RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: http://www.berksmontnews.com The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: http://www.berksmontnews.com website: all stories http://www.berksmontnews.com The Berks-Mont News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:45:40 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Listen Up: Chasing the music 2014]]> Chasing the music in 2014 has been quite an adventure. Some shows are boldly etched in the frozen glacier that is my mind, while others fade in and out like a warm summer breeze. During the Polar Votex's last year, several venues provided us comfortable, warm places to listen. The Macungie Institute home of Listen Live Music, a very cool space, was built in an era when auditoriums were made for acoustics and the LLM folks use it to it's potential with both open mics and concerts.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:19:53 -0500 2014-11-24T12:19:53-05:00 2014-11-24T12:19:54-05:00
<![CDATA[Small Beginnings: Are we the only folks 'Giving Thanks' today?]]> Perhaps on this specific day, Americans around the world are the only people pausing to return thanks for their many blessings. But many other cultures have their own version of Thanksgiving and even if it is not directly related to our pilgrim feast, it's interesting to find out that pausing to reflect and be grateful is a somewhat universal experience.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:13:49 -0500 2014-11-24T12:13:49-05:00 2014-11-24T12:13:51-05:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: Of turkey, corn, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie]]> In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is a family celebration of fellowship and the sharing of a festive meal. As with most festive occasions, particular foods are associated with these days. Thus, it is that the pleasant aromas of turkey, corn, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie permeate families' homes on Thanksgiving Day.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:10:04 -0500 2014-11-24T12:10:04-05:00 2014-11-24T12:10:07-05:00
<![CDATA[Focus on the Family: Set limits to stifle kids' narcissistic behaviors]]> Question: I recently read that narcissistic behavior is on the rise, and this seems to confirm my own observations of a culture that seems to be increasingly selfish and entitled. I'm especially concerned about my children growing up with these influences. Is there anything I can do to prevent them from developing these negative traits?

Jim: According to our counselors, though a genetic predisposition to narcissism may exist, it is most commonly understood as a learned behavior.

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:34:12 -0500 2014-11-22T10:34:12-05:00 2014-11-22T10:34:14-05:00
<![CDATA[Through My Kitchen Window: A Day for Thanksgiving]]> The past 150 years, Thanksgiving feasts in the White House have been sumptuous affairs. The first official Thanksgiving feast was presided over by Abraham Lincoln after he declared Thanksgiving to be a national holiday in 1863.

To give you a small glimpse of the presidential table, here is a roast turkey recipe from the most popular cookbook of the time, "Directions For Cookery In Its Various Branches" by Miss Leslie.

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Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:41:11 -0500 2014-11-19T10:41:11-05:00 2014-11-19T10:41:13-05:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Baking Bread in the Bakeoven]]> In further elaborating on my references of Colonial bread making and shipment made over the past month in my columns and with conversations with Director Shaner, by 1767, the bulk of exports from Colonial Pennsylvania consisted of wheat, flour, bread, corn, pork, and beef, bar iron, pig iron, flaxseed, and beer.

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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:40:23 -0500 2014-11-18T12:40:23-05:00 2014-11-18T12:40:26-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: A Voyage up the Salt River]]> Local historian Nancy Roan has her mother's diary, which contains this curious entry for Nov. 17, 1932: "Up to Swamp to see the salt river parade tonight."

Her mother was Cora Hasson, of the landmark DeHaven and Hasson Store in Frederick. Whatever could a "salt river parade" be and why in Swamp, of all places, which then was a country village with a few houses?

A quick research check reveals that most everybody in the 19th and early 20th centuries knew that "to row up Salt River" was the fate of defeated political parties in elections.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:49:12 -0500 2014-11-17T12:49:12-05:00 2014-11-17T12:49:14-05:00
<![CDATA[Felicia Fisher's Slice of Life: Presenting the "it" item of the season, cranberries]]> Considering how good they are, it's quite shameful that their popularity is seasonal. I am not referring to anything involving the words "pumpkin" or "spice" but to cranberries, the tart red berries that are a featured item during the upcoming holiday season yet seem to be forgotten the remainder of the year.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:09:35 -0500 2014-11-17T11:09:35-05:00 2014-11-17T11:09:39-05:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: The Christman sisters' occasional long trips]]> I've told you some of the highlights from the sisters separate birthday parties. This time I'll tell you about some of our longer trips to various places.

The summer of 1982, Gladys rented a home for us in the Poconos. Mary Alice would drive us there in her pick-up truck. As usual, the two youngest, Gladys and myself, were given the floor of the cab.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:40:48 -0500 2014-11-17T10:40:48-05:00 2014-11-17T10:40:50-05:00
<![CDATA[Focus on the Family: Life's difficulties can upset thanksgiving time]]> Question: Thanksgiving is this week, and I'm having a hard time getting up for it. I'm usually a positive person, but all of life's difficulties decided to visit me this year. And the mess the world is in only adds to my feelings of despair. How can I get past this?

Jim: I think a lot of folks are where you're at right now.

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Sat, 15 Nov 2014 10:15:41 -0500 2014-11-15T10:15:41-05:00 2014-11-15T10:15:43-05:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Chicken and waffles: a typical Pa Dutch meal]]> Among the Americana inventions of our PA Dutch people who were famous for designing cast iron waffle irons in Colonial times are 18th Century waffle irons with attractive tulip designs molded in their long handle fireplace iron molds, where housewives took pride in creating motifs which were definitely PA Dutch.

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Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:27:41 -0500 2014-11-14T14:27:41-05:00 2014-11-14T14:27:52-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: The Ice Industry, part 2]]> Last week's column noted that at the turn of the last century, the ice companies centered on Green Lane were shipping as much as 150,000 tons a year to Philadelphia and points beyond and providing seasonal work for hundreds of farm workers, many from the New Hanover area.

How did they accomplish this mammoth task? Of course, it all starts with bitterly cold weather, and the colder the better.

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Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:07:04 -0500 2014-11-14T13:07:04-05:00 2014-11-14T13:07:05-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: The Ice Industry, part 1]]> Since the creeks in New Hanover Township flow into the Swamp Creek, which joins the Perkiomen Creek at Zieglersville, New Hanover is part of the Perkiomen Creek watershed and region.

At the turn of the last century, besides food, what was the major commodity shipped from the Perkiomen region to Philadelphia? It was, undoubtedly, ice.

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Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:56:16 -0500 2014-11-12T11:56:16-05:00 2014-11-12T12:08:03-05:00
<![CDATA[Focus on the Family: Be cautious about revealing too much of your youth to kids]]> Q: How much do my children need to know about my past? Is there any reason to be completely open with them about the moral failings of my youth?

Jim: This is a common, but important, question. Our counselors generally believe that "less is more" in these cases. But the most important consideration should always be, "What's in the best interest of your child"?

Truthfulness and transparency are critical, but the detail of any confession should be guided by several factors.

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Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:05:25 -0500 2014-11-10T15:05:25-05:00 2014-11-10T15:05:27-05:00
<![CDATA[Small Beginnings: I'm too practical for my own good sometimes]]> Last week I had a fleeting thought. It was so brief and fleeting that I never really considered it to be a viable option for my to do list, but it did pass through my brain. I can blame it on being too busy and having too few hours in the day but the truth is, I just don't care.

Next week my husband and I are planning a little getaway to historic Gettysburg for his birthday.

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Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:07:00 -0500 2014-11-10T12:07:00-05:00 2014-11-10T12:07:01-05:00