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Pickin’ in Pa: Rewarding the customer

By Ellen Geisel Columnist |

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    Up to Speed with David Barr: Allmendinger claims first win at the Glen

    Hello readers, Recent history at the Glen suggested that fans were in for a treat and the drivers didn’t disappoint on Sunday. Marcos Ambrose and AJ Allmendinger, the two drivers who were putting all their eggs into the road-course basket as far as winning there in order to punch their ticket to the Chase were the ones up front all day fighting for the win. Allmendinger took the lead on a restart with 30 laps to go and held it for the remainder of the day. Ambrose gave Allmendinger...

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    A Look Back in History by Richard L.T. Orth: Fraktur among the Pennsylvania Dutch

    As devout a Christian people as the Quakers were, they did not express their religious belief as dynamic as the Pennsylvania Dutch/Germans, whose American Folk Art naturally spilled over from the Bible into all their furniture and household belongings. These Rhineland immigrants, who feared being crucified for their religious beliefs in Europe by rival Kings; upon stepping onto what we now know as America, beginning in 1683, were for the first time in their lives free to practice whichever...

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    The Historian by Robert Wood: Old Inns and Taverns of New Hanover, part 1

    The old inns and taverns of Montgomery County share typical features that make them recognizable. Situated at a crossroads and built of stone, brick or logs, they were usually two stories high, squareish, and had attic windows in the gable ends and frequently attic dormers; along the front one will find a long porch sheltering two doors, one leading into the bar-room and the other leading into the inn parlor and family living quarters.

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    A Look Back in History by Richard L.T. Orth: Congressman Daniel Hoch and our American Patriotism

    Last fall, our American Folklife Institute did an article on the Sacred Oak of the Oley Valley (“Godhead Trees and Virgin Forests”), and while working on the Oley Valley History II: The Federal Years, I had become reacquainted with the knowledge that this iconic natural wonder was on the farmstead once owned by Congressman Daniel Hoch in Oley Township.

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    The Historian by Robert Wood: The Stone Cutters

    This week we speak of granite. Most of the soils attracting the German farmers to New Hanover were weathered from soft Brunswick Shales and mudstone. However on the far eastern section below Faglesville the underlying rock is granite or diabase, a hard, gray igneous rock. In fact drillers for a pipe line recently laid along the Swamp Pike near Fagleysville Hill called it some of the hardest rock they encountered anywhere.

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    Small Beginnings: The two hour marriage retreat

    I know I’ve been writing a lot about fishing lately, but I’m not quite done. Our fishing date which was aeons ago yielded a little more material so hang in there and endure one more column about fishing! In addition to becoming a contributing factor in the worst cooking disaster I have ever pulled off, and also bringing to my attention a great spiritual truth, our brief fishing excursion produced one more unexpected result. It refreshed and renewed my appreciation for my husband and the gift...

    By Lisa Schappell Columnist |

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    Welcome to my World: What is your passion?

    I think most of us, at some time in our lives had a “knowing” what we were good at and what we had a passion for. These are our God-given gifts. Sometimes, if you really love your job, that can be one of your gifts. But, there’s always more than one talent. It can be anything from cooking to baking, painting, a good listener, active in your church, a letter writer, singing in the choir, playing an instrument, a care-giver, a Sunday School teacher, a tutor, just smiling at someone, a...

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

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    The Historian by Robert Wood: Schneiders’ Tannery, part 1

    Austin Miller’s daughter, the late Beulah Spatz, was seven or eight when in 1925 she was running near the chicken coops on her father’s farm and the earth gave way. Their farm was right below the Minister Creek bridge on the Swamp Pike where a large, old, brick house built in 1791 now lies abandoned.

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    Berks County Dairy Princess offers dairy recipe celebrating June as National Dairy Month

    Splashing in the pool, laying under the sun, vacationing and picnics are all common activities during the summer months. Did you know celebrating dairy is another popular activity for the month of June? In 1937, June was announced as National Milk Month, which later turned to National Dairy Month as a way to promote drinking milk. Dairy is an important part of our diet delivering nine essential nutrients to us. While June is Dairy Month, filling your plate with dairy goes far beyond the 30...

    By Ashley Mohn Berks County Dairy Princess |

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    Welcome to my World: In our own words

    Here are some of the memories, from the newsletter, of the ten siblings “in our own words.”

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

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