RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:11:05 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Schuylkill Valley School District Board reviews PSSA rating changes that could mean more basic or below students]]> Schuylkill Valley School Board Superintendent Dr. Warren Mata announced that rating categories were changed by the state on PSSA scores after students completed testing in the April and May time frame. Due to the state's changes, scores will reflect a larger percentage of students rated as basic or below.

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:26:37 -0400 20150729172637 2015-07-29T17:26:37-04:00 2015-07-29T17:26:37-04:00
<![CDATA[Boyertown Multi-Service is now holding Back-to-School Supply Drive]]> It's Back-to-School time again and Boyertown Area Multi-Service, Inc. is collecting a variety of school supplies for children of all ages for local families who come to Multi-Service for assistance.

Donations are being accepted from now until the end of the first week in August - Friday, August 7th.

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:09:49 -0400 20150729152259 2015-07-29T14:09:49-04:00 2015-07-29T15:22:59-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: I learned to love dancing]]> I love to dance! When I was about 13 years old, my sister, Mary Alice, worked and bought lots of clothes. Whenever she left for work, and we didn't have school, I'd sneak into her bedroom and try on her clothes. Then I'd dance and swirl in front of the floor length mirror in her room.

That was the extent of my dancing until ninth grade.

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:41:07 -0400 20150729144107 2015-07-29T14:41:07-04:00 2015-07-29T14:41:07-04:00
<![CDATA[CrossFit Fidelity, Boyertown, to celebrate 2nd anniversary this weekend]]> On Aug. 1, CrossFit Fidelity will be opening its doors to the public to celebrate its second anniversary.

The gym, located on East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown, offers CrossFit classes that are designed to teach students the skills and techniques necessary for lifelong changes.

"We can adjust parts of the workouts, like weights and resistance.

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<![CDATA[PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: Dogs will be Dogs]]> The year was 1960, and I looked upon Miss McKee's ninth grade English class as a big waste of time. Even though I sat near the front of the classroom, I just couldn't write the spelling down letter for letter that she was writing on the blackboard. Who was going to use all those characters for mythology anyway? My spelling was so bad; she told me my parents should take me to an eye doctor (I'd try the more technical name, but I'd probably misspell it still today) to have my eyes checked.

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:05:44 -0400 20150729140544 2015-07-29T14:05:44-04:00 2015-07-29T14:05:44-04:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: "The Quality Girls" keep Q-Shoppe customers coming back"]]> Have you ever known someone for quite awhile, say 20 years in my case, exchanged pleasantries most of the time, but never really knew much about 'em when one stopped to reflect upon it. Not until recently, at a chance meeting with a mutual friend (famed Farmer Younker) at a different locale, did I have a lengthy conversation with one, realizing we had basically grown up together as very young adults but with two different employers.

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:53:10 -0400 20150729135310 2015-07-29T13:53:10-04:00 2015-07-29T13:53:10-04:00
<![CDATA[Rethinking old images: The nerd in each of us]]> After having my first column printed, I naturally showed it to some of my friends and relatives. The overall response has been positive, but we seem to have a difference of opinion on one key aspect. They do not think that I should consider myself a nerd. For them, it seems that the word still carries a negative connotation; one even went so far as to offer up a description of nerds as skinny people with glasses who get beaten up on a daily basis.

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:50:30 -0400 20150729135030 2015-07-29T13:50:30-04:00 2015-07-29T13:50:30-04:00
<![CDATA[Nurse arrested for stealing drugs from Pocopson nursing home]]> Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced the arrest of defendant Carolyn Howett. The defendant was a nurse at the Pocopson Home, a nursing home located in Chester County.

The defendant used her position as a nurse to steal morphine and other drugs from Pocopson Home. The drugs were marked as destroyed by the defendant, but the police later located these drugs in the defendant's home.

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:18:19 -0400 20150729131819 2015-07-29T13:18:19-04:00 2015-07-29T13:18:19-04:00
<![CDATA[Living History Sundays at Pottsgrove Manor]]> Come spend a casual summer Sunday afternoon at historic Pottsgrove Manor and enjoy the 18th century surroundings as volunteers demonstrate colonial trades and pastimes.

On August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 1 to 4 p.m., Pottsgrove Manor's living history volunteers, dressed in colonial period clothing, will be living life the 18th century way.

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:34:58 -0400 20150729113458 2015-07-29T11:34:58-04:00 2015-07-29T11:34:58-04:00
<![CDATA[Oley's 2015 Peach & Ice Cream Festival slated for Aug. 8]]> Sponsored by the Oley Fire Company, Oley Fire Company Fairgrounds will once again be filling up with peach-lovers across the region for the annual Peach and Ice Cream Festival.

Slated for Saturday, Aug. 8, the event will run from 2 to 10 p.m.

Highlights for this year include the Garden Tractor Pulls beginning at 12 Noon, the Antique Tractor & Farm Power Equipment Display and the 6th Annual Bill Conrad Memorial Quoit Tournament.

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:55:56 -0400 20150729105556 2015-07-29T10:55:56-04:00 2015-07-29T10:55:56-04:00
<![CDATA[Through my eyes: Legal blindness and an unlikely hobby]]> As a new addition to Berks-Mont News, I figured I would use these early columns to give the readers a chance to learn more about me. I stated in a previous column that I struggle with being legally blind. I suffered from a lack of oxygen at approximately one month old which severely inhibited the proper development of my optic nerve.

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:45:33 -0400 20150728144533 2015-07-28T14:45:33-04:00 2015-07-28T14:45:33-04:00
<![CDATA[Kutztown Kruizz kicks off Bicentennial Celebration with more than 260 cars, concert and movie]]> Kutztown kicked off its week-long Bicentennial celebration under a bright sun and blue skies with more than 260 cars featured in its Kutztown Kruizz Saturday, July 25.

"This is the kickoff for the Bicentennial for Kutztown," said Kutztown Superintendent Kathy Metrick, chairperson of Kutztown Strong.

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:37:42 -0400 20150727163742 2015-07-27T16:37:42-04:00 2015-07-27T16:37:42-04:00
<![CDATA[Hopewell's 'Fueling The Furnace' salutes conservation]]> The National Park Service invites the public to celebrate the conservation of our nation's natural and cultural heritage at its traditional "Fueling The Furnace" event on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.

At 11 a.m. park superintendent Kate Hammond will light the charcoal pile, assisted by the volunteer colliers.

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:59:03 -0400 20150727155903 2015-07-27T15:59:03-04:00 2015-07-27T15:59:03-04:00
<![CDATA[Residents of The Heritage of Green Hills help support New Journey Community Outreach, Inc., in Reading]]> Residents and staff of The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, recently delivered food and clothing donated by their community to New Journey Community Outreach, Inc.'s, food pantry and clothing center.

The group from The Heritage visits the organization's soup kitchen each month to serve lunch to low income individuals and families in the Reading community and support New Journey's community outreach activities.

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:58:05 -0400 20150727155805 2015-07-27T15:58:05-04:00 2015-07-27T15:58:05-04:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Architectural fashion in randomly laid fieldstone]]> America's early hinterland houses built of native stone are more than well constructed abodes. They reveal the desire of the frontier inhabitants to be part of the architectural fashion of the day. Even the simplest l8th century field-stone dwelling, having no obvious Georgian architectural style for that period, may very well contain large "quoins" (pronounced coins) or cornerstones that architecturally give the home symmetry and frame the random laid walls.

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