Oley’s 2015 Peach & Ice Cream Festival slated for Aug. 8 |Jul 29, 2015

Sponsored by the Oley Fire Company, Oley Fire Company Fairgrounds will once again be filling up with peach-lovers across the region for the annual Peach and Ice Cream Festival.

PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: Dogs will be Dogs |Jul 29, 2015

The year was 1960, and I looked upon Miss McKee’s ninth grade English class as a big waste of time. Even though I sat near the front of the classroom, I just couldn’t write the spelling down letter for letter that she was writing on the blackboard.

CrossFit Fidelity, Boyertown, to celebrate 2nd anniversary this weekend |Jul 29, 2015

On Aug. 1, CrossFit Fidelity will be opening its doors to the public to celebrate its second anniversary.

Welcome to my World: I learned to love dancing |Jul 29, 2015

I love to dance! When I was about 13 years old, my sister, Mary Alice, worked and bought lots of clothes. Whenever she left for work, and we didn’t have school, I’d sneak into her bedroom and try on her clothes.

Living History Sundays at Pottsgrove Manor |Jul 29, 2015

Come spend a casual summer Sunday afternoon at historic Pottsgrove Manor and enjoy the 18th century surroundings as volunteers demonstrate colonial trades and pastimes.

Nurse arrested for stealing drugs from Pocopson nursing home |Jul 29, 2015

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced the arrest of defendant Carolyn Howett. The defendant was a nurse at the Pocopson Home, a nursing home located in Chester County.

Rethinking old images: The nerd in each of us |Jul 29, 2015

After having my first column printed, I naturally showed it to some of my friends and relatives. The overall response has been positive, but we seem to have a difference of opinion on one key aspect.

A Look Back in History: “The Quality Girls” keep Q-Shoppe customers coming back” |Jul 29, 2015

Have you ever known someone for quite awhile, say 20 years in my case, exchanged pleasantries most of the time, but never really knew much about ‘em when one stopped to reflect upon it. Not until recently, at a chance meeting with a mutual friend (famed Farmer Younker) at a different locale, did I have a lengthy conversation with one, realizing we had basically grown up together as very young adults but with two different employers.

Boyertown Multi-Service is now holding Back-to-School Supply Drive |Jul 29, 2015

It’s Back-to-School time again and Boyertown Area Multi-Service, Inc. is collecting a variety of school supplies for children of all ages for local families who come to Multi-Service for assistance.

Schuylkill Valley School District Board reviews PSSA rating changes that could mean more basic or below students |Jul 29, 2015

Schuylkill Valley School Board Superintendent Dr. Warren Mata announced that rating categories were changed by the state on PSSA scores after students completed testing in the April and May time frame.

Through my eyes: Legal blindness and an unlikely hobby |Jul 28, 2015

As a new addition to Berks-Mont News, I figured I would use these early columns to give the readers a chance to learn more about me. I stated in a previous column that I struggle with being legally blind.

Phillie Phanatic visits kids at The Goddard School, Gilbertsville |Jul 27, 2015

Phille Phanatic, the official mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball team, visited The Goddard School in Gilbertsville on Tuesday, July 21.

Amity Fire Company receives $130,000 grant |Jul 27, 2015

U.S. Congressman Patrick Meehan, R-7 Dist., announced the award of a $129,926 grant to the Amity Fire Company from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

7th Annual Schuylkill Valley Girls Softball Association Diamond Cruise Car Show |Jul 27, 2015

The second Saturday in July was an extremely popular date on the car show circuit as there was almost too many events to choose from. Fortunately, Mother Nature provided an exceptional day. There was a very good turnout for all of the events scheduled for that day.

Fleetwood Carnival |Jul 27, 2015

The community flocked to Fleetwood Park July 21 to 25 for the Fleetwood Community Carnival which included rides, food, Midway and entertainment.

Volunteers take part in Mission Trip Birdsboro |Jul 27, 2015

Earlier this month, volunteer workers could be spotted in bright yellow shirts as took part in Mission Trip Birdsboro 2015. These volunteers — broken into teams scattered throughout the community — provided help and repairs to 19 different work sites.

Berks County prepares for gypsy moth invasion |Jul 27, 2015

Like their namesakes, gypsy moths have taken to journeying across the country, starting in Massachusetts and spreading as far west as Wisconsin and as far south as Virginia’s border with North Carolina.

Kutztown Patriot Community Calendar July 30 |Jul 27, 2015

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Robert C. Wagner promoted to Lieutenant |Jul 27, 2015

Acting State Police Commissioner Marcus L. Brown has promoted Robert C. Wagner, a native of Beaver Falls, Beaver County, to lieutenant and assigned him to Troop L, Reading as the Patrol Section Commander.

Samuel Kulp earns Eagle Scout rank |Jul 27, 2015

Samuel C. Kulp has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Samuel is the son of Thomas and Deborah Kulp of Kutztown. Sam is a scout in Troop 101 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kutztown.

Fleetwood Girl Scout Daisy Troop 1956 moves upward and onward; girls “bridge” into Brownies |Jul 27, 2015

Fleetwood Girl Scout Daisy Troop 1956 graduated from being a Daisy Girl Scout Troop (kindergarten and first graders) and “bridged” into Brownie Girl Scouts (second and third graders).

Hibbett Sports store opening in Kutztown |Jul 27, 2015

Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ/GS: HIBB), an Alabama-based athletic retail company, is pleased to announce that its newest Hibbett Sports store will be opening in the Kutztown, PA market, employing approximately eight full and part-time team members.

Longswamp’s Jacob B. Moyer receives scouting’s highest honor, recognized at special Eagle Scout ceremony |Jul 27, 2015

Jacob B. Moyer, 18, of Boy Scout Troop 575 (Hawk Mountain Council) in Longswamp was honored at a special Eagle Scout ceremony on Sunday, July 19. To earn scouting’s highest award, Jacob had to earn at least 21 merit badges, serve as a leader in his troop and complete a major community service project.

Three new degree programs approved for Kutztown University |Jul 27, 2015

The Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education approved three new degree programs to be offered at Kutztown University. The State System approved a new Bachelor of Fine Arts in applied digital arts degree, a Master of Arts in arts administration degree and a Master of Education in music education.

Kutztown Patriot Church News |Jul 27, 2015

Salem E.C. Church, 2150 Old 22, Lenhartsville

Dreibelbis Farm Historical Society to host annual Farm Festival |Jul 27, 2015

On Saturday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Dreibelbis Farm Historical Society will host its annual Farm Festival at the Historic Dreibelbis Farm in Virginville.

Kutztown Brake the Cycle of Poverty: Benefit ride raises funds for families in need in Kutztown, Fleetwood & Brandywine areas |Jul 27, 2015

In our efforts to continue to serve those in need, Friend, Inc. Community Services will be hosting the 6th annual Brake the Cycle of Poverty bike ride.

State Police; BMX bikes stolen from Topton resident’s garage, incident under investigation |Jul 27, 2015

State Police at the Reading station are investigating a burglary that occurred in Topton on July 21 at 12:01 a.m.

St. John’s Day Care sails into summer fun |Jul 27, 2015

As summer is underway, the children here at St. John’s Day Care jumped right into our fun-filled program.

Hopewell’s ‘Fueling The Furnace’ salutes conservation |Jul 27, 2015

The National Park Service invites the public to celebrate the conservation of our nation’s natural and cultural heritage at its traditional “Fueling The Furnace” event on Saturday, Aug.

A Look Back in History: Architectural fashion in randomly laid fieldstone |Jul 27, 2015

America’s early hinterland houses built of native stone are more than well constructed abodes. They reveal the desire of the frontier inhabitants to be part of the architectural fashion of the day.

Residents of The Heritage of Green Hills help support New Journey Community Outreach, Inc., in Reading |Jul 27, 2015

Residents and staff of The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, recently delivered food and clothing donated by their community to New Journey Community Outreach, Inc.

Kutztown Kruizz kicks off Bicentennial Celebration with more than 260 cars, concert and movie |Jul 27, 2015

Kutztown kicked off its week-long Bicentennial celebration under a bright sun and blue skies with more than 260 cars featured in its Kutztown Kruizz Saturday, July 25.

Local student participates in summer music program |Jul 26, 2015

Thomas Kissinger of Hamburg was among a select group of high school students who recently participated in Susquehanna University’s week-long Wind Ensemble Institute.

Military News |Jul 26, 2015

Air Force Airman 1st Class Gyver G. Rightmyer graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Blues, Brews, and BBQs! New event held in conjunction with Leesport Farmers Market’s Mid-Summer Craft Fair |Jul 26, 2015

More than a thousand vehicles had already flooded the parking lot of the Leesport Farmers Market on the morning of their new event Blues, Brews, and BBQs, held in conjunction with the Market’s well-known Mid-Summer Craft Fair.

Hamburg Item Church News |Jul 26, 2015

Hamburg Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 22 Willow Road

Robert C. Wagner promoted to Lieutenant |Jul 26, 2015

Acting State Police Commissioner Marcus L. Brown has promoted Robert C. Wagner, a native of Beaver Falls, Beaver County, to lieutenant and assigned him to Troop L, Reading as the Patrol Section Commander.

Six local students attend Camp Neidig leadership camp |Jul 26, 2015

Erik Fleischel, Emily Kavka, Morgan Delong, Hannah Schreffler, Rhett Robinson and Nate Parent attended Camp Neidig in June. They shared their experience at camp. Camp Neidig is a leadership camp. The students were very excited and felt they learned so much from the experience.

Item Community Calendar of Events July 29 |Jul 26, 2015

Submit to Calendar: email event listings to Note Item Calendar in email subject.

Military News |Jul 26, 2015

Air Force Airman Brandon T. Adams graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Summer continues to sizzle with August concerts |Jul 26, 2015

Although the summer can begin to wind down as August approaches, activity at the park never seems to take a break. With several entertaining performances scheduled for the coming month, folks can continue to enjoy what the parks have to offer.

Military News |Jul 26, 2015

Air Force Airman Tyler M. Heffner graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Shoemakersville Lions Club installs officers |Jul 26, 2015

Shoemakersville Area Lions held their Installation of Officers at Hoss’s Restaurant, Leesport on Thursday, June 25.

Charity Navigator tabs two PA food banks as top notch charities; Central PA Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest PA recognized among nation’s best charities |Jul 26, 2015

Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most utilized evaluator of charities, has named two Pennsylvania food banks to its 10 Top Notch Charities list. Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania are ranked number seven and nine respectively on the 10 Top Notch Charities list.

Dreibelbis Farm Historical Society to host annual Farm Festival |Jul 26, 2015

On Saturday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Dreibelbis Farm Historical Society will host its annual Farm Festival at the Historic Dreibelbis Farm in Virginville.

Tilden Township Police Officer Schwoyer slated to retire after 33 years of service, 8 years with Tilden Township |Jul 26, 2015

The Tilden Township Police Department announced the retirement of Officer Dennis R. Schwoyer, effective Aug. 22.

Berks County Heritage Center volunteers provided ‘trunk show’ of Gruber Wagon Works |Jul 26, 2015

Although Jean and Rich Schweigart, volunteers at the Berks County Heritage Center, encourage people to visit the Gruber Wagon Works at the Heritage Center, the duo provided attendees at their “trunk show” at the Schuylkill Valley Community Library on July 7 a great opportunity to experience the Wagon Works off-site.

Boyertown School Board sets priorities for district’s future |Jul 24, 2015

Boyertown >> After much discussion, the Boyertown Area School Board unanimously approved a document outlining priorities for the district’s Comprehensive Plan.

Union Township to ensure safety at sports fields |Jul 24, 2015

Municipalities cannot protect against sports injuries, but the Union Township Board of Supervisors said July 20 that it will review liability issues related to improvements at its three sports fields.