RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: http://www.berksmontnews.com The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: http://www.berksmontnews.com website: all stories http://www.berksmontnews.com The Berks-Mont News Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:26:44 -0500 60 <![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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tue, 03 Feb 2015 11:10:03 -0500 2015-02-03T11:10:03-05:00 2015-02-03T11:10:03-05:00
<![CDATA[Book Beat - Impact: 'A Portrait Of My Father' shows 41st President took the less travelled path]]> Review of "A Portrait Of My Father" by George W. Bush

In the preface of "A Portrait Of My Father," as our 43rd President prepares to inform us of his father's life, George Herbert Walker Bush, our 41st President, he says that this story may not be objective. Forty-three states: "This book is a love story - a personal portrait of the extraordinary man who I am blessed to call my dad.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:42:39 -0500 2015-01-27T15:42:39-05:00 2015-01-27T15:42:39-05:00
<![CDATA[Thrivent Financial: You bought the policy…now what? Knowing your policies supports healthy financial strategies]]> Purchasing proper insurance coverage is an important part of a healthy financial picture. However, with many policies, staying engaged ensures you have adequate coverage as your life changes.

As life changes, your insurance needs can also change. Particularly with long-term care insurance, reviewing your coverage on an ongoing basis helps ensure you and your loved ones are financially protected from risks associated with extended medical needs.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:00:25 -0500 2015-01-27T15:00:25-05:00 2015-01-27T15:00:25-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: Baking Practices among the Dutchmen]]> 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.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:01:24 -0500 2015-01-27T14:01:24-05:00 2015-01-27T14:01:24-05:00
<![CDATA[Ask Steve: How important is installing a carbon monoxide detector in a new home?]]> As a service to you and our community, I want to answer your questions so you can make educated and more informed decisions when it comes to your energy, comfort needs and saving money.

Dear Steve,

I have been reading a lot about the importance of installing a carbon monoxide detector.

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:41:55 -0500 2015-01-27T10:41:55-05:00 2015-01-27T10:41:55-05:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Salem Church windows depict purple stained Iris colored flowers, a French "Fleurdelis" folk symbol]]> Last month a Community Christmas Cantata was held under the musical direction of choir director Kathy Snyder to a packed audience at Salem Church on historic Covered Bridge Road, on a Sunday afternoon, a unique presentation of Oley area churches, whereby old timers would not have to drive home in the dark.

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Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:13:11 -0500 2015-01-23T15:13:11-05:00 2015-01-23T15:13:11-05:00
<![CDATA[Focus on the Family: Daughter's lies catching up with her at school]]> Q: How can I get my teenage daughter to stop lying? I've caught her telling "tall tales," and now she's complaining that the kids at school don't believe anything she says. What should I do?

Jim: I'd suggest you start by trying to uncover the underlying motive for her lying. Chances are it's a play for attention.

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Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:33:06 -0500 2015-01-21T15:33:06-05:00 2015-01-21T15:33:06-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: The Tag-Team Preachers from New Hanover]]> Sometime around 1720, John Philip Boehm and a group following the German Reformed faith settled closely together in Swamp, New Hanover, and built a church. The congregation exists today, Falkner Swamp UCC, the earliest German Reformed church in America.

Listings of arriving immigrants were not kept in Philadelphia until 1725, but the identities of the first settlers here can be determined by noting early church deacons and officers and also petition signatories for roads, deeds and such documents.

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Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:24:47 -0500 2015-01-19T16:24:47-05:00 2015-01-19T16:24:47-05:00
<![CDATA[Felicia Fisher's Slice of Life: Thinking outside the (brownie) box]]> I cannot tell a (baking-related) lie. I use boxed, store-bought brownie mix. To me, the ultimate brownie not only has an over-the-top, amazing, "Oh my gosh I need a glass of milk right now to wash this down" chocolate flavor but is of the fudge and not the cake variety. Despite my various efforts, my made from scratch attempts were oily and bland.

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Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:15:16 -0500 2015-01-16T13:15:16-05:00 2015-01-16T13:15:16-05:00
<![CDATA[Person to person - Impact: The Lady in Red]]> For many years I was quite reserved and in most cases kept my thoughts to myself. Then I entered a period of "Internal Sweats". Someone would do or say something that I knew was not correct (at least from my standpoint) and those Internal Sweats would build up until I just had to say something to the person.

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Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:13:07 -0500 2015-01-14T17:13:07-05:00 2015-01-14T17:13:07-05:00