Berks County agricultural leaders expressed disappointment at Thursday’s decision by the Berks County commissioners to eliminate the agricultural coordinator position held for seven years by Tulpehocken cattle farmer Sheila Miller. State Sen. Judy Schwank, a Ruscombmanor Township Democrat, said that she had hoped the commissioners would decide to keep the position instead of creating a […]

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PennDOT is looking into whether it makes sense to lower speeds, add flashing signs and take other measures to improve safety on the crash-prone stretch of Route 222 through Maidencreek and Richmond townships. Those suggestions came out of a meeting Wednesday between PennDOT and state and local elected officials, business leaders and law enforcement. The […]

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Pennsylvania’s top officials will see a bump in their paychecks, but you won’t hear about a vote on it. That’s because annual cost-of-living adjustments for state executives, lawmakers and judges are automatic under a 1995 law. The increases are designed to offset inflation and are tied to the consumer price index. This year, that means […]

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As the nation conforms to new food stamp regulations, retailers and community leaders are looking at what those changes mean for Reading. State Sen. Judy Schwank, a Ruscombmanor Township Democrat, invited local, state and federal officials to speak with residents and business owners about changes in how stores accept food stamps. “I have a great […]

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About 30 Berks County municipal officials got a lesson Thursday on how to obtain grants to improve their communities with projects ranging from adding bicycle trails and parks to refurbishing old traffic signals. “I am pleased to help improve the quality of life in your communities,” State Sen. Judy Schwank said in welcoming them to […]

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The Greater Berks Food Bank went public with its $3 million capital campaign for its new building Thursday during an open house at the facility. The nonprofit has quietly been raising funds for the warehouse off Shillington Road in Spring Township since the beginning of the year. It already has raised a little more than […]

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Officials emphasized Saturday that the goal of a quarantine in some eastern Berks County communities is to immobilize the new bug in town, not residents. More than 80 people came to Oley Valley Middle School to meet with municipal, county and state officials and get information on the spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect from Asia […]

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It could be a stalemate or the return of Pennsylvania’s signature brand of deal-making and compromises in politics. The deciding factor, political observers and participants say, is going to be what sort of relationship Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Wolf and Republican legislative leaders will develop. Both sides can look to the results of Tuesday’s election to […]

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There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding synthetic marijuana, also called K2, but the certainty stressed by a panel of officials during a community forum Thursday night was that the drug is dangerous. Law enforcement officials, medical personnel, state lawmakers, county officials and drug and alcohol specialists addressed about 75 adults and teens at Reading Area […]

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Cody, Roenick and Trooper showed off their new skills Sunday at their graduation in Bern Township. They ran an obstacle course, tracked people through high weeds and found items in tall grass, located drugs, demonstrated total obedience and apprehended a “suspect” who came out of a car shooting after a high-speed chase. The dogs joined […]

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