TRI COUNTY LOCAL

Hamburg area church calendar |Jul 27, 2014

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 99 Church Street, Hamburg, would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to join us at our 9:30 a.m. summer services on Sundays. Come and join us.

Ribbon cutting celebrates grand opening of Frecon Farms bakery |Jul 27, 2014

Boyertown—Friends, family and community members gathered inside Frecon Farms on Friday for the ribbon cutting and official grand opening of the farm’s new bakery.

Driver charged with being on drugs in crash that killed Berks CEO |Jul 27, 2014

A 56-year-old Berks County man allegedly was speeding and driving his pickup truck under the influence of a combination of prescription drugs when he struck and killed an area business executive during her morning jog on a rural road, according to state police.

First Berks Sustainbilty Festival blends nature with lifestyle |Jul 26, 2014

As a way to promote the importance of an eco-friendly lifestyle, the paved parking lot at the VF Outlets was transformed into a festival dedicated to sustainability on Saturday, July 19 with approximately 1,000 people in attendance.

Light, Light, Light! Kutztown Library Teen Group Sparks A Reaction |Jul 25, 2014

Spark A Reaction Teen Group celebrates science and sparks their imagination during imagination laboratories at Kutztown Community Library on Monday nights.

PA Strikers 10U wins 2014 PONY National Championship |Jul 25, 2014

Congratulation to the 10U PA Striker Fastpitch Softball team who, just a few weeks after winning the 2014 10U PA PONY State Championship in Philadelphia, went undefeated (8-0) in Sterling, VA the week of July 18-23 to win the 2014 PONY 10U National tournament!

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Jul 25, 2014

25 Years Ago August 2, 1989 Jonathon Grimes and Christopher McGonigal of the Hamburg FFA Chapter recently attended the 1989 Washington Conference Program.

Boyertown boy, Easton Albert, named a Baseball Youth Magazine All-American |Jul 25, 2014

Eight-year-old Easton Albert, who will be entering the third grade at Earl Elementary School in the Boyertown Area School District, was recently nominated, then named, to a Baseball Youth Magazine All-American 9U.

Phillies win the 12U Kutztown youth baseball championship |Jul 25, 2014

The Kutztown KYAA 12U baseball program has completed its spring-summer season with a 1-2-3 Kutztown sweep in the overall standings. The Kutztown program fielded three very solid teams with the Phillies, Dodgers and Tigers, finishing in that order against rival teams from Fleetwood, Muhlenberg, Brandywine and Oley Valley, totaling 10 teams representing the league.

Enter the Kutztown Fair Potpie Cookoff |Jul 25, 2014

(Kutztown, PA)- Following the traditions of the region, Kutztown Fair is hosting the first POTPIE COOKOFF. On Thursday August 16. Individuals, Groups & Organizations, and Professional Cooking personnel are encouraged to enter.

Birdsboro Community Center gets everyone together to Zumba |Jul 25, 2014

Children and seniors joined together in rhythmic dance with a special Zumba day at the Birdsboro Community Center Wednesday, July 16.

Keystone Diesel Truck Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway this weekend |Jul 25, 2014

Maple Grove will present the Keystone Diesel Truck Nationals presented by Mack Trucks and Denver Truck Painting on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27. The family-friendly diesel truck fest — the largest of its kind on the East Coast — will include a truck show (sponsored by Hunter Peterbilt), diesel truck drag racing, Jet Funny Cars, a wheelstanding exhibition car, live music and a model truck exhibit.

Butterflies fly into Kutztown Library |Jul 25, 2014

The Butterfly Guy brought his butterfly friends to Kutztown, much to the joy of local youth.

Celebrating Celtic with Dollops of Irish Cheer at the Berks Celtic Oyster Fest |Jul 25, 2014

“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste… I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”

$200K grant bolsters plan for Boyertown-to-Pottstown rail service: the Colebrookdale Railroad |Jul 24, 2014

BOYERTOWN — Progress on the revitalization of the Colebrookdale Railroad these days means more than pulling refurbished passenger cars along the picturesque 9-mile track on the shores of Manatawny Creek.

Proposed Kutztown Silk Mill District redevelopment project sparks concerns |Jul 24, 2014

The proposed Kutztown downtown redevelopment project in the Silk Mill District has sparked concerns.

MABA hosts Mixer |Jul 24, 2014

The July MABA monthly meeting was a little different than most of their meetings.

Many positives in the Hamburg Reds’ season |Jul 23, 2014

With a victory already under their belts, the Hamburg Sr. American Legion Reds were poised to go far in the Schuylkill/Berks League earlier this month. But their dreams of a league championship faded away when they lost their next two games to be eliminated from the tournament.

Crestwood swimmers defeat Womelsdorf |Jul 23, 2014

The Crestwood swim team defeated Womelsdorf on July 16, 232-186. Below are the top finishers for the Crestwood team.

Fifty cadets graduate from Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy |Jul 23, 2014

Fifty police cadets of Classes 1303 and 1401graduated from Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy on July 16 during a ceremony held at the College’s Science Center Theater, 340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell—a fitting number as the College celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Oley’s Peach and Ice Cream Festival slated for Saturday, Aug. 9 |Jul 23, 2014

The Oley Valley is getting ready to eat some peaches.

New Rotary Club officers installed |Jul 23, 2014

The Boyertown Rotary recently installed the 2014-2015 officers.

Fleetwood swim team defeats Maple Springs |Jul 23, 2014

The Fleetwood swim team improved to 3-1 on the season after defeating Maple Springs on July 13, 249-188. Top finishers for Fleetwood were:

Boyertown Legion Bears fall short of Berks League title |Jul 22, 2014

It was an interesting Berks County playoff tournament. It featured weather delays and postponements, exciting contests (including an upset), and, of course, some controversy. In the end, however, the Boyertown Bears came up just short in their bid for yet another Berks County Championship.

New York City children arrive in Hamburg for a summer in Berks County |Jul 22, 2014

Cars filled the parking lot of Wendy’s in Tilden Twp. on July 16 with parents and children anxiously awaiting the arrival of their host child for the upcoming week or two weeks. Fourteen children from New York City between the ages of 6 and 18 packed their bags for a summer trip to Berks County as part of the Fresh Air Fund program.

Boyertown’s recent fire company merger seeks to offset decline of volunteers |Jul 22, 2014

Improved firefighting services, greater operational efficiencies and savings in tax dollars are among the benefits that residents are expected to realize through the recent merger of the three Boyertown area fire companies.

Area lawmakers announce Route 263 named in honor of Officer Bradley M. Fox’s ultimate commitment |Jul 22, 2014

Reps. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks), Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) and Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) as well as Sens. Daylin Leach (R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery), Stewart Greenleaf (R-Bucks/Montgomery), Bob Mensch (R-Berks/Bucks/Montgomery) and John Rafferty (R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery) announced that a portion of Pennsylvania Route 263 in Bucks County will be renamed as the Officer Bradley M.

WTIM: Music all around town: July 23 edition |Jul 22, 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.

Mack trucks and classic diner fare on menu for family fun |Jul 22, 2014

In our quest to keep boredom at bay this summer, my family has found lots of low-cost or free activities in the Hamburg area. This week, however, I had the chance to do a special outing with just my middle-school son, and he was set on venturing a little farther to tour the Mack Truck Museum in Allentown.

Boyertown Lady Ballers win the Stellar Basketball Tournament |Jul 22, 2014

The Boyertown Lady Ballers, a high School varsity summer basketball team, played in the annual Stellar Basketball Tournament held at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown.

Tribute for Rep. Hennessey held at Tel Hai, Honey Brook Township |Jul 22, 2014

Honey Brook Twp.—On Monday, July 21 State Rep. Tim Hennessey of the 26th Legislative District was honored for his long service and advocacy of issues important to older Pennsylvanians.

Tri County Record Calendar of Events July 22 |Jul 22, 2014

Ongoing Events Rockin’ VBS – Make Music with the Go Fish Guys: Vacation Bible School will be located at the Community Evangelical Free Church in Elverson, PA for children ages 4 through those who have completed 6th grade.

Etchberger Foundation and OTF screen ‘MURPH THE PROTECTOR’ at Hamburg Strand |Jul 22, 2014

Our Town Foundation and the CMSgt Richard L. Etchberger Foundation teamed up on Sunday, July 20, for a private screening of “MURPH THE PROTECTOR” at the Hamburg Strand Theater that benefited both foundations.

River House PA ready to help veterans and their families |Jul 22, 2014

Port Clinton Park was filled with veterans, family members, supporters, music, food, activities and more on Saturday, July 19, for the River House PA fundraiser.

Family and friends honor athlete at Run For Taylor |Jul 22, 2014

Runners and walkers were out at the Hamburg Area High School football stadium early Sunday morning, July 20, for the sixth annual Run for Taylor in memory of Taylor Nicole Seitzinger.

Hamburg residents visit revolutionary times |Jul 22, 2014

Michael Jesberger presented a Revolutionary War program, “Citizen to Soldier,” including a live muzzle-loading demonstration, for a crowd of about 50 who gathered around him at the Hamburg Park off Island Street.

Power outage affects 15,000 in tri-county area |Jul 22, 2014

UNION TWP — Approximately 15,000 Met-Ed customers across the tri-county area lost power late Sunday morning.

While Governor Mifflin awaits pre-k grant, families begin enrolling in new pre-k program |Jul 22, 2014

With the passage of the Pennsylvania State Budget, which included an additional $10 million for pre-K education, the Governor Mifflin School District is continuing to move forward with a district-wide preschool program.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Jul 22, 2014

25 Years Ago July 26, 1989 Mr. and Mrs. C. Benton Wert, 545 West State Street, Hamburg, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a party given by their children at the Shartlesville Grange Hall.

The Westy goes to the dogs during ‘Dog Days of Summer’ |Jul 22, 2014

Those on their way to lunch at The Westy Bar & Grill in Hamburg on Saturday, July 19, had the chance to spend some time with puppies before and after eating at the restaurant. The CatWorks Inc.

Kutztown School Board approves new Band room floor; removes reconfiguration from agenda |Jul 22, 2014

Addressing student safety and poor floor tile condition, Kutztown School Board approved a new High School Band Room floor and also removed from future agendas elementary and middle school reconfiguration talks.

Lee Mecherly retires from coaching after 37 years with the Bear-Cubs |Jul 22, 2014

For 37 years, Lee Mecherly coached the Boyertown Bear Cubs Junior Legion team. He won numerous league titles, regional and state titles. Mecherly stepped down as the coach in November of 2013, but still spends numerous hours working on the field which bears his name, making sure that it’s one of the best fields, if not the best field, in Berks County.

Albright College receives National Science Foundation Grant to fund STEM scholarships |Jul 22, 2014

Albright College has been awarded more than $627,000 from the National Science Foundation to fund scholarships for students pursuing STEM majors who are interested in how these fields apply to the environment.

Fight for Sight 5K Starts at the Daniel Boone Homestead Sept. 6 |Jul 22, 2014

The Amity Township Lions Club presents the “mane” event of running season....The Fight for Sight Run will be held during Community Days weekend on Saturday, Sept. 6 The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and the Lion Cub Fun Run will begin at 9:10 a.

Penn Street Market welcomes Alvernia student farm food as vendor |Jul 22, 2014

Alvernia University students are getting a hands-on education on what it takes to grow and market vegetables at the Penn Street Market this year. The university’s farm is called Bog Turtle Creek Farm and is located near Mohnton.

Chestnut Knoll At Home to hold Resource, Education and Support Series for caregivers |Jul 21, 2014

Are you caring for a senior loved one? Let’s talk about it! Chestnut Knoll At Home, Gilbertsville, is pleased to invite the public to a Caregiver Resource Group, on Wednesday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m., at the Home Care Office, located at 1041 E.

Montgomery County Community College offers workshop to help adults transition into college |Jul 21, 2014

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) will continue to offer its popular Career Transition Workshop for adults who may be thinking about returning to college.

Frecon Farms celebrates new bakery during Peach Jubilee |Jul 21, 2014

Frecon Farms, best known as a family-owned local producer of numerous fruits, home-made ciders and wines, has expanded their reputation even further to include baked goods. Some of the many sweet treats they offer are pies, cookies, bread, rolls, tarts, cake, donuts, and even quiche.

Tim Buckwalter back in the winner’s circle at Grandview Speedway |Jul 21, 2014

Tim Buckwalter, an ARDC midget racing standout has won several midget features at Grandview Speedway, but he had never won a 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 358 Modified feature until Saturday night in the activities sponsored by Hatfield Quality Meats and televised by RCN-TV 4.

Brew & Que kicks off Kutztown’s 200th birthday count down |Jul 21, 2014

Kutztown celebrates its 200th birthday in 2015 and the count down kicks off with this year’s Brew & Que on Aug. 2.