Features/People

Getting to Know your Sunny Crest Neighbor: Amelia Rissler |Sep 19, 2014

My name is Amelia Rissler, I am 53 years old and I grew up in Martindale on Gristmill Road.

Eagle Scout patches parking lot at American Legion Post 626 Birdsboro |Sep 19, 2014

Richard Wike, a junior at Exeter Senior High School and member of Troop 333, put some work towards his Eagle Scout project recently with the American Legion Post 626 Birdsboro.

2013 Fair Person of the Year returns for 68th annual event; Kevin Bieber serves for 12th year as Oley Fair President |Sep 19, 2014

Kevin D. Bieber was awarded 2013 Fair Person of the Year for his dedication to and involvement with the Oley Valley Community Fair, the Oley Valley community and the Pennsylvania State Fair Association.

Adventure on the river: Terre Hill Boy Scouts canoe and kayak on Susquehanna River |Sep 19, 2014

Terre Hill Boy Scouts Troop 172 recently took a canoe and kayak trip on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River over Labor Day weekend.

Grandparents Day Celebration featured classic-car display, food, bake sale, root beer floats and entertainment by Good Intentions |Sep 16, 2014

The Lutheran Home at Topton recently held a Grandparents Day Celebration that included a classic-car display, food, a bake sale, root beer floats, and entertainment by Good Intentions. The goal of the celebration was to recognize the role grandparents play in so many lives.

Hamburg graduate featured speaker at Mercersburg Academy’s Opening Convocation |Sep 15, 2014

Matthew Caretti, who is entering his 13th year on the faculty at Mercersburg Academy, was the featured speaker at the school’s 2014–2015 Opening Convocation Sept. 7. Caretti grew up in Shoemakersville and graduated from Hamburg Area High School.

Earnshaws of Morgantown: Couple sees one street Morgantown expand to a multi-street village |Sep 15, 2014

Betty M. Ranck was born in Honey Brook April 13, 1926 to Fred W. Rank, Sr. (1888-1965) and Mary C. Richard (1892 - 1984).

Kutztown University professor publishes innovative novel |Sep 15, 2014

Kutztown University Professor Dr. Keith Massie published “Amber in the Moment,” an avant-garde novel which adapts illustrations from Kurt Vonnegut’s “Breakfast of Champions.

Kutztown University professor studies ancient footprints: Romanian cave offers glimpse into early life in Europe |Sep 15, 2014

Kutztown University professor Dr. David Webb has been analyzing ancient footprints from the Ciur-Izbuc Cave in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania.

Antiques Complex of Fleetwood closing, owners retiring after 30 years in business: new antique co-op to open |Sep 9, 2014

Antiques Complex of Fleetwood, Route 222, is closing its doors, offering closing sales to clear out their inventory.

ColumnHaving lunch with Walt Funk |Sep 9, 2014

The last four and a half years I have been treasurer for Honey Brook Meals on Wheels. I have had contact with many of the Meals on Wheels’ clients and much more contact with them in the last two years since I have also been a substitute coordinator and substitute driver delivering meals.

Boyertown, Exeter grads Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt team up with Sylvester Stallone for ‘Expendables 3’ |Sep 9, 2014

Back in 2000, Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt met during a screenwriting class in Philadelphia. The two have been writing together ever since—all the way to Hollywood.

Brandywine Library hosts 25th Birthday Bash: Children enjoy cake, games and Chump the Clown |Sep 8, 2014

Topton >> The Brandywine Community Library celebrated its 25th anniversary on Saturday morning with a birthday bash for children.

106 year old not slowing down: Keystone Villa at Fleetwood resident reflects on long life |Sep 8, 2014

Miriam P. Stoyer, aka “Mim,” who turns 106 years old on Sept. 14, made it clear during a recent interview that she “is not calling it quits” anytime soon.

Pure Wild Tea a family affair: Bernville woman makes dream a reality with tea business |Sep 8, 2014

Summer may be drawing to a close, but one of the sweet tastes of the season will be available all year thanks to a Bernville family and their Pure Wild Tea.

Fitness by Ina surprises its oldest member Emmett Fenstermaker, 93, Kuztown, with surprise party, cake, singing |Sep 5, 2014

Kutztown >> Members of Fitness by Ina in Kutztown celebrated the birthday of their oldest member, 93-year-old Emmett Fenstermaker Sept. 2.

Zion Spies holds 2nd Annual Car Show Event and Apple Harvest Festival |Sep 4, 2014

The Zion Spies Evangelical Lutheran Church held their 2nd Annual Car Show Event and Apple Harvest Festival on Saturday, August 30. Despite competition from Boyertown’s Duryea Days and heavily overcast skies the event attracted about fifty entries and was spared from even a single drop of rain.

Gilbertsville woman to participate in Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center |Sep 3, 2014

One local woman has been making some life changes, and now her and her husband are hoping to change the lives of others by supporting the fight against cancer. They will be riding in the Ride to Conquer Cancer which benefits Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”