Mike Thompson wins at Midget Dirt National Championship

by June Portnoy

Every Friday night while many young boys are home playing X-Box or riding outside on their bikes, 10-year-old Mike Thompson is sitting behind the steering wheel of his car, racing it around a track.

Although this might sound unusual to most people, it’s actually quite common in Mike’s family. That’s because Mike, a fifth grader at Rolling Hills Elementary School, is a third generation car racer. Not only did his father race .25 midget cars, but both his paternal grandparents raced sprint cars. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Mike recently won first place at the USAC (United States Auto Club) Honda .25 Midget Dirt National Championship.

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Holiday cheer from Northampton Parks & Rec

Fill your holiday shopping with joy from Northampton Parks & Recreation with gift ideas of classes, programs, gift certificates or tickets. Parks & Recreation has one stop shopping for everyone on your list. Regal movie tickets are only $8. Discount lift tickets to area ski resorts are available along with Hershey Christmas Candy Lane. Check the website for a complete listing and prices.

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Fur is not enough

submitted by Elgrit B. Russell, Rescue Coordinator, The Animal Defenders, riley2166@TheAnimalDefenders.comcastbiz.net

Cold weather has arrived and with it come many hardships for animals kept outdoors, especially feral cats. It is extremely important for cats to remain dry. Cats who are wet from the elements are extremely susceptible to freezing and hypothermia and can quickly become very ill or die. As a rule feral cats usually grow thicker coats and can acclimate to cold temperatures and seek out all nearby food sources. However, indoor domestic cats will and do suffer much more than feral cats, so please keep them inside. Feral cats often huddle together in an attempt to be warm and conserve their body heat.

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William Penn Bank honored with the ‘Grow Your Community Award’

The Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers (PACB) has announced that William Penn Bank was recently named a winner of the PACB Grow Your Community Award in recognition of their involvement with their Financial Literacy Program. Through their hard work with this program, the bank has helped to make their community stronger and have enriched the lives of those who live and work in the community.

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NHS adults ‘play ball’ at Miracle League baseball field

by June Portnoy

When NHS Human Services and Miracle League of Northampton Township teamed up on Wednesday, October 1st, it was a “win-win” opportunity for everyone involved.

Over the course of the day, NHS, one of the nation’s leading non-profit providers of community-based human services, brought approximately 300 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to the Miracle League’s baseball field.

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Richboro Elementary celebrates 25th anniversary

by June Portnoy

Richboro Elementary School students, staff, administrators and guests received a warm welcome on September 30th as they arrived at the school to the sound of upbeat music performed by Council Rock High School South’s Marching Band outside the main entrance. The reason for the music was the celebration of the school’s 25th anniversary.

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Mr. Printer in Richboro announces expanded hours and services

Mr. Printer is now Mr. Shipper, too! Under new ownership, the store hours and services have been expanded to better meet the diverse needs of its customers.

Why wait in line at the post office or rush to get there before closing? Mr. Printer offers packing materials, packing services as well as shipping choices by the USPS as well as the other major carriers.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving at Spring Mill Country Club

Start a new tradition by gathering with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving at Spring Mill Country Club in Ivyland. Enjoy a bountiful gourmet buffet overlooking the picturesque golf course.

Their chefs have prepared an exquisite selection of traditional holiday favorites, which include carved turkey with giblet gravy and carved honey mustard glazed ham. Buffet table including mashed potatoes, candied yams, green bean casserole, succotash with pearl onions, fresh garden medley, baked tilapia fillet with lemon dill sauce, tortellini pasta with mushroom alfredo sauce, seafood creole, rice medley, homemade stuffing and fresh cranberry relish. Also included is soup, deluxe salad and dessert stations.

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Dedication of Bobby’s Playground brings community together

by June Portnoy

It was a proud day for the Osterhout family of Holland as they stood in front of the Kaboom! Playground, still blocked off with a long yellow ribbon. Jill and Robert Osterhout III’s son, Robert Edward Osterhout IV, affectionately known as Bobby, passed away tragically at 14-months-old in April of this year. The playground was officially dedicated in his honor last month.

The playground is located at the Lower Bucks Family YMCA’s Holland Summer Day campsite on Holland Road, adjacent to Holland Elementary School.

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Elizabeth Sauers earns Girl Scouts’ highest honor

Holland resident Elizabeth Sauers recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award for organizing and implementing a STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Community Scientist Program, titled Project Monarch Health and Habitat, at the Churchville Nature Center (CNC).

After volunteering at CNC for several years, including planting two butterfly gardens and giving docent-led tours of the Butterfly House, Elizabeth learned about the steep decline in Monarch butterfly populations across the country due to habitat loss and parasite infection. Her Gold Award project, spanning nearly 100 hours of her own time as well as countless hours spent by those she enlisted to assist her, educated the public about habitat losses and diseases that are threatening Monarch butterflies.

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