Thousands flock to Kutztown Kruizz on July 30

Hosted by Kutztown Strong, event returns after Covid hiatus

By Michael Downing

Thousands of people flocked to Kutztown on Saturday, July 30 to check out beautiful custom vehicles from hot rods to classic cars to modified trucks.

2022 Kutztown Kruizz
Photo by Michael Downing

The event actually began quietly the night before when no parking signs were posted up and down Main Street.  Then, on Saturday morning at around 10:30, the rumble arose as cars began to glide down Main Street (video).

2022 Kutztown Kruizz
Photo by Michael Downing

Once the drivers hit their parking spots, thousands of people emerged and began checking out more than 250 rides.

2022 Kutztown Kruizz
Photo by Michael Downing

The day was picture perfect, with sunny skies and warm temperatures.

2022 Kutztown Kruizz
Photo by Michael Downing

Musicians played at several locations, including Trinity Church and Young Ones Records, with an evening oldies concert at Kutztown Park.

2022 Kutztown Kruizz
Photo by Michael Downing

City Cuts Barber Shop offered free haircuts on Main Street and Kutztown Printing, Local Folks Creative Studio and Paradise Lost hosted children’s areas.

2022 Kutztown Kruizz
Photo by Michael Downing

Attendees could vote for their favorite cars.  Participating businesses could also cast a vote. Kutztown Mayor Jim Schlegel presented the Mayor’s Trophy to the best car.

2022 Kutztown Kruizz
Photo by Michael Downing

There was a 50/50 raffle as well as door prizes. Kutztown restaurants and businesses offered shopping and food.

The Kruizz concluded at 4 p.m. and was followed by an oldies concert by the Fabulous Grease Band at Kutztown Park at 6 p.m.

The free concert is part of the 2022 Borough of Kutztown Concert Series in the Park.

The mission of Kutztown Strong is to “Strengthen The Resolve Of the Next Generation” so that they will be able to make “healthy, informed decisions,” so that such behaviors will “create STRONG communities.”

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A New Vision for The Keystone Newspaper

By Michael Downing, Adviser

Work smarter, not harder. 

I believe that we can all be wildly productive if we keep in mind that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.  That’s not to say we should take shortcuts.  It’s more about focus—cutting out anything that would overcomplicate the task at hand.  More on this as we progress.  For now, let me get to my first post related to Keystone Training.

One of the methods I use to generate text is to simply compose by using my phone. To put this entry together, I opened my Gmail app and clicked “compose.”  Then I activated the microphone and did a verbal brain dump.  I emailed the content to myself and now I’m in the process of cleaning it up.

My vision for students walking into the Keystone office: Lots of training, followed by productivity.  Areas of training will include the following:

WordPress training so that incoming writers can set up their own blogs and start writing and exploring topics that are of interest to them while also keeping an eye on campus news events by dialing into the Daily Brief and talking to students, faculty, and staff. Check out my Keystone Training Video.

As part of covering topics of interest, it’s a good idea to set up a Google Alert in order to get story leads on areas of interest.

In addition to WordPress, we’re also going to provide training on creating a YouTube Channel because we want student writers to set up a YouTube channel for themselves so that they can publish videos.

Photography training will also be provided so that students can take and include images with any stories they write.  Along with this, we encourage setting up a folder of images on Google Images so that you can have it as part of your professional portfolio. Check out mine on Flickr.

We are also going to help students set up LinkedIn accounts and assist with resumes.

It’s all about aligning credential development with personal/professional interests, along with covering campus news.  Lots of learning and productivity.  Hope you will attend the sessions and begin developing material for publication.