Afton Elementary students launch school-wide recycling

by June Portoy

Colin Kelliher and Michael Mercora, fourth graders at Afton Elementary School, recently launched a systematic approach to school-wide recycling as part of their class’s involvement in the Global Virtual Classroom’s (GVC) International Website Competition. Their teacher, Mrs. Heather Kirk, has been participating in the GVC program with her students for the past five years, entering their website competition for the past three years.

The GVC’s vision is to empower, enable and connect students around the world using Internet technology.

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Sons of American Legion in Yardley hang U.S. flags throughout Borough

by June Portnoy

In a true symbolic act of patriotism, the Sons of American Legion (S.A.L.), Post 315, Yardley, are continuing their 11-year tradition of hanging American flags throughout Yardley Borough.

“This is completely a volunteer effort by S.A.L. members who are currently in the process of placing 120 flags on poles and trees along Afton Avenue and Main Street,” said Gene Tecce, Commander of American Legion Post 317.

He explained that S.A.L. stands for Sons of the American Legion, males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military. An American Legion Post includes legionnaires, S.A.L. members and auxiliary members.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about hostas

by June Portnoy

The Martha Washington Garden Club (MWGC) welcomed Penn State Master Gardener Walter Cullerton at their meeting on Wednesday, March 23rd to talk about hostas. According to Walter, hostas are one of the greatest perennial plants for your garden. They divide and multiply very easily. They primarily come from the wild in Japan, with some from China and Korea.

They are among the most popular for shady areas with hundreds of varieties available. Although they grow well in shade, they don’t tolerate sun very well. In addition, they will grow well if kept really moist, so placing them near a drainpipe is a good location for them. However, if they are placed in a body of water, they will die, so beware of too much water.

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Tasha Schapiro shines at YOBC’s Annual Concerto Competition

by Patricia Cangelosi

Last June, Tasha Schapiro – now a senior at Pennsbury High School – was one of five musicians to win the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County’s (YOBC’s) Annual Concerto Competition.

“This is an outstanding group of young musicians who are great representatives of the organization and, indeed, of young people throughout the county,” says Diana Nolan, YOBC Auditions Coordinator and Office Manager.

A French horn player, Tasha has been nurturing her musical talents and aspirations since childhood. As a fourth grader, she fell in love with the instrument through a chance encounter with a neighbor who had just started playing it. “I loved how it sounded and just decided, this is what I want to play,” Tasha recalls.

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‘Everyday angels’ provide warm winter clothing to the very needy

Year after year the “everyday angels,” Barbara Lawless along with her husband John Lawless and two volunteer friends, Jennifer Gallagher and Lise Baxter, work to purchase, pack and mail warm winter clothing for the impoverished children and elders of western states Indian reservations where the destitute quality of life is most challenging to endure and survive.

High rates of infant mortality, teenage suicides due to hopelessness of life, shortened life expectancy, malnutrition, poverty, dismal housing conditions, shortage of drinking water, lack of electricity and indoor plumbing and low quality health care are a few of the many hardships encountered in these substandard living conditions.

The areas that Barbara and her team serve in six states are brutally cold, barren, snowy and windy with lack of good heat sources, dilapidated housing and extreme food shortages.

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Letter to the Editor

Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota, wants the remains of children from their tribe who were buried at Carlisle Indian School back when the school was in existence (1879 – 1918) repatriated. The tribe wants to rebury the children after appropriate Native prayers and services, which were outlawed at the time the children were buried.

Carlisle Indian School, located in Carlisle, PA, was the first and the largest of the American Indian Schools. The purpose of the Indian schools was to assimilate Indians into mainstream society. General Pratt, who is credited with developing the Indian school concept and founding Carlisle, had a philosophy with respect to American Indians which is best summed up by his most famous and now notorious quote: “Kill the Indian, save the man.”

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Yardley’s Mac Rushing named to National Junior Ultimate Frisbee Team

by Matt Snider

“When people think of Ultimate, there’s always a lot of predetermined ideas about what it actually is,” says Pennsbury High School senior James Rushing. “They often think it is just a bunch of people sitting in a field somewhere throwing around a Frisbee. It is so much more than that.”

If there is someone to talk about what Ultimate (originally known as Ultimate Frisbee) is, it’s someone who is putting together a resume in the sport like James Rushing. Called “Mac” to those who know him, Rushing is one of only 24 young men recently named to the USA National Junior Ultimate team. The team will compete this summer with 40 other teams from over 20 countries in the World Junior Ultimate Championships in Poland.

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Steven Weaner earns Eagle Scout status

Steven Weaner, son of Scott and Elizabeth Weaner of Yardley, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. The Troop 46 Boy Scout performed his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project for the Lower Makefield Township Park and Recreation Department.

Steven designed a Gaga Court which he installed with the help of seven Scouts from his Troop, at Community Park near the swimming pool complex. The court has a 20-foot diameter concrete pad surrounded by a 5-foot tall wall constructed of wood. It is designed to allow players of all ages to play Gaga, a game similar to Dodgeball.

The project was funded by donations from various local businesses.

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Big Oak Citgo’s 15th Annual River Clean Up Day

River Clean Up Day has been a tradition for the crew at Big Oak Citgo for the past 15 years. One day each spring they close up shop and spend the afternoon removing tires and garbage from the various islands on the Delaware River in Yardley/Morrisville.

This year, their Clean Up Day took place in April. Big Oak Citgo owner, Tom Cooper, an avid fisherman, first began the clean up with his then young sons to teach them respect for the river that he loves.

Pictured from left are Ethan Bray, Tom Cooper, Bob Weng and Pete Kraemer.

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Commission announces contract for noise wall installation work along I-95 in PA

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission recently announced the award of an engineering contract for construction management and constructability review services associated with the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project. The contract was approved by Commissioners at their February 29th meeting for a not-to-exceed amount of $912,693.42. Under the contract, the engineering firm Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. of Lebanon, NJ will be responsible for two key oversight functions in advance of the multi-faceted bridge project.

First, Greenman-Pedersen will provide construction management services for construction of noise abatement walls along eligible portions of the Pennsylvania I-95 approach to the Scudder Falls Bridge. This professional services work will involve a variety of oversight tasks, including establishing and monitoring the project schedule and construction progress, reviewing shop drawings, and administering invoicing and payments.

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