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Preparation, flexibility urged ahead of potential storm during holiday travel |Nov 25, 2014

With weather forecasts calling for potential wintry mixes or accumulating snow on Wednesday, PennDOT is urging drivers to be prepared and change travel plans if necessary.

Small Beginnings: Are we the only folks ‘Giving Thanks’ today? |Nov 24, 2014

Perhaps on this specific day, Americans around the world are the only people pausing to return thanks for their many blessings. But many other cultures have their own version of Thanksgiving and even if it is not directly related to our pilgrim feast, it’s interesting to find out that pausing to reflect and be grateful is a somewhat universal experience.

Welcome to my World: Of turkey, corn, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie |Nov 24, 2014

In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is a family celebration of fellowship and the sharing of a festive meal. As with most festive occasions, particular foods are associated with these days. Thus, it is that the pleasant aromas of turkey, corn, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie permeate families’ homes on Thanksgiving Day.

Koziar’s Christmas Village named one of North America’s Best Events for 2015 |Nov 24, 2014

The American Bus Association announced that Koziar’s Christmas Village in Bernville has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North American for 2015 by an experienced expert tourism industry selection committee.

WTIM: Music around town Nov. 26 edition |Nov 24, 2014

By Tim Dietterick Circulation Manager, Berks-Mont Newspapers

Listen Up: Chasing the music 2014 |Nov 24, 2014

Chasing the music in 2014 has been quite an adventure. Some shows are boldly etched in the frozen glacier that is my mind, while others fade in and out like a warm summer breeze. During the Polar Votex’s last year, several venues provided us comfortable, warm places to listen.

The 30 Day Film Challenge captures Berks County |Nov 24, 2014

If the making of movie magic is something that intrigues you, this is an opportunity you will not want to pass up.

Berks County veteran’s suggestion becomes law, new specialty license plates available for veterans |Nov 24, 2014

When Joe Soga approached Senator David G. Argall (R-29) at a Berks Patriots event in September of 2013 with an idea to create a new specialty license plate for veterans with distinguished service, he never imagined he’d sit next to the governor when the proposal was signed into law.

Tilden Elementary Center fourth graders in Mrs. Fuhrmann’s class answer what they are thankful for |Nov 24, 2014

What are Tilden Elementary Center fourth graders in Mrs. Fuhrmann’s class thankful for this year? Here are their responses.

Penn Bernville Elementary third graders in Mr. Luckenbill’s class answer what they are thankful for |Nov 24, 2014

What are Penn Bernville Elementary third graders in Mr. Luckenbill’s class thankful for this year? Here are their responses.

Shartlesville Lions Club holds annual free Thanksgiving dinner |Nov 24, 2014

It’s a Shartlesville Lions Club tradition to prepare a free Thanksgiving dinner for the seniors citizens of the township each year. This year the Lions served a traditional holiday meal, complete with choice of chocolate or vanilla cake to approximately 115 Seniors.

Hamburg area: Paws to Give this holiday season through Dec. 12 |Nov 24, 2014

Help us help those forgotten. Donations an be given to any staff member of Interlace Communications or dropped off by the Christmas tree in the lobby area of the Berks North Professional Building, 10 Zions Church Road, Shoemakersville.

Congressman Dent chosen as Chairman of Military Construction and Veterans Affair Appropriations Subcommittee |Nov 24, 2014

U.S. Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) was tapped to serve as the new Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, on Nov. 20.

Argall joins Senate leadership team, will chair Senate Policy Committee |Nov 24, 2014

As part of the Senate Republican Caucus’s reorganization on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 12, Senator David G. Argall (R-29) was appointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Majority Policy Committee.

Congressman Dent chosen to lead House Ethics Committee |Nov 24, 2014

Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement after his appointment as the Chairman of the House Ethics Committee for the 114th Congress.

Frystown Lions welcome Lions 14P District Governor, hear about Project Hope |Nov 24, 2014

Frystown Lions and spouses welcomed Lions 14P District Governor David Sampson, right, and multiple zone chair David Hunsberger at the club’s last meeting. DG Sampson brought greetings form International Lions president Joe Preston and spoke about IP Preston’s theme for the year, Strengthen the Pride.

New banners in Shartlesville honor veterans |Nov 24, 2014

Nineteen banners will be waiting and waving for Thanksgiving Day so residents and travelers in Shartlesville can give their silent thanks for services these folks rendered, for what they endured for all, whether in World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Cold War, Vietnam, or Operation Enduring Freedom for Afghanistan.

Artist Michael Albert enlightens young artists with modern pop art |Nov 24, 2014

Michael Albert, an artist best known for his work of cerealism visited Hamburg Area School District buildings during the week of Nov. 7 to enlighten the young artists of his background and his original form of modern pop art, cerealism.

Reifsnyder’s Ag Center announces 2014 Purina® Check-R-Board® Days |Nov 24, 2014

Reifsnyder’s Ag Center is announcing their 2014 Purina® Check-R-Board® Days, a customer appreciation event.

Cabela’s kicks off holiday shopping season with Black Friday giveaways |Nov 24, 2014

Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will celebrate the start of the holiday shopping season on Black Friday by welcoming customers with refreshments, entertainment and more than $10,000 in giveaways at the company’s Hamburg location.

Hamburg Rotary Club hears from Lori Borkey of Embroidery Creations LLC |Nov 24, 2014

Lori Borkey from Embroidery Creations LLC spoke and showed samples of her work. Beth Heckart was the program chairperson at the Hamburg Rotary Meeting on Nov. 20.

‘Adventures in the Land of Art’: Kutztown Middle Schoolers, KU art students offer art experience with senior citizens |Nov 24, 2014

Kutztown Middle School and Kutztown University art students collaborated for “Adventures in the Land of Art,” offering an art experience with community senior citizens.

Tulpehocken students’ artwork first in exhibit series at Berks County Community Foundation |Nov 24, 2014

The Berks County Community Foundation held the first of a series of student art show openings, which showcased the work of Tulpehocken students, on Nov. 13 at their facility in Reading.

PennDOT, State Police focus on seat belt use, impaired driving during ‘Operation Safe Holiday’ |Nov 24, 2014

Keeping the upcoming holiday season free of tragic vehicle crashes is the aim of “Operation Safe Holiday,” a joint campaign by Pennsylvania State Police, PennDOT and local law enforcement.

New research from Albright faculty member suggests monkeys can understand their own actions |Nov 24, 2014

New research from Albright College’s Justin Couchman, Ph.D., shows that rhesus monkeys appear to have a sense of self-agency, or the ability to understand that they caused something to happen.

Popular Roadside America Dutch couple statues reach 50th year |Nov 24, 2014

When sorting through files from the family business, Delores Heinsohn recently pulled out a yellowed envelope and found letters and photographs dating back 50 years. As she read the hand-printed notes, she realized what she had found — a historical record of the famous Dutch Couple outside her family business and local landmark, Roadside America in Shartlesville.

BCTC students cook up third live broadcast |Nov 24, 2014

The Berks Career and Technology Center teamed up with Kutztown University Students and the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to broadcast a live cooking demonstration from the BCTC Leesport campus on Nov.

Liberty Bell to fund turn lane improvements in Union |Nov 23, 2014

A representative of Ethan Michael, Inc. (EMI) -- developer of the Liberty Bell Motorsports Park, Route 724, Union Township -- said Nov. 17 that EMI will provide the remaining $400,000 needed to add a left turn lane at Route 724 and River Bridge Road.

Something’s Looming Fiber Arts Gallery ‘Handmade Holiday 5’ show |Nov 23, 2014

This year’s “Handmade Holidays 5” show at the some things looming Fiber Arts Gallery and Studio, 526 Washington St., Reading, will not only celebrate the festive season, but also the importance of small businesses like the gallery.

Focus on the Family: Set limits to stifle kids’ narcissistic behaviors |Nov 22, 2014

Question: I recently read that narcissistic behavior is on the rise, and this seems to confirm my own observations of a culture that seems to be increasingly selfish and entitled. I’m especially concerned about my children growing up with these influences.

The Mainliners male chorus returns to Tel Hai for Christmas-themed free concert Dec. 18 |Nov 22, 2014

Tel Hai’s concert series continues on Thursday, Dec. 18, as The Mainliners male chorus returns to the stage. This Christmas-themed concert will begin at 7:30 PM in the Chapel on Tel Hai’s campus located off Beaver Dam Road in Honey Brook Township, east of Route 10.

Police Reports: Car travels over embankment, enters stream |Nov 22, 2014

Car travels over embankment, enters stream

John’s Supply hosts Honey Brook holiday food drive Dec. 6 |Nov 22, 2014

For the fourth year, John’s Supply and Rental owners, John and Dorothy Seldomridge, and their family are hosting a holiday food drive at the Honey Brook Food Pantry, located at Door 8 of the Good Food Distribution Center, on Dec.

Engagement notice: Steinbrecher and DelRossi to wed |Nov 22, 2014

Heather Steinbrecher, Elverson, and Terry DelRossi, Honey Brook, announce their engagement.

Elverson Fitness Club hosts Burn the Bird on Black Friday |Nov 22, 2014

Elverson Fitness Club hosts “Burn the Bird” on Black Friday.

Big Shot: Bill McClarin |Nov 22, 2014

With Thanksgiving only days away, many people pause to contemplate why they are thankful. They may show their thanks during church, in an assignment written for school or in the form of a prayer at the Thanksgiving dinner table.

Robeson Elementary Center students jump for their hearts and help save lives |Nov 22, 2014

Students at Robeson Elementary Center in Birdsboro are jumping at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers.

Hamburg area residents have ‘H.A.D.I.T.’ with the illegal drug problem |Nov 21, 2014

“Make no mistake about it. This is not just a little bit of a problem. This is not just a minor item. This is something that has been referred to by many people as an epidemic, a plague, a disaster,” said Representative Jerry Knowles, on the statewide illegal drug problems.

Hamburg area church calendar |Nov 21, 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.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Nov 21, 2014

25 Years Ago Nov. 29, 1989 >> During a special meeting last Wednesday afternoon the Hamburg Borough Council approved the borough’s $899,860.00 proposed general fund budget for 1990, an increase of $20,857.

Hamburg area calendar of events |Nov 21, 2014

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.

Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tammy Gore steps down; chamber seeks new director |Nov 21, 2014

Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tammy Gore “stepped down,” announced Board of Directors vice president Gretchen Strouphar during the monthly breakfast Nov. 21.

Boyertown Area Choral Association presents two free holiday concerts |Nov 21, 2014

This year the Boyertown Area Choral Association will celebrate the holiday season by offering two free concerts to the community. The first will be held on Thanksgiving weekend, Sunday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.

Fleetwood School Board approves refinancing; Interest rates on new bonds lower |Nov 20, 2014

Fleetwood School Board unanimously approved a resolution for bond issue refinancing Nov. 18, in the hopes of bringing savings to the district.

Montgomery County Community College’s 50th Anniversary Event Honors 50 Exceptional Alumni and Launches $9 Million Fundraising Campaign |Nov 20, 2014

In celebration of its 50-year milestone, Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) honored 50 exceptional alumni and launched a comprehensive fundraising campaign to raise $9 million for student scholarships during a special award ceremony on Nov.

Colebrookdale Railroad gets $20,000 grant |Nov 20, 2014

The Colebrookdale Railroad was the biggest beneficiary of this year’s round of grants from the Boyertown Area Charitable Program.

PennDOT driver license, photo centers closed for Thanksgiving holiday |Nov 20, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov.

Boyertown graduate Andy Schön travels world, shares experiences in new book |Nov 20, 2014

He knew what he wanted to do, and he knew when he was finished doing it.

Twin Valley U-11 soccer club team places second in DELCO League Division 4 |Nov 19, 2014

The Twin Valley Under-11 Soccer Club’s Vipers team finished in second place in the DELCO League Division 4 with a record of eight victories, two losses and one tie for 25 points. The squad was coached by Mark Moyer and Scott Gardner.

Through My Kitchen Window: A Day for Thanksgiving |Nov 19, 2014

The past 150 years, Thanksgiving feasts in the White House have been sumptuous affairs. The first official Thanksgiving feast was presided over by Abraham Lincoln after he declared Thanksgiving to be a national holiday in 1863.