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Category: Berks County Information

    Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation

    By Erica Ramus | August 20, 2021

    Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation: Clean & Green Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of farms and acres permanently preserved for agricultural production.  The program guarantees a future food supply and contributes to a healthier economy.  It also assures a way of life Pennsylvanian’s cherish will continue for generations to come.  The program is a partnership between all levels... Read More

    State to invest $1 million in Sinking Springs and $500,000 in Ashland Borough

    By Erica Ramus | April 7, 2019

    Pennsylvania Senator David Argall reported that in March, the Commonwealth Financing Authority met to approve two grants in the 29th District. The first grant was a $1 million grant for the Borough of Sinking Spring which will be used for the construction of the eastern half of the Columbia Avenue Extension in the borough. The... Read More

    Greater Berks Food Bank Also Serves Schuylkill Area

    By Erica Ramus | January 25, 2019

    This has been the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, putting 800,000 workers in financial jeopardy. These government employees have familiar faces. They are family, friends and neighbors who once counted on a paycheck and who may now suddenly depend on their local food pantries. Greater Berks Food Bank – and our community partners –... Read More

    Pennsylvania Prepares for Weekend Storm

    By Erica Ramus | January 18, 2019

    With an intense winter storm expected to bring heavy snow, high winds, sleet and freezing rain across the state through this weekend, Governor Tom Wolf today signed a state of emergency declaration to allow for increased assistance with storm-related needs. The commonwealth also will impose speed restrictions and a ban on all commercial traffic, including... Read More

    American Red Cross seeks nominations for local Berks heroes

    By Erica Ramus | January 4, 2019

    Throughout the Berks County community, everyday people perform extraordinary acts. The American Red Cross needs our help in identifying and recognizing our local heroes for their selflessness and courage. The Berks County Heroes Breakfast takes place each May to honor the prior year’s local heroes for using their First Aid, CPR, AED training to save... Read More

    Property Tax and Rent Rebate Applications Due December 31

    By Erica Ramus | December 16, 2018

    The state’s Property Tax Rent Rebate Program provides financial assistance to low-income seniors and disabled individuals by refunding a portion of rent or property taxes paid during the previous year. The deadline to apply for rebates on rent or taxes paid in 2017 is December 31. Information and applications for the Property Tax Rent Rebate... Read More

    2018 Schuylkill and Berks Flooding Low Interest Disaster Loans

    By Erica Ramus | December 14, 2018

    On December 7, 2018 Administrator, Linda McMahon made loans available for Pennsylvania businesses and residents affected by flooding on August 10-15, 2018. Those affected can apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U/S/ Small Business Administration. The disaster declaration requested by Governor Tom Wolf, covers Bradford, Columbia, Delaware, Northumberland, Schuylkill, and Susquehanna counties and... Read More

    Schuylkill & Berks Real Estate Update November 2018

    By Erica Ramus | November 11, 2018

    The leaves are falling quickly and the other day I was standing on a deck in Orwigsburg and it started sleeting. Already. It’s supposed to snow here on Thursday. Well I may not be ready for sleet and snow yet, but it’s coming, and so is the seasonal slow down. Every year buyer traffic starts... Read More

    Recovery Aid for Schuylkill and Berks Counties

    By Erica Ramus | October 27, 2018

    Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the flooding of the severe storms from July 21st to the 27th, may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up... Read More

    Comparing Schuylkill and Berks County Residential Market Activity

    By Erica Ramus | August 7, 2018

    Our office covers both Schuylkill and Berks Counties, and neighboring areas as well. The two areas have similar trends in lack of inventory, but you can see above that the Berks area has a stronger seller’s market still (with 3.1 months of inventory available to sell) while the Schuylkill market is starting to cool down... Read More