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.


Sixteen students participate in Foundations Summer Youth Corps

Sixteen college students from Bucks County have been chosen to participate in Foundations Community Partnership‘s 2016 Summer Youth Corps, which offers paid student internships at local non-profit human service agencies in Bucks County serving children, youth and families.

The program provides students the ability to gain practical experience while helping to effect positive change in the community by working at non-profit human service agencies. This is the ninth consecutive year that Foundations has offered the internship program, expanding from 11 students in its inaugural year to 16 students this year.

Non-profit agencies have the benefit of additional helping hands and the students gain meaningful work experience with groups that are making a difference in Bucks County, as well as earning college credit through a partnership with Bucks County Community College.

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Bucks students have fun learning ‘Science in the Summer’

by June Portnoy

Science really can be fun! And that’s the message that Bucks County students left with after completing a four-day session of GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Science in the Summer™, a free, fun hands-on science enrichment program for elementary school children.

GSK Science in the Summer™, launched 30 years ago in the Greater Philadelphia area, returned this summer to 16 locations in the Bucks County Library System beginning in June. GSK provides the funding to make this program possible, and the Franklin Institute is responsible for preparing the lessons.

Each year the program focuses on a different science-related topic, this year’s topic being chemistry.

While teaching the program at the Free Library of Northampton Township last month, Michael Gleicher, a biology and chemistry teacher at Central Bucks High School South, explained, “This program is about exploration. There are no quizzes or homework or assessments, so these kids don’t need to be able to accomplish a specific goal at the end of the session.

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New cookbook offers lifelong recipe collection

by Judi Biederman

At her granddaughter’s engagement party, Judy Rubin received a single request from the bride-to-be: “Grandma, there is only one thing I want from you. Please give me all your recipes.” Nobody at the party was the least bit surprised, as Judy’s love of cooking and her extensive collection of recipes was nearly legendary and had become a family legacy.

What they didn’t know was that the request would result in the publication of a cookbook offering the recipes that Judy has collected since childhood. The number of recipes was so extensive that the cookbook took the self-explanatory title of “My Life’s Recipe Collection and Creations.”

Judy, who grew up in New York and has lived in Churchville for 48 years, explains she has been cooking most of her life. She was just in eighth grade when she received New York City’s Junior Homemaker of the Year Award, after being nominated by her home economics teacher.

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Habitat ReStores: Not just thrift stores

Habitat for Humanity ReStores sell new and gently used furniture, cabinets, appliances, building supplies, housewares, and decor at a fraction of the retail price. The Bucks County ReStores alone keep 100,000 pounds of materials out of landfills each month while financially supporting Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build affordable homes for local families.

But what you may not know is that the Habitat ReStores in Langhorne and Chalfont aren’t just thrift stores. They also serve special needs, seniors, students, and low-income individuals through employment, work-study, and charity initiatives.

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Bucks County Singers begins fall membership drive

Having just completed its 31st year of singing, the Newtown-based Bucks County Singers hopes to continue expanding its membership as it begins a new and busy year.

Under the direction of Terry Boyle Greenland, Yardley voice teacher and University of the Arts professor, Bucks County Singers (BCS) currently boasts a membership of about 35 energetic men and women who embrace the chorus’ unique style, which blends singing with fun-to-watch “riser choreography,” making for concerts that are unlike those of most other choirs.

The group is accompanied by local pianist Tom Baust.

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