Bucks advisor attends exclusive workshop with America’s IRA experts

Retirement assets in the United States are estimated at $24.2 trillion dollars, according to The Role of IRAs in U.S. Households’ Saving for Retirement, 2014.

IRAs make up the largest single share of the retirement market, clocking in at an estimated $7.3 trillion.

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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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Uptown String Band holding Coach Bag Bingo Night

Join the Uptown String Band on Friday, June 5th, for a fun evening of Coach Bag Bingo. It’s one of their most popular fundraisers with plenty of opportunities to go home with an upscale designer Coach bag.

The event will be held at the William Penn Fire Company, 123 Main Street, Hulmeville.

Doors open at 7:00pm, play begins at 8:00. Advance tickets are $25, $30 at the door.

Call 215-752-3479 to get your tickets in advance. This is a BYOB event. Proceeds benefit Bucks County’s Uptown String Band.

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Registration now open for Livengrin’s 11th Annual Ride for Recovery

Registration is now open for Livengrin Foundation’s 11th Annual Ride for Recovery on Sunday, May 31st. Livengrin is a Bucks County-based, non-profit addiction treatment center that has helped over 125,000 patients and families since 1966.

The Ride for Recovery includes a 60-mile motorcycle ride, live entertainment, outdoor picnic and raffle drawing for a Softail Slim Harley Davidson. A new addition this year is a Bicycle Ride for Recovery. Experienced road cyclists can join in celebrating recovery while pedaling 40 miles through scenic Bucks County.

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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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Noteworthy donation

Bryant Greene, (second from left) owner/administrator of Always Best Care Senior Services, of Philadelphia, Bucks and Delaware Counties presents a check for $2,500 to the Southampton Free Library’s Access The World Capital and Endowment Campaign during special ceremonies in the library. Receiving the donation (from left) are Ray Greenberg, financial oversight chairman for the campaign (Greene) Kim Ingram, library director and Gregory W. Crompton, campaign chairperson.

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Kathy Faustino is Impact Thrift ‘Volunteer of the Year’

Impact Thrift Stores, Inc. recently announced that Kathy Faustino has been named their 2015 “Volunteer of the Year.” Kathy signed on to volunteer in 2013 while she was shopping at Impact Thrift’s Feasterville store. “Impact Thrift quickly became one of my favorite shopping locations once I learned of the mission to support so many local charities,” she said. “The Feasterville super-sized store is immaculate and the treasure hunt within is amazing as new items arrive in the store every day!”

Kathy has logged over 350 hours volunteering at Impact Thrift. Impact Thrift has been able to convert donated goods into more than $2 million in financial support to area charities, thanks to generous neighborhood donors and volunteers.

Kathy uses her pleasant manner, customer service skills and smiling persistence as a volunteer giving back to the community. Her dependable service working with Bric-a-Brac area manager, Barbe Humphries, and with many other volunteers and staff members insures an amazing shopping experience day after day. “The friendly, hard-working employees, wonderful volunteers and delightful customers enrich and brighten my days,” Kathy asserts.

Kathy has lived in Bucks County most of her life and enjoyed working in medical sales before retiring a few years ago. Kathy and husband, Marty, have two grown children and two grandsons. She says, “I look forward to many more years of volunteering and supporting the mission that makes Impact Thrift an amazing organization.”

Impact Thrift welcomes volunteers at five sites in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Visit www.impactthrift.org to get involved, or call Joan Marie at 267-387-0022, ext. 6105.

PHOTO CAP: Volunteer of the Year, Kathy Faustino (right), enjoys working with Feasterville Impact Thrift Bric-a-Brac Manager, Barbe Humphries.

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‘Bold Foliage’ is topic of next THS meeting

“Bold Foliage“ will be the featured topic at the monthly meeting of the Trevose Horticultural Society on Tuesday, May 19th, at 7:00pm at the Bensalem Senior Center, 1850 Byberry Road, Bensalem.

Guest speaker, Louise Clarke of Media, will present a PowerPoint presentation featuring annuals, perennials and tropical plants that add excitement to every day plantings. Form, texture, color and even fragrance can add zing to your garden.

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Feasterville Rotary honors Celina Lee as ‘Student of the Month’

Feasterville resident Celina Lee, a student at Neshaminy High School, was recognized as March’s “Student of the Month” at the Feasterville Rotary Club’s breakfast meeting on March 10th.

Celina has attended Neshaminy schools for the past four years. Her GPA is 3.8 and she ranks 107th in a class of 651. Her senior program of study includes Honors Calculus, AP English 12, Honors Chemistry 2, AP Environmental Science, Child Development, AP Psychology, and Spanish Honors 5.

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Southampton Community Band’s tribute to our armed forces

ON Saturday, May 9th, the Southampton Community Band will present its annual concert honoring our armed forces. All military personnel, past and present are admitted free of charge to this program. The concert takes place at Klinger Middle School, 1415 Second Street Pike, Southampton, beginning at 8:00pm.

“The band considers it a privilege to present this concert,” said Charles Pinkow, the band’s general manager. “It’s an honor to recognize those who help make this great country safe and secure.”

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