COMMUNITY CONNECTION

Morgantown Hard to the Core Mud Run fundraises for cancer patients |Sep 18, 2014

Moregantown >> The rain was not an issue for runners this past weekend. In fact, it made for a more exciting experience.

Boyertown Historical Society sells calendars, holds paranormal investigations |Sep 18, 2014

The Boyertown Historical Society will begin rolling out their end of the year calendar of events beginning this weekend Sept. 19 and 20 with a paranormal investigation and several Haunted Boyertown ghost tours.

Studio B exhibit “Untitled: Art without Artifice” offers artistic freedom and challenge |Sep 18, 2014

In honoring the freedom inherent in the creative process, an anonymous donor invited artists to submit work that need not fit a particular theme or idea, artists who stretch boundaries in their work “because they can.

Fleetwood Community Theatre Spaghetti & Song features theme The Anatomy in Music |Sep 17, 2014

Fleetwood Community Theatre presents an evening of musical talent and food.

Kutztown University & Reading Area Community College sign reverse transfer agreement |Sep 17, 2014

Kutztown University and Reading Area Community College announced Sept. 15 a reverse transfer agreement that will permit eligible students, who transfer from RACC to KU before earning an associate degree from RACC, the opportunity to transfer KU credits back to RACC to apply towards completion of the RACC associate degree concurrent with their enrollment at KU.

Kutztown Overlay Districts fail to pass; Silk Mill District shelved |Sep 17, 2014

Kutztown >> The motion for Overlay Districts failed to pass Tuesday night, shelving the Silk Mill District land development proposal.

Blazer Foundation receives $2,000 donation for high school TV studio |Sep 16, 2014

The Blazer Foundation’s Executive Director, Stephanie Conlon, recently accepted a $2,000 Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) donation from Kim Hippert-Eversgerd, Commercial Relationship Manager of Susquehanna Bank, to benefit the Daniel Boone School Districts ongoing EITC approved programs.

Traveling Art Show puts Kutztown student art on display: Dancing giraffe, majestic elk, Trashin Fashion art pieces showcased in the community |Sep 16, 2014

Kutztown >> From a dancing giraffe to a “Trashin Fashion” dress made of recycled coffee products, students’ works of art were on full display at the Kutztown School Board meeting Sept.

Grandparents Day Celebration featured classic-car display, food, bake sale, root beer floats and entertainment by Good Intentions |Sep 16, 2014

The Lutheran Home at Topton recently held a Grandparents Day Celebration that included a classic-car display, food, a bake sale, root beer floats, and entertainment by Good Intentions. The goal of the celebration was to recognize the role grandparents play in so many lives.

A Slice of Life: Deep Fried Fare… |Sep 16, 2014

Resistance is simply futile. Despite the fact that the nutritional benefits of anything which is deep-fried is essentially zilch, the scent of funnel cake batter hitting hot oil is oftentimes too great a temptation to resist.

Albright students to hold candlelight vigil for Matt Rein; funeral services set for later this week |Sep 16, 2014

Albright College students will hold a silent candlelight vigil Wednesday night in remembrance of classmate Matt Rein, who died as a result of injuries sustained in a fire last weekend.

Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County to host three part event |Sep 16, 2014

On Saturday, Sept. 27, the Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County will host a three part event. First and foremost, the day will celebrate 50 years of caring for their important collection of early buildings.

Veteran Benefit to be explained at Chestnut Knoll At Home |Sep 16, 2014

Chestnut Knoll At Home, Gilbertsville, invites all veterans and their spouses to a free educational Veterans Benefits Seminar on Thursday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Chestnut Knoll At Home, Gilbertsville, located at 1041 E.

Albright College community remains in mourning after losing student in fire |Sep 16, 2014

The Albright College community remains in mourning after the weekend fire that caused the death of one student and the hospitalization of two others.

With loose change, school raises thousands for soldiers |Sep 16, 2014

On Thursday, Sept. 4, representatives of Amity Elementary Center donated a collection from students and their families to the Keystone Soldiers, a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to supporting those who have served for the country.

Reading Civic Theatre’s ‘Shrek’ captivates young fans |Sep 16, 2014

The best part of Reading Civic Theatre’s production of “Shrek the Musical” was watching all the youngsters in the audience react to the magical characters on stage. Their laughter at Donkey and Shrek’s antics was infectious.

Boone reads bus audio policy |Sep 16, 2014

The Daniel Boone School Board read on Sept. 8 the first draft of a policy to install and operate audio recordings on the district’s school buses.

Environmental Enterprises to pose no hazard |Sep 16, 2014

Representatives of the hazardous waste management company Environmental Enterprises, Inc. said Sept. 10 that its new location in Amity Township would not be a hazard to residents.

Winners announced in BMX, boards and scooters competition |Sep 16, 2014

The autumn gloom failed to put a damper on the 8th Annual eXeter Games, which were initially postponed from Saturday, Sept. 13 due to weather and held instead Sunday, Sept. 14 at Pineland Park. The contestants, some of whom had been on their boards practicing well before the event’s afternoon start, demonstrated no shortage of enthusiasm for their craft, whether their interest included scootering, biking or skateboarding.

Reading Symphony doubles up on opening night guest artists |Sep 16, 2014

On Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. the Reading Symphony Orchestra kicks off the 102nd Season at the Santander Performing Arts Center. The RSO will be featuring two world renowned soloists, Timothy Lees, violin and Ilya Finkelshteyn, cello.

Up to Speed with David Barr: Keselowski starts Chase strong |Sep 16, 2014

Hello readers, Brad Keselowski dominated last week at Richmond to prove that he would be someone to watch in the Chase. In case anyone still doubted Keselowski as a serious title contender, Keselowski silenced his critics on Sunday.

Walbert Funeral Home opens in Fleetwood: Sept. 21 Open house features tours, Veterans Dedication & Ribbon Cutting |Sep 16, 2014

Fleetwood >> Walbert Funeral Home unveils to the community its recently constructed funeral home at an Open House Sept. 21.

Art of the Harvest dinner combines food, wine and paintings: Virginville Hotel chef pairs food with Bernville wine; Kempton artists Jonathan Bond demos his art |Sep 16, 2014

Virginville >> The Art of the Harvest Dinner combines the art of food, wine and paintings at Virginville Hotel Sept. 20.

Oley Fair returns for 68th Year; Lego contest, pumpkin weigh-off among new events |Sep 16, 2014

The 68th Annual Oley Valley Community Fair is right around the corner, and a team of administrators has worked diligently alongside volunteers to offer events, contests and entertainment for this popular event.

Eagle Scout project fills in the cracks |Sep 16, 2014

Richard Wike, a junior at Exeter Senior High School and member of Troop 333, put some work towards his Eagle Scout project recently with the American Legion Post 626 Birdsboro.

Strausstown community does not let rain stop Fall Festival. |Sep 15, 2014

The gloomy skies and often times steady, heavy rain may have washed out quite a few events on Saturday, Sept. 13, but not the third annual Strausstown Community Fall Festival at Strausstown Lions Club Park.

Hamburg graduate featured speaker at Mercersburg Academy’s Opening Convocation |Sep 15, 2014

Matthew Caretti, who is entering his 13th year on the faculty at Mercersburg Academy, was the featured speaker at the school’s 2014–2015 Opening Convocation Sept. 7. Caretti grew up in Shoemakersville and graduated from Hamburg Area High School.

Earnshaws of Morgantown: Couple sees one street Morgantown expand to a multi-street village |Sep 15, 2014

Betty M. Ranck was born in Honey Brook April 13, 1926 to Fred W. Rank, Sr. (1888-1965) and Mary C. Richard (1892 - 1984).

Andulhea Heritage Chorus takes music lovers down ‘The River’ |Sep 15, 2014

Music and river lovers filled the pews at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hamburg for the sixth annual Andulhea Heritage Chorus concert on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 14. This year’s concert celebrated Pennsylvania’s 2014 River of the Year, the Schuylkill River.

Strausstown women go back in time at meeting |Sep 15, 2014

At their first meeting of the club year, the members of the Woman’s Club of Strausstown took a virtual tour through their town, past and present.

Reel experiences with Robert Humanick: Hear him roar: ‘Godzilla’ ‘14 raises the bar on Hollywood monsters |Sep 15, 2014

The heck with beating around the bush: “Godzilla” was the best mainstream American release of the summer, with little serious competition. Those who complained that it didn’t have enough monster action weren’t by and large simply exhibiting impatience with the rare “popcorn” movie that actually cares about more than just giant things crashing into each other – they were clearly also not familiar with the dozens of Godzilla movies made in the last 60 years, many of which focus more on the humans than the monsters and some which barely include the big fella at all.

Golden Age Air Museum hosts Barnstormers Day and open house |Sep 15, 2014

Old engines could be heard as airplanes from the golden age of aviation soared through the beautiful Berks County sky on Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Golden Age Air Museum in Bethel for the Barnstormer Day as well as open house.

Boyertown community raises flag, remembers Sept. 11 |Sep 15, 2014

On Thursday, Sept. 11, Walnut Woods of Boyertown held a flag raising ceremony to reflect on the events and those lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Area officials and emergency responders reflected alongside residents of Walnut Woods.

Virginville Grangers are all aboard at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum |Sep 15, 2014

There was something for every Virginville Grange member of any age to enjoy at this delightful event. Virginville Grange meets on the first and third Wednesday night of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginville Grange Hall, Route 143, Virginville.

Hamburg Rotary honors first responders, hears from author at meeting |Sep 15, 2014

Jean Yukkonis was the program chairperson, Hev Saing was the speaker and author of a book, “Cash In On Your Differences.” He is also a Rotarian of North Philadelphia. He holds a masters degree in Project Management from Boston University and an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Royal University pf Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Art show celebrating the Schuylkill River Region opens |Sep 15, 2014

The 11th Annual Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Art Show will open to the public on Sept. 16 featuring 82 original works that celebrate the Schuylkill River region through art.

Hamburg Borough Police reports |Sep 15, 2014

Man cited for Harassment: The Hamburg Borough Police report that Robert Lee Ruppert, 57, from Hamburg, was cited for Harassment. This stems from an incident that occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at approx.

Small Beginnings: Some insight and history on the concept of vacations |Sep 15, 2014

Did you know that according to a recent survey, forty-seven percent of Americans took at least one vacation in the past twelve months? That is nearly half the country and quite an intriguing statistic.

Application period open for volunteer fire, EMS grants |Sep 15, 2014

Local volunteer fire departments and emergency medical services organizations can apply now for grants through the Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, according to Senator David G.

Huff’s hosts informal worship services, Manna |Sep 15, 2014

Huff’s Union Church, Hereford Township, has begun an informal worship service on the third Sunday of each month called Manna.

Berks Gas Truth marches for clean, renewable energy: ‘March is opportunity to make shale gas part of climate discussion’ |Sep 15, 2014

Kutztown >> Berks Gas Truth has already filled two buses and is close to filling a third set to head to the People’s Climate March taking place in New York City on Sept. 21.

Kutztown University professor publishes innovative novel |Sep 15, 2014

Kutztown University Professor Dr. Keith Massie published “Amber in the Moment,” an avant-garde novel which adapts illustrations from Kurt Vonnegut’s “Breakfast of Champions.

Kutztown University professor studies ancient footprints: Romanian cave offers glimpse into early life in Europe |Sep 15, 2014

Kutztown University professor Dr. David Webb has been analyzing ancient footprints from the Ciur-Izbuc Cave in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania.

PennDOT, State Police participate in National Child Passenger Safety Week |Sep 15, 2014

State Police and PennDOT are encouraging motorists to participate in free child passenger safety seat checkups throughout Pennsylvania as the agencies mark National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept.

Mascaro wins contract valued at $1.1 million to serve Hamburg |Sep 15, 2014

Local solid waste and recycling company, J.P. Mascaro & Sons has been awarded a new three year contract to serve Hamburg Borough, Berks County. The contract started Sept. 2 and covers removal of waste and recyclables for all residents at a cost of $1.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Sep 15, 2014

25 Years Ago Sept. 20, 1989 >> At the regular monthly meeting of the Union Fire Company, Hamburg, the new equipment committee was given approval to proceed with the purchase of a fire apparatus.

Hamburg area calendar of events |Sep 15, 2014

Recurring Centerport Lions Club: Jamming Sessions will be held every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Music starts at 5:30 p.m. All musicians welcome.

Tri County Record Calendar |Sep 15, 2014

Ongoing & Upcoming Events Shepherd’s Kitchen at Honey Brook Presbyterian Church FREE meal: Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 4331 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook. 610-273-2848 or email pastor@honeybrookpres.

Ask Esther: Rent being raised; What do I do? |Sep 15, 2014

“Dear Esther, I graduated from college a few years ago and have a job I love. I’ve been renting a townhome and need to renew my lease. In so doing, I was told my rent is going to go up $100 per month.

Welcome to my world: Mom and the peacocks |Sep 15, 2014

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