54-Acre Arnold Farm now protected, Sen. Schwank announces |Aug 28, 2015

A 54-acre tract in Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, is now under the commonwealth’s farmland preservation shield, state Senator Judy Schwank said on Aug. 13.

Montgomery County Historical Society slates Intermediate Genealogy Workshop |Aug 28, 2015

The Historical Society of Montgomery County is offering an “Intermediate Genealogy Workshop” presented by Rose Brown, Genealogist and former Society librarian. The four-week workshop, which will include research tips beyond the basic genealogy research, will run four consecutive Tuesdays, Sept.

Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce presents Laugh Out Loud Comedy Night |Aug 28, 2015

The Chamber announces its first Comedy Night to be held on Friday, Oct. 2 at the Kutztown Fire Company, 310 Noble Street. Hosted by Comic Steve Borkowski, with headliner Comic Chip Chantry, Laugh Out Loud Comedy Night will also feature performances by Jason Brown and Tyler Rothrock.

Registration now open for 2015 Berks County Heart and Stroke Walk |Aug 28, 2015

The American Heart Association invites workplaces, community groups, friends and family from across Berks County to lace up their sneakers and register now for the 2015 Berks County Heart and Stroke Walk to be held Sunday, Oct.

Through My Kitchen Window: Truly, the best apple pie muffin ever! |Aug 28, 2015

I was craving something sweet and my daughter, Anna, 4, was eager to bake together so we headed to the kitchen with stomachs growling. Anna requested chocolate cupcakes, as usual, but I wanted to try to bake something different.

Fleetwood School Board approves district goals for the 2015-16 school year |Aug 28, 2015

At their meeting on Aug. 18, the Board of School Directors approved the district’s goals for this school year. The goals reflect the fact that a successful school district is one that continually works to improve the curriculum and instruction, and partner with families to meet students’ needs.

Welcome to my World: Pennsylvania honors Stephen Foster |Aug 28, 2015

On the campus of the University of Pittsburgh is the only museum, concert hall and library dedicated to an American composer, Stephen Foster. His hometown memorialized him, even though he didn’t write our state song, but Florida and Kentucky adopted his tunes as their state songs.

Morgantown Area Business Association members enjoy food, fellowship during picnic at Joanna Furnace |Aug 28, 2015

Morgantown Area Business Association hosted its annual picnic at Joanna Furnace in Morgantown on Aug. 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Berks Heritage Council celebrates 25th anniversary |Aug 28, 2015

The Berks Heritage Council is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Organized in the summer of 1990 as a consortium for combining marketing efforts and for the exchange of information and ideas, the Council was originally called the Berks County Museum Council.

Recycling Services, Inc. temporarily closed for renovations |Aug 28, 2015

The recycling center is getting a makeover.

New PennDOT website shows customers active, planned projects; site features construction, Act 89 and future improvements |Aug 28, 2015

Pennsylvanians looking for information on construction projects, improvements underway because of Act 89, the state’s transportation funding plan, as well as projects scheduled through 2026 have a new resource: www.

Skippack Painting with a Twist hosts fundraising event in remembrance of Hurricane Katrina |Aug 28, 2015

As part of the nation’s largest paint-and-sip franchise, Painting with a Twist of Skippack participated in the company’s national fundraising event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Aug.

Daniel Boone re-hires 2.5 elementary teachers |Aug 28, 2015

The Daniel Boone School Board approved 5-3 on Aug. 24 to hire 2.5 elementary teachers to lower class sizes.

The Historian: Early Cattle and ‘Watered Meadows’ |Aug 27, 2015

In 1683, William Penn reported to friends in England, “Here is plenty of cow cattle.” Cattle, together with all other farm livestock, were brought to the Delaware Valley from Europe by the Swedes, Finns and Dutch in the 17th century.

Annual Apple Sales hosted at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site |Aug 27, 2015

Beginning Saturday, Aug. 29, and continuing while the crop lasts, the apple orchard at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site will be available for picking apples, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day the park is open.

Honey Brook Legion Riders honors veterans at Festival for the Veterans |Aug 27, 2015

Honey Brook American Legion Riders Post 422 hosted the inaugural Festival for the Veterans for David’s Drive 831 Aug. 22 at St. Benedict’s Picnic Park in Mohnton.

Studio B invites submissions for third annual exhibit ‘To Be: Know Thyself…You Do You’ — combining literary and visual art |Aug 27, 2015

Writers and artists are invited to submit work to Studio B’s third annual exhibit combining literary and visual art entitled “To Be: Know Thyself…You Do You.”

Hamburg School Board hires school psychologist Jolee Keifer, of Hamburg, member of Hamburg Area Education Foundation and OTF |Aug 27, 2015

Hamburg Area School Directors agreed on Aug. 24 to hire Jolee Keifer as a school psychologist at a salary of $85,500 effective upon her release from the Schuylkill Valley School District.

PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: MJ Dougherty, Saved by God’s Grace (Part I) |Aug 27, 2015

A neighbor came to visit us in recent weeks and said that I might be interested in writing a story about a new neighbor who experienced Sept. 11, 2001 firsthand. Barb and I invited MJ Dougherty to have dinner at our house one evening and invited her to dessert several days later.

Rick Hallman Day offers day of golf and music |Aug 27, 2015

The LCB Band hosts Rick Hallman Day Sept. 13 at Honeybrook Golf Course with a 9 hole golf tournament starting at 8 a.m. followed by music starting at 2 p.m. until dusk. All of the proceeds will go to Rick Hallman of the LCB Band.

Natural Lands Trust adds 54 acres to French Creek Park |Aug 26, 2015

UNION TWP. >> The Hopewell Big Woods just got 54 acres bigger.

Union Township to proceed with Geigertown sewer project |Aug 26, 2015

The Union Township Board of Supervisors said Aug. 17 that connecting 115 properties to the proposed Geigertown sewer line will be a financial burden of $110 to $125 per month, an expense that will be borne by all residents.

Gear up for Harmony Day with the First Annual Honey Brook Harmony Day Bike Ride |Aug 26, 2015

Pump up those tires, strap on your helmet and join your neighbors for the First Annual Honey Brook Harmony Day Bike Ride on Saturday, Sept. 19. Leaving from Umble Park on the edge of Honey Brook, the 30 mile ride will follow back roads through Honey Brook and West Nantmeal Townships with a half-way rest stop with snacks at Just Mom’s on Route 82.

Hibernia County Park invites community to Murder Mystery at Hibernia Mansion |Aug 26, 2015

The Friends of Hibernia County Park invite you to an evening of “Peace, Love & Homicide” on Sept. 25 and 26 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Hibernia Mansion.

Honey Brook “shares the warmth” with a coat and food drive for “Make A Difference Day” |Aug 26, 2015

Make a Difference Day is a USA TODAY initiative celebrating the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors. It is a national day of volunteerism celebrated annually, for the past 20 years, on the fourth Saturday of October.

Boyertown’s Duryea Day is celebrating 50 years |Aug 26, 2015

It wouldn’t be Labor Day weekend in Boyertown without Duryea Day.

Chester County audit department receives commendation |Aug 26, 2015

The Chester County Internal Audit Department, under the leadership of County Controller Norman MacQueen, has received a commendation from the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) for its operations undertaken from January 2012 to December 2014.

Chester County Commissioners seek review of telephone service providers’ 9-1-1 billing |Aug 26, 2015

The Chester County Board of Commissioners introduced a resolution at this week’s Commissioners’ Sunshine Meeting, that authorizes the law firm of Dilworth Paxson LLP, and the telecommunications auditing firm, Phone Recovery Services LLC to undertake a legal review and forensic audit, to determine if telephone companies providing service in Chester County have failed to bill, collect and remit the proper 9-1-1 charges that help fund Chester County’s 9-1-1 operations.

Studio B opens “Til Death Do Us Art”; unique exhibit features artist couples who live and create together |Aug 25, 2015

For artist Susan Biebuyck, gallery director for Studio B, the hills of her neighborhood are alive with art!

Senator Bob Mensch honored as 2015 Afterschool Champion; PSAYDN recognizes 14 individuals for innovation and excellence in out-of-school time programs for kids |Aug 25, 2015

Olivet Boys & Girls Club and the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) honored Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) as an Afterschool Champion for outstand­ing work in developing, supporting and promoting meaningful high-quality afterschool/out-of-school time programs to benefit children, youth and families across Pennsylvania on Aug.

Recycling Services, Inc. temporarily closed for renovations |Aug 25, 2015

The recycling center is getting a makeover.

Warwick County Park hosts Community Day to “explore your own backyard” |Aug 25, 2015

On Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Warwick County Park will be hosting Community Day in partnership with South Coventry, Warwick and East Nantmeal Townships.

Kutztown School District Program educates community about effects of concussions |Aug 25, 2015

Kutztown School District hosts “Concussion 2015: The Fragile Brain” on Sept. 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Kutztown Middle School Commons.

Kutztown Library celebrates Community Heroes during Summer Reading Finale |Aug 25, 2015

Kutztown Community Library celebrated Community Heroes during the “Every Hero has a Story” Summer Reading Program finale on Aug. 13.

Board OKs safety updates to Boyertown high school project |Aug 25, 2015

The Boyertown Area School Board voted Tuesday night, Aug. 18, to approve change orders for the high school construction project that are aimed to improve traffic and pedestrian safety on the campus.

Explore the night sky this fall during community nights in MCCC Observatory |Aug 25, 2015

Members of the community are invited to explore the night sky this fall during three open community nights in Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) state-of-the-art Observatory and Observation Deck.

Pets of the Week: Adoptables from the Montco SPCA |Aug 25, 2015

Allow us to introduce little Tequila, a 12-year-old Chihuahua. Tequila was surrendered because her owner was going through a divorce and couldn’t keep her. This little girl was never spayed and developed mammary masses; these masses were removed and sent for biopsy and sadly are cancerous.

New fitness studio to open in Gilbertsville |Aug 25, 2015

A dream is about to come true as long-time Boyertown resident, Bobby Pritchard, opens his first fitness studio, CustomFit Training. Scheduled to open in early September, the 1,800 square-foot facility will be located at 2028 Swamp Pike in Gilbertsville.

A call for singers — 3rd Annual Amity Idol Singing Contest slated for Saturday, Sept. 12 |Aug 25, 2015

The Daniel Boone Optimist Club is looking for singers between the ages of 11 - 19 to compete in the 3rd Annual Amity Idol Singing Contest on Saturday, Sept. 12, during their Community Day event. Singers can perform alone or in a group of up to four people.

Steel River Playhouse to host Open House, kick off its 2015-2016 school year |Aug 25, 2015

Steel River Playhouse, Pottstown, is hosting a free Educational Open House to kick off its 2015-2016 school year on Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30. Festivities take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.

PA State Rep. David Maloney to host annual Sportsmen’s Expo this Saturday |Aug 25, 2015

One of the most enjoyed events I host each year is the Sportsmen’s Expo at the Oley Valley Community Fairgrounds at 27 Jefferson St. in Oley.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Yahoo, a sweet boy with lots of charm |Aug 25, 2015

Yahoo is a very mild-mannered, docile boy with a GREAT personality! Just look at him and he starts to purr, and his paws start to knead. He even does “patty paws” while he’s standing which makes him look like a high-stepping horse.

Aftershock Dance Studio marks 10th year with cruise ship performance |Aug 25, 2015

According to Aftershock Dance Studio owner Randilynn Hoch-Wienczeck, the 10th year in business is a special year — but not just for her business. It’s also a special year for her older students, their parents, and the instructors who helped the young dancers learn their craft.

Twin Valley implements new student information system; Wireless infrastructure updated in all buildings |Aug 24, 2015

The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 31 for Twin Valley School District students.

Eastern Lancaster County School District welcomes 20 new teachers, offers new STEM classes, science forensics class, one-to-one computer program, and bus tracking system |Aug 24, 2015

The first day of school is Aug. 25 for Eastern Lancaster County School District.

Northeast Berks Chamber welcomes Senators Judy Schwank, David G. Argall; kicks off 2015-16 Breakfast Programs |Aug 24, 2015

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce announces a new season of Breakfast Programs for members and guests. Meetings are held monthly on the third Friday, and the series opens on Sept. 18 with a tax reform panel led by Senators Judy Schwank and David G.

Penn State Master Gardeners of Berks County to hold annual plant sale with a difference |Aug 24, 2015

Penn State Master Gardeners of Berks County will hold their annual fall plant sale on Friday, Sept. 11 from 12 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale is held at the Berks County Agricultural Center, County Welfare Road, Bern Township, near the Reading Fairgrounds.

BB&T to acquire National Penn Bancshares for $1.8B |Aug 24, 2015

North Carolina-based BB&T Corp. and National Penn Bancshares Inc. has announced an agreement under which BB&T will acquire National Penn in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $1.

Albright College named one of the best schools in the Northeast |Aug 24, 2015

For the 12th year in a row, Albright College has been named one of the best schools in the Northeast by The Princeton Review.

A welcome back from Boyertown School Board President Stephen Elsier |Aug 24, 2015

Welcome back students! It is that time of year for families, teachers, support staff, and administrators to get ready for the new school year.