Blue Devils inspire students in Hamburg |Sep 1, 2014

Hamburg Area School District hosted the Blue Devils, a drum and bugle corps part of Drum Corps International, from July 30 to Aug. 2. The 15-time World Champion marching unit rehearsed at the football stadium and even used the middle school as a hotel during their days here in Hamburg.

Harold “Freck” Miller reflects on his experience in his seventh decade of scouting |Sep 1, 2014

In 1939, FDR was president, a loaf of bread was eight cents and televisions were the newest technology available. Also that year, Hamburg native Harold “Freck” Miller became the first in his family to join the scouts.

From the Item editor: Taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge |Sep 1, 2014

We’ve seen it just about everywhere. On the various social media sites and on television when it comes to celebrities. We’ve seen the positive reactions and of course the negative reactions.

Welcome to my World: Remembering visiting family and friends |Sep 1, 2014

Reprint: Published locally 2009 in Lifestyles over 50 and Berks County TV web site 2011; 2014 Country Magazine

Fleetwood School District’s 2014-15 goals: meeting core standards, ensuring school safety and security |Sep 1, 2014

At their August meeting, the Board of Education approved the district’s goals for the 2014-2015 school year.

Diakon Adoption & Foster Care staff member Melanie Rehrig receives Permanency Teamwork Recognition Award |Sep 1, 2014

Topton >> Melanie Rehrig, who supervises the Family Finding and Older Child Matching Imitative efforts at the Topton office of Diakon Adoption & Foster Care, was one of three adoption professionals who recently received the Permanency Teamwork Recognition Award during the annual conference of the Statewide Adoption & Permanency Network.

Topton couple celebrates 65th anniversary |Sep 1, 2014

Robert and Carol Schillinger, residents of The Lutheran Home at Topton, recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a small family celebration at the senior living community. The couple were married Aug.

What’s Cooking with Linda: Blueberry Coffee Cake |Sep 1, 2014

ANY FLAVOR Coffee Cake! This coffee cake recipe was enjoyed at a recent recipe group as a Blueberry Coffee cake. It was moist and perfect! Feel free to substitute another fresh fruit in place of the blue berries.

A Look Back in History: Colonial weathervanes of Oley Valley |Sep 1, 2014

When the early Pennsylvania Germans purchased their farming tracts from William Penn, these proud immigrants built agrarian farmsteads that rivaled their European counterparts, which naturally caused these Americans to place artistic weathervanes atop fashionable farm homes and gigantic Swiss bank barns, once the prerogative of European nobility.

Hamburg Rotary: HADIT program |Sep 1, 2014

Jennifer Pospisil and Lisa White, who are with the HADIT Hamburg Area Drug Intervention Team, presented the program to the Hamburg Rotary. Tom Roth was the program chairperson. Their mission is to educate and bring awareness to the growing illegal drug problem within Hamburg area.

Shartlesville Lions Club holds annual picnic |Sep 1, 2014

Good friends, good food, good entertainment and good remembrances were intertwined as the Shartlesville Lions Club held its annual picnic recently at the Shartlesville Park. Lions members did the cooking, all did the eating and David Kline filled the air with recollections, banjo and guitar music and a set of strong vocal chords.

Hamburg area calendar of events |Sep 1, 2014

Shoemakersville Fire Company Line Dancing: Come out to the Banquet Hall on the second Friday of each month. There will be a DJ playing the best country music and a Cash Bar will also be available. From 7 p.

Hamburg area church calendar |Sep 1, 2014


Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Sep 1, 2014

25 Years Ago Sept. 6, 1989 >> Tracy McGonigal, 1984 graduate of Hamburg Area High School, is a recent graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. At graduation she was honored with the Rocha Communication Award.

Small Beginnings: Feeling grateful for our beautiful country |Sep 1, 2014

We are a little behind the vacation curve as we are just gearing up for our getaway. Most folks have already gone to the beach or done a theme park or two and they have the suitcases all nicely stashed away and the hotel soap is already melted down the drain.

Hamburg school board approves 4 year technology lease, Upper Bern Elm. put up for auction Sept. 24 |Sep 1, 2014

Hamburg Area plans to have a grand opening for its new elementary school in Shoemakersville on Oct. 23, Superintendent Steven Keifer told school directors on Aug. 25.

Hamburg native Vanessa Long reaches for her dreams in New York City |Sep 1, 2014

In just three short months, Hamburg native Vanessa Long has worked on one off-Broadway show and one off-off-Broadway show as well as currently preparing for her next show which premieres Nov. 7 in New York City.

Through My Kitchen Window: Avoid the school lunch slump |Sep 1, 2014

Are you packing multiple lunches, or need a fast lunch for your preschooler or homeschooler? Here are a few quick and easy lunch ideas to keep you out of the school lunch slump.

Honey Brook Historical Society undertakes preservation of The Honey Brook Herald |Sep 1, 2014

More than 2,000 copies of the Honey Brook Herald have found a new home with the Honey Brook Historical Society.

Honey Brook Borough hosts Rizzetta’s Tones Sept. 7 |Sep 1, 2014

Honey Brook >> The sounds of Celtic music from around the world will fill the pavilion at Honey Brook Borough Park for the final free Summer Concert of the season.

How old do you think the earth is? |Sep 1, 2014

Honey Brook Twp. >> Tel Hai’s Life Enrichment Committee will offer a two-session discussion of this fascinating and long-debated subject.

Tel Hai’s Concert Season Begins Sept. 4: Philadelphia Orchestra Tuba player performs |Sep 1, 2014

Honey Brook >> The new concert season begins at Tel Hai on Thursday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by Carol Jantsch, principal tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Morgantown flying clubs tour Lancaster Airport Tower |Sep 1, 2014

Members of the Tri-County Flyers and the Morgantown Aero Club, and other local Morgantown Airport pilots and family members recently attended a tour of the Lancaster Airport control tower.

Two-day bike ride takes cyclists to three national parks near Schuylkill River Trail |Sep 1, 2014

Did you know that there are three national park sites located near the Schuylkill River Trail?

MCCC student Candace Benson of Pottstown is runner-up in BET’s Sunday Best Competition |Sep 1, 2014

Montgomery County Community College student Candace Benson of Pottstown is the runner-up on BET’s Sunday Best gospel-based music competition with Geoffrey Golden of Cleveland, Ohio, taking the top spot.

Letter from AARP: ‘Maintain good health as you age’ |Aug 30, 2014

Preventative care is the most important thing someone can do to maintain good health as they age. As an AARP volunteer and member, I have had the privilege of being educated on how my insurance can help me prevent illness and avoid being sick.

PennDOT, police focused on reducing impaired driving crashes through Labor Day |Aug 29, 2014

As part of the national enforcement initiative, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” PennDOT, state police and municipal police are focusing their efforts on reducing alcohol-and drug-related crashes through Labor Day.

Boyertown’s Technology Student Association attends the national conference |Aug 29, 2014

For the first time in twenty years, the Boyertown Area Senior High School Technology Student Association was able to attend the national conference located in Washington, D.C. from June 27 to July 2.

New school year kicks off at St. Francis Academy |Aug 29, 2014

Students at St. Francis Academy in Bally began the new school year on Tuesday, Aug. 26. As a part of the first day, Students, kindergarten through eighth grade, were greeted by the school’s principal, Deacon Thomas Murphy.

2 injured after plane crash in Amity (video) |Aug 28, 2014

Two people were injured Wednesday, Aug. 27 afternoon after a small airplane crashed and caught fire, police said.

Daniel Boone School Board considers audio policy for school buses |Aug 28, 2014

The Daniel Boone School Board is considering adding audio recording to its video monitoring of district school buses.

WTIM: Music Around Town: Sept. 3 edition |Aug 28, 2014

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

Local historian focuses on the past of Berks County through photography |Aug 28, 2014

From plate photography to the iPhone, Berks’ historian George M. Meiser, IX must adapt to the modernization of the world in order to preserve what is left of the county’s history.

Boyertown Museum showcases history of the Pennsylvania Turnpike—A ‘Tunnel Highway’ |Aug 28, 2014

When the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened in 1940, the Turnpike Commission promoted their new road as the “tunnel highway.” This is due to no less than seven tunnels making up part of the Turnpike through the mountainous terrain it crossed between the Carlisle and Irwin interchanges.

Bloody calling card lands Boyertown man in prison for New Hanover burglaries |Aug 27, 2014

A Boyertown man who left a bloody calling card that linked him to burglaries at a New Hanover residence is headed to state prison.

In efforts to support local, Boscov’s East hosts library fundraiser |Aug 27, 2014

Local libraries cross-referenced with one retail store recently for an annual fundraiser full of events.

Jam for Krista set for Sept. 6 |Aug 27, 2014

The Second Annual Jam for Krista fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at the Reading Liederkranz. Money from the fundraiser benefits the Krist Staudt Memorial Scholarship Fund which awards scholarships to Berks County high school seniors who have overcome a medical challenge and are continuing their education at a technical school, business school, junior college, or four year college.

Kutztown Dolphins complete successful swim season |Aug 27, 2014

The Kutztown Dolphins swim team had numerous team members qualify to compete at the Berks County Swimming Championships meet and the Berks County Silver Championship meet. Dolphin swimmers turned in some great individual and relay performances at each of these meets.

What’s This?! presents Found Objects of Industry Exhibit Aug. 30: Industrial Salvage Owner Collaborates with Innovative Production Company |Aug 27, 2014

Kutztown >> Found Objects of Industry owner Leonard Schechter will have an extended gallery exhibit Saturday at the What’s This?! Media studio at 13 East Main St., Kutztown, featuring historical architectural pieces and assorted oddities including an Operay light, an antique drafting table and an 1800s clock face displayed in a modern 8-foot frame.

SilverSneakers love story inspires nomination for national contest |Aug 27, 2014

Nelson and Mary Walter, a couple from Berks County, found love through their involvement with a fitness program called SilverSneakers.

Kutztown Community Partnership takes the Ice Bucket Challenge: Mayor Green, Mamma’s Pizza, Kutztown Library help raise awareness, funds for ALS |Aug 27, 2014

Kutztown Community Partnership took the Ice Bucket Challenge, eagerly and willingly.

Dreibelbis Farm hosts PA German Farm Festival |Aug 27, 2014

Virginville >> Time comes to a standstill where history chooses to leave its footprints.

Brandywine first day opens with fun: Kindergarteners decorate gingerbreadmen, 1st graders color self-portraits, 2nd graders play games |Aug 26, 2014

Topton >> Summer vacation is over, and it’s back to school for the students of Brandywine Heights Elementary School.

New face for Brandywine: Elementary school welcomes new Principal Karen Long |Aug 26, 2014

Topton >> For Brandywine Heights Elementary School, the start of school brings the first full year of administration for Principal Karen Long after taking the position in November of 2013.

Kutztown Elementary students welcomed by new Principal Deborah Barnes |Aug 26, 2014

Kutztown >> New Principal Deborah L. Barnes welcomed students Kutztown Elementary students to their first day of school Aug. 25.

German pen friend visits Kutztown |Aug 26, 2014

Fleetwood alumna Heidi Schroeder has a German pen friend she has been writing to since the 6th grade, about 17 years.

Turkeys visit backyard patio in Fleetwood |Aug 26, 2014

Trudy Smith, a resident of Fleetwood, shares photos of her visiting turkey family.

Bat rehabilitator talks to Longswamp Boy Scout Pack 575 |Aug 26, 2014

The boy scouts of Longswamp Pack 575, Den 2, from Mertztown, received an education in bats on a recent Friday night.

Township rehashes allowing alcohol at park |Aug 26, 2014

Residents of Exeter Township may have another shot to drink alcohol in the park.

Willow Creek Elementary: Walk, bike to first day |Aug 26, 2014

Fleetwood >> Students and parents walked and biked to their first day of school at Willow Creek Elementary on Aug. 25.