Laurel Center in Hamburg wins bronze national quality award |Jul 25, 2017

Laurel Center, a 130-bed Genesis HealthCare skilled nursing center (or senior living center) in Hamburg, has been recognized as a 2017 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care.

Shillington woman puts water to the test during 100-mile Sojourn |Jul 25, 2017

Sarah Chudnovsky of Shillington spent a week testing almost 2 million people’s drinking water on June 3-9. This occurred as she and more than 200 others paddled up to 112 miles during the Schuylkill River Sojourn, which spans from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia.

Teen photographer Emma Ketterer captures moments to cherish |Jul 25, 2017

The Art & Craft Gallery of Hamburg’s featured artist for July was Kutztown teen photographer Emma Ketterer, 15, a member of the Hamburg Area Arts Alliance. The gallery hosted an artist reception on July 20.

Runners head to Maple Grove for Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race |Jul 25, 2017

Thrill seekers of all shapes, sizes, and ages will get a chance to participate in the craziest—and muddiest—event in the world when the Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race powered by Men’s Health hits Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton on Aug.

Burglaries, vehicle break-ins in tri-county area land two men in prison |Jul 25, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Two New Jersey men are headed to state prison for their roles in a rash of burglaries and vehicular break-ins in Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties.

Kutztown Barber offers free cuts to autistic kids |Jul 25, 2017

A barber at City Cuts Barbershop in Kutztown gives free haircuts to children with autism.

Hamburg High School Class of 1953 celebrates 64th year |Jul 25, 2017

Bridge Church Men’s Ministries hosts free Cruise Night |Jul 25, 2017

By Jed Wood The Bridge Church Men’s Ministries

Douglass (Mont.) borrows $1.2M for public works building |Jul 25, 2017

DOUGLASS (Mont.) >> Township supervisors recently voted unanimously to borrow nearly $1.2 million to pay for the new public works building already under construction on Municipal Drive.

‘Optimize Your Brain’ with Chestnut Knoll |Jul 25, 2017

Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is pleased to invite the public to a free presentation on Thursday, August 3, from 6:30-8 p.m. to learn more about maintaining a healthy brain.

Mifflin Community Library presents ‘Mother Nature’ with Kit’s Interactive Theatre |Jul 25, 2017

Mifflin Community Library will present “Mother Nature” with Kit’s Interactive Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 3, from 6-8 p.m. at the Cumru’s Warren House located at 1775 Welsh Road in Mohnton.

Governor Mifflin students tend to ‘Giving Garden’ |Jul 24, 2017

Throughout the summer, Governor Mifflin School District has several students coming back to tend the new Governor Mifflin Giving Garden outside of the high school.

Frecon Farms announces third Farm to Table Experience |Jul 24, 2017

Frecon Farms is pleased to announce its third Farm to Table Experience — Table in the Orchard — on Saturday, July 29, from 5 - 8 p.m.

Birdsboro council discusses trash hauler ordinances |Jul 24, 2017

There was plenty of trash talking during a recent Birdsboro Borough Council meeting.

Amity Fire Company acquires new heavy-duty rescue truck |Jul 24, 2017

When a fire company in a small community lays out three-quarters-of-a-million dollars for a single piece of firefighting equipment, it better have good reasons for doing so. Amity Fire and Rescue Company in Douglassville has plenty

Amity schedules first National Night Out event |Jul 23, 2017

Amity Township is gearing up for its first National Night Out. The event is set for Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 6-9 p.m. at the Amity Athletic Club Pool parking lot; the pool will be open.

Auto Zone conditionally approved for Route 422 in Amity |Jul 23, 2017

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors unanimously granted conditional final approval on July 19 to developers of a new Auto Zone planned for Route 422 in Douglassville.

Summer fun curbs summer slide at Schuylkill Valley Teachers In The Parks |Jul 21, 2017

Summertime, and the learning is easy for students enrolled in Schuylkill Valley Elementary School’s “Teachers In The Parks” program.

Fresh Air summers in Berks: Blandon family welcomes NYC girl, 10, to country |Jul 21, 2017

Berks County natives may take for granted the rolling hills dotted with cattle or wide blue skies rimmed with the Blue Mountains. But the sights and sounds we experience each summer are a welcome change for children visiting from New York City.

PASSHE consultant provides final report |Jul 21, 2017

The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) July 21 delivered its final report on the strategic review of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education—a report commissioned by Chancellor Frank T.

A surprise return home for Army dad |Jul 21, 2017

Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Woods returned home from deployment and decided to surprise his two young children at The Goddard School in Gilbertsville on Thursday.

Hamburg Item Community Calendar July 27 |Jul 20, 2017

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

Two Allstate agency owners earn $2,000 in grants for Tulpehocken Baseball Club |Jul 20, 2017

Two Allstate agency owners Michael Greene, West Lawn, and Toni Van Horn, Bernville, recently came together to secure $2,000 from The Allstate Foundation Helping Hands in the Community grant program.

OPINION: Pipeline editorial raises valid concerns |Jul 20, 2017

You correctly noted many of the valid concerns of residents along the proposed route of the Mariner East II pipeline in your recent editorial. In particular, you mentioned a school that is a “stone’s throw” away from the pipeline.

WELCOME TO MY WORLD: Autograph books, then and now |Jul 20, 2017

If you were a teenager in the ’50s, you probably had an autograph book. It was a 4-by-6-inch leather booklet, the cover reading “Autographs” printed in gold, with blank pages inside.

Wendy’s hosts grand opening in Hamburg |Jul 20, 2017

Wendy’s held the Grand Opening for its new restaurant at 15 Dave’s Way, Hamburg, on July 15.

Boyertown Community Library and Frecon Farms host outdoor storytime program |Jul 20, 2017

The warm weather has brought two groups together, kicking off a program for kids which brings reading out of the library and into the great outdoors.

Turn back the hands of time at ‘Step Back in Time Day’ July 30 |Jul 20, 2017

Everything from old-time sports to vintage music will have you travelling back in time at the annual Step Back in Time Day set for Sunday, July 30, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Located at the Berks County Heritage Center, this special event offers educational fun for everyone.

Tri Valley YMCA hosts 70th Anniversary Celebration, YMCA Advocacy Day |Jul 20, 2017

The Tri Valley Branch of the YMCA of Reading & Berks County, located at 607 Crisscross Road in Fleetwood, will host its 70th Anniversary Celebration, along with YMCA Advocacy Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.

Tilden Township Police investigate fatal July 8 crash |Jul 20, 2017

Tilden Township Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred sometime overnight and was discovered by a passerby at about 7:14 a.m. on July 8.

Servant Stage Youth Theater presents Bye Bye Birdie at Garden Spot Village |Jul 20, 2017

Servant Stage Youth Theater will present Bye Bye Birdie at Garden Spot Village on Tuesday, July 25 at 2 p.m.

Welcome to my world: Traveling with Harry |Jul 20, 2017

My husband, Harry, and I have been traveling for 34 years. It’s one of our favorite activities. We’ve visited all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, and all 48 states on the continent. I did travel to Hawaii with my sisters, but I don’t count that as Harry was not along.

As I See It: Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of free speech |Jul 20, 2017

The role of prayer in our schools is a hot button.

A LOOK BACK IN HISTORY: Cider presses in our Dutch Country |Jul 20, 2017

There were two basic types of cider presses in this apple pressing industry. The first was the two-screw press, which is built much like an old-fashioned book press. In this method, a wooden beam (about 12 feet long), threaded at both ends, is lowered vertically by two 8-foot-high wooden screws.

Heatherwood Retirement hosts dance to benefit Honey Brook Food Pantry |Jul 20, 2017

Heatherwood Retirement Community in Honey Brook invites the community to “A Night to Remember,” on Saturday, Aug. 19, to raise funds for the Honey Brook Food Pantry.

The Fabulous Greaseband takes stage at Kutztown Park |Jul 20, 2017

This Saturday evening, July 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Borough of Kutztown’s 2017 Concert Series in the Park continues with the performance of The Fabulous Greaseband.

REFLECTIONS: We aren’t shaken by killer quakes in Berks, but are we rattled by cellphones? |Jul 20, 2017

If we all lived forever, do you realize how difficult it would be to get a decent tee time or dinner reservations at a reasonable hour?

Rick Kauffman, Bern Twp., named to Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission |Jul 19, 2017

On Monday, July 17, the Pennsylvania Senate approved Rick Kauffman’s appointment by Gov. Tom Wolf to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Kauffman, of Bern Township, was nominated by Sen.

Hamburg Board hires Christopher Beissel as HS assistant principal |Jul 19, 2017

On July 17, the Hamburg Area School Board hired an assistant principal for the high school and put the wheels in motion to create a policy dealing with nepotism.

PASSHE Chancellor Frank Brogan announces retirement |Jul 19, 2017

Chancellor Frank T. Brogan announced he will retire Sept. 1 from Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The Board of Governors will name interim leadership pending a national search for Brogan’s successor.

Cedar Grove Presbyterian hosts Peach Fest Aug. 19 |Jul 19, 2017

On Aug. 19, the 18th Annual Peach Fest and Family Fun Day will be held at Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church from 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Patriot Games held on Honey Brook Bocce Courts |Jul 19, 2017

Honey Brook Borough held its July Bocce Tournament on July 15.

Pottstown man faces jail for illegal gun possession |Jul 18, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A Pottstown man faces about five years of court supervision for illegally possessing a gun in the borough, a gun that was discovered when he had an alleged scuffle with police.

‘Handcrafted America’ to feature Pikeville artisan in upcoming season |Jul 17, 2017

Artisan Wendy Stevens of Pikeville is a sheet metal fabricator. Her specialty is handbags — metal handbags. She will be featured in the upcoming season of the television series “Handcrafted America” premiering on Aug.

Pottstown man sentenced for bomb threat at college campus |Jul 17, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A former Pottstown man wants to continue his education but he likely won’t be invited back to the Montgomery County Community College campus in the borough where he scribbled a bomb threat on a note he left in a restroom.

German film crew features 2017 Kutztown Folk Festival in documentary |Jul 17, 2017

A German film crew filmed PA Dutch culture during the 2017 Kutztown Folk Festival for their documentary “Palatine German Dialect in the USA.”

Schuylkill Valley teacher accused of indecent contact with female student |Jul 17, 2017

A Schuylkill Valley High School teacher, Daniel Luke Hornberger, 54, Reading, has been accused of inappropriate communications and indecent contact with one of his female students, age 17. Charges include institutional sexual assault and corruption of minors.

Kutztown University tuition going up 3.5% for 2017-18 |Jul 17, 2017

The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has approved a 3.5 percent increase in tuition for Kutztown University and other schools for the 2017-18 academic year.

Reading & Northern Railroad hosts first Fall Foliage Trips to Jim Thorpe |Jul 17, 2017

For the first time, Reading & Northern Railroad, of Port Clinton, will host Fall Foliage trains starting in the Reading area.

Boy, 13, rides bike through stop sign, strikes van |Jul 17, 2017

A 13-year-old Fleetwood boy riding a bicycle failed to stop at a stop sign and drove into the side of a van at 7:45 p.m. on July 13, according to police. The boy was taken to the hospital for injuries.