The Heritage Society of Penndel

The Heritage Society of Penndel was formed in 1999 during the Centennial Celebration year of the establishment of the borough. Its mandate was to work at enhancing the image of Penndel, as well as provide support to other organizations that provide activities for community participation.

The present Chairperson of the Society is Barbara Heffelfinger; the Vice Chair is Michael Nigra; the Secretary is Ward McMasters; and the Treasurer is Ted Kristiniak. Meetings are held the last Tuesday of each month, except July, August and December, at 7:30pm at Borough Hall. New members are always welcome.

There are a number of projects including maintaining the planters, purchasing and installing banners, and sending packages to local servicemen and women serving overseas.

The Society also lends support to the Penndel Activities Committee, which continues to sponsor the Halloween Party, the Tree Lighting, the holiday decoration contests, the Easter Egg Hunt, and the Seniors Party in September.

Major fundraising events include the Saturday Souper Supper at the Coffee Cup Café on Saturday, February 22nd from 3:30 to 7:00pm, the Ice Cream Social on Sunday, June 1st on the lawn at Borough Hall, 4:30 to 6:30pm, and the bake sales at the primary and general elections.

The Heritage Society also maintains a 501(c)3 community corporation that is capable of accepting tax deductible donations that help provide grants to benefit the community. For further information contact Borough Hall and leave a message and your call will be returned.

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The Heritage Society of Penndel

The Heritage Society of Penndel was formed in 1999 during the Centennial Celebration year of the establishment of the borough. Its mandate was to work at enhancing the image of Penndel, as well as provide support to other organizations that provide activities for community participation.

The present Chairperson of the Society is Barbara Heffelfinger; the Vice Chair is Michael Nigra; the Secretary is Ward McMasters; and the Treasurer is Ted Kristiniak. Meetings are held the last Tuesday of each month, except July, August and December, at 7:30pm at Borough Hall. New members are always welcome.

There are a number of projects including maintaining the planters, purchasing and installing banners, and sending packages to local servicemen and women serving overseas.

The Society also lends support to the Penndel Activities Committee, which continues to sponsor the Halloween Party, the Tree Lighting, the holiday decoration contests, the Easter Egg Hunt, and the Seniors Party in September.

Major fundraising events include the Saturday Souper Supper at the Coffee Cup Café on Saturday, February 22nd from 3:30 to 7:00pm, the Ice Cream Social on Sunday, June 1st on the lawn at Borough Hall, 4:30 to 6:30pm, and the bake sales at the primary and general elections.

The Heritage Society also maintains a 501(c)3 community corporation that is capable of accepting tax deductible donations that help provide grants to benefit the community. For further information contact Borough Hall and leave a message and your call will be returned.

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Penndel Mayor nominated for two awards

Penndel Mayor Bob Winkler is a busy man.  When he’s not doing work around the Borough Hall or around town, he can be found giving young people a second chance.

Bob was nominated recently for two awards. One was from Pennsylvania CareerLink, who he has been working with since 2010.  He has taken about 11 young people under his wing. 

It is a great opportunity for both the Borough and the kids. The Borough gets free help because the interns are paid by CareerLink, and the kids learn skills and also get a second chance. 

Some, but not all, are kids that had gotten in trouble. One of the interns ended up at CareerLink because she had family problems and dropped out of school. She now has her GED, goes to college, works at another job, besides being hired by the borough 16 hours a month as an administrative assistant. She has nothing but praise for the mayor. 

The Bucks County Youth Council also has a high opinion of him, which is why he was honored at the Most Valuable Partnership Awards as one of four nominees in September. Bob loves working with the kids and teaching them how to do different kinds of work, whether it be painting, landscaping, carpentry, office work, or whatever is needed to be done for the Borough. He hopes his mentoring can help turn their lives around. 

The second award he was nominated for was the Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association’s 2013 Mayor of the Year Award. Bob did not win either award, but was still thrilled to be nominated. 

PHOTO CAP: Penndel Mayor Bob Winkler 

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Community Day and yard sale in Penndel, June 1st

The Third Annual Community Day in Penndel will be held Saturday, June 1st, on Woodland Avenue from Bellevue to Centre and Hulmeville to Fairview Avenues from 9:00am to 2:00pm.  

Mayor Robert Winkler has been planning this event for several months. More than 18 businesses and organizations have contributed to making this event a success.      

Main attractions will include amusement rides, a moon bounce, giant slide for children, face painting, and numerous attractions for young people and adults.

A number of vendors will be present as well as demonstrations and displays by police, fire and rescue organizations. Food will be available for sale at the Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Woodland Ave will be closed to vehicle travel from Bellevue Avenue to Fairview Avenue from 7:00am to 3:00pm.

This year there will be a certified electronics recycling company accepting those electronic articles that can no longer be put out with the regular trash. The company will be located at the Our Lady of Grace School.

The annual Borough Wide Yard Sale, sponsored by the Penndel Activities Committee, will be held the same day as Community Day, June 1st, from 8:00am to 2:00pm. The rain date is June 8th.

Residents will be conducting yard sales throughout Penndel. The application form to be a sponsored sale location is available at the Penndel Borough Office during business hours or by calling 215-757-5152. Maps of sponsored locations will be available at the Activities table at the Penndel Borough Hall.

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Penndel Drugs: Your neighborhood pharmacy, offering the personal attention you deserve

 

by June Portnoy

Getting your prescriptions filled today has sometimes become an impersonal experience where you often have to wait in long lines, rarely ever meeting the pharmacist. Some times when you return, you see different people working in the pharmacy, some rushing to fill the hundreds of prescriptions waiting for them.

If you don’t mind patronizing this type of pharmacy, you can find one on practically every block. However, if you’d prefer a pharmacy where the staff not only knows your name, but knows you personally, you want to go to Penndel Drugs.

The community enthusiastically welcomed this new pharmacy to Penndel in September as its town’s only full-service pharmacy.

On staff are pharmacist and store manager Ann Marie Takacs, and pharmacy technician Anya Lam, who work all day and evening, every day the store is open. Since there is just one pharmacist and technician at Penndel Drugs, these professionals develop on-going relationships with their customers.

“At Penndel Drugs, we can offer our customers fast personal attention because we are not filling thousands of prescriptions a day,” says Ann Marie, who spent 25 years working at a chain pharmacy. “I am thrilled to be working here because I can now offer my customers one-on-one attention.”

Ann Marie will also compound prescriptions. 

Both she and Anya are happy to take as much time as necessary to answer questions and accommodate special requests. Their goal is to get everyone the medications they need that same day.

The pharmacy offers free, same-day delivery of medications, a particularly nice service to the elderly and to those who are too sick to get to the pharmacy.

Penndel Drugs also stocks a good selection of medical equipment, such as walkers, wheelchairs, and commodes.  However, if you can’t find what you’re looking for at the store, Ann Marie and Anya will be happy to order whatever you need.  They will look through a catalogue of medical equipment with you, so you’re not only getting the equipment you want, but also the style and design you prefer.

“We do whatever we can to accommodate our customers’ needs,” adds Ann Marie.

In addition to pharmaceutical and medical products, Penndel Drugs has a complete array of general merchandise, with items ranging from Yankee Candles, Stephanie Dawn handbags and greeting cards, to cosmetics, health and beauty aids, vitamins and supplements, and snacks and candy.

The majority of merchandise sold here is made in the USA, and you will always find discounted prices on both merchandise and prescriptions.

“We present our store as a homelike atmosphere, as opposed to a pharmacy mill,” says Ann Marie. “You’ll see and feel the difference as soon as you walk inside.”

Although Penndel Drugs offers an old-fashioned approach to pharmacy in many ways, it keeps up with the times by providing on-line refills, and will accept prescriptions electronically, via fax or by phone.

All major insurances are accepted, including CVS Caremark & Express Scripts.  Ann Marie and Anya will also help you with Medicare billing.

Store hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 7:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Penndel Drugs is located at 19 and 21 Bellevue Avenue (in the Bottom Dollar Shopping Center).

For more information, visit them at www.penndeldrugs.com, on www.facebook.com/penndeldrugs, or call them at 215-970-5676.

PHOTO CAP: Ann Marie Takacs (left), and Anya Lam at Penndel Drugs.

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