• Ray Burns and his wife after taking his January 2016 oath of office.
    Change ‘Burns’ with departure

    When it comes to elected officials in the Cocalico area, change is not commonplace. Many of those sitting on the borough councils of Adamstown and Denver and the supervisor boards of East Cocalico and West Cocalico townships...

    • Posted June 29, 2017
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  • Cocalico Corner Donna Reed
    Cocalico Corner: A lot of ‘Sweat’ing going on

    This past Saturday I journeyed with a busload of my fellow Berks Countians to Broadway to see Reading. Yup. You read that correctly. We left Reading to see Reading. Nearly 50 of us traveled to the Big...

    • Posted June 21, 2017
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  • World War II veteran Dick Biehl, 94, of Berks County reflects on his D-Day experiences during a visit to the Winters Leadership Memorial at Veterans Plaza in Ephrata. Photo by Donna Reed
    Berks WWII veteran pays homage to D-Day and Winters

    When you’re 21, life events take on a clarity that morph into vivid memories as the decades pass. Often, those memories are joyous ones of early adulthood ­ graduating college, striking out on your own, adventures with...

    • Posted May 24, 2017
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  • Cocalico Corner: Ain’t no sunshine since he’s ruled

    There was an unwelcome chill in the air in the last couple of weeks. You felt it, didn’t you? I’m not just referring to the unseasonably cool weather. I’m talking about the frosty attitude some elected officials...

    • Posted May 22, 2017
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  • Cocalico Corner Donna Reed
    Cocalico Corner: On the record — unfiltered and time-sensitive

    Fake news. How often do you say it? How often do you believe it? It’s common for elected officials, now particularly from the top (or bigly) guy in D.C., to complain they aren’t properly quoted or their...

    • Posted May 3, 2017
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  • Cocalico Corner Donna Reed
    Cocalico Corner: Some good reads at the end of the week

    If you’re like me, you look with a degree of glee and anticipation towards Friday afternoon. The work week is winding down and the promise of some free time feels priceless. Last week, on my way back...

    • Posted April 26, 2017
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  • Cocalico Corner Donna Reed
    Cocalico Corner: Dark skies linger in the East

    There’s a long-standing saying among journalists who cover governmental entities. It goes something like this: “Sunshine is the best disinfectant.” In the past month, it’s clear there was wasn’t much sunshine breaking through the clouds over in...

    • Posted April 12, 2017
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  • Cocalico Corner Donna Reed
    Hoarding — beyond the stereotype, beyond the fire

    Elizabeth Fry will tell you that hoarders are often the nicest people you might want to meet. But Fry, president and founder of Beyond the Fork in the Road, a Denver-based company that specializes in helping folks,...

    • Posted March 22, 2017
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  • Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell reminsces about his friendship with the late Al Boscov. Photo by Kirk Neidermyer
    Cocalico Corner: Mr. B and the ‘perfect’ storm

    Albert Boscov, 87, the magnetic and energetic retail magnate who died in mid-February never had a bad day in his life. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell revealed that to a few thousand of us who attended Mr....

    • Posted March 1, 2017
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  • Albert R. Boscov…by the numbers…and from the heart

    Oh, Mr. B, how did we love thee? Let me count (some of) the ways. Eight thousand. The approximate number of those who work at or for your 45 stores throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey,...

    • Posted February 15, 2017
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