CB East and West rivalry gets new venue

by Matt Snider

On Wednesday, May 11th, the Central Bucks West High School Bucks varsity boy’s baseball team defeated the Patriots of Central Bucks East High School by a score of 8-7. The Bucks had only beaten the Patriots four other times in varsity baseball since 2004, with one of the wins coming earlier this season. It wasn’t a total sweep for West however, as the junior varsity squad for the Patriots was able to come away with a win.

In addition to honoring the seniors of East, the game was also special in that it was held at Joseph E. Hanusey Community Park for the first time since its grand opening in 2014, something that many people in Plumstead Township hope to continue.

“We think it’s a really great environment for the kids to play in,” said Plumstead Little League President Mike Harte. “We love that we can offer somethings that other places can’t to really make the game that much more special.”

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Children’s Museum opening new water exhibit

This July the Bucks County Children’s Museum will open “Waterways,” a new educational exhibit which features hands-on exploration of the water cycle and the Delaware Canal. Visitors will be able guide boats down a waterway, test the principles of buoyancy and make it rain in this one-of-a-kind exhibit.

“’Waterways’ is a fun and educational opportunity for families to learn about the water cycle, local canal history, and participate in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) based activities” says museum director Kelly Krumenacker.

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CB-CB West Hall of Fame awards athletic scholarships

On Thursday, May 26th, two graduating seniors each received $1,000 from the Central Bucks-Central Bucks High School West Hall of Fame Committee (CBW HOF) at the school’s annual awards ceremony.

Henry Hunt, CB West Athletic Director and HOF Board Member, presented the scholarships to Calvin Reichwein and Courtney Westover, both of Doylestown. The students were selected on the merits of their essays on the role of athletics in their lives. As the winners of HOF’s essay contest, each graduate will use the award toward their college expenses.

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CB South students tie for third place at Bucks County Envirothon

by June Portnoy

Central Bucks High School South students proved their knowledge of the ecosystem and environment by tying for third place with William Tennent High School at the Bucks County Conservation District’s (BCCD) annual Bucks County Envirothon held last month at Peace Valley Nature Center in Doylestown.

“This is only the second year that we have sent teams from our Environmental Club to the Envirothon, so we are very excited and encouraged by this early success,” said Katie Toner, a CB South Environmental Club Officer.

The CB South and Tennent teams competed against teams from CB East, CB West, Neshaminy, New Hope-Solebury, and Quakertown. Each team rotated through five stations where they were given 25 minutes at each area to answer written questions about Soils and Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife and a Current Environmental Issue, which changes each year.

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Mojo tops at Battle of the Burbs III

The Pennridge Mojo 13U AAU Basketball team defeated the host Perkasie Knights in the third annual Battle of the Burbs held on April 16th-17th, winning the “A” division title. The Mojo was a convincing 2-0 by defeating East Side Youth Center (Allentown) and the Bensalem Chargers, clinching a spot in the final game. After an afternoon defeat, the Mojo returned to defeat the Knights.

Pictured from left, front row, Jake Stranix, Thomas Engard, Bobby Regan, Joey Ehrlich, and Tyler Zikul; back row, Coach Perry Engard, Shawn Gibbons, James Taylor, Dylan Main, Head Coach Bob Regan, Colin Monahan, Joey Poust, and coach Jim Taylor. Not pictured is Liam Huy.

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Buxmont Organic Gardening Club hosts ‘Beneficial Insects: Identifying Your Garden Helpers’

by Christine Wolkin

Most novice gardeners are quick to break out the pesticides in order to protect their budding garden, but did you know that there’s a cheaper and more organic way to battle and help control pest outbreaks? Recently, Bucks County Master Gardener Kim Lawrence introduced the Buxmont Organic Gardening Club to the natural enemies of garden pests with her presentation, “Beneficial Insects: Identifying Your Garden Helpers” at the Churchville Nature Center.

A member of the club herself, Kim spoke on the lifecycle of beneficial insects that are likely to occupy gardens in the Bucks County area and beyond.

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Writing at a writer’s House

Continuing the literary legacy of Pulitzer Prize-winning, Nobel Laureate author Pearl S. Buck, the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center invites adult writers of all skill levels to participate in workshops throughout the year that explore novel-writing, memoirs, publishing strategies, and non-fiction.

Located at Pearl S. Buck’s National Historic Landmark home at 520 Dublin Road in Perkasie, The Pearl S. Buck Writing Center hosts a variety of events, including writing conferences and programs, such as:

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Calling All People Who Love to Eat

Spring means local strawberries are ripe and ready! For those of you who wait impatiently all year long for freshly-picked berries that haven’t been shipped thousands of miles, the time is now.

Come to the Doylestown Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning for the freshest seasonal produce you can find, short of growing it yourself. Over two dozen vendors will also be bringing an incredible array of baked goods, prepared foods, plants and herbs, dairy products, meats, coffee, eggs, pet treats, skin care products, wine and more.

You’ll be in food paradise! Plus there’s live music (from 10 until noon) and a free book exchange. But, make sure you come early for those strawberries—they sell out quickly.

The Doylestown Farmers’ Market runs from 7 a.m. until noon, every Saturday at South Hamilton Street. Buy Local, Save Bucks ® www.BuckinghamPaCivic.org

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Newcomers Club donates to The Giving YTree

The Newcomers Club of Central Bucks recently donated $250 to The Giving Tree, a non-profit organization dedicated to the charitable education of children. The donation will be used by a service group who will put together crafts for fun bags, containing crayons, pencils, activity books, and Playdoh. The bags will be sent to The College Settlement of Philadelphia, which operates camp programs for financially disadvantaged children from the Philadelphia area.

Pictured is Jennifer Lapioli, Newcomers Club Treasurer, with Bridget Leary, Founder and President of The Giving Tree.

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Kola Burke steps onto his ‘field of dreams’

by Matt Snider

Kola Burke always dreamed of stepping out onto a baseball diamond to play ball. Unfortunately, Kola had been diagnosed with autism, which made team sports difficult for him, due to the impaired social interaction and communication behaviors associated with the condition.

This has not stopped Kola from being an athlete. Through his time at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and Lenape Valley, the 17-year-old ran track, swam, and even participated in cross-country. His mother, Maureen, described Kola as looking like a “Russian gymnast,” due in equal parts to his fit frame and his heritage.

However, when Kola began to suffer from shin splints that made prolonged running painful, he was faced with a difficult choice to make in where to take the next step in his athletic career.

“One day Kola said to me that he wanted to play baseball. I thought that was amazing,” Maureen said.

She knew of his love of the game from trips to Phillies spring training, backyard catches, and his interest in her own softball stories. “But my next thought was, ‘Where?’”

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