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People trying to beat the heat in Berks County

By Pam Cunningham, Reporter
Published On: Jul 17 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 17 2013 10:29:42 PM CDT

People trying to beat the heat in Berks County

It was another sweltering hot day and it looks like the heat isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Sometimes the heat dictates what you do during the day.

"I've been sitting inside not for a long time," said Harry Destine of Spring Township, "I like to come out and chill with my family, my brothers, and my cousins."

And sometimes it doesn't. Destine was playing basketball on the Montrose Manor playground.

"Last time we forgot water that wasn't smart, but we came prepared this time," said Destine.

Hydration is key to staying cool.

"I'm a football player so the heat doesn't bother me at all," said Destine.

It doesn't bother him, but it obviously affected him.

"Beats staying at home in the a/c everybody just kicking back," said Destine, "We like to get out get hot, nasty dirty."

Under the playground's awning some friends enjoyed the shade. They said they had to give up on the slides.

"They were so sticky I could walk up them," said Reid Bagans, "You shouldn't be able to walk up them."

"Everything is kind of sticky out there so it's kind of hard to play on," said Shae Himmelberger.

Their grandmas said they wanted to get the kids out of the house, but with the heat that can be tricky.

"We thought we'd get fresh air and the kids would get some exercise and be climbing all over everything," said Carol Himmelberger.

No basketball for these kids, but they aren't off the hook. Their treadmill arrives tomorrow.

"It'll be inside so there's no excuse for not exercising," said Himmelberger.
They'll beat the heat and get in a work out.

"It is a long time to just stay in the house," said Himmelberger, "It's cool in the house but just sitting there isn't good. So we're going to get assigned times on the treadmill, right?"
The city of Reading is also trying to do what it can for sanitation workers. Thursday they will start picking up trash at 5 am when it's cooler.