Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs’ ‘Courthouse Dogs’ program presented at statewide victim services conference

Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs presented a workshop on its “Courthouse Therapy Dogs” program before advocacy professionals at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Pathways for Victim Services Conference on June 5th in State College, PA. The workshop was led by Diane Smith, President and Founder of Roxy Reading; Barb Blasko, Director of Roxy Reading’s Courthouse Therapy Dogs; and Kendal Beck, Victim Advocate, Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA).

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Youth birding program pays tribute to Alan Brady

To celebrate the life of Alan Brady, who was an artist, photographer, father, and business owner, Bucks County Audubon Society (BCAS) is beginning a youth birding program to inspire young people to take notice of wild birds and their habitats. Alan, of Wycombe, passed away in January at the age of 93. His passion for birds and bird study began when he was a 16-year-old Eagle Scout at Treasure Island in the Delaware River.

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PHS launches awards program for ‘Gardening and Greening’

A new program that honors the beautification efforts of individual gardeners and groups is being launched this year by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. “PHS Gardening and Greening Contest” will spotlight well-designed, well-maintained and inspiring gardens and green spaces throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

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Get out and play some tennis!

The non-profit Bucks County Tennis Association’s (BCTA) popular low-cost countywide community tennis programs begin its third of four outdoor seasons in early July at public parks throughout Bucks County – affordable fun and fitness for family and friends of all ages and abilities.

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Smooth move – Relocation tips

submitted by Edward Johnson, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau, serving the Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania region

Late spring is the beginning of the busy season in the moving industry. According to U.S. Census estimates, the average person will move roughly 12 times in their life. With the challenging economy of the past several years, that number may be higher as many people relocated to find employment. Moving is a fact of life and it is full of stress.

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Bill Sample, founder of nation’s original wish-granting organization passes away

Bill Sample, President Emeritus and Founder of Sunshine Foundation, passed away on June 4th at the age of 78. Bill dedicated his life to improving the lives of children, founding the Sunshine Foundation in 1976, the nation’s original wish granting organization for children with complex medical conditions or a history of abuse.

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First-time homebuyer checklist

submitted by Sherry Pace, Housing Counseling Program Manager, Bucks County Housing Group

So, you want to buy a house. You may be asking yourself, “Is it better to rent or own?” or “Will it cost less to pay a mortgage payment or a rental payment?” These are very good questions and the answer is…it depends!

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Why is a Bucks County history author writing a book about Queens, New York?

Local author, Marie Murphy Duess, writes about Bucks County and its history. Her recent non-fiction titles include “Colonial Inns and Taverns of Bucks County: How Pubs, Taprooms and Hostelries made Revolutionary History” and “The Delaware Canal: From Coal Stone Highway to Historic Landmark.”

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Volunteers needed for older adult Reassurance Program

Family Service Association of Bucks County is now accepting volunteer applications for their Reassurance Program, a free, confidential telephone service offering reassurance, socialization and safety checks to older adults living in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Following training, volunteers are responsible for making regular calls to specific individuals.

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Audubon Society welcomes Sylvan Stoltzfus to Barn Tour

Bucks County Audubon Society (BCAS) welcomes Sylvan Stoltzfus to introduce the amazing barns on the 2014 Barn Tour on Friday, July 11th at 6:30pm. Sylvan grew up on a dairy farm, and has been constructing barns since the age of 16. Old barns have always been his strong suit.

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