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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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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A winter dialogue

submitted by Diane Marrazzo, Marrazzo’s North River Landscape

Summer winds and high temperatures have taken a toll on our trees and shrubs all season long! As fall pulls in Ole Man Winter by the boot, we should prepare our landscapes for the harshness he has been known to bring! Now is the time to cut back your perennials 3” from the surface, trim out any dead branches from your trees and shrubs, and a final weeding of the beds.

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Newtown Rotary Club donates $16,000 to Pickering Manor

At a recent meeting of the Newtown Rotary Club, a $16,000 check was presented to Michelle Knobloch, Executive Director of Pickering Manor in Newtown. The funds were the net proceeds from the 2013 Golf Outing.

Paul Salvatore, Chair of the Golf Outing Committee, congratulated Pickering Manor and stated that this year’s goal for the 25th Golf Outing is $20,000. “Obviously, we’ll need a lot of support from the community,” he said. “We are looking for golfers, sponsors and advertisers to help us reach our ambitious goal.”

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Wrightstown community demonstrates support for elementary school

by June Portnoy

This past summer, Wrightstown Elementary School (WES) received new floors. In order to preserve them, WES sent out a request to the community asking for 2,500 tennis balls, hoping to place one ball on each chair and desk leg in the school.

Andrea Hogan, a Wrightstown resident for 15 years whose two children graduated from the school several years ago, learned about the need for the tennis balls in mid-July.

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Kernan receives IAFI designation

The International Association of Fire Investigators (IAFI) and the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) has announced the awarding of the designation of Fellow of the IAFI (F-IAFI) to John C. Kernan, CFEI, CFII, F-IAFI. John is the Chief Fire Marshall for Upper Makefield Township.

Those members of the IAFI, with superior expertise, education, experience, service to the fire investigation profession, and a position of respect within the fire investigation community may be recognized by the NAFI/IAFI Board of Governor’s with the honorific title of Fellow of the IAFI (F-IAFI) in recognition of their leadership roles and honored standing within the industry. Mr. Kernan is the first candidate to be awarded this honor from the State of Pennsylvania.

Less than one percent of all Professional Fire Investigators in the world have been awarded this distinction.

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