RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:16:04 -0400 60 <![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
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History by Richard L.T. Orth: Congressman Daniel Hoch and our American Patriotism]]> Last fall, our American Folklife Institute did an article on the Sacred Oak of the Oley Valley ("Godhead Trees and Virgin Forests"), and while working on the Oley Valley History II: The Federal Years, I had become reacquainted with the knowledge that this iconic natural wonder was on the farmstead once owned by Congressman Daniel Hoch in Oley Township.

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:30:04 -0400 2014-07-14T11:30:04-04:00 2014-07-14T11:30:09-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian by Robert Wood: The Stone Cutters]]> This week we speak of granite. Most of the soils attracting the German farmers to New Hanover were weathered from soft Brunswick Shales and mudstone. However on the far eastern section below Faglesville the underlying rock is granite or diabase, a hard, gray igneous rock. In fact drillers for a pipe line recently laid along the Swamp Pike near Fagleysville Hill called it some of the hardest rock they encountered anywhere.

Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:07:30 -0400 2014-06-28T13:07:30-04:00 2014-06-28T13:07:34-04:00
<![CDATA[Small Beginnings: The two hour marriage retreat]]> I know I've been writing a lot about fishing lately, but I'm not quite done. Our fishing date which was aeons ago yielded a little more material so hang in there and endure one more column about fishing! In addition to becoming a contributing factor in the worst cooking disaster I have ever pulled off, and also bringing to my attention a great spiritual truth, our brief fishing excursion produced one more unexpected result.

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:40:36 -0400 2014-06-23T16:40:36-04:00 2014-06-23T16:40:40-04:00