Archive: October, 2012
Four 18th- and 19th-century homes in scenic Solebury Township and Point Pleasant will be open for tours Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.
The annual Autumn in Bucks County House Tour, offered by the Trinity Episcopal Church of Solebury, will include two properties originally deeded by William Penn.
The houses on the tour are:
The Harriman District of Bristol Borough, site of the Merchant Shipyard Corp. nearly a century ago, will be the focus of the 36th Historic Bristol Day on Saturday.
The 90th anniversary of the annexation of the historic district will be celebrated with four open houses, narrated trolley tours, an antique car show, a sailboat regatta on the Delaware River, a Children’s Corner, exhibits, entertainment, vendors, and a food court.
The four private houses on the tour were among those built in the town of Harriman from 1917 to 1921 for employees of the shipbuilding company. They are:
Broadway and TV stars James Earl Jones and Tyne Daly will help raise an estimated $30,000 to $40,000 for the Bucks County Playhouse this weekend, with two sold-out performances of Love Letters and a benefit reception.
Jones, a Tony Award winner for The Great White Hope and Fences, worked with Playhouse Producing Director Jed Bernstein on New York and London productions of The Great White Hope.
Daly performed at the Playhouse with her family in 1963.
John Godzieba will seve a second term as Gen. George Washington at the annual Dec. 25 reenactment of the colonial army's crossing of the Delaware River.
Godzieba, a Bristol Township police lieutenant, was named today to continue portraying Washington at the reenactment and other events offered by the Friends of Washington Crossing Park. He was chosen from 14 candidates, with 10 finalists auditioning for the volunteer job.
Here is the announcement from the Friends and the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission:
Pennsylvania’s young drivers, ages 16 to 20, were involved in 26,813 crashes last year, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
To reduce the number of teen-related crashes, Toyota is bringing its free, advanced driving-skills program to the Neshaminy Mall in Bensalem this weekend, for teens with permits or new licenses and their parents.
Toyota has offered the program in more than 30 cities since 2004, but this will be the first time it will be available in the Philadelphia area. Nearly 20,000 young drivers and their parents have completed the 2.5-hour sessions, maneuvering around tracks and receiving classroom instruction from professional drivers.
Bucks County officials, faced with a budget crunch that has forced the lay off of six switchboard operators and probably additional staff, are asking why the government needs to spend $167,000 for copy paper.
"That's significantly more than we've spent in past years for using paper in copy machines," said Charles Martin, vice chairman of the county Board of Commissioners, at Wednesday's pubic board meeting in Middletown Township.
"We're using more paper. We should be using less, not more," Martin said. "People are walking around using iPads."
In 1987, historian Will Rivinus came up with the idea of leading a tour of the 58.9-mile Delaware Canal, where mule-drawn boats once transported coal and other goods from Easton to Bristol.
Rivinus, author of Guide to the Delaware Canal – 60 Miles of Fun and Adventure, divided the route along the towpath into segments of roughly 12 miles and led groups on five successive Saturdays.
That first Canal Walk was a hit, and the Friends of the Delaware Canal have conducted one every year since, even when flood damage shortened the tour. More than 1,000 people have participated in the walk over the years.
The county Board of Elections voted Tuesday to relocate seven polling places in Hilltown, Upper Southampton and Warminster townships for the Nov. 6 elections.
Four of the polls will return to their permanent sites after temporary relocations.
The board, which consists of county Commissioners Rob Loughery, Charles Martin and Diane Ellis-Marseglia, unanimously relocated polling places in the following districts: