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Local Bands and Venues

3 Sept - Open Mic w/ Black Rue at Fujiyama's Sunset Lounge (8 p.m. start)

3 Sept - Singles Going Steady at The Water Tower, Oaks (5 p.

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:35:47 -0400 2014-08-28T06:35:47-04:00 2014-08-28T06:35:51-04:00
<![CDATA[Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Look-alikes Eisenburg and Simon take to the screen in 'The Double']]> Richard Ayoade's film noir-infused take on Dostoyevsky's "The Double" is successful in enough of its individual parts that it proves almost doubly disappointing in its missteps, as if a gentle, sublime spell had been abruptly broken. Echoing the dystopias of "Brazil" and "Dark City" in its vision of a society shrouded by darkness, it's a moody, sometimes thrilling tale of the struggle for humanity amid bureaucratic rule, and one aided immeasurably by the always-excellent Jesse Eisenburg.

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:08:15 -0400 2014-08-25T17:08:15-04:00 2014-08-25T17:08:19-04:00
<![CDATA[From the Hamburg editor: How to contact the Item and submit]]> As a community newspaper, we receive many submissions from our readers. It is something that I myself look forward to as it's a way to get to know those in the community better and also see what they have been up to. There have been a few changes with our move on how to submit articles and we also have a new deadline in place.

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:22:08 -0400 2014-08-25T11:22:08-04:00 2014-08-25T11:22:10-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: Anita, the Riveter]]>

Reprint (2012 Berks County TV web site)

I had a story in my own backyard and didn't even know it until recently.

My husband and I moved to Allentown a few years ago. Driving around one day, I noticed Queen City Airport. I hadn't even known it existed. Knowing two of my older sisters had worked in Allentown in their teens, next time I saw them, I asked, "Did any of you ever hear of Queen City Airport?"

Anita, my then 86 year old sister, stunned me, "Why of course.

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:50:48 -0400 2014-08-25T10:50:48-04:00 2014-08-25T10:50:52-04:00
<![CDATA[Slice of Life: Mixing Up A Pie That's Key For Summer]]> Retailers' use of interesting descriptions to depict ordinary things has always intrigued me. For instance, the color green is simply not called "green" it's often called "hunter" or "kiwi" or "moss." More recently, my admiration extends to the individuals responsible for employing fourteen different ways to depict the word "mix" on my blender.

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Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:41:34 -0400 2014-08-24T18:41:34-04:00 2014-08-24T18:41:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Letter to the Editor: Support of the Willow Street Project]]> Dear Editor,

I was encouraged to write this letter in support of the Willow Street development project after reading Nancy Unger's letter that appeared in the Patriot two weeks ago.

Nancy's argument makes perfect sense to me and to other senior citizens of the borough and surrounding area who must consider "down-sizing" in the near future.

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Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:45:54 -0400 2014-08-22T17:45:54-04:00 2014-08-22T17:45:56-04:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: American Oral History Recalled by Natives at Salem Church Picnic]]> Sunday, August 3rd, Salem UCC Church of Spangsville, Oley Township, held its annual church picnic among the picturesque grove of trees in historic Earl Township. Frequently known as "Wood Choppertown," among the Colonial natives of Oley Township, who recalled descendants supplying the Oley Furnace and Oley Forge with charcoal to produce iron manufactured goods to meet the needs of the United States Republic during Colonial times.

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Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:45:00 -0400 2014-08-22T17:45:00-04:00 2014-08-22T17:45:02-04:00
<![CDATA[From Arthur's Policy Desk: Ferguson, MO: The Mixture of Race, Crime, Police Use of Force and the Utility of Riots]]> On August 9th, Michael Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. As soon as the killing was made public, every politician, platitude, accusation, argument, justification, rationalization and defense that exists in these types of situations was heard on T.V. and radio. Nothing was new.

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Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:44:01 -0400 2014-08-22T17:44:01-04:00 2014-08-22T17:44:03-04:00
<![CDATA[On The Record with Carol: The Wolf's at the Door]]> Monday, Aug. 19, President Barack Obama urged the Iraqis to unite because 'the wolf's at the door' and the U.S. air strikes can only accomplish so much, http://www.ndtv.com.

He may as well have said, "The gates of hell are open." The barbarism is escalating and the question is "ISIS, are they already here?"

Every American needs to turn on their cell phones, their TVs, their radios, go on the web and read the paper.

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Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:54:58 -0400 2014-08-22T14:54:58-04:00 2014-08-22T14:55:13-04:00
<![CDATA[Small Beginnings: Get your ice bucket ready for a very worthy cause]]> The world is not without worthwhile opportunities to be charitable is it? Every day we see commercials and receive solicitations in our mail box for various noble causes, all seeking donations to promote their cause or fund a cure. Sometimes we can roll our eyes and become desensitized to the next bandwagon that comes by because we have been hit up so many times for some many causes.

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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:19:20 -0400 2014-08-19T16:19:20-04:00 2014-08-19T16:19:22-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: My son, a tinker-of-all-trades]]> My son, Kevin, the only boy in a family of four children, was a tinker-of-all-trades. When he was around 11 years old, I was a divorced Mom living in a modular home on my brother's land. I also worked as a bookkeeper for my brother's sanitation business.

At this time, we did not have a garage and Kevin begged me to consider him bringing his bike into his already small bedroom during the winter months.

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:06:42 -0400 2014-08-18T17:06:42-04:00 2014-08-18T17:06:43-04:00
<![CDATA[Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Under-rated superhero sequel swings onto home video]]> Like any number of recent big-budget movies - particularly those of the superhero/sequel variety - "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" bites off more than it can properly chew, with too many underdeveloped antagonists and frequently on-the-nose dialogue that makes the mistake of speaking directly to the themes at play.

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:01:42 -0400 2014-08-18T11:01:42-04:00 2014-08-18T11:01:43-04:00
<![CDATA[Up to Speed with David Barr: Restart of Gordon's life part 2]]> Hello readers,

Under the threat of cloudy skies and rain, Jeff Gordon proved that the Drive for Five is still alive and well with a convincing win at Michigan. Gordon started on the pole and led the second-most laps on the day, but he had to fend off the likes of Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, and teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:47:49 -0400 2014-08-18T09:47:49-04:00 2014-08-18T09:47:50-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian by Robert Wood: Inns and Taverns of Swamp, New Hanover, part 3]]> For three days in September of 1777 the American army, about 8,000 strong, was camped in New Hanover principally in the long valley lying between Fagleysville Hill and Rosenberry Road but also extending south to Sanatoga and east to Schwenksville.

The encampment was principally on the 450 acres owned by Andreas Schmidt who may have invited the army to this sheltered valley.

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Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:41:10 -0400 2014-08-16T17:41:10-04:00 2014-08-16T17:41:12-04:00
<![CDATA[Mind Your Body: Yoga for Emotional Calmness]]> Who doesn't want more peace in their lives? Now that most of us are plugged in most of the time, we are inundated with information-personal, community-wide, national, and international. There is too much to process and too little time in which to do it. And much of what we call "news" is distressing and overwhelming.

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Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:22:23 -0400 2014-08-15T10:22:23-04:00 2014-08-15T10:22:26-04:00