RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:47:12 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Skippack Painting with a Twist hosts fundraising event in remembrance of Hurricane Katrina]]> As part of the nation's largest paint-and-sip franchise, Painting with a Twist of Skippack participated in the company's national fundraising event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 26 through the company's charitable arm, Painting with a Purpose.

Fifty percent of proceeds from the event will be donated to Young Audiences of Louisiana Charter School.

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<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: Pennsylvania honors Stephen Foster]]> On the campus of the University of Pittsburgh is the only museum, concert hall and library dedicated to an American composer, Stephen Foster. His hometown memorialized him, even though he didn't write our state song, but Florida and Kentucky adopted his tunes as their state songs.

In Pittsburgh, the Gothic structure, built in 1937 to honor Foster, houses a vast collection of 19th century American music, as well as material on Foster's life and music.

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<![CDATA[PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: MJ Dougherty, Saved by God's Grace (Part I)]]> A neighbor came to visit us in recent weeks and said that I might be interested in writing a story about a new neighbor who experienced Sept. 11, 2001 firsthand. Barb and I invited MJ Dougherty to have dinner at our house one evening and invited her to dessert several days later. As we exchanged introductory comments, we were quite surprised that we both started to work for the same large insurance broker in 1998 and both left the same year, 2005.

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<![CDATA[Rick Hallman Day offers day of golf and music]]> The LCB Band hosts Rick Hallman Day Sept. 13 at Honeybrook Golf Course with a 9 hole golf tournament starting at 8 a.m. followed by music starting at 2 p.m. until dusk. All of the proceeds will go to Rick Hallman of the LCB Band.

"Ricky Hallman, Ray Horst and myself (John C. Stacy) play in a little country band we put together a couple of years ago," said Stacy.

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<![CDATA[Studio B invites submissions for third annual exhibit 'To Be: Know Thyself…You Do You' -- combining literary and visual art]]> Writers and artists are invited to submit work to Studio B's third annual exhibit combining literary and visual art entitled "To Be: Know Thyself…You Do You."

"The theme for this year's exhibit is intended to celebrate the 500th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, presumed to be April 23, 1616," said Jane Stahl, Studio B's director of Community Relations and former teacher of English.

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<![CDATA[Honey Brook Legion Riders honors veterans at Festival for the Veterans]]> Honey Brook American Legion Riders Post 422 hosted the inaugural Festival for the Veterans for David's Drive 831 Aug. 22 at St. Benedict's Picnic Park in Mohnton.

"I could not be more honored to be a part of something so special," said Mark Hoagland, American Legion Riders Road Captain and event organizer.

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<![CDATA[Hamburg School Board hires school psychologist Jolee Keifer, of Hamburg, member of Hamburg Area Education Foundation and OTF]]> Hamburg Area School Directors agreed on Aug. 24 to hire Jolee Keifer as a school psychologist at a salary of $85,500 effective upon her release from the Schuylkill Valley School District.

"I've done this (job) for 25 years and I'm looking forward to coming here," Keifer said. "I knew good things about the district.

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<![CDATA[Annual Apple Sales hosted at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site]]> Beginning Saturday, Aug. 29, and continuing while the crop lasts, the apple orchard at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site will be available for picking apples, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day the park is open. This will be the 29th year the National Park Service has invited the public to harvest apples from the park's trees.

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<![CDATA[The Historian: Early Cattle and 'Watered Meadows']]> In 1683, William Penn reported to friends in England, "Here is plenty of cow cattle." Cattle, together with all other farm livestock, were brought to the Delaware Valley from Europe by the Swedes, Finns and Dutch in the 17th century. There were no native farm animals here except the turkey. The Indians kept no livestock except dogs, which were used somewhat on the chase, but served mainly as food in times of famine.

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<![CDATA[Honey Brook "shares the warmth" with a coat and food drive for "Make A Difference Day"]]> Make a Difference Day is a USA TODAY initiative celebrating the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors. It is a national day of volunteerism celebrated annually, for the past 20 years, on the fourth Saturday of October.

This year, Honey Brook Borough and Honey Brook Township are collaborating for a "Share the Warmth" Make a Difference Day coat and food drive sponsored by the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce and the Honey Brook Community Partnership.

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<![CDATA[Gear up for Harmony Day with the First Annual Honey Brook Harmony Day Bike Ride]]> Pump up those tires, strap on your helmet and join your neighbors for the First Annual Honey Brook Harmony Day Bike Ride on Saturday, Sept. 19. Leaving from Umble Park on the edge of Honey Brook, the 30 mile ride will follow back roads through Honey Brook and West Nantmeal Townships with a half-way rest stop with snacks at Just Mom's on Route 82.

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<![CDATA[Hibernia County Park invites community to Murder Mystery at Hibernia Mansion]]> The Friends of Hibernia County Park invite you to an evening of "Peace, Love & Homicide" on Sept. 25 and 26 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Hibernia Mansion.

Heavy, man! Who went ape and offed a dude? Did the hip cat bug out or hang around to fake out the fuzz? It's a bad scene, and Johnny Law needs your help to get the juice on this group of suspects.

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<![CDATA[Chester County Commissioners seek review of telephone service providers' 9-1-1 billing]]> The Chester County Board of Commissioners introduced a resolution at this week's Commissioners' Sunshine Meeting, that authorizes the law firm of Dilworth Paxson LLP, and the telecommunications auditing firm, Phone Recovery Services LLC to undertake a legal review and forensic audit, to determine if telephone companies providing service in Chester County have failed to bill, collect and remit the proper 9-1-1 charges that help fund Chester County's 9-1-1 operations.

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<![CDATA[Chester County audit department receives commendation]]> The Chester County Internal Audit Department, under the leadership of County Controller Norman MacQueen, has received a commendation from the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) for its operations undertaken from January 2012 to December 2014. The department is one of only five audit departments among Pennsylvania's 67 counties to meet these prestigious standards, and it is the fourth consecutive peer review to achieve this accolade.

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<![CDATA[Natural Lands Trust adds 54 acres to French Creek Park]]> UNION TWP. >> The Hopewell Big Woods just got 54 acres bigger.

The Natural Lands Trust, based in Media, Delaware County, recently purchased a privately owned parcel of land that abuts 7,730-acre French Creek State Park.

The land trust subsequently turned around and donated the acreage to the park, said Kirsten Werner, communications director for the Natural Lands Trust.

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