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June 27, 2019

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SLY FOX OPENS NEW TAPHOUSE AT THE KNITTING MILLS Out with the old, in with the new at the Wyomissing VF Outlet property. Sly Fox Brewing Company open up their first Taphouse in Berks County. To get the inside scoop, General Manager Randy McKinley gave us a quick tour. “This has been a project two years in the making. When John Gianopolous brought me on board it was real exciting to learn about our expansion” said Mcinley. With a presence already in Berks County at festivals, professional sports, and more, Sly Fox has had an interest in being more community focused.

“We really feel we started something special here, so we wanted this to be our first one” said McKinley referring to the Sly Fox Taphouse concept. “We did a lot of research checking properties, then this suddenly became available, and we though this was perfect.”

Outside on the deck features two large fire pits and plenty of seating. Heading inside, McKinley says during construction the crew found a hundred and ten year old bricks on the wall. “During demolition one of the jackhammer’s slipped and popped off some plaster. After we saw

the brick we’re like we got to be able to keep it. We’re able to work with the developer and our general contractor and keep some of the history inside”. The 5,000 square foot main room features high top seating, multiple TV’s including one 161 in projection TV, and a large U shaped bar. “Sly Fox historically is known for pizzas and wings” says McKinley. “Knowing our lunchtime crowd we kind of had to open the menu up a little bit” Showcasing their new pizza oven, McKinley says it can crank out pizzas in about 90 seconds.

What can you expect from the new Sly Fox Taphouse? A family-friendly, casual, beer-hall atmosphere. Hours are M-T 11:30-10pm, W-TH 11:30-11pm, F-S 11:30-12am, Sun 11:30-8pm. For the animal lovers, well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome on the outdoor deck. In addition, Sly Fox offers a gluten free and vegetarian menu options, although they do not brew gluten free beer. Watch the video tour of the rennovated building on


TEEN PHILANTHROPISTS AWARD $15K TO INCREASE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH IN READING Four programs that engage youth and contribute to an improved atmosphere in the City of Reading have been awarded $15,000 in grants from the Youth and Philanthropy Fund of Berks County Community Foundation. The 30 teen members of the Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) spent the 2018-2019 school year learning about philanthropy, discussing issues that face local youth, evaluating organizations that tackle those issues, and deciding which groups will receive grants. YAC members identified the atmosphere, opportunities, attractions, and living standards in the City of Reading as a major concern for students in Berks County. Since 1998, YAC has distributed 107 grants totaling $328,258. This year’s grants: $5,000 to “RIZE Above Bars,” a program of the RIZE youth

arts organization in which at-risk youth and youth with incarcerated parents take dance classes, perform throughout Reading, and engage in supportive programs to address trauma and other issues. $5,000 to the VOiCEup Berks Summer of Service, which gives youth an array of service-learning opportunities that positively impact their community and empower them to create positive change. $3,500 to Barrio Alegria for The OJOS: Eye of the Beholder, a multi-year initiative for youth to document life in Reading through photography. $1,500 to I-Lead Inc.’s Salsa, Song and Food Festival, an outdoor music, dance and food event to attract youth downtown to celebrate the Hispanic culture and to collect and distribute clothing for local families in need. This fall, the Community

Foundation’s YAC is merging with another program to become the Youth Advisory Board, a program of Berks County Community Foundation and Youth Volunteer Corps of Reading. The Youth Volunteer Corps of Reading is an affiliate of a national program. VOiCEup Berks runs the local affiliate. The new Youth Advisory Board program combines the grant-awarding component of the Community Foundation’s youth program with the service-learning component of the Youth Volunteer Corps of Reading. The application process for students to join the 2019-2020 Youth Advisory Board is closed. Applications will open in May 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year. For further information, contact Rachel Kuhn at RachelK@ A co-founder of VOiCEup Berks, Rachel is director of the Youth Advisory Board.

Berks County is full of crafty people creating all sorts of homemade, unique items. But where can you find these items without going to a street festival or craft fair? Joy Bailey wanted to solve that problem. So she decided to turned her idea of showcasing local artists into a retail business in Kenhorst, named Uniquely Local. Spending the past 20 years working for an IT company, Bailey was tired of the daily corporate grind. “I reached a transition point in my career and wanted to do something new that focused on the local economy, and make an impact on the community” says Bailey. Knowing the challenges local artists face when displaying their work, Bailey wanted to start a business that would act as a combination retail shop, online store, and business incubator. “I like going to craft fairs. I would see everyone setup, and think to myself, this is incredibly time consuming and labor intensive. So I thought instead i’d turn the concept on its head and make a business highlight locally made items.” ​ Building a new business managing multiple vendors isn’t easy. Before she opened, Bailey had to network with local artists to generate a vendor list. “Before I opened the store, I visited several local craft fairs and festivals gathering contact info of different artists and vendors. I was able to gather 80 initial applications.” says Bailey.

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With a grand opening in April, Bailey chose to setup her shop in the Kenhorst Shopping Plaza due to proximity to bigger retail stores, and the distance to her own house. “I man the store six days a week, so I wanted to find something close by.” Operating for a little over two months, Bailey has vendors from Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York County. “What’s important to realize is that our inventory will always be changing. Existing vendors will bring new items in and we will also add new vendors”. Walking through, the store has an upscale vibe, featuring home decor, glassware, jewelry, baby products, and soaps. Unlike a consignment shop or thrift store, all the items in Uniquely Local are brand new and part of an artist or small businesses collection. “I consider it more of a gift shop, due to the variety of things we stock.” explained Bailey. For those looking to have items for sale, Bailey has two options. The first is a split of the sale price of each item. The other option is to rent display space. Bailey says this option provides brands with a static display area for their products, and more prominent signage. When asked about local food products Bailey said, “Unfortunately, I can’t sell perishable food items, so I’ve created in-store events that will bring those vendors in to showcase their goods”.

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SUMMER BOOK SHARE PROGRAM BENEFITS TEACHERS IN THE PARKS Do It Local Fundraising began two years ago, right here in Berks County, by Heather & Patrick Brady. With a mission to localize, modernize, and customize the old national coupon book fundraiser system, Do It Local also uses their platform to help the community connect with local charities. Continuing their Member Missions program, Do It Local has recently launched a Childrens’ Book Share collaboration with Teachers in the Parks. Teachers in the Parks started here in Berks County by Exeter School District Elementary School Teacher Matthew Hathaway. TIPS offers students fun yet focused, quality but affordable, summer learning in math, math challenge, and reading. Experienced teachers designed this program to help students transition between grade levels. To launch the program, Do It Local is asking the community to donate old or new Childrens’ Books to the following locations: Weaver’s Orchard in Mohnton, Thanx Hair Artistry in Exeter, So Good Soups in the Shillington Farmers Market and Fairgrounds Farmers Market, Skin Sanctuary Spa in West Lawn, Hay Creek Snack Shack in Birdsboro,

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels in Elverson Walmart. Once the program begins, residents can pick up a free books at the locations above anytime throughout the summer. Inside each book you will see instructions to post a picture of the book in the Do It Local Facebook Group “Berks County Readers – FREE Books”. In the group, families can watch their favorite stories travel the county and spread smiles. SAVE THE DATE Wednesday July 24th. Teachers in the Parks and Do It Local Fundraising will be at Weaver’s Orchard distributing free books to all children attending Story Time. Of course, children can help themselves to books any day at Weaver’s! Weaver’s Orchard’s is located at 40 Fruit Ln, Morgantown, Pennsylvania 19543. Read ‘N Pick Story Time is every Monday and Wednesday morning starting at 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 AM. For organizations looking to set up a collection of books to encourage summer reading, contact:


Wednesday’s READING UNITED game ends in TIE against LONG ISLAND ROUGH RIDERS 1-1 In search of their 28th consecutive regular season game without a loss, Reading United faced the Long Island Rough Riders Wednesday, at Gurski Stadium in Sinking Spring. Hosting Latin Heritage Night, the game opened with a bilingual public address by WFMZ’s Roberto Vinces, Ceremonial First Kick with candidate for Mayor of Reading Eddie Moran, and a playlist curated by Reading United’s Latino players. Reading has faced Long Island earlier this season when they traveled across state lines and settled for a 0-0 tie at Hofstra University. Jahmali Waite and the United defensive squad held the home team to zero shots on goal. On the other end of the field, United couldn’t find the back of the net, which lead to a tied match at 0-0. Leading by one thanks to Felipe Hideki, Reading fought diligently against the Rough Riders in the first half. However, mid way through the second half, the Rough Riders answered back with a quick goal, tying the game 1-1. After the game, Coach McCann gave his thoughts on the night. “The first half was very good, we executed the plan. Second half, we need to convert our chances. We’re going to look at the video hard” says McCann. “That’s twice now we haven’t been able to problem solve in game. It’s fine giving instructions from the side lines, but it has to be executed, but we’re panicking, and we need people to step up more and take hold of the moment.” Speaking forward about Reading’s next game against the New York Red Bulls, McCann feels hopeful. “The main message from today is finish your chances. If you’re going to be a pro, and that’s what they’re aspiring to the next level, careers are won and lost by taking chances.” Reading is back in action at home on Saturday June 29th versus the New York Red Bulls for Hometown Heroes Night.

Pennsylvania travelers can “pursue their scoops” on the newly expanded Pennsylvania Ice Cream Trail. After a popular inaugural season, the Pennsylvania Ice Cream Trail expanded from 12 creameries in Eastern and South Central PA, into three trails including a Western PA Trail, with a total of 32 stops in these regions for 2019. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and DCED Deputy Secretary Carrie Fischer Lepore joined local and state officials to kick off the 2019 ice cream trail season today at Chester Springs Creamery at Milky Way Farm in Chester Springs, Chester County. The creamery is on a historic 103acre dairy farm which has been home to four generations of the Matthews family. “The only thing better than eating delicious ice cream is knowing your purchase supports Pennsylvania farms and Pennsylvania’s economy,” Secretary Redding said. “Learning the story of how food is made and seeing that connection between the cow and the cone adds even more fun.” The program includes a passport that visitors can have stamped to earn prizes at stops along each trail. More information about creameries on the trail, including a downloadable passport, can be found at Visitors who share photos from the trail using #PursueYourScoops may be featured on visitPA’s website and social media channels. The trails will officially open statewide on June 1, 2019. Berks County Ice Cream Trail Stops: Way-Har Farms is home to 300 cows, is a third-generation, family-owned business located at 7701 Bernville Road Bernville, PA 19506. The Nesting Box Farm Market & Creamery is known for its high-quality, cage-free brown eggs, the Nesting Box now offers homemade ice cream as part of its farm fresh offerings, plus foods and goods from nearby farms, including milk, cheese, meat, jams and honey. Located at 230 Snyder Road Kempton, PA 19529.

The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant to Reading High School for renovation of the school’s interior courtyard. Students and faculty of the School’s Green Committee have been designing criteria to re-imagine the school’s courtyard and create a welcoming spot to conduct outdoor classes. Reading High School is one of 545 schools across the United States to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant this spring for improvement projects. Reading High School seeks to transform the old, unused interior courtyard into a habitat garden and living learning laboratory in an effort to expand its STEAM and environmental education opportunities. The courtyard will become a healthy habitat for native plants and animals. Students and faculty of the school’s Green Committee have planned to create a learning laboratory that will include a native pollinator garden, raised beds, hardscaping for an outdoor learning space, a turtle pond. The school recently received a custom-made bench from Habitat for Humanity. “We are excited to receive this grant,” said Jeannine Michel, high school science teacher who has been a faculty leader for the Green Committee. “The students are excited to see their plans turn into reality.” Students will be involved in various renovation projects in the fall.” “The Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program delivers on Lowe’s commitment to improve the educational environment for students across the country,” said Maureen Ausura, chairwoman of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “We’re honored to work with Reading High School to support the needs of our local students, teachers and families.” Since its inception in 2006, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education has provided nearly $45 million in grants to more than 10,000 schools, benefiting more than 6 million schoolchildren.

OUTGOING ALVERNIA PRESIDENT THOMAS FLYNN EARNS EMERITUS STATUS The Alvernia University board of trustees grants emeritus status for outgoing president Thomas F. Flynn following 14 years of transformational leadership. This is the first time in the university’s history that an individual in the role of president has received such a distinction. “Tom’s vision and leadership converted this local commuter college to a thriving regional university with deep ties to the community,” said Alvernia University board of trustees Chairman and CEO of Fromm Electric Supply, Michael Fromm. “On behalf of the entire board, it gives us great pleasure to grant Tom the status of president emeritus, as he is the most transformational leader in the university’s history.” Flynn ends his tenure as Alvernia’s president June

30, after serving as president since July 2005. “What has fed my soul as president is the campus-wide commitment to our university’s social responsibility and the reciprocal commitment of so many in our local and nearby communities to helping Alvernia emerge and now thrive as a university held up nationally as a model for civic engagement,” said Flynn. Flynn was honored in late May when about 800 people, a blend of business and community leaders as well as faculty, staff and students gathered in downtown Reading for a gala celebrating his legacy of leadership and recognizing the transformation of Alvernia during his tenure. Funds raised through the gala, $1,877,735, will support the Reading Collegiate Scholars.

Local Haunted House Documentary to Premiere in Reading Friday For years Halloween enthusiast Branden Moyer has constructed a haunted house in his backyard in Kenhorst, gathering thousands of visitors. With no more room to expand his home haunt, Moyer decided to take his hobby to the next level in 2018, by building a massive 4,000 square foot haunted attraction in the middle of a busy shopping plaza. To document the progress, local photographer Jason Hugg filmed Moyer and his crew over a 5 month period, gathering video footage of the entire construction process. “It began with a pretty farfetched idea” said Hugg. “That’s what initially intrigued me. With no construction experience or a crew to build it, I knew he would do something, but didn’t know where it would go”. As time passed and the haunted house began to take shape, Hugg tells us a story emerged. “I started out just following Branden, but as he hired actors and staff, his crew started to influence him and began contributing their own ideas. It wasn’t just a job; it was something they loved to do. This gave me a new perspective on how to tell the story”. Hugg says the documentary is not without its

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Grants are available to K-12 public schools in the United States for a wide range of improvement projects. Schools may be eligible to receive Toolbox grants up to $100,000. Since 1957, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has helped improve communities across North America through financial contributions and support for employee volunteerism.

share of drama and excitement. “I won’t give away everything, but at one point a generator is stolen from the haunt site, and another time a haunt actor dressed up as a werewolf to hide in a local Halloween store”. With Halloween over and the haunt finally closed, Hugg began the long process of editing hundreds of hours of film. “I’m not a full-time filmmaker, so I spent a lot of late nights editing the project. Now that it’s complete, I am definitely proud of the film” says Hugg. With a run time of 1 hour and 15 minutes, Hugg’s documentary, Moonlight Massacre: Building the Haunt, is finally complete. A local premiere of the film is scheduled for June 28th, 7pm at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. In addition to the local screening, Hugg says he has also submitted the film to local and regional film festivals. The local premiere includes a photo opp with the haunt actors from 6-7pm, screening of the film at 7pm, and filmmaker/ actor meet and greet after the showing. Tickets are $10 at

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