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Summer fun curbs summer slide at Schuylkill Valley Teachers In The Parks |Jul 21, 2017

Summertime, and the learning is easy for students enrolled in Schuylkill Valley Elementary School’s “Teachers In The Parks” program.

Fresh Air summers in Berks: for fourth time Blandon family welcomes NYC girl, 10, to country |Jul 21, 2017

Berks County natives may take for granted the rolling hills dotted with cattle or wide blue skies rimmed with the Blue Mountains. But the sights and sounds we experience each summer are a welcome change for children visiting from New York City.

PASSHE consultant provides final report |Jul 21, 2017

The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) July 21 delivered its final report on the strategic review of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education—a report commissioned by Chancellor Frank T.

A surprise return home for Army dad |Jul 21, 2017

Army Staff Sgt. Kyle Woods returned home from deployment and decided to surprise his two young children at The Goddard School in Gilbertsville on Thursday.

Hamburg Item Community Calendar July 27 |Jul 20, 2017

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

Two Allstate agency owners earn $2,000 in grants for Tulpehocken Baseball Club |Jul 20, 2017

Two Allstate agency owners Michael Greene, West Lawn, and Toni Van Horn, Bernville, recently came together to secure $2,000 from The Allstate Foundation Helping Hands in the Community grant program.

OPINION: Pipeline editorial raises valid concerns |Jul 20, 2017

You correctly noted many of the valid concerns of residents along the proposed route of the Mariner East II pipeline in your recent editorial. In particular, you mentioned a school that is a “stone’s throw” away from the pipeline.

WELCOME TO MY WORLD: Autograph books, then and now |Jul 20, 2017

If you were a teenager in the ’50s, you probably had an autograph book. It was a 4-by-6-inch leather booklet, the cover reading “Autographs” printed in gold, with blank pages inside.

Hamburg Wendy’s hosts Grand Opening |Jul 20, 2017

Wendy’s held the Grand Opening for its new restaurant at 15 Dave’s Way, Hamburg on July 15.

Boyertown Community Library and Frecon Farms host outdoor storytime program |Jul 20, 2017

The warm weather has brought two groups together, kicking off a program for kids which brings reading out of the library and into the great outdoors.

Turn back the hands of time at ‘Step Back in Time Day’ July 30 |Jul 20, 2017

Everything from old-time sports to vintage music will have you travelling back in time at the annual Step Back in Time Day set for Sunday, July 30, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Located at the Berks County Heritage Center, this special event offers educational fun for everyone.

Tri Valley YMCA hosts 70th Anniversary Celebration, YMCA Advocacy Day |Jul 20, 2017

The Tri Valley Branch of the YMCA of Reading & Berks County, located at 607 Crisscross Road in Fleetwood, will host its 70th Anniversary Celebration, along with YMCA Advocacy Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.

Tilden Township Police investigate fatal July 8 crash |Jul 20, 2017

Tilden Township Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred sometime overnight and was discovered by a passerby at about 7:14 a.m. on July 8.

Servant Stage Youth Theater presents Bye Bye Birdie at Garden Spot Village |Jul 20, 2017

Servant Stage Youth Theater will present Bye Bye Birdie at Garden Spot Village on Tuesday, July 25 at 2 p.m.

Welcome to my world: Traveling with Harry |Jul 20, 2017

My husband, Harry, and I have been traveling for 34 years. It’s one of our favorite activities. We’ve visited all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, and all 48 states on the continent. I did travel to Hawaii with my sisters, but I don’t count that as Harry was not along.

A LOOK BACK IN HISTORY: Cider presses in our Dutch Country |Jul 20, 2017

There were two basic types of cider presses in this apple pressing industry. The first was the two-screw press, which is built much like an old-fashioned book press. In this method, a wooden beam (about 12 feet long), threaded at both ends, is lowered vertically by two 8-foot-high wooden screws.

Heatherwood Retirement hosts dance to benefit Honey Brook Food Pantry |Jul 20, 2017

Heatherwood Retirement Community in Honey Brook invites the community to “A Night to Remember,” on Saturday, Aug. 19, to raise funds for the Honey Brook Food Pantry.

The Fabulous Greaseband takes stage at Kutztown Park |Jul 20, 2017

This Saturday evening, July 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Borough of Kutztown’s 2017 Concert Series in the Park continues with the performance of The Fabulous Greaseband.

REFLECTIONS: We aren’t shaken by killer quakes in Berks, but are we rattled by cellphones? |Jul 20, 2017

If we all lived forever, do you realize how difficult it would be to get a decent tee time or dinner reservations at a reasonable hour?

Rick Kauffman, Bern Twp., named to Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission |Jul 19, 2017

On Monday, July 17, the Pennsylvania Senate approved Rick Kauffman’s appointment by Gov. Tom Wolf to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Kauffman, Bern Township, was nominated by Sen. Judy Schwank.

Hamburg Board hires Christopher Beissel as HS assistant principal |Jul 19, 2017

On July 17, Hamburg Area School Directors hired an assistant principal for the high school and put the wheels in motion to create a policy dealing with nepotism.

PASSHE Chancellor Frank Brogan announces retirement |Jul 19, 2017

Chancellor Frank T. Brogan announced he will retire Sept. 1 from Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The Board of Governors will name interim leadership pending a national search for Brogan’s successor.

Cedar Grove Presbyterian hosts Peach Fest Aug. 19 |Jul 19, 2017

On Aug. 19, the 18th Annual Peach Fest and Family Fun Day will be held at Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church from 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Patriot Games held on Honey Brook Bocce Courts |Jul 19, 2017

Honey Brook Borough held its July Bocce Tournament on July 15.

Pottstown man faces jail for illegal gun possession |Jul 18, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A Pottstown man faces about five years of court supervision for illegally possessing a gun in the borough, a gun that was discovered when he had an alleged scuffle with police.

‘Handcrafted America’ to feature Pikeville artisan in upcoming season |Jul 17, 2017

Artisan Wendy Stevens of Pikeville is a sheet metal fabricator. Her specialty is handbags — metal handbags. She will be featured in the upcoming season of the television series “Handcrafted America” premiering on Aug.

Pottstown man sentenced for bomb threat at college campus |Jul 17, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A former Pottstown man wants to continue his education but he likely won’t be invited back to the Montgomery County Community College campus in the borough where he scribbled a bomb threat on a note he left in a restroom.

German film crew features 2017 Kutztown Folk Festival in documentary |Jul 17, 2017

A German film crew filmed PA Dutch culture during the 2017 Kutztown Folk Festival for their documentary “Palatine German Dialect in the USA.”

Schuylkill Valley teacher accused of indecent contact with female student |Jul 17, 2017

A Schuylkill Valley High School teacher, Daniel Luke Hornberger, 54, Reading, has been accused of inappropriate communications and indecent contact with one of his female students, age 17. Charges include institutional sexual assault and corruption of minors.

PASSHE Board approves $127-per-semester tuition increase |Jul 17, 2017

The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education on July 13 approved a 3.5 percent increase in tuition for the 2017-18 academic year.

Reading & Northern Railroad hosts first Fall Foliage Trips to Jim Thorpe |Jul 17, 2017

For the first time, Reading & Northern Railroad, of Port Clinton, will host Fall Foliage trains starting in the Reading area.

Fleetwood Boy, 13, rides bike through stop sign, strikes van |Jul 17, 2017

A 13-year-old Fleetwood boy riding a bicycle failed to stop at a stop sign and drove into the side of a van at 7:45 p.m. on July 13. The boy was taken to the hospital for injuries.

Photos: Boyertown Cruise Night sees 10th year |Jul 17, 2017

All makes and models of cars, trucks, and motorcycles could be seen at Building a Better Boyertown’s 10th Annual Cruise Night.

Oley Turnpike Dairy reports stolen parrots |Jul 17, 2017

Darlene Moser, owner of the Oley Turnpike Dairy, says several exotic birds were taken overnight Sunday from the dairy’s petting zoo.

Cruise of classic and show-worthy cars showcased at Kutztown Kruizz |Jul 17, 2017

Thunder from days gone by will liven up Main Street in Kutztown on July 29 for the 3rd annual Kutztown Kruizz.

Krick family of Lenhartsville named 2017 Berks County Outstanding Farm Family |Jul 14, 2017

Lenhartsville dairy farmers Sherrie and Lynn Krick and their daughters Megan, 17, and Morgan, 19, have been named the 2017 Berks County Outstanding Farm Family.

Performer promotes ‘Building a Better World’ with Hamburg library performance |Jul 14, 2017

Brian Richards, a New Jersey performer bragging 24 years in the business, entertained his young crowd with his “Build a Better World” performance on July 12 at the Hamburg Public Library.

Gilbertsville Cub Scout wins back-to-back World Pinewood Derby Championships |Jul 13, 2017

For the second year in a row, Cub Scout JJ Habres of Gilbertsville has won the Pinewood Derby World Championships.

Berks County Recreation Dept. announces ‘Animals of the Night’ program |Jul 13, 2017

Campfires aren’t just for roasting marshmallows — join the Environmental Education staff as they gather around a warm evening fire to learn about the creatures living it up when the sun goes down.

Shillington Lions Club donates handicap chair lift to community pool |Jul 13, 2017

With summer in full swing, the community’s first handicap accessible chair lift has been installed in the Shillington Swimming Pool

A Look Back in History: Farm women turned out plenty of fresh bread and pies in outdoor bake ovens |Jul 12, 2017

The quaint bake oven as it is found in the Pennsylvania Dutch region was an outstanding invention for its time, far superior to any found elsewhere in America. As European families transferred their white man’s culture to the virgin forests of Pennsylvania introducing their frontier farmsteads to the area, there was no other invention, expect perhaps the large frontier fireplaces, that intrigued the native Indians more than these outdoor bake-ovens.

Welcome to my world: Listening to the silence |Jul 12, 2017

I happened to come across a title for this story through a leaflet that came in the mail. In my case, I’ve learned to listen to inward silence through the practice of meditation. Yet, looking back on my life, I realized silence also spoke to me, in a seemingly different way, especially in nature.

Fleetwood Community Theatre’s presents “Oliver!” July 20-22 |Jul 11, 2017

Fleetwood Community Theatre’s summer production of “Oliver!” celebrates FCT’s 30th season and happens one weekend only, July 20-22, on the Fleetwood High School Stage.

Keim Homestead National Historic Landmark dedication celebration set for July 15 |Jul 11, 2017

PIKE TOWNSHIP >> The Jacob Keim Homestead was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service in January and the Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County is hosting an open house and dedication celebration Saturday, July 15, from 10 a.

Berks Celtic Festival set for July 15 |Jul 11, 2017

We’ve Changed Our Name: We’re more than just oysters.

Photos: 13th Annual Deutsche Classic at Oley Fairgrounds |Jul 11, 2017

The July sun shined brightly on the 13th Annual Deutsche Classic German Automotive Event held on Saturday, July 8th. Aficionados of German cars, trucks and motorcycles converged to the Oley Fairgrounds for the Mid-Atlantic region’s premier German automotive event.

Building a Better Boyertown Cruise Night set for July 15 |Jul 10, 2017

Building a Better Boyertown will be hosting their Annual Cruise Night in Boyertown on Saturday, July 15, from 4-9 p.m. This year’s theme is “Main Street USA.

Pottstown man faces prison on gun charge |Jul 10, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A Pottstown man is on his way to state prison after he admitted to illegally possessing a handgun in the borough.

Mystery Tour with Chestnut Knoll At Home on July 19 |Jul 8, 2017

Seniors, join Chestnut Knoll At Home for the perfect summer adventure! Chestnut Knoll At Home, Gilbertsville, invites the public to take a chauffeured Mystery Tour on Wednesday, July 19, from 10 a.m.

‘Get Out & Explore’ parks contest underway |Jul 8, 2017

Two local health organizations are asking (and challenging) residents (and their pets) to “Get Out & Explore” at 12 local parks between July 1 and 31.