Doylestown Food Co-op begins 2015 on high note after receiving USDA grant

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded The Doylestown Food Co-op (DFC) a Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) grant of $38,746 to provide the financial means to implement a multi-faceted, integrated marketing and strategic communications plan. The objective of the plan is to encourage more people to shop at the co-op (which offers a diverse selection of organic, locally produced products), and to promote the economic and health benefits of a locavore lifestyle. With the grant’s help the co-op has sights on becoming a primary grocer option in Doylestown.

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Fitzpatrick announces service academy nominations

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) joined Bucks and Montgomery county students, families and military veterans last month to announce his selections for military service academy nominations.

“Just over 238 years, not far from here, General George Washington led a committed group of volunteers across a frozen river in a daring attack. A move that inspires military minds and average Americans today – as much for what it inspired as what it accomplished,” said Fitzpatrick speaking to the group at the Bucks County Courthouse. “Tonight, we recognize this promising group of future leaders seated before us who have chosen to take up the same mantle carried by those patriots who fought for liberty with General Washington. As we gather here tonight to celebrate their achievements, I feel fortunate to have these moments to share with our future leaders.”

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MOMS Club supports moms, kids and community

by Patricia Cangelosi

Often moms, especially stay-at-home moms, feel isolated from their peers or deprived of opportunities to socialize. Many just need help with day-to-day tasks. The MOMS Club® of Doylestown West, a local chapter of the International MOMS Club®, is here to help. MOMS stands for Moms Offering Moms Support; it’s a non-profit organization founded by a California stay-at-home mom in 1983.

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Firstrust Financial Resources expands retirement & employee financial education initiative

The Senior Management Team of Firstrust Financial Resources (FFR), a Philadelphia-based financial services firm, has announced the recent hire of Ethan Shiller as a Financial Advisor. Shiller’s addition is the latest in a series of moves designed to allow the firm to implement its expansion efforts focused on financial education, individual and small business retirement planning, employee benefits, high-end estate planning and life insurance strategies.

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A Woman’s Place & Coalition to Shelter and Support the Homeless announce alliance

Ifeoma Aduba, Executive Director of A Woman’s Place (AWP), says that it’s been on her mind for quite a while. Meeting and reading the work of Hildy Gottlieb of Creating the Future, discussions with other nonprofit leaders, and recent events such as Giving Tuesday Bucks have helped solidify her thoughts on the matter.

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The Women’s Business Forum™

The Women’s Business Forum™ (WBF) is a nonprofit that educates, mentors and inspires women to build and grow successful businesses. Founded in 2002 by Chanin Walsh Milnazik, WBF continues to serve entrepreneurs in the Bucks County area with a free monthly educational meeting and other programs designed to assist them in reaching their business goals.

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Vita brings learning to life for Bucks County adults

Vita Education Services has provided free, accessible services to the educationally disadvantaged, underserved populations in Bucks County since 1971. Today, Vita is the lead literacy agency in Bucks County and the largest provider of educational services in the Bucks County Correctional Facilities.

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United Veterans of Doylestown

The United Veterans of Doylestown (UVD) was established in 2005 to conduct patriotic events on behalf of the Borough of Doylestown, the primary event being the annual Memorial Day parade. The UVD consists of the senior officers from American Legion Post 210, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 17, Central Bucks Detachment Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 175, and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 210.

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Twilight Wish Foundation

Twilight Wish Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization whose mission is to honor and enrich the lives of deserving seniors through wish granting celebrations that connect generations. Their vision is to make the world a nicer place to age, one wish at a time. Founded in Doylestown in 2003, Twilight Wish has granted 2,190 wishes to deserving, low-income seniors across the U.S. who are unable to make their own dreams come true because of financial or other reasons.

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The Travis Manion Foundation: ‘If Not Me, Then Who…’

Special to the Doylestown Observer

Shortly after the death of 1st Lt. Travis Manion in Iraq on April 29th, 2007, the fallen Marine’s mother, the late Janet Manion, founded the Travis Manion Foundation to assist our nation’s veterans and families of the fallen. Headquartered in Doylestown, the Foundation is focused on empowering the nation’s veterans and families of the fallen.

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