RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:51:52 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Battle of the Bands battle substance abuse: Brandywine Task Force and Kutztown Strong combine efforts for event]]> "Where's BOB? Who's BOB?" signs were posted around the community.

BOB, a Battle of the Bands, was held Saturday at the Brandywine Heights High School.

The Brandywine Heights Community Task Force and Kutztown Strong teamed to engage students in activities in an effort to battle substance abuse.

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<![CDATA[First Day of School]]> Brandywine Heights School District staff shared photos of their first day of school on Aug. 31.

Parents and school staff are encouraged to also share their photos. Submit first day of school photos to

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<![CDATA[Brandwyine Heights welcomes new Intermediate and Middle School Principal Robert Farina]]> Brandywine Heights School District welcomed Robert Farina as new Intermediate and Middle School principal to replace Principal Dr. Johnson who retired after 18 years in the district.

"During our interview process, Mr. Farina quickly rose to the top as the most qualified candidate," said Brandywine Heights Superintendent Andrew Potteiger.

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<![CDATA[Warwick County Park hosts Community Day to "explore your own backyard"]]> On Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Warwick County Park will be hosting Community Day in partnership with South Coventry, Warwick and East Nantmeal Townships.

Designed as a fun-filled, interactive and educational day, guests can learn, play and explore with craft vendors and local artists, entertainers, educators, non-profit organizations, school groups and more.

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<![CDATA[The Historian: Hinkel und Oyer (Chicken and Eggs) Part I]]> In the old days, the morning light of farms, villages and towns was filled with the sound of roosters crowing, for almost every place had some chickens. Chickens of yesteryear were perhaps not the calm, fat hens of today, but tended rather to be thin, tough, rangy and somewhat wild.

Chickens, "Hinkel" in the dialect, were found not only on farms but also in many village and town backyards.

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<![CDATA[Pets of the Week: Adoptables from the Montco SPCA]]> Greetings! Many of you probably know my famous cousin, Chewbacca, from Star Wars. Long hair seems to run in our family, but there's no need to worry because there's no such thing as a bad hair day. With Spitz and Pomeranian in my lineage, it seems as though I got the short gene in the family, weighing in at a plump 28 pounds of fluffiness.

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<![CDATA[Cat Angel Network: Meet Mimi, a gentle love bug looking for a family]]> Hello, my name is Mimi, and I am a super-sweet tortoiseshell kitty who was born in 2012. I was living outside in a mobile home park in Honey Brook when I came up to a nice lady who reached out her hand to pet me. As I came up closer, she realized I was expecting kittens. She picked me up and took me inside so my kittens would not be born out in the cold.

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<![CDATA[Brandywine alum graduates basic training]]> Air Force Guard Airman 1st Class Dennis J. Parks graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

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<![CDATA[Fritz T. Sprandel, author of Adventure on a Dare, speaks at Hamburg Rotary]]> On Aug. 27, Fritz T. Sprandel, the author of Adventure on a Dare, spoke at the Hamburg Rotary. He previously shared his book with the Rotary a few years ago, and there will probably be a movie made from the book. Fritz shared a personal testimony on his life since publishing the book. Greg Rautzhan was the program chairperson.

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<![CDATA[Statewide conservation group honors Sen. Schwank with "Legislator Leadership Award"]]> State Senator Judy Schwank, who has worked to protect Berks County farmland, enhance open spaces throughout Pennsylvania and safeguard natural resources, has been named a "legislative leader" by the organization that advocates for the commonwealth's 66 conservation districts.

Schwank, along with Senator Elder Vogel Jr.

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<![CDATA[Up close view of bald eagle, golden eagle at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton]]> Nature and photography enthusiasts and families had the opportunity to see a bald eagle and a golden eagle up close at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton on Aug. 29.

Susan Gallagher, chief naturalist, and Franklin Klock II, naturalist, from the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, brought Rennie the bald eagle and Miss Charles, or also known as "Goldie," the golden eagle for an educational presentation.

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<![CDATA[Congressman Ryan Costello tours Frecon Farms orchard, touts the CIDER Act]]> The growing appeal of alcoholic cider in recent years has apple growers like Frecon Farms branching out to new customers.

Recently, freshman Congressman Ryan Costello (PA-06) spent the afternoon at the Douglass Township farm to tout the CIDER Act, bipartisan legislation that was reintroduced in the 114th Congress to loosen regulations and lessen the tax burden on selling hard cider.

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<![CDATA[Mertztown man threatens woman with gun in domestic incident]]> On Aug. 26 at 3:41 a.m., State Police from the Reading station were called to a domestic disturbance on Sally Ann Furnace Road in Rockland Township.

Through a series of interviews, police learned that William James Spannuth, 56, of Mertztown, awoke at 3 a.m. with pain caused by a pre-existing medical condition.

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<![CDATA[20-year-old female robbed at gunpoint in Lyons]]> The Pennsylvania State Police of Reading responded to a robbery at gunpoint that occurred on Aug. 28 in the Lyons Borough.

At 4:50 a.m., the 20-year-old female victim was walking to work on Ash Street, just north of State Street. The suspect, a male wearing all black and a black ski mask, pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim's money.

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<![CDATA[KU's Robert Ryan participates in unprecedented international psychology project]]> Associate Professor Dr. Robert Ryan, along with 269 co-authors from around the world, published their findings in Science Magazine following their investigation into the reproducibility of psychological science. Launched nearly four years ago, the Reproducibility Project: Psychology has produced the most comprehensive investigation ever completed about the rate and predictors of reproducibility in a field of science.

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