TOP HEADLINES BERKS, LANCASTER 01/20


>>Lancaster County Police Officers Join Security In D.C. Ahead Of Inauguration Day

(Strasburg, PA) -- Police officers from Lancaster County are helping out security in Washington D.C. ahead of president-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. The Strasburg Borough Police Department announced yesterday that three of its officers were sworn in as U.S. Deputy Marshals. They are currently in the nation's capital to assist other officers from around the country during Inauguration Day. Officials say the three officers volunteered to go to D.C. and went through specialized training.

>>Lancaster Barnstormers To Host Donation Drive At Clipper Magazine Stadium

(Lancaster, PA) -- The Lancaster Barnstormers is going to be hosting a donation drive event later this month at Clipper Magazine Stadium. The organization announced Monday that it will be hosting a drive called Pack the Park from January 25th through January 30th. Food, clothing and personal care item donations can be dropped off at the Box Office of the stadium from any time between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. during the event week. The team says there will be music and discounted tickets available on the final day of the drive.

>>Exeter Township School Board Denies Construction Of New Transportation Center

(Exeter Township, PA) -- Exeter Township School District is not going to be building a new transportation center any time soon. The school board voted six-to-three against the proposed project yesterday. The new transportation center was proposed to be built at the Owatin Creek Elementary School site, but board members who voted against it say they are more interested in renovating the existing center located on Kerr Road instead. If the board decides to renovate the existing transportation center, it is estimated to cost one-million-dollars less than building a new one.

>>Comcast Launching Lift Zones To Help Students In Berks County

(Reading, PA) -- Comcast is going to give students in Berks County some help for the school year. The company announced yesterday it is launching about seven Wi-Fi lift zones around the county to help students whose families may struggle with the cost of internet. Officials say the zones will allow students to connect to Wi-Fi on their laptops to learn virtually. Five of the seven zones are expected to be put up in Reading.

>>Student Trying To Change School Mascot For Twin Valley

(Caernarvon Township, PA) -- A student at Twin Valley High School is trying to change its school mascot. The student began petitioning to change the school mascot last June, and as of yesterday, the petition has received over 42-hundred signatures. Sixteen-year-old Arden Wolfe claims that the current mascot, the Twin Valley Raider, is a symbol of racism, and she has been working with student leaders and tribal affiliates to change the name. The superintendent of the district says the board is too busy with handling the COVID-19 pandemic to consider a new mascot as of now.


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