Evan Kownurko is new Eagle Scout

Evan Charles Kownurko of Newtown’s Boy Scout Troop 99 recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church was the beneficiary of the Washington Crossing resident’s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.

Evan led a group of volunteers in the restoration of the maintenance garage located at the church’s graveyard. He chose the project as a way to give back to his church family and because his own late father is buried there.

Prior to the project, the garage was in a state of disrepair and was covered in moss. He and his team cleaned up the grounds around the garage, replaced rotted wood with cinder blocks to match the rest of the exterior.

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Sixteen students participate in Foundations Summer Youth Corps

Sixteen college students from Bucks County have been chosen to participate in Foundations Community Partnership‘s 2016 Summer Youth Corps, which offers paid student internships at local non-profit human service agencies in Bucks County serving children, youth and families.

The program provides students the ability to gain practical experience while helping to effect positive change in the community by working at non-profit human service agencies. This is the ninth consecutive year that Foundations has offered the internship program, expanding from 11 students in its inaugural year to 16 students this year.

Non-profit agencies have the benefit of additional helping hands and the students gain meaningful work experience with groups that are making a difference in Bucks County, as well as earning college credit through a partnership with Bucks County Community College.

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Bucks students have fun learning ‘Science in the Summer’

by June Portnoy

Science really can be fun! And that’s the message that Bucks County students left with after completing a four-day session of GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Science in the Summer™, a free, fun hands-on science enrichment program for elementary school children.

GSK Science in the Summer™, launched 30 years ago in the Greater Philadelphia area, returned this summer to 16 locations in the Bucks County Library System beginning in June. GSK provides the funding to make this program possible, and the Franklin Institute is responsible for preparing the lessons.

Each year the program focuses on a different science-related topic, this year’s topic being chemistry.

While teaching the program at the Free Library of Northampton Township last month, Michael Gleicher, a biology and chemistry teacher at Central Bucks High School South, explained, “This program is about exploration. There are no quizzes or homework or assessments, so these kids don’t need to be able to accomplish a specific goal at the end of the session.

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Dear Council Rock school community:

We are just one month away from beginning another outstanding school year in the Council Rock School District. We will open the 2016-17 school year with over 11,000 students across our 10 elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, and The Sloan School.

On behalf of our administration, faculty, and staff, our students should know how excited we are to see them on the first day of school. The 2015-16 school year was another excellent one in Council Rock. Our students flourished in our classrooms, performance halls, and athletic fields.

Any number of state and national rankings substantiate the performance of the children who populate our 72 square miles. Their academic accomplishments are also reflected in the fact that over 92% of our 2016 graduating seniors are college bound, while being awarded a collective $22 million in scholarship money.

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Bucks County Singers begins fall membership drive

Having just completed its 31st year of singing, the Newtown-based Bucks County Singers hopes to continue expanding its membership as it begins a new and busy year.

Under the direction of Terry Boyle Greenland, Yardley voice teacher and University of the Arts professor, Bucks County Singers (BCS) currently boasts a membership of about 35 energetic men and women who embrace the chorus’ unique style, which blends singing with fun-to-watch “riser choreography,” making for concerts that are unlike those of most other choirs.

The group is accompanied by local pianist Tom Baust.

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A sweet sixteen helps The Humane Society

Here is some food for thought: imagine if everyone would use just one birthday to raise awareness and hold a benefit for their favorite charity whatever it may be.  Imagine how many nonprofit organizations could benefit!

And what better way to celebrate a “Sweet Sixteen” party and the beginning of young adulthood than taking the opportunity to make a difference in the world around us? Council Rock student Grace Porter recently turned 16 and did just that.

Like many girls her age she was looking forward to planning her Sweet Sixteen Party. But Grace wanted her party to be different, and for her party she made a very mature and selfless decision to have a backyard fundraiser for a cause near and dear to her heart – helping animals.

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Why do you need a real estate agent to buy a home?

submitted by Kathleen Layton, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

Just like you have an attorney by your side in court and a doctor to set the leg you broke, it makes no sense to go it alone or do it yourself when purchasing what is likely your largest single investment.

Consider this:

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Turmeric: A powerful anti-inflammatory herb

submitted by GNC in Newtown

Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) has been used for centuries to treat a variety of conditions. It is widely used in cooking and gives Indian curry its flavor and yellow color.

Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory, to treat digestive and liver problems, skin diseases and wounds. Curcumin – the active ingredient in turmeric – has been shown in studies to be a potent antioxidant.

It is a scavenger of free radicals which can damage cell membranes and tamper with DNA. Antioxidants can help fight free radicals and help reduce their damage. Curcumin acts by reducing the levels of two enzymes that cause the inflammation. It also stops platelets from clumping together to form blood clots.

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Neurofeedback easily calms oppositionality

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Andy (not his real name), a 12-year-old, had difficulty at home and school with anger and rage issues, as well as ADHD. Behaviors were often defiant and uncooperative.

He was destructive from a young age. Besides always seeming restless and even anxious, he could not stay on task and was very disorganized. He often reported stomach discomfort. Medication did not seem to be helping all these troubling behaviors, which were negatively affecting him at home and school, both socially and academically.

Parents expressed concern for depression at such a young age. A family friend whose child was benefitting from neurofeedback recommended Andy try this treatment.

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SPOTLIGHT: Circle of Friends Preschool and Enrichment Programs

Circle of Friends (COF), the Anchor Church, and the COF Learning Community celebrate the promotion of Colleen Mantell, Kindergarten Enrichment Teacher, as she steps into the director position with the retirement of founding member, Kathy Pinchick.

Colleen has developed the three-year-new Kindergarten Enrichment program, which is experiencing great success with its 21st Century Learning philosophies, including in-depth, student-led STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) projects.

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