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Schuylkill River pollution and cleanup topic of talk at Berks heritage center

“History of the Schuylkill River Project” is the topic of a free program Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. in the barn at the Berks County Heritage Center

After the extraction of coal began in its headwaters in the early 1800s, the Schuylkill went from
being considered waters of uncommon purity to being called this country’s dirtiest river by the 1900s, organizers said.

That distinction resulted in the Schuylkill River becoming the focus of a precedent-setting river cleanup effort known as the Schuylkill River Project which began in 1947.

Chari Towne, director of grants and operations with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, has
researched the Schuylkill River Project. In this presentation, Towne will tell the complicated story of how the Schuylkill was allowed to become so polluted, organizers said.

She will detail efforts by those who worked to restore the health of the river and discuss how that project resonates still today. Towne is the author of “A River Again: The Story of the Schuylkill River Project,” organizers said.

This talk is sponsored by The Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds.

For more information, contact Berks County Historic Resource Supervisor Dan Roe at or 610-374-8839 ex. 201.

Medical clinic

Western Berks Free Medical Clinic near Robesonia announces the appointment of J.
Gregory Colahan, Cumru Township, as its first executive director, effective Monday.

Also Monday, Anne Fisher will take over as president of clinic’s board of directors, filling the vacancy left by Colahan’s appointment to the clinic staff.

Colahan, a retired practice director from Oracle Corp., the clinic’s board of directors in 2016. He was elected president in 2021, chaired its audit and compliance committee, and held memberships on its governance and income development committees and strategic planning and bylaws task forces, the clinic said.

Fisher currently serves as director of student support for Reading School District. She
was elected to the clinic’s board in 2019, becoming its vice president in 2021, the clinic said.

Western Berks Free Medical Clinic opened inside St. Daniel’s Lutheran Church, 480 Big
Spring Road, near Robesonia in October 2002.

The volunteer-driven free clinic has provided more than 10,000 primary and chronic
appointments at no cost to individual patients, and relies exclusively on financial and in-
kind donations to cover its expenses, the clinic said.

Library Carnival

Muhlenberg Community Library’s End of Summer Quest Carnival and Sidewalk Book Sale is Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Summer quest reading tickets can be used on carnival games and food. Prize winners will be drawn. Open to all ages.

Source: Berkshire mont

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