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Longtime Berks volunteer rewarded for steering seniors in right direction

 From the Reading Eagle May 27, 2017:

After 30 years of helping to steer thousands of older people into programs and services designed to make their golden years a little more pleasant, Exeter Township resident John F. Vogel II was honored for his work on the Berks County Area Agency on Aging advisory council.

Two Berks County commissioners presented a citation of appreciation to the longtime volunteer recently at the annual legislative breakfast hosted by the agency at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. The commendation specifically highlighted his leadership role on the council as well as his effort to help clients navigate the complex Medicare system as a counselor with Berks Encore's APPRISE program.


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Antietam Lake preservation effort celebrated

From the Reading Eagle (4/26/17):

Raindrops fell quietly into Antietam Lake on Tuesday morning as about 50 residents and community leaders gathered nearby to celebrate their longstanding efforts to preserve the area for recreational use.

State, county and city officials spoke during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in honor of recent major improvements to Antietam Lake Park in Alsace and Lower Alsace townships. The weather did not appear to dampen the crowd's spirit - a sea of smiling faces amid only a smattering of umbrellas as people huddled together at the expanded Angora Road Trailhead parking area that overlooks the lake.

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Attempt to strip license from Berks County Residential Center was wrong, judge finds

From the Reading Eagle (4/25/17):

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services had no grounds in attempting to strip the Berks County Residential Center of its license to house children, an administrative judge has ruled.

The decision marks a milestone in the battle over the Bern Township center's ability to hold children in the center among unrelated adults. The battle over the license has lasted more than one year.

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In Reading, Bob Casey Jr. calls for investing in bridges and roads

From the Reading Eagle (4/21/17):

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey stopped by Reading on Thursday to talk about building bridges - literally and figuratively.

The Scranton Democrat, who has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, expressed an eagerness to work with the president on his campaign promise to spend $1 trillion over 10 years to rebuild America's roads, bridges, airports and pipelines, and modernize the electric grid and broadband access. He spoke of the possible partnership in front of the historic Penn Street Bridge.

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Penn Street Bridge construction: the road ahead in Reading

From the Reading Eagle (4/12/17):

There will be pain, that much is sure.

But just how much, that's yet to be determined. And ultimately it depends on the reaction.


The Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry held a pair of informational sessions Tuesday at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel to provide updates on the ongoing Penn Street Bridge construction project. The morning session was focused on what the project will mean for local businesses.

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