RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Mon, 23 Nov 2015 23:25:50 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Montgomery County officials prepare to protect homeless during Code Blue weather]]> NORRISTOWN >> As Montgomery County residents were bundling up, perhaps for the first time this season, to head into a brisk Monday, county officials were preparing to take steps protecting the vulnerable during extreme cold weather.

County commissioners and representatives from county and social service agencies gathered Monday to discuss procedures for declaring a Code Blue, and the measures that will be taken during such declarations.

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<![CDATA[No tax increase in Union Township]]> The Union Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved on Nov. 16 to advertise its 2016 budget of $1,655,716, with no tax increase.

The township millage rate will remain at 3.65 mills.

Annual taxes on a property assessed at $100,000 are $365.

Board members are considering the use of speed bumps and gutters on Garey Road to stop the vehicular speeding.

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<![CDATA[State Police: Maryland teenager commits suicide at Hawk Mountain]]> State Police at the Hamburg station have reported the death of Jacob Marburger, 19, of Maryland. Marburger committed suicide on Nov. 21. The incident was reported to have occurred at approximately 3:51 p.m.

Marburger was being sought by Chestertown Police Department in Maryland.

He was found in a picnic area in the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, in Albany Township, Berks County, along with the green Land Rover that he was believed to be operating.

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<![CDATA[Dear Santa, young Berks-Mont readers share all they want for Christmas]]> We're asking our littlest readers to share their hand-written (or drawn) letters to Santa and send them to us for delivery to the North Pole! The newspapers will quickly deliver your letter to the big man himself who will respond with a letter for your child.

Parents, simply snap a picture of your child's letter to Santa and email the picture to our special North Pole email address, <![CDATA[The Historian - Beds, bedding, bedsteads and sleep: Part III]]> It is claimed that during the 18th and early 19th centuries, Dutchmen (Pennsylvania Germans) slept on their backs in a somewhat sitting position. It is said that they thought dangerously unhealthy to sleep lying flat. Whether this belief prevailed in the Dutch community I do not know. To maintain that sleeping position, the upper body was supported by one or more bolsters.

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<![CDATA[Cat Angel Network: Meet Fiona and Junior, a loving pair of cuddly kittens]]> What could be a more wonderful addition to the magic of the holiday season than a pair of cuddly kittens? Fiona, a dilute tortoiseshell female, and her tabby brother Junior love to snuggle, both with each other and with their favorite people. After an active play session with their toys, they will hop up on the couch for serious purr-and-pet time.

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<![CDATA[Shooting reported in New Hanover]]> NEW HANOVER >> Police were called to the scene of a New Hanover Township home after reports of a shooting.

Police from New Hanover, Douglass (Mont.) and Lower Pottsgrove arrived at the shooting scene on Windy Hill Road late Sunday evening.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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<![CDATA[Brookside Country Club ladies 'Drive for the Cure']]> Members of the Brookside Country Club's Caring Team "Drive for the Cure" golf committee recently presented a check in the amount of $30,750 to Sherri Wunderlich, of Stretch the Ride, and Peggy Neese, Director of Pottstown Memorial Regional Cancer Center. The "Drive for the Cure" tournament is the only "ladies only" golf tournament in the area and has contributed nearly $70,000 to Stretch the Ride in the past three years to support local cancer patients and their families.

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<![CDATA[SunnyBrook Ballroom invites community to celebrate the holidays]]> Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle, put on your finest and come celebrate the holidays with the SunnyBrook Ballroom in Pottstown, on Friday, Dec. 4. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner served until 8:30 p.m. The entertainment begins at 8 p.m. Reservations are required and are available.

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<![CDATA[Adoptables from the Montco SPCA]]> Please allow us to introduce Gatsby. This handsome man is the total package, from looks to personality. Gatsby was turned in as a stray, so severely matted that he was walking on mats instead of paw pads. After an exam by our vets, it was determined that Gatsby is an older boy, around 10 years of age; he is blind and has cataracts, but doesn't let this hinder him in any way! Gatsby is a very tolerant and sweet boy who loves love and being with people and will hop right into your lap to give hugs and kisses.

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<![CDATA[Boyertown Area Multi-Service to host 9th Festival of Trees, community invited]]> Boyertown Area Multi-Service will be hosting the Ninth Annual Festival of Trees on Friday, Dec. 4. The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Center at Spring Street, 200 West Spring Street in Boyertown.

Admission to Festival of Trees is free, the event is open to the public and is also a stop on the Boyertown Holiday House Tour.

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<![CDATA[Brandywine Heights High School Students host Thanksgiving Senior Citizen Luncheon]]> Brandywine Heights High School hosted it's first of many Thanksgiving Senior Citizen Luncheons on Nov. 18.

The luncheon was held during the school day from 1:15 to 3 p.m. and orchestrated through the collaborative efforts of staff, faculty and students.

The event commenced as a result of suggestions that stemmed from the student body who wanted to do something to give back to the community.

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<![CDATA[Krupp guilty of torching detective's home]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Lower Pottsgrove woman showed little emotion as a jury convicted her of charges she torched and destroyed the home of her neighbor, a Limerick detective, out of revenge after she blamed him for her son's legal problems.

Donna Marie Krupp, 52, simply cupped her hand to her mouth as a Montgomery County jury convicted her of arson, causing a catastrophe, reckless burning, recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief, failing to control or report a fire, possessing an instrument of crime and cruelty to animals in connection with the 2:26 a.

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<![CDATA[Boyertown EMS acquires new automatic CPR devices, holds training session]]> Boyertown Lions Community Ambulance Service held training for the Lucas 2 Chest Compression System on Thursday, Nov. 19.

The ambulance company used the Assistance to Firefighters Federal Grant to purchase four units plus accessories with a 5-year extended warranty for $66,000. On Dec. 1, after all of the 35 staff members are trained, the units will be in place for use -- one in each vehicle.

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<![CDATA[Kutztown food pantry Manna is thankful for donations to make sure no one goes hungry]]> This time of year is when people start thinking of Thanksgiving and the holidays, also known as the Thankful Time of Year.

Grace Evangelical Congregational Church's food pantry Manna is thankful for the community that helps them to serve their neighbors. The Kutztown area food pantry is also thankful for all those that donate money and items and their time, so they can continue to serve in their mission to help others and make sure that no one goes hungry.

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