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Derek Olthuis grew up on a lake in northwestern Montana and learned to fish at 3 years old. Now a professional fly-fishing guide, Derek is “constantly thinking about new water to explore and flies to tie.” The fish he is grappling with on the cover is a giant bull trout—highly unlikely to be found in local waters! Visit www.OutsmartingFish.com for great fishing pictures, tips and anecdotes. ■
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Spirit Night Thrills at Conwell-Egan T
he pressure was on for Conwell-Egan Catholic High School senior Morgan Pepito, whose brother and sister had both won Spirit Night titles as Blue Overall Captains of Spirit Night at CEC. Would the Pepito dynasty continue? Morgan, one of this year’s Blue team overall captains, was just one of the 300 students who took part in CEC’s 28th Annual Spirit Night held on Thursday, April 24, Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26. Since January, students had been rehearsing for these three special nights that showcase their school spirit and creativity. From fully choreographed dances, to custommade costumes (thanks to the team mothers) and 50foot murals depicting a Dr. Seuss theme, Spirit Night is one of the most anticipated (and well-attended) events of the Conwell-Egan school year. Over 2,000 people filled the audience over the three nights, cheering as students danced the night away. Students were on their feet for the entire show, demonstrating unbelievable energy, sportsmanship and pride for their team. “It’s an incredible display of who we are as a school – a proud, passionate family,” said President Janet Dollard. “The amount of support from the CEC community and
beyond is outstanding. It’s something that truly sets us apart.” Spirit Night is one of CEC’s most unique and longstanding traditions, where students lead the way in every aspect of the event. The night includes Freshman/ Sophomore and Junior/Senior boys and girls dances,
sports competitions, and awards for art, dancing, spirit and sportsmanship. Dances were based on Dr. Seuss books and included The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Daisy Head Mayzie, Fox in Socks, Horton Hears a Who, The Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham, and others. Guest judges from all different backgrounds expressed awe at the creativity of both the Blue and White teams. The two teams entered the final night (Saturday) in a tight race, but Blue emerged the victor, winning 226220. “I just couldn’t be more proud of everyone – Blue and White,” said Pepito. “The time and effort we all put in is so worth it for these three nights. This has been so special to me and I’m going to miss it so much.” CEC students also came out on top in their donation to Catholic Charities Appeal for Special Education with $1,1160.49. CEC donates each year to the Archdiocese. Each year, a different theme is selected, with 2015’s Spirit Night theme announced on the final night as “Nickelodeon”. Be sure to join in on the fun next year! For more information, visit www.conwellegan.org ■
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Trout Come to Levittown Lake
n Thursday May 9, students from Ralph W. Emerson Elementary School received a lesson in fish conservation from the PA Fish and Boat Commission. State Representative Tina Davis invited the students to attend the annual fish stocking at Levittown Lake in Tullytown Township. Gathered along the banks of the lake on the cool and cloudy afternoon, the students watched as over 2000 trout were released into the water. Commission Rangers treated
the students to an informative talk about the trout, the lake and the surrounding ecosystem. The following day, May 10, was Mentored Youth Fishing Day at the lake. The weekend that followed saw plenty of activity along the banks, but very few fish were reeled in. Bristol residents Dennis Black and John Andrews had better luck than most, hauling in three twelve-inch specimens (photo at right). â– â€”Photos by Alan J. Micklin
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Ecology Fun at Disney Elem.
Pre-Kindergarten theme at Walt Disney Elementary, a Pennsbury school in Levittown, during the month of April was Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, said Pre-K teacher, Tarisa Rorick. “We collected recycled materials and used them all month long to create many different projects, including a giant robot!” Ms. Rorick (shown above, gardening with her students) also led the class in their study of plants during this time. “Learning about the life cycle of a plant and all of its parts was very exciting for the students,” she said. “We capped off our study with Earth Day. We enjoyed cleaning up our school and planting beautiful flowers in front of Walt Disney. It was the perfect conclusion to our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle theme!” ■
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Bikini Car Wash for Levittown Boy
bikini car wash will be held on Sunday, June 1 for Franky Talley, a 5 year old Levittown boy with terminal brain cancer (photo at left). The event will take place at Georgine’s, 1320 Newport Road in Bristol, from 10am2pm. “We are asking for $15 for cars or $20 for trucks,” according to the event posting by Franky’s mother, Tiffany Fusco, a resident of the Oaktree section, but all donations will be accepted.
“There will be tons of beautiful ladies and ALL proceeds go to Franky!” Hot dogs and refreshments will be available and a DJ will be on hand. Visit the Team Franky page on Facebook. ■
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Social Security Honors All Who Serve E
very day of the year, Americans across the nation remember friends and family members who have served and sacrificed for their country. Memorial Day is a day when we all come together to honor those who have given their lives in the defense of freedom and the principles we hold dear in this country. May is also National Military Appreciation Month. As we observe Memorial Day and Military Appreciation Month, we would like to let members of our military know how much we value what they do for our nation. At Social Security, we offer a wide range of services for our service members. Families of fallen military heroes may be eligible for Social Security survivor benefits. Learn more about Social Security survivor benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/ pgm/survivors.htm. For service members who return home with injuries, Social Security is here to help. Visit our Wounded Warriors website. You can find it at www.socialsecurity. gov/woundedwarriors. We use an expedited process for military service members who become disabled while on active military service, regardless of where the disability occurs. The Wounded Warriors website answers a number of commonly asked questions, and shares other useful information about disability benefits, including how
veterans can receive expedited processing of disability claims. It is important to note that benefits available through Social Security are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application. Even active duty military who continue to receive pay while in a hospital or on medical leave should consider applying for disability benefits if they are unable to work due to a disabling condition. Active duty status and receipt of military pay does not necessarily prevent payment of Social Security disability benefits. Receipt of military payments should never stop someone from applying for disability benefits from Social Security. If you’ve served in the Armed Forces and you’re planning your retirement, you’ll want to read our publication, Military Service and Social Security at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10017.pdf. You also may want to visit the Military Service page of our Retirement Planner, available at www.socialsecurity.gov/retire2/veterans.htm.
At Social Security, we honor all those who served in the military and we remember those who died for their country. ■ —by Joseph J. Olenski Social Security District Manager in Fairless Hills
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Local News roundup from LEVITTOWN Now.com Police Log: Thefts of Copper, Wallets & More The following was provided courtesy of the Bristol Township Police Department. May 13 Burglary —A home in the 900 block of Orchard Avenue in Croydon was broken into. The burglary happened in the past two weeks. All that was taken was copper. Theft from Vehicle —A phone was stolen from a car parked in the 2000 block of Avenue C in Bristol. The phone was valued at $150.
Bank Robbery in Falls Twp.
olice and FBI agents are searching for the man who robbed the TD Bank on West Trenton Road in the Morrisville section of Falls Township on Wednesday, May 14. The suspect was a black male who wore a surgical mask during the gunpoint robbery, according to an FBI spokesperson. The suspect was reported to have fled on foot. The robbery was reported to 911 around 2:10 p.m.
Police searched the area behind the bank as investigators were seen talking to customers and employees. Passersby slowed to see the collection of red and blue lights blocking the bank’s two driveways. The same bank was robbed last year but that suspect was arrested and is jail. The FBI said they consider the suspect in the Wednesday robbery of the TD Bank in the 300 block of West Trenton Road in the Morrisville section of Falls Township to be “armed and dangerous.” Here’s the description authorities provided to LevittownNow.com: Black male in his mid-30s, approximately 5-foot-9, medium build; he wore a dark-colored zip-front hooded sweatshirt, light blue latex gloves, white surgical mask, and large snowboarding-style goggles. He carried a black handgun in his right hand. The suspect walked into the bank holding a handgun around 2:10 p.m. (photo above) and demanded cash, according to the FBI. The suspect then got an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot toward Ferry Road. Anyone with information about this robbery or the suspect is urged to call the Falls Township Police Department at 215-302-3306 or the FBI at 215-641-8910. A reward for information leading to this subject’s capture may be offered; tipsters can remain anonymous. ■
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Theft from Vehicle —Tools and a camera was stolen from a 2008 Dodge over the past few days. The vehicle was parked in the 100 block of Jonquil Lane in Levittown. The value of the theft is $600.
May 14 Theft from Vehicle —A 2000 Dodge parked in the 500 block of Buck Drive in Fairless Hills had two wallets worth $50 stolen from it. The theft happened overnight. ■
New Renovation Plan for Neshaminy Schools
eshaminy officials were presented with a plan that could renovate the district’s aging schools for a fraction of the cost. Reynolds Construction Management officials presented a plan last week that would renovate five district schools for roughly half the approximately $50 million cost that was previously presented. The construction company said they would take advantage of Pennsylvania’s Act 39 to save the district millions. Rick Evans of Reynolds said going with Act 39 renovations for district buildings would be a win-win for the school district. He said the school district could secure loans to make energy-saving improvements and other minor improvements to buildings through the legislation. While it can’t be used for major renovations, minor architectural work like paint and ceilings could be covered using loans from Act 39, Evans said, adding that the contract is fixed-price and any extra charges are the responsibility of Reynolds. “It’s literally illegal,” Evans said of charging the district for changes.
The work saves money by skirting the line of bringing the buildings up to the full code in this day and age, which a full renovation would need. Evans called the process “very surgical,” adding that Reynolds’ staff would audit each school to see what needs to be replaced or repaired. The district previously heard prices close to $50 million for a full renovation. Evans said the number for an Act 39 project would likely be around $24 million with additional money saved by energy efficiencies.Evans said the district could add secure vestibules, one handicapaccessible bathroom, cameras and air conditioning to the elementary schools. This is clearly not the last conversation on the topic we’ll have,” Superintendent Robert Copeland said after Evans’ presentation. No action on the proposal was taken and officials said it would be looked into along with other options. ■ (Visit www.LevittownNow.com for further details and updates)
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Coloring Contest Winners
his yearâ€™s winners of the annual Kanga Roof Coloring Contest were announced on May 6 at Chick-fil-A on Oxford Valley Road. Left to right, Sal Caimano of Kanga Roofing; Olivia Gilchrist; Adrianne Vento; John Luchansky with siblings; Abe Brooks, owner of Kanga Roofing; Cody Benton. Winners received prizes including Phillies tickets, Toys-R-Us gift cards, and Kangaroo backpacks. â–
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COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD
Middletown Township invites you to help the hungry in your community by dropping off your food donations at the Middletown Municipal Center, 3 Municipal Way in Langhorne, Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM. This is an ongoing program; donations will be accepted each work day, year round. Any type of non-perishable food item will be accepted at any time. So, next time you are at the grocery store, pick up a few extra cans of hearty, wholesome soup, canned vegetables or fruits and drop them off at the bins located in the lobby of the Municipal Center. All donations will be delivered to local food pantries for distribution. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Falls Township Family Festival & Que for the Troops will be held on June 6 & 7 at Falls Township Community Park. The Que for the Troops event will kick off on Friday afternoon and continue throughout Saturday, in conjunction with the Family Festival. The Que for the Troops is a barbecue competition with teams competing for cash prizes. Proceeds benefit the Liberty USO. Saturday’s Family Festival (12 PM to 9 PM) will feature live entertainment, games and carnival rides (open 3 PM to 8 PM), car show, vendors, and in-
formation booths, ending with a great display of fireworks. The Que for the Troops portion will be held rain or shine; Family Festival rain date is Saturday, June 21. Falls Township Community Park is located at 9125 Mill Creek Rd, Levittown. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Bristol Township Summer Camp begins June 23 and runs until August 8, 2014. Camp will be held at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Camp is open for children ages 5 -14 years old; 5 year olds must have completed kindergarten. Camp Cost is $500.00 for residents, $600.00 for non-residents; proof of residency and payment must be presented at time of registration. Trips are NOT included in the registration fee. For more information contact Sherri Champey 267812-2933 (please do not contact the school). ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The annual Bolton Mansion Flea Market will be held on Saturday, June 14 from 8 AM to 1 PM. Generous spaces are available for $12.00; no tables for rent. Gift Shop will be open. To rent a space, call 267-2061026 or 215-943-3329. Bolton Mansion is located at 85 Holly Drive in Levittown.
•••••••••••••••••••••••• The United Christian Church will host a Flea Market and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday May 24, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Outdoor spaces available for $15.00; limited number of indoor spaces available for $20.00. For more information, contact the UCC Church Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-946-6800. The Emergency Relief Association Food Pantry Raffle Basket Fundraiser will also take place, with lots of great baskets: Trenton Thunder Tickets, Adventure Aquarium Tickets, Summer Fun Activities & more; $1.00 per ticket, $5.00 for 6 tickets. The United Christian Church is located at 8525 New Falls Road in Levittown. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Silver Lake Nature Center will present a Naturalist Skills program on Wednesday, May 21, from 6 PM to 8 PM. Join us as we look for plants on the Silver Lake side of the Center. Not appropriate for young children (no one under 16). Registration is required. Fee: $6/person members and $8/person non-members. For more information, call 215-785-1177. Silver Lake Nature Center is located at 1306 Bath Road in Bristol. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
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The Levittown Library will have a Beach Blanket Book Sale on Saturday, June 7, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Select books for summer reading will be available. For more information, call 215-949-2324. The Levittown Library is located at 7311 New Falls Rd., Levittown. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Join us at the Moose Lodge for Bingo every Monday night. Doors and kitchen opens at 5:30 and games start at 7:00. Progressive jackpot game starts at $300.00 and advances $50.00 each week that it is not hit. NEW smoke free bingo nights. For further information call 215788-9859. The Moose Lodge is located at 2299 Radcliffe Street in Bristol. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Joseph A. Schumacher VFW Post 1597, at 901 Bellevue Avenue in Croydon, will host a Flea Market on Saturdays from 7am-12:30pm. Rain or shine; tables are under pavilion. Free tables. Food sold on premises. Call 267307-7916 for info. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Pennsbury Manor will present a Garden Highlights and Beer Brewing Demonstration on Sunday, May 25, from 1 PM to 4 PM. See what is growing in the kitchen garden and learn about how it was used to treat various ailments in the 17th Century. Stop by the Kitchen House and savor the pungent aroma of malted barley and hops while the brewers discuss the brewing process in early Pennsylvania. For more information, call 215-946-0400 or visit www.pennsburymanor.org. Pennsbury Manor is located at 400 Pennsbury Memorial Road, Morrisville, PA.
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• On Sunday, June 8 at 8am, the Lower Bucks Family YMCA will hold its Run for Wishes 5K and 1Mile Family Fun Walk. All are invited to participate in the event, which will be held at Tyler State Park. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Make-A-Wish ® Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley and the Lower Bucks Family YMCA. The race will start at 8 AM, and race day check-in is from 7:00-8:00 AM. The Run for Wishes 5k and 1 Mile Family Fun walk is a family-friendly event that will also include face painting, music, beach balls, and more. Runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the race as individuals or as teams. For more information, contact Korey Ream, 215-9493400, x24 Kream@lbfymca.org Register online at lbfymca.org, or in person at the Lower Bucks Family YMCA, 601 S. Oxford Valley Road, Fairless Hills, PA. To make a donation, visit http:// friends.wish.org/051-000/page/KoreyReam/Run-For-Wishes.htm. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Redeemer Lutheran Church joins Penndel Community Day on Saturday, June 7, as part of the Borough-Wide Flea Market, from 8 AM to 2 PM. Spaces are available to rent for $20.00 each. Please contact Jean Lippincott at 215-757-6489 for rental information. Breakfast, lunch and baked goods available to purchase, chances, and a play area for the kids! Please join us! Redeemer Lutheran Church is located at Hulmeville and Woodland Avenues in Penndel. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
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The Writer’s Voice: Poetry Bristol, PA – Direct from their Silver Bay, New York writing retreat, Bristol High School interdisciplinary studies students will read their poetry on Tuesday, May 20th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, 680 Radcliffe Street in Bristol Borough. The Writer’s Voice is the culmination of an intensive six-week writing workshop the students participated in, under the guidance of University of Pennsylvania professor Dr. Deborah Burnham and Bristol High School teacher Mr. Ron McGinn, during school and at the New York location. Family, friends, and the public are invited to attend; for more information, or to register, visit the Grundy Library at www.grundlibrary.org, or telephone 215.788.7891 ext. 5or ext. 6.
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Helpline Seeks Volunteers
amily Service Association of Bucks County is now accepting volunteer applications for their CONTACT Helpline, a free, confidential telephone helpline service for individuals with a wide range of needs and concerns. The CONTACT Helpline serves residents in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Following training, volunteers are responsible for providing telephone assistance and responding to calls on both the local helpline and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Reports of suicide have increased in all five counties over the last decade. For example, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office reported 93 suicides in 2012, up from 69 in 2006. Similarly, the Bucks County Coroner’s Office reported 81 suicides in 2012, up from 66 in 2006. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “every 15 minutes, someone dies by suicide in this country. And for every person who dies, there are many more who think about, plan or attempt suicide.” Fortunately, suicide is preventable. With the increase in reports of suicide in our community, the need for trained volunteers also increases. You can help prevent suicide by becoming a CONTACT Helpline volunteer. CONTACT Helpline phone rooms are located in Bucks and Montgomery counties, and volunteers must be able to commit to one 4-hour shift per week. Each CONTACT training consists of six sessions. The next training begins on June 4th and continues through July 9th and will take place at Family Service’s Langhorne office. For more information or to register, please contact Ellen Vinson, Director of Volunteer Services, at volunteer@fsabc. org or (215) 757-6916, ext. 202. Volunteer applications are also available online at www. fsabc.org/volunteer.
The mission of Family Service Association of Bucks County is to protect, maintain, strengthen and enhance individuals, families and children and their social and psychological functioning. Visitwww.fsabc.org to donate, volunteer and learn more about how Family Service helps more than 9,000 children, adults and seniors each year. ■
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Run the Gates 2014 The Ninth Annual Run the Gates 5-Miler and 1-Mile Run/Walk, for the first time sponsored by Peruzzi Nissan, is expected to prove once again that it is an event that is as well loved by the fans as it is by the runners. The race will kick off at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 1 in Forsythia Crossing Park in Levittown. It has proven to be a premier run in this region, drawing nearly 300 participants, and the runners find the course challenging and safe. The 5-miler starts in Forsythia Crossings Park, Levittown. The figure-eight course takes runners first clockwise through Snowball Gate, then back across Forsythia Crossing, and ends traversing through Red Rose and Forsythia Gates counter clockwise to finish back at the park. The stadium-style setting at the park, where runners can be seen at the start, half-way point and at the end, adds to the enjoyment for spectators and families. To register, go to www.RuntheGates.org, click on “Register Run,” and the either click on “Register Online” or download a hard copy of the registration form. This year, those who are pre-registered for the run or walk can pick up their packets on Friday, May 30, 4 to 7 p.m. at Peruzzi Nissan 165 Lincoln Highway, Fairless Hills, PA 19030. Or, they can be picked up at our all you can eat pasta dinner, also from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Highland Park Community Church, 837 Hoe Road, Levittown, PA 19056. A donation of $8 is asked for the dinner while children under 4 eat free. Unregistered runners can also register at either of these sites. Runners will be competing for the more than 70 awards given out in the 12 age-group categories as well as the top awards for the overall man and woman winners. Awards will also be given to the top three male and female finishers in the 1-mile run. The Bucks County Roadrunner Club provides the course marshaling and timing, and it is co-sponsored by and one of a host of activities offered by the Middletown Township Department of Parks and Recreation. Benefiting organizations are: Delta Community Supports, Inc., Handicapped Crusaders, and the Bucks County Council for Individuals with Disabilities. More information about these agencies is located on the Web site, RunTheGates.org ■
Tips from Leader Readers Beware of spiders in your grill! It’s very important to keep the burner tubes clean. Spiders love to make a nest in these tubes, creating blockages that can cause serious damage. Clean the tubes using a venturi brush or bottle brush. —H. Patel / Lower Makefield ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• You can turbo-charge your regular laundry detergent by adding a quarter cup of baking soda when you do a load of laundry. It will help scrub out stains and neutralize odors. —Roy Guasti / Levittown ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• A good splash of 7-Up or Sprite in your vase water will help your flowers last much longer. It adds valuable acids and sugars, which flowers like. It won’t work with Coke or root beer, etc. It has to be a citrus-based soda. —Theresa V. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Falling air pressure caused by an imminent storm causes discomfort in birds’ ears, so they fly low to alleviate it. Large numbers of birds flying low or roosting on power lines means that a thunderstorm is probably coming. —Bruce Wilburn / Fairless Hills ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• It’s not just for barbecuing anymore! There are a bunch of OTHER uses for untreated briquettes that can help keep things fresh around the house. —As an air freshener, strategically place charcoal in open bowls or perforated plastic bags in any location where odor can be a problem, such as your refrigerator or a smelly sock drawer. —In the garden, you can mix the charcoal into your compost pile and increase the carbon level. Hint: If your compost pile smells like ammonia, it’s time to
add carbon. —Rub charcoal into minor scratches and small imperfections on dark wood floors and furniture to temporarily “stain” them until you have time to tackle the repair job for real. —To make cut flowers stay fresh and last longer, place a briquette in a vase underneath the cut stems to help keep water clean and clear. —Bob L. /Bristol ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• If your small pet knocks over an outside water dish, use an angel food cake pan instead and drive a stake through the center hole. —Madeline H. /Levittown ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Cool your dog off with this tasty treat. Mix some peanut butter (unsalted and unsweetened are the healthiest options) with water or mashed banana (to help with even freezing), then put the mixture in an ice cube tray or directly on a cookie sheet and stick in your freezer for several hours until solid. Lining the trays with wax paper first can help make separation and serving easier. You can make pet popsicles out of anything your dog (or cat) likes, so experiment with various treats suspended in water or their favorite food, watered down to help with freezing. If you’re unsure, check with your vet to see what foods are safe for your pet. —J.K.S/ Langhorne ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• If you have a leaky faucet and the drip-drip-drip is driving you crazy, here’s a tip that won’t fix the leak but will calm your nerves. Just tie a piece of string around the end of the faucet, long enough to reach the sink. The drops will glide quietly down the string. —Greg / Lakeside
Kanga Roofing’s 2014 “Support a Veteran” Roof Giveaway is now accepting nominations. This annual program provides a free roof to a local veteran in need. Please visit www.abrooksconstruction.com to nominate a recipient.
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Termites: What You Need To Know
he exceptionally snowy winter, followed by a wet spring, has created ideal conditions for termites. Steve Smith, owner of Deadant Termite and Pest Control, reminds Levittown Leader readers of what to look out for and how to safeguard your house against infestation. Termites are houseguests few homeowners want to experience. With their reputation for voracity Most termites and the damage they can inflict on a home, termites are something most people want to avoid at all costs. If termites are already a problem or something homeowners simply want to prevent, there are effective ways to banish these unwelcome guests or keep them from ever entering a home.
What is a termite? Termites are small social insects that have the capability to destroy wood. Sometimes they are mistaken for ants, but the two insects are quite different. Termites are actually close relatives to the cockroach. Many termites appear as white or light-colored and may seem translucent. Winged termites are darker in color. Termites have a grub-shaped body but, unlike ants, no discernable hourglass-shaped waist. Also, their antennae are straight and look beaded, like a string of pearls, while ants have elbowed antennae. Another way to differentiate ants from termites is that termite eyes are very small or nonexistent, while ants’ eyes are clearly visible. Termites live in a nest or colony in large num-
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bers. Their primary food source is plant fiber, known as cellulose. Most termites are rarely seen unless they are swarming or if their nest or a portion of wood has been opened revealing the insects inside.
Other termite prevention tips
* Disguise wood by painting it or using a shellac or varnish. Termites may not like the taste of treated wood.
Many people do not even know they have a termite problem until that problem has escalated. Because they remain hidden most of the time, termites can be difficult to detect. Incidences of soft wood or visual recognition of swarming termites that occur in the spring can indicate that termites could be residing in a structure or nearby. There are different types of termites, and proper identification is necessary to find the correct treatment option. Unlike other pests, termites are pests whose detection and removal is best left to a professional are rarely seen... who can recognize the subtle signs. He or she will identify certain signs of an infestation, such as mud-looking material on wooden surfaces, discarded wings from a swarm, piles of sawdust, termite tubes running outdoors from the soil to a home, buckling paint, and other indications. There are different ways to prevent or treat a termite infestation. To prevent termites, there are applications of termiticides that are put into the soil surrounding a home or structure. Also, removal of moisture in and around the house is key because termites need moist conditions for survival. Poisoning of nests is also a treatment option.
There are other tactics to prevent a termite problem. * Don’t store firewood in contact with the ground. * Use chemically treated wood for building structures.
* Prevent hidden entry points where termites can go unseen. It`s crucial that the foundation wall be visible, from ground level to about eight inches up. * Remove cardboard, newspaper, cotton materials and any other cellulose from the floor. * Vent kitchens and baths so that they will not trap moisture. * Fix any and all water leaks. * Don’t plant gardens or put soil directly against a home’s exterior walls. Plants and gardens touching exterior walls of the home may provide the perfect environment for a termite colony. Some simple precautions and a routine inspection can prevent termites from becoming a problem! ■
If termites already have infiltrated a home, fumigation may be necessary to remedy that problem. However, fumigation is not always effective at killing eggs and all of the termites. Most exterminators will use a combination of treatments to rid a home of termites. If extreme wood damage has occurred (photo top left), portions of the structure may have to be removed and rebuilt. This also may help alleviate some of the scent trails termites use to travel to and from nests and food sources.
Leader Lottery Winner: Ornella Zollo
rnella Zollo of Hickory Lane in Levittown 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). Ornella, shown at left, was the winner for our April 19 issue. She picked up her copy of The Levittown Leader at the Levittown SEPTA train station and found that her lucky number was C95. She found a matching number and sent in her lottery ticket, which was then drawn at random from the pool of finalists.
High praise for a local Catholic school. Leader Lottery winners win $100 for themselves; they also get to choose a charity or community cause that has special meaning for them, to which The Levittown Leader donates an additional $100. Ornella, who is from a small town in Italy and works as a genetic diseases researcher at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, chose St. Michael the Archangel School in Levittown, where her daughter is a student.
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“St. Michael’s fosters a true sense of community with the student body,” Ornella said, “while providing superior education in a caring and nurturing environment rich in Catholic values.” “Our daughter has flourished there,” added her husband, Richard Adamo. “We feel obligated and honored to do our part in supporting the school so others in the community may reap its benefits as well.” ■
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The History of Memorial Day
hough many people are quick to refer to Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of summer, the day is much more than that. Initially known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day to remember those military members who died in service to our country.
The origins of Memorial Day remain a topic of debate. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y. as the official birthplace of Memorial Day. However, the roots of Memorial Day likely run much deeper, as researchers at Duke University note that during the Civil War, organized women’s groups in the south had begun to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers. Memorial Day as we know it today can likely be traced to Charleston, S.C., where teachers, missionaries and some members of the press gathered on May 1, 1865 to honor fallen soldiers. During the Civil War, captured Union
One reason May was chosen was that there would be flowers available to place on the graves. soldiers were held at the Charleston Race Course and hundreds died during captivity. Upon their deaths, soldiers were buried in unmarked graves. When the Civil War ended, the May Day gathering was organized as a memorial to all the men who had died during captivity. The burial ground was landscaped, and those freed as a result of the Civil War played an integral role in the event at the Charleston Race Course. While the event in Charleston might have been the first Memorial Daytype celebration in the southern United States, General John A. Logan is often cited as inspiring similar events in the north. As commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans’ organization for men who served in the Civil War, General Logan issued a proclamation just five days after the Charleston event that called for Decoration Day to be observed annually across the country. Logan preferred the event not be held on the anniversary of any particular battle, and thus the day was observed for the first time on May 30. Celebrating the day in May also was significant to event organizers because May is a month when flowers are in bloom, making it easier for observers of the holiday to place flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers. In 1868, events were held at more than 180 cemeteries in 27 states, and those figures nearly doubled in 1869. By 1890, every northern state officially recognized Decoration Day as a state holiday. But southern states honored their dead on a different day until after World War I, when the holiday was changed to recognize Americans who died in any war and not just the Civil War. Nearly every state now celebrates Memorial Day, a name for the holiday first used in 1882, on the last Monday in May. ■
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How to Grill the Perfect Steak
he steakhouse is a family favorite for its delicious and juicy cuts of beef. With a few simple grilling techniques, however, most home grillers can get results every bit as good. Here are some tips for grilling the perfect steak. • If it doesn’t sizzle, it’s not hot enough. Preheat your grill to at least 450 degrees for great sear marks and steakhouse quality results. • Season the grill: a thin coating of oil on a hot grill both protects the grill surface and keeps your food from sticking. A refillable oil mister is an easy way to do this. Always turn the burners to low before spraying oil; never use non-stick sprays with aerosol since they are flammable. • Marinate your steak for 30 minutes to 2 hours (most cuts) to infuse complementary flavors into the meat. • Any sweet or sugary barbecue sauce should be applied only in the last two minutes on the grill, or after the meat is removed. These sauces burn easily and can ruin a great steak. • Try a compound butter: first soften the butter to room temperature and then mix in the flavoring of your choice, such as blue cheese (see recipe below), sundried tomato or cheddar & jalapeno. Top the hot steak with a pat of this butter and watch the flavor melt all over the grilled meat. • Choose your weapon: don’t pierce your steak, use a good set of tongs to turn them. The more you poke holes, the more flavor and tenderness escapes. • Let it rest: cutting into a steak right off the grill lets juices escape onto the plate. Let any steak rest for 5 minutes before serving. The juices will settle evenly throughout the steak, giving a more tender, flavorful and enjoyable dining experience.
Blue Cheese Compound Butter 2/3 cup butter, at room temperature 1/3 cup Roquefort cheese, crumbled 1 tablespoon shallots, finely chopped 11/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped Dash hot pepper sauce — Pinch of salt In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together lightly with a fork until just evenly combined. Over-mixing will cause it to become too blue in color. Spoon the mixture onto a sheet of waxed paper, and shape it into a log about 1½ inches in diameter. Refrigerate 1 hour. Slice into quarter-inch thick rounds and place on hot grilled steaks to melt. Freeze leftover butter. Additional grilling recipes and tips are available at www.broilkingbbq.com ■
...But Who Was Kilroy? the war on, however, ships were leaving the Quincy Yard so fast that there wasn’t time to paint them. As a result, Kilroy’s inspection “trademark” was seen by thousands of servicemen who boarded the troopships the yard produced.
e is engraved in stone in the National War Memorial in Washington , D.C. —back in a small alcove where very few people have seen it. For the WWII generation, this will bring back memories. For you younger folks, it’s a bit of trivia that is a part of our American history. Anyone born in 1913 to about 1950 is familiar with Kilroy. No one knew why he was so well known, but everybody seemed to get into it. So who was Kilroy? In 1946 the American Transit Association, through its radio program, “Speak to America,” sponsored a nationwide contest to find the real Kilroy, offering a prize of a real trolley car to the person who could prove himself to be the genuine article. Almost 40 men stepped forward to make that claim, but only James Kilroy from Halifax , Massachusetts, had evidence of his identity.
for coming invasions by U.S. troops (and thus, presumably, were the first GI’s there). On one occasion, however, they reported seeing enemy troops painting over the Kilroy logo! In 1945, an outhouse was built for the exclusive use of Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill at the Potsdam conference. Its first occupant was Stalin, who emerged and asked his aide (in Russian), “Who is Kilroy?”
His message apparently rang a bell with the servicemen, because they picked it up and spread it all over Europe and the South Pacific. Before war’s end, “KilTo help prove his authenticity in 1946, James Kilroy roy” had been here, there, and everywhere on the brought along officials long hauls to Berlin and from the shipyard and Tokyo. To the troops The troops began placing the graffiti some of the riveters. outbound in those ships, He won the trolley car, wherever they landed, claiming it was however, he was a which he gave to his nine there when they arrived. complete mystery; all children as a Christmas they knew for sure was gift and set it up as a that someone named playhouse in the Kilroy Kilroy had “been there first.” As a joke, U.S. serviceyard in Halifax , Massachusetts. ■ men began placing the graffiti wherever they landed, — www.reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com claiming it was already there when they arrived. / Creative Commons License As the war went on, the legend grew. Underwater demolition teams routinely sneaked ashore on Japanese-held islands in the Pacific to map the terrain
Kilroy was a 46-year old shipyard worker during the war who worked as a checker at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy . His job was to go around and check on the number of rivets completed. Riveters were on piecework and got paid by the rivet. He would count a block of rivets and put a check mark in semi-waxed lumber chalk, so the rivets wouldn’t be counted twice. When Kilroy went off duty, the riveters would erase the mark. Later on, an off-shift inspector would come through and count the rivets a second time, resulting in double pay for the riveters. One day Kilroy’s boss called him into his office. The foreman was upset about all the wages being paid to riveters, and asked him to investigate. It was then he realized what had been going on. The tight spaces he had to crawl in to check the rivets didn’t lend themselves to lugging around a paint can and brush, so Kilroy decided to stick with the waxy chalk. He continued to put his check mark on each job he inspected, but added ‘KILROY WAS HERE’ in king-sized letters next to the check, and eventually added the sketch of the chap with the long nose peering over the fence and that became part of the Kilroy message. Once he did that, the riveters stopped trying to wipe away his marks. Ordinarily the rivets and chalk marks would have been covered up with paint. With
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53. O ne who converts skins into white leather 54. Iridescent silica gem 56. Longest river in Albania 57. Homer's epic poem 58. White, brown or wild 59. Booby bird genus 60. Pennies 61. Create CLUES DOWN 1. Cycles per minute 2. Traditional Iraq liquor 3. Wife of a rajah 4. Holds rubbish 5. Ribbon belts 6. Double-reed instruments 7. S trap used to control a horse 8. S chenectady, NY, hospital 9. Leaseholder 10. Books of maps 11. Bird with a laughlike cry 12. L ittle Vienna on the Mures 13. T he termination of a story 21. Executive responsible for operations 22. Local area network
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SENIOR EVENTS & BULLETINS Bristol Township Senior Center is organizing a Paddle Wheel Boat Cruise on Tuesday, July 8. Trip includes lunch choice: chicken francaise, chicken marsala, salmon or penne vodka. Trip to Resorts receive $25 in slot play. Cost: $72; reserve by June 30. For more information, call Kay or Lois at 215-785-6322 or visit www. theyounginheart.com. The Bristol Township Senior Center is at 2501 Bath Road, Bristol, Pa. 19007. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Middletown Senior Citizen Association will host its Annual Picnic on Wednesday June 4. All are welcome. Lunch includes hamburger, hot dog, salads, live music, bingo, and fun games. Tickets are $5 per person. Middletown Senior Citizen’s Association is at 2142 Trenton Road, Levittown, PA. (215) 945-5345. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Falls Township Senior Center is organizing a trip to Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City on Thursday, June 26. Cost is $33; slot play $25. Bus leaves 8:45 AM and returns at 6:45 PM. Trips need to be paid for a month in advance of the trip date. For more information, call Kay 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 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
The Fairless Hills YMCA offers SilverSneakers®, an award-winning, innovative, results-oriented blend of physical activity, healthy lifestyle and socially-oriented programming that allows older adults to take greater control of their health. SilverSneakers® members receive a “free” full facility membership at the Lower Bucks Family YMCA. Monthly SilverSneakers® Social Hours will be held throughout the year. Check with your benefits representative to see if you are eligible to participate in SilverSneakers®. Class Schedules are available at the Welcome Center and at www.lbfymca.org For more information, please call 215.949.3400 ext 10 or connect with a Welcome Center Staff member to enroll. The Fairless Hills YMCA is located at 601 S. Oxford Valley Road in Fairless Hills. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Southern Bucks Garden Club meets at the Silver Lake Nature Center on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 PM. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Ellen Miller, President, at email@example.com. The Silver Lake Nature Center is located at 1306 Bath Road, Bristol, PA 19007; www. silverlakenaturecenter.org. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Genshare is a free genealogy club established in 2008 and located in Lower Bucks County, PA. We meet on the second Thursday of the months of January, March, May, September and November at the Falls Township Senior Center, 282 Trenton Road, Fairless Hills PA from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Our next meeting is March 13, 2014. Everybody is welcome. For more information, contact Marie Hale via email at maryth83@ verizon.net. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Senior Men’s Golf at Oxford Valley Golf Course The Oxford Valley Senior Men’s League is seeking a few good men to join us for weekly golf, camaraderie, and fun. We play Friday mornings, teeing off between 7 and 8:30 AM. Cash prizes awarded to scores and closest-to-the pin in “A” and “B” flights. Season ends in October with a lunch banquet free to all members. Interested golfers, 62+, should register in person at the golf course club house. The Oxford Valley Golf Course is located at 141 South Oxford Valley Road, Fairless Hills, PA 19031. For more information, call 215-945-8644. David Marable, curator of Levittown Exhibit Center North, is interested in collecting stories, photographs and memorabilia of Levittown and Fairless Hills. Please contact him at 215-945-4558.
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Loving Homes Wanted: Local Animals in Need 5 month old gorgeous tabby girl Mercedes checked in from her fabulous foster home with volunteer Cindy! She took her home to give her some extra love and TLC, because she was a bit of a scaredy cat.. So far she’s slowly warming up to her foster mama, and within a few weeks, she should be ready for adoption!! Mercedes is current on all vaccines including rabies, and has already been spayed! Please inbox or call 267987-8961 if you would like to meet this shy little sweetheart.
My name is Nick and I am a large lovebug. I’m about a year old, updated with all my shots, neutered and I tested negative for Leukemia and FIV. I am very friendly but I do not love the shelter life. Maybe I would do best as the only cat or with my buddy Tabitha if you are looking for 2 cats. If you are interested in giving me a home, contact Bingos Foundation at215-781-0378 or go online at www.bingosfoundation.org
Did someone say something about Superman? That’s me and my name is Morris! I was rescued alongside a highway and despite calls to the police and local shelters my owners never came forward. I was skinny and cold but now I’ve been to the vet and my foster mom has given me lots of TLC. I am a little older so my Superman powers are diminishing but I still love to take walks and play outside with my canine companion. I’m also good with cats. I’ve been neutered, updated on my shots, heartworm tested, dewormed and have had some teeth pulled. Do you think I could come live with you for my remaining years? To adopt Morris visit www.fourthepaws.org or send an email to emeow04@msn. com
Meet Bianca, a sweet and pretty 2 year old torti. Bianca was rescued from a hoarding situation in Trenton.. She can be a tad shy, but loves attention and belly rubs. Bianca is spayed and upto-date on shots.. Please call 609 902-7038 if interested in adopting this beauty.
Thank you for adopting the Teen and Senior cats!
Trip is a super sweet 4 year old doll baby who is neutered and DECLAWED, up to date on shots and littertrained. Trip is great with dogs and other cats. He was cruelly abandoned, so he needs a loving forever home where there is NO chance of that happening to him again. Imagine, abandoning a DECLAWED cat. Trip is a very relaxed and laid back kitty and in spite of it all, he loves everybody!!! Trip can be adopted by contacting Susans Cats and Kittens, 215 357 4946 orsusanscatsandkittens.petfinder.com
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WHS Rescues Tornado-Stricken Dogs
n May 6, the Women’s Humane Society in Bensalem opened their doors to 5 dogs that were victims of the recent tornado disaster in Tupelo, Mississippi. The tornado devastated the area (photo left) and left hundreds of animals without a home. The Women’s Humane Society, in partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), will provide veterinary care and shelter for these animals and help them find new homes with loving families. Since 1869, the Women’s Humane Society has provided safe, kind, and respectful shelter for displaced, unwanted, or abandoned animals regardless of where they came
from or what brought them here. If you are interested in adopting one of these animals please visit our shelter at 3839 Richlieu Road in Bensalem, PA or visit our website at www. womenshumanesociety.org ■
Being Prepared: Emergencies and Your Pets
hen disaster strikes, protecting your family becomes the highest priority. Our pets are part of our family but, unfortunately, sometimes people forget that. Last summer, the local Oxford Valley Home Depot hosted a Hurricane Preparedness Workshop. The Women’s Humane Society was pleased to participate and educate the public on what they can do to protect their pets in the event of a disaster. WHS’s message is aligned with the Department of Homeland security and national animal welfare organizations who have coined the slogan “Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies Makes Sense. Get Ready Now.” With the following three steps, you can make It’s vital to have sure you and your pet are ready for any situation. 1) PREPARE
2) PLAN It is hard to plan for the unexpected. If you must evacuate, please take your pets with you if at all possible. We suggest that you create a general plan that will identify where you and your pet will go in the event of an emergency. Finding lodging may be the most difficult task, for some emergency public shelters do not allow animals. If this is the case, consider staying with a family member, renting a pet-friendly hotel room, or locating a kennel or veterinary hospital that is equipped to take in animals during a natural disaster.
an emergency supply kit for your pet.
Creating an emergency supply kit for your pet is important. Items you should pack include: a three day supply of food and water for your animal; any medications your pet needs on a regular basis; and a photograph of the pet. Your pet should always be wearing a collar with an identification tag and have a microchip implanted by a veterinarian. if you and your pet become separated during a disaster, a photo, ID tag and microchip will be imperative for finding him/her.
3) STAY INFORMED
Knowing what type of emergency situation you will be faced with can help you prepare. It’s important to stay informed about what might happen and know what types of emergencies are likely to affect your region as well as emergency plans that have been established by your state and local government. Be prepared to adapt your emergency plan when necessary. Being prepared for an emergency is important. For more information on how you can prepare your pet for a disaster, visit the Department of Homeland security website at www.ready.gov ■ —Caroline Unger, Director of Development and Communications Women’s Humane Society / 3839 Richlieu Road, Bensalem, PA 19020
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