Features/People

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.

Boyertown woman wishing for Christmas mirale, hopes to help others |Jan 2, 2015

Where there is an action, there is a reaction—and sometimes that reaction can make all the difference.

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.

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.

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.

Ride along with Elverson farmer: Bill Beam talks about new high oleic soybean |Dec 4, 2014

Earlier this harvest season, I had the opportunity to ride along with Elverson farmer Bill Beam.

Morgantown/Elverson Lions Club grocery shopping spree winner donates food to Twin Valley Food Bank |Dec 4, 2014

Lions Carl Gundrum and Paul Dymond and Walmart store manager Rnita are shown with the supply of food items donated to the Twin Valley Food Bank.

Big Shot: Junior Troop earns Get Moving Journey Badge |Dec 4, 2014

Pictured here is Junior Troop 1441 (4th graders at HBEC) working on their Get Moving Journey Badge. Homeowners Barney and Nancy Leonard along with their architect Matthew Moger provide the troop with a tour of their Sustainable Home.

On the Record with Carol: Reading Royals honor Morgantown area veteran |Dec 1, 2014

Nov. 22, the Reading Royals hosted Veteran’s Appreciation Game Day at the Santander Arena, Reading.

Kutztown graduate takes Ultimate Frisbee to Armed Forces |Dec 1, 2014

Kutztown High School graduate Sam Esser, a professional Ultimate Frisbee player with the Philadelphia Phoenix, recently returned from a trip overseas to teach the game to our Armed Forces’ men and women stationed in the South Pacific.

Fleetwood Girl Scout Daisy Troop crafts turkeys, just for fun! |Dec 1, 2014

Fleetwood Daisy Girl Scout Troop 1956 made Turkey crafts at their meeting held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fleetwood. These first grade girls just finished collecting and learning about other children that are not as blessed as they are.

Publishing techie switches to emergency medical services career |Nov 26, 2014

Here’s how Richard Becker spent his vacation in Disneyworld.

Fleetwood Girl Scouts plant fall mums at Willow Creek Elementary |Nov 26, 2014

Fleetwood Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1793 planted mums at Willow Creek Elementary School in Fleetwood.

Twin Valley High School December Intern of the Month Sarah Mundell |Nov 25, 2014

Sarah Mundell, a senior at Twin Valley High School, has been named December’s Intern of the Month.

Twin Valley Rotary Club honors Twin Valley senior Ashley Hoffma, and junior Jared Lawler |Nov 25, 2014

Twin Valley School District officials are pleased to announce that on November 19 the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School senior Ashley Hoffman, and junior Jared Lawler as their Students of the Month.

‘Adventures in the Land of Art’: Kutztown Middle Schoolers, KU art students offer art experience with senior citizens |Nov 24, 2014

Kutztown Middle School and Kutztown University art students collaborated for “Adventures in the Land of Art,” offering an art experience with community senior citizens.

Engagement notice: Steinbrecher and DelRossi to wed |Nov 22, 2014

Heather Steinbrecher, Elverson, and Terry DelRossi, Honey Brook, announce their engagement.

Big Shot: Bill McClarin |Nov 22, 2014

With Thanksgiving only days away, many people pause to contemplate why they are thankful. They may show their thanks during church, in an assignment written for school or in the form of a prayer at the Thanksgiving dinner table.