Ninth Annual BCCC Women’s Scholarship Tea: A ‘Salute to Mothers’

by June Portnoy

The Ninth Annual Women’s Scholarship Tea, held Thursday, October 6th at Bucks County Community College’s (BCCC) historic Tyler Hall, recognized this year’s 16 “Salute to Mothers” scholarship recipients. This scholarship, administered by BCCC’s Foundation, enables female students who support at least one child to further their education.

In order for these women to qualify, they must have a minimum of a 3.0 G.P.A., take at least six credits each semester and use the scholarship at BCCC. To apply, students must also answer an essay question.

“We encourage applicants to share their challenges of returning to school while caring for their children,” said Christina McGinley, Coordinator, Development Projects and Stewardship of Foundation and Alumni Relations. “Most of these moms also have to work, so receiving this scholarship assistance gives some of them the ability to work a few less hours while taking an extra class that they otherwise couldn’t afford to do.

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Central Bucks High School East Marching Band wins Yamaha Cup

The Central Bucks High School East Marching Patriots placed first in its class in their inaugural performance at the Yamaha Cup at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The band competed against 11 other units from the tri-state area, and also was awarded best visual performance.

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Renowned artist Alan Fetterman opens five-week long pop-up gallery in heart of Doylestown

Alan Fetterman, one of Bucks County’s most recognized artists, is ready to unveil “Golden Leaves.” A year in the creative making, “Golden Leaves” is a dynamic body of work that will exhibit Alan’s paintings, sculpture, and prose in accents of golden element, leafed gold frames, golden colors and prose of golden theme. “Golden” as in the gift of time that unfolds before us. “Golden Leaves” will be showcased from Saturday, November 26th through Saturday, December 31st, during a five-week long pop-up art gallery at 41 E. State Street in Doylestown Borough, across from the County Theater.

Channeling a unique appreciation for nature and knowledge, Alan fervently depicts much of the picturesque beauty that surrounds us in Bucks County and the Delaware River Valley Region through his uniquely impressionistic paintings. With his fresh, energetic, signature-style brushwork and his dynamic tones of color, Alan’s art delivers a powerful sense of both well-being and genuine goodness, seemingly unending.

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DCNR cancels white-water release into Tohickon Creek

A depleted water source has forced cancellation of a white-water release planned early this month from Lake Nockamixon into the Tohickon Creek in Bucks County, Bureau of State Parks Director John Hallas recently announced.

Lack of significant rain in recent weeks, combined with resultant low water levels at Lake Nockamixon, the source of the white-water discharge, forced the bureau’s decision, John said.

“We know this event has become increasingly popular with white-water boaters, viewers and others,” John said, “but we must safeguard the safety of participants as well as the resources of our state parks.

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Teal Tea Foundation sponsoring ‘Give Women a Lift’

The Teal Tea Foundation is sponsoring “Give Women A Lift,” an assistance program that provides transportation to treatment for women with ovarian or gynecological cancer who are facing financial hardship in New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania.

The program has helped women in need in the Delaware Valley who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation with round trip transportation from their homes to hospitals, treatment facilities, clinics, and doctor’s offices.

The women who are most helped by the Give Women A Lift program are those who are too sick to drive for treatment or those who do not have a support system to provide rides to and from treatment.

The program guidelines are easy to follow and can be found below:

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Dr. John Plankeel to speak in Doylestown

Dr. John Plankeel will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Doylestown Scleroderma Support Group on Monday, November 28th, at 6:30pm at Doylestown Hospital, 595 West State Street, Doylestown.

Dr. Plankeel is a pulmonologist in Lynchburg, Virginia and is affiliated with Centra Lynchburg General Hospital. He received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is one of four doctors at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital who specialize in Pulmonary Disease.

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Nancy Hottle Scheerbaum inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

Nancy Hottle Scheerbaum, of Coopersburg, was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame last month for her lifetime achievements and contributions to 4-H. Honored by the Pennsylvania 4-H Youth Development Program, Nancy was one of 16 people from across the country inducted during the ceremony at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

The National 4-H Hall of Fame honorees are nominated by their home states, based upon their exceptional leadership at the local, state, and national levels. Honorees were presented with a National 4-H Hall of Fame medallion, plaque and memory book during the ceremony.

The National 4-H Hall of Fame was established in 2002 in partnership with National 4-H Council and USDA.

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Pearl S. Buck Holiday Craft Show 2016

Bucks County’s favorite holiday craft show, showcasing the works of approximately 50 artists and crafts people, will open on Black Friday (November 25) and run through December 4, 2016, at Pearl S. Buck International.

Every item in this show was individually selected by a jury, making a great mix of hand-crafted, vintage and antique pieces. The layout is also unusual: instead of each artist having a booth, the show is set up like a boutique. Shoppers will see paintings intermingled with furniture, sculpture next to jewelry, pottery right beside clothing and much more. This is not a traditional craft show…it’s a holiday shopping extravaganza. Refreshments will be available at our Luncheon Café.

The event is produced by the Volunteer Association of Pearl S. Buck International, so visitors can expect the same quality and artistry found in the National Historic Landmark’s year-round Gift Shop. What’s more, the purchase of the craft show ticket will entitle visitors to discounts on house tours and in the Gift Shop. All income supports Pearl S. Buck International.

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Foundations awards 12 grants to Bucks non-profit organizations

by June Portnoy

During the 18th Annual Partnership in Youth Services Award Luncheon Ceremony, Foundations Community Partnership (FCP) recognized 12 Bucks County non-profit community programs making a difference in the lives of local children and their families by presenting them each with a $3,000 grant. The event was held last month at the Doylestown County Club.

Foundations Executive Director Ron Bernstein said, “We are so impressed by these organizations’ dedication and are moved by their passion and commitment. We thank them for everything they do for our community.” Helping Ron present this year’s checks, along with a plaque, was Bucks County Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia and Dr. Richard Coe, a member of Foundations Board of Directors.

Jenny Salisbury accepted the first award on behalf of Bucks County Community College’s Kids on Campus, a large-scale summer camp on the college’s Newtown campus. The grant will help Kids on Campus offer scholarships to at-risk youth who could not attend this camp without financial assistance.

“We are particularly excited to provide scholarships to children focused in the Lower Bucks area and at our Bristol campus,” said Jenny.

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School Holiday Camps scheduled at Audubon Society

Have you ever wondered what to do with your children on the days that you have work, yet they have off of school? Do they stay at home alone, do you hire a babysitter, or do you take them to Bucks County Audubon Society’s new School Holiday Camps?

These camps are geared towards kids ages 4-10 and run 9:00am to 3:00pm. The days are filled with fun from hiking, live animals, stories, crafts, scientific experiments, and nature discoveries!

November camps are scheduled right around Thanksgiving and give your children the opportunity to celebrate all that nature has done for us!

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