Bucks County Senior Games promote camaraderie, physical activity and fun

by June Portnoy

Approximately 250 Bucks County seniors competed in the 34th Annual Bucks County Senior Games held Monday, June 6th through Saturday, June 11th. Age categories consisted of 50 to 59, 60 to 69, 70 to 79, 80 to 89, and 90 plus. This year’s oldest participant was a 95-year-old Doylestown resident who competed in bocce, pinochle and billiards.

This weeklong event, hosted in partnership with the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA) and the Bucks County Department of Parks & Recreation, gave seniors the opportunity to demonstrate their athletic and intellectual abilities.

According to William R. McTigue Jr., Administrative Officer for Public Affairs at Bucks County Area Agency on Aging and an organizer of the Senior Games, this year’s most physically challenging game was the track & field, which included 100-meter sprints.

Seniors looking for less rigorous activities could register for bridge, pinochle, darts and a trivia contest. Other activities included bowling, tennis, table tennis, bocce, billiards and golf.

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Work of Ilene Rubin featured at Northampton Library

Ilene Rubin will be the featured artist for the month of July at the Northampton Library “Wall of Art.” The library is located at 25 Upper Holland Road, Richboro, phone 215-357-3050.

Ilene is a national award-winning Bucks County artist and author. Concentrating mostly on landscapes, Ilene’s paintings explode with color. She paints landscapes and still life paintings in oil and pastel.

In the past eight years, Ilene has amassed over 185 paintings. Her paintings have been accepted into juried art shows from Boulder, Colorado, Woodstock, Illinois to the communities in and around Bucks County.

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Wrightstown Township Summer Camp registration now open

The Wrightstown Township Park and Recreation Board has announced the 43rd Annual Summer Playground. It will be held at the FOP Fairgrounds, located at 1058 Mill Creek Road, Wycombe.

Three fun-filled camp sessions begin July 11th and run through July 28th, from 9:00am to noon, Monday through Thursday. Children entering kindergarten through sixth grade are eligible to participate.

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Troop 2530 knits their way to Bronze

Girl Scout Junior Troop 2530, comprised of fourth and fifth graders from Wrightstown, have worked all year on a Bronze service award. The Bronze award is the highest achievement for a Girl Scout Junior and requires the completion of a Girl Scout journey, and developing and executing a plan for a project that will benefit the local community. Each Scout contributes over 20 hours to the project.

Troop 2530 chose to learn the skill of knitting and complete a scarf project for donation to the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania. The girls have also purchased scarves to accompany the handmade knitted donation. It is their hope that children in the hospital who may need extra warmth, caring, or security may use the scarves to expedite their full recovery!

Pictured in front from left are Amelia Broadway, Morgan Mosley, and Emma Townsend; middle row, Carlie Shouldis, Ava Broadway, and Claire Pfanstiel; back row, Camille Troy, Rachel Lucerne, Kaitlyn Forsythe, Susan Broadway, and Amy Lucerne. Not pictured is Reese Reidenbach.

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Northampton Township Democrats award seventh annual scholarships

The Northampton Township Democratic Committee recently awarded scholarships to three Council Rock South students from Northampton. The scholarships consisted of a total of $1,000, and were awarded on the basis of academic merit and community service history to Natalia Jakacki, Brett Rosenblatt and Tess Hallman. They are all members of the Council Rock South Class of 2016.

Natalia is a member of the National Honor Society, Rho Kappa National Honor Society, the Spanish National Society and Treasurer of the English Honor Society. She is also the Founder and President of Operation Smile, a school club that raises funds to provide corrective surgery for children with cleft palates. She also won a Community Service Award for performing over 200 hours of community service.

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Students recognized for outstanding artwork

Four eighth grade students from Newtown Middle School were recognized recently for their outstanding creative achievement in Holocaust education at an awards ceremony held at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia.

With the guidance and encouragement of their English teacher, Erinn Demskis, the students submitted their Holocaust projects to The Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

For this competition, students in grades 7-12 from across the Delaware Valley were given the opportunity to reflect on and interpret the lessons of the Holocaust through creative writing, poetry, visual art, music, dance, and multi-media.

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Troop 147 welcomes 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 Keith “KJ” McBride, Matthew O’Donnell, and Stephen Paul Carr.

“KJ” McBride, who had attended Holland Elementary School, wanted to give something back to the school he had attended for seven years.

His Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project was a 128-foot-long fence at the edge of the playground used by primary grade students at the school. The fence creates a barrier between the playground and the slope leading to the woods at the edge of the playground, which makes the area safer.

Along his trail to Eagle, “KJ” served his troop in many leadership roles, but is proudest of his role as Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader for new Scouts transitioning from Cub Scout level.

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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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