Retired U.S. Marshal supervisor appointed as Chief Deputy of the Berks County Sheriff’s Office |Aug 19, 2014

Sheriff Eric J. Weaknecht has appointed Bryant M. Semenza, a retired US Marshal supervisor, as Chief Deputy of the Berks County Sheriff’s Office effective August 13, 2014.

Cars line up for Boyertown Lady Bears car wash |Aug 19, 2014

The Borough of Boyertown was bustling on Saturday. With events scheduled in the area throughout the day bringing a steady traffic flow through town, it seemed the perfect day for one local sports team to wash some cars in order to raise funds for the upcoming season.

Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery and Studio wins $25,000 marketing campaign on KYW Newsradio |Aug 19, 2014

Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery and Studio has won the KYW Newsradio 2014 Small Business Challenge marketing campaign worth $25,000.

National Penn Ranked 28th Largest Ag Lender in the U.S. |Aug 19, 2014

National Penn Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: NPBC) announced on Aug. 6 it has been ranked the 28th largest agricultural business lender in total dollar volume, according to the most recent data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Fizz, Boom, Read summer readingButterflies take over finaleButterfly Guy introduces his winged companions to young readers at Village Library |Aug 19, 2014

Moths, butterflies, silkworms, caterpillars — dumb bugs all, that is, until you hear Rick Mikula describe them.

Exeter Library Summer Reading Program Sizzles with Ms. Frizzle |Aug 18, 2014

All aboard the Magic School Bus! Exeter Community Library kicked off the last week of the 2014 Summer Reading Program with a visit from the Magic School Bus. Ms. Frizzle was joined by about 500 children who toured the bus and enjoyed science experiments, crafts, prizes, and, of course, books on Aug.

Boone board discusses fundraising |Aug 18, 2014

At its first meeting for 2014-15 the Daniel Boone School Board was already discussing money, but the focus was something other than the annual budget. Instead, the focus on Aug. 11 was on the number of fundraisers organized by the school district to support school programs and for other charities.

Up to Speed with David Barr: Restart of Gordon’s life part 2 |Aug 18, 2014

Hello readers, Under the threat of cloudy skies and rain, Jeff Gordon proved that the Drive for Five is still alive and well with a convincing win at Michigan. Gordon started on the pole and led the second-most laps on the day, but he had to fend off the likes of Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, and teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Hunting & Fishing sports show hosted in Kempton |Aug 18, 2014

The Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza runs Aug. 23 and 24 at the Kempton Fairgrounds.

Zettlemoyer’s Bridge replacement talks move forward in Greenwich Township |Aug 18, 2014

Zettlemoyer’s Bridge moved closer to being replaced with an entirely new structure.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Under-rated superhero sequel swings onto home video |Aug 18, 2014

Like any number of recent big-budget movies – particularly those of the superhero/sequel variety – “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” bites off more than it can properly chew, with too many underdeveloped antagonists and frequently on-the-nose dialogue that makes the mistake of speaking directly to the themes at play.

Hamburg area calendar of events |Aug 18, 2014

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.

Welcome to my World: My son, a tinker-of-all-trades |Aug 18, 2014

My son, Kevin, the only boy in a family of four children, was a tinker-of-all-trades. When he was around 11 years old, I was a divorced Mom living in a modular home on my brother’s land. I also worked as a bookkeeper for my brother’s sanitation business.

Thinking Out Loud by Connie Schaeffer: Weeds and Seeds |Aug 18, 2014

Green thumb? No, not me! Growing up on a farm does not guarantee that you will develop the gift of gardening.

Kutztown 9-year-old girl donates hair to Children With Hair Loss |Aug 18, 2014

Maisy Kellum of Kutztown recently donated 9 inches of her hair to Children With Hair Loss.

A Look Back in History by Richard H. Shaner: Tigger, the stray cat at the Town Crier’s House |Aug 18, 2014

On July 23, Loveable Tigger, the adopted stray cat at the Kutztown Town Crier’s House, passed away from old age.

Matt Roloff, of TLC’s ‘Little People, Big World,’ visits Penn State Berks |Aug 18, 2014

The father figure in TLC’s “Little People, Big World” has taught us that what your parents pass on to you lives generation to generation.

Shirley Moyer of Oley Township inducted into Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors Secretary Hall of Fame |Aug 18, 2014

In 1979, Shirley Moyer was working at a bank when one of her regular customers asked a question that would change the course of her career. The customer was the treasurer of the municipal authority in Oley Township, Berks County, and the question was whether Moyer would consider a new job.

Montgomery County Special Olympics honors partnership with MCCC |Aug 18, 2014

Special Olympics Pennsylvania, Montgomery County (SOPMC) athletes presented Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) with a banner on Aug. 7 to celebrate more than 20 years of partnership.

‘Fairs are all about our families,’ including acrobatic act at Kutztown Fair |Aug 18, 2014

“Fairs are all about our families and our animals and agriculture and sharing, that’s what the fair is all about,” said Lolly Lesher, Publicity Volunteer for Kutztown Fair.

Kutztown Relay for Life paints Kutztown Fair purple for Cancer Awareness Night |Aug 18, 2014

Relay for Life painted Kutztown Fair purple on Thursday, Aug. 14, for Cancer Awareness Night.

St. John’s Day Care in Kutztown clowns around at Penny Circus |Aug 18, 2014

This year St. John’s Day Care had fun clowning around at our annual Penny Circus.

Chile Pepper Food Festival at Bowers Park Sept. 5 & 6 |Aug 18, 2014

The 19th Annual Bowers Chile Pepper Food Festival is set for Friday and Saturday September 5 and 6 at Bill DeLong Memorial Park in Bowers. A donation of $2 per person is requested. Parking is free in the park.

Go fish for reel, relaxing summer fun |Aug 17, 2014

Summer is rushing by, and our family realized this week we had yet to enjoy a favorite family activity together: fishing. Fishing is something most children enjoy from the time they are old enough to hold a rod (and parents are comfortable having them near sharp hooks).

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Aug 17, 2014

25 Years Ago August 23, 1989 Tammy Balthaser, vice president of the Pennsylvania FFA Association was one of over 100 state FFA officers who recently met with President George Bush. President Bush welcomed the state officers and adult FFA leaders to Washington D.

Hamburg area church calendar |Aug 17, 2014

Salem E.C. Church 2150 Old 22, Lenhartsville

Kutztown team wins Blacktop Baseketball League title |Aug 17, 2014

The Blacktop Jr. Basketball League held its championship game at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown on Aug. 13. Two Guys Plumbing, a local team from Kutztown, came out on top to win the championship in the team’s second year of existence.

Montco Sheriff’s Department K-9s get their badges |Aug 16, 2014

NORRISTOWN — Three dogs that work for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department barked and wagged their tails Monday, Aug. 11, in anticipation of finally getting the badges that show they are official members of the department.

The Historian by Robert Wood: Inns and Taverns of Swamp, New Hanover, part 3 |Aug 16, 2014

For three days in September of 1777 the American army, about 8,000 strong, was camped in New Hanover principally in the long valley lying between Fagleysville Hill and Rosenberry Road but also extending south to Sanatoga and east to Schwenksville.

Mind Your Body: Yoga for Emotional Calmness |Aug 15, 2014

Who doesn’t want more peace in their lives? Now that most of us are plugged in most of the time, we are inundated with information—personal, community-wide, national, and international. There is too much to process and too little time in which to do it.

WTIM: Music Around Town: Aug. 20 edition |Aug 15, 2014

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

Birdsboro and Exeter bridges open to traffic |Aug 15, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today two new PA 345 bridges, one over the Schuylkill River and one over Norfolk Southern Rail Road, in Birdsboro Borough and Exeter Township, Berks County are open.

Q-and-A with Brian Rohn, new principal of New Hanover Upper Frederick Elementary School |Aug 15, 2014

Brian Rohn, formerly the assistant principal of Boyertown’s Junior High West, is now serving as the principal of New Hanover Upper Frederick Elementary School. A Q-and-A with Rohn follows.

Q-and-A with Kelly Mason, new assistant principal at Boyertown Area Senior High School |Aug 15, 2014

Kelly Mason, the former principal at New Hanover Upper Frederick Elementary School, will be serving as the new assistant principal of the Boyertown Area Senior High School for the 2014-2015 school year.

Save summer’s bounty by canning it |Aug 15, 2014

Anyone who’s met Beth Miller recognizes her can-do spirit. The canning guru preserves a staggering amount of summer’s bounty, including jams, jellies, peaches, pickles, potatoes and her favorite, zucchini-pineapple.

Bechtelsville biker hit by fire truck in ‘critical’ condition |Aug 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — A motorcyclist was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital to be treated for “major injuries” after being struck on Old Route 100 just north of Bechtelsville by a fire truck returning from a garage fire early Friday morning.

Oley native celebrates 102nd birthday alongside Senator Bob Mensch, PA Representative David Maloney and Boyertown Mayor Marianne Deery |Aug 15, 2014

Willard Fisher, an Oley Township native, recently celebrated his 102 birthday alongside friends, family and local officials.

Sandtrap Grille, Limerick, announces Quizzo nights |Aug 15, 2014

The Sandtrap Grille at Limerick Golf Club has announced that it is hosting Quizzo nights every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm. Quizzo is a popular live trivia game which is conducted by a deejay from Froggy Entertainment.

Hamburg Jr. Legion team finishes second in state regional |Aug 14, 2014

The Hamburg Reds Jr. Legion baseball team of 2014 had a very successful season. Compiling a regular season record of 16-3, while competing in the Berks County Area Jr. Legion League.

Hay Creek Festival will be held Sept. 5 - 7 |Aug 14, 2014

Hay Creek Festival Schedule Demonstrations/ Interpretations are on-going all day but the listed times assure you that a full demonstration will be starting.

Christ Episcopal Church & Triinity Lutheran Church present the 30th Annual Fall Festival Of The Arts |Aug 14, 2014

The 2014 Fall Festival of the Arts presents a gift to Reading and the greater Berks Community.

Fashionable Farmers at Penn Street Market; Robert Hassler Performs Aug. 15 |Aug 14, 2014

Gayatri Wellness brings fashionable farming and good food to the Penn Street Market every Friday from June through October between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. New to the outdoor farmers market located in the 800 block of Penn Street in Reading, Gayatri Wellness is a newly-founded community organization in Berks County.

Reading man charged with possession of child pornography |Aug 14, 2014

On Aug. 14, 2014 at approximately 9:30 a.m., detectives from the District Attorney’s Child Abuse Unit, a Lower Heidelberg Detective (cross-designated as a Berks County Detective) and members of the Berks County Sheriff’s Warrant Squad arrested Sean M.

Calendar of Events for The Southern Berks News Aug. 20 edition |Aug 14, 2014

Saturday, Aug. 23 CHICKEN BARBECUE

Albright students demonstrate sustainability on campus |Aug 14, 2014

As part of their college internship, four Albright College students are combining efforts to perfect their green thumb by growing fresh food directly on campus.

Chestnut Knoll Earns Top Honor for 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Looks Ahead to 2014 |Aug 14, 2014

Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care continues to help the Alzheimer’s Association one step at a time—literally.

Boyertown Area Responsible Canine Owners (BARCO) working with Borough of Boyertown for dog park |Aug 14, 2014

The focus of the Aug. 4 Boyertown Council Meetings was on the upcoming Boyertown Area Responsible Canine Owners dog park project. Vicki Hughes of BARCO discussed the updates from the previous meeting in regards to the concerns of the wet-lands disturbance, max capacity limitations, and membership benefits.

The township is tanking Exeter’s water supply |Aug 14, 2014

To keep up with general maintenance for the drinking water supply for Exeter Township, Pennsylvania American Water recently repainted the two water structures.

Hamburg Borough Police reports |Aug 14, 2014

Man cited for failing to have dog licensed

Boyertown students to open for Michael Ronstadt and Serenity Fisher at The State |Aug 14, 2014

Next Saturday at The State will be a night of collaboration for generations to enjoy.