Youth participants in the Bucks County Tennis Association (BCTA) Season Four’s five-week Learn, Practice & Play program enjoyed a great fall day at the Core Creek Tennis Center in Langhorne during the BCTA Youth Team Tennis Play Day Challenge on Saturday, October 19th.
Just under 30 players, ages seven through 13, gathered at the tennis center for fun and friendly team competition, competing against their peers throughout Bucks County.
“It’s great to see the players demonstrate their tennis skills,” said BCTA President Barbara Long. “There were some great rallies and some very close matches.”
In addition to match play that included helpful game strategies and tips offered by BCTA coaches, the youths participated in group games and the always-popular hit-for-prizes activity, during which they earn free tennis merchandise.
The afternoon concluded with the Awards Ceremony.
Team standings follow:
On Sunday, December 8 at 3:00, the David Library of the American Revolution in Washington Crossing will present a lecture, Agrarian Founders: Shays’, Whiskey, and Fries’ Rebels and the Future of the Republic. The speaker will be Paul Douglas Newman, Jeffrey L. Pasley, Professor of History and Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
David Library lectures are admission free, but reservations are required. Call (215)493-6776 ext. 100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The lecture will be held in Stone Hall in the Feinstone Conference Center on the David Library campus, which is located at 1201 River Road (Rt. 32) in Washington Crossing, PA, 1.3 mi. from the Washington Crossing Bridge. The David Library’s Fall Lecture Series is being underwritten by a generous grant made by the Bucks County Commissioners.
Professor Newman is author of Fries Rebellion: The Enduring Struggle for the American Revolution published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. His essay, “The Other Guys: Agrarian Rebels Fight for Their American Future,” will appear in a forthcoming anthology entitled Revolutionary Prophecies: The Founders on the Future. He was the winner of the 2008 History Channel “Teacher of the Year Award,” and served on the Editorial Staff, and as Editor of Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies from 2000-2010. He lives in Johnstown, PA with his wife Bethany, and sons Forrest and Leo.
Regarding his lecture at the David Library, Professor Newman explains, “In the aftermath of the American Revolution, three very different groups of American agrarians–Yankee Yeomen, Ohio Valley Scots-Irish, and Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania Dutch–continued the struggle to define the Revolution and their future in the American republican experiment. Shays’ Rebellion of 1786-87, the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791-1794, and Fries’ Rebellion of 1798-99 have their differences for sure, but the striking similarities in grievances, tactics, and goals in spite of those differences reveal an agrarian intention for the founding of republican governments in America and their own futures as citizen-farmers.”
Although American Agrarianism has long since faded from prominence, the ideals and arguments espoused by these so-called rebels continue to dominate our political discourse more than two centuries later. Professor Newman says, “We owe it to ourselves to listen to them and to understand their role in our founding.”
On December 7th you can celebrate the Yuletide season in the 39th Annual Holiday House Tour of Lewes, Delaware. This self-guided tour organized by the Lewes Historical Society is meant to offer you a glimpse of life in the Lewes of the past and provide you with the unique opportunity to visit some of the picturesque town’s most historic houses and public buildings, all beautifully decorated for the Christmas season.
It will also be a festive prelude for a bit of early shopping at the Christmas Antiques Bazaar and Bake Sale, or for perusing the Holiday Greens Sale, overflowing with fresh magnolia, pine and holly. Not to be missed are the many distinctive shops and restaurants that line the town’s colonial streets and alleyways.
Known as “the First Town in the First State,” this quaint village is situated on the confluence of the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, making it Delaware’s saltiest town. Selected by Dutch seamen in 1631 as an ideal location to establish a whaling station, Lewes is one of the oldest settlements in America. Although only one-half square mile, its historic and nautical heritage is varied and colorful – from the massacre of its first settlers by local Indians to the ravages of pirates and French privateers, and from the blasts of the British bombardment during the War of 1812 to the constant brutality of ice and coastal storms.
Of note is a law passed by the Founding Fathers requiring all citizens to own both musket and ammunition for their protection from marauding pirates such as the notorious Captain Kidd and Blueskin. In addition to the holiday tour, history buffs will find a plethora of treasured sites to visit.
Noteworthy is the Zwaanendael Museum with its prominent ornate gable and ornamental stonework adapted from the old town hall in Hoorn, Holland. Built in 1931 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the first European settlement in Delaware, three centuries of continual navigation are highlighted.
If the War of 1812 is of interest, several destinations are certain to satisfy this curiosity.
Memorial Park was designed to commemorate the defense of Lewes against the two-day bombardment by the British fleet on April 6th-7th, 1813, and the former David Rowland Home, now known as the Cannonball House, stands testimony to the encounter with a cannonball still embedded in its structure.
Fortunately for Lewes, because so many trees obstructed the view of the attacking Poictires and Belvidere, the only causalities of war were a chicken and a pig’s broken leg.
The tour is sponsored by The Community School of New Hope-Solebury. Departs the New Hope-Solbury High School, 180 West Bridge Street, New Hope at 7:00am and returns 7:30pm. Cost is $110 and includes deluxe motor coach transportation and admission to houses. Reservation deadline is November 18th. Call 215-297-0500 or 215-862-3619.
Care Plus More Point of Care Services, based in New Hope, is expanding its operations into Washington Crossing starting November 1st.
Gregg Rackin, President of the agency, announced, “We are opening a new office with a large training facility in Washington Crossing to accommodate our agency’s growth. We have expanded our service offerings from strictly in-home care to Point of Care services and, as a result, demand for our services is rapidly growing.”
Rackin also noted that Care Plus More has also started a new Veterans Support program. “This is extremely helpful to our local senior veterans and their surviving spouses. It’s a cost-free benefit to those who qualify, and we’ve improved so many lives of those or their spouses who have served our country,” Rackin said.
Care Plus More provides personal care support services to senior clients wherever and whenever they need them throughout Bucks and Mercer Counties. Contact them for more information about their programs and services at www.careplusmore.com or call 215-933-1212/609-423-1212.
After a successful and highly musical inaugural season in 2012-2013, the New Hope – Solebury & Lambertville Community Choir begins its second season with a concert at Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury on Sunday afternoon, December 1st at 4:00 p.m. In what is already emerging as a trademark of NHS&LCC performances, the concert will include a mixture of choral pieces and songs led by individual members of the group.
Choral music comes from a variety of composers, including Handel, Nyberg, P.D.Q. Bach, Lennon & McCartney, Darke and more. Individual performances include songs from choir members Elizabeth Bowman, Mary Freedman, Mellisa Wieczorek, and Giuseppe Minniti.
NHS&LCC is made up of members of the immediate New Hope, Solebury and Lambertville communities as well as several singers from the surrounding areas. The Choir is under the direction of Episcopal minister of music, male a cappella group Cordus Mundi founder, and New Hope resident Rick Rosen.
“We truly are a community choir, and we’re representative of this unique place where we live,” notes Rosen. “We’re made up of a wide variety of people and personalities, with a wide variety of musical skill sets. The idea is to sing an equally wide variety of music, to match the music to our abilities while still challenging ourselves, and to then end up with quality music and a truly fun, enjoyable and rewarding experience for everyone, including our audience.”
Concert tickets ($10) for the New Hope-Solebury & Lambertville Community Choir’s December 1 concert at Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Rd. in Solebury can be purchased at the door, or reserved by contacting NHS&LCC at 650.219.2748, at email@example.com, or on the group’s Facebook page.
Over 150 community service leaders, representatives of non-profit organizations, and local government officials attended Foundations Community Partnership’s (FCP) “Partnership in Youth Services” luncheon ceremony held at the Doylestown Country Club on October 16th. The event honored 12 non-profit community programs that are making a difference in the lives of local children throughout Bucks County. The organizations were awarded monetary grants of $3,000 each.
“Foundations is proud to offer community grants for the 15th year in a row through our Partnership in Youth Services Program,” said Foundations Executive Director, Ron Bernstein. “It is very rewarding to support the Bucks County non-profits that are fulfilling the health and human service needs of our young people.”
Athletes Helping Athletes in Richboro will use its funding for a new therapeutic equestrian program for special needs children, who will be paired with students throughout Bucks County to experience therapeutic riding.
Bowman’s Hill Wildlife Preserve in New Hope will use the grant for its Children’s Reading Program, which serves more than 300 children and their families with a renewed focus on special needs children. Each session has a unique theme for reading children’s books about the natural environment, followed by nature hikes on the trails in search of the plants and animals in the stories.
Bristol Riverside Theater will use its grant for ARTrageous, its six-week summer program for at-risk youth in Bristol.
The Bucks County Children’s Museum in New Hope will use its grant to support educational programming for field trips and “Exploration for All” free open houses for children with autism spectrum disorders.
Central Bucks Family YMCA in Doylestown will use its grant for its “Darkness to Light” initiative to identify and train 13 representatives from youth-service organizations and/or county residents as facilitators in the Darkness to Light program.
These volunteers will, in turn, be asked to provide a minimum of one free training session per month for the next 18 months to at least 10 adult Bucks County residents in how to recognize, prevent and react responsibly to cases of child sexual abuse.
Chandler Hall in Newtown will use its grant for music education for its Child Development Program (CDP).
The grant will support a year-round music program for CDP participants ages one to five, and a theater workshop for youth ages six to 12 at Chandler Hall’s Summer Camp.
Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley, Inc. in Warminster will apply its grant for two programs in its Noogieland, kid support programs for children ages four to 12 who have cancer or have a close family member with cancer. Its “Straight Talk About Cancer” for teens up to 18-years-old, provides high school students a chance to meet twice a month at their school with their peers who are dealing with cancer in their lives.
NHS Cares and P.S.I.C. (Positive Student Interactions and Choices) in New Hope will use its grant for its Positive Youth Development Project. Alexa Botelho, a New Hope-Solebury High School student, spearheaded P.S.I.C. in 2012 when she was a sophomore. It strives to eliminate the glorification of drugs and alcohol by promoting alternative positive alternatives. P.S.I.C works with NHS Cares to reach out to students about the consequences of drug and alcohol use.
Peaceful Living’s Creative Gifts Montgomery County location has been successful in using iPads to help individuals with autism and other disabilities communicate with their caregivers and others in the community. Its grant will help bring that technology to new clients at its New Britain site.
The Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth in Newtown will partner with all three middle schools in the Council Rock School District to conduct a Social Norms Campaign on underage drinking prevention. The Coalition will use its grant for this campaign.
S.A.G.E. (Senior Adults for Greater Education) in Newtown will use its grant to help Palisades School District train, place and support low-income senior volunteers in Palisades’ elementary schools. These volunteers will assist at-risk children who need academic support and social skills.
Woods Services in Langhorne will use its grant for its Girl Power Club, a weekly after-school program led by a mental health professional and an educator from Planned Parenthood. Participants of this club will include adolescent girls residing at Woods who have special needs with developmental and mental health issues who are at risk for teen pregnancy, STDs, abuse, low self-esteem, alcohol/drug problems and school drop out.
In addition to these community awards, Newtown resident Danielle Morabito, received Foundation’s Morris M. Davis Award, a $1,500 scholarship given annually to a student intern whose contributions to the community are judged to be an outstanding example. Danielle, who graduated from Council Rock High School North in 2010, worked this past summer at the Bucks County Children’s Museum through FCP’s Summer Youth Corps and is currently attending Messiah College.
For more information about FCP visit www.fcpartnership.org.
PHOTO CAPS: 1. Miles Arnott accepted the award for Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve.
2. Alex Bove (right) and Alexa Botelho accepted on behalf of NHS Cares and PSIC.
Last [month] I participated with many others in the International March of Elephants in Princeton, NJ. Thousands more did the same in 42 other cities across the world including London, New York, Cape Town, San Francisco, Munich, Hong Kong and others.
This was billed as the largest rally held for a single species ever. Why?
The most iconic of wild species, African elephants are being slaughtered for their tusks at a rate never seen before. It is estimated that a wild elephant is poached every 15 minutes. This means that by 2025, there will be none left.
Why is this important?
Besides the obvious ethical reasons, there is a security issue: extremists, including Al Shabaab, who are responsible for the horrendous massacre at the mall in Kenya last month, partially ﬁnance their operation from the illegal sale of elephant tusks. The U.S. State Department and prominent politicians have identiﬁed poaching as a national security risk for this reason.
Besides extremists, some regular, good people are also responsible for the slaughters. If you buy any ivory, you are contributing. Ivory equals a dead elephant.
Even if the seller claims it is old ivory, please…do not buy it. There is no good way to tell the age of ivory.
Please educate yourselves. Elephants have been around for millions of years. If we let them disappear from the wild savannas of Africa for greed or bad stewardship, we lose some of our humanity in the process.
Five business and community leaders were the recipients of the 2013 Ted Lindeman Outreach Foundation Humanitarian Awards presented at a banquet on Wednesday, September 18th at Doylestown Country Club.
The honorees were:
- Stephen Corr, Attorney, Stark & Stark, honored for his work with the Bucks County Bar Association, Central Bucks School District, St. Robert Bellarmine Church and other nonprofit and community organizations. Stephen has served for two terms as a School Director for the Central Bucks School District and was elected by his colleagues to serve as President of the School Board.
- Roger Green, Roger Green and Associates, Inc., honored for his work with Feeding America, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, the American Forest, and the Ted Lindeman Outreach Foundation. Roger also serves on the Board of the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce, and other non-profit and community organizations.
- Patricia A. Markel-Mulligan, Team Capital Bank, honored for her work with work with United Way of Bucks County; Contact of Greater Philadelphia; Bucks County Industrial Development Authority; Doylestown Human Relations Commission; Chandler Hall Business Advocacy Council; Community Lenders Bucks County Community Development Corp.; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County; and Junior Achievement.
- Janet Mintzer, CEO, Pearl S. Buck International, honored for her work with Pearl Buck International, Doylestown Rotary Club, Pennridge Chamber of Commerce, Doylestown Business & Community Association, Bucks County Women’s Fund, and other non-profit and community organizations.
- Marquerite Quinn, State Representative, 143rd Legislative District, honored for her work and advocacy with many community organizations throughout her district and Bucks County. Representative Quinn sits as a member on the CB Cares Educational Foundation Board of Directors, DC 21 and the Lenape Chamber Ensemble Advisory Council. Marquerite also is a member of the Doylestown DART Committee, the Central Bucks Drug Free Project Coalition, the Bucks Country Conference Planning Committee and the Overdose Prevention Task Force.
Middle Bucks Institute of Technology was honored to have six students participate in the Summer 2013 Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW). Those students included Daniel Aldinger (Central Bucks South), Sabrina Bunkeut (Central Bucks West), Gabriella Guzman (William Tennent), Paul Herceg (Central Bucks South), Lyndsey Wasser (Central Bucks South), and Alexis Waugh (Central Bucks South).
During the summer of 2012, Middle Bucks Institute of Technology was fortunate to have 10 students partake in the program. Participants were Jessica Artillio (Council Rock South), Christopher Donnelly (Central Bucks South), Gia Finello (Central Bucks South), Trisha Guinan (Central Bucks South), Gabrielle Leone (Council Rock South), Amanda Peterson (Central Bucks East), Maleika Scruggs (Central Bucks South), Mylinh Truong (Central Bucks South), and Allison Wilson (Central Bucks South).
PFEW provides accepted students the opportunity to learn about the wide array of career opportunities available to them. They learn from industry professionals who engage and motivate them towards discovering their true potential. Students have the option of choosing to participate at Lycoming College or Penn College of Technology, both located in Williamsport, PA. Both colleges offer scholarship money to graduates of the week-long PFEW program upon acceptance into either school.
For more information, contact Erin-Caitlin Rinker, Organizational Advancement Coordinator at 214-343- 2480 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTO CAP: Front row from left, Paul Herceg and Lyndsey Wasser; middle row, Gia Finello, Gabrielle Leone, Alexis Waugh, Sabrina Bunkeut, Gabriella Guzman, Allison Wilson, and Mylinh Truong; back row, Anthony Cinque, Christopher Donnelly, and Dan Aldinger. Photo by Cassandra Fox.