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Volunteers serve meal at Hope Rescue Mission |May 28, 2015

A group of fifteen people, members of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Boyertown, travelled out to Reading to serve a meal at Hope Rescue Mission on Sunday, May 3.

The Center at Spring Street has a new bus |May 28, 2015

The Center at Spring Street, located at 200 West Spring Street in Boyertown, is a gathering place for active older adults 55 years of age and over who are wanting to stay active and connected with other seniors in the community.

Reiffton students collect donations to support Child Life Services Program at CHOP |May 22, 2015

Local students are ‘changing the world with kindness.’

Taylor Ray Renninger achieves Eagle Scout |May 18, 2015

Brandywine Heights High School 2014 graduate Taylor Ray Renninger, Macungie, will be recognized at the 2015 Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner on May 21.

‘On the Homefront’ held at Hopewell Furnace |May 18, 2015

Elverson >> Hopewell Furnace supported the Union Army through the production of pig iron for weapons and other articles of war. During the conflict the furnace’s residents supported the troops by supplying more domestic materials for the war effort while continuing their daily lives.

Students and seniors gather for Center at Spring Street’s ‘Senior Senior’ Prom |May 13, 2015

On Friday, May 8, the Center at Spring Street hosted a ‘Senior Senior’ Prom including the center’s senior citizens and Boyertown High School National Honor Society students. “Music Across the Ages” themed decorations and food were provided by the students.

Goddard School. Gilbertsville, holds art show, auction to benefit Relay For Life |May 7, 2015

On Tuesday, April 28, The Goddard School held an art show for its students—but this was not just any ordinary art show. With an under-the-sea theme composed of starfish, turtles and fish, there was an auction open to the parents for murals created by the children.

Exeter May Days announced; Bake sale on track to reach $12,000 by 6th year for Animal Rescue League |May 4, 2015

It’s that time of year again — Exeter PArks and Recreation along with the Exeter School District has announced “May Days.” This year’s festival will be held on Friday, May 15 from 3 p.

Goat race crowns newest champion in Pottstown |May 4, 2015

Pottstown >> After accidently crowning the wrong winner in last year’s event, the organizers behind this year’s Sly Fox Bock Fest Goat Race were taking no chances.

Nick Hunsicker is Mr. Boone 2015 |May 2, 2015

Ear-piercing screams and stomping feet once again characterized the Daniel Boone School District’s 8th Annual Mr. Boone Pageant, which crowned — with a “coon skin cap” — Nick Hunsicker as Mr.

Success of Candy’s Home Made Ice Cream in part to ‘what goes around comes around’ |Apr 30, 2015

What started out as a way to use an empty building has turned into a stopping place for people from multiple counties as they travel through Shoemakersville. When David and Candy Krumanocher ended the auto supply business that was originally known as DJ Auto Supply, they knew they either had to come up with another function for the building or they would have to sell.

Longswamp woman looks back on recent charity work in El Salvador |Apr 23, 2015

Tillie Sodano is 79 years old, mother of eight children, grandmother to 21 and great grandmother to seven. She returned from a week of volunteering/working with the poor in the poverty-stricken Central American country of El Salvador from January 10 to January 17, 2015.

Fleetwood High Students of the Month |Apr 23, 2015

The Fleetwood Area High School would like to announce their senior students of the month for April.

Kutztown author Lisa Schnell releases ‘High Tide for Horsehoe Crabs’, hopes to encourage children to go out and explore |Apr 21, 2015

Kutztown author Lisa Schnell released her new book “High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs” on April 14.

Colon cancer survivor creates “Tour de Tush” bicycle race that takes cyclists through Kutztown and Lenhartsville |Apr 21, 2015

Gale Fritsche, a self-proclaimed “avid runner and cyclist,” loves to compete, having raced in the Boston Marathon and local races for years. He leads a healthy lifestyle, and his family has no history of cancer, but when he turned 50, his health turned with him.

Colebrookdale Railroad celebrates Earth Day with Mudball Express |Apr 20, 2015

The Colebrookdale Railroad celebrated Earth Day on Saturday, April 18, with a Mudball Express excursion. During the hour long trip, passengers were encouraged to throw wild flower seed mudballs from the side of the train’s open car.

Pottstown Roller Derby holds home opener; Skaters sign autographs for Girl Scouts |Apr 19, 2015

North Coventry Junior Girl Scout Troop #41475 attended the Pottstown Roller Derby Rockstars’ (PRDR) home opener on Saturday, April 11.

Kutztown, Fleetwood, Brandywine Heights, Oley Valley and Hamburg middle and high school students recognized for excelling in technology education and business courses or FBLA |Apr 17, 2015

By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@berksmontnews.com

Jared Lawler of Twin Valley among 20 youth awarded Good Citizenship Award |Apr 15, 2015

Two Chester County students were recently named recipients of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer’s Union League Good Citizenship Award.

Twin Valley Rotary honors Twin Valley students |Apr 15, 2015

On April 15 the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors Kelli Witkowski, Alicia Lynch and Ashley McCoach as their students of the month.

Kutztown University Boxer Trot: 300 students, staff will race around campus in undergarments or costumes on Thursday, April 16 to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network |Apr 15, 2015

More than 300 students, staff and faculty are expected at the 5th annual Kutztown University Boxer Trot, sponsored by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, on Thursday, April 16, outside of the McFarland Student Union Building.

Patrick Suglia finds place in holistic healing |Apr 14, 2015

Patrick Suglia, currently of Hamburg, grew up in the Millmont area of Reading and attended what is now Berks Catholic High School. His parents struggled with the fact that Suglia had serious social difficulties including forming and retaining friendships, but always excelled in academics.

Children’s book author Greg Pizzoli visits Willow Creek Elementary, brings to life his story ‘Number One Sam’ |Apr 14, 2015

Greg Pizzoli, children’s book author of Number One Sam, will bring his story to life for kindergarten students at Willow Creek Elementary School on Thursday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m.

Kutztown University illustration professor Kevin McCloskey releases children’s book “We Dig Worms!” |Apr 13, 2015

Kevin McCloskey, an illustration professor at Kutztown University, released his new children’s book, “We Dig Worms!” which debuted April 14.

Chestnut Knoll dedicates ‘Garage’ in Memory of Former Resident |Apr 13, 2015

Chestnut Knoll strives to keep their residents, happy, healthy and active throughout their senior years. Throughout their 15 years of existence, Chestnut Knoll has seen seniors from all walks of life, and each one has a certain passion or hobby that keeps them active and loving life.

1,000 quilts sewn by Heritage of Green Hills residents, delivered to needy throughout Berks County in 2014 |Apr 9, 2015

The Quilting Club at The Heritage of Greens Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, sewed at least 1,000 quilts for the second consecutive year in 2014. The club, comprising six to 10 female residents of The Heritage who meet weekly, then donated the quilts to a variety of local organizations.

Meet Boyertown’s 2015 Student of the Year, Abby Jaeger |Apr 9, 2015

For years, Abby Jaeger has been giving back to her community, throwing herself into the numerous groups for which she is involved.

Berks County woman’s hike to remember her dog leads to rescue operation |Apr 8, 2015

UNION TWP. >> Shannon Erdman Gansner of Morgantown was already having a difficult day Monday, March 30, before it took an unexpected twist — one that involved firefighters and a search party.

Boyertown grad Kevin Ostromecki announces music project; looks to change the world |Apr 6, 2015

Boyertown graduate Kevin Ostromecki, founder of Altix Clothing LLC — a company which focuses on the message of hope and “worldwide excellence,” has announced he’ll be sending that same message in a new way: through sound.

Fleetwood March Seniors of the Month |Apr 6, 2015

The Fleetwood Area High School would like to announce their senior students of the month for March.

Meet Tim Dierolf, Boyertown’s First Responder of the Year |Apr 2, 2015

Tim Dierolf has been fighting fires for a long time. Thirty-six years to be exact. So, when his fellow firefighters were choosing this year’s Boyertown Responder of the Year, Dierolf was an obvious choice.

Fleetwood couple celebrates 50th Anniversary |Mar 30, 2015

Darlene and Martin Younker, Fleetwood, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 27.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.