RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Sun, 28 Jun 2015 18:29:27 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Family Fun Fridays: Visit a Farmer's Market for Culinary Adventures]]> As summer weather settles in, home gardeners can get impatient, waiting for tender young plants to grow and produce juicy tomatoes, sweet corn and other garden delights. Our whole family was sharing this impatience, so we decided to spend a fun Friday outing visiting a local farmer's market.

Living in bountiful Berks County, we have lots of choices for farmer's markets.

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<![CDATA[GLOBETROTTING GRADUATE: Why I keep going back to Paris]]> Paris is not my favorite place to visit, yet I find myself consistently revisiting the city. Outside of London, it is the foreign city I know best.

Since 2006 I have visited Paris three times, and by summer's end it will be five. Recently, as I planned my way from Bordeaux back to London by train, with a stop in Paris, I wondered what it was that kept bringing me back.

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:05:21 -0400 20150627171516 2015-06-27T12:05:21-04:00 2015-06-27T17:15:16-04:00
<![CDATA[5 home gardens toured at Fourth Annual Hamburg Garden Stroll]]> "Anyone in Hamburg who has a small area of sunshine can grow fruit and vegetables," were the inspiring words offered to future gardeners by Paul Wikerd, a retired minister and resident of Hamburg since 1987.

Wikerd is an experienced beekeeper who described his goal for the gardens in his narrow State Street back yard as having "something available to eat every day", made possible by vegetable beds under glass for cold-resistant salad crops grown in the winter.

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<![CDATA[Schuylkill Valley students recognized for participation in Berks County Special Olympics Track and Field Meet]]> The highlight of the June 22 Schuylkill Valley School Board meeting was the recognition of the large group of students who participated in the Berks County Special Olympics Track and Field Meet.

The event was held on April 29 at Kutztown University and was coordinated by Middle School Learning Support teacher, Dana Carter who provided a video presentation documenting the joys of the day for the Board and meeting attendees.

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<![CDATA[Perspective on Parenting: 10 years a mom]]> Years ago, as a communications professional in the corporate world, I remember when my colleagues were honored for a decade or more of service. In a world where attention spans are gradually diminishing, doing anything constructive for 10 years can be considered quite an accomplishment. It illustrates responsibility, commitment and consistency.

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:10:55 -0400 20150627121055 2015-06-27T12:10:55-04:00 2015-06-27T12:10:55-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: Red rose ceremonies]]> First page was in the Easton Express in 1986

In Pennsylvania, there is an unusual custom of deeding land to an organization or person for the token payment of "one red rose."

The idea comes to us from England's medieval days when kings granted land to their friends. In English law the tenant of the property did not own the land outright; he only had the right to use it.

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:07:31 -0400 20150627120731 2015-06-27T12:07:31-04:00 2015-06-27T12:07:31-04:00
<![CDATA[From Arthur's Policy Desk: Race, Racism and Christian Forgiveness]]> June was an eventful month. It raised some interesting questions.

Early this month, Rachel Anne Dolezal, the Executive Director of the Spokane, Washington NAACP chapter came under fire because she claimed to be an African American woman but was in fact a white woman of German and Scandinavian decent.

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:06:52 -0400 20150627120730 2015-06-27T12:06:52-04:00 2015-06-27T12:07:30-04:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Rural Folklife of the early 1900s as seen by Photographers: H. Winslow Fegley & Amandus Moyer (Part I)]]> At the turn of the century into the 1900's, when most of the nation was fascinated with the unbelievable results of automation and the beginning of a mobile America, there were a few who saw the opportunity to record that way of life that was soon to be antediluvian. Such were men like H. Winslow Fegley of Reading and Amandus D.

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:06:55 -0400 20150627120728 2015-06-27T12:06:55-04:00 2015-06-27T12:07:28-04:00
<![CDATA['Legendary' exhibit at The African American Museum in Philadelphia explores house ballroom culture]]> Photographer Gerard H. Gaskin creates art, but also shines a light on people who need to be seen.

In the exhibit "Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene," his pictures tell the stories of those who participate in "the culture of house balls of the African-American and Latino gay, transgender, and queer community," organizers say.

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<![CDATA[New Hanover man fined for trying to sell roadkill online]]> NORRISTOWN >> He may have found the dead deer on the road, but a New Hanover man's plan to sell its head on eBay was dead in the water.

James Edward Crawford's plan was hindered by an undercover officer from the Pennsylvania Game Commission who spotted Crawford's not so carefully planned idea to auction online the rotting piece of animal flesh that he stored in the kitchen freezer of his New Hanover home.

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:05:19 -0400 20150626120519 2015-06-26T12:05:19-04:00 2015-06-26T12:05:19-04:00
<![CDATA[For what it's worth: My personal food challenge]]> I've had the house to myself for about a week, and I have another week to go. When there's only one person--it's easy to downsize a bit. And I decided to downsize in regards to hastily purchasing food.

I have not done a full grocery shopping yet--instead, I'm forcing myself to come up with meals from scrap, using all up the random things in the cabinets and fridge.

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:14:39 -0400 20150626111439 2015-06-26T11:14:39-04:00 2015-06-26T11:14:39-04:00
<![CDATA[Avian Influenza not yet in PA, but Sen. Schwank says state ready to act]]> Because the latest avian influenza outbreak has wiped out 50 million birds across the country and appears to be headed this way, Sen. Judy Schwank is working with state agriculture officials as they develop response and recovery plans should the disease strike in Pennsylvania.

Schwank said this highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak is moving from western states to the east as birds migrate.

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:07:21 -0400 20150626110721 2015-06-26T11:07:21-04:00 2015-06-26T11:07:21-04:00
<![CDATA[Boone eliminates 7 teachers, terminates 29 cafeteria workers]]> The Daniel Boone School Board unanimously approved June 22 the termination of 29 cafeteria employees "due to the outsourcing of their positions" to Nutrition Group, Inc., Irwin, Westmoreland County, for cafeteria fund savings of $150,000 and new cafeteria fund revenue of $150,000.

It also voted 7-2 to eliminate five elementary teachers, one Daniel Boone Middle School teaching position, and one High School teaching position due to a "substantial decrease in pupil enrollment.

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:24:37 -0400 20150626105438 2015-06-26T10:24:37-04:00 2015-06-26T10:54:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Readers are the real super heroes this summer at Hamburg Public Library]]> Summer programming is in full swing at the Hamburg Public Library on North Third Street, but it is not too late for readers to join in on the fun. Children who participate can earn prizes, attend special programs and -- not coincidentally -- read lots of books.

The theme for this year's program is "Every Hero has a Story.

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:54:05 -0400 20150626105405 2015-06-26T10:54:05-04:00 2015-06-26T10:54:05-04:00
<![CDATA[Railroad Museum 'Rails Go Bragh' event celebrates Irish heritage]]> On Saturday, June 13, the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum hosted "Rails Go Bragh" to celebrate the contribution of Irish workers to the Reading Railroad. Volunteers, sporting festive green top hats, greeted visitors to the event at the museum on Third Street in Hamburg.

Though largely an outdoor event, several options were available inside the museum.

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