Good Shepherd leases space from Penn State Health St. Joseph for 14-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility |Mar 22, 2018

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network is planning to open a 14-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Bern Township, Pennsylvania, pending approval from the Department of Health.

St. Patty’s Day Marsh Madness! 200 jump into Blue Marsh to raise funds for Berks YMCA |Mar 22, 2018

More than 200 plungers and 500 spectators gathered at Blue Marsh Lake in Bern Township for St. Patty’s Day Marsh Madness. The YMCA of Reading and Berks County hosted its 12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge on March 17 to raise funds for the community to participate in programs.

Team effort saves Bernville man after sudden cardiac arrest at game |Mar 22, 2018

Community members assisted Shawn White of Bernville after he suffered sudden cardiac arrest at his daughter’s basketball game on Feb. 10 in Topton.

Kutztown University awarded It’s On Us PA grant to prevent and respond to sexual assaults |Mar 22, 2018

Kutztown University has been awarded a $20,672 It’s On Us PA grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to prevent and respond to sexual assaults.

Organizing your business, co-working are topics at Chamber meetings |Mar 22, 2018

Organizing your business and co-working are topics for the next breakfast meetings hosted by Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce.

‘Auction Action’ on BCTV airs next on March 29 |Mar 22, 2018

Berks Community Television has announced the next airing of its hit program “Auction Action” on BCTV, a unique show that brings live auctions right into the living rooms of viewers, on Thursday, March 29, at 6 p.

Reading Choral Society presents jazz concert on April 8 |Mar 22, 2018

Under the direction of RCS Music Director, Dr. Graham Bier, Reading Choral Society will be singing Bob Chilcott’s “A Lille Jazz Mass” at the Abe Lincoln Ballroom, 100 N. Fifth St.

Emperor’s New Clothes presented at Steel River Playhouse |Mar 22, 2018

Steel River Playhouse is working in collaboration with The Company Theatre to bring theatergoers The Emperor’s New Clothes, a fanciful musical perfect for the whole family April 7-15 at 2 pm.

Boyertown Wellness Fair attracts all ages |Mar 22, 2018

The Wellness Council of Boyertown’s 13th Annual Wellness Fair provided a morning of healthy fun, entertainment and education for more than 600 community members of all ages, from toddlers to seniors.

Pottstown man admits to illegal drug activity in borough |Mar 21, 2018

NORRISTOWN >> A Pottstown man will be under court supervision for six years after he admitted to illegal drug activity in the borough.

U.S. Department Of Labor sues East Penn Manufacturing, investigation found overtime violations |Mar 21, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against a Berks County battery manufacturer after an investigation found overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

‘Rosie the Riveter’ statue arrives in Berks |Mar 21, 2018

The “Rosie the Riveter” Spirit of ‘45 statue recently arrived at the Berks Military History Museum in Mohnton. The statute will be on display at the museum in the middle of a newly installed garden that will feature unique roses once the weather gets warmer.

Legislation addresses Opioid Epidemic, aims to reduce addiction risks |Mar 21, 2018

Patients who require opioid prescriptions would have less risk of addiction under legislation introduced by Senator Ryan P. Aument (R-36) on March 19.

Eighty-one students inducted into Honor Society at MCCC |Mar 21, 2018

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) recently celebrated the induction of 81 students into the Alpha Kappa Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year colleges during a special ceremony held at its Central Campus in Blue Bell.

Senate approves lieutenant governor reform legislation for better leadership and collaboration |Mar 21, 2018

The Senate approved bipartisan legislation with a vote of 50-0 to reform the way the lieutenant governor is elected in Pennsylvania.

Senate Appropriations Committee approves legislation on prison closings |Mar 21, 2018

The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved bipartisan legislation on March 19 reforming possible state prison closures in Pennsylvania.

Hamburg Art of the Brew features Yuengling’s Golden Pilsner, introduces Hamburg’s own 1787 Brewing Company |Mar 21, 2018

The phenomenon of craft beer has taken the adult beverage industry by storm. In many ways more like an art form than mere food science, the craft beer movement has showered consumers with a diverse menu of beers appealing to all tastes and preferences.

Schwank votes in favor of bills protecting victims of domestic violence |Mar 21, 2018

State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) voted in favor of a package of bipartisan bills pertaining to domestic violence. The bills are aimed to empower victims of domestic violence by helping them leave their abusers and controlling their abusers’ access to firearms.

Father, son give presentation on trip to Hurricane Irma recovering Key West |Mar 21, 2018

St. Luke Lutheran Church, Gilbertsville, was pleased to present member Bob Ballantyne, retired Boyertown Sr. High Teacher, and his son, Dr. Scott Ballantyne in their program entitled, “Conch-ering Irma” on March 17.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center honors blood drive sponsors |Mar 21, 2018

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has recognized 24 area organizations for their commitment to the health and welfare of our community through blood drive sponsorship.

Fleetwood native helps organize benefit concert for boy, 6, with spina bifida |Mar 20, 2018

The National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association Chapter at Misericordia University is holding its fourth annual NSSLHA Benefit Concert on April 8 at 3 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.

League of Women Voters hosts Hot Topics Luncheon ‘Criminal Justice Reform in Pennsylvania’ |Mar 20, 2018

The League of Women Voters of Berks County is hosting a Hot Topics Luncheon on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 12:00 noon – 2:30 p.m. at the Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road, Wyomissing.

Berks History Center awarded the PA Museums 2018 Special Achievement Award |Mar 20, 2018

The Berks History Center is pleased to announce that PA Museums, Pennsylvania’s statewide trade association serving museum professionals and institutions, has awarded the Berks History Center (BHC) an Institutional Achievement Award for the BHC’s Collections Management Project.

‘House Hunters’ episode shows Jared & Liz Trout’s return to home area |Mar 19, 2018

Liz Trout says it has been fun decorating the new home she and her husband, Jared, moved into last October.

$12.3 million project improves Route 61 in Berks |Mar 19, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced work began March 19 on a project to improve PA 61 in Leesport and Shoemakersville boroughs and Ontelaunee and Perry townships in Berks County.

Reading Symphony presents an evening of all-Gershwin works |Mar 19, 2018

The Reading Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of all-Gershwin works, entitled Glorious Gershwin, on Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center. Acclaimed British pianist Simon Mulligan joins the orchestra, led by Maestro Andrew Constantine, for Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue, and bass-baritone and leading interpreter of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Kevin Deas, is featured in selections from the beloved American opera.

Genesius Kids present ‘The Music Man Kids’ |Mar 19, 2018

Performing at Genesius Theatre, 153 North 10th Street, Reading, The Genesius Production of Music Man Kids is part of a series offered by Music Theatre International to take their big shows and tailor them down for children to perform.

Police warn against drinking and driving on St. Patrick’s Day |Mar 16, 2018

Police are reminding area residents to be smart about driving this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Updated: 2 crashes involving stolen min-van lead to fatality |Mar 16, 2018

State Police responded to two crashes in Upper Bern and Upper Tulpehocken townships, both involving a stolen mini-van early morning on March 16. The second crash led to a fatality.

Brandywine suspends 21 students for Walkout; safety concerns cited |Mar 16, 2018

Brandywine Heights Area School District suspended 21 high school students for walking out of the school building on March 14.

Hamburg students create 1920s Speakeasy, portray historical figures |Mar 16, 2018

Giving the password provided entry into a 1920s Speakeasy created by AP U.S. History students at Hamburg High School on March 15.

Charges filed against teen driver for double fatal crash in Upper Tulpe |Mar 15, 2018

Charges have been filed against a teenage driver who caused the Upper Tulpehocken Township crash that killed two other teens on Dec. 26, 2017.

Brandywine Library hosts Wine and Stein April 14 |Mar 15, 2018

Brandywine Community Library will be holding its annual community fundraiser, at 6 p.m. on April 14 at the Henry Auditorium located on The Lutheran Home at Topton campus.

Kiss A Pig candidate hosts Adult Easter Egg Festival at Setter Ridge Vineyards, Kutztown |Mar 15, 2018

Kiss A Pig Candidate, Heather Moyer, for Olivet Boys & Girls Club will be hosting her first fundraising event an Adult Easter Egg Truck & Food Truck Festival on March 24 at Setter Ridge Vineyards, Kutztown.

Hamburg Jazz Jam offers young musicians real-life performance experience on Strand’s stage |Mar 15, 2018

Hamburg Area High School hosted Jazz Jam on Feb. 28 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hamburg Strand.

Lions show their appreciation |Mar 15, 2018

Frystown Lions Club President Dennis Zerbe presented Gregg Smith, manager of Esther’s Restaurant in Fredericksburg, with a certificate of sincere appreciation and personal thanks for allowing the club to “sell” its nuts at Esther’s in the club’s only yearly fundraiser and also for the staff’s warm hospitality.

Hawk Mountain updates Silhouette Trail with new raptors |Mar 15, 2018

The international award-winning, ADA accessible Silhouette Trail, which meanders through Hawk Mountain’s ridge-top forest between the Trail Head and South Lookout, has undergone another display transformation.

Kutztown School Walkout honors memory of school shooting victims |Mar 14, 2018

Kutztown students silently walked out of class at 10 a.m. on March 14 for the #Enough National School Walkout.

Kutztown Strong reports positive outcomes for substance abuse prevention curriculum |Mar 14, 2018

Kutztown Strong, Kutztown Area School District and Kutztown University Institute of Addiction Studies report positive outcomes for students of substance abuse prevention curriculum.

Kutztown High School Walkout joins student-driven movement that rejects fear and hate, embraces compassion |Mar 14, 2018

More than 140 Kutztown Area High School students walked out of their classes at 10:13 a.m. on March 14 for the #Enough National School Walkout in honor of the victims of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Berks 4-H Dairy Club members presented awards |Mar 14, 2018

Berks County 4-H Dairy Club members were recognized during the recent Berks County 4-H Dairy Banquet at Virginville Grange Hall.

Oley Legion, Woman’s Club host Hope Rescue veterans breakfast |Mar 14, 2018

The Woman’s Club of Oley joined Oley Valley American Legion Post 878 to host a pancake and sausage breakfast for needy and homeless veterans at Hope Rescue Mission in Reading on March 10.

Anniversary Notice: Sheryle and Scott Delewski, Hamburg, celebrate 50 years of marriage |Mar 13, 2018

Sheryle and Scott Delewski, of Hamburg, celebrate 50 years of marriage.

Honey Brook Food Pantry Dinner featured speaker is Steveanna Wynn, of Share |Mar 13, 2018

Honey Brook Food Pantry serves 10 percent of Honey Brook residents every month and they seek the community’s support. The pantry invites the community to a fundraising Dinner on April 7, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.

Women leaders inspire girls at Fleetwood Girl Power Story Hour |Mar 12, 2018

Fleetwood Public Library hosted Girl Power Story Hour with girl empowering stories read by Sen. Judy Schwank, District Justice Judge Gail Greth, Fleetwood Mayor Tammy Gore, and Maidencreek Church Pastor Sara Hertzog on March 10.

Slick roads cause crashes in Hamburg Friday: truck strikes bridge; vehicle strikes school bus |Mar 10, 2018

Slick road conditions due to snow and ice lead to poor driving conditions early in the morning in Hamburg on March 9. Hamburg Borough Police responded after a pickup truck slid on ice and struck a bridge overpass and responded to another accident scene after a car slid head on into a school bus.

Senior-Senior Prom unites young and old on Boyertown dance floor |Mar 10, 2018

Seniors of all ages danced the night away during the annual Senior-Senior Prom.

Citizen Police Academy gives behind-scenes view of police work |Mar 9, 2018

Bern Township, Muhlenberg Township, Northern Berks Regional and Laureldale police combined forces to host Citizen Police Academy, providing the community an opportunity to go behind the scenes and experience police work.

Kutztown SADD educates students on dangers of DUI, distracted driving |Mar 9, 2018

The Kutztown Area High School SADD’s DUI and Distracted Driver program on March 2 simulated drunk and distracted driving, showing students how common distractions like texting, a loud passenger, or chemical/alcohol impairment can lead to disastrous results.

Sew much fun! |Mar 9, 2018

Submitted by Linda Yuengel, Fleetwood Girl Scout Service Unit Manager