Patriot Detachment Marine Corps League presents check to raffle winner

The Patriot Detachment Marine Corps League recently presented a check in the amount of $5,000 to Susan Spadafora for winning the grand prize of the June 25th raffle. The presentation was made on July 12th at the James E. Kinney Senior Center, Richboro. The proceeds of the annual raffle which is sponsored by the Department of Pennsylvania Marine Corps League, benefits the Department’s Veterans and Youth Programs.

On hand in the photo are, from left, Bob Young, Mike Clark, John Koutsouros, Gus Cales, Bill Miller, Dick Weaver, Susan Spadafora, John Frain, Harry Niemann, Jimmy Clendennen, Neil Clark and Pete Palestina.

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17th Annual Village Renaissance Faire coming Sept. 17th-18th

The 17th Annual Village Renaissance Faire comes to the Middletown Grange Fairgrounds, 576 Penns Park Road, Newtown, on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th, 11:00am to 6:00pm both days. The Faire creates an interactive world where attendees of all ages  take an entertaining, educational, and engaging stroll through the arts and history. Faire-goers encounter jousting knights, dangling aerialists, and flying birds of prey.

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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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New cookbook offers lifelong recipe collection

by Judi Biederman

At her granddaughter’s engagement party, Judy Rubin received a single request from the bride-to-be: “Grandma, there is only one thing I want from you. Please give me all your recipes.” Nobody at the party was the least bit surprised, as Judy’s love of cooking and her extensive collection of recipes was nearly legendary and had become a family legacy.

What they didn’t know was that the request would result in the publication of a cookbook offering the recipes that Judy has collected since childhood. The number of recipes was so extensive that the cookbook took the self-explanatory title of “My Life’s Recipe Collection and Creations.”

Judy, who grew up in New York and has lived in Churchville for 48 years, explains she has been cooking most of her life. She was just in eighth grade when she received New York City’s Junior Homemaker of the Year Award, after being nominated by her home economics teacher.

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Upcoming programs at the Northampton Library

Hip Chick Beth Allen returns to the library on Saturday, August 13th at 2:00pm, with “I’m Having a Heat Flash – Home Weatherization.” Beth’s easy DIY solutions weatherize your home for comfort and energy savings in summer or winter. Become familiar with caulking, weather-stripping, A/C and furnace care, and much more. No registration is necessary.

The library’s summer program series “Civics for Grownups” continues with session three, “My Free Speech is Better Than Your Free Speech: Civil Liberties Locally and Across the Country,” Thursday, August 18th at 7:00pm. Issues and questions surround the Bill of Rights. Learn how such controversies have been litigated in the courts in order to protect civil liberties. No registration is needed.

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Habitat ReStores: Not just thrift stores

Habitat for Humanity ReStores sell new and gently used furniture, cabinets, appliances, building supplies, housewares, and decor at a fraction of the retail price. The Bucks County ReStores alone keep 100,000 pounds of materials out of landfills each month while financially supporting Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build affordable homes for local families.

But what you may not know is that the Habitat ReStores in Langhorne and Chalfont aren’t just thrift stores. They also serve special needs, seniors, students, and low-income individuals through employment, work-study, and charity initiatives.

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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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SPOTLIGHT: The Dance Academy

The mission of The Dance Academy is to offer professional dance training with a personal touch. Their goal is to instill the love of dance in all of the students and families who pass through their studio doors.

They believe that the art of dance should be both an educational and inspirational experience, and they strive to teach their students a sense of hard work, discipline and creativity. Through these acquired traits, students will not only become proficient dancers, but well-rounded individuals both on and off the stage.

Since its opening in 1987, The Dance Academy has secured its place among the finest dance schools in the tri-state area. Under the direction of Miss Donnajean Kline (BFA in Dance, Temple University) and staffed by a group of highly trained instructors, The Dance Academy has acquired countless awards and accolades each year.

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