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Kempton artist Jonathan Bond hosts Farm Tour art show Oct. 15 |Sep 24, 2016

Artist Jonathan Bond of Kempton will present Farm Tour on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at his gallery in Kempton. The show will feature Bond’s original works and limited edition prints.

New Bethel Church to share common heritage with visitors from Germany |Sep 24, 2016

New Bethel Church, Kempton, will host visitors from the Saxony-Anhalt region of Germany on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. A special program titled “Our Shared German Heritage” will emphasize the strong influence of the Pennsylvania Dutch in the lives of area residents and their communities.

Boyertown/Oley Valley Bark For Life set for Oct. 2 |Sep 23, 2016

For those affected by cancer, it is friends and family that come together to help them fight the long and intensive struggle — pushing through daily hardship to stay strong while their loved one battles a deadly disease.

Mohnton motorcyclist killed in crash on Route 61, Perry Twp. |Sep 23, 2016

Motorcyclist Bryan Adams, 39, Mohnton, was killed in a crash on Route 61 in Perry Township on Friday morning, Sept. 23.

Time is the most precious commodity of all |Sep 23, 2016

I’m sure I’m not the only one among us who has noticed that times flies.

Pickle Ball Courts coming to Boyertown Community Park |Sep 23, 2016

Local clubs are working together to bring the game of Pickle Ball to Boyertown.

APSCUF President announces university faculty strike date |Sep 23, 2016

A university faculty strike date of Oct. 19 has been set for all 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities.

Scatter Joy Center for the Arts hosts exhibit featuring work of Kutztown University students |Sep 22, 2016

HORSHAM >> As an art student, it’s one thing to create, quite another to share your creations.

Hamburg School directors approve $81,741 contribution for Perry Elementary playground expansion |Sep 22, 2016

Hamburg Area school directors approved a contribution in the amount of $81,741 for the expansion of the playground at Perry Elementary dedicated to Esther H. Ludwig on Sept. 19.

Boyertown ambulance company offers medical equipment |Sep 22, 2016

Eighty-five-year-old Edward Allen of Gilbertsville has just returned home after spending three days in the hospital for hip surgery. During his recovery, he’ll be needing a walker, a cane and a shower chair.

The Historian: Dowsing — the persistent superstition |Sep 21, 2016

In these times, most of the old superstitions have fallen by the wayside, but dowsing’s many believers robustly defend this ancient practice. I am acquainted with scientists and engineers who have practiced dowsing and swear that it works for some people in finding water, buried pipes or water leaks in pipes.

A Look Back in History: The Old Order Mennonite Sect at Kutztown also preserving the Historic Oley Valley |Sep 21, 2016

Living on the Lancaster Plain for many generations, the Plain People have bought as much tillable land as their economy will afford. However, since their families are quite large, there is just not enough land available to accommodate all their offspring in farming.

Young Berks County performers rocked ‘Camp Rock’ |Sep 21, 2016

The thing I love most about youth productions like Reading Civic Theatre’s “Camp Rock,” is the energy and positivity that young performers bring to the stage – and the audience.

Studio B announces opening of ‘Out of the Woods’ |Sep 21, 2016

Studio B Fine Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Out of the Woods,” an exhibit featuring artwork created by two of the gallery’s favorite artists: Sandra and Bob Wood.

Twin Valley Rotary honors Students of the Month |Sep 21, 2016

On Sept. 21, the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors Maria Dioguardo and Jordan de Garay as their students of the month. The presentation was made at their weekly meeting.

On the Record with Carol: Medical emergency strands Honey Brook mother of four in Colorado |Sep 21, 2016

People all over the country are praying for a local Honey Brook couple and their unborn child.

Rotary Club launches Birdsboro Military Heroes Program |Sep 21, 2016

BIRDSBORO >> Birdsboro may be a small town, but it has a big heart as evidenced by the recently launched Birdsboro Military Heroes Program. This program is a collaborative effort of the Birdsboro Rotary Club, American Legion Birdsboro Post 626, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Birdsboro Post 411.

American Heart Association announces Strokes for Stroke art therapy |Sep 21, 2016

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and HealthSouth Reading Rehabilitation Hospital invite stroke survivors, their caregivers and therapists to take part in the Strokes for Stroke art therapy painting class on Saturday, September 24 from 1-4 p.

Rain opens 33rd Annual Lyons Fiddle Festival |Sep 21, 2016

The 33rd Annual Lyons Fiddle Festival opened with a gospel service and as rain poured down on the crowd, Crow Hill performed on a covered stage on Sept. 18.

2 Kutztown police officers receive Saving a Life Award |Sep 21, 2016

Two Kutztown Borough Police Department police officers received a Saving a Life Award for performing above and beyond in the line of duty.

Montgomery County renews step to protect bog turtles |Sep 20, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> What do you get when you cross construction work with an endangered species? A contract for a Bog Turtle Specialist, renewed Thursday by the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.

Positive signs of economic life highlighted at Pottstown meeting |Sep 20, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> A crowd of about 80 people arrived at Connections on High Tuesday to talk about Pottstown’s economic challenges and left two hours later with a call for action.

Pottstown carousel gets license during food festival fundraiser |Sep 20, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> It won’t be long now.

Pottstown council may revive shade tree commission |Sep 20, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Six years after eliminating the borough’s shade tree commission, borough council may look at bringing it back.

Local YWCA honors young ladies during first Tribute to Exceptional Girls |Sep 20, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Young ladies making a difference at their schools and in their communities were honored at the first-ever YWCA Tri-County Area Tribute to Exceptional Girls.

Pottsgrove student reps worry dress code has gender bias |Sep 20, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> No sooner had the two new student members of the Pottsgrove School Board taken their seats Tuesday, then they received their first mission.

Pottsgrove high earns bronze in US News & World Report ranking |Sep 20, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> US News & World Report Magazine released its annual survey of high schools across the nation recently and Pottsgrove High School received a bronze rating.

In Pottsgrove schools, computer learning is no game, but it might be |Sep 20, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> As technology increasingly infiltrates education, educators see many advantages while others worry that it may be a game, or an excuse for gaming at least.

Boyertown school board member makes motion to censure board president |Sep 19, 2016

On the Sept. 13 meeting of the Boyertown School Board of Directors, board member Paul Stengle made a motion to censure board President Jill Dennin. He directed her to turn her gavel over to the board’s vice president, Stephen Elsier.

Boyertown School Board OKs amendment to architect contact, extends service; date-stones discussed |Sep 19, 2016

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, Boyertown’s Board of School Directors approved the amendment of the D’Huy Engineering contract which extends the architect’s services until the project’s anticipated completion date of August 2017.

Boyertown board member questions early dismissal process |Sep 19, 2016

Boyertown Area School District’s recent decision to dismiss several schools early due to the extreme heat became a topic of discussion at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

Families flock to Lenharstville church for car show, pig roast and more |Sep 19, 2016

More than 800 visitors filled the grounds of Salem EC Church, Lenhartsville, on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the 8th annual Pig Roast and Car Show.

A+ school lunches: Healthy ideas for happy kids |Sep 19, 2016

Backpack? Check. Notebooks? Check. Pencils? Check. Now what’s for lunch? Start the school year off right with healthy, kid-approved recipes as easy as A-B-C.

Reading 120 bike race whizzes through Kutztown |Sep 19, 2016

An enthusiastic crowd of townspeople and visitors lined the shady side of Main Street in the heat and humidity Sept. 10 for an eventful morning that included two rounds of the Reading 120 bike race separated neatly by the Kutztown University Sesquicentennial Parade.

21st annual Chile Pepper Food Festival turns up the heat in Bowers |Sep 19, 2016

The 21st Annual Bowers Chile Pepper Food Festival turned up the heat for about 9,500 visitors to Bill DeLong Memorial Park in Bowers.

Hamburg High School celebrates Homecoming |Sep 19, 2016

Students at Hamburg Area High School celebrated homecoming week from Sept. 12 to 17.

Boone approves aides for grade four |Sep 19, 2016

Realizing that fourth-grade class sizes are approaching or exceeding the limit of 26 students per class at Amity Elementary Center, the Daniel Boone Area School Board has agreed to hire two part-time elementary classroom aides for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year.

Eastern Berks Fire and Bally EMS announce ‘Lights and Siren’ parade, block party |Sep 19, 2016

Eastern Berks Fire Department and Bally Community Ambulance will host a “Lights and Siren” parade and block party on Sept. 24, 2016 honoring the housing of EBFD’s new Engine and new Utility Truck and Bally’s new Ambulance.

Longswamp Township Historical Society hosts book launch for ‘The Village of Hancock’ |Sep 19, 2016

The Longwamp Township Historical Society launches its book “The Village of Hancock.”

Kutztown University students express concerns about faculty contract negotiations |Sep 19, 2016

What do Kutztown University students think about the faculty contract negotiations between PASSHE and ASPCUF?

Hamburg Homecoming King & Queen Crowned |Sep 17, 2016

Hamburg High School crowned Laura Bear and Maxwell Kline Homecoming Queen and King during Homecoming on Friday night, Sept. 16. Homecoming Court also included Wesley Krick, Paige Anderson, Jacob Barr, Madelynn Witkus, Hunter Epting, Darian Schlenker, Logan Werley and Andrea Fink.

Kutztown University hosts 150th birthday party |Sep 16, 2016

Kutztown University hosted a 150th birthday party at Alumni Plaza on Sept. 15, with a 1866 United States replica flag flying in front of Schaeffer Auditorium.

Playcrafters brings ‘Next to Normal’ to area theater fans |Sep 16, 2016

You may often wonder … is it normal to forget your keys or where you parked? Or the name of the person to whom you were just introduced ten minutes ago? What passes for normal these days anyway? While the boundaries of normal may be flexible, there is ultimately a tipping point when the fence begins to splinter and crack, and it’s the theme of Playcrafters’ upcoming production when the spotlight falls on the topic of mental illness in “Next to Normal” — an engaging and emotionally charged, multi award-winning musical by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt.

Lauralynn White guest speaker at September Pottstown Area Artists Guild Meeting |Sep 16, 2016

The Pottstown Area Artists Guild will host its first meeting of the 2016-2017 year

Filled with ‘kisses’ |Sep 16, 2016

Dedicated bocce ball lovers braved heat and humidity at the Sept. 10 tournament on the Honey Brook Borough courts, and the quality of play was as scorching as the sun. A “kiss” in bocce is when a player throws the large ball at the smaller ball, called the pallina, and the two balls touch or “kiss.

Patriot Community Calendar Sept. 15 |Sep 15, 2016

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Kutztown Strong elects permanent board |Sep 15, 2016

Kutztown Strong has elected a permanent board of directors, Vice President Kelley Neyhart announced.

September offers musicals and more at area theaters |Sep 15, 2016

There’s a lot coming up this month in area theaters. From family shows to thrillers to Broadway hits – there’s something for just about everyone. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Morgantown Hearts United with Haiti raises funds for Haiti mission work |Sep 14, 2016

Morgantown Hearts United with Haiti will hold its 2nd Annual Harvest Banquet fundraiser on Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. at The Barn at Flying Hills, Route 10 at 10 Village Center Dr., Reading.

Shoemakersville parade remembers 15th anniversary of September 11th attacks |Sep 14, 2016

Shoemakersville Fire Company hosted a memorial on Sept. 10 in honor of the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.