TOP STORIES FOR BERKS, LANCASTER 10/14


>>The Latest

(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Add Lancaster EMS to the list of places that are short-staffed. Reading Mayor Eddie Moran says the city's first year of a three-year paving plan has so far completed 23-and-a-half city blocks. Berks County parents and Pennsylvania State Police are urging people to stop passing school buses. 

>>Lancaster EMS Short Staffed

(Lancaster, PA) -- Add Lancaster EMS to the list of places that are short-staffed. Director of operations Jerry Schramm says they need about 20 more people. Schramm says their 9-1-1 calls are up and it's difficult to have all their ambulances tied up. He says they are getting more calls for COVID-19 and pandemic issues along with increases in mental health and overdose calls.

>>Reading's Three-Year Paving Project Underway

(Reading, PA) -- Reading Mayor Eddie Moran says the city's first year of a three-year paving plan has so far completed 23-and-a-half city blocks. He and road crews announced yesterday they will pave South Eighth Street to Neversink. Moran is asking for patience from drivers as crews handle the work, saying everyone will be happy when it's done.

>>Police, Parents: Quit Passing School Buses

(Maxatawny Township, PA) -- Berks County parents and Pennsylvania State Police are urging people to stop passing school buses. One woman in Maxatawny Township tells WFMZ-TV she's seen three people pass a school bus last week, and it's happened two or three times a week since the school year started. Kutztown Area School District superintendent Christian Temchatin says they are working with state police to figure out how to stop the problem.

>>Ballots Need More Than One Stamp In Berks County

(Reading, PA) -- Berks County will pay postage for ballots mailed in with just one stamp for next month's general election. County officials say they have learned the ballots will need two stamps, but they are working with the post office to be sure all ballots are delivered even without both stamps. They are suggesting dropping the ballot into one of the county's two drop boxes starting Monday if the voter doesn't want to mail it.

>>Penn State Berks Celebrates Unity Day

(Spring Township, PA) -- Penn State Berks students are showcasing their diversity among student clubs. Students across campus celebrated Unity Day on Wednesday in Spring Township. The theme was "The humanity in us protects the diversity among us." 


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