RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:18:02 -0400 60 <![CDATA['A lifetime experience that we will never forget']]> Karen Smith and her daughter, Jennifer, of Gilbertsville traveled to Philadelphia to join in the celebration of the Festival of Families on Saturday, September 26. The Smith's joined 20 other pilgrims on a bus tour that dismissed from Most Blessed Sacrament, Bally.

Everyone was itching with anticipation in getting a glimpse of Pope Francis.

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<![CDATA[Frecon Farms celebrates fall with annual 'Pick Your Own' invitation]]> Frecon Farms has kicked off their annual "Pick your own fruit" -- community members now have the chance to explore 30 acres of land and their own apples, pears, pumpkins, and other fruits that are grown in the orchard.

The event lasts until Sunday, Nov. 1, and features different offerings and events such as live music on the weekends, fresh pressed apple cider, a kid's zone, and a picnic area where families can bring and enjoy their own food.

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<![CDATA[Drama of education funding hits the stage in school play]]> Pennsylvania's school funding crisis will take center stage in School Play at a location to be announced -- at 7 p.m.

The free one-night local showing of the play, which received overwhelmingly positive reviews at sold-out performances last April at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, is part of a statewide tour that will include showings in Harrisburg, Lancaster, State College, Johnstown, Allentown, Schuylkill Haven, Montgomery County, St.

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<![CDATA[Julia's Grace to host 3rd Annual Ninja Race]]> Oct. 11 is the date of the 3rd Annual Ninja 5K/1M Race to benefit Julia's Grace Foundation. The event will start at 9 a.m. at the Limerick Community Park located at Swamp Pike & Ziegler Road, Limerick. Entry fees apply, and there is a special for families. All participants will receive a T-shirt. All preregistrations must be in by Monday, Oct.

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<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Pope Francis, the People's Pope]]> This past Fall's pilgrimage of the Roman Catholic Pope Francis to honor Christians in America has renewed our Colonial American heritage everywhere. Take, for instance, the Holy Church of the Blessed Sacrament established in Bally, Berks County where thousands of people were devout members. An iconic Catholic Church founded By Father Theodor Schneider in 1743, where mass was conducted twice on Sundays among the PA Dutch ethnic farmers.

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<![CDATA[Pottstown SCORE announces October seminars]]> Pottstown SCORE is offering two learning opportunities in October. All workshops are free and are held at the SCORE office at 244 High Street in Pottstown (free parking, entrance at the rear of the building). Registration for these seminars is requested.

The first seminar, "The Entrepreneurial Equation," will be held on Wednesday, Oct.

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<![CDATA[The Historian: Pennsylvania Dutch music and dance]]> Why are there so few references to folk-dancing and music in local history? The record of folk-dance and dance tunes is sparse at best. Didn't our ancestors bring any folk-dances from Germany and Switzerland in the early 18th century?

The first explanation that comes to mind is that German immigrants, mainly Lutherans, Reformed and Mennonites, were too religious to dance.

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<![CDATA[Adoptables from the Montco SPCA]]> May we have the honor of introducing Pudgy and Boomer? These two handsome 11-year-old Pugs are in search of a home together. They have lived and grown up with each other and would be devastate if they were separated! They are both good with children and appear to get along well with other animals.

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<![CDATA[Meet Cornflake, a gentle and loving kitty who needs a home]]> She's grrrrreat! No, not Tony the Tiger... it's Cornflake the Cat! Cornflake and her beautiful kittens were found in Pottstown by a kind cat lover. After being taken inside, Cornflake proved herself to be a doting mother. Her kittens are now weaned, and it's her turn to be on the receiving end of the pampering and devoted care.

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:20:50 -0400 20150929122050 2015-09-29T12:20:50-04:00 2015-09-29T12:20:50-04:00
<![CDATA[Boyertown Jaycees announce 63rd Annual Halloween Parade]]> The Boyertown Jaycees 63rd Annual Halloween Parade is planned for Saturday, Oct. 24, beginning at 7 p.m.

The parade will form at the Boyertown Elementary School, Boyertown Junior High School West and Berk Wiper parking lots. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 25.

WRFY (102.5 FM) will be the MC's for the parade this year.

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<![CDATA[Kindred Spirits Too Quilt Guild hosts quilt show, raises funds for Boone Area Library]]> Members of Kindred Spirits Too Quilt Guild hosted their first quilt show at Boone Area Library Sept. 20 and donated proceeds from the show to the Boone Area Library. The show also included raffles, refreshments, handmade items for sale and a contest for best quilt.

The guild turned the library into a quilt museum for the day displaying around 200 quilts that were made by members and antiques owned by the members.

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<![CDATA[Exeter Ambulance Association extends 'olive branch' to Exeter Township]]> It wasn't until nearly one week after the news broke about a lawsuit, that the Exeter Ambulance Association (EAA) was served lawsuit papers from Exeter Township, said EAA President Kathy Cortellessa last Wednesday.

Exeter Township is suing EAA to recoup $52,128.69 in unpaid fuel and vehicle maintenance bills.

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<![CDATA[Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library announces Bookmobile schedule]]> The Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library has announced the October 2015 schedule for their Bookmobile, which brings the library's collection out into the community.

The Bookmobile schedule is as follows:

Oct. 3, 17 and 31, the Bookmobile will be located at Weis Shopping Center on Philadelphia Avenue in Gilbertsville from 10:30 a.

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<![CDATA[Holy Cross School installs rock climbing wall]]> The Holy Cross School community proudly introduced a new addition to its campus. A rock climbing wall was recently installed in the school gymnasium and was unveiled to the students and parents during the first week of the 2015-16 school year. Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation provided a grant to Holy Cross, which helped to fund this large project.

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<![CDATA[Obama and Putin: Awkward moments, few breakthroughs]]> NEW YORK >> U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin's first formal meeting in more than two years started with an awkward handshake and ended without a breakthrough on Syria, a crisis that has strained their already tense relationship.

On the biggest issue that divides them in Syria -- the status of embattled leader Bashar Assad -- Obama and Putin left their discussions Monday exactly where they started.

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