Free concert: Wag that tail to live music from The Pietasters

Free concert: Wag that tail to live music from The Pietasters

41st annual Performance Toyota Walk for the Animals and Walktoberfest

From Two-Tone Ska, to Jamaican crooners like Alton Ellis, to Stax, Motown, hardcore, and British Punk, The Pietasters deliver a world-class performance.

Their style of Ska, Rock and Soul – sing along songs and dance-through-your-socks rhythms are played by friends who remain true to their roots.

They play what they like to play and will be bringing their lively sounds to the 41st annual Performance Toyota Walk for the Animals and Walktoberfest.

Click HERE for the full schedule of activities.

Five easy ways to raise $250 for the animals

Five easy ways to raise $250 for the animals

Each dollar you raise during the 41st Annual Performance Toyota Walk for the Animals & Walktoberfest will help save the lives of thousands of animals in our community.
Along with the joy of knowing what a profound impact you have, pledge to raise $250 and receive an exclusive Walk for the Animals commemorative sweatshirt!
This unique sweatshirt is only available to those supporters that are willing to go the distance.
Here are 5 quick tips for how to raise $250 in a jiffy…
  • Ask your parents for $50, they love you, they’ll help
  • Ask your grandparents for $50, you’ve always been their favorite anyway
  • Register to be a VIP (Very Important Pet-lover), this counts toward your $250 goal
  • Ask five of your favorite friends for $10 each, they love animals, too
  • Ask your aunt in California for $50 and support our 50 State Challenge
TA-DA you’ve raised $250! Rock that sweatshirt with pride, you’ve earned it!

Lebanon Valley to dedicate Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion

Lebanon Valley College to dedicate new state-of-the-art Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion

The Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion will be the new home to the college’s athletic training, exercise science, and physical therapy programs.

LVC’s growing health professions majors will produce highly trained graduates for an industry that is projected to add more than four million jobs – more than any other industry – between 2012 and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Arnold Pavilion will have advanced learning spaces throughout, including a human performance laboratory that puts innovative sports biomechanics equipment at the fingertips of LVC students. This equipment is traditionally restricted to upper-level graduate programs and research institutions.

In the human performance lab, students will use new 3-D motion capture, Forceplate, and electromyography systems.

“The skills attained from such experiences will lead to increased employability after students learn how to analyze movement and make recommendations toward performance improvement and injury prevention in sports such as running, golfing, batting in baseball, and more,” said Dr. Georgios Stylianides, lab director and associate professor of biomechanics and anatomy.

“The opening of the Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion is a milestone in the life of our College,” said President Lewis E. Thayne. “It signals our commitment to providing our students with exceptional facilities, as well as our commitment to the wellbeing of this region.”

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s MD Class of 2022 receives white coats at ceremony

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s MD Class of 2022 receives white coats at ceremony

Tiffany Garcia
David Fear

First-year doctor of medicine students received the first symbol of their new profession as Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine held its 10th annual White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2022 on Friday, Aug. 3 in Scranton.

Local students receiving white coats were:

David Fear of Birdsboro

Tiffany Garcia of Reading

At the ceremony, Geisinger Commonwealth’s dean, Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., told the students, “Some doctors succumb to the temptation to think of their white coat as a shield, or a barrier, or a status symbol . . . You won’t be one of those doctors. You will come to see this white coat not as a symbol of status, but as a reminder that your role is one of service: to the community, and to your patients.”

Shubhra Shetty, M.D. presented the Dr. Lester Saidman Memorial Lecture, named in honor of the well-respected physician and educator from Luzerne County. Dr. Shetty is regional associate dean and professor of medicine at GCSOM. Her career was greatly affected during her residency training in Continue reading “Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s MD Class of 2022 receives white coats at ceremony”

Collin Barker Presents Scientific Research at Disappearing Boundaries

Collin Barker Presents Scientific Research at Disappearing Boundaries

Collin Barker of Wernersville was one of 37 Lebanon Valley College students who presented their scientific work from summer research projects at the annual Disappearing Boundaries Summer Research Meeting held in July at Albright College. Barker, a graduate of Lancaster Country Day School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in physics at The Valley.

The annual event is designed to uniquely blend students and faculty with their counterparts from other institutions and disciplines. The meeting, brainchild of Lebanon Valley’s Dr. Walter Patton, associate professor of chemistry, has become a collaboration of Central Pennsylvania colleges, including Albright, Dickinson, Elizabethtown, Gettysburg, Messiah, and Wilkes, among others. Core to the concept is the idea that science benefits from networking, even among a myriad of scientific disciplines.

Anthony Knarr of Oley Received a Bachelor’s Degree from University of the Sciences

The seventh annual bachelor’s degree conferment ceremony was held May 18, 2018; some 160 USciences students in the doctor of occupational therapy, doctor of physical therapy and doctor of pharmacy programs were granted bachelor of science degrees. Photo courtesy University of the Sciences

Anthony Knarr of Oley Received a Bachelor’s Degree from University of the Sciences

Anthony Knarr of Oley graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in pharmaceutical and healthcare studies degree from University of the Sciences and was recognized at a bachelor’s degree conferment ceremony on Friday, May 18, 2018.

Knarr continues in the doctor of pharmacy program.

Central Penn College to offer phlebotomy certificate

Central Penn College to offer phlebotomy certificate

Flexible courses, three terms for new program

Beginning in the fall term, Central Penn College will offer a new phlebotomy technician certificate as part of its Medical Assisting program. Phlebotomy technicians work at hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers and private medical offices.

“I am excited that Central Penn will be preparing phlebotomy students to become essential members of the healthcare team,” says Nikki Marhefka, director of the college’s Medical Assisting program. “These technicians begin the process of laboratory testing, which plays a vital role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease. This is an additional certification to the many vibrant allied health programs offered at the college,” says Marhefka.

Students will be trained to:

  • Draw blood samples from patients
  • Perform basic testing, such as blood glucose levels
  • Prepare blood, urine and other specimens for testing
  • Verify patient/donor identity

“Many employers require professional certification,” says Dr. Krista Wolfe, dean of the School of Nursing Continue reading “Central Penn College to offer phlebotomy certificate”

Library to present two-part teen program

Northeast Branch of Reading Public Library to present two-part teen program by Council on Chemical Abuse

Reading – The Northeast Branch of Reading Public Library, 1348 N. 11th St., will feature a two-part program for teens titled, “Clear and Present Danger.”

The program presented by The Council on hemical Abuse will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19 and Thursday, July 26.

The program is free of charge and no registration is needed. For more information, call 610,655.6361.

This program is part of a series of programs being held at Reading Public Library in support of the Berks County Public Libraries 2018 Summer Read, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic. The Summer Read is a collective multi-county read for adults taking place from April through September.

More information on the Summer Read is available atwww.berkslibraries.org/a-summer-read.

Bally Mennonite Church seeks donations by Aug. 31 for refugee hygiene kits

Bally Mennonite Church seeks donations by Aug. 31 for refugee hygiene kits
Does your heart break for displaced families? Ours does too! There is something we can do together!
Bally Mennonite Church is collecting supplies for Refugee Hygiene Kits, which are distributed all around the world by the Mennonite Central Committee (mcc.org); we welcome your contributions through Aug. 31.
Thank you for limiting your generosity to the following specific new manufacturer-packaged items:
  • 1 adult-size toothbrush (in manufacturer’s packaging)
  • 1 large bar of soap (leave in wrapper)
  • 1 nail clipper (good quality)
  • 1 hand towel (medium weight, dark or bright colors; approx. 16 by 26 inches)
  • 1 wide-toothed comb (6 to 8 inches.)
Drop off box under carport at Bally Mennonite Church, 1481 Route 100, Bally.
For more information, call 610.845.7780 or visit ballymc.org.

Club raises funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research

Pictured from left in the top row are Emma Mattson, Olivia Escalona, Alexis Hartl, Kenadie Shreiner and Brian Yagle; bottom from left are Kylie Pinkett, Sarah Black, Izzy Thomas, Mila Althouse and Emily Snyder.

Honey Brook Elementary Center’s Community Service Club raises funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research

Most clubs at Honey Brook Elementary Center are formed to provide children with an extra-curricular activity after school. But recently, a different type of club was created. The Community Service Club consisted of a group of ten, fourth-grade students who banded together to try and help others. In the first-ever project of their existence, the club decided to organize an Alex’s Lemonade Stand in the hopes of raising much-needed money for pediatric cancer research. Those efforts yielded great results!

During a two-week time period, club members sold lemonade during the school’s lunch periods. Under the guidance of their advisers, 4th grade teacher, Janeen Moyer and 3rd grade teacher, Brian Emerich, the group made and sold nearly 75 gallons of lemonade at 50 cents per cup. They also held a stand during the school’s Evening of the Arts and Grandparents’ Day celebrations. Including sales and donations, the group contributed a total of $852.98 to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research.

Members of the group included Mila Althouse, Sarah Black, Olivia Escalona, Alexis Hartl, Emma Mattson, Kylie Pinkett, Kenadie Shreiner, Emily Snyder, Izzy Thomas and Brian Yagle. Group members met once per Continue reading “Club raises funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research”