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By 9:15, Met-Ed reported more than 67,000 customers were without power, including more than 8,800 in Reading; nearly 5,800 in Exeter Township; and more than 4,000 in Cumru Township. PPL Electric Utilities reported about 4,000 outages, of which about half were in Wyomissing.
In order to get a jump on storm damage, Met-Ed had crews out Monday night and early today during the height of the high winds and sometimes heavy rains.
“Once the winds reach 40 mph we can’t have anyone in a bucket up in the air,” Surgeoner said.
“We still had crews out doing ground work.”
A committee formed by West Reading officials last month is looking into the possibility of consolidating the borough’s police force.
James Gallen Jr., a borough councilman and committee member, said the committee – rounded out by Council President Kevin M. Conrad, Councilwoman Elizabeth Heckler and Mayor Shane J. Keller – will enter into discussions with neighboring municipalities and the state police regarding the future of West Reading’s troubled police department.
“We’re exploring consolidation as a cost-saving measure,” Gallen said, adding that Wyomissing would be “a natural fit.”
Finding attractions along Penn Avenue and Penn Street will soon be a bit easier.
Representatives from the Penn Corridor Initiative on Tuesday shared with City Council plans to install way-finding signs along the corridor, pointing people in the direction of spots like the Reading Public Museum, Reading Hospital and the Sovereign Center.
“A lot of people coming into the city see the Miller Center right there and say ‘How do I get there?’ ” said John Weidenhammer, chairman of the initiative.
When classes resume Monday in Wilson School District, many students will find themselves in new surroundings.
In addition, a redistricting effort impacts students at two more elementary schools and both middle schools.
To ease the transition for about 600 students, Wilson has scheduled open houses, tours, orientations and demo bus rides.
Brands such as Bachman, Jax, Thin’n Right and Chipitos, distribution rights to the brands and an Ephrata plant are part of the sale.
No purchase price was disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the next 30 days, according to a statement from Utz.
Scott Carpenter, Bachman president, said the company will change its name to Savor Street Foods Inc. and retain its Hyde Park plant.
Editor’s note: The “feel good” story for today
Facing a districtwide budget crunch and the melding of two schools into one, teachers at Millmont Elementary School are likely feeling the crunch trying to get ready for the upcoming school year.
But thanks to the generosity of a handful of local businesses, things should be a little easier come opening day.
Merra Lee Moffitt, senior partner at Good Life Financial Group in Wyomissing, led a campaign to collect and donate school supplies to the teachers at Millmont.
“We like being involved in the community and giving back,” she said.
Wyomissing is in the market for a borough manager following the unexpected departure of Kevin R. Tobias after nearly six years at the helm.
Tobias recently submitted a resignation letter, and his final day as manager was June 13.
“It was to pursue other interests. That’s about all I can tell you,” Councilman Thomas M. Moll said of the reason for Tobias’ resignation.
Tobias could not be reached for comment.
Editor’s note: That didn’t take long!!!!!!!
The Wyomissing School Board has accepted the resignation of Superintendent David P. Krem and hired his successor.
Krem submitted his resignation for the purpose of retirement Monday night. His final day with the district will be June 29.
Krem will be replaced by Julia R. Vicente, the district’s assistant superintendent/ director of elementary and secondary education.
The magnitude of the moves was belied by the mechanism, a board vote to approve a personnel report that spelled out the administrative changes.
Driving through Wyomissing, one immediately notices the tall, sturdy trees that line the streets, providing shade and suburban character.
But Jim Babb, borough public works and property manager, wants to make it clear that some of these octogenarian red oak trees are nearing the end of their long lives.
Soon, they will have to be replaced by baby red oaks that will take decades to reach the height attained by the current trees.
19 year old Taylor Swift (born in Wyomissing) now has the longest charting album of the CENTURY with her 2006 self-titled ablum Taylor Swift. The album is in week 157 on the Billboard top 200!
Interesting fact I found on the internet. Thought I would share since she hails from the Reading area.
Hint: Jon and Kate…this is how you go about actually having a career…pay attention!