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This scholarship promotes fashion

Marty Staff was a colorful, much loved and cherished titan in the fashion industry, a business that is as much about illusion as it is fabric and thread. He once said, “As a child, people told …

An elegy that continues

Todd Stone has done what great artists have done over the centuries – simply looked out their windows over the city and painted what they saw. What he has seen recently is the rebirth of a …

The ironmaster of Durham

George Taylor rode horseback from his Durham home to Philadelphia in the summer of 1776 to sign the Declaration of Independence. A member of the Continental Congress, he was ironmaster at the Durham …

A pioneer’s influence

When young Harriet Green, who left her secretarial job right out of Hollywood High to join the new Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, the WAACS, in 1942, she didn’t realize she was a pioneer …

Shakespeare on a farm

Shakespeare al fresco? Drama and poetry, love and laughter, in the fields of Haycock Township? A trail of performances winding from sculpture to sculpture with the audience in motion and in thrall, …

Guns for grandmas

Beware of old ladies in tennis shoes? Or “Annie, get your gun?” Or a grandmother wielding a rolling pin? They always brought forth a memory of my maternal grandmother. I never saw her in …

Untouchables

It’s the Roaring ’20s reborn, complete with “The Untouchables” – Eliot Ness and his T-men who cracked down on gangsters in Chicago – and it’s in a small town …

Thousands of dancers

Last year Cynthia Johnston was hoping to celebrate, joyfully, the 40th anniversary of her Miss Cindy’s School of Dance. What she got instead was a pandemic with all its accompanying …

Art Farm Getaway in the works

So what does a retired academic, a professor emeritus, do when the school bell no longer rings for her but her energy level is still as high as the sky? Particularly, when she has been a dynamic …

The 17-year cicadas – it’s their time in the sun. Their arrival is a consequential marker – albeit a noisy one – on nature’s calendar. By my very unofficial …

Bucks County has had a long, lively and impressive relationship with the fine arts. Its reputation has drawn artists and art-lovers from around the globe, but what about our homegrown visual artists? …

A lively Wanda Bickel lives comfortably in her 92nd year but she recalls with fondness the little world she inhabited as a child – the days when “nothing existed 10 miles outside our …

I didn’t intend it to be a sentimental journey. But it turned out that way. My husband and I took advantage of the holiday weekend to drive to Levittown to drop off some Easter treats for my …

Imagine finding a treasure in your own backyard – even if it’s a jagged hunk of truly ancient rock. A mysterious rock that can lead to a lifelong and rewarding pursuit of knowledge and a book …

The local press

After more than 50 years of writing for a free and unfettered local press, I feel truly fortunate to continue my task of informing the public. (Actually, more than 50 years if you consider I wrote for a high school column in one of the now extinct Philadelphia dailies – and, as a high school senior, I chalked up a Page One byline in my hometown’s newspaper.)

Ancestry research informs me I am about 95% Irish. My paternal grandmother was born in Ireland, so I’m eligible for dual citizenship. I never felt a need to apply for the Irish passport that …

“Local journalism is a vital civic institution. Perhaps above all, it provides a check on power and a means of exposing corruption and incompetence, whether among government agencies or …

He’s one of the real live first-responder heroes many of us only read about or see on television. He’s always been there for the community in emergency situations and now he is the one who needs …

In a hundred years, a thousand maybe, new generations in Tinicum Township will share the beauty today’s landowners have preserved for them. Founded in 1992, the largely volunteer Tinicum …

“On hearing ill rumour that Londoners may soon be urged into their lodgings by Her Majesty’s men, I looked upon the street to see a gaggle of striplings making fair merry, and no doubt spreading …

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