Troop 5 adds four new ‘Eagles’ to their aerie

Boy Scout Troop 5, which is the second oldest active Boy Scouts of America troop in Bucks County, is celebrating four new Eagle Scouts – Liam Andre, Josh Chast, Sean Healy and Christian Verrecchio.

Liam, son of Kathy and Peter Andre of Southampton, chose his church as the location for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. His project at Living Streams Fellowship Church included refurbishing a wheelchair ramp, stripping and repainting handrails at the entrance, as well as painting benches, walls and lampposts.

Liam serves as a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster in his troop; previously Liam served as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Troop Guide. A senior at William Tennent High School, he is a cameraman for B&W Television at the school. He plans to study graphic design at a yet to be decided college in the fall.

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Washington Crossing DAR celebrates student essay winners

The Washington Crossing Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution recently recognized local students and listened to their essays depicting American history. The DAR sponsors annual essay writing contests for students in grades five through eight, and high school, to promote American history and education. This year, the writing prompt for fifth-eighth grade was “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island.”

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ICBA champs

The Inter-County Basketball Association Eighth Grade team won the Division A Championship this year against Towamencin by a score of 54-45.  The team has been coached by Mike Stock and Kevin Ochs since the boys were in fourth grade.  The team won the B Division Championship in fifth grade, the A Division Championship in sixth grade and came back to win the championship this year (they lost to Towamencin in last year’s championship game). This was the last game that the boys will play together since they will begin playing high school basketball in the fall.

Pictured from left are Brian Schwartz, Bryce Stock, Ashton Johnson, Shawn Blank, Zak Saifer, Bradley Kraut, Konrad Kiska, Colin Ochs, Nick Gallo, Kevin McNamee, Seamus McKeever and Coach Mike Stock (not pictured is Coach Kevin Ochs).

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Adult visitor aide volunteers needed at Churchville Nature Center

If you like meeting people, consider joining a group of visitor aides at Churchville Nature Center. Adult volunteers are needed to fill openings as visitor aide on Sunday morning or afternoon. Retired people looking for something to do are welcome. There is training available and you will become part of a great team. It’s an exciting time at the center as a new building addition is in progress.

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How to select a remodeler

courtesy of Bucks Mont Chapter of NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry), http://nariofbucks-mont.memberlodge.org

Start your home improvement project by selecting a professional, reliable remodeling contractor. Finding a qualified, professional remodeling contractor need not be a difficult or unpleasant task.

By following these basic guidelines, you will not only make the selection process easier, but you will also be more prepared to make an informed decision that best suits your needs.

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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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