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

By Jeff Hall Columnist |

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  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: The Importance of the Church & Faith in our Pennsylvania Dutch

    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. Even if your heritage is not Pennsylvania Dutch, one can read, appreciate, and draw...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist |

  • Columns

    The Historian: The Real Story of Mountain Mary, part 2

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

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

  • News

    Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Nuts to your New Year’s Diet resolutions

    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. I don’t make excuses for not baking healthy. Since the Black Buggy Baking Company is entering its ninth year in existence this...

    By Felicia Fisher Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Intense musical-thriller ‘Whiplash’ earns its title

    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. The finer points, be they the laws of physics or the kind...

    By Robert Humanick Columnist |

  • Columns

    The Historian: Log Houses in the New Hanover area

    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.

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Book Beat - Impact: Review of ‘The Night Watchman’ by Mark Mynheir

    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. He may be weak physically, but many years as a police detective were going to save him from trouble. He looked in the rearview mirrors of the parked cars he was passing to follow his stalkers. Eventually, they disappeared down an alley and ended up in front...

    By Jeff Hall Columnist |

  • Columns

    The Historian: The West Branch Paper Mill

    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.

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

  • Columns

    The Historian: Six Horse Bell Teams

    A fully rigged Conestoga wagon was a union of graceful craftsmanship and rugged utility. With running gear painted vermilion, sides a bright blue and topped with white canvas on graceful bows, wagon and team could be as much as 60 feet long. It was said to be not only a stirring sight but noble!

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

  • Columns

    ASK STEVE: What are the ideal thermostat settings for night and day?

    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.

    By Steve Moyer Columnist |

  • Columns

    A Look Back in History: The Sarah Boone School and public education

    Located at Hoch’s Corner in Oley Township, the fieldstone one-room school house of Sarah Boone had long been a centennial of pioneer education, even though Sarah Boone was long remembered for female vocational education. Such as her treasured homespun designed embroidered folk art samplers, she taught her frontier women to make while living in the Oley Valley, located on a knoll between the Weidener and Hoch Cemeteries.

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist |

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