Alvernia Student Hoping Artwork Inspiring For Reading

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Editor’s note:  I love these kinds of stories!  Imagine what could be accomplished if more people tapped into positive energy!

Reading’s elegance can be manifested through a higher state of awareness and consciousness, one Alvernia University student believes.

She tapped into this positive energy by giving away inspirational art throughout the city on Friday.

Susan Rehhausser, 53, of Reading dedicated much of 2012 to creating a community project, which she believes can foster encouragement and hope in a city that faces many challenges.

“I thought it would be great to have neighbors communicate to neighbors, to believe they can make a better city,” Rehhausser said.  “We can make a difference by believing in each other.”

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Nonprofits Give More Money, Manpower To Reading

Editor’s note:  Sometimes you just have to ask!

From a $10,000 gift to Reading police to clearing a trash-clogged storm drain, the city’s three-month effort to get more local nonprofit groups to voluntarily pay either cash or services in lieu of taxes is paying off.

The city has received $27,000 in new payments it didn’t get last year from more than a dozen churches and several other groups.

It’s also gotten more than 9,000 new volunteer work hours in more than 30 new service projects including more than two dozen cleanups – worth $65,000 at minimum wage – from local groups.

“We have received an overwhelming response,” Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer said.

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