Features/People

Morgantown Village Library welcomes new director Natasha Donaldson |Feb 27, 2015

Village Library in Morgantown welcomes new director Natasha Donaldson, who started on Feb. 9.

Daniel Boone grad Navy Petty Officer David Hurley serves as Yeoman |Feb 25, 2015

In addition to his civilian professions as hospital security and a health fitness specialist, Petty Officer 2nd Class David Hurley has committed to serving our nation as a Yeoman in the U.S. Navy Reserve assigned to Navy Operational Support Center Lehigh Valley.

Twin Valley High School senior Amy Carvalho named March Intern of the Month |Feb 25, 2015

Amy Carvalho, a senior at Twin Valley High School, was named March’s Intern of the Month. She currently interns at Twin Valley Elementary Center and Robeson Lutheran Preschool.

Twin Valley Rotary honors Twin Valley students Alyssa Lahoda and Aaron Wildonger as February Students of the Month |Feb 25, 2015

On February 18 the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School juniors, Alyssa Lahoda and Aaron Wildonger, as their Students of the Month. The presentation was made at their weekly meeting.

DJ Jon Gosselin mixing music at Bally Hotel |Feb 23, 2015

The former star of TLC’s hit show “Jon and Kate Plus 8” has moved on from television, but is still in the limelight while changing careers to become a disc jockey.

Elverson girl, 13, wins 2nd in Cricket League art competition |Feb 19, 2015

Eva Dillon, 13, of Elverson, won second prize in the October 2014 Cricket League art competition.

Pottstown Roller Derby’s fresh meat program back on the track for 2015 |Feb 16, 2015

They are at it again. The Pottstown Roller Derby League has kicked off their Fresh Meat program for 2015; the first of two sessions is underway.

Boyertown Service Unit holds 26th annual Valentine Dance |Feb 11, 2015

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, one local group have wasted no time to celebrate their loved ones.

Safe Transition Council appoints Susan Fitzgerald from Hickory House in Honey Brook |Feb 10, 2015

Susan Fitzgerald, a physical therapist with Hickory House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Honey Brook, has been appointed a member of the Safe Transition Council for Life Care Centers of America.

Scot Guldin from Kutztown honored by Thrivent Financial for outstanding performance |Feb 10, 2015

Scot R Guldin, ChFC, FIC, Kutztown, a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial, has qualified for the Pinnacle Council conference by providing outstanding financial guidance, solutions and service to members of the organization in 2014.

Keystone Villa Retirement Communities: Young at heart after 70 years together; Keystone Villa at Fleetwood couple celebrates wedding anniversary |Feb 6, 2015

Richard A. and Alvera N. Correll reminisce about 70 years of loving and living.

Meet Your Sunny Crest Neighbor Mary Becker |Feb 4, 2015

My name is Mary Becker and I was born in 1969 I am 45 years old. At 6 years of age I had a high fever for days which caused a ruptured ear drum and this is why I have had some special needs throughout my life.

High Point senior competes in District/Region Honor Bands |Feb 4, 2015

On Dec. 6, 2014, Philip Arcuri, a senior at High Point Baptist Academy, Geigertown, auditioned alongside over 600 area high school students for the 2015 Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association (PMEA) District 10 Honor Band.

Building a Better Boyertown sees highest total of volunteer hours in 2014 |Feb 3, 2015

Thanks to the volunteers in the community, Building a Better Boyertown (BBB) has hit over 19,473 volunteer hours, double the amount compared to prior years. Adrianne Blank, Manager of the BBB couldn’t be more grateful.

Brewery planned at Brinton Lodge, formerly Covatta’s restaurant |Jan 30, 2015

If you brew it, they will come.

Scouts team up with seniors to build Pinewood Derby cars |Jan 30, 2015

For the past four years, residents of The Heritage of Green Hills, Shillington, have been assisting boys of Exeter Township Cub Scout Pack 358 craft their cars for the annual Pinewood Derby competition.

Boyertown’s Mikaela Axman recognized for Outstanding Leadership and Civic Contributions by Widener University |Jan 30, 2015

Widener University, one of the nation’s premier universities for civic engagement and applied leadership, in partnership with WCAU-TV NBC10, is proud to recognize Mikaela Axman of Boyertown as a winner of the Widener University High School Leadership Awards.

Reading-based artist brings ‘sparkle’ to the Animal Rescue League |Jan 30, 2015

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, a shelter that transforms the lives of animals, has recently received a transformation of its own.

Kutztown Rotary Club honors Kutztown & Brandywine seniors as January students of the month |Jan 27, 2015

The Kutztown Rotary Club honored seniors Erika Matrone and Rebecca Merkel as students of the month for January at ceremonies at the Kutztown Tavern January 8.

Celebrating ‘Hat Day’ |Jan 26, 2015

Students at St. Francis Academy, Bally, recently celebrated ‘Hat Day.’

Engagement Notice: Hoffert and Paterno to wed in March |Jan 23, 2015

Tracy Hoffert and Dr. Stephen Paterno, both of Coppell, Texas, announce their engagement.

Wedding Announcement: Felter and Loch married in September |Jan 23, 2015

Sarah Felter and Matthew Thomas Loch were married on September 13, 2014 at Mellon Park in Pittsburgh.

Honey Brook mother and daughter host bone marrow donor registration drive |Jan 21, 2015

Honey Brook mother and daughter Carol Rathgeber and Caitlin Mooney are teaming up with Delete Blood Cancer to hold a bone marrow donor registration drive on Jan. 30 from 5-8 p.m. at St. Peter UCC in Knauertown.

Tri County RecordChristmas 2014 Coloring Contest Winners |Jan 21, 2015

The following youth won the Tri County Record Christmas 2014 Coloring Contest:

First Fire and Ice Festival brings warmth to Reading with local flare |Jan 18, 2015

As the Russian author Anton Chekhov said, “People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” And there were hundreds of happy people in downtown Reading this past weekend for the First Annual Fire and Ice Festival.

Fleetwood Lions Club and Grange honor senior citizens for lifetime contributions to community |Jan 16, 2015

The 49th annual Senior Citizens Banquet was held on November 29, 2014 at the Fleetwood Grange Hall. The banquet is held each year and is to honor the senior citizens for their lifetime contributions they have made to our community.

‘Huggy Bear’ added to Boyertown’s Bear Fever Project to bring greater understanding of emotional and mental health issues |Jan 16, 2015

Students from Boyertown Junior High West’s Healthy Kids Club: Kids Who Care Club, welcomed “Huggy Bear,” to their campus on Thursday, Jan. 15, by giving him just what he wants for himself and what he thinks everyone needs: lots of hugs.

Kreider family shares two fifth generation photos |Jan 9, 2015

The Kreider family takes a current fifth generation photo with Jace Kreider, 4 months old, and shares last fifth generation photo featuring Jace’s father, Jason Kreider, from 1983.

Girl Scout Gold Award: Fleetwood senior delivers surgical caps, hats and crayon bags to duPont Hospital |Jan 9, 2015

Jacqueline Carroll, a high school senior at Fleetwood High School, has delivered her Girl Scout Gold Award Project to duPont Hospital in Delaware.

Twin Valley Rotary honors Twin Valley students |Jan 6, 2015

On Dec. 17, the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School Senior, Amanda Kelly, and Junior, Brandon Kane, as their Students of the Month.

Rich’s Automotive Sales & Service earns Top Shop Award |Jan 6, 2015

Rich’s Automotive Sales and Service, on Route 12/Clarion Street in Reading, announce that our automobile service technicians, for the last four out of five years, have earned the Top Shop Award from AAA.

Kutztown University Professors presented with annual faculty awards |Jan 5, 2015

Kutztown University honored Professor Cheryl Hochberg, Dr. Todd Underwood and Dr. Adrienne Oakley.

Hamburg Area High School December Student of the Month |Jan 5, 2015

Congratulations to the December Student of the Month at Hamburg Area High School, Neal Kerschner. He is the son of Glenn and Diane Kerschner of Hamburg.

Artist, director and founder of New Arts Program, Kutztown, James Carroll awarded third Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant |Jan 2, 2015

James F. L. Carroll, artist, director and founder of the New Arts Program, Inc. in Kutztown, has been awarded a third Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant for 2015-2016.

Kutztown University Commencement a special day for stroke victim |Dec 19, 2014

This time last year, things were going well for Jennifer Sommers of Stroudsburg, Pa. As a special education pre-K - 8 and elementary education pre-K - 4 major at Kutztown University, she saw the light at the end of the tunnel and looked forward to graduating in the spring alongside her twin brother, Tim Sommers.

Oley farmer wins Sunoco’s Free Fuel 5000 Contest Grand Prize of $5,000 in fuel |Dec 19, 2014

Sunoco marks the first decade of its popular Free Fuel 5000 contest by giving out $5,000 Grand Prizes to 10 lucky customers from across the country.

Leader honored for 50 years of Scouting |Dec 19, 2014

John Mehltretter was not expecting a room full of Boy Scout leaders and members, family and friends yelling “Surprise!” when he walked into the weekly Troop 101 meeting at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kutztown on Tuesday.

Pottstown MOMS Club holds Gift-A-Way Event |Dec 18, 2014

Most folks can use a little extra help from time to time—and what better time than the holiday season.

Owen J. teacher uses passion for scuba and outdoors to help students |Dec 17, 2014

BUCKTOWN >> How does a school district deal with truancy and behavior issues when the students simply have no interest in traditional education? Challenge them!

Big Shot: Elverson teen gets her first buck |Dec 16, 2014

Grace Brown, age 14, of Elverson, hunted her very first buck - a large 8 point! Grace’s dad, Andrew, and good friend, Craig Shenk were with Grace on this exciting day! Way to go Grace!! We’re all proud of you!

Brownies Brighten the Day for Seniors |Dec 16, 2014

Brownie Troop 1905 of Honey Brook paid a visit to residents of the Meadows Health Care Center on Saturday, December 7. Troop leader, Jennie Pratt, led the girls on a day long community service project at Tel Hai.

Pottstown Halloween Window Decorating awards distributed |Dec 12, 2014

On Wednesday, Dec. 3, awards for the Downtown Pottstown Halloween Window Decorating were issued at Pottstown’s Committee of the Whole Meeting.

Gilbertsville resident volunteers, raises puppies for Canine Companions for Independence |Dec 10, 2014

Raising a puppy is a tough job. From the normal tasks of teaching it to not chew the furniture and not eat anything it’s not supposed to, to teaching basic commands. But in the end, “sit”,“stay”, and “roll over” are usually sufficient enough.

Twin Valleys Garden Club decorates Coatesville Veterans Affairs building for holidays |Dec 10, 2014

Members of the Twin Valleys Garden Club recently decorated the lobbies of one of the Coatesville Veterans Affairs medical center buildings as part of the club’s annual community outreach. This has been a long-standing club effort and an important part of the club year.

Congratulations to the Item and Patriot Pumpkin Hunt winner |Dec 8, 2014

Congratulations to our Pumpkin Hunt winner, Holly Keller of Hamburg. Holly correct found 20 Pumpkin Hunt logos in the section. Be sure to keep an eye out for our next hunt contest.

Hamburg Area High School November Student of the Month |Dec 8, 2014

Congratulations to senior Kristen Wade, the November Student of the Month at Hamburg Area High School. She is the daughter of Diana Davenport of Hamburg and Michael Wade of Port Carbon.

Micro Sprint drivers and fans race to help Mertztown boy Bradley Heater, 3, fighting Lymphoblastic Leukemia |Dec 6, 2014

Micro Sprint drivers and fans race to help a Mertztown three-year old fighting Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Kutztown University sophomore Katy Douillette serves community as firefighter, volunteers for Campbelltown and Kutztown fire companies |Dec 5, 2014

Kutztown University sophomore Katy Douillette is a thrill-seeker—she loves the excitement of a call from the fire station in the middle of the night; the rush of speeding to the scene; the majesty of a wave of water falling over flames that lick the sky far above her head.

Chamber honors juniors for business leadership and excellence |Dec 5, 2014

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce recently recognizes students from Kutztown, Fleetwood, Hamburg, Oley, and Brandywine during their breakfast meeting.

Pitching coach teaches more than softball |Dec 4, 2014

Many Twin Valley softball pitchers know Dan DeMarco for his life lessons, not just as a coach.