• Upper Bucks Free Press • April 2016
What’s Going On in Upper Bucks? APRIL IS PREVENTION OF ANIMAL CRUELTY MONTH
April 1 & 2
Tricky Tray Benefit for Riegelsville Library (Fri 5pm-8pm) (Sat 12noon-3pm), prizes drawn Sat. at 3pm. Riegelsville Boro Hall, 615 Easton Rd. Free adm., refreshmts avail. Partial list of items at trickytray.com
“Vietnam Veterans Day” Open House 7pm9pm at Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans Hdq’s/Freedom Hill, 800 Coates Ave, Bristol PA (commemorates day the last of our Troops departed Vietnam 1973) Reading Goes To The Dogs, 2pm-3:30pm at Quakertown Free Library, 401 W Mill St, Qtwn. Children of all ages are invited to come read to certified therapy dogs. 215-536-3306 Flea Mkt 8am-2pm at Benner Hall, Richlandtown. Rain/shine. Breakfast & lunch available, 215-804-0101 All-U-Can-Eat Lasagna Dinner 4pm-7pm (or sold out) at Zion Lutheran Fellowship Hall, 2966 N Old Bethlehem Pike, Zion Hill. $9/adults, $5/kids 5-12, take-out avail. Info: 215-538-7911 day of dinner Family Style Roast Beef & Ham Dinner 4pm7pm at Trinity UCC, Rte 212, Pleasant Valley. $12/adults, $5/kids 6-12. Info 610-346-7114
April 2 & 3
13th Annual Spring Spiritual Faire (Sat 10am-6pm) (Sun 10am-5pm) at Milford Twp Fire Co, 2185 Milford Sq. Pike, Quakertown. Food avail. Adm. $5, free workshops & seminars. Info: quakertowncsl.org
Breakfast 8am-1pm, Springtown Firehouse, 3010 Rte 212. $7/adults, $4/ages 5-8, free age 4 & under Vera Bradley & Longaberger Bingo for Animals in Distress. Open 5pm, $20, bring shelter donation (get 3 freebies), Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 Elm St, Allentown. 610-762-8553, KHART70906@aol.com Purse Bingo (open 11:30am) at Dublin Fire Co, Rte 313 & Rickert Rd. Light lunch avail. $20/adv tkts (call 215-249-9242) $25/at door Children’s Concert w/Carolyn the Music Lady, 2pm at Peace-Tohickon Lutheran, 100 Old Bethlehem Rd, Perkasie. Interactive songs & puppets. Free concert, but a free-will donation accepted for the performer
“Pack the Proper” Fundraiser 4pm-11pm at Proper Brewery, 117 W Broad St, Quakertown. 10% sales donated to Amer. Cancer Soc., another 10% w/flyer from Upper Bucks Relay on Facebook
“Antiques Appraisal Night” at Milford Twp Hist. Soc. Sign-in 6-7pm, $4/per item (2 items max). Brief fund-raising auction following. All welcome! 1580 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Spinnerstown, 215-679-6175 Free Conference on Creativity in Dementia Care 8am-4:30pm, DeSales Univ., 2755 Station Ave, Center Valley. Dr. Camp, Ph.D is the keynote speaker. Info/regis. phoebe.org/ piaconference, 610-794-5150
April 7 & 8
Rummage Sale (Thu 9am-8pm) (Fri 9am6pm) at Benner Hall, Cherry St, Richlandtown. ½ price sale starts Fri 2pm, lunch & baked goods for sale. Info: 215-538-0875,
Embracing Technology as an Artist w/ Dot Bunn (digital technology presentation) 6:30pm at G2 Computers, 4363 W Swamp Rd, Doylestown. Free event, 215-340-5542
April 8 & 9
Annual Yard Sale (Fri 8am-3pm) (Sat 9am2pm) at Springfield Church of the Brethren, 920 Passer Rd, Coopersburg, 610-282-1834. Food & baked goods available.
3rd Annual Veteran Outreach Expo 9am2pm, Amer. Legion Post, 315 North St, Doylestown. ALL Vets/Spouses invited! Special seminar 10:45am-11:45am for Senior Vets & Spouses. Info/reg. at email@example.com, 215-345-8646 2016 Rescue Gala at Last Chance Ranch, 9 Beck Rd, Quakertown, lastchanceranch.org QMPO Annual All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner 4pm-8pm at Quakertown HS cafeteria, 600 Park Ave. Musical entertainment by HS music students. Park Ave & Fifth St, Qtown. Tkt info: qmpo.org All-U-Can-Eat Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner w/salad bar, 4pm-7pm at Trinity Great Swamp UCC, 9150 Spinnerstown Rd, Spinnerstown. $10/adults, $5/ages 4-12, $11/take-out. Info/ tkts: 215-679-7710 Designer Bag Bingo 6:30pm-10pm at Plumsteadville Firehouse. Tkts/$25 in advance. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 9 & 10
Garage Sale Fundraiser for disabled Veterans (everything $3 or less),7am-1pm at 4965 Windy Meadow Ct, Pipersville. Info: 267-221-3410
All-U-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet 8am-1pm at Richland Twp Fire & Rescue, 64 Shelly Rd, Quakertown. $7/adults, $6/seniors, $3/kids 6-10, info: 215-536-7226 Breakfast 8am-1pm at American Legion Post, 610 E Broad St, Quakertown. $6/ adults, $4/ages 6-12. No smoking, bar open for cocktails. Hartzel-Strassburger Homestead Open House (1:30pm-4pm), speaker Ed Tice at 2pm. Art of Caning Chairs. Free! 407 Keystone Dr & Bethlehem Pike, Sellersville, 267-614-9174 Spring Concert w/world renowned bass, Ed Bara (opera, Broadway, gospel, more favorites) 3pm at Peace-Tohickon Lutheran, 100 Old Bethlehem Rd, Perkasie, 215-257-3294 Lenape Village Public Tour, 2pm. Reservations required, $8/pp. Churchville Nature Ctr 215-357-4005, churchvillenaturecenter.org
Hoagie Sale at Trumbauersville Fire Co. Info/order: Kim 215-536-19, bucks58fire.com
Candidates Night for 8th Congress. Dist. & State Legis. Bucks Co meeting by Citizens For Constit. Govt. 7pm at Quakertown Library, 401 W Mill St. Free to public, ccg-pa.org
“Life at Downton Abbey” by Alisa Dupuy, Free adult event hosted by Woman’s Club of Qtown. 7pm-8pm, Quakertown Free Library, 401 W Mill St, Quakertown, 215-536-3306, theladiesofhistory.com
Quakertown. 215-536-3211, email@example.com Designer Bag Bingo, doors open 6pm. $25/adv, $30/door. BYOB, Benner Hall, 1260 E Cherry Rd, Quakertown. Info/tkts: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 22 & 23
AARP meeting 1pm at First United Church of Christ (fellowship hall), 151 S 4th St, Quakertown. Speaker will be Linda Reider of Bucks County SPCA. Questions? 215-536-7712 Vera Bradley/Thirty-one/Coach Bingo, doors open 6pm at Trumbauersville fire Co, 142 N Main St. Raffles, silent auction, lt refreshmts. Tkts/info: Carolann 267-374-7762 or bucks58fire.com Ted Vigil w/Live Band 8pm (open 7pm), $40/adv, $45/at door, BYOB, food available for purchase. Tylersport Firehouse, 125 Ridge Rd, Tylersport. Tkts: Mark 610-287-4467 Celebrating Spring Dinner Dance, $22/ dinner & dance, $10/dance only. Pennridge Community Ctr, 146 E Main St, Perkasie, 215453-7027. Buffet 6pm-7pm, Dance 7pm-10pm
UBACE Rock Concert 7pm at McCoole’s, 10 S Main St, Quakertown. Tkts/$10 available in advance at McCooles’s & email@example.com Comedy Night w/Jimmy Carroll, open 7pm, show 8pm-10pm. The Proper Brewing Company, 117 W Broad St, Quakertown. Dance music after Show, $20 tkts/info: 215536-0647 or jcpentertainment.com Gasket Goons Car Show Fundraiser, 2pm7pm, also a Beef & Beer. Benner Hall, 2060 E Cherry Rd, Quakertown. Tkts/$25, under age 12 is free. Call Barb 215-529-7572 or hopeforstacey.com Low-cost Pet Vaccine Clinic, 1pm-3pm at Critter Corral, 201 N Main St, Coopersburg. Price list of available vaccines at lharinc.org or call 484-719-7101. Benefits Logan’s Heroes Animal Rescue
Paddle Raffle (open 12noon, games 1pm), Upper Bucks Senior Ctr, 2183 Milford Square Pike, Quakertown. Bring your quarters to bid on items. Food avail. for sale. Tkts/info: Melissa 215-536-2914 11th Annual Basket Bingo, Sellersville Firehouse, 2 N Main St, Sellersville. Open 11:30am, games 1pm. Filled Longaberger products. Tkt order info email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-257-4028 x58 Longaberger Filled Basket Bingo for Brookline Lab Rescue, (open 11:30am) at East Greenville Firehouse, 401 Washington St. $20/adv, $25/door, if still available. Call 215-343-6087 “Ridgeway Brass” Concert, 6:30pm at First Church of the Brethren, 455 Trumbauersville Rd, Quakertown, 215-536-7510 or email email@example.com
Spring Rummage Sale (Fri 9am-4pm) (Sat 9am-12noon, $3 Bag Day) Quakertown United Methodist, 1875 Freier Rd, Qtown. 215-896-7055
2nd Annual Beef & Beer 6pm-10pm, C&C Catering Hall at West End Fire Co, 1319 Park Ave, Quakertown. BBQ, raffles, DJ. Tkts: $40 ea. or 2 for $75 at sobmerchandtix.com or CDP 215-536-7800
All-U-Can-Eat Breakfast 8am-12noon at Haycock Fire Co, 80 Old Bethlehem Rd, Quakertown. $7/adults, $5/kids 4-7. Info: 215-536-2224 or haycockfire.org
“History of Old Clocks, Watches & Music Boxes (Horology)” 7pm by Ashley King. Bring yours for review! Free admis., Hilltown Twp Municipal Bldg, 13 W Creamery Rd & Rte 152, Silverdale. Hilltown Historical Society, 267-614-9174
Family Bingo Night, open 5:30pm at St. Andrew’s Lutheran, 20 Dill Ave, Perkasie. Tkts: $10/adult, $5/ages 5-12, free under 5. Tkts online: pennridgefish.org (sold at door if still available) Designer Purse Bingo, open 5pm, games 7pm at Richland Twp Fire & Rescue, 64 Shelly Rd, Quakertown. BYOB, Adm: $25/adv, $30/ door. 215-778-1641 or rtfr.org for regis. form
“The Quakertown Band” (formerly “Germania Band”) Program 7pm at Trinity Lutheran, across from Springfield Twp His. Soc., 2165 Rte 212, Pleasant Valley. Music by Quakertown Band, 484-308-1510
Springfield Twp Hist. Soc. “Open House” 9:30am-12noon at Church School, 2165 Rte 212, Pleasant Valley (GPS Coopersburg). All welcome, questions?? Tom 484-308-1510 Superhero Fun Run (kids encouraged to wear costumes) Ages 4-6 will run ¼ mile, Ages 7-13 will run ½ mile. Strayer Middle School outdoor track, Quakertown. Pre-regis. by April 15, 215-536-YMCA x114 Healthy Kids Day 10am-12noon at UBYMCA, 401 Fairview Ave, Quakertown. Free Family Fun activities, refreshments for sale. 215-536-YMCA Harmenaires Quartet (southern gospel music) Concert 7pm at Solomon’s UCC, 2990 Bedminster Rd (Rte 113), Perkasie. Free-will offering taken. Refreshmts during intermission. Directions: solomonsucc.org Spring Beer Festival (2 sessions) 12noon4pm & 5pm-9pm at McCooles’s, Broad & Main Sts, Quakertown. Tkts online at McCoolesbeerfest.com Flea Market 9am-2pm, Dublin Fire Co, Rte 313 & Rickert Rd. Food avail., $15/ space, bring own table. Must reserve at 215-249-3089. Rain date May 7 5th Annual Flea Mkt/Bake Sale 8am-2pm at St. Michael’s, 25 E Church St, Sellersville. Linda 215-257-6040, firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring Gala “Music Through the Generations” at Generations, 259 N Second St, Souderton, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Tkts/$50 pp, reserve by April 7 at front desk, 215-723-5841, or email@example.com
Earth Day “State of the State” w/Senators Mensch & McIlhinney, Reps Staats & Watson, 8am-9:30am at McCoole’s, 4 S Main St,
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for “Park at 4th” at 2pm. Recognition of Park Sponsors & entertainment by Quakertown Band.
April 2016 • Upper Bucks Free Press •
What’s Going On in Upper Bucks? May 4
Cinco De Mayo 5K (walk/run thru Quakertown), 6:30pm walkers, 7pm runners. UBYMCA, 401 Fairview Ave, Qtown. $15/ pre-reg. by 4/15, $20 later. Call Megan 214-536-9622 x120 College Night 7pm-9pm featuring Lutheran colleges/univ. Host: St. John’s Lutheran of Spinnerstown, 1565 Sleepy Hollow Rd. Free event, lt refreshmts. Info 215-536-0734, stjohnsofspinnerstown.org
May 6 & 7
57th Spring Spectacular & Auction at Quakertown Christian School (Fri 4pm chicken bbq, plants, bake sale, games. 7:30pm jugglers perform) (Sat begins 8am w/breakfast & more) Tkts/info: 215-536-6970
Reading Goes To The Dogs, 2pm-3:30pm at Quakertown Free Library, 401 W Mill St, Qtwn. Children of all ages are invited to come read to certified therapy dogs. 215-536-3306
Adopt-A-Highway Spring Clean-up 8am10am. Wear long sleeves & sturdy shoes. Meet at CDP parking lot at Rte 313 & Thatcher Rd, Quakertown. Sign up at YMCA or stephanie. firstname.lastname@example.org Indoor Flea Market 9am-2pm at Tylersport Fire Co, 125 Ridge Rd, Tylersport. Info: 215-257-5900 x7 or email@example.com Filled Basket Bingo for MS Society, open 12noon at Perkasie Fire Hall, 100 N 5th St. Order tkts by 4/15 for special drawing. Info: 215-290-5790 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mother’s Day Hartzel-Strassburger Homestead Open House 1:30pm-4pm, speaker Jean Stahl (2pm) will discuss a unique style of home gardening. Free! 407 Keystone Dr & Bethlehem Pike, Sellersville, 267-614-9174
St. John’s Lutheran of Spinnerstown to Host College Night St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Spinnerstown will host a College Night featuring Lutheran colleges and universities May 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the church, 1565 Sleepy Hollow Road, Spinnerstown, (for GPS purposes, Quakertown, 18951). Admission to the event is free and light refreshments will be provided. Representatives of colleges and universities from around the country will have information about the schools as well as on financial aid and scholarships, some specifically for Lutheran students. Scheduled to participate are Gettysburg
College, Gettysburg, PA; Luther College, Decorah, IA; Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA; Thiel College, Greenville, PA; Newberry College, Newberry, SC; Roanoke College, Salem, VA; Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA.; Wagner College, Staten Island, N. Y.; and Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH. Visit the church’s website, www.stjohnsofspinnerstown.org, for any updates. For additional information, contact St. John’s at stjohnsofspinnerstown.org or 215-536-0734.
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• Upper Bucks Free Press • April 2016
Please... Don’t Feed the Ducks!
Many families were first introduced to the joys of wildlife by feeding ducks bread at a local park or pond. While we may have grown up thinking this was an environmentally responsible and humane way to dispose of old or stale bread, feeding the ducks is actually unhealthy and potentially dangerous for the birds. Bread and similar products such as crackers, chips, crisps, donuts, cereal and popcorn are great sources of carbohydrates but they offer little nutritional value for ducks, geese, swans and other birds. In fact, bread is the equivalent to junk food for birds. Like humans would suffer from a diet of nothing but candy, too much bread can lead ducks to excessive weight and malnutrition as well as many other problems. Offered in extreme moderation, bread is not immediately harmful to ducks or birds, but that moderation is hard to judge. While one family may only feed the ducks once every few months, there may be many other families and individuals who are feeding the ducks bread far
more frequently, which leads to a diet based almost solely on unhealthy bread products. Environmentally conscious birders will refrain from offering any bread to ducks to avoid dietary problems and other issues caused by a carbohydrate-rich diet.
Why Bread is Bad for Ducks
Not only can bread be fattening to ducks and make it harder for them to fly and otherwise evade predators, feeding ducks bread can also lead to other serious problems. • Duckling Malnutrition: Ducklings require a varied diet and plenty of natural plants and insect proteins to mature properly. In an area where ducks are regularly fed bread, ducklings will not receive adequate nutrition for proper growth and development. Furthermore, because ducks will eagerly seek out an easy food source such as human handouts, ducklings will not learn to foragefor natural foods as easily. • Overcrowding: Where an easy food source is abundant, ducks and other waterfowl will lay more eggs and the pond or lake will
become overcrowded. This makes it more difficult for the birds to seek out healthier food sources and increases the likelihood of territorial aggression. In overcrowded areas, predators can also thrive and will impact other bird populations, and diseases can quickly spread through large flocks as well. • Pollution: When too much bread is offered to ducks, not all of it will be eaten. Soggy, uneaten bread is unsightly and rotting bread can create noxious odors as well as lead to greater algae growth that can clog natural waterways and crowd out more desirable plants. This concentrates the pollution and can eventually eradicate fish, amphibians, crustaceans and other life in the vicinity. • Diseases: Feeding ducks bread can increase the spread of diseases in two ways. First, a carbohydrate-rich diet leads to greater defecation, and bird feces easily harbor bacteria responsible for numerous diseases, including avian botulism. Second, moldy bread can cause aspergillosis, a fatal lung
Ongoing Events & Resources April 5, 12, 19 & 26 - Kit Crew Nature Program 9am-2pm for ages 2-3 w/caregiver. Details at 215-345-7860 or peacevalleynaturecenter.org “Sports for Special Kids” baseball program for people w/special needs. Play on Sunday afternoon at QYBA baseball fields. Interested? Call Paul at 267-992-4973 and leave a clear message Tkts on sale now for Upper Bucks Brewfest (Aug. 20) Info: quakertownalive.com Now. to May – “Wed. Night Happenings” at Quakertown Church of the Brethren, 6:45pm8pm for Kindergarten thru 12th grade, info at quakertowncob.org or 215-536-7510 Summer Science Academy classes at Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy’s Brownstone Barn, Schwenksville. Pre-regis. w/ payment required. 610-287-9383, perkiomenwatershed.org for specific classes, ages, prices, & dates. “Summer Explorers (K-3rd gr)” “Summer Afield (4th-6th gr)” “Exploring the East Branch (K-4th gr)” Hoagie Sales 2nd Monday of month (except July/August) at Trumbauersville Fire Co, 142 North Main St, advance orders due Wed. before. $5.25-$5.75, info/order: Kim 215-536-1998 or bucks58fire.com Saturday Bird Walks 8am on trails at Peace Valley Nature Ctr.in Doylestown. Bring binoculars, suitable for adults & over age 12 w/adult. $2 donation, 215-345-7860, peacevalleynaturecenter.org AARP Chapter #3377 meets 2nd Thurs each month, 1pm in fellowship hall (Sept through May) at First United Church of Christ, 151 S 4th St, Quakertown, 215-536-7712 All Veterans invited to join Forrest Lodge VFW, 2118 Old Bethlehem Pike, Sellersville. Call Frank 215-679-7770 Veterans invited 7:30pm, fourth Monday each month at VFW Post 3405, at 211 E Fairmount St, Coopersburg. Call for details at 610-282-1840 Veterans invited 1:30pm, second Sunday each month at John Rivers Memorial VFW Post 11322, 41 Belmont Ave, Quakertown, 267-371-9636 (bring DD 214 for eligibility) PetSmart Adoption Day is 2nd Saturday each month, 11am-3pm, PetSmart, 620 N.West End Blvd, Quakertown, 215-538-2843 or lastchanceranch.org
Last Chance Ranch Volunteer Orientation/ Tour, 1st Saturday each month, 10am-11am in front of Horse Barn, 9 Beck Rd, Quakertown, 215-538-2510 lastchanceranch.org Meet the Dogs at LCR, 12noon-3pm, every Sat. each month (weather permitting), 9 Beck Rd, Quakertown, 215-538-2510 or lastchance ranch.org. Singles Connection for adults meets Thursdays for social evening, 7pm at Silverdale Brethren in Christ Church, 165 W. Main St, Silverdale. 215-593-9995 or email email@example.com Doylestown Singles Soc. Intermediate Bridge Club meets every Tues. 7pm at a private residence in Doylestown. Info at 215-340-7604 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Support & Service Groups
Sisters U Monthly Meetings 7pm-9pm the third Thurs every month, email@example.com Family Education Program on Addiction meets 7pm the first three Mondays of the month in the Red School House at Presbyterian Church of Deep Run, 16 Irish Meetinghouse Rd, Perkasie. Regis. at 800-221-6333 Bullying Prevention Support Group 6:30pm-7:30pm every Wed at UBYMCA in Quakertown. Free. advance registration required: 215-750-7220 SOS Bereavement After Suicide – Family Support Group meets at St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital twice monthly, info/details call 215-536-5143 Brain Injury Family/Spousal/Partner Support Group 6pm-8pm the third Monday every month at First UCC, Church Parlor, 4th & Park Ave, Quakertown, 215-538-3488 Caregiver Support Group meetings last Thurs. of every month, Independence Court of Quakertown, 1660 Park Ave, (meal provided), RSVP: 215-541-9030 to attend a meeting. Caregiver Support Group 4pm-5pm, meets 4th Thur. of month, Hidden Meadows, 340 Farmers Ln, Sellersville, (tour & complimentary lunch), 267-429-3931 hiddenmeadows ontheridge.com Upper Bucks Clinic, free medical care Mon & Wed 5:30pm-8:30pm to uninsured low-income residents of Upper Bucks Co w/no medical insurance & meet guidelines. Info: 215-538-4774,
267-404-7100 Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group meets 4pm, 4th Thurs of month, Hidden Meadows on the Ridge, 340 Farmers Ln, Sellersville. RSVP 267-429-3931 Alzheimer’s Assoc. Support Group, 3:30pm5:00pm, meets 2nd Thursday every month, Phoebe Richland Health Care Ctr, 108 S. Main St, Richlandtown. Free, more info: Social Services 267-371-4517 NOVA (Network Of Victim Assistance) Support Groups, Information, Guidance, NOVA hotline 1-800-675-6900. www.NOVABucks.org Overeaters Anonymous meets every Thursday 10am-11am, West Swamp Mennonite Church, 2501 Allentown Rd, Quakertown, No dues, free babysitting, 215-538-3195 Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Sunday at 7pm, Grand View Hosp. info at 215-923-7900 Bedminster Nar-Anon meets Tuesdays 7:30pm-8:30pm, Deep Run West Mennonite, 1008 Deep Run Rd, Perkasie, for family/friends of those struggling w/addiction, Bedminster. firstname.lastname@example.org Doylestown Nar-Anon meets Wednesdays 6pm at Summit Behavioral Health, 702 Hyde Park, Doylestown. Call 215-589-7111 for directions and info. A Woman’s Place (support for domestic abuse/violence) 24-hour Hotline 1-800-220w8116, www.awomansplace.org Kiwanis meetings 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month, 12:30pm at Dominick’s Pizza, Quakertown Quakertown Lions Club meets 2nd & 4th Wednesdays each month, 7pm at John’s Plain & Fancy Restaurant, Quakertown Quakertown Rotary Club meets (1st & 3rd Tues 7:30am at John’s Plain & Fancy Restaurant) (2nd, 4th, & 5th Tues 6pm at Spinnerstown Hotel) Business Networking International (BNI) meets every Thursday 7am-8:30am at John’s Plain & Fancy Restaurant in Quakertown, membership info: James Dodson – email@example.com Believers in Business (Qtwn Chapter) meets 2nd & 4th Friday each month, 7:30am-9am at John’s Plain & Fancy Restaurant in Quakertown, info at 610-762-8054
infection that can decimate entire duck and waterfowl flocks. • Pest Attraction: Rotting supplies of food leftover from sated ducks will attract other unwelcome pests such as rats, mice and insects. These pests can also harbor additional diseases that can be dangerous to humans and threatening to other wildlife. • Loss of Natural Behavior: Perhaps one of the biggest reasons why feeding ducks and geese, and why towns like Quakertown have outlawed the practice, is that when birds become accustomed to handouts, they lose their natural fear of humans and may become aggressive in order to get more food. Also, when the birds are so used to ‘free food,’ they lose their inclination to migrate. When Winter comes and folks stop visiting parks and feeding them, these waterfowl are left stranded and foodless. The humane thing to do is NOT to feed them!
“Fourth Sunday” Breakfast every month, 8am-1pm, all-you-can-eat buffet, $8/adults, $4/ kids, (Easter Egg hunt in April), Lwr Milford Fire Co, 1601 Limeport Pk, Coopersburg Free Community Dinner third Wed. of month. 5:30pm-6:30pm, Christ Community Bible Church, 1830 N. Ridge Rd, Perkasie, 215-257-7318 Free Community Meals 6pm at Richland Friends Quaker Meeting on second, fourth & fifth Weds. every month. Mill Rd & Main St off Route 309, Qtwn, 215-538-7555 Community Meal-every third Thursday of the month, 5:30pm-6:30pm, First UCC, 4th & Park, Quakertown, 215-536-4447 Free Community Dinner first Thurs. of month, 5:45pm at the Yerger Bldg across the street from Trinity Lutheran, 102 N Hellertown Ave, Quakertown
Bingo at Encore Experiences, 2nd Saturday of month, 1pm-4pm, lunch available to buy, (lots of $$ specials), 312 Alumni Ave, Harleysville, details: 215-256-6900 Bingo at Milford Twp Fire Hall every Thur, 12:15pm (first Thur. of month has $50 Jackpot), 2183 Milford Square Pike, Quakertown, 215-536-3066 Bingo at West End Fire Co every Wed, doors open 5:30pm, (refreshments avail, smokefree), cash prizes, 1319 Park Ave, Quakertown, 215-536-6130 Bingo at Richland Twp Fire & Rescue every Tues. doors open 5:30pm, 64 Shelly Rd, Qtwn. 215-536-7226 Bingo at Great Swamp Fish & Game every Sat. night, open 4pm, games 6:30pm, kitchen open. Free coffee, 2650 Schukraft & Camp Rock Hill Rd, Qtwn, 215-536-8820 Bingo at Sellersville Fire Co. every Thurs. opens 5:30pm, 2 N. Main St, 215-257-4028 Bingo at Tylersport Fire Co. every Tues. opens 5:30pm, 125 Ridge Rd, 215-257-5900 Jackpot Bingo at Red Hill Fire Co Social Hall 3rd Friday every month, opens 6pm, games 7pm, 82 E 5th St, Red Hill Bingo at American Legion Post 397 every 1st & 3rd Friday of the month, opens 6pm, snacks available, 935 Main St, Hellertown, 484-851-3624
April 2016 • Upper Bucks Free Press •
Making Your Own Decisions In thirty years of private practice, thousands and thousands or patients have relied upon my expertise as a board certified and licensed audiologist to provide them the best hearing health care. It has helped that I have a hearing loss and wear digital hearing
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aids, too. In an effort to assist every patient through the process of completing a case history, listening to their concerns of their hearing hurdles, providing a comprehensive audiological evaluation, review the test results, and making recommendations I want them to be fully informed to make the best decisions for their hearing health care. My goal is to give the patient everything they need to know in allowing them to understand what they have in residual hearing, how it relates to their complaints and issues, what they can do with their hearing, and the best avenue for them to acquire better hearing. I want my patients to be empowered to have the knowledge, control, and options to do what is right for them. True there are some individuals that need positive reinforcement to take the next step to better hearing. Those family members and friends are a great help. Still others adversely subvert what is best for the patient and steer them down the wrong path for whatever agenda exists. Let me make this relative to you. Dumb & Dumber continue to make the wrong decisions on how things should be for others. The Russian Bear made a decision to peddle his bicycle aimlessly around town as a one-bear circus entertaining us. Professor Chipmunk continues to whine to himself while working with Mr. Peepers on authoring a tome in their own image. Then, that nemesis, Fishface can’t decide how to juggle three jobs. Decisions, decisions, decisions. At least it is a much needed laugh from The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight! Over the years, I have collected many stories of scenarios of patients where that is not the case. Some I have dealt with and most are experiences shared with me by other professional audiologists. Here are a few anecdotes: One patient presented a bilateral hearing loss requiring two hearing aids. The cost of the most appropriate devices were about $4400 for the pair which included two year repair warranty, first year loss and damage, accessories, one year free batteries, super dri-aid, and unlimited visits and adjustments. The offspring intervened and steered the patient to another provider based upon the provider’s political party to their liking. The end result was the patient spent $6000. She could have saved $1600 and been happier with better patient care and services. Another patient had a bilateral hearing loss and required one hearing aid. The thresholds in the opposite ear were not quite to the level that amplification was required at this point in
time. The device for this person would have been $2200 with all the aforementioned extras. Again, the offspring stepped in and denied the patient to acquire the hearing aid stating that “it is too much money to spend for the amount of hearing loss they had.” Prices for amplification are not based upon the amount of a patient’s hearing loss. Still another patient had a bilateral hearing loss and was attempting to utilize a pair of worn out devices more than ten years old that could not be repaired or adjusted for the present loss. This person was paying an unknown monthly premium to be a private pay resident of a nursing. Really, cost was not a factor. Here again, the offspring made the decision to not have anything allowed to be done to improve the quality of life. Now six years later, nothing has changed. The patient is still private pay in the nursing home with the same devices, now broken, and the offspring won’t budge. It is unclear what the motivation is behind this non-decision. Again, another patient had a bilateral hearing loss requiring two hearing aids at $1900 each plus all the extras included. The family friend allowed only one device be fitted when two where required. The stated reason was this person did not have the funds to do so. We can all understand when true financial hardship comes into play. The patient was fitted with one device. A short while later, some unexpected damage occurred to the patient’s home. This damage would have been covered by insurance. However, the friend decided to utilize the person’s personal funds to cover most of the repairs. The cost of the repairs was more than the second hearing aid. To this day, the patient has not been fitted with the second device because the funds aren’t available. I still don’t understand this one. There are times when a patient needs to consult a family member or friend in major financial decisions. I agree with that concept one hundred percent. The goal is to look at the effect of the hearing health concern and its impact upon the patient’s psychological and sociological well-being along with the quality of life issues. What is going to be the best avenue to better hearing for this patient? If you or someone you know is suffering needlessly from undiagnosed hearing loss, please see a board certified & licensed private practice audiologist. Call today to schedule an appointment to find out what you are missing and do something about it! Mr. Murphy has had a bilateral mild-to-moderate sensor-ineural hearing loss all his life and is a binaural in-the-canal hearing aid user. Mr. Murphy has been in practice in Pennsylvania since receiving his Master of Education in Audiology from University of Virginia in the Spring of 1987. Mr. Murphy is affiliated with a number of hearing related national and international organizations.
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• Upper Bucks Free Press • April 2016
BY REV. CAROLANN HOPCKE “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:12-15) As the presidential race continues to heat up, we enter the season of Easter, which is a season of love and humility. These are to sentiments that are certainly not well expressed by any of our hopeful candidates. I am reminded of the words from St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians: As God’s people, we are to be clothed in compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. We are also to be about forgiveness and love. It was because of Jesus’ love for us that he hung upon the cross and died. And it’s because of Jesus, that we are family. We are God’s beloved children, which means that we are brothers and sisters in Christ. I think we can agree that all of us enter this life in some form of family. Maybe our family is loving and close-knit. Maybe it is scattered and dysfunctional. Maybe it’s somewhere in-between. Whatever our family relationship looks like, and whether we like it or not, each one of us is part of a family. It is in the context of family that our children learn to use the word “we.” It is in family
that we can learn community, sharing and togetherness as well as the important skills of compromise and conflict resolution. In family life we are given countless opportunities to help and to heal one another. It was by living in a family of love with Mary, Joseph, and his brothers and sisters, that Jesus was provided a safe and secure environment where he was able to grow in wisdom and favor with God and God’s people. Families, whether that’s our families of origin, the families we create through marriage and friendship, or our family of faith, families are built on bonds of commitment, faithfulness and self-sacrifice. It is in the context of family and relationships that we support those we love, take commitments seriously, and do what we can to take care of each other. It’s not always easy, but that’s what we’re called to do. Families are important. Faith is important. How we join the two is most important. May we remember that, first and foremost, we ALL belong to God’s family. As we live “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,” let us clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Let us also bear with one another, and forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven each of us. Above all, let us clothe ourselves with God’s love, which binds us all together. May the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, so that we may continue to grow in wisdom and love. Reverend Carolann Hopcke is the pastor at Christ’s Lutheran Church in Trumbauersville. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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Upper Bucks Area Places of Worship Bible Baptist Church meets at Strayer Middle School Auditorium 1200 Ronald Reagan Drive, Quakertown 267-772-0288 www.biblebaptistcares.org Pastor: Thomas Harris Bible Study Hour 9:30 am, Morning Worship 10:30 am, Services interpreted for the deaf Christ Church United Church of Christ 101 N. Main Street Trumbauersville, PA 18970 215-538-0142 email@example.com www.christchurchisalive.org A friendly, welcoming church. Change fear into hope, doubt into faith. God is calling. Join us at 11am Sunday. Halleleujah! Christ’s Lutheran Church 1 Luther Lane, Trumbauersville 215-536-3193 Pastor: Carolann Hopcke 9:00am Worship, 10:15 Sunday School Free Drive-in Movies Friday evenings June through August, Handicapped accessible, Family Friendly Church Church of the Incarnation (Anglican-Episcopal) 44 S. 8th Street, Quakertown 215-538-3787 Ardores@verizon.net www.IncarnationQuakertown.org Pastor: Most Rev. Thomas J. Kleppinger Traditional worship, Biblical faith Sunday 10:30am, Holy Days as announced. Deep Run West Mennonite Church 1008 Deep Run Road, Perkasie 215-257-9643 firstname.lastname@example.org Pastor: Rodger Schmell Service 10:30, nursery available, Sunday School 9:15, Men & Women’s Bible studies, Young Adult Bible Study & Programs, Preschool through High School age programs & events. All welcome to join us! Emmanuel Episcopal Church 560 S. Main Street Quakertown, PA 18951 215-536-3040 email@example.com www.emmanuelquakertown.org Sunday services at 8am and 10am, Visitors and new members always welcome! Evangel Assembly of God 401 Arch Street, Perkasie 215-453-1565 • www.perkasieag.org Pastor: Rev. Gary Saul Where God’s Love Changes Lives
First United Methodist Church 501 Market Street, Perkasie 215-257-4626 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fumcperkasie.com Pastor: Scott Dorn Mission: Share God’s love, Make and nurture disciples of Jesus Christ, positively impact our community and world. Good News Church 424 Juniper Street, Quakertown 215-536-4393 Pastor: David Markey, Jr. An alternative to the ultra-contemporary Sunday Worship and Children’s Church 10:30 am, Wednesday Bible Study 7:30pm, World Evangelism Fellowship affiliate. Good Shepherd Church (Episcopal) 1634 Hilltown Pike, Hilltown 215-822-3930 Pastor: The Rev. Catherine Kerr 10:00am Sunday Eucharist Grace Bible Fellowship Church 1811 Old Bethlehem Pike N., Quakertown 215-536-6096 email@example.com www.quakertownbfc.org Pastor: Ron Kohl, Sr. Pastor Sunday School for all ages, 10:10am Morning Worship, Evening 1st & 3rd Sundays 6:30pm, Small Group meetings 2nd & 4th Sundays 6:30pm, Wednesday: AWANA (2yrs-6th grade) & Teens for Christ 6:30pm, adult bible study 7pm Morning Star Fellowship 429 S. 9th Street, Quakertown 215-529-6422 Pastor: John Decker www.mstarqtown.org Services at 9am & 11am, Children’s Ministry provided, EastWest Cafe open with free coffee. Celebrate recovery Wednesday 7pm. Check website for more info. MorningStar Moravian Church 610-282-1908234 S. Main Street, Coopersburg firstname.lastname@example.org Pastor: Jay Petrella Sunday services 10:00am. Small, friendly Protestant church. Community mission: Serving free dinners once per month. All are welcome. Call for information. Pennridge Christian Fellowship 720 Blooming Glen Road, Blooming Glen 215-257-7309 email@example.com www.pennridgecf.org Pastor: Thomas Vargis Sunday worship 10:30am, Sunday School after song service (infants to age 12), Wed evenings 7pm w/ prayer, Crossroads youth & (Sep-Apr) boys and girls clubs. All are welcome.
Quakertown United Methodist Church 1875 Freier Road, Quakertown 215-536-4992 firstname.lastname@example.org www.qumc.com Pastor: Russell J. Atkinson Sunday morning worship - 8:00am 9:00am 11:00am Sunday School for all ages 10:00am, Communion offered first Sunday of the month Richland Friends Meeting (Quaker) Main St at Mill Rd & Park Ave, Quakertown 215-538-7555 Friends@RichlandQuakers.org www.RichlandQuakers.org Clerk: Jack H. Schick Non-Denominational guided meditations Wed, 7pm Sunday worship 10:30am “Absolute freedom of thought and worship is our faith and practice.” Ridge Valley United Church of Christ 905 Allentown Road, Sellersville 215-257-7244 email@example.com www.ridgevalleyucc.org Pastor: Rev. Steve Myren We are a vibrant, welcoming Family of Faith. Worship: Sundays 9:30am. Ridge Valley: Growing Together in God’s Love. St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church 3668 Ridge Road, Perkasie 215-795-2965 firstname.lastname@example.org www.kellerschurch.org Worship 7:45 & 10:15am, Sunday School 9am, Koinonia Cafe 8:30pm, Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday, Children’s Church 2nd, 4th Sunday. St. John’s Lutheran Church 19 South 10th Street, Quakertown 215-536-3593 email@example.com www.stjohnsquak.org Pastor: Ray Miller Sunday Worship 8 and 10:30am, Sunday School 9:15am. Welcoming, Reaching Out, Serving. Elevator available St. John’s Lutheran Church of Spinnerstown 1565 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Spinnerstown 215-536-0734 firstname.lastname@example.org Pastor: The Rev. Axel Kaegler www.stjohnsofspinnerstown.org Worship Service 9:45am, Sunday School 9 9:45am, children age 4 through 6th Grade.
St. John’s Lutheran Ridge Valley 910 Allentown Road, West Rockhill Twp 215-257-9643 email@example.com www.stjohns-ridgevalley.com Pastor: Amy Hotter 8:30am Traditional - 10:30am w/priase band. Grape juice & gluten-free wafers available.Handicapped accessible. All invited and welcome anytime to Share the Joy! St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Applebachsville 837 Old Bethlehem Road, Quakertown 215-536-5789 firstname.lastname@example.org www.quakertown.net/stpauls Pastor: Rev. David Heckler We believe in sharing God’s love in joyful service. Come and see. All are welcome. St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 104 Green Street, Sellersville 215-257-7268 email@example.com www.stpaulsucc.net Pastor: Rev. Patti Thomas 8am Rejoice & Praise Worship in Parlor, 9am Sunday School - all ages, 10:15 Worship in Sanctuary, Crossroads 1st Sunday each month 9am in Fellowship Hall.. Trinity Great Swamp UCC Spinnerstown Rd & County Line Rd Spinnerstown 215-679-7710 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tgsucc.org Pastor: David R. Ellis / Matt Gorkos Sunday School classes for all ages (PreK-Adult) 9:15am. Family activities throughout the year Trinity Lutheran Church 102 N. Hellertown Avenue, Quakertown 215-536-4345 www.trinityquakertown.org Pastor: Lynette R. Chapman 9 am traditional services, 10:15 Sunday School, 11am Contemporary service, Handicapped Accessible, Family Friendly Church, Dynamic Music Ministry, Community Service Oriented Victory Fellowship Church 120 Ridge Road, Telford 215-453-9988 email@example.com www.victoryfellowshippa.org Pastor: Dr. Virgil A. Mobley Full Gospel.A friendly, loving, and joyful church where the presence of God is in His house. Check out our website.
April 2016 • Upper Bucks Free Press •
Have a Date with your Best Friend at Bark for Life
Every dog owner knows there is no one more loyal, loving, and caring then their very own dog. They provide unconditional love, joy, security and compassion at our most vulnerable times. No one knows this better than a cancer patient. Regardless of the diagnosis, living with cancer is a very frightening, emotional, challenging time and who better to have by your side than your best friend, your Canine Caregiver. They will sit with you for hours, they will lick away your tears, they will wag their tails and jump for joy just because you’re you. On Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 10am to 2pm the Upper Perkiomen and Upper Bucks communities will join forces to host the American Cancer Society Bark for Life event at the Green Lane Park in Green Lane. This day we will celebrate our most loyal companion - our canine “best friends” – honoring their life-long devotion as our Canine Caregivers. Canine Caregivers come in all shapes and sizes - Canine Companions, Guide Dogs, Service Dogs, Rescue Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Cancer Survivor Dogs, and Diagnostic Dogs. On this day, all dogs, along with their owners, are joining the American Cancer Society as Relay participants to celebrate cancer survivorship, honor loved ones lost to cancer (both human and canine) and fundraise in support of cancer research, education, awareness, patient services and advocacy. Did you know that many of the medical breakthroughs for human cancer treatment are successful for canines as well? A fun-filled day - so much to do and something for everyone! Come hungry! Relay teams will have FOOD concessions and baked goods (and doggie ice cream for your pup). There will be VENDORS for both humans and canines, DEMONSTRATIONS, GAMES (for you, your dog and your kids!), FACE PAINTING, RAFFLES, a DOGGIE KISSING BOOTH and so much more! Registered pups will receive a Bark for Life bandana and a doggie bag ($50 value) filled with fun stuff for your pup and money saving coupons for you. Pre-registration is just $10! Go to www.relayforlife.org/barkpaupperperk
and sign up today! If you’re courageous and want to start your own Bark for Life team that would be doggone awesome!! Information for team registration is also available at www. relayforlife.org/barkpaupperperk. Get FREE raffle tickets! Relay volunteers will be visiting the Hope Lodge. For those not familiar, the Hope Lodge is a home away from home in Philadelphia providing complimentary lodging for cancer patients receiving treatments at nearby hospitals. Help us provide the everyday items they need so they can focus their time and energy on getting well! For every item you donate you will get one free raffle ticket to earn a chance to win one of many raffle items. Items needed most: paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, napkins, paper plates, plastic cups, dish soap, aluminum foil, cling wrap, bleach, Lysol spray, dryer sheets, trash bags, class cleaner, zip lock baggies, batteries, kitchen cleansers, toilet bowel cleaner, individually wrapped hard candies (mint/lemon). Make it a date with your furry buddy! The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is an incredible way to ‘take a bite out of cancer’, smile, and make new friends – canine and human. All proceeds benefit ACS services in our community. Many thanks to our Top Dog Sponsors: Family Caregivers Network, Town & Country Newspaper, Duraclean Restoration, Therapy Plus, Perkiomen Animal Hospital, The Upper Bucks Free Press, Shopper’s Guide -- Leader of the Pack: LifeQuest – Tail Waggers: Perkiomen Tours, Taboo Salon & Spa – Kissing Booth: Macody Self Storage. If you would like to join our current sponsors and help Bark for Life 2016 to take a bite out of cancer, or have other questions, please contact Lori at BarkforLifeHope@gmail.com or Janine at U.P.BarkforLife@gmail.com. We hope you will join us in our celebration. The heart of Bark for Life is the relationship between survivors and their canine companions. Every family, co-worker, friend, or community member who has been witness to a cancer experience is invited to attend – and if you have a pooch, bring them along!
What Can Golf Teach You About Retirement Planning?
If you’re a golfer, you know the joys (and occasional frustrations) of the game. But you might not realize that some of the lessons you learn on the links can carry over to other areas of your life – such as retirement planning. So whether you’re already retired or are planning to retire in the next few years, consider the following suggestions: • Try to overcome the “yips.” When you miss those short puts – the ones you know you should be making – you might be in the grip of your old friend, the “yips.” As you know, it’s not always easy to shake this problem, but many golfers have benefited by working to improve their concentration, especially by adhering to a strict pre-shot and in-shot step-by-step routine. When investing for retirement, or managing their portfolios during retirement, many people can get the investment version of the yips – that is, they get nervous during market downturns, and then they make mistakes, such as selling quality investments when their price has dropped. (Remember the first rule of investing: Buy low and sell high.) To overcome this type of yips, the solution is the same as for golf: Maintain your focus and concentrate on making appropriate moves, such as building and maintaining a diversified portfolio that’s suitable for your needs, goals and risk tolerance. • Forget about that hole-in-one. It’s every golfer’s dream: a hole-in-one. When you tee up on that tempting par 3, and you’re feeling good, you might just want to go for it – but when you do, you could end up overshooting the green or plunking into the water. Many investors also try for a “hole-in-one,” in the form of pursuing that one “hot” stock that’s going to make them rich.
However, by the time they hear about such a stock (if it even exists), it may have already cooled off – and, in any case, it might not be right for their needs. Instead of looking for that ultimate, one-time winner, look for solid investments that you’d be comfortable holding for the long term. • Study the course. The more you know about a course you’re going to play, the better off you will be. You can plan the approaches you’ll take on various holes and think about how to avoid the sand, water and rough. When planning for your retirement, or even when you’re living it, you also need a strategy, one that addresses questions such as these: How can I structure my investment mix to provide me with a long-term income stream? How much should I withdraw from my portfolio each year? When should I start taking Social Security? Am I doing all I can to control investment-related taxes? • Visualize. Consider these words from World Golf Hall of Famer Nick Faldo: “Visualization is the most powerful thing we have.” If you can visualize what you want to do on each hole you play, you are well on your way toward a successful round. The same idea holds true for retirement planning: If you can envision the type of retirement lifestyle you want, you’ll be more likely to achieve it by sticking with appropriate financial and investment strategies. So, there you have them – some ideas that play well on the golf course and in the retirement arena. Put them to work soon. submitted by Bob Podraza in the Edward Jones office on West Broad Street, Quakertown. He can be reached at 215-536-3635 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.” - Mark Twain
Community Outreach Group Continues to Grow
BY JENNIFER REHRIG
As the interest in the newly founded Quakertown Community Outreach(QCO) group grows we find that the needs of our community continue to grow as well. With the help of over 750 followers on Facebook the QCO is helping to meet the needs of our community members. This winter the group raised over $1400 to help place several homeless men into temporary housing as winter storm Jonas approached. We are pleased to announce that the men have been placed into permanent housing. With funds from the gofundme campaign QCO was also able to help a young couple move to temporary housing as well as several other homeless community members. The couple is also moving to permanent housing soon and we will continue to work with the others in temporary housing. Many people who are new to QCO are surprised to find that there are so many in need within our community. The outpouring of
support from our community has been overwhelming leaving the Admin members of the group often in tear, happy tears, and so thankful. QCO has helped to bring food, clothing, diapers, housing and more to many of our community members facing hardships. In March we also were able to help facilitate the donation of a vehicle to a family without reliable transportation. The group will be holding their first major fundraiser on May 14th. We are teaming up with JCP Entertaiment to host a Comedy Night at The Proper Brewing Company. Tickets are limited. To order online please visit www. jcpentertainment.com. We will have over 20 raffle baskets too! We hope you come out to support QCO and have a laugh with us. For more information on our group please like us on Facebook by searching Quakertown Community Outreach. Please visit our gofundme site www.funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/ qtowncommoutreach
• Upper Bucks Free Press • April 2016
Matt’s Market at Pennridge High School Offers Hope BY CHRISTOPHER BETZ Matt Hogan was a special individual in many ways. He was full of spirit, cheer, and determination. His attitude toward life was an inspiration to many despite the unfortunate cards he had been dealt. His spirit continues to teach and encourage to this very day. Hogan was born six months premature and was afflicted by cerebral palsy, a condition robbing him of the ability to speak and move about like his peers. His life was a constant uphill battle, a battle he was willing to fight and determined to win.
woodworking class hangs prominently on the wall next to a photo of the business’s namesake, Matt Hogan.
Maria Gannon has taught at Pennridge High School and runs the Life Skills program at the school. She was Matt’s teacher for six years. According to Gannon, “The kids are so excited about Matt’s Market. None of them knew Matt because he graduated in 2010, but they’re ‘over the top’ to do this for him.” She continues, “He was inspirational…he was special.”
Matt Hogan’s father Roy, sister Haley, and mom Michelle stand at the entrance to Matt’s Market, named in his honor. photo by christopher betz
Matt succumbed unexpectedly to a bout of pneumonia at age 24 this past January. A sad ending for a vibrant young man, but the legacy he has left behind forges ahead – helping others to ‘win’ at life as he had. On Friday, March 11, just days after his 25th birthday, the ribbon was cut at Matt’s Market, Room 365, inside the halls of Pennridge High School. Yes, a real mini-market selling snacks, coffee, breakfast items, yogurt, frozen treats, and more. Open all day to students and faculty alike, Matt’s Market is run by the students of the Life Skills program. The entire affair has ‘win’ written all over it. The Life Skills program is for high school students who differ from ‘typical’ students due to mental or physical challenges which prevent a ‘typical’ approach to living and working in today’s world. Matt was one of these students until graduating from Pennridge in 2010. Clearly, he left his mark! Matt’s Market offers the Life Skills students real experience in working with and interacting with others. The shop even includes a touch pad ‘cash register’ specially made for the students by Junior Ben Baker in his Computer Science class. And what shop would be complete without a sign? Not this one. A carved sign made by students in the
Life Skills student Angel Rufasto rings up the first official sale at Matt’s Market for customer Gretchen Maysek, a past worker for the Life Skills program. photo by christopher betz
Dot Tate, Matt’s personal care aide during his tenure at Pennridge, clearly agrees, “Those were the best four years of my life! Even though he was in a wheelchair and couldn’t move his arms or neck, he was unbelievably optimistic. He changed this school!” Several Life Skills students addressed the crowd of students, parents, and media to proclaim their excitement for both the program and the new opportunities afforded by Matt’s Market. Matt’s Market was made financially possible by donations from Matt’s family. In fact, at Matt’s passing in January, in lieu of flowers, the family encouraged donations to the Life Skills program instead. Matt Hogan’s winning attitude during the course of his life continues to inspire and help others to ‘win’ at life, despite the challenges life may throw their way.
Penn Foundation Celebrates Years of Employee Service
On February 25, 2016, Penn Foundation hosted a luncheon to celebrate the dedicated service of more than 40 of its employees. Three Penn Foundation staff members were recognized for 25 years of service: Mary Reaser, Executive Coordinator of the Medical Staff; Gregg Smith, Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Counselor; and Karen Williamson, Director of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Founded in 1955 and located on a 30-acre campus in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, Penn Foundation is a not-for-profit organization providing innovative services to address the mental health, substance use, and intellectual disability needs of individuals in our community. The agency serves over 10,000 children, adolescents, and adults each year, offering a wide-range of distinct programs designed to meet various types and levels of
mental, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual healthcare needs. Penn Foundation’s tradition of compassionate care combined with a strong
belief in the healing power of hope and the possibility of recovery enables it to help individuals navigate their lives with confidence, conviction, and courage. For more information, visit www.PennFoundation.org.
Mirror, Mirror on My Wall I don’t like looking into mirrors. There are some mundane reasons for that. I’ve never been very handsome--I have two big front teeth, my nose has a bump and I have an ugly scar on my upper lip from a car accident. There is also the fact that it’s not really what I look like. It’s my backwards, “mirror image.” If I think about that too long I feel uneasy. I’ve held one mirror up to another to reverse my image and get a glimpse of what other people see, but it doesn’t look like the me I’m used to seeing and gives me the creeps. There is also something sinister and magical about mirrors. From reading stories about Alice, Snow White and Dracula I’ve imagined all sorts of frightening possibilities. There are also several deeper, psychological reasons that I don’t like looking into mirrors. First, I see how old I’m getting; the grey hair, the wrinkles, the sagging jowls and bags under my eyes. It’s depressing. It flaunts my mortality, right in front of my nose. Sometimes it makes me feel bitter or sorry for myself, and for Mankind. The image I see in the mirror is not the me I envision. I like to think I look like the me I see in photographs taken when I was a young man. I have no intention of doing anything about my sagging, melting features, though--even though Joan Rivers looked so good. I’ve decided it’s better to just limit my glances into the mirror. When I brush my hair or teeth, or squeeze the occasional pimple, that’s more than enough. Second, I had a tragic experience in a mirror maze at Wildwood, NJ, when I was a kid. My mom should never have let me watch that Twilight Zone episode where the guy kept seeing his Doppelganger running around doing nasty, scary things. When I got into the Fun (yeah, right!) Pier mirror maze I saw about 20 of me and panicked. When all of the other mes got horrified looks on their faces and started screaming, too, I freaked out. I ran shrieking, back out the entrance. It caused quite a stir, and they wouldn’t give my money back. When I got older, to prove my tenuous claim that “I got better,” I forced myself to run mirror maze gauntlets several times. I kept my eyes on my feet, though. I didn’t want to chance making eye contact with my legion of Doppelgangers. By doing that, I realized there was a path worn on the wooden floor. I made it through only a little bit shaken. My intellect had prevailed over the spooky and unexplainable. Third, I’m still worried about the mirror tunnel. It was very disconcerting when I discovered it. When I was a young teenager, I held another mirror up to the one on the bathroom medicine cabinet. I’d just gotten one of those shaved straight across the back
haircuts and wanted to see how cool I looked from behind. Susie T--- sat behind me in English class and I had a crush on her. When I held the mirror behind my head at a certain angle, a tunnel of reflected images appeared. It fascinated me. I got up onto the vanity and held the smaller mirror in front of me. As the images reflected back and forth between the two mirrors an endless, rectangular tunnel appeared. I had to keep my head off to the side or my face showed, too. I still got a panicked feeling when I saw a bunch of me’s looking back at me. I couldn’t take my eyes off of the mirror tunnel. It seemed like a portal to another world. Each reflected image seemed like a different strata of reality. The images got smaller and smaller, disappearing into infinity. I could count dozens of tiers before they got too small and dark. On each tier, if I imagined being on that level, there was a whole, different world, and a separate me in each of them. It mesmerized me. I could sit there, looking down the mirror tunnel for a long time. It calmed my mind, made me feel like I was no longer in this world. When I’d force myself to put the mirror down and walk away, it often took a while before I no longer felt like I was in a fantasy, dream world. Several times my mom yelled at me to get off the sink and demanded to know what I was doing—mothers are suspicious when teenage boys are in the bathroom too long. I hid a small mirror under the bottom drawer of my dresser so I could visit the mirror tunnel whenever I wanted to. Once, though, it really scared me. I think it was because of the reflected images of myself; the dozens and dozens of them looking back at me from far down the mirror tunnel. I got a claustrophobic feeling, felt as though I was being sucked into the tunnel. The ‘real’ world, at ‘my’ end of the tunnel’s endless series of levels, seemed to blur and fade as I fell into the tunnel. I panicked, felt like I was lost and would be stuck forever in the endless tunnel. I’d learned about infinity, about light waves and photons. I knew I couldn’t really disappear into a separate reality, but the mirror tunnel seemed to defy science and truth as I understood it. I’ve been told I’m crazy. My imagination does run amok sometimes. I take that into account these days. But, I like to say that I look AT a mirror, not INTO it. “Look into” suggests three dimensions; a magical depth. It permits the mirror tunnel to infinity to really exist. I don’t want to take the chance of falling into it. So, if my hair is a mess or there’s a splotch of dirt on my cheek, you’ll just have to live with it. I just don’t like looking into mirrors. More articles by Jack H. Schick can be found at Searchwarp.com or Soulofwit.com
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American Legion Post 242 Update
As you plan to spruce up your lawn by picking up the debris left by winter storms and prepare your gardens for flowers and fresh vegetables for your summer dinner tables; I ask you to remember those that rest on foreign fields of war or who only dream of doing those chores as they sit and look out their windows in Veteran’s Hospitals or in their homes. If someone who has arrived home from serving our country in a conflict lives in your neighborhood, please take time to offer your services to help them with the chores they cannot do because they served and sacrificed for all of us. They will be grateful and you will end that day’s work physically tired but with a joy in your heart that no money can buy! Likewise if someone ask you to help prepare a youth program baseball field or help for a scouting outing or bike rodeo to teach bike safety. Say – YES. So many in today’s society assume that “It gets done.” They don’t realize that it getting done is by volunteers and if it weren’t for those volunteers many of the
programs for our youth would be non-existent. Over the last 20+ years we folks who still volunteer in youth programs, veteran services, service clubs, or church community services have notice the attitude of volunteering has changed by many assuming that the other guy will do it. Many actually complain loudly when those services involving volunteers are shortened or curtailed because of lack of people. It seems to be that the attitude nowadays is “Let the other guy do it” I am too busy! It is time to realize the other guy is also very busy and in many cases the other guy volunteers not only for that function but for others as well. The Legion is also yearly plagued by this attitude and it really is time for all of us to sit back and analyze the situation of Volunteerism in our community and start eliminating the attitude of “let the other guy do it.” Volunteer when asked! Something you or your child loves to do may end if no one comes forth to do the work.
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Rough Winter? Help with Your Bills is Available
It’s been a crazy and unpredictable winter. Remember the temperatures in the 60s in late December, the 20-plus inches of snow in one day in January, and the deep cold snap in February? (Hopefully April won’t have any late surprises for us – but, the way things have been going, you never know.) One thing a challenging winter can do is drive up utility bills. And that can be a big concern, especially for those on fixed or limited incomes. If you’re in that situation, don’t worry. We recognize that extreme weather can have an impact on your bill. And we want you to know that a variety of assistance programs are available. One noteworthy program is called LIHEAP, or the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. It’s run by the U.S. government, and makes free heating bill help available to customers who meet income eligibility guidelines. (Check out the guidelines at pplelectric.com/ billhelp, or call the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866857-7095 for more info.) LIHEAP offers two types of grants – cash grants of up to $1,000, and crisis grants of up to $500. It’s a little-known fact that eligible customers can obtain one of each grant. You’re not limited to one or the other. However, there is one LIHEAP limit you
need to know: You have to apply by April 1 to be eligible for a grant. So, if LIHEAP can help you, don’t delay. Another option for those behind on their bills is PPL Electric Utilities’ OnTrack program. This program offers reduced monthly payments, giving you a chance to get back on track. The program is administered through local agencies, and you can apply by mail – no meeting needed. OnTrack, like LIHEAP, has income eligibility guidelines. Another option you might want to consider is budget billing. When you sign up for this program, you’ll pay a fixed monthly amount, based on a 12-month average of your electricity use. Budget billing doesn’t change how much you owe, but it smooths out the ups and downs of your bill and reduces the chance that a change in the weather will catch you by surprise. It’s open to all customers. Guidelines for these and other assistance programs can be found online at pplelectric. com/billhelp. Or, call us at 1-800-DIALPPL (342-5775) between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and we can talk you through the options. You never know when the cold of winter or the heat of summer will force you to dial up your energy use. But if that happens, there are programs in place to help. Carol is the Regional Affairs Director for PPL Electric Utilities in Allentown, PA. Reach her at CObando-Derstine@pplweb.com
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QNB Promotes Christa Martin to Asst. VP Retail Mortgage Loan Officer Christa Martin has been named Assistant Vice President/Retail Mortgage Loan Officer at QNB’s Towne Bank Center. Christa is responsible for interviewing customers, originating applications and prequalifications and conducting loan closings. She is also responsible for coordinating loan transactions with other involved parties such as realtors, title companies and builders. Her previous position was Mortgage Loan Officer. Christa has been employed by QNB for nearly 3 years. She graduated from Pennridge
High School and attended Bucks County Community College as well as Technical College of the Lowcountry. Christa currently resides in Center Valley, PA.
Collecting “Stuff” When was the last time you took inventory of your “Stuff”? Are you even aware of all the “Stuff” that is lurking within the walls of your abode? If you made a decision to downsize today, how long would it take you to identify, categorize, donate, sell, and bequeath all of your belongings? I grew up in the country, lived there for 27 years, and then decided that I would change my entire lifestyle and move “Uptown.” I had a grand time furnishing my brand new apartment with three rooms of new furniture for only $299. That included, not only two end tables with lamps, and a coffee table, but also, a leather sofa and chair for the living room; a table and four chairs for the dinette; and, a dresser, bureau, and bed for the bedroom. You cannot imagine how ecstatic I was feeling. It was during the next six years, in my very first apartment that my collection of “stuff” began. Now, we have a tendency to refer to our “Stuff” by proper names such as: Antiques, Collectables, Retro, Valuables, Art Deco, and Memories. These properly named items, after several years of use, will find themselves packed away in some cardboard box, on some shelf, in some garage, shed, or barn for some twenty plus years or more. After that length of time, these items have become, and are properly referred to as “Stuff.” In June 2013, I moved from one of several homes that I had occupied over the years, and I was completely baffled at the amount of “Stuff” in cardboard boxes, on shelves, in my garage that I didn’t even know was there. The more boxes I opened, the more I was assured that someone had broken into my garage when I was away from home, and deposited their belongings on my shelves. I had a question for each box that I opened: Who gave this to me? What is that? When did I purchase these? Where did those come from? Is this really mine? Why is that packed away, I’ve been looking for it? I am of the generation that treasured things that belonged to their parents. I kept my mother’s green and amber Depression dishes and glasses, her pressed and crystal glass, wall plaques, silver candlesticks, silver candelabra, and silver flatware, as well as Cobalt pieces, and Blue Willow dishes; not to mention, toys from the 1930’s that belonged to my much
older brother, along with my toys from the 1950’s. None of these properly named items had been seen or used in years because they were packed away in cardboard boxes, on shelves, in my garage. When a loved one leaves this mundane earth, and the family starts the process of cleaning out their house, they have Estate Sales, Auctions, Barn Sales, Clean-out Days, Haul-away Days, and Come and Get This “Stuff” Days. Me? I had ‘take it from the country to my house Uptown days’ because it is memorable and I am emotionally attached to it. So, forty years later, there it was – neatly packed in cardboard boxes, on shelves, in my garage! And, in addition to my dearly departed Mother’s “Stuff”, I had my own Collectables, and Valuables, and Memories to which I was emotionally attached. In 2013, when I was faced with downsizing from two-story, six room homes to an apartment (hmmm, full circle), I was able to make clear decisions rather quickly. I decided that I needed to disconnect myself from all of the emotional attachments, and to donate or sell the properly named items. I was clinging to “things” that I could not take with me when I departed my earthly domain. Many years ago I had seen a cartoon of a funeral procession. In front of the procession of cars was the hearse followed by a U-Haul truck. The cartoon read, “Who said you can’t take it with you?” Well, in my lifetime, I have never seen a U-Haul truck following a hearse, and I did not wish to be the one to bring that cartoon to life. When I make my final, permanent move, a major factor in my choice of locations will be – no garage, no basement, no attic, and no storage shed. I have decided that I will never collect “Stuff” again – country, Uptown, or otherwise. A word from the wise – Go through your “Stuff” frequently, and sell or donate things that have not been used in the past six months. You will have a feeling of elation when you allow your “Stuff” to become another human’s treasure. Jacque Holliday, a lifelong resident of Quakertown, spends her retired time writing and volunteering. She enjoys taking photographs of nature. Reach her at Jacque@ubfp.org
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Heartworms? Not in my dog!
Train Your Dog to Take Treats Gently Dogs who are highly treat-motivated can be very difficult to reward without losing a finger. Large dogs and puppies often don’t know their own strength. That’s why it’s critical that the very first thing any dog learns is how to take a treat gently. I tell my clients that treat delivery is important. If you bend your knees, then quickly pop the treat to the lips it will keep your dog from jumping to meet your hand. Teaching “be nice” is a very important command in training. Some people also say “easy”, “gentle” or “calm”. A hungry dog rarely has the patience for learning (just like kids) if his stomach is grumbling. So feed your dog and then wait 30 minutes before trying to work with him. Hold a treat in the palm of your hand much like you would give a treat to a horse. The goal is to be able to cut off access to the treat quickly if he tries to snap it. Close your fist around the treat and let him sniff. The goal is to let him know you have a treat without officially offering it. Say “be nice” as you do so. If your dog is highly food-motivated, he might lick or even “mouth” your hand - if he
attempts to bite or snap at you, see below. This is a no-no. Simply remove your hand until he calms down. Once he has accepted that you won’t be offering the treat, you can show it to him again. For Highly Treat-Motivated Dogs Occasionally, you will find that your dog does not respond to the treat in hand trick or he might be more reactive than most dogs. If this is the case, you’ll want to take a different approach.
Well, or cat for that matter! It’s that time of year again – the time of year that we have to start worrying about heartworms! For those of you not familiar, let me tell you a little bit about them! Heartworms are worms like any other. The problem is where they live – in the heart! Heartworms are spread by mosquitos, so all it takes is one bite! It is an infection that is seen more often in the south, where they don’t have cold winters to kill off the mosquito population, but we are seeing these infections here more and more. When an infected mosquito bites a dog, the larvae are injected into the blood stream. Once there, they travel to the heart where they mature into adult worms. They clog up the heart and the vessels, so can lead to heart problems, coughing, or even heart failure! Heartworms affect cats too! Though it is less common, they are unfortunately susceptible as well! The good thing in cats is that they are not the appropriate ‘host’ for the worms, so they
1. Put a bit of peanut butter on a big metal spoon, and then place the treat in the peanut butter. 2. Offer the treat to your dog and say “be nice.” 3. As soon as you see your dog becoming too aggressive in taking the treat, pull the spoon away. The peanut butter acts as a stabilizer so the treat doesn’t fall off when you offer it to him. 4. Repeat this activity using the “be nice” command until he has calmed enough to take it gently.
Training a dog to take a treat gently takes practice. The goal is for your dog to realize that he will not receive a treat unless he takes it gently. Submitted by Marion C. O’Neil CPDT-KA, CTDI owner and lead trainer of Molasses Creek Dog Training, LLC, Quakertown, PA
I would like to discuss the topic of paying attention to the good child in your family. Being the “Good” dog in OUR family my human has noticed that when all the insecure, and/or trouble makers come to stay here her attention and time seems to be spent with them. How fair is that to the dog (or child) in the family that behaves and isn’t causing problems? Do you know the term, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease”? My human realizes this and makes a special effort to cuddle and give me treats just because I am good. So the moral of my story is to acknowledge and reward the good kids in your family. Don’t wait until they have to misbehave to get your attention. Just an observation from one smart puppy. Thanks for listening. Love, M.J.
NOVA Announces Spring Session of Crisis Volunteer Training tims during emergency room visits or police interviews. The next 6-week training session is offered at NOVA’s Jamison office with evening classes held 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Those wishing to volunteer must register in advance in order to participate and to allow time to process each registrant. To register or for information on these trainings and other volunteer opportunities with NOVA, please call Julie Dugery, Coordinator of Volunteers and Community Outreach, at 215.343.6543, or email JulieD@NOVABucks. org or go to www.NOVABucks.org.
Poor Timmy has had a rough start! He was This handsome devil is Reggie! He is a 1-2 year dumped at the Philly shelter with a badly bro- old terrier/mix of some kind who is the perfect ken leg! Luckily he ended up with us and we compact size! He is only about 30 lbs and is were able to get his leg surgically repaired and adorable! He has a bubbly, outgoing personality and does great with other dogs! He is a little he is doing awesome! He has been recovering nervous of new situations, and deals with that in his foster home, and is ready to start looking by being hyper! But he settles down with a little for his forever home! He is about 1-2 years old reassurance, and is a sweet guy! With some time and is so friendly! He loves other dogs, and can’t to settle in, and a little direction, he will be an wait to be well enough to wrestle and play. He is awesome dog! He is already neutered and is up neutered and up to date on vaccines! to date on vaccines. Call us about him today! Learn more about Nolan, Bumble, and all of their friends awaiting their furever homes by calling 215-527-7432 or by visiting us at HarleysHavenRescue.com
House Proposes Law Keeping Drugs, Alcohol off the Road
Last week, State House of Representative committees endorsed two measures designed to help keep drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol off the highway. The House Judiciary Committee approved House Bill 1353, which would target repeat offenders whose actions while under the influence have already resulted in criminal homicide or vehicular assault convictions. If the repeat offender is again charged with vehicular homicide, the grading of the crime would be increased to a first-degree felony. That would
Registration is going on now for Network of Victim Assistance’s the upcoming 6-week, 45hour specialized volunteer training that starts in April. The training qualifies participants to serve on the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline operated by NOVA. Crisis Hotline volunteers take calls during evening and weekend hours; flexible shifts of 2, 4 or 6 hours per week are available. NOVA supports victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes in Bucks County. The comprehensive training in crisis counseling, presented free of charge by NOVA professionals, provides volunteers with the skills and information to appropriately respond to hotline calls, as well as to support vic-
can’t reproduce in them and it is often a much less severe infection. This is why it is often diagnosed way less in cats – though they can still affect them! The good news? There is an incredibly successful, safe, and inexpensive preventative! By giving your dog (or cat!) a chewable tablet once a MONTH, you can protect against this terrible infection nearly 100%! More good news? There is also a simple blood test to screen for heartworms so you can make sure your pet is not infected, and then get them protected! And the final good news? Even if your pet is unfortunate enough to be exposed and infected by heartworms, there is a treatment that is successful too! However, the treatment is expensive, and requires at least 30 days of strict rest and medications after treatment – which is often needed to be spread over 2 months! So giving them a pill once a month is easier, isn’t it? Talk to your vet today for more info! Dr. Mehaffey and partner Dr. Jen Heller own and operate the new Pennridge Animal Hospital on Ridge Road in Perkasie and can be reached at 267-272-9996. They also founded Harley’s Haven Dog Rescue.
impose a mandatory sentence of five years in prison, up from three. The House Transportation Committee approved Senate Bill 290, which would make the ignition interlock program mandatory for firsttime DUI offenders with high blood alcohol levels. Ignition interlocks have been required for repeat offenders since 2003, and this technology has stopped over 78,000 attempts by repeat drunk drivers. The bills now head to the full House for consideration.
Heroin Epidemic Focus of Community Safety Conference
Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) held his 6th Community Safety Conference on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at the Richland Township building. The conference is the sixth in a series of Community Safety Conferences (CSC) held by Senator Mensch. The topic of the March 30th CSC’s focused on the Heroin/Naloxone Epidemic in Pennsylvania. The event featured Honorable Rea B. Boylan, Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County, Kathy Jo Stence, Chief of the Systems Transformation Projects of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Diane W. Rosati, MA, Executive Director of the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. “The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 8,257 heroin-related deaths in 2013 which was an increase from the 5,925 heroin-related deaths reported in 2012,” said Mensch. “The Pennsylvania State Coroners Association reported that 2,489 individuals died from drug-related
causes in 2014, a 20 percent increase from 2013. In Pennsylvania, legislative and executive branch agencies are working closely on policies and programs addressing education, prevention, treatment, recovery, and law enforcement. The purpose of this CSC was to take closer look at heroin and opioid addiction, specifically treatment and recovery services in Pennsylvania.” The panel discussed the Commonwealth’s most current information related to heroin overdoses. In addition, they provided information on current rehabilitation services and options available to those battling addiction. They also addressed the avenues and resources available to family members and community organizations that are helping those who need assistance overcoming their dependence on heroin/naloxone. Attendees were also able to share their current action plans and discuss new ideas on how to combat this grave epidemic.
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(above left & center) Girl Scout Troop 2807 recently engaged in some detective work with Sgt. Josh Mallery of the Quakertown Police Department. photos by amy wulffleff (left) Girl Scout Troop 2807
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Cornelius “Geetza” “Pete” Meza, 90, of Quakertown died February 18, 2016 in his home. He was the husband of Elizabeth A. (Kosalko) Meza. They were married 64 years last May. He was the son of the late Peter & Rose (Frant) Meza of Bethlehem. He retired from the Quakertown Community School District where he was an elementary school teacher. He was a poet, painter, fisherman and he had a good sense of humor. He was also a member of the Quakertown American Legion Post #242 and a U.S. Navy Veteran of WW II serving in both the European and Pacific Theatre. In addition to his wife he is survived by three sons Peter (Mary Ellen), Mark, and John (Christine), a brother Peter and two grandchildren Cory and Max. Predeceased by five brothers and three sisters. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by the C. R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc. (www.crstrunk.com) Quakertown. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the St. Isidore’s Food Pantry 603 W. Broad St. Quakertown, PA 18951. Emma Reichenbach, 87, of Quakertown,
died Thurs. Mar. 3 in her home. She was the widow of Harold R. Reichenbach. Born in Ambler, she was a daughter of the late Frank R. and Evaline (Swartley) Wright. Emma’s mother was one of the famous Hatfield Swartley Triplets. She worked as a bookkeeper for many years before retiring. Emma was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Quakertown. Predeceased by her husband on son, Gary she is survived by her sisters Arline Kratz, husband Gerald, Anne Detweiler, & Gloria Gillespie, husband Paul and brother Kenneth, wife Barbara. She was also predeceased by her siblings Frank, Ralph, and Barbara Cope. Memorial contributions may be made to the church in Emma’s memory. The Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, Quakertown is in charge of arrangements. www.janauglefcs.com
Kaspar, 47, of
Quakertown, died Thursday, March 10th at St. Luke’s Hospital, Quakertown. He was the beloved husband of Tammy (Henninger) Kaspar. Born in Pottstown, he was a son of Barbara Ann (Lockhoff) and the late Edward T. Kaspar. Tommy was a sports fanatic who was devoted to the Dallas Cowboys. He also loved racing and cheering on Jeff Gordon. He also enjoyed fishing trips with his wife and family at Lake Nockamixon. Surviving with his mother and his wife are daughter Lillian; step daughter Angelique; step son Leonel; granddaughter Scaralin; brothers Shawn (Carol) Kaspar and Robert (Chris) Kaspar; and aunts Debbie (Carl), Cindy (Joe), and Mary Beth (Michael). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Tommy’s name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. www.janauglefcs.com
Robert Wilson Laird, Jr., 70 of North East, MD, formerly of Quakertown, PA, died at 8:47 a.m., March 12, 2016, at Christiana Hospital, Newark, DE. Born at 1:17 p.m., October 4, 1945, at Aultman Hospital, Canton, OH, Bob was the son of the late Robert Wilson and Zelma Ruth (Trueshel) Laird. As a member of a military family, Bob spent parts of his youth in France and in Germany. For most of his youth, however, home was Fort Dix in Browns Mills, NJ. Bob was a star pitcher for the local Little League team, hurling two no hitters in his career. In his teen years, he picked up the alto saxophone and joined the high school jazz band which even recorded a “45”. After high school, he attended Kent State University for a year as a
Biology major before entering the workforce. He served his country as an Airman First Class through the Air National Guard of New Jersey (USAF). His unit was called to duty in the Vietnam Conflict and his primary role was that of an air traffic controller stationed at Chu Lai Air Base. Bob was preceded in death by the love his life, Eileen Vivian (Crockett) Laird, who passed away May 25, 1990. Introduced to him by a mutual friend, Bonnie – as she was better known - was a red-headed spitfire who brought out the very best in Bob. Married July 20, 1968, Bob and Bonnie went on to have one son, Bobby, and spent the next 20 years as hardworking and fun loving parents and friends. Bonnie as one of the head RNs at the Abington Memorial Hospital ER and Bob working many sales positions – including the Clam Bar he ran in 1975. Primarily, however, he worked in construction fields; including inspection roles with the Army Corps of Engineers and the 1987-1988 additions to Quakertown Community Senior High School – the latter being his most-cherished professional accomplishment. The three of them loved to laugh and attend events together; especially treasuring their annual pilgrimage to DCI East Championships at J. Birney Crum, subway trips to Veterans Stadium to see the Phillies, the Chicago concert on the Parkway with 500,000 of their closest friends, Spectrum shows with Neil Diamond, the Bee Gees, Billy Joel, and the time that Bob took Bobby to see KISS – and lived to tell about it. In the days before cellphones, Bob and Bonnie utilized CB radio to communicate as their work schedules often crossed – her handle was “Migraine” and his, “Hammer Hand”. They used to meet for a quick hug and kiss at the entrance to Whitemarsh Cemetery. Bob was “head of security” for Bobby’s growing DJ business for which he even designed and built a full lighting rig that was flown from the rafters and another rig that dropped 100s of balloons onto the unsuspecting crowd below. Bob would eventually move to Maryland to be closer to Bobby’s growing family. He was a very active grandfather, attending all of the dance recitals and school concerts, being a roadie for talent shows, and cheering loudly from the stands at marching band performances. He had sleepovers with the girls when they were little and took Amanda and Robbie fishing in more recent years. He volunteered with North East United Methodist Church’s Vacation Bible School programs for many years – helping with the nursery-aged children and was always ready to lend a hand when he saw a need at home or in the community. Bob is survived by a son: Robert William Laird and his wife, Sharon (Dell); three grandchildren, Kimberly, Amanda, and Robert – all of Elkton, MD; a half-sister, Ruth Ann (Cronin) Green of Panama City, FL; sisterand brother-in-law Patricia and Kenneth of Lansdale, PA and nephew, Jonathan Rieker of Pottstown, PA; beloved friend, Virginia Koch of Sellersville. He was, also, preceded in death by a half-brother, Alden F. Cronin. A funeral service, conducted by Pastor Mark R. Dell of Reflections Bible Church in Middletown, DE, was held Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Crouch Funeral Home, P.A., North East, MD. Interment with full military honors was held Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Ambler, PA. To honor Bob’s memory, donations are requested to the North East Middle School National Junior Honor Society’s Relay for Life Team – of which Bob’s Grandson is a member – made out to “NEMS NJHS” and sent via Crouch Funeral Home, P.A.127 South Main Street, North East, MD.
Anna (Ann) M. Heath, 86 of Quakertown, PA entered into God’s loving care on March 11, 2016 with her devoted son, Wayne by her side. Born on February 16, 1930 Ann was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Skidmore. She resided in Morrisville, PA until moving to Quakertown, PA in 1972. In addition to her son, Ann is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Harold; her daughter-in-law, Verna; her sister, Betty Collins; two nieces, Linda and Curt Gronert and Nancy and Ken Hazelton; and two special nephews, Ted and Doris Blakemore and Ralph Blakemore. She was predeceased by two sisters and two brothers. Ann was a housewife who kept a meticulous home. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She enjoyed taking day trips and vacations with her son and daughter-in-law. She was a friend to all animals and was a loyal supporter of several animal organizations. More
recently, she enjoyed going to “The Coop” Restaurant in Coopersburg, PA and taking long car rides. Memorial contributions in Ann’s name may be made to the Upper Bucks SPCA, 60 Reservoir Rd., Quakertown, PA 18951
Flossie M. (Buehrle) Bright, 84, of Quakertown, passed away Sat., March 12th at St. Luke’s University Hospital, Bethlehem. She was the beloved wife of John Bright. Born in Bedminster Twp., she was a daughter of the late John and Pearl (Allem) Buehrle. Flossie was a skilled seamstress who loved to make things for others. Everyone had a grammy blanket and a hunting bag handmade by her, and she also sewed softballs. After many years in the upholstery business, she retired from J.G. Furniture in Quakertown. She enjoyed traveling, taking numerous cross-country road trips with John and stopping at national parks to see the animals along the way. She also enjoyed camping and snowmobiling, and she was brimming with love for her family and for her children. Surviving with her husband are daughters Cheryl (Jeffrey) Conradi of Easton, Susanna (Richard) Freed of Nazareth, and Cindy Mae (James) Hart of Hellertown; sisters Sara, Mary, Helen, and Clara; ten grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and four great great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her son, Ernie Mease, and by six brothers and two sisters. www.janauglefcs.com Stephen “Steve” Cyril Flood, age 68, passed away from pancreatic cancer on March 13, 2016. He was born in Philadelphia to the late Samuel and Catherine (Foley) Flood. Steve was educated at St. Joe’s Prep, Father Judge, and LaSalle University, earning a bachelor’s in business and graduate work in engineering. He served as an Army medic in Germany during the Vietnam era, treating illness and injuries and helping deliver babies (even on a helicopter). Employed as a sales engineer with Shingle & Gibb for nearly 40 years, he worked with major companies in the Lehigh Valley, Berks, and Schuylkill counties to integrate safety and efficiency solutions in the manufacturing process, specializing in automation. Steve loved his family and friends, classical and Celtic music, birding, vegetable gardening, travel, hiking, camping, fishing, and kayaking. He refreshed the blazes along the hiking trail through Lake Towhee Park for 20 years. He is survived by his wife Sara George, daughter Nicole Flood and her partner Scott Stollery, son Peter Flood, sister Mrs. Anne Lorenz and brothers Cmdr Peter Flood and Monsignor J. Michael Flood. Contributions to the church or to Hawk Mountain, 1700 Hawk Mountain Rd, Kempton, PA 19529. www.janauglefcs.com Kathleen R. (Lenar) Kutt, 58, of Quakertown, passed away Sat., March 12th at St. Luke’s Hospital, Quakertown. She was the beloved wife of John E. Kutt, Sr. Born in Sellersville, she was a daughter of Genevieve (Delikat) and the late Peter P. Lenar. Kathy was a produce associate at Redner’s Market for 13 years. She was a passionate chef who enjoyed cooking, baking, and reading cookbooks. Surviving with her husband and mother are daughter Katrina (Zachary) Schroy of Quakertown; stepsons Michael C. Kutt and John E. Kutt, Jr., both in NY; granddaughter Sophia Marie of Quakertown; sister Linda Hahn of Allentown; and brother Randy Wetzel of Quakertown. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Kathy’s name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. The family was assisted by Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral and Cremation Service. William H. Crouthamel, 82, of Quakertown, PA, passed away on March 13, 2016 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of the late Victoria Gawlenski Crouthamel and the late Donna Debuque Crouthamel. Born in Perkasie, PA, he was the son of the late William and Edna Crouthamel. He was a 1951 graduate of Quakertown
High School. Bill worked as a machinist for AMETEK US Gauge for 45 years as well as being a veteran of the Korean War. Bill loved to go fishing, play golf and save every dollar he could. But above all else, Bill loved his family and friends. Surviving are his sister, June Crouthamel Strawn; stepsister, Joyce Afflerbach and children: Mary Ann Bartholomew (Vic), David Crouthamel and step-children: Jeffrey Debuque (Mei), Laurie Debuque, Todd Debuque (Jenny), Chris Debuque (Amy), Leslie Osimo (Tony) and Jamie Debuque (Bryn); along with 19 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill’s name to John & Dorothy Morgan Cancer Center, LVHN, 2100 Mack Blvd., Allentown, PA 18105.
River Anne-Marie Hogan, beloved infant daughter of Jason and Rebecca (Hager) Hogan, died Friday, March 18 in the emergency department of St. Luke’s-Quakertown Hospital. She was born October 20, 2015 in Grand View Hospital, Sellersville. Surviving with her parents are a sister, Jolean; maternal grandparents Richard & Marie Hager of Quakertown; paternal grandparents Mark, Sr. & Janice McCarty of Sellersville; maternal great-grandmother Louise Hansen of Quakertown & maternal great-grandfather Justice McCarty of Horsham; paternal great-grandmother Joanne Hickman of Pennsburg; aunts, uncles, & cousins. The Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, 135 W. Pumping Station Rd., Quakertown assisted the family. Interment was in the Angel Garden of Jerusalem Union Cemetery, Sellersville. www.janauglefcs.com Emma Madison Deiley, 6-year-old daughter of Christopher and Katrina (Ketterer) Deiley, died Sat. March 19th at her home in Pennsburg. She was a first grade student at Marlborough Elementary, Green Lane. Emma enjoyed dancing at the Juli Kells School of Dance in Pennsburg and was active in the Boys and Girls Club. She was an animal lover and liked doing arts and crafts. She played softball and was an active swimmer. She also enjoyed spending time at the beach with her family. Surviving with her parents are her maternal grandparents, John and Karen Statuti of Pennsburg; paternal grandfather, Bruce Deiley of Lansdale; maternal great grandparents, Jon and Loretta Nice of Telford; paternal great grandparents, Albert and Eleanor Schofield of White Haven.
Memorial contributions can be made to Team Emma – 4Ever Fighting Childhood Cancer, c/o Chris & Trina Deiley, P.O. Box 201, Red Hill, PA 18076 www.janauglefcs.com
William M. Masteller, 80, of Quakertown, died March 20. He was the husband of the late Barbara (Black) Masteller. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Paul and Laura (Steiner) Masteller. After serving in the Navy, William worked for Bucks County Transit. He was an enthusiastic hunter, fisherman, and golfer. William was a member of First United Church of Christ in Quakertown. He is survived by his son, David (Sherry) Masteller of Riegelsville; Beth (Antonio) Interiano of Riegelsville; granddaughter Julie Interiano; brother Donald Masteller of Allentown; and his loving companion, Cheryl West. He is preceded in death by his sister Ruth LeBar, brother Jay Masteller, and half-brother James Mausteller. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in William’s memory to the charity of your choice. www.janauglefcs.com Margaret Edna Benner, 94, a resident of Country Meadows in Allentown since 2010 and formerly of Richlandtown and Quakertown, died March 26, 2016 in Lehigh Valley Hospice Inpatient Unit, Allentown. She was the loving wife of the late Raymond Huber Benner for 64 years. Born in Pittsburgh, PA she was the daughter of the late William J. & Elsie (Mertz) Wall. She was last employed in the laundry department of the Best Western Motor Lodge, Quakertown. She was also employed part time at various jobs in the Quakertown Area including Endura, Quakertown Community Library, Apple Alley, Lehs, and Pine Run. Margaret was also a volunteer for the Girl Scouts for 15 years. She was an avid reader and enjoyed walking. She was the loving mother of Betty Power (Stephen) of Cambridge, England, and Elaine Owens (Gary) of Allentown. Loving grandmother of Andrew Power of Cambridge, England. She also was survived by five nieces. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in the care of the C. R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc. (www.crstrunk. com) Quakertown. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Lehigh Valley Hospice 2166 S. 12th St. Ste 401 Allentown, PA 18103.
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New Vitae Among First to Offer Holistic ‘Deep TMS’ in Battle Against Depression New Vitae Wellness and Recovery is one of the first behavioral health recovery centers in the region to offer Brainsway’s Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or dTMS services. Deep TMS is one holistic option for individuals who have difficulty tolerating antidepressant use or who have not achieved effective symptom relief with antidepressants. The therapy works by stimulating neurons responsible for depressive symptoms. This safe, non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment permits most users to experience symptom remission following a 4- to 6-week period of service. Immediately following each of the treatments, users are able to return to their usual routines, including work and school commitments. “New Vitae Wellness and Recovery is proud to be able to offer a variety of options to those individuals seeking relief from depressive symptoms,” said New Vitae President and CEO Judith Yanacek. “We are aware that many people are seeking alternative or adjunctive treatments for depression, which is one of the most common behavioral health challenges. New Vitae is excited to be able to offer dTMS services as a means to achieve personal wellness.” Individuals interested in learning more about dTMS or who would like to be considered a candidate for this treatment are encouraged to contact the New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Center at 215-538-3403. About New Vitae Wellness and Recovery: New Vitae Wellness and Recovery offers a variety of behavioral health outpatient services, substance use disorder treatment, and
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brain injury supports. Emphasizing integrated and holistic healing options, all services are provided using the lens of the recovery model to ensure trauma-informed, strengthsbased support. Our innovative, intensive care models have the option of blending clinical services with residential assistance to promote individualized wellness. Our continuum of housing options in Bucks, Lehigh, and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania includes licensed personal care homes, 24/7 staffed apartments, supported independent living apartments, and a small licensed residential treatment facility for adults to maintain connections with local communities. New Vitae Wellness and Recovery sites include New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Center, New Vitae Philadelphia, New Vitae The Mitchell Clinic, Mount Trexler Manor, Quakertown House, and multiple Young Adult and Pathways apartments. We offer treatment tailored to the unique needs of veterans, young adults ages 18 to 25, and, through our Action Recovery services, those who have sustained brain injuries or have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Intellectual Disabilities. Our specialized services include Intensive Outpatient Program, Certified Peer Support, deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services. New Vitae Wellness and Recovery is proud to assist individuals and their families from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and other states across the country. To learn more about our services, please visit www. newvitaewellness.com.
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Spring Cleaning Tips Spring cleaning has its drawbacks and its advantages. The drawbacks are obvious… nobody really likes to clean. Once the task is complete, the advantages to spring cleaning include additional storage space, discovering items that you thought you lost, and some quick cash if you work to sell some of your unwanted stuff online. In the world of art and antiques, spring cleaning is a great opportunity to review the condition of objects, repurpose items, sort out what to keep and what to sell, and reconsider a collection’s display options within your home. Here are some tips for your own spring cleaning when it comes to antiques: Don’t be too hasty to clean a painting. Many people automatically want to clean an old painting when many paintings just don’t need to be cleaned. If a painting only has minor evidence of surface dirt but no evidence of yellowing varnish, consider leaving the painting alone. Never clean a painting using soap and water as this will dry out the pigment and the canvas and lead to pigment flaking and damage over time. Glass jars and bottles require special care when cleaning. For cloudy glass jars and bottles, use equal parts of white vinegar and distilled water and wash gently. Try to avoid using any harsh chemicals or cleaning agents on your antique items. Do not submerge any glass item into standing water that is too cold or too hot as this “shock to the system” may result in cracking your antique or vintage glass
item. Don’t be overzealous when cleaning silver pieces including silver plate. Basically, as you clean or polish sterling silver or silver plate, you rub off a layer of the metal’s sheen. Try to polish silver and silver plate items like tea trays, water pitchers, and frames, no more than once or twice a year. Use appropriate white cotton cloths and recommended polish. Be gentle when polishing silver plate so you don’t rub the silver off to the point where the under metal—usually copper—is showing through the silver. The tools that you use during spring cleaning of your art or antiques are just as important as the cleaning supplies and techniques. Q-tips or cotton swabs can be very helpful to get into those tight or rough places. Cloths that do not leave textile or cotton residue behind are also the desirable cleaning choice when it comes to antiques and art. And, don’t forget to do your spring cleaning of fragile collectibles while seated at a table and when you are not tired or in a hurry. Happy Spring cleaning! Dr. Lori Verderame is an antiques appraiser, nationally syndicated columnist and author, and award-winning TV personality on Discovery’s Auction Kings internationally. With a Ph.D. from Penn State University and experience appraising 20,000 antiques every year, Dr. Lori presents antique appraisal events to worldwide audiences.
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Hicks Art Center Gallery Hosts Bucks County High School Exhibition Youthful creativity shines at the 21st Annual Bucks County High School Art Exhibition Wednesday, March 30 through Saturday, April 9 at Bucks County Community College’s Hicks Art Center Gallery. A gallery reception, including a Congressional art contest awards ceremony withRepresentative Michael Fitzpatrick, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 3. The show features more than 200 works of art in a variety of media such as painting, drawing, photography, graphic design, stained glass, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, and jewelry. The works were submitted by art teachers from high schools throughout Bucks County. Two college faculty members have chosen the prize winners for the annual Congressional Art Competition. First-place and three honorable-mention awards are sponsored by the James A. Michener Art Museum. In addition, Bucks County
Community College’s Arts Department has sponsored awards for the best 2D and 3D works. Congressman Fitzpatrick will be joined by Lisa Hanover, director and CEO of the Michener Museum, and John Mathews, Bucks County Community College’s Dean of Arts, to present the awards in a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Sunday,April 3. The artwork of the first-place winner will be displayed for one year in Washington, D.C., in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building, along with winning works from high school students around the nation. Admission is free. The Hicks Art Center Gallery is located on the campus at 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, where there is ample free parking. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, call 215-968-8425 or visit bucks.edu/gallery.
Vasta Receives LOVE Award
Grand View Health presented the March 2016 Life of Volunteer Excellence (LOVE) Award to Jo Vasta. Vasta joined Grand View Health’s volunteer program in 2003 and has contributed more than 1,840 hours of service. She spends her volunteer hours with Family Medicine at Skyview, a Grand View Medical Practice in Souderton, providing office support. Vasta was nominated for the LOVE award because of her willingness to tackle any task that is presented to her. She is known for braving all types of weather conditions to be in the office on her assigned day. When Vasta isn’t volunteering at Skyview, she serves with the Norristown Garden Club and North Wales Area Library. For fun and leisure, Vasta enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. She has two children, Nancy Vasta and Alfred G. Vasta, MD, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She resides in North Wales.
I am never surprised by the people who show up in my life. I am a true believer that we attract people in our life that give us what we need “good” or “bad”. Every encounter becomes an opportunity for us to learn about ourselves and understand what it is that we need in our relationships with others. We learn how to set limits and boundaries and to ask for what we want. We also can decide who we don’t want in our life because of how they are as people and how they make us feel not so good about ourselves. That is why I believe that every negative encounter can be a positive one if we are able to see the lessons we can learn from them. What I find interesting is the influence Facebook has on people, especially when they are viewing comments. It seems as though depending upon how you read them it can be positive or negative based upon what your relationship is with them and if your relationship is what you want it to be. It also can give you an awareness of what you need to work on with yourself personally. For instance if you are reading something and you take it personally as an attack you can look inside yourself and ask “why is this affecting me so much?” “Is there any truth to how I am feeling” or “what I am feeling about this comment?’ In most cases it really has no weight or value to who we are because we know the truth about who we are. But that is how powerful Facebook can be to our self-worth; however it allows an opportunity to assess ourselves and our relationships and understand their validity and importance in our lives. Relationships can be simple or complicated for us on any given day. However if we view
all of them as lets say worthwhile it provides for us a new way of having a connection with someone. Too often we miss what is happening in our life and the things that matter because we are running around so much with all these responsibilities that we forget the people in our life that have meaning to us. So many of my clients will tell me that it has been forever since they have seen their friends or loved ones. When I ask why it is always I just don’t have time or any number of excuses. I say excuses because sometimes I think we look for them in order to not connect with others. As much as we want to spend time with others we don’t make the time. I think this may have more to do with our level of comfort with ourselves and our life and that it is easier to just keep doing what were doing rather than getting out of our own comfort zone and being with the people in our lives that make us laugh and feel good about ourselves. How many times do I say that life is too short and how many times do you actually hear others saying it? A lot… it is imperative that we bring joy in our life as much as we can and be with people who make us shine….and even if we run into someone who puts a damper on our mood we can quickly change that around and say (not literally, out loud to yourself) “thank you for showing up… now leave because I want to experience nothing but goodness.” So be present with others, smile, laugh and by all means enjoy all your encounters with others!!! My belief is that “all persons are truly greater than they think they are.” Susan V. Brewer is a Certified Life Coach and Psychotherapist in the Upper Bucks County Area. She can be reached at 215-872-4219. Visit her website at www.balancelife4u.com.
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Paper Meets the Digital Age in Multiplatform Books The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that American children, on average, spend as many as seven hours in front of some sort of video screen every day. With today’s kids picking to play something using an electronic device over just about anything else, book publishers have found a neat way to still capture a kid’s interest in reading with multiplatform books. Multiplatform books combine paper books with web-based games on interactive websites. It is a way of story-telling over a variety of methods. Some of the multiplatform series even include videos that the reader must watch to learn about important parts of the plot. The books have kids jumping back and forth from the written words on a page and an electronic interface. The digital content is easy to use and very kid friendly. It is a way for kids to take what they read to another level, making it an exciting experience. The first successful multiplatform series to launch, was Scholastic’s 39 Clues series. The story follows siblings Amy and Dan Cahill. The kids find out they are part of the world’s most powerful family and must travel around the globe finding the 39 clues to unlock the secrets of the family. The physical books are
written to get both the reluctant and avid readers involved. The story is exciting, well written and there are clues buried within the pages of the books too. The reader must go online to unlock additional clues and content. It is a perfect mix of text on the page and screen. The series, written for kids ages 8-12, had eleven books but now has two branch off series and multiple bonus material publications. The popularity of the 39 Clues made other publishers and authors take notice. Other multiplatform series started popping up. Skeleton Creek, Spirit Animals, Voyagers, TombQuest are a few multiplatform titles available. All of these series combine traditional books with online components. Even some traditional series, like Erin Hunter’s Warrior Cats, started to create online content in response to the demand for the multiplatform titles. As an avid reader, I have read many books from these series and I have also enjoyed the online parts to the story. I can see why this is a great way to get kids interested in reading: you get to play video games or watch movie clips as part of it. If you are looking for a reading option for a kid who is more into his or her computer than books, you may want to consider one of these series. For more on books and reading, please visit my website ThisKidReviewsBooks.com.
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Spring is Finally Here... Now What?
April 1 – 15 is a busy time for veggie gardeners. Early April is prime time to plant root vegetables such as carrots, radishes, beets and turnips, early cabbage and broccoli, leaf lettuce and spinach, and bulb vegetables such as onions, shallots and leeks. For planting and fertilizing advice, here is Penn State Cooperative Extension’s publication “Vegetable Gardening” http://goo.gl/8QVdrK. This publication is free online, or available as a book for $10 from the extension office. Call 215-345-3283 to purchase.
Gorski Engineering Receives Two National Excellence in Construction Awards Gorski Engineering received two National Excellence in Construction Pyramid Awards from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) on March 2nd during ABC’s 26th annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 2016 ABC National Chair David Chapin, president of Willmar Electric Service, Lincoln, Nebraska, presented the awards to Kathy and Jerry Gorski. The winning projects, selected from hundreds of entries submitted from across the nation, were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and cost. Gorski’s Best Made Center project, the repurposing of a former textile mill, was entered in the Renovation Less Than $4 million category. The Klover Contracting New Manufacturing Facility was entered in the Pre-engineered Building Category. Both are located in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.
57th Spring Spectacular and Auction Slated
Mother’s Day weekend is a very special time. However, at Quakertown Christian School it’s always an extra special weekend. This year is our 57th Annual Spring Spectacular and Auction. Start celebrating at 4:00 pm on Friday by bringing your mother to the best Chicken Barbecue around. We are still using our “secret recipe” for the juciest chicken you’ll ever eat. Walk off dinner by browsing our plant stand and bake sale. Children and grandchildren will enjoy a wide variety of games and inflatables. At 7:30 come inside for a performance by professional Jugglers, “Give and Take.” Having performed WorldWide including Spain, England, Panama and Cuba, “Give and Take” has been a consistent hit with both children and adults for over 40 years. Their highly interactive, comedic
show uses traditions from vaudeville, circus arts, theater, and music to create a lively and wholesome performance that feels fresh and contemporary. For advance tickets call the school at 215-536-6970. Advance tickets are $4.00. Tickets at the door $5.00. At the end of the evening don’t leave without one of our scrumptious strawberry pies. The excitement continues on Saturday with even more activities, including the addition of a fantastic food court, live auction, “touch a truck” event, chili cook-off and more. The fun begins at 8:00 am with a continental breakfast. Make it another fun day for mom and the entire family. We look forward to you joining us on May 6 & 7 for a spectacular weekend.
• Take a detailed survey of flower beds and turf grass for signs of pest, insect or disease damage. • Remove any dead growth from grasses and perennials. • Rake debris and leaves from flower beds, taking care not to disturb delicate new plant growth. • Remove any protective covering on roses, shrubs and trees. • Feed roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, peonies and other late spring and summer bloomers. Trim off any dead or diseased branches. • Apply a 1”-2” layer of good quality compost around spring blooming native perennials like bleeding heart (dicentra), penstemon, and columbine (aquilegia). Be careful not to cover the plant stem where it meets the soil. Covering the trunk or stem of a plant can encourage pests and foster diseases. • Plant new shrubs or trees. Make sure you have chosen the right plant for the right place. Read the grower’s label carefully for correct growing conditions. Then…SOIL TEST! SOIL TEST! Soil test kits are available from Penn State Cooperative Extension for only $9.00 which can save you the costly mistake of purchasing a plant, shrub or tree and placing it in soil that will not support its health. • Of course, there’s always weeding! • Start a garden diary. You can purchase a specialty garden diary, or use any free day planner. This will be an invaluable tool year to year. Make sure to record both your successes and failures. Record plantings, temperature, weather conditions, etc. • Separate perennials that have become overgrown, such as beebalm (monarda), daylily (hemerocallis), Shasta daisy (leucan-
themum) and fountain grasses (pennisetum). Overcrowding can negatively affect future bloom quantity and quality. Remove unwanted self-sowing perennials such as bleeding heart, columbine, hibiscus (rose of sharon) etc. Move them to another spot in your garden, or share them with a neighbor or friend. Q: I have a rodent amusement park in my lawn. Is it a mole or vole? What can I do? A: First, you need to know what rodent you have. If you have seen the little pest there are a few simple ways to tell whether you have a mole or a vole. o Moles are 4-6” in length, have large front claws for digging and a pointed snout. o Voles are sometimes called field mice and are 5-7” long with stocky, short bodies and a short tail. o Moles are Insectivores and feed primarily on insects and Invertibrates (worms, grubs). o Voles are rodents and eat roots, grasses and seeds. o Think: Voles = Vegetarian; Moles = Meat-eaters Moles are responsible for digging the annoying tunnels in turf grass. Although these tunnels are unsightly, moles can be beneficial as they feed on undesirable grubs and insects. voles do not tunnel under the soil, but clip the turf at the soil line to create above ground tunnels. However, they will use underground tunnels made by moles to move around looking for food. Since the food sources of moles and voles are different, it’s important to identify the pest to know how to treat their invasion. These Penn State Extension Publications should be helpful. Wildlife Control-Voles goo.gl/9nV0l3 Wildlife Control-Moles goo.gl/7CEpFY Our 2016 Home Gardening Hotline is back through October 28, 2016. Call or write us with your home gardening questions at 215345-3283 Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 12:00 noon and additional hours on Wednesdays from 1:00pm – 4:00pm “Ask a Master Gardener” Penn State Extension Bucks County Neshaminy Manor Center 1282 Almshouse Rd Doylestown, PA 18901 Email: BucksHotline@ag.psu.edu Please mention that you heard about us through the Upper Bucks Free Press!
New Hope Historical Society Schedules 2016 Garden Tour
Plans for the 23rd annual New Hope Historical Society Garden Tour are well underway. The rain-or-shine event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, and focuses on the incredible beauty of local gardens and the considerable skill and imagination of their owners, says NHHS garden tour committee co-chair Mary Ellen Mason. The event will begin with a docent-led tour of New Hope’s historic Parry Mansion, then moves on to six local private gardens, featuring a diverse array of plantings and imaginative l a n d scapes. One historic home showcases the efforts of its owners to restore magnificent gardens which had withered due to years of neglect. Another offers expansive grounds and water features, with an incredible display of flowers, shrubs and fieldstone. And that’s just two of the six host locations! The Tour will once again feature the popular Retail Boutique, where gardening-related
items will be available for purchase. Each visitor will receive a copy of the Tour’s keepsake Souvenir Program, which will include descriptions of the showcase gardens, a locator map, and coupons from supporting sponsors. “We’re truly thankful for our friends and local businesses for their generosity in supporting this year’s event,” says tour committee co-chair Mary Ellen Mason. “and we’ve recognized these sponsors in this month’s NHHS newsletter, and on the Garden Tour pages of our website at www.newhopehs.org.” Tickets are priced at $35, and will be available for purchase up to the day of the Tour. “Anyone seeking a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift would really score by giving Mom a ticket for a leisurely day strolling through some of our area’s most beautiful gardens,” says Mason. “They also make a wonderful graduation gift or simply an enjoyable outing, so get your tickets now for yourself, your family or friends.”
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Bucks County Community College to Host Spring Open House for Prospective Students Bucks County Community College is hosting an open house for prospective students and their parents Wednesday, April 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. The free event takes place in the Linksz Pavilion, the spacious meeting area that connects the Gymnasium to the Rollins Center on the college’s Newtown campus. Marlene Barlow, Director of Admissions, says the semiannual open house is a great opportunity to learn how Bucks can help you reach your educational goals. “People may be surprised to learn that we’re a competitive choice among college options,” said Barlow. “We continue to strive for improvements both physically and academically, from adding a new science building to introducing new programs to match career opportunities.”
For example, a new 38,000 squarefoot science building is slated to open in December, housing classrooms and laboratories for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Department. New programs include majors in English and Art History, and soon, Radiography and other Allied Health professions. Representatives from seven academic departments, which offer nearly 80 majors leading to either a two-year associate degree or shorter-term certificate, will be available for questions and information. Officials from the college’s financial aid and other student-services departments will also be on hand. Professors will be in attendance to answer questions, while campus tours, including visits to the Arts Department studios
and Biotechnology labs, will be conducted by student ambassadors. “There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and tour the campus to see how Bucks is the best place to start your college career,” Barlow added. Light refreshments will be served, while the new Centurion mascot will make an appearance. Student musicians will entertain as well. After attending Bucks, most students transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree, while others directly enter the workforce to launch a career. Courses can be taken at the original campus in Newtown, the Upper Bucks Campus in Perkasie, the Lower Bucks Campus in Bristol, and online through the
college’s award-winning virtual campus. Bucks, which has maintained an open-admissions policy for more than 50 years, is accepting applications for summer classes and the fall semester. Tuition is currently only $135 a credit for Bucks County residents. To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu/ admissions. The Spring Open House takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the Linksz Pavilion on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., 18940. Admission is free, but registration is requested. For information or to register, visit www.bucks.edu/admissions/ events, call 215-968-8112 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Washington House Hotel To Celebrate Opening How Did We Survive? Although we are in the LeRecently it was on the news about lead levels in areas around the United States. A local doctor mentioned about acceptable lead levels and later on restated that no lead levels are tolerable. As we are able to determine the more finite levels of all that is toxic to ourselves and our children, we are trying to make it ever so the more safe. I am in full agreement to all that is being done to improve our lot while we go through life. I remember seeing black sewer water running into the Tohickon Creek just upstream from the bridge on Thatcher Road near my Grandmother’s farm on Axe Handle Road. I also remember having to go into her house as evening approached on humid summer nights because of the terrible odor from the creek about 100 yards away. As a young man just out of the Army and active in local sportsman clubs I attended many meetings to state the above infractions when the state was in the process of planning for the Nockamixon State Park. Since then, because of the sportsmen’s concerns as well as local civic groups, the waters are so much more pure and we have a wonderful fishery and recreation area at our local State Park. Many other waterways such as the Delaware River, Schuykill River, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario are now places we can enjoy instead of having to avoid if actions were not taken. Many discussions take place among my acquaintances as to what is necessary and what is overkill. This article does not reflect any opinion on this subject and only is a reflection on how it was back “in the day.” Wow, I can’t believe I am 72 after experiencing all common practices that were present when we were kids. Can you believe, we bathed and drank water from a cistern under the Sun Porch of our home in the 50’s when all the “A Bomb” and Hydrogen Bombs were being exploded out West. The prevailing weather is usually West to East and I only assume that the fallout fell into the yearly freshly painted (lead paint) spoutings that drained into the yearly cleaned cistern! We had no indoor plumbing and our outhouse was about 40’ from the back door. I hate to think of what my parents sprayed on the beans plants and potato plants to keep the bugs off. I remember my dad going to the hardware store for DDT. I don’t know if that was for the grape vines or the beans. We went swimming in the Unami Creek in the swimming hole at the Pott’s farm just down stream from where the cows were grazing in the pasture and afterwards standing in the creek in the shade to cool off in the afternoon. If the cows had to go obviously they didn’t get out of the creek to relieve themselves so the did so in the same creek just upstream from the swim-
mers. It was common practice for farmers to take their equipment (Including sprayers) to the creek to wash them off after the final field use. After the government started fining them for doing this; some took a chance on being cited and fined as it was cheaper than hauling the equipment away to be cleaned. Back in the day we had quite a few dirt roads in the area and most service stations stored their oil 55 gallon drums on the outside of the garages to be used by the local municipalities to “Oil the Dirt Roads” in the summer! Now if there is a slight spill at a gas station a “Hazmat” team is summoned with special chemicals to clean up the area where the couple of gallon spill took place. Incidentally the area around where those 55 gallon drums were stored at most gas stations was dark stained with oil and if it rained the area was slippery as ice! Remember back in the day most teachers “HAD” to find work during the Summer Months. I remember seeing the special trucks our township had that contained an oil tank and in the back were two seats for people to sit with spray hoses so they could spray the ditches where water stood stagnant during the summer months. You guessed it! The spray was drain oil and I can still remember the names of my teachers who sat in those seats. When they would spray, we kids would follow the trucks on our bikes and be talking to the teachers as the oil mist encircled both the teachers and us kids. Remember mowing the lawn with either a hand push mower or a new fangled mower called a rotary mower that had about an 18” cut with no special rubber flaps that kept you from pulling the mower back and that did not have any shoot guards? There were instructions that told you to keep hands and feet away and we were smart enough to be able to read them and not do anything stupid. From time to time you would take a break and walk over to the spigot and turn on the water and let the warm water flow out the attached hose to take a long drink “from the that coiled hose.” Cars burned leaded gas and contained no ethanol to dry up the carburetor seals as we do today. I remember our neighbor always went to Fluck and Sloyers Garage at the end of Mill Street at Tohickon Avenue to buy American Oil “White Gas” because it contained no lead. These are just a few examples of why I now sit and wonder how I survived to be 72 years old and still have some semblance of intelligence. All these hazardous conditions that we lived with should have caused a mass casualty experience that would have killed or maimed all of us before we reached our teen years. I guess we were “Just plain lucky” and through trial and error and “having common sense” muddled our way through those formative years! Dick Helm is a regular contributor. He can be reached at email@example.com
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The finishing touches are being put on the elegant interior of The Washington House Hotel and the opening date is announced as April 19, 2016. There will be a ribbon cutting and community open house on April 12, 2016 from 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM. The press and the public are welcome to explore the five floors of the hotel, including The Tower Suite and Tower Observatory. The historic building has been meticulously renovated in a classic, yet modern, style that hints at the building’s rich history. Brick and Quigley decided to keep many of the building’s historical features, such as exposed original brick and beams, as accent features throughout the Hotel and excitedly point these features out on tours. “One of my favorite things in the Hotel, and it’s hard to pick just one, is the sun porch
in the King Suite,” says Brick. “It’s sunny and beautiful - and was very difficult to restore! But we were determined and it paid off. It’s a bright and relaxing space.” The sun porch, which overlooks Main Street, features stacked stone from the original farmhouse. The Hotel has eleven rooms and suites with private baths, WiFi, cable television, continental breakfast and more. The rooms are beautifully decorated and no two are the same. The Hotel is ideal for Bucks County get-aways and stay-cations, wedding parties, business retreats, hosting out-of-town guests and enjoying a night of live music and fine dining. The Washington House Restaurant will get into the celebratory spirit by serving past menu favorites at throwback pricing for the open house on April 12, 2016.
Bucks Artist Dot Bunn to Present Embracing Technology as an Artist
Creative use of digital technology to aid the traditional artist will be the subject of a multimedia presentation and discussion by Dot Bunn, an award winning Bucks County Artist, on Friday, April 8th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at G2 Computers located at 4363 W. Swamp Rd. Doylestown, PA. This event is free and open to the public. It is part of G2 Computers ‘Artist of the Month series. Dot Bunn is a full time studio painter and teacher with a strong commitment to the traditional methods of oil painting. She studied composition and color with Myron Barnstone and has attended workshops by Max Ginsburg and Burton Silverman. She is a recipient of the Alden Bryan Memorial Medal award for Landscape and is an elected member of Allied Artists of America. The slide presentation will be geared towards anyone working in a two dimensional
medium such as painting, pastels, collage, but is open to art enthusiasts and students at all levels. In addition, she will illustrate the use of an IPad for taking photographs as an aid to Plein Air painters in the field. The presentation’s purpose is to show artists what can be done to further their creative experience with the use of technology. G2 Computers, an Apple Premier Partner with locations in Doylestown and Washington Crossing, is committed to serving the community by providing educational events to learn about the different ways to creatively use technology and support the arts in Bucks County. Future events will feature student artists from Central Bucks South High School, followed by art demo of Meditative Brush Painting and display by Frank Champine. You can also register for their popular Minecraft summer camp series for 9 - 12 year olds on their website.
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Messa Di Voce, Strayer Jazz Band to Perform at PMEA Conference BY ERICA STEIN Messa Di Voce and the Jazz Band will both represent Strayer Middle School at the 2016 PMEA Conference March 31 at the Hershey Convention Center. This is the third time the Quakertown Community School District a capella singing group was selected to perform at the event. Led by conductor Cynthia Teprovich, the group submitted a recording that was pitted against more than 130 choirs. The group previously performed at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association conference in 2007 and 2012. The Jazz Band is directed by Joe Santanello. Messa Di Voce also won the honor to perform at the Eastern (NAfME) National Association for Music Education Conference held in Hartford, Connecticut in 2013. Messa Di Voce is an appropriate name for a middle school a cappella choir because, according to The New Harvard Dictionary of Music (1986), messa di voce means “to place the voice” from the Italian mettere (to place, to put). This auditioned a cappella choir from Strayer Middle School is the product of placing each voice within a rigorous choral curriculum that currently enrolls 330 choral students. The choir
rehearses before school at 7:00 a.m. twice a week. The choir has performed with the Pennsylvania Youth Chorale, the renowned Baltimore Consort, and three concerts with the award-winning women’s barbershop chorus known as The Valley Forge Chorus. Messa Di Voce has achieved the Overall Chorus Award with first-place, superior ratings for the last 15 consecutive years in the Music in the Parks Festival.
Is Your Home Ready for Spring?
Think Local. Buy Local. Be Local.
Spring is a time for renewal both for ourselves and our homes. It’s also a great reminder to check key areas around the home for defects or repairs. Here’s a handy checklist from the nationwide experts at Pillar To Post Home
• Check ceiling and surfaces around windows for evidence of moisture • Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilet base • Verify ceiling areas beneath bathrooms have no leakage • Ensure all stairs and railing do not have any loose sections • Test all fire and safety systems regularly, including carbon monoxide (CO) detectors • Know the location of all gas shutoff valves
Heating and Cooling
• Clean or change furnace filters every three months of operation • Lubricate fan and motor bearings (only where indicated) • Check fan belt tension and listen for unusual noises • Keep area around heating and cooling equipment clear • For boiler systems, check water level and shut-off valve for leaks • Have system serviced annually prior to the start of the season
Doors and Windows
• Look for loose or missing glazing putty • Check caulking for deterioration at the openings and joints between dissimilar materials (e.g. wood and masonry) • Check weather stripping • Check for broken glass and damaged or missing screens • Inspect all window and door hardware
• Check for any missing, loose or damaged shingles • Look for open seams, blisters, bald areas on flat roofs • Clean gutters, strainers and downspouts. Make sure downspouts divert water away from the foundation. • Verify the attic has no evidence of any leaks • Check flashing (sheet metal placed on joints of the roof to prevent water seepage) around all surface projections, sidewalls and protrusions • Trim back all tree limbs and vegetation away from the roof • Check fascia (board or roof trim) and soffits (connecting the roof overhang and the side of your building) for deterioration and damage
Foundation and Exterior
• Check foundation walls and floors for cracking, heaving, spalling, deterioration or efflorescence • Inspect chimney for loose, deteriorated or missing mortar or bricks • Check grading for proper slope away from the foundation • Verify basement and crawlspace has no moisture or leaks • Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure • Inspect all decks, patios, porches, stairs and railings for deterioration • Cut back and trim all vegetation from structures Sue Deily has been a Realtor® for 31 years, resides in the Upper Bucks Area and enjoys serving her clients in Bucks, Lehigh and Montgomery Counties. Sue is happy to answer your real estate questions and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and at
Coffee House Presents Musical Duo John & Trish
Come see some of the best performers available up close and personal in an intimate setting at the Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse, a ministry of the Perkasie Mennonite Church. John and Trish - Since 1988, John Kirk and Trish Miller have toured as a duo throughout the world, from the Grand Canyon to Barbadoes, from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Academy of Culture in St. Petersburg, Russia, playing music and singing in concerts, festivals, and schools, and calling contra and square dances. Many of their music selections are rooted in the local lore of the northeast woodlands. A love of traditional tunes and witty songs are presented with brilliant arrangements using fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin and warm clear vocals. Humorous, story telling, original and poetic pieces make their shows delightful entertainment for all ages. Opening the evening will be Tachyonmetry, a Classical Guitar and Hammered Dulcimer Duo. This collaboration was born on an organic farm during a harvest festival in 2005, where Brian Pearson and Cliff Cole met as volunteer musicians. After years at this annual event, they both agreed they had something special. The sultry smooth sounds of the nylon
string classical guitar were complemented perfectly by the percussive, ethereal qualities of the hammered dulcimer. Along the way, Cliff was producing his daughter’s solo album and they asked for Brian’s help with the recording. Brian also joined the band for Emily Rose Cole’s 2013 tour. In 2014 Brian and Cliff decided to start working on an their own recording. This labor of love has been filled with many other musicians who have colored the tunes and blessed the project. In 2016, Tachyonmetry was coined, framing the future of the project and establishing Brian and Cliff’s vision of pushing the limits of the musical and spiritual realms towards an ever changing landscape of harmony, melody, and lyric. Look for their double EP, dually named “Sunset Waterfall” and “Song Pile,” to be released the Spring of 2016. At each concert a portion of our proceeds support a local nonprofit organization. This month our proceeds support Faith and Light. You can also drop off donations of non-perishable food at Patchwork for Pennridge FISH, our local food pantry, at all our concerts.
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(above left) Members of Trinity Lutheran Church on Hellertown Avenue, Quakertown, performed their 15th annual live reenactment of the Last Supper.
submitted by ray fox (above right) Second, third and fourth graders at United Friends School designed contraptions so that a raw egg could survive a two story drop out a window onto the school parking lot. submitted by natalie marasco (below) Edible Arrangements and the Upper Bucks Free Press were among the many exhibitors visited by the business community at the Upper Bucks Chamber’s Small Business Expo at Bucks County Communuity College in Perkasie. (below right) Pennridge High School students from the Future Business Leaders of America were on hand to help exhibitors set up and give directions to expo visitors. submitted by upper bucks chamber
PUZZLE ANSWERS: BuckyGrams: tiger lily, dandelion, bee balm, bird of paradise, hummingbird bush, butterfly bush, pussy willow, catnip, foxglove, spider plant, dogwood,panda plant Hidden message: Springtime is beginning to pop! Box Puzzle: Shrinking Violet
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