RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:01:08 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Stuck on a college wait list? Do this]]> Wait-listed by your dream college? I have good news and bad news.

First the bad.

In the late 1990s, I had one of my few news scoops. It was a front-page story revealing that at some selective colleges the number of applicants on the wait list approached, and sometimes exceeded, the number of applicants accepted.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:52:54 -0400 2014-04-22T17:52:54-04:00 2014-04-22T17:53:24-04:00
<![CDATA[Cats outsmart the researchers]]> "We did one study on cats - and that was enough!"

Those words effectively ended my quest to understand the feline mind. I was a few months into writing "Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship With Cats and Dogs," which explores how pets are blurring the line between animal and person, and I was gearing up for a chapter on pet intelligence.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:48:24 -0400 2014-04-22T17:48:24-04:00 2014-04-22T17:48:34-04:00
<![CDATA[Devices to shock disabled for bad behavior may be banned]]> MINNEAPOLIS - A device used for decades to shock children and adults with disabilities in an effort to reduce dangerous behavior may be banned by U.S. regulators.

Only one institution in the United States, the Judge Rotenberg Eucational Center in Canton, Mass., is known to use an electrical stimulation device to administer shocks, according to a report released by the Food and Drug Administration in advance of an advisory meeting scheduled April 24 to discuss whether to prohibit the device.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:45:52 -0400 2014-04-22T17:45:52-04:00 2014-04-22T17:46:00-04:00
<![CDATA[Birdsboro Berks Encore celebrates Earth Day April 22]]>

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<![CDATA[Congratulations to the Item & Patriot Egg Hunt Winner]]> Congratulations to Tammy Schaeffer, of Mertztown, who won the Berks-Mont Newspapers Easter Egg Hunt! Tammy correctly found 25 egg logos and was randomly drawn as the winner. As the winner, Tammy received more than $500 in gift certificates and other prizes. Congratulations Tammy!

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:24:31 -0400 2014-04-22T12:24:31-04:00 2014-04-22T12:24:57-04:00
<![CDATA['Changing Lives One Mile At A Time,' Honey Brook man goes across America for Wounded Heroes]]> People have been traveling across the country in unconventional ways for decades; skiers, bikers, runners, and so on. Some do it for research while others want the athletic challenge. Some, however, decide to do this amazing feat as an unforgettable act of charity.

In less than a week 66-year-old C.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:05:53 -0400 2014-04-22T12:05:53-04:00 2014-04-22T12:06:34-04:00
<![CDATA[Big Shot: Legionnaires Morgantown visit Tel Hai]]> Legionnaires Morgantown visit Tel Hai

From Legionnaires

Legionnaires from Post 537 Morgantown came to visit the veterans at Tel Hai Retirement Community in Honey Brook April 19. Seated are residents Jim Irwin, Frank Malloy and Walt Nauta. Standing are Earnest Feresse, Dennis Martin, Lenny Creitz,Troy Trupe, Roger Jacobs Commander and Candy Burkhart (Women's Auxiliary).

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:51:40 -0400 2014-04-22T11:51:40-04:00 2014-04-22T11:52:41-04:00
<![CDATA[Misericordia University faculty and students present research at AOTA conference, Chelsea Boyer of Oley participates]]> Misericordia University student and faculty researchers from the Department of Occupational Therapy recently presented their research findings at the American Occupational Therapy Association's 2014 Annual Conference in Baltimore, Md., in April.

Students and faculty members from the department made a school-record 18 presentations at the national conference.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:50:47 -0400 2014-04-22T11:50:47-04:00 2014-04-22T11:51:12-04:00
<![CDATA[Pottstown High School students design posters, recognized at Pennsylvania State Leadership Conference for Health Occupation Students of America]]> Pottstown High School student Kourage Norris was recently recognized for her first place honors in the Extemporaneous Poster Design Contest at the Pennsylvania State Leadership Conference for Health Occupation Students of America. The poster competition challenges students to use their knowledge, imagination, and creativity with limited supplies to design a poster.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:16:26 -0400 2014-04-22T10:16:26-04:00 2014-04-22T10:16:56-04:00
<![CDATA[Free testing offered at Life's Choices, Kutztown]]> Life's Choices, 443 W. Main St. in Kutztown, is now offering STD tests for those in our communities.

The tests and treatment are provided at no cost to the individual. The tests that are being offered at Life's Choices are for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, two of the most common STD's. It is our goal to not only provide test and treatment but to educate.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:20:18 -0400 2014-04-21T15:20:18-04:00 2014-04-21T15:20:25-04:00
<![CDATA[Wedding Announcement: Bennecoff and Ginsburg wed]]> On May 19, 2013, Amy Bennecoff and Jacob Ginsburg were joined in marriage in the interfaith Jewish-Lutheran wedding ceremony held at the Reading Public Museum Arboretum in Wyomissing. The bride was given in marriage by her father, Dale R. Bennecoff. Attending to the bride as Matron of Honor was Tonya (Gerner) Salkowski, a friend of the bride, and bridesmaids included friends Liza (Okie) Miles, Megan (Barrett) Doran and Lorilee Harrison, the groom's sister Orli Ginsburg and the bride's cousin Lauren Snyder.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:19:18 -0400 2014-04-21T15:19:18-04:00 2014-04-21T15:19:25-04:00
<![CDATA[QuadForge UVA Research Project is Montgomery County Community College's 'Innovation of the Year']]> The QuadForge Undergraduate Research Program earned Montgomery County Community College's 2014 Innovation of the Year award last week during an annual ceremony recognizing projects that advance the College's mission and strategic goals.

MCCC's QuadForge program is an open source research project that provides freshmen and sophomore Engineering and Computer Science students with the unique opportunity to develop autonomous quad rotor flight vehicles, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UVAs).

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:56:28 -0400 2014-04-21T09:56:28-04:00 2014-04-21T09:56:37-04:00
<![CDATA[Get swimsuit-ready by Memorial Day]]>

Beginner (eight-week goal: Lose 10 pounds, tone up for summer)

This is your program if you feel ready and excited to take on an eight-week challenge, and really just want quick results by starting a new workout and diet. You're starting at little-to-no physical activity throughout the week, and with little-to-no awareness of how your eating habits stack up.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:07:09 -0400 2014-04-18T17:07:09-04:00 2014-04-18T17:07:09-04:00
<![CDATA[Small changes make big difference in getting ready for swimsuit season]]> We just bid a long, cold winter a welcome farewell. But while you're peeling off the layers, remember that swimsuit season is just around the corner.

Are you ready? If not, we have a few ideas on how to lose weight and tone muscle by Memorial Day Weekend.

Not enough time to make a difference?

"It's actually a lot of time," says Danielle Omar, a registered dietitian in Fairfax, Va.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:06:32 -0400 2014-04-18T17:06:32-04:00 2014-04-18T17:06:40-04:00
<![CDATA[Cool apps that help you get in touch with the environment]]>

Dear EarthTalk: What are some cool apps that work with a mobile phone that can help me get in better touch with the environment?

- Mitchell Brown, Troy, Mich.

Not surprisingly, there are thousands of "green" apps out there that make it easier for people to find and share information to help us all become better stewards of the natural environment.

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