Thunder Outreach to sponsor church services to honor first responders |May 26, 2017

Thunder Outreach will be sponsoring a series of First Responder Appreciation Days at local churches this summer to honor those who serve and protect their communities.

Amity Township Supervisor Richard L. Gokey resigns |May 26, 2017

Longtime Amity Township Supervisor Richard L. Gokey has resigned, effective with the board’s unanimous approval at its May 17 meeting. Gokey was serving the last year of his second, six-year term as an elected official.

‘The Little Mermaid’ comes to Steel River Playhouse May 26-June 11 |May 26, 2017

Disney magic comes to life with the Broadway hit “The Little Mermaid” at Steel River Playhouse May 26 – June 11.

Boyertown high school council adviser named finalist for Advisor of the Year |May 26, 2017

Boyertown Area Senior High Social Studies Teacher and Student Council Advisor, Mr. Jeffrey Kusniez, has been named a finalist for the 2017 Warren E. Shull High School Student Council Adviser of the Year Award sponsored by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Boyertown, Pottstown can get their hands dirty with local Home Garden Contest (photos) |May 26, 2017

Boyertown and Pottstown residents can win money for playing in the dirt with the 5th annual Home Garden Contest.

Community invited to 66th Annual Shoemakersville Parade & Children’s Fair on June 3 |May 24, 2017

“Let the Music Play” is the theme of the 2017 Children’s Fair on Saturday, June 3. This marks the 66th year for the Shoemakersville tradition, which will include a parade at 11 a.

Oley Valley Memorial Day Parade & Memorial Ceremony announced |May 24, 2017

Oley American Legion Post 878 invites you to the Oley Valley Memorial Day Parade & Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, May 28, at 6 p.m The parade includes the Oley High School Marching Band, Oley Legion Post 878 honor guard, emergency vehicles and crews, patriotic floats and representatives from other civic groups.

Schuylkill Valley High School breaks ground on new stadium |May 24, 2017

The Schuylkill Valley School District celebrated a milestone when they broke ground on their new stadium project at 6:30 p.m. in the current stadium on May 22. The project is set to be completed in September 2017.

Cabela’s celebrates Memorial Day by honoring military, first responders |May 24, 2017

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Pres. Lincoln visits Kempton Civil War Days |May 24, 2017

President Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by descendant Ralph Lincoln, made a Presidential appearance at the Kempton Civil War Days on May 20.

Twin Valley Fire Department’s first BBQ competition smoking hot |May 24, 2017

Twin Valley Fire Department’s first professional barbecue competition, Twin Valley Fire & Smoke, attracted hundreds to Morgantown to support the fire department.

Snap Fitness of Douglassville introduces MYZONE heart rate monitors |May 24, 2017

Snap Fitness of Douglassville is adding new ways for guests to achieve their personal fitness goals with the introduction of MYZONE heart rate monitoring technology.

A Look Back In History: William Penn’s legacy of Christian love & the Pennsylvania Dutch |May 24, 2017

Prior to 1727, a number of Rhineland immigrants who embarked at Philadelphia had the luxury of worldly possessions to enable them to become prosperous settlers. But after that year, those Rhinelanders that didn’t, were sold as redemptioners to pay off their passage to previous settlers.

Lindsay Adam inducted into Hamburg Fine Arts Hall of Fame |May 24, 2017

The Hamburg Area School District is proud to announce Lindsay Adam as the 2017 inductee into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame. Members of the Hall of Fame are recognized for distinguished service to community art programs as well as contributions to the fine arts programs throughout the district.

The Historian: Oak Splint Baskets |May 24, 2017

Sturdy and inexpensive, oak-splint baskets were used in almost every kitchen and barn on the old homesteads. Prized now by collectors, these plain, undecorated, utilitarian forms tended to fall by the wayside in the twentieth century when inexpensive imported baskets, commercially made bushel and “peach” baskets, and all sorts of other containers came on the market.

Library announces Summer Reading and Garden Tour Countdown event |May 24, 2017

Combining the theme of the 2017 Summer Reading Program with a green thumb in anticipation of their Annual Garden Tour, the Friends Group of Mifflin Community Library is planning an event to engage families and beautify Lancaster Avenue in Shillington.

Boyertown Area Multi-Service announces Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program |May 24, 2017

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides eligible seniors with resources in the form of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from approved farmers’ markets in Pennsylvania.

Fleetwood Area School District: Spotlighting the many student achievements of 2016-17 |May 23, 2017

Each year I enjoy sharing the many accomplishments of our students. These accomplishments range from excellence in academics and vocational skills to excellence in fine arts and athletics.

Hamburg Arts Fest features kid art, chain saw carving demo, art vendors, car show |May 23, 2017

Grey skies clouded the atmosphere at this year’s Hamburg Arts and Crafts Festival and Rolling Art Exhibition on Saturday, May 20, but the day still provided art, food and entertainment for locals.

GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team debuts at Mid Atlantic Air Museum’s World War II Weekend |May 23, 2017

For the first time in the team’s 30-year history, the world famous GEICO Skytypers air show team will perform at the 27th Annual Mid Atlantic Air Museum’s World War II Weekend, June 2-4 at Reading Regional Airport.

Staff Picks: Best factory tours near Philadelphia |May 23, 2017

It’s no seceret that Pennsylvania is home to some of the most famous brand names in the country but some may be surprised to learn our area is also home to some of the best tours of the factories where those products are made.

Tilden Township Police use social media to spread word about No Trespassing at Rock |May 23, 2017

Tilden Township Police continue to cite people for criminal trespass at The Rock and the Kernsville Dam Recreational Area in Tilden Township.

Taylor Pool crowned Berks County Dairy Princess; Malaina Rhoads crowned Li’l Miss Dairy Princess |May 23, 2017

The 2017-2018 Berks County Dairy Princess is excited to go on a “Milk Adventure” promoting the Berks County Dairy Industry. Taylor Pool was crowned as the 2017-18 Berks County Dairy Princess on May 12 at the Mohrsville Church of the Brethren.

Kutztown native competes in Mrs. Pennsylvania Pageant |May 23, 2017

Kutztown native Caitlin Puccio will be competing in the Mrs. Pennsylvania Pageant on June 10 in Philadelphia.

Good Shepherd Kutztown celebrates move with public wellness event May 31 |May 23, 2017

Good Shepherd Physical Therapy – Kutztown is celebrating its move to a new, larger location by holding a wellness event for the public on Wednesday, May 31 from 3 to 7 p.m. The new site is located at Weis Plaza, 15260 Kutztown Road, Suite 170 in Kutztown and is one of more than 60 facilities in nine Pennsylvania counties operated by Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.

Topton Borough Top Dog street Fair & Car Rally |May 23, 2017

Hosted by Topton Centennial Committee, the 2017 Topton Top Dog Street Fair and Classic and Antique Car Rally and Cruise rolled through Topton Borough on May 20, featuring free Barrel Train Rides, musical entertainment through out the day, DJs, live band SIXTY 30, Car Rally along Broad Alley at the ball field and Car Cruise down Home Avenue, a variety of food, Top Hot Dog Eater Competition and dunk tank.

The King’s Academy launches variable tuition program |May 23, 2017

The King’s Academy launches Variable Tuition, a tuition assistance program aimed at making an outstanding, Christian education available to as many families as possible.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary publishes new children’s book |May 23, 2017

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary staff and interns have published a new children’s book, entitled Percy the Victorious Vulture, which is based on the true and inspirational story of a flightless black vulture in Kempton, PA.

Boyertown Memorial Day plans announced |May 22, 2017

The annual Boyertown Memorial Day Parade will be held Monday, May 29, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Kutztown School Board approves new Chromebooks for 8th graders |May 22, 2017

The Kutztown School Board approved the purchase of new Chromebook laptops for Kutztown Area Middle School 8th graders during their May 15 meeting.

Schwank Town Hall: regionalizing police, Wolf proposes charging for state police coverage |May 22, 2017

Senator Judy Schwank hosted a Town Hall meeting at Brandywine Heights Middle School on May 17 to discuss regionalizing police departments and Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal to charge municipalities for contracting with State Police.

Peace. Love. Kutztown unifies community through coloring |May 22, 2017

Peace. Love. Kutztown spread love and unified the community through the simple act of coloring. More than 200 Kutztown Area School District students participated in the coloring contest that ended on Friday, May 5.

Movies return to State Theatre of Boyertown this Friday |May 22, 2017

With the installation of a new digital projector — The State Theatre is ready to show movies.

Railroad excursion to offer view of Pottstown Memorial Day parade featuring Budweiser Clydesdales |May 22, 2017

As part of its annual Salute to the Troops, the Colebrookdale Railroad, will be supporting the Pottstown Memorial Day events. A special reduced fare train to see the famous Budweiser Clydesdales has been scheduled for Memorial Day, May 29.

5-vehicle crash, truck fire closes 78 overnight May 19 |May 22, 2017

A five-vehicle accident, involving two tractor trailer trucks that caught fire, closed eastbound Interstate 78 in Greenwich Township on Friday, May 19. One of the eastbound lanes opened Saturday morning around 9:30 a.

Berks youth compete at Miss PA, Miss PA Outstanding Teen |May 19, 2017

Berks County will be well represented at the Miss Pennsylvania, and also the Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen, in Pittsburgh, in June 2017.

Albright College Receives Bronze Award for Supporting United Way of Berks County |May 19, 2017

Albright College has once again received the Bronze Award from the United Way of Berks County for its support and contributions to the organization’s 2016 campaign.

Animal Rescue League of Berks County slates grassroots event to protect animals |May 19, 2017

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County will be hosting a Grassroots Event to show animal advocates ways to help protect animals in the state of Pennsylvania and provide tools to become an effective citizen lobbyist.

Boyd, Nevius will face off for Berks judge seat |May 19, 2017

Two attorneys will battle it out in November for an open seat on the Berks County Court of Common Pleas.

American Legion of Exeter Township announces Memorial Day plans |May 19, 2017

EXETER >> The American Legion of Exeter Township will host its annual Memorial Day services on Monday, May 29, with the parade beginning at 9 a.m. a the Exeter High School. It will conclude with a service at Forest Hills Memorial Park.

Leesport man killed after truck overturns, spilling 4,000 gallons of milk |May 19, 2017

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> A Leesport man is dead after a tractor-trailer overturned in the 500 block of South Park Avenue of Lower Providence early Thursday morning, May 18.

Boyd, Nevius will face off for Berks judge seat |May 19, 2017

Two attorneys will battle it out in November for an open seat on the Berks County Court of Common Pleas.

Evening of entertainment raises funds for children with medical issues to experience outdoors |May 17, 2017

More than 800 supporters of the One Wish Foundation gathered at the Hamburg Field House on May 13 for an evening of entertainment and fundraising for children with life-changing medical or social conditions to experience the outdoors.

Hamburg Leo Club volunteers for Habitat of Humanity in Connecticut |May 17, 2017

Six Hamburg Area High School Leo Club volunteers went on an annual volunteer trip. This year they went to Connecticut to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Connecticut from April 10 to 13.

Kempton Community Center sponsors refurbished Kempton Fair |May 17, 2017

The Kempton Fair – the one you remember from years ago, starting in 1957 – is alive and well and living in beautiful Kempton.

Police crack down on trespassing at Rock, Kerny Dam |May 17, 2017

Tilden Township Police cited people for Criminal Trespass at The Rock and the Kernsville Dam Recreational Area in Tilden Township on May 15, 16 and 17.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary receives international award for Silhouette Trail |May 17, 2017

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary received the Trail Accessibility Award for its ADA-approved Silhouette Trail from the American Trails National and International Trails Awards Program during the 2017 International Trails Symposium on May 9.

Community Wildlife Habitat hosts 6th Hamburg Garden Tour |May 17, 2017

The Hamburg Community Wildlife Habitat Committee of Our Town Foundation is holding its 6th annual Garden Tour on Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fun & Education Half-Day History Camp for Kids in Berks County |May 17, 2017

Treat your kids to an exceptional experience of interactive programs that will open up their knowledge on three different aspects of early life in Berks County. Taking place from Tuesday, July 18 until Thursday, July 20, each day includes a lesson, games, crafts, and hands-on activities.

Northeast Berks Chamber hosts working lunch Protecting Your Business |May 17, 2017

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce will host is third Working Lunch program, Protecting Your Business, which will be held on Wednesday, June 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Main Street Inn, 401 West Main Street.