Colebrookdale Railroad unofficially opens with first public ride |Oct 20, 2014

Stepping through a rock-strewn railyard in Boyertown, families lined up to board the historic train that made its unofficial debut on the Colebrookdale line Saturday, Oct. 18.

Hamburg area church calendar |Oct 20, 2014

Salem Belleman’s Church At 3540 Belleman’s Church Road, Mohrsville, will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar in its Fellowship Hall on Friday, Nov. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov.

Domer Leibensperger passes the King Frost crown to George Mitten |Oct 20, 2014

The 51st consecutive King Frost Parade begins a new era this year. At last year’s 50th King Frost Parade, M. Domer Leibensperger took the Jaycees’ float for the 32nd and final time as King Frost.

2014 King Frost Parade lineup |Oct 20, 2014

Parade starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 in Downtown Hamburg.

Hamburg area candidate information for upcoming elections |Oct 20, 2014

List compiled by Laura Dillon GOVERNOR

Three Berks County farms help PA to become first in U.S. to preserve 500,000 Acres, Schwank says |Oct 20, 2014

Pennsylvania became the first state in the country today to preserve 500,000 acres of valuable farmland and three Berks County farms helped accomplish the milestone, Sen. Judy Schwank said today.

Hamburg Rotary donates to local organizations & programs, meeting program from Etchberger Foundation |Oct 20, 2014

At the recent Hamburg Rotary meeting, Rev. Randy Bond accepted a check for the food Pantry, Jean Yurkonis received a check for the Salvation Army and Derek Leibensperger accepted a check for the King Frost Parade from President Titus Miller.

Police investigate burglary at Fleetwood home |Oct 18, 2014

State Police investigate burglary at Fleetwood residence

Phillie Phanatic asks Northeast Chamber of Commerce members to become Phanatics |Oct 17, 2014

The high energy of the Phillie Phanatic bounded into Berkleigh County Club in Kutztown for a lunch with the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce Oct. 17.

Spicing up the fall with Hay Creek Apple Festival |Oct 17, 2014

The weekend of Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12, the historical Joanna Furnace was home to the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association’s Apple Festival.

$41 million needed to fix Boone schools |Oct 17, 2014

The results of the recent Daniel Boone School District Capital Reserve Study indicate that $41 million is needed the next 20 years to keep all district buildings operational.

Pottstown Zoning Board OKs continued operation of iCreate Cafe |Oct 17, 2014

A popular vegetarian cafe and computer training center on King Street will be allowed to continue operating as it already does thanks to a unanimous ruling by the zoning hearing board Wednesday night.

R&B band Charlie Brown’s Notorious Groove plays The State Theatre of Boyertown Friday, Oct. 24 |Oct 17, 2014

The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown will be alive with the rhythm and blues Friday, Oct. 24 as Charlie Brown’s Notorious Groove brings their best tunes to the stage -- inviting the audience to come along for the ride.

Something’s Looming shows documentary film ‘Woven Lives’ Sunday, Oct. 26 |Oct 17, 2014

The some things looming Fiber Arts Gallery and Studio, 526 Washington St., Reading, will screen the documentary film, Woven Lives, as part of its current show--Transforming Traditions—that features the unique weavings of the de Los Angeles family of the village of Teotitlian del Valle in the state of Oaxaca.

Scouting troop helps transform Thun Trail into spooky haunted hayride |Oct 17, 2014

You would not have wanted to be lost in the woods when Exeter Township’s Park and Recreation Department transformed the Thun Trail into one spooky, scary place.

Amity votes Nov. 5 on Truck to Transfer Station |Oct 17, 2014

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors will vote Nov. 5 on Environmental Enterprises, Inc., application to establish a 10-day environmental waste truck to transfer station in Amity Township. The final testimony was heard on Oct.

Moms Club of New Hanover Township holds open house at Wilcox Farms |Oct 16, 2014

Throughout the area, local moms are supporting local moms.

Berks County revises 911 screening of Ebola virus |Oct 16, 2014

The Commissioners of the County of Berks have directed, through the Berks County Department of Emergency Services 9-1-1 Communications Center, that the County begin screening requests for emergency medical service response (EMS) for Ebola Virus Disease related risks.

Opa! Greek Food Bazaar returns to Reading on Oct. 17-18-19 |Oct 16, 2014

The largest ethnic food festival in Berks County returns this weekend for its 44th year at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church.

Pot grow house discovered in Amity |Oct 16, 2014

A township has been charged after police discovered a marijuana growing operation in his home.

Dairy Queen latest target of data theft |Oct 16, 2014

It has happened again – another corporate data breach. This time it’s Dairy Queen. The popular ice cream chain announced Thursday that it is the latest target of customer data theft.

Gilbertsville Boy Scout Troop 36 celebrates 80 years; Troop to hold food drive at Boyertown Halloween Parade |Oct 16, 2014

Gilbertsville Boy Scout Troop 36 are celebrating 80 years of service to the community this year. The troop will continue its efforts at the Boyertown Parade this Saturday, collecting canned goods.

Acoustic Trio 11A to perform live at The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown this Friday |Oct 16, 2014

The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown is proud to present 11A in concert on Friday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open to the public at 7:00 pm. Tickets are currently on sale now at a discounted price when purchased in advance at http://statetheatreboyertown.

Fire Prevention: Eastern Berks Fire Company visits St. Francis Academy, Bally |Oct 15, 2014

Eastern Berks Fire Company visited St. Francis Academy on Friday, Oct. 10. as part of Fire Prevention Week. First graders learned about the different trucks and got a chance to climb in the rescue truck as fireman Jesse Cook explained the different tools first responders use.

Boyertown’s Turning Leaf Fall Festival sees Sunday sunshine |Oct 15, 2014

For this year’s Turning Leaf Fall Festival it was a year of firsts.

‘A Day in the Life Of...’ shares Lenhartsville author’s hysterical life misadventures |Oct 15, 2014

Lenhartsville author Dodie Sable announces the nationwide release of her new book, “A Day in the Life of ... ,” where she tells her funny and interesting adventures with her various pets.

The Lutheran Home at Topton Fabulous Fall Fling celebrates ‘wholeness in all areas of life’ |Oct 15, 2014

TOPTON >> Local emergency services were among a variety of organizations that took place in the recent Fabulous Fall Fling at The Lutheran Home at Topton. Sponsored by the Diakon senior living community and the Lutheran congregations of the East Berks Mission District, the free event celebrated “wholeness in all areas of life” and included music, snacks, yoga, children’s crafts and activities, games, hiking and labyrinth-walking.

Daisy Troop 1956 host fall sale, recruit scouts |Oct 15, 2014

Fleetwood Girl Scout Daisy Troop 1956 was recently at a community gathering and set up a table for the Fall Product Sale for Girl Scouts of Eastern PA. The girls also tried to recruit new girls to join the wonderful world of Girl Scouting in their local communities! The Fall Product Sale allows the girls to earn income to start their Girl Scout year.

Through My Kitchen Window: Meals out the box and into the skillet |Oct 15, 2014

Those skillet meals in a box that simply require a pound of hamburger and a cup of milk are so helpful on busy weeknights. Assuming you’ve thought ahead and thawed the hamburger.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Allegorical ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is mind-blowing in more ways than one |Oct 15, 2014

In the eyes of popular culture, “Guardians of the Galaxy” will likely go down as the year’s most popular film, and you could do far worse than Marvel’s slightly offbeat hit.

Hay Creek Association Apple Festival celebrates fall and apples |Oct 15, 2014

Morgantown >> The Hay Creek Apple Festival celebrated the season of fall and, of course, apples this past weekend at Joanna Furnace off of route 10.

Alexandra Diamond of Elverson earns Venturing Silver |Oct 15, 2014

Alexandra Diamond, Elverson, of Venturing Crew 23 in Chester County Council has earned the Venturing Silver Award.

Big Shot: Vicki Eastridge, lead housekeeper at Hickory House, recognized by Life Care Centers of America’s Northeast Division |Oct 15, 2014

Vicki Eastridge, lead housekeeper at Hickory House Nursing Home in Honey Brook, received Life Care Centers of America’s Northeast Division Whatever It Takes And Then Some Award on Sept. 24 for her dedication to customer service.

Morgantown American Legion Post 537 honors boy, 11, for work with veterans |Oct 15, 2014

The Morgantown American Legion Post 537 hosted honored an 11-year-old boy, who received a U.S. Congressional Citation for his work with veterans.

On the Record with Carol: Morgantown’s American Legion Riders are at it again! |Oct 15, 2014

Members of the American Legion Riders from Post 537 did it again. Previously on July 27, 2014 their bikes were out in full force with the Morgantown group close to 40 members strong led by Legion Rider’s President George Svencer carrying a check for $5,000 to the old Jonas Hotel at 1130 Scenic Drive in Jonas, Pa.

8th Annual Pickfest to kick off in Boyertown on Saturday, Oct. 25; volunteers needed |Oct 15, 2014

The 2014 Boyertown Pickfest- A Celebration of Americana has grown over the number of years and is now relocating and expanding into the downtown area.

Ask Steve energy & money saving tips from Steve Moyer: Can a new thermostat save you money? |Oct 14, 2014

As a service to you and our community, I want to answer your questions so you can make educated and more informed decisions when it comes to your energy, comfort needs and saving money.

A Look Back in History: Our Kutztown Community Library |Oct 14, 2014

Perhaps the longest overdue article I should have written for the last couple of years involves our Kutztown Community Library, located on Bieber Alley.

Conestoga Mennonite Church hosts Swiss Alphorn Concert Nov. 15 |Oct 14, 2014

A Swiss Alphorn Concert featuring Swiss singers, yodeling, alphorns, accordian, flute, trumpet, and keyboard, will share a religious concert on Saturday evening, Nov. 15, at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St.

J.P. Mascaro & Sons supports educational initiatives with $10 million commitment over five years |Oct 14, 2014

Solid waste company, J. P. Mascaro & Sons continues its support of school and community educational initiatives, making a $10 million commitment to such initiatives over the next five years.

St. Joseph Regional Health Network entry screening helps determine if infection control precautions are warranted due to suspected Ebola |Oct 14, 2014

St. Joseph Regional Health Network, Reading, has extensive Centers for Disease Control-compliant Infection Control precautions in place normally, and those precautions are equally applicable to any patient who, on the slim chance, presents with Ebola virus symptoms at a St.

Alexandra Diamond of Elverson earns Venturing Silver |Oct 14, 2014

Alexandra Diamond, Elverson, of Venturing Crew 23 in Chester County Council has earned the Venturing Silver Award.

Conestoga Christian School: New members inducted into the National Honor Society |Oct 14, 2014

Ten new members joined the Conestoga Christian School chapter of the National Honor Society on Sept. 23.

Auctions in action |Oct 14, 2014

Auctions can be a bummer or a blast! Please follow me as I go through a progression of three auctions that my wife, Barb and I attended. Our oldest son, Greg, was the star of the third one.

PHOTOS: NCPD’s Fallen Heroes Auto Show a hit despite date change |Oct 14, 2014

The North Coventry Police Department took a chance with an October date for their third annual Fallen Heroes Auto Show and despite having to opt for a rain date, everything came together in the end.

A night of good food and great talent by Daniel Boone High School’s ‘The Sound of Music’ cast |Oct 14, 2014

The hills of Daniel Boone School District are alive with “The Sound of Music.” Daniel Boone High School’s production of “The Sound of Music” will be hitting the high school’s stage Nov.

Boyertown Unity Walk goes on despite offical cancellation |Oct 14, 2014

While the official word was that the walk was cancelled—the walk still went on.

Kutztown teen Emma Ketterer, 12, creates Art of Insomnia, finds silver lining in diagnosis of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome |Oct 14, 2014

Kutztown >> Out of insomnia comes art.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: No-Nonsense Bran Muffins |Oct 14, 2014

Consuming grass has never appealed to me. When the juice bar craze arrived in New York City I often started my workday with a combination of beet and carrot but I always cringed at the thought of trying wheatgrass.

Colebrookdale Railroad announces ‘Hayride on Rails’ |Oct 13, 2014

The Colebrookdale Railroad is now set to provide two-hour expeditions through the Secret Valley, which runs between Boyertown and Pottstown.