Spend Independence Day at Washington Crossing Historic Park

The public is invited to celebrate Independence Day at Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) on July 4th from noon to 4:00pm. The daytime celebration will be capped off at dusk with fireworks – the first pyrotechnic display in the park in more than 20 years.

During the day, attendees can watch living historians demonstrate their crafts, tour historic buildings, and see a military encampment. The Declaration of Independence will be read at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm. The fireworks will fly beginning around dusk in the large field diagonal to the park’s Visitor Center.

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The health benefits of ‘taking in a forest atmosphere’

by Yvette Hickman

Forests are environments of wonderful serenity, immense beauty, and fresh clean air. Personally, I feel wonderful when I take a walk through a forest. I feel more at ease, think more clearly, and leave in a better mood. Many of you have probably had the same experience. And a growing body of scientific evidence confirms that visiting a forest does have quantifiable effects, both physiological and psychological.

In the 1980s, Japan developed a practice called ‘forest bathing’ (‘Shinrin-yoku’), which has become a basic part of their preventative health care. It involves spending time under a forest canopy, walking slowly, and opening up all five of the senses to the surroundings. Essentially, ‘taking in the forest atmosphere.’

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Glencairn Museum offers ‘Time Travelers’ family backpack

A museum – like a time machine – is where the present meets the past. Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn offers families a one-hour adventure in ancient Egypt and Greece and medieval Europe accessed via the museum’s unique collection and children’s curiosity.

A mix of art, history, world cultures, science, math and comparative religion, the “Time Travelers” one-hour tour includes hands-on activities with hieroglyphs, coins and compasses that lead to a voyage of discovery through the halls and rooms of Glencairn Museum.

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Fonthill’s Fourth of July Celebration

Enjoy a day of family fun, food, old-fashioned games, crafts, entertainment and live music, with the visual splendor of Henry Mercer’s estate, 525 E. Court Street, Doylestown, as the backdrop on Monday, July 4th from noon to 4:00pm.

Join in the watermelon eating contests, sack races, tug-o-war, bucket brigade relays, town ball (an early form of baseball) and the popular cakewalk. You can also sit back and enjoy some stirring good old-fashioned patriotic music or participate in a craft activity.

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Hurry and register if you want to play some tennis!

The non-profit Bucks County Tennis Association’s (BCTA) Inc. low-cost county-wide community tennis programs are beginning outdoor seasons at public parks throughout Bucks County – affordable fun and fitness for family and friends of all ages and abilities. Registration for season three closes July 2nd.

This year’s programs include BCTA’s signature five-week-long Learn, Practice & Play for ages 4 through 94-plus, Jr. Team Tennis for ages seven through 17, high school and middle school training programs, summer youth camps, and adults leagues. For program details and to register, log onto www.buckscountytennis.usta.com.

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NOVA breaks ground for Thrift Shop

Network of Victim Assistance held an official groundbreaking ceremony for its new Thrift Shop at Route 313 and Broad Street on Thursday, May 26th. NOVA closed on the purchase of the 3.25-acre parcel in January 2016.

The planned 9,500-square-foot building will accommodate the shop’s need for retail, office, preparation and storage space for many years to come. NOVA’s board of directors expects the 15-year-old thrift shop to relocate to its new quarters by fall 2016.

Meanwhile, the shop continues to operate at its original location a mile and a third down the highway at Route 313 and New Galena Road.

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Consumer Troubleshooter

submitted by Bucks County Consumer Protection Agency

Q. My father is a proud, Korean War veteran who, due to his recently failing health, needed to be placed in an adult personal care facility. Because of the financial strain our family has been experiencing with paying for his care, I decided to attend a veteran’s benefits seminar, being held at a local nursing home, to learn what benefits he would qualify for.

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Lenape Valley Foundation elects Barbara N. Lyons, Esq. to its Board of Directors

Lenape Valley Foundation recently elected Barbara N. Lyons, Esq., founder of the Bucks County Mediation and Arbitration Center (BCMAC), to its Board of Directors.

Through BCMAC, Ms. Lyons provides full-service Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) solutions to lawyers and their clients. She addresses issues involving, but not limited to, contract and real estate disputes, equity matters, underinsured and uninsured motorist cases, personal injury, municipal, medical malpractice and employer/employee disputes, business mergers and dissolutions.

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Positively Aging Bucks County celebrates volunteers

by Patricia Cangelosi

On May 19th, volunteers, Bucks County Commissioners, local leaders and representatives of Bucks County’s Area Agency on Aging (AAA) gathered at the County Administration Building in Doylestown. It was the 42nd annual reception to celebrate and recognize AAA volunteers, who provided over 63,985 hours of service to 58 nonprofit organizations in 2015, valued at a total $1.51 million.

AAA’s volunteer program, Positively Aging Bucks County (PABC), has 468 individuals donating their time, talents and energy to help local adults and senior citizens.

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Joe Yeager wants to help parents keep their kids safe ‘online’

by Rachel M. Romano

Prompted by an online incident experienced by his then five-year-old daughter, Joe Yeager, of Bensalem, decided about five years ago to use his expertise to help other parents navigate the confusing world of social media to protect their children.

As a marketing analyst for Premier Dental, one of Joe’s responsibilities is to develop and maintain the company’s social media. He built on the knowledge he has acquired from his job to become an expert on online safety.

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