CB East Mini-THON raises $$$ to support those with pediatric cancer

Central Bucks East High School held its first ever Mini-THON last month in the school’s gymnasium. The event was coordinated by students Sara Donnelly, Katelyn Stout and Leah Balderson, with the help of a team of faculty advisors.

Similar to and inspired by Penn State’s THON, the event featured more than 400 students and faculty dancing and raising awareness of pediatric cancer. The total raised was $33,001 and will be donated to Four Diamonds, an organization that helps children being treated for pediatric cancer at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, as well as their families, through care, support and research.

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CB Cares awards Innovative Learning Grant for visiting artist

CB Cares Education Foundation has awarded an Innovative Learning grant of $2,275 to Central Bucks West High School teachers, and a portion of that will allow art teacher Allison Levin to bring a unique artistic experience to her students.

Of the grant, $775 will fund a program with local artist Arla Patch, who will lead a hands-on workshop this month with Ms. Levin’s senior students majoring in art. The workshop features a technique she developed using polymer clay, called “coil drawing.” She will demonstrate, advise, create and critique with the students during four classes at the Doylestown Borough high school.

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Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve announces Land Ethics Award winners

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve presented their sixth annual Land Ethics Awards at the Land Ethics Symposium at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, on March 10th. The award honors the creative use of native plants in the landscape, sustainable and regenerative design, and ethical land management and construction practices.

By raising public awareness about sustainable land management practices, the Land Ethics Award is an important part of the Preserve’s efforts to inspire the appreciation and use of native plants and serve as an educational resource for conservation and stewardship.

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Shirley Broad exhibits at Doylestown Hospital Pavilion

Local Bucks County watercolorist, Shirley Broad, will have a collection of her art on display and for sale at Doylestown Hospital’s Pavilion in April, May and June.

A resident of Bucks County for more than 20 years, Shirley has enjoyed capturing the beauty that surrounds her, especially the many exquisite landscapes of the area. She is a juried artist in both Bucks County and Florida. In the juried art show at the Phillips Mill Gallery in New Hope, she was chosen to display her artwork for several consecutive years.

In Florida, as a member of Women in the Visual Arts, a juried art show in Palm Beach, her work was on display during the winter season.

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Summer nature adventures at Peace Valley Nature Center

Get ready for a fun-packed, nature-oriented summer with many classes and camps being offered at Peace Valley Nature Center. Nature camps start June 27th and run weekly until August 26th with half-day and full-day programs. Kit Crew and Gosling Gang will again be offered most weeks for the young ones ages two and three and four and five.

Week topics include Camouflage for Kits, Wings and Things, Doodlebugs, Mud Pies, Bugs and Beasties and Wood, Rocks and Water to name a few. These classes are two hours long and meet in the morning, Monday through Friday.

For the Young Naturalist, Ages six, seven and eight, half-day, week-long camps include some exciting new topics including Nature’s Way, Wildlife Detective, and Fairies, Wizards and Wee People. Also offered are one-day only camps with topics such as Geocaching, Insect Bio-Blitz, Flight Fancy and the ever-popular Water, Water. Each day is comprised of hiking, discoveries and activities.

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Honeychurch releases new songs, plans for live shows this summer

by Fern Brodkin

Doylestown musician Shilough Hopwood has been performing and recording music under the band name Honeychurch for over 20 years. The band has received stellar reviews from critics worldwide and has gotten airplay from Philadelphia’s noncommercial Triple A radio station WXPN and on stations as far away as Norway. Nevertheless they have remained somewhat under the radar.

In a phone interview with Shilough he discussed his musical influences and how they impact the music of Honeychurch.

“I’d like to think that I’ve managed to absorb all the very different types of music that I personally love, which is kind of difficult sometimes because it’s so diverse,” said Shilough. “I like everything from ambient electronica to old traditional country & western music and bluegrass to shoegaze [which is known for using distorted guitar, feedback and subdued vocals]. I’d like to think that all those elements – instead of being kept in little watertight compartments are kind of fusing together…”

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William E. Clark elected to Family Service Board of Directors

William E. Clark, of Doylestown, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Family Service Association of Bucks County.

Bill, a licensed Title Agent in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is the Chief Operations Manager at First Platinum Abstract, LLC in Bensalem. He brings more than 25 years of business experience to Family Service. Bill is a member of the Pennsylvania Land Title Association, and he also serves on the panel for Bucks County’s Community Accountability Program through the District Attorney’s Office.

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Creating signage for Manderfield Preserve becomes educational experience

by June Portnoy

When Charles J. Manderfield died in 1957, he bequeathed the land now known as the Manderfield Preserve, specifying that it be held in trust “for the use of the community and the public as a Woodland Preserve or Park and…that the streams on the various properties shall be preserved intact for the public use and benefit…”

West Rockhill Township, located in Upper Bucks County, ultimately acquired this open space which is part of the 1.8 million acre Pennsylvania Highlands region. It extends along a corridor of high elevation forested land from the Delaware River at the New Jersey border to the Maryland border in Central Pennsylvania. Other than tree markers, no educational signage exists to point out some of its unique features.

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Clover comeback: Today’s twist to a lush, green, easy, eco-smart lawn alternative

submitted by Joan Casanova, Green Earth Media Group

Who doesn’t love the look and feel of a lush, green lawn? Having your home surrounded by gorgeous green turf has forever been part of the American dream. But once reality sets in, maintaining and irrigating traditional turf lawns can cost you time and money.

If you’re an eco-conscious homeowner, or just want gorgeous green surrounding your home, you may find it difficult to justify the expense, water and chemicals involved in modern lawn maintenance. Many smart, eco-conscious homeowners are finding a sure-fire solution in a lush, fast-growing and hardy ground cover that’s been unfairly relegated to weed status for decades.

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Master Gardeners offer expertise and services throughout Bucks County

by Patricia Cangelosi

Do you love gardening, volunteering and helping your community? If so, the Penn State Master Gardener volunteer program may be for you.

The Penn State Extension office of Bucks County, at the Neshaminy Manor Center, 1282 Almshouse Road in Doylestown, recently hosted a presentation led by Master Gardener Coordinator Kathleen Connally about becoming a Master Gardener.

“We’re a very active, social group,” Kathleen said, adding that Penn State Extension was established by the federal government in 1914 to extend research-based knowledge to the public.

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