From Arthur’s Policy Desk: The Moynihan Report, 50 Years of Policy Debate |Mar 6, 2015

This month is the 50th Anniversary of The Negro Family: The Case for National Action, otherwise known as the Moynihan Report. This report, then and now, is a controversial policy paper on the status of the black family and the impact of that status on the American society as a whole.

A Look Back in History: Colonial Trade with the Port of Philadelphia |Mar 6, 2015

Before the 1862 Oley Valley Turnpike was opened from Pikeville to Black Bear Tavern, facilitating later trade with the town of Reading, many Colonial styled Conestoga wagons, like the surviving 1803 Sternbergh wagon, hauled wheat grain to the Port of Philadelphia from the Oley Valley during harvest grain rushes.

Area state legislators offer mixed response to Wolf budget address |Mar 6, 2015

Harrisburg >> About the only thing most area lawmakers liked about Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed $29.9 billion budget was his willingness to address property taxes.

Area schools districts, community colleges announce closures Friday due to road conditions |Mar 6, 2015

The following school districts will be opening on a two hour delay or closed due to inclement weather conditions:

Twin Valley’s Ament, Schlegels capture district AA championships |Mar 6, 2015

Twin Valley High School’s girls swimmers, coached by Brian Emerich, enjoyed a huge showing in Class AA during the District 3 M & T Bank Championships at Cumberland Valley High School Feb.

Governor Tom Wolf visits Hamburg during ‘Schools that Teach Tour’ |Mar 6, 2015

One day after his first proposed budget, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf continued his “Schools that Teach Tour” by visiting Hamburg Area High School to tour the school’s STEM program and to speak about how the reduction of property tax is an investment in Pennsylvania schools on Wednesday, March 4.

Fleetwood Brownie Troop celebrates World Thinking Day, learn about Mexico |Mar 6, 2015

Girl Scout World Thinking Day is a day when Girl Scout celebrate Girl Scouting and learn about Girl Scouts in other countries around the world. Fleetwood Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1793 celebrated World Thinking Day by choosing a country and learning about it, they chose Mexico!

Governor Mifflin Food Show offers students chance to give feedback |Mar 6, 2015

Governor Mifflin School District held their fifth annual Food Show on Monday, March 2, at the Intermediate School in Shillington.

Amity Supervisors approve borrowing $1.25 million |Mar 6, 2015

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved on March 4 to proceed with a $1.25 million general obligation note for sewer construction and repairs.

A Winter Wonderland |Mar 6, 2015

Snow covered the region in 4 to 6 inches of snow on March 5. The following day, the sun shone brightly.

Kutztown University Acting President Dr. Carolos Vargas-Aburto leaving KU, named president at Southeast Missouri State University |Mar 6, 2015

Kutztown University Acting President Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto will be leaving KU. He has been named the 18th president of Southeast Missouri State University.

New director at Village Library in Morgantown seeks to add new programs, possibly adding Basic Computer Classes and Intro to Spanish |Mar 5, 2015

There is much going on at Village Library, as evidenced by the full parking lot on a recent Wednesday afternoon.

Winter Wonderland |Mar 5, 2015

Twin Valley High School senior Gwen Bauer, former fall intern at Tri County Record, shared photos from her snow day on March 5.

Spring break on the horizon, students ready to … volunteer |Mar 5, 2015

With another long, cold winter refusing to release its icy grip, college students across Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education are ready for spring break and a week away from classes.

Leon Kirkhoff Reading Fair Holds Celebrity Auction & Dinner |Mar 5, 2015

The Leon Kirkhoff Reading Fair Scholarship Program is in honor and memory of Leon Kirkhoff who was a dedicated Reading Fair board member for many years. His involvement and guidance has assisted in making the Reading Fair what it is today.

Reader-submitted photos; Winter weather brings frustrations, closings |Mar 5, 2015

The snow has been causing some frustrations for travelers this morning as roads are messy, schools and government buildings are closed and public transportation is delayed.

Snow Monster |Mar 5, 2015

What do you do with all the snow from the driveway in Morgantown :) You could complain or you could build a monster sized creature like these two.

Tractor trailer truck jack knifed on 78 in Greenwich Township 11 a.m. March 5 |Mar 5, 2015

A tractor trailer truck lost control on the snow covered highway in Greenwich Township March 5, and jack knifed, with a portion of the truck hanging off the roadway over an embankment.

Schuylkill Scrub: Anti-litter campaign to span entire spring |Mar 4, 2015

The Schuylkill Action Network is working to rid the Schuylkill River of litter by hosting the Schuylkill Scrub from March 1 to May 31 across Southeast Pennsylvania. Those who add their spring cleanups to this anti-litter campaign can win gift certificates for kayaking, tubing, and more along the Schuylkill River.

Statewide roadside cleanup planned, volunteers needed |Mar 4, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, which begins March 1 and runs through May 31.

New Daniel Boone High School principal meets with community |Mar 4, 2015

Preston N. McKnight, new principal at the Daniel Boone High School, believes and spoke of a positive and successful school future at four energy-filled “meet and greet” sessions on Wednesday, Feb.

Boyertown Area YMCA Annual Dutch Charity Auction set for March 14 |Mar 4, 2015

The Boyertown Area YMCA Annual Dutch Charity Auction will be held Saturday, March 14, at the Sunnybrook Ballroom, with proceeds to benefit the YMCA Financial Assistance Program. Doors will open at 5 p.

Celebrating the Emerald Isle with ‘The Songs of Ireland’ Concert |Mar 4, 2015

A week after presenting classic French farce, the Historic State Theatre of Boyertown continues a stage tour of Europe with the “Songs of Ireland” concert on March 7.

New Hanover Moms Club recognizes Rare Disease Day, seeks to raise awareness |Mar 4, 2015

Moms and children of New Hanover Township came together on Feb. 28 as part of the ‘Day-by-day, Hand-in-hand’ campaign organized as part of Rare Disease Day.

Cirque D’Or performs at Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading on March 22 |Mar 4, 2015

With their artistic interpretations of the world’s greatest acrobatic skills, Cirque du Soleil changed the landscape of Cirque style productions. With sold out shows worldwide, Cirque du Soleil soon became the world leader in this style of presentation.

Second Annual Golden Apple Gala to benefit Pottstown Area Seniors’ Center |Mar 4, 2015

Slated for March 14, the second annual Golden Apple Gala is less than two weeks away. This exciting event raises money for the Pottstown Area Seniors’ Center’s capital campaign as they work to renovate the former Pottstown Health Club into a modern senior center.

Boyertown team to compete in Preston & Steve’s Cardboard Classic this Friday |Mar 3, 2015

While some are steering away from the cold, some are choosing to steer into it head-on.

Hopewell Furnace presents The Legacy of William Penn March 8 |Mar 3, 2015

What does William Penn have to do with Berks, Chester and Montgomery Counties? Plenty! On Sunday, March 8, historian and preservationist Barbara Cohen will discuss the Legacy of William Penn. The free program will begin at 2 p.

Wockets, silly rhymes and Dr. Seuss: Fleetwood High School FBLA and Andrew Maier Elementary “Read Across America” with Dr. Seuss |Mar 3, 2015

Elementary students created their own wockets, wrote their own silly rhymes and got crafty, Dr. Seuss style.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Oliver |Mar 3, 2015

Are you one of those people who loves big, cuddly, orange-and-white boy cats? Then Oliver is your guy! He is pure sweetness and adores the company of his favorite people. He’s the best buddy ever for couch potato sessions!

Berks County Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt seeks third term |Mar 3, 2015

Reading >> Berks County Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt did not require any pomp and circumstance when he quietly stepped into election season. Seeking his third term, the Democrat simply stated that he would like to continue working on the projects he has in the pipeline.

Guns permitted in Union Township public rec area |Mar 3, 2015

UNION TWP. >> The township supervisors recently approved an ordinance amendment that allows visitors to carry firearms into the Union Township Recreation Area off Route 724.

Boyertown man pleads guilty to sex assault of girl, 14, he met on Facebook |Mar 3, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Berks County man pleaded guilty on Monday to having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

Free Dining with Diabetes program comes to Boyertown this week |Mar 3, 2015

Boyertown>> A free informational diabetes program that includes cooking demonstrations will be offered to local residents starting Thursday.

Berks County Crime Unit investigated prostitution at Jane’s Spa Oriental Massage, Blandon |Mar 3, 2015

The Berks County District Attorney’s Crime Unit initiated an investigation into the operation of “Jane’s Spa Oriental Massage”, located at 8468 Allentown Pike, Suite #5, Blandon

Subcommittees propose budget changes to Kutztown School Board |Mar 3, 2015

Two subcommittees, the Technology and the Curriculum and Instruction groups, appeared before the Kutztown School Board on Monday night to present their proposed budgets for the 2015-16 school year.

Sanatoga Fire chief reflects on past, outlines plans for future |Mar 2, 2015

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> A lot of firefighters first pull on their bunker gear when they’re still in their teens. Not David Saylor Sr., who was initiated into the brotherhood of firefighters at the age of 41.

Montgomery County S.P.C.A. Pets of the Week |Mar 2, 2015

Tina is a beautiful spayed senior lab/pointer mix, two great breeds in one wonderful dog. Tina is a fun girl that loves playing with her toys and resting in the bath tub. She enjoys all human company, never lived with dogs and does not favor cats.

Kutztown hosts District 10 Jazz Band Concert |Mar 2, 2015

Kutztown Area High School hosted the P.M.E.A. District 10 Jazz Band Concert Feb. 21 with guest conductor Dr. William Stowman. Concert include high school jazz musicians from Delaware Valley, Easton Area, East Stroudsburg South, Exeter Township, Kutztown Area, Lehigh Valley Charter, Muhlenburg, Pocono Mountain East, Pottsville Area, Stroudsburg Area, and Wilson.

Fleetwood Area School District Report presents Spring Musicals |Mar 2, 2015

The Fleetwood Area School District is proud to present three musicals for your enjoyment this month.

Blandon author Dori Hoch releases ‘The Easter Bunny Brothers’ |Mar 2, 2015

Submitted Dori Hoch, Blandon, recently released her newest book filled with colorful illustrations and the competitive antics of, “The Easter Bunny Brothers.”

Local authors to read passages of their work, speak with public at Studio B |Mar 2, 2015

Studio B, 39A E. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, welcomes the community to enjoy an event featuring local published writers on Sunday, March 8, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Kutztown rings in Bicentennial; Bells ring 200 times to celebrate Ktown’s 200th birthday |Mar 2, 2015

The “Ringing of the Bells” brought Kutztonians out in the snow to celebrate the 200th birthday of Kutztown.

Hamburg area calendar of events March 4 edition |Mar 2, 2015

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.

Hamburg area church calendar March 4 edition |Mar 2, 2015

St. Mary Roman Catholic Church Located at 94 Walnut Road in Tilden Township. Visit our website at Daily schedule: Eucharistic devotions on Monday at 7 p.m.; Masses on Tuesday at 7 p.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: ‘Princess Kaguya’ and ‘Maps to the Stars’ offer alternative choices for adventurous moviegoers |Mar 2, 2015

It’s not inaccurate to describe “Maps to the Stars” as a departure from the typical work of David Cronenberg, save for the fact that there’s rarely been anything in his oeuvre befitting the word typical.

Jozwiak meets with U.S. Marshals who helped to capture Frein |Mar 2, 2015

Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks) last week in Harrisburg met Director of the U.S. Marshals Service Stacia Hylton and U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Martin J. Pane during their visit to the state Capitol.

Bernville Area Community Library receives deed from 1763 |Mar 2, 2015

A 1763 deed describing the early history of a tract of land in Bernville was presented to the Bernville Area Community Library on Feb. 23 by William F. Richardson, of Reading.

Hamburg area school directors approve purchase of online prekindergarten tool |Mar 2, 2015

Hamburg area school directors approved the purchase of an online prekindergarten and parent engagement tool for the 2015-16 school year at a cost of $4,000 on Feb. 23.

Visitors hit snow-covered trails for geocache challenge |Mar 2, 2015

Visitors to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, a raptor sanctuary located at 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, were invited to bundle up and hit snow-covered trails to complete a geocache challenge on Saturday, Feb.