COMMUNITY CONNECTION

Roaring 20s Dixieland Jazz Orchestra returns to Kutztown |Jul 21, 2014

Back by popular demand, this Saturday evening, July 26 from 7 to 9 p.m., the Borough of Kutztown’s “2014 Concert Series in the Park” continues with the return of Ben Mauger’s Roaring 20’S Dixieland Jazz Orchestra.

Chestnut Knoll At Home to hold Resource, Education and Support Series for caregivers |Jul 21, 2014

Are you caring for a senior loved one? Let’s talk about it! Chestnut Knoll At Home, Gilbertsville, is pleased to invite the public to a Caregiver Resource Group, on Wednesday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m., at the Home Care Office, located at 1041 E.

Montgomery County Community College offers workshop to help adults transition into college |Jul 21, 2014

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) will continue to offer its popular Career Transition Workshop for adults who may be thinking about returning to college.

Frecon Farms celebrates new bakery during Peach Jubilee |Jul 21, 2014

Frecon Farms, best known as a family-owned local producer of numerous fruits, home-made ciders and wines, has expanded their reputation even further to include baked goods. Some of the many sweet treats they offer are pies, cookies, bread, rolls, tarts, cake, donuts, and even quiche.

Tim Buckwalter back in the winner’s circle at Grandview Speedway |Jul 21, 2014

Tim Buckwalter, an ARDC midget racing standout has won several midget features at Grandview Speedway, but he had never won a 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 358 Modified feature until Saturday night in the activities sponsored by Hatfield Quality Meats and televised by RCN-TV 4.

Brew & Que kicks off Kutztown’s 200th birthday count down |Jul 21, 2014

Kutztown celebrates its 200th birthday in 2015 and the count down kicks off with this year’s Brew & Que on Aug. 2.

Final fate of Zettlemoyer’s Bridge in Greenwich Township still undecided |Jul 21, 2014

Nearly two years since Pennsylvania Department Of Transportation declared Zettlemoyer’s Bridge deficient after its yearly inspection, the bridge, which connects Long Road and about a dozen property owners to Route 143, has yet to receive any work, but that could change in the near future.

Area racing round-up |Jul 21, 2014

Lincoln Speedway (Outlaws) Daryn Pittman led all 35 laps, but it was Brian Montieth who was the show July 17 at the Lincoln Speedway. Pittman started on the pole and bested Outlaw “King” Steve Kinser into turn one as the field trailed with Brian Montieth way back in 15th lap after lap Montieth picked off the Outlaws before passing Joey Saldana for second on lap 23, and then set his sites on Pittman.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Vampires are cool again in anti-’Twilight’ film ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ |Jul 21, 2014

“Nosferatu.” “Dracula.” “Vampyr.” “Near Dark.” It isn’t too soon to add “Only Lovers Left Alive” to the list of the greatest vampire films – although this newest entry into the genre isn’t exactly a horror film, per se.

Snakes, lizards & alligator spotted at Kutztown Park! Jesse the Reptile Guy visits Kutztown Library scientists during summer reading program |Jul 21, 2014

About 200 kids and 76 adults piled into Kutztown Park’s bandshell for Kutztown Community Library’s annual program about reptiles with Jesse Rothacker.

Kutztown Troop 101 Boy Scouts Earn 50-mile Award |Jul 21, 2014

Seasoned members of Boy Scout Troop 101 of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kutztown, recently spent 5 days and 4 nights on the Appalachian Trail to earn the 50-mile award.

Christmas In July Vendor/Craft Show to be held at Gilbertsville Fire Company this Saturday |Jul 21, 2014

There are only 150 days until Christmas.

Tammy Tattles Movie Review: ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ is intense movie |Jul 21, 2014

Does evil exist? Not just any kind of evil, but a true evil that can possess a human soul? That is the question facing Officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) in the movie ““Deliver Us From Evil”.”

From Arthur’s Policy Desk: The Hobby Lobby Morning After Pill |Jul 21, 2014

Much has been said and written on the Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The full impact of Hobby Lobby is in what the Court ordered in six other cases the morning after the decision.

Boyertown Girl Scouts go galactic at Twilight Camp |Jul 21, 2014

“Galaxy Quest” was the theme for this year’s Twilight Camp, sponsored by the Boyertown Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA. The camp was held at Calvary UCC on Route 100 in Barto.

Bureau of Forestry announces funding for rural firefighters |Jul 21, 2014

Harrisburg - More than $590,000 in grants will be awarded to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced today.

Virginville historic farm offers tour of ‘good, bad & ugly of wetland plant life’ |Jul 21, 2014

The Dreibelbis Historic Farm’s July 20 Wetlands Species Walk in Virginville provided an education on identifying unique plant species with emphasis on wetland indicator species and invasive species, or as Dr.

Summer fun at the park during Fleetwood Community Carnival |Jul 21, 2014

Fleetwood residents enjoyed some summer fun during the Fleetwood Community Carnival July 15-19 at Fleetwood Park.

Reinert Family Reunion |Jul 21, 2014

TMKW: What is a traditional American breakfast? |Jul 21, 2014

The traditional American breakfast is a heaping bowl of cereal. At least, it has been for the past 120 years. What did Americans eat for breakfast before Henry Perky debuted Shredded Wheat (smashed wheat berries) at the World Columbian Expo in 1893?

Focus on the Family: Kids’ educational needs vary from public to private schools |Jul 21, 2014

Q: Can you help us decide on a strategy for giving our child the best possible education? Our daughter is ready to start school, and we want to get her moving in the right direction.

Remington Ryde performs in East Earl at Music in the Grove |Jul 21, 2014

Music in the Grove at St. John Center Lutheran Church is happy to take this opportunity to introduce you to Remington Ryde on Sunday, July 27 at 7 p.m. This will be their first appearance at the programs so we invite you to come to the grove and give them a big welcome.

Sound Off: Morgantown American Legion stands up for patriotism |Jul 21, 2014

My Fourth of July “On The Record Column” questioned the patriotism of local residents, how they live that out and where they stand on the national news about the veteran’s association and the border crisis.

Morgantown American Legion celebrates Community Day |Jul 21, 2014

What’s summer without a yummy clambake, some hip outdoor music and cold drinks?

Tel Hai senior staff member honored |Jul 21, 2014

Honey Brook Twp.—On June 18 the state-wide association of not-for-profit senior services providers, LeadingAge PA, presented their 2014 Professional Advancement Award to Sue Verdegem, Tel Hai’s Senior Executive Vice President of Finance & Administration.

Fleetwood swimmers defeat Wyomissing |Jul 18, 2014

The Fleetwood swim team improved to 2-1 in the Berks County Swimming Association after defeating Wyomissing on July 7, 272-187. Below are the top finishers for Fleetwood in the meet.

Amity police join Berks FOP |Jul 18, 2014

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution stating that the Amity Township Police Department is now represented by Berks Lodge #71 Fraternal Order of Police on July 16.

Hamburg Area School District directors vote in favor of hiring new social services coordinator |Jul 18, 2014

Hamburg Area school directors voted, 8-0, to name Pamela Witman to the newly created position of social services coordinator for the district on July 14, .

Playcrafters of Skippack brings Hair to the summer stage |Jul 18, 2014

Give me a head with hair…long, beautiful hair. It’s the crowning glory of women and some men pay good money to have it. Besides being a commodity, of sorts, it’s the name of a theatrical musical legend and Playcrafters of Skippack is prepping for its summer unveiling.

Leesport swim team defeats West Reading |Jul 17, 2014

The Leesport swim team defeated West Reading on July 7, 237-143. Below are the top finishers for Leesport.

Amity A.C. defeated by Topton swimmers |Jul 17, 2014

The Amity A.C. swim team fell to 1-2 on the season after losing to Topton on July 7, 235-225. Below are Amity’s top swimmers from the meet.

Crestwood swim team defeated by Robesonia |Jul 17, 2014

The Crestwood swim fell to Robesonia on July 7, 240-195. Below is listed the top finishers for Crestwood in the meet.

Borough of Boyertown, Colebrookdale Township and Boyertown School District reach agreement regarding high school project |Jul 17, 2014

The first of two agreements between local municipalities and the Boyertown Area School District regarding the high school renovation and additions project has been approved.

Pa. State Police issue over 85 aggressive driving citations on Rt. 422 |Jul 17, 2014

Exeter Township Police were joined by the Pennsylvania State Police and over 330 municipal agencies to conduct targeted aggressive-driving enforcement Wednesday, July 16 during the busy morning commute on Route 422.

23rd Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival Aug. 24 |Jul 17, 2014

The 23rd Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival will be held at the UKRAINIAN AMERICAN SPORT CENTER, Lower State and County Line Roads, Horsham, Sunday Aug. 24.

Three Boyertown Area School District administrators see change in status; motion to reinstate ad-hoc committee fails |Jul 17, 2014

Several Boyertown Area School District administrators will see a change of status in the 2014-2015 school year. All of these changes will take effect Aug. 1.

New Hanover Township hosts Got Talent event |Jul 16, 2014

To celebrate the township’s park and talented individuals, New Hanover is hosting a Got Talent event for the very first time.

Interpretive Sundays at the Daniel Boone Homestead throughout August |Jul 16, 2014

Join volunteers in period dress for a relaxing summer afternoon featuring an eighteenth century trade, craft, activity, or demonstration noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2014.

Register for Homestead Golf Open before Sept. 6 |Jul 16, 2014

The Friends of the Daniel Boone Homestead are hosting their third annual golf tournament fundraiser. Shotgun start at noon with four person scramble. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Cash prizes to teams that finish 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places (tie breakers to be determined by hardest hole).

Swift Technique and Historic State Theatre of Boyertown to present benefit concert for 6-year-old with CF |Jul 16, 2014

Lucas Paxson of Gilbertsville is very much a normal 6-year-old. His mother, Annette, describes him as a ‘sports fanatic’. He plays soccer and tee-ball, does karate, bikes, rollerblades and skateboards.

Heroin hearing held July 22: Combating this Growing Epidemic in Rural Pennsylvania |Jul 16, 2014

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania has announced the second of four public hearings to be held across Pennsylvania to solicit testimony on the increased use of heroin and other opioids.

Reading Symphony Orchestra hires Jon P. Mosbo as Executive Director |Jul 16, 2014

The Reading Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the hiring of Jon P. Mosbo as the new Executive Director of the Reading Symphony Orchestra. As Executive Director, Mosbo will be responsible for the overall management and operation of the Reading Symphony Orchestra.

Ken Gehret & Friends perform Celtic music at Penn Street Market July 18 |Jul 16, 2014

“You can’t get it any fresher,” said Rako Zech, a Penn Street Farmers Market vendor to a customer last Friday. “I picked it this morning from my farm’s fields and you’re able to buy it the same day.

Habitat for Humanity re-images its ReStore to further Berks’ redevelopment |Jul 16, 2014

Habitat for Humanity of Berks County, founded in 1988, is among the major housing leaders in Berks County for neighborhood revitalization, providing affordable housing and homeownership opportunities for its client families.

‘The Immigrant’ reflects on the struggles of finding a home in America |Jul 16, 2014

Marion Cotillard has not been nominated for an Academy Award since her role as Édith Piaf won the statuette for “La Vie En Rose” in 2007. A second nomination for her work in this year’s “The Immigrant” should be a given, except that the normally awards-hungry Harvey Weinstein has put so little faith into this remarkable film that it is no surprise that the majority of those reading this will not have even heard of it before now.

Hopewell’s ‘Establishment Day-Fueling the Furnace’ to celebrate the park’s 76th birthday |Jul 16, 2014

The National Park Service (NPS) invites the public to join the Horse-Shoe Trail Conservancy in celebrating Hopewell Furnace’s 76th Birthday with a dedication of the Hopewell Big Woods Horse-Shoe National Recreation Trail.

Mind Your Body: Reiki to the Rescue |Jul 16, 2014

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a subtle and deeply comforting Japanese technique which promotes stress reduction, relaxation, healing, and overall balance. One well-known Reiki teacher defines Reiki as “unconditional love.

Officials to dedicate ‘Chief Warrant Officer-2 Jarett M. Yoder Highway’ July 18 |Jul 16, 2014

Sen. Judy Schwank, members of the Pennsylvania National Guard, local emergency responders, family, and other public officials will hold a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m., Friday, July 18, to officially name a stretch of Route 662 in Ruscombmanor Township, Berks County, as the “Chief Warrant Officer-2 Jarett M.

Boyertown’s Historic State Theatre offers free showing of ‘Back to the Future’ to celebrate launch of clock tower campaign |Jul 16, 2014

The historic town clock at the Church of the Good Shepherd can be described as one of Boyertown’s most recognizable skyline feature. On July 10, 1920 the town clock bell struck for the first time. Now in its 94th year, Boyertown’s iconic clock and bell have been silenced.

Bertie’s Inn fights Multiple sclerosis — with belt sanders |Jul 16, 2014

Bertie’s Inn raised over $7,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on July 12 at their 24th annual Belt-Sander Race.