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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VIA donates to Horsham Air Guard Station’s Family Readiness Programs

The Village Improvement Association of Doylestown presented a donation of $1,200 in grocery and gas gift cards to the Horsham Air Guard Station’s Friends of the Airman and Family Readiness non-profit on January 10th. The cards will be distributed to military service members and their families during times of need.

Col. William Griffin, vice commander for the 111th Attack Wing and Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Paul Frisco, Jr. expressed their gratitude to the VIA and the FRG’s key volunteers.

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Foundations surpasses $3,000,000 in giving to Bucks nonprofits

Grants are often critical in keeping nonprofit organizations afloat, especially during tough economic times. With funding from Foundations Community Partnership, nonprofit organizations in Bucks County have been granted $3 million since 2007. Based in Doylestown, Foundations is a philanthropic grant-making foundation supporting the behavioral health and human service needs of children and young adults in Bucks County.

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Sandy Ridge Community Garden begins fifth season

by June Portnoy

Sharon Shaw, a landscape designer, has always been passionate about gardening. She had worked at community gardens in Bethlehem and New Hope before moving to Doylestown a little over five years ago, and immediately noticed that there were no community gardens in the area.

Therefore, it didn’t take long for her to discover that just half a mile from her home, the Doylestown Mennonite Church located at the corner of Sandy Ridge and Broad Street in Doylestown Township, had an ample amount of land to create a community garden.

“My goal was to establish a community garden where I could harvest produce that could be donated to local food pantries,” explains Sharon.

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Newcomers Club donates to Code Blue

The Newcomers Club of Central Bucks recently presented a check to Pastor Thomas Rusert (left) and Heather High-Kennedy for Code Blue at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Doylestown.

Code Blue is a program that provides shelter to the homeless when the temperature drops below 20 degrees.

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Torin Li named YOBC top performer

by Judi Biederman

A Central Bucks East High School student recently took top honors in the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County (YOBC) Annual Concerto Competition.

Torin Li, son of Feng Wang and Weiyong Li of Doylestown and currently a senior at Central Bucks High School East, was selected a top performer in the competition after playing a Vivaldi duet on the cello.

His performance was rewarded with a solo spot in the YOBC symphony orchestra’s fall 2015 concert, and he also received a financial award.

“I think it was a great opportunity and honor to be able to solo with YOBC’s very own as my accompaniment,” Torin says of his win, adding that he entered the competition because he thought it would be a fun challenge.

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Business Cares Committee of C.B. Chamber makes donation to CHC

The Business Cares Committee of Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce donated $1,000 to CHC in December to be used for holiday gifts and other assistance to our young moms, dads, and their babies. This generous gift helped make the holidays more joyful for many young parents and their children in Central Bucks.

Child, Home & Community provides prenatal and parenting classes, support and career counseling to adolescents facing untimely pregnancy. The agency is dedicated to building a better future for children by empowering these young parents through education, advocacy and collaboration.

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