SOUTHERN BERKS LOCAL

Ask Steve: How important is installing a carbon monoxide detector in a new home? |Jan 27, 2015

As a service to you and our community, I want to answer your questions so you can make educated and more informed decisions when it comes to your energy, comfort needs and saving money.

Kutztown Rotary Club honors Kutztown & Brandywine seniors as January students of the month |Jan 27, 2015

The Kutztown Rotary Club honored seniors Erika Matrone and Rebecca Merkel as students of the month for January at ceremonies at the Kutztown Tavern January 8.

Hamburg Area High School students participate in PMEA District 10 Chorus |Jan 26, 2015

Two Hamburg Area High School students were selected to participate in Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 10 Chorus which performed Friday, Jan. 23 (moved a day earlier due to snow) at Muhlenberg High School.

Call for Submissions: Writers’ Club 28th Annual Fiction and Poetry Contest |Jan 26, 2015

The Writers’ Club at Montgomery County Community College is accepting submissions for its 28th Annual Fiction and Poetry Contest now through 2 p.m. on March 12. Mailed entries must be postmarked by March 5.

Berks County 4-H Horse Club members recognized for participation and achievements |Jan 26, 2015

The Berks County 4-H Horse Members held their horse banquet recently and were recognized for their participation and achievements in the horse program for 2014.

5 Kutztown University Presidential candidates to visit campus: participate in open forums and meetings with students, faculty, unions, community |Jan 26, 2015

Five candidates for Kutztown University President will be visiting campus for open forums, meetings and tours.

Tilden PTO holds Chinese Auction and All-You-Can-Eat Dinner to benefit programs |Jan 26, 2015

Students eagerly pulled their parents along on the stage of the Tilden Elementary Center auditorium from one basket to the next, pulling apart tickets and placing them in containers of their favorites on Friday, Jan.

Shartlesville area farmer elected president of Berks Southeast Cattlemen’s Association |Jan 26, 2015

Berks County cattle feeder Bill Palmer was elected president of the Berks Southeast Cattlemen’s Association at the reorganizational meeting last month. Palmer farms with his family in the Shartlesville area.

Mind Your Body: Twelve small steps = a year of big change |Jan 26, 2015

It is the third week in January and some studies show that New Year’s resolutions, such as going to the gym or changing one’s eating patterns, may be fading. By early February there is often a big drop-off in follow-through on resolutions.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Clint Eastwood’s rousing war film transcends political labels |Jan 26, 2015

“American Sniper” is a more complex film than many are giving it credit for, and that assessment applies to both its fans and detractors.

Perry Elementary Center fifth graders work on bridge projects |Jan 26, 2015

Perry Elementary Center fifth graders in Mr. Rollman’s class have been working on science and engineering through completion of their bridge projects. These are some photos of the research and building of their bridges.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files Jan. 28 edition |Jan 26, 2015

25 Years Ago Jan. 31, 1990 >> After 38 years in the Christian ministry, the Rev. Morris Houck Jr., senior pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hamburg, retired January 31, from the active ministry.

Master Gardeners hold winter gardening series in February |Jan 26, 2015

Penn State Master Gardeners are offering a Winter Gardening Series of how-to topics for area gardeners on four Thursday evenings in February, at the Berks County Agricultural Center in Bern Township.

Celebrating ‘Hat Day’ |Jan 26, 2015

Students at St. Francis Academy, Bally, recently celebrated ‘Hat Day.’

Learn New Cooking and Baking Skills in 2015 with Culinary Enthusiast Classes at |Jan 26, 2015

From baking to cheese making and even planning a dinner party, the Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) of Montgomery County Community College, 1440 Forty Food Road, Lansdale, is offering a wide array of classes this spring for anyone interested in learning new culinary skills or taking their cooking experience to the next level.

Montgomery County residents plan to host guests during pope’s visit |Jan 26, 2015

Brace yourselves, the pope is coming.

Hamburg area church calendar Jan. 28 edition |Jan 26, 2015

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

Hamburg area calendar of events Jan. 28 edition |Jan 26, 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.

Welcome to my World: Fashion fads and others of the 50s |Jan 26, 2015

Last year, 2014, my Kutztown classmates celebrated our 56th class reunion. Whenever we have a reunion, I get out my ’58 yearbook to check out the faces to see who I remember. This time I also became intrigued with our 50s clothes and hairdos.

Kindergarten registration held for 2015-16 year Feb. 18, 19 in Exeter schools |Jan 26, 2015

Exeter Township School District parents who have children turning age five before Sept. 1, 2015 are eligible to register them for 2015-16 kindergarten. All the necessary information and forms to register can be obtained by going to the Headlines section of the district website www.

Bev Conklin brings the Blues to Boyertown |Jan 23, 2015

Award winning Blues vocalist and songwriter Bev Conklin makes her return to The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on the night of the event.

WTIM: Music around town Jan. 28 edition |Jan 23, 2015

By Tim Dietterick Circulation Manager, Berks-Mont Newspapers

Guest Column: Eating My Way Down Main Street |Jan 23, 2015

At the top of Main Street in Kutztown sits a quaint coffee shop. Uptown Espresso Bar: A second library for Kutztown University students and a common pit stop for the town regulars in need of their daily dose of coffee.

Berks County girl wins Safety Poster contest at local, state levels |Jan 23, 2015

Eleven-year-old Zoe Sweet, sixth grader in the Daniel Boone School District, is making Oley Fair History by being the first in her age group to win 1st place in Best of Show at the state level in the Safety Poster contest.

Sly Fox Brewing Company’s newest release hits the trail in April to benefit the Schuylkill River Trail |Jan 23, 2015

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is pleased to announce its collaboration with Sly Fox Brewing Company, Pottstown, Pa., on the release of a new canned beer that benefits and celebrates the Schuylkill River Trail.

Presentations shed light on Chromebooks, curriculum, testing and student safety in Exeter schools |Jan 23, 2015

The Exeter Township School District Board of School Directors was presented with progress reports from Exeter School facility during their Tuesday, Jan. 20 meeting.

Music fans get up-close concert at Young Ones in Kutztown |Jan 23, 2015

Kutztown’s record store Young Ones drew music fans in Thursday night for an in-store performance by bands Panic and Hate to Say It.

At The Movies With Rodeo Marie HansonKid reviewer gives 4 popcorn boxes for “Paddington” (Studio Canal) |Jan 23, 2015

Rodeo Marie Hanson, 8, of Fleetwood, has a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for all things Hollywood.

Wedding Announcement: Felter and Loch married in September |Jan 23, 2015

Sarah Felter and Matthew Thomas Loch were married on September 13, 2014 at Mellon Park in Pittsburgh.

Kutztown jewelry store exhibits watercolor paintings |Jan 23, 2015

Dunkelberger’s Fine Jewelry & Gifts, 281 Main Street in Kutztown, owned and operated by Jane L. Lantz and James R. Springer, have agreed to exhibit two original watercolor paintings by Rod Skidmore.

Union Township approves ‘fresh and local’ brew pub for Brinton Lodge |Jan 23, 2015

A craft beer brewery will be coming to one local haunted house.

Guest Column: Memories |Jan 23, 2015

My growing up memories started on March 4, 1950 at 7 p.m. It is the night I married Carl Zettlemoyer. It was a marriage quite a few people said would not last. Because Lucille was a “City girl” and Carl was a farm boy.

A Look Back in History: Salem Church windows depict purple stained Iris colored flowers, a French “Fleurdelis” folk symbol |Jan 23, 2015

Last month a Community Christmas Cantata was held under the musical direction of choir director Kathy Snyder to a packed audience at Salem Church on historic Covered Bridge Road, on a Sunday afternoon, a unique presentation of Oley area churches, whereby old timers would not have to drive home in the dark.

Engagement Notice: Hoffert and Paterno to wed in March |Jan 23, 2015

Tracy Hoffert and Dr. Stephen Paterno, both of Coppell, Texas, announce their engagement.

Local financial professional recognized for top performance |Jan 23, 2015

Local financial professional Michael Fischer has qualified for the ACE Platinum Award.

Bev Conklin and Friends bring Americana sound to The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown |Jan 23, 2015

Bev Conklin and Friends will be returning with their Americana sound to The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.

Berks County Wine Trail ‘Chocolate & Wine Pairing Event Weekend’ set for Feb. 14 & 15 |Jan 22, 2015

You and your Valentine will enjoy the sweetest weekend together when visiting the eight wineries of the Berks County Wine Trail on Saturday Feb. 14 and Sunday Feb. 15 (Noon to 5 p.m. both days) for the wine trail’s annual event: “Chocolate & Wine Pairing Event Weekend.

Data shows more people leaving Berks County than moving in |Jan 22, 2015

More people are moving out of Berks County than are moving in, according to data the county’s Planning Commission has gathered.

27-year-old man charged for allegedly assaulting a sleeping 14-year-old girl in Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County home |Jan 22, 2015

A 27-year-old man has been charged in relation to a burglary and indecent assault of a 14-year-old girl in Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County that occurred this summer.

Berks County Conservation District, Maiden Creek Tributary Stream Restoration Project awarded grants |Jan 21, 2015

The Department of Environmental Protection will invest more than $23.2 million in 109 watershed protection projects to improve watersheds, reduce stormwater runoff and acid mine drainage (AMD), and support educational programs, among other environmental efforts.

Tri County RecordChristmas 2014 Coloring Contest Winners |Jan 21, 2015

The following youth won the Tri County Record Christmas 2014 Coloring Contest:

Exeter school board considers $71 million budget proposal |Jan 21, 2015

The Exeter School Board of Directors discussed the preliminary budget for the 2015-16 school year during their Tuesday, Jan. 20 regular meeting.

A lover’s feast filled with chocolate treats: Valentine’s Breakfast Buffet at Historic Joanna Furnace will be held Feb. 14 |Jan 21, 2015

You and your Valentine (and don’t forget the rest of the family) can enjoy a unique Valentine’s Day experience. Indulge in a chocolate enhanced buffet menu and become acquainted with the site and the people of Historic Joanna Furnace.

Berks Encore’s Share the Love/Stuff the Cooler event delivers thousands of pounds of food Berks County’s seniors |Jan 21, 2015

Berks Encore reports that its “Share the Love – Stuff the Cooler” campaign resulted in thousands of pounds of non-perishable food and toiletry items for Meals on Wheels recipients and increased awareness of senior hunger in Berks County.

4th annual Food for Families Fundraiser expands, benefits Twin Valley Food Pantry |Jan 21, 2015

Excitement has been building as the 4th Annual Food for Families Fundraiser expands this year, benefiting the Twin Valley Food Pantry.

Focus on the Family: Daughter’s lies catching up with her at school |Jan 21, 2015

Q: How can I get my teenage daughter to stop lying? I’ve caught her telling “tall tales,” and now she’s complaining that the kids at school don’t believe anything she says.

Tax Talk: Dependency Exemption for Children of Divorced Parents |Jan 21, 2015

The income tax results of this topic are often overlooked during the divorce process, especially considering the personal and emotional toll incurred at the time. But, it is also could be a time for tax planning.

Tax assistance from AARP Foundation Tax-Aid |Jan 21, 2015

Tax assistance from AARP Foundation will provide Tax-Aid at the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library.

Honey Brook mother and daughter host bone marrow donor registration drive |Jan 21, 2015

Honey Brook mother and daughter Carol Rathgeber and Caitlin Mooney are teaming up with Delete Blood Cancer to hold a bone marrow donor registration drive on Jan. 30 from 5-8 p.m. at St. Peter UCC in Knauertown.

Honey Brook Legion Riders donate $1,000 worth of clothing to Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center |Jan 21, 2015

A sold-out crowd of 125 Legion Riders and guests enjoyed a night of music recently while helping veterans.