RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:26:09 -0400 60 <![CDATA[The Historian: Clover, Part II]]> During most of the 18th Century, Germanic immigrants continued the centuries-old agricultural practices with which they were familiar. The paramount need of the settlers was grain.

Those farmers fortunate enough to have streams often had irrigated meadows, but aside from that, their acreage was either in grain, fallow or woodland.

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:11:38 -0400 2015-03-23T12:11:38-04:00 2015-03-23T12:11:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Guest editorial: Take 'It can wait' pledge to save lives]]> "LOL" turns into "RIP" more and more every day in the United States.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, if you are texting while you are driving, you are 23 times more likely to get into an accident than if you are driving undistracted.

The VA Tech Transportation Institute says that if you are traveling 55 mph, in the average time it takes to text (about five seconds), your car can travel the distance of a football field.

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:01:29 -0400 2015-03-16T11:01:29-04:00 2015-03-16T11:01:29-04:00
<![CDATA[Meet Private Beetle Bailey's Protege]]> Just wait a minute! Uncle Sam wants to send ME to Vietnam for 12 months? I am the one who went to camp the summer after fourth grade and was so homesick that I actually ended up in the infirmary for a few days but was fine once I reached home. I was a "wall-hugger", a "stay-at-homer", college graduate, who was married about 20 months before being drafted.

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:36:50 -0400 2015-03-10T12:36:50-04:00 2015-03-10T12:36:50-04:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Colonial Trade with the Port of Philadelphia]]> Before the 1862 Oley Valley Turnpike was opened from Pikeville to Black Bear Tavern, facilitating later trade with the town of Reading, many Colonial styled Conestoga wagons, like the surviving 1803 Sternbergh wagon, hauled wheat grain to the Port of Philadelphia from the Oley Valley during harvest grain rushes.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:17:39 -0500 2015-03-06T16:17:39-05:00 2015-03-06T16:17:39-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: Himmelsbriefen were in most homes]]> Movable type was invented in 15th Century Germany, and the consequences were world-changing, allowing literacy and the Reformation to spread with previously unimagined speed.

Overnight, reading was "all the rage." Printed text in the 15th Century, no doubt, had the immediacy and impact that the internet has today.

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:09:40 -0500 2015-03-02T14:09:40-05:00 2015-03-02T14:09:40-05:00
<![CDATA[For what it's worth: York County's Live Eagle Camera has my attention]]> I'm not sure why it's so interesting to me--but it is. Since I discovered it, I cannot seem to stop watching York County's live feed of an eagle nest.

In case you haven't heard about this: Two eagles have built a nest and two eggs have been laid as of mid-February. The nest overlooks Lake Marburg in York County.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:57:57 -0500 2015-02-26T13:57:57-05:00 2015-02-26T13:57:57-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: Fraktur, the folk art of the Pa. Germans]]> During the 100 years between 1720 and 1820, well over 100,000 German-speaking immigrants entered Pennsylvania, most of them through the port of Philadelphia. In just the five years between 1749 and 1754 nearly 37,000 Germans came through that port and spread throughout Pennsylvania and beyond.

During that century, some townships such as New Hanover, which then extended to the Schuylkill River and included Upper and Lower Pottsgrove and Pottstown, were almost exclusively populated by German-speaking residents.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:15:07 -0500 2015-02-25T14:15:07-05:00 2015-02-25T14:15:07-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: Fences and the Antes Garden]]> In the 18th and 19th centuries, winter was the ideal time for many tasks not directly related to the planting, cultivating and harvesting of crops that took up all available time during the more temperate months. One of these tasks was the production of fencing materials.

Fencing changed considerably over those two centuries.

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:59:47 -0500 2015-02-11T12:59:47-05:00 2015-02-11T12:59:47-05:00
<![CDATA[PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: Valentine's Day should be every day!]]> One of the many things that impressed me in my recent BOOK BEAT - IMPACT report on 41 - A Portrait of My Father, is how President George H. W. Bush made new friends, but at the same time was faithful in keeping in contact with his old friends. I find that hard to do even though "41" had many more friends than I.

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:43:56 -0500 2015-02-10T14:43:56-05:00 2015-02-10T14:43:56-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: Spring Houses - valuable additions to the farmstead]]> A spring house was a valuable addition to the early farmstead. A good, year-round spring on a property often influenced the location of the dwelling house and barn. The spring house usually was built directly over the spring and served as a cover, protecting it from dirt, leaves, livestock and other foreign material, but it also served as food storage area and sometimes work area.

Mon, 09 Feb 2015 16:16:17 -0500 2015-02-09T16:16:17-05:00 2015-02-09T16:16:17-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: Baking Practices among the Dutchmen, part 2]]> Most Germanic houses built in Southeastern Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries had bake ovens; it was almost a requisite for Pennsylvnia Dutch dwellings.

When kitchen stoves replaced hearth cooking in the 19th Century, most farm wives continued to use der Backoffe since the ovens of the new kitchen stoves were relatively small.

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 11:10:03 -0500 2015-02-03T11:10:03-05:00 2015-02-03T11:10:03-05:00