RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:36:58 -0400 60 <![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Verna Seagreaves' vibrant watercolors live on: Part I]]> Following the success of my first feature article published by the Berks County Historical Society, they asked me to set up an exhibit of James Christian Seagreaves pottery in the fall of that year in their museum gallery. The late redware potter article commanded such an outpouring of interest and curiosity, Mr.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:55:26 -0400 2014-04-17T16:55:26-04:00 2014-04-17T16:55:30-04:00
<![CDATA[What's Cooking with Linda: A favorite to serve, again and again]]> Darlene Qualio, Fleetwood, serves this at a recipe group gathering. Since then, several group members have made it again and again for their own families. It's a FAVORITE!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

1 - 13.8 Oz. Pizza Crust - can be refrigerated or ready made store bought

¼ cup Mayo with olive Oil, reduced fat

½ cup Ranch Dressing, divided

1 cup Mozzarella Cheese

1 cup White Mild Cheddar Cheese

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:55:03 -0400 2014-04-17T16:55:03-04:00 2014-04-17T16:55:08-04:00
<![CDATA[Herbivore]]> For many years I didn't realize the virtues of fresh herbs, and until a few years ago, I didn't know the joys of growing my own array of herbs. My endearing husband built a large planter out of old shelves, and I gleefully filled it with cilantro, Mexican oregano, chives and rosemary. The cilantro died within the week, the chives followed soon after, the rosemary shot up to an astounding two feet, and the oregano was, well…perfect.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:46:52 -0400 2014-04-17T13:46:52-04:00 2014-04-17T13:47:00-04:00
<![CDATA[Mind Your Body: Yoga for the Three F Words: Fight, Flight, or Freeze]]> Our fast-paced world with the prevalence of multi-tasking, profusion of information, and sense of scarcity, is creating an epidemic of stress-related conditions. Technology bombards us every day with events that are difficult to comprehend or process.

Much of the stress that we face is psychological in nature.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:19:42 -0400 2014-04-16T15:19:42-04:00 2014-04-16T15:19:48-04:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Pa Dutch youth celebrate Palm Sunday]]> A former resident of the Lehigh Valley, where the 1741 Moravian Church at Bethlehem celebrated their church services with brass musical instruments, I was delighted when Salem United Church of Christ in Oley Township invited the Mount Laurel Brass Quintet to participate in Sunday's Palm Sunday Worship Service.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:28:50 -0400 2014-04-16T11:28:50-04:00 2014-04-16T11:28:59-04:00
<![CDATA[School Property Tax Elimination]]> For decades, the movement to eliminate Property Taxes as a funding source for public school education has been growing through the extraordinary efforts of ordinary Pennsylvanians. Now House Bill 76 and Senate Bill 76 have finally reached the tipping point where they have a chance to pass if brought to a vote.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:23:27 -0400 2014-04-15T11:23:27-04:00 2014-04-15T11:23:31-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian by Robert Wood: Andreas Frey, Pious Layman of New Hanover, Part 2]]> Last week we began the story of Falkner Swamp pioneer Andreas Frey who as early as 1720 owned 400 acres along the Swamp Creek where the Antes House now stands. "Nothing is know of Frey's early life or the date of his arrival in Pennsylvania. Passenger lists of arrivals were not kept in Philadelphia before 1725.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:15:18 -0400 2014-04-15T10:15:18-04:00 2014-04-15T10:15:35-04:00
<![CDATA[Small Beginnings: Holy Week]]> Here we are right smack in the middle of what Christians around the world call Holy Week. It is referred to with this unique identifier because the weekend commemorating the Easter story is the crux around which the entire Christian faith revolves. Hence the events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection is called Holy Week as every moment in the life of Christ is documented, analyzed and revered.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:09:13 -0400 2014-04-15T09:09:13-04:00 2014-04-15T09:09:21-04:00
<![CDATA[Letter to the Editor: Give me back my hometown]]> It seems like not that long ago when I used to ride my bike all over town, without a care in the world. Life was simpler then. Days were spent working hard at school, playing sports, and going to church with family. I smile when I reminisce about school dances and playing manhunt outside when the sun went down.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:59:37 -0400 2014-04-14T11:59:37-04:00 2014-04-14T11:59:54-04:00
<![CDATA[From Arthur's Policy Desk: by Arthur Garrison No offense to the Easter Bunny, but it is about more than Easter eggs]]> Easter is a time for being with family and enjoying the love of others. It is also a time of celebration that the relationship between God and man no longer needs to be defined by the law of "thou shalt" and "thou shalt not."

This is what Easter is about. To make a long story short, God needed a perfect and complete sacrifice to answer for the evil of mankind.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:49:53 -0400 2014-04-11T14:49:53-04:00 2014-04-13T13:26:28-04:00
<![CDATA[Thinking Out Loud with Connie: Spring cleaning for a spotless house]]> Surely as the sun rises every morning, spring will arrive and I believe it is just round the proverbial corner. Believe it! Just yesterday while walking my dog; I spotted a white snow crocus in bloom. It was camouflaged next to the diminishing two foot icy snow bank. That certain proof along with the sun shining and birds chattering in the background was something to smile about.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:15:10 -0400 2014-04-11T16:15:10-04:00 2014-04-11T16:15:25-04:00
<![CDATA[Book beat by jeff hall: Book beat brings benefits]]> Yes, Book Beat has brought benefits to yours truly after writing just one article and three book reviews, in the form of comedy, criticism and commitment to read more!

Choosing a book to review can be very scientific. However, I was never much good in science so many times it is a wonder I ever select a good book.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:13:48 -0400 2014-04-11T16:13:48-04:00 2014-04-11T16:13:54-04:00
<![CDATA[FOCUS ON THE FAMILY with Jim Daly: Marijuana's effects too damaging to support legalization]]> Q: What's wrong with marijuana? Personally, I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be legalized.

Jim: Your viewpoint is gaining support, as evidenced by voter approval legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington. Public opinion aside, my concerns are rooted in the well-documented facts of what pot does to the person who uses it.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:09:59 -0400 2014-04-11T16:09:59-04:00 2014-04-11T16:10:05-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian by Robert Wood: Andreas Frey, Pious Layman of New Hanover, Part 1]]> Before Rev. Muhlenberg came to Swamp, New Hanover, in 1742 to permanently establish the Lutheran Church in Pennsylvania and the Rev. Leidich (Leidy) in 1748 to do the same for the Reformed, the region was for a time a tempestuous hub of religious ferment. The participants in this drama are remarkable for their spiritual intensity, fervor, and commitment.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:50:49 -0400 2014-04-11T11:50:49-04:00 2014-04-11T11:50:58-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: Our wedding day, March 20]]>

March 20, 1982 was a beautiful spring day for a wedding. I have to admit I hardly did anything as far as my wedding plans were concerned. All I had to do was show up. I made sure I did that.

Actually, my wedding day started two years before when I met my future husband. At this time he was teaching at Easton High School and I was a secretary to the Nursing Office at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, in Allentown.

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:46:59 -0400 2014-04-08T10:46:59-04:00 2014-04-08T10:47:06-04:00