Upper Bucks Free Press • June 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. Wellbehaved, leashed dogs welcome. 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.

May 31

Order Hoagies by today for pickup June 10 at Trumbauersville Fire Co. To order, call Karen at 267-372-1404

“The Maltese Falcon” – A movie matinee is free every Friday 2pm-4pm at Perkasie Library, 491 Arthur Ave, Perkasie. Peanutfree crunchy snacks & beverages in lidded container are welcome. FMI 215-257-9718

May 31 to June 1

Penn Dry Goods Market, Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-3pm at Schwenkfelder Heritage Center, 105 Seminar St, Pennsburg. Textile-focused antiques & vintage show. $9/ticket. FMI 215679-3103 or alyssa@schwenkfelder.com

May 31 to June 2

“The Wisdom of Eve” live theater at DCP Theater, 795 Ridge Rd, Telford. Fri/Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm. FMI: 215-234-0966 or dcptheatre.org/wisdom-of-eve

June 1

‘Think of 3’ at 12-3pm. Free Concerts at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd

‘Pints for Pups’ Annual 5K Beer Run@$40 or 1-Mile Fun Walk/Run@$10, at Two Rivers Taproom, 116 E Broad St, Quakertown. $1 from every Pint or Tap goes to LCR. Meet dogs, raffle baskets. Registration begins 3:30pm, Runs at 5pm. FMI/register: lastchanceranch.org

30th Quakertown Pet Fair 10am-3pm at 2250 N Old Bethlehem Pike, Quakertown. Refreshments, music, vendors, gifts, crafts, kids korner, petting zoo, demos, more. Tour our boarding and specialty centers. Quakertownvetclinic.com

‘Dog Days of Summer’ 12noon-4pm at The Park at 4th in Quakertown. Vendors, entertainment, food, kids zone, demos, yappy hour, raffles. Benefits Quakertown Police Dept K9 Unit.

Community Flea Market 9am-2pm at Christ’s Lutheran Parking Lot, 218 E Broad St, Trumbauersville.

Flea Market/Community Yard Sale 8am2pm by Perkasie Owls Club. Book spot now. $10/spot, $15/spot & small table, $20/spot & large table. Text request to 215-771-2055. FMI 215-257-2650

Trumbauersville Borough’s 24th Annual Community Day 3pm-7pm at Veteran’s Park. Food, Fun, Music, more! Fireworks at 9pm. Dublin Borough Community Day 1pm5pm at Supplee Park, Middle Rd. Free rides, amusements, pie eating contest, car show, food court, DJ, much more. Shuttle service from Dublin Firehouse to/from Supplee Park.

Hellertown Library Book Sale 9am-2pm at 409 Constitution Ave. Books, DVDs, audio, puzzles, more. 484-239-5109

Spring Yard Sale 9am-3pm, indoor/outdoor event. Food, bake sale, raffle items. Tinicum UCC, 310 E Dark Hollow Rd, Pipersville.

June 1 to 3

15th Annual Used Book Sale: Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 12noon-5pm, Mon 8am-5pm w/$5 bag sale. Good Shepherd Church, 1634 Hilltown Pike, Hilltown. NO totes or carts permitted inside. FMI 215-712-7527.

June 2

Pride of Quakertown Zumba Fundraiser 2pm-3:30pm at Univest Performance Center in Quakertown. Instructors, music, 50/50 raffle. No registration, $15 donation requested.

June 4

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.

Membership Picnic at the Carousel. Perkasie Historical Society. perkasiehistory.org

June 5

Telford Night Market Wednesdays thru August 28, 5:30pm-8:30pm, Telford Train Station, Penn Ave & Main St. Music, food trucks, kids’ fun, brewers, wineries, more. Vendors: food, produce, gifts, art. Telfordnightmarket on FB.

June 6

Upper Bucks Sertoma Club 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

June 6 to 9

“The Wisdom of Eve”-live theater at DCP Theater, 795 Ridge Rd, Telford. Thu/Fri/Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm. FMI: 215-234-0966 or dcptheatre.org/wisdom-of-eve

June 7

FlamingoFest! 6:30 - 8:30pm at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd. Paint & personalize your own Funky, Fab Flamingos on stretched canvas or canvas tote bag. $45/ person. Registration includes all supplies & a glass of wine. theartoasis.net/qmart

“Dr. Zhivago” – 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

June 8

Luminary Pet Memorial 2pm-6pm at LCR, 9 Beck Rd, Quakertown. Buy $10 Luminary Kit, decorate for lost pets, then Celebrate their Memory at 5pm Ceremony. Vendors, food trucks, music, raffles. LastChanceRanch.org

Yard Sale/Flea Market 8am-1pm. St. Isidore’s 2545 W Pumping Station Rd, Quakertown. FMI 215-529-9727 or landscapecommittee@yahoo.com

Free Electrical & Scrap Metal Recycling Event 9am-12noon at Christ’s Lutheran, 218 E Broad St, Trumbauersville. Bring anything with a cord (no older tube TVs). Christslutheran.com, 215-536-3193

Yard Sale/Bake Sale 8am-12noon, r/s at Jerusalem Lutheran, 733 Ridge Rd, Sellersville. Reserve free 10x10 space at 215257-9423. Tables not provided.

Flea Market 8am-1pm at Grace UMC, 295 S Main St, Telford. $25/space, call 215-723-2144.

Line Dance 6:30pm-8:30pm at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd. Come learn the dances & meet your hosts Joanie & Shotgun Jenny!

$12 Turkey Dinner (reserve by June 6) at Highland Park, 415 Highland Park Rd, Sellersville. Take-out pick up 5:30pm-6pm. Eat-in at 6pm. Reserve at 215-257-9987. Concert following 7pm in outdoor tabernacle. June 8 & 9

Glory, Hallelujah, Amen! by The Cantata Choir w/Larry Benner. Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm at St. John’s UCC, Church & Main Sts, Richlandtown. Doors open 45 minutes before performance. 215-538-0875, stjuccrichtown@gmail.com

Our History: Perkasie Historical Society 1954-2024” at Historical Society Museum, 513 W Walnut St. perkasiehistory.org

June 9

‘Shep & Jim’ 10am-2pm, Outside on the Stage. Free Concerts at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd

Designer Bag Bingo 1pm-5pm at St. Isidore School, 603 W Broad St, Quakertown. Raffle Baskets, Door Prizes, Refreshments. $35/ adv, $40/at door. Reserve table of 8 for $30 pp. Opens 12pm. Tkts: 215-536-2273 or quakertownalive.com

“Zydeco-A-Go-Go” rhythm/blues. Free Concert Sundaes-Music in the Park 7pm-9pm at Souderton Park, 459 Wile Ave & Reliance Rd. info@concertsundaes.com

Heritage House Festival 12noon-5pm rain/ shine. Civil War encampment, Civil War lunch, drills & music. Lots of activities, crafts, vendors. Free admission. James Memorial Park, 1027 Ridge Rd, Sellersville. westrockhillhistoricalsociety.org

‘Secrets of Strassburger Farmstead’ 1:304pm Open House. 2pm Bill Stahl takes you on virtual tour of buildings. After program you may tour on your own. Strassburger Farmstead, 407 Keystone Dr & Bethlehem Pk, Sellersville. Free, donations appreciated. 267-614-9174, hilltownhistory.org

June 12

Origins of the Underground Railroad 12noon-1pm, Schwenkfelder Heritage Center, 105 Seminary St, Pennsburg. Historian will highlight events from 1780-1860. Free Program in-person or via Zoom. Register: info@schwenkfelder.org or 215-679-3103 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 June 14 Flag Day

A Man for All Seasons” – A movie matinee is free every Friday 2pm-4pm at Perkasie Library, 491 Arthur Ave, Perkasie. Peanutfree crunchy snacks & beverages in lidded container are welcome. FMI 215-257-9718

“Paw Patrol” plus Summer Egg Extravaganza at free Outdoor Movie Nights, Veterans Park, 145 E Pumping Station Rd, Quakertown. Bring own blanket/chair. Movie at dusk. 215-536-4733, tarnold@richlandtownship.org

June 15

Southern Lehigh Jazz Band 11am-1pm. Free Concerts at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd

Food Truck & Outdoor Craft & Vendor Market 9am-2pm at Trumbauersville Fire Co, 142 N Main St. $40 for 10x10 space. Marilyn at 215-536-2518 or m_rbobb@verizon.net Strawberry Festival 4pm-8pm at First UCC, 4th & Park Ave, Quakertown. Bounce House, Kids Games, Lots of great food. Quakertown Band 6pm, Ventriloquist Show, Silent Auction including Above Ground Pool.

‘Touch-A-Truck’ Event 10am-1pm at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd. Large rescue & construction vehicles. There will be a DJ and giveaways for the kids. FREE event. R/D June 16

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What’s Going On in Upper Bucks?

‘National Register of Historic Places

Plaque Unveiling’ 11am, Perkasie Historical Society Museum (formerly Lehigh Valley Transit Trolley Station), 513 W Walnut St. Speakers: Mayor Hollenbach, Shelby Labs & Congressman Fitzpatrick. Refreshments served, museum is open, public is encouraged to attend. FMI: perkasiehistory.org

Strawberry Festival/Craft Fair 11am-4pm, r/s. St. John’s Lutheran of Spinnerstown, 1565 Sleepy Hollow Rd. (GPS Quakertown) Pop rock music 1pm-4pm. Food/desserts/ bake sale/raffle/kid games. Bring chairs. No alcohol permitted. stjohnsofspinnerstown.org or 215-536-0734

Free ‘Make & Take Craft Day-Mixed Media Collage’ 10am-2pm, Schwenkfelder Heritage Center, 105 Seminary St, Pennsburg. We provide many different materials. Feel free to bring some of your own. Drop in at Stauffer Education Room. All ages, but younger may need an adult to assist them. 215-679-3103

Chicken BBQ Fundraiser 1:30pm-4pm. Take-out only! $14 includes ½ chicken, 2 sides, roll, drink & dessert. Grace UMC, 295 S Main St, Telford. Enter parking lot from S Hamilton St.

Indoor Craft Show 9am-2pm in Event Rm 201 at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd. Local crafters change every weekend. Call/text George 267-884-5956 to register.

June 16 Father’s Day

‘Glenn Pritchard’ 11am-1pm, Free Concert at Quakertown Farmers Mkt, 201 Station Rd 22nd Silver Creek Car Show Fundraiser, 9am-3pm at Silver Creek AA, 2943 Route 212, Springtown. Admission/$5, kids under 12 are free. Gates open 8am, no pets or bicycles! Food, entertainment, playground. 610-346-6840

“80’s Revolution-1980s Party Band” Free Concert Sundaes-Music in the Park 7pm-9pm at Souderton Park, 459 Wile Ave & Reliance Rd. info@concertsundaes.com

June 20 First Day oF summer

June 21


‘Make Music Upper Perk’ celebrates music & community, 10am-6pm at over 20 locations throughout Upper Perkiomen Valley. FMI & locations: facebook.com/ MakeMusicUpperPerk or 215-679-3103

“And Justice For All” – A movie matinee is free every Friday 2pm-4pm at Perkasie Library, 491 Arthur Ave, Perkasie. Peanutfree crunchy snacks & beverages in lidded container are welcome. FMI 215-257-9718

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

Line Dance 6:30pm-9pm at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd. 6:30pm7pm-Beginner lessons, 7pm-9pm-Open Dance & Lessons. Saturdays will be open dancing.

June 22

‘Polysynthetic’ 12-2pm, Free Concerts at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd WWWA Wrestling 6:30pm-9pm at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd. Tickets at Raceplace Dept #210. 215-538-2394

June 23

Simmer’ 11am-1pm, Free Concerts at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd

Billy Bauer Band’ alternative, rock. Summer Concerts 6pm-8pm at Dimmick Park, 570 Durham St, Hellertown. Food trucks. Bring a blanket. Adult beverages for 21+. hellertownborough.org/parks-recreation/

‘KY3 Show Band-Latin Night’-Latin Dance/ Party Band. Free Concert Sundaes-Music in the Park 7pm-9pm at Souderton Park, 459 Wile Ave & Reliance Rd. info@concertsundaes.com

June 27

‘Touch A Truck’ Event, 2pm-5pm at Quakertown Memorial Park on Mill St. Free. From 2pm-2:30 will be a sensory-friendly half hour. Vehicles from Borough Utility, Police & Fire Depts. Rita’s Italian Ice & The Brick will be serving delicious treats.

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. Meet hosts Joanie & Shotgun Jenny!

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

‘All Worn Out’ Classic Rock. Free Concert Sundaes-Music in the Park 7pm-9pm at Souderton Park, 459 Wile Ave & Reliance Rd. info@concertsundaes.com

July 4 inDepenDence Day

Celebrate 248th Birthday of our Nation 1pm-2:15pm at Richland Historical Society, 130 Richlandtown Pike, Quakertown. 1pmTour school/museum. 1:30pm - Program

“Minute Men”. 2pm-Volunteers (13) ring our big bell for original 13 British Colonies & everyone else encouraged to “Ring their Bells for Freedom” with the rest of our Country.

July 7

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

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 215-5364733 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

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Downtown Quakertown Arts Alive! Festival Soggy but Successful

What Is a Rent-Back Agreement?

If you’re buying a new home while selling the one you’re currently living in, you’ll definitely be glad to know what a rent-back agreement is.

As you might imagine, this double transaction can require some really good luck, timing wise, to get just right. After all, if you sell your home and have to move out before you’ve closed on your new home or even found a place to live, that means you’ll have to either find interim housing or pay to stay in hotel limbo. Either way, you’ll have to endure moving twice.

Not so with a rent-back agreement, which gives the sellers extra time to live in the home after closing, essentially letting them become the new buyer’s temporary tenants. It doesn’t last for long—there are usually time limits—but it will give sellers a chance to close on their new home and pack up for the big move.

For the buyer, offering a rent-back agreement can have a couple of big bonuses. For one, if it’s a competitive market, an offer that’s flexible on move-out dates might very well have an edge. And the rent that the seller would pay the buyer could help recoup those hefty closing costs.

Done right, it can benefit everyone, but there are some things to consider before you jump on board.

How a rent-back agreement works

Like the name implies, rent-back agreements are legally binding agreements made in writing between the buyer and the seller. Both parties need to decide on a couple of issues, namely how long the seller will need to stay in the house after closing and how much rent the seller will pay to be there. To figure out what rent would be fair, check out comparable homes for rent in your area.

To play it safe, the buyer may also charge a refundable deposit, just like any landlord would.

There’s always the chance that damages could occur while the seller is living

there. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a holdback deposit of anywhere between $5,000 to $10,000.

Once everyone agrees, the buyer will close on the house, at which point the buyer will officially take possession and pay any upfront costs like a normal closing. In addition, the seller will pay any security deposits or upfront rent and remain in the house.

What rent-back agreements mean for the seller

Getting more time to buy your next dream home can be a lifesaver, but don’t dawdle—a rent-back agreement won’t buy you much time.

Typically, lenders won’t accept anything longer than 60 days.

While you’re still at the property, there’s one more potential downside to deal with: It isn’t really yours anymore. You technically have a landlord now, which means if you cause any damages, you may not get your security deposit back.

What rent-back agreements mean for the buyer

If you’re not in a rush to move in, offering a rent-back agreement can help you get your dream home.

It really can make your offer stronger, but don’t take it too lightly. Since you’re the new owner (and the new landlord).

The buyer, like a landlord, is now responsible for making any repairs should, say, your water heater break. Plus, you may have to make those repairs immediately.

Buyers will also have to worry about the sellers actually moving out on time. It’s rare that they drag their feet, but it can happen. If so, you will have to go through the usual process landlords do, evict your tenants. Still, odds are all will go fine, and your sellers will be grateful they won’t have to move twice.

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Joseph John BraunsBerg, 79, of Richlandtown, passed away on May 5, 2024. He was born in Philadelphia on December 19, 1944 to the late Fred and LaRue (Roberts) Braunsberg. He was the loving husband of Phyllis (Britton) Braunsberg for 57 years. Joseph worked for ARS Metal Fabricators as an office manager for 32 years. After that he worked for Thomas Miller Coffee Company for 12 years, and finally in retirement worked for Quakertown National Bank as a corporate courier. Joseph enjoyed bike riding, fishing, reading, Christian fellowship and anything outdoors.

Joseph is survived by his wife Phyllis; children Joseph (Daina) Braunsberg and Nancy (John) Lenner; grandchildren Briel Rhoades, Nathan, Ryan, Rob, Aimee, Tyler, Madison, Joey, and Chaslyn Braunsberg; 4 great grandchildren; sister Ann Whiteside; and many other loving family and friends. He is predeceased by his parents; and brothers Tom and Walt. Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

Connie gail BuiCk, 62, of Telford, PA, passed away on April 27th, 2024, in her home. Born in Lansdale, PA, Connie was the daughter of the late Gary Kegg and Darlene (Rose) Kegg. Connie is predeceased by her husband, Jim Buick, together they shared 17 years of marriage. Connie grew up in Chalfont, PA, and graduated from Central Bucks West High School. Connie worked at the Post Office, ADL, and retired from Merck in 2022. In her free time, Connie enjoyed feeding the people she loved with her homemade goodies, watching her birds, and caring for her fur babies. In addition to her mother, Darlene, Connie will be dearly missed by her children, Lauren Nicholls (Bryan) and Allison Cowen (David); her grandchildren, Eli Nicholls, Owen Nicholls, Onyx Nicholls, and Zoe Cowen; her brother, Brian Kegg; and her nephew, Chris Kegg

(Morgan Smith).

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

Jeanette Cifone, 72, of Quakertown, passed away on April 27, 2024. She was born in Quakertown on January 8, 1952 to the late Michael and Frances Lew. She was the loving wife of the late Joseph Cifone for 19 years. Jeanette was fun-loving and liked to play cards. She loved her family and her dog, and there could be some debate on which she loved more.

Jeanette is survived by her daughter Angela (Gary) Hinkle; grandchildren John and Anthony Katra and David and Jason Hinkle; and many other loving family and friends. She is predeceased by her husband; parents; daughter Michelle Katra; and brothers Michael and Stanley Lew. Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

lynn Mary Culp, 73, of Sellersville, PA, passed away on May 7, 2024, in her home. Born in New York, New York, Lynn was the daughter of the late Edward Mavis and the late Kathleen (Carroll) Mavis. Lynn graduated from Lindenhurst High School in 1968. After High School, she became a registered nurse and worked at Bellview Hospital in NY City. Lynn had a strong faith in Christianity, which helped her persevere during her lifelong struggle with lupus. She enjoyed photography, pets (especially small dogs), reading, painting, studying the bible, and collecting dolls.

Lynn will be dearly missed by her son, Paul B. Culp III; her longtime partner, William C. Seidel Jr.; her siblings, Laurie Ronayne (Robbie), Leigh Zorsh, Lisa Iannizoto (Ralph); her former husband, Paul Culp Jr. (Beth); along with her extended family. Lynn is predeceased by her brother, Larry Mavis.

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

JoyCe e eisenhart, 94, of Quakertown, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at LifeQuest Nursing Center. Born on October 1, 1929, in Quakertown, she was a daughter of the late Cleveland and Sallie (Dunlap) Sine.

Following her formal education, Joyce went on to hold employment with Freed Glass, Meyer’s Restaurant, and the Senior Center.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Richlandtown.

Joyce was known for her culinary talents in Kiffle baking—a family tradition that she passed down from her mother. She also enjoyed dining out at Dominick’s and The Garden Buffet, as well as spending time outside looking at beautiful flower gardens and watching birds. Above all, though, she was happiest when she was surrounded by her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband: John F. Eisenhart, Sr.; two brothers: Oscar and William Sine; and one sister: Emma Moyer.

Joyce will be lovingly remembered by her son: John F. Eisenhart, Jr., and his wife Debbie; two granddaughters: Jennifer Ehrenreich (Jason) and Ashley Picht (Mike); two great-grandchildren: Hunter and Avery Ehrenreich; as well as nieces and nephews.

Interment is in Tohickon Union Cemetery, Perkasie.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4 South Main Street, Richlandtown, PA 18955.

irene n. erney, 88, of Quakertown, passed away on Friday, May 3, 2024, at Valley Manor Nursing Home in Coopersburg.

Born on October 8, 1935, in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Carolyn (Fehnel) Hawk.

Following her formal education, Irene joined the workforce. She worked as a machine operator, for over thirty-five years, at Spinlon.

Outside of work, Irene found pleasure in baking and decorating cakes, attending family picnics and gatherings, and collecting and caring for cats. She even had a pet skunk!

She had an infectious giggle that will be deeply missed.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband: Roland Erney, Sr.; two sons: Roland O. Erney, Jr. and baby Charles Erney; son-in-law: Earl Esterly; daughter-in-law: Cathy Erney; and two brothers: Grant and Franklin Hawk.

Irene will be lovingly remembered by her five daughters: Elaine Hahn (John), Nancy Esterly, Loretta VanAusdal (Dan), Emma Freed (Roy), and Carolyn Erney; two sons: Raymond Erney and Paul Erney; sixteen grandchildren; twenty-eight great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

A graveside service will be held in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, 6870 Chestnut Hill Church Road, Coopersburg, on Monday, June 17, 2024, at 10:30 am.

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

Carol sue esten (nee Erdman) passed away on May 3, 2024, in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, at the age of 75. She was born November 24, 1948, in Rough and Ready, Schuylkill County, PA. Carol was known for her creative and artistic nature, her loving and selfless demeanor, and her welcoming spirit. Nothing brought her more happiness than being around her family. She dedicated her life to help run the family business, Esten Lumber Products, alongside her husband, Bob Esten, with whom she celebrated 54 wonderful years of marriage on May 2nd.

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In her free time, Carol enjoyed baking, quilting, basket weaving, painting, gardening, and volunteering for the AuburnCord-Duesenberg Club as the Director of PR. She was with her church family, serving as a past member of the Consistory and Treasurer, taught Sunday School and was a co-chair of the annual Chicken BarB-Q and Spaghetti dinner events. She was a woman of many talents, a free spirit and a true artisan at heart.

Carol will be deeply missed by her husband Bob and the rest of her family, including her daughters, Jodi Oakley (husband Jeffrey) and their daughters Julia, Madilyn and Malory of Hampstead, NC and Abigail Attieh (husband Daniel), and their daughters, Josephine and Sylvia of Bethlehem, PA. She is also survived by her brother, Vern Erdman of Muncy, PA and many nieces, nephews and cousins in her large family. She was preceded in death by her mother, Henrietta Erdman, her father, Lester Erdman, and her sister, Leah Tice.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Christ Church UCC of Trumbauersville, the American Cancer Society, National Brain Tumor Society, American Kidney Fund, or Ronald McDonald House in Carol's memory.

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

lorraine alBa giaMpa, 89, of Quakertown, PA, passed away on May 5th, 2024, in her home. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Lorraine was the daughter of the late Frank DiMarcantonio and the late Anita (Tartaglia) DiMarcantonio. Lorraine was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Paul; by her son, Randall Giampa (Terri); by her great-granddaughter, Josie; and by her siblings Florence, Domenick, and Americo. Lorraine attended Upper Moreland High School. After high school, Lorraine and Paul got married and began growing their family. Lorraine worked at Genuardi’s Supermarket for over 30 years. In her free time, Lorraine was a talented seamstress, she enjoyed reading, traveling, drawing, food shopping, and cooking her famous braciole. Lorraine will be dearly missed by her children, Paul Giampa (Janis), Thomas Giampa, Joseph Giampa (Deb), Victoria Sweeney (Daniel), and Richard Giampa (Cassandra); her 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren

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

Mary estella glowa, 80, of Quakertown, passed away on April 28, 2024. She was born in Quakertown on March 28, 1944 to the late Harold and Mary (Stojansul) Shade. Mary was the loving wife of George Glowa for 58 years. She worked with dementia patients for many years, and found joy in helping them through their days in whatever way she could. Mary had the greatest laugh in the world, and she was always there for anyone who needed her. She was greatly loved by her family and will be dearly missed.

Mary is survived by her husband George; children Troy (Janet Korty) Glowa, Tania (Dan) Medlin, and Tasha (Charlie) Keller; grandchildren Rachael, Meghan, and Sarah Glowa, Alisha, James, and Ryan Keller; and many other loving family and friends. She is predeceased by her parents; and sister Elizabeth Ann Shade.

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

irene h. heiland, 100, of Coopersburg, passed away on May 1st, 2024, at home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Allentown, Irene was the daughter of the late Irwin Horne and the late Carrie (Frankenfield) Horne. Irene is predeceased by her husband, Robert E. Heiland, with whom she shared 52 years of marriage, and by her son, Thomas Heiland. Irene graduated from High School in 1941.


Irene was a talented artist who enjoyed the business of making puppets and performing puppet shows. In her free time, Irene enjoyed needlework, sewing, reading, travelling, gardening, and cooking. Irene will be dearly missed by her children, Philip I. Heiland (Wendy Martinette) and Amy D. Heiland; her granddaughters, Maya Heiland (R.J Gilligan), and Crystal Heiland (Anthony McKnight); and her great-granddaughters, Aeris McKnight, Evey McKnight, and Ramona Gilligan. Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

elizaBeth holzerMan, 97, of Perkasie, passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Weston Rehab in Hellertown.

Born on May 16, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Louis and Josephine Ciarlo. Following her formal education, Elizabeth joined the workforce. She spent much of her career in Quality Control in the garment industry. Outside of work, she enjoyed playing cards and Bingo, as well as taking care of children. Above all, though, she loved her family.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband: William Holzerman, who passed away in 1980; her companion: Fred Hoff, who passed away in February 2024; her daughter: Carol Schaar; and nine siblings. Elizabeth will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren: Bradley Schaar (Jackie) and Vincent Schaar (Tiffany); and one great-grandson: Harvey Schaar. Services will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the C.R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Quakertown.

dorothy hunsBerger, 86, of Coopersburg, passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at St. Luke’s Hospice House, Bethlehem.

Born on October 7, 1937, in Coopersburg, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Koziz) Nemeth.

A graduate of Palisades High School’s Class of 1954, Dorothy went on to work in the administrative office for J.G. Furniture. She later owned and operated, with her sister and brother-in-law, two Rita’s Italian Ice locations in Easton and Forks Township.

Outside of work, she enjoyed walks, reading, gardening, and attending her grandson’s sporting events.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two brothers: Joseph and Jeffrey Nemeth and three sisters: Helen Schrantz, Josephine Stradling, and Rosemarie Crouthamel. She is survived by her sister Diana (DeeDee) Hunsberger. Dorothy will be lovingly remembered by her daughter: Holly Murtaugh and her husband Robert; grandson: Connor Murtaugh; and nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held in Richlandtown Union Cemetery, Church Road, Quakertown on May 13, 2024.

Arrangements are under the care of the C.R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 821 West Broad Street, Quakertown.

karl M. JanCsiCs, 75, of Quakertown, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at his home.

Born on June 22, 1948, in Quakertown, he was a son of the late Frank and Pauline (Brawner) Jancsics.

During his high school career, Karl made the decision to pause his formal education and enlist in the United States Marines to serve during the Vietnam War, which he did honorably serving two tours of duty. Upon returning state-side, he completed his studies.

He was the owner and operator for his trucking business, which was leased to Jones Motor Company. He was the first driver to receive the Jones Driver of the Year Award, which was presented to him in 2001. Karl retired in 2020. Outside of work, he found joy in his weekly breakfast gatherings with friends, as well as tinkering and woodworking.

Notably, Karl was a quiet, gentle man who was happy to help anyone. He was a member of the American Legion Post 242.

Karl will be lovingly remembered by his wife--with whom he would've celebrated their fifty-third wedding anniversary on May 15: Gail (Clymer) Jancsics; son: Troy Jancsics; daughter: Traci Jancsics; granddaughter: Deserae Lewis (Jaron); two great-grandchildren: Carmella and Kashus Lewis; sister: June Kehs (Donald F. Kehs, deceased); brother: Mark Jancsics (Louise); and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister: Georgia Haines (William Haines, deceased).

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2024, at 12:00 pm at Benner Memorial Hall, 1260 East Cherry Road, Quakertown, PA 18951.

A private interment will be held in Trinity Great Swamp Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Karl’s memory to American Legion Post 242, 610 East Broad Street, Quakertown, PA 18951.

Mary lou Janney, 89, of Richlandtown, PA, passed away on May 14th, 2024, at Phoebe Richland. Born in Ohio, Mary was the daughter of the late Carl Hamrick and late Harriett (Spies) Hamrick. Mary is predeceased by her husband, Albert Janney, and her sisters, Carolynn and Jean. Mary grew up in Ohio. Mary had met her first husband, and they quickly began to grow their family. Mary was a homemaker, once her children were old enough, she began waitressing and driving busses for Council Rock School District. Mary enjoyed traveling with her family, reading, and bowling. Mary will be dearly missed by her children, Don (Elaine), Lee, Bruce (Toni), Brian (Debbie), Susan, Mary Elizabeth, Eric (Karen), and Sean; her stepchildren, Lori, Linda, and Wendy; her 12 grandchildren; her 4 great-grandchildren; her dogs, Duffy, Skipper, and Mindy; along with her extended family members.

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

luther M. keMMerer, 89, of Quakertown, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 20, 2024, at home surrounded by his family.

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

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

To share condolences with Luther’s family, visit www.crstrunk.com.

roBert o. koder, 82, of Kutztown, formerly of Quakertown, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 29, 2024, in his home, with family by his side.

Born on July 4, 1941, in Quakertown, he was a son of the late Harold and Mae (Heller) Koder.

A graduate of Quakertown High School’s Class of 1959, Robert enlisted in the United States AirForce. After an honorable discharge, he went on to enjoy a thirty-year career with Equifax. He then continued his career, as a Human Resources Manager, for fifteen years with Owens and Minor, retiring in 2011.

Robert was a compassionate, loving father, who found joy in his flower garden, cars, photography, and family vacations at the beach.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a grandson: Riley Bogac; brothers: Harold and Edwin Koder; and sister: Mary Ellen Musselman.

Robert will be lovingly remembered by his son: Eric Koder and his wife Mia, of Troy, PA; daughter: Nicole Bennett and her husband Keith, of Nazareth, PA; two grandchildren: Megan Koder (Owen) and Tucker Bogac; four step-grandchildren: Jordan (Ali), Hannah, Drew, and Wyatt;

his former wife of forty years: Joyce Koder; and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are under the care of the C.R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Quakertown.

dawn l. Menser, age 55, of Green Lane, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at home on May 1, 2024, after a battle with terminal cancer.

Dawn was born in Allentown, PA on September 23, 1968, to Carol and Donald Rehrig. Dawn was especially drawn to issues of animal welfare, as evidenced by her decades-long employment at Alpha Veterinary Hospital in Sellersville, PA. When Dawn wasn’t caring for her family and her own pets, she spent many hours nursing sick animals back to health, and volunteering at rescue organizations. Dawn was an avid reader, dedicated world traveler, and proud leader for Girl Scout Troop 2802.

Dawn will be missed tremendously by her husband, Keith, and her daughters, Ariana and Eliza, as well as countless additional friends and family members. She is preceded in death by her son, Jared Snider, and mother and father.

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

helen Jane (lang) nosal, 92, born January 13, 1932, of Quakertown died peacefully Friday, May 3, 2024, at The Community at Rockhill. She was the loving wife of Joseph Nosal for 56 years. She was the daughter of the late John and Edith Marie (Schmidt) Lang, and was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Quakertown. Helen graduated from Quakertown High School and became a Registered Nurse through the Abington Memorial Hospital of Nursing. She worked at the former Quakertown Hospital for 38 years in the Recovery and Operating Rooms. She was also a charter member of the Local, State, and National Post Anesthesia Nurses Associations. Survivors: Her daughter, Susan M. Stoneback; granddaughter, Eva and her husband Kyle Ferris; GreatGranddaughters, Blake, Jordan, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph, sister Edith Lang, and brothers John and Eugene.

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

Vernon r. palM, 91, of Quakertown passed away Thursday, May 16, 2024, at St. Luke’s Hospital-Upper Bucks Campus. Vernon was born to the late Vernon and Marie (Spacil) Palm on November 23, 1932, in Quakertown. A 1950 graduate of Quakertown High School, he served in the U.S. Army and after separation had a lengthy career as a phone service technician with Bell Telephone. He was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. In addition to his parents, Vernon was preceded in death by a son, Vernon Palm Jr., and his sister, Eleanor Roberts. He is survived by his wife Joan L. (Kulp) Palm; sons Gregory B. Palm (Florina) and Bradley J. Palm (Tricia); four grandchildren, Bradley Palm, Katie (Palm) Boyd, Andrew Palm and Eric Neagu; as well as five great-grandchildren.

Vernon’s military service and long-term commitment to his job were indicative of his strong character and values. He was fiercely loyal to his nation, family and friends. Industrious and hard-working, he believed that one has a responsibility to provide for and protect loved ones. He therefore never shied away from work, even during retirement, and up to the day of his passing was tending his garden. It was in his garden that he found fulfillment, contentment and purpose. Vernon had respect for and a connection to the land. After putting in a full shift on his “regular” job, Vernon spent afternoons, evenings and weekends working on his farm. On the surface Vernon seemed stoic, strict and determined. Inside was a caring, loving and gentle soul – and it was

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Annual Quakertown Bike Rodeo a Success

Common Mistakes In Estate Planning

When was the last time you reviewed your estate plan? If you can’t remember, or the answer is “when I went over them with my attorney before signing”, that may need to change. Due to ever changing life events and tax laws, you should review your plan every 3-5 years to help maintain the plan. In this article I’ve put together a list of common mistakes in an outdated estate plan. If one or any of these situations apply to you, then it may be a good idea to sit down with your estate planning attorney.

Communicating with your beneficiaries: Do the beneficiaries in your estate plan know what you intend to leave them when you die? Have you given them the names of individuals they should contact in the event of your death (attorney, trustee, insurance agent, etc.)?

Handling these issues ahead of time will make your estate administration much easier when the time comes.

Review your life insurance policies: Is your policy still competitive with the current market? If you are the policy owner, does it still make sense for you to be the policy owner or would it make sense to have it owned by a trust?

Maintain your philanthropic goals in your estate plan: If you are someone who has a desire to give back to the community during life, don’t forget to include that passion in your estate plan. There are many ways to include charitable gifts in your estate plan, and more often than not, those charitable gifts in your estate plan will come with tax benefits and potentially increase the net amount you pass on to your other beneficiaries.

4. Is the tax saving strategy still relevant? With more wealth comes more tax issues – not only income tax issues, but also gift tax, inheritance tax and potentially federal estate. Both federal and state tax thresholds and rates change constantly. If your estate documents contain a tax savings plan that was prepared a number of years ago, it may be outdated and may not be appropriate for your situation anymore.

5. Your children have grown up: When you have young children, a key aspect of an estate plan is naming a guardian and setting up a testamentary trust to secure the financial future of your minor children. But if your child has now grown up, it is very likely that a guardian is no longer necessary. But there may be other factors to consider: Is your child financially responsible? Do they have any judgments against them? Are they married? Have children? As these new situations arise, they should be properly addressed in your estate plan.

6. Are the Beneficiaries named in your estate plan still alive and/or in your good graces? Life comes at us all very fast, and we lose loved ones along the way. If one of individuals you named to inherit all or part of your estate is no longer living, make sure you update your estate plan. Additionally, if you named someone as a beneficiary years ago, and that relationship has deteriorated, do yourself a favor and update your documents to ensure that your hard earned assets are going to the individual(s) of your choosing.

7. Are the right people still named as your Executor/Trustee? Executors and trustees are those individuals (or corporations) who have been appointed to take control over assets (executor controls estate assets/trustee controls trust assets) for the benefit of others (beneficiaries). Executors and trustees are both generally appointed within their respective estate documents – executors are appointed in wills and trustees are appointed in the trust (which can also be set up within a will, but that is a conversation for another time). Executors/trustees should be people whom you trust. Not only are they responsible for managing assets, but they also have to pay debts and handle tax filings. Take some time to review who you appointed for these positions. It is possible that these appointments may need to be adjusted over the years as well.

Bench in Memory of Past Members

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The Upper Bucks Sertoma Club raised funds to purchase a bench at the rest stop and bike rack at the corner of Fourth and Mill Streets in Quakertown’s Memorial Park. The bench is “In memory of those who served our club.” submitted photo
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Dozens of children converged on Downtown Quakertown to participate in the Annual Quakertown Bike Rodeo on May 11. It was a wheely great day learning about bike safety, navigating the obstacle courses, and enjoying the weather! The event was made possible by the Quakertown Borough Police Department and co-sponsor Richland Township Police Department, as well as several community organizations and businesses. Quakertown Lions Club and Wawa kept riders fueled up and six brand new bicycles were raffled. photos by jessica myers and michele buono
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evident in how he cared for the animals he raised and the connection he had to nature. His innate skills at working the land made him a successful and passionate organic farmer, which provided benefits to his family.

Vernon’s gentle nature was especially evident in his relationship with his grandchildren. Playing in the pool, teaching them to ride the array of minibikes he had for them, or providing instructions on how to drive a Volvo station wagon around a pasture, Vernon took great joy in his grandchildren.

Vernon also found time for hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. He was an avid football fan, in particular backing the Philadelphia Eagles and Penn State Nittany Lions.

Nothing speaks more to Vernon’s sense of dedication than the 68 years he and Joan shared. Rarely apart, they were deeply devoted to each other and family. Over nearly seven decades they built a fulfilling life together, raising a family, nurturing crops and livestock, acquiring land they shared with their children. They’d leave their comfortable homestead now and then for family gatherings – weddings, graduations, holidays. But time away was not for lengthy stays – except for their winter retreats to Florida. It could be challenging to pull Vernon away from his work, his farm, his home. But he relished these stays in the Sunshine State with Joan.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in Vernon's memory, to the St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3668 Ridge Road, Perkasie, PA 18944

pattie (Burgert) perry of Zion Hill, 65, died peacefully at home on May 2, 2024. She was born on June 9, 1958 and was the daughter of Marlene (Mohr) and the late Francis Burgert. Pattie worked at Brown Printing for 32 years. She loved watching the Waltons and Little House on the Prairie and going out to get breakfast with Ed at the Coopersburg Diner. She loved listening to Alabama.

Pattie leaves behind her devoted husband of 33 years, Edward Perry. She is also survived by her three siblings, David Burgert (Debra), Gary Burgert (Beth), and Louis J. Burgert (Heidi); as well as brother-in-law Robert Perry (Lollie), and sisters-in-law Bonnie Baker (Tim), Christine Cornwell (Ken), and JoAnn Wagner (Barry). She had many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly. She was predeceased in death by her brother Michael Burgert.

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

kristin sue sChMidt, 66, of Quakertown, passed away at home surrounded by her family on April 24, 2024. She was born in Greenville, SC on January 30, 1958 to William Russell Miller and the late Ruth Johnine (Hall) Miller. She was the loving wife of Stanly Edward Schmidt for 46 years.

Kristin worked for many years as a secretary at East Swamp Church in Quakertown and Calvary Church of Souderton. She will be remembered for her warm hugs and infectious laugh. Kristin loved the beach and the Teton mountains.

Kristin is survived by her husband Stanly; father William; children Joshua (Katherine Webster) Schmidt, Cara (Matthew) Sharp and Jaringo (Troy) Buechel; grandchildren Maddie, Hannah, Evan, Elizabeth, Judah, Payton, and Jaxson; siblings Russell (Marsha) Miller, Steve Miller, Kathryn (Gary) Meyers, and Richard (Mary) Miller; and many other loving family and friends.

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


gary lee sChuster, 72, of Center Valley, passed away on April 23, 2024. He was born in Sellersville on May 12, 1951 to the late Warren and Shirley (Moyer) Schuster. Gary retired from Merck Dohme in West Point. He loved to hunt, fish, and golf.

Gary is survived by his daughter Heather (Earl "Bob") Clark; granddaughters Jasmine and Vanessa Clark; brothers Tim (Jen) Schuster and Barry (Rona) Schuster; nephew Travis Schuster; and many other loving family and friends.

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

John f. serrao, 79, of Quakertown, passed away on April 29, 2024. He was born in Abington, PA on September 29, 1944 to the late Dominick and Carmella (Godoricci) Serrao.

John loved Corvettes, owning 5 over the course of his life, ranging from a 1963 split window up to a 2018 most recently. Through High School he was affectionately known as "Farmer John"; he parlayed that nickname into the proprietor of "Serrao's Pick Your Own Strawberries" in the early-mid 80's. He loved golfing, playing pool, making homemade wine with his sons, and deep sea fishing.

John is survived by his children Susan Serrao, Theresa King, Robert (Jennifer) Serrao, and Joseph Serrao; grandchildren Thomas and Luke Serrao; and many other loving family and friends. He is predeceased by his parents and siblings Robert and Kay.

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

norMa C. siglin, 95, of Springfield Township, and formerly a thirty-threeyear resident of Washington Crossing, PA, passed away on Friday, May 3, 2024, at home surrounded by her family.

Born on March 25, 1929, in Pittston, PA, she was a daughter of the late Norman and Louise (Albrecht) Smith.

A graduate of West Pittston High School’s Class of 1946, Norma went on to enjoy a lengthy career as a Home Decorating Consultant with Everfast Corp., retiring in 1992.

She was an active member in the Springfield Mennonite Church, Coopersburg, PA.

Norma will be lovingly remembered by her husband: William C. Siglin, to whom she wed on December 25, 1951; son: David, and his wife Diane, of Concord, NH; daughters: Carol Klein, and her husband Robert, of Springfield Twp.; and Christine Koch, and her husband David, of Oldtown, MD; grandchildren: Emily Masterson and her husband Jason; Drew Siglin and his wife Amy; Virginia Siglin; Candice Freeh and her husband Brian; and Victoria Porczynski and her husband Lukas; and great-grandchildren: Brooke and Connor Masterson, Riley Freeh, and Asha Siglin.

Interment is in the cemetery at Springfield Mennonite Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in Norma’s memory, to Springfield Mennonite Church, 1905 Pleasant View Road, Coopersburg, PA 18036

Arrangements are under the care of the C.R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 821 West Broad Street, Quakertown, PA.

russell g sipler, 75, of Quakertown, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2024, at home surrounded by his family.

Born on August 18, 1948, to Mary (Stuhltrager) Green, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he was adopted by his late father, Lester Sipler.

A graduate of Upper Moreland High School’s Class of 1967, Russell enlisted in the United States Marines where he served as an airplane mechanic and a sergeant. Following his honorable discharge from the military, he spent over forty years as a general contractor, retiring in 2014.

Outside of work, he took joy in spending time outdoors—either hunting, trapping, or exploring the mountains. Russell was

known for loving to have fun, as well as enjoying a cold beer - usually Natural Light in his later years, but preferably any beers that had the name Sam in them.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother: Joseph Cox; and sister-in-law: Ellen Cox.

Russell will be lovingly remembered by his wife of forty years: Sandra Partridge; sons: Russell, Shawn, and Thomas Sipler (Tanya); daughters: Kelly Sipler, Justine Yaun (Cliff), and Tabitha Sipler; brothers: Robin Sipler (Sharon) and Bruce Green (Melinda); sister: Brenda Gelnett (Cliff); five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date. Those interested in attending are invited to contact the family for details.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made via Russell’s GoFundMe page (https://tinyurl.com/24rfswpl) to help defer final expenses.

helen keegan stuMp, 103, formerly of Quakertown, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2024, at Mrs. Bush’s Personal Care Home in Kunkletown.

Born on February 9, 1921, in Quakertown, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Berninger) Keegan.

Helen’s accomplishments were wonderfully detailed—for her 100th birthday—on the fifth page of the March 2021 issue of the Upper Bucks Free Press. (ubfp.org)

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of forty-six years: Elmer Stump; a great-grandson: Caleb; and nine siblings.

Helen is survived by three daughters: Kathleen (Robert), Alexandra (Richard), and Constance (Dennis); six grandchildren: Thomas, Anjanette, Valerie (Mitch), Christy, Geoffrey (Marissa), and Alissa (Justin); nine great-grandchildren: Dawn, Jesse, Ethan, Ella, Cara, Lillian, Carmelina, Cassandra, and Beatrix; one sister: Anna Musselman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Per Helen’s wishes, services will be private.

For anyone wishing to honor Helen’s memory, she was a supporter of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc. womensmemorial.org

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

Claire a wagner, 77, of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2024 at St. Luke's Hospital in Quakertown. She was proceeded in death by her late husband James R. Wagner, whom she adored and had been married to for 50 years.

Born in Philadelphia in 1946, she was the daughter of the late George T. Phillips and Sarah R. "Sally" (Shields) Phillips. She was a 1964 graduate of West Catholic High School for Girls in Philadelphia. Claire will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Christine and her husband Scott Cole of Quakertown; her son James Wagner and his wife Robin (Hinkel) of Buckingham Township; as well as by five grandchildren, Hannah, Luke, Lindsay, Casey, and Connor and her great grandson RJ. She is also survived by her sisters, Regina Phillips, Rosemary Duden, and Joan Koch.

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

Judith s. ware, 85, of Milford Township, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2024 surrounded by loved ones. She was the loving wife of the late James E. "Ed" Ware for 57 years until his passing in 2019. Born December 7, 1938 in Lebanon, PA, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Christine (Putt) Schaeffer. Judy was a 1956 graduate of Lebanon High School, PA and graduated from

Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing as an R.N. in 1959. She is survived by two daughters, Jodie and her husband Hervey "Chip" Schofield III and their daughters, Jennifer and Jocelyn; Judiann DeLan and her sons Gregory and Geoffrey; her son James Ware and his wife and their children James and Anjolie. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brother Charles Schaeffer.

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

franCis XaVier whalon, Jr. of Perkasie, PA passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on May 25, 2024. He was 88 years of age. He is survived by his loving wife, Joan T. Whalon (Shumski) of almost 65 years. Daughter, Colleen T. Williams (Whalon), son-in-law Dennis M. Williams, grandson Michael D. Pappaterra, granddaughters Alexandria Slater-Williams, Brooke Williams and great granddaughters Naomi and Evelyn. He was predeceased by his parents, Francis Xavier Whalon, Sr. and Edith J. Whalon (McCord).

Francis was born in Abington, PA during the Great Depression. He grew up in Churchville, PA where his parents ran a corner store. He grew up there watching his 4 aunts working the Bell telephone switch board right in their living room. He attended North Catholic High School. He was in the drama club played the lead in several plays, altar boy, boy scouts, football team and the head of the newspaper. He used to race at Langhorne Dirt Track with his cousin Johnny. He attended college at LaSalle University and graduated with a doctorate in Computer Science while going to school in the evenings. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. Francis and Joan met on New Years Eve in 1954 at the Concord Skating Rink in Mayfair. He married his sweetheart on June 13, 1959 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church. During their marriage, they were the proud owners of 4 homes. They raised their only daughter Colleen in Feasterville and Doylestown. His accomplishments are extensive. He was a lifetime and active Catholic belonging to St. Agnes Catholic Church, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Assumption BVM Church and St. Christopher Church. He has been a longtime member of Silver and Gold with St. Agnes Catholic Church, The State Street Players, Knights of Columbus at OLMC, NRA, The Moose Lodge (Sellersville), American Legion (Sellersville), and Perkasie Owl Club Nest #1224. As a car enthusiast, he owned many cars over the years and was a member of the AACA and Goodtime Motorvators Car Club. Francis was the President of the Honeywell Users Group along with being the President and Convention Chairman of the Northeast Central HP Regional Users Group, Inc. (NCR). He worked at Thiokol Chemical Corporation and retired from Tinius Olsen Testing Machine Company, Inc. (Horsham, PA) as the Chief Information Officer in 2000. In their retirement years, they enjoyed traveling around in their RV. Over the years, they had many adventures together; traveling around the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Bermuda and the Caribbean islands. He was a devoted family man always putting everyone above himself.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2024, from 10:00AM, until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00AM, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 445 North Main Street, Sellersville, PA. Arrangements are under the care of the C.R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 821 West Broad Street, Quakertown. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made, in Francis's honor, to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation or Toys for Tots.

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QCHS Alumni Spotlight:Craig Thatcher, Class of 1974

This month’s QCHS Alumni Spotlight is about Craig Thatcher (Class of 1974). I have known for many years how popular and famous Craig has been but never knew the details behind his story.

As we met at the Karlton Café to gather research for this article, it became obvious that he has a significant group of followers when a couple stopped by to say hello to him. My biggest fear here is that I will forget something of importance. There will be many names here of people who Craig wanted me not to forget. Some of them are local friends who played in bands and had an influence on his early days. Some will be famous people who Craig has performed with/opened for or been part of his professional career. As many readers have commented about how much they enjoy these articles, I hope this one is also fun and enlightening for readers.

Craig told me that his dad had an old guitar which is the one he started playing. At age eight Craig was watching the Ed Sullivan show when the Beatles were on the show. This event is the main thing that triggered his interest in playing the guitar. He worked hard at developing skills and took lessons for three years at Rantz’s Music Studio. He was always serious about playing the guitar and to this day has never considered it to be just a hobby. The first band he played in was in 1968 while in elementary school with fellow friends and band members including Gordan Bryan, Steve Kelly, and Mike Johnson. Another early band included Fred Young, Doug McKinnon, and Nick Luca. Terry “Snake” Renninger and Chuck Kettle were also bandmates in early bands with Craig. During high school Craig participated in track and chorus. He was extremely involved in his high school musical where choral director Dan Tuck and he arranged the music for the play “Godspell.” His favorite memories from high school are his many friendships and he especially noted Chris Reichley and Bill Umstead. He had fond memories of growing up in Quakertown and is still immensely proud to be a Quakertonian. We talked about several places he frequented as a kid including the Palace and Karlton Theatres, Mammy Kline’s Store, and Sine’s 5 & 10. To this day, Billy Harr (Sine’s 5 & 10) and Craig enjoy a close friendship. He mentioned favorite teachers like Janice

Peischel, Bob Mushrush and Dan Tuck. He said he developed a real interest in history due to Judy Guise and Doug Peiffer. He also enjoyed German teacher Herr Greilinger. In fact, the only other career he may have considered other than the guitar was teaching history. In the community he and his band played an early gig at the Quakertown Hospital Lawn Fete. His first paid performance was in 1968 at age twelve for the Catholic Women’s Society at the old Owl’s Club on Belmont Avenue. Right after high school Craig played mainly in the Philadelphia area but went on the road and played throughout the U.S. He then joined the Navy where he spent three years as a cryptographer.

After his tour of duty, he resumed making his living as a guitarist. It is hard to find any one thing that has been the great est influence on his performing years. In the early years it was the Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Animals, and Herman’s Hermits. The rock style influences were Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. For many years, the Craig Thatcher Band has performed many genres of music including folk, funk/jazz, blues, and rock. In early years he favored the electric guitar but now has also be come well known as an acoustic guitar player focusing primarily on fingerstyle country blues.

of Martin Guitars. In 2009, Craig was instrumental in the development of a new guitar series aimed for professional artists. So, in addition to promoting guitars, Craig is a product consultant for Martin.

The current Craig Thatcher Band consists of: Chico Huff on bass, Billy Wear (also a QCHS graduated, Class of 1981), Cliff Starkey, keyboards and vocals; vocalist Regina Sayles; violinist Nyke Van Wyk; Brett Andrew on guitar/vocals and Craig on guitar and vocals. The Craig Thatcher Band performs regularly at the Sellersville Theatre, Arts Quest/Music Fest (2025 marks Craig’s 35th year with Musikfest), State Theatre in Easton, Mauck Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, PA. Craig has also performed at: Kirby Center in Wilkes Barre, Metropolitan Theatre of Art in NYC, Museum of the City of New York, Joes Café in NYC, The Apollo Theatre in NYC, Luce Auditorium in San Diego, House of Blues in Atlantic City, Berks Jazzfest in Reading, Zoellner Center for the Arts in Bethlehem, Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe,

He has worked with or played for many of the great artists including: Simone, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Jimmie Vaughn, Duke Robillard, John Hammond, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jonny Lang, Vanilla Fudge, Charlie Musslewhite, Train, Robin Tower, Dicky Betts, Savoy Brown, Jorma Kaukonen, Roseanne Cash, Roger McGuinn, GE Smith, Lenny Kaye, and many other international artists. He has performed in almost every state in the U.S. and over thirty-five foreign countries.

A major relationship in his life began in 2003 with the C. F Martin & Company, Inc. of Nazareth, PA. He works closely with Chris Martin, Executive Chairman of the Company. They frequently travel together worldwide promoting a variety

Craig also was the originator and host of the PBS television series “Behind the Guitar,” where he presented and interviewed internationally known guitarists in front of live audiences at the WLTV Channel 39 PBS studios. Some of the guests were Jorma Kaukonen and Jack (from Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna); Roger McGuinn (from the Byrds); GE Smith (from Hall & Oates, Bob Dylan, Roger waters and band director of Saturday Night Live;) Chris Hillman (the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Desert Rose Band, Sourher, Hillman And Furray); Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney & Wings); and several other very wellknown guitarists. You can still find some of these videos online.

Over the years, Craig has received many awards. Among the most significant to him are as follows:

• Linny Fowler Performing Artist of the Year 2016 (Linny was a huge LV philanthropist; her husband founded UPS.

• Arts Ovation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performing Arts Allentown Arts Commission 2016

• Musikfest Cafe Most Sold Out Shows of any Performer ArtsQuest 2016 (blown art glass guitar)

• Craig Thatcher Appreciation Day in Allentown, PA presented by Mayor Ed Pawlowski 2015

Craig has also been inducted into the QCHS Wall of Fame

I would be remiss if I did not mention that Craig is also a song writer. Some of his songs include:

A Christmas Song (Happy Christmas from the Valley), Bay of Tears (Beside You), Because of You, Before I Go (From the Valley to the World) and Can’t Get You Off My Mind

Craig and his wife, Christine, have been married for forty-four years and are the proud parents of Travis (age 42) and twins Nathan and Alyssn (age 37), and grandparents to Maeve (3 months). Craig and Christine live in Coopersburg. They are avid walkers and Craig still enjoys slot cars and Lionel Trains.

The July QCSD Spotlight Article will be about the eleven Alumni Association Scholarship winners who will receive recognition at the Annual Alumni Association Meeting at the Sr. High School on June 1 at 10:00 AM.

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.”

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Gavin Harbeck Named UBCTS Student of the Month

Gavin Harbeck, a Quakertown High School senior whose remarkable achievements and contributions merit recognition as Upper Bucks County Technical School’s May Student of the Month. Gavin's journey towards excellence began with his outstanding dedication to Diesel Equipment Technology. Throughout high school, Gavin showcased unparalleled commitment and skill, earning accolades such as the Diesel Equipment Technology Outstanding Student awards at multiple levels. This speaks volumes about his passion for his chosen field and his unwavering determination to excel.

Academic excellence is another hallmark of Gavin's character. Consistently achieving First Honors in various quarters throughout his high school career underscores his commitment to educational achievement and personal growth. His academic prowess is a testament to his diligence, intellect, and thirst for knowledge.

with Penske Truck Leasing in Allentown as a cooperative education participant is a testament to his proactive approach to his career. As an entry-level diesel technician, Gavin has made a profound impact with his exceptional attendance record and impressive aptitude. Gavin

has the skill level to excel and the capacity to handle himself with integrity and maturity in the workplace. He has built remarkable rapport with his colleagues.

However, Gavin's journey continues beyond his academic achievements. His recent foray into the professional world

His Penske supervisors Bill Vogel, Jeff Kemp, and Steve Heller have noticed his commitment to excellence and respect for his co-workers are qualities that not only define Gavin as an individual but also serve as a role model for other young technicians.

Summer Jobs

Fast food restaurant prices going up! Public Swimming Pools closed for lack of lifeguards! Produce prices among other foods skyrocketing! Yes even a grapefruit costs $2.00 for one! Meanwhile stories abound that the youth do not go out to work as we did after school or in the summer.

I can remember when it was a waiting list to work in grocery stores as baggers. How about mowing a neighbor’s lawn?

Do you remember the word “Truck Farms”? No, they didn’t grow trucks. I don’t know what the meaning is, but I worked on such a farm picking beans for twenty-five cents an hour when they were ready. Total take home pay was usually about $5.00-$7.00 for the week. As each crop ripened we had work. When not busy at Croman’s farm, we worked on the half-acre truck patch that my parents had. No pay involved there-just wonderful home cooked meals throughout the year.

I graduated to a job that paid $.75 an hour when additional help was needed by Jim Scully, a neighbor who had sheep as a gentleman farmers hobby from his brokerage business, hired me. As I mentioned before, not only was this a tremendous wage increase, I also learned a great deal from this “Mentor.”

I am surprised to see some young people at local grocery stores and thank them for “working,” Back in the day of the class of “61”, there weren’t many classmates who didn’t have some kind of job, especially those not participating in school sports. I worked at JG Furniture between my Junior and senior years of high school doing utility work during the months of late June, July, and August. To do this we needed “Working Papers.” Later on in life I was their Industrial Engineer then moving on to their Plant Manager as they opened up 2 new separate plants.

As an official Old Timer I want to tell you that part of the earnings, even when I earned 5 to 7 dollars at Croman’s went towards helping to buy school clothing in the fall. I, of course, saved part of the

money and still had a few cents for a movie or a few Pepsi-Cola’s at Hunsworth’s store. That is the way it was.

Sadly, as I mentioned above, this type of work ethic is not the same today as it was back in the day. Those young people that I thank today are the exception and not the normal. Is it the fact that they are busy in cell phone or I-pad functions? Is the spirit of work ethic being lost? If so why? If I wanted a new fishing reel, I did not just get it from my relatives,

One experience I had was to either work for the money or find a vendor who would offer a reel for me selling a certain amount of personalized Christmas cards. I sold cards and when I received the reel I really appreciated it that much more. Once again, I could walk around the neighborhood and try to sell those cards and my parents had no fear of my safety. Is this a factor?

When I was working for Mr. Scully at Mill Pond as stated above, we moved from our home near Brick Tavern in Milford Township to a home near the village of “ Little California” in Richland Township. I then had to bicycle from the area near the present township building crossing Route 309 at Pumping Station Road then riding over to Old Bethlehem Pike and down Mill Pond. Can you imagine crossing Rt. 309 at Pumping Station Rd. today WITHOUT a traffic light on a bicycle!

“My daughter got me a 'World's Best Dad' mug. So we know she's sarcastic.”
- Bob Odenkirk

Back in the day I did it twice a day with no close calls.

I chose to work at these jobs, because I liked to have the responsibility and of course the money. When it came to try-outs for Basketball or Track at High School, I would have liked to participate in these sports. I had to choose and chose working. Today there are so many outside activities that are available to our youth and this also affects the ability to take employment.

In summary, I am glad that I chose to work. I learned a lot about money management, responsibility, and appreciation of what I have. Most of all I met a lot of interesting people along the way. This work ethic spilled over in being a volunteer and social member. Once again, today this to is waning! People want the benefits of those that volunteer their time for their community, but don’t want to volunteer to help others!

Yes, now as an old timer I find myself not able to keep up with property ownership chores and am trying to find some young person to help. Luckily I have a neighbor who is trying to instill that work ethic in his children and I have his son help as I did when I was a youth. I know that he will be successful in life.

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Quakertown K9 Officer Ranger Retires

The Quakertown Borough Police Department congratulates K9 Officer Ranger on his retirement! K9 Ranger started his career with the Quakertown Borough Police Department in 2019 and was certified as a dual purpose K9 (Patrol and Narcotics). Over the past 4 years, K9 Ranger has found many deadly narcotics, apprehended suspected criminals, and tracked missing people. Ranger has proudly served the Quakertown Community, as well as provided his valuable services to other communities throughout Bucks County.

“The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.” - Will Rogers

Wow! We have TWO big animal events on the same day. On the first of June Quakertown Vets is having their Pet Fair AND the Parks Dept is sponsoring the Dog Days of Summer. It’s happening to help our police dogs. Those police dogs are pretty impressive. I try to act big and tough but these Canine officers are the real deal. Hope you all got out and supported them. Then on June 8th St. Isidore’s on Pumping Station Road is holding their big flea market. It starts early 8am to 1pm. Remember if you bring your dog to bring him water too and keep an eye on the temperature of the surface he’s walking on. Hope to see you there. I will be in my carriage. ~ Love Peanut

Ponderings by Palma

Dear Friends, A strange thing happened to me and my husband. We were having breakfast at a local diner when a good looking, well-dressed man came up to our table and offered to pay for our meal. I thought how, nice and thoughtful, but as he was leaving, he asked for favor, wanted us to vote for his candidate of choice for president. I was surprised, because his choice was not mine. I could not vote for a person who is on trial for many reasons, is a self-centered narcissist who disrespects women and

only has pretty women working with him. A person who lies, cheats, and is cruel to any one that disagrees with him. I am disappointed in any one who does a good deed and expects a favor in return. This distorts the meaning of showing kindness and respect, into a form of bribery. Please continue to do good deeds and be kind to each other, but do it out of respect and consideration for helping another human being feel appreciated. Don’t do it for political reasons

Inflation & Your Money

"If the current annual inflation rate is 3 percent, why do my bills seem like they're 10 percent higher than last year?"1

Many of us ask ourselves that question, and it illustrates the importance of understanding how inflation is reported and how it can affect investments. What Is Inflation?

Inflation is defined as an upward movement in the average level of prices. Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a report called the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to track these fluctuations. It was developed from detailed expenditure information provided by families and individuals on purchases made in the following categories: food and beverages, housing, apparel, transportation, medical care, recreation, education and communication, and other groups and services.2

How Applicable Is the CPI?

While it’s the commonly used indicator of inflation, the CPI has come under scrutiny. For example, the CPI rose 7.9 percent for the 12 months ending in February 2022. However, a closer look at the report shows movement in prices on a more detailed level. Energy prices, for example, rose 25.6 percent during those 12 months.1

Are Investments Affected by Inflation?

They sure are. As inflation rises and falls, three notable effects are observed.

First, inflation reduces the real rate of return on investments. So, if an investment earned 6 percent for a 12-month period and inflation averaged 1.5 percent over that time, the investment's real rate of return would have been 4.5 percent. If taxes are

considered, the real rate of return may be reduced even further.3

Second, inflation puts purchasing power at risk. When prices rise, a fixed amount of money has the power to purchase fewer and fewer goods.

Third, inflation can influence the actions of the Federal Reserve. If the Fed wants to control inflation, it has various methods for reducing the amount of money in circulation. Hypothetically, a smaller supply of money would lead to less spending, which may lead to lower prices and lower inflation.

Empower Yourself with a Trusted Professional When inflation is low, it's easy to overlook how rising prices are affecting a household budget. On the other hand, when inflation is high, it may be tempting to make more sweeping changes in response to increasing prices. The best approach may be to reach out to your financial professional to help you develop a sound investment strategy that takes both possible scenarios into account.

1. USInflationCalculator.com, 2023. As of June 2023 2. BLS.gov, 2023 3. This is a hypothetical example used for illustrative purposes only. It is not representative of any specific investment or combination of investments. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

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Strawberry Festival & Craft Fair to Feature Music, Crafts, Games, & Food

Strawberries and the talents of area crafters will be featured June 15 at the third annual Strawberry Festival and Craft Fair at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Spinnerstown.

The event will be held, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the grove across the road from the church, 1565 Sleepy Hollow Road, Spinnerstown (Milford Township; for GPS, Quakertown, 18951). In case of rain, all activities will be held in the church.

The church’s grove will be filled with crafters displaying a wide range of goods, and the bandstand will feature popular area musicians Jim Loftus (keyboard/ vocals) and Jim Brekus (acoustic guitar/ vocals) from 1 to 4 p.m. The duo, which appeared at last year’s festival, performs locally as part of the classic rock group, “Vinyl Persuasion,” and again will offer pop rock music from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. They’re also known to encourage requests. Throughout the festival, hot dogs and barbeque sandwiches, chips and beverages will be available for purchase, as will the feature of the day, strawberry desserts. An assortment of baked goods will be for sale as well. Also offered will

be free children’s games and a raffle.

Those attending the Strawberry Festival and Craft Fair are invited to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets. No alcoholic beverages are permitted on the grounds.

Crafters wishing to participate have until June 8 to submit applications, which can be found on the church’s website, www.stjohnsofspinnerstown.org.

For directions and additional information, visit the church’s website or call the church office at 215-536-0734.

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Performing pop rock classics from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s at the festival are Jim Loftus of Catasauqua, keyboard and vocals, and Jim Brekus of Allentown, acoustic guitar and vocals.

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 215-538-0142



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 info@firstUCC.net Facebook.com/FirstUCCQuakertown

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 few weeks ago, I attempted to start a fire in a fire pit, and all that resulted was some billows of smoke coming from the newspaper.

I've started many fires before, and usually without the aid of lighter fluid. I know the basics of crumpling newspaper, gathering twigs and smaller pieces for kindling, and making a log cabin or a teepee out of the larger pieces as my starting point. There have been many fires in my fireplace at home that were made for my wife and I, some friends of ours, or even just for myself. But even though I know the basics, even though I have started many fires before, there are still moments when I just can't get a fire to start going. Maybe it rained recently, maybe I don't have the items I normally do, but sometimes I just make mistakes, and all I get is smoke.

On this particular morning, I was with some friends at a cabin that we were at for a couple of days. Upon inspection of my failed attempt, and after I had come inside, acting as if I had changed my mind about a morning fire, one of the guys put his shoes on and said something like, "Well, I am going to start the fire after Jon's attempt!". We all laughed, but we all got to enjoy breakfast around the fire. I could have refused his help and kept working at that fire to cause the flames to catch better, but sometimes, even when we think we can do it all, it's good to have others around us who can help.

There is a powerful story from the bible that this story makes me think of. After Moses led the Hebrew people out of Egypt, and after the story of Manna and Quail being given to them in the wilderness for

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


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 215-529-6422

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

food, and water coming out from a rock that Moses struck, another nation came to make war with the people, in Exodus 17:8-16.

Moses, already getting older, ordered Joshua to command the people to fight against the Amalekites as he, and two others, ascended a hill with the staff that split the Red Sea, to pray for the victory of his people. As long as he had his arms raised in prayer, seeking the blessing of God, the Hebrew people had a clear advantage.

I don't know if you have ever tried to hold your arms out for an extended period, but eventually, though there is no weight added, your arms become too heavy, and they fall. That's what happened to Moses, and when his arms fell, his people began to lose the battle that he was watching over. He could have found a rock to hold up his arms or maybe chose to lay down with his arms extended, or even ask God to work a miracle to hold them up, but instead, he had the two that were with him, Aaron and Hur hold up his hands so that he could continue praying.

Moses could have refused their help as he sought to trust in his own strength, his own abilities, his own track record of success with God's help, but instead of trusting in himself, he trusted that God was at work, and that work included the help of others. Friends in Christ, there are many times in our lives when we seek to do things alone, whether we win or lose. That fire that didn't catch for me was something that I gave up on, but it wasn't because I didn't want a fire, but because I didn't want to ask for help. At other times, I have done some great things on my own, but it would have been a lot better to have

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) 215-536-0734

stjohnsspinnerstown@gmail.com www.stjohnsofspinnerstown.org

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.

other people around me to help.

I've read the bible ever since I was 15 years old, I have 7 years of professional education on biblical studies, and I read books about the bible constantly, but I would be a fool to think that I know all there is to know, that my interpretation is all that I need, and that I don't need anyone else to walk alongside of me in my journey of the Christian faith. To this day, I will reread a passage that I have read many times before, and be struck with the humbling question, "What does this mean?".

As a follower of Christ, I strive to treat other people in the way that Jesus treated others. I try to show the love of God to others, I try to serve other people with whatever capacity that I have, and occasionally, I know that living like Jesus means pointing out harmful paths, and calling out the things that are harmful to others and their relationship with God. But I'd be a fool to think that I didn't need someone to show me God's love, to show me the harmful paths that distract me, and to call me out when I am on a destructive path.

And sometimes, most times, all the time, when I am struggling with a thought on what a scripture passage means, or whether I have tried to walk alone for too long and I get prideful, distant, or distressed, I need other people to get me to quit trying to do it all alone, and to show me the warmth that is curated by a community that seeks the Lord, together, as we serve one another. Because if I try to do this faith thing all alone, I know that I'll have some moments connecting with God in the woods, by the water as I'm fishing, or in my bedroom as I read scripture, but I also know that I'll have many more moments where I feel lost, alone, disconnected, defeated, and

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 10:15a 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: Dayle Malloy

9 a.m. Traditional service, 11 a.m. Contemporary Service, 10: 15 a.m. Sunday School, Handicap accessible, Family Friendly, Dynamic Music Ministry, Living God’s Love for All

resigned to accept that maybe today...a "fire" just isn't going to happen.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, we need one another. We can't go through our lives following Jesus alone, and we were never meant to.

Moses needed Aaron and Hur to follow God's will. King David needed the prophets, Samuel and Nathan. King Josiah needed the prophetess Huldah and the prophet Zephaniah. The early disciples needed one another, and the crowd following Jesus kept growing. The Apostle Paul needed Timothy, John Mark, Barnabus, Silas, Priscilla, Aquilla, Phoebe, and many others.

And I needed others to start a fire that I couldn't start alone, and I still do.

Be comforted, encouraged, admonished, and motivated by the Word of the Lord:

"And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and lifegiving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near." - Hebrews 10:19-25 (NLT)

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American Legion Post 242 June Update


Charley Wismer, our adjutant, informed me at the Memorial Day Services that we achieved 100% membership renewal. He also mentioned that we were highest in new membership signups for our district. This is due to the spirit of comradeship, the positive involvement in our community, and our delicious food offerings in a smoke free environment. Charley asked that we remind all members to go through their “To Pay” bills to fill out their Spring Drawing tickets before the drawing at the end of this month. A lot of interesting new concepts and changes are being discussed at our meetings and we encourage our membership to make an effort to come to one of our meetings. We are in discussion of the future of the Scout Camp that was willed to us years back (Camp QUBOSCO). We need your imput in this as well as other issues. Remember that many hands make a job much easier. A good example is our Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Day Service. Sadly this is one of just a couple of parades still held in our town. Many “family” memories are developed with the association of a parade.

also was amazed at the amount of people attending the service under the threat of bad weather. We wish to thank you! Marine Colonel (Ret.) Keith Seiwell delivered an informative, youth positive, and inspirational message to the attendees. Colonel Seiwell is the founder and chief executive of the General Carl Spaatz National U.S. Army Air Force Museum in nearby Boyertown.

America’s Most Despicable Traitor

Of James Wilkinson (17571825), Teddy Roosevelt said, “there is no more despicable character in our history.”

Speaking of a Parade. I held off on this article to see if we could successfully have a parade and service this Memorial Day. We did! As I was busy greeting dignitaries, and making sure that certain speakers were in attendance for the service, I looked down Mill Street and over at 3’d Street I was astonished at the size of the crowd watching the parade. I

Just a word about this important museum. General Spaatz, born and raised in Boyertown, was THE commanding general of the entire air forces in the European Theater of World War II. (Later on when the Army Air Corps was separated as the US Air Force, he was the 1st Commanding General of the Air Force.) He is known as the general that was little known during WWII. He was equal to General Patton, General Mark Clark, and General Omar Bradley as the main staff of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. His best-remembered NEW initiative that he developed, besides his excellent leadership, was Mid-Air Fueling. This technique has improved the use of aircraft in warfare immensely. The museum, located near the famous automotive museum in Boyertown. It is one of the best of its kind in the whole of the United States. It is not a museum of just displaying artifacts, it is a Hands On type museum with the attendees being involved. Yes, this is just a halfhours drive away from Quakertown! Thank you, Colonel Seiwell for an inspirational message.

~ For God & Country, Dick Helm

America’s ‘greatest’ traitor was an agent for Spain for decades while holding high positions in the U.S. government. Craving wealth and success since childhood, his beguiling, ingratiating personality carried him far. He adopted his bankrupt and bitter father’s credo: "the image of respectability excuses the reality of betrayal”. Wilkinson’s ruthless military ladder climbing, marrying into a powerful family, and sabotaging American’s westward expansion were executed in greedy self-interest. Yet, he retained an “image of respectability” and powerful friends. Wilkinson served four presidents while spying. He was investigated and court-marshaled multiple times but escaped punishment. If not forgiven, his treachery is almost forgotten today.

The once prosperous Wilkinson family’s Stoakes Manor in Calvert County, Maryland, was broken up and sold when James’ father died in 1763. James was six and sensitive to his poverty and family’s ‘fallen’ condition, He was supported by his maternal grandmother then sent to the University of Pennsylvania to study advanced medicine in 1773. He felt adequately trained after two years and dropped out. When war broke out the prospect of a life of regimentation and gallantry excited him, so he joined the Pennsylvania militia. Soon bored, Wilkinson resigned and joined the month-old Continental Army which was besieging Boston. Described as “easy, polite and gracious … a charmer”, the eighteen-year-old quickly endeared himself to General Washington who, needing officers, appointed him captain and assigned him to Nathanial Green. Next, he was sent to Quebec to reinforce Washington’s favorite, Benedict Arnold. Wilkinson admired Arnold’s dash and gallant reputation and soon ‘charmed’ his way into mentorship under the general.

was vying for independence and offered an opportunity. Wilkinson invested heavily there in 1784. But his grandiose vision of wealth in land speculation and mercantile trade was stymied by Spanish control of the Mississippi River. His solution was to launch a decades-long career of espionage and treason. A 1787, meeting in New Orleans between Wilkinson and Louisiana Governor Miro sparked an investigation into the “Spanish Conspiracy”. In a leaked, encoded document Wilkinson stated that, for exclusive trading rights on the Mississippi, Spanish protectorate-ship for Kentucky, and an annual pension, he would sign a loyalty oath to Spain, promote Spain’s interests in America, and provide information on U.S. western intentions. The investigation fizzled when France acquired Louisiana. Wilkinson received payola for decades, always in silver dollars and packed in coffee or rum barrels to muffle the ‘jingle’.

President Washington considered him as commander of the re-organized army, but the Cabinet distrusted Wilkinson and instead chose Anthony Wayne. During the Northwest Indian War (1786-95), Wilkinson constantly undermined Wayne, sending anonymous, slanderous letters about him to newspapers. Wilkinson’s premature attack at Kenapacomaqua reenergized the tribes which led to St. Claires’ Massacre at the Battle of Wabash, American’s worst lop-sided defeat. Wayne hated him and had Wilkinson investigated for disloyalty and corruption. Charges evaporated when Wayne suddenly died in 1796. Some believed Wilkinson had him poisoned. “Image of respectability” retained; Wilkinson replaced Wayne as Senior Officer of the Army in 1800. To earn his ‘pension’, he kept Spain informed for border negotiations and on America’s intentions for the Louisiana Purchase. He warned them of the Voyage of Discovery. At Wilkinson’s suggestion, Spanish parties were sent to intercept and ‘disappear’ Lewis and Clark, but failed to find them.

Loyalty eschewed; Wilkinson aimed higher. As he’d done with Washington and Arnold, he ‘schmoozed’ Horatio Gates and soon became his Chief of Staff. Wilkinson saw fighting. He was promoted to colonel by Washington after Trenton. After Saratoga, Gates selected him to deliver the official report. Wilkinson left the Continental Congress anxiously waiting as he ‘attended to personal business’, freshened-up, and donned dress uniform. His personal role in the battle was significantly amplified but his presentation inspired “huzzahs”. At 20 years old, he was ‘breveted’ brigadier general, over many senior officers. But Wilkinson’s star dimmed quickly. He backed Gates over Arnold in their ‘Who is the hero of Saratoga?’ argument, alienating his former sponsor. Then, the ‘Conway Cabal’ erupted [an effort by disgruntled officers to replace Washinton with Gates as army commander]. Wilkinson avoided charges for his involvement but Gates, in trouble himself and challenged by Washinton to a duel, had grown tired of him. Wilkinson was compelled to resign his commission in March, 1778. His career was apparently in ruins, but he ‘landed on his feet’.

James Wilkinson married Ann Biddle, of the wealthy and powerful “First Generation” Philadelphia family, on November 14, 1778. Through Ann, Aaron Burr and other politicians and potentates came into Wilkinson’s circle of ‘friends.’ He remained a militia brigadier and served two terms in the Pennsylvania Assembly but again grew bored and avaricious. Kentucky, still part of Virginia,

President Jefferson appointed Wilkinson Governor of Louisiana Territory in 1805 but soon replaced him with Merriweather Lewis for abuse of power and suspected disloyalty. Also, Wilkinson’s involvement in the ‘Burr Conspiracy’ [Aaron Burr’s scheme to establish Texas as an independent nation], was exposed and led to deeper investigations into his private ventures. “Image excuses betrayal.” Wilkinson testified against Burr to mitigate his own circumstance. President Madison ordered him court-martialed but in 1811, Wilkinson was exonerated. Commissioned Major General for the War of 1812, Wilkinson was assigned command of Mississippi Territory and took possession of Mobile and West Florida. However, his performance in the St. Lawrence theater was poor. After suffering defeats at the Battle of Crysler’s Farm and Second Battle of Lacolle Mills he was relieved from active duty and, again unsuccessfully court-marshaled in 1815. Regardless, he was discharged from the army in 1816. That year, Wilkinson published [the fictional], “Memoirs of My Own Times”, to try to rebuild his “respectability”. After Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821, Wilkinson requested a land-grant in Texas. While in Mexico City awaiting response, he died on December 28, 1825, and was buried there. Correspondence and documents published in 1854, proved all the suspicions about James Wilkinson were true. Now you know something about one of America’s most despicable traitors., then you, my friend, are a dumb

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Playpen Activities for Your Puppy

A dog playpen is an enclosed area that provides a safe and secure space for most dogs to play, exercise, and relax. They help keep puppies in a designated area, preventing them from wandering or getting into mischief. For example, you might put your pup in the playpen when working from home, training a puppy, or introducing new dogs. Mental stimulation is a great way to keep them from boredom while in the pen.

1. Interactive Toys

6. Rotate Toys

Keep a variety of toys and rotate them regularly to maintain novelty. Dogs can become bored with the same toys; introducing new ones keeps things interesting.

7. Safe Chews

Provide toys that dispense treats when manipulated, such as a puzzle feeders or treat-dispensing balls. These toys encourage problem-solving and keep your dog mentally engaged.

2. Frozen Treats

Freeze dog-safe treats or toys in water or low-sodium broth. This creates a challenging and refreshing activity as your pup works to extract the treats from the ice.

3. Sensory Activities

Introduce different textures, sounds, and scents to the dog’s playpen. Scatter leaves, pine cones, or soft fabric toys for your puppy to explore. You can also hide treats in a ball pit or among various textures like empty plastic bottles for training games.

4. Training Games

Incorporate short training sessions into the playpen routine. Teach new tricks or reinforce basic commands using positive reinforcement techniques. Mental engagement through training can be highly rewarding for dogs,

Offer appropriate chew toys to keep your dog's mind busy. Puzzle toys that dispense treats as the dog chews can provide mental and physical stimulation.

8. Interactive Feeding Toys

Instead of feeding your dog from a regular bowl, try an interactive feeding toy or slow feeder. This engages them and problem solving and extends the time it takes for them to finish their meals.

9. Background Noise

Play calming music or leave the television on at a low volume to provide auditory stimulation. Some dogs find the background noise soothing

10. Rotate Environments

If possible, move the playpen to a different location in your home or yard. Experiencing different environments can be mentally stimulating for dogs.

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Uranium Glass: Antique Glass that Glows Green

Many antique lovers ask me about glass of all types: Murano, Depression, EAPG, American Brilliant, Pyrex, and the list goes on. One of the most popular and exciting glass types for collectors is uranium glass. I like to call it “the green glass that glows.”

Uranium dioxide has been used to make glass for centuries. Pieces of uranium glass have been discovered dating back to 79 AD. Uranium glass grew in popularity in the 1830s and the glass type that glows green experienced a collectors’ boom in the late 19th century. Uranium glass has continued to stir market interest.

Uranium glass is a type of glass which has uranium, typically in oxide diuranate form, added to a glass mixture before it is heated. This produces a special color. For centuries, art glass makers and manufacturers of glass used small amounts of uranium to create glass of a yellowish green color. This glass has a translucent appearance. Sometimes viewed as a custard or opaque appearance. Some of this glass is called Vaseline, jadeite or canary glass. There are various uranium glass types that will fluoresce or glow under black or UV light. There is an old saying in the antiques world “it must glow green to be Vaseline.” When it comes to identifying uranium glass, look for uranium glass with a translucent and oily surface look.

Historically, uranium glass was produced during the 19th and early 20th centuries. This type of glass was produced until 1958 when the U.S. government stopped production. Uranium, at the time, was a regulated substance. From circa 1943 until 1958, because of the events of World War II and the Cold War, U.S. officials did not allow the production of uranium glass since the government had banned uranium salts from commercial use. Only after uranium oxide was deregulated did the U.S. government allow uranium glass to be manufactured.

Uranium glass fluoresces or glows in the dark because of the presence of uranium in the glass mixture. Collectors collect uranium glass actively from some

of the best-known manufacturers such as: L. G. Wright, Buckeye Glass Company of Martin’s Ferry, OH, Mosser Glass of Cambridge, OH, Gibson of Milton, WV, Adams & Company, Boston & Sandwich Glass of Sandwich, Cape Cod, MA, Northwood & Co. in Wheeling, VA, Fenton, Steuben Glass, Degenhart Glass Co., Viking, Heisey, Fostoria of Fostoria, OH, McKee & Bros. of Pittsburgh, PA, Imperial, Westmoreland Glass Co., Summit of Akron, OH, West Virginia Glass & Mfg. Co., O’Hara Glass Company of Pittsburgh, PA, Thomas Webb & Sons, the Pairpoint Mfg. Co. of New Bedford, MA, a firm that made Canaria vaseline glass for a few years only in the 1920s and Baccarat, known for making crystal and the firm made cristal dichroide in the 1840s.

Safety questions arise when it comes to understanding uranium glass and collecting it. Uranium glass has a small number of radioactive elements. In a 2001 report, uranium glass was deemed safe by the U.S. Nuclear Regulation Commission. These pieces of glassware have a very small amount of radioactivity, but the glowing color of uranium glass is not caused by radiation. Uranium glass is safe to store, display, and collect.

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I Can't Sleep

I’ve never had a problem before, typically nodding out as soon my head hits the pillow, waking seven to nine hours later interrupted only by my normal get up to pee break.

A few weeks ago, I had foot surgery, and with it came the expected recovery pain. Actually, it was much less than I had prepared myself for. (Thank you Dr. Holly Johnson)

Since then, I’ve had tremendous difficulty falling asleep. At first, I blamed it on the surgery and the position that I had to keep my foot in, and then the very thin mattress sofa bed I was sleeping on downstairs until I could master crutches over steps.

I don’t like taking opioids but I was prescribed a few for pain and found that taking one made me very tired, so for three nights I swallowed an oxy before bed.

It worked, but they are tremendously addictive, and I stopped after those three.

Shelli went to the drug store for me and bought some Unisom, which worked pretty well. Not opioid good…but I was able to sleep.

Finally, able to now walk up the stairs, I could rest all night in my own bed…next to my Shelli... (She wouldn’t brave the sofa bed with me) …sleep problems over!

I stopped the Unisom, determined to not rely on something to sleep every night.

And, I was in my own bed! That should do it! Not quite.

Night one…no dice…I tried meditating… mindfulness breathing…counting back from one hundred…finally, after laying there four hours, I came back downstairs and said hello to my old torturous friend…sofa bed.

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Historical Society to Unveil Register of Historic Places Plaque

The Perkasie Historical Society Museum, located at 513 W. Walnut Street, Perkasie, will be unveiling their National Register of Historic Places plaque. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 15,2024 at 11AM and the public is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served, and the museum will be open.

The Perkasie Historical Society Museum, formerly the Lehigh Valley Transit Trolley Station, was officially placed on the National Registry of Historical places last Spring. Speaking at the ceremony will be Mayor Jeff Hollenbach, State Representative Shelby Labs and US Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick.

The Lehigh Valley Transit Company completed construction of the late Victorian, one-story building in 1912.

Ruhe & Lange, a prominent Lehigh Valley architectural firm, designed the station to serve the Liberty Bell Line. At the time, the trolley and railroad were in

In 1951, after the closure of the trolley station, a series of small businesses occupied the building. The Hartzell-Crouthamel American Legion Post acquired the building in 1962 for meetings and social gatherings. In 1991, the building was donated by the American Legion to the Perkasie Historical Society for use as a local historical museum. The museum was renovated in 2012 to reflect its earlier role as a trolley station. The society retained the integrity of the building, especially the waiting room, ticket area, windows and porch details.

Today, the society uses the building for displays and to house the society’s collection.

The Perkasie Historical Society is excited and thankful for everyone’s expertise and support!

The Perkasie Historical Society is a volunteer, local community 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and this year is anniversary. For more

Upper Bucks 4-H Members Bring

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Four Bucks County 4-H members traveled to the Mid-Atlantic Alpaca Association (MAPACA) Jubilee in Westminster, Maryland in April to show in one of the biggest alpaca shows in the country. Members participated in the Public Relations, Obstacles, and Showmanship competitions. The group from Quakertown brought home many ribbons; including Grand Champion. Pictured: (l-r) Amelia Sperling, Grace Lutes, Clara Brems, and David Dutertre. submitted photo
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SCORE Volunteer Helping Military Veterans Start Small Businesses

Finding a job in a struggling economy can be challenging for individuals in various industries. Add in a return from military service and little or no transferable career skills and the challenge can be insurmountable.

SCORE Bucks County mentor Norm Phillips recalled how a client he is mentoring with the local chapter of the national nonprofit organization applied to more than 100 positions and “did not get a single response.”

Phillips’ client is not alone. Research shows that two-thirds of veterans deem finding suitable employment as the greatest challenge in transitioning to postmilitary life.

“Their unemployment and underemployment rates are generally double the population or more,” Phillips said. “I wanted to dig in and understand that more."

While veterans struggle with finding gainful employment, they soar as small business owners, Phillips discovered.

According to research, 80 percent of the 1.7 million veteran-owned business owners consider themselves successful.

Since joining SCORE eight months ago, Phillips has made it his mission to develop a Veterans Small Business Resource Guide which will serve as the guiding pathway for mentoring sessions with veterans.

“This is a group that is most deserving,” Phillips, of Buckingham, said of veterans. “They have made significant personal sacrifices for us, and they deserve better.”

Included in his still-evolving resource guide are SCORE webinars and courses designed specifically for veterans. His research also led him to uncover grants and loans earmarked for veterans, along with veteran certification available through the federal government. About one-third of the guide is applicable for veterans only.

While starting a business presents its own challenges, “the barrier to entry

is different,” Phillips said, referring to veterans seeking jobs as an employee.

Phillips, who worked for 47 years in pharmaceutical marketing, including 18 years with Johnson & Johnson before retiring, is currently mentoring five

veterans. Now that the resource guide is ready for use, he will be sharing his insights with many more. In addition, a half dozen SCORE Bucks County mentors are veterans interested in supporting this cause.

Phillips is in discussion with veterans’ organizations, as well as area community colleges and universities, in an effort to offer SCORE’s mentoring services to former military members.

The chapter’s pilot program is also “on the radar” for SCORE chapters regionally and nationally.

“If we find that it’s successful, we could share this with other chapters in our region,” Phillips said.

If you would like to learn more, please contact norm.phillips@scorevolunteer. org. To request a mentor please visit https://www.score.org/find-mentor.

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2024 Lexus NX350 Hybrid

In a recent Automotive News article, the auto industry trade newspaper, Lexus and Toyota take top spots in J.D. Power’s dependability survey. Lexus in particular, has the lowest rate of complaints compared to others, and they have the strongest resale value.

We were privileged to review one of Lexus’s top sellers, the compact NX 350h Luxury Hybrid SUV. This handsome SUV retains the Lexus trademark bold grille and flowing lines. The model comes

in several forms starting with the NX 250, NX 350 AWD, NX 350 F Sport Handling AWD, NX 350 AWD, NX 450h Plus AWD, and NX 450 Plus F Sport Handling AWD a plug-in-hybrid.

Let’s face it, who knows more about hybrids but Toyota, Lexus’s parent company. And another report shows that Toyota/Lexus sold more hybrids in 2023 than ever before.

The NX 350h comes with an upscale and comfortable interior. Heated/cooled and nicely supportive front seats hug the torso every so securely. Black open pore

wood trim adorns the dash for an extra touch of classiness.

Blended into the dash is a vivid 14inch touchscreen that serves the gamut of Mark Levinson audio, HVAC selections, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity, Wi-Fi, Amazon music, drive modes and a digital assistant with some voice commands plus rearview, front and rotating view camera systems.

A digital gauge cluster shows a host of functions and alerts through its embedded driver information display (aside from speed and gear selections). There’s also an adjustable heads-up display.

And speaking of digital, NX 350h had a dual conventional and digital rearview mirror. In digital mode it shows a wideangle view that doesn’t show headrests, tall folks or the rear pillars. The view takes some getting used to.

The NX 350h has unique door handles. To open the doors from inside the cabin, merely press inward on the flat handles and the doors release slightly. That too, took some getting used to as its customary to pull on handles.

Included is a wireless phone charger pad that slides backward to expose a small, 3-inch-deep bin. Pretty nifty idea and design.

A slim gear selector selects drive modes for the CVT automatic transmission and it’s the same one Toyota uses on their 2024 Crown sedan.

NX comes with a rotary mode selector for Eco, Sport, Normal and a separate switch for EV only mode. Selections then

display on the infotainment display.

Back in the comfy and heated rear seats, that have a low 19.5-inch step-in, they can accommodate two adults or three youngsters as the transaxle hump is low.

When carrying packages, a hands-free tailgate is a helpful feature. The cargo area within is spacious. With the rear seats upright, there’s 22.7 cubic feet of cargo space that measures 37.5 inches deep, 40 wide and 29 high. Flip the rear seatbacks and space increases to 46.9 cubic feet for 70 inches of cargo loading depth. A low 31-inch lift-over makes loading bulky items easier.

The NX 350h comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with electric motor for a combined 239-hp that garners EPA mileages estimates of an impressive 41 city, 37-highway mpg. Coupled to a CVT transmission, NX 350h has a tow capacity of 2,000 pounds. So powered, there’s no want for power and Lexus says it can do a 0-60 sprint in 7.2 seconds.

All Lexus vehicles are noted for a smooth, quiet, secure ride and the NX doesn’t disappoint on 20-inch Bridgestone tires. With its short wheelbase, NX has a tight 20-foot curb-curb turning radius for easy parking. And with 7.7 inches of ground clearance, NX can handle modest snow depths.

My NX 350h test car came exceptionally equipped with a long list of safety features such as Lexus’ System 3.0 w/Lane Tracing Assist; pre-collision system w/pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control w/ curve speed management, lane departure alert w/steering assist, blind spot monitor and much more.

The NX 350h carried a base price of $48,795 until a long list of options were added that included cold area package

($250); digital rearview mirror ($200); 20-inch alloy wheels ($1,300); power folding rear seat ($1,030); triple beam headlamps w/cornering lamps ($850); Mark Levinson audio ($1,020); premium Cadmium Orange paint ($595); panoramic sunroof ($500); panoramic view monitor, lane change assist-front ($1,070); Advanced Park (auto parking - $480); wireless phone charger;, 4G digital key ($450); dashcam ($375); and delivery ($1,150) took the bottom line to $58,075. This is next to the top-line NX 450h Plus F sport Handling AWD SUV at $59 905.

Lexus NX 350h comes with a 4 year/50K mile new vehicle warranty; powertrain is 6/70K; hybrid hardware and batteries 8/100K and free first service for up to one year or 10K miles. While the NX 350h is not out of line when compared to the competition, you can’t go wrong as it offers reliability, quality build and an excellent resale value. It serves as a benchmark for other luxury compact hybrid SUVs. And I must admit, my wife owns a midsize 2008 RX 350 AWD SUV and loves it. .

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