Shea Singley

Hello. I am Shea Singley,the new editor, and wanted to introduce myself. For close to 15 years I have been living in Kutztown and am still learning more about this area of Berks County. No matter how far away I go, I always seem to end up coming back and being happier than before.

After graduating from Upper Perkiomen High School, I spent three years attending the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ and then transferred to Kutztown University to finish up my degree in professional writing. Writing has always been a passion of mine and I have come to enjoy most types of writing from journalism to fiction to public relations and more. Recently, I interned in the publications department at a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. and found an even deeper love of writing.

Growing up, the highlight of each week was reading the local, weekly paper in the Upper Perkiomen area and I know how exciting local news is to the residents. Over the years it has become apparent to me just how many events happen in Hamburg and the surrounding area, which I look forward to participating in and covering.

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I have a very large passion for animals and their wellbeing. Since I was born, pets have always been a part of my life. Growing up there were both dogs and cats that were just as much a part of the family as the humans were. At the moment, I have three very unique cats with distinct personalities that provide endless entertainment and at times exasperation.

Never in my life, have I had cats that act the way these three do. The oldest of the bunch is Nala who is a small, feisty girl with whiskers that are much bigger than any cats I have ever seen. So far, she is the only cat that I know that gets to sleep on a heated waterbed. With the colder weather she very rarely leaves her spot between two pillows and if she does it is only for food or to push her other cat bed as close to the radiator as possible.

The other two are brothers that we rescued from outside. They are pretty much Pinky and the Brain. Duke is the thinker who is not afraid to let everyone know that he is there for some attention, but sprints away if he might be picked up. Baby Huey is the brawn that keeps his high pitched meow reserved for food time or talking to birds, but makes sure everyone knows when he is up and that he wants attention by either scratching the door or banging on the closet doors at any time of day or night.

These three strong personalities tend to create interesting tales to share just about every day. There is no doubt that there is enough material to share from time to time, which I am more than happy to do.

I look forward to getting to know more of Hamburg and the residents. Any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to send an email to ssingley@journalregister.com.