Features/People

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.