RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Sat, 25 Apr 2015 02:26:49 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Festival of Arts Show features fantasy trash fashion]]> Is it trash or is it fashion? Artists at the Festival of the Arts Fashion Show say it is fashion.

The Kutztown Middle School Art Program fundraiser, facilitated by KMS art teacher Kris Tuerk, transformed the Kutztown High School Auditorium stage into a fashion runway of recycled trash on April 11, from 7 to 9 p.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:25:33 -0400 2015-04-24T15:25:33-04:00 2015-04-24T15:25:33-04:00
<![CDATA[Berks County: DEP awards grants for environmental education and stewardship]]> The Department of Environmental Protection awarded $304,137 in environmental education grants to 110 schools, universities, non-profit organizations, and conservation districts across Pennsylvania.

"Funding environmental education projects, like these, is an important function of government that works," Acting DEP Secretary John Quigley said.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:44:21 -0400 2015-04-24T14:44:21-04:00 2015-04-24T14:44:21-04:00
<![CDATA[Elmcroft Senior Living celebrates Earth day with life talks and butterfly tree planting]]> Elmcroft Senior Living Community wanted to celebrate Earth Day with their moto "Here's to Life."

On Wednesday, April 22, they chose to celebrate by planting a butterfly bush and inviting Judy Plica to speak on life and the new beginnings that come with spring

Plica is the facilitator for GriefShare through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Exeter.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:48:39 -0400 2015-04-24T11:48:39-04:00 2015-04-24T11:48:39-04:00
<![CDATA[Kutztown, Boyertown, Exeter and Hamburg youth learn jazz at Kutztown's Vocal Get JazzEd Workshop]]> Kutztown School District hosted their first Vocal Get JazzEd Workshop April 18 at the middle school.

About 70 students attended this event sponsored by Berks Jazz Fest Youth/Educational Activities and Berks Arts Council.

In addition to Kutztown, students from three other schools were bussed to the middle school to participate.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:14:57 -0400 2015-04-24T11:14:57-04:00 2015-04-24T11:14:57-04:00
<![CDATA[Schuylkill River Heritage Area, Slyfox Brewing Company partner for trail cleanup]]> Union Twp. >> You could hardly tell from the thick cloud of dust that filled the air, but the Schuylkill River Trail received a much-needed cleanup Sunday, April 19.

More than 25 volunteers from around the tri-county area helped rake and widen the trail at the Union Township Trailhead and Landing from 2-4 p.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:53:59 -0400 2015-04-24T10:53:59-04:00 2015-04-24T11:08:51-04:00
<![CDATA[Exeter High School mourns the death of a senior]]> Exeter >> In the wake of the death of senior student Jamie Lynn Kotas, Exeter High School will be providing counseling services to students starting Monday, April 20.

Principal Bill Cain sent a letter out to parents Sunday explaining that not only Exeter counselors, but counselors from other districts as well, will be on hand to help students cope with the loss of a classmate.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:08:36 -0400 2015-04-24T11:08:36-04:00 2015-04-24T11:08:36-04:00
<![CDATA[Kutztown students perform in Junior High County Music Festival]]> The following students from Kutztown School District grades seven, eight, and nine, participated in the Music Educators of Berks County Music Festival held Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Boyertown West Junior High. The guest conductors were for band James S. Seidel, retired director of bands at Exeter High School, conductor of the Ringgold Band, and director of bands at Alvernia University; for chorus Alexis Farrell, chorus director at Palmyra Middle School; and for orchestra-Joseph A.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:46:10 -0400 2015-04-24T10:46:10-04:00 2015-04-24T10:46:10-04:00
<![CDATA[Woodmont Industrial Partners signs long-term lease with Hearth & Home in Kutztown which expands its existing space]]> Woodmont Industrial Partners, a leading development and management firm, today announced that it has signed a lease renewal with Hearth & Home, the world's leading producer and installer of hearth products, at 9747 Commerce Circle in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

Hearth & Home, which signed a five-year lease, will expand its existing space from 138,457 square feet to 173,701 square feet -- an increase of more than 35,000 square feet.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:45:43 -0400 2015-04-24T10:45:43-04:00 2015-04-24T10:45:43-04:00
<![CDATA[Sens. Schwank, Rafferty announce pivotal $5.3M state investment for Geigertown]]> Residents of a southeastern Berks County community will enjoy better drinking water following the completion of a sanitary sewer project that today was awarded a $5.3 million investment from the commonwealth.

State Sens. Judy Schwank (D-Ruscombmanor Township) and John Rafferty (R-Collegeville) said PENNVEST's funding for the Geigertown project includes a $3.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:40:52 -0400 2015-04-24T10:40:52-04:00 2015-04-24T10:40:52-04:00
<![CDATA[Albany Township Historical Society wants to make Albany Elementary building sale into commemorative event]]> Albany Township Historical Society wants to say goodbye to the former Albany Elementary School building before it is sold.

The Kutztown School Board agreed to involve the Albany Township Historical Society in the closing of the building. Board member Dr. Christine Ryan, who is also a member of the Historical Society, discussed the Society's desire to participate at the board's meeting on April 20.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:56:02 -0400 2015-04-23T17:56:02-04:00 2015-04-23T17:56:02-04:00
<![CDATA[Fleetwood High Students of the Month]]> The Fleetwood Area High School would like to announce their senior students of the month for April.

Haley Schappell is the daughter of Steven & Audra Schappell of Blandon. Haley's future plans are to attend Rowan University and study in the field of Biomedical Engineering. Once Haley obtains her degree she plans to work in the field of robotic prosthetics.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:55:37 -0400 2015-04-23T17:55:37-04:00 2015-04-23T17:55:37-04:00
<![CDATA[Rogation Sunday service in Virginville gives thanks, blesses seeds, earth, water, tractors]]> Zion Moselem Lutheran Church of 340 Moselem Church Rd. near Virginville, which was established from a William Penn family land grant and is home to the oldest existing and recently restored 1770 Tannenburg Organ, held it's Rogation Sunday service recently.

This service thanks our Lord for all the good gifts sent from heaven and asks for God's blessings on the seeds, the earth, the water, and the labor to grow our food.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:42:18 -0400 2015-04-23T17:42:18-04:00 2015-04-23T17:42:18-04:00
<![CDATA[Girl Scouts plant garden at Honey Brook Library]]> Great things are happening at our Honey Brook Community Library!

The Twin Valley, Honey Brook Girl Scout Junior Troop 1441 is currently working on their Gardener badge, which their final project will consist of planting a large seasonal flower garden along the side of the Library!

On Tuesday, April 21, the Troop prepared the area by pulling out existing invasive plants, shoveling the topsoil, and shoveling the leaf compost into the area for the next phase of planting a large seasonal flowering garden.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:45:33 -0400 2015-04-23T12:45:33-04:00 2015-04-23T13:13:05-04:00
<![CDATA[Blue Marsh Insurance donates to Honey Brook Food Pantry]]> Local independent insurance agency, Blue Marsh Insurance in partnership with one of its carriers, Grange Insurance, has donated $566 to the Honey Brook Food Pantry.

This donation is just one way Blue Marsh contributes to the community. Through their referral program, a different non-profit organization each month receives a donation based on the number of referrals they gain.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:12:13 -0400 2015-04-23T12:12:13-04:00 2015-04-23T12:12:13-04:00
<![CDATA[Longswamp woman looks back on recent charity work in El Salvador]]> Tillie Sodano is 79 years old, mother of eight children, grandmother to 21 and great grandmother to seven. She returned from a week of volunteering/working with the poor in the poverty-stricken Central American country of El Salvador from January 10 to January 17, 2015.

The endlessly energetic Sodano of Longswamp was in El Salvador with the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:33:26 -0400 2015-04-23T11:33:26-04:00 2015-04-23T11:33:26-04:00