TriCounty Community Calendar for Feb. 21 |Feb 23, 2017

Now through Feb. 28 Birdhouse show: An old-fashioned wall-mounted telephone, a vintage blue teapot and a cheerful yellow trolley are just a few of the more than 50 of hand-crafted birdhouses, bird feeders and 30 bird-themed quilted wall hangings, pillows and artwork that are up for bid in the ninth annual Birdhouse Show & Silent Auction, now through Tuesday, Feb.

State Sen. Judy Schwank hosting Opioid Addiction Awareness Event |Feb 23, 2017

State Sen. Judy Schwank is hosting an opioid addiction awareness event from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 16 at the Governor Mifflin Intermediate School in Shillington.

Birdsboro Power Land Development Plan will move forward |Feb 23, 2017

The Birdsboro Power Land Development Plan will move forward following approval by all council members.

Boyertown Area School District participates in Pennsylvania TSA Region 9 Conference |Feb 23, 2017

On Feb. 4, 131 Boyertown Area School District students travelled to Stroudsburg High School to compete in the Pennsylvania Technology Student Association (TSA) Region 9 Conference. Students from Boyertown Area Senior High School, Junior High East, and Junior High West joined 200 high school and junior high school students for a thrilling day of competition.

Store owners take part in National Random Acts of Kindness Day, donate goods to Exeter Police |Feb 23, 2017

Local residents and store owners Ben and Ellen Nonnemacher recently took part in National Random Acts of Kindness Day on Friday, Feb. 17, by donating goods to Exeter Township Police Department.

Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles announces temporary closure for renovations |Feb 23, 2017

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles announced it will be temporarily closed while its main gallery undergoes major renovations. Its entire collection has been moved out so a new cement floor can move in.

Hamburg Area High School students, teachers explore virtual reality classroom |Feb 23, 2017

Hamburg students, teachers and administrators entered virtual reality, using 3D computer technology on Feb. 21.

Exeter library announces ‘One Book, One Community’ events |Feb 22, 2017

-Evening Readers Book Club Wednesday, March 1st at 7 p.m.

700 Brandywine students celebrate World Read Aloud Day |Feb 22, 2017

All 700 students in the Brandywine Heights Elementary and Intermediate schools read to a partner, celebrating World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 16.

Glenside business creates prop for Melissa McCarthy’s SNL sketch |Feb 22, 2017

GLENSIDE >> Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, ranting at and physically going after reporters with a podium, is putting a Glenside company that built the attack podium on the map.

Twelve former troopers honored |Feb 22, 2017

During the recent Feb. 21 Troopers Lodge Dinner and Legislative Reception at the Roman Delight Restaurant near Orwigsburg, 12 retired members of Trooper Melley Lodge were honored for their combined service of more than 280 years with the Pennsylvania State Police.

Fans of ‘Little House’ books celebrate author’s 150th birthday |Feb 22, 2017

Kutztown Community Library celebrated author Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday with a birthday cake and hosted the program “Beyond Little House” on Feb. 18.

Tachyonmetry to perform at Boyertown’s historic State Theatre |Feb 22, 2017

Tachyonmetry, an alternative folk group from Bucks County, will perform at the State Theatre Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m.

Photos: St. Francis Academy students take part in jump-a-thon |Feb 21, 2017

Students in K through eight at St. Francis Academy in Bally raised $1,962 for the American Heart Association with their annual jump-a-thon during gym class.

Genesius Theatre’s younger set brings back the 60s with ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ |Feb 21, 2017

The up-and coming talent from Berks County will bring the upbeat “Bye Bye Birdie Young Performers Edition” to Genesius Theatre Feb. 24 to March 5. Talented kids and teens ages 5 to 17 years old from a cross section of Berks, Lehigh Valley and Lancaster County schools present this special adaptation of the four-time Tony Award-winning, including Best Musical of 1961, Broadway Musical.

Music Around Town: Feb. 22 edition |Feb 21, 2017

22 Feb – Kevin & Donney at Klingers at the Airport, Reading (8 p.m. start)

From Arthur’s Policy Desk: Trump’s Order and the Ninth Got it Wrong |Feb 21, 2017

Columnist On February 9th the political drama of President Trump’s executive order took an old turn when his opponents translated a political fight into a constitutional question and thus dragged the courts into the ring of battle.

Woman visiting husband’s grave dies after cemetery crash in Pottstown |Feb 21, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> A Berks County woman died of natural causes Saturday, just hours after an asthma attack caused her to crash an SUV into a tree at a cemetery, trapping her inside for hours before help arrived.

Look back in history: King George III of England was actually a German! |Feb 21, 2017

A few years back when the PA German Society and the offices of the American Folklife Institute hosted a modern Germanic television film crew to televise our current PA Dutch territory for an European Broadcasting Company, we were glad to meet local PA Dutchmen, some of which were Palantine Germans, who came from New Jersey and were celebrating their 300th anniversary of arriving in America.

Boyertown teachers get creamed at this year’s Mini-THON Pep Rally |Feb 21, 2017

This year’s Mini-THON fundraiser kicked off with its usual pep rally on Friday, Feb. 10.

Daniel Boone School Board approves preliminary budget |Feb 21, 2017

Following a three-week public review period, the Daniel Boone School Board approved 8-1 its 2017-18 preliminary budget of $56,336,312.

Amity Elementary Center announces Spelling Bee winners |Feb 21, 2017

Amity Elementary Center recently held its annual Spelling Bee. Fifth-grader Luke Armstrong was named the champion again this year. The winning word was “conducive.” Armstrong also took first place last year.

Reflections: Albert Boscov had a heart of gold and the golden touch of King Midas |Feb 21, 2017

The injection of energy and the infusion of personality that personified Albert Boscov were as remarkable as his marvelous accomplishments that will remain vivid in the folds of time.

Amity postpones turkey farm final approval |Feb 21, 2017

AMITY >> Township supervisors decided on Feb. 15 that Barry Shirey must finalize all pending land development issues before they will approve the final land development plans for his turkey farm business off Route 562.

Boyertown area students earn scholarships to Alvernia University |Feb 20, 2017

Hard work in high school has paid off for college-bound seniors. The following local students have earned Merit Scholarships to attend Alvernia University this fall.

Drivers, passengers injured in 222, 662 crash |Feb 20, 2017

Fleetwood Borough Police responded to a two-vehicle crash with injuries at Route 222 and Route 662 in Richmond Township on Feb. 18.

EAGLE SIGHTING: The Hill School spots bald eagles nesting on the property |Feb 20, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Faculty at The Hill School recently discovered some feathered friends residing on the property.

Fleetwood Parked vehicles struck by raw eggs |Feb 20, 2017

Fleetwood Borough Police report that several parked vehicles were struck by raw eggs along North Maple Street sometime between 7 p.m. on Feb. 19 and 7 a.m. on Feb. 20. Unknown actor(s) traveled from the area of West Race Street northbound to the area of N.

Boyertown borough council amends parking ordinance |Feb 20, 2017

At their Feb. 6 meeting, Boyertown borough council approved a motion to amend the parking ordinance in relation to residential parking permits. Several streets have been added to the list.

KCP honors Kutztown Strong, volunteers of year Unger and Brown |Feb 20, 2017

Reno Unger and Sarah Brown were cited as Kutztown Community Partnership’s volunteers of the year and Kutztown Strong was recognized as organization of the year at KCP’s annual meeting in Trinity Lutheran Church, Kutztown, on Feb.

New Pottsgrove School district hazing policy carries harsh penalties |Feb 20, 2017

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> The new hazing policy adopted by the Pottsgrove School Board has some serious consequences for violators.

Dropped cell phone leads to crash on Pricetown Road |Feb 20, 2017

A vehicle struck a pole, went down an embankment and rolled after the teen driver became distracted while looking for a dropped cell phone.

Hill School to spin off Hobart’s Run into $5 million revitalization effort |Feb 20, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> A neighborhood revitalization project that began with small steps and big dreams last year is poised to take a $5 million step forward.

West Pottsgrove won’t open its pool for summer |Feb 20, 2017

WEST POTTSGROVE >> The township pool, which has struggled to stay open and solvent in the past two years will not open for the summer 2017 season, the township commissioners announced this week.

Fleetwood High School art department hosts annual Art Event Feb. 25 |Feb 20, 2017

The Fleetwood Area High School art department will be hosting the annual Art Event on Feb. 25, from noon to 4 p.m.

Pottstown’s ‘Trojan Men’ aid national tour to fight cancer with TV appearance |Feb 20, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> In a not-so-unique “twist,” Pottstown High School’s Trojan Man mascot is gaining a reputation as a real childhood cancer fighter.

Medical pot farm proposed for West Pottsgrove |Feb 20, 2017

WEST POTTSGROVE >> A proposal to construct a 100,000-square-foot indoor medical marijuana growing facility on the site of the former Stanley G. Flagg Brass plant in Stowe will not be opposed by the township commissioners.

New Pottstown PAL director meets police leadership |Feb 20, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> As part of her welcome to town, the new head of the Pottstown Area Police Athletic League met with representatives from the police and county sheriff’s department to discuss the program’s future.

Letter to the editor: Guatemala, Jan 7-14 |Feb 20, 2017

I have said for years that it is a shame that everyone could not have been exposed to the farming community. I think that adds something special to our character. Similarly, others have suggested that serving in our military would add to their character.

Mystery donor may help Pottstown cover shortfall in stadium lights fund |Feb 20, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> An anonymous donor who gave $10,000 to the campaign to raise money to replace the lights at Pottstown High School’s Grigg Memorial Field has now offered to loan the effort up to $86,000 to ensure the lights get erected this summer in time for the fall football season.

Boyertown student shares experience as volunteer firefighter |Feb 17, 2017

Around 5 p.m. on a weeknight, high school junior David Reitnauer got one of his most first memorable calls.

Homes, vehicles burglarized while victims slept |Feb 17, 2017

Several overnight burglaries were reported in Ruscombmanor Township on Feb. 6. Victims were asleep while someone entered their homes and vehicles to take money.

Ford Explorer rolls after collision with truck on I-78 |Feb 17, 2017

A Ford Explorer failed to yield to traffic while entering Interstate 78 in Tilden Township and struck a tractor trailer truck. The impact sent the Ford Explorer rolling over the guard rail and down an embankment early on Feb.

Tilden creates Adopt A Road to clean up litter |Feb 17, 2017

Residents of Tilden Township and surrounding areas are offering their services in keeping the roadsides litter free.

Public hearing scheduled to permanently close Birdsboro Elementary Center |Feb 17, 2017

AMITY >> The Daniel Boone Area School Board is taking the next step to permanently close the Birdsboro Elementary Center in 2018.

Montgomery County child poverty, health, education discussed at roundtable |Feb 17, 2017

WHITPAIN >> It wasn’t until 2015 that the percentage of Montgomery County children living in poverty dropped back down to below the 2008 pre-recession level, Public Citizens for Children & Youth reported in its October 2016 “Left Out: The Status of Children in Montgomery County.

Kempton Fair Committee seeks sponsors, vendors, volunteers for 2017 Fair |Feb 17, 2017

The Kempton Fair – the one you remember from years ago, starting in 1957 – is alive and well and living in beautiful Kempton, Berks County. The Kempton Fair Committee seeks sponsors, vendors and volunteers for the 2017 Kempton Fair.

Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce hosts 1st Working Lunch |Feb 16, 2017

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce introduced the new Working Lunch series, holding the first program on wellness at Keystone Villa at Fleetwood on Feb. 15.

Hamburg School Board reviews elementary after-school program |Feb 16, 2017

Hamburg Area school directors are looking at an after-school program for the district’s elementary school students.

Girl Scouts have fun at father-daughter dance |Feb 16, 2017

The 28th annual Valentine Dance, sponsored by the Boyertown Service Unit of Girl Scouts of Eastern PA was held on Friday, Feb. 10 at New Hanover Methodist Church in Montgomery County. Girl Scouts and their father/significant male mentors danced, made bookmarks for local retirement communities and contributed canned goods for the Boyertown Salvation Army.