RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: http://www.berksmontnews.com The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: http://www.berksmontnews.com website: all stories http://www.berksmontnews.com The Berks-Mont News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:30:38 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Kutztown Elementary Students, staff perform 1,000 acts of kindness]]> Kutztown Elementary students and staff performed more than 1,000 random acts of kindness and spread joy in the community during December.

"I'm really proud of our students," said Principal Deb Barnes. "They were very focused on spreading joy to others and doing kind things for people in the community, their classmates, their families, so it really spread a lot of warm feelings throughout the community.

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<![CDATA[Hamburg Area School District Superintendent's resignation accepted]]> After eight years at the helm, Hamburg Area's top administrator has decided that it's time for a change.

Superintendent Steven Keifer submitted his resignation to school directors, who voted to accept the resignation on Dec. 15.

"I feel like it's the right time," Keifer said. "We did a lot to move the district forward.

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<![CDATA[Liquor Control partners with 4 Universities: Town-Gown Pilot Project aims to prevent underage and dangerous drinking on college campuses and in community]]> The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced a pilot program with Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown University, West Chester University, Alvernia College and Caron Treatment Centers to develop a Town-Gown Pilot Project aimed at preventing underage and dangerous drinking on college campuses and in the surrounding communities.

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<![CDATA[Oley farmer wins Sunoco's Free Fuel 5000 Contest Grand Prize of $5,000 in fuel]]> Sunoco marks the first decade of its popular Free Fuel 5000 contest by giving out $5,000 Grand Prizes to 10 lucky customers from across the country.

The Free Fuel 5000 contest was established in 2004 as a way to reward Sunoco's most loyal customers. To participate, drivers simply need to display a Sunoco bumper sticker on their vehicle, fill up at any Sunoco station, and hope to be spotted with their Sunoco decal between the months of June and August.

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<![CDATA[Roundabouts, widening and additional turning lanes planed for Route 222, Maidencreek, Richmond and Maxatawny townships]]> Pennsylvania Department of Transportation representatives presented plans for Route 222 during a public open house at Fleetwood High School Dec. 17.

"PennDOT was invited by Sen. Argall and Sen. Schwank to attend the meeting to discuss safety along the US 222 corridor and present our plans for upcoming construction projects," said Sean Brown, Safety Press Officer, PA Department of Transportation, Engineering District 5.

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<![CDATA[Hamburg's From the Early Files]]> 25 Years Ago

Dec. 27, 1989 >> Army Captain Thomas Muir, 29, was injured last week in the U.S. invasion of Panama. Captain Muir is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Muir, 100 Club House Drive, Bernville. A bullet pierced Muir's helmet and struck his face. The serviceman suffered cheek and nose fractures and cuts that required 72 stitches.

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<![CDATA[Hamburg area calendar of events]]> Recurring

Centerport Lions Club: Jamming Sessions will be held every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Music starts at 5:30 p.m. All musicians welcome.

Senior Citizens Club of Hamburg: The Hamburg Seniors meet at 2 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in the Hamburg Area Middle School cafeteria.

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<![CDATA[Hamburg area church calendar]]> Salem-Berne United Methodist Church

Join us Dec. 28 for Morning Worship at 10:15 a.m. The Sermon theme is "Childhood -- Christmas I." The Liturgist is Dennis Sonday and the Greeters are Carol Kalbach and Marion Yeager. The Children's Message will be given by Lisa Francis and the Acolyte is LeighAnn Gesicki.

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<![CDATA[Brinton Lodge hosts first Holiday Bizarre Bazaar]]> Historic Brinton Lodge hosted their first annual Holiday Bizarre Bazaar which featured local vendors and artists who specialize in unique, handmade, weird, vintage, sexy, esoteric, eco-friendly, and fun crafts, goods, and services. In addition to over 25 vendors, there live entertainment kept the crowd watching as performers took it to the extreme, hammering nails up their noses and putting screwdrivers down their throats.

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<![CDATA[Hollywood fairy tale for Fleetwood girl, 8, in Big Apple]]> Rodeo Marie Hanson, an 8-year-old girl from the Fleetwood area, got up close and personal with Hollywood's A-List, at The World Premiere of Disney's "Into The Woods."

The star-studded event took place at the Ziegfeld Theater on Dec. 8, and included mega-celebrities like Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, and Sting.

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<![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[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.

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<![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.

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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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