RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:24:11 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Police ID man found inside burning car in Amity]]> The body found inside a burning car in Amity Sunday, Jan. 25 morning was identified Monday, Jan. 26 by Berks County officials.

Thomas Gramling, 46, was a resident of the home on the 800 block of Antietam Drive where the car fire took place, according to Chief County Detective Michael Gombar.

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:36:37 -0500 2015-01-28T13:36:37-05:00 2015-01-28T13:36:37-05:00
<![CDATA[Berks County worried about budget-busting costs of Obamacare]]> While the word 'forecast' is bringing a fair amount of ire to the area right now, the concept has made Robert Patrizio's job as Berks County chief financial officer a lot easier.

Several times a year, Patrizio puts together a five-year budget forecast, which helps the county plan ahead financially.

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:14:55 -0500 2015-01-28T13:14:55-05:00 2015-01-28T13:14:55-05:00
<![CDATA[RACC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter receives national recognition]]> Reading Area Community College's chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society will receive a $500 award as part of its selection as a 2014 Honors Case Study Challenge award winner by the national Phi Theta Kappa office. Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges.

Chapter President Dana Stout and member Janelle Zimmerman co-chaired RACC's Challenge committee.

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:42:06 -0500 2015-01-28T11:42:06-05:00 2015-01-28T11:42:06-05:00
<![CDATA[Two Berks County engineering firms join forces]]> On Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 two engineering and consulting firms - McCarthy Engineering Associates, Inc. in Wyomissing and N.E. Fisher & Associates in Boyertown - joined forces. Owners - Neal Fisher and Jim McCarthy - believe that the merging of these two firms under one umbrella will create employee growth, technological advancements, improved business planning and development, and new opportunities for both companies and their employees.

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:28:57 -0500 2015-01-28T11:28:57-05:00 2015-01-28T11:28:57-05:00
<![CDATA[Big Shot: Artwork of Heritage resident David Lumb exhibited]]> The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, has opened an exhibit of the artwork of resident, David Lumb.

The exhibit includes 33 watercolors and two pastels. A private opening reception was held on Friday, January 9 in the community's lobby, where the paintings are exhibited.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:08:55 -0500 2015-01-27T16:08:55-05:00 2015-01-27T16:08:55-05:00
<![CDATA[Jan. 28, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hosts open house plans display for 222 and Long Lane improvements]]> The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will host an open house plans display Wednesday, Jan. 28, for proposed intersection improvements at the intersection of US 222 and Long Lane in Maxatawny Township, Berks County.

The plans will be displayed from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Georgian Room of the Old Main Building located at Kutztown University, 15200 Kutztown Road, Kutztown.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:53:04 -0500 2015-01-27T15:53:04-05:00 2015-01-27T15:53:04-05:00
<![CDATA[Department of Environmental Protection Public hearing and meeting to discuss cleanup of Berks County Battery Casing Site]]> The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public meeting and hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 10, to outline its plan to clean up lead-contaminated battery casings and soil at residential properties on Noll Lane in Ruscombmanor Township, Berks County.

The 7 p.m. meeting and hearing will be at the Ruscombmanor Township Building, 204 Oak Lane, Fleetwood.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:48:15 -0500 2015-01-27T15:48:15-05:00 2015-01-27T15:48:15-05:00
<![CDATA[Book Beat - Impact: 'A Portrait Of My Father' shows 41st President took the less travelled path]]> Review of "A Portrait Of My Father" by George W. Bush

In the preface of "A Portrait Of My Father," as our 43rd President prepares to inform us of his father's life, George Herbert Walker Bush, our 41st President, he says that this story may not be objective. Forty-three states: "This book is a love story - a personal portrait of the extraordinary man who I am blessed to call my dad.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:42:39 -0500 2015-01-27T15:42:39-05:00 2015-01-27T15:42:39-05:00
<![CDATA[Heatherwood Retirement Community resident celebrates 100th birthday'She is an inspiration']]> Heatherwood Retirement Community resident turns 100

BY Laura Dillon

HONEY BROOK, Jan. 27 - Carol Bree, a six-year resident at Heatherwood Retirement Community, celebrates her 100th birthday on Jan. 29.

"It's really amazing," said Jennifer Hacker, who has worked at Heatherwood since Bree arrived as a resident.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:08:28 -0500 2015-01-27T15:08:28-05:00 2015-01-27T15:08:28-05:00
<![CDATA[Thrivent Financial: You bought the policy…now what? Knowing your policies supports healthy financial strategies]]> Purchasing proper insurance coverage is an important part of a healthy financial picture. However, with many policies, staying engaged ensures you have adequate coverage as your life changes.

As life changes, your insurance needs can also change. Particularly with long-term care insurance, reviewing your coverage on an ongoing basis helps ensure you and your loved ones are financially protected from risks associated with extended medical needs.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:00:25 -0500 2015-01-27T15:00:25-05:00 2015-01-27T15:00:25-05:00
<![CDATA[Twin Valley Rotary Club honors Twin Valley High School seniors Rachel Wilkoski and Nicole Bender]]> On Jan. 21 the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors, Rachel Wilkoski and Nicole Bender as their Students of the Month.

The presentation was made at their weekly meeting. Rachel and Nicole were honored for their academic excellence and service to the community.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:59:27 -0500 2015-01-27T14:59:27-05:00 2015-01-27T14:59:27-05:00
<![CDATA[ELverson Fitness Club: Group fitness classes help individual achieve fitness goals]]> The yearly occurrence of February typically brings a cringing recollection of Texas Ranger Laboeuf, as New Year's Resolutions escape our grasp like Tom Chaney. The draw of resolutions, like the draw of catching Chaney, is the tantalizing promise of success.

Why, then, does the University of Scranton say that only 8 percent of all resolutions are achieved? I propose it is because too many try alone.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:50:55 -0500 2015-01-27T14:50:55-05:00 2015-01-27T14:50:55-05:00
<![CDATA[Pennsylvania Sen. Schwank urges lawmakers to finally adopt medical cannabis bill]]> To better help desperate moms and dads who are seeking relief for children who suffer from countless seizures and to help many other Pennsylvanians who need relief from chronic illnesses, Sen. Judy Schwank today urged fellow lawmakers to finally adopt a bill that would legalize medical cannabis.

"One thing that I've learned after discussing this legislation over the past year is to never underestimate the power of a mother or father who wants to see a sick child get cured," Schwank said to applause.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:27:42 -0500 2015-01-27T14:27:42-05:00 2015-01-27T14:27:42-05:00
<![CDATA[Pennsylvania Senators Leach And Folmer reintroduce medical cannabis legislation]]> State Senators Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and Mike Folmer (R-Dauphin/Lebanon/York) announced the reintroduction of their medical cannabis legislation on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

The new bill, Senate Bill 3, is nearly identical to Senate Bill 1182 of the 2013-2014 Session, which passed the Senate on September 24, 2014, by a vote of 43-7.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:23:26 -0500 2015-01-27T14:23:26-05:00 2015-01-27T14:23:26-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: Baking Practices among the Dutchmen]]> Most Germanic houses built in Southeastern Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries had bake ovens; it was almost a requisite for Pennsylvnia Dutch dwellings.

When kitchen stoves replaced hearth cooking in the 19th Century, most farm wives continued to use der Backoffe since the ovens of the new kitchen stoves were relatively small.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:01:24 -0500 2015-01-27T14:01:24-05:00 2015-01-27T14:01:24-05:00