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.

100 and still an independent senior at The Lutheran Home at Topton |Jul 13, 2015

Oval glasses and silvery-white hair framed Mae Gerhart’s face as she led the way to her living room using a walker. Gerhart lives in an apartment at the Lutheran Home at Topton and still maintains independent living at the age of 100.

Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Karen A. Stout |Jul 13, 2015

As Dr. Karen Stout officially took the helm as President and CEO of Achieving the Dream, Inc. on July 1, Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) celebrates her legacy as the institution’s fourth president.

Celebrating Greater Governor Mifflin League’s 40th annual Community Days |Jul 7, 2015

The Greater Governor Mifflin League’s 40th annual Community Days was held in Shillington from June 28 to July 4.

Meet the Editor: New editor at The Hamburg Area Item |Jul 6, 2015

Meet your new Hamburg Item editor, Lisa Mitchell.

Dorothy Padfield, daughter of Zern’s Farmer’s Market founder, celebrates her 100th birthday |Jun 30, 2015

Friends and family gathered at Manatawny Manor, 30 Old Schuylkill Rd., Pottstown, on June 19 to celebrate Mrs. Dorothy Padfield’s 100th birthday.

Relaying through the rain — Boyertown holds 8th Annual Relay For Life, seeks to meet goal by Aug. 31 |Jun 29, 2015

While enduring rainy weather — Relay For Life participants would not let their spirits be damped. Boyertown’s eighth annual Relay for Life kicked off at the Boyertown Community Park on Saturday, June 27.

5 home gardens toured at Fourth Annual Hamburg Garden Stroll |Jun 27, 2015

“Anyone in Hamburg who has a small area of sunshine can grow fruit and vegetables,” were the inspiring words offered to future gardeners by Paul Wikerd, a retired minister and resident of Hamburg since 1987.

Pottstown Health & Wellness Foundation awards more than $1.5 million in grant funds |Jun 23, 2015

The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation has awarded $1,547,345 in grant requests during the spring grant round of fiscal year 2014-2015 to 40 non-profit organizations, schools, and municipalities.

Pottstown’s Levi S. Wolf renamed to list of “Super Lawyers” In Pennsylvania |Jun 23, 2015

Levi S. Wolf of Wolf, Baldwin & Associates, P.C. in Pottstown, PA has been renamed to the list of top workers’ compensation attorneys in Pennsylvania for 2015 as published by Super Lawyers magazine.

Cruze in for a Cure: Fighting back in honor of Morgan |Jun 15, 2015

On Saturday, June 6, at the Morningstar Fellowship grounds in Bechtelsville, the “Miracles From Him” team, part of the Relay for Life of Boyertown, held their fourth annual Cruze In for a Cure event.

With the help of 3-D printers, Westtown School students develop prosthetic hands for children |Jun 13, 2015

Engineering students at Westtown School have developed robotic hands for two area children. As part of the school’s Hand Project, and in conjunction with Nemours/ Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, the high school students worked for months in Westtown’s Science Institute, customizing each hand so it would fit each child accordingly.

Barbara’s Beauties of Southern Berks gather for tea |Jun 12, 2015

Barbara’s Beauties chapter of the Red Hat Society recently held a Tea Party on the patio of one of the members.

New Hamburg graduate discusses music and the future |Jun 11, 2015

When asked to describe the musical gifts of Hamburg Area High School 2015 graduate, Cody Knight, his music director, Dr. Christy Ryan, said, “he knows his ability level, but what people don’t know about him is how hard he works… People assume it comes easily.

St. Francis Academy celebrates two decades of Dairy Day |Jun 3, 2015

On May 29 Dairy Day at St. Francis Academy celebrated two decades of making oversized ice cream confections that thrilled, chilled and filled delighted students and everyone young at heart.

Kutz becomes 100th Eagle Scout in Troop 184’s 100th Year |Jun 1, 2015

Friends, families and fellow scouts gathered for an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Brandon Kutz, son of Craig and Tina Kutz, of Hamburg, on May 17. The occasion included a review of Kutz’s qualifications to achieve the rank, the reading of poems by guests, and comments and letters from local and national leaders.

Volunteers serve meal at Hope Rescue Mission |May 28, 2015

A group of fifteen people, members of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Boyertown, travelled out to Reading to serve a meal at Hope Rescue Mission on Sunday, May 3.

The Center at Spring Street has a new bus |May 28, 2015

The Center at Spring Street, located at 200 West Spring Street in Boyertown, is a gathering place for active older adults 55 years of age and over who are wanting to stay active and connected with other seniors in the community.

Reiffton students collect donations to support Child Life Services Program at CHOP |May 22, 2015

Local students are ‘changing the world with kindness.’

Taylor Ray Renninger achieves Eagle Scout |May 18, 2015

Brandywine Heights High School 2014 graduate Taylor Ray Renninger, Macungie, will be recognized at the 2015 Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner on May 21.

‘On the Homefront’ held at Hopewell Furnace |May 18, 2015

Elverson >> Hopewell Furnace supported the Union Army through the production of pig iron for weapons and other articles of war. During the conflict the furnace’s residents supported the troops by supplying more domestic materials for the war effort while continuing their daily lives.

Students and seniors gather for Center at Spring Street’s ‘Senior Senior’ Prom |May 13, 2015

On Friday, May 8, the Center at Spring Street hosted a ‘Senior Senior’ Prom including the center’s senior citizens and Boyertown High School National Honor Society students. “Music Across the Ages” themed decorations and food were provided by the students.

Goddard School. Gilbertsville, holds art show, auction to benefit Relay For Life |May 7, 2015

On Tuesday, April 28, The Goddard School held an art show for its students—but this was not just any ordinary art show. With an under-the-sea theme composed of starfish, turtles and fish, there was an auction open to the parents for murals created by the children.

Goat race crowns newest champion in Pottstown |May 4, 2015

Pottstown >> After accidently crowning the wrong winner in last year’s event, the organizers behind this year’s Sly Fox Bock Fest Goat Race were taking no chances.

Exeter May Days announced; Bake sale on track to reach $12,000 by 6th year for Animal Rescue League |May 4, 2015

It’s that time of year again — Exeter PArks and Recreation along with the Exeter School District has announced “May Days.” This year’s festival will be held on Friday, May 15 from 3 p.

Nick Hunsicker is Mr. Boone 2015 |May 2, 2015

Ear-piercing screams and stomping feet once again characterized the Daniel Boone School District’s 8th Annual Mr. Boone Pageant, which crowned — with a “coon skin cap” — Nick Hunsicker as Mr.