Yardley Country Club celebrates 88 years in business

Opened for play in 1928, the Yardley Country Club has been a fixture of Philadelphia golf for decades.

The course at 6,422 yards from the back tees is much the same today as it was when golf legends and major champions like Johnny Farrell, Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead walked their links. Continuously praised from both the occasional as well as the accomplished golfer, Yardley is a course for all ages and levels of ability, offering impeccably conditioned fairways and some of the smoothest putting surfaces in the region.

Yardley Country Club also offers banquet services, which are capable of handling groups from 50 – 200. The menus are fully customizable to suit any event.

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Landmark Towns of Bucks County presents Annual Community Achievement Awards

Each of the three participating Landmark Towns of Bucks County, Morrisville, Yardley and New Hope, awarded their annual Community Achievement Awards to outstanding individuals at the annual Reception and Award Ceremony on September 29th.

The reception was held at the Historic Summerseat in Morrisville, in conjunction with the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. The Community Achievement Awards are presented annually to recognize and honor the tremendous time, effort and personal commitment exemplified by the Landmark Towns award winners. Steering Committee representatives from each of the participating communities nominated a winner or winners from their communities.

Hal Wilcox was recognized for his work on the Mega Sports Camp in Morrisville as well as his leadership on combatting the drug epidemic in the region by building on a partnership with the local churches.

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Girl Scouts of Yardley build gaga courts for community

by Christine Wolkin

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This is what four friends, Lizzie Pingor, Carissa Gayle, Jessica McNeely and Katie Macan of Girl Scout Troop 290 in Yardley, quickly learned when trying to complete their Silver Award projects.

The game of gaga had long played a role in their Girl Scout careers, beginning years ago when they first discovered the game at a camporee weekend at Camp Nockamixon. They immediately fell in love with gaga, which is a fast-paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit.

Dubbed a kinder, gentler version of dodge ball, the game is played with a kick ball and combines the skills of dodging, running, jumping and striking, while trying to hit opponents with the ball below the knees.

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Dr. Madhu Munthala joins VCA Animal Healing Center

VCA Animal Healing Center has announced that Dr. Madhu Munthala has joined their practice. Dr. Munthala has practiced small animal veterinary medicine since 2007 with a special interest in internal medicine, radiology, and alternative treatment modalities. She is also trained as an acupuncturist by the Chi Institute in Florida.

“I believe veterinary medicine is a very emotionally rewarding profession, and I am blessed to be a part of it,” said Dr. Munthala. “I’m excited to be part of the team and work alongside the compassionate and skillful staff.”

VCA Animal Healing Center is located at 1724 Yardley Langhorne Road in Yardley. For more information call 215-493-0621.

PHOTO CAP: Dr. Madhu Munthala


Reginald A. Meadows named new Co-Principal at Pennsbury High School

At the public Board meeting held on August 4th, the Pennsbury Board of School Directors appointed Reginald A. Meadows to be the next Co- Principal at Pennsbury High School.

Mr. Meadows will replace former PHS East Co-Principal, Shawn Neely, and join PHS West Co-Principal, Lisa Becker, in this leadership role.

Having served as an Assistant Principal for nearly nine years on both the East and West campuses of the high school, Mr. Meadows possesses a broad familiarity with the School District.

“Mr. Meadows has had many opportunities to assess the systems in place at the high school and was able to articulate clear strategies to ensure and improve effectiveness and efficiencies,” said District Superintendent William J. Gretzula, Ed.D. “Equally important, Mr. Meadows has established positive professional and respectful relationships with all stakeholders in the Pennsbury community.”

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Troop 230 honors two new Eagles

An Eagle Court of Honor took place earlier this month at Washington Crossing Historic Park for Nicholas V. Kusters and Timothy Joseph Swanicke, both of Langhorne and of Yardley’s Boy Scout Troop 230. For his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, Nicholas Kusters returned to his home field.

A long time participant in the Langhorne Athletic Associations baseball programs, Nick led a team of volunteers to overhaul the dugouts at Community Park in Langhorne. His team created new signage, shelving and equipment hangers.

Nick began his trail to Eagle as a Cub Scout in Pack 360 where he earned Arrow of Light before joining Troop 230. He has served his troop as Troop Guide, Quartermaster and Patrol Leader.

Nick attended summer camps in California, New York and Pennsylvania; he counts the camping trips to the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis as highlights of his scouting experience.

Nick also served as Crew Chief of the now disbanded Venture Crew 230. He has traveled to Mount Washington in New Hampshire, Yosemite National Park in California and the Tomogame and the Alagash in Canada.

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Hannah Venables has a way with birds

by June Portnoy

Hannah Venables, a Pennsbury High School senior from Yardley and a member of Girl Scout Troop 2684, has always been a nature lover. So when it came time to decide on a project to earn her Gold Award, it seemed logical that she chose a topic to help make a positive impact on the great outdoors. The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting and challenges girls to change the world in some way.

Hannah consulted with her Silver Award Advisor, John Heilferty, a part-time naturalist at Lower Makefield Township’s Five Mile Woods Nature Preserve, for suggestions on environmental issues. When he told her how the American kestrel, a small falcon, was on the decline in this area, she immediately wanted to help bring them back.

“These kestrels create their habitats in large open grassy fields,” explained Hannah. “They usually live above these fields in the hollows of trees for nesting, and they use the perches of trees or telephone lines for hunting.

“Because of all the development that has taken place in Bucks County, so much open land has been replaced by houses, and trees have been knocked down, destroying these birds’ habitats.”

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Big Oak Citgo announces Citgo gasoline has achieved top tier status

Yardley Citgo has joined the elite group of petroleum retailers pledged to maintain top tier status.

Top tier status refers to a commitment to provide TOP TIER™ detergency formulations in all grades of Citgo branded petroleum. These detergency formulations help to prevent deposits on fuel injectors, combustion chambers, and intake valves.

Many premium car manufacturers, including BMW, Mercedes Benz and others, suggest using only top tier formulated gasoline. For more information regarding the TOP TIER™ program go to www.toptiergas.com. Also visit www.bigoakcitgo.com to learn more about Big Oak Citgo.


Habitat Bucks ReStores empower special needs individuals

Individuals with special needs often have difficulty gaining work experience and finding employment. In Bucks County, the Habitat for Humanity ReStores provide a place for diversified learners and those with special needs to gain experience in the real world.

Volunteers from The Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC), Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Foundations Behavioral Health, Shared Support, and other organizations obtain valuable work experience at the ReStores.

“Our diverse learner population benefits greatly from the opportunity to be more independent, gaining confidence and developing their communication and interpersonal skills in our ReStores,” says Colleen Brink, Volunteer & Outreach Director, Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County. “We want area families and organizations to know that we support the needs of individuals and empower them by offering them a place to build their life and work skills.”

Connor is a weekly volunteer at both the Langhorne and Chalfont ReStores and he comes from CLC in Southampton. He is glad to take advantage of this opportunity to develop job skills.

“Connor looks forward to his work days at the Habitat ReStore,” says his mom, Judy. “It’s important to him to be productive and valued, and the staff treat him as part of the team. He is proud to give back to the community that has given him so much. So it’s a win-win all the way around!”

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Amanda Rearden and Julia Daly complete Silver Award projects

by June Portnoy

Amanda Rearden and Julia Daly, both incoming Pennsbury High School freshmen, were Brownies in Yardley’s Girl Scout Troop 29 when they met eight years ago. Today, they are Girl Scout Cadettes, still in the same troop.

They recently completed their Girl Scout Silver Award projects by taking a leadership role to help make a positive difference to their community.

“This is the highest award that a Girl Scout Cadette can earn,” says their troop leader, Michelle Young.

According to a spokesperson at Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, only three to five percent of Girl Scouts earn a Silver Award. Although both girls strived to attain the same award, each girl chose very different projects to reach this goal.

Amanda taught autistic children how to play a musical instrument, while Julia helped her church run its day camp program. Amanda, who has played the oboe for five years and has a good friend with autism, combined both these interests in her Silver Award project.

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