Features/People

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.

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.

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.

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.

Success of Candy’s Home Made Ice Cream in part to ‘what goes around comes around’ |Apr 30, 2015

What started out as a way to use an empty building has turned into a stopping place for people from multiple counties as they travel through Shoemakersville. When David and Candy Krumanocher ended the auto supply business that was originally known as DJ Auto Supply, they knew they either had to come up with another function for the building or they would have to sell.

Longswamp woman looks back on recent charity work in El Salvador |Apr 23, 2015

Tillie Sodano is 79 years old, mother of eight children, grandmother to 21 and great grandmother to seven. She returned from a week of volunteering/working with the poor in the poverty-stricken Central American country of El Salvador from January 10 to January 17, 2015.

Fleetwood High Students of the Month |Apr 23, 2015

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

Kutztown author Lisa Schnell releases ‘High Tide for Horsehoe Crabs’, hopes to encourage children to go out and explore |Apr 21, 2015

Kutztown author Lisa Schnell released her new book “High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs” on April 14.

Colon cancer survivor creates “Tour de Tush” bicycle race that takes cyclists through Kutztown and Lenhartsville |Apr 21, 2015

Gale Fritsche, a self-proclaimed “avid runner and cyclist,” loves to compete, having raced in the Boston Marathon and local races for years. He leads a healthy lifestyle, and his family has no history of cancer, but when he turned 50, his health turned with him.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.