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Hunger advocate tells Honey Brook Food Pantry Dinner attendees to get angry about hunger |Apr 25, 2018

“Get angry at hunger!” The featured speaker of the Honey Brook Food Pantry’s 2nd Annual Dinner told attendees to get angry about hunger and become hunger heroes.

Children can fish for free at Annual Hamburg Fishing Rodeo |Apr 25, 2018

A Fishing Rodeo is planned at the Hamburg Fish and Game Association on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20. Activities are planned rain or shine at the rear of the property, 935 5th Street in Hamburg.

Hamburg School Board foresees tax increase of .25 mills for proposed 2018-19 budget |Apr 25, 2018

With a vote looming on May 14, Hamburg Area school directors continue to struggle with a proposed $42.51 million budget for the 2018-19 school year that includes a .25 mill property tax increase.

Racing worms released into garden at Kutztown Earth Day Celebration |Apr 25, 2018

Earth worms raced to the finish line while children cheered and shouted during the Kutztown Environmental Advisory Commission’s Earth Day Celebration held at Kutztown Community Library on April 21.

Community wishes Hamburg Salvation Army Happy 1st Birthday |Apr 25, 2018

The community came out to wish a happy first birthday to the Hamburg Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center, 700 South 4th Street, during the store’s 1st Birthday Party on April 21.

Chester County officials to canvas for unlicensed dogs in May |Apr 25, 2018

West Chester >> The Chester County Treasurer’s Office is issuing a notice that all dog owners in the county should, by now, have purchased licenses for their pets for 2018. The notice comes in anticipation of canvassing in the county by the Dog Warden during the month of May.

YMCA closing dominates Montco commissioners’ visit to Pottstown |Apr 24, 2018

POTTSTOWN >> The Montgomery County Commissioners made Pottstown the first stop on their annual “listening tour” Monday night and heard about two things from the audience.

Twin Valley Rotary Students of the Month announced |Apr 24, 2018

On April 18 the Twin Valley Rotary club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School senior Sarah Shugar and junior Kyle Mazur as their students of the month. The presentation was made at their weekly meeting.

Tri County Community Calendar May 1 |Apr 24, 2018

Submit events about 10 days in advance of publication date to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com. Note Tri County Record Calendar.

Garden Spot Village events feature education, art and music |Apr 24, 2018

Each spring Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, partners with the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society to present educational events for the community. This May Garden Spot Village will host three events in The Chapel.

8th Annual John Mattis free car show in Coatesville |Apr 24, 2018

The Chester County Assembly #1873, Knights of Columbus, will be holding our 8th annual “John Mattis Memorial Car Show” on June 2 at the Coatesville VA Medical Center. The Show will run from 10:00 a.

Twin Valley High School musicians advance to All-State |Apr 24, 2018

Two members of the Twin Valley High School Band have recently earned the right to perform with a State Music ensemble. Senior Maeve Bartra earned a seat in the PMEA All-State Concert Band, and Sophomore Reid Simmons earned a place in the PMEA All-State Wind Ensemble.

Morgantown Legion installs Remembrance Wall in memory of veterans |Apr 24, 2018

Commander Nick Hine, Sr. and fellow legionnaires installed the Veterans Remembrance Wall at Col. Jacob Morgan American Legion Post 537, Morgantown on April 21. Family members and friends of deceased veterans placed the plaques on the wall.

Student Column: Brandywine Heights students speak their minds at April 20 Walkout |Apr 24, 2018

At an April 20 Walkout, Brandywine Heights Area High School students wanted to be heard again, this time in a much more inclusive way than in previous conventions such as the one on March 14, held in wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting.

Leesport residents outraged by delayed Wall Street Bridge project |Apr 23, 2018

The October closing of Leesport’s Wall Street Bridge caused many commuting inconveniences. When news spread that the construction project was extended six months beyond the original competition date of December 2018, borough officials and residents were outraged and wanted answers.

Sell out crowd: More than 300 attend Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods event in Shoey |Apr 23, 2018

A sell out crowd of 311 people came out for the Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods event held at the Shoemakersville Fire Company on April 21.

Children explore nature, read at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Earth Day event |Apr 23, 2018

Children soared like eagles and used their senses while reading on the trail at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton to celebrate Earth Day on April 22.

Minor injuries reported after collision flips van onto side in Richmond Township Friday |Apr 23, 2018

A car collided with the side of a van, flipping the van on its side and trapping the driver inside in Richmond Township at 7:38 a.m. on Friday, April 20.

Massive fire destroys garage, classic cars in Douglass (Berks) |Apr 22, 2018

DOUGLASS (BERKS) >> A multi-alarm fire destroyed a steel commercial building and its contents at 56 Edge Hill Road Saturday afternoon.

Montco commissioners go on the road Monday in Pottstown |Apr 21, 2018

For the sixth year in a row, the Montgomery County Commissioners are taking their message on the road. Constituents are encouraged to attend a “Conversations with the Commissioners” event to discuss issues important in their communities.

Vulakovich, Schwank introduce sextortion legislation to criminalize the coercion of sexual conduct |Apr 20, 2018

Pennsylvania Sens. and Judy Schwank (D-11) and Randy Vulakovich (R-38) have introduced legislation that aims to criminalize the coercion of sexual conduct.

William Macmillan wins 2018 Mr. Brandywine |Apr 20, 2018

William Macmillan won the title 2018 Mr. Brandywine during the Brandywine Heights High School’s annual Mr. Brandywine pageant held in March.

Library supporters fill Wine & Stein fundraising event |Apr 20, 2018

Brandywine Community Library hosted its annual community fundraiser, with a new name, Wine and Stein, on April 14 at the Henry Auditorium located on The Lutheran Home at Topton campus.

Fleetwood FBLA wins Outstanding Chapter Award |Apr 20, 2018

ecently 35 members from the Fleetwood Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America attended the 2018 State Leadership Conference held in Hershey. At the conference the Fleetwood Chapter was recognized as an Outstanding Chapter for the 2017 – 2018 school year.

Julie Stark, Keith Haring named 2018 Distinguished Alumni of Year |Apr 20, 2018

Kutztown Area School District Education Foundation announce the recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni of the Year, Julie Stark and the late Keith Haring. They will be honored at a reception at Moselem Springs Country Club on June 5, 5 to 7 p.

Local dog and owner representing USA in agility championships in Italy |Apr 20, 2018

Local dog agility competitor Linda Womer, of Gilbertsville, and her Papillon, Frenzi, are in Milan, Italy, to represent the United States at the 2018 IFCS World Agility Championships. The event takes place April 25 to 29 and is hosted by the International Federation of Cynological Sports (IFCS) with the help of their Italian affiliate Federazione Italiana Sport Cinofili (FISC).

Times & SBN Community Calendar April 26 |Apr 20, 2018

Submit events about 10 days in advance of desired publication date to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com.

Boyertown Area Choral Association presents noteworthy tunes from the movies |Apr 20, 2018

The Boyertown Area Choral Association went to the movies to draw inspiration for the start of its 28th season. “Movie Tunes: Songs Made Famous through Film from the 1930s to the Present” is the theme for this year’s spring concerts.

Brownie Troop 1759 shows off their spring hats |Apr 20, 2018

Brownie Troop #1759 celebrated the arrival of spring by decorating hats. Each girl created her own design. The troop then interrupted a BACA (Boyertown Area Choral Association) rehearsal and paraded through the Sanctuary at Good Shepherd UCC in Boyertown to show off their hats.

Girl Scouts learn important babysitting skills |Apr 20, 2018

The Boyertown Service Unit of Girl Scouts of Eastern PA held a Super Sitter event on Saturday, April 14, at St. Columbkill’s Roman Catholic Church in Boyertown. Forty six girls, under the leadership of Mary Flanagan, R.

Berks History Center presented Achievement Award from PA Museums |Apr 20, 2018

On April 16, the Berks History Center accepted an Institutional Achievement Award from PA Museums, Pennsylvania’s statewide trade association serving museum professionals and institutions, at PA Museum’s Annual Conference in State College, PA.

Boyertown Elementary students plant trees for Earth Day |Apr 20, 2018

BOYERTOWN >> Boyertown Elementary students got a head start on Earth Day Friday.

Finalist backs out of Boyertown school superintendent job |Apr 20, 2018

BOYERTOWN >> The top choice to be the next superintendent of the Boyertown Area School District has decided he doesn’t want the job after all.

Library Peep Show showcases all things chicken at Bethel-Tulpehocken Public Library |Apr 19, 2018

Are you a fan of chick lit? Was the chicken in Moana your favorite character? If Chicken Little saw our library, would he say ‘the sky is falling’? The Bethel-Tulpehocken Public Library invites you to stop in between April 25 and May 25 to take a ‘peep’ at our expansion plans.

Berks County Outdoor Sports Person of the Year awarded for clean up efforts at Kaercher Creek |Apr 19, 2018

Tilden Township resident Tim Mazaika hauled his mower to the banks of Kaercher Creek four years ago with a simple motive: clearing fishing spots at the popular location east of Hamburg.

Shoey Pool renovation on track for May opening |Apr 19, 2018

Construction equipment has been the norm at the Shoemakersville Swimming Pool, 1003 Main Street, for over six months. Pool Supervisor Amy Botwright said as of April 16 the $620,000 renovation project is on schedule and the Shoey pool will open on time for the summer season.

Chester County resident honored with Lifetime Conservation Leadership Award |Apr 19, 2018

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PALTA) recently honored D. Andrew “Andy” Pitz with the Lifetime Conservation Leadership Award. Pitz received the award at the annual Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference, held this year at The Desmond in Chester County.

Tri County Community Calendar April 24 |Apr 19, 2018

Submit events about 10 days in advance of publication date to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com. Note Tri County Record Calendar.

Chester County farm planting project for the hungry - volunteers needed |Apr 19, 2018

The Knights of Columbus and St. Elizabeth’s parish are hosting a farm project to help feed the hungry of Chester County on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Knights are looking for volunteers to plant potatoes.

Local runner from Narvon wins Garden Spot Village Half Marathon |Apr 19, 2018

Jeremy Dovin, 14, of Narvon, finished first in the Garden Spot Village Half Marathon on Saturday, April 14, with a time of 1:20:18. This was Jeremy’s second win at Garden Spot Village. He won 3rd place in 2017 with a time of 1:23:11.

Community Homeschool Players, Morgantown performs ‘Cinderella’ May 4 and 5 |Apr 19, 2018

Community Homeschool Players will perform “Cinderella” on May 4 and 5 at Conestoga Mennonite Church in Morgantown.

Berks County residents join rally to end gerrymandering |Apr 19, 2018

Citizens from Berks County were among more than 800 concerned Pennsylvanians who rallied in Harrisburg on April 16 to call for a permanent solution to the extreme partisan gerrymandering that has seeded political gridlock and apathy for decades and recently put the state in the national spotlight.

Brew Fest celebrates all things beer |Apr 19, 2018

The Berks History Center and Oakbrook Brewing Company invited the community to immerse in Berks County’s vibrant beer brewing culture, both past and present, at Berks Brewery & Breweriana Fest on April 14 at the Berks History Center in Reading.

PUC to investigate PECO rate hike request |Apr 19, 2018

Harrisburg >> The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted Thursday to investigate PECO Energy Company’s recent request for a rate increase. The commission voted unanimously to investigate the request.

Kutztown High School Odyssey of Mind team advances to World Finals |Apr 18, 2018

The Kutztown High School Odyssey of the Mind team placed second at the Pennsylvania State Odyssey of the Mind tournament April 7 and advances to the World Finals, held at Iowa State University on May 24 - 26.

Fleetwood alum Mitch Ottinger creates Park-a-Dot, founded M.O. Gizmo to develop products of everyday convenience |Apr 18, 2018

A former Fleetwood resident and 2005 alumnus of Fleetwood High School, Mitch Ottinger is excited to share with his hometown a new product he’s created, Park-a-Dot, a patent pending garage parking sensor which eliminates the uncertainty associated with parking in your own garage.

Pottstown celebrates young children with events Saturday |Apr 18, 2018

POTTSTOWN >> Pottstown knows that there’s no one more important to a community than its children.

Public invited to meet Boyertown superintendent finalist |Apr 18, 2018

BOYERTOWN >> Residents are invited to meet the finalist to be the new superintendent of the Boyertown Area School District on Monday, April 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the high school.

Rep. Dent to resigns from Congress early |Apr 17, 2018

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-15th Dist., announced on April 17 his intention to resign from Congress in May.

Kutztown Community Threads quilts community memories, takes donations of materials to create quilt |Apr 17, 2018

Community Threads is seeking participants to join their community quilting group. They are also looking for donations from the community.