Our mission is to share the extraordinary personal stories of ordinary people in our own community. These are stories about love and war, tragedy, hope and aspiration, dreams lost and found — the universal themes that bind us all. We find them in every corner of Berks, wherever people are willing to open up about a compelling, transformational experience. Joined together like the patches of a quilt, the stories form an evolving narrative of this extraordinary place.
Aleta Thomas: Missed Connection
Decades after leaving Reading for a better future, Aleta (Rossi) Thomas has one regret still lingering in her heart.
The Park Keeper
Nobody pays him. Nobody asks him to do it. But Bob Reinoehl of Mohnton picks up litter in the Wyomissing Park almost every morning, rain or shine. And he finds some very peculiar things.
Maryann Stevenson and Nelson R. Stubbs, who grew up in Reading a mile apart and worlds away, fell for each other in 1968. This is their story of trial by intolerance, and the enduring power of love.
Rockland Township resident Stefanie Angstadt was on her way to a corporate career when childhood memories, family history, and the call of a simpler life intervened.
Bagel Girl Robs the Cradle
Bruce Ure and Janine Schneider-Ure share their uproarious love story for Valentine's Day. "We were the talk of the town," Janine says. "The talk of the town was that the bagel girl robbed the cradle," says Bruce.
The Girl Wants Out
Barbara Peronteau granted her inner girl one last secret fling on New Year's Eve of 2009. Life began unravelling, but Barbara was finally free to emerge as the woman she has always been.
A boarding school teacher learns far more than she ever wanted to know about the sex life of a cow named Buttercup. Chip Karasin explains.
The Last Round
Mail carrier Doug Crass, who walked his route for the final time on November 26, reflects on the work he's done day in and day out for the past 35 years.
No Place for Crybabies
Things went very wrong for Chip Karasin and one of her sheep at the 1951 Pennsylvania 4-H competition, and then in stepped her mom with some tough love.
Music From the Soul
The Pretzel City Dixieland Jazz Band keeps the rock 'n roll of the 1920s and 1930s alive.