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Upper Bucks Free Press October 2013

Whats Going On in Upper Bucks?

October 2 Meet the Maasai Cultural Exchange Project, 7pm at Wesley Enhanced Living, 200 Veterans Lane, Doylestown. Details: 215-230-8330 or October 3 Spaghetti Dinner 4:30pm-7pm (or sold out), $7.50/adults, $4.50/age 6-12, $8/take-out, salad bar & dessert included, Lower Milford Twp Fire Co, 1601 Limeport Pike October 4 Bradley/Thirty-One/Coach Bingo at Trumbauersville Fire Co, doors open 6pm, raffles, silent auction, refreshments avail., 142 North Main St, tkts/info at 267-374-7762 or October 5 Pork/Apple Bake Dinner, Flower Power Band, Classic Car /Truck Cruise-in, 3-7pm, Church of the Holy Spirit, Sumneytown Pike at Barndt Rd, Harleysville. $10/adults, $6/under 12. Info: 215-234-8020 Monster Mash/5K Dash (9am) at St. Lukes HarvestFest (10:30am-1pm), St. Lukes Upper Perk Outpatient Ctr, 2793 Geryville Pike, Pennsburg, regis. info at 1-866-STLUKES or Murder, Dinner & You Show at Green Lane Fire Co, 214 Main St, Green Lane. Opens 5:30pm, hot buffet 6pm, Show at 6:45pm. $30/pp includes dinner, beer, soda & show. Reservations: 215-679-5872 5th Annual Pet Wellness Fair (free rabies vaccine, etc.), 11am-3pm, Telford Veterinary Clinic, 78 Souderton Hatfield Pike, Souderton, 215-721-6989 or October 6 Fall Bingo Games at East Greenville Fire House, door opens 11:30am, games begin 1pm, $500 Cash Grand Prize, call the firehouse for info/list of other prizes October 8 Citizens for Constitutional Govt meeting 6:30pm, Quakertown Library, 401 W Mill St. Truth About Islam presented by Alviro Watson & a local mom. Info: Pennridge CC 50th Anniv. Celebration: Flamin Harry & Roadhouse Rockers at Sellersville Theater, 24 Temple Ave, Sellersville. 7pm door open/cash bar, 7:30pm-9pm Show. Tkt info at 215-257-5390 October 10 Pork/Sauerkraut Dinner 4:30pm-7pm (or sold out), $8/adults, $4.50/age 6-12, $8.50/ take-out, Lower Milford Twp Fire Co, 1601 Limeport Pike Jazz & Joe Concert w/Alan Segal Quartet 7pm-9pm at Church of the Holy Spirit, Sumneytown Pike at Barndt Rd, Upper Salford. Drinks & snacks provided, free will offering, 215-234-8020 October 11 Vera Bradley/Thirty-One/Coach Bingo 7pm at Trumbauersville Fire Co, 215-536-2518 or 215-536-1998 Upper Bucks Activity Ctr Fundraisers at Boston Market & Wendys in Quakertown from 4pm-8pm. Mention it is for the Senior Ctr and they will donate 10% from their profits October 11 & 12 Keystone Quilters Quilt Show, vendors, raffle, demos, caf, prizes, etc. (Fri 10am-6pm) (Sat 10am-5pm), $7, under 12 free. Quakertown Christian Sch, 50 Paletown Rd, Qtwn. Lynn: 610-282-0651 Semi-Annual Used Book Sale 10am-4pm both days to benefit Quakertown Library, 401 W Mill St, Quakertown. 215-536-3306 October 12 VFW Mkt/Craft Show, 9am-3pm at Forrest Lodge, 2118 Old Bethlehem Pike, Sellersville. $15/space, food & A/C. Roselee 215-257-5648 Jerry Blavat at Tylersport Fire Co 7pm-midnight. $25/tickets: call Carol 215-258-7521 or 267-374-1705 Zion Mennonite Fall Festival/Car Show/Flea Mkt 8am-2pm. Call 215-721-8673 to reserve a space. Durham Twp Community Day 1pm-5pm at Historic Durham Grist Mill (GPS 215 Old Furnace Rd, Riegelsville), vendor info at 610-346-8911 October 12 & 13 Richlandtowns 2nd Annual Scarecrow & Illuminated Jack OLantern Competitions. An arts & crafts table also available. Details/questions at Bob 215-538-1441 Fall Open House 11am-4pm at Aark Wildlife Rehab Ctr, 1531 Upper Stump Rd, Chalfont. Members free, $10/per car. Tours, silent auction, animals, face painting, food, etc. Info: 215-249-1938 October 13 Buffet Breakfast 8am-1pm at Silverdale Fire Co, 111 W Main St, Silverdale. $7/adults, $4/ages 6-12, free under 6 Coach/Vera Bradley Bingo, opens 12:30pm, tkts: $20 ($25/door), Becki 215-536-2511, refreshments available, West End Fire Co, 1319 Park Ave, Quakertown Basket Bingo at Dublin Fire Co (opens 11:30am), $20/adv tkt, $25/door, includes free hot dog, chips, soda, & 20 games. More info/ tkts at 215-249-9242 Cash Bingo at Souderton Fire Co, 266 N 2nd St, doors open 12noon, raffles, door prizes, refreshments avail. 215-721-3167 Coopersburg Halloween Parade on Main St at 3pm, (r/d Oct 20), Judges Stand on lawn of Coopersburg Fire Co, State & Main Sts. Parade route details at 610-282-0812 October 14 Bingo at Upper Bucks Senior Ctr, doors open 5:30pm, games at 7pm, kitchen open for food & snacks. Milford Square Fire House Adoptive Family Play Group @ Pearl S. Buck Intl, 520 Dublin Rd, Perkasie. FREE to attend, 10am-12noon, open to all adoptive families, 215-249-0100, October 17 8th Annual Upper Bucks Foodie, 5:30pm-8pm at Sands Chrysler Showroom, Rt 309, Quakertown. Night of food tasting & networking, call 215-536-3211 or visit October 18 Halloween at the Y Monster Dash/Kids Fun Run at 5pm ( mile age 4-6, mile age 7-10), Strayer School. Call 215-536-YMCA for info. Also fun activities for ages 2-12, Spook & Splash for all ages. Dinner Dance w/King Henry at Upper Bucks Activity Ctr, $18/pp or $10/dance only. RSVP by Oct 11 at 215-536-3066. Milford Square Fire House October 18 & 19 Rummage Sale 9am-3pm at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran, 733 Ridge Rd, Sellersville. Oct 19 is bag day for clothing, books, & VHS tapes. Info/directions: 215-257-9423 Rummage Sale (Fri 9am-4pm) (Sat 9am12noon, $2/bag day) at Quakertown United Methodist, 1875 Freier Rd, Quakertown 215-896-7055 October 19 Annual Craft Show/Bake Sale 9am-3pm at Grace United Methodist, 295 S Main St, Telford, info at 215-723-2144 Annual Buck-A-Book Sale 9am-3pm at Richland Friends Quaker Meeting, corner of Main St, Mill Rd, & Park Ave, Qtwn. Historic Meetinghouse tours avail. 215-538-7555 Family Style Chicken Pot Pie Dinner 4pm-7pm at St. Pauls UCC, 104 Green St, Sellersville. $10/adults, $5/kids 6-12, under 6 is free. All welcome! 215-257-7268 Autumn Alive! Fall Festival in downtown Quakertown featuring a Pet Parade, themed pet vendors, flea mkt, crafts, more info at Craft Show at Grace United Methodist, Telford. 215-723-2144 or 215-723-8381 October 20 Halloween-themed Yappi Hour & Ask the Trainer 2pm-4pm at Pavilion by dog park. Costume contest! perkasiedogpark@gmail. com for questions! 45th Annual Quakertown Halloween Parade, 2pm (r/d 10/27), Call Tom Klee at 215-538-5600 x5641 (daytime) for more info Upper Perkiomen Valley Halloween Parade, 6pm beginning at Red Hill Fire House, down Main St to East Greenville Fire Co. Call 215-272-6431 for more info October 22 Qtwn BPW Meeting at McCooles Arts & Events, Quakertown. Networking 5:45pm, dinner 6:15pm, special speaker, all area women invited, $20 (call for menu, reservation required at 215-536-8526) Quakertown Neighborhood Assn. monthly meeting, 7:30pm at Off Broad St. Music Studio Annex, 334 W. Broad St. Open to the community! October 25 Autumn Fest Free Family Event at Church of the Savior, 6pm-9pm, food, games, inflatables, face painting, prizes. Costumes welcome! Free parking, rain/shine, 610-688-6338 x205 Fall Ball at Pennridge Commun. Ctr, 6pm buffet, 7pm-10pm dance music by Gary Dee, 146 East Main St, Perkasie, call 215-453-7027 October 26 Halloween Dinner Dance sponsored by North Penn Gun Club Auxillary, $15/pp includes dinner buffet 7-8pm, As Good As It Getz dance band 8pm-12am, info at 215-536-4218 Adopt-A-Highway Fall Clean Up, 8am-10am, wear long sleeves & sturdy shoes. Meet at CDP parking lot at Rt 313 & Thatcher Rd, info: 215-536-YMCA 5K Walk for Breast Cancer, Bethlehem, info: 610-921-2329 x3022 October 27 Kiwanis hosts Basket Bingo at Generations, 259 Second St, Souderton. $20/adv. tkts at, $25/door. Doors open 12:30pm. All-U-Can-Eat Breakfast at Haycock Fire Co, 8am-12noon (includes beverages), $6/ adult, $4/kids 4-7, under 4 eat free, 850 Old Bethlehem Rd, Quakertown, 215-536-2224 or Ghost Stories 5pm-8pm at Pearl S. Buck Intl Cultural Ctr, $10, pre-school kids are free. 520 Dublin Rd, Perkasie, 215-249-0100, October 31 Happy Halloween! November 2 Craft Fair 9am-2pm at PA National Guard, 325 E Park Ave, Sellersville, refreshments avail. Reserve table at 215-234-4729 November 3 Daylight Saving Time ends! November 5 is Election Day! November 9 Fall Craft Fair 10am-3pm at Pennridge Community Ctr, Rtes 113 & 152, Silverdale, 484-602-5795 for possible vendor space Annual Holiday Craft Show 9am-3pm at Dublin Fire Co, 194 N Main St, Dublin. Food available, info at 215-249-9242

In 1799, John Fries gathered several hundred Pennsylvania Dutch farmers to rebel against the raising of property taxes to fund an anticipated war with France. The rebellion led to the release of imprisoned tax resisters. John Fries was tried and sentenced to be hanged but was eventually pardoned by President John Adams. Join us in celebrating Quakertowns historical rebellion and our founding fathers who were not afraid to fight for their freedoms and rights. The Fries Rebellion 5K takes place Friday, October 4th at 6 PM at the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 21

Inaugural Rebellion 5K Run Celebrates Quakertowns History

Main Street, Quakertown. It is an easy, flat, certified course through the borough and sports complex. The run promotes healthy lifestyle, local charity and a celebration of the history of Quakertown. All runners will enjoy an authentic Octoberfest Buffet and a complimentary Beer (ages 21 & over) at McCooles Red Lion Inn with their registration and there will be fantastic awards and raffle prizes! For more information, please visit

On Sunday, October 21 at 2:00pm, the Springfield Township Historical Society will host a presentation with Jim Roberts about The Friendly Bookstore and the former Quakertown Ice House. The talk will focus on the history of his family business, the Friendly Bookstore, which was founded by his father-in-law in

Springfield Township Historical Society Hosts Friendly Bookstore, Ice House Presentation

1947. Many locals will also remember the Ice House that was patronized by families and businesses to store their frozen goods before freezers were commonly available. There will be a question and answer session. All are welcome. Questions can be directed to Tom Cline at 484-308-1510.

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QNB Bank announced today that it would now offer Private Student Loans to its customers by participating in the iHELP Private Student Loan program. iHELP administers a simple and transparent lending program with competitive rates through community banks, providing all loan origination and servicing support. Working together, QNB and iHELP Private Student Loans will help students fill the gap between the cost of a college degree and federal loans and scholarships. During the summer months, students and their families finalize their funding plans for the upcoming academic year. Working through a trusted community bank as part of the iHELP program gives students and families a compelling option during what can otherwise be a confusing and stressful process. Dave Freeman, QNB President and CEO said, We want to support our customers college education goals. Participating in the iHELP Private Student Loan Program is a great way to make sure our community has access to white glove customer service throughout the application and loan servicing process. We are confident that through this program, we can provide a better lending experience for our customers than an unknown financial institution. Kevin Moehn, iHELPs Private Student Loan Program Manager, stated, We believe

QNB Bank Offers Private Student Loans for College and Graduate School

that where students borrow from matters. At iHELP, we share ICBAs and QNBs commitment to providing outstanding customer service, and work with students to make sure they understand their loan. We provide free resources on U.S. college costs, average salary by career and location, as well as access to scholarship links so that students can make an informed decision and reduce their net cost of college. Obtaining a college degree is the most important decision a young adult makes in determining their financial success. College graduates earn about $1.5 million more over a lifetime than those without a graduate degree. Since the recession in 2008, about 2 million jobs have been created for college graduates, while those with a high school degree have experienced a decline in jobs of about 200,000. However, paying for college can be difficult. In Pennsylvania, the average cost of a 4-year public university is $10,550 while the average for a 4-year private college is $29,317. The limit on federal loans for freshmen is $5,500 per year and, with federal student loans averaging $5,500 per year, many families turn to Private Student Loans, rather than take out equity lines of credit or borrow from retirement accounts.

Upper Bucks YMCA Names Desiree Ritzen Volunteer of the Year at Annual Meeting
The Upper Bucks YMCA recently honored Desiree Ritzen of Quakertown as its Volunteer of the Year at the Ys Annual Meeting held on September 25. Desiree has volunteered in the Ys Childcare Center for the last two years. She was an employee for many years prior. The Y is one of the nations leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Upper Bucks YMCA serves over 10,000 people annually, including over 5000 children and offers swimming, fitness, child care, youth, teen and adult sports programs and activities. Its mission is to put Christian principles, including honesty, caring, respect and responsibility into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA has a financial assistance program, supported by the United Way of Bucks County and private contributions, which ensures that no one will have to be turned away because of his or her inability to pay.

Desiree Ritzen of Quakertown was named Volunteer of Year at the Upper Bucks YMCA Annual Meeting. (left to right) Upper Bucks YMCA Childcare Director Sandi Robb, Upper Bucks YMCA Executive Director Pat Edwards, Volunteer of the Year Desiree Ritzen, Upper Bucks YMCA Board President Guy Coby. submitted photo

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Senior Center Action

Upper Bucks Senior Center 2183 Milford Sq. Pike, Qtwn 215-536-3066 Game Day Tues. 12:30pm $1 Line Dancing Tues. & Fri. 10am $3 Yoga Fri. 9am $3/class Pinochle Fri. 12:30pm Bingo Thurs. 12:15pm open to public Bridge Mon. 11:00am Beginners Computer Tues 7pm-8pm $30/month Eastern Upper Bucks Senior Center 8040 Easton Rd, Ottsville Line Dancing Mon. 10:30am Chair Yoga Tues. 10am Advanced Tai Chi Wed. 10:30am-11:30am Beginner Tai Chi Wed. 11:30am-12noon Weight Loss Group Thurs. 10:30am Weight Loss Group Thurs. 10:30am Generations of Indian Valley 259 N Second St, Souderton 215-723-5841 Flexercise Mon/Fri 9am - $2 Tai Chi Mon/Fri 10:30am - $3/class Low & Go Tues/Thurs 8:15am - $2 Yoga Tues/Thurs 10am - $3/class Step Interval Wed 9am - $3 Sit/Flex/Stretch Tues/Thurs 9am - $2 Line Dancing Fri 1pm - $2

Pennridge Community Center 146 E. Main St, Perkasie 215-453-7027, Day activities include: bingo, ceramics, billiards, aerobics, line dancing, card games, arts, chess, Wii games, tai chi, mahjong. Contact ctr for times & days. Evening activities: Billiards Tues/Thurs 6:30pm-8pm $3/ non-members Tai Chi - Tues (8-wk session) 7-8:30pm $ Zumba Mon/Thurs 6pm-7pm $5

by kimberly kratz

Firefighter Celebrates 50 Years of Service

John F. Kennedy was in the White House when 21-year-old Floyd Bless became a firefighter with Richlandtown Fire Department. When Bless was a young child, his father had been a fireman for Silverdale, so the idea to become one probably went a bit beyond many a young boys dream to be a fireman. Back then, Bless said, candidates did not join as junior firefighters as they do today, but rather a friend had to present a person to the company for consideration. His pal Don Wimmer, who he knew from high school, put Bless before the department to join, and he did in March of 1962. After 4 years of service, Bless was appointed 2nd Assistant Chief. At the time, Richlandtown Fire Company had one Chevy and one 1955 International fire truck. All of the gearthe coats and boots were stored on the trucks rather than in the firehouse, so fireman would suit up along the way. Sometimes, when you were going to the fire, you might have two size 12 boots, or one size 7 and one size 12both left feet. It was whatever you grabbed. Today, everybody is custom-fitted with all of their own gear, said Bless. First responders will tell you that calls come in good weather and bad, during the day and in the middle of the night, some more memorable than others. Early in his firefighting career, Bless recalled the many barn fires. At that time, Upper Bucks was primarily farm land, so barns were more common. In his over 50 years of service, Bless recalled several especially memorable calls. One was the 1975 Fourth of July fire at the former Trainers Restaurant in Quakertown, in which the local icon sustained a near complete loss when a worker removing paint with

a torch accidentally set a wall on fire. Bless remembered the Trainers fire well not only for its size, but also because while it was burning, he was called to a separate fire location along Richlandtown Pike where, he said, kids playing with fireworks accidentally set a car on fire. Another was the Swan Lee factory fire in downtown Richlandtown. Bless recalls the precise date: April 30, 1976, the first year he was Chief of the department. He still retains a stack of department photos of that fire, all in black and white, some eerie, but all interesting. That was a full, 24-hour time of being there, firefighting the whole time, Bless recalled. Bless remembered the Moose fire in Quakertown, the cold night through which they fought the fire where icicles were hanging from the firemans helmets, and they were just coated in crunchy ice, as the inclement weather fought back at them. Bless has photos of that too. Serving the community runs in the Bless family. His sons are active in emergency services and one, Bob Bless, currently serves Richlandtown Company 36 as Assistant Chief. Bless pointed out that fellow fireman John Candle has clocked over 60 years of service and is still active with the fire police. No doubt the Upper Bucks community has been Blessed by the long time service of Floyd Bless, and will continue to be served by the next generation. Richlandtown Fire Company 36 serves Richlandtown Borough, Haycock, Springfield and Richland Township.

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(above) Floyd Bless circa 1980, which was Richlandtown Fire Companys 75th Anniversary. (below) Floyd Bless circa 2013 as he celebrates the 50th Anniversary of his own service.
photo by kimberly kratz

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Ongoing Community Activities and Resources

Now thru Nov 16, perkasiedogpark@gmail. com will sell BonTon coupon books for $5 (dog park keeps 100% of money) during BonTon Community Days. Email for details! Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit Quakertown Food Pantry for families in need. Bring non-perishable foods through 11/23 to UBYMCA in Quakertown, 215-536-YMCA Pancake Breakfast w/Santa at Grand View Hospitals Cafeteria in Sellersville, seatings at 8, 9, & 10am. $5.50/adult, $3.50/kids 2+, free under 2. Reserv. required: 215-453-4084 Generations 2013 5K Reindeer Run for 12/7/13, start time 8am, 259 N Second St, Souderton. Registration info at All Veterans invited to join Forrest Lodge VFW, 2118 Old Bethlehem Pike, Sellersville. Call Frank 215-679-7770 Community Hymn Sing, 6pm, first Sunday every month, Saucon Mennonite Church, 6639 N. Main St, Coopersburg, All invited, refreshments provided, 610-282-0514 Miller-Keystone Blood Center Mobile comes to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Quakertown, call 800-223-6667 for days and times. Indian Valley Farmers Mkt every Sat. thru Oct. Different theme every week, info: Perkasie Farmers Market every Saturday 9am12noon through mid-October, 7th & Market Sts in Perkasie, all kinds of vendors, info at Perkasie Carousel Schedule - October 6 and December 7, Sept. 11 to Dec. 11, English as Second Language, (free) Wednesdays, (5pm-7pm) at Qtwn Elem. Sch, 123 South 7th St, Qtwn. Details: or (English/Spanish) October 28 to November 23-Thanksgiving Food Drive for Qtwn Food Pantry. Donate non-perishable food items. PetSmart Adoption Day is 2nd Saturday each month, 11am-3pm, PetSmart, 620 N.West Blvd, Quakertown, 215-538-2843 or Meet the Dogs (1st & 3rd Sat. May to Nov. 12noon-3pm), Last Chance Ranch Volunteer Orientation, 1st Saturday each month, 10am-11am in front of Horse Barn, 9 Beck Rd, Quakertown, 215-538-2510 Singles Connection for adults meets Thursdays for social evening, 7pm at Silverdale Brethren in Christ Church, 165 W. Main St, Silverdale. 215-723-3415 or Doylestown Singles Soc. Intermediate Bridge Club meets every Tues. 7pm at a private residence in Doylestown. Info at 215-340-7604 or Saturday morning Bird Walks 8am-10am, 215-345-7860 or Alzheimers Assoc. Support Group, 3:30pm5:00pm, meets 2nd Thursday every month, Phoebe Richland Health Care Ctr, 108 S. Main St, Richlandtown. Free, more info: Social Services 267-371-4517 NOVA (Network Of Victim Assistance) Support Groups, Information, Guidance, Hotline 800-675-6900 Tourette Syndrome Support Group for adults over 21, 7pm-8:30pm, meets 2nd Thursday every month, Doylestown Hospital, Susan 215-527-7229 or Gamblers Anonymous meets every Saturday 11am-1pm, St. Lukes Hosp. Education Ctr, Rm 111, Ostrum St, Bethlehem, 215-872-5635 Overeaters Anonymous meets every Thursday 10am-11am, West Swamp Mennonite Church, 2501 Allentown Rd, Quakertown, No dues, free babysitting. or Bob 610-762-3779 Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Sunday at 7pm, Grand View Hosp. info at 215-453-4699 Bedminster Nar-Anon meets Tuesdays 7:30pm, Deep Run West Mennonite, 1008 Deep Run Rd, Perkasie, for family/friends of those struggling w/addiction, contact: Doylestown Nan-Anon meets at Summit Behavioral Health, 702 Hyde Park, Doylestown. Call 215-589-7111 for directions and info on permanent day and time of the week. A Womans Place (support for domestic abuse/ violence) 24-hour Hotline 1-800-220-8116,

Networking & Civic Groups

Kiwanis meetings 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month, 12:30pm at Dominicks Pizza, Quakertown Quakertown Rotary Club meets (1st & 3rd Tues 7:30am at Johns Plain & Fancy Restaurant) (2nd, 4th, & 5th Tues 6pm at Spinnerstown Hotel) Business Networking International (BNI) meets every Thursday 7am-8:30am at Johns Plain & Fancy Restaurant in Quakertown, membership info: James Dodson

Community Meals
Free Community Dinner third Wed. of month. 5:30pm-6:30pm, Christ Community Bible Church, 1830 N. Ridge Rd, Perkasie, 215-257-7318 Free Community Meals 6pm at Richland Friends Quaker Meeting on second, fourth & fifth Weds. every month. Mill Rd & Main St off Route 309, Qtwn, 215-536-0395 Community Meal-every third Thursday of the month, 5:30pm-6:30pm, First UCC, 4th & Park, Qtwn, 215-536-4447 Free Community Dinner third Mon. of month, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Presbyterian Church of Deep Run, 16 Irish Meetinghouse Rd, Perkasie, 215-249-3689. Call before 3pm w/questions of transportation needs

Notes from American Legion Post 242

by dick helm

Support Groups & Medical Resources

Sisters U Monthly Meetings 7pm-9pm the third Thurs every month at Down to Earth Caf, 1141 N 5th St, Perkasie, info: Brain Injury Family/Spousal/Partner Support Group 6pm-8pm the third Monday every month at First UCC, Church Parlor, 4th & Park Ave, Quakertown, 215-538-3488 or 610-558-1326 Bikers Against Child Abuse of Bucks County meets 11am the second Sunday every month at Hilltown German Sportsmens Club, 1622 Hilltown Pike, Hilltown. For info, email: Caregiver Support Group meetings last Thurs. of every month, Independence Court of Quakertown, 1660 Park Ave, (meal provided). RSVP: 215-541-9030 to attend a meeting. Upper Bucks Clinic, free medical care Mon & Wed 5:30pm-8:30pm to uninsured low-income residents of Upper Bucks Co w/no medical insurance & meet income eligibility guidelines. Info: 215-538-4774 Outreach Care, (supports Quakertown people in need of temp. housing and resources), 215-804-5869,

Bingo at Richland Twp Fire & Rescue every Tues. doors open 5:30pm, 64 Shelly Rd, Qtwn. 215-536-7226 Bingo at Great Swamp Fish & Game every Sat. night, open 4pm, games 6:30pm, kitchen open. Free coffee, 2650 Schukraft & Camp Rock Hill Rd, Qtwn, 215-536-8820 Bingo at Plumsteadville Fire Co. every Monday, opens 5:30pm, games 6:30pm (refreshments avail.) 5064 Stump Rd, 215-766-8250 Bingo at Sellersville Fire Co. every Thurs. (except July) opens 5:30pm, 2 N. Main St, 215-257-4028 Bingo at Tylersport Fire Co. every Tues. opens 5pm, games 6:40pm, 125 Ridge Rd, 215-257-5900 Bingo at UB Senior Ctr first Thurs. every month, $50 Jackpot! 12:15pm-3pm, 2183 Milford Sq. Pike, 215-536-3066 Bingo at Red Hill Fire Co Social Hall 3rd Sunday every month, opens 12noon, games 1pm-4pm, 82 E 5th St, Red Hill Cash Bingo at Green Lane Fire Co every Wed., Main St, Green Lane, opens 5:30pm, games 6:40pm, 215-234-8567

As outlined in our article last month, November 2012 is a busy month at the Legion. Charlie Wismer, our adjutant and youth activity chairman, stresses to all members who were recently sent tickets, send in your money and tickets soon. All ticket holders have 87 chances to win. Beside the chances of winning, you also can stop by the Post and enjoy refreshments while you are listening for your name to be called as a winner. The tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. As Charlie says, What a deal! The biggest winners are the youth of the area. Remember these funds are used for activities such as Little League and specialneeds baseball, summer camps, educational seminars, and special gifts for scholarship and special approved appeals from our youth. Remember we require almost $4900 to meet prize money and expenses. Every ticket sent in is so important to this program. If you want, you can name the Post as the prize winner and it will help that much more. One most important day observed by your Legion is Veterans Day, which is usually held on November 11. This year that important observance is being held on Monday, November 12, so we can have it at a local school. This years observance will be at Palisades Middle School located on Route 412 (4710 Durham Road, Kintnersville) between Ottsville and Springtown. The 6th grade students from various Christian schools, St. Isidores, and the three Upper Bucks Schools (Pennridge,

Quakertown, and Palisades) will be participating as part of a wonderful program put on by the Upper Bucks Veterans Associations. All veterans and their families are invited as well the general public. As I stated before, I am truly amazed on how quiet the students are and how much they actively participate and truly thank the Veterans present. Light refreshment is usually served after the service. Door open at 9:30 AM and the service starts promptly at 10AM. Veterans, please check the local restaurants during the Veterans Day weekend as some restaurants have traditionally offered free preselected menu choices to veterans. These restaurants honor those who served and we as an organization for veterans appreciate their thought and support their effort. As we feel that no one should celebrate Thanksgiving Day alone, especially someone who served our country, we will again offer a free Thanksgiving dinner to all veterans on November 22, between 12:30 and 4PM. We ask you to please let us know if you wish to attend no later than November 18, either by phone or by stopping in at the Post. Mail notification would arrive too late. We urge you to keep an eye on our display board outside our Post on East Broad Street for events open to the public. Remember on Veterans DaySay Thank You to any veteran you know. They certainly appreciate it! For God and Country, Wallace Willard Keller Post 242 Dick Helm

Did you know that Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes?

Upper Bucks Free Press September 2013

The first part of this series (available in the September edition of the Upper Bucks Free Press) explained the preliminary steps going from civilian life to that of being in the military. Upon arrival at Fort Jackson in South Carolina we were bussed to the reception center where all the normal distribution of clothing, haircuts, shots, and testing took place. After a few days, we were taken to our new home - our basic training company. Because so many were being inducted, we experienced our eight weeks of basic training living in eight-man tents on what they called Tank Hill. The months of May and June are certainly hot enough that coming back after a full day of basic training to a hot tent was a perspiration experience. After my fourth week, I was going to the P.X. to buy stamps on a Sunday afternoon and I ran into Ronald Datesman, a 61 classmate, who was into his final week of training in another part of the training area. The training we received was that of Old Army Style as our Drill Instructors stressed that they changed their format as there was a good chance we would be in a much hotter climate and the increased training program just might save our lives. Basic training continued in the steamy training area of South Carolina. When I returned home after basic training my dad couldnt believe how slim and trim I had gotten. Also, when we arrived at the Philadelphia Airport there was no unusual reception. During basic training, I got to know Steve Harris from Maryland who slept in the bunk to my right. We would pass what free time we had talking about cars and hunting and fishing. As it turned out Steve and I were the only ones from our basic training company that went on to advanced training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. That love of the outdoors showed up in our testing as qualifications to be in the field of Forward Observer for Armored (Tanks). This training was for a modern day Cavalry function and our training company was known as a Troop, right out of Custers Western Service annals. When we graduated from our advanced training, half of the troop went to Korea and half went to Germany. Every other person in alphabetical order was selected for these assignments. Harris was right before Helm so Steve went to Korea and I went to Germany. During our last week of training we saw on the news that President Johnson was going to send many more troops to Vietnam. With the type of training we had the survival rate was low in a combat situation, as you would be in a small group forward of the troops to call in

Army Training and War Clouds on the Horizon

fire. We exchanged addresses so we could get together in 1967. Steves group that was sent to Korea was only there for a short time and then sent to Vietnam. Steve and I never got to meet after our Army days as he was killed in August of 1966. I visit his section of The Wall in Washington and when the Travelling Memorial Wall is in the area I try to stand guard at his panel, usually during the midnight to early morning shifts when all is quiet. After over 35 years past, I went visit his grave in Rockville, Maryland and it was a rather moving experience, but a visit that was necessary. When I arrived at Fort Dix, I received orders to be an observer along the Czechoslovakian border. While waiting for a flight over to Germany they noted that I helped type reports when needed in basic and advanced training. They interviewed me and changed my orders to Heidelberg, Germany to work at the Army Headquarters. When I arrived there they sent me on interviews in different offices including the separate building housing the command staff. I was accepted to work in the Office of the Commander-i-Chief of the Army in Europe, General Andrew P. OMeara. I worked in the Protocol Office and handled the itineraries and transportation needs of visitors from Washington, D.C., other distinguished guests, and of course General OMeara. I was lucky in working for the CINC (Commander in Chief) to be promoted to Spec 5 or Sergeant equivalent within 11 months of the day I took that step forward in Philadelphia. During my tenure at the Command building, I met many famous politicians and generals who came to our command including General Creighton Abrams and his aide, then-Colonel John Eisenhower. Col. Eisenhower asked me where I was from and I told him Upper Bucks County. He mentioned his family was living in the Phoenixville area and that he bought appliances from my sister-in-laws fathers store there. I was very fortunate to have had such a change in occupation and will always be thankful I took Business Administration at Quakertown High. Speaking of QCHS, I had to give references to receive the high security clearance needed to work in the Command building and I gave Miss Anna Neamands name as a former school teacher and neighbor. As the story goes, one night my dad was taking a walk past her home and she came out busily and asks my dad if Richard was in trouble? My dad said not to his knowledge. She said that she was called to the office in between classes and had to answer questions posed to her by a FBI person relating to me. It was for my security clearance. I will be closing on this part-The Service in Part III next month, so stay tuned.

Is time running out for you? No, I didnt mean to the end of your life. What my query centers upon is this calendar year for you. What were your plans or resolutions on January 1 for 2013? Did you reach your goals and objectives? Did your list contain too many things? Did you set out with good intentions to make big changes and then put everything aside on January 2? It is easy to waste time and have nothing to show for it. Spend a moment, it becomes an hour. Then the hour turns into a month shot to pieces. Maybe you aspired to be a CPA specializing in municipal finance, discovered you couldnt count the number of pennies needed for a roll, and ended up peddling on a bicycle all over town. Then again, you went to the gym to bulk up like Charles Atlas and all you did was admire your physique while straining with five pound weights in front of a mirror. Still others kill time at others expense using a company vehicle taking your kid to and from school when the bus runs past the house. Some will never be anything more than what they already are. Just clueless about life, dont having two brain cells that work in unison, and taking up space on our planet is uncool. However, you are different and much more important. You have made a difference to your family, community, employer, church, and various organizations. However, you need to make yourself a priority. Lets refocus your energy now while we have time. By pointing out you, I want to make your health and general wellbeing the targeted area of concern. Hopefully, if you were concerned about your hearing (or someone elses) there are still three months left to do something about it. Everyone has five senses, except for moms. They have a sixth sense called radar with their kids. The most important sense is hearing. We dont realize how important hearing is until we start to lose it. Hearing loss may occur

Is Time Running Out for You?

due to noise exposure (occupational, non-occupational, and recreational), ototoxicity (drugs that damage hearing), head trauma, acoustic trauma, neuroma of the 8th nerve, viral infection, and advancing age. That last cause, aging, gets a kick-start when we reach the age of 45. At that time, things start to change within the physiology of our anatomy. Your hearing can change and you may not even notice it, but others will. The person with the onset of hearing loss compensates for diminished hearing by asking people to repeat, mistaking some words for others, giving inappropriate responses to questions and comments from others, turning up the volume of the television, blaming others for mumbling, and much more. This environment is the kettle that produces a putrid soup in all their relationships due to miscommunication, avoidance of social situations, and personal psychological impediments. However, there is hope. There is a ray of sunshine. You have the power to do something with the remaining three months of 2013. It may seem like a gigantic step and impossible to accomplish, but you can do it. You can pick up the telephone and make the call to schedule an appointment with a certified and licensed audiologist today and get your hearing checked. It is easy, safe, and noninvasive. Most insurance plans approve the evaluation. Do it for yourself. Do it for your loved ones. What are you waiting for? P.S. If you want to become that CPA who specializes in municipal finance just so you know there are fifty pennies that are placed in a roll.
Mr. Murphy
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Mr. Murphy has been in Pennsylvania since receiving his Master of Education in Audiology from University of Virginia in the Spring of 1987. Mr. Murphy is affiliated with a number of hearing related national and international organizations. He can be reached at and by phone at 215-804-1111.

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September 2013 Upper Bucks Free Press

Comcast Foundation Grant to Help Latino Children in Bucks Reach Potential

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County (BBBSBC), the premiere mentoring agency in Bucks County, has received a $20,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation. This grant will support BBBSBCs Hispanic mentoring Initiative, a community-based mentoring program. The goal of the program is to help Latino children embrace their ethnic identities while building relationships within the community. The Big and Little meet two to four times each month, spending time together on weekends or weeknights. Research has shown that children enrolled in BBBSBC programs are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and friends, and are less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol. The Hispanic population, within the county, has increased significantly over the past few years, said Ursula Raczak, CEO of BBBSBC. Through the support of the Comcast Foundation, we have been able to continue to raise awareness of our programs by matching caring responsible adults with Hispanic youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters helps young people in their pursuit of better lives and opportunities, said Janet Steiner, Comcast Government Affairs Manager and BBBSBC Board Member. We are proud to support them and help other local organizations continue their important work. Including support in the Philadelphia Region, the Comcast Foundation donated more than $16 million in 2012 to nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves nationwide. Since 1999, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $123 million. In addition to the grants from the Comcast Foundation, Comcast also responds to community needs through local sponsorships and in-kind support, such as airing public service announcements, employee volunteerism and providing technology equipment and services to organizations across the country. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County has been providing one to one mentoring programs to children in Bucks County for the past 50 years. Affiliated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, BBBSBC is the only affiliate to be recognized for providing the highest quality programs for the past five years. Located in Jamison, PA, BBBSBC is a donor supported, volunteer driven organization dedicated to helping Bucks County youth achieve success. Additional information is available at 215-3438260 or online at

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You Just Stepped into... The Retirement Zone

You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of work and earnings, but of pension and leisure. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. You unlock this door with Social Securitys Retirement Estimator and online benefit application. Next stop the retirement zone. Thats not exactly sticking to the original script, but some television viewers may be hearing the voice of Rod Serling ringing in their heads right now. The Twilight Zone television program first aired in 1959 and ran for five seasons and continues to live on in reruns. The series took viewers through amazing journeys with each episode featuring characters who faced unusual or extraordinary circumstances. If youre nearing retirement now, it may seem an extraordinary circumstance that these days you really can do it all from the comfort of your home or office computer. Amazing but true: you can do so much online, including getting an estimate of future benefits, testing out different retirement scenarios, completing and submitting your retirement application online, and much more! Picture a man. A man sitting at his home computer. He isnt sure whether he should apply now, wait until he reaches full retirement age, or work a little longer and begin receiving benefits at age 70. Hes about to find out with a visit to the Retirement Estimator. The Estimator uses his past earnings and allows him to enter variable future earnings and retirement dates to complete the picture of a retirement hed like to live. Imagine a woman. A woman with a laptop enjoying a hot cup of java at her favorite coffee house. Shes done with planning and has decided its time to take the plunge and retire. Before going to a local Social Security office as her parents and older siblings did, she visits and discovers she can complete the entire application online and submit it in about 15 minutes. As in most cases, there are no papers to sign and no documents to provide. She ventures from to an audio book and closes her eyes to begin enjoying her retirement. Back when The Twilight Zone first hit television screens, the idea of testing out retirement scenarios or even completing and submitting a retirement application online would have been science fiction fodder fit for an episode of the program. Today, it is reality. Try it out for yourself. Visit and take a visit into the retirement zone. Tom Reiley is the Social Security District Manager in Allentown. Have a question about Social Security matters? Email Tom at

The Internet is a great place to find free stuff. In fact, if you really think about it, there is a good chance the most recent free thing you received was provided courtesy of the Internet. Hulu and Youtube give us access to free television shows, movies, and videos. DropBox and Google provide free online storage. Pandora and Spotify grant us access to free music. Besides these, the internet offers us free news sources, free college classes, free communication tools, free how-to guides, and free software, just toname a small subset of the Internets smorgasbord of free. Often, however, all this free stuff ends up costing quite a bit. In fact, many of the free products and services available to us on the Internet come with a heavy tax on our privacy and security. Privacy Marketing has long been a massive industry in the United States, and the explosion of the Internet in the mid 90s enabled marketers to track more data about consumers than ever before. Gaining access to a consumers browsing habits, favorite websites, and internet history became the Eldorado of marketing. As a result, sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest were born. These and many of the most popular websites on the internet make huge profits by gathering and selling information about users, and while most of these sites have privacy policies detailing what they do with user information, few consumers ever read the policies, and fewer still understand them. This leaves many consumers unintentionally exposing private information to any number of massive marketing companies. Perhaps even worse, disreputable software companies quickly realized that they could easily extract marketing gold from unwary consumers by enticing them to install programs that would surreptitiously track their computer usage. Now called Spyware, Adware, and more generally, Malware, the internet is teeming with applications that gather personal information from the unaware. In many cases, this software is either embedded in or bundled with free screensavers, toolbars, games, and other applications. Though a popular new puzzle game or an unbelievable free PC utility may not cost dollars and cents, it will

The Cost of Free

almost certainly make you pay out plenty of personal details. Even worse, a mere handful of the countless free games, utilities, and other digital products pushed on consumers work as advertised, and many do not work at all. This leaves computers glutted with freebies that do much worse than nothing. Security While some of the internets giveaways exist to mine personal data, others exist for even more nefarious purposes. Details about a consumers habits, relationships, likes, and dislikes are worth good money to marketing companies, but credit card numbers, bank account information, and login credentials can sell for a small fortune. Thus, as online banking and shopping burgeoned their way into ubiquity, cybercriminals began developing pieces of software now called Trojan horses. Disguised as free screensavers, games, apps, or just about anything else listed as a free download, Trojan software works in the background of a computer to steal sensitive data, sending anything it finds to servers controlled by criminals. And, because many consumers do not realize that their favorite freebie might not actually be an unconditional gift from some generous benefactor, they do not find out that their computers are infected until it is too late. Caveat Despite the fact that most free offers online cost infinitely more than their sticker price, the internet does host a fair share of free stuff that actually is free (or at least pretty close). For example, services like YouTube and Pandora may collect a list of the videos you watch or the music you listen to, but they do not associate your name or any other identifying data with the information they collect. Even better, organizations like Wikipedia and MIT OpenCourseWare are supported entirely by donations and gifts, and they do not release any personal information about their users. Sadly, organizations like these are a small minority. Everyone likes free stuff, and the internet offers us as much as we can handle and a whole lot more. That said, while some of the best things the internet has to offer are free, the next time you consider accepting a free product or service on the web, make sure to check the fine print on the price tag. You might be surprised at how much free will actually cost.

Local Library Hosts Annual Wine Tasting

What do a Tempranillo and Thoreau have in common? On November 9, both can be found at Indian Valley Public Library. IVPL is hosting their sixth annual Wine Tasting on November 9, from 7-10 PM, to raise funds for the library and their civic programs. The Wine Tasting will be held inside the Indian Valley Public Library. As with other years, wines from around the world will be presented. Nejaimes Wine Cellars in Massachusetts will be bringing an international variety, from bubbly whites to exotic, full-bodied reds. Local wineries are expected to join the tasting this year to bring even more flair to the fundraiser. Last year, the Wine Tasting provided IVPL with the much-needed funds to purchase new computers. The new technology allows members- many of them local students and senior citizens- the ability to access the Internet. Tickets are $50 when purchased prior to November 2 and include all food and wine at the event. Attendees will receive their own etched wine glass to take home as a souvenir. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ivpl. org under Events, or at the library. Indian Valley Public Library is located conveniently at 100 East Church Avenue in Telford, near Landis market.

Upper Bucks Free Press October 2013

News from Elk Country

QNB Helps to Spruce Landscape at Milford Shelter
As we outlined in an article last year in the Upper Bucks Free Press, we started a new Elk chapter in the Quakertown area, which is in the Lehigh and Delaware Valley area of Pennsylvania. Throughout the state, there are 11 chapters that were formed to support the Elk Center outside of Benezette, PA and the vast elk herd (over 1000 with this years calves) located in the counties making up the Pennsylvania Wilds. On the weekend of September 6 8, a group of 23 committee members from our chapter spent sometime up in Elk Country, staying at camps of members in nearby Cameron County. We were fortunate to have had a ride in the horse-drawn wagon that takes the visitors to the Elk Center around the perimeter of the property and public rental farmhouse one evening Rawley Cogan, President and CEO of KECA accompanied us on our ride and explained in detail about the land (245 acres) associated with the Visitors Center and how the herd is improving and how our efforts together will preserve the beauty we observed on the ride for future generations. We were fortunate to have had over 50 elk that we observed on our ride with two Bull Elk (males) that were gathering herds of cows and calves for the breeding season on different ends of the property. What a sight to see these Bulls gathering in their cows and protesting about the infringement of other smaller Bull Elk by starting to what is called bugling (a loud grunting noise) to fend these satellite bulls away from their cows. During this period of mating called the Rut, the hills around Elk, Cameron, Clearfield, and parts of southern McKean and Potter Counties are alive with the bugling of these bulls in the morning, evening, and through the night. It is an awesome sound to hear as well as a sight to see! Early on September 7, we all met at one of the camps of our members and had our 2014 organizational meeting to plan on our nowannual banquet to be held on April 5, 2014 at Bear Creek Mountain Resorts in Berks County. We will again be offering an exciting menu for the attendees and most important we will be having different fundraising activities to help the Elk Center and of course, the well-being of our wonderful elk herd we are fortunate to have in Pennsylvania. Our first banquet was wellattended and featured many great items such as firearms, kayaks, mountain bikes and other prizes that would appeal to outdoor sports folks and conservationists; also jewelry, apparel, home furnishings, patio items, and much more that impressed our dinner attendees. We spent a few hours putting together our ideas for 2014 that will knock your socks off! So if you did attend our 2013 banquet and were impressed, just wait to see what we have in line for 2014! So we urge you to keep April 5 open for a wonderful fun night to raise money for a very good cause. Our goal for the KECA Lenape-Wapiti chapter is to acquaint the folks about the wonderful Pennsylvania Wilds that include close to 2 million acres of natural forest and our wonderful elk herd. We have set up our booth at sports shows, fairs, and other community events to let you know about the area that we so much enjoy ourselves. For information about KECA, Lenape-Wapiti Chapter, or our upcoming banquet please contact: Dick Helm, Vice-Chairman

QNB was proud to provide a $1,000 donation to help the Bucks County Housing Group with landscape improvements at their Milford Square Shelter. Pictured with some of the landscaping at the shelter are: (left to right) Melissa Mantz, BCHG Development Officer; John Kunes, Milford Square Shelter Volunteer Coordinator; Brian Schaffer, QNB VP of Marketing submitted photo

American Heritage FCU employees staffed the phones to take contributions for 98.1 WOGLs Love Our Kids Radiothon on September 5, 2013. President/CEO Bruce K. Foulke presented a check for $4,150 to Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and also agreed to match any donations made at an American Heritage branch thru Saturday, September 7. The Kids-N-Hope Foundation is a chari-

American Heritage FCU Donates $4,150 in WOGL Radiothon

table organization that supports the Music Therapy Program for children at the Childrens Seashore House of the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. The Music Therapy Program allows children to express themselves, interact and support other children in the hospital. Since 1996, American Heritage has donated over $900,000 to CHOP to support the Music Therapy program.

by cameron h. fowler

New Eagle Scouts Fly High in Trumbauersville

On Wednesday, August 28, Boy Scout Troop 13 of Trumbauersville convened a special meeting at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Quakertown to raise three of their scouts to the Eagle Scout rank. Dennis Hallman, Unit Commissioner for the Bucks County Council, BSA, officiated the ceremony, known as a Court of Honor, in which Colin Fowler, Nicholas Basile, and Nathan Arnold became Eagle Scouts. All three, having worked for up to eleven years since starting in scouts to advance through the ranks, led community-service projects to complete the requirements to attain Scoutings highest position. Colin organized a choir of scouts and other students to sing at area nursing homes. Nicholas collected 520 used American flags and led a ceremony for their proper retirement. Nathan led a work party to rebuild prayer gardens at St. Isidores Catholic Church in Quakertown. About 50 friends and family members attended the ceremony,

along with some special guests. Tony Vega, Tophendel District Commissioner for Bucks County Council, BSA, presented certificates from the U.S. House of Representatives for Paul Clymer, who could not attend. Anthony Bauer gave the new Eagle Scouts certificates from the United States Submarine Veterans Inc. In the ceremony, Scoutmaster Andrew Graham, an Eagle Scout himself, led the rising scouts in the Eagle Charge and Promise, in which they affirm their commitment to living by and upholding the values of scouting. Ronald Cubbage, Assistant Scoutmaster, reminded the scouts of the many others, all volunteers, who helped them along the way, and challenged them to continue on in scouting, helping others to achieve, and to give back to the communities in which they live. Each of the new Eagle Scouts addressed the gathering, as well, thanking the many people who have supported them and encouraging the younger scouts in the audience. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed some light refreshments.

Dennis Hallman, Unit Commissioner for the Bucks County Council - BSA, poses with the new Eagle Scouts after their Court of Honor ceremony. submitted photo

October 2013 Upper Bucks Free Press

Mastercraft Art Gallery Reopens in Quakertown

by michele buono

On September 14, Mastercraft Art Gallery celebrated its grand opening in at its location along Route 309 in Quakertown. Representatives of the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Quakertown Alive! and State Senator Bob Mensch were among those who attended the ribbon-cutting and reception. Gallery owners Rod Witmer and his wife, Catherine Viscusi-Witmer, welcomed the public to visit their renovated gallery. The revitalized space features hundreds of paintings in a rich setting of color and style. Currently the gallery features the work of artist-owner Rod Witmer and Quakertown artist Howard Kressler. Catherine points out that a corner of the gallery hosts some very special artists, her grandchildren, Piper (8) and Bodie (4). Visitors to the gallery will notice that many of Witmers paintings focus on the Civil War, along with many landscapes and

portraits. Howard Kresslers paintings are bold abstracts that Kressler says have been largely inspired by music. Mastercraft Gallery has been at its current Quakertown location since 2000, but closed a few years ago due to health issues. Artist-owner Rod Witmer is happy to be back. Witmer has been a photographer for many decades and has been painting for 20 years. Also on site is Catherines custom framing business. Jann Paulovitz, president of Quakertown Alive!, enjoyed wandering through the galleries. Its such a beautiful space. This is a real asset to the area, she said. Although the gallery already boasts an impressive amount of space, Catherine says that eventually more room will be added and more artists will be invited to display. Mastercraft Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10am until 5pm and is located at 430 South West End Blvd.

Local Man Shares his Love of Kites, Teaches Kids to Fly High
by michele buono

When told to go fly a kite, most people would take it as a brush off and be insulted; however, Clifford Quinn would rather do nothing else. The Coopersburg resident has found joy in kite-making and flying and he enthusiastically shares his joy with those around him. This night, Clifford was at the Quakertown Chick-fil-A helping children create their own simple kites. The children use markers to personalize the kite body and then Clifford helps them to attach the frame, string, and tail. When finished, the kites are fully-flyable and the children are very proud of their results. Sharing his passion for kites and kite-making is important to Clifford. He regularly has simple kite-making programs in the pediatric

the work he does with children. When kids are in the hospital, theres not much for them to do except watch TV or read, making a kite gets them out of bed, they can enjoy themselves and create something. They hang the kites near their beds and it adds color to where they have to be, he says. He enjoys his regular visits to the Ronald McDonald Charities camp in the Poconos and to the network of camps run by the SeriousFun Childrens Network, founded by Paul Newman. It makes a difference in these kids lives, it is very gratifying and its so important to give back to the community, Clifford said, explaining why he travels, sharing his passion for kites. Clifford gets a bit sentimental as he recalls a blind teenage boy who constructed a kite at one his programs, This boy made his kite using verbal instructions. He felt with his fingers around the edge of the paper, made his design, put together and attached the frame, added the string and the tail for the most part all by himself. He was so proud. And thats what its all about. Clifford then related how the teenager had also done zip-lining while at camp as well as some other activities one would not normally think a blind person would do. Thats why these camps [Serious Fun Network, et al] are so important. They let kids be kids, which something that these kids dont always get to do. When they are at camp, they are with others who are experiencing similar issues and

wards of hospitals, local and nationwide, he travels the country to summer camps for kids with disabilities and other serious medical issues, and also brings his kite-making program to schools. Kites are an excellent teaching tool, Clifford explains. Theres the history, of course, going back to the Chinese. The kids learn about construction and using materials at hand. Kite-flying is also good quality family time, the kids arent plugged into electronics and everyone can be involved. Clifford remembers enjoying kites with his grandfather when he was young, they used to make and fly kites together, but when his grandfather passed away, the kites were put aside. Then in the early 1990s, he was strolling along the beach with his wife, Joyce, and saw people flying kites. We can do that, he told Joyce and the couple have been busy with kites ever since. Clifford has traveled the country and even the world attending kite festivals, competitions, and conferences, but is most gratified by

they can just be themselves. And from talking to Clifford, you know that he is proud to share his kite-making talents and humbled by the childrens determination. The kids at the Chick-fil-A program have a fun time making kites and showing them off to each other and people in the restaurant. Highfives are exchanged and the kids are all smiles. You need a kite, declares three-year-old MacKenzie Fritchman after she finished building her very purple kite.

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Mr. Slice from Papa Johns Pizza in Quakertown found fans of all ages at Quakertowns Bike Night

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Listen! The wind is rising, and the leaves, We have had our summ now for October eves! - Hu

Quakertown Womens Club Donates $5000 to Quakertown Historical Society for Museum Project

The Womans Club of Quakertown recently donated $5000 to the Quakertown Historical Society. The donation will be used toward the Societys continuing project of replacing old wooden garage doors with large showcase glass windows at the Upper Bucks Visitor Center on Main Street which houses many artifacts curated by the group. With the new windows, the building serves as a museum where great relics from our areas past can actually be prominently displayed to the public. The building, which also houses the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, continues to undergo renovations for these groups. Pictured (left to right): Chamber and Visitor Center representatives Rita Woodward and Sonja Walker; Club members Truda Heck, Jeanette Schurow, Sandy Shelly presenting check to Historical Society president Craig Gillihan; and Club members Cheryl Tubio, Mary Hardcastle, Jan Lampart. photo by christopher betz

October 2013 Upper Bucks Free Press


munity High School ds 50 Year Reunion

Fallen Honored at Sept. 11 Memorial Service

photo by christopher betz

e air is wild with mer evenings,

First Day!

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Five year old Zac Smith gives a thumbs-up on his way to his first day of kindergarten at Pfaff Elementary School. photo by michele buono

Butz Grows Major Melon

Both veteran and active fire fighters, military, and law enforcement, as well as citizens gathered on the morning of September 11 at the American Legion in Quakertown to honor and remember the lives lost in the terrorist attack on that date 12 years ago. A bell was rung to recognize each of those lives from our area that were cut short in the line of duty. photo by christopher betz

Long time Spinnerstown resident, Oscar Butz, 88, shows off his 40 lb. Cream of the Crop, watermelon! Oscar grew eight watermelons this year ranging in size from 11 pounds to 40 lbs. Farming since childhood, Oscar still enjoys tending his garden. He also had a bumper crop of tomatoes this year as well as corn and peppers that he grew from seed. submitted photo


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Yogurtree Opens Second Store in Quakertown

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I have appraised many antique and vintage objects in the form of animalsfrom cow creamers to Kermit the Frog dolls. While objects are collectible for many reasons, when it comes to animals in art and antiques, it is interesting to note what an animal form symbolizes and why a particular animal was highlighted in a certain period of art history. We love the animals that share our lives and in art and antiques, these beloved creatures reference important life lessons. When found in a work of art (painting, sculpture, print) or an antique object (figurine, decorative carving, fetish), the appearance of animals have special meaning. Ant - group effort and orderly. Bat messenger of wisdom. Bee industry and community. Famous wealthy families of the Renaissance and Baroque periods often times commissioned artists to include bees in paintings of their family coat of arms to suggest their public interest in serving the community. Birds - freedom. Bear - gentle strength and nurturing. In Native American totem poles, bears are often times carved to suggest the strength of nature and the nurturing characteristics of forest animals. Beaver Builder and gatherer. Bull wealth. Associated with the financial world today, images of bulls were painted on cave walls in Lascaux, France and Santander, Spain dating back to pre-historic times. Butterfly metamorphosis. Cat pride. The ancient Egyptians via sculptures associated cats with pride in beauty and personal accomplishment. The French Impressionist artist, Edouard Manet painted cats in his masterpieces to suggest the abilities of a woman to attract male suitors. Cock - passion. Ceramic figurines of cocks are common decorations in the kitchens of female chefs in France as they are female power symbols. Cow - gentleness. Coyote playful, a prankster. Deer - sensitivity. Walt Disneys animated feature film, Bambi, captured the longstanding art historical symbol of the deer. Dog fidelity. A dog is shown at the feet of a couple on their wedding day in the world known Arnolfini wedding portrait (National Gallery, London) from 1434 by Jan van Eyck. Dolphin kindness. Donkey - humility. Dragonfly carefree. Louis Comfort Tiffany highlighted the dragonfly and other insects in many of his decorative creations including jewelry and lamps. Eagle - protection from evil. American flag collectors look for intricate and decorative flags featuring the eagle from the late 1700s and 1800s. Elephant strength and memory. Elk - agility. Fish long life. In their numerous forms, fish symbolize longevity in works of art dating from the early Christian era to the present. Fox intelligence. Frog water power, medicinal knowledge. Goat - abundance. Goose - watchful. Hawk - noble.

Dr. Loris Animals

Horse stamina and power. The famous sculpture of a horse turned machine by Futurist artist Raymond Duchamp Villon highlighted societys change from an agricultural society to an industrial one in the early 1900s. Jaguar - speed. Lion power and majesty, guardian. Lions have guarded the gates and entrances of some of the most famous sites in the world. Lions are featured on the Ishtar Gate, the eighth gate (north) to the inner city of Babylon. The gate was ordered by King Nebuchadnezzar II in 575 BC. Moose - headstrong. Owl - wisdom. Rabbit rebirth. Women artists often choose rabbits as subject matter for paintings, prints, and works on paper to suggest the rejuvenation of the earth in spring. Ram - breakthrough or achievement. Raven - transformation. Salmon - determination. The salmons regular process of swimming upstream speaks to its determination and resulting prosperity. It is a common image in Native American paintings and hand made art forms. Serpent - passion. Shark - Hunter. Snake - Shrewd. Spider - Creative. Swan - Grace. Tiger - strength, ferocity, power. Japanese artists of the 1700s often times featured tigers in their gouaches, watercolors, woodblock prints, and paintings. Turtle perseverance. French sculptors cast forms of turtles in bronze and other metals in the art movement called animalier. Animalier or animal sculptures were popular with artists such as Barye and Bonheur in the mid- 1860s-1880s. Whale regeneration or rebirth. Wolf - loyal pathfinder. Personally, I have collected art and antiques that feature fish for decades. It started when

Steiff teddy bear, circa 1900 I was a youngster on the swim team and the association meant something important to me. Over the years, fish have served as pets and fish objects have been the basis for some of my collections. This glossary of animal symbolism may help you collect with a vision in mind and learn about the history of your favorite animals.

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Autumn Alive Promises Fun and Food for the Whole Family
Quakertown Alive! invites everyone to Downtown Quakertown for a full day of free entertainment and activities. The Fall Harvest Festival features the Broad Street Pet Parade, vendors, and plenty to do for all ages. Stroll Broad Street to visit vendors featuring crafts, pet-themed items, jewelry, great food, nd a fresh selection of local produce. Plan to take a ride in the Percheron horse-drawn wagon around downtown and stop by to watch Bob the Bikemans unique bicycles, Slinky demonstrations, and juggling. Vote for your favorite in the Peoples Choice Scarecrow Contest and check out the beautiful creations at the Cupcke Contest Stand. There will be live music and entertainment on two stages throughout the day. The Pet Parade will wind its way down broad Street and end in grand fanfare. For those over the age of 21, there will be a free craft-brewing tasting area on East Broad Street, where you will enjoy theOktoberfest atmosphere featuring the tones of the Bucks County Folk singing Society. Additional vendors, food, and activities will be located along East Broad Street in Quakertowns Antique District. The family area will include childrens rides, free activities, and an opportunity for kids to design their own race cars made from produce that they can then race. For more information on how to participate in the cupcake contest or to display your creativity in the inaugural scarecrow contest.


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Antique 1965 & Earlier 1st: Anthony Palumbo 1947 Indian Chief 2nd: Don Deck 948 Harley FL Antique 1988 1966 1st: Art Stober 1968 Triumph TR6-C Scrambler 2nd: Jason Wills 1973 Suzuki Titan 500 3rd: Bob Barger 1980 Honda CB900 Iron Head Sportster 1st: Bob Miller 1969 HD XLH EVO Sportster 1st: Sherri Weber 2013 HD XL883N Bobber American & Metric 1st: John Strayer 2014 American Hardtail Bobber 2nd: Mike Hasting 2008 HD Sportster 3rd: Tonya Bayak 2012 Heist Cleveland Cycleworks Radical Choppers 1st: Tony Isabella 2006 Iron horse Tajas 2nd: Thomas Coolbaugh 2010 Bourget Fat Daddy 3rd: Jim Henry 2005 Ultima Custom Stock Motorcycle 1st: John Graper 2005 Honda Rune 2nd: David Gomez 2007 Victory Jackpot (Deluxe) 3rd: Chris Richards 2006 HD Dyna Custom Motorcycle 1st: Butch Grim 2005 HD Nightrain 2nd: John Hoy 1999 HD Dynawide Glider 3rd: Kevin Keller 1995 Harley Dyna

2013 Quakertown Bike Show Winners

Touring Motorcycle 1st: John King 2010 HD Ultra Limited 2nd: Scott Harris 2005 HD Ultra Classic 3rd: Curtis Churchman 1985 HD FLHTC Sport Bikes 1st: Lee Webster 1989 Suzuki GSXR-750 2nd: Steven Kent 1997 Honda CBR 900RR 3rd: Shawn Swavely 1994 Honda CBR 600 Trikes 1st: Mary Brawner 2000 HD Fatboy 2nd: Frank Grate Homemade VW Trike 3rd: Mark Vivanco 2011 Campagna Trex 14R Side Cars 1st: Mike Oz 2003 Honda VTX 2nd: Robert Chebook 2008 Genuine Stella Special Interest 1st: Steve Kelly 2000 Suzuki Hayabusa Scooters & Mopeds 1st: Jenna Hallock 1971 Mini 50cc M5A 2nd: Shawn Smith 212 Honda Rockus Third: Julie DiOstilio & Jason Holmer 1978 Honda Express Peoples Choice Award Jenna Hallock 1971 Mini 50cc M5A

Theres a chill in the air. A furry friend will warm your heart. Gidget is a five-year-old Chihuahua mix who came to us as a stray. She was a bit shy at first, but quickly warmed up to us. She is a nice girl who loves spending quiet time with people. She loves the extra attention. Gidget is pretty low key, and enjoys gentle petting and light scratches on her chest. She knows how to sit and will work for dry food. Gidget is friendly, yet timid when meeting new people, and walks very nicely on a leash. She has a deformed front right leg that we believe she was born with. It doesnt stop her at all! She can run as fast as any other Chihuahua! Rocky is a two-year-old male kitty cat that came to the shelter as a stray. This active boy is a lover not a fighter and has the most beautiful golden eyes. He has been neutered and would love to find a new home with other cats as playmates. He should do well with responsible children of all ages. He is litter box trained and tested negative for feline leukemia. If you would like to adopt Gidget, Rocky, or one of the many other animals waiting for homes at the Bucks County SPCAs Upper Bucks shelter, you can visit the facility at 60 Reservoir Road, just off of California Road, Quakertown or give them a call for more information at 267-347-4674..

A Furry New Friend Awaits at the SPCA

All punishment is not the same. There are two forms of punishment: positive and negative. To most people positive punishment sounds much nicer than the negative option. In dog training, adverse methods like spray bottles, shake cans, alpha roll, scruff shakes, pinning, leash corrections, ear pinching, yelling, choke chains, prong collars, shock collars, and anything else that hurts or intimidates a dog is positive punishment. This is also called compulsion training. Think of it as a mathematical equation; youre adding something to the situation. Whatever the label, fear and pain have no place in dog training or in any kind of animal training. If you are hurting your dog or causing it to fear learning from you, you are doing it wrong. Heres why: Its totally outdated! Humans dont like to learn while in a state of fear and neither do dogs. Its counterproductive and ruins the trusting relationship with the most trusting animal. Using positive punishment methods for training is like using a cassette player in the age of the iPod. Positive reinforcement with negative punishment is the cutting-edge, progressive, and fastest way to train a dog. Period. So what is negative punishment? If two puppies are playing, and one puppy hurts the other

Doggy Discipline & You: Being Positive is Key

puppy, the hurt puppy goes away. If a puppy nips us while playing, the human should go away for 5 seconds then return. If the puppy nips us again, we go away again. You are what the puppy wants. Basically what youre saying to the puppy is, Im taking my toys and going home if you cant play right. This is negative punishment. Think of it mathematically: You are taking something away that your pet wants. You are the reward or what the puppy wants to play with. Taking T.V. privileges away from your child for unacceptable behavior is an example of negative punishment. If youre trying to change an unwanted attention-seeking behavior like jumping, you have to figure out what is reinforcing that behavior. So, when the dog jumps on you, if you look at the dog and tell him to get off while pushing him off, youre looking at, speaking to, and touching your dog. Isnt that reinforcing the attentionseeking behavior 3 ways? In order to change a behavior, you have to change what is reinforcing that behavior. If the dog jumps on us, we should ignore the dog and turn away. Please seek a Certified Professional Dog Trainer for proper techniques. You can find a local trainer at and www. By forging Negative Punishment with Positive Reinforcement we now have a modern, scientific way to train.


Upper Bucks Free Press October 2013

Scholarships Available from the Veterans of Foreign Wars

Students in the Bucks County area have an opportunity to win scholarship money by participating in two programs that the John Rivers Memorial VFW Post 11322 of Quakertown is offering. Program number one is called The Patriots Pen, offered to grades 6 to 8, which is an essay put to paper. Program number two is called the Voice of Democracy, offered to grades 9 to 12, which is an essay that is copied to a CD. All essays are to be in our hands by October 28, 2013. Contact us for more information by calling 215-529-0500 or 267-992-4973. Some of the activities at our post are visiting veterans in local nursing homes. The purpose of these visits is to thank our military men and women for their service to our country and to see if we can be of any assistance to them. Recently, we were asked by a veteran who is a resident of the Genesis ElderCare nursing home if we could supply an American Flag to the home. The veterans name is Bob and his request was put into action. The photo shows the results of his request. Thank you, Bob, for your service to our country. On October 26 we will be co-hosting the Bucks County ID program with Tractor & Supply Co. at its Quakertown store. This will be from 10-2 PM. The Veteran must be a Bucks County resident and have their DD-214 (discharge papers) with them. The stores that are involved in the Bucks County ID Program support veterans with discounts, so what are you waiting for? Our post has two Service Officers, these people can help Veterans or the Veterans family start benefit claims. John Rivers Memorial VFW Post 11322 is dedicated to helping Veterans and their families. If we do not have the answers we can help find the resources. In November we are looking into donating food baskets to Veterans and their families. The food would be donated to the Quakertown Food Pantry for Thanksgiving. If interested in helping to donate to this project call the post at 215-529-0500 or 267-992-4973. God Bless Our Community and The United Stated of America, Commander, Paul Gerhart Jr.

Behind Bob are members of our post and some of our Nursing Home Committee. (left to right) Ed Brous, Paul Gerhart, Sr., Samantha Gerhart and Becky Gerhart, Absent: Gorden Allem, the Posts Nursing Home Chairman submitted photo

I was asked to give a talk at the Haycock Historical Societys September meeting. The subject was to be: The Quaker Settlement of Upper Bucks County. Im the Co-Clerk of Richland Friends Monthly Meeting in Quakertown (a Meeting Clerk is like a pastor, but the way the Society of Friends works, its actually more like a cat-herder). In 2010, I did research on local history in preparation for Quaker Heritage Day, which celebrated 300 years of the Quakers in Quakertown. That, and the fact that I absolutely love to hear myself talk, made me think I was the perfect guy for the job. Free Press readers have seen some of my articles dealing with the shadowy days of Quakertowns ancient past. Its hard to dig up more than a sprinkling of information about Upper Bucks back in 1700, though. First, there was hardly anybody here. Second, people who were here didnt write much. Many original settlers in the Great Swamp (as Upper Bucks was then known), were uneducated. Most were too busy trying to run subsistence farms (they usually found time to make big families, though). Fortunately, Quakers always put a high value on education. A lot of them could read and write. Meetings kept pretty good records, too. They didnt give many colorful details, would just record when Joe Schmough was born, joined the Meeting, got married, had kids and died, but at least you discover that much and can speculate about the rest. The Haycock Historical Society meeting was scheduled for 7:00pm at the Latvian Baptist church on Apple Rd. in Applebachsville. I was to be there half an hour early to set up my stuff. I didnt have anything to set up, though (simplicity is a Quaker principleplus Im inexperienced at lecturing and too cheap to buy stuff). I wasnt sure where it was so we left early anyway (I took my wife along after she promised to not heckle me or distract me with funny faces this time). We found the place okay. Its a quaint little church in the woods. There was only one car in the parking lot when we arrive, but there were two deer feeding in the tree and rock-studded lawn out back. We watched them for a couple of minutes before going in. The woman in charge of hospitality was making coffee and had a great spread with donuts, fruit, chips and other snacks set up. There was another table with a couple of local history books for sale. They have a 50-50 drawing, too, but we didnt get in on it. As a guest speaker, I thought it would be too embarrassing if I won. All week Id been reviewing material, continually modifying an outline and practicing my speech on my long rides to and from work. Though I havent met them, Im sure there are people who know more about the early settlement of Upper Bucks than I do, but I was pretty confident. Ive been blessed with a great memory, so I didnt bother with note cards or other cheat-sheets. I felt sort of nonprofessional when I didnt need a projector or anything for my presentation, so I put together a packet of maps. At least Id have some sort of visual aid to hand out. Theres always a chance the audience wont enjoy just sitting there listening to me jabber away. The Haycock Historical Society was called to order and the Pledge of Allegiance was taken. Unlike at a Quaker Meeting for Business, they zipped through the agenda. There were about forty people there including half a dozen I knew. I got the impression they were rushing through things to get to me--which didnt settle my stomach any or bolster my fraying confidence. As I chatted with people when they arrived I realized that this was not some junior high school group. Many of them were researchers and writers. All of them were history buffs. Any smoke blowing Id planned was quickly deleted from the outline. Then, suddenly, I was on.

A Talk with the Haycock Historical Society

Though it did create the geology that led to the geography of the Great Swamp, my wife talked me out of starting my presentation by discussing the magma uplift and igneous intrusion of the late Triassic Period and the ensuing 90 million years of erosion that yielded the piles of rocks and underlying red shale weve got around here. But, shes right, its got nothing to do with Quaker Settlement. Instead, I started with the Lenni Lenape and the early European explorers like Cabot, Verrazano and Hudson. They werent Quakers either, but they did discover the Delaware River, and that had to come first. I gave a brief sketch of the origins of the Society of Friends and the religious turmoil in Europe in the 1600s, that inspired the Quakers come here. I didnt talk much about politics or economics when I introduced the colony of New Netherlands. I talked about the French Walloons, who were driven into Holland by religious persecution and were the first Europeans to settle in Bucks County in 1624. I mentioned that the Lenape were subgegated by the Iroquois in 1634 and technically couldnt sell the land, but did anyway. I didnt go into the details of how Peter Minuet got fired as governor at Manhattan, left Holland and talked Queen Kristina of Sweden into establishing New Sweden and beginning the first serious colonization of the Delaware Bay. I wasnt trying to be funny, but I got a laugh from the audience when I said, In 1655 the Dutch took back the Delaware Bay from the Swedes, in 1665 the English took it from the Dutch, in 1666 the Dutch took it back from the English, and in 1668 the English took it back from the Dutch and kept it. That finally brought me to the Quaker Settlement, though. I told them about William Penn, the 1674 colony of West Jersey with its capital at Burlington. Then, at last, it was 1682. Billy Penn and his 23 ships full of Quakers landed at a Dutch/ Swedish trading post town and renamed it Philadelphia. I explained that Penn recruited a lot of Germans to join his colony, that the Welsh and English settled along the Delaware River and in lower Bucks and Chester Counties, and that the Germans moved further inland, eventually traveling up the Perkiomen Valley. I told them about the Great Swamp and Swamp (Unami) creek, and how the Germans made their way upstream and established the first settlement around here at Milford Square. The audience was a little disappointed when I told them that Penn established the Proprietors Manor of Richland in 1703 and took over ownership of the land the Germans settled on. They werent surprised when I told them that Philadelphia politicians quickly bought up land bordering the manor and started selling it. That was the start of the Quaker Settlement, though, so Id finally gotten to the whole point of the lecture. I was only half an hour into it, and by then I was really cooking. I rattled off facts and names and dates until they sort of believed I knew what I was talking about. Finally, I said, Swamp Road (Route 313) was finished to the county seat at Newtown in 1730, and in 1732, Richland and Milford became official townships of Bucks County. So, thats how the Quakers Settled Upper Bucks. I was pooped, almost light headed. I answered questions and didnt feel the least bit embarrassed to say, I have no clue about that, when I had to. After I got to sit down, I thought of a hundred things Id wanted to say, but thats the way it goes. The Haycock Historical Society applauded after my presentation, which made me feel great. Even though, after I reviewed it in my mind (over and over) I wasnt real happy with my performance. Id like to practice it more and develop a better stage presence, but that will come. Theyve invited me back to give another lecture, starting at 1732. Im already nervous, but looking forward to it. I met a great bunch of people who take the history of Upper Bucks County seriously. I encourage everyone in Haycock to get involved and support the great organization.

October 2013 Upper Bucks Free Press


Time for a Change

It is that time of year, the leaves are starting to fall and change color, the air is cool and crisp and the days are shorter. Fall has a way of inspiring change. It is a new season and with that comes new hopes and dreams and goals. Sometimes we dont even realize how a change in weather can make us feel better. The season has an impact on how we lead our daily lives. For some of us we buy new clothes for the season. For the coffee lovers of course, the pumpkin flavored coffee is out. There are different foods that come out only at this time of year. For those who like to decorate for the Fall, it is about finding the right size pumpkins, the mums all in bloom with their variety of colors, different accent pieces for office and home and of course Halloween decorations. For the students returning to school it is starting a new year possibly at a new school or entering a new grade. All of that can be exciting because it is about moving forward with our lives to the next stage or journey. Fall or Autumn is also a time for letting go and releasing those thing that may have been a burden to us this past year. It is about getting out of our own way and letting things happen. It is about taking charge of our lives. It is a time for a fresh start. It is about gathering with friends and family. It is a time for self-reflection for transitioning into a new way of thinking and behaving. So many of us go through life not even aware of what is happening around us. All we focus on is what is happening to us, rather than what it is that we can change about our life or circumstances. Change is never easy. It can be uncomfortable but it can also be fulfilling and satisfying if we are willing to take the risk. Risk is a leap of faith. It is saying, I am ready. I am tired of being afraid. Regardless of what the outcome will be, you will be proud of yourself for taking the risk. For in doing so you honor yourself. You say that you matter and that your life matters. You will experience a new sense of freedom within yourself. You will wonder why you had not done it sooner. The problem for most of us is that we get in our own way. We have negative thoughts, old conditioning beliefs and insecurities that interfere and block us from taking the risk so that we can change and have our lives the way we want them. Trust the process of change. Believe things are possible. Look around you and see the beauty of Fall and what it has to offer. Allow yourself to experience each day with a new sense of purpose and promise. Be present and aware of your surroundings. Do something new and different. Take a drive and get lost in the bursts of color with all the trees. Everyday is another opportunity to change. Re-examine your relationships and establish some kind of harmony wherever it has been lost. If not today, then tomorrow as long as you wish to change when you are ready. You will make the necessary changes. My belief is that All persons are truly greater than they think they are.
Susan V. Brewer is a Certified Life Coach and Psychotherapist in the Upper Bucks County Area. She can be reached at 215-872-4219. Visit her website at

I am back! I missed writing my column in the last two or three issues. I was finishing up my schoolwork for graduation with my bachelors degree in exercise and nutrition. Now that I am done I am able to redirect my focus to writing and training. But that is only an excuse, now isnt it?! As you read this, I really want you to think about all the excuses you have given for not doing something you really wanted to do. Like not getting to travel because you had to work or you cant eat healthy because healthy food is too expensive, and finally my favorite excuse, I cant go to the gym because I dont have time! These are only excuses! Excuses are only something to hide a bigger issue behind. If you really want something bad enough, you will do whatever it take and will always find a way to get it or do it, no matter what. Nothing will stand in your way. When it comes to your health, why make any excuses? You can have full control. You want to be healthy, right? You want to be strong, right? You want to move better and feel amazing, right? Then stop making excuses! The only good legitimate excuse is I am literally dead. Dont let that be your excuse yet! The first thing people say is But its too expensive to eat healthy all the time. Is it? Really? So you are telling me that you want to eat all that junk food and processed foods just because they are cheap? Here is where you are wrong. It is more expensive to not eat the healthy foods all the time. If we start adding up all the costs of bad nutrition effects on the body, weight gain, fat, diabetes, joint pain, high blood pressure, low bone density, and the list goes on. Now to treat all these pains and illnesses we start adding up all the doctor bills and medications and joint surgeries and again

No Excuses!

Corbin Williams, NPTI-CPT, owner of GetReal Training, LLC in Sellersville, graduated from the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI). He also graduated from Wexford University with a Bachelors degree in Exercise and Nutrition. He is a certified strength and conditioning coach and a certified nutrition coach. You can contact him at 215-416-5757 or visit

the list goes on. Now tell me how eating the healthy food is more expensive again! Okay, but I dont have time to get to the gym. As you look down to your phone and open Facebook to check on what everyone else is doing. Then since nothing seems to be really happening, you decide to go crush some candy and send some text messages. Then you get to a level you cant beat so you decide to watch the news. Before long your evening is gone. Wasted, in the vast world of electronics. Here is my point. If you really think about all the time you waste on little things like this, you will see that 30 minutes spent running or walking or strength training to keep your body moving smoothly is not that hard to find. Yes, you might have to give up some things, but in the long run what does crushing candy really do for you? And are you really missing much if you skip your TV show? A quote I saw today was awesome. It was a picture of a dog in a dead run down the road and said Live like someone left the gate open! Next time you are ready to put yourself down or to make an excuse, think about this. Take control of your health. It is the most important thing you have. Without it, you just have a lot of bills and a very poor quality of life. Excuses dont have to hold you back from feeling good. They dont have to keep you from moving better or losing weight. You must be accountable for yourself!! If life deals you a hurdlewell, jump it go under it just run it over... but, dont make excuses!

Hi Everyone! This is such a special time of year. The nuts are falling from the trees and Sam the Squirrel is dodging in and out of the yard gathering up the nuts for storage. My dog brother Jiggs, the Jack Russel is thrilled to patrol the yard in hopes of chasing Sam from the yard. Its my job to try to keep the peace between us and the woodland creatures. I make lots of noise by barking as we come from the house in the morning so Sam knows to head for the tree. In my cartoon book I even have part of the story devoted to Jiggs and Sam. The book is A Doggy Daycare Day and is on Amazon and Kindle. Speaking of woodland creatures, I hope you all go visit the AARKs Fall Open House on Oct. 12 and 13 from 11AM to 4PM. They are at 1531 Upper Stump Rd in Chalfont. They take care of homeless and injured creatures. If you can leave a donation for them that would be great, too. We had baby squirrels fall out of a tree and their eyes were still shut. The AARK cared for them until they were old enough. Momma Jean has asked me to give a plug to her choral groups fundraiser so here goes. The Valley Choral Society is holding a Beer and Wine tasting night as a fund raiser for this great singing group. It is on November 9. For details on the drinks and food and time and place go to their web site,

I am not allowed to go to the fundraiser, no dogs allowed , but I will be at Quakertown Alives Autumn alive event which is October 19 from 10AM to 4 PM on Broad Street. I will be strolling around in my carriage and possibly even enter the pet parade this year. Its always lots of fun so I hope you all can make it. I would like to say Happy Birthday to Quakertown Vets. I just found out they have been caring for all my animal friends for 100 years! They have vets who have specialties, too. Its not easy telling what is wrong with a patient who cant talk to you. Humans need to be observant and note changes for your vet. If your animal has a walking problem you should record a video to show the vet. Sometimes we animals will not be able to duplicate the same walk at the vets. Bring as much evidence to the vet as you can. Even if its from one or both ends of your animal friend. I would also like to share with you that my dog sister Brandy and I are a pet therapy team that now visits St Lukes Hospital in Quakertown. We spread love and cheer to all who need it. On our first visit there I met some of my fans from this column. A special bark out to my friend, Glades, who was in St Lukes and was happy to see us. We got to sit on her lap and get kisses. The people visiting her were taking our pictures and it made me happy to hear they read my Paws for Thought column. Love, M.J.


Upper Bucks Free Press October 2013

Fire Prevention Begins with You

by michele buono

October 6 12 is Fire Prevention Week. This years focus is on preventing kitchen fires. Almost half of residential fires in this country originate in the kitchen, usually caused by unattended cooking. While the kitchen is generally a gathering place for families, it can be one of the most hazardous rooms in the house if safe cooking procedures are ignored. Most kitchen fires begin with unattended cooking. Following these common sense guidelines will help you to prevent fires. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that youre cooking. Follow manufacturers instructions and code requirements when installing and operating cooking equipment. Plug microwave ovens and other cooking appliances directly into a wall outlet. Never use an extension cord for a cooking appliance it can overload the circuit and cause a fire. Keep anything that can catch fire - potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels, or curtains - away from your stovetop. Keep the stovetop, burners, and oven clean. Keep pets off cooking surfaces and nearby countertops to prevent them from knocking things onto the burner. Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire if it comes into contact with a gas flame or electric burner. Some basic safety tips to prevent burns and other injuries in the kitchen. Young children are at high risk of being burned by hot food and liquids. Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a kidfree zone of 3 feet (1 meter) around the stove. Keep young children at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from any place where hot food or drink is being prepared or carried. Keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges. When young children are present, use the stoves back burners whenever possible. Never hold a child while cooking, drinking, or carrying hot foods or liquids. Teach children that hot things burn. When children are old enough, teach them to cook safely. Supervise them closely. To prevent spills due to overturn of ap-

pliances containing hot food or liquids, use the back burner when possible and/or turn pot handles away from the stoves edge. All appliance cords need to be kept coiled and away from counter edges. Use oven mitts or potholders when moving hot food from ovens, microwave ovens, or stovetops. Never use wet oven mitts or potholders as they can cause scald burns. Replace old or worn oven mitts. Treat a burn right away, putting it in cool water. Cool the burn for 3 to 5 minutes. If the burn is bigger than your fist or if you have any questions about how to treat it, seek medical attention right away. What to do if you do experience a fire in your kitchen. When in doubt, just get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave. If you do try to fight the fire, be sure others are already getting out and you have a clear path to the exit. Always keep an oven mitt and a lid nearby when you are cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan (make sure you are wearing the oven mitt). Turn off the burner. Do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, leave the lid on until the pan is completely cool. In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you or your clothing. If you have a fire in your microwave oven, turn it off immediately and keep the door closed. Never open the door until the fire is completely out. Unplug the appliance if you can safely reach the outlet. After a fire, both ovens and microwaves should be checked and/or serviced before being used again. Smoke alarms save lives. Be sure to use them properly. Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance. A smoke alarm installed within 10 to 20 feet of a cooking appliance must be a photoelectric type or have a hush feature, which temporarily reduces the sensitivity of the alarm. If a smoke alarm sounds during normal cooking, press the hush button if the smoke alarm has one. Open the door or window or fan the area with a towel to get the air moving. Do not disable the smoke alarm or take out the batteries.

I am lucky that I am able to meet a lot of the great local authors. I was especially happy when I met on of my favorite authors, West Chester resident, Eileen Spinelli. Every time I see Mrs. Spinelli at an event, she is always upbeat, full of energy, and very happy to talk anyone. The bio on Mrs. Spinellis website reveals how she got started as a writer; As a young child I spent Saturdays at the Sellers Memorial Library in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. It was there that I fell in love with words and decided to become a writer. My father gave me his old black manual typewriter. The key of Z stuck. Fine. I would not write stories about zebras or zippers. My father made me a desk from orange crates. My mother filled a box with paper. And thats how I began. I was happy when Mrs. Spinelli quickly said yes when I asked her if I could interview her for the Upper Bucks Free Press! Erik Thank you for doing this interview Mrs. Spinelli! How many books have you written all together? Eileen Spinelli - I have lost count of the books Ive written. But its over 50 altogether. Erik - Thats a lot of books! Can you tell us about your writing process, how you get inspiration and who you write for? Eileen Spinelli - I write in my home office. Its very cozy with lots of books and photos of family and friends and windows that look out onto the garden. I try to write most mornings. I write longhand first...sitting in a comfy overstuffed yellow chair. Then when my piece is ready to type I go over to my computer. So many things inspire own childhood children and articles...the seasons changing... I think I write for the child I used to be... for the child who still lives in me. Sometimes-as in certain poems I write for the grown-up that I am now. Erik- Your office sounds really nice and a great place for inspiration! What is your favorite topic to write about? Elileen Spinelli- Whew! I have so many topics I like to write about. Here are some: seasons...birds...animals...whales...people in history...caring for the earth...spirituality... courage...humor...relationships between the generations... Erik- Speaking of great topics, your picture book, Noras Ark, published earlier this

An Interview with Eileen Spinelli

year, is a great re-telling of Noahs Ark. My sister and I really enjoyed it. Along with all of your wonderful picture books, youve written some terrific middle-grade books too (one of my all-time favorite books is The Dancing Pancake). Which do you prefer to write middle-grade books or picture books? Eileen Spinelli- Im so glad you like THE DANCING PANCAKE which was partly inspired by a homeless womanImetin Washington DC many y e a r s ago. I enjoy writing both--middle grade books and picture books. But I seem to get more ideas for picture books. Erik- I love that on your website you list your favorite author as your husband, Jerry Spinelli. Mr. Spinelli has written some of the best middle grade novels I have ever read (Maniac Magee (Newberry Award), Loser, Jake and Lilly, Stargirl). Whats it like having two famous authors in one house? Eileen Spinelli- Two authors in one house... its like having our own private writing group-or in-house editor. If I run into a snag while Im working I simply walk down the hall to my husbands office and he and I will brainstorm until the snag is sorted through. If he is uncertain about a certain plot thread...he walks over to my office and we discuss it. We understand the highs and lows of the writing business. We can cheer each other on...comfort each other when the writing isnt going well...and celebrate happy writing events together over hot chocolate at the Gryphon Cafe. Erik- I bet the Spinelli grandchildren get the BEST bed-time stories! Whats your next book about and when does it come out? Eileen Spinelli- My book ANOTHER DAY AS EMILY will be out in 2014. Its a middle grade novel about a girl who is going through some disappointments and decides to take on the persona of the poet Emily Dickinson as a way of coping. Erik- I cant wait to read it! Thank you very much Mrs. Spinelli! To learn more about Eileen Spinelli and her books, please visit
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Organization of Quakertowns 46th Annual Halloween Parade is well underway. The parade will be held on Sunday, October 20 (raindate: October 27), starting at 2pm. Formation will begin at 12:30 on 5th, 6th, and 7th Streets. The parade will set off on Juniper Street at 7th Street, wind its way down 12th Street, and continue its grand march down Broad Street, past the judges reviewing stand near Triangle Park, ending at 3rd Street. For this years parade, the Lions Club of Quakertown will once again be partnering with the Quakertown Food Pantry to raise awareness the food pantry provides to our community. We are asking that spectators, in addition to considering a donation of $1 per person to help defray parade costs, to also consider bringing a non-perishable food item that will be picked up by one of the parade entries to benefit the Quakertown Food Pantry.

46th Quakertown Halloween Parade Slated

This year represents the fifteenth year that the Lions Club of Quakertown has organized the parade after taking over responsibility from the Quakertown Jaycees. We hope the 2013 parade will be one of the biggest and best in its 46 year history and welcome any suggestions or volunteers from those who have interest. We continue to look for participants in all categories, especially commercial and noncommercial floats. All who are interested in participating can pick up entry forms at Quakertown Borough Hall, Upper Bucks Free Press office, and many retail locations in Quakertown, including QNB Bank, Moyers Shoes, and Sines 5 & 10. For more information, to sponsor, or to volunteer, contact Tom Klee at 215-538-5600, extension 5641. Entry deadline is October 16.

October 2013 Upper Bucks Free Press


The game of Monopoly means a lot of things to a lot of people. It has been an American pastime for decades and will now serve as a tool for raising funds to support the working uninsured adults living in Bucks and Montgomery counties. Quakertown landmark, McCooles Historic Red Lion Inn is participating in this endeavor as a sponsor and a featured icon on the games lid. Bucks County Opoly as the game is called, is a fundraiser for HealthLink Medical Center with a goal of raising at least $40,000. The game also showcases and celebrates the cultural, historical and recreational aspects of Bucks County with a real estate trading game

Bucks County Board Game Raises Funds for Uninsured Residents

based on the world famous Monopoly game. When approached to participate as a game sponsor, I thought this was a great opportunity to support a worthy cause while solidifying our position as an historic landmark in Bucks County, remarks McCooles owner Jan Hench. We were thrilled to be featured on the cover which is a great overview of what Bucks County has to offer. Bucks County Opoly will be available in very limited quantities during the 2013 holiday season for $24.95 each at all Giant Supermarkets, all 11 First Federal of Bucks County Bank branches, and other locations listed on

Apple Bobbing Autumn Black Cat Candy Colorful Columbus Cooler

Costumes Falling Leaves Halloween Harvest Hayride Mischief Oktoberfest

Parties Pumpkin Scarecrow Spooky Treat Trick


Upper Bucks Free Press October 2013

CHARLES SCHULTZ, 98 of Quakertown died Tuesday, August 27 in his home. He was the husband of the late Ida N. (Sloyer) Schultz. He was a car doctor almost from birth. A self-employed mechanic, he opened Schultzs Garage in 1946. His son Jeffrey joined the business in 1957 on Rt. 309 and they worked together until closing the garage after 63 years of diagnosing .automotive illnesses. Surviving: son; Jeffrey, Hellertown, daughter: Judy Hangey and husband Thomas, Perkasie, grandchildren, Scott, Jeffrey A., Chad, Todd, Nathan, Erin; great-grandchildren: Matthew, Andrew, Aaron, Adam, Alyssa, Troy, Daniel, Jessica, Christian, Olivia, Lilyana. He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law Anne Louise Schultz. DURELL F. SLIFER, Sr., 63 of Quakertown died Tuesday, August 27 in St. Lukes Hospital-Fountain Hill. He was the loving husband of Jane (Boyer) Slifer for 44 years. He worked as an assembler at the US Gauge, Div. of Ametek, Inc., Sellersville and previously, the former FMC Inc., Colmar. He was an active fire police member of Richlandtown Fire Co. and for years was active with the Bucks County Council, BSA as a scoutmaster and assistant scoutmaster. Surviving with his wife: son; Durell F., Jr. and wife Penny, grandson, Blake all of Quakertown; sister: Alvona Meintus and husband Chester, Port Charlotte, FL. He was predeceased by sisblings Raymond, Harvey Jr. and Beatrice Weaver. ROBERT BOB BAUDER, 79, of Coopersburg died August 31 in his home. He was the husband of Elizabeth A. (Neubert) Bauder. They were marries 35 years last October. Bob was a self-employed contractor before retiring and a US Marine veteran who served during the Korean War. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Kenton (Erika) of Quakertown and his daughter Kimberly Wismer (Brian) of Perkasie, his brother Dean (Kathryn) of Emmaus, his sister Virginia Kichline of Hellertown, and six grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Keith and two brothers, Linford and Roy. LEONA M. SOCK, 92, of Hatfielf, formerly of Quakertown, died September 4 in Grand View Hospital, Sellersville. She was the wife of the late Walter S. Sock, Sr. Leona was a former member of St. Isidores Catholic Church. She is survived by two sons,

Edward of Huntingdon Valley and Walter, Jr. of Hatfield, also six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. CHARLES WHITE, 78, of Perkasie, passed away on September 6 at his home. Born in Quakertown, he was the son of Edward & Myrtle (Beltz) White. He was a graduate of Quakertown High School. He worked as a presser for the former A.G. Pants & Royal Pants in Perkasie prior to his retirement in 2000. He enjoyed the arts, especially acting, painting, and drawing. He considered himself quite the movie buff. Surviving: Sisters, Myrtle Serockie of Linwood, NY, Grace Bartholomew of Quakertown; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters. LORRAINE A. HELVERSON, 84, of Sparta, TN, formerly of Quakertown, died in Life Care Center, Sparta, TN, September 7. She was the wife of the late Raymond Dutch Helverson. Born in Quakertown, she was a daughter of the late J. Calvin and Helen (Apple) Kline, and raised by the late C. Agnes Kline of Sellersville. Lorraine worked for the former Quakertown Hospital as an LPN for 18 years and as its Housekeeping Supervisor for 3 years. Surviving, brother Leon, Middlesboro, DE; 2 grandsons, Ryan and Nathan Edmonds both of Sparta, TN; 2 granddaughters, Sara Clendenon and Lori Kilgore, both of Cookeville, TN; step-grandson Brent Matthews; 11 great-grandchildren and 2 greatgreat-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by infant daughter Laura Faye and Robin Rae Matthews, and brother, Frank Kline. ANNIE E. HOFFERT, 96, of Canton, PA, formerly of Quakertown, died on September 15 in Bradford County Manor, Troy, PA. She was the wife of the late Stanley Hoffert. She was employed by the former Tuttlemans Clothing Mill and Best Maid Hosiery; after her retirement she was employed by the Penny Power. She was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Quakertown. Annie is survived by her son James and his wife, Joyce. Three grandchildren, Sean Hoffert, Suzanne Dietz, and Brian Hoffert. Four great-grandchildren, Ashley Saxon, Jamie Fenimore, Nick Fenimore, and Ashley Kerver. Three great-great-grandchildren, Joshua Saxon,


Tanner Scott Johnson, and Jaxon Saxon.She was predeceased by her son Robert and eleven siblings. RALPH I. YARNELL, JR. of Quakertown met his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ on September 17. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sharon S. (McVay) Yarnell. He is also survived by his sister Ruth Heidorn (husband George), his four children, Ralph III, Brion (wife Carrie), Emily, Craig, and his precious granddaughter Reagan Arizona. Ralph served his country in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He worked tirelessly in his early years to support Christian education - even lobbying in Washington, D.C. for a year, representing the American Association of Christian Schools. He spent 23 years as the Church Administrator at Bethel Baptist Church in Sellersville, where he did anything & everything he could to serve the Lord. Ralphs generous spirit was known by all, as was his love for Jesus. He would want you all to know that Jesus is the way, the truth, the life! John 14:6 DONALD A. DOUGHERTY, 85, of Quakertown died September 18 in Belle Haven Nursing Home, Quakertown. He was the husband of Ina Marita (Wiedenbeck) Dougherty. They would have been married 53 years on October 14. He retired in 1994 from the Bucks County Sheriffs Department Aviation Unit, where he served as a Deputy Sheriff Pilot. In addition he was a part-time police chief for the former Trumbauersville Police Department. He was an US Army veteran serving during WWII and the Korean War. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Mario Dougherty; three daughters, Petra Sloyer and her husband, Roger; Cindy Lou Meyers and her husband, Dennis; Marina Donohue and her husband, Thomas. Two brothers, Joseph Weaver and Dennis Dougherty. Two sisters, Pat Stauffer and Joan Stevenson. Six grandchildren, Tonya Schan, Shane Stitt, Keenan Miller, Blake Kuntz, Elliot Sloyer, and Tommy Donohue. Three great-grandchildren, Jordan Schan, Anthony Schan, Gavin miller. Predeceased by two brothers, Henry Weaver and Frank Dougherty. RICHARD S. KETTERER, 66, of Quakertown, died September 20 in his home. Husband of Susan M. (Stahr) Ketterer. The couple celebrated 38 years of marriage in July. He served with the US Air Force during Vietnam War. He was a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Perkasie. Surviving with his wife is their daughter Nicole of El Cerrito, CA. LARRY M. ROBERTS, 54, of Quakertown, died Friday September 20 in his home. He was the husband of Luann (Merkel) Roberts. Born in Newfoundland, Canada, he was the son of Mary (McIssac) and the late Kenneth Roberts. He attended Faith Baptist Church, Sellersville. He was a machinist with various machine engineering shops, in the area. Surviving with his wife and mother, son,

Michael S., at home; brothers, James, Andrew and Gary; sister ,Diana Leary. MAE V. CSONDOR, 88, of Quakertown died September 22, 2013 in LifeQuest Nursing Center, Quakertown. She was the wife of the late John Csondor. She was a sewing machine operator for various clothing factories in the Upper Bucks Area before retiring. She is survived by two sons Dennis and his wife Madeline, Allen and his wife Donna all of Telford. A daughter Irella of North Carolina. A sister Irella Bielicki of Quakertown. Six grandchildren John Csondor and his wife Fay, Sherry Csondor and her companion Michael, Dennis W. Csondor and his wife Jennifer, William J. Csondor and his companion Linda, Alex Gardner, and Sabrina Gardner. Fourteen great grandchildren. Predeceased by a son John Csondor, Jr. GERALDINE E. HATTENBACH, 83, of Perkasie, died September 23 at Grandview Hospital, Sellersville. She was the loving wife of the late Charles Hattenbach for 42 years prior to his passing. She was involved with various senior organizations and sang in the senior singing quartet. Survivors: Children; Mary Lee, husband Tim; Charles Jr., wife Sue; David Hatten, wife Vicki; Donald, wife Nancy; Darlene Creighton, husband Charles; Geraldine McGowen, husband Jim; Gary; Elizabeth Amelio, husband Jim; 22 Grandchildren, many Great Grandchildren and Great Great Grandchildren; Brother, John McCall, wife Millie; Sisters; Barbara Rajkowski, Joanne Gryn; and dear friend and companion, Ray Bleiler. She was predeceased by a son, Paul. EDNA C. ZITTA, 93, of Quakertown died after a brave struggle with cancer on September 24 in the home of her son and daughter-in-law who were at her side. She was the wife of the late Joseph Zitta. Edna enjoyed gardening and music, and was meticulous in fashion. She was also a donor to many charities that helped veterans, the homeless, Native Americans, the blind, and cancer research. She was a member of Trinity Great Swamp United Church of Christ, Spinnerstown. Most important to Edna was the love of her family. She is survived by a son Chad J. (Barbara) of Quakertown, a daughter Pamela C. Reppert (Donald) of Kempton. Two grandchildren Gregory Reppert of Allentown and Joseph Reppert (Gwendolyn) of New Tripoli. Two great grandchildren Jolea and Braelyn. She was also survived by a nephew Lester Scanlon (Margaret) of Warwick, NY, two great nephews Gary Scanlon and his family of East Hampton Long Island, and Dennis Scanlon and his family of Staten Island. JEAN S. EFFRIG, 83, of East Rock Hill Township, died September 25, 2013. Born in Trenton, NJ on June 10, 1930 to the late Theodore R. Stradling and Ethel Slack Smith. Survivors: Siblings, Edward Tut G. and his wife Josephine Stradling of Richlandtown, T. Dale and his wife Nancy H. Stradling of Perkasie, A. Carol and her husband Joseph R. Ecker of Coopersburg; 17 nieces and nephews. Predeceased by one niece.

Business Leaders Sponsor Tville Lions Golf Outing

The Upper Bucks Free Press is pleased to help the Trumbauersville Lions Club recognize the generous sponsors of their 2013 Annual Golf Outing this year. Congratulations to these local business leaders for keeping the Community Spirit alive and to the Lions that do so much to aid those in need and enrich our area.
AGP Plastics B & J Sheet Metal, Inc. Baltimore Life Bracalente Mfg. Co., Inc. Central Machine Clemmer Moving & Storage
CWI Railroad System Specialists

Gold Sponsors

Bucks County Auto Care C. Robert Wynn Associates C.R. Strunk Funeral Home Canon Capital CPAs Captain Bobs

Quaker Color Quinby & Gun Shop Ray Heffentrager, Inc.

Riley, Rodzianki & Clymer CPS

Cherryville Golf & Country Club

Doug Schwartzwaelder Faulkner Ciocca Dealerships Fleischer, Fleischer & Suglia Fredericks Meat Gross, McGinley, LLP In Loving Memory of Jim Schacht In Memory of Tom Wynkoop Insaco Inc. John Prosock Machine, Inc. Kohls L & L Contruction Legacy Marketing North Penn Gun Club Spors General Store Tri-Win Unicron Industries LLC United Integrity Group, Inc. Weinstein Law Offices Aetna All Seasons Garden Center Beer City

Silver Sponsors

Chris Deon Beverages CSI Contracting Dalton Dimmick UIG Dominicks Pizza Dunlap & Associates, P.C. Eddies Electric Esten Lumber Products, Inc. Fabric Development Inc. First Savings Bank Franks Beer Stein GFL Hauling Harris KIA of Lansdale Hefty Decks Herb's Landscaping, LLC In Memory of Tom Wynkoop Jason Stoneback UIG Juniper Auto Body Kiesel & Gowda Dental Assocs Klover Contracting L&L Crane Levy School Bus Co. Mid-State Lumber Co. National Penn Bank Particle Size Technology Precision Solutions, Inc.

Ritter Insurance Marketing SC Contracting LLC Schlosser Steel, Inc. Stephenson Equipment Inc. Swartley Brothers Engineers The Coop Thomas & Linda Knox Tom's Help Desk Total Molding Services, Inc. Trex Wellington Sporting Goods, Inc. Wilsey Tool Co., Inc. Wolfe's Auto Care, Inc. Woodlawn Fence Safe Harbor Financial

Golf Cart Sponsor

C & W Meter Service Diversified Electric K & J Magnetics Inc. Klover Contracting

Beverage Cart Sponsors

Lunch Sponsor

Sands Chrysler Jeep Dodge QNB Bank


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October 2013 Upper Bucks Free Press


Upper Bucks Area Places of Worship

Christ Lutheran Church 1 Luther Lane, Trumbauersville 215-536-3193 Pastor: Carolann Hopke 9:00am Worship, 10:15 Sunday School Free Drive-in Movies Friday evenings June through August, Handicapped accessible, Family Friendly Church Grace Bible Fellowship Church 1811 Old Bethlehem Pike N., Quakertown 215-536-6096 Pastor: Ron Kohl, Sr. Pastor September - May: 9am Sunday School for all ages, 10:10am Morning Worship Service, 6:30pm 2nd & 4th Sundays are small group meetings, 6:30pm 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays Evening Worship Good News Church 424 Juniper Street, Quakertown 215-536-4393 Pastor: David Mackey, Jr. Sunday service & childrens church 10:30am Wed. Bible Study 7:30pm. Friendly, Biblebased, Christ-centered, Spirit-led Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church 2966 Old Bethlehem Pike, Zionhill 215-536-7288 Pastor: James Saboe Sunday School all ages 9:00am, Worship services 10:15am, We at Zion invite all to worship and fellowship with us. Evangel Assembly of God 401 Arch Street, Perkasie 215-453-1565 Pastor: Rev. Gary Saul Where Gods Love Changes Lives MorningStar Moravian Church 234 S. Main Street, Coopersburg 610-282-1908 Pastor: Lance Fox Sunday services 10:00am. Small, friendly Protestant church. Community mission: Serving free dinners once per month. All are welcome. Call for information. Good Shepherd Church (Episcopal) 1634 Hilltown Pike, Hilltown 215-822-3930 Pastor: Harper Turney 10:00am Sunday Eucharist St. Johns Lutheran Church 4 South Main Street, Richlandtown 215-536-5027 www. Pastor: Susan Sosnin Sunday morning worship at 9:30am with holy communion first and third Sundays of the month. Sunday school 8:30am Ridge Valley United Church of Christ 905 Allentown Road, Sellersville 215-257-7244 Pastor: Rev. Steve Myren We are a vibrant, welcoming Family of Faith. Worship: Sundays 9:30am. Ridge Valley: Growing Together in Gods Love. The Gathering (at the Barn) 24 Greentop Road, Sellersville 215-529-6824 Pastor: Tom Daugherty St. Pauls Lutheran Church of Applebachsville 837 Old Bethlehem Road, Quakertown 215-536-5789 Pastor: Rev. David Heckler We believe in sharing Gods love in joyful service. Come and see. All are welcome. St. Matthews Lutheran Church 3668 Ridge Road, Perkasie 215-795-2965 Pastor: Robert E. Mitman Worship 7:45 & 10:15am, Sunday School 9am, Koinonia Cafe 8:30pm, Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday, Childrens Church 2nd & 4th Sunday Emmanuel Episcopal Church 560 S. Main Street Quakertown, PA 18951 215-536-3040 Sunday services at 8am and 11am, Visitors and new members always welcome! Church of the Incarnation (Anglican-Episcopal) 44 S. 8th Street, Quakertown 215-538-3787 Pastor: Most Rev. Thomas J. Kleppinger Traditional worship, Biblical faith Sunday 10:30am, Wednesday 10:00am First United Methodist Church 501 Market Street, Perkasie 215-257-4626 Pastor: Steward Warner Mission: Share Gods love, Make and nurture disciples of Jesus Christ, Have a positive impact on our community and world. St. Johns Lutheran Church 19 South 10th Street, Quakertown 215-536-3593 Pastor: Ray Miller Sunday Worship 8 and 10:30am, Sunday School 9:15am. Welcoming, Reaching Out, Serving. Elevator available Trinity Great Swamp UCC 9150 Spinnerstown Road, Spinnerstown 215-679-7710 Pastor: David R. Ellis / Matt Gorkos Sunday worship services 8am (Communion 1st Sunday of month) and 10:30am, 9:15 Sunday School classes for all ages (PreKAdult) & family activities Trinity Lutheran Church 102 N. Hellertown Avenue, Quakertown 215-536-4345 Pastor: Lynette R. Chapman 9 am traditional services, 10:15am Sunday School, 11am contemporary service, Handicapped Accessible, Family Friendly Church, Dynamic Music Ministry, Kidspiration Services. Holy Spirit Anglican Church 1133 W. Orvilla Road, Hatfield 215-453-7452 Pastor: Rev. Robert Tutton We are a traditional conservative Evangelical Christian church. Pennridge Christian Fellowship 720 Blooming Glen Road, Blooming Glen 215-257-7309 Pastor: Thomas Vargis Sunday worship 10:30am, Sunday School after song service for infants to age 12. Wed evenings 7pm with prayer, crossroads youth and (Sept-April) boys and girls clubs. Everyone is welcome. Richland Friends Meeting (Quaker) Main St at Mill Rd & Park Ave, Quakertown 215-538-7555 Clerks: Kathy Redding, Jack Schick Absolute freedom of thought and worship is our faith and practice over 300 years in Quakertown. Join us 10:30am Sundays Morning Star Fellowship 429 S. 9th Street, Quakertown 215-529-5422 Pastor: John Decker Services at 9am & 11am, Childrens Ministry during all services, Student ministry 6pm, Celebrate Recovery Weds 7pm, Divorce Care Thurs 7pm, EastWest Cafe open before & after services. Free coffee. St. Pauls United Church of Christ 104 Green Street, Sellersville 215-257-7268 Pastor: Rev. Patti Thomas 8am Rejoice & Praise Worship in Parlor, 9am Sunday School (all ages), 10:15am Worship in Sanctuary, Crossroads 1st Sunday of month 9am in Fellowship Hall

The Good Shepherd Cares for His Sheep

Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the 99 in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? Which one of you none of you, thats who. No shepherd in his or her right mind would leave 99 sheep alone and unprotected in the wilderness, where they could wander off or be attacked by predators, to go look for one lost sheep. You would count your loss and move on. And thats the point of the parable you would never do something that crazy for one lost sheep, but God would. God will do anything and everything necessary to go and find even one, every one, lost sheep Why? Because that is how much God loves every single one of Gods sheep and everybody in the whole world is one of Gods sheep. There is nobody God will not go out looking for. There is nobody who is so far lost that God wont do everything possible to find. Youre lost, and God will find you. God will never stop looking for you. God will go to ridiculous lengths, lengths none of us would ever go to, to find a single lost sheep. Someone out in the wilderness, alone, afraid, hurting, crying out. Someone in the deepest darkness, someone seemingly so far gone, so lost that we cant even see them. The outcast, the addict, the loser, the failure, the drunkard, the gambler, the hooker, the one life has completely passed by, the one the world has completely forgotten. The prisoner, the abused, the abuser, the oppressed, the oppressor, your worst enemy, your best friend, the one you hate, the one you love. All the lost sheep of the world God is going after them, to find them, to hold them, to heal them, to love them, to bring them back, to forgive them, to bring them home. Truth is, we all know people who are just lost, alone, out in the wilderness. The sheep that has wandered off, the sheep that has been driven off, the sheep that was never really felt like a part of the flock. We know hurting people, people who need to be found, people who need that amazing grace, that love that will never let them go. We all know people who need to know they are being looked for, people who need to hear that the God of Love is out there, seeking them out. We know these people, because they are a part of our lives. We know these people, because we are one of those people. Maybe you are lost, alone, in the darkest wilderness. God is looking for you. God is looking for the people we know. God is looking for all the lost sheep. Of course, most of us today probably dont consider ourselves lost. We dont think were out in a bleak wilderness. We think were doing good, life is good, were going along, with friends and family and church and community and work and all that. And if thats true for you I am so very happy for you thank God daily for those blessings. But even folks who seem to have it all can still be lost. We can be lost even in the midst of seeming to have it all together, of having a good life. If our focus is entirely on ourselves and our accomplishments, if our focus is entirely on what I have and how can I have more we are just as lost as the obviously lost folks. And God is looking for us, too. God is seeking us in the midst of our busy-ness, our hectic-ness, our get ahead-ness, our need to be popular-ness, our what is my purpose-ness. God is seeking us lost sheep who dont look lost, who dont see our lost-ness, who think others might be lost but not me. God is calling out for us, too. God is bringing us out of our wildernesses, too. Were good people, but were lost, too. And God, our God, the God of amazing grace, the God of never-ending love, the God who stops at nothing to find the lost, is there. With us, beside us, seeking us, finding us, showing us another way, showing us Gods way, leading us home, healing our hurts. Because every lost sheep is infinitely valuable to God. Because we are all infinitely valuable to God.

The Rev. Claire S. Burkat, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Americas Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, helped St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church of Spinnerstown celebrate its 250th anniversary as an independent congregation by participating in the September 22 worship service and attending a luncheon afterwards. Members and guests of St. Johns heard the days message and received communion from Bishop Burkat, who serves as spiritual leader for about 160 congregations in Philadelphia and Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. Leading the service was the Rev. Richard Mathisen, interim pastor at St. Johns. At the luncheon, Bishop Burkat cut a celebratory cake, assisted by four of St. Johns longest members, all baptized, confirmed

St. Johns Welcomes Bishop at 250th Anniversary Service

and married in the church: Dick Henry of Quakertown, a member for 81 years; Grace Freier of Quakertown, 89 years; Fern Lorish of Pennsburg, 83 years; and Freiers sister, Lorretta Thorsen of Quakertown, 79 years. In a grand finale to the luncheon, The Rev. Richard Mathisen, a trained classical pianist, donned a tuxedo and played two pieces by Chopin. Pastor Mathisen has presented 47 fulllength recitals. St. Johns of Spinnerstown, the oldest Lutheran church in Bucks County, traces its roots from 1734 when it shared worship services with Trinity Great Swamp Reformed Church (now known as Trinity Great Swamp United Church of Christ). In 1763, St. Johns constructed its own church, having separated from Great Swamp


Upper Bucks Free Press October 2013

Upper Bucks Sertoma Club Presents Honors to Community Members

left photo Ray Fox - recipient of the 2013 Service to Mankind Award center photo The Upper Bucks Sertoma Club bestowed funding grants to six community organizations which do important work in and for our community. They are: Childrens Developmental Program, Crossroads Pregnancy Care Center, Quakertown Historical Society, Quakertown Soccer Club, Sports for Special Kids, and Upper Bucks YMCA. right photo The Upper Bucks Sertoma Club presents awards in four categories to individuals making important contributions to our community. (left to right) Dr. Daniel Stauffer, Healthcare; Scot McClellan, Education; Craig Gillahan, Nonprofit; Michael Cygan, Business. photos by christopher betz

Third Annual Firefighters Olympics

The 3rd Annual Firefighters Olympic Challenge was held September 7 at Benner Hall in Richlandtown to great success. Four local teams of firefighters competed against each other in six games, including a Tug o War, Bucket Brigade, and the always-popular Obstacle Course. Although the Perkasie team, which won the games for two years running, dominated the Tug o War they did not pull off a three-peat this year. The mighty Milford Township Fire Department team took top honors this year and won the coveted first place overall trophy and Halligan Tool.
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Curious New Restaurant Opens in Quakertown

After months of planning, construction, and inspections, local podiatrist Dr. Austin Sedicum, is ready to open what he hopes will be Quakertowns most popular quick service restaurant. Located at the former Wawa Market at 157 South West End Blvd, the building has been converted into a unique and stylish food court with three main focuses, promising a modern take on fast food that Sedicum says will make everyones taste buds happy. The Eatery on 309 is home of Pita Girl Flatbread Eatery, Burrito Boy Tex-Mex cuisine, and YoYum Frozen Yogurt. Pita Girl serves gourmet flatbread pizzas, hearty salads, and Mediterranean pocketed flatbread wraps. Along with side dishes such as asparagus vinaigrette, roasted beets with goat cheese, hummus with Greek olives, and sesame ginger purple cabbage slaw. Burrito Boys signature dish is the SuperWet burrito, which is 100% certified Angus beef, beans, and cheese, smothered in enchilada sauce. Also featured is TacoTaters, which are Mexican seasoned crispy hashed potato nuggets served with dipping cheese and nacho toppings. Burrito Boy is also offering turkey taco meat, seasoned with anchochiles, for those who want to trim down their tacos, burritos, and nachos. Additionally, Burrito Boy will have all the usual Mexican favorites, including grilled shrimp, steak, and chicken fajitas. YoYum Frozen Yogurt offers 18 flavors of healthy self-serve frozen yogurt. With over 60 toppings available, guests can create their own unique frozen treat, including yogurt shakes. Since customers make their own creation and pay by weight, they can get their yogurt exactly how they want it. The possibilities seem endless, and every flavor is low fat and under 30 calories per ounce. YoYum also serves Skinny Whip, a 100% natural fat-free, sugarfree, dairy-free, and gluten-free frozen fruit whip made from bananas. Kids cant even tell its not ice cream. Dr. Sedicum became frustrated with the lack of places to take his family out for food he felt good about them eating. Both he and his wife, Vicky, are avid marathon runners, who love to cook healthy meals at home, but just wanted a place where they could order the kinds of food they like to eat. According to Dr. Sedicum, Vicky is the real life Pita Girl, who runs marathons, chases after our kids, and just tries to keep our hectic life in order, all the while making sure we eat smart. In fact, the Pita Girl logo is just a picture of her running. And me? I just wanted a big giant burrito smothered in enchilada sauce, because they make me happy, and Vicky wont make me one. Then I figured, no matter which restaurant you choose, who doesnt like ice cream for dessert? The restaurant was ready to open at any moment at press time, barring any unforeseen last minute adjustments. photo by christopher betz

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