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Family Fun Feature_May 2018_Photo courtesy of Berks County Living


Rain or shine Berks County offers dozens of activities that fun for the phone family. See the list here: “44 Ideas for Foolproof Family Fun.”




Photo courtesy of Berks County Living | Washing Away Winter | April 2018


It’s that time of year again! Get tips for wiping away winter in no time using natural cleaning agents that are good for your health, home, and wallet! Read “Washing Away Winter” here.



Photo Courtesy of Berks County Living and Carrie Kizuka_Body Zone


Keep your fitness route fresh with these four unique offerings in Berks. Read “4 Ways to Mix Up your Fitness Routine” here.



Getting Ordained: Officiating a Wedding | Berks County Living January 2017


Have you been asked to officiate someone’s special day? Here’s what you need to know. Read “Getting Ordained: Officiating a Wedding” here.



West Reading, Born from Wyomissing | A Berks County Living History Buff Article


In this final History Buff installation we explore the fiery beginnings of Berks County’s cultural district, West Reading. Read “West Reading, Born from Wyomissing” here.


United Way_Causes of Berks_Photo courtesy of Berks County Living


The first-ever Causes of Berks highlights just a few of the many nonprofits that are striving to make the community a better place. Check out the “Causes of Berks” section here.



Meet Bob Meyers_Seniors in your Neighborhood_Photo Courtesy of Berks County Living


Our community would not be the same without the incredible influence of Berks’ active seniors. Meet a few of your inspiring neighbors in this feature! Read “Meet the Seniors in your Neighborhood” here!


Berks County Bucket List | Originally published in the 9.2017 issue of Berks County Living | Image provided by Berks County Living



With so many exciting experiences right in your backyard, where do you start? Find out with the A-Z bucket list of not-to-be-missed experiences in Berks. Read the “Bucket List” here!



Birdsboro Iron-Clad | History Buff - Originally published in September 2017 issue of Berks County Living


This small, quiet borough has an iron-clad claim to fame. Read “Birdsboro: Iron-Clad” here!



52 Classes to Take in Berks | Artwork from and originally published in August 2017 issue of Berks County Living


Browse this compilation of classes for brushing up on your professional, artistic, or athletic skills around Berks – one for each week of the year!

Browse the 52 Classes to Take in Berks here!


FACES of Berks: Artwork from and originally published in the July 2017 issue of Berks County Living


Meet the Faces of Berks – the businesses, professionals, and residents that make the county great – in the second annual FACES of Berks highlight of Berks County Living.

Browse the 2017 Faces of Berks here!



Robert Kells of Kelltic Ink - Photo by Carrie Kizuka - Republished with approval from Berks County Living


These three local artists have broken the traditional mold to make the art of tattooing fit their own. Read “Masters of Ink” here.



Leesport Borough History Buff | Originally published in the June 2017 issue of Berks County Living


The small borough of Leesport was formed thanks to one local man who recognized opportunity when the railroad came to town. Read “Leesport Borough” here.


3 Generations Strong: The Redner's Family_image courtesy of Berks County Living

In 3 generations Redner’s has gone from community supermarket to local keystone. Meet the family behind the chain. Read “3 Generations Strong” here.


Keeping the Giving Going_originally published in the April 2017 issue of Berks County Living


Together we can. Learn how one local family has launched an initiative to unite an entire city.

Read “Keep the Giving Going” here. 


The Borough of Kutztown | Berks County Living History Buff_March 2017

Kutztown celebrates its history each year with an annual folk festival, now learn a little more about how this small borough came to be.

Read “The Borough of Kutztown” here.


Haiti Gallery_photo courtesy of Carrie Kizuka Photography_Berks County Living_February 2017 issue



Meet a few Berks residents who travel far and wide on a mission to provide aid. Read “On a Mission: Berks residents travel to provide aid” here.




Foundation Restoring Hope for Families_originally published in February 2017 issue of Berks County Living

The Restoring Hope Foundation is constructing solutions to address the challenges of deserving residents in Berks.

Read “Foundation Restoring Hope for Families” here!



After the Wedding - The Dress_photo courtesy of Berks County Living


You found the perfect dress, and you looked picture perfect on your wedding day. But after the big day, what do you do with your perfect gown? Read “After the Wedding: The Dress” here for a few ideas!


A Festival of Trees in Boyertown | Berks County Living December 2016

One local community organization is taking the Christmas spirit to a whole new level, while helping out families in need and creating holiday traditions in Boyertown. Read “A Festival of Trees in Boyertown” here.



Fleetwood History Buff - Berks County Living, December 2016

Find out how a handful of log cabins became home of the the world’s most in-demand custom cars in this installation of Berks County Living’s History Buff. Read “The Borough of Fleetwood” here.




It’s a Gift! has come a long way in it’s 50 year history, from craft consignment shop to Berks’ Best Place to Buy a Gift. Learn how they can help you find the perfect present, and serve your community at the same time! Read: “50 Years of Giving” here.



Pat and Len Pietruszynski_Berks County Living_October 2016


Meet 3 local couples who have accomplished what every married pair aspires to: to reach their golden years together, still as in love as the day they met.

Read “Timeless Love Stories,” here.




Bringing Business to You_Berks County Living feature_September 2016

What has 4 wheels and brings delicious eats, party favorites and more right to your door? One of Berks County’s many mobile businesses!

Read “Bringing Business to You” here.



Back to School at Bethany blog image

Bethany Children’s Home is committed to helping at-risk youth gain the tools and experience they need to lead successful lives.

Read “Back to School at Bethany” here.


Teachers in the Parks_BCL_August 2016_stock photo courtesy of BCL


The Teachers in the Parks Program takes the classroom outside to where kids want to spend their summer and helps to bridge the summer gap while making learning fun.

Read “Taking Student Studies Outdoors” here.




Berks County Living's History Buff: Wernersville


Did you know the sleepy little town of Wernersville was once a resort destination?

Read the History Buff: Wernersville installment here.


Get Hooked: Your Guide to Fishing in Berks - image from Berks County Living


Get hooked on fishing with this feature on all things fishing in Berks County!

Read “Get Hooked: Your Guide to Fishing Fun” here.



Mommy To Be Pampering | Berks County Living May 2016

Every expecting mother deserves a little (or a lot of) pampering. Learn how one local spa can help!

Read “Mommy-to-be Pampering” here.



Foundation Grants Wishes for Outdoor Experiences | Berks County Living May 2016

The One Wish Foundation is changing the lives of children and vets in Berks County through the healing powers of the outdoors.

Read “Foundation Grants Wishes for Outdoor Experiences” here.




Spring cleaning should be good for you, your home, and the environment! Follow these 10 simple eco-friendly spring cleaning tips to clean up the cobwebs and environment!

Read 10 Tips for Tidying Up This Spring here.


History Buff Sinking Spring_BCL March 16 header image

Learn about Berks County’s disappearing spring and how the watering hole became a bustling town in the latest History Buff installment.

Read The History of Sinking Spring here.


Hop on the Easter Bunny Train_BCL March 2016_header image

Join Peter Cottontail in welcoming spring on a train ride through the Secret Valley on the Colebrookdale Railroad.

Read Hop on the Easter Bunny Train here.



Who is the cookie doctor?_Around Town_Berks County Living_February 2016Dr. Peter Pugilese has dedicated his life to science, family, and making women feel more confident. Read more about this extraordinary man and his accomplishments, and pick up his book today!

Read Who is the Cookie Doctor here.


Murphy Jewelers Celebrates 100 Years - Berks County Living January 2016 - A. Bechtel

Four generations of the Murphy family has been selling quality jewelry for 100 years.

Read Murphy Jewelers Celebrates 100 Years here.



Berks County Living's History Buff: Wyomissing_December 2015 IssueOne of Berks County’s most upscale living communities and shopping districts is located in what used to be an industrial park.

Read History Buff: Wyomissing here.


Fun Fitness Programs for Seniors_Berks County Living_Cover art

You’re only as old as you feel! Make the most of your golden years by staying social and in shape with these great local fitness programs. Originally published in the October 2015 issue of Berks County Living.2

Read “Fitness Fun for Seniors” here.


History in Hamburg, Berks County Living, September 2015Learn how one small farming community became a central hub for all business between Philadelphia and Harrisburg almost overnight in this installment of the Berks County Living History Buff series. Originally published in the September 2015 issue. Read “History in Hamburg” here.


Clover Hill Celebrates 30th Anniversary - Berks County Living September 2015

A local family winery celebrates 30 years and shares their favorite wines in this Berks County Living spotlight. Originally published in the September 2015 issue. Read “Clover Hill Celebrates 30th Anniversary” here.



Enjoying Outdoor Music_Berks County LivingIn my first-ever Berks County Living feature, I review various outdoor music venues and events coming this summer. Originally published in the July 2015 issue of Berks County Living. Read “Enjoying Outdoor Music: A Round – Up of Summer Events and Venues” here.



A Look Into Oley | As published in Berks County Living, June 2015The historical roots of Oley and the surrounding valley run much deeper than those of the crops that now grow there. This History Buff feature looks into those roots. Originally published in the June 2015 issue of Berks County Living. Read “A Look into Oley” here.



2015 Summer Camp Guide_Berks County Living

This year’s summer camp guide is divided by interest and highlights the various summer academic and sports programs, as well as summer camps, available to the campers in Berks County! Originally published in the May 2015 issue of Berks County Living.

Read the “2015 Summer Camp Guide” here.


Berks Christmas Tree Farms Aplenty_Berks County Living Get into the holiday spirit with this Christmas tree buyers guide! Tips for buying a live Christmas tree and a guide to all the tree farms in the county. Originally published in the December 2014 issue of Berks County Living.



Mask A' RAVE 2014There is a group of local students who donate their time to help the children of Berks County. Berks Youth in Action has raised thousands of dollars for different causes throughout the county, and they don’t plan to stop any time soon! Originally published in the August 2014 issue of Berks County Living. Read “Putting Berks Youth in Action” here.


2014 Summer Camp Guide_Berks County Living


A compilation of all the local summer camps in Berks County, what activities your children can participate in there and what they will learn! Published in the May 2014 issue of Berks County Living.

Read the “2014 Summer Camp Guide” here.


A Twist on Fun_Berks County Living

A preview of the 1st annual Reading Pretzel Festival and Beer Tasting, being held on September 28, 2013 at First Energy Stadium, published in the September 2013 issue of Berks County Living.

Read “A New Twist on Fun” here.



Taste of Wernersville _ Berks County Living

Get a taste of Wernersville at the town’s annual celebration –  preview this great local event. Originally published in the June 2013 issue of Berks County Living. Read “Taste of Wernersville” here.



Make Time for Tea_Berks County LivingDon’t take the time to stop and smell the roses? What about to take time for tea? A spotlight on Geri Segarra’s GGS Hat & Gloves Tea Room in Mohnton, Pennsylvania. Originally published in the May 2013 issue of Berks County Living.

Read “Make Time for Tea” here.