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Hawk Mountain Migration Kick-Off Fest off to flying start |Aug 18, 2017

Equipped with binoculars and cameras, people gathered at the lookouts at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton for the sanctuary’s inaugural Migration Kick-Off Festival “Off to a Flying Start” on Aug.

New Schuylkill Valley superintendent believes in being a servant leader |Aug 18, 2017

Schuylkill Valley School District welcomed as new superintendent, Dr. Cindy Mierzejewski. From May 30 to June 30, Mierzejewski worked with former superintendent Dr. Warren Mata, who retired. Her first day was July 1.

Scout project brings new LED sign to Boyertown Salvation Army |Aug 18, 2017

The Boyertown Salvation Army now has a new LED sign thanks to local Boy Scout Chad Gamler. The sign was placed at the Reading Avenue location in July and is now being used to announce upcoming events.

Culvers celebrate 60th anniversary |Aug 17, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Culver of Upper Bern Twp. celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married on July 5, 1957 in the Tyrone Church of the Brethren by the late Rev. Wilmer Kensinger.

Hamburg School Board hires 2 LPNs to fill school nurse vacancy |Aug 17, 2017

On Aug. 14, the Hamburg Area School Board voted 6-0 to hire two Licensed Practical Nurses at a rate of $20 per hour to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of one of the district’s certified school nurses.

Schwank to hold Child Care Seminar on Aug. 22 |Aug 17, 2017

Sen. Judy Schwank will hold a Child Care Seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Exeter Community Library on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

Meitzler, Brennan announce engagement |Aug 17, 2017

Jennifer Lynn Meitzler and Michael Timothy Brennan, both of Bethesada, Md., announce their engagement.

Kutztown Strong enacts strong relationship between school district, university, community |Aug 17, 2017

Kutztown Strong is a local non-profit organization operating in the Kutztown area to combat youth substance abuse behaviors for the health and well-being of their community. Having developed strong relationships with both the Kutztown Area School District and Kutztown University, they continue their work to address the most prevalent substance abuse issues in their community.

‘Wall-E’ inspires robot creations at Hamburg Strand Theater |Aug 17, 2017

The Hamburg Strand Theater hosted Art and a Movie events this summer for children, “The Wizard of Oz” on July 17 and Pixar’s “Wall-E” on Aug. 14.

Boyertown twirling coach draws jail for improper contact with teen girl |Aug 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A former Berks County man who authorities said helped coach the Boyertown Legionette Twirlers faces time behind bars for having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage girl he coached.

REFLECTIONS: Concussions make giving up football a no-brainer |Aug 16, 2017

This fall there are kids all over Berks County playing youth and high school football. Their parents should ask themselves, “Should they be?”

Welcome To My World: Happiness is washing the car, together |Aug 16, 2017

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Ivan Stoltzfus of Honey Brook returns home from second cross-country tractor ride |Aug 16, 2017

Ivan Stoltzfus of Honey Brook returned home from his second drive across the country on his 1948 John Deere Model A Tractor benefiting Across America for Wounded Heroes.

A Look Back in History: Hidden Architectural Treasures found at Pricetown |Aug 16, 2017

Conrad Price, the person for which the small community of Pricetown bears its name, was among the original 12 Brethren pioneer families who settled here about 1754 and were an outgrowth of the Brethren Plain sect who settled in the Oley Valley.

Building a Better Boyertown announces Dog Days of August |Aug 16, 2017

Building a Better Boyertown is hosting the annual Dog Days of August event this coming weekend, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on N. Chestnut Street. This is going to be an exciting event for all pet owners and their companions in walkable Boyertown.

LOCAL MUSIC: Royersford rock band Rofo Audio involves local businesses in their music videos |Aug 16, 2017

Power trio Rofo Audio are like unofficial ambassadors for the Spring-Ford Chamber of Commerce.

‘Vigil for Charlottesville’ planned in Pottstown |Aug 15, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, organizations in Pottstown are banding together to hold a “Vigil for Charlottesville” on Thursday.

Breweries of the Philadelphia suburbs |Aug 15, 2017

Everybody loves a good beer, and the Philadelphia suburbs is home to many breweries that could be the creator of your next favorite. The list below features a range of breweries across the suburbs.

Shoey Boy Scout Troop hosts 19th annual Auto Show |Aug 15, 2017

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More than 150 vie for trophies awarded in 27 classes |Aug 15, 2017

Mother Nature has really played havoc with automotive enthusiasts this year as numerous events have been rained-out, rescheduled or held in less than desirable conditions with dismal turn-outs. That was definitely NOT the case for the 19th Annual Auto Show promoted by Shoemakersville Boy Scout Troop #163 at the Perry Twp.

Bill Cosby seeks more time to find new lawyer for sex assault trial |Aug 15, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Entertainer Bill Cosby has asked a judge for more time to find a new lawyer for his sex assault trial as another member of his legal team requests to withdraw from the case, according to court papers.

Funky Frets expanding in new space |Aug 14, 2017

BOYERTOWN >> It’s been five years since Funky Frets came to town, and now they’re ready to expand in a new space just ahead of their annual ukulele festival.

Boyertown Community Library to host solar eclipse celebration |Aug 14, 2017

On Monday, Aug. 21, the community is invited to the Boyertown Community Library to celebrate the solar eclipse.

Reading Public Library to host rooftop solar eclipse party |Aug 13, 2017

Reading Public Library will join NASA and other organizations in celebrating the “Celestial Event of the Century” — the Aug. 21, solar eclipse. The library will host a solar eclipse party on Monday, Aug.

Berks County Animal Rescue League hosting free adoption weekend |Aug 13, 2017

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County will be having a free adoption weekend on Saturday, August 19, and Sunday, August 20. Meat and Sea Me at Florens and Buzz…Men’s Grooming Salon will sponsor all adoption fees for dogs and cats.

Tulpe adds STEM content to Jr. High Ag Experience course |Aug 13, 2017

Tulpehocken Area School District’s first day of school is Monday, August 28.

Construction postponed on Leesport Avenue Bridge Project, now starts week of Aug. 21 |Aug 13, 2017

Construction for the Leesport Avenue (Route 1004) bridge, which spans Willow Creek in Ontelaunee Township, Berks County has been postponed. It was previously scheduled to begin during the week of August 14.

Schuylkill Valley New superintendent eager to welcome students on first day of school |Aug 13, 2017

Schuylkill Valley School District’s new Superintendent Dr. Cindy Mierzejewski is eager to welcome students on the first day of school on Aug. 28.

Hamburg Area Middle schoolers welcomed by two new faces |Aug 13, 2017

Hamburg Area School District prepares for a new school year with a few changes.

Exciting new additions,opportunities greet Brandywine students first back to school |Aug 12, 2017

We are excited to start a new school year at the Brandywine Heights Area School District. There will be exciting new additions and opportunities that will greet our students when they start back to school on Tuesday, August 22nd.

Firefly celebration |Aug 12, 2017

Firefly Bookstore in Kutztown celebrated their new and expanded store location with a private Grand Opening celebration party on Aug. 6.

Barrow for sale Aug. 19 at Kutztown Fair Round-up benefits Ethan Kunkel |Aug 12, 2017

The second annual Berks County 4-H Club Benefit Barrow will help a Kempton father of five who is battling leukemia.

A Day Celebrating Kutztown |Aug 11, 2017

Kutztown Day is a community celebration that is held in the Kutztown Park on the first Sunday in August. The celebration includes food, music, games, raffles, and fireworks.

Montgomery County President Judge DelRicci honored by peers |Aug 11, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> In recognition of his significant efforts to improve the administration of justice, Montgomery County President Judge Thomas M. DelRicci recently was awarded the Golden Crowbar by his peers.

Kutztown Area School District Stadium project wrapping up |Aug 11, 2017

On behalf of the Kutztown Area School District Board of Directors and Administration, we are honored to welcome parents, teachers, staff, and more than 1,300 students back to our schools. For parents/guardians whose children are entering our schools for the first time, a special welcome and heartfelt thank you for the trust you have placed in our school district.

Prosecutor in Bill Cosby trial leaving Montgomery County D.A.’s Office |Aug 11, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden, who is part of the team that is prosecuting entertainer Bill Cosby on sex assault charges, is leaving the district attorney’s office effective Aug.

Country star Hunter Hayes to perform in Pottstown’s Memorial Park |Aug 11, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Memorial Park will play host to country music star and five-time Grammy nominee Hunter Hayes in October as he headlines the first-ever “Citadel Palooza.”

Three Hamburg scouts awarded Supernova Award for learning STEM topics |Aug 11, 2017

Three scouts of Cub Scouts in Pack 120, Hamburg, were awarded the Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award on June 14. Twins Xander Rodriguez and Logan Rodriguez, Bear Rank age 9, and Ogden Rahn, Wolf Rank age 8, earned this with hard work and dedication to learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math topics.

Honey Brook Fire Company celebrates anniversary with parade, housing |Aug 11, 2017

Honey Brook >> In the 24 years that Tim Hennessey has represented the residents of Pennsylvania’s 26th District, he has appeared at numerous public events. But the one he attended on Saturday, Aug.

Hamburg car enthusiast wins coveted Firemen’s Choice trophy |Aug 11, 2017

The Goodwill Fire Co. #1 of Port Carbon held their First Annual Car Show on Saturday, Aug. 5 and Danny Williams of Hamburg took home the coveted “Firemen’s Choice” trophy for his 1954 Ford F-150 truck.

New superintendent Dr. Greg Miller excited to start school year |Aug 11, 2017

Editor’s Note: Dr. Miller has been the new superintendent of Fleetwood Area School District since July 1, after Dr. Paul Eaken retired.

Blue Devils inspire Hamburg community |Aug 11, 2017

The big sounds of the gold-medal winning Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps reverberated in the hills surrounding Hamburg while they rehearsed once again on the campus of Hamburg Area School District Aug.

Do you know a woman on a mission? |Aug 10, 2017

YWCA Lancaster is currently accepting nominations for this year’s Women of Achievement Awards through Thursday, Aug. 31.

Boyertown community raises money for family of late Navy SEAL |Aug 10, 2017

BOYERTOWN >> “Navy SEAL Eddy Furlani is an American hero.”

Hawk Mountain receives grant from PPL Foundation |Aug 10, 2017

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary announces a $5,000 general operating grant from the PPL Foundation.

Sheriff’s Office gears up for Cruise Night |Aug 10, 2017

The Chester County Sheriff’s Office is revving up to host its sixth annual Cruise Night on Friday, Aug. 18, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at West Chester University’s Farrell Stadium, and the public is invited to enjoy the festivities.

Egg theft from roadside stand reported in Hereford |Aug 9, 2017

On Aug. 1, a dozen eggs and approximately $6 in change were stolen from a cooler outside of a residence in Hereford Township, Berks County.

State Police seek ID of suspect accused of stealing eggs |Aug 9, 2017

HEREFORD >> Police are seeking help with identifying a suspect accused of multiple thefts from a family-owned roadside stand.

Douglassville woman stole nearly $1M from East Norriton employer, D.A. says |Aug 9, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A Berks County woman faces theft-related charges for allegedly embezzling more than $900,000 from the East Norriton Township company for which she worked as director of human resources.

Getting dirty at Rugged Maniac 5k |Aug 8, 2017

Thrill seekers had a chance to participate in the craziest and muddiest event when the Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race, powered by Men’s Health, offered 25 adrenaline-pumping obstacles and a day-long party for racers and spectators at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton on Aug.