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A Look Back in History: The Hidden Architectural Treasures found at Pricetown

By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

REFLECTIONS: CTE makes giving up football a no-brainer

This fall there are kids all over Berks County playing youth and high school football. Their parents should ask themselves, “Should they be?” ...

By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

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    WELCOME TO MY WORLD: Autograph books, then and now

    If you were a teenager in the ’50s, you probably had an autograph book. It was a 4-by-6-inch leather booklet, the cover reading “Autographs” printed in gold, with blank pages inside. In this booklet, which girls mainly kept, we’d ask our friends and family to sign. Some added a silly verse, such as, “Some write for pleasure, Some write for fame, But all I can do, Is write my name.” Others might write a personal note, like, “To my best friend,...

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

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    Welcome to my world: Traveling with Harry

    My husband, Harry, and I have been traveling for 34 years. It’s one of our favorite activities. We’ve visited all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, and all 48 states on the continent. I did travel to Hawaii with my sisters, but I don’t count that as Harry was not along. Neither of us has been to Alaska. After my husband retired from teaching, we traveled to Western Europe, visiting some eight countries on a tour. As we’ve gotten older, we started taking shorter...

    By Carole Christman Koch|

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    A Look Back in History: Farm women turned out plenty of fresh bread and pies in outdoor bake ovens

    The quaint bake oven as it is found in the Pennsylvania Dutch region was an outstanding invention for its time, far superior to any found elsewhere in America. As European families transferred their white man’s culture to the virgin forests of Pennsylvania introducing their frontier farmsteads to the area, there was no other invention, expect perhaps the large frontier fireplaces, that intrigued the native Indians more than these outdoor bake-ovens. There are still quite a few...

    By Richard L.T. Orth|

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    Welcome to my world: Listening to the silence

    I happened to come across a title for this story through a leaflet that came in the mail. In my case, I’ve learned to listen to inward silence through the practice of meditation. Yet, looking back on my life, I realized silence also spoke to me, in a seemingly different way, especially in nature.

    By Carole Christman Koch|

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    REFLECTIONS: Don’t let a tick get you sick with Lyme disease

    When I was a kid, I loved to play in the woods. My buddies and I were all over Mount Penn, playing war games, building tree forts, hiking, scaling rocks, hiding out from our parents.

    By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

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    Welcome to my World: Piggy Banks and the delight they bring

    There are times I get exasperated because I discipline myself to sit and write every week night, but all last week I didn’t get one idea for an article. At least not until I visited, my 1½-year-old great-granddaughter, Eva, on Saturday.

    By Carole Christman Koch|

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    A Look Back in History: President John Adams’ favorable opinion of the PA Dutch People

    When Patriot John Adams stopped over at Kutztown, Pa., he remarked in his diary he was pleasantly impressed with the cooking and lodging among these local Pennsylvania Dutch at Kemp’s Tavern on his return trip to Massachusetts.*

    By Richard L.T. Orth|

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    Welcome to my world: Flowers do speak

    For lo the winter is past; The rain is over and gone;

    By Carole Christman Koch|

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    Welcome to my world: The origins of the Wedding Party may surprise you

    Marriage is one of the earliest institutions and is observed in almost all societies. The wedding customs of today are based on folklore, religion, symbolism, and superstition. Our traditional wedding party refers to the people involved in the ceremony and its history has been established since primitive days, such as “marriage by capture”.

    By Carole Christman Koch|

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    A LOOK BACK IN HISTORY: The Kutztown Folk Festival is right around the corner, literally

    Our Kutztown Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival has long portrayed regional folkways that were always called “Deitsch” (Dutch), not German. A vernacular transferred here by ethnic sub-cultures living in the 18th Century Rhine Valley, though their actual ethnic lineage was German, Swiss, or French, regardless of the Rhenish tongue they spoke; but collectively and accurately known as the Pennsylvania Dutch and proudly! Us, these, native PA Dutch are a very religious lot and...

    By Richard L.T. Orth|

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