In Other News

A Look Back in History America’s early hinterland houses were built of native stone

By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

Welcome to My World: From Marriage by Capture, by Contract, to Mutual Love

Reprint (2017 Screamin Mamas) Marriage for the bride has certainly evolved over the centuries from “marriage by force or capture,” during ancient tribal days. It wasn’t unusual for a tribe, when in the process...

By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

MOST RECENT STORIES

  • Opinion

    Reflections: Imprisoned in a single dimension by two-faced grass

    Brown patches of dirt (OK, that’s redundant because you seldom see green patches of dirt) should know their environment, their context, their place. They have no business acting like churlish interlopers and squatting where grass once grew in my lawn.

    By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: Colonial Fresh-Baked Bread and Hard Cider

    As we look back over 250 years of American history, certainly nobody thinks about the history of bread, maybe hard cider, but certainly not Colonial bread. I hope most people realize the spongier type of bread manufactured today is not the same bread as yesteryear, let alone centuries ago. Expanding on my initial thought, it becomes even more interesting when one realizes that our forefather’s wives baked bread traditionally only once a week (Friday) and did not have plastic...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • Opinion

    Letter: Truck traffic is over the top on Philadelphia Ave. in Boyertown

    I am speaking as a Boyertown community member, retired PE teacher, and advocate for community wellness. I live in a neighboring township in the Boyertown Area School District very close to Route 73, and I am impacted by traffic created by the Delaware County ash trucks which travel along the main road in our community. I am well aware of the traffic nightmare in the middle of Boyertown caused by truck traffic, and when I attended the informational meeting at Oley Fairgrounds building, I was...

    |

  • Opinion

    Welcome to My World: Lesson on life from ‘Peace Pilgrim’

    “The way of Peace is the way of Love.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

  • Opinion

    A Berks County student perspective in response to school shootings

    Hurt, despair, betrayal. These are feelings that many students across the country feel due to the lack of action that has been taken in wake of the school shootings that are almost being normalized.

    By Ethan Strause Brandywine Heights freshman|

  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: A unique acculturation of English food

    Ever since the Colonial period, PA Dutch farmers in Berks, Lehigh and Lancaster counties have counted on imports from the English port of Philadelphia, and in return, we sold our food and grain products etc. to trade with the rest of the world. But instinctively, our Rhineland ancestors relished their Germanic culinary diet making scrapple, cottage cheese, and apple butter, which was easily traded at the Philadelphia markets among the Quaker English neighbors of William Penn.

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: A birthday tribute to the father of the American folklife movement

    With several PA Dutchmen and women approaching their 100th birthday, together with fellow aging countrymen from Europe, America’s Civilization has unmistakably become one nation under God with Liberty and Justice for all. There is no question that the humility of our 16th and 17th Century pioneer forefathers had faced all types of adversity, as well as death defying wars, descendants continue their belief in an all merciful God in which our humble United States people proclaim,...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • Columns

    A Look Back in History: Surviving Frontier Log Homes in Kutztown

    The many salmon brick Victorian homes in the villages around Maxatawny Township give one the impression that our township is a later, pre-Civil War settlement, but lurking around each corner, one may still find log houses or log cabins that have survived from early American times. Traveling down West Main Street in Kutztown from the University, the smartly restored log house of Devin Siegel, a former assistant high school wrestling coach, is a key structural clue that lying beneath modern...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • Opinion

    Letter: New laws won’t stop criminals from obtaining guns

    For transparency, I am an NRA life member, hunter, father and grandfather. In response to Mr. Tatum’s March 13th article, I feel he has missed the mark. The NRA is made up of like-minded people who are gun owners for various reasons. I follow legislation closely and feel they come to the table with an open mind and support proper legislation. It is good that youth are involved and want to affect change, but they are young and may not have enough information on gun control to make...

    |

  • Opinion

    Reflections: Baseball season — when we can park the real world in right field

    Another major league baseball season soon will be upon us as the players knock off winter’s rust in spring training. For those of us who follow the game, it’s time to be eternal adolescents once again.

    By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

The Berks-Mont News: BLOGS