RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:15:08 -0400 60 <![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
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: What is your passion?]]> I think most of us, at some time in our lives had a "knowing" what we were good at and what we had a passion for. These are our God-given gifts. Sometimes, if you really love your job, that can be one of your gifts. But, there's always more than one talent. It can be anything from cooking to baking, painting, a good listener, active in your church, a letter writer, singing in the choir, playing an instrument, a care-giver, a Sunday School teacher, a tutor, just smiling at someone, a volunteer, a mother, a father, a grandmother.

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:24:03 -0400 2014-06-17T11:24:03-04:00 2014-06-17T11:24:06-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian by Robert Wood: Schneiders' Tannery, part 1]]> Austin Miller's daughter, the late Beulah Spatz, was seven or eight when in 1925 she was running near the chicken coops on her father's farm and the earth gave way. Their farm was right below the Minister Creek bridge on the Swamp Pike where a large, old, brick house built in 1791 now lies abandoned.

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:12:43 -0400 2014-06-05T10:12:43-04:00 2014-06-05T10:12:47-04:00
<![CDATA[Berks County Dairy Princess offers dairy recipe celebrating June as National Dairy Month]]> Splashing in the pool, laying under the sun, vacationing and picnics are all common activities during the summer months. Did you know celebrating dairy is another popular activity for the month of June? In 1937, June was announced as National Milk Month, which later turned to National Dairy Month as a way to promote drinking milk.

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:08:05 -0400 2014-06-03T11:08:05-04:00 2014-06-03T12:08:04-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to my World: In our own words]]> Here are some of the memories, from the newsletter, of the ten siblings "in our own words."

In Our Own Words:

Anita: "Mom had to have her teeth pulled. Guess how they came? In the mail. We were all in the old kitchen when Pop brought them in. She was so happy. She never went back for adjustments.

Tue, 27 May 2014 13:35:33 -0400 2014-05-27T13:35:33-04:00 2014-05-27T13:54:15-04:00
<![CDATA[From the Item Editor: My day at Berks Encore for Celebrity Meals-On-Wheels Day]]> Earlier this month I was lucky enough to be asked if I would be interested in participating in Berks Encore's Celebrity Meals-On-Wheels Day. Having enjoyed covering events involving our Berks Encore centers and always being open to volunteer, I said "yes."

The Meals-On-Wheels program is a relatively simple idea that does so much for those who use the program.

Tue, 27 May 2014 13:39:44 -0400 2014-05-27T13:39:44-04:00 2014-05-27T13:39:50-04:00