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Family concert at Gring’s Mill Park set for July 6 |Jun 24, 2017

Next up in the 2017 “Summer Arts in Berks Parks” series is a family concert by Steve Pullara & the Cool Beans Band on Thursday, July 6th in the Gring’s Mill amphitheater from 6-7:30 p.

Christmas in July at the Library |Jun 24, 2017

The Mifflin Community Library Stitching Group will be holding a festive fundraiser to raise money for the Mifflin Community Library. Holiday decorating items will be sale during the month of July. Please stop by the library during library hours to purchase your unique and beautiful decorating items.

KeyBank employees volunteer at Greater Berks Food Bank |Jun 24, 2017

KeyBank employees at the Greater Berks Food Bank assisted in sorting and packing various donated non-perishable food items to be distributed to food-insecure individuals and families across Berks and Schuylkill Counties.

Exeter School Board OKs tax hike for 2017-18 |Jun 24, 2017

The Exeter Township School Board has approved a property tax hike to balance the 2017-2018 district budget.

Amity Township appoints new roadmaster |Jun 24, 2017

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed Patrick R. Moore as its new roadmaster, effective June 25.

Police hire new part time police officer |Jun 24, 2017

The Amity Police Department recently hired and swore into service Police Officer Troy Nicholson.

Daniel Boone School Board votes 5-3 to raise property taxes |Jun 24, 2017

The Daniel Boone Area School Board voted 5-3 on June 19 to approve the 2017-18 district budget and to increase taxes by a half-mill.

Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival runs July 2 to 6 |Jun 23, 2017

The 7th annual Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music festival, under the Direction of Maria Asteriadou, is pleased to announce Music Without Borders concert at the Kutztown Park bandshell on Wednesday evening, July 5, from 7 to 9 p.

Kutztown Children create community mural for library |Jun 23, 2017

Fine Art Fiesta of Kutztown invited children to paint a mural and to paint rocks for Kutztown Community Library, learning about creating something together as a community to help others.

Blandon Retiring Marine honored for 30 years service |Jun 23, 2017

Retiring after serving 30 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Sergeant Major Barry L. Frain Jr., USMC, of Blandon, was honored during a ceremony hosted by the Commanding Officer of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 49 on June 17 at Stwart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh, N.

Younker brothers battle out in 1st Mountain Springs Fair combine derby |Jun 23, 2017

Brad Younker battled out against his brothers Eric and Steve, winning the combine derby during the 1st annual Mountain Springs Country Fair at the Mountain Springs Arena in Shartlesville.

‘Ukes in the Classroom’ coming to Exeter School District this fall |Jun 23, 2017

Three of Exeter’s elementary music teachers recently spent the afternoon learning the ukulele in preparation of bringing the instrument into the classroom in the fall.

Kutztown Elementary wins Macaroni Kid’s Gold Daisy School contest |Jun 23, 2017

Kutztown Elementary won Macaroni Kid’s second annual Gold Daisy School contest by beating out 50 other elementary schools in the Kutztown to Allentown area. More than 7,500 total votes were cast from local families, and Kutztown Elementary received the most votes.

Auto mechanic, storage building destroyed by fire in Perry Township |Jun 23, 2017

State Police Reading investigated the report of a fire on Mohrsville Road in Perry Township at 3:45 a.m. on June 22.

Young engineers design their own bridges at Schuylkill Valley Community Library |Jun 23, 2017

Children recently designed their own bridges during a Book Lab held at Schuylkill Valley Community Library in Leesport. Book Labs are held at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Kutztown Thriving auctions off rain barrels painted by local artists |Jun 23, 2017

Five local artists designed and hand-painted rain barrels to be auctioned off from June 29 through July 29 as part of Kutztown Thriving’s newest initiative in downtown Kutztown.

Fleetwood Rec Board hosts Cool Fun in the Hot Sun |Jun 23, 2017

The Fleetwood Recreation Board recently sponsored another family oriented event on June 14 at the Town Square, located on the 100 block of Main Street. It was a summer information event called Cool Fun in the Hot Sun.

Man draws prison for armed robberies in Pottstown and Norristown |Jun 23, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Convicted of three armed robberies in Pottstown and Norristown, a Philadelphia man is on his way to state prison.

Swing Fever brings swing band music to Kutztown Park July 1 |Jun 23, 2017

On Saturday evening, July 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. the Kutztown Park Bandshell will take a trip back in time to the sounds of the Big Bands during that Swing Era, as we welcome the return of the renowned swing band, Swing Fever.

Hamburg Garden Stroll spotlights distinctive gardens |Jun 23, 2017

What’s the key to creating and maintaining a garden? Start by planting something you love.

Kutztown Mustang Show raises $2K for diabetes research |Jun 23, 2017

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Montco preserves 90-acre New Hanover farm |Jun 22, 2017

NEW HANOVER >> Montgomery County has added another farm to its growing list of permanently preserved farm properties.

Town clock repair work underway in Boyertown |Jun 22, 2017

It is the highest point in Boyertown and has been a silent sentinel for almost five years. But soon the clock and bell at Good Shepherd UCC Church will work again.

Officials probe if spectator recorded portion of Bill Cosby trial |Jun 22, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County officials are investigating reports that a member of the public who attended the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial allegedly audiotaped a portion of the trial and took photographs from inside a satellite courtroom that broadcast the proceedings.

Superintendent Faidley leaving Boyertown for Wilson School District |Jun 22, 2017

Boyertown Area School District Superintendent Richard Faidley may soon be leading another Berks County school district.

Pottstown man jailed for hit-and-run involving jogger |Jun 21, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A judge sent a Pottstown man to jail after a jury convicted him of striking a jogger and leaving the scene of the collision on a rural Upper Frederick roadway.

The 60s Boys in concert at Kutztown Park June 24 |Jun 21, 2017

As part of the 2017 Borough of Kutztown Concert Series in the Park, The 60s Boys will take the stage on Saturday night, June 24 from 7 to 9:15 p.m. to entertain the crowd.

Judge releases identities of jurors at Bill Cosby trial |Jun 21, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County judge who presided over the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial released the identities of the jurors who deadlocked in their deliberations, but jurors will be limited in what they can speak about publicly.

Repperts start youth tennis association in Kutztown |Jun 21, 2017

Kutztown couple Dale and Louann Reppert started the Eastern Berks Kutztown Tennis Association recently to teach local youth tennis.

Fleetwood Bank awards scholarship to Hamburg High grad Zachary Moser |Jun 21, 2017

Fleetwood Bank is pleased to announce that Zachary W. Moser, a 2017 Hamburg Area High School graduate, has been awarded the 2017 Fleetwood Bank Scholarship of $8,000. Fleetwood Bank is committed to provide scholarships in the local communities to help families offset the cost of post-secondary education, as well as demonstrate its commitment to the communities we serve.

Hamburg Area School Board approves tax increase |Jun 21, 2017

The Hamburg Area School Board voted 6-1 on June 19 to approve a $42,004,489 budget for the 2017-18 school year.

Ashley Seitzinger honored as Shartlesville Lion of the Year |Jun 21, 2017

Once the listing of duties and accomplishments were starting to be shared, it did not take Shartlesville Lions Club members long to figure out that which had been kept secret from all members but for the four-member Selection Committee.

Rehrersburg Lions Club installs officers |Jun 21, 2017

In an outdoor meeting in the club’s pavilion, the Rehrersburg Lions Club‘s officers for the 2017-2018 program year were installed. Serving as installing Lion was PDG Bob Argot, currently zone chair for three area clubs.

3-vehicle crash on Route 183 Penn Township sends drivers to hospital |Jun 21, 2017

State Police Reading report that at 4:32 p.m. on June 16, a three-vehicle crash occurred on Route 183 (Bernville Road) at the intersection with North Beyfrle Hill Road in Penn Township.

Morgantown Carnival draws crowds to Friendship Park |Jun 21, 2017

There was magic in the air June 13 to 17 in Caernarvon Friendship Park as kids and grown ups alike strolled the ‘little town’s midway’ for the Morgantown Carnival.

2 Berks County firms chosen for region’s medical marijuana licenses |Jun 20, 2017

HARRISBURG >> Two Berks County applicants were granted state permits to begin growing medical marijuana in Southeast Pennsylvania, it was announced Tuesday afternoon.

Rep. Marcy Toepel hosting Blood Drive in Gilbertsville on June 29 |Jun 20, 2017

Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) is inviting 147th District residents to a Miller-Keystone Blood Drive on Thursday, June 29, anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at her district office, 1885 Swamp Pike Road, Suite 107, Gilbertsville.

Judge weighs media requests to identify jurors at Bill Cosby trial |Jun 20, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County judge who presided over the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial took under advisement a request by media outlets to release the identities of the jurors who deadlocked in their deliberations.

Albright College announces Spring 2017 Boyertown area graduates |Jun 20, 2017

The following local residents graduated from Albright College on May 21, 2017:

Pastor David Lewis of New Hanover to retire after 30 years of service |Jun 20, 2017

NEW HANOVER >> Pastor David Lewis of New Hanover United Methodist Church will be retiring at the end of June; his last sermon will be on Sunday, June 25.

Kutztown University Spring 2017 Dean’s List for Boyertown area |Jun 20, 2017

More than 1,660 students have been named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List at Kutztown University. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade point average of 3.

Kutztown University announces Spring 2017 Dean’s List for Southern Berks |Jun 20, 2017

More than 1,660 students have been named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List at Kutztown University. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade point average of 3.

Albright College Spring 2017 Southern Berks graduates |Jun 20, 2017

The following local residents graduated from Albright College on May 21, 2017:

Alvernia University announces 2017 graduates for Southern Berks |Jun 20, 2017

The Alvernia University Class of 2017 earned associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees this May. Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement ceremonies were held May 13.

Yocum Institute presents ‘The Clumsy Dragon’ at Kutztown Library |Jun 20, 2017

The Yocum Institute for Arts Education presented the play “The Clumsy Dragon” at Kutztown Community Library as part of the Summer Reading Program Build a Better World on Friday, June 16.

Mifflin Community Library Second Annual Garden Tour this Saturday |Jun 20, 2017

The Friends of Mifflin Community Library Second Annual Garden Tour is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, from 10-3 p.m. The tour will be held rain or shine.

Kutztown University announces degrees of Boyertown area students |Jun 20, 2017

Kutztown University has conferred degrees on more than 1,200 students during the winter and spring semesters. Kutztown University announces degree conferment twice a year, once in the winter and once in the summer.

Mother-daughter pair to be honored at Boyertown Relay For Life |Jun 19, 2017

The Boyertown Relay For Life has announced its Honorary Survivors Barbara Frantz and Jennifer Swavely, and their Honorary Caregivers Barbara Frantz and Jennifer Swavely. You read that right — these two women have even more in common, they are mother and daughter.

Dodge Challenger strikes pole head on in Maxatawny |Jun 19, 2017

State Police Reading arrived on scene at the intersection of Noble Street and Mertz Road in Maxatawny for a one vehicle crash at 1:44 p.m. on June 16. A green 2015 Dodge Challenger had struck a utility pole head on.

Kutztown Community Partnership honored as one of the Best Main Street Programs in Pa. |Jun 19, 2017

Kutztown Community Partnership was named among the 10 best Main Street programs in the state by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center in Harrisburg in a news release June 6.