Berks County Intermediate Unit adds 7 new sites to Pre-K Counts preschool program; enrolling now |Feb 13, 2016

Berks County Intermediate Unit added seven new classrooms across Berks County to its Pre-K Counts program thanks to approved state early education funding. The new sites open March 1 and run until early June.

Movie Review: ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ |Feb 12, 2016

English tea and zombies. What do the two have in common? Nothing at all. And yet in the movie “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” it’s practically related. Refined English women and men, dressed impeccably, are forced to deal with the threat of zombies lurking about, searching for brains to eat, yet life goes on with balls, weddings and, of course, tea time.

September Farm makes new Dutch Style Gouda, based on Holland tradition |Feb 12, 2016

September Farm in Honey Brook is now making a new September Farm Dutch Style Gouda, using their own milk and processed on equipment custom designed and built for September Farm in the Netherlands. A consultant from Holland trained their cheesemakers to make Gouda the traditional way it is in Holland.

Dreibelbis Farm to hold ice harvesting demonstration |Feb 12, 2016

On Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m., the Dreibelbis Farm Historical Society will host a presentation of 19th century Pennsylvania German ice harvesting at the Historic Dreibelbis Farm in Virginville. The demonstration will include cutting and harvesting ice blocks from the ice pond, showing how ice was hauled to and loaded in the ice house and a demonstration of the actual tools used.

RSO welcomes pianist Joyce Yang for live performance |Feb 12, 2016

The Reading Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Andrew Constantine, returns to the Santander Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. Pianist Joyce Yang, an Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and a silver medalist at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, joins the orchestra for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.

WTIM: Music Around Town |Feb 12, 2016

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Maxatawny Township commercial zoning hearing to be held despite resident opposition |Feb 12, 2016

Despite resident opposition, the Maxatawny Township Board of Supervisors voted on Feb. 10 to hold a zoning hearing for a residential proposal expanding commercial zoning to 550 feet on West Kutztown Road (Route 222).

More promises, more students ignored |Feb 12, 2016

In today’s 2016-2017 budget address, Governor Wolf proposed a dream for our state... A promise of more basic education funding for next year, based on the non-existent budget of this year.

A Look Back in History: American youth restored the Keim Homestead |Feb 12, 2016

At age 77, I’ve realized how important the youth of the Oley Valley have been in helping the American Folklife Society preserve our American heritage. Most recently, I was visited by Bill Morgan, one of the youthful students that helped me restore the Keim Homestead, near Lobachsville.

Hamburg Borough Street Sweeping program schedule announced for 2016 |Feb 12, 2016

The 2016 Street Sweeping program will “SPRING” into action on Friday, April 1 and this program will continue on a monthly basis until Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. The areas affected will be Third Street, Fourth Street and State Street.

Dr. Avidan Milevsky to deliver annual Chambliss Faculty Research Awards lecture |Feb 12, 2016

Kutztown University associate professor of psychology, Dr. Avidan Milevsky, will deliver the spring 2016 Chambliss Faculty Research Awards lecture on Wednesday, March 16 at 4:30 p.m. in the McFarland Student Union Alumni Auditorium (183).

Hamburg Police: Hamburg man, 21, arrested on drug charges |Feb 12, 2016

On Feb. 5, at approximately 1 a.m., Hamburg Police made a drug-related arrest in the borough.

U.S. Air Force Airman Justin M. Robinson graduates basic training |Feb 12, 2016

U.S. Air Force Airman Justin M. Robinson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

MCCC gears up for 2016 RecycleMania Competition |Feb 12, 2016

Coming off its most successful finish in eight years of competition, Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) is gearing up for RecycleMania 2016, a national tournament among colleges and universities designed to increase student awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization.

Hamburg School District receives state grant for Pre-K Counts, starts March 1 at Tilden Elementary Center |Feb 12, 2016

The Hamburg Area School District is one of three county schools to receive a state grant that will allow the district to start a pre-kindergarten class starting on March 1 for at risk students.

‘Black Lives Matter’ movement founder Alicia Garza to speak at KU |Feb 12, 2016

Alicia Garza, social activist and founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, will lead a discussion on race in America, activism, violence, police brutality and social injustice at Kutztown University, Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.

Boyertown Girl Scouts Valentine’s Dance offers memorable night |Feb 12, 2016

More than 150 people recently attended the annual Valentine’s Dance, sponsored by the Boyertown Service Unit of Girl Scouts of Eastern PA.

Berks Humane Society announces pet adoption special for Valentine’s Day weekend |Feb 12, 2016

Adoption fees for all pets will be waived at the Humane Society of Berks County (HSBC) from Feb. 12 – Feb. 14 during the organization’s “Runaway Train – Straight to Your Heart” adoption special sponsored by Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad.

Governor Mifflin schools compete in fifth annual Souper Bowl food drive |Feb 12, 2016

Governor Mifflin School District

Oley’s Ladyfingers Sewing Studio invites public to ‘Sew for the Animals’ |Feb 12, 2016

Ladyfingers Sewing Studio of Oley is hosting it’s first ever “Sew for the Animals” event on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Studio B announces opening of two new exhibits |Feb 12, 2016

Studio B, 39A E. Philadelphia Avenue, in Boyertown, is pleased to announce the opening of “To Be: Know Thyself... You Do You,” the studio’s third annual show and book release combining literary and visual art.

At the Movies with Rodeo - ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’: Good for kids and adults alike |Feb 12, 2016

The third installment of the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise combines animation, action and comedy, as Po (the title character) contemplates his identity.

Hamburg Family Dental moves to new office |Feb 12, 2016

Hamburg Family Dental moved to a new office at 469 W. State Street in Hamburg, featuring a parking lot, ramp and new, upgraded equipment.

Hamburg Item Community Calendar Feb. 17 |Feb 12, 2016

Submit to Calendar: E-mail event listings to ldillon@berksmontnews.com. Note Item Calendar in e-mail subject.

Hamburg Rotary presents 2nd annual Four-Way Speech Contest |Feb 12, 2016

The Rotary Club of Hamburg will present its second annual Rotary District 7430 Four-Way Speech Contest on Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m., at the Hamburg Area High School, 701 Windsor Street. The event will be held in the Large-Group Instruction Room.

NBCC announces March Networking Mixer at the Tri-County Red Cross |Feb 12, 2016

The Tri-County Chapter of the American Red Cross, 701 Centre Avenue, Reading, will sponsor and host an evening Networking Mixer for members and guests of the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, March 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.

St. Francis Academy celebrates National Catholic Schools Week |Feb 12, 2016

St. Francis Academy, located in Bally, recently celebrated National Catholic Schools Week with a variety of fun, educational and celebratory activities.

Through My Eyes: A farewell to Berks-Mont |Feb 12, 2016

It seems amazing to me now just how much can happen in so little time. At this time last year, I was a person with a vision impairment who had resigned himself to a job as a package assembler in a sheltered workshop working for piecework wages.

Restoring Hope Foundation accepting 2016 build applications |Feb 12, 2016

The Restoring Hope Foundation is now accepting applications for our 2016 build.

Lancaster County Farm and Home Scholarships offered to freshmen studying agriculture or family and consumer sciences |Feb 11, 2016

One of the objectives of the Lancaster County Farm and Home Foundation is to encourage the higher education of the youth of Lancaster County. In this respect the Foundation is announcing the offering of scholarship awards for students beginning their freshman year in 2016 studying Agriculture or Family and Consumer Sciences.

Dairy of Distinction applications due April 15 |Feb 11, 2016

Dairy of Distinction applications due April 15

Southeast PA New Women in Ag Learning Circle |Feb 11, 2016

These discussion-based sessions offer a comfortable environment for peer-to-peer learning, access to the latest research to problem solve the challenges you are dealing with on the farm this year and a network of peers and service providers to support you during the growing season.

App could turn outdoor enthusiasts into citizen-scientists |Feb 11, 2016

If you enjoy wildlife, fishing, nature walks, paddle sports and other streamside activities, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences now is giving you a chance to parlay those interests into becoming a citizen-scientist by observing and recording environmental and ecosystem changes.

Testimony begins on New Hanover quarry/contamination connection |Feb 11, 2016

NEW HANOVER >> Although he did not come right out and say it, testimony by a groundwater expert hired by the proposed Gibraltar Rock Quarry suggested that mining would not release underground chemical contamination into surrounding wells and streams.

Boyertown Junior Women’s Club announces 3rd ‘Once Upon a Prom’ dress drive |Feb 11, 2016

For the third year in a row — One local women’s club is holding a prom dress drive for girls in need.

5th annual Food for Families raises record breaking $9,000 for Twin Valley Food Pantry |Feb 11, 2016

Another record breaking success toped $9,000 at Fifth Anniversary Food for Families Fundraiser to benefit the Twin Valley Food Pantry.

Amity Elementary Center announces National Geographic Bee winners |Feb 11, 2016

On Thursday, Feb. 4, the Amity Elementary Center held its annual Scripps/Howard Spelling Bee.

King of Prussia appearance by Def Leppard drummer coincides with concert tour schedule |Feb 11, 2016

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen famously lost his left arm after a car accident on New Year’s Eve 1984.

Big Shot sponsored by Petersheim Bros. Inc.: Rachael Ewing, Twin Valley senior, named Intern of the Month |Feb 10, 2016

Rachael Ewing, a senior at Twin Valley High School, has been named February’s Intern of the Month. Ewing spends her internship at Robeson Elementary Center with Mrs. Christine Robinson, the Learning Support teacher.

Ask Esther: Why is the municipality weighing in on my sale? |Feb 10, 2016

Dear Esther: We have a contract on our home and are close to settlement. I just found out that I need to contact our municipality to get their okay on our sale. We’ve had inspections and our buyers are satisfied with everything.

30th Annual Lancaster County 4-H Benefit Auction to be held Feb. 20 |Feb 10, 2016

Come help 4-H in Lancaster County by supporting our annual 4-H benefit auction, to be held Feb. 20 at Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, at 9 a.m. Specialty items to be sold include an Ariens Zoom 42” zero turn lawn mower donated by Weaver Turf Power; table top and road trip grills; certificates to the Sight & Sound, Laser Dome, Dutch Wonderland and Dutch Apple Dinner Theater; and more.

Twin Valley kindergarten registration announced for 2016-17 |Feb 10, 2016

Kindergarten registration for the 2016-2017 school year will take place on March 30 and 31.

PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: The Right One? Part II |Feb 10, 2016

As a freshman at Drexel and still looking for the right girl for me, I decided to go the familiar route and ask Ann on a date. She is the younger sister of my best friend since eighth grade. We took a train from Delaware County to Drexel, in Philadelphia and went bowling.

East Brandywine Township, Hopewell UMC to host ‘The Wall That Heals’ this summer |Feb 10, 2016

Hopewell United Methodist Church (UMC) and East Brandywine Township will play host this summer to The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Part of a national tour, the replica memorial wall and accompanying mobile education center will be on display throughout the day and night, from July 28 to Aug.

Berks County District Attorney’s office receives complaints of IRS tax fraud |Feb 10, 2016

The Berks County District Attorney’s Office has received numerous citizen complaints that residents of our County have been targeted by unknowns, who are engaging in a scam to obtain monies under the pretense that they work for the IRS.

Local author to release new novel carrying readers into heart of Civil War |Feb 10, 2016

Journey Into Darkness, 2nd edition, by Narvon author J. Arthur Moore, is currently in production for release in February. It comprises the complete four-book series about Duane Kinkade’s experiences as he searches for his father within the Civil War.

Hopewell Furnace celebrates African American history |Feb 10, 2016

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site will commemorate African American history month with a talk about the African American experience at Southeastern Pennsylvania iron furnaces. The experience at these sites differed dramatically from that in urban centers of the United States.

Thrivent Financial releases 2015 Money Mindset report; study explores Americans’ relationship with money |Feb 10, 2016

Despite the financial uncertainties faced by many Americans, generosity is surprisingly at the forefront of their minds. According to the 2015 Money Mindset Report by Thrivent Financial, 61 percent of Americans said they would rather be called generous than financially successful.

Tel Hai hosts Annual High School Art Exhibit: Feb. 19 & 20 |Feb 10, 2016

Tel Hai Retirement Community will host the 20th Annual High School Student Art Show in the new StoneCroft Center for Worship and Performing Arts on Friday, Feb. 19 and Saturday, Feb. 20, located at 4000 Tree Line Drive, Honey Brook.

‘Opaque Radiance’ falls over Churchtown landscape Feb. 6 |Feb 10, 2016

Conrad Wolff, of Seawolf Photography, shares photos, entitled “Opaque Radiance,” of Churchtown on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 6.