Montco commissioners weigh in on transgender bathroom issues |May 24, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County commissioners weighed in Thursday, May 19, on the ongoing debate over the use of public restrooms by transgender individuals.

Sanatoga project proposed to include homes, hotel, offices |May 24, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> Six zoning variances are being sought by the Warminster-based developers who want to convert 51 acres of land near the Philadelphia Premium Outlets into a housing, office and hotel complex.

Pottstown, July 4th group spar over parade fees |May 24, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Organizers of the annual Independence Day parade and festivities have announced this year’s events “are in jeopardy” because the borough “abruptly changed the practice of payment for costs” to require payment up front.

Birdsboro borough manager shares his story of living with seizures |May 24, 2016

Birdsboro >> Imagine going about your normal activities – working, caring for your children or walking down the street – when you suddenly drop to the ground with a seizure.

Charles B. Yerger American Legion announces Memorial Day Parade |May 23, 2016

The annual Boyertown Memorial Day Parade, hosted by the Charles B. Yerger American Legion Post No. 471, will start forming at 9 a.m. Monday, May 30.

One injured car accident in Washington Twp. |May 23, 2016

Washington Twp. >> Eastern Berks Fire Department and Bally Ambulance were dispatched at 6:14 a.m. Sunday, May 22, 2016, for the report of a vehicle crashing in to a tree on Forgedale Road in Washington Township, Berks County.

Richard A. Zuber Realty introduces new agent Melissa Newkirk |May 23, 2016

Real estate agent Melissa Newkirk has found her “career home” in recently joining the Morgantown branch of Richard A. Zuber Realty. Newkirk is eager to assist her clients in matching their unique needs with a home that meets those needs and in locating a mortgage lender that offers programs that fit their circumstances.

Pack 511 Boy Scout honored with Parvuli Dei award |May 23, 2016

Russell Cunningham, Barto, and a member of Boy Scout Pack 511 of Bechtelsville, recently received the Parvuli Dei award at Most Blessed Sacrament Church. The award, which means “Children of God,” is presented to Scouts who complete workbook and do acts that focus on faith, family and community.

It’s music to their ears: New Community Theatre celebrating amazing response to September production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ |May 23, 2016

It was not long ago that The Talisman Players, originally a community theatre in New York City, presented themselves to our community for the first time. Invited to take up residence at Trinity Lutheran Church on Main Street, the “players” began with a liturgical play for Christmas in 2014 and followed with a melodrama, “Dora the Beautiful Dishwasher” in February 2015.

Watkins Architect and Lyons Fire Company celebrate a nearly 7-year building project |May 23, 2016

Watkins Architect and Lyons Fire Company celebrated the grand re-opening of the new kitchen and dining rooms for the Lyons Fire Company Social Club with a ribbon cutting last month.

Tim Long, 36 year insurance professional, to retire |May 23, 2016

After 36 years in the insurance business, Tim Long, associated with Nationwide Insurance, is retiring. The Long agency, currently located in the Topton Professional Building, State Street, Mertztown, was founded in 1952 by Tim’s father, Arlan W.

Kutztown grad inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, receives award |May 23, 2016

Muhlenberg College honored its Phi Beta Kappa recipients in an induction ceremony on Sunday, May 1. The ceremony was held in Seegers Union at 12 p.m.

Kutztown Grange honors members, enjoys entertainment at Community Night |May 23, 2016

Kutztown Grange hosted their annual Community Night, open to the public, in April. State Grange president Elizabeth Downey, along with other State and County Grange officers were in attendance.

Topton Pioneer Grange hosts Community Night |May 23, 2016

The Pioneer Grange in Topton held its annual Community Night Program in April. This is a night to honor grange members and get the community involved.

Juliette Gordon Low visits Girl Scout Troops’ Mother/Daughter Tea |May 23, 2016

Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927) was the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, with the help of Sir Robert Baden-Powell. Juliette joined the Girl Guide movement when she formed a group of Girl Guides in Scotland in 1911.

Desert Storm veteran to join national parade |May 23, 2016

This Memorial Day has a special significance for veterans of Operation Desert Storm.

Toepel to host Healthy Living Expo in Green Lane |May 23, 2016

Representative Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) will host a Healthy Living Expo on Thursday, June 9, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Green Lane Fire House, located at 214 Main Street in Green Lane.

Fleetwood Area High School: May Students of the Month |May 23, 2016

The Fleetwood Area High School Students of the Month for May are Cory Mullin and Nicole Spanier.

6th Annual Marc McKently Memorial 5K Run set for June 1 |May 23, 2016

The friends of Marc McKently are getting ready to present the 6th Annual Marc McKently Memorial 5K Run in Pleasantville near Oley. The race will be held Wednesday, June 1, at 7 p.m. at Union Jack’s Inn located at 546 Manatawny Road.

Trash truck crashes in to ditch in Berks County |May 23, 2016

Workers from Berks-Mont Towing and Recovery lift a partially loaded trash truck from a ditch along County Line Road at Hoffmansville Road in Washington Township Monday morning. Two employees from Diamond Disposal in Bechtelsville where uninjured.

Patriot Community Calendar May 26 |May 23, 2016

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BASD music education program receives national recognition |May 23, 2016

The Boyertown Area School District has once again been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Boyertown Area School District joins 476 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2016.

The Historian: The craft of the weaver |May 23, 2016

For more than a century after settlement, linen and tow were the predominant fabrics of early Pennsylvania. Linen is produced from the long fibers of the flax plant, tow from the short fibers. Most farmers planted about two acres of flax each year in the early spring, which supplied enough fiber for their new clothing, towels, table cloths and other household uses such as cheese sieves, ball cheese covers and wrappers for market butter.

Kutztown Community Library hosts Book Sale |May 23, 2016

On Friday, April 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 from 9:30 to 2 p.m., the Kutztown Community Library hosted a successful Book Sale event. The book sale included a Fill-a-Bag Sale on Saturday.

Pottstown firm has two attorneys named to list of ‘Super Lawyers’ in PA |May 23, 2016

Wolf, Baldwin & Associates, P.C. in Pottstown has announced that two of their attorneys have been named to the list of top attorneys in Pennsylvania for 2016 as published by Super Lawyers magazine.

MCCC celebrates student success at 2016 Commencement ceremony |May 23, 2016

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) celebrated the success of 1,555 graduates during its 2016 Commencement ceremony on May 19 in Blue Bell.

Pottstown Middle School concert and jazz bands celebrate sweet success at ‘Music in the Parks’ |May 23, 2016

Recently, the Pottstown Middle School’s concert and jazz bands filled the air with some sweet music as they participated in the annual “Music in the Parks” festival held in Hershey.

Out & About: Time to fly |May 23, 2016

The small, white butterfly leisurely flew across my yard, like a stone skipping across a pond. It didn’t seem to be in any hurry, but then again, I’m not sure what its “hurried flight” looks like, or if it even has one.

Top Dog Fest tops at Topton Street Fair |May 23, 2016

Hot dog eating contest, Top Cake Baker, and Classic Car Cruise drew people out into the rain to Topton on Saturday.

Cat Angel Network: Meet Bailey, an affectionate tabby looking for a home |May 23, 2016

Do you enjoy being loved and having someone adore you? If so, Bailey just may be your soul mate. He is a handsome orange tabby, front declawed, who is only two years old. He has a wonderful personality and can be described as gentle, quiet, soft and affectionate.

Adoptables from the Montco SPCA |May 23, 2016

Zuzu, also known as Ellie, is a young Staffordshire mix looking for a home with a PATIENT owner. Zuzu is very sweet with people, but when in a home environment, she can become protective over her family.

Upper Pottsgrove sees savings in highway garage design |May 23, 2016

UPPER POTTSGROVE >> It looks like the township is getting a little help from its neighbor to the north when it comes to building a new highway garage.

Voter surge in Upper Pottsgrove fuels call to move polling place |May 23, 2016

UPPER POTTSGROVE >> Officials are looking to change the township’s sole polling place as the result of the high turnout seen in last month’s presidential primary election.

Healthy Lifestyles Expo fills Sunnybrook Ballroom |May 23, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> The Sunnybrook Ballroom was filled with people Thursday as area residents did yoga in a chair, received free health screenings and visited vendor tables for the 2016 Healthy Lifestyles Expo.

PHOTOS: Hill School has running fever with community events |May 23, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> The Hill School was full of running children Friday as families came out to two free community events.

Photos: Montgomery County Community College 2016 commencement |May 23, 2016

WHITPAIN >> Montgomery County Community College held its 49th commencement Thursday at the main campus in Blue Bell.

Pottstown School Board president fires back in teacher salary dispute |May 23, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> School board president Kim Stilwell fired back Thursday night after months of teachers complaining publicly about their pay as contract talks continue.

Zoning board member chosen as new Lower Pottsgrove commissioner |May 23, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> A member of the zoning hearing board is the latest person to be appointed to the board of township commissioners.

Upper Pottsgrove cracking down on barking dogs |May 23, 2016

UPPER POTTSGROVE >> It might be time for some dog owners in the township to invest in muzzles.

Boyertown celebrates 150 years with parade |May 22, 2016

Boyertown >> The borough 150th anniversary celebration drew the community out onto the streets and into the rail yard on Saturday for a day of festivities.

Daniel Boone Homestead hosts Evening on the Green June 18 |May 20, 2016

On June 18, from 6 to 9 p.m., join the Daniel Boone Homestead for a relaxed, summer evening with live music by Bob Hassler and The American Masters. This year’s program will also include horse-drawn wagon rides, wine sampling, the Amity Colonial Dancers and old-fashioned ice cream making.

Heritage of Green Hills residents support New Journey Community Outreach, Inc. |May 20, 2016

Residents and staff of The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy life plan community in Shillington, recently delivered food and 30 large bags of clothing donated by their community to the New Journey Community Outreach, Inc.

Celebrate ‘Get Outdoors Day’ at Blue Marsh Lake |May 20, 2016

National Get Outdoors Day at Blue Marsh Lake will be held Saturday, June 11. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Berks County Parks & Recreation Department will offer a full day of outdoor activities from 11 a.

Sisters will be Spokeswomen for Berks County dairy producers |May 20, 2016

Sisters, Brittany and Samantha Haag, are keeping promoting the Berks County Dairy Industry in the family for 2016-2017. They will be serving the Berks County dairy farmers as their Dairy Princess Royalty this coming year along with Chloe Shealer, who will serve as the Li’l Miss Dairy Princess.

Four Tompkins VIST Bank branches celebrate 15th anniversary |May 20, 2016

To celebrate their 15 years of service and thank customers for their loyalty, four Berks and Schuylkill county branches of Tompkins VIST Bank will host week-long anniversary celebrations in June. The offices will provide refreshments and gifts to customers stopping in during the celebrations.

Wagner-Good VFW Post 216 donates $3,000 to Hamburg Police |May 20, 2016

The Wagner-Good VFW Post 216 Hamburg contributed $3,000 to the Hamburg Police Department to be used toward the purchase of equipment needed by the department.

Wagner-Good VFW Post 216 announces Memorial Day celebration |May 20, 2016

Each year, the VFW honors and helps veterans through “Buddy” Poppies. Assembled by disabled and needy veterans, the proceeds of the flowers are used to provide them with financial assistance.

Hamburg Police: Oley woman taken into custody for suspected DUI |May 20, 2016

On May 13, Hamburg Police reported that at 2:30 a.m. a traffic stop was conducted in the area of State Street and Front Street.

Hamburg Rotary Club learns about affordable solar energy |May 20, 2016

At a recent meeting of the Hamburg Rotary Club, Allison Manderino, a Field Energy Consultant with Solar City, explained affordable solar energy with Solar City. Tom Roth was the program chairperson.

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