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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Schuyler Cauley named PA National Geographic State Bee semifinalist

Schuyler Cauley of Yardley has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2016 Pennsylvania National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held in Harrisburg on Friday, April 1st.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 28th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion.

School champions then took an online qualifying test. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state Bees.

PHOTO CAP: Schuyler Cauley

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Pennington Montessori School announces Infant Care program

Pennington Montessori School has proudly announced the addition of a Premiere Infant Care program at their Pennington location.

Dr. Montessori believed that the child was in their most sensitive period from birth to six years. Pennington Montessori School’s new Infant Program is designed so that each child will receive individual attention allowing the teacher to cater to the needs of the infant based on its own personality.

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For Dashiell Papula, the string’s the thing

by Rachel M. Romano

At the young age of 10, Dashiell Papula of Yardley switched from playing the guitar to playing the cello because he was looking for more of a challenge. Now at the age of 17, he has proved that he could meet that challenge.

Dashiell, the first chair cellist with the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County’s Symphony Orchestra, was one of five musicians to win the YOBC’s annual concerto competition last June. In all, eleven musicians auditioned. Along with cellist Torin Li of Doylestown, Dashiell earned the right to perform a double concerto solo during the orchestra’s fall concert.

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Lions Club members fill purses for ladies in need

The Yardley-Makefield Lions Club recently organized a purse drive spearheaded by Jeanne Tal, to collect and fill gently used handbags for distribution to women in need. The drive was shared in a Facebook post on the “Lower Makefield is a Great Place to Live” page, which generated the donation of more than 60 purses and hundreds of unused wellness and beauty products, as well as treats.

Nine Lions Club volunteers gathered at the home of Jamie Fazzalore-Truelove to fill 65 purses, which were delivered to the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in time for Valentine’s Day.

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Odyssey of the Mind Teams advancing to State Competition

Congratulations to the 28 Pennsbury teams that participated in the Southeast PA Regional Odyssey of the Mind tournament on February 27th! Pennsbury played host to hundreds of students from across the region for an exciting day of OM competitions.

Of Pennsbury’s 28 teams, five primary teams participated in a non-competitive portion, in which they created solutions to the primary problem called “Stir the Pot.” For Division 1, nine Pennsbury teams competed.

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