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2008-07-25 15:00:00

By Don Spatz, Reading Eagle, Pa. Jul. 25--Greater Reading not only is at the crossroads of a rich variety of natural resources, it has local leadership that is collaborating to promote and protect those resources, the state's environmental czar said Thursday. "You guys are ahead of the game; you're moving while others need to catch up," Michael DiBerardinis, secretary of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, told several dozen local leaders at Angelica Park. As a...

2008-07-23 12:01:06

By Rebecca Vandermeulen, Reading Eagle, Pa. Jul. 23--An Amity Township mother and educator hopes to open Berks County's first charter school, possibly in the former Monocacy Kindergarten Center along Route 724. Kimberly I. Minor asked Union Township supervisors Monday whether part of the Monocacy building would be made available for Polymath Charter School, which she hopes to open in September 2009. Union Township bought the building from the Daniel Boone School District this year and...

2008-07-22 09:00:00

By Erin Negley, Reading Eagle, Pa. Jul. 22--The doctors whom Elaine M. Pratt sees and the breast cancer treatments she needs are only eight miles from her Temple home. But that's a long distance for a woman who is too ill to drive to appointments and has no family in Berks County. Pratt's salvation comes through volunteers such as Jack P. Price, who drive her to regular appointments at Reading Hospital. "It's a godsend," Pratt said before a recent radiation treatment. "Without them,...

2008-07-20 12:00:37

By Reading Eagle, Pa. Jul. 20--Electric customers who buy wind energy from a green supplier such as suburban Philadelphia's Community Energy learn they're not actually buying electricity from windmills, but renewable-energy credits. Consumers buy the energy credits and pay for them separately from their monthly electric bill. The result is the perception that you're paying for your electricity twice, said Tom Charles, a spokesman for the state Public Utility Commission. In January,...

2008-07-20 12:00:33

By Reading Eagle, Pa. Jul. 20--Editor's note: Honors graduates are signified as follows: ***with highest distinction; **with high distinction; *with distinction. Widener University School of Law has awarded degrees to Thad Gelsinger , Robesonia, at the Wilmington, Del., campus; and Jeni Pilgrim , Sinking Spring, and Michael Righi , Shillington, at the Harrisburg campus. Widener University, Chester, awarded a doctor of physical therapy degree to Karen Hope , Blandon; and a master of...

2008-07-20 12:00:23

By Reading Eagle, Pa. Jul. 20--Intel Corp. has rolled out a new batch of chips for laptops that promises longer battery life and better graphics-rendering abilities. Intel and rival Advanced Micro Devices are posturing to capture the attention of computer buyers looking for crisper high-defi nition video playback on their laptops and less battery drain. The latest from Intel is its new Centrino 2 platform -- which includes a processor, related chipset and wireless communications chip....

2008-07-20 09:00:35

By Reading Eagle, Pa. Jul. 20--Met-Ed already produces about 200 megawatts of its electric supply from two Pennsylvania wind farms, said company spokesman Steve Surgeoner. That is almost 10 percent of Met-Ed's total load. Met-Ed and PPL each have purchased 20-year contracts with Pennsylvania wind-energy producers, encouraging further development of that power source. PPL, which serves 32,500 customers in Berks County, will have to buy 9 percent of its power from green-energy producers...

2008-07-18 12:01:08

By Darrin Youker, Reading Eagle, Pa. Jul. 18--It's the middle of a blazing hot July, but John T. Bailey is already thinking about winter. Unlike many people fretting over the rising cost of home heating oil, Bailey is well insulated from the price of a barrel of crude. For three years now, Bailey has heated his Centre Township house with a home brew of biodiesel he makes in a workshop on his property. Bailey has figured out how to do it using leftover cooking oil and he wants...

2008-07-14 09:00:56

By David Mekeel, Reading Eagle, Pa. Jul. 14--You might remember what year the French and Indian War began, but chances are you don't know why it started. Beginning in the upcoming school year, students in the Gov. Mifflin School District will be expected to know both. The district will be the second in Berks County -- joining Wyomissing School District -- to implement a program called the Learning-Focused School Model. Dr. Daniel G. Bulinski, Gov. Mifflin assistant superintendent,...

2008-07-12 09:00:00

By Rebecca Vandermeulen, Reading Eagle, Pa. Jul. 12--Although he's been an administrator for nearly two decades, Dr. Gary L. Otto hasn't fallen out of touch with what it's like to be a teacher. He believes that will help him in his new role as Daniel Boone School District superintendent. "I spend time observing teachers in the classroom," said Otto, 52, of Exeter Township. "I don't think I can be credible as an instructional leader if I stray too far from the teaching process." Otto...