RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:27:45 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Part 4 Vietnam 1970 - 1971: Meet Private Beetle Bailey's Protégé]]> As my stay in Vietnam got longer, I guess I became more relaxed. One time we had been in the field long enough that when we came to a lake, we decided to take baths in it. If it had been in later years, I could have identified with Kevin Costner in the movie Dances with Wolves when the Indians showed up while he was bathing in a pond! Luckily, we saw no Indians or Vietcong.

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:31:10 -0400 2015-04-14T12:31:10-04:00 2015-04-14T12:31:10-04:00
<![CDATA[Small Beginnings: Adventures in fitness]]> I hesitate to use the word 'fitness' in the title of this article since the more I exercise, the more aware I become of how out of shape I am, but then again I guess that is the point after all?

On my newfound travels into the world of the gym I recognize that there is a vast spectrum of individuals all striving to improve their health one half hour at a time and so fitness is truly a subjective term depending upon who is using it.

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:56:49 -0400 2015-04-14T09:56:49-04:00 2015-04-14T09:56:49-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: The Country Cemetery]]> From a distance

it looks like an alien

lost in the vastness of furrowed field.

Up close

a family graveyard

in a barricade of ashen bricks

covered by a lethargic red tin roof

that resounded in a cloudburst of heavy raindrops

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:56:45 -0400 2015-04-14T09:56:45-04:00 2015-04-14T09:56:45-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: The stormy beginning of Sunday school]]> In the old days, Sunday school was a big deal. Typical of the larger town churches was Pottstown's Emmanuel Lutheran.

Their Sunday school had 1100 members on its role in 1915. To distribute the traditional box of candy to the primary classes at Christmas, the superintendent ordered 220 boxes at a penny apiece and 150 pounds of candy to fill them.

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:59:23 -0400 2015-04-06T14:59:23-04:00 2015-04-06T14:59:23-04:00
<![CDATA[An open letter to the Hamburg area from the Wagner-Good VFW Post 216]]> An open letter to our membership, fellow Veterans, and the residents of the Borough of Hamburg from the Wagner-Good VFW Post 216.

The Wagner-Good VFW Post 216 would like our supporters, members, and fellow veterans to know that this post does not in any way shape or form condone the use, possession, or sale of illegal drugs on or about our property or anywhere else.

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 09:11:02 -0400 2015-04-06T09:11:02-04:00 2015-04-06T09:11:02-04:00
<![CDATA[Felicia Fisher's Slice of Life: Slow cooked goodness…]]> For all the time I spend in the kitchen there are some cooking skills that evade me. Cooking rice for example. I do realize that it's essentially boiling water and adding rice but there's something more to it. It takes the right amount of time and patience and I suppose I'm lacking in both. My rice either burns or turns out undercooked.

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 09:10:11 -0400 2015-04-06T09:10:11-04:00 2015-04-06T09:10:11-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: Retirees on wheels]]> My brother, Lester, and his wife, Ruth, (now deceased), retired Pennsylvania teachers, saw their world -- almost free. They didn't deliver meals. They delivered people all over North America.

Actually, it all started in 1967, when their teenagers lived at home.

"We sold our home and rented another; bought a 20-foot trailer and a new car to tow the RV; then set out on a 22-state, 64-day, 11,000 mile tour of the West," says Lester.

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 09:09:40 -0400 2015-04-06T09:09:40-04:00 2015-04-06T09:09:40-04:00
<![CDATA[Small Beginnings: The Easter holiday and celebration]]> As day drew closed, the friends he chose, now battered, scattered. Dread arose. It choked their faith. It stole their words and dealt their courage deadly blows. Etched upon each tortured mind the graphic punishment He bore. Unable to erase the cruel crown of thorns He wore. Anguished moans rose above the clamor of the crowd, eerily still hanging on their hearts a heavy shroud.

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 09:09:35 -0400 2015-04-06T09:09:35-04:00 2015-04-06T09:09:35-04:00
<![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