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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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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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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Chandler Hall update

Chandler Hall’s 17th Annual Golf Classic was held at the prestigious Trenton Country Club and raised over $43,000. Golfers and guests enjoyed a day of friendly competition, new connections, and camaraderie, all in the name of a great cause.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Culinary Classics at Chandler Hall on Thursday, October 6th, and the Fourth Annual Chandler Hall Tennis Party on Saturday, November 5th at the Bucks County Racquet Club.

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Troop 2530 knits their way to Bronze

Girl Scout Junior Troop 2530, comprised of fourth and fifth graders from Wrightstown, have worked all year on a Bronze service award. The Bronze award is the highest achievement for a Girl Scout Junior and requires the completion of a Girl Scout journey, and developing and executing a plan for a project that will benefit the local community. Each Scout contributes over 20 hours to the project.

Troop 2530 chose to learn the skill of knitting and complete a scarf project for donation to the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania. The girls have also purchased scarves to accompany the handmade knitted donation. It is their hope that children in the hospital who may need extra warmth, caring, or security may use the scarves to expedite their full recovery!

Pictured in front from left are Amelia Broadway, Morgan Mosley, and Emma Townsend; middle row, Carlie Shouldis, Ava Broadway, and Claire Pfanstiel; back row, Camille Troy, Rachel Lucerne, Kaitlyn Forsythe, Susan Broadway, and Amy Lucerne. Not pictured is Reese Reidenbach.

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Students recognized for outstanding artwork

Four eighth grade students from Newtown Middle School were recognized recently for their outstanding creative achievement in Holocaust education at an awards ceremony held at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia.

With the guidance and encouragement of their English teacher, Erinn Demskis, the students submitted their Holocaust projects to The Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

For this competition, students in grades 7-12 from across the Delaware Valley were given the opportunity to reflect on and interpret the lessons of the Holocaust through creative writing, poetry, visual art, music, dance, and multi-media.

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Villa Victoria Academy graduates 79th class

Villa Victoria Academy, the oldest Catholic all-girls school in New Jersey, graduated its 79th class on June 5th. Villa Victoria Academy was established in 1933 by the Religious Teachers Fillippini in Ewing, New Jersey at the Scudder Falls Bridge. Villa is located on a beautiful 44-acre campus on the Delaware River.

The Villa Class of 2016, although only 13 students strong, earned over $4 million dollars in college scholarships. The graduates were accepted at a variety of prestigious colleges and universities including Penn State University, University of Virginia, University of Michigan, Rutgers University, Fordham University and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Villa continues to provide a college preparatory education to young women residing in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Small classes and individualized attention allow Villa girls to reach their full potential. For more information regarding Villa Victoria visit their website at www.villavictoria.org or call the school at 609-882-1700 ext. 19.

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Spring Village at Floral Vale offers caregivers support

It is estimated that every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. As many families know, this disease takes a devastating toll – not just on those affected, but on their entire family.

Spring Village at Floral Vale, Yardley, wants you to know they are there to help. Their community specializes in memory care.  Staff members are  available to offer families resources and assessments or just lend an ear.

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