RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:49:05 -0400 60 <![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[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
<![CDATA[Kutztown University professor publishes innovative novel]]> Kutztown University Professor Dr. Keith Massie published "Amber in the Moment," an avant-garde novel which adapts illustrations from Kurt Vonnegut's "Breakfast of Champions."

The book tells the story of Vonnegut working to produce his final novel and is written under Massie's pseudonym, Kirk Vonnegut.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:39:03 -0400 2014-09-15T09:39:03-04:00 2014-09-15T09:39:04-04:00
<![CDATA[Boyertown, Exeter grads Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt team up with Sylvester Stallone for 'Expendables 3']]> Back in 2000, Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt met during a screenwriting class in Philadelphia. The two have been writing together ever since-all the way to Hollywood.

Rothenberger is a graduate of Boyertown Area Senior High and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Benedikt, a native of Iceland, eventually moved to Pennsylvania where she would attend Exeter Township High School and the University of Pittsburgh.

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:43:15 -0400 2014-09-09T19:43:15-04:00 2014-09-10T09:15:40-04:00
<![CDATA[ColumnHaving lunch with Walt Funk]]> The last four and a half years I have been treasurer for Honey Brook Meals on Wheels. I have had contact with many of the Meals on Wheels' clients and much more contact with them in the last two years since I have also been a substitute coordinator and substitute driver delivering meals. Most of the clients are anywhere from their 70s to their mid-90s.

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:32:15 -0400 2014-09-09T15:32:15-04:00 2014-09-09T15:32:17-04:00
<![CDATA[Antiques Complex of Fleetwood closing, owners retiring after 30 years in business: new antique co-op to open]]> Antiques Complex of Fleetwood, Route 222, is closing its doors, offering closing sales to clear out their inventory.

Owners Elaine and Jerry Arak are retiring after about 30 years in business. Their son Jack and his wife Sherry Arak bought the property to create an antique co-op.

While the Antiques Complex was opened in 1985, Elaine's interest began in the 1960s, buying used furniture, refurbishing and reselling it.

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:07:05 -0400 2014-09-09T13:07:05-04:00 2014-09-09T13:08:54-04:00
<![CDATA[106 year old not slowing down: Keystone Villa at Fleetwood resident reflects on long life]]> Miriam P. Stoyer, aka "Mim," who turns 106 years old on Sept. 14, made it clear during a recent interview that she "is not calling it quits" anytime soon.

"Calling it quits! That's not me!" she exclaimed after reading the article of an interview she did 11 years ago in 2003 upon her retirement at age 95.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:01:27 -0400 2014-09-08T17:01:27-04:00 2014-09-08T17:01:31-04:00
<![CDATA[Pure Wild Tea a family affair: Bernville woman makes dream a reality with tea business]]> Summer may be drawing to a close, but one of the sweet tastes of the season will be available all year thanks to a Bernville family and their Pure Wild Tea.

Sherry Fuhrmann and her husband, Kurt, are the owners of a mint "meadow tea" business they started just more than a year ago. Together with their family, friends and neighbors, the Fuhrmanns plant, harvest, process, bottle and distribute their tea made from apple mint and chocolate mint leaves grown on three acres of their farm, and in other fields, in northern Berks County.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:09:13 -0400 2014-09-08T15:09:13-04:00 2014-09-08T15:09:33-04:00
<![CDATA[Brandywine Library hosts 25th Birthday Bash: Children enjoy cake, games and Chump the Clown]]> Topton >> The Brandywine Community Library celebrated its 25th anniversary on Saturday morning with a birthday bash for children.

The event, held from 10:30 a.m. until noon, kept the kids busy with a number of activities including story-time, crafts and games.

The event was created as part of a series of events the library is planning throughout the year to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:06:40 -0400 2014-09-08T15:06:40-04:00 2014-09-08T15:07:39-04:00
<![CDATA[Fitness by Ina surprises its oldest member Emmett Fenstermaker, 93, Kuztown, with surprise party, cake, singing]]> Kutztown >> Members of Fitness by Ina in Kutztown celebrated the birthday of their oldest member, 93-year-old Emmett Fenstermaker Sept. 2.

Dona Jones, a desk worker and yoga teacher at the gym, organized a surprise by having gym members stop in and celebrate with carrot cake from Premise Maid and singing.

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 12:58:58 -0400 2014-09-05T12:58:58-04:00 2014-09-05T12:59:54-04:00
<![CDATA[Zion Spies holds 2nd Annual Car Show Event and Apple Harvest Festival]]> The Zion Spies Evangelical Lutheran Church held their 2nd Annual Car Show Event and Apple Harvest Festival on Saturday, August 30. Despite competition from Boyertown's Duryea Days and heavily overcast skies the event attracted about fifty entries and was spared from even a single drop of rain.

The entries were judged by people's choice (participants and spectators) in four categories; Antique, Classic, Import and Motorcycle.

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:36:43 -0400 2014-09-04T11:36:43-04:00 2014-09-04T11:37:23-04:00
<![CDATA[Gilbertsville woman to participate in Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center]]> One local woman has been making some life changes, and now her and her husband are hoping to change the lives of others by supporting the fight against cancer. They will be riding in the Ride to Conquer Cancer which benefits Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center.

A year ago, Sandra Monyer of Gilbertsville would descend the steps of her home twice a day.

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:30:39 -0400 2014-09-03T12:30:39-04:00 2014-09-03T12:30:48-04:00
<![CDATA[MCCC student Candace Benson of Pottstown is runner-up in BET's Sunday Best Competition]]> Montgomery County Community College student Candace Benson of Pottstown is the runner-up on BET's Sunday Best gospel-based music competition with Geoffrey Golden of Cleveland, Ohio, taking the top spot.

The results were announced Aug. 31 at the conclusion of a special two-hour finale, during which both finalists performed.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:29:48 -0400 2014-09-01T12:29:48-04:00 2014-09-01T12:29:51-04:00