CR District is recognized for making ‘Green Strides’

by June Portnoy

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) and its Green Strides outreach initiative recognized the Council Rock School District last month during its “Real-World Learning” 2016 Green Strides Tour.

This three-day tour stopped at Goodnoe Elementary School in Newtown on September 28th, where students representing kindergarten through 12th grades from elementary, middle and high schools in the district, along with community partners, showcased their green environmental and sustainable projects in a science fair environment.

Council Rock was chosen to be a part of this tour because it earned the designation of a Green Ribbon School District in 2014.

Although they were recognized at that time for their accomplishment, the tour was another opportunity for students district-wide to share some of their many recent accomplishments.

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CPCU holding 33rd Annual Fire Safety Contest

The Philadelphia Chapter of the CPCU Society (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters) will be conducting its 33rd Annual “Fire Safety in the Home” contest in the elementary schools of the Council Rock School District during National Fire Prevention Week, October 9th – 15th.

The contest has been held each year in conjunction with the school district, and students are asked to write an essay or do a creative work or poster on fire safety during National Fire Prevention Week.

The panel of judges will be comprised of Council Rock School Board Director Wendi Thomas, former Northampton Supervisor Pete Palestina, CPCU, representing the CPCU Society’s Philadelphia Chapter and Northampton Township Fire Marshal Frank Fenton.

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Credit Counseling Center receives grant from William Penn Bank Community Foundation

Credit Counseling Center recently received a $4,000 grant from the William Penn Bank Community Foundation to support its Budgeting, Credit Counseling and First Time Homebuyer programs. This non-profit organization offers free assistance to help consumers develop lifelong money management skills to start a new chapter in their life. William Penn Bank is headquartered in Levittown with branch offices in Morrisville and Richboro. Member FDIC.

Pictured from left are Michele Herzog, William Penn Bank; Terry Sager, President, William Penn Bank; and Joan Reading, President, Credit Counseling Center.


Crystal Miller-Spiegel joins board of Bucks Audubon Society

The Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow Environmental Education Center has announced the election of Crystal Miller-Spiegel to its Board of Directors.

Crystal is a senior policy analyst at the American Anti-Vivisection Society in Jenkintown. She has previously worked for The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society University, and

A Carversville resident, her career focuses on animal welfare public policy and advocacy.   She is the co-founder of Down to Earth Farm, a farm animal sanctuary in Carversville, and also currently serves on the Board of Chimp Haven, a national chimpanzee sanctuary in Louisiana. She brings extensive experience in non-profits, education and advocacy to the Bucks County Audubon Society.

For more information, contact Bucks County Audubon Society at 215-297-5880 or Also visit

PHOTO CAP: Crystal Miller-Spiegel


THS announces flower show winners

Visitors to the Trevose Horticultural Society’s annual flower show “Surfs Up!” were greeted by over 550 horticultural, artistic design and special exhibit entries entered by members and area gardeners. Staged at St. Ephrem Church in Bensalem, several members and local gardeners enjoyed ‘Big Kahuna’ status, earning multiple ribbons in the Horticultural Division.

Dee Crawford (Philadelphia) was top winner in the Horticultural Division receiving the National Garden Club (NGC) Award of Horticultural Excellence, the NGC Grower’s Choice Award and the Society’s Stella Matzak Award for her exceptional “Grassy Sound’ themed Combination Planter.

An excellent bloom of ‘Limelight’ Hydrangea merited the NGC Arboreal Award for superior named variety of tree or shrub for Hazel Downes (Bensalem) who additionally received an Award of Merit for her ‘Sunaracoho’ Mandevilla.   Downes also received both the Society’s Arnold Young Award for most blue ribbons in the Container Grown Plants section and the Horticultural Sweepstakes Award for accumulating the most blue ribbons in Horticulture.

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Joseph Stoll elected to Family Service Board of Directors

Joseph Stoll, JD, MBA of Churchville was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Family Service Association of Bucks County.  Joe, a Managing Director and Relationship Manager at Glenmede Trust Company in Philadelphia, brings more than 30 years of management experience to Family Service. He attended LaSalle University where he earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s of business administration.

Joe then went on to attend Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. He has served the community as a board member of the Council Rock Baseball Association and as a program coordinator at the Philadelphia Senior Center.

“Joe has a keen interest in providing assistance to community members, and he has played an active role in youth sports and coaching,” said Gary P. Lux, ChFC, CFP, a member of Family Service’s Board of Directors. “He brings to our Board a willingness to spread our message and identity as well as a genuine desire to help Family Service generate the support needed to successfully continue our mission.”

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Frank O’Donnell appointed Northampton Supervisor

Frank O’Donnell was appointed Northampton Township Supervisor on August 2nd, to fill the vacancy of Supervisor George Komelasky who passed away on July 3rd. The Supervisors voted 4-0 on the appointment.

The Board interviewed several applicants who had applied for the position during the prior two weeks and believed Frank was the best one suited for the position. The term will expire at the end of 2017 and there will be a municipal election in 2017 to fill the remaining years on that seat which would have expired December 2021.


Bridget Schieder writes anti-bullying play to earn Girl Scout Silver Award

While attending Churchville Elementary School, Bridget Schieder, now 14, was very shy.

“I remember feeling like an outcast back then because I was so quiet, unable to speak up for myself,” describes Bridget, today a freshman at Council Rock High School South.

It was this feeling of being on the outside looking in that inspired Bridget to write “Daisy Goes to Dog School,” the story of a cat forced to go to dog school and then being bullied for being different. Bridget wrote the story while in second grade.

Over the years, Bridget “came out of her shell,” transforming into an extroverted young teenager. She has taken acting lessons and was even cast as Flounder in Holland Middle School’s production of “The Little Mermaid.”

Last year, Bridget, a Girl Scout in Troop 2060, which meets at Addisville Reformed Church in Richboro, began pondering a project she could complete to earn her Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadet can attain. That’s when she remembered the story she had written back in elementary school.

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Troop 147 adds three new Eagles

Boy Scout Troop 147, which is chartered by Northampton Presbyterian Church in Holland, has added three new Eagle Scouts to their aerie. The scouts who achieved the highest rank in scouting are Stephen Jennings, Jr., Robert Cooper, and Gordon Keating Bryson.

Churchville Nature Center is the beneficiary of Stephen Jennings’ Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. He led a team to build and install informational and directional signs for the nature center.

Stephen wanted to give back to CNC because he feels they provide an important service to the Boy Scouts and the community. He has visited there many times, first as a student at Holland Elementary School and later with his troop when he worked on merit badges there.

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Patriot Detachment Marine Corps League presents check to raffle winner

The Patriot Detachment Marine Corps League recently presented a check in the amount of $5,000 to Susan Spadafora for winning the grand prize of the June 25th raffle. The presentation was made on July 12th at the James E. Kinney Senior Center, Richboro. The proceeds of the annual raffle which is sponsored by the Department of Pennsylvania Marine Corps League, benefits the Department’s Veterans and Youth Programs.

On hand in the photo are, from left, Bob Young, Mike Clark, John Koutsouros, Gus Cales, Bill Miller, Dick Weaver, Susan Spadafora, John Frain, Harry Niemann, Jimmy Clendennen, Neil Clark and Pete Palestina.