RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: http://www.berksmontnews.com The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: http://www.berksmontnews.com website: all stories http://www.berksmontnews.com The Berks-Mont News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:14:28 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Felicia Fisher's a Slice Of Life: The social experiment's Apple Cake]]> I spend a good part of each morning daydreaming. Rolling pie crust is a monotonous task and as the simultaneous whir of my industrial strength mixer and window fan make listening to music difficult, I find myself working in relative silence and wondering about the most ridiculous things. The other day I was thinking about my love of irreverent Halloween costumes.

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<![CDATA[From the Item Editor: It's that time of year again, happy Halloween]]> We all have our favorite holidays and time of year. Fall and Halloween just happen to be mine. I've always enjoyed watching the leaves changes and all the different colors I pass by while driving around. Even more so, I enjoy seeing all of the decorations filling porches and yards. The creativity and time it takes to make this displays never ceases to amaze me.

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<![CDATA[The Grange, part 2]]> It may be difficult for newer residents to realize, but the housing developments that have transformed the south half of New Hanover Township have been built in less than one lifetime. Before, say, 1960, tract housing developments simply did not exist. New Hanover then was rural with small farms and open country.

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:35:52 -0400 2014-10-20T18:35:52-04:00 2014-10-20T18:35:56-04:00
<![CDATA[Small Beginnings: Compiling a curious body of evidence]]> I have come to the conclusion that Americans are obsessed with the human body. It's not because of the constant envelope pushing from the advertising industry where the less clothing you wear the more successful you are. It's not the almost complete disregard for modesty in the clothing business where even young preteen girls are being taught that showing off their 'booty' is appropriate.

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:12:17 -0400 2014-10-20T12:12:17-04:00 2014-10-20T12:12:19-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: What's your name?]]> If I meet someone new, and there's no one around to introduce me, I'll ask, "What's your name?" One of the first questions a new mother is asked is, "What did you name your baby?" Names are a way we identify ourselves to our family, friends, and the world. It will be with us, and used over and over again throughout our lives.

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:07:56 -0400 2014-10-20T12:07:56-04:00 2014-10-20T12:07:59-04:00
<![CDATA[Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Allegorical 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' is mind-blowing in more ways than one]]> In the eyes of popular culture, "Guardians of the Galaxy" will likely go down as the year's most popular film, and you could do far worse than Marvel's slightly offbeat hit. The year's best superhero film, however, is Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," also from the Marvel lexicon, and arguably the best single movie to bear that name since the sterling "Spider-Man 2.

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:49:38 -0400 2014-10-15T13:49:38-04:00 2014-10-15T13:49:39-04:00
<![CDATA[Through My Kitchen Window: Meals out the box and into the skillet]]> Those skillet meals in a box that simply require a pound of hamburger and a cup of milk are so helpful on busy weeknights. Assuming you've thought ahead and thawed the hamburger.

But before you grab a box or two, let's compare the ingredients and time involved in using a box mix versus making the same meal from scratch.

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:31:56 -0400 2014-10-15T13:31:56-04:00 2014-10-15T13:31:59-04:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Our Kutztown Community Library]]> Perhaps the longest overdue article I should have written for the last couple of years involves our Kutztown Community Library, located on Bieber Alley.

The three librarians that help make the place go round and a pleasurable experience are Joanne Englehart, Charlotte Hoare, and Janet Yost (Director).

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:46:48 -0400 2014-10-14T16:46:48-04:00 2014-10-14T16:46:51-04:00
<![CDATA[Ask Steve energy & money saving tips from Steve Moyer: Can a new thermostat save you money?]]> As a service to you and our community, I want to answer your questions so you can make educated and more informed decisions when it comes to your energy, comfort needs and saving money.

Dear Steve,

I have heard a lot of people say that a new thermostat can save money. Can you explain if that is true and how?

Signed,

Trying to Stay Warm & Save Money in Kutztown

Dear TTSW&SM,

Yes, most households will save 10% on their annual heating bills with a programmable thermostat.

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:45:24 -0400 2014-10-14T16:45:24-04:00 2014-10-14T16:45:26-04:00
<![CDATA[Auctions in action]]> Auctions can be a bummer or a blast! Please follow me as I go through a progression of three auctions that my wife, Barb and I attended. Our oldest son, Greg, was the star of the third one.

As a young married couple, we decided to spend a couple of days in Atlantic City (don't worry, this was pre-casinos).

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:34:24 -0400 2014-10-14T16:34:24-04:00 2014-10-14T16:34:27-04:00
<![CDATA[Small Beginnings: These are a few of my favorite things]]> I don't know if this happens to you, but every now and then in the middle of my ordinary day a burst of extreme joy will just well up inside me and begin to overflow. Depending on where I am and what I'm doing I may suppress this emotion, but if I'm alone I may burst into laughter or even tears of gratitude for the simple joys of life.

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:55:50 -0400 2014-10-13T09:55:50-04:00 2014-10-13T09:55:53-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: My country walks]]> I've been taking short and long walks since my childhood days on the farm. I still enjoy walking---sometimes it's for exercise, to drop off my mail at a postal box, or to pick up a few grocery items. My husband and I often walk together, taking turns telling of "our day" while we walk briskly along the sidewalks of town.

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:29:56 -0400 2014-10-13T09:29:56-04:00 2014-10-13T09:30:21-04:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Culinary tricks and treats of the past]]> As we look back more than 250 years of American history, certainly nobody thinks about the history of bread, certainly not Colonial bread.

I'd think most people realize the spongier type of bread manufactured today is not the same bread as yesteryear, let alone centuries ago. Expanding on my initial thought, it becomes even more interesting when one realizes that our forefather's wives baked bread only once a week (Friday), and did not have plastic wrappers of today to keep it fresh.

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Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:31:24 -0400 2014-10-10T09:31:24-04:00 2014-10-10T09:31:26-04:00
<![CDATA[Focus on the Family: Son needs to be pulled away from video games]]> Q: Our teenage son is extremely intelligent. The problem is he only wants to play video games all day and night when he's home. It's a struggle to get him involved in any kind of physical activity or even just to read a book. How can I encourage him to do other things without completely taking his video games away?

A: Jim: You're not alone.

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Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:29:08 -0400 2014-10-07T13:29:08-04:00 2014-10-07T13:29:10-04:00
<![CDATA[Reel Experiences with Rob Humanick: Hilarious and heartfelt 'Obvious Child' packs a contentious punch]]> "Obvious Child" is a deeply political film that is all the more potent for its subterfuge as a crowd-pleaser. Dealing with an inflammatory topic - abortion - the film is bound to provoke strong responses from women and men alike. While it can be argued that the script sidesteps certain moral dilemmas, there's something to be said for how frankly it approaches something that's been common, if unacknowledged, throughout human experience, sans judgment.

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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 12:33:07 -0400 2014-10-06T12:33:07-04:00 2014-10-06T12:33:09-04:00