RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:14:43 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Up close view of bald eagle, golden eagle at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton]]> Nature and photography enthusiasts and families had the opportunity to see a bald eagle and a golden eagle up close at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton on Aug. 29.

Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist, and Franklin Klock II, naturalist, from the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, brought Rennie the bald eagle and Miss Charles, or also known as "Goldie," the golden eagle for an educational presentation.

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<![CDATA[Congressman Ryan Costello tours Frecon Farms orchard, touts the CIDER Act]]> The growing appeal of alcoholic cider in recent years has apple growers like Frecon Farms branching out to new customers.

Recently, freshman Congressman Ryan Costello (PA-06) spent the afternoon at the Douglass Township farm to tout the CIDER Act, bipartisan legislation that was reintroduced in the 114th Congress to loosen regulations and lessen the tax burden on selling hard cider.

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<![CDATA[Mertztown man threatens woman with gun in domestic incident]]> On Aug. 26 at 3:41 a.m., State Police from the Reading station were called to a domestic disturbance on Sally Ann Furnace Road in Rockland Township.

Through a series of interviews, police learned that William James Spannuth, 56, of Mertztown, awoke at 3 a.m. with pain caused by a pre-existing medical condition.

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<![CDATA[20-year-old female robbed at gunpoint in Lyons]]> The Pennsylvania State Police of Reading responded to a robbery at gunpoint that occurred on Aug. 28 in the Lyons Borough.

At 4:50 a.m., the 20-year-old female victim was walking to work on Ash Street, just north of State Street. The suspect, a male wearing all black and a black ski mask, pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim's money.

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<![CDATA[KU's Robert Ryan participates in unprecedented international psychology project]]> Associate Professor Dr. Robert Ryan, along with 269 co-authors from around the world, published their findings in Science Magazine following their investigation into the reproducibility of psychological science. Launched nearly four years ago, the Reproducibility Project: Psychology has produced the most comprehensive investigation ever completed about the rate and predictors of reproducibility in a field of science.

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<![CDATA[Kutztown University to host 150th Anniversary races; public welcome to register for 5K Cross Country Run and 150-Yard Cub Dash]]> Kutztown University will host the Sesquicentennial 5K Cross Country Run and 150-yard Cub Dash on Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. in honor of its 150th year anniversary.

The races will begin and end on the North Campus athletic practice fields adjacent to Luckenbill Road. Official race timing will be conducted by Pretzel City Sports.

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<![CDATA[Raggedy Ann celebrates 100th birthday: Great-niece of originator, from Mohrsville, sells dolls at Leesport Auction Toy Show]]> Iconic American toy Raggedy Ann celebrates her 100th birthday this week, and a local relative of the doll's creator wants to make it a memorable celebration.

Cindy Gruelle Goho, of Mohrsville, is the great-niece of Johnny Gruelle, the creator of the original Raggedy Ann doll. Goho and her husband, Rick, who have an extensive collection of Raggedy Ann dolls, memorabilia and vintage toys from the 1930s through 1975, will mark the anniversary of the first patent issued for Raggedy Ann on Sept.

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<![CDATA[WTIM: Music Around Town]]> What's going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Local Bands and Venues

3 Sept - Manatawny Creek Ramblers at Union Jacks on the Manatawny, Pleasentville (7 p.m. start)

3 Sept - Blue Grass Jam at Chaplins the Music Café, Spring City (7 p.

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<![CDATA[Fun Friday: Spend an afternoon on the wild side at Elmwood Park Zoo]]> The Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown offers the ideal afternoon escape for families and animal lovers. Our family took our first visit to this zoo the last Friday before school started and time flew as we explored exhibits featuring diverse mammals, birds, reptiles and more. The property, which extends over 16 acres, dates back to the 1920s and is run as a non-profit by the Norristown Zoological Society.

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<![CDATA[Hamburg Hole in One]]> Sam Garland, Hamburg resident, 80, received a Hole in One plaque made by Rich Weigle from Kutztown. The plaque was on his breakfast table at 3rd Street Café on Aug. 25. The hole in one was on Aug. 14, 2014 at hole #6 at Perry Golf Club. Garland had been golfing 50 years.

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<![CDATA[Kutztown Girl Scout earns Gold: Samantha Tanner, 16, scrapbooked articles advocating deaf and hard of hearing]]> Samantha Tanner, age 16 of Kutztown, from Troop 1359 completed her Gold Award project in July, 2015. Her project consisted of organizing and scrapbooking newspaper articles and archiving Senator's letters addressing the advocacy of the deaf and hard of hearing in Berks County dating back since 1967.

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<![CDATA[Three Chick-fil-A locations donate $2,500 to Food Bank's Weekender Backpack Program]]> After a daylong fundraiser this summer, three Chick-fil-A locations in Berks County have donated $2,500 to the Greater Berks Food Bank's Weekender Backpack Program.

On Aug. 11, Chick-fil-A Exeter, Chick-fil-A Broadcasting Square and Chick-fil-A Berkshire Mall donated a portion of total sales to the backpack program, which sends healthy food home with 1,500 students in Berks and Schuylkill counties on Fridays during the school year.

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<![CDATA['At-risk' kindergarten presented at Boone]]> Seven months after the Daniel Boone community heard the possibility of restoring full-day kindergarten to the curriculum, two kindergarten teachers presented on Aug. 24 a new model for an "at-risk" kindergarten program.

The presentation was made at the board's Curriculum and Instruction Committee meeting.

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<![CDATA[54-Acre Arnold Farm now protected, Sen. Schwank announces]]> A 54-acre tract in Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, is now under the commonwealth's farmland preservation shield, state Senator Judy Schwank said on Aug. 13.

Lawrence and Donna Arnold received nearly $135,000 in conservation easements in exchange for including their farm in the long-running program.

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<![CDATA[Daniel Boone re-hires 2.5 elementary teachers]]> The Daniel Boone School Board approved 5-3 on Aug. 24 to hire 2.5 elementary teachers to lower class sizes.

Acting Superintendent Robert Hurley said the current first and third grade enrollment at Monocacy Elementary Center (MEC) exceeds the district's class size policy.

Board members Andrew Basile, Carol Beitz, and Tamara Twardowski opposed the motion.

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