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(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: A 67-year-old man and his dog have been killed in a hit-and-run crash in Robesonia in Berks County. There is no swimming in Blue Marsh Lake in Bern Township. All students, teachers, and staff inReadingPublic Schools will have to wear masks inside school buildings until November 4 at the earliest. 

>>Man, Dog Killed In Hit-And-Run

(Robesonia, PA) -- A 67-year-old man and his dog have been killed in a hit-and-run crash in Robesonia in Berks County. Police say Robert Hatt and his dog were hit by three different vehicles around 4:30 a.m. Thursday after he tripped and fell into the crosswalk. A large box truck was the first to hit them, followed by a small silver car and a tanker truck.

>>Blue Marsh Lake Closed To Swimmers

(Bern Township, PA) -- There is no swimming in Blue Marsh Lake in Bern Township. Officials have closed it due to very high levels of a harmful blue-green algae. Park staff say they are telling visitors to not touch the water. The algae can cause diarrhea or nausea.

>>ReadingSchool Board Approves Mask Mandate

(Reading, PA) -- All students, teachers, and staff inReadingPublic Schools will have to wear masks inside school buildings until November 4th at the earliest. The school board voted this week to enact the mandate. At least two parents in public comment before the vote tried to tell board members the masks were not effective at all in preventing COVID-19.

>>Downtown Hamburg Lot To Be Public Square

(Hamburg, PA) -- A State Street lot in downtown Hamburg will become a public square. The Our Town Foundation bought the lot in 2015 when the previous owner died. They will use a 200-thousand-dollar grant from the state to build a stage, pavilion, storage space, a parking lot, and a concession stand.

>>Red Cross Blood Drive Held In Bern Township

(Bern Township, PA) -- The American Red Cross says a blood drive at Tower Behavioral Health in Bern Township will help to address the severe blood shortage in Berks County. Tower Behavioral Health CEO Stephanie Lee says it was their third Red Cross blood drive in the past 13 months, and they've all been packed. The Red Cross says every donation can save as many as three lives.


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