Bucks County Herald

Sunday, February 19, 2017

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New Hope council has significant agenda items for Feb. 21 meeting

At the monthly meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the community room, the council is expected to accept the resignation of president and member Bill Scandone, consider the process to fill a vacancy, and a motion to reorganize the council's leadership structure; i.e. elect a new president, vice president and vice president pro tem.

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Demonstration calls for ban on fracking in the Delaware River Watershed

On Wednesday, residents from all states represented on the Delaware River Basin Commission flooded its meeting in Washington Crossing State Park to call for an immediate ban on all drilling and fracking in the Delaware River Watershed.

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Route 309 North weekday lane closure scheduled for fiber optic installation in Hilltown Township, Bucks County

The right lane is scheduled to close weekdays on northbound Route 309 (Bethlehem Pike) between Hilltown Pike and Swartley Road in Hilltown Township, Bucks County, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, through Friday, March 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for fiber optic installation, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

BCCC  hosts “adults only” reception to guide decisions on college

Bucks County Community College invites parents and guardians to a reception to learn more about Bucks on Thursday, Feb. 23, on the Newtown campus.

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PennDOT centers closed for Presidents Day

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Feb. 18 through Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of Presidents Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, dmv.pa.gov.


Snow day

This was the scene a week ago when snow stopped us all in our tracks. Janice Hiland and Stephen Kolderup stroll hand in hand down Harrison Street in Frenchtown, N.J., before the snow plows arrived in search of a good hot breakfast in town. See more snow pictures HERE.

Richlandtown grapples with proposed state police fee

Richlandtown Borough residents may be faced with a fee they’ve never had to pay.

African American Museum of Bucks County presents Peace Train, seeks a home

The African American Museum of Bucks County is currently mobile, with organizers offering presentations and educational programs in various locations around the county, and raising funds and awareness in hopes of finding a building they can call home.

Upper Makefield hears of new pipeline route

Upper Makefield Township Supervisor Dan Rattigan spoke about a proposed new route for the PennEast pipeline at the Feb. 7 township meeting.

New Hope Notebook: Council president resigns, for real

Borough council President Bill Scandone, having survived an attempt to oust him from office last month, has decided to leave on his own terms.

Tinicium looks to halt demolition at historic site

TheTinicum Historical Commission has made “suggestions to address the historical significance” of the site of the former McGee-Erwin house, which was demolished by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources despite its listing on the National Register of Historic Sites and in the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Milford supervisors outline procedures for takeover of private road

Milford Township, Pa., supervisors will consider whether or not to “take over” a private road in the Crossings Community, known as Milford Pointe, if the homeowners association meets certain criteria.

Richland supervisor voices concerns over water authority

After failing for the second time to get township board of supervisors approval for his proposals to remedy his concerns about the Richland Township Water Authority (RTWA), township Supervisor Rick Orloff indicated he will take the matter to an upcoming RTWA board meeting.

Richland Police Department earns accreditation

Richland Township Police Chief Rich Ficco recently announced that the township police department had received Law Enforcement Accreditation from the Pennsylvania Police Chiefs Association.

Sellersville residents weigh in on downtown’s future

According to a survey, Sellersville borough residents, are concerned about downtown "blight," and would like to see more restaurants and period lighting in the town center.

Sellersville Fire Department earns distinction

Sellersville Fire Department has earned a safety-enhancing distinction that only about 2 percent of Pennsylvania’s fire companies have achieved.

Sellersville modifies tax collector compensation

Sellersville Borough Council has approved a new model for paying its real estate tax collector that will save the borough $28,500 in 2018 alone.

“Touch the Future” show of regional high school art work marks 30th year

The works of students in 30 different public high schools in Bucks and Montgomery counties was featured in the 30th annual “Touch the Future” art show.

Bedminster will advertise medical marijuana districts

Bedminster Township has authorized the advertising of a zoning ordinance amendment that allows for medical marijuana as a permitted use for its industrial district.

Report details challenges facing Upper Makefield Fire Company

Laurie Hosie of the financial advisory committee presented a report on funding and staffing challenges facing the Upper Makefield Fire Company at a recent township board of supervisors meeting.

Solebury names its “Moss Man” as honorary EAC member

Longtime Solebury environmentalist Dave “Moss Man” Benner is now an honorary lifetime member of the township’s environmental advisory council, so decreed by the board of supervisors.

Ribbon cut on renovated E. Court St. county offices

The Board of Bucks County Commissioners joined President Judge Jeffrey L. Finley, District Attorney Matt Weintraub and members of the Adult Probation, Juvenile Probation and County Detectives offices to cut the ceremonial ribbon on the three-story 30 E. Court St. Building in Doylestown Borough.


Winter hasn't forgotten

The first snowstorm of the season blanketed the region with several inches of snow last Thursday and many took advantage of the snow day.

Casino Night

A Las Vegas-style Blue Jeans and Black Jack Casino Night benefiting the Bucks County Children's Museum took place Feb. 10 at The Event Center by Cornerstone in New Hope.

Opinion & Editorial

Kathryn Finegan Clark: By the Way

Durham before Bucks County

Softness in a medieval world.

Charles Meredith:

Product of democracy

Raising funds for a worthwhile cause and thoughts on the U.S. Supreme Court.



Bucks hoist SOL trophy

CB West girls’ basketball won its second SOL tournament title in three years on Monday at Souderton Area High School. The Bucks downed North Penn, 43-35. Maddie Burke scored 11 for the black and gold.

Panthers star on Senior Night

Plumstead Christian boys’ basketball dumped visiting Phil-Mont Christian, 63-50, on its Senior Night Friday. Artie Micheel pumped in 22 points to pace the Panthers, who also inducted Don Martindell into their Hall of Fame.

Ram girls dominate conference

Pennridge girls’ bowling was awarded the trophy for winning the SOL American/Continental Conference with a 44-4 record on Tuesday at Earl-Bowl Lanes in Earlington. The Rams were led by Allison Wilms and Casey Barnes.

Faith tops New Hope, ups mark to 5-1

Faith Christian wrestling bettered visiting New Hope, 45-27, last Wednesday to run its record in the BAL to 5-1. Logan Moore and Kristian Courtney have led the way for the Lions in Sellersville.

Lions’ Davidson hits milestone

New Hope girls’ basketball senior Alana Davidson sank a free throw for her 1,000th career point on Feb. 4. Behind Davidson, the Lions are cruising. They were 23-0 on the season through Wednesday.

Titan seniors sign with colleges

CB South feted 10 senior student-athletes who inked with colleges and universities last Wednesday. Half of them indicated their desire to continue with soccer at the next level.

Bucks, Rams excel at Last Chance

The CB West and Pennridge boys were among the winners at Friday’s Last Chance Meet at Lehigh University. For the Bucks, Brian Mass won the 3,000 meters and the 4x800 relay finished first.  


Students Skype with music icons in DelVal honors elective

Dick Taylor, an original member of The Rolling Stones and a member of The Pretty Things, spoke with a Delaware Valley University class through a webcam. The class is taking a Classic rock elective.

MBIT students volunteer at Habitat Re-Store

Technology students enrolled in the Residential Construction, Building Trades Occupations, HVAC and Plumbing, and Electrical Technology programs and their teachers, volunteered at Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Chalfont, Bucks County.

Perkasie rotary honors Pennridge seniors

The Perkasie Rotary Club has honored Pennridge High School seniors Kaitlyn Stevens and Chad Schaeffer as its Student of the Month for November and December.


Doylestown Country Club donates to cancer program

Members of Doylestown Country Club, through its annual Women’s Charity Day fundraising event, recently donated more than $18,000 to Doylestown Health’s Cancer Institute.

Walk with a Doc focuses on heart health

In honor of American Heart Month, Doylestown Health is partnering with the Cornerstone Clubs and Sodexo to offer a special event as part of its monthly walking program, Walk With a Doc.

St. Marys opens new Infusion Suite

St. Mary Medical Center now performs an advanced procedure called endobronchial ultrasound that offers patients a minimally-invasive option to check for the presence of cancerous tissue in the lungs and structures within the chest cavity.



Camille Granito Mancuso: Chatterbox

Later, Voyager

Broadening one’s perception and affecting one’s opinions.

Elizabeth Ludlow Bowman: Tips for the Compleat Gardener

Beeches, the original hardbacks

While the baby beech is biding its time its mama will nourish it through roots and will eventuall reach of a height of 80 feet.

Photo Feature

Night to Shine

Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, took place at Morning Star Fellowship Church in Quakertown. The event provides a prom night experience to individuals with special needs who are 14 years and older.


Susan S. Yeske: Dining In

The Raven’s carrot cake recipe is locked in a safe

The carrot cake served at the Raven in New Hope has a long history in the town. You can ask for the cake, but not the recipe.

Susan S. Yeske: Dining Out

Seasonal fare in Rosemont, N.J. at farmhouse farm-to-table suppers

Chefs Paul Mitchell and Alida Saxon have created the Rosemont Supper Club now serving dinner Friday and Saturday nights in the rustic farmhouse at Tullamore Farms outside Stockton.


Hopewell Theater relaunches with expanded vision

Hopewell, N.J.’s, historic theater will be re-launched this year, with an expanded vision by the production team of Sara Scully, founder and former executive director of Lambertville, N.J.’s, indie-cinema ACME Screening Room and business partner Mitchel Skolnick.

Award-winning cellist performs with Bucks Symphony Orchestra

Award-winning cellist Christine Lamprea will join the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Edward Elgar’s “Cello Concerto in E Minor.”

Bucks County Community College named All Steinway school

Bucks County Community College has been designated an All-Steinway School by the American piano maker.

Linda Kenyon is Julia Child in one-woman show

Linda Kenyon portrays Julia Child in a one-woman rendition of “Julia Says, ‘Bon Appetit!’” at Carversville Christian Church on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Arts & Galleries

Michener Art Museum explores photographic form and perspective

Doylestown's James A. Michener Art Museum presents an exhibition that explores photographic form and perspective in the digital age.

Works of modernist Charles Sheeler on view

The James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown will present “Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form,” this spring.

Flemington artist exhibits in New York

Flemington, N.J., artist Cara London will have a solo exhibition at TNC’s Art Gallery at the Theater for the New City in New York City.

Philadelphia Sketch Club calls for artists of small oils

The Philadelphia Sketch Club’s upcoming 154th annual Small Oils Exhibition represents an opportunity for today’s artists to connect with many of the great artists of the past.

Salon Valencia finds home in Logan Square

Salon Valencia is New Hope's newest full-service salon at 11 Village Row in New Hope’s Logan Square shopping center.

QNB raises nearly $32K for United Way

QNB Bank held its annual campaign to raise funds for the United Way.

Spiritual Side .

Newtown Meeting Clerk, Assistant Clerk named

Susan Hoskins has been named Clerk (Head) and Chiyo Moriuchi has been named Assistant Clerk of historic Newtown Friends Meeting in Newtown

Patricia Walsh-Collins: Shared Teachings

Protect through prayer

Witnessing the existence and mystical magnitude of prayer

Police News

This extraordinary gathering of rarely seen masterpieces traces the rise of a uniquely American medium. Shaped by the genius of Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent, the watercolor movement tells a story about innovation, experimentation, and the creation of bold new ways of seeing the world.

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