Features/People

Harold “Freck” Miller reflects on his experience in his seventh decade of scouting |Sep 1, 2014

In 1939, FDR was president, a loaf of bread was eight cents and televisions were the newest technology available. Also that year, Hamburg native Harold “Freck” Miller became the first in his family to join the scouts.

Diakon Adoption & Foster Care staff member Melanie Rehrig receives Permanency Teamwork Recognition Award |Sep 1, 2014

Topton >> Melanie Rehrig, who supervises the Family Finding and Older Child Matching Imitative efforts at the Topton office of Diakon Adoption & Foster Care, was one of three adoption professionals who recently received the Permanency Teamwork Recognition Award during the annual conference of the Statewide Adoption & Permanency Network.

Topton couple celebrates 65th anniversary |Sep 1, 2014

Robert and Carol Schillinger, residents of The Lutheran Home at Topton, recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a small family celebration at the senior living community. The couple were married Aug.

Hamburg native Vanessa Long reaches for her dreams in New York City |Sep 1, 2014

In just three short months, Hamburg native Vanessa Long has worked on one off-Broadway show and one off-off-Broadway show as well as currently preparing for her next show which premieres Nov. 7 in New York City.

Honey Brook Historical Society undertakes preservation of The Honey Brook Herald |Sep 1, 2014

More than 2,000 copies of the Honey Brook Herald have found a new home with the Honey Brook Historical Society.

Morgantown flying clubs tour Lancaster Airport Tower |Sep 1, 2014

Members of the Tri-County Flyers and the Morgantown Aero Club, and other local Morgantown Airport pilots and family members recently attended a tour of the Lancaster Airport control tower.

MCCC student Candace Benson of Pottstown is runner-up in BET’s Sunday Best Competition |Sep 1, 2014

Montgomery County Community College student Candace Benson of Pottstown is the runner-up on BET’s Sunday Best gospel-based music competition with Geoffrey Golden of Cleveland, Ohio, taking the top spot.

Kutztown Community Partnership takes the Ice Bucket Challenge: Mayor Green, Mamma’s Pizza, Kutztown Library help raise awareness, funds for ALS |Aug 27, 2014

Kutztown Community Partnership took the Ice Bucket Challenge, eagerly and willingly.

Bat rehabilitator talks to Longswamp Boy Scout Pack 575 |Aug 26, 2014

The boy scouts of Longswamp Pack 575, Den 2, from Mertztown, received an education in bats on a recent Friday night.

German pen friend visits Kutztown |Aug 26, 2014

Fleetwood alumna Heidi Schroeder has a German pen friend she has been writing to since the 6th grade, about 17 years.

Master Kim’s Black Belt Academy students earn black belts |Aug 25, 2014

It was a time that they were waiting for. Each person was thrilled and anxious at the same time. “What day? What time?” you may ask? It was the week end that they were testing for their Black Belts at Master Kim’s Black Belt Academy in Bechtelsville.

Behind-the-scenes tour: Twin Valleys Garden Club tours production greenhouses at Longwood Gardens |Aug 23, 2014

Members and guests of Twin Valleys Garden Club got a behind-the-scenes tour of the production greenhouses at Longwood Gardens on June 25.

Boyertown Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA holds annual Award Ceremony |Aug 21, 2014

The Boyertown Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA holds an annual Award Ceremony to recognize the girls who have earned the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. This year’s event was held on July 27, 2014 at St.

Run4Sam gives back to community in runner’s memory |Aug 20, 2014

Runners, walkers and supporters spent a rainy morning at Gring’s Mill Park on Sunday morning, Aug. 17, for the seventh annual Run4Sam. The 4 mile or 10K race and 2 mile walk followed by kids fun run is in memory and honor of Samuel Brooklyn Reed, a Schuylkill Valley High School graduate and cross country runner who was killed by a hit and run drunk driver while attending the University of Pittsburgh on September 1, 2007.

No room for error |Aug 19, 2014

After climbing 14,410 feet to the summit of Mount Rainier, Scott Wallace knew exactly how he wanted to live the moment.

Shirley Moyer of Oley Township inducted into Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors Secretary Hall of Fame |Aug 18, 2014

In 1979, Shirley Moyer was working at a bank when one of her regular customers asked a question that would change the course of her career. The customer was the treasurer of the municipal authority in Oley Township, Berks County, and the question was whether Moyer would consider a new job.

Kutztown 9-year-old girl donates hair to Children With Hair Loss |Aug 18, 2014

Maisy Kellum of Kutztown recently donated 9 inches of her hair to Children With Hair Loss.

Oley native celebrates 102nd birthday alongside Senator Bob Mensch, PA Representative David Maloney and Boyertown Mayor Marianne Deery |Aug 15, 2014

Willard Fisher, an Oley Township native, recently celebrated his 102 birthday alongside friends, family and local officials.

Berks County Commissioners honor Iron Horse Helpers on 10th and Final Anniversary |Aug 13, 2014

A farewell party was held by the local Iron Horse Helpers at the Womelsdorf VFW Pavilion in Womelsdorf on July 26.

Honey Brook resident enjoys visits from Pet Therapy Dog Jax |Aug 12, 2014

From AseraCare Hospice AseraCare Hospice volunteer Nicole Palmer, Sergeant, Lancaster State Police Barracks, hospice brings joy to others by sharing her two Therapy Dog International (TDI) dogs, Jax and Duke.

Scholarship News |Aug 12, 2014

Ronald McDonald House Charities /Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources scholarship recipient Tiffany Pershall, a senior at Twin Valley High School in Chester County, accepted a certificate of achievement from McDonald’s Owner/Operator Jonathan Chong at an awards celebration held on June 16 at the Hyatt at The Bellevue in Philadelphia.

Big Shot: American Legion Commander of Post 537 Morgantown Awarded Commander of the Year |Aug 12, 2014

On July 18th in Harrisburg, Roger Jacobs of Morgantown was awarded “Commander of the Year 2014”.

Hamburg twirler celebrates successful season |Aug 10, 2014

Emelia Adam, a soon-to-be sixth grader in the Hamburg Area School District and daughter of Jeff and Tamra Adam, is jumping for joy after a busy spring and summer of twirling! She has traveled to several competitions throughout this twirling season including Pennsylvania States, Miss Majorette of Pennsylvania and Miss Majorette of North Atlantic Region.

Fleetwood Girl Scout Fun: Senior Troop teaches Daisy Troop crafts, games |Aug 5, 2014

Fleetwood Girl Scout Senior Troop 11064 attended a Daisy troop meeting to teach the younger girls some crafts and games. The older girls brought in a real rabbit for Daisy Troop 1956 to pet and learn about.

Induction into Hall of Fame |Aug 5, 2014

A Fogelsville resident has been inducted into the Signator Investors, Inc. ‘Hall of Fame.’

Summers in the country bring two families together |Aug 5, 2014

Nearly 20 years ago Jocelyn, of Brooklyn, NY, traveled with other New York City children to spend a week in Pennsylvania. Elizabeth “Betty” Atkinson and her husband Richard opened their home up to the young 5-year-old girl and a bond was created that would last for two decades with no sign of going away.

Second Wind Dream piano instructor honored with gift at Elmcroft Senior Living |Aug 2, 2014

One teacher is being awarded for bridging together residents of Elmcroft Senior Living and musical ability.

Twin Valley Alumni Spotlight Moffett & Torres own Cafe 110, Morgantown |Jul 31, 2014

In an effort to recognize and support Twin Valley alumni, the Twin Valley Community Education Foundation has created an “Alumni Spotlight” section which is featured in TVCEF’s monthly newsletters. The “Alumni Spotlight” highlights a different Twin Valley alum every month who is doing great things in their professional or personal life.

Craig Thatcher Band to present free concert at Musikfest’s Main Stage |Jul 28, 2014

BETHLEHEM ­— Just when it seemed dark — as in the first dark night ever at Musikfest’s main stage — local blues icons The Craig Thatcher Band and Musikfest partner Coordinated Health have come together to shine the spotlight on the elements that make Musikfest one of the most unique music events in the nation.

Author presentation ‘Boys of the Civil War’ at Hopewell |Jul 28, 2014

Aug. 10 Narvon author Joel Moore will give a presentation titled “Boys of the Civil War” and sign copies of his books, set in the Civil War, in the conference room at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site at 2 p.

Little Mates Graduates |Jul 28, 2014

Little Mates CDC, 3025 North Street, Morgantown, presents the Little Mates Pre-K 2 Graduating Class of 2014.

Celebrating Celtic with Dollops of Irish Cheer at the Berks Celtic Oyster Fest |Jul 25, 2014

“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste… I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”

Tribute for Rep. Hennessey held at Tel Hai, Honey Brook Township |Jul 22, 2014

Honey Brook Twp.—On Monday, July 21 State Rep. Tim Hennessey of the 26th Legislative District was honored for his long service and advocacy of issues important to older Pennsylvanians.

Tel Hai senior staff member honored |Jul 21, 2014

Honey Brook Twp.—On June 18 the state-wide association of not-for-profit senior services providers, LeadingAge PA, presented their 2014 Professional Advancement Award to Sue Verdegem, Tel Hai’s Senior Executive Vice President of Finance & Administration.

Kutztown Troop 101 Boy Scouts Earn 50-mile Award |Jul 21, 2014

Seasoned members of Boy Scout Troop 101 of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kutztown, recently spent 5 days and 4 nights on the Appalachian Trail to earn the 50-mile award.

Reinert Family Reunion |Jul 21, 2014

Girl Scout holds Robotics Camp for Children to receive Gold Award |Jul 13, 2014

With a goal of earning her Gold Award, Girl Scout Lucy Horn, 17, Reading, hosted a two-week long robotics camp for students interested in learning how to build and operate robots at the Dunn Community Center, Exeter Township, recently.

Ficco family shares their Summer Fun photos |Jul 9, 2014

Ficco family from Honey Brook shared a few summer fun photos with Tri County Record.

Meet Your Sunny Crest Neighbor: Bryan Hilt |Jul 9, 2014

I grew up in York, Pennsylvania and am 43 years old. Growing up I went to public school and graduated high school after high school I went to a sheltered workshop where I cut tar paper five days a week.

Chesco athletes excel at Special Olympic Games |Jul 9, 2014

Two athletes from Chester County who represented Pennsylvania at the 2014 Special Olympics National Games returned home victorious from the competition.

Pottstown parade brings spectators from near and far to celebrate Independence Day |Jul 7, 2014

For many people in the Pottstown area, the Fourth of July parade is an annual ritual.

Eagle Scout Project Dedication in Longswamp |Jul 7, 2014

June 29, Pastor Dr. Kathy Brearley of Longswamp U.C.C. in Mertztown dedicated the Eagle Scout Project of Troop 575 Scout Jacob Moyer. Matthew Hensinger, Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 575, was also on hand to explain the significance of the Eagle Scout Rank and Eagle Project.

Project Schuylkill Outdoor Leadership Odyssey kayaks children down the Schuylkill |Jul 6, 2014

Children from Bethany Children’s Home got drenched and muddy kayaking the Schuylkill River for an upclose and personal experience of a watershed right in our own backyard.

Boy Scout Troop 140 recognizes six Eagle Scouts at Court of Honor |Jul 2, 2014

Boy Scout Troop 140 celebrated the achievements of six Eagle Scouts with an Eagle Court of Honor on May 18 at the Ludwig’s Corner Fire Company Griffith Hall in Glenmoore.

Honey Brook Township Volunteer is a Friend of Bargain Hunters |Jul 2, 2014

Honey Brook Twp.—Pat Richey and her husband, Tom, have enjoyed eleven years as cottage residents on the Tel Hai campus. Both have been active all their lives—frequently participating in what used to be known as “Elder Hostel” programs and as volunteers in Girl Scouting as well as at Tel Hai.

Eagle Scout: Blandon Scout leads soccer kick-back wall rebuild |Jul 2, 2014

Fleetwood High School student Dustin J. Carbaugh, 17, from Shoemakersville, completed his Eagle Service Project in Maidencreek Park June 28 and 29.

Corner House Farm challenges 100 people to horse around |Jul 2, 2014

One local farm is asking you how well do you know you neigh-bors? This year, Corner House Farm is inviting residents from far and wide to stop by and meet a horse.

Tara Schumaker of Gilbertsville to compete in World Choir Games |Jul 1, 2014

Tara Schumaker of Gilbertsville, PA will compete with the Mansfield University Concert Choir, directed by Peggy Dettwiler, at the 2014 World Choir Games, the largest international choral competition in the world, July 9-19 in Riga, Latvia.

Herb Real Estate, Inc. congratulates Kurt L. Davidheiser, Real Estate Associate Broker |Jul 1, 2014

Congratulations go to Kurt Davidheiser for becoming an Associate Broker at Herb Real Estate. Davidheiser offers over 20 years of sales, marketing, and real estate development experience as he celebrates the addition of Associate Broker to his résumé demonstrating the education, dedication and superior, professional experience he offers to his clients.

Hamburg Area High School class of 1964 celebrates 50th reunion |Jul 1, 2014

Hamburg Area High School class of 1964 recently held their 50th reunion at the Indian Fort Inn in Hamburg on June 21.