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Welcome to the 7th Annual Redner’s Family Expo For the seventh consecutive year, Redner’s would like to welcome your family to the Redner’s Family Expo. It continues to be important for our family of employee-owners to have a positive impact within their local community through fair business practices and support of the many philanthropic organizations with whom we currently partner. The importance of giving back to the local community continues through Redner’s involvement in many organizations such as Toys for Tots, the American Cancer Society, Berks Encore, the Greater Reading Food Bank, Crime Alert Berks County and the support of local sports teams like the Fightin Phils and the Royals. Economically it has been a difficult couple of years for many of you and Redner’s has continued to offer the highest possible value for your grocery needs. Redner’s offers not only name brand products at savings but several lines of value added products such as Redner’s own products, Essential Everyday, Shoppers Value, Wild Harvest organics, baby Basics and Equaline Health and Beauty Care. With Redner’s continued growth and increased buying power, programs like the 5/$19.95 and 3/$9.99 meat and deli sales continue weekly to help you save more. The Pump Perks fuel savings program has also continued with additional savings being offered during the Pumped Up Pump Perks program through 11/23/13. Healthy meal choices are an important part of any family and Meredith Mensinger, RD, LDN, our Registered Dietician, continues to help offer a healthier lifestyle for your family. Proper nutrition is important to all ages and Meredith is available to answer your questions at the Expo, on-line or by mail or phone. Both days will be filled with entertainment, including magic, theater, puppets, clowns, hands on science activities, and a mobile game station. A second stage was added for YogiDance, Thunderbolts Production Unit, and Yocum Institute Theatre Ensemble. New entertainment includes Gobo the Clown, a puppet show presented by Puppen Meister Productions and the music of Stephanie Grace, a local singer/songwriter originally from Douglassville, making her mark in country music.” Activities and information for everyone in the family including food, healthcare, travel, home and finance are all available. Have fun and enjoy your day!
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2013 Redner’s Markets Family Expo: Appearances, attractions and entertainment Saturday, November 2nd 11:00 YogiDance Yoga-based exercise program for kids 11:30 Puppen Meister Productions Puppet Show 11:30 About Families Diaper Derby 12:00 Yocum Institute Theatre Ensemble Holiday Show 12:30 About Families Diaper Derby 1:00 Gobo the Clown Magic Show 1:30 Puppen Meister Productions Puppet Show 1:30 About Families Diaper Derby 2:00 Yocum Institute Theatre Ensemble Holiday Show 2:30 About Families Diaper Derby 3:00 Gobo the Clown Magic Show 3:30 Puppen Meister Productions Puppet Show All Day Berks County Sheriff’s Office ID ME Identification Program All Day Penn State Berks Chemical Society Hands on Science Activities All Day Play Park All Day Games 2U Rolling Game Station
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Family fun comes first at Redner’s Markets Family Expo It’s not often that an event truly has “something for everyone,” but with food, products and entertainment for all ages, the 7th annual Redner’s Markets Family Expo is unquestionably one of those events. Families throughout Berks County, the Lehigh Valley and southeastern Pennsylvania are already making plans to attend the 2013 Redner’s Markets Family Expo Nov. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Greater Reading Expo Center, 2525 N. 12th St., Reading. “The Redner’s Markets Family Expo gets bigger
every year,” said Denice Schaeffer, general manager for Berks-Mont Newspapers. “Last year’s event drew more than 10,000 visitors, and we are looking to exceed that number for 2013. “We’re very excited for this year’s Expo. More than 100 sponsors and exhibitors have already signed up to be there, showcasing products and services for babies, toddlers, tweens, teens and adults. There will be lots of entertainment, costumed characters, prizes and an inflatable Play Park for the little ones (and to give Mom and Dad a chance to
take a break).” Exhibitors will offer information and products dealing with childcare, education, health, toys, family entertainment, food, clothing, insurance & financial, novelties and more. And of course, the centerpiece is the Redner’s Markets Pavilion, where visitors can sample the best in food and beverages from their favorite brands. Visitors can enjoy samples from Johanna Foods, Keller’s Butter, McCormick & Company, Nestle USA, Godshalls Quality Meats, Clover Farms Please see First on 6
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Poured Concrete Wall Foundation Cracks ... What Are My Options? Basement Waterprooﬁng Specialist explains the remedy to foundation cracks in a poured concrete wall Most people are principally unaware of such services until they need them. Research is paramount; however, the volume of information can be overwhelming. The simple, short and introductory step is discerning what is best for you. First, if you have a poured concrete wall what products are companies proposing to use? For example, in a plain poured concrete wall with an extremely visible crack contractors will apply a boiler plate response by ﬁlling it in with an epoxy (essentially a kind of glue). Further, in some cases they will actually glue an expensive strap/strip made of carbon ﬁber onto it. The carbon ﬁber is a thin stranded ﬁlament 8 inches wide 1/8 inch thick glued to the block or cement wall perpendicular to the crack. Will it stop the water for some time? Sure, but with expansion and contraction of temperature changes the crack
has a tendency to separate and it will tear the coatings. At the same time from a structural point of view that will absolutely not address the structural repair. The carbon ﬁber strap probably won’t rip. However, the adhesive applied to it WILL and strip off the wall leaving you with a wall that separates. One of the big concerns with a poured concrete wall crack is that it might stay dormant for years and or continue down into the ‘footer’ (the footer is the frame work of what holds the concrete wall in place). Most of the time that’s not happening but there is a possibility it is. So how could a company guarantee for the lifetime of the structure that wall will not move? By keeping it simple. A 90,000 lbs tensile strength 304 stainless steel plate. Basement Waterprooﬁng Specialists even ﬁred a .454 Casull round at one from 5 yards away and it did
not penetrate the plate. The crack is epoxied ﬁrst, then the plated is epoxied to the outside of the wall (digging required) and then 6” bolts are applied. Most importantly this prevents the foundation from separating and prevents the footer from potentially cracking. We will even dig down further at no extra cost and underpin the footer just as an added precaution. Of course there are times when we cannot perform this procedure on the outside because there might be patio’s or decks. In these cases we would apply the plate from the inside. With this tensile strength that wall isn’t going anywhere. This is the proper way to ﬁx a poured concrete wall. It’s what our own family members would get and nothing less. If you are dealing with crack in your foundation please give us a call today. We will take care of you and treat you like our
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year, so there will be more opportunities to see one of the acts,” Schaeffer added. “In terms of entertainment, we have YogiDance, Thunderbolts Production Unit, and Yocum Institute Theatre Ensemble.” New entertainment includes Gobo the Clown, a puppet show presented by Puppen Meister Productions and the music of singer Stephanie Grace. “We’re very excited this year to feature the music of Stephanie Grace,” said Schaeffer “She is a local singer/songwriter originally from Douglassville, making her mark in country music.” Grace will perform at the expo on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2:30 p.m. Grace has shared the stage with notable acts such as Easton Corbin,
John Michael Montgomery, Taylor Swift, Josh Turner and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery. She has written more than 70 songs, released four singles to radio and cracked the Top 50 on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart with “Hey There” in Nov. 2012. With musical influences spanning from Miranda Lambert, LeAnn Rimes, The Band Perry, Adele and Colbie Caillat, Grace credits her continued success to her supportive family and friends. And for the (very) little ones, the About Families Diaper Derby offers a chance to crawl around a bit – for prizes – while the adults in the crowd cheer the little crawlers on to victory! The 2013 Redner’s Markets Family Expo is spon-
sored by Berks-Mont Newspapers, About Families, Reading Eagle, WFMZTV Quality Plus Ford and Berks County Living. Tickets for the Redner’s Markets Family Expo are $6 for adults, $4 for Children 12 and under and $4 for seniors. Children 2 and under are free. For $29.95, purchase a family pack and
received 2 adult/2 children’s tickets and receive a $20 Redner’s gift card. Tickets can be purchased online at www.rednersfamilyexpo.com and at the door. For more information about the 2013 Redner’s Markets Family Expo, including a list of exhibitors, the entertainment
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Stephanie Grace set to perform Sunday A vibrant force on the scene, Stephanie Grace is ready to stake her claim in country music with electrifying vocals, genuinely sweet songs, and an exuberantly fresh personality that is mixed with a dose of attitude, charisma and charm. This 16-year-old is making her dreams come true with determination and vision and not letting anything stand in her way. Set to perform at 2:30 p.m., Sunday at the Redner’s Family Expo, she will storm the venue with her brand of unique country music. With her roots laid down in Douglassville, PA, Stephanie has always been around country music.
“Country was literally all I listened to,” remembers this teenage girl. “My parents listened to country radio nonstop and my mom used to play Lorrie Morgan in the car when we were driving to school.” The passion for singing continued throughout her childhood. “I always loved to sing,” recalls Stephanie. “When I was two, I danced around the house singing Old McDonald into an egg beater over and over. Even when we sat in a circle singing songs in kindergarten, I was always the loudest, even though I was a very shy kid.” One would never imagine that stage fright once bothered this now sharp
performer as she graced the stage with notable acts already including Taylor Swift, Easton Corbin, Gloriana, Josh Turner, John Michael Montgomery, Scotty McCreery, and Bucky Covington. This shyness went away after her first grade talent show performance of What Dreams Are Made Of (from the Lizzie McGuire movie). “When I told my mom I wanted to sing in this talent show, she couldn’t believe it. I surprised the entire school when I got up there to sing. I loved the adrenaline rush I felt on stage and that’s when I knew I wanted to do this for the rest of my life.” She continued playing
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at local restaurants, fairs and carnivals, getting comfortable singing in front of an audience. This paid off when she won Pocono Junior Idol and Kids Country Idol in 2006. It was around this time when she met Al Brock, President of Spin Doctors in Nashville. “He used to work at a local country station. He told me he was moving back to Nashville to start a promotion company and I’d be his first client. It turned out he held true to his word. He has definitely helped jumpstart my career and I can’t thank him enough!” With a busy schedPlease see Grace on E9
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ule traveling, performing, songwriting and visiting radio stations, this vivacious girl is still focused on her education first and foremost. As a junior at Agora Cyber Charter School, she is no stranger to the difficulties of balancing her personal life with a music career. “Cyber School is very new to me, but I think it will make traveling and focusing on my music a lot easier. Education is super important to me and I’m glad we found a method that works with my schedule!” This country songstress now has more than 70 songs in her catalog
and dreams of inspiring others through lyrics that frame her daily experiences and casual conversations. Songwriting was something that didn’t come naturally at first, but only a few years after her first attempt; you can’t get her to stop writing. “As an 8 year old, I was a little frustrated because I really didn’t have much to write about. Two years later, school was getting rough and my grandmother passed away. I decided to give it another try, and the words just started flowing.” With musical influences spanning from Miranda Lambert, LeAnn Rimes, Trisha Yearwood, Adele and Colbie Caillat,
she credits her continued success to her loving family and supportive group of friends. “It’s all a girl can ask for. I’ve been very blessed. My parents constantly remind me that the day it’s no longer fun, I don’t have to do it. I have no intention of stopping anytime soon.” Stephanie is aiming high to fulfill her dream, and she knows that working hard will get her there. Her ultimate dream is to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and complete a world tour. “While I can’t be sure what the future holds, I know that as long as I’m singing country music, I’ll be living my dream!”
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Art, music and laughs: It’s no wonder that kids love Mr. David C. Perry! Mr. David C. Perry is a multi-talented artist / musician / comedian whose creative concoctions of music, art, puppets, props and humor are guaranteed to appeal to the young and young-at-heart everywhere. Whether you are planning a small birthday party for your four-year old, an assembly for the whole school, or a festival for the entire community, you can count on a sea of happy, smiling faces by inviting Mr. David to entertain at your event. His most popular party “package” is a one-hour comical concert of “Drawings, Songs & Silliness” topped off with a thematic caricature of the birthday
child. For older children (and grown-ups) you can arrange to have him draw additional caricatures, of all the guests. For corporate and retail events, too, his caricatures really “draw a crowd.” For schools, camps, and libraries, he also presents themed assemblies and conducts hands-on workshops on both cartooning and song-writing. For large events, such as outdoor festivals, he sometimes teams up with members of his Mighty Bright Band. David has performed everywhere from the Please Touch Museum to the Hershey Museum to WXPN’s Kids Corner to the Philadelphia Folk Festival to
BCTV’s Story Web to the Dr. Demento Show. In 2002, he was selected by the Pennsylvania Library Association as the official artist for their statewide Summer Reading Club program. David is also the founder and president of Kids Express Productions, which since 1993 has staged inter-generational special events celebrating children’s music and art. His CD, entitled Hello! Hello! Hello!, is available at www.cdbaby.com/mrdcperry where you can listen to free samples of every song on the album. Watch David’s videos at www.youtube.com/davidcperry.
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Sheriff’s Department I.D. Me program returns to expo I.D. Me is a child identification program that enhances the Code Amber Alert System. The Berks County Sheriff’s department captures a digital photo of your child and stores it on the County of Berks computer network. If your child would become the victim of abduction, the digital photo along with the child’s demographics would be sent to the Pennsylvania State Police for submission to the Code Am-
ber Alert organization, provided that the Activation Criteria would apply. If the criteria are met, the Amber Alert system would then be activated. I.D. Me is a free community service provided by the Berks County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Eric J. Weaknecht has been a member of the Berks County Sheriff’s Department since 1984. He is committed to protecting our children through
programs like Deputy Phil which teaches home, school and neighborhood safety; Deputy-Youth Mentoring programs engaging in sports coaching and the ID Me Program. ID Me is a child identification card program that was created by Sheriff Weaknecht. So far the program has provided over 10,000 child identification cards since its inception in 2003.
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Animal Rescue League brings furry friends The Animal Rescue League of Berks County will be one of the many exhibitors at this year’s Redner’s Family Expo. The history of the Animal Rescue dates back to July 7, 1952, when Mary Archer, a Berks County socialite and lifelong activist for animal welfare, founded the Animal Rescue League because of her concern for the humane treatment of animals in Berks County. Miss Archer was the first president of the Berks County League of Women Voters, the first female member of the National Committee of the Democratic Party, and the first female member
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of the Berks County Prison Board. She was born into a prominent Reading family and never married. She used much of her family’s wealth to help others. Animals always played a vital role in Miss Archer’s life, especially during her many years with the Berks County Humane Society. As a result of continuous struggles over management policies, she left the Humane Society and started the Animal Rescue League on 10-acres of her Flying Hills farm near what would become the junction of Routes 724 and the Morgantown Expressway. Shareholders were found and a board of di-
rectors was established. The league was operated through memberships and donations. Adoptions were arranged on a hometo-home basis from an office in Reading until the kennels were opened in Cumru Township in 1953. Sixteen dogs and four cats were the first animals to be sheltered in the new kennels. Miss Archer donated $15,000 to build the new ARL quarters which included an entrance hall, two office areas, 32 kennels, a cat room, and a kitchen area. Miss Archer was the first president, a position she held until her death on May 28, 1963, at age 82. In May of 1954, a
woman’s auxiliary was organized to help with fund raising to cover the league’s expenses. Although Miss Archer had contributed large amounts of money in support of the shelter, her fortune was depleted at the time of her death, leaving the league to continue without her support and several thousands of dollars in debt. At this point, the future of the shelter was in doubt. Some stockholders wanted to close its doors while others vowed to continue the league’s mission. Votes were close, but the league supporters won and the Animal Rescue League Please see ARL on E16
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continued to operate. In April of 1957, the league petitioned the City of Reading to ban the sale of dyed baby Easter animals, and on December 18, 1958, the ban became law. The league also was a leader in launching the era of kennel inspections. The ARL began as a “no kill” shelter, but in time there were more abandoned animals who needed shelter than there was room. After humane euthanasia was introduced, the shelter population almost doubled, from 400 animals per year to 845, with adoptions almost tripling, according to Mary Jane Jacoby, who was a friend
of Miss Archer and a charter member of the shelter. Jane also was an auxiliary member and has continued to be active with the league. She presently is serving on the board of directors. During Harry Brown, the ARL’s Executive Director’s 20-year tenure, the Animal Rescue League has grown into a modern animal shelter with kennels that can accommodate 60 dogs and 60 cats. To date, spaying and neutering are the only real methods of control over the vast number of unwanted dogs and cats. In 1959, the league was one of the few shelters in the United States to have a compulsory spaying/ neutering adoption policy. The league also joined with the Humane Society of the United States to identify dog dealers and private kennels that continued ani-
mal abuse practices. Because of the large number of laboratory animal dealers in the state, the league also lead the way in encouraging a stronger Pennsylvania Dog Law. State Sen. Gus Yatron introduced a stronger Dog Law bill that became law on Dec. 22, 1965. On Aug. 24, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Laboratory Animal Welfare Act to increase protection for laboratory animals. Through its humane education programs and animal cruelty investigations by three state-certified humane and animal control officers, the crusading spirit of Miss Archer lives on today in the Animal Rescue League. See more at: http://www. berk sarl.org/about-us/ history/#sthash.512bgxiq. dpuf
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Dairy Princess Jessica Duncan makes an appearance at Family Expo Dairy Princess Jessica Duncan will attend the Family Expo to promote milk products and the fairy industry in Berks County. Jessica was crowned the 2013-14 Berks County Dairy Princess at the Mohrsville Church of the Brethren recently. This coming year, Jessica will be traveling around Berks County promoting the Dairy Industry and the healthy benefits of eating dairy products. She was crowned by the outgoing Princess, Kayci Johns. She will have help promoting with Danica Rhoads who will serve as the Berks County Li’l Miss Dairy Princess. Danica was crowned by outgoing Li’l Miss Brooke
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Puppen Meister Productions brings country show to expo Puppen Meister Productions will be bringing a country show jamboree to the Redner’s Family Expo. Set to perform both days throughout the day, the show is set to entertain. After spending several years in the retail business, Ernest M. Wachter opened a candle manufacturing business in the early 70’s . Business was very good for a few years until the “wave” of novelties had passed and Ernest sold the business. His interests turned to glass and soon, he started engraving glassware and selling at craft shows up and down the east coast. A couple of years into engraving, Ernest met a
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Yocum Institute teen ensemble returns to Family Expo This year, the Yocum Institute for Arts Education Teen Theater Ensemble of Wyomissing will be making their return to the Redner’s Markets Family Expo. The Yocum Institute for Arts Education, formally the Institute of Arts, has been serving the community for over 75 years. In 2009, the institute was renamed to honor long-time donor, board member and community philanthropist, James H. Yocum, whose main focus was education. Quality instruction and access to the arts are
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