RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:57:55 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Kutztown Easter on the Farm features egg hunts & musical performances]]> Experience history at Easter on the Farm on March 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University.

Visitors will be witness to many historic activities including blacksmithing, log hewing, pottery making, and hearth cooking. Children will be delighted by the egg hunts (for ages 6 mos.

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<![CDATA[USS Cole returns to Home Port; Reading native earns pins, seeks to make second class and continue Navy career]]> The guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) returns to Naval Station Norfolk Mar. 13, 2015 following a seven-month deployment in the U.S. Fleet Forces and 6th Fleet Areas of Operations.

Cole deployed August 22, 2014 to the Mediterranean Sea, where the ship assumed duties as 6th Fleet's Ballistic Missile Defense unit.

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:15:06 -0400 2015-03-18T13:15:06-04:00 2015-03-18T13:15:06-04:00
<![CDATA[Energy plant for Birdsboro Armorcast site means new jobs]]> Birdsboro >> An agreement of sale is the first step to converting the empty Armorcast property into a natural gas plant.

EmberClear Corp., based in Moosic, Lackawanna County, is in the early stages of bringing a natural gas, combined-cycle plant to the site of the former steel mill that closed in 1988.

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:01:19 -0400 2015-03-18T13:01:19-04:00 2015-03-18T13:01:19-04:00
<![CDATA[Twin Valley Garden Club wins 2nd at PHS Philadelphia Flower Show]]> Twin Valleys Garden Club recently competed at the international 2015 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Philadelphia Flower Show.

This year's theme was "Celebrate the Movies." The Club received a second place ribbon for its rich tablescape tableau celebrating the 30th anniversary of the landmark movie "Out of Africa.

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<![CDATA[Retirement community could be Amity's gateway]]> A proposed retirement community on Amity Park Road in Amity Township could bring new, supporting commercial businesses to that area and ultimately benefit the entire township.

Amity Township Planning Commission members said March 11 they support development of the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in the Planned Business, Office, and Industrial (PBOI) zoning district.

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:56:53 -0400 2015-03-18T12:56:53-04:00 2015-03-18T12:56:53-04:00
<![CDATA[Boone tables full-day kindergarten vote until next year]]> Despite emotional pleas from Daniel Boone School District residents about the merits of full day kindergarten, the board did not vote on March 9 to restore the full-day program.

"The board has received a lot of public backlash due to Mrs. Torchia's kindergarten presentation [at the Curriculum and Instruction Committee meeting]," said Board President Richard Martino.

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<![CDATA[Perfect season earns Kutztown University wrestler Ziad Haddad Division II's Most Dominant Wrestler Award]]> Ziad Haddad closed his national championship season with a 30-0 record on Saturday evening, when he was honored as Division II's Most Dominant Wrestler.

Out of Haddad's 30 victories this season, 21 were against opponents from Division II programs. He finished with 10 pins, four major decisions, and seven decisions for an average of 4.

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:48:38 -0400 2015-03-18T12:48:38-04:00 2015-03-18T12:48:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Oley Valley seniors present 'The Music Mobile']]> The talents of Oley Valley seniors were showcased recently when students presented a combined talent and fashion show to benefit "BASH," the school's drug--and alcohol--free party for 2015 graduates.

About 40 seniors participated in the event, held March 17 in the high school auditorium.

The show was written and directed entirely by students under the direction of teacher David Daniels.

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:43:48 -0400 2015-03-18T12:43:48-04:00 2015-03-18T12:43:48-04:00
<![CDATA[Mark Twain visits The Heritage of Green Hills, Shillington]]> The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, recently hosted a presentation by Mark Twain, as portrayed by Reading-based actor, television and radio performer and producer, Roger Mallon. Twain, one of America's most beloved authors and humorists, spoke about his life, his views of people and the human condition.

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:28:22 -0400 2015-03-18T12:28:22-04:00 2015-03-18T12:28:22-04:00
<![CDATA[Two Kutztown Police officers presented Life Saving Award; their actions in December helped save a 21-year-old's life]]> Two Kutztown Borough Police officers were presented the Life Saving Award for their actions this past December that helped save a 21-year-old's life.

Kutztown Mayor Sandy Green and Kutztown Police Chief Craig Summers presented Officer Arthur Hirsch and Officer William Wyandt with the Life Saving Award during Kutztown Borough Council's meeting on March 17.

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<![CDATA[Hamburg Area Middle School students take "You Be the Chemist" Challenge]]> More than 80 middle school students from across Berks County participated in the "You Be the Chemist" Challenge on Saturday, March 7. The event, part of a nationwide contest, was held at Penn State-Berks with 13 schools participating. Sponsors included the Chemical Educational Foundation, Brenntag North America, Inc.

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<![CDATA[Meet Private Beetle Bailey's Protege: Part 1 continued: getting ready for Vietnam 1969]]> Continued from last issue.

If I had known better what to expect before going into the Army, I probably would have taken steroids because my arms were on the weak side. I hated to do the long monkey bars in front of the chow hall before I was able to eat. I tore up my hands on those blasted monkey bars.

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:21:41 -0400 2015-03-18T11:21:41-04:00 2015-03-18T11:21:41-04:00
<![CDATA[Letter to the Editor: Domestic violence and rape are an epidemic in America]]> I would like to add my voice to the recent letter fromT he Women's Rights Coalition of Southern Chester County regarding domestic violence and rape. Senator Pat Toomey appears to be grossly indifferent to funding programs to protect women from domestic violence and women and girls who have been raped.

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:21:05 -0400 2015-03-18T11:21:05-04:00 2015-03-18T11:21:05-04:00
<![CDATA[2015 Berks County Dairy Princess sought]]> Berks County is searching for the next Berks County Dairy Princess to promote the Dairy Industry for 2015-16.

Any interested girls in becoming the 2015-16 Berks County Dairy Princess must be age 16 by July 1 up to age 24. She must be somehow connected to the dairy industry. For example a daughter or granddaughter to a dairy farmer or someone who works in the dairy industry.

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:48:02 -0400 2015-03-18T10:48:02-04:00 2015-03-18T10:48:02-04:00
<![CDATA[Woman's Club of Strausstown: Antiques Roadshow, Strausstown style]]> The Woman's Club of Strausstown took a look at antiques at their March meeting. Guest presenter for the evening was Mr. Sylvan Witmer of Womelsdorf.

Mr. Witmer is an auctioneer and, while he told the ladies that he is not a licensed appraiser, he said that he has gained considerable knowledge about antiques in his years as an auctioneer.

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