Berks County commissioners support Human Services pilot program |Jul 6, 2015

READING >> A short public hearing on the Berks County Human Services block grant showed that there was no question of the commissioners supporting the department and its use of the block grant pilot program.

Exeter man charged with child porn possession |Jul 6, 2015

HARRISBURG >> Two men from Berks and Perry counties have been arrested after being charged with possessing child pornography.

Fleetwood Girl Scouts Learn the importance of Flag Ceremonies in Scouting |Jul 6, 2015

Flag Ceremonies are an important part of Girl Scouting. Not only does it teach the girls respect and honor but it is a great form of patriotism.

Albany Township Historical Society hosts public event July 10 to allow community to bid good bye to Albany Elementary School |Jul 6, 2015

The Albany Township Historical Society will be hosting an event on Friday, July 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. to allow the community to bid good bye to Albany Elementary School.

Fleetwood Girl Scout Daisy Troop participates in Amazing Animal Robotics workshop |Jul 6, 2015

Fleetwood Girl Scout Daisy Troop 1956 took a trip to Snapology.

Concern over new Pa. law requiring clearances for volunteers |Jul 6, 2015

Since late last year, Pennsylvania school districts and volunteer organizations have been scrambling to prepare for the new regulations on clearances that will impact employees and volunteers who work with children starting today.

Meet the Editor: New editor at The Hamburg Area Item |Jul 6, 2015

Meet your new Hamburg Item editor, Lisa Mitchell.

Fleetwood Girl Scout Meghan Sadler earns Gold Award by supporting Zoe’s House Animal Rescue and a discounted Microchip project |Jul 6, 2015

Fleetwood Girl Scout Meghan Sadler earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by supporting Zoe’s House Animal Rescue and a project involving a discounted Microchip program to get cats and dogs micro chipped for ease in return lost animals to their families.

Kutztown Rotary Club awards Kutztown Bicentennial Decorating Contest Winners |Jul 6, 2015

The Kutztown Rotary Club announced winners of the Kutztown Bicentennial Decorating Contest.

Extreme Illusion car show supports 3 local causes |Jul 6, 2015

Following quite a few years of ideal weather conditions the New Image Auto Club found themselves sandwiching the 2015 edition of their very popular Extreme Illusion car, truck and motorcycle show in between heavy early morning rains and incoming thunderstorms later in the evening.

Community pulls together, presents new van to Boyertown girl |Jul 6, 2015

Alaina Derecola received her new van on Monday, June 22, a van purchased with monies donated by friends, family and strangers.

Star Spangled Express arrives in Pottstown for celebration |Jul 5, 2015

By 21st Century Media staff Friday night, July 3, began the weekend-long celebration of the 4th of July holiday and Pottstown’s Bicentennial.

Eyes of the Wild at Schuylkill Valley Community Library: Animal presenter Kimberly Gruning entertained crowd with stories and facts about animals she brought to Leesport |Jul 5, 2015

After reading books and doing a craft to commemorate Father’s Day in the Children’s section of the Schuylkill Valley Community Library, Children’s Librarian, Kelly Jacoby, led the group outside for a presentation by Eyes of the Wild of Stockton, N.

Schuylkill Valley High School Tech Education Successes: Advanced Woodworking class recognized for high quality projects |Jul 5, 2015

To confirm the success achieved by the Advanced Woodworking class at the Schuylkill Valley High School, Superintendent Dr. Warren F. Mata included a recognition video about the students and their projects at the June Board of Directors meeting.

Mohrsville team builds houses to help flood victims on Habitat for Humanity Mission trip to Colorado |Jul 5, 2015

A team from Salem Belleman’s Church, 3540 Belleman’s Church Road, Mohrsville, recently went on a mission trip to Colorado.

Pomona Grange hosts picnic at Edenburg Park |Jul 5, 2015

Pomona Grange hosted its annual Picnic at Edenburg Park recently.

Local Iron Chef winner David Shefter brings Pa. BBQ Fest Blues, Brews, BBQ’s to Leesport Farmers Market |Jul 4, 2015

Summer. What does it mean to you? Warmer days basking in the sun, spending time outside enjoying all the things we can’t do during the winter. Summer means so much, to so many people, in so many ways, but one thing we all love about summer is a good ole fashioned BBQ.

First Responders Benefit Car Show benefits Shoemakersville and Port Clinton fire companies |Jul 4, 2015

“The big thing going on with fire companies is that volunteers are dropping,” was the concern of Rudy Arceo, and the inspiration behind the First Responders Benefit Car Show slated for Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.

2015 Hamburg graduate Dana Anderson awarded 2015 Fleetwood Bank Scholarship |Jul 4, 2015

Fleetwood Bank is pleased to announce that Dana N. Anderson, a 2015 Hamburg Area High School graduate, has been awarded the 2015 Fleetwood Bank Scholarship. Dana plans to continue her education at Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences in Reading.

Members celebrate members at Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce’s Shining Star Event on Sept. 24 |Jul 4, 2015

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce announces its second-annual Shining Star Event to be held at the Berkleigh Golf Club, 14623 Kutztown Rd, Kutztown, on Thursday, September 24, 2015. Doors open at 5:30 p.

Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce hosts Family Networking Mixer July 23 |Jul 4, 2015

Several times a year, in addition to Member Breakfast programs and Making Connections Luncheons, the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce hosts evening mixers for members and guests to socialize and connect with resources in our strong regional business network.

Family Fun Friday: Today’s virtual treasure hunts encourage outdoor adventures |Jul 4, 2015

We try to make time to do something fun as a family each Friday of the summer. Sometimes, our plans fall through. Other times, the demands of regular life push in, giving us just an hour or two to get away.

Hamburg Wine & Food Fest helps woman in need, Megan Hickey |Jul 4, 2015

CFF Promotions donated a portion of all proceeds from the Hamburg Wine & Food Fest to help a young woman with multiple health issues.

Chamber News: American Pickers look for antique leads in Pennsylvania |Jul 4, 2015

Submitted courtesy of Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce

Chester County Coroner names Gilbertsville boy as French Creek drowning victim |Jul 2, 2015

WARWICK >> State police have confirmed that a 12-year-old boy found in the water at French Creek Wednesday has died.

For the love of history: Middle, High school teams return from National History Day nationals with 2nd and 8th place awards |Jul 2, 2015

Middle School and High School teams from Kutztown recently returned from the national competition for National History Day, bringing home second and eighth place awards.

A Look Back in History: Rural Folklife of the early 1900’s as seen by Photographers; H. Winslow Fegley & Amandus Moyer (Part II) |Jul 2, 2015

Unlike Winslow Fegley, Amandus Moyer photographed life in the Oley Hills, around Fredericksville and the tavern at Landis Store, where frontier farmers lived more in seclusion. But being a very popular visitor at the Lobachsville Tavern and general store partly due to the curiosity driving his new automobile, he did fancy photographing good looking horses and their drivers, whether they drove a one-horse buggy or a team of horses.

From Arthur’s Policy Desk: The President and the Power of Faith Through Grace |Jul 2, 2015

On June 26th, President Obama, gave a eulogy for State Senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed in his own church building, along with eight other African Americans, by a white man who had just finished worshiping with them in a bible study group.

Golden Opportunity: Transcendent Boyertown girls lacrosse program turns 50 |Jul 2, 2015

BOYERTOWN >> When she lost as a college athlete, Marcia Brumbach cried.

Legion Baseball: Rookies play a key role for the Bears |Jul 2, 2015

In the season opening article I wrote that the Bears would in essence be blending three groups of players into one team for the 2015 season: “the high school guys,” “the college returnees,” and “the rookies.

PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: Part #2 of Singin’ in the Rain |Jul 1, 2015

Several decades ago I went to have some dental work done and the dentist gave me Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) for my first and only time. My wife, Barb, was to pick me up but was a little late. As I walked out of the office, I found it was raining so I stood in the rain whistling as I waited.

A.M. Best affirms Thrivent Financial’s A++ (Superior) rating with stable outlook |Jul 1, 2015

A.M. Best has affirmed Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ A++ (Superior) rating as well as its stable outlook. The A++ (Superior) rating is the highest of the ratings agency’s 16 ratings categories.

Twin Valley student Cheveay “CJ” Morton receives U.S. Achievement Academy Scholarship |Jul 1, 2015

Twin Valley High School student Cheveay “CJ” Morton was nominated by his 8th grade math teacher, Mr. Jeff Bateman, for United States Achievement Academy Scholarship (USAAS). In November he was selected as one of the USAAS winners of a nominal cash grant.

Girl Scouts donate to Veterans Affairs Center |Jul 1, 2015

Submitted photo courtesy of Jennifer Burns, Leader Troop 1489

Garden Spot Village participates in Lancaster International Piano Festival |Jul 1, 2015

Each year, music students from around the world flock to Lancaster County to take part in the Lancaster International Piano Festival.

Cyclists compete for Most Supportive, Best Dressed awards and more in The Boob Ride breast cancer fundraiser July 11 at St. Peters Village |Jul 1, 2015

Michelle Przemieniecki of Pottstown and her daughter Emily are hosting The Boob Ride, a fund raising event to benefit Susan G. Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer, starting 7:30 a.m. July 11 at St. Peters Village in Chester County.

“Jacob’s Ride” stops at Garden Spot Village: Jacob Landis is bicycling across country to raise money, awareness for cochlear implants |Jul 1, 2015

By the time Jacob Landis was 10 years old, he had grown totally deaf. A cochlear implant allowed him to be fully functional in the hearing world.

Duzzn Matta Band takes stage in Honey Brook Borough July 12 |Jul 1, 2015

The second concert of the summer in Honey Brook Borough will be held on Sunday, July 12 at 5:30 p.m. when the Duzzn Matta Band takes the stage to perform a variety of classic rock cover tunes.

Adopt a Minion: “Minion” Themed Cat Adoption Campaign kicks off this weekend at Humane Pennsylvania |Jul 1, 2015

Friday, July 3rd, marked the beginning of Humane Pennsylvania’s “Adopt a Minion” cat adoption campaign.

Three Honey Brook siblings apply life lessons learned on the farm to reach their future successes |Jul 1, 2015

In 2009, the Pacanowski family returned to their hometown of Honey Brook after an 11-year stay in a small town in Minnesota.

Daniel Boone School Board hires asst. principal for high school |Jun 30, 2015

Douglassville >> The Daniel Boone Area School Board voted unanimously on Monday to appoint Aaron Sborz as assistant principal at the high school, effective July 1.

Tornado warning issued for Chester and Berks counties |Jun 30, 2015

A tornado warning has been issued for Northwestern Chester County and South Central Berks County until 2:30 p.m. According to the alert issued by Chester County, this is an extremely dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation.

PennDOT, State Police partner to focus on driving enforcement through July 4 weekend |Jun 30, 2015

PennDOT, Pennsylvania State Police and local police are partnering to help decrease impaired driving and aggressive behaviors through the Independence Day holiday weekend.

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.

WTIM: Music Around Town July 1 |Jun 30, 2015

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

Boyertown business owner recognized for volunteer effort |Jun 30, 2015

The co-chairwoman of Boyertown’s Oktoberfest committee has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center as its volunteer of the year. Former Building a Better Boyertown board member Shannon Anthony was presented with her award at the annual Townie Awards Gala June 17.

Olympic champion May-Treanor kicked off Pottstown Rumble with Dream in Gold clinics |Jun 30, 2015

Misty May-Treanor kicked off the 2015 Pottstown Rumble on Thursday, June 25, hosting two sessions of her “Dream in Gold Clinic” at Pottstown’s Memorial Park.

Bertie’s Inn, Exeter, to host 25th Annual Belt Sander Race |Jun 30, 2015

Bertie’s Inn is getting ready to host their 25th Annual Belt Sander Race on July 11 to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Schuylkill River Trail leads in national contest for ‘best urban trail’ |Jun 29, 2015

CONSHOHOCKEN >> In a Reader’s Choice contest between 20 trail systems nationwide the Schuylkill River Trail is currently leading the contest for the top choice among USA Today readers.

Kutztown Folk Festival kicks off with wine and history |Jun 29, 2015

The first day of the 66th annual Kutztown Folk Festival got off to a slow start after steady rains dampened attendance Saturday, June 29.