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Relive George Washington’s Delaware River Crossing

ach December, thousands of people gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the reenactment of George Washington’s daring 1776 Christmas night river crossing. During the event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by General Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats. The public has two opportunities to view the reenactment at Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) this year. The first is on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (actual crossing at 1 p.m.). On this day, in addition to the crossing reenactment, special colonial-era activities and demonstrations throughout the historic village will provide families with a full day of fun and learning. Also on hand that day will be author Jenny L. Cote, who will sell and sign her newest book, The Voice, the Revolution, and the Key, from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. The youth book, the first in a trilogy, covers the events from 1743 through the eve of the Revolution in March 1775. Cost to attend the Dec. 10 crossing is $8 for adults, $4 for children age five to 11, and free for those under five. Proceeds from this reenactment support future programs in the park. Later in the day on Dec. 10, from 4 to 7 p.m., the park will hold its Centennial Award Ceremony at the visitor center. During this event, the following individuals will be honored for their contributions to the operation and development of the park: Charles and Kate Tweedy, Peter Osborne, William Farkus, Colonel Larry Rubini, and Sandra Miller. The 65th annual Christmas Day crossing will take place from noon to 3

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p.m. on December 25 (actual crossing at 1 p.m.). The Christmas Day crossing is free, and it is recommended that visitors arrive before 1 p.m. to ensure a good place along the viewing line. River crossings are contingent upon safe conditions for participants. However, even if conditions do not allow for crossing, ceremonies, speeches and commemorative activities still occur. Washington Crossing Historic Park is located at the intersection of Rtes. 532 and 32 (River Road) in Bucks County, PA. To stay up-to-date on what is happening in the park, visit WashingtonCrossingPark.org. ■

ome experience our annual winter reenactment during Trenton’s Patriots Week Celebration! On Saturday, December 30th, be immersed in history as you are surrounded by reenactors portraying the soldiers who fought during the Battles of Trenton, which ultimately shaped the destiny of the Revolutionary War and our nation. Follow the troops through the streets of Trenton and watch as they relive the events of these fateful battles. Come back to the Old Barracks Museum to interact with the soldiers, take tours of the oldest free-standing military barracks in North America, and visit

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The Quartermaster’s Store. What better way to celebrate New Jersey’s revolutionary history than by celebrating this crucial Trenton victory? The first battle will begin at 11am at the Trenton Battle Monument and take place on Warren Street. The second battle will begin at 3 pm and take place in Mill Hill Park on the Assunpink Creek. Parking for the event is free, close, and plenty. Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack St., Trenton, NJ 08608 / 609-396-1776 ■

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Jesse W. Soby 5K Run For Veterans

he Jesse W. Soby American Legion Post #148 in Langhorne sponsored its third annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday November 11th, Veterans Day. The proceeds from the race benefit veterans charities such as Operation Comfort Warriors, which is an American Legion charity, Delaware Valley Stand Down for homeless veterans in the Delaware Valley, and Shamrock Reins Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies for Veterans and First Responders. The veterans charities and projects are carefully selected so that the majority, if not all of the donated funds go directly to the veterans with little or no administrative costs. This year’s race was won by Tim Hill, a student and cross-country runner for Neshaminy High School (photo below). Tim finished first out of 102 runners and 163 participants with a 18:54 time. The Jesse W. Soby Post is located at 115 West Richardson Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047. The Post is open Monday and Friday nights 8-11pm offering free wi-fi to members and guests. Visit jessesoby.org ■

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Tips & Talk “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

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candy canes onto a gift-wrapped candy bar to create a sleigh. Take another gift-wrapped candy treat (like Tic Tacs) and glue that on top of the first candy bar. Then, find some foil wrapped chocolate gifts or trees and add them to the sleigh. Don’t forget to add Santa too!

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Creative DIY Christmas Gifts You did a great job on this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, and now it’s time to get ready for the busiest holiday of the year—Christmas! We know, the thought of all the shopping and holiday prep can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! When it comes to gift giving on Christmas it’s the thought that counts. That’s why you can give some of your closest friends and favorite family members some DIY holiday cheer. We found a few great tutorials on Pinterest, and here are a few of our favorites. Betty Crocker has a great DIY Christmas gift idea. This Santa Candy Sleigh is perfect for your coworkers or that book club you meet with every month. It’s a cheap and easy way to spread some holiday cheer. Just grab your glue gun and glue sticks and glue two wrapped

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Brandy O’Neill of SheKnows.com shared this wonderful Christmas ornament idea. Just get two clear Christmas ornaments at your local craft supply store. Grab some hot chocolate mix, red sprinkles, green sprinkles, mini marshmallows, mini white chocolate chips and mini semisweet chocolate chips. Take the top off of your clear ornaments and grab a funnel! Layer each ingredient into your ornament— and voila! You have a unique and delicious gift for your loved ones. Christmas may be one of the busiest times of year, but it’s also a time to give back and cherish the ones you love. We at Kanga Roof love giving back to the community, and our annual Holiday Roof Giveaway is still accepting nominations. Do you know a family that had a particularly difficult year and needs a new roof—but just can’t afford it? Nominate them for our Holiday Roof Giveaway, today! Nominations close on December 10th so hurry!

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Holiday House Tour in Newtown

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ewtown Borough invites you to attend its 55th Holiday House Tour on Saturday, December 2nd. This annual event is a splendid way to kick off the holidays and enjoy the good cheer and tidings of the season as you visit 6 town residences and several public buildings. The $30 cost of a tour ticket includes entry into the Half-Moon Inn, home to the Newtown Historic Association. Once inside this beautifully restored 18th century building, you will enjoy period musical entertainment, hearthside colonial cooking demonstrations and refreshments of mulled cider and cheese. Wear your walking shoes because all sites are within the Borough and can be reached easily by foot. Tour hours are from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. Advance tickets can be purchased at Newtown Book & Record Exchange, 102 S. State Street and on-line at the Association’s website, www.newtownhistoric.org/ housetour. On the day of the tour, purchase tour tickets at the Half-Moon Inn, Court Street and Centre Avenue and at the Stocking Works, 301 South State Street, Newtown. Children under the age of 12 are free. Please, no picture taking or high-heeled shoes permitted in the houses. For additional information, call the Newtown Historic Association at 215-968-4004 or visit our website – www.newtownhistoric.org/ housetour. All proceeds from the tour benefit the Newtown Historic Association and its programs dedicated to the preservation of Newtown’s historical heritage. ■

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Two Holiday Events in Yardley

he Old Library by Lake Afton will be decked out for the season as the Yardley Historical Association presents “A Winter Wonderland.” This year’s festivities include two events. A Community Open House will be held on Saturday, December 2 from 2 to 5 p.m., and there will be a Holiday Gathering on Sunday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m. As the crowds flock to Main Street for Yardley’s annual parade on December 2, visitors will be welcomed to an Open House at the Old Library to see a tall spruce tree decorated for a fine winter’s day and a layout of working model trains featuring the Polar Express. At 2:30 p.m., frosty stories will be read to kids young and old. Homemade cookies and mulled cider will be served, and “Yardley gifts” will be ready for purchase. The “Yardley gifts” include Old Library tea towels, notepaper, duck ornaments, prints, walking tour booklets, and Yardley, the Images of America book by Vince Profy that contains old photographs of the town and its people. A limited number of “flapping quacker” wooden push toys also will be available. The Holiday Gathering on Sunday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m. is a perfect chance to share holiday cheer with neighbors and meet new friends. An old-fashioned covered dish supper will be the highlight. Please bring along your favorite hors d’oeuvre, entrée, salad or dessert to share. Spirited and soft beverages, plates, and utensils will be provided. Both holiday events will be held in the Old Library by Lake Afton, 46 West Afton Avenue, Yardley. Donations are welcome. Proceeds will benefit the Historical Association’s effort to maintain the Victorian library building and its collection of books, documents, and ephemera related to Yardley’s past. For more information about the Association’s activities, please visit www. yardleyhistory.org, e-mail info@yardleyhistory.org or call 215-369-1479. ■

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Volunteers Needed for Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count

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etween December 14th, 2017 and January 5th, 2018, volunteers across the country will brave various weather conditions to count birds during the 118th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). On Saturday, December 16th, birders and

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nature enthusiasts in Bucks County will take part in this tradition, many rising before dawn to participate in the longest running wildlife census on the planet. Each year, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count mobilizes over 70,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2400 locations across the Western Hemisphere. CBC utilizes the power of volunteers to track the health of bird populations on a scale that professional scientists could never accomplish alone. Data compiled in Bucks County will record every individual bird and bird species seen in a specified area, contributing to a vast citizen science network that continues a tradition stretching back more than 100 years. The count in the southern portion of Bucks County started in 1947. The area, centered on the Langhorne Post Office, includes territory south of Washington Crossing, Richboro, and Trevose. To be accurate and avoid duplication, teams of volunteers canvas specific areas within the circle and report their findings. With 69 years of collected records, the data is now rich enough to see very local trends in bird populations. Gathering this wealth of data would not be possible without volunteer involvement. People of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to get involved. “This is not just about counting birds,” said Gary Langham, Audubon’s chief scientist. “Data from the Audubon Christmas Bird Count are at the heart of hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific studies and inform decisions by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of the Interior, and the EPA. Because birds are early indicators of environmental threats to habitats we share, this is a vital survey of North America and, increasingly, the Western Hemisphere.” The Audubon Christmas Bird Count began in 1900 when Dr. Frank Chapman, founder of Bird-Lore (which evolved into Audubon magazine) U64

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suggested an alternative to the holiday “side hunt,” in which teams competed to see who could shoot the most birds. While the ultimate goal of participating in a count is to tally a representative sample of the birds on a count day, the natural competitive spirit of birders is what drives them to do the most thorough job possible. CBC has become a treasured holiday tradition, a reunion with birding friends and a way to play a small part in a big conservation picture. The growing pool of sightings helps researchers understand how birds are faring in a way that Dr. Chapman could never have conceived back in 1900. ■

The Bird Count began in 1900, with volunteers who wanted to look at birds rather than shoot them Take part in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 16th from 6:30 AM-5:30 PM at Silver Lake Nature Center in Bristol, PA. Even if you have never had a chance to go birding before, it is a great experience to learn while being actively involved in important citizen science national bird census (and we have binoculars for you to borrow if needed, just let us know). You do not need to commit to the entire day or have any birding experience! You can meet us at Neshaminy State Park at 6:30am, or you can meet us later at Silver Lake Nature Center (1306 Bath Road in Bristol) at 10 am or later at 1pm and join for part of the day to be a part of this very special event! Join us on the 118th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Call the Center at 215 785-1177 or email silverlakenaturecenter@buckscounty.org to register.

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Drop Off “Toys for the YMCA” At Rep. Galloway’s Levittown Office

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tate Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, announced that his Levittown office will again serve as a drop-off location for this year’s Toys for the YMCA. New, unwrapped toys, books, clothing and outerwear for children, and local supermarket gift cards, may be dropped off at 8610 New Falls Road, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. through 3 p.m. on Friday, until Dec. 13. Toys for the Y is part of the Lower Bucks Family YMCA Giving Tree program, which shares gifts and food with local families in need during the holiday season. “I am proud to have my office and staff participate in an event that puts a smile on a young one’s face,” Galloway said. “This time of year reminds us to not forget those who may need our help. If last year was any indication of how eager our residents were to lend a hand, I anticipate another successful year of giving.” The Giving Tree began 33 years ago in Lower Bucks County. Holiday trees are placed at several locations throughout the community decorated with gift tags, each indicating a child’s wish. In 2016, they were able to fulfill the wish lists of 857 children for 327 families. The goal this year is to provide holiday gifts and meals for 340 needy families within the community. For more information, contact Rep. Galloway’s office at (215) 943-7206. ■

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Christmas Classic Movies Return to the Newtown Theatre

hristmas classic films are a tradition at the historic Newtown Theatre, and this year’s lineup is bigger than ever. Tickets for all films (except “Polar Express,” which is sold out) are $5 for everyone. The theatre will also accept cash donations to the Wrightstown Food Cupboard during all Christmas classic screenings. Movies being shown this year include:

• “Elf” – Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. Sponsored by Montessori Community School of Newtown. • “It’s a Wonderful Life” – Sunday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Karen Ulmer Pendergast, P.C., Attorneys at Law. • “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” – Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Hayden family. • “Holiday Inn” – Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Pearl S. Buck International. • “Home Alone” – Saturday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. Sponsored by Christine McKee. • “White Christmas” – Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Alice Hart Hughes, Esq. • “Miracle on 34th Street” – Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. Sponsored by Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc. • “The Bells of St. Mary’s” – Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Anthony’s Barbershop. • “Love Actually” – Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Meaghan Vogel. • “A Christmas Story”—Saturday, Dec. 23 at 3 p.m. Sponsored by Haines Fire & Risk Consulting. • “It’s a Wonderful Life”—Saturday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Karen Ulmer Pendergast, P.C., Attorneys at Law. • “Polar Express” – Saturday, Dec. 24, at 10 a.m. (ALREADY SOLD OUT) Sponsored by Harris Comfort.

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Open Houses at Model Railroad Club

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he Abington Lines Model Railroad Club is hosting Open Houses for the holidays, to be held at their clubhouse in Richboro, PA. Each Open House is scheduled from 12 Noon to 4 PM on the following Saturdays and Sundays: December 2 & 3; December 9 & 10; December 30 and 31; January 6 & 7; January 13 & 14; February 3 & 4; and February 10 & 11. Come marvel at the 20’ x 60’ HO scale railroad set in the Pennsylvania mountains with a twotrack mainline that is more than 1000 feet in length. The layout includes a circus display, two operating roundhouses, a narrow gauge branch line, waterfront complete with rail car ferries, four industrial switching areas and a picturesque old time town with stores that have realistic interiors, animated neon signs and trolleys that run the whole length of the city. Admission to the Open Houses is free. Donations to help us grow and improve will be appreciated. In addition, two complete train sets will be offered for raffle ($1 per ticket). The railroad clubhouse is conveniently located at 2066 Second Street Pike (PA Route 232), Richboro PA 18954, two miles north of PA Route 332, on the right, across the road from “Bryan’s Farm,” just before the Neshaminy Creek. For information, call the club at 215-598-7720 Tuesday evenings between 7 PM and 9 PM or during show days. ■

he Marrazzo family will be providing a buffet dinner with all the trimmings. Join us for a relaxing dinner on this very special day, Christmas! When: Monday, December 25th from 3:00-4:30 PM. Where: 125 Lincoln Avenue, Penndel PA 19047 (across from Pauly’s Bar). Please call 267-362-9211 to make your reservations so we can prepare to serve you. Just leave your name and number of people in your party. Merry Christmas, everyone! ■

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Bolton Mansion Holiday House

oliday House 2017 at Historic Bolton Mansion will take place on Friday, December 1 (Tree Lighting & Caroling at 6:00 p.m. & doors open at 6:30 p.m.); Saturday, December 2 (2:00 to 8:00 p.m.); and Sunday, December 3 (1:00  to 4:00 p.m.).  SANTA IS IN THE HOUSE ALL THREE DAYS!  Gift Shop, Candle Making, Music, Food & Hot Cider, Trains, Crafts for Kids and Hearth Cooking on Saturday. Bring a toy for the Salvation Army Holiday Toy Drive. Admission $5.00 Child 12 and under $2.00. Bolton Mansion is located at 85 Holly Drive, Levittown PA. A wonderful taste of history in our own backyard! ■

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United Way’s Holiday Gift Card Drive To Help Local Teens in Need

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AIRLESS HILLS, PA – United Way of Bucks County is asking the community to help older kids and teens in need this holiday season. The organization’s annual holiday gift card drive, which runs through December 15th, provides a gift for kids who would otherwise receive nothing. “For older kids who are not expecting to receive any gifts, a gift card means so much. They are so grateful that our community cares about them. It’s a meaningful and empowering experience for older kids to get a little something for themselves rather than be left out,” explains Danielle Bush, Director of Community and Volunteer Engagement at United Way. Last year the gift card drive was able to serve 683 older kids and teens. This was a huge increase from the 2015 drive, which served 455 kids. This year the need is even greater. Requests from area non-profit agencies, school districts, and residents are expected to exceed 800. United Way hopes to fill all requests for gift cards that they receive. The Holiday Gift Card Drive accepts gift cards of all denominations, starting at $5, now through December 15th. All donations go to local teens and older kids who are experiencing a true need this holiday season. Bush suggests that Help to provide a gift for kids donors consider gift who would otherwise get nothing cards to places that teens enjoy shopping: Target, Wal-Mart, popular clothing stores, and specialty shops like Starbucks and Barnes & Noble. A list of suggestions can be found at www. uwbucks.org/giftcarddrive. She adds that for the first time, donors can also make a gift in someone else’s honor or memory this year. “Helping an older kid makes a great gift for that person on your list who has everything,” says Bush. “You can make a donation to the Holiday Gift Card Drive in their honor and we will acknowledge your gift with a card and a story about a kid who got help.” There are three ways for members of the community to help with this project: Bring gift cards to United Way of Bucks County, 413 Hood Blvd., Fairless Hills, PA, 19030; Mail in a check to the same address with “Gift Card Drive” on the memo line; Visit www.uwbucks.org/ giftcarddrive and donate online. The website includes an option to make your gift in honor or memory of someone. Any questions can be directed to Danielle Bush at danielleb@ uwbucks.org or call (215) 949-1660, ext 112. Families looking for help through the Holiday Gift Card Drive can call (215)949-1660, ext. 105 for our Gift Card Drive Hotline. ■ About United Way of Bucks County: For over 60 years, UW Bucks has been improving lives in Bucks County by uniting donors, advocates, and volunteers around the common good. United Way programs focus on early child care and education, helping families in an emergency, supporting seniors, and helping those who are hungry, homeless, or need help. The Lower Bucks Leader

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Leader Lottery Winner: Marcia Straka

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amateur clowns dedicated to bringing a smile to the arcia Straka, of Glenrose Avenue in Bristol, was faces of hospital patients and the people around them. our Leader Lottery winner for the November issue (bumpertcaringclowns.org) of The Lower Bucks Leader. She picked up her copy of “During a visit to Saint Mary’s Medical Center surgical The Leader at Georgine’s Jr., a beloved neighborhood waiting room, we met two clowns,” Marcia said. “They establishment on Veterans Highway offering great food provided laughter and put us at ease during a stressful and excellent service. time, to my family members and others in the waiting By checking the 3 questions for that issue, Marcia saw room. To this day, we still talk and laugh at how the that her lucky number was R98. She found a matching clowns were dressed (bees and bears), and what they said number in the ad for Kanga Roofing, a trusted local and did. Laughter is truly the best medicine.” roofing contractor. She filled out her lottery ticket online at •••••••••••••••••••••••• LowerBucksLeader.com and it was drawn at random from Leader Lottery is a feature of every issue, in which readers a small pool of finalists. can win money for themselves and free publicity for their “My Dad looks forward to each monthly issue of favorite charity or community The Leader,” Marcia said. “He cause. It’s free, it’s easy, and searches for his Leader Lottery A Bristol native with a soft all you need is the paper you’re letters and numbers. Last month, I holding in your hand. You’ll help decided to play and never thought spot for hospital clowns our community just by playing. Do I would be a winner.” you have the lucky number? See Marcia, a Philadelphia sports page 2 to find out! fan who grew up in Bristol Township, complimented The Lottery tickets for this latest issue must be received Leader’s “skilled reporters who highlight local stories.” by midnight on Sunday, December 31st. You can simply Leader Lottery winners receive $100 for themselves; they also get to choose a charity, community cause or take a picture of your ticket and email or text-message organization that has special meaning for them, for which it to Editor@LowerBucksLeader.com. Tickets can The Lower Bucks Leader provides a free promotional ad also be sent by regular mail; or you can go to www. or fundraising message. Marcia Straka chose Bumper T. LowerBucksLeader.com, click on “Leader Lottery” and fill Caring, a nonprofit organization made up of volunteer out a ticket online. ■

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Tips from Leader Readers The holidays offer a good opportunity to create a backyard bird habitat to help birds get through the winter. After the celebrations are over and it’s time to discard your cut Christmas tree, give it a second life by offering it to the birds for the remaining winter months. A small brush pile and an added recycled Christmas tree will offer protection in the harsh temperatures. Keeping a brush pile away from your home is recommended, as little critters might hang out in there too. —Penn State Extension & College of Agricultural Sciences As you socialize this holiday season, you can tell if someone enjoys your company by looking at their feet. If they are pointed toward you, they’re interested; if their feet are pointed away, it means they are subconsciously trying to leave. It’s basic body language. —Vanessa G. / Morrisville If you will be cooking a Christmas turkey, keep in mind that a big frozen turkey can take a very long time to fully thaw. Butterball recommends one full day of thawing (in the fridge) for every 4 pounds of the turkey’s weight. And once defrosted, it should be cooked within 3 days. —Dennis Heyward / Newtown

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Avoid pouring grease into your garbage disposal. It will eventually solidify and could clog up the drain. Also avoid putting in bones, however small; they can get wedged sideways in the drain pipe, preventing other stuff from getting past and eventually forming a blockage. And fibrous foods like asparagus, celery or corn husks can get tangled around your disposal’s cutting blades. The trash bin is really the safest place to put these food items. —R.C. Dental floss (waxed but not flavored) is the perfect thing for cutting a holiday cake into neat slices for serving. —Regina Barbeau / Langhorne Raccoons and squirrels are infamous nocturnal creatures that rummage through garbage. Make a hot pepper spray with one chopped yellow onion, one chopped Jalapeno or Habanero pepper and a tablespoon of cayenne pepper. Mix it with two quarts of water, boil for 20 minutes, cool and strain. Fill a garden pesticide spray or spray bottle and spray around the area where trash cans sit, inside and outside of the can and lid and on top of the bags. Reapply after three or four days and avoid spraying edible garden vegetables. —Jim J. / Fairless Hills

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Pennsbury High School presents “Shrek The Musical” on Dec. 8, 9 and 10 at PHS East, 705 Hood Blvd., Fairless Hills. The hilarious fairy-tale adventure brings to life all the beloved characters from the Oscarwinning animated movie. (Also, take the young ones to a Character Breakfast, with some of the stars, at the high school on Saturday morning the 9th.) Tickets to the musical are $20 (orchestra), $15 and $10. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. More information at the Pennsbury Choirs website, pennsburysings.org. For more info call (215) 949-6780, ext. 71686 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Santa Breakfast and Christmas Bazaar - Saturday, December 9th - 8:30 AM to 11 AM – Bensalem Presbyterian Church, 2826 Bristol Road, Bensalem. Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Orange, Juice, Coffee  & Tea - Donation $7.00 Adults (12 and older) $3.00 Children (11 and under) Under 3 Free. Santa will attend from 9 to 11 AM. Picture with Santa $3.00. Information (215) 498-5544. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Shop, Drink & Be Merry on Saturday, December 2nd from 1-5 PM at 400 Freedom Drive, Newtown PA 18940. Have yourself an afternoon sampling festive cocktails, snagging fashion-forward-finds from our Second Look - High End Boutique, and taking a chance on basket raffles all while supporting the Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased online at www. bucksblind.org, by calling 215-968-9400, or on the day of the event.  If you have any questions please contact Sheryl at sfitzgreald@bucksblind.org  or by phone at 215-968-9400. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Playwicki Farm Artisans Market — Saturdays November 11-December 16 from 10 am to 1 pm. 2350 Bridgetown Pike, Feasterville. Additional info at www.playwickifarm.org and on Facebook. Special shopping evening December 2, 5:30-8:30 pm •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Add the Newtown Theatre to Your Holiday Card List! Area residents who send the Newtown Theatre a holiday card between Dec. 1 and 31 will be entered into a drawing for one Golden Ticket, good for an entire year of free admission to regular films at the historic movie theatre. Holiday cards should be sent to The Newtown Theatre, 120 North State St., Newtown, Pa. 18940. All cards will be hung in the lobby and everyone who sends in a card will receive a coupon for a free popcorn. For the latest news about the Newtown Theatre visit TheNewtownTheatre.com. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• REAL TIME TOUR OF THE BATTLE OF PRINCETON —Sunday, December 31st from 6:45 to 9:30 am.  Join us for a real time historical tour of the Battle of Princeton, led by military historian William P. Tatum III, PhD. Dr. Tatum will be joined by other re-enactors of various Congressional regiments to show us exactly where, when, and why events unfolded that chilly morning in 1777. We will experience the battle, minute by minute, at the same time of day, and in similar weather conditions. Learn how the Battle of Princeton, as it occurred, was not at all what Washington was expecting. Learn from where the Continental Line approached the battle. Learn how these momentous events transpired and were the culmination of the Ten Crucial Days Campaign that changed history. For more details, contact info@theprincetonbattlefieldsociety. org or 609-389-5657.

Meet at the Clarke House, 500 Mercer Street, Princeton NJ 08540. Donations for this event: $10 for each adult, $5 for children 12 and under.  Proceeds to benefit future educational programming.  •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Bucks County Visitor Center HOLIDAY TREEFEST! Visitors and residents are invited to join us for our Annual Holiday TreeFest through January 4, 2018. The Bucks County Visitor Center in Bensalem will be filled with holiday cheer as uniquely-themed trees, sponsored by Bucks County attractions and businesses, light up the main gallery. Throughout the six-week celebration, visitors can browse the decorated trees, enjoy musical entertainment and visit with Santa Claus on select dates until January 4. For more info see visitbuckscounty.com. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The 8th annual «An Evening of Christmas Music»  will be hosted by the Emmaus Road Lutheran Church 2185 Bristol Oxford Valley Road  on Sunday December 17th. The concert will feature the renowned «A Wing And A Prayer» Brass Ensemble and the «Acclamation Ringers» Bell Choir. Start time for the concert is 6:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.00. All proceeds go to our Youth Scholarship Fund. For more information please email lumr121@gmail.com •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Winter Wonderland at Woods! Admission is FREE! Based on a traditional German Market, our pop-up village will be bustling with vendors, warm drinks, sweet treats, and delicious food as well as products created by local artisans and individuals from Woods Services. This family-friendly event will also include photos with Santa, holiday lights, games and rides. Location: Woods Services, 40 Martin Gross Drive, Langhorne, PA 19047. Friday, December 8th from 5

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PM to 8 PM / Saturday, December 9th from 12 Noon to 5 PM / and Sunday, December 10th from 12 Noon to 5 PM. Visit www.woodswinterwonderland.org for more information. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Please join St John Lutheran Church, Morrisville for an evening of Christmas carols and holiday songs on Saturday, December 9th at 7 p.m.  To add to the excitement we expect a surprise visitor for the children. Delicious baked treats and light beverages will be served following the program. The church is located at 1203 Pine Grove Road, Morrisville, PA. For more information call 215-295-1603 or visit us at www. crossandbell.org.          •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE to benefit the less fortunate, now through December 17th at the Faith Reformed Church, 479 Stonybrook Drive in Levittown, PA. We will be accepting new unwrapped toys to be distributed throughout the county. Call Roy at 267-229-6030. For additional information please call the church office 215-946-7722 (Tuesday & Thursday). Like us at www. facebook.com/frcarshow •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Christmas Ethnic Food Sale at St. Mark’s Orthodox Church, 452 Durham Road, Wrightstown, PA will be held on Saturday December 9 between the hours of 9 AM and 2 PM.  Items include stuffed cabbage, pirogies, kielbasa and nut and poppy seed rolls. For further information call 215.788.2106.

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Holiday Craft Show at Bensalem United Methodist Church, December 2nd from 9 AM to 2 PM. Over 35 vendors. 4300 Hulmeville Rd. (across from Bensalem High School). Beautiful and unique items for your holiday shopping. Bake sale by church members. Bring the kids to Santa’s parlor for pictures sitting in his comfy chair by professional photographer. Small donation, not mall prices! Parking in rear of church. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need (AHTN) is sponsoring a fundraising event to help save our missions for the homeless and those on the verge of homelessness. A Christian Concert & Dessert will be held Friday, December 15th from 7-9:30 PM at Grace Point Church, 592 Washington Crossing Road, Newtown, PA 18940. The band will be Right to Become, a Christian Rock Band featuring Courtney Rains Loo. Delicious desserts will be served. Great raffle basket items. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the event. $10 per person. Buy tickets online @ http://www.ahtn. org/home/concertrsvp/ AHTN serves the homeless by providing the following missions: Code Blue; Wheels to Meals; Rejuvenation Station and Those in Need (TIN). To find out more about AHTN, visit http://www.ahtn.org/. Email: office@ ahtn.org. Phone Number: 215.550.3868

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• FREE December events at Fallsington Library: —”GIFTS of ART” EXHIBIT: Stop by the library from DECEMBER 7 through 12 to see beautiful art created by Fallsington Elementary School students, on display throughout the library. The art will be given to Veterans on Christmas Day.  —Friday, DECEMBER 8th from 7 to 9 pm, LIBRARY HOLIDAY PARTY! Come celebrate the season with music, friends, and fun (and refreshments)! If you play an instrument, bring it and play a song! Held in our 2nd floor Community Hall. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for our Salvation Army Angels Christmas Barrel! —Tuesday, DECEMBER 12, 6:30 to 7:30 pm  ELF WORKSHOP! Be Santa›s Helper! Make things to give to others (your teacher, Falls Township Police, and Veterans). Free, for all ages, registration is REQUIRED at buckslib.org (under Events, go to Fallsington and 12/12/17). Held in our 2nd floor Community Hall. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for our Salvation Army Angels Christmas Barrel! Fallsington Library is located at  139 Yardley Ave. Fallsington PA 19054. Call 215-295-4449. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

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Planting a Live Christmas Tree water immediately but avoid over watering. Store the tree outdoors in a location protected from the sun and wind. Bring it into the house a day or two before Christmas. Place the tree in a tub just large enough to hold the tree in an upright position. The plastic bag over the root ball will contain the dirt and moisture. Keep the house cool.

ach time I go through my driveway, I pass a stately large Frasier Fir that is a reminder of the first Christmas spent in our new home. The tree was only 4 ½ feet high when planted, but throughout the years has become a featured specimen in our landscape. If this is something you think you would enjoy, a little planning ahead will help ensure success and is well worth the effort.

The tree should be transferred outdoors in a week. Plant it on firm soil, ensuring that the root flare is above the existing soil line. Be sure to remove all burlap, twine and wire before back filling with the previously saved soil. If the tree was container grown, loosen or cut the roots to stimulate growth. Once the ground freezes, apply two to three inches of mulch, keeping the mulch away from the base of the trunk. Keep the tree watered, especially during thaws and throughout the first summer. Your tree will be a wonderful memory of a Christmas past that you can enjoy well into the future. ■

First, find a reputable nursery. You will need a healthy tree in excellent condition whose branches are pliable and have buds present for the upcoming growing season. Avoid trees with brown areas. Firs, pines and spruces should do well in our area. Plan where you will plant your tree and purchase early in December. These trees generally are about five feet tall and can be quite heavy, so make sure you have help for the transfers. Before the ground freezes, prepare a hole three times the width of the root ball but at the same depth as the root ball. Save the dirt from the hole in a warm area covered with a tarp so that you can use it when you plant the tree.

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Cookie Swap and Singalong: Holiday Events at Grundy Library

he Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, at 680 Radcliffe Street in Bristol, will sponsor two holiday-themed events in the coming weeks. Both are free and open to the public. —Holiday Singalong with pianist Marc Sherman on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Bring the whole family out for this festive event and sing along to your favorite holiday songs. Light refreshments will be served; registration is not required for this free event.  Mr. Marc Sherman has been entertaining in the Philadelphia area for over 50 years. Mr. Sherman taught music in the Philadelphia School District, recorded music with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and early in his career, sang with Duke Ellington’s band. He sings in eight languages and performs music from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s; Broadway show tunes; classical piano solos; Sinatra standards; and singalong favorites.  —Whether chewy or crunchy, who doesn’t like cookies? The Grundy Library invites you to the first Cook the Book Cookie Swap on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:30 am-12:00 pm. Bake your favorite (family) recipe, bring the cookies to share, and go home with a variety! Can’t wait until you get home to try one? The Library will provide coffee, tea, and milk to accommodate a quick snack or two. To participate in this all-ages event, register in-person, online at www.grundylibrary.org, or by calling 215.788.7891. Pre-registration is required. ■

“Project Blue Light” Tree Lighting: A Tribute To Fallen Police Officers

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embers of the Feasterville Business Association will join with community leaders, government officials and clergy in the FBA’s 17th annual Project Blue Light Holiday Tree Lighting on Tuesday, December 5th at Lower Southampton Library. The event starts at 6 PM and will pay tribute to the memory of all fallen police officers during the holiday period. Project Blue Light was started in 1989 by Dolly Craig to honor the memory of her late son-in-law, Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Gleason, killed in the line of duty in 1986. Several years ago Craig sent her holiday blue light message to Concerns Of Police Survivors, Inc. (COPS) saying she was placing two blue lights in her window during the holiday season, one in memory of Gleason and one remembering his wife, Pam, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1988. Craig is now deceased but her idea is her legacy. Project Blue Light has grown into a national program and burns bright in the hearts of 10,000 surviving families of officers killed in the line of duty as they rebuild their lives. This year, the FBA holiday tree lighting is going “green” with new energy efficient LED blue lights. A choral group from the United Methodist Church will take part, singing holiday songs. The Friends of the Lower Southampton Library will co-host the event and sponsor the refreshments. Celebrating its 68th anniversary year, the Feasterville Business Association fosters and encourages growth and progress for the betterment of the community.

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* In 1993, Ty Inc. introduced Beanie Babies, a series of plush toys filled with tiny plastic pellets instead of traditional polyester stuffing. These pellets made the dolls flexible and cuddly, which played a role in their popularity. Throughout the 1990s children collected as many of the Beanie Babies as they could, though some of the dolls were more coveted than others. Ty ceased production of Beanie Babies in 1999 with a bear called “The End,” but it wasn’t long before new Beanie Babies were manufactured for a new generation of children to collect.

any parents will spend time during the holiday season on endless quests for the perfect gift for their children. Some gifts acquire “must-have” status every year, although many of these gifts are forgotten by the time the next holiday season comes around. Some have even been resurrected into newer, modernday versions of their previous selves. Here’s a look at some of the toys that have made their mark over the last several decades. * The Rubik’s Cube reached the height of its popularity during the 1980s, when the colorful game puzzle was mass-marketed to the public. Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik actually invented what he dubbed the “Magic Cube” a decade prior. Since the product’s inception, millions of Rubik’s Cubes have been sold across the globe, making it one Parents of the top-selling puzzles and toys. * Adults stormed stores in the mid 1980s for Cabbage Patch Kids, which became one of the most popular toys of the decade. Designed by art student Xavier Roberts, Cabbage Patch Kids began as dolls called “Little People.” The dolls were marketed with a fantastical story about a cabbage patch in a magical valley, where dolls were born and awaited their adoption into loving homes. Cabbage Patch Kids have been produced by a number of different toy manufacturers through the years, and shoppers can still find new incarnations at stores today.

* The hottest toy of the 1996 giving season was Tickle Me Elmo, a plush doll based on the beloved Sesame Street monster. When prompted, Elmo would laugh, giggle and gyrate to the delight of kids and adults alike. Tickle Me Elmo caused mass frenzy at paid black market prices for Cabbage Patch stores during the 1996 holiday season, as shoppers swarmed toy stores to get their Kids, and whole families played Wii together. hands on the top toy of the year. * The Furby, with its owlish eyes and soft, squat, hamster-like body, was all the rage during the holiday season of 1998, selling nearly two million toys at an exorbitant average price of $35. Kids loved how the cute, mysterious language that the Furbies would speak —a language cobbled together from Hebrew and Mandarin Chinese. * In addition to the Sony Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox 360, the Nintendo Wii became the latest in a history of must-have video game consoles in the early 21st century. Games on the Wii were interactive through the use of motion-sensing hand controllers and other gaming interfaces. The later release of the Wii Fit package made the Nintendo Wii even more popular. The fact that quite a few Wii players accidentally hurled their handheld controls through the TV screen did not dampen the national enthusiasm for the product. ■

* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles started as a comic designed to parody established popular comics of the early 1980s. The concept of genetically mutated turtles with ninja skills quickly caught on and the TMNT franchise expanded to television shows and scores of complementary merchandise.

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Sip, Savor and Win Prizes On the Bucks County Wine Trail

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he Bucks County Wine Trail is offering a tasty challenge for wine enthusiasts both near and far: purchase a “Passport to Bucks” card and enjoy a complimentary tasting at all eight Bucks County wineries. Beginning Nov. 1 and continuing through April 30, visitors who purchase a Passport to Bucks card will earn punches at each winery visited. Once all eight wineries have been visited and the card has eight punches, it can be entered into a drawing for one of several Bucks County prizes, including: a VIP night at Parx Casino ($200 at Parx Grill and $200 in free slot play); a family four-pack of activity passes to Shady Brook Farm; a

From Nov. 1 through April 30 Passport holders can sample wine from all 8 wineries for only $30 family four-pack of tickets to Sesame Place; a gift certificate for four tubing/ canoeing passes at Bucks County River Country; and a Bucks County weekend getaway package. Passport to Bucks began in the fall of 2016 as another way to bring both locals and regional guests into the eight wineries that comprise the Bucks County Wine Trail. During last year’s six-month

campaign, the wine trail sold out of its first-ever Passport cards. With a new winery – Bishop Estate Vineyard and Winery – set to open this fall, the Bucks County Wine Trail has even higher hopes for its second annual Passport to Bucks self-guided wine-tasting tour. Guests can visit anytime they wish between Nov. 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018. The vineyards offer picturesque views and changing foliage in the fall; and cherry blossoms and vibrant flowers dot the countryside in the spring months.

2144 Kumry Road, Quakertown PA 18951; Wycombe Vineyards, 1391 Forest Grove Road, Furlong, PA 18925; and Bishop Estate Vineyard and Winery (opening in Fall 2017) 2730 Hilltown Pike, Perkasie PA 18944. Passports can also be purchased at Visit Bucks County, 3207 Street Road in Bensalem, Pa., 19020. Passport holders will receive a free wine tasting at all eight of the wineries (a $65 value). Visits to all eight wineries during the contest period of Nov. 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018 qualify the Passport holder for entry into a drawing. Winners will be selected randomly for one of five Bucks County prizes. To learn more about the Bucks County Wine Trail and to see a full list of Passport to Bucks contest rules visit www.buckscountywinetrail.com ■

About Passport to Bucks The second annual Passport to Bucks is an initiative aimed at sharing all that Bucks County has to offer with the wineloving community, region and visitors. Participants can purchase a Passport self-guided wine-tasting card for $30 at any of the eight wineries: Buckingham Valley Vineyards, 1521 Durham Road (Route 413), Buckingham, Pa 18912; Crossing Vineyards and Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road, Newtown PA 18940; Rose Bank Winery, 258 Durham Road (Route 413), Newtown PA 18940; Rushland Ridge Vineyards, 2665 Rushland Road, Jamison PA 18929; Sand Castle Winery, 755 River Road, Erwinna PA 18920; Unami Ridge Winery,

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Enter to Win $250 “BBBA Bucks” From Bristol Boro Biz Association

HOW IT WORKS: 1) Pick up/download a Passport (available at specified locations or BristolBoro.org). 2) Get your Passport stamped the required amount of times per category between Friday, November 24 and Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by participating Bristol Boro Business Association (BBBA) members.  • PURCHASE: Three (3) purchases of $20 or more at three (3) applicable businesses. • SERVICE: One (1) appointment, quote, or estimate from one (1) applicable business. • NON-PROFIT: Donation of $20 or more OR volunteer commitment of at least 1.5 hours at applicable organizations.  3) Turn completed Passport in by 6 pm Wednesday, December 20 to one of the specified locations. 4) Winner will be picked randomly from valid passport entries and notified by phone and/or email by 9 pm on Wednesday, December 20.  5) Prize of $250 will be issued to winner in BBBA BUCKS, eligible to be used at participating BBBA members between Thursday, December 21 and Wednesday, January 31, 2018.  A40

(Official Rules: One entry per person. Must be 18 years or older. Participating member businesses may have exclusions that are not listed and are subject to change at any time without notice. Passport must be present to receive stamps. Not responsible for lost or stolen Passports. BBBA Bucks are nontransferable and not redeemable for cash. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. BBBA Bucks must be claimed no later than Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 6:00 PM in person at Bird of Paradise Flowers or prize is forfeited and another Passport winner will be drawn. The Bristol Borough Business Association (BBBA) reserves the right to change, modify or discontinue this promotion at any time without notice. Void where prohibited by law.)

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he 7th annual animated holiday light show is up and running bigger then before. Come out and listen to some of your favorite holiday music and watch the fascinating light show all from the comfort of your own car, and in the safety of our parking lot. The FREE light show is located at 225 Lincoln Highway Fairless Hills, Pa. and runs nightly in December starting at 5:00pm. The show runs continuously until midnight from now until 1/5/17.

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Looking Back at the Miracle in the Meadowlands

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very Philadelphia Eagles fan can tell you about the “Miracle in the Meadowlands,” which happened in a game between the Eagles and their archrival New York Giants on November 19, 1978. Even fans who were not yet born have heard all about it and seen highlight films of the game. In a nutshell, the Giants were leading by 17-12 and had the ball on their own 26 yard line with just 30 seconds left. All the Giants’ quarterback Joe Pisarcik had to do was take one last snap and kneel in order to seal a certain victory, since the Eagles were out of timeouts. Instead, Pisarcik was ordered by his offensive coordinator to hand the ball off to running back Larry Csonka. The handoff went awry and the ball came loose. Eagles cornerback Herm Edwards scooped it up and ran it in for the winning touchdown before a stunned and silent crowd at Giants Stadium. Herein, a look at some of the major characters in this immortal NFL tragi-comedy and where life led them since that day. ••••••••••••••• Bob Gibson was the Giants’ OC who made the fateful play call. He was fired the next morning. Despite a decades-long resume as a football coach,

he never worked another day in organized football at any level. Desperate, he moved his family to Florida and opened a bait shop. Until the day he died in 2015 at the age of 88, he refused to speak about the incident. Joe Pisarcik had wanted to change the play call but did not dare since he had a tense relationship with Gibson, who had threatened to cut him. In 1980, after being released by NY, Pisarcik actually went on to play for the Eagles until he retired from the NFL in 1984. Now living in Mount Laurel, NJ, the 52 year old Pisarcik is CEO of the NFL Alumni Association in Newark. Larry Csonka, who had played on the “perfect season” Miami Dolphins team of 1972, had warned Pisarcik not to hand him the ball, saying he would not take it. It is not known whether this contributed to the botched handoff. Csonka had never liked the artificial turf at Giants Stadium and returned to the Dolphins the following season, where he ran for 800 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was inducted into the Hall of fame in 1987. Now 70 and living in Alaska, he hosts a hunting and fishing show called “North to Alaska.”

What became of the characters in that fateful tragi-comedy? Herm Edwards played nine seasons with the Eagles and played in Super Bowl XV. He never missed a regular season game, playing in 135 of them before being cut by Buddy Ryan in 1986. He went on to serve as head coach of the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs before moving on to a successful career as a TV commentator. ■

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am voting this morning. It is an extremely easy thing to do. It requires me to wake from my peaceful sleep, rise from my comfortable bed, cleanse in my warm shower, eat a nourishing and tasty breakfast, hop in my truck and drive to the school parking lot. It is the fourth day of my long weekend and I am feeling good. I caught up on my chores, replaced a faulty doorknob, initiated the leaf raking, brought a couple of truckloads of branches to the mulching yard and spent some quality time with the family. Yesterday I took my reluctant 13 year old son for a destination-less ride up River Road, along the Delaware. We had just finished lunch at MilLee’s in Yardley and my truck was parked facing north on Main Street, so that’s where I headed. He was assuming we would be heading south back to the house, the basement, and the X-box. But since I had him I thought I would just drive aimlessly on this beautiful November Monday. “Where are we going?” he asked, glancing up from his I phone. “A little past Washington Crossing, not quite into New Hope,” I said, as an idea blossomed in my head. “There’s a little cemetery I have been meaning to visit for some time, I think you’ll appreciate it.” “Oh,” he said, thumbs texting rapidly. “You’re kidnapping me” “Yep.” ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Making a right on Aquetong Road, we drove into the Thompson-Neely preserve in Washington Crossing Park and parked at the furthest point toward the graves. We walked south along the canal about 200 yards, veering left across a field into a fort-like structure of tiny walls. There stood the 23 white headstones, lined up in a neat row backing to the river, atop a bluff overlooking the Delaware. The bones of 22 unknown soldiers and a Captain James Moore of New York lay under our feet. “BURIED AT THIS SPOT CHRISTMAS DAY 1776,” the inscription read. These were soldiers that passed away before the glorious battles of Trenton and Princeton, which were the pivotal points in the birth of this ongoing great experiment of freedom and democracy that is America. Here lay 23 souls that came from the colonies to fight with Washington and his continental army, some for money, some drawn by a need to shake off the clutches of oppression. These winter soldiers became the crucial spokes in the

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soldiers. They sacrificed everything. Enlightenment had grasped the collective mind of humanity and was dragging it out of the dark ages, bringing it to the cusp of realizing free will and choice. It was here, in the latter days of 1776 on this cold patch of earth, that the nadir of the lives of these unknown heroes, and the barely beating heart of the continental army, would somehow spark the flames that led to the birth of a nation. Through the tremendous hardships and the darkness of their final tumultuous year came the light of freedom we are bathed in today. My son was relieved to get back in the car and head south, listening to his tunes and scrolling through his messages. Perhaps the proof of a truly free society is the total ignorance of it. Apathy can be our worst enemy, and I’m sure I was the same when I was his age, but hopefully yesterday I planted a seed. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• It’s a typically beautiful fall day on the banks of the Delaware. The sky is blue, the trees mostly full of their changing leaves, sun shining on this glorious tableau. I walk past the group of Republicans handing out instructional info. We exchange pleasantries. I walk past the Democrats handing out their info, and we also exchange pleasantries.

© Steven M. Richman wheel that spent a year rolling backward from New York in retreat from the greatest army of the most powerful kingdom that may have ever existed to that point. But the wheel did not fall or collapse, because of the strength of these mighty spokes. These men (boys most likely) were simple farmers and teachers and smithies that left their beloved families back in small farming towns near and far to fight for their future, their rights, their freedom and prosperity. Buried here by fellow soldiers barely surviving the same conditions, these nearly two dozen anonymous souls endured the hardships of battle: the sight of slaughtered comrades, shoeless feet wrapped in rags that fell from their shirts, some with no trousers, a loin cloth to protect them. The army was broke. There was little food and no medical supplies. Perhaps these men died of typhoid from the water contaminated by the unsanitary living quarters of thousands of men crammed into tents in a small area. Maybe they starved, or froze, or succumbed to wounds suffered in Brooklyn or Fort Washington or Fort Lee. It was an extremely hard year for these winter

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Thanking nameless men, buried on Christmas Day over two centuries ago. In the auditorium I meet a nice lady who finds my name in the big book and asks me to sign. I am directed to a booth where I press the 4 buttons for my candidates and as I press the green confirmation button I realize just how easy it is. It is remarkable through the wide scope of human history that mankind has come to this point: where each individual can express his will, his wishes, and his thoughts in a 5 minute activity called a vote. I leave the booth and thank the ladies and gentlemen for volunteering their time. I thank the Democrats and thank the Republicans. I find my car and sit and ponder. Finally I think about the 23 soldiers that endured ungodly hardships and the ultimate sacrifice, here on the banks of the Delaware, and I thank them. ■ —Thomas O’Hanlon Thomas O’Hanlon is a writer and resident of Yardley, PA. Copyright photo courtesy of Steven M. Richman. First published in 2014.

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Time to Take the SAT—Don’t Despair, Prepare

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but timing must be practiced as close to the actual SAT to simulate the testing situation. • Learn the Test. In addition to completing practice problems, your student should spend time learning the parts of the test, noticing patterns of problem types, working on problem types on which they struggle most, and keeping track of their performance on practice tests and problems. • Dial the Pressure Down. Simply put, though the SAT is important for college admission standards, your student needs to remember the SAT is not the judgement of what makes her special. My students do best on the SAT when they relax the pressure they put on themselves and view the SAT as a competitor against which they will win by putting their best efforts forward. ■

o you have a highschool student and have arrived at the time in her life when you need to consider the college process, and she has committed to taking the SATs as her college entrance exam. While this is not one of those glorious rite-of-passage moments we fondly remember from our youth, my hope is that the following tips, which help my SAT Prep course students achieve peak performance, will also aid you and your student in making sure she optimizes her SAT score by best preparing for the exam. • Utilize Khan Academy’s Free Practice. Khan Academy is a free online learning academy which has partnered with the College Board (the makers of the SAT) to provide excellent SAT practice problems and 8 full practice tests. Your student should create an account at https://www.khanacademy.org/sat . Hundreds of practice problems of various difficulty levels for all sections of the SAT can be found on this site. Khan Academy is the only institution that provides official College Board practice materials, so you know your student will be practicing authentic problems that come closest to the actual exam. • Make a Long-term Schedule. Though I have worked with students who made 100+ point gains on short-term crash courses for the SAT math section, this is not the optimum way to go. The best way to prepare is to schedule out at least 2-3 months of daily practice. Your student should expect to spend 15-20 minutes on each of the reading/ writing and math sections daily. To make appreciable gains on the SAT, your student must put in consistent quality work. • Take Official Practice Tests Periodically. Key to making the long-term plan effective is taking an official timed practice test (found on Khan Academy or on the College Board site) every week or two. If sitting for a full practice test is not possible, then break the test up into smaller timed sections,

Matt Groden founded and operates Problem Solved Math Tutoring. Matt creates and teaches SAT Prep Courses along with advanced math and summer review courses for 6th-12th grade students. Before chasing the dream of building his math academy, Matt loved working in the Pennsbury School District for 11 years as a middle and high school math teacher, Department Chair, and Mathletes coach who taught everything from 7th-grade pre-algebra through to AP Calculus BC. Matt can be reached at mgroden11@gmail.com or by searching “Matt Groden Problem Solved.”. His website address is https://sites.google.com/site/problemsolvedmathtutoring/ Matt’s SAT Prep course is currently offered twice a year and takes place at the Hampton Inn in Yardley. It is a 12 hour course taught in two hour sessions over six Saturday afternoons. The first hour is taught by Anthony Barth, veteran SAT reading and writing instructor and teacher of AP Language and Composition at Pennsbury High School. The second hour is math taught by Matt. Among students who provide post-course SAT Scores and feedback, improvements of 100 to 200 points are generally achieved. Matt and Anthony have consistently received 5 out 5 rankings in their business surveys.

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The Evening News is where they begin by saying “Good evening” and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t. —Anonymous

Keeping a Breakfast Date

t was a busy morning at the medical center where I work as a nurse when an elderly gentleman in his 80’s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry, as he had another appointment in an hour. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat. While I was taking care of his wound I saw him looking at his watch and asked him if his upcoming appointment was with a doctor. The gentleman said no, he needed to go to the nursing home to have breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health. He said that she had been there for several years and was a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he were a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was and had not recognized him in five years now. I was surprised, and asked him, “And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?” He smiled as he patted my hand and said, “She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.” I had to hold back tears as he left. I had goose bumps on my arm and thought, that is the kind of love I want in my life. True love is not just physical, nor just romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be. ■ — Sent in by E.L. / author unknown

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SENIOR EVENTS & BULLETINS Some sixty years ago a group of U.S. Steel Fairless Works employees jumped on the back of a pick-up truck and drove around the construction site singing Christmas Carols for the construction workers. These men were the sixth U.S. Steel Chorus, which later became independent of the steel plant and gained renown as The Men of Harmony. The Men of Harmony’s Winter 2017 Concerts will be as follows: Dec. 2 at 5:30) That’s a Lot of Lights!, 1 White Spruce Lane, Levittown PA. Dec. 3 at 2 PM and 3 PM) Narberth Dickens Festival, 100 Forrest Ave., Narberth PA. Dec. 7 and 8, 7:45 PM) Holly Night at Pennsbury Manor, 200 Pennsbury Memorial Road, Morrisville PA. Dec. 9 at 2 PM) Christmas Concert, First United Methodist Church, 840 Trenton Road, Fairless Hills PA. Dec. 9 at 5 PM) Three Arches Tree Lighting, 335 Trenton Road, Fairless Hills PA. Visit themenofharmony.com / 215-550-7908 •••••••••••••••••••• 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 knickknacks. •••••••••••••••••••• Come join The Young at Heart Seniors of Morrisville Senior Center on Sunday December 10, 2017 for our One Stop Shopping from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Experience the joy and fun of shopping for that special gift. There will be crafts, hot dogs, drinks, gourmet food, raffles, jewelry, 50/50. Vendor’s can rent tables for $25.00 per 8 foot table. For more information contact Susan at 215-932-9717. AND: Morrisville Senior Center hosts a FREE Holiday Music Concert, presented by Bucks County Chamber Youth Orchestra Ensemble, 7:00p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday December 15, 2017. Location 31 E. Cleveland Ave Morrisville PA 19067. Call for details. •••••••••••••••••••• TRAVERSING THE TEN CRUCIAL DAYS CAMPAIGN — Friday, December 22 and Thursday December 28 (Weather Date: 12/29) from 9:30 AM – 5 PM. Begin 2018 with an expanded understanding of the significant events that turned the tide of the American Revolution from lost cause to victory! This all-day bus tour through Washington Crossing, Trenton,

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and Princeton explores the social and military questions of the Ten Crucial Days Campaign, December 26, 1776 – January 3, 1777. Larry Kidder, author of Crossroads of the Revolution: Trenton 1774 – 1783 and A People Harassed and Exhausted, and Roger S. Williams, board secretary of the Princeton Battlefield Society, and a member of the Society of Military History, provide detailed information about the military history, terrain, and more. Cost: $125 per person includes bus fare, lunch, and donations to selected tour sites. Meet at Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977. Limit: 36 Guests. For more information, or to purchase tickets send email to info@theprincetonbattlefieldsociety.org •••••••••••••••••••• Holiday Harps Concert at Silver Lake Nature Center, Monday December 18 from 6pm7pm. Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Silver Lake Nature Center! West Chester University Harp Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Gloria Galante, will perform a delightful concert of holiday, solstice, and winter songs! $5/person, payable online or at the door. Visit silverlakenaturecenter.org or call 215-785-1177. •••••••••••••••••••• The Middletown Senior Association will offer a 2018 New Year Bus Trip from Saturday December 30 to Tuesday January 2. Celebrate the New Year in Virginia Beach featuring Historic Williamsburg. Welcome 2018 at the elegant Founders Inn & Spa. Trip departs from Middletown Senior Citizen’s Association, 2142 Trenton Road, Levittown PA 19057. Call 215-9452920 on Mon., Thurs. or Fri. between 8:30 AM and 12:30 PM for more info. •••••••••••••••••••• Davis Marable, curator of Levittown Exhibit Center North, is interested in collecting stories, photographs and memorabilia of Levittown and Fairless Hills. Please contact him at 215-945-4558.

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Loving Homes Wanted: Local Animals in Need Foxy and his 4 siblings are 4 month old domesticated kittens who were rescued from the outside. They are nothing but adorable and sweet kittens who are looking for homes. They are all spayed/neutered and are being lovingly fostered in a home with children. They are playful and loving. If you would like to apply for any of them, please contact Joyces Voice for Cats (JVC) in Yardley at 215 321 1967 or email at joy181831@gmail.com. Visit us on Petfinder.com, enter Yardley, PA.

My name is Chance and I’m an adult male tabby. I’m a friendly guy, looking for someone and some attention. Whoever adopts me will get a truly loyal companion. Make an appointment to meet me and some other wonderful cats! Contact Bingos Foundation at 215781-0378 or go online at www.bingosfoundation.org Macy is longing for her own human! She was found one winter in the backyard of a Northeast Philadelphia house, begging for food. She’s been in foster care ever since, and cannot understand why she isn’t the center of everyone’s attention. Macy would prefer to be an only cat, and possibly an only pet. Macy is spayed, current on vaccinations, and has tested negative for FIV and Feline Leukemia. We celebrate her birthday Nov. 2009. nar.rescuegroups.org

This handsome boy is Smash! He is such a wonderful boy. He is 5 ½ , neutered, tested and is DECLAWED.  Living conditions changed when his owner moved out and left the cat with his mother who had a cat and because they were not introduced properly, do not get along.  He is really a total lovebug and is desperately looking for a true loving home. He will make the perfect little addition to some family. Please consider adopting this great guy. Contact Susans Cats and Kittens 215 357 4946 or awos.susanscatsandkittens. petfinder.com to meet him at Susans.

Aren›t I adorable? My name is Salem.  I am a male feline with a beautiful black coat and huge yellow-green eyes. I was surrendered to Cats Bridge to Rescue as a tiny baby. I was placed with a wonderful foster mom. Poor Mom, she had to feed me every two hours for weeks on end. I am now ready to be adopted and I am so excited. Since I was a bottle baby, I have a deep bond with humans. I think they are great!!  I also get along with other cats and I just love to play. My foster Mom says I am a sweet boy who is curious about everything.  I am goofy, friendly and super cuddly. I will also lay on my back and let you rub my belly!!  I would make a great addition to your family. I celebrated my birthday in July 2017.  I am up to date on my boosters and I have tested negative for both Feline Aids and Leukemia. For more information, please contact Cats Bridge to Rescue on 215-987-8961.

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Art Department Happenings At Bensalem Senior Center

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isit our one-of-a-kind Holiday Art Tree in the Center Lobby. All artwork is original and for sale. Find that very special gift on the Holiday Art Tree at the Center. ATTENTION ARTISTS AND ART ENTHUSIASTS: Registration for art classes at the Bensalem Senior Center, 1850 Byberry Road, is now in progress. The weekly art class schedule follows:

Watercolor Class: Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12 Noon to 2 p.m. Linoleum Block Printing: Wednesdays 9 a.m.–11 a.m. and 12 Noon–2 p.m.

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Beginners Drawing: Thursdays 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Advanced Drawing: Thursdays 12 Noon to 2 pm. Guest art instructors are invited throughout the year to teach and share their art expertise. All classes are free to members of the Center. If you are interested, come in and observe a class. For more information, please phone 215-638-7720.

Dogs Always Welcome

man sent an email to a small hotel in a Midwestern town he was planning to visit. “I would very much like to bring my dog with me,” he wrote. “He is well groomed and well behaved. Would you permit me to keep him in my room at night?” An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who wrote: “Sir, I’ve been operating this hotel for 30 years. In all that time, I’ve never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes or silverware, or steal pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I’ve never had a dog run out on his hotel bill. “Yes indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And if your dog will vouch for you, you’re welcome to stay here too.” ■ —Thank you to Leader Reader Alan S. / Trevose

Wintertime Tips for Animal Lovers It’s nice when your furry friends like to enjoy the snowy fun with you, but your pup’s paws can get hurt if overexposed to the elements. Keeping the fur between the pads trimmed helps prevent ice balls from forming, but a generous application of Vaseline forms a nice protective coating for extra protection. When you come inside, wipe the paws with a warm washcloth and apply a bit more Vaseline to help soothe any irritation. —Amy O. /Cobalt Ridge •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Cats should be kept indoors year-round to keep them safe from traffic and other hazards. In cold temperatures, cats have been known to climb up under the hoods of cars to seek warmth from the engine. So keep your pets inside as much as possible when the weather is frigid outside, they’ll be safer and cozier. —E. K.

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• A lot of birds get hungry during the long winter, especially after it snows. The snow makes it hard for birds to find food. Here is a recipe that the birds in your backyard will really like, especially bluebirds and chickadees. It is easy to make. 1 cup of peanut butter • 1 cup flour 1 cup vegetable shortening • 4 cups cornmeal 1 handful of sunflower seeds You just stir it all together in a bowl. Then you can scoop it out with a stick and smear it right onto the bark of a tree. The birds will find it and be glad! —Annalicia P., age 11 / Levittown ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Dog booties may look silly and it may take some time for your dog to adjust to them, but they’ll be one of your best winter safety investments. Booties keep paws warm and dry, offer grip on slick, icy surfaces (critical in particular for dogs that are elderly or injury-prone), and protect pads from cracking due to snow, ice, rock salt, and chemical ice melters. When you come indoors and take off the booties, you remove the chemicals along with them, so your dog isn’t tempted to lick his or her paws clean and ingest something poisonous. —Jessica Sugrue A81

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