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athy Hickey, of Iris Avenue in Trevose, was our Leader Lottery winner for the FebruaryMarch issue of The Lower Bucks Leader. She picked up her copy of The Leader at the Radcliffe Cafe, at 1705 Radcliffe Street in Bristol. “I enjoy The Lower Bucks Leader,” she said, “because it’s filled with local news, and makes me aware of upcoming community events that I may not have known about otherwise.” By checking the 3 questions for that issue, Cathy saw that her lucky number was T36. She found a matching number in the ad for Larken Associates, a real estate developer currently offering commercial spaces for lease in Fairless Hills. She filled out her lottery ticket online at LowerBucksLeader.com and it was picked at random from a small pool of finalists. Cathy, who recently retired from her job as a proofreader, grew up in Warminster and graduated from Archbishop Wood High School for Girls. “I met the love of my life, Ed Hickey, in cardiac rehab at Lower Bucks Hospital after we both had cardiac bypass surgery, and we got married in 2015.” The photo at left shows Cathy and Ed at a family celebration. “The nursing staff who took care of me were above and beyond ‘Angel’ status.”

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pril 7 is Canal Clean-Up Day at the Delaware Canal State Park. The Friends of the Delaware Canal sponsor this annual event to encourage volunteers to clear trash, debris, and brush from the historic waterway and towpath that runs from Easton to Bristol, PA. Canal Clean-Up Day activities will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Volunteers will be working all along the Canal’s 58.9-mile length, but help is especially needed in the areas listed below. Everyone who wants to participate should choose a location, and then contact the Area Coordinator for that section. The Coordinator will provide all the details about the day’s activities. The full list of the Easton to Bristol locations is posted at www. fodc.org. Lower Makefield Twp./Yardley: Mt. Eyre Road to Afton Avenue Eileen Kileen & Yardley Friends Meeting – 609-9474259 eileenk29@yahoo.com Yardley/Lower Makefield Twp.: Afton Ave. to Black Rock Road Ann and Keith Webb - 215-295-4063 wweebbss@ hotmail.com Lower Makefield Twp. /Morrisville: Black Rock Road to Trenton Avenue Hal Long & Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club 215-493-4962 hlong2306@gmail.com Morrisville: Trenton Avenue to Bridge Street Mayor Dave Rivella - 215-295-5030 mayordaverivella@aol.com

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Morrisville: Bridge Street to the Railroad Obstruction Lynn Vogel and Josh Gradwohl – 215-595-6114 lvogel419@comcast.net Falls Twp.: Railroad Obstruction to Tyburn Road Jerry Taylor - 215-493-6625 jerry.taylor35@verizon.net Falls Twp.: Tyburn Road to Falls Twp. Park Susan Taylor – 215-493-6625 susanhtaylor@verizon.net Falls Twp./Tullytown: Mill Creek Road to Levittown Shopping Center Jeff Connell – 732-581-9464 jeffconnell@comcast.net Bristol Twp.: Levittown Shopping Center (former Sonic) to Green Lane Ed Armstrong & GOAL (Greenbelt Overhaul Alliance of Levittown) -edarmstrong@verizon.net Bristol Borough: Green Lane to Lagoon Park Brett Webber - 215-840-2034 bw@bwadesign.com   Bristol Borough: Lagoon Park to Riverfront Park Jose Acevedo – cm317@comcast.net Gloves, waterproof foot gear, long-handled rakes, grabbing implements, and branch snippers are useful tools to bring along to Canal Clean-Up Day. Trash bags will be provided. For additional information about Clean-Up Day or other Friends activities, K 75 call 215-862-2021, e-mail friends@fodc. org, or visit www.fodc.org ■

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Rotary Club Car Show, April 15

he Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club invites the public to its free, familyoriented Car Festival on April 15 from noon until 5 PM at Fitzgerald Field (17 N Delaware Ave, Yardley 19067). This festival will offer something for everyone, from an opportunity to see and talk with car clubs and new car dealers showing their representative vehicles, to learn about businesses that offer car-related products and services, to talk with private vintage car owners, to safety discussions with local police, fire and emergency squads, to car-related games and activities for children. There will be door prizes, a DJ and the famous Rotary Food Tent. An added bonus will be a Road Rally from 2 to 4 PM with prizes for the winner and runner-up. Festival profits go to Rotary for its community service projects. See MYCarFestival.org for more information and online registration for the Road Rally or call 215-498-6725.

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About the Cover Photo

he photo of a turtle and its intricate underbelly on this issue’s cover was taken by Jim Ritter of Bristol, who describes himself as “a retired truck driver/ nature photo hobbyist.” The coloration on the young turtle’s underside is thought to be a form of camouflage, protecting it from predators below by helping the turtle blend in with the vegetation when it goes to the water’s surface for air. “My Daughter caught the little guy up at Penn Warner Club in Tullytown,” said Mr. Ritter. “There is so much to see in this area, if you just take the time to look for it.” ■

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Morrisville Business Association Video Contest, Deadline March 30

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he Morrisville Business Association is sponsoring “Morrisville Borough’s Best Business YouTube Video Contest” and offering a $500 prize. This YouTube video contest is for any business located within Morrisville Borough. The contest will be open from now until March 30, 2018. Any business in Morrisville Borough can go to the MBA’s YouTube Channel (MBA Morrisville Business Association) and post a video about their business. It can be funny, informative or anything they want the community to know about their business. On April 1st, the Board of Directors will choose and announce a winner.

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Historic Fallsington Job Opening

istoric Fallsington, Inc. seeks mature, dependable part-time program assistant with interest in history/related fields. The assistant will participate in all aspects of day-to-day operations of a historic site, which includes but is not limited to guiding educational tours through three historic buildings, gift shop sales, support with fundraising events, museum collections, and related clerical duties. Year-round, 18-20 hours per week: includes weekdays and Saturdays (a must) May through October. Must be physically fit enough to walk around the site, navigate steps and carry and lift 20 lbs. Hourly rate $11.00.    To apply, please email cover letter, resume, references to Executive Director at  info@historicfallsington.org. Historic Fallsington, Inc., 4 Yardley Avenue, Fallsington, PA 19054. (215) 295-6567 ■

The prize money of $500 for the best video will be awarded to the winner at the MBA’s General Membership Meeting and Dinner on Monday, April 16th at 6:00 PM. The dinner will take place at Morrisville Senior Servicenter, located at 31 E. Cleveland Avenue, Morrisville, PA 19067. The Morrisville Business Association has been connecting small businesses and the community for almost 50 years. The MBA’S meetings and dinners are always open to the public. The event will consist of a buffet meal, the MBA’s spring business meeting and presenting the $500 award to the YouTube video winner. The cost of the event is $25.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased on their website at MorrisvilleBusiness.org ■

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Greater Newtown Exchange Club

he mission of the Greater Newtown Exchange Club (GNEC) is to support the awareness and prevention of child abuse and assist Bucks County families and youth through community service and by supporting area charities. The club has served the Newtown area since 1937. GNEC’s charity fundraising initiatives in 2017 included a golf tournament (in cooperation with Rotary Club of Shady Brook), a pancake breakfast, a silent auction and sales of historic Newtown and Bucks County license plates and special edition Christmas ornaments. GNEC also sponsors Student of the Month and Year awards for Council Rock High School students and recognizes Council Rock students for their community service. GNEC’s goal in 2018 is to explore opportunities to support the awareness and prevention of child abuse and to assist Bucks County families and youth. To learn more about GNEC, visit online at www. newtownexchangeclub.org, check out their Facebook page or telephone their call box at 215-469-1466 to receive an invitation to a club meeting. GNEC welcomes visitors and prospective members, so if you’re interested in checking out an active group that enjoys its hands-on role in community service, the Greater Newtown Exchange Club is the organization for you. ■

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“Amelia Earhart,” March 24

anghorne Council for the Arts will celebrate Women’s History Month with a one-woman show, “Determined Spirit: The Story of Amelia Earhart.” Actress and historian Monica Hoffman will perform as the world’s most celebrated female aviator on Saturday, March 24, 7:30 PM, at the Middletown Friends Meetinghouse, 453 W. Maple Avenue in Langhorne.  Light refreshments will be served.  Admission: $5 per person at the door.  Proceeds benefit the LCA Student Scholarship Fund.  For more information, visit www.langhornearts.org or call 215-752-0854.

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Volunteer Workdays at Five Mile Woods Preserve in Lower Makefield Twp.

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he Friends of Five Mile Woods host a volunteer workday at the Five Mile Woods Preserve (1305 Big Oak Road, Yardley PA) on the second Saturday of each month between March and November. Upcoming work dates are April 14, May 12 and June 9. No tools or experience are required, and all ages are welcome. Dress for the weather and for working in the Woods on/off trail. Volunteers meet at the Preserve headquarters at 9:00 am and work until noon on a variety of cleanup and trail maintenance projects. No reservations required. Steady rain and/

or thunder cancel any workday. If you have questions about the workdays, or are interested in joining the “Friends of Five Mile Woods,” please send an e-mail to Friendsoffivemilewoods@gmail. com. •••••••••••••••••••• The Lower Makefield Township Community Center is now open. For more information about the building, classes and programs contact the Parks and Recreation Department 267-274-1111. ■

Anniversary Celebration at America’s First Animal Shelter, April 14

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he Women’s Humane Society will hold a celebratory event to mark the anniversary of its founding on the evening of Saturday, April 14, 2018 – exactly 149 years to the day since it was established as the very first animal shelter and adoptions program in America. The celebration will be held at the Women’s Humane Society’s facility in Bensalem, Bucks County, providing guests a behind-the-scenes, afterhours glimpse of the expansive animal shelter and veterinary hospital. The Society’s auditorium and dog park will be transformed into whimsical event spaces, allowing ticket-holders an opportunity to interact with adoptable pets throughout the evening. The event will feature a catered cocktail reception; dancing and live music by eclectic local band Looseleaf; and a broad selection of raffle items and prizes. The event is sponsored by Streamline Payroll and Lagunitas Brewing Company.

“Our anniversary celebration promises a fabulous time for a really wonderful cause,” said Cathy Malkemes, chief executive officer for the Women’s Humane Society. “In addition to good food, great wine and fun entertainment, animalloving guests will be able to mix and mingle under the stars and inside our shelter – alongside the very cats and dogs that their support is helping to save.” Tickets to the 149th Anniversary are $75/person. All proceeds from this special fundraiser go directly towards the shelter, medical treatment and adoption of the homeless animals under the Society’s care.    Tickets can be purchased on the Society’s website at www. womenshumanesociety.org, or by calling 215-942-6825. Advance reservations are required.   About the Women’s Humane Society — Founded in 1869 as the first animal shelter and adoptions program in America, the Women’s Humane Society offers a variety of services to the Greater Philadelphia region, including dog training classes and workshops, physical rehabilitation, and humane education programs for youth and community groups of all ages. As part of its mission, the Women’s Humane Society veterinary hospital provides low-cost, highquality animal care to families in need, making pet ownership affordable and thus keeping more animals in their homes and out of shelters.  The Women’s Humane Society is located at 3839 Richlieu Road in Bensalem, and can be reached by phone for general inquiries at 215-750-3100. For additional information, please visit www.womenshumanesociety.org ■

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Neshaminy Alumni Committee is Forming

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he Neshaminy Education Foundation is forming an Alumni Committee. Any local Neshaminy High School / Maple Point High School graduate who can attend occasional meetings and participate in this effort is welcome and encouraged to participate.   The purpose of this committee is to: • Seek ways to engage Neshaminy alumni with current District activities • Promote the exchange of information among classes, individual graduates and the Neshaminy community • Encourage alumni participation in District fund

raisers and capital campaigns • Promote student internships, speaking opportunities, volunteer activities, school-community partnerships, and academic opportunities with Neshaminy alumni • Organize events and activities • Publicize the accomplishments and life stories of alumni as a means to inspire current students and the entire Neshaminy community The timing and frequency of future meetings will be determined by the committee participants. Please visit www.neshaminy.org/alumni. ■

Local Brass Ensemble Seeks Members

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o you play the trumpet, French horn, trombone. baritone, euphonium, or tuba and would like to rehearse and perform with a fun-loving group of musicians? Did you once play a brass instrument and would like to get your chops back into playing shape? “A Wing and a Prayer” is a large (15 piece) brass ensemble based in Levittown PA. We currently have openings in all sections. There are NO auditions! You

just need a desire to be part of a fun-loving group and a willingness to practice on your own. Our members come from throughout the Philadelphia/ South Jersey region. We rehearse and perform mostly on Sunday evenings and usually only meet 2 to 3 times a month. For more information reply to lumr121@ gmail.com or call 267-972-5902. ■

Middletown Township Police Department is Hiring

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oin the Middletown Township Police Department and serve your community! The Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. Applications will be available at the MTPD headquarters, located at 5 Municipal Way, Langhorne PA 19047. Applications can also be downloaded at www.middletownbucks.org. Please review all requirements prior to handing in the application. Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2018. ■

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ove movies? You are invited to drop by the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, 680 Radcliffe Street, on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm for a new, monthly movie discussion series. View the movie on your schedule and come to the library for an informal session to critique, or comment, or assess the film. Light refreshments served; no registration required. April 10: The Mountain Between Us, Rated PG13, Action, Adventure, Drama, 2017 May 8: Night School, Unrated, Documentary, 2016  June 12: The Florida Project, Rated R, Drama, 2017 July 10: Downsizing, Rated R, Comedy, Drama, SciFi, 2017 August 14: Get Out, Rated R, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, 2017

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September 11: Cameraperson, Unrated, Documentary, 2016 October 9: Call Me By Your Name, Rated R, Drama/ Romance, 2017 November 13: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, TV-MA, Biography/Drama/History, 2017 December 11: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Rated R, Crime, Drama, 2017 This program is offered by Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library 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. ■

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Bucks County Free Library Seeks Exhibitors for Comic Con®, May 5th

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ucks County Free Library will host its first-ever Comic Con®, and the library is looking for authors, artists, collectors, and businesses that would like to participate. BCFL Comic Con® events are family friendly for audiences of all ages and will take place at the Doylestown, Langhorne, and Quakertown branches on Saturday, May 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Authors, artists, businesses, and collectors are invited to participate by displaying and/or selling artwork, comic books, graphic novels, or collectibles. Interested participants from all areas are eligible to apply, with priority given to Bucks County residents.   Table fees will vary depending on type of participant. Participants wishing to display, but not sell, items will not be charged a table fee. All participants may distribute business cards and information.   Each participant will be provided a table and two chairs. Participants are responsible for creating their own table display and making change for any items they sell. All table displays must be family-friendly.   Applicants must submit a completed application, available on the BCFL website buckslib.org, by Saturday, March 3, 2018. Applications must include three photographs representative of the work or items that will be displayed or sold. Submission does not guarantee acceptance. Applicants will be notified by April 7, 2018 if selected. ■ Comic Con® is a registered trademark of San Diego Comic Convention.

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Great American Cleanup of PA Seeks Volunteers for 2018 Effort

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Local cleanup events can get free supplies and low or zero dumping costs Groups, individuals and local governments anticipate the annual initiative as a way to rally volunteers, reduce cleanup costs and be connected to a larger movement. During the 2017 Great American Cleanup, the value of costs avoided or money saved by municipal, county and state governments was $13 million due to generous donations of supplies, services and manpower. The event engaged 132,695 invaluable volunteers in 7,280 events across the state. “We are so grateful to our volunteers and sponsors who help make the Great American Cleanup of PA, Pennsylvania’s premier community improvement initiative possible,” said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. “Many communities depend on volunteers to clean up litter. This initiative provides the tools and resources our residents need to keep our communities clean and beautiful. This year we hope to inspire even more Pennsylvanians to come out between March and May to participate in the Great American Cleanup of PA.” Register your 2018 event at www.gacofpa.org. Questions can be answered by Michelle Dunn, Great American Cleanup of PA Program Coordinator, at 1-877772-3673 ext. 113 or mdunn@keeppabeautiful.org. About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful: Our mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to keep our communities clean and beautiful. Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its volunteers have removed over 126 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org ■

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Spring Job Fair -April 11

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ob seekers will have plenty of jobs to choose from at RecruitmentQueen’s Bucks County Spring Job Fair. The Job Fair will be held in the Sears Court at Oxford Valley Mall, 2300 E. Lincoln Highway in Langhorne, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 11. Job seekers will have an opportunity to meet with hiring managers from a wide range of industries, including customer service, sales, management, administrative, clerical, nursing, home healthcare, accounting and more.  Employers registered so far include Friends Hospital, Double H Plastics, Vertical Screen, Nolan Painting, Inc., Salute2Service, Robert Half, PA CareerLink, TMA Bucks, Warwick Family Services and The Horsham Clinic.  Even though the career fair is held at a shopping mall where dress codes do not apply, job seekers should dress for success, according to Schultz. Professional attire is recommended.  She also suggests that job seekers research the companies they are interested in ahead of time and come to the career fair prepared and with enough copies of their resume in hand.  Visit recruitmentqueen.com for more information. ■

Tips from Leader Readers To help keep your computer safe from malware and viruses, do not click on a link in an unsolicited email without checking it first. Always hover over the link with your cursor before you click on it. A little pop-up will appear, showing you where the link will really take you. If it reads differently than the email link, beware! —A.M. / Lower Makefield If you ever need to open a bottle of wine but you can’t find a corkscrew, you can open that bottle just by “spanking” it with your shoe. Just peel away any foil at the top of the bottle that could interfere with the cork coming out. Then sit down, lay the bottle horizontally across your lap, and start smacking the bottom of the bottle with your shoe. Hit it firmly but don’t go overboard and break the bottle (or your shoe). It may take a couple of dozen whacks but you’ll see the cork begin to inch its way out of the bottle. Stop when there’s enough cork exposed that you can twist it fully out with your hand. You don’t want to end up with wine in your lap! —Denis Wertz / Levittown You can make your vacuum cleaner better at cleaning out dust and particles in small spaces. You just need a plastic ketchup or mustard bottle– the reusable kinds with a narrow spout that you often see at diners, not a bottle of ketchup from the store. The bottles are usually sold at discount stores, and you can remove the cap for this trick. Take the cap and put it on top of the vacuum hose, then use it to clean the nooks and crannies. —Annie Bartram / Morrisville It’s easy to serve dinner on warmed plates, just as they do in restaurants. Stack plates in the microwave for 60 seconds at maximum power, and put a cup or glass of water on top of the stack. You should never switch on your microwave without some water, or it might be damaged. Be careful as plates can be very hot out of the microwave. You might want to use oven mitts to avoid burns. By trial and error, you’ll soon know how long to heat them so they’re just right. —Lynn V.

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COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD

Sunday, March 25th—Walk or run a 5K in memory of Bucks County Technical High School student Ryan Viola. Ryan was a senior student at BCTHS who sustained life threatening injuries after being struck by a car on the way to his bus stop on November 29, 2012. Ryan’s donated organs saved the lives of 5 people. He was a beloved son, protective older brother, and genuine friend who is sadly missed by so many. The 5K run/walk will circle the high school, at 610 Wistar Road in Fairless Hills. Walk-in registration begins at 8 AM, race begins at 9 AM rain or shine. Registration is $15 per student under age 18, or $25 for an individual over 18. To register, log onto active. com or mail your registration form to PO Box 1604, Bensalem PA 19020. Questions can be directed to Alice Viola at 215-801-6807. Visit ryanstrongpa.com. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Through the generosity of the Levittown-Bristol Kiwanis Club, the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, 680 Radcliffe Street, is offering museum passes to local cultural sites for patron check-out and enjoyment. Museum passes available in 2018 include the following cultural attractions: ·         The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel

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University: admits two adults and five children ·         Battleship New Jersey: admits two adults and three children ·         The Bucks County Children’s Museum: admits six people ·         Elmwood Park Zoo: admits two adults and six children ·         Glencairn Museum: admits six people ·         Grounds for Sculpture: admits four adults ·         Independence Seaport Museum: admits two adults and four children ·         Morris Arboretum: admits two adults and four children ·         Museum of the American Revolution: admits two adults and four children ·         The National Constitution Center: two adults and four children With a library card in good standing, museum passes can be reserved and picked up the same day. For details on the museum pass program, or to check availability, call the Library at 215.788.7891; visit the Library online at www.grundylibrary.org.  •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Friends of the Yardley Makefield Library will present the following FREE (limited seating) community program at Yardley-Makefield Library, 1080 Edgewood Road, Yardley, PA: Best Seller Cinema: Was it better as a book or a movie? / SATURDAY, April 7 from 2pm-3pm —Bill Wine, KYW Newsradio’s movie critic, discusses the psychological differences between the reading and movie viewing experience, he will also analyze the way classic and modern novels have been translated into films.  Visit www.ymfriends.org / Email:  yardleyfriends@ yahoo.com •••••••••••••••••••••• Join us for the 4th annual Run for Woods 5K and 1-Mile Fun Walk at Woods Services in Langhorne on Saturday, May 5, 2018. This inspiring event raises more than $200,000 each

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year for the children and adults with special challenges who are served by Woods. This event is open to all ages and athletic abilities including people with and without disabilities as they come together to raise funds for Woods. The local community, family and friends of Woods are invited to participate by running, walking, or rolling (strollers and wheelchairs welcome!) in this award-winning family friendly event! The Run/Walk will be followed by a delicious lunch provided by Carraba’s Italian Grill and Outback Steakhouse. Register today at www.runforwoods.org! •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Pancake Breakfast at Saint Michael The Archangel Church Hall, Levittown, Sunday March 25th from 9 AM-2 PM. All you can eat pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, oatmeal with fresh fruit , coffee, tea and juice. $2.00 off regular price of breakfast if you bring (per person) a new personal care item (ex. shampoo, deodorant, towel, tooth paste) for donation to Levittown Homeless Shelter. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Bolton Mansion, a 17th century house on the National Historic Registry, will hold its “Afternoon Tea on the Hill” on Saturday, May 5th at 1 PM.  Spend some time with Mom, Grandmom, a favorite Aunt, your best Friend or any special woman in your life. Tasty Tea Sandwiches, Delicious Desserts, Scones, Jam, Cream, Tea and Entertainment. Ticket - $25.00, to benefit the Bolton Restoration Fund. Call now to Reserve your Seat! 215943-3329  The Mansion is at 85 Holly Drive in Levittown. To learn more about Bolton Mansion, go to our Facebook page at «Historic Bolton Mansion» or visit www.boltonmansion. org  •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Langhorne Council for the Arts celebrates Women’s History Month with a one-woman show, “Determined Spirit: The Story of Amelia Earhart.”  Actress and historian Monica Hoffman will perform as the world’s most celebrated female aviator on Saturday, March 24, 7:30 PM, at the Middletown Friends Meetinghouse, 453 W. Maple Avenue in Langhorne.  Light refreshments will be served.  Admission: $5 per person at the door.  Proceeds benefit the LCA Student Scholarship Fund.  For more information, visit www. langhornearts.org or call 215-752-0854. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Giant Spring Book Sale at the Levittown Library starting April 12 (10 - 8); April 13 (10 - 4); April 14 (9 4); and Monday, April 16 (10 - 4). A special $5 Preview is held on April 11 from 5 - 8 p.m. A flea market is scheduled for Sat., April 14, beginning at 7 a.m., weather permitting. More info at the library, 7311 New Falls Rd.  Handbags, Costume Jewelry, & Collectible Dolls sale will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. No admission fee. Sponsored by the Friends of the Levittown Library, 7311 New Falls Rd. 

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•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Automotive Swap Meet & Flea Market - May 19th, The Faith Reformed Church, 479 Stonybrook Drive, Levittown, swap meet is open to all automotive items and the flea market is open to all household items, 8 am to 3 pm, food, beverages, music, for info: 267-229-6030 or GMSPerformance@aol.com., also coming our 4th Annual Car Show on Saturday, September 22 nd., follow and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FRCarshow to view our prior car show events. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• “Hold On, You Matter” Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk will take place on Sunday, April 22nd at Bucks County Technical High School, 610 Wistar Road in Fairless Hills. Join us in raising money and awareness for suicide prevention for Bucks County. Check in/ registration time 9 AM; walk begins at 10 AM, rain or shine. For info, contact Dawn Seader at 267-904-7655 or holdonyoumatter@buckscounty.org •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The second annual Peaceable Kingdom Conference is sponsoring a free viewing of the award-winning documentary film, “Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home” March 24, 2018 at The Peace Center, 102 West Maple Ave., Langhorne, PA. Doors open at 6:30pm, viewing begins at 7:00. Vegan snacks will be provided, and a discussion will follow the viewing.  Peaceable Kingdom is an award-winning documentary about transformation and healing. The film explores the awakening conscience of several farmers who come to question the basic premises of their inherited way of life, especially their relationships with and treatment of the animals for whom they care. The showing is sponsored by the second annual

Peaceable Kingdom Conference, to be held Saturday, May 12 at Bucks County Community College. Additional information on the film and the conference can be found at the Peaceable Kingdom Conference Facebook event. For more information and to register for the conference, email karenwinkler612@hotmail. com. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• DESIGNER BAG BINGO – Friday, April 13, 2018 beginning at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:15) – Church of the Incarnation, 1505 Makefield Road, Morrisville, PA.  Tickets $30 and includes 10 games of Bingo, water, soda and desserts.  For ticket information, please email MichelleStawicki@comcast.net or call 215-2952259. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Emmaus Road Lutheran Church, 2185 Bristol Oxford Valley Road, Levittown, PA (next to Walter Miller Elementary School) will be hosting a FREE EASTER EGG SCRAMBLE, on Saturday, March 31st, for children up to 4th Grade. Registration begins at 11:30AM. The Scramble will begin PROMPTLY at 12:00Noon. RAIN OR SHINE! •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• RUMMAGE SALE at Fallsington Library - Saturday March 24 from 8am - 12pm. Sale is held in the basement of the Library.  Tuesday, March 27, 6:30 to 7:30 pm TRAIN CLUB! Operate a model train on the club’s HO and O scale layouts. Use our trains or bring your own! Held in our second floor Community Hall, with Neil Vance. Free, for children ages 6 and up, teens, and adults. Fallsington Library Co. 139 Yardley Ave. Fallsington PA 19054 215/295-4449 Check us out on face book: Fallsington Library.  •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• PENN WIRELESS ASSOCIATION, amateur radio club meetings are held at the Falls Township Municipal Bldg.,188 Lincoln Hwy., Fairless Hills, PA on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30pm.

Come join us for an interesting evening of conversation, a presentation from a guest speaker, refreshments and good fellowship. Everyone is welcome. Serving the community, through Amateur Radio, for over 50 years. For more information visit www.PennWireless.org. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Great Books Group in Langhorne/Newtown/ Yardley meets in private home alternate Wednesdays. Unique format for discussion of classical and modern works in all fields. Free. (215) 891-9607  •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Morrisville Assembly No. 107, International order of Rainbow for Girls will be holding their annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, March 31at Applebee’s Restaurant , 2 West Road, Newtown. Breakfast will consist of pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice.  Time:  8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Bring your own camera for pictures with the Bunny. Cost:  Adults $7.00, Children $5.00 (3-12) under 3 free. Call 215-328-9950 or 215-968-2666 for more info. Profits go to Humane Animal Rescue. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Bensalem Senior Center, 1850 Byberry Road, Bensalem, will host the 8th Annual Multi-Generational Art Exhibition along with the Bensalem Township School District. The opening reception will be on Friday, April 13, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will run from Monday, April 2 through Thursday, April 26, 2018. This event is an important link between the Bensalem Township School District and the community. It provides the seniors at the Center an opportunity to see the fine work of the Bensalem art students and it gives the students an opportunity to show their work with the senior artists. All are welcome. Admission is free. For more information, please call 215-638-7720, or bscaartex@gmail.com.

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The Lower Bucks Leader publishes as many items of community interest as possible, and there is no charge. But please keep in mind that we can’t guarantee every item will be included. It depends on our available space in any given issue. Please DO NOT send a flyer! Send your news item as plain text, in normal paragraph form, to Editor@LowerBucksLeader.com. It’s okay to send photos as well. If your event will benefit a charity or cause, please be sure to mention it. We may ask to leave some copies of The Leader in a visible spot at your event or meeting place. Best wishes for a great turnout at your event! ■ To Advertise, call 215-669-7350

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ACROSS 1 Young hooter 6 Scratch 10 Muse of history 14 Young chicken 15 “Yow!” 16 Goose sound 17 Places that gave away road maps 20 Pig residence 21 Deep in thought 22 Exhausting trips 23 Android alternative for smartphones 24 French chef’s egg 25 Where some contracts are agreed on 30 D.J.’s stack 33 Like a dryer trap 34 Transgresses 35 Tip-off 36 Colgate shaving product 37 One of the Osmonds 38 Drift 39 Plug away 40 Double-reed woodwind 41 “Vertigo” actress Kim 42 Use a Singer 43 Royal wealth

DENTAL WORK 45 Wheedle 46 Flock member 47 Oafs 49 Tops 51 Guys 54 Gets ready to crash 57 Milieu for Lemieux 58 Cogito ___ sum 59 Diplomat Root 60 Heed 61 Presently 62 Kind of hose

DOWN 1 Does in, mob-style 2 Order in the court 3 Showy flower 4 Snaky fish 5 “The Hunger Games,” notably 6 Obscures 7 A deadly sin 8 Function 9 “Is there more?” 10 Principal 11 “___, ma! No hands!” 12 Honeymoon spots 13 Some nods 18 Glasses supporter

19 Straight 23 Luggage tie-on 24 Host Conan 25 Bill of fashion 26 Winchester, e.g. 27 Following 28 Darjeeling holder 29 Pointer 30 Bit of garlic 31 Golfer David 32 Goes after 35 Best Actor of 2000 37 Marshy lowlands 41 Guys that cover stories 43 Secret message 44 Luke Skywalker, e.g. 45 Self-assured 47 Plagiarize 48 Runner’s assignment 49 Company’s icon 50 Steel ingredient 51 Salute 52 Audio effect 53 Overpower 54 Friend in the ‘hood 55 Back again 56 Thickness —Answers on Page 2

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Elvis Tribute at Newtown Theatre

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ward-winning Elvis Presley tribute artist Matthew Boyce and his 28-piece Suspicious Minds Orchestra will play the Newtown Theatre on Friday, March 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28 and are available through TheNewtownTheatre.com. “On Tour: A Tribute to the King” is one of the most historically accurate representations of Elvis on tour in the U.S. With vintage instruments, microphones and a 28-piece backing orchestra, concert goers will feel like they’ve taken a journey back to 1972 as they hear the King’s biggest hits and

some more obscure songs he recorded while on tour. Boyce has performed professionally since the age of eight. He has competed at Elvis festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada and recently placed first at the Lake George Elvis Festival. He says he was “bit by the Elvis bug early,” under the influence of his grandmother and aunt who were huge Elvis fans. The Newtown Theatre is located at 120 N. State Street in Newtown Borough. ■

Newtown Thrift Shop Offers Online Shopping

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econd Look Newtown Thrift Shop’s official online store is up and running! Snag your favorite high-end items for a great price in the comfort of your own home! You can have the item shipped directly to you, free of charge, or can pick it up at Second Look the same day as purchasing. If you choose to pick up your order, email us to let us know and you’ll receive a 25% off coupon to use on your next visit to Second Look Newtown Thrift Shop! To check out our new website go to: www. secondlookthrift.com. To be the first to hear about upcoming sales and events you can follow us on

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Instagram or sign up on the website to receive our newsletter. Second Look Newtown Thrift Shop is owned and operated by the Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (BCABVI). With every donation or purchase you are helping people with vision loss live rich, vibrant and independent lives. So when you find that special treasure in our store or online, don’t wait! You can feel good about your bargain, knowing it brings hope to someone in need. ■

Yardley Singles Club Events

ardley Singles Club is a non-profit social club whose purpose is to plan and organize entertainment activities for single adults in an enjoyable and friendly atmosphere. YSC will host a series of events in March, including those shown here. For more info and to follow all upcoming events, call 215-736-1288 or visit yardleysingles.org. Tuesday March 20th —Pizza at Vince’s, 25 South Main St., Yardley, 6-7:30 PM Thursday March 22nd — *Dinner at Poppy’s, 1259 Wood Lane, Langhorne, PA. 6pm. BOYB. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Friday March 23rd — Happy Hour at King George Inn, 102 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, PA. 5 pm. Monday March 26th — Spaghetti Night at Vince’s, 25 S. Main St., Yardley, PA. 6 pm. All you can eat pasta or order from the menu. Friday March 30th — Happy Hour at Ground Round, 735 Middletown Blvd., Oxford Valley Mall, Langhorne, PA. 5 pm. ■

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Spring Events at Bowman’s Hill

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owman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve will host a series of interesting and educational events in the coming weeks. All programs are held at the Preserve and require advance registration unless otherwise noted. Please visit the Preserve website at www.bhwp.org to register for programs and events.  Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve is located at 1635 River Road (Rt. 32), just two and half miles south of downtown New Hope, Pa. For more information about programs at the Preserve visit www.bhwp.org or call 215-862-2924. Flashlight Egg Hunt /Saturday, March 24 from 7 - 8:30 pm—Learn about some of the animals that come from eggs. We’ll read a story about oviparous animals, decorate a special basket and head outside for a very special egg hunt, where a trail of goodyfilled eggs has been left in the forest. Bring a flashlight and find some of those eggs to take home. It’s going to be an egg-citing time. Don’t miss it! Ages 3 through 7 with an adult. Member Child with Non-Paying Adult: $12; Non-Member Child with Non-Paying Adult: $15; Additional Adult: $5. Advance registration is required by March 20.

Bagels and Birding for Beginners /Saturday, March 31; 8:30-10:30 am — If you have wanted to begin watching birds, but did not know where to start, this is your opportunity to learn. Start your morning with bagels and coffee; then, learn the basics of field identification through visual and behavioral cues, as well as some common song recognition. We will head out to test our new-found knowledge in the field. Please bring binoculars if you have them. Members: $12; Non-Members: $15 Walk When the Moon is Full / Saturday, March 31; 7 - 8:30 pm —There’s something special about exploring nature at night. Bring your sense of adventure and join us for an evening full of folklore and stories under the light of the moon and stars. Members: $5; Non-Members: $7 Established in 1934, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve is a 134-acre nature preserve, botanical garden, and accredited museum working to inspire the appreciation and use of native plants by serving as a sanctuary and educational resource for conservation and stewardship. ■

Earth Day Celebration

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iddletown Township’s Earth Day Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 28th from 11 AM to 2 PM at Core Creek Park (near the dog park), 901 Bridgetown Pike, Langhorne, PA 19047. The celebration is a family friendly event where local businesses and organizations present their environmentally sustainable programs and initiatives. Entertainment will include performances on the main stage from Steve Pullara and Cool Beans Music and Nothing but a Nightmare. 101.1 MoreFM will be on site playing music and providing giveaways at their tent. The Magical Mr. Kazoo will be doing close-up magic and balloon animals, and Fun Fieldz will be holding a football field goal challenge. Mr. D’s Nomadic Kitchen will be providing food and drink. Several townships/municipalities Environmental Advisory Councils (EACs) will be giving away plants, seeds, and environmental information. We encourage everyone to come out and receive a free tree sapling courtesy of BrightView (formerly The Brickman Group) and a free recycling bin. This is a rain or shine event. Visit www.middletownbucks.org ■

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Spring Vegetables Make Wonderful Spring Soups

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pring is here! Soon delicious spring vegetables will be on the shelves of local grocery stores and area farm markets will open. When you begin shopping for spring vegetables consider the many ways you can use these fresh, tender vegetables in lunch and dinner dishes. Here in Pennsylvania there are several vegetables to be on the lookout for, including asparagus, mushrooms, radishes, rhubarb and spinach. Most of these vegetables will be available in the market toward the beginning of May. In mid to late June, local broccoli will be available. In addition to being simply steamed, asparagus, mushrooms, spinach and broccoli make great ingredients for both clear and cream based soups. In fact, homemade soups are a wonderful way to use these tender vegetables.  Many of us think of making a pot of soup on a cold winter day. A bowl of soup can also serve as a refreshing treat in the spring. Homemade soups can be a healthy addition to the springtime dinner table. Including vegetables, whole grains and lean protein into one dish is an easy way to get a balanced meal. By making and freezing batches of soup, you can save time and have a healthy dish ready when needed. Soups can also help save money because they don’t require pricey ingredients. You can load soups with vegetables, giving your family the nutritious meal they need.  Many spring vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli, work well in soup. When selecting spinach make sure it is free from bruises, cuts and mold. Spinach should have dark, unblemished leaves and smell fresh. Broccoli should be dark green and not yellow. The florets should be even in color, the leaves should not be wilted, and the stalks should not be fat and woody.   Wash spinach leaves thoroughly in cool water to remove all grit and then gently dry using paper towels. Broccoli should be washed under cool,

Homemade soups can be a healthy addition the springtime dinner table. running water to remove any dirt from the florets. You may also soak broccoli in salt water (one teaspoon of salt dissolved in one quart of water) to drive out any insects that may be hiding in the florets. Here are two recipes that feature fresh broccoli and spinach. Try them with spring produce that will soon be in the market. Vegetable Pasta Soup
(Serving Size: 1½ cups 
Serves: 8) Ingredients: 
•    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
•    4 cups chopped or sliced vegetables (like onions, carrots, and zucchini)
•    1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chilies
•    1 can (14 1/2 ounces) low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
•    2 cups water
•    1/4 teaspoon salt
•    1 tablespoon Italian seasoning or dried basil
•    2 cups small whole wheat pasta (shell or macaroni)
•    6 cups fresh spinach leaves (about 1/2 pound), thoroughly washed (or kale, collard greens, or 10 ounces of frozen spinach)

Cream of Broccoli Soup
 (Makes 4 servings;
Total Cost: $2.53)

 Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup onion (chopped)
2 cups broccoli (cut)
1/2 teaspoon to thyme (dried, crushed)
2 bay leaves (small)
2 tablespoons margarine
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 dash pepper (optional)
1 cup non-fat milk
1 dash garlic powder (optional) Instructions: (1) In a saucepan combine chicken broth, chopped onion, broccoli, thyme, bay leaf and garlic powder. Bring mixture to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaf.
(2) Place half of the mixture in a blender or food processor, cover and blend 30 to 60 seconds or until smooth. Pour into a bowl; repeat with remaining vegetable mixture, set all aside.
(3) In the same saucepan melt the margarine. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Add the milk all at once, stirring rapidly with a wire whisk. Cook and stir until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Stir in the blended broccoli mixture. Cook and stir until soup is heated through. Season the soup to taste with additional salt and pepper.
 —Mandel Smith, Educator Reprinted by permission of Penn State Extension & College of Agricultural Sciences. www.extension.psu.edu

Training Programs at Lower Bucks Dog Training Club

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Instructions: 
(1) Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until hot. Add onions and carrots. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are softened. This should take about 3 minutes.
(2) Stir in zucchini and canned tomatoes. Cook 3 to 4 minutes.
(3) Stir in the broth, water, salt, and Italian seasoning or dried basil. Bring to a boil.
(4) Stir in the pasta and spinach. Return to a boil.
(5) Cook until the pasta is tender, using the time on the package for a guide.

og training classes are forming at the Lower Bucks Dog Training Club (a nonprofit with over 40 years of service to Lower Bucks County) beginning the week of March 20, 2018. Registration is now open. Do you have a new puppy? Have you rescued a pooch from a shelter? Does your family dog need a refresher course? Maybe you just want to have fun with your dog.  Beginner/advanced obedience classes

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are being filled. Rally classes are taking new applicants. These are 8 week classes for $125.00. For complete details visit our website: lbdtc.org     or contact the club phone at 215-493-1201. You must call to complete your registration. Our training administrator will respond to your call. Classes are held at our training site at the Leeper Shopping Center, 8746 New Falls Rd, Levittown, PA. ■

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All About That Annoying “Rachel, from Card Services”

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ave you heard this message? “Hi, this is Rachel from Card Services calling about your credit card account. It appears that you are now eligible for a significantly lower interest rate on your account. However, this offer is about to expire, so please press 1 now to be transferred to a live representative who can assist you in securing your lower interest rate.” Rachel and her cohorts — Anne, Tiffany, Michael, Heather and others — from “Card Services” have been annoying people for years with their illegal robocalls. And the FTC is working hard to stop them — both bringing cases and hosting competitions to develop robocall-blocking technology. So, what’s the deal with these calls, and why won’t they stop? We’ve got answers to your top 3 questions. 1. Why does “Card Services” keep calling me? The FTC has shut down more than a dozen of these “Card Services” companies — including one this past June [2015] and yet another in July. But there are lots of other companies, and new ones pop up often. Lots of boiler rooms in the U.S. and overseas use the exact same recorded message by Rachel and friends, running a scam to — supposedly — reduce your credit card interest rate. An active operation can make millions of calls — so that’s why Rachel is still calling you.  2. What should I do if I get these calls? Hang up. Don’t press any buttons on your phone. Don’t press 1 to speak to someone — or to be taken off the call list. You’ll just get more annoying calls. And never give any of your financial information, like your credit card or bank account numbers. Report it. Tell us what happened: visit complaints. donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222. We use your complaints to investigate these scams so we can shut more of them down.

Rachel and her illegal robocallers have been scamming people for many years. 3. Can “Card Services” actually lower my interest rate? Nope. It’s a scam. If you press “1,” you’re connected to a scammer who will ask for your credit card number and other personal information. They’ll make promises to lower your interest rate permanently — sometimes to a ridiculously low 0% — but charge a fee

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that can be as high as $5,000. But their promises aren’t true. There are no guarantees for permanently lowered interest rates. And it’s against the law to charge a fee up-front for these services. Most people who pay the fee don’t get a lower rate — in fact, they get into worse debt, and may find unauthorized charges on their cards. In many cases, these companies charge you for things you could do on your own for free. They might open a new card with a low introductory interest rate, or tell you to take advantage of your credit card company’s existing hardship programs. And they often use shady tactics — like telling you to stop paying your bills, lying to your credit card company so that you qualify for a hardship program, and not telling you that you’ll have to pay additional fees to transfer a balance. If you follow that advice, you’ll be in worse financial trouble than ever. If you need help settling credit card debt, check out the Federal Trade Commission website consumer.ftc.gov to learn about your options. There are free ways to do it yourself. And if you need additional help, consider contacting a legitimate credit counseling service. ■ —Bikram Bandy / www.consumer.ftc.gov

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Counting Down the Biggest Draft Busts in NFL History domestic abuse charges, which may have been the only thing that kept him from being the first overall pick in the 1996 draft. Instead, he was taken 6th overall by the St. Louis Rams. Despite Dick Vermeil’s efforts to focus the young star, the team released him after just one full season. Run-ins with the law, usually over assaults upon women, marked his NFL career. After stints in Arena Football and the Canadian Football League, his playing days came to an end. He was sentenced in 2008 to over 30 years in prison for a variety of charges, including domestic violence, and was most recently suspected of killing his cellmate. In 2016 he was found dead in his cell, at age 40.

7) Matt Leinart, QB — Leinart was a first round selection in 2006, and the 10th pick overall, when he was taken by the Arizona Cardinals. Despite a spectacular Heisman Trophy winning college career at USC and a pro-size body (6’5”, 230 lbs), many scouts had concerns about his arm strength. Those doubts proved to be well founded. Plagued by injuries, Leinart threw more picks than TDs in his first year with Arizona and was unable to beat out Kurt Warner for the starting job. The team cut Leinart in 2010, after which he had brief and undistinguished stints with Houston and the Raiders. He started only 16 NFL games, winning only 7. 6) Tim Couch, QB — The top pick overall in the 1999 draft, the Heisman Trophy finalist out of the University of Kentucky represented the future of the Cleveland Browns franchise when he was selected. In just the second game of his rookie season, he was sent in to replace Ty Detmer and became the starting QB. In five seasons with the Browns, however, he never showed the accuracy that an elite NFL passer needs. He was also plagued by injuries, including a broken leg in the final game of the 2001 season. Couch ended his career with 67 interceptions versus 64 TDs. 5) Lawrence Phillips, RB — Phillips had troubles with the law while still in college. The speedy, elusive University of Nebraska back was brought up on

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4) Tony Mandarich, OT — Sports Illustrated declared that the Michigan State lineman could “drive block a tractor trailer off the road” and called him the best offensive lineman prospect of all time. At 6’6” and 330 pounds, Mandarich was nicknamed “The Incredible Bulk” when he was drafted as the 2nd overall pick by Green bay in 1989. It turned out, though, that much of that bulk may have been the result of an aggressive diet of steroids. Mandarich never impressed in the NFL. His attitude was as bad as his on-field performance. He challenged Mike Tyson to a fight, made public appearances while drunk, and was quoted as saying “I’m not like other players, I’m Tony Mandarich.” He was cut by the Packers in 1992 and later had a workmanlike few years with the Colts.

Seahawks. Eager to lock in their new star, the team signed him to a 10 year deal for 11 million dollars— huge numbers at the time. He lasted only three years in the NFL, never lived up to expectations, and is best remembered for being steamrolled by Bo Jackson in a Monday Night Football game. He has since reinvented himself as an actor, and appeared in the remake of the classic movie The Longest Yard. 2) JaMarcus Russell, QB — Selected as the first overall pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2007, Russell was a highly coveted player and a physical phenomenon. It was said that he could throw a football 60 yards on his knees! The Raiders forked over $39 million and were happy to do it, certain that they had their franchise quarterback for the next decade. Russell, however, was a huge disappointment, from his excessive weight (reaching 300 pounds) to his indifferent work ethic. The team cut him after just three years, knowing that they had passed up such talents as Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson and Darrelle Revis in selecting Russell. He was arrested shortly after being cut, for possession of a narcotic substance known as “purple drank.” 1) Ryan Leaf, QB — Leaf was hailed by some notable scouts as a better prospect than Peyton Manning when they both became eligible for the NFL draft in 1998. The Colts had the first pick that year and chose Manning; Leaf was taken next, by the San Diego Chargers, and signed to a fat contract. Almost immediately, his surliness, egotism and poor work habits alienated him from his teammates. It was said that even the water boys despised him. On the field, with very few exceptions, Ryan Leaf was a train wreck. He finished his rookie season with a 39% QB rating and won only 4 games in his NFL career. He most recently served time in a Montana prison on felony drug charges.

3) Brian Bosworth, LB — A two-time winner of the Butkus Award at Oklahoma, Bosworth entered the league on a wave of hype when he was chosen first overall in the 1987 supplemental draft by the Seattle

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Memorable April Fool’s Day Pranks

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The condiments were rotated 180 degrees for the benpril Fool’s Day, as we all know, is a day when efit of left-handed customers. Thousands of customers people play pranks on unsuspecting friends, headed into Burger King to get the special burger. coworkers and family members. — In 1992, comedian Rich Little impersonated The history of April Fool’s Day, or All Fools’ Day, the voice of Richard Nixon to announce Nixon’s new dates back to sixteenth century France, when the candidacy for president. The announcement included Gregorian Calendar was introduced and New Year’s audio clips of Nixon delivering a candidacy speech. Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. Back then, Listeners flooded National Public Radio’s telephone word did not spread nearly as quickly as it does now, lines to express outrage. and some people didn’t find out about the date change — In 1996, the Taco Bell Corporation announced until several years after it was initiated. As a result, they had purchased the Liberty Bell and were resome were still celebrating the New Year on April 1. naming it the Taco Liberty Bell. Protesters called The rest of the population ridiculed those people and the historic park in Philadelphia where the bell was played pranks on them. located. Taco Bell revealed the joke a few hours later. Eventually the April pranks spread outside of White House press secretary Mike McCurry added to France into other areas of Europe and North America, the prank by announcing the Lincoln Memorial had and different countries developed their own names also been sold. It would be known as the Ford Lincoln and variations of pranks. Over the years, certain Mercury Memorial. pranks have stood out as monumental April Fool’s — Only one TV station broadcasted in Sweden Day hoaxes. Here’s a look at some of those more in 1962 and did so in black and white. The station’s memorable pranks. technical expert said that, thanks to new technology, — In 1976, British astronomer Patrick Moore anviewers could convert their TV sets to color recepnounced on BBC radio that at 9:47 a.m. a once-in-aLeft handed hamburgers and tion by pulling a nylon stocking over the TV screen. lifetime event was going to happen. He said that Pluto Thousands of people fell for the prank. was going to pass behind Jupiter and create a momenfloating people. —A Sports Illustrated journalist made up a story tary decrease in the Earth’s gravity. It would result in about a new rookie pitcher who would be playing for the Mets in 1985. The a strange floating sensation on Earth. The BBC began to receive hundreds of pitcher’s name was Sidd Finch, and he could reportedly throw a baseball 168 phone calls from people having said they felt the gravitational effects. mph with pinpoint accuracy. Mets fans fell for the prank and the magazine — Discover magazine reported in 1995 that a new species of animal was flooded with requests for more information. was found in Antarctica. It was called the hotheaded naked ice borer. These — In 1957, the BBC news show “Panorama” featured a story that a mild animals were purported to have bony plates on their heads that would become winter and elimination of the spaghetti weevil enabled a bumper spaghetti burning hot from numerous blood vessels underneath. The animal could bore crop by Swiss farmers. Footage of Swiss peasants pulling spaghetti off of through ice at high speeds. The magazine received more mail for this story trees was released, and hundreds were taken in by the prank. Many called the than any story in the history of the publication. BBC asking how they could grow a spaghetti tree for themselves. ■ — In 1998, Burger King printed a full-page advertisement introducing the “Left-Handed Whopper,” which was specially designed for all of the lefties.

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SENIOR EVENTS & BULLETINS

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Safe Step Walk-In Tub Alert for Seniors. Bathroom falls can be fatal. Approved by Arthritis Foundation. Therapeutic Jets. Less Than 4 Inch Step-In. Wide Door. Anti- Slip Floors. American Made. Installation Included. Call 1-800-906-3115 for $750 Off

The Buck’s 65+ Senior Softball League seeks players for the 2018 season. The league currently practices indoors in Warminster, Pa.  The outdoor season will begin in April at the Middletown Community Park.  For information please contact Bill Krieger at kriegisin@msn.com or Jim Mahoney at 267-566-2919 campyhits@aol.com •••••••••••••••••••• First Day of Spring Open House and Luncheon at Bristol Township Senior Center, 2501 Bath Road, Bristol PA on Tuesday, March 20th from 9 AM – Noon: Bucks County Technical High School Cosmetology students will join us to provide manicures ($2) featuring spring colors and decals and Facials ($5). Culinary staff and students will provide the luncheon for the day. Call for the special menu we are offering. We will also have information and be taking signups for special programs, events, trips and more. (215) 785-6322 •••••••••••••••••••• Senior citizens get a discount of 25% off their entire purchase every Wednesday at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, located in the Langhorne Square Shopping Center, 1337 East Lincoln Highway. A wide range of items is available, from furniture to clothing to small knick-knacks. •••••••••••••••••••• “What Smells in the Garden?” will be the featured presentation at the monthly meeting of the Trevose Horticultural Society on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00PM at the Bensalem Senior Center, 1850 Byberry Road, Bensalem, PA.     Guest speaker, Ed MacFarland of Glenside will enthusiastically demonstrate how to choose a variety of aromatic annuals, perennials and herbs as fragrant companion plants to enhance the visual and sensory gardening experience.  Soil preference of plants and organic insect and disease control will also be addressed.  A selection of unique plants will be for sale and handouts will be available.   MacFarland is a longtime member of the Pennsylvania

Horticultural Society, volunteering as exhibitor, horticulture judge and is Flower Show Chair Emeritus of their Horticulture Information Booth.  He is current President of the Tamanend Park Herb Gardening Club in Southampton and has been an active member of several Tri-State Societies, such as the Delaware Valley Hosta Society where he is also a judge. All meetings are open to the public; a donation of $4 is requested from non-members.  For further information, please contact 856/866-9163. •••••••••••••••••••• Sunday, April 8th at 2 PM, a presentation entitled “Bristol and World War I: The quiet life of the community…. greatly changed” will be given in the headquarters of the Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation, 321 Cedar St., Bristol Borough.  Long-time Bristol residents and educators, James & Deborah Fine, will make the presentation.  Mr. Fine, who holds an MA in comparative religion from Columbia, was a Middle East analyst and international student advisor at the Univ. of Pennsylvania.  His wife, Deborah, holds an MA in Middle East history from Georgetown Univ. and taught American and European history at Bristol High School. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program.  A donation of $4 per adult is requested; no charge for students.  The public is cordially invited.  Advance reservations are not required.  For info., call 215-788-9408. •••••••••••••••••••• Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc. (a 501c3 not-forprofit organization) is pleased to partner with local photographers to publish the first-edition Patterson Farm wall calendar. The calendar features photos of Bucks County’s beautiful Patterson Farm in all seasons. Calendar sales benefit the restoration of Patterson Farms’ historic Satterthwaite Mansion, circa 1760. Calendars are available for purchase at McCaffrey’s Market or Mail ‘n More in Lower Makefield, or by calling Kathy Hirko at 856-2202751.

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Delaware Canal Walk & Luncheon

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Tax Help for Neshaminy Seniors

he 2017 Neshaminy School District Property Tax Assistance Program started in January 2018. The purpose of the program is to provide property tax relief to our senior citizens. The program is available to homeowners who reached the age of 65 by December 31, 2017, and will provide tax rebates of up to $650 for senior citizens whose household income is less than $20,000. This includes reporting half of Social Security or Railroad Retirement Benefits and 100% of any other income. The District makes every effort to send a rebate application to those that received a rebate in the past. For those that have not received a rebate in the past, application forms are available on the Neshaminy School District website neshaminy.org, at your local tax collector’s office or by U.S. mail by calling the Business Office directly at 215-809-6520. This program is entering its 40th year. Since 1977, rebates totaling over $2.5 million have been paid by the school district, with over 230 senior citizens participating last year. The goal is to help partially overcome today’s high cost of living for those on fixed incomes. ■

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oin the Friends of the Delaware Canal on Saturday, March 24 for their annual spring Lunch and Walk. The 5.75-mile long guided tour will explore the most northern reaches of the Canal with a stop for a gourmet pizza lunch at Sette Luna in the City of Easton. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. at Wy-Hit-Tuk Park. The entrance drive is located at 575 South Delaware Drive (Route 611), Easton, PA 18042. Walkers will begin their adventure with a glimpse of the scenic “Monet” bridge and then follow the towpath northward as it hugs the Delaware River to the Forks of the Delaware. At the Forks, the Lehigh River flows into the Delaware River and feeds the Delaware Canal. Learn about the Lehigh River dam and why a fish ladder was built at this location. The Canal bypass, guard lock, wicket shanty and weigh lock will all be on view, as well as the stone arch opening to the Morris Canal in New Jersey. From the Forks, hikers will cross the bridge into Easton and head into town for a gourmet lunch at Sette Luna. The menu will include Caesar salad and a generous variety of gourmet pizzas and beverages. After lunch, hikers will head back to Wy-Hit-Tuk Park, enjoying homemade cookies along the way. A donation of $25 is requested, and reservations are required. Please call 215-862-2021 or email friends@fodc.org no later than March 17. If the weather is uncooperative, participants will not be walking, but will meet at Sette Luna at noon for lunch and conversation. The Friends of the Delaware Canal is an independent, not-for-profit organization working to restore, preserve, and improve the Delaware 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. ■

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ou’re invited to join us for the fourth year of the Grundy Walking Club in Bristol Borough. Enjoy the health benefits of walking and learn about the town’s rich history as you cover a one-mile route within Bristol’s Historic District. The Club meets at 1:00 pm on the second and fourth Tuesday at the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, 680 Radcliffe Street, beginning March 13, 2018; walkers are encouraged to bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes, shoes, and sunscreen. As an incentive to healthy living, participants who take part in the walking club are eligible to enter a drawing for a free activity tracker. For more information, or to register for the walking club, visit www.grundylibrary.org, or call 215.788.7891.

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Loving Homes Wanted: Local Animals in Need

Here’s Garfield!!! An adorable 8 year old boy weighing in at 23 pounds. Garfield’s family lost their home and now he is searching once again for a permanent loving home. He is superfriendly and comes trotting over when you call him.  Garfield gets along well with other cats, but is terrified of dogs. If you are interested in sweet Garfield, please call 857-228-8696.   

Nacho is my name and cuteness is my game. That is so true! Nacho is an adorable little orange boy who is still very shy and will need to be socialized a bit more.  He will play with everyone and even sleep on your bed, but still needs someone who will show him a lot of love and attention.  We think in time, he will be your perfect little boy. He is completely vetted and he gets along with all the other cats and kittens in the home.  If you think you would like to meet Nacho, please contact Joyces Voice for Cats, Yardley, Pa 215 321 1967 or Joyces Voice for Cats Facebook page. He would love to meet you too! NuNu—This tuxedo beauty came into our shelter at the Womens Humane Society six long months ago, and all the staff just can’t figure out why she’s still waiting for her happily ever-after. Every day, NuNu sits patiently at her cage watching the humans walk by and hoping that one of them will finally take her home. NuNu loves attention, especially ear rubs, and would be the perfect lap companion. At 9 years old, all NuNu wants these days is a loving family to call her own. Could that family be yours? Come out and meet NuNu during our adoption hours. (215) 750-3100.

Ruby Red was rescued from the streets where she was dumped by her evicted owner. She is a sweet, but quiet girl who is very loving. She loves being petted and will purr and give head butts to show how happy she is. DOB October 2006 nar.rescuegroups.org 

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Dog License Awareness Month

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A message from the Bucks County Treasurer

oylestown, PA – Bucks County Residents can now purchase their 2018 dog licenses at their local county treasurer’s office. State law requires all dogs three months of age and older be licensed by January 1st each year. Thomas E. Panzer, Esq., Bucks County Treasurer stresses the importance of licensing your dog: “If your dog is lost, a license is the best way to get your dog home. License fees support animal control through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs, and overseeing annual dog licensing and rabies vaccinations.” An annual license is $8.50, or $6.50 if the dog is spayed or neutered. Lifetime licenses are also available at $51.50 or $31.50 for dogs that have permanent identification such as a microchip or tattoo. For annual and lifetime license applications, please visit buckscounty.org.. A list of the 2018 Dog Agents, who sell licenses, is available on the above website. Seniors (age 65 at time of application) and persons with disabilities (specific proof required) may purchase a license at a discounted rate.  Licenses may also be purchased online at www.padoglicense.com. Lifetime Licenses are only available through the County Treasurer’s Office.  Please contact the office with questions concerning this type of license.  The license application provides owner contact information and details about the dog; the name, age, breed and color. This information is used by the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law, local police and shelters to identify lost dogs and return them home safely. Dog Wardens will be canvassing Bucks County neighborhoods to ensure dogs are licensed in the coming weeks.  Be sure to get your dog licensed: • It’s the law. All dogs three months of age and older must have a current license. • The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. For more information, visit www.licenseyourdogPA.com or contact the Bucks County Treasurer’s Office at 215-348-6244. Please make checks payable to “Bucks County Treasurer.”   Our mailing address is:  Thomas E. Panzer, Esq.
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The Tired Old Dog

n old, weary looking dog wandered into my yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of. He calmly came over to me and I gave him a few pats on the head. He then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, climbed up on my sofa and fell asleep. An hour later he went to the door and I let him out. The next day he was back. He greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot on the sofa. Again he slept for an hour or so. This continued on and off for several weeks. Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: “I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.” The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: “He lives in a home with 6 children, with two of them under the age of three. He’s trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?” ■ —Sent in by J. Hennis / Morrisville

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