Nanjing Radio and Television group comes to Bucks

The Nanjing Radio and Television director and crew arrived at Pearl S. Buck International on July 25th for a two-day stay to film a documentary about author Pearl S. Buck. Director Wu Jiang, joined by a colleague from Jiangsu 2nd Normal University, interviewed experts and scholars at The Pearl S. Buck House, a National Historic Landmark, in Bucks County, before moving to Philadelphia, then Hillsboro, West Virginia.

The documentary will be featured on China Central Television (CCTV). Pearl Buck spent her first 40 years in China and upon return to the U.S. in 1934, worked tirelessly as a cultural ambassador between the United States and China, fundraising and rallying supporters to advance the 1943 repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 which suspended Chinese immigration to the United States.

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Sixteen students participate in Foundations Summer Youth Corps

Sixteen college students from Bucks County have been chosen to participate in Foundations Community Partnership‘s 2016 Summer Youth Corps, which offers paid student internships at local non-profit human service agencies in Bucks County serving children, youth and families.

The program provides students the ability to gain practical experience while helping to effect positive change in the community by working at non-profit human service agencies. This is the ninth consecutive year that Foundations has offered the internship program, expanding from 11 students in its inaugural year to 16 students this year.

Non-profit agencies have the benefit of additional helping hands and the students gain meaningful work experience with groups that are making a difference in Bucks County, as well as earning college credit through a partnership with Bucks County Community College.

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Classic on display

Mark Gold, of Doylestown, displayed his 1968 Dodge Dart at the at the Yardley VFW Post 6393 Car Show earlier this summer. Photo by Mimi Rowland.

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12U Doylestown Tigers win SE PA States

The 12U Doylestown Tigers have done it again! They beat Pennsbury 3-2 on July 5th in Harleysville, to become Southeast PA State Champs for the fourth year in a row!

Pictured from left in the front row, Jonathan Cawley, EJ Wentz, Cole Fehrman, Brett Young, Alec Kennedy, and Gavin Morgan; back row, Coach Ed Wentz, Josh Shiller, Andrew Whinney, Coach Scott Hamilton, Jack Hamilton, Sajan Shah, Coach Kevin Murphy, Justin MacCain, Coach Marshall Whinney and Braden Murphy.

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Chalfont ReStore raises over $200,000 for Habitat Bucks

The Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County (Habitat Bucks) ReStore in Chalfont has raised over $200,000 in less than a year, which is more than enough to build a Habitat Home. This is the first time in the Chalfont ReStore’s seven-year history that this feat was accomplished. The Habitat Bucks ReStores, located in Chalfont and Langhorne, sell overstocked, discontinued, new and used building materials, furniture and household goods to the public.

These items are donated by manufacturers, retail stores, contractors, and area residents. To celebrate, the Chalfont ReStore is planning a milestone theme party, “The Store that Builds Homes!” on Saturday, September 17th, from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

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Habitat ReStores: Not just thrift stores

Habitat for Humanity ReStores sell new and gently used furniture, cabinets, appliances, building supplies, housewares, and decor at a fraction of the retail price. The Bucks County ReStores alone keep 100,000 pounds of materials out of landfills each month while financially supporting Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build affordable homes for local families.

But what you may not know is that the Habitat ReStores in Langhorne and Chalfont aren’t just thrift stores. They also serve special needs, seniors, students, and low-income individuals through employment, work-study, and charity initiatives.

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Locally produced film wins ‘Best Supernatural Thriller’ award at New Hope Film Fest

by June Portnoy

During the New Hope Film Festival’s Award Ceremony last month, Guy Quigley had the honor of accepting the Jury Award for Best Supernatural Thriller of “Apparition,” a feature film shot and produced by his Doylestown-based media company, Thundersmoke Media. The film was also nominated for the festival’s Danny Award (Best Picture) and for Best Director.

“Apparition,” which has won many awards at film festivals around the world, was one of 89 films from 11 countries at New Hope’s Seventh Annual Film Festival. It was shown to a captivated audience on July 23rd at The New Hope Arts Center during the festival.

“Apparition” has many local ties to this area. Not only was Guy the film’s executive producer, but his son, Jody Quigley, a Doylestown native and a multi-award winning actor, had the lead role.

“Many area residents will recognize The Knight House, a restaurant located in historic Doylestown where this film’s engagement party scene was shot,” said Guy. “We also shot many exterior shots along the streets of Doylestown, in addition to using a New Britain property for several scenes.”

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Hink children host LimeAid stand and raise $500+ for Family Service

Earlier this month, Hayley, Mikey and Tessa Hink of Doylestown hosted a LimeAid stand to raise money to help children in need in Bucks County. The three children offered LimeAid and baked goods to customers in exchange for donations to benefit Family Service Association of Bucks County, a private nonprofit social service organization with locations throughout Bucks County.

When Mikey guided a potential customer to the LimeAid stand, the customer asked, “How much is the LimeAid?” “It’s free, but we accept donations,” replied Hayley. “Yeah, all of the money goes to children and families in need,” chimed in Tessa.

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Keystone State selectees announced

A group of girls who are all high school juniors have been selected to attend the 70th session of the American Legion Auxiliary’s Keystone Girls State program at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA, from June 19th to the 24th. Each girl is selected and sponsored by American Legion Auxiliaries, Posts and members across Bucks and Montgomery counties.

Keystone Girls State is a leadership/Americanism program with a focus on our system of government. During the week, the girls will elect city, county and state officials. Two of the 160 girls attending will be chosen as Pennsylvania Senators and will then attend Girls Nation held in Washington, D.C. in July.

Pictured back row from left (each girl’s name is followed by her school and sponsoring Unit, Post or member): Corinne Bernatowicz (Senator Tomlinson) Neshaminy; Ashley Lawrence (834) Pennsbury; Megan Kolbe (Council) Home Schooled; Mikayla Roepcke (148) George School; Emily Maloney (317) Pennsbury; Gabrielle Shepherd (Post440) Council Rock North; Hannah Sexton (933) Central Bucks West; middle row, Jessica Plunkett (Hartman Family) Neshaminy; Samantha Gentry (234) Souderton; Brooklyn Clausen (255) Penridge; Moira Jaslar (800) Pennsbury; Maddine McQuaid (800) Pennsbury; Ameila Krause (Council) Central Bucks West; front row, Karly Brown (210) Archbishop Wood; McKenzie Mix (Post 148) Pennsbury; Nataliya Babiychuk (800) Lower Moreland; Nora Okwara (436) Neshaminy. Not pictured: Shayna Fink (210) Central Bucks South; Angelia Picton (255) Penridge; Jamie Dougherty (10) Central Bucks East.

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Bucks County Senior Games promote camaraderie, physical activity and fun

by June Portnoy

Approximately 250 Bucks County seniors competed in the 34th Annual Bucks County Senior Games held Monday, June 6th through Saturday, June 11th. Age categories consisted of 50 to 59, 60 to 69, 70 to 79, 80 to 89, and 90 plus. This year’s oldest participant was a 95-year-old Doylestown resident who competed in bocce, pinochle and billiards.

This weeklong event, hosted in partnership with the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA) and the Bucks County Department of Parks & Recreation, gave seniors the opportunity to demonstrate their athletic and intellectual abilities.

According to William R. McTigue Jr., Administrative Officer for Public Affairs at Bucks County Area Agency on Aging and an organizer of the Senior Games, this year’s most physically challenging game was the track & field, which included 100-meter sprints.

Seniors looking for less rigorous activities could register for bridge, pinochle, darts and a trivia contest. Other activities included bowling, tennis, table tennis, bocce, billiards and golf.

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