Shed fire on Wednesday spread to adjacent Birdsboro homes |Mar 27, 2015

Firefighters responded to a fully-involved fire in a large shed at 119 Furnace St. in Birdsboro Wednesday afternoon, March 25.

10th Annual Art Students’ Exhibition and Competition to be held at MCCC, Pottstown |Mar 27, 2015

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) will be highlighting the talent of its art students at its Tenth Annual Art Students’ Exhibition and Competition, which opens Wednesday, April 1, and continues through Friday, April 24, at the Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown.

Kutztown Jazz Festival: Kutztown Middle School hosted five guest bands |Mar 27, 2015

Kutztown Middle School hosted its instrumental Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. There were five guest bands. Both the Elementary and Middle School Kutztown Jazz Bands performed.

Lower Macungie Township Historical Society honors Kutztown’s Dr. Don Yoder and Bob Ensminger as scholars of the barn |Mar 27, 2015

The Lower Macungie Township Historical Society honored Dr. Don Yoder, co-founder and director of the Pennsylvania Folklife Society and the Kutztown Folk Festival, and Bob Ensminger, emeritus professor of geography at Kutztown University, during the Lower Macungie Barn Expo 2015.

Through My Kitchen Window: Baking Anna’s Pumpkin Spice Cake |Mar 26, 2015

My daughter Anna, 3, really wanted to make something with pumpkin after she found a can of pumpkin puree in the cabinet.

Couple at Keystone Villa celebrates millennium birthdays |Mar 26, 2015

John Brower is planning his 104th birthday party on March 31. He said he has been lucky in life and lucky in love to not only have had a great first marriage, but also a wonderful second marriage.

Daniel Boone ceases use of ‘conceptual’ classes |Mar 26, 2015

The Daniel Boone School Board unanimously approved on March 23 procedural and curriculum changes for its high school students that includes eliminating “conceptual” classes in 2015-16.

Daughter of Daniel Boone grad to be featured on PBS special about cancer |Mar 26, 2015

The daughter of a 1999 Daniel Boone graduate will be featured on a PBS special airing next week.

Meet Lori Carnes, Boyertown’s 2015 Citizen of the Year |Mar 26, 2015

“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.”

Chestnut Knoll earns top honor for 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, prepares for 2015 |Mar 26, 2015

For the second year in a row, Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care earned a trophy for being the Top Earning Memory Walk Team at the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Chestnut Knoll participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Kutztown University on Saturday, October 11, 2014 and raised $18,772.

Community Care Coalition of Chester County: information for seniors on Medicare |Mar 25, 2015

30 Day Hospital Readmissions Rates, calculated as the percentage of Medicare recipients who are discharged from a hospital stay and then return to the hospital within 30 days, have been a major focus of both The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and area health providers for a number of years.

Daniel Boone Optimist Club’s 13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt draws a crowd; 7,000 eggs hunted |Mar 25, 2015

The Daniel Boone Optimist Club held their 13th annual Easter egg hunt on Sunday, March 22, at Amity Community Park.

Brandywine Community Library honors Sandra Cullin for 25 years of service, dedicates Adult Fiction Room in her honor |Mar 25, 2015

At a meeting of the Board Of Trustees of the Brandywine Community Library in February, special recognition was given to one of its members, Sandra Cullin. Sandy has served the library since its inception twenty five years ago.

Heritage of Green Hills in Shillington: Transition consultant shares tips on how to downsize home |Mar 25, 2015

The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, recently sponsored a seminar, “Downsizing is Simpler than You Think.”

Conestoga Christian School Founders Dinner featured speaker Dr. Ben Carson, pediatric neurosurgeon, story-teller, author and Fox News contributor |Mar 25, 2015

On Friday, March 20, Conestoga Christian School held their first annual Founders Dinner at the Shady Maple Banquet Facility. The featured speaker was Dr. Ben Carson, renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, inspiring story-teller, best-selling author, and Fox News contributor.

Wohlsen Construction apprentice Mark Rineer wins Gold Medal for Carpentry at National Craft Championship |Mar 25, 2015

Mark Rineer of Wohlsen Construction, Lancaster, received the Gold Medal for Carpentry at the National Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Craft Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Berks Women in Crisis WALK FOR NO MORE: Together We Can End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault |Mar 25, 2015

On Saturday, April 18, Berks Women in Crisis will hold its first annual Walk For No More: Together We Can End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at First Energy Stadium in Reading.

Garden Spot Village Drug Take-Back Service: Public may dispose of unwanted medications on campus April 18 |Mar 25, 2015

Although the national Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative has ended, Garden Spot Village and the New Holland Police Department are teaming up to build on the successful program’s momentum by offering their own drug take-back event on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.

Berks Jazz Jam comes to Hamburg Area High School |Mar 24, 2015

Hamburg Area High School musicians and area residents were treated to a special performance on Wednesday, March 11, when Mike Eben brought his Berks Jazz Jam program to the school.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files March 25 edition |Mar 24, 2015

25 Years Ago March 28, 1990 >> Mel Edwards of Hamburg, a junior sociology major at Rider College, is competing in his third season on the Rider varsity baseball team. A 1987 graduate of Hamburg Area High School, Edwards is the starting short stop for the third consecutive season at Rider.

Focus on the Family: Social media starting to take over couple’s time together |Mar 24, 2015

Q: How can I guard against the danger of online social networking taking up too much of my time and negatively impacting my marriage? When my wife and I first started using sites like Facebook, we thought they were a great way to keep in touch with family and friends.

Person to Person - Impact: Worthless Gifts & Priceless Gifts |Mar 24, 2015

Dear Reader: In 1987 my sister, Phyllis, was not feeling well for some time and was scheduled to go into the hospital for explorative surgery. One Sunday, a short time before she was to go into the hospital, my wife, Barb, and I decided to “farm out” our three sons right after church and travel to Maryland to see her.

Letter: Thank you, for your service |Mar 24, 2015

Hi Jeff, I don’t usually read through the Tri County Record but I am glad I saw your article this week. Very interesting. Vietnam? I was 4 F in 1961 and couldn’t go in the army or Navy (my preference) so by 1965 I was raising a family and only reading about the horrors of Vietnam.

The Artists Circle 30th Annual Art Show and Sale features artists demos |Mar 24, 2015

The Artists Circle Annual Art Show and Sale, will run from April 17 to April 19, in Schlack Hall at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 203 N. Valley Forge Road, Devon.

Financial Column: Variable annuities can help you accumulate assets for retirement |Mar 24, 2015

Many studies show that most Americans are unprepared for retirement. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, the average 65-year-old can live for another 19 years as opposed to 13 years in 1940.

WTIM: Music around town March 25 edition |Mar 24, 2015

By Tim Dietterick Circulation Manager, Berks-Mont Newspapers

Welcome to my World: Upon my back |Mar 24, 2015

Reprint: Daily Meditation 1993; Lutheran Digest 2009

Cody Knight named Hamburg Area High School Student of the Month |Mar 24, 2015

Congratulations to Hamburg Area High School’s February student of the month, senior Cody Knight. He is the son of Joel and Kimberly Knight, of Hamburg.

Former international exchange student returns to Hamburg area for sixth visit |Mar 24, 2015

The Delewski’s EF Japanese daughter,Yuzuki Shishido, from 2003, was recently back in the area for her sixth visit “back home.” Pictured is Yuzuki with her “best American friends” (left to right - Tara Lindsay, Felicia Binder, Jessica Massey, Yuzuki and Nicole Ruppert).

Twin Valley High School Senior Claudia Panik named April Intern of the Month |Mar 24, 2015

Claudia Panik, a senior at Twin Valley High School, has been named April’s Intern of the Month. Panik has interned both in her junior and senior years at Twin Valley Elementary Center and has had exposure in Kindergarten, 1st and 4th grade classrooms.

Twin Valley Rotary Club hosts 20th annual Tri-County Art Show & Sale April 10 to 12 |Mar 24, 2015

Marilyn Shafer Bush is this year’s featured artist at the 20th Annual Tri-County Art Show & Sale, sponsored by Rotary Club of Twin Valley, held from April 10 to April 12.

BCTC Students Win Over $140,000 in Scholarships and Prizes at 2015 Greater Philadelphia Automotive Technology Competition |Mar 24, 2015

On Friday, Feb. 27, the 22nd Annual Greater Philadelphia Automotive Technology Competition took place at the Automotive Training Center in Warminster, PA. The Berks Career & Technology Center was honored to have 4 students compete in this prestigious event.

Police arrest suspect for January robbery of VIST Bank, Ruscombmanor Township |Mar 24, 2015

On March 23, 2015, the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop L Reading Station, arrested Jason Lee Serrano.

Pottsgrove Middle School presents ‘Mary Poppins’ |Mar 24, 2015

The Pottsgrove Middle School will be presenting “Mary Poppins” on March 26, 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. The director is Tom Yenchick, the musical director is Carole Bean and the choreographer is Cherie Fithian.

Chestnut Knoll residents find success with Fox Rehabilitation Optimal Living Program |Mar 24, 2015

Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is committed to the overall quality of life for its residents. Chestnut Knoll partnered with Fox Rehabilitation for the Fox Optimal Living (FOL) program, designed for each resident to receive unlimited therapy and wellness services, in addition to the pre-existing Strength, Balance and Mobility (SMB) program.

Centershot teaches archery skills while sharing Christ with others |Mar 24, 2015

Centershot is a program that teaches archery skills with a focus on sharing Christ with others. The past two years, Centershot has been held at the Action Impact complex, which is located just off of Hopewell Road in Elverson a couple of miles outside of French Creek State Park.

State Police respond to bomb threat at Berks County Jail System on Monday |Mar 24, 2015

Pennsylvania State Police-Reading reported that a threatening phone call was received at the Berks County Jail System in the 1200 block of County Welfare Rd. in Bern Township on Monday, March 23 at approximately 1 p.

Berks Encore-Strausstown center welcomes Fire Chief for Meals on Wheels Celebrity Day |Mar 24, 2015

Berks Encore and local celebrities celebrated March for Meals through Berks County through their 10th Annual Meals on Wheels Celebrity Volunteer for a Day event on Wednesday, March 18. The March for Meals program is intended to bring attention to Meals on Wheels, as well as to raise awareness about the topic of senior hunger.

Hamburg area church calendar March 25 edition |Mar 23, 2015

St. Mary Roman Catholic Church Located at 94 Walnut Road in Tilden Township. Visit our website at Daily schedule: Eucharistic devotions on Monday at 7 p.m.; Masses on Tuesday at 7 p.

Hamburg area calendar of events March 25 edition |Mar 23, 2015

Recurring Centerport Lions Club: Jamming Sessions will be held every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Music starts at 5:30 p.m. All musicians welcome.

Bus driver establishes Go Fund Me page to get new van for Alaina of Boyertown |Mar 23, 2015

Pink is her favorite color. She loves owls and Bambi. She is passionate about the Boyertown Marching Band. She loves going to church and blesses everyone throughout the day. But right now she needs a blessing in the form of a wheelchair accessible van.

The Historian: Clover, Part II |Mar 23, 2015

During most of the 18th Century, Germanic immigrants continued the centuries-old agricultural practices with which they were familiar. The paramount need of the settlers was grain.

Sanatoga man wins new truck in national sweepstakes |Mar 23, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US recently concluded its 2014 National Sweepstakes, announcing Michael Christman of Sanatoga as the winner of a $45,000 credit to be used towards any Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, FIAT or Alfa Romeo vehicle.

Kutztown Environmental Advisory Commission hosts post-winter Sacony Creek cleanup |Mar 23, 2015

“You feel like you’re in a rose garden,” said Becky Weller while picking up a piece of trash near the Sacony Creek on Sunday, March 22.

Schuylkill Valley board committee members discuss budgets, requests and hear about technology use in classrooms |Mar 23, 2015

Committee meetings for the Schuylkill Valley School Board were held on Monday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m., in the Leroy K. Seip Memorial Meeting Room.

Reading Derby Girls kick off season, show support for Berks Animal Rescue League |Mar 23, 2015

On Sunday, March 15, the Reading Derby Girls (RDG) began their 2015 season with a bout against NOVA Roller Derby (NOVA) of Northern Virginia.

Montgomery County S.P.C.A. Pets of the Week |Mar 23, 2015

This is Rosco, a very intelligent 2-year-old neutered lab/pointer mix. Rosco is a handsome boy that has tons of energy. This is a dog that would fit great is a home that can offer lots of quality time to him.

Mother, son sentenced for Berks County burglary spree |Mar 23, 2015

A former Bally resident was sentenced to six to 23 months in prison after pleading guilty to committing a burglary with her son.

Easter Bunny rides train; diesel locomotive transports Bunny and passengers from Kutztown Train Station to Topton |Mar 23, 2015

This year, the Easter Bunny will arrive in Kutztown by train, announced Mike Bast, President of the Allentown and Auburn Railroad.

Entertainer Jesse Dameron messes with Minds at Kutztown University; Free performance helps Relay for Life |Mar 23, 2015

Think back to the last time you used PayPal. Was it a free choice or were you sub-consciously influenced by the orange tint of the “Buy Now” button that prompted a call to action? Just how much do color and body language influence our thoughts and actions at a level we’re unaware of?