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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David Library of the American Revolution – A Goliath in Bucks County

The Irish novelist Colm Tóibín wrote that, “It may be enough to study history in all its nuance and ambiguity for its own sake. But there is no country free of the need to find new ways reading the past as an inspiring way of thinking about everything else, including the present.”

David Library of the American Revolution in Washington Crossing is dedicated to assisting curious people who want to find new ways to read the past in order to better understand our present world.

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Washington Crossing Society Children of the American Revolution

National Society of the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) trains good citizens, develops leaders and promotes love of the United States of America and its heritage among young people. Their members and senior leaders work in their communities, learn about their shared history, and have fun together.

The Washington Crossing Society is proud to support Veterans, children’s charities and the Washington Crossing Park. They hold an annual Flag Retirement Ceremony for their community, and programs are coordinated with national and state themes.

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Washington Crossing American Revolution Round Table discusses revolutionary topics

The Washington Crossing American Revolution Round Table is a self-supporting educational discussion group. This year is their 13th of sharing information and research. The Round Table is sponsored by the Swan Historical Foundation and the Mercer-Middlesex Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

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Washington Crossing Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education for children.

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Grace Wu named Semifinalist in National Merit Scholarship Program

New Hope-Solebury High School senior Grace Wu has been named a Semifinalist in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. About 1.4 million juniors in about 22,000 U.S. high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

Grace now has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 Merit Scholarship awards, worth more than $33 million, that will be offered next spring.

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First NHS senior athletes commit to colleges

by Anna Sirianni

Two New Hope-Solebury High School senior students committed to play on college athletic teams on National Signing Day, November 11th.

Cameron Costello signed a National Letter of Intent and an Athletic Grant-In-Aid Agreement to play Division I Women’s Field Hockey at Lafayette College. She was joined by her parents, John and Kristen Costello, her brother, Patrick Costello, NH-S Principal Charles Malone, Athletic Director Ted Harrington, and the NH-S field hockey coach, Gwen Smith.

Mr. Costello said that Cameron’s signing brings the family, “a big sense of relief that this process is over with…She is more relaxed.” Cameron is a four-year varsity athlete on both the NH-S field hockey and lacrosse teams. She plans to use what she learned as a New Hope Lion to help her become a Lafayette Leopard.

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This kitten needs surgery

Mix-a-lot, a five-month-old female kitten with a hernia was recently transferred from ACCT/Philly, an open admissions shelter in Philadelphia, to rescue partner Focus on Homeless Animals (FOHA) in Bucks County. FOHA took the kitten due to the hernia and the fact that she will need surgery, which cannot be done at the shelter. They are currently raising funds for the surgery. If interested contact FOHA at 215-970-4911, or visit www.focusonhomelessanimals.org.

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New Hope-Solebury sophomore chosen for H.O.B.Y.

New Hope-Solebury High School sophomore, Jack Tocci, was recently selected by the high school faculty to attend the 2016 Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership seminar at Villanova University in June 2016. The seminar is designed for high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, schools, workplace and community. Sophomore Max Chuma was selected as an alternate.

Pictured from left are NH-S Guidance Counselor Hebat El-Turky, Jack Tocci, Max Chuma and Guidance Counselor Sarah Reeder.

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Lee Kownurko achieves Eagle Scout status

Lee Kownurko of Boy Scout Troop 99 said he is “proud to join the rank of Eagle with all of his brother Scouts who have become Eagles before him.”

The Washington Crossing resident is the son of Karen Lee Kane Kownurko and the late Kirk Kownurko. A junior fire fighter with Upper Makefield Fire Company since the age of 14, it wasn’t a surprise when Lee chose them as the recipient of his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.

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