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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Work of Ilene Rubin featured at Northampton Library

Ilene Rubin will be the featured artist for the month of July at the Northampton Library “Wall of Art.” The library is located at 25 Upper Holland Road, Richboro, phone 215-357-3050.

Ilene is a national award-winning Bucks County artist and author. Concentrating mostly on landscapes, Ilene’s paintings explode with color. She paints landscapes and still life paintings in oil and pastel.

In the past eight years, Ilene has amassed over 185 paintings. Her paintings have been accepted into juried art shows from Boulder, Colorado, Woodstock, Illinois to the communities in and around Bucks County.

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Summer FUNdraisers to benefit Lauren Shevchek

Lauren’s Angels in partnership with HelpHopeLive will be hosting two fundraisers in July. Lauren suffered a severe spinal cord injury as a result of a diving accident in June 2013. The events will raise money to support Lauren’s unreimbursed medical expenses.

Come out and cheer for your hometown team at the Phillies Phundraiser on Sunday, July 17th. The Phillies will be playing the Mets at 1:35pm at Citizens Bank Park. Tickets are available at the discounted price of $20 (regular price is $34). Seating will be in the Pavilion (sections 201-205). Purchase tickets on line www.phillies.com/shevchek. Enter code SHEVCHEK for discount.

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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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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.


Northampton Township Democrats award seventh annual scholarships

The Northampton Township Democratic Committee recently awarded scholarships to three Council Rock South students from Northampton. The scholarships consisted of a total of $1,000, and were awarded on the basis of academic merit and community service history to Natalia Jakacki, Brett Rosenblatt and Tess Hallman. They are all members of the Council Rock South Class of 2016.

Natalia is a member of the National Honor Society, Rho Kappa National Honor Society, the Spanish National Society and Treasurer of the English Honor Society. She is also the Founder and President of Operation Smile, a school club that raises funds to provide corrective surgery for children with cleft palates. She also won a Community Service Award for performing over 200 hours of community service.

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Summer sizzles at the Northampton Library

The library has new summer hours – Monday through Thursday, 10:00am-9:00pm; Friday and Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm; closed Sunday. In the fall (the week of September 12th) the library’s hours will change again. The proposed hours are: Monday through Thursday, 10:00am-9:00pm.

The library will then be closed all day Friday and be open Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm, and Sunday, 1:00-5:00pm.

  • Saturday, July 9th at 2:00pm – Dave Deluca presents his Star Spangled Songbook. Celebrate America with the wonders of its music with this accomplished singer.
  • Tuesday, July 12th at 7:00pm – Meet bestselling author Beatriz Williams as she discusses her new novel “A Certain Age.” Full of glamour and twists, the book is set in the decadence of Jazz Age New York. For this free event, the library is partnering with the Newtown Bookshop and seating is limited.

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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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Troop 147 welcomes three new Eagles

Boy Scout Troop 147, which is chartered by Northampton Presbyterian Church in Holland, has added three new Eagle Scouts to their aerie. The Scouts who achieved the highest rank in Scouting are Keith “KJ” McBride, Matthew O’Donnell, and Stephen Paul Carr.

“KJ” McBride, who had attended Holland Elementary School, wanted to give something back to the school he had attended for seven years.

His Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project was a 128-foot-long fence at the edge of the playground used by primary grade students at the school. The fence creates a barrier between the playground and the slope leading to the woods at the edge of the playground, which makes the area safer.

Along his trail to Eagle, “KJ” served his troop in many leadership roles, but is proudest of his role as Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader for new Scouts transitioning from Cub Scout level.

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Staging don’ts when preparing your home for sale

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

Unless you’ve been living in East Jibip, you’ve probably heard how staging your home can positively impact the sale price and shorten the marketing time.

There’s been plenty written about what to do when staging your home, but consider a few things NOT to do:

  1. Exercise restraint! Keep it simple and don’t overdo it. Staging should enhance, not overwhelm. The objective is to create space a buyer can imagine themselves living in with their stuff. Set the stage, but don’t paint the entire picture, as it could be one they’d never buy.
  2. Furniture doesn’t always belong up against the wall! Configure furniture so it promotes conversation in the living and family rooms whenever possible.
  3. Pay attention to details. The goal is to provide a blank canvas for the Buyer to work with, but create some interest with small details. Things like fresh flowers in the master bedroom and kitchen, plush towels and pretty soaps in the bath, a soft blanket draped across a bed, colorful pillows or nice glassware at the bar are all special touches that don’t overwhelm.
  4. Not every room must be staged. All areas should be immaculate and uncluttered, but focus on the kitchen, living and/or family room, master bedroom and the baths. Again, the goal is for the Buyer to imagine their stuff in your space, which is hard for most Buyers to do when a house is over decorated.
  5. Conventional wisdom dictates that you should remove yourself as much as possible, which means your personal photos have gotta go, especially those bad wedding pictures from the 80’s, your kids’ school pictures with the newly cut bangs, and the bear rug glamour shot that hangs over your bed. A baby photo in your child’s room or a picture of your spouse on your bedside table tells a story of love and happiness in your home, which can’t be a bad thing.

Above all, be brutal on yourself when de-cluttering, and clean like your life depends on it. Of course it doesn’t, but the successful sale of your home does.