RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:25:23 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Fleetwood High Students of the Month]]> The Fleetwood Area High School would like to announce their senior students of the month for April.

Haley Schappell is the daughter of Steven & Audra Schappell of Blandon. Haley's future plans are to attend Rowan University and study in the field of Biomedical Engineering. Once Haley obtains her degree she plans to work in the field of robotic prosthetics.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:55:37 -0400 2015-04-23T17:55:37-04:00 2015-04-23T17:55:37-04:00
<![CDATA[Longswamp woman looks back on recent charity work in El Salvador]]> Tillie Sodano is 79 years old, mother of eight children, grandmother to 21 and great grandmother to seven. She returned from a week of volunteering/working with the poor in the poverty-stricken Central American country of El Salvador from January 10 to January 17, 2015.

The endlessly energetic Sodano of Longswamp was in El Salvador with the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:33:26 -0400 2015-04-23T11:33:26-04:00 2015-04-23T11:33:26-04:00
<![CDATA[Colon cancer survivor creates "Tour de Tush" bicycle race that takes cyclists through Kutztown and Lenhartsville]]> Gale Fritsche, a self-proclaimed "avid runner and cyclist," loves to compete, having raced in the Boston Marathon and local races for years. He leads a healthy lifestyle, and his family has no history of cancer, but when he turned 50, his health turned with him.

Gale took a trip to the doctor for a routine colonoscopy, expecting to receive good results and be on his way, but the doctor delivered the news that he had stage III colon cancer.

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:13:40 -0400 2015-04-21T13:13:40-04:00 2015-04-21T13:13:40-04:00
<![CDATA[Kutztown author Lisa Schnell releases 'High Tide for Horsehoe Crabs', hopes to encourage children to go out and explore]]> Kutztown author Lisa Schnell released her new book "High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs" on April 14.

Schnell found inspiration for the book while walking on the beach a few years ago.

"I saw a horseshoe crab and realized that I'd seen these animals all my life but didn't know much about them.

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:12:57 -0400 2015-04-21T13:12:57-04:00 2015-04-21T13:12:57-04:00
<![CDATA[Colebrookdale Railroad celebrates Earth Day with Mudball Express]]> The Colebrookdale Railroad celebrated Earth Day on Saturday, April 18, with a Mudball Express excursion. During the hour long trip, passengers were encouraged to throw wild flower seed mudballs from the side of the train's open car.

Volunteers used 10 buckets of materials plus seeds to create about 2,000 mudballs for the two scheduled train rides.

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:07:32 -0400 2015-04-20T12:07:32-04:00 2015-04-20T12:07:32-04:00
<![CDATA[Pottstown Roller Derby holds home opener; Skaters sign autographs for Girl Scouts]]> North Coventry Junior Girl Scout Troop #41475 attended the Pottstown Roller Derby Rockstars' (PRDR) home opener on Saturday, April 11.

Amy Lignelli along with Co-leader Jen Thoms escorted four of the group's six troop members to PRDR's Saturday, April 11, bout. In attendance were: Anna Lignelli, Julia Thoms, Liana Davis, Kylie Doto, Emma Stott, Alaina Frick plus, and one scout-supporting brother Jack Lignelli.

Sun, 19 Apr 2015 08:58:30 -0400 2015-04-19T08:58:30-04:00 2015-04-20T10:22:32-04:00
<![CDATA[Kutztown, Fleetwood, Brandywine Heights, Oley Valley and Hamburg middle and high school students recognized for excelling in technology education and business courses or FBLA]]> By Lisa Mitchell

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce recognized local students during its April 17 breakfast.

"Technology education looks very different in different schools but these students have emerged as leaders among their peers in some form of technology education," said Kutztown Superintendent Kathy Metrick, introducing the honored students one at a time.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:43:32 -0400 2015-04-17T16:43:32-04:00 2015-04-21T10:40:47-04:00
<![CDATA[Kutztown University Boxer Trot: 300 students, staff will race around campus in undergarments or costumes on Thursday, April 16 to raise funds for Children's Miracle Network]]> More than 300 students, staff and faculty are expected at the 5th annual Kutztown University Boxer Trot, sponsored by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, on Thursday, April 16, outside of the McFarland Student Union Building. Activities begin at 10 a.m. and the race begins at 3 a.m. All proceeds benefit the fraternity's national charitable partner, the Children's Miracle Network.

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:58:04 -0400 2015-04-15T16:58:04-04:00 2015-04-15T16:58:04-04:00
<![CDATA[Jared Lawler of Twin Valley among 20 youth awarded Good Citizenship Award]]> Two Chester County students were recently named recipients of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer's Union League Good Citizenship Award.

Christopher DeHaven of Bayard Rustin High School and Jared Lawler of Twin Valley were among 20 award winners. They were honored as part of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer's Annual Awards Banquet on March 7 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center-Lehigh Valley.

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:46:59 -0400 2015-04-15T15:46:59-04:00 2015-04-15T15:46:59-04:00
<![CDATA[Twin Valley Rotary honors Twin Valley students]]> On April 15 the Twin Valley Rotary Club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors Kelli Witkowski, Alicia Lynch and Ashley McCoach as their students of the month.

The presentation was made at their weekly meeting.

Kelli is an active member of the Twin Valley High School Orchestra.

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:44:49 -0400 2015-04-15T15:44:49-04:00 2015-04-15T15:44:49-04:00
<![CDATA[Children's book author Greg Pizzoli visits Willow Creek Elementary, brings to life his story 'Number One Sam']]> Greg Pizzoli, children's book author of Number One Sam, will bring his story to life for kindergarten students at Willow Creek Elementary School on Thursday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m.

All kindergarteners in the Fleetwood Area School District will be in attendance at this event sponsored by the Fleetwood Area Public Library, a member of Berks County Public Libraries.

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:17:05 -0400 2015-04-14T13:17:05-04:00 2015-04-14T13:17:05-04:00
<![CDATA[Patrick Suglia finds place in holistic healing]]> Patrick Suglia, currently of Hamburg, grew up in the Millmont area of Reading and attended what is now Berks Catholic High School. His parents struggled with the fact that Suglia had serious social difficulties including forming and retaining friendships, but always excelled in academics.

As an adult, Suglia continued to have relationship problems, eventually seeking marriage counseling to help understand why he and his wife had issues with communication.

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:16:47 -0400 2015-04-14T10:16:47-04:00 2015-04-14T10:16:47-04:00
<![CDATA[Kutztown University illustration professor Kevin McCloskey releases children's book "We Dig Worms!"]]> Kevin McCloskey, an illustration professor at Kutztown University, released his new children's book, "We Dig Worms!" which debuted April 14.

In the book, he gives special thanks to his wife, Mama Pat, as she is known at the Kutztown Community Library, who asked for a fun worm book to read at the library.

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:20:09 -0400 2015-04-13T12:20:09-04:00 2015-04-14T12:57:44-04:00
<![CDATA[Chestnut Knoll dedicates 'Garage' in Memory of Former Resident]]> Chestnut Knoll strives to keep their residents, happy, healthy and active throughout their senior years. Throughout their 15 years of existence, Chestnut Knoll has seen seniors from all walks of life, and each one has a certain passion or hobby that keeps them active and loving life. This was certainly the case for a former resident, who recently had a portion of the Memory Care community dedicated in his memory.

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:04:05 -0400 2015-04-13T13:04:05-04:00 2015-04-13T13:04:05-04:00
<![CDATA[Meet Boyertown's 2015 Student of the Year, Abby Jaeger]]> For years, Abby Jaeger has been giving back to her community, throwing herself into the numerous groups for which she is involved.

Jaeger has always been too busy to recognize the difference she is making in the lives of others, her "can-do" attitude and spirit of giving coming naturally. But many have taken notice, particularly her teachers at Boyertown Senior High, and thanks to her unyielding willingness to participate and give back, Jaeger is being recognized as this year's Boyertown Student of the Year.

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:50:04 -0400 2015-04-09T14:50:04-04:00 2015-04-09T14:50:04-04:00