TRI COUNTY LOCAL

Boyertown Community Library celebrates 25 years; launches new logo |Sep 14, 2014

In a continuing effort to better brand, Library Director Lindsey Riegner joined with members of Building a Better Boyertown and the Tri County Chamber of Commerce to unveil the Boyertown Community Library’s new logo during a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Stephanie Grace to hold benefit concert, kicking off ‘Life’s Okay’ visits; food bank donations to be accepted |Sep 14, 2014

A vibrant force on the scene, Stephanie Grace is ready to stake her claim in country music. This 17-year-old is making her dreams come true with determination and vision.

Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles joins Smithsonian Magazine’s Tenth Annual Museum Day Live |Sep 14, 2014

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, Sept. 27, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

John Middleton Company’s employees donate $220,000 to Greater Philadelphia nonprofits |Sep 12, 2014

John Middleton Company’s (Middleton’s) employees have donated $220,000 in grants to 16 nonprofits based in the greater Philadelphia area through the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF).

Boyertown Oktoberfest slated as two-day event |Sep 12, 2014

Two hundred years ago, the people of Bavaria, in what is now Germany, beggar to gather together each September to celebrate the harvest. They called their celebration Oktoberfest.

Families flock to Daniel Boone Optimist Club’s 42nd Community Days in Douglassville |Sep 12, 2014

Community talent, live entertainment, joyrides and home-made flavors, showcasing local fervor and entrepreneurship, injected exuberance and buoyancy into the relaxed Sunday afternoon Sept. 7 that stretched out under a sky washed a brilliant blue after thunder showers the night before at the 42nd Community Days in Douglassville.

WTIM: Music Around Town: Sept. 17 edition |Sep 12, 2014

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

Exeter man found passed out in car with two children arrested for homemade bombs |Sep 12, 2014

A DUI arrest turned explosive Thursday when an officer investigating a man passed out behind the wheel in the Sheetz parking lot noticed homemade bombs in the car.

Digital First Media announces sale strategy |Sep 12, 2014

NEW YORK -- Digital First Media, the operator of www.berksmontnews.com and Berks-Mont Newspapers, announced Friday that it will “evaluate and consider strategic alternatives” that could lead to the sale of some or all of the company.

Oley’s Clay on Main to show new exhibit ‘Reflections: Women Viewing Women’ |Sep 12, 2014

Clay on Main is pleased to present an exhibition curated by Amanda Condict, a local artist, graphic designer and teacher. Amanda has organized seven local artists with one common thread - how they depict women in their work.

Thrivent Financial Column: September is Life Insurance Awareness Month, Think about your needs, protect your family |Sep 12, 2014

Think you don’t need life insurance? Think again!

Hamburg area church calendar |Sep 12, 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.

Maxatawny Supervisors Vice Chair Mel Fishburn resigns |Sep 12, 2014

Maxatawny Township Board of Supervisors Vice-chairman Mel Fishburn resigned.

From Arthur’s Policy Desk: President Obama: It’s in our national interest to return to Iraq |Sep 12, 2014

One of the first lessons in studying policy making is that a single event can change everything. Vice President Chaney and others in the Bush Administration wanted regime change in Iraq before they came to power but did not have the political means (opportunity) to implement that policy.

A Look Back in History: Early Americana weathervane was one of a kind |Sep 12, 2014

A couple weeks back, I was pleased to write about the rare Americana weathervane on the Levan barn in the Oley Valley. But ironically, Clarence Shirk had a local farm auction with an identical weathervane for sale at an Emmaus farm auction Sept.

A race for owners and their furry friends |Sep 11, 2014

At the sound of a siren, a rush of paws and sneaker wearing runners stampeded down Armorcast Road, Birdsboro, with hopes of crossing the finish line first.

Hopewell Christian Fellowship celebrates 40th anniversary and rebuild |Sep 10, 2014

Hopewell Christian Fellowship celebrates its 40th anniversary and its church rebuild on Sept. 28.

Montco Intermediate Unit picks BCIU leader as new executive director |Sep 10, 2014

NORRISTOWN — The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit has selected John George, executive director of the Berks County Intermediate Unit, to serve as executive director.

Historic adventure at Joanna Furnace: Food is a major highlight of the annual Hay Creek Festival |Sep 10, 2014

Morgantown >> The Hay Creek Festival offered a historic adventure Sept. 5 to 7 at Joanna Furnace in Morgantown.

State Police investigating copper theft from Kempton Community Center |Sep 10, 2014

Pennsylvania State Police Hamburg barracks are investigating a theft of copper wire that occurred between Aug. 10 and Sept. 9 at the Kempton Community Center, 83 Community Drive, Albany Twp.

2nd Annual Krista Staudt Memorial Scholarship Jam |Sep 10, 2014

The 2nd Annual Krista Staudt Memorial Scholarship Jam was held Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Reading Leiderkranz. Proceeds from the day benefit the scholarship fund awarded to Berks County students who have overcome a medical challenge and are continuing their education.

Food is a major highlight of the annual Hay Creek Festival |Sep 10, 2014

From Civil War weaponry to kid’s friendship bracelets, the Hay Creek Festival has it all.

Oley Fair’s second annual Celebrity Dairy Showmanship Contest set for Sept. 19 |Sep 10, 2014

Oley celebrities are pairing up with yearling dairy cows for a presentation to a panel of judges. The Oley Valley Community Fair Association will be holding it’s second annual Celebrity Dairy Showmanship Contest Friday, Sept.

Garden Spot Village accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge |Sep 9, 2014

New Holland >> On a hot August day, Scott Miller chilled with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Garden Spot Village hosts National Take-Back Initiative IX: Public invited to dispose of unwanted medications on Sept. 27 |Sep 9, 2014

New Holland >> Once again, Garden Spot Village and the New Holland Police Department are partnering to provide a collection site in New Holland for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

ColumnHaving lunch with Walt Funk |Sep 9, 2014

The last four and a half years I have been treasurer for Honey Brook Meals on Wheels. I have had contact with many of the Meals on Wheels’ clients and much more contact with them in the last two years since I have also been a substitute coordinator and substitute driver delivering meals.

Farm Country Shindig hosts The Martin Brothers and Aspen Run |Sep 9, 2014

An evening of bluegrass music will open the Farm Country Shindig season at the Fivepointville Fire Hall along Route 897 in Fivepointville on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. Featured will be The Martin Brothers and Aspen Run.

Celebrate Harvest Time at Hopewell Furnace Sept. 13 |Sep 9, 2014

The National Park Service invites the public to “Harvest Time” --a historic harvest day at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site on Saturday, Sept. 13, according to Hopewell Furnace NHS Superintendent Edie Shean-Hammond.

Warwick County Park hosts Community Day |Sep 9, 2014

On Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Warwick County Park will be hosting Community Day in partnership with South Coventry, Warwick and East Nantmeal Townships.

Friends of Hopewell Furnace to Present Program on Oldest African American Cemetery in Berks County |Sep 9, 2014

On Sunday, Sept. 14, the Friends of Hopewell Furnace will present a special program at the Mount Frisby African Methodist Episcopal Church and Cemetery—the oldest African American Cemetery in Berks County and the man who donated the land for it, Isaac Cole.

Ashley Hoffman signs to play at University of North Carolina |Sep 9, 2014

Ashley Hoffman, Twin Valley High School senior field hockey player, signed her letter intent Sept. 2 in the HS main gym. Ashley is an early graduate. She signed her letter to the University of North Carolina to play field hockey.

Bargain Book Warehouse opens in Elverson, hopes to connect with community |Sep 9, 2014

Elverson >> Bargain Book Warehouse wants to connect with the community through events, hopes to spark imagination through books, and also give back to the community.

Smiles for Sue Fundraiser to help Boyertown business owner |Sep 9, 2014

This weekend there will be an evening of music by the local band, Heaven’s Thunder, to show community support for Sue Kochu, co-owner of Sweet Beginnings Restaurant and Catering, with her battle with cancer.

Boyertown, Exeter grads Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt team up with Sylvester Stallone for ‘Expendables 3’ |Sep 9, 2014

Back in 2000, Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt met during a screenwriting class in Philadelphia. The two have been writing together ever since—all the way to Hollywood.

Up to Speed with David Barr: Who will make it to the final four? |Sep 9, 2014

Hello readers, Brad Keselowski took most of the drama out of Richmond, leading all but 17 of the 400 laps in route to an easy win. With the win, Keselowski picked up his series-high fourth win of the season and will enter the Chase as the top seed.

WTIM: Music Around Town: Sept. 10 edition |Sep 9, 2014

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

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Beauty and horror co-exist in violent modern western ‘The Rover’ |Sep 9, 2014

“The Rover” is so bleak an experience that many viewers will understandably be forced to turn away. An opening title card informs us that the events depicted begin 10 years after a global economic collapse, and the Australian setting brings to mind the similarly desolate landscapes of the “Mad Max” films.

A dessert to savor summer |Sep 9, 2014

Fall needs to stop encroaching on Summer. Lately I’ve been thinking of Dylan Thomas’ poem, “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” and, specifically, it’s celebrated line, “Rage against the dying of the light.

Antiques Complex of Fleetwood closing, owners retiring after 30 years in business: new antique co-op to open |Sep 9, 2014

Antiques Complex of Fleetwood, Route 222, is closing its doors, offering closing sales to clear out their inventory.

$50,800 in Roedel Healthcare scholarships awarded to 30 students |Sep 9, 2014

Berks County Community Foundation recently distributed scholarships to students from The Community General Hospital Foundation June A. Roedel Healthcare Scholarship Fund.

Greenwich Township Municipal News: Interstate Collision Center takes next step to relocation; Shared driveway sketch meets resistance |Sep 9, 2014

A shared driveway sketch met resistance Monday night, and Interstate Collision Center takes the next step towards relocation.

A home cook’s guide to oil options |Sep 9, 2014

My husband and I are having a slight disagreement. He says peanut, I say olive.

Volunteers key to Colebrookdale Railroad project |Sep 9, 2014

You might think that after a week working for a Montgomery County maintenance crew, the last thing Ken Shellenberger would want to do is be pouring cement and bending metal on the rails during his weekend hours.

Program on ‘Doing Your Best Work’ to be presented |Sep 9, 2014

The Perkiomen Valley Art Center will hold its monthly membership meeting and educational program on the arts on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7:30pm at Encore Experiences (formally Harleysville Senior Center) 312 Alumni Drive, Harleysville.

Boyertown Area Historical Society to hold photography show |Sep 9, 2014

If you are a photography hobbyist or took some great pictures of your family, here is an opportunity to show off your photos.

Cruise for a Cure braves storm: 175 cars from street rods to antiques drew large crowd to benefit car show |Sep 8, 2014

New Jerusalem >> Larry Dey Auto Service’s seventh annual Cruise for a Cure drove in ahead of a severe thunderstorm watch Saturday, Sept. 6.

Found Objects of Industry in Kutztown: Kutztown studio What’s This? Media showcases artistic medium known as architectural and industrial salvage |Sep 8, 2014

Kutztown >> Forgotten relics from industrial salvage ranging from sewer pipes and diner stools to an 1800s face of a German clock tower are exhibited in the Kutztown studio What’s This? Media.

Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce announces finalists for its Shining Star Awards |Sep 8, 2014

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 25th Anniversary and its members, hosting the 1st Annual Shining Star Awards on Sept. 25.

Chile Pepper Food Festival is hot; Thousands gather in Bowers for everything peppers: food, music, hot sauce and salsa contest |Sep 8, 2014

Bowers >> Connoisseurs of spicy packed William Delong Park to test their taste buds this past weekend at the 19th Annual Bower’s Chile Pepper Food Festival.

106 year old not slowing down: Keystone Villa at Fleetwood resident reflects on long life |Sep 8, 2014

Miriam P. Stoyer, aka “Mim,” who turns 106 years old on Sept. 14, made it clear during a recent interview that she “is not calling it quits” anytime soon.