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The Historian: Jann Huggins gives talk about Neanderthal Flute and Stradivarius Violin

By Robert Wood The Historian|

A Look Back in History Mennonite Plain Dutch families call Kutztown area home

Living on the Lancaster Plain for many generations, the Plain People have bought as much tillable land as their economy would afford. However, since their families are quite large, there is just not enough land available to accommodate all their offs...

By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

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  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: A celebration of people at the Kutztown Folk Festival

    Over our 330-plus years in America, the PA Dutch people have been overwhelmingly known for peaceful co-existence. The first PA Deitsch to reach Pennsylvania were from Krefeld, Germany in 1683.

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • Opinion

    Reflections: The sweetest sounding organ is a donor organ

    The bliss of the womb, where we are warm and protected, has a limited shelf life.

    By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

  • Opinion

    Welcome to My World: Celebrating our nation’s Independence Day is more than fireworks and picnics

    Independence Day, July 4th, is here again with its picnics, parades, baseball games, fireworks and long weekends. Red, white,, and blue decorations can be found in backyards, parks, and wherever celebrations of the day are held.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

  • Letters

    Letter to the Editor: House Bill 1745 supports youth in foster care system

    I am writing this letter regarding House Bill 1745, currently in the PA State House Education Committee. This fall I will be joining the Kutztown University freshmen class of 2022. Applying for college was one of the most difficult things I have ever done due to the lack of supports I had as a young person in the foster care system. I found myself depending on my Valley Youth House life skills counselor for the answers to many of my questions. I also depended on them for help navigating...

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  • Opinion

    Hamburg Item Early Files

    25 Years Ago June 16, 1993 Hamburg Area High School Valedictorian is Kristine Bryant and Salutatorian is Angela Laubenstine.

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  • Opinion

    Reflections: Laughter is the bass line behind the good times in life

    It isn’t easy being funny. Which is a shame. Because laughter is the bass line behind the good times in life. Isn’t it grand to watch people laugh uproariously? Heck, they sometimes vibrate like tuning forks.

    By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: Get fresh oven-baked bread at annual Kutztown Folk Festival

    The quaint bake oven as it is found in the Pennsylvania Dutch region was an outstanding invention for its time, far superior to any found elsewhere in America. As European families transferred their white man’s culture to the virgin forests of Pennsylvania introducing their frontier farmsteads to the area, there was no other invention, expect perhaps the large frontier fireplaces, that intrigued the native Indians more than these outdoor bake-ovens. There are still quite a few...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • Columns

    A Look Back in History: Colonial ‘Grossa Schranks’ and Paint-Decorated Furniture

    Because few Germanic homes had closets, clothing was kept in a “Grossa Schrank” (Colonial wardrobe) made of either walnut hardwood or more commonly from a soft poplar wood or pine. However, since these Deitschers enjoyed colorful decorations, quite often the poplar wood was stipple-painted to break up the monotony of rustic pioneer interiors. Therefore, in the multi-colored DeTurk wardrobe which brought nearly one million dollars was most likely part of the Isaac Deturk estate...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • Opinion

    LETTER: Kudos to Boyertown Sr. High Marching Unit

    “KUDOS” to the Boyertown Senior High Marching Unit and it’s director for performing a medley of military excerpts and salutes to the various branches of the armed forces. That’s what the Memorial Day parade is all about. So, I say, and job well-done and THANK YOU!

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  • Opinion

    Reflections: Life without AC feels like life circa B.C.

    We all take air conditioning for granted. Until the first heat wave of the year hits Berks County like a jackhammer and your central AC tanks more blatantly than a four-round club fighter getting his brains scrambled.

    By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

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