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.
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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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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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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.

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Salvage harvest of hazardous trees planned at Tyler State Park

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials recently announced work is planned at Tyler State Park to remove dying ash trees affected by the emerald ash borer and other trees that may become a hazard. Work is scheduled to begin this spring.

A timber salvage sale is being used to remove ash and hazardous trees within high use areas, including picnic areas, as well as from an area on the south side of the park near Fisherman’s Lot.

“White ash is a significant component of the forested stands within and surrounding the Tyler State Park. Unfortunately, they will be dramatically impacted by the emerald ash borer, an invasive wood-boring insect,” said Tyler State Park Manager Brian Flores. “This non-native invasive insect kills nearly every ash tree in a forest stand once it becomes infected, leaving dead and dying trees in its wake. Decline of ash trees after infestation is quite dramatic and cannot be reversed; the only option is to remove the trees that are safety hazards for park visitors.”

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Julie Eshbaugh publishes first novel, ‘Ivory and Bone’

by Mark Allen

Julie Eshbaugh, of Fairless Hills, is a newly-published author, with the rollout this month of her HarperTeen novel, “Ivory and Bone.” There’s been a buzz on social media already for this read, as evidenced by an online chat earlier this year hosted by Harper Summer 2016 Tour on Facebook.

She describes the book as “adventure, romance, survival, and revenge…in pre-history,” and is excited at the prospect of engaging in conversation with teenagers about it during the launch. The story is based on a small clan living in survival mode at the foot of a glacier (the “Great Ice”) and focuses on a 17-year-old who, with his brothers, hunts for food and protects the family.

A neighboring clan arrives, including a teenage girl who sparks intrigue with her strength and beauty, but who also carries a history of loss, which is revealed when a third clan arrives, including an enemy from the girl’s past.

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Destiny Hawthorne earns her National Child Development Associate credential

Destiny Hawthorne, a third year student in the Early Childhood Care & Education Program and a senior at William Tennent High School, is the second student this school year to earn her National Child Development Associate (CDA) credential at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT). The mission of the CDA program, which is overseen by the Council for Professional Recognition, is to assess and credential Early Childhood Education Professionals.

The CDA is the most recognized credential within the field of early childhood education. Students who obtain their CDA credential have a greater advantage towards career advancement. All students in the MBIT Early Childhood Care & Education Program have the opportunity to earn their CDA.

In addition to the knowledge and skills gained within the Early Childhood Care & Education Program at MBIT, Destiny is gaining real-world experience through her cooperative education placement at The Goddard School located in Huntingdon Valley.

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St. Katharine Drexel announces new Summer Camp program

St. Katharine Drexel School will be offering a Summer Camp this year for children ages three to 14. The camp will run from June 13th until August 15th.

Campers can select one, several or all nine weeks and can choose from a Full Day (9:00am-3:00pm) or a Mini Camp (9:00am-noon) option. Extended hours will be available both before and after at an additional hourly rate.

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Veterans Proclamation at Chandler Hall

Chandler Hall resident, Carroll Scott, was awarded a citation at Chandler on Friday, April 15th, recognizing the 80th Anniversary of the day that “Scotty” joined the US Navy.

Many representatives of the United States armed services were present at the occasion. Scotty, who may be the oldest E9 Master Chief, was joined by three other generations of Chiefs in this momentous occasion. Family members, residents, staff, government representatives, and members of the Yardley VFW were all on hand to join in the festivities.

State representative Steve Santarsiero and Pat Wonderling, representing Mike Fitzpatrick’s office, presented citations as well.

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