RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:04:49 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Relaying through the rain -- Boyertown holds 8th Annual Relay For Life, seeks to meet goal by Aug. 31]]> While enduring rainy weather -- Relay For Life participants would not let their spirits be damped. Boyertown's eighth annual Relay for Life kicked off at the Boyertown Community Park on Saturday, June 27.

"The rain definitely made it challenging, but it also showed the determination and support that the Boyertown community has for this cause," said event coordinator Kristin Quigley.

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<![CDATA[Kutztown Folk Festival kicks off with wine and history]]> The first day of the 66th annual Kutztown Folk Festival got off to a slow start after steady rains dampened attendance Saturday, June 29.

Beth Gruppo, Pinnacle Ridge Winery in Kutztown, said they were still busy despite the rain. Pinnacle Ridge is one of five wineries in a walking trail throughout the Folk Festival as one of three new attractions this year.

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<![CDATA['Be a Star, Don't Do Drugs': Cougar Chronicle sending anti-drug message for Kutztown students to live healthy lifestyles]]> Last Spring several kids died of Heroin overdoses in Topton and Kutztown. Everyone said someone should do something and meetings were held; and in many cases the issue faded away. In Kutztown, Kathy Metrick, KASD Superintendent, and many others stepped up and took action.

Brenda Loeb with her Education Committee gathered ideas and the Cougar Chronicle is a result of that.

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<![CDATA[Kutztown's Centennial Celebration 100 Years Ago: As Kutztown prepares for its Bicentennial, committee looks back at past celebrations]]> Kutztown pulled out all the stops to celebrate its centennial from July 1 to July 7 in 1915. A full week of celebrations, including four parades, enveloped the borough in a way that is almost unimaginable today. In an era before the Internet, television, radio, and universal car ownership, there was very little competition for the attention of Kutztown's citizens, making the celebration the top attraction for the East Penn Valley in 1915.

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<![CDATA[Kutztown area School District Student Art Show celebrates Kutztown Bicentennial]]> Greenwich and Kutztown Elementary students celebrated Kutztown's Bicentennial Day with daylong activities paying homage to their Pennsylvania Heritage.

They designed their own birth frakturs, scherneschnitte. They selected and produced a traditional quilt pattern block.

An exhibition of the student's Frakturs, Scherenschnitte and Quilt Blocks produced during the Bicentennial Day Celebration is on display at the Historical Society as one of the special exhibitions and will be available for public viewing on July 21.

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<![CDATA[Schuylkill River Trail leads in national contest for 'best urban trail']]> CONSHOHOCKEN >> In a Reader's Choice contest between 20 trail systems nationwide the Schuylkill River Trail is currently leading the contest for the top choice among USA Today readers.

Local runners and bicyclists can vote for their favorite urban trail once per day until polls close on Monday, July 20 at noon ET.

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<![CDATA[Touch a Train at WK&S Railroad in Kempton]]> The WK&S Railroad in Kempton offered the community a unique opportunity to view equipment that is seldom available to the public at their Touch a Train event on June 21.

According to the General Manager of the railroad, Norwood "Woody" Lawfer of Stony Run, it was a chance for people interested in different pieces of equipment, like the large crane and the steam engine, to see them "up close and personal.

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<![CDATA[Family Fun Fridays: Visit a Farmer's Market for Culinary Adventures]]> As summer weather settles in, home gardeners can get impatient, waiting for tender young plants to grow and produce juicy tomatoes, sweet corn and other garden delights. Our whole family was sharing this impatience, so we decided to spend a fun Friday outing visiting a local farmer's market.

Living in bountiful Berks County, we have lots of choices for farmer's markets.

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<![CDATA[GLOBETROTTING GRADUATE: Why I keep going back to Paris]]> Paris is not my favorite place to visit, yet I find myself consistently revisiting the city. Outside of London, it is the foreign city I know best.

Since 2006 I have visited Paris three times, and by summer's end it will be five. Recently, as I planned my way from Bordeaux back to London by train, with a stop in Paris, I wondered what it was that kept bringing me back.

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<![CDATA[5 home gardens toured at Fourth Annual Hamburg Garden Stroll]]> "Anyone in Hamburg who has a small area of sunshine can grow fruit and vegetables," were the inspiring words offered to future gardeners by Paul Wikerd, a retired minister and resident of Hamburg since 1987.

Wikerd is an experienced beekeeper who described his goal for the gardens in his narrow State Street back yard as having "something available to eat every day", made possible by vegetable beds under glass for cold-resistant salad crops grown in the winter.

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<![CDATA[Schuylkill Valley students recognized for participation in Berks County Special Olympics Track and Field Meet]]> The highlight of the June 22 Schuylkill Valley School Board meeting was the recognition of the large group of students who participated in the Berks County Special Olympics Track and Field Meet.

The event was held on April 29 at Kutztown University and was coordinated by Middle School Learning Support teacher, Dana Carter who provided a video presentation documenting the joys of the day for the Board and meeting attendees.

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<![CDATA[Perspective on Parenting: 10 years a mom]]> Years ago, as a communications professional in the corporate world, I remember when my colleagues were honored for a decade or more of service. In a world where attention spans are gradually diminishing, doing anything constructive for 10 years can be considered quite an accomplishment. It illustrates responsibility, commitment and consistency.

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<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: Red rose ceremonies]]> First page was in the Easton Express in 1986

In Pennsylvania, there is an unusual custom of deeding land to an organization or person for the token payment of "one red rose."

The idea comes to us from England's medieval days when kings granted land to their friends. In English law the tenant of the property did not own the land outright; he only had the right to use it.

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<![CDATA[From Arthur's Policy Desk: Race, Racism and Christian Forgiveness]]> June was an eventful month. It raised some interesting questions.

Early this month, Rachel Anne Dolezal, the Executive Director of the Spokane, Washington NAACP chapter came under fire because she claimed to be an African American woman but was in fact a white woman of German and Scandinavian decent.

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<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Rural Folklife of the early 1900s as seen by Photographers: H. Winslow Fegley & Amandus Moyer (Part I)]]> At the turn of the century into the 1900's, when most of the nation was fascinated with the unbelievable results of automation and the beginning of a mobile America, there were a few who saw the opportunity to record that way of life that was soon to be antediluvian. Such were men like H. Winslow Fegley of Reading and Amandus D.

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