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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.

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.

Photos of kids outdoors with pets can win prizes |Feb 20, 2017

This past weekend was a welcome break from the cold with warm temperatures and sunny skies. These conditions are perfect for getting the kids outside to shake off the cobwebs of winter. It’s not only kids who get cabin fever, our four-legged pet friends could probably use from fresh air as well, so enter YOUR CHILD in the FREE Fit Kids Contest and his or her photo could be in the newspaper.

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.

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.

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.

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

BOYERTOWN >> 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.

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.

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

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

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.

Blue Mountain Academy opens student-run store |Feb 24, 2017

Between 500 and 700 people attended the Blue Mountain Academy’s Grand Opening of its Health Food Store in Hamburg on Feb. 19.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Birdsboro moves $480M power plant project forward |Feb 23, 2017

BIRDSBORO >> It took two votes, but the Borough Council has approved the land development plan for a $480 million power plant project at the site of the former Armocast facility.

Mad Dogs menu inspired by movie titles |Feb 24, 2017

Mad Dogs Hot Dogs hosted its grand opening at 100 N. Constitution Blvd. in Kutztown on Feb. 18. Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce members helped Mad Dogs celebrate with a ribbon cutting out front of the hot dog shop.

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.

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.

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.

Kutztown man, children injured in Route 222 crash |Feb 24, 2017

A Kutztown man, three children and a teen were sent to the hospital for injuries after their van collided with the rear of a box truck in Richmond Township on Feb. 22.

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.

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.

Moms Club of Douglassville East holding raffle event to support Amity Fire & Rescue |Feb 24, 2017

A six-year-old boy is taken to school in a yellow school bus. So what? But getting driven to school in a big yellow fire truck, with sirens wailing and lights flashing? That’s a big deal.

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.

Schwank, Fair Districts speak at presentation on how Gerrymandering affects elections |Feb 24, 2017

The Kutztown University department of political science and Vote Everywhere welcomed State Senator Judy Schwank and Dr. Frederick Walker, a representative of Fair Districts PA, in a forum held at the university on Feb.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bowling Lanes and league celebrate six decades together March 1 |Feb 24, 2017

How do you know when a local landmark truly has staying power? In the case of Devon Lanes, one of the first independently owned bowling centers in the country, it’s when one bowling league calls it home for nearly 60 years.

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.

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.

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.

Deputy Sheriff Hercules ‘Herc’ Avello celebrates 30 years |Feb 24, 2017

More than three decades ago, an unlikely confluence of regional influences — mushrooms, the Wyeths, and a passel of crooks — redefined a Kennett Square resident’s career path.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Garey Road traffic still on local agendas |Feb 25, 2017

UNION TWP. >> The township supervisors said Feb. 20 they are continuing to work with the Daniel Boone Area School District to reduce or prevent “hot-rodding” on north Garey Road.

Chester County agricultural community to receive advice on connecting with the public |Feb 21, 2017

Agricultural business owners who interact with the public at markets, stores and on their farms will have an opportunity to learn techniques that will enhance their customers experience and increase sales.