RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:00:29 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Boyertown rescue crews report to rollover crash]]> On Saturday, April 11, at 9:55 p.m. Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a rollover crash with injuries and possible entrapment in Douglass Township, Berks, on Farmington Avenue at the industrial complex between Englesville Hill Road and Farmington Avenue to assist State Police.

Boyertown Ambulance and Gilbertsville Ambulance transported both occupants to Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:40:57 -0400 2015-04-17T17:40:57-04:00 2015-04-17T17:40:57-04:00
<![CDATA[Kutztown, Fleetwood, Brandywine Heights, Oley Valley and Hamburg middle and high school students recognized for excelling in technology education and business courses or FBLA]]> By Lisa Mitchell

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce recognized local students during its April 17 breakfast.

"Technology education looks very different in different schools but these students have emerged as leaders among their peers in some form of technology education," said Kutztown Superintendent Kathy Metrick, introducing the honored students one at a time.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:43:32 -0400 2015-04-17T16:43:32-04:00 2015-04-17T16:43:32-04:00
<![CDATA[Richmond Elementary Principal kisses pig for reading challenge]]> Richmond Elementary Principal Michelle Jackson kissed a pig on Friday, April 17.

Jackson had challenged her students that if they each read 75 books by this time, she would kiss a pig. And kiss a pig she did.

The noise in the auditorium was deafening as Jackson opened the stage curtain to reveal a pig in a red wagon.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:43:16 -0400 2015-04-17T16:43:16-04:00 2015-04-17T16:43:16-04:00
<![CDATA[Fleetwood Kindergarteners meet 'Number One Sam' author; encouraged to create their own books]]> Fleetwood School District's 165 kindergarten students met the author and illustrator of "Number One Sam" at Willow Creek Elementary on April 16.

"I draw pictures for a living," Greg Pizzoli told the students. "I get to create my world."

Pizzoli shared humorous photos of himself and his early drawings, eliciting laughter and shouts from the young readers.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:42:58 -0400 2015-04-17T16:42:58-04:00 2015-04-17T16:42:58-04:00
<![CDATA[Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce Speaker: Jump Start Incubator gives small businesses a place to grow]]> June Clougher, of Jump Start Incubator, spoke to members and guests at the April 17 Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Berkleigh Golf Club in Kutztown.

"This is a really wonderful resource that's in the Berks County community and I want to make sure that as many people as possible know we exist because there are people who are looking to start businesses in all different environments," Clougher told members during her presentation.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:42:20 -0400 2015-04-17T16:42:20-04:00 2015-04-17T16:42:20-04:00
<![CDATA[High school exchange student shadows Senator Argall in Capitol]]> A Wilson Area High School exchange student from Norway, Sander Nygaard, spent Tuesday April 14 shadowing Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) at the state Capitol.

Nygaard joined Argall for a scheduled Senate session day in Harrisburg and participated in a range of events with the Senator, including meeting with local constituents advocating for legislation, a press conference where the Senator introduced a proposal to provide relief for architecture students, speaking with students from a local school district, and a meeting to discuss property tax reform.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:25:00 -0400 2015-04-17T15:25:00-04:00 2015-04-17T15:37:48-04:00
<![CDATA[PennDOT to resurface PA 10 and PA 724 in Berks County]]> The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 5 announced today PA 10 and PA 724 in Berks County will be resurfaced beginning April 27.

The pavement improvement project is financed with funds from Pennsylvania's transportation plan, Act 89. Work includes base repairs, milling, paving and new pavement markings on PA 10 between PA 724 and Interstate 176 in Cumru Township; PA 10 between PA 23 and Interstate 76/PA Turnpike in Caernarvon Township and New Morgan Borough; and PA 724 between Interstate 176 and PA 10 in Cumru Township.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:20:59 -0400 2015-04-17T13:20:59-04:00 2015-04-17T13:20:59-04:00
<![CDATA[Kutztown University students run through campus in Boxer Trot; KU fraternity raises $1,250 for charity]]> Running through campus in their boxers, about 15 racers helped raise funds for children.

The Kutztown University chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon held its sixth annual Boxer Trot at KU's McFarland Student Union lawn during Greek Week on Thursday, April 16, with proceeds benefiting Children's Miracle Network.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:05:10 -0400 2015-04-17T11:05:10-04:00 2015-04-17T11:05:10-04:00
<![CDATA[Sen. Schwank: 5 New Farms Added to PA's Farmland Preservation Program]]> Berks County's reputation as a leader in farmland preservation grew by another 406 acres on April 16 when the Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board added five farms to the historic program.

The preservation board, of which Sen. Judy Schwank is a member, valued the tracts at $1,015,000.

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:02:30 -0400 2015-04-16T12:02:30-04:00 2015-04-17T12:48:08-04:00
<![CDATA[New location unveiled for Art for Arf's Sake Auction benefiting Humane Society of Berks County]]> Humane Society of Berks County (HSBC) has a brand-new location for its 1969 rock festival inspired Art for Arf's Sake Auction. In its 14th year, the auction will be held at Reading Public Museum, 500 Museum Road, on May 9 at 5:30 p.m., where guests will be granted exclusive access to the museum's classic Rolling Stone photography exhibit.

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:41:35 -0400 2015-04-16T17:41:35-04:00 2015-04-16T17:41:35-04:00
<![CDATA[Tri-county support group formed for families dealing with drug addiction]]> Carly Umstead's war against heroin has been a hard eight-year fight that started when she was just 12 years old.

Now a young woman, Carly has been dealing since fifth grade with depression and anxiety followed by addiction. Her battle with drugs has left plenty of scars over the years on her and her family, who live in Lower Pottsgrove.

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:20:52 -0400 2015-04-16T15:20:52-04:00 2015-04-16T15:20:52-04:00
<![CDATA[United Way Of Boyertown Area adds 'Happy 2 Be Home' as 17th member]]> The United Way of Boyertown Area Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of "Happy 2 be Home" as their 17th member agency plus a special distribution of $2,000 to further their 2015 efforts in the Boyertown area. This is in addition to the $235,000 already committed during 2015 to the 16 other member agencies serving Boyertown Area residents.

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:50:41 -0400 2015-04-16T14:50:41-04:00 2015-04-16T14:50:41-04:00
<![CDATA[Boyertown Schools get $3,000 in tax issue settlement]]> The Boyertown Area School District will get $3,000 as the result of an agreement with Gravel Pike 50, LLC.

Gravel Pike is the property owner of the parcel of land at 1823 Gravel Pike in Upper Frederick Township. The property owners briefly had the Act 319 - or "Clean and Green" - status revoked and then reinstated.

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:45:41 -0400 2015-04-16T14:45:41-04:00 2015-04-16T14:45:41-04:00
<![CDATA[Colebrookdale's 'Mudball' rail ride means wildflowers for mom]]> Kids love mud, and moms love flowers.

And the Colebrookdale Railroad has found a way to make them both happy.

This Saturday, the railroad will host the first ever "Mudball Express."

The first train of its kind east of the Mississippi, the Mudball Express will allow children of all ages to sling mudballs -- yes, real mudballs -- from the train as it rumbles down the track.

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:48:04 -0400 2015-04-16T10:48:04-04:00 2015-04-16T14:44:28-04:00
<![CDATA[Boone board president blasts rumor mill]]> In an attempt to move forward with the Daniel Boone School Board's continuing budget and curriculum agendas, board President Richard Martino read at Monday night's meeting a prepared statement to dispel the "erroneous comments made either at the podium or on social media."

He said those comments have led to nine "rumors and misconceptions.

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:40:20 -0400 2015-04-16T14:40:20-04:00 2015-04-16T14:40:20-04:00