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 09:23:02 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Kutztown University to host 150th Anniversary races; public welcome to register for 5K Cross Country Run and 150-Yard Cub Dash]]> Kutztown University will host the Sesquicentennial 5K Cross Country Run and 150-yard Cub Dash on Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. in honor of its 150th year anniversary.

The races will begin and end on the North Campus athletic practice fields adjacent to Luckenbill Road. Official race timing will be conducted by Pretzel City Sports.

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<![CDATA[Raggedy Ann celebrates 100th birthday: Great-niece of originator, from Mohrsville, sells dolls at Leesport Auction Toy Show]]> Iconic American toy Raggedy Ann celebrates her 100th birthday this week, and a local relative of the doll's creator wants to make it a memorable celebration.

Cindy Gruelle Goho, of Mohrsville, is the great-niece of Johnny Gruelle, the creator of the original Raggedy Ann doll. Goho and her husband, Rick, who have an extensive collection of Raggedy Ann dolls, memorabilia and vintage toys from the 1930s through 1975, will mark the anniversary of the first patent issued for Raggedy Ann on Sept.

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:16:30 -0400 20150830141630 2015-08-30T14:16:30-04:00 2015-08-30T14:16:30-04:00
<![CDATA[WTIM: Music Around Town]]> What's going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Local Bands and Venues

3 Sept - Manatawny Creek Ramblers at Union Jacks on the Manatawny, Pleasentville (7 p.m. start)

3 Sept - Blue Grass Jam at Chaplins the Music Café, Spring City (7 p.

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<![CDATA[Fun Friday: Spend an afternoon on the wild side at Elmwood Park Zoo]]> The Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown offers the ideal afternoon escape for families and animal lovers. Our family took our first visit to this zoo the last Friday before school started and time flew as we explored exhibits featuring diverse mammals, birds, reptiles and more. The property, which extends over 16 acres, dates back to the 1920s and is run as a non-profit by the Norristown Zoological Society.

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<![CDATA[Hamburg Hole in One]]> Sam Garland, Hamburg resident, 80, received a Hole in One plaque made by Rich Weigle from Kutztown. The plaque was on his breakfast table at 3rd Street Café on Aug. 25. The hole in one was on Aug. 14, 2014 at hole #6 at Perry Golf Club. Garland had been golfing 50 years.

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<![CDATA[Kutztown Girl Scout earns Gold: Samantha Tanner, 16, scrapbooked articles advocating deaf and hard of hearing]]> Samantha Tanner, age 16 of Kutztown, from Troop 1359 completed her Gold Award project in July, 2015. Her project consisted of organizing and scrapbooking newspaper articles and archiving Senator's letters addressing the advocacy of the deaf and hard of hearing in Berks County dating back since 1967.

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:13:10 -0400 20150830131310 2015-08-30T13:13:10-04:00 2015-08-30T13:13:10-04:00
<![CDATA[Three Chick-fil-A locations donate $2,500 to Food Bank's Weekender Backpack Program]]> After a daylong fundraiser this summer, three Chick-fil-A locations in Berks County have donated $2,500 to the Greater Berks Food Bank's Weekender Backpack Program.

On Aug. 11, Chick-fil-A Exeter, Chick-fil-A Broadcasting Square and Chick-fil-A Berkshire Mall donated a portion of total sales to the backpack program, which sends healthy food home with 1,500 students in Berks and Schuylkill counties on Fridays during the school year.

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<![CDATA['At-risk' kindergarten presented at Boone]]> Seven months after the Daniel Boone community heard the possibility of restoring full-day kindergarten to the curriculum, two kindergarten teachers presented on Aug. 24 a new model for an "at-risk" kindergarten program.

The presentation was made at the board's Curriculum and Instruction Committee meeting.

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<![CDATA[Daniel Boone re-hires 2.5 elementary teachers]]> The Daniel Boone School Board approved 5-3 on Aug. 24 to hire 2.5 elementary teachers to lower class sizes.

Acting Superintendent Robert Hurley said the current first and third grade enrollment at Monocacy Elementary Center (MEC) exceeds the district's class size policy.

Board members Andrew Basile, Carol Beitz, and Tamara Twardowski opposed the motion.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:49:23 -0400 20150828144923 2015-08-28T14:49:23-04:00 2015-08-28T14:49:23-04:00
<![CDATA[Fleetwood School Board approves district goals for the 2015-16 school year]]> At their meeting on Aug. 18, the Board of School Directors approved the district's goals for this school year. The goals reflect the fact that a successful school district is one that continually works to improve the curriculum and instruction, and partner with families to meet students' needs.

The first goal is to plan, adjust and evaluate the curriculum, instruction and assessment to increase student achievement.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:19:14 -0400 20150828141914 2015-08-28T14:19:14-04:00 2015-08-28T14:19:14-04:00
<![CDATA[Registration now open for 2015 Berks County Heart and Stroke Walk]]> The American Heart Association invites workplaces, community groups, friends and family from across Berks County to lace up their sneakers and register now for the 2015 Berks County Heart and Stroke Walk to be held Sunday, Oct. 4 at Blue Marsh Lake in Leesport. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk steps off at 10 a.

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<![CDATA[Through My Kitchen Window: Truly, the best apple pie muffin ever!]]> I was craving something sweet and my daughter, Anna, 4, was eager to bake together so we headed to the kitchen with stomachs growling. Anna requested chocolate cupcakes, as usual, but I wanted to try to bake something different.

Taking stock of what we had on hand, I realized that we'd have to bake something without butter, and, of course, without eggs considering Anna's allergy to them.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:51:17 -0400 20150828140844 2015-08-28T12:51:17-04:00 2015-08-28T14:08:44-04:00
<![CDATA[Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce presents Laugh Out Loud Comedy Night]]> The Chamber announces its first Comedy Night to be held on Friday, Oct. 2 at the Kutztown Fire Company, 310 Noble Street. Hosted by Comic Steve Borkowski, with headliner Comic Chip Chantry, Laugh Out Loud Comedy Night will also feature performances by Jason Brown and Tyler Rothrock.

This event is open to the public, and $15 advance tickets are on sale now at the Chamber office, 110 West Main Street, Kutztown.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:00:40 -0400 20150828140040 2015-08-28T14:00:40-04:00 2015-08-28T14:00:40-04:00
<![CDATA[Berks Heritage Council celebrates 25th anniversary]]> The Berks Heritage Council is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Organized in the summer of 1990 as a consortium for combining marketing efforts and for the exchange of information and ideas, the Council was originally called the Berks County Museum Council. Initially, 11 founding members worked together to promote public interest and awareness of Berks County's historic culture.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:23:31 -0400 20150828132331 2015-08-28T13:23:31-04:00 2015-08-28T13:23:31-04:00
<![CDATA[Morgantown Area Business Association members enjoy food, fellowship during picnic at Joanna Furnace]]> Morgantown Area Business Association hosted its annual picnic at Joanna Furnace in Morgantown on Aug. 18 at 5:30 p.m.

"I love that everybody came," said Roseann Thomas, MABA president. "The food was out of this world. It was great."

Thomas said the benefits of holding such an event for members is that people get to meet each other, especially for those members who do not normally come to the breakfast meetings.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:22:24 -0400 20150828132224 2015-08-28T13:22:24-04:00 2015-08-28T13:22:24-04:00