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Art Farm Getaway in the works

So what does a retired academic, a professor emeritus, do when the school bell no longer rings for her but her energy level is still as high as the sky? Particularly, when she has been a dynamic …

The 17-year cicadas – it’s their time in the sun. Their arrival is a consequential marker – albeit a noisy one – on nature’s calendar. By my very unofficial …

Bucks County has had a long, lively and impressive relationship with the fine arts. Its reputation has drawn artists and art-lovers from around the globe, but what about our homegrown visual artists? …

A lively Wanda Bickel lives comfortably in her 92nd year but she recalls with fondness the little world she inhabited as a child – the days when “nothing existed 10 miles outside our …

I didn’t intend it to be a sentimental journey. But it turned out that way. My husband and I took advantage of the holiday weekend to drive to Levittown to drop off some Easter treats for my …

Imagine finding a treasure in your own backyard – even if it’s a jagged hunk of truly ancient rock. A mysterious rock that can lead to a lifelong and rewarding pursuit of knowledge and a book …

The local press

After more than 50 years of writing for a free and unfettered local press, I feel truly fortunate to continue my task of informing the public. (Actually, more than 50 years if you consider I wrote for a high school column in one of the now extinct Philadelphia dailies – and, as a high school senior, I chalked up a Page One byline in my hometown’s newspaper.)

Ancestry research informs me I am about 95% Irish. My paternal grandmother was born in Ireland, so I’m eligible for dual citizenship. I never felt a need to apply for the Irish passport that …

“Local journalism is a vital civic institution. Perhaps above all, it provides a check on power and a means of exposing corruption and incompetence, whether among government agencies or …

He’s one of the real live first-responder heroes many of us only read about or see on television. He’s always been there for the community in emergency situations and now he is the one who needs …

In a hundred years, a thousand maybe, new generations in Tinicum Township will share the beauty today’s landowners have preserved for them. Founded in 1992, the largely volunteer Tinicum …

“On hearing ill rumour that Londoners may soon be urged into their lodgings by Her Majesty’s men, I looked upon the street to see a gaggle of striplings making fair merry, and no doubt spreading …

Theirs is a love story begun in post-World War II Germany and told too late, bookended by their deaths this year, one last January, one in November. Manfred Marschewski, who had stepped down …

We chose to live in the woods, so we really shouldn’t complain; however, there comes a point … and it has come. Nevertheless, while I am grateful we don’t live in Alaska, I never …

As a child in Paris after World War II, Eric Guy was exposed to a wonderful world of exquisite furniture. He later studied at the prestigious Ecole Boulle, a college of fine arts and crafts …

I’m not sure I would have made my way through this post-election thicket of tension, caused by jarring pandemic death counts, dire economic conditions, nationwide unrest over the vote count, police …

More than a century ago a young Pennsylvania folk artist traveled to the Village of Durham and stayed for a while to study the local grist mill, which had been built nearly a century earlier. …

Villages often guard astonishing treasures. This little tale reveals just one secret tiny Kintnersville, whose population rarely exceeds 70, has been holding close to its heart for decades – …

Robin Staff of Springfield Township was stunned when so many people in Upper Bucks turned out to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg just two days after the Notorious RBG’s death. Aware that Upper Bucks is …

Alexandra York has been wrestling with a seemingly insurmountable problem for a bit – downsizing on a grand scale.  The woman of many careers – novelist, nonfiction …

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