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Pine Forge Academy receives $1M ransom demand from hacker |Dec 21, 2014

Douglass (Berks) >> State police are conducting an investigation after Pine Forge Academy received an anonymous email threatening the school’s computer system.

A Look Back in History: Pennsylvania Dutch and their reverence for stone |Dec 19, 2014

The widespread use of fieldstone for houses, barns, and mills is quite well-known and a number of structures survive in the area remain in fine shape. However, the stone culture of early Pennsylvania was quite elaborate, and stone was used for practically for every purpose.

An outpouring of kindness supplies local veterans with essentials |Dec 19, 2014

The holidays remind us to appreciate what we have, love those in our lives and give back to the community through donations, time and love.

The Historian: Log Houses in the New Hanover area |Dec 19, 2014

When we think of early houses in the region, the images that usually come to mind are the large, stone farm houses and the associated bank barns.

Kutztown Elementary Students, staff perform 1,000 acts of kindness |Dec 19, 2014

Kutztown Elementary students and staff performed more than 1,000 random acts of kindness and spread joy in the community during December.

Hollywood fairy tale for Fleetwood girl, 8, in Big Apple |Dec 19, 2014

Rodeo Marie Hanson, an 8-year-old girl from the Fleetwood area, got up close and personal with Hollywood’s A-List, at The World Premiere of Disney’s “Into The Woods.”

Mind Your Body: A Perfect Time for Turning Inward |Dec 19, 2014

Winter has arrived and the nights have grown longer. Along with increased darkness, there is more quietude. As we look around us, we see bare branches. Many plants have gone dormant, there are fewer birds about, and numerous animals hibernate or go into “light hibernation.

Kutztown University Commencement a special day for stroke victim |Dec 19, 2014

This time last year, things were going well for Jennifer Sommers of Stroudsburg, Pa. As a special education pre-K - 8 and elementary education pre-K - 4 major at Kutztown University, she saw the light at the end of the tunnel and looked forward to graduating in the spring alongside her twin brother, Tim Sommers.

Liquor Control partners with 4 Universities: Town-Gown Pilot Project aims to prevent underage and dangerous drinking on college campuses and in community |Dec 19, 2014

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced a pilot program with Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown University, West Chester University, Alvernia College and Caron Treatment Centers to develop a Town-Gown Pilot Project aimed at preventing underage and dangerous drinking on college campuses and in the surrounding communities.

Oley farmer wins Sunoco’s Free Fuel 5000 Contest Grand Prize of $5,000 in fuel |Dec 19, 2014

Sunoco marks the first decade of its popular Free Fuel 5000 contest by giving out $5,000 Grand Prizes to 10 lucky customers from across the country.

Hamburg Area School District Superintendent’s resignation accepted |Dec 19, 2014

After eight years at the helm, Hamburg Area’s top administrator has decided that it’s time for a change.

ReadingFilm presents free screening of Wyomissing High grad’s latest project |Dec 19, 2014

ReadingFilm, a GoGreater Reading program, is pleased to announce the latest in its ever-growing list of free screening premieres of films shot in Greater Reading or by filmmakers with ties to Reading.

Leader honored for 50 years of Scouting |Dec 19, 2014

John Mehltretter was not expecting a room full of Boy Scout leaders and members, family and friends yelling “Surprise!” when he walked into the weekly Troop 101 meeting at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kutztown on Tuesday.

Brinton Lodge hosts first Holiday Bizarre Bazaar |Dec 19, 2014

Historic Brinton Lodge hosted their first annual Holiday Bizarre Bazaar which featured local vendors and artists who specialize in unique, handmade, weird, vintage, sexy, esoteric, eco-friendly, and fun crafts, goods, and services.

Hamburg area church calendar |Dec 19, 2014

Salem-Berne United Methodist Church

Hamburg area calendar of events |Dec 19, 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.

‘Tis the Season: A six-year tradition visiting Koziar’s Christmas Village |Dec 19, 2014

The first time I visited Koziar’s Christmas Village I was a fourth grade Girl Scout. Our leaders rounded us up in a bunch of cars, and we waited in the mile-long traffic to see the shimmering, magical lights.

Small Beginnings: Christmas confessions, getting caught up in the commotion of the holiday |Dec 19, 2014

I’m caught up in the middle of the hubbub. I’m shopping and frantically looking for the perfect gift for the people I love. I want them to have that WOW moment when they open the package and love what I got them.

Welcome to my World: The Christmas tree |Dec 19, 2014

Our Christmas tree is again decorated with glowing lights, ornamental glass balls, icicles of tinfoil, long strips of popcorn chains, and topped by an angel. Starry eyed, I repeat the familiar carol’s words: “Oh, Christmas tree, Oh, Christmas tree, How lovely are your branches!”

Roundabouts, widening and additional turning lanes planed for Route 222, Maidencreek, Richmond and Maxatawny townships |Dec 19, 2014

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation representatives presented plans for Route 222 during a public open house at Fleetwood High School Dec. 17.

Dairy recipe: ‘Tis the season to be dairy |Dec 19, 2014

Tis’ the season to be dairy! From setting cookies and milk out for Santa, enjoying hot chocolate by the fire or even baking one of your favorite holiday recipes, this time of year is filled with dairy.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center Launching New Online Donor Screening Application |Dec 19, 2014

Miller-Keystone Blood Center (MKBC) is pleased to announce the launch of iScreen, a secure, private way for donors to complete their donor history questionnaire. Starting on Tuesday, Jan. 6, iScreen will be used by donors to answer these questions in a private setting at a blood drive or donation center or online on the day of donation, prior to their arrival.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Intense musical-thriller ‘Whiplash’ earns its title |Dec 19, 2014

For all intents and purposes, “Whiplash” is a monster movie -- it doesn’t exactly take place in reality. Concerning an ambitious young man at a renowned music college under the tutelage of a conductor whose technical excellence is outweighed only by his ruthlessness in weeding out imperfections in his students, this is a film that approaches musicianship much like “Gravity” approached space travel.

WTIM: Music around town Dec. 24 edition |Dec 19, 2014

By Tim Dietterick Circulation Manager, Berks-Mont Newspapers

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Dec 19, 2014

25 Years Ago Dec. 27, 1989 >> Army Captain Thomas Muir, 29, was injured last week in the U.S. invasion of Panama. Captain Muir is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Muir, 100 Club House Drive, Bernville.

Holiday food drive, Santa run slated for Lower Pottsgrove TWP |Dec 18, 2014

Shawn Watson wasn’t always the owner of three flourishing businesses in Lower Pottsgrove and Douglass Townships and a member of the Lower Pottsgrove Township Board of Commissioners. There was a time when he knew what it was to struggle through life.

Pottstown MOMS Club holds Gift-A-Way Event |Dec 18, 2014

Most folks can use a little extra help from time to time—and what better time than the holiday season.

Historic State Theatre Of Boyertown Born Cross-Eyed To Celebrate St. Stephens Day Concert |Dec 18, 2014

The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown is proud to present Born Cross-Eyed in concert on Friday, Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at 61 N. Reading Avenue in Boyertown.

Schwank, Argall, Community and Business Leaders, First Responders meet on Route 222 |Dec 18, 2014

Heeding the growing concerns about the safety of Route 222, state Sens. Judy Schwank (D-11) and David Argall (R-29) met here last night with local leaders to work towards solutions that would make the highway less deadly.

Announcing the winners of the 8th Annual Festival of the Trees in Boyertown |Dec 18, 2014

From Boyertown Multi-Service The 8th Annual Festival of the Trees Event took place on Friday, Dec. 6, at Boyertown Multi-Service.

Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue reports to chimney fire |Dec 18, 2014

Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a chimney fire at 142 West Philadelphia Ave., a single family residence, on Friday Dec. 12, at 1426 hours [2:26 p.m.].

Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue report to early morning structure fire |Dec 18, 2014

Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a structure fire—garage at 220 North Reading Avenue—on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 0453 hours [4:53 a.m.].

Adorable Adoptables: This Chihuahua just wants to cuddle |Dec 18, 2014

#8008 Aren’t I just the cutest little ball of love you’ve ever seen? I am a 7-year-old neutered male Chihuahua.

Berks County Public Library System Awards libraries, individuals for making difference in their community |Dec 18, 2014

The Berks County Public Library System Board of Trustees recognized the efforts of libraries and individuals at its 13th annual awards presentation on Dec. 17, honoring people and programs who are driving forces and inspirations within the library community.

Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce honors three local business people |Dec 17, 2014

Among the highlights of the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner Celebration was much-deserved kudos for Chip Breuninger, Fred Breuninger and Doug Thompson.

Three families purchase toys for Haylee’s Christmas Tree Project |Dec 17, 2014

Three families from the Living Waters Fellowship congregation purchased toys for Haylee’s Christmas Tree Project.

Owen J. teacher uses passion for scuba and outdoors to help students |Dec 17, 2014

BUCKTOWN >> How does a school district deal with truancy and behavior issues when the students simply have no interest in traditional education? Challenge them!

Sixth annual Christmas celebration gets Birdsboro in holiday spirit |Dec 17, 2014

Crowds huddled closely to keep warm Dec. 13 at the sixth annual Christmas in Birdsboro celebration held in Main Bird Park. The event included horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, food and craft vendors, and the biggest crowd pleaser of all — fireworks.

Jay Leno brings his comedy to Berks County |Dec 17, 2014

Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist Jay Leno will be at the Santander Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Feb.

Updated: Maxatawny comments on Saucony Creek Regional Authority sewer module exemption being struck down |Dec 17, 2014

After a successful appeal by the Kutztown Borough Council, the Environmental Hearing Board struck down the sewer module exemption awarded to Maxatawny Township by the Department of Environmental Protection, according to esquire to the council, Keith Mooney.

Poverty levels in Kutztown Borough a concern for Kutztown School District Superintendent |Dec 16, 2014

Kutztown School District’s Superintendent expressed concerns about the poverty levels in Kutztown Borough during the Kutztown School Board meeting on Dec. 12.

Christmas story comes to life at Live Nativity at Garden Spot Village, New Holland |Dec 16, 2014

With Christmas around the corner, the retirement community at the Garden Spot Village in New Holland embraced the festive spirit on Dec. 9 and 10.

Twin Valley Rotary Club scholarships available for Honey Brook, Morgantown and Elverson students |Dec 16, 2014

The Rotary Club of Twin Valley, in conjunction with the Gundaker Foundation of Rotary District 7450, announces availability of Undergraduate and Graduate Grant Awards for students from the communities of Honey Brook, Morgantown and Elverson, for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Boone board honors life-saving student |Dec 16, 2014

The Daniel Boone School Board honored high school senior Trevor Biggerstaff, who saved a man’s life on Aug. 29 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. during the Monday, Dec. 15 meeting. A letter from Ronald and Linda Burchett, of Glasgow, Ky, praised Biggerstaff for “stepping up” to perform the Heimlich Maneuver and save Ron’s life.

Diverse skills offered by Amity Township Police Department |Dec 16, 2014

Various Amity Township Police officers have been in the news for apprehending suspected arsonists, burglars, and drug dealers, as well as helping the public during emergency situations.

Horses, guests celebrate Holiday Open House at Ryerss Farm |Dec 16, 2014

As told by Horses Henry, Caputo and Mark

American Legion Post 537 Morgantown placed wreaths placed at graves of veterans at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery |Dec 16, 2014

On Dec. 13, American Legion Post 537 Morgantown made their annual trip from Morgantown to Indiantown Gap National Cemetery to lay wreaths for Wreaths Across America. We rented two buses to take the Boy Scouts and the Legion Members.

Letter: |Dec 16, 2014

I am a local Morgantown nurse and member of our local American Legion. On Saturday, Dec. 13 I had the pleasure of attending once again “Wreaths Across America” at Fort Indiantown Gap, a national Pennsylvania Veterans Cemetery.

D.A.: Pennsburg ex-Marine on loose after Montco killing rampage |Dec 16, 2014

A Pennsburg man who authorities say went on a killing spree early Monday morning, slaying his ex-wife and five of her family members in three Montgomery County communities, remained at large as of press time Tuesday after SWAT teams surrounded two residences where he was thought to be holed up and a police manhunt intensified as the day progressed.

Tri County Record Community Calendar of Events & Notices |Dec 16, 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.