BOYERTOWN LOCAL

Police ID man found inside burning car in Amity |Jan 28, 2015

The body found inside a burning car in Amity Sunday, Jan. 25 morning was identified Monday, Jan. 26 by Berks County officials.

Two Berks County engineering firms join forces |Jan 28, 2015

On Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 two engineering and consulting firms – McCarthy Engineering Associates, Inc. in Wyomissing and N.E. Fisher & Associates in Boyertown – joined forces. Owners – Neal Fisher and Jim McCarthy – believe that the merging of these two firms under one umbrella will create employee growth, technological advancements, improved business planning and development, and new opportunities for both companies and their employees.

RACC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter receives national recognition |Jan 28, 2015

Reading Area Community College’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society will receive a $500 award as part of its selection as a 2014 Honors Case Study Challenge award winner by the national Phi Theta Kappa office.

Berks County worried about budget-busting costs of Obamacare |Jan 28, 2015

While the word ‘forecast’ is bringing a fair amount of ire to the area right now, the concept has made Robert Patrizio’s job as Berks County chief financial officer a lot easier.

Ask Steve: How important is installing a carbon monoxide detector in a new home? |Jan 27, 2015

As a service to you and our community, I want to answer your questions so you can make educated and more informed decisions when it comes to your energy, comfort needs and saving money.

Kutztown Rotary Club honors Kutztown & Brandywine seniors as January students of the month |Jan 27, 2015

The Kutztown Rotary Club honored seniors Erika Matrone and Rebecca Merkel as students of the month for January at ceremonies at the Kutztown Tavern January 8.

Twin Valley High School February Interns of the Month Alicia Lynch, Kelli Witowski, Ashley McCoach |Jan 27, 2015

Alicia Lynch, Ashley McCoach, and Kelli Witowski, all seniors at Twin Valley High School, have been named February’s Interns of the Month. The three girls have been recognized as a group, because they have been interning together this year at Twin Valley Elementary Center with music teacher, Mrs.

‘Dynamic’ storm brings Monday snow day, doesn’t amount to much in tri-county area |Jan 27, 2015

Monday was a day of frantic activity as governments, school districts and agencies preparing for the snow while the forecast remained constantly in flux.

The Historian: Baking Practices among the Dutchmen |Jan 27, 2015

Most Germanic houses built in Southeastern Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries had bake ovens; it was almost a requisite for Pennsylvnia Dutch dwellings.

Pennsylvania Senators Leach And Folmer reintroduce medical cannabis legislation |Jan 27, 2015

State Senators Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and Mike Folmer (R-Dauphin/Lebanon/York) announced the reintroduction of their medical cannabis legislation on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Pennsylvania Sen. Schwank urges lawmakers to finally adopt medical cannabis bill |Jan 27, 2015

To better help desperate moms and dads who are seeking relief for children who suffer from countless seizures and to help many other Pennsylvanians who need relief from chronic illnesses, Sen. Judy Schwank today urged fellow lawmakers to finally adopt a bill that would legalize medical cannabis.

ELverson Fitness Club: Group fitness classes help individual achieve fitness goals |Jan 27, 2015

The yearly occurrence of February typically brings a cringing recollection of Texas Ranger Laboeuf, as New Year’s Resolutions escape our grasp like Tom Chaney. The draw of resolutions, like the draw of catching Chaney, is the tantalizing promise of success.

Twin Valley Rotary Club honors Twin Valley High School seniors Rachel Wilkoski and Nicole Bender |Jan 27, 2015

On Jan. 21 the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors, Rachel Wilkoski and Nicole Bender as their Students of the Month.

Thrivent Financial: You bought the policy…now what? Knowing your policies supports healthy financial strategies |Jan 27, 2015

Purchasing proper insurance coverage is an important part of a healthy financial picture. However, with many policies, staying engaged ensures you have adequate coverage as your life changes.

Heatherwood Retirement Community resident celebrates 100th birthday‘She is an inspiration’ |Jan 27, 2015

Heatherwood Retirement Community resident turns 100

Big Shot: Artwork of Heritage resident David Lumb exhibited |Jan 27, 2015

The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, has opened an exhibit of the artwork of resident, David Lumb.

Body found Sunday inside burning car in Amity |Jan 27, 2015

AMITY >> One person was found dead in Amity Sunday morning, Jan. 25, after two burning cars were extinguished on the 800 block of Antietam Drive, according to police.

Book Beat - Impact: ‘A Portrait Of My Father’ shows 41st President took the less travelled path |Jan 27, 2015

Review of “A Portrait Of My Father” by George W. Bush

Department of Environmental Protection Public hearing and meeting to discuss cleanup of Berks County Battery Casing Site |Jan 27, 2015

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public meeting and hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 10, to outline its plan to clean up lead-contaminated battery casings and soil at residential properties on Noll Lane in Ruscombmanor Township, Berks County.

Jan. 28, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hosts open house plans display for 222 and Long Lane improvements |Jan 27, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will host an open house plans display Wednesday, Jan. 28, for proposed intersection improvements at the intersection of US 222 and Long Lane in Maxatawny Township, Berks County.

Perry Elementary Center fifth graders work on bridge projects |Jan 26, 2015

Perry Elementary Center fifth graders in Mr. Rollman’s class have been working on science and engineering through completion of their bridge projects. These are some photos of the research and building of their bridges.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files Jan. 28 edition |Jan 26, 2015

25 Years Ago Jan. 31, 1990 >> After 38 years in the Christian ministry, the Rev. Morris Houck Jr., senior pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hamburg, retired January 31, from the active ministry.

Mind Your Body: Twelve small steps = a year of big change |Jan 26, 2015

It is the third week in January and some studies show that New Year’s resolutions, such as going to the gym or changing one’s eating patterns, may be fading. By early February there is often a big drop-off in follow-through on resolutions.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Clint Eastwood’s rousing war film transcends political labels |Jan 26, 2015

“American Sniper” is a more complex film than many are giving it credit for, and that assessment applies to both its fans and detractors.

Hamburg area church calendar Jan. 28 edition |Jan 26, 2015

St. Mary Roman Catholic Church Located at 94 Walnut Road in Tilden Township. Visit our website at www.rc.net/allentown/stmaryhamb. Daily schedule: Eucharistic devotions on Monday at 7 p.m.; Masses on Tuesday at 7 p.

Hamburg area calendar of events Jan. 28 edition |Jan 26, 2015

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: Fashion fads and others of the 50s |Jan 26, 2015

Last year, 2014, my Kutztown classmates celebrated our 56th class reunion. Whenever we have a reunion, I get out my ’58 yearbook to check out the faces to see who I remember. This time I also became intrigued with our 50s clothes and hairdos.

Tilden PTO holds Chinese Auction and All-You-Can-Eat Dinner to benefit programs |Jan 26, 2015

Students eagerly pulled their parents along on the stage of the Tilden Elementary Center auditorium from one basket to the next, pulling apart tickets and placing them in containers of their favorites on Friday, Jan.

Hamburg Area High School students participate in PMEA District 10 Chorus |Jan 26, 2015

Two Hamburg Area High School students were selected to participate in Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 10 Chorus which performed Friday, Jan. 23 (moved a day earlier due to snow) at Muhlenberg High School.

Berks County 4-H Horse Club members recognized for participation and achievements |Jan 26, 2015

The Berks County 4-H Horse Members held their horse banquet recently and were recognized for their participation and achievements in the horse program for 2014.

Call for Submissions: Writers’ Club 28th Annual Fiction and Poetry Contest |Jan 26, 2015

The Writers’ Club at Montgomery County Community College is accepting submissions for its 28th Annual Fiction and Poetry Contest now through 2 p.m. on March 12. Mailed entries must be postmarked by March 5.

Master Gardeners hold winter gardening series in February |Jan 26, 2015

Penn State Master Gardeners are offering a Winter Gardening Series of how-to topics for area gardeners on four Thursday evenings in February, at the Berks County Agricultural Center in Bern Township.

Shartlesville area farmer elected president of Berks Southeast Cattlemen’s Association |Jan 26, 2015

Berks County cattle feeder Bill Palmer was elected president of the Berks Southeast Cattlemen’s Association at the reorganizational meeting last month. Palmer farms with his family in the Shartlesville area.

5 Kutztown University Presidential candidates to visit campus: participate in open forums and meetings with students, faculty, unions, community |Jan 26, 2015

Five candidates for Kutztown University President will be visiting campus for open forums, meetings and tours.

Montgomery County residents plan to host guests during pope’s visit |Jan 26, 2015

Brace yourselves, the pope is coming.

Celebrating ‘Hat Day’ |Jan 26, 2015

Students at St. Francis Academy, Bally, recently celebrated ‘Hat Day.’

Learn New Cooking and Baking Skills in 2015 with Culinary Enthusiast Classes at |Jan 26, 2015

From baking to cheese making and even planning a dinner party, the Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) of Montgomery County Community College, 1440 Forty Food Road, Lansdale, is offering a wide array of classes this spring for anyone interested in learning new culinary skills or taking their cooking experience to the next level.

Kindergarten registration held for 2015-16 year Feb. 18, 19 in Exeter schools |Jan 26, 2015

Exeter Township School District parents who have children turning age five before Sept. 1, 2015 are eligible to register them for 2015-16 kindergarten. All the necessary information and forms to register can be obtained by going to the Headlines section of the district website www.

Bev Conklin and Friends bring Americana sound to The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown |Jan 23, 2015

Bev Conklin and Friends will be returning with their Americana sound to The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.

Music fans get up-close concert at Young Ones in Kutztown |Jan 23, 2015

Kutztown’s record store Young Ones drew music fans in Thursday night for an in-store performance by bands Panic and Hate to Say It.

Engagement Notice: Hoffert and Paterno to wed in March |Jan 23, 2015

Tracy Hoffert and Dr. Stephen Paterno, both of Coppell, Texas, announce their engagement.

Local financial professional recognized for top performance |Jan 23, 2015

Local financial professional Michael Fischer has qualified for the ACE Platinum Award.

Berks County girl wins Safety Poster contest at local, state levels |Jan 23, 2015

Eleven-year-old Zoe Sweet, sixth grader in the Daniel Boone School District, is making Oley Fair History by being the first in her age group to win 1st place in Best of Show at the state level in the Safety Poster contest.

Sly Fox Brewing Company’s newest release hits the trail in April to benefit the Schuylkill River Trail |Jan 23, 2015

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is pleased to announce its collaboration with Sly Fox Brewing Company, Pottstown, Pa., on the release of a new canned beer that benefits and celebrates the Schuylkill River Trail.

Bev Conklin brings the Blues to Boyertown |Jan 23, 2015

Award winning Blues vocalist and songwriter Bev Conklin makes her return to The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on the night of the event.

Presentations shed light on Chromebooks, curriculum, testing and student safety in Exeter schools |Jan 23, 2015

The Exeter Township School District Board of School Directors was presented with progress reports from Exeter School facility during their Tuesday, Jan. 20 meeting.

WTIM: Music around town Jan. 28 edition |Jan 23, 2015

By Tim Dietterick Circulation Manager, Berks-Mont Newspapers

Guest Column: Memories |Jan 23, 2015

My growing up memories started on March 4, 1950 at 7 p.m. It is the night I married Carl Zettlemoyer. It was a marriage quite a few people said would not last. Because Lucille was a “City girl” and Carl was a farm boy.

A Look Back in History: Salem Church windows depict purple stained Iris colored flowers, a French “Fleurdelis” folk symbol |Jan 23, 2015

Last month a Community Christmas Cantata was held under the musical direction of choir director Kathy Snyder to a packed audience at Salem Church on historic Covered Bridge Road, on a Sunday afternoon, a unique presentation of Oley area churches, whereby old timers would not have to drive home in the dark.

Wedding Announcement: Felter and Loch married in September |Jan 23, 2015

Sarah Felter and Matthew Thomas Loch were married on September 13, 2014 at Mellon Park in Pittsburgh.