COMMUNITY CONNECTION

Five area start-up businesses receive grants through MCCC |Jun 28, 2017

Pottstown >> Several area entrepreneurs have been awarded grant funding through the Karen A. Stout Start-up Accelerator Fund at Montgomery County Community College.

Good Shepherd - Kutztown celebrates new location with Wellness Event |Jun 28, 2017

Good Shepherd Physical Therapy – Kutztown celebrated its move to a new, larger location by holding a wellness event for the public on May 31 from 3 to 7 p.m. The new site is located at Weis Plaza, 15260 Kutztown Road, Suite 170 in Kutztown and is one of more than 60 facilities in nine Pennsylvania counties operated by Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.

Kutztown’s Rhythm in Motion named official cheer team of Lehigh Valley Steelhawks |Jun 28, 2017

Rhythm in Motion’s Cheer team, from Kutztown, took to the indoor turf of the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on June 23. Performing to a packed crowd at the PPL Center, these young girls now hold the distinct title of the “Essential Elements,” the official Cheer Team of the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks professional indoor football team.

Welcome to my world: Flowers do speak |Jun 28, 2017

For lo the winter is past; The rain is over and gone;

Boyertown’s Wieand dominates Daniel Boone en route to shutout |Jun 28, 2017

BIRDSBORO >> By no means would anyone ever classify Justin Wieand as an angry person.

Military News |Jun 28, 2017

Lt. Col. Scott Gehris, USMC, graduated from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. with a master’s degree in Strategic Studies on 9 June 2017.

Ben Mauger’s Dixieland Band” performs concert at Kutztown Park |Jun 28, 2017

This Saturday evening, July 8, the Borough of Kutztown will welcome back to the Park bandshell stage the sounds of Ben Mauger’s Roaring 20’S Dixieland Orchestra. They will be performing from 7 to 9 p.

Montgomery County: Homeless population down 33% since 2013 |Jun 28, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Homelessness in Montgomery County is down 33 percent since the start of a program aimed to combat it launched four years ago, according to a recent study conducted by the county.

Historical Society book commemorates Kutztown’s bicentennial celebration |Jun 27, 2017

The Kutztown Area Historical Society is publishing a book commemorating Kutztown’s bicentennial celebration in 2015. The book, scheduled for release at the society’s annual holiday festival on Nov.

New Lake Ontelaunee Bridge completed, open to traffic |Jun 27, 2017

Construction is complete on the Lake Ontelaunee Bridge on Route 662/Moselem Springs Road over Maiden Creek in Perry Township.

Juvenile killer re-sentenced for 1986 West Pottsgrove murder |Jun 27, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Thirty-one years after he took part in a robbery and beating that ended with the death of an elderly West Pottsgrove man, a convicted killer serving life imprisonment became eligible for parole because he was 17 at the time of the crime.

Building A Better Boyertown awarded Community Greening recognition |Jun 27, 2017

On Tuesday, June 13, Building A Better Boyertown was awarded the Safe Clean and Green Award for Community Greening for the 150th Anniversary garden, during the Pennsylvania Downtown Center’s 30th Anniversary Gala in Harrisburg.

Longswamp celebrates Independence Day, dedicates new playground |Jun 27, 2017

Longswamp Township hosted their Independence Day Celebration on June 24. Steve Wyka dedicated the new playground to the Longswamp community. Steven worked with two grants to fund the new playground.

Kutztown University alumna shows anyone can thru hike, even with diabetes |Jun 27, 2017

Kutztown University 2016 alumna Cathryn Pugh, 23, is hiking the entire 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail for Hikes with Diabetes. Her trail name is Sunshine.

A sweet reminder for Shoey Lions Club officers |Jun 27, 2017

Shoemakersville Lions Club invited PDG Bob Argot and his Partner in Service to come to the annual Lions Club officers installation. He came bearing sweet reminders of their various responsibilities for their respective positions.

Shartlesville Lions Club officers installed |Jun 27, 2017

It was a sweet beginning as current Shartlesville Lions Club president PDG Lion Bob Argot installed the 2017-2018 club officers for the upcoming program year which begins July 1.

Police investigate criminal trespass, man entered Hamburg home |Jun 27, 2017

On Monday, June 26, 2017 at approximately 12:05 p.m., Johnathon F. Steckley of Mount Carmel entered a home located on North 6th Street, Hamburg Borough, Berks County. The resident was present as Steckley entered the home.

Fleetwood Military Hero Banners honor veterans |Jun 27, 2017

The Fleetwood Recreation Board presents The Fleetwood Borough Military Hero Banner Program.

OLEY WEIS MARKETS UNVEILS BEER AND WINE CAFE |Jun 26, 2017

Oley beer and wine enthusiasts will no longer have to travel far to stock their refrigerators and wine racks.

Photos: Boyertown Relay For Life celebrates 10th year |Jun 26, 2017

Boyertown Relay for Life celebrated its 10th year on June 24 at the Boyertown Community Park. Forty-two groups participated and the theme for this year was superheroes. This annual event, which benefits the American Cancer Society, runs for 24 hours from 10 a.

Intra-Berks Cultural Exchange: Clay On Main and Art Plus Gallery trade showcases |Jun 25, 2017

Clay on Main in Oley and Art Plus Gallery in West Reading are exhibiting work in a unique way. Both centers are artist cooperatives with gallery space, and will show their sister organization’s work this June and July.

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.

Clay on Main offers summer programs |Jun 22, 2017

Clay on Main is offering classes for kids as well as adults this summer.

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.

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.

A LOOK BACK IN HISTORY: The Kutztown Folk Festival is right around the corner, literally |Jun 21, 2017

Our Kutztown Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival has long portrayed regional folkways that were always called “Deitsch” (Dutch), not German. A vernacular transferred here by ethnic sub-cultures living in the 18th Century Rhine Valley, though their actual ethnic lineage was German, Swiss, or French, regardless of the Rhenish tongue they spoke; but collectively and accurately known as the Pennsylvania Dutch and proudly! Us, these, native PA Dutch are a very religious lot and extremely principled people.

Music Around Town for June 21 |Jun 21, 2017

22 June – Kim & Paul at Open Mic at Greshville Inn, Boyertown (8 p.m. start)