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Solebury officials recall John Miranda, Bill Tinsman


Two well-loved Solebury residents were remembered by the township supervisors on Tuesday.

Chair Mark Baum Baicker said Solebury is holding a dedication ceremony of the John A. Miranda Memorial Field at Laurel Park on Laurel Road at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Miranda, who served as president of the Baseball League for eight years, died in 2016 at the age of 57. A permanent sign will be placed at the field honoring him and his contribution to the local baseball community.

The ceremony will be held at the robo-ball field where the All-Star team he coached practiced before winning its first championship in July 1998.

Dudley Rice, director of the township’s Parks & Recreation Department, said anyone still in contact with any of the players from that team or their parents ought to let him know. Rice can be reached at or 215-297-5702.

Those planning to attend should RSVP to Rice, indicating the number attending.

Another resident being remembered is Bill Tinsman, who died Aug. 6 at the age of 75.

“Last week, our township lost one of its leading citizens, Bill Tinsman,” Baum Baicker said. “(He) was the owner and president of Tinsman Bros Lumber, a business the family has owned for six generations.

“Bill devoted his life to environmental causes. He was one of the early leaders of Solebury’s open space movement. He was actively involved with many organizations including Bowman’s Hill, Bucks Audubon, Lower Delaware Scenic, and the Paunacussing Creek Watershed Association. No one knew more about the history of the Delaware River and the Paunacussing Creek than Bill.

“He was a mentor to many, and I was one of those who called on his advice many times over the years. But, perhaps more than anything, Bill was about family and his many friends. He will be missed but the fruits of his contributions will continue to grow for decades to come.

“Our thoughts are with Melody, Will, and the Tinsman family.”

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