Gov. Wolf’s state budget proposes increased educational funding: Fleetwood could received additional $321,244 in basic education funding and $171,262 in special education funding |Mar 30, 2015

On March 3, Governor Tom Wolf presented his state budget proposal to the Legislature. Governor Wolf highlighted the importance of a strong public education system to our future. The funding of public education was a focus of the speech.

Fleetwood couple celebrates 50th Anniversary |Mar 30, 2015

Darlene and Martin Younker, Fleetwood, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 27.

Hamburg area church calendar April 1 edition |Mar 30, 2015

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.

Hamburg area calendar of events April 1 edition |Mar 30, 2015

Recurring Centerport Lions Club: Jamming Sessions will be held every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Music starts at 5:30 p.m. All musicians welcome.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files April 1 edition |Mar 30, 2015

25 Years Ago April 4, 1990 >> In appreciation for his generosity and service to the community, Herb Gebely was inducted as an honorary member of the Hamburg Exchange Club.

Welcome to my World: April Fool’s stories |Mar 30, 2015

“Let us be thankful for the fools.

From the Item Editor: Being a part of the show |Mar 30, 2015

Recently, I had the opportunity to be not only part of a jury for the first time, but to also be the client of a law firm. On the evening of Saturday, March 21, I was able to sit in Judge Judy Koch’s court room at Haag’s Hotel in Shartlesville and watch Melissa Cheatham of The Law Firm of Dewy, Cheatham, & Howe go head to head with Sydney Schyster of Spring, Schyster, &Shark Legal Counseling.

A recipe for your Easter celebration |Mar 30, 2015

A popular treat during the Easter season is peanut butter eggs covered in milk chocolate.

WTIM: Music around town April 1 edition |Mar 30, 2015

By Tim Dietterick Circulation Manager, Berks-Mont Newspapers

Schuylkill Valley High School Marching Band, Concert Band And Chorus perform at the Walt Disney World Resort |Mar 30, 2015

Members of Schuylkill Valley High School Marching Band, Concert Band and Chorus became stars of their own Disney show on March 15 and March 16 when they entertained resort guests at the Magic Kingdom Park and Melody Gardens Theater in the Epcot Park.

My View: I completed the Fools Run 5k! |Mar 30, 2015

I was a runner in my youth, participating in track and cross country. Knee injuries put my running career to a halt in college but I still fondly remember that feeling of flying while out running. So when Don Sechler of the Kutztown Optimist Club asked if I’d be running in the Kutztown Fools Run this year, I couldn’t decline.

Morning snow forgotten with the springtime spirit of Berks County Parks’ Annual Eggstravaganza |Mar 30, 2015

Morning snow flurries and cool winds did not delay the Easter Bunny’s arrival to the annual Eggstravaganza at the Berks County Heritage Center. March 28 may have yielded a wintry weather feel outdoors, but it did not keep away families eager to celebrate spring with the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.

Schuylkill Valley youth wrestler competes at State Championship |Mar 30, 2015

Kyle Vernon, of Mohrsville, recently returned from the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championship tournament in Erie, where he placed 17th out of approximately 1,500 wrestlers. This was the first time in more than 10 years that a youth wrestler from Schuylkill Valley has made it to the state championship.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Lucky and Pebbles |Mar 30, 2015

Lucky and her daughter, Pebbles, are a gorgeous pair of glamour girls, both long-haired calicos. They are young adults, with Lucky being only 3 years old and Pebbles only 1 1/2.

Cadets graduate from MCCC Municipal Police Academy, raise $3K for Angel Trust Fund |Mar 30, 2015

Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy Class 1404 graduated 31 cadets on March 25 during a ceremony held at the College’s Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

Kutztown Easter Bunny Train nearly sold out; passengers enjoy visit with the Bunny on train to Topton |Mar 30, 2015

“Toot, toot!” and “Ding, Ding!” as the train arrived at the Kutztown Train Station on Sunday, for the second day of the Easter Bunny Train.

Boyertown extends school year to make up for snow days |Mar 30, 2015

Boyertown students will still be attending classes until June 8 to make up for days missed during the winter.

The Historian: A Curious Old Deed |Mar 30, 2015

A curious old deed has come to light. The well preserved parchment says that in 1789, the Rev. Johannes Christophe Kunze, D. D. (John Christopher Kunze) “of the City of New York” bought of Peter Richards, shopkeeper, and his wife Magdalena, a parcel containing 58 acres in New Hanover Township.

Pack 184 participates in Scout Sunday |Mar 30, 2015

Pack 184 participated in Scout Sunday, Feb. 8, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hamburg.

Boyertown offers teachers early retirement incentives |Mar 30, 2015

The Boyertown Area School District will be offering early retirement incentives for teachers departing at the end of the current school year.

Northern Berks Community Garden members ready for second year |Mar 30, 2015

Pastor Bruce Osterhout is not new to ministry, having served in Reading city churches for over thirty years, but his position at Zion’s Lutheran Church, getting to know Northern Berks County, and having a large community garden as part of his ministry is all relatively new.

Children take part in second annual Eggstravaganza at Schuylkill Valley Community Library |Mar 30, 2015

Schuylkill Valley Community Library held their second annual “Eggstravaganza” on Saturday, March 28. The event began at 10:30 a.m. with projects for the early birds, including coloring, word searches, and foam chicks to decorate.

Police officers meet in Hamburg for Below 100 Program |Mar 30, 2015

Forty-nine police officers from 22 police departments representing both Schuylkill and Berks County met at Hamburg Area High School on Tuesday, March 24, to participate in the Below 100 Program that aims to reduce the line-of-duty deaths of police officers to less than 100 per year.

Montgomery County S.P.C.A. Pets of the Week |Mar 30, 2015

This is Roxy. She is a beagle and labrador retriever mix. This adorable girl is approximately 9 years old but still enjoys long walks and being active. Roxy is a wonderful mix of both breeds. Stop in and meet her and many other shelter friends at the Perkiomenville S.

Living history at Kutztown Easter on the Farm: Demos, activities, egg hunts, food and music offer historical experience at Pa. German Cultural Heritage Center |Mar 30, 2015

Visitors experienced history at Easter on the Farm on March 28 at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University.

On Tap |Mar 30, 2015

Send your event listings to content manager Matt D’Ippolito at mdippolito@21st-centurymedia.com to have them listed in On Tap! Deadline for submissions is noon Tuesday.

Annual banquet celebrates beauty and bounty of outdoors at Salem EC Church |Mar 29, 2015

The third Annaul Sportsmen’s Banquet at Salem EC Church, Lenhartsville, included something for everyone. Organizers of the banquet were pleased with the event, with approximately 125 in attendance.

Sweet treat busyness |Mar 29, 2015

Becky Degler is just one of many members and friends of Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Church, of Bernville, helping create the traditional sweet Easter treats that the church is known for making annually.

Shed fire on Wednesday spread to adjacent Birdsboro homes |Mar 27, 2015

Firefighters responded to a fully-involved fire in a large shed at 119 Furnace St. in Birdsboro Wednesday afternoon, March 25.

10th Annual Art Students’ Exhibition and Competition to be held at MCCC, Pottstown |Mar 27, 2015

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) will be highlighting the talent of its art students at its Tenth Annual Art Students’ Exhibition and Competition, which opens Wednesday, April 1, and continues through Friday, April 24, at the Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown.

Kutztown Jazz Festival: Kutztown Middle School hosted five guest bands |Mar 27, 2015

Kutztown Middle School hosted its instrumental Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. There were five guest bands. Both the Elementary and Middle School Kutztown Jazz Bands performed.

Lower Macungie Township Historical Society honors Kutztown’s Dr. Don Yoder and Bob Ensminger as scholars of the barn |Mar 27, 2015

The Lower Macungie Township Historical Society honored Dr. Don Yoder, co-founder and director of the Pennsylvania Folklife Society and the Kutztown Folk Festival, and Bob Ensminger, emeritus professor of geography at Kutztown University, during the Lower Macungie Barn Expo 2015.

Through My Kitchen Window: Baking Anna’s Pumpkin Spice Cake |Mar 26, 2015

My daughter Anna, 3, really wanted to make something with pumpkin after she found a can of pumpkin puree in the cabinet.

Couple at Keystone Villa celebrates millennium birthdays |Mar 26, 2015

John Brower is planning his 104th birthday party on March 31. He said he has been lucky in life and lucky in love to not only have had a great first marriage, but also a wonderful second marriage.

Daniel Boone ceases use of ‘conceptual’ classes |Mar 26, 2015

The Daniel Boone School Board unanimously approved on March 23 procedural and curriculum changes for its high school students that includes eliminating “conceptual” classes in 2015-16.

Daughter of Daniel Boone grad to be featured on PBS special about cancer |Mar 26, 2015

The daughter of a 1999 Daniel Boone graduate will be featured on a PBS special airing next week.

Meet Lori Carnes, Boyertown’s 2015 Citizen of the Year |Mar 26, 2015

“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.”

Chestnut Knoll earns top honor for 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, prepares for 2015 |Mar 26, 2015

For the second year in a row, Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care earned a trophy for being the Top Earning Memory Walk Team at the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Chestnut Knoll participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Kutztown University on Saturday, October 11, 2014 and raised $18,772.

Community Care Coalition of Chester County: information for seniors on Medicare |Mar 25, 2015

30 Day Hospital Readmissions Rates, calculated as the percentage of Medicare recipients who are discharged from a hospital stay and then return to the hospital within 30 days, have been a major focus of both The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and area health providers for a number of years.

Daniel Boone Optimist Club’s 13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt draws a crowd; 7,000 eggs hunted |Mar 25, 2015

The Daniel Boone Optimist Club held their 13th annual Easter egg hunt on Sunday, March 22, at Amity Community Park.

Brandywine Community Library honors Sandra Cullin for 25 years of service, dedicates Adult Fiction Room in her honor |Mar 25, 2015

At a meeting of the Board Of Trustees of the Brandywine Community Library in February, special recognition was given to one of its members, Sandra Cullin. Sandy has served the library since its inception twenty five years ago.

Heritage of Green Hills in Shillington: Transition consultant shares tips on how to downsize home |Mar 25, 2015

The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, recently sponsored a seminar, “Downsizing is Simpler than You Think.”

Conestoga Christian School Founders Dinner featured speaker Dr. Ben Carson, pediatric neurosurgeon, story-teller, author and Fox News contributor |Mar 25, 2015

On Friday, March 20, Conestoga Christian School held their first annual Founders Dinner at the Shady Maple Banquet Facility. The featured speaker was Dr. Ben Carson, renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, inspiring story-teller, best-selling author, and Fox News contributor.

Wohlsen Construction apprentice Mark Rineer wins Gold Medal for Carpentry at National Craft Championship |Mar 25, 2015

Mark Rineer of Wohlsen Construction, Lancaster, received the Gold Medal for Carpentry at the National Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Craft Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Berks Women in Crisis WALK FOR NO MORE: Together We Can End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault |Mar 25, 2015

On Saturday, April 18, Berks Women in Crisis will hold its first annual Walk For No More: Together We Can End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at First Energy Stadium in Reading.

Garden Spot Village Drug Take-Back Service: Public may dispose of unwanted medications on campus April 18 |Mar 25, 2015

Although the national Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative has ended, Garden Spot Village and the New Holland Police Department are teaming up to build on the successful program’s momentum by offering their own drug take-back event on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.

Berks Jazz Jam comes to Hamburg Area High School |Mar 24, 2015

Hamburg Area High School musicians and area residents were treated to a special performance on Wednesday, March 11, when Mike Eben brought his Berks Jazz Jam program to the school.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files March 25 edition |Mar 24, 2015

25 Years Ago March 28, 1990 >> Mel Edwards of Hamburg, a junior sociology major at Rider College, is competing in his third season on the Rider varsity baseball team. A 1987 graduate of Hamburg Area High School, Edwards is the starting short stop for the third consecutive season at Rider.

Focus on the Family: Social media starting to take over couple’s time together |Mar 24, 2015

Q: How can I guard against the danger of online social networking taking up too much of my time and negatively impacting my marriage? When my wife and I first started using sites like Facebook, we thought they were a great way to keep in touch with family and friends.

Person to Person - Impact: Worthless Gifts & Priceless Gifts |Mar 24, 2015

Dear Reader: In 1987 my sister, Phyllis, was not feeling well for some time and was scheduled to go into the hospital for explorative surgery. One Sunday, a short time before she was to go into the hospital, my wife, Barb, and I decided to “farm out” our three sons right after church and travel to Maryland to see her.