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

By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist |

Welcome to my World: The art of auctioneering

One of the things I enjoyed as a youngster, in the 40s and early 50s, was attending auctions, at a local home or farm sale, with Mom and Pop. Mostly, I was mesmerized by the actions of the auctioneer himself, Luther Welder. I was impressed by his styl...

By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

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    Welcome to my World: Leading up to Flag Day

    On June 14, America will be celebrating Flag Day. As I sat to write the history of Flag Day, I thought of my son-in-law, Michael (Mickey) Fenstermacher, of Topton. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, who received three Purple Hearts and two Silver Stars. He died at a young age, in a home fire, leaving a wife, Mande, and a one year old, Jessica.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

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    A Look Back in History: Johannes Bieber folk art

    As a Pennsylvania German historian and a collector of PA Dutch folk art, I was nostalgic when I received a phone call from John Eden’s children from up in Rochester, New York, when they let me know that this talented artist at age 92 passed away. I immediately recalled the painting he made for me about my patriotic Bieber ancestors after he served in World War II in the United States Army Air Corps and was discharged in 1945.

    By Richard H. Shaner Columnist |

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    Letter to the Editor: The importance of tractor safety

    Dear Editor: In “Students drive tractors to school, celebrate Kutztown ag” (May 20), I was pleased to see our future farmers featured. Farming is still the lifeblood of many rural communities. I was surprised and concerned, however, to see these young people on tractors without rollover protection. Tractor overturns are the leading cause of death on U.S. farms. In fact, they account for nearly 100 fatalities and hundreds of crippling injuries each year - including teens...

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    Financial Column: Making money management unmistakable

    The U.S. consumer is awash in financial information and tools in preparing for their financial future. An Internet search of the words “financial planning” generates millions of Web hits. With all this financial know-how at Americans’ fingertips, it’s reasonable to believe they are doing the things to put their financial house in order. Right?

    Thrivent Financial |

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    BOOK BEAT - IMPACT: Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline

    Oh no, I’m addicted! Yes, I know I reviewed Lisa Scottoline’s last book entitled Every 15 Minutes just 10 columns ago. Sorry, I just plain enjoy her novels. When I started Most Wanted, I was going to read the book and write about it in months to come. However, I liked the book so much I thought you should know about this 422 page thriller. It is obvious that many people are following Lisa’s writing. This book was published in April 2016. I tried to order it through the...

    By Jeff Hall Columnist |

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    Out & About: Happy snappers

    “Go ahead, I dare you,” my brother Jimmy snickered to me. “It won’t hurt you,” he said staring at the gnarly-looking beast from the deep, which had just crawled out of the lake. It was at that exact moment when the ticked off reptile flung its large head and ferocious jaws at my hand, just missing my little finger! However, it did manage to SNAP the one inch stick I was holding, in half, like a thin toothpick. Jimmy just stood there laughing, as if he was...

    By Rich Wood Columnist |

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    The Historian - Pleasant Run: Part I

    No one knows where the name “Pleasant Run” originated, but it surely refers to the stream called Deep Creek. Pleasant Run is the hilly area in the north end of New Hanover Township, but don’t go looking for it. There’s no village, crossroads or store. It’s just a place that used to be - not even a place - more of an area, but long time residents know all about it.

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

  • Columns

    A Look Back in History: American acculturation of the Pennsylvania Dutch

    Nowhere in America is there a Germanic “Cultural Island” of ethnic PA Dutch people than in the historic East Penn, Oley and Great Valleys of Pennsylvania, “The Dutch Country,” where there are Germanic Hex-sign barns, Colonial clay-tiled bake ovens and farm buildings still exude the quaint folklife of Europe’s Rhine Valley. Yet these PA Deitsch American immigrants who survive with their Fatherland folk culture have built some of early America’s most...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist |

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    Welcome to my World - It’s the little things that make family memories: Part II

    Holidays Like me, everyone I know loves to open Christmas presents.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

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    PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: ‘Something the Lord Made’

    Two months ago my wife, Barb, and I were invited to lunch at the home of friends with several other people. One fellow, an excellent conversationalist, discussed some of the articles I have written with me. At one point he asked me if I had written any movie reviews. I said that I had not, at which time he was so enthusiastic about a movie he had recently seen entitled “Something the Lord Made” that it seemed almost like he was giving me an assignment to view the film and write...

    By Jeff Hall Columnist |

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