RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:19:42 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Boyertown's 'Hookies' gets a facelift]]> With buckets and tarps in hand, it didn't take long for Todd Gamler and other members of the Boyertown Friendship Hook & Ladder Fire Company's board to recognize this winter's heavy snowfalls had taken its toll on the roof of the landmark building.

So, with bids having been already procured, the decision was recently made to move forward to replace the 12-year-old roof, and on April 14, under clear skies, the William B.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:00:43 -0400 2014-04-23T15:00:43-04:00 2014-04-23T15:00:57-04:00
<![CDATA[One dead after car strikes tree in Robeson]]> A Berks County man is dead after his car left the road and struck a tree in Robeson Township Wednesday morning.

Nathan Crandall, 22, of the Reading area, according to the Berks County Coroner's office was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:28 a.m. by Berks County Deputy Coroner Ken Moyer. The cause of death was likely head trauma, Moyer said.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:17:45 -0400 2014-04-23T14:17:45-04:00 2014-04-23T14:17:51-04:00
<![CDATA[Police looking for missing man from Centre Twp.]]> Pennsylvania State Police are looking for James T. Hendricks, 31, who was last seen at his residence in the 4000 block of Bellemans Church Road in Centre Twp. between 4:30 and 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23. He was last seen wearing blue jeans or red shorts, black and white plaid jacket with a black hood, blue sneakers and a black beanie.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:00:42 -0400 2014-04-23T13:00:42-04:00 2014-04-23T13:09:00-04:00
<![CDATA[In Colebrookdale: Liberty Park being eyed for development]]> The Colebrookdale Township commissioners have been approached by the Berks County Redevelopment Authority about purchasing Liberty Park for the construction of a new magisterial district justice's office.

Commission President Todd Gamler announced the proposed purchase at their April 21 board meeting.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:30:24 -0400 2014-04-23T11:30:24-04:00 2014-04-23T11:30:30-04:00
<![CDATA[Montgomery County Community College's Chamber Strings Ensemble to perform April 27]]> Montgomery County Community College invites the community to come and enjoy a free Chamber Strings Concert.

The Chamber Strings Ensemble will be featuring music selections of Grieg, Vivaldi, Hovhaness and Bartok under the direction of Chamber and Applied Strings Instructor Dr. Elizabeth M. Guerriero.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:28:13 -0400 2014-04-23T11:28:13-04:00 2014-04-23T11:28:20-04:00
<![CDATA[Kutztown Task Force tackles drug addiction in face of overdose deaths]]> The Kutztown Community Substance Abuse Task Force meeting April 21 was summarized best in a poem read by Kutztown Mayor Sandy Green.

"'I destroy homes and tear families apart,'" read Green. "'If you need me, remember, I'm easily found. I live all around, in your schools and in your town.'"

Green was referring to drug addiction, a recent growing problem in the Brandywine Heights and Kutztown area school districts.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:23:41 -0400 2014-04-22T21:23:41-04:00 2014-04-23T11:01:03-04:00

Charles E. Scheirer, 85, Kutztown passed away in his residence April 19, 2014. He was the husband of Marian M. (Bittner) Scheirer to whom they celebrated 60 years of marriage.

He was born in Egypt, Lehigh County, a son of the late Victor and Mary (Novak) Scheirer.

Charles was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Kutztown where he had served on the church council.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:30:19 -0400 2014-04-22T21:30:19-04:00 2014-04-22T21:30:29-04:00
<![CDATA[Trinity in Topton performs Cantata 'The Living Last Words']]> The crucifixion scene dramatically displayed at Trinity Lutheran Evangelical Church in Topton, PA on Good Friday was stunning. The huge cross at center, built by Bill Moyer and Steve Beck, draped with tattered black fabric, was topped with a crown of thorns and backed by an enormous sunset mural, painted by Meghan Smith.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:29:20 -0400 2014-04-22T21:29:20-04:00 2014-04-22T21:29:48-04:00
<![CDATA[Kutztown High School hosts Spring Concert April 27]]> Kutztown High School musicians have been working diligently on their Spring Concert to be held on, Sunday, April 27, 3 p.m. at the Kutztown High School Auditorium. The concert is open to the public, minimal admission fee charges. Five ensembles will be participating in the concert, Concert Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Show Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and the Men's Vocal Ensemble.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:28:23 -0400 2014-04-22T21:28:23-04:00 2014-04-22T21:28:55-04:00
<![CDATA[Community Events]]> Send events to by Friday noon week prior to publication.


Mondays 10 a.m. Preschool Story Time: For ages 3-5. Stories, songs, and a simple craft.

Mondays 11 a.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. Toddler Time: For ages 0-3. Stories, songs and fingerplays.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:26:47 -0400 2014-04-22T21:26:47-04:00 2014-04-22T21:26:57-04:00
<![CDATA[Hawk Mountain Sanctuary's raptor egg hunt challenges children]]>

While others were looking for brightly colored and decorated eggs left by the Easter Bunny over the weekend, a group of 50 egg hunters took the challenge of finding hidden eggs left over by the Easter Raptor Passover at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton on Saturday, April 19.

"I am so excited that you're here, you're eager," said Rachel, of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:25:06 -0400 2014-04-22T21:25:06-04:00 2014-04-22T21:25:58-04:00
<![CDATA[Stuck on a college wait list? Do this]]> Wait-listed by your dream college? I have good news and bad news.

First the bad.

In the late 1990s, I had one of my few news scoops. It was a front-page story revealing that at some selective colleges the number of applicants on the wait list approached, and sometimes exceeded, the number of applicants accepted.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:52:54 -0400 2014-04-22T17:52:54-04:00 2014-04-22T17:53:24-04:00
<![CDATA[Cats outsmart the researchers]]> "We did one study on cats - and that was enough!"

Those words effectively ended my quest to understand the feline mind. I was a few months into writing "Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship With Cats and Dogs," which explores how pets are blurring the line between animal and person, and I was gearing up for a chapter on pet intelligence.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:48:24 -0400 2014-04-22T17:48:24-04:00 2014-04-22T17:48:34-04:00
<![CDATA[Devices to shock disabled for bad behavior may be banned]]> MINNEAPOLIS - A device used for decades to shock children and adults with disabilities in an effort to reduce dangerous behavior may be banned by U.S. regulators.

Only one institution in the United States, the Judge Rotenberg Eucational Center in Canton, Mass., is known to use an electrical stimulation device to administer shocks, according to a report released by the Food and Drug Administration in advance of an advisory meeting scheduled April 24 to discuss whether to prohibit the device.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:45:52 -0400 2014-04-22T17:45:52-04:00 2014-04-22T17:46:00-04:00
<![CDATA[X-Men' director Bryan Singer's accuser sues three more men]]>

The man who's accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexual abusing him when he was a teen is now accusing three other Hollywood bigwigs of the same thing.

The Associated Press reports the allegations made by Michael Egan III are similar to those he makes against Singer in the lawsuit filed last week: That the people in question abused him between the ages of 15 and 17 in Los Angeles and Hawaii.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:35:38 -0400 2014-04-22T17:35:38-04:00 2014-04-22T17:35:45-04:00