6 12, 2020

Skyline Drive on Mount Penn constructed by laborers of the Works Progress Administration

2021-06-04T12:13:41-04:00December 6th, 2020|Landmarks|0 Comments

Skyline Drive on Mount Penn was constructed by laborers of the Works Progress Administration, a federal program established in 1935 to help decrease unemployment. Under this program, those on relief were assigned to works that would be of direct benefit to the public. [...]

4 12, 2020

Santa Banned from Annual Christmas Parade at Reading

2021-06-04T12:13:45-04:00December 4th, 2020|Christmas, Culture, Holiday|0 Comments

In 1950, Santa Claus was banned from the Reading Christmas parade. Not that the city didn't believe in Santa. But the parade sponsors, the young men of the Reading, Pennsylvania, Junior Chamber of Commerce, also known as the Jaycees, wanted the observance to [...]

3 12, 2020

Mistletoe – Christmas Customs and Traditions

2021-06-04T12:13:46-04:00December 3rd, 2020|Christmas, Culture, Holiday|0 Comments

The mistletoe Americans are familiar with -- phoradendron serotinum -- grows primarily in the Southeast and as far west as Texas and Oklahoma. In swamps, it can be plucked off low-hanging branches by hand. It can sometimes be taken by ladder or by [...]

2 12, 2020

Koziar’s Christmas Village

2021-06-04T12:13:47-04:00December 2nd, 2020|Christmas, Culture, Holiday|0 Comments

William M. Koziar, the creator of Christmas Village, began decorating his home and property in 1948 for the pleasure that he and his wife, Grace, and their four children derived from the unusual display. People appreciated and applauded the beauty of the Koziar's [...]

1 12, 2020

Paper Mill Dam Removal on Cacoosing Creek in Berks County

2021-06-04T12:13:48-04:00December 1st, 2020|News|0 Comments

American Rivers was awarded $275,441 for the Removal of the Paper Mill Dam on Cacoosing Creek. Cacoosing Creek is an 11.4-mile-long (18.3 km) tributary of the Tulpehocken Creek in Berks County, Pennsylvania in the United States. It starts in Fritztown and flows northeast, [...]

26 11, 2020

Reading Fairgrounds Speedway, the Home of Champions

2021-06-04T12:13:51-04:00November 26th, 2020|Planes-Trains-Automobiles|0 Comments

From September 20, 1924 to June 29,1979, dirt-track racing fans crowded the 80 acre site of the Reading Fairgrounds located in Muhlenburg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania which was home to a half-mile oval that was known as “The Home of Champions” Modified stock [...]

26 11, 2020

Developer planning new townhomes on Washington Street, success or poor planning

2021-06-04T12:13:51-04:00November 26th, 2020|News|0 Comments

The Reading Redevelopment Authority recently accepted bids from a New York developer for the purchase of 301, 311, and 315 Washington Street, Reading, PA. Below: 301-315 Washington Street. David Hasenfeld of the Scharf Group plans to combine the three properties to build 15 [...]

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