RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:19:20 -0400 60 <![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Rural Folklife of the early 1900's as seen by Photographers; H. Winslow Fegley & Amandus Moyer (Part II)]]> Unlike Winslow Fegley, Amandus Moyer photographed life in the Oley Hills, around Fredericksville and the tavern at Landis Store, where frontier farmers lived more in seclusion. But being a very popular visitor at the Lobachsville Tavern and general store partly due to the curiosity driving his new automobile, he did fancy photographing good looking horses and their drivers, whether they drove a one-horse buggy or a team of horses.

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<![CDATA[From Arthur's Policy Desk: The President and the Power of Faith Through Grace]]> On June 26th, President Obama, gave a eulogy for State Senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed in his own church building, along with eight other African Americans, by a white man who had just finished worshiping with them in a bible study group. Of the Black Church, the President said, "Over the course of centuries, black churches served as "hush harbors" where slaves could worship in safety; praise houses where their free descendants could gather and shout hallelujah rest stops for the weary along the Underground Railroad; bunkers for the foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement.

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:24:30 -0400 20150702172430 2015-07-02T17:24:30-04:00 2015-07-02T17:24:30-04:00
<![CDATA[PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: Part #2 of Singin' in the Rain]]> Several decades ago I went to have some dental work done and the dentist gave me Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) for my first and only time. My wife, Barb, was to pick me up but was a little late. As I walked out of the office, I found it was raining so I stood in the rain whistling as I waited. It reminded me of Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain as he kissed his girl under cover in front of her residence and danced and sang as he strolled down the street in just his business suit and for the most part not using his umbrella (eventually he gave the umbrella away - www.

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:52:50 -0400 20150701155250 2015-07-01T15:52:50-04:00 2015-07-01T15:52:50-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: Red rose ceremonies]]> First page was in the Easton Express in 1986

In Pennsylvania, there is an unusual custom of deeding land to an organization or person for the token payment of "one red rose."

The idea comes to us from England's medieval days when kings granted land to their friends. In English law the tenant of the property did not own the land outright; he only had the right to use it.

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<![CDATA[From Arthur's Policy Desk: Race, Racism and Christian Forgiveness]]> June was an eventful month. It raised some interesting questions.

Early this month, Rachel Anne Dolezal, the Executive Director of the Spokane, Washington NAACP chapter came under fire because she claimed to be an African American woman but was in fact a white woman of German and Scandinavian decent.

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<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Rural Folklife of the early 1900s as seen by Photographers: H. Winslow Fegley & Amandus Moyer (Part I)]]> At the turn of the century into the 1900's, when most of the nation was fascinated with the unbelievable results of automation and the beginning of a mobile America, there were a few who saw the opportunity to record that way of life that was soon to be antediluvian. Such were men like H. Winslow Fegley of Reading and Amandus D.

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:06:55 -0400 20150627120728 2015-06-27T12:06:55-04:00 2015-06-27T12:07:28-04:00
<![CDATA[For what it's worth: My personal food challenge]]> I've had the house to myself for about a week, and I have another week to go. When there's only one person--it's easy to downsize a bit. And I decided to downsize in regards to hastily purchasing food.

I have not done a full grocery shopping yet--instead, I'm forcing myself to come up with meals from scrap, using all up the random things in the cabinets and fridge.

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<![CDATA[From the Item Editor: A Farewell to the readers]]> This past March marked two years that I have been the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. It's hard to believe how much has changed between that first day and now. Prior to starting, I had very little knowledge of the Hamburg area. I may have lived in Berks County all my life, but anything past Kutztown was an unknown land.

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<![CDATA[PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: Singin' In The Rain! Part #1]]> This article is the beginning of a mini-series entitled Singin' In The Rain! As the introduction, I would like to discuss the topic of GOALS. I consider myself an average person (no matter what others might say), so if you are like me, you may see a definite need for goals but they may also leave a bitter taste in your mouth.

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<![CDATA[PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: DO CHALLENGES FIND YOU?]]> I don't know about you, but on occasion I find challenges seem to have a way of finding me. Two examples are when my mother who, was widowed over two decades, used to call me at work and say, "Jeff, I think I have a problem."

When I asked her what she thought her problem was (in the first instance) she told me that a stranger appeared at her door and wanted to come into the house and look at her antique furniture, which consisted of a very few pieces - no museum.

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:15:01 -0400 20150617161501 2015-06-17T16:15:01-04:00 2015-06-17T16:15:01-04:00
<![CDATA[Through My Kitchen Window: A lesson in basic cooking chemistry]]> I received an email from Kutztown Patriot reader Laurel Powell, Lenhartsville, about the cupcakes I'd made for my daughter's 4th birthday. (Note that Through My Kitchen Window is a weekly column that publishes in several Berks-Mont Newspapers including this one.) This recipe had called for baking soda and vinegar.

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:14:58 -0400 20150617161458 2015-06-17T16:14:58-04:00 2015-06-17T16:14:58-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: Lessons I learned from my father]]> My father, Herb Christman, was a farmer. Pop wasn't demonstrative or even talkative with his children, but his character was shown to us through his actions.

Pop only had an eighth grade education. Other than the newspaper, the only book I saw him read was the big family Bible, on Sundays. He'd take a chair from the house, sit it on the front lawn and read.

Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:34:16 -0400 20150615103416 2015-06-15T10:34:16-04:00 2015-06-15T10:34:16-04:00
<![CDATA[Through My Eyes: A nerd needs more]]> Over the years I have become a loyal patron of the local Barnes & Noble bookstore. Some of my most frequented sections include Fiction, World History, and Science & Nature (more for mathematics than actual science). On a recent visit there I purchased a book entitled "Algebra Demystified." I later got into a conversation with the store clerk where I mentioned to her that I was not even taking a class; I was simply a nerd who liked math.

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<![CDATA[The Village of Haringstown]]> Haringstown is a folk name for the village that lies in Douglass Township on the Swamp Pike east of Gilbertsville. The little community has had its own identity since the 18th century, but without a post office it appears on no maps or atlases. Also, none of the early atlases or tax maps show any Harings living or having businesses there, but Haringstown village was well known in the local folk culture.

Fri, 12 Jun 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150608141356 2015-06-12T02:00:00-04:00 2015-06-08T14:13:56-04:00
<![CDATA[Through My Kitchen Window: The magic of dairy]]> Something as simple as being able to eat dairy is magical for Anna.

We recently discovered that Anna no longer has an allergic reaction to dairy. Since that realization, a whole new world has opened up to Anna, or at least for a 4-year-old girl who never had ice cream before, this is a momentous occurrence.

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