Art Gallery of Hamburg exhibits high school artwork for January |Jan 16, 2017

Hamburg High School student artwork fills the windows of the Art Gallery of Hamburg for the month of January. An artists reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the gallery at 335 State St.

Josh Shapiro looks back at time as Montgomery County commissioner |Jan 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Josh Shapiro, discussing the diversity of Montgomery County, couldn’t stay put in his seat.

Assessment settlements cost Pottsgrove School District $200K in tax revenue |Jan 16, 2017

The Pottsgrove School District will have to pay out more than $200,000 in refunds for three year’s worth of taxes on three properties as the result of settlements approved by the school board Tuesday night.

Relay for Life invited to Pottsgrove board meeting to address concerns |Jan 16, 2017

Although back in August the Pottsgrove School Board approved the use of its football stadium by the Pottstown Relay for Life, some concerns were raised about how the beneficiary of the Relay — the American Cancer Society — uses the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised there.

Democrats endorse Ken Lawrence for Montgomery County board of commissioners |Jan 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Ken Lawrence, Temple University’s vice president for alumni relations and a resident of Plymouth Meeting, has been nominated by Montgomery County Democrats to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Board of Commissioners.

Kutztown 8th grader wins 2nd in kennel club story telling contest |Jan 16, 2017

Kutztown Middle School 8th grader Zoe Weidman won second place in the Lehigh Valley Kennel Club’s first annual Story Telling Contest.

CMERT dissolves to form Montgomery County SWAT |Jan 16, 2017

The Chesmont Emergency Response Team was officially dissolved last week to make way for a new regional police tactical team.

Dent re-elected as co-chair of House’s Tuesday Group |Jan 16, 2017

Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) Has been chosen by members of the Tuesday Group Caucus to continue serving as one of the organization’s co-chairs.

Kutztown Community Library Board increase Youth Librarian hours to better serve community |Jan 16, 2017

The Kutztown Community Library Board of Directors voted in December to make the Youth Librarian position from part time to full time to better serve the youth of the community, effective Jan. 15.

Pottstown churches remember legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. |Jan 16, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> The Rev. James Allen can still remember the first time he ever met the Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. He was still in the seminary in Atlanta, Ga. at the time and was so poor he needed to stretch the $0.

Pottsgrove pursues earlier outreach to pre-Kindergarten families |Jan 16, 2017

WEST POTTSGROVE >> In an effort to close an “achievement gap” experienced by students in the district’s low-income households, educators want to reach out and get familiar with those households before they’re even in school.

Pottstown moves forward with land bank |Jan 16, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Although borough council wasted no time in voting Monday night to move ahead with creating a land bank to try to reduce the number of blighted properties in town, it will be awhile before it’s up and running.

Winning Scenes of 29th District calendar unveiled |Jan 14, 2017

Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) unveiled the winners of his 2017 “Scenes of the 29th Senatorial District” calendar contest, which features photos from throughout Berks and Schuylkill counties.

Overheated stove pipe causes Tilden Township home fire |Jan 13, 2017

A clay stove pipe overheated, catching a Tilden Township home on fire on Jan. 10.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joslyn Koval graduates |Jan 13, 2017

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joslyn Koval graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary names new president |Jan 13, 2017

Following an extensive national search, Geri E. Unger has been named the new president of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, a position she assumed on Jan. 3.

Pennsylvania Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will be open on MLK Day, other holidays |Jan 13, 2017

HARRISBURG >> The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has announced that hundreds of Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will be open Monday, Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – as well as on Presidents Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July this year.

Kutztown Community Library hosts Laura Ingalls Wilder 150th birthday party |Jan 13, 2017

Kutztown Community Library will celebrate the 150th birthday of author Laura Ingalls Wilder with a program and refreshments on Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.

Bereavement Support Group in Berks helps those facing sudden loss of spouse |Jan 13, 2017

People suffer many types of loss throughout their lives. With loss, comes grief.

Multiple uses presented for Birdsboro Elementary Center when it closes |Jan 13, 2017

AMITY >> Public feelings were mixed at the Jan. 9 Daniel Boone Area School Board meeting about the multiple future uses presented for the Birdsboro Elementary Center.

American Red Cross of Reading to participate in MLK Day of Service |Jan 12, 2017

As part of the nationwide Day of Service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the American Red Cross and other organizations will be teaming up to improve community safety through the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.

Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources applauds plans to close Hamburg State Center |Jan 12, 2017

Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR) applauds the plan announced by Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Dallas yesterday to close the Hamburg State Center.

Life insurance 101: What you need to know |Jan 12, 2017

Life insurance; everyone says it’s important but it can be a difficult topic to talk about and even more difficult to understand. However, it is a critical topic to grasp because of its importance when building a financial strategy.

Glad Tidings mission team delivers education, a way out of poverty to Haiti |Jan 11, 2017

Changed. That’s how Louise Keim and her niece, Sage Bausher, feel after a mission trip to Haiti in November. The pair say they will never look in their stocked fridges or filled closets without picturing how life is just a short plane ride away.

Gilbertsville Elementary School introduces Green Screen technology to students |Jan 11, 2017

Green Screen Technology Transports Students to New Worlds of Learning

Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo returns to Oaks this weekend |Jan 11, 2017

Oaks >> Animal lovers looking for a winter event for the whole family have found just what they’re looking for in the Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo, which returns to the area Jan. 13, 14 and 15.

Department of Human Services closing Hamburg State Center |Jan 11, 2017

Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Ted Dallas announced on Jan. 11 that DHS plans to close the Hamburg State Center in Hamburg for people with intellectual disabilities in Berks County.

Animal Rescue League of Berks County invites public to open house |Jan 11, 2017

CUMRU TOWNSHIP >> The Animal Rescue League of Berks County will be having and Open House at the shelter at 58 Kennel Road, on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Guests are invited to bring their pets for an open, green-screen background, pet photo booth, compliments of Partymasterz (photo booth pictures are available for a $5 donation).

Spring Street Center members ring in the New Year |Jan 11, 2017

Members of The Center at Spring Street, Boyertown, really know how to welcome the New Year! On December 29th, members “cut a rug” to polkas and oldies played by “Bob Kreitz and Friends”.

Chestnut Knoll invites public to monthly Alzheimer’s support group meeting |Jan 11, 2017

Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is pleased to invite the public to a free Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting on Thursday, January 19 from 6:30–8 p.m. to learn more about caring for your senior loved ones with dementia.

Amity police promotes Officer Coe to corporal |Jan 10, 2017

The Amity Police Department officially promoted Officer John Coe to corporal on Jan. 3.

Patriot Church News Jan. 12 |Jan 10, 2017

St. Paul’s UCC, 5 W. Arch St., Fleetwood

MAS Imports, Richmond Twp., sustains fire damage |Jan 10, 2017

Fire crews responded to a two-alarm fire at M.A.S. Imports on Route 222 in Richmond Township on Jan. 8.

Hamburg Item Community Calendar 1-11 |Jan 10, 2017

Submit to Calendar: E-mail event listings to Note Item Calendar in e-mail subject.

Church news for Boyertown area 1-12 |Jan 10, 2017

Shepherd of the Hills Church 527 Hoffmansville Road, Bechtelsville.

Patriot Community Calendar Jan. 12 |Jan 10, 2017

Send events to by Friday noon a week prior to publication.

Agri-CULTURE, art show opens Jan. 20 at Studio |Jan 10, 2017

Studio B opens its 9th annual Agri-CULTURE show featuring art inspired by agriculture.

Church news for Boyertown area 1-12 |Jan 10, 2017

Homemade Apple Dumplings: Huff’s Church Youth Group, Hereford Township. To order call Deb Bortz at 610-679-4834 by Jan. 14. Pick up is Jan. 21 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Head-on crash on Route 662 injures drivers, 2 children |Jan 10, 2017

A head-on collision on Route 662 in Richmond Township hospitalized both drivers and injured two children on Jan. 5.

Church news for the Hamburg area |Jan 10, 2017

The Bridge Church 3561 Old 22, Hamburg

Half-Ton Butter Sculpture showcases Culture of Stewardship at 101st PA Farm Show |Jan 10, 2017

A sculpture paying tribute to the history of environmental stewardship by dairy farmers, and crafted from more than 1,000 pounds of butter, was unveiled Jan. 5 at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Pottstown eyeing land banks for battling blight |Jan 9, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Land banking, a method of getting control of blighted properties and putting them into the hands of those who can revive them and put them back onto the tax rolls, is being looked at once again by borough council.

Citing drinking water pollution worries, New Hanover residents oppose quarry expansion |Jan 9, 2017

NEW HANOVER >> For months, the testimony at the zoning hearing on the proposed expansion of the Gibraltar Rock quarry has featured lawyers questioning geologists and engineers.

Pottsgrove student offers personal insight into mental illness, urges students to get help |Jan 9, 2017

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> You wouldn’t hide the fact that you have diabetes from your doctor, so why would you hide a mental health condition?

Donations needed for Food for Families Fundraiser |Jan 9, 2017

Organizers for the 6th annual Food for Families Fundraiser, which benefits the Twin Valley Food Pantry, seek donations for event prizes from local businesses.

Pottstown’s Pat’s Beverages sells $1M winning lottery ticket |Jan 9, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> If you’ve purchased a lottery ticket within the last few days, you might want to check it again, as one area business just sold a $1 million-winning ticket.

Boyertown group invites community to Martin Luther King Day service |Jan 9, 2017

On Monday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. the Boyertown Area community gathers to pursue the “dream” of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The service takes place at New Hanover United Methodist Church, 2211 Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville.

BCTC cosmetology students to hold Cut-A-Thon at Oley campus |Jan 9, 2017

The Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) will be hosting its annual Cut-A-Thon on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Oley campus. Guests will be able to enjoy cuts, styling, manicures and pedicures with proceeds going to fund breast cancer research.

Pottstown CARES hosts concert Jan. 14 to benefit the homeless |Jan 9, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Student Pottstown CARES leaders from The Hill School, Pottstown School District and Montgomery County Community College have organized a concert to benefit the homeless.

YWCA education efforts aided by grants worth $50,000 |Jan 9, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> The YWCA Tri-County Area’s efforts to better educate area residents from early education to adults will begin 2017 boosted by three grants worth a total of $50,000.