Yardley’s Eighth Annual Beer Fest slated for May 9th

Yardley’s Eighth Annual Beer Fest will be held on Saturday, May 9th, from 1:00 to 5:00pm. It’s a rain or shine event and will be held under a huge tent on South Delaware Avenue in Yardley. More than 50 breweries with over 100 beers are participating. Gretz Distributors and McCaffrey’s Food Markets are supporters of this year’s fest, which is sponsored by the Yardley Business Association. Food will also be available for purchase. A DJ will keep the crowd hoppin’!

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Fifth Annual Tail-Waggers Strut happens May 2nd at Shady Brook Farm!

The Crossings Animal Sanctuary will host the Fifth Annual 2015 Tail-Waggers Strut on Saturday, May 2nd from 9:00am to 4:00pm at Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, to raise funds to build the first no-kill dog and cat sanctuary for Bucks County. Bring your dog and enjoy a scenic walk through the Shady Brook Farm fields together.

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Champion golfer Vinay Ramesh honored in Harrisburg

State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, honored PIAA-AAA boys’ 2014 golf champion Vinay Ramesh with a Pennsylvania House of Representatives citation in the Capitol in Harrisburg last month. The Pennsbury High School senior, a resident of Lower Makefield, captured the title October 21st with a playoff finish lasting three holes.

Vinay was joined in the House chamber by his parents, Radha Iyer and Ramesh Peruvemba, as well as his golf coach at Pennsbury, Glenn Goldsborough.

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Celebrate spring and Earth Day at Five Mile Woods

Celebrate spring and Earth Day with a visit to Five Mile Woods on Sunday, April 26th from noon to 3:00pm. Located in Lower Makefield Township at 1305 Big Oak Road, the preserve is a 300-acre wooded natural area filled with diverse plant and animal life. Knowledgeable guides will offer tours of the Woods, featuring the signs of spring from blooming wildflowers to calling wood frogs. Naturalist John Heilferty will be on hand to show visitors frogs, salamanders and turtles that live in tanks in Woods Headquarters, as well as other biofacts that have been found in the Woods.

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Superheroes invade Afton Elementary School

Recently, on a visit to Mrs. Selena Kelly’s second grade class at Afton Elementary School, the students weren’t there but in their places were Purple Punch, Pink Waffle, Firegirl, the Red Bacon and Lavaman. Each student had been challenged to write his/her own superhero/villain story and came to class dressed as the superhero of his/her imagination. The students had spent three weeks writing and editing their stories in which each superhero/villain had a problem that had to be solved. Through this process the students became aware of all the elements of writing an interesting story. On Superhero Showdown Day, parents were invited and the children, dressed as their superheroes or villains, read their stories to the delight of their audience.

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ShopRite celebrates Earth Day every day

ShopRite is passionate about keeping our communities beautiful for generations to come. With this passion comes a commitment to sustainable business practices through the reduction of energy use, diversion of food waste and the sourcing of products from environmentally responsible suppliers, manufacturers and farmers.

But it is through a partnership with their customers that they truly help to make a difference to protect the environment. For years, customers have teamed up with ShopRite to recycle waste, donate unsalable food to food banks and pantries, clean up parks and beaches and reuse their shopping bags at checkout.

Bag ReUse – ShopRite has promoted bag reuse for many years. Today, they continue to provide a broad assortment of reusable bags, and have plastic bag recycling bins at the front of each store. In fact, in the last seven years their customers have kept approximately 380 million bags out of landfills! This means less trash was sent to the landfills and fewer resources were needed to create new bags.

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Rotary’s River Towns Road Rally set for April 18th

Saturday, April 18th is the date for this year’s River Towns Road Rally organized by the Morrisville-Yardley Rotary Club. Registered cars, with a driver and up to three passengers, will experience a staggered start between 1:00pm and 2:00pm that day, from the parking lot at the Morrisville Presbyterian Church at 771 North Pennsylvania Avenue in Morrisville.

Participating teams will be given eight clues to decipher, drive to the locations identified, and conclude their journey with a wine and cheese reception at historic Summerseat, Legion and Hillcrest Avenues in Morrisville. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first and second place winners and also to the most outstanding car as determined by a team of judges. Winning points will be the sum of minutes elapsed and mileage covered. Winners must have a confirmed stop at all eight points.   Locations this year will be expanded to include possible points in the Falls and Newtown vicinities, in addition to areas in and around the river towns of Bristol, Morrisville, Yardley, and New Hope.

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Pennington Montessori’s Global Festival & Cafe

This past month at Pennington Montessori School the students celebrated the annual Global Festival and Global Cafe. The Global Festival and Cafe is a celebration of cultural diversity and family tradition. Children brought in items that represented their cultural background and items that have been collected from travels across America and the world.

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Delaware Canal Clean-Up Day is April 11th

April 11th is Canal Clean-Up Day at the Delaware Canal State Park. The Friends of the Delaware Canal sponsor this annual event to encourage volunteers to clear trash, debris, and brush from the historic waterway and towpath that runs from Easton to Bristol.

Canal Clean-Up Day activities will begin at 9:00am and end at noon. Volunteers will be working all along the Canal’s 58.9-mile length, but help is especially needed in the areas listed below.

Everyone who wants to participate should choose a location, and then contact the Area Coordinator for that section. The Coordinator will provide all the details about the day’s activities.

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It’s a small world after all at Makefield Elementary School

by June Portnoy

In celebration of March Cultural Awareness Month, Makefield Elementary School hosted its seventh biennial International Fair on March 9th, sponsored and organized by the school’s PTO.

“Each year that we hold this fair, we highlight four different countries, utilizing the resources of student families’ diverse backgrounds,” explained Jennifer Hauck, International Fair Chair. “We want students to view the world as a smaller place and to broaden their cultural awareness by learning about other country’s history, people and traditions. We also strive to offer our students some insight about the way children in other countries live.”

This year, the international exhibits focused on Germany, India, Morocco and Uruguay, each authentically created by families of Makefield students. With the help of over 100 PTO volunteers, students had the unique opportunity to experience life from around the world.

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