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Travel restrictions scheduled next week on Lower State Road for curb ramp and sign installation in Bucks County

Motorists will encounter lane restrictions with flagging next week on Lower State Road between Business U.S. 202 (State Street) and Memorial Drive in Doylestown Township, Bucks County, on Monday, Dec. 18, through Friday Dec. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for curb ramp and sign installation, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Under this improvement project, PennDOT is installing and maintaining traffic signals, pavement markings, landscaping and other related construction activities on a 0.9-mile shared use path in Doylestown Township, Bucks County.

Work on the entire project is expected to be completed in November 2018.

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News


The first snowfall

Julia, Lila and Devon Dorman at Magill’s Hill. Yes, Devon is sledding in a tutu. The area had up to 4 inches of snow last weekend.


Industrial furnace maker plans move to Sellersville
BY CHRIS RUVO

A thriving company that specializes in building industrial furnaces plans to relocate to Sellersville.


“Mini-casino” bans proliferate in up-county municipalities
BY CHRIS RUVO

Would-be proprietors of so-called “mini-casinos” might want to look elsewhere than Upper Bucks County to set up shop.


Del Val High School alumnus helps apprehend subway bomber
BY RICK EPSTEIN

One of the cops who arrested the New York subway bomber on Monday was 2009 Delaware Valley Regional High School graduate Sean Gallagher.


Developer withdraws Phoebe Richland Center expansion plan
BY CLIFF LEBOWITZ

To the surprise and bafflement of township residents and officials alike, the developer for an expansion of the Phoebe Richland Health Care Center has withdrawn its application.


Free parking runs Dec. 15 to Jan. 1 in New Hope

Beginning Dec. 15 through New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, the Borough of New Hope will be waiving parking fees at all on- street meters for residents and visitors.


Paul Cosdon takes leave of Solebury Board of Supervisors
BY BIRGITTA WOLFE

Paul Cosdon attended his last meeting as a member of Solebury Board of Supervisors on Tuesday after serving six years .

Solebury hikes taxes for 24-hour ambulance service
BY BIRGITTA WOLFE

The Solebury supervisors on Tuesday gave final approval to the township’s $12.6 million budget, which calls for a $35.75 tax hike for the homeowner with an average assessment of $65,000.

Solebury says “no” to mini-casinos, easing fracking moratorium
BY BIRGITTA WOLFE

The Solebury supervisors made it clear Tuesday that they want nothing to do with “mini-casinos” or easing the moratorium on fracking operations in the Delaware River Basin.

Central Bucks introduces new board members
BY DANA M. ECKMAN

The Central Bucks School Board welcomed new members, welcomed back a re-elected one and reorganized on Dec. 4.

Doylestown supervisors fete Touhill
BY DANA M. ECKMAN

Shawn Touhill was recognized on Dec. 5 by his fellow board members for his six years of service on the Doylestown Township Board of Supervisors.

Newtown Library holiday gift memberships

As the holiday season approaches, an annual membership to The Newtown Library Company is the ideal gift for friends and family that keeps giving.

Quakertown votes to shutter Tohickon Valley
BY BARRIE-JOHN MURPHY

Quakertown’s Tohickon Valley Elementary will close in June despite an attempt by new board members to keep the debate open.

Taxes steady, sewer rates ticking up in Sellersville

Municipal property taxes in Sellersville will not increase in 2018, but sewer rates will be rising.

Bucks township’s tax rate stable for 40 years
BY MELINDA RIZZO

Milford Township supervisors voted 2-0 to adopt a roughly $5.5 million budget that holds the line on taxes.

Weekends And Beyond

Parade brings holiday cheer to New Hope

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce organized the first New Hope Holiday parade on Nov. 25 featuring thirty-three groups, some all the way from New York City.

Quakertown gets into the holiday spirit

Quakertown’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting, presented by Quakertown Alive!, took place Dec. 1 and featured a visit from St. Nick.

Perkasie hosts Tree Lighting Ceremony

A holiday tradition since 1909, Perkasie held the nation's oldest tree lighting ceremony.

Opinion & Editorial

Kathryn Finegan Clark: By the Way
Reeling in a big fish

Sharon Mendelson, who grew up in New Hope, loves the Delaware River, and she’s found a remarkable way to illustrate her devotion.

Charles Meredith:
Trees and the “Stop Act”

The future of trees in Bucks County and a conversation with Congressman Fitzpatrick on sexual harassment.

LETTERS TO THE HERALD

Sports


Pennridge tops Faith Christian in opener

BY DON LEYPOLDT

Pennridge boys’ basketball started with a bang, fending off visiting Faith Christian, 69-49, in its opener on Friday. Sean Yoder dropped in 20 points to pace the Rams. The Rams were 2-0 and the Lions were 2-1 after Tuesday.

Bucks cruise to win
BY DON LEYPOLDT

CB West girls’ basketball thumped Chester, 62-28, on Friday. Freshman Lilly Evans netted 14 points to lead all scorers. Maddie Burke chipped in 11 points for the Bucks, who fell to Perkiomen Valley the next day.


Rams plow over Tennent
BY DAVID CAMPBELL

Pennridge ice hockey torched William Tennent, 10-1, last Thursday. Eric Slater led the Rams with five points and four goals. It was Pennridge’s sixth straight win after opening with a tough loss.

CB East earns “W”
BY DAVID CAMPBELL

Behind Leo Masterson’s 16 points, CB East boys’ basketball withstood a late push from visiting Upper Dublin on Tuesday night. The Patriots prevailed, 51-43, to run their record to 2-0 in the early going.

Palisades rides “D” to win at Quakertown
BY DAVID CAMPBELL

Palisades girls’ basketball kicked off its campaign with a 37-17 victory at Quakertown on Friday. Freshman Trinity Williams starred for the Pirates; she finished with a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds).

Panthers drop pair
BY DAVID CAMPBELL

Quakertown boys’ and girls’ swimming both went down to visiting Upper Perkiomen on Friday. The boys lost, 112-51, and the girls succumbed, 117-48. The Panthers were missing the Heimes siblings.

CB East’s Clark, Lapioli, McGovern ink
BY DAVID CAMPBELL

CB East seniors Evan Clark (Bryant diving), Erin McGovern (Wofford lacrosse) and Ali Lapioli (Brandeis soccer) took part in a signing ceremony on Monday morning.

Education

DelVal celebrates first doctoral graduates

Delaware Valley University awarded doctoral degrees to 14 students in the first class to graduate from DelVal’s Doctor of Education program.

New Hope-Solebury students take music trip to Germany
BY TOM BATEMAN

Thirty-six singers from New Hope-Solebury High School choir accompanied by an administrator, nurse, choir teacher, accompanist and 18 parent-chaperones recently visited Munich, Germany.

Health

Five Alarm 5K raises $6,000

Thanks to the efforts of 72 runners, 28 business sponsors, 26 raffle prize donors and many volunteers, $6,000 was raised at the 2017 Five Alarm 5K and Two-Mile Fun Run.

HEALTH CALENDAR
St. Mary creates program to aid early breast cancer detection

The St. Mary GRACES (Guidance, Risk Assessment, Counseling, Education and Screening) for Breast Cancer Program links women at high risk for breast cancer with support, education and follow-up services.

St. Luke’s, Lafayette College partnership offers new approach to student health

Pioneering a new, holistic approach to college student wellbeing, St. Luke’s University Health Network has introduced a comprehensive array of 24/7 health care services at Lafayette College in Easton.

COLUMNS

CAMILLE GRANITO MANCUSO: CHATTERBOX
Hearing the holiday buzz

The month of December brings some celebration and while it might be fuzzy or sincerely important, it’s all wrapped in traditions that make for the season.

ELIZABETH LUDLOW BOWMAN: TIPS FOR THE COMPLEAT GARDENER
Bee in perspective

The current state of the honeybee.

PHOTO FEATURE

George did not cross the Delaware

George Washington did not cross the Delaware Sunday due to a low Delaware River but crowds still gathered and hoped that a crossing will take place on Christmas Day.

DINING

SUSAN S. YESKE: DINING IN
“Buy Local” gifts can be delightful surprises

The “buy local” concept works well for holiday gift giving and supports our community.

SUSAN S. YESKE: DINING OUT
Proper brewing Company in Quakertown rides high on a local surge

At the Proper Brewing Company in Quakertown, you will always find plenty of locally made beer, wines and spirits, plus dishes made using locally raised ingredients.

ENTERTAINMENT

Kelsey sweetens holidays with “The Nutcracker”

Join Clara, the Nutcracker and the Sugar Plum Fairy for Dance Connection’s family adaptation of the timeless Tchaikovsky classic “The Nutcracker,” at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre.

Local actors star in Christmas shows at Music Mountain

Two local actors – one from Lambertville, N.J., and one from Doylestown – star in holiday productions at the new Music Mountain Theatre in Lambertville, N.J.

Town and Country, Michener present Holiday Cabaret

Town and Country Players in collaboration with the James A. Michener Art Museum presents a variety show celebrating the holiday season.

Celebrate acoustic Christmas in Newtown

Get in the holiday spirit at the Newtown Theatre’s “An Acoustic Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 17.

ARTS & GALLERIES

Midway Volunteer Fire Company sign may have been crafted by famous local artist
BY JODI SPIEGEL ARTHUR

A metal and wood sign showing a firefighter putting out a house fire with a bucket of water – the logo for the Midway Volunteer Fire Co. – is thought to be the work of artist and founding member of the fire company, George Sotter.

Ramsey’s farm scenes on sale to benefit Bucks Land Trust
BY SUSAN WELSH

Artist Jane Ramsey’s watercolors are featured in a special exhibit of paintings for sale to benefit the Land Trust of Bucks County.

Photographs highlight plight of Amerasian children in Philippines

“The Forgotten Americans,” featuring the work of Enrico Dungca, will run until Dec. 15, at the Exhibit Gallery of Pearl S. Buck International in Hilltown.


BUSINESS

Fun Fieldz looks to expand business reach
BY DAVID CAMPBELL

Fun Fieldz, which was officially launched in the spring of 2012, “brings a range of miniature, authentic sports fields to your location to create a unique and memorable big league experience,” it reads at funfieldz.com.


SPIRITUAL

Wrightstown Quakers celebrate holidays through peace, service

Wrightstown Friends Meeting invites you to celebrate this holiday season in the spirit of peace, community and service.

Third annual Chanukah on the Delaware event set

The Bucks County Jewish Coalition will hold its third annual Chanukah on the Delaware lighting of the menorah candles in New Hope on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

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