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

By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

Welcome to my world: Halloween, Now and Then

Today, the Halloween holiday has become commercialized, with its own celebrations of parades, trick or treating, revelry and more. ...

By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

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  • Opinion

    A Look Back In History: Pa Dutch is universal term our people refer to themselves

    The Americanism, “Pennsylvania Dutch,” was a frontier collectivism begun by Philadelphia’s English Colonists in the 17th and 18th Centuries who coined the term in referring to “all immigrant Rhinelanders” that arrived to Pennsylvania at William Penn’s earlier Quaker preaching in 1677. The inhabitants of Holland and Northern Germany were referred to as the “Low Dutch,” among the early English settlers and the Alsatians, Palatinates, and...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • Opinion

    REFLECTIONS: Allure of burgers makes Hamburg a major destination each year

    Is there any other more aptly named festival in the world than the Taste of Hamburg-er Festival held annually the Saturday before Labor Day in Hamburg? To be frank, if Hamburg held a hot dog festival instead, people would have an obvious beef with that.

    By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

  • News

    PERSON TO PERSON – IMPACT: Twin Valley Fire Department is like a three-legged stool; equipment, financing and manpower

    I recently met with Fire Chief Pete Hornberger, Bob Clements (Committee Chair, Friends of TVFD and Fund Raising) and Trustee and Past President Bob Gebhardt of the Twin Valley Fire Department to learn about the operation of the fire department.

    By Jeff Hall Columnist|

  • Opinion

    GUEST COLUMN: Too much testing, not enough results for Pa. students

    I know that when one challenges the policy of an administration, especially of one’s own party, you risk entering the danger zone.

    By Sen. Andy Dinniman Guest Columnist|

  • Opinion

    THE HISTORIAN: Pigs and pig pens were everywhere

    Pork in its many forms — fresh, salted, smoked and processed into sausages and scrapple — supplied the needs of the first New Hanover families. Any surplus could be bartered at the village store such as Brendlinger’s Store in Swamp. The pork that wasn’t sold locally by the storekeeper could be put down in barrels under brine and sent to the city for export. Salt pork was, from the earliest times, a major export from Philadelphia.

    By Robert R. Wood|

  • News

    A Look Back in History: Farming on the eve of the American Revolution

    In 1766, Benjamin Franklin remarked that the unfavorable balance of trade with England was only tolerable by our immense exports to the Colonies and the rest of the world. By 1767, wheat grain, flour, and “bread itself” were significant contributions by Berks County inland communities to the export trade of Philadelphia.

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • News

    Welcome To My World: Many legends talk about origins of the pretzel coming to America

    Pennsylvania is the center of pretzel production in the U.S., making 80 percent of the nation’s supply. Both Reading and Philadelphia vie for the title, “Pretzel Capital of the World.” According to Wikipedia, “The average American consumer eats 1.5 pounds of pretzels per year.”

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

  • Opinion

    REFLECTIONS: Berks may not be paradise, but it’s awfully nice

    Once again summer has zipped by us with ludicrous speed. If only January and February moved that quickly. Now that summer is almost over, it’s time for a bit of reflection. As we step back from the vortex of daily existence for a moment, we should pause to appreciate why we are blessed to live in Berks County.

    By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: Persevering toward a New World Democracy in 1776

    Among the huge number of Colonial Rhineland immigrants who arrived in the port city of Philadelphia, many of them had their ocean passage paid for by becoming indentured servants to Pennsylvanians and English Quakers in New Jersey. Even Berks County’s Powwower, John George Hohman’s wife, was indentured to a New Jersey Quaker as late as 1802 when the couple arrived at Philadelphia. The interaction between Pennsylvania “Deitschers” (Dutch people) and English...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • Opinion

    Person to Person - Impact: My archives of yesteryear to today

    I must admit I am pleased that I have some of the characteristics of my dear mother, who went to be with the Lord in 2000, just shy of her 92nd birthday. Among other admirable qualities: she could play a few songs on the piano, recite poems she wrote in grammar school, carve a tugboat out of balsa wood for me when I was in Cub Scouts and draw a crane in a lake to be used in art class to make a rubber stamp. When she was about 70, my brother took her out to dinner a few miles away on the...

    By Jeff Hall Columnist|

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