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.”

2019 Twin Tiers Martial Arts Championship to be held at Elmira College Domes

The 2019 Twin Tiers Martial Arts Championship will be held at the Elmira College Murray Athletic Center (The Domes) Saturday, March 30, 2019.

The Twin Tiers Martial Arts Championship is the premier martial arts competition in the Twin Tiers of New York and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania.

This is an opportunity for students of all ages and all levels to come together and present their martial arts skills in healthy and fair competition.

This regional martial arts tournament is open to all martial arts schools and all styles. This tournament is sanctioned by the Sport Karate International and will follow the TTMAC rules and regulations, which can be obtained at TTMAC or through American Family Karate.

This tournament is open to the public; spectators are encouraged to attend and see live martial arts in action. There is plenty of free and convenient parking, a snack bar and bleacher seating for spectators.

There will also be a number of vendors including a professional photographer and official TTMAC apparel.

TTMAC is a great opportunity to grow in your martial arts journey whether you are a beginner, a seasoned martial artist or just a curious spectator possibly interested in martial arts.

The tournament is promoted and produced by American Family Karate, which has been serving the Elmira community for the past 10 years. Sensei Shawnie Brown is a two-time inductee to the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame and holds the rank of Godan (fifth-degree black belt) in Soryu Karate. Brown has been national, and internationally ranked in the National Blackbelt League and has been participating in tournaments for more than 20 years.

Order of events

8 a.m. – Registration Opens

9 a.m. – Blackbelt Meeting

9:30 a.m. – Competitor Meeting

10 a.m. – Tournament Starts


1. Board Breaking (12 divisions)

2. Traditional Weapons (42 divisions)

3. Open Weapons (42 divisions)

4. Traditional Forms (42 divisions)

5. Open Forms (42 divisions)

6. Point Sparring (54 divisions)

7. Continuous Sparring (32 divisions)

8. Grand Championship Competition (six divisions)

For more information, visit

Kutztown University News

KU to host Human Library event March 28

Kutztown University will host its second Human Library event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019, in the Rohrbach Library. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. It is a place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.

Readers will have the opportunity to check out a human book to “read” for up to 20 minutes in a one-on-one or small-group setting.

The event is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.

Organized by the Rohrbach Library staff and the Office of Inclusion and Outreach, this Human Library will have a variety of books. which include students, staff and community members, as well as “sequel books” from the first Human Library event.

The Human Library, or “Menneskebiblioteket” as it is called in Danish, was developed in Copenhagen in spring 2000 as a project for Roskilde Festival by Ronni Abergel, his brother Dany, and colleagues Asma Mouna and Christoffer Erichsen; the original event was open eight hours a day for four days and featured more than 50 different titles. The broad selection of books provided readers with ample choices to challenge their stereotypes. More than 1,000 readers participated, leaving librarians, organizers and readers stunned at the impact of the Human Library.

For more information about this unique event, visit

Mobile mammograms coming to KU April 4 with the Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute

The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute will bring its mobile mammography coach to Kutztown University Thursday, April 4, 2019, and Monday, Oct. 7. 2019.

The first screening in April will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center Parking Lot.

The screening service will be offered to those 40 and older and is open to the entire community. Both post-traditional and graduate students as well as staff, faculty and community members can benefit from this opportunity.

The screening on April 4 is limited to 18 registrants. Women must register ahead of time. The Lehigh Valley Health Network will be on campus at the Health Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019, in the Student Recreation Center to assist with registration, insurance and other questions.

There are potential grant funding opportunities for those over 40 without insurance; those interested should contact the Lehigh Valley Health Network for more information.

First in the region to have a mobile option for its patients, the Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute designed the mobile coach program for women who don’t have convenient access to screening mammography. The coach offers new 3D screening mammograms, the same imaging technology used at their facilities.

The mobile mammography coach is designed with women in mind, as it offers private changing rooms and mammogram area, is fully staffed by Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute medical technologists and takes less than 15 minutes to complete. Mammogram readings are performed by Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute doctors and screening results are provided to women and their primary care providers in a timely manner. The mobile mammography coach is only accessible by stairs, so women should be able to walk up a few steps and remain standing during their exam.

For more information, contact Erin Yaworski, program coordinator at Lehigh Valley Health Network, at 610.402.8659 or by email at

KU’s Dr. Christine “CJ” Rhoads to discuss opioid crisis at Spirit on Tap Series March 26

Kutztown University professor Dr. Christine “CJ” Rhoads will speak at the March edition of the “Spirit on Tap” series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Reading.

The event is free and open to the public.

KU President Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson previously spoke at the “Spirit on Tap” series in November of last year, focusing on “Higher Education in Contemporary Culture.”

The topic of Rhoads’ discussion is titled “The Opioid Crisis: Problems and Solutions.” She will discuss how and why there is an opioid crisis, how opioids affect various parts of the body, the difference between types of opioids and how to decrease pain within the body without opioid usage.

Rhoads is a successful entrepreneur, business owner, consultant, community advocate, speaker and author. She runs a non-profit called Health, Prosperity, Leadership Institute and is also CEO and president of HPL Consortium, a technology development company helping small groups and causes.

Rhoads has lived in chronic pain since 2002, when she was injured in a devastating car accident, but she doesn’t let her chronic pain stop her. She instead tirelessly worked to discover how pain works and learned to short-circuit the pain mechanism through integrative health practices so that she can completely ignore it and live a full, productive, successful life.

Although she figured out what she needed to do to stay out of pain, she initially didn’t understand the mechanism of how it worked; that’s where her research began. She studied pain, the pain mechanism, integrative healthcare and opioids in order to figure out exactly what caused her pain to begin with, as well as how she could help others prevent or solve the same problems.

This led Rhoads to further research what economic issues caused the opioid crisis to begin with and why it is so hard for society in general to defuse the opioid crisis in the future. It also led her to discover that few doctors know much about the new research on opioids, the pain mechanism or how to help their patients beyond surgery. Rhoads says there is a solution to pain and addiction; we just need more people to understand how it works, which is what she has set out to accomplish.

Sponsored in part by the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton and other individual contributions, Spirit on Tap’s purpose is to encourage theological discussion, explore alternative views and stimulate dialogue around issues of faith, spirituality, culture and social justice.

Updates to the Spiritual Exploration programming include the Interfaith Dialogue Committee meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 21, Queen City Family Restaurant in Reading, as well as the rescheduling of the Spirit on Tap program, “The Future Isn’t What It used to Be,” for Tuesday, May 21.

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

March 3, 2019

  • Police are investigating a report of vandalism to a fence after it was reported that the fence was damaged following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 00 block of S. Whiteoak St.
  • Police arrested Hannah Nielson-Gormley, 18, of Bangor, for violation of the borough peace and good order ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 200 block of W. Main St.
  • Police arrested Jeffrey Hurley, 22, of Media, for violation of the borough peace and good order ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 200 block of W. Main St.

Kutztown University announces Matthew Heffelfinger as sports information director

Kutztown University welcomed Matthew Heffelfinger ’07 as the university’s new sports information director Jan. 7, 2019.

In his role as SID at KU, Heffelfinger will be responsible for the coverage of KU’s 21 NCAA Division II varsity sports through the university’s athletics website and social media accounts.

A KU alumnus and Wernersville native, Heffelfinger returns to KU from Elizabethtown College, where he served as the director of athletic communications for more than eight years. During his time at Elizabethtown, he promoted and publicized the Blue Jays’ 24 varsity athletics teams on Elizabethtown’s official website and various social media outlets.

A member of the College Sports Information Directors of America, Heffelfinger oversaw three redesigns of, most recently in 2018, as well as directed game operations at home events, serving as head statistician and public address announcer for many Blue Jay teams.

His vision and ideas brought an innovative and attractive look to the site with a focus on user friendliness.

Heffelfinger also launched BlueJaysTV, the athletic department’s streaming video initiative, with partner Stretch Internet prior to the 2014-15 academic year. BlueJaysTV offers live and on demand HD broadcasts of more than 60 Elizabethtown College home athletic events, including the annual Student-Athlete Recognition ceremony and Blue Jay Athletics Alumni Reunion (hall of fame induction).

Heffelfinger served as the host media coordinator for the 2015 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at GIANT Center in Hershey, Pa., and assisted the media relations staff at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball East Regional, held in Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.

He joined Elizabethtown after 2+ years as a graduate assistant at Millersville University, where he was the primary media contact for men’s and women’s soccer, women’s basketball, and softball.

Heffelfinger earned a bachelor’s degree in leisure and sport studies from Kutztown University in 2007 and a Master of Education in sport management with a concentration in athletic administration from Millersville University in 2011.

Cecilia M. McCormick named 15th president of Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown College Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Cecilia M. McCormick as the college’s 15th president, following a 10-month national search; she will begin her tenure July 1, 2019, and will be the first woman at the helm of the 120-year-old institution. She will succeed Carl Strikwerda who retires June 30, 2019.

McCormick, a graduate of a liberal arts and professional education, has spent her career focusing on education, advocacy and service to the community. McCormick serves as vice provost for academic strategy and special programs at Thomas Jefferson University where she was integral to the successful merger of Thomas Jefferson and Philadelphia universities and developed numerous strategic initiatives, including new academic programs, an Institute for Emerging Health Professions, an Honors Institute and academic operations and processes.

She has collaborated across the institution in the creation and implementation of strategic plans and budgeting processes. McCormick also secured school and community partnerships and launched pipeline programs for students in the Philadelphia region to create an interest in science, technology, engineering and math education, with a focus on skills and workforce development for underserved populations.

“It is truly an honor to have been chosen to lead Elizabethtown College, to build on its legacy and accomplishments, and to seek opportunities at a pivotal time in the history of the college,” McCormick said. “I look forward to working with faculty and staff members, students, administration, alumni and the broader E-town community to reinvent our vision as a learning institution focused on the educational and personal growth of our students in preparing them for 21st century careers and lives steeped in service.”

At Jefferson, McCormick served as the chief of staff for academic affairs and the associate provost for strategic and academic initiatives. At Johns Hopkins University, she was the chief of staff to the senior vice president for finance and administration and chief operating officer. She also has held myriad positions at Widener University, including serving as executive director in the office of the president and a member of the president’s executive team. McCormick has been celebrated as a champion for students and has taught in the areas of business, law and leadership for students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

“Cecilia’s experience in both academia and private business along with her collaborative problem-solving skills will guide us through the changing landscape of higher education,” said Robert Dolan, chair of the Elizabethtown College Board of Trustees. “Her dedication to student development makes her an excellent leader for our college.”

“Throughout her career Cecilia has had a remarkable record of success at a variety of high-quality institutions,” said Ed Lovelidge ‘82, Presidential Search Committee chair. “Those experiences, along with Cecilia’s strong background in strategic planning and finance, will benefit Elizabethtown College immediately. The committee was extremely pleased to recommend Cecilia as our next president.”

McCormick also maintains her license to practice law in Pennsylvania. Her legal experience includes serving as an attorney over a 10-year period with two private law firms in the Philadelphia region. Prior to that, she held the positions of assistant general counsel for PECO Energy and special project manager for The Vanguard Group’s Retirement Resource Center.

McCormick received her bachelor’s degree in management/marketing from St. Joseph’s University, her paralegal certificate from Widener University, a juris doctorate from Delaware Law School: Widener University and post-doctoral education from the Institute of Educational Management at Harvard University, Graduate School of Education.

McCormick resides in Ocean City, N.J., with her husband, John. Her family includes three sons; Timothy (and his wife Danielle), Daniel (and his wife Heather), John, and two grandchildren.

The search was conducted by a presidential search committee with trustee, faculty, staff and alumni representation. Students also played an important role in the search, as did Witt/Keiffer, an executive search firm.

The Committee’s recommendation of McCormick was unanimously ratified by the board of trustees.

Benise brings his acclaimed PBS special to Kutztown University March 21

Join the audience on a romantic and exotic journey of music and dance that celebrates the fire, passion and spirit of Spain with Fuego!, which takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in Schaeffer Auditorium on the Kutztown University campus.

Armed with his Spanish guitar, Benise is backed by a stage-full of musicians and elaborately choreographed dancers hand-picked from an international pool of talent. Flamenco dancers take center stage in a tribute to Old World Spain while breathtaking couture fashions and innovative staging and choreography give Spanish dance a fresh and luminous makeover.

With a beautiful and charming Spanish courtyard as the backdrop, Benise debuts all new music, dance and costumes, adding his signature twist on classics such as “Granada,” “Malaguena,” “Moonlight Sonata,” “Asturias” and “Adagio.” It’s a musical adventure that includes the “Dress of a Thousand Roses,” one of the world’s largest Flamenco fans, and many more surprises. Fuego! captures world music at its best with a show that appeals to the hearts and souls of people of all ages, cultures and musical backgrounds.

Regular admission is $40, $36 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at or by calling the KU Presents! Box Office Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 610-683-4092.

Established as the center of cultural life at Kutztown University, KU Presents! serves the campus and community by bringing world-class live arts that can entertain, educate and enrich.