The Mifflin Community Library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 28. Please remember, there will be no Storytimes held for this week.

Christian Schools Collaborate to Present Christmas Celebration

In a demonstration of collaboration, the high school choirs from Berks Christian School, Birdsboro, Conestoga Christian School, Morgantown, and West-Mont Christian Academy, Pottstown, will be offering a public performance of the original musical composition, Love Came Down. The performance is scheduled for 7 pm, Thursday, Dec. 19, at Lancaster Mennonite School in Lancaster. The performance combines a high school mass choir with professional musicians from all over southeastern Pennsylvania and aims to draw the audience into a renewed and meaningful reflection of the Christmas story.

Love Came Down is a collaborative art project the creators have described as a modern oratorio. It is a piece of performance art combining choir, soloists, and chamber ensemble with visual and lighting components. The project features new music by the composer Chris Massa, Pittsburgh.


Consistent with the mission of all three Christian schools, ticket proceeds will be donated to mission work in India where the combined choir has built a partnership with a local church. The Indian ministry hopes to acquire funds to purchase a piece of land that will aid in building a permanent home for a church in the slums of New Dehli.

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Central Berks Officer receives TOP GUN award for DUI Enforcement

The Pennsylvania DUI Association honored 81 Pennsylvania law enforcement officers, including Central Berks Regional officer Ronald Tobias, for their efforts to combat drinking and driving, an awards ceremony was held Thursday, Nov. 14, during the Association’s annual meeting.

These members of law enforcement received the Top Gun awards for their work to nab drunk drivers and educate the public on safety initiatives. Officer Tobias made 63 impaired driving arrests in 2012; Tobias was the only Berks County municipal officer receiving an award this year.

Army National Guard Pvt. Daniel T. Gorman has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Gorman is the son of Gretchen Gorman of Douglasville.

He is a 2009 graduate of Daniel Boone High School, Birdsboro.

Douglassville Veterinary Hospital, 105 Griffith Dr, Douglassville, is raising money for the Animal Rescue League. Visit the hospital’s Facebook page and ‘Like.”’Every ‘Like’ equals a 1 pound food donation of Hill’s Science Diet to the Berks Animal Rescue League. Help support your local animals and community.

Enjoy the season of giving by exploring the annual Wreath, Cookie, and Craft Sale at The Exeter Community Library! The sale will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 from noon to 3 p.m. There’s something here for everyone and this year we’re also including quilts for sale. From beautiful holiday decorations, crafts, and delicious cookies you will not go home empty handed. All items for sale are donated from members of the community. If you are interested in making a craft or baked good, contact the library to find out how to help. All money raised will go to the Friends of the Exeter Community Library, an organization devoted to raising money for the library.

Thanksgiving Eve, sometimes referred to as “Black Wednesday”, is unofficially considered the busiest bar night of the year, which means it’s also the biggest night of the year for drunk driving. Thanksgiving weekend is the most traveled holiday period of the year with almost 90% of those traveling doing so by car. This combined with the busiest bar night of the year is a deadly mix. The North Central Regional DUI Enforcement Program will be conducting DUI enforcement for the Thanksgiving Holiday through Sunday Dec. 1, 2013. Berks County police departments will be conducting Roving Patrols and Sobriety Checkpoints on area roadways throughout the county looking for impaired drivers. Sobriety Checkpoints may be set up on any roadway within Berks County including but not limited to Routes 12, 61, 222, 422, 183, 22, 737, 100, 10, 176, 73, 662, 501 and 419.

The North Central Regional DUI Enforcement program equips, funds and coordinates the municipal police DUI enforcement in the following counties: Northumberland, Schuylkill, Berks, Snyder, Union, Columbia, Montour, Berks, Monroe and Pike.

Sobriety Checkpoints and Roving Patrols are funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

American Crane & Equipment Corporation’s Customized Crane lifts, Douglassville, moves the Orion Spacecraft

NASA is currently using one of American Crane & Equipment’s Single Failure Proof Cranes to assist Lockheed Martin personnel to move the Orion space capsule inside the Operations & Checkout (O&C) Building at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The capsule is moved through several work stations during assembly, testing and preparation prior to flight.

This 25 ton crane will also accompany the Orion capsule on the project’s second stage, inside the O&C Building, and help with placement for transport to the launch pad. In the future, this crane will also lift the Crew Module to the Service Module and onto the transport as well.

American Crane is currently building another crane for the Orion Project. Lockheed Martin will be relocating the current 25 ton crane to the O&C’s receiving room and the new crane will then be installed in the Low Bay of the O&C Building. This 30 ton crane, expected to be completed in February 2014, will then become the new O&C Low Bay Crane.