Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce presentation reviews benefits of Main Street Programs to Kutztown and Hamburg |Nov 30, 2015

Keynote speakers Deena Kershner, Executive Director of Our Town Foundation, and Nancy Brooks, Main Street Manager for Kutztown Community Partnership, provided a presentation on Main Street Programs in Hamburg and Kutztown during the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting on Nov.

Kutztown Patriot Calendar Dec. 3 |Nov 30, 2015

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Colebrookdale Railroad holds holiday train rides |Nov 30, 2015

The Colebrookdale Railroad has several special holiday excursions lined up — including the Santa Claus Train and “’Twas The Night Before Christmas.” Each ride promises it’s own unique experience.

Fleetwood Girl Scouts learn about Colonial living |Nov 30, 2015

Fleetwood Girl Scout Daisy Troop 1956 took an outing to the Old Dry Road Farm in Wernersville. The girls had the opportunity to churn their own butter, candle dip, make toys out of wooden clothes pins and practice Scherenschnitte (paper cutting).

Fleetwood Area School District Report: Holidays renew appreciation for the importance of the arts |Nov 30, 2015

During this time of year, I have a renewed appreciation for the importance of the arts in my life. I enjoy the holiday music, receiving beautiful greeting cards, and seeing all of the decorations throughout our community.

State Police: Windsor Township home burglarized while residents home |Nov 30, 2015

State Police, Hamburg, report a Windsor Township home burglary occurred on Nov. 28 at about 12:15 a.m.

Boone honors 2 board members |Nov 30, 2015

The Daniel Boone School Board thanked and honored on Nov. 23 two departing school board members.

Spotted Lanternfly quarantine spreads in Berks, Montco |Nov 30, 2015

AMITY >> The Amity Township Board of Supervisors announced at their Nov. 18 meeting that Amity and Douglass (Berks) townships are now under a limited movement quarantine issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Fleetwood Area High School: November Students of the Month |Nov 30, 2015

Daniel Shomper Daniel is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Shomper of Blandon. Daniel’s future plans include attending either the University of Akron or Temple University. Daniel has been involved in the following clubs at Fleetwood Area High School: Football, Track and Field and Future Business Leaders of America.

State Police: Two charged with DUI, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia |Nov 30, 2015

State Police, Hamburg report that two men, ages 22 and 20, were charged with DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fleetwood FBLA thanks Chamber for Partnership with Business Project |Nov 30, 2015

Fleetwood FBLA students Ethan Miller, Duncan Cahalan and Daniel Shomper presented the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lori Donofrio-Galley with an award for the Chamber’s outstanding partnership through the course of the FBLA Partnership With Business Project.

Woman’s Club Of Exeter Holiday House Tour set for Dec. 6 |Nov 30, 2015

The Women’s Club of Exeter Township’s 18th Annual Holiday House Tour will be held Sunday, Dec. 6, from 12 to 5 p.m.

Amity allocates more money to Boone Library |Nov 30, 2015

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved on Nov. 18 to advertise its 2016 $4.183 million budget with no tax increase.

Kutztown Community Choir to perform annual Christmas Concert |Nov 30, 2015

The annual KCC Christmas choral concert has been scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 357 W. Main Street, Kutztown.

Fleetwood senior Carl Fortna, Jr. earns All-State cross country honor |Nov 30, 2015

Fleetwood senior Carl Fortna finished 19th at the PIAA AA State Cross Country Championships recently held in Hershey, earning a selection to the PA All-State Team. This honor is in addition to him placing third at the Berks County Championships held at Kutztown University, as well as a sixth place finish at the PA District III Championships held at Big Spring High School in Newville.

Dr. Roger Whitcomb to speak to Kutztown Rotary |Nov 30, 2015

Dr. Roger Whitcomb will explain the complicated relationship between Russia and Syria in an open presentation to the Kutztown Rotary Club in the President’s Room (Room 250) of the McFarland Student Union Building, Kutztown University at 7 p.

#GivingTuesdayBerks launched as part of global effort to champion charity at the holidays |Nov 30, 2015

More than 70 Berks County nonprofit organizations are collaborating on the global Giving Tuesday social media campaign that is underway to encourage charitable donations one week from today on Dec. 1.

America’s Got Talent finalist visits Kutztown for sold-out performance Dec. 4 |Nov 30, 2015

Installation artist, musician and America’s Got Talent finalist William Close visits Kutztown for a special sold-out performance with his Earth Harp at the Schaeffer Auditorium at Kutztown University on Dec.

Fleetwood Brownie Troop visits Camp Mosey Wood for ‘Pony Days’ |Nov 30, 2015

Fleetwood Girl Scout Brownie Troop 144 visited Camp Mosey Wood for the day to enjoy a special event they host called “Pony Days.” During the course of the day, the girls learned basic horse safety, which included the proper way to put on a helmet.

Fleetwood Police: Two car collision on Arch Street |Nov 30, 2015

On Nov. 22, Fleetwood Police responded to a two car crash that occurred at the intersection of Arch Street and North Franklin Street in Fleetwood.

State Police: York man taken into custody for public drunkenness |Nov 30, 2015

On Nov. 22 at approximately 2:32 a.m., State Police from the Reading station responded to Route 222 in Maxatawny Township, about a half north of the Virginville exit, after receiving several reports of an unknown male walking in traffic around the location.

Letter: BCL, The year in review and what’s to come in 2016 |Nov 29, 2015

As another year is fast approaching it’s end, I would like to take a moment to look back on an institution that has been a big part of this community for 26 years and counting - the Brandywine Community Library.

Helping military families this holiday season: Keystone Military Families in Shoemakersville sends care packages, hosts Thanksgiving meal with Mission BBQ |Nov 29, 2015

Thousands of military personnel and their families will be helped this holiday season by a small center located in Shoemakersville.

First Saturday of December means Chillin’ on Main in Boyertown |Nov 28, 2015

Join Building a Better Boyertown (BBB) for Santa’s arrival at our Chillin’ on Main with Santa event scheduled on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be a day of family activities right on East Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown.

Playcrafters of Skippack’s ‘Love Happens’ |Nov 28, 2015

Stuff happens. So goes the adage (okay, slightly tweaked) we’re all familiar with. But on the flip side, there is a higher calling, and it’s happening now on Playcrafters’ stage.

Blue Mountain 4-H Livestock Club ‘aims for 100’ |Nov 27, 2015

Four area youth are aiming for a 100, that is aiming to go to the 100 PA Farm Show in January as exhibitors. All four area youth are members of the Blue Mountain 4-H Livestock Club. Each youth is raising a market lamb.

TJSHS performs Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales with a twist |Nov 27, 2015

Tulpehocken Jr./Sr. High School recently presented the annual fall play under the direction of teachers, Ms. Susan Behm and Mr. Reid Mosley. Productions in the past several years have successfully blended broad, modern humor with the presentation of actual literary works, including Shakespeare in 2013, Greek myths last year and this year, The Canterbury Tales, with a Monty Python twist.

State Police: Crash in Bethel Township |Nov 27, 2015

On Nov. 20 at approximately 6:45 a.m., State Police from the Hamburg station responded to a two vehicle at Lancaster Avenue in Bethel Township.

WTIM: Music Around Town |Nov 27, 2015

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Reading Museum hosts ‘all day’ Breakfast with Santa |Nov 27, 2015

Santa will make his first annual visit to the Reading Public Museum for pictures and last minute wishes on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hamburg Item Community Calendar Dec. 2 |Nov 27, 2015

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Circling the holiday season |Nov 27, 2015

South Schuylkill Garden Club met recently to participate in a workshop on creating a Holiday Wreath with Forget-Me-Not Florists of Pioneer Evergreen Farms in Orwigsburg.

Local 4-H club competes at 2015 PA State Horse Show |Nov 27, 2015

Berks County 4-H Horse Club members participated in the 2015 PA State 4-H Horse Show from Oct. 23 to 25 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex.

‘Holiday Lights of Gring’s Mill’ returns for December |Nov 27, 2015

Come visit Berks County’s favorite park decorated for the holidays between 6 and 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays in December. Walk through the serene country setting with thousands of lights illuminating the park landscaping and historic buildings.

Musical groups to perform all day at Christmas in Kutztown |Nov 27, 2015

This year’s Christmas in Kutztown celebration, on Dec. 5, is slated to include an expanded set of musical offerings. Five musical groups from the Kutztown University Music Department, as well as bands and choirs from the Kutztown Area School District and area musicians will be preforming a wide variety of music including holiday songs throughout the day.

Habitat for Humanity takes ‘field trip’ through Reading |Nov 27, 2015

The school bus, which was boarded by 45 adult passengers last evening to tour the city of Reading, may have inspired fond memories of a grade school field trip, but the passengers were also looking for memories of the town that Reading that used to be, a vibrant and beautiful Pennsylvania city of neighborhoods.

Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad to take over service to Humboldt Industrial Park |Nov 27, 2015

Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad will take over ownership of the rail infrastructure at the Humboldt Industrial Park beginning Jan. 1, 2016 through an agreement with the park’s owner, CAN DO, Inc.

Welcome to my World: Square dancing, barn dancing, hoe downs and more |Nov 27, 2015

When I was a teenager, my friends and I enjoyed country dancing at Hummel’s Snack Bar and Dance Hall (now C.J. Hummel’s Restaurant, Bar and Gathering Place) in Lenhartsville. My friends and I always had to find a ride to get to the dances, but my classmate, Doris (Baver) Schlenker, told me, “I used to go to Hummel’s hoedowns.

Reading Symphony Orchestra to host 2nd annual Holiday Extravaganza |Nov 27, 2015

On Saturday, Dec. 19 the Reading Symphony Orchestra will present its second annual Holiday Extravaganza at the Santander Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m.

A Look Back in History: The French Huguenot connection to recent Paris attacks |Nov 27, 2015

The most recent attack on the people of France has reminded PA Dutch ancestors of their French Huguenot ethnology. Although the PA Dutch people speak in German dialect, my wife and I are actually French Huguenots, but very much considered PA Dutch, whose ancestors arrived in America to escape religious persecution in Europe.

Throwback Thursday: What are they making? |Nov 26, 2015

George M. Meiser IX asked the American Folklife Institute in Kutztown what was being made in this photo from circa 1910s. Photo taken by Winslow Fegely. Email comments to Berks-Mont Newspapers to lmitchell@berksmontnews.

Helping to fill Boyertown area food pantry |Nov 25, 2015

It’s that time of the year again when E.G. Landis Jewelers of Gilbertsville collects food items for the Community Food Pantry located at 200 W. Spring Street Boyertown.

‘Think About Energy’ briefing conducted in Berks County |Nov 25, 2015

America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), UGI Utilities, Inc., UGI Energy Services, LLC, the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Greater Reading Economic Partnership hosted a Think About Energy briefing on Friday, Nov.

Committee approves measure to review utilization of state owned and leased office space |Nov 25, 2015

A resolution authored by Senators David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) received the unanimous support of the Senate State Government Committee, chaired by Senator Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon/Dauphin/York), to evaluate current practices of real estate utilization policies with state owned and leased properties.

Schwank, Argall disappointed in property tax reform setback |Nov 25, 2015

Because of the hard work and groundswell of support from Berks County residents and Pennsylvanians, state Senator Judy Schwank said Nov. 24 she is disappointed with the Senate’s defeat of a bill that would have eliminated the regressive property tax, but she said she will fight on to change how the commonwealth pays for public education.

Ryerss Horse Farm in Warwick Township hosts Holiday Open House Dec. 6 |Nov 25, 2015

Ryerss Farm For Aged Equines on Route 23 in Warwick Township hosts its annual Holiday Open House on Dec. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Hollenbach Construction receives ABC Merit Excellence In Construction Award |Nov 25, 2015

From Hollenbach Construction, Inc.

some things looming Fiber Arts Gallery’s Handmade Holidays recognizes local artists |Nov 25, 2015

The opening reception for the some things looming Fiber Arts Gallery’s Handmade Holidays 6 will celebrate small business by recognizing the many artists offering unique gifts of wood, ceramic and fiber.

Sinking Spring family holds Extreme Christmas Light Show benefits the Animal Rescue League of Berks County |Nov 25, 2015

The Simpson Family is once again holding their Extreme Christmas Light Show to benefit the ARL. Lights can be seen beginning Nov. 27 after 6 p.m. and the show runs most nights until Jan. 1.

Twin Valley stuns Villa Maria Academy 3-1 to win PIAA Class AA title |Nov 25, 2015

How long ago was 1977? It was so long ago, that the 77-year-old bus driver who escorted Twin Valley’s field hockey team to the Nov. 21 PIAA Class AA championship match against Ville Maria Academy at Whitehall High School was a 39-year-old head coach then.