A ray of sunshine

Carrie Ayala (sixth from left, seated in pool) hugs her daughter Errica, a Sunshine Foundation dream child who suffers from a chromosome disorder and epilepsy, while being hosted by a group of Lower Southampton Township day campers during their “end of camp” pool party and celebration at the Dolphin Swim Club in Feasterville.

Sharing the moment (from left) are Brendan Charlton, camp director, Matt Gilbert, Lower Southampton director of parks and recreation, Kate Sample, president of the Sunshine Foundation, Daniele Finley, assistant camp director and Errica’s brother Daniel. The special party and celebration was sponsored by the Lower Southampton Township Parks and Recreation Department and included a barbeque lunch with ice cream, swimming and children’s games and activities.

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THS announces flower show winners

Visitors to the Trevose Horticultural Society’s annual flower show “Surfs Up!” were greeted by over 550 horticultural, artistic design and special exhibit entries entered by members and area gardeners. Staged at St. Ephrem Church in Bensalem, several members and local gardeners enjoyed ‘Big Kahuna’ status, earning multiple ribbons in the Horticultural Division.

Dee Crawford (Philadelphia) was top winner in the Horticultural Division receiving the National Garden Club (NGC) Award of Horticultural Excellence, the NGC Grower’s Choice Award and the Society’s Stella Matzak Award for her exceptional “Grassy Sound’ themed Combination Planter.

An excellent bloom of ‘Limelight’ Hydrangea merited the NGC Arboreal Award for superior named variety of tree or shrub for Hazel Downes (Bensalem) who additionally received an Award of Merit for her ‘Sunaracoho’ Mandevilla.   Downes also received both the Society’s Arnold Young Award for most blue ribbons in the Container Grown Plants section and the Horticultural Sweepstakes Award for accumulating the most blue ribbons in Horticulture.

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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phone technology advancing more and more rapidly all the time, it’s no surprise that many people have old, broken, or outdated phones collecting dust in drawers or boxes somewhere in their homes.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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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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New food pantry opens in Langhorne

by June Portnoy

On July 19th, Second Helping, a Bucks County non-profit organization, celebrated the upcoming opening of its first food pantry located at 1262 Wood Lane, Suite 104 in Langhorne. Food donors and volunteers were among the many guests to attend this wine and cheese gala where they were encouraged to tour the pantry slated to officially open its doors in mid-August.

“Unlike most local food pantries that are open for about two or three hours a day, once or twice a week, our goal is to be open all day Monday through Friday, and maybe even an evening or two, if that better serves the needs of our clients and donors,” said Cindy Kunnas, Second Helping’s Executive Director.

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Local police provide drug take-back services

Prescription drug misuse is a growing concern across the nation. According to a 2011 survey in Pennsylvania, 14% of youth surveyed admitted to taking prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them and 18% felt that prescription drugs were not harmful.

Police departments throughout Bucks County provide locations where unwanted and unused prescription medicines can be disposed of properly.

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Lower South Bobcats clinch first District title in league history

by Matt Snider

On June 29th the Lower Southampton Bobcats 8U baseball team took home the Cal Ripken District Championship. This championship marks the first district title won by any Lower South baseball team in the league’s history.

“It was really an amazing group effort,” said head coach of the Lower South Bobcats Jim Roach. “I’m so proud of all this team has done.”

It was a long, hard journey for a team that had been together for a little over a year. Tryouts were held in June of 2015, with all players trying out making the team. Little did they know, they would be already hosting their own tournament just one month later.

“Getting the fields ready and helping to promote our organization was a great bonding experience for everyone,” Jim said. “It was the first time we all saw that we really had something special in this baseball family.”

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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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