RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:41:04 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Hamburg administrators introduce STEM initiatives, directors vote on new Tilden principal]]>

Hamburg Area administrators introduced school directors to the district's STEM initiatives for the 2014-15 school year on Aug. 11, .

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

By focusing on these subjects, students will be better prepared to succeed as part of the workforce of the future, according to high school Principal Chris Spohn.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:50:18 -0400 2014-08-19T16:50:18-04:00 2014-08-19T16:50:24-04:00
<![CDATA[The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign announces '100,000 Pennsylvania Heroes' drive on 14th anniversary]]> The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers, following the 14th anniversary of John R. Elliott's death, announced the launch of its '100,000 Pennsylvania Heroes' drive.

Preventing drunk driving tragedies by promoting the use of 'safe and sober designated drivers' is the mission of the HERO Campaign, and the new Pennsylvania initiative will distribute 100,000 decals to be displayed on car windows by motorists throughout the Keystone State.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:37:57 -0400 2014-08-19T16:37:57-04:00 2014-08-19T16:37:58-04:00
<![CDATA[Fizz, Boom, Read summer readingButterflies take over finaleButterfly Guy introduces his winged companions to young readers at Village Library]]> Moths, butterflies, silkworms, caterpillars -- dumb bugs all, that is, until you hear Rick Mikula describe them.

Painstakingly delineating each of their minute physical attributes and uncanny defense mechanisms, the acclaimed "Butterfly Guy" unveiled the breathtakingly beautiful world of his gossamer-winged companions to an avid audience of young enthusiasts at the finale of the Morgantown Village Library's Fizz, Boom, Read summer reading program on Aug.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:14:18 -0400 2014-08-19T15:14:18-04:00 2014-08-19T15:14:47-04:00
<![CDATA[National Penn Ranked 28th Largest Ag Lender in the U.S.]]> National Penn Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: NPBC) announced on Aug. 6 it has been ranked the 28th largest agricultural business lender in total dollar volume, according to the most recent data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

National Penn's agricultural loan portfolio approached $500 million at the end of the first quarter of 2014 and is well ahead of several of its regional competitors.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:15:27 -0400 2014-08-19T14:15:27-04:00 2014-08-19T14:15:28-04:00
<![CDATA[Retired U.S. Marshal supervisor appointed as Chief Deputy of the Berks County Sheriff's Office]]> Sheriff Eric J. Weaknecht has appointed Bryant M. Semenza, a retired US Marshal supervisor, as Chief Deputy of the Berks County Sheriff's Office effective August 13, 2014.

Chief Semenza has over 35 years of law enforcement experience at both the federal and local levels and is a 24 year veteran of the U.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:09:15 -0400 2014-08-19T14:09:15-04:00 2014-08-19T14:09:22-04:00
<![CDATA['Fairs are all about our families,' including acrobatic act at Kutztown Fair]]> "Fairs are all about our families and our animals and agriculture and sharing, that's what the fair is all about," said Lolly Lesher, Publicity Volunteer for Kutztown Fair.

Lesher said the fair featured animals, racing, Hansen's Spectacular Acrobatic Sensations, and of course the cooking contests, quilts and "all the normal things you see at the fair.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:00:25 -0400 2014-08-18T21:00:25-04:00 2014-08-18T21:00:43-04:00
<![CDATA[Kutztown Relay for Life paints Kutztown Fair purple for Cancer Awareness Night]]> Relay for Life painted Kutztown Fair purple on Thursday, Aug. 14, for Cancer Awareness Night.

"This is the first year we've been at the fair," said Kutztown Relay for Life Event leader Tom Cengeri. "We're excited."

Kutztown Fair Association invited Kutztown Relay for Life to the fair to celebrate Relay and to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:54:21 -0400 2014-08-18T20:54:21-04:00 2014-08-18T20:54:46-04:00
<![CDATA[St. John's Day Care in Kutztown clowns around at Penny Circus]]> This year St. John's Day Care had fun clowning around at our annual Penny Circus.

This event is hosted by Mrs. Rutherford and her Latchkey Class. All proceeds go to Friend. Inc. This year the families, staff and children raised more than $150 for Friend. Inc. We thank everyone for their donations.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:43:48 -0400 2014-08-18T20:43:48-04:00 2014-08-18T20:43:54-04:00
<![CDATA[Hunting & Fishing sports show hosted in Kempton]]> The Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza runs Aug. 23 and 24 at the Kempton Fairgrounds.

The 9th annual outdoor show will offer more activities, more hunting celebrities, and more participant giveaways than ever before.

One new archery event is Big Shot Target's presentation of the BigShot Hunt Simulator.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:42:51 -0400 2014-08-18T20:42:51-04:00 2014-08-18T20:42:54-04:00
<![CDATA[Exploding Geoscience: Kutztown Summer Reading Finale introduces readers to Molly the Mosasaur]]> Young readers watched Exploding Geoscience with paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka for Kutztown Community Library's summer reading finale last week.

"We hope that they're inspired by science," said Mike Straka. "If you can capture their imagination early, they can go on to be scientists.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:25:23 -0400 2014-08-18T17:25:23-04:00 2014-08-18T17:26:08-04:00
<![CDATA[Dairy Recipe: Think outside the lunchbox]]>

Adding dairy to the diet of school-aged children will help them fuel up to learn. Dairy foods are a great source of calcium, which can help to build strong bones. Serving low-fat choices will help protect children's bones and hearts. Packing dairy in the lunchbox is a great way to ensure your child is getting three servings of dairy every day but sometimes packing a snack with dairy is helpful too.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:10:56 -0400 2014-08-18T17:10:56-04:00 2014-08-18T17:11:01-04:00
<![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.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:55:51 -0400 2014-08-18T16:55:51-04:00 2014-08-18T16:55:54-04:00
<![CDATA[Hamburg area obituaries]]> Jeffrey A. Seidel

Jeffrey A. Seidel, 58, of Bern Twp., lost his four-year battle with ALS on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in his residence.

Born in West Reading, he was the son of the late James W. and Mamie A. (Swartley) Seidel. He was a 1974 graduate of Reading High School. Jeff first worked for Conrail from 1977-1990.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:51:21 -0400 2014-08-18T15:51:21-04:00 2014-08-18T15:51:23-04:00
<![CDATA[Montgomery County Special Olympics honors partnership with MCCC]]> Special Olympics Pennsylvania, Montgomery County (SOPMC) athletes presented Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) with a banner on Aug. 7 to celebrate more than 20 years of partnership.

The College hosts SOPMC soccer and cross-country teams at its Central Campus in Blue Bell, and many of its students, staff and alumni are SOPMC volunteers.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:45:47 -0400 2014-08-18T13:45:47-04:00 2014-08-18T13:45:50-04:00
<![CDATA[Zettlemoyer's Bridge replacement talks move forward in Greenwich Township]]> Zettlemoyer's Bridge moved closer to being replaced with an entirely new structure.

Members of Greenwich Township Board of Supervisors and representatives from County of Berks offices met to discuss the bridge's future.

The proposed offer to replace the bridge was a complete reversal from the county's original stance, in which they offered the township two options - limited rehabilitation efforts or demolition coupled with improving Long Road, the alternative route that connects a dozen or so residents to Route 143.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:58:36 -0400 2014-08-18T11:58:36-04:00 2014-08-18T11:58:49-04:00