Holland Lawnmower: Servicing all brands of snow blowers, plus offering sharpening service

by June Portnoy

Winter will be here before you know it, so don’t wait until the last minute to have your snow blower serviced. Avoid the last minute rush, and bring it in now to Holland Lawnmower, located at 200 Buck Road in Holland.

Although Holland Lawnmower has been servicing and repairing lawnmowing equipment for close to 40 years, they have also been servicing all brands of snow blowers for just as long.

“I have been in this business longer than most people in this area,” says owner Tony Pagano.

Therefore, Holland Lawnmower is an expert in these industries, with knowledgeable, experienced mechanics, including Tony’s son, Vincent, who has worked there for 20 years, and Danny, who has worked there for over 13 years. In addition, Tony is a hands-on owner, servicing snow blowers as well as personally greeting customers as they walk into his shop.

“We are 100% focused on customer service,” adds Tony. “We put our homeowners before our commercial customers. Residential customers are our top priority.”

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Spring Mill Country Club: Enjoy a private country club experience without the membership cost

by June Portnoy

The Spring Mill Country Club in historic Ivyland has become a popular destination for weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and other special events, creating unforgettable memories throughout the years. However, what many people don’t realize is that its Garden Terrace Restaurant is open to the public for lunch and dinner from Tuesdays through Sundays.

Its kid’s friendly menu and varied food selections make it an ideal venue for your entire family. And if you’re looking for a girl’s or guy’s night out or a place to go after work with your colleagues, the Garden Terrace Restaurant is also the place to go.

Regardless of who you’re with or what the occasion is, you’ll love the fantastic views of the golf course’s landscape, easy to see through the floor-to-ceiling windows. With its variety of menu items at all different price points, you’ll be sure to find numerous options from which to choose.

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Spring Mill Athletic Club: Helping you achieve a healthy, happy lifestyle

by June Portnoy

The Spring Mill Athletic Club was established in 1997 as an amenity to the exclusive Spring Mill Country Club. Over time, it evolved into an independent family-friendly fitness club, located at 80 Jacksonville Road in Ivyland.

The staff at the Spring Mill Athletic Club has one goal: to fully integrate your body, mind and spirit while ensuring that every activity offered is fun. They want you to reach your highest level of optimal fitness.

The dedicated staff offers workouts tailored to your age and physical condition. There are fitness options available for members of all levels from youth through seniors. All staff members work as a team to provide the healthiest environment for members to enjoy.

The Athletic Club consists of 40,000 square feet of health and wellness space. Choose from over 50 group fitness classes taught by a team of seasoned creative instructors who focus on their member’s health and fitness goals. All instructors are certified in fitness.

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Munz Construction: One of the leading renovation contractors in Bucks County

by June Portnoy

Since 1985, Munz Construction has been providing quality work by highly skilled, trusted staff that consistently exceeds their clients’ expectations. At the young age of 14, its owner, Chris Munz, began assisting his father, Bill Munz, who worked for a construction company. At age 19, Chris established Munz Construction, located at 201 Buck Road in Holland. Ironically, Bill, now retired, works for Chris, as does Chris’ mother, Lois Munz.

His family operated business initially handled mostly roofing and siding projects, but has evolved over time to include roofs, siding and windows, kitchen and bathroom renovations, additions and more!

“Although today we take on many big jobs, such as the design and construction of mother-in-law suites and finished basements, we still clean gutters and repair shutters, and do virtually everything in between,” says Chris. “Our staff of over 25 full-time employees, most of whom have been with us for many years, have become part of our extended family.”

According to Chris, his crew consists of excellent workers with a variety of specialties. For example, one employee might specialize in carpentry, while someone else might excel in siding. He compares their specialties to those of doctors. “Nobody is great at everything, so you don’t want a general practitioner when you really need a cardiologist. Similarly, I would never assign a framer to do a trim job, so when you hire us, you’ll get an entire team, each with their own specialty, working on what they do best.”

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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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SPOTLIGHT: Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth

As children across our area transition back to school – and parents begin their renewed worry about what a new school year will bring – it is a good time to remind parents about the importance of their role in keeping their children drug and alcohol free. Research shows that children whose parents talk to them about the dangers of alcohol and drugs are half as likely to misuse or abuse these substances.

The Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth (CRCHY), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent and reduce substance abuse in young people, provides resources and educational opportunities for our communities’ busy parents, including free parenting programs which have proven effective in increasing communication skills.   One such program, “Talk, They Hear You,” is a national initiative, which encourages parents to speak often and early to their children about alcohol and the dangers of underage drinking.

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Joseph McIlvaine Tree and Lawn Service, Inc. – Your horticulture specialists

by June Portnoy

Joseph McIlvane Tree and Lawn Service wants you to take pride in the exterior of your property. And what better way to achieve that feeling than to maintain and improve the aesthetics of your trees, lawn and outdoor living space?

Since 1988, Joseph McIlvane Tree and Lawn Service has been doing just that. This full-service landscaping business handles everything from tree removal and lawn renovation to the reinstallation of plants and the installation of concrete pathways.

Joseph’s love of trees motivated him to start this business. His sons, Scott and Luke, share their father’s passion for horticulture, and therefore, have followed in their father’s footsteps, now working for their dad. Their two younger siblings plan to join the family business when they are a bit older.

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Fusion Martial Arts Academy provides a complete martial arts experience

by June Portnoy

Fusion Martial Arts Academy, recently opened in Richboro, offers an unusually wide variety of martial arts. The studio’s philosophy is that cross-training in as many martial arts as possible will help students find their personal style that will fit their individual preference.

Sifu Jonathan Lucas, owner and head instructor of this studio, brings extensive martial arts experience to his studio. He is certified as an instructor in four different martial arts, including one certification by Bruce Lee’s training partner. In addition, he has had exposure to at least a dozen different martial arts while training all over the country.

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Holland Veterinary Care: A family vet for the family pet

by June Portnoy

Holland Veterinary Care, now open in Village Shires Shopping Center, 1496 Buck Road, in Holland, provides an old-fashioned, warm, family atmosphere in a newly renovated, state-of-the-art facility with cutting edge equipment. As a result, your beloved pet receives the best of both worlds!

Dr. Carey Guise, owner of Holland Veterinary Care, and associate veterinarian, Dr. Susan Stavros, are from this community, both graduates of Council Rock High School. They are also both highly qualified veterinarians having graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Lower Southampton Township Parks & Recreation

Registration is currently open for Lower Southampton Township’s Winter/Spring programs for all ages.  They offer everything from young children’s programs to Zumba, which is offered four nights a week at two different locations.

This year they will have full day programs during the spring holiday break. Full-day programs are from 8:00am-5:15pm and provide supervised and fun activities.

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