Category: Mayor’s Desk

Free movies under the stars on the big screen in Umbenhauer Park

Please join us this Friday, October 25 in Umbenhauer Park for free movies under the stars on the big screen. We’re really sorry that it’s cold out, but we can’t show movies when the sun is still shining. We will start off our doubleheader with Sonic the Hedgehog (PG) at 8 p.m. followed by Instant Family (PG 13)

Social distancing rules will be enforced. Be sure to bring some chairs or a picnic blanket. Upon arrival, please check in at the concession stand and you will be assigned your campsite for the movie. We kindly ask that you exercise social distancing when at check in and stay at your site while viewing the movie. Concessions will be available for purchase. Thank you to the Bernville Area Community Library for helping sponsor this event.

Parking on Main Street

Image may contain: outdoorJust a friendly reminder, that due to the line painting of parking stalls and crosswalks, as of 7 a.m. on Sunday there is no parking on Main Street until the project is completed. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Let’s have a conversation…

I’m smart enough to understand that our actions are often motivated by fear.  Fear of what we don’t know.  Fear of change.  Fear of the different.   With that said, I’m also smart enough to say that I’m not smart enough.  I want to have a better understanding of what it is like to be you.  I want to have an opportunity to chat, unfiltered, and unafraid.   I want to know what it’s like to be a minority and live in Bernville.  I want to know what it’s like to be a democrat or a republican and live in Bernville.  I want to know what it’s like to a straight, white, male in Bernville.  Likewise, I also want to know what your experience has been like if you’re not. I want to have an opportunity to chat and learn about what motivates you.  What we can do to have a better community.   It’s okay if we disagree, but let’s take an opportunity to get a different perspective.  With all this said, over the next couple of weeks, I would like to invite you, one on one to come over and have a drink on the porch; talk and get to know each other.   I’m home most evenings after 5 – so give me a call 570.573.5677 or email me at


Shawn A. Raup-Konsavage

It is with great sadness that we have become aware of the passing of Mayor Gail Stoudt

Gail L. (Hoffecker) Stoudt, 78 of Elverson, Warwick Twp., Chester Co., PA passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at the Berkshire Center. Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Robert M. and Dorothy Hoffecker.

Gail attended the University of Miami and Widener University. She worked as a manager, primarily in the restaurant business for more than twenty years. More recently, she worked providing in home care to seniors. Gail served as the first female mayor of Bernville, for six years, after serving on borough council for two years.  She helped increase the Bernville police department, including the addition of a K-9 officer.  She loved to stay active with exercise classes, yoga, tai chi, and taking long walks with her goldendoodle, Thomas Sawyer. She loved animals, adopting dogs and cats her whole life, and is also survived by her Himalayan cat Sherlock Holmes.  In addition, she enjoyed cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family.


Tonight, we celebrate the light…

Tonight, members of the Jewish community will gather with family and friends to begin the celebration of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah is a holiday that celebrates miracles – the miraculous endurance of the Jewish people in the face of persecution and hardship. The story of the Festival of Lights teaches us that when we stand together united; we can overcome any obstacle.  May the Festival of Lights remind us all that even in darkness, we celebrate the light.

Best wishes and happy Hanukkah,
Shawn A. Raup-Konsavage
Mayor – Bernville Borough

Come W(h)ine with the Mayor

Do you have an idea or a talent you would like to lend to your community?  Do you have a concern or question about your community?  The Mayor of Bernville invites you to join him for a glass of wine* and appetizers on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bernville Area Community Library to share with him your ideas, talents, and thoughts.

*You must be at least 21 years of age to drink.  Bottled water and soda will also be provided.  This event is paid for and sponsored by Shawn. Raup-Konsavage, using private funding.  This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the borough of Bernville or its council.