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Schuylkill Scrub: Anti-litter campaign to span entire spring |Mar 4, 2015

The Schuylkill Action Network is working to rid the Schuylkill River of litter by hosting the Schuylkill Scrub from March 1 to May 31 across Southeast Pennsylvania. Those who add their spring cleanups to this anti-litter campaign can win gift certificates for kayaking, tubing, and more along the Schuylkill River.

Statewide roadside cleanup planned, volunteers needed |Mar 4, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, which begins March 1 and runs through May 31.

New Daniel Boone High School principal meets with community |Mar 4, 2015

Preston N. McKnight, new principal at the Daniel Boone High School, believes and spoke of a positive and successful school future at four energy-filled “meet and greet” sessions on Wednesday, Feb.

Second Annual Golden Apple Gala to benefit Pottstown Area Seniors’ Center |Mar 4, 2015

Slated for March 14, the second annual Golden Apple Gala is less than two weeks away. This exciting event raises money for the Pottstown Area Seniors’ Center’s capital campaign as they work to renovate the former Pottstown Health Club into a modern senior center.

Boyertown Area YMCA Annual Dutch Charity Auction set for March 14 |Mar 4, 2015

The Boyertown Area YMCA Annual Dutch Charity Auction will be held Saturday, March 14, at the Sunnybrook Ballroom, with proceeds to benefit the YMCA Financial Assistance Program. Doors will open at 5 p.

Celebrating the Emerald Isle with ‘The Songs of Ireland’ Concert |Mar 4, 2015

A week after presenting classic French farce, the Historic State Theatre of Boyertown continues a stage tour of Europe with the “Songs of Ireland” concert on March 7.

New Hanover Moms Club recognizes Rare Disease Day, seeks to raise awareness |Mar 4, 2015

Moms and children of New Hanover Township came together on Feb. 28 as part of the ‘Day-by-day, Hand-in-hand’ campaign organized as part of Rare Disease Day.

Cirque D’Or performs at Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading on March 22 |Mar 4, 2015

With their artistic interpretations of the world’s greatest acrobatic skills, Cirque du Soleil changed the landscape of Cirque style productions. With sold out shows worldwide, Cirque du Soleil soon became the world leader in this style of presentation.

Berks County Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt seeks third term |Mar 3, 2015

Reading >> Berks County Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt did not require any pomp and circumstance when he quietly stepped into election season. Seeking his third term, the Democrat simply stated that he would like to continue working on the projects he has in the pipeline.

Guns permitted in Union Township public rec area |Mar 3, 2015

UNION TWP. >> The township supervisors recently approved an ordinance amendment that allows visitors to carry firearms into the Union Township Recreation Area off Route 724.

Boyertown man pleads guilty to sex assault of girl, 14, he met on Facebook |Mar 3, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Berks County man pleaded guilty on Monday to having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

Free Dining with Diabetes program comes to Boyertown this week |Mar 3, 2015

Boyertown>> A free informational diabetes program that includes cooking demonstrations will be offered to local residents starting Thursday.

Berks County Crime Unit investigated prostitution at Jane’s Spa Oriental Massage, Blandon |Mar 3, 2015

The Berks County District Attorney’s Crime Unit initiated an investigation into the operation of “Jane’s Spa Oriental Massage”, located at 8468 Allentown Pike, Suite #5, Blandon

Subcommittees propose budget changes to Kutztown School Board |Mar 3, 2015

Two subcommittees, the Technology and the Curriculum and Instruction groups, appeared before the Kutztown School Board on Monday night to present their proposed budgets for the 2015-16 school year.

Boyertown team to compete in Preston & Steve’s Cardboard Classic this Friday |Mar 3, 2015

While some are steering away from the cold, some are choosing to steer into it head-on.

Hopewell Furnace presents The Legacy of William Penn March 8 |Mar 3, 2015

What does William Penn have to do with Berks, Chester and Montgomery Counties? Plenty! On Sunday, March 8, historian and preservationist Barbara Cohen will discuss the Legacy of William Penn. The free program will begin at 2 p.

Wockets, silly rhymes and Dr. Seuss: Fleetwood High School FBLA and Andrew Maier Elementary “Read Across America” with Dr. Seuss |Mar 3, 2015

Elementary students created their own wockets, wrote their own silly rhymes and got crafty, Dr. Seuss style.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Oliver |Mar 3, 2015

Are you one of those people who loves big, cuddly, orange-and-white boy cats? Then Oliver is your guy! He is pure sweetness and adores the company of his favorite people. He’s the best buddy ever for couch potato sessions!

WTIM: Music around town March 4 edition |Mar 2, 2015

By Tim Dietterick Circulation Manager, Berks-Mont Newspapers

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Mar 2, 2015

25 Years Ago March 7, 1990 >> The first in a series of special events to commemorate the founding of the town of Shoemakersville 225 years ago will be a community church service to be held at St.

Hamburg rotarians hear about District 4 Way Test Speech Contest |Mar 2, 2015

Rotarian Christine Roth welcomes Joe Wynands to speak about the District 4 Way Test Speech Contest to be held at Hamburg Area High School on March 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Group Instruction Room.

Welcome to my World: Peddlers and vagabonds of yore |Mar 2, 2015

Before modern transportation developed, a variety of itinerants — from homeless and vagabonds to specialized peddlers, professionals and teachers — contributed to Pennsylvania’s social and economic development.

Small Beginnings: If life is a game of Rummy who is in your discard pile? |Mar 2, 2015

I have developed a new analogy for life here of late. Life is like a game of Rummy. Rummy was one of my parents’ favorite card games to play and it had many variations on a theme. You could play Gin Rummy, Millionaire Rummy or just plain old Rummy.

Schuylkill Valley Elementary School principals pied in the face as reward for students |Mar 2, 2015

Last year, Schuylkill Valley Elementary School students placed second in the 2014 Literacy Council of Berks County Read-A-Thon. This year the students were given the challenge to reach number one.

The Historian: Himmelsbriefen were in most homes |Mar 2, 2015

Movable type was invented in 15th Century Germany, and the consequences were world-changing, allowing literacy and the Reformation to spread with previously unimagined speed.

Daniel Boone students teach parents about tough environmental issues |Mar 2, 2015

Imagine owning a small farm and being able to power your whole operation using the waste your farm generates. Well, students at Daniel Boone High School are researching ways for farmers to do that.

#GirlPOP2015 to draw over 3,000 local girls for all-female convention; Explore real-life experiences shared by girls |Mar 2, 2015

An anticipated crowd of more than 3,000 girls and adults will attend #GirlPOP2015, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania all-girls meetup at the Pennsylvania Convention Center May 16.

Hamburg area calendar of events March 4 edition |Mar 2, 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 area church calendar March 4 edition |Mar 2, 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.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: ‘Princess Kaguya’ and ‘Maps to the Stars’ offer alternative choices for adventurous moviegoers |Mar 2, 2015

It’s not inaccurate to describe “Maps to the Stars” as a departure from the typical work of David Cronenberg, save for the fact that there’s rarely been anything in his oeuvre befitting the word typical.

Jozwiak meets with U.S. Marshals who helped to capture Frein |Mar 2, 2015

Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks) last week in Harrisburg met Director of the U.S. Marshals Service Stacia Hylton and U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Martin J. Pane during their visit to the state Capitol.

Bernville Area Community Library receives deed from 1763 |Mar 2, 2015

A 1763 deed describing the early history of a tract of land in Bernville was presented to the Bernville Area Community Library on Feb. 23 by William F. Richardson, of Reading.

Hamburg area school directors approve purchase of online prekindergarten tool |Mar 2, 2015

Hamburg area school directors approved the purchase of an online prekindergarten and parent engagement tool for the 2015-16 school year at a cost of $4,000 on Feb. 23.

Visitors hit snow-covered trails for geocache challenge |Mar 2, 2015

Visitors to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, a raptor sanctuary located at 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, were invited to bundle up and hit snow-covered trails to complete a geocache challenge on Saturday, Feb.

Sanatoga Fire chief reflects on past, outlines plans for future |Mar 2, 2015

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> A lot of firefighters first pull on their bunker gear when they’re still in their teens. Not David Saylor Sr., who was initiated into the brotherhood of firefighters at the age of 41.

Montgomery County S.P.C.A. Pets of the Week |Mar 2, 2015

Tina is a beautiful spayed senior lab/pointer mix, two great breeds in one wonderful dog. Tina is a fun girl that loves playing with her toys and resting in the bath tub. She enjoys all human company, never lived with dogs and does not favor cats.

Kutztown hosts District 10 Jazz Band Concert |Mar 2, 2015

Kutztown Area High School hosted the P.M.E.A. District 10 Jazz Band Concert Feb. 21 with guest conductor Dr. William Stowman. Concert include high school jazz musicians from Delaware Valley, Easton Area, East Stroudsburg South, Exeter Township, Kutztown Area, Lehigh Valley Charter, Muhlenburg, Pocono Mountain East, Pottsville Area, Stroudsburg Area, and Wilson.

Fleetwood Area School District Report presents Spring Musicals |Mar 2, 2015

The Fleetwood Area School District is proud to present three musicals for your enjoyment this month.

Blandon author Dori Hoch releases ‘The Easter Bunny Brothers’ |Mar 2, 2015

Submitted Dori Hoch, Blandon, recently released her newest book filled with colorful illustrations and the competitive antics of, “The Easter Bunny Brothers.”

Local authors to read passages of their work, speak with public at Studio B |Mar 2, 2015

Studio B, 39A E. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, welcomes the community to enjoy an event featuring local published writers on Sunday, March 8, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Kutztown rings in Bicentennial; Bells ring 200 times to celebrate Ktown’s 200th birthday |Mar 2, 2015

The “Ringing of the Bells” brought Kutztonians out in the snow to celebrate the 200th birthday of Kutztown.

Viral video wins first, helps Kutztown University student’s family |Mar 1, 2015

A Kutztown University freshman Jessii Fossburg needed a viral video to get 500,000 views to win a contest to help her mother.

Kutztown High School MiniTHON raises $21,258.75 for pediatric cancer, exceeds Four Diamonds goal of $8,000 |Mar 1, 2015

Kutztown Area High School held its first ever miniTHON from 7 p.m. this past Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

Kutztown FriendFest, good time for good cause: Beer and Wine Festival helps end poverty in Northeastern Berks County |Mar 1, 2015

“Get out of this winter’s icy chill and join us for the 7th Annual FriendFest Beer and Wine Festival,” invited Friend Inc. Community Services in Kutztown.

Spirits of the Passage: The Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade featured at the Reading Public Museum |Feb 28, 2015

The Reading Public Museum, from the outside, has the aesthetics of a Russian bank. Comprised of beige stone and a vaulted glass ceiling above its vestibule, it’s located across from the Reading Hospital and in the midst of a residential neighborhood with beautiful, quaint, stone-front homes lining streets that stretch into Wyomissing.

Graffiti plagues Morgantown businesses, Police say arrest is imminent |Feb 27, 2015

Graffiti has been scrawled on Morgantown businesses for the past couple of months. Caernarvon Township Police intend to make an arrest shortly.

Morgantown Village Library welcomes new director Natasha Donaldson |Feb 27, 2015

Village Library in Morgantown welcomes new director Natasha Donaldson, who started on Feb. 9.

Boyertown Area School Board discusses budget-cutting |Feb 27, 2015

In its first meeting after passing a preliminary budget, the Boyertown Area School Board discussed ways to reduce the potential 6-percent tax increase included in the 2015-16 budget.

2015 Kutztown Fools Run honors local runner Sally Miksiewicz |Feb 27, 2015

The 25th annual Kutztown Fools Run honors the memory of local runner Sally Miksiewicz and features the return of the costume contest for the event’s Silver Anniversary.

Berks County Commissioners seek $500,000 gain through investments |Feb 27, 2015

Looking over the county code can be dry but educational, according to Berks County Commissioner Mark Scott.