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The Historian: Hinkel und Oyer (Chicken and Eggs) Part I

By Robert Wood Columnist |

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    A Look Back in History: Kutztown University, a college town whose professors master the uniqueness of Americana and PA Dutch culture

    Having graduated Kutztown State in 1960, I did not fully understand how lucky I was meeting professors who taught me the uniqueness of the Americana culture of the Pennsylvania Dutch people. Their true-grit livelihood stood for our Americana civilization, in art, education and American agriculture, as well as religion.

    By Richard H. Shaner Columnist |

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    Welcome to my World: The Older I Get

    The older I get, 74 now, I’ve come to the conclusion there’s both good and not so good in all of this new technology we are bombarded with.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

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    PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: “Road Calm” - When apology is in order

    The year was 1971. I was honorably discharged from the Army, and my wife and I visited the fiance of a friend that was still serving in Vietnam. Several months later, Barb and I were invited to their wedding.

    By Jeff Hall Columnist |

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    The Historian: The Window Pane Tax of 1798

    The Federal Direct Tax of 1798, popularly called “the window pane tax,” precipitated an event called Fries (pronounced “freeze”) Rebellion, which has been described as “a sort of comic opera that provided excitement here in Montgomery County for some months in 1798 and 1799.”

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

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    Through my eyes: Legal blindness and an unlikely hobby

    As a new addition to Berks-Mont News, I figured I would use these early columns to give the readers a chance to learn more about me. I stated in a previous column that I struggle with being legally blind. I suffered from a lack of oxygen at approximately one month old which severely inhibited the proper development of my optic nerve.

    By Michael P. Hill Columnist |

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    A Look Back in History: Architectural fashion in randomly laid fieldstone

    America’s early hinterland houses built of native stone are more than well constructed abodes. They reveal the desire of the frontier inhabitants to be part of the architectural fashion of the day. Even the simplest l8th century field-stone dwelling, having no obvious Georgian architectural style for that period, may very well contain large “quoins” (pronounced coins) or cornerstones that architecturally give the home symmetry and frame the random laid walls.

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist |

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    Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Pineapple Peach Pops

    We all have things we hate. For two of my children, the squeaking of Styrofoam sends them into a tizzy and, coincidentally, both my husband and I detest those wooden spoons that accompany Italian ices. For one of my daughters, it’s peach fuzz. She refuses to touch the skin of a peach. She even makes the customers bag their own at our farm stand.

    By Felicia Fisher Columnist |

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    The Historian: A most interesting diary, conclusion (Part III)

    For the last two weeks this column dealt with the 1839-1845 diary of Norristown resident Mary Markley Boyer (1802-1858). Found by historian Nancy Roan some years ago, the diary pages are interleaved into The Lady’s Annual Register, a publication which included monthly almanac pages. Pasted opposite the almanac page for each month is her diary for that month. Occasionally her husband, John Boyer, would add some notes in a beautiful, cultivated hand. It is primarily a record of their...

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

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    The Historian: A Most Interesting Diary, continued (Part II)

    Last week’s column dealt with the 1839-1845 diary of Norristown resident Mary Markley Boyer (1802-1858). Found by historian Nancy Roan some years ago, the diary pages are interleaved into The Lady’s Annual Register, a publication which included monthly almanac pages. Pasted opposite the almanac page for each month is her diary for that month. It is primarily a record of their gardening, housekeeping, and other items thought worthy to record.

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

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    Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: For the love of coffee and not baking…

    I had the most surreal food experience yesterday. I opted to go inside my local Starbuck’s to peruse the coffee menu. I usually use the drive through although oftentimes I simply drive by rather than wait behind a line of six to seven cars. As usual, their was an inordinate amount of people crammed inside this small retail space enjoying their coffee creations. I don’t think the powers that be at Starbuck’s corporate realize that people in Berks county are flocking to...

    By Felicia Fisher Columnist |

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