Art for Arf’s Sake Auction

We solemnly swear this year’s Art for Arf’s Sake Auction will be one to remember as our 2019 art auction theme is Harry Pawter.

We welcome patrons, supporters, volunteers, and guests to enter this wizarding world and join us Saturday, April 27, 2019.

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BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

March 8, 2019

  • Police investigated the report of fraud following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 100 block of N. Whiteoak St.
  • After completing their investigation, police arrested Michael Williams, 20, of Bernville, for burglary/occupants not present, criminal trespass/enter building, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 400 block of W. Main St.

March 9, 2019

  • After completing their investigation, police arrested Kurt Burkhart, 37, of Kutztown, for harassment/physical contact following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 100 block of Normal Ave.

Lebanon Valley College Concert Choir Embarks on Spring Tour

The Lebanon Valley College Concert Choir proudly announces its 83rd annual spring tour from March 17 through 24. Conducted by Dr. Kyle Zeuch, the 60-member ensemble will give multiple concert performances in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Krystal Nolte of Lenhartsville, a graduate of Kutztown Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education.

Daniel Behler of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music.

Mikaela Krall of West Lawn, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of arts in music and English.

Jesse Kaufmann of West Reading, a graduate of Wyomissing Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of music in audio and music production.

Jared Kramer of Sinking Spring, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education.

Justin Kripas of Womelsdorf, a graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and audio and music production.

Kristen Suruskie of Reading, a graduate of Exeter Township High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music.

The 83rd Annual LVC Concert Choir will bring their program, “Be Well: Body, Mind, and Spirit,” to the Washington, D.C. area March 22 through 24. The songs to be performed include Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus” and Lotti’s “Crucifixus” to more contemporary pieces “The State of Emptiness” by Catherine Dalton and Jake Runestad’s “Please Stay.”

The program also includes a wide variety of literature including a traditional Pennsylvaina Dutch piece, “Reide, Reide, Geili,” and an arrangement of the spiritual “Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down.”

The traditional LVC Concert Choir pieces “Vela Vela” and Lutkin’s “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” will round out the concert. It is our hope that this combination of pieces will encourage audiences to reflect on their own wellness, or at least, accept the concert as some respite from the busyness of our daily lives.

Five Bowlers in Top-50 of USBC Sectionals Field

3/8/2019 | Women’s Bowling

The 25th-ranked Kutztown University women’s bowling team had five members that finished inside the top-50 of a field of 160 competitors at the United States Bowling Congress Individuals Sectionals Tournament Friday evening in Stratford, N.J.

Renee Riffey and Keanna Delp were inside the top-25, placing 22nd and 25th with 1148 and 1144 game totals respectively through six games. Lindsey Gotwalt, Kelly Normandin and Angela Kozma all competed to a top-42 finish and each had over 1,100 total points or more.

Madison Burkert, Dana Henry and Ashley Fister all were inside the top-100 competitors and had at least 1,000 total points.

KU has been to USBC Nationals four times in program history; 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. KU has had one player qualify for singles, Brooke Bower, in 2012, who actually led the field in Allentown, Pa; and qualified for Nationals that year.

Kutztown Results

22. Renee Riffey – 1148
25. Keanna Delp – 1144
30. Lindsey Gotwalt – 1129
36. Kelly Normandin – 1109
42. Angela Kozma – 1101
61. Madison Burkert – 1074
90. Dana Henry – 1030
95. Ashley Fister – 1026
122. Alexis Case – 988
137. Megan Bauter – 954
145. Laura Hartley – 915
146. Alexis Ripic – 914
153. Molly Agnello — 887

Tatum Mack of Bethel to present at conference

Tatum Mack of Bethel, PA is one of six Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania students who will present research at the National Conference for the National Strength and Conditioning Association from July 10 to 13 in Washington D.C.

Mack, also a first-year graduate student, will discuss data assessing how to handle type affects neuromuscular fatigue from a project conducted by Swapan Mookerjee, BU professor of exercise science.

The NSCA is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning profession by disseminating research-based knowledge and its practical application through industry-leading certifications, research journals, career development services, and continuing education opportunities.

Kutztown Field Hockey Receives National Team Academic Award for 15th Consecutive Year

3/12/2019 | Field HockeyOfficial Release

The Kutztown University field hockey team was recognized as 1-of-30 Division II field hockey programs to maintain at least a 3.0 team GPA during the Fall 2018 semester, earning them the Zag Field Hockey / NFHCA Division II National Academic Team Award for the 15th consecutive year.

Head Coach Marci Scheuing has proven her strong commitment to excellence in the classroom. At Kutztown, her teams have received the National Academic Team Award in each of her six years, including the top GPA in Division II in 2015.

The Golden Bears program continues to win on and off of the field.

“Our program prides itself on academics,” said Scheuing. “This [award] is because of the hard work of all of our student-athletes in study hall and in the classroom. I am so proud of this team for what they have accomplished off of the field, as well as on the field.”

Kutztown finished the 2018 season at 14-5 overall, the most wins by a program since 2007, including seven Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) games. The Maroon and Gold also played in their first PSAC Tournament since 2015. They were voted ninth in the nation in Division II in the final national poll.

KU also defeated the No. 1 team in the nation, West Chester, on Oct. 24 last season, and held separate win streaks of five and eight games. Kutztown is set to return 22-of-26 from its roster for 2019 after graduating seniors McKenna Conselyea, Laura Durdon, Lauren Latchford and Rita Muro.

There is a ton of positive momentum in the field hockey program heading into the Fall.

Individually, members of the NFHCA National Academic Squad (3.3 GPA or higher) and the Scholars of Distinction (3.9 GPA or higher) will be announced at a later date.

St. Catty’s Day: all cats $17

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, cats included. That’s why we are happy to share we will be offering St. Catty’s Day – an Adoption Event at both HLLC and HSBC shelters.

Every March 17, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with parades, parties, a lot of green, and we are hoping a lot of cat adoptions.

Beginning Saturday, March 16, 2019, and running through Sunday, March 17, 2019, all cat adoption fees will be $17.

View our guests here.

Free microchip clinic Sunday

Humane Pennsylvania is excited to partner with Exeter Township to provide community residents with access to free microchip services through our Healthy Pets, Healthy Communities program.

The clinic will provide Exeter Township residents with free microchip placement and registration services for their dogs and cats. These services will be provided at an open public veterinary clinic.

Interested Exeter Township residents, click HERE to make an appointment.

2019 Sophomore Expedition takes students to Athens, Greece

The Sophomore Expedition is a guaranteed study abroad program. In the spring semester of their sophomore year, students participate in a series of classes to prepare them for the trip. Then they spend 8-10 days traveling as a class to an international destination where they participate in a number of service activities. This year they traveled to Athens, Greece.

The following area students are among the dozens of Cedar Crest College students who traveled to Athens, Greece recently as part of the Carmen Twillie Ambar Sophomore Expedition.

Madison McGowan of Birdsboro, Amanda O’Neill of Hamburg, Karina Addison of Reading, Madison Snyder of Lenhartsville, Amy Nguyen of Sinking Springs, McKenzie Carter of Hamburg and Gianna Castellitto of Hamburg.

Carlie Abraham participating in Hamilton College New York City Program

Carlie Abraham of Reading is studying in New York City for the spring 2019 semester.

The program is structured so that students spend four days a week as interns in a firm or organization, attend weekly seminars on the semester’s topic and do an independent project.

The spring 2019 program, Seminar In Global Processes: The Global City, is directed by Professor of Sociology Daniel Chambliss. The program focuses on the creation and functioning of cities around the world, with an emphasis on the locus of the group’s study – New York City.

Abraham, a sophomore majoring in psychology, is a graduate of Lancaster Country Day School. She is interning in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, New York County

Joyce, Brindisi work across the aisle to support dairy farmers, strengthen and expand dairy workforce

Brindisi and Joyce work together to expand H2-A Visa Program to include dairy workers

Congressman John Joyce (PA-13) and Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) introduced bipartisan legislation to help Upstate New York dairy farmers hire the workforce they need to run their farms and dairy operations efficiently.

The Dairy and Sheep H-2A Visa Enhancement Act would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow foreign dairy workers and sheepherders to use the H-2A visas program and enter the United States for an initial period of three years with an additional three-year extension period. Dairy workers do not currently qualify for H-2A visas, a program that helps many New York producers keep their farms open.

“I’ve heard from dairy farmers across Upstate New York that they need more skilled, qualified workers to help run their operations and get products on shelves,” said Brindisi. “Dairy farmers are a critical part of Upstate New York’s economy, and our broken immigration system hurts their ability to grow and hire. This commonsense fix will help dairy farmers have the resources and workforce they need to succeed.”

“As a Central New York dairy producer, I am both excited and proud of Congressmen Brindisi and Joyce for tackling this difficult labor problem in a bipartisan fashion for our nation’s dairy farmers,” said Michael McMahon, owner and operator, E-Z Acres in Homer. “This proposed legislation provides the necessary first step to solving this problem.”

“It is critical that Congress enact legislation to address the unique workforce needs of dairy producers,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO, National Milk Producers Federation. “Without the help of foreign labor, many American dairy operations would face the threat of closure. We thank Reps. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) and John Joyce (R-PA) for their bipartisan effort to lay down a marker that this issue must be addressed in any future immigration legislation. It’s a problem that must be solved in tandem with providing certainty to dairy’s current workforce.”

Brindisi serves on the House Agriculture Committee and is a member of the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over policies related to livestock, poultry, dairy and seafood. In NY-22, the dairy industry alone supports nearly 4,000 direct jobs, more than $235 million in wages and generates an economic impact of $1.83 billion.

Brindisi and Joyce recently led a group of bipartisan freshman members of Congress urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take strong action against manufacturers who falsely label non-dairy products as milk. The two members are also both co-sponsors of the bipartisan Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act to expand whole milk options in school lunchrooms.

“Since coming to Congress, I’ve worked to form relationships on both sides of the aisle and find common ground,” Brindisi said. “Dairy farmers in Upstate New York and Pennsylvania face many of the same challenges, so it makes sense to partner with Congressman Joyce on these issues. I look forward to continuing to work together to deliver results for our constituents.”

“The partnership I have formed with Congressman Brindisi on dairy issues is a great example of how new leadership in Washington can drive commonsense change,” said Joyce. “While we may sit on opposite sides of the aisle, our constituents have similar needs. Continuing to work with Congressman Brindisi on innovative solutions to revive the dairy industry in Pennsylvania’s 13th District will be a priority for me going forward.”