WTIM: Music around town March 4 edition |Mar 2, 2015

By Tim Dietterick Circulation Manager, Berks-Mont Newspapers

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Mar 2, 2015

25 Years Ago March 7, 1990 >> The first in a series of special events to commemorate the founding of the town of Shoemakersville 225 years ago will be a community church service to be held at St.

Hamburg rotarians hear about District 4 Way Test Speech Contest |Mar 2, 2015

Rotarian Christine Roth welcomes Joe Wynands to speak about the District 4 Way Test Speech Contest to be held at Hamburg Area High School on March 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Group Instruction Room.

Welcome to my World: Peddlers and vagabonds of yore |Mar 2, 2015

Before modern transportation developed, a variety of itinerants — from homeless and vagabonds to specialized peddlers, professionals and teachers — contributed to Pennsylvania’s social and economic development.

Small Beginnings: If life is a game of Rummy who is in your discard pile? |Mar 2, 2015

I have developed a new analogy for life here of late. Life is like a game of Rummy. Rummy was one of my parents’ favorite card games to play and it had many variations on a theme. You could play Gin Rummy, Millionaire Rummy or just plain old Rummy.

Schuylkill Valley Elementary School principals pied in the face as reward for students |Mar 2, 2015

Last year, Schuylkill Valley Elementary School students placed second in the 2014 Literacy Council of Berks County Read-A-Thon. This year the students were given the challenge to reach number one.

The Historian: Himmelsbriefen were in most homes |Mar 2, 2015

Movable type was invented in 15th Century Germany, and the consequences were world-changing, allowing literacy and the Reformation to spread with previously unimagined speed.

Daniel Boone students teach parents about tough environmental issues |Mar 2, 2015

Imagine owning a small farm and being able to power your whole operation using the waste your farm generates. Well, students at Daniel Boone High School are researching ways for farmers to do that.

#GirlPOP2015 to draw over 3,000 local girls for all-female convention; Explore real-life experiences shared by girls |Mar 2, 2015

An anticipated crowd of more than 3,000 girls and adults will attend #GirlPOP2015, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania all-girls meetup at the Pennsylvania Convention Center May 16.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: ‘Princess Kaguya’ and ‘Maps to the Stars’ offer alternative choices for adventurous moviegoers |Mar 2, 2015

It’s not inaccurate to describe “Maps to the Stars” as a departure from the typical work of David Cronenberg, save for the fact that there’s rarely been anything in his oeuvre befitting the word typical.

Jozwiak meets with U.S. Marshals who helped to capture Frein |Mar 2, 2015

Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks) last week in Harrisburg met Director of the U.S. Marshals Service Stacia Hylton and U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Martin J. Pane during their visit to the state Capitol.

Bernville Area Community Library receives deed from 1763 |Mar 2, 2015

A 1763 deed describing the early history of a tract of land in Bernville was presented to the Bernville Area Community Library on Feb. 23 by William F. Richardson, of Reading.

Hamburg area school directors approve purchase of online prekindergarten tool |Mar 2, 2015

Hamburg area school directors approved the purchase of an online prekindergarten and parent engagement tool for the 2015-16 school year at a cost of $4,000 on Feb. 23.

Visitors hit snow-covered trails for geocache challenge |Mar 2, 2015

Visitors to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, a raptor sanctuary located at 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, were invited to bundle up and hit snow-covered trails to complete a geocache challenge on Saturday, Feb.

Hamburg area calendar of events March 4 edition |Mar 2, 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.

Hamburg area church calendar March 4 edition |Mar 2, 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.

Sanatoga Fire chief reflects on past, outlines plans for future |Mar 2, 2015

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> A lot of firefighters first pull on their bunker gear when they’re still in their teens. Not David Saylor Sr., who was initiated into the brotherhood of firefighters at the age of 41.

Montgomery County S.P.C.A. Pets of the Week |Mar 2, 2015

Tina is a beautiful spayed senior lab/pointer mix, two great breeds in one wonderful dog. Tina is a fun girl that loves playing with her toys and resting in the bath tub. She enjoys all human company, never lived with dogs and does not favor cats.

Kutztown hosts District 10 Jazz Band Concert |Mar 2, 2015

Kutztown Area High School hosted the P.M.E.A. District 10 Jazz Band Concert Feb. 21 with guest conductor Dr. William Stowman. Concert include high school jazz musicians from Delaware Valley, Easton Area, East Stroudsburg South, Exeter Township, Kutztown Area, Lehigh Valley Charter, Muhlenburg, Pocono Mountain East, Pottsville Area, Stroudsburg Area, and Wilson.

Fleetwood Area School District Report presents Spring Musicals |Mar 2, 2015

The Fleetwood Area School District is proud to present three musicals for your enjoyment this month.

Blandon author Dori Hoch releases ‘The Easter Bunny Brothers’ |Mar 2, 2015

Submitted Dori Hoch, Blandon, recently released her newest book filled with colorful illustrations and the competitive antics of, “The Easter Bunny Brothers.”

Local authors to read passages of their work, speak with public at Studio B |Mar 2, 2015

Studio B, 39A E. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, welcomes the community to enjoy an event featuring local published writers on Sunday, March 8, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Kutztown rings in Bicentennial; Bells ring 200 times to celebrate Ktown’s 200th birthday |Mar 2, 2015

The “Ringing of the Bells” brought Kutztonians out in the snow to celebrate the 200th birthday of Kutztown.

Viral video wins first, helps Kutztown University student’s family |Mar 1, 2015

A Kutztown University freshman Jessii Fossburg needed a viral video to get 500,000 views to win a contest to help her mother.

Kutztown High School MiniTHON raises $21,258.75 for pediatric cancer, exceeds Four Diamonds goal of $8,000 |Mar 1, 2015

Kutztown Area High School held its first ever miniTHON from 7 p.m. this past Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

Kutztown FriendFest, good time for good cause: Beer and Wine Festival helps end poverty in Northeastern Berks County |Mar 1, 2015

“Get out of this winter’s icy chill and join us for the 7th Annual FriendFest Beer and Wine Festival,” invited Friend Inc. Community Services in Kutztown.

Spirits of the Passage: The Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade featured at the Reading Public Museum |Feb 28, 2015

The Reading Public Museum, from the outside, has the aesthetics of a Russian bank. Comprised of beige stone and a vaulted glass ceiling above its vestibule, it’s located across from the Reading Hospital and in the midst of a residential neighborhood with beautiful, quaint, stone-front homes lining streets that stretch into Wyomissing.

Graffiti plagues Morgantown businesses, Police say arrest is imminent |Feb 27, 2015

Graffiti has been scrawled on Morgantown businesses for the past couple of months. Caernarvon Township Police intend to make an arrest shortly.

Morgantown Village Library welcomes new director Natasha Donaldson |Feb 27, 2015

Village Library in Morgantown welcomes new director Natasha Donaldson, who started on Feb. 9.

Boyertown Area School Board discusses budget-cutting |Feb 27, 2015

In its first meeting after passing a preliminary budget, the Boyertown Area School Board discussed ways to reduce the potential 6-percent tax increase included in the 2015-16 budget.

2015 Kutztown Fools Run honors local runner Sally Miksiewicz |Feb 27, 2015

The 25th annual Kutztown Fools Run honors the memory of local runner Sally Miksiewicz and features the return of the costume contest for the event’s Silver Anniversary.

Berks County Commissioners seek $500,000 gain through investments |Feb 27, 2015

Looking over the county code can be dry but educational, according to Berks County Commissioner Mark Scott.

A Look Back in History: Georgian Keystones not just for mansions |Feb 27, 2015

During the Industrial Revolution when steam powered threshing machines replaced horse powered tread-mills, farmers with large tracts of land built huge Pennsylvania bank barns with double and triple threshing floors, realizing that these structures provided them with the most efficiency.

Letter to the Editor: Thank you, volunteers, for your shoveling help |Feb 27, 2015

This winter we have had more snow and ice than in an average year. As senior citizens living on West Main Street of Kutztown, my husband and I appreciate the opportunity to have younger volunteers from Operation Snowflake help us to clear the sidewalk in front of our home and yard.

State System universities offer programs, services to military |Feb 27, 2015

Twenty-two thousand. That’s the number of pushups California University of Pennsylvania students did over the last approximately four weeks to raise awareness about the rising tide of military suicides.

Celebrate Women’s History Month at Hopewell Furnace |Feb 27, 2015

March is Women’s History Month and what better way to celebrate than to visit Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, a place where equal pay for equal work was the practice in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Hamburg Area Middle School second quarter honor roll |Feb 27, 2015

Sixth Grade Distinguished Honor Roll

Berks native Corey Brossman to speak at Salem’s 3rd Annual Sportsmen’s Banquet |Feb 27, 2015

The public is invited to the 3rd Annual Sportsmen’s Banquet at Salem EC Church, Lenhartsville, on Saturday, March 7. The evening will feature outdoorsman and television host Corey Brossman, who will speak at 7 p.

Kutztown Student Council hosts mini-THON Feb. 27 to 28, approaching $20,000 raised for childhood cancer |Feb 27, 2015

Kutztown Area High School Student Council hosts its mini-THON to raise funds for childhood cancer tonight, Feb. 27, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Millions of gallons of crude oil pass through Pottstown area each week |Feb 26, 2015

Crude oil transport trains, which travel through and often pause in Pottstown, have been gathering attention of late. The derailment that led to sky-high flames in West Virginia Feb. 16 has shone a national spotlight on an issue that hits close to home.

Exeter School Board discusses Bond Sale and Transportation Center Site costs; graduation requirements revised |Feb 26, 2015

During their Feb. 17 meeting, the Exeter Township School District Board of School Directors was presented with results of the competitive bond sale, which took place Jan. 13, by Jamie Schlesinger of Public Financial Management and an update from Justin Istenes on the Transportation Center Project.

Boyertown Area Senior High students to dance all night to fight childhood cancer |Feb 26, 2015

Boyertown >> Twelve hours, hundreds of students and thousands of dollars. This is what Boyertown Area Senior High students are offering Friday night and Saturday morning to the families of children battling cancer.

Berks County kidnapping suspect apprehended in Wyoming |Feb 26, 2015

Pennsylvania State Police Hamburg report that kidnapping suspect Marshall Glenn McGinty, 43, was taken into custody without incident on Feb. 25 by Casper, Wyoming Police Department. He was found parked in the victim’s Honda Fit at the East Side Wal Mart in Casper Wyoming.

For what it’s worth: York County’s Live Eagle Camera has my attention |Feb 26, 2015

I’m not sure why it’s so interesting to me—but it is. Since I discovered it, I cannot seem to stop watching York County’s live feed of an eagle nest.

Murder mystery event ‘Murderoulsy Uncorked!’ slated at Moonlight Winery |Feb 26, 2015

A classic whodunit at Moonlight Winery has been sponsored by Moonlight Winery, Fecho Productions and Genesius Theatre.

Grange pot pie dinner to benefit ‘Save Our Strand’ campaign on Feb. 28 |Feb 26, 2015

As is often seen in the Hamburg area, helping and supporting one another is a big part of small town and small communities. Since the beginning, the Hamburg Grange February pot pie dinners have helped to support different groups and causes in the community.

Montco Dems endorse three lawyers for Common Pleas Court judge |Feb 26, 2015

With the Pennsylvania Department of State ruling this week that November’s election will include only three open seats for the Montgomery County bench, not the four that had been anticipated, county Democrats have now endorsed their judicial slate.

The Historian: Fraktur, the folk art of the Pa. Germans |Feb 25, 2015

During the 100 years between 1720 and 1820, well over 100,000 German-speaking immigrants entered Pennsylvania, most of them through the port of Philadelphia. In just the five years between 1749 and 1754 nearly 37,000 Germans came through that port and spread throughout Pennsylvania and beyond.

Daniel Boone grad Navy Petty Officer David Hurley serves as Yeoman |Feb 25, 2015

In addition to his civilian professions as hospital security and a health fitness specialist, Petty Officer 2nd Class David Hurley has committed to serving our nation as a Yeoman in the U.S. Navy Reserve assigned to Navy Operational Support Center Lehigh Valley.

Humane Veterinary Hospital being built adjacent to Humane Society of Berks County |Feb 25, 2015

Humane Pennsylvania, a network of animal welfare facilities in Pennsylvania, is excited to announce the recent acquisition of a new building located at 1729 N. 11th Street, Reading.