Local ensemble celebrates anniversary with choral festival

‘Voices of Bucks’ to feature the Bucks County Singers and other area choruses

When the late Sandy Dunn decided to form a small choral ensemble of adults some 30 years ago, she may have never dreamed that the choir would still be alive and well three decades later. But thanks to the nurturing of the directors that followed and the singers that simply love to vocalize together, Bucks County Singers is still performing… and audiences around the county and beyond are still loving their light-hearted, energetic style of music, their bright smiles, and their entertaining choreography.

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Local organization promotes National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

October is a significant time of the year in the field of drug and alcohol abuse prevention. During that month, national and local organizations promote a month-long observance that focuses on the role substance abuse prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities.

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First National Bank donates $100,000 to local schools

For the 10th consecutive year, The First National Bank and Trust Company of Newtown has partnered with Buckingham Friends School to distribute its Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program scholarship donation. The $100,000 donation was recently presented to eight area schools. The EITC program is a great way for businesses to direct tax dollars.

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Newtown Rotary holding 12th Annual Bike & Sewing Machine Collection

Newtown Rotary will hold its 12th Annual Bike & Sewing Machine Collection on Saturday October 25th. Bikes can be dropped off from 9:00am to noon, rain or shine at Council Rock North High School, 62 Swamp Road, Newtown (between the gym and Walt Snyder Football Stadium).

Anyone with an adult or child’s bicycle in repairable condition is urged to donate his or her bike to this worthy cause. “Bikes for parts” or disassembled bikes cannot be accepted. In addition, working portable sewing machines are also welcome. It costs $40 to collect, process, ship, rebuild and distribute each bicycle. A donation toward shipping costs is necessary (suggested minimum $10 per bike). Pedals for Progress is a 501 (c)3 corporation and a registered charity in the states of NJ, NY, PA, CT, VT, IA.

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Seventh Annual Women’s Scholarship Tea raises funds for students

The Bucks County Community College Foundation invites the public to its seventh annual Women’s Scholarship Tea, from 1:00 to 3:00pm, Thursday, October 23rd. Donations benefit women students who support at least one child while seeking a higher education. The event will be held in Tyler Hall, the 84-year-old historic mansion that’s the cornerstone of the college’s Newtown campus. Finger sandwiches, desserts, and tea will be served.

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Newtown Historic Association presents ‘A Walking Tour of Newtown Cemetery’

History does not consist of facts in a schoolbook – nor of Grandmother’s dusty old clock on the mantle, but of the substance of the everyday life of the men, women and children who have lived before us. Attend the October meeting of the Newtown Historic Association on Sunday, October 26th at 2:00pm, at the Newtown Cemetery Chapel, E. Washington Avenue, Newtown, and explore the lives of some of the people who lived in the town and countryside. Some may have lived in your very home or perhaps tilled the soil of your backyard.

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31st Annual CPCU/Council Rock Fire Safety in the Home contest to be held during National Fire Prevention Week

The Philadelphia Chapter of the CPCU Society (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters) will be conducting its 31st Annual “Fire Safety in the Home” contest in the elementary schools of the Council Rock School District during National Fire Prevention Week, October 5th – 11th.

The contest has been held each year in conjunction with the School District, and students are asked to write an essay or do a creative work or poster on Fire Safety during National Fire Prevention Week.  The panel of judges will be comprised of Council Rock School Board President Wendi Thomas, former Northampton Supervisor Pete Palestina, CPCU, representing the CPCU Society’s Philadelphia Chapter and Northampton Township Fire Marshal Frank Fenton.

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Patriot FC U11 girls win tourney

The Patriot FC U11 Girls Red soccer team was named champions in the elite bracket at the annual Vereiningung Erzgebirge (VE) Summer Friendly Tournament in Warminster recently.

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Making floral arrangements with supermarket flowers

by June Portnoy

During Martha Washington Garden Club’s monthly meeting on September 24th, garden club member Ruth Voss conducted a workshop demonstrating how to make a floral arrangement using supermarket flowers.

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Garage fire safety

submitted by John C. Kernan, Chief Fire Marshal FM-272, Upper Makefield Township

Residential garages were designed primarily for the storage of vehicles safely out of the weather. Over time garages develop into expanded storage areas for many household items.

With the addition of lawnmowers, fuel containers, paint cans, propane tanks, and assorted flammable materials, your garage can contain the highest concentration of combustible materials in your home. These materials equate into what fire investigators refer to as a “Fuel-Load.” The higher the fuel-load the hotter and faster moving the fire will be!

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