COMMUNITY CONNECTION

Local historian focuses on the past of Berks County through photography |Aug 28, 2014

From plate photography to the iPhone, Berks’ historian George M. Meiser, IX must adapt to the modernization of the world in order to preserve what is left of the county’s history.

Boyertown Museum showcases history of the Pennsylvania Turnpike—A ‘Tunnel Highway’ |Aug 28, 2014

When the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened in 1940, the Turnpike Commission promoted their new road as the “tunnel highway.” This is due to no less than seven tunnels making up part of the Turnpike through the mountainous terrain it crossed between the Carlisle and Irwin interchanges.

2 injured after plane crash in Amity (video) |Aug 28, 2014

Two people were injured Wednesday, Aug. 27 afternoon after a small airplane crashed and caught fire, police said.

Daniel Boone School Board considers audio policy for school buses |Aug 28, 2014

The Daniel Boone School Board is considering adding audio recording to its video monitoring of district school buses.

WTIM: Music Around Town: Sept. 3 edition |Aug 28, 2014

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

Kutztown Dolphins complete successful swim season |Aug 27, 2014

The Kutztown Dolphins swim team had numerous team members qualify to compete at the Berks County Swimming Championships meet and the Berks County Silver Championship meet. Dolphin swimmers turned in some great individual and relay performances at each of these meets.

Kutztown Community Partnership takes the Ice Bucket Challenge: Mayor Green, Mamma’s Pizza, Kutztown Library help raise awareness, funds for ALS |Aug 27, 2014

Kutztown Community Partnership took the Ice Bucket Challenge, eagerly and willingly.

In efforts to support local, Boscov’s East hosts library fundraiser |Aug 27, 2014

Local libraries cross-referenced with one retail store recently for an annual fundraiser full of events.

Jam for Krista set for Sept. 6 |Aug 27, 2014

The Second Annual Jam for Krista fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at the Reading Liederkranz. Money from the fundraiser benefits the Krist Staudt Memorial Scholarship Fund which awards scholarships to Berks County high school seniors who have overcome a medical challenge and are continuing their education at a technical school, business school, junior college, or four year college.

SilverSneakers love story inspires nomination for national contest |Aug 27, 2014

Nelson and Mary Walter, a couple from Berks County, found love through their involvement with a fitness program called SilverSneakers.

Dreibelbis Farm hosts PA German Farm Festival |Aug 27, 2014

Virginville >> Time comes to a standstill where history chooses to leave its footprints.

What’s This?! presents Found Objects of Industry Exhibit Aug. 30: Industrial Salvage Owner Collaborates with Innovative Production Company |Aug 27, 2014

Kutztown >> Found Objects of Industry owner Leonard Schechter will have an extended gallery exhibit Saturday at the What’s This?! Media studio at 13 East Main St., Kutztown, featuring historical architectural pieces and assorted oddities including an Operay light, an antique drafting table and an 1800s clock face displayed in a modern 8-foot frame.

Bloody calling card lands Boyertown man in prison for New Hanover burglaries |Aug 27, 2014

A Boyertown man who left a bloody calling card that linked him to burglaries at a New Hanover residence is headed to state prison.

Bat rehabilitator talks to Longswamp Boy Scout Pack 575 |Aug 26, 2014

The boy scouts of Longswamp Pack 575, Den 2, from Mertztown, received an education in bats on a recent Friday night.

Willow Creek Elementary: Walk, bike to first day |Aug 26, 2014

Fleetwood >> Students and parents walked and biked to their first day of school at Willow Creek Elementary on Aug. 25.

Township rehashes allowing alcohol at park |Aug 26, 2014

Residents of Exeter Township may have another shot to drink alcohol in the park.

Studio B camp brings artists and students together for ‘Happ,’ #68 Bear Fever bear |Aug 26, 2014

Resilience, appreciation of diversity and developing tools to challenge bullying was the theme for Studio B’s “Happy to Be Me 3.0” summer art camp.

Brandywine first day opens with fun: Kindergarteners decorate gingerbreadmen, 1st graders color self-portraits, 2nd graders play games |Aug 26, 2014

Topton >> Summer vacation is over, and it’s back to school for the students of Brandywine Heights Elementary School.

New face for Brandywine: Elementary school welcomes new Principal Karen Long |Aug 26, 2014

Topton >> For Brandywine Heights Elementary School, the start of school brings the first full year of administration for Principal Karen Long after taking the position in November of 2013.

Kutztown Elementary students welcomed by new Principal Deborah Barnes |Aug 26, 2014

Kutztown >> New Principal Deborah L. Barnes welcomed students Kutztown Elementary students to their first day of school Aug. 25.

German pen friend visits Kutztown |Aug 26, 2014

Fleetwood alumna Heidi Schroeder has a German pen friend she has been writing to since the 6th grade, about 17 years.

Brandywine Community Library celebrates 25 years: Children’s Birthday Bash features clown, gifts, face painting; Dinner Dance offers speaker, music, food |Aug 26, 2014

Brandywine Community Library is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with two special events. On Saturday, September 6, from 10 am – 12 noon, the library will hold a free birthday bash for children.

Turkeys visit backyard patio in Fleetwood |Aug 26, 2014

Trudy Smith, a resident of Fleetwood, shares photos of her visiting turkey family.

Hopewell Love INC stitches together the community one craft at a time |Aug 26, 2014

Volunteers with Hopewell Love In the Name of Christ have been crafting for the community by creating holiday treasures in a positive light for the past three years.

From the Hamburg editor: How to contact the Item and submit |Aug 25, 2014

As a community newspaper, we receive many submissions from our readers. It is something that I myself look forward to as it’s a way to get to know those in the community better and also see what they have been up to.

Colebrookdale rail project overcomes underground obstacle |Aug 25, 2014

The ambitious effort to establish a historic excursion railroad between Boyertown and Pottstown overcame an underground obstacle Tuesday night with a unanimous vote of the Pottstown Borough Authority.

Running and burgers returns to Hamburg-er Festival for third year |Aug 25, 2014

Back for its third year at the Taste of Hamburg-er Festival is the Dine & Dash Trail Race from Blue Mountain Wildlife Incorporated. The race combines two favorites in the area: running and a good burger or in this case two burgers.

Troop 184 marks 75th year with memories, laughter and a few tears |Aug 25, 2014

Past and current members of Boy Scout Troop 184, Hamburg, gathered with leaders, family members and friends to observe the troop’s 75th anniversary on Aug. 16. The day-long event included tours of the group’s cabin and woodlands, called Scoutland, off Port Clinton Avenue and a banquet in the evening held at Salem EC Church, Lenhartsville.

Hamburg area calendar of events |Aug 25, 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.

Welcome to my World: Anita, the Riveter |Aug 25, 2014

Reprint (2012 Berks County TV web site)

Master Kim’s Black Belt Academy students earn black belts |Aug 25, 2014

It was a time that they were waiting for. Each person was thrilled and anxious at the same time. “What day? What time?” you may ask? It was the week end that they were testing for their Black Belts at Master Kim’s Black Belt Academy in Bechtelsville.

MCCC, KU Officials Sign First ‘Reverse Transfer’ Agreement Between Community College and State System Institutions in Commonwealth |Aug 25, 2014

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) and Kutztown University (KU) signed a “reverse transfer” agreement on Aug. 20—the first agreement of its kind between a community college and a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (State System) university.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Aug 25, 2014

25 Years Ago August 30, 1989 >> Michael Schrack, former resident of RD1, Hamburg, recently completed his own fine arts print, entitled “Quiet Descent.”

Shartlesville grange and Hamburg Moose serve up food at the Reading Fair |Aug 25, 2014

The Hamburg Moose and the Shartlesville Grange worked together at the Reading Fair due to “common goals,” said Grange Overseer (vice president), Donnna Kunkle, left, that of “raising funds for community needs.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center announces high school video contest: Winning video will receive $500 scholarship award |Aug 25, 2014

Miller-Keystone Blood Center is encouraging high school students in our community to use their imagination to create a short video promoting the need for younger generations to become regular blood donors, and the importance of donating with Miller-Keystone Blood Center – the exclusive blood supplier to our regional hospitals.

Horizons Child Care bids farewell to summer, raises funds |Aug 25, 2014

With most of the children in the area returning to school this week, Horizons Child Care and Learning Services Co. helped let summer go with a bang on Aug. 23 at Bern Grove in Leesport. Despite the rain, the staff from the center and founding members of the nonprofit We Agape You Inc.

Head to the river for hiking and biking fun |Aug 25, 2014

Summer is all but over, and school is looming around the corner (at least for Hamburg’s middle and high schoolers). That means dreaded back-to-school shopping has hit families’ pocketbooks, and many budgets are stretched to the limit.

Hamburg Library ends summer reading program with grand prize winner |Aug 25, 2014

Aubrey Thompson, of Windsor Castle, won the Amazon Kindle Fire that we gave away for the grand prize here at the Hamburg Library. There were also 29 other winners of gift cards to Barnes & Noble, the Yocum Institute, the Miller Center, Weavers Orchard, Book Bonanza, Pizza Hut, Summer Reading backpacks and t-shirts.

Construction will nearly double side of St. Joseph Cancer Center |Aug 25, 2014

St. Joseph Regional Health Network the week of Aug. 8 began construction that will nearly double the size of the clinical care area where chemotherapy and other infusion therapies are provided on the Bern Township campuses’ Cancer Center.

Shoemakersville Lions Club: Harry Sproesser installed as president |Aug 25, 2014

Harry Sproesser installed as President of Shoemakersville Area Lion’s Club. Shoemakersville Area Lion’s Club Members present for Installation (left to right): Director Mickie Sproesser; Director Kenneth Schlegel; Secretary Gary Rothermel; Assistant Lion Tamer David Geschwindt; Second Vice President Brian Maroney; Installing Officer and First Vice President James Seifert; Incoming President Harry Sproesser; Tail Twister Roger Heckman; Third Vice President Cleta Borkey; Membership Chairman Steven Leibensperger; Treasurer Irwin Levan; and Outgoing President Rich Kieffer.

Monarchs flit through Berks on way to Mexico |Aug 25, 2014

With their vibrant orange color and striking black accents, Monarchs are one of the most recognizable of butterflies. In Berks County, reports of the familiar insect begin in August and continue through September as the Monarchs begin their annual pilgrimage to Mexico.

Hamburg recognizes Armed Forces at Sept. 5 football game |Aug 25, 2014

During halftime on Sept. 5, military personnel will take the field at Hamburg Area High School for the fourth annual Armed Forces Recognition Night.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Look-alikes Eisenburg and Simon take to the screen in ‘The Double’ |Aug 25, 2014

Richard Ayoade’s film noir-infused take on Dostoyevsky’s “The Double” is successful in enough of its individual parts that it proves almost doubly disappointing in its missteps, as if a gentle, sublime spell had been abruptly broken.

Northern Berks Community Garden in Perry Twp. assists food pantries in Berks County |Aug 25, 2014

At Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Perry Township, a new ministry is growing. This past spring the church converted a 75’ x 100’ patch of its property into the Northern Berks Community Garden (NBCG).

Slice of Life: Mixing Up A Pie That’s Key For Summer |Aug 24, 2014

Retailers’ use of interesting descriptions to depict ordinary things has always intrigued me. For instance, the color green is simply not called “green” it’s often called “hunter” or “kiwi” or “moss.

Historic adventure continues at Joanna Furnace |Aug 23, 2014

Morgantown >> Preparations are underway for the 2014 Hay Creek Festival, the region’s premier historic and family event. This year’s theme is an extraordinary historic family adventure again taking visitors back through the 160 year life span of the iron making community.

Revolutionary Camp Life to be Explored at Tel hai |Aug 23, 2014

Honey Brook Twp. >> Tel Hai’s Life Enrichment Committee is pleased to begin their program year with a fascinating presentation exploring the lives of soldiers and camp followers during the 1700s.

Behind-the-scenes tour: Twin Valleys Garden Club tours production greenhouses at Longwood Gardens |Aug 23, 2014

Members and guests of Twin Valleys Garden Club got a behind-the-scenes tour of the production greenhouses at Longwood Gardens on June 25.

Kutztown bee keepers in Lehigh Valley celebrate Honey Bees |Aug 23, 2014

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association invites Berks County residents to join them for a day of fun and education in the Lehigh Valley to celebrate National Honey Bee Day.

Day for Honey Bees: Kutztown bee keepers demonstrate honey extraction at Wildlands Conservancy |Aug 23, 2014

Kutztown bee keepers, part of Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association, celebrated National Honey Bee Day.