Scenes from the Pennsbury School District Art Show

  1. Anna Sheridan, a junior at Pennsbury High School, with her study of negative space.
  1. Brooke Weaver, a student at William Penn Middle School, with her mosaic still life made of paint swatch samples.
  1. Charles Boehm Middle School student, Celia Dolan, shows off her aluminum tooling project.
  1. Dom Panaia, from William Penn Middle School, with his Peter Max-style poster.
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Sumo wrestling competition closes fundraiser at Makefield Elementary

by June Portnoy

Match One: Physical education teacher, Jim Parsons, wrestles kindergarten teacher, Kerriann Genzel.

Match Two: Kindergarten teacher, Molly Werthman, wrestles first grade teacher, Megan Corrigan.

Match Three: First grade teacher, Karen Daidone, wrestles Kindergarten teacher, Maria Koellner.

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ShopRite’s locally grown produce – Bringing farm fresh foods to your table

Craving a meal that tastes farm fresh and is full of flavor? You’re in luck! With a quick stop at your local ShopRite you can pick up locally grown ingredients to make delicious and easy summer meals.

“Locally grown” ShopRite produce is grown on farms within our market area – New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Delaware.

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Sometimes, I just like to dance

by Jeff Roberts

The woman in the parking lot was just staring at me; then she burst out laughing. A teaching moment I thought, one more person I could educate about Parkinson’s Disease (PD). It was perfect timing; I was stumbling a bit as I was getting out of my car, trying to steady myself for the walk to Kohl’s.

I shouted back to her, “I have Parkinson’s, have you ever heard of it?” With that, she laughed even harder! Gathering my wits and putting aside my justifiable annoyance, I said, “Or sometimes, I just like to dance!”

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Casey Schaeffer lends a hand to help others

by June Portnoy

At just 11-years-old, Casey Schaeffer from Yardley, a fifth-grader at Edgewood Elementary School, dreams of starting her own non-profit organization. Casey’s first philanthropic endeavor was organizing a large fundraising event on May 16th to support A Soldier’s Hands, a non-profit organization providing skincare products to troops overseas.

Trish Shallenberger, also from Yardley, established this organization in 2007, and to date it has sent care packages to over 2,500 soldiers.

Each individual package consists of sunscreen, hand cream, lip balm with SPF, candy and handwritten letters from local students and seniors, giving these gifts a personal touch.

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Farmers Market Nutrition Program for seniors now open

Farmers Market Nutrition Program – offering free vouchers for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets – is now open throughout Bucks County.

County residents 60 or older are eligible for free vouchers worth $20. Income guidelines start at $21,775 or less annually for an individual, adding $7,696 for each additional household member.

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Pennsbury Education Foundation announces grant awards

The Pennsbury Education Foundation (PEF) recently awarded a total of eight grants to schools across the Pennsbury School District, totaling over $13,000. The PEF is a 501(c)3 organization that relies on donations and supports the purpose of improving teaching and learning in Pennsbury through innovative educational initiatives.

Grants are awarded through an application process that occurs twice each year.

“The PEF Board is pleased to support the valuable work that our teachers do in the classroom, said Annette Young, PEF President.

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The Dance Academy wins big at major dance event

On April 25th and 26th, The Dance Academy competed in Lancaster, PA against dozens of dance studios from around the state and area for prestigious top honors at Showstopper, the largest dance competition in the country.

The Dance Academy received nine crystal awards; 28 double platinum awards; 21 platinum awards; six gold awards.

This qualifies them to go to the Showstopper National Finals in Sandusky, Myrtle Beach, Anaheim, or Galveston this summer.

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Troop 230 honors five Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 230, chartered by St. Ignatius Church of Yardley, is honoring five outstanding young men who attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

They will be awarded this designation on Saturday evening, May 30th at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitors Center. Charles Brice, James Busch, Michael Busch, Brian Plunkett, and Daniel Silvernail all will be graduating high school this June and attending various universities in the fall.

Each young man earned a minimum of 21 Eagle-required merit badges, served in various leadership positions within the troop, and completed an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project to benefit their communities in order to attain the highest rank in boy scouts.

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Yardley/Newtown Piazza Nuova Lodge presents scholarship awards

by June Portnoy

The Yardley/Newtown Piazza Nuova Lodge (PNL) #2665 awarded $7,500 worth of scholarships to nine area graduating high school seniors, six of whom attend Bucks County high schools, and one additional Bucks County Community College (BCCC) student, during its Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner, held earlier this month at the Morrisville Senior Center.

Funding for the scholarships was provided by the PNL C&E (Cultural & Educational) Foundations, a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, and PNL’s philanthropic arm.

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