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Safety First This Halloween

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Grab the nearest flashlight before you head out into the dark with your fellow trick-or-treaters. It’s important to have a light with you while you’re walking around your neighborhood in the dark. That way, cars and other pedestrians can see you walking down the street! You can also use glow sticks or battery powered candles to add some unique illumination to your costume.


Make sure your Halloween costume is safe, too. When your little trick-or-treaters put on their scary masks, make sure they can see! You don’t want your little zombies roaming around the neighborhood blind. You also need to make sure their costume isn’t too long. You wouldn’t want them to trip! Most importantly, have the kids travel in groups! No one wants to celebrate Halloween alone, and traveling with a big group of friends is always safer—and more fun! So gather a bunch of friends, and get as much candy as you possibly can!

It’s true: Halloween is one of our favorite holidays! We love handing candy out to eager trick-or-treaters on this special holiday, and we want to make sure every kid in Bucks County is safely celebrating the spookiest night of the year. That’s why we wanted to share with you our top trick-or-treating safety tips.

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The (Very) Few and the Proud

The Crisis of Vanishing Firefighters


erry Barton has served as a volunteer firefighter in Bucks County for most of his life. “I started at Langhorne Fire Company as a teenager,” he recalls. “My Dad was a firefighter there. I remember riding to fires on top of the truck, with my heart pounding and the flashing lights right in my eyes. It was a thrill.” But today, far fewer young people are experiencing anything similar. “Back then,” said Mr. Barton, “kids didn’t have cell phones or Xbox. There were not so many things competing for a young person’s attention.” Not just in Bucks County but across the United States, there is a dangerous shortage of volunteer firefighters. In Pennsylvania, for example, the number of volunteer firefighters has dropped over 75% in the past 40 years. (There are now about 72,000 volunteer firefighters in PA versus some 300,000 in the mid-1970’s.) Apart from the distractions mentioned by Mr. Barton, there are other reasons. An August 2014 article in the New York Times listed some of them, including the greatly increased costs of equipping and running a firehouse. A single breathing apparatus, for instance, now costs over $5000; and a fire engine costs about $400,000 more than it did in the 1980’s. As a result, many firefighters have had to spend more time fundraising than training or responding to emergency calls. In addition, the training requirements have become more time-consuming. “Federal standards enacted to save firefighters’ lives have unintentionally created a barrier for volunteer service,” according to the NYT article. The situation is critical because even as their numbers dwindle, volunteer firefighters have become increasingly vital in most American communities — and not just for fighting fires. In fact, only about 5% of emergency calls that come in to the typical American volunteer firehouse are fire-related. Medical emergencies and auto accidents have skyrocketed in the past 30 years and account for the vast majority of calls. In many areas, volunteer firefighters have also assumed responsibilities for dealing with hazardous material spills and even terrorist attacks. The all-around usefulness of volunteer firefighters has saved not only lives but money; nearly $140 billion per year for local governments across the U.S., as noted in the Times article. Many states have experimented with ways to stem the attrition. New York State grants property tax abatements to volunteers, for instance, and New Jersey offers taxpayer-

Even as their numbers dwindle, volunteer firefighters have become increasingly vital in U.S. communities subsidized pensions, life insurance benefits and college tuition assistance. Closer to home, the Bucks County Fire Chiefs and Firefighters Association’s Recruitment Committee has launched an intensive effort in recent years to get the message out through a comprehensive marketing campaign with a core message: Save, Protect, Volunteer., an informational website for Bucks County’s current and would-be firefighters, lists some of the benefits that come with volunteering. Among them: free training, some of which may count for college credits; working as part of a team and building lasting relationships and friendships; cultivating new skills that can help in all facets of your life and prepare you for a possible new career; getting your hands dirty and being in the middle of the excitement; and the satisfaction of knowing you are an important part of keeping your family and friends safe. Volunteer firefighters must be at least 18

years old. However, most fire companies have programs available for volunteers under the age of 18 to begin learning the basics of firefighting. Persons who are interested in joining but prefer not to take part in actual firefighting are also welcome. If you are looking to volunteer but are apprehensive about fighting a fire, there are still plenty of other options for you to choose from. EMS units, fire police service, the Women’s Auxiliary League and other administrative opportunities are available, and all equally help keep your community safe. Please visit or to volunteer or find more information. NOTE that October is National Fire Prevention Month. Check with your nearest fire company to see what events or open houses they may be sponsoring. —Adapted from a Leader article first published in October 2014.

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“Views of the Delaware Canal” Art Show

n art show and sale featuring the works of more than 40 regional artists will be held Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 29 at the Centre for the Arts, 308 Mill Street, Bristol, PA 19007. Show hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 6:00 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 3:00 p.m. The Centre is closed on Tuesdays. An opening reception will take place on October 5 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Admission to the show is free, and it is open to the public. Proceeds from art sales will benefit the Centre for the Arts, as well as the preservation and

improvement efforts of the Friends of the Delaware Canal. For more information, contact the Friends of the Delaware Canal at 215-862-2021, email The Friends of the Delaware Canal is a nonprofit organization working to ensure that the Canal is fully watered from Easton to Bristol and that the towpath trail is usable over its entire length. The group is dedicated to sustaining a unique link to America’s history, protecting beautiful and diverse natural areas, providing educational and recreational opportunities, and enabling the Canal to serve as a community and economic asset. ■

Concert To Benefit Danny DeGennaro Foundation, October 21


oted musicians and Bucks County Community College aspiring performers will come together in the name of keeping the legacy of Danny DeGennaro alive on Oct. 21 as part of the third annual Creative Inspiration concert at the Newtown campus of Bucks County Community College. The nonprofit Danny DeGennaro Foundation fundraises to provide music and art scholarships to Bucks County Community College students. Named for the late

singer/songwriter and guitarist, Danny “Rio” DeGennaro, who traveled the world playing with the Billy Squier Band and the Grateful Dead offshoot Kingfish, the Foundation was established to inspire future musicians following the Levittown musician’s untimely death in 2011. The concert features a performance by Katelyn Cryan, of Yardley, a Bucks County Community College sophomore and this year’s scholarship award winner. “I love the Foundation,” Cryan said. “I think it’s so wonderful that Danny DeGennaro’s family were able to make something good come out of something so incredibly tragic.” Johnny Betz will accompany Cryan for a song. Lisa Bouchelle & the Gyrl Band will also join her onstage. Paul Baroli, of Levittown, the lead singer and bassist for Grateful Dead tribute band Steal Your Face, was inspired by DeGennaro, who mentored him and his band. “We just hit it off and he took me under his wing,” Baroli recalled. As for the Oct. 21 show, Baroli said guests should expect a high-energy show featuring Grateful Dead covers, as well as DeGennaro songs. “Whatever our set is, we want to take you on a trip just like the Grateful Dead would have done,” Baroli said. The Creative Inspiration concert will be held on Oct. 21 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Zlock Performing Arts Center at Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road in Newtown. Tickets cost $10 for students; $20 for adults; and $50 for a VIP reception, which includes a meet & greet with artists and beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Seating is limited. Buy your tickets at Langhorne Coffee, 102 S. Bellevue Ave., in Langhorne or online at ■


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Langhorne Council for the Arts’


“Coolest Critters” Photo Contest

olk artist Edward Hicks is the most famous favorite son of Langhorne Borough. His many paintings of “The Peaceable Kingdom” are immediately recognized by his stylized images of lions, lambs, cattle, cheetahs, bears, and other wild beasts, reposing in harmony. Langhorne Council for the Arts will honor Edward Hicks this year with a new photo/ calendar contest. LCA invites owners of all kinds of pets -- finned, feathered, or furry -- to enter a photo of their favorite critter(s) in our photo contest. There are no geographic restrictions; all pets are welcome in our Peaceable Kingdom!  ALL photos entered into the contest will be pictured in our beautiful 2018 calendar, but twelve critters will be declared the “Coolest Critters.” Coolest Critters will be featured on the cover and in the monthly photo collages, and will be determined by popular vote. Votes are $1 and can be submitted online with a major credit card, by check, and by cash (cash is only accepted on the last day of the contest, Oct 28, at Olde Harvest Day in Langhorne, PA).  You can vote as often as you want, for

as many animals as you want. All votes and entry fees are tax-deductible contributions to the Langhorne Council for the Arts student scholarship fund. Owners will submit each photo with a $5 entry fee and the following info about the pet:  name, breed, date of birth or adoption (if known), owner’s name and contact info. A short description of the pet’s personality, habits, or story behind the photo can also be included.  Photos can be submitted digitally to  Entry fees and printed photos (if digital is not available) should be sent to 960 Langhorne-Yardley Road, Langhorne, PA  19047.   Please visit the LCA website for detailed information on entering the contest:  www.langhornearts. org.  Please note that photos of pets only (not with people) are preferred. A few pets have already ravel back in time and experience the life of the Founding Fathers at entered the contest, and can viewed Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 at http://langhorneartseventsa.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Enter today, During the Autumn Encampment & Market, colonial townspeople will and let the voting begin! ■

2-Day Autumn Encampment & Market at Washington Crossing Historic Park


gather at their marketplace in the historic village area of the park to sell their wares while soldiers drill 18th-century military tactics. Families will enjoy a wide array of activities including crafts, cooking demonstrations, tours of historic buildings and music. Visitors can also shop at the park’s modern gift shop to buy a variety of local crafts, art and other goods. Admission to either day of Autumn Encampment & Market is $8 for adults, $4 for children age five to 11, and free for those under five. Attendees also receive free admission to the Thompson-Neely House and Bowman’s Hill Tower that day. This event will be held rain or shine. Washington Crossing Historic Park is located at the intersection of Routes 32 (River Road) and 532. To stay up-to-date on what is happening at the park, visit ■


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Leader Lottery Winner: Patricia McFadden


atricia McFadden, of Yates Road in Bensalem, was our Leader Lottery winner for the September issue of The Lower Bucks Leader. She picked up her copy of The Leader at Georgine’s Jr., a popular local deli/eatery on Veterans Highway in Levittown. By checking the 3 questions for that issue, Patricia saw that her lucky number was P5N. She found a matching number in the ad for Terry Lee Farber, a trusted local attorney based in Feasterville. She filled out her lottery ticket, emailed it to The Leader, and it was drawn at random from a small pool of finalists. “Since I never won anything before, I really have to thank my sister for encouraging me to enter,” Patricia said, “and the Lower Bucks Leader for running a great contest and paper.” Patricia, who grew up in Philadelphia, graduated from Lincoln High School and went on to attend Brigham Young University. “I returned home and married a boy from my same high school class, although we had never met. I have three children; the older two are both married. My youngest is a senior this year. I enjoy reading and making crafts but mostly enjoy anything that brings my family

together.”   Leader Lottery winners receive $100 for themselves; they also get to choose a charity, community cause or organization that has special meaning for them, for which The Lower Bucks Leader provides a free promotional ad or fundraising message. Patricia McFadden chose “An American Celtic Christmas,” an annual holiday show featuring live rock, dance and Irish music that will be held at Bensalem High School on Saturday, December 2nd. “I chose it for three reasons,” Patricia said. “It is a fantastic show and great start to the holiday season; the proceeds benefit some great organizations, including the Bensalem Education Foundation; and my niece Payton (pictured) is in it.” ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Leader Lottery is a feature of every issue, in which readers can win money for themselves and free publicity for their favorite charity or community cause. It’s free, it’s easy, and all you need is the paper you’re holding in your hand. You’ll help our community just by playing. Do you have the lucky number? See page 2 to find out! ■



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Delaware Canal Walk Thru Oct. 28


he Friends of the Delaware Canal began their 30th annual Canal Walk on September 30. All 58.9 miles of the Canal will be explored over the course of five Saturdays. The guided walking tour will start at the Forks of the Delaware Recreation Area in Easton and end at Riverfront Park in Bristol Borough on October 28. Canal Walk 2017 will give hikers the opportunity to learn about the area’s past and future while taking in the autumn scenery of the Canal and Delaware River corridor. Susan Taylor, Executive Director of the Friends, along with local history and conservation authorities, will tell about the Delaware Canal where mule-drawn boats once transported coal and other goods. They will also point out many other sites of historic and environmental significance along the route. The four remaining segments of the Walk are: § October 7 – Indian Rock Inn to #2 Bridge 2 Lane, Point Pleasant, PA 18950 (Use Pipersville, PA for GPS) —11.9 miles § October 14 – Point Pleasant to Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve south of New Hope – 11.7 miles § October 21 – Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve to the Black Rock Road Picnic Area in Yardley. – 10 miles § October 28 - Black Rock Road Picnic Area to Riverfront Park adjacent to Mill Street in Bristol Borough – 12.3 miles The Walks begin at 9 a.m. on each Saturday. Participants are invited to walk on any or all of the Saturdays. Please bring a light lunch and beverage on each day. Transportation back to the starting point will be accomplished by carpooling. The walks are free, and the public is encouraged to participate. Donations are welcome. For more information about Canal Walk 2017 and other Friends’ activities, call 215-862-2021, e-mail, or visit The Friends of the Delaware Canal is an independent, non-profit organization working to preserve, improve, and interpret the Canal and its surroundings. Its primary goals are to ensure that the Canal is fully watered from Easton to Bristol and that the towpath trail is useable over its entire length. ■ O53


Ghost Tours in Fallsington

n Sunday, October 29th from 6-8:30 PM Historic Fallsington, Inc. invites you to meet a host of village spirits from the 18th century and experience unimaginable, ghostly visitations and tales from the past! Lantern-led spirit tours through the 300-year old historic village of Fallsington will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Gillingham Store in Meetinghouse Square. Tours go out every 15 minutes; last tour is offered at 8:00 p.m. Appropriate for all ages, however space is limited and pre-paid tickets are suggested; light refreshments are included. Program fee: $7.00 for adults, children 10 and under $3.00. All proceeds benefit the preservation and educational programs of Historic Fallsington, Inc., 4 Yardley Avenue, Fallsington, PA 19054, dedicated to preserving the more than 300 year old village where William Penn worshipped for future generations and educating the public about its rich history. ■


Free Lectures on American History This Fall at the David Library

he David Library of the American Revolution has announced its schedule of admissionfree lectures that will be offered in the Library’s lecture hall over the autumn months. The library, located at 1201 River Road, Washington Crossing, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of American history between 1750 and 1800. The Fall 2017 Lecture series will be comprised of seven talks by the authors of recent books on the Revolutionary era. • Dean Snow, author of 1777: Tipping Point at Saratoga on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30. • Marie Jenkins Schwartz, author of Ties That Bound: Founding First Ladies and Slaves on Sunday, October 29 at 3:00. • Richard D. Brown, author of Self-Evident Truths: Contesting Equal Rights from the Revolution to the Civil War on Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30. • James E. Lewis, Jr., author of The Burr Conspiracy: Uncovering the Story of an Early American Crisis on Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30. • Russell Shorto, author of Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom on Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30. • Jonathan Israel, author of The Expanding Blaze: How the American Revolution Ignited the World, 1775-1848 on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:30. Additionally, the David Library will screen a documentary film, “The Duel: Hamilton vs. Burr,” on Saturday, November 4 at 3:00. Reservations are not required to attend the screening. Reservations are required for David Library lectures. Call 215.493.6776 x 100 or email For detailed descriptions of the programs, visit ■

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Tips from Leader Readers 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. —Caroline Unger / Women’s Humane Society In the fall, any holes in your property that were created by carpenter bees should be filled with wood putty or glued-in wooden dowels, and the entire wood surface painted or varnished. Paint or varnish provide at least some protection; stained wood is not usually protected against further attack. —Roger Hebron / Yardley Freeze leftover coffee in an ice tray. The cubes will make your next ice coffee cold without diluting it. —Sarah Butler Remember to keep your pets confined and away from your front door on Halloween night! Not only will the door be constantly opening and closing, but strangers will be dressed in unusual costumes and are sometimes quite loud and boisterous. This can be very scary for our furry friends. Dogs are especially territorial and may become distressed, growling at or even trying to bite innocent trick-or-treaters. Putting your dog or cat in a secure room away from the front door will also prevent them from darting outside in to the night… a night when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one. —Karen W. / Trevose If you have a garden hose that has become too cracked or leaky to mend, don’t throw it away. It can be very handy when laying out curved or serpentine landscaping elements since it is almost as flexible as string but much easier to see. It will also stay in place on a windy day while you ponder your design. —Alan Beechum / Fairless Hills An empty Pringles can makes a great container for unused (uncooked) spaghetti. —M.S. / Levittown

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The Bensalem Lions Club will sponsor a Flea Market every Saturday from 5 AM-2 PM until October 28th at the Snyder Middle School, on Hulmeville Road in Bensalem. $25 a space for vendors (bring your own table). For more info call 215-633-3655, mailbox 3000. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Annual Historic Bristol Day will be held on Saturday, October 21 (rain or shine), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is sponsored by the Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization. This year’s event will feature free tours of the Tall Ship “Gazela,” which will be docked at Bristol’s new pier at the foot of Mill & Radcliffe Streets. The event will offer house tours featuring special exhibits, a riverfront Tea, entertainment by the Sea Dogs of New Jersey and the Bracken Alumni Drug & Bugle Corps of Bristol, face painting and balloon art, car show, sailboat regatta, children’s corner, crafters and vendors, exhibits, walking tours, food court, archeological dig, tours of public buildings & places of worship, discounts at designated shops, shuttle service and more.      A ticket is required for the House Tour and Tea.  Advance ticket price is $12; $15 on the day of the event.  Free parking is available in the Municipal

Parking Lot behind Mill Street, in the Lenox Building lot at 1414 Radcliffe Street, and in the SEPTA lot at Washington & Prospect Sts. Further information may be obtained at www. or by calling 215-781-9895. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••  Hulmeville Historical Society›s 4th Annual Fall Craft Fair will be held Sunday November 5th from 10 am until 3 pm, at the William Penn Firehouse, 123 Main St. Hulmeville, PA. Come shop for Scentsy, LuLaRoe, ThirtyOne, Party Lite, Handmade Jewelry, Christmas ornaments, crochet items, gifts for your pets and lots more.  For more information •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Comedian Gilbert Gottfried will appear at the Newtown Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. General admission tickets for both shows are $30 and are available at This show is for mature audiences only. Gottfried has enjoyed a long and successful career in comedy clubs and as the king of quirky roles in both movies and television. He is one of the most recognizable voiceover talents, lending his voice to numerous commercials, cartoons and movies, including the frustrated duck in the AFLAC Insurance commercials and Iago in Disney’s “Aladdin.” The Newtown Theatre is located at 120 N. State Street in Newtown Borough. ••••••••••••••••••••••

Tickets are selling quickly for the first-ever Washington Crossing Fall Brewfest, being held on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in a wooded, riverside section of Washington Crossing Historic Park. A counterpart to the park’s popular brewfest held each May, the Fall Brewfest will feature a wide range of ciders, pumpkin beers, harvest ales and sour beers from more than 40 regional and national breweries. An assortment of food trucks will provide savory and sweet bites to complement these seasonal brews, while bonfires throughout the grounds will keep the October chill away. Tickets are $45 and are available at only. The Fall Brewfest will be held in the upper part of the park (1638 River Road, New Hope, Pa.), behind the Thompson-Neely House and across the street from Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. The Fall Brewfest is organized by the Friends of Washington Crossing Park. All proceeds support educational and historical programming in the park. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Grundy Museum, celebrating its Golden Anniversary, invites the public to the opening reception of its new permanent exhibit, Made in America: The Grundy Mill and the Business of Spinning Wool on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, 680 Radcliffe Street. The exhibit focuses on the Mill’s impact on Bristol Borough and the surrounding community. The Grundy Mill will be viewed from the perspectives of industrialists, the political environment of the time, as well as the daily life of the mill worker and the wool manufacturing process. Highlights from the exhibit include a 1923 film of Grundy Mill

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workers and operations taken inside the business, and an audio recording of the late Senator Joseph R. Grundy himself. During the evening event, there will be an official unveiling of the Bristol Borough Community Mosaic Project. The project depicting the Grundy clock tower was designed by mosaic artists Patricia Buchanan and Kimberly White and created by the public at the Grundy Museum’s OldTime Picnic on the Delaware and Bristol Borough Business Association First Friday events. Visitors will have the opportunity to view demonstrations of wool spinning and carding, take a selfie in front of a life-size facsimile of the 14-foot Grundy clock dial and enjoy live music performed by the Frank Butrey Trio. Additionally, the Grundy Museum is seeking materials and stories of the mill from the public to grow our collective understanding concerning one of Bristol’s top historic landmarks. Mill questions and donation inquiries can be directed to Grundy Museum Administrator Donna McCloskey at 215.788.7891 ext. 13. Development of the permanent Made in America: The Grundy Mill and the Business of Spinning Wool exhibit was made possible through a Visit Bucks grant.  •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Tuesday, OCTOBER 10, Science Meets Art: TURTLES! At Fallsington Library. Join us as we learn about tortoises and turtles with fun art and science projects, with Scientist Dave Shuster. Make your own

Sea Turtle Mosaic! Free, for all ages, registration is REQUIRED at (under Events, go to Fallsington and 10/10/17). Visit us on FACEBOOK at Fallsington Library to find out about upcoming programs and see photos from previous events. Fallsington Library 139 Yardley Ave. Fallsington PA 19054 215/295-4449   •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Bristol Township’s Free Fall Cleanup Day on Saturday October 21 (8am-12:30pm) Bristol Township wants to help you get rid of junk piling up at home through its free Fall Cleanup Day (8am12:30pm) at the township’s municipal complex (2501 Bath Road). Must be Bristol Township resident with ID. Event is held Rain or Shine! Call 267-812-2950 for more information •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Jesse W. Soby American Legion Post #148 in Langhorne is sponsoring its third annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday November 11th 2017 starting at 09:00 AM. The proceeds from the race will benefit Veterans Charities such as Operation Comfort Warriors which is an American Legion charity. Delaware Valley Stand Down for homeless veterans in the Delaware Valley and Shamrock Reins Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies for Veterans and First Responders. The veterans charities and projects are carefully selected so that the majority, if not all of the donated funds go directly to the veterans with

little or no administrative costs. If you are interested in participating in the race or would like help us spread the word, visit the run sign up page: LanghorneAmericanLegionVeteransDay5K We are also accepting credit card donations on the run sign up page by selecting the “DONATE” tab. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Flea Market at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 66 Levittown Parkway, on Saturday, October 14th from 8 AM-1 PM. (Rain date October 21) Concession stand open for breakfast and lunch. Vendors: $15 per spot, rent tables for $5 each. All inquiries contact Anthony 267-312-3729 or Alice 267-496-6135. All proceeds benefit St. Michael the Archangel Knights of Colombus Council 14626, our Lady of Guadalupe Ladies Auxiliary. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Join the Bucks County Family Services “Children’s Hat, Gloves and Scarf Collection” on Langhorne Harvest Day, Saturday October 28th. Donate a hat, gloves or scarf for a child in need. (Sizes newborn to age 18.) Drop off your donation at the Jesse W. Soby American Legion Post, 115 W. Richardson Avenue, Langhorne or at our table in town on Harvest Day.

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n the early 1970s, while living in Boulder, Colorado, I was invited to a party in the canyon. There were three of us in the 2002i BMW that Fred drove maddeningly fast along a narrow road that snaked into the Rockies. We arrived at a modern, blockshaped house jutting out of the canyon wall, and an array of plate glass windows showing a large room stuffed to the limit with young people drinking and dancing to rockabilly. It was not my kind of party. Cocktail parties and conversations are more my speed. This was a meat market for kids who came to the University of Colorado to ski. They were not interested in people like me, pensive, unathletic, and ugly. I couldn’t go home until the friends I came with were ready to go, so I took myself for a walk. I followed the road deeper into the canyon and the further I got from the house with the party, the darker it became. There were no other homes and no streetlights. It turned into a strange blackness without depth. My eyes did not know where to focus and the blackness felt to be right up against my face, as if I had succumbed to blindness. I slowed to a snail’s pace until my vision adjusted and I could again find the road. The road was difficult to see, but was indicated by an ever-so-slight glare. Then I discovered the stars directly above, but still it was pitch darkness to either side and ahead. The walk continued for a bit and then I was sure I could hear someone walking behind me. I stopped. I couldn’t see anything, neither something there nor something not there. It was just black, as black behind as it was ahead. I walked on and soon I realized that it, whatever it was, was walking behind me again. It stopped when I stopped. I couldn’t go back because whatever it was stood between me and the party

I could hear it breathing...its footsteps were heavier than a human’s. house. So I waited. Nothing. I began walking again and it began walking again. It had waited with me. I considered if it were some freakish echo, only it was catching up! I could hear that its footsteps were heavier than a human’s. I could hear it breathing, deep, powerful breaths beyond the capacity of smaller human lungs. This is when I remembered that the week before there had been a first-time sighting of Sasquatch in Colorado. Sasquatch, more popularly known as Bigfoot, is the abominable snowman of the Pacific Northwest, the American Yeti. Well, I certainly didn’t believe in Sasquatch and this was a long way from his home ground, but a bear would answer nicely to the impressions I was getting from the heavy steps and powerful breathing. And now it had caught up. Only it wasn’t in the road. It was beside me. It wasn’t close enough for me to reach out

and touch, but it could have only been ten feet away. Ten feet did not feel like a great distance under the circumstances. But since it was beside me, it wasn’t behind me, so I turned around and began walking back. It turned around, the sound of something massive shifting, the weight of it thumping the ground, and it walked back with me. If I walked fast, it walked fast. If I walked faster still, it walked faster still. I wouldn’t run because I knew some predators are signaled by a run that the chase is on. But I thought it was getting angry because now it was snorting, so I walked slower. I was almost to the house when I could first make out that there was a dense wall of vegetation on my right. That was another reason the beast did not get closer, we were separated by what must have been a tall hedge. The only reason I now knew there was a hedge between us was because down the road before me, where I could see it indicated by different shades of black, I saw enough to know the hedge came to an end. Soon, nothing would separate me from this heavy shadow lumbering alongside. There seemed no other way out. I wanted to be closer to the house, so I kept going. The invisible beast hadn’t pounced on me yet, maybe it didn’t want to. We walked together, my incredibly heavy, snorting beast and I, and when we got to the end of the hedge, I discovered it was a horse. That the horse didn’t get any closer was probably because there was a fence or wire between us I couldn’t see. I made it safely back to the party. ■ —Bruce Harris Bentzman Mr. Bentzman is a Langhorne resident and the author of Selected Suburban Soliloquies, available at Amazon and at His essays may be read at

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Too Good To Be True: Winning a “Free” Caribbean Vacation That Really Wasn’t


congratulating me on live radio. “Michael Barrett from t was probably about 15 years ago that my one son, Levittown is today›s winner.” I was as happy as that who was stuck listening to my oldies station on the same tune my children and I sang along to 15 years car radio, started actually singing along with the tune prior. The station informed me that their promotions that was playing and all 3 of my babes, ages 10-12-14 department would contact me within the next couple at the time, joined in. “Doo Wah Diddy Diddy” was days about the details for my 3 night/4 day allthe song, by Manfred Mann, from 1964. My children inclusive, non-transferrable Apple vacation package for received a decent education about older music just two to Riviera Maya in Mexico. Cool Beans! from their rides with Dad who half the time had WOGL   Before the promotion tuned in. Many times this department called me, I station had promotions The rep explained that there would contacted my lady friend. going on, so a few years later I sent my name in to be a “minor monetary fee” involved She was happy about my invitation for her to join them in hopes of winning. me. The Monday after   Two weeks ago, some the Thursday›s great news, WOGL›s promotions ten years after posting my name with WOGL, my name department phoned me and laid out all the instructions was announced. I had less than an hour to phone in. for accepting my vacation giveaway. They explained I was on a bike ride at the time. I rarely answer my that both my friend and I had to come to their office in texts while cycling until I reach home. But my cell Bala Cynwood within the next month to retrieve our chirped three times in a row so I stopped to check the tickets. We could go on the vacation any time we chose, messages. Had I not stopped, I would not have called except for major holidays, within the following year. WOGL back in time. Thanks to my two sisters-in-law “Doo Wah Diddy Diddy Dum Diddy Doo!» and a friend, Lou, I saw the good news of my windfall.   Sounds great, doesn›t it? Here›s the kicker. The Some Windfall! rep from WOGL added that there would be a minor   WOGL had me on the phone for over 10 minutes


Workshops for Job & Career Seekers

ennsylvania CareerLink-Bucks County and the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library collaborate this fall on a series of workshops focused on job seeking skills at the Grundy Library’s 680 Radcliffe Street location. Led by Jacqueline Moore, Workshop Coordinator at Pennsylvania CareerLink-Bucks County, the free workshops begin promptly at 10:15 am and require pre-registration. Register online at, or by calling 215.788.7891. Seating is limited. Friday, October 13th – Writing a Cover Letter             Friday, November 10th – Cut Your Job Search by 50%             Friday, December 8th – Bridging the Skills Gap  This program is offered by Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, in collaboration with Pennsylvania CareerLink-Bucks County in support of the PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries initiative.  Libraries are key to powering progress and elevating the quality of life in PA by fueling the types of knowledge essential to success: Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, Health Literacy, and Financial Literacy. N95

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Volunteers Needed: Anytime between 3:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays during school year.  21st Century Community Learning Center in Bristol Township seeks help with after-school programs at Bristol’s elementary and middle schools. Volunteer to assist students with tutoring, mentoring and activities for one or all four days. Please call Dave Tittle, 215-915-1505 for more information. To Advertise, call 215-669-7350

monetary expense for each party, to cover the foreign taxes, and that would be up to $415. Each. He also explained that we need not pay anything if we forfeit the tickets. What did I actually win? After sharing this news with my friend, she found a similar all-inclusive vacation online for a longer trip (4 nights/ 5 days) for only $500 each. We both agreed to forfeit the “winning” tickets. For all those folks in that group who never win anything, I am still with you. — Michael J. Barrett

Can You Read This?


an you raed this? 55 plepoe out of 100 can. I bet you cnat blveiee that you can aulaclty uesdnatnrd what you are rdanieg. Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteers be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig, huh? And I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! —thank you to George H. / Fairless Hills


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Dear Jenna

The Tarot Queen Takes your Questions It is a joy for me to help provide people with clarity around their burning questions. The Tarot is like a forecast, a spiritual weatherman that acts as a probability calculator, giving us an insight into most likely outcomes and events. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Can You Pass the Citizenship Test? All immigrants who wish to become U.S. citizens must take a citizenship test. There are 100 possible questions that deal with American history and government. An applicant will be asked 10 of them, and must answer at least 6 correctly. We’re already American citizens, so this should be easy!...Um, shouldn’t it? ________________________________________________ 1) How many stars are there in our flag?
 2) How many stripes are there in the flag?
 3) What do we call a change to the Constitution?
 4) What are the three branches of our government?
 5) Can you name the two senators from your state? 6) How many representatives are there in Congress?
 7) What is the Bill of Rights?
 8) Who becomes President of the United States if the President and the vice-president should die?
 9) How many Supreme Court justices are there?
 10) Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence? See page 23 for answers.

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Dear Jenna, I have had many un-reciprocated loves and am currently emotionally tied to someone unavailable. (Again.) Will there ever be anyone who will treat me seriously and return my feelings? —Missy Missy, I pulled 3 cards for you and they were: The Hanged Man (reversed), 2 of Wands (reversed) and King of Wands. This run suggests to me that it takes two to tango and you are getting in your own way by choosing unavailable loves (unconciously or conciously). The Hanged Man reversed indicates to me that there is some deeper fear or truly and deeply surrendering to the process of a love- a fear of sacrifice- this often can happen when we have been hurt in the past. 2 of Wands suggests that the first step for you is to get very clear about who you are looking for and why, rather than playing darts in the dark and hoping for a bullseye. The King suggests that there IS someone for you out there but he does not come along until you are ready to see him. Good luck! •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Recently I lost my job, and my husband has had a health issue that has prevented him to return to work.. Prayers he can return within the 90 day window.  I have interviewed for some positions but everything is on hold it seems.. Can you please share insight for the future. —Deb Dear Deb, I pulled these three cards in concern with your question: 7 of Swords (reversed), 5 of Cups, 4 of Pentacles. As much as I truly wish and desire to give you the message you desperately need, the initial indication is that things will be on hold a little while longer. I feel like the 7 there is indicating some very unfair situation for your husband in regards to how work might be treating his recovery and the 4 of pentacles indicates a longer time of careful money management. 5 of Cups indicates that you might have a hard time accepting the reality of the situation and I am very sorry for it. The news is not terrible but it is also not what you are really wanting to hear: hang tight. ■ •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• If you have a question you would like me to answer here in this column, please email me at: Column submissions will be first name only (or anonymous, if you prefer) and only those that are used in the paper will be contacted regarding their submission. Jenna Matlin’s new book Have Tarot Will Travel: A Comprehensive Guide to Reading at Festivals as a Tarot Professional is available at (Kindle Only).

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Best All-Time Eagles: Shady McCoy, Running Back


icknamed when he was a child by his frustrated mom for his unpredictable mood swings, LeSean “Shady” McCoy would grow into a manic runner, darting and stopping, going left, right, back and forward, who would leave NFL defenders wondering where he went. In his first year as a starter in 2010, LeSean McCoy, the greatest running back in Eagles history, ran for over a thousand yards. The following year his league-leading 20 touchdowns and 1309

rushing yards earned him first team All-Pro honors just doesn’t like stars.” Coach Kelly admitted that the deal was not and paved the way for his lucrative, much deserved 5- year contract. handled right. “I didn’t get a chance to speak with him before the deal was announced,” he said. But Despite missing four games in 2012, he gained over a thousand yards from scrimmage. He he insisted it was the right thing to do and it was doubled that amount and led the league in 2013, about money: the Eagles saved 11 million dollars earning another first team All-Pro honor. Along on the deal. the way McCoy broke Wilbert Montgomery’s During the 2015 season the Bills visited 34-year old record and Philadelphia in December On returning to the Linc after being and Shady refused to set a new high water shake Kelly’s hand. He mark for Eagles running traded, McCoy refused backs by rushing for 1607 did, however, give a big to shake Chip Kelly’s hand but yards. He followed that smooch to the Eagles logo kissed the Eagles logo up the next season by in the middle of the Linc before the game. A year establishing the Eagles’ later Kiko Alonzo was on the Miami Dolphins new total career rushing yards record at 6792. And then he was traded. and Chip was fired, eventually ending up working college football games for ESPN. Meanwhile Following the 2014 season, Coach Chip Kelly McCoy would rack up nearly three thousand yards persuaded ownership to give him the reins as from scrimmage in just two years for his new team. general manager, and the genius who was going Today Shady is still the Bills featured running to change the way offensive football was played back, utilizing his unpredictable style to frustrate decided that the team would be better off without would be tacklers. ■ the greatest running back they had ever had. He traded McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker —George Porgeman / Yardley Kiko Alonzo. A very bitter McCoy said at the time “he got rid of all the good black players (referring also to wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was also dealt) or he


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Putting the Garden to Bed: A Checklist for Fall

hile some Pennsylvania gardeners still have several more weeks to enjoy the growing season, the higher elevations could soon experience a killing frost. Therefore, it is time to prepare a checklist of tasks to put your garden to bed. As the gardening year winds down, begin by reassessing flower and vegetable beds before cleaning up, composting and putting away containers and tools. • Evaluate Your 2015 Garden Early fall is a great time to plant, divide and transplant because you can easily see the holes in your design. Take a walk around the flower garden and assess which plants survived, which died, which have grown beyond their space and which need moving to a better spot. Fall planting gives the transplants a season to become established, and dividing overgrown perennials rejuvenates the parent plants while providing material for the identified gaps. Walk around the vegetable garden, also, and consider what produced well and what you liked. Rotate vegetable crops each year and avoid those plants that did not thrive or were not to your taste. • Test the Soil Fall is a good time to test the soil and learn how to amend it for the best crop of flowers and vegetables next year. Purchase a soil testing kit for $9 from Penn State Extension and follow the simple instructions. Penn State will send you an analysis and recommendations to remedy deficiencies. Apply those recommended amendments, and they have all winter to work themselves into the soil. • Clean Up After a killing frost, remove flowers and vegetables with brown and shriveled foliage; pull out annuals, including their roots; and cut down perennials to just above the crown of the plants. Use hand pruners, but for large clumps of perennials you can use a string trimmer. Put the debris in the compost pile unless there is disease present. Place diseased debris, such as bee balm or garden phlox with powdery mildew, in the trash. As you clean up, pull all weeds as they harbor disease

Clean up, cover up and dig up. and insects. Do leave some plants standing to provide seeds for the birds, especially Purple Coneflowers and Black-Eyed Susans. If you garden on a slope, leave dead stems to prevent erosion by wind or water. Leave some grasses for winter interest, but remember to cut them down to about four inches in the spring before new growth becomes too high. • Cover Up Flowers — After two or three killing frosts the plants become dormant, this is the best time to protect newly planted flowers and shrubs with a layer of mulch, dry leaves or an evergreen bough. The protection prevents frost heaving and premature bud break. Plan to remove winter mulch in late March or early April. Vegetables — Rake your vegetable garden to expose underground grubs and pupae to the sun, birds and freezing temperatures before adding compost from compost bins. Compost replenishes nutrients in the soil and improves soil quality. You may plant a cover crop such as winter rye to suppress weeds and provide nutrients. In the spring, mow the crop, remove it or till it into the soil, before it goes to seed. Gardeners who extend their gardening year by growing cool season crops such as lettuce need to have row covers or plant blankets ready to protect them from frost. Shrubs and Trees — Prune roses in the fall to about two-and-a-half feet then protect them with burlap. Do a final pruning in late winter, which is the best time

to prune most trees and shrubs. Remove dead and damaged limbs anytime. To prevent young trees from developing sunscald (cracking caused by warm sun on a cold day) protect the trunks with tree wrap, a four-inch-wide paper strip that doesn’t retain water. Tree wrap also wards off deer and rodent damage. Remove the wrap in early spring. Consider spraying evergreen leaves with an anti-desiccant to stop winter dieback that occurs with a lack of water when the ground freezes. • Dig Up Remember to dig up tender bulbs, such as cannas and dahlias, and store them where they will not freeze. Pack them in boxes of sawdust or peat moss. You may want to save seeds from your favorite non-hybrid plants, also. • Care for Containers and Tools After emptying planters, remove any remaining soil with a dry scrub brush then sterilize the planters with a solution of 9 parts water to 1 part bleach. Stack dry pots with newspaper between them so they don’t stick together and store them in the basement away from harsh winter weather. Use a wire brush to clean tools. Oil them with vegetable oil to keep them from rusting. Drain and store hoses and sprinklers before the first freeze, but remember to water perennials during dry weather in late summer and fall before the ground freezes. By taking time now to prepare your garden for winter you will reap huge rewards with beautiful flowers and a healthy vegetable garden next spring. As much as you love gardening, look forward to putting your garden to bed. Your plants need a rest and so do you. — Pamela T. Hubbard, Penn State Master Gardener Reprinted by permission of Penn State Extension & College of Agricultural Sciences. www.extension.

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Rotary Breakfast Fundraiser, Oct. 7


he Yardley-Morrisville Rotary Club will sponsor a Country Style Breakfast fundraiser to be held on October 7, 2017 at the Morrisville United Methodist Church, located at 501 W Maple Ave Morrisville from 8:30 AM through 11:00 AM. The breakfast buffet will feature eggs, pancakes, sausages, bagels and beverage. Tickets will be $10 for adults. This is a good value for local consumers and for a good cause. The proceeds will help fund local projects that are supported by Rotary. All proceeds go back into the local community Rotary Club is a group of local volunteers who are part of the larger Rotary International, a community service organization founded in 1905. The purpose of the local Rotary Club is to connect people who then work together to solve community and international problems, humanitarian causes and promote good will and peace. We appreciate public support of the programs in the effort to provide local, national and international aid for those in need. ■

Bensalem Vies for Amazon’s Headquarters


ith 675 acres of largely undeveloped riverfront property available, Bensalem Township Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo, along with State Senator Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson and State Representative Gene DiGirolamo, are making the case that Amazon should locate its second headquarters in this Philadelphia suburb. Bensalem officials sent an introductory letter to Amazon and are planning to submit a formal proposal as part of Amazon’s RFP process aimed at finding the site for a second headquarters to mirror its existing 8.1 million-square-foot Seattle headquarters. Amazon’s second headquarters would create 50,000 new jobs and would generate $5 billion in construction revenue, according to the company. Interstate 95, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and U.S. Route 1 all intersect in Bensalem, there are two SEPTA regional rail lines that run within township borders and three airports, including Philadelphia International Airport, in close proximity. As a result, Mayor DiGirolamo wrote in the letter to Amazon that the township is the “perfect” location. Amazon has said its preferred site should be within two miles of a major highway, have access to mass transit and be within 45 minutes of an international

airport. Priority would be given to undeveloped sites measuring 100 acres. The Riverfront Revitalization District satisfies all these criteria. “I have been saying for decades that our Riverfront is ripe for redevelopment,” Mayor DiGirolamo said. “Having Amazon locate in our township, particularly in this high opportunity area, would be a huge step forward for our community, our neighbors and everyone who lives or works in Bensalem.”

An Amazon HQ in Bensalem could create some 50,000 jobs and generate $5 billion in construction revenue Bensalem is one of more than 100 municipalities vying to house Amazon’s second headquarters. Mayor DiGirolamo said his hometown of nearly 65,000 people is the best choice. “We pride ourselves on our continuing efforts to make and keep Bensalem a home for local, regional and national business and industry,” he said. “Bensalem fulfills, and we believe exceeds, all of the requirements that Amazon is looking for in the location for its second headquarters.” ■



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Middletown Citizen Service Corps


Fall Service Saturday, Nov. 18

t can be the “little things” that create major obstacles for seniors or people with disabilities living independently in their own homes. Simple chores may be difficult or impossible for some adults. The Middletown Citizen Service Corps works with members of the community and service organizations to connect volunteers with citizens in need, to help with everyday tasks. Seniors and individuals with disabilities will be able to request assistance in cleaning up a yard, turning over mattresses, changing hard-to-reach lightbulbs, changing smoke detector batteries, removing window air conditioners, and other household tasks. Requests can be made directly to the MCSC by calling Lydia at 215-945-2920. The MCSC will hold a Fall Service Saturday on November 18th. Gather at 2140 Trenton Road at 8:30 AM; work from 9 AM to Noon. Community organizations, businesses or faith-based groups interested in volunteering should email for more information. ■

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25 Graphic design 26 Ticket seller 27 “I lived ___”: Tosca 28 Pigtail 29 Router hookup 30 Works 31 Ram’s mate 32 “Papa Bear” of football 35 Butterfingers 36 Extra 37 Fallon’s in-house band 39 Office message 40 Whole alternative 42 Breakfast bread 43 “Vikings” character ___ Lothbrok 47 “Shoot!” 48 Some servers 49 Discovery grp. 50 Talk show host Trevor 51 Basso Pinza 52 Cry of pain 53 Low card 54 Cheat, slangily 55 Just make, with “out”

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SENIOR EVENTS & BULLETINS Conwell-Egan Class of 1977 Reunion on Saturday, October 7th from 7-11 PM at the Irish Rover Station House, 1033 South Bellevue Avenue in Langhorne. For info call Suzanne, 215-480-7954. •••••••••••••••••••• The Martha Washington Garden Club will sponsor a presentation by Kathryn Finch, a lifelong Bucks County Resident and member of the Bucks County Civil War Round Table, on Wednesday October 25th at the Masonic Hall, 1600 Edgewood Road in Yardley. She will speak about the horticulture of the Civil War period and come dressed in the style of that era. Meeting starts at 12:30 with the program following at 1 PM. There is a $5 guest fee. •••••••••••••••••••• The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a bus trip on Wednesday, Nov. 29, to the “Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor” exhibit at the Franklin Inst.  Itinerary also includes a visit to the Irish Memorial and a 3-course lunch.  $98 for BCHF members; $100 for non-members.  Reservations close on Oct. 9.  Call 215-781-8591. •••••••••••••••••••• Free Lecture at the David Library — The Battle of Saratoga will be the subject of a lecture presented by author Dean Snow at the David Library of the American Revolution on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30PM titled “The People of 1777 Saratoga.” Lectures at the David Library are admission free. They are held in the Feinstone Conference on the Library campus, 1201 River Road, Washington Crossing, 1.3 miles north of the Washington Crossing Bridge. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 215-493-6776 or by sending an email to ••••••••••••••••••••

Neshaminy Activity Center will host its 50th Anniversary Gala on Friday, November 17th. Doors open at 5 PM; surf & turf dinner at 5:30; cash drawings at 5:15, 5:30 and 8 PM. Entertainment by Dave DeLuca and his Dean Martin Show from 6:30-7:30, followed by Gift Basket Drawings. Tickets cost $25, in Advance only. Neshaminy Activity Center is located at 1842 Brownsville Road, Trevose PA 19053. Call 215-355-6967 for more information. •••••••••••••••••••• The Bristol Riverside Theatre will conduct a program at Middletown Senior Center on Friday, October 6th at 1 PM. Actors Keith Baker and Jo Twiss will talk with seniors about the upcoming production QUARTET, running October 31-November 19. They will be joined by BRT Founder Susan Atkinson who is directing the production. Free and open to the public. Come join us! Middletown Senior Center, 2142 Trenton Road, Levittown PA 19056. Call (215) 9452920 for more information. •••••••••••••••••••• Oscar Hammerstein: Broadway to Bucks County, a presentation celebrating the legacy of Oscar Hammerstein, will take place at Yardley-Makefield Library on Saturday, October 21st at 2 PM. The event is FREE and open to the public. It will be presented by Will Hammerstein, grandson of the legendary Broadway lyricist. The Yardley-Makefield Library is at 1080 Edgewood Road, Yardley PA 19067. •••••••••••••••••••• Davis 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 Lance is a handsome 6 year old DECLAWED boy who was abandoned and walking the streets of Bridesburg for about a year. Luckily he survived and luckily a rescuer took him in.  He was thin but is now eating and is looking good!  He only likes dry food.  He is cuddly and loves to be with his foster.  He has an adorable voice and his fur is so so soft.  He would be a great addition to your family.  To meet Lance at Susans, contact Susans Cats and Kittens, 215 357 4946 or visit awos.

Hello out there! I’m Reese – an adult female. I’m one of the smaller, more reserved cats in the shelter. I don’t have many friends here. I’m looking for human companionship and someone to be patient with me - as I may deal with some anxiety once adopted. If you are interested in giving me a home, apply online  or call 215-781-0378.   

Ram (orange kitty) and Jax (white & black kitty) are best buds. Ram came to us in the motor of a Dodge Ram truck from NJ.  Thank goodness, he was not hurt.  He was in excellent condition and is now thriving.  A lucky little boy.  Then he meets Jax and instantly a loving friendship.  These two little guys are so sweet and adorable.  Their foster mom can›t say enough about them.  Just total sweethearts.  They are dressed up to meet you.  To meet these babies and all the other kittens and cats available for adoption, please contact Joyces Voice for Cats, Yardley, Pa  609 575 3514 or email joy.181831@, or visit Petfinder, enter Yardley, PA.

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Meet Paisley! She is a beautiful dark female torte with striking orange and gold markings throughout her coat.  Her eyes are a light yellow-green.  She is just stunning.  Paisley is a feisty little Miss.  She loves to play and her specialty is to perform “tumbersalts.” It is so funny to watch her play!  Paisley definitely has “torti-tude” but she also is very sweet.  She loves to cuddle and be hugged.  Paisley gets along very well with other cats.  She celebrates her birthday June 2017.  She is up to date on her boosters and has tested negative for both Feline Aids and Leukemia.  For more information, please contact Cats Bridge to Rescue on 215-987-8961.

Beautiful Silvie is ready to be adopted. She is a 1012 week old spayed female who has received her first FVRCP vaccine, tested negative for feline leukemia/ FIV and has been dewormed.  Silvie is very sweet but a little shy.  After you pet her she will start purring.  She would need a home where someone was willing to give her time to acclimate.  Silvie is a domestic medium hair.  Please call 215-962-3499.

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