Music fans get up-close concert at Young Ones in Kutztown |Jan 23, 2015

Kutztown’s record store Young Ones drew music fans in Thursday night for an in-store performance by bands Panic and Hate to Say It.

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.

Local financial professional recognized for top performance |Jan 23, 2015

Local financial professional Michael Fischer has qualified for the ACE Platinum Award.

Berks County girl wins Safety Poster contest at local, state levels |Jan 23, 2015

Eleven-year-old Zoe Sweet, sixth grader in the Daniel Boone School District, is making Oley Fair History by being the first in her age group to win 1st place in Best of Show at the state level in the Safety Poster contest.

Sly Fox Brewing Company’s newest release hits the trail in April to benefit the Schuylkill River Trail |Jan 23, 2015

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is pleased to announce its collaboration with Sly Fox Brewing Company, Pottstown, Pa., on the release of a new canned beer that benefits and celebrates the Schuylkill River Trail.

Bev Conklin brings the Blues to Boyertown |Jan 23, 2015

Award winning Blues vocalist and songwriter Bev Conklin makes her return to The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on the night of the event.

Presentations shed light on Chromebooks, curriculum, testing and student safety in Exeter schools |Jan 23, 2015

The Exeter Township School District Board of School Directors was presented with progress reports from Exeter School facility during their Tuesday, Jan. 20 meeting.

WTIM: Music around town Jan. 28 edition |Jan 23, 2015

By Tim Dietterick Circulation Manager, Berks-Mont Newspapers

Guest Column: Memories |Jan 23, 2015

My growing up memories started on March 4, 1950 at 7 p.m. It is the night I married Carl Zettlemoyer. It was a marriage quite a few people said would not last. Because Lucille was a “City girl” and Carl was a farm boy.

A Look Back in History: Salem Church windows depict purple stained Iris colored flowers, a French “Fleurdelis” folk symbol |Jan 23, 2015

Last month a Community Christmas Cantata was held under the musical direction of choir director Kathy Snyder to a packed audience at Salem Church on historic Covered Bridge Road, on a Sunday afternoon, a unique presentation of Oley area churches, whereby old timers would not have to drive home in the dark.

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.

Kutztown jewelry store exhibits watercolor paintings |Jan 23, 2015

Dunkelberger’s Fine Jewelry & Gifts, 281 Main Street in Kutztown, owned and operated by Jane L. Lantz and James R. Springer, have agreed to exhibit two original watercolor paintings by Rod Skidmore.

Union Township approves ‘fresh and local’ brew pub for Brinton Lodge |Jan 23, 2015

A craft beer brewery will be coming to one local haunted house.

Guest Column: Eating My Way Down Main Street |Jan 23, 2015

At the top of Main Street in Kutztown sits a quaint coffee shop. Uptown Espresso Bar: A second library for Kutztown University students and a common pit stop for the town regulars in need of their daily dose of coffee.

At The Movies With Rodeo Marie HansonKid reviewer gives 4 popcorn boxes for “Paddington” (Studio Canal) |Jan 23, 2015

Rodeo Marie Hanson, 8, of Fleetwood, has a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for all things Hollywood.

Bev Conklin and Friends bring Americana sound to The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown |Jan 23, 2015

Bev Conklin and Friends will be returning with their Americana sound to The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.

27-year-old man charged for allegedly assaulting a sleeping 14-year-old girl in Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County home |Jan 22, 2015

A 27-year-old man has been charged in relation to a burglary and indecent assault of a 14-year-old girl in Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County that occurred this summer.

Berks County Wine Trail ‘Chocolate & Wine Pairing Event Weekend’ set for Feb. 14 & 15 |Jan 22, 2015

You and your Valentine will enjoy the sweetest weekend together when visiting the eight wineries of the Berks County Wine Trail on Saturday Feb. 14 and Sunday Feb. 15 (Noon to 5 p.m. both days) for the wine trail’s annual event: “Chocolate & Wine Pairing Event Weekend.

Data shows more people leaving Berks County than moving in |Jan 22, 2015

More people are moving out of Berks County than are moving in, according to data the county’s Planning Commission has gathered.

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.

Honey Brook Legion Riders donate $1,000 worth of clothing to Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center |Jan 21, 2015

A sold-out crowd of 125 Legion Riders and guests enjoyed a night of music recently while helping veterans.

Berks County Conservation District, Maiden Creek Tributary Stream Restoration Project awarded grants |Jan 21, 2015

The Department of Environmental Protection will invest more than $23.2 million in 109 watershed protection projects to improve watersheds, reduce stormwater runoff and acid mine drainage (AMD), and support educational programs, among other environmental efforts.

A lover’s feast filled with chocolate treats: Valentine’s Breakfast Buffet at Historic Joanna Furnace will be held Feb. 14 |Jan 21, 2015

You and your Valentine (and don’t forget the rest of the family) can enjoy a unique Valentine’s Day experience. Indulge in a chocolate enhanced buffet menu and become acquainted with the site and the people of Historic Joanna Furnace.

Berks Encore’s Share the Love/Stuff the Cooler event delivers thousands of pounds of food Berks County’s seniors |Jan 21, 2015

Berks Encore reports that its “Share the Love – Stuff the Cooler” campaign resulted in thousands of pounds of non-perishable food and toiletry items for Meals on Wheels recipients and increased awareness of senior hunger in Berks County.

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

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

Focus on the Family: Daughter’s lies catching up with her at school |Jan 21, 2015

Q: How can I get my teenage daughter to stop lying? I’ve caught her telling “tall tales,” and now she’s complaining that the kids at school don’t believe anything she says.

Exeter school board considers $71 million budget proposal |Jan 21, 2015

The Exeter School Board of Directors discussed the preliminary budget for the 2015-16 school year during their Tuesday, Jan. 20 regular meeting.

Tax Talk: Dependency Exemption for Children of Divorced Parents |Jan 21, 2015

The income tax results of this topic are often overlooked during the divorce process, especially considering the personal and emotional toll incurred at the time. But, it is also could be a time for tax planning.

Tax assistance from AARP Foundation Tax-Aid |Jan 21, 2015

Tax assistance from AARP Foundation will provide Tax-Aid at the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library.

4th annual Food for Families Fundraiser expands, benefits Twin Valley Food Pantry |Jan 21, 2015

Excitement has been building as the 4th Annual Food for Families Fundraiser expands this year, benefiting the Twin Valley Food Pantry.

Big Shot: Terre Hill Troop participates in Conestoga River Klondike event |Jan 20, 2015

On the weekend of Jan. 9 and 10, Terre Hill BSA Troop 172 participated in the Conestoga River Klondike event at Camp Mack scout camp.

Penn State Extension hosts webinar for candidates running for local government |Jan 20, 2015

For all those people who have ever thought about serving on their school board, borough council or township board – here’s your chance to learn how to do it.

Sandy-type storm coming again and New Jersey is not prepared, warns author |Jan 20, 2015

Forget the notion that a storm like Hurricane Sandy comes along every 100 years: Start thinking a “storm of the century” will hit every 10 years.

Brothers charged in Upper Merion with swiping sewer grates from five counties |Jan 20, 2015

UPPER MERION >> A pair of brothers suspected of stealing 13 iron storm sewer grates from five area counties over the past month are now behind bars at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.

Boyertown Area service celebrates the dream of Dr. King |Jan 20, 2015

Gilbertsville >> One of the best-known parables in the New Testament is that of the Good Samaritan, who stopped to help an injured man despite their obvious differences. The parable proved appropriate as a background for Martin Luther King Jr.

Op-Ed by Sen. Mensch: To improve budget will require fundamental changes in way departments are funded |Jan 20, 2015

As I write this commentary I have an article dated January 15, 2009, in front of me. The Headline: “The PA Budget Deficit Could Be As High As $1.9 Billion. The article quotes then Governor Rendell at the PA Farm Show as he spoke to members of his administration, members of the legislature, and members of the agriculture community.

Kutztown School Board approves proposed preliminary budget: Proposal includes use of tax index and retirement exception option but ultimate goal is no tax increase |Jan 20, 2015

Kutztown School Board approved a proposed preliminary 2015-16 budget that will give them the option to use the tax index and the retirement exception option for their eventual final budget.

Letter to the Editor: Honey Brook Borough Police chief thanks toy drive donors |Jan 20, 2015

Again I would like to THANK all of the donors to the Police Department’s toy drive this year.

New Hanover Historical Society to host national speaker |Jan 20, 2015

The January program of the New Hanover Township Historical Society features author and national speaker Ann Atkins, who will present an illustrated talk on Eleanor Roosevelt’s life.

Letter to the Editor: Chester County has opportunities for 2015 |Jan 20, 2015

The citizens of Chester County have a myriad of opportunities as we begin 2015 and close out a successful 2014.

Morgantown Coffee House Open Mic features Lancaster County musician Jim Conners |Jan 20, 2015

Morgantown Coffee House patrons danced and sang with Lancaster County musician Jim Conners Jan. 17.

Progress continuedHoney Brook Township looks back at 2014, ahead at 2015 |Jan 20, 2015

Q&A with Honey Brook Township for Progress section, continued from last issue.

Elverson and Honey Brook ambulance merge |Jan 20, 2015

Responding to the need for greater operational economy, two area ambulance squads — Elverson Emergency Medical Service and Honey Brook Fire Co. Ambulance — have merged into one organization.

2015 Philly Auto Show: Boyertown Museum set to feature 1940 Bantam Convertible |Jan 20, 2015

Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles will once again be represented in the region’s biggest auto show.

Day of Caring: Fleetwood Middle schoolers honor Martin Luther King Jr.: Students and staff ‘give back to community that gives so much’ |Jan 20, 2015

Fleetwood Middle School students and staff held a ‘Day of Caring’ to honor the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and give back to the community.

Clay on Main, Oley, to offer Soap Making Workshop |Jan 19, 2015

Clay on Main will offer a Soap Making Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 10 to 1 p.m.

Kutztown Optimist Club honors 2 Kutztown Middle School students for renaming school magazine Cougar Chronicle |Jan 19, 2015

The Kutztown Optimist Club recently honored two Kutztown Middle Schoolers for renaming the school newsmagazine Cougar Chronicle.

Hamburg Area High School musicians inducted into Tri-M Honor Society |Jan 19, 2015

Thirty-two talented and skilled musicians were inducted into the Tri-M Honor Society Hamburg Area High School Chapter 3173 on Wednesday night, Jan. 14, in the high school auditorium.

Families ‘let it go’ at SVCL during Frozen Family Event |Jan 19, 2015

“Do you want to build a snowman?” Even though this January has far less snow than last year, this question was not uncommon at Schuylkill Valley Community Library on Saturday, Jan. 17, for its Frozen Family Event.

Hamburg Middle School students wins third place in poster contest |Jan 19, 2015

Jacob Mohn, 12, a student at Hamburg Middle School, won third place in the Lions Club District 14-P (Berks and Chester Counties) 2014 International Peace Poster contest. Jacob is the son of Central Berks Lions Club Past President Mark Mohn and Central Berks Lions Club Secretary Heather Mohn, of Tilden Township.