RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:57:31 -0500 60 <![CDATA['Tis the Season: A six-year tradition visiting Koziar's Christmas Village]]> The first time I visited Koziar's Christmas Village I was a fourth grade Girl Scout. Our leaders rounded us up in a bunch of cars, and we waited in the mile-long traffic to see the shimmering, magical lights. Coming down over the final hill on what seemed like a forever-long back road, the car filled with "ooh's" and "ahh's.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:37:28 -0500 2014-12-19T14:37:28-05:00 2014-12-19T14:37:34-05:00
<![CDATA[Small Beginnings: Christmas confessions, getting caught up in the commotion of the holiday]]> I'm caught up in the middle of the hubbub. I'm shopping and frantically looking for the perfect gift for the people I love. I want them to have that WOW moment when they open the package and love what I got them. I don't want to get my nephew socks and underwear. I want him to think I'm the coolest aunt in the world.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:36:33 -0500 2014-12-19T14:36:33-05:00 2014-12-19T14:36:35-05:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: The Christmas tree]]> Our Christmas tree is again decorated with glowing lights, ornamental glass balls, icicles of tinfoil, long strips of popcorn chains, and topped by an angel. Starry eyed, I repeat the familiar carol's words: "Oh, Christmas tree, Oh, Christmas tree, How lovely are your branches!"

The Christmas tree itself, with all of its trimmings, evolved out of the customs and traditions of many cultures.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:28:07 -0500 2014-12-19T14:28:07-05:00 2014-12-19T14:28:09-05:00
<![CDATA[Dairy recipe: 'Tis the season to be dairy]]> Tis' the season to be dairy! From setting cookies and milk out for Santa, enjoying hot chocolate by the fire or even baking one of your favorite holiday recipes, this time of year is filled with dairy. Having dairy in our diets allows us to grow stronger bones, shinier hair, and have a brighter smile.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:26:05 -0500 2014-12-19T14:26:05-05:00 2014-12-19T14:26:09-05:00
<![CDATA[Mind Your Body: A Perfect Time for Turning Inward]]> Winter has arrived and the nights have grown longer. Along with increased darkness, there is more quietude. As we look around us, we see bare branches. Many plants have gone dormant, there are fewer birds about, and numerous animals hibernate or go into "light hibernation." During winter we may sense stillness in nature: just think of a time when you have seen a fresh snowfall and felt a hush in the world.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:08:37 -0500 2014-12-19T13:08:37-05:00 2014-12-19T13:08:42-05:00
<![CDATA[Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Intense musical-thriller 'Whiplash' earns its title]]> For all intents and purposes, "Whiplash" is a monster movie -- it doesn't exactly take place in reality. Concerning an ambitious young man at a renowned music college under the tutelage of a conductor whose technical excellence is outweighed only by his ruthlessness in weeding out imperfections in his students, this is a film that approaches musicianship much like "Gravity" approached space travel.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:26:49 -0500 2014-12-19T12:26:49-05:00 2014-12-19T12:26:52-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: Log Houses in the New Hanover area]]> When we think of early houses in the region, the images that usually come to mind are the large, stone farm houses and the associated bank barns.

But these were almost all built in the 19th Century, and often represent the second or even third generation house on any particular site. The first houses in our region during the colonial era were almost all log houses.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:32:50 -0500 2014-12-19T11:32:50-05:00 2014-12-19T11:32:52-05:00
<![CDATA[Letter:]]> I am a local Morgantown nurse and member of our local American Legion. On Saturday, Dec. 13 I had the pleasure of attending once again "Wreaths Across America" at Fort Indiantown Gap, a national Pennsylvania Veterans Cemetery.

The day was very cold and started with an aircraft fly over, then a military ceremony honoring gold star mothers, (those mothers who have lost their sons in the line of duty).

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:11:45 -0500 2014-12-16T15:11:45-05:00 2014-12-16T15:11:50-05:00
<![CDATA[Ask Esther: Should I wait to sell until spring?]]> I would like to sell my home but the outside looks so drab in the winter and who is looking this time of year anyway? I'm wondering if it makes sense to wait to sell until the spring when flowers are blooming and things are green. What do you think?

The question, "Should I wait to sell until the spring?" is asked by many folks this time of year.

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:15:14 -0500 2014-12-16T12:15:14-05:00 2014-12-16T12:15:15-05:00
<![CDATA[Book Beat - Impact: Review of 'The Night Watchman' by Mark Mynheir]]> Ray Quinn makes his way down a deserted street in Orlando, Florida, looking like a man many years his senior as he struggles with his cane and his plastic hip of 10 months. He notices two youths about 20 years old who are tailing him. He may be weak physically, but many years as a police detective were going to save him from trouble.

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:13:20 -0500 2014-12-16T12:13:20-05:00 2014-12-16T12:13:23-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: The West Branch Paper Mill]]> Of the many types of mills that were built on the Perkiomen Creek and its tributaries, the most uncommon was the paper mill. I know of just one, located in the extreme northern edge of Douglass Township on the West Branch of the Perkiomen on, appropriately, Paper Mill Road.

The site is owned by Kenneth Yoder, of Palm, whose grandfather Isaac Yoder bought the mill from Dr.

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:41:29 -0500 2014-12-15T14:41:29-05:00 2014-12-15T14:41:31-05:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: My mother, the child comedian]]> I grew up the youngest in a family of ten. All of us siblings recall our Mother's sense of humor, which all of us inherited.

Mom was a busy farmer's wife, yet had time for pranks and fun. She was the one who "got us" every April Fool's Day. She was the one who had the greatest idea for decorating our home for church youth Halloween parties.

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:58:02 -0500 2014-12-15T10:58:02-05:00 2014-12-15T10:58:04-05:00
<![CDATA[Reel Experiences with Rob Humanick: Laughter and tears mingle in bittersweet 'The Skeleton Twins']]> More than likely than not, the cast of "The Skeleton Twins" will be looked over in the new year when Oscar nominations are announced.

Given that true greatness only sporadically penetrates the awards season mania, this will not be a surprise, as Bill Hader and Kristen Wigg's raw, unassuming authenticity in this film is very far removed from the comforting normalcy more frequently heralded by Hollywood.

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:23:32 -0500 2014-12-12T12:23:32-05:00 2014-12-12T12:23:34-05:00
<![CDATA[Felicia Fisher's Slice Of Life: Serving up chocolate...very hot]]> You simply can't go wrong with chocolate and since Americans consume 2.8 BILLION pounds of it per year, it's safe to say I'm not the only one who agrees with that sentiment. The irony of my extolling the virtues of chocolate is the fact that I was allergic to it as a child. As a result, my Easter bunnies (along with my grandfather's) were always white chocolate ones courtesy of the Palmer Candy Company (based right here in Reading!) and from my recollection, they were the only ones to offer that option at that time.

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:25:50 -0500 2014-12-11T10:25:50-05:00 2014-12-11T10:25:52-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: Six Horse Bell Teams]]> A fully rigged Conestoga wagon was a union of graceful craftsmanship and rugged utility. With running gear painted vermilion, sides a bright blue and topped with white canvas on graceful bows, wagon and team could be as much as 60 feet long. It was said to be not only a stirring sight but noble!

Frederick Klees notes in "The Pennsylvania Dutch" that by 1775, more than 10,000 Conestoga wagons made the trip to Philadelphia annually.

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:11:31 -0500 2014-12-09T15:11:31-05:00 2014-12-09T15:11:34-05:00