RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:34:43 -0500 60 <![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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<![CDATA[Leon Kirkhoff Reading Fair Holds Celebrity Auction & Dinner]]> The Leon Kirkhoff Reading Fair Scholarship Program is in honor and memory of Leon Kirkhoff who was a dedicated Reading Fair board member for many years. His involvement and guidance has assisted in making the Reading Fair what it is today. Since the scholarship's inception in 2009, the committee has given out 12 scholarships to deserving youth that have modeled themselves after Leon Kirkhoff.

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<![CDATA[Spring break on the horizon, students ready to … volunteer]]> With another long, cold winter refusing to release its icy grip, college students across Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education are ready for spring break and a week away from classes. Many of them, however, won't be heading to the beach to kick back and relax in the sunshine.

They'll be volunteering instead, taking part in service-learning projects at dozens of locations; some, close to home; others far away.

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<![CDATA[Winter Wonderland]]> Twin Valley High School senior Gwen Bauer, former fall intern at Tri County Record, shared photos from her snow day on March 5.

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<![CDATA[New director at Village Library in Morgantown seeks to add new programs, possibly adding Basic Computer Classes and Intro to Spanish]]> There is much going on at Village Library, as evidenced by the full parking lot on a recent Wednesday afternoon.

"Winter is a great season for curling up with a good book or enjoying a good movie with friends and family," said Natasha Donaldson, new library director. "The Village Library of Morgantown offers access to a wide collection of free materials, including books, audiobooks, DVD's and TV series for all ages.

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<![CDATA[Cirque D'Or performs at Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading on March 22]]> With their artistic interpretations of the world's greatest acrobatic skills, Cirque du Soleil changed the landscape of Cirque style productions. With sold out shows worldwide, Cirque du Soleil soon became the world leader in this style of presentation.

And now, with over 30 performers from around the world, a new generation of Cirque shows is coming to Reading.

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<![CDATA[New Hanover Moms Club recognizes Rare Disease Day, seeks to raise awareness]]> Moms and children of New Hanover Township came together on Feb. 28 as part of the 'Day-by-day, Hand-in-hand' campaign organized as part of Rare Disease Day.

Now community has been invited to take part.

The Moms Club of New Hanover Township has partnered with the Wellness Council of Boyertown for their 10th Annual Wellness Fair taking place on Saturday, March 21.

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<![CDATA[Celebrating the Emerald Isle with 'The Songs of Ireland' Concert]]> A week after presenting classic French farce, the Historic State Theatre of Boyertown continues a stage tour of Europe with the "Songs of Ireland" concert on March 7.

The show features Killen Clark, The King Brothers, and The Chester County Emerald Society Pipe Band, each bringing their own take on classic Irish music to the stage.

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<![CDATA[Boyertown Area YMCA Annual Dutch Charity Auction set for March 14]]> The Boyertown Area YMCA Annual Dutch Charity Auction will be held Saturday, March 14, at the Sunnybrook Ballroom, with proceeds to benefit the YMCA Financial Assistance Program. Doors will open at 5 p.m., live auction to begin at 6:30 p.m.

For more than thirty years the YMCA has hosted the auction in the hopes of raising the funds needed to offer individuals and families alike a five to ninety-five percent discount on YMCA memberships, youth programs and child care.

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<![CDATA[Second Annual Golden Apple Gala to benefit Pottstown Area Seniors' Center]]> Slated for March 14, the second annual Golden Apple Gala is less than two weeks away. This exciting event raises money for the Pottstown Area Seniors' Center's capital campaign as they work to renovate the former Pottstown Health Club into a modern senior center.

"This year is going to be especially exciting," said Brian Parkes, executive director of the senior center.

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<![CDATA[New Daniel Boone High School principal meets with community]]> Preston N. McKnight, new principal at the Daniel Boone High School, believes and spoke of a positive and successful school future at four energy-filled "meet and greet" sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Approximately 25 to 30 people attended each of the two community meetings, as well as the presentations for music and also for athletics.

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<![CDATA[Statewide roadside cleanup planned, volunteers needed]]> The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is seeking volunteers for this year's Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, which begins March 1 and runs through May 31.

"Pennsylvania is a beautiful state, and it's imperative that we work together to keep it that way," Acting Secretary Leslie S.

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<![CDATA[Schuylkill Scrub: Anti-litter campaign to span entire spring]]> The Schuylkill Action Network is working to rid the Schuylkill River of litter by hosting the Schuylkill Scrub from March 1 to May 31 across Southeast Pennsylvania. Those who add their spring cleanups to this anti-litter campaign can win gift certificates for kayaking, tubing, and more along the Schuylkill River.

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<![CDATA[Wockets, silly rhymes and Dr. Seuss: Fleetwood High School FBLA and Andrew Maier Elementary "Read Across America" with Dr. Seuss]]> Elementary students created their own wockets, wrote their own silly rhymes and got crafty, Dr. Seuss style.

For the first year, the Fleetwood High School Future Business Leaders of America teamed up with Andrew Maier Elementary School on March 2, National Read Across America Day, to honor the birthday of Dr.

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<![CDATA[Hopewell Furnace presents The Legacy of William Penn March 8]]> What does William Penn have to do with Berks, Chester and Montgomery Counties? Plenty! On Sunday, March 8, historian and preservationist Barbara Cohen will discuss the Legacy of William Penn. The free program will begin at 2 p.m. in the Hopewell Furnace Conference Center.

William Penn promoted the rich iron ore of Pennsylvania to encourage settlement in the 17th century.

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