COMMUNITY CONNECTION

Patriotic Hamburg legion roof depicts American flag |Jun 25, 2016

The Hamburg American Legion Post 527 shows their patriotism by creating a large American flag with roof shingles.

Tax increase approved |Jun 25, 2016

Hamburg Area school directors gave final approval for the 2016-17 budget, which includes a .25 mill tax increase, on June 20.

Check out Internet hotspot device from Bernville Library |Jun 25, 2016

Berks County library patrons can now check out an Internet hotspot device for a monthly charge from the Bernville Area Community Library, which is the only library in Berks County to offer this service.

A Look Back in History: To the port of Philadelphia by way of six-horse Conestoga wagon teams |Jun 24, 2016

Historians record that there were literally a thousand Conestoga wagons from upstate Pennsylvania on their way to sell their valuable harvest to ship captains for hard cash. On almost any road leading to Philadelphia were these Red, White and Blue Conestoga wagons with beautiful homespun white covers protecting their yearly harvest and pulled by six-horse teams of Conestoga horses embellished with Conestoga bells that announced their presence on the highway.

Welcome to my World: The art of auctioneering |Jun 24, 2016

One of the things I enjoyed as a youngster, in the 40s and early 50s, was attending auctions, at a local home or farm sale, with Mom and Pop. Mostly, I was mesmerized by the actions of the auctioneer himself, Luther Welder.

WTIM: Music Around Town |Jun 24, 2016

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

Movie Review: ‘Warcraft’ |Jun 24, 2016

Regardless of how good the video games are, almost always, the movie adaptations tend not to work out so well. However, “Warcraft” does everything that fans of the game have come to love and expect; there’s action, magic, Orcs and all sorts of other fantasy that made the game such a draw in the first place.

Reading & Northern Railroad promotes 3 to Vice President positions |Jun 24, 2016

Reading & Northern Railroad has announced the promotion of three veteran employees to Vice President level positions at the company.

Lift up a child’s voice, become a CASA volunteer |Jun 24, 2016

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Berks County invites you to attend their upcoming informational sessions to learn how CASA makes a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children.

Hamburg Item Calendar June 29 |Jun 24, 2016

Submit to Calendar: E-mail event listings to ldillon@berksmontnews.com. Note Item Calendar in e-mail subject.

ReadingFilm and GRACT seek program manager |Jun 24, 2016

The ReadingFilm office and the Greater Reading Alliance of Community Theatres are excited to announce a partnership that will create a temporary part time staff position to provide administrative support to the ReadingFilm Office, ReadingFilmFEST and Greater Reading Alliance of Community Theatres.

First school district in PA pilots free summer meals |Jun 24, 2016

For the hundreds of thousands of children in America who rely on free school meals throughout the school year, the FREE summer meals program provides much needed support. American Dairy Association North East, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Reading School District, ReDesign Reading Community Development Corporation, Reading Housing Authority, Berks Community Health Center, Penn State Extension, Reading Health System, Reading Mayor Wally Scott, Reading High Red Knights Basketball Team and others have teamed up to bring awareness to the availability of FREE summer meals for children 18 years and under in the Reading Housing Authority’s Oakbrook neighborhood with the Berks Community Health Center, 1040 Liggett Avenue, Reading.

Hawk Mountain receives grant from PPL Foundation for public programming |Jun 24, 2016

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 grant from the PPL Foundation.

Northeast Berks Chamber announces 2016 Shining Star Awards |Jun 24, 2016

For a third year, the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce, Kutztown, announces the Shining Star Awards to be held at the Berkleigh Golf Club, 14623 Kutztown Road, Kutztown, on Thursday, Sept. 29. Last year, Berks Encore, a nonprofit represented by LuAnn Oatman, President and CEO, received the ultimate recognition - Member of the Year.

Tompkins VIST Bank donates $1,000 to Schuylkill Valley Community Library |Jun 24, 2016

As part of Tompkins VIST Bank’s celebration of 107 years serving the Leesport community, the bank donated $1,000 to the Schuylkill Valley Community Library.

State Police: Children’s slide at Centerport playground vandalized |Jun 24, 2016

State Police at Hamburg are currently investigating an incident of criminal mischief that occurred in the Centerport Borough on June 13 between 8 and 11 p.m.

Local teacher awarded Buchwald Summer Fellowship |Jun 24, 2016

Katrin Jungé, a teacher at Kempton New Church School, has been awarded a prestigious Buchwald Summer Fellowship by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ohio. The center is a highly regarded nonprofit provider of educational programs for U.

William & Nancy Beissel celebrate 50 years of marriage |Jun 24, 2016

William H. Beissel, Jr. and Nancy E. Beissel, of Mohrsville, celebrated 50 years of marriage on June 11.

PDC recognizes Our Town Foundation as statewide accredited program |Jun 24, 2016

Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) is honored to recognize six Pennsylvania downtown neighborhoods, including Hamburg’s Our Town Foundation, as statewide accredited programs.

Teens perform Duck for President at libraries in Berks this summer |Jun 24, 2016

Dressed in animal costumes, The Yocum Institute for Arts Education Teen Ensemble presented Duck for President at The Hamburg Strand on June 22. They are touring libraries in the Berks County area this summer.

Ontelaunee Vocational School Class of 1941 meets for annual reunion |Jun 24, 2016

Remembering graduation day for the young at heart and laughs were recently shared on May 27 among lifelong friends of the Class of 1941, from the Ontelaunee Vocational School, Leesport.

Spring 2016 student recognitions |Jun 24, 2016

Spring 2016 Graduates Loyola University Maryland

Berks Encore’s Annual Summer Picnic set for July 28 |Jun 23, 2016

Berks Encore’s Annual Summer Picnic will take place on Thursday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Highlands at Wyomissing, 2000 Cambridge Avenue, Wyomissing. This picnic is open to anyone over the age of 50; tickets can be purchased at any Berks Encore location.

The Heritage of Green Hills displays resident artwork |Jun 23, 2016

The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy life plan community in Shillington, recently exhibited paintings and photos of resident Paul Laincz. The exhibition included more than 50 of Laincz’s works.

Boyertown church garden promotes community effort |Jun 23, 2016

A community garden launched back in 2014 continues to thrive, with plans to donate a majority of food to local food banks.

Hamburg Middle School: 4th Quarter Honor Roll |Jun 23, 2016

Grade 6 Distinguished Honor Roll

Belleman’s serves flood victims in South Carolina |Jun 23, 2016

Recently, eight individuals from Salem Belleman’s Church, in Mohrsville, took a mission trip to Andrews, South Carolina to serve flood victims by rebuilding their homes.

Fox Music Den hosts recitals |Jun 22, 2016

On June 4, at Conestoga Mennonite Church, Fox Music Den’s music lessons studio held two recitals, with about 15 students participating in each.

Tri County Community Calendar June 28 |Jun 22, 2016

Event Submissions: send to ldillon@berksmontnews.com week prior to publication. Note Tri County Record calendar in e-mail subject.

Re-Creation to perform at Grace and Truth Fellowship |Jun 22, 2016

Re-Creation provides entertainment programming for Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in the United States. They are a group of dynamic young people who present both religious and family-oriented music, and they will be at Grace and Truth Fellowship on Sunday, July 3, at 10:30 a.

The Horst Brothers to perform at Music in the Grove |Jun 22, 2016

St. John Center Lutheran Church will continue their Music in the Grove program on Sunday, July 3 at 6 p.m. with The Horst Brothers. The Horst Brothers have been with us before and always have a crowd pleasing program.

Chester County earns Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 25 consecutive years |Jun 22, 2016

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada has named Chester County as a recipient of its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the fiscal year beginning 2015, marking a milestone 25 consecutive years that the County has earned this accolade.

BOOK BEAT - IMPACT: The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton |Jun 22, 2016

The Excellent Lombards, by Jane Hamilton, is the 16th book I have reviewed for “Book Beat – Impact” and it is the hardest one to write about because I wasn’t particularly impressed with it.

Tri-County 50 & Over Senior Modified Men’s Softball League Scores |Jun 22, 2016

June 20 Scores Road Scholar Transport 15, Carlson’s Auto Body 4

CVC hosts 6th Annual Madeline Degville Memorial Golf Tournament |Jun 22, 2016

Calling all golfers! Registration is now underway for the Fifth Annual Madeline Degville Memorial Golf Tournament to be held Monday, July 18 at the Broad Run Golfers Club, located at 1520 Tattersall Way in West Chester.

2nd annual Morgantown Carnival unites community |Jun 22, 2016

The 2nd Annual Morgantown Carnival brought back nostalgia of the Old Fireman’s Carnival from years past, uniting the community and offering five days of fun.

Rhythm in Motion Dance Company, Kutztown, dances on Royal Caribbean cruise ship |Jun 21, 2016

Rhythm in Motion Dance Company, Kutztown, took their dance shoes on the high seas.

New signs direct readers to Kutztown Community Library |Jun 21, 2016

A new sign on Constitution Blvd. directs readers along a walking path to Kutztown Community Library on Bieber Alley. Another new sign greets them at the entrance to the building.

New garden takes root at Barth Elementary in Pottstown |Jun 21, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Barth Elementary students got down and dirty when they planted tomatoes in a new community garden.

VIDEO: MCCC graduates over 1,000 in GED program in a decade |Jun 21, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> For many, a high school diploma means the end of four years of hard work and the first step toward a bright future. Yet for those receiving a GED diploma, it means the first step toward a fresh start in life.

Cluster wins variances from to convert former Pottstown mansion to offices, classrooms |Jun 21, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> With two unanimous votes, the borough zoning hearing board approved both variances that will allow the Cluster of Religious Communities to use a former mansion on North Franklin Street as offices and classrooms.

Pottstown Soap Box Derby racers return to Wilson Street |Jun 21, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Drivers took to the streets Saturday as the annual Pottstown Soap Box Derby took over Wilson Street once again.

Pottstown K9 injured while apprehending fugitive |Jun 21, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> A K9 officer was injured Friday while apprehending a wanted man who allegedly eluded police late last month.

VIDEO: Winners announced for Pottstown’s first In Focus film festival |Jun 21, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Between 75 and 100 people attended the final gala celebration of the first-ever Pottstown In-Focus film festival Friday at Steel River Playhouse.

Lower Pottsgrove zoning chief files missing finance forms |Jun 21, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> A Right to Know request has revealed that Zoning Hearing Board Chairman Keith Diener’s financial disclosure forms for the past two years are in fact on file with the township — but they only just arrived.

PHOTOS: 100 children take home free bicycle at Pottstown PAL rodeo |Jun 21, 2016

Free, free and free was the theme of the day during the Pottstown Police Athletic League (PAL) bike rodeo Saturday at Lincoln Elementary School.

Shouting match erupts in Pottsgrove over math curriculum debate |Jun 21, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> Dissatisfaction by some Pottsgrove School Board members over the speed with which the administration is working to improve student math performance boiled over into shouting and angry accusations Tuesday night.

Stephanie Grace to perform at Ridgewood Winery June 25 |Jun 21, 2016

Local singer-songwriter Stephanie M. Grace will be performing at Ridgewood Winery this Saturday, June 25.

Kutztown illustrator’s ‘The Real Poop on Pigeons’ book recommended reading by New York Public Library |Jun 21, 2016

Kutztown illustrator Kevin McCloskey’s new children’s book “The Real Poop on Pigeons,” has been named as recommended reading by the New York Public Library.

Girl Scouts paint mural at New Hanover Recreation Center |Jun 21, 2016

Members of Troop 1380 spent several hours last week working on a garden-themed mural at the New Hanover Recreation Center.