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 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:08:42 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Intense musical-thriller 'Whiplash' earns its title]]> For all intents and purposes, "Whiplash" is a monster movie -- it doesn't exactly take place in reality. Concerning an ambitious young man at a renowned music college under the tutelage of a conductor whose technical excellence is outweighed only by his ruthlessness in weeding out imperfections in his students, this is a film that approaches musicianship much like "Gravity" approached space travel.

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:26:49 -0500 2014-12-19T12:26:49-05:00 2014-12-19T12:26:52-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: Log Houses in the New Hanover area]]> When we think of early houses in the region, the images that usually come to mind are the large, stone farm houses and the associated bank barns.

But these were almost all built in the 19th Century, and often represent the second or even third generation house on any particular site. The first houses in our region during the colonial era were almost all log houses.

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:32:50 -0500 2014-12-19T11:32:50-05:00 2014-12-19T11:32:52-05:00
<![CDATA[Book Beat - Impact: Review of 'The Night Watchman' by Mark Mynheir]]> Ray Quinn makes his way down a deserted street in Orlando, Florida, looking like a man many years his senior as he struggles with his cane and his plastic hip of 10 months. He notices two youths about 20 years old who are tailing him. He may be weak physically, but many years as a police detective were going to save him from trouble.

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:13:20 -0500 2014-12-16T12:13:20-05:00 2014-12-16T12:13:23-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: The West Branch Paper Mill]]> Of the many types of mills that were built on the Perkiomen Creek and its tributaries, the most uncommon was the paper mill. I know of just one, located in the extreme northern edge of Douglass Township on the West Branch of the Perkiomen on, appropriately, Paper Mill Road.

The site is owned by Kenneth Yoder, of Palm, whose grandfather Isaac Yoder bought the mill from Dr.

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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:41:29 -0500 2014-12-15T14:41:29-05:00 2014-12-15T14:41:31-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: Six Horse Bell Teams]]> A fully rigged Conestoga wagon was a union of graceful craftsmanship and rugged utility. With running gear painted vermilion, sides a bright blue and topped with white canvas on graceful bows, wagon and team could be as much as 60 feet long. It was said to be not only a stirring sight but noble!

Frederick Klees notes in "The Pennsylvania Dutch" that by 1775, more than 10,000 Conestoga wagons made the trip to Philadelphia annually.

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Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:11:31 -0500 2014-12-09T15:11:31-05:00 2014-12-09T15:11:34-05:00
<![CDATA[ASK STEVE: What are the ideal thermostat settings for night and day?]]> 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 done a lot of research and I have a very simple question - What are the ideal thermostat settings for night and day? I need an expert opinion.

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Tue, 09 Dec 2014 13:12:10 -0500 2014-12-09T13:12:10-05:00 2014-12-09T13:12:11-05:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: The Sarah Boone School and public education]]> Located at Hoch's Corner in Oley Township, the fieldstone one-room school house of Sarah Boone had long been a centennial of pioneer education, even though Sarah Boone was long remembered for female vocational education. Such as her treasured homespun designed embroidered folk art samplers, she taught her frontier women to make while living in the Oley Valley, located on a knoll between the Weidener and Hoch Cemeteries.

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Tue, 09 Dec 2014 13:11:16 -0500 2014-12-09T13:11:16-05:00 2014-12-09T13:11:23-05:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: The Sarah Boone School and public education]]> Located at Hoch's Corner in Oley Township, the fieldstone one-room school house of Sarah Boone had long been a centennial of pioneer education, even though Sarah Boone was long remembered for female vocational education. Such as her treasured homespun designed embroidered folk art samplers, she taught her frontier women to make while living in the Oley Valley, located on a knoll between the Weidener and Hoch Cemeteries.

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Fri, 05 Dec 2014 11:28:32 -0500 2014-12-05T11:28:32-05:00 2014-12-05T11:28:38-05:00
<![CDATA[Focus on the Family: Tips on helping kids learn about history]]> Q: Every now and then I'll see these "man on the street" interviews on television where people's ignorance of history is on display -- and it discourages me that our culture doesn't seem to value its importance. I'd like to cultivate a deeper interest with my own kids but don't know where to start.

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Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:05:39 -0500 2014-12-03T14:05:39-05:00 2014-12-03T14:05:41-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: Butchering Day on the Farm]]> It's safe to say that in the old days, most every farm family butchered pigs when the weather turned cold. Meat, more than bread, was the "staff of life," and meat at every meal was not uncommon.

There exist all sorts of recipes for fish, fowl, veal and beef from milk cows past their prime, but pork, eaten fresh or "put up" in any number of ways, was the everyday fare.

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Mon, 01 Dec 2014 10:36:13 -0500 2014-12-01T10:36:13-05:00 2014-12-01T10:36:16-05:00
<![CDATA[Focus on the Family: Set limits to stifle kids' narcissistic behaviors]]> Question: I recently read that narcissistic behavior is on the rise, and this seems to confirm my own observations of a culture that seems to be increasingly selfish and entitled. I'm especially concerned about my children growing up with these influences. Is there anything I can do to prevent them from developing these negative traits?

Jim: According to our counselors, though a genetic predisposition to narcissism may exist, it is most commonly understood as a learned behavior.

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:34:12 -0500 2014-11-22T10:34:12-05:00 2014-11-22T10:34:14-05:00
<![CDATA[Through My Kitchen Window: A Day for Thanksgiving]]> The past 150 years, Thanksgiving feasts in the White House have been sumptuous affairs. The first official Thanksgiving feast was presided over by Abraham Lincoln after he declared Thanksgiving to be a national holiday in 1863.

To give you a small glimpse of the presidential table, here is a roast turkey recipe from the most popular cookbook of the time, "Directions For Cookery In Its Various Branches" by Miss Leslie.

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Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:41:11 -0500 2014-11-19T10:41:11-05:00 2014-11-19T10:41:13-05:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Baking Bread in the Bakeoven]]> In further elaborating on my references of Colonial bread making and shipment made over the past month in my columns and with conversations with Director Shaner, by 1767, the bulk of exports from Colonial Pennsylvania consisted of wheat, flour, bread, corn, pork, and beef, bar iron, pig iron, flaxseed, and beer.

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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:40:23 -0500 2014-11-18T12:40:23-05:00 2014-11-18T12:40:26-05:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: A Voyage up the Salt River]]> Local historian Nancy Roan has her mother's diary, which contains this curious entry for Nov. 17, 1932: "Up to Swamp to see the salt river parade tonight."

Her mother was Cora Hasson, of the landmark DeHaven and Hasson Store in Frederick. Whatever could a "salt river parade" be and why in Swamp, of all places, which then was a country village with a few houses?

A quick research check reveals that most everybody in the 19th and early 20th centuries knew that "to row up Salt River" was the fate of defeated political parties in elections.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:49:12 -0500 2014-11-17T12:49:12-05:00 2014-11-17T12:49:14-05:00
<![CDATA[Felicia Fisher's Slice of Life: Presenting the "it" item of the season, cranberries]]> Considering how good they are, it's quite shameful that their popularity is seasonal. I am not referring to anything involving the words "pumpkin" or "spice" but to cranberries, the tart red berries that are a featured item during the upcoming holiday season yet seem to be forgotten the remainder of the year.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:09:35 -0500 2014-11-17T11:09:35-05:00 2014-11-17T11:09:39-05:00