Bucks County Senior Games promote camaraderie, physical activity and fun

by June Portnoy

Approximately 250 Bucks County seniors competed in the 34th Annual Bucks County Senior Games held Monday, June 6th through Saturday, June 11th. Age categories consisted of 50 to 59, 60 to 69, 70 to 79, 80 to 89, and 90 plus. This year’s oldest participant was a 95-year-old Doylestown resident who competed in bocce, pinochle and billiards.

This weeklong event, hosted in partnership with the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA) and the Bucks County Department of Parks & Recreation, gave seniors the opportunity to demonstrate their athletic and intellectual abilities.

According to William R. McTigue Jr., Administrative Officer for Public Affairs at Bucks County Area Agency on Aging and an organizer of the Senior Games, this year’s most physically challenging game was the track & field, which included 100-meter sprints.

Seniors looking for less rigorous activities could register for bridge, pinochle, darts and a trivia contest. Other activities included bowling, tennis, table tennis, bocce, billiards and golf.

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Two high school seniors awarded scholarships from FBA

Two area high school seniors, one from Trevose and one from Langhorne, were recently awarded college scholarships from the Feasterville Business Association, it was announced by Rose McMenamin and Charles Roman, co-chairpersons of the FBA college scholarship committee. Kristin Wilson, of Trevose, and Andrea Martino, of Langhorne, both graduating seniors at Archbishop Wood High School, are the 2016 recipients of the $1,200 scholarship awards from the FBA.

According to Rose and Charles, “The annual awards are based on academic performance, extracurricular activities and community service. Both of these outstanding students have demonstrated excellence in all three areas.”

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Langhorne Lightning wins Suburban Travel League championship

The Langhorne Lightning 12U girls’ softball team won the Suburban Travel Softball League championship earlier this month. The Lightning won their first round game vs. the Upper Moreland Impact, and then went on to win games against Upper Moreland (in a come-from-behind 7-6 win), Middletown (10-7), and then Neshaminy (4-0). Fourteen travel teams from surrounding towns in Bucks and Montgomery counties participated in the league this season; Langhorne was the third seed coming into the playoffs. A number of the girls have been playing together for Langhorne Athletic Association since they were five and six years of age. They are all great teammates and very supportive of one another.

Pictured front row from left, Zoe Shimp, Mia Martin, Meryn Bellacima, Maria Gordon, Brynn Davis, and Noelle Wood; middle row, Sofia Shields, Caroline Croteau, Lauren Rebl, Abby Windish, Kendall Fletcher, and Christina Winkler; back row (coaches), Gianna Gordon, Bill Gordon, Bill Davis (head coach), Matt Winkler, and Joe Rebl.

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Eleven-year-old Langhorne resident publishes first book

by June Portnoy

It typically takes adult authors many years to get their first book published, and a significant number of writers never accomplish this feat. Yet at the young age of 11, Julianna Musser, the only child of Jennifer and Brian Musser of Langhorne, has already achieved this success.

A fifth-grader at Maple Point Middle School, Julianna is thrilled to call herself a published author. Her full-length children’s book, “Bored Dog,” was published by Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC and released this past March in print and electronic formats. Tate’s marketing department is currently scheduling local book tours where Julianna will promote her book.

“Bored Dog” tells the story of Charlie, a dog who is bored all the time. It is written from Charlie’s point of view, so readers get a first-hand account of how Charlie thinks about anything and everything around him: how he feels, what he thinks of his human parents, and his general attitude toward life. Written with great imagination, this book attempts to show readers how pets feel about the world around them and how pet owners’ behaviors and actions affect their pets in different ways.

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Scenes from the Maple Point Art Show

The middle school held its annual art show last month, with students exhibiting creativity galore.

  1. Hannah Cieszkowski with something called a “radial paper relief” sculpture.
  1. Batman “zentangles” were popular this year. Here’s Gabby Gutierrez’ version.
  1. Mary Milorey worked on pottery.
  1. Julia Ponticiello with her pottery sculpture.
  1. Nicolette Heddie with her zentangle.
  1. Not to be outdone, Connor Bergholt created a Superman zentangle.
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NHS students win first place in 2016 Bucks County Envirothon

by June Portnoy

Neshaminy High School (NHS) students proved their knowledge of the ecosystem and environment by placing first in the Bucks County Conservation District’s (BCCD) annual Bucks County Envirothon held last month at Peace Valley Nature Center in Doylestown. As a result of winning in the county level, these students had the opportunity to compete at the 2016 Pennsylvania Envirothon State Competition.

During the Envirothon, NHS’ winning “team one” competed against teams from Central Bucks East, Central Bucks South, Central Bucks West, New Hope-Solebury, Quakertown and William Tennent, as well as Neshaminy’s “team two.”

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Ryan Doyle receives Foundations scholarship

Ryan Doyle, a Langhorne resident and senior at Neshaminy High School, was recently awarded a $1000 scholarship from the Foundations Community Partnership in Education program. The program recognizes the achievements of local Bucks County public high school seniors for their demonstrated community service, commitment to academic performance, and quality of character. Students are nominated to receive the award by their guidance counselor or a member of the school’s administration. Ryan will attend Notre Dame in the fall.

PHOTO CAP: Ryan Doyle

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Poppy Girls 2016

For the Jesse W. Soby American Legion Auxiliary Unit #148, Langhorne, Little Miss Poppy 2016 is Erin Faith Hill of Langhorne. Erin is seven-years-old and a second grader at Oliver Heckman Elementary School. She is the daughter of Daniel and Kelly Hill of Langhorne.

Erin is eligible for membership in the American Legion Auxiliary under the service of her grandfather, USMC Vietnam Veteran and Legionnaire Harry Hill of Penndel. Miss Poppy 2016 is Ruby Jayne Carney of Oakford.

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Legion Auxiliary announces awards

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #148, Langhorne, eighth grade school awards were presented at the Langhorne Memorial Day parade ceremony.

The winners are as follows; Breanne Lyons (left) from Carl Sandburg Middle School, Stephanie McBeth (center) from Our Lady of Grace Catholic School, and Mackenzie Reid (right) from Maple Point Middle School. These students we selected by the following qualifications; Americanism, honor, service, leadership, courage and scholarship.

Congratulations, ladies!

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Scenes from the LBBA Car Show

  1. James Siuta, of Lambertville, NJ, with his ‘32 Ford 3-Window Coupe.
  1. Linda Mecutchen, of Langhorne, shows off her ‘67 Shoebox Chevy Nova.
  1. John Fitzgerald, of Langhorne, next to his ‘57 Chevy Bel-Air 4 Door Hardtop.
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