Morlatton Village Spring Festival slated May 13 |Apr 24, 2017

DOUGLASSVILLE >> The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County is excited to announce a new spring event at Morlatton Village.

Schuylkill Valley: Classroom technology is teaching tool of future |Apr 24, 2017

Schuylkill Valley School District hosted its annual Technology Showcase on April 19, which included a student and teacher panel discussion and tours to see technology used in classrooms at the elementary, middle and high schools.

Former Shoey Diner, now Dee Dee’s Diner, is dream come true for Shoey couple |Apr 24, 2017

For Shoemakersville residents Amanda Kohler and Michael Boyer, taking over ownership of the newly renovated Shoey Diner in Shoemakersville is a dream come true. They hope the family restaurant, now named Dee Dee’s Diner, serves the community well.

Kutztown Art Soiree attracts local artists at all level |Apr 21, 2017

Building on the success of the former art crawl, Kutztown Community Partnership will expand the event into the Kutztown Art Soiree May 4, 5 and 6. Merchants along Kutztown’s Main Street business district will offer area artists the opportunity to display their works in their stores.

Senate committee approves Argall bill to protect consumers |Apr 21, 2017

The Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee approved a proposal written by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) that would protect consumers utilizing household goods movers.

Lighthouse Academy wins 1st place overall academic achievement at Mid-Atlantic Convention |Apr 21, 2017

Twenty students and four sponsors from Lighthouse Christian Academy in Lyons attended the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Student Convention on April 3 to 7.

Daniel Boone School District parents help pick 2017-18 calendar |Apr 21, 2017

The Daniel Boone Area School Board and district staff have listened — and responded — to the results of a recent online poll regarding in-service days and the “first student day” of the 2017-18 school year.

New Amity police officer sworn into service |Apr 21, 2017

New Amity Police Officer Fernando Santiago III was sworn into service by Amity Police Chief Andrew J. Kensey on April 20.

Exeter School Board gets update on food service, budget projection |Apr 21, 2017

EXETER >> Jennifer Wilinsky, food services director at Exeter Township School District, presented school board members with a food service report during the April 18 meeting.

Hamburg Wood Tech, Home Maintenance & Repair students volunteer at Habitat for Humanity homes in Reading |Apr 21, 2017

Hamburg Area High School students in the Wood Technology and Home Maintenance and Repair classes once again volunteered during a Habitat for Humanity Field Trip on April 20, working on houses on Tulpehocken Street in Reading.

Hamburg native William Leinbach graduates from basic military training |Apr 21, 2017

U.S. Air Force Air National Guard Airman 1st Class William C. Leinbach graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Berks Opera Company is accepting entries for Annual Community Art Contest |Apr 21, 2017

Berks Opera Company is welcoming residents of Berks County to participate in its 1st Annual Community Art Contest. The theme of the contest is “What is Your Happily Ever After” and culminates with an exhibition and selected visuals and prose represented in the scenic design of the August Production of La Cenerentola (Cinderella) at the Miller Center for the Arts, Reading, Pa.

Preschoolers exhibit art at Yocum Institute |Apr 21, 2017

Yocum Institute for Arts Education is pleased to host the 2017 Annual Preschool Art Exhibit.

Hamburg Lions Club April speaker talks about Lions Beacon Lodge Camp |Apr 21, 2017

The Hamburg Lions hold there program meetings the first Friday of every month. For the month of April we had Melissa Hinkle. She spoke about Pennsylvania Lions Beacon Lodge Camp. This is a special Service Camp for Children and Adults with disabilities.

KU hosts Summer Filmmaking Institute |Apr 21, 2017

The kutztown university Department of Cinema, Television & Media Production will host a Summer Filmmaking Institute Jun. 19-23, which is open to the public, ages 13 and up.

King’s Academy hosts Open House April 30 |Apr 21, 2017

The King’s Academy will host an Open House on Sunday, April 30th, 2017 from 2 to 3 p.m.

DEP explores options for Kerny Dam |Apr 21, 2017

Crowds of swimmers and jumpers flocked to The Rock and Kernsville Dam along the Schuylkill River in Tilden Township last summer. As the weather warms, the Department of Environmental Protection reminds people that the property is owned by the DEP and is not open to the public.

Shoey Lions Club hosts Easter Egg Hunt for families |Apr 21, 2017

Shoemakersville Area Lions Club sponsored an Easter Egg Hunt for families on Saturday, April 15 at the Perry Township Recreational Area.

Hamburg Salvation Army Family Store hosts Grand Opening April 29 |Apr 21, 2017

The Hamburg Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center at 700 South 4th Street in Hamburg will host a Grand Opening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 29.

Professor of art joins forces with GoggleWorks for Iron Pour Event |Apr 21, 2017

A member of Albright College’s art department and GoggleWorks Center for the Arts have teamed up to present a Spring Iron Pour on Saturday, April 29, at 7 p.m., at GoggleWorks, 201 Washington St.

Morgantown Vietnam veteran honored as hero with Purple Heart |Apr 20, 2017

When Marine Staff Sgt. James Beningo Jr. returned in 1969 from Vietnam, he was scorned, ignored and even spit on. There was no hero’s welcome for Veterans returning from an unpopular war.

Brenda Boyer, Nancy King named to Hamburg Academic Hall of Fame |Apr 20, 2017

Hamburg Area High School alumni Brenda (Stewart) Boyer, Class of 1982, and Nancy (Dietrich) King, Class of 1964, will be inducted into the Hamburg Area School District Alumni Academic Hall of Fame on May 3.

On stage in Pottstown: ‘The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds’ |Apr 20, 2017

“The most compelling work of its kind since Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie” – Variety

REFLECTIONS: A slightly shorter shelf life |Apr 20, 2017

I recently received some literature from a funeral home about making burial plans.

Senate approves Argall’s resolution requiring independent study of state-owned universities |Apr 20, 2017

The Senate of Pennsylvania approved a resolution sponsored by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) that requires an independent study of the future of the State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) to be completed by the end of the year.

Coventry Mall owners work to make mall a success; Community Health and Dental Care, Anytime Fitness joining tenant roster |Apr 20, 2017

North Coventry >> What a difference a year makes.

Berks youth compete at Miss PA, Miss PA Outstanding Teen |Apr 20, 2017

Berks County will be well represented at the Miss Pennsylvania, and also the Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen, in Pittsburgh in June 2017.

Hamburg Police Speed board reminds drivers to slow down |Apr 20, 2017

The Hamburg Borough Police Department are encouraging drivers to slow down in Hamburg with the use of a speed board.

Cow Pie Bingo in Leesport Harley-Davidson raises funds for MDA |Apr 20, 2017

Tompkins VIST Bank is hosting its third annual event to raise funds to treat Muscular Dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases. The event, a Cow Pie Bingo, will held on April 26 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Mountain Springs Country Fair seeks applications for 1st fair queen scholarship pageant |Apr 20, 2017

We are hopeful that we will have a great turnout for our 1st annual Mountain Springs Country Fair pageant this year in Shartlesville.

Twin Valley students gain opportunities in the ‘real world’ |Apr 20, 2017

At Twin Valley High School, it is a typical day for students to gain opportunities in the “real world.” For example, a student interested in becoming a police officer may job shadow or intern in the criminal justice career field and participate in a ride-along with local police departments as well as observe court cases and take the opportunity to speak to professionals within the courtroom.

Schuylkill Valley, Tulpe artists educate peers about dangers of underage drinking |Apr 20, 2017

During a ceremony in The State Museum of Pennsylvania on April 19, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board recognized 52 students who participated in the 25th annual Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest, including those from Schuylkill Valley and Tulpehocken.

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Hamburg Strand Theater celebrates Easter with Bunny, magic show and movie |Apr 20, 2017

The Hamburg Strand was the place to be, at least for the younger set, on Saturday, April 15. The historic single-screen theatre hosted an Easter event that afternoon featuring magic, classic cinema and the Easter Bunny himself.

Kutztown Borough Council approves release of $250k for new fire truck |Apr 20, 2017

The Kutztown Borough Council approved the release of $250,000 from the Fire Protection Tax Fund, for the down payment on the purchase of a new 2017 E-One Ladder Truck.

Two Boyertown students named Outstanding High School Seniors |Apr 19, 2017

BASH students Lucia Bellino and Haydn Hallman recently have been named as Outstanding High School Seniors as part of the Boyertown Citizen of the Year Awards.

Hamburg National Guard Unit’s Role in the Great War |Apr 19, 2017

On April 6, 1917 the U.S. officially declared war on Germany. In July 1917 the Hamburg unit was federalized as part of the 28th Division. The unit was reorganized from Company E 4th Regiment into Company A, 108th machine Company in Dec 1917.

Pulitzer-winning ‘August: Osage County’ comes to Genesius Theatre |Apr 19, 2017

Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award Winning play “August: Osage County” will explode onto the Genesius Theatre stage Wednesday, April 26 through April 30 at the 10th and Walnut Theatre in Reading.

Photos: Boyertown welcomes spring with ‘Coming Out of Hibernation’ |Apr 19, 2017

Building a Better Boyertown hosted its annual Coming Out of Hibernation event on Friday, April 15, as a celebration of spring.

wELCOME TO MY WORLD: What’s in a name? Let’s talk toilets |Apr 19, 2017

Thomas Crapper actually has a day named after him – January 27 is Thomas Crapper Day!

A look back in history The Importance of the historic Keim Homestead in American Folklife Institute’s early years |Apr 19, 2017

When the American Folklife Society in the 1970s was allowed to preserve the historic Jacob Keim farmstead outside of Lobachsville for a museum in the Society’s early days, they very much appreciated Rudy Rhoads’ wisdom and cooperation with Pike Township, as Director Shaner recalled.

Fleetwood Brownie Troop helps Keystone Villa residents fill Easter eggs |Apr 18, 2017

Fleetwood Girl Scout Brownie Troop 11105 partnered with Keystone Villa at Fleetwood to fill Easter eggs for Keystone Villa’s Annual Egg Hunt. Keystone Villa hosts an Easter Egg Hunt for the children and grandchildren of the residents and the kids in the local communities.

Barto student places into residency program |Apr 18, 2017

On March 17, Alex Slaby of Barto and 87 other students of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth), the largest class in the school’s history, learned their residency placements during the National Resident Matching Program’s “Match Day.

Kutztown students advocate for National History Day at Sen. Toomey’s office |Apr 18, 2017

On April 13 Senior Maya Workowski, Junior Sam Arnold, National History Day advisor, Carolyn Wasser, KU History professor and KASD school board member, Dr. Eric Johnson, and Kutztown Area Middle School 7th Grade Social Studies teacher Beth Patten traveled to Senator Pat Toomey’s Lehigh Valley office.

An exhibit at Studio B dedicated to art inspired by the environment |Apr 18, 2017

Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, announces the opening of “Defining WORLD,” the studio’s 9th annual juried show featuring art celebrating our environment sponsored by Liberty Environmental, Inc.

Young Ones launches BYOB for charity on 10th Annual Record Store Day |Apr 18, 2017

On Saturday, April 22, music lovers everywhere will celebrate the 10th annual Record Store Day. This year, Record Store Day coincides with Earth Day, which created an opportunity in the mind of Caecilia Holt, co-owner of Young Ones, an independent record store located in Kutztown.

Rockland Township renovated home features dragons and medieval inspired décor |Apr 18, 2017

A Tudor-styled home, typical of the late medieval and early Renaissance eras, sits on 52 acres nestled in the hills of Rockland Township along a dirt country lane. What made this home stand out were dragonheads with arched necks mounted above doorways.

Kutztown University Geophysical Society hosts Women in Science for Kutztown Girl Scouts |Apr 18, 2017

On Saturday, April 1, the Geophysical Society of Kutztown University, presided by Margariete Malenda, planned and delivered an inspiring Women in Science program for Kutztown Girl Scouts.

Colebrookdale’s Amy Babb named First Responder of the Year |Apr 18, 2017

Sergeant Amy Babb of the Colebrookdale Township Police Department has been named First Responder of the Year and will be honored at the Citizen of the Year Awards Gala on April 22.

Children head out on Easter field trip to Quality Shoppe |Apr 18, 2017

Children from Shaynah Kinner Daycare Center in Kutztown and Mrs. Easter Bunny went on a walking field trip to the Quality Shoppe in Kutztown.