RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Tue, 04 Aug 2015 05:26:34 -0400 60 <![CDATA[The Historian: The Window Pane Tax of 1798]]> The Federal Direct Tax of 1798, popularly called "the window pane tax," precipitated an event called Fries (pronounced "freeze") Rebellion, which has been described as "a sort of comic opera that provided excitement here in Montgomery County for some months in 1798 and 1799."

By 1798, the French aristocratic class had lost their heads, literally, and much of Europe was at war.

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<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: I learned to love dancing]]> I love to dance! When I was about 13 years old, my sister, Mary Alice, worked and bought lots of clothes. Whenever she left for work, and we didn't have school, I'd sneak into her bedroom and try on her clothes. Then I'd dance and swirl in front of the floor length mirror in her room.

That was the extent of my dancing until ninth grade.

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<![CDATA[PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: Dogs will be Dogs]]> The year was 1960, and I looked upon Miss McKee's ninth grade English class as a big waste of time. Even though I sat near the front of the classroom, I just couldn't write the spelling down letter for letter that she was writing on the blackboard. Who was going to use all those characters for mythology anyway? My spelling was so bad; she told me my parents should take me to an eye doctor (I'd try the more technical name, but I'd probably misspell it still today) to have my eyes checked.

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:05:44 -0400 20150729140544 2015-07-29T14:05:44-04:00 2015-07-29T14:05:44-04:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: "The Quality Girls" keep Q-Shoppe customers coming back"]]> Have you ever known someone for quite awhile, say 20 years in my case, exchanged pleasantries most of the time, but never really knew much about 'em when one stopped to reflect upon it. Not until recently, at a chance meeting with a mutual friend (famed Farmer Younker) at a different locale, did I have a lengthy conversation with one, realizing we had basically grown up together as very young adults but with two different employers.

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:53:10 -0400 20150729135310 2015-07-29T13:53:10-04:00 2015-07-29T13:53:10-04:00
<![CDATA[Rethinking old images: The nerd in each of us]]> After having my first column printed, I naturally showed it to some of my friends and relatives. The overall response has been positive, but we seem to have a difference of opinion on one key aspect. They do not think that I should consider myself a nerd. For them, it seems that the word still carries a negative connotation; one even went so far as to offer up a description of nerds as skinny people with glasses who get beaten up on a daily basis.

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:50:30 -0400 20150729135030 2015-07-29T13:50:30-04:00 2015-07-29T13:50:30-04:00
<![CDATA[Through my eyes: Legal blindness and an unlikely hobby]]> As a new addition to Berks-Mont News, I figured I would use these early columns to give the readers a chance to learn more about me. I stated in a previous column that I struggle with being legally blind. I suffered from a lack of oxygen at approximately one month old which severely inhibited the proper development of my optic nerve.

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:45:33 -0400 20150728144533 2015-07-28T14:45:33-04:00 2015-07-28T14:45:33-04:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Architectural fashion in randomly laid fieldstone]]> America's early hinterland houses built of native stone are more than well constructed abodes. They reveal the desire of the frontier inhabitants to be part of the architectural fashion of the day. Even the simplest l8th century field-stone dwelling, having no obvious Georgian architectural style for that period, may very well contain large "quoins" (pronounced coins) or cornerstones that architecturally give the home symmetry and frame the random laid walls.

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:56:09 -0400 20150727155609 2015-07-27T15:56:09-04:00 2015-07-27T15:56:09-04:00
<![CDATA[Felicia Fisher's Slice of Life: Pineapple Peach Pops]]> We all have things we hate. For two of my children, the squeaking of Styrofoam sends them into a tizzy and, coincidentally, both my husband and I detest those wooden spoons that accompany Italian ices. For one of my daughters, it's peach fuzz. She refuses to touch the skin of a peach. She even makes the customers bag their own at our farm stand.

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:22:33 -0400 20150723112233 2015-07-23T11:22:33-04:00 2015-07-23T11:22:33-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: A most interesting diary, conclusion (Part III)]]> For the last two weeks this column dealt with the 1839-1845 diary of Norristown resident Mary Markley Boyer (1802-1858). Found by historian Nancy Roan some years ago, the diary pages are interleaved into The Lady's Annual Register, a publication which included monthly almanac pages. Pasted opposite the almanac page for each month is her diary for that month.

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:48:27 -0400 20150721125215 2015-07-21T12:48:27-04:00 2015-07-21T12:52:15-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: A Most Interesting Diary, continued (Part II)]]> Last week's column dealt with the 1839-1845 diary of Norristown resident Mary Markley Boyer (1802-1858). Found by historian Nancy Roan some years ago, the diary pages are interleaved into The Lady's Annual Register, a publication which included monthly almanac pages. Pasted opposite the almanac page for each month is her diary for that month.

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:40:52 -0400 20150721124052 2015-07-21T12:40:52-04:00 2015-07-21T12:40:52-04:00
<![CDATA[Felicia Fisher's Slice of Life: For the love of coffee and not baking…]]> I had the most surreal food experience yesterday. I opted to go inside my local Starbuck's to peruse the coffee menu. I usually use the drive through although oftentimes I simply drive by rather than wait behind a line of six to seven cars. As usual, their was an inordinate amount of people crammed inside this small retail space enjoying their coffee creations.

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:11:42 -0400 20150721121142 2015-07-21T12:11:42-04:00 2015-07-21T12:11:42-04:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Historic Hottenstein Reunion 2015]]> On a recent Sunday the Hottenstein reunion was held. Hottenstein descendants from all over the United States arrived in quaint Kutztown to attend their annual Hottenstein reunion at the architecturally exquisite Georgian farm mansion along 222, east of Kutztown.

Pioneered by David Hottenstein in 1783, a Pennsylvania German, he was a remarkable frontiersmen living in Kutztown, Berks County.

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:50:30 -0400 20150720140333 2015-07-17T16:50:30-04:00 2015-07-20T14:03:33-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: Another Look at the Statue of Liberty]]> How did a friendship between the United States and France come about?

It was France, who, during the American Revolution, helped America win her freedom from Britain (a long time rival of Britain) by providing us with ships, arms, money and men. Marquis de Lafayette, a noble, persuaded his own government to help.

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:50:32 -0400 20150717165032 2015-07-17T16:50:32-04:00 2015-07-17T16:50:32-04:00
<![CDATA[PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: Pat Long makes it good for customers & employees!]]> Welcome to Christmas in July! For you planners and procrastinators, this is a reminder that we are over half-way to Christmas 2015.

Actually, this story starts back in December 2014 when my wife and I stopped into the Auntie Anne's Pretzel Store inside the Elverson Walmart Super Center for a pretzel and a soda.

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:50:25 -0400 20150717165025 2015-07-17T16:50:25-04:00 2015-07-17T16:50:25-04:00
<![CDATA[Letter to the Editor to Boyertown community from ACS staff partner re: 'Relaying through the rain']]> To the Boyertown Community:

As a staff partner with the American Cancer Society, I have been blessed to work with many communities as they raise money to support local cancer patients and fund cancer research. I have never been as proud as I was of the Boyertown volunteers and participants who took part in the Relay For Life of Boyertown on June 27-28.

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