Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School participates in Super Duper Bowl V

by June Portnoy

For the fifth consecutive year, Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School students from pre-K through fourth grade piled outside to cheer on fifth graders competing in a flag football tournament during the Super Duper Bowl V on January 30th.

This event, always the Friday before the NFL Super Bowl, has become “like a rite of passage to our fifth graders who come out and watch this tournament year after year, knowing their day will come,” said PTO co-president, Colleen DiMario.

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Ryan Shollenberger wins award at Phillips’ Mill Youth Art Exhibition

Ryan Shollenberger, of Yardley, recently won a top award in Fine Arts for his mixed media “Self Portrait #1” at the Phillips’ Mill Youth Art Exhibition in New Hope.

Ryan is a senior at Holy Ghost Preparatory School.

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Stephanie Ripka named LBCCC’s Vice President

Stephanie Ripka, of Yardley, was recently promoted to Vice President of the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce.

Starting out in retail, Stephanie managed card and gift stores in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania for over a decade. Later she transitioned into the construction industry, working for both general and mechanical contractors, where she excelled in project management, accounting and cost-control. With proven proficiency in finance and client service, she utilized her skills for over 20 years in construction.

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Troop 10 recognizes four new Eagle Scouts

Troop 10 in Yardley recognized its four newest Eagle Scouts at a Court of Honor on February 22nd. Paul Secchia, Colin Thurston, Luke Stapleton and Nathan A. Smith all earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Each of the young men, who are all students at Pennsbury High School, earned at least 21 merit badges, served as leaders within their Troop and completed an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project to benefit others in their community in order to achieve the highest rank in Scouting.

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Exact Solar earns Super Service Award again for 2014

Exact Solar has once again earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local marketplace in 2014.

Mark Bortman, Exact Solar owner, was thrilled with the repeat accomplishment.

“Solar energy is revolutionizing the energy landscape. We save our customers money right away, reducing or even eliminating altogether that line item in every household budget – the utility bill. The average cost-per-kwh from a residential system is generally less than half of what is paid for utility power today. And while utility prices just keep going up, your system price is fixed and you don’t have to worry about rising fuel costs with solar because the “fuel” for our systems is and always will be free. Solar is quick, easy, and affordable and our reviews reflect our commitment to bringing the highest quality systems to our customers every day while providing excellent customer service. We won’t put anything on our customers’ roofs that we wouldn’t put on our own home.”

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Namesake Scholarship announced by Pennsbury Scholarship Foundation

In memory of Claire M. Connell, an Endowed Namesake Scholarship has been established by the Connell Family for the Pennsbury Scholarship Foundation (PSF). Claire was born in Boston, MA and lived there before moving to Yardley in 1967. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Regis College and her Master of Education from Boston University.

Claire’s belief that all young people should have an opportunity for a college education led her to serve on the Board of Directors of the PSF for 32 years. She served as Vice President and President and was bestowed the title of Director Emeritus in 2008.

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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 earlier this 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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Learn2Earn get kids excited about reading!

Learn2Earn is an online school fundraising platform that gets kids excited about reading while raising money. Both the fundraising tool, Reading-Raiser, and the teacher tool, Whooo’s Reading, combine social learning and gamification to encourage kids to read more and get rewarded for it.

Afton Elementary School ran a successful program this fall and earned $28,000 in just two months! Raising this money allowed them to purchase 30 laptops and a charging laptop cart for their school.

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Letter to the Editor

There is a great need for American Indian children and elders on reservations in New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Montana, and Arizona, especially during the bitterly cold, blizzard-prone winter months. They need new or gently-used warm winter clothing – coats, hoodies, hats, gloves, shoes, boots, jeans, sweatshirts, etc., all ages, all sizes, boys or girls from infants to 16 years.

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Lego architect

Schuyler Cauley (right), of Yardley, won first place in the Lego Brick Builder Challenge Contest earlier this month at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. This contest was part of the opening day activities for the “Art of the Brick” exhibition. Schulyer’s piece, called “Chateau Schuyler” is displayed in a glass case at the end of the Art of the Brick exhibit. It will be on display for one month. You can see photos of his piece at the Franklin Institute Facebook page.

Pictured with Schuyler is Franklin Institute President and CEO, Larry Dubinski.

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