‘Blanketeers’ bring a special warmth to hospitalized children

By Brenda Maguire
For Journal Register News Service

Every Monday afternoon, a room in The Heritage of Green Hills living community’s clubhouse turns into a factory of sorts.

A group of about ten women find themselves seated at tables piling through fabric after fabric after fabric to make quilts.

At the same time, some women are at a different table working on hats. There is fabric cut into different sized squares everywhere. Continue reading

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BUFD offers reflective address panels

NOTE: Front page story

By Brenda Maguire
For Journal Register News Service

“We want people to think about these like they do smoke detectors; it’s another life-saving step.”

Barry Katzin, BUFD Fire Prevention SpecialistWhether it is an emergency that requires police, fire or EMS, every second counts. The last thing those who are in danger want is for responders to have trouble locating their home.The Birdsboro-Union Fire Department is hoping to help remedy this problem by offering reflective address panels that can be mounted on homeowners’ mailboxes. Continue reading

Schuylkill River Sojourn floats through Berks

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By Brenda Maguire
News Writer

After waiting about an hour past the 5 p.m. expected arrival time, staff and spectators were greeted by the glimmer of kayak paddles on the horizon June 6.

Within minutes, the Allegheny Aqueduct Park in Gibraltar had turned into quite the scene. Kayakers came in very quickly, sometimes four at a time. One kayak even ran into a tree. The Schuylkill River Sojourn staff had one question: Why were they so late?

“We had two spots where we had to go single file, like at the Reading Power Plant,” explained Judy Kuhns of Auburn, Pa. “We had Kelly Rapids this morning. It’s very fast, rapid water and there you have to go one at a time so it’s a few spots where you must go one at a time and with something like 118 boats it takes awhile.”

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Remembering the fallen heroes

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By Brenda Maguire
News Writer

Exeter American Legion Post 934 held their 30th annual Memorial Day Parade and Service on May 30.

The parade started at Exeter High School and ended at Forest Hills Memorial Park, where the service was held.

“It’s a recognition of our ambulance, police and fire fighters that are serving the community all the time,” said Jesse Ritz, parade coordinator. “It’s also to honor those who have died, not only in military service, but those who have died since service.”

The highlight of this year’s parade was the new addition to the Exeter community, three pieces of steel from the World Trade Center. The pieces were given to the Exeter Township Fire Department and were carried on a truck in the parade

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Amity Primary Center students learn about different vehicles

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By Brenda Maguire
News Writer

Students at the Amity Primary Center in the Daniel Boone Area School District took part in the sixth annual Transportation Day May 23 as part of their “Things That Go” unit.

“We’re really big on hands-on experiences and real life experiences. Having the kids see these up close and learn all of the different parts to all of these vehicles is really important to back-up what we’re teaching in the classroom,” said Kim Murgitroyde, the kindergarten teacher who organized the event. “We can actually see them up-close, they’re not just in a book.”

Each grade got a chance to take their turn walking around and looking at the vehicles that were brought to the school by volunteers.
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Mifflin students get a hands-on history lesson

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By Brenda Maguire
News Writer

he sun was shining last Monday when the fifth graders at Governor Mifflin Intermediate School took part in a day long Civil War reenactment.

“We believe this is our 14th year doing this, and we’ve discovered this hands-on approach is good for them. In fact, many of our fifth grade children will tell us it’s the best day they’ve had at school all year,” said Donna Strobel, a fifth grade teacher who helped to coordinate the event.

“Each of these reenactors really is a mini-expert, so they bring their passion and get the kids excited and it just flows through the whole day.”

The fifth graders were broken up into five groups to visit the different stations inside and outside the school.

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