BOYERTOWN LOCAL

Fleetwood Community Theatre’s ‘Peter Pan’ took audiences on a magical adventure |Jul 28, 2014

Young area actors got to soar to new heights in Fleetwood Community Theatre’s summer production of “Peter Pan,” much to the delight of the audience at Fleetwood Area High School last weekend.

Craig Thatcher Band to present free concert at Musikfest’s Main Stage |Jul 28, 2014

BETHLEHEM ­— Just when it seemed dark — as in the first dark night ever at Musikfest’s main stage — local blues icons The Craig Thatcher Band and Musikfest partner Coordinated Health have come together to shine the spotlight on the elements that make Musikfest one of the most unique music events in the nation.

Perry Township invites public to monument dedication ceremony Aug. 7 |Jul 28, 2014

Perry Township recently created a monument from the cement work that was at the entrance of the old Perry Elementary School. Residents of the Hamburg Area School District are invited to attend a dedication ceremony of the new monument.

Searching for gnomes, visiting local shops and stopping at the park |Jul 28, 2014

It all started about a week ago, when my son’s music teacher mentioned a doughnut place near her house where they make the treats fresh to order for a mere 90 cents. When she mentioned that a great bookstore is located right next door, well, the die was cast and our next Fun Friday was planned for Kutztown.

Dairy Recipe: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day calls for celebration |Jul 28, 2014

Another year has come to celebrate American’s second best-selling ice cream novelty, the ice cream sandwich. Ice cream sandwiches have been around since the early 1940s. Vanilla, chocolate and a combination of the two, are the most popular.

A Look Back in History by Richard H. Shaner Remembering, celebrating Dr. Alfred Shoemaker |Jul 28, 2014

Although only old-time residents remember celebrated Dr. Alfred L. Shoemaker as the founder of Franklin and Marshall’s Kutztown Folk Festival in 1950, many Kutztonians still have publications of his Pennsylvania Folklife Society, including: Christmas in Pennsylvania, Eastertide in Pennsylvania, and his memorable book called, The Pennsylvania Barn published in 1959 that featured decorated barn architecture of native Fraktur barn stars.

R&B and Blues artist Jesse Dee hits the lineup at Musikfest |Jul 28, 2014

Boston rhythm and blues artist Jesse Dee will be making another appearance in Bethlehem this year, this time performing as one of hundreds of artists to fill the Musikfest lineup at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug.

Berks County Mustang Car Club’s 5th car show at Evergreen Club, Fleetwood benefits Salvation Army of Reading |Jul 28, 2014

The Berks County Mustang Car Club’s fifth annual car show at the Evergreen Club in Fleetwood on Sunday benefited the Salvation Army of Reading.

Brecknock joins Union Township Intergovernmental Agreement |Jul 28, 2014

The Union Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved on July 21 to add Brecknock Township to the Intergovernmental Agreement it has with Robeson Township and the Borough of Birdsboro. Participation in the Cooperation Agreement allows the municipalities to share municipal equipment and to jointly bid and contract public works projects.

Survival fire staring program teaches kids how to start a fire in a survival situation |Jul 28, 2014

The Schuylkill Valley Community Library hosted an evening of survival fire starting for kids presented by the Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation on Wednesday, July 23.

Haag family named 2014 Outstanding Farm Family |Jul 28, 2014

“Community minded, family oriented and always willing to lend a helping hand, hardworking, these attributes describe the Michael Haag family and are the reasons the Ontelaunee Grange supports the Haag’s as this year’s Outstanding Farm Family,” said Karen Mohn as she spoke about this year’s Berks County Outstanding Farm Family at the Reading Fair Awards Banquet on July 23.

Little Mates Graduates |Jul 28, 2014

Little Mates CDC, 3025 North Street, Morgantown, presents the Little Mates Pre-K 2 Graduating Class of 2014.

Tri County Record Calendar of Community Events July 29 |Jul 28, 2014

Ongoing Events Shepherd’s Kitchen at Honey Brook Presbyterian Church FREE meal Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 4331 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook. 610-273-2848 or email pastor@honeybrookpres.

Archery deer hunt applications available at Nolde Forest center |Jul 28, 2014

Submitted Applications for a permit only archery deer hunt Sept. 22 to Nov. 28 and Dec. 26 to Jan. 23 at the Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center are available at the Center Office Aug. 4 to 15.

Author presentation ‘Boys of the Civil War’ at Hopewell |Jul 28, 2014

Aug. 10 Narvon author Joel Moore will give a presentation titled “Boys of the Civil War” and sign copies of his books, set in the Civil War, in the conference room at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site at 2 p.

BlueGrace performs at Music in the Grove Aug. 3 |Jul 28, 2014

St. John Center Lutheran Church will welcome BlueGRACE from St. John’s United Methodist Church in Paradise on Sunday, August 3 at 6 p.m.

Focus on the Family by Jim Daly: Adapt marital roles to changing health crises |Jul 28, 2014

Q: We just learned my spouse has cancer, and we’re reeling. We have the best possible medical care, but there’s one area where doctors can’t help us: What can we do to keep the disease from harming our marriage?

Through My Kitchen Window Your Questions - Your Recipes: sauerkraut question to blueberry recipes |Jul 28, 2014

It’s time! This is the week I answer your food and cooking questions, and share your favorite recipes.

Award: Kutztown Allstate named premier agency for 2014 |Jul 28, 2014

As a business leader and involved citizen in the Kutztown area, Allstate exclusive agency owner Missy Fisher, of the Melissa Fisher Agency, has been designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2014.

Kitty of the Week: Sentimental |Jul 28, 2014

Introducing Sentimental Gender: female

Kutztown Area Patriot Calendar of Events for July 31 |Jul 28, 2014

Send events to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com by Friday noon week prior to publication.

Community helps build new Perry Elementary Center playground |Jul 28, 2014

“Over the coming years, we can all look with pride upon the playground and say ‘Yeah, I helped with that.’ Give yourself a pat on the back – we could not have done it without you,” said Perry PTO Playground Committee members.

Attendees take a ‘Step Back in Time’ at Berks Heritage Center |Jul 28, 2014

Several hundred people explored early American life at Berks County’s annual “Step Back in Time” Day on Sunday, July 27 at the county’s heritage center property in Bern Township. Sunny skies and heat accompanied attendees as they strolled the grounds – with humidity that made many attendees all the more appreciative of those wearing the layered and hot authentic 19th century costumes for the sake of history.

Blue Devils ready to rehearse in Hamburg |Jul 28, 2014

The Blue Devils, a drum and bugle corps part of Drum Corps International, will be bringing their talent to Hamburg as they rehearse at Hamburg Area High School stadium starting July 30.

Hamburg area church calendar |Jul 27, 2014

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 99 Church Street, Hamburg, would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to join us at our 9:30 a.m. summer services on Sundays. Come and join us.

Ribbon cutting celebrates grand opening of Frecon Farms bakery |Jul 27, 2014

Boyertown—Friends, family and community members gathered inside Frecon Farms on Friday for the ribbon cutting and official grand opening of the farm’s new bakery.

Driver charged with being on drugs in crash that killed Berks CEO |Jul 27, 2014

A 56-year-old Berks County man allegedly was speeding and driving his pickup truck under the influence of a combination of prescription drugs when he struck and killed an area business executive during her morning jog on a rural road, according to state police.

First Berks Sustainbilty Festival blends nature with lifestyle |Jul 26, 2014

As a way to promote the importance of an eco-friendly lifestyle, the paved parking lot at the VF Outlets was transformed into a festival dedicated to sustainability on Saturday, July 19 with approximately 1,000 people in attendance.

Light, Light, Light! Kutztown Library Teen Group Sparks A Reaction |Jul 25, 2014

Spark A Reaction Teen Group celebrates science and sparks their imagination during imagination laboratories at Kutztown Community Library on Monday nights.

PA Strikers 10U wins 2014 PONY National Championship |Jul 25, 2014

Congratulation to the 10U PA Striker Fastpitch Softball team who, just a few weeks after winning the 2014 10U PA PONY State Championship in Philadelphia, went undefeated (8-0) in Sterling, VA the week of July 18-23 to win the 2014 PONY 10U National tournament!

Hamburg’s From the Early Files |Jul 25, 2014

25 Years Ago August 2, 1989 Jonathon Grimes and Christopher McGonigal of the Hamburg FFA Chapter recently attended the 1989 Washington Conference Program.

Boyertown boy, Easton Albert, named a Baseball Youth Magazine All-American |Jul 25, 2014

Eight-year-old Easton Albert, who will be entering the third grade at Earl Elementary School in the Boyertown Area School District, was recently nominated, then named, to a Baseball Youth Magazine All-American 9U.

Phillies win the 12U Kutztown youth baseball championship |Jul 25, 2014

The Kutztown KYAA 12U baseball program has completed its spring-summer season with a 1-2-3 Kutztown sweep in the overall standings. The Kutztown program fielded three very solid teams with the Phillies, Dodgers and Tigers, finishing in that order against rival teams from Fleetwood, Muhlenberg, Brandywine and Oley Valley, totaling 10 teams representing the league.

Enter the Kutztown Fair Potpie Cookoff |Jul 25, 2014

(Kutztown, PA)- Following the traditions of the region, Kutztown Fair is hosting the first POTPIE COOKOFF. On Thursday August 16. Individuals, Groups & Organizations, and Professional Cooking personnel are encouraged to enter.

Birdsboro Community Center gets everyone together to Zumba |Jul 25, 2014

Children and seniors joined together in rhythmic dance with a special Zumba day at the Birdsboro Community Center Wednesday, July 16.

Keystone Diesel Truck Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway this weekend |Jul 25, 2014

Maple Grove will present the Keystone Diesel Truck Nationals presented by Mack Trucks and Denver Truck Painting on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27. The family-friendly diesel truck fest — the largest of its kind on the East Coast — will include a truck show (sponsored by Hunter Peterbilt), diesel truck drag racing, Jet Funny Cars, a wheelstanding exhibition car, live music and a model truck exhibit.

Butterflies fly into Kutztown Library |Jul 25, 2014

The Butterfly Guy brought his butterfly friends to Kutztown, much to the joy of local youth.

Celebrating Celtic with Dollops of Irish Cheer at the Berks Celtic Oyster Fest |Jul 25, 2014

“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste… I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”

$200K grant bolsters plan for Boyertown-to-Pottstown rail service: the Colebrookdale Railroad |Jul 24, 2014

BOYERTOWN — Progress on the revitalization of the Colebrookdale Railroad these days means more than pulling refurbished passenger cars along the picturesque 9-mile track on the shores of Manatawny Creek.

Proposed Kutztown Silk Mill District redevelopment project sparks concerns |Jul 24, 2014

The proposed Kutztown downtown redevelopment project in the Silk Mill District has sparked concerns.

MABA hosts Mixer |Jul 24, 2014

The July MABA monthly meeting was a little different than most of their meetings.

Many positives in the Hamburg Reds’ season |Jul 23, 2014

With a victory already under their belts, the Hamburg Sr. American Legion Reds were poised to go far in the Schuylkill/Berks League earlier this month. But their dreams of a league championship faded away when they lost their next two games to be eliminated from the tournament.

Crestwood swimmers defeat Womelsdorf |Jul 23, 2014

The Crestwood swim team defeated Womelsdorf on July 16, 232-186. Below are the top finishers for the Crestwood team.

Fifty cadets graduate from Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy |Jul 23, 2014

Fifty police cadets of Classes 1303 and 1401graduated from Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy on July 16 during a ceremony held at the College’s Science Center Theater, 340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell—a fitting number as the College celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Oley’s Peach and Ice Cream Festival slated for Saturday, Aug. 9 |Jul 23, 2014

The Oley Valley is getting ready to eat some peaches.

New Rotary Club officers installed |Jul 23, 2014

The Boyertown Rotary recently installed the 2014-2015 officers.

Fleetwood swim team defeats Maple Springs |Jul 23, 2014

The Fleetwood swim team improved to 3-1 on the season after defeating Maple Springs on July 13, 249-188. Top finishers for Fleetwood were:

Boyertown Legion Bears fall short of Berks League title |Jul 22, 2014

It was an interesting Berks County playoff tournament. It featured weather delays and postponements, exciting contests (including an upset), and, of course, some controversy. In the end, however, the Boyertown Bears came up just short in their bid for yet another Berks County Championship.

New York City children arrive in Hamburg for a summer in Berks County |Jul 22, 2014

Cars filled the parking lot of Wendy’s in Tilden Twp. on July 16 with parents and children anxiously awaiting the arrival of their host child for the upcoming week or two weeks. Fourteen children from New York City between the ages of 6 and 18 packed their bags for a summer trip to Berks County as part of the Fresh Air Fund program.

Boyertown’s recent fire company merger seeks to offset decline of volunteers |Jul 22, 2014

Improved firefighting services, greater operational efficiencies and savings in tax dollars are among the benefits that residents are expected to realize through the recent merger of the three Boyertown area fire companies.