Holicong Middle School recognized as National Blue Ribbon School

Holicong Middle School in Central Bucks School District has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2015 based on its overall academic excellence. Holicong was previously recognized by the program in 2002.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program “celebrates some of the most skilled and effective educators in the country.”

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Newcomers Club donates to Doylestown Food Pantry

The Newcomers Club of Central Bucks recently donated $250 to Bucks County Housing Group for the Doylestown Food Pantry. The club has also donated over 160 pounds of food to the Pantry in the past year.

Pictured is Kathy Gibson (left), Newcomers Treasurer, presenting a check to Maddie Burgess of BCHG.


Bucks County Foodshed Alliance hires new admin

The Bucks County Foodshed Alliance Board of Directors has hired Renée Cauller to provide administrative services to the nonprofit organization.

Renée is a writer and Doylestown native who is passionate about fresh, organic, local food. She is a recent Temple grad with a BA in English.

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‘Ludwig von Scarecrowen’

Members of the board of the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra created this Cello Scarecrow, named “Ludwig von Scarecrowen,” for the Peddlers Village Scarecrow Festival this fall.

Ludwig came in second place in the “Group” category.


Rotary Club of Central Bucks welcomes exchange student from Bolivia

The Rotary Club of Central Bucks is proud to welcome and sponsor Octavio Rocco Martinez, an international exchange student from Bolivia. Octavio arrived in Bucks County on August 22nd and is staying at the residence of his host family, Kevin Kaufmann and Vickie Quinn.

He is attending Central Bucks East High School as a senior and is a member of the boys’ varsity soccer team.  Octavio attended his first Rotary meeting on August 25th.

He was nominated by Rotary Club of Central Bucks as a potential exchange student and accepted by CB East after passing an English proficiency test and meeting other requirements, including recommendation letters, academics, essays and interviews.

Club president Chris Kauffman stated, “We are pleased to be able to sponsor Octavio’s exchange experience this year. Members of our club are looking forward to getting to know Octavio as he participates in club activities throughout the school year.”

PHOTO CAP: Pictured with Octavio Martinez (center) are Rotary Club of Central Bucks president Chris Kauffman (left) and president-elect Bill Rossman.


DAR celebrates the Constitution

The Washington Crossing Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently celebrated Constitution Day at the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown as they have for many years. This year some members of the Bucks County Chapter joined them for the celebration.

Constitution Day (every September 17th) is part of Constitution Week that was first proposed by the Daughters of the American Revolution and signed into public law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. The aim of Constitution Week is to celebrate America’s important document that declares Americans’ liberties, freedoms and inalienable rights while promoting education and citizenship.

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Local free clinic answers Medicaid & ACA dental coverage gap

The media is buzzing with stories about the Affordable Care Act and expanded Medicaid. The good news: more Americans are insured than ever before. The bad news: dental care is still largely 

And as research continues to prove the interconnection between oral health and a person’s overall health, the shortage of dental care is very bad news.

Individuals without dental insurance do not seek dental care until problems are severe, painful, and
unbearable. According to a recent study from Stanford University, patients without access to a dentist turn to hospital emergency rooms, where physicians can only provide pain medication and antibiotics, but not the kind of care that prevents dental problems from returning.

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Come Enjoy Holiday Music During December Luncheon with Encores Club of Doylestown

The Encores Club of Doylestown December Holiday Buffet Luncheon will be held, Thursday, December 3rd at the Doylestown Country Club.  A special solo keyboard performance will be presented by the incredibly talented, Jeff Dershin, who has spent three decades as an entertainer worldwide and teacher.  Reservations are requested by November 20th.

Our local Community Service donation will be going to Wrapping Presence started by Marne Kies Dietterich, who developed a special program to bring the hubbub of the holidays back into the lives of homebound nursing home residences.  Bring a new gift item such as:  hat, gloves, scarfs, blankets, etc. so they may shop and share gifts with their loved ones for the holidays.

Encores Club of Doylestown is a community minded women’s social club, which promotes friendship and involvement in the Central Bucks area. If you would like to join us, new members are welcome by accessing our website, www.encoresdoylestown.com for further information and a membership application form.


Rotary Club supports Vets through local organizations

by Patricia Cangelosi

Beginning each meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, the Rotary Club of Central Bucks proves its loyalty by supporting local groups that honor and serve those who have served our country.

On October 6th, the club held a special meeting to present over $35,000 to local organizations supporting veterans and their families. That evening at Plumsteadville Inn in Plumsteadville, Rotarians and representatives from the benefiting organizations gathered to formally bestow financial grants and discuss how the funds would be used.

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Central Bucks social studies teacher signs book deal

by June Portnoy

Mr. Matthew Landis, a Tamanend Middle School eighth grade social studies teacher, recently signed a book deal with Sky Pony Press to publish his debut young adult thriller, “The Judas Society.”

His book has a unique plot twist about a recently orphaned 17-year-old boy who learns he is the sole surviving descendant of Benedict Arnold. Jasper is about to hit dueling age and pay for the sins of his forefather unless he can pick up the research his father died for and prove that Benedict Arnold was somehow innocent of treason.

The idea for this book came to life when Mr. Landis was in graduate school writing a paper on Revolutionary War traitors.

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