Bally Community Garden – Plots available for the 2019 season

Interested in growing your own vegetables and flowers but don’t have the space or yard for it?

The Bally Community Garden is an organic garden that is located at Rt. 100 behind Bally Mennonite Church and has been in existence for over 10 years. Currently we have a dedicated group of gardeners from the community that maintain their individual plots and would welcome others to join us.

Visit the garden and check it out. Email us or call 484.241.7986 for more information.

Cedar Crest College announces Best of the Crest Award winners 2019

The following area students received an award at Cedar Crest College’s annual distinguished leadership award ceremony:

  • Brenda Moreno of Reading
  • Haley Krueger of Fleetwood

The full list of awards and award winners is as follows:

  • Emerging Student Leader Award: Lena Polliard
  • Capstone Student Leader Award: Madison (Hadley) Wellen
  • Outstanding Student Involvement Award: Kathleen Mallari
  • Skills Award: Nyla Ngegba
  • Unsung Hero Award: Cassidy Garcia
  • Student Organization of the Year Award: Terpsichore Dance Society
  • Outstanding Advisor Award: Christine Lombardo-Zaun & Jeanne Berk
  • Miguel Marroquin Award: Andrea Barker
  • Bulletin Board of the Year: Ashley Wilkins, “Loves me, Loves me Not”
  • Program of the Year Award: Shannon Wolak, “Painting with Bob Ross”
  • RA of the Year Award: Mercedes Melo
  • Daisy Award: Sarafina Woolridge-Burns
  • Rising Star: Christiana Vandegrift
  • Spirit Award: Danielle Krispin
  • Hustle & Heart Award: Sarah Jane Groves
  • President’s Volunteer Service Award: Berniece Johnson & Bria Turner
  • Volunteer Organization of the Year Award: Chemistry Club
  • Faculty/Staff Volunteer of the Year Award: Alicia Shussett
  • Student Volunteer of the Year Award: Brenda Moreno
  • First Year Experience Mentor of the Year Award: Christi Vandegrift
  • 2018 Conference Services Assistant of the Year: Nyla Ngegba
  • Campus Engagement Award: Terpsichore Dance Society
  • Inclusion Advocate of the Year: Francisca Sepulveda
  • Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion Award: Sue Barnes & Yessenia Paula
  • Religio: Miranda Alvarez
  • Libertas: Juliana Wall
  • Scientias: Haley Krueger

Jennifer Eck of Reading Inducted into Phi Alpha Epsilon

Jennifer Eck of Reading was inducted into Phi Alpha Epsilon, the College’s honor society celebrating academic achievement and volunteer service. Eck, a graduate of Exeter Township High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in exercise science.

To be eligible for this award, students must achieve a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.6, complete at least 24 credits of Constellation LVC coursework, and achieve the “bronze” level of service hours (as determined by the Office of Spiritual Life) at the conclusion of the fall semester prior to graduation.

To learn more about the society, visit

Art for Arf’s Sake

Contributing Artist Spotlight: Tim Riegel

There would be no Art for Arf’s Sake without the incredible artwork donated by renowned local artists and makers.

Today we want to highlight one of our contributing artists, Tim Riegel. His passion for drawing and painting started in grade school and has grown stronger ever since. Tim was always sketching outside direct from nature and took Saturday and evening classes at the Wyomissing Art Institute to hone his talents.

Wildlife, nature and rural landscapes with barns and farms have always fascinated him and has inspired him to paint.

Growing up, Tim spent a lot of time on his grandparent’s farm in Berks County and cabin in rural Potter County. Both places were great inspiration to sketch and photograph ideas for paintings.

For Tim, the joy of completing a painting or mural that people can enjoy is truly rewarding. To see the reaction of little kids especially, when they see a big wall painted with scenery is a personal satisfaction money can’t buy.

Thank you Tim for sharing your talents and passion with us. The funds raised from the sale of your donated piece will directly provide vital resources and care for homeless, abused, abandoned, and neglected animals in our community.

Remember folks, the art auction is less than two weeks away. Grab your Art for Arf’s Sake Auction tickets today and help save animals with art.

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KU Department of Communication Design Holds Annual Senior Student Awards

Award winners, pictured from left, are Mary Shriner, Don Breter Memorial Outstanding Senior Award; Alexandria Shope, Graphic Design Award; Alyse Ryan, Brenda Innocenti Champion Female Creative Talent and Leadership Award; Jess Paley, Interactive Design Award; Caleb Finn, Dianne V. Dockery Advertising Award; and Michael Pickard, Terry Boyle Most Improved Award.

The Department of Communication Design held its Senior Student Awards Sunday, April 14, 2019, which included the grand opening of the Senior Student Showcase at the Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery. Department faculty joined dozens of guests for the ceremony.

Be sure to visit the gallery to check out the outstanding work by KU’s talented students.

Award Nominees & Winners

KUCD Illustration Award

Crystal Hunter-Jones (Emmaus)

Jarrett Patterson (Philadelphia)

Lauren Bailey (Bear Creek Township)

Mary Shriner (Carlisle), Winner, Don Breter Memorial Outstanding Senior

Michael Pickard (West Chester), Winner, Terry Boyle Most Improved

Dianne V. Dockery Advertising Award

Gabby Trate (Bernville)

Jeanine Watkins (Willow Grove)

Melanie Edwards (Bensalem)

Adam Buss (Breinigsville)

Jordan Schnur (Kutztown)

Meghan Augunas (Springfield)

Caleb Finn (Reading), Winner

KUCD Interactive Design Award

Emily Rudolph (Scranton)

Emily Plitnick (Sugarloaf)

Theresa Quedenfeld (Willow Street)

Sommer Montenegro (Allentown)

Joe Losgar (East Stroudsburg)

Jess Paley (Abington), Winner

KUCD Graphic Design Award

Jess Paley (Abington)

Sam Scheib (Millersburg)

Gabby Trate (Bernville)

Jordan Schnur (Kutztown)

Melanie Edwards (Bensalem)

Sommer Montenegro (Allentown)

Leah Greger (Lititz)

Alexandria Shope (Carlisle), Winner

Brenda Innocenti Champion Female Creative Talent and Leadership Award

Alyse Ryan (Pottsville), Winner

Gabrielle Trate of Bernville

Caleb Finn of Reading

Sera Doughton to participate in Bloomsburg University Dance Minor Concert

“The Light in the Dark: The ninth annual Dance Minor Concert” will be held at Bloomsburg University at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2019; and at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, in Carver Hall, Gross Auditorium.

This event is free and open to the public; doors open for seating 30 minutes prior to performance.

Sera Doughton of Reading will participate in the show as sound editor, dancer and choreographer.

The dance concert features seven pieces, each exploring a unique perspective and theme. The content explored through varied dance styles includes: miscarriage, mental health: depression/anxiety, abusive relationships, standing proudly in your self-essence, suicide, degenerative illness and aging and consumption/environmental concerns.

The concert title, The Light in the Dark, reflects the perspective of the choreographers that we create hope when we bring attention and voice to difficult matters.

Choreographers include students Sera Doughton, Angela Peiffer, Nicole Gagliardi, Briana Gist, Eliza Treese, Emel Rasim, and Professor Julie Petry, Artistic Director.

Victoria Conover hired as middle school English teacher at Upper Bucks Christian School

Victoria Conover of Reading, a senior at Bob Jones University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in middle school education-language arts-social studies, was hired before graduation as a middle school English teacher at Upper Bucks Christian School in Sellersville.

Conover is a resident of Reading.

Located in Greenville, S.C., Bob Jones University provides an outstanding regionally accredited Christian liberal arts education purposely designed to inspire a lifelong pursuit of learning, loving and leading.

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

April 6, 2019

  • Police investigated the report of vandalism to vehicles after it was reported that the driver’s side mirrors were damaged on two vehicles while they were parked at a residence in the 00 block of S Whiteoak St.
  • Police investigated the report of theft from vehicle after it was reported that the registration plate was missing from a vehicle while it was parked at a residence in the 200 block of W Main St.
  • Police arrested Kumar Bharrat, 21, of Bronx, N.Y., for violation of the borough noise ordinance following an incident that occurred at 414 W Main St. A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.
  • After completing their investigation, police arrested Michael Tirado, 46, of Kutztown, for simple assault and harassment/physical contact following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 00 block of E Main St.

April 7, 2019

  • Police arrested Cody Kramer, 23, of Fleetwood; and Paul Ruppert, 66, of Mertztown, for violation of the borough collection and disposal of waste ordinance following an incident that occurred at the Borough yard waste dumpsters, 45 Railroad St.
  • After completing their investigation, police arrested Kyle Snyder, 22, of Allentown, for criminal mischief/real property following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 00 block of S Whiteoak St.

April 11, 2019

  • Police arrested Joseph Renne, 20 of Great Meadows, N.J., for violation of the borough noise ordinance following an incident that occurred at 118 W Main St.

Delaware Valley University Congratulates its Accepted Students

Students at Delaware Valley University pose with the mascot.

Delaware Valley University is pleased to announce that the following local students have been accepted for admission at the University.

  • John Arms of Douglassville
  • Jeana Burdge of Reading
  • Edward Foote of Wyomissing
  • Elizabeth Geary of Birdsboro
  • Alexandra Hagans of Reading
  • Joshua Harbonic of Bernville
  • Kylee Hetrick of Oley
  • Emily Houck of Wernersville
  • Gabrielle King of Reading
  • Mohagani Martinez of Reading
  • James Mayberry of Douglassville
  • Bethany Miller of Wernersville
  • Shane Newell of Leesport
  • Mariely Ramos of Reading
  • Sarah Ravert of Reading
  • Desire Rivera of Reading
  • Tyler Siglin of Leesport
  • Jared Sterner of Strausstown
  • Cheyenne Strunk of Leesport
  • Damon Ware of Douglasville
  • Luke Wetherhold of Fleetwood

LVC Inducts Education Students Into Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society

Lebanon Valley College welcomed 20 new students to its Kappa Delta Pi honor society in April, as part of the College’s annual Inquiry celebration. Education students are eligible for membership in Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education.

Local students include:

Melanie Haas of Mohrsville, a graduate of Hamburg Area Jr-Sr High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in early childhood education and special education.

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