RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:07:54 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Letter to the Editor: Thank you, volunteers, for your shoveling help]]> This winter we have had more snow and ice than in an average year. As senior citizens living on West Main Street of Kutztown, my husband and I appreciate the opportunity to have younger volunteers from Operation Snowflake help us to clear the sidewalk in front of our home and yard.

When we checked our walkways early Sunday morning on February 22nd, we saw the four plus inches of snow and realized we will need to shovel again before we could try to go to our church in the Oley Valley.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:40:04 -0500 2015-02-27T12:40:04-05:00 2015-02-27T12:40:04-05:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Georgian Keystones not just for mansions]]> During the Industrial Revolution when steam powered threshing machines replaced horse powered tread-mills, farmers with large tracts of land built huge Pennsylvania bank barns with double and triple threshing floors, realizing that these structures provided them with the most efficiency.

Threshing a quantity of grain took both light and air for breathing, thereby large windows with multi-panes of glass were installed in the forebay wall above the threshing floor doors, out of which straw was blown or pitched constantly.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:39:40 -0500 2015-02-27T12:39:40-05:00 2015-02-27T12:39:40-05:00
<![CDATA[For what it's worth: York County's Live Eagle Camera has my attention]]> I'm not sure why it's so interesting to me--but it is. Since I discovered it, I cannot seem to stop watching York County's live feed of an eagle nest.

In case you haven't heard about this: Two eagles have built a nest and two eggs have been laid as of mid-February. The nest overlooks Lake Marburg in York County.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:57:57 -0500 2015-02-26T13:57:57-05:00 2015-02-26T13:57:57-05:00
<![CDATA[Guest Column: Teachers are Born, Not Made]]> Before I came to realize that my future resided in the classroom, I took two education classes in my senior year of college. I'd already completed most mandated courses and taken more than the required units of English. So to help fill out two remaining semesters, I joined some fellow English majors in their educational theory and adolescent psychology classes.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:47:46 -0500 2015-02-25T15:47:46-05:00 2015-02-25T15:47:46-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: Fraktur, the folk art of the Pa. Germans]]> During the 100 years between 1720 and 1820, well over 100,000 German-speaking immigrants entered Pennsylvania, most of them through the port of Philadelphia. In just the five years between 1749 and 1754 nearly 37,000 Germans came through that port and spread throughout Pennsylvania and beyond.

During that century, some townships such as New Hanover, which then extended to the Schuylkill River and included Upper and Lower Pottsgrove and Pottstown, were almost exclusively populated by German-speaking residents.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:15:07 -0500 2015-02-25T14:15:07-05:00 2015-02-25T14:15:07-05:00
<![CDATA[From the Item Editor: The book and the movie]]> There was a point in time, when I was excited to see that a favorite book of mine was being made into a movie. I remember heading to the movie theater right after getting off the school bus to see "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" on opening day and missing school to see "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" for its first showing at the local movie theater.

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:12:02 -0500 2015-02-22T14:12:02-05:00 2015-02-22T14:12:02-05:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: My sports enthusiast]]> My husband Harry and I were married in our 40s. He's what I call a sports enthusiast. We are now married 33 years. Before we married I knew he was a sports nut. On our dates he either wore his Penn State Nittany Lions shirt, or a favorite baseball shirt with "Phillies" blazoned on it in red. I even had an inkling he played golf when he wore a hat with USGA Titleist printed on it.

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:11:27 -0500 2015-02-22T14:11:27-05:00 2015-02-22T14:11:27-05:00
<![CDATA[Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: 'Birdman' a Hollywood satire that even Oscar can love]]> The Oscars are, at best, a funny thing. Like any group that purports to canonize the arts, the Academy walks a thin line in their yearly spectacle of self-congratulation, their status as a group of individuals in flux compounding the already impossible-to-quantify business of measuring and comparing works of art.

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:04:42 -0500 2015-02-22T14:04:42-05:00 2015-02-22T14:04:42-05:00
<![CDATA[Letter to the Editor: PennDOT does not feel a bypass is viable solution to safety and capacity issues on US 222 corridor]]> Regarding efforts by local advocates on behalf of an expressway option for the Route 222 corridor north of Reading, I wanted to explain some factors.

PennDOT does not feel a bypass is a viable solution to the safety and capacity issues on the US 222 corridor. The devastating environmental impacts, long-term time frame, and astronomical cost are all concerns that we feel preclude a bypass as an answer to US 222.

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:40:16 -0500 2015-02-20T15:40:16-05:00 2015-02-20T15:40:16-05:00
<![CDATA[ON THE RECORD WITH CAROL: Blue Marshmallow Peeps for Fat Tuesday?]]> It's an odd combination, snow on the ground and Easter candy in the stores, and Lent is upon us Ash Wednesday was Feb. 18, when we begin by repenting and receiving our ashes.

We contemplate 'what shall we give up for Lent'. Since I was a child I thought of it as a second chance if my New Year's resolutions had already failed.

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:26:34 -0500 2015-02-18T11:26:34-05:00 2015-02-18T16:42:08-05:00
<![CDATA[Letter to the Editor: Thank you for helping our pet live a happy and healthy life]]> Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, to Dr. Lauren Jones and all the techs and staff at Country Companion Animal Hospital in Morgantown who helped our pet live a happy and healthy life through nine months of treatment for heart disease.

The inevitable occurred on Feb. 1, 2015, as Rufus, our boxer, could no longer tolerate the almost biweekly abdominal fluid tappings.

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:13:52 -0500 2015-02-18T10:13:52-05:00 2015-02-18T10:13:52-05:00
<![CDATA[Color Me Thiel: A farewell to readers]]> When I started as editor for The Southern Berks News almost two years ago, I had little knowledge of newspaper production, and even less knowledge of Berks County.

I accepted the position as editor and moved from my home in Allentown to Pottstown. I found an apartment with my classmate from Kutztown University and the editor of The Boyertown Area Times, Rebecca Blanchard, to save myself the commute and live closer to the office.

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:39:02 -0500 2015-02-17T10:39:02-05:00 2015-02-17T10:39:02-05:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: The many names of the Easter season]]> I haven't found one holiday season that has more names for its days then Easter. These names have been gleaned from various countries, but mainly England. Some of the names have been carried over to the United States by different cultures. Often the names for a day, come from localities where foods, or games, have been traditionally used during this season.

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:32:30 -0500 2015-02-16T10:32:30-05:00 2015-02-16T10:32:30-05:00
<![CDATA[Small Beginnings: Maybe you just want to think again...]]> I'm writing this column before the next ubiquitous holiday, though you will be reading it after it has already passed. I am referring to Valentine's Day of course although I tend to be a bit cynical about the various ways in which people are supposedly encouraged to celebrate this random calendar date.

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:32:21 -0500 2015-02-16T10:32:21-05:00 2015-02-16T10:32:21-05:00
<![CDATA[Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: 'Mr. Turner' is a 'masterpiece']]> While there are many who are unfamiliar with the 19th century English painter J. M. W. Turner, there are few who haven't seen his work, much of which graces the National Gallery in London (and where it was featured in the most recent James Bond film).

Turner was a controversial figure in his day, breaking many accepted rules about art and artists, and writer-director Mike Leigh's new film similarly eschews the standard biopic format in telling his story here.

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:23:06 -0500 2015-02-13T12:23:06-05:00 2015-02-13T12:23:06-05:00