RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:09:55 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Mind Your Body: A Perfect Time for Turning Inward]]> Winter has arrived and the nights have grown longer. Along with increased darkness, there is more quietude. As we look around us, we see bare branches. Many plants have gone dormant, there are fewer birds about, and numerous animals hibernate or go into "light hibernation." During winter we may sense stillness in nature: just think of a time when you have seen a fresh snowfall and felt a hush in the world.

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<![CDATA[Kutztown University Commencement a special day for stroke victim]]> This time last year, things were going well for Jennifer Sommers of Stroudsburg, Pa. As a special education pre-K - 8 and elementary education pre-K - 4 major at Kutztown University, she saw the light at the end of the tunnel and looked forward to graduating in the spring alongside her twin brother, Tim Sommers.

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<![CDATA[Miller-Keystone Blood Center Launching New Online Donor Screening Application]]> Miller-Keystone Blood Center (MKBC) is pleased to announce the launch of iScreen, a secure, private way for donors to complete their donor history questionnaire. Starting on Tuesday, Jan. 6, iScreen will be used by donors to answer these questions in a private setting at a blood drive or donation center or online on the day of donation, prior to their arrival.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:31:59 -0500 2014-12-19T12:31:59-05:00 2014-12-19T12:32:00-05:00
<![CDATA[Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Intense musical-thriller 'Whiplash' earns its title]]> For all intents and purposes, "Whiplash" is a monster movie -- it doesn't exactly take place in reality. Concerning an ambitious young man at a renowned music college under the tutelage of a conductor whose technical excellence is outweighed only by his ruthlessness in weeding out imperfections in his students, this is a film that approaches musicianship much like "Gravity" approached space travel.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:26:49 -0500 2014-12-19T12:26:49-05:00 2014-12-19T12:26:52-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: Log Houses in the New Hanover area]]> When we think of early houses in the region, the images that usually come to mind are the large, stone farm houses and the associated bank barns.

But these were almost all built in the 19th Century, and often represent the second or even third generation house on any particular site. The first houses in our region during the colonial era were almost all log houses.

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<![CDATA[Leader honored for 50 years of Scouting]]> John Mehltretter was not expecting a room full of Boy Scout leaders and members, family and friends yelling "Surprise!" when he walked into the weekly Troop 101 meeting at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kutztown on Tuesday.

His wife Judy wanted to honor him for more than 50 years with the Boy Scouts.

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<![CDATA[An outpouring of kindness supplies local veterans with essentials]]> The holidays remind us to appreciate what we have, love those in our lives and give back to the community through donations, time and love.

The monthly Stand Downs held near the City Park Bandshell, Reading, are the epitome of just that - donations of love and kindness.

It all began four years ago, when Douglassville resident Betty Clark and Doug Graybill, Veterans Making A Difference, teamed up to help the homeless.

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<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Pennsylvania Dutch and their reverence for stone]]> The widespread use of fieldstone for houses, barns, and mills is quite well-known and a number of structures survive in the area remain in fine shape. However, the stone culture of early Pennsylvania was quite elaborate, and stone was used for practically for every purpose. Fieldstone arched bridges which dotting the landscape by the hundreds just a century ago or more ago are now rare.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:56:31 -0500 2014-12-19T09:56:31-05:00 2014-12-19T09:56:34-05:00
<![CDATA[Berks County Public Library System Awards libraries, individuals for making difference in their community]]> The Berks County Public Library System Board of Trustees recognized the efforts of libraries and individuals at its 13th annual awards presentation on Dec. 17, honoring people and programs who are driving forces and inspirations within the library community.

"It really does serve as an inspiration to other people as well.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:16:40 -0500 2014-12-18T17:16:40-05:00 2014-12-19T12:31:45-05:00
<![CDATA[Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue report to early morning structure fire]]> Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a structure fire--garage at 220 North Reading Avenue--on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 0453 hours [4:53 a.m.].

Upon arrival firefighters found smoke venting from the doors of the garage and with water lines ready they entered the garage to find the source of the fire.

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<![CDATA[Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue reports to chimney fire]]> Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a chimney fire at 142 West Philadelphia Ave., a single family residence, on Friday Dec. 12, at 1426 hours [2:26 p.m.].

The owner reported the fire and the house was evacuated on arrival of fire company. Investigation found active fire in the chimney between the first and second floor.

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<![CDATA[Announcing the winners of the 8th Annual Festival of the Trees in Boyertown]]> From Boyertown Multi-Service

The 8th Annual Festival of the Trees Event took place on Friday, Dec. 6, at Boyertown Multi-Service.

Tree # 1: Sponsored by MaryAnn Blocher, Judie Larson, Linda Manwiller and decorated by the Pottstown Area Garden Club. Winning number 127, winner's name Tracey Daniel

Tree #2: Sponsored by Rotary Club of Boyertown and decorations made by the Harry Potter Fan Club and Library Staff.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:41:44 -0500 2014-12-18T14:41:44-05:00 2014-12-18T14:43:09-05:00
<![CDATA[Historic State Theatre Of Boyertown Born Cross-Eyed To Celebrate St. Stephens Day Concert]]> The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown is proud to present Born Cross-Eyed in concert on Friday, Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at 61 N. Reading Avenue in Boyertown.

Born Cross-Eyed has been rocking Boyertown and beyond since 1978, capturing the spirit of a Grateful Dead concert and mixing in The Allman Brothers, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, and their own brand of sparkling original music.

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<![CDATA[Holiday food drive, Santa run slated for Lower Pottsgrove TWP]]> Shawn Watson wasn't always the owner of three flourishing businesses in Lower Pottsgrove and Douglass Townships and a member of the Lower Pottsgrove Township Board of Commissioners. There was a time when he knew what it was to struggle through life.

Growing up in Norristown, Watson, who is now 38, was raised by his grandmother and, he recalls, it was sometimes tough going.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:47:52 -0500 2014-12-18T10:47:52-05:00 2014-12-18T10:47:54-05:00
<![CDATA[Pottstown MOMS Club holds Gift-A-Way Event]]> Most folks can use a little extra help from time to time--and what better time than the holiday season.

The Pottstown YMCA was the site of a MOMS Club Gift-A-Way Event on Saturday, Dec. 6.

The MOMS Club, with the help of several local businesses collected toys for families in need. Saturday was the first event of this kind in the Pottstown area.

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