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Long an American citizen, Grant Ross still, and unashamedly, felt a tear welling up when he heard Queen Elizabeth II had died on Sept. 8. The genial Scotsman, general manager of the Black Bass …

Ninety years ago a group of unemployed, uprooted, but determined World War I veterans descended on a 105-acre property near Top Rock, high above the Delaware River in Nockamixon Township.

What happened to Robin Robinson? Under cover of the pandemic’s homebound isolation, she went from popular and dedicated Bucks County Recorder of Deeds to a social media influencer as star of “It’s the Rosenthals” on both Instagram and Tik Tok.

By the Way: Steeped in history in many directions

Amy Hollamder, very much a 21st-century woman, lives in a wool mill built in the early 19th century and wants to share her passion for the past with everyone.

Frank Willis wasn’t wearing his buckskins when he spoke at a program sponsored by the Durham Historical Society. The temperature was soaring but it was a bit cooler for his program in the iconic …

By the Way: Price increases driven by greed

“How much does it cost?” the innocent shopper asks. The cynic replies with his own question: “Are you buying or selling?” Caveat emptor, indeed. I am beginning to think merchants who score …

By the Way: Wishing for Native American wisdom

Ukraine is burning. Our children’s dead bodies are riddled with bullets. COVID, the bloody shape-shifter, is still stalking our world, and I am wishing for the wisdom of our Native Americans to be …

By the Way: Fierce land dispute did Col. Erwin in

June 9, 1791. A single gunshot. A man fell to the floor in a frontier cabin in New York. He was Col. Arthur Erwin, probably killed by a Wild Yankee after serving in Bucks County’s Militia and surviving the Revolutionary War.

By the Way: Washington through others’ eyes

Jeff Finegan and I share a family name and a love of history but we are not related. He does, however, have a longstanding literary relationship with George Washington. He’s the author of the “I …

By the Way: Cast in the Durham Furnace

The Durham Historical Society now has a 5.6-pound cannonball with an interesting provenance. The cannonball was found “beneath the lowest floor of the Old Durham Furnace.” Described as “solid …

By the Way: Mother's Day

Mother’s Day used to be about breakfast in bed. Today, it’s more like coffee to go. We’re constantly on the move. The other day I watched four political candidates airing their views on …

By the Way: Donations in lieu of a retirement party

Her Penn Community Bank business card read Susan Matthias, Riegelsville Branch Manager, but for the people of that …

By the Way: Exotic animals abroad in Bucks

The pandemic has delivered darkness to us and now an arrogant, obsessed little man too full of himself has set off a firestorm in Ukraine – killing, maiming, destroying. But green shoots are …

By the Way: A Latvian American’s view of Ukraine

A Haycock Township executive who worked on corporate business ventures in Moscow in the 1980s and 1990s has special insight into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He both knows and understands the …

By the way: Picking up the ball

Chris Cunnane always liked to go outside and practice hitting a baseball. He had a net cage and a bucket of balls. What he didn’t like to do was pick up the balls. “It’s a waste of …

By the Way: Old newspaper tells the way it was

Astronomical prices. Sticker shock? If you’re like me at all, you’re experiencing shock and awe in the grocery aisles. Right now, it’s almost terrifying. Everything seems to cost …

A globe-trotting singer/songwriter who lives on a Springfield Township farm is helping children around the world to celebrate the medical professionals who have set aside their own lives to battle …

By the Way: The weather station on Springtown Hill

Before television, when Virginia Derbyshire was a child, she liked to play a game she called “radio” with her little sister. She’d crawl into an orange crate and do an imaginary …

By the Way: The star of Bethlehem

The light of Bethlehem’s Christmas star high on South Mountain doesn’t quite reach Upper Bucks but it can be seen for more than 20 miles north of the city. It’s become an icon for …

By the Way: Henry Mercer speaks

A love of tools—especially antique devices used to build this country—provides the common link between Henry Chapman Mercer and Jamison Bradley. Bradley, a cabinet maker and actor who …

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