Local ensemble celebrates anniversary with choral festival

‘Voices of Bucks’ to feature the Bucks County Singers and other area choruses

When the late Sandy Dunn decided to form a small choral ensemble of adults some 30 years ago, she may have never dreamed that the choir would still be alive and well three decades later. But thanks to the nurturing of the directors that followed and the singers that simply love to vocalize together, Bucks County Singers is still performing… and audiences around the county and beyond are still loving their light-hearted, energetic style of music, their bright smiles, and their entertaining choreography.

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Brick by brick, building a sustainable future!

The Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center’s Zero-carbon Footprint, Sustainable Building, also known as an Earthship (a building style created by Michael Reynolds) is nearing completion, and needs your help. This amazing building uses rainwater for water, solar energy for electricity, and thermal mass for heating and cooling.

By purchasing a brick (or bricks), you can help to bring this model project to completion. Your name and/or message will be carved in brick for everyone to see. The bricks will be prominently placed in the Earthship’s entryway.

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NOVA Thrift Shop uses silent auctions to increase impact of higher value donations

For those who wish to contribute valuable household items and clothing to charity but don’t want to see them sold for typical thrift shop prices, NOVA Thrift Shop in Fountainville uses a silent auction to bring in significantly more money for the select high-end donations it receives.

That means Uncle Joe’s ancient mandolin or Mom-mom’s like-new Coach handbag will go to someone who really appreciates the item’s quality and beauty – while allowing the donor’s gift to make a far more satisfying impact on the charity the shop supports.

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Livengrin’s 48th Anniversary Celebration welcomes special guest Timothy Geithner

Livengrin Foundation, a Bucks County-based, non-profit addiction treatment center, is holding its 48th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, October 30th at Northampton Valley Country Club, 10 Harmony Drive, Richboro. Livengrin’s special guest for the event will be former U.S. Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner.

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Bucks County Foundation supports CHC

The Bucks County Foundation recently gave a generous grant of $8,000 to support CHC’s Teen Parent Awareness: Fact or Fiction Program. This program is a classroom excursion into the realities of pregnancy and parenting for middle and high school students. Approximately 1,500 students in seven school districts throughout Bucks County attend these presentations each year. Child, Home & Community provides prenatal and parenting classes, support and career counseling to adolescents facing untimely pregnancy.

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Seventh Annual Women’s Scholarship Tea raises funds for students

The Bucks County Community College Foundation invites the public to its seventh annual Women’s Scholarship Tea, from 1:00 to 3:00pm, Thursday, October 23rd. Donations benefit women students who support at least one child while seeking a higher education. The event will be held in Tyler Hall, the 84-year-old historic mansion that’s the cornerstone of the college’s Newtown campus. Finger sandwiches, desserts, and tea will be served.

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Hospitalizations, deaths from heart disease, stroke drop in last decade

U.S. hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke dropped significantly in the last decade, according to new research in the American Heart Association (AHA) journal, “Circulation.”

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Consumer Troubleshooter

submitted by Bucks County Consumer Protection Agency

Q. This winter I plan on using my fireplace more to try to heat my home. What do I need to know about purchasing firewood? S.M., Levittown.

A. This is the time of year when lots of folks call The Bucks County Weights and Measures Office about firewood. If consumers intend to use the wood to burn this season, make sure the purchase is seasoned firewood. If you plan on using the wood for the following winter you can buy green wood and cut and split it and allow it dry out.

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Bucks County YWCA celebrates 60 years

by Patricia Cangelosi

The Bucks County YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) celebrated 60 years – its Diamond anniversary – September 18th at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown. The local nonprofit’s leaders, members and supporters attended the ceremony, complete with a birthday cake and a celebratory beverage.

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Foundations Summer Youth Corps Interns make a difference

Sixteen local college students from Bucks County who participated in Foundations Community Partnership’s Summer Youth Corps were recently treated to a picnic at the conclusion of their internships at local non-profit human service agencies in Bucks County. The students gained meaningful work experience while helping to effect positive change in the community.

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