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REFLECTIONS: The price of a too early spring

By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

A Look Back In History: The rare feature of a ‘Schpriggel bar,’ still seen in a Maxatawny Township barn

Both Schweitzer and standard barns in the region are frequently found with a practical large earthen bank at its rear, which allowed wagons carrying sheaves of grain or loads of hay to bridge the threshing floor. Perhaps the greatest advantage though...

By Richard L.T. Orth|

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  • Columns

    A Look Back: How PA Dutch Are You: Did you eat your good luck pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day?

    This folk practice still creates a yearning, especially among our older folk people and those still appreciative of our heritage and a good, hot Pennsylvania Dutch meal. Many Dutch families over the generations and years never forget this dish on New Year’s Day and eagerly partake in the consumption of pork and sauerkraut. In Berks and Lehigh counties, natives raised and ate a huge quantity of potatoes and cabbage that was also a common and cheap dish eagerly eaten by the farming...

    By Richard L.T. Orth|

  • Food

    Through My Kitchen Window: Baking with children, challenging but fun

    When I think about this column entitled Through My Kitchen Window, I envision people looking through my kitchen window while I bake. I wonder what they would see.

    Lisa Mitchell
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  • Opinion

    Think about it: Becoming a full-time member of AARP

    “At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.” — Ann Landers

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  • Opinion

    Welcome to my world : The Hands of my Family

    Farm Woman Written by Mary Alice Kohler Christman

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

  • Opinion

    Reflections: Good looks are kind to the mirror and the bottom line

    We’ve all heard again and again that you can’t judge a book by looking at the cover.

    By Mike Zielinski, Columnist|

  • Opinion

    person to person — impact: Better Than MREs*

    Over ten years ago, Barb and I, along with several others from our church, started a program we called Operation Encouragement. The objective of the program was to pray for, communicate with and send care packages to the men and women serving in our Armed Services. Included in the objective was to encourage other members of the congregation to join us. I chaired the committee and the Assistant Pastor was vital in attending our monthly meetings and providing guidance in making the...

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  • Opinion

    A look back at history : New Year, New Ideas, New Horizons in the PA Dutch Culture

    Plain groups as the Old Order Mennonites and Amish continue to prosper in our area and expand, protecting our rich and vast farmland. Nearby Plain Brethren, once called “Dunkards,” the sect that founded Pricetown in the Oley Hills, still maintain their 18th Century Brethren Meeting House off the modern Pricetown Road. It is perhaps they, the Brethren, in their religious celebration known the “Love Feast,” that best displays the communal love and most outward...

    By Richard L.T. Orth|

  • Columns

    A Look Back in History: American history records the Pennsylvania Dutch

    Historians trace this Rhineland immigration to as early as 1683, when the first waves of Rhenish immigrants speaking the Germanic Dialect arrived in Pennsylvania. One Historian, R. Webster records: “Although the immigrants that made up the 1683 Germantown settlement in the city of Philadelphia were German-speaking Dutch, German, and Swiss immigrants, most of them were Dutch.” Germantown was the Colonial printing center for German language Bibles and religious imprints for...

    By Richard L.T. Orth|

  • Columns

    The Historian: The story of ‘black head’ bricks

    If you examine local brickwork of the 18th and 19th centuries you will see a small number of bricks that have black ends, apparently glazed. This black glazing is not intentional. The “black-heads” were those bricks directly exposed to the kiln fires. Called black-end or black-head bricks they were usually considered seconds and were often placed away from the street side of houses or hidden under pent eaves or such or used on utility buildings like smoke houses. Sometimes in...

    By Robert Wood Columnist|

  • Columns

    A Look Back in History — To Allemangel and Westward: Travels by a PA Dutch Conestoga Wagon …

    By the mid-1700’s, when immigrant Colonial wagon trains passed through the beautiful Oley Valley and East Penn region from Philadelphia en route to frontier lands northeast of Kempton (upper part of county), the Germans called this new territory “Allemangel,” meaning all wants, for its lack of fertility and farmable land. A rugged terrain, that was eventually tamed, the land did not match the rich Oley Valley bottomlands or its rate of productivity. The Pennsylvania...

    By Richard L.T. Orth|

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