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A look back at history The PA Dutch ‘Grossa Schrank’ that brought one million dollars continued |Jan 22, 2017

Part 2 Quite often when a home was being built for a young PA Dutch farming couple, cabinet makers like Jacob and John Bieber were also busy designing and making the household furniture that would make their abode a functional and loving home.

Reflections: Waiting for a cancer cure is like waiting for Godot |Jan 22, 2017

We have been waiting for a cure for cancer for what seems an eternity.

PERSON TO PERSON — IMPACT: Elephants on parade |Jan 22, 2017

Did you ever hear of a mother having a 200 pound baby? If you read the title of this column, you would not say: “preposterous”; rather, you would reply: “of course, an elephant.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Overlooked but valuable antiques |Jan 22, 2017

Ever wonder what valuable antiques are hiding in your house? There are many antiques, works of art, and collectibles that have significant value which many people want you to just toss out with the trash or put out on your front lawn at a low market priced yard sale.

Carole Christman Koch: President’s Inauguration firsts, traditions, and more: Part 2 |Jan 22, 2017

Part 2 Franklin Pierce, in 1853, accepted his presidency, but was still in mourning. Just a few months prior to the ceremony, the Pierces lost their 3rd and last child in a railroad accident, that both witnessed.

Annual Taste of Phoenixville event serves up support for Good Samaritan Shelter |Jan 20, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Members of the community enjoyed an evening of delicious food, drink and live music Thursday night at the 15th annual Taste of Phoenixville fundraiser dinner.

A look back at history: The PA Dutch ‘Grossa Schrank’ that brought one million dollars |Jan 18, 2017

Part 1 In studying early American folk art, there is no shortage of folk art documents and designs that express pioneer immigrants’ gratitude for reaching America at a time when many individuals still feared the world was flat, or worse, that dragons still lurked in the troubled ocean currents to tend their lives.

President’s Inauguration Firsts, Traditions, and More: Part 1 |Jan 18, 2017

In America, the day of our presidential oath-taking is called “Inauguration Day,” when a president is sworn into office, making an oath or affirmation, required by the U.S. Constitution.

Democrats endorse Ken Lawrence for Montgomery County board of commissioners |Jan 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Ken Lawrence, Temple University’s vice president for alumni relations and a resident of Plymouth Meeting, has been nominated by Montgomery County Democrats to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Board of Commissioners.

Protesters rally in Blue Bell urging Meehan not to repeal Affordable Care Act |Jan 16, 2017

WHITPAIN >> Protesters rallied Sunday at Route 73 and Wentz Road urging Congressman Pat Meehan not to repeal the Affordable Care Act, citing it would take health insurance benefits away from tens of millions of Americans.

Josh Shapiro looks back at time as Montgomery County commissioner |Jan 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Josh Shapiro, discussing the diversity of Montgomery County, couldn’t stay put in his seat.

Pennsylvania Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will be open on MLK Day, other holidays |Jan 13, 2017

HARRISBURG >> The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has announced that hundreds of Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will be open Monday, Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – as well as on Presidents Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July this year.

Royersford church, scientist team up to tackle climate change |Jan 12, 2017

ROYERSFORD >> Katharine Hayhoe may have found the book that can help evangelical Christians skeptical of climate change begin to change their minds — the Bible.

Agri-CULTURE, art show opens Jan. 20 at Studio |Jan 10, 2017

Studio B opens its 9th annual Agri-CULTURE show featuring art inspired by agriculture.

Man surrenders after six-hour standoff in Limerick |Jan 9, 2017

Digital First Media LIMERICK >> A man held police at bay for nearly six hours from the back seat of his car Friday in the 200 block of Masters Drive. The man was reportedly armed.

WTIM: Music Around Town Jan. 4 edition |Jan 4, 2017

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

New leadership, new commissioner for Montco in 2017 |Jan 3, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> As Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro prepares to leave office to assume the role of Pennsylvania Attorney General, his departure signals a new era for the board.

Montco buys software aimed at helping Good Samaritans, first responders |Jan 3, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County has invested $86,500 dollars in software that will help first responders and individuals in need of emergency assistance.

A Look Back: How PA Dutch Are You: Did you eat your good luck pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day? |Dec 31, 2016

This folk practice still creates a yearning, especially among our older folk people and those still appreciative of our heritage and a good, hot Pennsylvania Dutch meal. Many Dutch families over the generations and years never forget this dish on New Year’s Day and eagerly partake in the consumption of pork and sauerkraut.

Think about it: Becoming a full-time member of AARP |Dec 28, 2016

“At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.” — Ann Landers

WTIM: Music Around Town Dec. 28 edition |Dec 27, 2016

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

person to person — impact: Better Than MREs* |Dec 26, 2016

Over ten years ago, Barb and I, along with several others from our church, started a program we called Operation Encouragement. The objective of the program was to pray for, communicate with and send care packages to the men and women serving in our Armed Services.

A look back at history : New Year, New Ideas, New Horizons in the PA Dutch Culture |Dec 26, 2016

Plain groups as the Old Order Mennonites and Amish continue to prosper in our area and expand, protecting our rich and vast farmland. Nearby Plain Brethren, once called “Dunkards,” the sect that founded Pricetown in the Oley Hills, still maintain their 18th Century Brethren Meeting House off the modern Pricetown Road.

Limerick Police lend a helping hand to families in need |Dec 22, 2016

LIMERICK >> Limerick Police know the importance of helping the community, even if it means they’re not on the clock.

Think about it: Moving from One Season to Another |Dec 19, 2016

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back everything is different.” — C.S. Lewis

Look Back at History: Old tin-stamped cookies at Christmastime a Pennsylvania Dutch Tradition & treat |Dec 19, 2016

Hormon Foose, a creative tinsmith from Fleetwood, was one of those craftsmen that demonstrated his artistic abilities at the Kutztown Folk Festival and made tin cut-out cookie cutters which were collected by many families.

person to person — impact: There’s no business like snow business! |Dec 19, 2016

No, there is no mistake in the title of this column. I slightly modified the 1954 movie musical “There’s No Business Like Show Business”. During this Christmas season when many (especially the kids) have the song “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” on their minds, I thought I would take this column to prepare for Christmas and in doing so also talk about Christmas, snow, and the above Irving Berlin musical, staring: Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe, Donald O’Connor and others.

St. Augustine Catholic Church, Bridgeport, to be shut permanently |Dec 14, 2016

BRIDGEPORT >> January has long been a month of milestones for St. Augustine Catholic Church, a parish that got its start during the first month of 1892.

Montgomery County sheriff’s DUI sweep rounds up 24 alleged offenders |Dec 13, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A holiday season crackdown on drunken drivers by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has ended with getting two dozen of the county’s most wanted offenders off the roads.

Review: ‘The Happy Elf’ brings joy to Bluesville and Reading this weekend |Dec 9, 2016

Thursday’s rehearsal gave me a chance to see what’s in store for this weekend’s audiences, and this show will be a treat for all ages. The story centers around Eubie, the happiest elf at the North Pole, who wants to be a part of Santa’s sleigh team.

Montgomery County D.A. pleads for higher prosecutor salaries |Dec 8, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County District Attorney made a very public plea to get his prosecutors more money at the county’s budget hearing Dec. 1. And it looks like he’s going to get turned down.

‘Mary Poppins’ brings her magic to Genesius in Reading |Dec 6, 2016

Just in time for the Jolly ‘O’liday’s, Genesius Theatre presents the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical – Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins” Dec.

Montco elections board authorizes review of voting systems, procedures |Dec 6, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> After a chaotic month surrounding the general election, the Montgomery County Board of Elections announced that it will review its systems and practices.

Proposed 11 percent Montgomery County tax hike sparks public debate |Dec 2, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The room was packed at a Montgomery County budget hearing Thursday as members of the public alternated between criticizing a proposed 11 percent tax increase and praising the community college that a portion of that money will fund.

‘A Wonderful Life, The Musical’ hits the main stage at Steel River Playhouse |Nov 30, 2016

Pottstown >> “A Wonderful Life,” the music version of the classic story, opens Friday, Dec. 2, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 18, with a total of 12 performances to choose from, including four matinees.

JEFF EDELSTEIN: The 15 people you’ll meet at Thanksgiving this year discussing Donald Trump |Nov 23, 2016

There may be five people you meet in heaven, but there will be 15 people you meet at Thanksgiving Hell 2016.

Hopewell Furnace – There’s an app for that |Nov 21, 2016

After nearly a year and a half of development, smart phone and tablet users can now download a new application for Hopewell Furnace NHS.

6 arrested for patronizing prostitues in King of Prussia sting |Nov 16, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Six men from Chester and Montgomery counties have been arrested for patronizing prostitutes in King of Prussia.

After 270 years An Indian Valley Deacon returns to Goschenhoppen |Nov 11, 2016

At the November meeting of the Goschenhoppen Historians, local historian and retired Mennonite Pastor Bob Gerhart will portray his ancestor’s return to the area after 270 years. The original Indian Valley Reformed Church was dedicated in 1746.

Spay & Save Calico cat will be a loving companion |Nov 11, 2016

“Laura’” is a domestic short hair, beautiful true calico (white/orange/black) female spayed, 2 years, taken from the dangerous streets of Darby. She had four beautiful kittens and it is now her turn to find a home without other kitties.

Holiday Magic Comes to Pennypacker Mills in Schwenksville |Nov 7, 2016

Schwenksville >> The season’s inspiration awaits those who enter the Pennypacker mansion this holiday season. Holiday Tours begin Tuesday, Nov. 22 and go through Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017.

WTIM: Music Around Town Nov. 9 edition |Nov 7, 2016

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

A Look Back in History: Helping the community with PA Dutch cuisine |Nov 7, 2016

With a number of the senior citizen cooks who have backed our local fire company kitchens retiring from civic organizations, we can only hope they have past their recipes down to their daughters and other kin.

“A PA Dutch Christmas Carol on The Trolley” returns to West Reading |Nov 7, 2016

Back by popular demand the “Pennsylvania Dutch A Christmas Carol Trolley” rolls into West Reading again. The traveling Christmas classic aboard the old fashioned Rhoads Christmas Trolley, opens on Friday Nov.

Person to Person: Precious In His Sight — Bill Montgomery |Nov 3, 2016

In September I wrote two articles about the life of Bill Montgomery entitled “Treasurers Among Us”. In October, Barb and I attended Bill’s memorial service. After sweet memories and songs presented by members of Bill’s family and friends, an extraordinary talk was given by one of his friends.

OPINION: Texting drivers and slow drivers should be punished as harshly as drunk drivers |Nov 3, 2016

We all encounter those foolish folks who combine driving and texting with the multitasking skills of a dairy cow. Their distracted driving is shakier than the lead singer in a rumba band.

Local author releases new children’s book |Nov 3, 2016

Dori Hoch, of Blandon, recently released her latest book, “A Bunny Brothers’ Christmas.” Hoch’s book is filled with colorful illustrations of Bobby and Benjamin Bunnies antics of writing letters to Santa with each one hoping for a toy train just like their friend’s, Tom Turkey.

Think about it: Stephen R. Covey and his Seven Habits |Nov 3, 2016

“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” ­— Stephen R. Covey

POLL: How did you commute during this SEPTA strike? |Nov 1, 2016

While roughly 4,700 Philadelphia transit workers went on strike Tuesday, many living in the suburbs faced delays as locals scrambled to find alternative commuter options.

WATCH: Legoland Discovery Center breaks ground at Plymouth Meeting Mall; 50,000 Lego bricks dumped |Oct 25, 2016

PLYMOUTH >> Children wearing Lego helmets could barely contain themselves Tuesday as a construction vehicle dumped more than 50,000 Lego bricks outside the Plymouth Meeting Mall, marking the ground breaking of the first ever Legoland in Pennsylvania.