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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|

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    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|

  • 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

    A Look Back in History: Importance of Pennsylvania Dutch taverns and wayside inns Part II

    With the agrarian excellence of the Germanic farmer and culinary expertise of their Dutch housewives, it is easy to understand why so many colonists, whatever the ethnicity, returned to their various homes acclaiming the fine hospitality of the Pennsylvania Dutch taverns.

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • Opinion

    Welcome to my World: Boomba can be fun!

    When you hear a cloudburst of sounds of clang, boom, ting-a-ling, rattle, toot, jingle and thump, what instrument do you conjure up? It’s called a boomba. It’s a percussion instrument consisting of a five-foot pole on a spring base, with tambourine, cowbell, wooden block, and Swiss bells attached. You can play it with a drumstick, shake it or bounce it to the rhythm of polka music.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

  • Opinion

    Person to Person - Impact: Do You Want to be a Mini Hero?

    In a January column, I addressed heroes in our towns and around the world. I realize there are many types of people that can be considered heroic but I only listed a few: men and women in our military, firefighters, police officers, doctors, nurses, medics and everyday civilians who rush to others’ care in the case of an emergency. At my age, I will never be identified in any of the above groups (except possibly rushing to help somebody in an emergency).

    By Jeff Hall Columnist|

  • Columns

    GUEST COLUMN: Rebuilding U.S. infrastructure requires better access to minerals, metals

    For a White House often accused of being divisive, President Trump may yet bring warring parties together on a major initiative that few voters will oppose. In his ‘State of the Union’ address last month, the president declared a major priority of his administration will be the rebuilding of America’s crumbling infrastructure.

    By Hal Quinn Guest columnist|

  • Columns

    SPEAKER MIKE TURZAI: PA Supreme Court oversteps authority to redraw Congressional map

    Sen. Joe Scarnati, as the Pennsylvania Senate Pro Tempore, and I, as Speaker of the Pennsylvania House, filed an Emergency Application for a Stay with the United States Supreme Court today. Our application makes clear that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court did not have the power to invalidate the constitutional, democratically passed congressional map. In allowing the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to invalidate federal congressional lines and to draw lines of their own, the U.S. Supreme Court will...

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  • Opinion

    Welcome to my World: Honoring women in history who tried to run for President

    I kept the best candidates for president last, namely Gracie Allen and myself. We both have something in common: we love a good laugh. Here is Gracie’s story.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

  • Opinion

    Reflections: Seems as if raindrops are always falling on our heads

    Is it just me or is it usually wet around here?

    By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

  • Opinion

    As I See It: Why is desire to import immigrant on the rise?

    Unlimited immigration... open borders... DACA. With America’s failing immigration system in the cross hairs of a political battle, the issue seems destined to die on fallow ground. The influx of “Dreamers” into this country is growing exponentially as chain migration, visas, lotteries, and both legal and illegal importation remains well above the historic average. It is a good thing to help outsiders, and as a Christian, I take my cues from the Holy Scripture, which...

    By Mary Cantell Columnist|

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