Small Beginnings: Are we the only folks ‘Giving Thanks’ today? |Nov 24, 2014

Perhaps on this specific day, Americans around the world are the only people pausing to return thanks for their many blessings. But many other cultures have their own version of Thanksgiving and even if it is not directly related to our pilgrim feast, it’s interesting to find out that pausing to reflect and be grateful is a somewhat universal experience.

Listen Up: Chasing the music 2014 |Nov 24, 2014

Chasing the music in 2014 has been quite an adventure. Some shows are boldly etched in the frozen glacier that is my mind, while others fade in and out like a warm summer breeze. During the Polar Votex’s last year, several venues provided us comfortable, warm places to listen.

Welcome to my World: Of turkey, corn, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie |Nov 24, 2014

In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is a family celebration of fellowship and the sharing of a festive meal. As with most festive occasions, particular foods are associated with these days. Thus, it is that the pleasant aromas of turkey, corn, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie permeate families’ homes on Thanksgiving Day.

Focus on the Family: Set limits to stifle kids’ narcissistic behaviors |Nov 22, 2014

Question: I recently read that narcissistic behavior is on the rise, and this seems to confirm my own observations of a culture that seems to be increasingly selfish and entitled. I’m especially concerned about my children growing up with these influences.

Through My Kitchen Window: A Day for Thanksgiving |Nov 19, 2014

The past 150 years, Thanksgiving feasts in the White House have been sumptuous affairs. The first official Thanksgiving feast was presided over by Abraham Lincoln after he declared Thanksgiving to be a national holiday in 1863.

A Look Back in History: Baking Bread in the Bakeoven |Nov 18, 2014

In further elaborating on my references of Colonial bread making and shipment made over the past month in my columns and with conversations with Director Shaner, by 1767, the bulk of exports from Colonial Pennsylvania consisted of wheat, flour, bread, corn, pork, and beef, bar iron, pig iron, flaxseed, and beer.

The Historian: A Voyage up the Salt River |Nov 17, 2014

Local historian Nancy Roan has her mother’s diary, which contains this curious entry for Nov. 17, 1932: “Up to Swamp to see the salt river parade tonight.”

Welcome to my World: The Christman sisters’ occasional long trips |Nov 17, 2014

I’ve told you some of the highlights from the sisters separate birthday parties. This time I’ll tell you about some of our longer trips to various places.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Presenting the “it” item of the season, cranberries |Nov 17, 2014

Considering how good they are, it’s quite shameful that their popularity is seasonal. I am not referring to anything involving the words “pumpkin” or “spice” but to cranberries, the tart red berries that are a featured item during the upcoming holiday season yet seem to be forgotten the remainder of the year.

Focus on the Family: Life’s difficulties can upset thanksgiving time |Nov 15, 2014

Question: Thanksgiving is this week, and I’m having a hard time getting up for it. I’m usually a positive person, but all of life’s difficulties decided to visit me this year. And the mess the world is in only adds to my feelings of despair.

The Historian: The Ice Industry, part 2 |Nov 14, 2014

Last week’s column noted that at the turn of the last century, the ice companies centered on Green Lane were shipping as much as 150,000 tons a year to Philadelphia and points beyond and providing seasonal work for hundreds of farm workers, many from the New Hanover area.

A Look Back in History: Chicken and waffles: a typical Pa Dutch meal |Nov 14, 2014

Among the Americana inventions of our PA Dutch people who were famous for designing cast iron waffle irons in Colonial times are 18th Century waffle irons with attractive tulip designs molded in their long handle fireplace iron molds, where housewives took pride in creating motifs which were definitely PA Dutch.

The Historian: The Ice Industry, part 1 |Nov 12, 2014

Since the creeks in New Hanover Township flow into the Swamp Creek, which joins the Perkiomen Creek at Zieglersville, New Hanover is part of the Perkiomen Creek watershed and region.

Focus on the Family: Be cautious about revealing too much of your youth to kids |Nov 10, 2014

Q: How much do my children need to know about my past? Is there any reason to be completely open with them about the moral failings of my youth?

Small Beginnings: I’m too practical for my own good sometimes |Nov 10, 2014

Last week I had a fleeting thought. It was so brief and fleeting that I never really considered it to be a viable option for my to do list, but it did pass through my brain. I can blame it on being too busy and having too few hours in the day but the truth is, I just don’t care.

Welcome to my World: A tribute to servicemen and women for Veteran’s Day |Nov 10, 2014

Veteran’s Day was originally Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War 1, which took effect the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Later, it was known as Remembrance Day, marking the end of World War 11.

A salute to our servicemen and women: Veteran Mac Chandler shares his life story |Nov 7, 2014

WRITER’S NOTE: As Veterans Day approached, I contacted friends of mine, Mac Chandler, and his wife, Joyce, about doing an interview for the purpose of writing an article for the Tri County Record.

Ask Esther: |Nov 7, 2014

Can I Afford to Sell? My wife and I had our 3rd child this year so our 3 bedroom home is becoming cramped. Because of our mortgage, I’m not sure if we can afford to sell. How can we find out what we can get for our home?

From Arthur’s Policy Desk: Election of 2014: political landscape has changed, but that’s all |Nov 7, 2014

In 2008, the Republicans lost not only the presidency, but the House and the Senate. The decimation was without equal in recent memory. The Democrats won, on paper, a veto proof majority in the Senate.

Thinking Out Loud: ThanksLiving |Nov 7, 2014

November is here and with the turning of the calendar page come thoughts of the impending Holiday Season. Even before the Halloween candy was off the shelves, the retailers thought it helpful to remind us that Thanksgiving and Christmas were right around the proverbial corner by turning on the Christmas music and stocking the shelves with all kinds of things that we don’t need, but want.

“Sound off on the Record” – Happy Veterans Day |Nov 6, 2014

My last ‘On the Record’ column published a few weeks ago. I have been waiting to hear from you, the reader, about your “Passion” for your country. Your palpable, living breathing essence of your patriotism.

A Look Back in History: Kutztown’s familiar Farmer Yonkers |Nov 3, 2014

Among the most endearing farmers of the area, widely seen and easily accessible, is Bryan Yonkers, a dairy farmer, whose operating farmstead is just northeast of Kutztown Borough limits along Hottenstein Road.

Ask Steve: Allergies and asthma are sometimes caused or exacerbated by bad indoor air quality |Nov 3, 2014

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: The Ice Industry |Nov 3, 2014

Since the creeks in New Hanover Township flow into the Swamp Creek, which joins the Perkiomen Creek at Zieglersville, New Hanover is part of the Perkiomen Creek watershed and region.

Welcome to my World: My birthday tutu |Nov 3, 2014

I turned 73 last year, October 1, 2013. Ever since I was married, the second weekend of October was my traditional birthday party with my sisters. Since no men are allowed at our parties (unless they stay in another room), my husband always chose that weekend to visit his college buddy in New Jersey.

Reel Experiences with Rob Humanick: Still waters run deep in ‘Love is Strange’ |Oct 29, 2014

Heartbreakers don’t come much more true to life than in “Love is Strange,” the latest from filmmaker virtuoso Ira Sachs, whose past work includes the marvelous “Forty Shades of Blue” and “Married Life.

A Look Back in History: Frontier Roots between our PA Dutch and Canada |Oct 29, 2014

When researching the ethnic heritage of the PA German/ Dutch, I traveled to Ontario Canada to visit their early American museums of the PA Dutch natives who immigrated from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to pioneer the farmlands of Colonial Canada.

Opinion Column: Politicians should have integrity, truthfulness, fiscal responsibility, transparency & more |Oct 29, 2014


Guest Column: PennDOT planners content to propose shortsighted solutions that disregard obvious need for 222 massive upgrade |Oct 29, 2014

I moved to Allentown in 2002. Driving to work on my first day at Kutztown University, stuck behind a trash truck for several miles of two-lane no-passing zone on US 222 until the Kutztown bypass, I wondered, through the inescapable stench, what I had gotten myself into.

What’s Cooking with Linda: Black Forest Coffee Cake |Oct 29, 2014

If you enjoy a great Black Forest Cake, then you will really enjoy making this “coffee cake”. This black forest cake is made in one pan, NOT iced, served from the pan - easy to make, easy to transport, a great treat instead of the usual cinnamon coffee cake a lot of people serve.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Experimental film box set offers multifaceted look at film history |Oct 28, 2014

In almost any year, the recently released compilation of the works of Bill Morrison, 1996-2013, courtesy Icarus Films, would be the cinephile’s most essential home viewing purchase. Adventurous filmgoers will find virtually endless riches here – due to both the quantity of material included (roughly eight hours’ worth, making the $50 retail price look downright generous), but the ineffable depths, artistic and culture, that this particular work affords.

Ask Esther: Clean up messy credit to get keys to dream home |Oct 27, 2014

Dear Esther – My wife and I have decided on the area we’d like to raise our kids in and found a house we love. In the process, we were disappointed to find out our credit score is not high enough to purchase.

Through My Kitchen Window: |Oct 27, 2014

It’s time! This is the week I answer your food and cooking questions, and share your favorite recipes.

Focus on the Family: Marriage may not be right answer for expectant couple |Oct 27, 2014

Q: Should I marry my pregnant girlfriend? Our relationship has always been one of convenience, and neither of us considered it permanent. She intends to raise the baby, and I want to do my part. But my girlfriend has some significant life issues, and we’d face huge obstacles if we married.

Small Beginnings: He turns the seasons around and then she changes her crown |Oct 27, 2014

These lines from an obscure song in the animated classic, “Charlotte’s Web” haunt me in this transitional time of year. Father Time turns the seasons. Mother Earth adjusts her garb accordingly.

Felicia Fisher’s a Slice Of Life: The social experiment’s Apple Cake |Oct 21, 2014

I spend a good part of each morning daydreaming. Rolling pie crust is a monotonous task and as the simultaneous whir of my industrial strength mixer and window fan make listening to music difficult, I find myself working in relative silence and wondering about the most ridiculous things.

The Grange, part 2 |Oct 20, 2014

It may be difficult for newer residents to realize, but the housing developments that have transformed the south half of New Hanover Township have been built in less than one lifetime. Before, say, 1960, tract housing developments simply did not exist.

Welcome to my World: What’s your name? |Oct 20, 2014

If I meet someone new, and there’s no one around to introduce me, I’ll ask, “What’s your name?” One of the first questions a new mother is asked is, “What did you name your baby?” Names are a way we identify ourselves to our family, friends, and the world.

Small Beginnings: Compiling a curious body of evidence |Oct 20, 2014

I have come to the conclusion that Americans are obsessed with the human body. It’s not because of the constant envelope pushing from the advertising industry where the less clothing you wear the more successful you are.

From the Item Editor: It’s that time of year again, happy Halloween |Oct 20, 2014

We all have our favorite holidays and time of year. Fall and Halloween just happen to be mine. I’ve always enjoyed watching the leaves changes and all the different colors I pass by while driving around.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Allegorical ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is mind-blowing in more ways than one |Oct 15, 2014

In the eyes of popular culture, “Guardians of the Galaxy” will likely go down as the year’s most popular film, and you could do far worse than Marvel’s slightly offbeat hit.

Through My Kitchen Window: Meals out the box and into the skillet |Oct 15, 2014

Those skillet meals in a box that simply require a pound of hamburger and a cup of milk are so helpful on busy weeknights. Assuming you’ve thought ahead and thawed the hamburger.

Ask Steve energy & money saving tips from Steve Moyer: Can a new thermostat save you money? |Oct 14, 2014

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.

A Look Back in History: Our Kutztown Community Library |Oct 14, 2014

Perhaps the longest overdue article I should have written for the last couple of years involves our Kutztown Community Library, located on Bieber Alley.

Auctions in action |Oct 14, 2014

Auctions can be a bummer or a blast! Please follow me as I go through a progression of three auctions that my wife, Barb and I attended. Our oldest son, Greg, was the star of the third one.

Welcome to my World: My country walks |Oct 13, 2014

I’ve been taking short and long walks since my childhood days on the farm. I still enjoy walking---sometimes it’s for exercise, to drop off my mail at a postal box, or to pick up a few grocery items.

Small Beginnings: These are a few of my favorite things |Oct 13, 2014

I don’t know if this happens to you, but every now and then in the middle of my ordinary day a burst of extreme joy will just well up inside me and begin to overflow. Depending on where I am and what I’m doing I may suppress this emotion, but if I’m alone I may burst into laughter or even tears of gratitude for the simple joys of life.

A Look Back in History: Culinary tricks and treats of the past |Oct 10, 2014

As we look back more than 250 years of American history, certainly nobody thinks about the history of bread, certainly not Colonial bread.

Focus on the Family: Son needs to be pulled away from video games |Oct 7, 2014

Q: Our teenage son is extremely intelligent. The problem is he only wants to play video games all day and night when he’s home. It’s a struggle to get him involved in any kind of physical activity or even just to read a book.

Small Beginnings: Mundane and profound questions, inquiring minds want to know |Oct 6, 2014

Interlaced haphazardly with the mundane questions I grapple with each week appear some profound ones that can be quite the stumpers. An example of the potential thoughts that pass through my mind on a given day may look something like this… Do these pants make me look fat(ter than I actually am)? Did I pay that bill or did I dream that? If I were an atheist, how would I view this news story? Can I truly know the will of God for my life or am I just guessing? Why is my dog barking at the ceiling for no apparent reason? Deep stuff, I know.