KU President honored with Elgin Community College Distinguished Alumni Award |Feb 27, 2017

Kutztown University President Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson is one of seven alumni and community members who were honored by the Elgin Community College (ECC) Foundation during its 19th Annual Founders’ Day Celebration and Luncheon on Sunday, Feb.

Building a Better Boyertown names Emily Jones Volunteer of the Year |Feb 27, 2017

When Emily’s friends convinced her to help at the Oktoberfest four years ago, she was hesitant to come. Little did she know that that one experience would catapult her into a life of volunteering and service.

Choosing the right senior living community: Personal Care vs. Skilled Nursing |Feb 27, 2017

A new generation of seniors is approaching the age of retirement. The Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, are now between 53 and 71 years of age and heading into retirement in droves (about 10,000/day).

Kutztown School Board accepts bid for ag barn |Feb 27, 2017

Kutztown School Board approved on Feb. 21 expenditures for an agricultural barn at the high school.

GOING TO POT: Region a hotbed of medical marijuana applications |Feb 27, 2017

Suddenly it seems as if proposals to establish medical marijuana growing facilities are sprouting up all over the place.

Crews put out brush fire |Feb 27, 2017

Firefighters from Central Berks and Shoemakersville Fire Companies extinguished a small brush fire at 17 Brown Road in Perry Township shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25.

State Police seek man for retail theft at Priority One Surplus |Feb 27, 2017

State Police Hamburg report that retail theft occurred at Priority One Surplus, LLC., 1708 Tilden Ridge Drive, Tilden Township, at 3:12 p.m. on Feb. 25.

Rock School in Shoemakersville offers free music lessons |Feb 27, 2017

Rock School in Shoemakersville offers free music instruction for youth, ages 8 to 18, who cannot afford to take music lessons otherwise.

Fleetwood School District presents three musicals this spring |Feb 27, 2017

The Fleetwood Area School District is proud to present three musicals for your enjoyment this spring.

Upper Pottsgrove noise law aims for quiet nights |Feb 27, 2017

UPPER POTTSGROVE >> Township residents had better get used to keeping it quiet after 10 p.m.

Humane Society of Berks hosts free adoption weekend |Feb 27, 2017

All of the adoptable animals at The Humane Society of Berks County are on a journey to find forever homes! AJ Himmelsbach, N.P. and Scott Lindsay, D.O., of Berks Plastic Surgery, are paving a pathway for every dog, cat and critter residing in our shelter by sponsoring FREE PET ADOPTIONS THIS WEEKEND from Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5.

Gilbertsville resident receives USciences’ Founders’ Day Staff Award of Merit |Feb 27, 2017

Michele Albert, director of university events, was presented the 2017 Staff Award of Merit at University of the Sciences’ 196th Founders’ Day Ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Church news for Boyertown area 2-23 |Feb 26, 2017

Shepherd of the Hills Church 527 Hoffmansville Road, Bechtelsville.

Calendar of events for Boyertown area 2-23 |Feb 26, 2017

Feb. 23 Redistricting - The Real Voter Fraud: was postponed due to weather conditions. The program has been rescheduled for Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Kutztown University, Academic Forum Building, Room 201.

Garey Road traffic still on local agendas |Feb 25, 2017

UNION TWP. >> The township supervisors said Feb. 20 they are continuing to work with the Daniel Boone Area School District to reduce or prevent “hot-rodding” on north Garey Road.

Deputy Sheriff Hercules ‘Herc’ Avello celebrates 30 years |Feb 24, 2017

More than three decades ago, an unlikely confluence of regional influences — mushrooms, the Wyeths, and a passel of crooks — redefined a Kennett Square resident’s career path.

Blue Mountain Academy opens student-run store |Feb 24, 2017

Between 500 and 700 people attended the Blue Mountain Academy’s Grand Opening of its Health Food Store in Hamburg on Feb. 19.

The Feinberg Brothers bring bluegrass to Reinholds |Feb 24, 2017

REINHOLDS >> An evening of Bluegrass Music will be held at the Reinholds Fire Company Banquet Hall along Route 897 in Reinholds on Saturday, March 4 beginning at 6 p.m. Featured will be The Feinberg Brothers along with Chester Johnson and The Foggy Mountain Grass.

Kutztown man, children injured in Route 222 crash |Feb 24, 2017

A Kutztown man, three children and a teen were sent to the hospital for injuries after their van collided with the rear of a box truck in Richmond Township on Feb. 22.

Mad Dogs menu inspired by movie titles |Feb 24, 2017

Mad Dogs Hot Dogs hosted its grand opening at 100 N. Constitution Blvd. in Kutztown on Feb. 18. Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce members helped Mad Dogs celebrate with a ribbon cutting out front of the hot dog shop.

Free program provides Pottstown area families with personal trainer and more |Feb 24, 2017

Families in the Pottstown area can get fit together with a free program that helps parents bond with their children over healthy choices.

Schwank, Fair Districts speak at presentation on how Gerrymandering affects elections |Feb 24, 2017

The Kutztown University department of political science and Vote Everywhere welcomed State Senator Judy Schwank and Dr. Frederick Walker, a representative of Fair Districts PA, in a forum held at the university on Feb.

Moms Club of Douglassville East holding raffle event to support Amity Fire & Rescue |Feb 24, 2017

A six-year-old boy is taken to school in a yellow school bus. So what? But getting driven to school in a big yellow fire truck, with sirens wailing and lights flashing? That’s a big deal.

Bowling Lanes and league celebrate six decades together March 1 |Feb 24, 2017

How do you know when a local landmark truly has staying power? In the case of Devon Lanes, one of the first independently owned bowling centers in the country, it’s when one bowling league calls it home for nearly 60 years.

TriCounty Community Calendar for Feb. 21 |Feb 23, 2017

Now through Feb. 28 Birdhouse show: An old-fashioned wall-mounted telephone, a vintage blue teapot and a cheerful yellow trolley are just a few of the more than 50 of hand-crafted birdhouses, bird feeders and 30 bird-themed quilted wall hangings, pillows and artwork that are up for bid in the ninth annual Birdhouse Show & Silent Auction, now through Tuesday, Feb.

State Sen. Judy Schwank hosting Opioid Addiction Awareness Event |Feb 23, 2017

State Sen. Judy Schwank is hosting an opioid addiction awareness event from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 16 at the Governor Mifflin Intermediate School in Shillington.

Birdsboro moves $480M power plant project forward |Feb 23, 2017

BIRDSBORO >> It took two votes, but the Borough Council has approved the land development plan for a $480 million power plant project at the site of the former Armocast facility.

Boyertown Area School District participates in Pennsylvania TSA Region 9 Conference |Feb 23, 2017

On Feb. 4, 131 Boyertown Area School District students travelled to Stroudsburg High School to compete in the Pennsylvania Technology Student Association (TSA) Region 9 Conference. Students from Boyertown Area Senior High School, Junior High East, and Junior High West joined 200 high school and junior high school students for a thrilling day of competition.

Store owners take part in National Random Acts of Kindness Day, donate goods to Exeter Police |Feb 23, 2017

Local residents and store owners Ben and Ellen Nonnemacher recently took part in National Random Acts of Kindness Day on Friday, Feb. 17, by donating goods to Exeter Township Police Department.

Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles announces temporary closure for renovations |Feb 23, 2017

BOYERTOWN >> The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles announced it will be temporarily closed while its main gallery undergoes major renovations. Its entire collection has been moved out so a new cement floor can move in.

Hamburg Area High School students, teachers explore virtual reality classroom |Feb 23, 2017

Hamburg students, teachers and administrators entered virtual reality, using 3D computer technology on Feb. 21.

Exeter library announces ‘One Book, One Community’ events |Feb 22, 2017

• Evening Readers Book Club Wednesday, March 1st at 7 p.m.

700 Brandywine students celebrate World Read Aloud Day |Feb 22, 2017

All 700 students in the Brandywine Heights Elementary and Intermediate schools read to a partner, celebrating World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 16.

Glenside business creates prop for Melissa McCarthy’s SNL sketch |Feb 22, 2017

GLENSIDE >> Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, ranting at and physically going after reporters with a podium, is putting a Glenside company that built the attack podium on the map.

Twelve former troopers honored |Feb 22, 2017

During the recent Feb. 21 Troopers Lodge Dinner and Legislative Reception at the Roman Delight Restaurant near Orwigsburg, 12 retired members of Trooper Melley Lodge were honored for their combined service of more than 280 years with the Pennsylvania State Police.

Fans of ‘Little House’ books celebrate author’s 150th birthday |Feb 22, 2017

Kutztown Community Library celebrated author Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday with a birthday cake and hosted the program “Beyond Little House” on Feb. 18.

Tachyonmetry to perform at Boyertown’s historic State Theatre |Feb 22, 2017

Tachyonmetry, an alternative folk group from Bucks County, will perform at the State Theatre Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m.

Photos: St. Francis Academy students take part in jump-a-thon |Feb 21, 2017

Students in K through eight at St. Francis Academy in Bally raised $1,962 for the American Heart Association with their annual jump-a-thon during gym class.

Genesius Theatre’s younger set brings back the 60s with ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ |Feb 21, 2017

The up-and coming talent from Berks County will bring the upbeat “Bye Bye Birdie Young Performers Edition” to Genesius Theatre Feb. 24 to March 5. Talented kids and teens ages 5 to 17 years old from a cross section of Berks, Lehigh Valley and Lancaster County schools present this special adaptation of the four-time Tony Award-winning, including Best Musical of 1961, Broadway Musical.

Music Around Town: Feb. 22 edition |Feb 21, 2017

22 Feb – Kevin & Donney at Klingers at the Airport, Reading (8 p.m. start)

Chester County agricultural community to receive advice on connecting with the public |Feb 21, 2017

Agricultural business owners who interact with the public at markets, stores and on their farms will have an opportunity to learn techniques that will enhance their customers experience and increase sales.

From Arthur’s Policy Desk: Trump’s Order and the Ninth Got it Wrong |Feb 21, 2017

Columnist On February 9th the political drama of President Trump’s executive order took an old turn when his opponents translated a political fight into a constitutional question and thus dragged the courts into the ring of battle.

Woman visiting husband’s grave dies after cemetery crash in Pottstown |Feb 21, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> A Berks County woman died of natural causes Saturday, just hours after an asthma attack caused her to crash an SUV into a tree at a cemetery, trapping her inside for hours before help arrived.

Look back in history: King George III of England was actually a German! |Feb 21, 2017

A few years back when the PA German Society and the offices of the American Folklife Institute hosted a modern Germanic television film crew to televise our current PA Dutch territory for an European Broadcasting Company, we were glad to meet local PA Dutchmen, some of which were Palantine Germans, who came from New Jersey and were celebrating their 300th anniversary of arriving in America.

Tri-county homeschool theater group presents ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ March 2-4 |Feb 21, 2017

The Aleithia Players, a homeschool group with students from throughout Chester, Berks and Lancaster counties, will present Sally Benson’s “Meet Me in St. Louis” at Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church located at 1648 Horseshoe Pike (Route 322), Glenmoore.

Weaver’s Orchard announces photo contest winners |Feb 21, 2017

Weaver’s Orchard Farm Market has announced four winners of their seventh annual photo contest, a challenge that invited customers to submit photos of their experiences on the farm throughout the harvest season.

Boyertown teachers get creamed at this year’s Mini-THON Pep Rally |Feb 21, 2017

This year’s Mini-THON fundraiser kicked off with its usual pep rally on Friday, Feb. 10.

Daniel Boone School Board approves preliminary budget |Feb 21, 2017

Following a three-week public review period, the Daniel Boone School Board approved 8-1 its 2017-18 preliminary budget of $56,336,312.

Amity Elementary Center announces Spelling Bee winners |Feb 21, 2017

Amity Elementary Center recently held its annual Spelling Bee. Fifth-grader Luke Armstrong was named the champion again this year. The winning word was “conducive.” Armstrong also took first place last year.

Reflections: Albert Boscov had a heart of gold and the golden touch of King Midas |Feb 21, 2017

The injection of energy and the infusion of personality that personified Albert Boscov were as remarkable as his marvelous accomplishments that will remain vivid in the folds of time.