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 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:42:19 -0400 60 <![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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:08:05 -0400 2014-06-03T11:08:05-04:00 2014-06-03T12:08:04-04:00