RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: http://www.berksmontnews.com The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: http://www.berksmontnews.com website: all stories http://www.berksmontnews.com The Berks-Mont News Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:46:29 -0400 60 <![CDATA[PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: A race for Izzy, a boy beating the odds]]> I am lucky enough to have a wife to bounce my thoughts off of. Many times I get what I think are "brilliant" ideas, and when I check with Barb, she sort of throws a wet blanket over the project. I must say, unfortunately, she is right way more often than I am! That being said, this time I hope I came up with a winner, because I thought of how to describe myself from the first stanza of South Pacific, the 1949 Broadway Musical and 1958 and 2001 films.

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<![CDATA[Cat Angel Network: Meet Brooke, a gentle tabby who will add love to your home]]> Brooke is an adorable buff-colored tabby with beautiful copper eyes. Although there are many orange tabbies in the cat world, there are few that are the lighter buff shade and even fewer that are female. So, our Brooke is a rare and special little girl!

Brooke is so petite that it's easy to think she's a kitten.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 10:26:26 -0400 20150810102626 2015-08-10T10:26:26-04:00 2015-08-10T10:26:26-04:00
<![CDATA[some things looming Fiber Arts Gallery announces 6th 'Handmade Holidays,' makes call to artists]]> The some things looming Fiber Arts Gallery and Studio (www.somethingslooming.com), 526 Washington Street, Reading, will hold its Handmade Holidays 6 from Sat., Nov. 28 through Weds., Dec. 23.

Visitors will be able to choose from a variety of original, one-of-a-kind Holiday gifts made from fiber, metal, wood, ceramics, glass and many other craft media.

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<![CDATA[Pets of the Week]]> Duke is a young and active Akita looking for a breed-savvy owner. This large guy is quite the gentleman, knowing how to sit, stay, come, lay down and give paw on command. His previous owner stated that he is good with other animals, good with children and housebroken. Duke is a champion athlete who loves to run, so an active household would be most appropriate for this young man.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 10:12:26 -0400 20150810101226 2015-08-10T10:12:26-04:00 2015-08-10T10:12:26-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: So Dutch as Sauerkraut]]> Perhaps it was the humble cabbage, as much as anything else, that made survival possible in the early local farms and settlements. Cabbage in the form of sauerkraut was one of the few vegetables that could be preserved for winter. Sauerkraut contains a good deal of vitamin C, but it's questionable how much remained after it was boiled.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 10:00:50 -0400 20150810100050 2015-08-10T10:00:50-04:00 2015-08-10T10:00:50-04:00
<![CDATA[Hamburg hosts 53rd Sidewalk Sale: Event marked end of some shopping traditions, and start of new ones]]> The 53rd Annual Hamburg Sidewalk Sale on Aug. 8 marked the end of some shopping traditions in downtown Hamburg, but also provided new businesses the opportunity to start traditions of their own.

Sponsored by the Greater Hamburg Business Association, the Sidewalk Sale was coordinated by Lori Mengel, co-owner of the Doris Berry Shop.

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<![CDATA[Fun Friday: Hit the road to find odd and unusual sites]]> Sometimes, you have to embrace the strange and quirky in your life. This Fun Friday, we decided to do just that and check out some of the oddities along the roadsides of Berks County. A great place to find such places is Roadside America (roadsideamerica.org), a self-professed "online guide to offbeat tourist attractions.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 07:18:13 -0400 20150810071813 2015-08-10T07:18:13-04:00 2015-08-10T07:18:13-04:00
<![CDATA[Lizzie Seidel, 11, Hamburg, named Junior Best Of Show in District 4-H Fashion Review]]> A Hamburg Middle School student sewed up the competition at the annual District 4-H Fashion Review this summer.

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Seidel, 11, daughter of Les and Kelly Seidel of Windsor Township, was named Junior Best of Show for skillfully crafting an elegant, green, lace-covered party dress.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 07:15:18 -0400 20150810071518 2015-08-10T07:15:18-04:00 2015-08-10T07:15:18-04:00
<![CDATA[KU named a Best in the Northeast by Princeton Review]]> Kutztown University has again been named a "Best in the Northeast" by the Princeton Review. The education services company, which is widely known for its test prep programs and college and graduate school guides, named 225 institutions to its "Best in the Northeast" section.

Kutztown has been named to the list four of the last five years.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 03:29:31 -0400 20150810032931 2015-08-10T03:29:31-04:00 2015-08-10T03:29:31-04:00
<![CDATA[KU Small Business Development Center awarded grant from Small Business Administration]]> The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Aug. 5 that the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center's Jump Start Diversity (JSD) will receive a $50,000 grant for their Food Accelerator IDEA (Innovation, Development and Entrepreneurship Accelerator).

The grant comes as part of the Growth Accelerator Fund competition, which attracted applications from across the country.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 03:21:39 -0400 20150810032139 2015-08-10T03:21:39-04:00 2015-08-10T03:21:39-04:00
<![CDATA[President Hawkinson presents KU's 2015 Action Plan to state system]]> Kutztown University president Kenneth S. Hawkinson, Ph.D. presented the institution's 2015 Action Plan at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors meeting Wednesday, July 8 in Harrisburg.

Each of the 14 universities in the State System presented their action plans, which outline the institutions' Programs of Distinction and key initiatives.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 03:15:20 -0400 20150810031520 2015-08-10T03:15:20-04:00 2015-08-10T03:15:20-04:00
<![CDATA[Kutztown entrepreneur honored for providing outstanding customer service; Allstate agency owner earns prestigious service designation]]> As a business leader and involved citizen in the Kutztown area, Allstate agent Melissa Fisher has earned the designation of Allstate Premier Agency for 2015.

The Allstate Premier Agency designation is bestowed upon 48 percent of Allstate's nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country. This designation is being presented to Fisher for her outstanding performance and commitment to putting customers at the center of her agency's work.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 02:59:53 -0400 20150810025953 2015-08-10T02:59:53-04:00 2015-08-10T02:59:53-04:00
<![CDATA[Burglar dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound; incident still under investigation]]> Lancaster State Police are investigating a string of robberies in Brecknock and Caernarvon Townships that ultimately led to the death of the alleged burglar after he sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Donald Rutkowski Jr., 35, of Leesport died on Aug. 6 after being flown from the scene where he was apprehended by Lancaster State Police.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 02:54:45 -0400 20150810025445 2015-08-10T02:54:45-04:00 2015-08-10T02:54:45-04:00
<![CDATA[Burglar dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound; incident still under investigation]]> Lancaster State Police are investigating a string of robberies in Brecknock and Caernarvon Townships that ultimately led to the death of the alleged burglar after he sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Donald Rutkowski Jr., 35, of Leesport died on Aug. 6 after being flown from the scene where he was apprehended by Lancaster State Police.

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<![CDATA[Hamburg resident co-organizes Conquer Chiari Walk Across America; resident's nephew is her inspiration for raising awareness]]> Caity Balloch, a Hamburg resident, is co-organizing a fundraising walk Sept. 19 in the Lehigh Valley. The Conquer Chiari Walk Across America event was created to raise awareness about Chiari, and September is Chiari Awareness Month. Chiari is a neurological disorder where the brain descends out of the skull and puts pressure on the spine.

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