Bringing People Together

Dear Readers,

My vision for the 10 newspapers I publish in Bucks County is to bring people together in a meaningful way.  I feel that we have been able to do so by publishing our regular monthly newspapers and this annual Community Guidebook (our regular January edition), giving attention to human talents and corporate entities that spring up out of need, and how they interface into a social infrastructure.

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Discover your local Little League

Morrisville Little League still captures the essence of youth with an Opening Day Parade, complete with fire trucks and police cars in an annual spring celebration in this march through town. This grand event is the kickoff of the in-house Little League season and unique to all other youth sports.

The goal is to have fun, while providing the knowledge and nuggets of positive coaching insight to kids to help them learn and develop a love for the game. Having fun and learning goes a long way in Morrisville Little League.

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Michael F. Sherlock Foundation

The Michael F. Sherlock Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded by his wife, Nancy Sherlock, their children, and family. Mike Sherlock, who had many passions throughout his life, including a great love for music, lost his battle with lung cancer at the age of 50 on July 18th, 2002.

The foundation serves as an enduring memorial to Mike to share his love for music and to continue his philosophy of enjoying every moment and life itself. The mission of the foundation is to support and sponsor musical and community events in the memory of Mike, whose love of music and family lives on through these events.

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Finding ‘The Way Home’ for homeless males

The Way Home, Inc. is a non-profit corporation, which provides permanent supportive housing to homeless males in Bucks County as part of the Housing First Program.

Their tenants reside in single family homes and engage in a shared living environment where social skills and daily responsibilities assist them in the process of reintegrating with society. Their goal is to teach the skills necessary for self-sufficiency while improving the self-concept of each resident.

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Conwell-Egan students take advantage of Holy Family dual-enrollment courses

In their first-ever college rankings, “The Economist” has recently ranked Philadelphia’s Holy Family University the 11th best university in the country based on “Value Added.”

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School currently offers dual-enrollment Holy Family University courses, where CEC students learn from HFU professors and earn both CEC and college credit. CEC juniors and seniors can dual-enroll in “Level 100” courses at HFU, receiving credit on both CEC and college transcripts.

The student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 to qualify for consideration.

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Santarsiero honors VFW Post 6393 during House ceremony

Pennsylvania Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, last month honored the Yardley-Makefield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6393 and former Post Commander Russell Davidson with a unanimously approved PA House resolution.

Steve welcomed Russ to the House chamber as part of the vote for H.R. 576. Under Russ’ leadership, VFW Post 6393 was declared an All-American Post in 2014-15, the highest VFW award that a post and its commander can achieve. Post 6393 was one of only two VFW posts in Pennsylvania to receive this honor and one of 136 named from across the world’s more than 7,000 posts.

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Bringing awareness of mental health services at Reach Out Foundation

by Gina Vitolo-Stevens

One out of four people suffer with mental illness. It is not a political, religious, or socio-economic condition; it is a human condition. This very real statistic means that even some readers of this article are seeking help for themselves or a family member. Many who battle mental illness had a life – a job, a family, a home – and it was because of their illness that they ended up homeless or without those bare necessities; some try to struggle amidst the general population. Reach Out Foundation of Bucks County provides a haven in the storm, and all it takes (not easy) is to walk through those doors.

Since 1995, Reach Out Foundation of Bucks County has provided information on how to navigate available resources and to give consumers verbal and educational tools on how to advocate for themselves, suffer less, and live. Founder Kathy Sharp, Executive Director, dealt with her own life struggle with bipolar – manic depression.

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Patricia L. Pordash remembered (Mar. 27, 1937 – Oct. 4, 2015)

by Gina Vitolo-Stevens

We live on this earth in the hope of being remembered when we have passed, but when Morrisville dignitaries, business owners, family and friends hear the word “The Hat Lady” they think of one local woman in particular, and that is former tax collector Pat Pordash.

The moniker stuck as the 78-year-old bustled around the town, leaving smiles in her wake. The bright light for many died peacefully at home on October 4th and many have yet to forget the impact she left on this river town.

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Ivins Outreach Center launches ‘Staying Put’ initiative

Across the country there has been a national movement to offer services to meet the needs of older adults while providing ways in which they can remain in their homes for longer and continue to be actively engaged in their communities; Staying Put in Lower Bucks aims to do just that.

Last month the Ivins Outreach Center publicly announced it is joining the grass-root national organization called the Village to Village Network.

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Scenes from the Fire prevention Open House

  1. Haley Prince and Emma Wing taste-test the cotton candy.
  1. Firefighter Carl Lauver (left) helps his son, Parker, get dressed in his gear.
  1. Kaylee and Sarah Cannon won a fire prevention poster contest.
  1. Marty Zitter, Matt Wiedenhaefer, John Weiss III and Mike Rush proudly serve the community.
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