Opinion

Focus on the Family: Daughter’s put-downs with boyfriend worry parents |May 28, 2015

Q: Am I being too sensitive about the put-downs and insults my daughter and her boyfriend toss back and forth at each other? She acts like it’s no big deal, but I’m alarmed and don’t consider this to be healthy behavior.

So you’re saving for retirement- Now what? |May 28, 2015

When discussing retirement, there are dozens of questions you can ask yourself. Do you want immediate access to your money or do you want guaranteed income over your lifetime? Keep in mind guarantees are based on the financial strength and claims paying ability of the issuing insurance company.

Welcome to my World: My front porch |May 24, 2015

Reprint: 2008 in local paper, Lifestyles, 2012 on Berks County TV web site.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Ice cream makerless strawberry ice cream |May 24, 2015

I’ve concluded that the lack of decent customer service in today’s world is, in effect, a lack of integrity. Entry level employees simply do not care if they’re doing their job well and this became apparent to me on several occasions this week including snide comments by a cashier coupled with the failure of a customer service representative to follow up with a telephone call as promised leaving me to wonder if my mixer parts will ever be delivered.

The Historian: Cazenove’s journey through Pennsylvania, 1794 |May 22, 2015

As often noted, the Germanic farmers and tradesmen who largely populated this region during the early days kept few, if any, personal records. Occasionally, though, travelers and visitors recorded details of their visits which are useful to historians.

Focus on the Family: Parent searching for advice on how to help son lose weight |May 21, 2015

Q: Do you have any advice for the parent of a preteen child who’s extremely overweight? I want to help him lose weight while he’s young, before it becomes a serious problem later in life.

Ask Esther: They Need To Love What They See |May 21, 2015

Dear Esther – We are ready to sell our home so we contacted a realtor to get it on the market. She gave us a long list of items to do before selling. We have always taken good care of our property and feel the list is unnecessary.

Person to Person Impact: Photographic Memories Part #1 |May 21, 2015

Now that the six part series of the adventures of Beetle Bailey’s Protégé has concluded, I would like to start an intermittent mini-series of Photographic Memories. This will include a photo and the memories attached to it which are contained in my small memory box, each representing a fun, serious or emotional time in my life.

On the Record with Carol: Sometimes God just walks right into your life when you’re not even looking |May 21, 2015

This Memorial Day I will be going to Washington, D.C. with my daughter-in-law Gloria Quaintance and my two grandsons Caleb and Joshua.

A Look Back in History: The Butcher, Baker, and Candlestick Maker: Our Kutztown Folk Festival Craftsman |May 19, 2015

Among the iconic craftsman that have always made up our Colonial ethnic natives of the Pennsylvania people, have been the historic tradesmen that have been long remembered for their craftsmanship, enabling immigrant natives to survive in a somewhat hostile pioneer environment.

Welcome to my World: Sisterhood |May 18, 2015

Sisterhood! It’s supposed to be fun! My sister, Gladys, was two years older than me. As far back as I can remember, I had this love-hate relationship with her. When I complained about Gladys to my older sisters, they’d always tell me, “We all fought with the sister, that was closest in age, when we were kids.

Small Beginnings: Driving with stinkbugs |May 18, 2015

The other day I was driving along in my car, minding my own business when out of the corner of my eye I caught a subtle flash of movement on the console. Being alone in the car, there should not be anything moving anywhere that is not attached to me, so naturally this motion alerted my curiosity.

Welcome to my World: A ‘nice’ casual horse and buggy ride |May 11, 2015

It was 1994. My five sisters and I were invited to the Big Island of Hawaii by our brother, Lester, and his wife, Ruth. They are both retired schoolteachers, who rent a condo on the Big Island, a few months of the year.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Bittersweet rhubarb |May 11, 2015

As much as I detest the word “ignorant”, it does sufficiently describe my relationship with rhubarb. Prior to marrying my husband and trying the creations baked up by his two Pennsylvania Dutch grandmothers I had no clue it even existed.

Welcome to my World: Mother’s Day gifts |May 4, 2015

Over the years, I’ve received what you would call “normal” type Mother’s Day gifts, everything from hand-made cards, candy, flowers and clothing, from my children. I’m now a retired mother and my children — three daughters and a son — are raising families of their own.

Welcome to my World: Mom, in sickness and in health |Apr 27, 2015

With the raising of ten children, Mom never called a doctor, unless she had to. Even in her elderly years, she did her best to stay out of the doctor’s office. She could cure most anything. Sometimes it was her wonder drugs.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Sugar and spice |Apr 27, 2015

Baking is excellent therapy. On days filled with aggravation (of which I’ve had too many of late), I find that baking is extremely therapeutic. Baking provides me with an opportunity for solitude and to simply forget whatever it is that is irritating me and, in the end, I have the satisfaction of providing bliss in baked form to someone else (as well as myself because I don’t grow tired of eating what I bake).

The Historian: The Curious ‘Klingelbeutel’ |Apr 26, 2015

Another detail in the local life of yesteryear which is now totally gone from all but historical reference is the German Klingelbeutel — Glingelsock in the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect, literally, “bellpocket.

Part 5 Vietnam 1970 - 1971: Meet Private Beetle Bailey’s Protégé |Apr 22, 2015

Shortly after taking up residence in base camp, I established a routine of going to a Vietnamese barber on a weekly basis. Each customer received the works: haircut, shave, shoulder massage and the unexpected neck crack, accomplished by the barber grabbing each side of your head firmly and giving it a quick 90 degree sharp turn.

The Historian: Early school houses were used as Sunday schools |Apr 21, 2015

Since by tradition and custom the first schools were operated by the churches, it is easy to see why the early township school boards saw no problem with allowing Sunday schools to meet in the one-room school houses.

Welcome to my World: Flower talk |Apr 20, 2015

Upon hearing the words “she loves me, she loves me not,” one knows the daisy is talking. By the time the last petal is plucked, we are informed, or not, of our sweethearts love for us.

Celebrate Earth Day with a dairy recipe |Apr 20, 2015

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. Earth Day originated in the United States but became recognized worldwide by 1990. Caring for the land, air and water is a responsibility dairy farmers share with the local community.

Part 4 Vietnam 1970 - 1971: Meet Private Beetle Bailey’s Protégé |Apr 14, 2015

As my stay in Vietnam got longer, I guess I became more relaxed. One time we had been in the field long enough that when we came to a lake, we decided to take baths in it. If it had been in later years, I could have identified with Kevin Costner in the movie Dances with Wolves when the Indians showed up while he was bathing in a pond! Luckily, we saw no Indians or Vietcong.

Small Beginnings: Adventures in fitness |Apr 14, 2015

I hesitate to use the word ‘fitness’ in the title of this article since the more I exercise, the more aware I become of how out of shape I am, but then again I guess that is the point after all?

Welcome to my World: The Country Cemetery |Apr 14, 2015

From a distance it looks like an alien

Welcome to my World: Retirees on wheels |Apr 6, 2015

My brother, Lester, and his wife, Ruth, (now deceased), retired Pennsylvania teachers, saw their world — almost free. They didn’t deliver meals. They delivered people all over North America.

Small Beginnings: The Easter holiday and celebration |Apr 6, 2015

As day drew closed, the friends he chose, now battered, scattered. Dread arose. It choked their faith. It stole their words and dealt their courage deadly blows. Etched upon each tortured mind the graphic punishment He bore.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Slow cooked goodness… |Apr 6, 2015

For all the time I spend in the kitchen there are some cooking skills that evade me. Cooking rice for example. I do realize that it’s essentially boiling water and adding rice but there’s something more to it.

An open letter to the Hamburg area from the Wagner-Good VFW Post 216 |Apr 6, 2015

An open letter to our membership, fellow Veterans, and the residents of the Borough of Hamburg from the Wagner-Good VFW Post 216.

The Historian: The stormy beginning of Sunday school |Apr 6, 2015

In the old days, Sunday school was a big deal. Typical of the larger town churches was Pottstown’s Emmanuel Lutheran.

The Historian: A Curious Old Deed |Mar 30, 2015

A curious old deed has come to light. The well preserved parchment says that in 1789, the Rev. Johannes Christophe Kunze, D. D. (John Christopher Kunze) “of the City of New York” bought of Peter Richards, shopkeeper, and his wife Magdalena, a parcel containing 58 acres in New Hanover Township.

Welcome to my World: April Fool’s stories |Mar 30, 2015

“Let us be thankful for the fools.

From the Item Editor: Being a part of the show |Mar 30, 2015

Recently, I had the opportunity to be not only part of a jury for the first time, but to also be the client of a law firm. On the evening of Saturday, March 21, I was able to sit in Judge Judy Koch’s court room at Haag’s Hotel in Shartlesville and watch Melissa Cheatham of The Law Firm of Dewy, Cheatham, & Howe go head to head with Sydney Schyster of Spring, Schyster, &Shark Legal Counseling.

A recipe for your Easter celebration |Mar 30, 2015

A popular treat during the Easter season is peanut butter eggs covered in milk chocolate.

My View: I completed the Fools Run 5k! |Mar 30, 2015

I was a runner in my youth, participating in track and cross country. Knee injuries put my running career to a halt in college but I still fondly remember that feeling of flying while out running. So when Don Sechler of the Kutztown Optimist Club asked if I’d be running in the Kutztown Fools Run this year, I couldn’t decline.

Letter: Thank you, for your service |Mar 24, 2015

Hi Jeff, I don’t usually read through the Tri County Record but I am glad I saw your article this week. Very interesting. Vietnam? I was 4 F in 1961 and couldn’t go in the army or Navy (my preference) so by 1965 I was raising a family and only reading about the horrors of Vietnam.

Welcome to my World: Upon my back |Mar 24, 2015

Reprint: Daily Meditation 1993; Lutheran Digest 2009

The Historian: Clover, Part II |Mar 23, 2015

During most of the 18th Century, Germanic immigrants continued the centuries-old agricultural practices with which they were familiar. The paramount need of the settlers was grain.

Op-Ed: We are what we choose to be |Mar 20, 2015

Humanitarian organizations and charitable agencies which use television commercials to ask for donations often show filthy, third-world children sitting in a roofless, dirt-floor school seeking the barest of educations with rapt attention.

Staying healthy with milk’s magic nine |Mar 20, 2015

Snow is melting, birds are chirping, and bulbs are magically sprouting from the ground. These are all signs Spring is moving in and it is a great time to use milk’s magic nine to boost your immune system.

Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Lemons help to fake spring |Mar 19, 2015

I am taking no solace in the fact that Spring begins in a few days. Despite the bitter cold and snow accompanying Winter, at least Winter is pretty. I enjoy watching snowflakes accumulate on the tree branches and discovering dangling icicle spears that resemble translucent stalactites.

Listen Up: And so goes the dream |Mar 18, 2015

“It is with a heavy heart that I have closed the doors to the Historic State Theatre of Boyertown for the last time tonight, March 7, 2015,” reads the opening on the Historic State Theatre’s web-site.

Letter to the Editor: Domestic violence and rape are an epidemic in America |Mar 18, 2015

I would like to add my voice to the recent letter fromT he Women’s Rights Coalition of Southern Chester County regarding domestic violence and rape. Senator Pat Toomey appears to be grossly indifferent to funding programs to protect women from domestic violence and women and girls who have been raped.

Guest editorial: Take ‘It can wait’ pledge to save lives |Mar 16, 2015

“LOL” turns into “RIP” more and more every day in the United States.

Welcome to my World: Dandelions, we love them, we hate them |Mar 16, 2015

I loved dandelions! Still do. Every spring, bucket in hand, found me in a nearby field picking dozens of the round fluffy seed heads. I then blew them far and wide. If I caught a flying seed, I’d make a wish.

Small Beginnings: These things puzzle me... |Mar 16, 2015

While driving along a back country road heading home the other day, my observant and inquisitive daughter pointed something out to me for which I had no explanation. I add this particular observation to a long list of things that puzzle me.

Letter to the Editor: Upgrade 222, it is time for PennDOT to be held accountable |Mar 13, 2015

On March 11, PennDOT sent a response to each of the 431 people who participated in the US 222 e-mail campaign calling for a 4-lane, limited access bypass to replace the current 2-lane road between Reading and Allentown.

Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Marion Cotillard soars in life-affirming ‘Two Days, One Night’ |Mar 13, 2015

“Two Days, One Night” may well be a small cinematic miracle, which would make it par for the course with the works of the Dardenne Brothers. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne write, produce, and direct together, and their body of work contains some of the greatest insights into the human condition as we’ve seen from any living filmmaker.

Letter to the Editor: Stop voting against programs that help people who are in distress |Mar 10, 2015

Dear editor: I’m writing this letter in response to Sen. Toomey’s votes against victims of domestic violence and abuse. He has voted three times to defund programs that protect women from domestic violence, including ones that combat violence against women.

Meet Private Beetle Bailey’s Protege |Mar 10, 2015

Just wait a minute! Uncle Sam wants to send ME to Vietnam for 12 months? I am the one who went to camp the summer after fourth grade and was so homesick that I actually ended up in the infirmary for a few days but was fine once I reached home.