Children move to music at Kutztown Library |Jul 26, 2016

Children moved to music at Kutztown Community Library’s July 21 Summer Reading Program.

True hometown spirit alive at Fleetwood Community Carnival |Jul 26, 2016

The Fleetwood Community Carnival offered fun for all ages Tuesday to Saturday, July 19 to 23, at the Fleetwood Community Park. The carnival included rides, food, Midway and entertainment.

Lightning strikes rainbow in Berks County |Jul 26, 2016

The July 25 storms brought dark clouds, lightning and heavy rainfall. As the storm passed, lightning struck through a rainbow over Hamburg Community Library.

West Pottsgrove pool closes amid heat wave |Jul 26, 2016

WEST POTTSGROVE >> Just as the latest summer heat wave has sent temperatures into the triple digits, it was announced suddenly that the West Pottsgrove Community Pool will be closed for the rest of the summer due to financial problems.

Union Township to approve SALDO changes |Jul 26, 2016

The Union Township Board of Supervisors approved on July 18 to proceed with updating its SALDO (subdivision and land development) ordinance.

NomFest in Kutztown helps poor, homeless |Jul 26, 2016

NomFest 2016: Charity Food and Arts Festival at Kutztown Park on July 24 helped the poor and homeless.

Chocoholics rejoice! |Jul 26, 2016

Gail Warner circled tomorrow on her calendar as a day to celebrate. And if you love chocolate, you should too.

Pine Forge captures Mid-Atlantic championship |Jul 26, 2016

MT. OLIVE, N.J. >> Pine Forge had blanked Mt. Olive (N.J.) 8-0 Saturday to make the championship round of the 16-18 Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional, sending the hosts to the loser’s bracket final.

Boyertown, Pottstown gardeners take home cash prizes at contest awards ceremony |Jul 26, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Money ... money ... money and plants ... plants ... plants were a big part of this year’s Home Garden Contest award ceremony since winners took home as much as $200.

Grow, exercise and enjoy with Mosaic community garden events |Jul 26, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> The Mosaic Community Land Trust is showing that gardens are for growing and enjoying with Sunset Fridays this month.

Wilkerson invited Pottstown to town-wide talk |Jul 26, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> A high school senior when he was elected last year, Pottstown School Board member Emanuel Wilkerson brings a uniquely youthful perspective to that august body.

Sanatoga Green wins zoning variances from Lower Pottsgrove |Jul 26, 2016

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> The project looking to put more than 500 housing units, office space and a 100-room hotel on more than 50 acres near the Limerick outlets took another step forward Tuesday night.

Community urged to take part in Pottstown childhood trauma initiative |Jul 26, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> “Do you know anyone who has been divorced? I bet most of us could say yes. That is a person or a family that has been impacted by trauma.”

Pottstown’s outdoor market now has produce fresh off the farm |Jul 26, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Get fresh with it at the local outdoor farmers market which now has a variety of fruits and vegetables available along with weekly entertainment.

Stop the Drugs, Stop the Violence event brings community groups together |Jul 26, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> The 95-degree heat wasn’t enough to keep some of Pottstown’s best community crusaders from spreading their message.

Free summer lunch program returns for Pottstown students |Jul 26, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Pottstown students will always have a place to go for free lunch this summer, thanks to the return of the borough’s food service program.

Community partners come together for summer celebration |Jul 25, 2016

With not a cloud in the sky and music playing, families celebrated the carefree days of summer at the Boyertown YMCA’s Summer Luau.

Chestnut Knoll holds Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast |Jul 25, 2016

Chestnut Knoll recently said “thank you” to all their volunteers with a special recognition breakfast. Chestnut Knoll Personal Care held a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast for its longtime volunteers on Tuesday, July 19 at 9:30 a.

MCCC’s Municipal Police Academy holds graduation ceremony |Jul 25, 2016

Thirty-two cadets are now ready to join area police forces following their graduation from Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy on July 20 during a ceremony held at the College’s Science Center Theater in Blue Bell.

Cat Angel Network: Meet LuLu, a gentle and affectionate kitty looking for a home |Jul 25, 2016

LuLu is a beautiful female red patched tabby born in 2013, and here is her story:

Students overcome fear through breaking boards at Ellixson’s Tae Kwon Do Academy |Jul 25, 2016

In Martial Arts and in life, it is empowering when an individual can overcome their fears. At Ellixson’s Tae Kwon Do Academy, we use board breaking as a way for students to overcome fear and develop the ‘yes I can’ attitude.

Dancing Tree Creations announces arrival of third set of collectable coasters |Jul 25, 2016

A third set of Bear Fever coasters featuring four different Bear Fever bears that are installed at private residences is now available at Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery and Studio, 220 South Reading Avenue, Boyertown, and Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown.

St. Luke celebrates with fun on final evening of VBS |Jul 25, 2016

St. Luke Lutheran Church celebrated the final evening of their Vacation Bible School, July 15, with more fun activities for the kids.

‘Young Lungs at Play’ program generates discussion at Birdsboro Council |Jul 25, 2016

BIRDSBORO >> During the Birdsboro Borough Council meeting on Monday, July 18, Tieman Detweiler of the Council on Chemical Abuse explained Young Lungs at Play — a grant-funded program by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

State Police: Topton woman, age 86, victim of theft by scam |Jul 25, 2016

On June 28 at approximately 12:23 p.m., State Police Trooper Jonathan Chipego was dispatched to Juliet Avenue in the Topton Borough for a reported theft.

Southern Berks first responders recognized |Jul 25, 2016

Digital First Media staff AMITY >> Sunday, July 17, was First Responder Appreciation Day in Amity Township at St. Paul’s UCC. This is one of many events recently hosted by Thunder Outreach Ministries to honor local first responders.

Kutztown’s ‘Dinner on Main’ becomes annual event Aug. 5 |Jul 25, 2016

Kutztown again invites its community members and its neighbors to celebrate summer at what has become its annual “Dinner on Main” on Aug. 5.

Kutztown Borough Police Reports >> July 1 to July 14 |Jul 25, 2016

July 6 After completing their investigation, Police arrested Kerry Holder, 30, of Kutztown, for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance, Driving Under Suspension, Traffic Control Signals, Safe Speed, Careless Driving and Certificate of Inspection Required following an incident that occurred at the intersection of E.

Tompkins VIST Bank hires commercial lending manager for new Pottstown branch |Jul 25, 2016

On July 18, Tompkins VIST Bank announced that Frank Strunk, of Sanatoga, has joined the bank as commercial lending relationship manager supporting the new Pottstown branch. Strunk’s responsibilities include providing conventional and SBA loans and other personalized banking solutions to business customers in the Pottstown and TriCounty areas.

Pottstown Memorial Medical Center welcomes new pediatrician |Jul 25, 2016

Pediatrician Sheila Aseto-Rhoden, DO, MS, has joined Conventry Pediatrics in Pottstown. Dr. Aseto-Rhoden recently completed a pediatric internship and residency at Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.

PAHWF announces Board retirements |Jul 25, 2016

The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation has had changes in Board leadership. As of June 30, two of the Foundation’s Board members, Dr. William Taddonio and Debbie Zelle, have concluded their terms and retired from the Board.

Church community help program expands into third year |Jul 25, 2016

BIRDSBORO >> For the third year — Mission Trip Birdsboro continues to grow in helping local homeowners in need. For 2016 the program received 25 residential applications for assistance in addition to community projects such as public park improvements.

Trojan Pride takes on Spartan Challenge |Jul 25, 2016

Proud Trojans Tony Betts, Kenny Butler, Jaime Parris, George Betts and Michael Tucker showed their “We Are Pottstown” pride to take on the Spartan Challenge, a series of obstacle races.

Trojans exclaim pride while supporting PAL field day events |Jul 25, 2016

There is so much “We Are Pottstown” pride that it took two Trojan men to represent “Proud to be from Pottstown.” Thanks to our Trojan men for supporting the Pottstown Police Athletic League (PAL) field day events.

Building a Better Boyertown eyes next 5 years |Jul 25, 2016

With the year 2016 more than half over, Building a Better Boyertown (BBB) is looking towards the future.

Breanna & Alexa Forrest Osoyo spread South of the Border Trojan pride |Jul 25, 2016

Breanna and Alexa Forrest Osoyo, granddaughters of former Executive Director of the Foundation for Pottstown Education, traveled from their home in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico to spread Pottstown Pride in Ocean City, New Jersey.

Patriot Community Calendar July 28 |Jul 25, 2016

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PHS grad shows pride as wide as a canyon |Jul 25, 2016

Rachel DeStefano, a 2015 graduate of Pottstown High School, showed Pottstown pride as wide as the Grand Canyon, wearing her “We Are Pottstown” gear during a recent trip to this national landmark.

2nd Annual Kutztown Kruizz to take place July 30 |Jul 25, 2016

Main Street in Kutztown will get colorful again on July 30, when it hosts the second annual Kutztown Classic Car Kruizz.

On Tap |Jul 25, 2016

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Letter to the Editor: Kutztown Quarry Public Hearing to be held Aug. 10 |Jul 25, 2016

Dear Editor: As a follow-up to your June 16 article about the proposed expansion of the Kutztown Quarry on Hinterleiter Road, I want to inform your readers that the DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) District Mining has scheduled a Public Hearing for Wednesday, Aug.

The Fabulous Grease Band to perform concert at Kutztown Park |Jul 25, 2016

This Saturday evening, July 30, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Borough of Kutztown’s “2016 Concert Series in the Park” continues with the performance of The Fabulous Greaseband. The oldies band is a seven-member group singing and playing the best of the rock and roll oldies spanning the period of 1950 through the 1990s.

Genesius Theatre to present ‘In The Heights’ musical comedy |Jul 25, 2016

Genesius Theatre presents “In The Heights” — the light, sweet & hot, hot, hot Latin & hip-hop musical comedy — which runs August 5 thru 14 at the 10th and Walnut theater.

Living History Sundays come to Pottsgrove Manor |Jul 25, 2016

On Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 1 to 4 p.m., Pottsgrove Manor’s living history volunteers, dressed in colonial period clothing, will be living life the 18th century way.

Updated: Allentown man, 26, drowns at the Rock |Jul 24, 2016

Essam Saba, 26, Allentown, drowned at the Rock on July 24.

DUI arrest in Richmond Twp. leads to discovery of stolen bank cards |Jul 23, 2016

A driving under the influence arrest on July 17 led to the discovery of stolen bank cards, some of which were taken from a vehicle while the owners were camping on the Appalachian Trail.

Reach Out 9 puts paint brushes to work at Hamburg Park |Jul 23, 2016

Journey Café and Zion’s Church in Hamburg members put their paint brushes to work this summer during Reach Out 9. The group painted the bathrooms and the large pavilion at Etchberger Memorial Park in Hamburg.

Swimmers & jumpers flock to Peace Rock in Hamburg, leave trash |Jul 23, 2016

A YouTube video, “Wild Things — Peace Rock / Cliff Jumping & Dam Sliding,” shot in Hamburg by Nick Savino two weeks ago has more than 20,000 views and counting.

World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. return to Hamburg Aug. 3 |Jul 23, 2016

World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. return for the seventh year to Hamburg Area High School for rehearsals for their upcoming shows in Allentown and Buffalo, New York.

Movie Review: ‘Don’t Think Twice’ |Jul 22, 2016

Having been in the comedy world for almost his whole life, writer/director Mike Birbiglia knows a thing or two about what makes someone funny, but also successful.