WTIM: Music Around Town |Nov 27, 2015

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Reading Museum hosts ‘all day’ Breakfast with Santa |Nov 27, 2015

Santa will make his first annual visit to the Reading Public Museum for pictures and last minute wishes on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hamburg Item Community Calendar Dec. 2 |Nov 27, 2015

Submit to Calendar: Email event listings to Note Item Calendar in email subject.

Circling the holiday season |Nov 27, 2015

South Schuylkill Garden Club met recently to participate in a workshop on creating a Holiday Wreath with Forget-Me-Not Florists of Pioneer Evergreen Farms in Orwigsburg.

Local 4-H club competes at 2015 PA State Horse Show |Nov 27, 2015

Berks County 4-H Horse Club members participated in the 2015 PA State 4-H Horse Show from Oct. 23 to 25 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex.

‘Holiday Lights of Gring’s Mill’ returns for December |Nov 27, 2015

Come visit Berks County’s favorite park decorated for the holidays between 6 and 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays in December. Walk through the serene country setting with thousands of lights illuminating the park landscaping and historic buildings.

Musical groups to perform all day at Christmas in Kutztown |Nov 27, 2015

This year’s Christmas in Kutztown celebration, on Dec. 5, is slated to include an expanded set of musical offerings. Five musical groups from the Kutztown University Music Department, as well as bands and choirs from the Kutztown Area School District and area musicians will be preforming a wide variety of music including holiday songs throughout the day.

Habitat for Humanity takes ‘field trip’ through Reading |Nov 27, 2015

The school bus, which was boarded by 45 adult passengers last evening to tour the city of Reading, may have inspired fond memories of a grade school field trip, but the passengers were also looking for memories of the town that Reading that used to be, a vibrant and beautiful Pennsylvania city of neighborhoods.

Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad to take over service to Humboldt Industrial Park |Nov 27, 2015

Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad will take over ownership of the rail infrastructure at the Humboldt Industrial Park beginning Jan. 1, 2016 through an agreement with the park’s owner, CAN DO, Inc.

Welcome to my World: Square dancing, barn dancing, hoe downs and more |Nov 27, 2015

When I was a teenager, my friends and I enjoyed country dancing at Hummel’s Snack Bar and Dance Hall (now C.J. Hummel’s Restaurant, Bar and Gathering Place) in Lenhartsville. My friends and I always had to find a ride to get to the dances, but my classmate, Doris (Baver) Schlenker, told me, “I used to go to Hummel’s hoedowns.

A Look Back in History: The French Huguenot connection to recent Paris attacks |Nov 27, 2015

The most recent attack on the people of France has reminded PA Dutch ancestors of their French Huguenot ethnology. Although the PA Dutch people speak in German dialect, my wife and I are actually French Huguenots, but very much considered PA Dutch, whose ancestors arrived in America to escape religious persecution in Europe.

Reading Symphony Orchestra to host 2nd annual Holiday Extravaganza |Nov 27, 2015

On Saturday, Dec. 19 the Reading Symphony Orchestra will present its second annual Holiday Extravaganza at the Santander Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m.

Blue Mountain 4-H Livestock Club ‘aims for 100’ |Nov 27, 2015

Four area youth are aiming for a 100, that is aiming to go to the 100 PA Farm Show in January as exhibitors. All four area youth are members of the Blue Mountain 4-H Livestock Club. Each youth is raising a market lamb.

TJSHS performs Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales with a twist |Nov 27, 2015

Tulpehocken Jr./Sr. High School recently presented the annual fall play under the direction of teachers, Ms. Susan Behm and Mr. Reid Mosley. Productions in the past several years have successfully blended broad, modern humor with the presentation of actual literary works, including Shakespeare in 2013, Greek myths last year and this year, The Canterbury Tales, with a Monty Python twist.

State Police: Crash in Bethel Township |Nov 27, 2015

On Nov. 20 at approximately 6:45 a.m., State Police from the Hamburg station responded to a two vehicle at Lancaster Avenue in Bethel Township.

Throwback Thursday: What are they making? |Nov 26, 2015

George M. Meiser IX asked the American Folklife Institute in Kutztown what was being made in this photo from circa 1910s. Photo taken by Winslow Fegely. Email comments to Berks-Mont Newspapers to lmitchell@berksmontnews.

Historian discusses impact of Gettysburg Address during Hamburg Library lecture |Nov 25, 2015

Michael Jesberger greeted attendees to his lecture, Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address, wearing the woolen blue uniform of a Civil War “Billy Yank.”

Tilden Township artist Martha Ressler exhibits at YR Club |Nov 25, 2015

Tilden Township artist Martha Ressler exhibits her “Art Quilts Large and Small” at YR Club, Parkside Dr. South and Thrush, Wyomissing, Dec. 1 through Jan. 24. The Opening Reception is Dec.

Hamburg School Board President Brooke Adams strikes gavel final time after 28 years on board |Nov 25, 2015

After 28 years as a Hamburg Area school director with the past several as its president, Brooke Adams struck the gavel for the final time on Nov. 23.

Helping to fill Boyertown area food pantry |Nov 25, 2015

It’s that time of the year again when E.G. Landis Jewelers of Gilbertsville collects food items for the Community Food Pantry located at 200 W. Spring Street Boyertown.

‘Think About Energy’ briefing conducted in Berks County |Nov 25, 2015

America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), UGI Utilities, Inc., UGI Energy Services, LLC, the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Greater Reading Economic Partnership hosted a Think About Energy briefing on Friday, Nov.

Committee approves measure to review utilization of state owned and leased office space |Nov 25, 2015

A resolution authored by Senators David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) received the unanimous support of the Senate State Government Committee, chaired by Senator Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon/Dauphin/York), to evaluate current practices of real estate utilization policies with state owned and leased properties.

Schwank, Argall disappointed in property tax reform setback |Nov 25, 2015

Because of the hard work and groundswell of support from Berks County residents and Pennsylvanians, state Senator Judy Schwank said Nov. 24 she is disappointed with the Senate’s defeat of a bill that would have eliminated the regressive property tax, but she said she will fight on to change how the commonwealth pays for public education.

Ryerss Horse Farm in Warwick Township hosts Holiday Open House Dec. 6 |Nov 25, 2015

Ryerss Farm For Aged Equines on Route 23 in Warwick Township hosts its annual Holiday Open House on Dec. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Hollenbach Construction receives ABC Merit Excellence In Construction Award |Nov 25, 2015

From Hollenbach Construction, Inc.

some things looming Fiber Arts Gallery’s Handmade Holidays recognizes local artists |Nov 25, 2015

The opening reception for the some things looming Fiber Arts Gallery’s Handmade Holidays 6 will celebrate small business by recognizing the many artists offering unique gifts of wood, ceramic and fiber.

Sinking Spring family holds Extreme Christmas Light Show benefits the Animal Rescue League of Berks County |Nov 25, 2015

The Simpson Family is once again holding their Extreme Christmas Light Show to benefit the ARL. Lights can be seen beginning Nov. 27 after 6 p.m. and the show runs most nights until Jan. 1.

Twin Valley stuns Villa Maria Academy 3-1 to win PIAA Class AA title |Nov 25, 2015

How long ago was 1977? It was so long ago, that the 77-year-old bus driver who escorted Twin Valley’s field hockey team to the Nov. 21 PIAA Class AA championship match against Ville Maria Academy at Whitehall High School was a 39-year-old head coach then.

Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce recognizes juniors who excelled in business or FBLA |Nov 25, 2015

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce recognized local high school students at its Nov. 20 breakfast.

Kutztown alum graduates from Marines |Nov 25, 2015

PVT. Nathan Lee Bowman, 19, graduated Nov. 13 from the Marines, at Parris Island, SC. Bowman is a Combat Engineer and Expert Rifleman with 1st RT BN PLT 1089 Delta Company.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Kutztown hosts live Nativity |Nov 25, 2015

Trinity Lutheran Church in Kutztown is hosting an interactive live Nativity on Dec. 4 and 5.

Kempton artist Jonathan Bond wins 2nd at Schuylkill River Art Show |Nov 24, 2015

Kempton artist Jonathan Bond won 2nd place at the 2015 Scenes of The Schuylkill River Art Show for his new oil painting titled “Memento Mori.”

PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: Through my car window |Nov 24, 2015

Most of you are familiar with editor Lisa Mitchell’s column in the Tri County Record entitled “Through My Kitchen Window,” in which her daughter, Anna, helps her make apple pancakes, chocolate cupcakes, macaroni and cheese from leftover noodles and other delicious eats.

New Holland Police: Vehicle fire on Edgewood Road |Nov 24, 2015

On Nov. 21, at approximately 5:03 a.m., New Holland Police Officer Beideman was dispatched to a vehicle fire at 207 Edgewood Road, in Earl Township.

Chester County SPCA to provide animal sheltering services for Delaware |Nov 24, 2015

On Nov. 23, the Chester County SPCA (CCSPCA) confirmed that their organization has been selected by the Delaware Division of Public Health’s Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) to provide animal sheltering services in support of the state Animal Control Enforcement Unit that will take over on Jan.

Chief of Chester County Detectives, James Vito, to retire |Nov 24, 2015

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced that James Vito, Chief of the Chester County Detectives, is retiring effective Dec. 31, 2015. Chief Vito is the longest serving member of the District Attorney’s Office, having been hired in 1979.

Chester County schools briefed on capabilities of new county-wide emergency radio system |Nov 24, 2015

Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell, Kathi Cozzone and Michelle Kichline, and Chester County Director of Emergency Services Bobby Kagel met with Chester County schools superintendents to update them on the progress and capabilities of the new emergency radio system being installed throughout the County.

TVHS receives Bronze Globe Award from PA State Modern Language Association |Nov 24, 2015

Twin Valley High School recently received the Bronze Globe Award from the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA). The PSMLA Exemplary Program (PEP) recognized Twin Valley in the 2015 PEP Awards Showcase, as an exemplary foreign language program.

Tri County Record Community Calendar Dec. 1 |Nov 24, 2015

Event Submissions: send to week prior to publication. Note Tri County Record calendar in email subject.

Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. names 2015 John J. Crane award recipients |Nov 24, 2015

The Board of Directors of The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. (CVC) has selected West Goshen Township Police Det. Dave Maurer (aka Mrs. Claus) and Tredyffrin Township Police Department Executive Secretary Sharon Rose to receive CVC’s 2015 John J.

Hopewell Furnace invites the public to enjoy an ‘Iron Plantation Christmas’ |Nov 24, 2015

The National Park Service (NPS) invites the public to celebrate an “Iron Plantation Christmas” and stroll through 100 years of American Christmases at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.

Nativity Nite Live returns to Morgantown |Nov 24, 2015

On Saturday, Dec. 5, Hopewell Christian Fellowship will transform an area in the Walmart parking lot at Morgantown Crossings into a Christmas festival for the whole family. From 5 to 8 p.m., the community is invited to come and enjoy a festive atmosphere with something for young and old.

TVHS holds College Signing Day; four seniors commit to college on athletic scholarships |Nov 24, 2015

Twin Valley School District is pleased to announce that a College Signing Day was held on Nov. 12 for student athletes that committed to college on an athletic scholarship. Congratulations to the following Twin Valley seniors: AJ Alexy, RJ Wren, Kelee Lepage and Kendra Jones.

Three new prosecutors sworn in, joining District Attorney’s Office of Chester County |Nov 24, 2015

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced that three new Assistant District Attorneys have joined the District Attorney’s Office. Matthew Finley, Caitlin Rice and Samantha Ryan were sworn in before the Honorable Mark L.

Group serves Thanksgiving dinner during Reading’s tree lighting |Nov 24, 2015

Organized by the church’s Director of Compassion Ministry, Julie Natoli, 25 volunteers from Reading’s ‘City Reach Church’ served a Thanksgiving dinner to anyone who came to the group’s table on Friday, Nov.

Welkinweir Estate opens doors for Holiday Open House |Nov 24, 2015

The historic Welkinweir Estate is opening its doors to the public for a festive Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The estate house will be decorated in holiday splendor for all to enjoy! Celebrate the season with joyful music from the estate’s newly restored pipe organ; glimpse the public garden and wintry views of forests and ponds from inside the warm estate; and learn about the history of the estate, which spans three centuries.

Fine Crafts and Original Artwork featured in Harleysville Christmas Market tour |Nov 24, 2015

Visit the Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Rd., Harleysville, the first weekend in December for the opening of the Fine Craft Show & Sale and the Fine Art Exhibit. The shows are held annually during the month of December and are a wonderful opportunity to purchase fine pottery, textiles, wood carvings, baskets and affordable original art.

Photos: Ice sculpting at tree lighting teases Reading’s Fire and Ice Fest |Nov 24, 2015

Mark Crouthamel from Sculpted Ice Works attended Reading’s Christmas Tree Lighting celebration on Friday, Nov. 20, to show off his ice sculpting skills while promoting Reading’s Fire and Ice Fest set to be held in January.

Twin Valley Rotary Club honors Students of the Month |Nov 24, 2015

On Nov. 18, the Twin Valley Rotary club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors Hannah Hessler and Kelee Lepage as their Students of the Month.

Winter is the time for garden tool cleaning, maintenance |Nov 24, 2015

The trees have shed their leaves, the perennials have gone dormant and the garden beds have been dressed for the winter as we celebrate the season’s harvest and blessings. But, it’s not time for gardeners to put their feet up just yet! Winter is a great time for cleaning and maintaining lawn and garden tools.