RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: http://www.berksmontnews.com The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: http://www.berksmontnews.com website: all stories http://www.berksmontnews.com The Berks-Mont News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:30:59 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Boyertown community raises flag, remembers Sept. 11]]> On Thursday, Sept. 11, Walnut Woods of Boyertown held a flag raising ceremony to reflect on the events and those lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Area officials and emergency responders reflected alongside residents of Walnut Woods.

Boyertown Mayor Marianne Deery and State Representative David Maloney were among those in attendance.

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<![CDATA[Reel experiences with Robert Humanick: Hear him roar: 'Godzilla' '14 raises the bar on Hollywood monsters]]> The heck with beating around the bush: "Godzilla" was the best mainstream American release of the summer, with little serious competition. Those who complained that it didn't have enough monster action weren't by and large simply exhibiting impatience with the rare "popcorn" movie that actually cares about more than just giant things crashing into each other - they were clearly also not familiar with the dozens of Godzilla movies made in the last 60 years, many of which focus more on the humans than the monsters and some which barely include the big fella at all.

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<![CDATA[Earnshaws of Morgantown: Couple sees one street Morgantown expand to a multi-street village]]> Betty M. Ranck was born in Honey Brook April 13, 1926 to Fred W. Rank, Sr. (1888-1965) and Mary C. Richard (1892 - 1984).

Morgantown has been her home since her family moved to Morgantown when she was two years old.

She attended the Caernarvon Grade School at Chestnut and Main Street. Her school memories include operettas directed by their music teacher Miss Marian Craig (who later married Ed Rodman) of Snow White (Betty was Snow White) and Tom Sawyer (Betty was Becky Thatcher) held in the fire hall.

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<![CDATA[Art show celebrating the Schuylkill River Region opens]]> The 11th Annual Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Art Show will open to the public on Sept. 16 featuring 82 original works that celebrate the Schuylkill River region through art.

Sponsored by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area in partnership with Montgomery County Community College, the juried exhibit will hang through October 17 at the college's West Campus Gallery at 16 West High St.

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<![CDATA[Hamburg graduate featured speaker at Mercersburg Academy's Opening Convocation]]> Matthew Caretti, who is entering his 13th year on the faculty at Mercersburg Academy, was the featured speaker at the school's 2014-2015 Opening Convocation Sept. 7. Caretti grew up in Shoemakersville and graduated from Hamburg Area High School. He later earned a bachelor's degree from Susquehanna University (where he played football) and a master's degree from Shippensburg University.

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<![CDATA[Strausstown community does not let rain stop Fall Festival.]]> The gloomy skies and often times steady, heavy rain may have washed out quite a few events on Saturday, Sept. 13, but not the third annual Strausstown Community Fall Festival at Strausstown Lions Club Park.

Though the rain may have kept a few people home and limited the number of vendors and activities, the members of Zion Blue Mountain Church did not let Mother Nature stop them.

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<![CDATA[Golden Age Air Museum hosts Barnstormers Day and open house]]> Old engines could be heard as airplanes from the golden age of aviation soared through the beautiful Berks County sky on Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Golden Age Air Museum in Bethel for the Barnstormer Day as well as open house.

"Sit back and enjoy the sounds of the old engines," said the announcer.

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<![CDATA[Strausstown women go back in time at meeting]]> At their first meeting of the club year, the members of the Woman's Club of Strausstown took a virtual tour through their town, past and present.

Program committee chairman, Robin Faust, spoke about the town as it once was--a bustling community where folks could shop at one of several general stores, visit the ice cream parlor, attend church, send their children to one of the one-room schools, and find employment at the cigar factory--to name just a few of the attractions Strausstown offered years ago.

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<![CDATA[Andulhea Heritage Chorus takes music lovers down 'The River']]> Music and river lovers filled the pews at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hamburg for the sixth annual Andulhea Heritage Chorus concert on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 14. This year's concert celebrated Pennsylvania's 2014 River of the Year, the Schuylkill River.

"I think the assistants are going to come out now and throw bails of water on you," said Donald Schilke, director, jokingly.

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<![CDATA[Kauffman's 18th annual Antique & Custom Car Show draws large Labor Day crowd]]> The Labor Day heat and humidity did little to "wilt" the turnout for Kauffman's 18th annual Antique & Custom Car Show as more than 450 entries participated and countless spectators viewed the popular event. The seemingly ever present forecast for "a chance of thunder showers" never materialized although the Northern Berks skies darkened a few times throughout the afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Virginville Grangers are all aboard at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum]]> There was something for every Virginville Grange member of any age to enjoy at this delightful event. Virginville Grange meets on the first and third Wednesday night of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginville Grange Hall, Route 143, Virginville. But the Wednesday, Sept. 3, meeting was a special night.

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<![CDATA[Hamburg Rotary honors first responders, hears from author at meeting]]> Jean Yukkonis was the program chairperson, Hev Saing was the speaker and author of a book, "Cash In On Your Differences." He is also a Rotarian of North Philadelphia. He holds a masters degree in Project Management from Boston University and an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Royal University pf Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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<![CDATA[Application period open for volunteer fire, EMS grants]]> Local volunteer fire departments and emergency medical services organizations can apply now for grants through the Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-29).

Grants may be used for the purchase or repair of firefighting or rescue equipment, construction or renovation costs for facilities, training or debt reduction.

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<![CDATA[Mascaro wins contract valued at $1.1 million to serve Hamburg]]> Local solid waste and recycling company, J.P. Mascaro & Sons has been awarded a new three year contract to serve Hamburg Borough, Berks County. The contract started Sept. 2 and covers removal of waste and recyclables for all residents at a cost of $1.1 million.

Services are provided by Mascaro's Berks County division, which employs about 100 personnel.

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<![CDATA[PennDOT, State Police participate in National Child Passenger Safety Week]]> State Police and PennDOT are encouraging motorists to participate in free child passenger safety seat checkups throughout Pennsylvania as the agencies mark National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 14 - 20. Additionally, Saturday, Sept. 20, has been designated as "National Seat Check Saturday."

"I urge all parents and caregivers to not only get their seats checked, but also to explore all educational materials available to them," PennDOT Secretary Barry J.

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