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When Regina Young wrote a story about the Bear Apothecary Shoppe in 2011, owner Morton Barnett was already 10 years past the standard retirement age of 65. In 2021, he is not quite retiring, just …

I first met Peter Schwalm more than 20 years ago. He had acquired land for his landscaping business and he was anxious to talk about its history. Part of the site contained the grave of John Coryell, …

David R. Kiernan looked like a leader way back in the 1950s. He was class president at his Catholic school on Long Island every year starting in seventh grade and then student council president for …

Stephen Freeman lives at Bridge Four in Tinicum Township, one of the areas across the Delaware Canal accessed by a wooden bridge from River Road (Route 32). The view from his island is New Jersey, …

When I asked Margaret Grun Kibben how she felt when she was sworn at the U.S. Capitol, she answered, “Oh my God!” Anything else would have been an understatement. And this was not someone …

My family lived for many years in Langhorne Borough, a pretty town then and still full of charm. It was built around the crossing of two Indian paths and was first known to settlers as Four Lanes …

An agora in ancient Greek cities was an open space that served as a meeting ground for citizens. Agora Cyber Charter School is a meeting place the ancient Greeks could never have imagined – a …

During our enforced stay at home orders, Michael Miciak advises sending postcards – not just to friends and family but to strangers around the globe. Join Postcrossing as he did and you will not be …

From Dec. 25, 1776 to Jan. 3, 1777, soldiers of the American Revolution changed the direction of the War for Independence in Bucks County, Pa., and Hunterdon and Mercer counties and Princeton, …

On the Delaware Valley University campus, everyone wears a mask – no exceptions. And DelVal has had no known cases of COVID-19 in a classroom setting. Some students and faculty have tested …

Margaret Dulaney’s new book could not have come at a better time – as we wind down from a memorable presidential election. Surely she’s not always calm but she writes that way and she speaks …

For years, Eleanor Miller dreamed of seeing her tiny village cared for and preserved. The village is a precious place, one of a kind in Bucks County, a charming village right out of the English …

Every year the number of pink lights grows as businesses and organizations illuminate their facades in pink to mark October as Breast Cancer Month, an event sponsored by the National Breast Cancer …

I have always considered my family an Irish family. My paternal grandfather emigrated around 1900 from Limerick, my grandmother from County Donegal. My mother’s family arrived earlier from Ireland …

You can’t miss the Village of Phillips’ Mill when you’re driving on River Road. It’s north of New Hope, at that difficult turn with a stop sign that was installed after a few trucks took off …

In this Quaker-settled area, we should know that Quakers were among the first groups to condemn slavery. “It is in Quaker records that we have some of the earliest manifestations of anti-slavery …

Lisa and David Mergen have owned a business in Buckingham Green for 17 years. Now they have opened a second business, right next door.  They purchased JustFood from Marc Browngold and have operated …

Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has a $100 million backlog of repair and maintenance projects. Is it any wonder that its 121 state parks are in constant need of …

It’s genuine live walking tours that Rick Epstein is planning for Frenchtown, N.J. It’s not video or Zoom. “I’m ready to mask up and resume my historical tours of Frenchtown if you are,” …

Happy to Be Here: Gone missing in 2020

It’s a familiar story these days of COVID-19. A structure collapses – not a physical building but an organization. Like dominoes, everything falls. And no industries have been harder hit than …

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