In Other News

A Look Back in History: Green energy long used by Old Order Mennonites in Kutztown

By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

SEN. BOB MENSCH: Pennsylvania’s financial state is getting worse

As I write this in mid-September, Pennsylvania is without a final budget. In the past decade, we’ve had on-time budgets in only four years. The question is why? For a very long time I’ve been arguing that our deficits, along with our bud...

By State Sen. Bob Mensch Guest Columnist|

MOST RECENT STORIES

  • Columns

    A Look Back in History: President John Adams’ favorable opinion of the PA Dutch People

    When Patriot John Adams stopped over at Kutztown, Pa., he remarked in his diary he was pleasantly impressed with the cooking and lodging among these local Pennsylvania Dutch at Kemp’s Tavern on his return trip to Massachusetts.*

    By Richard L.T. Orth|

  • Columns

    Welcome to my world: Flowers do speak

    For lo the winter is past; The rain is over and gone;

    By Carole Christman Koch|

  • Columns

    Welcome to my world: The origins of the Wedding Party may surprise you

    Marriage is one of the earliest institutions and is observed in almost all societies. The wedding customs of today are based on folklore, religion, symbolism, and superstition. Our traditional wedding party refers to the people involved in the ceremony and its history has been established since primitive days, such as “marriage by capture”.

    By Carole Christman Koch|

  • Columns

    A LOOK BACK IN HISTORY: The Kutztown Folk Festival is right around the corner, literally

    Our Kutztown Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival has long portrayed regional folkways that were always called “Deitsch” (Dutch), not German. A vernacular transferred here by ethnic sub-cultures living in the 18th Century Rhine Valley, though their actual ethnic lineage was German, Swiss, or French, regardless of the Rhenish tongue they spoke; but collectively and accurately known as the Pennsylvania Dutch and proudly! Us, these, native PA Dutch are a very religious lot and...

    By Richard L.T. Orth|

The Berks-Mont News: BLOGS