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Helping military families this holiday season: Keystone Military Families in Shoemakersville sends care packages, hosts Thanksgiving meal with Mission BBQ

By Kolleen Long For Berks-Mont News |

Letter: BCL, The year in review and what’s to come in 2016

As another year is fast approaching it’s end, I would like to take a moment to look back on an institution that has been a big part of this community for 26 years and counting - the Brandywine Community Library. I have had the privilege of ser...



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    New on DVD: ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E,’ based on the ’60s TV series, delivers lots of fun

    Director Guy Ritchie takes a refreshingly old-school approach to “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” (2015, Warner, PG-13, $30), offering up an actioner powered less by digital trickery than by the chemistry between stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as rival spies Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin, respectively.

    By Amy Longsdorf Digital First Media |

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    Welcome to my World: Square dancing, barn dancing, hoe downs and more

    When I was a teenager, my friends and I enjoyed country dancing at Hummel’s Snack Bar and Dance Hall (now C.J. Hummel’s Restaurant, Bar and Gathering Place) in Lenhartsville. My friends and I always had to find a ride to get to the dances, but my classmate, Doris (Baver) Schlenker, told me, “I used to go to Hummel’s hoedowns. My cousin, MaryAnn (Merkel) Geist’s, Mom, my Aunt Grace, would pile neighbor kids in her car and take us there. She’d even...

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

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    Musical groups to perform all day at Christmas in Kutztown

    This year’s Christmas in Kutztown celebration, on Dec. 5, is slated to include an expanded set of musical offerings. Five musical groups from the Kutztown University Music Department, as well as bands and choirs from the Kutztown Area School District and area musicians will be preforming a wide variety of music including holiday songs throughout the day.

    By Vicki Schaffer Kutztown Community Partnership |

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    ‘Holiday Lights of Gring’s Mill’ returns for December

    Come visit Berks County’s favorite park decorated for the holidays between 6 and 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays in December. Walk through the serene country setting with thousands of lights illuminating the park landscaping and historic buildings. Warm up in the barn to live entertainment each night, visit with Santa or stop by the popular model train display. Refreshments and snacks will be available.

    Gring’s Mill Recreation Area |

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    Reading Museum hosts ‘all day’ Breakfast with Santa

    Santa will make his first annual visit to the Reading Public Museum for pictures and last minute wishes on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Reading Public Museum |

  • News

    Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad to take over service to Humboldt Industrial Park

    Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad will take over ownership of the rail infrastructure at the Humboldt Industrial Park beginning Jan. 1, 2016 through an agreement with the park’s owner, CAN DO, Inc., according to CAN DO President Kevin O’Donnell and Andrew Muller, Jr., owner and CEO of the rail company.

    CAN DO, Inc. and Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad |

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    Throwback Thursday: What are they making?

    George M. Meiser IX asked the American Folklife Institute in Kutztown what was being made in this photo from circa 1910s. Photo taken by Winslow Fegely. Email comments to Berks-Mont Newspapers to or post on or


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    Tilden Township artist Martha Ressler exhibits at YR Club

    Tilden Township artist Martha Ressler exhibits her “Art Quilts Large and Small” at YR Club, Parkside Dr. South and Thrush, Wyomissing, Dec. 1 through Jan. 24. The Opening Reception is Dec. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. YR Club hours are Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday 4 to 11 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.

    Submitted |

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    Historian discusses impact of Gettysburg Address during Hamburg Library lecture

    Michael Jesberger greeted attendees to his lecture, Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address, wearing the woolen blue uniform of a Civil War “Billy Yank.”

    By Kolleen Long For Berks-Mont News |

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    Hamburg School Board President Brooke Adams strikes gavel final time after 28 years on board

    After 28 years as a Hamburg Area school director with the past several as its president, Brooke Adams struck the gavel for the final time on Nov. 23.

    By Arch Kurtz For Berks-Mont News |

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