Renovations to Hamburg Middle School nearly complete |Aug 25, 2016

Hamburg Middle School students started their first day of school on Aug. 25 arriving to find the school building’s renovations nearly complete.

District hires new band director |Aug 25, 2016

Matthew E. Wolfe was unanimously approved on Aug. 8 to lead the Daniel Boone High School bands, effective Aug. 9.

New Hanover taps Zebrowski as new township supervisor |Aug 25, 2016

NEW HANOVER >> The revolving door that is local government in the township these days took another turn Monday night when planning commission member Kurt Zebrowski was named as New Hanover’s newest supervisor.

New children’s book debut and author book signing at Antler Ridge Winery, Mertztown |Aug 25, 2016

The Debut of Just Plump Penelope Goes to Kindergarten, a newly published children’s book by local author Mary Ann Hayes, will take place on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Antler Ridge Winery, 951 State Street, Mertztown.

Fleetwood Area School District Report: The importance of regular school attendance |Aug 25, 2016

Consistent school attendance is important to the success of students. This is true regardless of the age or grade of the student.

Pancakes help homeless veterans |Aug 25, 2016

Sept. 10, Applebee’s® Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast will be held to support homeless veterans. The fundraising event is sponsored by Knights Of Columbus Chester County Assembly. There is a charge.

20th anniversary Cruise Night benefits Garden Spot Fire Rescue |Aug 25, 2016

The 20th anniversary Blue Ball Cruise Night benefits Garden Spot Fire Rescue.

Champion Hogs and Lambs shown at the fair |Aug 25, 2016

Both Ben Williamson from State College, PA who judged the hogs and Sam Long from Airville who judged the steers and lambs agreed that the quality of animals shown at this year’s fair could compete in many fairs throughout the country and be very competitive.

Film shot in Morgantown area now in theaters |Aug 25, 2016

Adolescence is a difficult time for most everyone, and sometimes kids who have lost their moorings will seek out direction from the unlikeliest sources. Local filmmaker Chad L. Scheifele’s explores this reality in his fascinating debut thriller shot here in the tri-county area, Natural Selection.

El-Mor Chevrolet Inc. forges season-long partnership to aid Twin Valley Soccer Club |Aug 25, 2016

In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, El-Mor Chevrolet Inc. is supporting Twin Valley Soccer Club through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program. This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the 2016 youth soccer season.

Tri County Community Calendar Aug. 30 |Aug 25, 2016

Event Submissions: send to week prior to publication. Note Tri County Record calendar in email subject.

Boyertown School Board member chides administration in public |Aug 24, 2016

BOYERTOWN >> During the comment portion of the school board’s Aug. 16 meeting, board member Clay Breece expressed frustration that administrators failed to comply with a board request made months ago.

Boyertown Alumni Marching Unit announces Sept. 11 tribute concert |Aug 24, 2016

This year marks the 15 years since the September 11 attacks.

Local school supply lists now available online |Aug 24, 2016

Parents from local schools have a new tool in their back-to-school bag of tricks this year, as all of their schools supply lists are now posted on TeacherLists.

Marian and Friends performs at Kutztown Summer Reading finale |Aug 23, 2016

Kutztown native Marian Gehman of Marian and Friends entertained children during the Kutztown Community Library Summer Reading Program finale on Aug. 18.

One reported dead in Oley Township |Aug 23, 2016

State police are currently investigating a homicide situation in Oley Township. One man is reported dead and his father has been taken to the hospital.

145th annual Kutztown Fair features family fun, games, rides, food, exhibits and animals |Aug 23, 2016

The 145th annual Kutztown Fair offered family fun, food, games, rides, agriculture display, competition and education, held at the Kutztown Fairgrounds from Aug. 15 to 20.

Girl Scouts of Eastern PA win National S’mores Day Competition |Aug 23, 2016

On Wednesday, Aug. 10, a team of ten scouts from Girl Scouts of Eastern PA (GSEP) participated in the second annual National S’mores Day competition hosted by the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay.

Dump truck strikes utility pole in Centre Township |Aug 22, 2016

State Police Reading report that Joseph Andre, 81, Kutztown, was driving south on Garfield Road in the area of Center Road in Centre Township on Aug. 18 at 2:06 p.m. when he steered off the roadway to avoid striking an oncoming vehicle.

Youth cyclists explore fitness connection between area trails and waterways |Aug 22, 2016

The Greater Philadelphia region is full of not only trails but also extensive waterways where people can enjoy a variety of recreational activities from bicycling to kayaking. Many times, the water and trails go hand-in-hand making it easy to bike to a location then jump into a boat for some paddling fun.

Educators learn the ABCs of school wellness at Pottstown institute |Aug 22, 2016

Right before students are due to return for the fall session, tri-county area educators learned how to incorporate play into the school day during a wellness seminar at the Pottstown Middle School.

On election chess board, Southeastern Pennsylvania counties are crucial |Aug 22, 2016

Whether you know it or not, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are fighting over you — that is, if you are a voter living in the suburbs around Philadelphia.

Interim Pottstown NAACP officers elected, initiative announced |Aug 22, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> The interim election for the reorganization of the Pottstown chapter of the NAACP has put Jonathan Corson in the president’s position until November.

Pottstown hosts first Community Veterans Day in Memorial Park |Aug 22, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> “As long as they don’t play taps, I’m all right. If they play taps, that’s it.”

Pottstown police: South Roland Street is now one way |Aug 22, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> The Pottstown Police Department announced Tuesday that South Roland Street has become a one-way road.

Man hospitalized after being shot multiple times outside bar in Stowe |Aug 22, 2016

STOWE >> One man is in the hospital after he was shot multiple times early Sunday morning.

Pottsgrove Superintendent Shellie Feola leaving the district |Aug 22, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> Pottsgrove School District Superintendent Shellie A. Feola is planning to leave her post as the district’s top administrator.

THE HISTORIAN: Fagleysville, an old hamlet |Aug 22, 2016

Fagleysville Hill, perhaps the highest point in Montgomery County, is an old landmark in New Hanover Township. Located at the intersection of Swamp Pike and Fagleysville Road, the tiny hamlet of Fagleysville extends less than a quarter-mile in each direction.

Birdsboro Council swears-in new officer |Aug 22, 2016

BIRDSBORO >> Borough Council members approved a motion to hire a seventh police officer for the Birdsboro Police Department.

Summer veggies star in summer casseroles |Aug 22, 2016

Swimming in summer squash? Tomatoes looking terrific? Turn them into something hot, bubbly and oh-so-comforting — a casserole.

PHOTOS: Boyertown’s Dog Days of August hit downtown |Aug 22, 2016

The community was invited to come out into the streets of downtown Boyertown on Saturday, Aug. 20, as a part of Building a Better Boyertown’s Dog Days of August. Activities included live music, doggie pools, free nail clipping, food vendors, and doggie pretzels.

Band Camp unites marching band on and off field |Aug 22, 2016

Hamburg High School Marching Band’s season began Aug. 15 with Band Camp, a time for the band to learn the music, marching drills, and field show formations.

Hamburg High School upgrades school TV studio with new green screen |Aug 22, 2016

Hamburg High School upgraded its TV studio, featuring a new green screen.

Topton speed skater Gavin Geiger brings home medals, trophy from USA Roller Sports nationals |Aug 22, 2016

Gavin Geiger displays his medals and trophy he won during the USA Roller Sports national indoor speed skating competition held this summer in Lincoln, Nebraska. He placed third in the 300 meter and 400 meter races and fourth in the 200 meter race in the primary boys age group (6 and 7 year olds).

Rainy Valley Blues Fest at Kuztown Park |Aug 22, 2016

The sounds of the Blues filled Kutztown Park on Sunday, Aug. 21. Blues bands continued to play even while heavy rainfall poured down from the heavens. Many Blues fans came prepared with umbrellas. Peter and Natalie Saul came to the Blues Festival prepared for the rain with a canopy tent.

Hamburg Item Community Calendar Aug. 24 |Aug 20, 2016

Submit to Calendar: E-mail event listings to Note Item Calendar in e-mail subject.

Fleetwood man accused of assault, terroristic threats |Aug 20, 2016

A Fleetwood man is accused of assault and making terroristic threats.

Berks County 4-H Swine Club Benefit Barrow helps Hansley family of Hamburg |Aug 19, 2016

The Berks County 4-H Swine Club hosts its first annual Benefit Barrow. Proceeds from the Aug. 20 4-H Round Up auction at the Kutztown Fair benefits the Bret Hansley Jr. family from Hamburg.

Berks County celebrities show pigs at Kutztown Fair |Aug 19, 2016

The Berks County 4-H Swine Club hosted a Celebrity Showmanship competition at the Kutztown Fair on Aug. 18. Berks County celebrities were Y102’s Andi Kurzweg, Jamie Klein of the Reading Eagle, 2016 Reading Fair Queen Lindsey Zimmerman, and 2016 Reading Fair Queen Alternate Morgan Krick.

WTIM: Music Around Town Aug. 24 edition |Aug 19, 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.

Montgomery County outlines plan in event of local Zika outbreak |Aug 19, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County officials have outlined a plan in the event of a Zika outbreak locally.

A Walk with Dragonflies |Aug 19, 2016

Ken Lebo lead participants on A Walk with Dragonflies, hosted by Blue Mountain Wildlife Inc. in the wetlands at the Kernsville Dam Recreation Area west of Hamburg on Aug. 13.

Seeing Eye dog trained at Hamburg High |Aug 19, 2016

Hamburg High School students will be joined a furry, four-legged new student this year, Wolfgang, a German Shepherd puppy.

Hay Creek Festival celebrates 40th anniversary Sept. 9-11 |Aug 18, 2016

The excitement is growing for 2016 40th anniversary celebration of the Hay Creek Festival. The entire event has been restructured to enhance the visits of the thousands of guests who will experience the 18th and 19th centuries at Joanna Furnace Iron Works and its community.

A Look Back in History: Kutztown’s storied Pennsylvania Dutch heritage still widely celebrated |Aug 18, 2016

With another successful Kutztown Folk Festival come and gone last month boasting attendances totaling over 120,000, Dr. Alfred Shoemaker its founder, in 1950 and the years leading up to its inception, vowed to himself to celebrate the humanitarian Folklife society of our ethnic Rhineland immigrants who fled to America to avoid inhumane ethnic cleansing, as he witnessed as an American soldier in World War II, fighting Adolf Hitler.

Welcome to my World: Breakfast in my Sister’s Bed |Aug 18, 2016

Growing up on a farm with nine older siblings, I don’t recall having slept with my sister, Dorothy. She slept with Mary Alice, who was closer in age, while I slept with Gladys, who was closer to my age.

Reading Symphony Orchestra opens season with A Grand Night of Music on Sept. 24 |Aug 18, 2016

The Reading Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Andrew Constantine, kicks off its 2016-17 season on Saturday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center, with A Grand Night of Music, a concert of beloved works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Holst.

Caernarvon Township hosts 2016 Summer Camp |Aug 17, 2016

Caernarvon Township hosted its 2016 Summer Camp.

Tri County Record Community Calendar Aug. 23 |Aug 17, 2016

Event Submissions: send to week prior to publication. Note Tri County Record calendar in email subject.

Road Scholar Transport wins 50 & Over Senior Modified Men’s Softball League Championship |Aug 17, 2016

Road Scholar Transport won the Tri-County 50 & Over Senior Modified Men’s Softball League Monday evening, Aug. 15 at West Sadsbury Park. The league completed its 4th year with Road Scholar Transport earning its 2nd championship and becoming the 1st Team to win both the regular season and the play-offs with a 12 to 1 victory.