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2008-08-05 12:00:00

By Felix Alfonso PeNa, Reading Eagle, Pa. Aug. 5--FOR KAREN L. COLON, learning how diet and exercise can help protect her from a recurrence of breast cancer gave her some choices. "It makes you accountable," said Colon, 48, who lives in Spring Township. "Now you have no excuse." "You know the whys and wherefores," said Joan A. Hackman, 67, of South Heidelberg Township. The two breast cancer survivors, both of whom were diagnosed in 2002, were part of an audience of some 70 women that...

2008-08-05 09:01:02

By Rebecca Vandermeulen, Reading Eagle, Pa. Aug. 5--Birdsboro Borough Council voted Monday night to start the process of repairing an open-grate steel bridge on First Street. The borough closed the bridge over Hay Creek between Cinder and Water streets last Tuesday after meeting with a contractor for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Borough Manager Karen T. Willman said she's been told informally that it would cost between $500,000 and $600,000 to repair the bridge, and...

2008-08-04 09:00:31

By Bill Uhrich, Reading Eagle, Pa. Aug. 4--Cerulean warblers have their own local magic. Besides the fact that cerulean is a cool word to say -- and was even a theme for an "X-Files" episode -- southeastern Pennsylvania and particularly the Schuylkill River have played roles in the cerulean warbler's life history. The first male cerulean warbler known to science was described in 1810 by the naturalist Alexander Wilson from a specimen shot in southeastern Pennsylvania. The first female...

2008-08-03 09:00:00

By Tony Lucia, Reading Eagle, Pa. Aug. 3--Seems everybody's always looking for the next big thing. And now it's here. On Friday, Reading Movies 11 will open at 30 N. Second St., and local audiences will find themselves face to face with the phenomenon aptly named IMAX. In its simplest terms, IMAX consists of a big, curved screen -- this one is 42 feet tall by 70 feet wide -- on which are projected large-format films. As if that's not impressive p enough g ,, you also are bathed in...

2008-07-31 12:00:00

By Jason Brudereck, Reading Eagle, Pa. Jul. 31--The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in Berks County has fallen 4.5 percent from the record high of $4.03 set July 8. But at $3.85 per gallon Wednesday, the price is still 40 percent higher than the $2.75 a gallon cost a year ago. With consumer demand for gasoline increasing slightly in the past few weeks but with demand down compared with last year, it's difficult to predict where prices and demand will go from here,...

2008-07-31 09:00:54

By Reading Eagle, Pa. Jul. 31--The Alpha/Omega Players will close their 30th anniversary season with the international musical hit "Children of Eden," opening Friday at the group's Performing Arts Center, 301 E. First St., Birdsboro. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 17. Alpha, which was the first theater in the United States to stage "Children of Eden" in 1997, chose the musical to close its anniversary season because of its universal themes...

2008-07-31 09:00:42

By Reading Eagle, Pa. Jul. 31--Reading Community Players will stage "BASH," a series of short one-act plays by Neil LaBute, this weekend and next at the group's playhouse at 403 N. 11th St. Hailed as a brilliant dramatic satirist, LaBute won the New York Film Critics award for best first feature and the Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival for 1997's "In the Company of Men." "BASH" opened off-Broadway in 2000 with a cast that included Calista Flockhart, Paul Rudd and Ron...

2008-07-30 09:01:03

By Rebecca Vandermeulen, Reading Eagle, Pa. Jul. 30--Birdsboro officials knew the steel-grate bridge on First Street wasn't in good shape, but they weren't expecting to have to shut it down anytime soon. They said that order came Tuesday after an annual safety inspection by a Pennsylvania Department on Transportation contractor. The borough closed the First Street Bridge, which spans the Hay Creek between Cinder and Water streets, about 12:30 p.m. "That was a nice surprise this...

2008-07-27 15:00:00

By Mary E. Young, Reading Eagle, Pa. Jul. 27--The misunderstanding and fear associated with mental illness often prevent people from seeking treatment. Ron and Sharon Seaman of Albany Township learned that firsthand when Sharon began experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia in 1999. In 2004, when treatment finally started turning their lives around for the better, they wanted to do something to help other families facing mental illness. Ron, 55, and Sharon, 51, became active in the...

2008-07-27 15:00:30

By Reading Eagle, Pa. Jul. 27--Berks Community Television has won a Telly Award for its video "Degas and the Art of Japan." Produced in cooperation with the Reading Public Museum, the 45-minute video details the behind-thescenes story of the museum's major 2007 exhibit, from the initial idea for the exhibit, the discovery of the connections between Degas' art and Japanese wood-block prints to the hanging of the exhibit at the museum. BCTV senior technician and Webmaster Joan Freeman...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.