Falcon football coaching staff hosts Leadership Success Forum

by June Portnoy

All current Pennsbury High School varsity, junior varsity, sophomore and incoming freshman Falcon football players were invited to attend a Leadership Success Forum held at the school on Friday, June 3rd. The forum was hosted by the Pennsbury Falcon football coaching staff and organized by the Football Parent Club, a group of parent volunteers who support the football team.

The purpose of the forum was to prepare all potential players to practice great leadership skills, both on and off the field. Its goal was also to help prepare them for the challenges ahead that many of them will face in high school, college, and ultimately, in the workplace.

The session was presented by Kim R. Wells, a former Pennsbury graduate, who is Executive Director of Executive Education and the Center for Career Excellence at Howard University School of Business in Washington, DC.

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Contracts awarded for Scudder Falls Bridge noise walls along I-95 in PA

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission has announced the award of construction and engineering contracts related to the construction of noise walls in Pennsylvania as part of the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project.

The contracts were awarded at the Commission’s monthly meeting on May 23rd.  The Commission expects noise wall construction in Pennsylvania to begin in early summer and be completed later this year. The project includes the construction of six sections of noise walls along northbound and southbound I-95 between the I-95/PA State Route 332 Interchange and the I-95/Taylorsville Road Interchange.

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Keystone State selectees announced

A group of girls who are all high school juniors have been selected to attend the 70th session of the American Legion Auxiliary’s Keystone Girls State program at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA, from June 19th to the 24th. Each girl is selected and sponsored by American Legion Auxiliaries, Posts and members across Bucks and Montgomery counties.

Keystone Girls State is a leadership/Americanism program with a focus on our system of government. During the week, the girls will elect city, county and state officials. Two of the 160 girls attending will be chosen as Pennsylvania Senators and will then attend Girls Nation held in Washington, D.C. in July.

Pictured back row from left (each girl’s name is followed by her school and sponsoring Unit, Post or member): Corinne Bernatowicz (Senator Tomlinson) Neshaminy; Ashley Lawrence (834) Pennsbury; Megan Kolbe (Council) Home Schooled; Mikayla Roepcke (148) George School; Emily Maloney (317) Pennsbury; Gabrielle Shepherd (Post440) Council Rock North; Hannah Sexton (933) Central Bucks West; middle row, Jessica Plunkett (Hartman Family) Neshaminy; Samantha Gentry (234) Souderton; Brooklyn Clausen (255) Penridge; Moira Jaslar (800) Pennsbury; Maddine McQuaid (800) Pennsbury; Ameila Krause (Council) Central Bucks West; front row, Karly Brown (210) Archbishop Wood; McKenzie Mix (Post 148) Pennsbury; Nataliya Babiychuk (800) Lower Moreland; Nora Okwara (436) Neshaminy. Not pictured: Shayna Fink (210) Central Bucks South; Angelia Picton (255) Penridge; Jamie Dougherty (10) Central Bucks East.

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Yardley’s Mikey Junior has the blues – and he wants to share!

by Fern Brodkin

Mikey Junior has established himself as one of the Philadelphia area’s premier blues artists. The renowned singer, songwriter and harmonica player grew up around music. His father, Michael Hudak Sr., had the band 8th Train while Mikey was growing up. Hudak Sr. is also a singer and harmonica player, as well as a piano player, who continues to perform today.

“They used to do a lot of blues and rock…and was one of the first racially-integrated bands in Trenton in the late ’60s, early ’70s,” said Mikey.

Mikey started playing harmonica at age 17. He is self-taught.

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Esha Gajjar receives Foundations scholarship

Esha Gajjar, a Yardley resident and senior at Pennsbury High School, was recently awarded a $1000 scholarship from the Foundations Community Partnership in Education program.

The program recognizes the achievements of local Bucks County public high school seniors for their demonstrated community service, commitment to academic performance, and quality of character. Students are nominated to receive the award by their guidance counselor or a member of the school’s administration.

Esha will attend Drexel University in the fall.

PHOTO CAP: Esha Gajjar

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A discount for graduates!

Eight mindful eating and stress management sessions

For the high school or college graduating class of 2016, Dr. Wieliczko is offering a 25% discount per session, for his eight-session Mindful Eating and Stress Management Program. This time limited offer is available to graduates who start this program before September 30th, 2016.

Mindful eating is relatively new to the public, yet has been in existence for many years and is recognized as an effective means to cope with eating struggles. Mindful eating has been shown to help people cope effectively with cravings, as well as the thoughts and emotions that contribute to inappropriate and excessive eating habits. Dr. Wieliczko offers an eight-session program to individuals called Mindful Eating and Stress Management.

To learn more go to: mindful4life.com or call 609-578-2549.

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Pennsbury School District, schools recognized by PA House

State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, recently led the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in recognizing the Pennsbury School District for being named a State and National School District of Character in 2015. The chamber unanimously adopted the resolution (H.R. 816), sponsored by Santarsiero and Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, in the district’s honor that also recognized all 14 Pennsbury schools as state and national schools of character by Character.org.

Character.org is a national advocate and leader for the character education movement.

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Pennsbury Arts Foundation announces grant awards

The Pennsbury Arts Foundation (PAF) has announced the 2015-2016 grant awards. Funds are awarded to support curricular enhancing programs bringing the visual and performing arts to any grade level or subject area. A 501(c)3 non-profit foundation, 100% of PAF donations benefit Pennsbury students. In its 15th year of granting, PAF has awarded 163 grants totaling over $77,000.

The Harvest Day Committee of the Yardley Business Association generously donated two grants as well a grant from Weisel and Associates of Yardley. This year, a grant-sustaining donation was made in memory of Pennsbury educator Vic Ullein to be distributed over several years.

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Bucks County Senior Games promote camaraderie, physical activity and fun

by June Portnoy

Approximately 250 Bucks County seniors competed in the 34th Annual Bucks County Senior Games held Monday, June 6th through Saturday, June 11th. Age categories consisted of 50 to 59, 60 to 69, 70 to 79, 80 to 89, and 90 plus. This year’s oldest participant was a 95-year-old Doylestown resident who competed in bocce, pinochle and billiards.

This weeklong event, hosted in partnership with the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA) and the Bucks County Department of Parks & Recreation, gave seniors the opportunity to demonstrate their athletic and intellectual abilities.

According to William R. McTigue Jr., Administrative Officer for Public Affairs at Bucks County Area Agency on Aging and an organizer of the Senior Games, this year’s most physically challenging game was the track & field, which included 100-meter sprints.

Seniors looking for less rigorous activities could register for bridge, pinochle, darts and a trivia contest. Other activities included bowling, tennis, table tennis, bocce, billiards and golf.

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Correction…

To Dr. Bharat A. Shah’s business profile last month. His website is www.oxfordlaserdentistry.com.

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