Bucks County Senior Games promote camaraderie, physical activity and fun

by June Portnoy

Approximately 250 Bucks County seniors competed in the 34th Annual Bucks County Senior Games held Monday, June 6th through Saturday, June 11th. Age categories consisted of 50 to 59, 60 to 69, 70 to 79, 80 to 89, and 90 plus. This year’s oldest participant was a 95-year-old Doylestown resident who competed in bocce, pinochle and billiards.

This weeklong event, hosted in partnership with the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA) and the Bucks County Department of Parks & Recreation, gave seniors the opportunity to demonstrate their athletic and intellectual abilities.

According to William R. McTigue Jr., Administrative Officer for Public Affairs at Bucks County Area Agency on Aging and an organizer of the Senior Games, this year’s most physically challenging game was the track & field, which included 100-meter sprints.

Seniors looking for less rigorous activities could register for bridge, pinochle, darts and a trivia contest. Other activities included bowling, tennis, table tennis, bocce, billiards and golf.

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Newtown Business Association Monthly Breakfast Meeting

The Newtown Business Association will hold its Monthly Breakfast on Thursday, July 28th, from 7:30 to 9:00am, hosted by Congregation Brothers of Israel, 530 Washington Crossing Road in Newtown.

This month’s speaker will be from Big Brothers & Sisters. Come hear all about what is happening in the NBA and how it can help your business.

Online Registration for this event, at www.NewtownBA.org, will close at noon the day prior; attendees are asked to register in order to ensure adequate breakfast fare.

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Friends Home & Village welcomes guest speaker at Open House

Friends Home & Village will host guest speaker, Mary Kay Krokowski, BSN, MA, CMC, at its July 23rd Open House, at its campus on 331 Lower Dolington Road, Newtown. The Open House, scheduled from 10:00am to 1:00pm, will feature Ms. Krokoski at 10:30am.

The founder of Aging Advisors, LLC, she will present “Life In Motion…Adjusting for Transitions as We Age,” which discusses choices about housing options that can add to the journey of aging.

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Cheryl Schrier heading for national pageant in Tampa

Newtown area resident, Cheryl Schrier, was recently crowned Ms. Pennsylvania U.S.A. Ambassador 2016 in Altoona, PA and will move on to represent the Keystone State at the U.S.A. Ambassador national pageant to be held July 27th-31st in Tampa, FL.

She will compete to win the prestigious title of Ms. U.S.A. Ambassador 2016 and the opportunity to nationally promote her platform, in addition to a generous prize package. Titleholders in the charity based U.S.A. Ambassador pageant system spend their year of service promoting their community service platform.

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Kyle Jaggard is new Eagle Scout

Kyle Jaggard of Newtown’s Troop 99 recently earned the highest rank in Scouting, that of Eagle Scout. Kyle chose the American Legion Morell Smith Post #440 as the beneficiary of his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.

He led a group of volunteers in the project which included refinishing the 2500-square-feet of 50-year-old wooden flooring at hall.

“The troop uses the Legion Hall as a meeting place and has for years, so it was a good way to give back by helping with the upkeep of the property” explained Kyle when asked why he chose this project.

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John Bilcik is new Eagle Scout

John V. Bilcik, of Boy Scout Troop #29 in Newtown, was recently recognized at a Court of Honor ceremony held at Langhorne Presbyterian Church for earning the rank of Eagle Scout.

As part of the requirements for earning the highest rank in Boy Scouts, he completed an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project at Core Creek Park. John always knew he wanted to give back to the park he grew up in and had many fond memories there with friends and Scouts.

With the help of his troop, family and friends, John constructed and installed two park directories at the entrances to Core Creek Park.

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Family-Friendly Car Show for Autism is July 17th

On Sunday, July 17th, from 10:00am to 3:00pm, join Potential, Inc. at 170 Pheasant Run Road in Newtown, as they host a Family-Friendly Car Show for Autism. In addition to heavy trucks, motorcycles, neat military vehicles and classic cars, there will be games, balloon artists, face painters, trucks to touch and more.

The car show is part of a year-long campaign to finance an autism-friendly, therapeutic playground.

Gadi Naaman, Director of Development, explains that children with autism have a difficult time socializing and interacting successfully with other children in free play situations. A playground is the perfect place to gain social and physical skills.

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Newtown Library Company announces Summer Book Clubs

The Newtown Library Company, located at 114 E. Centre Avenue in Newtown, invites boys and girls ages eight to 14, to come to any or all of its Summer Book Clubs with facilitated discussions held on the following Wednesdays at 7:00pm:

On Wednesday, July 13th, the Summer Book Club will discuss the “Pilfer Academy.” It’s about a troublemaker named George who has never heard of the Pilfer Academy, a top-secret school for cultivating young crooks, until he is kidnapped. The teachers are kooky at best, and naughty does not even begin to describe George’s sneaky, smart and morally bankrupt new classmates.

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Summer FUNdraisers to benefit Lauren Shevchek

Lauren’s Angels in partnership with HelpHopeLive will be hosting two fundraisers in July. Lauren suffered a severe spinal cord injury as a result of a diving accident in June 2013. The events will raise money to support Lauren’s unreimbursed medical expenses.

Come out and cheer for your hometown team at the Phillies Phundraiser on Sunday, July 17th. The Phillies will be playing the Mets at 1:35pm at Citizens Bank Park. Tickets are available at the discounted price of $20 (regular price is $34). Seating will be in the Pavilion (sections 201-205). Purchase tickets on line www.phillies.com/shevchek. Enter code SHEVCHEK for discount.

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Wrightstown Township Summer Camp registration now open

The Wrightstown Township Park and Recreation Board has announced the 43rd Annual Summer Playground. It will be held at the FOP Fairgrounds, located at 1058 Mill Creek Road, Wycombe.

Three fun-filled camp sessions begin July 11th and run through July 28th, from 9:00am to noon, Monday through Thursday. Children entering kindergarten through sixth grade are eligible to participate.

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