RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:45:43 -0400 60 <![CDATA[A Slice of Life: Deep Fried Fare…]]> Resistance is simply futile. Despite the fact that the nutritional benefits of anything which is deep-fried is essentially zilch, the scent of funnel cake batter hitting hot oil is oftentimes too great a temptation to resist.

This time of year my town is abuzz with excitement for the start of the Oley Fair.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:29:45 -0400 2014-09-16T10:29:45-04:00 2014-09-16T13:25:35-04:00
<![CDATA[Up to Speed with David Barr: Keselowski starts Chase strong]]> Hello readers,

Brad Keselowski dominated last week at Richmond to prove that he would be someone to watch in the Chase. In case anyone still doubted Keselowski as a serious title contender, Keselowski silenced his critics on Sunday. He opened the Chase with a win and automatically advanced to the next round in the Chase.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:45:02 -0400 2014-09-16T12:45:02-04:00 2014-09-16T12:45:04-04:00
<![CDATA[Reel experiences with Robert Humanick: Hear him roar: 'Godzilla' '14 raises the bar on Hollywood monsters]]> The heck with beating around the bush: "Godzilla" was the best mainstream American release of the summer, with little serious competition. Those who complained that it didn't have enough monster action weren't by and large simply exhibiting impatience with the rare "popcorn" movie that actually cares about more than just giant things crashing into each other - they were clearly also not familiar with the dozens of Godzilla movies made in the last 60 years, many of which focus more on the humans than the monsters and some which barely include the big fella at all.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:06:07 -0400 2014-09-15T15:06:07-04:00 2014-09-15T15:06:09-04:00
<![CDATA[Small Beginnings: Some insight and history on the concept of vacations]]> Did you know that according to a recent survey, forty-seven percent of Americans took at least one vacation in the past twelve months? That is nearly half the country and quite an intriguing statistic. In addition, three percent of the population travelled for leisure four or more times in the past twelve months.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:14:07 -0400 2014-09-15T11:14:07-04:00 2014-09-15T11:14:09-04:00
<![CDATA[Ask Esther: Rent being raised; What do I do?]]> "Dear Esther,

I graduated from college a few years ago and have a job I love. I've been renting a townhome and need to renew my lease. In so doing, I was told my rent is going to go up $100 per month. This got me thinking about buying a place. I'm wondering what you suggest I do."

Your experience of your rent going up is typical of what renters are finding these days.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:29:12 -0400 2014-09-15T10:29:12-04:00 2014-09-15T10:29:13-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my world: Mom and the peacocks]]> Reprint: First Rights to Pennsylvania Magazine; local Kutztown Historical Newsletter

Our farm, located near the village of Monterey in Berks County, was known as "The Peacock Farm," since my mother raised a number of peafowl on it.

It all started with mom's attraction to the birds colored plumage that spreads across the back and touches the ground on both sides.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:06:58 -0400 2014-09-15T10:06:58-04:00 2014-09-15T10:07:02-04:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Early Americana weathervane was one of a kind]]> A couple weeks back, I was pleased to write about the rare Americana weathervane on the Levan barn in the Oley Valley. But ironically, Clarence Shirk had a local farm auction with an identical weathervane for sale at an Emmaus farm auction Sept. 6.

Both antique weathervanes were about four feet high, and in good shape.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:03:27 -0400 2014-09-12T17:03:27-04:00 2014-09-12T17:04:41-04:00
<![CDATA[From Arthur's Policy Desk: President Obama: It's in our national interest to return to Iraq]]> One of the first lessons in studying policy making is that a single event can change everything. Vice President Chaney and others in the Bush Administration wanted regime change in Iraq before they came to power but did not have the political means (opportunity) to implement that policy. September 11, 2001 created those means.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:02:27 -0400 2014-09-12T17:02:27-04:00 2014-09-12T17:04:22-04:00
<![CDATA[Thrivent Financial Column: September is Life Insurance Awareness Month, Think about your needs, protect your family]]> Think you don't need life insurance? Think again!

If you died tomorrow, how would your loved ones fare financially? It's not a pleasant scenario to think about, but not doing so can have serious consequences.

September is life insurance awareness month and Thrivent Financial wants to encourage you to think about your life insurance needs and make sure your family would be protected if the unexpected were to happen.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:01:40 -0400 2014-09-12T17:01:40-04:00 2014-09-12T17:01:41-04:00
<![CDATA[Up to Speed with David Barr: Who will make it to the final four?]]> Hello readers,

Brad Keselowski took most of the drama out of Richmond, leading all but 17 of the 400 laps in route to an easy win. With the win, Keselowski picked up his series-high fourth win of the season and will enter the Chase as the top seed. This season the Chase will be different. After the first three races, the four lowest drivers will be eliminated from title contention.

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:18:51 -0400 2014-09-09T11:18:51-04:00 2014-09-09T11:18:52-04:00
<![CDATA[WTIM: Music Around Town: Sept. 10 edition]]> What's going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Local Bands and Venues

10 Sept - Jim Meck at Cj Hummels, Lenhartsville (6 p.m. start)

10 sept - Singles Going Steady at The Water Tower, Oaks (5 p.m.

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:18:18 -0400 2014-09-09T11:18:18-04:00 2014-09-09T11:18:20-04:00
<![CDATA[Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Beauty and horror co-exist in violent modern western 'The Rover']]> "The Rover" is so bleak an experience that many viewers will understandably be forced to turn away. An opening title card informs us that the events depicted begin 10 years after a global economic collapse, and the Australian setting brings to mind the similarly desolate landscapes of the "Mad Max" films.

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:17:07 -0400 2014-09-09T11:17:07-04:00 2014-09-09T11:17:08-04:00
<![CDATA[A dessert to savor summer]]> Fall needs to stop encroaching on Summer. Lately I've been thinking of Dylan Thomas' poem, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" and, specifically, it's celebrated line, "Rage against the dying of the light." Although Thomas wrote the poem for his dying father, I can't help but think how its words are also applicable to the shortening of Summer daylight, the shortening of Summer in general, and how we all should be raging against the growing trend of marketing Fall upon us all too soon.

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:16:45 -0400 2014-09-09T11:16:45-04:00 2014-09-09T11:16:48-04:00
<![CDATA[From the Item editor: Enjoying my second Taste of Hamburg-er Festival]]> Last year it was all about surviving. This year it was all about enjoying. With my second Taste of Hamburg-er Festival under my belt, I can say that I certainly see why people get so excited about it.

Last year's experience was more of a shock and figuring out how to cover such a large event that has so much going on throughout the whole entire day.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:38:39 -0400 2014-09-08T13:38:39-04:00 2014-09-08T13:38:41-04:00
<![CDATA[Small Beginnings: the rural commuter's worst nightmare]]> Come with me folks, as we travel down the scenic back roads of rural Berks County. As we journey along the winding way, passing bucolic farms and quaint homesteads, spying furry little woodland creatures and yielding to the occasional pedestrian or cyclist, every now and then our peaceful serene sojourn is interrupted by one of the most terrifying sights known to man.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:13:54 -0400 2014-09-08T13:13:54-04:00 2014-09-08T13:13:55-04:00