Opinion

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: ‘John Wick’ - a stellar art house/action movie crossover |Jan 30, 2015

“John Wick” serves as a reminder that even so-called mindless entertainments are capable of great artistry, and in more than a few ways, recalls the magisterial, breathless kineticism of John Woo’s Hong Kong films of the late 80s and early 90s – namely, “The Killer” and “Hard-Boiled,” two of the greatest action films ever made.

Ask Steve: How important is installing a carbon monoxide detector in a new home? |Jan 27, 2015

As a service to you and our community, I want to answer your questions so you can make educated and more informed decisions when it comes to your energy, comfort needs and saving money.

The Historian: Baking Practices among the Dutchmen |Jan 27, 2015

Most Germanic houses built in Southeastern Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries had bake ovens; it was almost a requisite for Pennsylvnia Dutch dwellings.

Thrivent Financial: You bought the policy…now what? Knowing your policies supports healthy financial strategies |Jan 27, 2015

Purchasing proper insurance coverage is an important part of a healthy financial picture. However, with many policies, staying engaged ensures you have adequate coverage as your life changes.

Book Beat - Impact: ‘A Portrait Of My Father’ shows 41st President took the less travelled path |Jan 27, 2015

Review of “A Portrait Of My Father” by George W. Bush

Mind Your Body: Twelve small steps = a year of big change |Jan 26, 2015

It is the third week in January and some studies show that New Year’s resolutions, such as going to the gym or changing one’s eating patterns, may be fading. By early February there is often a big drop-off in follow-through on resolutions.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Clint Eastwood’s rousing war film transcends political labels |Jan 26, 2015

“American Sniper” is a more complex film than many are giving it credit for, and that assessment applies to both its fans and detractors.

Welcome to my World: Fashion fads and others of the 50s |Jan 26, 2015

Last year, 2014, my Kutztown classmates celebrated our 56th class reunion. Whenever we have a reunion, I get out my ’58 yearbook to check out the faces to see who I remember. This time I also became intrigued with our 50s clothes and hairdos.

Guest Column: Memories |Jan 23, 2015

My growing up memories started on March 4, 1950 at 7 p.m. It is the night I married Carl Zettlemoyer. It was a marriage quite a few people said would not last. Because Lucille was a “City girl” and Carl was a farm boy.

A Look Back in History: Salem Church windows depict purple stained Iris colored flowers, a French “Fleurdelis” folk symbol |Jan 23, 2015

Last month a Community Christmas Cantata was held under the musical direction of choir director Kathy Snyder to a packed audience at Salem Church on historic Covered Bridge Road, on a Sunday afternoon, a unique presentation of Oley area churches, whereby old timers would not have to drive home in the dark.

At The Movies With Rodeo Marie HansonKid reviewer gives 4 popcorn boxes for “Paddington” (Studio Canal) |Jan 23, 2015

Rodeo Marie Hanson, 8, of Fleetwood, has a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for all things Hollywood.

Focus on the Family: Daughter’s lies catching up with her at school |Jan 21, 2015

Q: How can I get my teenage daughter to stop lying? I’ve caught her telling “tall tales,” and now she’s complaining that the kids at school don’t believe anything she says.

Op-Ed by Sen. Mensch: To improve budget will require fundamental changes in way departments are funded |Jan 20, 2015

As I write this commentary I have an article dated January 15, 2009, in front of me. The Headline: “The PA Budget Deficit Could Be As High As $1.9 Billion. The article quotes then Governor Rendell at the PA Farm Show as he spoke to members of his administration, members of the legislature, and members of the agriculture community.

Letter to the Editor: Honey Brook Borough Police chief thanks toy drive donors |Jan 20, 2015

Again I would like to THANK all of the donors to the Police Department’s toy drive this year.

Letter to the Editor: Chester County has opportunities for 2015 |Jan 20, 2015

The citizens of Chester County have a myriad of opportunities as we begin 2015 and close out a successful 2014.

The Historian: The Tag-Team Preachers from New Hanover |Jan 19, 2015

Sometime around 1720, John Philip Boehm and a group following the German Reformed faith settled closely together in Swamp, New Hanover, and built a church. The congregation exists today, Falkner Swamp UCC, the earliest German Reformed church in America.

Welcome to my World: Toilets, pots and such |Jan 19, 2015

What better month then January to write about toilets. January 27 is Thomas Crapper Day! Yet, Crapper, whose been given the credit for inventing the toilet, actually didn’t. He was awarded nine patents, three of which were for water closets.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Thinking outside the (brownie) box |Jan 16, 2015

I cannot tell a (baking-related) lie. I use boxed, store-bought brownie mix. To me, the ultimate brownie not only has an over-the-top, amazing, “Oh my gosh I need a glass of milk right now to wash this down” chocolate flavor but is of the fudge and not the cake variety.

Reel Experiences with Rob Humanick: ‘Blackhat’ an acquired taste; ‘Citizenfour’ not to be missed |Jan 16, 2015

“Blackhat” is being advertised as an action thriller, and strictly speaking, it is, and at an almost literally elemental level.

Person to person - Impact: The Lady in Red |Jan 14, 2015

For many years I was quite reserved and in most cases kept my thoughts to myself. Then I entered a period of “Internal Sweats”. Someone would do or say something that I knew was not correct (at least from my standpoint) and those Internal Sweats would build up until I just had to say something to the person.

Ask Esther: Should I be concerned about a septic system inspection? |Jan 14, 2015

I am planning to sell my home but have heard nightmare stories from coworkers concerning septic inspections. My home is about 40 years old but I have had no problems with my septic system. Should I be concerned about this?

From the Item Editor: My trip back to the PA Farm Show |Jan 12, 2015

Most of the time, thousands of people packed into one place, no matter how large, is not my preferred way to spend any spare time that I may have. Large crowds have never been my favorite thing and I tend to do just about anything I can to avoid them.

Small Beginnings: Untangling life in 2015 |Jan 12, 2015

Happy New Year! I know I’m a little late. The New Year is a few weeks old already and it’s as busy as last year and the year before that! What happened to that resolution about slowing things down and stopping to smell the roses? Long forgotten I daresay.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: ‘Selma’ marches to greatness; ‘Still Alice’ takes the easy route |Jan 9, 2015

“Still Alice” is likely three times the film it would be without its central performance – a tremendous turn by Julianne Moore, who adds texture and detail where the script often glosses over such.

Focus on the Family: Grandparents want to help, not butt in, with new baby |Jan 7, 2015

Question: How can grandparents help new parents without wearing out their welcome? I’m excited to play an active and positive role in my grandchild’s life, but I want to be careful to respect appropriate boundaries with my son and daughter-in-law.

On the Record with Carol: Social Media and Tri County Record find a match |Jan 7, 2015

My job in this column is to foster a closer relationship between the Tri County Record and the local people. In 2014 a variety of topics were shared here, some extending into the lives of those that reach out beyond our borders, and so it is with the diversity of this dance of life.

A Look Back in History: The Importance of the Church & Faith in our Pennsylvania Dutch |Jan 7, 2015

As we see our church numbers dwindle and only somewhat filling during the Christmas and Easter times, we need to take a step back and remember how strong religion and faith was to our ancestors driving them to pave the way and persevere in a new and unknowing with unparallel bravery in crossing the mighty Atlantic, and the tremendous hardship they faced in death of loved ones, cold, hunger, and doubt.

From Arthur’s Policy Desk: The Sin of Moral Equivalency |Jan 7, 2015

On December 20th, two New York City Police Department officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, were sitting in their car and were ambushed and killed by a narcissistic murderer who later shot and killed himself.

What’s Cooking with Linda: Grab a soup mug of Shrimp, Potato & Corn Chowder, sit by the fire |Jan 7, 2015

It’s time to put a movie on, light the fire place and grab a soup mug of this awesome Shrimp, Potato & Corn Chowder. Lenore Lasowecky, Fleetwood, shares this recipe for a hearty flavorful soup.

Letter from Fraternal Order of Police: Take time to support men & women in blue |Jan 7, 2015

Dear Editor: January 9 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and the Fraternal Order of Police, Pennsylvania State Lodge, is asking every Pennsylvanian to take time to support our men and women in blue.

The Historian: The Real Story of Mountain Mary, part 2 |Jan 5, 2015

As noted last week, there is very little reliable information about the legendary figure Mountain Mary of Pike Township, Berks County.

Welcome to my World: Jobs in my life |Jan 5, 2015

The first jobs I ever had in my life was to baby sit for my older siblings. It was mainly when the wife in the family had a baby. In those days, a mother was confined to the hospital with her baby for a week.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Nuts to your New Year’s Diet resolutions |Jan 2, 2015

I don’t bake healthy. I do not bake gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, or vegan-friendly items and I’m perfectly OK with that decision. I use butter, processed non-whole grain, white flour and refined white sugar and I do not have any way of effectively controlling whether the components of my baked goods are derived from GMO seeds.

From the Item Editor: Goodbye 2014 and hello 2015 |Dec 26, 2014

Well it’s that time of year again. The time to look back on 2014 and make plans and resolutions for 2015. That also means figuring out how to ring in the new year.

Welcome to my World: Tick Tock, New Year’s Eve |Dec 26, 2014

My husband and I decided to entertain five children, ranging in ages 6 to 13, New Year’s Eve 1997.

From the Item Editor: Happy holidays and thank you |Dec 22, 2014

Thank you to all of the students, teachers and principals for participating in the holiday letters. We have the last batch set to go in the Dec. 31 issue. We also want to wish all of our readers the happiest of holidays and a wonderful start to the new year.

Listen Up: Keep it simple |Dec 22, 2014

It’s amazing how one small incident can trigger a flood of thoughts and memories.

The Historian: Log Houses in the New Hanover area |Dec 19, 2014

When we think of early houses in the region, the images that usually come to mind are the large, stone farm houses and the associated bank barns.

Mind Your Body: A Perfect Time for Turning Inward |Dec 19, 2014

Winter has arrived and the nights have grown longer. Along with increased darkness, there is more quietude. As we look around us, we see bare branches. Many plants have gone dormant, there are fewer birds about, and numerous animals hibernate or go into “light hibernation.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Intense musical-thriller ‘Whiplash’ earns its title |Dec 19, 2014

For all intents and purposes, “Whiplash” is a monster movie -- it doesn’t exactly take place in reality. Concerning an ambitious young man at a renowned music college under the tutelage of a conductor whose technical excellence is outweighed only by his ruthlessness in weeding out imperfections in his students, this is a film that approaches musicianship much like “Gravity” approached space travel.

‘Tis the Season: A six-year tradition visiting Koziar’s Christmas Village |Dec 19, 2014

The first time I visited Koziar’s Christmas Village I was a fourth grade Girl Scout. Our leaders rounded us up in a bunch of cars, and we waited in the mile-long traffic to see the shimmering, magical lights.

Small Beginnings: Christmas confessions, getting caught up in the commotion of the holiday |Dec 19, 2014

I’m caught up in the middle of the hubbub. I’m shopping and frantically looking for the perfect gift for the people I love. I want them to have that WOW moment when they open the package and love what I got them.

Welcome to my World: The Christmas tree |Dec 19, 2014

Our Christmas tree is again decorated with glowing lights, ornamental glass balls, icicles of tinfoil, long strips of popcorn chains, and topped by an angel. Starry eyed, I repeat the familiar carol’s words: “Oh, Christmas tree, Oh, Christmas tree, How lovely are your branches!”

Dairy recipe: ‘Tis the season to be dairy |Dec 19, 2014

Tis’ the season to be dairy! From setting cookies and milk out for Santa, enjoying hot chocolate by the fire or even baking one of your favorite holiday recipes, this time of year is filled with dairy.

Ask Esther: Should I wait to sell until spring? |Dec 16, 2014

I would like to sell my home but the outside looks so drab in the winter and who is looking this time of year anyway? I’m wondering if it makes sense to wait to sell until the spring when flowers are blooming and things are green.

Book Beat - Impact: Review of ‘The Night Watchman’ by Mark Mynheir |Dec 16, 2014

Ray Quinn makes his way down a deserted street in Orlando, Florida, looking like a man many years his senior as he struggles with his cane and his plastic hip of 10 months. He notices two youths about 20 years old who are tailing him.

Letter: |Dec 16, 2014

I am a local Morgantown nurse and member of our local American Legion. On Saturday, Dec. 13 I had the pleasure of attending once again “Wreaths Across America” at Fort Indiantown Gap, a national Pennsylvania Veterans Cemetery.

Welcome to my World: My mother, the child comedian |Dec 15, 2014

I grew up the youngest in a family of ten. All of us siblings recall our Mother’s sense of humor, which all of us inherited.

The Historian: The West Branch Paper Mill |Dec 15, 2014

Of the many types of mills that were built on the Perkiomen Creek and its tributaries, the most uncommon was the paper mill. I know of just one, located in the extreme northern edge of Douglass Township on the West Branch of the Perkiomen on, appropriately, Paper Mill Road.

Reel Experiences with Rob Humanick: Laughter and tears mingle in bittersweet ‘The Skeleton Twins’ |Dec 12, 2014

More than likely than not, the cast of “The Skeleton Twins” will be looked over in the new year when Oscar nominations are announced.