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Through My Kitchen Window: Avoid the school lunch slump

By Davina Weinhold For 21st Century Media |

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  • Opinion

    Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Look-alikes Eisenburg and Simon take to the screen in ‘The Double’

    Richard Ayoade’s film noir-infused take on Dostoyevsky’s “The Double” is successful in enough of its individual parts that it proves almost doubly disappointing in its missteps, as if a gentle, sublime spell had been abruptly broken. Echoing the dystopias of “Brazil” and “Dark City” in its vision of a society shrouded by darkness, it’s a moody, sometimes thrilling tale of the struggle for humanity amid bureaucratic rule, and one aided immeasurably by the always-excellent Jesse Eisenburg.

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  • Opinion

    From the Hamburg editor: How to contact the Item and submit

    As a community newspaper, we receive many submissions from our readers. It is something that I myself look forward to as it’s a way to get to know those in the community better and also see what they have been up to. There have been a few changes with our move on how to submit articles and we also have a new deadline in place.

    Shea Singley
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  • Opinion

    Welcome to my World: Anita, the Riveter

    Reprint (2012 Berks County TV web site)

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

  • Letters

    Letter to the Editor: Support of the Willow Street Project

    Dear Editor, I was encouraged to write this letter in support of the Willow Street development project after reading Nancy Unger’s letter that appeared in the Patriot two weeks ago.

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  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: American Oral History Recalled by Natives at Salem Church Picnic

    Sunday, August 3rd, Salem UCC Church of Spangsville, Oley Township, held its annual church picnic among the picturesque grove of trees in historic Earl Township. Frequently known as “Wood Choppertown,” among the Colonial natives of Oley Township, who recalled descendants supplying the Oley Furnace and Oley Forge with charcoal to produce iron manufactured goods to meet the needs of the United States Republic during Colonial times.

    By Richard H. Shaner Columnist |

  • Opinion

    From Arthur’s Policy Desk: Ferguson, MO: The Mixture of Race, Crime, Police Use of Force and the Utility of Riots

    On August 9th, Michael Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. As soon as the killing was made public, every politician, platitude, accusation, argument, justification, rationalization and defense that exists in these types of situations was heard on T.V. and radio. Nothing was new. Then, two nights later, fully armed in riot and militarized SWAT gear, the police moved onto the protestors with tear gas, flash grenades and armed vehicles. There was nothing new in the police...

    By Dr. Arthur H. Garrison, LP.D. Columnist |

  • Opinion

    On The Record with Carol: The Wolf’s at the Door

    Monday, Aug. 19, President Barack Obama urged the Iraqis to unite because ‘the wolf’s at the door’ and the U.S. air strikes can only accomplish so much, http://www.ndtv.com.

    By Carol Quaintance For 21st Century Media quaintancecarol@gmail.com |

  • Opinion

    Small Beginnings: Get your ice bucket ready for a very worthy cause

    The world is not without worthwhile opportunities to be charitable is it? Every day we see commercials and receive solicitations in our mail box for various noble causes, all seeking donations to promote their cause or fund a cure. Sometimes we can roll our eyes and become desensitized to the next bandwagon that comes by because we have been hit up so many times for some many causes. That’s how the “Ice Bucket Challenge” frenzy sweeping the Facebook world kind of left me feeling, at least in...

    By Lisa Schappell Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Welcome to my World: My son, a tinker-of-all-trades

    My son, Kevin, the only boy in a family of four children, was a tinker-of-all-trades. When he was around 11 years old, I was a divorced Mom living in a modular home on my brother’s land. I also worked as a bookkeeper for my brother’s sanitation business.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Under-rated superhero sequel swings onto home video

    Like any number of recent big-budget movies – particularly those of the superhero/sequel variety – “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” bites off more than it can properly chew, with too many underdeveloped antagonists and frequently on-the-nose dialogue that makes the mistake of speaking directly to the themes at play. Such are the tangible, easily forgivable problems in what was otherwise one of the stronger releases of the summer season, especially surprising after the uninspired reboot that...

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