RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:01:32 -0400 60 <![CDATA[My View: I completed the Fools Run 5k!]]> I was a runner in my youth, participating in track and cross country. Knee injuries put my running career to a halt in college but I still fondly remember that feeling of flying while out running. So when Don Sechler of the Kutztown Optimist Club asked if I'd be running in the Kutztown Fools Run this year, I couldn't decline.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:11:59 -0400 2015-03-30T12:11:59-04:00 2015-03-30T12:11:59-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: A Curious Old Deed]]> A curious old deed has come to light. The well preserved parchment says that in 1789, the Rev. Johannes Christophe Kunze, D. D. (John Christopher Kunze) "of the City of New York" bought of Peter Richards, shopkeeper, and his wife Magdalena, a parcel containing 58 acres in New Hanover Township. By reckoning the meets and bounds described in the deed, we can position it somewhere near the Swamp Pike between Leidy Road and Romig Road.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:54:06 -0400 2015-03-30T11:54:06-04:00 2015-03-30T11:54:06-04:00
<![CDATA[A recipe for your Easter celebration]]> A popular treat during the Easter season is peanut butter eggs covered in milk chocolate.

Did you know: The custom of giving eggs at Easter time has been traced back to Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, to whom the egg was a symbol of life. Next to Halloween, Easter holiday paves way for confectionary business to boom.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:06:05 -0400 2015-03-30T11:06:05-04:00 2015-03-30T11:06:05-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: April Fool's stories]]> "Let us be thankful for the fools.

But for them the rest of us could not succeed." By Mark Twain

Since childhood, April Fool's Day has always been a day to share the humor in my family. It was from our mother, we, the ten children, inherited the propensity to pull pranks on each other, especially April Fool's Day.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:05:58 -0400 2015-03-30T11:05:58-04:00 2015-03-30T11:05:58-04:00
<![CDATA[From the Item Editor: Being a part of the show]]> Recently, I had the opportunity to be not only part of a jury for the first time, but to also be the client of a law firm. On the evening of Saturday, March 21, I was able to sit in Judge Judy Koch's court room at Haag's Hotel in Shartlesville and watch Melissa Cheatham of The Law Firm of Dewy, Cheatham, & Howe go head to head with Sydney Schyster of Spring, Schyster, &Shark Legal Counseling.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:05:53 -0400 2015-03-30T11:05:53-04:00 2015-03-30T11:05:53-04:00
<![CDATA[Letter: Thank you, for your service]]> Hi Jeff,

I don't usually read through the Tri County Record but I am glad I saw your article this week. Very interesting. Vietnam? I was 4 F in 1961 and couldn't go in the army or Navy (my preference) so by 1965 I was raising a family and only reading about the horrors of Vietnam. Now I have missionary friends serving in Cambodia.

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:01:18 -0400 2015-03-24T16:01:18-04:00 2015-03-24T16:01:18-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: Upon my back]]> Reprint: Daily Meditation 1993; Lutheran Digest 2009

There is only one animal that can claim the honor of having carried the messianic king upon its back. It is the lowly donkey. Somehow, it seems appropriate that the humblest of God's creatures is present in Nativity scenes of His birth and that this same animal carried Him before His death.

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:54:31 -0400 2015-03-24T11:54:31-04:00 2015-03-24T11:54:31-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: Clover, Part II]]> During most of the 18th Century, Germanic immigrants continued the centuries-old agricultural practices with which they were familiar. The paramount need of the settlers was grain.

Those farmers fortunate enough to have streams often had irrigated meadows, but aside from that, their acreage was either in grain, fallow or woodland.

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:11:38 -0400 2015-03-23T12:11:38-04:00 2015-03-23T12:11:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Staying healthy with milk's magic nine]]> Snow is melting, birds are chirping, and bulbs are magically sprouting from the ground. These are all signs Spring is moving in and it is a great time to use milk's magic nine to boost your immune system.

Calorie-for-calorie it's hard to find a beverage that's better than milk. Milk contains nine essential nutrients- calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus, riboflavin, protein, vitamin B12, potassium, vitamin A and niacin.

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:09:00 -0400 2015-03-20T16:09:00-04:00 2015-03-20T16:14:16-04:00
<![CDATA[Op-Ed: We are what we choose to be]]> Humanitarian organizations and charitable agencies which use television commercials to ask for donations often show filthy, third-world children sitting in a roofless, dirt-floor school seeking the barest of educations with rapt attention. In their destitution - or perhaps because of it - they somehow understand that the only means of escape from their horrid lives lies in that room, with those pencil stubs, ragged bits of paper and cracked pieces of slate.

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:59:31 -0400 2015-03-20T13:59:31-04:00 2015-03-20T13:59:31-04:00
<![CDATA[Felicia Fisher's Slice of Life: Lemons help to fake spring]]> I am taking no solace in the fact that Spring begins in a few days. Despite the bitter cold and snow accompanying Winter, at least Winter is pretty. I enjoy watching snowflakes accumulate on the tree branches and discovering dangling icicle spears that resemble translucent stalactites. There is something very serene about the cold silence being pierced by crunching of fresh snow underfoot.

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:32:43 -0400 2015-03-19T11:32:43-04:00 2015-03-19T11:32:43-04:00
<![CDATA[Letter to the Editor: Domestic violence and rape are an epidemic in America]]> I would like to add my voice to the recent letter fromT he Women's Rights Coalition of Southern Chester County regarding domestic violence and rape. Senator Pat Toomey appears to be grossly indifferent to funding programs to protect women from domestic violence and women and girls who have been raped.

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:21:05 -0400 2015-03-18T11:21:05-04:00 2015-03-18T11:21:05-04:00
<![CDATA[Listen Up: And so goes the dream]]> "It is with a heavy heart that I have closed the doors to the Historic State Theatre of Boyertown for the last time tonight, March 7, 2015," reads the opening on the Historic State Theatre's web-site. My throat grew tight when I saw this. While it wasn't a secret that things at the venerable venue weren't well, I don't know anyone that would have guessed how bad.

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:02:50 -0400 2015-03-18T10:02:50-04:00 2015-03-18T10:02:50-04:00
<![CDATA[Guest editorial: Take 'It can wait' pledge to save lives]]> "LOL" turns into "RIP" more and more every day in the United States.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, if you are texting while you are driving, you are 23 times more likely to get into an accident than if you are driving undistracted.

The VA Tech Transportation Institute says that if you are traveling 55 mph, in the average time it takes to text (about five seconds), your car can travel the distance of a football field.

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:01:29 -0400 2015-03-16T11:01:29-04:00 2015-03-16T11:01:29-04:00
<![CDATA[Small Beginnings: These things puzzle me...]]> While driving along a back country road heading home the other day, my observant and inquisitive daughter pointed something out to me for which I had no explanation. I add this particular observation to a long list of things that puzzle me. These are things I have encountered; heard about, read about or witnessed that seem to defy logic and reason.

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:41:21 -0400 2015-03-16T10:41:21-04:00 2015-03-16T10:41:21-04:00