RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Wed, 07 Oct 2015 16:21:37 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Budget impasse puts pressure on Pa. charter schools]]> Pennsylvania charter schools are being "strangled" by the state budget impasse that's dragged on for three months and has cut off funding to school districts, says one charter school advocate.

The Keystone Alliance for Public Charter Schools is demanding school districts release necessary funding to charters, despite the budget stalemate that's held up any state spending.

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<![CDATA[Beyond Fit, Douglassville, to celebrate grand opening on Saturday]]> There's a new gym in town. Beyond Fit will be celebrating a grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 10, at their new studio located in Douglassville

Beyond Fit will be offering exercise classes, personal training and customized fitness plans.

The opening is set to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.

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<![CDATA[New Holland Police: Van robbed at West Cedar Street, police investigate]]> On Monday, Oct. 5 at approximately 8:25 a.m., New Holland Police took a report about a theft from a motor vehicle that had occurred sometime over the weekend in the 400 block of West Cedar Street in New Holland.

The victim reported that several items were taken from a work van between 6 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Get ready for Winter with this heating checklist]]> With the first day of autumn well behind us, it's time for all of us to begin planning for the heating season. No matter how you heat your home, Rhoads Energy has developed a list of simple steps that can add up to big savings, and peace of mind, during the coming winter.

Do a basic system check.

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:33:56 -0400 20151007133356 2015-10-07T13:33:56-04:00 2015-10-07T13:33:56-04:00
<![CDATA[PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: Donald Ennis's Treasures, Part I]]> Note to Readers: As a substitute driver, I have delivered Meals on Wheels to Donald Ennis for about three years. Since my initial deliveries to him, I have known there is something special about him and many times "threatened" to have lunch with him. Finally, I had a series of lunches with Don resulting in this series of articles.

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<![CDATA[ArtFusion, Pottstown, highlights inspiring women]]> ArtFusion 19464's latest educational exhibit Her Story opened on Sept. 19 and will run through Oct. 31. This show highlights artwork inspired by women's history, celebrating notable woman and also addressing important issues, both from the past and today, that highlight the evolution of a woman's role in society.

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<![CDATA[Chester County Commissioners test clarity and coverage of $42.1 million emergency voice radio system]]> The Chester County Commissioners tested the clarity and coverage of Chester County's new emergency voice radio system this week at Pickering Valley Elementary School in Chester Springs. The "can you hear me now" test process confirmed voice radio coverage throughout the school, which was selected because the location and solid construction made radio broadcasting difficult.

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<![CDATA[Studio B to host Panel Discussion on Critiquing, Publishing, and Promoting]]> Writers interested in publishing and promoting their work are invited to Studio B Fine Art Gallery and Studio on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. for a panel discussion entitled "Critiquing, Publishing, and Promoting" featuring Virginia Beards, Professor and writer; Jim Breslin, author, publisher, and founder of the West Chester Slam; Heather Thomas, published author, former poet laureate, and English Professor emeritus; and Dawn Wivell, owner and lead writer at Dawn Wivell Writing Services and teacher of email and social media marketing seminars and webinars.

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<![CDATA[Chester County Community Foundation to host 2015 Institute for Board Trustees]]> Developing an effective nonprofit board is key to helping guide your organization to success. By cultivating board members who are well informed and understand all aspects of nonprofit leadership, nonprofit leaders better your chances of leading your nonprofit to achieve its mission. But how can board members learn about the nonprofit world and be well prepared to lead successfully? Bring your board to the Chester County Community Foundation's annual Institute for Board Trustees on Saturday, Oct.

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<![CDATA[French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust to hold biggest fund raiser of the year]]> French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust announced Oct. 5 that the "Protecting Our Watersheds: It's Working" Annual Auction Party will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. at Stonewall Golf Club in Elverson.

The event is the biggest fund raiser of the year for French & Pickering, and all proceeds go directly to the preservation of endangered land and natural resources in northern Chester County.

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<![CDATA[Local non-profit and The Heritage team up to raise funds for breast cancer]]> Hearts & Hugs of Hope is partnering with The Heritage Restaurant in Morgantown every Monday night in October to help raise funds for breast cancer.

With a certain donation amount, you will receive a dozen wings. There will be free giveaways throughout the night.

Hearts & Hugs of Hope is a local nonprofit organization that was started three years ago by a group of Nurses and Nurses Aides from Tel Hai Retirement.

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<![CDATA[Local resident to be inducted in Springfield HS Athletics Hall of Fame, among others]]> Springfield High School Athletics Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the selection of six candidates and two coaches for the 24th annual induction. Members of the class of 2015 include Sarah Dougherty Trout '00, Albert Grundy '98 (of Elverson), Matt Kass '94, Debby McAllister Mazza'67, Coach Sue Purvis, Marty Shane '59, Coach Kim Caffey Smith and Chris Wilkins '84.

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<![CDATA[Final Expense Life Insurance: A simple option for an inevitable issue]]> Do you have a way to pay for final expenses after you're gone?

Thrivent Financial cites a 2013 study by the National Funeral Directors Association that estimates the average funeral now costs more than $8,000. Final expenses are often more than just funeral costs and can also include expenses such as unpaid medical bills, unpaid debt, immediate household expenses and even estate settlement costs.

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<![CDATA[Real Estate Column: STAGED TO MOVE! These top 3 must do's will help your house move quickly in today's real estate market]]> We all want to get the most bang for our buck when we choose to sell anything, especially a house. And no matter what the reason is for selling a home, there is always preparation involved.

I have sellers ask me what they need to do to prepare their home for the real estate market. I have also seen homes get stuck on the market, often taking multiple price decreases because they were not staged properly.

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<![CDATA[Hope Lutheran Church in Bowers raises funds for World Hunger]]> Before the Lyons Fiddle Festival begins, there is a Gospel Worship Service beginning at 9 a.m. shared by members of Hope Lutheran Church in Bowers. We usually have more than 100 people attend the worship. During the service, we take an offering for World Hunger through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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