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2008-07-11 09:00:00

By Ron Devlin, Reading Eagle, Pa. Jul. 11--Robin Hivner might be called the Dara Torres of the U.S. Transplant Games. Like Torres, the 41-year-old U.S. Swim Team member who will compete in her fi fth Olympic Games next month, Hivner is a multiple-medal winner. At 47, the Exeter Township veterinary technician has won six consecutive gold medals in badminton and insists she'll go for number seven when the Transplant Games open today in Pittsburgh. "If there's any way I can be on that...

2008-06-25 09:03:01

By Mike Urban, Reading Eagle, Pa. Jun. 25--Weis Markets Inc. has applied to Spring Township to begin selling beer in its store in the Broadcasting Square Shopping Center. Both the township and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board would need to approve the transfer of a state liquor license to the Weis store, offi -- cials said Tuesday. If approved, the supermarket would be the first in Berks County to sell beer, although there are state liquor stores housed within Redner's Warehouse...

2008-06-24 09:03:03

By Reading Eagle, Pa. Jun. 24--Reliant Energy will spend about $50 million to reduce mercury emissions at five of its coal-fired generating plants in Pennsylvania -- including the Titus Generating Station in Cumru Township, company offi cials announced Monday. The improvements will remove at least 80 percent of the mercury content of the coal burned at those stations, company officials said. That work and other controls Reliant has already committed to will ensure the company complies...

2008-06-24 09:02:39

By Reading Eagle, Pa. Jun. 24--A new Rite Aid facility is to be constructed at 2200 State Hill Road in Wyomissing -- within sight of its store at 2101 State Hill Road. The existing store will close and employees transferred to the new location when it opens in April, said Ashley Flower, spokeswoman for Camp Hill-based Rite Aid. The two-acre site at 2200 State Hill Road is the location of First Church of the Brethren, which has held its final service there. Patricia Thomas of...

2008-06-20 09:00:00

By Erin Negley, Reading Eagle, Pa. Jun. 20--The octagonal schoolhouse in Sinking Spring, built around 1811, later became a house, a lunch wagon and then a beauty shop. It was demolished in 1959 to make way for a gas station. The stately home built by one of the town's biggest landowners was torn down to make way for a department store. The Sinking Spring Hotel by the namesake spring was razed in 1961 to make way for a bank. Paul L. Miller, president of the Sinking Spring Area Historic...

2008-06-18 09:00:00

By Erin Negley, Reading Eagle, Pa. Jun. 18--Paul Miller's favorite part of Sinking Spring is the train station that a dedicated group saved from destruction 30 years ago. "It's a piece of local history that came very close to being destroyed," said Miller, president of the Sinking Spring Area Historic Society. "This is a representation of what can be done if people care about preserving a piece of history." With a borough revitalization effort under way, Miller will talk about Sinking...

2008-06-17 09:00:00

By Don Spatz, Reading Eagle, Pa. Jun. 17--Reading officials just learned the city owns the Bushong's Mill Dam on the Tulpehocken Creek and that the state Department of Environmental Protection wants it removed, City Council was told Monday night. The DEP also wants the Bernhart Park reservoir drained for inspection by August so the dam can be inspected, despite the lead-tainted soil on the lake bottom that has kept the park closed for a decade and dam valves that haven't turned for...

2008-02-27 09:00:58

By Rebecca Vandermeulen, Reading Eagle, Pa. Feb. 27--Labor unrest is again brewing in the Tulpehocken School District. Teachers are upset about what one union leader called a lack of progress toward a new contract. It that sounds familiar its because it's been less than two years since Tulpehocken teachers called a strike that kept students out of class for four days after Labor Day 2006. The most recent contract expired in June, and there hasn't been a negotiating session since...

2007-07-01 12:18:55

By Christopher Hinz, Reading Eagle, Pa. Jul. 1--It's Berks County's newest power plant and, at 580 megawatts, the county's largest in terms of electrical generating capacity. "To put that into perspective, that's about 500,000 homes that we can power," said Joseph C. Lloyd, plant manager of Ontelaunee Energy Center, which went online in 2002. Located at 5115 Pottsville Pike, or Route 61, in Ontelaunee Township, the plant is fueled by natural gas from a nearby pipeline. Coal-fired...

2007-06-18 09:02:32

By Don Spatz, Reading Eagle, Pa. Jun. 18--The Reading Area Water Authority is embarking on an ambitious five-year plan costing tens of millions of dollars that includes replacing homeowners' water meters and dredging a portion of Lake Ontelaunee, and may include buying other water systems. In between, the authority plans to replace a water pipe under 10th Street, clean storage tanks, add water pumps to boost pressure, repair pipes and replace its sludge removal centrifuge. The whole...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.