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ELECTION 2016: Hendricks, Toepel vie for 147th District seat

By Bob Keeler @bybobkeeler on Twitter|

Phoenixville Food Truck Festival serves up a good time

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville knows how to do a festival right. ...

By Virginia Lindak For Digital First Media|


  • Entertainment

    Fleetwood Community Theatre presents ‘Love, Sex and the IR$’ through Oct. 30

    Love and laughter take the stage when Fleetwood Community Theatre presents “Love, Sex and The IR$,” by Billy VanZandt and Jane Milmore, Oct. 20 through Oct. 30.

    Fleetwood Community Theatre |

  • Petra Fall festival offers family fun Oct. 28

    Families looking for a Halloween alternative — and lots of fun — are invited to the 2016 Petra Fall Fest at Petra Church, New Holland, on Friday, Oct. 28, from 5 to 9 p.m. All are welcome, and everything but the optional purchase of food from food trucks is free!


  • News

    LIVE: Teachers, students, organizations react Thursday to APSCUF strike

    WEST CHESTER >> For the first time ever, professors across Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) went on strike Wednesday at 5 a.m., following 15 months of failed negotiations between their union and the state system. Read full story


  • Columns

    Welcome to my World: Grave Epitaphs

    Every summer that I can remember as a kid, Mom insisted Pop drive to visit the gravesites of both the Christman’s, in Lehigh County, and the Kohler’s, in Berks County. Mom also took us on walks to the family cemetery of the Siegfried’s, from Siegfriedsdale, located near our farm. In the early days of rural America, families were allowed burial plots near their home.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

  • Columns

    A Look Back in History: Interesting Folk Days rooted in Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers (pun intended)

    Pennsylvania Dutch rural folklore was important in providing Rhineland peasants with knowledge of becoming successful American farmers. Although most PA Deitsch folklore revolved around their religion, it is dubious that Grundsau Day (Groundhog Day) was purely an American idea. Perhaps it was a wise trick of a minister or public citizens in wanting to make local peasants aware they should be checking their farm equipment for the current spring planting. This myth about the hibernating...

    By Richard L.T. Orth|

  • Entertainment

    WTIM: Music Around Town Oct. 19 edition

    What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

    By Tim Dietterick|

  • Events

    Learn the history of Halloween traditions at ‘A Hopewell Halloween’

    An evening of Halloween traditions and historical folklore will be hosted by Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Historic games, crafts, and folktales from the different cultural groups that worked at Hopewell Furnace will be featured. All activities will take place near the park’s historic village. Admission and parking are free.

    From the National Park Service|

  • Halloween

    MAP: Halloween events, attractions across the Philadelphia region

    Halloween is just around the corner, and there are plenty of spooky — and some not-so-scary — events across the Philadelphia region to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve.

    Digital First Media Staff|

  • Entertainment

    Nationally touring art quilt exhibit comes to Pottstown

    Montgomery County Community College, the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, Valley Forge National Historical Park and Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site will present a traveling juried art quilt exhibit, “Piecing Together a Changing Planet,” which illustrates how pollution and climate change have affected national parks.


  • Entertainment

    REVIEW: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at Steel River in Pottstown

    “Peter and the Starcatcher” is quite unlike anything I have ever seen -- it’s a multilayered comedy with a gifted ensemble cast and lots of one-liners that have double, sometimes triple, meanings. The antics of the actors had the audience laughing loud and often.

    By Cheryl Thornburg|

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