RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Fri, 09 Oct 2015 08:08:49 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Through My Kitchen WIndow: Picking our own apples, then heading to kitchen]]> We love apples so getting to pick our apples was an especially enjoyable experience.

My daughter Anna, 4, and I spent the afternoon picking apples with her grandmother recently. This was a particularly good season for their apple trees this year. Many of the good apples were at the top of the tree and required the use of an old-fashioned apple picker, which reminded of something used for lacrosse.

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<![CDATA[PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: Donald Ennis's Treasures, Part I]]> Note to Readers: As a substitute driver, I have delivered Meals on Wheels to Donald Ennis for about three years. Since my initial deliveries to him, I have known there is something special about him and many times "threatened" to have lunch with him. Finally, I had a series of lunches with Don resulting in this series of articles.

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<![CDATA[Final Expense Life Insurance: A simple option for an inevitable issue]]> Do you have a way to pay for final expenses after you're gone?

Thrivent Financial cites a 2013 study by the National Funeral Directors Association that estimates the average funeral now costs more than $8,000. Final expenses are often more than just funeral costs and can also include expenses such as unpaid medical bills, unpaid debt, immediate household expenses and even estate settlement costs.

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<![CDATA[Real Estate Column: STAGED TO MOVE! These top 3 must do's will help your house move quickly in today's real estate market]]> We all want to get the most bang for our buck when we choose to sell anything, especially a house. And no matter what the reason is for selling a home, there is always preparation involved.

I have sellers ask me what they need to do to prepare their home for the real estate market. I have also seen homes get stuck on the market, often taking multiple price decreases because they were not staged properly.

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<![CDATA[The Historian: Bees, parties, frolics or a chore called by some other name]]> We have all heard the expression, "Many hands make light work." This seemed to be the idea behind the frolics, parties and bees of our Goschenhoppen forefathers. Diaries that have been saved and translated from the original Pennsylvania German dialect attest to the popularity of these "parties."

Excerpts from the diary of John F.

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<![CDATA[Letter to the Editor: Longing for the 'good old days']]> Dear Kutztown Patriot:

For the past 8 years, I have helped out building the sets for the Kutztown High School Musicals.

During that time, I met some really great parents and kids who I now call friends. I enjoyed watching the behind the scenes rehearsals and seeing the excitement in the students' eyes as the sets began to take shape.

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:52:36 -0400 20151002115236 2015-10-02T11:52:36-04:00 2015-10-02T11:52:36-04:00
<![CDATA[Christ, the Pope and what Christianity says about those in prisons]]> In the Book of Isaiah 42 and 61, two things are said of prison. It is written that it is the will of God "to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house." The Prophet Isaiah wrote of Jesus, that God sent Him "to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

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<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: Mom's (6) Favorite Daughters]]> I'm the youngest of 10 children. I have four older brothers, Lester, Paul, Carl and David, and five older sisters, Anita, Jannetta, Mary Alice, Dorothy and Gladys. It's the older sisters I've had a problem with in life. Each one of them honestly thinks she was Mom's favorite daughter!

I guess I have to admit, I started this whole jealousy thing they have with me.

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<![CDATA[Book Beat - Impact: The Runaway Pastor's Wife by Diane Moody]]> I always thought my wife was a peaceful person, but in the last few years, ever since she got her Kindle, she addresses Amazon Gatling gun-like as she downloads dozens of books. I never would have selected The Runaway Pastor's Wife to read without her urging. Although the book is fiction, it holds an incredible number of truths, which are varied enough to entertain any reader.

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<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Pope Francis, the People's Pope]]> This past Fall's pilgrimage of the Roman Catholic Pope Francis to honor Christians in America has renewed our Colonial American heritage everywhere. Take, for instance, the Holy Church of the Blessed Sacrament established in Bally, Berks County where thousands of people were devout members. An iconic Catholic Church founded By Father Theodor Schneider in 1743, where mass was conducted twice on Sundays among the PA Dutch ethnic farmers.

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<![CDATA[The Historian: Pennsylvania Dutch music and dance]]> Why are there so few references to folk-dancing and music in local history? The record of folk-dance and dance tunes is sparse at best. Didn't our ancestors bring any folk-dances from Germany and Switzerland in the early 18th century?

The first explanation that comes to mind is that German immigrants, mainly Lutherans, Reformed and Mennonites, were too religious to dance.

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<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: The 1754 Salem UCC and their French Huguenot Connection]]> The humility of the Pennsylvania Dutch, specifically the French Huguenot immigrants like the (Johann) Bieber, Bertolet, DeTurck, Lesher, Levan and Yoder (et al) families who went to Philadelphia to market their agrarian homemade products, was not lost among the English Quakers who founded the City of Brotherly Love.

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:29:11 -0400 20150925132911 2015-09-25T13:29:11-04:00 2015-09-25T13:29:11-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: Which is the Oldest Band in the Land]]> Community bands were once a part of the cultural social activity of almost every city and village in Pennsylvania. The bands were a popular form of entertainment, whether performing a concert or in a parade. Everyone took great pride in their community band.

This pride is still a factor in rivalry over which is the oldest band in America.

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:12:48 -0400 20150925131248 2015-09-25T13:12:48-04:00 2015-09-25T13:12:48-04:00
<![CDATA[Through My Eyes - B.C., Braille and Beyond: Notable Blind Writers in History]]> As a writer, I am constantly looking for sources of inspiration. I recently performed a search for a previous column for blind heroes in the field of mathematics. When this search actually yielded results, it got me thinking about the possibility of other blind writers like me. Thus began my search for established writers who had lost at least part of their sight; it was a search that yielded some surprising names.

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<![CDATA[PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: George Plimpton I'm Not!]]> George Plimpton, who died in 2003 at the age of 76, was known for his many accomplishments. I would like to focus on his athletic endeavors with professional sports teams. Over his career he: pitched a half inning for the American League in Yankee Stadium in a post season exhibition game against the National League; sparred three rounds with boxing greats Archie Moore and Sugar Ray Robinson; played backup quarterback in a preseason game with the Detroit Lions; played a bit in an exhibition game with the Baltimore Colts football team; played as goalie in a preseason Boston Bruins ice hockey game; played with Jack Nicholas and Arnold Palmer on the Professional Golf Tour; was soundly beaten by Pancho Gonzales in tennis; and was even a high-wire circus performer.

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