I Am Renovo Podcast

I Am Renovo is a podcast that features information on area events, sports, community outings, news and happenings in the greater Renovo area. The podcast is based out of Renovo, Pennsylvania, created by Donna M. Kshir and Lee ‘ Cougardawn’ Roberts. The show is hosted weekly by Laurie Ann Smith on Anchor FM and Spotify!!

The B-Hive with Glenie B

I’m so excited to share my newest adventure, The B-Hive with Glenie B (Pa Rock Talk).

The B Hive Podcast. (PA ROCK TALK) Feat. Local Radio Celebrity Glenie b – Focusing on The Pennsylvania Rock Scene, National Rock and Entertainment News, Featured Band Of The Week, New Music Spotlight, WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE Segment. and So Much More!

Listen on Anchor FM or Spotify!!

  • The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed are the speaker’s own and do not represent the views, thoughts, and opinions of the owners’ Donna Kshir and/or Lee Roberts. The material and information presented here is for general entertainment purposes only. “The B Hive” name and all forms and abbreviations are the property of its owners.

You Are Enough

I am so excited to make this announcement. Lee and I have released another book!!

You Are Enough is a photobook of 9 women who have faced adversity in their lifetime and have overcome it. They defeated issues with self-esteem, anxiety, depression, mental health, infertility, illness, crisis, disabilities, and body image to become independent, stronger, and more confident women.

Society and social networking platforms show us beautiful photographs of what we should look like and what we could look like if we use the right products, followed the right diet, exercise daily, and use the right products. They tell us that we, too, could be supermodels and be worthy of love, acceptance, and value but even by following a vigorous routine we somehow still fall short. Due to issues such as low self-esteem, lack of confidence in ourselves, and poor body image, we are made to feel unworthy and unloved when in fact the image they are selling us is unrealistic without proper lighting, filters, photoshopping, and excess plastic surgery.

In this book, each woman shares their story, along with raw, unedited photographs taken by the photographer and the owner of CJ Photography, Cynthia Harkinson. They have chosen to tell their story and use unedited photographs to show they are beautiful and they are enough, just as they are in true form without society’s interpretation of what they should be through photoshopping and filters. Each of these women knows they are enough just as they are and you, too, are enough, just as you are.

The Foreword is written by radio personality, public speaker, child rights activist, and author Laurie Ann Smith.

Available at Amazon and Lulu.com.

Lee Roberts

9-year-old Abigail Murphy’s book moves up in ranking

PRESS RELEASE – Northern Books is proud to announce that just 4 days following the release of ‘Kind People, Kind Hearts’ by 9-year-old Abigail Murphy it has been named the #1 new release in children’s books on bullies on Amazon Kindle and is currently #106 in the Kindle store in children’s books on bullies.

At age 1 year old, Abigail Murphy was diagnosed with Alopecia Totalis; an autoimmune disorder where white blood cells attack the hair follicles. Never knowing different Abigail embraced it to the fullest. After moving, and changing schools Abigail went toe to toe with bullying. Baldy and cue ball were names she was called regularly. Luckily for Abigail, her empathetic personality and intellectual mind combined with a 3rd-grade guardian angel teacher, Mrs. Ward, there was hope.

Allison Ward aka Mrs. Ward grew up feeling empowered and inspired by her teachers. She became a teacher to pass that gift on to her students. She is passionate about helping kids find their voice and figure out what their superpower is.

Once Abigail and Mrs. Ward had the story complete Joshua Murphy, Abigail’s father, sought out graphic artist Sydney Saathoff. Within a few weeks, Saathoff brought Abigail’s characters to life.

Saathoff is a graphic designer, illustrator, and painter that has no limits to her creativity. Embracing herself through art from doing logos for businesses to painting huge murals and now illustrating for a children’s book. She was diagnosed with MS as a child so illustrating Kind People Kind Hearts has such a special place in her heart.

With the illustrations complete, Murphy turned to his friend, writing mentor, child rights activist and the owner of Northern Books, Donna M. Kshir. Ms. Kshir and her best friend and business partner Lee ‘Cougardawn’ Roberts worked diligently to bring Abigail’s vision to life. Ms. Kshir and Roberts’ goal is to help Abigail educate as many people as possible, hoping that we all will look past one another’s exteriors and get to know each other from the inside.


Books and eBook formats are available at Amazon.com and Lulu.com, as well as other fine brick-and-mortar stores. For more information, visit Abigail’s official website at:  www.kindpeoplekindhearts.weebly.com

Photo 1 – Photo — Top Row: Abigail Murphy, the book Kind People, Kind Hearts, Allison Ward. Bottom row: Donna Kshir, Sydney Saathoff and Lee ‘Cougardawn’ Roberts.

Two more steps toward a better informed public

Two recent articles in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette indicate progress in the unyielding fight for transparency and for a public with better tools to be more fully informed.

First, in the weekend edition of the Sun-Gazette, two Clinton County women, Donna Kshir and Lee Roberts, are working diligently on making the child abuse registry available to the public.

“They believe opening the central registry will give parents the opportunity to protect their children,” Lexi Howard, who is working with Kshir and Roberts, told the Sun-Gazette.

Their efforts should be commended by all parents and by all readers who care about the safety of the children of our communities. We all should hope their efforts succeed.

Second, an Associated Press article in Monday’s Sun-Gazette examined how newspapers and the media are using “open source” investigations to better inform the public.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE!!

Donna M. Kshir and Lee ‘Cougardawn’ Roberts

Doug Mastriano Rally

I had the privilege of meeting Doug Mastriano (running for the Governor of Pennsylvania) and his beautiful wife Rebbie today, May 12, 2022. Both were very kind and were interested in hearing about our (Lee and I’s) goal to open the Pennsylvania child abuse Central Registry. I am looking forward to speaking with them again and answering any questions they may have.

Two women fight for law to make child abuse registry open

Great article! Thank you Mark!!

Donna M. Kshir and Lee ‘Cougardawn’ Roberts, both grandmothers, want people to be able to search offenders by name and location, according to Lexi Howard, an assistant and spokeswoman for Kshir and Roberts.

The grandmothers are seeking legislation to become law that would require the State Police to open the current private computerized database of individuals convicted of child abuse offenses in the state, including their name, date of birth, the tier of the crime and the location the crime took place which is often needed to find court records.

Past and latest efforts

Since 2015, Kshir and Roberts have been trying to get the child abuse registry to be open.

“They believe opening the central registry will give parents the opportunity to protect their children from the unknown,” Howard said.

Their latest effort includes a scheduled meeting on May 14 with state Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-McElhattan, to see if they can get her support and sponsorship of legislation.

A prior meeting with Denise Maris, a Democrat candidate for the 76th District for state representative, resulted in Maris’ pledge of support of the proposal should she be elected.

Should the bill pass into law, the women would like it to be named Anson’s Law, after 9-year-old Anson Stover who suffered unspeakable abuse, was placed into a bathtub, and died from the injuries inflicted on him at the hands of his aunt.

The two started campaigning to open the child abuse central registry after 2-year-old Conner Bachuss lost his life to child abuse.

Kshir used her influence as an author and advocate seeking Conner’s Law alongside Conner’s mother, Mashanna Bachuss-Waggoner, to get justice for the toddler.

Conner’s Law became law, with a signature from Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear in March 2015. Manslaughter in the first degree, which carries a 10-20 year sentence, now includes fatal child abuse. Abusers have to serve 85% of that sentence before being released.

The Kentucky toddler’s killer, Ronald Saunders II, suffered from violence in his background, but his past was hidden on the private registry.

After serving 5 ½ years in prison, on a plea deal, for torturing and killing the toddler, Saunders was released from prison and re-offended abusing another child within a month of his release.

Four types of child abuse include neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse. In some countries, using corporal punishment is regarded as child abuse.

One study recorded in MedicalNews Today has suggested that 1 in 4 children experience some kind of neglect or abuse at some time.

Children who may have experienced abuse should visit a doctor or hospital, as physical medical help or counseling may be needed.

Anyone who believes they are abusing, have abused, or might abuse a child should remove themselves from the child and place the child somewhere safe, for example, by asking someone else to look after them, then find someone to confide in. Counseling may be necessary.

Source: Sungazette

Two Grandmothers Fight to Open Pennsylvania’s Central Registry

Pennsylvania has provided Megan’s Law, a sex offender registry, where people can search out offenders by name, photograph and location. Unlike the sex offender registry, the child abuse central registry remains private. 

Since 2015, two Clinton County, Pennsylvania grandmothers, Donna M. Kshir and Lee ‘Cougardawn’ Roberts, have been fighting to make it happen. They believe opening the central registry will give parents the opportunity to protect their children from the unknown. The two started campaigning to open the child abuse central registry after 2-year-old Conner Bachuss lost his life to child abuse. The Kentucky toddler’s killer, Ronald Saunders II, had a very violent dating back to his time in the military, but his past was hidden on the private registry. After serving 5.5 years in prison, on a plea deal, for torturing and killing the toddler, Saunders would be released from prison and re-offend abusing another child within a month of his release. 

The measure would require the Pennsylvania State Police to open the current private computerized database of individuals convicted of child abuse offenses in the state, including their name, date of birth, photograph, the tier of the crime and the location the crime took place which is often needed to find court records. 

Ms. Kshir and Roberts meet with Pennsylvania State Representative Republican Stephanie Borowicz on May 4th seeking sponsorship. The duo has already met with Denise Maris, Democratic candidate for the 76th District for State Representative. Maris has shown her full support and if elected will sponsor the proposal and present it to the House on their behalf. 

If the bill is passed into law the duo wants to name the law Anson’s Law, after 9-year-old Anson Stover who suffered unspeakable abuse, was placed into a bathtub, and died from the injuries inflicted on him at the hands of his aunt. 

Ms. Kshir used her influence seeking Conner’s Law alongside of Conner’s mother, Mashanna Bachuss-Waggoner, to get justice for the toddler. Conner’s Law became law, with a signature from Governor Steve Beshear in March 2015. Manslaughter in the first degree, which carries a 10-20 year sentence, now includes fatal child abuse. Abusers have to serve 85 percent of that sentence before being released.

  • Photo: Donna Kshir, left, Lee Roberts, right.

I’m Offended You’re Offended Podcast

I was honored to be a guest speaker in Clinton County, Pennsylvania. I wasn’t so sure how it was going to go after I got an email that said, ‘We don’t want to offend anyone.’ I received a lot of support, but I also offended many. Usually, people who get angry or offended when you talk about child abuse have something to hide. I won’t watch my P’s and Q’s or be silenced to make anyone feel comfortable.

(Please excuse any background noises, we were driving.)

Listen to the podcast HERE on Anchor Fm.