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Philadelphia region revs up for Thanksgiving travel |Nov 21, 2017

Nothing says economic security like jammed roads around Thanksgiving.

New Jerusalem UCC, Fleetwood hosts Closing Worship |Nov 21, 2017

New Jerusalem United Church of Christ, Fleetwood, hosted a Closing Worship Service on Nov. 19.

Kutztown Community Choir presents Christmas Choral Concert Dec. 10 |Nov 21, 2017

The Kutztown Community Choir will present their annual Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 357 W. Main St., Kutztown.

Christmas in Kutztown features soup contest, music, food and Santa |Nov 21, 2017

Christmas in Kutztown will light up Main Street again this year with music, crafts and food on Dec. 2.

Pottstown Dance Theatre brings back a favorite Christmas classic, ‘The Nutcracker’ |Nov 21, 2017

The Pottstown Dance Theatre Repertory Ensemble will be doing a full version of the family classic “The Nutcracker” at The Hill School Center for the Arts on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m.

Coventry Singers to perform Christmas Concerts Dec. 2-3 |Nov 21, 2017

The Coventry Singers are performing its Christmas Concert “Songs of the Season” Dec. 2 and 3 in North Coventry and Birdsboro. The concerts are a musical program of sacred and secular works to welcome the holiday and features traditional carols and contemporary Christmas songs.

‘A Christmas Carol on the Coach’ rolls into West Reading |Nov 21, 2017

Back By Popular Demand and now in it’s 4th Big Year, the interactive holiday sensation, “A Christmas Carol,” with a Pennsylvania Dutch twist, rolls Into West Reading again this year.

Boyertown calendar of events Nov. 23 edition |Nov 21, 2017

Nov. 25 Oldies Dance and more: The public is invited to a dance held at Keystone Fire Company, 240 N. Walnut Street in Boyertown, from 7 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Southern Berks calendar of events Nov. 23 edition |Nov 21, 2017

Dec. 2 Contra dancing: Birdsboro Contra Dance offers contra dancing from 7:30 til 10:30 p.m. at Birdsboro Community Memorial Center, 201 E. Main St. in Birdsboro. Beginner instruction at 7pm. Caller is Sue Gola with music by ACED.

Man draws prison for strangling Pottstown woman during domestic assault |Nov 21, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A Schuylkill County man is on his way to state prison for domestic violence, strangling a Pottstown woman to the point she believed he was going to “snap her neck.”

PennDOT project in Fleetwood enters final phase |Nov 21, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 5 announced that work on a project to improve two roads in Fleetwood Borough, Berks County is about to enter its final phase.

36th Annual Kutztown Holiday Festival puts shoppers in holiday mood |Nov 21, 2017

The chilly weather put everyone in the holiday mood on Saturday, Nov. 11 as the Kutztown Area Historical Society hosted its 36th annual Holiday Festival. All seven exhibit rooms were full of local arts and crafts ready for Christmas shoppers.

Meet Lucy, the BCTC Therapy Dog |Nov 21, 2017

A local Berks Career and Technology Center teacher, Tamzen Davis, is training a golden retriever, Lucy, to be a therapy dog. Lucy is currently 11 months old. Her owner has Lucy, since she was 8 weeks old.

Vegetarian options offered at Hamburg High |Nov 21, 2017

Hamburg Area High School is soon going to open the cafeteria doors to a whole new group of students. They will offer vegetarian options for those who prefer not to consume meat. With growing buzz around the animal-rights movement and health being a major focus of the newer generations, this change is a welcome one.

Scout installs electronic sign at First UCC Hamburg for Eagle Project |Nov 21, 2017

A new sign stands prominently outside the First Reformed Church of the United Church of Christ in Hamburg. Truthfully, the sign is a double entendre.

Hamburg Middle School Principal McGorry awarded by Association of School Retirees |Nov 21, 2017

On Nov. 13 Hamburg Area School Directors gave special recognition to Middle School Principal Dr. Gene McGorry, who recently received the Lauretta Woodson Award from the Pa. Association of School Retirees (PASR).

Homicide charges filed in Kutztown shooting |Nov 20, 2017

Kutztown Borough Police responded a shooting in Kutztown on Sunday, Nov. 19.

Boyertown Area Multi-Service hosts 11th Annual Festival of Trees Dec. 1 |Nov 20, 2017

Boyertown Area Multi-Service will be hosting the 11th Annual Festival of Trees Open House on Friday, Dec. 1. This fundraising event will take place from 4-9 p.m. at Boyertown Area Multi-Service, 200 West Spring Street in Boyertown.

Farm Country Shindig in Reinholds |Nov 20, 2017

On Saturday, Dec. 2, an evening of Bluegrass Music featuring The Kevin Prater Band will be held in the Reinholds Fire Company Banquet Hall, Route 897 in Reinholds.

Honey Brook Presbyterian church hosts Polar Express event |Nov 20, 2017

Honey Brook Presbyterian Church, 4331 Horeseshoe Pike, is hosting its second annual Polar Express event Saturday, December 9, from 11 am until 3 p.m.

Tri County Record Community Calendar 11-28 |Nov 20, 2017

Submit events about 10 days in advance of publication date to editor@tricountyrecord.com.

Morgantown American Legion fundraises for building expansion |Nov 20, 2017

Many of you have probably passed by the small white building on North Twin Valley Road and wondered what was inside. Well, it’s the Colonel Jacob Morgan American Legion Post 537 and they are outgrowing their building.

Garden Spot Village Train Holiday Open House on Saturdays |Nov 20, 2017

Garden Spot Village Train Room will host their annual holiday Open House on Saturdays, November 25 through December 30 and Wednesday, December 27 from 1:30-4 p.m.

Iron Plantation Christmas at Hopewell Furnace on Dec. 2 |Nov 20, 2017

The National Park Service invites the public to celebrate an “Iron Plantation Christmas” and stroll through 100 years of American Christmas’, at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.

Morgantown Village Library hosts Community Christmas Festival Dec. |Nov 20, 2017

Village Library in Morgantown is getting ready to celebrate the holidays.

Kutztown Rotary donates $21,000 to local non-profits |Nov 20, 2017

The Kutztown Rotary Club distributed checks for a total of $21,000 to representatives of 15 local non-profit organizations at its annual Foundation Dinner at the Kutztown Tavern on Nov. 15.

Brandywine Elementary students demonstrate projects at Showcase Day |Nov 20, 2017

The Brandywine Heights Area School District hosted its 3rd Annual Educational Showcase Day on Nov. 15 at Brandywine Heights Elementary School.

Berks student art shows striking message of equality |Nov 20, 2017

Four Berks Career and Technology Center students were chosen by a jury of professional graphic designers to display their work at Cabrini College’s Art + Effect poster exhibition in November.

Area youth compete at State 4-H Horse Show |Nov 18, 2017

More than 700 youth from more than 55 counties participated in 73 performance classes at the 58th annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show held Oct. 27-29 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

Truck rolls over at 222 northbound ramp; Driver taken to hospital |Nov 18, 2017

Emergency crews responded to a tractor trailer truck accident on 222 northbound on Nov. 18. The truck rolled over at the 222 northbound ramp in Ontelaunee Twp. at 5:22 a.m.

Kutztown Community Library awarded $1,000 grant from Wells Fargo’s Community Connections Program |Nov 18, 2017

Wells Fargo awarded $1,000 grant to Kutztown Community Library, presenting the check to library representative Joanne Englehart at the a breakfast for grant recipients at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Reading on Oct.

Topton and Fleetwood each awarded $100,000 state grants for park improvements |Nov 18, 2017

Three Berks County municipalities will receive a total of $1.3 million in new state investments for their ongoing efforts to improve recreation services and transportation along 5th Street Highway.

Pottstown man accused of road rage, firing gun at other driver on Route 100 |Nov 17, 2017

Norristown >> A Pottstown man fired a handgun at another driver during a “road rage” incident that lasted for several miles along busy Route 100, the gunshot being heard by 911 dispatchers who were called during the traffic dispute, authorities alleged.

PennDOT to replace Winding Road bridge in Douglass (Berks) |Nov 17, 2017

DOUGLASS (Berks) >> A $2.1 million project to replace the Winding Road Bridge over Ironstone Creek has been approved.

Kutztown Community Calendar Nov. 16 |Nov 17, 2017

Send events to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com by Wednesday noon a week prior to publication. Note Kutztown Patriot calendar.

Optimists host Kutztown Senior Citizen’s Dinner |Nov 17, 2017

The Optimist Club Of Kutztown, in cooperation with the Kutztown Grange, will host the Annual Senior Citizen’s Dinner on Sunday Dec. 3. It will be held at the Grange Hall at 5 p.m., with doors opening at 4 p.

Night of Thanks concert in Topton raises funds for hurricane relief |Nov 17, 2017

On Sunday Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. the Music Ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church, 121 South Home Avenue, Topton will be hosting a special evening concert for hurricane relief in the church sanctuary. Titled A Night of Thanks, the concert focuses on giving thanks for our many blessings.

Kutztown businesses recognize Small Business Saturday is more than commerce, it’s about community |Nov 17, 2017

Since 2010, the Saturday immediately following Thanksgiving has been increasingly known as “Small Business Saturday.” Originally conceived and promoted by American Express, the shopping holiday has been embraced by independent shops to highlight the value of patronizing local businesses.

Tilden Township garage fire ruled accidental |Nov 17, 2017

State Police Reading ruled a Nov. 16 garage fire in Tilden Township as accidental.

Shoey Borough awarded $229K to restore Main Street Bridge |Nov 17, 2017

Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Representative Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill/Berks/Carbon) announced a grant that will support a bridge rehabilitation project in Shoemakersville Borough.

REFLECTIONS: The ever-expanding Christmas season |Nov 17, 2017

Some radio stations, believe it or not, start airing Christmas carols 24/7 right after Halloween.

A Look Back in History: Village Creameries Part 2, Trademarked butter molds |Nov 17, 2017

Once a burdensome chore for each family to produce for dinner, the art of making superior butter became a delightful practice, and each neighborhood soon developed butter-making households that had such an expertise at making butter.

Welcome to my World: They stopped making clothes for my age group |Nov 17, 2017

I’m upset. I went shopping on Saturday, knowing the stores would have sales. They did. But, in the process of shopping, I found they don’t make clothes for my age group any more.

Daniel Boone School District at ‘fork in the road’ academically |Nov 16, 2017

Daniel Boone Area School District Chief Academic Officer Michelle Cinciripino recently told the school board that the district is at a “fork in the road” after the district’s five school buildings all received “failing” grades on the state’s School Performance Profile (SPP).

Boyertown Area High Schol Marching Unit places at state and national competitions |Nov 16, 2017

The Boyertown Area High School’s Marching Unit has placed first in their group at the state competition and fifth at the national competition.

Shoemakersville Fire Company Tree sale benefits fire company |Nov 16, 2017

A annual Christmas tree sale, benefiting Shoemakersville Fire Company, begins Black Friday.

Judge convicts distributor in pot ring targeting Montgomery and Berks counties |Nov 15, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The Philadelphia distributor of a multi-million dollar cross country marijuana trafficking ring, linked to California, that targeted southeastern Pennsylvania, primarily Montgomery, Berks and Bucks counties, is behind bars after being convicted by a judge.

Illustration student from Boyertown channels Hollywood icon with vintage look |Nov 15, 2017

With bright blue hair, piercings, tattoos and unusual clothing the norm for some art-school students, it can be difficult to stand out.

47th Annual Belsnickel Craft Show returns to Boyertown Nov. 24-25 |Nov 15, 2017

The 47th Annual Belsnickel Craft Show will be held on Friday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Middle School East students collect donations for Boyertown Area Multi-Service |Nov 15, 2017

The Boyertown Area School District has announced that Boyertown Middle School East donated 620 nonperishable food items to the Boyertown Area Multi-Service.