Alex Goshert a part of ‘Masters Choreographers’

Pictured from left are dancers Jordan Page (’19) and Nadia Urena (’19) from Master Choreographers.
Goshert one of more than 70 students who performed at Muhlenberg College

The Muhlenberg College dance program showcased seven world-premiere works by seven world-class choreographers in its annual “Master Choreographers” concert, Feb. 7 through 9, 2019.

Alex Goshert from Shillington was one of the dancers who took part in “Master Choreographers.”

“This concert presents a sensational evening of dance,” said Karen Dearborn, founding director of Muhlenberg’s dance program and the concert’s artistic director. “We’re excited to showcase these electrifying works by our acclaimed guest artists and faculty.”

This season’s concert featured works by critically acclaimed guest artists as well as Muhlenberg faculty choreographers.

Read more here and check out a video preview here.

ICYMI: Humane Veterinary Hospitals Reading open house May 1

Join us at the Humane Veterinary Hospitals Reading for our open house. We’ve expanded our veterinary facilities to increase access to the high-quality, affordable veterinary care we provide our community.

Come tour the hospital from 5 to 7 p.m., May 1, 2019, and learn about our expanded services, connect with local community leaders and enjoy light refreshments.

Humane Veterinary Hospitals Reading is located at 1729 N. 11th St., Reading.

I’ll be there! Maybe I can’t make it

Lebanon Valley College Celebrates Student Work at Inquiry Symposium

Inquiry 2019

Nearly 200 Lebanon Valley College students representing academic departments across campus displayed their academic and creative work to an audience of faculty, peers, trustees, administrators, and friends of the College during the annual Inquiry Symposium.

Local students include:

Collin Barker of Wernersville, a graduate of Lancaster Country Day School, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in physics

Bethany Hepner of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in mathematics

Norene Miller of Wernersville, a graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in early childhood education and special education

Albert Perdomo of Reading, a graduate of Berks Catholic High School, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in digital communications

Savannah Toth of Douglassville, a graduate of Daniel Boone Jr-Sr High School, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in neuroscience and communication sciences and disorders

Emilie Vicario of Temple, a graduate of Muhlenberg High School, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in digital communications

Morgan Weidemoyer of Blandon, a graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in communication sciences and disorders

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

April 19, 2019

  • Police investigated the report of vandalism to a house after it was reported eggs were thrown at a house in the 300 block of W. Walnut St.

April 20, 2019

  • Police arrested James Jaques, 21, of West Chester, for violation of the borough noise ordinance following an incident that occurred at 451 W. Main St. A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.

April 22, 2019

  • Police arrested Donald Macrae, 47, of Kutztown, for violation of the borough peace and good order ordinance following an incident that occurred at Dunkin’ Donuts, 110 E. Main St.

April 23, 2019

  • Police investigated the report of fraud following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 00 block of Bieber Alley.

April 25, 2019

  • Police arrested Jenna Ferrari, 21, of Centereach, N.Y., for violation of the borough noise ordinance following an incident that occurred at 420 W. Main St. A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.

All aboard the Dogwarts Express

We are excited to welcome patrons, supporters, volunteers and guests to enter the wizarding world of Harry Pawter this Saturday.

We look forward to sharing the magic of this one-of-a-kind evening with you as we don our finest Harry Potter attire, enjoy delicious fare – including Yuengling’s Butter Beer Ice Cream – and enthusiastically place our bids to raise vital funds to save thousands of homeless, abused and neglected animals throughout our community.

See you at the historic Santander Performing Arts Center this Saturday. Mischief begins at 5:30 p.m.

Live Auction Sneak Peek

Free adoption event

Celebrating national Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet Day

In celebration of National Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet Day Tuesday, April 30, 2019, we we will be holding free adoption events at the Humane League of Lancaster County and the Humane Society of Berks County beginning Saturday, April 27, through Tuesday, April 30.

National Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet Day was created to raise awareness for the millions of animals waiting for their forever homes in shelters across the country.

During the adoption event, all pet adoption fees will be waived, making welcoming a new family member into your hearts even easier.

More Adoption Info

Ryan and Baukman Recognized as 2019 KU Senior Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Kutztown University women’s soccer player Alyssa Ryan and men’s track & field student-athlete Caleb Baukman earned the distinction of being named the 2019 Senior Scholar-Athletes of the Year on Wednesday night at KU’s annual All-Sports Celebration, held at Schaeffer Auditorium.

Ryan is the first women’s soccer player to win the award since 2014, and just the second member overall. Baukman is the third member of KU T&F to earn the distinction and first since 2013.

A two-year team captain, Ryan finished her senior season starting in 17-of-20 games and appearing in 82 games in her career, second-most in program history. She was voted to the All-Atlantic Region Second Team by United Soccer Coaches and to the All-PSAC Second Team for the second straight season.

A biology/pre-med major, Ryan holds a 3.93 GPA, earning Dean’s List honors seven times. She is a three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) scholar-athlete, a two-time D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winner and was named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District team.

Baukman earned All-Atlantic Region and All-PSAC honors in the high jump during the indoor season this year. A social work major, Baukman has accumulated a 3.94 GPA and is a seven-time Dean’s List honoree. He is a three-time PSAC Scholar-Athlete and ranks seventh all-time at KU in the indoor high jump and 10th in outdoor.

Male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Year Winner
2005 Greg Fulkerson, Swimming
2006 Michael Baldwin, Football
2007 Jeff Craig, Baseball
2008 Tom Cressman, Football
2009 Scott Thomas, Swimming
2010 Ben Loht, Track and Field
2011 Jared Haas, Football
2012 Josh Smith, Football
2013 Kori Meshaw, Track & Field
2014 Rushi Amin, Tennis
2015 Brandon Martinez, Baseball
2016 Chad Barton, Football
2017 Ryan Connolly, Basketball
2018 Gabriel Nogara Souza, Tennis
2019 Caleb Baukman, Track & Field

Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Year Winner
2005 Erin Livingston, Field Hockey/Softball
2006 Colleen Healey, Field Hockey
2007 Sarah Brandon, Volleyball
2008 Stephanie Williams, Cross-Country/Track
2009 Kelley Healey, Field Hockey 
2010 Rohini Das, Tennis
2011 Lindsay Confer, Volleyball
2012 Stephanie Kearns, Swimming
2013 Brianna Risch, Volleyball
2014 Katie Oliveri, Soccer
2015 Colleen Smith, Softball
2016 Emma Sullivan, Track & Field
2017 Kelsey Watson, Basketball
2018 Courtney Konowal, Field Hockey
2019 Alyssa Ryan, Soccer

Eliza Meals of Fleetwood competes in Collegiate Leadership Competition

Pictured from left are team coach Davida Vogel, competitors JC Lamkin, Connor Pandolfo, Eliza Meals, Natalie Weaver, Arianna McRae, Austin Marks and team coach Ariana Hays.

Six students from Widener University attended the Collegiate Leadership Competition recently for the Mid-Atlantic region. The team from Widener included Eliza Meals of Fleetwood.

Their team, organized through the Oskin Leadership Institute, competed in Newark, Delaware, against nine other teams on April 12.

Teams were judged on leadership knowledge and were scored on their performances in leadership scenarios that tested their abilities to lead under stress.

Meals is a sophomore studying business management (operations).

Football set to host Maroon & Gold Game Friday evening

Coming off the third winningest season in program history, anticipation and excitement surround the Kutztown University football team in 2019. The Golden Bears wrap up spring practice with the annual Maroon & Gold Game at Andre Reed Stadium on Friday, April 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Backed by a high-powered offense that averaged 38.0 points per game –second most in the PSAC and 18th nationally– KU produced a 9-2 record last fall and qualified for the NCAA Division II Championship tournament for the third time. The Golden Bears were tops in the conference in red zone efficiency on both sides of the ball and head into 2019 looking for a sixth consecutive winning season under head coach Jim Clements.

Clements’ .673 win percentage (37-18) over his first five seasons with the Bears is the highest in program history. Kutztown has improved its win totals in each of the last two seasons and three of the last four.

Friday’s game format will follow that of recent seasons with 15-minute running clock quarters, full officiating crew and unique scoring system that rewards offensive, defensive and special teams performance.

At halftime, Clements and his coaching staff will recognize Most Improved Players on offense and defense.

Admission to the Maroon & Gold Game is free.


Kutztown’s Gold Team (offense) has won four of the last six matchups over the Maroon Team (defense), but the games have been highly competitive and close. The defense will wear maroon jerseys, while the offense and kickers sport white jerseys. Quarterbacks don red jerseys, designating no contact during the game.

While standard scoring for touchdowns, field goals and PATs remains the same, each unit accumulates points based on the following:

Touchdown = 6 pts
Field Goal = 3 pts
Big Play (15+ yard play) = 2 pts
Two Consecutive First Downs = 2 pts
Two-Point Conversion = 2 pts
PAT = 1 pt

Touchdown = 7 pts
Turnover without a TD = 6 pts
Missed Field Goal = 3 pts
Missed Extra Point = 1 pt
Sack, Tackle for loss, Three-and-Out, Fourth-Down Stop, Safety = 2 pts

Multiple scores may occur one play.