Fleetwood Brownie Girl Scouts earn pets badges at Shady Hallow, Birdsboro |Dec 8, 2016

Fleetwood Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1956 took a trip to Shady Hallow Assisted Riding in Birdsboro to earn their Pets badge.

Three Kutztown University faculty members recognized for exceptional work |Dec 8, 2016

Three members of the Kutztown University faculty have been recognized for their exceptional work.

Schwank named to Democratic vice-chair of Senate Appropriations |Dec 8, 2016

Senator Judy Schwank was named the Democratic vice-chair of the Senate Appropriations committee by Senate Democratic leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny). The com“The appropriations committee has the primary responsibility to ensure the budget is balanced and state services are properly funded,” she said.

Seniors stitch holiday stockings for deployed soldiers |Dec 8, 2016

While many of us have been getting ready for the holiday season, for the past month seniors at the TriCounty Active Adult Center (formerly the Pottstown Area Seniors’ Center) have been busy stitching nearly 1,000 holiday stockings to be sent to deployed service members through Operation Christmas.

No changes for 2017 Hamburg School Board; President, VP reelected at reorganization meeting |Dec 8, 2016

On Dec. 5, Hamburg Area school directors held their yearly reorganization meeting with little reorganization taking place.

Kutztown University petition: replace Columbus Day, celebrate Indigenous People’s Day |Dec 8, 2016

Two Kutztown University student organizations want to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the university calendar.

Heritage of Green Hills invites public to see vintage model railroad room |Dec 8, 2016

On Saturday, Dec. 17, the Heritage of Green Hills living community in Shillington will offer tours of the vintage model railroad, visits with Santa, holiday music and refreshments.

Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce hosts annual Economic Forecast Breakfast Jan. 20 |Dec 8, 2016

For another consecutive year, Fleetwood Bank is sponsoring the annual Economic Forecast Breakfast of the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce. Ryotaro Tashiro of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia will give a presentation to members.

Strausstown Boy Scout Troop 144 retires U.S. flags |Dec 7, 2016

Scouts from Troop 144 Strausstown continued the tradition of retiring worn and damaged American flags during their annual flag retirement ceremony recently.

Berks County historian George Meiser finishes final volume of ‘Passing Scene’ series |Dec 7, 2016

Eighty-year-old historian George Meiser of Exeter Township plans to put an end to his career as an author following the publication of his 24th and final volume of “The Passing Scene” — his continuing book series that shows Berks County history through old and rare photographs.

Hamburg tree lighting kicks off Christmas season |Dec 7, 2016

Hamburg Borough community gathered for the annual Hamburg Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 3.

Shartlesville Connections Women’s Group hosts 20th reunion |Dec 7, 2016

Shartlesville Connections Women’s Group recently held its 20th reunion meeting.

Church news for the Hamburg area |Dec 7, 2016

The Bridge Church 3561 Old 22, Hamburg

Belsnickel reminds all to be good at Kutztown Christmas on the Farm |Dec 7, 2016

Belsnickel made an appearance at Christmas on the Farm at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center in Kutztown on Dec. 3.

A Look Back in History — To Allemangel and Westward: Travels by a PA Dutch Conestoga Wagon … |Dec 7, 2016

By the mid-1700’s, when immigrant Colonial wagon trains passed through the beautiful Oley Valley and East Penn region from Philadelphia en route to frontier lands northeast of Kempton (upper part of county), the Germans called this new territory “Allemangel,” meaning all wants, for its lack of fertility and farmable land.

Kutztown Elementary 2nd graders step back into Pioneer Days |Dec 7, 2016

Second graders at Kutztown Elementary stepped back in time to experience Pioneer Day on Dec. 5.

Odor investigated at Boyertown high school |Dec 7, 2016

This morning, several students and one adult raised concern about an odor they detected in a renovated section of Boyertown Area Senior High.

Ice to be main attraction at Christmas in Birdsboro |Dec 6, 2016

BIRDSBORO >> The 8th annual Christmas in Birdsboro is set for Saturday, Dec. 10, and ice is expected to be the main attraction.

TriCounty Community Calendar Dec. 6 |Dec 6, 2016

Dec. 6 The Two Faces of Chester County: A discussion on homelessness in Chester County will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 7 St. Andrew’s Lane Glenmoore.

Kutztown Holiday House Tour features KU President’s House |Dec 6, 2016

Friends of the Kutztown Community Library took about 250 people on a self-guided tour of six homes during their 2016 Holiday House Tour themed “Town, Gown & Country” on Sunday, Dec.

‘Mary Poppins’ brings her magic to Genesius in Reading |Dec 6, 2016

Just in time for the Jolly ‘O’liday’s, Genesius Theatre presents the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical – Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins” Dec.

Photos: Santa comes to Boyertown for Chillin’ on Main |Dec 6, 2016

Building a Better Boyertown hosted its annual Chillin’ on Main holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Brandywine Heights Community Task Force organizes Caroling and Tree Lighting in Topton Dec. 11 |Dec 6, 2016

Brandywine Heights Community Task Force is inviting the community to join them for Christmas Caroling and their annual Tree Lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m.

Hamburg Item Community Calendar 12-07 |Dec 6, 2016

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Berks Ballet Theatre to present ‘The Nutcracker’ |Dec 6, 2016

Berks Ballet Theatre is gearing up for its upcoming performances of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.”

Lower Pottsgrove holds the line on taxes for 2017 |Dec 5, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> Township taxpayers looking to start off 2017 on a positive note need look no further than their mailbox.

Area businesses hold holiday party for children in need |Dec 5, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Seeing children enjoy the spirit of Christmas is arguably one of the best feelings of the holiday season.

St. Aloysius meets goal, will move school to former St. Pius X site |Dec 5, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> The Rev. Joseph Maloney, pastor of St. Aloysius parish, announced Friday that enough money has been raised to move the parish school from its site in Pottstown to the former St. Pius X High School on North Keim Street.

Pottsgrove athletes, booster clubs raise money to fight cancer |Dec 5, 2016

The Pottsgove Soccer Club, Football Club and Athletic Booster Club presented the Jefferson Hospital Patient Cancer Center with a $2,729 donation Tuesday.

Celebrate two local artists during a special wine tasting event in Boyertown |Dec 5, 2016

A reception celebrating the work of artists Shannon Omlor and Abigail Vettese will be hosted from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Firefly Cafe, 12 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown. Admission is $10 and includes vegan hors d’oeuvres.

Christmas in Kutztown honors military, veterans |Dec 5, 2016

Christmas in Kutztown featured the Archbury Foundation reenacting the WWII 83rd Infantry Unit for this year’s theme I’ll Be Home For Christmas, honoring veterans and active military on Dec.

Douglass (Mont.) $3.8M budget holds the line on taxes for 2017 |Dec 5, 2016

DOUGLASS (Mont.) >> The $3.8 million budget advertised by the township supervisors will not raise taxes in 2017.

2nd Lower Pottsgrove development eyed for Sanatoga interchange |Dec 5, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> The much-discussed Sanatoga Green project is not the only proposal that could have an impact on local taxes and traffic.

Candlelight holiday tour of Pottsgrove Manor set for Dec. 11 |Dec 5, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Revel in the spirit of the season at historic Pottsgrove Manor with the annual “Pottsgrove Manor by Candlelight” open-house on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Trial begins for Douglass (Mont.) supervisor accused of theft |Dec 5, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Embattled Douglass (Mont.) Supervisor Frederick W. Ziegler appeared calm as his trial got underway in Montgomery County Court on charges he allegedly stole equipment and materials from the township and misused a township fuel card for his personal benefit.

Pottstown kids receive toys, coats from Feel the Warmth |Dec 5, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> This holiday season, Pottstown is feeling the warmth with a little help from a Philadelphia-area non-profit group.

Portraits of four new judges unveiled at Montgomery County Courthouse |Dec 5, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> While county judges eventually leave behind the courtrooms of the Montgomery County Courthouse, they also leave behind the portraits that hang throughout the building.

Letter to the Editor: DEP report does not address many Kutztown Quarry issues |Dec 5, 2016

Dear Editor: I am very disappointed with the response I received from the Department of Environmental Protection regarding the proposed permit revision requested by New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co.

Boyertown school board votes against redistricting for 2017-18 |Dec 5, 2016

Boyertown Area School District will not be redistricting for the 2017-18 school year.

Pottstown Library cuts ribbon on $755K renovation project |Dec 5, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> The new and improved Pottstown Regional Public Library celebrated the completion of more than $700,000 in renovations Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and plans for an open house Saturday.

BB&T donates buildings to Borough of Boyertown, presents grant to Building a Better Boyertown |Dec 5, 2016

With change comes opportunity. During a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 1, BB&T announced the donation of three buildings to the Borough of Boyertown.

Leaky roof threatens Roadside America’s 80-year-old exhibit in Shartlesville |Dec 3, 2016

While model trains wind their way through miniature villages spanning 200 years in time over roughly 6,000 square feet of space, Roadside America staff battle the threats of a leaking roof in an attempt to protect an 80-year-old miniature village exhibit in Shartlesville.

Hamburg counselor Jonathan Petrole resigns, allegedly among 17 apprehended during prostitution sting in Luzerne County |Dec 2, 2016

Hamburg Area High School guidance counselor Jonathan Petrole, 27, of Tresckow, allegedly is among 17 alleged johns and prostitutes facing prostitution related charges as a result of a Prostitution Sting Operation conducted on Nov.

Wanted person captured in Hamburg after police chase |Dec 2, 2016

A wanted person was captured in Hamburg Borough after a police chase on Dec. 2.

Tulpehocken 7th grader Jade Adams wins Frystown Lions Peace Poster Contest |Dec 2, 2016

In early autumn it was the extra mental chore of more than 100 Tulpehocken Junior High students to represent the concept of “A Celebration of Peace” visually as they participated in the Lions International 2016 Peace Poster Contest under the guidance of Mike Mulholland, 7th grade World History teacher, sponsored by the Frystown Lions Club.

Super Duper Seafood fire ruled accidental |Dec 1, 2016

State Police Reading ruled a fire at Super Duper Seafood in Maidencreek Township as accidental.

Community invited to Kutztown University Holiday Concert on Dec. 11 |Dec 1, 2016

For a second year, Kutztown University hosts its annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium, featuring a blend of holiday music from ensembles including the KU Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Choir, Orchestra, Trombone Choir and Clarinet Ensemble.

Route 183, Penn Twp., crash sends 7 to hospital |Dec 1, 2016

A driver failed to yield to oncoming traffic, leading to the collision of two vehicles on Route 183 in Penn Township, sending seven people to the hospital on Nov. 25.

Calendar of events Boyertown Dec. 1 |Dec 1, 2016

Dec. 1 The Boyertown Lions Club: will hold their monthly board dinner meeting Thursday at the Gilbertsville Fire Company, 1454 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville at 6:30 p.m. All members are welcome.

Church news for Boyertown area |Dec 1, 2016

Shepherd of the Hills Church 527 Hoffmansville Road, Bechtelsville.