School House Rock! musician Bob Dorough, 91, performs at Kutztown High School, helps Kutztown junior with Grammy Band audition |Oct 2, 2015

Bob Dorough, beloved artist known for writing songs for Schoolhouse Rock!, performed at Kutztown Area High School on Sept. 29.

Update: Second Annual Autism Fall Festival at Fellowship Farm moved to Oct. 17 |Oct 2, 2015

UPDATE: Due to weather forecasts, this event has been changed from Oct. 3 to Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Boyertown residents vocal on partial road closure for Colebrookdale Railroad |Oct 2, 2015

BOYERTOWN >> While neighbors oppose a proposal to close part of Third Street for use by the Colebrookdale Railroad, borough merchants say they welcome the move as a way to boost tourism and business.

Sly Fox Brewing Company Donates Over $4,000 to the Schuylkill River Trail |Oct 2, 2015

Sly Fox Brewing Company presented a check for $4,018 to the Schuylkill River Heritage Area recently to benefit the Schuylkill River Trail.

Birdsboro Rotary Club announces Halloween Parade |Oct 2, 2015

On Thursday, Oct. 22, the Birdsboro Rotary Club will be hosting its Annual Halloween Parade. The rain date is Thursday, Oct. 29.

Bethel home fire believed accidental; Fire still under investigation |Oct 1, 2015

Fire at a Bethel home on Sept. 29 is under investigation.

Montgomery County DA announces additional charges against Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane |Oct 1, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> The recent search of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s Harrisburg office turned up what Montgomery County prosecutors likely consider the smoking gun of their investigation into Kane’s alleged lies to an investigative grand jury.

4 tractor trailer trucks collide on I-78 in Upper Bern, 3 trucks engulfed in flames on Sept. 29 |Oct 1, 2015

Three tractor trailer trucks were engulfed in flames as the result of a four commercial vehicle crash on Interstate 78 in Upper Bern Township Sept. 29.

Draggin’ Wagons Car Club Show in Honey brook |Oct 1, 2015

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Employees recognized for years of dedication 20 Chestnut Knoll Personal Care, Memory Care, and At Home employees were honored |Sep 30, 2015

When employees are recognized for their achievements, hard work, and dedication, it has an impact on employee satisfaction and commitment. Chestnut Knoll recognizes the work that each of their employees put into their job, and they regularly reward those who have longevity in the company, or go above and beyond their roles.

History Mystery Tour with Chestnut Knoll At Home announced |Sep 30, 2015

Are you a history buff? Chestnut Knoll has the perfect adventure for you! Chestnut Knoll At Home, Gilbertsville, invites the public to take a Local History Mystery Tour of Boyertown! This exciting event will be held Wednesday, October 7 from 10 a.

October events in the Boyertown area |Sep 30, 2015

Friday, Oct. 2 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 $8 at the door.

Kindred Spirits Too Quilt Guild hosts quilt show, raises funds for Boone Area Library |Sep 29, 2015

Members of Kindred Spirits Too Quilt Guild hosted their first quilt show at Boone Area Library Sept. 20 and donated proceeds from the show to the Boone Area Library. The show also included raffles, refreshments, handmade items for sale and a contest for best quilt.

Exeter Ambulance Association extends ‘olive branch’ to Exeter Township |Sep 29, 2015

It wasn’t until nearly one week after the news broke about a lawsuit, that the Exeter Ambulance Association (EAA) was served lawsuit papers from Exeter Township, said EAA President Kathy Cortellessa last Wednesday.

Boyertown Jaycees announce 63rd Annual Halloween Parade |Sep 29, 2015

The Boyertown Jaycees 63rd Annual Halloween Parade is planned for Saturday, Oct. 24, beginning at 7 p.m.

Frecon Farms celebrates fall with annual ‘Pick Your Own’ invitation |Sep 29, 2015

Frecon Farms has kicked off their annual “Pick your own fruit” — community members now have the chance to explore 30 acres of land and their own apples, pears, pumpkins, and other fruits that are grown in the orchard.

Drama of education funding hits the stage in school play |Sep 29, 2015

Pennsylvania’s school funding crisis will take center stage in School Play at a location to be announced — at 7 p.m.

‘A lifetime experience that we will never forget’ — seeing Pope Francis |Sep 29, 2015

Karen Smith and her daughter, Jennifer, of Gilbertsville traveled to Philadelphia to join in the celebration of the Festival of Families on Saturday, September 26. The Smith’s joined 20 other pilgrims on a bus tour that dismissed from Most Blessed Sacrament, Bally.

‘Jacques Brel is Alive and Well … and Living in Paris’ comes to Steel River Playhouse |Sep 28, 2015

“No music I’ve ever heard speaks so directly to our humanity.” So says, Steel River Artistic Director, Gene Teruso, of the theater’s next offering, “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well … and Living in Paris.

Hamburg 2015 Homecoming Queen and King crowned |Sep 28, 2015

Hamburg Area High School celebrated its annual homecoming during the week of Sept. 21 to 26. The high school students participated in spirit week with dress up days including superhero day, squad day, neon day, Disney day and red and white day on Friday with an all school pep rally.

Request to close portion of Third Street in Boyertown to be discussed at Sept. 30 meeting |Sep 28, 2015

There has been a proposal presented to Borough Council by the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust to permanently close the section of Third Street between Chestnut Street and Pear Street. This would be to allow the trains to be maintained in a convenient and safe manner.

Former East Greenville resident, now at Frederick Living, to turn 100 |Sep 28, 2015

On most Friday nights, Evelyn Thomas, formerly of East Greenville and for the past seven years a resident at Frederick Living, Frederick, Pa., can be found with her bridge group. Mrs. Thomas, who will be 100 on Oct.

Salem-Berne UMC Car Show sees record turnout with more than 100 vehicles |Sep 28, 2015

The 2015 car show season is drawing to an end but fantastic weather coupled with dedicated promotion resulted in a record turnout for the 11th Annual Country Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show at the Salem-Berne UMC Church in Hamburg on Saturday, Sept.

Malvern Federal Savings Bank to hold job fairs in response to recent disruptions in local banking market |Sep 28, 2015

Malvern Federal Savings Bank, whose parent company is Malvern Bancorp, Inc., (Nasdaq: MLVF), will hold two job fairs in response to disruptions in the local banking market including staff reductions at other banks due to recent acquisition activity.

911 Call Night teaches Fleetwood Brownie Troop about safety and First Aid |Sep 28, 2015

Fleetwood Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1956 had a special visitor from the Berks County 911 Call Center. Miss Jodi came to their meeting to teach the girls about what she does and to teach the girls a few things about safety and First Aid.

On the ground: Pope Francis arrives in Philadelphia |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> As Shepherd One quietly glided into Atlantic Aviation at Philadelphia International Airport, Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia officially began.

Faithful pack Cathedral Basilica for Mass with Pope Francis |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The largest cathedral in Pennsylvania was certainly the right setting for Pope Francis on Saturday morning.

$55,808 donated to the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholarship Foundation |Sep 26, 2015

National Penn Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: NPBC) announced today a $55,808 contribution to the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholarship Foundation. The donation is part of more than $1,000,000 contributed this year to eligible organizations across its marketplace by National Penn through its participation in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

Dancing Tree Creations names Tori Burks in Budding Artist Program for Young Local Artists, reception set for Oct. 1 |Sep 26, 2015

Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery and Studio will kick-off their Fall Events by inviting the public to meet their next featured Budding Artist, Tori Burks, by joining them, along with many other local artists, for light refreshments on Thursday, Oct.

Boyertown/Oley Bark For Life set for Oct. 4 at Oley Fairgrounds |Sep 26, 2015

Bark For Life will be filling up the Oley Fairgrounds on Sunday, Oct. 4. Registration begins at 10 a.m.

56th Annual Cavalcade of Bands set for this Saturday in Boyertown |Sep 25, 2015

The community is invited to the 56th Annual Cavalcade of Bands on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Boyertown Area Senior High School’s Memorial Stadium.

Daniel Boone school board considers building and enrollment studies |Sep 25, 2015

The Daniel Boone School Board was split Sept. 14 on whether to proceed with more studies of the district’s facilities and enrollment, in order to determine future years’ budgets.

Daniel Boone Homestead announces Heritage Day |Sep 25, 2015

Each year the Homestead celebrates the arrival of fall with an exciting living history event! This year’s event features horse-drawn wagon rides and a variety of eighteenth century demonstrations, trades, and hands-on activities.

Catch ‘Jurassic World’ Drive-In Movie Screening on Oct. 10 in Blue Bell |Sep 25, 2015

Oct. 10 is the rescheduled date for the “Jurassic World” drive-in movie screening, presented by Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) and Whitpain Township’s Department of Parks and Recreation.

Staff at St. Francis Academy readies for Papal Visit |Sep 25, 2015

Most Blessed Sacrament church in Bally is sending a bus to the World Meeting of Families on Saturday. “It will be a unique experience,” predicts Msgr. Edward Coyle, pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament Church.

Amity Township: New parking fines approved; EAA to shut down transport system |Sep 25, 2015

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved on Sept 16 to advertise for adoption an amendment to its parking ordinance, which would include a daily $40 fine for illegally parked trucks, campers, boats, dumpsters, and storage containers on township streets.

First Kutztown Chocolate Crawl sold out; 10 merchants participated, 200 tickets sold |Sep 25, 2015

Kutztown area residents explored downtown merchants and were rewarded with a chocolate treat at each stop in the community’s first Chocolate Crawl Thursday, Sept. 24.

Hamburg High school library welcomes changes |Sep 25, 2015

In the past, libraries have been seen as quiet places where lovers of books can go to read in silence. Now, they are changing into something much greater than a bibliophile’s get away, starting with our own school library.

Meet our new superintendent - Dr. Mextorf |Sep 25, 2015

New to Hamburg this year is Dr. Richard Mextorf, the superintendent from Grove City Area School District.

Fleetwood Homecoming Parade follows new route due to construction |Sep 25, 2015

Homecoming Weekend is upon us. There are many events starting Friday evening through Saturday that the entire family will enjoy.

Northeast Berks Chamber honors Shining Stars; LuAnn Oatman of Berks Encore awarded 2015 Member of the Year |Sep 25, 2015

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce held its second Shining Star Awards on Sept. 24 at Berkleigh Golf Club in Kutztown.

Montgomery County singers will be entertaining Pope Francis as part of the choir |Sep 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Keep a close eye on the faces performing before the pope this weekend. Chances are you may see someone you know.

Kutztown senior Pierre Reedy plays for New York Red Bulls, commits to Penn State |Sep 25, 2015

Pierre Reedy, a senior at Kutztown Area High School, is a decorated soccer player. He is an Interregional Best XI, All State/Regional All-American (2014), obtained two national training center invites and High School Player of the Year (2014).

‘Horror in Free Love Valley’ returns to Brinton Lodge with a new production for Halloween |Sep 25, 2015

Historic Brinton Lodge will open its doors to the public for the month of October with the Halloween production, “Horror in Free Love Valley.”

Five Generations |Sep 25, 2015

Ava Faye Losito, 3 months, is held by her Great-Great Grandmother Marion Schappell. With them are from left, her Grandmother LeAnn Kolson of Kutztown, her father Brad Losito of Hamburg and her Great-Grandmother Faye Miller of Kutztown.

Walking from Baltimore to Philly to see Pope Francis, stopping at Neumann along the way |Sep 25, 2015

ASTON >> As she lies awake at night because of the pain so anguishing all she can do is pray, Paula Tiller hopes God will transform the agony she endures during her 100-mile walk to Philadelphia to see the pope into grace for her children.

Berks County: Potato Project produces 24,240 pounds of potatoes for food bank from one acre |Sep 25, 2015

A group of 142 volunteers harvested 24,240 pounds of potatoes for local food banks from a donated acre of ground in Richmond Township on Sept. 20. Another two-acre field is scheduled for harvesting on the following weekend.

Memorial bench dedicated to the late Norman R. Rhoads Sr. in Morgan Circle Park, Caernarvon Township, Berks |Sep 24, 2015

A crowd of nearly 50 people, including township officials, friends and family of the late Norman R. Rhoads Sr., gathered Sunday, Sept. 20 in Morgan Circle Park near the Village Library in Morgantown to witness the dedication of a special bench and garden in memory of Rhoads who was also known fondly as “The Train Man.

Prayers of thousands left at Knotted Grotto in front of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul |Sep 24, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> For all the hustle and bustle of a big city starting to explode with pilgrims, a hush had fallen over the outside of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

Plenty of SEPTA papal rail passes remain until Friday; PATCO passes available all weekend |Sep 24, 2015

For anyone planning on traveling into Center City to see Pope Francis this weekend but who has been procrastinating, there’s good news − there are still plenty of special weekend passes available no matter from where you’re coming.