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Police: Murder-suicide was cause of death for men found in car |Oct 24, 2014

Washington TWP. >> The causes of death for two men whose bodies were found last Friday inside a parked car were murder and suicide, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Two Brandywine Heights seniors accepted into All-National Band, slated to perform at Grand Ole Opry Oct. 29 |Oct 24, 2014

Two Brandywine Heights High School seniors are the first from the district to be accepted into the All-National Honors Ensemble Concert Band and will perform with them Oct. 29 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Fleetwood High School Senior Students Of The Month for October |Oct 24, 2014

The Fleetwood Area High School would like to announce their senior students of the month for October.

Lenhartsville couple celebrates 40 years of marriage |Oct 24, 2014

Gene and Diane (Siegfried) Schuler of Lenhartsville celebrated 40 years of marriage on Oct. 12. The couple was married in 1974 in Alburtis. In honor of this milestone, Gene and Diane’s children and siblings threw them a surprise party with 100 of their closest family and friends at the Virginville Grange.

Mind Your Body: It’s time to boost your immune system |Oct 24, 2014

I thought there were only four seasons, but it’s the time of year when a fifth one appears, “cold and flu season.” As the temperature drops, the heat comes on, and we spend more hours indoors, we can benefit from some simple, natural steps to support our immunity.

Lancaster native Michelle Kemper Brownlow signs debut romance series in Elverson |Oct 23, 2014

Best selling author Michelle Kemper Brownlow will be signing her debut romance novel, “In Too Deep,” as well as the next two books in the series, “On Solid Ground” and “Above the Noise,” on Saturday, Nov.

Photos: Oley’s 2014 Halloween Parade |Oct 23, 2014

The Oley Valley held it’s annual Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Reading Symphony Presents a Dramatic Program Highlighting Beethoven’s Life |Oct 23, 2014

On Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. the Reading Symphony Orchestra continues the 102nd Season at the Santander Performing Arts Center.

Pottstown Roller Derby Rockstars hold double-header Action hits the track at the 422 Sports Complex |Oct 23, 2014

By Berks-Mont News staff On Saturday, Oct. 18, Pottstown Roller Derby Rockstars (PRDR) held a double header at The 422 Sportplex.

Kutztown Borough Rooftop Ban Ordinance approved for drafting |Oct 22, 2014

A Rooftop Ban Ordinance was approved to enter into the drafting phase at the Kutztown Borough Council meeting Oct. 21, and a new finance director was appointed to fill the full-time gap that has been vacant since mid-July.

Mayor, Council say $150,000 state grant for Kutztown Park improves safety, offers more options |Oct 22, 2014

Kutztown Park received a $150,000 state grant to renovate its outdated playground equipment.

Rocky Mountain Riders 4-H Club celebrates National 4-H Week, participates in area Halloween parades |Oct 22, 2014

In celebration of National 4-H Week (Oct. 5 – 11), The Rocky Mountain Riders 4-H Club of Fleetwood participated in the Fleetwood Homecoming/Halloween Parade and the Topton Halloween Parade with their float, “Rocky”, the corn horse.

$188,000 State grant helps Hawk Mountain Sanctuary create disability-friendly trail |Oct 22, 2014

Albany Township >> Senator David G. Argall (R-29) announced a $188,000 grant for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary through the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation program.

Elverson Halloween Parade Winners |Oct 22, 2014

Held on Oct. 16, the Elverson Halloween Parade had been postponed from Oct. 15 due to rain.

Reading Symphony presents program highlighting Beethoven’s life |Oct 22, 2014

The Reading Symphony Orchestra continues the 102nd Season at the Santander Performing Arts Center 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. The RSO will present Beethoven: REVEALED! This program features a dramatic interpretation of the life of the great composer interspersed with chamber works and a complete performance of Beethoven’s 7th symphony.

Kutztown School Board ensures safety near Greenwich Elementary |Oct 21, 2014

In a jam-packed Kutztown Area School District School Board meeting, safety reigned supreme as a topic of conversation, dominating two important topics of discussion.

Kutztown Playground, French Creek State Park each awarded $150,000 state grants |Oct 21, 2014

Kutztown >> New playground equipment, stepping stones and plaza space will be the new features of Kutztown’s only playground thanks to the award today, Oct. 21, of a $150,000 state grant, Sen.

$730k in state grants to back local swimming pool, parks, Schwank says |Oct 21, 2014

Two parks in Berks County and a swimming pool in Fleetwood have been awarded nearly $730,000 in state grants, state Sen. Judy Schwank said today.

Live at The Historic State Theatre Of Boyertown award-winning improv comedy group ‘Better Than Bacon’ |Oct 21, 2014

The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown is proud to present a night of great laughter and audience-driven entertainment, featuring award-winning improvisational comedy troupe Better Than Bacon on Saturday, Oct.

Felicia Fisher’s a Slice Of Life: The social experiment’s Apple Cake |Oct 21, 2014

I spend a good part of each morning daydreaming. Rolling pie crust is a monotonous task and as the simultaneous whir of my industrial strength mixer and window fan make listening to music difficult, I find myself working in relative silence and wondering about the most ridiculous things.

Rummage Sale and Flea Market set for November at Congregation Hesed Shel Emet, Pottstown |Oct 21, 2014

The Jewish Women’s League of Congregation Hesed Shel Emet announces its annual Rummage Sale, Flea Market and Bake Sale to be held on Sunday, Nov. 2 & Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.

Multiple vehicle accident closes Route 422 in Exeter |Oct 21, 2014

Route 422 was closed in both directions Friday, OCT. 17 after a tractor trailer was overturned in an accident between Route 345 and Lorain Road.

Exeter sends home meningitis warnings about two schools |Oct 21, 2014

One student is at Exeter Senior High School and another at Exeter Junior High School, according to the letter.

Albright College to Host Berks County Regional College Fair on Oct. 27 |Oct 21, 2014

Albright College will host Berks County Regional College Fair 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at Albright College’s Bollman Center, 13th and Richmond streets, Reading. Event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC).

Berks County Humane Society encourages you to adopt a black cat |Oct 21, 2014

Nothing is scarier than a myth you just can’t seem to dispel. Humane Pennsylvania hopes to put an end to at least one this month. The black cat has long been regarded as an icon of superstition, and historically, many shelters refuse to adopt out black cats during the month of October, claiming that these felines are more likely to meet an unfortunately end due to the ghoulish nature of Halloween.

Berks County’s Best Kept Secret tour runs Nov. 7 to Nov. 22 |Oct 21, 2014

We all know that shopping locally helps support our local economy and communities.

‘Fragile Freedoms’ to be celebrated at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site |Oct 21, 2014

On Saturday, Nov. 1, the National Park Service invites the public to a performance of FRAGILE FREEDOMS, a play written and acted by international playwright Christine Emmert at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.

Reading Symphony Orchestra League to host Fourteenth Annual Fashion Show |Oct 21, 2014

On Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. the Reading Symphony Orchestra League (RSOL) will present the Fourteenth Annual Symphony of Style -- Fashion Show and Luncheon for the benefit of the Reading Symphony Orchestra in the ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel.

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ stars share stage Nov. 9 |Oct 21, 2014

Nick Lazzarini, season one winner of the Fox reality show “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2005, discovered at the early age of five that all he wanted to do was dance.

Kutztown Strong, committed to making a difference |Oct 21, 2014

Kutztown concerned citizens united to form Kutztown Strong to make a difference.

A.J. Blosenski Inc. Trash and Recycling Services donated $500 in memory of Big Joe Blosenski to MABA |Oct 21, 2014

A.J. Blosenski Inc. Trash and Recycling Service presented a donation of $500 in memory of Joseph Blosenski Jr., Honey Brook, to the Morgantown Area Business Association on Oct. 21.

Twin Valley Elementary Center Student Awarded 1st Place in Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Contest |Oct 21, 2014

Nicholas Bertz, a first grader at Twin Valley Elementary Center was awarded 1st Place in the state of Pennsylvania for a multi-media art piece he created in art class. First Lady Susan Corbett launched the statewide art contest, titled, “Art: The Universal Language”.

Three Berks County farms help PA to become first in U.S. to preserve 500,000 Acres, Schwank says |Oct 21, 2014

Pennsylvania became the first state in the country recently to preserve 500,000 acres of valuable farmland and three Berks County farms helped accomplish the milestone, Sen. Judy Schwank said.

Anthony D’Ambrosio helps Village Library raise funds for new computers |Oct 21, 2014

Anthony D’Ambrosio Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Elverson, is helping Village Library raise money for new computers.

Berks County Dairy Princess named Pennsylvania Dairy Princess |Oct 20, 2014

Ashley Mohn, of Womelsdorf, was crowned as the Pennsylvania 2014-2015 Dairy Princess Sept. 20 after a three-day competition with 26 county dairy princesses.

Bernville teen follows passion for wildlife, completes Wildlife Leadership Academy field school |Oct 20, 2014

Since she was young, Bernville resident Hannah Krause has had a love of animals and interest in wildlife. That passion is leading her toward becoming a conservation biologist. To reach that goal, she is jumping at every opportunity that comes her way to further her knowledge and become as well-rounded in the field of wildlife as she can.

Iron Chef heats up Hamburg for fourth year on Nov. 2 |Oct 20, 2014

As it has for the past three years in Hamburg, the first Sunday of November will heat up with the fourth annual Iron Chef Hamburg. An afternoon of food and healthy competition begins at 1 p.m. on Nov.

RACC set to host celebration of Hispanic business and community leaders |Oct 20, 2014

Reading Area Community College will host a Celebration of Hispanic Entrepreneurs and Leaders in the Reading Community on 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the Gust Zogas Student Union Building. The College’s Multicultural Awareness Initiative and Multicultural/International Club are sponsoring the event.

The Grange, part 2 |Oct 20, 2014

It may be difficult for newer residents to realize, but the housing developments that have transformed the south half of New Hanover Township have been built in less than one lifetime. Before, say, 1960, tract housing developments simply did not exist.

Kline approved as acting council president at Shoemakersville Borough Council meeting |Oct 20, 2014

Shoemakersville Borough Council approved new contracts for trash hauling and recycling with Republic Services, Leesport, pending solicitor approval on Oct. 7.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Oct 20, 2014

25 Years Ago Oct. 25, 1989 >> Joel Katz, son of Barbara Katz, was recently promoted to Distinguished Cadet. Joel is a seventh grade student attending the Carson Long Military Institute in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania.

WTIM: Music around town Oct. 22 edition |Oct 20, 2014

By Tim Dietterick Circulation Manager, Berks-Mont Newspapers

Fall into a dairy recipe with Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie |Oct 20, 2014

Rustling of the leaves, becoming darker earlier, sweater weather, and hot apple cider are all signs fall is among us. Fall is a season where many athletes are back in season. A great after game or practice drink is chocolate milk.

Woman’s Club of Strausstown visits Light Victorian Farmhouse for annual mystery tour |Oct 20, 2014

For the members of the Woman’s Club of Strausstown, the October meeting usually means getting out and about on a kind of mystery tour. They’ve visited a winery, a railroad museum, a historic church, and other area places of interest.

Scott and Barbara Snyder celebrate 30 years of marriage |Oct 20, 2014

Scott A. Snyder and Barbara J. (Levan) Snyder of Kutztown celebrated 30 years of marriage on Sept. 1. The couple enjoyed their anniversary by taking a scenic drive in their Mustang convertible down the East Coast, visiting many landmarks along the way: the Biltmore Estate in the Blue Mountains of North Carolina, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville and Colonial Williamsburg.

Pottstown businessman’s “Cruiser Caddie” invention makes loading motorcycles easy |Oct 20, 2014

If you have ever ridden a motorcycle, you know how heavy they can be, and trying to load something of this weight onto the back of a pickup truck is dangerous at times.

Interlace Communications holds open house and ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 30 |Oct 20, 2014

After 20 years of doing business as a home based business, Interlace Communications is moving to a corporate setting at the Berks North Professional Building in Shoemakersville.

Kutztown High School Student Council hosts 5th Quarter free concert for students |Oct 20, 2014

Last Friday, October 17, Kutztown Area High School Student Council hosted the “5th Quarter” after their home football game. This free event was created in order to allow kids to hang out after the game in a safe and fun environment.

Fourth annual Car & Motorcycle Show held at Cabela’s |Oct 20, 2014

The fourth annual Cabela’s Car & Motorcycle Show in honor of Skylar Kauffman was held this past Sunday, Oct. 19. The event, held under beautiful autumn skies, attracted about 200 entries despite temperatures in the low fifties and wind chills making it feel more like the forties.

Sarah Hanlon named Hamburg Student of the Month for September |Oct 20, 2014

Congratulations to Hamburg Area High School senior, Sarah Hanlon, who has been chosen as the student of the month for September. She is the daughter of Patrick and Susan Hanlon of Hamburg.