Washington Crossing DAR celebrates student essay winners

The Washington Crossing Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution recently recognized local students and listened to their essays depicting American history. The DAR sponsors annual essay writing contests for students in grades five through eight, and high school, to promote American history and education. This year, the writing prompt for fifth-eighth grade was “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island.”

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ICBA champs

The Inter-County Basketball Association Eighth Grade team won the Division A Championship this year against Towamencin by a score of 54-45.  The team has been coached by Mike Stock and Kevin Ochs since the boys were in fourth grade.  The team won the B Division Championship in fifth grade, the A Division Championship in sixth grade and came back to win the championship this year (they lost to Towamencin in last year’s championship game). This was the last game that the boys will play together since they will begin playing high school basketball in the fall.

Pictured from left are Brian Schwartz, Bryce Stock, Ashton Johnson, Shawn Blank, Zak Saifer, Bradley Kraut, Konrad Kiska, Colin Ochs, Nick Gallo, Kevin McNamee, Seamus McKeever and Coach Mike Stock (not pictured is Coach Kevin Ochs).

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Adult visitor aide volunteers needed at Churchville Nature Center

If you like meeting people, consider joining a group of visitor aides at Churchville Nature Center. Adult volunteers are needed to fill openings as visitor aide on Sunday morning or afternoon. Retired people looking for something to do are welcome. There is training available and you will become part of a great team. It’s an exciting time at the center as a new building addition is in progress.

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How to select a remodeler

courtesy of Bucks Mont Chapter of NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry), http://nariofbucks-mont.memberlodge.org

Start your home improvement project by selecting a professional, reliable remodeling contractor. Finding a qualified, professional remodeling contractor need not be a difficult or unpleasant task.

By following these basic guidelines, you will not only make the selection process easier, but you will also be more prepared to make an informed decision that best suits your needs.

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Mother’s Day Fun Run helps families affected by cancer

by Patricia Cangelosi

This Mother’s Day consider joining in a day of fun and fitness to help out families in your community.

Cousins for Carol is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit that offers financial support to families affected by cancer. The organization will hold its third annual Fun Run fundraiser on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10th, at Northampton Township Municipal Park, at Hatboro and Bristol Roads in Churchville.

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Katharine Wiley earns Girl Scout’s highest award

Katharine Wiley, a Holland resident, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Her Gold Award project benefited Fox Chase Cancer Center Buckingham in Furlong, PA. Katharine wanted her project to benefit Bucks County residents and at the same time make life a little more pleasant for people fighting cancer.

Katharine’s project was multi-faceted in that it included organization, leadership, and implementation. The first phase of the project was the design and building of a seating area for the front porch of the facility. After deciding that she wanted to benefit the patients at the Fox Chase facility, she took a drive up to look at the building. Right away she noticed that the building had a beautiful front porch but there was no seating for patients or their families. She designed a seating oasis with two park benches and topiaries in cement urns so the patients could enjoy the outdoors after going through their treatment. The second phase was to build a bookcase for the patient waiting room, and the final phase was designing and sewing neck roll pillows for the patients themselves. Her neck roll pillows are made of washable fleece material with a velcro closure, so the covers can be easily removed and washed, to be used for further treatments. She bought fleece material in different patterns to appeal to men, women, boys and girls.

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May blooms at the Northampton Library

On Saturday, May 9th, at 2:00pm, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts will present “The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement 1887-1920” at the library. This program relates the story of how American Impressionist artists were influenced by the growing popularity of gardening as a leisure pursuit at the turn of the twentieth century. Themes such as “Lady in the Garden,” “The Urban Garden,” and “The Artist’s Garden” will be explored in paintings, sculpture and gardening ephemera. No registration is necessary.

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Third Annual Mother’s Day 5K Race for Christina

by June Portnoy

Start your Mother’s Day by walking or running for a worthwhile cause at the Third Annual Mother’s Day 5K Race for Christina taking place at Tyler State Center for the Arts on Sunday, May 10th, beginning at 9:00am.

Catherine Logan is organizing this event for her younger sister, Christina, 24, who was diagnosed three years ago with Friedrich’s Ataxia (FA), a rare progressive, debilitating neuromuscular disease that affects one’s coordination and balance. There is currently no treatment or cure available.

Both Christina and Catherine were born and raised in Holland, where they attended Hillcrest Elementary School and Holland Middle School. Catherine graduated from Council Rock High School in Newtown, and Christina graduated five years later from Council Rock High School South. Their younger brother, Mathew, currently attends seventh grade at Holland Middle School.

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MBIT provides summer career exploration courses

Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT), located in Jamison, is offering courses in July to students entering eighth, ninth, or 10th grade as part of the Summer Career Exploration Program. This program provides week-long career enrichment opportunities for students, so they can begin to focus on career pathways. Students have the chance to enroll in courses, such as Automotive Body & Mechanics, Basic Auto Repair & Maintenance, Build Trades, Cartooning, Cosmetology, Crime & Accident Investigation, Culinary Arts/Cake Decorating, Dental Health 101, Drafting & Design, Engineering Exploration & Design, Introduction to Music Technology, Keyboarding/Microsoft Office, Web Design, and Welding.

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Shredding event in Newtown May 2nd

Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Fox & Roach, Newtown Home Marketing Center is sponsoring a free shredding event Saturday, May 2nd, from 10:00am until noon at their offices located at 677 S. State Street, Newtown (corner of Newtown Bypass and State Street).

Join them that day to dispose of your sensitive papers. An industrial shredding truck will be on site and refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Lynne Kelleher at 215-860-3229.

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