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Twin Valley Elementary Center Student Awarded 1st Place in Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Contest |Oct 21, 2014

Nicholas Bertz, a first grader at Twin Valley Elementary Center was awarded 1st Place in the state of Pennsylvania for a multi-media art piece he created in art class. First Lady Susan Corbett launched the statewide art contest, titled, “Art: The Universal Language”.

Berks County Dairy Princess named Pennsylvania Dairy Princess |Oct 20, 2014

Ashley Mohn, of Womelsdorf, was crowned as the Pennsylvania 2014-2015 Dairy Princess Sept. 20 after a three-day competition with 26 county dairy princesses.

Bernville teen follows passion for wildlife, completes Wildlife Leadership Academy field school |Oct 20, 2014

Since she was young, Bernville resident Hannah Krause has had a love of animals and interest in wildlife. That passion is leading her toward becoming a conservation biologist. To reach that goal, she is jumping at every opportunity that comes her way to further her knowledge and become as well-rounded in the field of wildlife as she can.

Kutztown High School Student Council hosts 5th Quarter free concert for students |Oct 20, 2014

Last Friday, October 17, Kutztown Area High School Student Council hosted the “5th Quarter” after their home football game. This free event was created in order to allow kids to hang out after the game in a safe and fun environment.

Phillie Phanatic asks Northeast Chamber of Commerce members to become Phanatics |Oct 17, 2014

The high energy of the Phillie Phanatic bounded into Berkleigh County Club in Kutztown for a lunch with the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce Oct. 17.

Spicing up the fall with Hay Creek Apple Festival |Oct 17, 2014

The weekend of Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12, the historical Joanna Furnace was home to the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association’s Apple Festival.

Moms Club of New Hanover Township holds open house at Wilcox Farms |Oct 16, 2014

Throughout the area, local moms are supporting local moms.

‘A Day in the Life Of...’ shares Lenhartsville author’s hysterical life misadventures |Oct 15, 2014

Lenhartsville author Dodie Sable announces the nationwide release of her new book, “A Day in the Life of ... ,” where she tells her funny and interesting adventures with her various pets.

Daisy Troop 1956 host fall sale, recruit scouts |Oct 15, 2014

Fleetwood Girl Scout Daisy Troop 1956 was recently at a community gathering and set up a table for the Fall Product Sale for Girl Scouts of Eastern PA. The girls also tried to recruit new girls to join the wonderful world of Girl Scouting in their local communities! The Fall Product Sale allows the girls to earn income to start their Girl Scout year.

Alexandra Diamond of Elverson earns Venturing Silver |Oct 15, 2014

Alexandra Diamond, Elverson, of Venturing Crew 23 in Chester County Council has earned the Venturing Silver Award.

Big Shot: Vicki Eastridge, lead housekeeper at Hickory House, recognized by Life Care Centers of America’s Northeast Division |Oct 15, 2014

Vicki Eastridge, lead housekeeper at Hickory House Nursing Home in Honey Brook, received Life Care Centers of America’s Northeast Division Whatever It Takes And Then Some Award on Sept. 24 for her dedication to customer service.

Morgantown American Legion Post 537 honors boy, 11, for work with veterans |Oct 15, 2014

The Morgantown American Legion Post 537 hosted honored an 11-year-old boy, who received a U.S. Congressional Citation for his work with veterans.

Alexandra Diamond of Elverson earns Venturing Silver |Oct 14, 2014

Alexandra Diamond, Elverson, of Venturing Crew 23 in Chester County Council has earned the Venturing Silver Award.

Conestoga Christian School: New members inducted into the National Honor Society |Oct 14, 2014

Ten new members joined the Conestoga Christian School chapter of the National Honor Society on Sept. 23.

Kutztown teen Emma Ketterer, 12, creates Art of Insomnia, finds silver lining in diagnosis of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome |Oct 14, 2014

Kutztown >> Out of insomnia comes art.

Downtown windows painted in Pottstown to raise donations for parade |Oct 13, 2014

By Berks-Mont News staff The MOMS Club of Pottsgrove/Pottstown, a national group of stay at home Moms, under the umbrella group POST - Pottstown Organizations Serving Together, organized Halloween Window Painting to help raise money for the Pottstown Halloween Parade.

Military Dad surprises preschooler: Erik Sperber, Maxatawny, returned home after five months deployed in S. Korea |Oct 13, 2014

A Maxatawny Township preschooler received a big surprise at her school, a visit from her father who has been away on deployment.

Hamburg Forest Fire Crew member honored in Delaware for selfless efforts and contributions |Oct 13, 2014

In recognition of “Wildland Firefighter Day” in Delaware, Jack A. Markell, Governor of the State of Delaware, Matthew Denn, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee, Senators and Representatives honored the Delaware Forest Service Initial Attack Crews.

Grace Carpenter celebrates 100th birthday |Oct 13, 2014

Grace Carpenter celebrated her 100th birthday a little early last week with a party on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Pictured are Grace and her daughter as well as her cake for the festivities.

Miller family of Boyertown awarded in the Fresh Air Fund’s annual photo contest |Oct 11, 2014

Boyertown residents, the Miller family, celebrated the pure joys of summer with The Fresh Air Fund and were among the winners of The Fresh Air Fund’s 2014 Photo Contest! All winners were selected from the hundreds of pictures sent in by volunteer host families across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada, reflecting the memorable experiences they shared with their New York City visitors this past summer.

Brandywine Heights Key Club wants Halloween Parade “changed,” collects for UNICEF |Oct 10, 2014

The Brandywine Heights High School Key Club is once again asking the community to bring spare change to the Topton Halloween Parade Oct. 11.

Draggin Wagons Car Club Show rolls into Honey Brook |Oct 10, 2014

The 5th annual Draggin Wagons Car Club Fall Car, Truck & Bike Show in Honey Brook Sept. 28.

Elmcroft resident takes a drive to her past |Oct 10, 2014

Some of the most memorable moments of Luella Unger’s life have revolved around transportation. It has been wheels that keep her going year to year, from traveling the country with her husband, Lester, to driving students to school and home.

David Updike shares stories of father’s past |Oct 10, 2014

Through a journey of personal photographs and insight, David Updike, son of Pulitzer Prize winning author and Shillington native John Updike, spoke about his father’s childhood Oct. 2.

Class of 1948 gathers for 66th reunion at Orioles |Oct 8, 2014

The graduating class of 1948 Boyertown High School held their 66th reunion on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Boyertown Orioles at 4th and Washington Street.

Country Thrifty open in Elverson; Two best friends take on new venture |Oct 7, 2014

A five-year vacancy in Elverson’s Darby Square Plaza has been filled by Country Thrifty, the first-time business venture of two best friends, Tamra Mock and Wanda Spatz.

Barking for life at the Oley fairgrounds |Oct 7, 2014

Community members and their canines traveled to the Oley Valley on Sunday, Oct. 5, for the Boyertown/Oley Bark For Life.

Ozgood’s in Kutztown hosts concert & buffet benefit for Fleetwood mother |Oct 7, 2014

Ozgood’s Grill & Bar in Kutztown hosts a Buffet Benefit & Concert to support a Fleetwood wife and mother of two and recent grandmother in her fight against cancer.

Fiber Artist and Kutztown student Kim Tanzos to be Artist in Residence at Clay on Main |Oct 6, 2014

Clay on Main is pleased to present fiber artist Kimberly Tanzos as a this year’s selected Artist in Residence from Sunday, Oct. 19 to Wednesday, Oct. 22. Tanzos is a graduate of Kutztown University, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Art Education with a minor in Crafts.

Hamburg Area High School class of 1956 celebrates 58th anniversary |Oct 6, 2014

The Hamburg High School class of 1956 held their 58th anniversary reunion at Blue Mountain restaurant in Shartlesville on Sept. 18.

Twin Valley Elementary Center donates via ALS Ice Bucket Challenge |Oct 1, 2014

Twin Valley Elementary Center recently held a fundraiser at The Mill in Morgantown.

Intern of the Month: Lauren Gendall interns at Honey Brook Pharmacy and Twin Valley Elementary Center |Sep 30, 2014

Lauren Gendall, a senior at Twin Valley High School, has been named October’s Intern of the Month. Most high school students hope to experience one internship in their high school career, but Gendall has exceeded that regularity.

Boyertown mayor takes on ALS Challenge with Walnut Woods’ staff, residents |Sep 30, 2014

With the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge pouring across communities as summertime concludes, one local group decided to take on the challenge while inviting others to do so if they wished.

Boyertown native Naelee Rae continues to inspire with musical gift |Sep 30, 2014

In 2012, Naelee Rae, a musician and Boyertown native, was a 15-year-old pursuing her life-long goal of inspiring people with her passion for music. Two years later, Naelee is still at it, plugging away at music festivals, recording in Nashville and sharing her passion with a growing audience.

Montgomery County Community College students participate in Legislator Shadowing Pilot Program |Sep 29, 2014

As part of a new pilot program, four Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) female students recently spent a day with women members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in Harrisburg to explore careers in public service.

Santo D. Marabella’s new play ‘Getting Complete!’ tackles tough issue, the bully |Sep 27, 2014

Getting COMPLETE! is the new work from playwright Santo D. Marabella.

Kyle Quinn Memorial 5k Run |Sep 27, 2014

From Eric F. Johnson Six Kutztown area residents ran in the 7th annual Kyle Quinn Memorial 5k Run recently. This 5k raises funds for a scholarship in Kyle Quinn’s name after he was murdered in Kutztown in 2007.

David Updike will share photos, narrative and excerpts at upcoming conference |Sep 26, 2014

David Updike, son of John Updike, will share his family’s story, works and photographs at Alvernia University’s Third Biennial John Updike Society Conference 2 p.m. Oct. 2.

Twin Valley shows school spirit, no matter the score |Sep 24, 2014

Whether they had an undefeated season or a season full of hard losses, Twin Valley’s sports teams have always been a point of interest for students.

Hospice-Veteran Partnership recognizes Tel Hai resident Walter Nauta for his military service |Sep 23, 2014

Honey Brook Twp. >> Hospice-Veteran Partnership recognized Tel Hai resident Walter Nauta for his military service.

Grandkids benefit from grandfather’s career of travel |Sep 23, 2014

Not everyone can say that they have found a career that they truly love or suits them, but at 74 years old, Norman Barker does not look towards retirement. Born in Rhode Island, Barker, now a resident of the Heritage of Green Hills, has traveled to a good portion of the world’s countries as part of his job as a mechanical engineer.

Schuylkill Valley class of 1964 celebrates 50th reunion |Sep 22, 2014

Schuylkill Valley class of 1964 held its “50th Class Reunion” on Saturday, Aug. 16. The reunion was held at Giannotti’s Country Manor on Pricetown Road. Dinner, music by The Dogs of Falkner Swamp, prize and surprises were enjoyed by all.

Freda Berger celebrates 101st birthday |Sep 21, 2014

Freda Berger celebrated her 101st birthday on Sept. 4. She currently resides at Stone Ridge Towne Centre in Myerstown. She formerly resided in Shartlesville for more than 50 years.

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.

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.

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).