Amity approves $7 million bond refinance |Sep 23, 2017

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved on Sept. 6 to refinance $4 million of current debt with a $7 million municipal bond that will also fund $1.5 million of future sewer projects.

No tax increase in Union Township 2018 budget |Sep 23, 2017

Union Township’s preliminary budget for 2018 indicates no tax increase for its residents.

Exeter school board votes down proposal to issue tax refund |Sep 23, 2017

During the Exeter School Board voting meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, it was recommended that the school board approve a transfer of $1.5 million of surplus funds from the general fund to the capital reserve fund.

Kutztown students across community celebrate Peace Day |Sep 23, 2017

Kutztown Area School District and Kutztown University celebrated Peace Day, hosted by Peace.Love.Kutztown on Sept. 21.

Trooper Philip Melley Lodge attends Nashville Fraternal Biennial Conference |Sep 22, 2017

In attendance at the National Conference of the Fraternal Order of Police in Nashville, Tenn., recently were 17 members of Trooper Philip Melley Lodge, including those from Northeast Berks County, as well as 4,235 delegates representing more than 330 thousand current and former law enforcement officers from all over the country and other parts of the world.

Contestants vie for Outstanding Young Women Scholarships |Sep 22, 2017

Young women in Berks County will participate in the Outstanding Young Women Scholarship Program on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at Kutztown Area High School in Kutztown.

Awards go to top cars at Salem EC Church Car Show |Sep 22, 2017

Salem E.C. Church in Lenhartsville hosted its 9th annual Pig Roast and Car Show with 87 entries on Sept. 16.

Topton native Hunter Miller graduates from military training |Sep 20, 2017

U.S. Air Force Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Hunter J. Miller graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Honey Brook Girl Scout project helps the homeless |Sep 20, 2017

On September 11, Lauren and Rebecca Goldman, 7th grade Cadette Girl Scouts and twin sisters from Honey Brook, presented 100 drawstrings bags to Bridge of Hope at their quarterly meeting in Coatesville.

Family-friendly Hay Creek Apple Festival Oct. 14-15 |Sep 20, 2017

Come visit the Joanna Furnace Iron Works, near Morgantown, and the Hay Creek Apple Festival on October 14 and 15. You’ll be pleasantly entertained at one of the most family-friendly festivals in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Kutztown Elementary raises funds for Hurricane Harvey victims |Sep 20, 2017

Kutztown Elementary School raised $712.19 for Hurricane Harvey victims. The students were invited to run onto the Kutztown University stadium field in front of KU mascot Avalanche and the KU football team on Saturday, Sept.

Fleetwood Girl Scout Junior Troop earns Flowers Badge |Sep 20, 2017

Fleetwood Girl Scout Junior Troop 1793 earned their Girl Scout Junior Flowers Badge at Royer’s in Reading. The troop received a tour of the facility and learned the day to day business of a florist.

Home makeover revealed to Leesport mom and her kids |Sep 20, 2017

Leesport mom Jaime Noll and her daughters Samantha, 14, and Aubrey, 9, pulled up in front of their home in a white limo on Sept. 16 for the Big Reveal after a one-week home makeover.

Juveniles charged after rocks thrown from I-78 overpass |Sep 20, 2017

State Police from the Hamburg barracks investigated a potentially dangerous incident on Sept. 17 at which time two vehicles were struck by someone throwing rocks from the overpass onto vehicles travelling on Interstate 78 from Power Drive in Upper Tulpehocken Township.

500th Anniversary Reformation Observation Service to be held Oct. 8 |Sep 20, 2017

Tel Hai Retirement Community, in conjunction with several local Protestant clergy and Father Michael Fitzpatrick of Saint Peter Catholic Church, invite the public to attend a 500th Anniversary Reformation Observation Service on Sunday, Oct.

BOOK BEAT Review: In “Exposed,” scheming villains weave web of deceit, lawsuits, fiery death and murder |Sep 20, 2017

Over the years, this will be my sixth review of a Lisa Scottoline novel. The last three books, including “Exposed”, which was released on Aug. 15, 2017, have been sent to me before the release date by the publisher.

Corn maze at Mast Farms benefits cancer societies |Sep 20, 2017

Morgantown’s Mast Farms, 2715 Main St. in Morgantown, announces that it has partnered with New Holland Agriculture to honor local cancer survivors and their families through the creation of a 12-acre Survivor Corn Maze.

Tri County Calendar 9-26 |Sep 20, 2017

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Cadette Troop make lasting memories at Disney |Sep 20, 2017

Fleetwood Girl Scout Cadette Troop 1773 realized the results of their hard work with a trip this summer from Fleetwood to Disney World, Florida.

Warwick County Park hosts Community Day Explore “your own backyard” |Sep 20, 2017

On Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Warwick County Park will be hosting Community Day in partnership with South Coventry, Warwick and East Nantmeal townships.

Battle of the Bands rocks Brandywine |Sep 20, 2017

Brandywine Heights Community Task Force sponsored the third annual Battle of the Bands at Brandywine Heights High School on Sept. 16.

2016 Fiddle Festival Grand Champion returns to win 2017 title |Sep 19, 2017

Wearing a tropical print shirt, Andrew Vogts, 2016 Grand Champion, got up on stage with Victor Furtado on banjo as back up at the 34th annual Lyons Fiddle Festival held at Lyons Park on Sunday, Sept.

Clay on Main to host Reflections II |Sep 18, 2017

Visual artist and graphic designer Amanda Condict will curate a follow-up to 2014’s exhibit of female artists, titled Reflections, this September and October at Clay on Main in Oley. The public is invited to the opening on Sunday, September 24, from 1-4 p.

Farm country shindig to kick off at Reinholds Fire Company Oct. 7 |Sep 18, 2017

The Farm Country Shindig season will open with a 6 p.m. concert on Saturday, Oct. 7 in the Banquet Hall at the Reinholds Fire Company along Rt. 897 in Reinholds.

Keim Music Fest scheduled for Sept. 30 |Sep 18, 2017

Join the Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County (HPTBC) for a fun-filled day of music, history, and food at their second annual Keim Music Fest at the Jacob Keim Farmstead in Oley.

Collaboration brings worldly experience to Boyertown art students |Sep 18, 2017

Throughout the week of Sept. 5, artists from New Zealand, Thailand and South Korea visited Boyertown high school and middle schools to meet with art and life skills classes. Each artist held workshops corresponding to their areas of focus.

Church members prep, serve food at Oley Fair |Sep 18, 2017

Among the contests, exhibits, rides, and ticket booths — the one thing that won’t be found at the Oley Valley Community Fair are food vendors and midways. The reason for that is because, every year, more than a dozen local churches and their congregations come together to prepare and serve home-style food at the fair.

Amity Fire Company holds parade and housing ceremony |Sep 18, 2017

amity >> The Amity Fire Company celebrated the arrival of its newest fire truck with a parade and housing ceremony on Saturday.

5th Annual ‘Cruise 4 Kids’ Car Show & Apple Harvest Fest held |Sep 17, 2017

The Zion Spies Evangelical Lutheran Church held their 5th Annual “Cruise 4 Kids” Car Show & Apple Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 2. The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey passed through the area at the time of this year’s edition of the show.

Boyertown Salvation Army deploys to Florida; Campbell Fittings offers services to ship donations |Sep 17, 2017

BOYERTOWN >> The Boyertown Salvation Army has been deployed to Florida to assist the victims of Hurricane Irma.

Peppermint Stick Candy Store announces Gummy Bear Fever Sept. 29-30 |Sep 16, 2017

The Peppermint Stick Candy Store brings together its best-selling candy and Boyertown’s beloved art project Bear Fever! Gummy Bear Fever is a celebration of our individual flavored gummy bears and the Bear Fever art project.

Announcing the 7th Annual Birdsboro Fall and Winter Craft Fair |Sep 16, 2017

The 7th Annual Birdsboro Fall and Winter Craft Fair will be held on Friday, Sept. 22 through Sept. 24 at the Birdsboro Union Fire Company.

Stroke survivor April Andrews to lead Berks County Heart Walk |Sep 15, 2017

When the Berks County Heart Walk steps off Sept. 23 at Gring’s Mill Recreation Area, a local stroke survivor will lead the way.

Downtown Boyertown’s ‘Fourth Friday Art Walk’ announced |Sep 15, 2017

Get your walking shoes on and come visit historic Boyertown for our Fourth Friday Art Walk. The downtown merchants will provide you and your family with great art, music and food from 5-8 p.m. at many different venues on Friday, Sept.

Rehrersburg Recital celebrates 200th anniversary of Christian Dieffenbach Pipe Organ |Sep 15, 2017

A benefit organ recital will be held on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. at Altalaha Lutheran Church, Godfrey Street, Rehrersburg.

71st Annual Oley Valley Community Fair coming Sept. 21 |Sep 15, 2017

The 71st Annual Oley Valley Community Fair will be held Sept. 21-23 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at the Oley Fairgrounds, 26 Jefferson Street. Admission is free for this event; there is a $5 parking fee.

Boyertown YMCA completes $46,900 improvement project at community pool |Sep 15, 2017

Thanks to a grant from the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation (PAHWF), Boyertown YMCA completed the final phase of a two-year renovation project to improve the Boyertown Community Pool.

Hamburg Borough Council passes Parking Ticket rate change to $40 |Sep 15, 2017

Hamburg Borough Police Department would like to give advanced notice to its residents and visitors. The issue of parking was brought before Hamburg Borough Council. It was decided that all parking violations will now be $40 as of Jan.

Bookin’ It Virtual 5K/10K raises funds for Schuylkill Valley Community Library |Sep 15, 2017

Schuylkill Valley Community Library has made it even easier to participate in the BOOKIN’ IT Virtual 5K/10K by extending the completion date through Sunday, Oct. 15. You can now support the Schuylkill Valley Community Library and help us raise important funds by registering now and completing your mileage anytime that fits your schedule between Saturday, Sept.

Hamburg Item Community Calendar Sept. 21 |Sep 15, 2017

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Daniel Boone School Board designates Gold Day on Sept. 25 |Sep 15, 2017

The Daniel Boone School Board has approved a resolution that designates Sept. 25 as Gold Day in the district. The resolution also reaffirms that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Blandon author releases ‘Bunny Brothers Lost in the Woods’ |Sep 15, 2017

Dori Hoch of Blandon recently released her latest children’s book, “The Bunny Brothers: Lost in the Woods.”

Berks County Heritage Festival features antique farm equipment, live draft horse pulls |Sep 15, 2017

Returning once again to the Berks County Heritage Center is the 36th Annual Heritage Festival. Taking place on Sunday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., this interesting and exciting event provides a unique way for Berks County residents to learn about local history.

Sporting Clays Classic raises $11,0000 for Dwight E Stoltzfus Memorial Trade Scholarship |Sep 14, 2017

DESCCO Design & Construction, Inc., Fleetwood, hosted its 13th Annual Dwight E. Stoltzfus Memorial Trade Scholarship Event on Friday, Sept. 8, at M&E Sporting Clays in Hamburg. All proceeds from the Sporting Clays Shoot benefit an endowed scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Kutztown University Mathematics prof Wong awarded for teaching excellence |Sep 14, 2017

Wing Hong Tony Wong, Kutztown, has been awarded the John P. Schellenberg Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kutztown University. The John P. Schellenberg Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was established by John P.

Maggie Rhoads appointed to Hamburg School Board |Sep 14, 2017

On Sept. 11, the Hamburg Area School Board filled its vacancy in Region 2 by voting 8-0 to add Maggie Rhoads to the nine-member board.

Oley Fair adds Daily Facebook Photo Contest and Youth Cupcake Contest |Sep 14, 2017

Fair organizers have added two new contests this year – both of which are aiming to engage young people.

Kutztown University prof Duane Crider awarded for excellence in teaching |Sep 14, 2017

Kutztown University professor Duane A. Crider, Department of Sport Management and Leadership Studies, has been awarded the Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award, given annually, is presented to one faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding teaching skills and service to Kutztown University.

‘Talk to Your Senator’ statewide video contest launched to fight growing drug epidemic |Sep 14, 2017

Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) is encouraging Pennsylvania middle and high school students to help find solutions to the growing heroin and opioid epidemic that is plaguing our communities across the state by producing a video aimed at raising greater awareness about the crisis.

Hamburg native Tyler Herber graduates from West Point |Sep 13, 2017

Cadet Tyler James Herber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Herber of Hamburg, completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy.