LETTER: Supports gun control

To the Editor:

This letter is in response to the articles covering the recent shooting in Las Vegas.
The second amendment of the United States Constitution states: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Obviously the need for a state militia has been replaced by the National Guard and Coast Guard, whereby trained military personnel are entrusted with the defense of this country against domestic enemies. Their weapons are tightly controlled and safeguarded.
The only two reasons for a citizen to own a firearm are for hunting or defense of the household from intruders. In either case, ownership of a handgun, shotgun or rifle is more than adequate to satisfy these purposes. There is absolutely no need for any U.S. civilian to own any weapon more powerful or sophisticated than these.
Accordingly, all handguns, shotguns and rifles must be licensed and registered to the degree necessary to match weapon to owner at the click of a computer key.
Furthermore, we must guarantee that the mentally ill do not gain access to them under any circumstances.
Finally, if we had prohibited the purchase of more sophisticated weapons several innocent victims would not have died or been harmed at shopping malls, college campuses, Congressional meetings, churches and now concerts. We as a country must deal with this issue immediately lest our society fall back
to the days when everyone carried a holster.
Joe Bialek, Cleveland

Field Hockey Falls in Second Half at No. 8 West Chester

Field Hockey | Box Score

WEST CHESTER | The Kutztown University field hockey team surrendered two second-half goals Wednesday to tell the tale of its 2-0 setback at No. 8 West Chester University in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action from Vonnie Gros Field.

Kutztown goalkeeper Chardonnay Hope (New Castle, Del./William Penn) continued her commanding play in the cage by making seven saves in the first half. The shot differential proved too large for the Golden Bears, who were outshot 21-4 for the game.

In the 44th minute, West Chester beat the keeper off a tipped pass off a corner for a 1-0 lead. Four minutes later, West Chester capitalized again off a corner, scoring from the top of the circle for its insurance goal.

Hope ended with a season-high 10 saves.

The Golden Bears remain on the road this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 14, to take on Mercyhurst University at 1 p.m.

Kutztown Alum Justin Collins Inducted into Northeast Chapter of PA Hall of Fame

Men’s Track and Field

KUTZTOWN | Kutztown University track & field alum Justin Collins was one of nine recipients to be inducted into the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania State Hall of Fame last weekend.

Collins is a graduate of Western Wayne High School and competed at KU from 1999-2004.

At Kutztown, Collins was a four-time All-America performer in the long jump, the second-most All-America honors for a Golden Bear in program history. He was a six-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Champion, including four in 2004 with titles in the triple and long jump. He also won an ECAC Championship.

During the indoor season, Collins was a two-time All-America performer in the long jump, placing fifth at the 2004 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships. His indoor-best performance of 24-7.75 set a school record, which he still holds today. Earlier in the 2004 indoor season, Collins was named PSAC Athlete of the Year and Most Outstanding Field Athlete at the championships after winning the long jump and triple jump at the PSAC Indoor Championships.

During the outdoor season, Collins earned All-America honors with a third-place finish in the long jump at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships. His PSAC Championship long jump of 25-0.75 set a school- and meet-record, both of which still stand today. He was also the PSAC champ in the triple jump.

A team captain and MVP as a senior in 2004, Collins was voted the KU Male Athlete of the Year as a senior. He was a four-year member of the KU Presidential Ambassadors, serving as the Vice Chairman in 2003. Collins is currently a business education teacher at Western Wayne High School.


READING – October gathering of Reading Public Library’s Silent Book Club will be held Thursday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Third & Spruce Café, West Reading.

The schedule will include half an hour of informal discussion with swapping of book recommendations, followed by an hour of reading (or audiobook listening) in companionable silence. Drinks and food are available for order and encouraged throughout the evening and fellow book lovers may extend their socializing after the event.

Contact Kimberly Servello at 610.478.8977 to register or for more

Shiloh Hills Elementary named 2017 Blue Ribbon School

WEST LAWN—The Wilson School District is pleased to announce that Shiloh Hills Elementary School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School -Exemplary High Performing Schools for 2017 by U. S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Shiloh Hills is one of 342 schools in the nation and one of 18 schools from Pennsylvania to be recognized in 2017.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. To be named an Exemplary High Performing School, Shiloh Hills is among the state’s highest-performing schools as measured by state assessments.

“The Wilson School District has a longstanding commitment to educational excellence,” said Dr. Richard Faidley, superintendent. “Receiving the National Blue Ribbon School-Exemplary High Performing Schools Award is a tremendous honor.  The students, parents, staff, and administration should be extremely proud of their collective efforts deserving of this highly prestigious recognition.”

“This coveted award affirms the hard work of our entire staff of educators, our Shiloh Hills students and their families and the Wilson community in creating a safe and welcoming school environment where students are able to master challenging and engaging programs of study,” said Dr. Matthew Flannery, assistant superintendent of the Wilson School District and principal of Shiloh Hills Elementary School.

Now in its 35th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,500 schools. On Nov. 6 and 7, Flannery will attend the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. , where Shiloh Hills’ achievement will be celebrated by the Secretary and the Department of Education.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Wilson School District we could not be more proud of the incredible work by the staff, students and community at Shiloh Hills Elementary School,” said Board President Steve Ehrlich. “This is an extraordinary achievement and we commend them for receiving this national recognition.”

Shiloh Hills Elementary School is one of five elementary schools in the Wilson School District and is ranked as the 20th best elementary school (out of 1,551 schools) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

With a School Performance Profile score of 94.3, Shiloh Hills was the highest scoring school (K-12) in the county in 2016. Their SPP score and PSSA results have earned Shiloh Hills the distinction of “Title One Distinguished School” in 2014 and 2015. As a result of these honors, Shiloh Hills received an Innovation Grant Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for $47,000.

Connor Kilgore presents as Solar Ambassador at CCU

Coastal Carolina University’s Solar Ambassadors, from left, Anthony Hess, Daniel Hallock, Jacob Doty, Catherine Sweeney and Connor Kilgore. They recently presented their research on renewable energy projects at the recent South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance conference in Columbia, S.C.

Connor Kilgore, an intelligence and national security studies major from Leesport, was among five Coastal Carolina University students known as the CCU Solar Ambassadors who presented their research on renewable energy projects at the recent South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance conference, held Sept. 21 in Columbia, S.C.

The Solar Ambassadors at CCU have teamed up with Re-Volv, a solar energy nonprofit based in San Francisco, in a project to bring solar power to a nonprofit organization in the Myrtle Beach area that CCU serves. CCU is one of seven universities selected to participate in the nationally recognized Solar Ambassador program, which is co-sponsored by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

The ambassadors are working with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) group in Little River, S.C., to fund solar panels for its post headquarters, with the aim of lowering energy costs and decreasing its carbon footprint.

“Working with Re-Volv, our Solar Ambassadors group is helping to fill the funding void for renewable energy for nonprofits, which can’t take advantage of state and federal tax credits that significantly lower the cost of solar energy installation,” said Kilgore. “Our team has a unique opportunity to benefit the Grand Strand community and contribute to cleaner energy forms in our country.”

The group hopes to complete its project in the spring of 2018.

Daniel Scheese of Birdsboro participates in Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine student-led ‘Day of Service’

Daniel Scheese of Birdsboro and other student leaders representing Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s (Geisinger Commonwealth) MD Class of 2020 recently organized a multi-site “Day of Service.” On Sept. 18, second-year medical students fanned out across Lackawanna County to clean parks, stock food pantry shelves and help care for youth, elderly and the homeless population in the region.

Members of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s MD Class of 2020 recently participated in a student-organized ‘Day of Service’ in Lackawanna County. Students working at Nay Park in Scranton included, in the foreground working in vegetable boxes: Rosa Roman, in front, at left; Yasmeen Daraz, bending over box at right; and Sonya Malashanka, at box, standing.

Briana O’Donnell, of Merrimack, community service chair of the MD Class of 2020, conceived of and planned the event with the help of class president, Cindy Ciccotelli of Yardley. “I think it important for us, as a class, to get out and show the community that we all want to serve,” said Ms. O’Donnell. “Sometimes we get so caught up in studying, it’s important that we step back and realize the reason we are here is for other people. The Day of Service supports our person-centered curriculum.”

Ms. Ciccotelli, who spent the day helping to stock St. Francis of Assisi’s food pantry, said her group had lunch with patrons of the St. Francis soup kitchen. “We talked about football, mostly. It was incredible to form relationships with these people and appreciate them and to gain insight into their hardships,” she said. She said class leadership plans to hold another Day of Service soon and will pass the event off to the Class of 2021 with the hope that class-wide “days of service” become regularly occurring events in the academic year.

As part of the Day of Service, five groups of between 15 to 20 second-year medical students volunteered at the Carbondale YMCA; Lackawanna Heritage Valley’s River Heritage trail; Nay Aug Park; the Waverly Community House; and St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen.

KU Bears roundup

10/10/2017 | Women’s Golf

MOHNTON – The Kutztown University women’s golf team is hitting its stride at the perfect time. Leading up to the conference championships in two weeks, KU won its second-straight invite and third of the fall season on Tuesday with a win at the Alvernia Fall Invitational at the LedgeRock Golf Club.

Caity Leppert (Layton, N.J./Kittatinny Regional) shot the second 79 of her senior year for a second-place finish. She helped lead KU to a 20-stroke victory over second-place Millersville.

All five of Kutztown’s team golfers finished in the top-10. Rachel Tarnopoll (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII) and Shannon Weber(Kutztown, Pa./Kutztown Area (Millersville)) each shot an 80 to tie for third. Jillian Jones (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) rounded out KU’s top-four scores with an 84 to tie for seventh.

The Golden Bears return to action on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the ESU Invitational.

10/10/2017 | Women’s Soccer | Box Score
Poll Release

KUTZTOWN – Sophomore defender Kaylee Kupiec (Deptford, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) scored her

first goal of the season, and it was an important one, as the second-ranked Kutztown University women’s soccer team held on for a 1-0 win over Shippensburg University Tuesday afternoon at Keystone Field in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) matchup.

Kupiec, who originally began her career at KU as a midfielder, has started the last six games at right-back along the defensive front.

So when the ball was kicked out her way outside of the 18-yard box, she didn’t think twice about shooting, and let a line-drive strike that flew right past Raiders goalie Delaney Shifflett for the opening goal of the game.

“The ball got hit out to me and I had an open look at a shot, so I took it,” said Kupiec. “I used to be an offensive-minded player so I’m used to shooting. So when I got it I thought why not, and went for it. Luckily I got a hold of it and it helped out the team.”

Kupiec became the 13th different player to score for the Golden Bears, adding to their PSAC-leading offense, which is tops in the league with 38 goals on the year.

Kutztown (12-0 overall, 10-0 PSAC) had plenty of opportunities at goal, outshooting Shippensburg (3-9-1, 2-9) by a 31-7 total, but could not muster up any other finishes against a bend-but-don’t-break Raiders defense.

“Shippensburg came out ready to go and played with a lot of energy from the opening whistle,” Kupiec said. “I don’t think we were expecting them to come out as well as they did. But we executed our game plan within the first 10 minutes and got the goal that we needed, and then just pushed through and finished out the game with solid defense and possession.”

Kupiec, along with Morgan Staley (Landenberg, Pa./Kennett)Kristina Miller (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) and Anna Hull(Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley)were once again stout in the back. Sophomore goalie Jenna Bracken (Wanaque, N.J./Lakeland Regional) made her sixth straight start for the Maroon and Gold. She made one save and won her eighth game on the season, also picking up her fourth shutout.

Kutztown began the day voted second in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division II Week 6 Poll released Tuesday afternoon. The University of Central Missouri was voted first, a week after KU held the top spot. Western Washington, Grand Valley State and Flagler College round out the top-five.

The Golden Bears travel to Mansfield University on Friday, Oct. 13for a 4 p.m. kickoff as they look to keep the undefeated mark going.

“We’re just trying to take it one game at a time,” said Kupiec. “Moving forward we just have to worry about what we can control, like executing the game plan and just live in the moment.”

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Governor Mifflin hosts traveling Holocaust exhibit for students and public

Who:  Governor Mifflin High School and the Jewish Federation of Allentown

What: Dozens of World War II-era artifacts are currently on display in the Governor Mifflin High School Library as part of a traveling exhibit. “The Legacy Exhibit” is on loan through the Jewish Federation of Allentown and curators Marylou Lordi and Shari Sparks. The vast display includes personal accounts and artifacts donated by survivors, soldiers, and citizens with ties to the local region. This is the first time The Legacy Exhibit has been on display in Berks County.

The display is part of a new course offering at Governor Mifflin High School. The Genocide and Holocaust Studies elective is offered to Governor Mifflin seniors and gives students an opportunity to learn more about the history of genocide. The course has a focus on the Holocaust to develop key concepts and knowledge before expanding into other examples of genocide in the 20th century. Students in the elective will have an opportunity to study the exhibit closely and use some of the resources to further their research. The exhibit is open to all Governor Mifflin students as well as the general public.

Where: Governor Mifflin High School Library
101 S. Waverly Street, Shillington

When: Now through Nov. 3

Public viewing hours are during evening library hours (Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-9:00 p.m.)