Upper Bucks Free Press • July 2024

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What’s Going On in Upper Bucks?

Now to October- Perkasie Farmer’s Market every Sat 9am-12noon at 7th St. Farms, Food & Live Music. Perkasieborough.org

Now to August 28- Telford Night Market every Wed 5:30pm-8:30pm at Telford Train Station, Penn Ave & Main St. Live music, food trucks, beer/wine, baked goods, farm fresh food, free kid crafts, handmade crafts.

3rd Fridays from May to October. Friends gather to shop & enjoy good music & food along Main St in Souderton. Local crafters, Kid’s Zone, art galleries open late. Well-behaved, leashed dogs welcome. FMI 3rdFri.com

Now to July 31 Exhibit of Wm. Harrison Atkinson, 1895-1978, Bucks Co folk artist at Richland Library, 44 S Main St, Quakertown. Includes ‘Oldest Home in Richland Twp’ & ‘Quilting Bee’ and many more donated by Historical Society, Fluck family and individual owners. Also exhibit of Antique Zithers by Matt Koch. Handicapped accessible.

FRESH CONNECT Bucks County free farmers market for eligible Bucks County residents every Wed 11am-1pm at Quakertown Memorial Park, 600 W Mill St. Walk Through Method. FMI: 215-536-0353

FRESH CONNECT Bucks County free farmers market for eligible Bucks County residents 10am-12noon every 1st & 3rd Thursday at Palisades Middle School, 4710 Durham Rd, Kintnersville. Drive Through Method. FMI: 215-536-0353

June 28

‘Soylent Green’ – A movie matinee is free every Friday 2pm-4pm at Perkasie Library, 491 Arthur Ave, Perkasie. Peanut-free crunchy snacks & beverages in lidded container are welcome. FMI 215-257-9718

Line Dancing 6:30pm-9pm at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd. Lessons & open dancing. Saturdays will be open dancing.

June 29

‘DJ AD Cool’ on the Stage 10am-2pm, Free Concerts at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd

Church School Open House 9:30am12noon for Springfield Township Historical Society, 2165 Rte 212, Pleasant Valley (GPS Coopersburg). Free, public invited to view documents, albums & papers. Questions? Tom Cline 484-308-1510

June 30

Audition Notice: DCP Junior Member Outlet- ‘Twelve Angry Men’ at DCP Theater, 795 Ridge Rd, Telford. Auditions open 7:30pm-9:30pm to all ages and genders. Performance is August 2. FMI ContactUs@dcptheatre.com or 215-234-0966

‘All Worn Out’ Classic Rock. Free Concert Sundaes-Music in the Park 7pm9pm at Souderton Park, 459 Wile Ave & Reliance Rd. info@concertsundaes.com

July 2

Quakertown Rotary meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday every month, 4:30am-8:30am at John’s Plain and Fancy Restaurant, 50 S. West End Boulevard. FMI: Todd 610-360-9572.

July 4 Independence day

Quakertown Community Day 8am930pm Food, fun, crafts, entertainment, Fireworks! Memorial Park, Mill Street. See schedule on this page.

Celebrate 248th Birthday of our Nation 1pm-2:15pm at Richland Historical Society, 130 Richlandtown Pike, Quakertown. At 1pm-Tour school/ museum, at 1:30pm-Program “Minute Men”, at 2pm-Thirteen volunteers will ring our big bell for original 13 British Colonies & everyone else encouraged to “Ring Their Bells for Freedom” with the rest of our Country.

“Let Freedom Ring” National Bell Ringing Ceremony 10:30am at Sellersville Museum, 120 Church St, Sellersville. Observance of signing of Declaration of Independence. Seeking 13 people to ring the bell during service. Borough Office: 215-257-5075

Upper Bucks Sertoma Club. We would like to treat you to breakfast. Come learn about what we do for the community. Meets every Thursday 7:30am-8:30am at The Karlton Café on Broad St, Quakertown. FMI: ubsertoma@gmail. com

July 5, 13, 26

Line Dancing 6:30pm-9pm in Event Room 201 at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd. Mix of lessons & free dance with Joanie & Shotgun Jenny. FMI mail@quakertownfarmersmkt.com

July 6

2nd annual Community Day at Center Valley campus of DeSales University in front of Labuda Center. Day full of fun, food, live performances and more for the whole family. FMI Anelise.Rodriguez@ pashakespeare.org.

‘Thinking of Three’ at 12noon-3pm. Free Summer Concerts on the Outdoor Stage at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd.

July 7

Pennridge Community Day 8am9:30pm Lenape Park, Perkasie. Food, fun, entertainment, fireworks, and more! See schedule on next page.

‘GYP’ at 11am-1pm. Free Summer Concerts on the Outdoor Stage at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd.

‘Allentown Band’ America’s Oldest Concert Band. Free Concert SundaesMusic in the Park 7pm-9pm at Souderton Park, 459 Wile Ave & Reliance Rd. info@ concertsundaes.com

July 10

29th Moyer 5K, Kids’ Fun Run & Fitness Walk, 6pm-9pm at Souderton Community Park, 459 Wile Ave. Block party-style family fun. Games, giveaways & more. FMI 215-799-2000 or jen. burynski@emoyer.com Register: emoyer. com/5K

‘Pie, Glorious Pie’ 12noon-1pm at Schwenkfelder Heritage Center, 105 Seminary St, Pennsburg. History of PA German pie-making, also 25+ traditional recipes. Program in-person or via Zoom. FREE! Register: info@schwenkfelder.org or 215-679-3103

‘Whole Lotta Led’ tribute to Led Zeppelin. FREE Summer Concert Series, 7pm-9pm at Perkasie’s Amphitheater in Lenape Park. FMI events@ perkasieborough.org

July 11

Voter Education Event for students & young adults with disabilities to experience the voting process & learn about their rights as a voter. 10am-1pm at Bucks County Community College-Epstein Campus, 1304 Veterans Hwy, Bristol PA. FMI claireleal@lvcil.org or 484-655-2211

July 12

‘Trolls Band Together’ at free Outdoor Movie Nights, Veterans Park, 145 E Pumping Station Rd, Quakertown. Bring own blanket/chair. Movie at dusk. FMI: Tim at 215-536-4733 or tarnold@ richlandtownship.org

Member of Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick's office will be at 10 S Third Street, Quakertown to answer questions about veterans' services, IRS, Social Security, etc. from 2pm-4pm

July 12, 13, 14, 19, 20

‘Charlotte’s Web’ based on award winning book by E B White performed at DCP Theater, 795 Ridge Rd, Telford. Fri 8pm, Sat/Sun 1pm & 4pm. Ticket info at 215-234-0966

July 13

‘Anthony Porter’ 12noon-2pm. Free Summer Concerts on the Outdoor Stage at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd.

East Penn Modifiers Car Club’s Summer Car Show 9am-2pm, Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd. Cars, trucks, raffles and a DJ. 100+ vehicles. Free to attend, $15 to enter a vehicle. r/d 7/14. mail@quakertownfarmersmkt.com

‘Carnival Food Drive-Thru’ 4pm-8pm or sold out. Located rear of Sellersville Firehouse. Papa Joe’s Grove will be open for you to sit and enjoy your food. FMI sellersvillefd.com

July 14

Clothing & Shoe Drive by QCHS Cheerleaders at Sixth Grade Center, 349 S 9th St, Quakertown. Donate gently used or new clothing from 10am-3pm at the Gym entrance. Please bag all items!

‘Shep & Jim’ 10am-2pm. Free Summer Concerts on the Outdoor Stage at Quakertown Farmers Market,

‘Garden Affaires’ Garden Tour 12noon-5pm r/s. $25/adv, $30/day of tour. Tickets available at Quakertown Alive! Office, Borough Hall, Friendly Bookstore, & online at EventBrite.com FMI quakertownalive.com

‘Kitchen Bingo’ doors open 11:30am, games 1pm at Sellersville Firehouse, 2 N Main St. $25/adv, $30/door if available. Lots of extra games & raffles. Email ladiesaux@sellersvillefd.com or call 215257-4028 Ext. 6

‘Reservoir Hill’ Country Rock. Free Concert Sundaes-Music in the Park 7pm9pm at Souderton Park, 459 Wile Ave & Reliance Rd. info@concertsundaes.com

‘JOYOUS’ R&B, funk, soul, pop. Summer Concerts 6pm-8pm at Dimmick Park, 570 Durham St, Hellertown. Food truck, Dessert truck. Adult beverages for 21+ crowd. Bring a blanket/chair. FMI hellertownborough.org/parks-recreation/ Free Concerts in the Park- ‘Dueling Pianos’ 6pm-8pm at Univest Performance Center, 301 W Mill St, Quakertown. Join in with the energetic sing-along classics. Food Trucks: The Brick and Rita’s. 267372-7275, concerts@quakertown.org

July 17

‘All Star Country Band’ classic & modern country, Perkasie Summer Concert Series 7pm-9pm at Lenape Park Amphitheater on Constitution Ave. perkasieborough.org

July 19

‘Bucks County Folk Song Society’ authentic folk music by local groups. FREE Summer Concert Series, 7pm-9pm at Perkasie’s Amphitheater in Lenape Park. events@perkasieborough.org

What’s Going On in Upper Bucks?

3rd Fridays from May to October. Friends gather to shop & enjoy good music & food along Main St in Souderton. Local crafters, Kid’s Zone, art galleries open late. Well behaved, leashed dogs welcome. FMI 3rdFri.com

July 20

Indoor Craft Show 9am-4pm in Event Room 201, Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd. Local vendors, handmade gifts, jewelry, gift baskets & much more. FMI mail@quakertownfarmersmkt.com

Make & Take Crafts Day: Paper Quilt Crafting, 10am-2pm at Schwenkfelder Heritage Center, 105 Seminary St, Pennsburg. FMI 215-679-3103 or alyssa@schwenkfelder.com

July 21

‘Simmer’ 11am-1pm. Free Summer Concerts on the Outdoor Stage at Quakertown Farmers Market,

‘Travis Wetzel Band’ Bluegrass. Free Concert Sundaes-Music in the Park 7pm9pm at Souderton Park, 459 Wile Ave & Reliance Rd. info@concertsundaes.com

Open House 1pm-5pm, Octagonal Schoolhouse, Corner Swamp Rd & Second St Pike (Rt 232), Wrightstown Township, Bucks County. In operation 1802-1850. Listed on National Register of Historic Places. Betty 215-598-7534

July 24

Line Dancing Fundraiser hosted by QCHS Cheer. 7-8pm. Quakertown Community High School Upper Gym. $15 per person. qchscheerpco@gmail.com

‘The Left Edge’ classic rock ‘n roll & country. FREE Summer Concert Series, 7pm-9pm at Perkasie’s Lenape Park. events@perkasieborough.org

July 26

Free Outdoor Movie Night ‘Back to the Future’ 8pm at Upper Bucks County Community College Campus, 1 Hillendale Rd, Perkasie. Bring blanket/chair, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages. Rain or shine, we will move indoors if necessary. Nonperishable food items welcome.

July 27

‘Glenn Pritchard’ 11am-1pm. Free Summer Concerts on the Outdoor Stage at Quakertown Farmers MarketBy the Moonlite Car Show at Pennridge HS, 1228 N 5th St, Perkasie. Show cars must enter on Blooming Glen Rd. Follow signs. $20/pre-registered, $25/day of show. No smoking/alcohol on school grounds. Email goodtimemotorvators@yahoo.com

WWWA Wrestling in Event Room 201 at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd. Open 6pm, Bell Time 6:30pm. Tickets $25/front row, $20/ general admission at Raceplace Dept 210 or WWWA Office 215-362-7184

July 28

‘DJ AD Cool’ 11am-2pm. Free Summer Concerts on the Outdoor Stage at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd.

‘Best Shot’ Pat Benatar Tribute. Free Concert Sundaes-Music in the Park 7pm9pm at Souderton Park, 459 Wile Ave & Reliance Rd. info@concertsundaes.com

Free Concert in the Park: ‘Reservoir Hill’ country rock band. 6pm-8pm at Univest Performance Center, 301 W Mill St, Quakertown. 267-372-7275 or email: concerts@quakertown.org

July 30

‘Shakespeare for Kids’ 10am at Labuda Center, 2755 Station Ave, Center Valley. High energy one-hour show designed for ages 4-10 to introduce kids to Shakespeare in kid-friendly environment. $11.50/ adults, $10.50/kids. 610-282-9455

July 31

‘The Groove Merchants’ blues, funk & soul. FREE Summer Concert Series, 7pm9pm at Perkasie’s Amphitheater in Lenape Park. FMI events@perkasieborough.org

August 2 to 10

Quakertown Fire Dept Carnival, daily 6pm-10pm. (Aug 10: 5pm-10pm). Wristband Nights $40/wristband (Aug 6,7,8). Rides, games, food trucks located at 4th & Mill Streets, Quakertown. More info on Facebook

Local Business, Community, and Artist Collaborate on Park Mural

Abby McNavage, a local art student, recently walked into the Quakertown Sherwin-Williams paint store and met the store’s Color Consultant Arla Patch, who happened to have graduated from the art school Abby attends, the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Abby is studying Painting and Entrepreneurial Studies. Conversations about color and paint products supported the young artist’s growing mural business. Abby returned to the Sherwin-Williams store when it turned out that Quakertown Community Day chairman Doug Wilhelm and Borough Parks & Rec representative Courtney Burns hired her to create a mural on the

34 by 8-foot wall at the new baseball stadium recently built at Memorial Park. The ribbon cutting ceremony will occur on Community Day, July 4th at 11:15 am.

The staff at Sherwin-Williams, manager Ethan Beck, assistant manager, Jasean Beltran, associate Shannon Crossan, and Arla Patch worked together to determine the best paint products and colors for Abby to use on such a large, multi-colored outdoor project.

It is heartening when a local business, borough officials and a local artist can all work together to create something of beauty to enhance the town. Be sure to come see it in person on Community Day!

Why do I need Title Insurance When Purchasing a Home?

If you’re buying a home, title insurance is a policy that protects your investment and property rights. There are two different types of title insurance: owner’s policy and lender’s policy.

Type 1: An owners policy protects your property rights for a slong as you own the home.

Type 2: A lender’s policy is usually required by the lender and protects only the lender’s financial interests. The buyer typically pays for this policy, but this varies depending on geography. We recommend you ask the local title company how this handled in your area.

There are issues that may pop up after you purchase your home. Getting an owner’s title insurance policy is the best way to protect yourself from unforeseen legal and financial title discrepancies. Don’t

think it will happen to you? Think again.

Unexpected title claims include:

• Outstanding mortgages and judgements, or a lien against the property because the seller has not paid his taxes.

• Pending legal action against the property that could affect you

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” - John Lubbock Think Local. Celebrate Local. Be Local.

• An unknown heir of a previous owner who is claiming ownership of the property.

How much Does Owner’s Title Insurance Cost?

The one-time payment for owner’s title insurance is low relative to the value of your home. The typical owner’s title insurance policy costs around 0.5% of the home’s purchase price.

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Richland Historical Society to Hold

“Ring the Bells for Freedom Celebration”

On this the 65th Anniversary of the Richland Historical Society, we are proud to continue our participation in the “National Bell Ringing Day” officially established in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy signed into law the U.S. Congressional Resolution No. 25, establishing that all across the Nation Americans are to ring bells to celebrate freedom and patriotism. National historic sites, like our Shelly School, participate on the 4th of July when bells are rung 13 times at 2 p.m. representing the 13 colonies who fought for freedom and independence in 1776. Locations with large bells, like the Shelly School’s Richlandtown School bell, are encouraged to ring them as are individuals with handheld bells.

Since 1998, we have been proud participants in this “National Bell Ringing for Freedom Day.” Please join us in celebrating 248 years of our Country’s independence. Come ring your bell-or ours—with us on Thursday, July 4, 2024, at 2 p.m. at 130 Richlandtown Pike, Quakertown. Vice President Robert Beck runs the program and will be asking for 13 volunteers to help ring our big bell. Ethen DeAndrea, a 12th grade student in the Quakertown Community Senior High School, will join us to read “Paul Revere’s Ride.”

On July 4, the Richland Historical Society will have the Shelly School and our next-door museum open for tours at 1 p.m. Our “Bell Ringing Program” begins at 1:30 p.m., with the official tolling of the bells promptly at 2 p.m. Please join us as we “Ring the Bells for Freedom!” For more information, call 215.538.7349.

Historical Society of Hilltown Twp

Students, Master Gardeners Work Together at Pollinator Garden

A wonderful collaboration took place recently at Quakertown Borough’s Pollinator Garden at the Park at 4th.

United Friends School's 3rd grade Fox class and middle school Helman-Osburn class teamed up with Penn State Master Gardeners of Bucks County to help beautify the garden by pulling weeds, checking on newly planted trees and shrubs, and adding a birdhouse! The addition of the birdhouse was designed and contributed to the pollinator garden by the Fox class. Stop by the garden to check out this beautiful addition.


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The Historical Society of Hilltown Township recently received a grant from the Questers Chapter, Country Collectors #1024. The Society received a monetary gift and a late 1800s lamp for the Master Bedroom in the c1800s Strassburger Farmstead in Sellersville. : Vice President of the Historical Society of Hilltown Township, Ivan Jurin, receiving the check from the President of Country Collectors #1024, Donna Conville.

Gary Lynn Bauman, 73, of Coopersburg, PA, passed away on June 3rd, 2024, at St. Luke’s Upper Bucks Hospital. Born in Quakertown, PA, Gary was the son of the late Clair Bauman and the late Stella (Geissinger) Bauman. Gary graduated from Palisades High School in 1968. In his free time, Gary enjoyed making bread, being outdoors, cutting wood, gardening with his wife, and raising animals. Gary will be dearly missed by his wife, Debby (Deborah Faith), together they shared 52 years of marriage; his children, Gary Bauman Jr. and Christa Nice (Benjamin); his grandchildren, Tyler, Kayla, Kimberly, Allison, Julia, and Grace; his siblings, Duane Bauman (Carol), Clair Bauman (Rita), David Bauman (Shannon), Matthew Bauman (Libby), and Phillip Bauman (Cindy); along with his extended family members and friends. Gary is predeceased by his brother, Roger Bauman (Rebecca). Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

James “Jim” russeLL Breisch sr , 92, of Richlandtown, PA, passed away on May 31st, 2024, at Phoebe Richland Meadows. Born in Warrington, PA, Jim was the son of the late Charles Breisch and the late Lizzie (Nace) Breisch. Jim proudly served in the United States Army. After retiring, he spent a lot of time camping and traveling across the United States with his wife. They spent their winters in Florida. Jim will be dearly missed by his wife, Dorothy (Fels) Breisch, together they shared 71 years of marriage; his children, Sandra Rodenberger and James Breisch Jr. (Debbie); his grandchildren, Kathy Brewer (Nathan), Joseph Breisch (Taylorpredeceased), Adam Breisch (Sara), Ryan Rodenberger (Jessica), Christopher Rodenberger (Tessa), and Ashley Rodenberger; his brother, Charles Breisch (Bonnie) and 11 great-grandchildren. Jim is predeceased by his son, Jeffrey Breisch and his sister, Clara Schaffer (Laverne).

Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

meLanie anne entena (nee Nano), 46, of Coopersburg, PA, passed away surrounded by her loving family on May 20, 2024, at Grandview Hospital. Born in Belleville, NJ, Melanie is the daughter of Arturo Nano and Melba (Apolinario) Nano. Melanie made an enormous impact in every life she touched. Her incredible ability to make people laugh, feel at ease, and her infectious and nutty humor will be deeply missed. In addition to her parents, Melanie will be dearly missed by her husband, Joe Ryan, together they shared 11 years of marriage; her children, Eliana (10), Elysia (8), and Jameson (7); her siblings, Arvin (Rosalie) and Armel (MaryFe); her sibling in faith, Irene; her niece, Elexa; many other nieces and nephews; and other extended family members and close friends. Melanie was predeceased by her brother, Aries.

Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

Bonnie Jean Farmer, 60, of Ottsville, PA, passed away on June 6, 2024, at Doylestown Hospital. Born in Doylestown, PA, Bonnie was the daughter of the late Thomas Farmer and Virginia (Detharidge) Rute. Bonnie grew up in Ottsville, PA. She graduated from Plumstead Christian School in 1982. After High School, Bonnie became a homemaker. In her free time, Bonnie enjoyed helping animals in need and drawing. Above all else, Bonnie’s greatest pleasure in life was spending time in nature, as well as with her family and friends.

In addition to her mother, Bonnie will be dearly missed by her children, Jessica Siegfried and her husband Luther, and Mark Bell; and her siblings, Robert Farmer, Beverly Schaffer, and Craig Farmer.

Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

LLoyd ray Gehman of Quakertown passed away June 17 at the age of 94. Lloyd was the only son of Elliston and Minerva Gehman, also of Quakertown. He is survived by two daughters, Cindy Keller and Beth Gehman, and a son, Gary Gehman. Lloyd's beloved wife, Marian, predeceased him in 2001. He had two grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Lloyd and Marian were founding members of Calvary Church of Souderton, and much of their life's activities were centered on the church.

Lloyd was employed for most of his working life as a TV and appliance repairman at Nicholas Hardware in Quakertown.

Lloyd and Marian were both fond of animals and had many pets through the years. They enjoyed traveling and socializing with extended family and friends in North Carolina, Arizona and Florida. Hawaii was also a favorite destination for the couple.

Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

Brian Joseph hamiLton, 77, of Quakertown, passed away peacefully at his home on May 29, 2024. He was born in Philadelphia on Nov. 13, 1946 to the late Rose (Capaldi) Hamilton. Brian spent the last 15 joyful years with the love of his life Charlene Hallman. He was a proud Army veteran and served as an MP in Vietnam.

Brian is survived by Charlene; children Christine (Jay) Kinsinger and Brianna Hamilton; grandchildren Daniel, Joseph, Ava, and Jaxson; siblings Mary (Rae) Hamilton and Gregory (Jo-Ann) Hamilton; and many other loving family and friends. He is predeceased by his mother and 8 siblings.

Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

nancy Kathryn hemmis, 91, of Quakertown, PA, passed away peacefully in the afternoon on June 7, 2024, surrounded by her loving family, at the home of her daughter, Deborah Hare. She was the daughter of the late Stewart and Mazie (Koffel) Wenhold, Sr. Nancy worked as a cook at the Fireside Restaurant and as a waitress for many years at the Red Lion Inn, as well as the Richlandtown Hotel.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister: Maryann Severson; and three grandchildren: John, Patti, and Rebecca.

She is survived by her children: Terry White of Warminster, Deborah Hare of Quakertown, Cynthia Kuhns of Palmerton, Beverly MacMullen (Ken) of Boyertown, and Pamela Kirk (Brian Sr.) of Telford; brother: Stewart Wenhold, Jr; sixteen grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; and four great great-grandchildren.

Interment is in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, 1169 Limekiln Pike, Ambler, PA 19002.

Arrangements are under the care of the C.R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Quakertown.

caroL ann (FricK) Keiser, 77, of Sellersville, passed away on May 24, 2024. She was born in Sellersville on December 6, 1946 to the late Charles and Florence Frick. Carol was the loving wife of George E. Keiser Jr. for 30 years. She graduated from Lansdale Catholic High School.

Carol most recently worked for, and retired from, the dental office of Dr. Michael Stroock after 18 years. She loved dancing, family gatherings, and frequent trips to NYC to see her son's Broadway shows. George and Carol enjoyed regular trips to Florida and San Diego together. Carol is survived by her husband; daughter Lori Means; son Charles (Robert Miketa) Means; stepchildren Christopher (Tanya Wimmer) Keiser, Ann (Brian) Zalasky, and Kevin (Andrea) Keiser; grandchildren Amber, Owen, and Miles; great granddaughter Leeanna; sister Marginnell "Marge" Wieand; and many other loving family and friends. Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

stephen michaeL KLarsch, passed away on June 3, 2024 in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. at the age of 71. He was born in Danville, Pennsylvania on September 28, 1952. In 1981 he began a contracting business in Eagles Mere after moving the family into the 1951 summer cottage built by his father. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Donna Humphreys Klarsch; son William Klarsch, wife Tina; grandchildren James (14), Liam (11), Piper (4); brother Vince Klarsch; sister Marie Peters. Steve was predeceased by his daughter Amanda; his father James; his mother Eleanor: his brother Jimmy: his sisters Cecilia and Carol. Steve, aka Pop Pop enjoyed sharing his favorite hobbies with the grands; hunting, fishing, classic cars and his backyard. His grands grew to love Eagles Mere as much as he did. As a life-long Christian he is now at peace.

Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

ruth ann Larouche, 90, of Norwood, MA, passed in Quakertown, PA on May 31, 2024. She was born in Norwood on February 1, 1934 to the late Peter and Justine (Hand) Larouche. Ruth worked for over 30 years at the Dunkin Donuts in Norwood and Dedham, MA. Was loved by all the first responders, and every early riser that came in to find their order already made by her. Later in life she was an active part of the Norwood Senior Center.

Ruth is survived by her son David (Kathleen) Chenard; grandchildren Kaitlyn and Connor Chenard; nephew Ronald (Kelly) Dupres; and many other loving family and friends. She is predeceased by her parents; and siblings Patricia and Frances.

Ruth will be put to rest at Norwood Cemetery at a later date.

Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

phiLip John Latshaw, 99, of Houston, Texas, passed away on March 14, 2024. He was born in Allentown, PA on March 10, 1925, to John and Minnie Latshaw.

When he was 17 years old, he joined the United States Navy to fight for his country in World War II. He was assigned in January 1944 to the Landing Ship, Tank (LST) Number 506. LST 506 participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France in June 1944. Post WWII, he entered the Naval Reserves from April 3, 1955, through April 2, 1959.

He began a 50+ year career in management consulting for various small and large businesses throughout the country. He was a member and past master of Masonic Lodge #512 in Quakertown, PA. He held membership in Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, and attained 32nd Degree designation. Up to his

passing, Philip was the lodges’ oldest living “Past Master”.

He also volunteered for 10-years as a counselor for SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business Resource, SBA affiliate.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, ballroom dancing, and reading.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Minnie Latshaw; sister, Pearl Smyth; niece, Diane Warren, and son, Scott Latshaw.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Latshaw; son, Craig Latshaw; son and daughter-inlaw Andrew and Jaime Latshaw; grandson, Cole Latshaw; and grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Shaun and Jaime Latshaw.

A private interment was held at Saint John’s Union Cemetery in Mickleys, Pennsylvania .

PauLine eLizaBeth (eBert) Lerch, 98, of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, passed away quietly into her next life on Sunday, June 2, 2024 at Holy Family Senior Center in Bethlehem, PA.

She was born on February 3, 1926 to the late Arthur and Elsie (Schaffer) Ebert.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Clifford (Fretz) Lerch, her companion Warren Gross, her siblings Evelyn Heckman, Kathryn Gutshall, and Robert Ebert, son-in-law Eric Grulke and one great-grandchild.

As a graduate of Bethlehem Business School, Pauline worked at North Penn Grocery Warehouse and at Quakertown National Bank before her children were born. She then served as the bookkeeper for her husband’s automobile repair business, “Automotive Special Services.” After all her children were grown, she enjoyed returning to Quakertown National Bank to work.

Pauline’s faith was important to her. She was a lifelong member of First Church of the Brethren, Quakertown PA, where she served in many roles over the years including working in the church’s food pantry, teaching Sunday School and Bible School and serving as a Deacon’s wife. Pauline loved music. She played the cello and piano, and sang in the church choir. Her love of music was passed on to her children. In her earlier years, she was a busy mother, supporting her husband in his church and community roles. Later in life, she could often be found reading, gardening, canning and freezing vegetables and fruit for the winter. Pauline also enjoyed sewing, quilting and knitting or crocheting items to give away to family and those in need in foreign countries through Brethren Relief Services.

Pauline and her husband loved to travel and in retirement owned second homes in Florida and New Jersey. They particularly enjoyed being in New England during the fall season,

Pauline devoted her life to her family. She is survived by six children, Rev. Marilyn Lerch, Roanoke VA, Virginia Grulke, Lexington, KY, Ellen Yorgey (James) Allentown, Audrey Howard (William) Coopersburg, Gerald Lerch (Andrea) and Christopher Lerch (Sonya) both of Springfield Twp. In addition, she leaves 21 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Pauline will be missed and remembered with love by all her family.

Interment will be in the Springfield Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Springfield Twp.

Arrangements are under the care of the C.R.Strunk Funeral Home, Inc, Quakertown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in Pauline’s name, to Heaven’s Bounty Food Pantry, 455 Trumbauersville Road, Quakertown, PA 18951.

”Into paradise, Pauline, may the angels lead you!”


Loretta s maLLoy, 91, of Quakertown, passed away on June 11, 2024. She was born in Whitehall on April 30, 1933 to the late George and Agnes T. (Deutsch) Schwindenhammer. Loretta was the loving wife of the late John F. Malloy for 41 years until his passing in 1998. She worked at various positions with Quakertown National Bank for over 35 years. Loretta was very involved in various community and professional groups including the Quakertown Business and Professional Women, Quakertown Women's Club, and the Quakertown AARP.

Loretta is survived by her daughter Donna (Linda) Malloy; siblings Mildred (Gerald) Bolton and Joseph Schwindenhammer; nieces and nephews Diane, Christine, MaryBeth, and Paul; and many other loving family and friends. She is predeceased by her parents; husband; and siblings Leo Schwindenhammer and Leona Grey.

Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

Larry moyer, 83, of Easton, PA, passed away on June 13, 2024. Beloved husband for 59 years of Mary (Afflerbach) Moyer; dear son of Ralph and Anna D. (Eschbach) Moyer; loving father of Michelle (Edward) Hoffman, Michael (Barbara) Moyer, Melinda (Matthew) Beck, and Mark (Jodi) Moyer; cherished grandfather of Patricia and William (Natalie) Klein, Garret and Cameron Hoffman, Ryan and Lauren Beck, and Rylee and Aiden Moyer; great-grandfather of Violet Klein; dear brother of Cheryl (David) Seip and Ralph Moyer.

Larry was a 1959 graduate of Southern Lehigh High School and later attended Penn State Extension for electronics. He worked several places including Western Union and Schaefer & Stroh brewing companies. Larry loved his 1949 Chevy convertible, spending time with family, fishing, hunting, bowling, dancing, and vacationing.

Larry will be interred at Durham Cemetery. All services are private.

Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

raymond m myers, 102, formerly of Perkasie, entered heaven on Monday, June 17, 2024.

Born on May 22, 1922, in Bedminister, PA, he was the son of the late Abram M. Myers and Cora O. (Mitman) Myers.

A graduate of Sell-Perk High School’s Class of 1939, Raymond served in the United States Coast Guard, on the USS Moberly, during World War II.

Following his return from the war, he spent many years working in construction. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife: Violet Myers, who passed away on January 9, 2017. Raymond will be lovingly remembered by his two sons: Ray (Karen) and Robin (Sonia) Myers; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Also, Raymond is survived by nieces, nephews, and a sisterin-law: Ruth Getter.

A visitation will be held at the C.R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 821 West Broad Street, Quakertown, on Saturday, July 27, 2024 from 9:00am until the time of service, in the funeral home, at 10:00am.

Interment will be in Calvary Bible Fellowship Cemetery, Coopersburg.

GeraLd “Gerry” edwin newswanGer, 68, of Quakertown, PA, passed away on May 29th, 2024, at Doylestown Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born in Lancaster, PA, Gerry was the son of the late Robert H. Newswanger Sr. and the late Miriam B. (Sensenig) Newswanger. He enjoyed gardening, drink-

ing good coffee, raising chickens, watching the Chicago Bears/Cubs, and baking with and for everyone. Gerry will be dearly missed by his wife of 43 years, Susan Newswanger; children: Amy Elkins (Jay), Annie Gruver (Chris), Ashley Lloyd (Vince), and Andrew Newswanger (Amanda); grandchildren: Wyatt, Addie, John, Makayla, Josh, Gabe, Ryan, Charlie, Asher, Jack, Mason, Juliana, Justin, Noah, Ellie; siblings: Judy Noyes, Barry Newswanger, Sheryl Wright, Steve Newswanger, Kathy Newswanger, and Bryan Newswanger; dozens of nieces and nephews; and many lifelong friends. Gerry was predeceased by his siblings, Robert Newswanger Jr., James Newswanger, and Lee Newswanger.

Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

diane principato, 78, of Quakertown, passed away on June 6, 2024. She was born in Jamaica, Queens, on August 30, 1945 to the late James Principato and Olga Dimitri.

Diane is survived by her half-sister Maryann Principato; nephew James Manzella; niece Josette Manzella; great-nephew Nicholas Manzella; and many other loving family and friends. She is predeceased by her parents and sister Loretta Principato.

Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

James edwin purceLL, “Jim”, 76, of Milford Square, PA died March 5, 2024, at his home from an aggressive form of prostate cancer. He was born September 4, 1947 to Ernest and May Purcell at FitzgeraldMercy Hospital.

Jim lived in Massachusetts as a child and moved back to Pennsylvania with his family.

Jim graduated from North Penn High School and was drafted into the US Army. He serviced in Vietnam from 1968-69 and was a Sergeant for the 1st Signal Brigade. He came home and married Diane (George) Purcell on November 21, 1970, at Our Lady of Sacred Heart in Hilltown. His son, James, was born in 1975 and daughter, Marcie, was born in 1982.

He worked in welding sales, maintenance, and construction at AEL and BARC.

He enjoyed building and fixing things.

Jim hobbies earlier in life were sailing, camping, fishing, and hunting, and later years dancing, swimming, and cooking lasagna, stuffed shells, and chili. He enjoyed a glass of wine, scotch, or a cold beer sitting in his recliner and at the tiki bar near the pool. He loved Christmas, resembled Santa, and collecting Santa Clauses with his wife.

He is survived by his wife, Diane, children Jim and Marcie, cats Chucky, Lily and Melinda. His brother Bill Purcell, sisters Jean Smith (Mark), and Kathleen Purcell, Brother-in-laws Curt Ladley and Bob George, Joe Schaefer, and Sister-inlaw Rosanne Schaefer, as well as 3 nieces and 7 nephews.

He is predeceased by his parents, Inlaws Alvin and Rose George, brother Jack Purcell, and sister Pattie Ladley, infant brother, Edward, sister-in-law Sandy George and Nephew Bobby George. Jim was laid to rest at Washington Crossing National Cemetery on April 12, 2024.

Donations in memory of Jim can be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation in support of Veterans in need. T2T.org or

Tunnel to Towers Foundation 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306.

VirGinia "Ginny" cLaire raFFaeLe, age 100, of Quakertown, PA, passed away on June 2, 2024 at Independence Court in Quakertown, PA. She was the daughter of F Albert Skees and Minnie (Bryant). She was born on a farm outside of Trumbauersville, PA and had six siblings... Belvadore, Alberta (Hoffler), Blanche (Stump), Alice, Richard and Catherine (Springer). She attended a one-room school house on Station Road before moving onto Quakertown Senior High School. Ginny was the spouse of Reigo D. Raffaele (deceased) who she was married to for 15 years. Ginny is survived by three children-Lisa (Rohrbach), Dean and Albert; five grandchildren - Ian (Rohrbach), Nicole, Justin, Michaela, and Juliana; three great-grandchildren-Emily (Sherman); Gavin and Keira (Rohrbach) and three step-grandchildren and three step-greatgrandchildren. She also had a son Allen (deceased as an infant) and a grandson Douglas (deceased as a child).

Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

dr roBert aaron rush, 82, of Quakertown, passed away on June 4, 2024. He was born in Perkasie on July 24, 1941 to the late Alvin L. and Mary (Hockman) Rush. Robert graduated from Pennridge High School in 1959, and went on to graduate from the Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa, in June 1964. He entered the US Army in 1966 and served in both Vietnam and Korea. Dr. Rush practiced chiropractic medicine in Quakertown for over 40 years. One of

his greatest joys in life was being out on the golf course, and not knowing how to come in.

Robert is survived by his son Barak J. Rush; granddaughter Chelsea Rush; and siblings Mary Ellen Moyer, James Rush, and Susan Matthews-Rush. He is predeceased by his parents; son Robert Aaron Rush II; and brothers Lloyd, Bill, Kenny, Larry, and David.

Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

roBert G. shimaLLa, 65, of Quakertown, PA, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2024, at St. Luke’s Hospice House of Bethlehem.

Born on October 7, 1958, in Somerville, New Jersey, he was the son of the late George and Carolyn (Klusch) Shimalla, spending his youth growing up in Branchburg, NJ.

A graduate of Somerville High School’s Class of 1976, Bob went on to attend Raritan Valley (formerly Somerset) Community College, later transferring to Kean University (formerly Kean College), where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business.

Following his college graduation, his social and charismatic personality led him to a lengthy sales career as an Insurance Broker with companies including Prudential, Bollinger, and Commerce (TD) Bank.

Anyone who knew him, though, would undoubtedly describe his true passion in life as sports, specifically as an avid fan (to put it mildly) of the New York Mets, New York Knicks, New York Ranges and Notre Dame, but most importantly, the Green Bay Packers. In Bob’s world, every


season was football season. He was preceded in passing by his parents, George and Carolyn Shimalla.

In addition to his life-partner of 20 years, Rhonda Diehl, Bob is survived by his three children: Aaron Shimalla, Brett Shimalla and his wife Emily, and Brittany Shimalla; as well as his brother: Thomas Shimalla and his wife Kristine.

Arrangements are under the care of the C.R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Quakertown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rhonda Diehl which will be placed into a college trust for Bob’s thirteen-year-old son, Aaron.

eLeanor t. “eLLie” sKehan, 66, of Leesburg, Florida, passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2024.

Born on September 1, 1957, she was a daughter of the late James J. and Eleanor T. (Durning) Toth.

A graduate of Palisades High School’s Class of 1975, Ellie went on to enjoy a career with Dun and Bradstreet, beginning in 1975 until her retirement, as a Desktop Publisher/Editor, in 2009.

Outside of work, she found joy in creating flower arrangements, sewing pillows, as well as other crafts.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by one niece: Jennifer Fetter. Ellie will be lovingly remembered by her son: Jason Chandler and his husband, Daniel; sister: Tina Fetter and her husband, Dale; cousin: Michele Corbin and her husband, Glenn; niece: Stephanie Fetter; and her former spouse: Mark Skehan.

Interment is in Holy Saviour Cemetery, 2575 Linden Street, Bethlehem.

Arrangements are under the care of the C.R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Quakertown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in Ellie's memory, to St. Isidore's Food Pantry, 603 West Broad Street, Quakertown, PA 18951.

aLiKi (repantis) sLattery It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Aliki (Repantis) Slattery, a cherished mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Born on October 9, 1932, Aliki graced this world with her presence for over nine decades. Aliki, affectionately known as Yaya by her beloved grandchildren, was the epitome of family devotion. She was the proud and loving mother of Tom Slattery and his wife Renee, Steven Slattery, Alexi Steigerwald and her husband Mike, and Darrin Slattery and his wife Jennie. Her legacy extends to her five grandchildren: Tommy Slattery (Rachel), Brittany Kershaw (Bobby),

Jonathan Steigerwald, Christopher Slattery, and Jimmy Steigerwald, as well as her two great-granddaughters, Harper and Maddison Kershaw. Preceded in death by her dear husband, James Slattery, who passed in March 1982, she was also predeceased by her parents, Steven and Ruth Repantis. Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

John wayne steFanowicz, 65, of Palm, passed away suddenly while on vacation in Virginia on May 31, 2024. He was born in Rahway, NJ on July 6, 1958 to Barbara (Zozzoro) Robertson and the late John Edward Stefanowicz.

He graduated from Central Bucks High School in 1976. John was the loving husband of Carolyn (Allan) Stefanowicz, and they would have celebrated their 40th anniversary on June 23rd.

He loved baseball and enjoyed his time coaching, umpiring, and guiding his sons in the sport. He loved camping and traveling around in their RV with his wife. John is survived by his wife; mother; stepfather Allen Robertson; children, Johnny (Kristina) Stefanowicz and Sean (Monique) Stefanowicz; Lisa (Doug) Gehman and Lora Stefanowicz (Jeff Hall); grandchildren Masen and Greyden Stefanowicz; nephew Wesley Bishop; niece Trisha Lutteroty; and many other loving family and friends.

Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

marLene "moLLy" wetherhoLd, age 77, of Quakertown, passed away of natural causes on June 13, 2024. Molly was born on Sep. 5, 1946 at Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, PA. She was the daughter of Allen and Esther Leister, both deceased. Molly was married for 59 years to William Wetherhold Jr.

She graduated from QHS in the class of 1964. Molly worked for many years in the food industry starting out a Merrills soda shop, Don's Deli, and the QCSD cafeteria system.

Molly is survived by her husband; daughter Shani (Frank) Fassbender; grandchildren Shelby (Steve) Quitinsky and Robert Fassbender; siblings Allen Leister, Patti Leister, Ronald Slifer, and Diane Slifer; and many other loving family and friends. She was predeceased by her parents and son Jason Wetherhold.

Molly will be interred privately at Quakertown Union Cemetery.

Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

Using Your Will to Provide for Your Minor Children

Most of us think of a will as simply “a legal document that spells out who gets my property when I die”. And while that is true, a will can also be a tool that determines what happens to your minor children and their finances if both parents die before the children come of age. This is not a topic that is comfortable to think about, but for parents, it is necessary.

Naming a Guardian

A guardian is the person who will serve in the parental role in the event that you die before your children reach the age of majority. This individual will provide for your children in their daily needs (making sure they have clothes, food, shelter, get to school on time, etc.) This is not something you want to leave to the courts. The courts will do their due diligence and attempt to make a decision based on the best interests of the child, but it is impossible for a judge to understand the “ins and outs” of your friendships and family relationships, which would likely be the basis for whom you name as a guardian. In order to avoid this risk, use your will to put this decision in writing.

Naming someone to handle your child’s inheritance

Children under the age of 18 cannot manage their inheritance money. There must be someone appointed or named in the will to do this on their behalf until they

come of age. There are a number of ways to do this, the two most common are: You can use your will to set up a testamentary trust, which will then allow you to set the terms on how and when they will receive the money (ex.” My daughter shall receive $20,000.00 when she turns 25, and the remainder when she turns 30”). In this testamentary trust you will name a trustee or trustees to handle and manage the money until the time at which the document directs the funds to be distributed.

• You can name a Custodian under the PA Uniform Transfers to Minors Act. Under this approach, the Custodian cannot turn over the funds until the child turns 21, and in some circumstances, may be allowed to maintain control over the funds until the child turns 25.

• If you have minor children and you do not have a will, or you do not have a will that addresses who will provide for your minor children in the event of your death, make an appointment to contact an experienced estate planning attorney in your area.

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American Legion Post 242 July Update

July is one of those “In-between” months are far as activities at the Post. Our Social Canteen activities remain the same so come on in to try our Friday night specials, our Steak Sandwich nights, and our wonderful lunches. We hope that you participated in our Veteran’s Drawing on June 28th. Our adjutant mentioned that the ticket returns were on par with last year’s drawing at this time. I also hope you came to participate in the drawing and enjoyed the free to ticket holders buffet. I will be out of town and not able to enjoy the meal, drawing winning tickets, and a great night with friends.

Our meeting set for the end of June 2024 will be for election of officers. I ask you as a fellow member, please come out to our meetings to take part in the exciting growth that is taking place here in Quakertown. We had 100% renewal, were in the top 10 of our rank

of new memberships for our ranked Post status, and continue to support many local organizations. Attend one of our meetings to find out what is happening at the Scout camp (Camp Quabasco) that we are responsible for. Be surprised at the many youth functions, veteran aid and assistant funds, and other community functions we support.

Of course, we always need volunteers to help in our wonderful services on Memorial Day, our services held every Sept 11th remembering that fateful day and our first responders, and our regional Veterans Day service on November 11th. Most of all keep a sharp eye on what is happening on either the electronic sign out front of the post or on the Internet. Our sites are constantly being worked on to give you more information. Take my word for it - the food is great! ~ For God & Country, Dick Helm

July Pests & Diseases

Ticks and Tickborne Diseases

Although approximately 25 species of ticks live in Pennsylvania, the vast majority don’t bite humans. The tick most commonly found on humans is the Blacklegged Tick (Ixodes scapularis), also referred to as the “Deer Tick”. This is a three-host tick which feeds on different species of mammals at different life stages and is known to vector (transmit) Lyme disease and other pathogens. The larvae feed on white-footed mice, small mammals and birds; the nymphs feed on medium to large animals such as foxes, raccoons, and deer. Adults feed on larger mammals, livestock and humans with a preference for White-tailed Deer

Adults are active above freezing temperatures and do not hibernate. 90% of ticks are found in less than 50% canopy closure wooded areas and in a 3’ edge habitat. They prefer humid areas and will “quest” for their host. This behavior refers to sitting at the top of vegetation and waving their legs until they come in contact with a host they can grab onto.

The American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis) adults will bite humans and are active all summer. They prefer grassy and shrubby areas. Although they do not vector Lyme disease, they can vector Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a potentially serious disease. American Dog Ticks are much larger than Blacklegged Ticks and an engorged female can be as large as a grape.

Lone Star Ticks (Amblyomma americana) are also aggressive biters and can vector Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever as well as other pathogens. The bite has been associated with Alpha-Gal Syndrome which manifests as an allergy to red meat. While the larvae feed on small mammals, the nymphs feed on medium to larger mammals, and the adults feed on livestock, larger mammals and humans. All stages of this tick will feed on humans. The larvae tend to be found in large groups.

The best defense is a good offense! When walking along in wooded or grassy areas wear long pants tucked into shoes or boots. Ticks show up better on light colored clothing. Use an effective repellent containing Deet, Picaridin or IR3535. Sprays are available containing Permethrin that can be applied to clothing (NOT SKIN) and allowed to dry before

wearing. Tick checks should be conducted after outdoor activity and in the shower. Clothes can be put in the dryer – dry heat will kill ticks. Control of ticks in your landscape can include eliminating brush and wood piles (habitat for small rodents). Remove invasive plants such as Japanese Barberry and Multiflora Rose which are habitats for white-footed mice (primary vector for Lyme disease) and are known to have a high tick count. Place a 3’ barrier between an edge habitat and your yard.

Important Note: If you have questions regarding tick bites or whether you may have contracted a disease consult your health care physician. The Pennsylvania Tick Lab is a source for FREE basic testing for Pennsylvania residents. https:// www.ticklab.org/. The lab provides information on tick removal, tick identification and analysis for diseases. The Penn State Entomology Lab can identify a tick but does not test for diseases.

Spotted Lanternfly Update: Check your trees and ornamentals regularly for the fourth instar nymphs (red and black). Destroy them before they can become adults. For up to date information: extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly

July is Japanese Beetle Month – They can be hand-picked or flicked into a jar of water with a few squirts of dish liquid. Lure Traps are not recommended as the can lure more Japanese Beetles to your property. Japanese beetles produce one generation per year. The adults emerge from the soil in June through early July, mate, and lay eggs. The eggs hatch in July, and the young larvae, known as white grubs, begin to feed on the turfgrass roots. A heavy infestation may indicate a large population of grubs in the soil. This Penn State Publication explains the process of testing the grub population in your lawn and preventative measures. https://tinyurl.com/ygh9dln9

Fourth Grade Students Honored for "My Hero" Essays

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Breiner Joins QNB as Branch Manager

Jenna Breiner was recently hired and named Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager at the Quakertown Commons Office inside the Giant Food Store. In her role, Jenna is responsible for all aspects of branch management, including staff development, new business development, and supporting community and customer relationships.

Jenna has ten years of experience in the banking industry, most recently serving as a Financial Center Manager at Penn Community Bank. Prior to the start of her banking career, Jenna earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. A strong advocate of education, she served on the board of a Parent Teacher Organization within the Quakertown Community School District, and she has also mentored children participating in the

Big Brothers, Big Sisters program. Jenna is presently involved with the Quakertown community through her work with Quakertown Alive! and looks forward to developing strong relationships with the customers in our Quakertown Commons Branch office.

award for their “My Hero” themed essay. The contest and breakfast have been held for elementary students for over 30 years. The winners and their “heroes” are pictured here. submitted Photo

Proper Brewing Company Raises Funds for Historical Society

At the May 19, 2024 meeting of the Richland Historical Society, member David Fox presented President Arvil Erwin with a check from The Proper Brewing Company for the recent community fundraising night. The Society thanks The Proper and its owners Brian and Kris Wilson for their dedication to the community and for their donation that will go to many much-needed renovations. Please visit The Proper regularly to support a civic minded business that gives back and has the best food and drink in town, according to local sources.

QCHS Alumni Association Bestows $16,500 in Scholarships to 11 Graduating Seniors

It is a pleasure to thank all of those who have given me positive feedback about these Alumni Spotlight Articles. It certainly helps to have names recommended for future articles as well.

This month, I would like to start by including the Mission Statement of the QCHS Alumni Association: The Quakertown Community High School Alumni Association has been established to preserve the values and traditions of Quakertown Community School District and to generate an active interest among all alumni with pride in the heritage of our alma mater.

On June 1, 2024, the Alumni Association held its annual meeting in the cafeteria of the Senior High School. During this meeting we honored eleven graduating seniors by giving them our Alumni Scholarships.

The Alumni Association has been awarding these scholarships since 2010 and has now awarded $74,000 in scholarships. The funds for these scholarships are raised through our annual designer bag bingo event (next year’s event will be held on March 9, 2025 at Benner Hall in Richlandtown). Donations from former alumni have also helped us to increase the number of and value of scholarships to the most ever. Each scholarship this year was in the amount of $1,500. The graduates apply for the scholarship through the High School Guidance Office.

Each student submits their application and a letter of recommendation written by a peer. They are then interviewed by a committee from the Alumni Association.

This Spotlight Article will include the biographies for all eleven students. It is

hoped that these biographies will give readers a chance to learn about the quality of the students graduating from QCHS this year.

Meghan Black

Meghan has decided to start college in an Undeclared Major but is thinking of business accounting with a minor in English Professional Writing. She has decided to attend High Point University in North Carolina.

Meghan moved to Quakertown 5 years ago and quickly learned that this place really is a "Community" - that many parents send their children to the same high school they attended; that many Quakertown graduates still go to the football games and how she sees those same people at Giant where she works. She states: "Quakertown has shaped my life knowing that after I leave for four years, I can come back and people I know will still be here. it is a comforting thought that there is a place where I will always have at least one friend!"

When asked what extra-curricular activities had the biggest impact on her, Meghan shared that for one day a week here at the high school, she helped adults in our community to learn, read, and write English. She enjoyed getting to know these adults who came here not speaking a word of English. Meghan said: "Seeing them so excited to learn and be able to communicate with the community around them, gave me a different perspective about Quakertown. I did not realize that there are many adults here who cannot speak English and some of them are students' parents. All activities have left a positive impact on me from helping people in need

to making kids smile!"

Meghan has had to deal with some significant setbacks in her life. One was that at the age of 6 years old, Meghan lost her mother to breast cancer. She explained to us that her mom was the college graduate of the family and, if she were here, Meghan knew she would have been able to help her through the process of applying to college. Meghan did not let this setback keep her from pursuing her goals; with tremendous determination, she was able to navigate the entire college application experience.

Nova Crist Zabari Nova's plans are to attend the University of Pittsburgh to major in Exercise Science because her career goal is to get her doctorate in physical therapy to have the opportunity to work in a hospital. She aspires to work with prosthetics and the patients who are adjusting to using them.

According to Nova, her Field Study opportunities have had the most impact within her four years at Quakertown High School. Nova says "This course has allowed me to shadow physical therapists to see what they do in this field. It has given me valuable firsthand experience and confirmed my love for physical therapy which otherwise I never would have experienced until I got to college."

When asked about her involvement in extracurricular activities, Nova said "Key Club has had the biggest impact on me; this club showed me the importance of giving back to my community. It opened my eyes to see the people who do not have as many opportunities as I have been given. One service project that I will never forget was to help fill five hundred backpacks with school supplies. This project was coordinated by the Quakertown Parks & Recreation Department and it gave me a sense of purpose knowing that I had a role in helping those less fortunate in this town I call home."

In her peer recommendation, Nova's friend Anna wrote: "Nova is amazing at putting others and their needs before her own. Her compassionate nature helps motivate her to check in on her friends and family every day. She is a reliable and kind-hearted person who will go far in her physical therapy career."

Rhauan Dias Ferreira

Rhuan moved to Quakertown from Brazil in grade ten. According to her, “it has been a great experience being a multicultural and multilingual student who learned a lot from the great educators and students who attend Quakertown High School.” After arriving from Brazil in 2021, with Portuguese being his only language, he started his sophomore year not being able to speak or understand English. After a couple of months at QCHS, with the support of her ESL teachers, he developed many friendships because everyone wanted to help him learn English. He finally started to feel a level of comfort and confidence. Quakertown High School, the teachers, students, librarian, guidance counselor, and even the security guard were all welcoming to him. He is very grateful that QCHS is where she landed.

Here in the U.S., he is considered an international student with an international student visa. Therefore, he is not eligible for loans of government money for college.

Keondre Lopez

Keon is one of the Alumni Association’s two Upper Bucks Tech School recipients. He graduated from both the Upper Bucks Tech School and QHS. He completed the law enforcement program at the tech school. In his letter of recommendation, his teacher, Mr. Ritter wrote: “Keon has consistently demonstrated a wide range of leadership, administrative, and managerial skills as Drill Instructor in the Law Enforcement Program. As a Drill Instructor who holds the rank of sergeant, Mr. Lopez demonstrated that he is a talented organizer and resourceful problem-solver during his four-year tenure in the program. He also held the rank of Officer in Charge. Mr. Lopez is above all, an effective communicator and astute motivator who can direct and instruct others. He has contributed to collaborative efforts of the team, adapted to an ever-changing environment, has been attentive to detail, constantly exercising sound judgment, and has demonstrated to a quality-oriented approach to professional projects and relationships.

Keon’s post-secondary plan is to attend Albright College to major in Sociology with the goal of becoming a Social Worker. He strongly believes that helping others is his most important goal. He wants to give others a reason to keep fighting and moving forward with their lives. He said, “I want to give juveniles a fighting chance to see how their ways can change.”

Kiele Magalengo

Kiele’s post-graduation plans include attending DeSales University as a Health Sciences major with a Psychology minor. While attending DeSales, she will be a part of the exclusive accelerated 3 + 3 Physical Therapy Program, which means that is her first three years she will earn her Health Sciences Degree and in her following three years she will be earning her doctorate in Physical Therapy.

On her application for the Alumni Scholarship, she commented that the Quakertown Community means Family to her. She feels that she has experienced first-hand respect and support from the community. She was new to Quakertown in her freshman year, a year that was hard for her to adapt to a new environment. Teachers and staff made the transition so much easier. At Quakertown she learned how much the staff respects not only each other, but the students as well. She believes this leads the students to learn how to be more caring and considerate. She commented that, “Quakertown has taught me to be a more helpful and motivated individual when it comes to helping others around me.”

An interesting fact about Rhuan is that he has an identical twin brother who also plans to attend college in the Fall, however he did not apply for the Alumni Scholarship.

Rhauan plans to attend Lancaster Bible College to major in Business. He is interested in the fields of sports marketing and international business and he wants to continue his study in languages. He is currently fluid in three languages –Portuguese, English and Spanish. He plans to play soccer at the college level. He feels that a good mix of academic and extra-curricular activities will help keep him balanced and organized.

The extra-curricular activity that has had the biggest impact on her was volunteering at Success Rehabilitation. She has studied under a licensed physical therapist, aiding in the rehabilitation of patients with traumatic brain injuries. She completed the volunteer hours as part of her service hours requirement of the National Honor Society and she continued to volunteer there long after her required hours were completed. According to Kiele, “this experience has shaped me into becoming a more understanding and compassionate person when facing adversity and has taught me truly how good it feels to be able to make a positive impact on a person’s life.”

Kirstin Morgan Kirstin is the second Upper Bucks Tech School Scholarship Recipient this year. She completed all the requirements of her Cosmetology certification well before

the end of the year and has been working as a licensed stylist at Silver Shears Salon in Trumbauersville. She plans to continue working there while attending Bucks County Community College to earn an Associate Degree in Business. Kirstin has already completed six BCCC credits in Intro to Business and Social Media Marketing. Other plans include moving to Florida in a few years to work there in a salon and to earn a degree in early childhood education.

She views herself as a contributor to the community by brightening up people’s days with her positive attitude and helping people when they need support during tough times in life.

Kirstin’s Cosmetology teacher wrote about her, Kirsten has maintained a straight “A” average. She is very conscientious in all aspects of her education and career. She is always eager to learn and participate: she volunteers to assist clients in our school clinic whenever possible. Kirstin is more than able to work independently and is a consistent contributor as a team member. She sets an outstanding example for other students to emulate. She will be an asset to any organization.”

Brendan Padmanabhan

Brendan has had a remarkable journey through the Quakertown School District. He states that, “while the schools I have attended in Quakertown mean a great deal to me, I will remember most my peers and teachers.” Through these interactions he has developed many friendships that will last a long time into the future. His teachers, beginning in kindergarten, have contributed immensely to his character. From Mr. Hewes nurturing his growing love of writing in fourth grade, to Mr. Hunsicker showing him that math is not always a nightmare in eleventh grade, to Ms. Li who brought the world of Mandarin into his life. Every one of them has left an impact on him that will shape help him the rest of his life.

Brendan was active in many clubs and activities. A member of the boys’ basketball team for four years, the National Honor Society, the High School’s Mini Thon, QRock, as well as the secretary of the school’s Social Justice Alliance. Twice nominated for the student of the month, he has achieved enormous success. He is especially proud of the time he has spent with the school’s Social Justice Alliance where he was an officer as the organization’s secretary. Through the Alliance he was able to effect positive change in the promotion of equity and social justice among his peers.

In the fall, Brendan will be attending Penn State University where he plans to study Finance in hopes of a future career in the business community. He says he is confident that Quakertown has provided him with the skills that he needs to be

successful in his future endeavors. He is grateful for all the opportunities he has been afforded while “growing up in Quakertown.”

Emily Parker

In her scholarship application Emily stated, “Quakertown is my home and holds an immense amount of support –and is the definition of a true community.” She feels fortunate to be living in such a loving and supportive environment.

Academically, Emily has earned a 4.0+ grade point average that includes almost two dozen Advanced Placement or Honors courses and graduated in the top five in her class.

During her time at the High School, Emily has been the driving force behind the establishment of the High School’s STEM Club and the Quakertown branch of the Science National Honor Society. She has studied Innovations of Design at Lehigh University and has represented Quakertown at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. In addition to her academic accomplishments Emily has found time to help her fellow students. She has dedicated many hours tutoring as well as helping to provide her peers with many volunteer opportunities through her leadership role in the High School’s Key Club. Emily has also found time to volunteer at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Emily plans to attend the University of Southern California where she will pursue a pre-medical track in order to realize her dream of being accepted into medical school. She says that she always dreamed of becoming a surgeon, but through her high school experiences she has narrowed her focus to include biomedical engineering with a focus on research and design of prosthetics for severely injured athletes.

Emma Pham

The best way to understand the kind of person Emma is, is to listen to what her friends say about her. Emma is a student many of her peers look up to for her intellect, character, and drive for volunteerism. She always shows a positive outlook wherever she goes and is selfless and compassionate. She is a force for change in the Quakertown Community.

Emma is the President of the School’s National Honor Society. She is a member of Student Council, is a Best Buddies mentor, and a Key Club volunteer. She also volunteers at St. Luk’s Hospital, has helped with Strayer’s Outdoor School and Rotary Club’s Camp Neidig. She is the recipient of many honors and awards locally, statewide, and nationally.

Academically, Emma graduated in the top 3 of her class and will be attending Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College in the Fall with a plan to study biology and then enter the medical field.

Emma realizes that she could not have

been so successful without the help of many people. She would like to thank her friends and classmates for their support and friendship. She says she will remember the good times they shared for the rest of her life. She would also like to give a special thank you to all her teachers who mentored her and gave her many positive role models to help shape the person she has become.

Megan Roth

In the words of Megan’s particularly good friend, Kately, “First and foremost, Megan is a remarkable role model. She leads by example and motivates her peers to be the best they can be. Whether in the classroom, on the hockey field, or within the Quakertown Community, Megan always demonstrates integrity, a strong work ethic and a profound sense of responsibility. She is an incredibly diligent worker and consistently goes above and beyond to achieve her goals. Megan is always there to be a helping hand, give words of encouragement, or even just a listening ear.”

Megan has stated that she has been lucky to grow up in Quakertown. She feels that the Quakertown School District has been a place of growth, where she went from a shy little girl to a woman that know what she wants to do in the future. She believes the district has provided her with the tools she needed to succeed and has provided challenging and diverse classes that helped her find her way in the world.

Megan’s extra-curricular activities include National Honor Society, Varsity player on girl’s field hockey team where she was captain in both her junior and senior years, member of the girl’s lacrosse team, and member of the Future Business Leaders of America. She is also highly active in her church.


Alexa Shaw

Alex plans to attend Clemson University in the fall as an undeclared major with an interest in Business/Marketing. She is excited to be attending a large university where she will be afforded many options to help her make the right decisions for her future career.

She describes the Quakertown Community and Schools with great regard, stating, “I have grown up in the Quakertown Community and have attended Quakertown Schools since kindergarten. This community has shaped me into the person I am today and it also has provided me with lifelong friendships. The opportunities in sports, clubs, and higher-level academic courses have driven my desire to be involved as well as to succeed. Being able to give back to the community through volunteering has also been a rewarding experience.”

Alexa indicated that the two activities that have had the greatest impact on her are National Honor Society volunteering which had instilled in her the principles of scholarship, service, leadership, and character The other is the Best Buddies Program which was a rewarding experience as it allowed her to make friendships with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Alexa was also involved in both the high school and the Elite Soccer Club programs for all four years of high school while working 16-20 hours per week as a cashier at the Giant Food Store near Lowe’s.

Having had the opportunity to meet these outstanding students and to learn about them has served as an inspiration to me as well as an increased respect for the students and staff of QCHS. The true idea of “Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve” remains a strong tradition of the Quakertown Community School District.

The Quakertown Community Alumni Association encourages alumni to participate in the Association activities. Its mission includes fundraising to provide scholarship opportunities each year for graduating seniors. Please check out our Facebook Pages “Quakertown High School Alumni Association” and the Alumni pages of the QCSD.org website for more information. We are a 501(c)3 organization and always welcome any contributions toward our scholarship endeavors. If you are interested in donating, please email Qchsalumniboard@gmail.com and you will receive instructions on how to do so. Comments and ideas for future articles can be sent to Ray Fox at rdefox@msn.com.

The Alumni board is a group of dedicated people who strive to support the students and alumni as much as we can. You could say that we “bleed blue” but more importantly, that we embody two commonly known Quakertown mottos: “Enter To Learn; Leave To Serve.”

summer, Megan is working at Coca Cola Park and Power and Grace. At Power and Grace, she helps coach gymnastics to elementary age students.

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- Dolly Parton

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St. Luke’s to Offer Free Hernia Screening in Quakertown

Have you or someone you know been meaning to get that painful lump or bump checked out? It's time to find out if it's a hernia. Emanuel Nogueria, MD, will provide free hernia screening on Fridays, 11 am to noon, from July 5 to Sept. 13 at St. Luke's General Surgery—Quakertown.

Meanwhile, Dr. Nogueria encourages you to take care this summer to prevent developing a hernia or reinjuring a repaired one.

“A hernia occurs when an internal organ or other body part protrudes through the wall of a muscle or other tissue that normally contains it. A strenuous activity, such as gardening, or yanking the starter cord of a lawn mower, can put extra strain on the abdominal muscles. This could cause a hernia or reinjure one that had been repaired previously,” says Dr. Nogueira, chief of surgery and director of the Hernia Center of Excellence at St. Luke’s Upper Bucks Campus. Dr. Nogueira has earned the Surgeon of Excellence in Hernia Surgery™ (SOEHS) designation by Surgical Review Corporation.

If you’re shoveling in your garden, Dr. Nogueira suggests scooping up smaller amounts of dirt, especially since you are also twisting and turning to empty the shovel. Also, be cautious when hiking and around water. A slip or fall could cause you to move in an awkward way, causing a tear in the muscle where a hernia could develop.

The most common types of hernias, inguinal and femoral hernias, may be present at birth or can be the result of muscles weakened over time due to age and repeated strain on the abdominal and groin areas. Besides strenuous activities, obesity, pregnancy, frequent coughing and straining on the toilet due to constipation can cause hernias to become larger. This can result in symptoms.

Wow did you feel that heat last month? It was nice to see people out at the dog events we had. Please remember to walk your canine family on the grass and not the payment. Several of my canine friends have crossed over the bridge so I am pleading with you humans to check out the rescues and shelters for a new buddy. Many of these angels are potty trained and just want a stable home with love. My mom is old (sorry Mom) and she says we give her the purpose to get up in the mornings. If any of you decide to get a new friend feel free to send me a picture at reelanimals@aol.com and put ‘Attn: Peanut’ in the title so I know it’s for me. Would love to see it. ~ Love Peanut

Pain, accompanied by swelling or a bulge that can be pushed backed in, is the most common symptom of a hernia. Other symptoms may include a dull aching sensation, a feeling of fullness, constipation and vomiting. Heartburn is a common sign of a hiatal hernia, which is a type caused when the stomach bulges into the chest through the diaphragm. While most hernias are not life threatening, it is best to see your doctor at the first sign of symptoms, he says.

“Nothing will ever fix a hernia on its own. It’s like punching a hole in the wall. It never gets better. Rather, over time it will get bigger,” he says.

Because smaller hernias are easier to repair, with fewer risks and quicker recovery, Dr. Nogueira usually encourages his patients with painful, bulging hernias to consider surgery. Most early hernia repairs are performed using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. With this procedure, the surgeon makes a few small incisions near the hernia and inserts a thin tube with a tiny camera call a laparoscope. Using images from the laparoscope, the surgeon then uses mesh to repair the hernia.

Dr. Nogueira also suggests that anyone considering hernia surgery seek out a surgeon experienced in hernia repair. In 2016, the St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Quakertown Campus was designated as a Center of Excellence in Hernia Surgery™ (COEHS) by Surgical Review Corporation.

At that time, both it and Dr. Nogueira, were the first and only Center of Excellence in Hernia Surgery designees in Pennsylvania. The center is now located at the St. Luke’s Upper Bucks Campus in Quakertown. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nogueira, call 215-538-4852.

To register for the hernia screening, visit go.activecalendar.com/sluhn.

How Will the Economy React to AI?

Artificial intelligence (AI) tools are already invading every aspect of our lives. Debates are ongoing about how it will infiltrate individual industries. Governments are working to understand AI and determine how to regulate something that affects much more than the digital space. Its potential uses are being realized everywhere, from musicians turning 50-year-old demo recordings into fully realized hit singles to firms analyzing data to increase productivity, maximize security, and even develop new medicines. The potential for AI is a fast-moving beast, with new tools emerging so quickly that they sometimes make existing ones obsolete just months after they become available.

It has certainly made many people nervous. An online educator surveyed 800 executives about their futures with AI. Almost half of the respondents believed that many of the job skills vital to the employees of various industries, including C-suite executives, may be irrelevant in just two years.1,2

This is some scary talk, to be certain. However, it is important to note that such change is inevitable. Just as the telephone put the telegraph out to pasture and the commercialization of the Internet changed how every company does business, AI will change things. However, not all aspects of the change will be bad or negative.

For those in the workforce, AI represents

this generation’s pivot point. Just as prior generations got used to offices centered around emails and messaging tools, so will this generation of workers get used to the many AI tools that will help them work better and more efficiently. Jobs at all levels will change to incorporate emerging innovations. Executives will have access to resources that simplify their tasks and expand their abilities.

AI promises to help make a massive leap forward in terms of what people can accomplish, and its tools can help people do tasks more precisely and at previously impossible speeds. This sort of innovation always has growing pains. However, in the long run, it represents incredible potential for the economy to grow in new directions, uplifting the industries that every company changes and opening avenues that never existed before.

Although AI challenges the economy, investors have faced this challenge during every innovative period. As your trained financial professional, I will consider big and small changes, and I look forward to hearing any questions you may have about the future of AI.

1. Forbes com, october 14, 2023

2. edX AI survey, 2023

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Upper Bucks Senior Center Music Committee Seeks Pianist,

The Music Committee of the Upper Bucks Senior Activity Center is looking for a volunteer piano player to accompany our chorus on Wednesdays from 12:30 –1:30 pm. We are also recruiting more singers. You do not have to read music as we all sing in unison. Our band is looking for a volunteer audio/visual person to

A/V Help

operate our PA system and to take photos and recordings of our band in action. We can train.

Please contact the committee at 215538-8671 or the Center at 215-536-3066. Leave your callback information if you get an answering machine.

Employment Opportunities

Think Local. Work Local. Be Local.

Krause Home and Lawn Care - Seeking 2 or 3 individuals to expand business. Construction experience is helpful. Wage will be based on experience. References requested. Clean driving record and driver’s license required. 267-261-7671

Hair Studio 1208 is hiring a PartTime Receptionist Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Role: electronically scheduling, answering phones, checking clients in/out, etc. If you’re interested, call 215-536-1208, ask for Laura


Just a reminder to those over 65, St. Luke’s Upper Bucks Hospital has meals for $ 3.98. If you are lucky, you may have dinner with Bob a pleasant man, who is a retired school teacher, but has a very active retirement, he can be seen juggling, telling jokes, and recently bike riding with goats. This is only one off the interesting people you can dine with at the evening meal. This meal provides companionship and a chance to compare notes on aging and life. Since we were never old before,

by Palma

this is a new experience for all of us. Many of us share stories of our past and compare notes on how to deal with the issues of aging. Many have lost loved ones and some have health issues. All need to feel helpful and share their feeling with peers. This gives a feeling of acceptance and usefulness. This is important as we age and are replaced by younger persons. We all need to feel useful and accepted, this is a place to find it. ~ As Always, Palma Moyer RN TUH Class of 1957. palMa iS a 1957 gRaDuate of teMple univeRSity hoSpital School of nuRSing. She ShaReS heR expeRienceS anD peRSpectiveS on nuRSing anD on life. She enjoyS heaRing fRoM you at DonthelpMeMoyeR@aol coM

“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.”

- Albert Camus

Upper Bucks Area Places of Worship

Bible Baptist Church Meets at HIghland Park Dining Hall 415 Highland Park Road Sellersville, PA 18960



Pastor: Tom 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




Pastor: David Heckler

A friendly, welcoming church. Change fear into hope, doubt into faith. God is calling. Join us at 11am Sunday. Halleleujah!

Christ’s Lutheran Church 218 East Broad Street Trumbauersville, PA 18970




9:00am Worship, 10:15 Sunday School, Handicapped accessible, Family Friendly Church. Find us on Facebook! Church of the Incarnation 44 S. 8th Street Quakertown, PA 18951 215-538-3787



Pastor: Most Rev. Thomas J. Kleppinger Traditional worship, Biblical faith Sunday 10:30am, Holy Days as announced. Emmanuel Episcopal Church 560 S. Main Street Quakertown, PA 18951 215-536-3040

emmanuelchurch11@yahoo.com www.emmanuelquakertown.org

Sunday service at 10am, Visitors and new members always welcome!

First United Church of Christ 151 S. Fourth Street Quakertown, PA 18951 215-536-4447



Senior Pastor: Rev. Jon C. Bauman

Min. of Visitation & Pastoral Care: Elaine Ely

Join us in person Sundays 9:15am Join us online at www.firstUCC.net. Community Lunch

2nd Saturday Drive through pickup 9am. Community Dinner 3rd Thursday 5:30pm (eat in).

A week before I took my vacation in June, I had a tub that was clogged up, a pipe that began to leak, and a clothes dryer than stopped working.

I got the tub to flow, the leak to stop, and though I attempted to fix the dryer, it was not the easy solution of a new belt as I had hoped. Thankfully, my wife found one on Facebook marketplace that was both better than the old one, and much cheaper than a new one.

With all things fixed, we set out for vacation. Problem free relaxing was on our way! Until…until the engine misfired a few miles from where we were headed. I knew what needed to be done to fix it, I knew that I couldn’t do it, and I knew that I was about to be at the mercy of a mechanic I had never met.

And as comparatively minimal as that all is compared to what some of you may be going through, at any given season, there’s a common temptation in those moments where one thing happens after the other to surrender to the spiral that you find yourself in.

There’s that story of Jesus walking on

Good News Church

424 Juniper Street Quakertown, PA 18951


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.

Grace Bible Fellowship Church 1811 Old Bethlehem Pike N. Quakertown, PA 18951 215-536-6096 grace@quakertownbfc.org www.quakertownbfc.org

Sr. Pastor: Ron Kohl

Sunday School for all ages. 10:10am Morning Worship, Small group meetings 2nd & 4th

Sundays 6:30pm; Tues: Ladies Bible Study 9:45am; Wed: AWANA (2 yrs - 6th grade) & Teens for Christ 6:30pm, Adult prayer meeting 6:45pm

Juniper Street Bible Church 317 Juniper Street

Quakertown, PA 18951


Pastor: Derrick Thompson www.juniperstreetbiblechurch.org

Worship Sunday 10 am; also live on Facebook and Youtube. Bible study Tuesday 7 pm. We pray you will join us in worship and study.

Morning Star Fellowship 429 S. 9th Street

Quakertown, PA 18951


Pastors: John & Theresa Decker www.mstarqtown.org

Sunday Services at 9 am and 11 am. Our cafe is open with free coffee. Children’s Ministries provided. Celebrate Recovery on Tuesdays at 7 pm. Student Ministries on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Weekly Connections. For updates and schedule changes, check our website. Pennridge Christian Fellowship 720 Blooming Glen Rd, Blooming Glen 18911 215-257-7309 pastor@pennridgecf.org www.pennridgecf.org

Pastor: Thomas Vargis

Multicultural Charismatic church worshipping God in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Our service consists of song service, testimonies, and teaching of the word. Live Spanish translation & children’s service at 10:30 Sunday worship. Livestream: fb.com/pennridgechristianfellowship

water, and Peter coming out to join him there. What an odd story; People don’t walk on water. The story seems ridiculous because it is. And yet, I believe that it happened, and it helps me at times when I feel like I’m spiraling; even if, and I’ll be honest with you, I only think of it in hindsight.

The story is from Matthew 14, and before Peter got his feet wet, there was a miracle that had just happened, the feeding of the 5,000. The people were fed with 2 fish and 5 loaves, and after that miracle, Jesus sends his disciples across the lake while he tells the people they can go home, says his goodbyes, and goes on the mountain to pray.

The disciples, without Jesus, face the storm.

Think about that for a moment. They just came off a spiritual mountaintop through seeing the miraculous, but now the miracle worker was gone, and life deals them the blow of tragedy.

We know what that’s like, right? We were doing well. Everything was fine. Until it wasn’t.

We felt close to God. We have seen Him work miracles. And our faith is great

Quakertown United Methodist Church 1875 Freier Road Quakertown, PA 18951 215-536-4992 barb@qumc.com www.qumc.com

Pastor: Rev. Richard K. Brown II Sunday schedule: Worship 8:30 am, Sunday School 9:45 am, Worship 11 am Communion first Sunday of each month. St. Isidore Roman Catholic Church 2545 West Pumping Station Rd Quakertown, PA 18951 (215) 536-4389

Pastor: Rev. Kenneth C. Brabazon izzyparoff@comcast.net www.stisidores.org

Sunday Masses - 5:00pm Saturday evenings; 7:00am, 9:00am, & 11:00am on Sunday mornings; 1:00pm in Spanish Sunday afternoons

St. John’s Lutheran Church 4 South Main Street • PO Box 458 Richlandtown, PA 18955 215-536-5027 Admin@stjohnsrpa.org www.stjohnsrpa.org

Pastor: Rev Dr. David A Genszler

In person worship service Sunday at 9:30 am, Watch our Worship Service anytime on stjohnsrpa.org/sermon or on Facebook.

Activity Center Rentals Open, Capacity 125, call 215-536-5027 to book.

St. John’s Lutheran Church of Spinnerstown

1565 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Spinnerstown 18968 (GPS Quakertown 18951)

Mailing:PO Box 120, Spinnerstown, PA 18968 215-536-0734

stjohnsspinnerstown@gmail.com www.stjohnsofspinnerstown.org

Interim Pastor: The Rev. Susan Lang Worship Service: 9:30 a.m. Service also is live-streamed on Facebook (St. John's Lutheran Church, Spinnerstown, PA) and video available on the church website.

until we feel alone.

But then Jesus walks on the waters of tragedy, despair, and uncertainty.

Then he calls Peter out of the boat to walk on that water to prove that it really was Jesus. So he stepped into the fear that had been rocking their boat.

And here’s the reality of the scene: whether Peter stayed in the boat, or walked on the water, there’s a possibility that these disciples were wondering if they would die out there on that sea while God seemed to be off doing anything else besides hearing their cries for help.

Yet, Peter stepped out of the boat because he knew that God was with him. He walked on the water of tragedy not because he could do it, but because he trusted in the one who could. When he lost focus, he began to sink. But Jesus reached out his hand to save him.

I may not think of this story literally every time that I am spiraling, and especially not when I’m only dealing with money and material things. But in times of deeper trial, I experience the rocking of the security and safety that I try to maintain, I experience the panic of feeling alone to face challenges that are past my ability to deal with, I get afraid of the possibility of one more thing going

St. John’s Lutheran Ridge Valley 910 Allentown Road, West Rockhill Twp 215-257-9643

stjohnsridgevalley910@gmail.com www.stjohnsridgevalley.com

Pastor: Rev. Lauren Bruno 8:30am Traditional - 10:15am w/praise band. Grape juice & gluten-free wafers available. Adult Forum 9:40, Handicapped accessible. All invited and welcome to Share the Joy! St. John the Baptist Parish 4050 Durham Road, Ottsville 18942 610-847-5521

pastor@stjohnsottsville.org www.stjohnsottsville.org

Pastor: Selvaraj Lucas, MSC

St. John the Baptist, the first Catholic parish in Bucks County, has served the pastoral needs of Catholics since 1743.

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Applebachsville 837 Old Bethlehem Road, Quakertown 215-536-5789 stpaulsqtown@gmail.com www.stpaulsqtown.org

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, PA 18960 215-257-7268

Pastor: Rev. Trudy Irving secretary@stpaulsucc.net www.stpaulsucc.net

Sunday Worship 10:15 in Sanctuary Springfield Mennonite Church 1905 Pleasant View Road Coopersburg PA 18036 267-999-1404

Pastor: Rev. Joseph Wames pastorjoe@springfieldmennonite.org www.springfieldmennonite.org

Join us at 10:15 am Sunday Mornings for a Blended Worship Service, Multi-generational, loving congregation. Biblically and Doctrinally Sound. Trinity Lutheran Church 102 N. Hellertown Avenue Quakertown, PA 18951 (215) 536.4345 www.trinityquakertown.org

Pastor: Rev. Rachel Scheible

9 am Traditional service, Handicap accessible, Family Friendly, Dynamic Music Ministry, Living God’s Love for All

wrong, one more weird and odd challenge to face, and when I discover that God is with me in the midst of it, I can have a hard time believing it, or at least in acting like I do.

Yet, when God calls out to me to follow Him while the storm is rocking my world, when wave after wave of disappointment is crashing into the boat of my own making that I foolishly cling to, I have to realize that if I’m going to make it through the storm, instead of surrendering to it, I have to step out of relying on my own power, and trust that God will direct my steps, and catch me when I begin to sink.

The car got fixed by an honest and fair mechanic in a state I don’t live in, the pipe was still not leaking when I got home, the tub was draining well, and the dryer wasn’t another scam online. Though I was upset at all of those things, all of them got resolved. But even before they were, I knew I would be okay, even if I struggled for a bit, because I’m not trusting in the boat of my own making anymore; I’m trusting in the one who commands the waters to cease, and who chooses to reach out to save me.

~ Amen.

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Free Fall Action Sports Announces Two Free Summer Camps

Free Fall Action Sports is offering two completely FREE summer camps, thanks to the Bucks County Opioid Settlement Alternative Activities Grant from The Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission Inc. The skate and media camps held from July 29 - Aug 2, 9 A.M. - 2 P.M. are designed to provide engaging and educational activities for local at-risk youth to encourage healthy habits and hobbies.

Both camps are held at Free Fall Action Sports, 670 S Main St., Quakertown, PA, 18951 and are open to all skill levels. Deadline to apply is July 10 with limited spots available with a priority for “at-risk youth.”

will develop their skateboarding skills in a supportive and fun environment. This 20-person camp is open to beginners, intermediates, and advanced skaters. Faith and healthy habit building is

The Media Camp is for students 10 - 18 interested in photography, videography, editing, and art. This 10-person camp will be led by our Documentarian, Shane Yelicanin. Participants will capture and edit content around the park at the park, culminating in the creation of a short film to be showcased at the end of the week at the park. Faith and healthy habit building is part of the curriculum. Registration: tinyurl.com/2hwo9o95

Our Skateboard Summer Camp welcomes skaters aged 10 to 18. With guidance from AJ Rogers, our annual Free Fall Event MC for the past 14 years, and skate instructor Clay Kienzel, campers

Both camps are funded by the Bucks County Opioid Settlement Alternative Activities Grant, aimed at providing healthy activities to deter students from the use of drugs and alcohol. The premise, according to the Alternative Activities Grant, is that constructive and healthy activities offset the attraction to unhealthy behaviors because students are preoccupied with other outlets such as hobbies, camps, healthy relationships with adults, and faith.

The Philadelphia Phillies have had their nickname longer than any other Major League Baseball team.

The Philadelphia Ball Club Limited was established in 1881, and became the last of the National League’s (NL), “Classic Eight”. Local media and fans called them the “Phillies” from the start. Through 2023, the Phillies played 140 consecutive seasons compiling a record of 10,112 wins, 11,259 loses and 115 ties (.473). There’ve been some celebrations and it’s been better recently, but the ride has been rough for Phillies phans.

The NL replaced the Worchester, MA, Worchesters with the Phillies in 1882. Worchester had ruined relationships by forcing the expulsion from the NL and disbanding of the Cincinnati Reds for selling beer at the stadium against league rules. Also, Philadelphia offered a larger fan base and, hopefully, more income. The Phillies won their first game against the amateur Manayunk Ashlands 11-0 but finished their first season in last place with a .173 win percentage—worst in team history.

Learn more about these camps and the Free Fall organization at

In the Modern Era (>1903), the Phillies have won two championships, eight NL pennants and made 15 playoff appearances. However, futility and frustration have been the team’s legacy. They were the last of the original 16 teams to win a World Series (1980), and they were the first to lose 10,000 games. They’ve lost more games than any team in the history of any professional sport. Between 1918 and 1949 they had one winning season. However, since the Divisional Era (1969), the Phillies have won 11 divisional titles, eight NL pennants, and two World Series.

The Phillies played at Recreational Park (1883-86), Baker Bowl (1887-1938), Shibe Park/Connie Mack Stadium (19381970), “The Vet” (1971-2003), and now at Citizens Bank Park. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, salary disputes with stars such as Ed Delahanty and Nap Lajoie (both Hall-of-Famers), and the establishment of the American League (AL), in 1901, cost the Phillies their best players. The first five AL batting champions were former Phillies. They were bad, finished 46 games out of 1st place in 1902. When the Baker Bowl balcony collapsed in 1903, killing 12 and injuring hundreds, the team was sold to avoid lawsuits. With Hall-of-Fame pitchers Grover Cleveland Alexander and Ernie Shore the Phils played in the 1915, World Series, losing to Boston four games to one. Both players were stingily traded a Dark Ages began for the Phillies.

In 1918, the Phillies began one of the longest stretches of frustration and futility in baseball history. That year they finished 6th, thirteen games under .500. Over the next 30 years the Phillies had one winning season—1932, 78W-76L. Otherwise, they finished last seventeen times, next to last seven and above sixth only twice. And, the dilapidated Baker Bowl was a hitters’ park. In 1930 the Phils gave up 1199 runs—still a record. In 1941, they finished 43 & 111, setting a record for losses. In 1942 the team had to borrow money

from the league to finance spring training. In 1943 the Phillies were up for sale. Bill Veek planned to buy and stock the team with Negro League stars. However, Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis was an ardent segregationist. Ultimately, William Cox then Bob Carpenter took over. After a city-wide vote, the team changed their nickname to the Blue Jays, aspiring to a new image. However, the Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays officially protested the dishonor the Phillies brought to the name. The team wore a blue jay on their sleeves, but ‘Phillies’ on their shirts. The new name was dropped in 1950. The A’s, under Connie Mack, continued to be Philadelphia’s team, though their record was seldom better than the Phil’s. In 1949, the Phillies finished 3rd at 81-73, the first winning season in 17 years! In 1950, they won their first NL pennant in 35 years but were swept by the Yankees in the World Series. It looked good but the Whiz-kids fizzled, partly because they’d won a pennant with an all-white team. Consequently, the Phillies were the last MLB team to integrate. They finished at least 18 games out of first place for years. In 1961 they lost 23 in a row (worst losing streak in MLB since 1900), lost 107 and finished 46 games out of first. Finally integrated the Phillies, led by rookie-of-the-year Dick Allen, Johnny Callison and Jim Bunning were in first place most of 1964. They lead by 6 ½ games with 12 to play. Still known as “The Phold”, the Phillies did just that. Often called the worst collapse in sports history, they lost 10 games in a row and finished tied for second place. Things continued poorly.

In 1971 the Phillies moved into Veterans Stadium. They had some success with Carlton, Schmidt and Bowa. They won the NL East 1976-78, losing three successive pennants to the Reds and Dodgers twice. The Phillies won their first pennant in 30 years in 1980 by beating the Astros. When they beat Kansas City in the World Series, 4 games to 2, they became the last of the 16 teams in MLB to win a championship. The other teams each had appeared in at least three Series and won at least one.

The Phils lost the Series to Baltimore in 1983 and entered another down period. Except for 1993 when they went from lastto-first place but lost the Series to Toronto. The 2001 team under Larry Bowa had the first winning season since 1993. In 2007 the Phillies became the first sports team to lose 10,000 games but won the NL East. They were swept by Colorado in the playoffs. In 2008 they won their second World Series over Toronto. They appeared again in 2009 but lost to the Yankees. The Phils won their division five consecutive times by 2011, but then entered another slide. By 2015, the Phillies were again the worst team in the NL.

The 2020’s have been much better for the Phillies. They lost the 2022 World Series to Houston. The Phils have been contenders the past few years and 2024 it looking pretty good. jack

Dr. Lori’s Yard Sale Tips

Are you considering taking all that old junk out of the basement or attic and selling it to buyers on your front lawn or out of your garage? Here are only some, emphasis on some, of my tips for making the most of your yard sale. When people are hosting a yard sale, they realize quickly that not only can the stuff become overwhelming, but the actual sale can be a big chore, too. Remember, whenever you are inviting people to your home for any reason, you must do some preparatory work for the crowd.

Before you serve the first shopper, be sure you know what you are willing to part with. More importantly, know what the items that you are selling are actually worth. I mean current retail value on today’s market, including online selling platforms. That doesn’t mean just check one online selling platform with listings from people who may know as much as you do about the market. Don’t think that a list price is a value either! That is a crucial part of the situation. Investigate the value of your stuff on the entire market. Remember, don’t sell yourself or your stuff short.

Yard Sale Tips:

Get help! Get your friends and family to help you with brains and brawn. Make sure you have helpers on hand. Give these helpers specific jobs during the sale. A helper needs to be sure no one goes inside your house, no matter what. Medical emergencies are the only exception. Another helper needs to be responsible for the cash box. Someone else needs to be available to answer buyers’ questions. The most important job for a helper is watching the buyers. Why do you need to watch the buyers? Because people at yard sales are often tempted to just walk away with your stuff. Be sure that people aren’t just helping themselves to your stuff. You’ll need help moving objects, particularly furniture and heavy boxes, before, during, and after the sale. In today’s world of yard sale videographers, decide if your yard sale is a source for filming.

Decide if you are going to charge yard sale shoppers to look first or arrive early for a Peek Early Fee. This is a popular yard sale option that can make the yard sale host extra money. If someone wants you to start your yard sale early, charge them for it. Sleep is valuable.

Try to avoid selling your stuff at your yard sale in bulk for one low price. Sure, you’ll get rid of a ton of items that way and most importantly, you’ll lose your shirt that way too. If you put a bunch of random stuff in a box and just put an arbitrary price on the box, it will save you time sorting through items but often

valuable items appear in those boxes. So, don’t be lazy. Review all the items, get appraisals for the items you don’t values of, and price them individually. There are some items that shouldn’t be sold at the yard sale ever. Furniture, jewelry, and art are big ticket items and typically don’t command what they are worth when sold at a yard sale. So, don’t sell these types of items at a yard sale. Artwork regularly brings a big return on investment and will increase in value over time, so don’t decide to sell that portrait painting or landscape lithograph at the yard sale. Jewelry, both fine pieces with gemstones, pearls, and precious metals should never be sold at a yard sale as you’ll lose design value and monetary

value if you sell them in this environment. And, costume jewelry is the single most overlooked valuable sold at yard sales. Don’t put grandma’s faux jewelry out at the yard sale as these pieces sell much better at online platforms like eBay, Poshmark, Etsy, etc. You’ll be shocked at how much people are making online by selling old jewelry.

Don’t listen to others when pricing items

There are many people who like to act as if they know the market for art, antiques, and collectibles. Well-meaning friends, neighbors, and Facebook friends or groups are notorious for pricing your stuff too low. If you want to know the real value for something, check with me for an appraisal. I review photos of old objects via my website, so you’ll know the value of your stuff before you tag it and place it on the lawn. Follow my tips if you want to make money at your yard sale..

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Upper Bucks Chamber Hosts State of the Nation Event

Can You Walk the Walk?

I’m always in awe as I drive through neighborhoods while virtually cheering folks who walk their dogs in any kind of weather. As kind as Mother Nature has been this winter, I would surmise that most folks haven’t practiced walking their dogs much or at all. It can be a love or hate response when it comes to loose-leash walking with your dog. The majority of clients that seek me out have a hate response to loose-leash walking. It’s so much easier to say than to do!

I had a client send me an email the other day about how horrible their dog walked on a leash at the park after our first session. Of course, I was very disappointed with my client because they hadn’t even started with one of the suggested first steps. Having her start at the park was like diving straight into the deep end of the pool without ever learning how to doggy paddle or float. Needless to say, they sank like a rock. They had to physically carry their 80-pound dog back to the car. I responded to her email, ”If you were to teach a new driver how to drive, would you start them on Interstate 95, or would you find a nice quiet parking lot?”

Loose-leash walking is exactly what it sounds like. You have a nice loose leash between you and your dog. Not enough practice with too many distractions is where problems begin and sadly end. Most people just give up. Begin your training by having the dog follow you around the house either on the left side of you or the right while on a leash. Every couple of steps give your dog a treat at the take out window for following you. The “take-out window” is where the treats should be dispensed down the outside seam of your pants, right next to your knee. Make kissy noises or slap the side of your leg to encourage the dog to follow you. You need a high rate of reinforcement in the beginning (that means lots of treats). Gradually ask more steps from your dog, as he is getting it give less treats. When your dog is following you from one end of the house and back for one treat that’s when it is time to take it outside to the yard not the park.

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Trumbauersville Borough Administrator Dani McClanahan, was recognized at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs as a Certified Borough Official. The CBO Program is a voluntary educational achievement program designed to promote continuing education for borough officials and excellence in local government service. The CBO designation signifies a commitment to education, leadership, and staying informed on important issues that affect borough communities. Trumbauersville Borough’s quarterly newsletter was also recognized at the conference as one of the top three in the state. Dani edits and produces that newsletter.

McClanahan Named Certified Borough Official

The Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce hosted Representative Brian Fitzpatrick for its annual State of the Nation event. Attendees enjoyed a networking breakfast and a briefing on current events and topics. (L-R): Danielle Bodnar-UBCC, Corey Armideo, PBR Productions; Jenny Diefenderfer, McCarthy Masonry & Concrete, Inc.; Representative Brian Fitzpatrick; Dennis Pfleiger, St. Luke's Hospital; Dave Freeman, QNB Bank; Melissa Shafer, St. Luke's Hospital. Photo by michele buono

Child Recognized for Dedication to PA State Borough Association

Trumbauersville Borough Council member Edward Child was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB) at their annual conference for his dedication to the organization and to the Borough of Trumbauersville.

Child earned the Governor's Award for Local Government Excellence in 2016, and The Anthony J. Defilippi Award for his legislative advocacy work. He cur rently serves as the PSAB Resolutions and Policy Steering Committee Chair.

President Donald Reed remarks, “He is essentially our Speaker of the House.”

Child served as President of PSAB from 2022-2023 and 2014-2015. His total of 10 years of service as an officer is the second longest tenure in PSAB history. He has chaired numerous committees and has actively promoted the Bucks County Boroughs Association. Reed notes, “Yet, his passion is advocating for all boroughs across the Commonwealth… Ed encourages dialogue, networking, and has been

very instrumental in reasoning through abstract policy considerations to achieve a productive consensus.”

Child has served on Trumbauersville Borough Council since 1998 and is in his 26th year, much of which was spent as

Learning 'Dutch'

Growing up in Allentown, we spoke English at home and school. My father knew some Pennsylvania Dutch, which he sometimes used with the old timers. I picked up a little, not much, just easy things like “Wie geht?”

I’ve often thought of taking classes to learn it, but have always found an excuse

I had three years of German in high school, and studied French in college, but have always struggled with languages. Now, at my not-so-young age, I have decided to learn Dutch.

It ain’t easy.

Why Dutch? I watch a lot of shows and movies based in the Nordic countries, and decided it would be great to be able to understand at least a few of them without using subtitles.

fault. Purely me.

Shelli doesn’t know I am doing this. Decided to surprise her when I get fluent. Don’t know why. Based on my current progress, that could be, optimistically, sometime in 2050.

Hope I’m still alive. That would be one hell of a surprise…Hoi Shelli!

But now, my iPad has started acting weird. I use voice text a lot, and when I talk, instead of typing in English, it’s typing in a different language.

Maybe my iPad speaks Dutch!

It’s crazy. It’s like when you’re talking with someone about buying something and all of a sudden when you go on the Internet, there’s tons of ads for whatever you were talking about. I don’t understand that either. Is big brother listening?

(I would prefer Big Brother and the Holding Company myself.)

So apparently, my iPad has been following my activity and learning along with me.

Board of Directors representing the boroughs of Bucks County and has now joined PSAB's Board of Trustees.

The Meaning of Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, I asked if there would be time for an inclusion in the service that we used to have in year’s past when I was the Emcee. The answer I got was that Memorial Day is for remembering those that gave “Their All” for their country and Veteran’s Day is to honor all Veterans. I checked this out on my computer and it is so. The answer I received was correct (Inferring “no” to my request) and time was very limited. Every Memorial Day I personally remember Steve Harris from Rockville, Maryland who I trained with in basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C and went on to train with as a forward observer (Cavalry Scout) for armored at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was killed in action in Vietnam in August 1966. I also remember Captain Christopher Seifert (An only child of dear friends and a father of a son under 1 year old at the time.), an intelligence officer with the 101st Airborne Division at our service and the service held in Williams Township near his childhood home. He was needlessly taken from us the night before the 101st was to go into Iraq back in 2003.

Christopher’s death was heartbreaking and a loss of an individual who certainly would have made changes to the good for

America had he lived. He would have been a wonderful father and husband. He was the best! Steve Harris’ loss affected me differently as he and I shared the reality back at Fort Knox that our training was in a field that left us very vulnerable to injury or death because of being in the very forward position to support our troops in tanks (sometimes even behind “enemy lines). To make matters worse in the last week of our advanced training President Johnson came on TV. and announced that he was going to increase the amount of troops in Vietnam to quite a few hundred thousand. We were technically in a war situation instead of military advisor capacity.

The day before we had our graduating ceremony we received our orders for our next assignment. Because this new advancement of increase of size was so new, half of our training company was to go to Korea and half were to go to Germany for border observation duty. The way they did it was very elementary. Every other person went to either Korea or Europe. Steve and I were not only the only ones from our Basic training unit to go to this training, but because of the Harris/Helm sequence we also shared the same tent in basic and the same barracks at Fort Knox. Now we were on the list with the same name sequence that would separate two new buddies half a world a part. I remember we had a 3 day pass for

Besides…Dutch…Pennsylvania Dutch… how difficult could it be?

I downloaded the babble app and paid for three months. A few weeks in, I know some

To that, I can only say 'Tot Ziens!'

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labor day and I suggested Steve go with me to the Drag Racing “Nationals” near Indianapolis and he chose to go home to see his girlfriend before being shipped to Korea. Rightfully so! Sadly this was the last time he saw her.

My sequence of luck from my return to Fort Dix to ship to Germany, my lucky new job assignment and my making E-5 (same as sergeant) in less than a year was quite different from what happened to Steve. Because of the increased troops for Vietnam as I explained above, most of those troops went to Korea for just a bit then went to Vietnam. Steve was killed August 1966. Steve and I were to meet up after the service—we didn’t!

What has this to do with a request in change of program on Memorial Day 2024? The fact that I knew for years, even before I returned home from Germany and not accepting it, that Steve was killed, it was hard to accept. On top of that was “The Sequence” of Harris/Helm really bothered me. If one person in the order before me would have been missing, I probably would have been in Steve’s assignment! It took me over 30 years to search for and locate his grave in Maryland. My wife and I and her sister and husband stopped by and found the graveyard behind a gas station in a ravine type wooded setting.

Steve’s marker was just a regular service marker, no family around, no flag or holder. I asked to be alone and knelt by this headstone and wept profusely! I finally was able to shake my guilt of “Why was I chosen to live?” We searched and found another grave that happened to have two flags possibly left by family. I took one of these flags and placed it on his grave. When

“The Wall” came to Memorial Park I posted guard near Steve’s name in the early hours (midnight to 4:00 AM).

Memorial Day is to honor those “Who Gave Their All” and rightfully so. Veteran’s Day is for ALL veterans to be honored. Military personnel are chosen from the presumably most healthy and trainable personnel. Even though those veterans who did come home are thanked today as they should be, the experiences as I outlined that happened to me, takes a toll on them. I found release from guilt because I diligently searched for it as I knelt by that headstone in Maryland. Others, especially the doctor’s and nurses who tried to put together broken bodies and spirits of these once healthy and robust young soldiers had to suffer worse than I did. I admire them for what they did. Over the past few years I have gotten to know one of these ladies and I wish to say “Thank You for your service and for your endurance to continue on in a successful life and raising a family”. Thank you for attending our services to honor those who you possibly were the last person the fallen spoke to. The emotional toll of experiencing this must be overwhelming. You are also in my thoughts and prayers on Memorial Day as you gave your all to those whom you tried to save and whom you saved.

Yes, Memorial Day according to my computer is for those who gave their life for this country. To me Memorial Day is also for those who gave a part of their youth for their nation and should be so honored as well.

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QCHS Students Graduate from State Police 'Camp Cadet'

Ice Skating Shelter Remodeled, Dedicated as Jane Stover Lodge

Quakertown Borough Council members, family and friends of Jane Stover, along with past K.I.D.S. counselors and campers, recently gathered to dedicate the skate shelter at Memorial Park with its new name, the Jane Stover Lodge. It was a heartwarming evening to hear past campers and counselors share their memories of Jane and reflect on the program as it was in the 1970s and 1980s.

since become the longest-running and one of the most successful programs of the Parks and Recreation Department. Renaming and dedicating the skate shelter in her honor stands as a testament to her commitment to physical education and youth development.

Since refurbishing this space last year, the Parks and Recreation Department has been able to expand its programming

• QuiNBy’s Playground

• Refreshments – hot dogs, pretzels, & water ice

• Plus, enjoy an appearance by QNB’s youth banking mascot, QuiNBy the Savings Squirrel!

Several Quakertown Community High School students graduated from PA State Police Camp Cadet Troop M in June. Pictured: Wyatt Amato, counselor; William Haslett, Holden Tomlinson, Mackenzie Finger, Morgan Amato, Mary Ashlyn Wolf, counselor; R.J. Lee, Trooper Michael Rogers, Officer Bob Lee, Quakertown Police Department submitted Photo
“The essence of America, that which really unites us, is not ethnicity or nationality or religion. It is an idea, and what an idea it is—that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.” - Condoleezza Rice

2024 Dodge Hornet

If you’re old enough to remember the AMC Hornet car of yesteryear, Dodge resurrected that name for their 2023-2024 compact Hornet compact-utility vehicle (CUV). It takes that badging to new heights in today’s market.

The original Hornet name was for an AMC Hornet that ended production in 1977. Then in 1987, Chrysler acquired AMC and the Hornet name that was dormant until 2006 when Chrysler bestowed

1.6-liter supercharged Tritec inline 4-cylinder that generated 170-hp and 165 lb/ ft of torque, and it was FWD. However, it never entered production and was rumored to find a home as a Fiat or Alfa Romero.

That never came to fruition until 2023 when Dodge debuted it as a hot performer for a reasonable price. The 2024 Hornet compact crossover is based on the Alfa Romeo Tonale, which is not a bad Italian marriage. And it’s the first Dodge vehicle to be offered as a plug-in-hybrid.

Hornet is offered in GT, GT Plus, R/T and R/T Plus AWD that we were privileged to test. Unfortunately, we tested the non-hybrid 2023 as the 2024 was not available for testing, but we’ll also describe the PHEV version that will probably be the most popular because of its efficiency.

Hornet R/T Plus tested has distinctive, muscular styling with a hood that has twin functional air scoops that Dodge calls “integrated heat extractors.” The grille has a “mail slot” of sorts opening while the back end has curvy, rounded styling with a tail-light assembly that slots across the entire liftgate.

Hornet’s interior has sporty, perforated leatherette heated/cooled front seats that have snugging lateral support, a 10.25inch infotainment display and 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster that rounds out an attractive cockpit.

The information display serves the Harmon Kardon audio, navigation, rearview, front view and surrounding view cameras, climate selections and mode selections plus Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity.

Hornet’s console houses the 9-speed automatic transmission gear selector and a phone charger.

We must take issue with the rear doors, as the first time I opened the driver’s side, its wing of sorts at the top side of the door, hit me in the noggin. It’s pointed. Dodge could have rounded it somewhat while still maintaining a swept back design.

Back seats are a bit on the firm side for two adults or three youngsters as the transaxle floor is low allowing some leg room for short legs.

Back in the cargo area, it’s fairly spacious and rated at 22.9 cubic feet that measures 31.75 inches deep, 38.5 wide and 30 high. Since the rear seatbacks don’t fold, there is a pass-through to stow

long items. Beneath the trunk floor is a space saver spare tire and four hard-foam bins for small item storage.

The 2023 tested was powered by a 2.0-liter inline turbocharged 4-cylinder that generates 268-hp and 295 lb/ft of torque. When routed through the 9-speed automatic transmission, it garners EPA mileage estimates of 21 city, 29 highway mpg. In Sport mode, and when the turbo kicks in, Hornet can do a 0-60 sprint in 6.5 seconds according to Dodge. It has lively acceleration from a standing stop and when passing 18-wheelers. And while in Sport mode, Hornet’s exhaust tone has a throaty delicious sound. It carries a tow rating of up to 2,000 pounds.

Now for the PHEV plug-in version. It comes with a 1.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 6-speed auto trans and when joined by an electric motor, generates an impressive 288-hp and 383 lb/ft of torque. With its 15.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, Hornet has an all-electric range of about 32 miles with EPA ratings of 77 MPGe.

The R/T PHEV has a PowerShot mode that can provide a boost of 30-hp that offers a 15-second burst of added power that’s provided by the battery and electric motor for a 0-60 sprint of 5.6 seconds. To accomplish this, the driver has to pull back both paddle shifters while tromping the accelerator.

Going back to our 2023 test car, handling is responsive and positive. Hornet can be tossed in the turns and it sticks with confidence. And it parks easily with a tight 37.95 feet turn radius. As for snowy weather and AWD, Hornet has a modest ground clearance of 6.1 inches. And the ride on 19-inch Goodyear tires is a bit on the taut side as its tuned for a sporty ride with Koni FSD shock absorbers and Chapman suspension with rear stabilizer bar.

Price wise, our Hornet carried a base price of $34,995, but escalated after adding the Blacktop Package ($1,995) that is essentially a trim package; Teck Pack ($2,245) consisting of the surround view camera, front/rear/side park assist, drowsy driver detection, active driving assist and intelligent speed assist; compact spare tire ($350 this is an unusual charge); Blu Bayou exterior color ($495); and delivery ($1,595) which took the bottom line to $41,060.

Hornet carries a 3-year 36K new vehicle warranty and a 5/60K powertrain. If opting for the PHEV version, the R/T’s hybrid battery is warranted for 10/100K miles.

Beginning life as an AMC Hornet, the 2023-24 is a real looker and performer in either non or PHEV hybrid configuration. I’d love to see it if Dodge could shoehorn in an explosive Hellcat V8 engine. So powered, Hornet could probably do wheelies.

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