Chester County Coroner names Gilbertsville boy as French Creek drowning victim |Jul 2, 2015

WARWICK >> State police have confirmed that a 12-year-old boy found in the water at French Creek Wednesday has died.

For the love of history: Middle, High school teams return from National History Day nationals with 2nd and 8th place awards |Jul 2, 2015

Middle School and High School teams from Kutztown recently returned from the national competition for National History Day, bringing home second and eighth place awards.

A Look Back in History: Rural Folklife of the early 1900’s as seen by Photographers; H. Winslow Fegley & Amandus Moyer (Part II) |Jul 2, 2015

Unlike Winslow Fegley, Amandus Moyer photographed life in the Oley Hills, around Fredericksville and the tavern at Landis Store, where frontier farmers lived more in seclusion. But being a very popular visitor at the Lobachsville Tavern and general store partly due to the curiosity driving his new automobile, he did fancy photographing good looking horses and their drivers, whether they drove a one-horse buggy or a team of horses.

From Arthur’s Policy Desk: The President and the Power of Faith Through Grace |Jul 2, 2015

On June 26th, President Obama, gave a eulogy for State Senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed in his own church building, along with eight other African Americans, by a white man who had just finished worshiping with them in a bible study group.

Golden Opportunity: Transcendent Boyertown girls lacrosse program turns 50 |Jul 2, 2015

BOYERTOWN >> When she lost as a college athlete, Marcia Brumbach cried.

Legion Baseball: Rookies play a key role for the Bears |Jul 2, 2015

In the season opening article I wrote that the Bears would in essence be blending three groups of players into one team for the 2015 season: “the high school guys,” “the college returnees,” and “the rookies.

PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: Part #2 of Singin’ in the Rain |Jul 1, 2015

Several decades ago I went to have some dental work done and the dentist gave me Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) for my first and only time. My wife, Barb, was to pick me up but was a little late. As I walked out of the office, I found it was raining so I stood in the rain whistling as I waited.

Adopt a Minion: “Minion” Themed Cat Adoption Campaign kicks off this weekend at Humane Pennsylvania |Jul 1, 2015

Friday, July 3rd, marks the beginning of Humane Pennsylvania’s “Adopt a Minion” cat adoption campaign. For a limited amount of time, adoption fees will be waived for cats aged one year and older at both of Humane Pennsylvania’s animal shelters, Humane League of Lancaster County and Humane Society of Berks County.

A.M. Best affirms Thrivent Financial’s A++ (Superior) rating with stable outlook |Jul 1, 2015

A.M. Best has affirmed Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ A++ (Superior) rating as well as its stable outlook. The A++ (Superior) rating is the highest of the ratings agency’s 16 ratings categories.

Twin Valley student Cheveay “CJ” Morton receives U.S. Achievement Academy Scholarship |Jul 1, 2015

Twin Valley High School student Cheveay “CJ” Morton was nominated by his 8th grade math teacher, Mr. Jeff Bateman, for United States Achievement Academy Scholarship (USAAS). In November he was selected as one of the USAAS winners of a nominal cash grant.

Girl Scouts donate to Veterans Affairs Center |Jul 1, 2015

Submitted photo courtesy of Jennifer Burns, Leader Troop 1489

Garden Spot Village participates in Lancaster International Piano Festival |Jul 1, 2015

Each year, music students from around the world flock to Lancaster County to take part in the Lancaster International Piano Festival.

Three Honey Brook siblings apply life lessons learned on the farm to reach their future successes |Jul 1, 2015

In 2009, the Pacanowski family returned to their hometown of Honey Brook after an 11-year stay in a small town in Minnesota.

Cyclists compete for Most Supportive, Best Dressed awards and more in The Boob Ride breast cancer fundraiser July 11 at St. Peters Village |Jul 1, 2015

Michelle Przemieniecki of Pottstown and her daughter Emily are hosting The Boob Ride, a fund raising event to benefit Susan G. Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer, starting 7:30 a.m. July 11 at St. Peters Village in Chester County.

“Jacob’s Ride” stops at Garden Spot Village: Jacob Landis is bicycling across country to raise money, awareness for cochlear implants |Jul 1, 2015

By the time Jacob Landis was 10 years old, he had grown totally deaf. A cochlear implant allowed him to be fully functional in the hearing world.

Duzzn Matta Band takes stage in Honey Brook Borough July 12 |Jul 1, 2015

The second concert of the summer in Honey Brook Borough will be held on Sunday, July 12 at 5:30 p.m. when the Duzzn Matta Band takes the stage to perform a variety of classic rock cover tunes.

Daniel Boone School Board hires asst. principal for high school |Jun 30, 2015

Douglassville >> The Daniel Boone Area School Board voted unanimously on Monday to appoint Aaron Sborz as assistant principal at the high school, effective July 1.

Tornado warning issued for Chester and Berks counties |Jun 30, 2015

A tornado warning has been issued for Northwestern Chester County and South Central Berks County until 2:30 p.m. According to the alert issued by Chester County, this is an extremely dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation.

PennDOT, State Police partner to focus on driving enforcement through July 4 weekend |Jun 30, 2015

PennDOT, Pennsylvania State Police and local police are partnering to help decrease impaired driving and aggressive behaviors through the Independence Day holiday weekend.

Dorothy Padfield, daughter of Zern’s Farmer’s Market founder, celebrates her 100th birthday |Jun 30, 2015

Friends and family gathered at Manatawny Manor, 30 Old Schuylkill Rd., Pottstown, on June 19 to celebrate Mrs. Dorothy Padfield’s 100th birthday.

WTIM: Music Around Town July 1 |Jun 30, 2015

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

Boyertown business owner recognized for volunteer effort |Jun 30, 2015

The co-chairwoman of Boyertown’s Oktoberfest committee has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center as its volunteer of the year. Former Building a Better Boyertown board member Shannon Anthony was presented with her award at the annual Townie Awards Gala June 17.

Olympic champion May-Treanor kicked off Pottstown Rumble with Dream in Gold clinics |Jun 30, 2015

Misty May-Treanor kicked off the 2015 Pottstown Rumble on Thursday, June 25, hosting two sessions of her “Dream in Gold Clinic” at Pottstown’s Memorial Park.

Bertie’s Inn, Exeter, to host 25th Annual Belt Sander Race |Jun 30, 2015

Bertie’s Inn is getting ready to host their 25th Annual Belt Sander Race on July 11 to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Schuylkill River Trail leads in national contest for ‘best urban trail’ |Jun 29, 2015

CONSHOHOCKEN >> In a Reader’s Choice contest between 20 trail systems nationwide the Schuylkill River Trail is currently leading the contest for the top choice among USA Today readers.

Kutztown Folk Festival kicks off with wine and history |Jun 29, 2015

The first day of the 66th annual Kutztown Folk Festival got off to a slow start after steady rains dampened attendance Saturday, June 29.

Relaying through the rain — Boyertown holds 8th Annual Relay For Life, seeks to meet goal by Aug. 31 |Jun 29, 2015

While enduring rainy weather — Relay For Life participants would not let their spirits be damped. Boyertown’s eighth annual Relay for Life kicked off at the Boyertown Community Park on Saturday, June 27.

Kutztown area School District Student Art Show celebrates Kutztown Bicentennial |Jun 29, 2015

Greenwich and Kutztown Elementary students celebrated Kutztown’s Bicentennial Day with daylong activities paying homage to their Pennsylvania Heritage.

Kutztown’s Centennial Celebration 100 Years Ago: As Kutztown prepares for its Bicentennial, committee looks back at past celebrations |Jun 29, 2015

Kutztown pulled out all the stops to celebrate its centennial from July 1 to July 7 in 1915. A full week of celebrations, including four parades, enveloped the borough in a way that is almost unimaginable today.

‘Be a Star, Don’t Do Drugs’: Cougar Chronicle sending anti-drug message for Kutztown students to live healthy lifestyles |Jun 29, 2015

Last Spring several kids died of Heroin overdoses in Topton and Kutztown. Everyone said someone should do something and meetings were held; and in many cases the issue faded away. In Kutztown, Kathy Metrick, KASD Superintendent, and many others stepped up and took action.

Family Fun Fridays: Visit a Farmer’s Market for Culinary Adventures |Jun 28, 2015

As summer weather settles in, home gardeners can get impatient, waiting for tender young plants to grow and produce juicy tomatoes, sweet corn and other garden delights. Our whole family was sharing this impatience, so we decided to spend a fun Friday outing visiting a local farmer’s market.

Touch a Train at WK&S Railroad in Kempton |Jun 28, 2015

The WK&S Railroad in Kempton offered the community a unique opportunity to view equipment that is seldom available to the public at their Touch a Train event on June 21.

Welcome to my World: Red rose ceremonies |Jun 27, 2015

First page was in the Easton Express in 1986

A Look Back in History: Rural Folklife of the early 1900s as seen by Photographers: H. Winslow Fegley & Amandus Moyer (Part I) |Jun 27, 2015

At the turn of the century into the 1900’s, when most of the nation was fascinated with the unbelievable results of automation and the beginning of a mobile America, there were a few who saw the opportunity to record that way of life that was soon to be antediluvian.

From Arthur’s Policy Desk: Race, Racism and Christian Forgiveness |Jun 27, 2015

June was an eventful month. It raised some interesting questions.

Schuylkill Valley students recognized for participation in Berks County Special Olympics Track and Field Meet |Jun 27, 2015

The highlight of the June 22 Schuylkill Valley School Board meeting was the recognition of the large group of students who participated in the Berks County Special Olympics Track and Field Meet.

5 home gardens toured at Fourth Annual Hamburg Garden Stroll |Jun 27, 2015

“Anyone in Hamburg who has a small area of sunshine can grow fruit and vegetables,” were the inspiring words offered to future gardeners by Paul Wikerd, a retired minister and resident of Hamburg since 1987.

Avian Influenza not yet in PA, but Sen. Schwank says state ready to act |Jun 26, 2015

Because the latest avian influenza outbreak has wiped out 50 million birds across the country and appears to be headed this way, Sen. Judy Schwank is working with state agriculture officials as they develop response and recovery plans should the disease strike in Pennsylvania.

Studio B resurrects ART Attack for Summer 2015 |Jun 26, 2015

Studio B, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown, is resurrecting ART Attack, a show of artwork in all media, opening June 26 and running through Aug. 29.

DCNR reveals statewide recreation plan at Pottstown Volleyball Rumble (photos, video) |Jun 26, 2015

POTTSTOWN >> About 15 people riding yellow Bike Pottstown bicycles pedaled their way onto the lush green fields of Memorial Park Thursday to center court of the 24th annual Pottstown Volleyball Rumble.

Woman’s Club of Strausstown disbands during 60th year |Jun 26, 2015

The Woman’s Club of Strausstown had its final meeting, which also happened to be during its 60th year, with a farewell luncheon in May that was attended by members, past and present, as well as quite a few husbands.

From the Item Editor: A Farewell to the readers |Jun 26, 2015

This past March marked two years that I have been the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. It’s hard to believe how much has changed between that first day and now. Prior to starting, I had very little knowledge of the Hamburg area.

Railroad Museum ‘Rails Go Bragh’ event celebrates Irish heritage |Jun 26, 2015

On Saturday, June 13, the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum hosted “Rails Go Bragh” to celebrate the contribution of Irish workers to the Reading Railroad. Volunteers, sporting festive green top hats, greeted visitors to the event at the museum on Third Street in Hamburg.

Readers are the real super heroes this summer at Hamburg Public Library |Jun 26, 2015

Summer programming is in full swing at the Hamburg Public Library on North Third Street, but it is not too late for readers to join in on the fun. Children who participate can earn prizes, attend special programs and — not coincidentally — read lots of books.

Boone eliminates 7 teachers, terminates 29 cafeteria workers |Jun 26, 2015

The Daniel Boone School Board unanimously approved June 22 the termination of 29 cafeteria employees “due to the outsourcing of their positions” to Nutrition Group, Inc., Irwin, Westmoreland County, for cafeteria fund savings of $150,000 and new cafeteria fund revenue of $150,000.

For what it’s worth: My personal food challenge |Jun 26, 2015

I’ve had the house to myself for about a week, and I have another week to go. When there’s only one person—it’s easy to downsize a bit. And I decided to downsize in regards to hastily purchasing food.

New Hanover man fined for trying to sell roadkill online |Jun 26, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> He may have found the dead deer on the road, but a New Hanover man’s plan to sell its head on eBay was dead in the water.

Relay team Friends for Life holds 4th annual 5K |Jun 25, 2015

On Saturday, June 6, the Friends for Life held their 4th annual 5K run event. This year’s event was attended by over 140 participants and included individuals from the Fun on the Run team from the YMCA and also children participating in a fun run.

Boyertown haunted & historical walks slated through June to October |Jun 25, 2015

Haunted & historical walks around Boyertown will be held on June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26, Oct. 10 and Oct. 17.

Antietam Valley Farmers’ & Artists’ Market to celebrate grand opening |Jun 25, 2015

The Antietam Valley Farmers’ & Artists’ Market at historic Carsonia Park will hold its grand opening on Saturday, June 27 at 8 a.m., rain or shine. Over 25 vendors will be offering fresh meats and produce, baked goods, plants and cut flowers, and a wide variety of homemade products in our beautiful shady park.