RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:00:35 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Bat rehabilitator talks to Longswamp Boy Scout Pack 575]]> The boy scouts of Longswamp Pack 575, Den 2, from Mertztown, received an education in bats on a recent Friday night.

Stephanie Stronsick was the educator. Stephanie works as a Naturalist at the Wildlands Conservancy in Emmaus and volunteers as Aark's bat specialist. She is the only animal rehabilitater in PA that specializes in bats.

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<![CDATA[Studio B camp brings artists and students together for 'Happ,' #68 Bear Fever bear]]> Resilience, appreciation of diversity and developing tools to challenge bullying was the theme for Studio B's "Happy to Be Me 3.0" summer art camp.

The week long camp, which ran Aug 18 to 22, enlisted students 7 to 17 years of age to work with artists Jean Esther and Angel Perez as well as Boyertown Area School District art teacher Nancy Yurkovich.

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<![CDATA[Township rehashes allowing alcohol at park]]> Residents of Exeter Township may have another shot to drink alcohol in the park.

Exeter Board of Supervisors are once again considering the option to allow consumption of alcohol at the township's Trout Run Sports Pavilion.

The issue was originally presented for all the parks, as well as the Dunn Community Center, back in February of this year.

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<![CDATA[Willow Creek Elementary: Walk, bike to first day]]> Fleetwood >> Students and parents walked and biked to their first day of school at Willow Creek Elementary on Aug. 25.

"It's exciting. There's lot of energy. Everyone is happy to be back. Summer went by really, really fast. It's amazing how quickly time goes. We're looking forward to a great 2014-15 school year," said Willow Creek Elementary Principal Lori M.

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<![CDATA[Hopewell Love INC stitches together the community one craft at a time]]> Volunteers with Hopewell Love In the Name of Christ have been crafting for the community by creating holiday treasures in a positive light for the past three years.

Over 20 crafters begin preparations as early as February for their annual Winter Craft Show, where they dedicate themselves three days a week painting, gluing and decorating in high spirits.

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<![CDATA[Kutztown Elementary students welcomed by new Principal Deborah Barnes]]> Kutztown >> New Principal Deborah L. Barnes welcomed students Kutztown Elementary students to their first day of school Aug. 25.

"(First day of school) is very exciting for the students and families and for the teachers," said Barnes. "The teachers have been working hard all summer to prepare for the kids to arrive.

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<![CDATA[New face for Brandywine: Elementary school welcomes new Principal Karen Long]]> Topton >> For Brandywine Heights Elementary School, the start of school brings the first full year of administration for Principal Karen Long after taking the position in November of 2013.

Principal Long begins the year with a number of goals for her new school. At the forefront of these is establishing a rapport with the families of students and within the community.

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<![CDATA[Brandywine first day opens with fun: Kindergarteners decorate gingerbreadmen, 1st graders color self-portraits, 2nd graders play games]]> Topton >> Summer vacation is over, and it's back to school for the students of Brandywine Heights Elementary School.

Teachers, parents and students shuffled in yesterday morning to begin a new year with excitement and anticipation of what the year has in store.

For the first day, Kindergarteners decorated gingerbread men, hiding them for a scavenger hunt and then, of course, eating them.

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<![CDATA[Turkeys visit backyard patio in Fleetwood]]> Trudy Smith, a resident of Fleetwood, shares photos of her visiting turkey family.

"I was able to get a couple of good photos of mama turkey and her three little ones," writes Smith. "They have been visiting my backyard and patio for the last few weeks in the Forest Ridge area in Fleetwood.

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<![CDATA[German pen friend visits Kutztown]]> Fleetwood alumna Heidi Schroeder has a German pen friend she has been writing to since the 6th grade, about 17 years.

Heidi's German teacher Mrs. Kutz from the Fleetwood School District gave her class pen friends as a class assignment. Heidi and Anika have kept in touch ever since.

Finally Aug.

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<![CDATA[Brandywine Community Library celebrates 25 years: Children's Birthday Bash features clown, gifts, face painting; Dinner Dance offers speaker, music, food]]> Brandywine Community Library is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with two special events. On Saturday, September 6, from 10 am - 12 noon, the library will hold a free birthday bash for children. Children will be able to enjoy cake, balloons, gifts, clown, crafts, storytime and face painting. This event is free but registration is encouraged for planning purposes.

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<![CDATA[Northern Berks Community Garden in Perry Twp. assists food pantries in Berks County]]> At Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Perry Township, a new ministry is growing. This past spring the church converted a 75' x 100' patch of its property into the Northern Berks Community Garden (NBCG). The NBCG is a nonprofit organization that was started in order to assist low and moderate income members of the community acquire healthy, locally grown produce through the local food pantry system.

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<![CDATA[Monarchs flit through Berks on way to Mexico]]> With their vibrant orange color and striking black accents, Monarchs are one of the most recognizable of butterflies. In Berks County, reports of the familiar insect begin in August and continue through September as the Monarchs begin their annual pilgrimage to Mexico.

"The generation of eggs laid here in Berks County and elsewhere in the mid-atlantics make their way back to Mexico," explained Lenhartsville resident and avid Monarch enthusiast Jon Kuhns.

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<![CDATA[Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Look-alikes Eisenburg and Simon take to the screen in 'The Double']]> Richard Ayoade's film noir-infused take on Dostoyevsky's "The Double" is successful in enough of its individual parts that it proves almost doubly disappointing in its missteps, as if a gentle, sublime spell had been abruptly broken. Echoing the dystopias of "Brazil" and "Dark City" in its vision of a society shrouded by darkness, it's a moody, sometimes thrilling tale of the struggle for humanity amid bureaucratic rule, and one aided immeasurably by the always-excellent Jesse Eisenburg.

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<![CDATA[Colebrookdale rail project overcomes underground obstacle]]>

The ambitious effort to establish a historic excursion railroad between Boyertown and Pottstown overcame an underground obstacle Tuesday night with a unanimous vote of the Pottstown Borough Authority.

Nathaniel Guest, executive director of the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, appeared before the members of the authority board to address a potential problem quite literally at the foundation of one of the plan's most important elements.

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:38:59 -0400 2014-08-25T12:38:59-04:00 2014-08-25T13:01:44-04:00 STORIFY