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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Abington Lines hosting open houses

The Abington Lines Model Railroad Club is hosting open houses for the holidays, to be held at their clubhouse in Richboro. Each Open House is scheduled from noon to 4:00pm on the following Saturdays and Sundays: December 6th and 7th, 13th and 14th, 27th and 28th, January 3rd and 4th, 10th and 11th, February 7th and 8th, 14th and 15th.

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Sport Clips Richboro: Providing a championship haircut for men and boys

by June Portnoy

Guys, if you want a good haircut without entering a women’s salon with its fragrant perms and hair colors, there’s now a place for you. Sport Clips Richboro is a sports-themed hair salon that appeals specifically to men and boys.

“From the moment you walk in, you’ll experience the difference,” says Gina Crooks, co-owner with her husband, Chris.

There’s no need to miss a sporting event when you can relax and watch a game on a large screen TV in the lobby. Also, choose from a large selection of sports magazines while you wait. The entire atmosphere at Sport Clips is very eye-catching, with male locker rooms and stadium lighting.

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End of year dental health tips

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

As we get into the activities of the holidays, and look towards a new year, it is the time to wrap up a few things up before 2014 fades away. From a dental perspective, here are a few tips.

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Some common seller positions when selling and why you shouldn’t take them

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

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