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Students celebrate harvest season with the Great Greenwich Elementary School Estimation Contest |Nov 26, 2014

To help celebrate the harvest season as well as Thanksgiving, Greenwich-Lenhartsville, Elementary School in the Kutztown Area School District had the distinct honor of displaying a VERY large pumpkin in our lobby from November 10-14.

WTIM: Music around town Dec. 3 edition |Nov 26, 2014

By Tim Dietterick Circulation Manager, Berks-Mont Newspapers

Publishing techie switches to emergency medical services career |Nov 26, 2014

Here’s how Richard Becker spent his vacation in Disneyworld.

Fleetwood Girl Scouts plant fall mums at Willow Creek Elementary |Nov 26, 2014

Fleetwood Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1793 planted mums at Willow Creek Elementary School in Fleetwood.

What’s Cooking with LindaWhen it’s cold outside, eat soup! |Nov 26, 2014

As soon as the cold settled in, it’s SOUP TIME! Lenore Lasowecky, Fleetwood, shares this recipe for Mexican Meatball Soup that is hearty, warm and flavorful.

Aging Parent Fair helps answer questions; Held Dec. 4 at Kutztown Grange |Nov 26, 2014

Professionals serving the aging population in Berks County will host the Aging Parent Fair, providing attendees with financial resources, care alternatives, assistive services and connections to the people and programs who can serve them and their loved ones, according to Wendy Kerschner of Comfort Keepers.

PhotosSnow blankets the region day before Thanksgiving |Nov 26, 2014

Snow blankets the region the day before Thanksgiving. We would love to see your photos of the first snow of the season! What do you do on a snow day? Share your photos with our papers on Facebook and in print.

Truck driver Vincente Espinvera charged in May 2014 triple fatal fiery crash on 78, Greenwich Township |Nov 26, 2014

A truck driver has been charged in the investigation of a triple fatal crash that claimed the lives of three people on May 12, 2014 on I-78 in Greenwich Township.

Retirement Community proposed for Amity site |Nov 26, 2014

The previous two plans for 200+ single family developments on a 113-acre parcel in Amity Township are now proposed as a Continuing Care Retirement Center (CCRC) with at least 30 full time and 16 part time employees.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Latest “Mystery Science Theater 3000” release offers delicious Thanksgiving leftovers |Nov 26, 2014

Those familiar with “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (hereafter “MST3K”) remember it primarily for its central premise, in which a human and two robots, trapped on a spaceship, crack wise at the bad movies forced upon them by their mad scientist captors.

Holiday house tour raises money for Exeter Community Library |Nov 26, 2014

The Women’s Club of Exeter Township will host its 17th annual Holiday House Tour on Dec. 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. The event will raise as much as $3,000 for the Exeter Community Library, which is the primary beneficiary of charitable funds raised by the Women’s Club.

Exeter supervisors consider cutting police force for no tax increase |Nov 26, 2014

It’s coming down to the wire to determine a budget for Exeter Township, but supervisors continue to remain undecided.

Preparation, flexibility urged ahead of potential storm during holiday travel |Nov 25, 2014

With weather forecasts calling for potential wintry mixes or accumulating snow on Wednesday, PennDOT is urging drivers to be prepared and change travel plans if necessary.

100 years of Christmas to be showcased at Hopewell Furnace |Nov 25, 2014

The National Park Service (NPS) invites the public to celebrate an “Iron Plantation Christmas” and to stroll through 100 years of American Christmas traditions at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.

Midfielders Phillip Bell, Honey Brook, and Greg Zimmerman, Elverson, were strong contributors to PAISAA State Championship winning Hill School Boys Varsity Soccer Team |Nov 25, 2014

Midfielders Phillip Bell of Honey Brook and Greg Zimmerman of Elverson were both strong freshman contributors to the success of this years’ PAISAA State Championship winning Hill School Boys Varsity Soccer Team.

Robeson Township water system study could determine if public sewer hook-up is required |Nov 25, 2014

Robeson Township Board of Supervisors are conducting a water system study that could determine if public sewer hook-up would be required by Department of Environmental Protection.

Twin Valley High School December Intern of the Month Sarah Mundell |Nov 25, 2014

Sarah Mundell, a senior at Twin Valley High School, has been named December’s Intern of the Month.

Twin Valley Rotary Club honors Twin Valley senior Ashley Hoffma, and junior Jared Lawler |Nov 25, 2014

Twin Valley School District officials are pleased to announce that on November 19 the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School senior Ashley Hoffman, and junior Jared Lawler as their Students of the Month.

Morgantown Coffee House celebrates opening with ribbon cutting |Nov 25, 2014

The newly open Morgantown Coffee House, Route 23 and Twin Valley Road, invited PA State Representatives Mark Gillen and Gordon Denlinger to celebrate its official opening with a ribbon cutting on Nov.

MABA hosts Annual Holiday Dinner: Food, gifts and donations to Animal Rescue League highlights of the evening |Nov 25, 2014

More than 65 Morgantown Area Business Association members and guests gathered in festive garb for their annual Holiday Dinner at Morgantown’s Holiday Inn Nov. 21.

Small Beginnings: Are we the only folks ‘Giving Thanks’ today? |Nov 24, 2014

Perhaps on this specific day, Americans around the world are the only people pausing to return thanks for their many blessings. But many other cultures have their own version of Thanksgiving and even if it is not directly related to our pilgrim feast, it’s interesting to find out that pausing to reflect and be grateful is a somewhat universal experience.

Welcome to my World: Of turkey, corn, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie |Nov 24, 2014

In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is a family celebration of fellowship and the sharing of a festive meal. As with most festive occasions, particular foods are associated with these days. Thus, it is that the pleasant aromas of turkey, corn, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie permeate families’ homes on Thanksgiving Day.

Koziar’s Christmas Village named one of North America’s Best Events for 2015 |Nov 24, 2014

The American Bus Association announced that Koziar’s Christmas Village in Bernville has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North American for 2015 by an experienced expert tourism industry selection committee.

WTIM: Music around town Nov. 26 edition |Nov 24, 2014

By Tim Dietterick Circulation Manager, Berks-Mont Newspapers

Listen Up: Chasing the music 2014 |Nov 24, 2014

Chasing the music in 2014 has been quite an adventure. Some shows are boldly etched in the frozen glacier that is my mind, while others fade in and out like a warm summer breeze. During the Polar Votex’s last year, several venues provided us comfortable, warm places to listen.

The 30 Day Film Challenge captures Berks County |Nov 24, 2014

If the making of movie magic is something that intrigues you, this is an opportunity you will not want to pass up.

Berks County veteran’s suggestion becomes law, new specialty license plates available for veterans |Nov 24, 2014

When Joe Soga approached Senator David G. Argall (R-29) at a Berks Patriots event in September of 2013 with an idea to create a new specialty license plate for veterans with distinguished service, he never imagined he’d sit next to the governor when the proposal was signed into law.

Tilden Elementary Center fourth graders in Mrs. Fuhrmann’s class answer what they are thankful for |Nov 24, 2014

What are Tilden Elementary Center fourth graders in Mrs. Fuhrmann’s class thankful for this year? Here are their responses.

Penn Bernville Elementary third graders in Mr. Luckenbill’s class answer what they are thankful for |Nov 24, 2014

What are Penn Bernville Elementary third graders in Mr. Luckenbill’s class thankful for this year? Here are their responses.

Shartlesville Lions Club holds annual free Thanksgiving dinner |Nov 24, 2014

It’s a Shartlesville Lions Club tradition to prepare a free Thanksgiving dinner for the seniors citizens of the township each year. This year the Lions served a traditional holiday meal, complete with choice of chocolate or vanilla cake to approximately 115 Seniors.

Hamburg area: Paws to Give this holiday season through Dec. 12 |Nov 24, 2014

Help us help those forgotten. Donations an be given to any staff member of Interlace Communications or dropped off by the Christmas tree in the lobby area of the Berks North Professional Building, 10 Zions Church Road, Shoemakersville.

Congressman Dent chosen as Chairman of Military Construction and Veterans Affair Appropriations Subcommittee |Nov 24, 2014

U.S. Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) was tapped to serve as the new Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, on Nov. 20.

Argall joins Senate leadership team, will chair Senate Policy Committee |Nov 24, 2014

As part of the Senate Republican Caucus’s reorganization on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 12, Senator David G. Argall (R-29) was appointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Majority Policy Committee.

Congressman Dent chosen to lead House Ethics Committee |Nov 24, 2014

Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement after his appointment as the Chairman of the House Ethics Committee for the 114th Congress.

Frystown Lions welcome Lions 14P District Governor, hear about Project Hope |Nov 24, 2014

Frystown Lions and spouses welcomed Lions 14P District Governor David Sampson, right, and multiple zone chair David Hunsberger at the club’s last meeting. DG Sampson brought greetings form International Lions president Joe Preston and spoke about IP Preston’s theme for the year, Strengthen the Pride.

New banners in Shartlesville honor veterans |Nov 24, 2014

Nineteen banners will be waiting and waving for Thanksgiving Day so residents and travelers in Shartlesville can give their silent thanks for services these folks rendered, for what they endured for all, whether in World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Cold War, Vietnam, or Operation Enduring Freedom for Afghanistan.

Artist Michael Albert enlightens young artists with modern pop art |Nov 24, 2014

Michael Albert, an artist best known for his work of cerealism visited Hamburg Area School District buildings during the week of Nov. 7 to enlighten the young artists of his background and his original form of modern pop art, cerealism.

Reifsnyder’s Ag Center announces 2014 Purina® Check-R-Board® Days |Nov 24, 2014

Reifsnyder’s Ag Center is announcing their 2014 Purina® Check-R-Board® Days, a customer appreciation event.

Cabela’s kicks off holiday shopping season with Black Friday giveaways |Nov 24, 2014

Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will celebrate the start of the holiday shopping season on Black Friday by welcoming customers with refreshments, entertainment and more than $10,000 in giveaways at the company’s Hamburg location.

Hamburg Rotary Club hears from Lori Borkey of Embroidery Creations LLC |Nov 24, 2014

Lori Borkey from Embroidery Creations LLC spoke and showed samples of her work. Beth Heckart was the program chairperson at the Hamburg Rotary Meeting on Nov. 20.

‘Adventures in the Land of Art’: Kutztown Middle Schoolers, KU art students offer art experience with senior citizens |Nov 24, 2014

Kutztown Middle School and Kutztown University art students collaborated for “Adventures in the Land of Art,” offering an art experience with community senior citizens.

Tulpehocken students’ artwork first in exhibit series at Berks County Community Foundation |Nov 24, 2014

The Berks County Community Foundation held the first of a series of student art show openings, which showcased the work of Tulpehocken students, on Nov. 13 at their facility in Reading.

PennDOT, State Police focus on seat belt use, impaired driving during ‘Operation Safe Holiday’ |Nov 24, 2014

Keeping the upcoming holiday season free of tragic vehicle crashes is the aim of “Operation Safe Holiday,” a joint campaign by Pennsylvania State Police, PennDOT and local law enforcement.

New research from Albright faculty member suggests monkeys can understand their own actions |Nov 24, 2014

New research from Albright College’s Justin Couchman, Ph.D., shows that rhesus monkeys appear to have a sense of self-agency, or the ability to understand that they caused something to happen.

Popular Roadside America Dutch couple statues reach 50th year |Nov 24, 2014

When sorting through files from the family business, Delores Heinsohn recently pulled out a yellowed envelope and found letters and photographs dating back 50 years. As she read the hand-printed notes, she realized what she had found — a historical record of the famous Dutch Couple outside her family business and local landmark, Roadside America in Shartlesville.

BCTC students cook up third live broadcast |Nov 24, 2014

The Berks Career and Technology Center teamed up with Kutztown University Students and the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to broadcast a live cooking demonstration from the BCTC Leesport campus on Nov.

Something’s Looming Fiber Arts Gallery ‘Handmade Holiday 5’ show |Nov 23, 2014

This year’s “Handmade Holidays 5” show at the some things looming Fiber Arts Gallery and Studio, 526 Washington St., Reading, will not only celebrate the festive season, but also the importance of small businesses like the gallery.

Focus on the Family: Set limits to stifle kids’ narcissistic behaviors |Nov 22, 2014

Question: I recently read that narcissistic behavior is on the rise, and this seems to confirm my own observations of a culture that seems to be increasingly selfish and entitled. I’m especially concerned about my children growing up with these influences.

The Mainliners male chorus returns to Tel Hai for Christmas-themed free concert Dec. 18 |Nov 22, 2014

Tel Hai’s concert series continues on Thursday, Dec. 18, as The Mainliners male chorus returns to the stage. This Christmas-themed concert will begin at 7:30 PM in the Chapel on Tel Hai’s campus located off Beaver Dam Road in Honey Brook Township, east of Route 10.

Police Reports: Car travels over embankment, enters stream |Nov 22, 2014

Car travels over embankment, enters stream