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Carole Christman Koch: President’s Inauguration firsts, traditions, and more: Part 2

By Carole Christman Koch|

At the Movies with Rodeo’: Kid reviewer gives ‘Fantastic Beasts’ 4 popcorn boxes

A companion piece to the “Harry Potter” film franchise. Writer Newt Scamander lands in early 1900’s New York, with a suitcase full of creatures in all sizes and shapes endowed with other-worldly powers. Action-adventure and...

Submitted By David Daniels Columnist|


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    Welcome to my World: Grave Epitaphs

    Every summer that I can remember as a kid, Mom insisted Pop drive to visit the gravesites of both the Christman’s, in Lehigh County, and the Kohler’s, in Berks County. Mom also took us on walks to the family cemetery of the Siegfried’s, from Siegfriedsdale, located near our farm. In the early days of rural America, families were allowed burial plots near their home.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

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    A Look Back in History: Interesting Folk Days rooted in Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers (pun intended)

    Pennsylvania Dutch rural folklore was important in providing Rhineland peasants with knowledge of becoming successful American farmers. Although most PA Deitsch folklore revolved around their religion, it is dubious that Grundsau Day (Groundhog Day) was purely an American idea. Perhaps it was a wise trick of a minister or public citizens in wanting to make local peasants aware they should be checking their farm equipment for the current spring planting. This myth about the hibernating...

    By Richard L.T. Orth|

  • Opinion

    Welcome to my World:Mom Mom’s bash proves older people can have fun too

    An invitation: Mom Mom’s Bash You’re Invited To

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

  • Columns

    A Look Back in History - Sacrificing to Prosper in a New World: The Cultural Exchange at the Port of Philadelphia

    The interaction between Pennsylvania “Deitschers” (Dutch people) and English farmers around Philadelphia was important to both their well-being, because of the Dutchman’s language barrier attempting to negotiate commerce in Penn’s port city. Several Pennsylvania Dutch farmers in the PA Dutch Country purposely hired their young children out to English farmers who lived in New Jersey just to learn the English language. By forcing their children to live in this...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

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    A Look Back in History: The Americanism ‘Pennsylvania Dutch’ still preferred today

    Since Colonial times our ancestors were referred to as the Americanism, “PA Dutch,” a term widely used to describe these immigrants by suburban Philadelphians, who followed the local Quaker-American colloquialism, as people today. This 18th Century Americanism, “Deitsch” in German, translated to Dutch in English, was used in Colonial times, and including the Swiss (Amish and Mennonite), French Huguenots, and Holland Dutch, in additions to large German numbers,...

    By Richard L.T. Orth|

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