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April 10

WWII Dance: The Pottstown Area Senior Center will host its 16th Annual World War II Swing Dance/USO Canteen Show on Friday, April 10, from 8 to 11 p.

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<![CDATA[Living history at Kutztown Easter on the Farm: Demos, activities, egg hunts, food and music offer historical experience at Pa. German Cultural Heritage Center]]> Visitors experienced history at Easter on the Farm on March 28 at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University.

Historical activities included blacksmithing, log hewing, pottery making, and hearth cooking. Other activities included egg hunts, pony and wagon rides, petting zoo, and hands-on crafts.

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<![CDATA[Kutztown Easter Bunny Train nearly sold out; passengers enjoy visit with the Bunny on train to Topton]]> "Toot, toot!" and "Ding, Ding!" as the train arrived at the Kutztown Train Station on Sunday, for the second day of the Easter Bunny Train.

Similar to what one might expect to see in the days of old, the Kutztown Train Station was a hopping place as people crowded inside to purchase train tickets and lined up outside the diesel locomotive and three cabooses, waiting for Jim Schlegel, Kutztown, to announce, "All aboard!"

"We're keeping traffic on the railroad from Kutztown to Topton," said Schlegel.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:08:13 -0400 2015-03-30T14:08:13-04:00 2015-03-30T15:25:08-04:00
<![CDATA[Police officers meet in Hamburg for Below 100 Program]]> Forty-nine police officers from 22 police departments representing both Schuylkill and Berks County met at Hamburg Area High School on Tuesday, March 24, to participate in the Below 100 Program that aims to reduce the line-of-duty deaths of police officers to less than 100 per year.

"I think it is important because it emphasizes Officer safety using common sense," said Joe O'Donnell, a retired Police Officer from the City of Pottsville and Traffic Safety Coordinator for North Central Highway Safety.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:40:07 -0400 2015-03-30T11:40:07-04:00 2015-03-30T15:08:48-04:00
<![CDATA[Montgomery County S.P.C.A. Pets of the Week]]> This is Roxy. She is a beagle and labrador retriever mix. This adorable girl is approximately 9 years old but still enjoys long walks and being active. Roxy is a wonderful mix of both breeds. Stop in and meet her and many other shelter friends at the Perkiomenville S.P.C.A. ID#A253101

Gordon is a very handsome neutered lynx point Siamese mix.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:00:36 -0400 2015-03-30T15:00:36-04:00 2015-03-30T15:00:36-04:00
<![CDATA[Cadets graduate from MCCC Municipal Police Academy, raise $3K for Angel Trust Fund]]> Montgomery County Community College's Municipal Police Academy Class 1404 graduated 31 cadets on March 25 during a ceremony held at the College's Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

The cadets took on a special project during their 22-week program at the academy: raising funds for the Chester County Angel Trust through DNB First Wealth Management to help 6-year-old abuse victim Ryan McMillian rebuild his life.

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<![CDATA[Northern Berks Community Garden members ready for second year]]> Pastor Bruce Osterhout is not new to ministry, having served in Reading city churches for over thirty years, but his position at Zion's Lutheran Church, getting to know Northern Berks County, and having a large community garden as part of his ministry is all relatively new. September 1, 2014, marked the start of Pastor Bruce's journey in Shoemakersville, Perry Township.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:40:05 -0400 2015-03-30T12:40:05-04:00 2015-03-30T12:40:05-04:00
<![CDATA[Children take part in second annual Eggstravaganza at Schuylkill Valley Community Library]]> Schuylkill Valley Community Library held their second annual "Eggstravaganza" on Saturday, March 28. The event began at 10:30 a.m. with projects for the early birds, including coloring, word searches, and foam chicks to decorate.

The tables were filled in the library as children arrived and began working on their Easter-themed crafts.

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<![CDATA[Schuylkill Valley youth wrestler competes at State Championship]]> Kyle Vernon, of Mohrsville, recently returned from the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championship tournament in Erie, where he placed 17th out of approximately 1,500 wrestlers. This was the first time in more than 10 years that a youth wrestler from Schuylkill Valley has made it to the state championship.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:57:30 -0400 2015-03-30T11:57:30-04:00 2015-03-30T12:36:16-04:00
<![CDATA[Morning snow forgotten with the springtime spirit of Berks County Parks' Annual Eggstravaganza]]> Morning snow flurries and cool winds did not delay the Easter Bunny's arrival to the annual Eggstravaganza at the Berks County Heritage Center. March 28 may have yielded a wintry weather feel outdoors, but it did not keep away families eager to celebrate spring with the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.

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<![CDATA[Cat Angel Network: Meet Lucky and Pebbles]]> Lucky and her daughter, Pebbles, are a gorgeous pair of glamour girls, both long-haired calicos. They are young adults, with Lucky being only 3 years old and Pebbles only 1 1/2.

They have never been separated and are thoroughly bonded so they MUST be adopted together. That's a good way to double your pleasure as they are both sweet, affectionate and loving.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:30:01 -0400 2015-03-30T12:30:01-04:00 2015-03-30T12:30:01-04:00
<![CDATA[My View: I completed the Fools Run 5k!]]> I was a runner in my youth, participating in track and cross country. Knee injuries put my running career to a halt in college but I still fondly remember that feeling of flying while out running. So when Don Sechler of the Kutztown Optimist Club asked if I'd be running in the Kutztown Fools Run this year, I couldn't decline.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:11:59 -0400 2015-03-30T12:11:59-04:00 2015-03-30T12:11:59-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: A Curious Old Deed]]> A curious old deed has come to light. The well preserved parchment says that in 1789, the Rev. Johannes Christophe Kunze, D. D. (John Christopher Kunze) "of the City of New York" bought of Peter Richards, shopkeeper, and his wife Magdalena, a parcel containing 58 acres in New Hanover Township. By reckoning the meets and bounds described in the deed, we can position it somewhere near the Swamp Pike between Leidy Road and Romig Road.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:54:06 -0400 2015-03-30T11:54:06-04:00 2015-03-30T11:54:06-04:00
<![CDATA[Boyertown extends school year to make up for snow days]]> Boyertown students will still be attending classes until June 8 to make up for days missed during the winter.

The school board approved a revised calendar for the 2014-2015 school year at March 24's meeting, including additional days in June to cover snow and ice cancellations over winter.

Most students will only see the impact on two days, the student day on June 8, and a full day of school on June 2.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:53:30 -0400 2015-03-30T11:53:30-04:00 2015-03-30T11:53:30-04:00
<![CDATA[Boyertown offers teachers early retirement incentives]]> The Boyertown Area School District will be offering early retirement incentives for teachers departing at the end of the current school year.

The school board voted Tuesday, March 24, to enact the recommendations made by the administration to offer the incentives as a cost-saving effort for the 2015-2016 budget.

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