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Philadelphia Folk Festival still singing at 53

By David W. Wannop For 21st Century Media |

Be in the know for 2014 Philadelphia Folk Festival

From Aug. 15-17, the 53rd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival will feature dozens of performers on seven stages. ...

By Brian Bingaman |


  • General news

    Horizons Child Care bids farewell to summer, raises funds

    With most of the children in the area returning to school this week, Horizons Child Care and Learning Services Co. helped let summer go with a bang on Aug. 23 at Bern Grove in Leesport. Despite the rain, the staff from the center and founding members of the nonprofit We Agape You Inc., as well as those that have helped both get to where they are, held the annual End of Summer Bash for the community.

    Shea Singley

  • General news

    Northern Berks Community Garden in Perry Twp. assists food pantries in Berks County

    At Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Perry Township, a new ministry is growing. This past spring the church converted a 75’ x 100’ patch of its property into the Northern Berks Community Garden (NBCG). The NBCG is a nonprofit organization that was started in order to assist low and moderate income members of the community acquire healthy, locally grown produce through the local food pantry system. Although there is always a demand for fresh produce at these pantries,...

    By Deanna Puglia Northern Berks Community Garden volunteer |

  • Announcements

    Miller-Keystone Blood Center announces high school video contest: Winning video will receive $500 scholarship award

    Miller-Keystone Blood Center is encouraging high school students in our community to use their imagination to create a short video promoting the need for younger generations to become regular blood donors, and the importance of donating with Miller-Keystone Blood Center – the exclusive blood supplier to our regional hospitals.

    From Miller-Keystone Blood Center |

  • General news

    Head to the river for hiking and biking fun

    Summer is all but over, and school is looming around the corner (at least for Hamburg’s middle and high schoolers). That means dreaded back-to-school shopping has hit families’ pocketbooks, and many budgets are stretched to the limit. So this past Friday, our obvious choice was a favorite, and absolutely free, family outing: exploring the paths that wind around the Schuylkill River on the west side of Hamburg.

    By Kolleen Long For 21st Century Media |

  • General news

    Hamburg Library ends summer reading program with grand prize winner

    Aubrey Thompson, of Windsor Castle, won the Amazon Kindle Fire that we gave away for the grand prize here at the Hamburg Library. There were also 29 other winners of gift cards to Barnes & Noble, the Yocum Institute, the Miller Center, Weavers Orchard, Book Bonanza, Pizza Hut, Summer Reading backpacks and t-shirts. The library holds a summer reading program every summer for children and teens ages 1-17.


  • Social groups and organizations

    Shartlesville grange and Hamburg Moose serve up food at the Reading Fair

    The Hamburg Moose and the Shartlesville Grange worked together at the Reading Fair due to “common goals,” said Grange Overseer (vice president), Donnna Kunkle, left, that of “raising funds for community needs.” She and a team of Grange members and Moose members were on duty at the food stand during the fair. With her are, from left, Grange’s Bobby Kleckner, Moose’s Charles Henn, Moose’s Wayne Kline, and back, at the stove, Grange and Moose...


  • Social groups and organizations

    Shoemakersville Lions Club: Harry Sproesser installed as president

    Harry Sproesser installed as President of Shoemakersville Area Lion’s Club. Shoemakersville Area Lion’s Club Members present for Installation (left to right): Director Mickie Sproesser; Director Kenneth Schlegel; Secretary Gary Rothermel; Assistant Lion Tamer David Geschwindt; Second Vice President Brian Maroney; Installing Officer and First Vice President James Seifert; Incoming President Harry Sproesser; Tail Twister Roger Heckman; Third Vice President Cleta Borkey;...


  • Social groups and organizations

    Hamburg Rotary: South Mountain YMCA Camps program

    George Mitten was the program chairperson at the August 21, 2014 meeting at Hamburg Rotary. Nathan Brant the CEO of The South Mountain YMCA Camps presented the program


  • Opinion

    From the Hamburg editor: How to contact the Item and submit

    As a community newspaper, we receive many submissions from our readers. It is something that I myself look forward to as it’s a way to get to know those in the community better and also see what they have been up to. There have been a few changes with our move on how to submit articles and we also have a new deadline in place.

    Shea Singley

  • Lifestyle

    Master Kim’s Black Belt Academy students earn black belts

    It was a time that they were waiting for. Each person was thrilled and anxious at the same time. “What day? What time?” you may ask? It was the week end that they were testing for their Black Belts at Master Kim’s Black Belt Academy in Bechtelsville.

    From Master Kims Black Belt Academy |

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