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A year later, memorial service honors flood victims in Upper Makefield

Despite the scorching heat, more than 100 people came out to The Crossing church in Upper Makefield Monday evening to remember the seven victims who died in a torrential flood in the township exactly a year ago.

From the Editor’s Desk: Takeaways from an assassination attempt

People read the Herald for stories they can’t get anywhere else, not for news they can get virtually everywhere else. That’s why you won’t find coverage of the assassination attempt on our news pages this week.

Local News

A soaring journey over Tinicum

Freedom’s Wings International hosted an event Sunday, July 14 at Van Sant Airport in Tinicum, helping about a dozen individuals with disabilities sit in the cockpit of a glider and soar in the sky.

Bucks County Historical Society begins tree removal at Fonthill

As it starts the next phase of its environmental improvement plan, the Bucks County Historical Society is set to remove approximately 15 dead trees from its Fonthill property in Doylestown Township.

Longtime Doylestown Borough employee Dave Burger earns state award

Some might say Dave Burger and Doylestown Borough are synonymous. The borough’s parks and facilities foreman and assistant director of public works has spent his 30-year career here.

Infant rescued from hot car; mother charged

Bystanders removed a 2-month-old infant from an unattended parked vehicle in Quakertown recently, when the outside temperature was approximately 90 degrees, borough police said today.

Wrightstown eyes Thompson Mill Road culvert replacement

Safety and township infrastructure were topics at a recent meeting of the Wrightstown Board of Supervisors.

“Hope Cards” quickly verify PFA orders

Montgomery County Prothonotary Noah Marlier recently addressed Souderton Borough Council this month to publicize the county’s new “Hope Card” and highlight changes to the Protection from Abuse order process (PFA, also known as a Restraining Order).

On the Record: How Legislators Voted

A report on votes by local legislators in Washington and Harrisburg. “On the Record” is supported by a grant to the Bucks County Herald Foundation made possible by Melissa Eiseman.
In response to the summer slump of advertising revenue and the rising costs of sustaining its award-winning news operations, the Bucks County Herald Foundation has embarked on its second annual “Summer Fundraising Drive.”
Sports

Legion baseball: Quakertown wins league championship

The Bux-Mont American Legion tournament is double elimination. But No. 1 Quakertown didn’t need any losses whatsoever to claim the league title.

Solebury School’s Wesp commits to Westminster College

Solebury School star student-athlete Sawyer Wesp, Class of 2024, will attend Westminster College in New Wilmington, and join its men’s soccer program this fall.

Five area ballplayers nabbed in MLB Draft

Five baseball players with strong area ties were selected in the 2024 Major League Baseball Draft held Sunday through Tuesday.
For some pitchers, seven innings of shutout, two-hit baseball with eight strikeouts might be the highlight of a college career.
Holy Family University held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new athletic fieldhouse on July 11, as construction is set to begin on the University’s Northeast Philadelphia campus.
It’s a bit like Christmas in July. Runners in the Bucks County Roadrunners Club’s Winter Series found out who won what in a ceremony at the tail end of June and this month is one for celebrating, even if the thermometer has been pushing 100 lately.
Community
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Recipe of the Week: Fill your freezer with local fruit
Local blueberries, peaches, raspberries, blackberries and apricots and more are a reminder that it’s time to take advantage of the cornucopia of fresh fruit available and fill the freezer with …

Doylestown hawk needs a beach read

A hawk parks it in a reserved spot in front of the Bucks County Free Library’s Doylestown branch Monday. He sat for about 10 minutes before making for the trees across the parking lot.

Wine on the Waterfront is back at Washington Crossing Historic Park

The 7th annual Wine on the Waterfront returns to the banks of the Delaware River at 1112 River Road in Washington Crossing, Pa., from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, July 27.

On Wine: Oak

Oak is one of a winemaker’s most important tools.

Doylestown author releases new book

Linda C. Wisniewski examines a life of encounters and connections in her new book of essays, “Old Women and Other Strangers.”

Roxy Therapy Dogs welcomes board member

Roxy Therapy Dogs recently appointed Amy Bach of Quakertown to a three-year term on its board of directors.

Transitioning to a new platform for our online Calendar

Attention Herald Calendar users, we will be transitioning to a new platform for our online Calendar in July to better serve both the readers and those who submit events. During this transition time, users may experience a service interruption. We expect this interruption to be brief and appreciate your patience as we bring the new service online.
Opinion & Editorial

Happy to Be Here: This refugee, a champion for immigrants

Mercedes Padrino Anderson arrived in the United States in 1962, a refugee from Fidel Castro’s Cuba.

Editorials & Guest Opinions
I returned from the shore and picked up the July 11 Bucks County Herald to learn about local news only to find several Letters and Guest Opinions about abortion and Democratic Party rhetoric.
If you’ve driven anywhere in Buckingham lately there’s no doubt you’ve noticed the hundreds of bright red “No Warehouse” signs planted in yards and intersections.
The petals of the tulip poplar are strewn across the forest floor, their orange and tawny yellow hues mirroring the stormy sky I glimpse snatches of through openings in the now-full canopy.
I am writing to express my strong support for the United States supplying Ukraine with 65 F-16 fighter jets. As a U.S. Air Force officer veteran, I firmly believe that this strategic move is essential for Ukraine to achieve air superiority over Russian forces, ultimately leading to a cessation of hostilities and the return of imperialist Russian troops in defeat.
It’s always a pleasure and a privilege to talk about the fine journalists who write the stories, take the photographs and design the pages you see week in and week out in the Bucks County Herald newspaper.
Poet's Corner

The Swallows of the Evening

The swallows of the evening have no worries

Arts & Entertainment

Burpee Open at Fordhook Farm will take guests behind-the-scenes

Burpee, one of the most well-known gardening brands in the U.S., will host its annual Burpee Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 27.

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Business

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes entrepreneurs soldier on

The more I listen to the stories people tell of their lives, the more proof I continually find that resilience is crucial to all, but especially to entrepreneurs.

Dollars and $ense: Should I Roll Over my 401(k)?

When you leave a job or retire, you must decide what to do with the money you have in your employer-sponsored 401(k) or other retirement plan.
Health & Wellness

VIA Maternity Center at Doylestown Hospital recognized in Pennsylvania Maternal Health Designation Awards ceremony

The VIA Maternity Center at Doylestown Hospital is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PA PQC) inaugural Designations Awards, which were presented at its annual conference in Harrisburg May 22.

St. Mary Medical Center recognized with advertising award

St. Mary Medical Center has received a bronze level 2024 Digital Health Award for outstanding work in the category of Web-based Digital Health, recognizing this campaign landing page promoting the St. Mary bariatrics program.
Homes & Gardens

For ease and convenience, consider raised bed gardening

From a single structure on legs to lawn garden alternatives, few garden structures can compete with a raised bed.Raised bed gardens offer low maintenance, high yield, control over growing conditions …

Obituaries

Karla L. Dolan

Karla L. Dolan, 85, passed away at home on Wednesday, July 10, 2024.Born in Berminhoff, Germany, Karla moved to the United States in 1946.

Steven J. Coppens

Steven J. Coppens (known to many as Spike) of New Hope, PA, passed peacefully in his home on Friday, July 12, 2024 with his husband of 42 years, Jose Boscan at his side.

Jock James McKinstry

Jock James McKinstry died Monday, May 6, 2024, in Doylestown in the presence of his dearly loved wife, Olive. Jock (Jacques) lived a rich, long life amid his brave accommodation of and struggle with myotonic dystrophy type 1, an inherited neuromuscular disease that causes progressive muscle weakness and wasting. Just weeks earlier he had celebrated his 60th birthday surrounded by family and friends – a milestone he had not expected to reach.

Caroline D. Gentile

Caroline D. Gentile of Jamison, PA passed away in the Horsham Center for Jewish Life, Horsham, PA on Friday, July 5, 2024. She was 93.

Willard S. Derstine

Willard “Bill” S. Derstine, 93, of Telford, PA; formerly of Doylestown, PA went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 15, 2024.

Mark C. Healy

Mark C. Healy of Doylestown, PA passed away in the Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown, PA on Friday, June 28, 2024. He was 61.
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