BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

March 15, 2019

  • Police are investigating the report of graffiti vandalism to a dumpster following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 400 block of W. Main St.
  • After completing their investigation, police arrested Andrew-James Sieber, 22, of Dingmans Ferry, for indecent assault/victim unaware and for indecent assault without consent following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 300 block of Greenwich St.

KU Department of Social Work to Host 16th Annual Community Forum March 29

Department of Social Work to host 16th annual community forum March 29.

The Kutztown University Department of Social Work will host its 16th annual community forum on Friday, March 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. This year’s topic, “Family in Environment: Part II – Veterans’ Challenges,” raises awareness of issues surrounding military veterans and challenges they face, as well as its effects on families. It is part three of a three-year series.

The event is free and open to the public.

Presenters will include: State Representative Thomas P. Murt (152nd Legislative District); Honorable Judge M. Theresa Johnson, Berks County Court of Common Pleas; Charles F. Barbera, MD, MBA, FACEP, Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Tower Health System; Probation Officer Andrew Shearer, Berks County Adult Probation and Parole; Justin D. Bodor, Assistant District Attorney, Office of the Berks County District Attorney; Amy Groh, Director of Crisis Intervention Services, SAM, Inc; Dale Derr, Director, Berks County Department of Veterans Affairs; Tom Applebach, Director, Lehigh County Department of Veterans Affairs; Dan Milloy, Executive Director, Treatment Access and Services Center of Berks County; Donald Edinger, first graduate of the Veterans Treatment Court program; Marilyn Kelly-Cavotta, MSW, Coordinator of Veteran Advocacy & Women Veterans Health, Veteran Health Program, Lehigh Valley Health Network; Heather Lloyd, Founder/Executive Director, Tails of Valor Paws of Honor, Inc.; Paul Spurgin, Executive Director of Keystone Warriors.

The annual $1,000 Diversity Prize, a competition cash award funded by the Social Work faculty in recognition of undergraduate and graduate level social work students who excel in celebration of diversity, will also be presented.

Community leaders, agency executives, policy makers, social workers, human services professionals, alumni, faculty, staff and students will participate in the day-long event.

Panel question and answer periods will be held from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. and from 3:30 to 4 p.m. The media is welcome to attend.

Up to six continuing education credits (including 3 ethics credits) will be available for licensed social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors. The Department of Social Work (BSW, MSW, DSW) aspires to provide high quality, nationally accredited curricula and program activities that respond to the diverse and ever-changing social needs of our rural, suburban and urban communities, students, employers and the profession of social work.

For more information, please contact Dr. Sharon Lyter, Forum chair, KU Department of Social Work, at 610-683-4235 or

Jillian Rathman participates in service project at Renovation Alliance in Roanoke, Va., as a part of UVM’s Alternative Spring Break Program

UVM students on an Alternative Spring Break trip to Roanoke, Va.

Jillian Rathman of Wernersville, along with 10 groups and about 100 participants, participated in the University of Vermont’s Alternative Spring Break program – a student-led, week long program that provides UVM students with an opportunity to travel and involve themselves in service-work focused around a number of social issues in communities throughout the nation.

For the week-long spring recess, Jillian traveled to Roanoke, Virginia, to work with Renovation Alliance ( Renovation Alliance brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners. We provide critical home repairs for homeowners in need in the Roanoke Valley, ensuring they can live independently in safe and healthy homes. Since operations began in 1999, Renovation Alliance has served more than 600 homeowners and their families.

For over 25 years the UVM Alternative Spring Break program has provided UVM students with service opportunities during their spring recess – including work around homelessness, hunger, urban gardening, disaster relief, environmental conservation and more. Since its start in 1991, over 3,000 students have participated in the program, providing over 120,000 hours of service to community partner organizations throughout the nation.

This year, UVM students participating in ASB traveled to 9 of states, working with over 10 organizations to complete service work throughout the week.

Does religion do more to divide or unite Americans?

Alvernia University announces 2019 Hesburgh Lecture

What: Explore the dynamic between national politics and religion during a lecture titled “Does Religion Do More to Divide or Unite Americans?” presented by University of Notre Dame professor Dr. David Campbell. During the lecture, Campbell explores how the United States is unusual in combining a high level of religious devotion, religious diversity and religious tolerance, how this combination could potentially lead to conflict and the dynamic between national politics and religion at the personal level.

Who: The lecture is co-sponsored by Alvernia University’s Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement and the Notre Dame Club of Reading.

When: Monday, March 25, 2019. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. ET

Where: McGlinn Conference Center, 460 St. Bernardine St., Reading

Why: Since 1986, the Hesburgh Lecture Series has brought a taste of Notre Dame’s academic excellence to Alvernia’s campus courtesy of the Notre Dame Club of Reading, which supports the event. The lectures perpetuate the example of President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh as a lifelong learner and further the Alumni Association’s mission by providing meaningful opportunities to Notre Dame alumni, parents and friends.

Reading Public Library to present “Great Decisions” discussion group series

For the first time, Reading Public Library will be joining venues around Berks County to present the “Great Decisions” Discussion Group Series, bringing conversations on the most critical issues facing America today to a city venue. The following topics will be presented during this inaugural season:

The U.S. and Mexico: Partnership Tested, Wednesday, March 27

Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics,  Wednesday, April 24

Refugees and Global Migration, Wednesday, May 29

The discussion group will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Reading Public Library Foundation building, 113 S. 4th St., Reading. Light lunch will be served.

Topics are presented through a briefing book, video presentation and facilitated discussion. The $30 registration fee includes a briefing book with expert papers on all eight of the 2019 topics and participants can attend discussion groups on any of the current topics being presented throughout our community. The Great Decisions series is supported by the World Affairs Council of Reading.

Sherry Cameron, a member of RPL’s Board of Trustees and the World Affairs Council of Reading’s Board of Director’s stated the following about this new venue, “We are very pleased to be expanding the reach of these vital conversations and believe that this series fits with the library’s ongoing goal of promoting informed citizenry.”

Register online at reading or by calling 610.478.8977.

Scholarships are available and scholarship participants are encouraged. A list of all locations offering Great Decisions 2019 can be found at

Art for Arf’s Sake Auction

We solemnly swear this year’s Art for Arf’s Sake Auction will be one to remember as our 2019 art auction theme is Harry Pawter.

We welcome patrons, supporters, volunteers, and guests to enter this wizarding world and join us Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Get your tickets now and show your support for the animals of Humane Pennsylvania.

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BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

March 8, 2019

  • Police investigated the report of fraud following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 100 block of N. Whiteoak St.
  • After completing their investigation, police arrested Michael Williams, 20, of Bernville, for burglary/occupants not present, criminal trespass/enter building, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 400 block of W. Main St.

March 9, 2019

  • After completing their investigation, police arrested Kurt Burkhart, 37, of Kutztown, for harassment/physical contact following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 100 block of Normal Ave.

Lebanon Valley College Concert Choir Embarks on Spring Tour

The Lebanon Valley College Concert Choir proudly announces its 83rd annual spring tour from March 17 through 24. Conducted by Dr. Kyle Zeuch, the 60-member ensemble will give multiple concert performances in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Krystal Nolte of Lenhartsville, a graduate of Kutztown Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education.

Daniel Behler of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music.

Mikaela Krall of West Lawn, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of arts in music and English.

Jesse Kaufmann of West Reading, a graduate of Wyomissing Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of music in audio and music production.

Jared Kramer of Sinking Spring, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education.

Justin Kripas of Womelsdorf, a graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and audio and music production.

Kristen Suruskie of Reading, a graduate of Exeter Township High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music.

The 83rd Annual LVC Concert Choir will bring their program, “Be Well: Body, Mind, and Spirit,” to the Washington, D.C. area March 22 through 24. The songs to be performed include Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus” and Lotti’s “Crucifixus” to more contemporary pieces “The State of Emptiness” by Catherine Dalton and Jake Runestad’s “Please Stay.”

The program also includes a wide variety of literature including a traditional Pennsylvaina Dutch piece, “Reide, Reide, Geili,” and an arrangement of the spiritual “Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down.”

The traditional LVC Concert Choir pieces “Vela Vela” and Lutkin’s “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” will round out the concert. It is our hope that this combination of pieces will encourage audiences to reflect on their own wellness, or at least, accept the concert as some respite from the busyness of our daily lives.

Five Bowlers in Top-50 of USBC Sectionals Field

3/8/2019 | Women’s Bowling

The 25th-ranked Kutztown University women’s bowling team had five members that finished inside the top-50 of a field of 160 competitors at the United States Bowling Congress Individuals Sectionals Tournament Friday evening in Stratford, N.J.

Renee Riffey and Keanna Delp were inside the top-25, placing 22nd and 25th with 1148 and 1144 game totals respectively through six games. Lindsey Gotwalt, Kelly Normandin and Angela Kozma all competed to a top-42 finish and each had over 1,100 total points or more.

Madison Burkert, Dana Henry and Ashley Fister all were inside the top-100 competitors and had at least 1,000 total points.

KU has been to USBC Nationals four times in program history; 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. KU has had one player qualify for singles, Brooke Bower, in 2012, who actually led the field in Allentown, Pa; and qualified for Nationals that year.

Kutztown Results

22. Renee Riffey – 1148
25. Keanna Delp – 1144
30. Lindsey Gotwalt – 1129
36. Kelly Normandin – 1109
42. Angela Kozma – 1101
61. Madison Burkert – 1074
90. Dana Henry – 1030
95. Ashley Fister – 1026
122. Alexis Case – 988
137. Megan Bauter – 954
145. Laura Hartley – 915
146. Alexis Ripic – 914
153. Molly Agnello — 887

Tatum Mack of Bethel to present at conference

Tatum Mack of Bethel, PA is one of six Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania students who will present research at the National Conference for the National Strength and Conditioning Association from July 10 to 13 in Washington D.C.

Mack, also a first-year graduate student, will discuss data assessing how to handle type affects neuromuscular fatigue from a project conducted by Swapan Mookerjee, BU professor of exercise science.

The NSCA is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning profession by disseminating research-based knowledge and its practical application through industry-leading certifications, research journals, career development services, and continuing education opportunities.