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Colebrookdale Railroad celebrates Earth Day with Mudball Express |Apr 20, 2015

The Colebrookdale Railroad celebrated Earth Day on Saturday, April 18, with a Mudball Express excursion. During the hour long trip, passengers were encouraged to throw wild flower seed mudballs from the side of the train’s open car.

Pottstown Roller Derby holds home opener; Skaters sign autographs for Girl Scouts |Apr 19, 2015

North Coventry Junior Girl Scout Troop #41475 attended the Pottstown Roller Derby Rockstars’ (PRDR) home opener on Saturday, April 11.

Kutztown, Fleetwood, Brandywine Heights, Oley Valley and Hamburg middle and high school students recognized for excelling in technology education and business courses or FBLA |Apr 17, 2015

By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@berksmontnews.com

Jared Lawler of Twin Valley among 20 youth awarded Good Citizenship Award |Apr 15, 2015

Two Chester County students were recently named recipients of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer’s Union League Good Citizenship Award.

Twin Valley Rotary honors Twin Valley students |Apr 15, 2015

On April 15 the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors Kelli Witkowski, Alicia Lynch and Ashley McCoach as their students of the month.

Kutztown University Boxer Trot: 300 students, staff will race around campus in undergarments or costumes on Thursday, April 16 to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network |Apr 15, 2015

More than 300 students, staff and faculty are expected at the 5th annual Kutztown University Boxer Trot, sponsored by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, on Thursday, April 16, outside of the McFarland Student Union Building.

Patrick Suglia finds place in holistic healing |Apr 14, 2015

Patrick Suglia, currently of Hamburg, grew up in the Millmont area of Reading and attended what is now Berks Catholic High School. His parents struggled with the fact that Suglia had serious social difficulties including forming and retaining friendships, but always excelled in academics.

Children’s book author Greg Pizzoli visits Willow Creek Elementary, brings to life his story ‘Number One Sam’ |Apr 14, 2015

Greg Pizzoli, children’s book author of Number One Sam, will bring his story to life for kindergarten students at Willow Creek Elementary School on Thursday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m.

Chestnut Knoll dedicates ‘Garage’ in Memory of Former Resident |Apr 13, 2015

Chestnut Knoll strives to keep their residents, happy, healthy and active throughout their senior years. Throughout their 15 years of existence, Chestnut Knoll has seen seniors from all walks of life, and each one has a certain passion or hobby that keeps them active and loving life.

Kutztown University illustration professor Kevin McCloskey releases children’s book “We Dig Worms!” |Apr 13, 2015

Kevin McCloskey, an illustration professor at Kutztown University, released his new children’s book, “We Dig Worms!” which debuted April 14.

Meet Boyertown’s 2015 Student of the Year, Abby Jaeger |Apr 9, 2015

For years, Abby Jaeger has been giving back to her community, throwing herself into the numerous groups for which she is involved.

1,000 quilts sewn by Heritage of Green Hills residents, delivered to needy throughout Berks County in 2014 |Apr 9, 2015

The Quilting Club at The Heritage of Greens Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, sewed at least 1,000 quilts for the second consecutive year in 2014. The club, comprising six to 10 female residents of The Heritage who meet weekly, then donated the quilts to a variety of local organizations.

Berks County woman’s hike to remember her dog leads to rescue operation |Apr 8, 2015

UNION TWP. >> Shannon Erdman Gansner of Morgantown was already having a difficult day Monday, March 30, before it took an unexpected twist — one that involved firefighters and a search party.

Boyertown grad Kevin Ostromecki announces music project; looks to change the world |Apr 6, 2015

Boyertown graduate Kevin Ostromecki, founder of Altix Clothing LLC — a company which focuses on the message of hope and “worldwide excellence,” has announced he’ll be sending that same message in a new way: through sound.

Fleetwood March Seniors of the Month |Apr 6, 2015

The Fleetwood Area High School would like to announce their senior students of the month for March.

Meet Tim Dierolf, Boyertown’s First Responder of the Year |Apr 2, 2015

Tim Dierolf has been fighting fires for a long time. Thirty-six years to be exact. So, when his fellow firefighters were choosing this year’s Boyertown Responder of the Year, Dierolf was an obvious choice.

Fleetwood couple celebrates 50th Anniversary |Mar 30, 2015

Darlene and Martin Younker, Fleetwood, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 27.

Couple at Keystone Villa celebrates millennium birthdays |Mar 26, 2015

John Brower is planning his 104th birthday party on March 31. He said he has been lucky in life and lucky in love to not only have had a great first marriage, but also a wonderful second marriage.

Daughter of Daniel Boone grad to be featured on PBS special about cancer |Mar 26, 2015

The daughter of a 1999 Daniel Boone graduate will be featured on a PBS special airing next week.

Meet Lori Carnes, Boyertown’s 2015 Citizen of the Year |Mar 26, 2015

“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.”

Daniel Boone Optimist Club’s 13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt draws a crowd; 7,000 eggs hunted |Mar 25, 2015

The Daniel Boone Optimist Club held their 13th annual Easter egg hunt on Sunday, March 22, at Amity Community Park.

Wohlsen Construction apprentice Mark Rineer wins Gold Medal for Carpentry at National Craft Championship |Mar 25, 2015

Mark Rineer of Wohlsen Construction, Lancaster, received the Gold Medal for Carpentry at the National Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Craft Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Twin Valley High School Senior Claudia Panik named April Intern of the Month |Mar 24, 2015

Claudia Panik, a senior at Twin Valley High School, has been named April’s Intern of the Month. Panik has interned both in her junior and senior years at Twin Valley Elementary Center and has had exposure in Kindergarten, 1st and 4th grade classrooms.

Reading Derby Girls kick off season, show support for Berks Animal Rescue League |Mar 23, 2015

On Sunday, March 15, the Reading Derby Girls (RDG) began their 2015 season with a bout against NOVA Roller Derby (NOVA) of Northern Virginia.

Ribbon Cutting celebrates new The Peppermint Stick Candy Store in Boyertown |Mar 20, 2015

On Friday, March 13,a ribbon cutting celebration was held in honor of the grand opening of The Peppermint Stick Candy Store in downtown Boyertown.

USS Cole returns to Home Port; Reading native earns pins, seeks to make second class and continue Navy career |Mar 18, 2015

The guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) returns to Naval Station Norfolk Mar. 13, 2015 following a seven-month deployment in the U.S. Fleet Forces and 6th Fleet Areas of Operations.

New Hanover Moms Club recognizes Rare Disease Day, seeks to raise awareness |Mar 4, 2015

Moms and children of New Hanover Township came together on Feb. 28 as part of the ‘Day-by-day, Hand-in-hand’ campaign organized as part of Rare Disease Day.

Boyertown team to compete in Preston & Steve’s Cardboard Classic this Friday |Mar 3, 2015

While some are steering away from the cold, some are choosing to steer into it head-on.

Sanatoga Fire chief reflects on past, outlines plans for future |Mar 2, 2015

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> A lot of firefighters first pull on their bunker gear when they’re still in their teens. Not David Saylor Sr., who was initiated into the brotherhood of firefighters at the age of 41.

Blandon author Dori Hoch releases ‘The Easter Bunny Brothers’ |Mar 2, 2015

Submitted Dori Hoch, Blandon, recently released her newest book filled with colorful illustrations and the competitive antics of, “The Easter Bunny Brothers.”

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.’