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Efforts underway to draw more visitors to Reading's Pagoda

From the Reading Eagle (8/1/17): 

When Wendy Hiester-Gilbert recalls childhood memories of nights spent at her grandparents' home in Reading, the image of the Pagoda comes to mind.

She can still picture the red glare from atop Mount Penn filtering through the bedroom window and acting as a night light.

"I was so fascinated by the Japanese culture when I would look out the window at night at my grandmother's house and see the red Pagoda," she recalled recently.

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Fleetwood teen leads effort for new ramps at Gring's Mill Recreation Area

From the Reading Eagle (7/15/17):

More times than she would like to remember, Michelle Hnath found herself balancing on a rock along the Tulpehocken Creek at Gring's Mill Recreation Area in Spring Township trying to haul her 50-pound kayak out of the water.

Carrying it on her shoulder, it was a short walk downstream to get past the dam that blocks the waterway.

Then, it was a precarious few steps down a steep slope rife with poison ivy, holding onto a tree to prevent tumbling into the creek.

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Ashley Furniture breaks ground on distribution center in Berks County

From the Reading Eagle (Evan Jones) 7/11/17:

Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. broke ground on a 465,000 square-foot e-commerce and distribution center in Ontelaunee Township Tuesday morning. Officials say the project will add 200 jobs.

The facility is an expansion to Ashley's existing facility along Ashley Way, just off Route 61, and will make its total footprint 1.7 million square feet. 

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Art installation 'This Is Reading' tells the story of the city's transformation

From the Reading Eagle (7/9/17):

Build it, and they will come.

That line, paraphrased from the film "Field of Dreams," was ultimately about healing.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, whose acclaimed play "Sweat" was inspired by and set in Reading, was drawn here in 2011 following an article in The New York Times that described Reading as the poorest city of its size in the nation.

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Council on Chemical Abuse reaches end of era

From the Reading Eagle (7/7/17): 

The linchpin in Berks County's fight against the drug overdose crisis - a private organization that spends millions of dollars in taxpayer funds but has shielded itself from formal public inquiries - has reached the end of an era.

The Reading-based Council on Chemical Abuse last week announced the planned retirement of George J. Vogel Jr., who has been executive director for 39 years.


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