Joseph Stoll elected to Family Service Board of Directors

Joseph Stoll, JD, MBA of Churchville was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Family Service Association of Bucks County.  Joe, a Managing Director and Relationship Manager at Glenmede Trust Company in Philadelphia, brings more than 30 years of management experience to Family Service. He attended LaSalle University where he earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s of business administration.

Joe then went on to attend Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. He has served the community as a board member of the Council Rock Baseball Association and as a program coordinator at the Philadelphia Senior Center.

“Joe has a keen interest in providing assistance to community members, and he has played an active role in youth sports and coaching,” said Gary P. Lux, ChFC, CFP, a member of Family Service’s Board of Directors. “He brings to our Board a willingness to spread our message and identity as well as a genuine desire to help Family Service generate the support needed to successfully continue our mission.”

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Market Day coming October 1st

The Newtown Historic Association (NHA) will host its 40th Annual Market Day on Saturday, October 1st, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, on the streets in and around the heart of historic Newtown. The NHA’s headquarters, the Half Moon Inn at 105 Centre Avenue (Court Street and Centre Avenue), will be open for tours.

Market Day celebrates an old harvest tradition in Newtown when farmers brought their crops to town to sell and to enjoy a festive day of friendly contests that culminated with a horse race down State Street. Thanks to the NHA’s many sponsors this anniversary year, they are able to offer the community a fun-filled family day.

Market Day is expanding to State Street and will include non-profit organizations and local businesses. There are over 85 crafters, demonstrators and artists offering a wide variety of interesting crafts. Demonstrations will include: carpentry, blacksmithing, quilting, dressmaking, and gunsmithing.

In the historic Boone Garden, across from the Half Moon Inn, the Penn’s Wood Puppeteers will perform “Captain Crook and the Missing Treasure” at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Colonial candle dipping, a children’s participation event, will begin at noon in the Boone Garden. Scarecrow-making for children, will be held inside the Half Moon Inn from 10:30am to 3:30pm. A team of Belgian draft horses and wagon will provide horse drawn hayrides by the Newtown Library.

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Frank O’Donnell appointed Northampton Supervisor

Frank O’Donnell was appointed Northampton Township Supervisor on August 2nd, to fill the vacancy of Supervisor George Komelasky who passed away on July 3rd. The Supervisors voted 4-0 on the appointment.

The Board interviewed several applicants who had applied for the position during the prior two weeks and believed Frank was the best one suited for the position. The term will expire at the end of 2017 and there will be a municipal election in 2017 to fill the remaining years on that seat which would have expired December 2021.

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Bridget Schieder writes anti-bullying play to earn Girl Scout Silver Award

While attending Churchville Elementary School, Bridget Schieder, now 14, was very shy.

“I remember feeling like an outcast back then because I was so quiet, unable to speak up for myself,” describes Bridget, today a freshman at Council Rock High School South.

It was this feeling of being on the outside looking in that inspired Bridget to write “Daisy Goes to Dog School,” the story of a cat forced to go to dog school and then being bullied for being different. Bridget wrote the story while in second grade.

Over the years, Bridget “came out of her shell,” transforming into an extroverted young teenager. She has taken acting lessons and was even cast as Flounder in Holland Middle School’s production of “The Little Mermaid.”

Last year, Bridget, a Girl Scout in Troop 2060, which meets at Addisville Reformed Church in Richboro, began pondering a project she could complete to earn her Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadet can attain. That’s when she remembered the story she had written back in elementary school.

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Fabulous fall at the Northampton Library

High school students – take a practice SAT or ACT test for a $5 donation to the library. The test is administered by a renowned test book publisher with results emailed to the student. Tests are 10:00am-2:00pm.

SAT test is Saturday, September 17th. The ACT test is Saturday, October 15th. Registration is required.

“Mountains, Madness and Miracles: 4,000 Miles of Appalachian Trail Stories,” Wednesday, September 28th at 7:00pm. Join author Lauralee Bliss as she shares her journeys along the trail. Book will be available for purchase.

“College Planning and Application Management,” Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00pm. A former director of College and Career Center at North Penn High School, Spence Miller, shares his tips and strategies to survive the college application process. Parents and teens are urged to attend. No registration is necessary.

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Northampton Parks & Recreation celebrating 40 years

Northampton Parks and Recreation is celebrating 40 years of providing recreation programs to the community. Try a free class, meet staff and instructors or tour the Rec Center during Open House Week, September 12th-15th, located at 345 Newtown Richboro Road, Richboro. No matter the age, there is something for everyone.

Participants who take a class and register that day will receive 10% off the class! For a complete list of classes, days and times, visit the P&R web: northamptonrec.com.

The Fall Brochure has been mailed, now it is time to explore new classes, including resume writing and job search, Internet security, fitness training, barre-lates, along with flower arranging, dog obedience, golf/tennis lessons, art, sports and more.

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Chalfont ReStore to hold free community celebration

The Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County ReStore, located at 31 Oak Avenue, Suite 100, in Chalfont, invites the community to “The Store That Builds Homes!” celebration on Saturday, September 17th, from 9:00am to 5:00 p.m.

The ReStore is celebrating the milestone of raising over $200,000 in less than a year, which is more than enough to build a Habitat Home. This is the first time in the Chalfont ReStore’s seven-year history that this feat has been accomplished.

The community celebration features special guests, workshops, demos, door prizes, kids activities, sales and fun for the whole family. One of the featured guests will be Karen Wolfle, who will discuss repurposing and transforming furniture and describe how to bring items back to life.

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A perfect time of year to get your children a dental appointment

submitted by Dr. Michael Spadafora, D.D.S., Bucks County Dental Design

The dog days of summer are here, and the back to school ads abound. As parents get the kids ready to go back to school, everyone tends to look ahead to the coming fall. It’s a good time to get organized and get ready for shorter, busier days.

Keeping that in mind, it is a wonderful time to make healthcare appointments. From a dental perspective, it’s time to get the kids in for check-ups and cleanings before school starts.

Dental offices will sometimes increase its hygiene schedule to accommodate these last minute back to school appointments. Be sure to bring your school form with you so the staff can complete it and return it to you as you walk out the door.

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

submitted by Lynne Kelleher, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

For the same reason you don’t represent yourself in court or try to diagnose your ailments – when it’s important, you bring in the experts. And what’s more important than your home? Consider this…

  • A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing – Real Estate is hyper-local, and national headlines don’t tell the story of what’s happening in your marketplace. Do you understand local market trends and how they will impact the sale of your home? A good real estate agent does.
  • Are you a pricing expert? Instant home valuations are interesting to look at, but the algorithms used don’t factor in location or condition. A real estate agent has the tools and resources to properly position your home in the market.

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The question of flossing

submitted by Dr. Michael Spadafora, D.D.S., Bucks County Dental Design

Earlier this summer an article was published in the “USA Today” newspaper about flossing, questioning whether teeth flossing was necessary. The article refuted long held beliefs in the dental community regarding the importance of flossing teeth to maintain good dental health.

Other news outlets picked up the flossing story, calling into question the proof that regular flossing did help to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Since maintaining healthy teeth and gums for life is the dental goal for many people, it is an issue that warrants further discussion.

When you floss your teeth you disrupt the plaque that is constantly developing around your teeth before it has a chance to harden into calculus. Flossing also helps remove food material left behind after eating and brushing.

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