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(Undated) - Here's the latest news: Reading's Mayor Eddie Moran has given his annual state of the city address, including how crime has impacted Reading this past year. Reading's city fire chief will be stepping down to retire soon. Berks County's own furry forecaster, Patty Pagoda, is ready to make her prediction for whether we'll have six more weeks of winter. 

>>Reading Mayor Eddie Morán Addresses Crime In 2022 State Of The City Address

(Reading, PA) -- Reading's Mayor Eddie Moran has given his annual state of the city address, including how crime has impacted Reading this past year. He says overall crime was reduced last year by three-point one percent compared to 2020. This includes nearly a four percent reduction in violent crimes and a two-point nine percent drop in property crimes. The Mayor says those accomplishments are the direct result of the hard work of the city's police department on a daily basis. Mayor Moran also applauded the efforts of the Reading School District, faith-based community leaders and concerned residents which he says contributed to the reduction in crime activity.

>>Reading Fire Chief Announces Retirement

(Reading, PA) -- Reading's city fire chief will be stepping down to retire soon. Mayor Eddie Morán acknowledged the retirement of Fire Chief William Stoudt Junior at his State of the City address Friday. Moran said Stoudt will be retiring at the end of April. The Mayor also commended Stoudt on a job well done throughout his nearly 40 years of service overall. Stoudt took over as chief in Reading in 2014. There's no word yet on the city's process to find his replacement. 

>>PA Dems Decide Endorsements for Gov., Lt. Gov. but Not For U.S. Senate

(Swatara Township, PA) -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Committee has met and come away with endorsements for just two of three statewide races: governor and lieutenant governor. The Democrats were unable to endorse a candidate for U.S. Senate after two rounds of voting as none of the candidates reached the two-thirds vote threshold necessary for endorsement. U.S. congressman Conor Lamb fell just a few votes short at 60-percent. Lt. Governor John Fetterman finished second, with less than a quarter of the vote, and State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta finished third. In the other two positions, the Dems endorsed A.G. Josh Shapiro for governor and State Rep. Austin Davis for lieutenant governor. Austin Davis is the first Black candidate to be endorsed for the role.

>>Lancaster Archery Classic Draws Thousands to the Area

(Lancaster, PA) -- About two-thousand people now have a taste of what the Lancaster area has to offer after having competed in the Lancaster Archery Classic this past weekend. Adults, Collegiate and Youth competitors set their sights on winning thousands of dollars in prize money, ranging from 150-dollars up to 20-thousand for first place in the open pro division. The event, held at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, is considered the largest indoor archery tournament on the East Coast and draws archers from around the world.

>>Patty Pagoda Getting Ready to Prognosticate for Six Weeks Ahead

(Reading, PA) -- Berks County's own furry forecaster, Patty Pagoda, is ready to make her prediction for whether or not we'll have six more weeks of winter. The 17th annual Patty Pagoda Groundhog Day event will take place Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 7 a.m., at the Pagoda in Reading at 98 Duryea Drive. The Pagoda is closed for renovations, so the festivities will take place outside, at the Tori Gate area. The event will also be streamed live at berksweekly.com/live, and on the Berks Weekly Facebook page.  


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