RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:29:51 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Twin Valley stuns Villa Maria Academy 3-1 to win PIAA Class AA title]]> How long ago was 1977?

It was so long ago, that the 77-year-old bus driver who escorted Twin Valley's field hockey team to the Nov. 21 PIAA Class AA championship match against Ville Maria Academy at Whitehall High School was a 39-year-old head coach then.

Why is this relevant? Because that bus driver, Marty Hassler, was the head coach of Twin Valley's 1977 state champion softball team, the only other team sport state champion in school history -- until Nov.

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<![CDATA[Kutztown alum graduates from Marines]]> PVT. Nathan Lee Bowman, 19, graduated Nov. 13 from the Marines, at Parris Island, SC. Bowman is a Combat Engineer and Expert Rifleman with 1st RT BN PLT 1089 Delta Company.

Bowman graduated from Kutztown High School. He was on the wrestling team from 8th through 12th grade and on the rifle team 9th through 12th grade.

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<![CDATA[Trinity Lutheran Church in Kutztown hosts live Nativity]]> Trinity Lutheran Church in Kutztown is hosting an interactive live Nativity on Dec. 4 and 5.

Trinity will be putting on "One Starry Night" this year on Friday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5 from 12 to 2 p.m. This is a large scale interactive live nativity that allows people to experience the culture and emotions that surrounded the birth of Jesus.

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<![CDATA[Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce recognizes juniors who excelled in business or FBLA]]> The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce recognized local high school students at its Nov. 20 breakfast.

"This is the most invigorating and revitalizing thing to do," said Northeast Berks Chamber's Business & Education Committee chair Kathy Metrick, Kutztown Superintendent. "You know it's the people coming up behind us that push us forward.

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<![CDATA[Schwank, Argall disappointed in property tax reform setback]]> Because of the hard work and groundswell of support from Berks County residents and Pennsylvanians, state Senator Judy Schwank said Nov. 24 she is disappointed with the Senate's defeat of a bill that would have eliminated the regressive property tax, but she said she will fight on to change how the commonwealth pays for public education.

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<![CDATA[Committee approves measure to review utilization of state owned and leased office space]]> A resolution authored by Senators David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) received the unanimous support of the Senate State Government Committee, chaired by Senator Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon/Dauphin/York), to evaluate current practices of real estate utilization policies with state owned and leased properties.

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<![CDATA['Think About Energy' briefing conducted in Berks County]]> America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), UGI Utilities, Inc., UGI Energy Services, LLC, the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Greater Reading Economic Partnership hosted a Think About Energy briefing on Friday, Nov. 20 at Albright College.

The Think About Energy briefing was the eighth in a series of briefings conducted across Pennsylvania over the past two years.

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<![CDATA[some things looming Fiber Arts Gallery's Handmade Holidays recognizes local artists]]> The opening reception for the some things looming Fiber Arts Gallery's Handmade Holidays 6 will celebrate small business by recognizing the many artists offering unique gifts of wood, ceramic and fiber. The event runs from Saturday, Nov. 28 through Wednesday, Dec. 23.

The opening reception on Sat.

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<![CDATA[Sinking Spring family holds Extreme Christmas Light Show benefits the Animal Rescue League of Berks County]]> The Simpson Family is once again holding their Extreme Christmas Light Show to benefit the ARL. Lights can be seen beginning Nov. 27 after 6 p.m. and the show runs most nights until Jan. 1.

The Simpson residence is located at 218 N. Sandy Lane in Sinking Spring. Mr. Simpson hangs more than 57,000 lights on his home and property and personally programs the lights to run in sync with a rotation of holiday music.

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<![CDATA[Hollenbach Construction receives ABC Merit Excellence In Construction Award]]> From Hollenbach Construction, Inc.

Hollenbach Construction, Inc. received an Award of Excellence in the Commercial Office Category for its construction of the Gateway Ticketing Systems Global Headquarters building in Gilbertsville. The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter presented the award to Hollenbach at the 25th Merit Construction Awards of Excellence program on Nov.

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<![CDATA[Helping to fill Boyertown area food pantry]]> It's that time of the year again when E.G. Landis Jewelers of Gilbertsville collects food items for the Community Food Pantry located at 200 W. Spring Street Boyertown.

The Community Food Pantry is both a place and a program. It provides food to those in the community who cannot currently meet their family's nutritional needs.

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<![CDATA[Ryerss Horse Farm in Warwick Township hosts Holiday Open House Dec. 6]]> Ryerss Farm For Aged Equines on Route 23 in Warwick Township hosts its annual Holiday Open House on Dec. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m.

As told by horses Henry and Omen

"We are so excited," said little Omen, a miniature horse. "It's just a few more days and the human children will come streaming up the driveway and making their way into the barn to see Santa Clause.

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<![CDATA[Kempton artist Jonathan Bond wins 2nd at Schuylkill River Art Show]]> Kempton artist Jonathan Bond won 2nd place at the 2015 Scenes of The Schuylkill River Art Show for his new oil painting titled "Memento Mori."

The painting will be on display during the next three months at two different venues: through Dec. 12 at Montgomery County Community College, Pottstown, and Jan.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Ice sculpting at tree lighting teases Reading's Fire and Ice Fest]]> Mark Crouthamel from Sculpted Ice Works attended Reading's Christmas Tree Lighting celebration on Friday, Nov. 20, to show off his ice sculpting skills while promoting Reading's Fire and Ice Fest set to be held in January.

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<![CDATA[Fine Crafts and Original Artwork featured in Harleysville Christmas Market tour]]> Visit the Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Rd., Harleysville, the first weekend in December for the opening of the Fine Craft Show & Sale and the Fine Art Exhibit. The shows are held annually during the month of December and are a wonderful opportunity to purchase fine pottery, textiles, wood carvings, baskets and affordable original art.

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