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Did the Berks County Courthouse
lights offer a weather forecast?
Source: Darrin Youker, Reading Eagle
Back in the days before AccuWeather and The Weather Channel, Reading had a rather unique way of letting people know the forecast. At night, red and blue lights on the top and sides of the Berks County Courthouse would change if the weather was going to be clear or cloudy, fair or stormy. Much like the Pagoda's lights used to announce baseball scores, the courthouse lights were a mass communications tool in the days before televisions were in every home. It all made sense, considering that the National Weather Service put a station on the 18th floor when the courthouse opened in 1932. A generation of Reading natives grew up with the courthouse lights acting as their weather gauge.
Here was the weather code:
Continued fair weather: All blue
Continued storms: All red
Stormy to fair: Top red, corner lights blue
Clear to stormy: Top blue, corner lights red
For decades, the security staff at the courthouse was responsible for getting the next day's forecast and adjusting the lights accordingly, said James Moorman, facilities director. But in the 1990's, it was getting tougher to find the right light bulbs, and some of the wires were no longer working. A decision was made to stop using the courthouse as a weather beacon. The red and blue lights were removed in 1995. But that doesn't mean the courthouse is now dark at night. Much like the Pagoda's steady glow, the courthouse shines with a yellowish hue and remains a prominent part of the Reading skyline.
Not everyone realizes, however, that the tower in the center of Reading no longer forecasts weather. That news even caught a few seasoned Reading Eagle staffers off-guard. The weather lights were removed during a major renovation, Moorman said, adding that Berks County officials didn't make a major announcement about the change. Perhaps that's why it escaped many people's attention. Said Moorman, "I don't think we said a thing about it."
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Reading Downtown Improvement District Authority's Environmental Services:
* Weeding / Mulching
* Pressure Washing
* Graffiti Removal
* Handbill Removal
* Snow Removal & Salting from crosswalks
35,004 (44 Gallon Bags) bags of trash were removed
3,989 (44 Gallon Bags) bags of leaves were removed
Easter Illustration from an old children's book in our archives.
The Spring comes, the snow is gone,
The meadows are turning green,
The Lark sings, here and there
One sees flowers blooming.
Soon comes the Easterfest,
Where for us in green grass,
Many colorful eggs lie in the nest of
The Little Easter Rabbit.
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2014 Assessment Information
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Credit Card payments are Not available at this time, we apologize for the inconvenience this may cause ~ Checks and money orders made payable to: Reading DID
Payment due dates are listed below:
2% Discount If paid by April 30, 2014
Flat Rate If paid by June 30, 2014
10% Penalty If paid after June 30, 2014
Optional Installment plan:
Installment #1 Due by April 30, 2014
Installment #2 Due by June 15, 2014
Installment #3 Due by July 31, 2014
Installment #4 Due by August 15, 2014
Installment payments include $5.00 administrative fee per payment ~ Late installment payments are subject to penalties.
D.I.D. Authority Board Meetings
Downtown Main Street / Promotion & Marketing Meeting
The Reading Downtown Improvement District Authority together with the Main Street Program conduct meetings to promote Downtown Reading.
These meeting take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:45 am. The meetings are open to anyone interested in promoting downtown reading.
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15th @ 7:45am
Outside In - 601 Penn Street, 2nd floor.