‘State of The Counties’ panel to be featured at TriCounty Chamber’s Economic Development Luncheon |Oct 13, 2015

Community members are invited to hear the “State of The Counties” at this year’s TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 11:30 a.

Exeter Fire Department to hold open house this Saturday |Oct 13, 2015

Exeter Township Volunteer Fire Department’s newly implemented emergency services capabilities will be the focal point of the Open House and Recruitment Day at the Reiffton Station (46 West 33rd Street) this Saturday, Oct.

Amity to adopt two street ordinances |Oct 13, 2015

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors has advertised to adopt two streets ordinances on Oct. 21.

Montgomery County Community College to Co-host 11th Annual ‘Straight Talk’ Program |Oct 13, 2015

The Montgomery County Teen Parent Task Force, in collaboration with Montgomery County Community College (MCCC), will host its 11th annual Straight Talk program on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 6:30-9 p.m.

Employees contribute $235,000 in Grants for Pennsylvania nonprofits |Oct 13, 2015

Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF), including employees from John Middleton, donated $235,000 to 17 nonprofits in Pennsylvania with many located near the Philadelphia area. In Pennsylvania, ACECF has donated nearly $1 million since 2011 to support organizations that focus on hunger relief, youth and senior services, homelessness, domestic violence, and emergency services.

Leader Dogs for the Blind: ‘Let’s raise a puppy!’ — Part I |Oct 13, 2015

In “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee wrote, “You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.

Exeter Police to host child seat seminar next month |Oct 13, 2015

Exeter Police announced Friday, Oct. 9, that next month they will be having child seat seminars for the public.

Red Corner Benefit returns to Douglassville for 7th year |Oct 13, 2015

union >> The Annual Red Corner Benefit is returning to Union Township for its 7th year this week.

Fleetwood Brownie Troop explores forms of art, earn Potters Badge |Oct 12, 2015

Fleetwood Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1793 was being creative as they worked on earning their Potters Badge. The girls explored different forms of art all year long, as well as learning some history behind it.

Fleetwood Brownie Troop visits Northern Berks Police, learn how police protect the public |Oct 12, 2015

Fleetwood Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1793 visited Officer Woods and Officer Parks at the Northern Berks Police Station. The girls learned about how the police officers protect them and keep them safe.

Oley Fire Co. 8th Annual Antique Power and Apple Festival Car Show |Oct 12, 2015

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Leesport Fire company open house |Oct 11, 2015

Union Fire Company in Leesport hosted its Open House on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Reading Area Community College hosts Immigrants’ Rights and Resources Symposium |Oct 11, 2015

Reading Area Community College’s student Multicultural/International Club will host an Immigrants’ Rights and Resources Symposium on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Gust Zogas Student Union Building.

Laughter and art flow at Paint with Spirit Event, benefits Hamburg Area Art Alliance and Our Town Foundation |Oct 11, 2015

Paint with Spirit, a relaxed evening including acrylic painting instruction, was held Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the activity room adjacent to the Strand Movie Theatre on Fourth Street in Hamburg. The event, which promised a fun night of painting, wine and laughter, benefited the Hamburg Area Art Alliance and Hamburg’s Our Town Foundation.

Fleetwood Community Theatre presents murder mystery comedy ‘The Game’s Afoot’ |Oct 11, 2015

Fleetwood Community Theatre presents one of Ken Ludwig’s new plays, The Game’s Afoot (Or Holmes for the Holidays), a murder mystery comedy of whodunit, a first for the local theatre. The cast includes actors from Hamburg.

‘Toast with a Ghost’ at Brinton Lodge and Ridgewood Winery |Oct 9, 2015

Brinton Lodge and Ridgewood Winery will partner this October for a new seasonal event, “Toast with a Ghost Tour.” The tour is scheduled every Sunday from Oct. 4 to Nov. 1, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary celebrates 25th Season with two new attractions |Oct 9, 2015

Terror Behind the Walls, America’s largest haunted house, is located inside the massive, castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia,. This extraordinary theatrical production, consistently ranked among the top haunted attractions in the nation, runs select evenings from Sept.

Oley Valley calendar of events |Oct 9, 2015

Saturday, Oct. 10 and Sunday, Oct. 11

OVCEF to sponsor Dr. Zackon 5K Memorial Run and Walk |Oct 9, 2015

The Oley Valley Community Education Foundation is sponsoring the 4th Annual Dr. Jeffrey F. Zackon 5K Memorial Run and Walk, which is set to take place on Saturday, October 17, 2015. Registration for the race starts at 8 A.

100th Pennsylvania Farm Show Celebrates 100-Days Until the Show With Call For Farm Show Stories and Photos |Oct 9, 2015

With the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show only 100 days away, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding is calling on past and present visitors, vendors and exhibitors to share their blue-ribbon Farm Show memories.

American Folk Art: Form and Function at Clay on Main |Oct 9, 2015

Clay on Main is pleased to present an exhibition of folk art by the late Doris Fry and Jeff Dietrich.

U.S. 422 West to close overnight next week at Route 100 Interchange for bridge construction |Oct 8, 2015

U.S. 422 west will be closed and detoured at the Route 100 Interchange on Tuesday, October 13, through Friday, October 16, from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning for the placement of 10 concrete beams on the new bridge being built over the Schuylkill River in North Coventry Township, Chester County, and West Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced today.

Berks County man collects coats for North Philadelphia schoolchildren |Oct 8, 2015

A Berks County man has launched a winter coat drive to help underprivileged children in Philadelphia.

Through My Kitchen WIndow: Picking our own apples, then heading to kitchen |Oct 8, 2015

We love apples so getting to pick our apples was an especially enjoyable experience.

Twin Valley Rotary hosts Empty Bowls Event for Food Pantry |Oct 8, 2015

The Twin Valley Rotary Club of Morgantown is hosting its first annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser on Friday, November 6 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at he Conestoga Christian Church, 2279 Main Street, Morgantown.

Real Estate Column: STAGED TO MOVE! These top 3 must do’s will help your house move quickly in today’s real estate market |Oct 7, 2015

We all want to get the most bang for our buck when we choose to sell anything, especially a house. And no matter what the reason is for selling a home, there is always preparation involved.

Studio B to host Panel Discussion on Critiquing, Publishing, and Promoting |Oct 7, 2015

Writers interested in publishing and promoting their work are invited to Studio B Fine Art Gallery and Studio on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. for a panel discussion entitled “Critiquing, Publishing, and Promoting” featuring Virginia Beards, Professor and writer; Jim Breslin, author, publisher, and founder of the West Chester Slam; Heather Thomas, published author, former poet laureate, and English Professor emeritus; and Dawn Wivell, owner and lead writer at Dawn Wivell Writing Services and teacher of email and social media marketing seminars and webinars.

ArtFusion, Pottstown, highlights inspiring women |Oct 7, 2015

ArtFusion 19464’s latest educational exhibit Her Story opened on Sept. 19 and will run through Oct. 31. This show highlights artwork inspired by women’s history, celebrating notable woman and also addressing important issues, both from the past and today, that highlight the evolution of a woman’s role in society.

Beyond Fit, Douglassville, to celebrate grand opening on Saturday |Oct 7, 2015

There’s a new gym in town. Beyond Fit will be celebrating a grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 10, at their new studio located in Douglassville

Budget impasse puts pressure on Pa. charter schools |Oct 7, 2015

Pennsylvania charter schools are being “strangled” by the state budget impasse that’s dragged on for three months and has cut off funding to school districts, says one charter school advocate.

New Innkeeper brings changes to Main Street Inn in Kutztown |Oct 6, 2015

Shena Corrado is the new Innkeeper and General Manager at Main Street Inn, 401 W. Main St., Kutztown, which has also brought a few changes to the Inn.

Halloween at Boone Homestead slated for Oct. 25 |Oct 6, 2015

Goblins, ghosts, monsters, oh my! Children and adults alike will delight in our annual trick-or-treating event. Costumed children can visit the historic buildings and receive a fun treat, have their face painted, and pick and decorate their own pumpkin.

Exeter Community Library to host yearlong film series |Oct 6, 2015

On Friday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. the Exeter Community Library, led by Ben Sneeringer (a Native Berks Countian, library supporter, and avid film enthusiast) and Executive Director, Mallory Hoffman, will be hosting their first film in a yearlong film series entitled “The Best of the 2000’s: 2000-2009”.

Kutztown senior Tyler Akers joins school board; middle school theater’s future discussed |Oct 6, 2015

The Kutztown School Board unanimously approved Tyler Akers as the 2015-16 student representative and Dean Delp as an alternate Monday, Oct. 5 at its monthly workshop meeting.

ReadingFilmFEST presents the first ever ‘Art of Film’ |Oct 6, 2015

The ReadingFilmFEST (RFF) presents the first ever “Art of Film,” a fine art exhibition featuring regional artists designed to highlight the theme of “FILM,” create awareness of the revamped film festival, and engage the community in the event.

Chestnut Knoll to offer Virtual Dementia Tour to help caregivers understand the struggles of living with dementia |Oct 6, 2015

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live life in the day of someone who has dementia? What is their perspective? Thanks to Chestnut Knoll, caregivers and family members are able to “walk in their loved ones’ shoes” and experience dementia for themselves, so they can better understand the physical and mental challenges of those who have dementia.

Hope Lutheran Church in Bowers raises funds for World Hunger |Oct 6, 2015

Before the Lyons Fiddle Festival begins, there is a Gospel Worship Service beginning at 9 a.m. shared by members of Hope Lutheran Church in Bowers. We usually have more than 100 people attend the worship.

Kutztown lantern release honors memory of Michael Bailey and Heather Delp |Oct 6, 2015

The Kutztown/Brandywine Youth Football and Cheer Association will be holding a Memorial Sky Lantern Release on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 9 at the Kutztown Park youth football field to benefit the families of the late Michael Bailey and the late Heather Delp who were coaches in the Kutztown /Brandywine youth football and cheer program.

Exeter Fire Department’s fire-based EMS a model of success |Oct 5, 2015

Exeter Fire Department Chief Robert Jordan said the department’s recent restructuring — based on a model of fire-based EMS services — is not just fighting fires but also providing EMS and paramedic services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Governor Mifflin to host Substitute Teacher Job Fair |Oct 5, 2015

As part of a continued effort to strengthen the roster of qualified substitute teachers,the Governor Mifflin School District will hold a Substitute Teacher Job Fair.

Third Annual Bark For Life draws crowd to Oley Fairgrounds |Oct 5, 2015

A handful of volunteers continue to push for a cause close to their hearts. On Sunday, Oct. 4, the 3rd Annual Bark For Life of Boyertown/Oley Valley kicked off at the Oley Fairgrounds. The event benefits the American Cancer Society under Boyertown’s Relay For Life.

Mom accused of injecting daughter with heroin, boyfriend also sought by police |Oct 5, 2015

WEST CALN >> A West Caln woman and her boyfriend have been accused by authorities of supplying her 14-year-old daughter and another teenager with heroin and helping them get high, the woman at times injecting both of the teens with the drug.

Spotted lanternfly meeting planned for mid-October in Berks County |Oct 5, 2015

Pennsylvanians interested in learning more about the spotted lanternfly, an invasive species found in the state last fall, are invited to a public meeting in Berks County on Thursday, Oct. 22. The event will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.

Four Berks ambulance squads receive awards |Oct 5, 2015

Of the 36,000 emergency service calls fielded by the four ambulance squads in Berks County, 10 percent represent the most serious type of cardiac emergencies.

Tyler Akers and Sakira Fussner crowned Kutztown Homecoming King and Queen |Oct 5, 2015

Tyler Akers and Sakira Fussner were crowned 2015 Kutztown High School Homecoming King and Queen on Friday night, Oct. 2.

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Tuesday, October 6 6:00-9:00 PM BINGO Nite

Update: Man charged with rape of child in Oley Township |Oct 5, 2015

On Wednesday, Sept. 30, State Police of Reading received a report of a sexual assault involving a 2-year-old male victim. The assault occurred in Oley Township, Berks County.

Kutztown native markets award-winning independent film in NYC |Oct 5, 2015

Kutztown native Sara Kyle, 22, Founder and Managing Director of digital marketing company Vault Collective, has joined forces with Brooklyn-based Harmonium Films & Music to support the theatrical and digital distribution of the award-winning feature film “Movement + Location.

New boxes created for retired flags |Oct 4, 2015

Two local patriotic groups have joined forces to ensure that worn-out American flags receive the proper retirement they deserve.

Tulpehocken’s Isabelle Stull wins 2015 Berks County Outstanding Young Woman |Oct 4, 2015

Tulpehocken High School’s Isabelle Stull won the 2015 Berks County Outstanding Young Woman title at the 53rd annual program Oct. 3.