Christopher Thomas Competes for Mr. Alvernia

Political Science major Christopher Thomas of Sinking Spring, competed as Mr. SGA Senate in the 2017 Mr. Alvernia contest at Alvernia University, sponsored by the Student Government Association.

Hosted by 2016 Mr. Alvernia Winner Kyle Farrell, this year’s contest was judged by David Shoup, assistant professor of mathematics, Stacey Cole, director of annual giving, and Bookstore Manager Kelly Coblentz.


On Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, the Oley Valley Middle School, in partnering with the Tri Valley YMCA, opened its YMCA afterschool program. This program is free for middle school students to attend. The program runs Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The program’s home base is in a Middle School classroom.

The program will offer a wide variety of typical program activities including study time, games, art projects, etc. The program will also use school resources to offer unique opportunities for enrichment. These include regular sessions in the Middle School’s new ViewMaster Virtual Reality Lab, a monthly writers workshop given by a published novelist (and OVMS English teacher), organized sports/games/activities run by OVMS physical education teachers as well as community service opportunities both on and off-campus.

The program can also serve as a supplement to other school programs already in place. While we cannot provide transportation for students who stay after school, students can sign-in to the Y-Program when the school activity is completed. The Middle School offers afterschool tutoring from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Some students stay after for Jazz Band or Select Chorus. The program is there if they cannot be picked up until later.

While the program is brand new, we anticipate rapid growth. We greatly appreciate all of the support provided in getting this program started. Superintendent Dr. Tracy Shank and OVCEF Executive Director (and school board member) Mrs. Joanne Ewing were instrumental in ensuring that this program got off the ground. Many thanks to the Oley Valley Community Education Foundation and to the United Way for providing funding for this program. Thanks also to the Tri Valley YMCA staff for working with the Oley Valley Middle School.

This program is provided at no cost to parents. Parents must, however, complete a registration form for child to attend. Forms can be obtained from the district website, from the Middle School Facebook page or from the main office. Donations are accepted. Should you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Mr. Dan Marks, Middle School Principal at 610-987-4100, ext. 4308.

ICYMI: Muhlenberg Community Library announces October Event That Cannot Be Named

Muhlenberg Community LibraryThe Muhlenberg Community LIbrary will host its Event That Cannot Be Named from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017.

Organizers are promising fall fun for everyone.

Regular Admission: $5 for any child, teen or adult who will be PARTICIPATING in any of the activities, except for the psychic gallery.

Psychic Gallery Admission: $10 for anyone wishing to attend the psychic gallery with Willowearth only.

Combo Admission: $10 includes all activities for the day plus admission to the psychic gallery.

If a parent is accompanying their child(ren), and NOT participating– They are FREE.

Under two are FREE.

10 am-noon Face painting, “hay bale” maze, kiddie craft and story times available.

11 am Trunk-or-Treat for kids under 10.

11 am-2 pm Hit the Potato Coop food truck for lunch and their signature fresh cut fries! A portion of the money from your food purchases are being generously donated by Potato Coop to the library! Potato Coop will be open to the community, so feel free to grab your lunch at the truck even if you cannot attend the day’s festivities. #cravinthecoop!

12 pm Costume Contest for kids under 10 and prize awarded for the best trunk decorating in the Trunk-or-Treat!

1 pm Adults can join the fun by doing a fun Fall Craft inside the library. Please register for this craft by calling (610)929-0589.

1 pm Ages 10+ undead are welcome to dress the part and participate in a Zombies vs. Vampires capture the prize game.

2 pm Costume Contest for ages 10+. Come dressed as a zombie or vampire and reap the rewards!

2:30 pm Not-so-spooky family movie time.

2:30-3:30 pm Psychic gallery with local medium Willowearth.

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