HAMBURG LOCAL

$200K grant bolsters plan for Boyertown-to-Pottstown rail service: the Colebrookdale Railroad |Jul 24, 2014

BOYERTOWN — Progress on the revitalization of the Colebrookdale Railroad these days means more than pulling refurbished passenger cars along the picturesque 9-mile track on the shores of Manatawny Creek.

Proposed Kutztown Silk Mill District redevelopment project sparks concerns |Jul 24, 2014

The proposed Kutztown downtown redevelopment project in the Silk Mill District has sparked concerns.

MABA hosts Mixer |Jul 24, 2014

The July MABA monthly meeting was a little different than most of their meetings.

Many positives in the Hamburg Reds’ season |Jul 23, 2014

With a victory already under their belts, the Hamburg Sr. American Legion Reds were poised to go far in the Schuylkill/Berks League earlier this month. But their dreams of a league championship faded away when they lost their next two games to be eliminated from the tournament.

Crestwood swimmers defeat Womelsdorf |Jul 23, 2014

The Crestwood swim team defeated Womelsdorf on July 16, 232-186. Below are the top finishers for the Crestwood team.

Fifty cadets graduate from Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy |Jul 23, 2014

Fifty police cadets of Classes 1303 and 1401graduated from Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy on July 16 during a ceremony held at the College’s Science Center Theater, 340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell—a fitting number as the College celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Oley’s Peach and Ice Cream Festival slated for Saturday, Aug. 9 |Jul 23, 2014

The Oley Valley is getting ready to eat some peaches.

New Rotary Club officers installed |Jul 23, 2014

The Boyertown Rotary recently installed the 2014-2015 officers.

Fleetwood swim team defeats Maple Springs |Jul 23, 2014

The Fleetwood swim team improved to 3-1 on the season after defeating Maple Springs on July 13, 249-188. Top finishers for Fleetwood were:

Boyertown Legion Bears fall short of Berks League title |Jul 22, 2014

It was an interesting Berks County playoff tournament. It featured weather delays and postponements, exciting contests (including an upset), and, of course, some controversy. In the end, however, the Boyertown Bears came up just short in their bid for yet another Berks County Championship.

New York City children arrive in Hamburg for a summer in Berks County |Jul 22, 2014

Cars filled the parking lot of Wendy’s in Tilden Twp. on July 16 with parents and children anxiously awaiting the arrival of their host child for the upcoming week or two weeks. Fourteen children from New York City between the ages of 6 and 18 packed their bags for a summer trip to Berks County as part of the Fresh Air Fund program.

Boyertown’s recent fire company merger seeks to offset decline of volunteers |Jul 22, 2014

Improved firefighting services, greater operational efficiencies and savings in tax dollars are among the benefits that residents are expected to realize through the recent merger of the three Boyertown area fire companies.

Area lawmakers announce Route 263 named in honor of Officer Bradley M. Fox’s ultimate commitment |Jul 22, 2014

Reps. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks), Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) and Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) as well as Sens. Daylin Leach (R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery), Stewart Greenleaf (R-Bucks/Montgomery), Bob Mensch (R-Berks/Bucks/Montgomery) and John Rafferty (R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery) announced that a portion of Pennsylvania Route 263 in Bucks County will be renamed as the Officer Bradley M.

WTIM: Music all around town: July 23 edition |Jul 22, 2014

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

Mack trucks and classic diner fare on menu for family fun |Jul 22, 2014

In our quest to keep boredom at bay this summer, my family has found lots of low-cost or free activities in the Hamburg area. This week, however, I had the chance to do a special outing with just my middle-school son, and he was set on venturing a little farther to tour the Mack Truck Museum in Allentown.

Boyertown Lady Ballers win the Stellar Basketball Tournament |Jul 22, 2014

The Boyertown Lady Ballers, a high School varsity summer basketball team, played in the annual Stellar Basketball Tournament held at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown.

Tribute for Rep. Hennessey held at Tel Hai, Honey Brook Township |Jul 22, 2014

Honey Brook Twp.—On Monday, July 21 State Rep. Tim Hennessey of the 26th Legislative District was honored for his long service and advocacy of issues important to older Pennsylvanians.

Tri County Record Calendar of Events July 22 |Jul 22, 2014

Ongoing Events Rockin’ VBS – Make Music with the Go Fish Guys: Vacation Bible School will be located at the Community Evangelical Free Church in Elverson, PA for children ages 4 through those who have completed 6th grade.

Etchberger Foundation and OTF screen ‘MURPH THE PROTECTOR’ at Hamburg Strand |Jul 22, 2014

Our Town Foundation and the CMSgt Richard L. Etchberger Foundation teamed up on Sunday, July 20, for a private screening of “MURPH THE PROTECTOR” at the Hamburg Strand Theater that benefited both foundations.

River House PA ready to help veterans and their families |Jul 22, 2014

Port Clinton Park was filled with veterans, family members, supporters, music, food, activities and more on Saturday, July 19, for the River House PA fundraiser.

Family and friends honor athlete at Run For Taylor |Jul 22, 2014

Runners and walkers were out at the Hamburg Area High School football stadium early Sunday morning, July 20, for the sixth annual Run for Taylor in memory of Taylor Nicole Seitzinger.

Hamburg residents visit revolutionary times |Jul 22, 2014

Michael Jesberger presented a Revolutionary War program, “Citizen to Soldier,” including a live muzzle-loading demonstration, for a crowd of about 50 who gathered around him at the Hamburg Park off Island Street.

Power outage affects 15,000 in tri-county area |Jul 22, 2014

UNION TWP — Approximately 15,000 Met-Ed customers across the tri-county area lost power late Sunday morning.

While Governor Mifflin awaits pre-k grant, families begin enrolling in new pre-k program |Jul 22, 2014

With the passage of the Pennsylvania State Budget, which included an additional $10 million for pre-K education, the Governor Mifflin School District is continuing to move forward with a district-wide preschool program.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Jul 22, 2014

25 Years Ago July 26, 1989 Mr. and Mrs. C. Benton Wert, 545 West State Street, Hamburg, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a party given by their children at the Shartlesville Grange Hall.

The Westy goes to the dogs during ‘Dog Days of Summer’ |Jul 22, 2014

Those on their way to lunch at The Westy Bar & Grill in Hamburg on Saturday, July 19, had the chance to spend some time with puppies before and after eating at the restaurant. The CatWorks Inc.

Kutztown School Board approves new Band room floor; removes reconfiguration from agenda |Jul 22, 2014

Addressing student safety and poor floor tile condition, Kutztown School Board approved a new High School Band Room floor and also removed from future agendas elementary and middle school reconfiguration talks.

Lee Mecherly retires from coaching after 37 years with the Bear-Cubs |Jul 22, 2014

For 37 years, Lee Mecherly coached the Boyertown Bear Cubs Junior Legion team. He won numerous league titles, regional and state titles. Mecherly stepped down as the coach in November of 2013, but still spends numerous hours working on the field which bears his name, making sure that it’s one of the best fields, if not the best field, in Berks County.

Albright College receives National Science Foundation Grant to fund STEM scholarships |Jul 22, 2014

Albright College has been awarded more than $627,000 from the National Science Foundation to fund scholarships for students pursuing STEM majors who are interested in how these fields apply to the environment.

Fight for Sight 5K Starts at the Daniel Boone Homestead Sept. 6 |Jul 22, 2014

The Amity Township Lions Club presents the “mane” event of running season....The Fight for Sight Run will be held during Community Days weekend on Saturday, Sept. 6 The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and the Lion Cub Fun Run will begin at 9:10 a.

Penn Street Market welcomes Alvernia student farm food as vendor |Jul 22, 2014

Alvernia University students are getting a hands-on education on what it takes to grow and market vegetables at the Penn Street Market this year. The university’s farm is called Bog Turtle Creek Farm and is located near Mohnton.

Roaring 20s Dixieland Jazz Orchestra returns to Kutztown |Jul 21, 2014

Back by popular demand, this Saturday evening, July 26 from 7 to 9 p.m., the Borough of Kutztown’s “2014 Concert Series in the Park” continues with the return of Ben Mauger’s Roaring 20’S Dixieland Jazz Orchestra.

Chestnut Knoll At Home to hold Resource, Education and Support Series for caregivers |Jul 21, 2014

Are you caring for a senior loved one? Let’s talk about it! Chestnut Knoll At Home, Gilbertsville, is pleased to invite the public to a Caregiver Resource Group, on Wednesday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m., at the Home Care Office, located at 1041 E.

Montgomery County Community College offers workshop to help adults transition into college |Jul 21, 2014

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) will continue to offer its popular Career Transition Workshop for adults who may be thinking about returning to college.

Frecon Farms celebrates new bakery during Peach Jubilee |Jul 21, 2014

Frecon Farms, best known as a family-owned local producer of numerous fruits, home-made ciders and wines, has expanded their reputation even further to include baked goods. Some of the many sweet treats they offer are pies, cookies, bread, rolls, tarts, cake, donuts, and even quiche.

Tim Buckwalter back in the winner’s circle at Grandview Speedway |Jul 21, 2014

Tim Buckwalter, an ARDC midget racing standout has won several midget features at Grandview Speedway, but he had never won a 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 358 Modified feature until Saturday night in the activities sponsored by Hatfield Quality Meats and televised by RCN-TV 4.

Brew & Que kicks off Kutztown’s 200th birthday count down |Jul 21, 2014

Kutztown celebrates its 200th birthday in 2015 and the count down kicks off with this year’s Brew & Que on Aug. 2.

Final fate of Zettlemoyer’s Bridge in Greenwich Township still undecided |Jul 21, 2014

Nearly two years since Pennsylvania Department Of Transportation declared Zettlemoyer’s Bridge deficient after its yearly inspection, the bridge, which connects Long Road and about a dozen property owners to Route 143, has yet to receive any work, but that could change in the near future.

Area racing round-up |Jul 21, 2014

Lincoln Speedway (Outlaws) Daryn Pittman led all 35 laps, but it was Brian Montieth who was the show July 17 at the Lincoln Speedway. Pittman started on the pole and bested Outlaw “King” Steve Kinser into turn one as the field trailed with Brian Montieth way back in 15th lap after lap Montieth picked off the Outlaws before passing Joey Saldana for second on lap 23, and then set his sites on Pittman.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Vampires are cool again in anti-’Twilight’ film ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ |Jul 21, 2014

“Nosferatu.” “Dracula.” “Vampyr.” “Near Dark.” It isn’t too soon to add “Only Lovers Left Alive” to the list of the greatest vampire films – although this newest entry into the genre isn’t exactly a horror film, per se.

Virginville historic farm offers tour of ‘good, bad & ugly of wetland plant life’ |Jul 21, 2014

The Dreibelbis Historic Farm’s July 20 Wetlands Species Walk in Virginville provided an education on identifying unique plant species with emphasis on wetland indicator species and invasive species, or as Dr.

Summer fun at the park during Fleetwood Community Carnival |Jul 21, 2014

Fleetwood residents enjoyed some summer fun during the Fleetwood Community Carnival July 15-19 at Fleetwood Park.

Reinert Family Reunion |Jul 21, 2014

TMKW: What is a traditional American breakfast? |Jul 21, 2014

The traditional American breakfast is a heaping bowl of cereal. At least, it has been for the past 120 years. What did Americans eat for breakfast before Henry Perky debuted Shredded Wheat (smashed wheat berries) at the World Columbian Expo in 1893?

Focus on the Family: Kids’ educational needs vary from public to private schools |Jul 21, 2014

Q: Can you help us decide on a strategy for giving our child the best possible education? Our daughter is ready to start school, and we want to get her moving in the right direction.

Remington Ryde performs in East Earl at Music in the Grove |Jul 21, 2014

Music in the Grove at St. John Center Lutheran Church is happy to take this opportunity to introduce you to Remington Ryde on Sunday, July 27 at 7 p.m. This will be their first appearance at the programs so we invite you to come to the grove and give them a big welcome.

Sound Off: Morgantown American Legion stands up for patriotism |Jul 21, 2014

My Fourth of July “On The Record Column” questioned the patriotism of local residents, how they live that out and where they stand on the national news about the veteran’s association and the border crisis.

Morgantown American Legion celebrates Community Day |Jul 21, 2014

What’s summer without a yummy clambake, some hip outdoor music and cold drinks?

Tel Hai senior staff member honored |Jul 21, 2014

Honey Brook Twp.—On June 18 the state-wide association of not-for-profit senior services providers, LeadingAge PA, presented their 2014 Professional Advancement Award to Sue Verdegem, Tel Hai’s Senior Executive Vice President of Finance & Administration.

Kutztown Troop 101 Boy Scouts Earn 50-mile Award |Jul 21, 2014

Seasoned members of Boy Scout Troop 101 of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kutztown, recently spent 5 days and 4 nights on the Appalachian Trail to earn the 50-mile award.