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Letters to the Editor Thank you for your article on Irish emigration and the “coffin ships” that carried the courageous Irishmen, women and children to the United States in search of a better life. My grandparents were from Beaufort, Kerry, Ireland. Although my grandparents did not travel on the Coffin Ships, having emigrated to the US in the early 1900’s, I imagined the great courage it took to leave their country and families. One of my grandmother’s final requests, at age 90, was “I want to go home to Ireland”.   There is an excellent book, written by Christine Kinealy, named «The Great Irish Famine» which addresses the impact and the ideology of the great famine of 1845-1851 and the oppression of Irish people. The number of Irish that died during the famine, usually blamed on the potato blight, was over 1 Million. In her book, Kinealy showed that Ireland actually produced enough food to sustain her population if it were not for the British that confiscated the crops and shipped the crops to England. I have heard the expression that «the Irish are happy people with sad songs». The sad songs are a reminder of the many toils and the struggle to survive during the famine and when they emigrated to the US.   The sadness also was related to the many Irish immigrants that would never see their families again in Ireland. My grandmother›s final requests was, at age 90, «I want to go home to Ireland».   The Irish came to this country for a better life, faced alienation that new races faced when they first came to this country, but they kept at it and worked hard to support their families.  The happiness comes from a people that truly love life, love the land, love their families and the opportunities to make their lives better.  I am truly proud to be Irish. —Jack O`Connor / O`Connor Insurance and Risk Management, LLC •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

The photo on this issue’s cover is by Justin DeRosa. Justin, born and raised in Levittown, is a landscape photographer who loves sharing the beauty of Bucks County with others. “This photo was taken in Langhorne, ” he said, “during a beautiful spring day in 2013. I was out and about taking photos when I stumbled upon this tree and noticed that the sun was at a perfect height to illuminate the petals. “Photography has become my passion. I feel most people do not take enough time to appreciate nature, even in its most simple form, so

An article in The Levittown Leader, 2014 issue #5, concerned an effort by students and faculty at George Washington Elementary School to raise funds and awareness for Colon Cancer. The school’s principal, Mark Wilicki, had agreed to have his hair dyed blue (the color of Colon Cancer Awareness) at a general assembly if the school managed to raise $500. Students and staff doubled that amount. Michelle Lam, ESL teacher at G.W. Elementary, sent this photo of Principal Wilicki honoring his promise. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Regarding 7 Things That Will Disappear in our Lifetime (2014 issue #2)... What do we reach for when the power goes out, as it did this winter? The common candle. The Chinese made candles in 200 B.C., and the candle has never made any “things that will disappear” lists. Now, that’s a long run!

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he tradition continues! Pennsbury High School juniors and seniors spent months preparing for the 2014 edition of Sports Nite, which took place on the evenings of March 21-22, with the Black team edging out the Orange team by a score of 26-19. This year’s theme, “Remember When…,” celebrated major milestones in world history and pop culture through skits, dances, and artwork, while the results of competitive relays, cheers, and team organization helped boost the final scores for the Orange and the Black. The 2014 Sports Nite Queen was Diamond Schuler. Overall Captains were Bethany Tesarck and Jon Leventry for the Black team and Jessica Rogowicz and Bobby Wagner for the Orange team. ■ —Photos by Alan J. Micklin

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5K Run in Memory of Ryan Ryan Viola, shown at right, was a 17 year old Bucks County Technical High School Senior. Ryan sustained life-threatening injuries when he was struck by a car while on the way to his bus stop the morning of November 29, 2012. He was pronounced dead the following day, and on December 1, 2012 his donated organs gave the gift of life to 5 people. On March 30, despite the chilly, rainy weather, over 400 people of all ages gathered at Bucks County Technical High School for a 5K walk/run, named Ryan Strong, to honor his memory. All proceeds from the 5k will be used to establish

a scholarship fund at BCTHS in Ryan’s name.

Alice Viola, Ryan’s mother, was moved by the turnout. “We are so honored to have so many people in our lives,” she said. “We live in a great community. We aren’t here to mourn Ryan’s death. We’re here to celebrate his life and the life that has come because of him.”

Donations may still be made toward the scholarship fund. Please make checks payable to RyanStrong and mail to PO Box 1604, Bensalem PA 19020. ■

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It was when her mother handed her the sheet music to a song from “The Phantom of the Opera” that Abigail Merk discovered her love for “this strange music.”

schools, universities, churches and professional and community organizations. Students from Westminster perform with some of the greatest orchestras and conductors of our time, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic, and the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Westminster’s choirs have been featured on more than 180 commercial recordings.

The Conwell-Egan Catholic senior has had a fondness for music since she began taking singing lessons at Holy Trinity (Morrisville) in the second grade. Her mother (and piano teacher), holding a trio of degrees in Organ PerMerk was a four-time AllWMC is one of the world’s elite Catholic Chorus selection at formance, Music Therapy, and Music Education, is Conwell-Egan Catholic, as music schools. credited for fostering that well as a choir member of the love. “When it comes down Capitol Singers of Trenton & it, my mom is the reason I love music. She’s alTrenton Community Singers. She has also been a ways exposed me to new things, whether I liked it longtime member of the National Association of or not, and that’s what opened my eyes in the first Pastoral Musicians, an organization that fosters the place,” Merk said. “We have such a connection; art of musical liturgy. The members of NPM serve we’re kind of like a team.” the Catholic Church in the United States as musicians, clergy, liturgists, and other leaders of prayer. Merk (at left, with CEC Music Director Brittany Montoro) was recently accepted into the prestigious Westminster Choir College of Rider University, one of the world’s leading schools in music. Westminster is a four-year music college and graduate school that prepares men and women for careers as performers and as music leaders in

Merk received her letter of acceptance the day of the annual CEC Christmas Concert. She will be attending Westminster in the fall, studying to receive her Bachelor of Arts in the Voice Performance program. ■

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Before you do anything, you need to soak your terra cotta flowerpot. This makes it easier to drill. Figure out where you’d like to place the holes on the flowerpot and mark them with a sharpie. Grab your masonry drill and drill holes in the center of the saucers, and add some drain holes in the larger saucer. Drill a hole in your stick and start to drill into the marks you made on the flowerpot. Take your water bottle and place it into the pot and cut off the remaining top of the water bottle. Using your sharpie, mark holes onto the water bottle so they line up perfectly with the holes you already created in your flowerpot. Cut out your holes in the water bottle, and place another hole at the bottom. Screw your eyebolt all the way through your bottle, flowerpot, saucer and stick. Attach your wire to the eyebolt and fish the wire through the hole in the smaller saucer. Attach one end of the fish swivel to the top of the wire and attach a small loop of wire to the other end of the fish swivel.

Spring is a wonderful time of year. The flowers are in bloom, the bees are buzzing and you can hear birds singing in the trees. Yes, you can finally forget about that long and snowy winter and enjoy nature around you. Why not make some springtime decorations for your backyard? Here’s a fun DIY way to make a bird feeder out of a household flowerpot! You’re going to need a 2 liter plastic water bottle, a 6-1/2-in clay pot, a 7-1/2-in. clay saucer, a 9-1/2-inch clay saucer, an eye bolt, a 1/4 inch by 5 inches, two 1/4-inch washers, two 1/4-inch nuts to fit eye bolt, 12 inches of lightweight wire, 48 inches of picture-hanging wire, a fishing swivel, and a small tree branch.

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Those who returned typically did not come home to a hero’s welcome, as American public opinion turned against the war. National Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day was created in an effort to belatedly recognize those who served. Pennsylvania State Senator Tommy Tomlinson and State Representative Tina Davis presented DV3 with a Certificate of Commendation for its record of service and commitment to veterans. Photo above, Sen. Tomlinson with DV3’s Jesse Hill and Ferdie Tellado; below, Bristol Township officer Keith Bertram and Bristol Borough officer Charles Palmer, who participated in the event with a demonstration of K9 police techniques. ■ —Photos by Alan J. Micklin

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eshaminy High School’s Dance Team invited faculty members on stage to perform with them on Thursday March 27, in an annual contest designed not just to entertain but to build connections between staff and students; kids and kids; staff and staff, as well as the school community. The NHS Dance Team has been invited to Florida to dance at the Macy’s Parade at Universal Studios and the Russell Athletic Bowl. All proceeds from the night of dancing will go to fund the trip. ■ —Photos by Alan J. Micklin 

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or the 9th year, the Christine McCaffrey Community Emergency Fund Carnival will return to Shady Brook Farm in Lower Makefield, to raise needed financing for ongoing support of community-critical or emergency needs, where other services cannot provide the assistance. The Carnival will be at Shady Brook Farm from Thursday April 24 to Sunday April 27. (Thurs & Fri: 6:30-10:00pm, Sat. 3:00-10:00pm, Sun. 1-5pm)

To everyone’s astonishment, the community was able to raise over $250,000 to pay for those benefits, and even some employment for displaced workers.

The non-profit fund is the source of last resort for those in critical need of help. The Carnival, graciously supported over the years by Shady Brook Farm, serves to raise the funds, while providing a fun and welcoming atmosphere to community residents. Again this year, the fund has contracted with the highly-rated York-based Majestic Midways to bring kiddy & thrill rides and carnival food to the Stony Hill Road farm.

Over the years, the fund on numerous occasions has assisted individuals who were beyond resources when all other social services had failed. In essence the fund serves as a helping hand of last resort.

The fund was started after a fire severely damaged the McCaffrey’s Supermarket on Heacock Road in 2004. A group of citizens led by the late Fred Allan, launched the fund to help their friend Jim McCaffrey and his employees to have health insurance until the business could resume.

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The fund’s mission: To provide assistance to members of the Bucks County community, in non-recurring, critical and/or emergency situations, when other support services have faltered or are unavailable. With the ongoing generous support of Shady Brook Farm, and the Bucks County community, the fund looks forward to everyone enjoying the carnival and raising enough money to continue helping those in need. ■ For info contact Jim McCaffrey at 215-752-9440 or JMccaff904@aol.com

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Middletown Township Parks & Recreations presents its 4th Annual Sports Block Party on Friday, April 25, from 3:30 PM - 10:00 PM at the Middletown Community Park. Middletown Township hosts Neshaminy High School Varsity and Junior Varsity teams as they play other local high schools in baseball, softball and lacrosse on the same night at the same place. Enjoy live music from Damage Control, food, and sports. The park will be closed to cars adding that block party feel. Roam between games, listen to live music while enjoying the conversation of friends and neighbors. This is a FREE event. Free parking and shuttle service will be available at nearby Maple Point Middle School. Middletown Community Park is located at 2600 Langhorne-Yardley Rd., Langhorne. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Falls Township Parks & Recreation presents its Annual Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 12 at 1:00 PM. Bring your basket to collect colored eggs and to get a handmade balloon animal Otto the Clown. Please bring non-expired perishable to this event to support local food pantries. The Falls Township Community Park is located at 9125 Mill Creek Rd, Levittown. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

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Bristol Township begins Annual Yard Waste Collection Service on April 15. Yard waste can include: grass, leaves, clippings, branches, etc. Place yard waste in rigid container or biodegradable (paper) bags. No plastic bags. Branches must be cut into lengths less than 4 feet long. Branches should be tied or bundled with string or twine. Place yard waste out on your REGULAR collection day, from April 15 to November 30. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Fallsington Friends Quaker Meetinghouse presents Families Cook Together on April 19th, from 10 AM to 12 PM. Adults and children 6 years and older are invited to cook together and learn how to use fresh ingredients to create kid friendly, nutritious soups and salads using fresh foods such as kale, blueberries, mangoes and red peppers. Make friends, and enjoy a delicious meal! Cost per session: $30 for a parent and child and $5 for each additional person. The Fallsington Friends Quaker Meetinghouse is at the corner of Tyburn and New Falls Rd. For more info contact Colleen at 215- 295-1139 ext 102 or email her at: colleens@snipesfarm.org. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church continues their tradition of Community Flea Markets on Saturday, April 12, 2014.  Tables are $15.00. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Linda Beese (267-229-8770) or Jean Laino (215-932-7178). You can also email us at stpaullevittown@hotmail.com. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at the intersections of Levittown Parkway and Mill Creek Parkway in Levittown (89 Pinewood Drive, Levittown, PA 19054). Rain date is April 19, 2014. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Fallsington United Methodist Church will host an All You Can Eat Pasta Dinner on Saturday, April 26, from 4:00 -7:00 PM. Includes pasta, bread, salad, dessert and beverage. Cost is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $4 for children; children 5 and under eat free. Tickets sold at the door; take outs welcome. For more information, call 215-295-1379. Fallsington United Methodist Church is located at 50 Lacross Street, Fallsington, PA. 19054 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Neshaminy Talent Show— Interact Club and the Neshaminy Dance Team presents the 9th Annual Neshaminy›s Got Talent on April 10, 2014 at 7 p.m in the Theodore Kloos Auditorium that is located at Neshaminy High School.  We will showcase the many talents of our students as well as give back to two worthy organizations.  Proceeds from the show will go to the Detective Christopher Jones Foundation and The Wet Nose Rescue. Tickets are $5.00.  Bring a towel, dog toy or a blanket to the show and get one ticket free!

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••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Delaware Valley Roadrunners Club will host a FREE Cruise Night at Falls Township Community Park on Thursday April 17th from 6-9 PM. All vehicles welcome on Cruise Night, which will also feature food and music!  Photo plaques awarded to top 20 vehicles! Formed in 2008 the Roadrunners Club promotes the appreciation of all types of vehicles old and new including antiques, classics muscle cars, hot rods, motorcycles, and tuners. All money made goes to charities posted on our web site. New members are always welcome. For more info, contact Len (215) 510-6629 or visit www.delawarevalleyroadrunners. com. Falls Township Community Park is located at 9125 Mill Creek Road, Levittown, Pa. 19054 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Silver Lake Nature Center is offering a Recycle Craft Class on Saturday, April 12, from 10:00-11:30 AM. Crafter Extraordinaire, Theresa Vassallo, will lead this fun class! Learn to create all kinds of neat things from items you would have thrown out! Call 215-785-1177 (ext 12) or email palynn@co.bucks. pa.us for details and to find out what “trash” to bring. Fee: $5 member; $6 non-member; please call 215785-1177 to pre-register. Silver Lake Nature Center is located at 1306 Bath Road, Bristol, PA 19007. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

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On Saturday April 12, GOAL (Greenbelt Overhaul Alliance of Levittown) will be working with the Friends of the Delaware Canal to clear trash, debris and brush from the historic waterway and towpath. Volunteers will be working all along the Canal’s 58.9 mile length, but GOAL’s focus on April 12 will be from Home Depot on Route 13 to Green Lane in Bristol. Volunteers will meet at 8:45am at the closed Sonic on Route 13 in Levittown (across from Home Depot) outside of the Levittown Town Center Shopping Center. GOAL will supply safety vests, water and trash bags. All are welcomed. Event runs 9 am to 1 pm. For more info go to www.LTownGoal.com or call 215-269-1947. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Spring is here, so it is time to begin making your plans now for the Mother’s Day Tea at Historic Bolton Mansion on Saturday, May 3 from 1:00 TO 3:30 PM. You can give your mother, daughter, a friend or other family member a very special treat for Mother’s Day. Join us for a delightful afternoon at the mansion on the hill (Holly Hill). Spend some much deserved time enjoying each other’s company. A variety of finger sandwiches, desserts, your favorite teas and musical entertainment will be the highlights of the day. The cost is $20.00 per person. The monies will be used for mansion restoration. We are taking reservations now. First come, first served; seating is limited. Please call 215-943-7407 or 215-493-8464 to reserve your tickets. Historic Bolton Mansion is located at 85 Holly Drive, Levittown.

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••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Newportville Fire Company Firefighters & Ladies Auxiliary will have their annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 12th at the main station. The seating times are at 9 AM and 10:30 AM. Breakfast selections include eggs, pancakes, sausages, juice, milk, and coffee; fire truck rides offered (weather permitting) and a 50/50 raffle. You will also be able to purchase pictures with the Easter Bunny. The tickets for this event are $8/Adults, $6/for ages 10 & under. Due to limited seating, tickets are only available in advance only. For information, call Dawn at 215-275-6671 or visit http://newportvillefireco.com. The Newportville Fire Company’s main station is located at 2425 New Falls Road, Newportville, PA. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Rock & Mineral Club of Lower Bucks County, PA will hold a regular club meeting on April 11, 2014 at the Northminster Presbyterian Church, 140 Trenton Road, Fairless Hills, PA 19030. Meeting starts at 7:30 PM; admission is free. For more info, contact Richard Tillett at 215-757-1877. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Lower Bucks Hospital will hold its Annual Spring Craft Fair on Friday, May 9th, from 9 AM to 3 PM.  It will be held in the original lobby and will feature crafts and homemade treats., For information call Chris at 215-785-9240. Lower Bucks Hospital is located at 501 Bath Road, Bristol. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

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Leader Lottery Winner: Helene Sestito Helene Sestito of Langhorne was the latest winner of our Leader Lottery game, in which readers can win money for themselves and for their favorite charity or community cause in every issue of The Levittown Leader (see page 2). Helene was the winner for our March 8 issue. She picked up her copy at Deon Beverages, on Oxford Valley Road in Fairless Hills, and determined that her lucky number was E19. She then found a matching number in the ad for ACS Custom Design and Furniture Refinishing. A total of 33 Leader Readers found matching numbers in the March 8 issue; Helene’s ticket was drawn at “I’ll always be random from that group.

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Tips from Leader Readers To clean up oil stains in your driveway, try spraying the area with oven cleaner. Let is soak for a bit then scrub with a wire brush. Rinse with a hose, let it dry, and repeat if you need to. If you have one, a power washer is a big help. —Chris B./Tullytown April is National Car Care Month, and even though snowy weather is probably behind us until next year, you’ve got to make sure your tires are in good running order. The penny test is a simple way to check your tread depth and keep you rolling safely. With Lincoln’s head upside-down, stick the penny in the tread. If Lincoln’s head in “buried” in the tread, you have more than the recommended 2/32 of an inch of tread remaining; if you can see Abe’s head, it’s time to go tire shopping. Compare all four tires to check if your tires are wearing evenly. —B.A.W./Levittown Instead of bothering with harsh chemicals to clean toilets, I drop a couple of denture cleaning tablets in the bowl and let them fizz away. After they’ve dissolved, a quick brushing finishes the job and leaves everything sparkling clean. They can also be used to clear some clogged drains. Drop two in your sink and run the water until the pipe clears. For more stubborn clogs, use three tablets and add a cup of white vinegar, then run hot water until the drain clears. —Emily L./Bristol Apple cider vinegar is commonly used for cooking, but it’s also handy to have around the house to take care of common pet problems. For cats, spray it on an area where your cat has had an accident. Cats don’t like the smell, and it will prevent them from going back and messing the area again. For cats and dogs, it’s a natural and inexpensive fl ea and tick repellent. Mix 1 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/3 cup water into a spray bottle and apply to your pet. Not only will it ward off unwanted pests, but it will also leave your furry friend’s coat healthy and shiny. —M.T.D./Fallsington Send Tips to Editor@LevLeader.com

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Loving Homes Wanted: Local Animals in Need This BIG, beautiful girl is named Agatha! Agatha is a 5 year old tabby and white female Domestic Short-hair who is currently looking for a loving home at the Women’s Humane Society in Bensalem! Agatha is a very sweet girl who loves attention, head scratches and back rubs. She’s a low-medium energy girl who would make a great companion for someone looking for a sweet, laid-back and independent (but affectionate!) pet. Agatha is a bit overweight right now, making it harder for her to appropriately cleanse herself. She’ll need some regular brushings while she works off a few pounds, which a healthy diet and some exercise would help. She is already spayed and vaccinated and can head home with her new family same day as adoption. This sweet girl would LOVE to find a foster or forever home where she can forget her days in the shelter and look forward to her future. Please consider coming by the Women’s Humane Society, 3839 Richlieu Road to see Agatha or call 215.750.3100.

Not interested in a lap cat but want a beautiful presence in your home? Sahara is for you! She loves to play but is not fond of hugs & kisses. She does like a human present but would rather keep her distance. Sahara is a sweet young lady that would rather have a home of her own than be at the shelter with all of those other cats. She loves to look out the window and a day doesn’t go by without her chirping at the birds. She is on the shy side. Just play with the laser and she will be your best friend. She is about 3 years old and resides at the shelter with her sister, Riviera. If you are interested in giving Sahara a home, contact Bingos Foundation 215-781-0378 or shakcat@verizon. net. There is an application process. You can get the application online at www.bingosfoundation. org and just complete there and submit.  It comes directly to us. Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained

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Ginger is a 4 year old neutered male who would love a quiet home to relax in. He is a rather large boy with an adorable face, and loves playing with the bubbles if you take a bubble bath! He lost his home because the owners developed allergies. Ginger was never around other pets before, so he would love to be your one and only. Please visit www.dvscrescue.org for more information! Biblos is about 4 months old and is an absolute darling. This cute little critter was rescued from a local feral colony, and we’ve been working very hard to get him socialized. He’s still a bit shy but he appreciates a gentle touch and lots of attention. Biblos is currently in foster care and is making progress every day, but he can be adopted by a patient and loving family. Call 215-987-8961, email to catsbridgetorescue@yahoo. com, or visit www. catsbridge.org

J.R. is an approx 4-1/2 year old neutered male. His person passed away and poor J.R. lost his home. He’s so sad and we were not able to get a happy photo of him because he is very sad and scared to be in a cage now. He just breaks our hearts. He is neutered, litter-trained, up to date on shots, and VERY sweet and lovable. Please give this poor sweetheart a chance! J.R. can be adopted by contacting Susans Cats and Kittens at 215-357-4946 or susanscatsandkittens.com

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Spectacular Suggestions

To clean a wooden chopping board, sprinkle a handful of Kosher salt on the board and rub with half a lemon. The citric acid kills germs and bacteria. Rinse with clean water and dry to ensure it is clean.

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A gallery of great ideas for household use and entertaining. —Thanks to Sara Connelly of Fairless Hills.

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Rub a walnut on scratches or dings in wooden furniture. The walnut’s natural oil will seep into the wood, staining it. Buff the touched-up areas with a soft clean cloth to seal the finish.

Use rubber bands to help you open tight lids on jars. Place one around the lid and another around the middle of the jar. The rubber will provide friction and give you a much-improved grip. The Levittown Leader

Make a quick and easy (and thrifty) watering can just by puncturing holes in the top of a used milk bottle.

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A Peek Through the Window For some people, April means showers, warmer weather and green grass. For me it means hope— hope for a cure for autism. April is Autism Month, a time when we recognize the thousands of people affected by this horrific disease. For the past ten years I have had the privilege to know many of these people. I have had a peek into the window of the autistic mind. I would like to share some of those moments with you, that you may be more aware and understand these people, especially the children. More boys than girls are on the autism spectrum but here is a story about a little girl. It was Easter morning and her mother was trying in vain to get her to put on her new Easter dress. Because of sensory issues, many autistic children cannot stand anything too rough against their skin. Then Granny entered the room, Easter basket in hand, and told the little girl that if she put on the dress she could have the basket. The girl immediately put on the dress! But...before Granny could even

Glimpses into the mind of autistic children congratulate herself, off came the dress and the girl with her basket skipped happily down the hall! That peek through the window showed me that there is a very clever little girl inside. Maybe Granny should have added “and wear it all day!” Not all of my encounters have been clever or funny. One of the most heartbreaking peeks was about a little boy who had an especially bad day and after taking a bath and putting his pajamas on went to find his father. Upon entering the room he looked straight into his Dad’s eyes and said “Fix me, Daddy. I don’t want autism.” For a man who has done everything possible for this child it had to be like a knife in his heart. Tears ran down his face as he related the story. In the past ten years I believe the public has become more tolerant and aware but the numbers keep growing. Now Autism Speaks claims that one in 54 children are on the spectrum. If April is truly the month of hope, maybe a breakthrough is on the horizon. ■ —Penny Glavis / writer and Levittown resident Page 22 of 2014, #6

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Bristol Township Senior Center hosts a “Spring Passport to Wellness” Health Fair. This event is sponsored by Lower Bucks Hospital and Roxborough Hospital School of Nursing, on Thursday April 24, 2014. Time is from 9am until 12:00 noon. Included will be informative health displays from the nursing students, door prizes and blood pressure screenings as well as stroke awareness information. “Give- a ways “and light refreshments. For more information, call 215-785-6322; email btscoffice@comcast.net; or visit www.theyounginheart. com. The Bristol Township Senior Center is at 2501 Bath Road, Bristol, Pa. 19007. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Middletown Senior Citizen’s Association offers a travel program for all ages. Join us on Wednesday, May 7 for the Back Roads of Lancaster Guided Tour. Trip includes shopping at Kitchen Kettle Village, dinner at Liz’s Amish Kitchen and more. Cost is $74; bus leave: at 8:00 AM and returns at 8:00 PM. Buses depart from Middletown Senior Citizen’s Association 2142 Trenton Road, Levittown, PA 19056 .Make checks payable to M.S.C.A. and mail to above address. Include name and phone number. Call for further details 215-945-5345. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Falls Township Senior Center is organizing a trip to Brownstone Dinner Theatre in Patterson, NJ on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Ace in the Hole Productions presents the “Kings of Comedy,” starring Uncle Floyd Vivino, Dave Heenan, and Melvin George. Cost is $95 and includes sit-down luncheon, band, and dancing. Bus leaves 9:15 AM and returns at 6:15 PM. Trips need to be paid for a month in advance of the trip date. For more information, call Kay C Crawford (Travel Coordinator) at 215-547-6563 or come in and pick up a flyer at the Falls Township Senior Center, 282 Trenton Road, Fairless Hills, PA 19030 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Maximize your Social Security income—an informative FREE workshop at Wood River Village. Learn little known Social Security strategies that could maximize your lifetime benefits and key factors you need to know BEFORE applying for Social Security. Don’t lose tens of thousands of dollars in benefits unnecessarily! Workshops will take place on April 16, May 21 and June 18. All begin at 7pm. Admission is free but seating is limited. Please call (215) 752-2370 extension 1116 to reserve a spot. Wood River Village retirement Community is at 3200 Bensalem Boulevard, Bensalem PA 19020. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Neshaminy Retirees will hold its annual luncheon on May 1, 2014 at King’s Caterers, from 11 AM to 2 PM. The cost is $32 per person. All Neshaminy retired support staff, teachers and administrators are invited to attend. Come join in the fun of seeing old friends and co-workers and hear the voices of the NHS Select Choir. For more information, call Nancy at 215-584-1790. King’s Caterers is located at 4010 New Falls Road, Bristol, PA. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The BucksMont Barbershop Chorus will hold a special “Guest Night” at the Langhorne United Methodist Church on Tuesday April 15, beginning at 7 PM. Come and enjoy an evening of four-part harmony, learn a tag, and listen to the chorus and quartets sing popular songs. Free admission; refreshments will be served. No professional experience required, so bring a friend or spouse. For information and directions, call 267-206-1026 or 267-5492417. Langhorne United Methodist Church is located at 301 East Maple Ave., Langhorne. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Senator Chuck McIllhinney will host a Senior Expo on April 10, 2014, from 10 AM to 1:00 PM at the Levittown Fire Company #1’s Colonial Hall. Admission is FREE, and the event will feature door prizes, health screenings, refreshments. Colonial Hall is located at 701 Fallsington-Tullytown Road, Levittown, PA 19054.

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