RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:50:59 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Boyertown Lady Ballers win the Stellar Basketball Tournament]]> The Boyertown Lady Ballers, a high School varsity summer basketball team, played in the annual Stellar Basketball Tournament held at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown.

Starting with a victory on July 11, the girls continued play on July 12 with a win against Salisbury first, then suffering a loss in their second game to Southern Lehigh, placing them in the losers bracket the next day.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:42:30 -0400 2014-07-22T14:42:30-04:00 2014-07-22T14:42:35-04:00
<![CDATA[Boyertown's recent fire company merge seeks to offset decline of volunteers]]> Improved firefighting services, greater operational efficiencies and savings in tax dollars are among the benefits that residents are expected to realize through the recent merger of the three Boyertown area fire companies.

As of July 1, the three companies - Friendship Hook & Ladder and Keystone Steam Fire Co.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:30:54 -0400 2014-07-22T14:30:54-04:00 2014-07-22T14:30:58-04:00
<![CDATA[The Westy goes to the dogs during 'Dug Days of Summer']]>

Those on their way to lunch at The Westy Bar & Grill in Hamburg on Saturday, July 19, had the chance to spend some time with puppies before and after eating at the restaurant. The CatWorks Inc. held the Dog Days of Summer to help raise funds and find homes for the dogs and cats in their care.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:08:23 -0400 2014-07-22T14:08:23-04:00 2014-07-22T14:08:33-04:00
<![CDATA[Hamburg Rotary: Students share Camp Neidig experience]]> Christine Roth was the program chairperson and the students from Hamburg High School who attended Camp Neidig presented the program. Kylie James, and Shelby Levan in the picture and missing from the picture were Sierna Werley and Ron Lavigne. All four students were in the leadership training at Camp Neidig from June 13 to June 16.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:04:24 -0400 2014-07-22T14:04:24-04:00 2014-07-22T14:04:28-04:00
<![CDATA[Bluegrass and gospel come to Centerport with Days of Old]]>

Old-timey bluegrass and gospel songs take center stage when local band Days Of Old resins up the bow. And it's not just the toe-tapping tunes that delight; the ages of the band members offer hope for the future of good, old-fashioned music.

The band is comprised of five young men, most just entering their twenties and one still in high school, who get together a couple of nights a week to practice.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:59:00 -0400 2014-07-22T13:59:00-04:00 2014-07-22T13:59:06-04:00
<![CDATA[Mack trucks and classic diner fare on menu for family fun]]>

In our quest to keep boredom at bay this summer, my family has found lots of low-cost or free activities in the Hamburg area. This week, however, I had the chance to do a special outing with just my middle-school son, and he was set on venturing a little farther to tour the Mack Truck Museum in Allentown.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:42:53 -0400 2014-07-22T13:42:53-04:00 2014-07-22T13:43:12-04:00
<![CDATA[Etchberger Foundation and OTF screen 'MURPH THE PROTECTOR' at Hamburg Strand]]>

Our Town Foundation and the CMSgt Richard L. Etchberger Foundation teamed up on Sunday, July 20, for a private screening of "MURPH THE PROTECTOR" at the Hamburg Strand Theater that benefited both foundations.

"I want to say 'thank you' to Deena [Kershner] and the Our Town Foundation for pairing up with the Etchberger Foundation," said Cory Etchberger, of the CMSgt Richard L.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:21:21 -0400 2014-07-22T13:21:21-04:00 2014-07-22T13:21:32-04:00
<![CDATA[Hamburg Area High School class of 1953 celebrates 61st reunion]]> Hamburg High School class of 1953 held its 61st reunion on June 18 at Blue Mountain Restaurant in Shartlesville.

Left to right: Betty Krick Angstadt, Richard Fraunfelter, Shirley Wagner Shollenberger, Charles H. Graeff, Gloria "Brownie" Kauffman Phillips, Gilbert Long, Shirley Zweizig Nestler, William Fink, Gloria "Blackie" Kauffman Ruth, Sara Nies Wolfe, Shirley Burkert and Helen Bathaser Zern.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:11:19 -0400 2014-07-22T13:11:19-04:00 2014-07-22T13:11:23-04:00
<![CDATA[Hamburg's From the Early Files]]> 25 Years Ago

July 26, 1989

Mr. and Mrs. C. Benton Wert, 545 West State Street, Hamburg, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a party given by their children at the Shartlesville Grange Hall.

At a special meeting last Wednesday night the Hamburg Municipal Authority awarded a $264, 800.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:00:18 -0400 2014-07-22T13:00:18-04:00 2014-07-22T13:00:26-04:00
<![CDATA[Power outage affects 15,000 in tri-county area]]>

UNION TWP - Approximately 15,000 Met-Ed customers across the tri-county area lost power late Sunday morning.

"There was a major distrubance in the transmission system," said Karen Baxter, a spokeswoman for Met-Ed. "It took out about 15,000 customers around 11 a.m."

Baxter said crews were being sent out to investigate exactly what caused the outage.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:51:15 -0400 2014-07-22T12:51:15-04:00 2014-07-22T12:51:18-04:00
<![CDATA[While Governor Mifflin awaits pre-k grant, families begin enrolling in new pre-k program]]> With the passage of the Pennsylvania State Budget, which included an additional $10 million for pre-K education, the Governor Mifflin School District is continuing to move forward with a district-wide preschool program. The district has applied for a Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Grant, and has already started receiving applications from families interested in enrolling students in the program in the fall.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:29:39 -0400 2014-07-22T12:29:39-04:00 2014-07-22T12:29:44-04:00
<![CDATA[Penn Street Market welcomes Alvernia student farm food as vendor]]> Alvernia University students are getting a hands-on education on what it takes to grow and market vegetables at the Penn Street Market this year. The university's farm is called Bog Turtle Creek Farm and is located near Mohnton.

"Bog Turtle Creek Farm is a program designed to make healthy, fresh produce available to families in the City of Reading," according to Jay W.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:19:12 -0400 2014-07-22T12:19:12-04:00 2014-07-22T12:19:20-04:00
<![CDATA[Fight for Sight 5K Starts at the Daniel Boone Homestead Sept. 6]]> The Amity Township Lions Club presents the "mane" event of running season....The Fight for Sight Run will be held during Community Days weekend on Saturday, Sept. 6 The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and the Lion Cub Fun Run will begin at 9:10 a.m. This family-friendly event starts at the Visitors Center of the Daniel Boone Homestead.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:18:18 -0400 2014-07-22T12:18:18-04:00 2014-07-22T12:18:23-04:00
<![CDATA[Lee Mecherly retires from coaching after 37 years with the Bear-Cubs]]> For 37 years, Lee Mecherly coached the Boyertown Bear Cubs Junior Legion team. He won numerous league titles, regional and state titles. Mecherly stepped down as the coach in November of 2013, but still spends numerous hours working on the field which bears his name, making sure that it's one of the best fields, if not the best field, in Berks County.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:58:29 -0400 2014-07-22T11:58:29-04:00 2014-07-22T11:58:35-04:00
<![CDATA[Kutztown School Board approves new Band room floor; removes reconfiguration from agenda]]> Addressing student safety and poor floor tile condition, Kutztown School Board approved a new High School Band Room floor and also removed from future agendas elementary and middle school reconfiguration talks.

In a unanimous decision Monday, the Kutztown Area School District School Board voted to approve an $8,718 renovation project to replace the tiles in the high school's band room.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:37:29 -0400 2014-07-22T11:37:29-04:00 2014-07-22T11:37:35-04:00