RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Sat, 07 Mar 2015 04:35:13 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Area state legislators offer mixed response to Wolf budget address]]> Harrisburg >> About the only thing most area lawmakers liked about Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed $29.9 billion budget was his willingness to address property taxes.

There was a consensus among local legislators that a better school funding formula and cutting property taxes were positive measures mentioned in the Democratic governor's address on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Kutztown University Acting President Dr. Carolos Vargas-Aburto leaving KU, named president at Southeast Missouri State University]]> Kutztown University Acting President Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto will be leaving KU. He has been named the 18th president of Southeast Missouri State University.

The announcement was made at a press conference at Southeast Missouri State University on March 4.

"On behalf of the KU Council of Trustees, I want to congratulate Carlos on his appointment and thank him for all he has done at our university over the past nine years," said John "Jack" Wabby, chair of the KU Council of Trustees.

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<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Colonial Trade with the Port of Philadelphia]]> Before the 1862 Oley Valley Turnpike was opened from Pikeville to Black Bear Tavern, facilitating later trade with the town of Reading, many Colonial styled Conestoga wagons, like the surviving 1803 Sternbergh wagon, hauled wheat grain to the Port of Philadelphia from the Oley Valley during harvest grain rushes.

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<![CDATA[From Arthur's Policy Desk: The Moynihan Report, 50 Years of Policy Debate]]> This month is the 50th Anniversary of The Negro Family: The Case for National Action, otherwise known as the Moynihan Report. This report, then and now, is a controversial policy paper on the status of the black family and the impact of that status on the American society as a whole.

In 1965, Assistant Secretary of Labor in the Johnson Administration Patrick Moynihan wrote an internal government policy report to provide support for the unveiling of the declaration of the War on Poverty.

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<![CDATA[A Winter Wonderland]]> Snow covered the region in 4 to 6 inches of snow on March 5. The following day, the sun shone brightly.

The drive along 737 was beautiful with the snow glittering on the branches in the sun and the water glistening in the stream, but not able to stop to take photos on 737 I decided to head toward Sacony Creek Trail to enjoy winter's beauty.

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<![CDATA[Fleetwood Brownie Troop celebrates World Thinking Day, learn about Mexico]]> Girl Scout World Thinking Day is a day when Girl Scout celebrate Girl Scouting and learn about Girl Scouts in other countries around the world. Fleetwood Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1793 celebrated World Thinking Day by choosing a country and learning about it, they chose Mexico!

The girls had to first learn where Mexico is and what the weather is like.

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<![CDATA[Twin Valley's Ament, Schlegels capture district AA championships]]> Twin Valley High School's girls swimmers, coached by Brian Emerich, enjoyed a huge showing in Class AA during the District 3 M & T Bank Championships at Cumberland Valley High School Feb. 27-28. The Raiders placed fifth overall as a team.

Freshman Taylor Ament captured the district title in the 100-yard backstroke with a team record time of 1:00.

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<![CDATA[Governor Tom Wolf visits Hamburg during 'Schools that Teach Tour']]> One day after his first proposed budget, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf continued his "Schools that Teach Tour" by visiting Hamburg Area High School to tour the school's STEM program and to speak about how the reduction of property tax is an investment in Pennsylvania schools on Wednesday, March 4.

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<![CDATA[Amity Supervisors approve borrowing $1.25 million]]> The Amity Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved on March 4 to proceed with a $1.25 million general obligation note for sewer construction and repairs.

Michael A. Setley, founder and principal of Concord Public Finance, Wyomissing, said five banks submitted 10 proposals.

He said the best proposal is Susquehanna Bank's 10-year, 2.

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<![CDATA[Governor Mifflin Food Show offers students chance to give feedback]]> Governor Mifflin School District held their fifth annual Food Show on Monday, March 2, at the Intermediate School in Shillington.

"This event is a creative opportunity for students of all ages to know that their opinion matters in district choices," said Assistant Principal, Laura Morgan.

Ten vendors from different food service companies were prepared to give samples of their products to students from across the district.

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<![CDATA[Game commission: Eagles are OK in snow]]> As residents holed up under blankets in their homes during Thursday's winter weather, Heidelberg Township's mother eagle sat buried under several inches of snow, protecting her two unhatched eggs from one of the worst snowstorms of the season.

"She's going to continue to incubate those eggs.

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<![CDATA[Area schools districts, community colleges announce closures Friday due to road conditions]]> The following school districts will be opening on a two hour delay or closed due to inclement weather conditions:

Boyertown Area School District (UPDATE): On Friday, March 6, 2015, all Boyertown Area School District schools and offices are closed. All transportation services are cancelled.

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<![CDATA[Tractor trailer truck jack knifed on 78 in Greenwich Township 11 a.m. March 5]]> A tractor trailer truck lost control on the snow covered highway in Greenwich Township March 5, and jack knifed, with a portion of the truck hanging off the roadway over an embankment.

Kutztown Fire Chief Troy Arndt told The Patriot that "A tractor trailer lost control and jack knifed, blocking traffic and spilling diesel fuel.

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<![CDATA[Snow Monster]]> What do you do with all the snow from the driveway in Morgantown :) You could complain or you could build a monster sized creature like these two.

From Gavin and Gabe Karczeski.

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<![CDATA[Reader-submitted photos; Winter weather brings frustrations, closings]]> The snow has been causing some frustrations for travelers this morning as roads are messy, schools and government buildings are closed and public transportation is delayed.

Several area schools began closing as early as yesterday for the weather, along with Chester and Montgomery County government buildings and courts.

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