RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:24:48 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Daniel Boone re-hires 2.5 elementary teachers]]> The Daniel Boone School Board approved 5-3 on Aug. 24 to hire 2.5 elementary teachers to lower class sizes.

Acting Superintendent Robert Hurley said the current first and third grade enrollment at Monocacy Elementary Center (MEC) exceeds the district's class size policy.

Board members Andrew Basile, Carol Beitz, and Tamara Twardowski opposed the motion.

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<![CDATA[Fleetwood School Board approves district goals for the 2015-16 school year]]> At their meeting on Aug. 18, the Board of School Directors approved the district's goals for this school year. The goals reflect the fact that a successful school district is one that continually works to improve the curriculum and instruction, and partner with families to meet students' needs.

The first goal is to plan, adjust and evaluate the curriculum, instruction and assessment to increase student achievement.

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<![CDATA[Registration now open for 2015 Berks County Heart and Stroke Walk]]> The American Heart Association invites workplaces, community groups, friends and family from across Berks County to lace up their sneakers and register now for the 2015 Berks County Heart and Stroke Walk to be held Sunday, Oct. 4 at Blue Marsh Lake in Leesport. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk steps off at 10 a.

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<![CDATA[Through My Kitchen Window: Truly, the best apple pie muffin ever!]]> I was craving something sweet and my daughter, Anna, 4, was eager to bake together so we headed to the kitchen with stomachs growling. Anna requested chocolate cupcakes, as usual, but I wanted to try to bake something different.

Taking stock of what we had on hand, I realized that we'd have to bake something without butter, and, of course, without eggs considering Anna's allergy to them.

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<![CDATA[Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce presents Laugh Out Loud Comedy Night]]> The Chamber announces its first Comedy Night to be held on Friday, Oct. 2 at the Kutztown Fire Company, 310 Noble Street. Hosted by Comic Steve Borkowski, with headliner Comic Chip Chantry, Laugh Out Loud Comedy Night will also feature performances by Jason Brown and Tyler Rothrock.

This event is open to the public, and $15 advance tickets are on sale now at the Chamber office, 110 West Main Street, Kutztown.

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<![CDATA[Berks Heritage Council celebrates 25th anniversary]]> The Berks Heritage Council is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Organized in the summer of 1990 as a consortium for combining marketing efforts and for the exchange of information and ideas, the Council was originally called the Berks County Museum Council. Initially, 11 founding members worked together to promote public interest and awareness of Berks County's historic culture.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:23:31 -0400 20150828132331 2015-08-28T13:23:31-04:00 2015-08-28T13:23:31-04:00
<![CDATA[Morgantown Area Business Association members enjoy food, fellowship during picnic at Joanna Furnace]]> Morgantown Area Business Association hosted its annual picnic at Joanna Furnace in Morgantown on Aug. 18 at 5:30 p.m.

"I love that everybody came," said Roseann Thomas, MABA president. "The food was out of this world. It was great."

Thomas said the benefits of holding such an event for members is that people get to meet each other, especially for those members who do not normally come to the breakfast meetings.

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<![CDATA[Recycling Services, Inc. temporarily closed for renovations]]> The recycling center is getting a makeover.

Recycling Services, Inc., one of our area's most valuable environmental resources, is temporarily closed while changes are made to improve the grounds and reorganize the internal structure.

Started on Earth Day in 1971 as an offshoot of Owen J.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:07:23 -0400 20150828130723 2015-08-28T13:07:23-04:00 2015-08-28T13:07:23-04:00
<![CDATA[New PennDOT website shows customers active, planned projects; site features construction, Act 89 and future improvements]]> Pennsylvanians looking for information on construction projects, improvements underway because of Act 89, the state's transportation funding plan, as well as projects scheduled through 2026 have a new resource:

The new Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) website includes maps and explanations of:

● Construction projects that are underway or will be bid or begin this year.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:06:36 -0400 20150828130636 2015-08-28T13:06:36-04:00 2015-08-28T13:06:36-04:00
<![CDATA[Montgomery County Historical Society slates Intermediate Genealogy Workshop]]> The Historical Society of Montgomery County is offering an "Intermediate Genealogy Workshop" presented by Rose Brown, Genealogist and former Society librarian. The four-week workshop, which will include research tips beyond the basic genealogy research, will run four consecutive Tuesdays, Sept. 8 through Sept.

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<![CDATA[54-Acre Arnold Farm now protected, Sen. Schwank announces]]> A 54-acre tract in Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, is now under the commonwealth's farmland preservation shield, state Senator Judy Schwank said on Aug. 13.

Lawrence and Donna Arnold received nearly $135,000 in conservation easements in exchange for including their farm in the long-running program.

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<![CDATA[Skippack Painting with a Twist hosts fundraising event in remembrance of Hurricane Katrina]]> As part of the nation's largest paint-and-sip franchise, Painting with a Twist of Skippack participated in the company's national fundraising event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 26 through the company's charitable arm, Painting with a Purpose.

Fifty percent of proceeds from the event will be donated to Young Audiences of Louisiana Charter School.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:34:20 -0400 20150828113420 2015-08-28T11:34:20-04:00 2015-08-28T11:34:20-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: Pennsylvania honors Stephen Foster]]> On the campus of the University of Pittsburgh is the only museum, concert hall and library dedicated to an American composer, Stephen Foster. His hometown memorialized him, even though he didn't write our state song, but Florida and Kentucky adopted his tunes as their state songs.

In Pittsburgh, the Gothic structure, built in 1937 to honor Foster, houses a vast collection of 19th century American music, as well as material on Foster's life and music.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:24:17 -0400 20150828102417 2015-08-28T10:24:17-04:00 2015-08-28T10:24:17-04:00
<![CDATA[PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: MJ Dougherty, Saved by God's Grace (Part I)]]> A neighbor came to visit us in recent weeks and said that I might be interested in writing a story about a new neighbor who experienced Sept. 11, 2001 firsthand. Barb and I invited MJ Dougherty to have dinner at our house one evening and invited her to dessert several days later. As we exchanged introductory comments, we were quite surprised that we both started to work for the same large insurance broker in 1998 and both left the same year, 2005.

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:42:01 -0400 20150827174201 2015-08-27T17:42:01-04:00 2015-08-27T17:42:01-04:00
<![CDATA[Rick Hallman Day offers day of golf and music]]> The LCB Band hosts Rick Hallman Day Sept. 13 at Honeybrook Golf Course with a 9 hole golf tournament starting at 8 a.m. followed by music starting at 2 p.m. until dusk. All of the proceeds will go to Rick Hallman of the LCB Band.

"Ricky Hallman, Ray Horst and myself (John C. Stacy) play in a little country band we put together a couple of years ago," said Stacy.

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