Upper Bucks Free Press • March 2024

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What’s Going On in Upper Bucks?


March 9 to 30- Easter Bunny Photos at Qmart, 201 Station Rd, Quakertown. Event Room #201. Sat. 11am-7pm, Sun. 11am-5pm. Prices: $5 each or 3 for $10. Printed while you visit with the Bunny.

Now to March 21- “Art In Bloom” 6pm8pm at Bucks County Community College, Upper Bucks Campus, One Hillendale Rd, Perkasie. 215-258-7752

Now to March 24- Spring Food Drive for Quakertown Food Pantry. Donate at Qmart Office. Exit #4 during regular hours.

Now to April 15 – Beautiful Oil Paintings of outdoor scenes by Christine McHugh of Upper Bucks County and ‘Antique Zithers’ collected by Matt Koch. Richland Library hours: Wed. 1pm-4pm and Sat. 9am-12noon at 44 S Main St, Quakertown. Handicap access.

On Sale Now for May 5 - “Double Trouble” Elvis Tribute w/Jeff Krick Sr & Jr at Upper Bucks Activity Center, 2183 Milford Square Pike, Quakertown. $30/pp includes light refreshments. Open 1:30pm, Show 2pm-4pm. Tickets will sell fast! 215-512-7244

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

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

March 1

Order Hoagies by today for pickup March 11 at Trumbauersville Fire Co, 142 N Main St. To order call Karen at 267-372-1404

FANtastic Fun- Quakertown Elementary PIE Fundraiser at Quakertown High School. Doors open 6pm, Game 7pm. Harlem Wizards vs. Quakertown Staff. Tickets at door/$25. Advance tickets: harlemwizards.com/tickets

“Nine to Five” Free Movie Matinee every Friday 2pm-4pm. Peanut-free crunchy snacks/ beverages in lidded containers are welcome. Perkasie Free Library, 491 Arthur Ave. 215-257-9718

March 1 to 3

“Things My Mother Taught Me” live show at DCP Theater, 795 Ridge Rd, Telford. Fri/ Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. FMI: dcptheatre.com or 215-234-0966

March 2

Easter Bunny Breakfast 9am-11am, Upper Bucks County Technical School, 3115 Ridge Rd, Perkasie. $11/adult, $7/age 3-9, Free/02. Also indoor egg hunt & Easter Bunny. Bring a camera!

Soup Day new pick-up time 9am-12noon at Dublin Fire Co, 194 N Main St. No eat-in. Call to order $9/quart on Soup Day 8am-11am at 215-249-3740.

Grand Opening of Planet Retro Video Games, 109 W Broad St, Quakertown. Giveaways, light refreshments.

March 3 & 4

Auditions for “Charlotte’s Web” 7:30pm9:30pm at DCP Theater, 795 Ridge Rd, Rt 563, Telford. Arrive 15 minutes early. Performances will by July 12, 13, 14, 19 & 20.

March 5

“Lenape People in Pa” by Chief Adam Waterbear. Perkasie Historical Society Dinner Meeting 6:30pm at St. Stephen’s UCC, 110 N 6th St, Perkasie. $15/dinner. Reserve: 215-257-9624. Perkasiehistory.org

March 7

Lucky Horse Shoe Spring Decoration- make and take class. All supplies & instructions provided. $10 due with registration by March 4 at Generations, 259 N 2nd St, Souderton. 215-723-5841

March 7 to 10

“Things My Mother Taught Me” live show at DCP Theater, 795 Ridge Rd, Telford. Thu/ Fri/Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. FMI: dcptheatre.com or 215-234-0966

March 8

“He Named Me Malala” Free Movie Matinee every Friday 2pm-4pm. Peanut-free crunchy snacks/beverages in lidded containers are welcome. Perkasie Free Library, 491 Arthur Ave. 215-257-9718

March 9

Spring Slot Car Show 9am-2pm at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd. Event room #201. Vendors selling slot cars, accessories, track, literature, more.

Craft/Vendor Show 10am-2pm at Tylersport Firehouse, 125 Ridge Rd, Telford. 45+ vendors.

Perkasie Indoor Farmers Market 9am12noon at Perkasie Fire Company Fire Hall, 100 N 5th St.

Book Sale at Indian Valley Library, 100 E Church Ave, Telford. Also sale 3/14 and 3/23. Saturday 10am-5pm, Thursday 10am-8pm.

FMI: 215-723-9109

March 9 & 10

Sellersville Lego Exhibit, 12noon-4pm at Sellersville Museum, 120 E Church St. Hundreds of thousands of Lego pieces. Free admission, donations gratefully accepted.

March 10 Daylight Saving time BeginS

‘Shep & Jim’ 10am-2pm at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Rd. Free concert in Event Rm #201 with a wide variety of music.

‘Brothers In Grace’ - A Southern Gospel Quartet, 10:30am at Salem Mennonite, 41 E Cherry Rd, Quakertown. Salemmennonite.org

Cheerleading Basket Bingo at Souderton High School, 625 Lower Rd. Doors open 1pm, bingo 2pm. Raffle baskets, door prizes, food & more. $30/adv, $35/door. Register: 267-474-0694

March 13

Woman’s Club of Indian Valley meets 1pm at Telford Community Building, 125 W Hamilton Ave. Processing items to fill “Jared Boxes” for kids to age 5 waiting in ER or hospital room to pass the time. Soft-sided books, toys, etc. Woman’sClubofIV.com or 862-251-3076

Member of Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick's office will be at 10 S Third Street, Quakertown to answer questions from 2pm-4pm.

March 14

'UnHappy Hour' supporting Equal Pay Day which is on March 19 by Quakertown Business & Professional Women's Club at the Trolley Barn in Quakertown from 6pm-8pm. BPWQuakertown@gmail.com

March 15

St. Paddy's Party 12noon at Generations, 259 N 2nd St, Souderton. 'The Pride of Erin Dancers' perform traditional Irish music & dancing. $20/entertainment & food. Register by March 12 at 215-723-5841.

“Hidden Figures” Free Movie Matinee every Friday 2pm-4pm. Peanut-free crunchy snacks/beverages in lidded containers are welcome. Perkasie Free Library, 491 Arthur Ave. 215-257-9718

20th Annual Chocolotta, 6:30pm-10pm at new location: The Farm, 2475 W Zion Hill Rd, Quakertown. Event includes silent auction, interactive chocolate experience, open bar & more. Maggie: mlester@ymcabhc.org

March 16

Upper Bucks Celtic Festival 11am4pm in Downtown Perkasie. Irish music/ performances, Food & Artisan Vendors, Adult Kilt & Kids Kilt Contests. More! ubcc.org/celticfest

Spring Vaccine Clinic for Dogs & Cats. 10am-3pm at Last Chance Ranch, 9 Beck Rd, Quakertown. Also some testing, microchipping, preventative medication, etc.

FMI: lastchanceranch.org

QMPO Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, 4pm8pm at Quakertown High School, 600 Park Ave. Performances by music students & tons of basket raffles. Tickets: $15 adult/door, $12 adult/pre-sale until 3/13. $5/kids 3-10.


Turkey Dinner with all-you-can-eat Salad Bar, 4pm-7pm at Trinity Great Swamp UCC, 9150 Spinnerstown Rd, Spinnerstown. $15/adult, $10/age 4-12, Free 3 & under. Takeout available. 267-374-0590

‘Dine & Donate’ for Pennridge Jackets Cheer, 5pm-9pm at Yards Flatbread Pizza, 116 E Broad St, Quakertown (inside Trolley Barn). 15% of order benefits Cheerleading Team.

Grace Christian School Spring Auction 9am1pm at 152 N Third St, Telford. Breakfast available. Silent auction began 3/11, Live auction begins 10am w/kid activities until 1pm. FMI: 215-723-5896

Make & Take Craft: Sun Catchers & Wind Chimes, 10am-2pm, Schwenkfelder Heritage Center, 105 Seminary St, Pennsburg. Free, no registration. Stauffer Education Room. Young kids may need parent help. 215-679-3103

March 16 & 17

Dept of Conservation & Natural Resources will release water from Lake Nockamixon into Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek on Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm. Whitewater boating enthusiasts are invited to enjoy the event.

March 17 St Patrick'S Day

March 18

Floral Design Class by Pennsburg Petals, 1pm at Monaghan Funeral Home, 612 Main St, Red Hill. Free event, registration required. RSVP by 3/8 to bridget@monaghanfuneralhome.com or 215-679-6400.

March 19 SPring BeginS

March 22

“The Secret Life of Bees” Free Movie Matinee every Friday 2pm-4pm. Peanut-free crunchy snacks/beverages in lidded containers are welcome. Perkasie Free Library, 491 Arthur Ave. 215-257-9718

'Hobie & Friends' music from 1900s to 50s, 60s and recent jazz at 7pm, Generations, 259 N 2nd St, Souderton. Register by March 19 at 215-723-5841.

Designer Bag Bingo, open 6pm, bingo 7pm, Haycock Twp Community Center, 1014 Old Bethlehem Rd. $30 or $25 for pre-paid reservation. Prepay: mail check to Haycock Fire Co, 850 Old Bethlehem Rd, Quakertown. Include contact info & list of attendees. Info: fundraisingcommittee@haycockfire.org BYOB, food/drinks for sale

March 23

Easter Bunny Pictures 9am-12noon and 1pm-3pm at Milford Fire Co, 2185 Milford Square Pike, Quakertown. Family, friends, pets on leash. $7/print, $14/three prints. Other options available.

Perkasie Indoor Farmers Market 9am12noon at Perkasie Fire Company Fire Hall, 100 N 5th St

Live Scottish/American Music- Jane Rothfield & Allan Carr at Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse, 320 W Chestnut St, Perkasie. Doors open 7pm. $15/adult, $12/senior, $8/ age 13+, free/0-12. FMI: 215-257-3117

Dance Party at Forrest Lodge VFW, 2118 Old Bethlehem Pike, Sellersville. Singles & Couples. Bar open 6pm, Dance 7pm-10pm. DJ Gary Wiley. $12 admission includes snacks. Door prizes, 50/50. FMI: 215-453-9841

March 24

Easter Egg Hunt at Quakertown Soccer Fields. 2pm-3pm:Special Needs takes place under Pavilion, Ages 1-3 , 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 groups spaced 10 minutes apart beginning 2:20pm. Be prompt! Easter Bunny will be there. Eggs filled with goodies.

Purse Bingo 1pm at Dublin Fire Co, 194 N Main St, Dublin. Opens 11:30am. $30 Cash only. Raffles, etc. Snacks sold. RSVP Jen 908-892-5620

March 25

Keystone Quilters meeting 7pm, open 6:30pm at St. John’s Lutheran Activity Center, 26 1st Ave, Richlandtown. Members Joan Cahill & Jean Perry share their own quilting journey history. Guest fee $10. Suewilseydesigns15@gmail.com

March 26

String Art with Lisa, 6pm-9pm at The Proper, 117 W Broad St, Quakertown. $45 total, $5 non-refundable deposit, $40 due day of event. Boards already nailed. Check out The Proper on Facebook for details and ticket info

‘Dine & Donate’ 5pm-9pm at J.T. Bankers Grille, 309 S Main St, Sellersville. Delicious food, 20% of proceeds benefit LCR Animal Rescue. Info table and raffle baskets. LastChanceRanch.org

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March 27

‘Stories Behind Peace Valley’ 7pm presentation about history of the park, Lake Galena & New Galena. Held at Hilltown Twp Building, 13 W Creamery Rd & Rt. 152. Free, donations appreciated. Hilltownhistory.org

Quakertown Business and Professional Women’s Club meeting. John’s Plain & Fancy Diner, Route 309, Quakertown at 5 p.m. for networking. Dinner to follow at 6 p.m. Cost is $35. RSVP by 3/24. Program: “Quakertown’s Rising Star.” Info: 215-679-6687.

March 27 to 30

Easter Flower Sale! Wed-Thu-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am until sold out at Trumbauersville Fire Co, 142 N Main St. Bulbs, Bedding plants, Hanging baskets, Planter baskets. Info or preorder at Karen 267-372-1404

March 28

Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony, 11am at DeSales University Center, 2755 Station Ave, Center Valley. Email: wendy. badman@desales.edu

March 29

“Suffragette” Free Movie Matinee every Friday 2pm-4pm. Peanut-free crunchy snacks/ beverages in lidded containers are welcome. Perkasie Free Library, 491 Arthur Ave. 215-257-9718

Order Hoagies by today for pickup April 8 at Trumbauersville Fire Co. To order call Karen at 267-372-1404

March 29 to 31

Easter Flower Sale on Honor System at Haycock Fire Co, 850 Old Bethlehem Rd, Quakertown. Drop exact amount in cash/check into a secure box. No change. $4/for 4.5”pot, $8/for 6” pot, $15/ 8” pot of tulips, $20/mixed garden dishes. Info: Haycockfire.org

March 30

Egg Hunt 10am at Trumbauersville Veterans Park, 140 Woodview Dr, Quakertown. Hosted by Trumbauersville Lions Club

Hoppy Easter Eggs-travaganza 11am-4pm at Trolley Barn, 108 E Broad St, Rt. 313, Quakertown. Easter Bunny, Egg Hunt, Face Painting. Craft vendors begin at Noon. March 31 eaSter

April 1

Hoagie Sale at Upper Bucks Activity Center, 2183 Milford Square Pike, Quakertown. MUST ORDER/PAY by April 4 for Pick-up April 18 from 1pm-3pm. Fresh 12” hoagies $7 each. Italian, turkey, ham! Sara 215-536-3066 or stop in to order.

April 2

“History & Community of Durham Furnace” by Kathryn Clark, Bucks County author. Perkasie Historical Society Dinner Meeting 6:30pm at St. Stephen’s UCC, 110 N 6th St, Perkasie. $15/dinner. Reserve: 215257-9624. Perkasiehistory.org

April 3

‘So You Think You Can Cook’ 6pm-8:30pm at Perseverance Fire Co, 266 N 2nd St, Souderton. Fun culinary event filled with good food & friendly competition. Sign your team up to compete or come w/friends to taste & vote favorites. Sytycc.telfordhappenings.com

April 6

11th Annual Gala for Last Chance Ranch Animal Rescue’s 25th Anniversary, 5pm-10pm at Homewood Suites in Center Valley. Music, dinner & drinks. Biggest fundraiser of year. Ticket Info: lastchanceranch.org

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

8:30am-2pm, rain/shine at Bucks County Community College, 225 Swamp Rd, Newtown. Check Buckscounty.gov/recycling or 215-345-3400 for what you can or cannot bring to the event.

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Critical Issues to Address Before Selling

Before putting your home on the market, it's crucial to address certain issues that could affect its saleability and value.

When preparing to sell, it's important to be aware of any potential problems your home may have. Both major and minor issues can arise during inspections, and fixing them, particularly the significant ones, can help ensure you get a good price for your property. In today's market, the condition of a home is as important as its location, with well-maintained homes often selling faster and at better prices.

The cost of upgrades and renovations has increased significantly in recent years, making buyers hesitant to pay for them. However, real estate agents advise tackling necessary repairs before selling to maximize your home's value and getting the best offers.

Buyers tend to negotiate lower prices for homes with visible defects, so it's wise to address any noticeable issues before listing your property.

Why Fixing Major Problems Matters

When evaluating your home, be on the lookout for major problems that may need attention. Getting a pre-inspection report can help identify both major and minor repairs that may be needed.

A pre-inspection report can alert you to potential issues early on, allowing you to address them before negotiations with buyers begin. Investing a small amount upfront for inspections can save you thousands later on, as buyers may demand price reductions or repairs if major problems are discovered during their inspection.

Addressing major problems before listing your home is not only financially prudent but also a legal requirement, as sellers are obligated to disclose any significant issues. Failure to do so can result in legal consequences, including potential lawsuits if it's discovered that the seller knew about an issue but didn't disclose it before the sale.

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Upper Bucks First Responder Organizations Receive State Grants

State Representative Craig Staats (R-Bucks) recently announced that the following fire and EMS companies that serve the 145th District received grants from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC).

Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training, or reduction of existing debt.

All companies that apply and meet requirements outlined by OSFC receive funding. Companies must file a grant agreement with OFSC to receive their grants. The companies that received

grants are: Haycock Fire Company $15,979.38; Quakertown Volunteer Fire Company 1 $16,951.99; West End Fire Company $16,951.99; Shelly Fire Company $15,784.85; Richlandtown Fire Company $16,757.46; Trumbauersville Fire Company $16,951.99; Upper Bucks EMS $10,000; Grandview EMS $10,000.

“I want to congratulate all of these fire companies and EMS service providers for being awarded these grants,” said Staats. “Our first responders are some of our area’s best, and I am thrilled to see them rewarded for their hard work in our communities by OFSC.”

What Do Your Taxes Pay For?

Taxes are one of the biggest budget items for most taxpayers, yet many have no idea what they’re getting for their money. The average household spends more on taxes than on groceries, clothing, or healthcare. In fact, 11% of our income, on average, goes to personal income taxes, which doesn’t include sales tax, property tax, Social Security payments, or Medicare payments. So what do we get in return?1

The accompanying chart breaks down the $6.27 trillion in federal spending for 2022 into major categories. One of the biggest categories is Social Security, which consumes almost one-fourth of the budget. Safety net programs, which includes food assistance and unemployment compensation, takes another 11%. Defense and relat-

ed items take 18% of the budget, and 24% goes to Medicare and health programs.2 Are taxes one of your biggest budget items?

Take steps to make sure you’re managing your overall tax bill. Please consult a tax professional for specific information regarding your individual situation.

Pieces of the Federal Pie

More than 60% of 2022 federal spending was used for Social Security, Medicare, defense, and related programs.

Source: TreaSury gov, 2022

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William PhilliP "Bill" Bailey, 80, of Quakertown, passed away on January 26, 2024, of natural causes. He was born on May 3, 1943, in Philadelphia to the late William Earl Bailey and Maria C. (Woll) Bailey. William was the loving husband of Nancy Bailey for 55 years. He served for the United States Navy 1961-1965. William enjoyed working on electrical, mechanical, and other projects. He was gifted with superior mechanical ability, generosity, and love.

William is survived by his wife; son William Bailey; and sisters Geraldine Grabias and Collette McBratney.

All are invited on Monday, March 4 to Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, 135 W. Pumping Station Rd., Quakertown, PA 18951 to a visitation from 10-11am, a memorial service at 11am, and an invitational meal to immediately follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's name to St. Jude Children's research Hospital.

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

BarBara elaine (Foulke) BaumBach 79, of Quakertown, PA passed away at her home on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. Born in Quakertown on Sept. 9, 1944, she was the eldest child of the late Raymond H. & Grace L. (Schlichter) Foulke. Barbara was the loving wife of Richard Baumbach for over 61 years. They lived on a small gentleman’s farm lying in Richland Township & Springfield Twp. for 57 years and it was there that they raised their 3 children.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Richand Baumbach; daughter, Heidi Werley (Brett); son, Gary Baumbach (Roxanne); son, Robert Baumbach (Krista); seven grandchildren, Sarah, Joshua and Jacob Werley; Gary Baumbach Jr. (Kendra) and Bailey Baumbach; Ashley McDonald (Daniel) and Katie Baumbach; one great-grandson, Carter McDonald; siblings, Sharyn Braybrook, Ann Hellmann (Eric), and Raymond Foulke, Jr. (Marilyn); and sister-in-law, Barbara Zitta (Chad).

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

Theodore “Ted” GusTave BehlinG iii, 70, of Telford, PA, passed away on February 12, 2024, at Temple Jeanes Campus Hospital. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ted was the son of the late Theodore Behling Jr. and the late Louise Elizabeth (Stacy) Behling.

Ted will be remembered for his quick-wit, sarcastic sense of humor, and his ability to make everyone laugh. One of Ted’s greatest pleasures in life was to enjoy good food, wine, and cheese.

Ted will be dearly missed by his wife, Martha Behling, together they shared 18 years of marriage; his children, Thomas Behling (Melissa), Kristen Murillo (Leo), and Samantha Wilson; his grandchildren, Benjahmin, Ruvi, Alia, Liliana, Abbey, Lilly, and JJ; his sister, Sandy; his niece, Michelle Frei (Adam); his nephew, Charles Wagner (Sheri); and other extended family members. Ted is predeceased by his son, Theodore Behling IV.

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

dean roBerT Booz, 64, of Quakertown, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at St. Luke’s Allentown Campus.

Born on May 28, 1959, in Doylestown, PA, he was a son of the late Raymond and Georgia (Lancaster) Booz.

A graduate of Central Bucks East High School’s Class of 1975, he went on to join the workforce. Dean spent nearly thirty years with Fromm Electric, most recently serving as the Manager of Electric Supply.

Outside of work, he found great joy in riding motorcycles.

Dean will be lovingly remembered by his wife: Deborah J. (Stotz) Booz; daughter: DeanaMaree Harley Booz; stepson: James Strong and his wife Jessie; grandchildren: Emily Booz, Emily Strong, and Xander Strong; and brother: Brian E. Booz. Services will be private.

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

moToko T. Bray, 94, of Mantoloking, NJ, passed away on January 27, 2024. She was born in Kobe, Japan on January 5, 1930 to the late Toshio Tsuchida and Yae Tsuchida. She was the loving wife of Walter Bray for 30 years. The couple met while she lived in London to improve her English skills. In 1945 Motoko was evacuated to Hiroshima, where she was present when the atomic bomb was dropped. In her younger years Motoko was a fantastic cook. She really enjoyed playing the organ and working in her vegetable garden.

Motoko is survived by her daughters Nanci McGonigal, Lois (Jim) Hanko, and Carole (Bobby Eliason) Bray; 8 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; and many other loving friends.

Details for the service at Faith Bible Church in Brick, NJ will be announced at a later date.

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

arlan c dieFenderFer, 70, of Quakertown, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at St. Luke’s Hospice House.

Born on March 5, 1953, in Allentown, he was a son of the late Harvey and Althea (Walbert) Diefenderfer.

A graduate of Whitehall High School’s Class of 1971, he went on to earn an associate’s degree in Troubleshooting from Rider Tech in 1973.

For over forty years, Arlan enjoyed a fulfilling career at Draeger Medical, most recently serving as their Senior Software Engineer.

Outside of work, he took pleasure in playing the guitar and piano.

Arlan will be lovingly remembered by his wife of fifty years: Susan J. (Davidheiser) Diefenderfer; daughter: Heather Weaver and her husband Mark; brother: Ernest Diefenderfer and his wife Barbara; twin granddaughters: Mikayla and Taylor Weaver; as well as nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Arlan’s wishes, services will be private.

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

Thomas J. Fainor, Jr , 87, of Coopersburg, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, in his home surrounded by family.

Born on September 26, 1936, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Thomas J. and Helen Ruth (Hess) Fainor, Sr.

A graduate of William Allen High School’s Class of 1955, he went on to enter the workforce. Most notably, he enjoyed a thirty-year career, as a production technician, with Mack Trucks, joining their team in 1968, and retiring in 1998.

Outside of work, he loved building furniture—he had a fondness for woodworking. He also enjoyed watching sports, particularly baseball and football.

Thomas will be lovingly remembered by his wife of sixty-two years: Anna Marie (Kaszycki) Fainor; three daughters: Judy Fainor (Jim Mineweaser), Tami Bartholomew (Jeff), and Michele Myers (Dave); and three grandchildren: Sydni Bartholomew, Andrew Myers, and Daniel Myers.

Per Thomas’s wishes, services will be private. Interment will be in Quakertown Union Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Quakertown. Arrangements are under the care of the C.R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Quakertown.

dennis s. FedoroWicz, 64, joined his heavenly Father on Tuesday, February 6, 2024.

Dennis graduated from Quakertown High School in 1977.

Dennis worked as a bartender at the Quakertown Owls Club, The Pub, and The Upper Saucon Fire House Social Club. He spent many years working for Life Path, Inc. He was also the EMT supervisor at Dorney

Park for many summers. He spent many Sundays preaching at the Juniper Street Bible Church.

He was a devoted firefighter since he was old enough to join as a Junior Firefighter. He volunteered at Quakertown Stations 17 and 18—Upper Saucon Fire Company and Richlandtown Fire Company. He was a volunteer EMT and became part of the ambulance squad.

His Christian faith was an essential part of his life. He attended Grace Bible Fellowship Church and was an active member of the Gideon Bible Group. Additionally, he served with the Prison Ministry Group in local prisons.

If you knew Dennis you knew about his admiration for Johnny Cash. Dennis had a room dedicated to Johnny Cash’s music, his Christian Life, and his books. He never missed a chance to be in the audience when Johnny Cash played around the area.

Dennis is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sandra (Slifer) Fedorowicz; his father, Frank Fedorowicz; and his mother Doris (Knauss) Fedorowicz.

He will be lovingly remembered by his brothers, Jerry (Marie) Fedorowicz, Mike (Karen) Fedorowicz, and his sister Mary Ann (Bill) Meyers, a daughter and two step-sons, as well as nephews and nieces.

Dennis will be remembered as a kind soul who never raised his voice, never judged anyone and always had a prayer when it was needed. Rest in peace.

A private interment will be held in Quakertown Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Grace Bible Fellowship Church, 1811 Old Bethlehem Pike, Quakertown, PA 18951.

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

anGela Filer, 40, of Quakertown, PA, unexpectedly passed away after a brief illness on February 12th, 2024, at St. Luke’s Bethlehem Hospital. Born in Norristown, PA, Angela was the daughter of Anthony Interrante and Patricia (Magliente) Interrante.

Her passion for life extended well beyond her professional endeavors and words do little justice to encompass Angela’s loving, creative, and artistic spirit. In her free time, she enjoyed watercolor painting and coaching her son’s soccer team. Angela was a woman of strong faith. She was an active member of Christ Community Bible Church, where she served regularly with the Greeters ministry.

In addition to her parents, Angela will be dearly missed by her husband, Jac, together they shared 13 years of marriage; her son, John Mark; her stepson, Kyle; her siblings, Anthony III and Christine (Jen Kulgren); her nephew, Theo; her niece, Charlotte.

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

Fred r. hoFF, 95, of Sellersville, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2024, peacefully in his home.

Born in Sellersville, PA, he was a son of the late Isaac D. and Mary (Reinhard) Hoff, Sr. Following his service in the U.S. Army, he returned home and was employed by Hi-Line Warehouse Storage in Perkasie from 1950 to 1993.

He was an active lifetime member of Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sellersville.

Fred was an avid hunter who also enjoyed snowmobiling, visiting the Mountains and Potter County, going to the casinos, playing cards, and Bingo.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of forty-six years: Edith Ernie Hoff, who died in 1991; six brothers, and seven sisters.

Despite not having his own children, Fred was instrumental and involved in the lives of his many nieces and nephews.

Fred will be lovingly remembered by his beloved companion of many years: Elizabeth Holzerman: and two grandsons: Bradley and Vincent Schaar.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at 11:00am at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 733 Ridge Road, Sellersville, PA 18960. A visitation will be held from 10:00am until the time of the service. All are welcome to attend.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Fred’s name may be made to Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 733 Ridge Road, Sellersville, PA 18960.

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

roBerT e lee sr , 86, of Quakertown, passed away on February 16, 2024. He was born in Wisconsin on October 9, 1937 to the late Ralph Lee. He was the loving husband of Hazel (Kieffer) Lee for 65 years. Robert served honorably in the U.S. Navy.

Robert was a lifelong plumber, he enjoyed watching wresting and westerns on TV, and heading to the shore. Robert is survived by his wife Hazel; children Bonnie Duffy and Richard (Jamie) Lee; grandchildren Christine (James) Rinier, Jennifer Lee, Doug (Jen) Losey, Jeffrey Duffy, John Lee, Schyler Lee, Braxton Lee, Colin Lee, Jordan Rinier, and Jadeynee Rinier; many great grandchildren; siblings Barbara Schuchart, Pauline (Kelly) Tomilson, and Bud (Joan); and many other loving family and friends. He is predeceased by his father; children Debbie Magee-Cosner and Robert E. Lee Jr.; and siblings Ralph, Darlene, and Sally.

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

kenneTh r mark passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior on February 8, 2024. He was the beloved husband of Joanna Mell Mark and the loving father of Ashley and Cameron Mark, as well as the devoted step-father of Jesse Mell and Nathaniel Widelitz. Ken was born in Oregon in 1959 and grew up in the Corvallis/Albany areas.

He cared deeply for the patients in his care, as well as their loved ones, and ministered to their healthcare needs, as well as emotional and spiritual needs. Ken was also an accomplished runner. He participated in many marathons, often taking second and third place overall. Ken was a devoted and loving husband to his wife, Joanna. They enjoyed taking long walks and going to Celtic events. They also were doting pet parents to their dog Stan.

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

sharon lucille marTin, age 75, of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, passed away on February 21, 2024, at home, surrounded by family.

Loving Mother to her daughter, Chelsea, she devoted her life to raising her.

Born in Bellefonte, PA she was a daughter of the late James C. Trostle and Rose B. (Eyer) Trostle. She was also preceded in death by her brother, James M. Trostle. She is survived by Chelsea Fonda (Daughter) and Jeffrey Fonda (Son-in-law). She is also survived by her beloved cat, Shanny "Kibby". Sharon graduated from Tyrone Area High School in 1966. She was strong-willed and independent. Her style was eccentric and eclectic, and she loved to express herself through a unique and colorful sense of style. She enjoyed writing and the arts. She loved to draw and paint. She enjoyed attending church and spending time walking with friends.

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

holly Jeanne mayBerry, 53, of Sellersville, PA, unexpectedly passed away on February 20th, 2024, at Grandview Hospital. Born in Allentown, PA, Holly was the daughter of Paul Dornblaser and Barbara (Funk) Dornblaser.

Holly grew up in Coopersburg, PA, and graduated from Southern Lehigh High School in 1988. Holly enjoyed shopping, driving her Camaro, wearing flip flops all year round, cooking new recipes, traveling to Texas, lounging in the pool, and going to the beach. Holly’s absolute love and spoiling of her nieces, nephew and beautiful dogs and her infectious laughter will be tremendously missed.

In addition to her parents, Holly will be dearly missed by her husband, Tim, together they shared 28 years of marriage; her sisters, Heidi (Jim) and Heather (Stevie); her nieces and nephews, Brylee, Kayla, Hayden, Zoe, Brooke, and Bradley; and her dogs, Beavis and Daisey Mae.

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

hoWard ‘Wes’ maTTheW merriTT, 80, of Barto, PA, husband of the late, Annette Y. Merritt (Parsons), passed away on February 20, 2024 in the comfort of his home.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, September 24, 1943, he was the son of the late Howard and Elsie Merritt (Bachmann).

While Howard was always ‘from’ Philadelphia, he truly grew up in Williamsport, PA, experiencing the joy of childhood with his sister, Betty, and many cousins. Howard spoke often of his young life, fishing, hunting, running barefoot at the farm, and discovering his lifelong fondness for trains.

As a proud graduate of Northeast Catholic High School (class of 61), Philadelphia, PA, he always reminisced about the great times he had there. He delighted in sharing stories about school, including funny tales of hiding from the nuns and playing pranks without getting caught. He always spoke proudly of his youth and his experiences with friends and family.

As a young man, Howard joined the United States Air Force where he proudly served 23 years. Over his career he earned multiple military medals, including: Meritorious Service, Air Force Commendation, Small Arms Expert in Marksmanship, Service Longevity, National Defense, Overseas Service, Vietnam Service, Air Force Outstanding Unit, Vietnam Gallantry Cross and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

While stationed in Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada, Howard met the love of his life, Annette. He told her his name was Wes and the nickname forever stuck. They married on Boxing Day and for 56 years celebrated their ‘Christmas’ anniversary. Together they built a wonderful life supporting his military career, creating a beautiful family, and traveling the world. They partnered in every aspect of their lives and built fond memories in Canada, Florida, England, Virginia, Japan and New York and finally settled in Pennsylvania. After his military retirement, Howard began a second career in appliance repair and was known by many as, the Maytag Man. He served the Philadelphia suburbs for years but was always ready to help family and friends with anything mechanical. Howard finally retired, again, and he and Annette embraced the next chapter of their lives.

Howard was a wonderfully devoted father to his children and took great pride in his family. He found positive ways to encourage them and frequently had a wise word of advice to share. Howard was incredibly proud of his children’s accomplishments and warmly spoke about everything they had done. In his retirement, Howard found the most joy in being a grandparent. He lit up as each grandchild came along and was able to relive, through his grandchildren, all the experiences of his own children’s youth. From holidays to vacations he took immense joy in participating in his children’s and grandchildren’s lives. Howard took special pleasure in watching the grandkids learn to swim in his backyard pool and appreciated a sunny day and a cold beer with family, friends and neighbors. Howard enthusiastically enjoyed a game of pinochle, spades or challenging Annette to a game of dominoes. He loved his little chihuahua, Rosetta, who sat in his lap daily, enjoying the treats he always had in his pocket. Howard had countless friends over the years and found special ways to touch the lives of others. His home was always inviting and the place to be. Howard was always ready to tell a good joke and savored in the opportunity to talk and laugh with family. He welcomed everyone in with a smile.

Howard enjoyed life and treasured his hobbies, collecting coins and railroading. From model railroads to great steam engines, he was a true train enthusiast. He loved trains and never missed an opportunity to ride a train or visit a train museum. Some of his favorite times were spent tinkering around, building model layouts or just reading books and magazines with anticipation of his next railroading adventure.

He will be forever missed, and his kindness will never be forgotten. He will be lovingly remembered by sons Howard Merritt, husband of Celeste, Mike Merritt, husband of Jennifer, and Gene Merritt, husband of Marianne; daughter Kendy Vernitsky, wife of Jeff; grandchildren Rebecca Hudy, wife of Zach, Summer Vernitsky, and Michael, Brendan, Matthew, Deanna, and Haylie Merritt; great grandchildren Oliver, Orion, and Parker Hudy; sister Betty Barker; nephews, Andrew and Robert

Barker; and sisters-in-law Shirley, Dola, and Cecilia Parsons.

Along with his parents and wife, he is predeceased by his brothers-in-law Lindy, Jack, Wallace, Mike, and Howie Parsons, Jack Leger; Sisters-in-law Madonna Leger; Minnie Parsons, and Violet King.

A private interment will be held at Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839.

Arrangements are in the care of C.R. Strunk Funeral Home. (crstrunk.com)

John Paul morGan, 94, of St. Augustine, FL, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2024.

John was born in Lehigh Valley, PA, to the late Raymond Atwood and Tillie Mae (Hottle) Morgan on May 26, 1929. He grew up and lived in Quakertown and Sellersville, PA.

He owned his own Gulf Station in Sellersville and worked for Surco Rubber in Hatfield, PA.

John married Sandra Hallman, his wife of 59 years, in 1964, and they had two children, Patricia and John Jr. before relocating to St. Augustine in 1974. He went to work for Florida Rock Industries in St. Augustine as a dispatcher and retired in 1992. After retirement, he spent much of his time “junking” and working on his Packard at home.

John enjoyed many hobbies including stock car racing, demolition derbies, hunting, fishing, bowling and playing cards. He also enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter and traveling to Tennessee to ride his tractors and watch the animals in the field.

Surviving with his wife are his daughter, Patricia Mae Douylliez (Dale), his son John Paul Morgan, Jr.; a granddaughter, Holly Douylliez-McCarron (Shane); and two beautiful great-grandchildren, Autumn and John Douylliez-McCarron.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Franklin Eugene Landis and Robert Morgan, and a sister Betty (Landis) Weaver.

Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, 1634 Hilltown Pike, Hilltown, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in John’s name to the American Heart Association, 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19103, or www.heart.org or to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are by the Suess-Gahman Funeral Home & Crematory, 606 Arch Street, Perkasie, PA. www.suessfuneralhome.net

michaelina (cariaTi) Palmisano, born on March 19, 1932, died peacefully surrounded by her family on February 19, 2024. She was the daughter of the late Antonio and Justina Maria (Felice) Cariati. she was predeceased by her sisters Catherine Wadonoli, Clara Cariati, Eugenia Barbetti and a brother Alfredo Cariati and son in law John Alff.

Mickey received her RN from Hahnemann Hospital in Scranton PA, and her BSN from East Stroudsburg State College and her Masters from Lehigh University.

Mickey loved to travel, knit, sew, garden and paint. But her true love was her family and spent many years making memories. She also made countless friends over the years. She was the life of every party.

Mickey is survived by her four children Anthony Palmisano, Jr (Catherine), Maria Alff, Frank Palmisano (Marie) and Peter Palmisano; her 8 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.

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

miriam ruTh schauB, 87, of Quakertown, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2024, at Phoebe-Richland.

Born on March 15, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Ellen E. Mory.

A graduate of Upper Perkiomenville High School, she went on to enter the workforce. She was employed by American Olean Tile, then by Quakertown Community School District as a café attendant.

Outside of work, she was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Trumbauersville, and was a life member of the Trumbauersville Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

She found joy in crafts, reading, word search puzzles, and baking.

In addition to her mother, she is preceded in death by her first husband: Willis I. Nace; her second husband: James Earl Schaub; daughter: Lisa Bechtel; step-daughter: Barbara Palmer; and sister: Ruth Lesher.

Miriam will be lovingly remembered by her son-in-law: Todd Bechtel of Harrisburg; step-daughter: Jean Schweitzer of Northampton; two brothers: Robert Heffentrager (Diane) of Emmaus and William Heffentrager (Yvonne) of Pennsburg; two sisters: Hattie Breeswine (Warren) of Quakertown and Diane Brosius (Warren) of Barnesville; brother-in-law: Linford Lesher of Salford; and her granddaughter: Nicole Bechtel of Harrisburg.

Per Miriam’s request, she will be laid to rest privately with her family in Christ Union Cemetery, Trumbauersville.

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

BarBara J. schneider, 88, of Doylestown formerly of Huntingdon Valley & the Olney Section of Philadelphia, died February 5, 2024 in Doylestown Hospital.

She was the wife and loving caretaker of her late husband William A. Schneider.

Born in Philadelphia she was the daughter of the late Kenneth & Mildred (Neeld) Woolfort. She retired in 2019 as a Barista at the Giant Starbucks in Glenside, prior to that she worked at the Jamison location. Her work career began in an Attorney’s Office in Center City Philadelphia, followed by secretarial work at Fredericks Company-Honeywell, then her husband’s business B-Cold Refrigeration and before becoming a Barista she was last employed at the former Marvin Greenbaum Insurance Agency.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Huntington Valley.

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Barbara is survived by a daughter Lisa A. Shelly and her husband Daniel of Quakertown; four grandchildren Danielle Campoli (Ryan Podlesny) of Mt. Laurel, NJ, Adriana Shelly of Quakertown, Morgan Shelly (Adam Bencivengo) of Saucon Valley, Amber Carlucci (Owen) of Quakertown. Predeceased by a brother Kenneth Woolfort, Jr. Memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family. The C. R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc. (www.crstrunk.com) 821 W. Broad St. Quakertown, PA 18951. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Upper Bucks SPCA 60 Reservoir Rd. Quakertown, PA 18951.

alexander m. "alex" schusTer, 66, of East Greenville, PA passed away at his home peacefully on February 7, 2024 with his family by his side. Born in New York, Alex was the son of the late Rudolph and Wilma (Buechele). He was the loving husband of Cathy (Neiman) Schuster for 31 years.

Alex worked at Knoll Furniture of East Greenville for 36 years before entering retirement in May 2020. Alex was looking forward to being a grandfather in 2024. He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed Coaching soccer, working outside, cracking jokes, and spending time with his family and dog Bella Eve.

Alex is survived by his wife, Cathy; daughter Elisabeth (Timothy) Christman of Orefield, PA; son Eric of East Greenville; and sister Julie (Kevin) Boorse of Mesa, AZ.

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

eThel Wilson seTman, 91, of Quakertown, PA passed away peacefully in her sleep at 10:55 PM Tuesday, February 6, 2024, in Potter County, PA.

She was the wife of George L Setman IV, who preceded her in death October 21, 2016.

Ethel was born in New York, New York. Ethel was the oldest of 2 children born to Ernest and Sue (Motsko) Wilson.

Ethel graduated from Quakertown Senior High School in Quakertown, Bucks County Pennsylvania in 1950. Ethel also graduated from Penn State University in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and was an avid fan of the Penn State Nittany Lions Football team. She met her husband George at Penn State and they married on June 18th, 1955.

Ethel worked for Pennsylvania Power and Light, (PP&L) for one year after she graduated from college.

George & Ethel joined the Quakertown United Methodist Church where she was a very active volunteer.

Her first son Mark was born in 1956 and Ethel was a stay-at-home mother having 3 more children in the next 5 years.

She sold Avon products for a few years before they moved to the farm in Quakertown. Ethel was a substitute teacher at the Quakertown Senior High School for four years. Once her children were grown and on their own, she got very involved in politics. She was a committeewoman for years and was State Representative Paul Clymer’s Administrative Assistant in Perkasie, Pa for 5 years. Ethel was a delegate to the Republican party during the George HW Bush campaign. She also attended the Republican Delegate Convention, in Houston, Texas.

Ethel was an active member in the Quakertown Woman’s Club and was President for 3 terms in the 1980’s. Ethel volunteered with the Bucks County Department of Health--Well-Child Clinic for many years. Also, she volunteered

for the Cancer Society door to door fundraising campaigns in the Quakertown area.

Surviving are her children – Mark A Setman (Inta Ezerins) of Ambler PA, Linda S Culp (Randy) of Galeton, Potter County PA, George L Setman V (Sara) of Ormond Beach, FL and Jonathan D Setman (Kathy), Quakertown, PA. Grandchildren--Stephen Setman Olean NY, Derek B Culp, Milan Italy, Sean Culp (Kendra) Weatherly PA, Alison Setman (Tom Daugherty), Kassandra Setman and Jonathan Setman - Great Grandchildren – Carolina Joy Culp, Tulsa, OK, Keira Culp and Preston Culp, Weatherly PA. She is also survived by 5 nieces and 2 nephews.

Ethel was preceded in death by her sister Dana Robinson and her 3 sisters in laws, Barbara Buff, Mary Lou Hoffman, and Nancy Krown.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th 2024 at the Quakertown United Methodist Church, 1875 Frier Rd., Quakertown, PA 18951. Calling hours are 9:30 – 11:00 AM followed by the service at 11:00 AM.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Westfield, PA. www.kenyonfuneralhome.com.

nancy diehl sinGer, 98, of Quakertown, formerly of Pleasant Valley, went home to be with Jesus on Friday January 26, 2024. She was the wife of the late Webster Singer, Jr. to whom she was married for 54 years (March 14, 1953, Doylestown, PA). Nancy was born January 13, 1926, in Abington, PA. She was the third child of Earle and Babette (DeBinder Davis) Diehl.

She was co-owner/operator with her husband of Singerlea Farms.

She was talented in sketching and painting Nancy loved her LORD and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and His Word.

Survivors: a son, Glenn E. and Colleen (Diehl) Singer of Pleasant Valley; daughter Carol Singer of Quakertown; two grandsons Eric C. and Elisabeth (Lewis) Singer of Quakertown and Michael S. and Rebecca (Zerr) Singer of Exton; three great-grandsons, Logan, Aiden, and Elliot; two nieces, Wendy and Susan and their families.

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

kay anne sTauFFer, 62, of Quakertown, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 20, 2024, at home.

Born on June 12, 1961, she was the daughter of the late Richard L. and Barbara Ella (Constanzer) Kramer.

A graduate of Souderton High School's Class of 1979, Kay went on to join the workforce. She had been a bus driver-of more than twenty years-with Transportation Services, driving for the Souderton Area School District.

Kay was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Hilltown.

Outside of work, she found joy in gardening and bird watching. She was also an avid Eagles fan.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband: Willard R. Stauffer, who died on January 19, 2009; and a son: William Stauffer, who died in 1991.

Kay will be lovingly remembered by two daughters: Elizabeth Stauffer (Kevin Wrigley) and Kristian Anderson (Laurie); one son: Anthony Stauffer (Deborah); two brothers: Richard Curtis Kramer and Larry Scott Kramer; six grandchildren: Ella Rae Pharo, Janell Laudenslauger, Collin Barr, Rowan Noel Stauffer, Evan Ray Stauffer, and Jackson Ryan Stauffer; as well as nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are in the care of C.R. Strunk Funeral Home. (crstrunk.com)

helen e sTeich, 77, of Quakertown, passed away on February 14, 2024. She was born in Lehigh County, PA, on September 24, 1946 to the late Albert and Anna Marie (Rau) Reading. Helen was the loving wife of Edward Steich for over 50 years. She was a loving and giving person who would help her family members with anything they asked for.

Helen is survived by her husband; son Albert (Jennifer) Steich; granddaughters Nicole (Jason) Reiss and Ashley (Bryan) Olsen; great granddaughters Saige and Kiara; and many other loving family and friends.

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

karin ulrike sukeena, 63, of Quakertown, PA unexpectedly passed away in her home on February 11, 2024. She was born in Kaiserslautern, Germany on June 9, 1960 to the late Isabella and Peter Brachmann. Karin was the loving wife of James Sukeena for 28 years. Karin was strong in her faith, and counted her blessings daily in her gratitude practice. She also loved flowers & gardening, music, animals (especially polar bears and elephants), and the Philadelphia Eagles & Phillies. Karin's love will continue to live on in her children, grandchildren, and every beautiful sunrise. Karin is survived by her husband James; children Sandra (Bolek) Szatkowski, Olivia (Forrest) Miller, Teresa (Jason Kistler) Buss, and Peter Sukeena; granddaughters Molly, Lara, Lini, and Lucy; and many other loving family and friends.

She is predeceased by her parents and brother Klaus Brachmann. Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

scoTT lee sullivan, born January 26, 1964, of Leroy West Sullivan and Carol Ann Bellingar, went with God on February 8th, 2024, with his children by his side. He is survived by his children Michael John Coen, Candice Leigh Dugan, and Ariel Ann Mollohan. Scott’s greatest pride was being a grandfather to Madalynne Mae Coen, Gavin and Colton Dugan, and Thomas, Abel, and Harley Mollohan. Born in Tampa, Florida Scott enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 19 on October 5th, 1983.

Dad was a storyteller, a proud parent, a musician, a mechanic, a little bit of everything rock-and-roll. He will be remembered as singing loudly with the windows down, the Eagles turned on blast, and banging out the drums on the steering wheel. He will be remembered as Daddy, Grandaddy, Friend, Son of God and Veteran.

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

alice anne WamPole, 80, of Quakertown, passed away on February 20, 2024. She was born in Norristown on April 7, 1943 to the late George R. and Dorothy C. (Armstrong) Gotsch. Alice was a loving and caring person, loved by everyone she met. She was a strong individual and a wonderful mother and grandmother. She loved to read and regularly had puzzle books in her hands. She will be greatly missed by many. Alice is survived by her daughter Dorothy (Brian Koehler) Hawthorne; grandchildren Kurt Morgan, Bethany Morgan, Michael, Kathryn Hawthorne, Susan Griggs, Amanda Leister and Ricky Leister; 6 great grandchildren; brother John Martin (Ingrid) Gotsch; and many other loving family and friends. She is predeceased by her parents and brother George Gotsch. Arrangements by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, (nauglefcs.com).

lisa Jean Wennemer, 46, of Quakertown, PA, unexpectedly passed away on February 17th, 2024, at St. Luke’s Upper Bucks Hospital. Born in Sellersville, PA, Lisa was the daughter of Walter Rinus and Barbara (Ambrose) Rinus.

Lisa grew up in Quakertown and graduated from Quakertown High School in 1996. She enjoyed cooking, baking, going to the beach,

fishing, listening to music, and painting. Words do little justice to encompass Lisa’s loving, creative, and artistic spirit. She loved her family deeply and cherished the time spent with them above all.

In addition to her parents, Lisa will be missed by her husband, Chris, together they shared 14 years of marriage; her daughter, Kayla; her sister, Stacy (Bryan); her nephews, Alex (Destiny), Tyler (Pam), and Bennett. Lisa was predeceased by her paternal and maternal grandparents, cousins, and other family members who were taken too soon.

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

Jean e. WersT, 79, of Quakertown, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 8, 2024.

Born on July 7, 1944, in Hereford, PA, she was a daughter of the late Elmer V. and Helen M. (Miller) Heilman.

A graduate of Quakertown Community High School’s Class of 1962, she went on to enter the workforce and later became a homemaker.

She was a member of Quakertown United Methodist Church.

Jean’s love for her family was paramount, and it was often demonstrated through her passion for cooking and baking.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband: Rodney Werst, who died in 1995; one son: Adam J. Werst; daughter: Lynn M. Gross; and her brother: Brian Heilman.

Jean will be lovingly remembered by her son: David B. Werst (Dawn); son-in-law: John Gross; sister: Nancy H. Jones (George); three grandchildren: Amanda Solomon (Phillip), Erica Werst, Jason Gross; and several nieces and nephews.

Interment will be in Quakertown Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in Jean’s name, to Quakertown Fire Company No. 1, P.O. Box 398, Quakertown, PA 18951.

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

eleanor h. Wimmer, 94, of Quakertown, and formerly of Jensen Beach, FL, and Pennsburg, PA, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at the Cottages at Phoebe-Richland.

Born on August 17, 1929, in Richland Township, she was a daughter of the late Harry L. and Katie M. (Horn) Fox.

She was a graduate of Quakertown High School.

Eleanor found joy in shopping, fishing, completing puzzles, crocheting, tending to her flower gardens, feeding birds and squirrels, listening to country music, and shelling on the beach.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband: Uriah W. Wimmer; an infant son: Baby Uriah; a brother: Vernon Fox; and her sister: Virginia Small.

Eleanor will be lovingly remembered by her five daughters: Nancy Hoppel (Charles) of Lehighton, Susan Williams of Red Hill, Carol Jones (Richard) of Green Lane, Karen Greenwald of East Greenville, and Kathy Swoyer (Jeff) of Bethlehem; nine grandchildren: Scott, Michelle, Christina, Tonya, Lawrence III, Joshua, Jenna, Justin, and Dana; and eleven great-grandchildren: Madison, Cara, Kade, Makenzie, Alexis, Erick, Joshua Jr., Leon, Lawrence IV, Theodore, and Jeremiah.

Interment will be in Richlandtown Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in Eleanor's name, to the Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org)

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

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SCHNEIDER, continued from page 7

Outreach Care on Mission to Provide Hope, Care, Shelter to Area Homeless

Are you aware that there are people experiencing homelessness right here in the Quakertown area? I can assure you, there are a significant number of people living unsheltered lives in Quakertown and the surrounding areas. Some individuals are fortunate enough to have vehicles to sleep in while others take refuge deep in outdoor wooded areas. On nights when the Upper Bucks Code Blue Shelter is open, unsheltered individuals may welcome the opportunity to sleep in a warm bed and receive a hot meal.

Outreach Care (ORC) has been helping the homeless and at-risk population in Quakertown and the surrounding areas since 2012. ORC was founded by Joanne Cramer and volunteers at the Quakertown Food Pantry who recognized the need for shelter in our community.

number of calls received from people requesting assistance. ORC volunteers answered forty-eight calls for help during the month of January 2024!

ORC is a 100% volunteer based non-profit organization. We assist people from all walks of life including individuals, families, seniors, veterans, and individuals recently released from prison.

We believe that helping others is an expression of God’s love working through us. Here are some ways that you can support this critical mission:

VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME. One of the best ways for our initiatives to be successful is for the community to be actively involved. There are many ways for you to help, and we truly appreciate each effort. Our needs include mentors, fundraising and administrative duties.

The Importance of a “Revocable Living Trust”

I have long been of the opinion that Living Trusts are not the “one size fits all” estate planning solution that many once claimed them to be. However, that does not mean that Living Trusts do not have their advantages. This article will highlight some of the advantages associated with Living Trusts.

1. Avoidance of probate and keeps affairs private.

We provide temporary emergency shelter to individuals and families who are homeless. We assist with rental payments, purchasing phone minutes, food, clothing, car repairs, insurance premiums and utilities. ORC works with clients to connect them with other local resource organizations as well as County or State Agencies that may be available to help them on their path to self-sufficiency.

It may surprise you to know that a number of clients we help maintain full-time employment or receive Social Security benefits. Unfortunately, their wages or fixed incomes are insufficient to support rising rent costs and living expenses, often resulting in evictions and homelessness. Other circumstances, such as a sudden loss of income or a disabling condition may result in individuals losing their housing. Magnifying the problem is a lack of affordable housing options available to low-income households. Many federally funded COVID relief programs that helped those struggling to pay rent have ended, causing the problem to grow.

ORC volunteers were extremely busy this year responding to requests from individuals and families in Upper Bucks County seeking emergency shelter and/ or financial assistance. For Fiscal Year End 2023, we helped a total of eightysix clients by providing some level of financial assistance.

Over the past few months, we have experienced an alarming increase in the

MAKE A DONATION. If you would like to help support our mission and be a part of what God calls us to do, your tax-deductible donation will help provide emergency shelter and other necessities for individuals, families, veterans, and seniors in the Quakertown area who are struggling with financial insecurities.

Donate via PayPal: to Outreach Care or scan this code with your phone to donate.

Please make checks payable to: Outreach Care, PO Box

164,Quakertown, PA 18951

ORC is a faith-based organization operating under the corporate structure of Advocates for the Homeless of Upper Bucks, (AHUB) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. AHUB operates the Code Blue Shelter in Quakertown. This shelter is a wonderful refuge for homeless men and women, offering a hot meal and a warm bed when temperatures are predicted to be 26 degrees F. or below. Separate quarters are provided for both men and women; however, children are not permitted at the shelter. The hours of operation when the shelter is open are 8:15 PM to 7:00 AM.

We appreciate your generosity and involvement. Every contribution goes to helping people in our community. Thank you for making a difference!

If someone you know needs help, call 215-804-5869 and leave a message. A volunteer will return the call as soon as possible.

While the probate process in Pennsylvania is not overly burdensome, there are some fees that accompany the probate process and once the probate process begins, the amount, manner and method of asset distribution become public knowledge. One of the key advantages to using a living trust to avoid probate is that the amount, manner and method of asset distribution stay private and for many people privacy is a key concern. A revocable trust can protect the privacy of your property and beneficiaries when you die. Since it's not subject to probate, your trust agreement remains a private document. It doesn't become a public record for all the world to see. Your assets and who you've decided to leave your estate to will remain a private family matter.

2. Eliminates ancillary probate. If a client owns real estate in a different state (Ex. A beach house in New Jersey), ancillary probate may be necessary in order for the personal representative to administer said real estate. Which means, that upon the death of the client, the personal representative of the client’s estate will have to open up an additional estate in New Jersey in order to properly handle the liquidation or title change of the beach house. However, if that beach house was part of a Living Trust, ancillary probate would not be necessary. The trustee would already have the legal authority to handle out of state assets.

3. Retention of control. One distinct advantage of a Living Trust,

is the grantor’s ability to maintain control over trust assets during his or her lifetime (the grantor is the person who created the trust and funded the trust with assets). With estate planning, we typically think of documents that dictate how our property will be managed when we are either unable to do so (i.e. Power of Attorney) or after we die (Will). However, if the grantor is also the trustee of the Living Trust, he or she will be able to retain control over the trust assets and have full authority to dispose of them during her lifetime. This means that if you want to change a provision in the trust document or even eliminate the trust all together, you, as the grantor, have every right to do so. If the trust were irrevocable, once that trust document is signed, the grantor could not change the terms.

4. Plans for incapacity.

A revocable living trust allows you to plan for mental disability. Assets held in the name of a revocable living trust at the time the grantor becomes mentally incapacitated can be managed by a successor trustee, someone the grantor names in the trust document to take over in the event he can no longer manage the trust himself. This is an advantage similar to that of a Power of Attorney. Estate planning is centered around planning for the unexpected, and any document that provides a plan in the event of incapacitation is very useful.

If you think that a Living Trust may be a beneficial addition to your estate plan, or if you are not sure if a Living Trust is the right estate planning tool for you, make sure you schedule an appointment with an estate planning attorney.

Robert E. Fravel, Esq. is a Bucks County attorney located at 123 N. Main Street, Suite 101B, in Dublin, Pennsylvania. He specializes in estate planning & administration, civil ligitation, and business law. To set up a consultation, call his office at (267) 227-9138 or visit his website at www.fravel-law.com

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Taylor Diehl Named UBCTS Student of the Month

Palisades High School Senior Taylor Diehl is not just any student; she is a beacon of dedication, excellence, and ambition. Achieving First Honors status, Taylor has also earned the Outstanding Level I and Level III Award in the Baking & Pastry Arts program at Upper Bucks County Technical School, a testament to her hard work and passion for the culinary arts. Her commitment to excellence is further demonstrated by her achievement of the Servsafe certification, an essential credential in the culinary industry that underscores her dedication to food safety and hygiene.

This placement as a start-to-finish baker has allowed Taylor to refine her practical skills and gain a deeper understanding of the culinary industry, preparing her for a successful baking and pastry arts career.

Her journey in SkillsUSA is remarkable, having represented UBCTS and Pennsylvania in previous years, competing among 6,500 contestants across 108 events. This year, she placed second in the district competition. She is set to represent UBCTS in the cake decorating competition, highlighting her artistic flair and technical proficiency.

Beyond her academic and competitive achievements, Taylor has gained realworld experience through the schoolto-work program since November 2023 with Mercatino Italiano in Quakertown.

Taylor’s work mentors, Kristin Randazzo and Mary Anne Mann, are continually impressed with her work ethic and skill levels.

Taylor's aspirations extend beyond the culinary world. After graduation, she plans to continue her passion for baking while attending college to pursue a career in the medical field, demonstrating her multifaceted interests and commitment to making a difference in the world.

Taylor Diehl represents what students can achieve best when they combine passion, hard work, and a willingness to challenge themselves. She is a role model for her peers and a clear example of the excellence that the school’s programs strive to cultivate.

Congratulations Taylor on your welldeserved recognition as Student of the Month. We look forward to seeing your future accomplishments and the positive impact you will undoubtedly make in your chosen fields.

31 Strayer Middle School Students

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The Quakertown Community School Board recognized 8th grade students from Strayer Middle School who earned a perfect score on the state civics exam! This is an impressive achievement, as some of the questions dealt with topics not yet covered in history class this year and others that they won't cover until high school. 31 students earned a perfect score this year. Congratulations!

QCHS Alumni Spotlight: David Wilsey, Class of 1971

This month’s QCHS Spotlight Article focuses on David Wilsey, Class of ’71. First, I would like to thank readers for expressing their interest and positive comments for these Spotlight Articles. It always is rewarding to see the successes of so many QCHS graduates. The variety of backgrounds and accomplishments of those graduates has covered many different walks of life.

I have been asked how subjects for these articles are chosen. The best way to explain this is to say that I try to include graduates from different decades and from different careers. Almost all the subjects have been recommended to me by either readers or fellow graduates.

Dave could best be described as a person with a wide range of talents. He has spent much of his life, even throughout high school, working in several different professions. These include a number of companies that he started and owned as well as other endeavors.

While in high school, Dave spent many of his out of school hours working. This did not allow him to have time to participate in after-school activities. In the summers, as a teenager, he played Connie Mack Baseball in Quakertown. His favorite teachers were his Culinary Arts teacher, Mr. Rich Frank, at the Upper Bucks Area Vocational Technical School. This training lead one of his future careers and to his future education. He also noted that Mr. Frank Prusch was a favorite teacher.

After high school, Dave attended a chef’s apprenticeship program in Vail, Colorado. He also went to pilot training in both Colorado and here in Pennsylvania. He has attained his Commercial Balloon Pilot License, his Private Airplane License, and his Commercial Tractor Trailer Drivers License.

For many years, Dave has been self employed having started and owned several businesses. The first was the Bucks County Ballon Adventures primarily gave passengers a view of the countryside in a hot air balloon from 1981-1992. Dave’s company was the largest fleet of hot air ballons in the Tri-State area. During this period, he developed a major safety improvement in hot air balloon deflation systems which is now accepted by balloon manufacturers worldwide. Additionally, he also ran a full-service repair business for hot air balloons as well as balloon pilot training. Dave started and owned the Karlton Café on Broad St. in Quakertown; He was owner and chef from 1999-2004. After he sold the business, he started and owned the Wilsey Trucking Company which he operated for over five years. He has driven over a million miles as a commercial truck driver with no accidents or incidents. Since then, he has driven for over eleven years for the Hagey Coach and Tours Company in Souderton. His

trips ranged from Maryland to Canada. He specialized in driving many trips to New York City and popular tourist destinations in Pennsylvania. Today, David is semi-retired.

Dave is also known in the community for his work throughout three terms on Quakertown Borough Council. He is the chairperson of the utilities committee. This suits him well because he is extremely interested in renewable and sustainable

Dave is married to Sue Wilsey who is a 1977 graduate of Council Rock High School. His parents Robert, Class of 1945, and Marilyn Roberts Wilsey, Class of 1949 are also QCHS graduates. Dave has four siblings: Barb, Don, Doug, and Steve. Dave and Sue, who have been married for 35 years, are proud parents of three children: Troy, Mark, and Erin. Mark graduated from QCHS in 2018 and is currently serving with the US Coast Guard. Erin graduated from QCHS in 2020 and is a senior at Lancaster Bible College. The family enjoys both snow and water skiing, boating, fishing, and traveling both in the US and Europe. He enjoys spending time with his grandson Benjamin, especially snow skiing together.

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 501C3 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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Fries Rebellion: ‘The Rest of The Story’

As Paul Harvey used to say on the radio when he gave an interesting talk on a news item or history: “And now for the rest of the story.”

Over the past thirty years or so, I teamed up with Harry Adams and his wife Peggy to research details about a local Historical Event involving John Fries in the last few years of the 18th century. My dad first got me interested in researching this subject after telling me the local primitive history he learned back after WWI when he was a boy living in Trumbauersville. On one of our old cars when we would take a “Family Ride” around our area, we passed the Highways of History sign on the side of Allentown Road, south of Trumbauersville. It was the site of the home of John Fries of the “Fries Rebellion.” My Dad, being a history fanatic also, gave me a briefing as stated above on what he knew and so my research started in this my school years some 70+ years ago!

I struck up a friendship with Harry Adams, a fellow mason, about my interest in the local “Fries Rebellion.” Sparking his interest, we researched the subject extensively and he suggested that we put on presentations at local service clubs, schools, and anyone wanting to have us speak on this local history. The response was overwhelming. Mr. Adams and myself must have spent close to 50 nights out around the upper Bucks and surrounding counties before his untimely passing. His wife Peggy took up the reigns after his passing and we too attended many meetings, especially in the Lehigh Valley and Upper Bucks area. I went, during the day, into schools to give my presentation to very interested school children. We even gave the presentation for the Bucks County Commissioners meeting that was held one evening at the new Trumbauersville Area Elementary School. Peggy, who had a printing company took my original book published by W.W.H. Davis in 1899 and republished many copies that were a popular seller. She too has passed on. In 1999 we had a special presentation at the Sun Inn with a militia unit, someone acting as the representatives of the U.S. Government, and myself as John Fries on the very day and time 200 years before! The then Representative Toomey (later US Senator) was our guest speaker. My next honor was to help unveil the PA, Historical Marker at the Red Lion Inn (McCool’s Tavern) on May 16, 2003 with the author Dr. Paul Neumann as our keynote speaker. Since then the number of appearances has dwindled to a very few.

During the period previous to 1999, I had the privilege of helping many persons who were doing thesis for master or doctorates degrees and would stop by to meet me as they were doing their research from the local Period papers available in libraries of the area, especially in Philadelphia. Two of these individuals were Dr. Paul C, Neumann of Pittsburgh and a gentleman from California who I unfortunately don’t

have his name or contact information anymore. Jeff Vey, our Milford Township Manager, took a great interest in this “then a part of” Milford Township and even went through the extensive paperwork to rename the mundane Rt. 663. This main state route was renamed the “John Fries Highway.” Many other newly established streets in the township since then carry the names associated with the “Rebellion.”

To my knowledge, all those named above have come to respect the full story of the Revolutionary War Veteran, Bilingual Auctioneer, veteran in the unit going to Western Pa. to help President Washington quell the Whiskey Rebellion and most important the local spokesman in a time of growing pains of a young nation. And mow “For the Rest of the Story.”

In many of my articles I relate back to the periods of 1950-1970, the years of development of the members of my Class of ’61. The healthy human mental attitude, thankfully, always lets you reflect on all the positives of the past. In reflecting back and also doing research for a very important talk I am going to give on March 7, 2024, the exact date 225 years ago that john Fries entered the “Sun Inn” in Bethlehem. He went there as a leader of a combined militia with groups from other areas, to “Bail Out” the persons gathered up by the federal government who protested the first “Direct Tax” levied by our federal government. What was behind this protest, the arrests, the anger and actions of this rebellious group? That is the subject in my final public presentation.

My Pennsylvania Dutch heritage still had some negative and inferior remarks in this area when we still were very rural. As I mentioned, there were many pleasant memories of that period, but there were also memories not so pleasant. The phrase “Dumb Dutchman”, the criticizing of the clothing and shoes we wore, and general inferior remarks of the day were still around as the area was integrated with “Ouslanders.” I mention this because this is one of the reasons, mistrust of the immigrant Germans (Kirchenkeute) that was one of the causes of hard feelings with the Quakers and Moravians causing this rebellion.

If the records of the trial would be the whole story, this rebellion would appear to be a bunch of drunken German Immigrant farmers causing a raucous that surely was punishable by the government.

Come to hear my last public presentation on this, my lifelong favorite historical research on this important event that involved a fellow past resident of my township, John Fries. (pronounced Freeze). The presentation will be at our township historical society building on Sleepy Hollow Road on Thursday March 7, 20204 at 7:30 PM. Next to Pfaff Elementary School just up the road [turn left at 4 way stop at Spinnerstown Hotel as you come into town from “John Fries Highway.”

Come hear “The Rest Of The Story!”

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YMCA Welcomed Over 2600 Free Use During Community Initiative

From November 20 through December 20, 2023, YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties welcomed 2,631 individuals into their branches to use the Y for free with the 2023 “Here For Our Community” initiative. With over 5,000 total visits, community members improved their physical, mental and emotional health during what can be a very challenging time of year.

For the third consecutive year, the YMCA committed resources to help the community improve health and well-being during the winter holidays. During those times, the initiative provided over 9000 individuals over 22,000 free visits to connect and engage with others to meet social, physical and mental well-being needs.

"We were looking to be more active," explained Lois Dornan, who with her husband Brian, visited the Deer Path branch in Flemington during "Here For Our Community.” "You don't realize how

sedentary you are until you get up and start moving. It's not so easy! The staff was so welcoming and friendly, and we have friends from the community who are members. So, we joined.”

As part of the initiative, the YMCA made fitness centers, pools, gymnasiums and classes available for free at all seven branches. Free virtual wellness was also open to the entire community through Y Wellness 24/7. The virtual platform provides thousands of weekly live and on-demand health and wellness programs for all abilities and interests.

“Studies prove time and again that loneliness is a major health issue in communities across the country, especially during the winter holidays,” stated Zane Moore, president and CEO of YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties. “Here For Our Community opens the doors to the Y and says come together here. We’re here for you.”

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Bible Baptist Church

Upper Bucks Area Places of Worship

Meets at HIghland Park Dining Hall 415 Highland Park Road

Sellersville, PA 18960



Pastor: Tom Harris

Bible Study Hour 9:30 am, Morning Worship 10:30 am, Services interpreted for the deaf

Christ Church United Church of Christ 101 N. Main Street

Trumbauersville, PA 18970




Pastor: David Heckler

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

Christ’s Lutheran Church 218 East Broad Street Trumbauersville, PA 18970 215-536-3193



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



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

First United Church of Christ

151 S. Fourth Street Quakertown, PA 18951 215-536-4447



Senior Pastor: Rev. Jon C. Bauman

Min. of Visitation & Pastoral Care: Elaine Ely Join us in person Sundays 9:15am Join us online at www.firstUCC.net. Community Lunch 2nd Saturday Drive through pickup 9am. Community Dinner 3rd Thursday 5:30pm (eat in).

I wonder what Christ did for 40 days… alone… in the wilderness.

Matthew, Mark, and Luke all reported on this story with some minor variations that give us a more complete picture, but it would seem that he fasted, he prayed, and that he was tempted by an adversary, a tempter, a devil, for those 40 days.

Most of us are uncomfortable being alone for longer than a day or two.

Most of us become irritated, angry, or impatient if we skip a meal, or even our morning cup of coffee, tea, or caffeinated beverage of choice. Most of us can’t stand the heat of the sun for longer than a few hours.

Most of us see silence as something to fill with noise, not something to seek out.

Most of us struggle to fight temptation, whatever it may be, longer than our fleeting willpower allows.

Some of us struggle with prayer being longer than a minute, of hymns or worship songs being longer than three verses, and of sermons being longer than 10 minutes.

Yet, Christ spent 40 days…alone…in the wilderness. He went without food, he endured the sun and the change of temperatures from hot days and cold nights, he spent that time in prayer, and he was tempted by the great tempter himself.

The three gospels record this event because it was a key moment for Jesus, and the path that his ministry would take. His ministry wasn’t born out of selfishness, pride, or a need for power…His ministry was born out of his reliance on the Father through prayer, through fasting, through silence, and through enduring temptation.

Good News Church

424 Juniper Street

Quakertown, PA 18951


Pastor: David Markey, Jr.

An alternative to the ultra-contemporary Sunday Worship and Children’s Church 10:30 am, Wednesday Bible Study 7:30pm, World Evangelism Fellowship affiliate. Grace Bible Fellowship Church 1811 Old Bethlehem Pike N. Quakertown, PA 18951 215-536-6096



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: Bob Stevenson


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

429 S. 9th Street

Quakertown, PA 18951


Pastors: John & Theresa Decker


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: 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

The season of Lent, discounting the Sundays that happen to fall within it, is 40 days. Within these 40 days, we are drawn out of the comfort of the routines that we have built for ourselves as we fast from things that we enjoy, or from things that we should have given up long ago. Within these 40 days, we are drawn to spend more time seeking out footsteps of the God that we follow by incorporating more prayer, scripture and devotional reading, hymns and worship songs, additional church services, and silently waiting to discern the direction of God within our lives.

Perhaps, Lenten practices are not something that you typically do, perhaps the season of lent is not a season that you personally observe, but God calls all followers of Christ, at all times, to turn from the way of sin, and to turn toward the way of Christ.

How are we doing with that? What do we need to continue to give up? What do we need to incorporate? Because the message of Christ coming into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), of Christ having his last supper with his disciples and being arrested (Maundy Thursday), of Christ dying on the cross for the sins that we cling to and that cling to us (Good friday), and of Christ rising from the dead to show us the reality of the victory of God over sin, death, and evil itself (Easter)... is coming. This Holy Week to come is after a season devoted to draw us closer to the God the people followed because they knew that this was a God who brought about healing when there was brokenness, sight where there was blindness, justice for those unheard, forgiveness for those deemed unforgivable, and salvation to those who felt trapped, confused, lost, rejected, and imprisoned in

Quakertown United Methodist Church 1875 Freier Road

Quakertown, PA 18951 215-536-4992



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



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



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



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.

this life, and in their fear of the life to come. That is a glorious and ever-relevant message. May we all be drawn to follow this same Savior through our prayers, reading, listening, living, acting, talking, and thinking. And may we know that we are not traveling through this wilderness of our faith alone, but that Christ is with us, and the people of God walk alongside of us. I encourage us all to not walk this journey alone through lent, or through Holy Week.

If we have been thinking of coming back to church, now is a great time to do so, and I assure you that there will be smiles and welcome as you are greeted once more, or for the first time.

If we have been stuck in a rut of our faith for the years that have struck us with disappointment and let downs, may we be encouraged to pursue our

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

faith closely and envision ourselves as the children of God that Christ came to teach, lead, live, die, and rise for, as we observe the services during Holy Week. I pray for all who read these words; that you are struck with a profound sense of the presence of God drawling us closer to the footsteps of Jesus as we endure, and as we pass, these 40 days. Please pray for me as well.

Community Good Friday Service

Please consider joining community pastors, churches, and others for the annual Quakertown Ministerium’s Good Friday Service on March 29 at 12:00 Noon at First United Church of Christ.

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Trinity Lutheran Church Presents 22nd Portrayal of The Last Supper

"I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me."

With Holy Week approaching, thirteen men from Trinity Lutheran Church have begun their preparation for twenty-second year of presenting their live portrayal of The Last Supper. The men will present their live portrayal on Maundy Thursday March 28 at Trinity Lutheran Church at the Church on Hellertown Avenue in Quakertown at 7:00 PM. Over the years as many as sixty different men have participated in this live reenactment.

These men study scripture and readings about the twelve disciples over an eightweek period. During that time, they learn about the disciple they will portray. Each will then write their own reaction to hearing Jesus tell them that, “one of them will betray him.” This reaction comes in the form of a short and fast two-to-three-word comment,

a commitment of faith by the portrayers, but also meant to permit the viewer with a deeper understanding of the lives they lived. The first twelve disciples gave up everything to follow Jesus, including their own lives as they worked to spread his word. For this portrayal, they have spent close to three years of their lives with Jesus making tremendous sacrifice to spread his word.

It is a chance to see Judas, not only as a betrayer, but as a man of faith. Also, it will give the viewer a way to strengthen their own faith as they see the way these twelve disciples spent their time with Jesus. Viewers do not have to be members of the church nor do they have to belong to any church. Everyone is encouraged to attend and all are welcome.

This year, the portrayers include Jon Millisock as Simon, Mike Carbone as Thaddeus, Dan Hunter as Matthew the Tax Collector, Bill Bohner as Nathaniel,

Quakertown Alive! Cuts Ribbons on New Downtown Businesses

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Quakertown Alive! recently held a ribbon cutting for InterConnective Health, a new business downtown at 127 Fifth Street. Members of QA!’s board, Borough Council and other government officials, and members of the community participated. Quakertown Alive! recently performed a ribbon cutting at Yards Flatbread Pizza in Downtown Quakertown with members of the QA! board, Borough officials, State Representative Craig Staats, Brendan McCusker of Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick's office, and other members of the community. Congratulations and best of luck to the Fontanez family!

American Legion Post 242 Update

Now is the time of planning here at the Post. Our Home Association, Sons of the Legion, and Auxiliary are all busy planning special dinners, holiday special functions, and our famous Sunday morning breakfasts. Speaking of great special events, Chef Troy did a great job for the prior to Valentines Day dinner on Friday, February 9th. My wife had the Fillet Mignon and I had the Shrimp Scampi. Her fillet was one of the largest fillets that we have had dining out and the shrimp were very large! I understand that close to 90 persons were served or orders taken out that evening. It is great to see the “canteen” once again full as it used to be. Great job Chef Troy and your great helpers. Sunday, we stopped by for 2 wonderful hoagies that we brought home to eat while watching the Super Bowl. If you missed out on these inexpensive great hoagies this year, you really missed a great sandwich made by our team of auxiliary members. Sunday the kitchen was busy with breakfast. The examples given are the same as those that drove our armed forces ahead in combat missions when we were serving on active duty. The word is TEAMWORK! It is great to see such progress happening since this COVID hibernation period ended. So many other organizations and businesses failed because not enough HELP came forward to make it over the hurtle of this bump in the road. Good leadership, positive changes, and pure “true grit” have truly turned our Post around.

that we have to have teams of volunteers to accomplish. Our social events are really coming together. These are very important as it helps to bring in funds to keep the canteen and Post alive. I look on us as not only comrades that served our county together, but also a new start as a family and best friends meeting to have a great time away from our normal daily routines.

When you are asked by a special committee member to help out, let us say at the Memorial Day Service, to load the truck with items needed the next day at the park (Taking about 1 hour) please consider saying “Yes.”

This success is helping us to get new members, especially younger persons who served in our all-volunteer services. This success is showing our community that we served in our youth and we continue to serve now to better our wonderful community here in Upper Bucks.

Speaking of serving, we will again be hosting a “Lunch & Learn” session at our Post on May 18th. The session is held between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM with lunch given. There will be persons available to answer or find out an answer on any questions you may have of “Veteran’s Benefits.” Please stop in or call the Post to reserve a spot for this all-important information program. We are limited to about 50 persons because of seating.

As we close in on our Spring Drawing, please fill out those tickets, get them in, and join us for a night of fun as we draw the lucky winners! Also don’t forget your MEMBERSHIP! MEMBERSHIP!

Well, it’s good that Mr. Chris reminded me to get my column done because my mind was elsewhere. My human put my pug sisters in the car and left Maisie and me at home and you know where they went? To MY nursing home! Not only did they visit but they went to see MY friend Carol. I told you about her last month.

She’s the lady who gives me rides in her wheelchair. Well, she put these two on her lap and they were wiggle bugs. The upside to this visit is my human saw how out of control these two can be. I think Maisie and I have our spots secured as the family therapy dogs for quite some time. ~ Love, Peanut

"March bustles in on windy feet and sweeps my doorstep and my street." - Susan Reiner

Will March Come in Like a Lion or Will Warmer Temperatures Prevail?

Now it is time to come forward to help on many of our Public Honor Ceremonies


~ FOR GOD & COUNTRY, Dick Helm

Ponderings by Palma

It has been my observation that in today’s modern society personal involvement in done on face book or other social media, the, art of conversation and friendliness is replaced by hard cold cell phones. My oldest son told me he started to show appreciation for the everyday workers. Whenever he shops at a grocery store, he buys the cashier or clerk a candy bar to show that he appreciates them for coming to work. They are often surprised but feel happy they are appreciated. I decided I would try to practice random acts of kindness, and see what happened. I practiced paying for meals for someone eating alone, or paying for someone’s groceries if they are struggling to find the

money in their wallet. I found it made me feel happy to see the expression of surprise and pleasure on their faces. I am by no means rich but feel I can share what I have as long as I am able. What would happen if we all found a way to practice random acts of kindness. Old people would feel appreciated, young people would feel needed and helpful. It would be a way of connecting with reality instead of a game on cell a phone. It would be nice to be connected to real live people who are warm and friendly. I challenge all of you to practice acts of random kindness and see how your life is affected.

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Mid-March is traditionally the time to plant peas, onions, lettuce, spinach, chard and other cold crops (cabbage, broccoli, kale). However, soil may not be ready. Test your soil by grasping a fistful and squeezing. If the soil drips, or forms a tight ball it is too wet to plant. Planting seeds or plants in wet soil will promote rotting of the seed or roots. Early to MidApril will still be time enough for a good crop before the heat arrives. Be patient.

The Month of March is also an optimal time to start some seeds indoors. The back of the seed packet will have the information you need to start seeds at the best time. Any seeds can be started indoors except those that do not transplant well. That information will appear on the seed packet. These seeds are best direct sown in your garden. You can opt to direct sow them in a container early if you have a suitable space to allow them to germinate. The illustration is for a packet of Zinnia seeds. It indicates you should start seeds indoors 6 weeks before the last frost date. Our last frost date is between May 15th and May 31st. Counting backwards from the last frost date seed starting can be between April 3rd and April 19th. Allowing 5-7 days to “harden off” your seeds can be sown one week prior to that date.

sure to remove any buds that will be under water. Place the container in a cool spot with indirect light. After several hours or overnight place, the container in a warm, sunny location. Forsythia can bloom within one week. Quince branches can take up to 4 weeks. Change the water every few days to prevent the growth of bacteria. (Photo credit: www.Farmer’s Almanac.com)

Resist the temptation to clean out your flower beds in March. The soil is still wet and can become compacted if walked on. April is plenty of time to tidy up. Waiting can also give the pollinators time to leave their winter homes in the leaf litter and dead stalks.

If you want some tidy color in your garden plant some cold tolerant plants in containers. Pansies, Hellebores, Stonecrop, Dianthus, Creeping Bleeding Heart, Columbine, Wood Poppy and Primrose. Enjoying the colorful containers may reduce the urge to clean up your flower beds too early.

Bring some color into your home before spring blooms are abundant? Some spring flowering shrubs like Forsythia, Flowering Cherry, Flowering Quince and Pussy Willow can be forced into bloom with a little coaxing. Try to choose a warmer day to cut some branches with tight buds showing. You will not harm the shrub if you use proper pruning techniques. Cut the stems at an angle and bruise or crush them before placing them in a bucket of warm water. Make

Our Home Garden/Watershed hotline is still active! Emails are still being answered by our trained Master Gardeners and Master Watershed Stewards. For fastest service use email.

You can still call if you prefer, leave a message and we will return your call. Ask a Master Gardener Watershed Steward

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Playing Little League Baseball in Quakertown

I think baseball is the greatest sport. It’s a near perfect game. Anyone can play and its aura and history are deep. Declared America’s Pastime by Walt Whitman in 1854, it’s played around the world by all ages. Even I played baseball in Quakertown.

Deucee was a best friend while at the Neidig and in junior high (QCHS1970). He got me to go out for Little League one year. Deucee was pretty good, was on a ‘major league’ team and played every game. I’d never been in real baseball before but I was athletic and fast. You can learn to bat, catch, and throw (they say), but you can’t learn to run fast, if you’re slow. I signed up, got a new glove, and threw ball in Deucee’s backyard a few of times before the season started.

I didn’t like try-outs or practice. They were too long, hot, and boring. I didn’t know anybody and didn’t get to play with Deucee because he was with the better guys on a different field. After a couple of practices, I quit going. I forgot the first time, but then just didn’t go. Once, I had to duck my head down when we drove past the field while they were practicing so they wouldn’t see me skipping again.

They didn’t ‘cut’ you back then, just put you on a ‘minor league’ team. I wanted to quit all together, but my mom said I “signed a paper” and had to—and “it would be good for (me).” I was put on the Yankees. The first meeting was at the coach’s house. My dad went along. There were a couple of kids I’d seen at school but Dennis R— was the only guy from my class.

We got instructions and were assigned ‘jobs’. I got picked for Treasurer (probably because my dad was there). Dennis was so upset he didn’t get it that he made a big scene. They gave me a golf-pencil and notebook. I was supposed to collect a nickel from everybody at practices and games. It was to pay for a team picnic at the end of the season. Later, I sure wished Dennis got the job.

I couldn’t get the guys to pay up. Or, they said they paid but didn’t, really. Or, I’d forget to write the money down. Once, I even spent some of it at The Pool. Then, I lost the notebook. I bought another one that looked like it and got my mom to help. When the coach wanted to “go over the books” one day, she had to lie and stall him off. We finally just put in our own money to make everything add up. Afterwards, she told the coach and he took over. I was glad to get fired.

I played left field, right field, center field, first base and shortstop, mostly out in in left. I remember walking and striking out a lot, and stealing some bases and scoring runs, but I don’t remember hits. Maybe I didn’t get any. It didn’t matter because we won most of the time. I felt sad for the Pirates when we played at Trumbauersville.

They didn’t have enough guys and forfeited. One of us played for them so we could still have a game.

At first, we had trouble getting nine guys, too. Then, Freddie C— showed up. He didn’t have a dad, lived in Hicky Court, and didn’t even have a glove. The coach gave him one and got him on our team. By the rules, we got his brother Jimmy, too. Freddie was our pitcher and Jimmy was our best hitter. After that, we almost always won.

A team rule was that you couldn’t go to The Pool before a game or practice. The Chlorine supposedly messed up your eyes. That was okay when we played in the day. You could swim afterwards. But sometimes we practiced “after work”. I didn’t open my eyes underwater a lot so I didn’t worry too much. Then one day when I had been to The Pool, we were practicing at Memorial Park behind the Green Monster stadium [Razed in 2023].

Freddie bragged that the coach couldn’t strike him out. Most guys weren’t there yet so they had me catch—no mask, no pads, just my regular glove [someone would get sued these days]. I caught the first pitch, a high ball. Freddie fouled off the next one. The coach then reared back and fired his fast ball. Freddie watched it sizzle by for strike two. The ‘heater’ nipped off my mitt and hit me, smack in the forehead. It ‘thumped’ hard but didn’t stun me or anything. It hardly even hurt and didn’t leave much of a lump. I fell backwards onto my butt, but jumped right up.

I didn’t see it, but they said the ball arched 30 feet into the air, landed 20 yards behind me and rolled into the Licking Run Creek. Freddy dropped his bat and did a little two-step while muttering “Oh, no; oh no.” The coach sprinted home, put his arm around me and rubbed my forehead. “Are you okay?!” He was almost yelling. Then he scolded, “Were you at The Pool today?” About then, somebody brought the wet ball back. I was fine so we forgot about it and got back to practice. [No concussion protocol, back then].

We tied for first place with the Phillies and had a playoff game. Gary Nace (QCHS-1969), who had the biggest, hardest swing in the league (but never hit anything), finally got a home run. It didn’t matter, though. We lost 5 to 4. The Phillies got their name on the brass plaque near the flagpole. My future best-buddy, Boogie Badman (QCHS-1971), was a Phillies and always rubbed it in. The after-season picnic was great. There was plenty of money for food and drinks.

Now you know my entire Little League playing career. I did track and football later. My son, Geoff (QCHS1994), played Quakertown baseball, too. But that’s for other articles.

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When to Start Training a Puppy

Paradoxically, some veterinarians still counsel owners to wait until their new puppies are six months old and “fully vaccinated” to take them to training class. Unfortunately, this advice is just as outdated as the use of choke chains and prong collars in puppy classes!

It’s true that you shouldn’t want only to expose your pup to high-risk dog populations, you should never take him to a dog park, or let him play with stray dogs on the street. But the risk of contracting an infectious disease in a controlled setting with other healthy puppies is quite low. In fact, there is probably a much greater risk of a dog meeting a tragic end due to behavior problems from lack of early training and socialization than from exposure in a well-run puppy class to some deadly disease.

The caveat is that you find a well-run puppy class. You want an experienced trainer who uses gentle, effective training methods on your pup, and who conducts her classes in a safe and clean environment. She should have a good understanding of dog body language and social behavior and know when to intervene if a puppy is being inappropriate with his playmates. She should also have knowledge of puppy diseases and parasites and require presentation of health records upon registration for class.

Ideally, you’ll find an instructor who teaches good manners behaviors in her puppy classes as well as providing puppy socialization (play!) time, and

who will also address questions you may have about other topics, such as house-training, crating, and puppy biting.

Sadly, there are still plenty of oldfashioned trainers who are apt to administer a physical correction to your puppy for perceived transgressions. Avoid those trainers at all costs. These trainers may call themselves positive but they still use leash corrections, loud verbal reprimands, any kind of physical punishment, or restraints such as pinning a puppy on his side, they’re not positive enough!

Ask a prospective trainer to sit in on her training class, look for these things:

• The trainer appears friendly, confident, and competent.

• Canine and human students appear to be learning, enjoying themselves

• Dogs are handled gently – without physical force, punishment, strong verbal reprimands, or forcible restraint.

• During playtime, puppies are separated into appropriate playgroups where they are closely monitored and inappropriate play is interrupted.

For more info, American Veterinarian Society of Animal Behavior Position Statement on Puppy Socialization www.AVSABonline.org.

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Mazda CX-90 3-Row SUV

Within the past two model years, there seems to have been a rash of 3-row crossovers debuting as today’s families want added interior space, utility of an SUV and AWD capability for inclement weather that includes snow here in the Snowbelt.

Not to be left out, Mazda and their superb line of AWD crossovers, have debuted their handsome CX-90 AWD midsize crossover that replaced the former CX-9 that was at the top of their crossover line. But the CX-90 has surpassed the latter in many ways.

CX-90 is all new and sits on a platform that puts it a bit more on full-size as it’s longer than most of the competition and is a mere10

inches shorter than a Chevy Tahoe full-size SUV. But it doesn’t handle or drive like a fullsize as many of those are truck-based.

CX-90 is offered in five trim levels of Select, Preferred, Preferred Plus, Premium and Premium Plus which we tested. It offers seating for up to eight with a second-row bench seat or seven with captain’s chairs.

To say the CX-90 is handsome is an understatement as it has smooth, flowing, aerodynamic styling lines. And CX-90s interior follows suit as it is a work of art. Mazda designers managed to meld everything to perfection for comfort and ease of access and use. The dash in particular is covered in faux suede, as are the inner door panels and seat inserts. An elegant touch you’d only see in a Bentley or Rolls.

A vivid 12.3-inch infotainment screen serves the gamut of audio, navigation, multi-view camera system, HVAC selections, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, apps and more. Below it is a horizontal array of flush and easy to use push-button HVAC switches wherein selections can be displayed on the screen. It was nice Mazda didn’t put these frequently used controls on the infotainment screen like some of its competitors wherein their operation requires eyes off the road while searching on the screen for selections. Tucked below them is a wireless phone charger pad and mode selector rocker switch for Sport, Normal and Off-Road modes.

A stubby gear selector for the 8-speed automatic transmission requires a mere flick left to acquire Park gear. Upon my first drive in the CX-90 and parking it, and thinking I caught the park gear, when I turned off the ignition the CX-90 lurched forward only to be immediately stopped by Mazda’s Rollaway Auto Braking system. A great safety feature. After that I made sure the transmission was in Park. Perhaps Mazda engineers designed the close shift pattern to save console space, but a simple straight forward pattern for Park would be better.

Over on the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a driver information display nestles between the tach and speedo. In Sport, the gauges turn red indicating performance mode.

Heated/cooled front seats are ventilated Nappa leather with contrasting trim and are sumptuously padded with extended under

thigh and pleasurable lateral support.

Second row captain’s chairs offer an easy 20-inch step-in and are supportive and comfy. And they slide well forward allowing easy third row access where those seats are mainly for youngsters as in most three-row crossovers.

Back in the spacious cargo area that has a 30-inch lift-over, and with the 3rd row seats upright, there’s 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space that measures 20.5 inches deep, 43 wide and 29.5 high. Flip the 3rd row and space increases to 40.1 cubic feet. Flip the heated second row and capacity expands to 75.2 cubes for an impressive 84 inches of cargo loading depth. That’s a full seven feet that can accommodate a mountain bike with the front wheel off and stowed atop the bike.

Beneath the cargo floor are four shallow bins to stow small items out of sight.

CX-90 Turbo S gets its grunt from a 3.3-liter, inline turbocharged 6-cylinder that generates 340-hp and 369 lb/ft of torque with high-test fuel, or 319-hp with regular fuel. It rates EPA mileage estimates of 23 city, 280-highway mpg. Coupled to the quick shifting 8-speed auto trans with paddle shifters, CX-90 carries a tow rating of up to an appreciable 5,000 pounds with the tow package. It offered impressive acceleration from a standing stop and when passing 18-wheelers, especially when the turbo spools up and kicks in.

The rear-wheel biased AWD system has a relatively tight turning radius of 41.2 feet and offers a good ground clearance of 8 inches to

negotiate modest snow depths on unplowed roads.

CX-90 rode smoothly, quietly and composed on 21-inch Falkon tires. In sharp, quick turns, CX-90 remained planted for a 4,709-pound crossover.

This superb crossover came with an exhaustive list of standard features with safety items that include blind spot monitoring w/ vehicle exit warning, lane departure warning, driver attention alert, driver monitoring, automatic reverse braking, rear seat alert, tire pressure monitoring, smart brake support, front cross traffic alert/braking, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, emergency lane keeping, cruising and traffic support plus a bunch more. A panoramic sunroof is also standard on the Premium Plus package as is a powered tilt/telescoping steering wheel.

The only extra cost option was for the Artisan Red paint ($595) that took the base price of $59, 950 to a bottom line of $61,920 with delivery.

Mazda’s CX-90 AWD midsize is a compelling choice among three-row crossovers. In fact, Car and Driver Magazine rated it number one among four other comparably-equipped, competitive crossovers. It’s a superb choice for families of four or more.

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Celebrating One Year of St. Luke’s Nurse Honor Guard

Heartfelt ceremony gives families comfort.

What began as a humble ceremony to honor nurses at their funeral memorial service at St. Luke’s Carbon Campus has grown exponentially in a year’s time to reach every St. Luke’s University Health Network campus.

St. Luke’s Nurse Honor Guard, which pays tribute to nurses who have left this life with the Nightingale Ceremony, has honored more than 120 former nurses as the group celebrated its first anniversary on Feb. 1.

“This is one of the best, if not the best, community service I’ve ever been involved with,” said Denise Snyder, BSN, RN and Lead Chair of the St. Luke’s Nurse Honor Guard, who is a full time ICU nurse at the Carbon Campus.

Very much in the tradition of being buried with military honors, the emotional Nightingale Ceremony is often the last rite performed before the final blessing, and is free to all former nurses, whether they worked in the Network or not.

The Nightingale Tribute – Known as the “Lady with the Lamp,” Florence Nightingale saved many wounded soldiers during the Crimean War with her pioneering nursing work. In many ways, she laid the foundation for professional nursing. During the services, a member of the Honor Guard reads the Nightingale Pledge and a nursing sonnet, then places the rose while saying the nurse’s name and, “We honor you this day and give you a white rose to symbolize our honor and appreciation for being our nursing colleague.”

Honorary Pallbearers – The Honor Guard may be requested to attend the visitation and/or funeral services to serve as honorary pallbearers.

Casket Honor Guard – The Honor Guard may be posted at the head of the casket, standing silently to give their last respects.

Final Call to Duty – The Final Call to Duty may be performed during the services or at the gravesite. During the Final Call to Duty, the Nightingale Lamp is lit in the nurse’s honor, and the nurse’s name is called out as a request to report to duty. After the third and final call, and with no response, the nurse is announced as retired, and the lamp’s flame is extinguished.

Snyder said she has participated in 40 to 50 of the ceremonies to honor her fellow nurses, and the sincerity of the ceremony fills the surviving family and friends with a sense of pride.

“I think families find a special sense of closure, that we didn’t forget that they devoted their lives to caring for others,” she said.

“It brings their loved one’s career in nursing full circle. A career in nursing starts by the honor we receive at the time of our capping or pinning at our nursing school graduation. It stays with us throughout our nursing career until the end, when the honor guard performs the final call to duty, which is unanswered. They are then relieved of their nursing duty to rest in peace.”

Last April, Snyder launched the pilot with the support of Marjorie Federanich, St. Luke's Carbon Auxiliary President, and John Nespoli, President of the St. Luke’s University Health

Network’s Lehighton and Carbon campuses.

Last June, St. Luke's Home Health and Hospice President Lisa Giovanni attended and was moved by the service. Giovanni and David Gibson, Vice President of Patient Care Services at the Lehighton and Miners campuses, encouraged Snyder to present about the Nurses Honor Guard during the September meeting of the Network Nursing Executive Council. Carol Kuplen, the now-retired Chief Nursing Officer for St. Luke’s University Health Network and President of the Bethlehem Campus, was instrumental in getting the initiative rolled out to all the campuses.

“We have also started to do a Physician's Tribute” Snyder said. “This tribute if for the physician who embody the philosophy of Nurse - Physician relationship who work together to bring the patient to good health.”

Today, more than 130 nurses and former nurses take part in the Nurse Honor Guard, wearing the traditional nurse’s hats and capes for the ceremony.

St. Luke’s Nurse Honor Guard services Lehigh, Luzerne, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe and Schuylkill counties in Pennsylvania, and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.

Pictured: (l-r) Christine Ritter, Kathyrn Hertzog, Susan Hecker, Denise Snyder
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