RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:15:58 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Letter from AARP: 'Maintain good health as you age']]> Preventative care is the most important thing someone can do to maintain good health as they age. As an AARP volunteer and member, I have had the privilege of being educated on how my insurance can help me prevent illness and avoid being sick.

Many people associate health care with something they rely on when they become sick and need to go to the doctor, but health care can also be used when you're healthy to stop sickness from happening.

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:29:20 -0400 2014-08-30T10:29:20-04:00 2014-08-30T10:29:23-04:00
<![CDATA[New school year kicks off at St. Francis Academy]]> Students at St. Francis Academy in Bally began the new school year on Tuesday, Aug. 26. As a part of the first day, Students, kindergarten through eighth grade, were greeted by the school's principal, Deacon Thomas Murphy.

The students received their religion books in a special service down the block at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in the afternoon.

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<![CDATA[PennDOT, police focused on reducing impaired driving crashes through Labor Day]]> As part of the national enforcement initiative, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," PennDOT, state police and municipal police are focusing their efforts on reducing alcohol-and drug-related crashes through Labor Day.

"Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is unsafe and it's against the law," PennDOT Secretary Barry J.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:47:11 -0400 2014-08-29T11:47:11-04:00 2014-08-29T13:39:13-04:00
<![CDATA[Boyertown's Technology Student Association attends the national conference]]> For the first time in twenty years, the Boyertown Area Senior High School Technology Student Association was able to attend the national conference located in Washington, D.C. from June 27 to July 2.

Throughout the summer, nine Boyertown students and their advisor Josh Pennington competed in STEM-based events, elected their national officers, and stayed in the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:42:44 -0400 2014-08-29T09:42:44-04:00 2014-08-29T09:42:50-04:00
<![CDATA[Local historian focuses on the past of Berks County through photography]]> From plate photography to the iPhone, Berks' historian George M. Meiser, IX must adapt to the modernization of the world in order to preserve what is left of the county's history.

Meiser is currently working on his twenty-second volume of The Passing Scene series, which highlights photographs with a plethora of coinciding information to document the past.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:40:03 -0400 2014-08-28T14:40:03-04:00 2014-08-28T14:40:13-04:00
<![CDATA[Boyertown Museum showcases history of the Pennsylvania Turnpike-A 'Tunnel Highway']]> When the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened in 1940, the Turnpike Commission promoted their new road as the "tunnel highway." This is due to no less than seven tunnels making up part of the Turnpike through the mountainous terrain it crossed between the Carlisle and Irwin interchanges. Originally, there were nine tunnels proposed by planners.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:26:26 -0400 2014-08-28T14:26:26-04:00 2014-08-28T14:26:30-04:00
<![CDATA[Daniel Boone School Board considers audio policy for school buses]]>

The Daniel Boone School Board is considering adding audio recording to its video monitoring of district school buses.

The school board's policy committee will introduce a first draft of a policy that would establish audio recording on school buses at the Sept. 8 committee-of-the-whole meeting.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:49:34 -0400 2014-08-28T06:49:34-04:00 2014-08-28T06:49:36-04:00
<![CDATA[2 injured after plane crash in Amity (video)]]>

Two people were injured Wednesday, Aug. 27 afternoon after a small airplane crashed and caught fire, police said.

Emergency crews responded to the scene at 101 Amity Park Road, where a small, privately-owned grass runway known as Bert's Field is located.

Firefighters tackled a blaze consuming the plane, which was pointed down a short incline off the south side of the runway.

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<![CDATA[WTIM: Music Around Town: Sept. 3 edition]]> 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

3 Sept - Open Mic w/ Black Rue at Fujiyama's Sunset Lounge (8 p.m. start)

3 Sept - Singles Going Steady at The Water Tower, Oaks (5 p.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:35:47 -0400 2014-08-28T06:35:47-04:00 2014-08-28T06:35:51-04:00
<![CDATA[Dreibelbis Farm hosts PA German Farm Festival]]> Virginville >> Time comes to a standstill where history chooses to leave its footprints.

Yet, inside the Dreibelbis ancestral farmhouse near Virginville, the grandfather clock in the tea-room keeps time to this day, decades after it was first installed, ticking away the seconds and counting the minutes as it bears witness to the labyrinth of genealogy and march of successive generations.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:18:35 -0400 2014-08-27T12:18:35-04:00 2014-08-30T11:14:00-04:00
<![CDATA[Kutztown Community Partnership takes the Ice Bucket Challenge: Mayor Green, Mamma's Pizza, Kutztown Library help raise awareness, funds for ALS]]> Kutztown Community Partnership took the Ice Bucket Challenge, eagerly and willingly.

The excitement and nerves were high as KCP members lined up out front of their office on Main Street on a hot, sunny afternoon Aug. 27. Short handed for bucket dumpers, they pulled people off the street to help.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:05:31 -0400 2014-08-27T18:05:31-04:00 2014-08-29T11:55:42-04:00
<![CDATA[In efforts to support local, Boscov's East hosts library fundraiser]]> Local libraries cross-referenced with one retail store recently for an annual fundraiser full of events.

The toy section of Boscov's East, Reading, was bustling in activities and games for children as part of the fourth library fundraiser through the company. An array of rainbow colored balloons were transformed into various animal creatures including octopuses, spiders by Ladybug the Clown.

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<![CDATA[Kutztown Dolphins complete successful swim season]]> The Kutztown Dolphins swim team had numerous team members qualify to compete at the Berks County Swimming Championships meet and the Berks County Silver Championship meet. Dolphin swimmers turned in some great individual and relay performances at each of these meets.

The Berks County Championships meet was held at the Green Valley Country Club August 1-3.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:47:50 -0400 2014-08-27T13:47:50-04:00 2014-08-27T13:48:16-04:00
<![CDATA[Jam for Krista set for Sept. 6]]> The Second Annual Jam for Krista fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at the Reading Liederkranz. Money from the fundraiser benefits the Krist Staudt Memorial Scholarship Fund which awards scholarships to Berks County high school seniors who have overcome a medical challenge and are continuing their education at a technical school, business school, junior college, or four year college.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:30:55 -0400 2014-08-27T13:30:55-04:00 2014-08-27T13:30:56-04:00
<![CDATA[SilverSneakers love story inspires nomination for national contest]]> Nelson and Mary Walter, a couple from Berks County, found love through their involvement with a fitness program called SilverSneakers.

Their story inspired a nomination for the Richard L. Swanson Award, a national fitness award given through the SilverSneakers program. The couple, now in the Top 10, await the final result of the vote.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:53:46 -0400 2014-08-27T09:53:46-04:00 2014-08-27T13:19:46-04:00