Hamburg Area High School students perform ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ |Apr 27, 2015

Hamburg Area High School’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” will take to the stage May 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. and May 3 at 2 p.m. at the Hamburg Area High School. “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a comedy about a die-hard theatre fan putting on a record of his favorite musical.

Perry Elementary Center fourth graders ‘Meet the Plants’ |Apr 27, 2015

Fourth grade students at Perry Elementary Center were given the opportunity to learn more about plants and gardening through the Berks County 4H program on Friday, April 17. Each year, the 4H program, which is funded by Penn State Berks, offers the “Meet the Plants” program to interested schools in order to promote agriculture by teaching students about plants and their importance to us.

Salvation Army Service Unit, one of Hamburg’s ‘best kept secrets’ |Apr 27, 2015

The Salvation Army Service Unit in Hamburg has been referred to as one of the area’s “best kept secrets.”

Salem Belleman’s Church’s Mission Trip to Colorado |Apr 27, 2015

Salem Belleman’s Church served with the St. Vrain Habitat for Humanity in Longmont, Colorado, from April 12-18.

BACA celebrates 25th anniversary with free spring concert |Apr 27, 2015

The Boyertown Area Choral Association will celebrate the start of its 25th Anniversary season with a free spring concert on Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m. The concert will be held at The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, located at 35 W.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Dale |Apr 27, 2015

My name is Dale, and everyone says I’m a very charming and handsome fellow. I recently lost my loving home due to the death of my special person so now I’m looking for a new home and family.

Welcome to my World: Mom, in sickness and in health |Apr 27, 2015

With the raising of ten children, Mom never called a doctor, unless she had to. Even in her elderly years, she did her best to stay out of the doctor’s office. She could cure most anything. Sometimes it was her wonder drugs.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Sugar and spice |Apr 27, 2015

Baking is excellent therapy. On days filled with aggravation (of which I’ve had too many of late), I find that baking is extremely therapeutic. Baking provides me with an opportunity for solitude and to simply forget whatever it is that is irritating me and, in the end, I have the satisfaction of providing bliss in baked form to someone else (as well as myself because I don’t grow tired of eating what I bake).

WTIM: Music around town April 29 edition |Apr 27, 2015

By Tim Dietterick Circulation Manager, Berks-Mont Newspapers

Hamburg’s craft beer tasting festival ‘Art of the Brew’ returns May 2 |Apr 27, 2015

A big event is brewing in Hamburg and will be held this Saturday, May 2 at the Hamburg Field House. “Art of the Brew” Hamburg’s craft beer tasting festival will highlight favorites from 30 breweries with most offering tastings from at least two kinds of beer.

‘At All Costs’: The true story of Vietnam War hero Chief Master Sgt. Dick Etchberger |Apr 27, 2015

Journalist Matt Proietti was handed down an assignment in 2008 on Chief Master Sgt. Richard L. Etchberger and Project Heavy Green. As he began to research for the assignment, he soon realized that one piece would not be enough.

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hamburg holds Service of Dedication on May 3 |Apr 27, 2015

The members of St. John’s Lutheran Church, located at 99 Church Street, Hamburg, have completed a major renovation of the church sanctuary. A Service of Dedication will be held in the new sanctuary on May 3 beginning at 10:15 a.

Hamburg Area School District to induct five into Alumni Academic Hall of Fame |Apr 27, 2015

Hamburg Area School District will be inducting five members into the Alumni Academic Hall of Fame on May 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the high school. The school district is recognizing alumni for their career and life achievements which were developed through their academic preparation while a student in Hamburg Area schools.

Hamburg Fire Company visits Hamburg Junior Mountaineers Adventurer Club |Apr 27, 2015

Members of the Hamburg Fire Company gave a fire safety presentation to the Hamburg Junior Mountaineers Adventurer Club. This fulfilled the fire safety honor for the eager beaver level. The presentation was held on Wednesday, April 22 at Hamburg Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Shoemakersville Fire Company’s Lights and Sirens Parade set for May 2 |Apr 27, 2015

To describe the upcoming Shoemakersville Fire Company No. 1’s Lights and Sirens Parade, the Parade Chairman and 17-year volunteer at the fire company, Tim Seyfert, said, “It’s a very long-term fundraiser and it’s for the community to join us in our celebration.

Hamburg residents work to keep town beautiful |Apr 27, 2015

“Keep Hamburg Beautiful” is more than just a catchphrase, at least for the dozens of volunteers who gathered Saturday morning, April 25 in the Primrose Alley Tot Lot. The group was part of a clean-up initiative organized by the Our Town Foundation and sponsored by several businesses.

Hamburg’s First Mini-THON a success |Apr 27, 2015

Hamburg’s first Mini-THON took place at the Hamburg Area High School on Saturday, April 18. Going into the student run and organized event, the goal was to raise $5,000 with all proceeds directly benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund.

Hamburg area church calendar April 29 edition |Apr 27, 2015

St. Mary Roman Catholic Church Located at 94 Walnut Road in Tilden Township. Visit our website at Daily schedule: Eucharistic devotions on Monday at 7 p.m.; Masses on Tuesday at 7 p.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files April 29 edition |Apr 27, 2015

25 Years Ago May 2, 1990 >> Evelyn Kister, 69 year member of the Woman’s Club of Hamburg, received her service award from Berks Federation of Woman’s Clubs.

Hamburg area calendar of events April 29 edition |Apr 27, 2015

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.

Montgomery County S.P.C.A. Pets of the Week |Apr 27, 2015

Strudel is a sweet and loving 8-month-old Staffordshire mix. She is very eager to please and willing to learn. She is rather calm for a puppy and has a great deal of potential. The sky is truly the limit with Strudel.

The Historian: The Curious ‘Klingelbeutel’ |Apr 26, 2015

Another detail in the local life of yesteryear which is now totally gone from all but historical reference is the German Klingelbeutel — Glingelsock in the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect, literally, “bellpocket.

Berks County: DEP awards grants for environmental education and stewardship |Apr 24, 2015

The Department of Environmental Protection awarded $304,137 in environmental education grants to 110 schools, universities, non-profit organizations, and conservation districts across Pennsylvania.

Festival of Arts Show features fantasy trash fashion |Apr 24, 2015

Is it trash or is it fashion? Artists at the Festival of the Arts Fashion Show say it is fashion.

Woodmont Industrial Partners signs long-term lease with Hearth & Home in Kutztown which expands its existing space |Apr 24, 2015

Woodmont Industrial Partners, a leading development and management firm, today announced that it has signed a lease renewal with Hearth & Home, the world’s leading producer and installer of hearth products, at 9747 Commerce Circle in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

Kutztown students perform in Junior High County Music Festival |Apr 24, 2015

The following students from Kutztown School District grades seven, eight, and nine, participated in the Music Educators of Berks County Music Festival held Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Boyertown West Junior High.

Sens. Schwank, Rafferty announce pivotal $5.3M state investment for Geigertown |Apr 24, 2015

Residents of a southeastern Berks County community will enjoy better drinking water following the completion of a sanitary sewer project that today was awarded a $5.3 million investment from the commonwealth.

Kutztown, Boyertown, Exeter and Hamburg youth learn jazz at Kutztown’s Vocal Get JazzEd Workshop |Apr 24, 2015

Kutztown School District hosted their first Vocal Get JazzEd Workshop April 18 at the middle school.

Exeter High School mourns the death of a senior |Apr 24, 2015

Exeter >> In the wake of the death of senior student Jamie Lynn Kotas, Exeter High School will be providing counseling services to students starting Monday, April 20.

Schuylkill River Heritage Area, Slyfox Brewing Company partner for trail cleanup |Apr 24, 2015

Union Twp. >> You could hardly tell from the thick cloud of dust that filled the air, but the Schuylkill River Trail received a much-needed cleanup Sunday, April 19.

Elmcroft Senior Living celebrates Earth day with life talks and butterfly tree planting |Apr 24, 2015

Elmcroft Senior Living Community wanted to celebrate Earth Day with their moto “Here’s to Life.”

Longswamp woman looks back on recent charity work in El Salvador |Apr 23, 2015

Tillie Sodano is 79 years old, mother of eight children, grandmother to 21 and great grandmother to seven. She returned from a week of volunteering/working with the poor in the poverty-stricken Central American country of El Salvador from January 10 to January 17, 2015.

Blue Marsh Insurance donates to Honey Brook Food Pantry |Apr 23, 2015

Local independent insurance agency, Blue Marsh Insurance in partnership with one of its carriers, Grange Insurance, has donated $566 to the Honey Brook Food Pantry.

Girl Scouts plant garden at Honey Brook Library |Apr 23, 2015

Great things are happening at our Honey Brook Community Library!

Rogation Sunday service in Virginville gives thanks, blesses seeds, earth, water, tractors |Apr 23, 2015

Zion Moselem Lutheran Church of 340 Moselem Church Rd. near Virginville, which was established from a William Penn family land grant and is home to the oldest existing and recently restored 1770 Tannenburg Organ, held it’s Rogation Sunday service recently.

Fleetwood High Students of the Month |Apr 23, 2015

The Fleetwood Area High School would like to announce their senior students of the month for April.

Albany Township Historical Society wants to make Albany Elementary building sale into commemorative event |Apr 23, 2015

Albany Township Historical Society wants to say goodbye to the former Albany Elementary School building before it is sold.

Upcoming events for Boyertown Area |Apr 22, 2015

Thursday, April 23 Hubble Birthday Party: Community members are invited to a very special birthday party. The Hubble Space Telescope turns 25 this year and to celebrate the Boyertown Planetarium will have a special program highlighting its accomplishments.

Berks County man arrested after police find 600,000 child porn files |Apr 22, 2015

An Earl Township man was arrested last week after a search warrant yielded more than 600,000 child pornography computer files.

Morgantown Marketplace celebrates first anniversary |Apr 22, 2015

Morgantown Marketplace, 2490 Main St., Morgantown, is celebrating its first anniversary May 1 to 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events include numerous door prizes, a spinning prize wheel, silent auction, and refreshments.

Lancaster Tourism: Honey Brook couple brings Barbados discount card concept to PA Dutch Country |Apr 22, 2015

Question? What does the beautiful island of Barbados have in common with the farmlands of Lancaster County? Answer: A vibrant tourism industry that annually welcomes millions of guests to their small parts of the world.

Twin Valley Tri-M Music Honor Society collects MP3 players for Community Service Project |Apr 22, 2015

WANTED: All Players! Do you remember those MP3 players that you used all the time before you got your new phone? Well we want them! The Tri-M Music Honor Society at Twin Valley High School is collecting as many of these MP3 Players as they can to be used as part of the Music and Memory Project.

Twin Valley School Board honors outstanding academic and athletic achievements |Apr 22, 2015

Twin Valley School Board honored outstanding academic and athletic achievements of high school students during its meeting April 20.

Elverson martial arts, self-defense and health and wellness instructor writes, publishes book ‘Martial Thought Matters’ |Apr 22, 2015

Anthony Lorenzo, a Chester County native and Elverson resident and the owner of Villari’s Self Defense Center in Elverson, has self-published the 157-page book, “Martial Thought Matters,” a guide to thinking about personal protection, self defense and the martial arts.

Robeson Township Board of Supervisors authorize OLDS ordinance draft |Apr 22, 2015

The Robeson Township Board of Supervisors reviewed and approved another draft of the On Lot Disposal System (OLDS) ordinance at a Tuesday meeting, April 21, and Allen Madeira, the township’s Sewage Enforcement Officer (SEO) proposed a fee schedule that will go into effect along with the ordinance.

Part 5 Vietnam 1970 - 1971: Meet Private Beetle Bailey’s Protégé |Apr 22, 2015

Shortly after taking up residence in base camp, I established a routine of going to a Vietnamese barber on a weekly basis. Each customer received the works: haircut, shave, shoulder massage and the unexpected neck crack, accomplished by the barber grabbing each side of your head firmly and giving it a quick 90 degree sharp turn.

Gilbertville’s Philly Pretzel Factory readies to celebrate National Pretzel Day |Apr 21, 2015

Every person that comes in gets a free pretzel from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 26 – National Pretzel Day.

A Safe Place After School: More than 100 middle schoolers enroll in free Brandywine Heights afterschool program |Apr 21, 2015

Through a United Way grant, Brandywine Community Task Force and YMCA hold a free afterschool program for Brandywine Heights Middle Schoolers four days a week.

Kutztown author Lisa Schnell releases ‘High Tide for Horsehoe Crabs’, hopes to encourage children to go out and explore |Apr 21, 2015

Kutztown author Lisa Schnell released her new book “High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs” on April 14.

Fleetwood Library celebrates 25 years with community party |Apr 21, 2015

Fleetwood Area Public Library celebrated its 25th anniversary with local patrons at the Fleetwood Community Center on Friday, April 17 from 5 to 7 p.m.