Bringing People Together

Dear Readers,

My vision for the 10 newspapers I publish in Bucks County is to bring people together in a meaningful way.  I feel that we have been able to do so by publishing our regular monthly newspapers and this annual Community Guidebook (our regular January edition), giving attention to human talents and corporate entities that spring up out of need, and how they interface into a social infrastructure.

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Celebrate literacy at the Southampton Free Library

Founded in 1921 by the women’s Club of Southampton, the Southampton Free Library moved to its current location at 947 Street Road, Southampton, in 1971.

The vision for the future of the Library is to house a growing collection of books, periodicals, digital information, and other relevant resources, becoming the community’s gateway by which people of all ages and from all walks of life may access information, gather to exchange ideas, and celebrate literacy and culture in a comfortable and inviting space.

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Southampton Chamber Music Society provides a unique musical experience

The Southampton Chamber Music Society, headquartered at 757 Cybus Way, Southampton, was founded in 1992 with the dual mission of creating performance opportunities for local professional musicians and of enabling area audiences to hear infrequently performed masterworks of the chamber music repertoire.

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Sunshine Foundation

Sunshine Foundation, located in Feasterville, is the original wish- granting organization, answering the dreams of chronically ill, physically challenged and abused children ages three to 18, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to the financial strain that the child’s illness may cause.

Founded in 1976 by then Philadelphia police officer Bill Sample, Sunshine Foundation has answered the dreams of over 39,000 deserving children. Sunshine Foundation receives a wide variety of dream requests, the most popular being a family vacation to the Orlando theme parks, followed by requests of personal computers or meeting a favorite celebrity or sports figure.

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FBA awards community golf grants

The Feasterville Business Association presented $10,000 in grants to 10 Bucks County community and service organizations prior to a recent Lower Southampton Township Board of Supervisor’s meeting at the township administration building in Feasterville. The money was raised from the proceeds from the 25th annual FBA Golf Outing held last summer.

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A major pledge

Dr. Norman Bailey (third from left) and Dr. Ken Barber (right) present an oversize check marking a $30,000 pledge from the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Valley/Churchville to Gregory W. Crompton, (second from left) Chairperson of the Southampton Free Library’s Access The World Capital and Endowment Campaign. Also sharing the in the presentation are Ray Greenberg (left) Financial Oversight Chairperson and Kim Ingram (second from right), Librarian.

The goal of the Capital and Endowment Campaign is to raise $575,000 for the modernization and refurbishing of the library and enhancement and expansion of programs for children and adults. To make a donation or pledge, contact Kim at 215-322-1415 or e-mail ingramk@buckslib.org.

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Feasterville Rotary helps local kids stay warm

Another cold winter is coming. Kids wait for the bus, walk to school, play on the playground. Some of those children are shivering because they don’t have a winter coat.

Feastervillle Rotary supplies winter coats for children in need in Lower Southampton Township. Every year Rotary holds a spaghetti dinner on Columbus Day to raise money to purchase the coats. This year many firefighters attended the dinner and contributed to this wonderful cause.

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Blue Light Holiday Tree Lighting

Members of the Feasterville Business Association joined with government officials in the 15th Annual Project Blue Light Holiday Tree Lighting at the Lower Southampton Free Library in Feasterville, PA. The event pays tribute to fallen police officers during the holiday season. Sharing a memorial moment following the lighting of the blue lights (from left) are Ed Shannon, Lower Southampton Township Supervisor, Michael J. Hughes, FBA event chairperson, PA State Representative Scott Petri (R-178) Township Supervisor Joseph McFadden and Lower Southampton Chief of Police William Wiegman, Jr.

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Scenes from the Elf Fund Dinner

  1. Chris Johnson (center), serves up beverages to Abigail and Sara Faust-Strang.
  1. Maria Dempsey, Mary Cwiklinski, and Denise Ianni enjoyed the festivities.
  1. Diane Geiger and Mary McGinley do some catching up over pasta.
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Art exhibit offers Van Gogh interpretations

by Judi Biederman

An art show scheduled for the month of December at the Free Library of Northampton Township is giving new meaning to that old saying about beauty being in the eye of the beholder. Entitled “Looking at Van Gogh Our Way,” the exhibition fosters appreciation of the works of Vincent Van Gogh by showing that even the beauty of a well-known image can benefit from some interpretive assistance. The show is being offered by the art studio group of the Northampton Township James E. Kinney Senior Center.

According to Sibyl Weidner, the teacher who leads the group, the group of local artists refers to itself as “Alchemy,” has been in existence for more than 10 years and encourages its members to explore new art forms and efforts. One of those explorations led to the current exhibition, she says.

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