Veterans salute

Members of the Jewish War Veterans Post 98, originally formed in South Philadelphia 80 years ago, pose with Shelley Geltzer, of Holland, PA, adult services director at the Klein JCC in Northeast Philadelphia (second from right) prior to a special salute to area veterans held as a prelude to the country’s Veterans Day observance. Sharing the patriotic moment (from left) are Gilbert Benedict, senior vice commander of Post 98, Jack Barbash, a post member, (Geltzer) and Arthur Rubinstein, also a post member who served as the featured speaker for the program.

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Middle Bucks Institute of Technology to host annual Open House

Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, located at 2740 Old York Road, Jamison, is hosting its annual Open House for middle school and high school students on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00pm. A snow date is planned for Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 in the event of inclement weather.

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CPCU Society announces Council Rock Fire Safety Contest winners

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters Society (CPCU), a professional insurance educational society, announced the winners of the 31st annual Fire Safety In The Home Contest co-sponsored with the Council Rock School Board. Students in the Council Rock elementary schools were invited to write essays or create posters on the subject of fire safety during National Fire Prevention Week, October 5th – 11th.

Each school in the district submitted its top entrants for the final judging. The panel of judges was comprised of School Board Director President Wendi Williams, Northampton Township Fire Marshal Frank Fenton and former Northampton Township Supervisor Pete Palestina, CPCU who is the co-ordinator of the contest for the CPCU organization.

The winning students and prizes are as follows:

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Troop 145 Scouts recognized by Northampton Board of Supervisors

Boy Scouts from Troop 145 were honored with a Commendation Award at the November 19th meeting of the Northampton Township Board of Supervisors. The Troop, which is chartered by Addisville Reformed Church in Richboro, was recognized for their service contribution to the environment and the township.

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St. Mary’s ‘Cupcake Wars’ raises funds for Bucks County Housing Group

by June Portnoy

If you happened to be walking through the hallway adjacent to the Cancer Center at St. Mary Medical Center on October 23rd, you would have thought you just stepped onto the set of the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.”

However, this was no reality show, and the creators of these beautifully decorated homemade cupcakes were no professional bakers. Instead, this was the Fourth Annual “Cupcake Wars” hosted by St. Mary Medical Center’s Emergency Department, and the creators of the cupcakes were hospital employees.

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Mike Thompson wins at Midget Dirt National Championship

by June Portnoy

Every Friday night while many young boys are home playing X-Box or riding outside on their bikes, 10-year-old Mike Thompson is sitting behind the steering wheel of his car, racing it around a track.

Although this might sound unusual to most people, it’s actually quite common in Mike’s family. That’s because Mike, a fifth grader at Rolling Hills Elementary School, is a third generation car racer. Not only did his father race .25 midget cars, but both his paternal grandparents raced sprint cars. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Mike recently won first place at the USAC (United States Auto Club) Honda .25 Midget Dirt National Championship.

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Holiday cheer from Northampton Parks & Rec

Fill your holiday shopping with joy from Northampton Parks & Recreation with gift ideas of classes, programs, gift certificates or tickets. Parks & Recreation has one stop shopping for everyone on your list. Regal movie tickets are only $8. Discount lift tickets to area ski resorts are available along with Hershey Christmas Candy Lane. Check the website for a complete listing and prices.

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Don’t forget the Northampton Library in December

The library is excited to introduce “Tech Buddies at the Library,” Monday through Thursday, 3:30-4:30pm. Do you have an e-reader and want to access the library’s e-book collection, but don’t know where to start? Have you just gotten a mobile device but now need an app? Call or visit the Reference Desk to make an appointment with a tech savvy teen volunteer today. These teens are the gadget gurus and want to share their knowledge.

Family Gingerbread Program – Saturday, December 13th, 1:00pm: Build your own gingerbread house! The library will provide the gingerbread (baked fresh from a local bakery in Richboro), icing and all of the candy decorations. All you need to provide is your creativity! Each family will receive one gingerbread kit to build together. Registration is limited, register in person, by phone, or online.

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Fur is not enough

submitted by Elgrit B. Russell, Rescue Coordinator, The Animal Defenders, riley2166@TheAnimalDefenders.comcastbiz.net

Cold weather has arrived and with it come many hardships for animals kept outdoors, especially feral cats. It is extremely important for cats to remain dry. Cats who are wet from the elements are extremely susceptible to freezing and hypothermia and can quickly become very ill or die. As a rule feral cats usually grow thicker coats and can acclimate to cold temperatures and seek out all nearby food sources. However, indoor domestic cats will and do suffer much more than feral cats, so please keep them inside. Feral cats often huddle together in an attempt to be warm and conserve their body heat.

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Centennial Singers Holiday Concert is Dec. 13th

The Bux-Mont Centennial Singers invite you to their annual Holiday Concert, under the direction of Nathaniel Fletcher, with accompaniment by piano virtuoso Charles deMets, on Saturday, December 13th, at 8:00pm at Log College Middle School, 730 Norristown Road, Warminster. Selections include Christmas and Hanukkah songs in traditional and classical styles, as well as beloved seasonal favorites meant to appeal to the entire family.

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