RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Thu, 26 Nov 2015 16:24:30 -0500 60 <![CDATA[PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: Through my car window]]> Most of you are familiar with editor Lisa Mitchell's column in the Tri County Record entitled "Through My Kitchen Window," in which her daughter, Anna, helps her make apple pancakes, chocolate cupcakes, macaroni and cheese from leftover noodles and other delicious eats. Many times, Lisa has varied the recipe to accommodate diet restrictions or just to make the recipes tastier.

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:48:01 -0500 20151124124801 2015-11-24T12:48:01-05:00 2015-11-24T12:48:01-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian - Beds, bedding, bedsteads and sleep: Part III]]> It is claimed that during the 18th and early 19th centuries, Dutchmen (Pennsylvania Germans) slept on their backs in a somewhat sitting position. It is said that they thought dangerously unhealthy to sleep lying flat. Whether this belief prevailed in the Dutch community I do not know. To maintain that sleeping position, the upper body was supported by one or more bolsters.

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:57:43 -0500 20151123105743 2015-11-23T10:57:43-05:00 2015-11-23T10:57:43-05:00
<![CDATA[Letter to the Editor]]> Dear Editor;

I am writing in response to the picture on the front page of the Patriot Nov. 12.

I have NO pity for students who are discontent about their voting poll being 5 miles away. Picking candidate Sestak to walk with them is a joke, he has lots of baggage.

Voting to me is very important.

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:13:12 -0500 20151120111312 2015-11-20T11:13:12-05:00 2015-11-20T11:13:12-05:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Dear Mom...]]> Loyal readers have probably noticed over the years that I've praised my Pennsylvania Dutch grandmother and father on many occasions, and have made little reference to my mom. By no means intentional, I've been doing a lot of reflecting lately, since I have lost both my dad and "Nana," and my aunt most recently, who was a very good woman, and all too recent! But if one subscribes in the nature versus nurture notion, then one may find themselves in a debate, if your core make-up and development are products primarily of innate, inborn or inherited traits or learned behaviors and environmental factors that determine one's aptitude more so.

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<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: A Thanksgiving History]]> Although we associate Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims, they were not the originators of the tradition, nor has the celebration been continuous since Colonial times. Its curious history has roots stretching across time and the Atlantic Ocean, but it would only become the holiday we know it, taking place on the fourth Thursday of November, by proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln.

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:16:06 -0500 20151119171606 2015-11-19T17:16:06-05:00 2015-11-19T17:16:06-05:00
<![CDATA[Letter to the Editor: The Don Ennis series]]> Dear Editor:

Regarding your series on Don Ennis...

There was a knock at the door. Opening it, there was Don. He shoved a little notebook at me with the order to read it!

Okay. I thought the notebook and a cup of tea would be fine in the late afternoon. About an hour after leaving the notebook, Don was back to retrieve it!

I'm glad I got to read your published account.

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<![CDATA[PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: Giving Thanks]]> Thanksgiving Day: "A national holiday set apart for giving thanks to God" (as defined in Webster's Dictionary). Over the years, in my way of thinking, this definition has been watered down by many to mean travelling to family and friends, dinner around the dining room table and watching football games.

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:05:35 -0500 20151118130535 2015-11-18T13:05:35-05:00 2015-11-18T13:05:35-05:00
<![CDATA[Through my eyes: Blind Man Bluffing, the Story of Hal Lubarsky]]> In 2002 Hal Lubarsky would lose his sight to a degenerative condition known as retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited condition that causes the photoreceptor cells of the retinal portion of the eye to gradually decay. This drove him to despair as he was convinced that he would have to give up one of his major dreams.

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 11:52:26 -0500 20151118115226 2015-11-18T11:52:26-05:00 2015-11-18T11:52:26-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: Beds, bedding, bedsteads and sleep, Part II]]> Last week's article described the typical 18th century bedstead in the New Hanover area as being high posted and curtained. Additionally, the master's bedroom was on the first floor and received some heat from the stove room next door. It must be remembered, though, that in all likelihood, only propertied landowners slept in such a bed.

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:19:22 -0500 20151117131922 2015-11-17T13:19:22-05:00 2015-11-17T13:19:22-05:00
<![CDATA[Berks Gas Truth statement on Obama's rejection of KXL]]> President Obama is to be commended for his rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline that would have been a critical link in a pipeline system designed to move oil from tar sands from Alberta Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Tar sands oil, like fracked gas, is a form of extreme energy only being exploited by the oil and gas industry because conventional forms of fossil fuels have become increasingly scarce.

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:58:41 -0500 20151113165841 2015-11-13T16:58:41-05:00 2015-11-13T16:58:41-05:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: The history of the Kohler cat]]> All the years that I lived on the farm, now called "Foliage Farm," on Christman Road near Monterey, Mom had a three inch sculpted wooden cat, with the date 1886 on the bottom, perched on the fireplace mantel of our living room.

We children were told that Mom was given this wooden cat by her father, William Kohler (1857-1919), the whittler.

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:07:08 -0500 20151113160708 2015-11-13T16:07:08-05:00 2015-11-13T16:07:08-05:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Clearing William Penn's forests & sweetening the soil]]> Benjamin Franklin remarked in 1766 that the unfavorable balance of trade with England was only tolerable by our immense exports to the Colonies and rest of the world. David Schopf, by 1783, mentioned how huge numbers of Pennsylvania Dutch/Germans from the Hinterland were sleeping in their Conestoga wagons at Philadelphia's markets, and three-day trade fairs in order that they may be able to sell their foodstuffs in this port city.

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<![CDATA[For what it's worth: The versatility of baguettes]]> Rolling off of my last column, which ran in June and was about my "personal food challenge," I'd like to talk about food again.

My relationship with bread is interesting. I never gave it a second thought until I was 15 years old and was told I couldn't have "normal" bread anymore. So for the decade following, I became dependent on my mom to make my bread.

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 13:20:09 -0500 20151112132009 2015-11-12T13:20:09-05:00 2015-11-12T13:20:09-05:00
<![CDATA[PERSON T0 PERSON - IMPACT: Men cry two! A farewell to Don Ennis]]> Before anyone tells me I don't know the difference between "to, too and two," please let me explain why I used the word "two." It has been roughly 20 years since I have wanted to write a book entitled Men Cry Two! Since it appears to be unmanly to cry outwardly, I find myself crying inwardly in many circumstances, thus the title of my unwritten book.

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<![CDATA[Financial Column: Disability income insurance can help protect your paycheck]]> Your ability to earn an income may be one of your most valuable assets. Think about your house, your car, your watch or jewelry. Would you go without homeowners insurance or car insurance? Shouldn't you consider protecting another important asset, your paycheck?

You and your ability to earn an income may be a large part of what your entire financial future is based on.

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