TRI COUNTY LOCAL

‘Putnam County Spelling Bee’ takes the stage at Pottsgrove High School |Mar 28, 2017

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

Immigration forum advises ‘calm’ as Trump policies unfold |Mar 28, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Rita Paez is talking to a lot of worried people these days.

Boyertown Citizen of the Year a “behind the scenes” man |Mar 28, 2017

As Barbara Willman was looking through the various cards and letters sent to her husband Paul, some of the words that people used to describe him were caring, inspirational, and that he has a great smile.

Accident shuts down Route 562 in Exeter |Mar 28, 2017

EXETER >> A one-vehicle accident involving a downed utility pole closed a township roadway for several hours Sunday night.

Bernville man achieves 100-gallon blood donation milestone |Mar 28, 2017

Bernville resident Mark Reimert reached a historic, life-saving milestone when he achieved the 100-gallon donation level with Miller-Keystone Blood Center on March 27.

For 4 years, Flanders blocked Pottstown council candidate’s emails |Mar 28, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Borough Manager Mark Flanders blocked emails from a resident and former codes director for four years “because he was sending defamatory, harassing emails to my Borough email address.

Lower Pottsgrove officer graduates from FBI National Academy |Mar 28, 2017

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> A Lower Pottsgrove police officer is receiving some well-deserved attention after his recent graduation.

Diva Jazz Orchestra gets their jazz on at Kutztown High School |Mar 28, 2017

The Diva Jazz Orchestra, an all female big band based in New York, performed live at Kutztown High School on March 22 for elementary, middle and high school students, as well as guests from Boyertown and Brandywine Heights school districts and Albright College.

Pottsgrove High School freshman 1 of only 7 in U.S. to earn perfect score in reading challenge |Mar 28, 2017

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> Pottsgrove High School freshman David Rabinowitz is in very elite company.

Small dryer fire put out at Hamburg Coin Laundry |Mar 28, 2017

Clothes caught fire in a dryer at Hamburg Coin Laundry, located at 552 State Street in Hamburg, on Sunday, March 26, at 5:48 p.m.

The Corner Shoppe celebrates Lucy’s Birthday with gifts |Mar 28, 2017

Lucy, a Toy Fox Terrier and The Corner Shoppe’s goodwill ambassador and greeter is turning 14 this month. Her birthday celebration runs from Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9. In honor of her birthday, customers who bring in a donation* for the Perkiomenville SPCA will receive a “Lucy Loot” discount coupon good on a future purchase.

leetwood students present ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ despite Snowstorm Stella |Mar 28, 2017

Fleetwood Area High School presented their spring musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” March 17 to 19. This hilarious retelling of the fable of the princess and the pea features music by Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer.

Pottstown Borough Authority OKs $3.7M project at sewer plant |Mar 28, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> The Pottstown Borough Authority has voted unanimously to move forward with a $3.7 million project to replace the maintenance-plagued dryer at the sewer treatment plant and replace it with a new type of dryer.

Long-time Boyertown astronomy teacher plans for retirement |Mar 27, 2017

During the early hours of the morning, Mr. Peter Detterline can be found wide awake in his own backyard observatory looking up at the night sky- taking pictures and doing research on distant stars and planets.

Girl Scouts donate Easter baskets to Boyertown Area Multi-Service |Mar 27, 2017

Girl Scouting is all about giving back to others and making the world a better place. Troops in the Boyertown Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA participate in monthly service projects.

Barn Fresh Vintage Market to re-open this weekend |Mar 27, 2017

Denise and Josh Berner, owners of Barn Fresh Vintage Market in Gilbertsville, had to close shop for several months following a fire to an adjoining building. Now the pair is getting ready for the grand-reopening of their store.

Chuck Loeb aiming at reaching the audience |Mar 27, 2017

While Grammy nominated jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb has not attained the commercial notoriety of some of his contemporaries, his critically acclaimed prowess on the guitar has earned him a place among the elite in the world of jazz.

Philly native, Randy Brecker, talks about his early days |Mar 27, 2017

Widely regarded as one of the jazz community’s most coveted treasures, Grammy Award winning trumpeter and flugelhornist Randy Brecker, now 71, continues to thrive as a solo artist and a highly sought after session player and collaborator.

A Look Back in History: Salvage art creations and industrious Pennsylvania Dutch |Mar 27, 2017

Among the most logical waste items on a dairy or cattle farm were the many strands of bailer twine that were left over after opening up bales for bedding or feeding hay to livestock. Usually hung on a nail in the barn feedway, said cut bale twine could not be used again by the bailing machine.

Borough Council clarifies Birdsboro Power Plant information |Mar 27, 2017

BIRDSBORO >> A large crowd of residents eager to hear information regarding the Birdsboro Power Plant gathered for the borough council meeting on Monday, March 20. A PowerPoint presentation was given by Councilmen Steve Lusky and Peter Uhniat.

Garey Road issues ‘on hold’ in Union Township |Mar 27, 2017

UNION TWP. >> No new traffic control devices have been added on north Gary Road, and Union Township Supervisors said March 20 that there is currently no solution for the road’s vehicular speeding issue.

Amity Police consider electronic speed signs |Mar 27, 2017

AMITY >> Citing the high incidence of drivers violating the speed limit in various Douglassville residencial communities such as Greenbriar and Westridge, Amity Police Chief Andrew J. Kensey told the Board of Supervisors on March 15 he is looking at purchasing “traffic educational awareness devices.

Kutztown hosts 11 Jazz Bands at Annual Jazz Festival |Mar 26, 2017

Fleetwood, Oley Valley, Governor Mifflin, Pottstown, Boyertown Junior High, Wilson West, and Spring-Ford middle school jazz bands won outstanding performance at the annual Kutztown School District Jazz Festival on March 18.

Fleetwood sends 9 to Berks 6th Grade Band Festival at Oley Valley MS |Mar 26, 2017

Fleetwood Middle School is proud to send nine sixth grade students to the Berks County 6th Grade Band Festival held at Oley Valley Middle School on March 25.

Fleetwood 6th graders perform in Berks String Fest |Mar 25, 2017

Eleven of Fleetwood Middle School’s sixth grade string students proudly represented Fleetwood in the annual Music Educator’s of Berks County 6th Grade String Fest on Saturday, March 18.

15 from Fleetwood selected to perform in Jr. County Orchestra |Mar 25, 2017

After months of preparation and a round of auditions, fifteen Fleetwood students in grades 7 through 9 qualified to participate in this year’s MEBC Jr. County Orchestra Festival. These students will be representing Fleetwood during the weekend of April 1 at Kutztown Area High School under the direction of Dr.

Artists wanted for Kutztown Community Partnership Art Soiree |Mar 25, 2017

Kutztown Community Partnership invites area artists to participate in its third annual Art Soiree on May 4 to 6. Artists’ works will be displayed in participating stores in the Kutztown business district.

Behind the scenes of ‘The Music Man’ performed by Hamburg Drama Hawks |Mar 24, 2017

Hamburg Area Drama Hawks performed “The Music Man” on March 17, 18, and 19.

Pennsylvania American Water awards grants to Berks County fire departments |Mar 24, 2017

Pennsylvania American Water announced today that seven emergency service organizations across Berks County received grants through the company’s annual Firefighting Support Grant Program. The company launched the program in 2009 to help local fire departments and emergency services in purchasing safety gear, lifesaving equipment, training materials and essential firefighting apparatus.

Hamburg area students speak passionately about causes at Rotary Speech Contest |Mar 24, 2017

Explaining how the welfare of senior citizens benefit all in the community, Jose Galaraza was declared winner of a 4-Way Speech Contest on Thursday, March 23. The local-level event was held at Hamburg Area High School and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hamburg.

PASSHE Op-Ed: State System strategic review key to Kutztown University’s future |Mar 24, 2017

As a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is part of the strategic review being undertaken by the State System—a top-to-bottom examination of the operations of all 14 System universities and the Office of the Chancellor.

Skippack artist’s mural brightens children’s lives at Montgomery County Court Care |Mar 24, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A colorful, playful and inspirational mural with the theme “Keep Looking Up,” created by a Skippack artist, now greets children at Montgomery County Court Care, a licensed drop-in care center for families who have court business to attend.

Fleetwood girl, 11, mingles with celebs at New York premiere of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ |Mar 24, 2017

Rodeo Marie Hanson, 11, of Fleetwood, spent her most recent birthday in a unique way. Rodeo was a guest at the Special Screening and New York Premiere of Walt Disney’s “Beauty And The Beast.

Driver killed in head-on crash in Exeter Township |Mar 24, 2017

EXETER >> A head-on collision between a car and a pickup truck has left one man dead Friday afternoon, according to authorities.

Fleetwood FBLA community service project makes positive impact on residents at Keystone Villa |Mar 24, 2017

Fleetwood High School’s chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is conducting its own community service project, run by FBLA members Alicia Stitzel, Chris Logar, and Maija Kotsch.

Hawk Mountain, Kempton, hosts author of ‘Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird’ |Mar 24, 2017

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will host author Katie Fallon on Saturday, April 8 at 2 p.m. as she presents a look into her newest book, ‘Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird.”

MedExpert tells Senate state could lower medical costs with new technology |Mar 24, 2017

An experienced health care management firm told members of the Senate Majority Policy Committee on March 21 that the state could see an 8 to 15 percent reduction in all medical costs through the use of new technology and evidence-based medicine.

Church volunteers prepare and serve meal for Hope Rescue Mission |Mar 24, 2017

On Thursday, March 16, a group of women were busy in the kitchen at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church preparing shepherd’s pie — one hundred servings worth — for the men at Hope Rescue Mission.

Fleetwood sends 18 students to Berks Jr. High County Band |Mar 24, 2017

Fleetwood Middle and High School are proud to send 18 students to the Berks Jr. High County Band festival, held on April 1 at Kutztown High School.

Hamburg Law firm Antanavage Farbiarz expands |Mar 24, 2017

David W. Crossett recently joined the historic law firm of Antanavage Farbiarz, PLLC.

Car rolls on 501 Bethel Township, driver ejected and killed |Mar 24, 2017

A Womelsdorf man was killed after his vehicle rolled numerous times on Route 501 in Bethel Township at 1:15 a.m. on March 24.

Fire crews put out truck fire on 78 |Mar 24, 2017

Fire crews from Kutztown, Virginville and Kempton Fire Companies put out a tractor trailer fire on Interstate 78 eastbound in Greenwich Township at noon on March 23. There were no injuries. The driver had pulled over after seeing smoke under the hood.

Shoemakersville Lions Club donates to Zion’s Community Garden, feeding those in need |Mar 24, 2017

Shoemakersville Area Lions Club President Brian Moroney presented a check for $300 to Eileen Puglia, Zion Lutheran Church Council President for Zion’s Community Garden, which provides food for the Hamburg Area residents who are in need.

Bowers pianist, 18, performs in All-Eastern Honors Band |Mar 24, 2017

More than 800 of the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern region of the United States have been selected to perform in the 2017 NAfME All‑Eastern Honors Ensembles.

Salem EC, Lenhartsville, hosts annual Sportsmen’s Banquet April 29 |Mar 24, 2017

Trappers and archers and fishermen, oh my! All will find fun at the 5th Annual Sportsmen’s Banquet at Salem EC Church, Lenhartsville, on Saturday, April 29. The evening will feature trapper Brian Mohn, who will share furs and stories gathered from adventures starting in Berks County and spreading to Canada.

High winds cause electrical fire at radio transmission site in Bethel Township |Mar 23, 2017

State Police Reading investigated an accidental fire that occurred at a radio transmission site, Ministries of Yahew Inc., 90 Stauffer Road, Bethel Township, at 1:04 p.m. on March 22.

Person to person — impact: Goulash |Mar 23, 2017

I chaired a committee that met monthly for a couple of years and therefore it was my responsibility to create the agenda. Instead of including a category at the end of the agenda such as “Miscellaneous,” I tried to personalize the agenda by using different words.

Vehicle strikes support pole of former Balthaser building, Hamburg |Mar 23, 2017

On Wednesday March 22, a vehicle struck a support pole of the building overhang at Third and State streets in Hamburg. The property was previously owned by the late Sally Balthaser.

Topton high speed police chase ends with flipped Jeep |Mar 23, 2017

A Macungie man lead State Police on a high speed chase through Topton that ended in his vehicle flipping over onto its side on March 22 at 11:45 a.m.

2 vehicles collide on Route 61 |Mar 23, 2017

On Thursday March, 23, two vehicles collided at the intersection of Route 61 and Snyder Road in Ontelaunee Township.