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Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: ‘Mr. Turner’ is a ‘masterpiece’

By Robert Humanick Columnist |

Felicia Fisher’s Slice Of Life: Serving up chocolate...very hot

You simply can’t go wrong with chocolate and since Americans consume 2.8 BILLION pounds of it per year, it’s safe to say I’m not the only one who agrees with that sentiment. The irony of my extolling the virtues of chocolate is th...

By Felicia Fisher Columnist |

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  • Opinion

    ON THE RECORD WITH CAROL: Blue Marshmallow Peeps for Fat Tuesday?

    It’s an odd combination, snow on the ground and Easter candy in the stores, and Lent is upon us Ash Wednesday was Feb. 18, when we begin by repenting and receiving our ashes.

    By Carol Quaintance For 21st Century Media |

  • Letters

    Letter to the Editor: Thank you for helping our pet live a happy and healthy life

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, to Dr. Lauren Jones and all the techs and staff at Country Companion Animal Hospital in Morgantown who helped our pet live a happy and healthy life through nine months of treatment for heart disease.

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  • Opinion

    Color Me Thiel: A farewell to readers

    When I started as editor for The Southern Berks News almost two years ago, I had little knowledge of newspaper production, and even less knowledge of Berks County.

    Emily Thiel
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  • Opinion

    Welcome to my World: The many names of the Easter season

    I haven’t found one holiday season that has more names for its days then Easter. These names have been gleaned from various countries, but mainly England. Some of the names have been carried over to the United States by different cultures. Often the names for a day, come from localities where foods, or games, have been traditionally used during this season. Some are no longer in use. And many come from the church itself.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Small Beginnings: Maybe you just want to think again...

    I’m writing this column before the next ubiquitous holiday, though you will be reading it after it has already passed. I am referring to Valentine’s Day of course although I tend to be a bit cynical about the various ways in which people are supposedly encouraged to celebrate this random calendar date. I realize that advertising geniuses are paid to capitalize on anything and everything to entice folks to purchase whatever it is they are peddling. Still, some of the products...

    By Lisa Schappell Columnist |

  • Columns

    The Historian: Fences and the Antes Garden

    In the 18th and 19th centuries, winter was the ideal time for many tasks not directly related to the planting, cultivating and harvesting of crops that took up all available time during the more temperate months. One of these tasks was the production of fencing materials.

    By Bill and Jacquelyn Daley Guest Columnists |

  • Opinion

    PERSON TO PERSON – IMPACT: Valentine’s Day should be every day!

    One of the many things that impressed me in my recent BOOK BEAT - IMPACT report on 41 – A Portrait of My Father, is how President George H. W. Bush made new friends, but at the same time was faithful in keeping in contact with his old friends. I find that hard to do even though “41” had many more friends than I.

    By Jeff Hall Columnist |

  • Columns

    The Historian: Spring Houses - valuable additions to the farmstead

    A spring house was a valuable addition to the early farmstead. A good, year-round spring on a property often influenced the location of the dwelling house and barn. The spring house usually was built directly over the spring and served as a cover, protecting it from dirt, leaves, livestock and other foreign material, but it also served as food storage area and sometimes work area. Before wells were dug, the spring was also the household water source.

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Welcome to my World: The kiss

    Valentine’s Day is approaching and love messages are every where — stores are laden with gifts of love and valentine cards, windows are decorated with symbols of love, to love stories in books and TV. Perhaps, at 74, and happily married, my very first kiss is the one still vivid in my mind.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Confused and confusing ‘Jupiter Ascending’ is a folly for the ages

    In the hours and days following one’s first encounter with something as massive, expensive, unwieldy, and utterly weird as “Jupiter Ascending,” confusion is to be expected.

    By Robert Humanick Columnist |

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