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5th annual Food for Families raises record breaking $9,000 for Twin Valley Food Pantry |Feb 11, 2016

Another record breaking success toped $9,000 at Fifth Anniversary Food for Families Fundraiser to benefit the Twin Valley Food Pantry.

Boyertown Junior Women’s Club announces 3rd ‘Once Upon a Prom’ dress drive |Feb 11, 2016

For the third year in a row — One local women’s club is holding a prom dress drive for girls in need.

Residents of The Heritage of Green Hills visit Art Ability |Feb 8, 2016

Residents of The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, recently visited Art Ability, a juried art exhibition for artists with disabilities held annually at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern.

Hamburg pays tribute to teacher Guy Ketch Jr. |Feb 3, 2016

The Hamburg education community pays tribute to the late Guy R. Ketch, Jr., a former Hamburg teacher for 39 years.

Paint a healthy picture with Healthy Selfie Contest |Jan 30, 2016

Keep health in the picture even after the hype of New Year’s resolutions through a photo contest which awards winners $50 in gift cards to local businesses.

30-year-old donated Red Oaks given new life by Western Center students |Jan 30, 2016

Nearly 30 years ago, two red oak trees were planted at New Hanover Lutheran Church and now these trees have been transformed into benches.

Big Shot sponsored by Petersheim Bros. Inc.: Morgantown brothers pay homage to Dr. Who in midst of snowstorm |Jan 28, 2016

Gavin and Gabe Karczeski, of Morgantown, paid homage to Dr. Who by putting the several feet of snow recently received in the area to use, building the iconic Tardis from the series.

On the Record with Carol: The Battle of Plowville during the Blizzard of 2016 |Jan 28, 2016

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Group serves hot meal to homeless at Hope Rescue Mission of Reading |Jan 27, 2016

It doesn’t take an army to feed one.

Frecon Farms announces culinary classes |Jan 19, 2016

Last Thursday, Frecon Farms held their first Bread Making Class.

2016 marks 275 years for Most Blessed Sacrament Parish |Jan 19, 2016

Most Blessed Sacrament Parish started their anniversary celebration year by simultaneously looking back and looking forward.

Parish member looks back as Bally church celebrates 275th anniversary |Jan 12, 2016

She has been a member of the parish for more than one-third of its 275 years but her family has been part of it for generations before she arrived.

Hamburg native Rich Etchberger named Utah’s Carnegie Professor of the Year |Jan 8, 2016

Hamburg native and son of Hamburg war hero, Rich Etchberger, has been named Utah’s 2015 Carnegie Professor of the Year.

Hamburg native changes the world through dance |Jan 4, 2016

Hamburg native Vanessa Long choreographs pieces about social and political issues. Her goal is to create change in the world through dance.

Girl Scouts announce 2016 Berks County ‘Take The Lead’ Honorees |Jan 4, 2016

In preparation for its 20th Annual Take the Lead Berks County event, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP) is excited to announce the 2016 Honorees to be recognized by local Girl Scouts. Take the Lead honors the community’s most distinguished women, whose leadership and achievements have made the world a better place.

4-H Clovers, Lenhartsville, bake 500 cookies for Keystone Military Families |Jan 4, 2016

The 4H Clovers, who meet twice a month at Salem EC Church, Lenhartsville, baked double batches of eight varieties of cookies, from iced cutouts and peanut-butter blossoms to Michigan rocks and chocolate crinkles and more.

For senior living resident, Topton’s Putz was a family affair |Jan 4, 2016

Ann Henry not only has a history with The Lutheran Home at Topton, but she’s also part of it.

Roadside America in Shartlesville celebrates 80th anniversary: Sen. Argall presents congratulatory citations to owner, granddaughter of late founder |Jan 3, 2016

Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) presented congratulatory citations from the state legislature to Roadside America in Shartlesville for its 80th anniversary on Dec. 19.

Antique Automobile Club librarian from Bethel appraises cars for Discovery TV show The Appraisers |Dec 27, 2015

Bethel resident Chris Ritter stars in the Discovery TV show The Appraisers with Tom Cox and Ben Nef.

Daniel Boone High School students give back at 13th annual Angela Hohl Blood Drive |Dec 23, 2015

Angela Hohl was 17 in the summer of 2003 and getting ready to start her senior year at Daniel Boone High School when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Leukemia. She died less than a month after her diagnosis on Aug.

Schuylkill Valley Elementary: What is your favorite holiday food? |Dec 23, 2015

Aubrey B.: My favorite holiday food is chocolate cake. It tastes good when my Gigi, Mom, and Dad make it.

Schuylkill Valley Elementary: What is your favorite holiday food? |Dec 23, 2015

Seth A.- My favorite holiday food is cookies.

Schuylkill Valley Elementary: What is your favorite holiday food? |Dec 23, 2015

“My favorite holiday food is strawberry pie because strawberry is my favorite fruit.” Colby S.

Penn Bernville Elementary: What is your favorite holiday tradition? |Dec 23, 2015

Chaun W.- My favorite holiday tradition is a Christmas Party. We have fun with our family and friends.

Morgantown American Legion donates 600 wreaths to Wreaths Across America in honor of Scott Jacobs |Dec 16, 2015

Another great year for Wreaths Across America in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, the weather was perfect and it was the largest crowd since its establishment eight years ago.

New director named at Boone Area Library |Dec 7, 2015

Amy Resh is the new director of the Boone Area Library hired in September 2015. Resh graduated from Exeter High School, received her Library Science degree from Kutztown University, a Masters in Business Administration from Alvernia University, and a Masters in Library Information Science from Drexel.

Schuylkvill Valley High grad Mark Weyer, 24, completes thru-hike dream on Appalachian Trail |Dec 6, 2015

Mark Weyer, 24, of Mohrsville, completed his thru-hike dream, hiking 2,189.2 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Tilden Township artist Martha Ressler exhibits at YR Club |Nov 25, 2015

Tilden Township artist Martha Ressler exhibits her “Art Quilts Large and Small” at YR Club, Parkside Dr. South and Thrush, Wyomissing, Dec. 1 through Jan. 24. The Opening Reception is Dec.

Group serves Thanksgiving dinner during Reading’s tree lighting |Nov 24, 2015

Organized by the church’s Director of Compassion Ministry, Julie Natoli, 25 volunteers from Reading’s ‘City Reach Church’ served a Thanksgiving dinner to anyone who came to the group’s table on Friday, Nov.

Morgantown Area Business Association names Jim McIntyre new vp of marketing |Nov 24, 2015

James “Jim” McIntyre, Nationwide, has been named the new vice president of marketing for the Morgantown Area Business Association.

Boyertown grad tours UK, spreads message of love via ‘Kevin Onedr’ project |Nov 17, 2015

“This will be the generation to defeat hate. #NoTolerance. We know what we need to do, spread #Love like wildfire. Share a smile, say hello, evaporate hate with the force of Love. United we stand family.

Living with Asperger’s — Douglassville native perseveres through obstacles |Nov 13, 2015

They said he couldn’t do it. They tried to marginalize him. They didn’t know what to do with him.

Barto artist Julie Longacre donates paintings to annual bazaar |Nov 12, 2015

Julie Longacre has always been innovative in her artwork. Two years ago she produced an adult coloring book, long before the current trend. This is in addition to the projects she continues annually such as a calendar, Christmas cards, Christmas tree print, books, and several ongoing painting projects at her Barto studio.

Couple follows dreams, opens ‘Simply Sherry’ bakery in Boyertown |Nov 11, 2015

Simply Sherry — a bakery designed to serve the community — will open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Local volunteers prepare bagged lunches for Hope Rescue Mission in Reading |Nov 3, 2015

On Thursday, Oct. 22, a group of volunteers were busy making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — preparing approximately 100 bagged lunches to be delivered and handed out at Hope Rescue Mission in Reading.

Pennsylvania Farm Table Co. creates tables that bring families together |Nov 2, 2015

Douglass (Mont.) >> Sometimes, you just have to take a chance — a leap of faith.

Hamburg High School’s Aerial Boundaries returns to Kutztown University Choral Festival |Oct 29, 2015

For the second year in a row, Hamburg’s elite choral group, Aerial Boundaries, has traveled to Kutztown University to participate in the High School Choral Festival.

Twin Valley senior Hannah Techman named November Intern of the Month, interns at Tel Hai Retirement Community |Oct 28, 2015

Hannah Techman, a senior at Twin Valley High School, has been named November’s Intern of the Month.

St. Francis Academy bazaar turns 40, boasts fresh baked cookies |Oct 28, 2015

The St. Francis Academy bazaar in Bally has been experiencing fresh baked cookies for 40 years.

Hamburg’s Aaron Menapace wins Berks County’s Athletic Director of the Year |Oct 28, 2015

Aaron Menapace won Berks County’s Athletic Director of the Year. Every athletic director in Berks County was eligible to win the award. Menapace thinks he received the award because our coaches and athletes represent us well.

Tradition, pride and spirit high during Schuylkill Valley Homecoming Week |Oct 27, 2015

Tradition, pride, and spirit are embedded in everyone at Schuylkill Valley High School (SVHS); these characteristics are especially prevalent during Homecoming Week.

Cailynn Chase and Rhett Robinson crowned Homecoming Queen and Spirit King at Schuylkill Valley |Oct 26, 2015

Schuylkill Valley High School hosted its Homecoming on Friday, Oct. 23. Cailynn Chase was crowned 2015 Homecoming Queen. 2015 Runner-Up is Anna Johns. Spirit King is Rhett Robinson.

6 inducted into Pride of Schuylkill Valley |Oct 26, 2015

Schuylkill Valley School District recognized Pride of Schuylkill Valley Inductees. The new members of the Pride of Schuylkill Valley were inducted into the Wall of Fame at a luncheon held Saturday at the high school.

L.A. filmmaker returns to Berks to screen personal documentary “You See Me” at Reading Film Fest |Oct 23, 2015

A filmmaker born and raised in Reading, a Central Catholic alumna and Head of Cinematography at USC School of Cinematic Arts will be screening her feature documentary You See Me at the ReadingFilmFEST in the “Made in Reading” series Saturday, Nov.

‘Let’s raise a puppy’ Part II — Leader Dogs give the blind a fuller life |Oct 22, 2015

Over 14,500 Leader Dogs have been raised, trained and paired with a clients worldwide since 1939 (4-6 annually who are both deaf and blind.) It has been a long time coming but on Oct. 26, Leader Dog’s staff in Rochester Hills, MI anticipates moving people, breeding stock and puppies into their new $14.

PHOTOS: Heritage Day at Daniel Boone Homestead offers glimpse into 18th century |Oct 22, 2015

Visitors were recently invited to the Daniel Boone Homestead for Heritage Day. Native American heritage was explored alongside colonial life during the 18th century in Pennsylvania.

Twin Valleys Garden Club wins awards at National Garden Club Flower Show |Oct 22, 2015

Members of Twin Valleys Garden Club won numerous awards at the National Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, District I, Standard Flower Show held recently at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square. They captured eight First Places, six Second Places, 6 Third Places and two Honorable Mentions in the prestigious biennial show entitled “Exploring America” this year.

New Red Hat Society Chapter started at Keystone Villa, Douglassville |Oct 21, 2015

Red hats and purple outfits are proudly worn by a new group of women in the Douglassville area. The international Red Hat Society has recently formed a new chapter in Douglassville — at Keystone Villa, 1152 Benjamin Franklin Highway.

Eastern Berks Fire Company visits St. Francis Academy students |Oct 20, 2015

Students at St. Francis Academy in Bally received a visit from Eastern Berks Fire Company for Fire Safety Week.

Kutztown community members, families light lanterns in memory of late Michael Bailey and Heather Delp |Oct 19, 2015

The Kutztown/Brandywine Youth Football and Cheer Association held a Memorial Sky Lantern Release on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Kutztown Park youth football field to benefit the families of the late Michael Bailey and Heather Delp.