RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:05:31 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Millions of gallons of crude oil pass through Pottstown area each week]]> Crude oil transport trains, which travel through and often pause in Pottstown, have been gathering attention of late. The derailment that led to sky-high flames in West Virginia Feb. 16 has shone a national spotlight on an issue that hits close to home.

"If there is an incident, unfortunately, it could be catastrophic, with a million gallons or more in a unit train," Pottstown Fire Chief Richard Lengel said.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:00:00 -0500 2015-02-26T02:00:00-05:00 2015-02-24T11:34:25-05:00
<![CDATA[Guest Column: Teachers are Born, Not Made]]> Before I came to realize that my future resided in the classroom, I took two education classes in my senior year of college. I'd already completed most mandated courses and taken more than the required units of English. So to help fill out two remaining semesters, I joined some fellow English majors in their educational theory and adolescent psychology classes.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:47:46 -0500 2015-02-25T15:47:46-05:00 2015-02-25T15:47:46-05:00
<![CDATA[Humane Veterinary Hospital being built adjacent to Humane Society of Berks County]]> Humane Pennsylvania, a network of animal welfare facilities in Pennsylvania, is excited to announce the recent acquisition of a new building located at 1729 N. 11th Street, Reading.

The organization has purchased the building, which is adjacent to the Humane Society of Berks County, to act as the headquarters for Humane Pennsylvania as well as the future home of Humane Veterinary Hospitals Reading.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:22:22 -0500 2015-02-25T15:22:22-05:00 2015-02-25T15:22:22-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: Fraktur, the folk art of the Pa. Germans]]> During the 100 years between 1720 and 1820, well over 100,000 German-speaking immigrants entered Pennsylvania, most of them through the port of Philadelphia. In just the five years between 1749 and 1754 nearly 37,000 Germans came through that port and spread throughout Pennsylvania and beyond.

During that century, some townships such as New Hanover, which then extended to the Schuylkill River and included Upper and Lower Pottsgrove and Pottstown, were almost exclusively populated by German-speaking residents.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:15:07 -0500 2015-02-25T14:15:07-05:00 2015-02-25T14:15:07-05:00
<![CDATA[Daniel Boone grad Navy Petty Officer David Hurley serves as Yeoman]]> In addition to his civilian professions as hospital security and a health fitness specialist, Petty Officer 2nd Class David Hurley has committed to serving our nation as a Yeoman in the U.S. Navy Reserve assigned to Navy Operational Support Center Lehigh Valley.

Hurley's service includes four years of active duty and a two-year deployment to Iraq with the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC).

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:14:34 -0500 2015-02-25T14:14:34-05:00 2015-02-25T14:14:34-05:00
<![CDATA[Geologist speaks at Joanna Furnace about early iron mining]]> In the early 1800s southeastern Pennsylvania was one of the leading iron production areas in the nation.

On March 15 a local hydro-geologist, Ron Sloto, of Saint Peters in Chester County, will present a program on early iron mining in the Tri-County area of Berks, Chester, Lancaster counties.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:03:36 -0500 2015-02-25T13:03:36-05:00 2015-02-25T13:30:57-05:00
<![CDATA[Twin Valley Elementary Center 2015 Spring Carnival features performances by Twin Valley cheerleaders and ReMix Dance & Fitness]]> Twin Valley Elementary Center will hold its annual 2015 Spring Carnival on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fundraising event is sponsored by TVEC's PIE PTO (Partners In Education) group. Admission to the carnival is free, and it's open to the entire community, not just TVEC families.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:04:01 -0500 2015-02-25T13:04:01-05:00 2015-02-25T13:04:01-05:00
<![CDATA[Twin Valley Rotary honors Twin Valley students Alyssa Lahoda and Aaron Wildonger as February Students of the Month]]> On February 18 the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School juniors, Alyssa Lahoda and Aaron Wildonger, as their Students of the Month. The presentation was made at their weekly meeting.

Alyssa was honored for her academic, musical, and athletic achievements. Alyssa is a first chair violin, a member of Tri-M, and is also a member of the Twin Valley bowling team.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:45:21 -0500 2015-02-25T12:45:21-05:00 2015-02-25T12:45:21-05:00
<![CDATA[Twin Valley High School senior Amy Carvalho named March Intern of the Month]]> Amy Carvalho, a senior at Twin Valley High School, was named March's Intern of the Month. She currently interns at Twin Valley Elementary Center and Robeson Lutheran Preschool.

At Twin Valley Elementary, her mentors are Jaime Burns, a first grade teacher and Ann Nagel, a speech therapist. Her responsibilities there include working with the students who need help, assisting with the preparation of classroom materials, and helping to display student work.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:45:03 -0500 2015-02-25T12:45:03-05:00 2015-02-25T12:45:03-05:00
<![CDATA[New Holland: Garden Spot Village hosts Hooley School Of Irish Dance March 21 at 7 p.m.]]> Enjoy the sounds of "the auld sod" when Hooley School of Irish Dance brings a rousing performance to Garden Spot Village on Saturday, March 21, as part of the community's popular Saturday Evening Concert Series.

"These spirited young dancers are sure to entertain, and we encourage the public to join us for the show," said Colleen Musselman, director of life enrichment at Garden Spot Village.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:27:28 -0500 2015-02-25T12:27:28-05:00 2015-02-25T12:27:28-05:00
<![CDATA[Robeson Township Supervisors amend septic system ordinance, working to increase effectiveness of On Lot Disposal System ordinance]]> The Robeson Township Board of Supervisors reviewed and approved the most recent draft of the township's On Lot Disposal System (OLDS) ordinance for advertisement at a Feb. 17 meeting.

The ordinance outlines regulations for property owners that request the construction or repair of a private septic system on a property.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:17:03 -0500 2015-02-25T12:17:03-05:00 2015-02-25T12:17:03-05:00
<![CDATA[BOYS BASKETBALL: Boyertown senior Kyle Dennin was a leader in every way for the Bears]]> Boyertown High senior Kyle Dennin has been playing basketball since he was eight years old, in second grade at the Boyertown Y.M.C.A. He also spent a lot of time playing in the driveway with his father, Ned, and his brothers, Craig, Mark and Scott. He remembers getting beat up because he was so small.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:25:31 -0500 2015-02-25T11:25:31-05:00 2015-02-25T11:25:31-05:00
<![CDATA[GIRLS BASKETBALL: Oley Valley ends its season with district loss to York Catholic]]> The Oley Valley High School girls basketball team completed the season on Feb. 20 with a second round District 3 loss to York Catholic, 58-28, The Lady Lynx advanced to the second round with a victory over Tulpehocken in the first round. Oley Valley finished with an overall record of 12-12 this season, after going 6-4 in the Berks League.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:23:19 -0500 2015-02-25T11:23:19-05:00 2015-02-25T11:23:19-05:00
<![CDATA[Daniel Boone Area School Board discusses restoring full-day kindergarten, closing a school]]> UNION >> A proposal by Superintendent Marybeth Torchia to restore full day kindergarten to the Daniel Boone Area School District in 2015-16 was discussed Monday, coupled with the possibility of closing a school building due to declining enrollment.

Prior to the board's voting meeting, Torchia told the Curriculum and Instruction Committee that the anticipated balanced 2015-16 budget provides the perfect opportunity to restore the full-day kindergarten program that ended with the 2010-11 school year.

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:03:40 -0500 2015-02-24T14:03:40-05:00 2015-02-24T14:03:40-05:00
<![CDATA[Police searching for suspect from Pottstown drug raid]]> pottstown >> Police have released a photo of the man they are seeking in relation to the drug raid that took place on Friday Feb. 20 on North Charlotte Street.

Police are looking for Omar White, 34, of 769 North Charlotte Street after a search of the residence was conducted and assorted drug paraphernalia was found.

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:21:24 -0500 2015-02-24T13:21:24-05:00 2015-02-24T13:21:24-05:00