RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:09:16 -0400 60 <![CDATA[The Grange, part 2]]> It may be difficult for newer residents to realize, but the housing developments that have transformed the south half of New Hanover Township have been built in less than one lifetime. Before, say, 1960, tract housing developments simply did not exist. New Hanover then was rural with small farms and open country.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:35:52 -0400 2014-10-20T18:35:52-04:00 2014-10-20T18:35:56-04:00
<![CDATA[Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Allegorical 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' is mind-blowing in more ways than one]]> In the eyes of popular culture, "Guardians of the Galaxy" will likely go down as the year's most popular film, and you could do far worse than Marvel's slightly offbeat hit. The year's best superhero film, however, is Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," also from the Marvel lexicon, and arguably the best single movie to bear that name since the sterling "Spider-Man 2.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:49:38 -0400 2014-10-15T13:49:38-04:00 2014-10-15T13:49:39-04:00
<![CDATA[Through My Kitchen Window: Meals out the box and into the skillet]]> Those skillet meals in a box that simply require a pound of hamburger and a cup of milk are so helpful on busy weeknights. Assuming you've thought ahead and thawed the hamburger.

But before you grab a box or two, let's compare the ingredients and time involved in using a box mix versus making the same meal from scratch.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:31:56 -0400 2014-10-15T13:31:56-04:00 2014-10-15T13:31:59-04:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Our Kutztown Community Library]]> Perhaps the longest overdue article I should have written for the last couple of years involves our Kutztown Community Library, located on Bieber Alley.

The three librarians that help make the place go round and a pleasurable experience are Joanne Englehart, Charlotte Hoare, and Janet Yost (Director).

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:46:48 -0400 2014-10-14T16:46:48-04:00 2014-10-14T16:46:51-04:00
<![CDATA[Ask Steve energy & money saving tips from Steve Moyer: Can a new thermostat save you money?]]> 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 heard a lot of people say that a new thermostat can save money. Can you explain if that is true and how?


Trying to Stay Warm & Save Money in Kutztown


Yes, most households will save 10% on their annual heating bills with a programmable thermostat.

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:45:24 -0400 2014-10-14T16:45:24-04:00 2014-10-14T16:45:26-04:00
<![CDATA[Auctions in action]]> Auctions can be a bummer or a blast! Please follow me as I go through a progression of three auctions that my wife, Barb and I attended. Our oldest son, Greg, was the star of the third one.

As a young married couple, we decided to spend a couple of days in Atlantic City (don't worry, this was pre-casinos).

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:34:24 -0400 2014-10-14T16:34:24-04:00 2014-10-14T16:34:27-04:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Culinary tricks and treats of the past]]> As we look back more than 250 years of American history, certainly nobody thinks about the history of bread, certainly not Colonial bread.

I'd think most people realize the spongier type of bread manufactured today is not the same bread as yesteryear, let alone centuries ago. Expanding on my initial thought, it becomes even more interesting when one realizes that our forefather's wives baked bread only once a week (Friday), and did not have plastic wrappers of today to keep it fresh.

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:31:24 -0400 2014-10-10T09:31:24-04:00 2014-10-10T09:31:26-04:00
<![CDATA[Focus on the Family: Son needs to be pulled away from video games]]> Q: Our teenage son is extremely intelligent. The problem is he only wants to play video games all day and night when he's home. It's a struggle to get him involved in any kind of physical activity or even just to read a book. How can I encourage him to do other things without completely taking his video games away?

A: Jim: You're not alone.

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:29:08 -0400 2014-10-07T13:29:08-04:00 2014-10-07T13:29:10-04:00
<![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