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.

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.

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.

Calling all bakers: Enter your recipe for the Berks-Mont Cookie Contest |Nov 19, 2014

You’re invited to enter the Berks-Mont Cookie Contest! Bake your favorite, most delicious holiday cookie recipe and bring us a sample.

Calling all bakers: Enter your recipe for the Kutztown Area Patriot and Hamburg Area Item Cookie Contest |Nov 19, 2014

You’re invited to enter the Berks-Mont Cookie Contest! Bake your favorite, most delicious holiday cookie recipe and bring us a sample.

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.

Tri County Record Community Calendar of Events & Notices Nov. 18 |Nov 19, 2014

Ongoing & Upcoming Events Shepherd’s Kitchen at Honey Brook Presbyterian Church FREE meal: Dec. 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 4331 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook. 610-273-2848 or email pastor@honeybrookpres.

Healthy & Fitness: A Chiropractic Thanksgiving |Nov 19, 2014

Thanksgiving is the holiday just about everyone can agree on, and why not? After all, everyone has something they can be thankful for, particularly in the United States.

Samantha Schlegel signs to play field hockey at Hofstra University |Nov 19, 2014

Twin Valley School District officials are pleased to announce that Twin Valley High School Senior Samantha Schlegel signed a letter of intent to play field hockey at Hofstra University next fall.

Honey Brook Community Library luncheon thanks volunteers |Nov 19, 2014

Honey Brook Community Library Director Jennifer Spade was all smiles Friday, Nov. 14.

Local Boy Scout landscapes memorial in honor of veterans |Nov 19, 2014

Amity Township’s Korean and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, located at the Amity Township Municipal Building, 2004 Weavertown Road, has recently been “redecorated” by a local Boy Scout for his Eagle Scout Service Project.

Truck driver charged in fatal Route 222 Maidencreek Township, Berks County crash; Police Chief: ‘He told us he dozed off at the wheel’ |Nov 19, 2014

Two were declared deceased at the scene of an early morning crash on Route 222 in Maidencreek Township, and nine were sent to the hospital for injuries.

Additional Berks County Townships, Communities Quarantined Because of Spotted Lanternfly |Nov 19, 2014

More Berks County townships and communities are quarantined in the fight to stop the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive insect new to the United States that was found in the area earlier this fall.

Kutztown School District awarded for Kutztown Strong efforts; Board assesses impact of state standardized testing |Nov 18, 2014

Kutztown School District Superintendent Katherine Metrick presented a trophy the district received for their efforts in the Kutztown Strong efforts.

Amity to change traffic impact fee amount |Nov 18, 2014

The Amity Township Planning Commission and the township-appointed Act 209 Committee approved on Nov. 12 to lower its two traffic impact fees from more than $2,000 each to $899.52 and $705.12.

Erika Stearly at Studio B invites you to participate in “Take a Painting” |Nov 18, 2014

In finishing her Master in Fine Arts degree with Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Erika Stearly found grant funding from Black Rock Foundation to install her interactive “Take a Painting” project at Studio B Fine Art Gallery in Boyertown, PA, during November 2014.

400 attend Boyertown Rotary’s 14th Annual Veterans Salute |Nov 18, 2014

From the Presentations of Colors to the Retiring of Colors by the NJROTC, an audience of 400 projected an energy, enthusiasm and appreciation for the 100 student musicians from Boyertown Junior High School, East and West, at the 14th Annual Veterans Salute.

Senate Bill 1077: Local railroad lieutenant’s two-year initiative capped off by governor’s signature, ceremony at Capitol |Nov 18, 2014

In January of 2012, Reading and Northern Railroad Lieutenant Matthew Johnson, Kutztown, approached Senator David G. Argall (R-29) asking for the senator’s help on strengthening the state’s scrap material theft prevention law.

Eagle Scout candidate Weylin Eck’s project updated WWII Memorial at Longswamp UCC Cemetery |Nov 18, 2014

Weylin Eck, 16, Mertztown, Life Scout, embarked on a project that took nine months to a year and $6,100 to complete in his quest to be an Eagle Scout.

State Police: Driver flips vehicle; Motorcycle crash on Baldy Hill Road |Nov 18, 2014

Driver flips vehicle on Pricetown Road

A Look Back in History: Baking Bread in the Bakeoven |Nov 18, 2014

In further elaborating on my references of Colonial bread making and shipment made over the past month in my columns and with conversations with Director Shaner, by 1767, the bulk of exports from Colonial Pennsylvania consisted of wheat, flour, bread, corn, pork, and beef, bar iron, pig iron, flaxseed, and beer.

Kutztown Senior Citizen’s Dinner hosted Dec. 7 |Nov 18, 2014

The Optimist Club of Kutztown, in cooperation with the Kutztown Grange, will host the Annual Senior Citizen’s Dinner on Sunday, Dec. 7 at Kutztown Grange Hall at 5 p.m., with doors opening at 4 p.

Kutztown Patriot Community Calendar of Events & Notices Nov. 20 |Nov 18, 2014

Send events to by Friday noon week prior to publication.

Kutztown Rotary CLub hosts Foundation Night Dinner |Nov 18, 2014

The Kutztown Rotary Club held a special Rotary Foundation Dinner on Nov. 12.

Kutztown artist Jan Crooker’s painting hangs in new Lehigh Valley Health Network’s sports medicine center |Nov 18, 2014

Kutztown artist Jan Crooker was happy to announce the sale of her work for the new offices of the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown for the new sports medicine center. The painting “Candy Case” is from a continuing series of acrylic paintings of brightly lighted objects.

Hamburg area calendar of events |Nov 17, 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.

WTIM: Music around town Nov. 19 edition |Nov 17, 2014

By Tim Dietterick Circulation Manager, Berks-Mont Newspapers

Welcome to my World: The Christman sisters’ occasional long trips |Nov 17, 2014

I’ve told you some of the highlights from the sisters separate birthday parties. This time I’ll tell you about some of our longer trips to various places.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Nov 17, 2014

25 Years Ago Nov. 22, 1989 >> According to Hamburg Borough police there have been 140 traffic accidents in the borough during the period from last January to October 31. A bulletin issued by the Department states that since Maple Drive was closed this past summer there has been an increase in car and truck traffic in town, and 60 % of the accidents are caused by failure to observe the posted speed limits.

Shartlesville Lions Club welcomes Past District Governor at meeting |Nov 17, 2014

Shartlesville Lions Club welcomed Past District Governor Paul A. Moyer from neighboring Schuylkill County at its last club meeting. PDG Moyer spoke about the Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation and its formation and foci as well as how someone could become a Foundation Fellow.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Presenting the “it” item of the season, cranberries |Nov 17, 2014

Considering how good they are, it’s quite shameful that their popularity is seasonal. I am not referring to anything involving the words “pumpkin” or “spice” but to cranberries, the tart red berries that are a featured item during the upcoming holiday season yet seem to be forgotten the remainder of the year.

Frystown Lions Club welcomes first female member |Nov 17, 2014

Two years ago the Frystown Lions decided it was time to have women in the club. Up to now, however, there had been none sponsored for membership. Now, through transfer from her previous club in Monroe County, Adele Argot has become the first female member of the club.

Hamburg Area Education Foundation receives donation |Nov 17, 2014

Pictured, Peter Phillips, the president of Phillips Office Solutions, and Dr. Shawn Gravish. Hamburg Area Education Foundation was very fortunate to be chosen by Phillips Office Solutions to receive a $2,500 donation to help fund one of our EITC state approved projects.

Hamburg Area High School class of 1944 celebrates 70th anniversary |Nov 17, 2014

Hamburg Area High School class of 1944 celebrated its 70th anniversary. Out of 42 students in the class, 17 are living and eight members attended the reunion.

This weekend: Artists invite the public into their studios for annual Fall Into Winter Tour |Nov 17, 2014

Artists and galleries in Barto, Boyertown, and Oley will open their spaces to the public for the fourth annual Fall Into Winter Tour the weekend before Thanksgiving, Nov. 22 and 23. Featured along with fine art and fine craft are two venues offering the artistry of Mother Nature: food and beverage products from the area’s orchards, gardens, and farms.

Schools celebrate International Education Week |Nov 17, 2014

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education that provides an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of global education and student exchange worldwide.

New Chippy Chipmunk book focuses on loss and healing through nature |Nov 17, 2014

Dealing with loss is difficult for all involved. At times, talking about that loss can be even more difficult. This can become even harder when there is a child involved.

Hamburg Grange offers free meals to veterans and active military |Nov 17, 2014

The November pot pie dinner hosted by the Hamburg Grange on Nov. 15 offered free meals to all veterans and active military as a way to honor the men and women for their service and as a “thank you” for Veterans Day.

Tulpehocken students present ‘Circus Olympus: A Mythical Comedy in Two Acts’ |Nov 17, 2014

Tulpehocken Jr./Sr. High School will present its fall play on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22, in the auditorium at the school on New Schaefferstown Road. This year’s offering promises to continue the zany take on classics begun with last year’s “Shakespeare Shenanigans,” and once again age-old stories will be seen in a novel light.

Teachers gather at Hamburg School Board meeting wanting a fair contract |Nov 17, 2014

More than 100 Hamburg Area teachers gathered in the hallway outside of the James A. Gilmartin Community Room prior to the school directors meeting on Nov. 10.

Hamburg area church calendar |Nov 17, 2014

St. Mary Roman Catholic Church Located at 94 Walnut Road in Tilden Township. Visit our website at Daily schedule: Eucharistic devotions on Monday at 7 p.m.; Masses on Tuesday at 7 p.

Community tours new Perry Elementary Center during grand opening |Nov 17, 2014

Students, faculty and staff have been moved into Perry Elementary Center dedicated to Esther H. Ludwig since the day after Labor Day. On Thursday, Nov. 13, it was the community’s turn to enter the new elementary school in the Hamburg Area School District during the grand opening ceremony and open house.

Keystone Military Families Pantry moves to Shoemakersville |Nov 17, 2014

On a quiet side street in Shoemakersville, veterans and military families have found an oasis. The Keystone Military Families Pantry, which opened its new home on Noble Street just two months ago, provides food, household items, clothing and furniture – for free – for those who have given so much.

Hamburg Area High School serves 137 at annual Veterans Breakfast |Nov 17, 2014

The cafeteria at Hamburg Area High School was full with 137 veterans and spouses for the fifth annual Veterans Breakfast hosted by the Hamburg Area High School and the Military History Club on Tuesday, Nov.

Montgomery County Community College honored for ‘Environmental Impact’ in Pottstown |Nov 17, 2014

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) earned the 2014 Environmental Impact Award for its “green” approach to business during the Tri County Area Chamber of Commerce’s economic development luncheon last month.

Kutztown dancers present ‘Peter Pan’ ballet |Nov 17, 2014

Rhythm in Motion Dance Company in Kutztown presents the ballet, “Peter Pan,” Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 7 at 3 p.m., at the Kutztown Middle School.

The Historian: A Voyage up the Salt River |Nov 17, 2014

Local historian Nancy Roan has her mother’s diary, which contains this curious entry for Nov. 17, 1932: “Up to Swamp to see the salt river parade tonight.”