Out & About: Living on the edge |Feb 9, 2016

As I walked slowly along the frozen stream bank, the thin sheets of ice that stretched out over the flowing current echoed with loud cracks and knocks. I knew the sounds served as a warning not to venture out any farther, or risk going home very wet and cold.

Farmers tour agricultural technology, robotic milking in Kutztown at Pa. Young Farmers Association Winter Conference |Feb 9, 2016

The Kutztown Young Farmers hosted the Pennsylvania Young Farmers Association Winter Conference Feb. 2 to 4, featuring a tour of Corner View Farm in Kutztown, which uses a robotic milking system.

On Tap |Feb 9, 2016

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Pottstown start-up partnering with local YMCA to bring convenient healthy food to community |Feb 9, 2016

Tamans is pleased to announce their launch in Pottstown in collaboration with Pottstown YMCA. Tamans is a 21st century online and mobile marketplace where anyone can purchase delicious, healthy, local and fresh foods straight from the area’s farmers.

Letter to the Editor: A ‘thank you’ to those who cleared the roads |Feb 8, 2016

Dear Editor: I would like to commend the Maxatawny Township road crew for an excellent job on getting the snow removed from our roads in speedy time and perfection.

Kutztown Area Middle School 2nd Quarter Honor Roll |Feb 8, 2016

High Honors Grade 8 Berk, Grayce Lillian

Steve George announces candidacy for District 187 |Feb 8, 2016

Steve George recently announced his candidacy for the Democratic candidate for State Representative in District 187.

Residents of The Heritage of Green Hills visit Art Ability |Feb 8, 2016

Residents of The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, recently visited Art Ability, a juried art exhibition for artists with disabilities held annually at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern.

Boyertown Secrets and Collectables opens for business with ceremonial ribbon cutting |Feb 8, 2016

On Friday, Feb. 5, a ribbon cutting celebration was held in honor of the grand opening of Boyertown Secrets and Collectables in downtown Boyertown. Hosted by Building A Better Boyertown and the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce, the ribbon cutting event is part of the organization’s strategy in supporting local business.

Patriot Community Calendar Feb. 11 |Feb 8, 2016

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Steel River’s ‘Love Letters’ delivers a poignant message |Feb 8, 2016

You might think that seeing a play for the 14th time would get a little boring, but Steel River’s production of A. R. Gurney’s Pulitzer-nominated play, “Love Letters” is so well done that I felt like I was reconnecting with old friends.

Fleetwood Area High School 2nd Quarter Honor Roll |Feb 8, 2016

9th Grade High Honors: Taylor Althouse, Haylee Carr, Shelby Claytor, Brooke Daczewitz, Josiah Dempsey, Megan Dunkle, Matthew Dybowski, Rebekah Earnest, Bryanna Ferreira, Sydney Geist, Brooke Gorman, Lydia Heffner, Abigail Hinkle, Alexa Hromiak, Justin Kramer, Nicholas Miller, Isabella Ouellette, Kylee Paules, Faith Readinger, Juliana Sanchez, Alexandria Savino, Sadie Shuman, Averyana Szczepkowski, Aydan Tregear, Nathan Wessner

Douglass (Mont.) eyes June bridge replacement |Feb 8, 2016

DOUGLASS (Mont.) >> Plans for the replacement of the County Line Road bridge over Swamp Creek call for work to begin in June.

In celebration of Leap Year — American Cancer Society launches ‘One More Day’ campaign |Feb 8, 2016

With 2016 a leap year, the American Cancer Society (ACS) hopes individuals will put that extra day to good use.

Boyertown musical cast prepares for ‘Mary Poppins’ performance |Feb 8, 2016

With just under two months left before the opening the night, the cast of “Mary Poppins” is hard at work. Working around concerts, various sports practices and other music commitments, the students have been working diligently to memorize lines and learn the challenging choreography.

Brookeside Montessori hosts fun activities for students |Feb 8, 2016

Brookeside Montessori School, located in Bechtelsville, recently hosted two fun activities for their students.

Kutztown, Fleetwood libraries host Block Parties with wooden blocks for toddlers and preschoolers |Feb 8, 2016

Kutztown and Fleetwood libraries will host Block Parties during which time toddlers and preschools learn while playing with wooden blocks.

Talisman Players present Arsenic and Old Lace starring Karise Mace and Christine Storch |Feb 8, 2016

The Talisman Players of Kutztown present Arsenic and Old Lace starring Karise Mace and Christine Storch as The Brewster Sisters at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kutztown Feb. 12, 13 and 14.

A letter from the Boyertown Borough Council |Feb 8, 2016

We would like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation during the snowstorm and the cleanup efforts that followed. Most people were patient and understanding about the numerous inconveniences and hardships that come along with a storm like this.

Copper plates stolen from AT&T tower |Feb 6, 2016

Copper plates were stolen from an AT&T communication tower at 329 Church Road, Maxatawny Township.

2 charged with drug related offenses after DUI traffic stop on Route 222 in Fleetwood |Feb 6, 2016

A suspected DUI traffic stop at 1:45 a.m. on Feb. 6 led police to discover that the driver and passenger had outstanding warrants. Various controlled substances were also found in the vehicle.

Mifflin Library to celebrate National Take Your Child to the Library Day, Feb. 6 |Feb 5, 2016

On Saturday, February 6, Mifflin Community Library welcomes families for fun activities from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on National Take Your Child to the Library Day.

Volunteers to present Valentine’s Day program at Hopewell Furnace |Feb 5, 2016

On Sunday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., National Park Service volunteers will be in the conference center at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site to talk about how Valentine’s Day was celebrated in the 1800s.

WTIM: Music Around Town |Feb 5, 2016

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

KU Planetarium to host immersive theater show on black holes |Feb 5, 2016

Kutztown University’s Planetarium will be hosting a presentation on black holes, the mysterious and powerful anomalies of our universe, on Wednesday, Feb. 17 and Wednesday, April 6. The show will begin at 7 p.

KU panel discussion to focus on police use of force |Feb 5, 2016

The Kutztown University Criminal Justice Department will host a panel discussion “Police Use of Force: An American Crisis” on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. The panel will consist of Mark Talbot, chief, Norristown Police Department; Dennis J.

CASA of Berks County announces upcoming info sessions |Feb 5, 2016

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable and underrepresented children living in foster care? Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Berks County invites you to attend their upcoming informational sessions to learn how CASA makes a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children of Berks County.

Historical Society to present program on the Speaker’s House |Feb 5, 2016

What is the Speaker’s House? Why is it being restored? How is it being restored? Why is this house important?

Correction: 2 car crash sends one to hospital |Feb 5, 2016

State Police reported a two car collision on Fleetwood Lyons Road in Richmond Township sent one driver to the hospital on Jan. 14.

Welcome to my World: Celebrating Valentine’s Day |Feb 5, 2016

Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, is a day when people send expressions of affection through cards or gifts to loved ones. Although the custom of this day is to send love messages, the day originated in early Christianity.

Senator Schwank announces re-election bid |Feb 5, 2016

State Senator Judy Schwank announced on Feb. 2 that she will seek re-election to her second full term in the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing the Berks County-based 11th Senatorial District.

First-of-its-kind renewable natural gas option launches locally |Feb 5, 2016

On Jan. 26, The Energy Co-op announced the launch of a new Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) product, which provides consumers in Eastern Pennsylvania with a first-of-its-kind, renewable alternative to pipeline natural gas derived from fracking.

‘Chocolate & Wine Lovers Weekend’ returns for Valentine’s Day |Feb 5, 2016

Looking for a sweet escape with your Valentine? Jump in the car and enjoy a day trip of winter landscapes filled with tastes of nearly a dozen wine and chocolate-loving stops along the way. It is the annual “Chocolate & Wine Lovers Weekend” with the Berks County Wine trail, Saturday, Feb.

Hamburg students create water purification system for Governor’s PA STEM Competition |Feb 5, 2016

Hamburg Area High School sent five students to compete in the regional STEM Competition at the Berks County Intermediate Unit in Reading on Feb. 1.

Tigers, Tigers! with StoryRider Miss Barb at Hamburg Public Library |Feb 5, 2016

Parents and children make tiger masks during Tigers, Tigers! StoryRiders Preschool Storytime with Miss Barb at Hamburg Public Library on Feb. 5. The next StoryRiders Preschool Storytime will be Feb.

Making the case for raising the minimum wage |Feb 5, 2016

As we approach tax time again, we all would feel much better about this process if we thought everyone would be paying their fair share. Not happening.

Hamburg Borough continues snow removal after Winter Storm Jonas |Feb 5, 2016

Hamburg Borough continued to clear the snow and open the storm drains, even in the pouring rain on Feb. 3.

Hamburg Item Community Calendar Feb. 10 |Feb 5, 2016

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A Look Back in History - Operation: Community Cleanup |Feb 5, 2016

Being out and about in the community and frequenting local businesses almost on a daily basis, I have made some observations during the recent blizzard that many of the businesses I patronize, as well as other citizens of Kutztown, have taken a substantial business hit over the week or so span of storm and cleanup.

Movie Review: ‘The Finest Hours’ |Feb 5, 2016

Coastal storms. They wreak havoc on shorelines, structures and lives. History reveals the devastation and loss during these storms. But out of destruction, tales emerge of courage and bravery. Thankfully, the magic of movies makes it possible for us to take a glimpse into the past.

Tompkins VIST Bank, Children’s Home launch motorcycle fundraiser |Feb 5, 2016

Scott Gruber, CEO of Tompkins VIST Bank, and Dr. Vincent LaSorsa, CEO of The Children’s Home of Reading, visited the bank’s Wyomissing branch recently to help launch the tour of a motorcycle called “Penny,” which was rebuilt by residents of the Children’s Home.

Berks County Parks & Recreation new volunteer meeting set in March |Feb 5, 2016

The Berks County Parks and Recreation Department will welcome new volunteers on Thursday, March 3 at 9 a.m. at the Berks County Heritage Center, 1102 Red Bridge Road, Bern Township, for the first in a series of informational training sessions.

Police investigate Tilden Township fire; several propane tanks exploded |Feb 5, 2016

State Police Reading are investigating a Jan. 29 fire at 41 Elm Ave., The Village at Pleasant Hills in Tilden Township.

Broken Bit 4-H Horse Club schedules first meeting of 2016 |Feb 4, 2016

The Broken Bit 4-H Horse Club will hold its re-organizational meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Friendly Horsemen Clubhouse, 260 Kline Road, Stevens, starting at 6:30 p.m. Youth need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Generous benefactor to buy Historic State Theatre of Boyertown for community |Feb 4, 2016

“My Grandparents, Edith (Mimi) and Frank Diehl, moved to the Boyertown area in 1941. In 1975, my Mom, (Dolly) moved back to the same farm house, and now two of my sisters, Bonnie Wren and Debby Meehan have also moved back to the area.

TEG Auction Gallery in Morgantown hosts auction benefiting Twin Valley students |Feb 4, 2016

TEG Auction Gallery in Morgantown will be hosting TVMS Parent Involvement Council Winter Benefit Auction Night, a live auction at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 to benefit Twin Valley Middle School students.

Ten Hamburg art students draw, deliver portraits of Ethiopian children for Memory Project |Feb 4, 2016

Ten Hamburg art students created hand drawn portraits for children in Ethiopia for The Memory Project. They will be sending the portraits via mail in early February for delivery to the children to keep.

Blue Mountain Academy wins at Governor’s STEM Competition |Feb 4, 2016

Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg scored the highest at the regional chapter of the Governor’s PA STEM Competition on Feb. 1, hosted by the Berks County Intermediate Unit in Reading.

Author and Illustrator Brian Biggs to visit Exeter Library |Feb 3, 2016

The Exeter Community Library will be hosting Author and Illustrator Brian Biggs on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Please join us for a presentation, question and answer session and book signing.

Owl Prowl Hike and Hands-On Discovery Program announced by Berks Parks and Rec. |Feb 3, 2016

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for star crossed lovers. Join us at the Angora Fruit Farm on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 pm to discover the feathered friends who make February their time to find love.