Carole Christman Koch: President’s Inauguration firsts, traditions, and more: Part 2 |Jan 22, 2017

Part 2 Franklin Pierce, in 1853, accepted his presidency, but was still in mourning. Just a few months prior to the ceremony, the Pierces lost their 3rd and last child in a railroad accident, that both witnessed.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Overlooked but valuable antiques |Jan 22, 2017

Ever wonder what valuable antiques are hiding in your house? There are many antiques, works of art, and collectibles that have significant value which many people want you to just toss out with the trash or put out on your front lawn at a low market priced yard sale.

PERSON TO PERSON — IMPACT: Elephants on parade |Jan 22, 2017

Did you ever hear of a mother having a 200 pound baby? If you read the title of this column, you would not say: “preposterous”; rather, you would reply: “of course, an elephant.

Reflections: Waiting for a cancer cure is like waiting for Godot |Jan 22, 2017

We have been waiting for a cure for cancer for what seems an eternity.

A look back at history The PA Dutch ‘Grossa Schrank’ that brought one million dollars continued |Jan 22, 2017

Part 2 Quite often when a home was being built for a young PA Dutch farming couple, cabinet makers like Jacob and John Bieber were also busy designing and making the household furniture that would make their abode a functional and loving home.

Federal Reserve of Philly speaker presents positive economic forecast to Northeast Berks Chamber |Jan 21, 2017

Ryo Tashiro, of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, presented an optimistic economic forecast to Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce members on Jan. 20.

Hamburg Gallery spotlights high school artists |Jan 21, 2017

Artwork by two dozen Hamburg Area High School students is on display at the Gallery of Hamburg, 335 State Street. Pieces range from paintings and pastel drawings to ceramic pieces and graphic art. The artists, their family and friends gathered with members of the local art community for a reception at the gallery on Thursday, Jan.

Hamburg students volunteer for Habitat for Humanity |Jan 21, 2017

Hamburg Area High School students in the Wood Technology and Home Maintenance and Repair classes have been volunteering with the Habitat for Humanity Berks for the past three years.

Frecon Farms to launch new seasonal menu during winter open house |Jan 20, 2017

Even though it may be cold outside this winter season, Frecon Farms still manages to keep active during the winter season.

Hamburg Middle School musicians participate in LVC Bandfest |Jan 20, 2017

Hamburg Area Middle School 6th through 8th grade band students participated in Lebanon Valley College Bandfest on Jan. 12.

Maloney announces $216,200 for Pedestrian Safety in Birdsboro |Jan 20, 2017

On Jan 10, state Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) announced that a federal grant for $216,200 has been awarded to Birdsboro for sidewalks and ADA-compliant ramps.

Hamburg High School musicians Kissinger, Fegley, Freed participate in LVC Honors Band |Jan 20, 2017

Hamburg Area High School musicians Tom Kissinger, trumpet; Trevor Fegley, alto sax; and Brittany Freed, oboe, participated in the Lebanon Valley College Honors Band on Friday, Jan. 13 and Saturday, Jan.

Hamburg sisters win Best of Breed at Farm Show |Jan 19, 2017

Hamburg Area High School Agriculture Science Club members Christianna and her sister Kaitlyn Flaherty showed their rabbits at the 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Our Town Foundation presents new Ford Focus to raffle winner |Jan 19, 2017

Wernersville resident, Jerry Bihler, recently was chosen as the winner of a brand new Ford Focus sedan raffled by Our Town Foundation, Hamburg’s non-profit community revitalization organization.

Kutztown Borough Council remembers former president Mac Eidle |Jan 19, 2017

Kutztown Borough Council held a moment of silence for former Council President Malcolm A. “Mac” Eidle at their meeting Jan. 17.

Hamburg native Richard Etchberger appointed Utah State University vice provost |Jan 19, 2017

Utah State University Interim Provost Laurens H. Smith announced the appointment to a key position within the university’s academic administration.

Alvernia students take part in Presidential Inauguration |Jan 19, 2017

Rebecca Dunst of Reading traveled to Washington, D.C., this January to prepare for the 45th U.S. Presidential Inauguration. Through a partnership with The Washington Center, the students took part in a two-week Inauguration 2017 Academic Seminar program that began Jan.

Engagement: Bryski-Frederick |Jan 19, 2017

The engagement of Sarah Bryski of Kutztown Road, Fleetwood, and Victor Frederick V, of West Miller Drive, Douglassville, has been announced.

Vehicle strikes barn, then flees scene |Jan 18, 2017

A driver lost control of a vehicle and struck a red barn in Richmond Township on Jan. 15, then fled the scene.

WTIM: Music Around Town Jan. 18 edition |Jan 18, 2017

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Vehicle drives through red light, struck by truck at 662, 222 intersection |Jan 18, 2017

A 70-year-old Lenhartsville resident drove through a red light on Route 662 at the Route 222 intersection, striking a tractor trailer truck headed north on Route 222.

President’s Inauguration Firsts, Traditions, and More: Part 1 |Jan 18, 2017

In America, the day of our presidential oath-taking is called “Inauguration Day,” when a president is sworn into office, making an oath or affirmation, required by the U.S. Constitution.

A look back at history: The PA Dutch ‘Grossa Schrank’ that brought one million dollars |Jan 18, 2017

Part 1 In studying early American folk art, there is no shortage of folk art documents and designs that express pioneer immigrants’ gratitude for reaching America at a time when many individuals still feared the world was flat, or worse, that dragons still lurked in the troubled ocean currents to tend their lives.

Kutztown Rotary Club recognizes January students of the month |Jan 18, 2017

Jacob Hensinger, of Brandywine Heights High School and Beckham Sibiski, of Kutztown Area High School were named the Kutztown Rotary Club’s students of the month in ceremonies at the Kutztown Tavern January 4.

King celebration lauds progress, reminds there is still work to do |Jan 18, 2017

NEW HANOVER >> The students were engaged in a familiar conversation.

Reading Theater Project’s ‘Dead of Winter: Berks Haunting’ is sure to liven up the stage |Jan 18, 2017

The plays often reflect Reading and Berks County’s heritage. “Speakeasy” gave me a look at what Reading was like long before I was born. The original play recreated the prohibition era at a time when Reading had a reputation for being a wide-open town.

Fleetwood Middle School Day of Caring honors Martin Luther King Jr. |Jan 17, 2017

Standing tall in the hallway of Fleetwood Area Middle School are two minions constructed out of 2,300 cans of food, which will be donated to the Greater Berks Food Bank as part of the school’s Day of Caring on Martin Luther King Jr.

Boyertown woman shares why she’s taking part in the Women’s March |Jan 17, 2017

Boyertown and Pottstown area women will be joining thousands expected to take part in the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, the day after Inauguration Day.

Chestnut Knoll takes on a ‘Positive Approach’ to caring for seniors |Jan 17, 2017

“We are always striving to be the best of the best, to look for ways to improve upon ourselves and our delivery of service to our residents, so that, ultimately, they can have the best quality of life at Chestnut Knoll,” said Shawn Barndt, executive director.

Kutztown placed on AP District Honor Roll |Jan 17, 2017

Kutztown School District has been placed on the College Board’s 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll for significant gains in student access and success.

Tax increase projected in Boone preliminary budget |Jan 17, 2017

AMITY >> Daniel Boone School Board members agreed at their Jan. 9 meeting to increase the 2017-18 millage from 29.7 mills to the maximum allowed of 31.09 mills.

Art Gallery of Hamburg exhibits high school artwork for January |Jan 16, 2017

Hamburg High School student artwork fills the windows of the Art Gallery of Hamburg for the month of January. An artists reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the gallery at 335 State St.

Josh Shapiro looks back at time as Montgomery County commissioner |Jan 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Josh Shapiro, discussing the diversity of Montgomery County, couldn’t stay put in his seat.

Assessment settlements cost Pottsgrove School District $200K in tax revenue |Jan 16, 2017

The Pottsgrove School District will have to pay out more than $200,000 in refunds for three year’s worth of taxes on three properties as the result of settlements approved by the school board Tuesday night.

Relay for Life invited to Pottsgrove board meeting to address concerns |Jan 16, 2017

Although back in August the Pottsgrove School Board approved the use of its football stadium by the Pottstown Relay for Life, some concerns were raised about how the beneficiary of the Relay — the American Cancer Society — uses the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised there.

Democrats endorse Ken Lawrence for Montgomery County board of commissioners |Jan 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Ken Lawrence, Temple University’s vice president for alumni relations and a resident of Plymouth Meeting, has been nominated by Montgomery County Democrats to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Board of Commissioners.

Kutztown 8th grader wins 2nd in kennel club story telling contest |Jan 16, 2017

Kutztown Middle School 8th grader Zoe Weidman won second place in the Lehigh Valley Kennel Club’s first annual Story Telling Contest.

CMERT dissolves to form Montgomery County SWAT |Jan 16, 2017

The Chesmont Emergency Response Team was officially dissolved last week to make way for a new regional police tactical team.

Dent re-elected as co-chair of House’s Tuesday Group |Jan 16, 2017

Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) Has been chosen by members of the Tuesday Group Caucus to continue serving as one of the organization’s co-chairs.

Kutztown Community Library Board increase Youth Librarian hours to better serve community |Jan 16, 2017

The Kutztown Community Library Board of Directors voted in December to make the Youth Librarian position from part time to full time to better serve the youth of the community, effective Jan. 15.

Pottstown churches remember legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. |Jan 16, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> The Rev. James Allen can still remember the first time he ever met the Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. He was still in the seminary in Atlanta, Ga. at the time and was so poor he needed to stretch the $0.

Pottsgrove pursues earlier outreach to pre-Kindergarten families |Jan 16, 2017

WEST POTTSGROVE >> In an effort to close an “achievement gap” experienced by students in the district’s low-income households, educators want to reach out and get familiar with those households before they’re even in school.

Pottstown moves forward with land bank |Jan 16, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Although borough council wasted no time in voting Monday night to move ahead with creating a land bank to try to reduce the number of blighted properties in town, it will be awhile before it’s up and running.

Winning Scenes of 29th District calendar unveiled |Jan 14, 2017

Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) unveiled the winners of his 2017 “Scenes of the 29th Senatorial District” calendar contest, which features photos from throughout Berks and Schuylkill counties.

Overheated stove pipe causes Tilden Township home fire |Jan 13, 2017

A clay stove pipe overheated, catching a Tilden Township home on fire on Jan. 10.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joslyn Koval graduates |Jan 13, 2017

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joslyn Koval graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary names new president |Jan 13, 2017

Following an extensive national search, Geri E. Unger has been named the new president of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, a position she assumed on Jan. 3.

Pennsylvania Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will be open on MLK Day, other holidays |Jan 13, 2017

HARRISBURG >> The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has announced that hundreds of Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will be open Monday, Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – as well as on Presidents Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July this year.

Kutztown Community Library hosts Laura Ingalls Wilder 150th birthday party |Jan 13, 2017

Kutztown Community Library will celebrate the 150th birthday of author Laura Ingalls Wilder with a program and refreshments on Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.

Bereavement Support Group in Berks helps those facing sudden loss of spouse |Jan 13, 2017

People suffer many types of loss throughout their lives. With loss, comes grief.