RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:19:37 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Statewide roadside cleanup planned, volunteers needed]]> The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is seeking volunteers for this year's Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, which begins March 1 and runs through May 31.

"Pennsylvania is a beautiful state, and it's imperative that we work together to keep it that way," Acting Secretary Leslie S.

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<![CDATA[Schuylkill Scrub: Anti-litter campaign to span entire spring]]> The Schuylkill Action Network is working to rid the Schuylkill River of litter by hosting the Schuylkill Scrub from March 1 to May 31 across Southeast Pennsylvania. Those who add their spring cleanups to this anti-litter campaign can win gift certificates for kayaking, tubing, and more along the Schuylkill River.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:43:15 -0500 2015-03-04T10:43:15-05:00 2015-03-04T10:43:15-05:00
<![CDATA[Wockets, silly rhymes and Dr. Seuss: Fleetwood High School FBLA and Andrew Maier Elementary "Read Across America" with Dr. Seuss]]> Elementary students created their own wockets, wrote their own silly rhymes and got crafty, Dr. Seuss style.

For the first year, the Fleetwood High School Future Business Leaders of America teamed up with Andrew Maier Elementary School on March 2, National Read Across America Day, to honor the birthday of Dr.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:19:24 -0500 2015-03-03T17:19:24-05:00 2015-03-03T17:19:24-05:00
<![CDATA[Hopewell Furnace presents The Legacy of William Penn March 8]]> What does William Penn have to do with Berks, Chester and Montgomery Counties? Plenty! On Sunday, March 8, historian and preservationist Barbara Cohen will discuss the Legacy of William Penn. The free program will begin at 2 p.m. in the Hopewell Furnace Conference Center.

William Penn promoted the rich iron ore of Pennsylvania to encourage settlement in the 17th century.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:28:06 -0500 2015-03-03T16:28:06-05:00 2015-03-03T16:28:06-05:00
<![CDATA[Boyertown team to compete in Preston & Steve's Cardboard Classic this Friday]]> While some are steering away from the cold, some are choosing to steer into it head-on.

Boyertown area residents Mark Clauss, Gail Maxham, Chris and Cindy Prindle and Mark Stout have built a 17-foot-long cardboard Harley Chopper sled which features an eagle head at its center. The team is planning to compete in Preston and Steve's Cardboard Classic at Jack Frost Mountain Friday, March 6.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:57:10 -0500 2015-03-03T10:57:10-05:00 2015-03-03T15:50:03-05:00
<![CDATA[Cat Angel Network: Meet Oliver]]> Are you one of those people who loves big, cuddly, orange-and-white boy cats? Then Oliver is your guy! He is pure sweetness and adores the company of his favorite people. He's the best buddy ever for couch potato sessions!

Oliver and the other pets in his household recently lost their home. Oliver had been with this family his whole life, and at 10 years of age, it has been a big adjustment for him.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:03:46 -0500 2015-03-03T14:03:46-05:00 2015-03-03T14:03:46-05:00
<![CDATA[Berks County Crime Unit investigated prostitution at Jane's Spa Oriental Massage, Blandon]]> The Berks County District Attorney's Crime Unit initiated an investigation into the operation of "Jane's Spa Oriental Massage", located at 8468 Allentown Pike, Suite #5, Blandon

Jiang Yanyan, 38, of Blandon, has been charged with Criminal Solicitation, Prostitution and Related Offenses.

In January of 2015, detectives from the Berks County District Attorney's Crime Unit initiated an investigation into the operation of "Jane's Spa Oriental Massage", located at 8468 Allentown Pike, Suite #5, Blandon.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:04:10 -0500 2015-03-03T12:04:10-05:00 2015-03-03T12:04:10-05:00
<![CDATA[Subcommittees propose budget changes to Kutztown School Board]]> Two subcommittees, the Technology and the Curriculum and Instruction groups, appeared before the Kutztown School Board on Monday night to present their proposed budgets for the 2015-16 school year.

The Technology subcommittee's goal was to address the technological needs of the district while maintaining an appropriate expenditure limit.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:57:20 -0500 2015-03-03T11:57:20-05:00 2015-03-03T11:57:20-05:00
<![CDATA[Free Dining with Diabetes program comes to Boyertown this week]]> Boyertown>> A free informational diabetes program that includes cooking demonstrations will be offered to local residents starting Thursday.

The program is for adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes as well as family members and caregivers.

Participants will attend two-hour evening classes that include discussions about diabetes, exercise videos and lessons on nutrition management.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:56:34 -0500 2015-03-03T08:56:34-05:00 2015-03-03T09:06:10-05:00
<![CDATA[Boyertown man pleads guilty to sex assault of girl, 14, he met on Facebook]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Berks County man pleaded guilty on Monday to having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

Tyler Patrick Osborne, 20, of Boyertown, pleaded guilty to one count of statutory sexual assault, a second degree felony, on Monday in front of Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Garrett Page.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:03:56 -0500 2015-03-03T08:03:56-05:00 2015-03-03T08:03:56-05:00
<![CDATA[Guns permitted in Union Township public rec area]]> UNION TWP. >> The township supervisors recently approved an ordinance amendment that allows visitors to carry firearms into the Union Township Recreation Area off Route 724.

Township Solicitor Frederick K. Hatt said the Pennsylvania Legislature approved a bill last fall that requires municipalities to revise their ordinances to reflect the expanded right to carry firearms in public recreation areas as long as the gun owner has a license to carry the weapon.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:59:25 -0500 2015-03-03T07:59:25-05:00 2015-03-03T07:59:25-05:00
<![CDATA[Berks County Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt seeks third term]]> Reading >> Berks County Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt did not require any pomp and circumstance when he quietly stepped into election season. Seeking his third term, the Democrat simply stated that he would like to continue working on the projects he has in the pipeline.

"Politicians get a bad rap.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:53:57 -0500 2015-03-03T07:53:57-05:00 2015-03-03T07:53:57-05:00
<![CDATA[Kutztown rings in Bicentennial; Bells ring 200 times to celebrate Ktown's 200th birthday]]> The "Ringing of the Bells" brought Kutztonians out in the snow to celebrate the 200th birthday of Kutztown.

Volunteers all over town rang the bells in various churches and the Kutztown Area Historical Society. The Kutztown Fire Company crew rang their fire bell, and some people rang bells in their back yards and porches.

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:22:14 -0500 2015-03-02T15:22:14-05:00 2015-03-02T15:22:14-05:00
<![CDATA[Blandon author Dori Hoch releases 'The Easter Bunny Brothers']]> Submitted

Dori Hoch, Blandon, recently released her newest book filled with colorful illustrations and the competitive antics of, "The Easter Bunny Brothers."

Hoch, a retired elementary teacher and reading specialist from the Fleetwood and Wilson School Districts, collaborated with artist, author, and West Lawn native, Jane Wolfgang, former elementary art teacher for Governor Mifflin and Wilson School Districts, to create a book suitable for preschoolers through early elementary.

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:20:58 -0500 2015-03-02T15:20:58-05:00 2015-03-02T15:20:58-05:00
<![CDATA[Fleetwood Area School District Report presents Spring Musicals]]> The Fleetwood Area School District is proud to present three musicals for your enjoyment this month.

The first will be Shrek, Jr. presented by the middle school. The rights to perform this musical were just released in October, so Fleetwood Middle School is one of the first schools to perform it! Auditions were held in December and students have been practicing four days a week since the start of January.

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:20:26 -0500 2015-03-02T15:20:26-05:00 2015-03-02T15:20:26-05:00