HEADLINES FOR BERKS AND LANCASTER 08/31


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(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Berks County-based Met-Ed is sending roughly employees to help with power restoration efforts in the areas hit by Hurricane Ida. Over the next eight months, Berks County will be working on planning for IMAGINE Berks, their new economic development plan. Lancasterpolice say they have determined a dirt bike what was ridden by Philip Dickinson when he crashed and died last week had been stolen. 

>>Met-Ed Crews Helping With Hurricane Response

(Reading, PA) -- Berks County-based Met-Ed is sending employees to help with power restoration efforts in the areas hit by Hurricane Ida. Met-Ed's parent company, FirstEnergy, is going to send roughly 500 contractors, support personnel, and line workers to Louisiana. A spokesperson for the utility says they will be working 16-hours on and eight-hours off. They are expected to be gone at least three weeks.

>>Berks County Planning New Economic Development

(Reading, PA) -- Over the next eight months, Berks County will be working on planning for IMAGINE Berks, their new economic development plan. The county commission announced the work yesterday. They will be doing listening tours and holding community-driven discussions. Pittsburgh-based economic and community development consulting firm Fourth Economy will manage the project.

>>LancasterPolice: Dirt Bike In Deadly Crash Stolen

(Lancaster, PA) -- LancasterPolice say they have determined a dirt bike that was ridden by Philip Dickinson when he crashed and died last week had been stolen. It had been owned by 19-year-old Blake May, who had posted it for sale on Facebook Marketplace, but no buyer showed up despite a lot of interest. The bike disappeared August 23rd, and May recognized it in a TV news report the next day. 

>>Berks County Adds 144 New COVID-19 Cases

(Reading, PA) -- New COVID-19 cases in Berks County are up by 144 for Sunday and Monday. The Pennsylvania Department of Health says there are more than 40 people hospitalized in the county for COVID-19 for the fourth straight day. They say hospitalizations have not been this high since May 16th through the 19th, and cases shot downward after that.

>>Reading Public Library Gets $100,000 Grant

(Reading, PA) -- Reading Public Library is receiving a 100-thousand-dollar grant from the Cameron Schrier Foundation. The San Francisco-based foundation co-founder, Cecily Cameron, says the library aligns "with every facet" of their mission, and they are pleased to support people who excel at helping young people. Her mother, Sherry, is on the RPL board of trustees.


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