PennDOT, Police focus on reduction of drugged, alcohol-related crashes through Labor Day |Sep 3, 2015

As part of a focus on reducing drug- and alcohol-related crashes, PennDOT, state police and municipal police will take part in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement initiative through Labor Day.

Across the Pond back by popular demand; perform at Honey Brook Concert in the Park Sept. 13 |Sep 3, 2015

Honey Brook Borough’s final concert of the season for the free Concert in the Park series will be held Sept. 13.

Stoltz Manufacturing in Morgantown marks its 70th anniversary during 2015 |Sep 3, 2015

Stoltz Manufacturing in Morgantown, a leading manufacturer of construction and agricultural spreaders, marks its 70th anniversary during 2015, enjoying ongoing success with the breakthrough agricultural lime spreader invented by founder Christian Umble (“C.

Veterans Mental Health Council gearing up to connect with veterans |Sep 2, 2015

The Veterans Mental Health Council, a group of Veterans who are mental health care consumers, and leadership of the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center announced plans to reach out to and assist veterans in accessing VA mental health care services.

Six-year-old boy passes away after being pinned between two horse-drawn carts |Sep 2, 2015

A six-year-old boy has passed away after an accident involving two horse-drawn hay carts in Honey Brook Township.

Strausstown Lions Club hosts 44th annual Antique Auto Show and Flea Market Sept. 13 |Sep 2, 2015

The 44th annual Antique Auto Show and Flea Market hosted by the Strausstown Lions Club will be held on Sept. 13 in the Strausstown Lions Club Community Park along Route 183, half mile south of Interstate 78 exit 19.

PA State Police investigating two assault incidents |Sep 2, 2015

The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an assault that occurred in East Nantmeal Township on Aug. 27 at 8:38 a.m.

Chester County Economic Development Council conducts survey for major Workforce Summit |Sep 2, 2015

The Chester County Commissioners and the Chester County Economic Development Council are joining together to conduct a survey in connection with a major Chester County Workforce Summit taking place in October.

Celebrate harvest time at Hopewell Furnace |Sep 2, 2015

The National Park Service (NPS) invites the public to “Harvest Time,” a historic crafts day at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site (NHS) on Saturday, Sept. 26. The day-long, free event will feature the apples available for picking and autumn harvest activities of a 19th century “iron plantation.

Hearts United with Haiti hosts dinner at Shady Maple; founder from Narvon seeks volunteers |Sep 2, 2015

Hearts United with Haiti hosts its inaugural Fund Raising Dinner at Shady Maple Banquet Hall Oct. 16 at 6 p.m.

Chester County’s Platform to Employment training program begins; individuals selected to participate in program to attend business lunch, discussion and orientation |Sep 2, 2015

The Chester County Commissioners and the Chester County Workforce Development Board will hold a business lunch, discussion and orientation on Tuesday, Sept. 1 to officially kick off Platform to Employment (P2E), the nationally recognized program that addresses the specific needs of long-term unemployed people in Chester County.

Chester County Historical Society receives $400,000 implementation grant; National Endowment for the Humanities’ grant will help with upcoming exhibition |Sep 2, 2015

The Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) is pleased to receive an implementation grant of $400,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the upcoming exhibition Chester County: A Place in History.

Community church builds with “living” bricks |Sep 2, 2015

Community Evangelical Free Church, 52 South Brick Lane, Elverson, broke ground Aug. 31 for construction of a new building. With almost everyone present holding shovels to participate in ceremonially breaking ground for construction, Pastor Steve Estes reminded them that the construction is not just so the church can have a bigger building.

Enjoy wholesome fall family fun at Weaver’s Orchard |Sep 2, 2015

Families are invited to Weaver’s Orchard in the rolling hills of Berks County for wholesome, kid-centered fun in the great outdoors as the orchard starts its fall festivals, which run every Saturday, Sept.

Young families: The cost vs. protection challenge; finding right balance of protection and affordability is critical |Sep 2, 2015

Being young and starting a family is one of the most exciting times in many people’s lives, with lots of opportunities ahead and so many memories to make together. Unfortunately, young families are often the most vulnerable to life’s uncertainties.

18th and 19th century processes highlighted at Hay Creek Festival |Sep 2, 2015

The spirit of 18th and 19th century Historic Joanna Furnace comes to life Sept. 11, 12 and 13 with the 2015 edition of The Hay Creek Festival. Each year, 1,500 craftsmen, artisans, interpreters, mechanical technology folks, food service workers and parking aids (all volunteers) bring the Joanna Furnace community to life through the years 1791 to 1950.

Hope 4 Joy benefit concert will raise funds to help little girl |Sep 2, 2015

A Christian Benefit Concert featuring Mark Schultz, Jean Watson and Heaven’s Thunder will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Calvin & Janet High Fine Arts Center located on the Lancaster Mennonite School campus.

2 Kutztown Girl Scouts make blankets for Good Shepherd residents, earn Silver Award |Sep 2, 2015

Two Kutztown students spent their summer working on their Girl Scout Silver Award. Morgan Kunkel and Erin Randall, ninth grade students at Kutztown Area High School, spent the last few months making fleece knot blankets for the residents of Good Shepherd Home in Allentown.

PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: MJ Dougherty, Saved by God’s Grace Part II |Sep 2, 2015

Next came the ugly part of human nature. Those on the ferry scrambled in fear for life jackets. When they thought there were none left, they started pulling them away from people who had already gotten them.

Garden Spot Village unveils life-size tree sculpture in Village Square |Sep 2, 2015

On Aug. 27, To the sound of “ooh’s” and “aah’s” and vigorous applause, Garden Spot Village unveiled a sculpture of a nearly life-sized red maple tree in its recently remodeled Village Square atrium.

Family grateful for benefit events after Heather Delp’s death |Sep 1, 2015

Family of the six Delp children, who lost their mother to a vehicle accident on Aug. 14, thanks the community for their generosity and support.

Photos: St. Francis Academy students welcomed back to school |Sep 1, 2015

St. Francis Academy in Bally started school on August 31.

Studio B invites submissions for third annual exhibit; “To Be: Know Thyself... You Do You” combines literary and visual art |Sep 1, 2015

Writers and artists are invited to submit work to Studio B’s third annual exhibit combining literary and visual art entitled “To Be: Know Thyself... You Do You.”

Author Henry Youndt, of East Earl, to hold book signing event |Sep 1, 2015

On Sept. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m., local author Henry Youndt, a resident of East Earl, will be available to sign copies of his book, Pyramids of Thrush Creek, at Connections on High, 238 East High Street, in Pottstown.

Pottsgrove Manor to host “Time for Tea” |Sep 1, 2015

Visit historic Pottsgrove Manor on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an open-hearth cooking demonstration entitled “Time for Tea.”

Through My Eyes: Abraham Nemeth, a hero for blind nerds |Sep 1, 2015

My general philosophy in life is this: in a world of more than 6 billion people, if I have been through something, the odds are that so has at least one other person. As I have stated before, one of my hobbies is the practicing of advanced mathematics.

Chester County Art Association to hold major exhibition with founder N.C. Wyeth’s paintings |Sep 1, 2015

Chester County Art Association is pleased to present the Founders Exhibition. Seventeen paintings by illustrious artist and CCAA Founder N.C. Wyeth will be exhibited in CCAA’s Allinson Gallery this Fall from Oct.

Two Immaculate Heart of Mary novices, of Oley and York, profess first vows |Sep 1, 2015

With great joy, two novices, Sister Christina Marie Roberts and Sister Kathryn Teresa Clemmer, professed first vows as members of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Immaculata, PA on August 10, 2015.

Community invited to ‘Healthy Me’ Walk in the Park, Boyertown |Sep 1, 2015

Get some fresh air and have a healthy season! Join St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care, the Boyertown Lions Club, the Rotary Club, and the Kiwanis Club for an Intergenerational Walk in the Park on Saturday, September 12 at 10 a.

Pottstown SCORE announces free, informative workshops |Sep 1, 2015

Pottstown SCORE is offering the following free, informative workshops for small business owners and non-profit organizations. They are being held at the SCORE office at 244 High Street in Pottstown (free parking and entrance are in the rear of the building).

Photos: Boyertown, Oley students head back to class for 2015-16 year |Sep 1, 2015

Quigley Chevrolet forges season-long partnership to aid Boyertown Soccer Club |Sep 1, 2015

In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, Quigley Chevrolet is supporting Boyertown Soccer Club through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program. This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the 2015 youth soccer season.

Kutztown University to host 150th Anniversary races; public welcome to register for 5K Cross Country Run and 150-Yard Cub Dash |Aug 31, 2015

Kutztown University will host the Sesquicentennial 5K Cross Country Run and 150-yard Cub Dash on Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. in honor of its 150th year anniversary.

The Historian: Hinkel und Oyer (Chicken and Eggs) Part I |Aug 31, 2015

In the old days, the morning light of farms, villages and towns was filled with the sound of roosters crowing, for almost every place had some chickens. Chickens of yesteryear were perhaps not the calm, fat hens of today, but tended rather to be thin, tough, rangy and somewhat wild.

Pets of the Week: Adoptables from the Montco SPCA |Aug 31, 2015

Greetings! Many of you probably know my famous cousin, Chewbacca, from Star Wars. Long hair seems to run in our family, but there’s no need to worry because there’s no such thing as a bad hair day.

Warwick County Park hosts Community Day to “explore your own backyard” |Aug 31, 2015

On Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Warwick County Park will be hosting Community Day in partnership with South Coventry, Warwick and East Nantmeal Townships.

Brandwyine Heights welcomes new Intermediate and Middle School Principal Robert Farina |Aug 31, 2015

Brandywine Heights School District welcomed Robert Farina as new Intermediate and Middle School principal to replace Principal Dr. Johnson who retired after 18 years in the district.

KU’s Robert Ryan participates in unprecedented international psychology project |Aug 31, 2015

Associate Professor Dr. Robert Ryan, along with 269 co-authors from around the world, published their findings in Science Magazine following their investigation into the reproducibility of psychological science.

20-year-old female robbed at gunpoint in Lyons |Aug 31, 2015

The Pennsylvania State Police of Reading responded to a robbery at gunpoint that occurred on Aug. 28 in the Lyons Borough.

Mertztown man threatens woman with gun in domestic incident |Aug 31, 2015

On Aug. 26 at 3:41 a.m., State Police from the Reading station were called to a domestic disturbance on Sally Ann Furnace Road in Rockland Township.

Battle of the Bands battle substance abuse: Brandywine Task Force and Kutztown Strong combine efforts for event |Aug 31, 2015

“Where’s BOB? Who’s BOB?” signs were posted around the community.

First Day of School |Aug 31, 2015

Brandywine Heights School District staff shared photos of their first day of school on Aug. 25.

Congressman Ryan Costello tours Frecon Farms orchard, touts the CIDER Act |Aug 31, 2015

The growing appeal of alcoholic cider in recent years has apple growers like Frecon Farms branching out to new customers.

Up close view of bald eagle, golden eagle at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton |Aug 31, 2015

Nature and photography enthusiasts and families had the opportunity to see a bald eagle and a golden eagle up close at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton on Aug. 29.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Mimi, a gentle love bug looking for a family |Aug 31, 2015

Hello, my name is Mimi, and I am a super-sweet tortoiseshell kitty who was born in 2012. I was living outside in a mobile home park in Honey Brook when I came up to a nice lady who reached out her hand to pet me.

Statewide conservation group honors Sen. Schwank with “Legislator Leadership Award” |Aug 31, 2015

State Senator Judy Schwank, who has worked to protect Berks County farmland, enhance open spaces throughout Pennsylvania and safeguard natural resources, has been named a “legislative leader” by the organization that advocates for the commonwealth’s 66 conservation districts.

Fritz T. Sprandel, author of Adventure on a Dare, speaks at Hamburg Rotary |Aug 31, 2015

On Aug. 27, Fritz T. Sprandel, the author of Adventure on a Dare, spoke at the Hamburg Rotary. He previously shared his book with the Rotary a few years ago, and there will probably be a movie made from the book.

Brandywine alum graduates basic training |Aug 31, 2015

Air Force Guard Airman 1st Class Dennis J. Parks graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

‘At-risk’ kindergarten presented at Boone |Aug 30, 2015

Seven months after the Daniel Boone community heard the possibility of restoring full-day kindergarten to the curriculum, two kindergarten teachers presented on Aug. 24 a new model for an “at-risk” kindergarten program.

Hamburg Hole in One |Aug 30, 2015

Sam Garland, Hamburg resident, 80, received a Hole in One plaque made by Rich Weigle from Kutztown. The plaque was on his breakfast table at 3rd Street Café on Aug. 25. The hole in one was on Aug.