RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Tue, 04 Aug 2015 08:48:01 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Kutztown Bicentennial Parade: Crowds line Main Street to celebrate Kutztown's 200th birthday]]> The Kutztown community and people from across Berks County crowded along Main Street on Saturday, Aug. 1, for the Kutztown Bicentennial Parade. Many Kutztown groups and organizations entered floats or performed in the parade, becoming a part of Kutztown's history.

Groups included the Kutztown Historical Society, Kutztown Community Library, FOE, Garden Club, Old Plow Boys, fire companies, local officials, Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce, Kutztown Strong, dance and musical groups, bands and so much more.

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<![CDATA[Beating the heat at the bicentennial; Community enjoys treats and tunes at ice cream social]]> The summer weather was perfect for Kutztown Bicentennial's Ice Cream Social held on Wednesday evening July 29. Sponsored by Air Products and Chemicals and organized by the Kutztown Woman's Club, the event was held on the lawns at the Kutztown Area Historical Society. Food-based socials have been popular since the early days of Kutztown, and this event is no exception.

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<![CDATA[Enjoy tomatoes fresh from the farm]]> "I'm going to buy some tomatoes," a woman told her 6-year-old daughter as they walked through the Downingtown Farmers Market toward Two Gander Farm's stand.

"Can I pick the tomatoes?" asked the girl, wearing a pink T-shirt, pink ruffled skirt, pink rain boots and sunny smile despite the darkening sky.

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<![CDATA[Birdsboro Boy Scout Troop 595 sees 60th anniversary]]> Boy Scout Troop 595 celebrated its 60th Anniversary at Rustic Picnic Area on Saturday, July 25.

In attendance were family members, the Hawk Mountain Boy Scout Council, and former scoutmasters of Troop 595: Marty Datocha, Jeff Kauffman, Mike Keating, Bob Mealand and Bob Myers.

The celebration included a Court of Honor and a picnic.

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<![CDATA[Brain Bug at the Planetarium: Magazine hosts Issue Release Event, encourages attendees to view sun through solar telescope]]> Brain Bug Magazine held its Issue #4 Release Event July 25 at Grim Planetarium, Kutztown University.

"Dr. Phil Reed from the KU Astronomy Department and Firefly Bookstore helped make it a wonderful event," said Jesse Warner, magazine co-founder with Olivia Knowles. Both are Kutztown University students.

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<![CDATA[Charlie Zahm & Friends to wrap up Mifflin Community Library's 2015 Summer Concert Series]]> The Mifflin Community Library will present Charlie Zahm & friends in a free concert on Sunday, Aug. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Mohnton Memorial Park Bandshell, Walnut Street, Mohnton, for the final performance of its 2015 Summer Concert Series.

With a strong baritone voice, and accompanied by his own expert craftsmanship on the guitar, Charlie has become one of the most successful performers on the traditional music festival circuit, weaving magical moments of Scottish, Irish and American history for the listener and viewer, with passion for the performance and a chosen repertoire pleasing to all members of the family.

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<![CDATA[Key Leaders help Kutztown Strong: About 90 community members from students to educators to local farmers promote drug-free lifestyles]]> A diverse group of community Key Leaders gathered for the Kutztown Strong Meet and Greet on July 28 at the Kutztown Area Middle School.

In Senator Judy Schwank's opening remarks in regard to the drug problem in Berks County, she stated, "We can't arrest our way out of it."

Although Schwank admitted to the large group of volunteers at the Kutztown Strong Key Leaders' Meet and Greet that "there are no single solutions," she expressed her pride in the initiative by calling it "one of the best efforts I've seen statewide.

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<![CDATA[The Historian: The Window Pane Tax of 1798]]> The Federal Direct Tax of 1798, popularly called "the window pane tax," precipitated an event called Fries (pronounced "freeze") Rebellion, which has been described as "a sort of comic opera that provided excitement here in Montgomery County for some months in 1798 and 1799."

By 1798, the French aristocratic class had lost their heads, literally, and much of Europe was at war.

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<![CDATA[Fifth Annual Classic & Custom Car Show announced at Chestnut Knoll]]> Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is pleased to invite the public to their 5th Annual Car Show! The car show will be held Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Free registration for cars starts at 9 a.m. The first 25 registered car owners get a free t-shirt!

Bring the whole family and cruise on over for this classic and custom car show.

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<![CDATA[Boyertown student named recipient of the Karol Canfield Memorial Award at Agora Cyber Charter School]]> For one Boyertown student cyber education helped defy the odds that were stacked against her as a young child. Before Kindergarten, Mariah Steffey was told that her learning disabilities would keep her from learning with others her age. In a traditional brick and mortar setting, many students like Mariah fall behind or are unable to receive the individualized attention they need to keep up, let alone excel in school.

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<![CDATA[Colebrookdale Railroad announces 'Vintage Baseball in the Park']]> The Colebrookdale Railroad is getting ready to host a vintage baseball game at Memorial Park -- the community is invited to come out and ride through the Secret Valley Line with the players.

This historical experience is being presented on Sunday, Aug. 9, by the Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia in partnership with the railroad.

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<![CDATA[ADA Walk celebrates 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act]]> ADA Walk - July 24th

Shouts of "Hey, hey, hey! ADA!" could be heard on the streets of Reading the morning of July 24, as people from across Berks County living with disabilities, their friends and coworkers, and supportive community members traveled to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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<![CDATA[Hamburg High School program change: Juniors, seniors can earn credit for professional field experience]]> Hamburg Area School Board approved changes to the high school program of studies for the 2015-16 school year on July 27.

Junior and senior students will be able to earn 1 credit by taking part in a professional field experience, previously referred to as an internship.

"This will allow students to experience the professional world while earning school credit hours," said Chris Spohn, high school principal.

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<![CDATA[State Police: Driver strikes tree, overturns vehicle in I-78 collision]]> On July 23 at 3:30 p.m., State Police Trooper William Spayd responded to a two-vehicle crash on I-78 west.

A collision occurred when the first driver struck the rear of vehicle ahead, driven by Tara Hernandez, 25, from the Bronx, NY. The collision caused Hernandez's vehicle to careen off the right side of the ride into a tree.

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<![CDATA[WTIM: Music Around Town]]> What's going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Local Bands and Venues

6 Aug - Vuja De Acoustic at Union Jacks on the Manatawny, Pleasentville (7 p.m. start)

6 Aug - Danielle Miraglia for Listen Live Music Concert in the Park at Upper Saucon Township Park, Upper Saucon (7 p.

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