Mifflin Library to celebrate National Take Your Child to the Library Day, Feb. 6 |Feb 5, 2016

On Saturday, February 6, Mifflin Community Library welcomes families for fun activities from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on National Take Your Child to the Library Day.

Volunteers to present Valentine’s Day program at Hopewell Furnace |Feb 5, 2016

On Sunday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., National Park Service volunteers will be in the conference center at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site to talk about how Valentine’s Day was celebrated in the 1800s.

WTIM: Music Around Town |Feb 5, 2016

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

KU Planetarium to host immersive theater show on black holes |Feb 5, 2016

Kutztown University’s Planetarium will be hosting a presentation on black holes, the mysterious and powerful anomalies of our universe, on Wednesday, Feb. 17 and Wednesday, April 6. The show will begin at 7 p.

KU panel discussion to focus on police use of force |Feb 5, 2016

The Kutztown University Criminal Justice Department will host a panel discussion “Police Use of Force: An American Crisis” on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. The panel will consist of Mark Talbot, chief, Norristown Police Department; Dennis J.

CASA of Berks County announces upcoming info sessions |Feb 5, 2016

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable and underrepresented children living in foster care? Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Berks County invites you to attend their upcoming informational sessions to learn how CASA makes a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children of Berks County.

Historical Society to present program on the Speaker’s House |Feb 5, 2016

What is the Speaker’s House? Why is it being restored? How is it being restored? Why is this house important?

Correction: 2 car crash sends one to hospital |Feb 5, 2016

State Police reported a two car collision on Fleetwood Lyons Road in Richmond Township sent one driver to the hospital on Jan. 14.

Welcome to my World: Celebrating Valentine’s Day |Feb 5, 2016

Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, is a day when people send expressions of affection through cards or gifts to loved ones. Although the custom of this day is to send love messages, the day originated in early Christianity.

Senator Schwank announces re-election bid |Feb 5, 2016

State Senator Judy Schwank announced on Feb. 2 that she will seek re-election to her second full term in the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing the Berks County-based 11th Senatorial District.

Making the case for raising the minimum wage |Feb 5, 2016

As we approach tax time again, we all would feel much better about this process if we thought everyone would be paying their fair share. Not happening.

Hamburg Borough continues snow removal after Winter Storm Jonas |Feb 5, 2016

Hamburg Borough continued to clear the snow and open the storm drains, even in the pouring rain on Feb. 3.

Hamburg Item Community Calendar Feb. 10 |Feb 5, 2016

Submit to Calendar: E-mail event listings to Note Item Calendar in e-mail subject.

A Look Back in History - Operation: Community Cleanup |Feb 5, 2016

Being out and about in the community and frequenting local businesses almost on a daily basis, I have made some observations during the recent blizzard that many of the businesses I patronize, as well as other citizens of Kutztown, have taken a substantial business hit over the week or so span of storm and cleanup.

‘Chocolate & Wine Lovers Weekend’ returns for Valentine’s Day |Feb 5, 2016

Looking for a sweet escape with your Valentine? Jump in the car and enjoy a day trip of winter landscapes filled with tastes of nearly a dozen wine and chocolate-loving stops along the way. It is the annual “Chocolate & Wine Lovers Weekend” with the Berks County Wine trail, Saturday, Feb.

Movie Review: ‘The Finest Hours’ |Feb 5, 2016

Coastal storms. They wreak havoc on shorelines, structures and lives. History reveals the devastation and loss during these storms. But out of destruction, tales emerge of courage and bravery. Thankfully, the magic of movies makes it possible for us to take a glimpse into the past.

Tompkins VIST Bank, Children’s Home launch motorcycle fundraiser |Feb 5, 2016

Scott Gruber, CEO of Tompkins VIST Bank, and Dr. Vincent LaSorsa, CEO of The Children’s Home of Reading, visited the bank’s Wyomissing branch recently to help launch the tour of a motorcycle called “Penny,” which was rebuilt by residents of the Children’s Home.

Berks County Parks & Recreation new volunteer meeting set in March |Feb 5, 2016

The Berks County Parks and Recreation Department will welcome new volunteers on Thursday, March 3 at 9 a.m. at the Berks County Heritage Center, 1102 Red Bridge Road, Bern Township, for the first in a series of informational training sessions.

First-of-its-kind renewable natural gas option launches locally |Feb 5, 2016

On Jan. 26, The Energy Co-op announced the launch of a new Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) product, which provides consumers in Eastern Pennsylvania with a first-of-its-kind, renewable alternative to pipeline natural gas derived from fracking.

Broken Bit 4-H Horse Club schedules first meeting of 2016 |Feb 4, 2016

The Broken Bit 4-H Horse Club will hold its re-organizational meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Friendly Horsemen Clubhouse, 260 Kline Road, Stevens, starting at 6:30 p.m. Youth need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Ten Hamburg art students draw, deliver portraits of Ethiopian children for Memory Project |Feb 4, 2016

Ten Hamburg art students created hand drawn portraits for children in Ethiopia for The Memory Project. They will be sending the portraits via mail in early February for delivery to the children to keep.

Blue Mountain Academy wins at Governor’s STEM Competition |Feb 4, 2016

Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg scored the highest at the regional chapter of the Governor’s PA STEM Competition on Feb. 1, hosted by the Berks County Intermediate Unit in Reading.

TEG Auction Gallery in Morgantown hosts auction benefiting Twin Valley students |Feb 4, 2016

TEG Auction Gallery in Morgantown will be hosting TVMS Parent Involvement Council Winter Benefit Auction Night, a live auction at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 to benefit Twin Valley Middle School students.

Generous benefactor to buy Historic State Theatre of Boyertown for community |Feb 4, 2016

“My Grandparents, Edith (Mimi) and Frank Diehl, moved to the Boyertown area in 1941. In 1975, my Mom, (Dolly) moved back to the same farm house, and now two of my sisters, Bonnie Wren and Debby Meehan have also moved back to the area.

Author and Illustrator Brian Biggs to visit Exeter Library |Feb 3, 2016

The Exeter Community Library will be hosting Author and Illustrator Brian Biggs on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Please join us for a presentation, question and answer session and book signing.

Owl Prowl Hike and Hands-On Discovery Program announced by Berks Parks and Rec. |Feb 3, 2016

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for star crossed lovers. Join us at the Angora Fruit Farm on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 pm to discover the feathered friends who make February their time to find love.

Hamburg School Board hires new football coach Chuck Kutz |Feb 3, 2016

A familiar face to Berks County and Anthracite Region football fans will be taking over as head football coach at Hamburg Area School District.

Big Shot sponsored by Petersheim Bros. Inc.: Weaver’s Orchard announces photo contest winners |Feb 3, 2016

Weaver’s Orchard Farm Market has announced the four winners of their sixth annual photo contest, a challenge that invited customers to submit photos of their experiences on the farm throughout the harvest season.

PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: ... And this is my solemn vow |Feb 3, 2016

Dear Readers: If you read last week’s column entitled “The Right One? Part I,” it stands to reason you would expect to see Part II this week. However, something has been brought to my attention within the last 24 hours of this writing that I feel I must discuss with you.

Choosing a preschool for your child |Feb 3, 2016

Preschool is often a child’s first real experience with peer socialization, a fun, yet possibly overwhelming time. Research shows that smaller class sizes with a lower teacher/child ratio are better for young children.

Letter to the Editor: Response to article ‘Board weighs 2 percent tax hike for 2016-17’ |Feb 3, 2016

Dear Editor: Being a tax payer of the Daniel Boone School District and having been going to the Daniel Boone School Board meetings for 38 years, I feel this is a terrible tax hike to throw at the tax payers.

Wayne Klein attends United Motorcoach Association Expo |Feb 3, 2016

Klein Transportation, also known as Klein’s Bus Service, Inc., is one of the few bus companies in the region that has been family owned and operated for more than 55 years. As a leader in the Motorcoach industry, it is with utmost importance that Klein personnel remain on the cutting edge of regulatory news and legislation as it pertains to the future of the industry.

Historian Thomas Walsh to present program on the Lincolns in Chester and Berks Counties |Feb 3, 2016

On Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m., Historian Thomas Walsh will present the program “Iron Country and the Lincolns in Chester and Berks Counties.” Hosted by the Friends of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, a lively narrative will contribute to an interesting and informative program that includes a question and answer period.

Phillie Phanatic surprises Twin Valley Elementary students at Great Kindness Challenge |Feb 3, 2016

The Phillie Phanatic surprised 475 students and staff at Twin Valley Elementary Center to celebrate the end of TVEC’s participation in the Great Kindness Challenge on Jan. 29.

American Legion Post 537 receives Legacy Scholarship Awards |Feb 3, 2016

American Legion Post 537 Morgantown recently received two “American Legion Legacy Scholarship Awards.”

Tri County Record Community Calendar Feb. 9 |Feb 3, 2016

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

Real Estate Column: The year of thinking and doing |Feb 3, 2016

As we begin 2016, interest rates are still pretty low and it is a great time to consider purchasing for the first time, selling and purchasing a larger home for your growing family or downsizing. I wanted to share a few points for you to consider when choosing a Real Estate Professional.

Letter to the Editor: A BIG ‘thank you’ |Feb 3, 2016

Dear Editor: I appreciate this venue to thank Goin’ Postal and particularly Christine Malcom.

$490K in new community conservation grants awarded to Berks County |Feb 3, 2016

Work to improve trails and parks in Berks County received new state investments of about $490,000 on Jan. 28, state Sen. Judy Schwank and Rep. Mark Rozzi have announced.

Hamburg pays tribute to teacher Guy Ketch Jr. |Feb 3, 2016

The Hamburg education community pays tribute to the late Guy R. Ketch, Jr., a former Hamburg teacher for 39 years.

Fastnacht Day at Fegely’s Reading Diner |Feb 2, 2016

Fastnachts will be going fast next Tuesday. For the second year in a row — The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles will celebrate Fastnacht Day in the Reading Diner.

Pottstown Roller Derby makes a call for skaters, announces tryouts |Feb 2, 2016

The Pottstown Roller Derby is not only looking for new skaters — it needs them.

A call for Boyertown Citizen of the Year nominations |Feb 2, 2016

The 62nd Annual Boyertown Area Citizen of the Year Awards Gala is scheduled for Saturday, April 9. Event organizers are now seeking nominations for the 2016 prestigious awards.

Boyertown: The first robins of ... the blizzard? |Feb 2, 2016

Robins, the theoretical harbingers of spring, have been in Boyertown all winter, including during the blizzard.

Sinking Spring man arrested for allegedly stalking Fleetwood woman |Feb 2, 2016

A Sinking Spring man has been arrested for allegedly stalking a Fleetwood woman.

Kutztown Superintendent Kathy Metrick plans to retire in October |Feb 2, 2016

Kutztown School District Superintendent Kathy Metrick will retire after four years at the district.

Fleetwood Area School District Report: Considering options for post-secondary education |Feb 1, 2016

The Fleetwood Area School District Guidance Department is working, along with guidance departments across the state, to revise its career education program in light of the changing career opportunities in our country.

Patriot Community Calendar Feb. 4 |Feb 1, 2016

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On Tap |Feb 1, 2016

Send your event listings to to have them listed in On Tap! Deadline for submissions is Friday week before publication. Please mark email subject as Connection On Tap.

Local Kiddie Academy recruits ‘Honest Abe’ and other historical role models to inspire children |Feb 1, 2016

As President’s Day approaches, early education child care provider Kiddie Academy® locations in the Pottstown area are challenging children to imagine themselves as the nation’s next trailblazer, explorer or creative genius with inspiration from Abraham Lincoln, a role model for honesty and integrity.