Maddie Billet earns Girl Scout Silver Award for work with Doylestown Food Pantry

by Christine Wolkin

Maddie Billet of Troop #2067 in Langhorne knows the importance of a nutritious meal. Which is why when she was presented with the challenge of earning her Silver Award, Maddie knew she wanted to work with Bucks County Housing Group by developing a variety of quick, healthy meal plans for lower income families.

The Silver Award project is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn and requires at least 50 hours of planning, developing, and execution; has to benefit a group or community outside of Girl Scouts; and must be sustainable even after the project is completed. Due to the extensiveness of the project requirements, Maddie’s project spanned nearly two school years; she began in seventh grade and completed it by the end of her eight grade.

“My original Silver Award plan was to plant a garden at the Morrisville Bucks County Housing complex. This would give the children living there the ability to plant their own garden, take care of it, watch it grow and ultimately make meals with the produce,” said Maddie.

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Experience some adventure with Cub Pack 19

Cub Scout Pack 19 from Langhorne is welcoming first through fifth grade boys into its ranks. Scouts and their families recently returned from a camping trip to Coast Guard Base Cape May. Scouts toured the base and experienced first-hand the life of new recruits, watching them drill in formation, and run obstacle courses, and awoke in their tents at dawn to the sound of recruits doing pushups with drill instructors barking orders.

Scouts also explored ships used for rescue operations and chasing pirates. One memorable encounter occurred when the boys ran into Admiral June Ryan while eating breakfast in the Galley. A leader of 6,000 personnel, she discussed helping the recruits through the tough weeks of boot camp, but how it’s a life changing event they never regret. Scouts also visited Cape May attractions including the lighthouse and Wildwood Aviation Museum.

Visit for more information on joining Pack 19.


Langhorne Rotary news

On August 11th, at the weekly Langhorne Rotary meeting, four high school seniors were presented a Walter T. Styers scholarship by the Rotary club. The students were the finalists chosen from more than 25 applications. The decisions were based on the evidence of “Service Above Self “during their school career.

The students, Matt Doyle and Emma Stewart, from Neshaminy High School, Megha Madnani from George School, and Danielle Dustman from Nazareth Academy, received checks for $1500, and a certificate from the club. The speaker for the day was State Representative Frank Farry, who also awarded the students a certificate from the PA State House of Representatives. Parents and other relatives were present at the meeting as well.

Past club president Kathy Horwatt spoke about Walter T. Styers, who was a Rotarian for many years prior to his passing at the age of 103. He had left a bequest that supports the scholarship fund.

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New Acting Principal named for Tawanka Elementary School

Poquessing Middle School Assistant Principal Donald Palmer has been named as Acting Principal for Tawanka Elementary School in Lower Southampton Township to replace Michael Rodriguez, who is leaving the District for a position in Delaware.

The appointment of Mr. Palmer was approved by the Neshaminy School Board at their August 16th meeting and is effective immediately. The Poquessing position he is leaving will be filled internally.

Mr. Palmer will oversee the opening of the new Tawanka Elementary School, which is currently nearing the completion of construction and will open on time for the 2016-2017 school year. Mr. Palmer previously taught health and physical education at Poquessing before moving to TLC, Neshaminy’s alternative high school, in 2009.

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Habitat Bucks ReStores empower special needs individuals

Individuals with special needs often have difficulty gaining work experience and finding employment. In Bucks County, the Habitat for Humanity ReStores provide a place for diversified learners and those with special needs to gain experience in the real world.

Volunteers from The Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC), Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Foundations Behavioral Health, Shared Support, and other organizations obtain valuable work experience at the ReStores.

“Our diverse learner population benefits greatly from the opportunity to be more independent, gaining confidence and developing their communication and interpersonal skills in our ReStores,” says Colleen Brink, Volunteer & Outreach Director, Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County. “We want area families and organizations to know that we support the needs of individuals and empower them by offering them a place to build their life and work skills.”

Connor is a weekly volunteer at both the Langhorne and Chalfont ReStores and he comes from CLC in Southampton. He is glad to take advantage of this opportunity to develop job skills.

“Connor looks forward to his work days at the Habitat ReStore,” says his mom, Judy. “It’s important to him to be productive and valued, and the staff treat him as part of the team. He is proud to give back to the community that has given him so much. So it’s a win-win all the way around!”

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THS announces flower show winners

Visitors to the Trevose Horticultural Society’s annual flower show “Surfs Up!” were greeted by over 550 horticultural, artistic design and special exhibit entries entered by members and area gardeners. Staged at St. Ephrem Church in Bensalem, several members and local gardeners enjoyed ‘Big Kahuna’ status, earning multiple ribbons in the Horticultural Division.

Dee Crawford (Philadelphia) was top winner in the Horticultural Division receiving the National Garden Club (NGC) Award of Horticultural Excellence, the NGC Grower’s Choice Award and the Society’s Stella Matzak Award for her exceptional “Grassy Sound’ themed Combination Planter.

An excellent bloom of ‘Limelight’ Hydrangea merited the NGC Arboreal Award for superior named variety of tree or shrub for Hazel Downes (Bensalem) who additionally received an Award of Merit for her ‘Sunaracoho’ Mandevilla.   Downes also received both the Society’s Arnold Young Award for most blue ribbons in the Container Grown Plants section and the Horticultural Sweepstakes Award for accumulating the most blue ribbons in Horticulture.

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Artis Senior Living scheduled to open in Huntingdon Valley

Artis Senior Living is nearing completion on a single-story, 34,000 square-foot assisted living community in the Huntingdon Valley neighborhood of Lower Moreland Township.

The residence will provide 72 memory care suites for seniors affected by Alzheimer’s and various forms of dementia. The community will be comprised of four distinct “neighborhoods” that serve as intimate living spaces.

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Troop 2537 goes for the Bronze

Junior Girl Scout Troop 2537 recently earned their Bronze Award, the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can achieve, by participating in a community service project for ChoiceOne Pregnancy Center in Levittown. For the last year and a half, the girls have been researching and planning a baby shower to help a local mom-to-be. From the food and decorations, to the baby items, this creative and generous group of girls took care of everything!

On May 5th, their accomplishment was recognized during their Bridging Ceremony by Pennsylvania State Representative, Frank Farry, who presented the girls with Certificates of Achievement.

Pictured from left, back row, are Jennifer Musser, Jaclyn Oseredzuk, Jessica Cochrane, Kaitlyn Gerdy, Morgan Toy, Tessa Marion, Georgia Woodford, Jordyne Hargraves, and Jennifer Nowak; front row, Julianna Musser, Emily Myers, and Rebekah Nowak.


Irish Rover Station House now serving breakfast

The Irish Rover Station House has recently expanded its already extensive menu by adding breakfast to its selections. It now serves breakfast Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 until 10:00am.

Choose from specialties like donut French toast, BBQ short rib hash and steal cut oatmeal to such classics as traditional French toast and pancakes. Omelets and eggs served any way you like are also available. Pork roll sandwiches are yet another option.

Also enjoy sides and extras, such as bacon, sausage and pork roll, to name a few. You’ll also find a variety of bread choices on the menu.

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Turn to Bucks for an affordable college degree

Bucks County Community College is a public, two-year college with nearly 80 programs of study.

Tuition is $140 a credit for Bucks County residents, or about $4,300 a year including fees for a full-time student. Most credits can be transferred to a four-year university or college to complete a bachelor’s degree.

The free online application is at There, you’ll find more information about academic majors that lead to either a two-year associate degree or a shorter-term certificate.

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