Scenes from the Council Rock Art Show

  1. Priya Ghosh demonstrated her drawing talent.
  1. Alexis Marques with her clay sculpture.
  1. Annie Mepisashvili showed attendees how she does it.
  1. Kate McCarthy with her bronze sun sculpture.

BucksFit 5K Run Results

It was a perfect day for a run as Northampton Township Parks & Recreation held the annual BucksFit 5K Run last month at the Municipal Park.

Eric Bofinger won top honors in the Overall Male category with a time of 17:07.

Lori Wade held top overall Female honors with an impressive 21.16 and Caleb Nichols won Overall Child with 21:33. Additionally, area elementary students represent their schools by running in the School Division of the BucksFit 5K Run.

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Holland Elementary students ask ‘If not me, then who…?’ during day of service

by June Portnoy

Holland Elementary School students participated in a school-wide, community-wide Day of Service on Friday, April 29th by assembling over 155 “Jared Boxes” with toys, games, crafts and other fun activities for patients at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

The event was conducted in conjunction with the Travis Manion Foundation’s Character Does Matter school leadership program.

“We selected this date because it falls on the Foundation’s National Day of Service, the anniversary of the tragic death of Travis Manion USMC, a Doylestown native who was killed in an ambush during the Iraqi War in 2007,” explained Mrs. Andrea Mangold, a sixth grade Holland teacher who helped implement the event.

“Our motto at the Travis Manion Foundation is ‘If Not Me, Then Who…?’” said Liz Fischer, Program Coordinator of this Foundation. “That’s how Travis lived his life and what he stood for, so the message to these school students is that other children are in a hospital feeling sad and the question is who is going to help them feel better.

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Family Service’s Helpline volunteer answers call and saves a Life

A college student recently called the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK), and one of Family Service Association of Bucks County’s volunteer listeners answered the phone. The caller told the listener that he had been thinking about suicide for a while now and, just the night before, he had sat on a bridge contemplating whether or not to jump off.

The caller said he had contacted the student health center to make a therapy appointment, but the earliest appointment he could get was a few weeks away. With the student’s permission, Family Service’s volunteer listener called the student health center and informed the staff of the caller’s thoughts of suicide and experience on the bridge. The student health center took this very seriously and requested that the caller come in immediately.

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Try Zumba for FREE at Neshaminy Activity Center

ZUMBA instructor, Tara McFillin, will be offering a free trial Zumba class to new students on Tuesday, June 14th from 5:45pm to 6:45pm and Wednesday, June 15th from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

Zumba fitness is perfect for all ages and all fitness levels. Come see what Zumba is all about, and party yourself into shape.

Zumba fitness offers a total body workout combining cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, flexibility, and increased energy levels.

Classes are held at the Neshaminy Activity Center, located at 1842 Brownsville Road, Trevose. For more information contact Tara directly at 267-265-9846 or visit her website at


On your mark, get set, read at the Northampton Library!

Pick up a Summer Reading Log – help get to the summer goal of 30,000 minutes reading!

Turtle Dance Music – all ages Monday, June 20th at 7:00pm (no registration).

Preschool Fitness with Lolly & Yoyo – preschool-first grade, begins Monday, June 20th at 2:30pm (registration begins June 4th).

Art Mobile Traveling Art Museum – Wednesday, June 22nd, various times depending on grade level (registration begins June 4th).

Art Mobile Open House – all ages, Thursday, June 23rd, from noon-9:00pm (no registration).

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Girl Scouts paint ‘Hearts of Hope’

Girl Scout Troops 2618 and 21119 from Holland recently painted over 75 hearts for Hope Floats Long Island, Inc.’s Hearts of Hope Campaign.

Hearts of Hope is a “pay it forward” community service program that was first created in response to the tragedy of 9/11. In January 2002, community members were invited to create gifts of caring and compassion for the families of this tragedy.

Since 2002 over 67,000 hearts have been created and have been distributed to children and adults in hospitals, military bases, nursing homes, first responders, and anyone who needs hope or creates change in the world.

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Have a sizzlin’ summer with Northampton Rec

Cool off this summer at the Northampton Valley Swim Club. Monday through Friday memberships are still available! Fee includes special value member events and more. Youth swim lessons are available.

The Kids Fishing Derby is coming on Saturday, June 4th, at the Tyler State Park, 8:30am-noon. Contests, prizes and lots of fun for this license-free day for kids 16 years and younger. Pre-register early to receive discount pricing, and bring a fishing pole. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Many specialty camps and programs are being offered throughout the summer: Horseback Riding, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Multi Sport, Acting, Science, Ice Sports, Computer, a variety of SAT prep courses and Dog Obedience Training! Openings are limited.

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Art show winner

Clarissa Kear, a student at Council Rock High School North, recently won second place in the “Best of Show” category for her untitled oil painting at the 29th Annual “Touch The Future” Art Exhibition, which featured works from Bucks and Montgomery County public high school students.


‘If you can’t see through it, don’t dive into it!’

Nearly three years ago, Council Rock South graduate, Lauren Shevchek, then only 19-years-old, suffered a severe spinal cord injury after diving into the dark, unlit waters of a black bottom pool.

A streamlined dive was second nature to the competitive swimmer, lifeguard and water polo player, yet ironically she became another victim to a preventable, life-altering injury. Paralyzed as a quadriplegic, from the chest down, she’s been given a 1% chance of ever walking again.

But paralysis robs one of much more than the inability to be ambulatory; some vital internal organs also suffer and cannot function on their own.

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