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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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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Local resident writes anti-bullying children’s book

by June Portnoy

Newtown’s Karen Scheuer, a second grade teacher at Churchville Elementary School, recently reached the significant milestone of selling 1,000 copies of her first children’s book, “A Bug and a Wish.” This book, targeted to kids in kindergarten through third grade, explores young Tyler’s struggle dealing with a group of boys who routinely tease him.

Tyler confides his frustration to his friend, Danae, who tells him to give the boys “A Bug and a Wish.” Tyler initially takes her advice literally, thinking he has solved his problem by finding a ladybug and dandelion seeds.

However, when Danae realizes her friend has misunderstood her suggestion, she explains that the next time the boys tease Tyler he should tell them, “It bugs me when you tease me,” and “I wish you would stop.”

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Packers Win Fall-Winter Northampton Senior Center Billiards Championship

Team Packers won the Fall-Winter League Billiards Championship on March 30th during the tournament held at the James E. Kinney Senior Center. The Packers were captained by Mike Parry and beat the Jets captained by Tom Davis in the final best of three round 2-1. The winning team received movie theater passes compliments of League Commissioner Pete Palestina.

The league was comprised of 24 players on 6 teams with each team playing a total of 75 games during the regular season which started October 6th and ended with the playoffs on March 30th.

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Annual Geranium Sale Will Benefit Southampton Free Library

In an effort to raise funds for the Southampton Free Library, the Friends of the Southampton Free Library are now taking orders to purchase geraniums during their annual spring sale.

According to Bunny Riehl, president of the board of trustees of the library located at 947 Street Road in Southampton, PA, “The library’s annual geranium sale has been one of the most popular and most successful benefits year after year.” This year, the beautiful plants will be available in a choice of red, pink or salmon colors and will come in 4-1/2-inch pots.

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Tyler Park Center for the Arts now accepting registration for summer camp

The time is now to sign your budding artists up for summer camp. Tyler Park Center for the Arts (TPCA) is offering art classes from June 29th – August 21st. Five-day sessions offer instruction from a variety of talented professional artists. A week-long class will allow your child to explore using one of the following mediums: Clay, Glass, Drawing, Painting, 3D Sculpture, Beading, Fiber Arts, Printmaking, Collage and Bookmaking. Half-day and full-day sessions are offered for ages five to 18. A 10% discount is offered to members of TPCA, so consider joining today!

Save the dates June 27th and 28th for their premier Summer Festival. “Amazon Spirit” Sculpture Exhibit will feature large-scale female sculptors, fine arts and crafts booths, food trucks, kids activities, hands-on art for all and extraordinary live music.

Visit TylerParkArts.org for a detailed description of all their exciting offerings!

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Volunteers needed

Do you enjoy working with children? Do you have an engineering background and looking to teach informal robotics education? Bucks County 4-H is looking for volunteers to teach robotics to children at the Northampton Library. The 4-H curriculum and robotics kits are provided to volunteers, with 4-H volunteer training. Children are ages 10-18 years old.

For more information or to volunteer, call 215-345-3283.

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Northampton Township Parks and Recreation

Northampton Township Parks & Recreation offers ongoing programs, camps, classes, discount tickets and special events for individuals of all ages and interests.

The Recreation Center, located at 345 Newtown-Richboro Road, is a hub for most classes and programs. This indoor facility houses a multi-purpose area, dance room, art room, pre-school and classrooms. An all-sport court surface accommodates basketball, floor and roller hockey, soccer, volleyball, and aerobics. The facility is available for party room and gym rentals.

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Fitzpatrick announces service academy nominations

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) joined Bucks and Montgomery county students, families and military veterans last month to announce his selections for military service academy nominations.

“Just over 238 years, not far from here, General George Washington led a committed group of volunteers across a frozen river in a daring attack. A move that inspires military minds and average Americans today – as much for what it inspired as what it accomplished,” said Fitzpatrick speaking to the group at the Bucks County Courthouse. “Tonight, we recognize this promising group of future leaders seated before us who have chosen to take up the same mantle carried by those patriots who fought for liberty with General Washington. As we gather here tonight to celebrate their achievements, I feel fortunate to have these moments to share with our future leaders.”

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Budding authors/illustrators invited to enter their works in library’s Annual Book Contest

Budding authors/illustrators in grades one to 12 are being invited to submit their original works in the Southampton Free Library’s Annual Book Contest, it was recently announced by Lora Terifay, children’s librarian and contest coordinator.

“All area students enrolled in the lower and upper grades are invited to submit original books and illustrations, fiction or non-fiction, which must be completed without parental assistance,” explains Lora. “Books may be of any length and first, second and third place winners will be selected from each grade.” Winners will be selected by a committee of independent judges.

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