2017 Newsletter

Posted by Exeter Alumni on 2/22/2017



January 2017




February 10, 1933 – January 21, 2017

For more than 50 years there was no alumni organization for Exeter grads. Don Thomas felt that such an organization was necessary to perpetuate school spirit, and today, primarily as a result of his determination, such an organization not only exists but has awarded nearly $60,000 in scholarships to Exeter graduates. 

We all know Don Thomas as social studies teacher, coach, athletic director, and administrator, but how many of us know how he arrived in Exeter?   The story, as told by Don to Larry Houp, begins with a full scholarship to play at Wake Forest University.   However, the week before classes started he broke his leg during football practice resulting in the loss of his scholarship.  Years later he was shooting pool in Shamokin when I man walked up to the cue stick rack, grabbed a cue stick, turned around and asked, “Are you Don Thomas?”  Don replied, “Yes, I am” and was immediately struck in the leg by the cue stick.  The man asked, “Is that broken leg healed?” to which Don replied, “Yes, it is.”  He turned out to be the Bloomsburg College football coach which led to Don’s attending and playing football for Bloomsburg.  Four years later Don received a letter from Stephen Ruth, Principal at the Exeter High School, asking whether he would come to Exeter to teach and be the football coach.  In future discussions with Mr. Ruth, Don asked how he came to hear of him and Mr. Ruth said his daughter, who knew Don from Bloomsburg, told him Don would make a fine coach.

No one cared more and worked harder to promote Exeter than did Don Thomas. That dedication will continue as the Thomas family has asked that any contributions in Don’s memory be directed

to the Alumni Association to be used for scholarships. If you care to be a part of this tribute, checks may be sent to the Exeter High School Eagles Alumni Association, c/o Julie Huckleberry, 200 Elm Street, Reading, PA  19606.  Please indicate Don’s name on the check.

Our sympathy is extended to the Thomas Family.



I begin this message to acknowledge the committee members listed in this newsletter. These individuals have done an outstanding service to your Exeter Eagles Alumni Association, and you should be proud of their service.  We have grown every year, and for 2017, the association is on track to award approximately $20,000 in scholarships to Exeter seniors. Our committee numbers are few and we would greatly appreciate increased participation. We meet the first Thursday of every month and we have enjoyable lively discussions as we focus on fund raising for scholarships. We meet at 7:00 P.M. in the Lausch Administration Building at 200 Elm St., St. Lawrence, Pa. If you are interested in participating, please e-mail me at lwhpjh@aol.com

Recently, I was privileged to attend the initiation ceremony of the Exeter High National Honor Society. Exeter should be extremely proud of these students who participated in this program.  The skill level and comportment of these students reflected the dedication of the administration, faculty and staff of our district. The Association also provides Science Technology and Mechanical scholarships, to cover the entire spectrum of the education experience.  As I visually inspected the facilities, it occurred to me that our students are extremely blessed to attend Exeter High. We will send these students out into the world with a solid foundation. Some of these students will leave Exeter Township and will offer a positive impact on the nation and the world.  Others will return to Exeter Township to offer their talents to our home community. In this way the blessings that have been provided for our students will be widely distributed.

Lawrence Houp, President



The following officers were elected at the September 2016 Annual Meeting: President – Lawrence Houp, 1st Vice President – Brad Kissam , 2nd Vice President – David Arndt, Treasurer/Historian – Julie (Maurer) Huckleberry, Secretary – Diane (Arndt) Benner, Scholarship Chairman – Matthew Goldstan, and Comptroller – Bob Brizek. Executive Committee Members: Gary DeAcosta, Charlie Adams, Barry Hoover, Dennis Herne, and Priscilla Houp.



 The following was taken from the Reading Eagle 11/13/16: “Lawrence W. Houp, a 1965 graduate of Exeter and 1969 graduate of Muhlenberg College, was a partner in Houp Brothers Farm. He served on the Exeter School Board, the Berks Career & Technology Center Joint Operating Committee board and the Berks Vocational and Technical School Authority. He has served as president of the Exeter Eagles Alumni Association and was one of the people over the years most responsible for founding the alumni association.”  The Alumni Association congratulates Larry and thanks him for all his hard work and dedication to the formation of our organization.



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Thanks to Charlie Adams, Class of 1965, for making all the arrangements for us. It was a wonderful trip and enjoyed by all. The profit from this trip enabled us to make a large contribution to our scholarship fund. We appreciate the support of all alumni who participated.



We are very excited to see the results of your scholarship contributions. Pictured here is Kristen McClure, Class of 2012, and recipient of the Ann and Del Harris Scholarship.

Kristen graduated from Waynesburg University in May 2016, with honors, and is now working as a registered nurse at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in the surgical intensive care unit. She has expressed her appreciation many times throughout her college career to both Mr. and Mrs. Harris and the Alumni Association. We are very proud to have played a part in her success.




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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT – AUGUST 2, 2016 – PENNSIDE ATHLETIC FIELD - Alumni Committee Members were busy distributing Membership Registration forms, snack bags of pretzels donated by Tom Sturgis and potato chips donated by Dieffenbach. It was a beautiful evening to honor those in public service.





The Alumni Association is very proud to announce the Class of 2016 award winners. The following scholarship awards totaled $17,725. Thank you to all who contributed to these awards. Pictured below are several of the 28 award winners at the May 21st Award Night Ceremony. We wish all our award winners continued success in their academic pursuit.

SUSAN SINKOSKY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500)                                     Megan Faust

JOHN KAMM MEMORIAL ARTS SCHOLARSHIP ($500)                                  Morgan Bohn

SHIRLEY WEIDNER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500)                                   Gabriel Shchuka

STEPHEN RUTH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500)                                        Gabriel Shchuka

HARRY SHANK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500)                                          Lauren Huber

ALUMNI VETERANS SCHOLARSHIP ($500)                                                     Brooke Beismann


         FOR CANCER AWARENESS ($500)                                                         Dana Richard

REIFFTON FIRE SOCIAL QUARTERS SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000)                          Nicholas Bentz

REIFFTON FIRE SOCIAL QUARTERS SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000)                          Joseph Straka

REIFFTON FIRE SOCIAL QUARTERS SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000)                          Richard Wike

REIFFTON FIRE SOCIAL QUARTERS SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000)                          John Kershner

REIFFTON FIRE SOCIAL QUARTERS SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000)                          Sarah Andrieux

STONERSVILLE FIRE SOCIAL QUARTERS SCHOLARSHIP ($500)                      John Morriss

CHICK-FIL-A LEADERSHIP AWARD ($500)                                                       Corey Kenagy

ANN AND DEL HARRIS SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000)                                              Autumn DiScala

EDWARD WHALEN, JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500)                            Katlynn Hoffman

EDWARD WHALEN, JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500)                            John Morriss

THOMAS EBRIGHT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500)                                   Scott Schaeffer

EXETER ORTHODONTICS SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000)                                          Brianna Hinkelman

CLASS OF 1963 KEITH “CHEF R” RICHARDS ($725) MEMORIAL                    Jeramey Kehler

CLASS OF 1965 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500)                                         Briana Berstler

CLASS OF 1966 SCHOLARSHIP ($500)                                                             Antonio Senic

P. MASCARO AWARD FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP ($500)                                Joel Mercadante



JACK AND VIOLET BORDIC MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500)                      Alison Snyder

THOMAS GOULDEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($500)                                 Nicholas Bentz

DON THOMAS LEADERSHIP AWARD ($500)                                        Nathaniel Weber






The Alumni Scholarship Committee is very happy to be able to honor the varied contributions of our students. In looking ahead to the 2017 academic year, the Alumni Association has set a goal of $20,000 to be awarded.  If you would like to contribute to any of the following, we could exceed that goal.  We would like to thank all of our sponsors, donors and members who make this mission an ongoing success in Exeter High School.

 The Class of 2017 is currently in the process of submitting scholarship applications for the following awards to be presented in May:

Memorial to all Veterans – This award will go to a student entering college and who has a parent who is serving or who has served in the military.

 Susan Sinkosky Memorial Scholarship – This award will go to a student entering the field of nursing.

 Stephen Ruth Memorial Scholarship – This award will go to a student planning to be a secondary school teacher.

 John Kamm Memorial Scholarship – This award will go to a student pursuing a career in the creative or performing arts.

 Thomas Goulden Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a student for continued education.

 Edward Whalen, Jr. Memorial Scholarship – Scholarship awarded to a student attending a technical trade school.

 Marianne (DiAngelis) Adam Scholarship for Cancer Awareness – This award will go to a student entering college and who has an immediate family member who has experienced breast cancer. Preference may be given to a student pursuing a career in teaching.

 Shirley Weidner Memorial Scholarship – This award will be presented to a student continuing education in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) area.

 Harry Shank Memorial Scholarship – This award will go to a student continuing education in the field of social studies/history.

 Stonersville Social Quarters Scholarship – This award will go to an Exeter Berks Career and Technology student for continued technical education.

Class of 1966 Scholarship – Awarded to a deserving student to continue educational goals.

 Class of 1964 Terry Lee Haines Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a student attending any Penn State University campus.

 Class of 1960 David Lee Oberlin Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a student who has demonstrated resourcefulness and determination in overcoming obstacles to the achievement of his/her educational goals.

 Thomas Ebright Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a deserving student to continue educational goals. Since Mr. Ebright played football at Exeter, a football player may be given preference after established criteria have been met.

 Reiffton Social Quarters Scholarships – Several scholarships will be awarded to students continuing education at a four-year college or university and to students pursuing a technical education at a two or four year school.

 Exeter Orthodontics Scholarship – Awarded to a deserving student to continue educational goals.

 Don Thomas Leadership Award – Awarded to a deserving student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills.

Robert and Phyllis Goldstan Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a student continuing education at Albright College.

 Sharon and Karl Schmidt Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a student pursuing a career in music education or music therapy.

 Chick-Fil-A Leadership Award – Awarded to a deserving student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills.

***If you have an interest in establishing a scholarship award or contributing to any of the above, please indicate on the Contributions/Memorials form and return to the Alumni Scholarship Committee or contact us at alumni@exeter.k12.pa.us



             1957 – 60th       1962 – 55TH         1967 – 50th        1972 – 45th           

             1977 – 40th       1982 – 35th          1987 – 30th        1992 – 25th

             1997 – 20th        2002 – 15th          2007 – 10th       2012 – 5th


As plans for reunions are being developed and the names of contact persons are available, please contact the Alumni web administrator so your information may be placed on the Reunion and Class Notes pages of the website. We will be happy to provide assistance whenever possible. 


Travels with Charlie – Saturday, May 13 2017 – WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Charlie Adams, Class of ’65, has again planned an exciting day for the alumni and friends. The following is an agenda explaining our day in the nation’s capital.  We will depart Exeter at 7:00 a.m. and tour the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, including the sanctuary, gardens, reproduction of the Holy Land, and catacombs.  The Monastery is one of Washington, D. C.’s hidden treasures and stands as an Oasis of Peace in the middle of bustling Washington.  Next stop is the United States Botanic Garden/Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian (Tour either on your own.  Admission for both is free and the museums are adjacent.)

Lunch is on your own at or near the Smithsonian Institution and guides to dining spots will be provided.   Depart Washington at 5:00 P.M.  Dinner stop at Hunt Valley, MD and return to Exeter by 9:00 P.M.

 Transportation provided by Elite Coach and cost for the day is $75/person. Call 610-779-0774 or 610-779-7105 for reservations.  Checks should be made payable to Exeter HS Eagles Alumni and sent to ETSD, Attn:  Alumni, 200 Elm St., Reading, PA  19606.  All proceeds become part of the Alumni Scholarship Program.  Check your e-mails for further information.  Please indicate “Bus Trip” on your check.


***Check us out on Facebook! - Exeter High School Eagles Alumni Association for current updates and fundraisers, or our webpage https://www.exeter.k12.pa.us/domain/59

 **Watch for information regarding Schwan's Home Foods Delivery fund raiser.


May 19 – 20 - 21 - May Day Celebration

May 22 – Senior Academic & Athletic Awards Program – Class of 2017 – SHS Auditorium 6:00 pm

May 29 - Memorial Day Parade – 9:00 a.m. Please feel free to join in. 


UPDATE YOUR RECORDS: In an effort to cut postage we have attempted to e-mail the Newsletter to as many members as possible.  If you have received the Newsletter via U. S Postal Service, it is because the e-mail address you provided is no longer current.



  • SHS students plan to participate in the Four Diamonds Mini-Thon to raise money to cover costs of treatment for families with children battling cancer in association with Penn State Hershey Hospital. Last year students raised $21,410 and have set a goal of $25,000 for this year. The Mini-thon is scheduled for February 17-18.
  • 2016 Homecoming was a huge success with a community parade throughout the streets of Reiffton, home football game against Governor Mifflin, homecoming dance, and Home coming King and Queen.
  • Exeter Senior High Football wins 45 – 14 over Daniel Boone. It was the 60th meeting of the two teams.
  • Academic Hall of Fame adds Richard Ney – Class of 1991, Thomas Hanson – Faculty Member, Lawrence Houp – Class of 1965, and Kristin Dreazen - Class of 1991.
  • September 11, 2016 – 7:30 a.m. – Senior high students and faculty gathered in the Don Thomas Stadium to remember those who lost their lives 15 years ago and honor all who continue to serve our community and nation.
  • The Exeter girls’ volleyball team won the BCIAA championship for the third time in five years.
  • SHS Yearbook was chosen as a national sample, placing Exeter’s yearbook in an elite group at the national level.



Lutz Funeral Home, Inc.                                                               J. P. Mascaro

2100 Perkiomen Ave.                                                                   600 W. Neversink Rd.

Reading, PA 19606                                                                       Reading, PA  19606


Houp Landscaping, Inc.                                                                Cast Rite Metal Co.

300 Wiest School Rd.                                                                    P. O. Box 367

Oley, PA 19547                                                                            Birdsboro, PA  19508


Reading Berks Auto Club                                                             Stonersville Fire Social Quarters

920 Van Reed Road                                                                     5580 Boyertown Pike 

Wyomissing, PA 19610                                                                Birdsboro, PA  19508


Exeter Orthodontics                                                                      R. M Palmer Company

3611 Perkiomen Ave.                                                                   P.  O. Box 1723

Reading, PA 19606                                                                       Reading, PA  19606


Reiffton Fire Social Quarters                                                         Linda Bordic

46 West 33rd St.                                                                          214 Bordic Road

Reading, PA 19606                                                                      Reading, PA  19606


Chick-Fil-A                                   National Yorgey’s Cleaners                   Terrence Smith

4675 Perkiomen Ave.                    1700 Fairview                                      124 Allegheny Dr.

Reading, PA 19606                        Reading, PA 19606                              Hollidaysburg, PA 18648



We hope you will consider supporting scholarship opportunities for Exeter students with a thoughtful contribution. Please return the form on page 11 to the Alumni Association at the address below.  If you would like to establish a scholarship sponsored by an individual or group, please note on the form on page 11.  We would like to thank the following individuals and groups for their contributions to the student scholarships.


Janet (Derry) Diggs – Class of 1956                                     Edward Arnold – Class of 1964

Gary DeAcosta – Class of 1956                                            Allen Conrad – Class of 1964         

Michael Levengood – Class of 1956                                      Jeanne (Lausch) Kirk – Class of 1964

                                                                                               Harry Shaak – Class of 1964

Ellen (Mauger) Dost – Class of 1958                                     Larry Spayd – Class of 1964

Peggy (Adams) Levengood – Class of 1958                           Bruce Wegman – Class of 1964


Richard Walter – Class of 1959                                     Bonnie(Burkhart) McGrann - Class of 1965

Janet (Koch) Bixler – Class of 1959                               Carole (Addis) Haines - Class of 1965

Ross Lloyd – Class of 1960                                                   Barbara Wertz – Class of 1965

Edwin Smith – Class of 1960                                                 Richard Prussman – Class of 1965

Blanche (Teater) Wegman – Class of 1960                             Terry Smith – Class of 1965

Ronald Wegman – Class of 1960                           

Barbara (Swartley) Yerger – Class of 1960                             Matthew Goldstan – Class of 1966

Phil Hite – Class of 1960                                                       Julie Huckleberry – Class of 1966

Robert Murphy – Class of 1960                                             Scott Haines – Class of 1966

Harold Weidner – Class of 1960

Barbara (Swavely) Cregar – Class of 1960                   Marianne (DiAngelis) Adam – Class of ‘67

William Shafer – Class of 1960                                             Tim Wright – Class of 1967

Mark Schwarz – Class of 1960                               

Clark Renninger – Class of 1960                            

George Fies – Class of 1960                                                 John Goldstan - Class of 1968

Thomas Gottschall - Class of 1960 

Sallie (Landis) Dickerson – Class of 1960                          Ann (Chiarelli) Harris – Class of 1970

Barry Bixler – Class of 1960

                                                                                          Tim Ebright – Class of 1972

                                                                                          Craig Gaul – Class of 1972                          

Nancy Fies – Class of 1961

Keith Stunz – Class of 1961            

Lisa (Evans) Brodie – Class of 1961                                       Chris Nein – Class of 1984              

Carol Murphy – Class of 1963                                           Cassandra Whitmoyer – Class of 2015

Romaine (Krause) Keefer – Class of 1963            

Janice (Gottscholl) Chappie – Class of ‘63


P. Mascaro                                                          Reiffton Fire Social Quarters

Stonersville Fire Social Quarters                             Chick-Fil-A

Exeter Orthodontics                                              Class of 1965

Class of 1966                                                        Class of 1963

Thomas Goulden Family & Friends                           Edward Whalen Family & Friends

Thomas/Diane Shumaker                                        R. M. Palmer Company

Exeter Music Association                                         Timothy Dewalt

Barbara Williams                                                    Dr. Kathy Entrekin

Joan Ide                                                                Linda Roeberg

Laura/Chris Constantinides                                     Ellen Gallagher

Lois Miller                                                              Jillian Blanski

                                                                             Don Cramer



Contribution $______

Memorial/Honor $_______

Name and year of graduation of person being honored or memorialized ________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Your name and year of graduation_________________________________________________________________

Please make your check payable to the Exeter High School Eagles Alumni Association and forward to: Julie Huckleberry – Alumni, Exeter Township School District, 200 Elm Street, Reading, PA 19606. Your support is greatly appreciated.

EHSEAA is a 501(c)3 charitable corporation and all donations are eligible for an IRS tax deduction. Receipts are issued upon request.

_____I am interested in representing my class on the Executive Committee. Please contact me at:_________________________________________________________________________________________________


We are searching for alumni to volunteer as class representatives to serve on the executive committee. We hope you will be willing to serve. Locating the alumni remains our greatest challenge. Please contact us at alumni@exeter.k12.pa.us.