May is Lyme disease awareness month

Lyme disease is an under-diagnosed and serious epidemic with over 300,000 new cases nationwide in 2014. Pennsylvania ranks number one in newly reported cases of Lyme disease with over 50,000 annually, and Bucks County is the fifth most affected county, with numbers rising each year.

With the warm winter, this promises to be a bad year for ticks! Lyme is called the great imitator as its symptoms mimic those of Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, psychiatric problems, Parkinson’s disease and Chronic Fatigue syndrome.

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Free GSK Science in the Summer™ classes returning

Summer in Philadelphia means it’s time for Phillies baseball, vacation at the shore and, for the 30th year, GSK Science in the Summer™, a free science enrichment program for students entering second through sixth grades. GSK Science in the Summer™ connects students from all backgrounds with free stimulating classes aimed at fostering a love of discovery and learning during the summer and throughout their lives.

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Designer Handbag Bingo to support blind and visually impaired children

The Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (BCABVI) is expanding its children’s services to include life skill classes, recreational activities and family support groups designed to address the unique needs of blind and visually impaired children and their families. Currently, there are limited services available in Bucks County.

BCABVI is hosting their third Designer Handbag Bingo at 6:00pm on Friday, May 6th. The goal of the event is to raise $10,000 to provide funding for BCABVI’s new children’s programs. This exciting and fun event is being held at the Bucks County Technical High School, located at 610 Wistar Road in Fairless Hills. Duane Dunleavy will be returning to call Bingo and provide entertainment.

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Settling my workers’ compensation claim: Compromise and Release

submitted by Kevin M. Bradway, Esq. Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law, www.Stark-Stark.com

The Workers’ Compensation Act provides that an employee’s workers’ compensation claim may be resolved, in whole or in part, through a Compromise and Release of the individual’s workers’ compensation benefits. Compromise and Release (“C&R”) is the name given to the settlement documents when an employee settles his or her claim. C&R settlements provide you with a lump sum payment in exchange for some or all of your workers’ compensation benefits.

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Lambertville Shad Fest celebrating 35 years

The 35th Lambertville Shad Fest will take place Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st, from 12:30 to 5:30pm (rain or shine), held over four blocks (between Ferry and York streets) of downtown Lambertville.

In 1981, Lambertville residents hosted the first Shad Fest to highlight the local art scene. It also coincided with the annual shad run when the largest fish in the herring family, the American Shad, migrates from salt water to fresh water to reproduce.  Thirty-five years later the Shad Fest has grown from a local event to an award-winning tourist attraction.

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Aark Wildlife kicks off Capital Campaign with ‘Enchanted Evening’

The staff and directors of Aark Wildlife Rehabilitation and Rescue Center recently hosted their Sixth Annual Enchanted Evening with Wildlife in Newtown. Guests enjoyed a full evening of food, wine and music, plus the event’s most popular activity – a chance to get up close and personal with some of Aark’s special rescue animals, including a red-tailed hawk named Windsor and Herman the turkey vulture.

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BCSO announces Youth Concerto Competition

The Bucks County Symphony Orchestra has announced its Annual Youth Concerto Competition to be held Saturday, April 30th, 9:00am, at Lenape Middle School Auditorium, Doylestown.

Auditions are open to all students up to 14 years of age on April 30th, who play an orchestral instrument. Contestants may play a piece of their choice from the standard repertoire for instrument and orchestra.

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NOVA Thrift Shop invites volunteers to join its team

NOVA Thrift Shop, which sells gently used clothing and household items to support the services and programs offered by Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA), is seeking volunteers to join its store staff. The store, located at Route 313 (Swamp Road) and New Galena Road north of Fountainville, is one of Bucks County’s best thrift shops.

Since 2001, it has donated nearly $2.2 million to support NOVA’s crime prevention programs and comprehensive services to crime victims in Bucks County.

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Quaker faith, witness and process

On Saturday, April 30th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, the public is invited to an exciting workshop led by Melanie Douty Snipes at Makefield Friends Meetinghouse, 877 Dolington Road, Newtown. The workshop is for anyone interested in learning about Quakers.

Some topics covered will be the Quaker testimonies known by the acronym SPICES. Also, why Quakers don’t have ministers…or do they? When and how did Quakerism get started? What do Quaker elders do… who do they elder… is it a bad thing to be eldered?

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Local Scouts race through Klondike Challenge at Ockanickon Scout Reservation

The Klondike Derby is a challenging winter camping event in which patrols participate in competitive activity stations, prepare their meals outdoors, and camp in tents for one or two nights. The purpose of this event is to reinforce winter camping skills, Boy Scout skills and the patrol method.

Ready for adventure, nearly 200 Scouts and adult leaders from 17 Boy Scout Troops in Bucks, Mercer, and Monmouth counties arrived at Ockanickon Scout Reservation in Pipersville on the evening of February 19th. After setting up their tents and kitchens, the Scouts went to bed in their tents and lean-tos, ready for the next day’s adventures.

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