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THE HISTORIAN: Fagleysville, an old hamlet

By Robert Wood |

Review: Steel River’s teens deliver a rockin’ relevant musical – ‘13’

Steel River Playhouse was packed this past weekend, for “13, ” the summer youth musical about a 12-year-old Jewish boy who is transplanted from New York City to small-town Indiana due to his parents divorce. The coming-of-age story touch...

By Cheryl Thornburg |

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    Letter to the Editor: Kutztown Quarry Public Hearing to be held Aug. 10

    Dear Editor: As a follow-up to your June 16 article about the proposed expansion of the Kutztown Quarry on Hinterleiter Road, I want to inform your readers that the DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) District Mining has scheduled a Public Hearing for Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Kutztown Middle School. There will be an informal question and answer period from 6 to 6:30 pm. The public hearing on this matter will start at 6:30 p.m.

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    A Look Back in History: When wheat was king in the Oley Valley

    In 1983, when the Historic National Trust decided to register the important local examples of the nation’s early American architecture, a committee was formed by local citizens and architectural experts. The resulting consensus was to create a National Historic District covering the entire Oley Township to preserve for posterity all the historic structures in this exceptional Native American canton. A recent photographic book, Oley Valley: A Photographic Journey (2013), by the Oley...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist |

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    Welcome to my World: Cake walks, now and then

    Several years ago, my sister, Gladys, and I attended our home church, Maxatawny Union, for their annual June Strawberry and Ice Cream Festival. One of the events that day was the cake walk, with both adults and youngsters joining in on the fun. It brought back the memories of when I participated in the cake walks at this festival as a youngster.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

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    BOOK BEAT - IMPACT: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    How do I make sure I vary the types of books I review? “Parade Magazine,” a small insert in the “Philadelphia Inquirer” of June 26, 2016, has helped me out immeasurably. The magazine asked award-winning author Ann Patchett to head up a group, which eventually included 17 booksellers, to comprise a list of the 75 best books over the last 75 years. The qualifications the group decided upon were the books would have to be printed in English and each decade starting...

    By Jeff Hall Columnist |

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    Out & About - The Great Northwest Passage Trip: Sand, surf and stacks

    Drive north on Highway 101 through Oregon and Washington, and you’ll discover an unspoiled coastline that is rugged, beautiful and rich in history. This region includes miles of high, drifting sand dunes in southern Oregon, and wild rivers that flow through towering coniferous forests to the rocky shorelines of the Pacific Ocean, as you continue north. It’s a land of untamed beaches where seals and sea lions bask, whales migrate just offshore and large rock formations called...

    By Rich Wood Columnist |

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    The Historian - Old inns and taverns of Swamp: Schneider’s Tavern

    Eighteenth century taverns of Montgomery County share typical features that make them easily recognizable. Usually built of stone, they are two stories high, squareish and have attic windows in the gable ends and often attic dormers; along the front, one will almost invariably 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.

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

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    Op-Ed: March for a Clean Energy Revolution

    We are now in what some have termed “decade zero,” the last decade left to get a handle on climate change. Stopping it is off the table. The best we can hope for now is to keep the planet’s temperature from climbing past a point-of-no-return two degrees Celsius over what it was in pre-industrial times. We’ve already raised it one degree. And because CO2 is long-lived, we’ve already pumped enough of it into the atmosphere to guarantee a 1.5 degree...

    By Karen Feridun Columnist |

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    Welcome to my World: That part of my life is over now

    Over the years, I’ve learned to accept whatever happens in life, whether positive or traumatic. But last month, when my 91 year old sister, Anita, died peacefully in her sleep, her death, even though it could be anticipated, affected me differently than all my other siblings’ deaths. I could easily accept my previous siblings’ deaths, because they were ill. With Anita, I felt more of a loss. What was this strange feeling I had and why? One by one, the siblings were gone.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

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    Prayer in the schools

    Dear Editor: Belief triumphs over fact every time. Columnist Mary Cantell is a believer. She believes that religious prayer belongs in the public schools and was upset that Pottsgrove School Directors removed prayer form the graduation ceremony. I am sure her mind is locked, the key is long gone and no mind-changing fact can penetrate her mighty fortress of belief. So all you true believers, reading further would waste your time. The following facts are aimed at the person of...

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    A Look Back in History: Harsh winters and immigrant survival in the New World - Part II

    Among PA Dutch historians who have researched homes of our Palatine immigrants, the late, astute Brethren sect members, Robert Bucher and Clarence Kulp, were some of the first to call attention to the concept of central heating developed by our PA Dutch pioneers. Unlike log cabins and stone structures built by English and Scotch-Irish frontier settlers, they put fireplaces on the gable-end walls of their houses, as well as the first Swedish log cabin builders who also built and used...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist |

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