Volunteers needed for CONTACT Helpline

Family Service Association of Bucks County is now accepting volunteer applications for their CONTACT Helpline, a free, confidential telephone helpline service for individuals with a wide range of needs and concerns. The CONTACT Helpline serves residents in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Following training, volunteers are responsible for providing telephone assistance and responding to calls on both the local helpline and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Reports of suicide have increased in all five counties over the last decade. For example, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office reported 93 suicides in 2012, up from 69 in 2006. Similarly, the Bucks County Coroner’s Office reported 81 suicides in 2012, up from 66 in 2006. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “every 15 minutes, someone dies by suicide in this country. And for every person who dies, there are many more who think about, plan or attempt suicide.” Fortunately, suicide is preventable. With the increase in reports of suicide in our community, the need for trained volunteers also increases. You can help prevent suicide by becoming a CONTACT Helpline volunteer.

CONTACT Helpline phone rooms are located in Bucks and Montgomery counties, and volunteers must be able to commit to one four-hour shift per week. Each CONTACT training consists of six sessions. The next training begins on March 26th and continues through April 30th and will take place at the Ludington Library in Bryn Mawr, PA. For more information or to register, contact Ellen Vinson, Director of Volunteer Services, at volunteer@fsabc.org or 215-757-6916, ext. 202. Volunteer applications are also available online at www.fsabc.org/volunteer.

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BCWSA unveils solar array

submitted by Patrick W. Cleary, Chief Information Office, Bucks County Water & Sewer Authority

Renewable solar energy is an eco-friendly way to provide power. Solar power is energy generated by the sun. The sun’s rays produce electromagnetic radiation, which is then absorbed by solar panels used to power the building. Solar cells within the panels react to the sun’s rays and produce a type of electricity. A complex circuitry system then transmits that electricity throughout the building, powering it just like standard electricity.  The good news is that these cells don’t need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day. 

In October 2012 the Bucks County Water & Sewer Authority (BCWSA) unveiled an 84,000 kW solar array constructed on the grounds of the BCWSA Administration Building. The array is part of a solar power project in partnership with a firm specializing in Solar Photovoltaic Systems “PVS.” With this system there will be a savings on electric costs between $1,500 and $2,000 per month depending on usage.

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An Evening in the Chocolate Garden

Join A Woman’s Place (AWP), the only domestic violence organization in Bucks County, at the 19th annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fantasy for an evening at The Chocolate Garden, at Tyler Hall on the campus of Bucks County Community College in Newtown on Saturday, April 26th. This event, which is the largest annual fundraiser for AWP, is a fun evening to eat great food, meet hundreds of community members, bid on fantastic auction items, and sample the most delicious chocolate desserts from all over the county – all for a great cause!

This year, attendees will enter a garden party chock full of more chocolate delicacies than any one person can imagine. Put on your best Garden Party attire and be on hand at 6:00pm for an evening of drinks, dinner, and spectacular auction items. Don’t forget the reason why this event is called Chocolate Lovers’ Fantasy. Guests will enjoy a vast spread of desserts made of all types of chocolate and a giant dark chocolate fountain. This is the must-taste event of the year!

Tickets are $125 per person. AWP members can purchase their ticket for $100. Due to the event including dinner service, all tickets must be purchased prior to the event. There will be no tickets available at the door.

Come to the sweetest event in Bucks County! Call Director of Public Advocacy Jenny Salisbury at 215.343.9241 x108 to purchase your tickets today!

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Lambertville Chamber of Commerce hosts Annual Shad Festival

The Lambertville Chamber of Commerce will host its 33rd Shad Festival on Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th from 12:30am until 5:30pm both days (rain or shine). Admission is free. Each year, the festival highlights this region’s arts community, the City of Lambertville, the Delaware River, and of course, the shad!

This Shad Festival has evolved from a local art show into a nationally recognized, award-winning event. It features 80 of the region’s finest artists and crafters, showcasing everything from jewelry, ceramics, furniture, apparel, accessories, home décor and more!

The food court will include a large diversity of food ranging from taco salads to fried calamari. Family fun will consist of face painting, sand art and other children’s activities. Kids will enjoy the rides that have returned.  Also, don’t miss the fun and educational shad seining demonstrations at Lewis Island, where the Delaware River Basin Commission will teach spectators about testing water quality.

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A week that shapes a lifetime

What do President Bill Clinton, Vice President Dick Chaney, Michael Jordan, Tom Brokaw, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Governor Chris Christie have in common? They all attended a Boys State program in their home state when they had completed their junior year in high school. On February 1st, the Pennsylvania American Legion began registration for the 2014 session of Keystone Boys State (KBS). Boys State is a premier educational program and has been conducted yearly in Pennsylvania since 1937. KBS is a comprehensive “hands-on” one-week workshop in the principles and organization of Pennsylvania government. Young men attending KBS learn about Pennsylvania government by operating the agencies and levels of mythical state government, the “51st State” themselves. Through KBS young men will learn more about Pennsylvania government than 75% of the general population of the state, which will benefit them in problems of Democracy, Government and AP Government classes their senior year.

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Martha Washington Garden Club and Jane Parr Memorial Horticultural Scholarships

The Martha Washington Garden Club of Yardley is offering scholarships to 
qualified high school or college students, in the Greater Delaware valley, who plan to pursue a career in any of the following fields: Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Forestry, Conservation, or Floriculture. The scholarship money, in a minimum amount of $2000, will be awarded to students who are 
enrolled in or plan to attend an accredited college to further their education in 
any of the above fields. The deadline for the application is April 30th, 2014. The 
recipients will be notified by May 25th, 2014, and will be presented with the 
award at the Garden Club luncheon in June.

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Volunteer at Bucks County Audubon Society

Do you like the outdoors? Do you believe in conserving our natural environment?  Do you want to make a difference with like-minded naturalists? If so, Bucks County Audubon Society (BCAS) needs you!

BCAS promotes environmental education, the demonstration of energy and resource conservation and advocacy for local, state and national policies that support sustainability of the natural world. BCAS is a non-profit organization founded as an independent chapter of the National Audubon Society in 1969 and is dedicated to educating and engaging the community about the interrelationships of birds and the environment amidst the beautiful and protected National Historic Landmark, known as the Honey Hollow Watershed.

Volunteers are needed in several areas: being a greeter at Honey Hollow Environmental Education Center; light data entry and help with special mailings; staffing registration tables for special events such as the Messages in Nature Art Exhibition, Cycling for BCAS, and Art of the Barn Tour and Show; capturing photographs of events and nature program staffing; trail trimming; and light carpentry or repair work. Call BCAS at 215-297-5880 for more details. Lend a hand for a few hours or on a regular basis (weekday or weekend help is greatly appreciated). BCAS is located at 2877 Creamery Road in Solebury Township.

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Landmark Towns of Bucks County & Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club present River Towns Road Ralley

Rev those engines, open the convertible and take a drive through the Landmark Towns of Bucks County on Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1-4 p.m. River Towns Road Rally participants will decipher a set of eight clues to secret destinations in the four towns of New Hope, Yardley, Morrisville and Bristol, drive to the locales for confirmation and conclude in Morrisville at historic Summerseat for a wine and cheese reception. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Please join us!  Registration is limited to 30 vehicles. Fees are $45 per vehicle; $60 after April 11, 2014. Meet at the Morrisville Presbyterian Church parking lot, 771 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Morrisville, PA 19067 between 1-2 p.m. for staggered starts.

Two secret destinations in each of the four Landmark Towns will be decipherable by clues given to each driver at the start of the Rally. Participants must drive to each destination, receive confirmation from a Road Rally volunteer at the site, and return to Morrisville when done to check in. Cash prizes will be awarded for First and Second Prizes, and Most Outstanding Vehicle. Winning cars will be those with the lowest combination of miles covered and minutes on the road. The Road Rally will be held rain or shine.

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New Hope Art League Fifth Annual Juried Art Show call for entries

The Fifth Annual New Hope Art League Juried Art Show is May 16th-26th at Rolling Green Farm, Route 202 and Aquetong Road, New Hope. Entry deadline is April 15th. A prospectus is available on NewHopeArtLeague.com and enter via CAllForEntry.com.

An award reception and 40th anniversary celebration is scheduled for Friday, May 16th, from 7:00-9:00pm and is open to the public. The show is open Thursday through Sunday, and Memorial Day, noon to 6:00pm.

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Bucks Tennis Association ready to serve to you!

The non-profit Bucks County Tennis Association’s (BCTA) popular low-cost county wide outdoor community tennis programs swing into action this spring with the first of multiple outdoor seasons at public parks throughout Bucks County – affordable fun and fitness for family and friends of all ages and abilities. This year’s programs include BCTA’s signature five-week Learn, Practice & Play for ages four through 94-plus, Jr. Team Tennis for ages seven through 17, high school and middle school training programs, summer youth camps, and adult leagues. Registration deadline for Season 1 is April 8th. For program details and to register, log onto www.buckscountytennis.usta.com.

Programs run in Bensalem Township, Doylestown Borough, Doylestown (Camp Curiosity), Durham Township (Palisades Community School), Falls Township, Frosty Hollow (Levittown), Hilltown Township, Langhorne (Core Creek Park), Middletown Township, New Hope-Solebury High School (Community School of New Hope-Solebury), Newtown Township, Plumstead Township, Quakertown Borough, Warminster Township, and Warrington Township.

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