RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:01:57 -0500 60 <![CDATA[At The Movies With Rodeo Marie HansonKid reviewer gives 4 popcorn boxes for "Paddington" (Studio Canal)]]> Rodeo Marie Hanson, 8, of Fleetwood, has a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for all things Hollywood.

Rodeo's reviews are unique, because they offer a child's perspective on kids' movies.

She started rubbing elbows with celebrities at 4 years old, when her press credential was almost as big as she was!

Rodeo recently watched "Paddington" at The Hamburg Strand.

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:27:50 -0500 2015-01-23T15:27:50-05:00 2015-01-23T15:27:50-05:00
<![CDATA[Guest Column: Memories]]> My growing up memories started on March 4, 1950 at 7 p.m. It is the night I married Carl Zettlemoyer. It was a marriage quite a few people said would not last. Because Lucille was a "City girl" and Carl was a farm boy. But it did last "64" wonderful years.

We married in the spring, and bought our farm in the fall of 1950.

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:13:41 -0500 2015-01-23T15:13:41-05:00 2015-01-23T15:13:41-05:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Salem Church windows depict purple stained Iris colored flowers, a French "Fleurdelis" folk symbol]]> Last month a Community Christmas Cantata was held under the musical direction of choir director Kathy Snyder to a packed audience at Salem Church on historic Covered Bridge Road, on a Sunday afternoon, a unique presentation of Oley area churches, whereby old timers would not have to drive home in the dark.

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:13:11 -0500 2015-01-23T15:13:11-05:00 2015-01-23T15:13:11-05:00
<![CDATA[Focus on the Family: Daughter's lies catching up with her at school]]> Q: How can I get my teenage daughter to stop lying? I've caught her telling "tall tales," and now she's complaining that the kids at school don't believe anything she says. What should I do?

Jim: I'd suggest you start by trying to uncover the underlying motive for her lying. Chances are it's a play for attention.

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:33:06 -0500 2015-01-21T15:33:06-05:00 2015-01-21T15:33:06-05:00
<![CDATA[Letter to the Editor: Honey Brook Borough Police chief thanks toy drive donors]]> Again I would like to THANK all of the donors to the Police Department's toy drive this year.

The Department was once again overwhelmed with the amount of giving and caring that the community came forward with. I know that the residents are full of the Christmas spirit and provided an abundance of toys for children that will not forget how they felt when they woke up Christmas morning and saw all of the gifts under their tree.

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:11:50 -0500 2015-01-20T13:11:50-05:00 2015-01-20T13:11:50-05:00
<![CDATA[Op-Ed by Sen. Mensch: To improve budget will require fundamental changes in way departments are funded]]> As I write this commentary I have an article dated January 15, 2009, in front of me. The Headline: "The PA Budget Deficit Could Be As High As $1.9 Billion. The article quotes then Governor Rendell at the PA Farm Show as he spoke to members of his administration, members of the legislature, and members of the agriculture community.

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:08:53 -0500 2015-01-20T12:08:53-05:00 2015-01-20T12:08:53-05:00
<![CDATA[Letter to the Editor: Chester County has opportunities for 2015]]> The citizens of Chester County have a myriad of opportunities as we begin 2015 and close out a successful 2014.

As the newly elected chair of the Chester County Commissioners, I'm looking forward to making sure we meet the goals we've set in our strategic plan that will enhance our already excellent quality of life in the county.

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:54:57 -0500 2015-01-20T11:54:57-05:00 2015-01-20T11:54:57-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: The Tag-Team Preachers from New Hanover]]> Sometime around 1720, John Philip Boehm and a group following the German Reformed faith settled closely together in Swamp, New Hanover, and built a church. The congregation exists today, Falkner Swamp UCC, the earliest German Reformed church in America.

Listings of arriving immigrants were not kept in Philadelphia until 1725, but the identities of the first settlers here can be determined by noting early church deacons and officers and also petition signatories for roads, deeds and such documents.

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:24:47 -0500 2015-01-19T16:24:47-05:00 2015-01-19T16:24:47-05:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: Toilets, pots and such]]> What better month then January to write about toilets. January 27 is Thomas Crapper Day! Yet, Crapper, whose been given the credit for inventing the toilet, actually didn't. He was awarded nine patents, three of which were for water closets. Yes, he was a plumber in England from 1861 to 1904 and owned a plumbing company, Thomas Crapper and Co.

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:52:18 -0500 2015-01-19T09:52:18-05:00 2015-01-19T09:52:18-05:00
<![CDATA[Reel Experiences with Rob Humanick: 'Blackhat' an acquired taste; 'Citizenfour' not to be missed]]> "Blackhat" is being advertised as an action thriller, and strictly speaking, it is, and at an almost literally elemental level.

While following many of tropes of the genre, the approach taken here by veteran director Michael Mann is a more impressionistic one than even his more recent films ("Miami Vice" and "Public Enemies"), which were less concerned with plot than with mood and feeling, using the technical possibilities of digital cameras to create an impressionistic canvas more common to art house films than mainstream productions.

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:28:15 -0500 2015-01-16T14:28:15-05:00 2015-01-16T14:28:15-05:00
<![CDATA[Felicia Fisher's Slice of Life: Thinking outside the (brownie) box]]> I cannot tell a (baking-related) lie. I use boxed, store-bought brownie mix. To me, the ultimate brownie not only has an over-the-top, amazing, "Oh my gosh I need a glass of milk right now to wash this down" chocolate flavor but is of the fudge and not the cake variety. Despite my various efforts, my made from scratch attempts were oily and bland.

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:15:16 -0500 2015-01-16T13:15:16-05:00 2015-01-16T13:15:16-05:00
<![CDATA[Person to person - Impact: The Lady in Red]]> For many years I was quite reserved and in most cases kept my thoughts to myself. Then I entered a period of "Internal Sweats". Someone would do or say something that I knew was not correct (at least from my standpoint) and those Internal Sweats would build up until I just had to say something to the person.

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:13:07 -0500 2015-01-14T17:13:07-05:00 2015-01-14T17:13:07-05:00
<![CDATA[Ask Esther: Should I be concerned about a septic system inspection?]]> I am planning to sell my home but have heard nightmare stories from coworkers concerning septic inspections. My home is about 40 years old but I have had no problems with my septic system. Should I be concerned about this?

It is true that older septic systems have more difficulty passing inspections because standards have become more stringent.

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:47:30 -0500 2015-01-14T16:47:30-05:00 2015-01-14T16:47:30-05:00
<![CDATA[From the Item Editor: My trip back to the PA Farm Show]]> Most of the time, thousands of people packed into one place, no matter how large, is not my preferred way to spend any spare time that I may have. Large crowds have never been my favorite thing and I tend to do just about anything I can to avoid them.

But that all changed during my sophomore year of high school when I was invited by a close friend at the time to tag along on a trip that her family did as a tradition for many years.

Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:52:42 -0500 2015-01-12T10:52:42-05:00 2015-01-12T10:52:45-05:00
<![CDATA[Small Beginnings: Untangling life in 2015]]> Happy New Year! I know I'm a little late. The New Year is a few weeks old already and it's as busy as last year and the year before that! What happened to that resolution about slowing things down and stopping to smell the roses? Long forgotten I daresay. Sigh. But the demands of life are great and therefore we rise to the occasion and meet them head on, so it goes in this post-modern twenty first century.

Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:49:31 -0500 2015-01-12T10:49:31-05:00 2015-01-12T10:49:32-05:00