TOP HEADLINES (BERKS) 10/06


>>Berks Party Leaders React To Toomey's Decision Not To Run

(Berks County, PA) -- Berks County political leaders are reacting to Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey's decision to not seek another term in 2022. Toomey made the announcement yesterday, which could tip the balance of power in the Senate. The chairman of the Berks County Republican Committee says he believes the party is in a good position to retain Toomey's open Senate seat, along with the governor's race. Kevin Boughter, the chairman of the Berks County Democratic Party, says he welcomes the upcoming resignation as he is critical of some of Toomey's actions during the impeachment proceedings and past votes.

>>Reading Council Not Moving Forward With Downtown Improvement District

(Reading, PA) -- Reading City Council members say they aren't ready to move forward with a plan to reauthorize the Downtown Improvement District. Members are set to ask the city solicitor if changes to the plan mean the whole reauthorization process must be restarted. The current agreement ends December 31st, and a reauthorization would extend that for another five years.

>>Unique Pretzel Bakery Pivoting Focus Ahead Of 100th Anniversary

(Muhlenberg Township, PA) -- The Unique Pretzel Bakery is pivoting its focus ahead of its 100th anniversary. The Muhlenberg Township-based company announced yesterday that it is now Unique Snacks. Company officials say they are working to develop several new product concepts as it rebrands beyond its signature pretzels. The company decided to rebrand during the COVID-19 shutdown.