RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:53:58 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Sound Off: Morgantown American Legion stands up for patriotism]]> My Fourth of July "On The Record Column" questioned the patriotism of local residents, how they live that out and where they stand on the national news about the veteran's association and the border crisis.

I said, "I need your stories. I need you to stand up. I need to let the public know that your patriotism is more than picnics and fireworks.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:32:11 -0400 2014-07-21T15:32:11-04:00 2014-07-21T15:32:16-04:00
<![CDATA[TMKW: What is a traditional American breakfast?]]> The traditional American breakfast is a heaping bowl of cereal. At least, it has been for the past 120 years. What did Americans eat for breakfast before Henry Perky debuted Shredded Wheat (smashed wheat berries) at the World Columbian Expo in 1893?

The early American settlers and wagon train pioneers considered beans a fast and easy breakfast.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:14:05 -0400 2014-07-21T15:14:05-04:00 2014-07-21T15:14:15-04:00
<![CDATA[From Arthur's Policy Desk: The Hobby Lobby Morning After Pill]]> Much has been said and written on the Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The full impact of Hobby Lobby is in what the Court ordered in six other cases the morning after the decision.

In Hobby Lobby, the Court ruled in regard to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) and regulations of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that,

"closely held corporations provide health-insurance coverage for methods of contraception that violate the sincerely held religious beliefs of the companies' owners.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:04:48 -0400 2014-07-21T15:04:48-04:00 2014-07-21T15:04:54-04:00
<![CDATA[Tammy Tattles Movie Review: 'Deliver Us From Evil' is intense movie]]> Does evil exist? Not just any kind of evil, but a true evil that can possess a human soul? That is the question facing Officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) in the movie ""Deliver Us From Evil"."

Officer Sarchie has little faith in all that is holy and no belief whatsoever in what's considered unholy.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:02:58 -0400 2014-07-21T15:02:58-04:00 2014-07-21T15:03:02-04:00
<![CDATA[Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Vampires are cool again in anti-'Twilight' film 'Only Lovers Left Alive']]> "Nosferatu." "Dracula." "Vampyr." "Near Dark." It isn't too soon to add "Only Lovers Left Alive" to the list of the greatest vampire films - although this newest entry into the genre isn't exactly a horror film, per se. The staples of the myth are there (sunlight = bad, etc.), but this film is more concerned with the attitudes of these centuries-old beings than with the terror they inflict upon we humans.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:51:45 -0400 2014-07-21T09:51:45-04:00 2014-07-21T09:51:51-04:00
<![CDATA['The Immigrant' reflects on the struggles of finding a home in America]]> Marion Cotillard has not been nominated for an Academy Award since her role as Édith Piaf won the statuette for "La Vie En Rose" in 2007. A second nomination for her work in this year's "The Immigrant" should be a given, except that the normally awards-hungry Harvey Weinstein has put so little faith into this remarkable film that it is no surprise that the majority of those reading this will not have even heard of it before now.

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:55:38 -0400 2014-07-16T13:55:38-04:00 2014-07-16T13:55:43-04:00
<![CDATA[Mind Your Body: Reiki to the Rescue]]> Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a subtle and deeply comforting Japanese technique which promotes stress reduction, relaxation, healing, and overall balance. One well-known Reiki teacher defines Reiki as "unconditional love." It was introduced to the United States by Hawayo Takata in the 1930's and has increased in popularity in recent years.

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:36:10 -0400 2014-07-16T12:36:10-04:00 2014-07-16T12:36:14-04:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History by Richard L.T. Orth: Congressman Daniel Hoch and our American Patriotism]]> Last fall, our American Folklife Institute did an article on the Sacred Oak of the Oley Valley ("Godhead Trees and Virgin Forests"), and while working on the Oley Valley History II: The Federal Years, I had become reacquainted with the knowledge that this iconic natural wonder was on the farmstead once owned by Congressman Daniel Hoch in Oley Township.

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:30:04 -0400 2014-07-14T11:30:04-04:00 2014-07-14T11:30:09-04:00
<![CDATA[Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: "SNOWPIERCER" and "LIFE ITSELF": Two great movies lead the charge on new distribution method]]> Two of the best pictures of the year are currently in theaters, but not necessarily near you. Fortunately, these films - the sci-fi dystopia "Snowpiercer" and "Life Itself," the documentary about the late Roger Ebert - are both employing a distribution model that acknowledges the ways technology has changed how movies are both made and watched.

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:45:42 -0400 2014-07-14T09:45:42-04:00 2014-07-14T09:45:47-04:00
<![CDATA[Up to Speed with David Barr: Almirola takes King back to Victory Lane]]> Hello readers,

Rain was a major factor again for the second time this year at another race at Daytona. The cars never got on track Saturday night as rain postponed the Coke Zero 400 from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon. Rain pushed the race to and forced the race to end early on Sunday.

Sun, 06 Jul 2014 20:56:02 -0400 2014-07-06T20:56:02-04:00 2014-07-06T20:56:06-04:00
<![CDATA[From Arthur's Policy Desk: Hobby Lobby, An Example of What Does Not Matter]]> In the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., Hobby Lobby asserted that from its religious perspective, anything that prevented the fertilized egg from growing into a baby - by definition - was in the same category as abortion. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers are required to provide a base level of care within the health care insurance that they provide to their employees.

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:43:28 -0400 2014-07-03T16:43:28-04:00 2014-07-03T16:43:34-04:00
<![CDATA[Thinking Out Loud by Connie Schaeffer: A day to display our patriotism]]> Every year we celebrate American Independence Day on the 4th of July and this year will be no exception. Our great nation will be celebrating its 238th birthday. It is always a treat to have a day off to kick summer into high gear. For a lot of families it means heading to the Jersey Shore, grabbing some thrills at Dorney Park or perhaps visiting the Kutztown Folk Festival.

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:58:29 -0400 2014-07-01T10:58:29-04:00 2014-07-01T10:58:32-04:00
<![CDATA[Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Donald Rumsfeld highlighted in documentary 'The Unknown Known']]> There should be no doubt among anyone who has seen any of Errol Morris' films (which began with 1978 profound "Gates of Heaven") that he is among our greatest living documentarians. Few have so incisively probed their subjects' knotty moral grounds while also pushing the form of the medium. While the talented filmmaker's latest "The Unknown Known" can be called another triumph, this is a film as much about what Morris is able to extract from his subject as what can only be read between the lines.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:33:07 -0400 2014-06-30T10:33:07-04:00 2014-06-30T10:33:11-04:00
<![CDATA[Up to Speed with David Barr: Keselowski dominates at Kentucky]]> Hello readers,

If you looked up the word dominant in the dictionary, you might find a picture of Brad Keselowski celebrating in Victory Lane after winning the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky. Kyle Busch attempted to steal the win away but he didn't have the car to hold off Keselowski as Keselowski retook the lead with just 19 laps to go.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:12:46 -0400 2014-06-30T10:12:46-04:00 2014-06-30T10:12:50-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian by Robert Wood: The Stone Cutters]]> This week we speak of granite. Most of the soils attracting the German farmers to New Hanover were weathered from soft Brunswick Shales and mudstone. However on the far eastern section below Faglesville the underlying rock is granite or diabase, a hard, gray igneous rock. In fact drillers for a pipe line recently laid along the Swamp Pike near Fagleysville Hill called it some of the hardest rock they encountered anywhere.

Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:07:30 -0400 2014-06-28T13:07:30-04:00 2014-06-28T13:07:34-04:00