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The Village of Haringstown

By Robert Wood Columnist |

The Historian: Clothing the family

During the 18th and first half of the 19th centuries, clothing the family was no small undertaking to the already burdened farm wife. Added to that was the job of providing fabric for such things as bed sheets, ticking, pillow cases, hand towels and ...

By Robert Wood Columnist |

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    The Historian: So Dutch as Sauerkraut

    Perhaps it was the humble cabbage, as much as anything else, that made survival possible in the early local farms and settlements. Cabbage in the form of sauerkraut was one of the few vegetables that could be preserved for winter. Sauerkraut contains a good deal of vitamin C, but it’s questionable how much remained after it was boiled. In any case, it’s safe to say sauerkraut was made in most every Dutch home in the late fall and eaten over the winter, not because they had any...

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

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    The Historian: Thatched roofs and rye straw

    The Germanic immigrants to this area brought with them the custom of rye straw roof thatching. Rye is a cereal grain similar to wheat, but with a habit of growth yielding stalks almost twice as high as wheat. It is claimed that rye straw is somewhat unique in that the fiber is a form of cellulose that is resistant to decay and country lore holds that mice dislike chewing through it.

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

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    A Look Back in History: Kutztown University, a college town whose professors master the uniqueness of Americana and PA Dutch culture

    Having graduated Kutztown State in 1960, I did not fully understand how lucky I was meeting professors who taught me the uniqueness of the Americana culture of the Pennsylvania Dutch people. Their true-grit livelihood stood for our Americana civilization, in art, education and American agriculture, as well as religion.

    By Richard H. Shaner Columnist |

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    Welcome to my World: The Older I Get

    The older I get, 74 now, I’ve come to the conclusion there’s both good and not so good in all of this new technology we are bombarded with.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Through My Kitchen Window: Egg free chocolate cupcakes, take two

    I wanted to retry an egg free chocolate cupcake recipe but this time include the vinegar. As I have been learning from my research online and from talking to other bakers, eggs can serve three purposes, for rising, for moisture or for binding.

    Lisa Mitchell
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    PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: “Road Calm” - When apology is in order

    The year was 1971. I was honorably discharged from the Army, and my wife and I visited the fiance of a friend that was still serving in Vietnam. Several months later, Barb and I were invited to their wedding.

    By Jeff Hall Columnist |

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    The Historian: The Window Pane Tax of 1798

    The Federal Direct Tax of 1798, popularly called “the window pane tax,” precipitated an event called Fries (pronounced “freeze”) Rebellion, which has been described as “a sort of comic opera that provided excitement here in Montgomery County for some months in 1798 and 1799.”

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Welcome to my World: I learned to love dancing

    I love to dance! When I was about 13 years old, my sister, Mary Alice, worked and bought lots of clothes. Whenever she left for work, and we didn’t have school, I’d sneak into her bedroom and try on her clothes. Then I’d dance and swirl in front of the floor length mirror in her room.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

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    PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: Dogs will be Dogs

    The year was 1960, and I looked upon Miss McKee’s ninth grade English class as a big waste of time. Even though I sat near the front of the classroom, I just couldn’t write the spelling down letter for letter that she was writing on the blackboard. Who was going to use all those characters for mythology anyway? My spelling was so bad; she told me my parents should take me to an eye doctor (I’d try the more technical name, but I’d probably misspell it still today)...

    By Jeff Hall Columnist |

  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: “The Quality Girls” keep Q-Shoppe customers coming back”

    Have you ever known someone for quite awhile, say 20 years in my case, exchanged pleasantries most of the time, but never really knew much about ‘em when one stopped to reflect upon it. Not until recently, at a chance meeting with a mutual friend (famed Farmer Younker) at a different locale, did I have a lengthy conversation with one, realizing we had basically grown up together as very young adults but with two different employers. We were newly graduated alum from rival high schools...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist |

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