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 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:18:41 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Eastern State Penitentiary to host 'Family Weekend: Pets in Prison']]> Eastern State Penitentiary will host "Family Weekend: Pets in Prison" on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10 and again on September 27 and 28. The event, designed for kids and adults of all ages, will feature interactive and educational activities all weekend long. Visitors can learn about the role of animals throughout Eastern State's history, meet (and adopt) shelter dogs from a local prison-training program, and participate in animal-themed activities.

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:18:02 -0400 2014-07-28T11:18:02-04:00 2014-07-28T11:18:05-04:00
<![CDATA[Phillie Phanatic visits young Gilbertsville area fans]]> Thursday, July 24, seemed like an ordinary day at The Goddard School in Gilbertsville until a certain visitor entered the building. Phille Phanatic, the official mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. The Phanatic began by playing with several of the children on the school's playground equipment.

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:04:44 -0400 2014-07-28T11:04:44-04:00 2014-07-28T11:05:19-04:00
<![CDATA[R&B and Blues artist Jesse Dee hits the lineup at Musikfest]]> Boston rhythm and blues artist Jesse Dee will be making another appearance in Bethlehem this year, this time performing as one of hundreds of artists to fill the Musikfest lineup at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Aetna Americaplatz.

Dressed in a suit with white button down shirt, tie and slacks, Dee performed with his six person band including guitars, horns and drums at the Blast Furnace Blues Festival in January of this year.

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:11:17 -0400 2014-07-28T09:11:17-04:00 2014-07-28T10:33:17-04:00
<![CDATA[Brecknock joins Union Township Intergovernmental Agreement]]> The Union Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved on July 21 to add Brecknock Township to the Intergovernmental Agreement it has with Robeson Township and the Borough of Birdsboro. Participation in the Cooperation Agreement allows the municipalities to share municipal equipment and to jointly bid and contract public works projects.

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:58:05 -0400 2014-07-28T08:58:05-04:00 2014-07-28T08:58:08-04:00
<![CDATA[Ribbon cutting celebrates grand opening of Frecon Farms bakery]]> Boyertown-Friends, family and community members gathered inside Frecon Farms on Friday for the ribbon cutting and official grand opening of the farm's new bakery.

Josh Smith, Sales and Marketing Director, said "I've been here all day. We really can't bake enough pie."

The celebration took place during the week-long Annual Peach Jubilee.

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Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:57:43 -0400 2014-07-27T16:57:43-04:00 2014-07-27T17:04:34-04:00
<![CDATA[Driver charged with being on drugs in crash that killed Berks CEO]]>

A 56-year-old Berks County man allegedly was speeding and driving his pickup truck under the influence of a combination of prescription drugs when he struck and killed an area business executive during her morning jog on a rural road, according to state police.

Mark David Miller, of the 200 block of South View Road, Richmond Township, was charged Thursday, July 24, with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence of a controlled substance, homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person, reckless and careless driving and driving at an unsafe speed in connection with the 7:27 a.

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Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:26:37 -0400 2014-07-27T16:26:37-04:00 2014-07-27T16:27:40-04:00
<![CDATA[Hamburg area church calendar]]> St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 99 Church Street, Hamburg, would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to join us at our 9:30 a.m. summer services on Sundays. Come and join us.

On the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, the altar flowers are presented to the glory of God in loving memory of Wilson A.

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Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:46:37 -0400 2014-07-27T12:46:37-04:00 2014-07-27T12:46:41-04:00
<![CDATA[First Berks Sustainbilty Festival blends nature with lifestyle]]> As a way to promote the importance of an eco-friendly lifestyle, the paved parking lot at the VF Outlets was transformed into a festival dedicated to sustainability on Saturday, July 19 with approximately 1,000 people in attendance. Organizer Mark Ratcliff stated that he was "happy with the participation" from both local vendors and the public to represent interest in natural ways of living.

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Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:41:09 -0400 2014-07-26T13:41:09-04:00 2014-07-26T13:41:54-04:00
<![CDATA[Celebrating Celtic with Dollops of Irish Cheer at the Berks Celtic Oyster Fest]]> "As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste… I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans."

Ernest Hemingway, "A Moveable Feast"

Oysters for happiness, food for the soul and music for the feet, fueled by beer amid the rousing, throbbing cadence of bagpipes and drums -it was time to celebrate everything Celtic and a burgeoning crowd joined the Irish fraternity to raise a cheer at the 10th annual Berks Celtic Oyster Festival.

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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:15:15 -0400 2014-07-25T20:15:15-04:00 2014-07-26T12:47:20-04:00
<![CDATA[Butterflies fly into Kutztown Library]]> The Butterfly Guy brought his butterfly friends to Kutztown, much to the joy of local youth.

Children and parents packed into Kutztown Community Library for butterfly expert Rick Mikula's presentation July 24.

Excitement was high and many found keeping quiet a challenge.

Grace Flyte, 6, Kutztown, brought her own chrysalis to the program and even had her nose tickled by a butterfly.

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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:22:26 -0400 2014-07-25T18:22:26-04:00 2014-07-25T18:23:37-04:00
<![CDATA[Enter the Kutztown Fair Potpie Cookoff]]> (Kutztown, PA)- Following the traditions of the region, Kutztown Fair is hosting the first POTPIE COOKOFF. On Thursday August 16. Individuals, Groups & Organizations, and Professional Cooking personnel are encouraged to enter. These 3 categories will compete for a $75 cash prize, a large rosette and bragging rights.

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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:52:03 -0400 2014-07-25T17:52:03-04:00 2014-07-25T17:52:06-04:00
<![CDATA[PA Strikers 10U wins 2014 PONY National Championship]]> Congratulation to the 10U PA Striker Fastpitch Softball team who, just a few weeks after winning the 2014 10U PA PONY State Championship in Philadelphia, went undefeated (8-0) in Sterling, VA the week of July 18-23 to win the 2014 PONY 10U National tournament!

The Strikers relied on team effort and talented balance of strong defense, incredible pitching and big bats to beat the Vienna Stars (VA), Xtreme Fastpitch (PA), NJ Pride (NJ), Orange Crush (DE), VA Crushers (VA), Ashburn Shooting Stars (VA) and the Banshees (PA) - who they also played in the championship game and won by a score of 3-0.

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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:25:20 -0400 2014-07-25T15:25:20-04:00 2014-07-25T15:25:24-04:00
<![CDATA[Light, Light, Light! Kutztown Library Teen Group Sparks A Reaction]]> Spark A Reaction Teen Group celebrates science and sparks their imagination during imagination laboratories at Kutztown Community Library on Monday nights.

Activities have included Discover Me Collages; Appalachian Trail Through Hiker Tales; Explosive Experiments; and more recently Creative Photography on July 14, Art and Science by Alexis Bove on July 21 and Slam Poetry July 28.

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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:03:12 -0400 2014-07-25T15:03:12-04:00 2014-07-25T15:03:26-04:00
<![CDATA[Phillies win the 12U Kutztown youth baseball championship]]> The Kutztown KYAA 12U baseball program has completed its spring-summer season with a 1-2-3 Kutztown sweep in the overall standings. The Kutztown program fielded three very solid teams with the Phillies, Dodgers and Tigers, finishing in that order against rival teams from Fleetwood, Muhlenberg, Brandywine and Oley Valley, totaling 10 teams representing the league.

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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:48:12 -0400 2014-07-25T13:48:12-04:00 2014-07-25T13:48:18-04:00
<![CDATA[Keystone Diesel Truck Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway this weekend]]> Maple Grove will present the Keystone Diesel Truck Nationals presented by Mack Trucks and Denver Truck Painting on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27. The family-friendly diesel truck fest - the largest of its kind on the East Coast - will include a truck show (sponsored by Hunter Peterbilt), diesel truck drag racing, Jet Funny Cars, a wheelstanding exhibition car, live music and a model truck exhibit.

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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:45:45 -0400 2014-07-25T12:45:45-04:00 2014-07-25T12:47:04-04:00