Holiday food drive, Santa run slated for Lower Pottsgrove TWP |Dec 18, 2014

Shawn Watson wasn’t always the owner of three flourishing businesses in Lower Pottsgrove and Douglass Townships and a member of the Lower Pottsgrove Township Board of Commissioners. There was a time when he knew what it was to struggle through life.

Berks County PUblic Library System awards libraries, individuals for making difference in their community |Dec 18, 2014

The Berks County Public Library System Board of Trustees recognized the efforts of libraries and individuals at its 13th annual awards presentation on Dec. 17, honoring people and programs who are driving forces and inspirations within the library community.

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.

Historic State Theatre Of Boyertown Born Cross-Eyed To Celebrate St. Stephens Day Concert |Dec 18, 2014

The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown is proud to present Born Cross-Eyed in concert on Friday, Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at 61 N. Reading Avenue in Boyertown.

Schwank, Argall, Community and Business Leaders, First Responders meet on Route 222 |Dec 18, 2014

Heeding the growing concerns about the safety of Route 222, state Sens. Judy Schwank (D-11) and David Argall (R-29) met here last night with local leaders to work towards solutions that would make the highway less deadly.

Announcing the winners of the 8th Annual Festival of the Trees in Boyertown |Dec 18, 2014

From Boyertown Multi-Service The 8th Annual Festival of the Trees Event took place on Friday, Dec. 6, at Boyertown Multi-Service.

Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue reports to chimney fire |Dec 18, 2014

Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a chimney fire at 142 West Philadelphia Ave., a single family residence, on Friday Dec. 12, at 1426 hours [2:26 p.m.].

Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue report to early morning structure fire |Dec 18, 2014

Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a structure fire—garage at 220 North Reading Avenue—on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 0453 hours [4:53 a.m.].

Adorable Adoptables: This Chihuahua just wants to cuddle |Dec 18, 2014

#8008 Aren’t I just the cutest little ball of love you’ve ever seen? I am a 7-year-old neutered male Chihuahua.

Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce honors three local business people |Dec 17, 2014

Among the highlights of the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner Celebration was much-deserved kudos for Chip Breuninger, Fred Breuninger and Doug Thompson.

Three families purchase toys for Haylee’s Christmas Tree Project |Dec 17, 2014

Three families from the Living Waters Fellowship congregation purchased toys for Haylee’s Christmas Tree Project.

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!

Sixth annual Christmas celebration gets Birdsboro in holiday spirit |Dec 17, 2014

Crowds huddled closely to keep warm Dec. 13 at the sixth annual Christmas in Birdsboro celebration held in Main Bird Park. The event included horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, food and craft vendors, and the biggest crowd pleaser of all — fireworks.

Jay Leno brings his comedy to Berks County |Dec 17, 2014

Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist Jay Leno will be at the Santander Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Feb.

Updated: Maxatawny comments on Saucony Creek Regional Authority sewer module exemption being struck down |Dec 17, 2014

After a successful appeal by the Kutztown Borough Council, the Environmental Hearing Board struck down the sewer module exemption awarded to Maxatawny Township by the Department of Environmental Protection, according to esquire to the council, Keith Mooney.

Poverty levels in Kutztown Borough a concern for Kutztown School District Superintendent |Dec 16, 2014

Kutztown School District’s Superintendent expressed concerns about the poverty levels in Kutztown Borough during the Kutztown School Board meeting on Dec. 12.

Christmas story comes to life at Live Nativity at Garden Spot Village, New Holland |Dec 16, 2014

With Christmas around the corner, the retirement community at the Garden Spot Village in New Holland embraced the festive spirit on Dec. 9 and 10.

Twin Valley Rotary Club scholarships available for Honey Brook, Morgantown and Elverson students |Dec 16, 2014

The Rotary Club of Twin Valley, in conjunction with the Gundaker Foundation of Rotary District 7450, announces availability of Undergraduate and Graduate Grant Awards for students from the communities of Honey Brook, Morgantown and Elverson, for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Boone board honors life-saving student |Dec 16, 2014

The Daniel Boone School Board honored high school senior Trevor Biggerstaff, who saved a man’s life on Aug. 29 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. during the Monday, Dec. 15 meeting. A letter from Ronald and Linda Burchett, of Glasgow, Ky, praised Biggerstaff for “stepping up” to perform the Heimlich Maneuver and save Ron’s life.

Diverse skills offered by Amity Township Police Department |Dec 16, 2014

Various Amity Township Police officers have been in the news for apprehending suspected arsonists, burglars, and drug dealers, as well as helping the public during emergency situations.

Horses, guests celebrate Holiday Open House at Ryerss Farm |Dec 16, 2014

As told by Horses Henry, Caputo and Mark

American Legion Post 537 Morgantown placed wreaths placed at graves of veterans at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery |Dec 16, 2014

On Dec. 13, American Legion Post 537 Morgantown made their annual trip from Morgantown to Indiantown Gap National Cemetery to lay wreaths for Wreaths Across America. We rented two buses to take the Boy Scouts and the Legion Members.

Letter: |Dec 16, 2014

I am a local Morgantown nurse and member of our local American Legion. On Saturday, Dec. 13 I had the pleasure of attending once again “Wreaths Across America” at Fort Indiantown Gap, a national Pennsylvania Veterans Cemetery.

D.A.: Pennsburg ex-Marine on loose after Montco killing rampage |Dec 16, 2014

A Pennsburg man who authorities say went on a killing spree early Monday morning, slaying his ex-wife and five of her family members in three Montgomery County communities, remained at large as of press time Tuesday after SWAT teams surrounded two residences where he was thought to be holed up and a police manhunt intensified as the day progressed.

Tri County Record Community Calendar of Events & Notices |Dec 16, 2014

Ongoing & Upcoming Events Shepherd’s Kitchen at Honey Brook Presbyterian Church FREE meal: Dec. 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 4331 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook. 610-273-2848 or email pastor@honeybrookpres.

Kutztown home owner on Louella Drive spreads holiday cheer through lights, decorations |Dec 16, 2014

Holiday lights and decorations have drawn attention to a Kutztown home for the past couple of years.

Book Beat - Impact: Review of ‘The Night Watchman’ by Mark Mynheir |Dec 16, 2014

Ray Quinn makes his way down a deserted street in Orlando, Florida, looking like a man many years his senior as he struggles with his cane and his plastic hip of 10 months. He notices two youths about 20 years old who are tailing him.

Broadway tunes featured during Tel Hai Concert Series |Dec 16, 2014

The Tel Hai community invites fans of the Broadway stage to a performance by a very talented character singer and actor, John Anker Bow. The concert will be offered on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the community’s chapel located off Beaver Dam Road in Honey Brook Township, east of Route 10.

Tel Hai art Classes: Make a Resolution to Try Something New |Dec 16, 2014

Watercolor painting classes will resume on the Tel Hai campus in January. Would you like to give it a try? Aspiring artists of all skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Local artist and instructor, Loretta Gable Englerth, will begin a six-week session of instruction on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 9:00am.

Penn State Master Gardeners of Lancaster County presents Master Gardeners Awards |Dec 16, 2014

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Lancaster County held their annual banquet and awards program on Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Farm and Home Center.

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Ask Esther: Should I wait to sell until spring? |Dec 16, 2014

I would like to sell my home but the outside looks so drab in the winter and who is looking this time of year anyway? I’m wondering if it makes sense to wait to sell until the spring when flowers are blooming and things are green.

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.

Shady Hollow raises $1,000 for assisted riding program |Dec 16, 2014

Horse lovers showed their support for Shady Hollow Assisted Riding at the annual Hooves and Hot Cocoa event Saturday, Dec. 13.

Morgantown Area Business Association elects 2015 Board; Linda Lovenstein appointed president |Dec 16, 2014

The Morgantown Area Business Association voted in its Board for 2015 during the December meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 a.m. at the Windmill Restaurant.

Boy Scout Troop 555 and Cub Scout Pack 595 remember Pearl Harbor in Birdsboro |Dec 16, 2014

Local Scout Troops remembered those who lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor attacks and honored veterans with a flag raising ceremony Sunday, Dec. 7.

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!

Bradley Stone, suspected killer of 6, found dead |Dec 16, 2014

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> The manhunt for suspected mass murderer Bradley Stone has ended with his apparent suicide.

Fair weather helps Pottstown house tour delight hundreds |Dec 15, 2014

POTTSTOWN >> This year there was no rain, there was no epic snow storm — just crowds.

DA: Six dead, search continues for gunman in connected Montgomery County shootings |Dec 15, 2014

Pennsburg >> Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman has identified the man who allegedly went on a shooting spree this morning as Bradley William Stone and announced that the death toll has risen to six.

The Historian: The West Branch Paper Mill |Dec 15, 2014

Of the many types of mills that were built on the Perkiomen Creek and its tributaries, the most uncommon was the paper mill. I know of just one, located in the extreme northern edge of Douglass Township on the West Branch of the Perkiomen on, appropriately, Paper Mill Road.

Perry Elementary: Mrs. Gatley’s class answers ‘What is your favorite holiday tradition?’ |Dec 15, 2014

Dalton L.: My favorite holiday tradition is being together with my family. I like to open presents with my family.

‘Trains, trees and gingerbread’ chug along at Reading Railroad Heritage Museum in Hamburg |Dec 15, 2014

Back again at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum, in Hamburg, is the “Trains, trees and gingerbread” exhibit. The large model railroad is chugging along to some new scenery in the exhibit area just in time for the holidays.

Bethel Elementary: Mrs. Schweigert’s class answers ‘What is your favorite holiday food?’ |Dec 15, 2014

Jair B.: My favorite holiday food is chocolate I get in my stocking and bread!

Santa stops in Shoemakersville for workshop |Dec 15, 2014

Santa took a break from his busy schedule at the North Pole to pay a visit to Shoemakersville for Perry PTO’s Santa’s Workshop earlier this month at Perry Elementary Center. The event, attended by hundreds of school children and their families, offered low-cost crafts and games like Comet’s Reindeer Cookies, as well as delicious food and lot of raffle and door prizes.

Bethel Elementary: Mrs. Kiebach’s class answers ‘What is your favorite holiday food?’ |Dec 15, 2014

Grace: My favorite holiday food is potatoes.

Economic Development Summit focuses on three major Hamburg area projects |Dec 15, 2014

Hamburg area residents gathered at the Hamburg Area High School on Wednesday evening, Dec. 10, for an Economic Development Summit for Hamburg hosted by Our Town Foundation.

Penn State students can Hamburg for THON |Dec 15, 2014

When people think of the holidays, a few things come to mind such as traditions, family, presents and helping others. That last one was seen in a big way during the weekend of Dec. 6 and 7 in Downtown Hamburg.

Hamburg area church calendar |Dec 15, 2014

St. Mary Roman Catholic Church Located at 94 Walnut Road in Tilden Township. Visit our website at www.rc.net/allentown/stmaryhamb. Daily schedule: Eucharistic devotions on Monday at 7 p.m.; Masses on Tuesday at 7 p.

Welcome to my World: My mother, the child comedian |Dec 15, 2014

I grew up the youngest in a family of ten. All of us siblings recall our Mother’s sense of humor, which all of us inherited.