RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:18:59 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Reel Experiences with Rob Humanick: Still waters run deep in 'Love is Strange']]> Heartbreakers don't come much more true to life than in "Love is Strange," the latest from filmmaker virtuoso Ira Sachs, whose past work includes the marvelous "Forty Shades of Blue" and "Married Life."

His latest, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a same-sex couple living in New York City, may be his greatest yet - a tender and deeply moving examination of life's tumult that proves all the more affecting for how understated it is.

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<![CDATA[Opinion Column: Politicians should have integrity, truthfulness, fiscal responsibility, transparency & more]]> WILL WE EVER LEARN? HIGHLY UNLIKELY!

Just before the presidential election of 2012, the Tri County Record ran a series of articles I wrote entitled: WANTED: Character in the Leadership of the United States. Different character traits were listed that I thought the people of the United States should look for in every person who was running for political office should have.

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<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Frontier Roots between our PA Dutch and Canada]]> When researching the ethnic heritage of the PA German/ Dutch, I traveled to Ontario Canada to visit their early American museums of the PA Dutch natives who immigrated from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to pioneer the farmlands of Colonial Canada. Realizing that my Oley Valley maternal ancestors were the Bieber branch of our family, I was always interested in the news coverage of Justin Bieber's musical career, since many Oley Valley pioneer families, their frontier descendants had traveled to Canada to become Canadians, as well as the Northwest Territory of the United States.

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<![CDATA[What's Cooking with Linda: Black Forest Coffee Cake]]> If you enjoy a great Black Forest Cake, then you will really enjoy making this "coffee cake". This black forest cake is made in one pan, NOT iced, served from the pan - easy to make, easy to transport, a great treat instead of the usual cinnamon coffee cake a lot of people serve. The ingredients are easy to have handy and the cake freezes with no problem, if covered well.

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<![CDATA[Guest Column: PennDOT planners content to propose shortsighted solutions that disregard obvious need for 222 massive upgrade]]> I moved to Allentown in 2002. Driving to work on my first day at Kutztown University, stuck behind a trash truck for several miles of two-lane no-passing zone on US 222 until the Kutztown bypass, I wondered, through the inescapable stench, what I had gotten myself into. Had I not found an alternative route that avoided US 222 on my commute, I probably would have moved to avoid it.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:33:37 -0400 2014-10-29T12:33:37-04:00 2014-10-29T12:33:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Experimental film box set offers multifaceted look at film history]]> In almost any year, the recently released compilation of the works of Bill Morrison, 1996-2013, courtesy Icarus Films, would be the cinephile's most essential home viewing purchase. Adventurous filmgoers will find virtually endless riches here - due to both the quantity of material included (roughly eight hours' worth, making the $50 retail price look downright generous), but the ineffable depths, artistic and culture, that this particular work affords.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:21:18 -0400 2014-10-28T14:21:18-04:00 2014-10-29T15:34:11-04:00
<![CDATA[Small Beginnings: He turns the seasons around and then she changes her crown]]> These lines from an obscure song in the animated classic, "Charlotte's Web" haunt me in this transitional time of year. Father Time turns the seasons. Mother Earth adjusts her garb accordingly. Thus, the imagery of autumn's displays of colorful beauty leading into the barrenness of winter. This is one of my favorite times of year as I can layer a sweater every day and knit a new cowl to keep the chill from my neck.

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<![CDATA[Focus on the Family: Marriage may not be right answer for expectant couple]]> Q: Should I marry my pregnant girlfriend? Our relationship has always been one of convenience, and neither of us considered it permanent. She intends to raise the baby, and I want to do my part. But my girlfriend has some significant life issues, and we'd face huge obstacles if we married.

Jim: First, let me commend you for accepting responsibility for the choices you've made -- including life for your baby.

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<![CDATA[Through My Kitchen Window:]]> It's time! This is the week I answer your food and cooking questions, and share your favorite recipes.

Your Questions:

My kids love instant oatmeal flavors like peaches and cream and apple cinnamon. Can I make homemade instant oatmeal that won't have the chemicals? - Lourdes in Mt Penn

Yes you can! For 1 serving, mix 1 cup hot water or milk, 1⁄2 cup quick-cooking oats, and any add-ins you want.

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<![CDATA[Ask Esther: Clean up messy credit to get keys to dream home]]> Dear Esther - My wife and I have decided on the area we'd like to raise our kids in and found a house we love. In the process, we were disappointed to find out our credit score is not high enough to purchase. What can we do to improve it so we can purchase?

To get the keys to your dream home, it's necessary to clean up messy credit.

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<![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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<![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.

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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