Vulakovich, Schwank introduce sextortion legislation to criminalize the coercion of sexual conduct |Apr 20, 2018

Pennsylvania Sens. and Judy Schwank (D-11) and Randy Vulakovich (R-38) have introduced legislation that aims to criminalize the coercion of sexual conduct.

William Macmillan wins 2018 Mr. Brandywine |Apr 20, 2018

William Macmillan won the title 2018 Mr. Brandywine during the Brandywine Heights High School’s annual Mr. Brandywine pageant held in March.

Library supporters fill Wine & Stein fundraising event |Apr 20, 2018

Brandywine Community Library hosted its annual community fundraiser, with a new name, Wine and Stein, on April 14 at the Henry Auditorium located on The Lutheran Home at Topton campus.

Fleetwood FBLA wins Outstanding Chapter Award |Apr 20, 2018

ecently 35 members from the Fleetwood Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America attended the 2018 State Leadership Conference held in Hershey. At the conference the Fleetwood Chapter was recognized as an Outstanding Chapter for the 2017 – 2018 school year.

Julie Stark, Keith Haring named 2018 Distinguished Alumni of Year |Apr 20, 2018

Kutztown Area School District Education Foundation announce the recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni of the Year, Julie Stark and the late Keith Haring. They will be honored at a reception at Moselem Springs Country Club on June 5, 5 to 7 p.

Local dog and owner representing USA in agility championships in Italy |Apr 20, 2018

Local dog agility competitor Linda Womer, of Gilbertsville, and her Papillon, Frenzi, are in Milan, Italy, to represent the United States at the 2018 IFCS World Agility Championships. The event takes place April 25 to 29 and is hosted by the International Federation of Cynological Sports (IFCS) with the help of their Italian affiliate Federazione Italiana Sport Cinofili (FISC).

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Boyertown Area Choral Association presents noteworthy tunes from the movies |Apr 20, 2018

The Boyertown Area Choral Association went to the movies to draw inspiration for the start of its 28th season. “Movie Tunes: Songs Made Famous through Film from the 1930s to the Present” is the theme for this year’s spring concerts.

Brownie Troop 1759 shows off their spring hats |Apr 20, 2018

Brownie Troop #1759 celebrated the arrival of spring by decorating hats. Each girl created her own design. The troop then interrupted a BACA (Boyertown Area Choral Association) rehearsal and paraded through the Sanctuary at Good Shepherd UCC in Boyertown to show off their hats.

Girl Scouts learn important babysitting skills |Apr 20, 2018

The Boyertown Service Unit of Girl Scouts of Eastern PA held a Super Sitter event on Saturday, April 14, at St. Columbkill’s Roman Catholic Church in Boyertown. Forty six girls, under the leadership of Mary Flanagan, R.

Berks History Center presented Achievement Award from PA Museums |Apr 20, 2018

On April 16, the Berks History Center accepted an Institutional Achievement Award from PA Museums, Pennsylvania’s statewide trade association serving museum professionals and institutions, at PA Museum’s Annual Conference in State College, PA.

Library Peep Show showcases all things chicken at Bethel-Tulpehocken Public Library |Apr 19, 2018

Are you a fan of chick lit? Was the chicken in Moana your favorite character? If Chicken Little saw our library, would he say ‘the sky is falling’? The Bethel-Tulpehocken Public Library invites you to stop in between April 25 and May 25 to take a ‘peep’ at our expansion plans.

Berks County Outdoor Sports Person of the Year awarded for clean up efforts at Kaercher Creek |Apr 19, 2018

Tilden Township resident Tim Mazaika hauled his mower to the banks of Kaercher Creek four years ago with a simple motive: clearing fishing spots at the popular location east of Hamburg.

Shoey Pool renovation on track for May opening |Apr 19, 2018

Construction equipment has been the norm at the Shoemakersville Swimming Pool, 1003 Main Street, for over six months. Pool Supervisor Amy Botwright said as of April 16 the $620,000 renovation project is on schedule and the Shoey pool will open on time for the summer season.

Chester County resident honored with Lifetime Conservation Leadership Award |Apr 19, 2018

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PALTA) recently honored D. Andrew “Andy” Pitz with the Lifetime Conservation Leadership Award. Pitz received the award at the annual Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference, held this year at The Desmond in Chester County.

Tri County Community Calendar April 24 |Apr 19, 2018

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Chester County farm planting project for the hungry - volunteers needed |Apr 19, 2018

The Knights of Columbus and St. Elizabeth’s parish are hosting a farm project to help feed the hungry of Chester County on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Knights are looking for volunteers to plant potatoes.

Local runner from Narvon wins Garden Spot Village Half Marathon |Apr 19, 2018

Jeremy Dovin, 14, of Narvon, finished first in the Garden Spot Village Half Marathon on Saturday, April 14, with a time of 1:20:18. This was Jeremy’s second win at Garden Spot Village. He won 3rd place in 2017 with a time of 1:23:11.

Community Homeschool Players, Morgantown performs ‘Cinderella’ May 4 and 5 |Apr 19, 2018

Community Homeschool Players will perform “Cinderella” on May 4 and 5 at Conestoga Mennonite Church in Morgantown.

Berks County residents join rally to end gerrymandering |Apr 19, 2018

Citizens from Berks County were among more than 800 concerned Pennsylvanians who rallied in Harrisburg on April 16 to call for a permanent solution to the extreme partisan gerrymandering that has seeded political gridlock and apathy for decades and recently put the state in the national spotlight.

Brew Fest celebrates all things beer |Apr 19, 2018

The Berks History Center and Oakbrook Brewing Company invited the community to immerse in Berks County’s vibrant beer brewing culture, both past and present, at Berks Brewery & Breweriana Fest on April 14 at the Berks History Center in Reading.

5th Annual Author Pavilion hosted at Kutztown Block Party April 29 |Apr 19, 2018

The novelist Ernest Hemingway once famously said, “It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”

Kelsey Delozier,of Douglasville, honored at 2018 Women’s Leadership Awards at Indiana University |Apr 19, 2018

Kelsey Delozier, of Douglasville, was recognized at the 2018 Women’s Leadership Awards at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

New fitness center open in Exeter for special needs individuals |Apr 19, 2018

All Abilities Fitness Center in Exeter, located at 3811 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, Pa. 19606, a first-of-its-kind fitness center is specifically focused on adapted exercise and movement classes for the special needs population.

Headliners announced for The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration |Apr 19, 2018

Bill Haley Jr. and the Comets, Hector Rosado and Steel Ave. Salsa, Grammy nominated polka advocate Alex Meixner, and Purcell’s Irish Band and Irish Stepdancers with Toad Creek Ramblers and Hoedowners and Callers (led by Keith Brintzenhoff of Kutztown) will be the music headliners at the 2018 Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration (PennMArt) at the historic Allentown Fairgrounds on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28.

Kutztown High School Odyssey of Mind team advances to World Finals |Apr 18, 2018

The Kutztown High School Odyssey of the Mind team placed second at the Pennsylvania State Odyssey of the Mind tournament April 7 and advances to the World Finals, held at Iowa State University on May 24 - 26.

Fleetwood alum Mitch Ottinger creates Park-a-Dot, founded M.O. Gizmo to develop products of everyday convenience |Apr 18, 2018

A former Fleetwood resident and 2005 alumnus of Fleetwood High School, Mitch Ottinger is excited to share with his hometown a new product he’s created, Park-a-Dot, a patent pending garage parking sensor which eliminates the uncertainty associated with parking in your own garage.

Rep. Dent to resigns from Congress early |Apr 17, 2018

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-15th Dist., announced on April 17 his intention to resign from Congress in May.

Kutztown Community Threads quilts community memories, takes donations of materials to create quilt |Apr 17, 2018

Community Threads is seeking participants to join their community quilting group. They are also looking for donations from the community.

Grange presents Community Citizen Award to Andy Schlegel for community service |Apr 16, 2018

Kutztown Grange presented Andy Schlegel, Kutztown, with the 2018 Community Citizen Award, recognizing Schlegel for his contributions to the Kutztown community during its annual Community Night on April 12.

Jenna Reed of Fleetwood awarded national speech-language scholarship |Apr 16, 2018

Jenna Reed of Fleetwood has been named one of National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s first undergraduate scholarship recipients.

Visually impaired students scuba dive for first time |Apr 16, 2018

As a way of giving back to the community, The Heritage of Green Hills, Shillington, hosted a scuba diving class at its indoor pool for youth from VisionCorps, a Lancaster-based non-profit organization that empowers people who are blind or vision impaired to attain independence.

Safe Berks ‘The Pictures of my Voice’ Exhibit celebrates survival, healing, courage and self-expression |Apr 15, 2018

Safe Berks recently celebrated the opening of “Los Retratos de mi Voz” (The Pictures of my Voice), a Photo Voice Project, at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, in the Main Lobby. This photo collection will be on display in the GoggleWorks through April 28.

Woman falls to her death at abandoned quarry |Apr 15, 2018

UNION TWP. >> A woman fell to her death from a cliff after plunging more than 300 feet into water at an abandoned quarry.

Philadelphia Avenue Street Fair coming to Boyertown June 9 |Apr 13, 2018

The Berks-Mont Business Association is hosting the 3rd annual Philadelphia Ave Street Fair on Saturday, June 9. The 2017 event was a huge success and 2018 is shaping up to be even bigger!

Beth Shive honored as ‘Life-Long Friend of Career and Technical Education’ |Apr 13, 2018

The staff and administration at Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) was pleased to honor Beth Shive of Boyertown Area School District with a “Life-Long Friend of Career and Technical Education”plaque and award.

Times & SBN Community Calendar April 19 |Apr 13, 2018

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Boyertown Church News |Apr 13, 2018

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Boyertown’s annual ‘Coming Out of Hibernation’ event April 21 |Apr 13, 2018

On April 21, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., celebrate spring within downtown Boyertown. East Philadelphia Avenue will be closed between Chestnut and Washington streets to traffic. Walk our historic downtown, and enjoy artisanal crafters, open air food vendors, community organizations, moon bounce, games, activities and much more!

Community invited to 64th Annual Boyertown Area Citizen of the Year Awards Gala hosted April 21 |Apr 13, 2018

The 64th Annual Boyertown Area Citizen of the Year Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, 85 South Walnut St., Boyertown.

Hamburg Borough Police: Drug Take Back Day battles opioid crisis |Apr 13, 2018

Hamburg Borough Police will be hosting and participating with the DEA in National Drug Take Back Day.

Kutztown dedicates new stadium May 6, day opens with Running of the Cougars 5K |Apr 13, 2018

Kutztown Area School District dedicates its new stadium on Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m.

Katelyn Poe named to Budding Artist Program |Apr 13, 2018

Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery and Studio, 22 S. Reading Ave., Boyertown, is proud to name Katelyn Poe as its next Budding Artist.

Fleetwood Community Theater presents ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ |Apr 13, 2018

Fleetwood Community Theater is presenting the Spring Show “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey and Dale Wasserman and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

Reading Symphony hosts inaugural celebratory event |Apr 13, 2018

The Reading Symphony Orchestra will host an inaugural celebratory event on Sunday, May 6, at 5:00 p.m. at the Neag Planetarium at the Reading Public Museum. Titled “Desserts — Harmony in Red” (after the famous Matisse painting), the event will honor Berks County philanthropists Sandy Solmon and Doug Messinger.

Killer of a musical comedy ‘Heathers’ opens at Genesius |Apr 13, 2018

Genesius Theatre presents “Heathers The Musical” which opens Friday, April 27, and runs through May 6 at Genesius Theatre, 153 N. 10th St., Reading. Book, music and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe.

Hamburg Salvation Army Family Store celebrates 1st Birthday Party with music and cake |Apr 13, 2018

The Hamburg Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center will celebrate its 1st Birthday Party at the store, located at 700 South 4th Street, Hamburg, on Saturday, April 21, between 10 a.m. to 2 p.

Boyertown street fair to welcome spring on April 21 |Apr 12, 2018

BOYERTOWN >> East Philadelphia Avenue in downtown Boyertown will be closed to traffic between Chestnut and Washington streets on Saturday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help celebrate spring.

Pop-Up Libraries around Kutztown |Apr 12, 2018

Do you want to help inspire more readers in your community? Are you looking for a fun new project to become a part of?

Rep. Dent presented Problem Solvers Award |Apr 12, 2018

The Association of Former Members of Congress presented Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) with their Problem Solvers Award in March, recognizing his efforts on behalf of bipartisanship and his leadership. It’s the first time the group has bestowed the honor.