Before beginning her Memorial Day remarks, State Sen. Judy Schwank looked out at the crowd of nearly 200 at Friedens Cemetery in Oley Township. “I wish you could see what I see,” Schwank, Ruscombmanor Township Democrat, said as she began speaking Sunday evening. “Just the entire community standing in a beautiful shady grove in a […]

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On Jan. 8, 1964, during his State of the Union address, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty. One of the key weapons he would deploy in the fight was education, the following year creating Project Head Start. Fifty years later, the program is still going strong.Monday afternoon, inside the board room at the […]

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State Sen. Judy Schwank stopped by Robeson Evangelical Lutheran Church in Robeson Township on Thursday night to share a little bit about the hot topics in Harrisburg with her constituents. The Ruscombmanor Township Democrat said right now is the perfect time for such a visit, with state legislators amid the “interesting charade” that is putting […]

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Berks County area leaders see some big opportunities with the Democratic National Convention coming to Philadelphia in 2016 – and not just for Democrats. The Democratic party announced Thursday that Philadelphia landed the convention, and local Democrats said that they hope it gets the party excited and sparks more participation. But hosting a political gathering […]

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CALN TOWNSHIP — Money isn’t all it takes to improve schools but it’s a necessary part of the equation, Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday. And he said a severance tax on natural gas drilling is the best way to send more dollars to classrooms. “We’re the only state with natural resources without a severance tax,” […]

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The Reading Housing Authority board has learned that Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer and Sen. Judy Schwank recently contacted Aldi Inc. about the lack of a grocery store in the area of the authority’s 525-unit Oakbrook and 120-unit Sylvania homes. Stacey J. Keppen, deputy executive director, said the recently closed Bottom Dollar store in the 400 […]

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Only a small fraction of Reading students attending a panel discussion on police and minorities say they trust their local police. About an hour into a discussion about the frequency of black men being beaten or killed by white police officers, Wynton Butler, Reading School District director of social services, said he wanted to take […]

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If Tom Wolf wants to start his governorship on good footing with Berks County-area lawmakers, he’d do well to target pensions, property taxes and school funding. Those issues topped local legislators’ wish lists for York County Democrat’s attention after he’s inaugurated as Pennsylvania’s 47th governor today. The November elections set up a divided state government. […]

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HARRISBURG – Smiles, handshakes and photo ops were on the menu Thursday for Gov.-elect Tom Wolf as he toured the Pennsylvania Farm Show, just days before he taking office. Russell Redding, his choice for secretary of agriculture, said the toughest decision of the day was what delicacies to get in the food court. For Wolf, […]

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People frequently ask Shawn House if his pretzels are going to get them high. The answer is always no, said House of Columbia, Lancaster County. His pretzels are made with hemp imported from Canada, not marijuana. In a perfect world, House would buy hemp from Pennsylvania farmers the same way he buys wheat. A new […]

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