Readers have an opportunity to improve healthcare in Pennsylvania

submitted by Judie Much, Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition

The Joint State Government Commission of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has issued a report which underscores Pennsylvania’s urgent need to expand access to health care (the report can be found at jsg.legis.state.pa.us).

“Physician shortages exist nationally and in Pennsylvania. Large numbers of aging physicians are nearing retirement.

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Child, Home & Community presents free childbirth classes for expectant teens

Child, Home & Community, a North Penn and Bucks County United Way agency at 204 N. West Street, #101, Doylestown, will present its summer “Focus on Motherhood” prenatal programs for pregnant adolescents, fathers-to-be and their families next month.

The programs meet weekly for 10 weeks.

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‘Month of the Young Child’ steals the day!

Young children learn best when they are engaged in hands-on activities. From the expressions on their faces on Saturday, April 25th at the Bucks County Children’s Museum in New Hope, that’s also how they have the most fun!

The Bucks County Association for the Education of Young Children (BCAEYC) hosted the event at the museum for young children and their families as part of activities celebrating “The Month of the Young Child.”

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‘GSK Science in the Summer’ brings bioscience to elementary students at Bucks Libraries

Bucks County students entering second through sixth grades are invited to register and attend GSK Science in the Summer, a free enrichment program that makes learning about science fun. Sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin Institute in partnership with local libraries, the hands-on courses are taught by certified teachers to classes of 16 students in two age groups: children entering second and third grades (Level I), and children entering fourth through sixth grades (Level II).

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Foster or adopt

Gordo is a German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever mix, three months old. He is available through Focus on Homeless Animals, 501 (c)3 Animal Rescue, New Hope. Phone: 215-970-4911.

Website: www.focusonhomelessanimals.org.

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New OCS chapter recognizes graduate enlistees

by Judi Biederman

At this time of year, area high schools and communities are holding events to honor graduating seniors and recognize their accomplishments.

But Bernadette Heenan is trying to make sure that they also will be honoring and recognizing students who have made a special commitment after graduation.

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Local chorus presents annual spring fundraising concert

During its three years of existence, the Bucks County Women’s Chorus (BCWC), based in Holland, has already donated more than $3000 to local charities, adhering to its goal of enhancing the community not only with its music but with its dollars as well.

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The Learning Experience’s Levittown Center is Turning 1!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year already since The Learning Experience (TLE) of Levittown opened its doors to the public. Come one, come all! You’re invited to join in on this FREE celebration on Sunday, June 7th from 1:00pm -4:00pm. Entertainment includes face painting, arts & crafts, music, special snacks, raffle prizes and plenty of family fun!

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Plant a seed, inspire a dream

The Plant a Seed Inspire a Dream Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity with the sole purpose of helping children from low-income households to pursue their dreams and passions.

The foundation was started by Gene and Michele Rice, parents of four, who raised their family in Bucks County. Each of their four children had a different passion and the Rice’s did all they could to be involved and support each child along their chosen path.

Over the years it became clear how important it was for their children to be involved in activities that they were passionate about. They saw their children grow each day and work hard at their craft. Their children learned about work ethic, responsibility and were able to create life-long relationships with positive adult role models and like-minded peers that had similar dreams and aspirations.

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Sometimes, I just like to dance

by Jeff Roberts

The woman in the parking lot was just staring at me; then she burst out laughing. A teaching moment I thought, one more person I could educate about Parkinson’s Disease (PD). It was perfect timing; I was stumbling a bit as I was getting out of my car, trying to steady myself for the walk to Kohl’s.

I shouted back to her, “I have Parkinson’s, have you ever heard of it?” With that, she laughed even harder! Gathering my wits and putting aside my justifiable annoyance, I said, “Or sometimes, I just like to dance!”

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