently took part in National Random Acts of Kindness Day on Friday, Feb. 17, by donating goods to Exeter Township Police Department.

Weaver’s Orchard announces photo contest winners |Feb 21, 2017

Weaver’s Orchard Farm Market has announced four winners of their seventh annual photo contest, a challenge that invited customers to submit photos of their experiences on the farm throughout the harvest season.

Boyertown student shares experience as volunteer firefighter |Feb 17, 2017

Around 5 p.m. on a weeknight, high school junior David Reitnauer got one of his most first memorable calls.

Girl Scouts have fun at father-daughter dance |Feb 16, 2017

The 28th annual Valentine Dance, sponsored by the Boyertown Service Unit of Girl Scouts of Eastern PA was held on Friday, Feb. 10 at New Hanover Methodist Church in Montgomery County. Girl Scouts and their father/significant male mentors danced, made bookmarks for local retirement communities and contributed canned goods for the Boyertown Salvation Army.

Three women celebrate 100th birthdays at Honey Brook retirement community |Feb 15, 2017

Three women at Heatherwood Retirement Community in Honey Brook celebrated their 100th birthdays.

Hundreds attend special ‘Night to Shine’ prom at Morningstar |Feb 13, 2017

For the second year in a row, Morningstar Fellowship of Bechtelsville has joined hundreds of churches worldwide in hosting Night to Shine, a prom night for teens and adults with special needs.

Photos: St. Francis Academy learns about DNA |Feb 6, 2017

Students in seventh and eighth grade at St. Francis Academy, Bally, learned about DNA in an experiment taught by Dr. Patterson and Ms. Miller. The students learned about DNA and how it replicates, and how base pairs need to match up.

Pilots give aviation workshop for teenage girls |Feb 3, 2017

James Rouiller of Fly-Elite Flight School at Pottstown Municipal Airport on Glasgow Street in Pottstown, participated in an Introduction to Aviation workshop for 25 teenage girls on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Heritage Field in Limerick.

Couple on North Reading Avenue selling their historic 19th century house |Feb 2, 2017

Dave and Judy Larson have lived in their victorian townhouse on the corner of North Reading Avenue and Fifth Street for almost 28 years. However, soon they will be putting the house on the market for the first time in over a century.

Pottstown-area native, KU alum Kyle Klaus on Showtime’s ‘Homeland’ |Jan 6, 2017

Pottstown-area native and Kutztown University alumni Kyle Klaus heads to the TAC Team for the Season 6 premiere of the award-winning Showtime thriller “Homeland,” airing on Sunday, Jan.

Sacred Oak of Oley Valley inspires local artist |Jan 3, 2017

The Sacred Oak of the Historic Oley Valley, a non-native Chinkapin Oak, is more than 500 years old. It is located below Oley Valley Middle School along Friedensberg Road. The area opens to the public twice a year.

Colebrookedale Elementary second-grade students share holiday traditions (Ms Mitchell’s class) |Dec 28, 2016

Each year, The Boyertown Area Times asks students about their favorite holiday traditions. These students are in Kimberly Mitchell’s second grade class at Colebrookdale Elementary.

Colebrookedale Elementary second-grade students share holiday traditions (Ms Cronin’s class) |Dec 28, 2016

Brice Bierbach: Opening presents is so fun. I am so excited for Christmas! The presents I want the most are Monster Jam Trucks. I really hope I get some!

Holiday House Tour features historic Mount Penn home |Nov 28, 2016

The Woman’s Club of Exeter Township is getting ready to host its 19th Annual Holiday House Tour.

Veterans Day at Amity Elementary Center |Nov 17, 2016

AMITY >> On Friday, Nov. 11, Amity Elementary Center held a Veterans Day program attended by 72 veterans.

Hamburg High honors October Students of the Month |Nov 17, 2016

Congratulations to the October Students of the Month at Hamburg Area High School: freshman Julie Harbonic, sophomore Kaitlyn Carl, senior Jacob Metcalfe.

Salem EC, Wyndcliffe House residents share Thanksgiving meal |Nov 17, 2016

Residents of Wyndcliffe House Apartments in Hamburg enjoyed an early Thanksgiving meal on Saturday, Nov. 12. Members of Salem EC Church, Lenhartsville, loaded up roasters full of turkey, stuffing and gravy and bowls of cranberry sauce to share in a communal meal.

Strausstown Legacy Lions honored |Nov 17, 2016

At meeting number 3,147 of the Strausstown Lions Club, the club greeted Lions District 14-P District Governor Gus Meyer III. He lauded the club for its many good works and Lions for their years of service.

Douglassville choir invited to 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade festivities |Nov 17, 2016

Thanksgiving Day will a memorable one for several students from Immaculate Conception Academy.

Daniel Boone High School students present ‘The Spirit of Life’ |Nov 10, 2016

Daniel Boone High School students recently took part in a heavy-hearted performance of “The Spirit Of Life.”

On the Record with Carol: Every day is Veterans Day for Ivan |Nov 10, 2016

Every day is Veterans Day for Ivan Stoltzfus of Honey Brook, who left Oct. 15 on his cross-country tractor ride Across America for Wounded Heroes 2016. His goal is to raise $1 million for veterans, especially those diagnosed with PTSD.

Celebrating Veterans Day with 102-Year-Old WWII Veteran |Nov 8, 2016

Reading >> Veterans Day is a day to honor military veterans and all they have done for our country. It’s a time to show respect for heroes who served in the United States Armed Forces and fought for our freedom.

Poetry reading held at Walnut Woods |Nov 7, 2016

Jennifer Hetrick of Boyertown has launched a three-year poetry project focusing on manufacturing history in Berks County.

Boyertown High alum transitions to life as artist with new record deal |Oct 28, 2016

Having coffee is usually taken as a casual activity, but for Josh Hish, an invitation for coffee from the Silverado Records CEO meant everything was going to change.

Photos: Daniel Boone Optimist Club holds Halloween Parade |Oct 27, 2016

The Daniel Boone Optimist Club of Douglassville held its annual Halloween Parade on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The Daniel Boone High School Marching Band, local fire companies and other organizations participated as a part of this event.

Burns Logistics Solutions renovates Shoemakersville train station for transportation business |Oct 9, 2016

The sound of a train whistle brings a nostalgic feeling to many in Berks County, but Shoemakersville residents have a site that continually recognizes their ties to the railroad industry.

Red Corner Benefit returns to help 11-year-old with cancer |Oct 7, 2016

DOUGLASSVILLE >> The 8th Annual Red Corner Benefit is set to take place next week to benefit a local 11-year-old battling cancer.

Douglassville military wife surprises husband with a day of holidays |Oct 7, 2016

A year’s worth of holidays, birthdays, and other significant days were celebrated in a military home in the Douglassville area on Sept. 17.

Bally Lions Club donates tricycle to Gilbertsville boy |Oct 6, 2016

The Bally Lions Club recently presented 16-year-old Thomas Heid, son of Richard and Susan Heid of Gilbertsville, with a “set of wheels” in the form of a tricycle.

Most Blessed Sacrament Church holds Blessing of the Animals |Oct 3, 2016

Argall plans Nov. 17 Hamburg ceremony to honor Vietnam era veterans |Oct 3, 2016

Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) will honor veterans who served during the Vietnam era at a special ceremony on Nov. 17 in Hamburg.

Birdsboro Garden Club Founder creates fairy village |Oct 2, 2016

BIRDSBORO >> Lynn Bialek has built a garden for fairies in her backyard. It’s something she looks forward to seeing every morning and especially at night when the lights within the little houses shine bright — welcoming fairies to visit.

Morgantown Hearts United with Haiti raises funds for Haiti mission work |Sep 14, 2016

Morgantown Hearts United with Haiti will hold its 2nd Annual Harvest Banquet fundraiser on Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. at The Barn at Flying Hills, Route 10 at 10 Village Center Dr., Reading.