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July 18, 2011
READING - Fire rescue crews recovered a Berks County man's body Sunday morning from the Schuylkill about 50 yards from where, witnesses said, he went into the river. Police identified the victim as John Yerger, 38, of Exeter Township, WFMZ-TV reported. He apparently was trying to wade across part of the river when swept away, the station said. The body was recovered after a search of the Schuylkill in Cumru and Exeter Townships in Berks County, close to the Scenic River Bike Trail, officials told WFMZ.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2011 | By Sam Watson, For The Inquirer
Looking across their Berks County farm an hour outside of Philadelphia, Landon Jefferies and Lindsey Shapiro aren't exactly where they expected to be. Sure, Landon sold blackberries on the side of a Massachusetts road as a child, but, as the 26-year-old political-science grad put it, he was just in it for the cash back then. His girlfriend, Lindsey, 26, a Vassar College sociology grad, thought she'd be working at a "bad-ass nonprofit" by now. So maybe they aren't a natural fit among the tractors and cows.
SPORTS
June 15, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pitching is pitching, according to Jeff Singer and Dylan Johannink. Starting or relieving, the job is the same: Throw strikes, change speeds, trust the fielders. Singer and Johannink were starters for their high school teams. They were relievers Tuesday for the Burlington County team in the 26th annual Carpenter Cup Classic. But despite new roles and steady rain, both seniors seized command on the mound and led Burlington County to a 7-4 victory over Suburban One League American/Continental at Richie Ashburn Field in FDR Park.
NEWS
June 14, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
All-star games often are messy affairs, given the unfamiliarity of the players, frequent substitutions, and casual atmosphere. But the Tri-Cape team was open for business Tuesday morning. Combining solid pitching with timely hitting and strong defense, Tri-Cape rolled to a 6-2 victory over Berks County in the first round of the 26th annual Carpenter Cup baseball tournament at Richie Ashburn Field in FDR Park. "This is a really good group," said Tri-Cape manager Keith Gorman, the coach at Holy Spirit.
TRAVEL
May 29, 2011 | By Marshall S. Berdan, For The Inquirer
READING - The president is running late, and the crowd - a courteous mixture of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and civilians assembled on the tarmac in front of the hangar - is getting restless. After all, the feature attraction of the evening, the big-band USO show, can't resume until he says a few words. Nor does it matter that everyone already knows those words - or at least the first 11 of them - by heart: "Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy . . . . " Finally, FDR, played by Delmas Wood, arrives in his blue 1936 Ford Phaeton, delivers the speech that signaled America's entry into war after the attack on Pearl Harbor - and then the music and dancing resume at Reading's annual WWII Weekend.
NEWS
May 11, 2011 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
John C. Williams Jr., 85, of Lafayette Hill, a part-time construction manager at Montgomery County Community College from 1994 to 2006, died of a heart attack April 29 at his home. Born in Pen Argyl, Pa., north of Easton, Mr. Williams graduated from what is now Pen Argyl Area High School. Mr. Williams studied naval science at the University of Virginia and served as an officer on a Navy tender off Bikini Atoll during atomic bomb testing, according to his son, J. Scot. Mr. Williams earned a bachelor's degree at Lafayette College in 1950 and a master's at Lehigh University in 1952, both in civil engineering.
NEWS
March 11, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The total rainfall from the latest storm varied greatly across the region, from about an inch in Atlantic City to more than 4 inches in the Poconos, according to the National Weather Service. Here are the tallies released this morning. They were recorded at 4 a.m., unless indicated. PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia, 1.41 inches Valley Forge, 2.52 Kennett Square, 2.57 Chadds Ford, 3.42 Media, 1.89, 6:43 a.m. Ambler, 1.87, 6:15 a.m. Downingtown, 3.07 Towamencin, Montgomery County, 3.56 (2 a.m.)
NEWS
February 20, 2011 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
In her everyday guise as suburban working mom, Joette Fisher gets up at 4:45 a.m., heads to work at a battery manufacturer in Reading, comes home to cook dinner for her kids, give them baths, and put them to bed. But shortly before 9 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, this 5-foot-1, 39-year-old grandmother with long blond hair slips out the front door and off to the Boyertown area of Berks County, where she puts on her pads and her helmet - and becomes...
NEWS
December 28, 2010 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Sen. Michael A. O'Pake, 70, of Reading, Democratic whip of the Senate and the longest-serving member of the Pennsylvania legislature, died Monday of complications following heart-bypass surgery at Reading Hospital and Medical Center. Sen. O'Pake served as the first chairman of the Aging and Youth Committee, and helped draft the state's Child Protective Services legislation, which helps victims of abuse. He was a leading supporter of the state's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
NEWS
November 25, 2010 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bronze Star recipient from Berks County, Pa., who was engaged to be married was killed Monday by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, the Army announced Wednesday. Staff Sgt. Sean Michael Flannery, 29, of Wyomissing, was killed by an improvised explosive device in the village of Ghotamudkha in Kandahar province, a Taliban hotbed. Also killed in the incident was Spec. William Kyle Middleton, 26, of Norfolk, Va. Flannery, who was engaged to Christina E. Martin of Raleigh, N.C., was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Ky. He also had served in Iraq.
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