RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:19:46 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Grandkids benefit from grandfather's career of travel]]> Not everyone can say that they have found a career that they truly love or suits them, but at 74 years old, Norman Barker does not look towards retirement. Born in Rhode Island, Barker, now a resident of the Heritage of Green Hills, has traveled to a good portion of the world's countries as part of his job as a mechanical engineer.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:01:12 -0400 2014-09-23T12:01:12-04:00 2014-09-23T12:01:19-04:00
<![CDATA[Kutztown Elementary students harvest, donate food from their school garden to Friend Inc.]]> A group of Kutztown Elementary fifth graders harvested food from their school garden, donating to Friend Inc.'s food pantry.

"I thought there was enough that we could share it with people who don't have enough food to eat," said garden co-founder Lisa Schnell to the fifth graders, explaining that Friend Inc.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:53:12 -0400 2014-09-23T11:53:12-04:00 2014-09-23T11:54:41-04:00 TOUT
<![CDATA[Schuylkill Valley class of 1964 celebrates 50th reunion]]> Schuylkill Valley class of 1964 held its "50th Class Reunion" on Saturday, Aug. 16. The reunion was held at Giannotti's Country Manor on Pricetown Road. Dinner, music by The Dogs of Falkner Swamp, prize and surprises were enjoyed by all. The class graduated 104 students. Forty-two classmates were in attendance as well as spouses and dates for a total of 61 attendees.

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:01:42 -0400 2014-09-22T15:01:42-04:00 2014-09-22T15:01:47-04:00
<![CDATA[Chestnut Knoll celebrates 14th Anniversary with residents, family, and community]]> Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care celebrated their 14th Anniversary on Saturday, September 6, with residents, families, staff, and community members all coming together to celebrate.

"We are very proud of our achievements over our 14-year history, the biggest being celebrated is all the lives we have touched-literally thousands of lives in our small community and beyond!" said Shawn Barndt, executive director.

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:46:32 -0400 2014-09-22T14:46:32-04:00 2014-09-22T14:47:10-04:00
<![CDATA[Freda Berger celebrates 101st birthday]]> Freda Berger celebrated her 101st birthday on Sept. 4. She currently resides at Stone Ridge Towne Centre in Myerstown. She formerly resided in Shartlesville for more than 50 years.

To celebrate Freda's birthday, granddaughter Cathy Trump provided a dinner of honey dipped chicken from Blue Mountain Family Restaurant.

Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:31:07 -0400 2014-09-21T22:31:07-04:00 2014-09-21T22:31:09-04:00
<![CDATA[Adventure on the river: Terre Hill Boy Scouts canoe and kayak on Susquehanna River]]> Terre Hill Boy Scouts Troop 172 recently took a canoe and kayak trip on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River over Labor Day weekend.

They started at Shawville, Pa and paddled 30 miles to Karthaus, Pa. They spent two nights camping along the river at primitive campsites.

Scouts participating are Jonathan Searle, Todd Trupe Jr.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:37:37 -0400 2014-09-19T16:37:37-04:00 2014-09-19T16:59:01-04:00
<![CDATA[Fleetwood Community Library Children's yoga offers 'great benefits']]> Fleetwood >> After a year and a half long hiatus, Miss Alicia returned to Fleetwood Area Public Library on Sept. 17 to kick off "Yoga for Kids Ages 5-12."

Around 6:30 p.m., kids piled in, kicking off their shoes and setting down their towels and mats. As the class began, the kids were enthused by songs, stretches, dances and Miss Alicia's silly jokes.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:56:46 -0400 2014-09-19T16:56:46-04:00 2014-09-19T16:57:17-04:00
<![CDATA[Getting to Know your Sunny Crest Neighbor: Amelia Rissler]]> My name is Amelia Rissler, I am 53 years old and I grew up in Martindale on Gristmill Road.

When growing up I would help my mother clean house and I weeded the flower beds. My favorite thing to do growing up was jump roping but that goes back 40 years! I attended Reamstown School, Hinkletown School, and then Martindale School when I was young.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:36:38 -0400 2014-09-19T16:36:38-04:00 2014-09-19T16:36:40-04:00
<![CDATA[2013 Fair Person of the Year returns for 68th annual event; Kevin Bieber serves for 12th year as Oley Fair President]]> Kevin D. Bieber was awarded 2013 Fair Person of the Year for his dedication to and involvement with the Oley Valley Community Fair, the Oley Valley community and the Pennsylvania State Fair Association.

Bieber was honored to receive the award.

"The award is very prestigious to me and is probably the most coveted award I have ever received.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:19:28 -0400 2014-09-19T11:19:28-04:00 2014-09-19T11:19:40-04:00
<![CDATA[Eagle Scout patches parking lot at American Legion Post 626 Birdsboro]]> Richard Wike, a junior at Exeter Senior High School and member of Troop 333, put some work towards his Eagle Scout project recently with the American Legion Post 626 Birdsboro.

Wike patched major cracks in the legion's parking lot and repainting the parking space lines. Wike continues to work towards his Eagle Scout badge, as he still has four merit badges to obtain.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:10:05 -0400 2014-09-19T11:10:05-04:00 2014-09-19T11:10:11-04:00
<![CDATA[Grandparents Day Celebration featured classic-car display, food, bake sale, root beer floats and entertainment by Good Intentions]]> The Lutheran Home at Topton recently held a Grandparents Day Celebration that included a classic-car display, food, a bake sale, root beer floats, and entertainment by Good Intentions. The goal of the celebration was to recognize the role grandparents play in so many lives.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:13:56 -0400 2014-09-16T12:13:56-04:00 2014-09-16T12:14:03-04:00
<![CDATA[Boyertown community raises flag, remembers Sept. 11]]> On Thursday, Sept. 11, Walnut Woods of Boyertown held a flag raising ceremony to reflect on the events and those lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Area officials and emergency responders reflected alongside residents of Walnut Woods.

Boyertown Mayor Marianne Deery and State Representative David Maloney were among those in attendance.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:20:30 -0400 2014-09-15T15:20:30-04:00 2014-09-15T15:21:43-04:00
<![CDATA[Earnshaws of Morgantown: Couple sees one street Morgantown expand to a multi-street village]]> Betty M. Ranck was born in Honey Brook April 13, 1926 to Fred W. Rank, Sr. (1888-1965) and Mary C. Richard (1892 - 1984).

Morgantown has been her home since her family moved to Morgantown when she was two years old.

She attended the Caernarvon Grade School at Chestnut and Main Street. Her school memories include operettas directed by their music teacher Miss Marian Craig (who later married Ed Rodman) of Snow White (Betty was Snow White) and Tom Sawyer (Betty was Becky Thatcher) held in the fire hall.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:29:51 -0400 2014-09-15T10:29:51-04:00 2014-09-15T14:42:07-04:00
<![CDATA[Hamburg graduate featured speaker at Mercersburg Academy's Opening Convocation]]> Matthew Caretti, who is entering his 13th year on the faculty at Mercersburg Academy, was the featured speaker at the school's 2014-2015 Opening Convocation Sept. 7. Caretti grew up in Shoemakersville and graduated from Hamburg Area High School. He later earned a bachelor's degree from Susquehanna University (where he played football) and a master's degree from Shippensburg University.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:08:24 -0400 2014-09-15T14:08:24-04:00 2014-09-15T14:08:33-04:00
<![CDATA[Kutztown University professor studies ancient footprints: Romanian cave offers glimpse into early life in Europe]]> Kutztown University professor Dr. David Webb has been analyzing ancient footprints from the Ciur-Izbuc Cave in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania.

The cave's 'chamber of footprints' had once contained 400 footprints, and nearly 200 of them were in good condition. But in the summer of 2012, Webb found only 51 had survived.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:39:37 -0400 2014-09-15T09:39:37-04:00 2014-09-15T09:39:40-04:00