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A Look Back in History: Once consistent Pa Dutch food staples

By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

Welcome to My World: The Pain of Laughter

My mother died in her 80s. We, the ten children, inherited her sense of humor. We, the children, in Mom’s footsteps did anything to get a good laugh. ...

By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

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    A Look Back in History: Importance of Pennsylvania Dutch taverns and wayside inns Part II

    With the agrarian excellence of the Germanic farmer and culinary expertise of their Dutch housewives, it is easy to understand why so many colonists, whatever the ethnicity, returned to their various homes acclaiming the fine hospitality of the Pennsylvania Dutch taverns.

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • Opinion

    Welcome to my World: Boomba can be fun!

    When you hear a cloudburst of sounds of clang, boom, ting-a-ling, rattle, toot, jingle and thump, what instrument do you conjure up? It’s called a boomba. It’s a percussion instrument consisting of a five-foot pole on a spring base, with tambourine, cowbell, wooden block, and Swiss bells attached. You can play it with a drumstick, shake it or bounce it to the rhythm of polka music.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

  • Opinion

    Person to Person - Impact: Do You Want to be a Mini Hero?

    In a January column, I addressed heroes in our towns and around the world. I realize there are many types of people that can be considered heroic but I only listed a few: men and women in our military, firefighters, police officers, doctors, nurses, medics and everyday civilians who rush to others’ care in the case of an emergency. At my age, I will never be identified in any of the above groups (except possibly rushing to help somebody in an emergency).

    By Jeff Hall Columnist|

  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: Cultural importance of our Pennsylvania Dutch taverns and wayside inns

    During the American Revolution, patriotic farmers provided hundreds of wagons for winning our freedom with a number of six horse teams, besides the necessary flour and iron supplies from our mills and foundries in the vast Oley Valley basin to fortify our troops. But perhaps the most popular aspect of trading with the natives of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country for Philadelphians was not in their iron manufacturing, but their Americana regional food dishes that became the delight of visitors...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • Opinion

    Welcome to my World: I love my husband, but…

    It certainly is true, I love my husband, but… It’s also true we are capable –in our 70s---of doing a lot of things together, but not furniture!

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

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    GUEST COLUMN: Rebuilding U.S. infrastructure requires better access to minerals, metals

    For a White House often accused of being divisive, President Trump may yet bring warring parties together on a major initiative that few voters will oppose. In his ‘State of the Union’ address last month, the president declared a major priority of his administration will be the rebuilding of America’s crumbling infrastructure.

    By Hal Quinn Guest columnist|

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    SPEAKER MIKE TURZAI: PA Supreme Court oversteps authority to redraw Congressional map

    Sen. Joe Scarnati, as the Pennsylvania Senate Pro Tempore, and I, as Speaker of the Pennsylvania House, filed an Emergency Application for a Stay with the United States Supreme Court today. Our application makes clear that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court did not have the power to invalidate the constitutional, democratically passed congressional map. In allowing the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to invalidate federal congressional lines and to draw lines of their own, the U.S. Supreme Court will...

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  • Opinion

    Reflections: Pull the trigger on assault weapons

    Mass shootings become indelibly seared in our memories, much like Columbine, Sandy Hook, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, etc. Sadly, there undoubtedly will be more to come.

    By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

  • Opinion

    Welcome to my world: Home is where I find it

    I attended a “Wild Women” retreat at a camp in the mountains nearby. The coordinator asked the women to bring something that represents “home” to us to be on display with a short note why it represented home.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

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    A Look Back in History:L Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles houses iconic Berks Conestoga Wagon

    The greatest fallacy ever contrived about the Conestoga wagon was that the Waggoner sat in the wagon buckboard-fashion as he drove his team. In driving the Conestoga, the Waggoner never sat in or on the wagon bed, but always on the near left wheel horse in a Waggoner’s saddle.

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

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