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History book: Industrialist wanted to make world see better

From the Reading Eagle (3/22/17):

William W. Essick, founder of Pennsylvania Optical Co. in Reading, had a vision of making the world see better.

"It has been my aim for years to give all people of all countries throughout the world the blessing of better eyesight," Essick once said, according to a profile written by George W. Gruber in 1951.

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The future of the Reading 120 pro cycling race remains unclear

From the Reading Eagle (3/10/17):

Concerns about the Reading 120 Classic of the Americas bike race were laid on the table Thursday.

But how they will be addressed is still unknown.

 

The Berks County commissioners and the City of Reading hosted a meeting that brought together local officials, race organizers and worried citizens to get a better understanding of where the race stands. The gathering was held in response to the recent announcement that the commissioners were withdrawing support and about six months before the international competition is scheduled to take place.

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http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/the-future-of-the-reading-120-pro-cycling-race-remains-unclear

Marketing push will promote downtown Reading during Penn Street Bridge renovation

From the Reading Eagle (3/17/17):

Local government and business leaders are hoping to turn upcoming traffic restrictions on the Penn Street Bridge into a chance to market downtown Reading to visitors.

The public-private coalition that formed to help plan around the traffic headaches has been meeting with downtown businesses to strategize how to keep customers coming during the construction, Berks County Commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt said during the commissioners meeting Thursday.

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http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/marketing-push-will-promote-downtown-reading-during-penn-street-bridge-renovation

Reading 120 supporters spell out concerns about bike race

From the Reading Eagle (3/1/17):

People who have worked long and hard to make the Reading 120 Classic of the Americas bike race a success don't want to see it vanish.

But on Tuesday, the day after Berks County commissioners announced they had lost faith in race organizer John Eustice and were withdrawing logistical support, some of the biggest supporters of the international, 120-mile bike race acknowledged Eustice has helped create a difficult situation.

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http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-120-supporters-spell-out-concerns-about-bike-race

 

Berks County won't provide support for Reading 120 bike race

From the Reading Eagle (2/28/17):

Berks County has withdrawn its support of the Reading 120 international bicycle race, a 122-mile professional event which ran in 2015 and 2016, bringing hundreds of cyclists and biking enthusiasts to the county.

In a letter issued late Monday afternoon, the commissioners said the county had lost faith in race organizer John Eustice and was withdrawing logistical support, including use of deputy sheriffs and the county department of emergency services.

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http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-county-wont-provide-support-for-reading-120-bike-race

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