NOVA hires new executive director

The board of directors of Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) has hired Penelope R. Ettinger as executive director of the 42-year-old nonprofit victim services organization, which has offices in Perkasie, Jamison and Fairless Hills. Ms. Ettinger, who began her duties on March 14th, replaces Barbara Clark, who retired earlier this year after 25 years of leadership.

“We are thrilled to welcome Penny Ettinger to our organization,” says NOVA Board President Carlene Szostak. “She brings with her an impressive array of people skills and a well-rounded 15-year record in the non-profit service industry.”

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SBA disaster assistance available to private nonprofit organizations in PA

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced that certain Private NonProfit organizations (PNP)s in Pennsylvania that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low interest rate disaster loans.  These loans are available following a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by a severe winter storm and snowstorm on January 22nd – 23rd, 2016. PNPs located in Bucks County are eligible to apply.

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Celebrating National Trails Day on the D&L Trail

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) will be celebrating National Trails Day at various locations on Saturday, June 4, 2016. American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is the country’s largest celebration of trails with events taking place in every state across the country. Regionally, events are planned in every county that composes the D&L Corridor: Bucks, Northampton, Lehigh, Carbon and Luzerne.

The National Canal Museum, an affiliate of the D&L that is located along the 165-mile D&L Trail in Easton, will offer a free boat rides to D&L Members on National Trails Day weekend, June 4 and 5, 2016.

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Vets encouraged to sign with state registry

A new online Pennsylvania Veterans Registry is available to help veterans better access services and programs.
 The registry, operated by the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, is an online application that allows veterans to request information related to valuable state benefits, programs and services offered by the agency.

The registry features responsive design technology to make it accessible on mobile devices and computers.

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SCORE Bucks County receives Platinum Leadership Award

For the second year in a row, SCORE National has awarded SCORE Bucks County the 2015 Platinum Leadership Award, the highest recognition possible for any local chapter. Notably, only a small percentage of SCORE’s 364 chapters nationwide qualify for this annual honor.

SCORE Bucks County Chairman Gene Murtha said the Chapter provided more than 1,500 services to Bucks County small business owners and entrepreneurs last year. In addition to offering free business workshops on a range of topics, including business funding, and sales and marketing, SCORE Bucks members provide free one-on-one mentoring sessions, as well as email and telephone sessions with clients.

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Volunteers needed!

“Staying Put” in Lower Bucks is looking for your talents! Staying Put utilizes volunteers to help older adults in Lower Bucks County remain at home and actively engaged in their community for as long as possible.

They are looking for volunteers to provide support services such as: transportation, simple handyman services, telephone reassurance, friendly social visits, assistance in home and yard, pharmacy/grocery pickups and delivery and help planning social events. Sometimes the best time of your life is the time you give to others.

Anyone interested should call Charlie or Rene at 215-428-0500 ext. 103 or e-mail stayingput@ivinsoutreach.org.

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Governor Wolf Proclaims May Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

With both temperatures and the number of motorcycles appearing on Pennsylvania roadways rising, Governor Tom Wolf has signed a proclamation commemorating May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

“As more and more people enjoy the fun and excitement of motorcycling, we want to remind both motorcyclists and motorists to share the road safely,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “Staying aware while driving or riding, obeying speed limits and being responsible will help keep fatalities and injuries as low as possible.”

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The Skin Cancer Foundation to Raise Awareness and Funds this May

The Skin Cancer Foundation, the only international organization solely devoted to educating the public on how to prevent, detect and treat the world’s most common cancer, today announced a month-long education campaign and fundraising drive in observance of Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Taking place each May, Skin Cancer Awareness Month provides a reminder to everyone that skin cancer is primarily a lifestyle disease; knowing the risk factors and warning signs, and practicing sun protection are all crucial to reducing your risk.

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Why internships are critical in the job outlook for college graduates

submitted by Toni Tantlinger, 
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News and Experts

The class of 2016 should see a more welcoming job market than college graduates have experienced in recent years, but competition remains stiff, especially for those who failed to hone the necessary skills. Employers plan to hire 11% more graduates than in 2015, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, but that doesn’t mean the outlook is equal for everyone.

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Letter to the Editor

Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota, wants the remains of children from their tribe who were buried at Carlisle Indian School back when the school was in existence (1879 – 1918) repatriated. The tribe wants to rebury the children after appropriate Native prayers and services, which were outlawed at the time the children were buried.

Carlisle Indian School, located in Carlisle, PA, was the first and the largest of the American Indian Schools. The purpose of the Indian schools was to assimilate Indians into mainstream society. General Pratt, who is credited with developing the Indian school concept and founding Carlisle, had a philosophy with respect to American Indians which is best summed up by his most famous and now notorious quote: “Kill the Indian, save the man.”

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