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The Historian: The Window Pane Tax of 1798 |Aug 3, 2015

The Federal Direct Tax of 1798, popularly called “the window pane tax,” precipitated an event called Fries (pronounced “freeze”) Rebellion, which has been described as “a sort of comic opera that provided excitement here in Montgomery County for some months in 1798 and 1799.

Boyertown student named recipient of the Karol Canfield Memorial Award at Agora Cyber Charter School |Aug 3, 2015

For one Boyertown student cyber education helped defy the odds that were stacked against her as a young child. Before Kindergarten, Mariah Steffey was told that her learning disabilities would keep her from learning with others her age.

Fifth Annual Classic & Custom Car Show announced at Chestnut Knoll |Aug 3, 2015

Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is pleased to invite the public to their 5th Annual Car Show! The car show will be held Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Enjoy tomatoes fresh from the farm |Aug 3, 2015

“I’m going to buy some tomatoes,” a woman told her 6-year-old daughter as they walked through the Downingtown Farmers Market toward Two Gander Farm’s stand.

Key Leaders help Kutztown Strong: About 90 community members from students to educators to local farmers promote drug-free lifestyles |Aug 3, 2015

A diverse group of community Key Leaders gathered for the Kutztown Strong Meet and Greet on July 28 at the Kutztown Area Middle School.

Birdsboro Boy Scout Troop 595 sees 60th anniversary |Aug 3, 2015

Boy Scout Troop 595 celebrated its 60th Anniversary at Rustic Picnic Area on Saturday, July 25.

Charlie Zahm & Friends to wrap up Mifflin Community Library’s 2015 Summer Concert Series |Aug 3, 2015

The Mifflin Community Library will present Charlie Zahm & friends in a free concert on Sunday, Aug. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Mohnton Memorial Park Bandshell, Walnut Street, Mohnton, for the final performance of its 2015 Summer Concert Series.

Brain Bug at the Planetarium: Magazine hosts Issue Release Event, encourages attendees to view sun through solar telescope |Aug 3, 2015

Brain Bug Magazine held its Issue #4 Release Event July 25 at Grim Planetarium, Kutztown University.

Beating the heat at the bicentennial; Community enjoys treats and tunes at ice cream social |Aug 3, 2015

The summer weather was perfect for Kutztown Bicentennial’s Ice Cream Social held on Wednesday evening July 29. Sponsored by Air Products and Chemicals and organized by the Kutztown Woman’s Club, the event was held on the lawns at the Kutztown Area Historical Society.

Kutztown Bicentennial Parade: Crowds line Main Street to celebrate Kutztown’s 200th birthday |Aug 3, 2015

The Kutztown community and people from across Berks County crowded along Main Street on Saturday, Aug. 1, for the Kutztown Bicentennial Parade. Many Kutztown groups and organizations entered floats or performed in the parade, becoming a part of Kutztown’s history.

Colebrookdale Railroad announces ‘Vintage Baseball in the Park’ |Aug 2, 2015

The Colebrookdale Railroad is getting ready to host a vintage baseball game at Memorial Park — the community is invited to come out and ride through the Secret Valley Line with the players.

Kwik Shoppe donates to fire company |Jul 31, 2015

On Saturday, July 25, The Kwik Shoppe held a 50’s party, donating part of the proceeds to the local fire company. With $1 specials all day, a DJ, balloons for the kids and a 50/50 drawing, the event offered fun for the community while supporting a cause.

Lions Club president commends dedicated food pantry volunteer |Jul 31, 2015

Frystown Lions Club president Dennis Zerbe expressed his appreciation to Connie Bashore for her presentation on the history of, and current work with the Bethel-Tulpehocken Food Pantry, which is run out of Salem Lutheran Church in Bethel.

State Police: Driver strikes tree, overturns vehicle in I-78 collision |Jul 31, 2015

On July 23 at 3:30 p.m., State Police Trooper William Spayd responded to a two-vehicle crash on I-78 west.

Hamburg High School program change: Juniors, seniors can earn credit for professional field experience |Jul 31, 2015

Hamburg Area School Board approved changes to the high school program of studies for the 2015-16 school year on July 27.

WTIM: Music Around Town |Jul 31, 2015

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

Fun Friday: Take a break from summer heat and explore Crystal Cave |Jul 31, 2015

Pennsylvania summers are no joke. While we are fortunate enough to enjoy beautiful seasonal weather in fall and spring, we also experience freezing winters and blistering summer days. One Friday was such a day, with temperatures soaring and humidity rising, so our family decided to check out a local site that promised much cooler temperatures: Crystal Cave.

Exeter School Board: Presentation heard on LERTA program; recommendation made on length of shorts |Jul 31, 2015

Exeter High school student Hunter Ahrens recently led the monthly meeting of the Exeter School Board meeting with an informative presentation relating to the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) program.

ADA Walk celebrates 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act |Jul 31, 2015

ADA Walk – July 24th Shouts of “Hey, hey, hey! ADA!” could be heard on the streets of Reading the morning of July 24, as people from across Berks County living with disabilities, their friends and coworkers, and supportive community members traveled to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

State grant opp for businesses working to stop pollution, improve energy efficiency, Schwank Says |Jul 31, 2015

Businesses working to save electricity or protect the environment can now apply for a state grant for pollution prevention and energy conservation projects, Sen. Judy Schwank said today.

Boyertown Planetarium Director and ACEAP Ambassador to Chile Peter Detterline named as StarFest keynote speaker |Jul 31, 2015

On Saturday, Aug. 8, the Chesmont Astronomical Society will host their annual outreach event about astronomy, StarFest 2015. This free event will take place at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Park where you’ll have the chance to experience the night sky like you’ve never before.

Honey Brook Music Fest raises $5,000 for Food Pantry |Jul 30, 2015

Honey Brook Music Fest rocked the greens, raising $5,000 for the Honey Brook Food Pantry.

Morgantown Village Library celebrates 50th anniversary, honors two surviving founders |Jul 30, 2015

The Village Library has decided to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the Village Library and honor the two surviving founding members, Mary Bamberger and Sylvia Firth.

Hyuett’s Auctioneering, helping families during life’s transitions |Jul 30, 2015

Huyett’s Auctioneering LLC., Morgantown, provides on or off site auctions on real estate and personal property with the goal of helping families at a time of transition in their lives.

Conestoga Christian School garden produces for community |Jul 30, 2015

Conestoga Christian School started its first garden this spring to benefit the Twin Valley Food Pantry.

Honey Brook siblings support non-profit cause, Bridge of Hope, with lemonade stand fundraiser |Jul 30, 2015

Two Honey Brook siblings, Kaleigh and Mason Horst, encouraged members of the community to make a difference on July 23 with a lemonade stand fundraiser to help Bridge of Hope Lancaster and Chester Counties, a non-profit that works with single moms who are homeless.

Chester County introduces county-wide multi-modal transportation guide; Handbook provides direction for municipality officials, planners, engineers and developers on integrated transportation, traffic and land development plans |Jul 30, 2015

The Chester County Commissioners and Chester County Planning Commission (CCPC) unveiled this week the county’s new comprehensive guide on the implementation of multi-modal transportation facilities.

Twin Valley Garden Club interpret “Flowers in Your Hair” theme with garlands |Jul 30, 2015

Members of the Twin Valley Garden Club (TVGC) modeled fresh flower garlands at a recent club meeting. Their unique creations interpret the theme “Flowers in Your Hair” for this whimsical 1960s look.

Conestoga Christian School student excels in national competition |Jul 30, 2015

Conestoga Christian School graduating senior Michael Boerman and teacher Larry Everhart attended Technology Student Association (TSA) Nationals in Dallas, TX at the end of June.

Free Concert: Black Horse Motel brings folk music to Honey Brook Aug. 9 |Jul 30, 2015

Honey Brook Borough’s third concert of the free Concert in the Park series will be held on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m. when Philadelphia-based Americana band Black Horse Motel takes the stage.

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.

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.

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.

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

Send events to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com by Friday noon week prior to publication.

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.