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A Look Back in History: An amazing creativity in folk art developed in the New World

By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

Welcome to My World: For the love of shoes, heels and stilettos, now and then

I was elated to be able to wear my first 2-inch heels for confirmation in 1954. However, as the years went by, I started to hate heels. I often wondered why women had to be tormented with fashionable heels, and not men. In researching some trivia ...

By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

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  • Opinion

    Welcome to My World: From Marriage by Capture, by Contract, to Mutual Love

    Reprint (2017 Screamin Mamas) Marriage for the bride has certainly evolved over the centuries from “marriage by force or capture,” during ancient tribal days. It wasn’t unusual for a tribe, when in the process of conquering and pillaging a rival tribe, a groom, with the help of his “best man” to assist him, literally kidnapped the woman he desired for marriage. The origin of “carrying the bride over the threshold” comes...

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

  • Opinion

    Welcome to my World: What is a May Pole Dance?

    My oldest sister, Anita, told me, “I used to go to Kutztown to see the May Pole dances. They were really nice.” It never occurred to me to ask more questions, but recently I decided to find out more about these dances.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: Tribute to the late folklorist & potter, Lester P. Breininger

    A veteran collector of PA Dutch redware, I was among many Berks County customers who admired the earthenware folk artistry kept alive by Lester Breininger and his apprentices in rural Robesonia. In revisiting my Lester file, I came across an old newspaper clipping of Ron Devlin’s article from the Reading Eagle where he wrote about the amazing Americana collection the late Breininger and subsequent auction and talking of Lester’s legacy. It made me realize once again how...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • Columns

    Student Column: Serving as Olympic Buddy ‘was a truly rewarding experience’

    Meeting new people is great for everyone! Sometimes it’s just a little harder for some to make new friends.

    By Ethan Strause Brandywine Heights Freshman|

  • Opinion

    Reflections: Do benefits from sun exposure outshine cancer risk?

    Medical studies, I believe, exist in a vacuum. They’re unmindful of the past, uncaring of the future, existing only for the moment.

    By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: William Penn’s Free World Holy Experiment

    Hardly had William Penn became the proprietor of the British colony of Pennsylvania in the New World, when German Protestants accepted his invitation as early as 1683 to begin a Holy Christian settlement by his “Society of Friends,” known as Quakers. These German Quakers and Mennonites arrived in his “City of Brotherly Love,” Philadelphia under their leader, Francis Daniel Pastorious, and founded a suburb of Philadelphia known as Germantown. This is where...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • Opinion

    Welcome to My World: History of Mother’s Day

    Reprint 1995 1st Rights to The Family Digest; 2017 Journal Plus

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: Father Time And The Town Crier’s House

    Since the duty of Kutztown’s town crier was to act as the lamp lighter on Main Street and watch over the town declaring pertinent information as to the welfare of its citizens, it was important that he had a reliable time piece.

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • Opinion

    Reflections: Keeping Berks Heim in county hands is a daunting proposition

    The future of Berks Heim is being awaited with plenty of hyperventilation and trepidation.

    By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: The true spirit of 1776 among the PA Dutch

    For modern Pennsylvania Dutch people, it is very easy for us to recall our nation’s celebrated history for in a large part of American civilization, our ethnicity has always been interwoven with the pride patriotic citizens have felt.

    By Richard L. T. Orth Columnist|

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