Troop 2697 is recycling cell phones

by Danielle Cook

With cell phone technology advancing more and more rapidly all the time, it’s no surprise that many people have old, broken, or outdated phones collecting dust in drawers or boxes somewhere in their homes. Are you one of those people? Does your old charger not fit your new phone? Has your tablet breathed its last? Beware of putting these in the trash to free up space!

Just like regular batteries, cell phones and similar electronics can leak hazardous chemicals into whatever landfill they end up in, contaminating water and soil and any living critters in those areas. But Girl Scout Troop 2697 has special deposit boxes for cell phones in Richboro, Northampton, and Feasterville, to be delivered to Ecocell.

Ecocell is a company that will collect old electronics and not only dispose of them properly and safely, but also help save the ecosystem in the process! Phones require a metallic ore called coltan in order to hold a charge, which is primarily found right in the middle of the gorilla habitats in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mining for the ore puts both the gorillas and their rainforest habitats at risk, which can put our entire environment at risk.

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New Acting Principal named for Tawanka Elementary School

Poquessing Middle School Assistant Principal Donald Palmer has been named as Acting Principal for Tawanka Elementary School in Lower Southampton Township to replace Michael Rodriguez, who is leaving the District for a position in Delaware.

The appointment of Mr. Palmer was approved by the Neshaminy School Board at their August 16th meeting and is effective immediately. The Poquessing position he is leaving will be filled internally.

Mr. Palmer will oversee the opening of the new Tawanka Elementary School, which is currently nearing the completion of construction and will open on time for the 2016-2017 school year. Mr. Palmer previously taught health and physical education at Poquessing before moving to TLC, Neshaminy’s alternative high school, in 2009.

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NHS Cheerleading launches new health-based fundraising effort

The squad of Neshaminy High School Cheerleading will host the inaugural community-wide “My School Color Run” on Saturday, October 8th at noon, at the high school, 2001 Old Lincoln Highway, Langhorne, to raise money for their squad. The “My School Color Run” is an untimed fun run for all ages and fitness abilities. Along the route, participants pass through vibrant color zones, making it a “colorful experience.”

Participants that register by September 23rd will receive a t-shirt, race bib, and individual color packet. You can sign up for the run by visiting www.nhscmscr.eventbrite.com or by completing a paper registration form.

Business sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more info e-mail NHS Cheer Fund at nhscheerfund@gmail.com.

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Fall adult programs at the Feasterville Library

  • We Disagreed as Rational Friends: The Politics and Friendship of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, Wednesday, September 21st at 7:00pm.

In this year of presidential politics and national debate, visit the library where you will meet two of America’s original politicians: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Witness Adams and Jefferson in their prime, more men than legends, as they recall their decades-long association and discuss some of their greatest battles–some side by side, some against each other. Through their trials and triumphs, you will discover how these two men maintained friendship with respect for one another, as a nation unlike any other began. Actors Steven Edenbo and Peyton Dixon from the American Historical Theatre will portray Jefferson and Adams. Registration has already started.

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17th Annual Village Renaissance Faire coming Sept. 17th-18th

The 17th Annual Village Renaissance Faire comes to the Middletown Grange Fairgrounds, 576 Penns Park Road, Newtown, on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th, 11:00am to 6:00pm both days.

The Faire creates an interactive world where attendees of all ages take an entertaining, educational, and engaging stroll through the arts and history. Faire-goers encounter jousting knights, dangling aerialists, and flying birds of prey. Shows and activities cover a range of ages and interests and surround the faireways, on the stages and all around.

Performers bring literature to life throughout the day with shows and fairground encounters based on a new storyline each year. Danger shows feature a working trebuchet, living chess, archery matches, and fire breathers.

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‘Olde Towne Flea Market’ coming Sept. 24th

The Hulmeville Historical Society announces the return of the “Olde Towne Flea Market” on Saturday, September 24th. Due to the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia in 2015 the event was cancelled.

As in past years the event will be located on Main Street, Trenton Avenue and Bellevue Avenue in the Borough of Hulmeville. To reserve or obtain info regarding the rental of tables, call the Hulmeville Historical Society, Inc. at 215-752-8228.

Also the William Penn Fire Company will have tables available. You may call 215-752-7740 for the Fir Company’s rental info.

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Uptown String Band announces Community Fair

The Uptown String Band will hold a Community Fair on the afternoon of Sunday, September 25th, from 2:00 to 7:00pm, at 831 Avenue D, Langhorne. There will music, games and entertainment by the Uptown String Band. In addition, taking part will be the Parkland Fire Company No. 9, food trucks, vendors, and other area businesses and community organizations contributing.

Get your picture taken with the Mummers and even try on the colorful costumes. The Parkland Fire Company will be showcasing their fire trucks and equipment.

It will be fun for the whole family, and will end with an outdoor concert at 7:00pm by the Uptown String Band, where you can dance and sing! For more information about this event, contact the Uptown String Band at 215-752-3479 or e-mail at email@uptownstringband.com.

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Artis Senior Living scheduled to open in Huntingdon Valley

Artis Senior Living is nearing completion on a single-story, 34,000 square-foot assisted living community in the Huntingdon Valley neighborhood of Lower Moreland Township.

The residence will provide 72 memory care suites for seniors affected by Alzheimer’s and various forms of dementia. The community will be comprised of four distinct “neighborhoods” that serve as intimate living spaces.

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‘Afterschool Nature Camp’ returns to Silver Lake Nature Center

For 10 Thursdays this fall (September 15th through November 17th), six- to 12-year-olds are invited to explore the Silver Lake Nature Center, learn about the habitats and creatures found there, play nature-related games, learn survival skills, keep a nature journal, and more! You’ll do all this while having a lot of fun and making new friends and memories.

Nature campers are asked to bring a refillable water bottle, and to also wear clothes and shoes that they do not mind getting wet and/or dirty. It is also recommended to dress in layers to make sure all are prepared for the range of weather and temperatures since you will be outside most of the time every session.

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Guardianship abuse leads to calls for reform

submitted by E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire, and Maureen L. Anderson, Esquire, www.GummerElderLaw.com

The growing problem of adult guardianship abuse is giving rise to calls for reform, as vulnerable elderly people caught up in this system sometimes end up being harmed and exploited by the very process that’s supposed to protect them.

A guardian is someone appointed by a court to make decisions on behalf of an incapacitated person, known as a “ward.” The process usually starts when a family member or social worker notifies the court that someone can no longer take care of himself or herself.

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