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Art exhibits on display now at Reading Public Museum |Feb 19, 2018

Keith Haring: Symbolic Gestures is on display now through April 15, 2018 at the Reading Public Museum.

Talisman Players presents ‘Pinnochio’ at Boyertown State Theatre March 3 |Feb 19, 2018

It was a news article in the Boyertown Times on Feb. 8, written by Lisa Mitchell of the Kutztown Patriot, that the Talisman Players were performing the children’s production of “Pinnochio” in Kutztown that led State Theatre president, Charles Haddad to ask himself, “Why Not In Boyertown at the State Theatre”?

Talisman Players, Kutztown, perform sold out shows of ‘Pinnochio’ |Feb 17, 2018

The Talisman Players presented its first children’s production, “Pinnochio,” to sold out shows in Kutztown.

New businesses promise optimistic change in Hamburg’s future |Feb 16, 2018

Along main thoroughfares in Hamburg, historic buildings are undergoing renovations, small businesses are growing and new ventures are opening on Fourth and State streets.

Salem Church Yard Sale includes bargains and food |Feb 16, 2018

Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, will mark the 19th year for a spring tradition at Salem Church EC, Lenhartsville: their spring yard sale.

Historic Dreibelbis Farm hosts new activity, wintertime nature walk |Feb 16, 2018

On Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m., the Historic Dreibelbis Farm in Virginville is hosting a new activity, a “wintertime nature walk” with a trek into the farm’s fields and nature trail.

St. Joseph’s free program will help public ‘flag’ potential health issues |Feb 16, 2018

Members of the public can get a free check on their body mass index, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol at Penn State Health St. Joseph with the start of a monthly program designed to uncover early warning signs of possibly larger health issues.

Greater Berks Food Bank receives $21,000 donation from local Dunkin’ Donuts |Feb 16, 2018

On Feb. 9, local Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees donated $21,000 to the Greater Berks Food Bank to help fight hunger throughout greater Philadelphia. The donation is a combined effort from Dunkin’ Donuts’ ‘Roast Hunger’ program and the Dunkin’ Donuts Joy in Childhood Foundation and will directly support the food bank’s mission to feed the hungry by acquiring and distributing food to people in need.

Sheetz holiday charity program sets record in 2017 |Feb 16, 2018

Altoona >> It was a record setting year for the Sheetz for the Kidz holiday program.

Rep. Hennessey to seek re-election in Pennsylvania’s 26th House District |Feb 16, 2018

State Rep. Tim Hennessey, a 25-year veteran of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, has announced that he will seek another term representing the 26th legislative district.

Report finds Boyertown High School stadium ‘unsafe’ |Feb 15, 2018

BOYERTOWN >> The Boyertown Area School Board has agreed to spend another $16,000 to find out just how bad the damage is at the high school’s Memorial Stadium and just how much it may cost to fix it.

Hamburg Area High School students, staff roll up sleeves, donate blood |Feb 15, 2018

Hamburg Area High School students and staff rolled up their sleeves once again to donate blood to the Miller-Keystone Blood Center during the Leo Club’s Blood Drive on Feb. 9.

Hamburg High School builds relationships with businesses |Feb 15, 2018

One of the main goals of a high school is to prepare students for the future where they can make meaningful contributions in their chosen field while earning financial security.

Bringing Up a Bookworm visits February Hamburg Lions Club meeting |Feb 15, 2018

The Hamburg Lions Club had their monthly meeting on Friday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.M in the Hamburg Borough Hall building.

Hamburg middle schoolers win ribbons at regional technology competition |Feb 15, 2018

Several middle school students from Hamburg Area Middle School recently had the opportunity to compete at a regional Technology Student Association (TSA) event at Stroudsburg High School. TSA is a national organization of students engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Panther Robotics Team wins 1st at regions, heads to states in March |Feb 15, 2018

The Schuylkill Valley High School Panther Robotics Team won 1st place at the West Shore VEX Robotics In the Zone Qualifier in Shiremanstown on Feb. 3.

Hamburg Community Group delivers 700 fastnachts to Hope Rescue Mission |Feb 15, 2018

For the last five years, the Hamburg Community Group of Fleetwood Bible Church has been traveling to the Hope Rescue Mission in Reading to make hundreds of fastnachts for the men. This year, the number reached more than 700.

Fleetwood Borough Police Officer Dale Ulshafer promoted to Sergeant |Feb 15, 2018

Fleetwood Borough Police Officer Dale Ulshafer was promoted to Sergeant at the Fleetwood Borough Council meeting on Feb. 12.

Douglassville man charged with sexually abusing girl, 13 |Feb 15, 2018

AMITY >> A 36-year-old township man is facing multiple sexual abuse charges connected to his alleged abuse of a 13-year-old girl.

Weaver’s Orchard announces photo contest winners |Feb 14, 2018

Weaver’s Orchard Farm Market has announced four winners of their eighth annual photo contest, a challenge that invited customers to submit photos of their experiences on the farm throughout the harvest season.

Hopewell Furnace names new interpretive and visitor service manager |Feb 14, 2018

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site Manager David Blackburn is pleased to announce an addition to its staff, Interpretive and Visitor Service Manager Neil Koch. Neil will lead the staff that provides visitor services, education, programs, and special events for our visitors and community.

The Feinberg Brothers featured at Reinholds |Feb 14, 2018

An evening of Bluegrass Music will be held at the Reinholds Fire Company Banquet Hall along Route 897 in Reinholds on Saturday, March 3, beginning at 6 pm. Featured will be The Feinberg Brothers along with Chester Johnson and The Foggy Mountain Grass.

Twin Valley Health Occupations students support House Bill 1097, CPR instruction in school |Feb 14, 2018

It’s time to break out the red, as February is American Heart Month. American Heart Month is celebrated every February since 1964 in order to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease.

Thieves steal catalytic converters; Kutztown Police urge residents to check their vehicles |Feb 14, 2018

Kutztown Borough Police report several cases of stolen catalytic converters, which are part of a car’s exhaust emissions system.

Ivan Stoltzfus, known for driving his tractor across country, partners with Operation Second Chance |Feb 14, 2018

Retired Honey Brook farmer and auctioneer Ivan Stoltzfus, known for driving his tractor Johnabilt Across America for Wounded Heroes, is expanding his mission to help veterans.

Driver killed after crash with dump truck in Berks County |Feb 14, 2018

District twp. >> One person is dead after a car collided with a dump truck Wednesday morning in Berks County.

Baking up a PA German tradition: Fastnachts |Feb 12, 2018

Fassnachts, or fastnachts, depending on your spelling preference, is a PA German tradition baked up at churches and stores across Berks County leading up to Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday (Feb. 13) — the day before Lent begins.

Optimist Club scholarships available to Daniel Boone seniors |Feb 9, 2018

The Optimist Club of Daniel Boone, Douglassville, is seeking applicants for two $2,000 scholarships available to high school seniors residing within the Daniel Boone School District.

PA German center in Kutztown helps catalog, preserve Lehigh County hex signs |Feb 9, 2018

The Pennsylvania Music Preservation Society announced a collaboration with the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University in a joint, multi-year initiative to preserve, promote and catalog all of Lehigh County’s hex signs.

Teen’s Ford F150 flips on icy road, lands on roof in creek |Feb 9, 2018

Teen’s truck rolls over into creek

Clay on Main presents Hakun and Benovsky: Strange and Wondrous Things |Feb 9, 2018

Bob Hakun’s found-object industrial assemblages will be exhibited in dialogue with the wearable fabric collages of Stefan Benovsky in the exhibit opening on Sunday, February 18 from 4 to 6 p.

Historical society demos 19th century PA German ice harvesting at Viriginville farm |Feb 9, 2018

Families and history fans ventured out into the cold to observe a presentation of 19th century Pennsylvania German ice harvesting at the Historic Dreibelbis Farm in Virginville on Feb. 3.

Woman, cat escape 2-alarm fire in Colebrookdale |Feb 9, 2018

Colebrookdale >> A two-alarm fire destroyed a township home Friday morning but a resident and her pet escaped without injury.

Indulge in a sweet dairy treat, Chocolate Mousse Brownies |Feb 8, 2018

Valentine’s Day is a time to spend with your loved ones. For the Berks County Dairy Princess Taylor Pool she loves to spend it with her family and indulging in sweet dairy treats that include chocolate! Below is one of Taylor’s favorite Valentine’s Day desserts.

Kutztown STEAM Launch inspires young learners to engage in discovery, critical thinking |Feb 8, 2018

The Kutztown Area School District will host its STEAM Launch Event on Feb. 16 at Kutztown Area Middle School, starting at 6 p.m.

Children cook up memories at Frecon Farms near Boyertown |Feb 8, 2018

Frecon Farms has been hosting culinary classes at their Farm Market in Boyertown.

Garden Spot Village hosts Bird House Display and Silent Auction |Feb 7, 2018

Garden Spot Village in New Holland will host its Annual Bird House Display and Silent Auction. The annual event will include presentation by bluebird expert on Feb. 27.

Aleithia Players present ‘Les Miserables’ |Feb 7, 2018

The Aleithia Players, a homeschool group with students from throughout Chester, Berks, and Lancaster counties, will present Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables” at Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church in Glenmoore on March 1, 2 and 3.

32nd Annual 4-H Benefit Auction |Feb 7, 2018

Join us to support the Lancaster County 4-H program at our annual 4-H benefit auction on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 9 a.m. at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster.

SALT Performing Arts presents Shrek Jr. from Feb. 16 to 25 |Feb 7, 2018

SALT Performing Arts presents Shrek Jr., February 16th to 25th. Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek Jr., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.

Troop 48 New Holland member earns Eagle Scout rank |Feb 7, 2018

Joseph P. Valent, a 2017 Ephrata Area High School graduate, attained his Eagle Scout Rank, the highest rank in the Boy Scout Program, at a Court of Honor Ceremony this past summer. Joey is the son of Joseph R.

The wrong people are in jail |Feb 7, 2018

If your child or spouse or parent had a mental illness, addiction or developmental disability, would you want them in jail or somewhere that could help them get better?

Food for Families feeds hungry at Twin Valley Food Pantry |Feb 7, 2018

The 7th Food for Families raised funds for Twin Valley Food Pantry with a raffle, silent auction, vendors and scrap booking crop fundraising event at Conestoga Mennonite Church in Morgantown on Feb.

HBA Restoring Hope Foundation nominations for home makeover deadlines Feb. 16 |Feb 7, 2018

The national award-winning HBA Restoring Hope Foundation is accepting applications for the 2018 Home Remodeling Project that will brighten the home and spirits of one worthy Berks County family. Submit applications by 4 p.

VIST Bank donates $22,500 to Berks Encore |Feb 7, 2018

Tompkins VIST Bank is donating $22,500 over three years to sponsor Berks Encore’s BE2U mobile program. BE2U supports the use of two vehicles to deliver meals as well as programs on healthy eating, Medicare counseling, financial literacy and other topics to seniors in the outlying areas of Berks County.

Camel Project taking aim at eliminating bullying |Feb 7, 2018

Pamela S. Gockley, founder at The Reputation Learning Center at Kutztown University, is launching The Camel Project to support youths and adults who have been bullied, called names, tagged with a label, or put into a box.

Crews battle truck fire during snow storm in Washington Township |Feb 7, 2018

On Feb. 7, during a winter storm, Eastern Berks Fire was dispatched at 11:06 a.m. to a vehicle fire on Woods Lane in rural Washington Township, Berks County.

Daniel Boone tech students bring home awards |Feb 7, 2018

A group from Daniel Boone High School in Technology Student Association (TSA) recently competed in their Regional Competition in Stroudsburg. Students chose to compete in between one and six events.

St. Mark’s Scout Sunday celebrates 75th anniversary of Cub Pack in Birdsboro |Feb 7, 2018

On Feb. 4, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5 Brooke Manor, Birdsboro celebrated the 75th anniversary of their Cub Scout Pack 595.

$17.5 million in emergency funding to stop spread of spotted lanternfly |Feb 7, 2018

State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is encouraged by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s announcement of $17.5 million in emergency funding to stop the spread of the spotted lanternfly in southeastern Pennsylvania.