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Kutztown University students run through campus in Boxer Trot; KU fraternity raises $1,250 for charity |Apr 17, 2015

Running through campus in their boxers, about 15 racers helped raise funds for children.

Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce Speaker: Jump Start Incubator gives small businesses a place to grow |Apr 17, 2015

June Clougher, of Jump Start Incubator, spoke to members and guests at the April 17 Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Berkleigh Golf Club in Kutztown.

Fleetwood Kindergarteners meet ‘Number One Sam’ author; encouraged to create their own books |Apr 17, 2015

Fleetwood School District’s 165 kindergarten students met the author and illustrator of “Number One Sam” at Willow Creek Elementary on April 16.

Richmond Elementary Principal kisses pig for reading challenge |Apr 17, 2015

Richmond Elementary Principal Michelle Jackson kissed a pig on Friday, April 17.

Kutztown, Fleetwood, Brandywine Heights, Oley Valley and Hamburg middle and high school students recognized for excelling in technology education and business courses or FBLA |Apr 17, 2015

By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@berksmontnews.com

Boyertown rescue crews report to rollover crash |Apr 17, 2015

On Saturday, April 11, at 9:55 p.m. Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a rollover crash with injuries and possible entrapment in Douglass Township, Berks, on Farmington Avenue at the industrial complex between Englesville Hill Road and Farmington Avenue to assist State Police.

PennDOT to resurface PA 10 and PA 724 in Berks County |Apr 17, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 5 announced today PA 10 and PA 724 in Berks County will be resurfaced beginning April 27.

High school exchange student shadows Senator Argall in Capitol |Apr 17, 2015

A Wilson Area High School exchange student from Norway, Sander Nygaard, spent Tuesday April 14 shadowing Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) at the state Capitol.

Hamburg area directors reject new contract for teachers |Apr 16, 2015

The size of the audience who attended the meeting of Hamburg Area School directors on April 13 caused a change in the meeting location to the high school auditorium.

Tri-county support group formed for families dealing with drug addiction |Apr 16, 2015

Carly Umstead’s war against heroin has been a hard eight-year fight that started when she was just 12 years old.

Two taken into custody for armed robbery in Hamburg |Apr 16, 2015

The Hamburg Borough Police Department is investigation an armed robbery that occurred on Monday, April 13, at approximately 11:40 p.m.

Albright College to host author of ‘Inside the Hotel Rwanda’ |Apr 16, 2015

Kerry Zukus, co-author of Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story…and Why It Matters Today, will speak at Albright College on Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m., about the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the accuracy of the 2004 film “Hotel Rwanda.

Colebrookdale’s ‘Mudball’ rail ride means wildflowers for mom |Apr 16, 2015

Kids love mud, and moms love flowers.

Boyertown Schools get $3,000 in tax issue settlement |Apr 16, 2015

The Boyertown Area School District will get $3,000 as the result of an agreement with Gravel Pike 50, LLC.

United Way Of Boyertown Area adds ‘Happy 2 Be Home’ as 17th member |Apr 16, 2015

The United Way of Boyertown Area Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of “Happy 2 be Home” as their 17th member agency plus a special distribution of $2,000 to further their 2015 efforts in the Boyertown area.

From gloom to bloom: Community readies for Beautify Birdsboro Day |Apr 16, 2015

The 2nd Annual Beautify Birdsboro Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 25.

SUV crashes into farm tractor in Amity |Apr 16, 2015

Alcohol may have been the cause of a collision between an SUV and a tractor Monday night, April 13, in Amity Township.

New location unveiled for Art for Arf’s Sake Auction benefiting Humane Society of Berks County |Apr 16, 2015

Humane Society of Berks County (HSBC) has a brand-new location for its 1969 rock festival inspired Art for Arf’s Sake Auction. In its 14th year, the auction will be held at Reading Public Museum, 500 Museum Road, on May 9 at 5:30 p.

Boone board president blasts rumor mill |Apr 16, 2015

In an attempt to move forward with the Daniel Boone School Board’s continuing budget and curriculum agendas, board President Richard Martino read at Monday night’s meeting a prepared statement to dispel the “erroneous comments made either at the podium or on social media.

Berks County appeals to state legislators for 911 funding |Apr 16, 2015

The Berks County commissioners moved their meeting off-site for the first time Thursday, April 9, to draw the attention of state legislators to an issue that they have been emphasizing for several years — a better way to fund the 911 system.

Daniel Boone superintendent leaves for special ed position in Boyertown |Apr 16, 2015

Daniel Boone Area School District Superintendent Marybeth Torchia has found a new home at the Boyertown Area School District.

Exeter Township School District to host STEM Open House |Apr 16, 2015

The Exeter Township School District will host a STEM open house and activity night for students (grades kdg-8) and their families to explore different technologies and STEM concepts that are integrated into the current curriculum.

Sen. Schwank: 5 New Farms Added to PA’s Farmland Preservation Program |Apr 16, 2015

Berks County’s reputation as a leader in farmland preservation grew by another 406 acres on April 16 when the Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board added five farms to the historic program.

Historic St. Marks Episcopal Church’s new Rev. Marcia C. Wilkinson presides over her first Easter in Honey Brook |Apr 15, 2015

West Nantmeal Township is home to a beautiful, quaint church and cemetery perched on a high hill overlooking western Chester County. Founded by the Welch in 1835, St. Marks Episcopal Church and cemetery at 1040 Chestnut Tree Road, Honey Brook, has lived on there from generation to generation.

Jared Lawler of Twin Valley among 20 youth awarded Good Citizenship Award |Apr 15, 2015

Two Chester County students were recently named recipients of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer’s Union League Good Citizenship Award.

Twin Valley Rotary honors Twin Valley students |Apr 15, 2015

On April 15 the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors Kelli Witkowski, Alicia Lynch and Ashley McCoach as their students of the month.

Chester County County Commissioners award funding to Chester County Historical Society as part of Women’s History Month recognition |Apr 15, 2015

Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell, Kathi Cozzone and Michelle Kichline presented a check for $72,000 to the Chester County Historical Society at this week’s Sunshine Meeting.

Tel Hai hosts 9th Annual ‘Day in the Country’ Open House May 9 |Apr 15, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community invites the public to the 9th Annual ‘Day in the Country’ Open House on Saturday, May 9, 2015, with free activities and programming scheduled from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Twin Valleys Garden Club connects with local 18th century gardening roots |Apr 15, 2015

At its recent member seed exchange, Twin Valleys Garden Club learned how American plants and trees forever changed the English landscape gardens of the 1700s.

Tel Hai donates 425 pounds of food to Twin Valley Food Pantry |Apr 15, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community collected 425 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable food during March to support the Twin Valley Food Pantry in Morgantown. Celebrating National Nutrition Month, Tel Hai collected food items contributed by residents, staff and greater community members over a four-week period.

Berks County News: Empire Group celebrates 60 year anniversary: 1955-2015 |Apr 15, 2015

Empire Wrecking Co., of Reading, was founded by Harry “Whitey” O’Neill Jr. in 1955 to provide demolition services to Berks County and surrounding areas.

Kutztown University Boxer Trot: 300 students, staff will race around campus in undergarments or costumes on Thursday, April 16 to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network |Apr 15, 2015

More than 300 students, staff and faculty are expected at the 5th annual Kutztown University Boxer Trot, sponsored by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, on Thursday, April 16, outside of the McFarland Student Union Building.

Rare $20 bill dated 1929 from The First National Bank of Honey Brook auctioned at Library Art Auction April 25 |Apr 15, 2015

Aare $20 bill dated 1929 from The First National Bank of Honey Brook will be auctioned at Honey Brook Community Library’s Art Auction fundraising event, held 6 p.m. on April 25 at Heatherwood Retirement Community, 3180 Horseshoe Pike (Route 322), Honey Brook.

Chester County government’s bond issue nets $5.4 million in savings |Apr 15, 2015

Favorable market conditions combined with the reaffirmation of three Triple-A bond ratings resulted in refinancing savings of more than $5.4 million for Chester County government on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

Morgantown Carnival Committee finalizes amusements; fireworks |Apr 15, 2015

Morgantown’s Carnival “Committee of Ten,” led by Pauly Whiteman, whom also serves as a Caernarvon Township (Berks) Supervisor, is firing on all cylinders—err—“candles.

Tel Hai summer youth volunteer applications available |Apr 15, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community invites community youth— between the ages of 12 and 16— who are looking for meaningful summer volunteer opportunities to consider the Tel Hai.

Caernarvon Township, Berks Supervisors estimate $133,000 needed to repair three roads |Apr 15, 2015

The Caernarvon Township, Berks, Board of Supervisors’ Engineer William Witman opened bids for road materials and presented the board with plans for upcoming road repairs at an estimated cost of $133,000 for three roads at an April 14 meeting.

Morgantown Coffee House announces new partnership |Apr 15, 2015

Morgantown Coffee House announces a new partnership.

Tel Hai hosts Life Enrichment Lecture ‘Fragile Freedoms’ |Apr 15, 2015

Tel Hai Retirement Community invites the public to a life enrichment lecture entitled “Fragile Freedoms” featuring The Hopewell Furnace National Historic Sites’ Christine Emmert on Friday, May 1 at 7 p.

Schaeffer’s MotorSports holds Can-Am Open House |Apr 14, 2015

Do you enjoy Off-Road riding? Have you seen a Spyder? Schaeffer’s MotorSports, a subsidiary to Schaeffer’s Sales & Service, Inc of Orwigsburg, will be holding a Can-Am Open House this Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.

Shoemakersville residents view proposed Shoemakersville Bridge Replacement project plans |Apr 14, 2015

The recent Shoemakersville Borough Council meeting, on Tuesday April 7, began with a public plans display of the Shoemakersville Bridge Replacement project which is expected to begin during the construction season of 2017.

Patrick Suglia finds place in holistic healing |Apr 14, 2015

Patrick Suglia, currently of Hamburg, grew up in the Millmont area of Reading and attended what is now Berks Catholic High School. His parents struggled with the fact that Suglia had serious social difficulties including forming and retaining friendships, but always excelled in academics.

Fourth grade students at Perry Elementary Center commemorate the Lincoln assassination |Apr 14, 2015

Fourth grade students, at Perry Elementary Center, commemorated the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination by going on a virtual field trip to Ford’s Theatre on March 26.

Salem-Berne UMC has gone ga-ga |Apr 14, 2015

Thanks to 15-year-old Tyler Geschwindt and his vision, Salem-Berne Church in Tilden Townhip now has its very own ga-ga pit. Tyler was first introduced to the game at church camp and has loved it ever since.

Students organize first Mini-THON at Hamburg this Saturday |Apr 14, 2015

This Saturday, April 18, Hamburg Area High School will hold its first Mini-THON, modeled after Penn State University’s original Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.

Bingo and raffle event to help raise funds for Perry PTO set for April 19 |Apr 14, 2015

This Sunday, April 19, the Hamburg Field House will be filled with calls of “B 42” and the like as well as more than 100 raffle items all thanks to the third annual Bingo event from the Perry Elementary Center PTO.

Shartlesville Lions Club has triple event at recent meeting |Apr 14, 2015

The Shartlesville Lions Club had a triple event at its last meeting with Jim Greaser, AARP volunteer teacher for the Smart Driver course, Lion Region Chair David Hunsberger, and Lions Club’s newest member, Joe Hirneisen installed.

Part 4 Vietnam 1970 - 1971: Meet Private Beetle Bailey’s Protégé |Apr 14, 2015

As my stay in Vietnam got longer, I guess I became more relaxed. One time we had been in the field long enough that when we came to a lake, we decided to take baths in it. If it had been in later years, I could have identified with Kevin Costner in the movie Dances with Wolves when the Indians showed up while he was bathing in a pond! Luckily, we saw no Indians or Vietcong.

Small Beginnings: Adventures in fitness |Apr 14, 2015

I hesitate to use the word ‘fitness’ in the title of this article since the more I exercise, the more aware I become of how out of shape I am, but then again I guess that is the point after all?

Welcome to my World: The Country Cemetery |Apr 14, 2015

From a distance it looks like an alien