RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:25:35 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Pickin' in Pa: Rewarding the customer]]> When was the last time you were "rewarded" just for being a customer? I'll admit it has been a long time since I felt special for shopping at a certain place. But, it wasn't so long ago that merchants "rewarded" their customers with all kinds of gifts just for shopping in their store!

The first thing that comes to mind are S & H Green Stamps.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:34:42 -0400 2014-09-19T16:34:42-04:00 2014-09-19T16:34:44-04:00
<![CDATA[Ask Esther: Rent being raised; What do I do?]]> "Dear Esther,

I graduated from college a few years ago and have a job I love. I've been renting a townhome and need to renew my lease. In so doing, I was told my rent is going to go up $100 per month. This got me thinking about buying a place. I'm wondering what you suggest I do."

Your experience of your rent going up is typical of what renters are finding these days.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:29:12 -0400 2014-09-15T10:29:12-04:00 2014-09-15T10:29:13-04:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Early Americana weathervane was one of a kind]]> A couple weeks back, I was pleased to write about the rare Americana weathervane on the Levan barn in the Oley Valley. But ironically, Clarence Shirk had a local farm auction with an identical weathervane for sale at an Emmaus farm auction Sept. 6.

Both antique weathervanes were about four feet high, and in good shape.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:03:27 -0400 2014-09-12T17:03:27-04:00 2014-09-12T17:04:41-04:00
<![CDATA[Thrivent Financial Column: September is Life Insurance Awareness Month, Think about your needs, protect your family]]> Think you don't need life insurance? Think again!

If you died tomorrow, how would your loved ones fare financially? It's not a pleasant scenario to think about, but not doing so can have serious consequences.

September is life insurance awareness month and Thrivent Financial wants to encourage you to think about your life insurance needs and make sure your family would be protected if the unexpected were to happen.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:01:40 -0400 2014-09-12T17:01:40-04:00 2014-09-12T17:01:41-04:00
<![CDATA[A dessert to savor summer]]> Fall needs to stop encroaching on Summer. Lately I've been thinking of Dylan Thomas' poem, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" and, specifically, it's celebrated line, "Rage against the dying of the light." Although Thomas wrote the poem for his dying father, I can't help but think how its words are also applicable to the shortening of Summer daylight, the shortening of Summer in general, and how we all should be raging against the growing trend of marketing Fall upon us all too soon.

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:16:45 -0400 2014-09-09T11:16:45-04:00 2014-09-09T11:16:48-04:00
<![CDATA[Through My Kitchen Window: Avoid the school lunch slump]]> Are you packing multiple lunches, or need a fast lunch for your preschooler or homeschooler? Here are a few quick and easy lunch ideas to keep you out of the school lunch slump.

Fill a baggie with a good handful of your favorite roasted nuts and dried fruit. Our favorite is cashews, macadamias and dried apple rings.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:42:37 -0400 2014-09-01T10:42:37-04:00 2014-09-01T10:43:06-04:00
<![CDATA[Up to Speed with David Barr: Restart of Gordon's life part 2]]> Hello readers,

Under the threat of cloudy skies and rain, Jeff Gordon proved that the Drive for Five is still alive and well with a convincing win at Michigan. Gordon started on the pole and led the second-most laps on the day, but he had to fend off the likes of Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, and teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:47:49 -0400 2014-08-18T09:47:49-04:00 2014-08-18T09:47:50-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian by Robert Wood: Inns and Taverns of Swamp, New Hanover, part 3]]> For three days in September of 1777 the American army, about 8,000 strong, was camped in New Hanover principally in the long valley lying between Fagleysville Hill and Rosenberry Road but also extending south to Sanatoga and east to Schwenksville.

The encampment was principally on the 450 acres owned by Andreas Schmidt who may have invited the army to this sheltered valley.

Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:41:10 -0400 2014-08-16T17:41:10-04:00 2014-08-16T17:41:12-04:00
<![CDATA[Up to Speed with David Barr: Allmendinger claims first win at the Glen]]> Hello readers,

Recent history at the Glen suggested that fans were in for a treat and the drivers didn't disappoint on Sunday. Marcos Ambrose and AJ Allmendinger, the two drivers who were putting all their eggs into the road-course basket as far as winning there in order to punch their ticket to the Chase were the ones up front all day fighting for the win.

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:02:19 -0400 2014-08-11T10:02:19-04:00 2014-08-11T10:02:21-04:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History by Richard L.T. Orth: Fraktur among the Pennsylvania Dutch]]> As devout a Christian people as the Quakers were, they did not express their religious belief as dynamic as the Pennsylvania Dutch/Germans, whose American Folk Art naturally spilled over from the Bible into all their furniture and household belongings. These Rhineland immigrants, who feared being crucified for their religious beliefs in Europe by rival Kings; upon stepping onto what we now know as America, beginning in 1683, were for the first time in their lives free to practice whichever faith they chose, and without incrimination to them and their families in America.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:53:58 -0400 2014-07-31T12:53:58-04:00 2014-07-31T12:54:03-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian by Robert Wood: Old Inns and Taverns of New Hanover, part 1]]> The old inns and taverns of Montgomery County share typical features that make them recognizable. Situated at a crossroads and built of stone, brick or logs, they were usually two stories high, squareish, and had attic windows in the gable ends and frequently attic dormers; along the front one will find a long porch sheltering two doors, one leading into the bar-room and the other leading into the inn parlor and family living quarters.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:07:04 -0400 2014-07-30T20:07:04-04:00 2014-07-30T20:07:10-04:00