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Trucker loses control of rig after ‘sneezing fit’ on Route 73 |Feb 23, 2018

COLEBROOKDALE >> Part of Route 73 in Colebrookdale is shut down after a tractor-trailer left the road and got stuck in an embankment.

Gilbertsville woman charged with retail theft from Kohl’s |Feb 23, 2018

NORTH COVENTRY >> A Gilbertsville woman has been charged after she allegedly tried to take merchandise from Kohl’s Department Store without paying.

March 1 deadline set for filling vacant Lower Pottsgrove seat |Feb 23, 2018

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> Township commissioners made official Thursday what most people already knew —<URL destination="http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/MP/20180209/NEWS/180209730"> that Stephen Klotz has resigned from the board.

Centre Township residents terrorized by explosions |Feb 23, 2018

Nearly 60 people packed the Centre Township Board of Supervisors meeting on Feb. 19 to be heard on two hot button issues, Schuylkill Hill Road and being terrorized by explosions.

Kutztown integrates STEAM into everyday classroom |Feb 23, 2018

The Kutztown Area School District unveiled a new STEAM initiative on Feb. 16 at the Kutztown Middle School.

Robeson Lutheran Preschoolers participate in Presidents Day lesson |Feb 22, 2018

The Pre-Kindergarteners of Robeson Lutheran Preschool in Mohnton had a special visitor on Feb. 15 to help them learn about Presidents Day and how the government works. Rep. Mark Gillen, of the 128th District, joined the children for a story and discussion of how a law is made.

Amity Township Crime Watch hosts Annual Community Shredding Event |Feb 22, 2018

Amity Township Crime Watch, Inc. wants to provide an easy, safe way for residents and small businesses in our area to get rid of their documents they no longer need. Our goal is to help stop identify theft.

Kutztown Optimists host 10th annual FriendFest benefit |Feb 22, 2018

In the middle of a winter storm, beer and wine enthusiasts gathered for the 10th annual FriendFest in Kutztown on Feb. 17 to contribute toward the Optimist Club’s youth programs and help Friend Inc.

Kutztown Rotary Club Farmers Night celebrates agriculture |Feb 22, 2018

Kutztown Rotary Club hosted its 82nd annual Farmers Night Dinner at Kutztown Grange Feb. 21.

PLCB accepting bids for expired liquor licenses |Feb 21, 2018

Harrisburg >> The fifth round of bidding is underway for expired restaurant liquor licenses in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Tuesday issued an invitation to bid in the latest auction for the expired licenses.

Twin Valley Elementary Center announces Annual Used Book Sale |Feb 21, 2018

The Twin Valley Elementary Center (TVEC) needs your donations to help make the Annual Used Book Sale sale a success. If you have books or other items to sell, please keep an eye out for bins at local businesses throughout the month of March We will happily accept your gently used books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, and audio books.

$15,000 in scholarships to be awarded to Chester County-area students |Feb 21, 2018

Benchmark Federal Credit Union has opened a call for entries to Chester County-area students as well as existing membership to compete for five college scholarships totaling $15,000.

Thrivent named one of the world’s most ethical companies |Feb 21, 2018

Thrivent, a not-for-profit membership organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously, announced today it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Tel Hai sponsors annual food drive to support local families |Feb 21, 2018

Tel Hai Retirement Community invites the community to participate in the Annual Tel Hai Food Drive from March 1 to 30, benefiting the Twin Valley Food Pantry in Morgantown and the Honey Brook Food Pantry in Honey Brook.

Conestoga Christian School student receives two congressional nominations |Feb 21, 2018

At age 8 Carissa Earnest decided that she wanted to go to the naval academy. Her parents thought it might be just a passing phase, but Carissa has been determined to follow that dream ever since. It wasn’t long before she decided that she wanted to learn to fly.

Troop 48 leader accomplishments celebrated in its 100th year |Feb 21, 2018

While local Boy Scout Troop 48 celebrated their 100th Year Anniversary, many accomplishments were also celebrated for their members.

Tri County Record Community Calendar Feb. 27 |Feb 21, 2018

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

Iconic barn torn down to make way for future development in Ontelaunee Township |Feb 21, 2018

In Ontelaunee Township, across from the Leesport Diner, this iconic barn at the intersection of Routes 61 and 73 was torn down on Feb. 20 to make way for future development of the 22 acre tract along Route 61 owned by the Greater Berks Development Fund.

Citadel to sponsor Chesco country music festival |Feb 21, 2018

Exton >> Citadel Federal Credit Union has announced that it is the title sponsor a new, three-day country music festival coming to Chester County in August.

Police ID fatal crash victim in Berks County |Feb 17, 2018

DISTRICT TWP. >> Police have identified the victim of a fatal crash involving a Honda sedan and a dump truck.

Boyertown Area Multi-Service prepares for 8th Annual Basket Raffle |Feb 17, 2018

The Boyertown Area Multi-Service 8th Annual Basket Raffle is right around the corner! This event, guaranteeing fun for all ages, is scheduled for Friday, April 6, at a new location, Morning Star Fellowship.

Immaculate Conception Academy gives back |Feb 17, 2018

Immaculate Conception Academy, a Catholic school located in Douglassville, celebrated 100 days of school on Friday, Feb. 9.

‘Active shooter’ in school training ongoing for Amity police |Feb 17, 2018

AMITY >> Amity Township Police Chief Andrew J. Kensey said Feb. 15 that his department continues to be proactive with “Active Shooter” trainings at the Daniel Boone Middle School, 1845 Weavertown Road, in Amity.

Daniel Boone School District preparing assembly guidelines |Feb 17, 2018

One month after a high school assembly presentation on racism was deemed offensive and divisive, Daniel Boone School Board members said Feb. 12 there should be some general guidelines for future assemblies.

Talisman Players, Kutztown, perform sold out shows of ‘Pinnochio’ |Feb 17, 2018

The Talisman Players presented its first children’s production, “Pinnochio,” to sold out shows in Kutztown.

Caso resigns from Boyertown School Board |Feb 16, 2018

BOYERTOWN >> Just three months after winning election to a second term in office, Boyertown School board member Robert Caso has tendered his resignation.

New businesses promise optimistic change in Hamburg’s future |Feb 16, 2018

Along main thoroughfares in Hamburg, historic buildings are undergoing renovations, small businesses are growing and new ventures are opening on Fourth and State streets.

Salem Church Yard Sale includes bargains and food |Feb 16, 2018

Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, will mark the 19th year for a spring tradition at Salem Church EC, Lenhartsville: their spring yard sale.

Historic Dreibelbis Farm hosts new activity, wintertime nature walk |Feb 16, 2018

On Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m., the Historic Dreibelbis Farm in Virginville is hosting a new activity, a “wintertime nature walk” with a trek into the farm’s fields and nature trail.

St. Joseph’s free program will help public ‘flag’ potential health issues |Feb 16, 2018

Members of the public can get a free check on their body mass index, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol at Penn State Health St. Joseph with the start of a monthly program designed to uncover early warning signs of possibly larger health issues.

Greater Berks Food Bank receives $21,000 donation from local Dunkin’ Donuts |Feb 16, 2018

On Feb. 9, local Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees donated $21,000 to the Greater Berks Food Bank to help fight hunger throughout greater Philadelphia. The donation is a combined effort from Dunkin’ Donuts’ ‘Roast Hunger’ program and the Dunkin’ Donuts Joy in Childhood Foundation and will directly support the food bank’s mission to feed the hungry by acquiring and distributing food to people in need.

Sheetz holiday charity program sets record in 2017 |Feb 16, 2018

Altoona >> It was a record setting year for the Sheetz for the Kidz holiday program.

Rep. Hennessey to seek re-election in Pennsylvania’s 26th House District |Feb 16, 2018

State Rep. Tim Hennessey, a 25-year veteran of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, has announced that he will seek another term representing the 26th legislative district.

Antietam Valley Community Partnership Community Dinner on March 4 |Feb 16, 2018

Join us for our 5th annual Community Golumpki or Chili Dinner! All you can eat chili or golumpkis, drink, coffee, and dessert for $10 in advance or $12.50 at the door. All homemade by our dedicated volunteers.

Report finds Boyertown High School stadium ‘unsafe’ |Feb 15, 2018

BOYERTOWN >> The Boyertown Area School Board has agreed to spend another $16,000 to find out just how bad the damage is at the high school’s Memorial Stadium and just how much it may cost to fix it.

Hamburg Area High School students, staff roll up sleeves, donate blood |Feb 15, 2018

Hamburg Area High School students and staff rolled up their sleeves once again to donate blood to the Miller-Keystone Blood Center during the Leo Club’s Blood Drive on Feb. 9.

Hamburg High School builds relationships with businesses |Feb 15, 2018

One of the main goals of a high school is to prepare students for the future where they can make meaningful contributions in their chosen field while earning financial security.

Bringing Up a Bookworm visits February Hamburg Lions Club meeting |Feb 15, 2018

The Hamburg Lions Club had their monthly meeting on Friday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.M in the Hamburg Borough Hall building.

Hamburg middle schoolers win ribbons at regional technology competition |Feb 15, 2018

Several middle school students from Hamburg Area Middle School recently had the opportunity to compete at a regional Technology Student Association (TSA) event at Stroudsburg High School. TSA is a national organization of students engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Panther Robotics Team wins 1st at regions, heads to states in March |Feb 15, 2018

The Schuylkill Valley High School Panther Robotics Team won 1st place at the West Shore VEX Robotics In the Zone Qualifier in Shiremanstown on Feb. 3.

Hamburg Community Group delivers 700 fastnachts to Hope Rescue Mission |Feb 15, 2018

For the last five years, the Hamburg Community Group of Fleetwood Bible Church has been traveling to the Hope Rescue Mission in Reading to make hundreds of fastnachts for the men. This year, the number reached more than 700.

Fleetwood Borough Police Officer Dale Ulshafer promoted to Sergeant |Feb 15, 2018

Fleetwood Borough Police Officer Dale Ulshafer was promoted to Sergeant at the Fleetwood Borough Council meeting on Feb. 12.

Summer 2018 driving season may be most expensive since 2014 |Feb 15, 2018

PHILADELPHIA >> Like the stock market in recent weeks, gasoline prices across the region have been up and down over the last several months. And while prices may have dipped a bit in the last few days, AAA is forecasting a rise in prices — just in time for the summer driving season.

Douglassville man charged with sexually abusing girl, 13 |Feb 15, 2018

AMITY >> A 36-year-old township man is facing multiple sexual abuse charges connected to his alleged abuse of a 13-year-old girl.

Thieves steal catalytic converters; Kutztown Police urge residents to check their vehicles |Feb 14, 2018

Kutztown Borough Police report several cases of stolen catalytic converters, which are part of a car’s exhaust emissions system.

Driver killed after crash with dump truck in Berks County |Feb 14, 2018

District twp. >> One person is dead after a car collided with a dump truck Wednesday morning in Berks County.

Trial set for Exeter man accused of setting victim on fire |Feb 13, 2018

EXETER >> A man accused of setting another man on fire with a torch will face trial after a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Woman accused of cutting child with scissors |Feb 13, 2018

ELVERSON >> Police have arrested a woman on child abuse charges after she allegedly cut a child’s genitalia with scissors.

Amity Police: Man, woman found passed out in running car with child in back seat |Feb 13, 2018

AMITY >> Two people were arrested after police say they found them passed out in a running car with drugs and a gun in the front seats and a child in the back.

N.J. man admits to sex assault of Boyertown girl, 14 |Feb 13, 2018

NORRISTOWN >> A New Jersey man is headed to state prison and must report his address to state police for a lifetime after admitting that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old Boyertown-area girl he met in an online chat room.