Tilden Township artist Martha Ressler exhibits at YR Club |Nov 25, 2015

Tilden Township artist Martha Ressler exhibits her “Art Quilts Large and Small” at YR Club, Parkside Dr. South and Thrush, Wyomissing, Dec. 1 through Jan. 24. The Opening Reception is Dec.

Group serves Thanksgiving dinner during Reading’s tree lighting |Nov 24, 2015

Organized by the church’s Director of Compassion Ministry, Julie Natoli, 25 volunteers from Reading’s ‘City Reach Church’ served a Thanksgiving dinner to anyone who came to the group’s table on Friday, Nov.

Morgantown Area Business Association names Jim McIntyre new vp of marketing |Nov 24, 2015

James “Jim” McIntyre, Nationwide, has been named the new vice president of marketing for the Morgantown Area Business Association.

Boyertown grad tours UK, spreads message of love via ‘Kevin Onedr’ project |Nov 17, 2015

“This will be the generation to defeat hate. #NoTolerance. We know what we need to do, spread #Love like wildfire. Share a smile, say hello, evaporate hate with the force of Love. United we stand family.

Living with Asperger’s — Douglassville native perseveres through obstacles |Nov 13, 2015

They said he couldn’t do it. They tried to marginalize him. They didn’t know what to do with him.

Barto artist Julie Longacre donates paintings to annual bazaar |Nov 12, 2015

Julie Longacre has always been innovative in her artwork. Two years ago she produced an adult coloring book, long before the current trend. This is in addition to the projects she continues annually such as a calendar, Christmas cards, Christmas tree print, books, and several ongoing painting projects at her Barto studio.

Couple follows dreams, opens ‘Simply Sherry’ bakery in Boyertown |Nov 11, 2015

Simply Sherry — a bakery designed to serve the community — will open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Local volunteers prepare bagged lunches for Hope Rescue Mission in Reading |Nov 3, 2015

On Thursday, Oct. 22, a group of volunteers were busy making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — preparing approximately 100 bagged lunches to be delivered and handed out at Hope Rescue Mission in Reading.

Pennsylvania Farm Table Co. creates tables that bring families together |Nov 2, 2015

Douglass (Mont.) >> Sometimes, you just have to take a chance — a leap of faith.

Hamburg High School’s Aerial Boundaries returns to Kutztown University Choral Festival |Oct 29, 2015

For the second year in a row, Hamburg’s elite choral group, Aerial Boundaries, has traveled to Kutztown University to participate in the High School Choral Festival.

Twin Valley senior Hannah Techman named November Intern of the Month, interns at Tel Hai Retirement Community |Oct 28, 2015

Hannah Techman, a senior at Twin Valley High School, has been named November’s Intern of the Month.

St. Francis Academy bazaar turns 40, boasts fresh baked cookies |Oct 28, 2015

The St. Francis Academy bazaar in Bally has been experiencing fresh baked cookies for 40 years.

Hamburg’s Aaron Menapace wins Berks County’s Athletic Director of the Year |Oct 28, 2015

Aaron Menapace won Berks County’s Athletic Director of the Year. Every athletic director in Berks County was eligible to win the award. Menapace thinks he received the award because our coaches and athletes represent us well.

Tradition, pride and spirit high during Schuylkill Valley Homecoming Week |Oct 27, 2015

Tradition, pride, and spirit are embedded in everyone at Schuylkill Valley High School (SVHS); these characteristics are especially prevalent during Homecoming Week.

Cailynn Chase and Rhett Robinson crowned Homecoming Queen and Spirit King at Schuylkill Valley |Oct 26, 2015

Schuylkill Valley High School hosted its Homecoming on Friday, Oct. 23. Cailynn Chase was crowned 2015 Homecoming Queen. 2015 Runner-Up is Anna Johns. Spirit King is Rhett Robinson.

6 inducted into Pride of Schuylkill Valley |Oct 26, 2015

Schuylkill Valley School District recognized Pride of Schuylkill Valley Inductees. The new members of the Pride of Schuylkill Valley were inducted into the Wall of Fame at a luncheon held Saturday at the high school.

L.A. filmmaker returns to Berks to screen personal documentary “You See Me” at Reading Film Fest |Oct 23, 2015

A filmmaker born and raised in Reading, a Central Catholic alumna and Head of Cinematography at USC School of Cinematic Arts will be screening her feature documentary You See Me at the ReadingFilmFEST in the “Made in Reading” series Saturday, Nov.

‘Let’s raise a puppy’ Part II — Leader Dogs give the blind a fuller life |Oct 22, 2015

Over 14,500 Leader Dogs have been raised, trained and paired with a clients worldwide since 1939 (4-6 annually who are both deaf and blind.) It has been a long time coming but on Oct. 26, Leader Dog’s staff in Rochester Hills, MI anticipates moving people, breeding stock and puppies into their new $14.

Twin Valleys Garden Club wins awards at National Garden Club Flower Show |Oct 22, 2015

Members of Twin Valleys Garden Club won numerous awards at the National Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, District I, Standard Flower Show held recently at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square. They captured eight First Places, six Second Places, 6 Third Places and two Honorable Mentions in the prestigious biennial show entitled “Exploring America” this year.

PHOTOS: Heritage Day at Daniel Boone Homestead offers glimpse into 18th century |Oct 22, 2015

Visitors were recently invited to the Daniel Boone Homestead for Heritage Day. Native American heritage was explored alongside colonial life during the 18th century in Pennsylvania.

New Red Hat Society Chapter started at Keystone Villa, Douglassville |Oct 21, 2015

Red hats and purple outfits are proudly worn by a new group of women in the Douglassville area. The international Red Hat Society has recently formed a new chapter in Douglassville — at Keystone Villa, 1152 Benjamin Franklin Highway.

Eastern Berks Fire Company visits St. Francis Academy students |Oct 20, 2015

Students at St. Francis Academy in Bally received a visit from Eastern Berks Fire Company for Fire Safety Week.

Kutztown community members, families light lanterns in memory of late Michael Bailey and Heather Delp |Oct 19, 2015

The Kutztown/Brandywine Youth Football and Cheer Association held a Memorial Sky Lantern Release on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Kutztown Park youth football field to benefit the families of the late Michael Bailey and Heather Delp.

Leader Dogs for the Blind: ‘Let’s raise a puppy!’ — Part I |Oct 13, 2015

In “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee wrote, “You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.

Third Annual Bark For Life draws crowd to Oley Fairgrounds |Oct 5, 2015

A handful of volunteers continue to push for a cause close to their hearts. On Sunday, Oct. 4, the 3rd Annual Bark For Life of Boyertown/Oley Valley kicked off at the Oley Fairgrounds. The event benefits the American Cancer Society under Boyertown’s Relay For Life.

West Chester’s Kathy Finegan honored by Operation Smile for volunteer work |Oct 3, 2015

Every time Kathy Finegan travels to a third-world country, she leaves behind smiles.

Think Pink: The story of a nurse who had a dream |Sep 30, 2015

Joy Mattson is a registered nurse at Hickory House Nursing Home in Honey Brook. Joy knew that one of her residents, Mary Troop, a retired nurse, was diagnosed with breast cancer and was undergoing both radiation and chemotherapy.

Kindred Spirits Too Quilt Guild hosts quilt show, raises funds for Boone Area Library |Sep 29, 2015

Members of Kindred Spirits Too Quilt Guild hosted their first quilt show at Boone Area Library Sept. 20 and donated proceeds from the show to the Boone Area Library. The show also included raffles, refreshments, handmade items for sale and a contest for best quilt.

Former East Greenville resident, now at Frederick Living, to turn 100 |Sep 28, 2015

On most Friday nights, Evelyn Thomas, formerly of East Greenville and for the past seven years a resident at Frederick Living, Frederick, Pa., can be found with her bridge group. Mrs. Thomas, who will be 100 on Oct.

Oley Girl Scout encourages recycling, earns Silver Award |Sep 16, 2015

Alysha Ulrich of Oley has recently completed earning her Girl Scout Silver Award, “Recycling in the Valley.” Alysha and her troop previously achieved their Bronze Award by running a plastic bag recycling drive throughout the district a few years ago, collecting a total of 61,852 plastic bags.

Preparing for competition at the Oley Community Fair |Sep 16, 2015

This year the Fair Association is gathering recipes for a cookbook to be sold at the 70th Anniversary of the Oley Fair in 2016. Recipes are being collected for the following categories: beverages, wines, canned goods, soups, salads, any baked goods, pies, desserts, meats, main dishes, casseroles, vegetables, and side dishes.

Shirley Moyer — the quiet backbone of the Oley Community Fair |Sep 14, 2015

When it comes to the Oley Fair, few people work harder than Shirley Moyer.

Hamburg Twirlers: Adam sisters place in top 10 at national competition, win gold at Jr. Olympics |Sep 4, 2015

As the twirling season concludes two twirlers end their season with many awards. During the week of July 21 both Emelia Adam, seventh grade student in the Hamburg Area School District and her younger sister, Kadryn Adam, a first grade student, traveled to South Bend Indiana to compete in America Youth on Parade Baton National Competition.

Berks author publishes children’s book on diabetes awareness |Sep 4, 2015

The Gift, a children’s book focused on diabetes awareness and written by Berks County author Joseph J. Swope, will be published Sept. 17 by Black Rose Writing.

Raggedy Ann celebrates 100th birthday: Great-niece of originator, from Mohrsville, sells dolls at Leesport Auction Toy Show |Aug 30, 2015

Iconic American toy Raggedy Ann celebrates her 100th birthday this week, and a local relative of the doll’s creator wants to make it a memorable celebration.

Skippack Painting with a Twist hosts fundraising event in remembrance of Hurricane Katrina |Aug 28, 2015

As part of the nation’s largest paint-and-sip franchise, Painting with a Twist of Skippack participated in the company’s national fundraising event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Aug.

Aftershock Dance Studio marks 10th year with cruise ship performance |Aug 25, 2015

According to Aftershock Dance Studio owner Randilynn Hoch-Wienczeck, the 10th year in business is a special year — but not just for her business. It’s also a special year for her older students, their parents, and the instructors who helped the young dancers learn their craft.

Early Files |Aug 14, 2015

25 Years Ago Aug. 22, 1990 Tracey Bair, Leesport, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Bair, was crowned to reign over Leesport’s sesquicentennial celebration at a banquet held Saturday evening at the Leesport Market Banquet Hall.

Cross-country bicyclists from Friendship Circle International rode through Northern Berks |Aug 14, 2015

On a sunny summer day, 11 riders were nearing their goal as they cycled through northern Berks County. These young men, who were riding to benefit Friendship Circle International, started out on June 28 from San Diego, Calif.

Wedding Notice: Daigle and Stump wed |Aug 14, 2015

Elizabeth A. Daigle from Bel Air, Md., and LTJG Nathan P. Stump from Mohrsville were married on Dec. 6, 2014.

Lizzie Seidel, 11, Hamburg, named Junior Best Of Show in District 4-H Fashion Review |Aug 10, 2015

A Hamburg Middle School student sewed up the competition at the annual District 4-H Fashion Review this summer.

Remembering a Boyertown pioneer — Mary Jane ‘MJ’ (Schneider) Lentz |Aug 5, 2015

In 1957, a woman moved into the Boyertown area and took it by storm. The community — the people of the community, past and present — were important to her.

Lewis and Jane Woodland, Keystone Villa residents, share the story behind their 70 years of happy marriage |Aug 5, 2015

Lewis and Jane Woodland recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on July 26th. The Woodlands, who now reside at the Keystone Villa at Fleetwood, told their love story during a recent interview.

Birdsboro Boy Scout Troop 595 sees 60th anniversary |Aug 3, 2015

Boy Scout Troop 595 celebrated its 60th Anniversary at Rustic Picnic Area on Saturday, July 25.

Conestoga Christian School student excels in national competition |Jul 30, 2015

Conestoga Christian School graduating senior Michael Boerman and teacher Larry Everhart attended Technology Student Association (TSA) Nationals in Dallas, TX at the end of June.

Phillie Phanatic visits kids at The Goddard School, Gilbertsville |Jul 27, 2015

Phille Phanatic, the official mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball team, visited The Goddard School in Gilbertsville on Tuesday, July 21.

Residents of The Heritage of Green Hills help support New Journey Community Outreach, Inc., in Reading |Jul 27, 2015

Residents and staff of The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, recently delivered food and clothing donated by their community to New Journey Community Outreach, Inc.

Boyertown community celebrates van purchased with donated funds |Jul 23, 2015

Friends and family of Alaina Derecola of Boyertown gathered on the sidewalk in front of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church to celebrate her new van. The van was purchased with money donated by friends, family and strangers.

Omen weighs in at healthy 317 pounds at Ryerss Farm in Warwick Township |Jul 21, 2015

Roly Poly Omen had a thyroid condition when he came to Ryerss Farm For Aged Equines in Warwick Township is now healthy and trimmed down.

Annual Blobfest draws thousands to Phoenixville |Jul 15, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Thousands of people swarmed to Phoenixville Friday night and Saturday to attend Blobfest, the annual celebration honoring the 1958 film “The Blob,” which starred a young Steve McQueen and was filmed locally.