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WHS Animal Shelter Holds “Underdog” Adoption Event on Super Bowl Weekend


he Women’s Humane Society, on Richlieu Road in Bensalem, held a special pet adoption event on Saturday, February 3rd —the day before the Super Bowl. “We wanted to show our support for the Philadelphia Eagles,” said Gwen Kaminski, Director of Development and Community Relations, “while championing the cause of our animal shelter’s own ‘underdogs.’ Our intent was to cast a spotlight on those deserving animals who often have trouble finding adoptive homes as a result of age, illness or special needs.” Adoptable animals were selected to represent team players, and their adoption fees matched those players’ jersey numbers. The “Nick Foles underdog,” for instance, could be adopted for just $9, while the “Alshon Jeffery underdog” was available for $17. Not to forget its undercats, WHS also offered $14 adoption rates on many of its homeless felines. The special fee marked the number of years that had elapsed since the Eagles last played in the Superbowl. The animals that were featured as the shelter’s underdogs and undercats were those for whom new homes are a more urgent need. These are animals who have already spent many months in the shelter; those who may not be adjusting well to life in the shelter; or those who have had trouble finding forever homes due to their age or special needs. “While their circumstances may vary, each of our underdogs and undercats have one thing in common,” said Kaminski. “Each and every one will make a loving,

grateful companion for a very lucky family. All are deserving of that chance.” Seven lucky animals were adopted during the event by Eagles fans from the community. “There’s only one thing better than watching the Eagles in the Superbowl,” said Jack Griffin, Director of Shelter Services, “That’s watching it with your new best friend by your side.” ■  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, physical rehabilitation, and humane education programs for community groups of all ages.  As part of its mission, the Women’s Humane Society Animal Hospital provides low-cost veterinary care to families in need, making pet ownership affordable and thus keeping more animals in their homes and out of shelters. All proceeds raised through veterinary service fees support the shelter of the stray, abandoned and abused animals that come into the Women’s Humane Society’s care.   The Women’s Humane Society is located at 3839

Richlieu Road in Bensalem, and can be reached by phone at 215-750-3100. For additional information, please visit Photo above: “underdog” Les, a terrier/pit bull mix, with Jack Griffin, Director of Shelter Services. —Photo by Alan J. Micklin

Morrisville Business Association Video Contest, Deadline March 30


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. The prize money of $500 for the best video will be awarded to the winner at the

Makefield Women’s Assn. Bag Bingo, April 27


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 ■

akefield Women’s Association invites you to join them for a night of fun for a great cause! MWA’s 4th Annual Designer Bag Bingo will feature trendy designer bags, themed raffle baskets, 50/50, special bingo extras, door prizes, and their famous Luxury Raffle valued at over $1,000. The event will be held on Friday, April 27th at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 325 S. Oxford Valley Road in Fairless Hills, PA. MWA is a local nonprofit that raises awareness and funds for community organizations that help women and children in need, the homeless and hungry, and so many others in Bucks County. 100% of the proceeds from Bingo Night 2018 will benefit these organizations:

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• A Woman’s Place • Family Services Bucks County Homeless Shelter • Penndel Community Food Pantry • Pennsbury Scholarships • Wrapping Presence • Yardley-Makefield Fire Company • Bucks for Kids Tickets are $30 in advance, or $35 at the door. Tables of eight are also available to reserve. The event is BYOB and outside food is welcomed. To get a sneak peek at the designer bags, purchase tickets, learn about the beneficiaries, or advertise at the event, visit ■

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Constituent Services: A Message from Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick


rian Fitzpatrick, a Republican, is the representative for Pennsylvania’s 8th congressional district, which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He has served since Jan 3, 2017. The following is abridged from a press release sent by Congressman Fitzpatrick’s office on February 8th, 2018. —Editor ____________________________________

U.S. Postal Service; Information on federal student loans or other forms of financial aid; Immigration; Assistance with federal grant applications. The office staff will respond to your concerns on any other federal matter. For state or local issues, such as PennDOT, you will be put in touch with the appropriate elected official or agency.



Since being sworn in, I’ve had the pleasure of welcoming hundreds of students, families and community organizations to our nation’s capital. As a public service to PA-08 constituents, my office can help plan and lead tours of many of Washington, D.C.’s best sites, including the White House, U.S. Capitol, FBI Headquarters, Library of Congress and many more. Before your next trip, please reach out to our Capitol Hill office at (202) 2254276 or check out for more information!


Need help with a federal agency? With your permission, I am authorized to make inquiries to federal agencies on your behalf. Although this doesn’t guarantee a positive outcome, our office will support your inquiry to the fullest extent. Please note - congressional representatives and their staff do not have decisionmaking authority regarding constituent inquiries. While representative agencies have complete discretion on such matters, you can be assured of strong support and a fair and thorough review. What types of inquiries can we help with? These include, but are not limited to: Social Security; Veterans Affairs; Medicare; Passports; Internal Revenue Service;

Dept. of Defense—Financial problems with payment of benefits. NPRC & Military Branches — Emergency DD214 requests (death, hospice, medical emergencies); DD214 & discharge requests; Additional records requests; Medal re-issue; Enlistment denial information; Miscellaneous military issues. VA Burial Issues — Emergency DD214 requests; Scheduling issues; National cemetery issues; VA headstones; VA headstone medallions. VA Compensation Claims —Status of VA claim; Expedite emergency cases; Assistance with VA forms; Post 9/11 GI Bill issues; Appeals updates. VA Healthcare—Application issues; Care issues. VA Pension with Aid & Attendance Claims — Assistance with application; Status of pending case; Expedite for emergency. VA Home Loan— Certificate of eligibility application.


The best strategy for expedited service is to avoid the rush. Check the validity of your passport and that of your family as soon as you consider traveling. Applying for passports and/or renewing expired ones early is the best step toward a relaxed travel experience, but if you are in a bind there are options for expedited service. You may request expedited service within two weeks of travel by calling 1-877-487-2778 to schedule an appointment at the Philadelphia Passport Center. Expedited service will cost an additional $60, plus any delivery costs. Life or death emergencies: Call 202-647-4000 after 5 pm, weekends and holidays — emergency travel only. Once a passport application has been made, assistance can be provided through our office to help facilitate its receipt in time for travel. CONTACT MY OFFICE: Langhorne District Office, 1717 Langhorne-Newtown Rd., Suite 400, Langhorne, PA 19047 /Phone: 215- 579-8102 /Fax: 215- 579-8109 /Open Mon.-Fri., 9:00am6:00pm Washington, DC Office, 514 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515 /Phone: (202) 225-4276 / Fax: (202) 225-9511

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Career Guidance and Mentorship Conference for Girls, March 3rd Soroptimist International of Indian Rock (SIIR) will host a day-long conference for secondary school-age girls, where they will learn about career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, and overcoming obstacles to success. The Dream It, Be It event will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Spring Mill Manor, 171 Jacksonville Road, Ivyland, PA 18974 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Girls and their parents/guardians can learn more about Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls and register for the event by visiting or emailing dreamit030318@ This cost-free event has no registration or attendance fee. Throughout the day, the girls will attend sessions based on the following topics: • Discovering your dreams • Exploring careers • Creating achievable goals • Rising above obstacles • Turning failure into success • Balancing your stress • Putting dreams into action “Because we don’t expect that all girls will know what they want to do for the rest of their lives and we also know that plans change, the skills developed through the day can be applied to any goals the girls identify throughout their education and careers,” said Eileen Conner, president of SIIR. “The girls will also have the opportunity to speak with working women and perhaps arrange a mentorship with a woman whose career interests them.” In addition to learning important life skills, the girls will also leave with a variety

of other resources and fun items, including a dream journal for keeping track of their goals, a time capsule, and a certificate for participating. About Soroptimist Dream Programs — Dream It, Be It joins with the longrunning Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women to create the “Soroptimist Dream Programs,” which provide sustainable, measurable change for women and girls, and ensure they have access to the education and training needed to reach their full potential and live their dreams. The Live Your Dream Awards assist women by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and job prospects.

“The girls can speak with working women and perhaps arrange a mentorship with a woman whose career interests them.” Soroptimist International of Indian Rock is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a cause-related philanthropic federation of clubs improving the lives of women and girls through social and economic empowerment. The Indian Rock Soroptimists join 1,300 Soroptimist clubs in 20 countries and territories that empower women and girls through volunteer projects, such as cash grants for education, hands-on efforts to end domestic violence, career mentoring for girls, women’s health initiatives and many other community-based projects. For more information on how Soroptimist International of Indian Rock improves the lives of women and girls, visit ■

Average SAT Scores for Local Schools


n January of this year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education published the average SAT scores for every public high school in PA. The SAT is a college entrance exam which is considered by most colleges, along with a student’s GPA (grade point average). A perfect SAT score is 1600; there is a reading/writing section and a math section, each worth 800 points. Council Rock North HS had the highest average score in the state, with 1217. Pennsbury HS averaged 1151; Neshaminy HS averaged 1116; Bensalem HS averaged 1044; Harry Truman HS averaged 997. At Council Rock North HS, 427 students took the test; at Pennsbury HS, 587; at Neshaminy HS, 372; at Bensalem HS, 251; and at Truman HS, 220. ■

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


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, 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 March 31, 2018 if selected. ■ Comic Con® is a registered trademark of San Diego Comic Convention.

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Locals Turn Out for Polar Plunge 2018

n Saturday, January 20th at Neshaminy State Park, the Eastern Polar Plunge celebrated 10 Years of “Freezin’ for a Reason!” with the participation of hundreds of local residents. Many of them arrived in outlandish costumes for the annual Costume Contest prior to the actual plunge into the

frigid waters of Neshaminy Creek. State police and local first responders were on hand, and cleared huge chunks of ice from the water to clear a plunging area. Funds from the Plunge help to enrich the lives of nearly 20,000 Special Olympics athletes. ■ —Photos by Alan J. Micklin

2018 Grand Marshals for The Bucks County St. Patrick’s Day Parade


he Bucks County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee proudly announces that the Rev. Fidelis Weber and Brother Larry Hilferty will be the Grand Marshals for the 30th annual parade to be held on Saturday, March 10th. The 30th grand parade will start at Conwell-Egan Catholic High School at precisely 10:30 AM. It will march down New Falls Road until it reaches the Grand Stand in front of the baseball fields across from the Thornridge Shopping Center. The parade will feature marching bands, pipe bands, Irish dancers, service and community groups, and hosts of proud Irish parade participants. Because it is our 30th year, parade marchers will wear arm bands signifying our accomplishment in performing and entertaining our neighbors over the past three decades. But, there’s more. On March 3rd, the Grand Marshal’s Irish Ball will be held at Falls Manor (formerly King’s Catering) at 4010 New-Falls Road, Bristol, Pa. 19007. Please come and celebrate with Father Fidelis and Brother Larry. For tickets, contact Ann Sooby at . This promises to be a great ball and all Egan-Conwell alumni should consider attending. Parade day begins with holy mass to be celebrated at the Conwell-Egan Catholic High School Chapel at 8:00 AM. Please come to the mass and park your cars where the parade marshals direct you, so you can exit before the parade assembles. Nothing is more important to us than the celebration of the Eucharist before we embark on our parade. Everyone is welcome. We’ve lacked attendance at the parade mass since we moved the parade route and it would be great for you to attend mass to give thanks to Our Lord for these past thirty years! Then, after the parade, the “Hoolie” will be held at the Ancient Order of Hibernians on Corson Street in Bristol, Pa. Because the Eagles Lodge on Trenton Road is no longer our location for the “Hoolie” we recommend you attend our

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“Hoolie” at the A.O.H., in Bristol. As always, McCaffrey’s Markets has donated plenty of ham, cabbage, potatoes, and hot dogs and rolls. Due to limited parking at the A.O.H., overflow parking will be at the Snyder/Girotti Elementary School parking lot with entrances off of Buckley and Beaver Streets and at the Bristol Train Station at Jefferson and Prospect Streets. A complimentary Shuttle will be running between the overflow parking locations and the A.O.H. from 1PM till 4PM. Now, about our celebrated Grand Marshals: Father Fidelis was born in Long Island, New York, and admired the work the Franciscan community did in his native parish. Brother Larry was born in Philadelphia and shared, with Father Fidelis, his love for the religious order founded by St. Francis in 1209. A love that led them both to serve in holy ways and dedicate their lives to the people of Bucks County through works of charity, teaching, guiding, and leading our community for decades. Most importantly, this leadership and fellowship influenced and built a strong moral fiber through both Father Fidelis’ and Brother Larry’s long career of service at both Bishop Egan High School and the combined Conwell-Egan Catholic High School for half-a-century. Through their combined efforts and decades of commitment to our families, our neighborhoods, through coaching, teaching science, English, Spanish, religion, theology, and history, both Father Fidelis Weber and Brother Larry Hilferty have instilled in us fidelity to family and friends, and in the God who made us. We are forever grateful for their life-long sacrifice and pray for their continued vocation to God, the poor, education, and community. May God bless them and may we be truly thankful for the gifts they have given us. ■ —Bucks County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee

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Play Ball! Time to Sign Up for Spring 2018 Youth Baseball


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egistration for Spring 2018 youth baseball is in full swing. Registration dates and instructions vary from one organization to another, along with rules, age group divisions, and geographical jurisdictions. This list of websites covers most of the youth baseball leagues in our readership area. Each site offers contact instructions for more information.

Morrisville Little League Pennsbury Athletic Association For Lower Makefield Township, PA; Yardley Borough, PA; Morrisville Borough, PA and the portions of Falls Township, PA that lie west and north of Route 1 and Business Route 1 (Old Lincoln Highway).

Levittown Continental Little League Levittown United (formerly Levittown Pacific and Levittown International, now merged) Levittown American Athletic Association Fairless Hills Athletic Association Middletown Athletic Association Bristol Borough Little League

Council Rock Newtown Athletic Association (CRNAA) Lower Bucks County Athletic Association (home of District 21 Bristol Twp. National Little League and Babe Ruth Softball) Based in Croydon Neshaminy Wildcats Athletic Association (includes Penndel and Neshaminy areas)

Valley Athletic Association Bensalem area Main Complex: 5895 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 19020

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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. An inaugural meeting originally scheduled for February 7 was cancelled due to inclement weather; a new date in early March will be announced on the District web site, 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, schoolcommunity partnerships, and academic opportunities with Neshaminy alumni • Organize events and activities • Publicize the accomplishments and N30 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. ■

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Tips from Leader Readers Bacon fat can be refrigerated for up to a month, so don’t throw it away. A little of it can really enliven potatoes, broccoli and other greens that can be stir-fried or sautéed. It’s not health food, for sure, but it’s delicious! —Bob Portman Everyone who owns a wood-burning fireplace knows that you must open the damper before starting a fire, to let out the smoke. But when you’re done being cozy by the fireplace, and the fire has gone out, how soon can you close the damper? Answer: when the fire is completely, absolutely out. The ashes should be cool to the touch, even when stirred. It’s almost always necessary to leave the damper open overnight. Some of your home’s heat will be lost up the flue, but it’s better than risking carbon monoxide poisoning while you and your loved ones sleep. —Joseph Ellis / Langhorne If you need to clean a stubborn mess in your pot or pan, try placing a dryer sheet (that you normally use in a clothes dryer) on the bottom and then filling the pot with water. Let it sit overnight. The next morning, the pot will be much easier to clean. —Natalie Ellis / LMT Our water here in Bucks County tends to be “hard water,” which is high in dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium. It causes some problems, such as forming a hard limescale crust inside our hot water pipes that can clog them over time; and dishwashers tend to harbor more fungi and odors than those in soft water regions. On the plus side, the calcium ions in our hard water are good for children’s teeth and bones. Some studies show that hard water helps to reduce heart disease. And a lot of craft brewers think hard water makes the best beer! —Ron Hazzard / Levittown Gardeners love browsing through seed catalogs at this time of year, but novices should remember to only buy seeds suitable for the “plant hardiness zone” where they live. Bucks County is so big that it has more than one zone, but most of Lower Bucks is zone 7a. —C.R. I accidentally left my laptop computer in my car on one of those bitter cold sub-freezing nights we’ve had this winter. Luckily, my nephew is a tech geek and gave me this good advice, which saved my computer: Be patient and let the laptop come to room temperature; the liquid in the LCD will need to warm up in order to work correctly. Don’t try to turn the laptop on until it warms up, or even open the lid, since that could “wake” the computer. If it looks wet, it’s okay to place a hair dryer near it on low setting. A little patience can save your computer! —Walter / Newtown

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Celebrate George Washington’s 286th Birthday



ome celebrate George Washington’s 286th birthday on Sunday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA). Admission is just $1. During the day, buildings in the historic village will be open and various children’s activities will be offered. Children are encouraged to bring homemade birthday cards to present to General Washington. At 1 p.m., visitors will gather in the park’s visitor center to sing Happy Birthday to George and enjoy cake that he will cut with his sword. Washington Crossing Historic Park is located at 1112 River Road in Washington Crossing, Pa. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Washington Crossing Park. To stay up-to-date on what is happening in the park, visit While there, sign up for the park’s free monthly e-newsletter. ■

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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 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  •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Saturday, March 10th at 10 a.m. —The Levittown Library is hosting a free lecture on «Stories from The Appalachian Trail.” Come hear from a hiker who has accomplished the famous Appalachian Trail not once but twice AND in each direction!  Hiker and Author, Lauralee Bliss, will share stories and pictures from her 4,000 mile journey. This presentation will inspire you to reach for your hiking dreams, whatever they might be. Presented free to the public by the Friends of the Levittown Library, 7311 New Falls Rd, Levittown, PA 19055 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Lioness Bunco Bash —Saturday March 24 at United Christian Church Hall, 8525 New  Falls Rd., Levittown, PA. Doors open 12 o’clock, game starts at 1 pm. Admission $20.00 (Big Prize Fund) Will go over how game is played. Reservations call Loretta DeLisso 215-943-5205. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Friends of the Yardley Makefield Library will present the following FREE (limited seating) community programs at Yardley-Makefield Library, 1080 Edgewood Road, Yardley, PA: Everyone’s a Movie Critic /Saturday, March 3rd from 2pm-3pm —In today’s media landscape, the film critic is ubiquitous.  KYW newsradio’s film critic Bill Wine will lead a discussion of the movie critic’s form and function—as well as the pitfalls, perks, the rigors and rewards of seeing virtually every new movie, then reporting one’s responses and perceptions. After a fascinating presentation, there will be Trivia game to test your movie knowledge.  Be sure to join us for this fun program.  Around the World in 22 Songs! / SATURDAY, March 17 from 2pm-3pm —In this program, Marc Sherman, a bandleader, pianist and vocalist, through song, commentary and singing in various languages, will explore the rich diversity of music in cultures and countries around the world.  Marc will begin his program in America, travel to the Caribbean, Central and South America, then across the ocean to Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and finally back to the U.S.A. Visit / Email:  yardleyfriends@ •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 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 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 awardwinning 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! •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 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. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Middletown Township Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with local artists will host the Arts & Culture Festival on February 17, 2018.  The event is located at the Community Park Barn located at the Middletown Community Park on 2600 Langhorne Yardley Road, Langhorne PA 19047.    The event is a great opportunity for the community to connect with local artists, view their work, and purchase work from the artists directly.  Proceeds from the event will go towards the fundraising effort in the community to build a new skate park at the Community Park.  Along with artists selling work, there will be art demonstrations, poetry readings, raffles, food and live music.  Fran Drummond, a local resident who does air brush painting for NHL goalie masks will be doing demonstrations and painting skateboard decks to be raffled off. Representatives from the Skate Park Committee will also be there with information about the ongoing fundraising efforts and prospective skate park design. The event provides a great opportunity for the artists in our community to show and sell their work while supporting a great cause.


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•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Bolton Mansion, a 17th century house on the National Historic Registry, will hold its first Open House of the season on Saturday, March 10, from 1-4 p.m.  Cost is $5 for ages 13 and older and free for children 12 and under.  No registration is required.  To learn more about Bolton Mansion, go to our Facebook page at “Historic Bolton Mansion” or visit www.  •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Join 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-HitTuk 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@ 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. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Carriage House Art Show & Sale in Tamanend Park on1255 Second St Pike Southampton, Pa 18966. To be held on Saturday March 17th & Sunday March 18th from 10 am-4 pm. For more info call Linda Storione 215-570-4594 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Master Gardener Mike Gordon will present a program, “Planting A Spring Vegetable Garden” at the Levittown Library, 7311 New Falls Road on Saturday, March 24th at 1 PM. The program is free and sponsored by the Friends of the Library. A courtesy e-mail of your attendance to Info@ would be appreciated. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• You’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. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Bensalem Senior Center, 1850 Byberry Road, Bensalem, will host the 8th Annual MultiGenerational 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

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Photo Contest Deadline March 18


he Churchville Photography Club invites photographers to enter its 27th Annual Photography Contest. Winners will be featured in exhibition at the Churchville Nature Center April 15th  through April 29th. An opening reception will be held on Saturday evening, April 14th from 7-9 pm at the Churchville Nature Center, 501 Churchville Lane, Churchville, PA.  Prizes will be awarded at that time.   Entry forms and contest rules can be downloaded from www.churchvillephoto. club under Contests and Critiques/Annual Contest, available at local camera shops and the Churchville Nature Center, or by emailing Entries will be accepted at the Churchville Nature Center from 10 am to 4 pm on March

17th and March 18th  only.    A cash prize of $150 will be awarded for Best of Show. Additional prizes and ribbons will be awarded in each of the following categories: Landscape, Black and White, Flora, Wildlife, Bucks County, Architecture, Body of Work, Night Time, and Children’s Open. The category “Body of Work” will display four images as one entry comprising a common theme.  The entry fee is $5 per photo, $3 for students aged 14-18 and free for children ages 13 and under.  A “Body of work” entry of four images is $15.   This event is sponsored by The Churchville Photography Club in affiliation with the Friends of the Churchville Nature Center and the Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation. ■

New Free Lecture Series at David Library of the American Revolution


he David Library of the American Revolution in Washington Crossing is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of American history, 1750-1800. The Library’s unparalleled collection of primary and secondary sources is available to the public, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  In addition to library services, David Library offers admission-free lectures by leading scholars to the general public.  This spring, a series of six lectures will launch on Friday, March 9 at 7:30 PM with Joel Richard Paul, author of the new

book, “Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times,” speaking on the chief justice, statesman and diplomat who played a pivotal role in the founding of the United States. Jon Kukla will lecture on Patrick Henry on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 PM;  Craig Bruce Smith, author of “American Honor: The Creation of the Nation’s Ideals During the Revolutionary Era” will speak on the meaning of “honor” in the American Revolution on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 PM; Political Scientist Jett B. Conner will lecture about the pamphleteering of Thomas Paine and John Adams on Sunday, May 6 at 3:00 PM; and Garry Wheeler Stone will lecture on the Battle of Monmouth on Tuesday, May 22 at 7:30 PM. The series will conclude on Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30 PM with Mary V. Thompson, the Research Historian of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association at Mount Vernon lecturing on George Washington’s funeral the funeral and mourning traditions of Mount Vernon.     David Library lectures are enormously popular, and reservations are absolutely necessary. They can be made by calling (215)493-6776, ext. 100, or by sending an email to  Lectures are held in the Feinstone Conference Center at the David Library of the American Revolution, 1201 River Road (Rt. 32), Washington Crossing, PA 18977.   For more information, visit ■

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The Woman Behind the Brooklyn Bridge


Presentation on March 18

one-woman show, “Bridge Builder in Petticoats: Emily Warren Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge” will be presented on Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m. at the Yardley Community Centre, 64 South Main Street, Yardley, PA 19067. The Yardley Historical Association and the Lower Makefield Historical Society are hosting this illustrated program about an extraordinary, yet little known, figure from our past in honor of Women’s History Month. When well-educated Emily Warren married Washington Roebling in 1865, she joined the circle of a dynamic family. Her father-in-law, John A., had established a steel wire manufacturing complex in Trenton, NJ, and his vision for a grand suspension bridge connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn was materializing. After just four years of marriage, Emily Warren Roebling was willingly thrust into the Brooklyn Bridge construction project. After her father-in-law unexpectedly died, her husband Washington took over as Chief Engineer. Then in 1872, Washington was bed-ridden from caisson disease (the “bends”), and Emily assumed the roles of secretary, messenger, and engineer. For eleven years, she jointly planned the construction with her husband and took over most of his duties, including day-to-day supervision and project management. As a reward for her dedication, in 1883, she was the first to cross the completed Brooklyn Bridge by carriage. The story of Emily Roebling’s life and ahead-of-her-time accomplishments will be told by Carol Simon Levin as she portrays this fascinating woman. Levin herself has many roles as a youth services librarian, author, storyteller, and actor based in central New Jersey. Photos and graphics of the time will enhance the program. The public is welcome to attend this free presentation. Refreshments will be served. For more information about this or other activities of the Yardley Historical Association, visit For information about the Lower Makefield Historical Society, visit www.lowermakefieldhistoricalsociety. com. The Yardley Historical Association ensures the maintenance of the Old Library by Lake Afton and its collections of books, newspapers, photographs, and ephemera related to the history of Yardley and its surroundings. The mission of the Lower Makefield Historical Society is to raise public awareness, stimulate interest in local history, and inspire preservation efforts. ■

All About the Delaware Canal: March 13 in Yardley

s walking tour guides, Will Rivinus and Susan Taylor have accumulated 82 years worth of tales and knowledge about the Delaware Canal. Come hear their stories on Tuesday, March 13 during a program illustrated with historic images and recent photographs. “The Delaware Canal According to Will and Susan” will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the David Library of the American Revolution, 1201 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Delaware Canal. Will Rivinus first walked the entire 58.9-mile length of the Canal in 1963 and went on to write Guide to the Delaware Canal, now in its eighth edition. He originated the end-to-end Canal Walk, which the Friends of the Delaware Canal have conducted annually for the past 30 years. Even before becoming Executive Director of the Friends of the Delaware Canal, Susan Taylor participated in the organization’s annual Canal Walks and assumed the responsibility and pleasure of being the Walk’s guide more than twenty years ago. Many pairs of shoes have been worn out by Will and Susan, and thousands of people have been introduced to the waterway and its towpath on their tours. Traditionally, one would have to join in on a Canal Walk to hear their full array of stories, but this program will provide an opportunity to do so without having to walk any farther than from the David Library parking lot to a seat in the auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information about this program and other Friends’ activities, call 215-862-2021, e-mail friends@ or visit ■


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Prepare for Takeoff: Little-Known Facts About Flying At any given moment there are nearly 10,000 planes in the air and over 1,200,000 people inside them. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 30,000 flights every day.

In-flight food is usually heavily salted and seasoned because the atmosphere in an airplane cabin dries out a person’s nose,

Every plane has a green light on its right wing and a red light on its left wing. That helps other pilots know at a glance, even at night, which direction the plane is going.

Research shows that the first 3 minutes after takeoff and the final 8 minutes before landing are when 80% of plane crashes happen. During most of a modern commercial flight, a computer is flying the plane by autopilot. Autopilot can make finer adjustments than a human, making it safer and more fuel-efficient.

English is the international language of flight. All flight controllers and all commercial pilots who fly on international flights are required to speak English.

A study done by Popular Mechanics determined that sitting in the tail of an airplane improves chances of accident survival by 40%.

Have you ever wondered why air traffic control towers are angled? It’s to reduce distracting reflections for both the controllers inside and the pilots outside.

Planes can fly with only one engine and land with no engine at all. Even if all your plane’s engines conked out in mid-flight, you would still have a very good chance of surviving.

The runways at modern commercial airports are typically 2-4 feet thick. Jumbo jets suck air through their engines with incredible force. A Boeing 767 sucks enough air through its engines to fill a GoodYear Blimp in just 7 seconds.

numbing about 1/3 of his or her taste buds.

Most airlines have a rule that the pilot and co-pilot must eat different meals while in flight, in case one of the meals is tainted.

Modern commercial air travel is amazingly safe. The risk of being killed in a plane crash for the average American is 1 in 11 million; the risk of being killed in a car accident is 1 in 5,000.

Artwork by Local HS Students On Exhibit at Grundy Library


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o celebrate Youth Art Month, students from Harry S. Truman High School will join the Artists of Bristol on the Delaware (AOB) in an annual exhibit titled, Celebrate Art!, at the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, 680 Radcliffe Street next month. The public is invited to the exhibit opening reception Friday, March 2, 2018 from 6 pm to 8 pm; the exhibit continues through Saturday, March 31, 2018.  During the four-week exhibit, the public has the opportunity to cast votes for the People’s Choice Award for both the student and AOB categories, as well as to purchase art. This free exhibition can be viewed during regular library hours, Monday through Thursday 10 am - 8 pm and Friday and Saturday 10 am - 4 pm. For more information, visit www., or call 215.788.7891. This program is offered by Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library in support of the PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries initiative.  M35 To Advertise, call 215-669-7350

The Green Book: a Guide for Black Travelers


or 30 years, between 1936 and 1966, a postal The Civil Rights Act enacted in 1964 outlawed worker named Victor Green published a discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex series of travel guides designed to help black or national origin and ended segregation in public travelers find hotels, restaurants, gas stations, places. Within two years, The Green Book ceased bars, and other establishments where they would publication, fulfilling a wish the editors made in be welcome. their 1949 edition: The Green Book, as it was called, provided There will be a day sometime in the near safe navigation during future when this guide will a time of segregation Advice for safe traveling in a time of not have to be published. and lynchings and was That is when we as a race segregation and lynchings. created “to give the will have equal opportunimotorist and tourist ties and privileges in the a guide not only of the hotels in all of the large United States. It will be a great day for us to cities East of the Mississippi River, but other suspend this publication for then we can go wherclassifications that can be found wherever he may ever we please, and without embarrassment. be.” Issues of The Green Book have been digitized Listings for Pennsylvania establishments first by the New York Public Library and put online appear in the 1939 edition, with the majority for anyone to explore. [The photo at right shows located in Philadelphia. There was one Bucks the cover of a 1948 edition in the NYPL digital County listing of a Tourist Home in Bristol. The collection.] View them at www.digitalcollections. 1949 edition includes listings for Linconia Camp ■ in Langhorne and Green Acre County in Pipersville. A listing for the Mrs. Dorothy Scholls Tour—Reprinted from, ist Home on Forest Road in Sellersville appears Courtesy of Bucks County Free Library/ written in the 1963-64 “International Edition.” by Regina Fried

Fish Dinners for Lent at St. Michael’s


he Knights of Columbus, Council 14626, St Michael the Archangel will host 4 Lenten Fish Dinners: February 16th, March 9th, March 16th and March 23rd from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at St Michael the Archangel Church Hall, 66 Levittown Parkway, Levittown, PA 19054. $10.00-Adults; $8.00-Senior Citizens; $6.00-Children 6-12 years; Under 6-Free. For info: Call Jim Thompson at 215-791-0759. ■



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Jackie “the Joke Man,” March 3

omedian Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling will appear at the Newtown Theatre on Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $20 and are available at This show is adult themed and no one under age 18 will be admitted. Martling is best known as the former head writer for The Howard Stern Show from 1983 to 2001. He has since undertaken various projects, including hosting Jackie’s Joke Hunt on Sirius XM Radio for eight years. The Newtown Theatre is located at 120 N. State Street in Newtown Borough. ■


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 February, including those shown here. For more info and to follow all upcoming events, call 215-736-1288 or visit Sunday the 18th -Movie at Neshaminy 24 Theater, 660 Neshaminy Mall, 3:30 PM. Tuesday the 20th - Pizza at Vince’s, 25 S. Main St., Yardley, PA. 6-7:30 PM. Thursday the 22nd - *Dinner at Outback Steakhouse, 740 Route 130, Hamilton, NJ. 6 PM. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Friday the 23rd - Happy Hour at Ground Round, 735 Middletown Blvd., Oxford Valley Mall, Langhorne, PA. 5 PM. Monday the 26th - Spaghetti Night at Vince’s, 25 S. Main St., Yardley, PA. 6 pm. All you can eat pasta or order from the menu.


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A Seafood Dish Perfect for Lent

any Christians abstain from eating meat during the Lenten season, a time devoted to fasting and penitence in commemoration of Jesus Christ’s fasting in the wilderness. Whether you’re abstaining for Lent or simply want to try your hand at a delicious seafood recipe, this Seafood Medley with Bell Pepper is the one for you! (Serves 8) 8 ounces sea scallops, halved 8 ounces medium shrimp 8 ounces squid, cut into rings 8 ounces skinless fish fillets, such as snapper, cod, catfish, or any other firm white fish, cut into 2-inch pieces 1½ teaspoons salt or to taste, divided 1 ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper, divided 1 teaspoon turmeric, divided 2 tablespoons oil 1 ½ cups chopped onions 3 tablespoons chopped garlic 1 cup chopped tomato

1 ½ teaspoons chopped, peeled ginger root 1 ½ teaspoons minced green chiles ½ teaspoon cumin powder 2 cups chopped bell pepper, green or mix of any colors ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice ½ teaspoon garam masala 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds, powdered 2 tablespoons slivered, peeled ginger root 3 tablespoons cilantro, coarsely chopped

1. In a bowl, combine scallops, shrimp, squid and fish fillets. Sprinkle 3/4 teaspoon salt, 3/4 teaspoon cayenne and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric on top. Toss to coat seafood. 2. In a wide saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and saute until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, chopped ginger root, chiles, cumin, and remaining salt, cayenne and turmeric. Mix well. Cook, stirring once, until slightly soft, 3 to 4 minutes. 3. Add seafood and bell pepper. Mix gently. 4. Cover saucepan and when mixture comes to a boil, uncover and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 5 minutes until scallops and squid are opaque, shrimp are pink and opaque, and fish flakes easily with a fork. 5. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice. Sprinkle with garam masala and fenugreek powder. Mix gently. Sprinkle with slivered ginger root on top. Cover and allow flavors to blend for 5 minutes. 6. Sprinkle cilantro on top and serve hot over rice. ■

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If You Must Go To Court


Sound Advice from a District Judge

istrict Courts are surprisingly busy. The local District Court handles traffic tickets and nontraffic tickets (which are for minor offenses like disorderly conduct and public drunkenness); civil cases (a homeowner is unhappy with his carpenter or plumber, a tenant sues for his security deposit, etc.); and landlord and tenant cases, up to a certain money amount. All criminal cases begin in the District Court, with the District Judge holding a hearing on the evidence. District Judges are also empowered to perform weddings, sign search and arrest warrants, set bail and send people to prison. They can also evict people from their homes and suspend driver’s licenses.

You would be amazed at how people dress and act in the courtroom. Justice is blind, but for heaven’s sake! If you must appear in District Court, here are some things to consider: • Be on time. I try to stick to my schedule out of courtesy for everyone. If you aren’t there when we are ready to begin, I can have the hearing without you. Once the police officer leaves the court, it is over —and you must file an appeal to my decision in Doylestown. • Dress appropriately. I have seen halter-tops, flip-flops and bathing suits. I have seen teens in designer sneakers with cell phones in their pockets telling me they have no money for fines. Men aren’t taught to remove their hats in buildings anymore, and they even take the stand with baseball caps on. When someone is inappropriately dressed, I must make a choice. Some District Judges actually send the person home to change. I agree with the thought, but that costs everyone time and money. Police get overtime, lawyers spend more time waiting at the court, witnesses are inconvenienced, and it throws off the court schedule. I proceed with the hearing and usually

say something to the person as they are leaving. We are not the Supreme Court, and I’m not saying you should rent a tux! If you are coming from work, that’s okay. Lots of guys come in work boots and jeans. I have no problem with that. It is when you look like you just left your pool that I have a problem. • Turn off cell phones. One County judge will confiscate a cell phone when he hears it ringing and won’t return it until the next day. The person

It is amazing that people with thousands of dollars at stake can come to court with no notes and no documents—and sometimes wearing flip-flops. has to drive all the way back to Doylestown just to get their phone back. Bravo, Judge!

someone get rid of gum when they are testifying from the witness box. • Organize your notes. If you wish to present your own case, that’s okay. The District Court is designed for someone to tell the judge his or her side. Just be sure you are telling your side in some kind of order. It is amazing that people in a civil case, with thousands of dollars at stake, can come to court with no notes, no documents, and tell the story in no particular order. Rule of thumb: put everything in chronological order. If you explain things in the order in which they happened, it makes it easier for the judge to follow the chain of events. Whether it is a civil case or a criminal case, it usually makes more sense. Finally, if you get a ticket please don’t ignore it. It won’t go away, and neither will we. ■

• Lose the gum. Believe it or not, I’ve had brides (and grooms) chewing gum during the wedding ceremony! If they want that in their wedding videos, that is their business —but I will make

—by Jan Vislosky, Magisterial District Judge Bucks County District Court



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State Rep. John Galloway will host 2 free Property Tax/Rent Rebate Forums to help seniors fill out their rebate forms and answer their questions. Please bring your 2017 income statements and 2017 paid property tax receipts and your 2017 proof of rent. Friday, March 2nd from 10 AM – 1 PM at Falls Township Senior Center, Trenton & Oxford Valley Roads, Fairless Hills. Thursday, March 8th from 10 AM – 1 PM at Bristol Borough Area Active Adult Center, 301 Wood Street, Bristol Borough 19007. Free refreshments will be provided courtesy of Rep. Galloway and his staff. For more info call the Constituent Service Office at 215-943-7206. 8610 New Falls Road, Levittown, PA 19054 •••••••••••••••••••• ST. JOSEPH ITALIAN FEAST. St. Mark School’s Advisory Committee, Bristol, is sponsoring a trip on Wednesday, March 21 to Doolan’s Shore Club, Spring Lake, NJ, for their “St. Joseph Italian Feast.”  Price is $100 pp which includes transportation, complete luncheon with wine & soda, 1-hr. cocktails/open bar, and entertainment.  Call 215-788-9408 •••••••••••••••••••• Thursday, March 8:  CELEBRATE SAINT PATTY’S DAY @ Doolan’s Shore Club, Spring Lake, NJ.  Lunch, Cocktails, Green Derby Irish Band, Comedian & Bagpiper. $95 per person. Leave at 9:30 am, return at 5:15 pm. Buses depart from Parx Casino 2999 Street Road (Lot # J 1) Bensalem, PA 19020. Make checks payable to 55 Bradford Land Conservation, Inc. MAIL TO:  424 West Lincoln Highway, Suite 205, Penndel, PA 19047. Call for further details 267-549-3722 or email BradfordMCT@ •••••••••••••••••••• Churchville Nature Center will host winter nature walks on February 17 and March 17, all at 2 PM. Join our staff as we explore the changing seasons.

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Winter is a quiet time when much of nature is dormant, but there’s still plenty to explore. Let’s see what interesting things we can find. $3 per person/ members free. Churchville Nature Center is located at 501 Churchville Lane, Churchville PA 18966. Call 215-357-4005 or visit for more info. •••••••••••••••••••• 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.  For information pls contact Bill Krieger or Jim Mahoney at 267-566-2919 •••••••••••••••••••• To Live Again, a social & support group for widows & widowers, will meet Monday March 5th, 5pm at Vince’s Pizza, 25 S Main St, Yardley PA 19067.  Call Betty 215 493 6117 for more information.   •••••••••••••••••••• Bensalem Senior Center will host “Southern Rail & Sail,” a 6 Day/5 Night Bus Trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee from Sunday, April 22 to Friday, April 27. Package is 840/pp double or triple occupancy, $1080 for singles and includes: 5 night accommodations; 5 EXPANDED Continental Breakfasts with hot choices; 5 dinners; 1 dinner cruise, 1 at the Mt. Vernon restaurant and 2 at Cracker Barrel; R/T motorcoach transportation, baggage handling, taxes and tips including driver. NOTE that there is a fair amount of walking on this trip! A deposit of $100 per person is required to make your reservation.  Full & Final Payment is due by February 23. Contact Floss Burkhardt @ 267-2417595 or Barb Shaeffer @ 215-884-3820  to reserve your space or for more info. •••••••••••••••••••• First Day of Spring Open House and Luncheon at Bristol Township Senior Center, 2501 Bath Road, Bristol PA on Tuesday, March 20 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.

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he following is from an interview with Fran McKenna, Director of Senior Training and Employment at PathStone Corporation.

~ Can you briefly describe PathStone’s mission? PathStone is a non-profit organization founded in 1969. Our focus is to provide services to farmworkers, low-income families and economically depressed communities throughout New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, Vermont, Virginia and Puerto Rico. With support from federal, state, local, faithbased and private sources, PathStone has successfully operated a wide array of programs. PathStone is a visionary, diverse organization empowering individuals, families and communities to attain economic and social resources for building better lives.  ~ What are some of the obstacles that a senior citizen (55+) faces upon deciding to reenter the workforce? What concerns or anxieties might he/she have? Training is one of the main obstacles seniors face today. They didn’t grow up with a computer and some have very little exposure to them in their daily lives. Therefore, with computers being prevalent in just about every job today, some seniors are at a disadvantage. This affects their confidence level as well. Another obstacle can be gaps in the work history. Many seniors had to leave the workforce to care for a spouse or family member and that leaves gaps in the work history that employers notice.  ~ In what way(s) can PathStone help a senior citizen in that position? PathStone’s Senior Community Service Employment Program, or SCSEP, works with seniors to overcome these and other obstacles as well. We assign seniors to

local Not-For Profit agencies in training positions which can vary from maintenance/ janitorial skills to food service skills to clerical skills to data entry skills and much more. As a result of these ‘assignments’ seniors gain valuable work experience, and along with that self-confidence. The program also offers a minimum wage stipend to keep finances stable as they learn. Having an income takes pressure off the participant so they can concentrate on learning the job skill. Recently, PathStone has developed a working Training is one of the main relationship with Snipes obstacles seniors face today. They Farm and Education Center, in Morrisville. The plan will didn’t grow up with a computer... be to place seniors at Snipes for valuable job training in administrative skills and education activities. Once a senior becomes job ready, PathStone works with them to develop job search strategies, improve resume writing and letter writing skills. We show them, through job clubs and workshops, how to complete a successful interview.  We have helped many seniors over the years find jobs through the PathStone SCSEP program. We average 50-60 job placements per year. Many seniors are grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow. One such senior told us “…Today, at the age of 61, I am happy, very self-confident and working full-time at a bank here in Warren, PA. I could not have done it without the help of PathStone.” ■ To inquire about job placement through PathStone, please call 215-826-0150. For more information about this non-profit organization visit

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he 36th annual Bucks County Senior Games will take place June 4 – June 15 at convenient locations throughout the county. They are open to adults age 50+ who enjoy friendly competition and games of physical or mental skill. Games include billiards, bocce, bowling, bridge, darts, golf, ping pong, pinochle, quoits, tennis, track and field, including discus, long jump and shotput. Besides competitive events, the Senior Games offering a great opportunity for fun and socialization at a specially

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organized celebratory luncheon. The registration deadline is May 14. Walk-up participants are welcome and may register on the day of the event. The Senior Games are supported by the Bucks County Commissioners, organized by the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, and sponsored, in part, by the generosity of the business community. Contact Information: Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, Senior Games Staff, 267-880-5700. ■

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Loving Homes Wanted: Local Animals in Need Big Boy is one of the sweetest cats we have ever met. He is 3, neutered, tested and littertrained.  He’s at the spay/ neuter clinic to be safe and in spite of it all, he remains sweet and purrs all the time.  He is so darn cute too.  And, he loves other cats!  He really deserves a loving home and if you would like to make this mush ball a member of your family, contact Susans Cats and Kittens 215 357 4946 or visit awos. to meet him at Susans!

Charlotte is a beautiful, friendly girl, who is about 5 years old. She’s lived her life in a happy, loving home with several other cats. Unfortunately, their landlord recently decided there were too many cats in the apartment, so she is now looking for a new home. Charlotte hasn’t lived with dogs or kids so we can’t say if she’d like them or not, but we think she’d be fine living as an only pet or with other cats. If you’d like to meet Charlotte or think she’d be a good match for your family, please call 857-228-8696.

Hello my name is Marilyn and I am brand new to the shelter. I am a 5-year-old female, very sweet, with the absolutely cutest little MEOW. I get along with cats and dogs,  I’m spayed and updated on shots. I love people and you will love me as well. Just make your appointment to meet me and some other wonderful cats. Look for more info on our website or call 215-781-0378.

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Meet Mochi, who is just as sweet at the dessert she’s named after. Mochi was a scared kitten found in the backyard of a home in Tacony. Mochi likes to play with fishing pole type toys, her pom-pom mouse and hoops cut from cardboard tubes. After a play session, she is ready to snuggle and purr. When stretched out on the floor, she likes gentle belly rubs, too. Mochi is spayed, current on vaccinations, and has tested negative for FIV and Leukemia. We celebrate her birthday July 2017. nar.

Did I hear you are interested in adopting a cat? How about me?  My name is Oliver Twist.  My original owner decided they did not want a cat so I was given to another family.  However, that family already had other cats and they resented my presence.  I don’t know why, as I am a quiet and solidarity guy!  I would probably do very well with a family with no small children.  I am a big boy, so even though I cannot sit on your lap, I like to sit very close to you know matter what you are doing. When this picture was taken, I was helping in the office enjoying everyone company.  I am a handsome male brown tabby with a white underbelly and white paws. I am neutered and up to date on my boosters and rabies shots.  I have tested negative for both Feline Aids and Leukemia.  I celebrate my birthday in March 2015.  I am ready for immediate adoption.  For more information, please contact Cats Bridge to Rescue on 215-987-8961.

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“Goodbye, My Little Princeling...” In Memory of a Beloved Cat


napper with most of his day spent finding ne of the saddest days of my adult life as many different spots to nap as he could. was Jan. 23, 2015 when I had to say He was really quite good at it. He seemed to goodbye to my dearest friend of the previous especially enjoy sleeping on or next to my 19 years, my constant companion and loving lap when I was in my favorite chair in the cat, Shadow. His ill health with so much living room. There were many times when I discomfort in his last year made this very sad felt the need to make a trip to the bathroom decision to “let him go” the only right and while he was there, but put it off as long as humane thing to do. There was a very deep I could in order to not disturb his precious sadness in my heart already. sleep. No question who was in charge at my As tears fell while driving home from the home! vet’s in my empty car, I tried to remember In case you might be wondering how this some of the good times we shared……and precious cat came into there were many. life... Shadow was very 19 years ago, from his cage at myOne spring day much in charge of my the shelter, he looked straight in 1996 I was sitting household, whether with my beloved he was trying to drink into my heart. John, who had been out of my mug of the man in my life water (although he had for over 20 years. We were on the patio two large cups of his own with fresh water outside his home, enjoying the fine weather. refilled several times a day) or taking his John was terminally ill with cancer and had nap on my lap while I was trying to eat or already told me and his family that he would write. Naturally I put what I was doing aside be leaving his home to me. That day he kind immediately for His Highness to have his of smiled proudly and gestured with his hand way. The little darling! as he said, “Just think, someday this will all He loved to jump upon my bed when HE be yours.” I started to cry as I said, “But that decided I had had enough sleep. If I chose will mean you’ll be gone!” His kind reply to to ignore him and pretended to be asleep, me was, “Yes, but just remember, I’ll be like he would head right over to my computer, a shadow on the wall.” jump up on it and start pushing my papers, Six months after John passed away, our pens, figurines, and other various items off “anniversary” was coming up on October the desk holding the computer. THAT was 28th and I was feeling very sad and lonely. A usually enough to get me up and out to the friend of mine suggested that I might want kitchen to get his food ready. Whoever said to bring a companion cat into my home and cats were dumb animals? I brightened up at the thought right away. Like most cats, Shadow was a good


A day or so later I drove to the SPCA near Peddler’s Village and spent a delightful while looking into many cages of adorable cats. But it was when I reached the last one in the shelter that I saw this beautiful dark grey “tuxedo” cat with white markings, a white bib, and four white paws. He was sitting there quietly as he looked straight as an arrow right into my heart! (That was exactly what it felt like and I never regretted it once in the next 19 years). I hurried home to the pet shop to buy all the equipment he would need, then rushed back when the shelter opened the next morning. I wouldn’t have been able to bear it if someone else had already come in to adopt him and take him to their home. I was so happy—and surprised—when I saw him and found out that he had been given the name SHADOW! I also decided then and there, that his adoption day of October 28th would be his birthday. Now here it was, 19 years later, and it was time for me to take my beloved Shadow to the veterinarian, to say goodbye to him forever. I would like to commend the staff, doctors, and technicians at Pet’s Best Friend Veterinary Hospital, on Bristol Pike in Levittown, for their caring, concern, and kindness in helping me to let him go. I shall always remember all their support as my grieving began. Goodbye, my little princeling. You shall remain in my heart forever. ■ —Marilyn Lummis / Levittown

Pennsbury Career and Job Fairs

ennsbury School District will host two important, career-related events for the community during the week of February 26th:

PENNSBURY CAREER FAIR— Monday, February 26th at Pennsbury High School East – Gymnasium, 705 Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Exhibitors will encompass a wide range of career paths to enable students and adults to learn more about various professional fields and the credentials needed to succeed in them. PENNSBURY JOB FAIR— Wednesday, February 28th at Pennsbury High School West - Falcon Cafeteria, 608 South Olds Blvd, Fairless Hills. 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. This event offers the opportunity for applicants interested in working for the Pennsbury School District (as well as its substitute service and dining services provider) to meet with department heads and discuss potential vacancies in these positions: teachers, nurses, health room aides, bus drivers (CDL training provided), paraprofessionals, custodial workers, clerical workers, school aides, psychologists, social workers, speech therapist, school counselors, cafeteria workers, athletic coaches. ■

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