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State police charge man after standoff at campgrounds |Apr 1, 2015

Bechtelsville >> Police have released information involving a standoff with a man that took place early Wednesday morning.

Lancaster Bible College Chamber Singers perform April 18 in New Holland |Apr 1, 2015

Garden Spot Village invites the public to enjoy a classical vocal concert when it hosts the Chamber Singers of Lancaster Bible College under the direction of Dr. Robert Bigley on Saturday, April 18, in the final performance of this season’s Saturday Evening Concert Series.

Robeson Elementary Center hosts annual Fun Fest: Family-oriented community event raises funds for school activities and materials not covered by budget |Apr 1, 2015

Robeson Elementary Center hosted its annual Fun Fest March 14, offering a fun-filled, family-oriented community event that raises money for school activities and materials that are not covered in the yearly budget.

Twin Valley Percussionists End on High Note: Indoor Percussion Ensemble scores 80.0 at championships |Apr 1, 2015

The Twin Valley High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble recently concluded their competitive season at the Mid-Atlantic Percussion Society Championships held at Coatesville High School. The ensemble achieved the score of 80.

Elverson-Morgantown Lions provide free eye screening for 55 registering kindergarteners |Apr 1, 2015

Lion Rich Regetta is shown using a hand held vision screen instrument to screen Declan Sacks of Birdsboro at Robeson Elementary School on March 26. The Elverson-Morgantown Lions Club recently conducted the vision screening of 55 children as they registered for kindergarten.

East meets west at Twin Valley High School: Leechburg visit Twin Valley to share music with one another |Apr 1, 2015

The state of Pennsylvania became a little smaller last weekend for two schools. Students from Leechburg Area High School traveled across the state to meet with students from Twin Valley High School for a few days.

Billy Burger opens in Morgantown |Apr 1, 2015

Billy Burger and Bakery owners Billy and Sally McConnell, with combined food service experience of 50 years, opened their new restaurant Billy Burger and Bakery at Morgantown Crossing, March 30.

Action Impact hosts Egg Hunt in Elverson April 4 |Apr 1, 2015

The Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by Action-Impact, on Saturday, April 4, at 10 am sponsored by Action-Impact is for EVERYONE!!!!!! There will be about 3000 filled plastic hidden in the woods. Some eggs will have candy from Goldenberg’s, Lerro’s, Palmer’s, and Zitner.

Twenty-eight suspects wanted in Countywide Drug Round-Up |Apr 1, 2015

On April 1, members of the Berks County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, Pennsylvania State Police, Reading Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department conducted an early morning drug round-up of twenty-eight (28) suspects from Berks County.

Drug roundup nets arrests in Birdsboro, warrants in Boyertown |Apr 1, 2015

Reading >> Berks County Detectives have procured warrants for 28 people in a drug roundup, including a teenage girl and a man from Boyertown.

Report: Coroner called to I-78 crash |Mar 31, 2015

Greenwich Twp. >> The coroner has been called to the scene of a multi-vehicle crash that has backed up I-78 West Tuesday morning, WFMZ reported.

Update: Truck driver killed in early morning I-78 crash in Greenwich Township, Berks |Mar 31, 2015

State Police Hamburg responded to a fatal crash early on Tuesday, March 31 on Interstate 78 in Greenwich Township. Berks.

Regional planners resolve Route 422 tolling debate |Mar 31, 2015

POTTSTOWN >> Tolls on Route 422 — the conversation that just won’t die — rose from the grave again Wednesday, March 25, as planners for eight municipalities wrestled with comprehensive plan language to make their opposition to the idea clear.

Berks County commissioners find backdrop for 911 funding plea |Mar 31, 2015

The Berks County commissioners are moving their April 9 meeting to make a point.

Police: Timet explosion ruled accidental; one person killed, several injured in Caernarvon Township, Berks |Mar 31, 2015

State Police are investigating an explosion at Timet Corp., Caernarvon Township, Berks, that killed one worker and injured several others. The incident has been ruled an accident.

25th anniversary Kutztown Fools’ Run honors memory of local runner Sally Miksiewicz |Mar 31, 2015

The excitement built as runners lined up at the starting line for the 25th annual Kutztown Fools’ Run on Saturday.

Robbery at Dollar General in Hamburg on Monday, March 30 |Mar 31, 2015

Hamburg Borough Police report that an armed robbery occurred at the Dollar General store in Hamburg on Monday, March 30 at approximately 8:55 p.m.

Boyertown extends school year to make up for snow days |Mar 30, 2015

Boyertown students will still be attending classes until June 8 to make up for days missed during the winter.

The Historian: A Curious Old Deed |Mar 30, 2015

A curious old deed has come to light. The well preserved parchment says that in 1789, the Rev. Johannes Christophe Kunze, D. D. (John Christopher Kunze) “of the City of New York” bought of Peter Richards, shopkeeper, and his wife Magdalena, a parcel containing 58 acres in New Hanover Township.

Boyertown offers teachers early retirement incentives |Mar 30, 2015

The Boyertown Area School District will be offering early retirement incentives for teachers departing at the end of the current school year.

Northern Berks Community Garden members ready for second year |Mar 30, 2015

Pastor Bruce Osterhout is not new to ministry, having served in Reading city churches for over thirty years, but his position at Zion’s Lutheran Church, getting to know Northern Berks County, and having a large community garden as part of his ministry is all relatively new.

Children take part in second annual Eggstravaganza at Schuylkill Valley Community Library |Mar 30, 2015

Schuylkill Valley Community Library held their second annual “Eggstravaganza” on Saturday, March 28. The event began at 10:30 a.m. with projects for the early birds, including coloring, word searches, and foam chicks to decorate.

Police officers meet in Hamburg for Below 100 Program |Mar 30, 2015

Forty-nine police officers from 22 police departments representing both Schuylkill and Berks County met at Hamburg Area High School on Tuesday, March 24, to participate in the Below 100 Program that aims to reduce the line-of-duty deaths of police officers to less than 100 per year.

Montgomery County S.P.C.A. Pets of the Week |Mar 30, 2015

This is Roxy. She is a beagle and labrador retriever mix. This adorable girl is approximately 9 years old but still enjoys long walks and being active. Roxy is a wonderful mix of both breeds. Stop in and meet her and many other shelter friends at the Perkiomenville S.

On Tap |Mar 30, 2015

Send your event listings to content manager Matt D’Ippolito at mdippolito@21st-centurymedia.com to have them listed in On Tap! Deadline for submissions is noon Tuesday.

Gov. Wolf’s state budget proposes increased educational funding: Fleetwood could received additional $321,244 in basic education funding and $171,262 in special education funding |Mar 30, 2015

On March 3, Governor Tom Wolf presented his state budget proposal to the Legislature. Governor Wolf highlighted the importance of a strong public education system to our future. The funding of public education was a focus of the speech.

Fleetwood couple celebrates 50th Anniversary |Mar 30, 2015

Darlene and Martin Younker, Fleetwood, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 27.

Hamburg area church calendar April 1 edition |Mar 30, 2015

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

Hamburg area calendar of events April 1 edition |Mar 30, 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’s From the Early Files April 1 edition |Mar 30, 2015

25 Years Ago April 4, 1990 >> In appreciation for his generosity and service to the community, Herb Gebely was inducted as an honorary member of the Hamburg Exchange Club.

Welcome to my World: April Fool’s stories |Mar 30, 2015

“Let us be thankful for the fools.

From the Item Editor: Being a part of the show |Mar 30, 2015

Recently, I had the opportunity to be not only part of a jury for the first time, but to also be the client of a law firm. On the evening of Saturday, March 21, I was able to sit in Judge Judy Koch’s court room at Haag’s Hotel in Shartlesville and watch Melissa Cheatham of The Law Firm of Dewy, Cheatham, & Howe go head to head with Sydney Schyster of Spring, Schyster, &Shark Legal Counseling.

A recipe for your Easter celebration |Mar 30, 2015

A popular treat during the Easter season is peanut butter eggs covered in milk chocolate.

WTIM: Music around town April 1 edition |Mar 30, 2015

By Tim Dietterick Circulation Manager, Berks-Mont Newspapers

Schuylkill Valley High School Marching Band, Concert Band And Chorus perform at the Walt Disney World Resort |Mar 30, 2015

Members of Schuylkill Valley High School Marching Band, Concert Band and Chorus became stars of their own Disney show on March 15 and March 16 when they entertained resort guests at the Magic Kingdom Park and Melody Gardens Theater in the Epcot Park.

My View: I completed the Fools Run 5k! |Mar 30, 2015

I was a runner in my youth, participating in track and cross country. Knee injuries put my running career to a halt in college but I still fondly remember that feeling of flying while out running. So when Don Sechler of the Kutztown Optimist Club asked if I’d be running in the Kutztown Fools Run this year, I couldn’t decline.

Morning snow forgotten with the springtime spirit of Berks County Parks’ Annual Eggstravaganza |Mar 30, 2015

Morning snow flurries and cool winds did not delay the Easter Bunny’s arrival to the annual Eggstravaganza at the Berks County Heritage Center. March 28 may have yielded a wintry weather feel outdoors, but it did not keep away families eager to celebrate spring with the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.

Schuylkill Valley youth wrestler competes at State Championship |Mar 30, 2015

Kyle Vernon, of Mohrsville, recently returned from the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championship tournament in Erie, where he placed 17th out of approximately 1,500 wrestlers. This was the first time in more than 10 years that a youth wrestler from Schuylkill Valley has made it to the state championship.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Lucky and Pebbles |Mar 30, 2015

Lucky and her daughter, Pebbles, are a gorgeous pair of glamour girls, both long-haired calicos. They are young adults, with Lucky being only 3 years old and Pebbles only 1 1/2.

Cadets graduate from MCCC Municipal Police Academy, raise $3K for Angel Trust Fund |Mar 30, 2015

Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy Class 1404 graduated 31 cadets on March 25 during a ceremony held at the College’s Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

Kutztown Easter Bunny Train nearly sold out; passengers enjoy visit with the Bunny on train to Topton |Mar 30, 2015

“Toot, toot!” and “Ding, Ding!” as the train arrived at the Kutztown Train Station on Sunday, for the second day of the Easter Bunny Train.

Pack 184 participates in Scout Sunday |Mar 30, 2015

Pack 184 participated in Scout Sunday, Feb. 8, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hamburg.

Living history at Kutztown Easter on the Farm: Demos, activities, egg hunts, food and music offer historical experience at Pa. German Cultural Heritage Center |Mar 30, 2015

Visitors experienced history at Easter on the Farm on March 28 at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University.

Annual banquet celebrates beauty and bounty of outdoors at Salem EC Church |Mar 29, 2015

The third Annaul Sportsmen’s Banquet at Salem EC Church, Lenhartsville, included something for everyone. Organizers of the banquet were pleased with the event, with approximately 125 in attendance.

Sweet treat busyness |Mar 29, 2015

Becky Degler is just one of many members and friends of Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Church, of Bernville, helping create the traditional sweet Easter treats that the church is known for making annually.

Shed fire on Wednesday spread to adjacent Birdsboro homes |Mar 27, 2015

Firefighters responded to a fully-involved fire in a large shed at 119 Furnace St. in Birdsboro Wednesday afternoon, March 25.

10th Annual Art Students’ Exhibition and Competition to be held at MCCC, Pottstown |Mar 27, 2015

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) will be highlighting the talent of its art students at its Tenth Annual Art Students’ Exhibition and Competition, which opens Wednesday, April 1, and continues through Friday, April 24, at the Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown.

Kutztown Jazz Festival: Kutztown Middle School hosted five guest bands |Mar 27, 2015

Kutztown Middle School hosted its instrumental Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. There were five guest bands. Both the Elementary and Middle School Kutztown Jazz Bands performed.

Lower Macungie Township Historical Society honors Kutztown’s Dr. Don Yoder and Bob Ensminger as scholars of the barn |Mar 27, 2015

The Lower Macungie Township Historical Society honored Dr. Don Yoder, co-founder and director of the Pennsylvania Folklife Society and the Kutztown Folk Festival, and Bob Ensminger, emeritus professor of geography at Kutztown University, during the Lower Macungie Barn Expo 2015.

Through My Kitchen Window: Baking Anna’s Pumpkin Spice Cake |Mar 26, 2015

My daughter Anna, 3, really wanted to make something with pumpkin after she found a can of pumpkin puree in the cabinet.