COMMUNITY CONNECTION

Hamburg School Board approves proposed final budget with no tax increase |May 23, 2018

On May 21, Hamburg Area School Directors voted, 8-0, to approve the proposed final budget of $41.82 million with no tax increase for the 2018-2019 school year.

State System of Higher Education names next chancellor, Daniel Greenstein, formerly of the Gates Foundation |May 23, 2018

The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education selected Daniel Greenstein, former Gates Foundation director, as the State System’s fifth chancellor.

Frog Holler performs indie-rock at Kutztown Park June 2 |May 23, 2018

Frog Holler returns by popular demand to perform at the Kutztown Park Bandshell from 7 to 9 p.m. on June 2.

Hawk Mountain Arts Tour features wide variety of art |May 23, 2018

The 13th annual Hawk Mountain Arts Tour, held June 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a free self-guided driving tour held every year on the first Saturday in June. The self-guided driving tour winds about a 25-mile radius all within scenic Albany Township, this year with a satellite location at Hamburg Park.

Caltagirone: PUC order directing consumer utility credits is welcome |May 23, 2018

House Consumer Affairs Committee Democratic Chairman Tom Caltagirone said today that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s order directing utility suppliers to pass along industry tax reductions to their customers is welcome news for families and seniors across the state.

Berks Parks & Recreation hosts Festivals, concerts and more |May 23, 2018

Early Bird Fiddle Festival Join musicians and music fans from all over Berks County for this year’s Early Bird Fiddle Festival 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 9. This FREE event will highlight bluegrass, Celtic, and folk music on stage and in the field at the Berks County Heritage Center.

Senate approves legislation addressing standardized tests, technical education |May 23, 2018

The Senate approved two measures this week sponsored by Senator Ryan Aument (R-36) that would study the effectiveness of standardized testing in schools and improve certification requirements for vocational teachers.

Clay on Main announces ‘Around the Ancient World’ Summer Camp |May 23, 2018

This summer, kids between the ages 6 to 12 can spend five days learning, playing and creating in Clay on Main’s ceramics studio. The camp runs from July 30 to August 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

8 students awarded Fools’ Run scholarships to attend Kutztown University |May 23, 2018

Eight students promising and deserving students from high schools in northeast Berks County received scholarships from the Kutztown Area Optimist Club to attend Kutztown University in the fall. The scholarships are generated through proceeds from the Kutztown Fools’ Run.

Fleetwood May Students of the Month |May 23, 2018

Daniel Jablonski Daniel is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jablonski of Blandon. Daniel will be attending Penn State University to acquire a degree in electrical engineering and start a career in the engineering field.

Single-lane roundabout opens at 222 & 662, Richmond Township |May 23, 2018

A new single-lane roundabout opened overnight May 21 at the intersection of US 222/Kutztown Road and PA 662/Moselem Springs Road in Richmond Township.

Youth invited to Shoey Children’s Fair and Parade June 2 |May 23, 2018

“Let’s Make a Splash” is the theme of the 67th annual Shoemakersville’s Children’s Fair and Parade. The theme was chosen to honor the 50th anniversary of the community’s swimming pool.

Bailey Wood Products, Kempton, marks 90 years in business |May 22, 2018

During May of this year, Bailey Wood Products marked its 90th year in business. In continuous operation since 1928, this family owned business has prospered in good times and weathered adversity during bad times by hard work, bending with the times and growing to become the modern specialty lumber business it is today.

Emergency crews raise American flag for NJ Trooper killed in I-78 crash |May 22, 2018

Emergency personnel raised the American flag from fire trucks at the I-78 overpass in Greenwich Township on May 22 as police escorted the hearse of the late Brian McNally, 30, a New Jersey State Trooper and a Marine, as the procession passed the scene of the May 20 fatal accident on I-78.

Veterans, spouses invited to free seminar on long-term care benefits |May 22, 2018

Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care invites all veterans and their spouses to attend a free seminar to learn about long term care benefits available to veterans who served on active duty on Thursday, June 7.

Bally Vacation Bible School promotes conflict resolution |May 22, 2018

Vacation Bible School at Bally Mennonite Church will be held July 9 to July 13 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for children Ages 4 through Grade 5.

Boyertown Auto Body Works employees reunite at Museum of Historic Vehicles |May 22, 2018

More than 120 former employees of the Boyertown Auto Body Works attended a Reunion at the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles on May 19.

Samantha Haag crowned 2018-19 Berks County Dairy Princess |May 22, 2018

The 2018-2019 Berks County Dairy Princess is excited to promote the Berks County Dairy Industry. Samantha Haag was crowned as the 2018-19 Berks County Dairy Princess on May 5 at the Mohrsville Church of the Brethren.

Grange supports Hamburg alum battling blood cancer |May 22, 2018

On May 12, the Hamburg Grange #2103 presented a $2,800 check to Bonnie Henry of Shoemakersville.

Andrea Funk speaks at First Chamber Dinner; Chamber Member of Year awarded to John Scott |May 21, 2018

Andrea Funk, former CEO of Cambridge-Lee Industries, spoke on “What Makes a Company Successful?” during the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce’s First Chamber Dinner held at Kutztown University on May 17.

Kutztown 8th grader Joanna Herrlin knitted to support after-school program Oasis |May 19, 2018

Kutztown eighth grader Joanna Herrlin came up with an idea over this past summer to use her knitting skills to benefit her community.

Kutztown Middle School Career Day offers exploration of many career paths |May 19, 2018

Kutztown Middle School welcomed about 45 professionals, from firefighters to sheep farmers, into the classrooms for Career Day on May 18.

Conestoga Church hosts program on Lazarus Project fighting opioid crisis |May 18, 2018

People gathered at the Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main Street in Morgantown, May 14, at 7 p.m. to learn about the Lazarus Project, a Lancaster County project fighting the national crisis of overdose deaths from opioids.

Chester County artist, Doug Mott, opens his home |May 18, 2018

The minute you walk in the door, you’re looking out a window. In other words, as soon as you’re in, you’re out again. Sort of.

Twin Valley Middle School celebrates ‘Schools To Watch’ designation |May 18, 2018

On May 11, 2018, Twin Valley Middle School celebrated its 2018 Don Eichborn Schools “Schools to Watch®” designation with a school wide pep rally, followed by a reception with artistic and musical performances, and recognition given to its students, staff and leadership by Board President Gary McEwen, Superintendent Robert Pleis, Senator Judith Schwank and Senator John Rafferty Jr.

New exhibit at Clay on Main: ‘Working Surface’ |May 18, 2018

Clay on Main will showcase works by local artists in a new exhibit, “Working Surface: Indulging in Appearances,” open now through June 17 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Railfest in Hamburg features demonstrations and exhibits |May 18, 2018

The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum invites everyone to “Railfest 2018: Hauling Black Diamonds on the Reading Railroad” on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, June 10, from noon to 5 p.

Hamburg School Board opposes proposed budget |May 17, 2018

It’s back to the drawing board for the Hamburg Area School District and its budget for the 2018-19 school year.

Frystown Lions Club sponsors Spotted Lanternfly informational program |May 17, 2018

In a continuing effort to make a difference in the community the Frystown Lions Club recently sponsored an information night on the Spotted Lanternfly.

Kutztown Prom |May 17, 2018

Rock painting at the library |May 17, 2018

The Brandywine Community Library held a rock painting party on their patio on May 12.

Hamburg Borough Police honor memory of police killed in line of duty 90 years ago |May 17, 2018

The Hamburg Police Department remembers and recognizes that 90 years ago, Chief Wilson Lewars and an assisting officer confronted armed individuals that were in the commission of a forcible felony.

Michael Sexton of Longswamp Troop 575 earns Eagle Scout rank |May 17, 2018

Brandywine Heights High School sophomore Michael R. Sexton, 15, of Longswamp Troop 575, recently received his Eagle Scout rank. For his Eagle Project, Sexton fundraised, organized, and constructed a GaGa Ball Pit for the Topton Borough Park Renovation Project.

Fleetwood Junior Troop earns Business Owner Badge |May 17, 2018

Fleetwood Junior Troop 1956 visited Dianna, owner of Rita’s Blandon and Sinking Spring locations. The troop was working on earning their Business Owner badge. The Girl Scouts received a tour of the shop, learned how their ice is made and were given a nice cool treat while they talked business.

Virtual reality brings learning to life for Schuylkill Valley students |May 17, 2018

A dinosaur jumped off the iPhone screen in 3-D, much to the amazement of dinosaur fan Logan Henne, a first grader at Schulykill Valley Elementary.

Fulfilling a dog’s bucket list: Rescue dog diagnosed with terminal cancer eats out at 1787 Brewing Co. |May 17, 2018

Steve MacBeth of 1787 Brewing Company served an unusual dinner guest during the pub’s Friends and Family Night on May 11.

Circle M Ranch Speedway comes back to life annually for Eddie Mates Memorial Racers’ Reunion |May 15, 2018

The Circle M Ranch Speedway ran weekly stock car races from 1955 through the 1958 season. The Auburn racetrack closed down nearly 60 years ago but once a year it comes back to life for the annual “Eddie Mates Memorial” Racers’ Reunion.

Local Morgantown resident wins national recognition |May 15, 2018

Lisa Thomas, from the Kinder Care Learning Center in Exton and a Morgantown resident, has received the 2018 Terri Lynne Lokoff Children’s TYLENOL® Children’s ZYRTEC® National Child Care Teacher Award.

Twin Valley School District receives grant for hands-on STEM Program |May 15, 2018

Students and teachers at the Twin Valley School District will soon have access to a curricular program that will give students an advantage in their education and future careers. The opportunity is made possible through a partnership between Bemis Company and Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a nonprofit organization that provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science.

2018 Tri-County Art Show student winners |May 15, 2018

The 23rd annual Tri-County Art Show presented by the Twin Valley Rotary Club was held at the Classic Auto Mall in Morgantown on April 13 to 15. The show presented the work of 25 area artists and 20 Twin Valley High School students.

Honey Brook Community Partnership awards grants to civic organizations |May 15, 2018

The Honey Brook Community Partnership held its 10th Annual Social Gathering and 1st Community Grants Program on April 26 at the Long Way Home Grill and Pub. The Partnership’s 2018 Community Grants were presented to various non-profit organizations serving the Honey Brook Community, which includes the Borough, Township and surrounding area.

Tri County Community Calendar May 22 |May 15, 2018

Submit events about 10 days in advance of publication date to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com. Note Tri County Record Calendar.

The Porkroll Project kicks off summer concert series in Honey Brook Borough |May 15, 2018

The FREE Concert in the Park series will kick off on Sunday, June 3 at 5:30 pm, when The Porkroll Project takes the stage, performing for the second time in Honey Brook Borough Park. The Porkroll Project hails from the greater Philadelphia area and are a hard rocking blues band who play a high energy blend of fresh covers and originals.

PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: No Longer With Us, But Still Teaching |May 15, 2018

Kids must listen to their parents! That’s the only way learning will take place…NOT! Occasionally over the years when I have written a column, I have mentioned our oldest son, Greg, who died of an undisclosed heart ailment at the age of 23.

Cedar Grove hosts Blessing of the Cycles Sunday Benefit Ride |May 15, 2018

Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church will have a Blessing of the Cycles service on Sunday, June 10. Worship will begin at 10 a.m. We will provide a lunch at 11:30 a.m. Kick Stands are up at 12:30 p.m.

Mr. Twin Valley pageant raises nearly $3K for Hope Rescue Mission |May 15, 2018

Twin Valley High School’s Student Council hosted the annual Mr. Twin Valley pageant to raise money for the Hope Rescue Mission.

PA German Heritage Days celebrate Kutztown’s roots |May 14, 2018

Kutztown School District hosted two PA German Heritage Days, one at Greenwich Elementary on May 4 and another at Kutztown Elementary on May 11. The all-day events included PA German historical presentations, art, activities, demonstrations and games.

District Attorney rules trooper-involved shooting justified |May 12, 2018

On March 28, on the parking lot of the Walmart located along Mill Creek Road in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County, Trooper Brian Bird of the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, Bethlehem, Fogelsville Station, discharged his service weapon nine times and mortally wounded Aaron Ibrahem, age 26, of Mertztown, Berks County, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘Bones and BioArcheology’ to be subject of Hopewell Furnace program |May 11, 2018

On Sunday, May 20, the Friends of Hopewell Furnace will host Rutgers Archeologist Kimberlee Sue Moran’s presentation “Bones and BioArchaeology in Philadelphia – an Arch Street Project Update.

Applying for veterans benefits should never come with a fee |May 11, 2018

Veterans and their dependents should never pay for help to apply for veterans’ benefits, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). That’s because federal and state law makes provisions for accredited veterans service organizations to provide free advice and assistance to veterans as they apply for veterans’ benefits.