Katie Trojak establishes ‘Stuffed Animal Rescue’

by June Portnoy

Churchville’s Katie Trojak, a 10th-grader at Council Rock High School South, recently founded The Stuffed Animal Rescue, an organization that collects used, no longer wanted stuffed animals, sanitizes them and then donates them to people in need of comfort and love.

Katie’s idea for her organization was the result of her family’s visit to a yard sale early last year. Her sister, Kristy, wanted to buy a stuffed animal, but their mother preferred that she didn’t buy one there, not knowing how clean it was.

“I began thinking about how many stuffed animals must go to waste because parents are concerned about buying previously-owned stuffed animals,” explained Katie. “I realized that many of these stuffed animals must ultimately end up in landfills, which hurts our environment.”

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Autism Cares Foundation hosting Family Holiday Party

The holidays are the perfect time to see the look of sheer joy on children’s faces as they share in the festivities of the season. The non-profit Autism Cares Foundation will be bringing lots of this holiday cheer to more than 400 local children, teens, and young adults with autism and their family members at its upcoming festive Family Holiday Party.

The unique annual event will be held on Friday, December 11th, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, in the cafeteria at Council Rock High School South, 2002 Rock Way in Holland.

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FC Bucks Inferno takes invitational title

Council Rock United Soccer Association’s FC Bucks Inferno took home the championship in the U12 Girls’ 11 vs. 11 bracket, in the seventh annual CRUSA/FC Bucks Invitational Tournament last month at Council Rock High School South.

Pictured in back row from left, Alexa Cahill, Ashley Volans, Lindsey Bennett, Jenna Garber, Dana DeDominics, Lara Hensler, Kaila Rahn, and Coach Tom Rodman; front row kneeling, Brenna Schoenfeld, Caroline Grunwell, Riley Hepler, Katie Rodman, Paige Geiger, and Katie Daniels; reclining in front, Ashleigh Adams. Not pictured are Madelyn Deal, Matrona Melekos, Kiersten Whalen, Coach Rich Finneyfrock, and Coach Mike Adams. Photo by Lynn Adams.

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Dancing siblings win in Wildwood

Elite Dance Academy siblings, Nick and Ava Camarero, recently won titles at the 2015 Dance Xplosion Nationals in Wildwood, NJ. Nick, a freshman at Council Rock High School South and coached by Mr. Tony Jackson, won Mr. Teen Dance Xplosion, while Ava, a student at Richboro Middle School and coached by Miss Jill McCloskey Daly, was crowned Junior Miss Dance Xplosion, as well as receiving the award for tap excellence.

Elite Dance Academy fall registration is open for all ages and levels. For info call 215-322-9175.

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Bike the Basin: A one-of-a-Kind cycling event to help cure retinal blindness

by June Portnoy

Michael Smedley, a 15½-year-old sophomore at Council Rock High School South, wants nothing more than to drive, but he must put that dream on hold because he has lost most of his vision.

His brother, Mitchell Smedley, 12, a seventh grader at Richboro Middle School, can no longer play for Northampton Baseball due to his significant vision impairment.

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