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We recently encountered this weasely nocturnal mammal that is common in Pennsylvania when our dogs flushed a baby skunk from under our backyard shed.The ensuing twilight fracas left both dogs sprayed but unharmed. The Jack Russell mix tenaciously jabbed her jaw at the baby, which probably weighed 3 pounds, while our other dog, a Yorkie mix who tips the scale at 8 pounds, quickly scurried for the safety of human arms. It was terrier vs. skunk for a good 3 minutes, or half an hour, depending on your perspective.

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We recently encountered this weasely nocturnal mammal that is common in Pennsylvania when our dogs flushed a baby skunk from under our backyard shed.

The ensuing twilight fracas left both dogs sprayed but unharmed. The Jack Russell mix tenaciously jabbed her jaw at the baby, which probably weighed 3 pounds, while our other dog, a Yorkie mix who tips the scale at 8 pounds, quickly scurried for the safety of human arms. It was terrier vs. skunk for a good 3 minutes, or half an hour, depending on your perspective.


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PennDOT has new map for repairing roads, bridges in Berks

It’s no secret Pennsylvania’s roads are in rough shape.The pothole-ridden mess that was left over last winter was a clear sign of that. The state has ranked among the worst for structurally deficient bridges.A recent infrastructure report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Pennsylvania roads and bridges D grades. Another recent report on rural roads by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based research group, ranked the state first for deficient rural bridges, 20th for poor rural road condition and 10th in rural driving fatalities.

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PennDOT has new map for repairing roads, bridges in Berks

It’s no secret Pennsylvania’s roads are in rough shape.
The pothole-ridden mess that was left over last winter was a clear sign of that. The state has ranked among the worst for structurally deficient bridges.

A recent infrastructure report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Pennsylvania roads and bridges D grades. Another recent report on rural roads by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based research group, ranked the state first for deficient rural bridges, 20th for poor rural road condition and 10th in rural driving fatalities.

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Local doctors weigh in on causes of nearsightedness

When it comes to eyesight, your genes play a big role in how well you see.But it turns out other variables are a part of the equation, too.The latest, and maybe biggest, example comes from a study published in June in the journal Ophthalmology from a group of German researchers who looked at the link between years of education and nearsightedness.

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Local doctors weigh in on causes of nearsightedness

When it comes to eyesight, your genes play a big role in how well you see.
But it turns out other variables are a part of the equation, too.

The latest, and maybe biggest, example comes from a study published in June in the journal Ophthalmology from a group of German researchers who looked at the link between years of education and nearsightedness.

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To make it last, let’s stop trashing our air, water and land

Why should we even care about the environment? It’s been here 6 billion years and is still going strong, right?
Sadly, wrong. Since the Industrial Revolution 150 years ago, the planet has been emitting 380 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere per year with a recent 400 ppm mark, a rise from 280 ppm, according to realclimate.org and theguardian.com. And while one problem is the amount of emissions, the bigger problem is the speed at which we’re dumping the carbon into our air from driving, factories, etc.

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To make it last, let’s stop trashing our air, water and land

Why should we even care about the environment? It’s been here 6 billion years and is still going strong, right?


Sadly, wrong. Since the Industrial Revolution 150 years ago, the planet has been emitting 380 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere per year with a recent 400 ppm mark, a rise from 280 ppm, according to realclimate.org and theguardian.com. And while one problem is the amount of emissions, the bigger problem is the speed at which we’re dumping the carbon into our air from driving, factories, etc.

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Donations to Berks County college campaigns reach new records

Trying to raise millions is difficult enough. Add the recession and Berks County’s five colleges faced an uphill battle over the past few years.While donors pulled back at first, they came through and gave record amounts to build new facilities and fund scholarships, research and endowments.

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Donations to Berks County college campaigns reach new records

Trying to raise millions is difficult enough. Add the recession and Berks County’s five colleges faced an uphill battle over the past few years.
While donors pulled back at first, they came through and gave record amounts to build new facilities and fund scholarships, research and endowments.

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Vet honored for decades of service to Mohnton VFW post

Earl Eshelman couldn’t help but get a little teary eyed as he faced a roomful of applause and salutes in the Mohnton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.
He’d been lured to the club under the pretense that another member was receiving an award. But after seeing earlier that week that the post’s outdoor sign board had been changed to wish him a happy 91st birthday, he got an inkling there might be more to it.

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Vet honored for decades of service to Mohnton VFW post

Earl Eshelman couldn’t help but get a little teary eyed as he faced a roomful of applause and salutes in the Mohnton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.


He’d been lured to the club under the pretense that another member was receiving an award. But after seeing earlier that week that the post’s outdoor sign board had been changed to wish him a happy 91st birthday, he got an inkling there might be more to it.

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