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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.

Talisman Players, Kutztown, present ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ |Sep 14, 2016

Talisman Players, Kutztown, present “Fiddler on the Roof” at Schaeffer Auditorium of Kutztown University from Sept. 23 to 25.

Photos: 40th anniversary celebration of the Hay Creek Festival |Sep 13, 2016

The 40th anniversary celebration of the Hay Creek Festival was held over the weekend, Sept. 9-11, at Joanna Furnace Iron Works. The event offered visitors a chance to experience the 18th and 19th centuries.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spend summer in rays of sunshine for good health (photos) |Jun 10, 2016

The official first day of summer is June 20, which means it’s time to take it outdoors for swimming, bicycling, running and more.

VIDEO, PHOTOS: Shake it up with vibration exercise machines |Jun 3, 2016

Vibration exercise machines are creating a buzz and it’s not just from the sound the platform makes when it’s on.

Washington Elementary students in Barto run the distance |May 19, 2016

BARTO >> Hundreds of kids, parents and teachers gathered outside of Washington Elementary School Thursday, May 12, for a big fitness event that ended with children running a 2K distance.

Hundreds gather for the call of nature during Boyertown’s EarthFest |Apr 25, 2016

BOYERTOWN >> By Saturday afternoon; the morning’s rain had stopped and the skies cleared making it possible for hundreds of people to celebrate EarthFest.

Birdsboro artist makes a name for herself as a muralist |Apr 21, 2016

Birdsboro >> From a young age, Carrie Kingsbury always knew she would be an artist.

PHOTOS: Boyertown Lions Club holds annual Easter Egg Hunt |Mar 28, 2016

Boyertown Lions Club held their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 20, at Boyertown Community Park.

Meet Boyertown’s 2016 First Responder — Bob Rothermel |Mar 25, 2016

Bob Rothermel admits he was shocked when he received the call naming him as Boyertown’s first responder of the year.

Meet Boyertown’s Citizen of the Year 2016 — Mark Malizzi |Mar 21, 2016

Mark Malizzi, this year’s Boyertown Citizen of the Year, has a secret to his deep devotion for those in need.

PHOTOS: Children flock to Easter egg hunt at Amity Township park |Mar 20, 2016

Children raced through Amity Township Community Park on Saturday for the annual Daniel Boone Optimist egg hunt. The Easter bunny made a special visit, delighting children as they filled baskets with eggs.

President, students to spend spring break volunteering in Haiti |Mar 11, 2016

Albright College’s president will join a group of students for a spring break trip to Haiti to help build and sustain wells.

Daniel Boone students create and present ‘Seuss’ |Mar 7, 2016

On Friday, March 4, and Sunday, March 6, Daniel Boone High School put on their yearly production of ‘Seuss’ to benefit a local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Reading Derby Girls visit with residents at Spruce Manor |Mar 1, 2016

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Poetry project tells history of Berks County manufacturing |Feb 21, 2016

The history of manufacturing in Berks County is now being told via poetry.

Hamburg student artists compete in Fastlane Art and in The County Art Show at the GoggleWorks |Feb 19, 2016

Hamburg High School art students competed in Fastlane Art, a billboard art competition and exhibit by the Berks Arts Council.

Hamburg alumnae Amy Wisser donates bone marrow to man in need |Feb 19, 2016

Amy Wisser, a 2008 Hamburg Area High School graduate who went into marketing and eventually became a marketing assistant, has done something that very few people have the courage and heart to do.

Frederick Living celebrates 120 years of service |Feb 18, 2016

In 1896, Reverend N.B. Grubb purchased a property to offer it as a home for aging citizens. Today, that home was come to be known as Frederick Living. Nestled in Montgomery County’s rural Frederick Township — Frederick Living is now celebrating 120 years of service.

PHOTOS: Hundreds attend Night to Shine event at Morning Star Fellowship |Feb 15, 2016

Bechtelsville >>More than 100 people with special needs, along with more than 160 volunteers, attended the Night to Shine prom night event at Morning Star Fellowship as part of a national event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

Boyertown Girl Scouts Valentine’s Dance offers memorable night |Feb 12, 2016

More than 150 people recently attended the annual Valentine’s Dance, sponsored by the Boyertown Service Unit of Girl Scouts of Eastern PA.

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.