Bucks County Herald

Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Swamp Road to be restricted in Wrightstown for three days

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that Swamp Road will be closed between Route 232 (Second Street Pike) and Worthington Mill Road in Wrightstown Township from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, April 21 to 23, for pavement patching.

During this operation, Swamp Road through traffic will be detoured over Route 232 (Second Street Pike), Route 413 (Durham Road) and Worthington Mill Road. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area.

The operation is dependent on the weather.

Heritage Conservancy to Honor Eiseman Construction at Annual Business Members Reception

Heritage Conservancy will honor Eiseman Construction Company Inc. at its annual Business Members Reception on Thursday, April 24 at the historic Aldie Mansion in Doylestown.

Phil and Melissa Eiseman, owners of Eiseman Construction, will be presented with the Conservancy's 2014 Community Business Leader Conservation Award as a result of their work in preservation and significant contributions to our community.

Eiseman Construction Company, Inc. has been in business for more than 45 years, and is committed to the belief that “just as a good roof lasts for decades, a good company builds a strong reputation by investing in its community’s future.”

Flemington police officer injured in apparent accidental shooting

A Flemington, N.J., police officer is being treated for a non-life-threatening injury suffered at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, April 17, when his duty weapon discharged, apparently accidently, in Raritan Township, according to the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office.

Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski, and Flemington Borough Police Chief George Becker are investigating “what appears to be an accidental discharge of a firearm that occurred in a parked police vehicle that was located in a parking lot off South Main Street in Raritan Township,” the office said in a prepared statement.

“Members of the Flemington-Raritan Rescue Squad and paramedics from Hunterdon Medical Center responded to the scene to treat the victim officer,” Kearns said. “He was transported to the hospital in stable condition. The officer’s name is being withheld due to the ongoing investigation.”

Corbett signs child protection bills

Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law four pieces of legislation that will further protect Pennsylvania’s children from child abuse.

The new laws will expand and further define mandatory reporters and the reporting process, increase penalties for those mandated to report suspected child abuse who fail to do so, and provide protections from employment discrimination for filing a good faith report of child abuse.

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Buckingham shop fire causes little damage

A Tax Day fire in a building at Arbonite Co. in Buckingham was quickly brought under control, causing minimal damage.

Zoning ordinance would protect Durham

Proposed new zoning would protect prime agricultural soils and promote farming as a main industry in rural Durham.

The proposals can be found in the municipality’s new draft zoning ordinance and zoning district map amendments, the result of seven years of work by the Durham Township Planning Commission.

Base commander joins alumni on Pennridge “Wall”

Bucks County native Col. Kathryn Kolbe was one of seven alumni inducted into Pennridge High School’s Wall of Fame on March 25.

Kolbe is commander of the 75th Air Base Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, which consists of 24,000 active duty, civilian and contract personnel.

Quakertown merchants oppose triangle project

Quakertown merchants voiced their concerns over how their businesses would be impacted by plans to build a three-story office building in the downtown triangle parking lot.

Board to name Harner Quakertown superintendent

William Harner is expected to be named superintendent of the Quakertown schools in a vote set for April 24.

Riegelsville delays vote on sewage ordinance

At the request of residents, Riegelsville has delayed its vote on the sewage disposal ordinance until next month.

New Hope Notebook: New Hope Council honors Roy Ziegler

After 10 years on the New Hope Revitalization Committe, Roy Ziegler has been honored for his work.

Central Bucks uses web as teaching tool

Dr. George Mahler has presented the Central Bucks School Board with three projects that integrate technology to support science education.

Doylestown panel looks at practice of fracking

More than 75 people attended an American Association of University Women forum on the practice and effect of fracking.


Bulbs for Bucks

Bucks Beautiful held its 2014 Springtime Fling in support of Bulbs for Bucks.


Bucks Fever exhibit

Travel Gallery is the site of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce’s 28th annual Byers Bucks Fever Art Exhibit.

Opinion and Editorials

Bridget Wingert:
Happy to Be Here

On Buckingham Mountain

Perpetuating the powerful legacy of a small mountain church.

Charles Meredith:

College basketball and politics

On paying college athletes and Gov. Corbett’s prospects in November.



Pennridge shuts out CB West in softball

It was a 16-0 triumph for Pennridge girls as they defeated the Rams in the Surburan One League Continental Conference game.

Palisades baseball bats bring in the rain

The rain held off long enough for the Pirates and Green Knights to play seven innings, allowing Palisades to net a Colonial League win.

CB East doubles up rival CB South

Central Bucks East’s boys’ lacrosse team beat rival Central Bucks South 10-5 in a Suburban One League contest.

Quakertown ends skid

Quakertown Panthers beat Central Bucks West 81-69 in boys’ track.

Pennridge bows to CB West in volleyball

CB West boys swept the Pennridge Rams 3-0 to improve the standing to 9-0 in the Suburban One League.


Bucks spa under new ownership

Linda Appleton and Lynette Taylor are the new owners of Puritie Day Spa in New Hope.

health and fitness calendar

Dance champion to lead Newtown class

Louis Van Amstel, a professional dancer who appeared seven times on “Dancing With the Stars,” will lead a master class at the Newtown Athletic Club on May 16.

Fit in Frenchtown

In Frenchtown, N.J., the mayor’s Campaign for Wellness is underway as part of a statewide initiative to combat diseases associated with a sedentary lifestyle.


Students compete at Bucks science fair

More than 200 middle and high school students from across Bucks County competed in 15 categories at the Bucks County Science Research Competition held at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown.

BCCC trustees approve tuition increase

The Bucks County Community College board of trustees has voted to increase tuition at the school by $7 per credit.

Increases in expenses were cited by Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, president of the college, as the reason for the tuition hike.

Buckingham Friends hosts Earth summit

Buckingham Friends School is hosting the two-week Joint Environmental Mission Earth Summit from April 14 to 25.

Richboro teen wins weather scholarship

Isabella Scotti, 14, of Richboro, has been named the recipient of a scholarship to attend the Penn State University Weather Camp this summer.


Camille Granito Mancuso: Chatterbox

As time goes by

With the arrival of Easter and Passover, Camille Granito Mancuso writes about traditions and the passage of time.

Elizabeth Ludlow Bowman: Tips for the Compleat Gardener

Finally, forsythia

Forsythia has almost always bloomed in mid-March but this year, it's just really beginning its show in mid-April.


What a difference a bridge makes!
Sellout crowd jams Playhouse for documentary premiere

More than 400 history buffs from both sides of the river turned out for the New Hope Historical Society screening of the documentary “The New Hope-Lambertville Bridge - Connecting the Two.”

View the full documentary via the You Tube link below.


Susan S. Yeske: Dining In

Enjoy Easter leftovers after the holiday

Just like the Thanksgiving turkey, the Easter ham can make meals easier for days after the holiday.

Susan S. Yeske: Dining Out

Joseph Ambler Inn is closer than ever

The historic and upscale Joseph Ambler Inn is one more destination that is quicker to get to since the opening of the Rt. 202 Parkway.


Eddie Bruce debuts show at RRazz Room

Philadelphia singer Eddie Bruce will debut his newest work, “The Medley Show” at The RRazz Room in New Hope on April 25-26.

Friends of Annie to host music benefit

Friends of Annie Bauerlein-Mergott will host a music benefit May 3 at the Point Pleasant Fire Co. in Point Pleasant.

BCCC celebrates arts with concerts, exhibits

Bucks County Community College presents Arts at Bucks April 16 through May 13 with concerts, exhibitions, films and other activities.

Bucks dealers in city antiques show

Local dealers will travel to Philadelphia for the 53rd annual Philadelphia Antiques Show April 26-29.


George Thompson given top prize at Bucks Fever

Bucks County artist George Thompson's portrait, "Christian," was awarded First Place in the 28th annual Byers Bucks Fever Art Exhibition.

Doylestown Art League names winners

John Kazary received the George Christian Award for oil painting for his work, “Water Glasses,” in the Doylestown Art League 55th Members Spring Show.

Dodeles portrait exhibit in Lambertville

“Family, Friends & Other Strangers” by Elise Dodeles goes on display at the Quiet Life Gallery in Lambertville, N.J.

Project Gallery hosts three-day workshop

The Bucks County Project Gallery in Doylestown is hosting “The Art of Seeing Photographically.”

Local artist shows work at university gallery

Doylestown painter, muralist, illustrator, iconographer and etcher Niko Chocheli is showing her work at Villanova University.


Piper Hill co. opens in Pipersville

Nancy and Glenn Knauer have opened their trendy home decor business, Piper Hill Company, on Rt. 611 in Pipersville.

Warminster mother and daughter launch job search site

Mother-and-daughter team Jennifer and Ashley Schultz of Warminster have launched a locally-focused job search website

Cliff Montgomery: Job Hunting and Career Planning

Q&A with the career coach

42-year human resource veteran and career coach Cliff Montgomery answers questions from readers and clients.


Spiritual Side

A listing of the area's Holy Week Services

Caroline Oakes: Mind and Spirit

Receiving Good Friday insights from an unexpected source

New insights into the meaning and significance of our own religious traditions can often come from unexpected sources.

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