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A Look Back in History: PA Dutch folk art images & scriveners in the New World

By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist |

Welcome to my World: Hats galore!

In the early 1940s, like most children, I enjoyed dressing up in Mom’s dresses and the few hats she owned. At 70, I’m still enamored with hats, whether it’s today’s fashionable ones or the vintage kind. ...

By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

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    Out & About: The Great Northwest Passage Trip - The tallest of the tall

    This upcoming series of “Out & About” articles focuses on a trip my family and I just returned from that took us through the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We were excited to visit an area we’ve never been to before, and follow in some of the footsteps of the original Lewis & Clark expedition of 1804-1806. So, after traveling two weeks and 4,313 miles (RT from San Francisco), through five states, with stops in 15 National Parks, forests, recreation areas, wildlife...

    By Rich Wood Columnist |

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    The Historian: Pennsylvania Dutch Dance - ‘Tavern Frolics’

    The German and Swiss immigrants who settled here in the 18th century brought with them a tradition of lively and exuberant dancing. Although seldom noted or written about, in the early days the Pennsylvania Dutch danced at almost every excuse. Apparently, the village tavern was the scene of some wild nights. However, by the latter part of the 19th century dancing in its earlier forms seemed to have been suppressed - no doubt by Victorian mores, the spreading temperance movement and the...

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

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

    Like the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Plantation era, American immigrant survival was not always about having enough food, but dependent on surviving the terrible North American blizzards and cold in a new land until spring weather had turned a corner and the harsh forbidding winter was gone. According to Dr. Bertolet’s early interviews with 18th Century pioneer immigrants in the Oley Valley, the preoccupation of the PA Dutch pioneers was to seek a comfortable warm abode until the harsh,...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist |

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    Welcome to my World - The many forms of love: Part II

    This “Storge” story (another Greek word for love) is about the love of a mother and daughter told to me by my sister-in-law, Alice, about Sarah, her daughter: “Sarah had attended a woman’s night out at her church. The lady speaker had written a book on mothers and their relationship with their children. Some of the things the woman talked about must have touched Sarah’s heart. When she got home that night, she called me: ‘Mom, I just got home from a...

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

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    PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: Ninety nine!

    One hundred of something is not always a lot. For instance, you would need six more cents to cover the tax if you were to purchase one item from McDonald’s dollar menu. With that same 100 pennies, you may be able to purchase one daily newspaper, depending on the paper and where you bought it. On the other hand, 100 could be considered an abundance if you were wealthy enough to purchase 100 pounds of gold or owned 100 fancy cars. What about 100 articles for a paper? Having just eaten...

    By Jeff Hall Columnist |

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    The Historian - A trip down the Rhine: Part III, The Crossing

    Until well into the 20th century, German dialect was the everyday language of most everyone in New Hanover and the surrounding townships. The New Hanover region was settled in the early 18th century (which is the 1700s) by Germanic immigrants from areas around the upper watershed of the Rhine River. Thousands risked everything, even their lives in perilous sea voyages, to find refuge in Penn’s “Holy Experiment.” They were drawn here by the promise of relief from...

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

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    Welcome to my World: The many forms of love

    Whatever form of love is given to a spouse, family, friends or strangers, including animals, it is one of our greatest gifts from the heart that we can give to others. It is our natural state of being. As Mother Teresa tell us, “None of us can do anything great on our own, but we can do a small thing with great love.”

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

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    A Look Back in History - To the port of Philadelphia by way of six-horse Conestoga wagon teams: Part II

    In 1791, Alexander Hamilton’s Federal excise tax on whiskey caused the Whiskey Rebellion among Scotch-Irish farmers in Western Pennsylvania. George Washington, as President, took charge of having Federal troops to put down this misunderstood ethnic tax Rebellion, which these Scotch-Irish natives thought was only against them. It was at this time, while traveling through the lower end of the Oley Valley en route to Western Pennsylvania, that he and Rev. Henry Muhlenberg stopped off to...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist |

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    As I See It: Prayer flunks out at graduation

    At a recent school district board meeting in Pottsgrove, I observed a spirit of confusion regarding the rights of free speech. The debate centered on the need for the school board to maintain neutrality in matters of religion, while at the same time, preserving the rights of individual students to religious speech. In light of someone taking offense at a prayer at last year’s graduation ceremony, there is now a proposed ban on prayer in all future graduation ceremonies in...

    By Mary Cantell Columnist |

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    PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: Touching the heart

    Have you ever met someone you wish you were more like? No, I’m not talking about a young boy who wishes to be a great baseball player like Mike Trout, of the Los Angeles Angels, or a girl who swoons over the latest male movie star or boy band. Nor am I talking about a middle aged person who covets the wealth and possessions of a Fortune 500 Chief Executive Officer.

    By Jeff Hall Columnist |

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